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All posts tagged "Whatsapp"

  • WhatsApp Status: Facebook’s latest Snapchat killer?

    According to a report by BGR India, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is revamping its Status page with a splash of inspiration from Snapchat. Dubbed "Status" for now, the new WhatsApp feature will allow users to send and set images as statuses. Users can also doodle over them, and limit the viewable audience. Okay, so it's not entirely like Snapchat's rolling photo-reel then, but it does have shades of the app within it. WhatsApp Status allows users to set images as statuses, similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories BGR India notes that the new feature is buried in WhatsApp beta version 2.16.336 but can only be...

  • 10 WhatsApp tricks you should know about

    One of the world's most popular messaging platforms, WhatsApp has gone from strength to strength since its 2011 launch, eventually being swallowed by the giant known as Facebook. Whether you're a newbie or just not tech-savvy, here are a few cool tricks you should know about. How to italicise/strike through/bold words The platform introduced the ability to format text a while back, so how do you do this then? To italicise a word or sentence, you'll simply need to add an underscore (_) to either side of the word/sentence. Bolding is a similar affair, as you add an asterisk (*) on either side....

  • EFF: 4 big security concerns for WhatsApp

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been on WhatsApp's case this year, taking the platform to task over its new data-sharing policy with Facebook. Now, the US watchdog has hit out at WhatsApp, listing four major security concerns it should tackle. Unencrypted backups The first issue raised by the EFF was the way WhatsApp handles backups to the cloud. "In order to back messages up in a way that makes them restorable without a passphrase in the future, these backups need to be stored unencrypted at rest," the watchdog noted. The watchdog says users should never back up their WhatsApp data to the cloud "since...

  • WhatsApp adds Twitter-like mentions to group chats

    Facebook's other chat app WhatsApp has received some shiny new updates today, with others arriving in the coming weeks. Available at the time of writing, the app now allows users to tag individuals in group chats by using the @ symbol. This seems to be the only actively-functioning new addition to the Android app, but also works on iOS. Users can simply head to a group chat, drop the @ symbol in the text field, and WhatsApp will pull up a list of names within that group. Users can then tap on a name to add them as a mention. It's...

  • Watch: Hadlee talks WhatsApp privacy on SABC Network

    News that WhatsApp would be sharing data with Facebook has been greeted with concern by quite a few people. The arrangement will see your phone number number, contact list and usage data being shared with the world's biggest social network. WhatsApp to swap personal info with Facebook, here’s how to disable it WhatsApp has announced a change of terms of service that will allow it to share your personal information with Facebook. It’s the first change in terms since it was bought by Facebook in 2014, and for one, it’s a pretty big one. Read more... But what exactly is being shared...

  • WhatsApp to swap personal info with Facebook, here’s how to disable it

    WhatsApp has announced a change of terms of service that will allow it to share your personal information with Facebook. It's the first change in terms since it was bought by Facebook in 2014, and for one, it's a pretty big one. The app will now share information -- like your phone number -- with Facebook, allowing its parent company to better find your contacts on the social network, and allow brands and companies to contact you through the service's messaging system. WhatsApp gives an example of banks contacting you about "a potentially fraudulent transaction, or airlines sending a notification "about...

  • 5 incredible social stats to celebrate World Photo Day

    World Photo Day is a fun holiday celebrated on 19 August each year. First established in 2010, the day celebrates each and every one of us who've ever clicked a shutter button, and the results thereafter. And you know, most of what we produce are pretty important to those enormous, multi-billion dollar internet companies. Some rely almost squarely on uploaded images in their daily running and prosperity, and the numbers behind those snaps (rather than the snaps itself), are probably worth a thousand words themselves. For a peek at just how important a role images play on the internet, have a...

  • Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat

    Online privacy and protection of sensitive content is in the fore this week on social media, especially in the wake of the livestreamed shooting of Philando Castile last week. Using Facebook Live video streaming service, Castile's girlfriend broadcast his ordeal after he was shot by police. Facebook has since published a statement, suggesting that if an incident like the above was streamed using its service "to raise awareness or find the shooter," it would "allow it". The video also raised issues about communicating to others over social media with sensitive information. On that note, Facebook just a few hours after its...

  • WhatsApp ‘back up’ in Zimbabwe, regulator issues state warning [update]

    Update #1, Wed 7 July, 8.20pm: According to a report citing the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabweans who share and spread information about the country's protests will be disconnected from the country's mobile networks. "All SIM cards in Zimbabwe are registered in the name of the user. Perpetrators can easily be identified," the body announced late Wednesday following WhatsApp's four-hour outage. "Any person caught in possession of, generating, sharing or passing on abusive, threatening, subversive or offensive telecommunication messages, including WhatsApp or any other social media messages." Read the full report over on Fin24. Original article: Social networking services WhatsApp...

  • Weekly Round Up #62: Instagram’s new look, Assassin’s Creed, WhatsApp & Xiaomi Mi Max

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, the main man Stuart Thomas returns as he talks to Andy, Hadlee, and Graham. The team discusses this week's biggest news: the Assassin's Creed movie trailer, Instagram's washing machine-like logo and monochrome interface, WhatsApp's desktop app, and the new giant Xiaomi Mi Max smartphone, that perhaps should be called a tablet. We also discuss the latest study focusing on mobile phones and the prevalence of brain cancer in Australia. As usual, the team mentions their current watching, reading, playing and eating lists,...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...

  • Banned WhatsApp unblocked early in Brazil, Zuckerberg is thrilled

    For 24 hours, WhatsApp was banned in Brazil after Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão seeking user data from the service for a criminal investigation issued a court order to telecom providers to ban WhatsApp for 72 hours. The outcry against the ban was immediate and spread from Brazil to the rest of the world. Today Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, announced that the service has been unbanned in Brazil. The ban came after Diego Dzodan, a Facebook executive, was taken into custody in March for not complying with orders to turn over WhatsApp data. It...

  • Weekly Round Up #57: Tesla Model 3, WhatsApp encryption, Huawei P9, Panama Papers, Cake ban

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas is back from his honeymoon and for this week's Weekly Round Up he hosts Gearburn editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team discusses Tesla's Model 3, the Panama Papers, WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, and Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, the team discusses Instagram banning a cake after mistaking it for a breast. The team also talks about what they are currently watching,...

  • WhatsApp rolls out full end-to-end encryption to its billion users

    WhatsApp, the Facebook owned instant chat platform, is rolling out its full end-to-end encryption, ensuring that each message, photo, video, file, voice message, group chats and voice calls user's send are encrypted. The encryption is by default, given the users chatting are using the latest version of the app. WhatsApp states that in the years to come, people's digital information and communication will be far more vulnerable to attacks and the only way to protect users is end-to-end encryption. Read more: Always put the user at the centre of your security strategy The company has been working on the encryption...

  • Facebook to drop BlackBerry OS app support by end of 2016

    If you're using a BlackBerry that's running any version of BlackBerry OS -- this means all devices up to but not including the PRIV -- you'll likely have to fling it through a window if you're still interested in using WhatsApp or Facebook beyond this year. The social media overlord has announced that it's dropping native BlackBerry app support for Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps on the platform by the end of 2016. Although BlackBerry 10 OS runs Android apps, the system is clunky, and involves a ridiculous sideloading process, which is more of a headache than a solution to the...