1979 Revolution, Slip Away, and other apps of the week


'Appy weekend everyone!
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Happy Sunday everyone! During seven days in which Apple revealed iOS 10 and Mac OS Sierra to the world, developers released some great new apps and updates into the App Store.

From a great choose-your-own-adventure game set in 1979 Iran to a price comparison search app, here are our picks for apps of the week.

iMessage may be about to cross the Android divide

Your Android friends may soon get blue chat bubbles too.
Your Android friends may soon get blue chat bubbles too.
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Apple’s iMessage platform may soon be available on products that aren’t designed in Cupertino.

iMessage is set to get its first-ever app for Android, according to a new report citing a “source familiar with the company’s thinking.” If so, it sounds like it could spell trouble for Facebook Messenger and Google’s new messaging app, Allo.

Facebook Messenger may soon add end-to-end encryption

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Messenger is finally getting encryption.
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Facebook plans to tighten security on its popular Messenger platform this summer, but it won’t be turned on for all users by default.

Messenger will add a new end-to-end encryption feature that prevents hackers and the government from being able to read your text messages. Facebook won’t be able to read your messages either though, and that will seriously hurt its ability to make bots great if you decide to opt-in to better security.