Multinational business magazine, Fortune has named technology giant Apple as the world’s most admired company. E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google's parent Alphabet. Apple has topped Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list for the 11th year in a row.
Facebook owned WhatsApp has launched a standalone app for business purposes as ‘WhatsApp Business’. The app has been launched to make business communication with customers more streamlined for small and medium enterprises. Users can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 19, 2018 3:27 PM #WHASTAPP #BUSINESS #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Viva, a new Indian-based phone company, has announced the launch of its feature phone Viva V1 at just Rs 349. Exclusively available on Shopclues, the phone features a Vibrator, FM Radio, Torchlight, 650mah battery. The 1.44-inch monochrome display phone features the iconic snake game and has single SIM for 2G calling with SMS. Other features of the phone include Phonebook, Calculator and Calendar among others.
BY VIKRAMAN MANIRAJ | JAN 18, 2018 11:28 PM #FEATUREPHONE #VIVAV1 #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out YouTube integration feature for iPhone users. The feature enables users to view YouTube videos within a chat. The YouTube picture-in-picture (PiP) feature is available in the latest version v2.18.11 of WhatsApp.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 18, 2018 11:27 AM #WHATSAPP #YOUTUBE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature to prevent spam messages. The feature will notify users if they receive a message that has been forwarded many times, or if they are about to forward one of these messages themselves. The feature is reportedly being tested on both Android and iOS.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 17, 2018 12:16 PM #WHATSAPP #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new feature to "demote" other administrators. The feature will allow one administrator to "demote" other administrators without deleting them from the group and then adding again. The feature will be in the Group Info section as "Dismiss as admin".
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 12, 2018 5:13 PM #WHATSAPP #ADMIN #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly started a series of measures to prioritise content from friends over brand and promotions. In his Facebook post, he said that the focus was to encourage people to have more meaningful interactions instead of viewing entertaining or informative content. “The first changes you'll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups,” he wrote.
BY HARITHA | JAN 12, 2018 1:52 PM #FACEBOOK #CONTENT #SOCIAL #INTERACTION #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
German researchers have reportedly discovered a major flaw in WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption. According to a report, researchers say that anyone who controls WhatsApp's servers can add people to private group chats, without getting the admin's permission. The added member can read all messages in the group breaking the confidentiality of the group and negating end-to-end encryption.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 11, 2018 11:56 AM #WHATSAPP #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was reportedly evacuated due to smoke from an overheated iPhone battery. Reports say, the incident occurred as the repair worker was removing the battery, which overheated and burned his hand slightly. The smoke was controlled as employees sprinkled quartz sand over the overheated battery. Seven people received medical treatment.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 10, 2018 5:10 PM #APPLE #IPHONE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Reliance Jio has reportedly launched a new prepaid recharge plan as a part of its 'Happy New Year 2018' offer. Jio's new prepaid recharge plan is priced at Rs 149 and it offers 28 GB of 4G data with a daily cap of 1GB data. Unlimited local, STD, roaming voice call benefits are also available with this prepaid recharge plan.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 9, 2018 1:37 PM #JIO #OFFER #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
According to reports, eight months after acquiring the government’s approval, e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to sell locally made food in India from March onwards. With an investment of over $500 million in the venture, Amazon will be competing with online food retail marketplaces including Bigbasket and Grofers.
BY HARITHA | JAN 6, 2018 9:36 PM #AMAZON #LOCALFOOD #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Telecom giant Reliance Jio has reportedly slashed the rates of its Rs. 199, Rs 399, Rs. 449 and Rs. 499 plans by Rs.50 and has increased the data limit of its Rs 198, Rs. 398, Rs. 448 and Rs 498 from 1 GB to 1.5 GB. All Jio plans will continue to offer free unlimited calling and SMS within India even during roaming.
BY POOJA | JAN 5, 2018 9:58 PM #JIO #DATA #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Popular photo-sharing app Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that will allow users to post their Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp. Reportedly, the feature is currently being tested with a small number of users. Notably, Instagram rolled out a feature to let users share their Stories on Facebook as well.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 4, 2018 3:07 PM #WHATSAPP #INSTAGRAM #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Google has reportedly found a security flaw affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers which might allow hackers to gather passwords and sensitive data from the PC’s memory. Reports say, Intel is currently working on a solution which will soon be available. However, an average computer user won’t experience any significant slowdown while it’s being fixed.
Facebook owned messaging app WhatsApp suffered an outage for some of its users on Wednesday. The app was back online after 30 minutes. Earlier, WhatsApp also went down just a few minutes past midnight into the new year and was out for about an hour before the problem was fixed.
BY LOKESH RV | JAN 3, 2018 10:51 AM #WHATSAPP #OUTAGE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Popular messaging app WhatsApp suffered outage for several minutes past midnight into the New Year. While the app was down in India for some time, people from other countries also complained of outages on social media. WhatsApp reportedly issued an apology and said that the issue had been resolved immediately.
BY HARITHA | JAN 1, 2018 12:17 PM #WHATSAPP #NEWYEAR #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Reliance Jio reportedly topped the average 4G download speed by the end of October at a rate of 19.6mbps while Idea Cellular recorded the highest upload speed of 7.1 mbps during the month. According to a report released by TRAI on Friday, the download speed of Jio was over double of its competitor Vodafone which recorded the highest download speed of 9.9 mbps in October.
BY HARITHA | DEC 30, 2017 2:12 PM #JIO #DOWNLOAD #SPEED #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Researchers at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain have reportedly created an application to locate people in remote locations without a phone signal. The smartphone app can be used in emergency situations arising due to earthquakes, floods or forest fires, where mobile phone infrastructure is often rendered useless. The app is expected to be launched soon.
BY LOKESH RV | DEC 30, 2017 10:47 AM #APP #SMARTPHONE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
WhatsApp reportedly rolled out the ‘Reply privately’ feature by mistake in its beta update that will allow users to privately send a message to a participant in a group without anyone else knowing about it. Reports say, the feature was disabled from the beta version of the app after @WABetaInfo, a close watcher of the messaging app confirmed that the developers wrongly enabled the feature.
BY HARITHA | DEC 29, 2017 5:27 PM #WHATSAPP #REPLYPRIVATELY #FEATURE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS
Apple on Thursday reportedly apologised to its customers for slowing down older versions of its iPhones with software updates. The company said in a statement that the aging batteries in the older iPhones contributed to the performance issues after a software update about a year ago. Reportedly, Apple is being sued for fraud and deception over the issue in several countries.