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Apple adopts new ‘BlastDoor’ security system on iOS 14 to reinforce iMessage integrity

iOS 14 was announced with some great new features for iMessage, including more options for group conversations, inline replies, and more. However, there’s also an important change in iMessage that Apple hasn’t mentioned so far. The company has adopted a new security system called “BlastDoor,” which is basically a sandbox mode that protects the Messages app from the rest of iOS.
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Quill launches as a team messaging antithesis to Slack with native iPhone and Mac apps

An all-new team messaging service is out today called Quill, and it’s positioned as as being “for people that focus” with “conversations designed for people, not bots.” The new team messenger features a thoughtful design with advanced features like “structured” and “social channels,” retroactive threads, passive/priority mentions, nested channels, and much more.
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Signal is the most private messaging app, but staff say it has no plans to prevent misuse

The announcement of a change to the WhatsApp privacy policy saw many users looking for the most private messaging app to use instead. Signal and Telegram were the prime candidates in cross-platform apps, with the former having the strongest privacy protections, as no personal data is linked to users.
Apple was subsequently sued by a former US ambassador for allowing Telegram on the App Store after it was used by hate groups to threaten violence, and now existing and former Signal employees have expressed concern that the not-for-profit messaging app is failing to address the same issue …
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Instagram says a fix is coming to restore link previews in iMessage

If you’ve noticed that Instagram links are no longer showing previews when sent through iMessage, you’re not alone. Despite speculation it could be due to the growing rift between Facebook and Apple, Instagram has confirmed that this is a bug, and it’s working on a fix.
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Apple pulls iCloud 12 update for Windows over Chrome extension bug

Apple pulled its iCloud for Windows update on Tuesday, one day after releasing iCloud Passwords for Chrome on Windows, with issues discovered by users potentially behind the withdrawal of the update.On Monday, Apple released an update for iCloud for Windows bringing it to version 12, an update which also introduced support for iCloud Passwords for Windows. The addition allowed the use of Apple’s Keychain password feature in Google Chrome, enabling saved credentials to be used in the browser within Windows.By Tuesday, the update was no longer available to download from the Microsoft Store. The installer offered in the Windows storefront is for version 11.6.32.0, not version 12, indicating that Apple downgraded the version. Read more…