WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve: 20 Billion Messages Sent in India, 75 Billion Worldwide

  WhatsApp users in India sent over 20 billion messages on December 31 as they ushered in 2018 with wishes to family and friends. In a release, WhatsApp revealed that of the 75 billion messages shared on New Year’s Eve, 20 billion were just from India. These figures the highest-ever number of messages shared on the platform, which has over 1 billion users worldwide and counts India as its biggest market with 200 million users. It is notable that WhatsApp suffered an outage lasting more than an hour late on December 31, 2017…

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WhatsApp Private Reply Feature for Groups Enabled by Mistake, Expected Soon: Report

  WhatsApp mistakenly rolled out the ‘Reply Privately’ feature in a beta update for Windows Phone that will allow users to privately send a message to a participant in a group without anyone else knowing about it. The hotly-anticipated WhatsApp feature is under development and could be rolled out with other features as well. The Private Reply feature appeared and was subsequently dropped from the beta version of WhatsApp, watcher of the popular chat app @WABetaInfo said, confirming that the developers wrongly enabled the feature. “In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone…

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Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August: Report

  Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is said to leave Apple’s music streaming service in August, the Billboard magazine reported on Thursday, citing sources. Iovine is best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records, a rap music pioneer that branched out to include artists like Lady Gaga and U2. Iovine’s departure is likely timed to his Apple shares fully vesting, according to the report. “It is unclear whether Apple might replace Iovine, who never took a specific title at the company,” the report added. The former Interscope CEO joined Apple in 2014 after the iPhone maker bought Beats Electronics, the audio…

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Intel Says Performance Impact of Chip Flaw Security Updates Isn’t Significant

Intel Corp said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, rebuffing concerns that the flaws found in microprocessors would significantly reduce performance. The performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated over time, Intel said late on Thursday. Intel shares fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday as investors were worried about the potential financial liability and reputational damage from the recently disclosed security flaws. The largest chipmaker confirmed on Wednesday that the flaws reported by researchers in the company’s widely used…

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Microsoft Partners Adaptive Biotechnologies to Enhance Diagnosis

  Technology giant Microsoft has partnered with Adaptive Biotechnologies to map the genetics of the human immune system, to improve diagnoses of cancers and other diseases. Adaptive Biotechnologies is a genomics and technology company working to map the genetics of the immune system. As per the agreement, Microsoft will bring research and large-scale machine learning and cloud computing capabilities to translate genetics of the human immune system, or immunome into simple blood test that can be broadly accessible to people around the world. “We are very excited and inspired by our collaboration…

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Facebook Could Stop a Disease Outbreak, Say Researchers

  Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday. Such people would be “central” in their social networks, and thus likelier to spread disease-causing germs from one group to another. Assuming there is an outbreak, and not enough vaccines for every person in the world, immunising these well-connected individuals would remove social “bridges” by which germs can spread, experts wrote in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The study, which tracked the…

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Opera 50 Browser Now Available for Windows, macOS, Linux With Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Feature and More

  Opera Software has released the latest Opera 50 version desktop browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Opera includes numerous new features such as a new anti-cryptomining feature and Chromecast & VR 360 support for the Oculus VR headset. These features were initially available on the beta RC version of Opera 50. NoCoin Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining As we mentioned, Opera has officially announced the release of a stable build of the latest Opera 50 Web browser. The Opera 50 browser has the new NoCoin feature that helps block webpages that discreetly use cryptocurrency mining scripts. Opera recently stated that the NoCoin will work…

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Helsinki, Florence among offbeat spots explored by Indians

  Indians are increasingly exploring offbeat destinations like Helsinki, Moscow and Florence, signifying changes in travel behaviour this year, indicates a report. A winter report based on bookings by online travel agency MakeMyTrip, shares insights on the travelling trends this holiday season, read a statement. Young travellers are driving the shift from offline to online in the travel industry. The transactions made from mobile app have increased by 59 per cent since the last winter season, whereas only 41 per cent individuals are booking via desktop. In terms of travelling destinations,…

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WeChat Denies Storing User Chat Histories

  Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone’s account. “WeChat does not store any users’ chat history. That is only stored in users’ mobiles, computers, and other terminals,” WeChat said in a post on the social media platform. “WeChat will not use any content from user chats for big data analysis. Because of WeChat’s technical model that does not store or analyse user chats, the rumour…

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Facebook Faces Flak for Removing ‘Birth Becomes Her’ Video

  Facebook is facing criticism from fans of birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie after her ‘Birth Becomes Her’ video that amassed over 100 million views over a period of seven months was removed from the social media platform. With no notice, Facebook has removed the video, Cosmopolitan reported on Monday. Reacting to the Facebook response, many users are sharing the video again. “Monet Nicole Moutrie was banned from Facebook again, this time for this video. Share far and wide!”, wrote one user. Making her dissatisfaction public, Moutrie said in a blog post that the video was removed…

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