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Signal Desktop 1.24.1

The secure chat app is now available everywhere

by Mike Williams

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 May 2019
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Developer: Open Whisper Systems
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Signal Desktop
The secure chat app is now available everywhere

Signal Desktop is a free desktop app for secure one-to-one or group chats, with support for file attachments and media sharing.

The app is the desktop version of the iOS/Android app, Signal Private Messenger, although it only connects to Android systems right now.

You don't need to use both the Android and Chrome builds, but if you do, you'll find the two work well together. Open the desktop app and you'll find all the same conversations you've started on your mobile.

Wherever you're using it, Signal's major plus point is its security (the developer has even been endorsed by Edward Snowden). End-to-end encryption protects everything you're doing from snoopers, even Signal's server doesn't have access to your communications, and the app is open-source so technical users can review the code to check what's going on.

Signal doesn't even require any user names, passwords or PINs - you just use your existing phone number and address book (which is easy, but keep in mind it also gives your phone number to every chat partner).

What's new in 1.24.1 (see changelog for more)?

- We temporarily disabled the archive keyboard shortcut that was preventing macOS users from using Emacs-style keybindings in the compose field

Verdict:

There's plenty to do, but Signal's excellent security means it's already a good privacy choice.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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