WhatsApp testing fingerprint authentication for web client

WhatsApp is testing a new feature in its beta channel on Android that will enable biometric authentication when creating a new session of the Whatsapp Web client. This will help improve overall account security for users who work with multiple web clients during the day.

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Disney+ Hotstar VIP introduces Watch’N Play social feed feature for Dream11 IPL 2020

The Dream11 Indian Premiere League (IPL) 2020 is on track to kick start tomorrow in the UAE, which means that this season’s television viewership and Disney+ Hotstar viewership will be through the roof. Aimed at bring a better social experience to their viewers and IPL fans, Disney+ Hotstar is improving on their Watch’N Play social feed with new features, namely “Hotshot” and “Duet”.

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Paytm Android app removed from Play Store for repeated policy violations

Paytm, one of India’s most popular digital payment solutions, has just had its Android app removed from the Google Play Store for repeated policy violations. The move came after Paytm promoted a fantasy sports service, which is basically a sports betting and gambling arena; an app feature that Google specifically prohibits on its Play Store.

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Facebook announces Oculus Quest 2 all-in-one VR headset starting at $299

Facebook’s Oculus has unveiled its next generation all-in-one VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2 for a price of $299. The headset is the successor to Oculus Quest, that was launched back in 2018, now with an updated, redesigned all-in-one form factor, new Touch controllers and their highest display resolution till date.

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Facebook introduces Automated Captions for Facebook Live videos

During these pandemic times, many of us have turned online for getting our information from news agencies and government organisations. Aimed at helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Facebook is now introducing automatic closed captions to Facebook Live and Workplace Live.

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Apple Fitness+ app with Apple Watch integration and personalized studio workouts announced

During their Time Flies event today, Apple announced a new app to compliment the Apple Watch called the Fitness+ app. It can integrate with metrics from the Apple Watch and provide users with personalized workout experience on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.

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YouTube introduces 15 second “Shorts” video experience for creators and artists starting from India

Short-form video consumption has sky rocketed in the last few months with apps like TikTok and Instagram Reels being extremely popular. Now, YouTube wants a piece of that pie as they have introduced their own 15- second video experience on their platform called YouTube Shorts.

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PUBG Corp takes all publishing responsibility of PUBG Mobile in India; might get unbanned soon

Last week, the Indian government banned 118 mobile apps including the popular game — PUBG Mobile. A week later now, PUBG Corporation has released a statement regarding the ban and has announced that it no longer authorising the franchise to Tencent Games in India. Continue reading “PUBG Corp takes all publishing responsibility of PUBG Mobile in India; might get unbanned soon”

Facebook expands media transfer tools to support Dropbox and Koofr

Back in June, 2020, Facebook began the worldwide rollout of their media transfer tool for users who wished to transfer their images and videos from their Facebook account over to Google Photos. They have now expanded the tool to support transfer to Dropbox and Koofr.

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Facebook Messenger introduces forwarding limit to prevent spread of viral misinformation

The spread of viral misinformation has been a major issue in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the primary methods of spreading is via social media platforms and instant messaging applications. A way to prevent this is limiting the number of people a message can be forwarded too and that is exactly what Facebook Messenger is rolling out.

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Google Assistant Snapshot will now show upcoming tasks, recommended activities and more

The Google Assistant Snapshot feature was announced two years ago as a way to give users a quick overview of their day. Now, Google has announced a few new updates to the feature, bringing notifications for upcoming tasks, recommended activities, etc.

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Google Meet now supports Google Cast and Google Duo Beta is coming to Android TVs soon

Google has announced new ways to conduct video calls on their two video conferencing apps. Google Meet is now receiving support for Google Cast, enabling users to cast their videos to any Chromecast enabled device and Google Duo is rolling out a beta app for Android TVs in the coming weeks.

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Walmart is working with Microsoft in a deal to acquire TikTok’s US operations

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The September 15th deadline is nearing and TikTok is yet to finalize a deal with either Oracle or Microsoft to sell their app’s operations in U.S., Canadian, Australian and New Zealand. Now, Walmart has expressed their interest in partnering with Microsoft to acquire TikTok’s operations.

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Zoom expands app support to Nest Hub Max, Portal and Echo Show smart displays

Zoom has announced that they will soon integrate support for their video conferencing app to 3 smart displays – namely on the Amazon Echo Show, the Portal from Facebook, and the Google Nest Hub Max. This announcement is part of the Zoom for Home program, which aims to bring easier access to Zoom from smart display at your home.

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