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Android Phone Users Will Love What Microsoft Is Bringing To Your Phone For Windows 10

Microsoft is giving Android phone users a rather cool feature which will allow them to run the apps on their Android phone side by side with Windows apps on their Windows 10 PC. This is part of the big update to the Your Phone functionality in Windows 10. This cool functionality is part of the next version of the Your Phone app which is shipping to testers as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 and is rolling out to Windows Insider testers at this time. The fact that you can run your Android phone’s apps side by side mean you won’t need to install the same apps on your PC as well, and these can run seamlessly from the phone. Interestingly enough, at this time, the upgraded Your Phone functionality is pretty much limited to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, with further support for the just announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra arriving later this year.

The list of compatible phones at this time includes the Samsung Galaxy Note10, Samsung Galaxy Note10+, Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy A30s, Samsung Galaxy A31, Samsung Galaxy A40, Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A50s and the Samsung Galaxy A70, to name a few. “Later in the year, Samsung Galaxy Note20 users will experience the power and convenience of running multiple apps side by side and we will continue to work with Samsung to bring this feature to additional devices. Apps will launch in separate windows enabling you to interact with multiple apps at the same time,” says Microsoft in an official statement. Expect more Android phones, including those from other brands, to get support for Your Phone’s new functionality by the time this rolls out for all users later this year as part of a Windows 10 update.

Microsoft confirms that users will also be able to pin shortcuts for the apps from their Android phone to the Windows 10 task bar or the Windows 10 Start Menu. The Your Phone app will list all the apps on the Android phone connected at the time and will let you access these apps from there itself. It is not just that—you can also run multiple apps from your phone side-by-side too. The Your Phone app will list the most used apps on your phone at the top of the apps list and any apps that you launch will open in their own dedicated windows on your PC. There will also be new notification badges for your Android phone apps that you have kept open on the Windows 10 PC. However, Microsoft does warn that certain apps may block this functionality considering they do limit the ability to cast screens to other devices, for instance, and it’ll need an update from the app developers to make those apps compatible with the new Your Phone for Windows 10.

All said and done, this is perhaps the biggest update we will get for the phone mirroring experience on Windows 10 and Android phones. For instance, you will be able to not only access photos and messages from your phone without having to reach out for it, but also not have to duplicate apps between your phone and PC. For instance, WhatsApp, Gmail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft To-Do and Spotify, to name a few. This just makes everything simpler, and you will genuinely be able to plug in your Android phone as a productivity device without actually having to reach out for it much lesser than you probably do right now. Users who aren’t part of the Windows 10 Insiders testing program can expect this app to rollout for them in the coming months, with support for more phones baked in by then.


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Google and Amazon Were the Most Imitated Brands Used for Phising Attacks in June Quarter: Report

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Email phishing exploits were the second most common type after web-based exploits, compared to Q1 where email was third, the report added.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated: August 5, 2020, 11:04 AM IST

Google and Amazon were the most imitated brands via phishing attempts in the second quarter this year while Apple which was the leading phishing brand in Q1 fell to seventh place in the June quarter, a new report said on Tuesday. Google (13 per cent), Amazon (13 per cent) and WhatsApp (9 per cent) were the top three most imitated brands globally in Q2 across devices while Facebook was the most imitated brand on mobile, according to cybersecurity firm Check Point’s ‘Q2 Brand Phishing Report’.

Email phishing attacks surged, making up nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of all phishing attacks. The report outlined the latest trends in ‘brand phishing’, a term used to describe when a hacker imitates an official website of a known brand by using a similar domain or URL.

“Hackers leverage a variety of methods to send links to deceptive websites, redirecting users during their web browsing experiences. Typically, the intention of a hacker is to steal credentials, personal information or payments,” said the researchers. Facebook was fifth in the overall tally, followed by Microsoft (7 per cent), Outlook (3 per cent), Apple (2 per cent), Netflix (2 per cent), Huawei (2 per cent) and PayPal (2 per cent).

Email phishing exploits were the second most common type after web-based exploits, compared to Q1 where email was third. “The reason for this change may be the easing of global Covid-19 related restrictions, which have seen businesses re-opening and employees returning to work,” said the report.

“Almost 15 per cent of phishing attacks trace to mobile. Facebook, WhatsApp and then PayPal are the most imitated brands on mobile, respectively,” it added. In late June, the researchers witnessed a fraudulent website which was trying to imitate the login page of Apple’s cloud services iCloud. “The purpose of this website was to try and steal iCloud login credentials and the domain was registered in Russia,” said the report.


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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Social media platforms play a crucial role in enabling freedom of expression, we need to adopt a democratic approach towards intermediary liability allowing platforms to thrive.

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WhatsApp Launches 'Search the Web' Feature in Select Countries to Combat Misinformation

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A magnifying glass icon next to the forwarded messages will be displayed so that users can search a launch on the web to verify or double-check the content they have received.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: August 4, 2020, 4:18 PM IST

WhatsApp has officially rolled out a long-speculated ‘Search the Web’ feature in order to combat fake news and misinformation. The feature, as of now, has been launched in select countries, including the likes of US, UK, Brazil, Spain, Italy, and Ireland, allowing users to verify and double-check the messages that have been forwarded to them. According to the tech giant, the feature is available to both Android and iOS users as well as WhatsApp Web. However, the company has not revealed anything as to when it plans the said feature in India, which is one of its biggest markets with more than 400 million users.

How to Use Search the Web Feature

Users will see a magnifying glass icon next to the frequently forwarded messages and they can tap on the button to launch a search on the web to verify or double-check the content. According to WhatsApp, since messages on the platform are end-to-end encrypted and the company cannot read it, users might have to go through multiple links on the web to determine the authenticity of the content. To recall, there is a restriction on the number of forwarded messages on WhatsApp, and as per the latest rule, users are not able to forward messages more than one person at a time. Through the latest feature, WhatsApp wants its users to go through the viral message carefully before forwarding them blindly. Users in the select countries also need to get the latest version of WhatsApp to avail this new feature.

“Today, we’re piloting a simple way to double-check these messages by tapping a magnifying glass button in the chat. Providing a simple way to search messages that have been forwarded many times may help people find news results or other sources of information about the content they have received. This feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.


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Facebook Unveils Messenger Rooms Shortcut on WhatsApp Web: Here's How to Use It

Users first have to update the latest WhatsApp Web version in order to create a room shortcut. However, the feature is not available on the mobile app yet.

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WhatsApp Pay to Rely On Fintech Solutions Made By Indian Companies

One of the biggest milestones in India’s quest for becoming a Digital-First Nation has been the introduction of unified payments interface (UPI). Having said that, the digital payments service still has a long way to go. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the growth and gaps in India’s digital economy in a recent address to leaders of the US-India Business Council.

India has about 500 million active internet users, with another 500 million that are yet to come online. This means that the efforts in doubling the size of Digital India requires bridging this divide and expanding access to the tools and platforms that power India’s digital economy today. It is noteworthy that the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) recently put a cap on unified payments interface (UPI) transactions for digital payments players like Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm and others.

Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp recently wrote in an article on Financial Express “More than four years ago, Prime Minister Modi launched this ground-breaking initiative to provide Indian citizens with the ability to make digital payments to one another and to the more than 60 million Indian small businesses that serve local communities and the world.”

Talking about the UPI integration with WhatsApp, Cathcart believes in doing so “we can help power a new wave of fintech innovation and financial inclusion.” The platform also has the ability to back up a broader suite of fintech applications like micro-pensions, digital insurance products, and flexible loans, something that might be seen on WhatsApp in the near future. Such custom solutions by Indian technology companies based on the UPI platform have the ability to solve large social, business and financial problems in India and then become templates for other countries to deploy.

Rapidly scaling UPI is the need of the hour and one of the best ways to strengthen India’s digital economy added Cathcart. He also says that the UPI project has proven to be ‘wildly successful’ in just four years managing a 100 million-strong user base ever since the launch.


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MobiKwik mpay.me Personal UPI Payment Link Works With Google Pay, PhonePe & Paytm: How To Set It Up

MobiKwik mpay.me is linked to your mobile number. This link can be shared via any app including WhatsApp, and the sender can make the transaction using any UPI payment app Paytm, PhonePe or Google Pay.

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WhatsApp Group Mute Forever Option Coming Soon: This Could be the Respite You Wanted

WhatsApp group muting is a key tool to help you get a focused usage experience on the messaging app, and looks set to get a super popular option in the near future as well.

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Big Tech Hearing: Zuckerberg Saw WhatsApp & Instagram as Threat to Facebook, Internal Emails Show

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The House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel appeared to draw on a rich trove of Facebook company emails, releasing numerous screenshots of correspondence from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.

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  • Last Updated: July 30, 2020, 5:25 PM IST

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stumbled at a congressional hearing on alleged abuse of market power on Wednesday, as lawmakers confronted the social media titan with damaging internal emails about the company’s acquisitions. The House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel appeared to draw on a rich trove of Facebook company emails, releasing numerous screenshots of correspondence from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.

Using the exchanges, lawmakers got Zuckerberg to acknowledge that he saw photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp as competitors when Facebook acquired them. “The businesses are nascent but…if they grow to a large scale they could be very disruptive to us,” Zuckerberg wrote in 2012, two months before the Instagram purchase.

In another email, written the same day Facebook announced the acquisition, Zuckerberg conceded that “Instagram was our threat,” adding: “one thing about startups though is you can often acquire them.” Representative Joe Neguse, a Democrat, noted that a 2014 email showed Facebook’s CFO referring to the company’s acquisition strategy as a “land grab.”

“We have a name for this; it is a monopoly,” Neguse said. The committee presented fewer such exchanges to the other executives testifying at the hearing, which also featured Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc’s Tim Cook. Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal used an email to grill Zuckerberg on whether Facebook copied competitors like Snapchat for anti-competitive reasons. “How many competitors did Facebook end up copying?” she asked. “I don’t know,” Zuckerberg answered, stammering.

She asked if Facebook had ever threatened to clone a competitor’s feature while negotiating to buy them. “I would like to just remind you that you are under oath and there are quotes from Facebook’s own documents,” she told him. The documents also shed new light on how the social media giant saw the competitive landscape. In a 2012 graphic, Facebook touted the company as “95% of all social media in the U.S.” The graphic was titled: “The industry consolidates as it matures.”


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Brazil Antitrust Watchdog Asks Facebook to Explain WhatsApp's Fee Payment Structure

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The service on Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform was blocked by Brazil’s central bank eight days after the launch.

  • Reuters
  • Last Updated: July 28, 2020, 11:58 AM IST

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog is asking Facebook Inc to explain the fee structure for its short-lived payments service launched in June in partnership with card processor Cielo SA, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The service on Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform was blocked by Brazil’s central bank eight days after the launch. Facebook charged merchants a 4% fee per transaction, above-market prices, but transfers among individuals were free.

Cade, as the watchdog is known, said it wanted to understand the rationale for the fee and see if the deal prevented other card processors from joining the payment platform as Cielo dominates Brazil’s market with a 40% share.

Facebook and Cielo have said the deal did not exclude others from joining. The antitrust watchdog also asked Facebook to explain how it reached agreements with Cielo and card issuers Nubank, Banco do Brasil SA and Sicredi.



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