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WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp can now be locked down with Face ID on Apple's newest iPhones, allowing users of the instant messaging service to secure their chats from prying eyes. The update, released to the App Store this week, also includes support for Touch ID security on versions of the iPhone that have the fingerprint sensor.

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WhatsApp update hits users with 5-person limit to forwards

WhatsApp update hits users with 5-person limit to forwards

The newest update to WhatsApp seems to be moving the messaging service closer to that of its associated brand partners. In an effort to curb the misuse of the platform around the world, the app will soon have a limit of five forwards for every unique message. At this moment it's not clear how lenient the algorithm for this limit will be. For example, what if I changed just one letter - is that a different message?

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Why Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram cross-service encryption can’t happen

Why Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram cross-service encryption can’t happen

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to suggested end-to-end encryption of a single messaging system between Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Today a statement from Facebook suggests that they're "working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks." But it's not that sentence that's important - it's the one that comes right after it that tells me what I suspect is probably true.

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WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging will be joined together, as the social network pulls together the various apps and services it owns. The shift will present a considerable architectural challenge for Facebook engineers, though the expectation is that - at least initially - end-users won't necessarily see any difference.

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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to combat false information

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to combat false information

WhatsApp is once again making changes to message forwarding. Beginning today, WhatsApp users will only be able to forward messages to five users at a time, down from the previous limit of 20. The goal, WhatsApp explains, is to curb the spread of misinformation and rumors on the service, which has been the cause of a lot of safety concerns.

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WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

WhatsApp update: Stickers directions and creator info

This week the folks at WhatsApp announced the addition of stickers to their chat platform. One might wonder how a platform like WhatsApp did not have stickers until now - and the answer is not entirely clear. What is clear is that the stickers are fanciful and quite often strange. WhatApp will deliver these stickers to all users ASAP.

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WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp users have received an email from Google informing them of a big new change: their backups will no longer count against their Google Drive data allotment. WhatsApp first introduced these backups in 2015, enabling users to store a copy of their messages in the cloud. Over time, depending on how heavily the app is used, these backups can grow into multiple gigabytes, a substantial amount for Google users who only have the 15GB included for free with their account.

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WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

WhatsApp won’t be free for all, soon

To make WhatsApp a better place for users - and for the company to actually make a profit - there'll be some money involved, soon. The WhatsApp Business announcement released this week suggested that the WhatApp Business app will soon cost cash to use - for businesses, but not all businesses. The company suggested that sone businesses will have to pay to send "certain messages" - but not all.

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WhatsApp rolls out group video and audio calls

WhatsApp rolls out group video and audio calls

Video calling has been a one of WhatsApp's big features for a couple of years now, and today, we're seeing it get a pretty major expansion. Back at the Facebook F8 conference in May, the company announced group video calling for WhatsApp, but declined to say when the feature would launch. Fast forward to today and the wait is over, as group video calling has gone live across both iOS and Android.

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WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

Multi-platform messaging app WhatsApp has announced a new option that essentially allows group chat admins to create one-way broadcast channels, a feature seen on other social services like Telegram and Discord. On the surface it's a way for the Facebook-owned WhatsApp to give group admins more control, but it's also a big step towards letting users turn the app into a way of receiving announcements or breaking news.

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WhatsApp Android Gingerbread and iOS 7 support ends in 2020

WhatsApp Android Gingerbread and iOS 7 support ends in 2020

WhatsApp has updated its mobile device support page with new details on when support will end for older Android and iOS handsets: February 1, 2020. On that date, the company plans to end support for the tiny sliver of smartphones still running Android Gingerbread, as well as older versions of iOS and the few iPhones still using them.

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WhatsApp on Android crashes with this message

WhatsApp on Android crashes with this message

WhatsApp seems to make headlines all for the wrong reasons. The most recent is its CEO's departure over Facebook's privacy policies. Before that, co-founder Brian Acton called for a Facebook boycott over its privacy scandal. Though less sensational, this latest tidbit about WhatsApp could be even more destructive. A few messages are now being forwarded that, when tapped, could send not just the WhatsApp Android app crashing but possibly even the entire Android device as well.

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