WhatsApp developing video call masks and profile photo avatars

WhatsApp Video call masks - Avatars

The Meta-owned messaging application is working on an entirely new feature for its users to deploy. WhatsApp is currently developing a new feature that will make it possible for users to create an avatar that they can use as video call masks or as their profile photos. The feature has been in the works for quite a bit of time but has not yet been released to users. Once the feature for video call masks and avatars is ready, it will be available for both Android and iOS device users.…

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Planned obsolescence irk consumers and governments alike

Planned Obsolescence - Low Battery on Phone

The short lifespans of these products are a part of the designs deliberately crated by the tech industry. Electronics are notorious for their short lifespans, widely due to irreplaceable batteries, and the tech industry is manufacturing products this way on purpose in what is called planned obsolescence. Tech industry companies design products this way so that they must be replaced instead of repaired. A recent Washington Post report examined the planned obsolescence built into popular consumer electronics and found that these products consistently die after a short period of time.…

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Tesla Autopilot accused of false self-driving advertising in California

Tesla Autopilot - autonomous driving

The state transportation regulator has said that the battery electric vehicles are not fully self-driving. California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has accused Elon Musk’s electric car company of falsely advertising its Tesla Autopilot as a fully self-driving feature suggesting that it provides autonomous vehicle control. The regulator has received complaints filed against the feature, saying that the claims were overstated. The regulator has therefore accused the company of misleading prospective customers with its ads overstating the way its Tesla Autopilot advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) works. The California DMV…

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Malaysian mobile payment customers can now use Apple Pay

Mobile payment - Malaysia Flag - Apple - Mobile Payments

The American tech giant has partnered with Standard Chartered Malaysia, Ambank and Maybank. Apple has announced that it has entered into a new mobile payment partnership with Maybank, Standard Chartered Malaysia and Ambank to be able to offer its digital wallet services to customers in Malaysia. Customers who have credit cards issued by those three major banks will be able to use it later in 2022. “Customers with Visa and Mastercard cards from banks including AmBank, Maybank and Standard Chartered Bank can now use Apple Pay, with American Express cards…

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WhatsApp is launching new privacy updates to users this month

Privacy updates - WhatsApp on Mobile

The roll out will begin for all users before the end of August to give users greater visibility control. WhatsApp has announced that it is rolling out several new privacy updates and intends to have incorporated them into the experience of all users before the end of the month. The changes will include the ability for users to check messages without others knowing they were viewed. Soon, the privacy updates will have rolled out to everyone, letting users decide who will be able to see when they are online, while…

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