WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

WhatsApp Group Calling Now Rolling Out to Select Android Beta, iOS Users

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Few WhatsApp for iOS 2.18.52 users have received group video calling
  • Same goes for very few Android beta version 2.18.145 and above users
  • A new Add participant button shows up in WhatsApp video call

At the F8 keynote, it was announced that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp is getting the group calling feature soon. Now, a few users are reporting that they are seeing the feature in their Android and iOS app, and are able to use it. Mind you, very few users are reporting this update, and it doesn’t mean that the official roll out has begun. WhatsApp is the biggest messaging app in the world, with over a billion active users globally.

WABetaInfo reports that few users on WhatsApp iOS version 2.18.52 and Android beta version 2.18.145 and above can see group video calling activated. This feature is not officially rolled out yet, and it does not work on the invitation system either. Users just have to be very lucky to see this feature, and WhatsApp seems to have randomly picked a segment of users to test this feature with. In any case, this does mean that the group calling feature is coming to WhatsApp Android and iOS real soon.

For all those lucky users who have it, they now see an Add Participant icon on the top right window after making a video call to one person. Clicking on that icon allows you to add up to three more people to the video call. The screen then splits into four halves for a proper group video call.

WhatsApp has rolled out the new iOS version 2.18.52 to all users, and you can check for an update on the App Store. After updating the app, you can go ahead and see if you have the video calling feature activated or not by following the above mentioned method. If you do see it, then let us know your first impressions in the comment section below!

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Wacom Bamboo Tip Stylus Allows for Seamless Pairing on Android and iOS Devices

Wacom Bamboo Tip Stylus Allows for Seamless Pairing on Android and iOS Devices

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Bamboo Tip comes with an anodised aluminium casing
  • It is available for iOS devices and most Android devices
  • It has a claimed battery life of 20 hours on a single charge

Accessory maker Wacom on Tuesday announced the launch of the new Bamboo Tip fine-tip stylus for Android and iOS devices. The stylus has been designed for Android phones/ tablets, iPhone, and iPad. It enables switching between devices without pairing. The Bamboo Tip stylus comes with a claimed 20-hour battery life. It has been priced at $49.95 (roughly Rs. 3,200) in the US, EUR 59.90 (roughly Rs. 4,700) in European markets, and JPY 6,280 (roughly Rs. 3,600) in Japan.

The Bamboo Tip comes integrated with Wacom’s proprietary Inkspace, a cloud based service that offers access and synchronisation for notes and other sketches. The fine-tip stylus has an anodised aluminium casing in a Dark Blue colour variant. It conserves battery life by turning off within a few minutes of standby time; users can also switch it off by pressing the button provided.

Yet another switch on top of the Bamboo Tip allows users to fine tune performance by changing frequency based on custom preferences.

The highlight feature of the Wacom Bamboo Tip is the ability to switch between Android and iOS devices without the need of pairing and unpairing repeatedly.

The Wacom Bamboo Tip has a length of 142mm and minimum diameter of 10mm. Weight of the stylus is 16 grams. It comes with a Micro-USB charging port hidden behind the cover on the top. It also comes with Bluetooth connectivity. “Bamboo Tip works best on screens without one (screen protector),” according to the product page.

“In today’s connected world, we rely on a combination of smartphones, tablets and different operating systems to capture ideas, observations and next steps at work or at play. Bamboo Tip lets users move seamlessly between devices and operating systems to get things done. As OS providers roll out more seamless note taking and markup capabilities on their devices, Bamboo Tip will help users take full advantage to be more productive and turn ideas into reality,” said Mike Gay, Senior Vice President of the Wacom Consumer Business Unit.

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Dalai Lama Launches iOS App That Provides Updates on His Travels and Teachings

Dalai Lama Launches iOS App That Provides Updates on His Travels and Teachings

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

The 82-year-old Buddhist monk announced the new app, which will allow users to watch live video of his teachings, to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday.

It promises official news, videos and photos from the office of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

However, it does not appear on Apple’s China app store, meaning most Tibetans will not be able to access it.

The technology giant has previously blocked iPhone applications related to the Dalai Lama and other exiles from its China store.

The Buddhist leader has embraced modern technologies in the past, although it is not known whether he himself uses a smartphone.

In 2014 he said new technologies had made a lot of things easier, but warned against allowing phones and computers to dictate how we live.

“Without technology, humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings,” he said.

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iOS 11.2.1, tvOS 11.2.1 Updates Now Available to Download, Restore HomeKit Sharing

iOS 11.2.1, tvOS 11.2.1 Updates Now Available to Download, Restore HomeKit Sharing

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Restores HomeKit access for shared users on both platforms
  • iOS 11.2.1 available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • tvOS 11.2.1 available for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K

Apple is rolling out iOS 11.2.1 update for eligible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, as well as tvOS 11.2.1 update for the Apple TV, both of which restore HomeKit sharing after a remote access bug was spotted last week. iOS 11.2.1 is now available to download for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. tvOS 11.2.1 is available for Apple TV 4 and 4k variants.

The reason for a simultaneous software update is because it restores HomeKit for shared users, a feature that was recently disabled due to a bug that was spotted last week. This bug was responsible for giving unauthorised access in vulnerable circumstances. With the new updates, for both platforms, Apple has promptly restored access for all users. In its release notes, Apple says, “iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.”

The security bulletin that accompanied the updates reveals that HomeKit bug allowed a remote attacker to unexpectedly alter application state, and that the message handling issue was addressed with improved input validation.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users can download this update by going into Settings > General > Software Update and checking for the update. Once it appears, click on Download and Install; the update will automatically get installed on the device. It is advisable to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Also, you should back up your data, and ensure that your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

On your Apple TV, the update can be installed in a similar manner by going into Settings > System > Software Updates in tvOS. Once downloaded, the update will restart the Apple TV once. Do note that tvOS 11.2.1 is available on the Apple TV 4K over the air only. On the Apple TV 4, although, you can install the update manually by downloading the IPSW file through iTunes.

Just last week, iOS 11.2 was rolled out to all eligible Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod users. This major update brought new features like support for Apple Pay Cash and faster wireless charging support. tvOS 11.1 was also updated last month but brought minimal upgrades to the Apple TV.

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