Eighteen months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was not happy with Facebook's mobile strategy. The world's largest social network was offering up a weak product — a hybrid app running on HTML5 instead of native apps for iOS and Android — essentially ignoring the platform (mobile) that it now deems most important. A change needed to be made, and Zuckerberg now openly admits it. "We took a bad bet," the Facebook CEO said during last week's TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco. "Our legacy as a company was building this big website and focusing on being able to develop for the web. So naturally we tried to look at things and see if we could build an HTML5 system for across these different platforms and we just realized pretty quickly that we weren't going to get the quality level that we needed. "So we took a year and it was painful and we retooled that." See also: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook Mobile has become the company's most important focus, the … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s Mobile Strategy
WhatsApp mobile version allows you to make video or voice calls, but WhatsApp web does not support the same to date. However, Messenger Rooms can be used for video calling that can be accessed immediately; you don’t even need to log in to your Facebook account. Read More : How many people can participate in WhatsApp video calls? In Messenger Rooms, you can add up to 50 participants in a group call while WhatsApp’s mobile version only allows eight participants in a group video call. In addition to this, the host in Messenger Rooms has the authority to remove participants, lock or end the room, and enable the ‘share screen’ option for everyone. How do I video call on WhatsApp Web? Follow the steps below: Login to your WhatsApp Web account by visiting https://web.whatsapp.com/ and scanning the QR code Click on the vertical three-dots on the left side of the screen and click on the option ‘Create a Room’ A pop-up will appear, click on ‘Continue in … [Read more...] about Can I make video calls on WhatsApp Web?
Google is adding a smattering of new features to Google Workspace today , including new tools for categorizing your focus time in Google Calendar and Chat, better ways to join Google Meet videoconferences with multiple devices, and a version of its office suite for frontline workers. It’s also taking Google Assistant for Workspace out of beta and making it generally available. The company is trying to categorize these features as part of a new push for what it calls “collaboration equity.” For Google, it’s a high-minded way of explaining the tools it’s trying to create so people working from home are not put at a disadvantage compared to people working from an office (when people are allowed back into offices, that is). The idea that comes closest to hitting that mark is Google’s tools for setting your status across its suite of products. In addition to setting up out-of-office and working hours, users will also be able to create a new event type called Focus Time. When you set … [Read more...] about Google Workspace picks up new features designed for remote work
SINGAPORE: Much has been said about Huawei’s purported plans to develop its own mobile operating system (OS), even as it is set to get partially shut out of Google’s Android OS. However, analysts told CNA on Tuesday (May 21) that short of a nationalistic wave of support from the Chinese government as well as local tech giants like Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu, Huawei’s efforts to create an alternative outside the iOS-Android market duopoly now is unlikely to get off the ground. READ: Google and Android system start to cut ties with Huawei READ: Two Japanese carriers, Britain's EE postpone release of Huawei phones On Sunday, it was reported that Google is suspending business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available through open source licensing. This means that the company’s future mobile devices would lose access to popular, and some say essential, apps such as Search, Gmail, YouTube and Maps. Since … [Read more...] about Analysis: Huawei badly needs the Chinese government, tech rivals to back its OS plans
SINGAPORE: My first glimpse of the lion puppet for this year's National Day Parade (NDP) is through the window of a Grab vehicle. It peeks out from behind the stands as I passed, a giant glimmering creature looking like it was cobbled together from thousands of reflective strips of a Corrective Work Order vest. Up close, it looks deceptively light. Although it's six metres tall, eight metres wide and weighs 1,000kg, I can't help but see it as nothing but a blown-up piece of origami. It was only when members of the NDP organising committee pulled me aside to give me a safety briefing when I realised that I might have underestimated the prop. You need boots, they told me, after looking at my well-worn Converse sneakers. You don’t want the edge of the structure to run over your foot - and crush it, was the implicit meaning. Once appropriately suited up, I was introduced to Jensen Lim, the 20-year-old crew member who will be my guide for the day. Although he was nervous … [Read more...] about NDP 2019: What it takes to operate a 6m tall, 1,000kg lion puppet