One of the most widely used instant messaging platforms; WhatsApp has extended its validity period on smartphones on which it had earlier threatened to discontinue support.
WhatsApp which had earlier in the year threatened to discontinue support for the BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 handsets by the end of 2016 has extended its support validity.
The instant messaging platform on its FAQ section has now been updated the deadline to June 30, 2017.
The update on the FAQ page reads:
“As announced in our blog, we will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms:
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
Nokia S40 Nokia Symbian S60.
The following platforms will no longer be supported at the beginning of 2017:
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp Messenger is a proprietary, cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, documents, PDF files, GIF images, video, user location and audio messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers.
More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp1 to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free2 and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world and come pre-installed on some smartphones today.
If you use whatsapp, you may think you have exploited the app fully, but it will surprise you that theres so much more you can do to enhance your security especially. Check these out:
1. Hide “Last Seen” Timestamp
By default, WhatsApp shows a “last seen” timestamp, telling other users the last time you were on WhatsApp. Some of you may want to disable this timestamp, for privacy reasons. You can disable this timestamp on both iOS and Android.
If you’re an iOS user, you’re in luck, since all you need to do is go into Settings > Chat Settings > Advanced and set Last Seen Timestamp to Off.
If you’re an Android user, you won’t have access to this setting from the app itself. Instead, you’re going to have to rely on a third party app such as Hide WhatsApp Status. The app disables your WiFi and data connection when you open WhatsApp.
Once you exit the app, your WiFi and data connections are reactivated, WhatsApp will sync, and your messages will be sent.
2. Lock Your WhatsApp
Everyone, at some point or another, has probably had to deal with friends or family taking a sneak peek at their WhatsApp messages. Thankfully, if you’re using WhatsApp on Android or BlackBerry, there are apps that can help secure your WhatsApp from prying eyes.
If you’re using Android, there’s WhatsApp Lock, while BlackBerry users will want to check out Lock for WhatsApp.
Basically, both of these apps work similarly: when you use them, WhatsApp will be protected by a PIN (in the case of WhatsLock) or a password (in the case of Lock for WhatsApp). Either way, once you have things set up, the people around you shouldn’t be able to take a sneak peek at your WhatsApp any longer.
Following its woes with the Note 7, Samsung is thought to be ditching its own batteries for the Galaxy S8 and instead turning to LG to supply the batteries. On the plus side, though, the Galaxy S8 could come with a massive 8GB of RAM, fully equipping it for mobile VR, dual cameras, 4K video and the like.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be bigger, badder, and the best Galaxy S smartphone yet, and based on what we’ve been hearing so far there’s a lot to get excited about. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge will follow-along with the concept of what Samsung has been trying to do, and will further explorer the changes in technology that us as consumer want to see. Samsung is going ahead with their Galaxy series and they are going to launch their new galaxy series phone Samsung Galaxy S8.
There are no leaks or such like to report a supposed release date for the Galaxy S8 but it’s fairly easy to predict when the new flagship phone will arrive. So, unless Samsung decides to change its tradition, we can predict with some certainty that the Galaxy S8 will be announced at MWC 2017 which runs from 27 February to 2 March.
However, Samsung’s reputation has suffered quite a hit thanks to its problems with the now-discontinued Note 7, so spectators are suggesting it will really push out the boat with the Galaxy S8 to win back fans.
Although nothing has yet to be confirmed. Some of the biggest enhancements in the specs for both include at least 30 megapixels seen in the rear camera, dual micro SD card slots, enhanced body metric sensors, and much more. The latest word on the specs to come are all detailed below:
|Specifications||Galaxy S8 Specs|
|Camera Features||Optical image stabilization, geo tagging, facial recognition, HDR, auto laser focus|
|Camera – Front||9.0 Megapixels|
|Camera – Rear||30 Megapixels|
|Colors||Black, blue, gold, and white|
|Features||Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint scanner,retina eye scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, mini projector|
|Memory||64 and 128 GB internal memory and expandable with dual micro SD cards|
|Operating System||Current Android operating system 2017|
|Price||$850 USD, 775 Euro – see below|
|Processor||Snapdragon Qualcomm octa-core 3.2 GHz processor|
|RAM||6 GB RAM|
|Release Date||April 2017 – See Below|
|Screen Display||5.2” 4K display with a 4096 x 2160 screen resolution|
BlackBerry, even though it heavily refocused toward software, has not entirely given up on selling phones, so a Chinese company called TCL is building BlackBerry-branded models.
Sure enough, BlackBerry’s new 5.5-inch DTEK60 is very similar to the Alcatel Idol 4S.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Alcatel sells solid phones on the cheap, and the DTEK60 has some improvements in terms of specs. Besides the 5.5-inch QHD display, the highlights are the fingerprint scanner on the back, the 3,000mAh battery and a microSD slot (BlackBerry doesn’t say how much storage memory the phone has). The 21-megapixel rear camera on the DTEK60, however, is more powerful than Alcatel’s 16-megapixel one.
It’s too early to give any sort of verdict on the DTEK60, but it would be unfair to compare it to the top flagships of today. It’s a phone with solid specs and some robust security software (and, finally, a fingerprint scanner), which is what BlackBerry is aiming for, unexciting design be damned.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
The BlackBerry DTEK60 is available now from BlackBerry’s website with the price tag of $499.
|Release date||October 2016|
|Dimensions (mm)||153.90 x 75.40 x 7.00|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3000|
|Screen size (inches)||5.50|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||534|
|Processor||1.6 GHz quad-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||2|
|Operating System||Android 6.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||1|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Adele may be a global superstar, but she’s got plans to head back to school to teach.
The 28-year-old singer, who has just finished her world tour, is set to teach music to students at her old stomping ground; The BRIT School, which she attended in London along with the likes of Jessie J and Leona Lewis.
Tony Castro, who was head of music during Adele’s time at the school, is someone she feels particularly grateful to because he made pupils write their own songs.
The rep went on: “Talking about how teachers influenced her has made her think more seriously about teaching herself.
“Once she has recovered from the tour, she would love to teach a few classes.”
Meanwhile, Adele has prompted speculation she could be pregnant again after telling fans she was going to “have another baby”.
The singer – who already has four-year-old son Angelo with her man Simon Konecki – has hinted that a new arrival is on the way during a live concert on her current tour of the US.
As she said goodbye to fans in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, the star dropped the bombshell.
“I’ll see you later. I’ll see you on the other side,” she said after getting the crowd to cheer both her band and herself. “I’m going to have another baby.”
Although fans have been left wondering if Adele is actually pregnant, it sounded more like the singer is planning to have another child rather than already expecting.
Olympic champion Usain Bolt is set to train with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund as he “genuinely” considers a career in football post-athletics.
Winner of nine Olympic gold medals following his three victories in Rio de Janeiro, sprint king Bolt is a high-profile Manchester United fan and he has made no secret of his love for football.
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt, who has often said he dreams of becoming a professional footballer, will spend a few days training with Borussia Dortmund, the German club confirmed Sunday.
“It’s not a joke, it’s not a marketing stunt,” the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany’s Kicker online on Sunday. “It has been decided for some time,” he said, adding that the idea had been mentioned by sportswear maker Puma, a corporate partner of both the team and Bolt
No date had been set yet for when Bolt would join the training, Watzke said. He dismissed the idea of Bolt actually joining the team as a professional footballer, telling Kicker that “this is something we don’t need to talk about.
” Bolt has often stated his dream of playing football, preferably for Manchester United, Said that joining the Premier League powerhouse indeed “would be epic.”
Bolt welcomed Mourinho’s appointment as a replacement for Louis van Gaal ahead of the 2016-17 season, while talking up his chances of a move to Old Trafford.
“I haven’t got the call yet, but I know it’s coming, I think he’s waiting until after the Olympics,” Bolt said in July.
“For me I’m happy. I think it was a good choice, Mourinho is a winner, he works hard to win titles and that’s what Manchester United need right now.
“He’s building a squad and I’m looking forward to seeing much bigger players, so I’m excited about that.”