Facebook has reportedly launched its new app for children called ‘Messenger Kids’ despite facing heavy criticism for attempting to lure children into social media websites. Messenger Kids lets children less than 13 years of age chat with friends and family. It does not display any ads and lets parents approve who their children can chat with. The app is available on iOS and Android devices in the U.S.
According to reports, popular dating app Tinder is set to introduce an option that allows women to start the conversation first on the app after a mutual match. While the app now allows both the genders to make the first move, the new setting will allow women to only interact with the men they message first. Mandy Ginsberg, CEO, Match Group Inc, Tinder’s parent company, was quoted as saying, “Giving people the choice versus telling people how to engage is the big difference.”
Following WhatsApp’s testing of payments made through the app in India, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was quoted as saying that WhatsApp’s UPI payment platform has security risks for consumers. He elaborated in a quote, saying,” We are just seeking an equal treatment. WhatsApp payment does not ask for log-in password, which is a huge security risk for consumers. While it is in beta testing, we don’t think there will be any changes added later.”
The most awaited feature of WhatsApp - the UPI payment - is now available to a select group of people currently. To activate this feature, you need an invitation from a person who has it already. However, the feature will be made available to all users soon.
According to a report on The Independent, popular photo-sharing app Instagram is testing a feature which will notify users when a ‘screenshot’ of their story is being taken. Reports say, the feature which is at its development stage is aimed at protecting the privacy of the users and will be made available to users soon.
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started testing out its UPI-based payments feature in India. The new feature enables users to send and receive money using the Indian government's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. The feature is currently available some on WhatsApp version 2.18.21 for iOS, and version 2.18.41 for Android and the feature will be rolled out to everyone soon.
According to reports, the Information Technology Minister Manikandan said that the Tamil Nadu government has requested Google to set up a Google centre in Tamil Nadu. Google’s India head Chetan Krishnaswamy reportedly met the Minister in the secretariat where this was discussed.
Following the union budget which was announced last week, Apple has reportedly increased the prices of all its iPhone models except iPhone SE in India. In the union budget, the import duty on mobile phones was increased from 15% to 20%. Notably, iPhone X which earlier costed Rs 1,05,720 will now cost Rs 1,08,930 and this price change is effective from today
According to reports, an iPhone battery exploded when a man bited it at a store in China. The man looking for a replacement for his iPhone battery exploded after he bit it possibly to check whether it was genuine or not. CCTV footage from the store shows the battery exploding and going up in flames as soon as the man removes it from his mouth.
According to reports, researchers have disclosed a major security flaw in the location-based dating app Tinder. Researchers say that Tinder mobile app lacks security protections as the app is not using encryption to prevent hackers from stealing data. The flaw means that anyone can extract Tinder pictures and other data.
According to reports, Jio has planned to announce “Republic Day 2018 Offer”. Jio users will get up to 50 percent more data on plans priced Rs 149 or above under the “Republic Day 2018 Offer”. Customers will have to buy a new recharge pack on or after January 26, 2018 to avail the data benefits under the Jio Republic Day Offer.
Stanford University researchers have reportedly developed a new artificial intelligence program that can tell when you are going to die. Researchers say that the program can give correct readings 90% of the time.The technology will be rolled across hospitals to treat terminally ill patients.
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly set to make payment feature live on the app by the end of February. According to an Economic Times report, the app is currently integrating its UPI based payment platform with SBI, HDFC, ICICI and AXIS banks. Reports say, the company had earlier received government’s approval to integrate with UPI and the feature is now in beta stage testing.
Multinational business magazine, Fortune has named technology giant Apple as the world’s most admired company. E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google's parent Alphabet. Apple has topped Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list for the 11th year in a row.
Facebook owned WhatsApp has launched a standalone app for business purposes as ‘WhatsApp Business’. The app has been launched to make business communication with customers more streamlined for small and medium enterprises. Users can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions.
Viva, a new Indian-based phone company, has announced the launch of its feature phone Viva V1 at just Rs 349. Exclusively available on Shopclues, the phone features a Vibrator, FM Radio, Torchlight, 650mah battery. The 1.44-inch monochrome display phone features the iconic snake game and has single SIM for 2G calling with SMS. Other features of the phone include Phonebook, Calculator and Calendar among others.
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out YouTube integration feature for iPhone users. The feature enables users to view YouTube videos within a chat. The YouTube picture-in-picture (PiP) feature is available in the latest version v2.18.11 of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature to prevent spam messages. The feature will notify users if they receive a message that has been forwarded many times, or if they are about to forward one of these messages themselves. The feature is reportedly being tested on both Android and iOS.
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature to "demote" other administrators. The feature will allow one administrator to "demote" other administrators without deleting them from the group and then adding again. The feature will be in the Group Info section as "Dismiss as admin".
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly started a series of measures to prioritise content from friends over brand and promotions. In his Facebook post, he said that the focus was to encourage people to have more meaningful interactions instead of viewing entertaining or informative content. “The first changes you'll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups,” he wrote.