WhatsApp is working on self-extinguishing news
Snapchat users already know the feature, now WhatsApp is also working on self-deleting messages. In the new beta version, the feature is already being tested for group chats. On normal users it has not been released.
The feature is another step from WhatsApp to more security. The expiration time in the tests is five seconds or one hour. An indication that the message has been deleted does not appear in the beta. Despite the restriction to the group chats in the test series, the self-deleting message could be unlocked in the end for individual chats. This would help when sending sensitive messages.
It remains unclear whether WhatsApp also changes the time options with which a user can retrieve messages already sent. While competitor Telegram offers a 48-hour window, WhatsApp currently only has one hour, eight minutes and 16 seconds. Previously, the return action was limited to only seven minutes.
Google Play Store flooded with malware
Android malware continues to spread in the Google Play Store: In September alone, security expert Lukas Stefanko discovered 172 infected apps that already accounted for 335 million installations. In addition to adware, the malicious software hid among other things in subscription offers, SMS premium services and in hidden advertisements.
Google has now deleted most of the apps after Stefanko and his team flagged the applications TheNextWeb, As early as July, Google disposed of 205 infected apps, which had been downloaded 32 million times.
For Android users looking for apps in the Play Store, it’s important to look carefully as to whether their favorite applications were produced by big, well-known and trusted developers. Smaller developers should avoid users as much as possible.
Hard, harder, iPhone 11
As one more says, the new iPhone 11 – the cheapest of the three new models – is not resistant because of the price. A new video shows: The smartphone is flexible! The creator JerryRigEverything bends the device, torturing it with scratches and fire. And it survives in amazingly good condition. But look for yourself:
The pager has spit out
Retired at the age of 50: The pager, launched in 1968 for the first time, has finally become obsolete in Asia. In times when there were no cell phones or smartphones, the pager was a great help. It beeped when someone should urgently call back. A call was not possible. The user saw only one number and had to rush to the phone booth. Preferably, the part was attached to the belt (“Is someone here doctor?”).
The last pager provider in Japan has now shut down the service permanently, reports the Japan Times, In Germany we do not have to do without a kind of pager. The eMessage pager service is not relevant to home users, but is raging in the healthcare sector with its eCity call. And pager-like modules inform, for example, in restaurants like Vapiano, when the food is ready.
Thomson: Vintage rules – even for streaming fans
Thomson is bucking the streaming trend and supplying hi-fi purists with a new micro NeoRetro hi-fi system with integrated subwoofer and speakers: The Thomson MIC256 is the best of both worlds: Vintage meets Bluetooth, DAB + and wireless charging. The front is reminiscent of the 70s: thick dials and two illuminated mechanical VU meters show you the sound level.
The device itself is portable and blasts in every room with 75 watts. Outside “old”, inside new: The MIC256 (coming soon) costs only small 189.90 euros and yet technology is state of the art. Ensure CD player, USB port and the Bluetooth connection. You can even stream songs from your smartphone or tablet to the box. Even friends of the wireless shop get their money: You put your Qi-enabled smartphones just on top – and it recharges.
The end of the LEAD: Self-propelled motorcycle from BMW
Autonomous cars are now almost normal, driverless motorcycles not. BMW is now using such robotic-controlled prototypes on its testing grounds. The bullet can recognize curves easily and pass safely, it brakes on its own.
Too bad: The bike is not intended for normal drivers, but only for research purposes. It should make conventional motorcycles safer.
BMW has designed a self-driving motorcycle pic.twitter.com/BBbNfyYOOC
– Mashable (@mashable) September 28, 2019
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