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Here’s How To Enable WhatsApp Dark Mode In Android And iOS

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Out of all the features rolled out with WhatsApp beta, one of the most awaited and cherished one is the “dark mode” (or night mode). Apart from carrying along with it an aesthetically-pleasing dark design factor, dark mode can also add to the overall user experience by improving readability, reducing eye-fatigue, and enhancing the overall battery consumption on the device among others.

However, no word is out yet on the official launch of dark mode and it’s still under works. But, till then you can play around with the feature on your device. Here’s how.

WhatsApp Dark Mode for Android

The first step to be able to enable dark mode for WhatsApp on your device is to run the latest Android Q beta version. Once you have the OS running on your device, follow these steps:

  • Turn on the Android Q’s native dark theme on the device by going to Settings, select Display, select theme, and then choose ‘dark’.
  • Once you have enabled the dark theme, you then have to turn on ‘developer options’. To enable developer options, go to Settings, select about phone, and then tap the “build number” seven times.
  • Now that you’ve enabled the developer option, you need to select “override force-dark” to apply the theme across all the apps on the phone.
  • Since you have applied dark mode across all the apps, you’ll notice that WhatsApp too would have a dark theme across it. To apply dark mode to chat threads, hit settings – wallpaper – no wallpaper to darken up the thread section. You have now dark mode enabled on WhatsApp.

So, that was super simple on Android. Now, let’s quickly look at how you can enable dark mode on WhatsApp for iOS.

WhatsApp Dark Mode for iOS

We’ll now look at the ‘smart-invert’ method that basically uses the iOS 11’s “smart invert’ feature that reverses the display color in an iPhone. can give your WhatsApp a darker appearance on iOS.

Once you have iOS 11 on your phone, go to settings, select General, then Accessibility, select display accommodations – Invert colors – smart invert. You’ll have a darker- looking appearance across your device, without it interfering with the quality of your photos or video.

However, the theme doesn’t apply across all parts of WhatsApp. For instance, if you want a dark theme across chat threads, you’ll have to pick a darker chat background wallpaper. Also, in case you don’t want any discrepancies at all, in terms of media quality, you can disable the feature for other apps excluding WhatsApp.

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DARK MODE STARTS TO SHOW UP IN GMAIL FOR ANDROID

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Google is about to introduce a System-Wide Dark Theme with the arrival of Android Q. However, many apps from the company still lack proper Dark Mode. Gmail is one of these apps, but according to a new report, this is about to change. Google’s App, Drive and Keep already received their Darker treatment, now the search giant is working hard to deliver a proper experience on their popular e-mail app.

According to a report from AndroidPolice, the long overdue dark mode is starting to show up in Gmail App. However, it still needs to be fully implemented. While developers could found it after digging into the code, the app still lacks a toggle to enable and disable the Dark interface. Furthermore, the dark mode seems to be available in settings only for the time being. It currently, pops up randomly whenever it wants.

Gmail is one of the most popular Google Apps for Android device. So it’s a bit curious to see many other G-apps getting Dark UI treatment and Gmail left in the light-blinding the only option. We believe that Google is saving the best for last. Apparently, the dark mode appears in Gmail v2019.06.09. For instance, if you have this specific version installed in your device, you might sporadically enjoy the new implementation.

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Google now allows you to flag deceptive sites with a new Chrome extension

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Google’s Safe Browsing feature will only work if it knows what websites to protect you against, which is why the tech giant is encouraging users to report suspicious sites. The company has launched a new Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter, which provides you a quick way to let Google know if a website looks, well, suspicious. It adds a flag right next to your other extensions that turns orange if it finds anything doubtful about the page you’re visiting.

Sometimes the things it considers questionable are as trivial as the website not belonging in the top 5,000. But if it does find something truly unsavory, you can easily notify Google by clicking the Send Report button, which will send the company that website’s URL, a screenshot of it and all the site’s HTML. In the announcement, Google said the extension is for “power users”,presumably, that means system administrators — but we were able to access it and send a report just fine.

In addition, Google is revealing a new feature for Chrome 75 that can prevent you from loading deceptive websites. If you try to load go0gle.com instead of google.com, for instance, the browser will issue a full page warning. It will ask if the legit website is the one you actually want to go to, because you don’t usually visit the one you’re loading.

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True-caller gets free Internet voice call feature

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To facilitate high quality Internet calls, communication app Truecaller on Tuesday launched a new feature called “Truecaller Voice” for its 140 million daily active users globally, the company said in a statement.

The in-app voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)-based feature would allow users to make free, high quality, low latency and quick to connect audio calls through Wi-Fi or mobile data connectivity.

“We are looking forward to effectively provide an end-to-end communication experience, where users can call, text, chat, filter messages, block spam and even make digital payments, all in one app,” said Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Vice President, Product, Truecaller.

The company had quietly started rolling out this feature to Android users from earlier this month.

“We are also planning to expand this feature to iOS in a few weeks,” Jhunjhunwala added.

In February, the app crossed 100 million daily users mark in India, from where the company attracts over 60 per cent of its global user base.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Truecaller was founded by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam in 2009.

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TikTok back on Google Play store

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TikTok app has come again on the Google Play store and Apple app store . The app can again be downloaded and used without any limitations, unlike a few days back. The video creating app was removed by both Google and Apple from Play store and App store, respectively, after Madras High Court put a prohibition on the download of the TikTok app mid of this month.

The ban on downloads has now been removed by the HC.
The app was disallowed from download after southern Tamil Nadu state court told the government that it supports pornography, particularly child pornography. The court also mentioned that the TikTok app has made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. The decision to ban the download of the app after an individual launched public interest legal action calling for a ban.
As per an IT ministry official soon after the government sent a letter to Apple and Google to obey the state court’s order.
After a week the Madras HC removed the ban from the app and said that the court is only worried about crimes against children and India doesn’t have laws like the US COPPA to protect children in cyberspace. Then HC had said that the TikTok app will be available for download from Play Store/ App Store very soon. The app is now back on the Play store and the App store.

Remarking on the issue, TikTok has informed the Court that it has used technology to ensure that nude/obscene content can’t be uploaded on the app. Bytedance, TikTok’s owner said that the company has been eliminating or banning obscene content from the platform from July 2018. The same statement mentioned that TikTok has around 0.00006% of obscene content and the company is already in process of removing them from the platform.

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TikTok ban: SC refuses urgent listing of hearing of plea

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The Supreme Court Monday refused urgent listing of a plea challenging the recent Madras High Court order banning downloading of the ‘TikTok’ app over concerns of pornographic content.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the plea will come up for hearing in due course of time. The Madras High Court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application ‘TikTok’ as it voiced concern that “pornographic and inappropriate content” were made available through such apps.

It had passed the interim order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition which sought to ban Tik Tok on the grounds that it allegedly contained content that “degraded culture and encouraged pornography”. PTI MNL SJK URD URD

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Interesting things you can do on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in more than 100 countries in the world. It allows you to send messages, photos, videos and voice recordings over the internet instead of using your mobile network. It also helps you save money, making it one of the must-have apps in your smartphone.
Share your live location
When you share your live location with someone, he or she would be able to track your location for the period you select. The three periods that can be selected are 15 minutes, one hour and eight hours. To share your live location, open WhatsApp, tap on the ‘Attachment’ icon on the typing space bar and select ‘Location.’ Now you will get two options – ‘Share live location,’ and ‘Send your current location.’ Tap on the first option and select the period.
Create GIFs
You can create GIFs within WhatsApp and send it to your friends using videos that are saved on your smartphone. To send a GIF, on the ‘Attachment’ icon on the typing space bar and Select Gallery, then Go to videos. Select the video you wish to create in a GIF from. When you do this, it will open up in the video editing section of WhatsApp. Here, you have to adjust the length of the video to not more than 6 seconds, as WhatsApp does not support longer GIFS. Then the option of converting it to a GIF will appear as a slider on top right. Now take the slider towards GIF and it’s done
Editing images
You can edit the pictures by adding text and emoticons on them before sending. Select attach > Go to gallery > Select the image you wish to share. After doing this, the image will open in WhatsApp’s photo editor. On top right, you’ll see options of adding text, emoticons and doodle. You can change size and colours of all three once you add them to your image.
Chat in different languages
If you want to type in any language other than English open WhatsApp > Go to Settings > Select Chats > Click on App Language. You can then pick the desired language.

Sometimes you want your most important chats on the top of your chat list. WhatsApp has added this function recently. To pin a contact to the top of the list, you have to long press on the chat from that person and then press the ‘pin icon’ that appears right next to delete, mute and archive icons on the top of the page. Only three contacts can be pinned to place them on top of the conversation list till now.

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How to choose the best Mobile app development company for your business?

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The main objective of a mobile app development company is to build an application that support mobile platforms like android, iOS, windows. Businesses are using the mobile applications to get customer’s attention that helps to increase their brand value. An expert mobile app development company aims to develop an application that not only fulfils the client’s requirements but also liked by the common users. An application is considered to be great when it provides a great user experience. A mobile application helps to increase the productivity and profitability of a business. Most of the application service providers ask the clients to select the features they want in their application. Since the mobile application is available 24/7, it saves your time and money that is not possible with the traditional marketing methods . If you are running a business and want to expand it, with the help of application, you can plan everything like current strategies, future plans, deals and discounts and serve directly to your customers.
Below are some tips to know before choosing the best App development company –

Know your app requirements
Understand your own requirements that you are looking for in a mobile application. The requirements will largely depend on the type of your business and what kind of products you want to sell. You can also check the similar apps on the internet and know better what they provide. For a non profit mobile application too, you have to consider your precise requirements.

Check out reputation
There are lot of companies in the market but it’s not necessary that they are reputed or genuine. To choose the best Mobile app development company , check out the company’s reputation, you can conduct an online search to know its credibility. You can check the ratings and reviews posted by the customers for the company. If possible, collect the details of their clients and different types of services they offer. Also check the company’s experience in the field, if you are satisfied with it, you can go ahead to make the choice for yourself.

Cost effectiveness
Don’t always go with the company that offers cheapest app solutions. But, consider the one that offers quality services at affordable prices. The companies that are old and have long-term existence provide the apps at efficient costs. You can go for such companies. But for finding such a company, you have to do some research online. There are many long established companies in the market that offer affordable and quality apps and give you the value for your investment. Choose the iOS application development company that provides high quality services.

Check out innovation and technology
There are many apps available on the app stores, but you need something unique and innovative to stand out. An app developed by an innovative mobile app development company, will help to gain the momentum online. You can also ask them to show different apps they have developed and the features that can be added to the app. Make sure to reach out the companies that improve your business standards. Also make sure to pick someone who never hesitate themselves to update themselves with future technologies and challenges.

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Putting Pressure over Whatsapp

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European Union has come down harshly over privacy concerns for users of popular social media platform WhatsApp. This came in wake of WhatsApp not resolving the concerned authorities’ concerns over the popular apps’ sharing of user data with its parent company Facebook, even a year after it was first issued a warning.

WhatsApp has hit strides in India, becoming the most popular messaging app, partially due to its simple user interface and its end to end secure encryption. WhatsApp changed its privacy policy in mid last year and started sharing users’ phone numbers and their other information of personal nature with Facebook without a proper memo that informs the users of this face. This act drew widespread criticism and regulatory scrutiny across Europe and Asia, and WhatsApp for a time suspended the data sharing for EU users only. Asia still lags behind when dealing with issues concerning cyber security and privacy.

EU data protection authorities, however, taking strict actions, said in a letter, sent to WhatsApp on Tuesday 24th Oct and published on Wednesday, that the company had still not resolved their concerns about sharing user data without their prior consent.

The authorities have noted that the information given to users about the privacy policy update by WhatsApp was highly ambiguous and seriously deficient considering it was related to getting their consent.

The Authorities noted that while there is a balance to be found and regualted between presenting the user with too much of the information and not enough information, the initial alert made no mention at all of the crucial information users needed. They were unable to make an informed choice, and simply clicked the agree button that resulted in their personal data being shared with the company of Whatsapp, i.e. Facebook and its family. This information can be now shared with other partner websites and can be used to present the users with targeted advertisements.

The data protection authority of Ireland, which has final jurisdiction over Facebook in the European Union because the company has its European headquarters in Dublin, said that in April it had hoped to reach a deal over the issue of data sharing with WhatsApp and the partner websites. A WhatsApp spokesperson said that, they have engaged previously with other data protection authorities to explain how their terms and privacy policy update applies to those people who use WhatsApp in Europe. They also said that they remain committed to respecting the applicable law and will continue to work with concerned officials in Europe to address the questions over privacy.

The data protection authorities also raised concern over the argument of users’ consent not being given as freely as WhatsApp claimed. WhatsApp had effectively adopted a ‘take it or leave it approach.’ This ends in users either giving their `consent’ to the sharing of their data or they are from then on unable to avail themselves of WhatsApp’s messaging services.

A new European Union data protection law will come in force in May 2018, which will give regulators the power to fine companies up to 4% of their global turnover for violating the cyber privacy laws.

What we need in India and other Asian countries is a similar outcry for cyber privacy and enactment of strict laws to protect the interests of users on a regular basis.

 

-Archit Upadhyay

 

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Android Applications you should download in your Smartphone

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Are you a Smartphone user? If yes, then you are here at the right place.

Having an endless number of applications, catering to every need of your Google Play Store has now eventually become a hit worldwide. But, while searching for the apps based on your preferences you will get many. How to choose for the best one from among them? The solution to this is their categorization under various categories like Editor’s pick, Top rated, Paid, Unpaid etc.

Here, we have brought you a list of the best Android Applications that should be there installed in your Smartphone no matter what:

  • ES Disk Analyzer

Being one of the best Android Applications, ES Disk Analyzer is the formation of the same company who was behind the ES File Explorer. This new tool is basically meant to free the space on your device by deleting the entire duplicate and no longer needed corrupt as well as damaged files from your Smartphone automatically. The app gives you an overall highlighted view of all the stuff that it finds to be unimportant and least used.

  • CineTrak

Are you a movie freak just like me? Well, to be truthful, I personally love this app. It keeps a track of all the movies already released, releasing or going to be released. Here you can make a list of all the movies you and your loved ones are planning to see in the coming days and also you can make a list of all the movies you have already watched. Apart from this, the app also facilitates you to rate the movies you have watched. This makes it the best Android Application of all time.

  • Firefox Focus

Firefox Focus is a private app. It is basically meant to keep all your browsing history a top secret just between you and itself. This tool started its journey from the iOS and now it has been facilitated for the Android. When you close the browser, Firefox Focus automatically deletes all your cookies, browsing history from your Smartphone. It takes a space of 3.5 MB, thus can be installed easily.

  • Komoot

Komoot is a route planner. When you are out on a fun day for trekking, climbing, hiking or cycling it just gives you all the possible routes to take for this long continuous journey. The route can also be changed manually according to your plan. Just enter the start, the destination and your activity, the app is here to help you with the routes.

  • Timbre

Timbre is a wholesome package and one of the best Android Applications of media editing in your smartphones. It can convert the audio and video files of any type to the type that is the most preferable for you. It supports MP3, MP4, FLV, MOV, MPEG, AIFF, Ogg, WMA, ALAC and many other versions of both input and output audio as well as video files. Apart from this, it can also cut and edit the video files to a particular time frame, removing the audio from the video clips and also arrange two multiple files into a single file.

So, above are the best five Android Applications that you must have in your Smartphone. You can feel their need anytime you want. Some are paid while some are unpaid but trust me on this, the paid ones are worthy of being paid. Have a read and I am sure you will get a lot of help on which apps to choose from the varied choices available in your Google Play store.

 

 

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Truecaller unveils new call me back feature for Android users

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Truecaller has added a new call me back feature in its App that is aimed at helping e commerce firms for delivery. The Company spokesperson said that this new feature is currently available for Android users only and soon it will be available on other platforms.

This new call me back feature will allow the caller who placed unsuccessful call with option to ask the intended receiver to call back or maybe call again. This feature is of great help for normal users and delivery companies achieve call completion.

To use these new feature users will have to update their truecaller version and only after that it will work so the new updated version would be v7.82, and can use any dialer app they wish to use.

And is a truecaller user unsuccessfully tries to call another trucaller user, they will be given two options – Ask to call back and Call Anyway. If the first option is chosen then a notification will be sent to the receiver that asks them to return the call and in case the second option is chosen, a call will be put through to the intended receiver again.

The interface will be having new look and would be slightly different if the receiver’s number is already saved in their contact list.

If the number is saved in the contact list and receiver has truecaller installed in the device then last seen status updated within the last 24 hours, the caller will see this status on option screen after a call attempt.

This new feature would only be available when the user will reject the incoming call otherwise the number will be buy.

Earlier also Truecaller unveiled “Truecaller Priority” feature that helped firms achieve call completion by revealing information of the partner firm’s caller to the recipient. So this “Call me back “seems to be the upgrade to the Availability” feature.

Anyways this is a nice upgrade by Truecaller and do let us know whether you like this upgrade

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