Monday, October 2, 2023
Monday, October 2, 2023

WhatsApp is working on Quick Reply Bar for faster replies to images, videos, GIFs

WhatsApp recently rolled out a new feature called “Channels,” which allows users to create one-way communication channels for broad and anonymous interactions. These channels function differently from standard chats, allowing admins to share various types of content like text, images, videos, stickers, and polls while maintaining privacy for both admins and followers. The reception to this feature has been mixed so far. Illustration by Soumyakanti Ray WhatsApp often tests different features in its beta version, and not all of them end up in the stable release. Some features get integrated into the stable release, while others may be discarded or remain exclusive to the beta version. How the New Feature Improves Conversational Flow In the latest WhatsApp beta version ( available through the Google Play Beta Program, they’ve introduced a new feature called the “reply bar.” As per WABetaInfo, this feature enables users to quickly respond to images, videos, and GIFs without leaving the current screen, improving the flow and context of conversations. It aims to minimize interruptions and enhance the overall user interaction experience. To access this feature, simply install the latest WhatsApp beta update from the Google Play Store, and it is expected to have a broader release

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WhatsApp bans record over 74L bad accounts in India in Aug

Please try another search Please try another search Please try another search My Recent Searches Popular Searches Credit: © Reuters. New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Meta-owned WhatsApp banned a record over 74 lakh bad accounts in India in the month of August, in compliance with the new IT Rules 2021. Between August 1-31, the company banned "7,420,748 accounts".About 3,506,905 of these accounts were proactively banned, before any reports from users, WhatsApp said in its monthly compliance report.The most popular messaging platform, which has over 500 million users in the country, received another record 14,767 complaint reports in August in the country, and the records "actioned" were 71."Accounts Actioned" denotes reports where WhatsApp took remedial action based on the report and taking action denotes either banning an account or a previously banned account being restored as a result."This user-safety report contains details of the user complaints received and the corresponding action taken by WhatsApp, as well as WhatsApp's own preventive actions to combat abuse on our platform," according to the company.Moreover, the company received only one order from the Grievance Appellate Committee in the country in August, and complied with it.In a bid to empower millions of Indian social media users

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WhatsApp Android beta is testing a new reply bar for images and videos – Neowin

Aditya Tiwari Neowin @TheLazyAvenger · Sep 30, 2023 16:14 EDT Meta-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp is figuring out new ways people can use to respond when they receive media in their conversations. WABetaInfo reports that the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android comes with a new reply bar. The feature is currently available to some beta testers and lets users quickly reply to images, videos, and GIFs in the messaging app. As of now, users running the stable version of WhatsApp can respond to texts and media by swiping right on the message. As per the screenshot shared by the website, the reply bar shows up at the bottom of the screen when you open an image, video, or GIF in a WhatsApp conversation. It saves an extra tap as you don't need to go back to the chat screen to type your response. WABetaInfo notes that the reply bar is compatible with WhatsApp beta for Android However, the feature might be available to some users running the previous beta update. Apart from that, WhatsApp beta for iOS is also rolling out. The latest beta update brings AI stickers to some beta testers, allowing iOS

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WhatsApp working on search feature for Updates tab? Here's what we know

The screenshot shared by WABetaInfo revealed that the Meta-owned app has plans to introduce a search button within the top app bar. This feature allows searching for status updates and verified channels without opening the channel directory. First Published Sep 30, 2023, 12:40 PM ISTThe Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly working on a search feature for the Updates tab. Without having to visit the channel directory, users will be able to search for status updates, following channels, and other verified channels using this functionality. We learned that WhatsApp is currently developing a search tool for the Updates tab thanks to the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android update, which is accessible on the Google Play Store, according to WABetaInfo. According to the screenshot provided by WABetaInfo, the app, which is owned by Meta, intends to add a search option to the top app bar. With this function, you can look up verified channels and status changes without having to access the channel directory. According to the analysis, it improves the entire channel user experience, making it more easier for consumers to find and access the material they're interested in. The new Updates tab has drawn criticism from many

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WhatsApp verification checkmark changing from green to blue – Android Police

Meta may be trying to showcase businesses that are part of its Verified program Summary WhatsApp's latest beta update introduces a blue verification checkmark for verified Channels and businesses, indicating authenticity and connection to Meta's Verified program for businesses. Meta's Verified program offers business authentication, impersonation protection, account support, and features to enhance businesses' online presence. The change in the checkmark color suggests closer integration between Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, showing Meta's investment in business marketing across digital social platforms. WhatsApp has been steadily making small updates for years in all parts of its messaging app. Just recently, it added with the latest beta the ability to search for terms within its update notes to narrow down exactly what has changed in new versions. Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, purchased WhatsApp in 2014, though the encrypted messenger's development trajectory has largely remained unchanged. In the latest beta update, however, we may see more assimilation between Meta's properties, as a very familiar blue checkmark has appeared on some verified WhatsApp Channels and businesses. As found by WABetaInfo, in version of the WhatsApp beta for Android, the verified checkmark for Channels, which ensures to people the authenticity of a

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SEC settles with more firms over use of texts and WhatsApp – Yahoo Finance

(Updates with background, details throughout)By Chris Prentice and Carolina MandlNEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) -U.S. regulators on Friday fined eight companies a combined $111 million over record-keeping lapses, the latest in a series of enforcement actions levied over Wall Street's use of WhatsApp and other unapproved messaging channels for discussing business.The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said eight broker-dealers, investment advisers and ratings agencies, including Perella Weinberg, Interactive Brokers, Fifth Third Securities and Nuveen Securities, had agreed to pay a combined $91 million in penalties to the agency.Interactive Brokers also agreed to pay the Commodity Futures Trading Commission $20 million to settle related charges.Lawyers for the companies either did not immediately respond to requests for comment or declined to comment.Reuters first reported earlier this week that the SEC was nearing a settlement with several Wall Street firms over record-keeping failures. The settlements mark the latest enforcement actions in the SEC's two-year crackdown on Wall Street's use of unapproved messaging apps, which has so far resulted in more than $2 billion in fines.Because companies do not surveil personal messaging channels, using them to discuss business puts SEC-regulated employers in breach of requirements to record all business communications. The SEC has said

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Meta's new AI bet will work across WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram –

At Meta’s Connect event, the company made clear its intentions for generative AI and according to the company, it will be giving users the tools to be more creative, expressive, and productive. Only available in the United States for now, Meta AI is a new assistant you can interact with like a person and will be available on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, and coming soon to Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and Quest 3. It is powered by a custom AI model that leverages technology from Meta's open-source large language model (LLM) Llama 2 and the company's own LLM research. Think of Meta AI as an assistant that can answer questions, including those needing a real-time response and information, through Meta’s search partnership with Microsoft's Bing. It also has a tool for image generation so it can provide users with real-time information and generate photorealistic images from your text prompts in seconds to share with friends. Chatting with AI stickers Meta is announcing the launch of new AI stickers that enable users to effortlessly generate customised stickers for chats and stories. Using technology from Llama 2 and our foundational model for image generation called Emu, our AI tool turns your text

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AI chatbot with all the answers coming to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram – 9News

If you thought all the hype around ChatGPT over the past 10 months was a lot, then get set for that same level of artificial intelligence and knowledge to become commonplace in some of the world's most used apps – Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.Meta, the company that owns those apps, held itsannual Connect conference this morning, announcing new products and software to the developer community and wider user group from its headquarters in Palo Alto California.While much of the initial hype around the event focused on the company's "mixed reality" goggles – the new Quest 3 headset was announced with fast improvements to power, performance and usability, including plenty of subtle jabs at Apple's expensive Vision Pro headset which is yet to make it to market – the real guts of today's news centred on artificial intelligence.Meta will launch AI chatbots across Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. (Meta)Perhaps capitalising on the year of AI we've seen, Meta spent very little time talking about the Metaverse, a term and concept which literally changed the name of the company not so long ago, and far more talking about their work in the field of AI.The company say they have been working on a

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Meta Is Adding a Ton of AI-powered Features to Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp

While the headlining announcement of Meta Connect 2023 might be the Meta Quest 3, AI made its own significant splash. Like all other tech companies right now, Meta is pouring resources into artificial intelligence, and previewed a slew of new AI features coming to its apps and services over the next few months months.Meta’s AI stickersStickers are getting smart. Today Meta announced AI stickers, powered by the company’s large language model Llama 2, as well as its new image generation model Emu. These stickers work like other AI art generators: You submit a text prompt, and the software spits out multiple stickers based on your request. The stickers will be available in WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Stories, and the feature will be rolling out to select-English language users over the next month.Gif: MetaAI image editingMeta also announced two new AI Instagram editing features: Restyle and Backdrop. With Restyle, you can ask the AI to add an effect to your image. For example, you can ask it make an image look like it was painted with watercolor, or get specific with a request like “collage from magazines and newspapers, torn edges,” as Meta suggests.Gif: MetaBackdrop, on the other hand, swaps

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