WhatsApp for Business gets QR code chat shortcut and Catalog sharing

WhatsApp for Business is becoming increasingly popular as a way for customers to quickly reach out to a business or a company. They are bringing two features to the platform, which are the ability to quickly start a chat with QR codes and the ability for businesses to easily to share their catalogs.

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Facebook now rolling out Instagram Reels in India post TikTok ban

Update: July 9, 2020 — Reels feature is now rolling out for users in India inside the Instagram app. You can now create reels just by swiping to the left just like you post stories. It says that anyone on Instagram can see and share your reels. People may see your reels on Explore and places like effect, hashtag and audio pages. Continue reading “Facebook now rolling out Instagram Reels in India post TikTok ban”

Google rolls out dark theme for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on Android

In the last few years, the shift to dark mode support in apps has become extremely popular. The latest to join the trend is Google’s suite of Docs, Sheets, and the Slides app on Android, which will all now support Dark theme across their UI.

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CBSE partners with Facebook to launch AR and Digital Safety training programs for teachers and students

CBSE, in partnership with Facebook India, is launching a new program that offers Augmented Reality (AR) training for teachers along with training in Digital Safety and Online Well-Being for students. As India pushes towards a digital and technologically advanced future, these two programs will help educate and enable digital empowerment for both teachers and students.

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LinkedIn claims iOS 14 clipboard snooping is a bug; fix coming soon

During the announcement of iOS 14, Apple revealed new privacy measures where users would be notified when an app reads their clipboard. Over the past two weeks, many apps have been discovered to be looking through a user’s clipboard for no specific reason and among them is LinkedIn, who claim that it is an unintentional bug in their app.

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Google Chrome for Android finally switching to 64-bit with v85

Back in 2014, with the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google announced support for the apps running with 64-bit architecture. Many apps running these days are 64-bit, however Google Chrome was one native app that stayed with a 32-bit design. That is changing finally, as Chrome v85 is moving to a 64-bit version on phones running Android 10 and higher.

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Facebook unintentionally shares user data with developers of infrequently used apps

In a blog post, Facebook has revealed that they discovered an issue where some developers were receiving user details even if the user did not use their apps for 90 days. Facebook has stated that they fixed the issue and will continue investigating to ensure no other guidelines have been violated.

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Instagram testing feature to show all Stories in one screen

Instagram has been discovered to be testing a new feature that shows all Stories in one screen. Instead of showing Stories in just a single row at the top of the feed, there will be a screen that shows all the Stories posted by those accounts that a user follows.

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WhatsApp rolls out Animated Stickers, QR codes to add contacts, Dark mode for Desktop and more globally

A little over a week ago, an update to WhatsApp Beta revealed that the developers were working on animated stickers and now, in a blog post, they have confirmed the feature. Along with it, they also announced the ability to add WhatsApp contacts via QR codes, brought dark mode for their desktop apps and WhatsApp Web and more.

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Spotify Premium Duo subscription plan expands to more markets including India

Spotify has launched a new Premium Subscription plan in 55 countries including India designed for two individuals who live at the same address. The plan offers two premium accounts, with access to all of Spotify’s premium features like ad-free playback, offline playback and even a new specially curated playlist called Duo Mix.

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Amazon Prime Video UWP app for Windows 10 with support for offline viewing released

For many years, Netflix subscribers had the option of using a native UWP (Universal Windows Platform) Windows 10 app, where viewers could download content for offline viewing. Now, Amazon has finally released its Prime Video UWP app for Windows 10, bringing a native client for those who do not wish to watch content on their browsers.

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Telegram fined $18.5 million by US SEC for offering illegal “Grams” digital tokens

Telegram, a popular messaging app, has been found in violation of US federal securities laws by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has been fined a civil penalty of $18.5 million. The complaint was focused on their blockchain based Telegram Open Network (TON) and their cryptocurrency called “Grams”.

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Swiggy Money digital wallet powered by ICICI Bank launched

Food delivery platform Swiggy has launched its own digital wallet – ‘Swiggy money’, in an attempt to take on the likes of Paytm and Amazon Pay. This means, you no longer need to depend on other payment options hereafter to order from Swiggy. With this, Swiggy enables single-click checkout experience on its platform. Continue reading “Swiggy Money digital wallet powered by ICICI Bank launched”

Spotify now available on Alexa-enabled Echo devices in India

Earlier last year, Spotify made its debut in the Indian market with huge collections giving tough competition to the likes of Amazon India, Gaana, Wynk, and others. Recently, Amazon India has announced that both Spotify’s Premium and free tier users in India can now enjoy music and podcasts on Amazon Echo devices.  Continue reading “Spotify now available on Alexa-enabled Echo devices in India”

Facebook rolls out ‘notification screen’ to alert users before sharing old news

In the latest development, Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a notification screen that alerts people when they share news articles that more than 90 days old. With the context button, the new notification screen is meant to inform users to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook. Continue reading “Facebook rolls out ‘notification screen’ to alert users before sharing old news”