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Brian Acton along with Neeraj Arora on Friday visited IIT Delhi
WhatsApp rolled out a new 'Status' feature on Friday Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Friday announced that it has 200 million monthly active users in India.
In a post on Twitter, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the statistic, while reiterating that the company now has 1.2 billion monthly active users – a figure revealed to Gadgets 360 last week by WhatsApp Product Manager Randall Sarafa. India has been the biggest market for the instant messaging app since November last year, when it announced it had over 160 million users in India.
Separately, Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, along with Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp, on Friday visited Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi to interact with the students.
The discussion focused on the ways WhatsApp can contribute to India as it is invested in building a service with high utility for millions of Indians, the company said in a statement.
WhatsApp has been rolling out updates and features to make the app more secure for its users.
The new 'Status' feature lets users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing.
Users can also see who has viewed their Status update by tapping the eye icon at the bottom of any Status update.
The new feature is now available to all users across the globe on Android, iPhone, and Windows devices.
Written with inputs from IANS
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Having your iPhone screen replaced by someone other than Apple will apparently no longer void the device's warranty, according to internal memos seen by MacRumors – although there are some caveats.
That means if you got your cracked screen swapped out by your local repair shop, Apple is still going to fix any other issues that crop up down the line. Previously, once you replaced your display using someone other than Apple, you were on your own.
As we said though, there are conditions: any future repairs must be non-display related, so if you want Apple to fix a botched screen repair job done by someone else, then you're still going to have to pay full price. And of course your device must still be under warranty, whether that's AppleCare or Apple's standard one-year deal.
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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 24 February 2017 Highlights Nokia 3310 reboot leaks hint at bigger, colour screen, and slimmer body
Revamped WhatsApp Status feature rolls out globally
Google Chrome users impacted by 'Font Wasn't Found' malware Just two days ahead of the rumoured launch of Nokia 3310 reboot on the sidelines of MWC 2017, details of the upcoming feature phone have leaked online. A new report says that the Nokia 3310 reboot will have a colour screen bigger than that of the original model, and that the handset will be slimmer and lighter too. The Nokia 3310 feature phone's display is also said to be larger and the physical keyboard’s key size and structure will be changed.
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But this is not the only major tech story of the day, as WhatsApp, iPhone 7, and the company behind Freedom 251 made news too. Let’s take a look at these and more on 360 Daily.
WhatsApp Status rolled out globally
On its eighth birthday, WhatsApp has rolled out its new Status feature to iPhone, Android, and Windows users worldwide. The new WhatsApp Status allows users to share videos, GIFs, and photos as Status instead of the boring old text message, just like Snapchat Stories. The new WhatsApp Status disappears automatically after 24 hours and you can control who sees your status. If you have not received the new feature yet, you just need to update the app once.
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iPhone 7 Plus reportedly catches fire, Apple responds
Apple is said to have gotten in touch with the owner of an iPhone 7 Plus that allegedly caught fire. This was caught on video, which has garnered 1.26 million views already. According to the iPhone 7 Plus’s owner, the device refused to turn on when she purchased it in January, but tests said that it was fine. After that, while she slept, the phone was on charge, and it allegedly started emitting smoke soon after it was taken off charging. The video shows the iPhone’s plastic case melting as the smoke continues. Apple is said to running its own tests on the handset now.
In other Apple news, the company may replace the Touch ID fingerprint sensor with acoustic imaging that could allow future iPhones to read fingerprints using sound imaging technology.
Ringing Bells founder arrested for fraud
Mohit Goel, founder of Ringing Bells, the company that launched the Rs. 251 smartphone Freedom 251 last year, has been arrested on charges of fraud. The FIR, lodged by a handset dealer, also accuses Goel of making death threats to kill the dealer and his family. The dealer allegedly paid Rs. 30 lakh to the company, but received only a fraction of the order. He said that while he received only Rs. 14 lakhs in new phones and cash, some of the phones turned out to be defective.
Vivo Y55s with 3GB of RAM, Smart Screen-Split feature launched in India
Chinese brand Vivo has launched the Y55s smartphone, an upgrade to last year’s Y55L, in India at Rs. 12,490. The new smartphone has a 5.2-inch HD screen, Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, up to 256GB microSD card support, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 5-megapixel selfie camera. Vivo Y55s comes with 4G support, has a 2730mAh battery, and allows users to run two apps on the same screen using the Smart Screen-Split feature.
Google Chrome users targeted by ‘Font Wasn’t Found’ malware
Google Chrome users on both Windows and Mac operating systems are the targets of a new malware that has been named ‘Font Wasn’t Found’. The exploit appears on some malicious unnamed WordPress sites, and a dialogue box appears on the screen saying “Font Wasn’t Found,” prompting users to download and install the fake Chrome Font Pack. The malware is not detected as malicious by neither Windows Defender nor Chrome; only nine out of 59 antivirus scanners reportedly classify it as a malware. So Chrome users, beware.
Uber, Ola drivers’ Delhi strike ends
The 13-day strike organised by some Uber and Ola drivers against the two companies’ low fares and lack of basic amenities has ended for now. Sarvodaya Drivers' Association of Delhi (SDAD), which was leading the protests, said that Ola has agreed to its demands; the taxi aggregation app did not comment on the matter. The drivers’ association said that the strike has been called off only till February 27, as Uber and Ola have sought time to resolve their issues.
Asus ZenFone Live with real-time beautification feature launched
Asus has launched the ZenFone Live smartphone with real-time beautification feature that removes blemishes from users’ faces when they record live video. So, while shooting a live streaming video such as Facebook Live or YouTube Live, the phone will be able to 'beautify' the participants. On the specifications front, the new Asus ZenFone Live has a 5-inch HD screen, Android 6.0 Marshmallow software, quad-core Snapdragon chipset (not specified), 16GB and 32GB storage options, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB microSD card support, 4G LTE support on both SIMs, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and 2650mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod with Bluetooth remote launched
Xiaomi has launched the new Mi Selfie Stick Tripod in the Chinese market that will allow users to take hands-free seflies. The selfie stick can be used as a tripod as well when users need to take shots from afar. Its detachable Bluetooth remote control allows users to click selfies from a distance using their phone; the device works with devices running Android 4.3 and above as well as iOS 5.0 and above. The Xiaomi Mi Selfie Stick Tripod, priced at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 900), is made of aluminium and sturdy for outdoor use, the company says.
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In another strange tale from the kinetic-attack-meets-cyberattack department, earlier this week I heard from a loyal reader in Brazil whose wife was recently mugged by three robbers who nabbed her iPhone. Not long after the husband texted the stolen phone — offering to buy back the locked device — he soon began receiving text messages stating the phone had been found. All he had to do to begin the process of retrieving the device was click the texted link and log in to the phishing page mimicking Apple’s site.
Edu Rabin is a resident of Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. Rabin said three thugs robbed his wife last Saturday in broad daylight. Thankfully, she was unharmed and all they wanted was her iPhone 5s.
Rabin said he then tried to locate the device using the “Find my iPhone” app.
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Home EntertainmentEntertainment News Akhil Arora, 24 February 2017 Highlights Ben Affleck left director position last month
Matt Reeves has directed two Apes films
No word on release date, as yet Matt Reeves – known for his work on Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – has been chosen to direct The Batman, the standalone DC universe movie starring Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, Warner Bros. announced in a statement on Thursday. He has been brought in to fill the position Affleck vacated last month.
In addition, Reeves will also serve as a producer on the film, the studio revealed. There’s no word on whether he has signed up for a multi-picture deal. The omission of Affleck’s name from the announcement added fuel to the fire that he may not return to the character after this year’s Justice League, but Warner Bros. confirmed later he “is still attached to star”.
“I have loved the Batman story since I was a child,” Reeves said. “He is such an iconic and compelling character, and one that resonates with me deeply. I am incredibly honoured and excited to be working with Warner Bros. to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen.”
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Reeves recently finished work on War for the Planet of the Apes, the third entry in the franchise, and his second Apes venture personally. The sci-fi war film will release July 14, with a lot riding on it after the critical acclaim garnered by its predecessor.
In that light, Reeves seems to be the right guy to take on another big franchise, though a Batman movie comes with its own set of demands, and expectations. Warner Bros., for its part, seems to have confidence in their new man.
“We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” Toby Emmerich, president and chief content officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said. Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his evolution into an emotional world-building director make him the perfect filmmaker to guide the Dark Knight through this next journey.”
The Batman is expected to begin filming later this year, as a finished script was still not in place as of last month, according to Affleck. Geoff Johns, Chris Terrio, and Affleck have all contributed.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 24 February 2017 Highlights Apple's new patent reveals potential replacement to Touch ID
The company reportedly also has five groups working wireless charging
iPhone 8 will have bezel-less display ditching the Home Button altogether iPhone 8 will not arrive before September, but leaks are arriving every day. The latest leak sheds some light on the rumoured wireless charging technology, and a new patent suggests how the iPhone 8 will embed fingerprint scanning technology without a Touch ID sensor.
Apple has been granted a new patent titled 'Acoustic Imaging System Architecture' that describes how the company plans to embed sound imaging for fingerprint reading through the display. In the 'detailed description' paragraph, the patent explains how this new tech will work as a fingerprint reader on the display. “In many examples, the acoustic imaging system is configured to resolve an image of a user's fingerprint when the user touches the display. The acoustic imaging system operates by generating acoustic waves (or pulses) that propagate through an external surface of the display and thereafter monitoring reflections, attenuations, and/or diffractions to those acoustic waves caused by the user's fingerprint,” it reads.
The advantage is that the imaging technology allows for flexibility on where it can be integrated on the phone, and is not constrained to a specific material. Plus, acoustic imaging can also read ear prints and hand prints as well, expanding ways on how it can be used on an iPhone. For example, the iPhone in the future could switch to speaker mode automatically as it detects the earplugs being removed from the ears and vice versa.
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With the iPhone 8 tipped to sport an all-glass display, an alternate to the dedicated Touch ID sensor is imminent. It has been reported to be replaced by optical fingerprint sensors, an on-screen capacitive sensor, or even facial recognition, but all of this is based on speculation and analysts' prediction. This patent, although very timely, doesn't necessarily mean that Apple will embed acoustic imaging in the iPhone 8. It could very well wait it out for the next year's release.
A separate report from Reuters also sheds light on wireless technology, claiming that all is not yet lost. Apple joined the Wireless Consortium last week, and many started speculating that the iPhone 8 could also come with a dedicated charging pad, and not with the earlier rumoured advance long-ranged wireless charging technology. However, this fresh report indicates that Apple still has five different groups dedicated to working on wireless charging technology, and looks to evolve the technology as much as possible for its products in the future. Whether we'll see more nuanced tech from Apple this year or not remains to be seen, however we do hope that the iPhone 8 does not sport the same charging-pad wireless tech seen on other Android phones in the past.
The iPhone 8 is tipped to sport a bezel-less OLED, a glass back, and advanced water and dust resistance.
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Highlights Several OnHub, Wifi routers randomly crashed on Thursday
Google blamed its Accounts engine for the issue
The issue required the routers to be reset Several Google OnHub and Google Wifi router users on Thursday complained that their devices had crashed. Google after investigating the issue asked router owners to perform a hard reset that solved the issue. The fix offered by Google however didn't go too well with several users who later demanded a refund for the products.
Google OnHub and Wifi users on Thursday took to the company's Product Forum as well as Reddit to vent their frustration. Some users even alleged Google to be slow in releasing fix for the issue. Google however acknowledged the issue, and was quick enough to start its investigation. According to multiple users who faced the issue, the routers flashed blue light and refused to reconnect.
In an update to the forum, Google apologised to Google OnHub and Wifi users and said, “Today we experienced an issue with our Google Accounts engine that may have affected your Google Wifi or OnHub device. This caused some devices to automatically reset to the initial state you bought them in. Unfortunately, these devices need to be set up again. We'd like to share our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience.” The issue that caused the routers to crash could be the same that caused several Google users logged out of Gmail and other Google services on Thursday.
The company has now launched a dedicated Support page for Google OnHub and Wifi router users which explains the steps to reconnect the device. One user named Andre after seeing Google's reply to hard reset wrote on the Product Forum, “The [..] reply is unacceptable. I have a network of over 30 devices all setup for reserved IPs and several port forwards. I am NOT setting all that up again and be unable to save such settings only to have google mess them up again. I expect a full refund for these unreliable products (3 packs).”
Google replied by again asking for resetting the device. “Unfortunately, your old network's info and settings are gone- when a device factory resets, all data is lost. This means that you will need to set back up your network as you did before, including device names, speed tests, etc.. We know that this is not necessarily an easy or quick process for many of you with complicated network setups, but unfortunately this is the only way to setup your network again. We apologize for all of the inconvenience this has caused, and will continue to help support in whatever way necessary,” Google further said in its Product Forums.
For those unaware, Google's OnHub and Wifi routers were launched to offer a more connected experience to users without facing weak or dead zones. The cylinder-shaped OnHub router was launched at $199.99 (roughly Rs. 13,000) while the Google Wifi was priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,600).
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Highlights Owner claims she always used original charger to charge phone
Apple Store said device was fine after conducting tests
The video went viral on social media on Wednesday If the explosion cases associated with Galaxy Note 7 have taught us something, it is that safety issues like this can damage a well-established company's image substantially. This is exactly why Apple has reportedly got in touch with the owner of an iPhone 7 Plus that was caught smoking in a viral Twitter video. The Cupertino-giant is currently said to be conducting its tests on the device.
Brianna Olivas, the owner of the iPhone 7 Plus in discussion, told Mashable that the entire episode started a day before when the smartphone, which she purchased from Sprint in January, refused to turn on. After Olivas took her device to Apple Store and tests were run on the smartphone, she was told that everything was fine with her unit.
“The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser,” Olivas told Mashable through a direct message on Twitter. “He went the the restroom … and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and [heard] a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom … as soon as he threw it in the restroom [it] blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone,” she said.
In the video shared by Olivas, her iPhone 7 Plus can be seen smoking with the plastic case melting in the process. The video has garnered over 1.26 million views and has caught a lot of attention on social media.
Olivas says that she has handed over her phone to Apple. An Apple spokesperson told Mashable it is aware of the video. “We are in touch with the customer and looking into it.” Interestingly, Olivas has claimed that she has always used Apple's original charger to charge the phone, therefore ruling out the possibility that a non-original product might be the reason behind device's explosion, as pointed out in a report by PhoneArena.
Even though this is not the first instance when an iPhone has been spotted catching fire, this case is still a rarity and it will be unfair to draw comparisons with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 where several cases of device catching fire were being reported almost every day after its launch.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Ketan Pratap, 24 February 2017 Highlights Vivo Y55s to go on sale from Sunday
The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 425 processor
It is an upgraded version of the Vivo Y55L launched last year Chinese handset manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its second smartphone this year, the Y55s, priced at Rs. 12,490. The new Vivo Y55s will be available in Crown Gold and Space Grey colours across the country from Sunday. The company says that the new Vivo Y55s is an upgraded version of the Vivo Y55L launched last year. The new Y55s comes with a more RAM and a bigger battery.
The Vivo Y55s features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display and comes with a 2.5D curved edge screen. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Vivo Y55L, on the other hand, was powered by Snapdragon 430 processor and came with 2GB of RAM. It runs the company's Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The handset packs 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and also comes with a 5-megapixel front camera. The 4G-enabled Y55s is backed by a 2730mAh battery. The Vivo Y55L came with a smaller 2650mAh battery.
One of the highlight features of the Vivo Y55s is its Smart Screen-Split feature which will allow users to multi-task as well as use two apps simultaneously.
Commenting on the launch, Kent Cheng, CEO of Vivo India said, “After the success of Vivo V5 Plus, we hereby strengthen our Y series portfolio with the launch of this power packed device, the Y55s. We at Vivo are motivated by our endeavour to consistently set industry benchmarks by offering best in class features at affordable prices. Focused on our commitment in servicing customer satisfaction through quality products, we are hopeful that our latest innovation will be as successful as our previous offerings. We are confident that Vivo will have a great run in the year 2017.”
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