Yahoo Disables Automatic Email Forwarding


As Yahoo’s embattled email service agonizes through a slew of bad news, with a hack that compromised more than 500 million accounts, some users are finding it hard to leave. Automatic email forwarding was disabled at the beginning of the month, numerous users told The Associated Press. While those who’ve set up forwarding in the past are unaffected, some who want to leave over recent hacking and surveillance revelations are struggling to switch to rival services.

“This is all enormously suspicious timing,” said Jason Danner, who runs an information technology business in Auckland, New Zealand, and is trying to quit Yahoo after 18 years with the email provider. Yahoo Inc. originally declined to comment on the recent change beyond pointing to a three-line notice on Yahoo’s help site which says that that the company temporarily disabled the feature “while we work to improve it.”

Do You Know Google’s Promise on Google Chrome 55?


Google Chrome is a notorious resource hog. It’s been known to guzzle up all the free RAM on your system and drain your battery at an alarming rate. Come December, and all this is set to change.

Chrome 55, which debuts on 6 December, will seemingly use an updated JavaScript engine, reports CNET. Google says that the updated engine uses much less RAM and that the benefits can amount to 50 percent more free RAM.

As far as most of the web-browsing world is concerned, however, they’d rather be using Chrome than any other browser. There are those who’ll stick to the default browser, be it Safari or Internet Explorer (IE) or even Edge, but those folk are doubtful to care about things like RAM consumption and battery life.

WhatsApp Introduces Snapchat Style


WhatsApp just updated the application with extra features for chatting and sharing multimedia. WhatsApp has introduced stickers used by Twitter and Snapchat. The sticker set is called Twemoji, made by Twitter Open Source and is accessible for use by anyone under an MIT and Creative Commons license. The stickers can be slapped on to videos and images. Text can be added on top of the multimedia shares as well, with options to change the font and colours.

Users can draw directly onto the image as well, in various colours. Multiple stickers can be layered onto an image, along with the drawings. The stickers can be dragged around, rotated and the pinching gesture can be used to resize. There is a color gradient offered that can colour the stickers and text, and these have more colours on offer than Snapchat. Additionally, WhatsApp permits users the option to use speech and thought bubbles as well.

Facebook Launches Messenger App


Facebook Inc launched a stripped down version of its popular Messenger app for emerging markets on Monday as it seeks to expand its international footprint.

Messenger Lite, which uses less data and is designed to work in areas with slower internet connections, will roll out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Facebook said it will develop to other countries in the coming months.

Facebook has mainly saturated Western markets, including North America and Europe, and has set its sights on developing countries, in part by rolling out “lite” versions of its main Facebook app and now Messenger, which have fewer capabilities than the main apps.

Users with Android phones will still be able to use the core features of Messenger, including the capability to send text messages, photos and links but will not be able to make video or voice calls or make payments.

Facebook Announces Marketplace


Facebook has announced the launch of “Marketplace”, an online extension of social network experience wherein people can join with each other to discover, buy and sell items. This provides a more efficient approach for people to quickly list the products that they want to sell or are interested in buying.

The discover suggestions are focused on the community while taking into account the distance to the seller. The service is presently limited to Android and iOS users over 18-years-old of age in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. The company has announced a gradual rollout of the service to additional countries as announced on the Facebook Newsroom post.

Marketplace offers an instinctive design to make posting items for sale easier. To add an item to market for sale, you just have to click or upload the image of the item, add product name, description and price including the location and category of the listing. The company is now working on the desktop version of the Facebook website, and it will reach in coming months.