Police warn parents of 14 apps that could be dangerous for kids

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – Law enforcement agencies across the country are warning parents of 14 popular apps that could put kids in danger of predators.

Police are urging parents to check their children’s phones and the apps on their devices as this is the best way to defend against possible predators.

Some tips to protect children according to police are:

  • Approve every app on your kid’s phone
  • Check their privacy settings
  • Speak with your children about phone use, app use and social media

14 apps that police say could be dangerous for children. (Source:Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office’ Facebook)

Here are the 14 apps police say parents need to be aware of:

SNAPCHAT: allows users to take pictures and videos that disappear with new features like ‘stories’ that allow users to view content for 24 hours and see your location.

KIK: allows anyone to direct message instead of text messaging and gives unlimited access to anyone, anytime.

YELLOW: allows teens to flirt with one other similar to Tinder.

HOLLA: video chat app that allows users to meet through their phones across the world in seconds.

OMEGLE: allows users to chat for free and encourages anonymous chatting with strangers.

BUMBLE: similar to Tinder, a dating app that requires women to make first contact, though kids are known to create fake accounts and falsify their age.

WISHBONE: allows users to compare photos to each other and rate one another on a scale.

CALCULATOR%: secret app that allows users to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.

ASK.FM: notorious for cyberbullying, this app encourages to anonymously message others to ask questions.

WHISPER: anonymous social media app that allows users to share secrets with others and can share users’ locations so they can meet.

BURNBOOK: allows users to post anonymous rumors through text, audio and pictures.

HOT OR NOT: allows users to rate profiles and find people in their area and chat.

LIVE.ME: live streaming app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can see the broadcaster’s location.

INSTAGRAM: one of the most popular apps among children, kids are known to use this app for fake accounts and to text since the conversation is deleted when someone leaves the chat.

These are only examples of potentially dangerous apps, and parents should monitor all apps and note if they offer messaging features.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

Asus ZenFone 4 Series India Launch Set for September 14

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Asus has sent out media invites for its next ZenFone launch
  • The event is set to be held on September 14
  • Asus may launch its selfie-focused smartphones in India

Last month, Asus launched several new ZenFone 4 models, including two selfie-focused smartphones – the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie and Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro smartphones. Now, the company has sent out media invites for an event on September 14 for the launch ‘of its latest smartphone series’. Furthermore, on its social pages, Asus has confirmed that the next ZenFone is coming next week, confirming the India launch for the ZenFone 4 series.

While there’s no clarity on which smartphones from the ZenFone 4 series will launch in India, Asus has so far, made many ZenFone 4 variants official – the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. The selfie-focused smartphones were launched first, followed by the ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Pro soon after. Back in July, the Asus ZenFone 4 Max was also launched.

Asus has also simultaneously launched a #DitchTheSelfieStick campaign in India as well, hinting that probably the two selfie-focused variants may see the light of the day first. In any case, clarity on that will only be achieved at the event on September 14.

In Europe, the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro has been priced by the company at EUR 399.99 (roughly Rs. 30,050), while the ZenFone 4 Selfie is priced at EUR 299.99 (roughly Rs. 22,550). These prices are not indicative of how much they will cost in the Indian market, as taxes and government regulation play an additional and definitive deciding role in the final pricing.

As the names suggest, both smartphones are focused on selfies and come with dual cameras at front. The Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bears a front-facing dual camera setup with a 24-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor. The ZenFone 4 Selfie on the other hand comes with a 20-megapixel sensor and another 8-megapixel sensor at the front of the handset. At rear end, both new Asus smartphones feature 16-megapixel primary cameras.

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Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.4GHz octa-core

Front Camera

20-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.6,007
Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

2GHz octa-core

Front Camera

24-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

16-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Also See
  • Asus ZenFone 4 A450CG (Red, 8GB) – OFFER
    Rs.6,007

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WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year’s Eve in India

WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year's Eve in India

WhatsApp Used to Send a Record 14 Billion Messages on New Year’s Eve in India
HIGHLIGHTS
3.1 billion images, 700 million GIFs, and 610 million videos were sent
WhatsApp recently rolled out the ability to share GIF images
WhatsApp has more than 160 million monthly active users in India
On New Year’s Eve, 14 billion messages were exchanged through WhatsApp in India, 32 percent of which were in some form of media – photos, GIF images, videos, and voice messages, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app said on Friday.

The number of messages shared on the platform on New Year’s Eve is even higher than the last record set during Diwali when 8 billion messages were sent in one day, WhatsApp said.

A total of 3.1 billion images, 700 million GIF images, and 610 million videos were sent on WhatsApp on the occasion. WhatsApp has more than 160 million monthly active users in India.

Interestingly, WhatsApp only recently rolled out the ability to share animated GIF images on the platform. WhatsApp for iPhone got the feature back in November, while WhatsApp for Android got the feature in December. Android recently also got the ability to stream shared videos, letting users view videos before they were downloaded.
Last month, a major new feature was reportedly spotted in the WhatsApp for iPhone beta – the ability to revoke and edit sent messages. Several other messaging apps offer similar features, and their addition to WhatsApp will certainly be well-received. Also spotted was the ability to preview shared archive files.

Notably, WhatsApp stopped working on older versions of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone on December 31. Devices running on Android 2.2 or lower, iOS 6 or lower, and Windows Phone 7 are no longer supported by the app.

Written with inputs from IANS

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Tags: WhatsApp, WhatsApp India, Apps, India

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14 Android Texting Apps That Should Be On Your Smartphone

texting

For small businesses, texting can be used to verify accounts and purchases, run localized promotional campaigns, do seasonal marketing and more. And because SMS needs customers to opt in before you engage them, the likelihood of them responding is much higher.

If you are using an Android device, what texting apps will let you leverage the technology for your small business?

This list of Android texting apps includes a range of features you can use to engage your customers, employees and partners by taking over as your default texting app.

Go SMS Pro

What Go SMS Pro has going for it is features, and a lot of them. However, these come at a premium. Access to all the app’s themes and the ability to remove ads will cost you $19.99.

The app includes a feature to encrypt messages and protect your privacy. There is also support for disabling all sponsored messages. And when you get a message there is a pop up for quick viewing and replying.

This is one of the Android texting apps that offers unlimited cloud storage space for message backup. This is a key tool to protect your business if you have to comply with regulations or or face a potential disputes in the future.

chomp SMS

android texting apps

The approach chomp SMS has taken is to remove many of the features other apps deliver and create a clean platform with great functionality instead. The themes are limited, but features such as scheduled SMS sender, stopping a text while sending, and group messaging are useful tools small businesses can use. The app is free, but removing the ads will cost $2.49.

Textra

Textra is popular because of the customization and options it offers. This includes floating notifications, compatibility with PushBullet and Android Wear, and message blocking. All of the features together use only 3 MB. And the app is free.

Google Messenger

android texting apps

It’s a no frills app with just the basics. But the basics on Google Messenger come in handy. They include blocking SMS senders with no interruption, plus location sharing, message archiving and more. The file sharing feature has options for sending text as well as rich media. The app is free.

Sliding Messaging

The features of Sliding Messaging let you customize the user interface and experience, including gestures and navigation style. You can switch between conversation using the drag feature on your device, start a new conversation and manage old messages with a single click. This is one of the Android texting apps that has security settings to protect your messages with contact blacklisting and individual notification settings. The app costs $1.99.

Evolve SMS

The highlight of Evolve SMS is the usability of the interface with smartphones. This includes switching between conversations, making batch deletions, customizable notifications, password protection and more. However, if you want to go beyond the free version, the features that are available for free elsewhere, such as scheduling SMS, will require an in app-purchase.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has 900 million active monthly users. So it represents a huge marketing potential for small businesses. WhatsApp has all the features of the major apps, including group chats and the ability to send and receiving messages from the browser of your computer. It has an address book that can be accessed quickly, and offline messages are saved until you open the app.

The app is available for free for the first year, and only $0.99 per year after that.

Viber

android texting apps

Viber has an easy to set up and use platform, that uses your phone number as your login. This means no PIN numbers. You can create group messages with up to 200 people with admin privileges, follow public chats, share locations and contact information with support for desktop integration. The app also offers video calling and is free without any advertising.

Telegram

If you want to secure your chat, Telegram provides encrypted chat messaging with client-server encryption for standard chats. A Secure Chat mode provides end-to-end encryption so only you and the recipient can view the conversation. Group chats can go as high as 200 users and you can send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts at a time. The app also syncs across all your devices and it stores your history in the cloud. The app is free with no ads.

TextSecure

This is another app designed for security conscious users. You can send encrypted instant messages, group messages, photos and other attachments to other TextSecure users. The app uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols. It performs all these security functions without any additional effort from the user. Like many of the other apps, it is free with no advertising.

Blackberry Messenger

android texting apps

Blackberry Messenger has the functionality and security the app has been known for. If you want a comprehensive texting app, this is it. You can send free text, voice calls, images and files and get a delivery and receipt tags for your messages. It has a 2-way opt-in for communications to control who can send you messages. A PIN system lets you share contacts without sharing additional details.
You can time your messages so they can disappear from the screen, retract message and choose how you share your information. Channels can be created for specific groups with subscription options.  And these users can share similar interests in multi-person chats. And this app too is free.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is important because of the integration of the social media site and its more than 1.4 billion users. The app delivers on all texting features, as well as some that are very useful for small businesses. “Chat Heads” allow you to open other apps while you are chatting. And you can forward messages or photos to people who are not in a conversation. The free app also lets you see who is available on Messenger as well as users that are active on Facebook.

GroupMe

As the name implies, GroupMe brings everyone in your group together with great features. The free app has a notification control that allows you to choose what type of message you receive, to mute specific chats and to review your conversation at anytime, during or after the event. Chats can be carried out from other computing devices. And you can then share contents from URLs that are shared in a conversation.

WeChat

WeChat allows group chats with up to 500 people, with options for sending text and rich media. The privacy control has been certified by TRUSTe. And  the free app has real time location with its Friend Radar, People Nearby and Shake features.

Businesses can no longer ignore the marketing and networking opportunities text messaging delivers. These platforms provide better responsiveness and immediacy few channels can replicate. They are also cost effective, with an ROI that is hard to beat.

Texting Photo via Shutterstock

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