Blogs Directory Amazing tech news: January 2019

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Google Chrome 72 Rolled Out for Desktop, Android, iOS Users: Here's What's New

Google Chrome 72 Rolled Out for Desktop, Android, iOS Users: Here's What's New

  • Chrome 72 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users
  • It removes the ability to setup a Chromecase dongle on the web
  • Chromecast for Android brings a new way to see tab history
Google has released Chrome 72 for its mobile and desktop users, and the updated web browser brings a host of security improvements, along with new features for developers. The Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux gets a new Settings menu, Web Authentication API improvements, complete blocking of pop-ups during page unload, and more. Desktop users can update to the latest version by using Chrome's built-in updater or downloading it directly from the company website. Chrome 72 for Android brings along upgrades for the media player notifications while using Incognito tab, and more. The Chrome for Android update is available via Google Play Store. 

Chrome new features

Starting with desktop users, Chrome 72 removes the ability to setup a Chromecast dongle using the desktop browser, and instead points users towards the Google Home app for Android and iOS. Earlier, users could go to chrome://cast to setup their dongle, but that ability has been removed, reports 9to5Google. However, this change is only for the setting up process, and casting tabs, videos, or audio is still very easy and seamless.
The Settings menu gets Autofill support for its sections, and there's also a shortcut in the People section that lets you open the Google Account settings directly. Chrome 72 also brings Web Authentication API improvements for added layer of security. It now allows users to sign-in using a security key, Bluetooth U2F keys, or other security methods. Windows users can use Hello as a two-factor verification process in the browser as well. For Mac users, Chrome 72 brings support for external authentication devices that connect over BLE. Chrome 72 also restricts pop-ups to no longer appear during page unloads, regardless of whether the pop-up blocker is activated or not. Chrome 72 for Windows also blocks code injections thereby reducing crashes caused by third-party software. The update also includes a total of 58 security fixes, details of which can be seen here.

New Chrome for Android

Coming to Android, Chrome 72 brings a new way to see tab history (long pressing the back button), a few changes to the Tab menu, and security improvements as well. Android Police also spotted a Chrome Duet feature that brings more options to the bottom overflow menu, and the Web Authentication API improvements to allow log-in using security key, Windows Hello, and other ways. These features are still behind flags though, and Google may enable them by default in the future.

New Chrome for iOS 

Chrome 72 has also been released for iOS users, and the changelog can be seen below:
  • Support for more search engines. To add another search engine, perform a search on that website in Chrome. Then visit Chrome settings to add the search engine.
  • Fixed crashes on some page translations and added translations on previously untranslated websites.
  • A Siri Shortcut to start a new search is available
Chrome 72 can be downloaded on Android from Google Play, on iOS via the App Store, and desktop users can update to the latest version by using Chrome's built-in updater.

Google+ to Shut Down April 2, Some Features Will Be Taken Offline Starting Next Week

Google+ to Shut Down April 2, Some Features Will Be Taken Offline Starting Next Week

  • Google will start deleting all consumer Google+ data from April 2, 2019
  • Some essential Google+ features will be taken down as early as next week
  • Google+ users will be able to download and save their data before April 2
Alphabet's Google had announced its plans to completely shut down Google+ back in December last year. Launched in 2011, Google+ was expected to be the company's answer to Facebook with a number of similar features. However, it didn't gain much traction over the years. While Google+ will cease to exist from April 2, 2019, the company now says it will start removing some of the features as early as February 4. Google has outlined the timeline when and which features will be taken offline first and how Google+ users can download their data.
On a new support page posted on Monday, Google says from February 4 it will stop letting users create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. Google+ community owners and moderators can download their data starting early March 2019. This data will include author information, content body, and photos posted in a public community on Google+.
Starting April 2, 2019, Google+ accounts and pages will be taken offline. Google will delete all consumer data. In case you archived photos and videos from Google+, they'll be deleted as well. In case you have a lot of data resting on Google+ servers, make sure you download and save it well before April 2.
However, Google claims the process of deleting consumer Google+ data will take a couple of months. Content posted on Google+ may remain visible during that time. The company says users may still be able to view activity logs and some consumer Google+ content may also be visible via G Suite.
On the new support page, Google still claims the company had decided to kill Google+ due to low usage and "challenges involved in maintaining a successful product." However, a bug was discovered last year that exposed user data of 500,000 users. Google still maintains no developer had exploited the vulnerability and the company hasn't been able to find any misuse of the data.

Facebook pays teens upto $20 to install VPN app that spies on them: Report

Facebook pays teens upto $20 to install VPN app that spies on them: Report

In a desperate bid to collect data on its competitors, Facebook has reportedly been secretly paying people to install a VPN which allows the social media giant to access all the user’s phone and web activity.
As per a report in TechCrunch, Facebook has been paying users aged between 13 and 35, up to $20 a month plus referral fees, to install the ‘Facebook Research’ app.
The report also states that Facebook went as far as asking users to take screenshots of their Amazon order history page. This is a clear indication of the Facebook's strategy which intends to extract and use data on its competitors.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Facebook was found trying to siphon off user's data. Apple had previously banned Facebook's 'Onavo Protect app' from its App Store in June last year, after it was found involved in similar activities.
Upon installation 'Facebook Research' app gains access to a user's network traffic which allows the social media networking giant to decrypt and analyse the user's activities.
This program was managed through Applause, BetaBound and uTest—all of which are beta testing services— which lets Facebook to hide its involvement.
The report states Facebook has in fact acknowledged its active participation in order 'to gather data on usage habits'. The tech-giant has also confirmed that it has no plans to stop any time soon.
Despite being one of the most prominent social media sites on the internet, Facebook has always shown interest in expanding beyond the definition of an online connecting portal.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Google starts rolling out new look Gmail app with updated features

Google starts rolling out new look Gmail app with updated features

Google has revealed a fresh look for its mail app Gmail and has started rolling out updates for the same. The tech giant stated that all new features would roll out gradually till the month of April.
The company stated that the mobile version of Gmail would be getting a material design update that would match its web version which was redesigned in April last year. The new features will roll out starting today on Android phones and tablets and would be available on iOS devices in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp privacy: Here is how you can secretly and anonymously view anyone's status update

WhatsApp privacy: Here is how you can secretly and anonymously view anyone's status update

WhatsApp has a feature that will let you secretly view someone's Status without letting him or her know about it.

  • Read receipts are for those blue ticks that you see when your message has been read by the recipient on WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp Status allows you to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
  • WhatsApp has made a small change to Status' privacy now.
WhatsApp has a feature that will let you secretly view someone's Status without letting him or her know about it. WhatsApp is like an endless world of hidden tricks and the Status privacy trick is one of the most loved tricks of the app.
Before telling you what and how exactly this tricks works, you should have a clear idea about the two WhatsApp features that are involved here- Read receipts and Status.
Just to refresh, Read receipts are for those blue ticks that you see when your message has been read by the recipient on WhatsApp. Enabling the Read receipts will let you know whether your message has been read or not. If you disable the feature, you will only be able to see double tick which could mean the message has been delivered but may not be read the recipient.
Next is the much-talked about Status. WhatsApp Status allows you to share text, photos, videos and animated GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. Your Status will be seen by your saved contacts only. WhatsApp Status also allows you to hide your posts from specific people if you want.
Now coming to how the Status trick works. Say you want to see someone's Status update without letting that person know that you have seen it. To do so, you simply have to disable your Read receipts and then view that Status. In this case he or she won't know that you have seen his or her Status. However, on disabling Read receipts you will also be unable to see the names of contacts who see your Status update.
WhatsApp has made a small change to this functionality now. Previously you could disable the Read receipts and see the Status update. Now when you turn on the Read receipts, the chat app will automatically send the Read receipts to that contact even if you don't open the status update after enabling it.
If you want to anonymously see the status updates then you should not turn on the Read receipts before the expiration of that Status update. A Status update is visible for 24 hours. Android users can also go to files stored on their SD card to view the Status.

Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts, Google+, and Other Google Services Down for Some Users

Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts, Google+, and Other Google Services Down for Some Users 

  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are also down for some users
  • Google says it has managed to restore the service for a number of users
  • G Suite Service Dashboard offers the real-time status of Google services
A number of consumer-facing Google services, including the massively popular Gmail, are currently down for some users around the world, Google confirmed on its website. All the affected services – Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Groups, Hangouts, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, Google Vault, Google+, and Google Forms – have been down since 5:20pm IST. The impacted users were receiving the 404 page not found error code. Google noted that the services were restored for some users by 5:47pm.
Update: Services were restored at 6:09pm IST. Google says, "The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."
The reports about the disrupted Google services first started popping up around 5:00pm IST, and the same was confirmed by Google itself on its G Suite Service Dashboard. The dashboard revealed that the popular services like Gmail, Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Hangouts as well as the not-so-popular and non-consumer services like Google Calendar, Sites, Groups, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, Google Vault, Google+, and Google Forms were impacted by the disruption. The exact geographical details of the disruption are unclear at the moment, though there were some reports stating that the users in Europe and India are affected.
“We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Gmail. We will provide an update by 1/29/19, 6:20 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change. Users are getting 404s when signing-in,” Google wrote for Gmail in dashboard., which tracks the uptime of major websites, noted that Gmail started having problems at 4:46pm IST. At the time of writing this report, the G Suite Status Dashboard was still showing all the impacted services facing disruption for some users. The company has not given a timeframe about when these services will become functional for all users.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

How to Record WhatsApp Calls on Android and iPhone (call recorder/call recording app)

How to Record WhatsApp Calls on Android and iPhone (call recorder/ call recording app)

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  • There’s no easy way to record WhatsApp calls
  • We’ve figured out two methods you can use
  • Make sure you have the consent of all parties before recording
Recording phone calls is relatively straightforward and that got us thinking — how to record WhatsApp calls? We all make several WhatsApp calls throughout the day because these are more reliable than phone calls (thanks to frequent call drops). As journalists, recording phone calls is essential for us especially when we're interviewing people over the phone so figuring out how to record WhatsApp calls is important for us. Let's cut to the chase: recording WhatsApp calls is far from straightforward. In fact, despite the hours we poured into researching this, we didn't find an easy method to get this done. We checked how to record WhatsApp calls across platforms, but hardware limitations and software restrictions got in the way.
If you would still like to do so — you're here after all — know that recording WhatsApp voice calls is a troublesome affair. Don't even get us started on WhatsApp video calls, as it's essentially out of the question.
How to Record a Call on iP tohone or Android
There are two ways to go about recording WhatsApp calls on Androidand iOS, and both have a similar issue: they won't work for many because you need specific devices. Before you follow these steps, please always take permission from all people on the call before recording WhatsApp calls, and make sure that recording calls is legal where you live.

How to record WhatsApp calls on Android/ iPhone using a Mac and iPhone

The easiest way to record a WhatsApp voice call requires both a Mac and an iPhone. That's a big kicker, isn't it? Moreover, the iPhone cannot be your primary device. You will need a second phone — any platform that supports WhatsApp group voice calls — that has your WhatsApp account. In the instructions below, we will refer to the recording iPhone as 'the iPhone', and the phone you'll be calling from as 'your phone'.
Here's how to record WhatsApp calls:
  1. Connect the iPhone to a Mac with a lightning cable.
  2. Select 'Trust this computer' on the iPhone, if this is the first time you're connecting the two.
  3. Open QuickTime on the Mac.
  4. Under File, choose New Audio Recording.
  5. Next to the record button in QuickTime, click the arrow pointing downwards and choose the iPhone.
  6. Hit the record button in QuickTime.
  7. Using the iPhone, call your phone via WhatsApp.
  8. Once you're connected, hit the add user icon. Then select the person you want to talk to. This will begin your conversation with the person whose call you want to record.
  9. Disconnect the call once it's complete.
  10. Stop the recording in QuickTime and save the file on the Mac.
All participants of a WhatsApp group voice call can see all other parties, which means there's no way to secretly record a WhatsApp call without them finding out. In any case, you shouldn't be trying to hide the fact that you're going to be recording the conversation in the first place, as we said before.

How to record WhatsApp calls on Android using Cube Call Recorder

Remember how we said that both methods only work with specific devices? Due to hardware differences and software limitations, Cube Call Recorder's VoIP recording feature — WhatsApp uses VoIP, that's Voice over Internet Protocol — only works on certain devices. The list is available as a Google Spreadsheet linked from the app's Play Store page. There's another caveat with Cube Call: VoIP recording mostly works on the listed devices. We tested Cube Call with Samsung Galaxy Note8, which is present in the list, but it didn't work for us despite repeated attempts and tweaks to app settings.
If you have a device that's listed in that aforementioned spreadsheet, you're welcome to try these steps.
  1. Install Cube Call Recorder on your phone that has WhatsApp.
  2. Open Cube Call Recorder and then switch to WhatsApp.
  3. Call the person you want to talk to.
  4. If the Cube Call widget shows and lights up while you're talking, it's working.
  5. If it gives you an error, open Cube Call Recorder settings and choose Force VoIP call as voice call.
  6. Call again and see if it the Cube Call Recorder widget shows and lights up.
  7. If it gives you an error again, then unfortunately it won't work on your phone.

How to record WhatsApp calls on Android (alternative method)

Android users have a third option: root your device. We don't recommend this as it comprises your phone's security and might push you off the manufacturer's update track, but if you must, then go ahead root your phone and use the SCR Screen Recorder app, available via XDA.
As we said before, recording WhatsApp calls is fairly complicated. If neither of those methods work for you, you can always keep your phone on speaker and record the call via a second phone or any device which has a voice recorder placed nearby, all while you sit in a quiet room. That's a crude hack and the only reason we have to mention it here is that it's the only reliable method of recording WhatsApp calls at a really low cost.

What is Google Classroom??

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free collaboration tool for teachers and students. Teachers can create an online classroom, invite students to the class then create and distribute assignments. Within the Google Classroom students and teachers can have conversations about the assignments and teachers can track the student's progress. Schools must register for a free Google Apps for Education account to use Classroom.

Classroom Features

Under the Classroom app, students and teachers have access to features that are not found in personal Google accounts. For example, in Forms, teachers can add images to questions or as multiple choice answers. Inbox by Gmail has Classroom messages grouped in Inbox, making it easy for teachers and students to find important updates and highlights. Also, the Classroom tool lets teachers organize the class stream by adding topics to posts, and teachers and students can filter the stream for specific topics.
Google Classroom also encourages parent participation. Teachers can invite parents to the Google Classroom to share summaries of student work and to receive automated email summaries of student work and class announcements.
A summary of Google Classroom features includes the following:

  • Connects instructors with students.
  • Makes it easy to create a class and invite learners.
  • Helps instructors to distribute assignments.
  • Facilitates communications between instructors and students.
  • Allows teachers to create, review and mark assignments.
  • Allows students to see assignments on an assignments, documents and class materials in one place.

Classroom is Part of Google for Education

The core products that make up the Google for Education suite include Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Vault, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Sites and Hangouts. Unlike personal Google Accounts, the Classroom app is available only to educators, email is available at a school's domain, the apps are free of advertising and support is provided free of charge.

Six new features from WhatsApp that Indian users can't wait for

Six new features from WhatsApp that Indian users can't wait for

It's not official yet but the next round of updates from WhatsApp sounds like just what the Indian user wanted.

Just a few days back, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that India's much loved messaging service, WhatsApp, would be integrated with that of Messenger and Instagram in a bit to beef up the encryption on these apps. WhatsApp's biggest market, however, is probably more excited about the latest features that will get enabled, both on mobile and the web version.
In what could be seen as a move to win over a greater number of users, WhatsApp is said to be rolling out a host of new features, for both its mobile and web versions in the weeks to come. Among the most noteworthy ones are WhatsApp’s new audio picker, fingerprint lock and picture-in-picture, a feature that will allow users to watch videos – forwarded from YouTube or other platforms – without exiting the app. Here’s a look at the other features that will reportedly go live soon:

Fingerprint lock

With the growing need for an additional layer of security, WhatsApp is now reportedly introducing biometric authentication in its latest beta version. This ‘fingerprint lock’ is supposed to allow users to simply lock the entire app through their device’s fingerprint sensor or facial recognition provision, also known as Face ID.

Dark mode

For the longest time, speculation have been rife about WhatsApp including a dark mode for its Android users, a feature that is not only easy on the eyes at night but also helps extend battery life. If recent reports are any indication, such an addition seems more than likely. It would basically comprise light-coloured UI elements with dim lighting on an OLED screen.

3D touch action   

This feature promises users the ability to read/view the status posted by people on their WhatsApp contact list without making them aware of  it. According to some reports, the 3D touch action feature is already available on iPhones and will soon be rolled out to other users as well.

Audio picker

This feature is meant to let users review their audio files before sending them. Alongside playing the audio files before hitting 'Send', users will also be able access all audio and music on their phones and send it via WhatsApp, a maximum of 30 files in one go.

Private reply

Already available on Android devices, this feature is likely to be rolled out soon for iPhone users as well. Using this, a user can privately reply to a person in a group chat

Sticker integration

If you love the stickers on WhatsApp, you'll love this feature even more. It promises not only to let you interact with the help of emojis, but also allows you to access a vast collection of emoticons on WhatsApp using a third-party website. This would be different from what users currently have to do - download sticker sets from other platforms to use within WhatsApp

Monday, 28 January 2019

JioRail App Launched For JioPhone and JioPhone 2 Users

JioRail App Launched For JioPhone and JioPhone 2 Users

Jio Rail App will allow customers to book and cancel tickets by using debit cards, credit cards and e-wallets, check PNR status, train information, timings, routes, seat availability and several other services at a click of a button on their JioPhones.

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In its continued effort towards building a Digitally empowered India, Jio is redefining convenience for its users yet again. For the first time, IRCTC reserved ticket booking service is available for users on any JioPhone through the brand new JioRail app. The app will allow customers to book and cancel tickets by using debit cards, credit cards and e-wallets, check PNR status, train information, timings, routes, seat availability and several other services at a click of a button on their JioPhones.

Available on the Jio App Store, the JioRail app also allows Tatkal booking for any last minute travel plans. If a user does not have an IRCTC account, the app also allows them to create an account and then proceed for the required ticket booking. With JioRail, users can also check the PNR status for tickets booked through the app. The app also plans to offer enhanced services like PNR status change alerts, locate train and food ordering in future
Train ticket booking has been made quite simple on the JioRail app. With this unique service, India’s consumers can avoid standing in long queues or pay agent fees to book tickets and instead enjoy an enhanced digital life experience.

PUBG Mobile update introduces Zombie mode and gameplay changes

PUBG Mobile update introduces Zombie mode and gameplay changes

PUBG Mobile is taking the tactically intense Battle Royale to new extremes by adding an army of the undead to the game.
Yes, that is right, the long-awaited Zombie mode has finally made its way to the mobile version of the game and fans cannot contain their excitement.
Notably, the new mode is part of update 0.11.0.
Here, we reveal all update changes in-game.

Zombie mode, still in beta, provides exhilarating Battle Royale twist

Zombie mode is still in the beta version. The gameplay of this mode is similar to the normal Battle Royale experience but has the added twist of zombies.
Players will start on the base Erangel map and as they keep on facing increasingly lethal waves of zombies, they can collect items and resources by killing this army of the undead

Zombie mode a result of collaboration with 'Resident Evil'

As we had reported, PUBG Mobile and Resident Evil 2 are collaborating.
To celebrate this, the Zombie mode has been introduced as a new limited time event.
Titled RE2: Sunset, this mode combines the Battle Royale gameplay that sets PUBG apart, with the zombies and bosses that have made the Resident Evil franchise one of the most popular franchises in the world.

Other changes coming to PUBG Mobile

Among other changes coming to PUBG Mobile, is the addition of moonlight to Vikendi. This is bound to make gameplay more exciting as the visibility will affect tracking and spotting on the newly added snow map.
The Sanhok map has been added to Arcade Quick Matches.
A Push to Talk or PTT function will allow players to converse in-game by pushing a single button.

PUBG PC features coming to mobile version

Some PUBG PC features are being added to Sanhok and Vikendi in PUBG Mobile.
These include damage stacking outside playzone, meaning damage taken by the player will be directly proportional to their distance from the playzone circle.
Another change introduced in the game is coming to the red zone area feature. This area will shrink as the game progresses and the playzone starts shrinking.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

OnePlus 6T Users Reporting Battery Drain Issue Caused By An Unknown Bug

OnePlus 6T Users Reporting Battery Drain Issue Caused By An Unknown Bug

Late last year, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus launched its flagship OnePlus 6T smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, waterdrop notch, and a bigger 3,700mAh battery, something that should ideally offer full day worth battery life. And while the phone does deliver enough juice to last the whole day, some users have noticed strange battery behavior over the past few days.
OnePlus 6T users have taken to Redditto vent their frustration. However, it doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue. One of the users said that their smartphone’s battery life has been cut down to half. The user tried restricting background apps, clearing cache and updating the phone to the latest software from T-Mobile, but all of it did not help. As of now, what bug is causing the issue is unknown
Another user mentioned that he typically used to get a screen-on time of about 6-7 hours, however, over the past couple of days, it has been cut down to about 4 hours. One of the users also mentioned that besides the battery drain, his smartphone was getting extremely hot. However, the issue was fixed after performing a factory reset, the user said.
OnePlus is yet to acknowledge the issue. We have reached out to the company for a quote, and will update this post as soon as we hear from them. Till then, if you are facing a similar issue, factory reset is the viable option, that might help. If you don’t want to do a factory reset, you may have live with the bug until OnePlus pushes out a fix.

Check out 5 most expensive things owned by Ratan Tata

Check out 5 most expensive things owned by Ratan Tata

Industrialist and Former Chairman of Tata Group, Ratan Tata is one of the most successful industrialists in the country. Take a look at five expensive things owned by him.

 New Delhi: Former Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata is one of India's most celebrated industrialists. Known for his charitable work and humble nature, He is respected in the business world. With a net worth of about $1 billion, Tata is one of the richest Indians. Tata was the interim chairman of Tata Sons and he continues to head the main two Tata trusts Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Sir Ratan Tata Trust and their allied trusts.
It may be noted that Tata Group's 66% income goes to charity which why despite over 90 companies under the Tata Group, Ratan Tata has a net worth of about a billion dollars
Here are 5 expensive things owned by Ratan Tata:

1. Tata Residence: Sprawling over almost 14,000 sq ft, Ratan Tata's bungalow is estimated to be worth over Rs 150 crore. It is a sea-facing bungalow located opposite to Colaba post office. The mansion has a luxurious feel with lounge room, gym, sun deck, swimming pool, media room, play room and more

2. Jaguar XFR: Tata groups acquired Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 and Ratan Tata owns one of Jaguar's most powerful saloon cars, the Jaguar XFR. With its 503 bhp, 5-litre supercharged engine, this car can from 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds and it can reach 100 miles per hour in just a few seconds. According to media reports, Tata has the car customised which made it even more expensive. The cost of this car is estimated to be around over $40,000.

3. Dassault Falcon Private Jet: Ratan Tata is a trained pilot. In fact, Tata was the first Indian civilian to fly an F-16 Falcon in 2007. Tata owns a Dassault Falcon 2000 private jet which is estimated to be worth $30 million. The French business Jet has a conference area, bedrooms and bathrooms as well. Being a trained pilot, Tata has flown the jet himself many times.

4. Ferrari California: Tata owns a red Ferrari California which is owned by some of the richest and most famous people around the world. The hard-top convertible has a front facing UB engine with 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The car has a top speed of 193 miles per hour. The cost of this car is estimated to be over Rs 1.5 crore. 

5. Maserati Quattroporte: It is one of the best looking cars on the planet. It is a sports luxury saloon car. Tata said about this car once, “It’s softer than the Ferrari and is also terrific to drive.” This sports sedan can go from 0 to 100 Kmph within 5.1 seconds. The price of the car is estimated to be over $100,000.

WhatsApp for Android Gets Simplified Media Menu, New Feature to Track Shared Images

WhatsApp for Android Gets Simplified Media Menu, New Feature to Track Shared Images


  • The new Media menu is seen in beta v2.19.18 and later
  • WhatsApp has essentially simplified the Media menu
  • Now, users can find where in the chat the media was shared

WhatsApp has once again been spotted testing new features in its beta builds for Android. This time around, we see changes to its shared 'Media' section within group or individual chats, with new options for seeing the media in the chat, a new overflow menu for setting the media as a profile photo, group icon, or wallpaper, as well as a new single rotate option. Overall, the changes have the effect of simplifying the Media menu to reduce the number of options seen. To recall, WhatsApp was recently spotted with 21 new emoji designs in an Android beta build, and before that, a group call shortcut option was rolled out to users with stable builds.
Let's get started with the new shared 'Media' options. As noted by WhatsApp beta build tracker, WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Android beta v2.19.18 revamped the options users see in the Media section of individual or group chats. Users when browsing photos in the Media section will now see new options if they tap the three-dot menu button. These are 'Show in Chat', 'Set as...' and 'Rotate'. The first option lets you see where that particular image or video was shared in the individual or group chat.
'Set as' isn't actually new, but instead of individual options for images to be 'Set as profile photo', 'Set as group icon', and 'Use as wallpaper', the menu has instead been simplified, and users can now tap the 'Set as...' overflow menu to see 'My profile photo', 'Group icon,' and 'Wallpaper' as the target locations.
Finally, the 'Rotate' option isn't new either, but instead of 'Rotate left' and 'Rotate right' seen in previous builds, users can tap Rotate multiple times to achieve the same effect. As we mentioned, WABetaInfo was first to spot the changes, and we were able to see them as well, in both the WhatsApp for Android beta v2.19.18 build (APK link), and in a later build as well - v2.19.21 (APK link).
To recall, WhatsApp for Android beta v2.19.21 also featured 21 revamped emojis, something we reported earlier this week. Not much else was new with the build, though WABetaInfo notes that the build preps remote activation of the fingerprint authentication feature that had been spotted (as 'disabled by default') in previous beta builds.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Prepare to say goodbye to Hangouts as Google confirms it’s retiring the classic chat service

Prepare to say goodbye to Hangouts as Google confirms it’s retiring the classic chat service

In the sea of messaging applications, Google Hangouts, for the longest time, has enjoyed an unmatched position. And it was the case until now.
Amid talks of sunsetting its communication tool, Hangouts, Google has finally confirmed that it will be phasing out its classic chat services for G Suite customers, starting October 2019.
Instead, G Suite users will be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Meet, dubbed the next generation of Hangouts that focus on team communication, later this year, the company announced. As part of the transition, G Suite customers could expect some changes from April 16 onwards, few that might even require administrator action. Following which, Google will be completing the transition to Chat, before retiring Hangouts permanently for the G Suite user.
However, this timeline is specific to customers or companies who pay to use Google’s advanced services. For the non-G Suite users (basically the regular users who need not pay), Google is yet to set a date for the transition.
“We will continue to support consumer use of classic Hangouts, and expect to transition consumers to free Chat and Meet following the transition of G Suite customers. A more specific timeline will be communicated at a later date,” the US-based tech giant said via its official blog post on Tuesday.
“For G Suite domains that have classic Hangouts enabled, Chat will also become available to users on the web and via mobile apps. They can also continue using classic Hangouts in Gmail, mobile, web or the Chrome extension,” the company added.
Among the admin-related changes that users should expect, starting April, include “a new setting in the admin console”, renaming of “Google Hangouts” setting page to “Hangouts Meet”.
The news shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. After all, as early as 2017, Google had first hinted about the introduction of Hangouts ‘Chat’ and ‘Meet’ to assist in team communication. Incidentally, it is not the only service that will be phased out. In December last year, it was reported that Google was expediting the shutdown of its Google+ platformover security issues.
“With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days,” the company said at the time.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Foldable Motorola Smartphone Spotted Online, Could be the Rumored Moto RAZR Phone

Foldable Motorola Smartphone Spotted Online, Could be the Rumored Moto RAZR Phone

Recently we got the news about Motorola’s plan of bringing back its famous foldable RAZR smartphone back, now the latest news is that the company has filed a patent application which features a foldable smartphone with some new features. This upcoming device can be folded which turns a smartphone into a tablet or vice versa. We have already seen foldable smartphones hitting the market and there are many other smartphone makers that are lined up to launch their foldable devices.
Motorola has filed a patent application at USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) and also at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). The patent contains design drawings what illustrate other modes of interaction through various gestures such as simple touches, pressures, pinch zoom etc. There are also two cameras to detect the user face which will allow the device to understand which half of the display is being viewed.
Since it is just a patent filing we don’t have any idea on the device as of now and we are not sure if it is going to make its way into the market. It is going to be really interesting if this the RAZR phone that was in the last week, but everything has to be taken with a pinch of salt, as nothing is confirmed as of now. Share your views on the same by commenting in the section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more news and updates.

Honor View 20 price for India leaked with color variants

Honor View 20 price for India leaked with color variants

The Honor View 20 will be arriving as a worthy rival for the OnePlus 6T in India. The smartphone will be made official on Jan. 29 and it will be available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India. The specifications of the smartphone s already known through its launch in China. The price tag of the base model of the Honor View 20 has been leaked today.

Honor View 20 Price in India

Fresh leak reveals that the Honor View 20 will be costing Rs. 35,999 (~$506) for the variant featuring 6 GB of RAM and an inbuilt storage of 128 GB. The smartphone will be hitting the market in color such as Midnight Black and Blue Sapphire.
The 6 GB RAM + 128 GB OnePlus 6T with in-display fingerprint reader is priced at Rs. 37,999 (~$534). In China, the company is also selling a higher edition of the phone with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage which is priced at 3,499 Yuan (~$515). There is no confirmation on whether India will be receiving the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB Honor View 20 edition.

Honor View 20 Specifications

The Honor View 20 has a 6.4-inch punch-hole display that produces full HD+ resolution. The Kirin 980 chipset powers the phone. The rear shell of the phone features 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor and 3D ToF stereo camera.
Placed on the front is a selfie shooter of 25-megapixel. The Magic UI 2.0 based Android 9 Pie OS is preinstalled on the View 20. It receives power from 4,000mAh battery that carries support for rapid charging