Signal Private Messenger Gets Much-Requested ‘Disappearing Messages’ Feature

Signal Private Messenger Gets Much-Requested 'Disappearing Messages' Feature


  • Company says feature will help in keeping chat history tidy
  • Feature not introduced with aim to improve privacy
  • Timer available from 5-seconds to one week

When Google launched its text-messaging app Allo last month, it received criticism from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the lack of privacy offered by the app. He instead suggested people to use messaging apps like Signal, which use end-to-end encryption for all messages. This of course was not the first time that Snowden endorsed Signal, and it has gained quite a solid reputation for user privacy. Now, the app has added the Disappearing Messages feature that allows users to send ephemeral messages that self-destruct after a set duration.

Disappearing Messages feature lets you send the messages through the app that can be tagged with a timer ranging from 5 seconds to one week.

“With this update, any conversation can be configured to delete sent and received messages after a specified interval. The configuration applies to all parties of a conversation, and the clock starts ticking for each recipient once they’ve read their copy of the message,” Open Whisper Systems said on its website.

The update is already available for Android, iOS, and desktop versions of the app. Open Whisper Systems has clarified that Disappearing Messages have been introduced to ensure tidiness of the chat conversations and not for security.The company specifically points out that this feature is not meant for the situations where the contact that you are sending your messages to, is your adversary. This is because the recipient can always click a picture of the message before it disappears from the screen.

The update also brings along support for Signal Protocol’s numeric fingerprint format, which are called “safety numbers” in Signal. The safety numbers can be verified by scanning a QR code or by reading a string aloud.

Tags: Signal, Apps, Android, Apple, Social, User Privacy, Signal Update, Open Whisper Systems

Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks

Chrome OS 54 Starts Rolling Out With Quick View Feature and UI Tweaks


  • Chrome 54 stable channel for Chrome OS rolling out
  • It brings many improvements in user interface
  • The update also introduces a new Quick View feature

Soon after Chrome 54 was made available for Windows, Mac and Linux users, Chrome OS 54 has now moved to the stable channel. Chrome OS 54 introduces some bug fixes, security updates, UI tweaks and new features like Quick View.

The Chrome OS stable channel has been updated to 54.0.2840.79, and Chrome OS and Chromebook users will be receiving it in the next few days. While most of the Chromebooks will receive the update, HP Chromebook 13 G1, Acer Chromebook 14 for Work, and Thinkpad 13 Chromebook have been mysteriously left out.

The most notable addition is the new Quick View feature available in the File app to preview files. All you need to do is highlight a file, and then press the space bar to get a generic preview. For example, if you ‘Quick View’ an image file, a small preview along with size and file type information pops up on the screen.

Alt+Tab is a nifty shortcut often used to switch between windows. With Chrome OS 54, Google has added a new animation in the centre that shows a preview (of sorts) of all the open tabs, and lets you select exactly which tab you intend to switch to. Other changes include a new opt-in setting to show Input Method on shelf, a read only policy for external USB/SD storage devices, and general UI improvements across platform. As mentioned, Chrome 54 is already available to desktop and even Android users.

Tags: Chrome, Chrome OS 54, Quick View, Google

GoDaddy Says Its Latest Feature Will Make it Much Easier to Launch Your WordPress Site

The new GoDaddy WordPress Website wizard will enable small businesses to build their own WordPress website more easily then before.

WordPress is used by 26.9 percent of all the websites in the world, and GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) just announced a new service called WordPress Website that will make launching more of those websites on WordPress even easier.

The New GoDaddy WordPress Website Wizard

GoDaddy said this will be the easiest way for small businesses to build their own WordPress website. And according to the company, the new exclusive WordPress Quick Start Wizard is what is going to make it possible.

With so many websites being created using the WordPress content management system (CMS) every day, GoDaddy has made an effort to make the integration even easier.  That’s not surprising considering more than 50 percent of the platform’s hosting customers use WordPress.  GoDaddy’s newest feature began with the acquisition of ManageWP, a WordPress site management tool, last month. The combined technologies has made the company a single destination for WordPress site creation, management and hosting.

The WordPress Quick Start Wizard builds on GoDaddy’s existing solution for this CMS so small business owners can create professional websites. It includes free high-quality images for every industry imaginable, professionally built premium themes and a Visual Page Editor for easy drag and drop customization.

Everything your small business needs is readily available to quickly create a blog, photo gallery, contact form or other integrations with the most popular social media sites, the company says. During the tool’s beta release, the average time to publish a site was reduced by 73 percent. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the number of customers that successfully published a site increased three fold.

Other features include an email signup form integrated with GoDaddy Email Marketing, an SEO Wizard and more.

The WordPress Websites is available now with three different tiers, starting at $7.99 per month for Basic, $9.99 per month for Business, and $14.99 per month for Ultimate.

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Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature

Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature

Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature
Night Mode makes its way to Twitter on iOS
Night Mode available with version 6.60 of the Twitter app
No automatic trigger, users have to switch manually to Night Mode
After its introduction to Twitter’s Android app last month, Night Mode has finally made its way to iOS. The feature has been in works for quite some time now and was spotted being tested by the social media networking website in May.

The Night Mode essentially changes the theme of the app from regular to a darker one (midnight blue in colour) and makes it more comfortable to use in conditions of low light.

In order to switch on the Night Mode on your iOS device, you need to head to the Settings tab on the updated Twitter app and enable Night Mode.

Twitter said in a tweet on Monday that it is rolling out the Night Mode feature from the same day. Night Mode can be found in version 6.60 update of the iOS app which is already available in App Store in India.
In May, we reported that the testing of the feature happened among a small number of alpha testers, as reported by a Twitter user running the v5.112.0-alpha.423 build. At the time, the UI was said to switch automatically at night time, and come back to the standard white background UI with black text in the day time.

However, Just like on Android, there is no automatic trigger on iOS that switches on the Night Mode according to certain times of day or based on your phone display’s brightness.

Tags: Apple, Night Mode, Twitter, Twitter Dark Theme, Twitter Night Mode iOS, iOS


Google Project Fi’s Wi-Fi Assistant Feature Now Available to Nexus Users

Google Project Fi's Wi-Fi Assistant Feature Now Available to Nexus Users


  • The Wi-Fi Assistant feature was first exclusive to Project Fi users
  • The feature can now be used on all Nexus smartphones
  • Project Fi is active only on Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X smartphones

Google is introducing a nifty feature for all Nexus users to help them save precious data. The company is releasing a feature called Wi-Fi Assistant that will enable users to connect to open and free Wi-Fi networks in their area automatically.The Wi-Fi Assistant feature will be made available to Nexus users in United States, Canada, Mexico, UK, and Nordic countries only. Also, only those Nexus smartphones that are running on Android 5.1 Lollipop will see this feature.

In order to enable Wi-Fi Assistant, head to Settings > Google > Networking > Wi-Fi Assistant. Switch the toggle on and off to set your preferred settings. Once Wi-Fi Assistant is enabled, a small key will show up in the top corner. This feature will let your smartphone automatically connect to open and free Wi-Fi networks in the vicinity, thereby saving your data whenever it can. It will automatically adjust to optimal connections and switch from one network to another without interrupting service. If you wish to opt out of a specific open Wi-Fi network, then just select ‘forget this network’ against the particular network in the Wi-Fi settings panel.

The Wi-Fi Assistant feature was earlier exclusive to Project Fi-enabled devices earlier, but Google has now made it available to all Nexus users. Google unveiled Project Fi mobile telephone network in April last year in a bid to curb use of expensive roaming data and keep phone bills low. After ten months of testing, it opened the service up for all users in March this year, and launched in partnerships with Sprint and T-Mobile. Just last month, it also announced a partnership with telecom giant Three. Project Fi is active only on Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 and Nexus 5X smartphones.


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Tags: Google, Project Fi, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Mobiles, Android, Wi-Fi Assistant



Twitter Revamps Moments Feature for Rio 2016 Olympics

Twitter Revamps Moments Feature for Rio 2016 Olympics


  • Twitter will also let users to use team emojis with 3-letter country code hashtags
  • There are 50 Olympics emojis that are triggered by using hashtags
  • The hashtags will be available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday announceda change to its Moments feature which will now insert Olympic-related tweets into a user’s timeline for weeks at a time.

Earlier, Moments used to insert tweets into a user’s timeline for a matter of hours or, at most, a few days.

The feature can also be used to catch up on what you missed during the day – thanks to recap Moments – which will highlight the results, medal counts and other notable newsworthy items, technology website reported on Wednesday.

The live Olympic Moments for select sports and events will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the UK and the US.

In addition to Moments, Twitter is rolling out 207 team emojis that will activate when users tweet with the three-letter country code hashtag for their favourite team.


There will also be over 50 Olympics and sports emoji that can be triggered by hashtags. The hashtags will be available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

All the emojis and types of Moments will be available in the days ahead but the dedicated Moments section is available now, the report added.

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Tags: Apps, Moments, Olympics, Rio Olympics, Social, Twitter, Twitter Moments


Firefox 48 Brings Multi-Process Feature to Reduce Lag and Crashes

Firefox 48 Brings Multi-Process Feature to Reduce Lag and Crashes


  • Multi-process is not yet enabled for all users
  • The update will prevent browser crashing to a large extent
  • Android users also get an improved video playback feature

Mozilla on Tuesday began rolling Firefox 48 for its desktop and Android users. The update is significant on desktop because it introduces a new multi-process Firefox feature to ensure less lag and fewer crashes of the browser. There are several changes to the Android app as well.

Multi-process is said to separate Web content and Firefox UI processes for more seamless browsing, and less lock-up of buttons and menus. Mozilla says this feature is being enabled in Firefox 48 slowly. For now, the feature is available to only one percent of users, and the company will ramp it up to half of its users eventually if nothing goes wrong.

“In Firefox 48, we aim to slowly enable multi-process Firefox (also known as Electrolysis or e10s) for release users, starting with one percent and ramping up to nearly half the Firefox Release if things go as expected. e10s promises to offer a major improvement to your browsing experience by separating Web content and Firefox UI processes. This means when a webpage is consuming a large part of your computer’s processing power, your tabs, buttons and menus won’t lock up. Wondering if your Firefox instance has enabled e10s? Type “about:support” into the URL bar. If e10s is active, you’ll see “1/1 (Enabled by default)” under the Multiprocess Windows line item,” Mozilla explains in its blog post.

Apart from this, the Awesome Bar aka the address bar now shows more suggestions based on keywords, and a wider view of your suggestions across the screen for better reading. If your search is based on a current bookmark, you’ll also notice an icon alongside the search suggestions.


The Discovery panel has also been redesigned for a simpler browsing experience. Add-ons installation has been made easier, and font and image design has also been changed. Lastly, the update on desktop also brings security improvements that enhance download protection in Firefox 48.

The company has also rolled out an update for Firefox for Android bringing in few changes. Notably, the Synced Tabs has been moved to the History panel, and Bookmarks and Reading Lists have been merged together. It also has introduced the ability to pause a video playing on the browser when the user receives a call.

Last week, Mozilla released an update for Firefox for iOS bringing in a host of improvements. It introduced a customised search engine option, which allows you to add search engines from various websites like Wikipedia and Amazon, among others, to search on these websites directly from the address bar. It also brings a new redesigned toolbar, and decreased usage of RAM and CPU as well.

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Pokemon Go to Feature Advertising Above and Beyond Sponsored Locations

Pokemon Go to Feature Advertising Above and Beyond Sponsored Locations


  • Pokemon Go will feature sponsored items
  • Sponsored items along with sponsored locations will be in-game
  • The news comes via one of Niantic’s investors

Pokemon Go may not have rolled out the world over but that hasn’t stopped developer Niantic from pursuing advertising opportunities for the game.

While McDonald’s will eventually feature as a sponsored location if the presence of its logo in an APK dump of the game is to be believed, it appears that Niantic will go beyond that.

(Also see: How to Play Pokemon Go in India? Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

According to one of the company’s investors, sponsored items are in the works. This would work similar to how Niantic featured virtual shields branded by insurance company AXA in Ingress or pharmacy chain Duane Reade offering Ingress items to players at its locations.

“You will absolutely be seeing that and you will be seeing it done in a way that adds value to the game rather than detracts,” said David Jones to Quartz, whose firm You & Mr Jones became Niantic shareholders in February. Jones was the chief executive of advertising agency Havas and his contacts with top brands is why Niantic sought his firm out to invest.

(Also see: How to Download Pokemon Go APK, Install, and Play on Android)


“I can’t wait to see the potential with Pokémon Go where going to a pharmacy will heal your Pokémon, or going to a fast-food chain will get you berries to feed them,” Jones said, recalling examples Mathieu de Fayet, Niantic’s vice president of strategic partnerships gave at the Vivatech conference in Paris two weeks prior.

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

Sponsored items aren’t exactly new. Other game developers such as Rovio have done so with games like Angry Birds Go. It’s a frictionless way for developers create a potential revenue stream while allowing players an experience that isn’t jarring as pop-ups or banner ads that some games employ.

Tags: in game advertising, Ingress, Niantic, Pokemon Go, Pokemon Go ads, The Pokemon Company



Is This New Snapchat Ad Feature Cool — or Creepy? (Watch)

Is This New Snapchat Behavioral Targeting Ad Feature Cool -- or Creepy? (Watch)Snapchat may soon be able to sell ads based on things it recognizes in users’ photos. The company recently filed a patent for a behavioral targeting system that uses image recognition software to find specific items and then suggest filters based on those items.

So for example, if Snapchat recognizes that a photo includes the Empire State Building, it could suggest a King Kong filter. Or if you’re a New York City tourism company, you could potentially pay to have your own filter available when Snapchat recognizes the Empire State Building or other popular landmarks.

The Double-Edged Sword of Behavioral Targeting

The technology presents an interesting opportunity for advertisers. But it also presents some unique privacy issues for consumers. Some might not appreciate the fact that an app can recognize what’s in their photos and then use that information for ad targeting.

That’s one of the major issues that businesses have to navigate in today’s world of online advertising. This technology from Snapchat isn’t available yet. And it may not even become available. But even the possibility requires businesses to consider what to do when it comes to new ad formats. Becoming an early adopter of this new Snapchat feature and other potential ad formats could lead to unique targeting opportunities for businesses. But it could also lead to privacy issues that could impact consumer opinions.


Oh Snap! Snapchat’s Memories Feature Now Lets You See Old Photos

See Old Photos and Videos with Snapchat Memories

Oh snap! Snapchat wants you to hold on to your photos and videos for a little longer.

The new Snapchat Memories feature is a shareable and searchable archive of snaps. The feature allows you to save photos you take within Snapchat’s server.  The company, in its press release describes Memories as “a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the Camera screen.”

Swipe up from the camera to open Snapchat Memories and easily find your saved stories or snaps using keywords. Type in words like “cat” or “watch” and all relevant searches will automatically appear.

Memories also contains tabs for viewing just stories, snaps or your complete camera roll. To enable a new interaction, tap and hold the snap. You can also edit the snap adding timestamps and geofilters even if you are far from the time and place they were originally taken. You can then share that older stamp to your current story where it will appear with a timestamp and a white frame to indicate that it is older content.

Snapchat Memories Will Help Marketers Create Brand Stories

Though the new Memories feature affects all users it will be a real boost for small business owners or other marketers using Snapchat. his is because the new feature makes it pretty easy to string together multiple older photos to better create a new story for your brand.

There is no doubt that Snapchat Memories is one of the biggest changes that the company has made to its wildly popular app. Snapchat’s 150 million daily users leverage the app to film major milestones in their lives.

This includes, but is not limited to, family vacations, engagements, graduations, weddings and much more. These are moments that you want to remember and having them on your camera roll is risky as you can lose your phone together with your memories.

For marketers, snaps and stories that have helped you establish your brand’s identity are now easier to retrieve than if you took them using your smartphones regular  camera.

Even if you save your photos, finding specific shots buried under an avalanche of other images can be daunting when trying to create cotent about your brand via social media. However, the fact that you can quickly locate your photos makes this app a great tool.

Any snap you save in Memories is saved to Snapchat’s servers, so you can quickly access it from any device where the app is loaded.