WhatsApp brought a reason for us to communicate with each other easily, no matter how much far away you are. However, with this blessing, it also brought WhatsApp Feature, which takes away your privacy from you in one way or another. Blue Ticks on WhatsApp is an unwanted feature, that lets other knows that you have read the message even when you don’t want them to know. We can disable WhatsApp blue tick feature, however, when you will Disable Blue Ticks on WhatsApp, you will not be able to see the blue ticks of others as well, even if they have not turned this feature off. This is the worst disadvantage of this feature. So now if you get a message on WhatsApp that you have read but you don’t want to respond quickly but the sender has got your blue tick and now you have to reply at any cost. Now, this WhatsApp hack for iPhone is the most exciting thing that we have seen so far. WhatsApp for iPhone users will not be able to read WhatsApp messages without the sender knowing that they have read it.

There’s a newly discovered hack that will only work on iPhones. As you all know that all the new models of the iPhone are coming with 3D Touch feature. So upon clicking on WhatsApp Chat, you will go straight into the messages. But on holding the chat for long, you will get a full-screen preview of everything inside and the blue tick will also not appear.

With this hack, users are able to read the top 12 latest messages sent to them without enabling blue ticks. While doing so, take care of one thing! Don’t press too hard as upon doing so you will go straight to full chat window and sender will be able to see a blue tick.

Make your life easier with this WhatsApp for iPhone Hack.

The next generation USB 3.2 is expected to soon appear in computing devices in the Q4 of 2019 or Q1 of 2020 and is expected to be twice as fast as USB 3.0 with supporting speeds of up to 20Gbps.

While the next generation of USB 3.2 is already underway, the current USB 3.1 isn’t widely available on consumer electronics. The upcoming USB 3.2 promises to be twice as fast as the current USB 3.1(in some cases), it will support a new a new ‘SuperSpeed’ feature which allows two 10Gb/s to work simultaneously, therefore, allowing 20 Gb/s transfer speed, however it still lags behind Thunderbolt 3 in terms of speed, as Thunderbolt 3 is still twice as fast as the upcoming USB 3.2.

 

USB 3.2

  • Enables SuperSpeed USB to fully use USB Type-C cable plug/wires
    • Doubles performance with a dual-lane operation
    • Same signaling rates (5Gbps / 10Gbps) and
    • encoding allows using existing cables
  • Key benefits
    • Much higher bandwidth for demanding applications
    • Double performance without sacrificing cable length
    • Existing SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps cable now provides 10Gbps of bandwidth – No need to use shorter SuperSpeed USB ZOGEDs cable to get similar bandwidth

As interesting as this is, it’s still however highly unlikely that we will see USB 3.2 in any of the current Android flagships since many several Android devices still use USB 2.0 (including those that use a type C connector) however it will make an appearance on Desktops and Laptops from next year.

Weird naming convention

The new naming convention, however, has confused and frustrated the consumers to some extent. Prior to USB 3.1, the naming was pretty logical and straight forward.

  • USB 1.1 (12Mbps)
  • USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
  • USB 3.0 (5Gbps)

However, with the release of USB 3.1 the naming became pretty confusing, furthermore, the iterative variants of USB 3.1 only made things worse.

  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 becomes USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 becomes USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • The new 20Gbps standard becomes … USB 3.2 Gen 2×2

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold alongside the Galaxy S10 series at its Unpacked event. While the Galaxy S10 phones were later demoed at the announcement, the company didn’t put the Galaxy Fold on display, which led to several questions about the phone. While some of them remain to be answered, such as whether the screen will crease in the middle and what its dimensions are, Samsung has now proceeded to open up more about its most expensive handset.

Samsung isn’t the only company that has introduced a foldable phone. Huawei unveiled its Mate X earlier at MWC 2019, which folds outwards, and Xiaomi has also teased a prototype which features dual folds. Samsung says that it considered different designs for the Galaxy Fold but ultimately settled on an inward fold as it better protects the main display of the product.

According to Samsung UK’s director of product, services, and commercial strategy, Kate Beaumont, making a device that folds on the outside doesn’t require the same amount of research and development like a device which folds with a lower angle degree on it. Such a design would apparently make the Galaxy Fold more usable and durable. Samsung is going to hold another press conference for the Galaxy Fold in April prior to its release on April 26.

Unlike other Samsung phones, the Galaxy Fold would only be available in select locations and it will be produced in limited numbers. Samsung has touted it as a super premium device and wants to make its purchase a very personal experience. The company has also promised intensive after-sales service for the phone. This is all part of a campaign to market the Galaxy Fold as a premium, exclusive device, but also because customers will be willing to shell out close to $2000 for the foldable handset.

Restricting its supply and availability would make it stand out from other devices that are freely available and can be tried out at any store. The $1,980 Galaxy Fold will be sold in a premium packaging and will also come with free Galaxy Buds that would otherwise cost $130. It remains to be seen which sales strategy would be used by the company to sell its foldable phone.

Samsung has not reported how many units of the Galaxy Fold will be made for the masses, but considering its price, the company will most likely be playing it safe with a smaller figure.

Source: The Verge

MWC 2019, the flagship conference for Android phone makers failed to show anything that would set new trends. Many had hoped that MWC 2019 would showcase products that would change the smartphone industry. To their surprise, MWC came out with incremental upgrades while the “innovative products” were prototypes at best.

1. Foldable Phones

People have been raving about the foldable phones for years. Foldable phones were supposed to become the new industry norm. While I do not doubt that one day they will, for now, we only got disappointing 1st gen prototypes. Yes these were nothing more than prototypes. They were at best a technological showcase of where we currently stand.

Let’s start with the Galaxy Fold. It is extremely expensive, the OS is not ready, it’s got first gen device problems and the main screen is simply bad. You can ignore the price, the OS and so much more, but you simply can’t ignore the fact that they are shipping a prototype device for $2000. Just look the screens on that thing, especially the main screen which you’ll use as phone.

Then there is the Huawei Mate X. A beautiful phone from initial glance with top notch specs. But then you see it in the tablet mode and you realize what Huawei has done. They have quite literally come out with a product that many would call unfinished. When the phone goes in tablet mode, you see sort of bubbles in between. Now many are saying that it’s because it’s a engineering sample, but we don’t know that if the issue will be fixed in the final version or not. The fact that they have the audacity to show it and then ask $2600 is simply disappointing.

2. Gimmick Fest

Android phones are often plagued by the problem of gimmicks. OEMs come out with the toilet sink worth of features that sound cool but no one uses them. Simple because they are quite useless or because their implementation is not good.

LG is known for trying new things. Apart from their super wide angle second lens, the industry has flat out discarded everything they came out with. From the replaceable batteries to a secondary screen, LG has struggled to find a feature to set itself from crowd. With LG G8, the company has given it another shot. Remember Samsung Galaxy S4’s air gestures? LG has packed a similar feature set in the G8. You should now be able to control the volume, skip tracks and launch apps by hovering your hand over the phone. Yes, don’t touch it, just hover over it. Seriously? The feature is nothing short of a gimmick? Do you really want to not touch your phone simply because your hands are wet? I mean the phone is waterproof after all.

Then there was the Nokia 9. The phone has five cameras on the backside. While the specs of the camera look impressive, from the initial results, there’s a long way to go. In the portrait mode, you can clearly see the edge detection not working as it should. Even if we give the phone benefit of being an engineering sample, we can’t ignore the sacrifices one would make to get the phone. The $700 comes with a design that is old even by standards of 2018, while the processor, Snapdragon 845, is a year old chipset. Even the battery is small by today’s standards.

3. Iterative Upgrades

We had hoped for great things from Samsung. It was the 10 year anniversary for the Galaxy S lineup, a series that played a big role in Android’s dominance. Yet, we got iterative upgrades nothing ground breaking or innovative. For years Samsung had mocked Apple for the notch, so they made the punch through display. While it’s not exactly a notch, it still blocks your content like one. Nothing else generated excitement. The camera? Yes there are 3 cameras, but Huawei did it last year at the same show floor, Samsung launched a phone with 4 cameras. So just having 3 cameras is really not a big deal anymore. Reverse wireless charging? Huawei did it last year. The battery? Nothing much new either.

Then there were the usual suspects. Xiaomi came out with a 5G variant of its slider Mi Mix 3, again, iterative at best. LG came out with the G8. If you exclude the gimmicky air gestures, everything else is iterative. OEMs have failed to understand that just putting a price tag of $1000 is not enough. You need something serious to backup your asking price.

After an entire year of embarrassment, many had thought that Facebook would refrain from indulging in unethical techniques for obtaining data. But every new discovery reveals a more disturbing picture about Facebook’s thirst for data. A new report from The Wall Street Journal has found Facebook gaining highly personal information from certain apps. To make the situation more alarming, Facebook can access this data even if you’re not using Facebook.

The report looked at some 70 different popular apps and found at least 11 to be sharing sensitive data with Facebook. Flo Period and Ovulation Tracker was found sharing details about when its users were having periods or when they were about to get pregnant. Instant Heart Rate :HR Monitor shared heart rates of users at various times with Facebook while the real estate app, Realtor shared the listing its users viewed.

The developers who used Facebook’s SDK for analytics were found sending data to the social media giant. The report notes that none of the mentioned apps made it easily accessible for users to know that such sort of data sharing was taking place. In fact, some apps were using custom events which are popular in the app to send the data.

Talking to CNBC, the spokesperson for Flo Period and Ovulation Tracker said that they would revisit all the analytics tools they are using and said that the tools are intended for internal testing only, “will cover an exhaustive spectrum of all external analytical tools, not limited to Facebook Analytics,” said the spokesperson.

Facebook in their usual fashion, denied any involvement in the fiasco. In fact they deemed the practice is quite lawful and said that they encouraged the developers to let their users know about such data sharing. A spokesperson for Facebook said,“Sharing information across apps on your iPhone or Android device is how mobile advertising works and is industry standard practice. The issue is how apps use information for online advertising. We require app developers to be clear with their users about the information they are sharing with us, and we prohibit app developers from sending us sensitive data. We also take steps to detect and remove data that should not be shared with us.”

“Invasion of consumer privacy”

Following the report, an investigation has been launched by New York Department of State and Department of Financial Services into Facebook’s practices resulting “invasion of consumer privacy.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said ,“New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information is safe, and we must hold internet companies — no matter how big — responsible for upholding the law and protecting the information of smartphone users,”

Where does it stop?

Facebook has been facing criticism for such practices but it looks like they are not changing anything. Last month, a report from TechCrunch found how Facebook was incentivising teenagers to share their personal data. The VPN app used has since been removed but Facebook walked away freely. If Facebook continues to get such privilege, who knows what they will do next in their quest for data and analytics.

HMD Global, the home of Nokia smartphones, has unveiled its latest flagship. Nokia 9 PureView comes with an astounding 5 lens setup at the back.

Introduced during the Mobile World Congress event which started yesterday at Barcelona in Spain, Nokia 9 PureView is a limited edition smartphone that comes with a set of 5 lenses for its rear camera as we had previously been hearing.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset on Android version 9, the smartphone packs 6GB of RAM. Nokia has used 2K OLED display panel on the front that spans over 5.99 inches and the glass, on the front and back, is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Definitely, the most talked-about department on the new smartphone is its camera. The f/1.8, 28mm Penta-lens setup consists of three 12-megapixel monochrome lenses and two 12-megapixel RGB lenses. Whenever an image is shot, each of these lenses works at different exposure levels to store different details. The details as captured through different lenses are then combined using a camera control chip from Light to produce a single 12 MP photo. The depth details are also stored with the image so that the users are able to set the blur at different depths even after the image has been shot.

That’s not it, Nokia has tried to engage in partnerships to perfect the camera experience on this smartphone. For instance, Nokia has partnered with Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom has generated presets specifically for the images produced by the smartphone which could be applied to further fine-tune the results. Nokia has also partnered with Google Photos. Now, the users would be able to adjust the focal blur on the photos even after they have uploaded the photos on the cloud.

Once made available in the markets, the smartphone would bear a price tag of $699. This price translates to GHS3,759.33, although we aren’t quite sure when the smartphone would be made available in Ghana.

Samsung CEO Dj Koh took on stage yesterday to make some very important announcements regarding the Galaxy S10 models and Samsung’s first ever foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. He also announced that Samsung has sold more than 2 billion Galaxy smartphones worldwide and the anniversary of the Galaxy S smartphones was probably the best day to make that announcement.

To put that number into perspective, we have around 7.7 billion people on our planet and that makes Samsung’s reach to an approximate 25.9 percent of the human population, which frankly is quite a staggering figure showing Samsung has quite a large fanbase. In comparison to Apple, the Cupertino-based company has sold over 1 billion iPhones during its first decade.

Samsung announced 5 Galaxy models yesterday which include the Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G, and the Galaxy Fold during its UNPACKED event. The Galaxy S10E will directly compete with the iPhone XR whereas the other two S10 variants will compete with the iPhone XS and XS Max respectively. The Galaxy S10 5G will remain exclusive to Verizon before it is available to other carriers in the US. As for the Galaxy Fold, it is Samsung’s take on a foldable smartphone and the first ever in the Galaxy lineup.

Do you think Samsung will be able to maintain its record-breaking sales stats in the years to come?

Last year, Apple topped Fast Company’s list of the most innovative company of 2018. However, Apple hasn’t fared so well in this year’s list as it dropped by a whopping 16 places.

While Apple did come out with a few cool things like the EKG monitor on Apple Watch series 4, a thinner Macbook air, a new iPad Pro, Fast Company had other considerations. They found Apple’s A12 bionic chipset as the real innovative thing released from the company. The chipset featured on the iPhone Xs, and Xr is nothing short of breathtaking. Its ability to perform 5 trillion operations per second is really impressive. The list said,

“Apple’s most impressive new product of 2018 wasn’t a phone or a tablet, but a chip: the A12 Bionic. Debuting in last fall’s iPhones, it’s the industry’s first processor based on a seven-nanometer manufacturing process. The A12’s 6.9 billion transistors deliver dramatically faster performance, lower power consumption, and more raw muscle for intensive applications.”

It is actually interesting to see how they ignored all the products and just talked about the chipset. In many ways they are right, after all, even the new iPad Pro’s highlight feature wasn’t its screen or pencil, rather it was the chart-topping performance. Apple rightfully topped the last year chart for things like AirPods, AR and iPhone X. AirPods are considered to be the most innovative product to come out of Apple camp in the past few years.

Some of the notable emissions were Samsung, Google, and Microsoft. The list was led by Meituan Dianping, a Chinese “group buying website for locally found food delivery services, consumer products, and retail services.” They are the world’s largest online and on-demand delivery platform.

The second spot was awarded to Grab, a ride-sharing app that swallowed Uber’s Singapore operations. In 2018, the company started offering new services including food delivery and travel booking.

Other companies included in the list are NBA, Walt Disney, and Twitch. It will interesting to see if the next year’s list sees a change as Samsung’s foldable phone is, without doubt, one of the most innovative products of this year.

If you are a mobile-addict, you are currently in the most exciting month of the year. A lot of the most important smartphones of 2019 will be officially announced in February thanks to the MWC 2019. Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest trade show related to mobile devices and it will kick off on February 25, then it will last until February 28. Several important smartphone manufacturers will be announcing their new smartphones, including flagships and affordable devices, in Barcelona, starting from February 24. Some companies decided to launch their device even before the event, on February 20. Here, you will find all the important smartphones that are expected to launch this month and at MWC 2019.

Smartphones launching on February 20

Samsung

Instead of launching its main 2019 line-up at MWC 2019, Samsung will hold a separate Unpacked event in San Francisco. In this event, the company will officially unveil the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and its first foldable phone that is supposed to be called Galaxy F.  The Galaxy S10 line-up will be composed of the vanilla S10, Galaxy S10+ and an affordable variant called Galaxy S10e (previously known as S10 Lite). The S10 Plus will also come in a very advanced variant with 12 GB of RAM and 1 TB of internal storage which may carry the support to 5G networks. Besides these devices, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy M30 mid-ranger with a mammoth 5000 mAh battery in India on February 27.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi will try to steal Samsung’s audience on February 20 by officially announcing its 2019 flagship: the Mi 9. It will have a notched display and it will be equipped with a 48 MP triple camera and a Snapdragon 855 chipset. Besides the standard version, we expect Xiaomi to release two additional variants that will distinguish from the vanilla one for their see-through rear cover. There will be an Explorer Edition of the Mi 9 with 10 GB of RAM and, according to the latest rumors, there will also be another version with 12 GB of RAM with a transparent back.

Vivo

Vivo recently introduced its first sub-brand iQOO, but there is still no confirmation about the launch date of the first device from this brand. Instead, the company is set to announce an upper-midrange phone called Vivo V15 Pro on February 20. The phone will boast a triple camera setup on its back and a pop-up front camera, so it will come with a very high screen-to-body ratio and a notch-less display. Tomorrow, Vivo will also launch the U1, which will be the first device from the new U series, and it will be an affordable phone with a big 4030 mAh battery.

Smartphones launching at Mobile World Congress 2019

Huawei and Honor

It is still too early for the Huawei P30 line-up that will be officially unveiled in Paris in March, but Huawei will showcase something that looks even more interesting at MWC 2019: its first foldable phone. The company officially teased it, but we do not know whether it is still a concept phone or it is ready to go in mass production and hit the shelves. There is no confirmation about the launch of new Honor phones at MWC 2019, but Huawei’s sub-brand usually makes important announcements at the trade show, so expect something.

Sony

Sony is expected to unveil a full line-up of devices ranging from the midrange to the flagship segment. The Japanese giant will come up at MWC 2019 with the new Xperia XZ4 that will sport the world’s first (and tallest) 21:9 display called CinemaWide display. Alongside the XZ4, the company will also unveil the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Plus that should be rebranded in Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. Last but not least, we expect even the low-end Xperia L3 to show up at MWC 2019 with a similar design to the Xperia 10 line-up.

Nokia

After a year from its latest flagship, HMD Global will finally launch a new one at MWC 2019: the Nokia 9 PureView. One of its highlights will be the penta-camera setup on the back that will surely come with Carl Zeiss lenses. The handset will debut on February 24 alongside the Nokia 6.2 and the Nokia 8.1 Plus. The former will be a mid-ranger and it is said to be equipped with a Snapdragon 632 chipset, up to 6 GB of RAM and a 16 MP dual rear camera. The latter will be an advanced variant of the Nokia 8.1, also known in China as Nokia X7, which boasts the Snapdragon 710 SoC.

LG

For the first time ever, LG is expected to unveil the main flagships of the year from both the G and V series at MWC 2019. We are talking about the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ. Among their highlights, there will be a new technology that will allow the sound to come from the display (CrystalSound) and a touchless gesture control technology. Besides LG G8 and V50, the Korean company will also unveil its first smartphone with the support to 5G. LG was previously rumored to unveil its first folding phone at MWC 2019, but now it seems unlikely.

Oppo

The rumor mill suggests that Oppo may launch one or max two devices at MWC 2019. First of all, the company might unveil its first 5G device, just like LG. But we do not have any official confirmation on this. What is confirmed is that the company will show up its 10x lossless zoom technology, and it is expected to debut on a first device that will be official at MWC 2019. The 10x zoom technology seems the most important Oppo’s technology ever unveiled at Mobile World Congress alongside the Super VOOC fast charging technology.

Motorola

Last but not least, Motorola is rumored to attend the MWC 2019 with a revival of the best-selling Motorola RAZR. According to recent concepts, the phone will have a foldable display but it will look totally different from Samsung and Huawei’s foldable phones. It should be a cross-over between a clamshell phone and a smartphone, with a tall foldable display inside and an external traditional screen. The handset is said to launch through the U.S. carrier Verizon with a listing price of about $1500.

Groups have been one of WhatsApp’s most popular feature. On the flip side, many have been annoyed by constantly being added to random WhatsApp groups. All is about to change as WhatsApp revamps its group policies.

Currently, anyone can add anyone in a WhatsApp group. With the future release, users will be able to choose from three different group options. The first, ‘Everybody’ is the default option and works like WhatsApp groups work currently. The second option, ‘My Contacts’, will only let people in your contacts list add you in groups. In the third and last option, ‘Nobody’, the group admin will send you an invite which will last for 72 hours. In case you don’t react to the invite within 72 hours, the invite will expire.

The feature is currently available in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS only. After the feature passes the necessary validation and testing checks, a public rollout will be initiated. A hard release date has not been revealed but we can expect the feature to be made public soon. To access group settings, follow the following steps:

Settings>>Account>>Privacy>>Groups.

In addition to new group options, a beta version of WhatsApp business has finally been released on iOS. The service was available for Android users since January of 2018. Users will be able to migrate their existing accounts to WhatsApp business. As the name suggests, WhatsApp Business is tuned for businesses. Businesses will be able to send automated greetings, quick replies, and even send specific messages to select people.

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for WhatsApp. As covered earlier, we can expect WhatsApp to include features like dark mode, continuous voice message playback, deeper stickers integratio, and fingerprint authentication. WhatsApp is the most popular app on the planet partly due to the fact that it is extremely easy and simple to use. As long as it stays that way and receives continuous updates, it will surely gain more traction.