WhatsApp

WhatsApp usage is now free on FreedomPop in the U.S.

WhatsApp usage is now free on FreedomPop in the U.S.

Millions of people use WhatsApp every month, and now FreedomPop is aiming to make sure its customers are able to use the messaging app no matter what. The carrier is providing a zero-rated WhatsApp SIM in the United States, as well as free data to those customers in more than 30 other countries in Southeast Asia and Europe. With it, users can use WhatsApp’s service without it eating into their data allotment, of which there are 200MB included in the company’s free basic plan.

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WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

WhatsApp still isn’t as secure as you might think

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in early 2014 raised all sorts of red flags for security and privacy interest groups. Facebook, then and to some extent now, isn't exactly the epitome of those two values. Over time, WhatsApp has tried to assuage fears by implementing features such as end-to-end encryption. Apparently, that may be futile after all. Forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski revealed that, while the app does encrypt the messages it stores, it doesn't actually completely delete them and its backups still leave users open to spying or law enforcement.

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WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp is bringing even more features for its users, and those taking part in its Android beta testing can get access to the newest ones as of today. Chief among the new features being tested is voicemail, a welcomed addition considering how many people have replaced their phone's voice and texting services with feature-rich dedicated apps like WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

As predicted, it didn't take very long for WhatsApp to be restored in Brazil after being banned by a judge in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The judge's order to mobile phone carriers in Brazil was overturned by Brazil's Federal Supreme Court a few hours later, bringing WhatsApp back to the masses nearly as fast as it was restored the last two times something like this happened.

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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls every day, the company has announced. The calls are made using WhatsApp Calling, a feature that lets you stay in touch with others via voice calls versus the chats the app is most commonly used for. The voice calling feature is a nice alternative to using one’s phone to make the call — it is arguably more convenient, but can also be safer in the privacy sense, at least if certain whistleblower leaks are to be believed.

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Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

Slow internet problems today? It’s not just you

The internet's having a bit of a problem today. It would seem that TeliaSonera's translatlantic network is having an issue which is slowing - or straight up stopping - information flow between Europe and the United States. TeliaSonera's translatlantic network assists in connecting the USA to larger Europe with a series of cables that run through tubes under the ocean. Yes, if you weren't already aware, the internet is sometimes literally fitting inside and traveling through tubes.

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WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

How many times have you been messaging a group of people and you try to answer a question or respond to something, but someone else writes something unrelated before you can reply? Your message and the one you're trying to respond to end up with several lines of text in-between as other people chime in. It makes the conversation hard to read, and the context of your message can become unclear. That's exactly what WhatsApp's new quoted message feature aims to address.

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WhatsApp gets a native desktop app for Windows, Mac

WhatsApp gets a native desktop app for Windows, Mac

As much as these instant messaging services would like it to be the case, not everyone spends all day in front of their smartphones (though some really do). Some do have to spend some time in front of full computers, which sometimes means missing out on important, or not so important, interruptions from family and friends. That is why WhatsApp is now offering a desktop version of its messaging app, available for both Windows PCs and and Mac OS X so you won't have to miss a beat just because you really need to be productive.

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WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

This week the folks behind WhatsApp have made the app far more compatible with the newest versions of Android. This newest iteration of the app brings on features for its newest camera, enabling new abilities - and a new look. There's a new bit of text formatting for all messages, and there's a new way to make replies happen quicker - with Android Wear, too. This update also allows you to reply from your Notifications panel - all in Quick Replies.

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WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

WhatsApp may be working on a desktop client

Users in Brazil aren't able to use WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, or anyone else, thanks to a government shutdown. Thankfully, the blackout is only set to last 72 hours, which is a small price to pay for showing a government that users want access to encrypted communication. And it would seem that the makers of the popular app are looking at a new way for you to use it.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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