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Twitter Will Now Allow Users to Schedule Tweets Directly From Its Web App

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Earlier, users had to rely on Tweetdeck or other third-party apps that supported the feature if they wanted to schedule tweets.

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  • Last Updated: May 29, 2020, 2:24 PM IST

Twitter has started rolling out the ability to schedule tweets natively from its web app. While composing a tweet, one would see a little calendar icon on the bottom row of icons at the bottom of the compose window. Click that and one can specify when the user wants his tweet to be sent.

Twitter had been experimenting with the feature back in November. Now it seems the company is rolling the scheduling feature to all users. Before users had to rely on Tweetdeck or other third-party apps that supported the feature if they wanted to schedule tweets.

“Not quite ready to send that Tweet? Now on twitter.com you can save it as a draft or schedule it to send at a specific time –– all from the Tweet composer,” the company tweeted. Twitter has also added a new way to save draft tweets.

To do so, just tap on the ‘X’ button in the top left corner of the tweet composer and then select the Save button. To access saved tweets, open the compose box and select the Drafts option at the top.




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WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Dark Mode for Web: How to Get Dark Theme on WhatsApp Browser Interface

WhatsApp Web dark mode is not an officially integrated feature, but you can get it easily without disrupting other pages or installing browser plugins.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:18 AM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

WhatsApp dark mode can now be implemented in the WhatsApp Web browser client as well, without disrupting other browser pages or installing any plugin on to your browser. The dark mode implementation gives users the darkened theme without taking anything away from the performance of other open tabs on your browser, and it is only a simple little trick that gets the job done.

To get dark mode on WhatsApp Web, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Once the WhatsApp Web client is open, right click on the empty area outside of the chats, and click on the ‘inspect page’ tab. If you cannot see an empty area around your WhatsApp browser client, use Ctrl + ‘-‘ (minus) to zoom out.
  2. Once you click on ‘inspect’, a splitscreen view will open up to show you the coding elements of the WhatsApp Web page. On this section, towards the very top of the chart, find the line that reads body class=“web”.
  3. Double-click on this line to switch on the cursor, and change ‘web’ to ‘web dark’. Now, the line of code here should look like body class=“web dark”.

While the background of the chat windows are set to a super dark shade of olive green, the chat tabs are set to a slightly lighter shade. Received messages show up on a grey text snippet, while sent messages are encased in lighter green bubbles. Despite not being officially baked into the WhatsApp Web client’s settings, the overall dark theme looks quite appealing and professionally put together.

WhatsApp Dark Mode on Android and iOS phones were rolled out with much hype and fanfare. Through 2019, it made for the most wanted WhatsApp feature among its 2 billion-odd active users, and going forward, WhatsApp’s implementation of a system-tied dark theme has been received quite well among its audience.

 




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France Passes Bill Forcing Web Giants to Take Down Illicit Content Immediately

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Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat will have 24 hours to remove other “manifestly illicit” content.

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  • Last Updated: May 14, 2020, 1:42 PM IST

Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday. For other “manifestly illicit” content, companies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat will have 24 hours to remove it, according to the law, which sets up a specialised digital prosecutor at the courts and a government unit to observe hate speech online.

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told parliament the law will help reduce online hate speech. “People will think twice before crossing the red line if they know that there is a high likelihood that they will be held to account,” she said. Free-speech advocates criticised the new law. Online civil liberties defence group La Quadrature du Net(LQDN) said in a statement the legislator should have instead targeted the Internet giants’ business models. It said it was unrealistic to think the content could be withdrawn within the hour and the law was unnecessary.

“If the site does not censure the content (for instance because the complaint was sent during the weekend or at night), then the police can force Internet service providers to block the site everywhere in France,” it said.

Twitter France public affairs chief Audrey Herblin-Stoop said the company would continue to work closely with the government to build a safer Internet and fight against illegal hate speech while protecting an open internet, freedom of expression and fair competition. She said it was a top priority to ensure public debate was civil, adding Twitter’s investments in technologies that signal hate speech will reduce the burden on users of having to call out illicit content.

For one in two tweets on which the company has taken action, it had already been alerted by software, compared to 1 in 5 in 2018, she said. Far-right National Rally party president Marine Le Pen said the law was “a serious violation of the freedom of expression”. Facebook did not return calls and emails seeking comment, Google and Snapchat were not immediately available for comment.




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Facebook Dark Mode Rolls Out For Web Users: Read More Here

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The new dark mode is expected to help users enjoy Facebook by lowering brightness along with contrast and vibrancy while reducing strain in the eyes.

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  • Last Updated: May 11, 2020, 12:54 PM IST

Facebook has finally rolled out the much-awaited dark mode for PC users. The redesigned feature, according to Facebook, will be simpler and easier to use and will now load faster, giving users experience pretty similar to the mobile app. Interestingly, the feature, which was limited to a select few in the past, will now be available for users around the world. In a statement, Facebook said, “The new Facebook.com is simpler and easier to use, with the features you know and love. We’ll keep improving the experience.” The Dark Mode feature is also expected to help “billions” of users enjoy the app in lower brightness,

“We’ve grown since Facebook.com launched 16 years ago. We’ve built new features, optimized for new devices and operating systems, and expanded to hundreds of languages. Recently we’d focused on the mobile Facebook experience, and realized our desktop site had fallen behind. People need it to keep up,” said Facebook while rolling out the new design.

How to Enable Dark Mode and What Has Changed

To enable the latest dark mode feature on Facebook, users will have to go to “Settings” and then click on “Switch to new Facebook”. The dark mode can be enabled after that by tapping the same arrow. According to Facebook, the dark mode toggle is expected to help “billions” of users enjoy the website by lowering brightness along with contrast and vibrancy, therefore, reducing strain on the eyes in dimly-lit conditions. The interface is also cleaner with bigger texts as well. “It minimises screen glare for use in low light, wherever you are. The new immersive layout along with Dark Mode will also make viewing videos on Watch a great experience,” the statement read.

Furthermore, the simplified design, through its streamlined navigation approach, will make it easier for a user to not make an easy discovery of games but also create Groups, Pages, Events, as well as advertisements on Facebook.




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WhatsApp Web to Soon Get Messenger Rooms Integration: Here's How it Will Work

WhatsApp Web to Soon Get Messenger Rooms Integration: Here's How it Will Work

After launching Messenger Rooms, Facebook seems to be planning to integrate it with the web version of WhatsApp.

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  • Last Updated: May 11, 2020, 11:27 AM IST

A new report suggests that Messenger Rooms will soon be making its way to the web version of WhatsApp. According to WABetaInfo, known for beta testing the popular messaging app, a shortcut for Messenger Rooms has been enabled on WhatsApp Web version 2.2019.6.

This essentially means that It will enable users to connect with their peers via Messenger Rooms from their PCs and laptops. While this new version hasn’t been rolled out to all users yet, it is reported that it would be soon available to WhatsApp users via future updates.

The shortcut is said to appear under the Attach button along with other options. Clicking on the shortcut will automatically take users to the Messenger Rooms window to begin a video call. The feature will also ask users if they want to create a room from WhatsApp or head to Facebook Messenger to create the room. Users will also be able to make either a group video call or Messenger Rooms call from either WhatsApp Web or Messenger. The host of the video will be able to send a link for the call and participants simply need to click on it to join. One will also be able to invite people to the video call via the Facebook news feed, events page, groups and so on. To join the video chat a person doesn’t need to have a Facebook account or be friends with the host on Facebook.

There is no confirmation as to when the commercial rollout of the integration is going to happen, but it could take a while since Messenger Rooms hasn’t launched globally as of yet.

Facebook launched ‘Messenger Rooms’ last month to take on Zoom and other various video conferencing platforms. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has led to a huge spike in the adoption of such apps so as to maintain social distancing with friends, families and at work. Messenger Rooms allows group video calls of up to 50 people with no time limit. Users can create a room using Messenger or Facebook, and invite their friends and family to join the video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account.




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This New Web Game Shows How We Are Stopping Covid-19 by Staying at Home

Web screenshot: 'People of the Pandemic' pulls population density and hospital capacity from US zip code data.

Web screenshot: ‘People of the Pandemic’ pulls population density and hospital capacity from US zip code data.

Wondering what happens when people carry on as usual? “People of the Pandemic” lets us see how that plays out too.

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  • Last Updated: April 23, 2020, 1:13 PM IST

A web game based on real pandemic data shows how an eight-week stay-at-home challenge can save thousands of lives. How does staying inside help stop a viral pandemic? Why do we say that going out leads to more confirmed cases and deaths? What happens if everyone goes back to work after eight weeks of self-isolation? A new web game from data visualization experts shows how simple decisions about when and why to leave our homes can have outsize impacts on the health of those around us.

In “People of the Pandemic,” players balance their basic needs for food and exercise with the health of society at large. Over the course of an eight-week period, each player decides how often they will go out in the next seven days: once to take a walk, twice to buy groceries, three times to add on a run or more for social activities. Their decisions are matched up against 19 others who have played before them. Collectively, all 20 determine how many lives are lost or saved. Want to play it safe? Then you’ve got to keep food stocks and exercise levels adequately high without giving the virus a big social network to spread through.

Wondering what happens when people carry on as usual? “People of the Pandemic” lets us see how that plays out too. Then, at the end, there’s a chance to see what happens when everyone goes straight back to business after eight weeks of confinement — and how things could develop with a more cautious approach. Spoiler: even after two months of containment, there’s a massive uptick in infection and mortality if everybody just goes back to normal. In other words, the simulation says, if you’ve got the option to safely stay at home for longer, please take it.

The game was developed by design and data visualization expert Shirley Wu and spatial data specialist Stephen Osserman, working with a small team of developers, writers and consultants. “It’s an extremely simplified model meant to illustrate the general principles of social distancing,” Osserman explains on collaborative data science service ObservableHQ. “Each day, as people who are infectious either stay home or travel to different destinations they ‘expose’ those they come across — in their homes or at the destinations they visit.” Though the sim is designed for use with specific US zip codes, players can instead select a randomized urban, suburban or rural zone.

Want to see how “People of the Pandemic” would work with different assumptions? A separate, pared-down Infection Disease Simulation, linked from Osserman’s explanation, lets players go deeper into the model’s rulebook, altering parameters relating to population, disease, and public health behaviours.

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Can The Coronavirus Kill You? This Website Attempts to Give You The Good or Bad News

Just in case you are looking for a sliver of good news while not exactly scared about getting really scary news in return, you must check out this website (Access here) to determine what you chances are of dying in this Coronavirus pandemic that has swept across more than 110 countries and remains highly infectious. Let us just state this from the outset these are calculations based on variables, assumptions and the underlying calculator that is working all this out. It is not a scientific method of calculation and neither does it mean guarantees either way. Nevertheless, it is incredible fun changing the variables and watching your odds become better. Or worse.

There are in total nine total parameters, which are age, preconditions, social contact, hygiene, gender, health services, climate, population infection rate and infection fatality rate. For gender and climate, you get binary choices—male or female and cold or warm. For the rest, you can select your answers using a slider. For instance, for the medical preconditions option, you can choose between None, Minor and Major. Social Contact gets more choices along the slider—None, Small, Average, Large and Huge. Hygiene gets Good, Average or Poor. Each of these categories have an explanation of how it works and how it may have a bearing on the final score. For instance, for Gender, you get this—”Males seem to be the slighter weaker sex on this one. There’s been various proposals as to why, such as men smoking more, or having a different immune system, but the evidence is currently inconclusive.”

However, a couple of these categories could do with a bit more explanation. These include population infection rate and infection fatality rate. As a user, you may be a bit perplexed to choose something here, even though there is an explanation there. Similarly, for the preconditions, should someone with a blood pressure issue for example, select Minor or Major as an option? But this writer is just relieved with the 1 in 367,431 odds of Coronavirus killing him. For the time being.

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Amazon Web Services Asks Judge to Stay Microsoft's Pentagon Project

 

Amazon filed a motion to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract from Feb 11.

 

 

Amazon Web Services Asks Judge to Stay Microsoft's Pentagon Project
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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retail giant’s Cloud arm, has asked a US judge to force a stay of work on Microsoft’s $10 billion Cloud contract until the court can rule on Amazon’s protest over the Pentagon awarding JEDI to Microsoft. Amazon had sought ‘preliminary injunction’ from the court to temporarily block Microsoft from starting work on the billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. In a statement shared with Fast Company, an AWS spokesperson said that it is common practice to stay contract performance while a protest is pending.

“It’s important that the numerous evaluation errors and blatant political interference that impacted the JEDI award decision be reviewed. AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the DoD’s modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,’ the spokesperson added.

Amazon filed a motion asking a federal judge to block Microsoft from working on any substantive tasks for the JEDI project while the court considers the matter. The motion makes good on Amazon’s previous pledge to try to pause work on the contract while the legal challenge is underway. Amazon last year filed a suit with the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the decision.

“AWS is absolutely committed to supporting the Department of Defense (DoD’s) modernisation efforts and to an expeditious legal process that resolves this matter as quickly as possible,” the AWS spokesperson said.

Microsoft is set to start its work on JEDI Cloud contract from February 11. The US government in October awarded the much-anticipated $10 billion Cloud contract for Pentagon to Microsoft.

In its complaint against the government decision, Amazon alleged Trump abused his position to put “improper pressure” on decision-makers for personal gains and show his hatred towards Bezos who owns The Washington Post.