Mobile Messaging! What comes to our minds on reading these two words? Oh come on, you got to be kidding if it is not WhatsApp that crossed your mind. WhatsApp has been a widely used mobile messaging app since it was launched back in 2009. Here are some amazing facts about WhatsApp..! 1. WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. 2. 72% of the users check WhatsApp on a daily basis and there an average user checks WhatsApp 23 times a day, sending 1000 messages per month 3. Everyday 1 million new users are added to WhatsApp servers across the globe which means daily 1 million new users join WhatsApp. 4. The oldest device which is currently capable of running WhatsApp is Nokia N95. WhatsApp got available for Android Smart Watches in August 2014. 5. WhatsApp is responsible for 27% of selfies shared on social media and more than 500 million photos are shared daily through WhatsApp 6. Whatsapp has not spent a single penny on marketing, PR and user acquisition. Also, the Co-Founder of the messaging app – Jan Koum keeps a note on his desk written by Brian which says “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!” To keep them solely focused on building a pure messaging experience. 7. WhatsApp is worth more than some of the world’s largest companies like American Airlines which is worth around 12 billion dollars and Harley Davidson which is worth 14 billion dollars. 8. WhatsApp is valued more than the GDP of countries like Jamaica, Iceland and North Korea. 9. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum was denied a job at Facebook in 2008 and his co founder Brian Acton got denied by Twitter and Facebook for a job back in 2009, soon after which they started WhatsApp and rest is history. 10. The most shocking WhatsApp facts is that company is worth more than NASA’s entire Annual budget of around 17 billion dollars.
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California: Struggling to switch your language in facebook, to post your feelings in the desired language in a better way? Let your worry fly off. Facebook on Friday began testing a translation tool that will automatically let posts be displayed in languages users prefer. The new facility is expected to be a blessing for many facebook users, especially from multi lingual nations like India- a major user nation of facebook. The leading social network first made the "multilingual composer" tool available earlier this year for use on pages representing companies, brands, groups and celebrities through its Pages service.Now it will be available to general users. "Page authors and other people on Facebook can compose a single post in multiple languages, and the viewers who speak one of those languages will see the post in their preferred language only—allowing people to more easily interact with their diverse audiences," the company said. Half of Facebook's more than 1.5 billion users worldwide speak a language other than English, the California-based social network says. Among factors Facebook will use to determine which language to use for posts include locales designated in account settings and which languages users routinely use for their posts. The social network plans to use multilingual posts to improve machine translation capabilities with the aim of one day removing language barriers across the social network, making it more popular.
Houston: Tech giant Facebook has come up with a new feature that can help nonprofits and charity organisations to raise money for the causes they care about, the company said. Several months after the social network launched a new “fundraiser” feature for nonprofits to collect donations, Facebook announced it has expanded the tool to individual users. The tool is now available to 1 per cent of US users — standard for new Facebook products in order to gather feedback and make sure there are not any bugs — but it will roll out to all US users in the coming weeks. The new fundraisers are the latest feature from Facebook’s Social Good team, which officially launched in September 2015 and is the force behind tools like Safety Check and Amber Alerts. Focusing on products aimed at crisis response and charitable giving, the team now hopes to break down barriers and empower people to use the tools it is building. “We had Facebook fundraising for nonprofits with International Medical Corps in Nepal and then last year… nonprofits could fundraise for themselves,” Naomi Gleit, Vice President of product management for social good at Facebook, said in a statement. “But the real vision has always been people fundraising for nonprofits.” The inspiration for the tool came from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in 2014. Facebook saw people raising money and awareness, but the ALS Association told Facebook that it couldn’t handle the volume of traffic to its website, nor could it accept international currencies. Now, users will be able to donate directly through Facebook or start their own campaigns. Any US-based nonprofit that holds a 501(c)3 status, has a verified Facebook page and agrees to the Facebook Pages Terms can sign up for the program. As part of the initial rollout on Thursday, fundraiser creators can choose from nearly 100 charities, such as the Nature Conservancy, Alzheimer’s Association and Oxfam. “Before we actually disburse funds to them, depending on how much money it is, we will do some more quality control,” Gleit said about the nonprofits overall. “We just want to make sure there’s no fraud, so there’s an additional layer of vetting,” Gleit added. While only US users can create fundraisers, people around the world can donate.
Instagram is the fastest growing social platform which allows users to share their photos and videos. Currently, it has billions of active users globally and this mobile photo sharing platform is increasingly positioning itself as a social network in its own right. Recently, a shocking news has revealed on this photo sharing platform. Instagram has already no nudity policy which means, people are not allowed to upload porn videos or pics on this photo sharing platform. In spite of Instagram’s policy there are millions of hardcore porn videos on the site lurking under Arabic hashtags. Tech blogger and hacker Jed Ismael came across some videos while looking for hashtags that translate ‘movies’ in Arabic. In a blog post, the techie had discovered more than one million sex films on the website. Later, on his blog, he shared the news, “Instagram has banned certain English explicit hashtags from being showed in the search. However users seem to find a way around the policy, by using non-English terms or hashtags.” He then revealed that “I came across this discovery by searching for the hashtag “افلام” which means movies in Arabic.” It is not much difficult as this explicit content is easily available and can be viewed even without age verification. The length of the films is confined on Instagram but, not their influence on the young generation. By now many youngsters and teenagers have probably viewed porn on Instagram. Even pornographic websites have a warning page that tells visitors that the website has explicit content. The techie also points out that two months back, a number of porn videos were found on YouTube that was posted using the “Hungarian” language. Earlier, there have also been reports on how the porn industry is backing the current advanced technology and its resources going beyond 3D and mobile viewing to the sense of being there, warning at Virtual Reality.
New Delhi : On International Women's Day, Google came up with a unique concept for a campaign to spread awareness about empowerment of the women of future and the importance of education in their lives. The campaign known as #OneDayIWill is promoted by a video, which was produced after meeting 337 women from 13 different countries across the world. Creators Lydia Nichols, Helena Leroux and Liat Ben-Rafael have tried to get together the aspiration of women around the globe and bring them in limelight so as to inspire the next generation. From vibrant young girls to vivacious elderly women, everyone has a dream which needs encouragement to get fulfilled. Google has done a marvellous job in creating the women's day doodle. The doodle is a simple sketch of women from all age groups having dreams which are waiting to get accomplished. In the middle of the doodle is a huge play button, representing the second 'O' of Google, which when clicked upon plays the #OneDayIWill video. The #OneDayIWill video features different women from different parts of the world; San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Lagos, Moscow, Cairo, Berlin, London, Paris, Jakarta, Bangkok, New Delhi and Tokyo. The video also features British primatologist Jane Goodall, Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai and activist Muzoon Almellehan. Beneath the doodle is an option for women to share their #OneDayIWill experience and celebrate International Women's Day with Google. After the video has finished the page is directed to the Google search page for International Women's Day showcasing various webpages imparting knowledge regarding the same.
California: New browser extension for Chrome and Firefox has been released which lets users swap the standard emojis in yellow with sets of custom reactions in facebook, including sets of Pokémon or Donald Trump. Developer Rodney Folz created an extension called Reaction Packs that allows users to use their choice of reaction pack and replace it with Facebook’s default emojis. However, the reactions remain the same, such as Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry. The set also includes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau-themed emoji. Last month, the Facebook rolled out “Reactions” – an extension of the “Like” button – worldwide, to allow users to express sadness, wow, anger, love and laughter. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in September last year that the company was thinking of adding a “dislike” button, which spearheaded a debate over whether it would increase cyber bullying and negativity on the site. In October, the company said it would expand its signature “Like” button with various reactions. The company said it will also use “Reactions” to track user behavior and for ad delivery. The feature has received mixed reviews from users on social networking sites. “We will initially use any Reaction similar to a Like to infer that you want to see more of that type of content,” Facebook had stated in a separate blog post.
California : Google on monday honored well known dancer and choreographer of Bharatnatyam, Rukmini Devi Arundale on her 112th birthday with a doodle. Rukmini Devi was born on 29 February 1904 in a Brahmin family in Madurai. She is considered the most important revivalist in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam. She supported the cause of Bharata Natyam, which was considered a low and vulgar art in the early 1920s. Recognizing the beauty and the spiritual value of this art form, she not only learned the dance, but also presented it on stage despite strong public protests. Originally known as sadhir, the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam owes its current name, to E. Krishna Iyer and Rukmini Devi Arundale, who has been instrumental in modifying mainly the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam and bringing it to the global attention. Rukmini Devi was nominated as a member of the Indian Parliament's Council of States (the Rajya Sabha) in April 1952, and re-nominated in 1956.In 1977, Morarji Desai offered to nominate her for the post of President of India, which she turned down. Rukmini Devi features in India Today's list of '100 People Who Shaped India'. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1956, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1967.
Washington: Facebook users around the globe can now do more than “like” a post. They can love it, laugh at it or feel angered by it. The social network rolled out “Reactions”an extension of the “Like” button worldwide on Wednesday, to allow users to express sadness, wow, anger, love and laughter. In a video accompanying a blog post, the five new buttons appear as animated emoticons that pop up when the “Like” button is held down on mobile devices. The buttons appear on desktops when users hover over the “Like” button. Facebook launched a pilot of “Reactions” which allowed users to select from seven emotions including “Angry”, “Sad”, “Wow” and “Like” in Ireland and Spain in October. The “Yay” emoticon, which was present in the pilot launch, was not seen in Wednesday’s video. “People wanted to express empathy and make it comfortable to share a wider range of emotions,” Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. Zuckerberg said in September the company was thinking of adding a “dislike” button, which spearheaded a debate over whether it would increase cyber bullying and negativity on the site. In October, the company said it would expand its signature “Like” button with various reactions. The company said it will also use “Reactions” to track user behavior and for ad delivery.
California : In facebook sometimes someone may deleted their account or something more sinister, delete you off their Facebook account. According to media reports, there is a new app you can download called‘Who Deleted Me’, which tells you who deleted or deactivated their account. The only problem is that the app is not retroactive which means that you will only see who discarded you (like a piece of trash) after you download the app. The app will tell you how many friends are currently active and which friends have deleted or deactivated their account, since the last time you logged in. How it works is, the app take peek at your friends list, saves the information, then compares it to the next time you login. If the numbers don't add-up, the app will then tell you who has unfriended you and who has deactivated their account.
California : The Facebook Messenger app, which we use every day for chatting and voice calls, has a hidden chess game. The game can be played by any user in a personal chat window. It works on the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the Messenger Web client (www.messenger.com), and via messages on the Facebook Web interface. To play chess on the Facebook Messenger, all you need to do is enter "@fbchess play" command to begin playing a game with the person you're chatting with. To move your pieces, you will need to be familiar with the Standard Algebraic Notation commands used to refer both the pieces and locations on the board. Entering a command such as "@fbchess Pd3" would move a pawn to d3 location. For reference, K is for King, Q for Queen, B for Bishop, N for Knight, R for Rook and P is for Pawn. If you get stuck, you can always enter "@fbchess help" in the conversation's text field. A list of commands and instructions will then show up. The game tries its best to help users from losing and prevents them from making any move that does not protect the King, when in 'Check' situation. If you feel like giving up, you can always type "@fbchess resign". The hidden chess game was first discovered a month ago by Reddit users. It is worth mentioning that Facebook Messenger got its first game - Draw Something - last year. Facebook last month announced that the number of people using its Messenger application monthly has shot past 800 million, with more features on the way to win even more fans. Improvements to the smartphone messaging application last year included ramping up speed, making it easier to send photos, adding video calling, letting businesses use it for customer service and adding the ability to send money to friends.
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