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WhatsApp can be exploited and infected by a single missed call – no answer needed

WhatsApp may be expiring for some users, but those folks without worries on that front still have something to worry about. Certain versions of the app are vulnerable to an exploit that installs spyware, developed by Israeli outfit NSO Group according to reports. And the nasty part is the penetration method -- WhatsApp can be infected with nothing more than a missed call. 

Still using Windows Phone, iOS 7, or Android 2.3.7? WhatsApp will stop working soon

It's a fact that just about all the tech we make use of will eventually become obsolete. Unless you're the US Military or NASA, in which case you'll be using the same operating systems long after the rest of us are done. Hey, some of those probes were programmed in the 1970s -- doubtful there's gonna be an OS update for those things. WhatsApp is moving at a bit of a faster clip, though. Several ol...[Read More]

F8 roundup: Facebook’s promising privacy, redesigns and new hardware

This week at the F8 developer conference, we saw Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg announce updates to the company's three core platforms, AI developments and VR.

WhatsApp is now available on the Nokia 8110 4G

If you’ve opted to get a Nokia 8110 4G, whether for actual day-to-day use or purely for nostalgia, you can now download WhatsApp on it.

WhatsApp may block in-app screenshots in a future update

WhatsApp is reportedly testing a feature that’ll block users from taking screen shots in-app to increase security for users and stop people sharing private conversations.

WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

Last week Facebook indicated it is moving into an ecosystem that may look like China’s WeChat

If you want a good picture of what Facebook seems to be pivoting itself to become, start using that great everything app WeChat. South Africans tend to think of it as just a messaging app, an alternative to WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is testing an image search tool to fight fake news

The messaging service, WhatsApp, is working on a feature that’ll allow users to do reverse-image searches. This will hopefully help combat fake news -- something WhatsApp has struggled with in the recent past.

Becoming more like WhatsApp won’t solve Facebook’s woes – here’s why

Zuckerberg aims to make private messages private and ephemeral – meaning Facebook can’t read our messages, and the data doesn’t stick around on the company’s servers for longer than necessary. His vision involves merging Facebook and the company’s other digital platforms – Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger – into a super app, similar to China’s WeChat.

Enable dark mode in Facebook Messenger now by sending an emoji

Dark mode is finally rolling out on Facebook Messenger, and whether or not you’re a dark-mode enthusiast, you’re gonna want to enable it here.

You can now unlock WhatsApp with your face or your finger

Instagram and Messenger are expected to inherit the end-to-end encryption their stablemate WhatsApp enjoys, but in the meantime if you're using WhatsApp and an iDevice you can enjoy another layer of security: biometric authentication. Peeping significant others will soon need to find other ways to access bae’s messages.

By combining its various messaging services, Facebook is treading on dangerous ground with privacy and anticompetitive monopoly

Facebook intends to combine is messaging apps – WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram – into a single backend so people can message across the various platforms. While Facebook clearly believes it will make it easier for its users to communicate, the rest of the rational world is alarmed at its unprecedented monopoly of communication getting worse, and potentially compromising our data privacy even mo...[Read More]

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