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WhatsApp to offer spam warning – Report

WhatsApp is set to roll out a spam warning feature, according to a report by Softpedia[1]. The report stated that WhatsApp is testing a method to deal with spam, but it faces a challenge – encryption. WhatsApp’s messages are encrypted end-to-end, which means the company cannot see what a message contains.

For spam detection, the company will look at how many times a particular message has been sent and the users sending this message.

“Users will get a warning if they get what’s considered a spam message,” stated the report.

Now read: Facebook’s big plans for Messenger[2]

References

  1. ^ Softpedia (news.softpedia.com)
  2. ^ Facebook’s big plans for Messenger (mybroadband.co.za)

Facebook’s big plans for Messenger

Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion users, and the company has now revealed its plans[1] to improve its service to these users. Facebook wants to make Messenger “the best way to spend time together when you’re apart”. “We want to make Messenger the best way to organise a night out with friends, do your homework, or simply connect.”

This will be achieved by focusing on the areas listed below.

  • Realtime communications – Invest in real-time communications to make sure users can easily stay connected.
  • Group chats – Messenger group chats will receive more features.
  • Simplification – Invest in “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year”.
  • Visual messaging – Focus on visual messaging, and continue to drive these features in future.
  • Customer Care – Evolve Messenger as a true customer care channel.
  • Marketing Channel – Users can expect investments in rich messaging from companies through Messenger.

Now read: Mark Zuckerberg plans to fix Facebook in 2018[2]

References

  1. ^ revealed its plans (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ Mark Zuckerberg plans to fix Facebook in 2018 (mybroadband.co.za)

Last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Today is your last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, according to Microsoft’s accessibility support page[1]. Microsoft has allowed Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free via an “accessibility loophole”. “If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost,” stated Microsoft.

This was used by Windows 7 and 8.1 users who had not updated to the latest OS during the first year of Windows 10’s launch – which saw qualifying users able to upgrade for free.

The accessibility loophole is now closing, however, and will expire on 16 January.

Now read: The most popular programming languages in the world[2]

References

  1. ^ accessibility support page (www.microsoft.com)
  2. ^ The most popular programming languages in the world (mybroadband.co.za)