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I WANTED to write an article on one single topic but a lot has happened this week and I thought I should say a thing or two on the hottest new and trending technology devices and news.

We have new advancements from Facebook, WhatsAp, Google and many more others so let’s get into it.

  1. The New WhatsApp update lets you lock it with Face ID or Touch ID

Over the weekend WhatsApp added a feature that has the ability to lock and hide your chats instantly with your face or fingerprint. The feature currently is for iOS and the update for android will soon be announced.

The feature can be toggled by updating to the latest version, 2.19.20, from the Apple App Store, then heading to “Settings” –> “Account” –> “Privacy” before switching “Screen Lock” on.

You can now require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp. Tap “Settings” > “Account” > “Privacy” and enable Screen Lock for privacy.

  1. THE WORLD’S FIRST ROBOTIC KITCHEN

Moley has created the world’s first robotic kitchen. Featuring an advanced, fully functional robot integrated into a beautifully designed, professional kitchen, it cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef.

The prototype was premiered to widespread acclaim at Hanover Messe, the international robotics show. The consumer version is set for launch anytime this year and will be supported by an iTunes’ style library of recipes.

  1. Cryptocurrency Owners Can’t Access Funds After Exchange CEO Dies – Because No One Knows the Password

The sudden death of Gerald William Cotten in Jaipur has brought about curiosity of a possibility that around Rs 1, 000 crore in digital currency may be missing for good.

Gerald William is the founder of a now-defunct startup that dealt in cryptocurrency (digital or virtual currency dealing which is supposedly highly secure and which is not controlled by central systems such as reserve banks; bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency). Gerald William Cotten is now dead and apparently he has taken to his grave passwords that would grant access to around Rs 1,000 crore worth of cryptocurrency that may never again be recovered.

The two countries affected are India and Canada. And at stake is C$190 million.  According to documents submitted by Jennifer Robertson, Cotten’s wife, in a Canadian court, Gerald William Cotten died on December 9 in Jaipur due complications arising from Crohn’s disease, which he suffered from. “Gerry died due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need,” the post said.

  1. You can now delete a sent message in Facebook Messenger

Facebook is finally rolling out the ability to remove sent messages from Messenger worldwide. This feature wasn’t available and what used to happen is that once you deleted a message from Messenger, it would only be deleted from your inbox but as of Tuesday, everyone will have the option to delete a message, from your view, as well as an entire group.

You have to be quick, though; you have only 10 minutes after pressing send to delete the message. After that, the message will stay put.

  1. First Foldable phone

Royole FlexPai has become the first foldable and flexible Android phone on the market and is attracting plenty of attention. Royole FlexPai is essentially two phones attached together.

When unfurled, it packs a 7.8-inch screen, which folds down in half to give you two 4-inch screens. In its “tablet” mode, it’s actually quite a good-looking device, with a slim bezel and a manageable footprint. This means no glass protectors anymore.

  1. Firefox 66 to Silence Autoplay Audio by Default

Firefox has put up a new update in the new Firefox 66 and by default, the feature will silence video and audio files that automatically play when you load up a webpage. It should arrive by mid-March in Firefox 66.

The next version of Firefox is removing one thing internet users hate and that is Websites that auto play sound.

“We know that unsolicited volume can be a great source of distraction and frustration for users of the web,” said Mozilla software engineer Chris Pearce in a blog post on Monday. “So we are making changes to how Firefox handles playing media with sound.”

The feature functions like an ad-blocker: It can silence a video that autoplays and stop the video from running altogether.

To turn off the feature, the user has to go to the browser’s URL address bar, and toggle on the autoplay permission. “This allows users to easily curate their own whitelist of sites that they trust to autoplay audibly,” Pearce added.

  1. WhatsApp bans two million fake or abusive accounts each month

On Wednesday, WhatsApp shed light how it works to ban fake and abusive accounts on its wildly popular messaging service. According a report on by Venturebeat, WhatsApp removes two million accounts from its service each month.

WhatsApp software engineer Matt Jones said that the company can ban 20 percent of those accounts when they register.

In order to ban those accounts, WhatsApp uses a combination of human intervention and machine learning. Twenty-five percent of the banned accounts are removed by humans, while the remaining 75 percent are scrubbed out by algorithms that seek out malicious activity, according to the company.

“Some may want to distribute click-bait links designed to capture personal information, while others want to promote an idea,” WhatsApp said during the press conference, according to Venturebeat.

“Regardless of the intent, automated and bulk messaging violates our terms of service, and one of our priorities is to prevent and stop this kind of abuse.”

  1. 2019’s new emoji include mechanical arms, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and orangutans

As of yesterday, the freshly finalised set of 2019 emoji addresses people with physical disabilities, covering mechanical arms and legs, sign language and hearing aids, and even the difference between manual and motorised wheelchairs.

The new Unicode Emoji 12.0 additions announced yesterday reflect that desire to the fullest. There’s also greater inclusiveness in terms of skin tones and relationship types such as gay, as a bunch of new variants of the “people holding hands” emoji expand the combinations of genders and races.

More ominous additions include razors, axes, and a drop of blood. In total, there are 59 new emoji and 171 new variations on existing ones.

The new emoji additions will take a few months to show up in consumer products. The present announcement is merely to get the documentation in order, and then it will be up to software providers like Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft to design their own takes on each emoji and implement those in their device interfaces.

 

For comments and contributions or if you have a question or topic you would like us to cover in this column, email me on slickmedia6@gmail.com. Text or Whatsapp +260977258265.

I WANTED to write an article on one single topic but a lot has happened this week and I thought I should say a thing or two on the hottest new and trending technology devices and news.

We have new advancements from Facebook, WhatsAp, Google and many more others so let’s get into it.

  1. The New WhatsApp update lets you lock it with Face ID or Touch ID

Over the weekend WhatsApp added a feature that has the ability to lock and hide your chats instantly with your face or fingerprint. The feature currently is for iOS and the update for android will soon be announced.

The feature can be toggled by updating to the latest version, 2.19.20, from the Apple App Store, then heading to “Settings” –> “Account” –> “Privacy” before switching “Screen Lock” on.

You can now require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock WhatsApp. Tap “Settings” > “Account” > “Privacy” and enable Screen Lock for privacy.

  1. THE WORLD’S FIRST ROBOTIC KITCHEN

Moley has created the world’s first robotic kitchen. Featuring an advanced, fully functional robot integrated into a beautifully designed, professional kitchen, it cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef.

The prototype was premiered to widespread acclaim at Hanover Messe, the international robotics show. The consumer version is set for launch anytime this year and will be supported by an iTunes’ style library of recipes.

  1. Cryptocurrency Owners Can’t Access Funds After Exchange CEO Dies – Because No One Knows the Password

The sudden death of Gerald William Cotten in Jaipur has brought about curiosity of a possibility that around Rs 1, 000 crore in digital currency may be missing for good.

Gerald William is the founder of a now-defunct startup that dealt in cryptocurrency (digital or virtual currency dealing which is supposedly highly secure and which is not controlled by central systems such as reserve banks; bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency). Gerald William Cotten is now dead and apparently he has taken to his grave passwords that would grant access to around Rs 1,000 crore worth of cryptocurrency that may never again be recovered.

The two countries affected are India and Canada. And at stake is C$190 million.  According to documents submitted by Jennifer Robertson, Cotten’s wife, in a Canadian court, Gerald William Cotten died on December 9 in Jaipur due complications arising from Crohn’s disease, which he suffered from. “Gerry died due to complications with Crohn’s disease on December 9, 2018 while travelling in India, where he was opening an orphanage to provide a home and safe refuge for children in need,” the post said.

  1. You can now delete a sent message in Facebook Messenger

Facebook is finally rolling out the ability to remove sent messages from Messenger worldwide. This feature wasn’t available and what used to happen is that once you deleted a message from Messenger, it would only be deleted from your inbox but as of Tuesday, everyone will have the option to delete a message, from your view, as well as an entire group.

You have to be quick, though; you have only 10 minutes after pressing send to delete the message. After that, the message will stay put.

  1. First Foldable phone

Royole FlexPai has become the first foldable and flexible Android phone on the market and is attracting plenty of attention. Royole FlexPai is essentially two phones attached together.

When unfurled, it packs a 7.8-inch screen, which folds down in half to give you two 4-inch screens. In its “tablet” mode, it’s actually quite a good-looking device, with a slim bezel and a manageable footprint. This means no glass protectors anymore.

  1. Firefox 66 to Silence Autoplay Audio by Default

Firefox has put up a new update in the new Firefox 66 and by default, the feature will silence video and audio files that automatically play when you load up a webpage. It should arrive by mid-March in Firefox 66.

The next version of Firefox is removing one thing internet users hate and that is Websites that auto play sound.

“We know that unsolicited volume can be a great source of distraction and frustration for users of the web,” said Mozilla software engineer Chris Pearce in a blog post on Monday. “So we are making changes to how Firefox handles playing media with sound.”

The feature functions like an ad-blocker: It can silence a video that autoplays and stop the video from running altogether.

To turn off the feature, the user has to go to the browser’s URL address bar, and toggle on the autoplay permission. “This allows users to easily curate their own whitelist of sites that they trust to autoplay audibly,” Pearce added.

  1. WhatsApp bans two million fake or abusive accounts each month

On Wednesday, WhatsApp shed light how it works to ban fake and abusive accounts on its wildly popular messaging service. According a report on by Venturebeat, WhatsApp removes two million accounts from its service each month.

WhatsApp software engineer Matt Jones said that the company can ban 20 percent of those accounts when they register.

In order to ban those accounts, WhatsApp uses a combination of human intervention and machine learning. Twenty-five percent of the banned accounts are removed by humans, while the remaining 75 percent are scrubbed out by algorithms that seek out malicious activity, according to the company.

“Some may want to distribute click-bait links designed to capture personal information, while others want to promote an idea,” WhatsApp said during the press conference, according to Venturebeat.

“Regardless of the intent, automated and bulk messaging violates our terms of service, and one of our priorities is to prevent and stop this kind of abuse.”

  1. 2019’s new emoji include mechanical arms, hearing aids, wheelchairs, and orangutans

As of yesterday, the freshly finalised set of 2019 emoji addresses people with physical disabilities, covering mechanical arms and legs, sign language and hearing aids, and even the difference between manual and motorised wheelchairs.

The new Unicode Emoji 12.0 additions announced yesterday reflect that desire to the fullest. There’s also greater inclusiveness in terms of skin tones and relationship types such as gay, as a bunch of new variants of the “people holding hands” emoji expand the combinations of genders and races.

More ominous additions include razors, axes, and a drop of blood. In total, there are 59 new emoji and 171 new variations on existing ones.

The new emoji additions will take a few months to show up in consumer products. The present announcement is merely to get the documentation in order, and then it will be up to software providers like Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft to design their own takes on each emoji and implement those in their device interfaces.

For comments and contributions or if you have a question or topic you would like us to cover in this column, email me on slickmedia6@gmail.com. Text or Whatsapp +260977258265.

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