WhatsApp Will Put a 2GB Limit on Chat Backups Soon

Google Drive backup on WhatsApp is a highly convenient feature that lets you save years of chat history with a single tap. This makes it quite easy to move to a new smartphone without having to copy everything manually.Unfortunately, WhatsApp will have…

Google Drive backup on WhatsApp is a highly convenient feature that lets you save years of chat history with a single tap. This makes it quite easy to move to a new smartphone without having to copy everything manually.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp will have to put a limit on these backups soon as pointed out by WABetaInfo. The tech blog discovered the unfortunate information while digging through the source code of WhatApp’s latest beta version.

The strings of code reveal (“Google Drive backup changing”) followed by notifications that will warn you of your backup limits. (“Google Drive almost full”). Once your backup limit is reached, WhatsApp will alert you (“Google Drive limit reached”).

There is no official information on this backup limit, but previous leaks have shown that it might be capped to 2GB only. This is terrible news for all of us with several GBs of data lying around.

The report is likely true since Google has been limiting cloud storage for other services as well. Google Photos recently put a limit on cloud backups and it appears that WhatsApp users will suffer the same fate soon. Google will probably charge money for bigger backups just like Google Photos.

Hence, get ready to spend some cash for Google One subscriptions if you want to save years of WhatsApp chat history.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency is Shutting Down As Zuckerberg Continues Sales Talk

The Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency, formerly known as Libra, is supposedly coming to an end, only two years after it was first introduced.According to a report by Bloomberg, The Diem Association established by Facebook to manage the digital token is…

The Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency, formerly known as Libra, is supposedly coming to an end, only two years after it was first introduced.

According to a report by Bloomberg, The Diem Association established by Facebook to manage the digital token is exploring a sale of its assets after meeting resistance by regulators opposed to the initiative.

The final blow comes from the United States Federal Reserve that put pressure on Silvergate, the banking partner of Diem. Bloomberg reported that since the past year, Diem had partnered with Silvergate to launch the token.

Previously, Libra was meant to be a digital token backed by numerous international fiat currencies. However, regulators had to soon drop that idea and thus, created a simplified version fixing Diem to the US Dollar. However, now that Diem plans on selling the asset, it is likely that the cryptocurrency will be unable to carry on.

Meta also launched the digital wallet it had originally built for the Diem coin with another stable coin by Paxos. Moreover, the executive who originally proposed Libra and was in charge of leading Meta’s digital wallet, David Marcus, also left the team after most of the founding team left Meta and jumped ship.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Facebook Charged Pakistanis Over $2 Million for Using a Free Service

Facebook recently partnered with mobile carriers in developing countries including those from Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines, to grant free access to Facebook and a few other services. However, according to a recent report from the Wall Stree…

Facebook recently partnered with mobile carriers in developing countries including those from Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines, to grant free access to Facebook and a few other services. However, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, users have been unknowingly charged by their mobile carriers for using Facebook’s “free” services.

Meta Connectivity, formerly known as Facebook Connectivity, offered the service known as Free Basics and was supposed to provide “access to communication tools, health information, education resources, and other low-bandwidth services,” free of cost.

Meta Connectivity has been operational since 2013 and as of October 2022, serves over 300 million people. Yet, an internal report by the Wall Street Journal states that Facebook reportedly knew users were being charged to use the Free Basics services for months. Facebook referred to the issues as ‘leakages,’ as the issue occurred when paid services started to overlap with free ones.

Pakistani Users Were Robbed The Most

Most users in developing countries make use of prepaid phone plans, and hence many do not realize they are being charged for using mobile data until they have run out of funds. WSJ notes that Facebook users in Pakistan have been charged the most, at a total of $1.9 million, and the issue has also affected two dozen other nations.

The root cause of the issue appears to be Facebook’s software, User Interface (UI), and videos on the platform. While using Free Basics, videos are not supposed to appear, yet bugs in Facebook’s software let a few videos pass through. Notifications alerting users that they will be charged for watching the videos also failed to appear due to the glitches.

Facebook “Fixed” The Issue

As per WSJ, Facebook was aware that about 83% of the additional charges on mobile data were from videos. Facebook claims to have since fixed the issue.

Meta spokesperson, Drew Pusateri, in a statement to The Verge, stated:

We tell people that viewing photos and videos will result in data charges when they sign up, and we do our best to remind people that viewing them may result in data charges. The issue identified in the internal report that affected some of those reminders has largely been addressed. We’ll continue to work with our partners to meet our obligations to these users and ensure accurate and transparent data charges.

The Wall Street Journal aptly highlighted that Facebook’s recent growth has come mainly from low-connectivity countries, while it has been stagnant in developed ones.

Acting as both a social media platform and internet provider in low-connectivity countries, Facebook has deployed its Wi-Fi services and introduced Facebook Discover. Similar to Free Basics, Facebook Discover grants users limited free data every day. While some countries including India banned Facebook’s Free Basics service in 2016, claiming that the service violates the values of net neutrality.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Facebook Owner Meta is Testing a New Privacy Center

Facebook’s parent company, Meta is testing new privacy features and how it updates users regarding their privacy options. Meta will soon be centralizing privacy FAQs and controls across its family of applications.Meta’s new Privacy Center test app is c…

Facebook’s parent company, Meta is testing new privacy features and how it updates users regarding their privacy options. Meta will soon be centralizing privacy FAQs and controls across its family of applications.

Meta’s new Privacy Center test app is currently available for some desktop users across the United States. The centralized system will soon be available for “more people and apps in the coming months”.

Beta users of the app can access the new privacy feature in the Settings and Privacy section on the desktop version of Facebook. Improved privacy controls have been categorized into Facebook’s Privacy Shortcuts and Privacy Checkup menus.

Meta’s official documentation divides the current version of the Privacy Center into five different modules: Security, Sharing, Collection, Use, and Ads.

In the past, Facebook has been known to offer difficult-to-navigate privacy controls to users, with the most important settings buried deep in menus. Despite Meta’s new privacy controls, the company is still interested in acquiring the data of its users. Meta’s recent objections to Apple’s iOS ad tracking changes that limit the ability to track user behavior across different apps have cleared Meta’s stance on the matter.

For now, Meta wishes to continue updating the Privacy Center, and add further modules and controls, pushing the idea of ‘privacy education.’ Meta further states:

As we expand Privacy Center, we will add more ways to access it in places where you may have privacy concerns.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Netflix Launches New Online Platform Tudum

The streaming giant – Netflix has recently launched a website that features the latest updates regarding its new releases, renewals and other juicy content relating to its TV shows and movies.This new website, or as Netflix calls it Tudum, is named aft…

The streaming giant – Netflix has recently launched a website that features the latest updates regarding its new releases, renewals and other juicy content relating to its TV shows and movies.

This new website, or as Netflix calls it Tudum, is named after the sound that plays alongside the Netflix logo whenever you start binging something on the service.

The underlying concept behind this online platform is to provide the consumers with a one-stop shop where they can discover more about their Netflix favorites and dive deeper into the details. So, instead of having to search the web for news regarding any of Netflix’s originals, the user can now simply use this space.

For a more curated experience, users can log into the website with their Netflix account. Netflix says that the website is still currently a work in progress, as it plans to continue to build it out and add new and more exciting features in the future to provide users with an exclusive, “behind the streams” experience.

Tudum made it to the consumer base via a magnificent opening event held virtually on 25th September, featuring exclusive first looks and stellar panels with stars from some of Netflix’s most popular titles. The event hosted conversations with the creators and stars of some of Netflix’s all-time popular shows, including “Stranger Things,” “Emily in Paris,” “The Witcher,” “The Crown,” and “Bridgerton.”

The new website has now been made accessible around the globe but is currently only available in the English language. As of yet, there’s no word as to when Netflix plans to launch the website in more languages.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Govt taking steps to promote tourism in country: President

President Dr. Arif Alvi says Pakistan is witnessing boom in tourism sector which will not only project positive image of the country but also help generate revenue.Addressing a conference on the eve of International Mountain Day in Islamabad on Friday,…

President Dr. Arif Alvi says Pakistan is witnessing boom in tourism sector which will not only project positive image of the country but also help generate revenue.

Addressing a conference on the eve of International Mountain Day in Islamabad on Friday, he said government is taking several measures to promote tourism in the country.

He said Pakistan needs human resource development in this regard and universities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan already have started short courses in hotel management and tourism.

The President called for involving locals in building infrastructure in tourist destinations to facilitate tourists.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Aftab-ur-Rehman Rana said a national tourism plan has been devised as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to promote tourism in the country.

He said Prime Minister himself is monitoring the progress on development and facilitation process in tourism sector.

The MD said restructuring of PTDC has been carried out in order to make the organization more efficient.

He said different tourism areas have been divided into zones in KP, GB and Punjab provinces. He said PTDC has also established a help line 1422 for inquiries and information regarding tourism. He said steps are also being taken to promote religious tourism in the country.

On the occasion, the President distributed certificates of appreciation among the top mountaineers of the country. Sirbaz Khan, Hassan Jan, Ali Raza Sadpara, Qudrat Ali, Sadiq Sadpara, Ali Moosa Sadpara and Naila Kiani were among the certificate recipients.

Special prayer was offered for the mountaineering legend Ali Sadpara who lost his life while summiting K-2 in winter.

Source: Radio Pakistan

YouTube Adds “Listening Controls” for Android and iOS users

Android and iOS versions of the YouTube app have received a new update that brings persistent listening controls to all videos. The update is currently only available to Premium subscribers.Listening Controls can be accessed via the settings menu on mo…

Android and iOS versions of the YouTube app have received a new update that brings persistent listening controls to all videos. The update is currently only available to Premium subscribers.

Listening Controls can be accessed via the settings menu on most videos. Although, for some videos, YouTube automatically suggests launching “Listening Controls” via a pop-up.

The standard set of controls are available with the standard play, pause, and previous or next video buttons. Buttons for 10 seconds rewind and forward are also available with the upgrade.

The control page includes the like, save, and speed playback controls.

Once active, Listening Controls are persistent and remain on top, even if the user switches to a new video

The video streaming website first tested the ‘Listening Controls’ back in May that looked to bring a dedicated music player to the main app for its Premium subscribers.

We’ll have to wait and see if YouTube adds these controls for regular users down the line.

Source: Pro Pakistani

WhatsApp will Soon Let You Hide Your Last Seen From Specific Contacts

WhatsApp is working on a list of new features for the chatting app and the latest one leaked today aims to improve Last Seen. As always, the leak comes from none other than WABetaInfo, the team of developers known for leaking upcoming WhatsApp features…

WhatsApp is working on a list of new features for the chatting app and the latest one leaked today aims to improve Last Seen. As always, the leak comes from none other than WABetaInfo, the team of developers known for leaking upcoming WhatsApp features.

According to their newest leak, WhatsApp will soon let you hide your Last Seen status from specific contacts. Currently, you can only hide your Last Seen from all your contacts or none of your contacts.

This feature should improve privacy and anonymity on WhatsApp even further. Let’s admit, we all have nosy contacts that stalk our last seen and bother us about it. It could be your colleagues, bosses, overly strict parents, your little cousins, extended family members that have nothing better to do, or anyone else.

This new feature should be ideal for those who only want their Last Seen hidden from a few annoying contacts.

The new Last Seen option is being beta tested by a limited number of users at the moment. There is no official word on WhatsApp yet so it is unclear when the feature will roll out for everyone.

The news comes shortly after WhatsApp announced a major update to the chatting app called Multi-Device Support. This keeps your WhatsApp Web or WhatsApp Desktop online even if your smartphone has gone offline or died from low battery. You can log into 4 different devices without having to keep your phone online.

Source: Pro Pakistani