The privacy-focused message app Signal can now make encrypted video calls. That adds a nice layer of security if you’re accustomed to something like Facetime but want a more private way to chat.
- Signal has been testing encrypted video calling as a beta feature for a little while and now anyone can use it on both Android and iOS. Both the caller and the recipient need to be using Signal, of course. There’s also new features on iPhones that make it easier to accept calls from the lockscreen, like you would a normal call (but keep in mind using that feature makes it a little less private, as those calls will appear in your recent call list.) [Open Whisper Systems]
- In other news, hackers have found an interesting exploit that might allow the Nintendo Switch to be jailbroken so that you can run other software on it. Although its operating system is designed to be closed, it shares some software with iOS that it uses to render web pages. It’s through that familiar bit of Apple software that jailbreakers have apparently gained access to the Switch’s OS. But it’s just a proof of concept at this point. [Gizmodo]
- You can now send and receive money through Gmail on Android. Gmail already had ways to send money through Google Wallet before, but they’ve tried to make it super easy; it pretty much works like sending an email attachment once you set it up with your bank account. If you’re already accustomed to Venmo or PayPal or Square, there isn’t any particular advantage of going through Google, though. [Google]
- LinkedIn now has photo filters? Yeah, LinkedIn now has photo filters. Having a nice profile pic results in more visits to your page, so… sure, photo filters. [LinkedIn Blog]