WhatsApp comes with multi-device support. Finally. You could soon be able to use WhatsApp on your computer or some other device when your phone is off.
The company is testing a new version of the software that will allow users to register their accounts on up to three devices together with their phones.
Right now, users can only use a web version of the application on other devices when their phone is on and connected to the Internet.
A limited number of users are currently testing this new functionality.
Using more than one device is one of the most demanded features of the application. But in fact, development has necessitated rethinking how the app works.
The company wrote in a recently published white paper: We had to rethink WhatsApp’s architecture and design new systems to enable a standalone multi-device experience while preserving end-to-end privacy and encryption.
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Each message is encrypted individually through the paired encryption session established for each device. Messages are not stored on the server following delivery. ‘
It’s not clear exactly when the company plans to roll out the feature to more users, but it plans to introduce it as a beta option for a small number of users over the coming months, according to Tech Crunch.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said in a statement: ‘By requiring the phone to perform all operations, companion devices are slower and frequently get disconnected — especially when the phone has a poor connection, its battery is running low, or the application process gets killed by the phone’s OS.
‘It also allows for only a single companion device to be operative at a time, meaning people can’t be on a call in Portal while checking their messages on their PC, for example.
The new WhatsApp multi-device architecture removes these obstacles, no longer requiring a smartphone to be the source of truth while keeping user data transparent and secure synchronized and private.
The new functionality is one of several projects that WhatsApp is currently working on. The company is developing self-destructive images and videos – features already available in rival applications like Instagram and Signal – as well as an iPad app.]]>
Google is still racing to take out Android apps that commit serious privacy violations. Ars Technica notes that Google has deleted nine apps from the Playstore after Dr. Web analysts found out that they were Trojan horses stealing Facebook connection details. These are not obscure titles – the malware had more than 5.8 million downloads combined and posed as easy to come by titles like “Daily Horoscope” and “Trash Cleaner.”
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Google told Ars it banned all app developers from the store, though that might not be much of a deterrent when authors can probably create new developer accounts. Google may require the screen for the malware itself to keep the attackers.
The issue, of course, is how the applications accumulated so many downloads as they did prior to removal. Google’s largely automated screening keeps a lot of malware out of the Play Store, but the subtlety of the technique might have helped the rogue apps slip past these defences and leave victims unaware that their Facebook data fell into the wrong hands. Whatever the cause, it’s safe to say that you need to be careful about downloading utilities from unfamiliar developers, no matter how popular they appear.]]>
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday that the company will resume bitcoin transactions once it confirms that there is reasonable use of clean power by miners.
“When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing bitcoin transactions.”
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Musk was reacting to comments from Magda Wierzycka, CEO of South African asset manager Sygnia, who said that Musk’s tweets on bitcoin prices were “market manipulation” and should have triggered an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tesla revealed in an SEC deposit in February that it bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin and said it would start accepting bitcoin as a payment method for its products.
However, the electric car maker stopped car purchases with bitcoin in mid-May due to concerns about how cryptocurrency mining, which requires powerful computer banks, contributes to climate change.
“We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel,” Musk said in May.
On Sunday, Musk disputed Wierzycka’s allegations of market manipulation, explaining, “Tesla sold roughly 10% of its bitcoin holdings “to confirm BTC could be liquidated easily without moving market,” he said. During the first quarter, Tesla sold $272 million worth of “digital assets,” which helped it reduce operating losses by $101 million, the company revealed in its earnings statement.
Musk’s social media commentary about cryptocurrency often sends prices skyrocketing or falling, but seems to have a little immediate effect on Sunday. Overall, bitcoin prices increased by approximately 8% during the day.]]>
President Muhammadu Buhari received the first mobile phone made in Nigeria on Wednesday, known as ITF Mobile, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.
Adebayo, who presented the phone to President Buhari before the start of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, said the phone was one of 12 produced, using locally sourced components, by the Electrical/Electronics Technology Department of the Industrial Training Fund’s (ITF) Model Skills Training Centre.
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He stated: Twelve native mobile phones produced by the Model Skills Training Centre of the Industrial Training Fund; an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Investment of Industry, has been launched.
“It gives me great pleasure, Mr President, to present you with one of the phones.”
The President also chaired the swearing-in of one Commissioner each for the National Population Commission (NPC) and the Federal Public Service Commission before the federal cabinet meeting.
The people sworn in were Wakil Bukar as Commissioner of the Federal Public Service Commission (FCC) and Mohammed Dattijo Usman as Commissioner of the National Population Commission (NOC).
Bukar will replace the Bauchi State FCC Commissioner, while Usman will replace the Niger State NPC Commissioner. This is because representatives of both states are dead recently.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is currently presiding over the virtual cabinet meeting in the conference room of the First Lady’s Office.
Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff of the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, are physically present.
Others are the Ministers for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Justice, Abubakar Malami and Industry, Trade and Investment; Niyi Adebayo.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and other ministers attend the weekly Cabinet meeting from their different offices in Abuja.]]>
PayPal revealed today it’s dropping the waitlist to purchase, offer and hold cryptocurrency in the U.S. With the relocation, all consumers in the U.S. will have the ability to buy cryptocurrency straight from within their PayPal accounts. U.S. consumers will likewise lookout to the brand-new function through both a push and an e-mail notice in the coming days, the business states.
The function was currently partly offered in the U.S. prior to today, however, PayPal had actually been onboarding interested consumers by means of a waitlist. With the upgrade, users will no longer need to wait in an area to open.
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In addition, PayPal states that due to preliminary need from its clients, it’s increasing its weekly cryptocurrency purchase limitation from $10,000 each week to $20,000 each week.
In October, PayPal had very first revealed its strategies to get in the cryptocurrency market by way of a collaboration with cryptocurrency business Paxos. This partner assists to power the brand-new service for PayPal, allowing its clients to purchase, hold a variety and offer of cryptocurrencies– at first consisting of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Money and Litecoin.
By next year, PayPal prepares to enable users to make PayPal purchases with cryptocurrencies also, the business has actually stated.
In regards to currency exchange rate, PayPal will charge $0.50 USD on deals approximately $24.99 USD, 2.3% on deals from $25 to $100 USD; 2% on deals from $100.01 to $200 USD; $1.8% on deals of $200.01 to $1,000 USD; and 1.5% on deals over $1,000 USD.
PayPal keeps in mind there are no costs for holding crypto in your account. And, to get things begun, PayPal is waiving costs up until 2021.
The business rather silently divulged the news today through an upgrade to last month’s news release. It states users can download the PayPal app or log in to their PayPal account to read more.]]>
What is digital currency? It is specified as cash kept and moved in digital type. Sounds easy enough, however, how does it all work?
This kind of currency is believed to be excellent to utilize for making purchases on the internet since if it works the method it was suggested to, deals ought to be untraceable and rather confidential back to the payer or user.
This suggests that hackers would no longer have the ability to collect individual details from individuals who utilize their charge card to make online purchases. This would undoubtedly reduce the variety of taken identities that take place every day.
To assist you to comprehend more of, “what is digital currency?” I have actually done a fair bit of research study on the subject and have actually discovered that there are a number of various types out there, each with its own distinct qualities.
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1. Digital Gold Currency – This type is backed by gold kept in vaults. The gold supplies an additional step of security and if you hold this kind of currency, you might straight exchange it for solid gold bullion.
2. Central Currency Systems – these resemble PayPal and these businesses enable you to send out cash all over the world as long as you have cash in the account. For some services offered by these kinds of business, you get charged a cost on the receivers end of the deal.
Decentralized Currency Systems – Like Bitcoin are all based on cryptography and/or trust networks. Called Hard Electronic Currency, it is meant to be more like utilizing the money to make your deal however your deal is non-refundable when made.
The E-cash concept has actually progressed in addition to the advancement of the Web. When making a purchase, individuals simply do not feel comfy with offering their individual credit card info over the Web.
A lot of bad things can occur like identity theft. Nobody desires their identity taken.
So, numerous business has actually tried to develop this kind of payment or monetary system to lessen the dangers of shopping online.
Numerous nations have actually effectively produced systems for “internal” usage such as Hong Kong’s Octopus card. This card works similar to a sort of debit card where the user loads cash onto the card and after that, all the cash is transferred into a bank. They can then utilize the card for anything they require to utilize it for.
Some nations are dealing with or have systems that enable the user to move cash through mobile phones. I believe this is rather like what Chase lets their consumers do. Their clients can take a photo of their check, front and back, with their phone and make their deposit digitally.
I do hope that this provides you with some concept of what is a digital currency and how it is trying to take its location on the planet of e-commerce. There might be a bit more to it than I might explain in simply one little post however I believe you can get a great concept.]]>
Multi-billionaire, Bill Gates has been reported as ordering a super toy for his pleasure, and as an advocate of nature friendliness to the core, Bill Gates is going to be the proud owner of the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht.
The superyacht will be featuring a helipad, its own spa, and gym staffed by paid professionals, the wow craft is going to have five decks on which palatial dwellings for fourteen guests will be situated along with accommodations for its thirty-one crew members.
The futuristic vessel was first brought to limelight during last year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the 112-meter (370ft) superyacht is the design of Sinot, the Dutch design firm with a reputation for designing luxury seafaring vessels.
For power source, the superyacht, “Aqua” will be powered primarily by a liquid hydrogen fuel engine, and it, therefore, comes as no surprise that the multi-billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft who has a reputation for everything green has commissioned the luxury vessel that is reputed to produce water vapor into the air instead of smoke.
The luxurious Aqua superyacht comes at a very high price of £500m ($644m).
While describing the luxury vessel last year, Sander Sinot, owner of the Dutch design firm Sinot said:
“For the development of Aqua, we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology, to combine this in a superyacht with truly innovative features.”
The Aqua has within its superstructure a host of cutting-edge features. Because of the chemical and physical properties of hydrogen it’s primary fuel, very special conditions must be met, situated below decks are two vacuum-sealed tanks each weighing a massive 28-tonnes, these tanks maintain sub-zero temperature of -423F (-253C) when filled with liquid hydrogen, which power the ship’s two one-megawatt motors and propellors.
According to Sunday Telegraph, Bill Gates super toy is expected to hit the seas around 2024, and when it does, it is expected to have top speeds of around 17 knots (about 20mph), and on a full tank of hydrogen fuel, it’s expected to cover up to 3,750 miles (that’s roughly London to New York) before it will need refueling, however, due to the rarity of hydrogen fuelling stations, Aqua will have in place for such emergencies a “diesel back-up” engine.
The Aqua is reported to be the first luxury yacht in the multi-billionaire and second richest man in the world’s collection of vessels as before now he always rented one when he needed it.]]>
Though there is the general assumption that most “whales” in the crypto world are located in the US, the US policy on cryptocurrencies has been anything but encouraging, this is why, as many nations like China and Australia are prepping up for the crypto age, the US has continually clammed up on the issue, but all that is about to change now.
Judging by reports emanating from Washington, Hester Peirce, the US Securities and Exchange Commissioner, is said to have come up with a way whereby the thorny issue of how to regulate the digital asset, Hester Peirce is reported to be about presenting a new proposal on the subject.
According to those in the know, she plans to de-classify these blockchain-based digital assets as financial securities, at their early stages.
Besides cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) that are exempt from US securities laws, under the present laws, Initial Coin Offering (ICO) are classified as securities and this is considered a high risk especially taking into consideration that most of these ICO do not make it as projected.
Hester Peirce’s safe harbor proposal is reported to have taken care of this issue, according to insider comments, some breathing room will be given to companies that issue digital tokens to establish active networks and communities.
During last Thursdays International Blockchain Congress, held in Chicago, Hester Peirce said that she was recommending that companies that were offering ICO be given a three-year grace period to build their networks so that their token sale would reach appreciable levels of decentralization before being burdened with meeting regulatory requirements, at which point they may be classified as securities under the federal securities laws.
This latest proposal by Hester Peirce has been applauded by leaders in the crypto world and they all agree that this approach will actually help to regulate the cryptocurrencies industry, according to most of them, the approach is a welcome procedure that lightens the ICO process and will encourage US entrepreneurs and stem the tide of those taking their crypto-based businesses to other countries/governments with more friendly framework for cryptocurrencies.
The CEO of Binance, Catherine Coley, had this to say,“If adopted, the proposed safe harbor could be the most groundbreaking development for the US cryptocurrency market to date…
By putting development first and giving projects runway to build robust networks, the proposed safe harbor puts an important stake in the ground towards supporting American access and acceptance of digital asset markets. In the long run, it will help bring more Americans into digital asset trading and foster greater network participation.”
According to the proposal,
“The analysis of whether a token is offered or sold as security is not static and does not strictly inhere to the digital asset.”
Speaking on the subject, Blockchain Protocol Kokinos CEO, Steve Kokinos, said that the proposal was an important step for blockchain innovation.
“The blockchain industry and regulators need to continue a healthy dialogue for the US to truly become the global and responsible leader in blockchain innovation.”
The general counsel of institutional crypto custodian Anchorage, Katie Biber, had this to say
“We urge the Commission to move promptly to adopt it and to consider other innovative ways to increase investor choice in the digital asset space.”
It is expected that with the acceptance of Peirce’s proposal, strict rules for crypto and blockchain projects would be put in place, these rules will regulate the raising of capital via token sales, it is expected that the issue of personal disclosures will be address, it will be mandatory for source codes to be disclosed, investors must be well informed through adequate public announcements and the identities of the ICO team members must be made public.
The proposal sets a standard for “network maturity”
“The definition of Network Maturity [for a cryptocurrency] is intended to provide clarity as to when a token transaction should no longer be considered a security transaction but, as always, the analysis will require an evaluation of the particular facts and circumstances.”]]>
Business social media is an excellent avenue for creating awareness for your business on the social media world. The engages must not be static but must consistently engage customers. Some factors need to build meaningful relationships with your customer. By reaching out to people in your friend and client list, responding to their comments, you can set the agenda.
Pick one platform to start with, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or another from the growing list of choices. Learn a little about the channels before you decide. They do have different characteristics and are therefore somewhat different in how you can best present yourself. For example, LinkedIn is more prevalent in the business world and has a substantial international following. Meanwhile, Instagram is more visually oriented. Twitter is very newsworthy, with quick comments and responses, and Facebook has many businesses, but the approach is more social. Each also has slightly different user demographics. Most important, find out which social media platform is the one your customers spend their time on — because that’s where you need to be. Find them and engage.
The tips that help your social media:
Be what you are, copy nobody body. Share, tweet, comment, and post the things that important to you that you cutomer would benefit from it. Don’t try to be what you think others want you to be. And don’t work too hard to make everything perfect; if you do, you’ll either never put anything up, or worse, break trust with your customers. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest, what matters are your thoughts? Post things that genuinely interest you and your community.
Engage and engage!
The main primary goal of social media is to build relationships and add value that lasts longer. This is the point where most people fail. They work so carefully to create content and publish it out, but then they fail to advance by engaging with their audience.
That means don’t talk at people but post what you think is cool. Talk with people and engage. Respond to comments. Jump into communities. Share your perspective and point of view.
Document — don’t produce.
Overproduced content tends to turn people off on social media. You need essential contents like video, audio, blog posts, quote boards, pictures, etc. that most people don’t have the time and resources to put it into production and make it look fancy. People don’t care. And they don’t care about what you created last week. They want to get to know you, experience your day with you, and relate to you. As a result, it’s much more powerful to document your life in real-time than it is to take a bunch of time honing and polishing one piece of content to a high sheen.
Do you know that guy at a party who always wants to sell you insurance? Don’t be that guy. Get to know people, engage honestly, and join in the conversation … don’t dominate it. Giving advice and offering suggestions will make you seem helpful, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Get people to ask you about yourself, rather than telling them about yourself, and they’ll be more receptive.
Commit yourself to a daily “hour of power.”
Getting started with these technologies is quick and easy. Opening an account costs nothing, and posting is free. In a few minutes, you can be up and running. Within an hour, you can reach out and connect with friends, co-workers, and customers.
Spend one hour per day during your launch, engaging with the community. That’s it. In one hour a day, at zero cost, you can build an army. The value in time and money is negligible, but the potential payback in exposure and attention is incalculable.
Monitor and protect your brand.
Make sure to regularly frequent the sites, feeds, and pages that discuss your industry, product, or service. Look for posts that mention your company. Respond to comments and complaints, using them as opportunities to engage, build trust, grow your brand, and collect market research. If you pay attention, you can get ahead of potential problems.
Invest in sound.
If you’re posting video or audio content, keep a couple of things in mind. Even though your color, background, and production values may not be perfect, good sound is significant. Buy a lavalier microphone for quality sound and, whatever the source of your video, be sure there’s enough light for people to see you. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, but this is one detail you should invest in.
Tell them how to reach you.
Make sure your follower understand how to get hold of you. If possible, make your web address, email address, phone number, and social media handle avaliable. If possible, keep the same handle across your social media platforms.
Social media offers many chances to build a massive sales force that would be effective than anything you can put on staff. Your crowd-sourced sales force will be out there telling other people who are interested in your product or service all about you. People are much more likely to trust your brand and make a purchase based on a friend’s referral than by listening to anything you have to say.]]>
The Kremlin is at it again, this time they have taken full advantage of nature to produce military hardware designed to spy in a most ingenious way.
The project prototype which was reported as having a humble beginning in the form of a student’s project was seized on by Vladimir Putin’s military and developed upon till the emergence of the owl drone. The bizarre new spy drone which is reported to be slightly bigger than a real snowy owl with a wingspan of almost five feet, was created by a special military unit set up by Putin himself, the unit is reportedly made up of technicians.
The natural aspect of the project is aimed at fooling the enemy thus enabling the unmanned craft to sneak closer to key targets in war scenarios. The second phase of the project is said to involve a yet to be unveiled drone which is reported to be a mock falcon which will even make bird noises.
The owl drone reportedly uses lasers to target artillery and military aircraft, the unmanned drone is piloted to the vicinity of a target and its sights locked onto a target, it, therefore “paints” the target which is then be “taken out” by missiles, tanks or fighter jets.
The bizarre craft that was unveiled at the Army 2019 Forum in Moscow region was created by the Russian military Innovation Technopolis ERA in Anapa, ERA was set up by Putin last year charged with the task of developing a fast track ingenious, innovative technology for use by the Russian military. The drone weights five kilos has a flying time of 40 minutes and can be operated by one person.]]>