WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left the company over three years after Facebook acquired the company, took to Twitter on Wednesday to ask his followers to delete their Facebook accounts. Acton’s tweet read, “It is time. #deletefacebook”. Facebook is facing strong criticisms in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data.
Dating app Tinder's parent company Match has reportedly sued its rival app Bumble, accusing it of copying its “card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise”. The lawsuit of patent infringement and misuse of the intellectual property alleged that former Bumble executives Christopher Gulczynski and Sarah Mick stole “confidential information related to proposed Tinder features,” say reports.
Whatsapp recently improved the delete feature and increased the time duration for delete to 4,096 seconds. The increased time duration was introduced a few days before, but it was heavily exploited by users. Allegedly, anyone could delete the message and even three-year-old messages could be deleted. Following the discrepancies, Whatsapp added a 'Block revoke request' feature that crosschecks the message to be deleted in Whatsapp's database to confirm if the message was sent within 24 hours. Whatsapp for iPhones has also been updated to increase the 'Delete for Everyone' to one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds.
Instagram and Snapchat have reportedly removed the Giphy GIF sticker feature from their apps which allows users to include GIFs through the media repository. Both the social media apps have temporarily stopped their integration with Giphy, after users complained that some of the GIFs were 'racist'. Snapchat has reportedly apologized for the inconvenience and said they are investigating the matter.
A patent infringement lawsuit has reportedly been filed against Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram apps by Blackberry for allegedly copying technology from Blackberry Messenger. However, Facebook responded that it was ready to fight the lawsuit and claimed these allegations "sadly reflects the current state of Blackberry's business."
Following a PIL filed by one Saravanakumar, the Madras High Court has reportedly sent notices to Union Telecom Ministry and TRAI. According to the petitioner, people faced great difficulty in availing even government schemes like LPG connections and to perform bank transactions as they could not receive OTPs.
Telecom operator Reliance Jio is reportedly offering 10 GB add-on data pack to select customers of its 4G users. Reports say that the pack will be available for the select customers in 'My Jio' app. The offer is said to be given to help users stream content via its Jio TV without using their allotted daily quota. The add-on offer is applicable till March 30.
Popular photo-sharing application Instagram is reportedly planning to introduce a new feature which allows users to make voice and video calls. Reports say, analysis of Instagram’s code revealed several files labeled 'call' and 'video call' with phone and camera icons present in the app's Android application packages.
Technology giant Apple is reportedly planning to launch a cheaper variant of its 13-inch ultra-thin MacBook Air. The cheaper variant is expected to be launched later this year. Reports suggest that the move might help boost Apple’s laptop sales. Apple currently sells the MacBook Air for $999.
Facebook is reportedly testing a feature called "Add Voice Clip" which will allow users to update their status in the form of an audio note. A Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying, “Voice Clips gives people a new medium through which to express themselves.” The feature is currently being tested in select Indian accounts and it is not yet known whether this will be done on a global level.
WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature to help the users identify spam and forwarded messages. The feature seen in the latest beta version will show "Forwarded Message" if the post has been forwarded from another chat or from the same chat. The feature is disabled by default. This will help the users identify and weed out spam and forwarded messages with greater ease.
Telecom giant Aircel, that has been making headlines in the recent past is said to be stopping its services from April 15. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has reportedly issued an order to Aircel saying that it has to provide proper Unique Port Code (UPC) to the customers who demand it. TRAI also allegedly stated that the UPCs that are provided before this statement will be valid till 11:59 pm - April 15. However, Aircel on Wednesday issued a press release stating that it will try its best to resume services to all its customers.
WhatsApp has recently introduced Time and Location feature for its latest iOS version and will reportedly roll out the same for the Android version as well. This feature is currently available on Instagram and Snapchat for both the versions. These stickers can be added to photos and videos.
The US has reportedly announced a new H-1B policy on Friday making the procedure of issuing H-1B visas tougher to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksite. Under the new policy, a company would have to prove that its H-1B employee at a third-party worksite has specific and non-qualifying speculative assignments in speciality occupation. The move is said to have a huge impact among Indian IT companies as they are among the major beneficiaries of H-1B visas.
Social media platform Snapshot reportedly recorded a loss of Rs 8500 crore on Thursday after Hollywood celebrity Kylie Jenner tweeted her disappointment with the app. Reports say, after the tweet, the shares of Snapchat fell at 6.1%, causing Rs 8.436 crore loss. Notably, Snapchat had recently introduced several changes to the app which received wide backlash.
sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018
Xiaomi reportedly sold over three lakh Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro units in the first three minutes of the online sale on Mi.com and Flipkart. The next sale of this newly-launched phone will be on February 28. Reports say, the Mi TV 4 was sold out within 10 seconds of the sale.
#RedmiNote5 & #RedmiNote5Pro: we sold 3L+ units in <3 mins. This means 1L+ phones/min! 😎— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 22, 2018
After the amazing success of Redmi Note 4, we had put in a lot of effort to increase supply of Redmi Note 5. This was the biggest ever sale in India!
Gear up for the next sale on 28th Feb! pic.twitter.com/qbOWYxClFZ
According to a list compiled by mobile analytics company OpenSignal, the average internet speed in India was ranked the slowest among 88 countries, lower than countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Indonesia. OpenSignal had revealed this information in a report titled ‘State of LTE’ which contained an analysis of 5,000 crore measurements of speed collated between October 1, 2017, and December 29, 2017.
Google India has announced the launch of Tamil language support for its Google AdWords and Google AdSense to support the Tamil language web publishers and to help advertisers reach out to the large Tamil Internet user base. Content creators who have websites and blogs in Tamil will be able to sign up for Google Adsense and run ads on their content, which will be visible to users all over the world.
Sophia, the world’s first humanoid robot, created by American scientist David Hanson of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, interacted with the audience at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)-2018. When asked who her favourite Indian actor was, Sophia reportedly replied, “Shah Rukh Khan,” much to the delight of the audience.
Popular messaging app WhatsApp’s latest feature is called ‘Group Description’. This feature reportedly enables users to add up to 500 characters’ description for the members of any group. This feature is not restricted to just the members - it is accessible to all members of the group. This feature has been seen on WhatsApp beta versions on Android and Windows phones and is expected to be available for iOS soon.