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SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp recently included a 'Report feature' and today in the 2.18.246 update it made available a new layout for it.

The Report feature is available for both chats and groups and a new alert appears when the Report button is tapped. Once confirmed, a report will be sent to WhatsApp for that specific phone number/group and hence the contact can be quickly blocked and all messages be deleted in the chat.

The new layout is also available for groups where WhatsApp asks users whether they want to exit group. With this new layout, WhatsApp wants to make easier to understand how the report feature works.

Moreover, now users can keep the chat history for reported chats/groups.

SEOUL, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) - A recent report leaked the camera setup for the Samsung Galaxy S10, revealing a three-camera setup. 2019 marks 10 years since Samsung’s first Galaxy phone - the Samsung i7500 - which also signalled the brand’s entry into the Android smartphone market.

To celebrate the anniversary, Samsung will doubtless want to release a feature-packed Galaxy S10 to impress fans. So far, reports have suggested a triple-cam setup, two selfie cameras and 5G support.

The three-camera rumours seem to be true, but DJ Koh, president of the South Korean tech giant’s mobile business told journalists at the Galaxy Note 9 launch that Galaxy S10 won’t be the firm’s first 5G phone - another model will take that honour.

Samsung are still determined to be the world’s first vendor to launch a foldable smartphone, though.

The company is rumoured to be announcing three Galaxy S10 variants - two featuring the same screen size- of which only two will get the three-camera setup.

According to the report, the main S10+ camera will have a 16MP regular snapper, a 13MP sensor with a telephoto lens, and a third cam equipped with a wide-angle lens and a 12MP sensor.

Furthermore, rumours suggest Samsung want to be the first to introduce a triple setup to a midrange smartphone, through their Galaxy A series, presumably with the A9 (2019).

GSM Arena noted that if the South Korean tech giant goes down that road, it will likely unveil the phone with a 32 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP configuration. No details are known on when Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S10, Galaxy A (2019) or even the foldable phone, dubbed Galaxy X. 

BEIJING, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Huawei fans could be in for a treat as the brand confirms the P20 Pro will feature a triple lens camera with 40MP, as well as 5x zoom and “much more”, according to a recent tweet.

The Chinese tech giant was not too impressed with Samsung’s latest offerings, tweeting on the same day as the Note9 was revealed, “we’re all about real upgrades.”

Samsung’s Unpacked event on August 9 brought fans a new Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch, and also the first Bixby-powered smartspeaker, Galaxy Home.

However it seems that Huawei’s tweet was mostly directed at the latest smartphone, a device said to share a similar design to its predecessor (Galaxy Note 8) and some of the upgrades given to the Galaxy S9.

Huawei’s Twitter account shared an image of the upcoming flagship rear side, titled “This is called a real generation upgrade,” revealing three cameras—possibly making it the first Android smartphone with a triple camera setup.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2018 (News Wires) - A year after its launch, Twitter Lite is now available for Android users in a total of 45 countries.

Twitter Lite was rolled out last year to provide a faster, data-friendly version of the app to those connected to slower 2G or 3G networks.

Twitter began testing the Lite app in the Philippines in September, and then expanded to 24 more countries by November. Now it’s broadening its availability to 21 more countries.

Twitter announced that the app will be available in the Google Play Store for anyone in the following 45 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana,Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Twitter Lite is aimed at those faced with expensive data plans, slow mobile networks or little storage space on their device.

Designed to launch 30 per cent faster, the app also offers key features - timeline, tweets, direct messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications - with quicker navigation.

While smartphone adoption grew to 3.8 billion connections by the end of 2016, a vast number of smartphone users still rely on 2G - 40 per cent of connections in 2017, according to the latest report from GSMA.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

NEXT generation transport is no longer a dream, or a science fiction take. On Thursday, July 19, the Chinese People’s Daily Online splashed the news that Hyperloop Transport Technologies Inc, a company based in the US working on the concept of an ultra-high-speed hyperloop, signed a deal with China’s state-owned Tongren Transport, Tourism and Investment Group to build a superfast track in Tongren, Guizhou province.

The hyperloop is a near magical concept that enables carriages and vehicles to shuttle with near supersonic speed and little resistance by running on magnetic rails in a vacuum-tube.

With the signing of a legally-binding instrument for manufacturing and operation, the supersonic rail system is effectively being catapulted from conceptual to real even though it is yet to be decided whether the facility will be built under or above the ground.

It may have been the case that our world has since the year 1964 come to know super-fast or ‘bullet trains’ in actual commercial service when Japan launched the Hikari that shuttled between Tokyo and Osaka at a speed of 224 miles per hour. Other high-speed trains were then designed, manufactured and operated by France, Italy, Germany, Spain and South Korea, all with a speed in the 186-224 miles per hour range.

The year 2004 saw China introducing the magnetic levitation technology when it launched a rail service that connects Shanghai International Airport to the city’s metro terminal at a speed of 267-mile-per-hour. Now, there is not only talk but also action under way of supersonic trains. It is indeed a different story.

The foreseeable transformation from the conventional trains to supersonic speed systems and the use of magnetic rail technology in the movement of people and goods will definitely change both the face of transport and the very concept of the respective human and material activity.

In the first glance, the difference looks quantitative given that the supersonic speed would cut travel time by approximately two thirds if compared to the world’s fastest trains that run with an average speed of 220 miles per hour. Such a quantitative-only view would in the first place impact the air travel and aviation industry.

A specialised travel website maintains that travelling Europe by train is already faster than by plane right now, that Eurostar’s redesigned trains make the zippy trip between Brussels, Paris and London in about two hours and that fares are available with Rail Europe from $70 one-way (goo.gl/kmCWjV).

Should the comparison with air transport be let to roll on? It should be remembered that rail services take you from and to city centres, relieving passengers of the burden of usually long-distance transport to and from airports, let alone the long queuing for passport and security checks.

Even more serious and probably more propitious will be the impact of supersonic rail systems on the very meaning, value and concept of transport. Given the super-fast speed promised, transport would probably signify something other than the set of actions and activities that we now define as travel or journeying.

Distance and time will be such quantitatively compressed as to produce equally new social effects on our perception of the physical movement of humans and goods and the socio-economic settings of societies.

Most likely, the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of human knowledge would be faster, the prospects of achieving individual and societal prosperity would be much larger and human relationships would be more durable and easier to sustain. It looks like the early impulses of the demise of much of the distance and time compulsions.

 

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple Inc told US lawmakers that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either, after lawmakers asked the company if its devices were invading users’ privacy.

Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta wrote to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and Alphabet Inc chief executive Larry Page in July, citing concerns about reports that smartphones could “collect ‘non-triggered’ audio data from users’ conversations near a smartphone in order to hear a ‘trigger’ phrase, such as ‘Okay Google’ or ‘Hey Siri.’”

In a letter to Walden, an Oregon Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Apple said iPhones do not record audio while listening for Siri wakeup commands and Siri does not share spoken words.

Apple said it requires users to explicitly approve microphone access and that apps must display a clear signal that they are listening.

The letters, in which lawmakers cited reports suggesting third-party applications had access to and used ‘non-triggered’ data without users’ knowledge, followed congressional hearings in April into Facebook Inc’s privacy practices, which included testimony by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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