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WhatsApp Works On New Features

Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

 WhatsApp is reportedly working out on three new features, including linking your account to Instagram, in order to improve its chat and notifications for its over 1.5 billion users.

Apart from Linked Accounts, the two other features under development are: Vacation and Silent Mode, said WABetaInfo, a popular website that tracks WhatsApp, on Wednesday.

“WhatsApp is working right now on a new feature that allows to link your account with external services.

“The feature appears mainly developed for WhatsApp Business, but some references were found in the normal WhatsApp app too,” said the website.The Linked Accounts option will be located under your profile settings.

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WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress, VOA

“Currently, the first supported external service is Instagram. Tapping Instagram, after inserting your credentials, your WhatsApp account will be correctly linked to your Instagram profile,” it added.

Currently, when you archive a chat, WhatsApp automatically unarchives it once a new message is received from that chat.

With the Vacation Mode feature, archived chats won’t be unarchived if you have previously muted them.

The option will be available in Settings and then Notifications.

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WhatsApp is also available on Reliance JioPhone. Pixabay

“The Vacation mode is also useful if you don’t want a specific chat in your Chats List: if you mute and archive it, you will never see it again, except if you view your Archived Chats,” the report said.

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The silent mode feature for Android allows to hide the app badge for muted chats.

“Thanks to this feature, you will never see the badge when you receive a message from muted chats and groups. The feature is already enabled by default,” the report added. (IANS)

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Messaging App Signal Prepares To Take on WhatsApp, Goes Mainstream

This comes at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp users are looking for alternatives as the messaging platform has been hit by spyware and other privacy-related controversies

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This comes at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp users are looking for alternatives as the messaging platform has been hit by spyware and other privacy-related controversies. Pixabay

Privacy centric messaging app Signal is gearing up to take on Facebook-owned WhatsApp as it is mulling to go mainstream now and put the $50 million infusion from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to good use. Moxie Marlinspike — who launched Signal — has always talked about making encrypted communications easy enough for anyone to use.

The difference, today, is that Signal is finally reaching that mass audience it was always been intended for — not just the privacy diehards, activists, and cybersecurity nerds that formed its core user base for years, thanks in part to a concerted effort to make the app more accessible and appealing to the mainstream, the Wired recently reported.

This comes at a time when Facebook-owned WhatsApp users are looking for alternatives as the messaging platform has been hit by spyware and other privacy-related controversies.

“The major transition Signal has undergone is from a three-person small effort to something that is now a serious project with the capacity to do what is required to build software in the world today,” Marlinspike was quoted as saying by the Wired.

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Privacy centric messaging app Signal is gearing up to take on Facebook-owned WhatsApp as it is mulling to go mainstream now and put the $50 million infusion from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to good use. Pixabay

The investment by the WhatsApp co-founder Acton has enabled the team to add features that also attract regular folks looking for an alternative to WhatsApp and Telegram.

Since Signal is fundamentally end-to-end encrypted and doesn’t store conversation metadata on its servers, like when who texted whom, the developers were faced with additional obstacles on that path. The foundation had to make stickers compatible with encryption so users can send them securely and anonymously.

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Enabling group administration was also a hard feat, as Signal has to give administrators the ability to add and remove members without its servers knowing who’s part of the conversation, according to Android Police. (IANS)