Xiaomi Acknowledges WhatsApp Version ‘Obsolete’ Error, Asks Users to Update App

Xiaomi Acknowledges WhatsApp Version ‘Obsolete’ Error, Asks Users to Update App

WhatsApp was hit by a version ‘obsolete ‘ error last week and now Xiaomi has acknowledged its part in the error, accepting that some users of its smartphones were affected thanks to a mistakenly pushed beta version of the app. To recall, several WhatsApp users over the weekend complained of a bug that prevented them from using the app – with the app saying the version they were using were obsolete. At the time, WhatsApp had said the issue was with how the app was distributed, and that while the…

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Microsoft Partners Signal to Give Skype End-to-End Encryption

Microsoft Partners Signal to Give Skype End-to-End Encryption

Skype is joining the ranks of Facebook Messenger, Google Allo, and WhatsApp by integrating the open source Signal Protocol for end-to-end encryption into its messaging platform. Microsoft-owned Skype will get a new Private Conversations feature. This feature will be powered by the Signal Protocol, and is now available in preview for Skype Insiders. Private Conversations will currently be rolled out only to Skype Insiders on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. Additionally, the end-to-end encryption covers chats, files/ documents, and audio messages, and not audio or video calls. It is…

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Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events

Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events

Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find local news from vetted sources. The social network is testing a new section inside its app called “Today In,” a feed made up entirely of local news, events and announcements. The test is running in just six cities for now: New Orleans, La.; Little Rock, Ark.; Billings, Mont.; Peoria, Ill.; Olympia, Wash.; and Binghamton, N.Y. Facebook users who self-identify as living in those areas will be able to visit the new section to see local information, like stories from local…

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Truecaller for Android Gets Simple Copy OTP and Improved Flash Messaging

Truecaller for Android Gets Simple Copy OTP and Improved Flash Messaging

Truecaller on Wednesday announced the rollout of several new features for its Android app. The new features include Simple Copy OTP and improvements to Flash messaging, which features a more polished design and improved call log history for ongoing Flash messages, the company says. Version 8.69 of the Truecaller Android app brings the Simple Copy OTP feature. Using OTP (one time password) is a common practice in India, where a significant amount of banking, e-commerce, and other online services require an OTP to enable two-factor authentication. With Simple Copy OTP,…

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Opera 50 Browser Now Available for Windows, macOS, Linux With Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Feature and More

Opera 50 Browser Now Available for Windows, macOS, Linux With Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Feature and More

Opera Software has released the latest Opera 50 version desktop browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Opera includes numerous new features such as a new anti-cryptomining feature and Chromecast & VR 360 support for the Oculus VR headset. These features were initially available on the beta RC version of Opera 50. NoCoin Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining As we mentioned, Opera has officially announced  the release of a stable build of the latest Opera 50 Web browser. The Opera 50 browser has the new NoCoin feature that helps block webpages that discreetly use cryptocurrency…

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Android Malware Targets 232 Banking Apps Including Indian Banks: Quick Heal

Android Malware Targets 232 Banking Apps Including Indian Banks: Quick Heal

An Android malware is reportedly targeting over 232 banking apps including a few banks in India. The Trojan malware, named ‘Android.banker.A9480’, is designed to steal personal data from users, Quick Heal Security Labs reports. Similar to other banking malware, this one also sneaks into login data, SMS, contact lists and uploads them to a malicious server. Additionally, apart from the banking apps, this Trojan also targets cryptocurrency apps present on a user’s phone. Quick Heal lists the Indian banking apps that are targeted by the Android banking Trojan malware: Axis…

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Some Android Games Silently Track Your TV-Watching Habits to Serve Personalised Ads: Report

Some Android Games Silently Track Your TV-Watching Habits to Serve Personalised Ads: Report

Some Android games available on Google Play have the capabilities to listen to what you’re watching on your television, a report claims. The development is reportedly aimed at helping advertisers develop personalised ads by tracking TV-watching habits of users. There are more than 250 games on the Google Play store that include one specific software to keep tabs on the viewing habits of users, reports The New York Times. The software, developed by Mountain View, California-based Alphonso, uses the built-in microphone on devices to understand what’s been watched on TV….

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Microsoft, Amazon Miss Deadline to Bring Cortana and Alexa Together

Microsoft, Amazon Miss Deadline to Bring Cortana and Alexa Together

Microsoft and Amazon have missed their year-end deadline for Cortana and Alexa integration announced back in August 2017. The technology majors were supposed to make their digital assistants available on their respective platforms. This essentially meant that users will be able to access Amazon Alexa on Microsoft Windows 10 and Cortana assistant on Amazon Echo devices. During the announcement, the companies mentioned that the cross-platform feature will be available “later this year”. However, now that we have entered the year 2018, the companies have clearly missed the publicly announced deadline….

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Telegram Adds Multiple Accounts Support on Android; Quick Replies on iOS and Android

Telegram Adds Multiple Accounts Support on Android; Quick Replies on iOS and Android

Instant messaging app Telegram has received an update to version 4.7. The new update enables support for multiple accounts on Android devices, while its iOS counterpart has brought four different themes and various accent colours. The app now also includes quick replies, similar to what has so far been experienced on WhatsApp, for both Android and iOS devices. Leveraging the multiple account support on the updated Telegram app, you can add up to three accounts with different phone numbers. You don’t need to own three different Android devices to operate any of distinguished account as the app…

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Apple Said to Have Plan to Combine iPhone, iPad, Mac Apps

Apple Said to Have Plan to Combine iPhone, iPad, Mac Apps

Apple’s iPhone and iPad introduced a novel way of interacting with computers: via easy-to-use applications, accessible in the highly curated App Store. The same approach hasn’t worked nearly as well on Apple’s desktops and laptops. The Mac App Store is a ghost town of limited selection and rarely updated programs. Now Apple plans to change that by giving people a way to use a single set of apps that work equally well across its family of devices: iPhones, iPads and Macs. Starting as early as next year, software developers will…

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