WhatsApp beta for android update hints integration with facebook messenger

WhatsApp beta for Android update 2.20.139 may have given us the first sign of its integration with Facebook messenger. The update shows that WhatsApp has been working on integrating the newly-launched Messenger Room within the app.

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.139 shows that the company is experimenting with a feature that adds a shortcut to Messenger to create a Room.

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WhatsApp beta for Android update 2.20.139 may have given us the first sign of its integration with Facebook messenger. The update shows that WhatsApp has been working on integrating the newly-launched Messenger Room within the app.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced that the company is working on unifying its apps and integrating the features. During the announcement of Messenger Rooms, the company said that the group video calls can soon be started and shared on WhatsApp and Instagram.

WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.139 shows that the company is experimenting with a feature that adds a shortcut to Messenger to create a Room. This new shortcut will be available in the chat/ group share sheet, reported WABetaInfo.

When the user creates a Room, WhatsApp shows a message indicating that the Room will be created in Messenger and the user can send a link to group video chat anyone, even if they do not have WhatsApp or Messenger. The same option will be added to the ‘Calls’ tab inside WhatsApp.

The report notes that the feature is currently being tested internally and is expected to be rolled out soon to beta users, followed by a stable release for the public.

Source: Money Control

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After COVID-19 Lockdown Ends : Don’t Do These Things

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

people wearing masks at the time before lockdown started

India’s second phase of lockdown, which became effective from April 15, has entered the 6th day today. On the last day of the first 21-day lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the movement restriction till May 3, considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. While lockdown is crucial to contain the spread of the deadly virus, it has greatly affected the normal life of people. Some countries and even some states in India have started lockdown relaxation to a certain extent.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said that lifting of lockdown restrictions should be done in a phase process. Speaking at the Group of 20 (G20) Health Ministers virtual meeting from Geneva, the WHO chief stated that lifting lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 is not the end of the epidemic, it’s just the beginning of the next phase.  He said that it’s vital in this next phase that countries educate, engage and empower their people to prevent and respond rapidly to any resurgence, a news agency reported.

Things Not To Do When COVID-19 Lockdown Ends

People are getting restless as they remain stuck at home for days. Now everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once restrictions are lifted. Parties, travel, shopping – these things could be in your to-do list. But hold on, it won’t be a good idea to rush on your plans. The novel coronavirus may have a long-term effect and the danger might be lurking somewhere unknown to us even after the cases subside. Considering the risk, we have compiled a list of things that you should not do when coronavirus quarantine or lockdown ends.

Don’t Throw A Party At Home Or Hit The Bars

We know you are excited to meet your friends and celebrate your friendship over drinks and delicious meals. But not so fast. Throwing a party at home or hitting the bars when they reopen means too many people in a room, which may give any lingering coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the opportunity to infect others. Remember COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus.

Don’t Stop Washing Your Hands

Continue to practice hand hygiene, because lockdown relaxation doesn’t necessarily mean that the novel coronavirus outbreak is over. Even after the pandemic ends and eventually a vaccine arrives, don’t break the good hand-washing habit that you’ve acquired during this time. This will help minimize your risk for acquiring many other illnesses in future.

Don’t Immediately Visit Senior Citizens after Lockdown Ends

Even when the quarantine ends, maintain physical distancing from the senior citizens and immunocompromised persons. They are the people who are most likely to develop complications if they do acquire COVID-19. So, keeping a healthy distance is still the best way to keep them safe.

Don’t Plan A Vacation Yet

It was the international movement of people that led to the COVID-19 outbreak turning into a pandemic through person-to-person transmission. If unfortunately, it reoccurs, you will end up finding yourself quarantined in a foreign land.

Don’t Throw Away Your Homemade Face Masks after Lockdown

We can’t say what lies in the future. If the coronavirus hits back or another deadly viral outbreak happens, you may need those homemade face masks.

Source: The HealthSite.com

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Google Pixel 4A: Pricing, release date and Features

The Google Pixel 4a is almost certain to launch in the next month or two, and as the next iteration of Google’s popular budget phone nears, there’s actually precious little we don’t know about this phone. Thankfully, if you don’t feel the same, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up all the relevant, credible, and interesting info that’s been leaked about the 4a to date.

The Google Pixel 4a is almost certain to launch in the next month or two, and as the next iteration of Google’s popular budget phone nears, there’s actually precious little we don’t know about this phone. Thankfully, if you don’t feel the same, we’ve done the legwork and rounded up all the relevant, credible, and interesting info that’s been leaked about the 4a to date. Google’s not exactly done a great job keeping this phone under wraps, so we’ve got a largely complete picture, and it looks like this new phone will largely stick to the formula that made its predecessor such a darling with critics and consumers alike.

What will google pixel 4A actually look like?

Physically, it looks something like a lovechild between the current Pixel 3a and Google’s recent Pixel 4, featuring what looks like an all-plastic curved unibody and a Pixel 4-style square camera bump — which still looks like it only houses a single camera.

Bezels are just about gone as the phone picks up a nearly edge-to-edge screen, sporting one of those newfangled “hole-punch” or “pinhole” designs, with a front-facing camera embedded right beneath the display in the top left corner.

A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor lies around back, which, together with the front bezels, indicates there’s no secure infrared camera-based face unlock (as with the Pixel 4).

We’ve seen leaks showing the phone in the usual white and black colorways, and we expect the wildcard may be a light blue hue of some kind (according to YouTuber Dave Lee).

Measurements for the Pixel 4a clock in at 144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2mm (9mm at the camera bump), which is just a bit smaller than the Pixel 3a. Dimensions regarding a bigger XL variant haven’t leaked, and we’re pretty sure at this point that there won’t be one (more on that later).

One phone or two?

Just oneDavid Lee claims we’ll just get one size for the Pixel 4a. Corroborating that, only one device codename (sunfish) has been conclusively tied to the Pixel 4a, and it’s also the only name to have surfaced more recently in a Camera app teardown.

At one point, 9to5Google had its own sources which claimed a larger 4a XL was still in the works, but if it existed, it was probably scrapped.

We’re pretty confident there will be only one size for the Pixel 4a.

What are the specs?

At this point, we have a good idea of the hardware that will be included in the Pixel 4a. Between the known details connected to the “sunfish” codename and the details garnered by the Cuban device leak, we can paint a nearly complete picture by the numbers.

More recently, 9to5Google got its own separate confirmation of the specs corroborating all the earlier leaks — which didn’t add much new information outside the possibility of a larger 128GB storage size.

Google Pixel 4A SPECS

ChipsetSnapdragon 730
RAM6GB
Display~5.81″ OLED 1080×2340, 60Hz, hole-punch camera
Storage64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 (both numbers have leaked so far, we may see one or both sizes)
Camera12.2MP primary, 8MP front-facing
Dimensions144.2 x 69.5 x 8.2mm (9mm at the camera bump) for the 4a, 4a XL unknown
Battery3,080mAh, 18W fast charging (probably USB PD)
MiscHeadphone jack, Type-C charging, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Google Titan M security chip, no wireless charging
ColorsAt least two named colors: Just Black and Barely Blue. A white model may also be coming.

Although it was previously speculated that “redfin” or “bramble” could be different variants of the Pixel 4a, signs now point to them being the upcoming Pixel 5, so we probably won’t see a version of the Pixel 4a with a Snapdragon 765.

Can we call it Pixel 4A 5G?

No, The “sunfish” hardware name, which has been conclusively tied to the Pixel 4a, will specifically not support 5G given the chipset it uses.

Although we previously thought that two other hardware names (“redfin” and “bramble”could be associated with the Pixel 4a series — and their details indicate they will support a 5G-compatible chipset — we’ve since come to believe those two devices are actually the upcoming Pixel 5. That means the Pixel 4a will be a 4G-only affair. Not that it matters right now.

How much will it cost?

Starting at $400.

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Recent leaks indicate a $400 starting price, and the previous Pixel 3a also started at $400. More recent leaks suggest we might have a 128GB storage configuration available as well, which could come at an increased cost.

When will Pixel 4A actually come out?

Google hasn’t established a habit for this new “a” series of phones, but if we had to guess, we think Google will probably release it around May 12th-14th, the original dates of this year’s Google I/O developer conference, following last year’s I/O release for the Pixel 3a. However, Google first canceled its in-person event for I/O earlier this year over coronavirus concerns, but even the online event was later given the ax, and that could disrupt the release timeline. For all we know, it might be released a bit earlier or a bit later now.

Delaying release cycles is the last thing the company needs to do, and although 9 to 5 Google previously heard that it will probably arrive at I/O again, we have no idea how the pandemic and subsequent global lockdown may have affected the company’s release plans.

Source : Android Police

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Google Can Help Locate The Nearest COVID-19 Test Facility

This is just one of the company’s latest tools it has offered to curb the spread of COVID-19, along with a $50 million commitment to global efforts to respond to the pandemic.

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A medical worker talks to a patient at a drive-through Covid-19 testing center at Bergen New Bridge

A Google search for “coronavirus testing centers” in the U.S. will now lead you to a Google Map of testing facilities — for most users.

This is just one of the company’s latest tools it has offered to curb the spread of COVID-19, along with a $50 million commitment to global efforts to respond to the pandemic.

The Verge reported the company will offer this information to Google users in 43 states, largely because the company is only publishing testing facility locations that have been approved by public health authorities. Even then, some testing facilities lists are incomplete in some states, including New York. Google is only sharing locations of testing facilities that have been approved for publishing by health authorities, although Google said it is adding more listings in New York, which has been hit hard by the spread COVID-19. Testing facilities in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maine, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Missouri are excluded from search results.

how google locate will work for covid-19 testing centers

While Google is making it easier to find a COVID-19 testing facility, some of these facilities are not offering tests to the general public. Some testing facilities are limited to certain groups. For example, Google’s map indexes some Veterans Health Clinics, where testing is limited to veterans and other selected groups.

In other areas, Google does not list some public testing. For instance, in the San Antonio, Texas area, the company does not index three public, drive-thru testing facilities. But does index 11 locations of privately-owned Texas MedClinic urgent care clinics that are offering testing. The maps do index testing facilities of Project Baseline, which is powered by Alphabet’s Verily unit.

Source: Forbes.com

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