Ajay Das

The new beta version of WhatsApp for Android comes with major updates. According to technology website Teknepolis, the latest package 2.17.375 takes up less space when downloading and installing. The decrease — approximately 6MB — in the size is due to the elimination of 20 libraries that were added in versions above.

The other major update is that when you change your phone number in WhatsApp, your contacts would receive notification of the update.

The feature would work every time you change your phone number. Users can even customise which contacts -- all or with which they have chats -- would see that they have changed numbers. In addition to these two major updates, the company has also modified 473 files correcting several minor errors. 

Google has now introduced a 'Question & answers' section to its Maps service on Android, apart from mobile search. As you might have guessed from the name, the new section essentially allows users to get answers to their queries regarding a specific location on the map. Users can ask and get answers to their questions with the new section and business owners can also interact directly with people as well.

the search giant says that "When deciding where to go and what to do, we often ask ourselves lots of questions before making a decision. Soon, you'll be able to ask those questions, get the answers you need, and even answer other people’s questions about places on Google Maps for Android and mobile Search." 

IBM Develops Tape Cartridge That Stores 330TB of Data

Scientists at IBM have managed to develop a prototype magnetic tape drive that fits in the palm of your hand and can store 330TB of uncompressed data. IBM Research worked alongside Sony Storage Solutions for years to achieve increased areal recording densities and develop this magnetic tape.

If you are wondering about the recording density, the prototype comes with an unprecedented 201Gb per inch density. "Tape has traditionally been used for video archives, back-up files, replicas for disaster recovery and retention of information on premise, but the industry is also expanding to off-premise applications in the cloud," said IBM Research fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou in a statement.

Facebook Groups for Pages Launched

Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. The feature will allow Page admins to create special groups within their Pages to provide a channel of discussion among people and authorities on subjects of common interest.

Apple Adds PayPal Payment Option on App Store

The iPhone maker will now allow customers to make purchases through its App Store, Apple Music, iBookstore, and iTunes with PayPal. Users need only to link their PayPal accounts to their Apple ID accounts to make payments through the services. However, PayPal access is currently only available to customers in Mexico and Canada. Those living in the U.S. and other countries will have PayPal access "soon," the digital payment company said in a statement.

PayPal has long been one of the more popular digital-payment platforms, allowing users to create online accounts to place purchases across the Web. PayPal users link credit or debit cards to their accounts. When buying products online, users can opt to checkout with PayPal credentials instead of sharing their credit card numbers with the merchant. PayPal argues it adds a layer of security users wouldn't get by inputting credit card information.

Ransomware Attacks: Ukraine Points Finger at Russia

Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber-attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic.

The country's SBU security service says it has found evidence suggesting Russian security services were involved, according to a statement released Saturday.

In its statement, SBU said it obtained data with international antivirus companies that led it to conclude that "the same hackers are involved in the attacks, which [shut down Ukraine's power grids] using Telebots and BlackEnergy in December 2016."

But Russian firms such as oil production company Rosneft were also made victims of the attack, leading some cybersecurity experts to suggest Moscow isn't responsible, said BBC

Last week's attack, a new strain of the Petya ransomware dubbed GoldenEye, comes almost two months after WannaCry crippled more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries. Cybersecurity company BitDefender and Microsoft found that the new bug first struck Ukraine via local tax accounting software MEDoc. Hackers had hid GoldenEye in the programme's software update and caused a widespread infection.

source: https://www.cnet.com/

 

 

Last week, WhatsApp slowly started rolling out the ability to share files of any type, and now, users of the Android beta report that one new feature (media bundling) has been added alongside one aesthetic change (a new call screen).

As per a report by Android Police, WhatsApp beta for Android users are reporting seeing a change in the way photo bundles will be shown to the sender and recipient. WhatsApp users can send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them as a bundle and not as before, one after another. The new feature refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

 

The new update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call.

YouTube tightens measures to remove extremist content

Alphabet Inc’s Google will implement more measures to identify and remove terrorist or violent extremist content on its video sharing platform YouTube, Kent Walker, Google's general counsel said in a blog post on Sunday.

"While we and others have worked for years to identify and remove content that violates our policies, the uncomfortable truth is that we, as an industry, must acknowledge that more needs to be done. Now," Walker wrote.

Google plans to increase its use of technology that identifies extremist and terrorism-related videos, and is increasing the number of independent experts participating in YouTube's Trusted Flagger program.

The company also announced it's taking a "tougher stance" on videos that don't clearly violate their policies, and will make it more difficult for users to find videos containing "inflammatory religious or supremacist content."

In its final step, YouTube is working with Jigsaw to implement the "Redirect Method" across Europe, which redirects potential Islamic State recruits toward anti-terrorist videos in an effort to sway them not to join the terrorist group.

Google already has thousands of people worldwide who "review and counter abuse" on its platforms, and engineers have developed technology to prevent re-uploads of known terrorist content. The platform has also invested in systems that flag new videos that should be removed, and developed partnerships with various stakeholders, including expert groups and counter-extremism agencies, to "inform and strengthen our efforts."

WhatsApp will soon roll out a new feature that will let you to recall the messages after they’ve been sent. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features, the Recall feature will be remotely enabled in 2.17.30+ of the app.

 

Version 2.17.30 has hit the App store, but the Recall feature hasn’t been pushed yet. The latest version of WhatsApp currently in the Play Store is build 2.17.190. It seems that  WhatsApp may be waiting for version 2.17.30 to be rolled out for the Play store, so that it can push the new update on both iOS and Anroid simultaneously.

Recall – also known as Unsend or Revoke – will work on all types of messages, including texts, videos, images, status replies, GIFs and documents, once they were sent with a five-minute window. Unfortunately, there’s a catch – only those messages will be recalled that have not been opened or read by the recipient. However, it is a “hidden feature”, which means it is disabled by default, and can only be enabled by WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has been long working to bring the “recall” feature on messages, which would allow users to delete the message after they’ve sent. The feature was first seen in April this year in a new Beta release of WhatsApp web.

WhatsApp has not officially confirmed the feature yet.
 
 

WhatsApp has updated its iPhone app to help customise your images, help organise photos you send and receive, and improve messaging. WhatsApp v2.17.30 for iPhone introduces photo filters, automatic albums, and a new reply shortcut as well.

Earlier, when you used to send multiple photos to a chat, it showed up in a series one below the other, often making you scroll a lot. Now, to make things more organised, WhatsApp automatically groups multiple photos that you send or receive into a photo album to avoid wastage of chat space and scroll.

Lastly, a new gesture has been added to enable quick replies in iOS chats. Now you can choose to reply to an individual just by swiping right on a specific text in chats. This reply shortcut will be particularly useful in group chats where you speak to multiple users at once.

"When users send or receive a collection of five or more photos or videos, they will automatically be grouped together as an album, creating a tile display within messages. When users tap on the album, they will see the collection of photos and videos in full screen," the company said in a statement.

These features have rolled out to iOS users only for now, and there’s no word on when Android users will receive it. The update has already arrived in the App Store, and you can download it for free from there.

source:http://gadgets.ndtv.com/

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