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WhatsApp Launches Channels: Discover, Follow, and Stay Informed

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In an exciting development, WhatsApp has announced the launch of Channels, a new feature that offers users a simple, reliable, and private way to receive important updates from individuals and organizations. This feature aims to provide a separate space within WhatsApp for users to access updates, apart from their regular chats with family, friends, and communities.

What is WhatsApp Channels?

Channels serve as a unidirectional broadcasting feature, enabling administrators to seamlessly share a multitude of content types, including text, photos, videos, stickers, and polls, with their audience. To assist users in discovering relevant channels, WhatsApp is creating a searchable directory where they can find channels based on their interests, hobbies, sports teams, and local updates. Users will also have the flexibility to access channels through invite links shared in chats, email, or posted online.

Privacy lies at the core of WhatsApp’s design philosophy for Channels. The platform ensures the protection of personal information for both administrators and followers. As a channel admin, your phone number and profile photo will remain hidden from followers. Similarly, when you follow a channel, your phone number will remain undisclosed to both the channel administrator and other followers. WhatsApp emphasizes that the decision of whom to follow remains entirely private and up to the individual user.

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Use of Particular Channel

In line with their approach to messaging, WhatsApp believes that Channel updates should not have to be retained indefinitely. As a result, channel history will only be stored on servers for up to 30 days. Furthermore, WhatsApp intends to introduce features that allow updates to disappear even faster from followers’ devices. Additionally, admins will have the ability to block screenshots and forwards from their channels, further enhancing privacy controls.

WhatsApp recognizes the importance of giving admins control over their channels. Admins will be able to decide who can follow their channel and choose whether they want their channel to be discoverable in the directory or not. While Channels are not end-to-end encrypted by default, WhatsApp acknowledges that there may be specific cases, such as non-profit or health organizations, where limited-audience end-to-end encrypted channels could be useful. The company is exploring this as a potential future option.

Rolling out in Stages

The launch of Channels will commence with a collaboration with leading global voices and select organizations in Colombia and Singapore, where the feature will initially be available. WhatsApp plans to gather insights, learn from the experience, and make necessary adaptations before expanding Channels to more countries. The company also envisions supporting admins in building businesses around their channels by leveraging WhatsApp’s expanding payment services. Additionally, WhatsApp intends to provide the ability to promote certain channels in the directory to enhance visibility and awareness.

WhatsApp emphasizes that despite the introduction of Channels, the primary focus of the platform will always remain private messaging among friends, family, and communities. Channels mark a significant step forward in response to years of user demand. WhatsApp deems it an opportune moment to introduce a broadcast tool that is not only simple, reliable, and private but also anticipates users’ enjoyment and continued utilization in the months and years ahead.

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Rumors Suggest iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max to Feature 5x Optical Zoom

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iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max Optical 5x Camera Zoom

As we already know the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s tetraprism camera comes with 5x optical zoom. But now, Apple is planning to add it in both Pro models of iPhone 16 i.e. iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max.

This is a rumor that we have already heard from many big sources such as MacRumors, Taiwanese research firm Trendforce, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In today’s press release, Taiwanese research firm Trendforce has adverted regarding this.

Following the successful launch of the iPhone 15 Pro Max with its exclusive Tetraprism telephoto zoom lens, the industry is expected to see an increase in the adoption of periscopic lens modules. Apple plans to bring this advanced hardware upgrade to the iPhone 16 Pro, making it accessible to more users in the Pro series.

The design of the tetraprism camera system in the iPhone 15 Pro Max is folded due to which it can be easily fitted into the smartphone. This tetraprism camera system enables 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom. The Pro Max models of iPhones i.e. iPhone 15 Pro Max have a bigger display size i.e. 6.7 inches.

But, on the other hand, if we talk about the Pro models i.e. iPhone 15 Pro, then the display is 6.1 inches as like the iPhone 15 which is small if we compare it with Pro Max. So, as per rumors, Apple will increase the size of the iPhone 16 Pro from 6.1 inches to 6.3 inches to fit the tetraprism camera system in the Pro model of the iPhone 16.

What do you guys think whether we get 5x optical zoom in iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max? Do let us know in the comment box. Also, tell us whether you like this post or not.

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Apple Introducing New iMessage Feature in iOS 17.4 Update Next Month

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iMessage new PQ3 protocol after iOS 17.4 update

Apple, an American-based Premium Smartphone Manufacturing Company is going to roll out stable iOS 17.4 in March. If you want to know about the features that are coming with this 17.4 update, then we already have a dedicated post for that. Additionally, Apple is introducing a new cryptographic security feature to its iMessage called PQ3. It is a new encryption protocol which is advanced. PQ3 is designed to protect against potential threats from quantum computing. It helps us to keep our sensitive data safe.

As we know, Apple’s iMessage supports end-to-end encryption like other messaging apps. However, some of the researchers found that existing cryptographic protocols used by messaging apps depend on mathematical problems that can be solved by future quantum computers.

To remain ahead of the cryptographic curve and lighten the risks from future quantum computers, Apple is introducing this new PQ3 messaging protocol. Apple calls this PQ3 protocol as Level 3 security which can offer better protocol protections than other popular messaging apps.

According to Apple, this new PQ3 is a new standard in the security of messaging app which reflects the privacy and security of the company in this quantum computing era. PQ3 feature will be rolled out in the March update, starting with iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4, and watchOS 10.4. Apple says that this PQ3 feature is already available in the iOS 17.4 public and developer beta testers.

What do you guys think, how useful will be this new PQ3 cryptographic security feature in iApple’s iMessage? Do let us know in the comment box. Also, tell us whether you like this post or not.

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OnePlus Watch 2 Price Leaked Before Launch

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OnePlus Watch 2 Price Leaked before launch

As we already know, the OnePlus upcoming flagship Watch 2 is going to be launched tomorrow at MWC 2024 (Mobile World Congress). If you want to know about the specifications, then do consider this post. Additionally, if you want to know about the color variants and some features of the Watch 2, then consider this post.

OnePlus Watch 2 Price Leaked Before Launch

Recently, the price of the upcoming OnePlus Watch 2 has been leaked. Ishan Aggarwal, a popular tipster, has recently posted a thread on their X (formerly Twitter) account. According to Tipster, the price of the upcoming OnePlus Watch 2 will be:

  • India: Rs.24,999
  • US: $299
  • Europe: €329
  • UK: £299

As we already said the OnePlus Watch 2 will be launched in India at the same time as it is launched globally. Do you guys think that it can compete with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6? Also, do let us know, whether you consider the OnePlus Watch 2 at this price in the comment box.

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