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Instagram currently developing a private messaging app, Threads

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Instagram currently developing a private messaging app, Threads

According to reports, Facebook is currently working on a standalone companion messaging app for Instagram which will be known as Threads. The key specifications suggest that it is going to mimic lots of Snapchat’s popular features.

Facebook stated that the upcoming messaging app is specially designed to be used with your “close friends list” on Instagram. The app interface will allow users to share personal details like speed, location and battery life and media like a message, photo, and video.

It is worth a mention that Instagram declined to comment on anything regarding this app. Instagram started developing a messaging app, Direct since 2017 but back in May 2019, the company ceased further development of the app. Back then, the company officials stated that beta testers are not happy to switch between Instagram and Direct when for the sake of the only message. However, the company remained interested in offering new messaging experiences to its users.

Earlier this year, as a part of the consolidation and prized acquisition, a large number of Instagram employees who were working on building the messaging app were moved to Facebook.

Instagram currently developing a private messaging app, Threads

Instagram messaging app, Threads

The Verge reviewed some Thread screenshots and noted that the new messaging application will allow automatic sharing. They further pointed out that right now, the app will only display something like “on the move”, and not the exact real-time location but in near future, the app will regularly update your status and give your friends a real-time view of your personal information like speed and location.

As of now, the core of Threads app appears to be more or less like what Instagram offers now. It will display your friend’s messages in a central feed and a green dot will indicate whether the friend is currently online or not.

Moreover, you can view a story posted by your friend in Threads. The app will also have a camera option with which you can directly shoot photos and upload in the app or send it to your close friends.

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Interesting Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Interesting Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

With countless apps available for downloading, our phones have become an all-in-one hub for communication, entertainment, and even work. Whatever you need to do with your phone, you can surely find an app that fits the bill. However, not all apps are guaranteed to be useful in your life.

With that being said, we’ve listed down some lesser-known apps that you need to have in your phone.

Interesting Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

Interesting Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

Random Generator

Are you having difficulty picking out where to eat? Or simply need a random password? If that’s the case, you need to download Random Generator on your phone. Random Generator’s intuitive interface allows you to easily draft random variables, like numbers, names, or even teams. It can be useful in situations where you want to leave everything up to the universe ⁠— or in this case, a randomiser app on your phone.

Microsoft’s Your Phone

For those who use their computer more than their phones, but still want to be updated with their phone notifications, they can use Microsoft’s Your Phone app to link the two devices. These days, it’s all about seamless integration between different devices, and Your Phone can do just that. Once you’ve connected your smartphone to your PC using the app, you can get real-time phone notifications on your PC, transfer files seamlessly, and even mirror your phone’s screen to your PC monitor.

Brew Tea

We Brits are crazy about our tea. In fact, Gala Bingo reports that 31% of us drink five or more cups of tea per day, with the nation’s idea of the perfect cup of tea being an English breakfast with one sugar and milk. But have you ever thought of taking your tea obsessions to another level? If you tend to be pernickety with your tea, you need to download a digital tea timer app like Brew Tea on your phone. But it’s not just a glorified tea timer, as you can also find information on every type of tea on the app.

Pocket

Your phone can’t always be connected to the internet ⁠— you might want to save your juice for more important things and some portable power banks just aren’t enough. If you’ve ever found yourself seeing an interesting article that you want to read for later, but don’t want to access it with your phone’s data just yet, you’re going to love Pocket. This app allows you to save any article you come across and read it offline. What’s more, it has a very useful text-to-speech feature that allows you to listen to the articles you’ve saved.

Mint

The key to financial stability is having a budget and itemizing your expenditures. But as transactions and receipts pile up over time, having to collate and track your expenses can become a cumbersome task. To help you with this, you should download a personal finance app like Mint.

With Mint, you can link all your credit and debit cards, check your transactions, and even categorize your expenses. Other than that, Mint allows you to schedule auto-payment for your bills and send you email notifications on your due dates. It truly is a revolutionary financial app, as it can even give you free access to your credit score plus give you tips on how to improve your financial standing.

All the apps that we’ve listed above are must-haves if you want to make the most out of your smartphone. A smartphone is capable of many things, so don’t waste it and let it become a brick phone.

Do you have any app recommendations you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi set to launch on July 15th

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ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi set to launch on July 15th

The recent ban of 59 Chinese apps by the Indian Government, has paved ways for the development of new Indian alternatives for the same. The latest and notable one is the HiPi app by ZEE5 which is an alternative for TikTok. It is a short video app that lets the users express their talents and creativity freely and unjudged. It is a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat, where the social media culture is aiming at Indian contents and apps.

From the nature and features of this app, it is understood that they are aiming to attract the customer base of TikTok. The users will have to register in the app to start creating and viewing videos, while Tiktok allowed watching videos without registering.

ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi set to launch on July 15th

ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi App Logo

In their blog posts, ZEE5 has mentioned about HiPi that, “The name HiPi comes from the vision of a youthful and carefree planet where everyone can express themselves with freedom and confidence. A fun place where users can uninhibitedly and unapologetically be themselves without fear of being judged”

The app is driven by the vision to encourage the talents in our country and provide a platform to express the same. ZEE5 is already a very popular entertainment platform that has the potential to compete with Amazon prime and Hotstar.

ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi set to launch on July 15th

ZEE5’s Tiktok alternative app HiPi set to launch on July 15th

They are already said to contain 1.25 lakh hours of on-demand content. ZEE5 is available for free for the customers of Jio fiber, Airtel and Vodafone Idea with selected plans.

With this kind of enthusiasm towards a self-reliant India or Atmanirbhar Bharat, let’s hope that there will be more Indian alternatives for all the popular apps, thus giving more opportunity to Indian developers. This move also has the potential to solve unemployment issues of the country to a certain extent.

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Apple ceases the updates for thousands of Apps in China’s app store

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Apple ceases the updates for thousands of Apps in China’s app store

As per the reports from The Financial Times, Apple has curbed updates for thousands of Chinese apps belonging to the app store. They have been ignoring this major rule since 2016, that those apps which are not approved by the Chinese government should not be made available in the App store. The company has been pressurised by the government since weeks for the same. All the games in the app store should have proof of the government-granted license.

According to the reports, around 17,000 gaming apps have been affected by this decision because only 43,000 from the 60,000 apps in the Chinese App store have been issued with license from the Chinese Government.

Apple ceases the updates for thousands of Apps in China’s app store

Apple ceases the updates for thousands of Apps in China’s app store

Android has been strictly following the license rule since 2016, while Apple has allowed the gaming apps to be available through their App store even before their authorisations.

Reports from Financial times states that the biggest App store market for Apple is China’s game apps which account for the majority of the $16.4 billion revenue. The licenses for apps are granted after review by the government and are quite difficult to get.

There is no information about the reason behind Apple’s decision to curb the updates of these apps. Also, it is not known how Apple managed to break the government rules for licensing.

In February, Apple has warned their iOS developers to get licenses before programming the apps and in June, the company had again warned them to get licenses before the 30th of June. Now they have started taking actions for the same to keep their promises.

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