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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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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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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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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Facebook Scans What You Send Other People on Messenger App

Facebook Scans What You Send Other People on Messenger App

Facebook scans the chats and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, making sure it all abides by the company’s rules governing content. If it doesn’t, it gets blocked. The company confirmed the practice after an interview published earlier this week with Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg raised questions about Messenger’s practices and privacy. Zuckerberg told Vox’s Ezra Klein a story about receiving a phone call related to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Facebook had detected people trying to send sensational messages through the Messenger app, he said. “In…

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Facebook Messenger can now send HD videos and 360-degree photos

Facebook Messenger can now send HD videos and 360-degree photos

Facebook released a small update to Messenger this morning that makes the app a bit better for sharing photos and videos. Most notably, it’s adding support for 720p video. Unfortunately, this can’t be captured right from within the app — for some reason, it seems the in-app camera will remain lower resolution — but you’ll be able to share higher-resolution footage as long as it’s been captured in advance, either from your camera roll or the News Feed. Messenger is also adding the ability to send 360-degree photos. Again, you’ll…

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WhatsApp for iPhone Now Lets You See Status Updates in Today View, and More

WhatsApp for iPhone Now Lets You See Status Updates in Today View, and More

WhatsApp for iPhone has received an update that brings with a couple of new changes. The app now lets you see recent status updates in the WhatsApp widget in your iPhone’s Today View. To recall, last week, WhatsApp for Android received a new beta version that added a feature to notify contacts on shifting to a new number. The WhatsApp for iPhone update also enhances the voice messaging feature that will now continue to play your voice messages if you switch to another app or turn your screen off. You…

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Snapchat May Soon Let Third-Party Apps Connect to User Accounts

Snapchat May Soon Let Third-Party Apps Connect to User Accounts

Snap, the parent company of popular photo-sharing app Snapchat is reportedly working on a new feature that will let users control which third-party apps will have access to their accounts, the media reported. The latest beta version of Snapchat has a new feature category called “Connected Apps” whose description read: “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.” “This section could very well soon show what third-party apps users have connected directly to their Snapchat account. Snap currently allows this…

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