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Old whatsapp status makes a return on the app

Old whatsapp status makes a return on the app

social media, Technology
In mid-February, WhatsApp removed the feature that let you set an away message, and then gave the Status name to a Snapchat Stories clone. The old text status was done away with making way to a new video/image like status, Snapchat kind of stories feature, which disappears within 24 hours. The company had hoped that the new image/video stories would serve a similar function as the text-based statuses. The company has confirmed that it will bring back its old text status message feature after facing a backlash from its users. Some people preferred to keep informative status about what they were up to or what was in their minds that probably would go for a longer duration but the new feature only allows for a status to go for a day only, that is 24 hours. More so, some people prefer...
WhatsApp Introduces Video Chat Feature for it Users

WhatsApp Introduces Video Chat Feature for it Users

Internet, Mobile
Texts and voice calls are not enough when connecting with friends, family and those we care about in this digital era. The visual concept is essential to bridge this gap. As their next step in their efforts to connect people globally, WhatsApp has introduced the video calling feature for its over 1 Billion Android, iPhone and windows devices users. Having gained tremendous popularity as a messaging Application since it was developed in 2009. Statista reports records that as at February 2016, the App announced more than 1 Billion monthly active users from 700M in Jan 2015. This clearly indicates that its popularity internationally is growing rapidly. If you have not received the app update yet, then WhatsApp will simply make a phone call to that contact instead of presenting yo...
Tech Giants undeterred by Africa’s economic slowdown

Tech Giants undeterred by Africa’s economic slowdown

Internet, Mobile, social media
Tech giants of Silicon Valley are undeterred by the economic slump afflicting much of Africa. Facebook, Google, Oracle and Uber Technologies are at the leading edge of turning the world’s frontier markets digital. As the commodity crash buffets the continent’s biggest economies, the interest and investments couldn’t come at a better time. Almost half of foreign direct investment projects in Africa last year were in technology, telecommunications, financial services and consumer products. The amount dedicated to oil, gas and mining dropped to 6 percent - from almost a quarter in 2005 - according to EY, a consultancy firm. “There’s been a big shift from an almost exclusive focus on extractive sectors to those such as consumers and renewable energy,” said Michael Lalor, the Johannesbu
Will Google Allo chat app wants outsmart WhatsApp whose new ‘tag’ update is annoying?

Will Google Allo chat app wants outsmart WhatsApp whose new ‘tag’ update is annoying?

Mobile, social media
Google has launched a new smart messaging app called Allo that it hopes will rival WhatsApp, Facebook's Messenger and Apple's iMessage. Where Allo differs from these already popular messaging apps is in its "smart" abilities: it can reply to messages for you and has an in-app assistant called "@google" that can search the internet, play videos and offer restaurant suggestions. The app, which is available for iOS and Android users, draws on Google's machine learning software to learn how its users talk in order to generate more appropriate suggested responses over time. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has just added perhaps its most annoying feature ever. The app will now let people tag other users within conversations. And the notifications that come from those tags will come even if
Facebook’s Plan to use WhatsApp data attracts FTC scrutiny

Facebook’s Plan to use WhatsApp data attracts FTC scrutiny

Cyber Security, Internet, social media
When Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised no one would mess with the popular messaging service’s strict privacy protections. But that was then. Fortune reports Last month, the two companies had a change of heart as Facebook FB -0.60% said it would slurp up user data, including phone numbers, that has till now been walled off in WhatsApp. Such a shift was bound to draw the attention of regulators and, sure enough, the Federal Trade Commission has confirmed it is looking into the deal. In a letter to two privacy groups, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the FTC says it will “carefully review” the complaint about the WhatsApp change. The letter explains the agency is taking note of the groups’ two main objec