Facebook Messenger App Adds Data Saver Option to Help You Save Mobile Data

Facebook Messenger App Adds Data Saver Option to Help You Save Mobile Data


  • The feature is currently available only on Android
  • Data Saver allows you to manually download images and videos
  • App automatically downloads images and videos on Wi-Fi

Following the lead of many other apps, Facebook’s Messenger app has now been updated to include the data saver options to help users save cellular data. Many browsers have had these options for a while, and recently, companies like Google and Shazam announced several optimisations to their apps to provide improved services in countries where connectivity is an issue.

As of now, the data saver option seems to have been just added to the Android version of the Facebook Messenger. However, as the feature is in a testing phase, we will have to wait and see if it eventually makes way to iOS or not.

The data saver option, as implemented by Facebook Messenger, essentially allows the users to manually download the images and videos that are sent to the users instead of the app downloading them automatically. In order to enable the option, you need to head to the account settings menu of the Messenger app and tap on Data Saver. Then you need to toggle-on the option with the same name. The app also updates you about the estimated mobile data saved from the feature.

When you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, the app will automatically download videos and pictures. The data saver option will help users use their cellular data more effectively and will likely prove to be cost-efficient.Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out option to enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger conversations. This update provides similar user privacy as available on company’s WhatsApp messaging service and was introduced to provide additional privacy to Messenger users. However, unlike WhatsApp, Messenger users are required to manually choose end-to-end encryption for every new conversation.

Tags: Facebook Messenger Data Saver, Messenger App, Cellular Data Saving, Apps, Social, Android

IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel

IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel

IBM, Google, Others to Unveil Open Data Centre Interface to Take on Intel
OpenCAPI will provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design
Will help speed up big data, machine learning, analytics
Consortium plans to make OpenCAPI available before the end of the year
Technology giants IBM Corp, Google and seven others have joined hands to launch an open specification that can boost datacenter server performance by up to ten times, to take on Intel Corp.

The new standard, called Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI), is an open forum to provide a high bandwidth, low latency open interface design specification.

The open interface will help corporate and cloud data centers to speed up big data, machine learning, analytics and other emerging workloads.

The consortium plans to make the OpenCAPI specification available to the public before the end of the year and expects servers and related products based on the new standard in the second half of 2017, it said in a statement.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is known to protect its server technologies and has chosen to sit out of the new consortium. In the past also, it had stayed away from prominent open standards technology groups such as CCIX and Gen-Z.
“As artificial intelligence, machine learning and advanced analytics become the price of doing business in today’s digital era, huge volumes of data are now the norm,” Doug Balog, general manager for IBM Power, told Reuters.

“It’s clear that today’s datacenters can no longer rely on one company alone to drive innovation,” Balog said.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, Mellanox Technologies Ltd, Micron Technology Inc, NVIDIA Corp and Xilinx Inc are also members of the the OpenCAPI consortium.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Tags: Google, IBN, Intel, Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, OpenCAPI, Internet


Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

Delhi High Court Seeks Centre's Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

Delhi High Court Seeks Centre’s Response on WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing
WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this month
It has, thus, stirred a controversy among the users
Delhi HC has asked govt. to submit replies by September 14
WhatsApp’s recent decision to share user data with parent company Facebook has reached the doorstep of the Delhi High Court, which sought the government’s response on the modification of the new privacy policy.

In a controversial move, the popular messaging platform has said it will begin “coordinating” accounts with Facebook by sharing users’ mobile phone numbers and device information with Facebook. It is, however, giving users a 30-day window to opt out of sharing their details.

(Also see: How to Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Details With Facebook)

The plans of WhatsApp – which has long promised to safeguard the privacy of more than 1 billion users — had rung alarm bells among privacy advocates.

Following a petition by two users, a High Court bench issued notice to the Centre, asking the concerned authorities to file their reply by September 14.
The petition had alleged that WhatsApp, Facebook Inc and Facebook India Online Private Limited’s new private policy “compromises the rights of its users”.

The current privacy policy is in “stark contrast” to the one from July 7, 2012, the petition read. The revised policy of August 25, 2016, “severely compromises the rights of its users and makes the privacy rights of users completely vulnerable,” the plea alleged.

The new policy, which is likely to come into force from September 25, has sought to change the “most valuable, basic and essential feature” of WhatsApp, the petition read.

It “unilaterally” threatened to “take away the protection to privacy of details and data of its users and sharing the same with Facebook and all its group companies including for the purpose of commercial advertising and marketing”.

Appearing for the petitioners, senior advocates Sandeep Sethi and Pratibha M Singh, called it a “very serious breach of policy”.

The manner of taking consent was “highly deceptive in as much as almost the entire community of users of WhatsApp in India are not equipped to even read, much less comprehend” the terms and conditions, they said.

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Tags: WhatsApp, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, Social, India


EU Lawmaker Says Tinder Breaches Data Protection Rules

EU Lawmaker Says Tinder Breaches Data Protection Rules

An EU lawmaker says dating app Tinder breaches the bloc’s data protection rules because it uses personal data without explicit consent and should be investigated by the European Commission.

The dating app, owned by website operator Match Group Inc, imposes unlawful conditions on users, pushing them to consent to unclear clauses that allow the company to use their data even after they close their accounts, socialist lawmaker Marc Tarabella said in a statement.

“Once you subscribe, the company can do whatever it wants with your data. It can show them, distribute them to whomever or even modify them. The lack of transparency cannot be the rule,” Tarabella said.

The Belgian politician , who in 2014 was among the leading European parliament members calling for a break-up of Google’s search engine from its commercial services, also accused dating app Happn and jogging app Runkeeper of violating EU data protection rules.

He called for a European investigation into these companies and urged the European Commission to adopt heavy sanctions against companies that impose “abusive clauses” for the use of their apps.


Tinder representatives were not immediately available for comment.

A Commission spokeswoman said it was up to national authorities to enforce EU rules on data and consumer protection. However, the Commission has conducted such investigations in the past.

“The problem is always the lack of transparency and the notion of consent,” Tarabella said, adding that companies often sell users’ data to third parties without consumers being aware or having explicitly consented to it.

EU rules protect consumers who no longer want their data to be used. Companies are also required to provide “easy-to-understand information” and to obtain an explicit consent from users to process personal data.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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Tags: Apps, Dating Apps, EU, European Union, Online Dating, Tinder


Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts

Yahoo Investigating Claims of Huge Data Breach Affecting 200 Million Accounts


  • Hacker also responsible for selling LinkedIn data dumps earlier
  • Yahoo’s exposed considered to be really old
  • Verizon recently bought Yahoo for roughly Rs. 32,500 crores

After a hacker going by the name of Peace put up for sale a cache of what’s alleged to be 200 million stolen Yahoo user account credentials earlier this week, the Internet company says it has started investigating the matter, claiming that it is taking this breach “very seriously”.

Peace has listed an advert on the TheRealDeal marketplace claiming that about 200 million Yahoo accounts are up for sale for three Bitcoins (roughly Rs. 1,07,000). The cache supposedly contains usernames, passwords, and dates of birth, and appear to be hashed by the md5 algorithm, Motherboard reports. The hacker has also submitted a way to unscramble the hashed credentials as well, and claims the cache contains records that are from “2012 most likely.”

Yahoo has confirmed that it is aware about this data breach, and is investigating it. “Our security team is working to determine the facts. Yahoo works hard to keep our users safe, and we always encourage our users to create strong passwords, or give up passwords altogether by using Yahoo Account Key, and use different passwords for different platforms,” the company told Motherboard.

Peace is also known for selling data dumps of other major tech companies like MySpace and LinkedIn. This data is especially useful for phishers who look to monetize through illegitimate ways. Motherboard got hold of a small sample of 5000 Yahoo accounts, and when it tested about a hundred of them; it found out that most IDs seem to be inactive, disabled, or discontinued.

Because of this, it’s being speculating that either the data is too old to be considered valuable or the advert is just fake. Yahoo gave away very little about the investigations and only said that it was “working to determine the facts”. If real, affected users can expect password reset links to be sent to them at some point.

(Also see: When Yahoo Refused to Buy Google for $1 Million)

Verizon recently bought Yahoo’s core business for $4.83 billion (roughly Rs. 32,500 crores). Yahoo will be rolled into Verizon’s AOL operations and CEO Marissa Meyers will be working again with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who worked with Mayer at Google for years and tried unsuccessfully to convince her to combine the two companies when they both remained independent.

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Tags: Data Hack, Internet, Peace, Yahoo, Yahoo Accounts Hack


Rupee closes weaker against US dollar at 66.89 ahead of IIP, CPI data

India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%. Pradeep Gaur/Mint

India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%. Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Mumbai: The Indian rupee closed lower against the US dollar ahead of the macroeconomic data due later on Friday.

The home currency closed at 66.89 a dollar, down 0.06% from its Thursday’s close of 66.84. The rupee opened at 66.84 a dollar and touched a high and a low of 66.79 and 66.89, respectively.

The government will issue Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation data for July and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data for June on 12 August after 5.30pm. According to a poll of Bloomberg analysts, CPI will be at 5.9% in July against 5.77% in June, while IIP will be at 1.6% in June against 1.2% in May.

Meanwhile, India’s 10-year bond yield closed at 7.103%, from its Thursday’s close of 7.083%.

India’s benchmark Sensex rose 1.05%, or 292.80 points, to close at 28,152.40. So far this year, it has gained 7.79%.

Year to date, the rupee is down 1%, while FIIs have bought $5.42 billion in equity and sold $1.16 million in debt markets.

Asian currencies weakened. Malaysian ringgit was down 0.57%, Taiwan dollar 0.34%, South Korean won 0.3%, Singapore dollar 0.22%, China offshore 0.21%, China renminbi 0.2%, Japanese yen 0.14%, Thai baht 0.13%, Indonesian rupiah 0.11%. However, Philippines peso was up 0.33%.

The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 95.849, up 0.01% from its previous close of 95.857.


Pokemon Go: US Senator Probes Maker Over Data Privacy Concerns

Pokemon Go: US Senator Probes Maker Over Data Privacy Concerns


  • Pokemon Go had a privacy issue while Google signing-in process on iOS
  • The company has released an update to the game fixing the problem
  • Nintendo’s Pokemon Go has been a smash hit worldwide since its launch

A Democratic US senator on Tuesday asked the software developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd’s Pokemon Go to clarify the mobile game’s data privacy protections, amid concerns the augmented reality hit was unnecessarily collecting vast swaths of sensitive user data.

Senator Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Niantic Chief Executive John Hanke asking what user dataPokemon Go collects, how the data is used and with what third party service providers that data may be shared.

(Also see:  How to Download, Install, and Play Pokemon Go Right Now)

The game, which marries Pokemon, the classic 20-year-old cartoon franchise, with augmented reality, allows players to walk around real-life neighborhoods while seeking virtual Pokemon game characters on their smartphone screens – a scavenger hunt that has earned enthusiastic early reviews.

(Also see:  Pokemon Go: 21 Pro Tips From People Who Spent the Whole Weekend Playing It)


Franken also asked Niantic to describe how it ensures parents give “meaningful consent” to a child’s use of the game and subsequent collection of his or her personal information.

“I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent,” Franken wrote.

“As the augmented reality market evolves, I ask that you provide greater clarity on how Niantic is addressing issues of user privacy and security, particularly that of its younger players,” he added.

(Also see:  Pokemon Go Is Responsible for These Real Life Weird and Scary Things)

Franken additionally asked Niantic to provide an update on a vulnerability detected on Monday by security researchers who found Pokemon Go players signing into the game via a Google account on anApple iOS device unwittingly gave “full access permission” to the person’s Google account.

Pokemon Go on Tuesday released an updated version on iOS to reduce the number of data permissions it sought from Google account users.

(Also see:  Pokemon Go Cheatsheet: 10 Things to Know About the Game That Has Everyone Hooked)

Niantic did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Franken’s inquiry.

The company, spun off by Google last year, created the game in tandem with Pokemon Co, a third of which is owned by Nintendo.

Pokemon Go has been a smash hit for Nintendo. The Japanese company’s first venture in mobile gaming brought market-value gains of $7.5 billion in just two days after the game’s release last week.

Franken asked for a response by August 12.

© Thomson Reuters 2016

Tags: Apple, Apps, Gaming, Niantic, Niantic Labs, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, Privacy



Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles

Idea Announces Slash in Mobile Data Rates Across All Circles


  • The new data packs will be available from Friday
  • Data benefits are up to 45 percent, Idea said
  • Revised rates are for 2G, 3G, and 4G data packs

Idea Cellular said on Friday it has slashed mobile Internet rates to offer more value to customers on their 4G, 3G and 2G data packs. The revised data packs are available across all circles starting Friday.

“We want to ensure that benefits of Internet are reaped conveniently by every individual, through our innovative, customised and affordable products. This will enable the Internet revolution and its impact to be felt in every part of the country,” said a company statement, citing Chief Marketing Officer Sashi Shankar.

“Now Idea users can get up to 45 percent more data benefits on sachet packs below 1GB. Idea offers a wide range of 4G, 3G and 2G sachet data packs priced between Rs. 8 and Rs. 225,” the statement said.

The statement added that the 2G data pack priced at Rs. 19 which previously offering 75MB data for 3 days, will now offer 110MB data for 3 days – a 45 percent increase in data.

Similarly, a 4G/ 3G data pack for Rs. 22 which offers 65MB data for 3 days, will now give 90MB 3G data for 3 days, which is a 38 percent in data.

Written with inputs from IANS

Tags: Idea, Idea Cellular, Mobile Data Pack, Mobile Internet, Operator, Telecom

LinkedIn:100 Million Now Affected by Release of Data from 2012 Breach

linked in update

LinkedIn is advising some 100 million users reset their passwords after data from a 2012 breach of the social network surfaced earlier this week.

In 2012, the platform fell victim and LinkedIn was hacked in an attempt that compromised millions of accounts (6.5 million to be exact), exposing members’ passwords and publishing them online.

LinkedIn assured its members at that time the compromised passwords were not published with their corresponding email logins and that the vast majority of passwords remained encrypted, although a subset was decoded.

It also conducted a password reset campaign for the affected accounts and advised all members to change their passwords.

All was well — until this past Wednesday, May 18, when LinkedIn made thisannouncement on its official blog:

“Yesterday, we became aware of an additional set of data that had just been released that claims to be email and hashed password combinations of more than 100 million LinkedIn members from that same theft in 2012.”

According to the post, LinkedIn is taking “immediate steps” to invalidate the passwords of the impacted accounts. The company said it will contact users who need to reset their accounts. LinkedIn also affirmed that there was no indication that this was the result of a new security breach.

If your account was affected, you will need to reset your password. Also, it’s not a bad idea to enable a two-step verification, a feature that LinkedIn provides, to better ensure the safety of its members.

These are steps all LinkedIn members may care to take, regardless if they fell victim to the breach or not.

For more information on protecting your password, refer to this Small Business Trends article, LinkedIn Security Breach: A Reason to Change Your Passwords (At Least!).


Reliance Offers 4G Phone With 3 Months Unlimited Data at Rs. 2,999

Reliance Offers 4G Phone With 3 Months Unlimited Data at Rs. 2,999


  • Reliance is offering unlimited calling and data on purchase of Lyf phones
  • The company announced price drops for several Lyf phones
  • Reliance Jio’s 4G services haven’t been officially launched

Gadgets 360 has learnt that several Lyf-branded smartphones have received official price drops. The company communicated to its dealers that the new prices are effective from Tuesday.

The Lyf smartphones that have received price drops are Lyf Water 2 which will now retail at Rs. 9,499 (a Rs. 4,000 drop from the earlier price of Rs. 13,499); Lyf Wind 6, which will be available at Rs. 5,999 (a Rs. 500 price drop from the earlier price of Rs. 6,499); and Lyf Flame 2 will be available at Rs. 3,499 (receives a Rs. 1,300 price drop from earlier price of Rs. 4,799).

Some of the other handsets that have received a flat Rs. 1,000 price drop are the Lyf Flame 4, Flame 5, and Flame 6. All three will now be available at Rs. 2,999.

With all Lyf-branded smartphones available right now with free unlimited data and voice-calling offers for three months on the Reliance Jio network, interested consumers can now effectively get a new 4G phone and unlimited 4G data and voice-calling for 3 months at Rs. 2,999.

Reliance Jio’s 4G services haven’t been officially launched yet but the company has been offering its services to consumers under an employee referral program. Reliance CDMA customers are also being offered chance to upgrade to a Reliance Jio SIM, and Jio SIMs have also been on offer to anyone who buys Lyf smartphones.

All Lyf branded handsets come with support for 4G and VoLTE (voice over LTE), which provides better call quality.

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