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Instagram Rolls Out 'Pinned Comments' Feature to All Users: Here's How it Works

Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram announced the launch of a pinned comment feature to all users. Instagram said that the latest feature would help users to better manage conversations as well as maximising their engagement on the platform. To recall, Instagram started testing this feature back in May alongside its comment filtering tools, and has now made it available to everyone.

Announcing the move on Twitter, Instagram’s VP of Product, Vishal Shah said that the new feature will not only help users to pin their favourite or positive comments but also manage the tone of the conversation with others as well.

Talking about how this feature works, first, you will have to update the Instagram app to the latest version to access it. After updating the app, you can head to Instagram posts and tap on the comments section. Once you have found a favourite comment that you want to pin, you have to select it and you will see a thumbtack icon in the top right corner of the post. You can pin up to three comments to the top of the post at a time and they will appear right underneath your photo with a “pinned” label.

Additionally, Instagram has also rolled out a new feature for users that will enable them to bulk delete comments. To enable this feature, tap on a comment and then the dotted icon in the top right corner of the post. You have to select Manage Comments and can choose up to 25 comments to delete in bulk. Furthermore, you can also tap “More Motions” to restrict or even block accounts in bulk.


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Over 60% Smartphone Users in India Consider Battery Life as Most Important Feature: Report

Representative image. (Photo: Telenor)

Representative image. (Photo: Telenor)

In terms of swift charging, consumer satisfaction was highest with OPPO (95 per cent), followed by OnePlus (93 per cent) and Samsung (91 per cent), the report further said.

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  • Last Updated: July 8, 2020, 3:19 PM IST

With smartphones becoming the primary device for work, streaming and gaming, seven in every eight smartphone users in India feel innovation in the fast-charging technology is the key and long battery life is what matters the most, a new survey revealed on Wednesday. When it came to satisfaction with battery life, OPPO users scored the brand the highest (94 per cent), followed by Samsung (92 per cent) and Realme (91 per cent).

In terms of swift charging, consumer satisfaction was highest with OPPO (95 per cent), followed by OnePlus (93 per cent) and Samsung (91 per cent). When asked about the importance of smartphone features, 61 per cent respondents cited battery life as a key consideration, just behind the camera, according to the ‘Insights On the Go’ survey by CyberMedia Research (CMR).

“Whether it be an endless stream of work-related calls or catching up with family and friends, smartphone battery life plays an essential role. For consumers, a long battery life, as well as quickly amping up the battery juice – both are critical,” said Prabhu Ram, Head- Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR. Consumers are so much concerned about battery life that they turn down screen brightness (70 per cent), turn-on battery saver mode (66 per cent), close battery-consuming apps (63 per cent) and, in extremely critical circumstances, even turn off Wi-Fi (56 per cent) and location services (50 per cent).

The findings showed that seven in every eight users charge their smartphone at least once in a day and average duration of charging in a day is 66 minutes. When it comes to satisfaction with battery life, OPPO users scored the brand the highest (94 per cent), followed by Samsung (92 per cent) and Realme (91 per cent). In terms of swift charging, consumer satisfaction is highest with OPPO (95 per cent), followed by OnePlus (93 per cent) and Samsung (91 per cent).

The six-city survey involved 2,000 smartphone users in the 18-30 age group. “While smartphone brands push newer technological innovations, consumer priorities are equally centred around the basics, such as smartphone battery. So much so that the battery is a key factor in smartphone purchase priorities,” said Satya Mohanty, Head- Industry Consulting Group (ICG), CMR.


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JioMeet Adds Additional Security Feature: Hosts Can Block Unwanted Guests From a Meeting

Reliance Industries’ unlimited free video conferencing app JioMeet on Tuesday added additional security features to prevent Zoom-like attacks where hackers posted obscene images on screens. JioMeet, which allows up to 24 hours of free video conferencing that are encrypted and password-protected, has added a safety feature that gives the conference host to disallow guests from joining a meeting without sign-in and disclosing their identity.

The feature, company sources said, was added particularly in light of reports of obscene images appearing on screens during an online class being conducted on video-conferencing tool Zoom. JioMeet, in the very first week of going live, unveiled six features and enhancements including new functionalities for enterprise customers, sources said adding the new features prevent hackers from entering a conference.

The enhanced feature app is available on Google’s Play Store and will be shortly available on iOS, they said. The new features include personal meeting rooms with the ability to set one’s own meeting password to facilitate recurring meetings such as school classes and daily meetings. Also, a JioMeet user can now enlarge and pin a meeting participant by double-clicking the participant video. JioMeet also unveiled integration with traditional video conferencing solutions used by enterprise customers for collaboration across multiple offices from fixed locations. The use case is to offer flexibility for enterprises by allowing their employees to collaborate from office as well as home simultaneously, they said. The version also has single-use sign-on for enterprise users which allows users to use their existing user-ID and password. Enterprise users are now able to search and conference with other colleagues without exiting from the main conference. Also, in this version, JioMeet has refreshed the user interface and look.

JioMeet, which was launched on July 2 evening, supports HD audio and video call quality with up to 100 participants and offers features like screen sharing, meeting schedule features, and more. But unlike Zoom, it does not impose a 40-minute time limit. Calls can go on as long as 24 hours. The app allows conferences with participants only from the host’s organisation. Unlike Zoom, JioMeet users can switch from one device to another without dropping out of the call. Zoom allows sign up only with e-mail ID while JioMeet allows sign up with e-mail and mobile number. Inside the call, Zoom shows four participants at a time on a single mobile screen (for others, users need to scroll through multiple pages). JioMeet allows nine active participants on a single mobile screen.

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Google Meet to Roll Out Its AI-powered Noise-cancellation Feature in India Soon

Google has announced that its noise cancellation feature for Meet teleconferencing app will soon start rolling out in more markets, including India. In a support document, Google said apart from India, the noise cancellation will roll out to users in Australia, Brazil, Japan and New Zealand in the coming weeks.

The company also makes clear that it won’t come to people in South Africa, the UAE, and the immediately surrounding areas without stating why. Google introduced its AI-powered noise cancellation feature for the Meet in early June. The search engine giant was working on the feature for around a year and a half, using thousands of its own meetings to train its AI model.

The noise-cancellation feature uses a machine learning model that is capable of understanding the difference between noise and speech. To filter out background noise, a user’s voice is sent from the device to a Google data centre, which is where it goes through the machine learning model. Once the processing is completed, it gets re-encrypted and sent back to the Google Meet call. The feature is expected to become widely available for G Suite enterprise customers by the end of this month.


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Spotify Expands Real-time Lyrics Feature in 26 Countries, Including India

Swedish music streaming service Spotify is adding real-time lyrics feature in 26 worldwide markets including India. Real-time lyrics on Spotify are powered by Musixmatch, a music player that automatically downloads lyrics for offline store music and displays them in real-time in the player UI as well as the lock screen, reports XDA Developers.

It is possible that Spotify might expand and roll out this feature in other places soon. Spotify has experienced a delay in launching this feature because of complexities around licencing issues. With this new feature, Spotify will become similar to Prime Music and Apple Music which already offered real-time lyrics in India.

The list of markets where real-time lyrics will be available on Spotify includes Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Canada has been left out from the release despite it being part of the beta testing group, said the report.


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Google's Phone App is Getting a Verified Calls Feature to Inform Why a Business is Calling You

There are multiple times in a day when repeated business-related calls and inquiries prove to be quite an annoying experience for you. To address the issue, Google is reportedly said to be working on a new Verified Calls feature for its Phone app that will soon inform on why you are receiving a call from an unknown number. If reports are to be believed, the feature will tell users why a business is calling them and will also display its logo for easy identification, aside from the caller’s identity in the first place. Having said that, users will also have to add their phone number to their Google account for this feature to work.

This feature is slightly different from call screening. While call-screening can be done by users through various apps available online, the verified calls will only come to you once the businesses have met Google’s approval process. Furthermore, once all the information is shared and boxes ticked, the businesses will get a verified badge as well. This will further help users to understand that the call they are receiving is not a potential spam call.

Everything said and done, there is a catch. According to Google, the service will only work on the Pixel phones, which somehow clears the air that the feature will not be available on every Android smartphone. While the feature will be turned on by default, users can also choose to disable it. Google also assured that it will not collect any data and will delete users’ phone numbers as well after the verification process is done.


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Google Expands Business Messages Feature in Maps and Search to Help Small Businesses

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Business Messages will also be available on mobile websites so that a business can add the ability for customers to quickly “Message” right from their website.

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  • Last Updated: June 26, 2020, 11:59 AM IST

Google has announced to expand Business Messages in Maps and Search to support all kinds of businesses connect directly with their customers. Business Messages will also be available on mobile websites so that a business can add the ability for customers to quickly “Message” right from their website and offer the same smart automated replies, paired with live agent connection, Google said in a statement on Thursday.

“Messaging has become such a valuable way to connect with customers that twice as many businesses are messaging via Google now, compared to last year,” the company informed. Business Messages provides brands a comprehensive messaging solution across Android devices, and through Maps on iOS.

Several organisations, including MyGov in India, were among the first to try the updated Business Messages experience to make customer care more effective and efficient, particularly during Covid-19. “MyGov, with partner Amplify.ai, is providing help and answering live questions from Indian citizens about hours, Covid-19 helplines, and ways to volunteer and donate, for more than 11,000 food and night shelters across India,” said Google.

The tech giant this month launched a new feature on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps for users in India to help them find information on Covid-19 testing centres near them. The search giant partnered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov to provide the information on authorised testing labs. The Search, Assistant, and Maps currently feature 700 testing labs across 300 cities in India.

The feature is currently available in English and eight Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, and Marathi. Business Messages, however, is currently available in English, with expanded coverage to other languages launching soon, said Google.


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Google Introduces Fact-Check Feature For Image Searches to Stem Misinformation

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The new labels will be attached to the underlying web pages of photos and videos which appear in a Google search, the tech giant said.

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  • Last Updated: June 23, 2020, 2:31 PM IST

To help users decide whether they should believe what they see, Google has started showing a fact-check label under the thumbnail image results that people search. “When you tap one of these results to view the image in a larger format, you’ll see a summary of the fact check that appears on the underlying web page,” Harris Cohen, Google’s Group Product Manager for Search wrote in a blog post on Monday.

This measure to fight misinformation spread through the use of images builds on Google’s fact check features in Search and News. Fact check labels appear on results that come from independent, authoritative sources on the web that meet our criteria. These sources rely on ClaimReview, an open method used by publishers to indicate fact check content to search engines. We already highlight fact checks on Search and in Google News to make this content easy to discover.

YouTube also leverages ClaimReview to surface fact check information panels in Brazil, India and the US. “Just as is the case in Search, adding this label in Google Images results does not affect ranking; our systems are designed to surface the most relevant, reliable information available, including from sources that provide fact checks,” Cohen said. To recognise the important work being done by fact-checkers during the ongoing pandemic, the Google News Initiative provided $6.5 million in funding support to organisations around the globe earlier this year.


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ASUS ZenFone 7 Appears on GeekBench, May Feature 16GB of RAM With Snapdragon 865 SoC

File photo of an Asus 6Z smartphone

File photo of an Asus 6Z smartphone

The ‘ASUS ZF’ is likely to be the successor of the Asus Zenfone 6 that the company launched in India as Asus 6Z.

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  • Last Updated: June 20, 2020, 12:52 PM IST

Taiwanese smartphone brand ASUS is reportedly working on a new smartphone which could be called the Asus Zenfone 7 or 7Z. The smartphone which surfaced on the benchmark listing website Geekbench is likely to be the successor to the Asus Zenfone 6 from last year. The Geekbench listing suggests that the upcoming smartphone will be packed with 16GB of RAM and will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset, although it didn’t mention the name of the processor.

The listed handset may also run on Android 10-based operating system. As far as the scores are concerned, the ‘Asus ZF’ clocked 973 in single-core and 3346 in multi-core tests, as per the listing.

To shed some light on the Asus Zenfone 6 which could be replaced by the rumoured Asus ZF, the phone was launched as Asus 6Z in June in India and it features a 6.40-inch display with a 1080×2340 pixel-screen resolution. The Asus 6Z also came with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and a 5,000mAh battery under the hood. However, the standout feature of the device was in its camera department, wherein the rear camera could be flipped up, enabling users to use them as selfie cameras as well. The phone is currently priced at Rs Rs 30,999 in India for the 6GB+128GB variant and is available in three colour options – Silver, Matte Black, and Midnight Black.

Recently, ASUS was also said to be working on a next-generation gaming phone called the Asus ROG Phone 3 and the high-end device also made its way to Chinese regulatory body TENAA’s listing. The phone which could well be the company’s first-ever gaming smartphone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, a large 6,000mAh battery with fast charging support, and is touted to be the successor of the ASUS ROG Phone 2, that the company launched in 2019.


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Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Feature Phone Costs Rs 3,399 for 16MB Storage and a VGA Camera!

Nokia has launched its inexpensive, entry-level feature phone, the 5310 XpressMusic in India. The all-new 5310 comes as a revised version of the original Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, which the company had launched way back in 2007. After 13 years, the return of an iconic phone has brought back a whole lot of nostalgia that harks back to Nokia’s heyday. The all-new XpressMusic comes with dual-SIM support, an MP3 player, dual speakers and a wireless FM Radio. Just like the old one, the new Nokia 5310 XpressMusic also comes with dedicated music buttons, and has a claimed standby battery life of 22 days on a single charge.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Specifications

The dual-SIM Nokia 5310 XpressMusic features a 2.4-inch QVGA display with 240 x 320-pixel screen resolution. Under the hood, the phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6260A chipset, coupled with 8MB RAM and 16MB onboard storage, which is expandable via microSD cards. The device also runs on the company’s Series 30+ software platform. For photos and videos, the Nokia 5310 features a VGA rear camera with LED flash. However, there is no selfie camera up front.

Connectivity options on the Nokia 5310 include Bluetooth v3.0, a microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a removable 860mAh battery that claims to provide over 20 hours of talk time. The phone measures 13.1mm in width, which is discernibly thicker than the original 5310 XpressMusic, and weighs 88.2 grams.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic Price and Availability Details

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic has a price tag of Rs 3,999 and has been launched in three colour options – Black, Red, and White. Those interested in buying can head to either Nokia India’s own online store or Amazon India, to purchase the device from June 23. The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic will also be available for pre-bookings through the aforementioned platforms later today, and will be sold via offline retailers from July 22.


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