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Telegram Messenger 4.5 Update Brings Albums, Saved Messages, and Better Search

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Encrypted messenger app Telegram received an update today that brings additional features and enhancements to the platform, including media albums, saved messages, and an improved search function.

Starting with Telegram 4.5, whenever users send multiple photos or videos they will be grouped into albums. Each album can include up to 10 photos or videos, which are displayed in chat threads as "elegantly proportioned thumbnails", the upshot being that recipients will be notified just the once instead of ten times over.


The order in which the photos are sent can now be controlled within the app, too. Photos selected for sharing get a sequence number, so users can send "before and after" pictures in the correct order. In addition, users should find profile photos easier to navigate, thanks to thumbnails that show in the lower part of the screen.

Elsewhere, Telegram users can now bookmark important messages and media by forwarding them to a personal cloud storage area called Saved Messages. Each saved message also has a "go to" button that takes users to the place in the chat where it was originally posted. Saved Messages can be found in the Chats list and in Settings.

The developers have also improved the global search algorithm used for finding public channels, groups, and bots. It's now possible to search for public channels and bots by their titles, and most popular items will always be displayed first.

Lastly, Channel admins can now pin messages to focus their subscribers' attention on important announcements, while the settings screen and context menu has been redesigned. The app has also been tweaked for iPhone X.

Telegram is a free download for iPhone and iPad from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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JosephAW

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Telegram is the only app that works with my friend who has a tremor in his hand, instead of typing he uses the voice record feature and you only need to press and swipe up and let go to continuously record unlike other apps where you have to keep pressing and if your finger slips off then you have to start again. Unfortunately, for my blind friend Telegram doesn't seem to be voice over friendly. sigh...
 
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palmerc2

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Still the best chat app. Just waiting for Live Photo support.

Agreed. IMO it’s better than WhatsApp / any other chat app. Pretty cool integration with stickers, and gifs. The ability to create chat groups with up to 10k members, I think WhatsApp has a maximum of 200~ish members. The ability to create announcement channels.

Also, seamless usability between mobile and computer is stellar. I use it equally between my phone and computer. WhatsApp for desktop requires the phone to be on and have an internet connection. Everything passes through your phone, so it’s much slower. On WhatsApp when you send a message on desktop I’d imagine it goes computer > WhatsApp server > your phone > WhatsApp server > recipients phone.
 
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WBRacing

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As someone said on a previous article about Telegram:

If you want to see what functionality Whatsapp might get in ~6-36months time, use Telegram.

E.g. Message Delete
Telegram: 3rd Jan 2017
Whatsapp: 27th October 2017
 
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As someone said on a previous article about Telegram:

If you want to see what functionality Whatsapp might get in ~6-36months time, use Telegram.

E.g. Message Delete
Telegram: 3rd Jan 2017
Whatsapp: 27th October 2017
The potential bump there is what other people who one communicates with use.
 
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All comments above seem coordinated in effort to promote Telegram as a better alternative to WhatsApp. Kind of like Russian trolls promote Putin and fake news on social networks. Oh wait, Telegram IS Russian. BEWARE: If you care about your own privacy, make sure to check how Telegram is using shady/unproven encryption techniques to protect your private communication. Also, the Russian government recently forced Telegram to build back door for them.
 
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All comments above seem coordinated in effort to promote Telegram as a better alternative to WhatsApp. Kind of like Russian trolls promote Putin and fake news on social networks. Oh wait, Telegram IS Russian. BEWARE: If you care about your own privacy, make sure to check how Telegram is using shady/unproven encryption techniques to protect your private communication. Also, the Russian government recently forced Telegram to build back door for them.
So various people who use an app (and perhaps like it) and comment about it in a story about the app somehow equates them to some sort of "Russian trolls"?
 
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All comments above seem coordinated in effort to promote Telegram as a better alternative to WhatsApp. Kind of like Russian trolls promote Putin and fake news on social networks. Oh wait, Telegram IS Russian. BEWARE: If you care about your own privacy, make sure to check how Telegram is using shady/unproven encryption techniques to protect your private communication. Also, the Russian government recently forced Telegram to build back door for them.
You probably don't know that the founders created Telegram after being in exile because of refusing to provide information of VK, and Telegram also refuses requests from the Russian government.
 
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espositopullo

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You probably don't know that the founders created Telegram after being in exile because of refusing to provide information of VK, and Telegram also refuses requests from the Russian government.

The founder (Pavel Durov) is a big fan of Putin (check his instagram). Also, if the Russian gov took over VK.com, what’s holding them from taking over Telegram? Also, it’s important users are aware of Telegram’s dubious and unproven encryption techniques.
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So various people who use an app (and perhaps like it) and comment about it in a story about the app somehow equates them to some sort of "Russian trolls"?

Only stating my observation. Even best messenger apps never get 5 starts on app stores, so it’s suspicious all comments here are positive, especially considering it’s the only messenger with dubious cryptography and have its servers located in Russia.
 
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The founder (Pavel Durov) is a big fan of Putin (check his instagram). Also, if the Russian gov took over VK.com, what’s holding them from taking over Telegram? Also, it’s important users are aware of Telegram’s dubious and unproven encryption techniques.
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Only stating my observation. Even best messenger apps never get 5 starts on app stores, so it’s suspicious all comments here are positive, especially considering it’s the only messenger with dubious cryptography and have its servers located in Russia.
Tons of messenger and all kinds of apps get 5 stars or all kinds of positive reviews. Out of barely a handful of posts total is it somehow so surprising that most would be from people who use the app (and thus like it) to the point that it somehow suggests some conspiracy? Seems like that's trying too hard to read too much into rather simple reality that is commonplace.
 
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The potential bump there is what other people who one communicates with use.
Indeed, it feels a bit like VHS vs Betamax, only for Whatsapp users they get the added bonus of Facebooks warm breath on their neck.

All my family and friends have now moved over to Telegram though so not a problem for me.
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All comments above seem coordinated in effort to promote Telegram as a better alternative to WhatsApp. Kind of like Russian trolls promote Putin and fake news on social networks. Oh wait, Telegram IS Russian.
By the same idiotic thinking as that, you as a newly registered Macrumors user who has immediately started to try and spread FUD, sound like someone promoting WhatsApp.

Perhaps we should all be accusing you of being a disciple of the Zuckerberg Almighty...?
 
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How about Signal from Open Whisper? Open Whisper encryption is used by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Allo. Their code and been validation being open sourced. At least that is what I read.
 
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By the same idiotic thinking as that, you as a newly registered Macrumors user who has immediately started to try and spread FUD, sound like someone promoting WhatsApp.

Perhaps we should all be accusing you of being a disciple of the Zuckerberg Almighty...?

I’ve only mentioned WhatsApp once to summarize every single coordinated bot comment before me. That said, WhatsApp is using superior encryption to Telegram, WhatsApp servers aren’t located in a country where the gov can access private chat data without court orders or very special circumstances.

It’s up to you, the consumer, to decide whether you want to use Telegram with its weak unproven encryption, and have your data being easily available to the Russian gov for cyber crimes they have been actively involved in since 2008.
 
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I’ve only mentioned WhatsApp once to summarize every single coordinated bot comment before me. That said, WhatsApp is using superior encryption to Telegram, WhatsApp servers aren’t located in a country where the gov can access private chat data without court orders or very special circumstances.

It’s up to you, the consumer, to decide whether you want to use Telegram with its weak unproven encryption, and have your data being easily available to the Russian gov for cyber crimes they have been actively involved in since 2008.

Everything you say is a PURE lie.

Telegram founder’s (Pavel Durov) Instagram has no sign that he likes Putin. Actually, A few weeks ago Durov has started a court fight against Russian government, because he refused to give a backdoor to Telegram users communication and Russian government fined Telegram. Russian government is constantly trying to push Telegram, because it has no access to users communication. Can you tell me why WhatsApp or Facebook has no problem with Russian government?

Telegrams servers are spread all over the world. London for European users, Singapore for Asian, San Francisco for American.
 
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Everything you say is a PURE lie.

Telegram founder’s (Pavel Durov) Instagram has no sign that he likes Putin. Actually, A few weeks ago Durov has started a court fight against Russian government, because he refused to give a backdoor to Telegram users communication and Russian government fined Telegram. Russian government is constantly trying to push Telegram, because it has no access to users communication. Can you tell me why WhatsApp or Facebook has no problem with Russian government?

Telegrams servers are spread all over the world. London for European users, Singapore for Asian, San Francisco for American.

To all the readers, read why you should NOT use telegram.

Here are the facts and reasons NOT to use Telegram:
  • Pavel Durov (creator of Telegram) worked (still working?) with the Russian gov to spy and suppress the Russian opposition, here is his original letter (use Google translate):
    • Владислав Юрьевич,
      Как Вы знаете, мы уже несколько лет сотрудничаем с ФСБ и
      отделом "К" МВД, оперативно выдавая информацию о тысячах
      пользователей нашей сети в виде ІР-адресов, номеров мобильных
      телефонов и другой информации, необходимой для их
      идентификации. Таким образом мы деанонимизируем активность
      в сети, позволяя государственным службам раскрывать и пресекать
      преступления.
      Мы обеспокоены текущей перспективой возможной
      нестабильности в политической и экономической жизни России, и
      готовы предпринимать необходимые усилия для того, чтобы и
      дальше помогать государственным службам препятствовать
      распространению насилия и хаоса.
      По Вашему предложению мы тщательно проанализировали
      сценарий блокировки сообществ, администрация которых
      призывает к митингам и прочим оппозиционным действиям.
      Сегодня практически все подобные сообщества имеют "запасные
      аэродромы" на площадке нашего западного конкурента, а
      благодаря РК-активности Фейсбука в России в последние годы,
      практически вся молодежная часть нашей аудитории имеет там
      аккаунты, хотя пока и не пользуется им регулярно. Уже сегодня
      оппозиционные встречи на Фейсбуке порой собирают больше
      участников, чем ВКонтакте.
      ВКонтакте уже несколько лет существует в жесткой конкурентной
      среде и ежедневно борется за пользователей и за то, чтобы их
      общение продолжало вестись в рамках российской юрисдикции.
      Благодаря сверхусилиям в технологической и информационных
      сферах нам удается сдерживать монополизацию российского
      рынка социальных сетей Фейсбуком, - процесс, который уже
      прошел практически во всех странах мира.
      В случае блокировки оппозиционных сообществ ВКонтакте
      пассионарная оппозиционно настроенная часть аудитории
      2
      продолжит приглашать других участников на
      несанкционированные митинги, однако будет делать это
      посредством интерфейса личных сообщений, распространяя в том
      или ином виде закодированную ссылку на соответствующее
      сообщество на Фейсбуке. Похожий эффект мы видим сегодня на
      примере переходов к нам из сети Одноклассники, участники
      которой приглашают своих друзей вступить в оппозиционные
      группы ВКонтакте.
      Таким образом, из открытого поля, которое может оперативно
      анализироваться российскими правоохранительными органами,
      эта активность уйдет в скрытую от наших глаз плоскость. По нашему
      опыту, полученному после блокировок сообществ против действий
      администрации ВКонтакте, закрытие протестной группы ужесточает
      ее участников, и они неизбежно начинают привлекать на свою
      сторону еще больше недовольных.
      Наиболее печальное для нас с Вами следствие удаления
      оппозиционных сообществ будет заключаться в том, что
      администрация ВКонтакте больше не сможет помогать
      правоохранительным органам в установлении личности и
      местонахождения организаторов незаконных действий, так как
      активность подобных сообществ в течение нескольких суток
      полностью переместится за рамки нашего контроля.
      Блокирование оппозиционных сообществ ВКонтакте подорвет
      доверие к нашей сети среди пассионарной молодежи, что в
      долгосрочной перспективе может свести на нет наши
      технологические и идеологические усилия по сдерживанию
      натиска иностранных социальных сетей на отечественном рынке.
      Мы понимаем, что активность некоторых из оппозиционных
      сообществ может выходить за легальное поле, и их блокировка
      лишь соответствовала бы российскому законодательству. К
      сожалению, политизация и поляризация в среде российской
      молодежи дошла до той точки, когда блокирование таких
      сообществ будет однозначно расценено широкими молодежными
      З
      массами как наступление на свободу слова и самовыражения в
      сети, независимо от законности мотивировки, что вызовет бурю
      негодования по отношению к нам и к государственным службам.
      Сегодня, в условиях отсутствия у российских властей возможности
      или желания блокировать доступ к американским ресурсам,
      блокировка отдельных страниц нашей сети по закону
      сообщающихся сосудов приведет лишь к возникновению у
      американцев серьезного конкурентного преимущества, конечным
      результатом которого станет утрата контроля с нашей с Вами
      стороны. В текущих условиях я лично веду РК-активность среди
      своей аудитории, пытаясь демонстрировать политическую
      независимость нашей площадки и усмиряя панику, которую сеют
      оппозиционеры, призывающие уходить на Фейсбук.
      Мы думали о том, какие стратегические варианты реакции
      существуют у руководства страны в подобных ситуациях, и пришли
      к выводу о наличии двух жизнеспособных сценариев. Можно
      продолжать имплицитный, непрямой контроль за рунетом, либо
      начать блокировать интернет-ресурсы на общенациональном
      уровне по китайской модели. Промежуточный путь частичной
      цензуры, к сожалению, имеет недостатки обоих подходов, не
      обладая ни одним из их преимуществ: недовольные сохраняют в
      интернете площадки для массовой координации своих действий,
      но вдобавок получают повод обвинить власть в цензурировании
      интернета.
      Все акционеры ВКонтакте заинтересованы в сохранении
      стабильности в жизни государства, и сейчас мы думаем, что еще
      мы можем сделать на техническом уровне для снижения
      эмоционального накала в обществе, не привлекая негативного
      внимания аудитории.
      Не скрою также, что мне лично симпатичны руководители
      администрации президента, и если им требуется моя
      консультационная или иная помощь, почту за честь встретиться или
      4
      дистанционно обсудить различные варианты взаимодействия в
      сложившейся ситуации.
      С уважением, Павел Дуров.
  • Under Russian law (so-called "SORM-3"), all operators of social networks operating in Russia must provide Russian internal security (FSB) with direct access that allows FSB to read and monitor content and messaging within the network remotely and in real time. (In principle, FSB is supposed to get a court order for each access, but the system does not offer any way to enforce it, e.g. network operator is even prohibited from asking FSB to see the court order.) Telegram servers are located in Russia!
  • Russian gov uses commercial tech products to commit cyber crimes, read about VK.com (which Pavel Durov founded prior to Telegram), or recent findings about Kaspersky antivirus.
  • Here is a paper on Telegram's poor unproved encryption techniques: http://cs.au.dk/~jakjak/master-thesis.pdf

To summarize: If you don't want your private data to be mined and maliciously used by the Russian government, avoid using Telegram.
 
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To all the readers, read why you should NOT use telegram.

To summarize: If you don't want your private data to be mined and maliciously used by the Russian government, avoid using Telegram.

Seems like you are just angry WhatsApp employee that registered a few days ago, because you are jealous that Telegram is taking over all messaging and that’s why you are posting this random bull$hit to scary uninformed people. I’m not worried, people are smart enough to google, that other people from countries with repressive govmnt use Telegram (not WhatsApp or Facebook) to communicate between each other, because only Telegram guarantees privacy and never gives data to ANY party (unlike WhatsApp or Facebook). People are smart enough to google that Telegram servers are located in London, Singapore and SF, not Russia. People are smart enough to google that not a single person has ever could access or accessed to any communication on Telegram from its very begining.

One of the many reasons why Telegram uses it’s own enceyption. Read the article:
https://www.theverge.com/2013/12/20...-a-back-door-into-rsa-encryption-according-to

NSA paid $10 million to put its backdoor in RSA encryption, according to Reuters report


In addition, if you want to see what features will Whatsapp introduce in ~6 months, use Telegram ;)
 
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