WhatsApp Adds New Features For Users

WhatsApp the popular instant messaging mobile app has added a couple of new features to its platform. The app now supports picture-in-picture as well as allows users to have text as their status message.  The app has been upgraded for both Android and iOS and the features are part the app’s continuing commitment to improve its functionality for its massive user base.

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BBC To Launch Interactive Stories On Connected Devices

If you own a smart speaker then it is likely that your conversations with it are likely to become a whole lot stranger thanks to the BBC. The UK broadcaster is entering head first into the world of Google Home and Amazon Echo, however news is definitely not on the agenda. The BBC intends to launch an interactive sci-fi drama that allows its listeners to play along with whilst they are at home. The BBC says the project is a collaboration with Rosina Sound and draws its inspiration from the works of Douglas Adams and Franz Kafka.

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Android 8.0 To Be Rolled Out Shortly

The next version of Android has been dubbed Oreo and will be rolled out to smartphones and tablets in the very near future. Google recently announced that it has already pushed out the final version of Android 8.0 to the Android Open Source Project. If you are not sure what this means, Android Open Source Project is the underlying software that is loaded on Android powered smartphones and other devices that manufacturers use to build on.

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Facebook Successfully Tests Drone Capable Of Delivering Internet Access Globally

A Facebook backed solar powered drone that has been designed to perhaps one day deliver internet access globally has successfully finished a test flight in Arizona after a previous attempt ended with a crash landing. Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook has a long-term plan for the for the drone named Aquilla which is for it and other drones like it to deliver internet access to the 4 billion people around the world who don’t have access to the internet.

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HTC U11 Now Has Alexa Capability

HTC is making good on its promise to make it possible for buyers of its U11 smartphone to install Amazon’s Alexa. The ability to download The HTC Alexa app from the Google Play Store will begin in America. Localised versions of Alexa will be coming to other countries shortly. If you own an HTC U11 then you will probably know that the U11 now has three virtual assistant options available including Google Assistant, and HTC’s Sense Companion.

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New USB-C Technology To Be Rolled Out Soon

New USB-C Technology To Be Rolled Out Soon

If you have recently purchased a new Android phone or laptop over the last couple of years you will probably have noticed a new type of connector which is called USB-C. The connector represents a major upgrade to the cables that have come before it. For one thing, it’s much faster so it takes a lot less time to recharge or transfer files. It is also completely reversible so you can plug it into the port any which way you like. The connector has been designed to be ubiquitous so you have one connector that can be used for your laptop, phone, Nintendo Switch or any other electronic device that you may own.

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Google To Revamp Desktop Search Page

Google has an extremely simple homepage that arguably made the company popular with users and is responsible for the billions in profits it makes every year. We all know it, it consists of a single search box set against a white background. Apparently however, the design is about to undergo a radical change for the first time since the search engine was launched back in 1996. There will be the addition of Google interest and a news based feed on the home page.

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Soon We Could Have Battery Free Mobile Devices

Can you imagine a future where you never have to worry about charging your phone? Well that dream may soon become a reality because it is the exciting implication of new research undertaken by the University of Washington. At the university, scientists have developed a mobile phone prototype that does not need a battery at all!

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MIT Spinoff Develops More Powerful Smartphone Batteries

Ex Google Employee Developing Internet Satellite Project

For many people, super-fast lag free internet connectivity via satellite instead of a wire into your home has been a years-long pipe dream. Many of the giant internet companies have explored the idea as they hope increased internet access in the developing world will lead to greater profits. A former employee of Google and friend of Elon Musk is the first team to have received permission to build a next-generation satellite internet service. If the project does take off, it could deliver internet access to every part of the United States, including rural areas which are often difficult to deliver internet access to using traditional cables.

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MIT Team Develops New Technologies To Improve Wi-Fi At Large Venues

It’s not easy to get a good Wi-Fi signal at a major sporting event, however that is about to change because researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory believe they have found a solution. When we are in crowded areas such as a conference hall, airport, stadium or concert, multiple wireless routers need to be installed so that everyone has access to the internet. However, this cause the problem of interference with so many routers in play which results in a crowd that is frustrated by incredibly slow access to the internet.

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