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Twitter gets a handy new feature!

Popular social networking site Twitter has launched a new feature which allows users to string together or add several tweets to a thread in a more hassle-free and efficient manner. Sasank Reddy, Product Manager at Twitter explains further- "We've made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your threaded tweets all at the same time”.

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Facebook to introduce ‘Private Comments’

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature that lets users' comments on posts be visible to only pre-approved individuals. The feature can be enabled by clicking on the 'padlock' icon showing privacy options like friends only, post owner and commenter only, and everyone else.

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Soon, Google will tell you when to get off a bus or a train!

Google Maps will reportedly launch a new feature that will provide users live guidance and real-time notifications during their journey. Reports say, this feature will notify users to get off a bus or a train when they’re close to a stop and give live updates as users walk or ride on local buses and trains. This feature is expected to go live soon.

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BSNL’s bonanza for its users from 2018

Following the footsteps of Airtel and Jio, BSNL plans to offer 4G LTE services in India from January 2018. The government-owned telecom operator also said that the speed would be phenomenal. It is also learnt that BSNL is planning to set up 15,000 Wi-Fi spots across India.

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OpenSignal reveals unexpected data about India’s 4G speed

According to a report by OpenSignal, India has the lowest 4G speed compared to 76 other nations.
OpenSignal says "network congestion" is the prime reason behind the slow 4G speeds. South Korea is said to have the highest availability to high 4G speeds, whereas Singapore has the fastest 4G download speed.

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Jio to increase data prices?

According to reports, telecom giant Reliance Jio may raise its data prices from 2018. Andrea Toth, from OpenSignal was quoted as saying, “Whether Jio remains the huge dominant driver in 4G growth remains to be seen. After a year of free and steeply discounted data pricing, Jio may make 2018 the year it raises prices. That could level the playing field for India's operators.”

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Revealed: WhatsApp's upcoming exciting features

Facebook's messaging platform WhatsApp is all geared up to introduce a slew of new features that include replying privately in groups, picture-in-picture mode (which will allow users to have a video chat with their friends and simultaneously message someone else), tap to unblock, link-based invite to a group and more.

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Instagram to launch new app for messaging

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has reportedly planned to launch a stand-alone app called ‘Direct’, which will offer private messaging to its users. When a user installs Direct, the inbox will disappear from the Instagram app and can only be accessed in the new messaging app. The application will be Facebook’s third stand-alone messaging application after WhatsApp and Messenger.

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Facebook to introduce another exciting feature

Facebook has reportedly planned to introduce a new feature for gaming with friends on the Messenger chat app. The new feature includes support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. The users will be able to record these live streams so that they can be posted to the profile afterwards.

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Scientists turn beer into fuel! Here’s how

Scientists at the Bristol School of Chemistry have reportedly utilized the ethanol content in beer to turn it into a sustainable and eco-friendly fuel. They have developed a catalyst which turns the ethanol in beer into butanol which is considered to be a replacement for petrol. This paves the way for future research and attempts to find better alternatives for petrol.

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WhatsApp to launch another app

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reportedly planned to launch a brand new app for Business. WhatsApp Business is different from the regular WhatsApp and the logo of the app has been changed from the calling symbol to “B” inside the green conversation bubble. However, after downloading, the app looks the same as WhatsApp, barring the title bar that says WhatsApp Business. The app has interesting features such as auto responses, creating a business profile, chat migration and analytics.

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India first country to get this exciting new Google Maps update

Taking into consideration India’s large number of two-wheeler users, Google Maps has reportedly rolled out a new update with its latest version – a two-wheeler navigation mode, a first in India feature. This mode shows routes optimized for two-wheeler usage, information on parking zones and road closures.

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Popular telecom offers unlimited international roaming to these countries

Popular telecom operator Vodafone has reportedly extended its unlimited international roaming service ‘Vodafone i-RoamFREE’ to countries including New Zealand and Thailand. This benefit for free international roaming is reportedly available in 20 countries including popular destinations such as UAE, USA, UK, Singapore and Malaysia. Notably, the packs are available at multiple prices ranging from Rs 500 for 24hrs to Rs 5,000 for 28 days.

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Instagram launches exciting feature

Instagram launched two big updates on Tuesday for Stories Archive and Stories Highlights. The two features let users save their stories for later use and give them another platform to represent their profiles. Stories Highlights refers to a new space on your Instagram profile where you can source images from Stories Archive.

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TRAI announces fastest 4G network for downloads

According to data collected by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Reliance Jio has recorded an all-time high average 4G download speed of 21.9 megabit per second on its network. This makes Jio more than twice as fast as its closest rival Vodafone 4G .

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Google launches new app and new version of Android

Google has launched a new app called Google Go, which will allow low-end handset users to avail all Google services and apps like Facebook, Instagram and Cricbuzz on one platform. Google also launched the Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level smartphones. It is designed for devices with less than 1GB of RAM. It will be available for download for all Android devices from December 5 onwards and will come pre-installed on Android Go devices.

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Facebook launches stand-alone app for children

Social media giant Facebook has reportedly launched a messaging app for children under 13 to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. The app is an extension of a parent's account and the service won't let children add their own friends or delete messages. The app comes with a slew of controls for parents.

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Shocking! Popular payment platform identifies customer data leak

Global payment platform Paypal has reportedly identified a potential compromise of personal information for approximately 1.6 million customers on TIO network, a Canadian payments platform owned by Paypal. Notably, PayPal suspended all operations with TIO after it discovered security vulnerabilities in the TIO platform. "The PayPal platform is not impacted in any way, as the TIO systems are completely separate from the PayPal network, and PayPal's customers' data remains secure," TIO Networks said in a statement.

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SHAREit and Truecaller ‘dangerous’? App owners respond

According to earlier reports, the Intelligence Bureau advised uninstalling several apps including SHAREit, WeChat, Truecaller, Xiaomi, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News from their phones due to data security threats. Following this, SHAREit in an official statement replied, "We have taken this issue seriously and are investigating the advisory.” Earlier last week, Truecaller also refuted such claims and said, “We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we're investigating.”

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Latest breaking update for OnePlus 5 and Star Wars fans

On the occasion of its anniversary in India (December 2), OnePlus5 announced the Star Wars Limited edition of its flagship OnePlus 5T smartphone. To be launched on December 14 in Mumbai, you can participate in the event by booking tickets for Rs 999 on Paytm, starting 10 am on December 7. 

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