WhatsApp For iOS Gets Large Emoticons, Zoom While Recording Video

WhatsApp for iOS gets large emoticons, zoom while recording video

WhatsApp developers are slowly rolling out the features that they had been testing in closed beta test groups. Some of the features touted and mentioned in the leaks arrived with the latest Apple iOS update yesterday. The most protuberant of new features include large emojis which was uncovered in the app code weeks back.

In addition to bigger emoji, you can now zoom in and out while recording videos in WhatsApp by sliding your finger up and down. Chat improvements are also part of the update as you can now select multiple chats to quickly archive, delete, or mark as read. The optimizations extend to refining average chat load time in addition to the message management. Most of the new features on WhatsApp are initially rolled out to iOS versions of the app and later come to the Android version of the app.

Google Announces Google Play Family Sharing Across All Supported Google Play Services

Google Play Family Library Now share your Google Library with up to 6 family members

Google has finally announced Google Play Family Sharing across all supported Google Play Services.

The Play Family Library system will permit you to share your entire Google Play library—movies, games, music and books included—with up to six other members of your family. The feature isn’t just limited to Android devices however and iOS users will also be able to share and enjoy Google Music, Movies and Books purchases on their devices.

As far as we can tell, Google’s offering is identical to Apple’s Family Sharing system, which also permits you to add up to six family members to a Family Sharing account. The pricing is also very similar, with both companies charging $14.99 for Google Play Music and Apple Music Family Sharing plans.

Microsoft Launches Camera App For iPhones, iPads

Microsoft releases camera app for iPhones, iPads

Microsoft on Wednesday released a new replacement camera application, called Pix, for iPhones and iPads. Upon detecting a face, the app automatically adjusts settings and after-shot enhancements. It also permits comparing the before and after images. The app can sense motions in the shot and automatically make a live Image, and can even help stabilize and time lapse existing videos.

Facebook Net Income Rises 186% To $2 Billion

Facebook net income rises 186% to $2 billion

Social media giant Facebook on Wednesday reported a net income of $2.04 billion for the quarter ended June, up 186% over the year-ago period. The company’s revenue also surged 59.2% year-on-year to $6.44 billion. Further, total advertising revenue increased by 63% to $6.24 billion. Facebook now has more than 1.7 billion monthly active users, an increase of 15% year-on-year.

Facebook Open Sources Its Surround 360 Camera

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Facebook recently open sourced its high-quality 3D-360 hardware and software video capture system, called Surround 360 camera, which was unveiled earlier this year. It will come with a set of instructions for assembling the camera, loading the software and shooting 360 content. The $30,000-setup features 17 cameras with four-megapixel lenses that can shoot 4K, 6K or 8K 360º videos.

Check Out World’s Most Secure Android Phone

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Blackberry unveiled its second Android smartphone, DTEK50, which it claims is the world’s most secure Android device. The $299-phone lets users automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk. It also offers full disk encryption and secures boot process, wherein each stage of boot chain will verify the next stage’s status.

Tim Cook On Apple’s Fastest Growing Markets

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Soon after announcing the third quarter revenue – Apple still makes billions but iPhone sales slump – Tim Cook spoke about how the company sees huge potential in India. After the announcement, he said, “We’re looking forward to opening retail stores in India down the road, and we see huge potential for that vibrant country.”

After norms relaxed (30 percent) in November 2015, Apple had applied for exemption on the ground that it was introducing “state-of-the-art” and “cutting-edge technology” to the country. However, the DIPP found that there was “nothing to show that Apple’s technology is cutting edge” revealing that Apple may have once again hit a roadblock when it comes to opening its Apple Stores in India.

Dell Launches New Inspiron 3000 And 5000 2-In-1 Notebooks In India

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Soon after announcing the third quarter revenue – Apple still makes billions but iPhone sales slump – Tim Cook spoke about how the company sees huge potential in India. After the announcement, he said, “We’re looking forward to opening retail stores in India down the road, and we see huge potential for that vibrant country.”

After norms relaxed (30 percent) in November 2015, Apple had applied for exception on the ground that it was introducing “state-of-the-art” and “cutting-edge technology” to the country. However, the DIPP found that there was “nothing to show that Apple’s technology is cutting edge” revealing that Apple may have once again hit a roadblock when it comes to opening its Apple Stores in India.

Verizon Buys Online Pioneer Yahoo

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Yahoo, that has been restructuring its business for year now, finally sold out to Verizon. Verizon sealed the deal for $4.83 billion, all in cash. This acquisition gives Verizon access to Yahoo’s advertising technology tools such as BrightRoll and Flurry, assets such as Search, Mail, Messenger as well as real estate, among others. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2017.

Some experts believe that Yahoo has almost become a non-entity, but it is a great deal for Verizon. “Even with almost a billion visits per month, Yahoo had already become a non-entity with momentum having shifted from its core offerings to competitor’s years ago. The deal is good for Verizon because it has come at a fair price and they can leverage some of the capabilities in their digital offerings,” said Ashutosh Sharma, Vice President, Research Director, Forrester Research.

Hillary Clinton App Launched On iOS

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US Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s supporter group Hillary for America launched ‘Hillary 2016’ on Apple’s App Store on Sunday. The app features check-ins to campaign events and televised speeches, quizzes on Clinton’s policies, and offers virtual badges and physical prizes. “The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the presidency is us,” the app’s description reads.

New App Can Help Prevent Car Theft

New app can help prevent car theft

US firm Voyomotive has developed an app to help prevent vehicle hacking and theft. The Lockdown app uses two-step authentication to authorize vehicle entry and engine start via a hardware controller that can be installed inside any car. If an unauthorized user tries to enter the vehicle, the app re-locks the doors, honks the horn and flashes the headlights.

Prisma, Popular iOS Photo Editing App Launched on Android

Prisma, popular iOS photo editing app launched on Android

The popular image edition tool for iOS, Prisma was officially launched for Android devices around midnight yesterday. The app was launched in a closed beta about a week ago. But the developer had to shut down the program after someone posted the APK online saying that he had received all the feedback for an official launch.

The app reached all-time popularity among iOS users soon after it was launched. It delivers an Instagram-isqe interface where you click a picture and are provided with various filters to apply. These filters are based on the popular art paintings are complex patterns with no alternative app providing the filters. There are total 26 filters available in the Android app at the time of writing. One important thing to note is the app only works on a data connection and refuses to work otherwise.

Microsoft Adds Pokémon Detector and Automatic Albums To OneDrive

Microsoft adds Pokémon detector and automatic albums to OneDrive

Microsoft just updated OneDrive with a bunch of new features, including an automatic album feature, an “on this day” feature, and a Pokémon detector that automatically catalogs all screenshots taken of Pokémon Go.

Automatic Albums are generated when a user takes a series of photos over a short span of time at particular locations. The best photos are selected automatically, and put into an album that can be shared online. The “On this day” feature shows earlier photos that have been taken on the same day in the past. This adds an instant does of nostalgia every time you open the application.

Google Maps Rolling Out Wi-Fi Only Mode

Google Maps rolling out Wi-Fi only mode

Google is finally rolling out a Wi-Fi only mode for its much-loved Maps app. Apart from the new toggle, has also added new notifications for mass transit delays as well. Android Police reports that the new feature is rolling out gradually and that users will need Maps v9.32 installed to take advantage of the same.

The toggle for the Wi-Fi only mode can be found in Settings screen. If you can see it right away, you are perhaps one of the lucky ones to be able to use the new feature.

Previously known as ‘offline areas’, the new toggle does what it states, which is to disconnect the Maps app from your cellular or data network. Google however, states in a small pop up that the Maps app may still use a small amount of data during operation.

Tinder Social launched in India, USA, UK and Other Select Countries

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Tinder, one of the most popular social discovery service app has announced the launch of Tinder Social in India. In addition to India, Tinder Social is being launched in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This feature gives the users, the capacity to create entire groups of people, meet new people, plan activities and hang out together. This feature is the virtual take on how we make a new connection in the real world, with a group of friends, meeting people with shared common interests and meeting at a place together.

The feature was first launched in Australia during the test run by Tinder. Tinder Social users adapted the feature well and have organized pub crawls, met for concerts and more using the app. “Tinder Social is designed to make it as easy as likely to plan your night, get out into the real world and meet new people. The new feature takes the Tinder experience to a new level, offering our users more ways to expand their social circles and interact with potential matches. We believe it’s the ultimate tool for planning your next adventure,” said Sean Rad, CEO, and co-founder of Tinder.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Is Available For A Limited Time Exchange Offer

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Microsoft India and Amazon are offering the Surface Pro 4 at a discounted rate for a limited time. The proposal is available on the Surface Pro 4 Core M. The deal is particularly meant for students, but anyone can go for it. The exchange offer is accessible for any kind of laptop or tablet. The offer is valid for iPads and Macbooks as well.

The process is completely online, first users have to pay full price for the device from Amazon. After that, the old tablet or laptop order ID and details have to be entered into the partner website, ReGlobe. Once the laptop is assessed, users will get the price set for the device from ReGlobe, with an additional Rs 20,000 cash bonus.

Twitter Launches Dashboard App! Targets Small Business Accounts

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To help business owners connect with their users, micro-blogging website Twitter has launched “Twitter Dashboard” — an app to streamline engagement for business accounts. “Available on web and iOS version, Dashboard comprises features that have popped up in other Twitter products in the past. In both versions, Twitter guides you through a quick process to create a custom “About You” feed tailored to show tweets about your company or business,” .

The feed takes into account what type of business you are running, and then combines mentions and keyword searches to find people talking about your brand, even if they do not tag your handle directly, the report said. On Tuesday, Twitter added a new feature that would let a user add virtual stickers to photos by just searching them like hashtags. The company is also creating collections of stickers that are linked to the time of year and events such as New Year and Christmas. The new feature was similar to adding a sticker to a Snapchat post where a user can resize, rotate and add multiple stickers to each post.

New Features In WhatsApp Coming Soon

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WhatsApp is not taking a break in adding newer features to the platform. Right after adding a new ‘FixedSys’ font for iOS and Android users, the company will add the ability to share all kinds of files, public invitations links and QR codes for WhatsApp groups. WhatsApp will also add the newly introduced 70 emojis submitted by Unicode Consortium last month. Apart from that, keeping the importance of cyber security, WhatsApp will introduce two-factor authentication to the popular messaging platform. This will work through e-mail and you can also change the recovery email using WhatsApp web.

The option to change chat backgrounds with solid colours is now accessible for WhatsApp Web users. The mention feature is also pegged to arrive soon on the app. However, despite the feature working as intended, WhatsApp needs to recover the notification system to accommodate notifications for mentions along with the usual WhatsApp text and call notifications. WABetaInfo dug through the code from WhatsApp Beta versions and reported about the possibility of these features along with some hidden features.

Microsoft Asked To Stop Collecting Excessive User Data by French Government

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The French data protection authority on Wednesday ordered Microsoft Corp to stop collecting excessive data on users of its Windows 10 operating system and serving them personalized ads without their consent. The CNIL said the U.S. company had three months to stop tracking browsing by users so that Windows apps and third-party apps can offer them targeted advertising without their consent, failing which it could initiate a sanctions procedure.

A number of EU data protection authorities created a contact group to investigate Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system following its launch in July 2015, the French privacy watchdog said. The action against Microsoft mirrors that taken by the CNIL against Facebook, which was ordered in February to stop collecting users’ information then used for advertising without their consent.

Facebook Messenger Now Has More Than A Billion Active Users

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Facebook Messenger has just crossed the one-billion-active-user mark. The app now joins the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook, both owned by Facebook Inc. by the way, in an elite club.

Facebook thanked their billion users in a blog post yesterday, and commemorated the milestone with a special emoji and a video. Facebook Messenger users will also receive a notification when they open their app. Also, just try sending someone a balloon emoji!

In their blog post, Facebook very happily points out that we’re sending 22 million gifs a day, that we’ve played 1.2 billion games of basketball and at least 250 million games of soccer. We’ve also apparently sent our moms 300 million flower stickers and 360 million valentines to our loved ones.