Monday, 28 November 2016

Instagram Will Notify You if Your Friend Screenshots Your DM

With the roll-out of a new update,  Instagram will now notify your friends when you take a screenshot of their Direct Messages (DM) - a media report said.

However, the notifications are only for the new disappearing message feature, Mashable reported.
To use the new feature, a user can swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately.

A user can pick up a group or create one in just a few taps - and can also send to individual friends at the same time.
According to Instagram's statement, "Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friend's inboxes after they have seen them. And you will see if they replayed it or took a screenshot."

Friday, 18 November 2016

WhatsApp launches video calling for all

WhatsApp on Tuesday launched the video calling feature for its Indian users. The feature was already available for beta users since early October.
WhatsApp India's business head Neeraj Arora announced that the chat app has now more than 160 million monthly active users making India the largest market for WhatsApp. "India is the biggest country we have- more users than any other country in the world," Arora told Economic Times. "Video calling is a big step forward. It is in line with our mission- we want to make sure we give every possible way for people to stay in touch with their families and friends. Video calling is the most immersive and something that makes you feel really close to somebody else."

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can get on the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid method asking if you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To open the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen. During the call itself, you can switch between the forward-facing and rear camera, mute the call or press the red button to hang up. 
 With video calling, WhatsApp is belatedly overtaking with a number of rivals, including Facebook’s own Messenger app, for example, as well as Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google’s recently launched Duo, to name a few.

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Premium Edition Card, 2-in-1 SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 revealed in India

SanDisk, the flash storage company now in hand by WD, has launched two new products for mobile users in India: the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card, and the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 pen drive with both USB and Micro-USB connectors. 

 The 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is intended for mainstream users in need of a high-capacity storage expansion option for an Android smartphone or other portable devices. Users can record up to 24 hours of full-HD video or store loads of high-quality music and other files. It grasps a transfer speed of 95MBps and the card is also expected to be waterproof, shockproof, temperature proof and x-ray proof.
 The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 is also intended for Android smartphone users. It features two physical connectors; standard USB 3.0 Type-A as well as Micro-USB which is usually found on smartphones. The designs allow for USB-OTG performance with compatible Android devices.
The drive features a sliding body which covers either connector at any time  and will fit on a keychain. It will be purchasable in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB. It grasps a transfer speed of 150MBps.

Hike Messenger adds new features - Stories, Camera and Live Filters

Hike Messenger, India’s first home-grown messaging platform, has updated three new features on its messaging app for India. These three features are – Stories, Camera & Live Filters.
 Stories is a new way for people on Hike to share their lives and real moments with their friends through photos and videos. These stories vanish  48 hours after being posted, quite like real life where everyday moments are experienced and are not carved in history forever.  In the Story feature, a user can see how many people and who all have viewed that particular story, unlike the Loves that was featured on Timeline feature.

Hike also launched its own  built-in camera into the app for easiness of the user. It also announced the Live Filters feature that uses Hike's camera to automatically detect and recognise a user's face using machine learning. Hike has 12 Live filters available at launch, including one that changes a user's face to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hike's Live Filters ranging from a cool Black and White Sunglasses to a Turban and a Moustache and much more. Hike plans to update these filters on a weekly basis to ensure users have new content according to the season and festivals.

 You can download the latest version of Hike to try it out from here:
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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Reliance Entertainment floated multilingual all-in-one entertainment App - Chillx


Reliance Entertainment launched its first multilingual all-in-one entertainment app – Chillx , in its new venture with a digital media and distribution company FunOnGo Media & Entertainment LLP, organized by Vijay Singh and Ujjwal Narayan.  

Chillx grants over the top content in the form of films, short movies, videos, games, recommended apps in a variety of Indian regional languages. Chillx presently supports Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, apart from English. 
The app presently supports free as well as subscription models that will be announced soon. The app is presently only available for Android and can be download from Play Store, whereas there is no official word on the iOS app. Chillx grants you the option of either streaming the content online or downloading and viewing it later. 
Chillx also grants a digital entertainment store that curates a mix of games, music, videos and entertainment news along with movies for the users. Paid apps and games can be tried by the user before they could buy it. The app also features a reward system where users can collect reward points by liking or sharing the content along with inviting friends.   

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Nintendo's Miitomo put in motion for Android and iOS in India

 Nintendo's first smartphone app for Android and iOS- Miitomo is now available in India. This comes an entire eight months after it was most readily accessible in the world over.
 Like the most current facility, a Nintendo account can be allied to other accounts, such as Nintendo account Network ID(if you have one from using a Wii U or 3Ds), Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ Account. Then users can use those accounts ID and password to sign up to his/her Nintendo account.
  If you don't want to use or you don't have any of these accounts as mentioned above, nothing to worry, you can still make a Nintendo account by simply using your email address.

Apart from this, there is also a small download after the initial installation by way of the app itself, and it works as it should with any of the before mentioned social accounts.

Miitomo’s in-app purchases are in the way of coins by which you can purchase cosmetic items for your avatar or Mii as is it's known as. The items include costumes, hats, and a host of other things that would customize your Mii. You can also acquire coins by finishing in-game tasks. However, if you are going the path of playing for coins, they vary from Rs. 60 for 1,000 coins and Rs. 4,600 for 105,000 coins.

The availability of Miitomo could feasibly be the sign of things to roll up. Recently,  we have noticed that while Nintendo’s games and consoles have made its way to India, the company itself has never made an official occurrence.

Could this indicate India will see the games like Super Mario Run and Nintendo’s other smartphone offers as well? Or does this mean that Nintendo Switch could have an official release soon? Well, we will just have to wait and see what comes in our way

Boomerang and Mention, New to Instagram stories

Instagram brought in a new feature called 'stories' that allow users to thread together multiple shots or video that can be shared with friends,that was in the month of august. Instagram added two new features to Instagram stories.
 The new update of the Instagram app brings features 'Boomerang' and 'Mentions'.


 Boomerang feature create short, dynamic videos that you can share on Instagram. The videos last like more than two seconds and basically a very quick succession of 10 photographs. The final result is really fun. The video will play forward and backward.This feature can be accessed from the bottom of the screen after opening the stories camera.


 The Mention feature allow users to tag people inside their stories. Type "@" followed by a username, just like in caption and comments.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Beta Testing in Google Play

Google has done a good job of giving app publishers the tools they need to make their apps the best right in the Developer Console.The programmers can let few users to test their new app updates.If the people like it, then they will roll out the change to everyone if not, then you can figure out how to use that feedback to make your app better. Programmers can also identify bugs that might be irritating for new users.

How Android Beta Testing Works

There are 3 different ways for beta testing:

1. Open Beta

Anyone who has your link can be a beta tester. The biggest advantage of open beta testing is that you can create a large community of testers but these testers cannot leave a review for your app. You can also limit the size of your group to keep things more manageable.

2. Closed Beta with Email

A more restricted option is to make your beta group available only to people who are invited via email.You can add members individually or upload as a .csv file.

3. Closed Beta with Google+ Communities

Google Play beta testing can also be built around a Google+ community. It is a great way to have a central place where you and your team can interact with your beta testers. Simply go into your Developer Console and link your Google+ testing community in your account. Once you are done, you can send the link for the group to your testers.You need to keep your testers engaged and give you valuable feedback.

The Testing Process

Testing your app is simple. First, upload your beta APK to the Developer Console.Then notify your beta testers to give it a try. If it passes the testing phase, click on the  "Promote to Prod" button and that version will be rolled out to all live users in a few hours.


Last week, the Play Store rolled up some beta testing features in its version 6.7 update but they quickly disappeared as Google reverted them back in a server-side change. The company later announced these features at I/O as part of a series improvement to google play that also include lots of developer console changes.

The latest version of play store allows people to join or leave betas right from the app listing page. It’ll also let you leave feedback, which the developer will be able to see but won’t be published in the app review section.