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If the users still don’t accept the terms, for a few weeks, these users will not be able to read or send messages from the app. In the note, WhatsApp linked to a newly created FAQ page that says its policy related to inactive users will apply after May 15, TechCrunch reported.
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WhatsApp’s policy for inactive users states that accounts are generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity.” Last week, WhatsApp reiterated that personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted and the company can’t read or listen to them. In a new blog post, WhatsApp said that in the coming weeks, it will display a banner in its main platform providing more information that people can read at their own pace.
“We’ve also included more information to try and address concerns we’re hearing. Eventually, we’ll start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp,” the company said.
Microsoft is updating its Teams service with a new “Dynamic View” for users to make video calls with presentations a lot easier to view. According to Microsoft’s roadmap, this new “Dynamic View” will be available to all Microsoft Teams users in March.
This new view allows Teams users to share content side by side with participants. It looks ideally positioned for meetings where someone is presenting a slide deck or if participants are watching a live event together.
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Dynamic content like earnings reports, slide decks, or videos can be displayed alongside other speakers. Currently, in Teams, video feeds of other participants are tiny when people are screen sharing or presenting decks, The Verge reported on Friday.
Microsoft’s Gallery View for Teams will optimize itself automatically with this new view and allow participants to personalize the view. It will also more clearly highlight active speakers, people who have virtually raised their hands, and allow participants to pin people next to dynamic content.
Microsoft Teams usage has soared over the past 10 months of the pandemic, with the service now being used by more than 115 million people daily. Microsoft has been adding features to Teams on what feels like a monthly basis, with virtual breakout rooms appearing in December alongside an improved calling experience. (IANS)
Online users are more likely to reveal private information based on how website forms are structured to elicit data, new research has found. The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel showed that by using digital “foot-in-the-door” techniques, such as requesting personal information from less important to more private (ascending privacy-intrusion order), websites can successfully entice users to reveal more of their private information.
Similarly, by placing each request on consecutive, separate webpages, users are more likely to reveal more private data. Websites can further manipulate their users by spreading out information requests over the course of several pages, rather than consolidating all requests on one page.
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For the study, the researchers collaborated with Rewire, a Tel Aviv neobank (a virtual or online bank) providing international money transfer services. They examined the activities of around 2,500 users who were asked to provide their country, full name, phone number, and email address as part of the sign-up process.
“We found that both manipulations independently increased the likelihood of sign-up and conversion,” said Professor Lior Fink, head of the BGU Behavioral Information Technologies (BIT) Lab. “The ascending privacy intrusion manipulation increased sign-up by 35 percent and the multiple-page manipulation increased sign-up by 55 percent.”
The research was presented at the 41st International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2020), held virtually this year from December 12-16. (IANS)
In a bid to improve its mapping services and bring more businesses online, Google is testing a paid crowdsourcing service called Task Mate in India that will help select users earn some money.
In the “early access” beta testing phase, the ‘Task Mate’ service is currently “limited to selected testers” through a referral code system, reports 9to5Google.
A Reddit post by a user also suggested that such Google service is now live in the country: “Google seems to be testing their new Task Mate app in India which pays you in Indian currency for completing tasks regarding Google app ecosystem. (Currently invitation only)”.
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The ‘Task Mate’ lets you “find tasks nearby,” “complete a task to begin earning,” and then “cash out your earnings.” The latter is done by registering an e-wallet account or with the in-app payment partner. When that is done, users can earn the money by hitting the “Cash Out” button.
The tasks are “simple” and are categorized as “Sitting” or “Field”.
For example, some sitting tasks include transcribing, recording spoken sentences, and translating from English to your local language. The field tasks include taking photos of a nearby restaurant or shopfront which can be used in enhancing mapping details.
Google was yet to make an official comment on the report. The app which is still in beta provides users with tasks they can complete on smartphones to earn money. (IANS)