WhatsApp growth slumps as rivals Signal, Telegram rise

Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google’s app stores. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, by contrast, is seeing its growth decline following a fiasco that forced the company to clarify a privacy update it had sent to users.Mobile app anal

WhatsApp faces first legal challenge in India over privacy

WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy verges on user surveillance and threatens India’s security, a petition filed in an Indian court said on Thursday, presenting another legal challenge for the Facebook Inc. -owned messenger.California-based WhatsApp said on Jan. 4 it reserved the right t

TikTok tightens privacy features for younger users

A month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, TikTok is tightening its privacy practices for the under-18 crowd.Starting on Wednesday, the default privacy setting for accounts with users aged 13 to 15 will be private. That means only someo

WhatsApp's new privacy policy: here's what it means for users

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy is being met with criticism as the social networking app is asking its users to share personal information with its parent company Facebook or have their accounts deactivated.   Users are being alerted of the updated privacy policy through an in-app alert

UK investigates Google's plan to revamp Chrome browser

Britain's competition watchdog said Friday it launched an investigation into Google's plan to overhaul its ad data system over worries it could leave even less room for rivals in the online ad industry.   The Competition and Markets Authority said it opened a formal investigation into Googl

PayPal backs crypto tax startup Taxbit

PayPal Holdings Inc’s venture arm has made an investment in Salt Lake City, Utah-based tech startup Taxbit, which helps consumers and businesses calculate the taxes owed on cryptocurrency holdings, the companies said on Thursday. Taxbit will use the cash injection, of an undisclosed amount,

Fake WhatsApp message goes global

Who doesn't use WhatsApp? Millions are glued to it, and have taken a fancy for it the way a duck takes to water. Even the technologically challenged or the village folk, particularly in countries such as India, know how to use it. The problem with popularity is that it brings problems in its wake

Scientists create the world's first Covid vaccine 'smart patch'

Scientists in the UK are developing the world’s first vaccine ‘smart patch’ that could allow patients to administer the dose themselves. The device, similar to a nicotine patch, is placed on the arm and breaks through the skin using tiny microneedles. It is hoped the new techno

New Biometric Fingerprint-Scanning Lock

A US start-up has invented a new fingerprint-reading doorlock using a fund of more than $30,000. The BrillLock smart lock has a simple design and few components which makes it very easy to install unlike the other smart locks currently available in the market. According to the TechHive website,

Slack kicks off 2021 with a global outage

Slack, the messaging service used by millions of people for work and school, suffered a global outage on Monday, the first day back for most people returning from the New Year’s holiday. It’s the latest tech glitch to show how disruptive technical difficulties can be when millions of

Hundreds of Google employees in United States form workers' union

Over 200 Google employees in the United States have formed a union, the elected union leaders wrote in a New York Times opinion piece on Monday. "Alphabet Workers Union" aims to ensure that employees work at a fair wage, without fear of abuse, retaliation or discrimination. Google did not immedi

Huawei announces the launch of the Huawei MateBook 14 computer

The Chinese company Huawei announced the launch of the Huawei MateBook 14 computer, as the new computer is the latest addition to the “Matbook” series of ultra-light computers. The Huawei MateBook 14 has a stylish design that is characterized by this series and includes smart features

Microsoft says hackers viewed source code, didn't change it

Microsoft hackers tied to a massive intrusion of dozens of U.S. government agencies and private companies sneaked further into its systems than previously thought, although the intrusion doesn't appear to have caused any additional harm.   The company said the hackers were able to view some

The best Android phones for 2020

Gizmochina newspaper published a new list of the best Android phones that appeared in 2020, classifying those devices in several categories. According to the newspaper's ratings, the best Android phone appeared this year in terms of imaging capabilities is the + Huawei Mate 40 Pro, which is equip

Oppo announces another advanced 5G phone

Oppo revealed its second modified model of Reno5 Pro phones, which it developed to be one of the best phones dedicated to working with 5G networks. The new Reno5 Pro + 5G comes with a water and dust resistant structure with dimensions (159.9 / 72.5 / 8) mm, weighs 184g, is surrounded by a durable

An advanced phone from Samsung dedicated to working with 5G networks

Samsung recently revealed the design and specifications of a new phone that it developed to be among the most competitive smart devices dedicated to working with 5G networks. The new Galaxy A42 5G phone comes with an elegant metal and glass structure, and its rear facade has distinct gradations i

What is new in the Samsung wireless headphones?

Several websites and Internet pages have leaked information indicating that Samsung intends to launch a new generation of Galaxy Buds headphones with practical and advanced specifications. According to the leaks, Samsung is determined to unveil the Galaxy Buds Pro headphones, coinciding with the

WhatsApp 2021 .. 3 notable changes to be launched on February 8th

It is expected that the "WhatsApp" application will introduce a number of new features and modifications by the year 2021, "The News" revealed.The source presented the 3 most prominent modifications that the application will offer to its users after a few days, namely: Voice and video calls: The