WHATSAPP is about to start deleting certain messages, photos and videos that you'd saved – and you've only got a few weeks to stop it from happening. It's all part of a brand new app update that changes the way backed-up WhatsApp content works. Until now, WhatsApp backed up your content into Google Drive – a popular cloud storage service. But Google is now making a handy change: the WhatsApp messages, photos and videos you've backed up will still be stored on Google Drive, but they won't count towards your storage limit. Sadly, there's a catch – WhatsApp will start deleting certain bits of old content. If you haven't updated your WhatsApp back-up for more than a year then it'll be completely wiped from Google Drive. That means any old messages or pictures you thought you had kept safe in the cloud will disappear forever. "Due to a new agreement between WhatsApp and Google, WhatsApp backups will no longer count against Google Drive storage quota," Google explained in … [Read more...] about WhatsApp will DELETE your messages, photos and videos after new update – here’s how to keep them safe
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WHATSAPP users are complaining of a bug that impacts your messages, status, and contacts. The glitch lets people you've blocked on the messaging app contact you and vice versa and it lets them view your status (these are the Snapchat-style disappearing posts WhatsApp introduced last May). Luckily, there is a way to fix the problem, but it's more of a workaround than an official patch. We've reached out to WhatsApp, and can only assume it's scrambling to squash the bug. Like the vast majority of social networks, the Facebook-owned app lets you block unknown numbers and people from your contacts. This essentially restricts all forms of communication between you and the blocked user: they won't be able to call, message, peep your last seen info or changes to your profile photo, and view your status updates. Guys please, why am I still getting WhatsApp messages from this person even when I already blocked him?pic.twitter.com/GuUrq1nSjT— Ariyo Ose (@Osesax) May 22, 2018 So people can … [Read more...] about WhatsApp warning over new bug that affects your contacts and messages
FACEBOOK'S latest update to WhatsApp has added a brand new feature you'll want to try with your mates. You can now make group video calls that lets you video-chat with several friends at once – assuming you're lucky enough to get the rare update. The feature was formally announced earlier this month at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference. And it seems that some users are now starting to get access to it. Specialist blog WABetaInfo reports that "it's available for a few users", but that the rollout isn't complete. "You need to be very lucky," the blog explains. Tech companies often roll out new features very slowly. This gives them time to make sure the systems work properly before expanding them out to everyone. It also means that their systems aren't overloaded by a bunch of people trying to use the new feature as soon as it's available. It's not clear when everyone will get access to group video calling on WhatsApp, sadly. For a start, you'll need to be signed up to the … [Read more...] about New WhatsApp feature launches for ‘lucky’ few users – are you one of them?
HACKERS can control popular voice assistants like Alexa and Siri to steal money from your bank account and unlock smart locks to enter your home. Researchers have discovered a bug in Amazon, Apple and Google's bots that can be triggered with 'silent' commands hidden in music, reports The New York Times. These subliminal messages are undetectable to the human ear and could be used to buy things on Amazon and elsewhere online using your payment details. Smart speakers are quickly becoming one of the must-have home gadgets, with almost half of UK households expected to own such a device by 2022 (up from 10 per cent today), according to consulting firm OC&C. Gadgets like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod allow users to control their speakers using voice commands. With Amazon's Alexa digital assistant (which is built into the Echo speaker), you can play music, shop on Amazon, ask about the weather, order a pizza, and even make phone calls. But new research suggests that … [Read more...] about Hackers can control Alexa and Siri to hijack your bank account and break into your home using ‘silent’ messages
On Tuesday, the Entertainment Software Rating Board — created 24 years ago to address violent content in mainstream console video games — announced a new initiative to label video games with in-application purchase systems. The move addresses a controversy over “loot boxes,” or bonus systems where players can buy the chance for additional items used within a game, that blew up in the fall of 2017. OK, so what? Players have, for years, disliked and distrusted microtransactions in video games, even if many still willingly buy premium extensions that add chapters to a game’s story or more characters to its roster. Here, we’ll try to break down the competing interests, why the ESRB has stepped in, and why the many governments over the jurisdictions where video games are sold still may not go away. What’s going on here, really? In-game purchases are nothing new to video games, even ones on consoles. But they’ve become a big deal recently … [Read more...] about ESRB’s new ‘in-game purchases’ label, explained