Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps

Audiobook fans have a new option to comparison shop against. Rakuten Kobo has announced it’s adding audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps, with two ways to buy them: a la carte, or with a $10 per month subscription service that nets you one book per month. The service launches today in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand via an update to the apps.

Kobo, which was bought by e-commerce platform Rakuten in 2011, is best known for being one of the only e-reader makers around not named Amazon. But while it doesn’t have the same kind of name recognition, Kobo does have an almost completely global reach. It sells e-readers or ebook services in 190 countries, according to the company, and has a library of 5 million ebooks. The company also offers access to discounted ebooks, and library card compatibility, too.

The new audiobook offering is only coming to the mobile apps, though, so don’t expect to be able to listen to books on any of the company’s e-readers any time soon. Kobo hasn’t said how many books will be available at launch, but you can try out the service for free for 30 days.

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Apps to Provide Peace of Mind With a Teenager Behind the Wheel

Q. I have a new teenage driver in the family. What’s the best way to keep tabs on his whereabouts when he is out with the car? Will regular location-tracking phone apps work?

A. As long as you and the teenage driver agree to use a location-tracking app on your phones, the software should give you an idea of where he is at any given moment. Several apps and services for monitoring location through a smartphone can be found online. But keep in mind that you may not get the latest updates if the teenager loses his phone, its battery runs out or a network signal is unavailable.

Some location-tracking services include features specifically for keeping tabs on young drivers. For example, Life 360’s Driver Protect for Android and iOS is one option in this category and includes roadside assistance, a “Safe Drive Review” report for parents to see where the driver went (and how fast), arrival alerts, crash detection and emergency response tools. A Driver Protect subscription is $7.99 a monthbut comes with a free seven-day trial.

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The Life360 Driver Protect app, one of several subscription services that track drivers, guides a new user through setting up a “circle” for family members to see one another on a map. Once configured, the app collects GPS and other data from the driver’s phone to show location, route and other information. Credit The New York Times

For parents who do not want to rely solely on information collected from the phone, a number of companies make vehicle-monitoring kits that use a small gadget that plugs into the car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) port, usually found under the dashboard. Through its companion smartphone app, the device reports the car’s location, speed, braking information, driving history and more. You need to buy the OBD-II adapter (typically less than $80) and pay a monthly subscription fee. Prices vary based on the company, but Bouncie, Hum and MotoSafety are three car-tracking products to consider.

Newer vehicles may have optional tracking tools and custom apps available, so check your car’s user manual if you think these may be available. If the car already has the OnStar vehicle-safety service, you can add its FamilyLink monitoring feature for $3.99 a month.

Welcoming a new motorist into the family these days involves more than just driver’s education classes and adding the teenager to the insurance policy. Distracted driving incidents from texting or fiddling with other technology in the car are dangers that most older generations of drivers did not experience. The National Safety Council has information and app suggestions online for reducing distracted driving. Additionally, the council’s DriveItHome.org site hosts a series of detailed guides for parents of new driver

Even for parents who opt for less electronic surveillance of their teenage drivers, there is software to suggest for the new driver. Apps for the family’s insurance company, navigational aids and roadside-assistance tools can provide help when needed and minimize that invasive feeling.

How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates

How to Create, Edit, Delete WhatsApp Status Updates

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can now add photos or videos as WhatsApp Status updates
  • You can upload multiple images or clips as updates
  • The updates all disappear after 24 hours

When WhatsApp turned eight in February, it has launched a new feature that seems to be pointing to a future where the app moves away from text messages, and relies much more heavily on photos and short videos – the ephemeral status update. This newest feature from the Facebook owned messaging company bears more than a passing resemblance to social rival Snapchat, and the update hasn’t just added a new tab for the status in the menu on top of your screen, but also a camera button right in the middle of things, which can be used to update your status, or a contact, or group. It’s an exciting change, and it’s really straightforward too, but in case you have any doubts about how to use the feature, here’s what you need to know about the revamped WhatsApp Status updates.

What happened to my old text WhatsApp status?

You mean the line which most people completely ignored, leaving it on the default “Hi there, I’m using WhatsApp”? Well, that’s gone. Put the past behind you. According to some people the old text status is still visible, but it’s gone for the most of us, so try restarting the app if you’re still seeing the old status. Of course, the user backlash over the beloved text status made the company bring it back in March.

How can I set a photo or video as my WhatsApp status?

There are a couple of different ways to create a WhatsApp status you can do. Let’s look at them.

How to create a WhatsApp Status using the Status option:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap on Status.
  3. Tap on My Status. If you’ve already got a status, tap the little circle with a + sign on the top right.
  4. Take a photo by pressing the shutter button, or hold the button for a video. Or select one from the camera roll at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Add a caption if you want by tapping on Add a caption, and then tap on the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can tap on it to view, or press the menu button on the right side to check how many people have seen the update, or to forward it. Tap on the eye icon to see the names of the people.
  7. The WhatsApp status will disappear in 24 hours.

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Here is another method to create a WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp.
  2. Tap the camera icon on the top left.
  3. Take a photo or video, or select one from the camera roll.
  4. Add a caption if you want. Tap the green tick to finalise.
  5. Next you can either send it to a contact, or select My status to update your status. Tap the Send icon at the bottom right.
  6. You can now go to the Status tab to see your status, as above.

I messed up, how do I delete my WhatsApp Status?

Made a mistake? Don’t worry about it, you can easily delete these updates. This is how you can delete your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Open WhatsApp obviously.
  2. Go to the Status tab. Scroll to find the status you want to delete.
  3. Tap on the eye icon that shows how many people have seen the status.
  4. This will show a list of the people who viewed your status.
  5. Tap the trash icon, and tap Delete to confirm.

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There doesn’t seem to be a way to delete multiple WhatsApp Status updates in one go though, so don’t mess up too much!

How do I edit privacy settings of WhatsApp Status?

You can set it so that only specific WhatsApp contacts can see your status, or you can make a list of contacts who can’t see these, or set it to show to all your contacts.

This is how you can change the privacy settings of your WhatsApp Status:

  1. Once again, naturally, open WhatsApp.
  2. Go to Status and tap on the Three dots menu icon on the top right, and tap on Status privacy.
  3. Alternatively, you can tap on the menu button in the main chats screen and open Settings > Account > Privacy Status.
  4. There are three options here, My contacts, which is all your contacts; My contacts except.., which lets you pick contacts to exclude; and Only share with.., which lets you pick contacts to share with.

And that’s it, you’re done, that’s all you need to know about WhatsApp Status updates. To know about more things, do check out our How to section, and tell us what you think about this new feature, or ask us your questions via the comments below.

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Google Search Now Shows a Screening Test If You Search for Depression

Google Search Now Shows a Screening Test If You Search for Depression

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google to show depression test widgest on similar searches made in the US
  • Google’s Knowledge Panel will walk you through a test series
  • It will also list symptoms and possible treatments for depression

People in the US will soon have an option to take a screening test on Google to know if they are depressed or not.

Now, when users in the US will search for “depression” on Google, they will see a box atop the results on mobile, which the search giant calls a Knowledge Panel. The Knowledge Panel contains information on what depression is, what its symptoms are and the possible treatments.

“Now when you search for ‘clinical depression’ on Google on mobile, you’ll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap ‘check if you’re clinically depressed’, which will bring you to PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be. To ensure that the information shared in the PHQ-9 questionnaire is accurate and useful, we have partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on this announcement,” Google said in a blog post.

google depression DepressionAccording to Google spokesperson Susan Cadrecha, cited by The Verge, the feature is being rolled out on mobile in the US soon and it is not meant to subvert a medical evaluation.

“The results of the PHQ-9 can help you have a more informed conversation with your doctor,” according to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which partnered with Google on the questionnaire.

According to NAMI, clinical depression is a fairly common condition with almost one in five Americans experiencing an episode in their lifetime. But only about 50 percent of people who have depression get treated for it.

“Mental health professionals often refer to major depressive disorder as clinically significant depression or clinical depression. Clinical depression is a treatable condition which can impact many aspects of a person’s life. The PHQ-9 can be the first step to getting a proper diagnosis,” the NAMI statement added.

Written with inputs from IANS

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