Emergence of smartphones has led to a shift from the traditional SMS communication to the use of mobile messaging applications, WhatsApp leading the pack.
As of September, 2015 WhatsApp has registered 900 million users up from 700 million in January 2015.
The app is registering much success after Facebook purchased it for $ 19 billion hence boosting its media reach.
It’s seems developers at WhatsApp are leaving nothing to chance, making timely improvements to the messaging app.
If you updated your application today or some days close to today you will realize that the interface and colour has changed.
For instance WhatsApp Now has introduced a feature where your can customize notification and mute a user.
With the Mute option you can mute chats from that particular user for 8 hours, 1 week or 1 year as indicated below.
As for Custom notifications, you can select a Unique Notification tone and vibration plus pop-up for that user alone.
One can also customize call notifications
Another feature improved on are the emojis. Old ones have been facelifted and more added. You can’t wait to use them.
It even goes further to give you options to choose from.
If you haven’t updated your App, please do on Play store or download and replace the old version.
Google announced on Monday that it is was re-branding. Through its official blog, Google’s co-founder Larry Page said it was creating a company called Alphabet.
This move is aimed at (among other things) creating “cleanliness”
Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.”
“This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google”
Under the new structure Page will be Alphabet’s CEO with Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin as the President. This will also see Google (represented by letter G) run under Alphabet as one of the many group of companies.
“This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead.”
According to the blog post, Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. and all shares under Google Inc will automatically be under Alphabet Inc.
However, on why they settled on Alphabet, Page had this to say;
“We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search.”
Internet Explorer. Photo Courtesy
Microsoft is set to launch a new browser for its operating system amid negative criticism of its current browser Internet Explorer.
The compony has already rolled out Windows 10 preview that has Internet Explorer.
Chris Capossela the group’s lead marketing chief announced that a new browser, code named ‘project spartan’, was set to be released with a new name.
Internet Explorer was released in 1995 and has attracted so much negative critism.
For some it was a browser used to download secondary browsers then its use was done till probably when the computer would be reformatted.
Others termed it ‘slow and buggy’ and did not want any Internet activity done through it.
Microsoft is currently conducting market research and it has come clear that the new browser will be far away from the current browser but will be tagged ‘Microsoft’ The Verge reports.
The group will however use Internet Explorer alongside the New browser.
“We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.” Mr. Capossela said.
Let us wait and see if the new browser will meet users demands.
Recently I wrote on the release of WhatsApp Plus (Reborn) but little was known to me that an update on an Anti-ban WhatsApp was due to be released. This is WhatsApp Material Design (MD) v3.5.
It is based on WhatsApp+ and earlier versions of WhatsApp MD
Nobody wants a boring and non flexible app and this developer made sure we get a super cool app with a Google hangouts look.
This App comes with the following
– Transparent text input field background
– Google Messenger like Coloured Chats
– Font colour of “Last Seen” is now white
– Font colour of text is now white to match
– Font colour of date/time in chats is now
– New voice message mic, progress bar and
– Group chats fixed
– Sent check marks fixed
– No profile images on chat screen (Like Google Messenger)
and many more..
As stated in an earlier post, mimic apps of the original WhatsApp granted the user number a 24 hour plus ban but the developers on this have assured it has a way around it, Its ANTI-BAN.
How to Instal
First you should have the original app installed and running. If not download it and instal. Use it to send few chats. Save the conversations.
Uninstall the original app and download WhatsApp M 3.5 here. It is just 24.7 mbs.
Safaricom's Neon phone
For the keen readers, listeners an TV viewers, you might be familiar with Safaricom’s NEON phone. The specifications are in public domain but what many still can’t figure out is the company that manufactures(d) it.
Neon phone has the following features:
> 3.5″ Touchscreen
> 2 Megapixel rear camera, NO front Camera.
> OS Android 4.4.2 KitKat®
> Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio.
> RAM 512MB and processor 1.0GHz dual core.
Those are the essentials for now.
However as opposed to the information on display, its Internal memory is 2GB and NOT 4GB but expandable to 32GB with the memory card slot under the 1400mAh battery.
SEE HOW IT LOOKS
As you see, it comes pre installed with all Google apps.
For the keen eyes, or those who have gone through the phone’s information, (see screenshot above) it has model number VF685 and a google search on it will give you its make. The Neon phone is a rebrand of Vodafone Smart Kicka VF685.
This is how it looks like in your browser while on Facebook.
Message: Instal Facebook on your Smart Kicka...
Now for those who were wondering and even tried googling NEON PHONE to get to know its manufactures, then its known to you.
Neon phone is Vodafone Smart Kicka VF685.
Many people have been using the ‘fake’ WhatsApp+ until owners of the genuine WhatsApp realised they were losing so fast to the mimic app and banned further developments to it.
Earlier this year in February, WhatsApp+ was banned, and even going ahead to block users found for 24 hours.
Those users who we were not privy to the ban notice have been having problems as the counterfeit app has no ability to update, forcing them to re install the original green app.
Developers of the Blue app have however come up with a way of by passing the 24 hour ban and have developed WhatsApp Plus (Reborn).
An action is yet to be taken by original developers as users continue to rally their support behind this Blue App.
For those who have interacted with WHATSAPP+ will agree with me that it’s awesome. The embattled app give the user to manipulate it in various ways.
For instance, one can change the themes, outlook, set notification when A member appears online and many more. One good feature of it is the ability to clear data thus saving space, what the green App can’t to.
To the loyals, keep up but those who love adventure like me, try out WhatsApp+ Reborn.
Windows Live also known as MSN Messenger is set to Shut down on October 31 this year in China where it still exists. The process of shutting down Windows Live began in April 2013. Users in the rest world had moved to Skype.
Photo Courtesy: Windows Live
Confirming this, Chinese users of the service have received e-mail of its shutting down come 31st October. Microsoft has however advised its MSN Messenger user to migrate to Skype. In order to realize this, the company is giving each of them a $2 coupon for free calls.
MSN Messenger was first launched in 1999 and was officially rolled out in China in 2005.