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    Messages sent on WhatsApp will no longer be deleted! The biggest change has been a new update in WhatsApp's most popular feature 'Delete for Everyone'. In this feature, the sender can delete the sent message within 1 hour, 8 minutes 16 seconds, after which the messages are deleted from the phone of both the sender and the receiver.

    According to the tweet of WABetaInfo, the company has taken this step keeping in mind the users who take advantage of the revoke message and delete the messages sent weeks, months and years ago. However, if the user receives your message in 13 hours, 8 minutes 16 seconds, then the messages sent 1 hour, 8 minutes 16 seconds ago can be deleted.

    Apart from this, WhatsApp is working on bringing new features, it has features like Swipe to Reply, WhatsApp ads for Status, WhatsApp Sticker Pack, and WhatsApp inline-image.
    Last edited by Lalitsharma; 10-16-2019, 06:15 PM.

  • #2
    The Best Home Security Cameras of 2019

    If you are looking to get wireless security cameras for your property but not quite sure which one's are the best on the market, we’ve narrowed it down for you. Find out which wireless security cameras have the most features, best Wi-Fi connectivity and other perks.

    1. Arlo Pro: The Arlo Pro is truly wireless and extremely versatile. This camera works indoors and outdoors, delivering a clear picture on sunny days, in the dark and also in artificial light. The installation process for this camera is simple, making it all-around convenient.

    2. Wyze Cam Pan: This little guy can scan an entire room in about 3 seconds. You can adjust settings with the Pan Scan feature to automatically scan an area. The Wyze Cam has a motion-tracking tool that will follow the motion throughout the room. This little, yet powerful camera is under $40

    3. Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera: This wireless indoor camera is stylish and safety approved. It doubles as a booth speaker and you can instantly connect with other users on your Frontpoint account. Digital pan allows you to scan the whole room and also offer enhanced zoom.

    4. Ring Spotlight Cam: This camera can be installed on the exterior of your home and you’re not limited to locations near a power supply due to its wireless capability. It runs on a rechargeable battery or you can get the solar version. There is also a spotlight as an extra intruder deterrent. Two-way communication is available for talking to visitors even when you’re not home. A little pricey, it is valued at $200.

    5. Amazon Cloud Cam: Only compatible with Cloud Cam subscription, you get 24 hours of video clips stores for free but you need the subscription to support multiple cameras, use person detection, or set motion zones to limit false alarms.
    Last edited by megri; 10-16-2019, 06:01 PM.

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    • #3
      NASA has demonstrated its new ‘Orion’ astronaut suit which has been designed to be stronger and more comfortable for those who wear it.

      The helmet is lighter, stronger, comes in more than one size, helps reduce noise and is easier to connect to the communications system needed to talk to other crew members and mission control.
      The outer cover layer is orange to make crew members easily recognizable in the ocean should they ever need to exit the Orion capsule without the assistance of recovery personnel.

      The suit is a pressure garment that includes a restraint layer to control the shape and ease of astronauts’ movements. A reengineered zipper also allows astronauts to quickly put the suit on and has increased strength.

      Adaptable interfaces supply air and remove exhaled carbon dioxide, while the suit also has improved thermal management that will help keep astronauts cool and dry.
      A liquid cooling garment is worn underneath the suit which has also been revamped to be more breathable and easier to build.
      The suit is a crucial component needed for the space agency’s plan to return to the moon by 2024.
      Last edited by Nitin Kumar; 10-17-2019, 10:53 AM.

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      • #4
        Netflix Heads Into Showdown With Slowing Subscriber Growth

        Netflix added 6.8 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, below the 7 million customers it forecast.

        Netflix's subscriber growth is bogging down even before the leading video streaming service confronts high-powered threats from Apple and Walt Disney.

        The latest sign of the challenges the company is facing emerged Wednesday with the release of its third-quarter results. The numbers provided further evidence that Netflix's salad days may be over, particularly in the US, where most households that want its 12-year-old streaming service already have it.

        Netflix added 6.8 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, below the 7 million customers forecast by the Los Gatos, California, company. Just 520,000 of those subscribers were picked up in the US, below the 800,000 that management anticipated. The shortfall came after Netflix lost 123,000 subscribers in the US during the April-June period, marking its first contraction in eight years.

        The latest miss on US subscriber growth "spells trouble for the company ahead of heightened competition," said eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom. "The fourth quarter represents a completely new ballgame for Netflix."

        Uncertainty about Netflix's future growth is the main reason the company's stock had dropped by about 30 percent below its peak price of $423.21 (roughly Rs. 30,200) reached 16 months ago. Netflix's shares surged 10 percent in extended trading Wednesday, apparently because some investors had been bracing for an even bigger letdown in the third quarter.

        Netflix said it expects to add another 7.6 million worldwide subscribers during the final three months of the year, down from 8.8 million during the same period last year in an acknowledgment of the fiercer competition.

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        • #5
          Google Pixel 4 is banned in India


          Google just pulled back the curtain on its 2019 flagship - The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4XL, only to drape it back and toss it out of India. Obviously it has all the latest innards you’d expect from a 2019 flagship and from Google nonetheless but the most not-worthy addition to Google’s latest banger is the Motion Sense feature that uses a 60Hz radar sensor embedded next to the front-facing camera. The feature is the birth child of Project Soli and through Google’s demonstrations, we can tell that it’s a pretty snazzy piece of tech that lets you gesture to control your smartphone. The party trick, however, is that since it’s operating at a 60Hz spectrum it's touted to be very accurate and so accurate that Google has booted the fingerprint scanner for radar-based facial recognition method. Sadly, the Indian Government doesn’t allow unlicensed use of 60Hz frequency for civilians and that’s why Google Pixel 4 will not launch in India till it gets the green signal from the government or unless the government delicenses the said frequency. Google managed to convince the American authorities earlier this year for using 60Hz on their shiny new flagship and the majority of the first world countries have de-licensed the 60Hz spectrum well in advance. Now with Google Pixel out of the race and Huawei scampering for Google services on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, our only solace is in Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies for snooty folks. Like the Pixel 3a, we could expect a stripped-down version of the Google Pixel 4 somewhere in Q1 next year, but only time will tell.

          In a statement, a
          Google spokesperson said, Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lalitsharma View Post
            Google Pixel 4 is banned in India


            Google just pulled back the curtain on its 2019 flagship - The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4XL, only to drape it back and toss it out of India. Obviously it has all the latest innards you’d expect from a 2019 flagship and from Google nonetheless but the most not-worthy addition to Google’s latest banger is the Motion Sense feature that uses a 60Hz radar sensor embedded next to the front-facing camera. The feature is the birth child of Project Soli and through Google’s demonstrations, we can tell that it’s a pretty snazzy piece of tech that lets you gesture to control your smartphone. The party trick, however, is that since it’s operating at a 60Hz spectrum it's touted to be very accurate and so accurate that Google has booted the fingerprint scanner for radar-based facial recognition method. Sadly, the Indian Government doesn’t allow unlicensed use of 60Hz frequency for civilians and that’s why Google Pixel 4 will not launch in India till it gets the green signal from the government or unless the government delicenses the said frequency. Google managed to convince the American authorities earlier this year for using 60Hz on their shiny new flagship and the majority of the first world countries have de-licensed the 60Hz spectrum well in advance. Now with Google Pixel out of the race and Huawei scampering for Google services on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, our only solace is in Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxies for snooty folks. Like the Pixel 3a, we could expect a stripped-down version of the Google Pixel 4 somewhere in Q1 next year, but only time will tell.

            In a statement, a
            Google spokesperson said, Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India.
            This is bad news for pixel Lover.

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            • #7
              Snapdragon 855 - Qualcomm

              Snapdragon 855 is a high-performance 64-bit ARM LTE system on a chip designed by Qualcomm and introduced in late 2018. Fabricated on TSMC's 7nm process, the 855 features four Kryo 485 Silver high-efficiency cores operating at 1.8 GHz along with three high-performance Kryo 485 Gold operating at 2.42 GHz and another higher-performance Kryo 485 Gold core operating at 2.84 GHz. The Snapdragon 855 integrates the Adreno 640 GPU operation at 600 MHz and features an X24 LTE modem supporting Cat 20 uplink and Cat 20 downlink. This chip supports up to 16 GiB of quad-channel LPDDR4X-4266 memory.
              The Snapdragon 855 can be paired with Qualcomm's X50 5G modem (an external chip) and an RF front-end interface chip (RFFE) to bring 5G NR, sub-6 GHz, and mmWave, support. The 855 Plus is identical, but a higher clocked version of this processor.
              Last edited by Lalitsharma; 10-18-2019, 01:39 PM.

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              • #8
                Why Google, Amazon aren’t ready for the next big Wi-Fi tech

                A trend that has lately started gaining momentum in the world of tech is Wi-Fi 6. It is a new standard of Wi-Fi (802.11ax) that is approved by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is said to be faster than the current Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) even in crowded environments. Usually, there are some tech giants (read: Apple and Samsung for iPhone 11 and Galaxy S10 series) who hop on to the new fad the moment they get their hands on them. While many others are yet to announce the support for Wi-Fi 6, it is a consensus on the web that 2020 or 2021 will be the year when this will become mainstream. But while brands prepare for it, two of the tech giants don’t seem too keen to implement this in their smartphones and other products any time soon. They are Amazon and Google, as per CNET.

                When asked about Wi-Fi 6 with Sanjay Noronha, Google Nest Wi-Fi’s product head, he said that end customer still won’t be able to get the most out of it and won’t see Wi-Fi 6’s true potential until unless they use multiple Wi-Fi 6 supporting devices at home simultaneously.

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                • #9
                  What is Google Duplex?

                  Google Duplex was first announced at the Google I/O developers conference in May 2018 by company CEO Sundar Pichai. He showed how the service worked with an AI-driven voice, which was designed to help people make appointments to businesses over the phone, but without any interaction from the user. Pichai’s demo showed the AI voice could not only understand the voice of the human on the other end of the call, but it could respond back with correct answers to that real person’s inquiries and questions as well. Google Duplex’s voice even put in words like “um” and pause breaks to make it sound even more like a real human.

                  The company later released a video showing how a user would tell Google Assistant to set up a restaurant reservation, and then it showed how the Google Duplex AI voice went into action, as it called the restaurant and interacted with the employee to get the reservation book. After the call was made, Google Assistant sent a notification to the original user stating the reservation was all set up.

                  In November of 2018, the company announced that Google Duplex was rolling out to a select number of public users in a few U.S. cities. Google put in a few changes to address the security concerns of some users. Those changes include the AI voice system starting the voice call by identifying itself as being from Google. It also tells the receiver of the call that it is being recorded. If the receiver says they don’t want to be recorded, Google Assistant then transfers that call to a non-recorded line.

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                  • #10
                    IIT-Madras Creates ‘Shakti’, India’s First Microprocessor


                    India’s first indigenous microprocessor may soon power your mobile phones, surveillance cameras, and smart meters. ‘Shakti’, designed, developed and booted by Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and with a microchip fabricated in the Semi-Conductor Laboratory of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at Chandigarh, will reduce dependency on imported microchips and the risk of cyber attacks making it ideal for communication and defense sectors. Prof Kamakoti Veezhinathan, the lead researcher at IITM’s RISE laboratory, said the design originated from an open-source instruction set architecture, a set of basic instructions a processor understands, called RISC V, which makes it customizable to any device. “We have done a normative design to show the feasibility. Different devices may need a different type of hardware and maybe even new features or instructions. All those aspects will now become easy now with our new design,” he said. Bluespec, an open-source high-level synthesis language, went into making the chips, he added. The brain of all computing and electronic devices, many such microprocessors that are connected are used to operate larger high-speed systems and supercomputers. In July, an initial batch of IIT-M-designed 300 chips, ‘RISECREEK’, was fabricated at Intel’s facility at Oregon, US, and later booted the Linux Operating System. Now, fabricated in the country, the microprocessor is completely indigenous. However, Prof Veezhinathan said, the technology is different. The microprocessor fabricated in India was in a 180nm facility, while the one in the US was in a 20nm. lab. “180nm, though outdated, is relevant as many applications across the world look for limited frequency. You do not need a washing machine or a surveillance camera running at one gigahertz. This chip can be used for any application where conventional power is available. While the other that we fabricated in the US earlier consumes less power and hence can be used in mobiles,”

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                    • #11
                      Oneplus Bullish On Launching 5g Phone In India



                      OnePlus has been testing its 5G phone in India for almost over a year.

                      Just days after bringing the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro, OnePlus is now optimistic to launch a 5G phone in India. The Shenzhen-based company that entered the Indian market with the OnePlus One back in December 2014 has so far launched 13 smartphone models in the country -- with four offerings arrived in 2019 alone. It also earlier this year unveiled the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G model for the global markets that didn't enter India but has been showcased at the India Mobile Congress (IMC) in New Delhi. Apart from the plans to launch its 5G phone in the country, OnePlus is looking forward to exporting new 5G phones from its India facility.

                      "We are very bullish, and we are trying to be an early leader and try to support the ecosystem," OnePlus India General Manager Vikas Agarwal told Gadgets 360 in a one-on-one conversation in New Delhi. "So from our side, the 5G devices are ready. We are already testing them with all the leading ecosystem players in the country -- be it a technology provider or an operator."
                      At IMC 2019, OnePlus is demonstrating a lightning-fast 5G connectivity experience through the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. The company has leveraged the equipment set up by Ericsson and Nokia to give a glimpse at what we would get through 5G. Nevertheless, it is hoping to bring a similar experience to the masses sometime next year.

                      "The focus is on when the commercial rollout can happen," said Agarwal. "Once we have those details, we'll be happy to launch our 5G products. So, next year, we hope that something will be ready and we will be able to launch and the sooner we do it, the better it is."
                      OnePlus isn't the only smartphone company that has put its 5G phone for showcasing at the IMC this year. There are handsets from manufacturers such as LG, Oppo, and Vivo as well. Agarwal, however, pointed out that OnePlus considered India as "one of its biggest markets" for 5G and had been testing its development with key telcos, namely Airtel and Reliance Jio, for almost over a year.

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                      • #12
                        iPhone XR Now Being Assembled in India for Domestic Market


                        Apple has started selling its popular iPhone XR phones assembled in India, as it looks to expand its share in the world's second-largest smartphone market where it has struggled against cheaper products from rivals. The phones are being assembled at Taipei-based contract manufacturer Foxconn's India factory, helping the Cupertino, California-based company avoid high levies on the import of fully-built devices as well as meet local sourcing norms for opening its own retail stores in India.

                        iPhone XR boxes with an "Assembled in India" tag were seen on Monday in many of the country's electronic product retailers, including Croma, with a price tag of Rs. 49,900 for the 64 GB version.

                        The company has slashed iPhone XR prices in India to counter a prolonged sales slowdown amid fierce competition from premium smartphones fromSamsung and OnePlus.

                        Earlier this year Reuters had reported that the company would assemble its top-end iPhones in India. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

                        Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has tried to position South Asia's third-biggest economy as a hub for smartphone manufacturing.

                        Companies such as Apple are also looking to use India as an export hub to soften the impact of an ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

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                        • #13
                          iPhone XR is being assembled at Chinese contract manufacturer Foxconn's India factory. The phone's base variant carries a price tag of Rs. 49,900 in the country.

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                          • #14
                            WhatsApp rolls out new update: Everything you need to know

                            In the 2.19.110 version of WhatsApp for iPhone, it will no longer show a notification badge for muted chats. Previously the app would show you a notification badge even for the muted chats. The latest app fixes this and no more shows a notification badge for chats that have been muted by the user. This update already exists for Android users.

                            The new update of WhatsApp is of 78MB in size and also makes the media-editing easier. The in-app aligning feature will now let users place the emojis and stickers in a better way.

                            The 2.19.110.20 app version for iOS and 2.19.298 app version for Android also receives some changes in the Group Privacy settings including a new blacklist option.

                            WaBetaInfo, a fan website for WhatsApp reports that you can now manage the group privacy settings by going into the WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. WhatsApp will now let you better manage your group privacy settings by giving the following options to choose from:

                            Everyone: This allows you to be easily added in WhatsApp groups with no invites coming in private chat
                            My Contacts: You can only be added to groups from people in your contact list. You will receive an invite to join a group from people not in your contacts list, privately.


                            My contacts except.. option: The feature allows you to decide on who can add you to groups. WhatsApp previously had a "Nobody" option that barred everyone from adding you to groups without invites. With the My contacts except option, you can decide precisely who can add you to groups.

                            WhatsApp's latest iOS update also fixes the backup issue on iCloud. The company has now added a support page meant specially for iCloud backup troubleshoot.

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                            • #15
                              Pegasus spyware

                              Pegasus is the name of spyware that can be installed on devices running certain versions of iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. Upon clicking on a malicious link, Pegasus secretly enables a jailbreak on the device and can read text messages, track calls, collect passwords, trace the phone location, as well as gather information from apps including (but not limited to) iMessage, Gmail, Viber, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype.

                              Discovered in August 2016 after a failed attempt at installing it on an iPhone belonging to a human rights activist, an investigation revealed details about the spyware, its abilities, and the security vulnerabilities it exploited. Pegasus is capable of reading text messages, tracking calls, collecting passwords, tracing the location of the phone, accessing the target device's microphone(s) and video camera(s), and gathering information from apps.

                              Apple released version 9.3.5 of its iOS software to fix the vulnerabilities. News of the spyware garnered significant media attention. It was called the "most sophisticated" smartphone attack ever and became the first time in iPhone history when a remote jailbreak exploits had been detected. The company that created the spyware, NSO Group, stated that they provide "authorized governments with technology that helps them combat terror and crime".


                              WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned mobile messaging service in October-end informed a few Indian journalists and human rights activists that they were among the 1,400 people globally who were spied upon by unnamed entities using Israeli spyware dubbed Pegasus. Pegasus allegedly exploited WhatsApp's video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on 1,400 select users globally, including nearly 30-40 in India. The owner of Pegasus, Israel-based NSO Group, limits the sale of the spyware to state intelligence agencies and others as it has the ability to collect intimate data from a target device. Pegasus software can be installed on devices as "exploit links". The Indian government has denied purchasing or plans to buy Pegasus software from the NSO Group. The government has also come under fire from journalists as they demanded clarification from WhatsApp and questioned why it had kept the information about spying on Indian citizens hidden from the authorities despite recent meetings with the company CEO.

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