CALLING all WhatsApp users, we've got the ultimate trick to get you hands-on with the messaging app's latest features before your mates. That way you can rule the group chat with new perks like text effects, photo and video albums, custom topics, and in-app YouTube playback months ahead of others. To grab the new features you have to sign up to become a WhatsApp beta tester. Unfortunately for iPhone users, this option is a lot trickier on iOS – and is a much riskier process compared to Android. There are lots of guides on how to do this online, but we recommend avoiding it unless you're a very technical user. And even in the case of Google's OS, it comes with glitches and bugs that could ruin the experience – so don't say we didn't warn you. Your best bet is to download the app on a secondary device, like a budget Android blower or older handset you've got lying around. Right, with the security tips out of the way, let's proceed to the fun stuff. There are two routes to … [Read more...] about This simple trick gives you new WhatsApp features before EVERYONE else
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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?
INSTAGRAM is set to add music to its photo and video sharing portfolio with new music stickers - according to a code found in the app. Experts claim the new code will let users search and add songs to their story posts, but Instagram have yet to officially announce the update. Here's all you need to know about the latest feature.. What are Instagram's new music stickers? At the moment everything we know about the new music stickers is speculation, but they're are expected to be an icon that can be added to your stories. Experts think they will allow you to add music to the video which will play whilst people watch. It's possible that the stickers will only show the artist name and song title rather then adding an actual soundtrack at first. But, the stickers may let you tap through to listen to the song on a streaming service and may let you add the stickers to photos. The new feature follows Facebook cutting deals with major music labels including Sony, Warner, and Universal. If the … [Read more...] about What are Instagram’s new music stickers and how do you get songs on your Stories?
A NEW GTA 5 mod that mutates the game into a battle royale epic in the vein of Fortnite has just landed. Dubbed "Complex Control", the mod for PC tasks you with surviving waves of parachuting and driving AI enemies, with kill streaks boosting your overall score. Sound familiar? You're given a whopping 70 characters to choose from (with a vehicle and weapons) before the frenzied action kicks in. Each of these avatars can be powered-up by unlocking unique special abilities, including blink teleportation, slow-motion perks, and a fierce duo of huskie guard dogs. It all comes off as GTA 5 with loads of cheats enabled and enemies at every turn. And the rollicking action just keeps going...until you get killed. Complex Control features perma-death, so when you die, you stay dead for good – or at least until you start afresh with a new character. The ultimate goal is to stay alive until an exit zone opens up, at which point you'll be able to win the run and save your progress. … [Read more...] about GTA 5 meets Fortnite Battle Royale in insane new Complex Control mod
THERE'S a new malicious WhatsApp 'text bomb' on the loose that can block off access to your apps and crash your entire smartphone. The bug affects both iPhones and Android phones and occurs when a specific message is sent to handsets. And it's even more dangerous than the infamous smartphone-crashing Telugu alphabet text from February, because this new SMS doesn't even need to be opened. Just receiving it can trigger your handset to switch off. Revealed on Reddit, the message reads "This is very interesting!" and signs off with the popular "face with tears of joy" emoji. Lurking within this seemingly innocent text are tens of thousands of invisible "left-to-right" and "right-to-left" control characters that can derail your device, according to Neowin. Tricksters wishing to circulate the text bomb are advised to copy it from the Pastebin website and share it via the WhatsApp Web app for desktop. Why anyone would want to play such a dastardly prank on others is beyond us, and we'd … [Read more...] about Beware this new WhatsApp ‘text bomb’ – messaging bug crashes your smartphone