Commit 18d8c662 authored by akwizgran's avatar akwizgran

Merge branch 'release-1.1' into 'master'

Press release for version 1.1

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<strong>Latest News:</strong>
<a href="news/2018-1.0-released-new-funding.html">
Briar 1.0 released, new support from OTF
<a href="news/2018-briar-1.1-released.html">
Briar 1.1 released with dark theme, new emoji and more
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<h3>Press Release</h3>
<h2>Briar 1.1 released with dark theme, new emoji and more</h2>
<h5>September 13 2018</h5>
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The Briar Project released version 1.1 of its Android app today.
This release adds new features following the app's
<a href="2018-1.0-released-new-funding.html">first public release</a>
in May.
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Thanks to support from the
<a href="https://www.opentech.fund/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Open Technology Fund</a>,
the new release has a dark theme
designed by <a href="http://www.ura.design/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ura Design</a>.
Users can switch between the light and dark themes,
or use an automatic mode that activates the dark theme at night.
The conversation screen has also been redesigned,
with rounded message bubbles and a new color scheme.
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This release also adds lots of new emoji
and the ability to modify emoji skin tones.
Illustrative screenshots are available below.
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To protect the user's privacy when other people are using the device,
this release makes it possible to lock Briar without signing out.
The device's PIN or password is needed to unlock the app.
On recent versions of Android, the app can also be unlocked with a fingerprint.
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Briar now reminds the user to sign back in after restarting the device
or upgrading the app.
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Briar uses the Tor network to connect users with their contacts.
But in some countries, <a href="http://grobox.de/tor" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">access to Tor is blocked</a>.
Briar will now try to detect this
and use bridges to access the Tor network when needed.
Bridges are computers run by volunteers around the world
that help to provide access to the Tor network when it's blocked.
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Work on the next big release is already under way.
Among other things,
the Briar Project is working on a new way to add contacts securely
without meeting in person,
and support for attaching images to messages.
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<h3>About Briar</h3>
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Briar is a messaging app designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate.
Unlike traditional messaging tools such as email, Twitter or Telegram, Briar doesn't rely on a central server - messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices.
If the internet's down, Briar can sync via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, keeping the information flowing in a crisis.
If the internet's up, Briar can sync via the Tor network, protecting users and their relationships from surveillance.
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Briar has received funding from <a href="https://smallmedia.org.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Small Media</a>,
the <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20160413063937/https://www.openitp.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Open Internet Tools Project</a>,
<a href="https://accessnow.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Access</a>, the <a href="https://www.opentech.fund/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Open Technology Fund</a>,
and the <a href="https://prototypefund.de/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prototype Fund</a>.
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<h3>Contact</h3>
<p>Torsten Grote &lt;<a href="mailto:torsten&#64;briarproject.org">torsten&#64;briarproject.org</a>&gt; [<a href="https://grobox.de/gpg/0x74DCA8A36C52F833.asc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">PGP key</a>]</p>
<p>Michael Rogers &lt;<a href="mailto:contact@briarproject.org">contact@briarproject.org</a>&gt; [<a href="../keys/contact.asc">PGP key</a>]</p>
<p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/BriarApp" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@BriarApp</a></p>
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