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awndray
01-03-2018, 07:56 AM
I know. It's been around for a long time. ISIS uses it. Blah blah blah. I never bothered looking into it, but I recently saw someone mention it in a crypto thread on another forum. I decided to give it a try. It's pretty neat. I like that you can use it on multiple platforms and keep it in sync. Channels and groups could be useful features.

Although BBM does work on Android and iOS, I'm told our office is looking into a replacement. I think it's silly to have all of those chat on a cloud, even if they say their cloud is secure, but what do I know? They say they're looking into WhatsApp. I know many people use it and have been for a long time. I had a quick look at it, since my girlfriend uses it. I don't particularly like it. Leaving a voice message is a neat feature, I guess.

https://telegram.org/

Anybody else use it?

Doug_M
01-03-2018, 11:53 AM
I installed it to follow one of my cryptos but it was so busy and the chat so childish I gave up. Not the fault of Telegram of course, but I never really got the chance to see it used in a useful way. Do people at your office still have BB10 Blackberrys (ours do)? WhatsApp for BB10 is/has expired after several extensions. I have used WhatsApp and its decent. Like MMS text messaging really well done. Though you must use WhatsApp on a phone, there is no tablet or desktop version.

awndray
01-03-2018, 12:15 PM
Yep, we have a mix of BB10 and IOS. We haven't transitioned to Android yet. And yes, the multi-platform (including desktop) is what I find appealing for our environment.

Doug_M
01-03-2018, 12:41 PM
Discord is another one. I think it was originally marketed towards gamer communities but there doesn't seem to be anything specific about it for that. It is mobile and desktop.

awndray
01-03-2018, 12:49 PM
I tried Discord a little bit as part of the Crypto20 pre-purchase. The best way to describe it is, childish. It looks exactly as one might imagine of a gamer-inspired chat app.

Candychikita
01-03-2018, 08:56 PM
I use Telegram. It's free for the kids to use if they have wifi and it bridges the gap between Apple and Android products. So far I haven't found another messaging app that works as well (Line, kik...etc) It can make calls unlike other apps, but it's sometimes buggy. I found I left the desktop app open at work more than I liked...whoops.

SIR VEYOR
01-04-2018, 05:54 AM
I did a thread elsewhere about a similar product. It's essentially an app with a hardware side. The software side might be worth looking into. Especially as it's getting some outside programming interest.

This looks really interesting. Sort of a Bluetooth Private network, can interface over wifi and cell as well. And while seeking pricey, it would be worth it depending on. Your intended uses.

https://www.gotenna.com

It looks like they might be trying to do a big push in PR as well.

awndray
01-04-2018, 07:10 AM
Neat. But carrying an extra device is impractical. Bluetooth poses a security risk in our environment. Besides, how would the public feel about spending tax dollars on thousands -- or potentially tens of thousands -- of these?

SIR VEYOR
01-04-2018, 09:18 AM
Neat. But carrying an extra device is impractical. Bluetooth poses a security risk in our environment. Besides, how would the public feel about spending tax dollars on thousands -- or potentially tens of thousands -- of these?

Well, for your instance I did say the software side. Their app is apparently similar to WhatsApp which is under consideration. I don't think you need the hardware to run it. But the interface might be better for you than WhatsApp

awndray
01-04-2018, 09:25 AM
Interesting. I'll look into it further. Thanks.