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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Newest Version of WhatsApp Allows You to Delete Sent Messages

We've all typed out messages that we wished we could take back. For this reason, Gmail added an official “undo” feature in 2015—and now, There are reports that WhatsApp has followed in their footsteps by adding the option to delete and revoke messages shortly after they've been sent.
                                     Whatsapp delete sent messages
WhatsApp has been reportedly testing its "Delete for everyone" feature since early 2017, but it's now being officially introduced with the app’s latest version.  Its new delete feature allows users to retract messages that have been sent in both one-on-one and group texts.
The feature is “particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.”

How to Delete Sent WhatsApp Messages 

When you select the “Delete” option, you’ll be presented with the choice to remove messages from both your own phone and others people’s devices. Users will be able to erase messages from one-on-one conversations or group chats up to seven minutes after they’re sent.

Keep in mind, however, that some recipients might see the message (or receive a notification for it) before it vanishes forever. Also, for the feature to work at all, both the sender and sendee need to have version 2.17.70. And if an attempt to delete a message turns out to be unsuccessful, WhatsApp won’t provide you with an error notification.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Google’s new ‘Try now’ button will allow you to Test apps without installing

The Tech Giant Google has announced a big change for its app marketplace- Play Store. The Play store will now offer a new way to users to try Android apps without having to first install them on their mobile devices.
                                            Google play store test apps
The new feature is built on Google's "Android Instant Apps" technology that was first introduced at Google's I/O developer conference last year. It is designed to bring closer the mobile web world with native applications. As the name suggests, the Play Store will now have a new "Try Now" button that upon pressing will launch the particular app or some of its parts instantly on user's Android device. This will help users experience the app without having to go through the standard download and installation process, which consumes memory and mobile data/Wi-fi. While the new feature is not widely available on the Play Store, you can click on this link to check the apps that come with Try now feature.

As noted, Instant Apps will launch with a tap on a URL, unlike the regular apps on Play Store that have to be downloaded and installed to use on an Android phone first. For the new instant apps, developers have to make some extra efforts by partitioning their apps into small, runnable parts that can get into action within seconds. The backend technology was recently made available to all developers at Google I/O 2017. 
                                                             
                                          google apps to try
There are some other noteworthy changes in Google Play Store. As per Google, the company has also revamped the Editor's Choice section, which is now live in 17 countries. Google has also launched a new home for Games featuring trailers and screenshots of gameplay. The games section will also introduce Premium and New sections for paid and upcoming games. For now there are limited apps with the new Try now feature but Google will populate the Play Store with several apps in the coming weeks. 

The new technology will pace up instantly as end users will not necessarily need to store an app locally on your device. Instead they can experience several small but working parts of the app before sending their mobile data and phone's memory.

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Facebook Messenger Now Lets you Send Money to Friends with PayPal

After patnering with Skype's mobile App to make payments earlier this year, online payment gateway PayPal now lets US users send and request money via Facebook Messenger.
                                         facebook messenger send reveive money with paypal PayPal is the leader in peer-to-peer (P2P) payments with $24 billion in P2P volume during the third quarter of 2017 alone (up 47 percent year-over-year).

The ability to send and request money in Messenger gives people more choice and more convenient ways to get things done in different contexts.

"Whether it's splitting a bill for a cab ride or a night out, paying for your share of the rent, or making sure you get paid back for mom's birthday present, PayPal makes exchanging money between friends and family simple," the company said in a statement late Friday.

Last year, PayPal partnered with Facebook Messenger, allowing more than 2.5 million US customers to connect their accounts, use PayPal to shop on Messenger and enable Messenger as a means of communication for PayPal users.

How to connect your PayPal account with Messenger

This feature can be accessed the same way one used to pay with debit and credit card. Tap blue plus icon and hit the green payment button. Two options will appear from which one can select PayPal. If someone is already using Facebook Messenger for payments, he can just tap to change button and select Paypal.
This feature has just one problem that it needs another layer of protection in case someone gets hold of your account. To cater this issue Facebook should take some measures to refrain from such kind of issues from occurring.
It seems that the tech giant want to increase the ever declining user base with the launch of other such social media platforms. Recently Facebook launched screen sharing option that let you share your screen during Facebook Live.

"In addition to enabling P2P payments with PayPal in Messenger, we are also introducing our first-ever PayPal customer service bot for Messenger, so PayPal customers can seamlessly receive payment and account support directly in the app," said Bill Ready, Chief Operating Officer, PayPal.

Lets see whether people like this feature or not.
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

WhatsApp’s Live Location feature: Tell friends where you are

WhatsApp has announced a notable new feature today, one that may prove popular with millions of security-conscious, nosy, and impatient people globally.
                                                                      
                                 WhatsApp’s Live Location    
Landing on both Android and iOS “in the coming weeks,” the new Live Location feature allows WhatsApp users to share their real-time location with friends and family. It’s worth noting here that WhatsApp already allows you to share your current location, however that feature is static — if you’re moving around, friends are not able to see where you’re going.
The new Live Location feature, on the other hand, lets people track where you are for a period of time chosen by you.

How WhatsApp’s Live Location works

To initiate Live Location, go to the conversation — individual or group — that you want to share your location with. Then hit the little “attach” (paper clip) button that exists in the message field and go to “Location.” Now, in addition to the existing static location-sharing feature, you’ll see “Share Live Location,” as well.
You can specify how long you wish to share your location for, be it 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours, although there doesn’t appear to be a customizable timer that lets you share your location for “18 minutes,” for example.
        How to use WhatsApp’s Live Location
                            Above: Set time
But you can cease sharing your location at any time by hitting the “stop sharing” button.

        
                            Above: Stop sharing?
And, interestingly, multiple people from the same group can all share their location on the same map.
                                 
       How to stop WhatsApp’s Live Location sharing
                        Above: Group locations
This kind of location-sharing functionality is nothing new, of course. Glympse has offered something similar for years, while France’s Zenly has been gaining traction for its location-sharing app. Google, too, had embraced real-time location sharing with Latitude, a service it ended in 2013. However, last year Google launched its new standalone Trusted Contacts app, which offers near-identical functionality, before bringing another similar feature directly into Google Maps back in March.
But with more than one billion active daily users, WhatsApp has emerged as the social glue for countless social interactions — covering friends, families, neighbors, work colleagues, and everyone in between.
There are many uses for this feature — if you’re the sort of person who hates hanging around waiting for someone to arrive at a designated meeting spot, you can see (if the other person allows) exactly how long you’ll have to wait. But perhaps the most common use-case will be worried parents or partners wanting to know where their loved ones are late at night.
For the privacy-concerned, WhatsApp is quick to remind users that — like messages and calls — Live Location is “end-to-end encrypted.”
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

New Android Ransomware Gets Activated by Home Button; Encrypts Data & Changes PIN Code

Security researchers have discovered a new Android ransomware that encrypts data on the infected device and then changes its PIN number to make sure that victims are completely locked out of their devices unless they give into the demands of criminals. Dubbed aptly as DoubleLocker, this latest strain of Android ransomware is distributed through fake Adobe Flash Player downloads using malicious websites.
                                                                 
                                                                              
Misusing Android accessibility services, DoubleLocker is activated once the fake Adobe Flash Player app is launched. The app requests activation of the malware’s accessibility service, named as “Google Play Service,” after which its uses these accessibility permissions to activate device administrator rights and set itself as the default Home application without user consent.
Setting itself as a launcher makes this Android ransomware more persistent, since whenever the user clicks on the Home button, the ransomware gets activated. The only way to get rid of DoubleLocker is to do a factory reset, researchers said.

If you, however, use a rooted Android device, security researchers said that you can get past the PIN lock without a factory reset. “For the method to work, the device needed to be in the debugging mode before the ransomware got activated.”
If this condition is met, then the user can connect to the device by ADB and remove the system file where the PIN is stored by Android. This operation unlocks the screen so that the user can access their device. Then, working in safe mode, the user can deactivate device administrator rights for the malware and uninstall it. In some cases, a device reboot is needed.

This Android ransomware could be used to steal banking credentials in the future

DoubleLocker is developed on the foundations of a banking trojan. While it currently doesn’t have the modules to steal users’ banking credentials, the functionality could be easily added in the future.

“Given its banking malware roots, DoubleLocker may well be turned into what could be called ransom-bankers,” Lukáš Štefanko, the ESET researcher who discovered DoubleLocker, said. “Two-stage malware that first tries to wipe your bank or PayPal account and subsequently locks your device and data to request a ransom.”
Right now, the malware is specifically focused on extorting money from its victims by locking them out of their devices. The ransom has been set to 0.0130 BTC (approximately USD 73 at the time of this writing) with the criminals having added a message that it needs to be paid within 24 hours. ESET added that even after 24 hours, the attackers aren’t wiping the data as it remains encrypted.

Here's how to protect yourself from Android malware:

1. Don't open files that you don't recognize.
2. Don't install apps from third-party sources.
3. Install updates as soon as they become available.
4. Use anti-virus software on all Android-based devices.

Also, those users who even glance at the permissions an app is asking for should be okay since it’s basically telling you that it will change your password and erase your data.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Announcing Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher

Introducing Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android, two apps designed to make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC.
                                                                    
                                            Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher               
Microsoft announced at Build to make Windows 10 PCs work great with your phone. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview. And, Microsoft Launcher is available starting today in preview as well. Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android

                                                                                           
                                                             Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android
Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later.
Beginning today, iOS users can test the preview app via Apple TestFlight, and Android users can sign up to be one of the first to test the preview app which will be available soon. Go here to sign up to test the Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android preview apps.

They stated- A few more details about the preview: Initially Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android will launch only in US-English, but we’ll ramp to other countries/languages as we expand the preview. And some features—like roaming passwords and support for iPads/Android tablets—aren’t available at preview launch but will come in the future.

Microsoft Launcher for Android

                                                    
                                             iOS and Android, Microsoft Launcher
Android phones have a feature that iPhones don’t – they allow customization of the “launcher” that’s displayed when you push the phone’s home button. How nice! Today, we are also launching a preview release of our new Microsoft Launcher for Android. We think it’s the most beautiful (based on Fluent design), customizable, powerful launcher available. With Microsoft Launcher, your recent photos, documents and more can all Continue on PC as well.

And – just like on Windows 10 – with Microsoft Launcher you can put icons of your favorite people right on the home screen so they’re quickly and easily available.


  • The Feed: Info at your Fingertips. With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps.
  • Beautiful and customizable: Launcher has wide-ranging ways to let you personalize your phone, it’s easy to set colors of backgrounds—and our new ‘gesture’ support will let even hard-core customizers create the environment that makes them most productive.
  • Continue on PC. And of course, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.
Also Read: 7 Best Vocabulary Apps for Ios and Android
Microsoft Launcher represents the “graduation” of the 4.6-star rated “Arrow Launcher” project. So, a big update to Arrow and a change of name. Everyone on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher today, and any other Android users can join the preview of Microsoft Launcher beginning today as well.

So, have fun trying out these preview apps alongside your Windows 10 PCs and provide feedback and ways to make them even better. Feel free to share the good news.
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

7 Best Vocabulary Apps for iOS and Android

A vocabulary is a list or collection of words or of words and phrases usually alphabetically arranged and explained or defined Everybody knows basic English these days. So what is it that will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd? When you go to a party or an official meeting, how would you prove that you have an edge over the other people present there? People judge you by the words you use.
                                             Best Vocabulary Apps for iOS and Android
A powerful vocabulary would help you to understand what anybody is saying without the use of a dictionary. But the big question here is, how to improve your vocabulary when you have a busy life with no-time-for-anything-apart-from-work? Thanks to our smartphone, we have a solution. You can download a good vocabulary builder app and use it on-the-go. There is absolutely no need to cram the entire dictionary. Make a smart choice from any of these vocabulary apps for Android and iPhone.

Best Free Vocabulary Apps

1. Merriam-Webster

                                                         Merriam-Webster
This is the best Android app for English language reference, education, and vocabulary building. It is America’s most useful and respected dictionary, optimized for your Android device. It now has new word games! It’s never been more fun to learn new words and test your vocabulary for everyone from English learners to total word nerds. Hundreds of words to test your skills. No internet connection is required to view the definitions or thesaurus (although you do need a connection to view illustrations, hear audio pronunciations, and use voice search).
Download: AndroidiOS

2. IntelliVocab

                                                         IntelliVocab for SAT,GRE,GMAT
IntelliVocab personalizes the English vocabulary learning for competitive exams like SAT, GRE and GMAT. This app is built by students of MIT based on the latest research from MIT Computer Science and Web Semantics Lab.
It uses latest machine learning algorithms and web semantic techniques to collapse billions of possibilities into comprehensible probabilistic profile information, in real-time. It completely controls the learning environment, so that you do not have to plan your learning approach. All you need to do is interact. The more you practice, the more it learns about you and figures out words that are difficult for you. It ensures you achieve the top score competitive exams.
Download: AndroidiOS

Also Read: Top 10 Study Apps for University Students

3. Words With Friends

                                                          word with friends
Play the World’s Most Popular Mobile Word Game in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and British English. Words With Friends is the fun, free social word game where your word building skills are tested. Challenge your Facebook friends to a game or make new friends with Smart Match. Play anytime and anywhere to sharpen your skills with offline Solo Play. May the Best Friend Win.™
• CHAT with your friends in-game
• TRACK your performance and improvement with detailed stats
• EXPAND your English vocabulary with Dictionary and Word of the Day 
• CHALLENGE your friends to think and play faster in English with Fast Play
• FIND your best English opponent by browsing players’ profiles in Community Match
• ACCESS your games on your phone, tablet, and computer.
Download:  AndroidiOS

4. Vocabulary.com

                                                           Vocabulary.com
The Vocabulary.com app helps you master words through a fun and addictive game. And it’s powered by the world's smartest, fastest dictionary. From the makers of the award-winning Vocabulary.com website, this app will expand your vocabulary with lightning speed!
Download: AndroidiOS

5. VoLT - Vocabulary Learning

                                                          VoLT - Vocabulary Learning VoLT (Vocabulary Learning Techniques) is an app which will provide you with various innovative techniques to remember difficult English words. People who want to improve their English or the students who are preparing for exams like CAT ,MAT , GMAT , GRE , SAT , SSC, Bank PO, BBA, BBS, BCA, CET, GATE, IAS, IBPS, IELTS, IES, TOEFL, UPSC etc will find volt application extremely valuable because now they don't have to cram those words and will save excessive repetitive efforts required.
Various psychological researches have proved that new information is well retained by our brains if it is associated with some previous information.
Download: Android, Ios

6. Vocabulary Builder

                                                           Vocabulary Builder
Vocabulary Builder is a Study & Practice app of English Language for students preparing for competitive exams.
The app contains hundreds of - 

1. Synonyms
2. Antonyms
3. One word substitutions
4. Homophones & Homonyms
5. Phobias
6. Foreign Words & Phrases
7. Idioms & Phrases
8. Phrasal Verbs
9. Important Words 

along with Objective Type practice sets.

The app is based on the latest examination pattern of IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, SAT, CAT, UPSC, SSC, IBPS, UGC and various other competitive exams.
Download: AndroidIos

7. Magoosh Vocabulary Builder 

                                                      Magoosh Vocabulary Builder
Build your vocabulary with Magoosh's free vocabulary game for your Android phone or tablet. Quiz yourself every day to learn the 1200 most important words!

☞ 1200 vocab words picked by an expert tutor
☞ Audio pronunciation for each of the words in the app
☞ Definitions and example sentences for every word
☞ Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced vocabulary sections
☞ Beat levels to unlock new words
☞ Track your progress as you study

This app gives you free access to all of Magoosh’s general, GRE, SAT, and TOEFL vocab quizzes. Sign in with a Magoosh account (or create a new one) to save your progress to the web.
Download: Android, Ios
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Google reveals the Android Excellence collection for Fall 2017

In addition to Google Play Awards, handed out yearly since spring 2016 to standouts across a dozen of Android apps and games categories, an Android Excellence program was unveiled a few months ago as another way for the overseers of the world’s top mobile operating system to recognize the platform’s, well, excellence.
                                           Android Excellence collections
According to Google’s introductory Android Developers Blog post, the new collections of exceptional Android apps and games include titles delivering “incredible user experiences”, taking advantage of many of El Goog’s “best practices”, and also featuring “great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization.”

Google points out that the titles that made it to the list "are noteworthy for adopting the latest Android features." While this is clearly a fairly carefully curated list, Google has not organized the apps and games into a top ten -- at least it is not clear that the app and game (Onefootball -- Football Scores, and Asphalt 8: Airbourne) at the top of the list are considered by Google to be the best, as there is no accompanying editorial copy.

For Android users, the collections provide a great way to discover something new, as well as giving the opportunity to see whether your favorite apps and games are as highly regarded by Google.

Head over to Google Play to check out the Android Excellence Apps and Android Excellence Games.
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Google’s Family Link Is Parental Control Done Right

If you’re a parent who has young children using mobile devices that runs on Android, it is understandable that you might be concerned about the kind of content they can access, how frequently they access it, and so on. While parental controls aren’t new, earlier this year Google announced Family Link that offered parents more control over their child’s Android devices.
                                              
                             

However when it was announced, the tool was only available via invite-only, but the good news is that Google has since announced that they will be opening it up to all Android users. According to Google, “Today, we’re happy to announce that Family Link, our solution for bringing kids and their parents into the Android ecosystem, is now available to parents in the United States without an invitation. Parents can also create a Google Account for their kid right from Android setup, and then manage their kid’s account and device with Family Link.”

In case you’re learning about Family Link for the first time, users will be able to manage the kind of apps their kids can use, and can approve and block apps that their kids can download from the Google Play Store. Parents will also be able to keep an eye on screen time to see how long their kids spend on apps, as well as set daily limits.

Read: How to get paid apps for free on Android
Google also realizes that parents may have iPhones while their kids have Android phones. For many families, Android is a cheaper way to get their kids online faster. With that in mind, parents can find the parental app for Family Link in the iTunes app store.

Family Link works on kids phones running Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or better. The parental app is available for parents running anything Kit Kat (Android 4.4) or better.

Family Link’s key features are:

  • Manage the apps your kid can use: Approve or block the apps your kid wants to download from the Google Play Store.
  • Keep an eye on screen time: See how much time your kid spends on their favorite apps with weekly or monthly activity reports, and set daily screen time limits for their device.
  • Set device bedtime: Remotely lock your kid’s device when it’s time to play, study, or sleep.

You can find out more at the official Family Link website
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