We could be closer to getting multiple device support in WhatsApp

Jul 27, 2020 - 7:17 PM - by Reverend
WhatsApp has delivered quite a few features over the years, ranging from Stories and dark mode to QR code support and Any.do integration. We still don’t have multiple device support after all this time though, but it looks like we might be a step closer to getting the feature.

Frequent WhatsApp tipster WABetaInfo has uncovered screenshots supposedly showing multiple device support within a pre-release build of the messaging app. The screenshots show an option called “linked devices” available from the main three-dot menu, replacing the WhatsApp Web shortcut.

Screenshots of the “linked devices” menu also note that you can send and receive messages from the browser, computer, and Facebook Portal devices. It’s unclear if this is therefore simply a new home for WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop, and Facebook Portal functionality. If this is indeed the case, then you’ll still need your phone to be connected to the internet in order to use the likes of desktop and web clients.

In any event, the menu also gives you the ability to view linked devices and log out of a specific device. The tipster adds that WhatsApp could require users to get verification codes sent to their phone in order to log into another phone.

This wouldn’t be the first time we heard murmurings of multiple device support though, as WABetaInfo uncovered references to multiple device support back in November 2019 and again in March 2020. So it looks like the WhatsApp team has been working on this feature for a while now.

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PlayStation Plus offers Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, Fall Guys in August

Jul 27, 2020 - 7:11 PM - by Reverend
PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to two games in August: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

August’s PS Plus games are unusually timely: the Modern Warfare 2 campaign remaster came to PS4 back in March, and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a brand-new release. And next-month’s PS Plus releases are staggered: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered will be available to subscribers on Tuesday, July 28, while Fall Guys arrives Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is a remaster of Infinity Ward’s first-person military shooter. The remaster only includes the campaign and not the multiplayer component of the 2009 Call of Duty game.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a massively multiplayer online party game for up to 60 players. It features physics-based action with free-for-all brawls and team-based co-op challenges. Its debut on PS Plus is sure to give Fall Guys a wide audience, a la multiplayer sensation Rocket League, which similarly debuted on Plus back in 2015.

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Twitter hackers accessed direct messages of 36 accounts, company says

Jul 24, 2020 - 9:40 AM - by Reverend
The hackers that compromised a range of high-profile Twitter accounts last week accessed the direct messages of as many as 36 users, the company said Wednesday evening.

"We believe that for up to 36 of the 130 targeted accounts, the attackers accessed the DM inbox, including 1 elected official in the Netherlands," Twitter said in a tweet. "To date, we have no indication that any other former or current elected official had their DMs accessed."

The attack last week — which promoted a Bitcoin scam — affected numerous verified accounts including that of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian West and many others. Twitter has said the attackers compromised the accounts by targeting Twitter employees and gaining access to an internal administrative tool.

While the scope of the incident was massive in its own right, it could merely be the tip of a very large iceberg with vast security implications. Cybersecurity experts and policymakers now worry that the bitcoin scam may mask a much more troubling data breach involving the personal communications of the world's most powerful people.

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Facebook takes on Zoom with live video broadcasting for large meetings

Jul 24, 2020 - 9:35 AM - by Reverend
Facebook is rolling out a new feature allowing users to livestream video calls with up to 50 participants.

"Whether you’re hosting a book club with friends, interviewing a panel of experts, teaching a fitness class, or broadcasting with your friends for fun, going live from a room lets you interact with audiences of any size,” the company said in a blog post Thursday.

The feature allows users to stream video calls made in Messenger Rooms on Facebook Live.

Facebook users who create a Messenger Room will be able to stream a live broadcast of the call from their profile, a Facebook Page or a Facebook Group, allowing large audiences to watch in real time.

The room creator can add or remove participants, including those who do not have a Facebook account, as well as lock and unlock a room at any time during the live broadcast.

The feature will launch in some countries Thursday with plans to expand to all regions where Messenger Rooms are available. The move comes as the company's Live broadcasts from Facebook Pages doubled in June compared to the same time last year.

The new feature will allow Facebook to compete with video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Google Meet, which have grown in popularity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, Zoom said it had reached 300 million active daily video users, correcting its previous claim of 300 million active daily participants, while Google said its Meet platform surpassed 100 million active daily users in the same month and that the company is adding about 3 million new users every day.

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Google Messages now lets you reply with emoji reactions

Jul 24, 2020 - 9:31 AM - by Reverend
Google is adding a number of new features to its Messages app for Android, including the ability to reply to messages with emoji reactions, something that’s long been available in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and iOS’s built-in Messages app. The feature was first spotted in testing in May, but Google has now officially rolled it out as part of the latest version of its Messages app.

To use an emoji reaction, just tap and hold the message you want to react to and a short list of cute animated emoji will pop up that you can pick from. You’ll only be able to use emoji reactions if you have RCS chat turned on, however.

Google is also adding a new feature to Smart Reply, which already automatically suggests potential responses for you: it can now suggest emoji stickers in addition to just text. Right now, though, the feature is only available in English, according to Google.

If text, an emoji, or a sticker just won’t cut it, Google is adding a few other handy tools to help you communicate in Messages, including a new video call button you can tap to go straight from a text conversation to a Google Duo video call and media editor you can use to mark up photos and share them right inside a conversation.

The Verge
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AT&T Apologizes For Scaring Customers Into Upgrading Their Phones 2 Years Early

Jul 24, 2020 - 9:29 AM - by Reverend
AT&T caused a bit of an uproar yesterday when it was revealed that customers were receiving emails from the 2nd place U.S. wireless carrier proclaiming that it would “soon be upgrading our network”. The email went on to describe how the customer’s current smartphone “is not compatible with the network and you need to replace it to continue receiving service”.

What made the email so alarming is that given the way it was worded, customers were led to believe that this was action that they would need to take in the short-term in order to avoid service disruptions. In reality, AT&T was actually being more than a bit disingenuous with its email, considering that the actual switchover that it’s talking about – when its 3G network will be turned off – won’t occur until February 2022.

Well, an AT&T spokesperson reached out to Gizmodo and apologized for the confusion, writing in an email:

'This email was one of many planned to keep customers informed about the shutdown of our 3G network in early 2022. It should have included the date that certain devices would no longer be supported. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and will be more clear in future updates.'

Cynical observers have commented that this was simply a ploy by AT&T to goad customers into upgrading prematurely to boost sales, but we’ll never know if that was the company’s true intention. However, it is true that those with 3G-only phones will have to upgrade within the next 18 months to ensure that they can continue to receive AT&T service.

What’s still unclear – and something that AT&T didn’t address in its apology email – is whether customers using devices barely over a year old (like the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10e) will have their devices whitelisted between now and February... [Read More]
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