WhatsApp is adding another security layer for WhatsApp Web and desktop app linking and logging in. Before users link their WhatsApp accounts to their computer, they will be asked to authenticate using fingerprint or Face ID. This additional layer of security is aimed at preventing others from linking your WhatsApp account to the computer without your presence. WhatsApp says that the face and fingerprint authentication takes place on the user’s mobile phone in a privacy-preserving manner and WhatsApp cannot access the biometric information stored on the handset’s operating system. The company announced that it is adding an extra security layer on its mobile app to prevent unethical use of WhatsApp on the desktop. In order to link WhatsApp Web or desktop app to a WhatsApp account, users will now be asked to use face or fingerprint unlock on the phone. Once this step is done, users can then access the QR code scanner from the phone that will then complete the linking process with the computer. “This will limit the chance that a housemate or officemate (when we have those again) can link devices to your WhatsApp account without you. This builds on our existing security measures today, which pop up a notice in your phone whenever a Web/Desktop login occurs, and the ability to unlink devices from your phone at any time,” WhatsApp explains in an official release.
WhatsApp Treating Indians, Europeans Differently Is Concerning: Government The app says that it does not store biometric information, and that – by design – it cannot access those details from a phone’s operating system. WhatsApp says that this new security layer will be rolling out in the coming weeks. A visual redesign to WhatsApp Web pages on phones will also be introduced in the weeks to come.
Shifting to Telegram? Here Are 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know Chats that have been imported to Telegram show the original time stamp, along with the text, “imported”
On WhatsApp, you need to swipe from right to left on the individual chat you would like to migrate and then tap on More, then choose the Export Chat option. A pop up will ask if you want to move the chat with or without attachments, which can be imported to Telegram through the iOS Share Sheet.
Fed Up With WhatsApp, Users Are Switching to Signal and Telegram When you select Telegram, it will ask you to select the contact or group you want to migrate the specific chat to, and the messages will be synced for you in the chat history of the contact. Messages imported from other apps come with a flag at the bottom that says ‘Imported’. This works for both individual chats, and groups. Chats that have been imported show the original time stamp, along with the text, “imported” and the time when they were copied over. Telegram has not yet announced the new migration tool officially on its social handles or elsewhere apart from the iOS update notes. There is no mention about when the tool will be available for Android either. The tool could still be a work-in-progress for iOS, and it is likely that the company will make an announcement once it is ready to go. As mentioned, some users are still able to import chats to Telegram from other apps after installing the latest update that is available on the App Store.
Sony is working on a new Xperia Compact smartphone that will feature a 5.5-inch display, as per a tipster. The phone is tipped to sport a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary camera. While the Xperia Compact line of phones was scrapped a couple of years ago, an earlier report had claimed that Sony will launch the new Xperia Compact series in 2021. Specifications and renders of the rumoured Sony Xperia Compact smartphone have now been tipped. Known tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer, aka OnLeaks, has tipped the specifications of the upcoming new Sony Xperia Compact smartphone via Voice. The phone will measure around 140×68.9×8.9mm, as per Hemmerstoffer. It is said to have an 8-megapixel camera on the front, housed in a waterdrop-style notch. The dual rear camera setup is said to feature a 13-megapixel primary sensor. The flat display of the new Sony Xperia Compact is surrounded by thick bezels, as per the renders. The rumoured Android smartphone from Sony phone appears to be a little boxy.
Sony Xperia 10 III Leaked Renders Suggest Triple Rear Cameras There is said to be a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the phone, which will likely come as a relief for users of wired headphones. On the left side, the phone seems to have a volume rocker, a camera button, and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. Sony Xperia Compact also appears to have a USB Type-C port at the bottom. The phone is likely meant to compete with the iPhone 12 mini, the latest compact phone from Apple featuring a 5.4-inch display. But the new Sony Xperia Compact smartphone is expected to be priced much lower than the iPhone 12 mini.
Hemmerstoffer points to a report by Japanese blog AndroidNext from two months ago that said that Sony will release a 5.5-inch compact Xperia smartphone in the first half of 2021, adding it would come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 775 SoC. The report had speculated on Sony Xperia 1 III Compact or Sony Xperia 5 II Compact as the names. The rest of the specifications and a launch date for the new Sony Xperia Compact model are not known yet.
YouTube site can now be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA) for quick access. PWAs are — in oversimplified terms — web pages that can work like apps on your phone. PWA support was earlier added for YouTube Music and YouTube TV. The support was incorporated into the main YouTube site over the past few days. Google had recently announced that it was bringing Stadia to iOS as a PWA. Google Photos was made available as a PWA back in 2018. Twitter had also launched its PWA in 2018. As explained by Google Developers, PWAs use modern Web capabilities to deliver a user experience that is similar to using an app. Pages in browser tabs can deliver immersive, high-level apps. In Chrome, users are prompted with a plus icon in the omnibox, to ‘Install app’ notes 9to5Google. This is different from the ‘Install’ option in the overflow menu in Google Chrome, which has been around for a while now.
YouTube Adds Voice Commands on Web for a Smoother User Experience After the PWA is installed, the users get a large red play logo in the app launcher to open YouTube in a window that doesn’t have the address bar among other user interface elements. The shelf pinning feature gives the users immediate access to what’s playing. In November 2020, Google had announced that its cloud gaming service Stadia is finally coming to iOS as a PWA. In 2018, Google Photos was made available as a PWA. Twitter also launched its PWA on the Microsoft Store for mobile and desktop platforms in 2018.
OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 key specifications have been tipped online. OnePlus 9 Pro may feature a 6.8-inch Quad HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the vanilla model could sport a 6.55-inch full-HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate as well, according to a tipster. OnePlus could launch the anticipated OnePlus 9 series as early as March. As per the tipster, both the smartphones will be backed by the Snapdragon 888 SoC. Tipster Digital Chat Station shared the possible specifications of the flagship models of the upcoming OnePlus 9 series through a post on Weibo. OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 could both have a 3.8mm single punch hole in the top-left corner of the screen. OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to feature a curved display, while OnePlus 9 will likely have a flat screen. The smartphones are tipped to be relatively lightweight and weigh less than 200 grams. While the battery specifications haven’t been confirmed, the tipster suggests that OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 could pack 4,500mAh batteries each.
Nokia 1.4, Nokia 6.3, and Nokia 7.3 could launch in Q1 or early Q2 of this year, a new report claims. All three of these Nokia phones have been in the news in the past with speculations around their release. While Nokia 1.4 is relatively new, Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 were originally expected to launch in the third quarter of 2020. It is also possible that whenever these two Nokia phones launch, they could also be named Nokia 6.4 or Nokia 7.4.
Starting with Nokia 1.4, the phone has made its way through multiple listings, as per a report by Nokiapoweruser. The report states that the phone may launch in February. Recently, specifications and pricing for Nokia 1.4 were tipped, suggesting a 6.51-inch HD+ LCD display, a quad core processor, 1GB + 16GB storage configuration, and dual-rear camera setup. The phone is expected to be priced under EUR 100 (roughly Rs. 8,800).
Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3, on the other hand, have been in the news for quite a while now. The report by Nokiapoweruser states that they may launch late in the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2021. These phones could also launch as Nokia 6.4 and Nokia 7.4.
Nokia ‘Quicksilver’ Specifications Tipped by Geekbench, Include 6GB RAM Nokia 6.3 has been tipped in the past to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC and a 24-megapixel shooter. Nokia 7.3 may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It could come with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Nokia 6.3 and Nokia 7.3 are expected to be backed by a 4,500mAh and a 5,000mAh battery, respectively.
Originally, the two phones were expected to launch at IFA 2020 in September. Then, it was reported that they may launch in November. Even now, Nokia or brand licensee HMD Global has not shared any information on the launch date for these phones.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Lite could be in the works and come in Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants, a new report suggests. The tablet will be part of the Galaxy Tab S7 series that includes Galaxy Tab S7 and the Galaxy Tab S7+. In a separate report, alleged CAD-based renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) have been leaked and they show a similar design to the previous generation model. The specifications for both the tablets, Galaxy Tab S7 Lite and Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021), are unclear.
According to a report by SamMobile, Samsung is working on a Galaxy Tab S7 Lite that will be an upper mid-range tablet. It is expected to carry model numbers SM-T730, SM-T735, and SM-T736B/ SM-T736N for the Wi-Fi, LTE, and 5G variants, respectively. The report also mentions that the rumoured Galaxy Tab S7 Lite could be launched as Samsung Galaxy Tab S8e. Additionally, there could also be a Galaxy Tab S7 Lite Plus or XL variant that may have the same specifications as the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, but with a bigger display.
A separate report by 91Mobiles shared alleged CAD renders of the rumoured Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021). They hint at thick bezels around the display, a single rear camera, a 10.1-inch display as the name suggests, and bottom firing speakers. The renders also show a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top. The design of the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2021) is quite similar to the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 variant from 2019. The upcoming rumoured model may measure 245.2×149.4×7.4mm and could have a Wi-Fi and an LTE variant.
Take Mission-Critical Storage To Another Level Hewlett Packard Enterprise Samsung Galaxy F62, Galaxy M02 Spotted on India Support Page Specifications for either of the two tablets are unclear and Samsung has not shared any official information on them.