Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser. WhatsApp web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.
To connect your web browser to your WhatsApp client, simply open https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code — scan the code inside of WhatsApp, and you’re ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. Unfortunately for now, WhatsApp will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.
Read More: http://blog.whatsapp.com/614/WhatsApp-Web
Today’s Facebook update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook. Posts that receive lots of reports will be annotated with a message warning people that many others on Facebook have reported it.
Facebook is not removing stories people report as false and are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.
Read More: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/01/news-feed-fyi-showing-fewer-hoaxes/
Twitter announced that it reached an agreement to acquire ZipDial, a product partner based in Bangalore, India, to make it even more accessible to people around the world.
People across India use ZipDial’s platform to access great content, including cricket scores, audio programming, Tweets from their favorite Bollywood stars and much more on their mobile phones. By coming together with ZipDial, Twitter help more people around the world enjoy great and relevant Twitter experiences on their mobile phones.
Read More: https://blog.twitter.com/2015/bringing-twitter-to-more-people-around-the-world
Popular messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp are in the cross hairs in Britain.
That was the message delivered on Monday by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications.
Read More: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/british-prime-minister-suggests-banning-some-online-messaging-apps/?_r=0
Apple is finishing up work on the Apple Watch’s software, and sources familiar with the product’s development say that the device is currently on track to ship in the United States by the end of March. In the couple of days preceding the official Apple Watch release date, these employees will then train other employees in their respective stores.
Read More: http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/06/apple-watch-launch/
Apple will start selling fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the United States beginning tomorrow, Jan. 6th, according to several sources.
Currently, Apple sells the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. either via a carrier contract or unlocked on T-Mobile. The pricing will be the same as an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 starting at $649 and going all the way up to $949 depending on screen size and choice of storage space.
Read More: http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/05/apple-to-start-selling-sim-free-iphone-6-6-plus-in-the-u-s-tomorrow/
Google’s Driver Less Car
Google is working on a version of Android that would be built directly into cars. This will allow drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones! The first such vehicles may debut in 2015.
If successful, Android would become the standard system powering a car’s entertainment and navigation features, solidifying Google’s position in a new market where it is competing with arch-rival Apple Inc.
Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google’s services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car’s camera, sensors, fuel gauge, and Internet connections that come with some newer car models.
Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/18/us-google-cars-idUSKBN0JW2PS20141218
Skype announced today their preview of Skype Translator goes live on Windows 8.1. This translation will be in rea-time of English and Spanish. This means you speak in English and the other person hears translated in Spanish and vice versa.
Skype Translator will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate; people will no longer be hindered by geography and language.
The page below has an exciting video of a Skype trail done by school children in USA and Mexico.
Read more: http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/
Google’s Hangouts app for Android got a major update today.
Among the fun new features are 16 new sticker pages and a couple of Easter eggs (just type “woot” or “happy birthday” into a chat to see what those look like after you’ve installed the update).
On the visual side, you can also now apply filters to your video chats (think sepia, vignette, black and white, etc.).
Those are fun little features, but what’s more important in this update is that Hangouts is also getting smarter. When somebody now asks you where you are, Hangouts will automatically prompt you to share your location. All you have to do is drop a pin on the map (so you can fudge your location a little bit in case you don’t want to give away where exactly you are).
It’s worth noting that Hangouts already features location sharing today, but what’s new here is that Google is trying to parse your conversation to look for clues when it can automatically provide you with a quick reply option.
Read More: http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/10/google-updates-hangouts-for-android-with-video-filters-smart-location-sharing-and-more/
Two years after debuting semantic “My friends who…” search for people, places, and photos on the web, Facebook Graph Search is rolling out on iOS in the US along with a new keyword search option for dredging up old News Feed posts by friends.
Keyword search is a big step for Facebook because it indexes and unlocks content previously swept away by the rushing feed or buried deep in people’s profiles.
Full public post search could however lead to people unwittingly ending up embarassed or in the news because someone dug up one of their posts.
Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/08/facebook-keyword-search/