Home AppsApps News Gadgets 360 Staff, 20 February 2017 Highlights WhatsApp Status will roll out globally in phases, starting with Europe
It will be available for Android, iPhone, and Windows versions
Users will be able to use photos, videos, GIF images as Status updates Ahead of its eighth birthday later this week, WhatsApp is introducing what is perhaps the biggest fundamental change to how people use one of its core features – WhatsApp Status. Instead of the boring 'Hey there, I'm using WhatsApp' that most people have by default or putting something else they rarely change, the Facebook-owned messaging app wants people to update their WhatsApp Status multiple times a day.
What's New in WhatsApp Status?To encourage this, your WhatsApp Status will no longer be a boring text message – instead you get to express yourself using a short video that looks similar to Instagram Stories, which in turn was of course heavily 'inspired' by Snapchat's feature of the same name. You can share photos, videos, and GIFs as your WhatsApp Status, which are visible to all your contacts using the app by default. WhatsApp Status updates disappear after 24 hours.
WhatsApp Product Manager Randall Sarafa told Gadgets 360 that the new WhatsApp Status combines three existing features – broadcast lists, media sharing, and of course, Status.
WhatsApp Becoming More Like a Social NetworkThe new WhatsApp Status implementation represents a move away from the traditional messaging app model that WhatsApp had by and large stuck to until now, and is an attempt to add more social-networking capabilities where you broadcast regular updates to your friends, who then share their comments or reactions. The one difference here is any replies that your friends send to Status updates are visible only to you, in your Chat with that friend, with a message that indicates which WhatsApp Status update they are replying to.
The WhatsApp UI has been updated to accommodate the new features. With video now meant to be a big part of the WhatsApp experience thanks to Status updates, the built-in camera gets a prominent icon of its own. The idea behind the change, Sarafa says, is to get users to share stuff with people “without thinking about which chat window to share it with”. So, instead of first picking a WhatsApp chat and then triggering the camera from there like you typically do, you are now encouraged to shoot first, and figure out the sharing options later.
How to Use New WhatsApp Status FeaturesAs you would expect, Status gets a tab of its own, in between Chats and Calls. It's easy to create Status messages, especially if you've used the aforementioned Stories feature in either Snapchat or Instagram. WhatsApp Status updates you create are visible to your contacts by default, though you can change them to My contacts except… or Only share with… as well.
Within the Status tab you will see various groups: My status, which shows your most recent WhatsApp status (you can swipe to see who's seen your Status, similar to messages); Recent Updates, which shows new WhatsApp Status messages that your friends have created in the last 24 hours; Viewed Updates, which is self explanatory; and Muted, which lists updates from users you've muted. If you deleted a WhatsApp Status you've created, it's deleted from the phones of all your contacts – even from ones who've already seen the Status.
When Do I Get the New WhatsApp Status?The new WhatsApp Status feature is rolling out users in Europe to begin with, Sarafa said, with other regions in line to get the feature later. The feature will ultimately be available to all WhatsApp users on Android, iPhone, and Windows.
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Home 360daily360daily Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 20 February 2017 Highlights Nokia 8 listing suggests flagship phone will be priced at CNY 3,188
iPhone 8 may replace Touch ID with 3D laser tech, says JP Morgan analyst
Xiaomi Mi 6 to come in three variants, specifications allegedly leaked Nokia 8 Android flagship phone’s price has leaked online courtesy a listing on Chinese e-commerce site JD.com. The listing is for pre-registrations for the Nokia 8 sale, and it is hard to confirm if it is authentic or not. According to the Nokia 8 listing, the smartphone – which is expected to be launched on February 26 on the sidelines of MWC 2017 – will be priced at CNY 3,188 (roughly Rs. 31,000). The flagship Nokia Android phone is expected to feature a 5.7-inch display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 24-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics on the back, 12-megapixel camera in front, Android 7.0 Nougat software, and 64GB and 128GB internal storage options.
But that's not the only major leak of the day. Check out your 360 Daily roundup below for the biggest tech news of the day.
iPhone 8 may sport 3D laser scanner for facial feature
Apple may do away with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor with the iPhone 8, and instead use a 3D laser tech for facial recognition, according to JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall. He adds that using the 3D laser tech will increase the bill of materials for iPhone 8 by $10-15, but the new technology may help the proliferation of the Apple Pay payments solution among consumers who are not satisfied with the reliability of Touch ID. Further, he said that the 3D laser tech would also help the company enable AR/VR functions in the upcoming flagship iPhone model.
Xiaomi Mi 6 specifications allegedly leaked
A Chinese tipster has leaked the alleged specifications of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship smartphone, which is said to come in three variants. One of the Xiaomi Mi 6 variants is said to pack 4GB RAM and 32GB storage, and feature full-HD screen resolution; the other model will reportedly have 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and WQHD display resolution; the premium Mi 6 variant, on the other hand, will be the only with curved edges on both sides, 6GB RAM, and ceramic body. The smartphone is also said to sport a 12-megapixel camera with Sony IMX386 sensor.
BharatQR Code interoperable payment acceptance solution launched
RBI Deputy Governor R. Gandhi today launched the BharatQR code payment acceptance solution, which has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), MasterCard, and Visa. With this interoperable and low-cost payment solution, consumers will not have to scan separate QR codes at the same merchant provided by the different payment networks. Instead, merchants will only need to display a single QR code, either at their retail outlet or on the acquiring bank’s mobile app. BharatQR is compatible with MasterCard, Visa and RuPay accounts.
Incidentally, Paytm also announced today that it will invest a sum of Rs. 600 crores in its QR code-based payment solution to enable digital payments for merchants.
Vodafone-Idea merger may be finalised within a month
The merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, which will create India’s biggest telecom operator, will reportedly be finalised within a month. The two companies are said to be close to signing a deal, and it may happen as soon as February 24 or 25. Former Vodafone India head Marten Pieters has been roped in to work on the proposed merger with Idea. The initial talks for the Vodafone-Idea merger were based on equal rights between Vodafone Group and Aditya Birla Group (Idea’s parent company), with Vodafone getting shares in Idea.
Sony Xperia X gets a Rs. 14,000 price cut
In less than a year of launch, the Sony Xperia X smartphone has received a second price cut, this time bringing its price down by Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 24,990; the smartphone had originally been launched in May last year at a price of Rs. 48,990. Despite a substantial decrease in price tag, the Sony Xperia X remains more expensive than other handsets with the Snapdragon 650 processor, such Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Other key features of the Sony smartphone are 5-inch full-HD screen, 3GB RAM, 23-megapixel rear camera, 13-megapixel front camera, and 2620mAh battery.
Reliance Jio, Uber announce strategic partnership
Disruptive telecom operator Reliance Jio and ride-hailing app Uber have announced a strategic alliance in India. As the first step in this partnership, Uber customers will be able to pay for their rides using the JioMoney wallet app; similarly, JioMoney users will be able to book and pay for Uber rides from within the wallet app. The two companies said they will work together to enrich the Jio Digital Life experience with complementary programmes.
Xiaomi to launch home-made Pinecone processor on February 28
Xiaomi will launch the Pinecone processor, which the Chinese smartphone brand has developed in-house, at an event on February 28. The Pinecone processor’s launch has been confirmed on Weibo, and the event will take place at the Beijing National Convention Center at 2pm China time (11:30am IST). So far, Apple, Samsung and Huawei are the only other smartphone brands that develop their smartphone processors in-house.
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Home AppsApps Features Gadgets 360 Staff, 20 February 2017 Highlights WhatsApp beta for iPhone is trickier to install than on Android
You will need to manually install newer beta versions every time
The app's beta version isn't linked to the App Store Getting on an app’s beta version means access to upcoming features sooner than everyone else, but it could also spell trouble, as these versions of apps aren't necessarily stable. Crashes and lost data are both possibilities when using a beta. That said, WhatsApp beta users do get early access to features well before the others. We've already talked about installing the WhatsApp beta on Android. Installing WhatsApp beta on an iPhone isn’t as straightforward, which is to say it probably isn’t for everyone. If you’re still determined to go down that route – you are still reading after all – there are some things you should be aware of:
WhatsApp doesn’t make use of Apple’s beta testing programme, Testflight. Instead, you’ll need to use third-party software to sideload the beta, as detailed below. Since you’ll be sideloading the WhatsApp beta, it won’t auto-update when the next beta version becomes available. And it’s not linked to the App Store, which means you won’t get updates from there either – you will need to repeat the steps indicated below to download and install new versions of WhatsApp beta for iPhone. You’ll need iTunes. That may not seem like a warning, but it could well be a deal breaker for some. Be prepared to create an additional Apple ID, if you’re wary about giving access to your primary account (see steps below).Now that we’ve established all that, here’s how you can download and install WhatsApp beta on iPhone:
Uninstall WhatsApp on your iPhone, if you have it. Make sure you backup your WhatsApp data before you proceed, otherwise you will end up losing it completely. Connect your iPhone to a computer – Windows/ macOS – and launch iTunes on the computer. Make sure you tell the phone to the trust the computer, when prompted. Verify that the phone is showing up in iTunes, and then quit iTunes. Keep your iPhone plugged in. Download the WhatsApp beta from this link. Download and launch Cydia Impactor. Drag the WhatsApp IPA file from step 5 to the tiny Cydia Impactor window. You will be promoted to enter an Apple ID followed by the password. Use your existing one, or create a new one. We recommend the latter, just to be safe. Cydia Impactor will then install the WhatsApp beta file on your iPhone. If you try to launch the WhatsApp app beta on your phone right now, you will get an error message. To fix the error, go to your iPhone's Settings > General > Device Management. Tap 'Trust ' where your_Apple_ID will be the account you used in step 8. Go back and launch WhatsApp.If you follow that correctly, you should be running the latest beta version of WhatsApp, assuming you don’t encounter any errors. Note that syncing message logs and other data between beta and stable versions may not always be possible. If you want to go back to the general build, just delete the beta version, and install WhatsApp from the App Store.
Did you have any trouble getting WhatsApp beta on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments below, and we will do our best to answer your queries.
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Washington (AP) — The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.
The news organizations said in a court filing there was “no adequate justification” for the FBI to continue to withhold information on the cost of the tool or the identity of the vendor that sold it. They said their requests were narrowly tailored and, contrary to the arguments of the FBI and Justice Department, did not seek information that would jeopardize national security or be exploited by America's enemies.
“While it is undisputed that the vendor developed the iPhone access tool, the government has identified no rational reason why knowing the vendor's identity is linked in any way to the subs..
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Highlights iPhone 8 rumoured to launch with a 3D facial recognition feature
Apple likely to ditch home button on next iPhone
Wireless charging may not debut on iPhones this year, says analyst There has been no scarcity on iPhone leaks, and the latest points out that Apple may ditch Touch ID to replace it with a 3D facial recognition feature. Another report separately hints that Apple may give wireless charging a miss this year, and the iPhone models in 2018 may come with wireless charging support.
The latest tip comes from JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall who corroborating earlier leaks claims that the iPhone 8 will ditch the home button for a full-screen design, and do away with Touch ID completely. Hall adds that iPhone 8 may sport a front 3D laser tech for facial recognition.
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The analyst however confesses that new facial recognition tech may increase the bill of materials cost for iPhone 8 by roughly $10-15. Hall however adds that facial recognition adoption may increase Apple Pay adoption among consumers which were still not happy with reliability of Touch ID.
“One obvious and potentially most compelling use would be AR/VR experiences in which the user's hands and other real world objects are being scanned and integrated into a field of view provided by the iPhone mounted into a Google Daydream-like headset. This would open up many interesting entertainment and gaming experiences not available today and might give Apple something extra in an AR/VR accessory compared to Google and others,” Hall said (via MacRumors) in a note.
Additionally, another JP Morgan analyst Harlan Sur in a separate note claimed that Apple is working with Broadcom to come up with a customised wireless charging technology. Sur adds that Apple and Broadcom have been working on a solution for roughly two years now. Sur contradicting to recent reports claims that Apple's iPhone 8 may not support wireless charging. Instead, Sur says that Apple may use the feature in next year's iteration citing the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco.
“We believe the glass back cover is conducive to wireless charging as it reduces signal interference versus a metal casing. It is possible for Apple to add proprietary features such as fast charging or extended charging to differentiate itself from the pack and enhance the value of its own hardware ecosystem,” CNBC quotes Sur.
In a recent development, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) – an industry group behind wireless charging standards. This move testified to Apple's rumoured plans of introducing wireless charging with the iPhone 8 – a feature that has been leaked several times in the past.
Bloomberg reports that Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry) shares have showed signs of optimism touching a decade-high on the eve of Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone launch this year.
Finally, 9to5Mac has [dissected] Ming-Chi Kuo's last note to investors and has speculated on the pixel density and Retina scaling used on the iPhone 8. Kuo said the iPhone 8 would have a 5.8-inch display with a 2800×1242 pixels resolution that fits in a 4.7-inch iPhone frame. The display is also tipped to sport a 'function area', making the actual display resolution 2436×1125 pixels. All this is being translated to a pixel density of 521ppi (the highest yet on an iPhone) and 3x Retina scaling to help iOS elements match pixels.
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Newspaper headlines last week screamed that India's polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) created history by lobbing 104 satellites in a single mission, shattering the Russian record of 37. What was missed out was the intricacy required to do so.
While the numbers no doubt heightened the morale of scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), some of them take pains to point out that setting a world record was really not the primary objective of the launch – though, justifiably, the event boosted the national pride.
“Frankly ISRO does not claim it wanted to set any record,” K. Sivan, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, which makes the PSLV and all other rockets for ISRO, told this correspondent on the phone.
Space scientists note that the number of satellites launched by a rocket in one mission is not comparable to scoring runs in cricket.
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They say that smaller and light-weight satellites – like the ones launched in last week's mission – have made it possible for rockets to carry several of them, their number limited only by the space available in the rocket and its carrying capacity.
But what is required is a lot of engineering innovations for stacking the tiny satellites in the available space and ejecting them sequentially in the desired orbits without colliding with each other.
This is the achievement of ISRO's launch vehicle team that calls for celebration, the scientists noted.
“Each mission of ISRO has a different kind of challenge and we gain confidence by meeting the challenge,” Sivan explained.
For instance, a mission in 2001 required two satellites – one of them belonging to an overseas customer – to be placed in different orbits. This was something ISRO had not done before, but its scientists took up the challenge and found a way out.
Sivan said last week's mission posed ISRO engineers the technical challenge to develop the mechanism for enabling the rocket to release, in about 10 minutes, a flock of 101 tiny satellites at the right place and time. The successful mission proved ISRO scientists' competence in executing this difficult task, Sivan said.
“That ISRO created a world record by scoring a century in space is a hype invented by the media,” Y.S.Rajan, a distinguished professor in ISRO, told this correspondent over phone.
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Rajan who was a close associate of late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the renowned space scientist and India's former President, pointed out that ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar himself has not claimed what the media played up.
In fact, in his post-launch address, the chairman tempered jubilation with sound reasoning by saying that the launch was not undertaken to set any new “record”.
He said that the PSLV, after accommodating India's three satellites, had the capacity to spare for another 101 satellites from abroad. The money earned by carrying them almost halved the launch cost of the PSLV.
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The iPhone 7 is available in five colors, more than any other iPhone that preceded it, since Apple introduced two new colors this past fall while eliminating an old one. But that might not satisfy everyone’s needs, especially considering that the Jet Black version scratches and the finish on the matte black models seems to chip off for some people. If the following rumor is true, then there’s reason to be excited. Apple might soon launch an iPhone in a color we haven’t really seen before.
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According to Japanese blog Macotakara, which cites a research note from Barclays, Apple might soon launch a red iPhone 7. Some people would rightly point out that Apple has had a red iPhone before, the iPhone 5c, but that was a plastic iPhone.
The same rumor first surfaced a few months ago from Apple’s supply chain, with the same Japanese blog reporting it first.
There are plenty of things to get excited about when thinking of this year’s new iPhone 8, many of them never before seen on an Apple smartphone. The handset is expected to feature a brand new design with a display that occupies much more of the phone’s face — the home button is going away, and the bezels will be reduced significantly so that a bigger screen can be mounted inside a phone that’ll be about as big as the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Rumors also indicate the phone might have curved edges, a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, a stainless steel chassis sandwiched between glass panels, and a 3D facial recognition scanner.
The battery, meanwhile, is expected to be bigger than before, and the iPhone 8 is tipped to feature wireless charging. But a new report suggests the Galaxy Note 7’s battery problems might prevent Apple from rolling out wireless charging this year.
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