Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Tencent Sees Profit on Smartphone Games, WeChat Now Has 980 Million Users

Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday posted a 69 percent jump in quarterly net profit, beating expectations, on strong smartphone games revenue.

Net profit for the three months ended September rose to CNY 18 billion ($2.72 billion), China’s largest social media and gaming company said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

This was above an average estimate of CNY 15.18 billion from six analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue rose 61 percent to 65 billion yuan, against an estimate of CNY 60.78 billion.

Monthly active users of the social media mobile app WeChat hit 980 million, up from 963 million three months ago.

Revenue from smartphone games, helped by its popular title Honour of Kings, grew by 84 percent to CNY 18.2 billion in the quarter, Tencent said in the filing.

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iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What’s New

iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What's New

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The iOS 11.1 update has 70 new emoji characters
  • The update brings back 3D Touch App Switcher that was live until iOS 11
  • Apple has also released new watchOS and tvOS updates

Weeks after rolling out three minor updates to iOS 11, Apple has released iOS 11.1 as the first major point release of its latest platform. The new update is available for all iOS 11-compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The company has added a bunch of new emoji models as well as brought back the gesture-enabled 3D Touch App Switch through the newest update. Separately, it has released watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1 updates.

You can download the iOS 11.1 update on iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above models, iPad mini 2 and above models, or the sixth generation iPod touch. To download the update, you need to go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. Your device should be running on a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air (OTA) update. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process.

The first major change that comes with the iOS 11.1 update is the range of over 70 new emoji characters that include new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, some more expressive smiley faces and gender-neutral characters. You would notice ten Unicode emoji models such as a crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head and face vomiting among others. Similarly, there are improvements to existing creatures like dolphin, bee, snail, and whale to enhance your messaging experience.

In addition to the new emoji characters, the iOS 11.1 update has tons of fixes and improvements for Photos and VoiceOver. The update has also brought back support for accessing the app switcher using 3D Touch. This means you can now press the left edge of the 3D Touch-enabled display of your iPhone to access the multitasking App Switcher interface – without using the home button. The feature was well present until the release of iOS 11, but Apple disabled its existence supposedly to promote the button-less gestures of the iPhone X.

The iOS update also includes a list of security improvements. Notably, it patches the widespread vulnerability that was recently spotted in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol and was letting attackers use a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) to decrypt network traffic and gain access to personal data.

watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1

Alongside the release of iOS 11.1, Apple has brought watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. The new watchOS version is compatible with all the Apple Watch models, including the Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3, while the new tvOS is available for the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV devices.

The watchOS 4.1 update brings access to iCloud Music Library within the native Music app. There is also support for streaming music from both Apple Music and Radio. You leverage the LTE support of your Apple Watch Series 3 or connect your older Watch model to an active Wi-Fi network to stream your favourite tracks. Additionally, Apple has enabled GymKit support that will let you share your workout data through advanced gym equipment.

Here’s how you update to watchOS 4.1. First, you need to have at least 50 percent charge on the Apple Watch before you start the update – it is also recommended to keep it charging while updating. Your iPhone will to be in close proximity to the Apple Watch, and will need to be on Wi-Fi. After this, users will need to launch the Watch app on their iPhone and head to the My Watch tab and then General > Software Update. Enter the Watch passcode if prompted and then follow the prompts from your iPhone. The Apple Watch should restart twice before the update is completed.

Unlike the feature-rich watchOS 4.1, the tvOS 11.1 update doesn’t include any noticeable upgrades. The new version, however, fixes the WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability. Apple is also set to bring more settings control to Apple TV 4K users, but through tvOS 11.2, as spotted from the first developer beta of the next update.

To update to tvOS 11.1, users need to open the Settings app on their Apple TV, and then navigate to Settings > Systems > Software Update. Once this is done, the Apple TV will search for the update and you can proceed to download tvOS 11.1 following the on-screen prompts.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple on Tuesday also released macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, which brings new features apart from security and stability fixes. To start with, it supports 70 new emoji, including food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, and more. It fixes a bug where Bluetooth appeared as unavailable during Apple Pay transactions. It also improves the reliability of Microsoft Exchange message sync in Mail. Finaly, it fixes an issue where Spotlight does not accept keyboard input.

There are several changes for the enterprise crowd, but what’s more interesting are the number of security fixes, including a fix for WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol vulnerability that exposes it to KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks). To install the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, users need to open to the Mac App Store and navigate to the Updates tab to find the update.

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Google Duo’s Picture-in-Picture Mode Is Now Live for Android Oreo Devices

Google Duo's Picture-in-Picture Mode Is Now Live for Android Oreo Devices

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google Duo gets picture-in-picture mode
  • The mode will be available only to Oreo users
  • More apps supporting picture-in-picture mode likely coming

One of the biggest Android Oreo features is the picture-in-picture mode which was briefly showcased during Google’s I/O developer conference earlier this year. Now, the feature is officially available in the Google Duo app, but only for Android Oreo users.

With Android Oreo, Google allows video and chat apps to play picture in picture when minimised. The news was confirmed by Google Duo’s technical lead Justin Uberti on Twitter. Picture-in-picture mode is also available to Android Nougat users though it’s limited to chat apps.

With Android Oreo, the apps that will support the feature will go into the picture-in-picture mode when a user presses the home button. The floating window can then be pulled to the bottom of the screen to close the app. Notably, users running Android Oreo won’t need to do anything to use the new picture-in-picture mode with Google Duo app.

For those unaware, the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode is new multi-window mode mostly utilised for video playback. It will let the user watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigate between apps or browsing content on the main screen. “An app can enter PIP mode when the user taps the home or recents button to choose another app,” says Google’s Developer page.

Some of the other Android 8.0 Oreo features include redesigned settings, which doesn’t bring major design changes though enhances the overall look of the OS; redesigned Quick Toggles and Notifications, Android O handles quick toggle differently and with improvements; Notification Dots, are basically notification dots are tiny visual cues on the app icon to inform you about pending notifications in the app; AutoFill with Google is a very handy feature and prompts the credentials if a suitable match is found, and Smart Text Selection, simplifies actions that require copy pasting.

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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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