The chatbot approach to app development

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By David Niki, Comelite IT Solutions

Chatbots are the buzzword du jour and are slated to replace service apps and websites, some believe. While it’s too early to lean make such extreme assumptions, there are intuitive ways bots can be used right now, and a proper usage can have significant impact in app development and reduce production costs.

In this article we are sharing the experience we gained during development of Universal Chat; a bot ecosystem based on Telegram’s Bot API, as well as Facebook Messenger, Skype and Slack—Universal utilizes them all. Continue reading

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What is secure messaging?

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We rely increasingly on messaging apps to carry out our daily communications, whether for personal use or to do business. And there are literally tons of them on the internet and app stores, each sporting different features and social reach.

Having messaging apps have become an inherent part of our lives, we often use them to exchange sensitive information without regard to how capable they are of keeping that information secure. With messaging apps, we share personal information and photos, or report on sensitive issues in countries where the internet is strictly controlled and monitored by autocratic regimes.

So just how secure and trustworthy is your favorite messaging app? Here are four criteria that will help you decide. Continue reading

Is MI5’s case for banning WhatsApp well-founded?

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MI5 chief Andrew Parker has called for greater power in monitoring online communications, arguing that the terrorist threat to the U.K. is at its peak in the three five decades and social media networks need to share user information with governments and law enforcement agencies in order to help track and arrest persons endangering the country’s national security.

The motion set by Parker could lead to the possible banning of highly encrypted communications, which could render messaging apps such as the Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Apple-made iMessage illegal. Continue reading