Google Announces ‘Chat’ as Its RCS-Based SMS Replacement Platform, Pauses Investment in Allo

Google Announces ‘Chat’ as Its RCS-Based SMS Replacement Platform, Pauses Investment in Allo

Google is “pausing investment” in its consumer-facing messaging app, Allo. By that, the tech giant means transferring the entire workforce to other projects and shifting all resources to the Android Messages team. The Android Messages app will power the long awaited RCS platform that Google has been working with carriers and OEMs for years on with the aim of doing away with the severely limited SMS platform, and now we know that platform is being given a name called ‘Chat’. While Android Messages will be used as the default Chat…

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Microsoft Translator App Now Offers AI-Powered Offline Services on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire Devices

Microsoft Translator App Now Offers AI-Powered Offline Services on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire Devices

Microsoft Translator has been upgraded to offer artificial intelligence (AI) powered offline language packs across all Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices. The AI-powered offline language packs were previously limited to devices with a dedicated AI chip. However, Microsoft engineers have now leveraged edge computing to bring AI-backed neural machine translation (NMT) to the masses. The Translator team is also in plans to bring the new experience to Windows devices in the coming future. The Redmond company in 2016 built its NMT model for online use only as it required…

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Apple Watch May Soon Get Third-Party Watch Face Support, WatchOS Code Hints

Apple Watch May Soon Get Third-Party Watch Face Support, WatchOS Code Hints

Apple may allow third-party developers to create and release their own customised watch faces for the Apple Watch, code spotted in watchOS hints. According to a report in 9to5Mac on Sunday, the update is seen in a code that is part of the latest watchOS developer’s build – v4.3.1. The uncovered code in the NanoTimeKit framework in watchOS 4.3.1 hints at updates like warnings for old apps, with a log message that states “this is where the 3rd party face configuration bundle generation would happen”. There’s no indication about when…

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WhatsApp for Android Now Lets Users Download Deleted Media

WhatsApp for Android Now Lets Users Download Deleted Media

WhatsApp for Android has added some new features and bug fixes in its latest updates. Earlier, it fixed a timestamp issue found in the WhatsApp beta version 2.18.109. Now, the messaging app has introduced a new feature that lets users download deleted media files. Previously, when users deleted specific files sent over WhatsApp by going to the specific folder on the smartphone, they were not able to download it anymore. But now the Facebook-owned messaging app enables you to download such files as well. Separately, a WhatsApp beta for Android…

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Apple Watch Series 2 Units With Faulty Batteries Said to Be Getting Free Repairs

Apple Watch Series 2 Units With Faulty Batteries Said to Be Getting Free Repairs

Apple’s Watch Series 2 has been a popular wearable since its launch back in 2016, helping Apple lead the smartwatch sales charts. The tech giant has been found to have updated its internal Global Service Exchange (GSX) guidelines, and is said to now offer free service for Watch Series 2 units that are not powering on or are experiencing expanding battery issues. This update comes as a result of an internal memo shared by Apple with Apple Stores and other authorised service providers last week, seen by a publication. Issued…

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Telegram Will Use Built-In Systems to Bypass Ban in Russia, Says CEO Pavel Durov

Telegram Will Use Built-In Systems to Bypass Ban in Russia, Says CEO Pavel Durov

The chief executive of the Telegram messenger service, Pavel Durov, said on Friday the application will use built-in systems to circumnavigate a ban in Russia imposed by a court earlier on Friday. He said on his page in the VK social network that he still cannot guarantee that Telegram users will retain access to the messenger without using virtual private networks (VPNs). As mentioned, a Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service should be blocked in Russia, Russian news agencies reported, heralding communication disruption for…

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Instagram Nametags Feature in Testing, Similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode

Instagram Nametags Feature in Testing, Similar to Snapchat’s Snapcode

Facebook-owned Instagram is testing a new feature dubbed Nametags – said to be a clone of Snapchat’s ‘Snapcode’ – that will let users create a “custom scannable tag” similar to a QR code by designing a pattern of emojis. Once a Nametag is created, other users can scan it via the Instagram Stories camera to quickly follow the creator. The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for creating a custom Instagram Nametag, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday, adding that the selfie could be spiced up by…

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Samsung Wearable With Extended Curved Display Spotted in Patent Filing

Samsung Wearable With Extended Curved Display Spotted in Patent Filing

Samsung has filed a patent regarding a wearable device that comes with an extended curved display. The electronics giant has filed the patent at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that has been published under the patent number US D813,864 S “Wearable Electronics Device”. According to the patent sketches, it looks like a smartwatch with a rectangular display, which can extend along the width to almost twice its size. First spotted by Android Headlines, the patent shows that the screen is uniform with the watch’s band and it can…

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WhatsApp Shares Your UPI Payments Data With Facebook

WhatsApp Shares Your UPI Payments Data With Facebook

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that is currently rocking Facebook, privacy has finally become an issue that people are starting to care about. Perhaps that’s why WhatsApp sought to distance itself from parent entity Facebook, to say it collects very little data and that every single message is end-to-end encrypted. However, a look through its terms and services shows that although your messages might be secure, WhatsApp is collecting a fair amount of data, and it is sharing some of this with Facebook. In an earlier report,…

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MIT’s AlterEgo Headset Can Read Your Thoughts Using Internal Verbalisation

MIT’s AlterEgo Headset Can Read Your Thoughts Using Internal Verbalisation

The holy grail of brain computer interfaces (BCI) is the ability to read the thoughts of the user, leading to a host of applications that can utilise the mind to directly control devices and information. A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab has taken a step along that path, unveiling a prototype headset that can pick up subvocalisation – that is, the natural process of internal verbalisation or inner speech usually performed when reading to aid cognition and characterised by miniscule movements in the larynx…

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