Apps

WhatsApp Face ID, Touch ID Biometric Authentication Plagued by Screen Lock Bypass Bug, Company Responds

Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out an update for its iPhone chat app, which included support for biometric authentication using Face ID or Touch ID. Now, it is being reported that the biometric authentication implementation in the app has a bug that allows anyone to get access to WhatsApp without going through Touch ID or Face ID. WhatsApp has …

Read More »

Ola Announces Sachin Bansal Has Invested Rs. 650 Crores in His Personal Capacity

Ola on Tuesday announced that it has raised Rs. 650 crores (roughly $92 million) from Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal. The latest investment is touted to be in Bansal’s personal capacity as an investor. It is also notably the largest investment in Ola by an individual. Further, the new funding is a part of Ola’s larger Series J funding round. Bansal …

Read More »

Instagram Testing a Donation Sticker in Stories to Help With Fundraising: Report

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing a donation sticker on its Stories feature that would offer fundraising and donation tools for charity or personal reasons. The feature seems similar to what Facebook offers with its fundraising and donation tools. Facebook has been hosting such fundraising tools since 2015 and it recently dropped fees associated with those donations. “Instagram is …

Read More »

Apple Reportedly Acquires Pullstring, the AI Startup Behind Alexa, Google Assistant-Based Apps

Photo Credit: YouTube/ ToyTalk Hello Barbie, a product by ToyTalk (aka PullString) in partnership with Mattel Apple is pulling up its socks in the AI race and as part of its latest efforts, the iPhone maker has reportedly acquired a San Francisco-based AI startup called Pullstring – also known as ToyTalk. The startup helps companies design and publish voice-based apps …

Read More »

Alibaba Said to Be the Force Behind Hit Chinese Communist Party App

A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. “Xuexi Qiangguo”, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the government propaganda theme of …

Read More »

Google to Let Preloaded Android Apps Update via Play Store Without Signing In

Google is planning to roll-out a functionality that would auto-update preloaded apps via Google Play even when users are not signed into their Google accounts. With this feature, the search engine giant aims to provide a more consistent app experience for users in the coming months, Android Police reported on Friday. Previously, if users were not signed into their Google …

Read More »

WhatsApp Business for iPhone Launched in Beta for Small Businesses

The beta version of “WhatsApp Business” — a free-to-download communication tool specifically designed for small businesses — has been made available for iPhone users. “After the launch of the official WhatsApp Business for Android, which is a compatible version for iOS and a lot of users had asked, today it is finally available in beta,” WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests …

Read More »

Uber Revenue Growth Slows as Profit Remains Elusive

Uber Technologies Inc had $50 billion in total bookings for its ride-service and food-delivery businesses last year, a testament to the size and global reach of the company as it prepares to woo investors in one of the biggest public stock listings to date. But figures released by the company on Friday showed revenue grew just 2 percent in the …

Read More »