MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page | 30 Sep 15:57

Facebook Unifies Messenger and Instagram Direct Messaging Experiences

Around a month after Facebook began quietly merging its Messenger service with Instagram direct messaging, the transition has been officially launched , with a full rollout to all users soon to follow. As a result of the merging of the chat services, Instagram users can chat with Facebook users and vice versa using the same platform. Features previously only available on Facebook Messenger can now be accessed in Instagram, including colorful chats, more emoji reactions, and swipe-to-reply. In addition, the regular paper airplane DM icon in the top-right corner of the Instagram UI has been replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo. The move is part of Facebook's long-term plan to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp chat platforms. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants all the ...

Latest news | 30 Sep 15:39

Facebook adds chat interoperability between Instagram and Messenger

    The update is part of the company's years-long goal to rebuild its core services around encryption, privacy and interoperability.

    The Verge - All Posts | 30 Sep 15:36

    Facebook launches cross-platform messaging on Instagram and Messenger

    Facebook has taken its biggest step yet in integrating its various messaging platforms, allowing select users on Messenger and Instagram to message one another app to app. In addition to the launch of cross-platform messaging, Instagram is also getting a major overhaul of its DM system, which will be expanded with features taken from Messenger. New Instagram messaging tools include vanishing messages, selfie stickers, custom emoji, chat colors, new ways to block unwanted messages, and the introduction of Messenger’s Watch Together feature , which lets you watch videos with friends during a video call. Users can opt out of cross-platform messaging if they wish Users will be able to reject the update if they choose, but Facebook will no... Continue reading…

    Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 14:00

    Facebook brings Messenger into Instagram DMs

      Facebook’s plan to unify its messaging apps is beginning to take shape. The company will begin incorporating more of Messenger’s features into Instagram’s in-app chat, including the ability to send messages across the two apps. Facebook began testing...

      CNET News | 30 Sep 14:00

      Facebook Messenger, Instagram will let you chat with your friends without switching apps - CNET

        Facebook is also introducing new features, including a "vanish mode" so your messages disappear after they're viewed.

        Feed: All Latest | 30 Sep 14:00

        Facebook Merges DMs for Instagram and Messenger

          A new update allows for cross-platform messaging for the first time within the Facebook family of apps.

          TechCrunch | 30 Sep 13:59

          Facebook introduces cross-app communication between Messenger and Instagram, plus other features

          Facebook announced today it will begin rolling out new functionality that will allow Instagram and Messenger users to communicate across apps, in addition to bringing a host of Messenger -inspired features to the Instagram inbox. On Instagram, users will be presented with an option to update to a new messaging experience that offers the ability […]

          Fast Company - technology | 30 Sep 10:00

          What Facebook users need to know about the company’s end-to-end encryption plans

          As Facebook seeks to integrate its four mega apps —Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself—one of the key aspects of that effort will ultimately be adding end-to-end encryption for all of them and allowing them to interoperate. Currently, only WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption by default, and Messenger merely offers it as an opt-in option within each conversation you have. “People’s private communications should be secure,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his March 2019 memo outlining his vision. “End-to-end encryption prevents anyone—including us—from seeing what people share on our services.” Ever since Zuckerberg presented his plan, it has sparked debate around the world. Now, as the company makes its first moves to weave together its services, here’s what you need...

          Fast Company - technology | 30 Sep 10:00

          Goodbye, Instagram Direct. Hello, Messenger inside Instagram

          Facebook is unveiling a meaty upgrade to Instagram’s messaging capabilities. It’s also announcing some new features coming soon to Messenger. And the biggest news of all is that both of these updates are the same thing. That’s because the new Instagram messaging experience is an in-app incarnation of Messenger, replacing Instagram Direct as we’ve known it since 2013. Both versions will let you communicate with people on the other service, allowing Instagram users to ping friends on Messenger and vice versa for the first time. Chances are you won’t see either incarnation right away: Facebook is launching them in just a few countries, and plans a broader rollout—including the U.S.—later in the year. This unification represents the biggest tangible result so far of Facebook’s plan— unveile...

          The Verge - All Posts | 30 Sep 14:00

          Google’s Pixel 5 event: how to watch today’s live stream

          WinFuture Google isn’t known for keeping secrets, especially about the phones they plan to introduce. In the case of Google’s upcoming Launch Night In event, we’re looking forward to two new Pixel phones: the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A 5G. But who knows? It’s possible that Google may be keeping some surprises up its corporate sleeve. There have, of course, been the usual leaks . For the 5.8-inch Pixel 4A 5G, the follow-up to Google’s popular mid-priced Pixel 4A, there is talk about a Snapdragon 765G processor, a dual-camera system with a 12.2MP main lens and a 16MP ultrawide lens, and an 8MP front camera — all similar to what is being said about the Pixel 5. The latter will (possibly) add wireless charging, more RAM, and a higher IP rating among... Continue reading…

          TechCrunch | 30 Sep 13:45

          Watch Google’s Pixel 5 event live right here

          Google is holding an event to unveil its new phone, the Google Pixel 5. It is going to be a virtual event, and you can steam it live. The event starts at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. in New York, 7 p.m. in London, 8 p.m. in Paris). Rumor has it that there could be […]

          Feed: All Latest | 30 Sep 13:00

          How to Watch Google's Pixel Event Today—and What to Expect

            There are two new phones coming, a new Nest smart speaker, and a Chromecast with a TV remote.

            The Verge - All Posts | 30 Sep 13:00

            The Google Pixel couldn’t win at the high end, but the midrange isn’t any easier

            Image: OnLeaks/PriceBaba Today, Google will announce the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G. Well, not so much “announce” as launch, since the company already told us these phones were coming when it announced the Pixel 4A in early August . We know what to expect because these phones have leaked every which way but Sunday. And Google has already told us what the Pixel 4A 5G will cost, too: $499. About the only thing that isn’t widely confirmed as of this writing (late last night) is the pricing for the Pixel 5. There are strong rumors that it will clock in at $699, which lines up with the big takeaway I expect to come away with today. That would be this: Google is retrenching into the midrange this year instead of directly trying to compete with the flagships from Apple and... Continue reading…

            Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 16:00

            Marshall's latest headphones last over 80 hours on a charge

              Marshall’s previous set of on-ear wireless headphones, the Major III, offered over 30 hours of battery life and the guitar maker’s iconic style for $150. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, the company decided to turn things up to 11 for the latest m...

              Gizmodo | 30 Sep 16:00

              Marshall's Major IV Headphones Cut All the Cables With Wireless Charging

              Wireless headphones are no longer a novelty, so if you want your cans to stand out in a category that’s very crowded at this point, you need to bring something new to the table. For Marshall’s new Major IV headphones the company is introducing wireless charging, making these some of the first wireless on-ear… Read more...

              The Verge - All Posts | 30 Sep 16:00

              Marshall adds Qi wireless charging to its latest headphones

              Image: Zound Industries Zound Industries has announced its latest pair of Marshall-branded headphones, the Major IV. Like previous Marshall headphones, the Major IVs have a formidable battery life, which extends up to 80 hours on a single charge this time around. When it comes time to recharge, you can either plug in a typical USB-C cable or charge them wirelessly using a Qi-compatible charger. We’ve seen numerous true wireless headphones embrace wireless charging over the last couple of years, but the feature is far less common with on-ear headphones like the Major IV. As well as wirelessly charging the headphones at home, the technology means you’ll also be able to charge them using any smartphones that support reverse wireless charging like the Samsung... Continue reading…

              Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 16:00

              Xiaomi says its new smartwatch only needs to charge twice a month

                Xiaomi just unveiled several new phones (we’ll come one of those a bit later), but the new Mi Watch is a little more interesting. It’s not the half-price Apple Watch clone from late last year, but something closer to Google’s WearOS wearable family —...

                CNET News | 30 Sep 16:00

                Xiaomi says its new Mi Watch only needs charging twice a month - CNET

                  Xiaomi is touting 16-day battery life on its Mi Watch or its first smartwatch designed for overseas shoppers. It first goes on sale in Europe for 99 euros.

                  CNET News | 30 Sep 16:00

                  Xiaomi Mi10T Pro 5G hands-on: 144Hz adaptive display and a 5,000-mAh battery - CNET

                    The Mi10 T Pro will go on sale first in Europe as Xiaomi continues to bank on selling phones to shoppers beyond its native China.

                    Latest news | 30 Sep 15:34

                    With HP's Reverb 2, the Omnicept edition, VR experiences you

                      HP has added a host of physiology-monitoring sensors to its forthcoming Reverb G2 headset in the name of personalizing the experience and closing a feedback loop to gauge the effectiveness of training and simulations.

                      CNET News | 30 Sep 14:00

                      HP says its face-tracking, heart-rate enabled VR headset knows when you're overwhelmed - CNET

                        The enterprise-focused HP Reverb G2 Omnicept will build out insights on behavior for training scenarios, and maybe even bring human emotions into VR.

                        Latest news | 30 Sep 14:00

                        HP launches HP Reverb G2 Omnicept edition, eyes human centric VR

                          HP said its Omnicept products are designed to help developers and enterprises create "more human centered VR experiences."

                          Gizmodo | 30 Sep 16:36

                          Vexing Space Station Air Leak Traced to Russian Module After False Alarm

                            Astronauts aboard the International Space Station sprung to action late Monday night following concerns that a persistent air leak had grown in size. It turned out to be a false alarm, but during the event, the crew managed to trace the source of the leak to a Russian service module. Read more...

                            CNET News | 30 Sep 16:06

                            China reportedly readying antitrust probe into Google after Huawei prompt - CNET

                              The country's relationship with the US may affect the decision, according to Reuters.

                              Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 14:44

                              Google may face an antitrust probe in China, too

                                Google might soon face an antitrust investigation in China on top of one that could launch in the US, according to Reuters. The government will reportedly look into charges that Google used its Android dominance to stifle mobile competition, saying i...

                                MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page | 30 Sep 16:02

                                Apple Card Gains Yearly Spending Activity Option in Latest iOS 14.2 Beta

                                As noted on Reddit , the second developer beta of iOS 14.2 introduces a new yearly spending history option for the Apple Card, allowing cardholders to see how much they have spent with the card within the current calendar year. Apple Card spending activity was previously limited to weekly or monthly summaries. The new yearly option can be accessed by opening the Wallet app, tapping on the Apple Card, and tapping on the Activity bars below Card Balance. As of the second developer beta of iOS 14.2, there are now three tabs at the top for Week, Month, and Year overviews. The yearly summary also shows how much Daily Cash a user has earned with the Apple Card within the current calendar year. To apply for an ‌Apple Card‌, open the Wallet app on an iPhone running iOS 12.4 or later, tap the pl...

                                Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 16:00

                                The Aura Strap adds new tricks to your Apple Watch

                                  I’ve been staring at the Aura Strap on my wrist for a while now, trying to work out if I like this device or not. On paper, I can see the logic for such a device existing, and in theory I can see people using it to help them reach their goals. But in...

                                  The Verge - All Posts | 30 Sep 16:00

                                  Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro has a 144Hz screen and a 5,000mAh battery

                                  Xiaomi has announced the Mi 10T Pro, its latest flagship phone. The device follows the strategy seen last year, where the sleek Mi 9 was followed by a largely unrelated Mi 9T Pro with a heavier emphasis on specs. The Mi 9T Pro was one of the best phone bargains of 2019 in markets where it was available, so expectations should be high for the 10T Pro. The two standout specs on the Mi 10T Pro are its screen and its battery. It uses a 6.67-inch 1080p 20:9 LCD with a refresh rate of 144Hz. That refresh rate is what you’d expect from a high-end gaming monitor, and until now it’s mostly only been found on gaming-focused smartphones, making this the most mainstream phone yet to achieve it. Because the screen uses an LCD panel, though, the... Continue reading…

                                  Lifehacker | 30 Sep 16:00

                                  How to Stream Google Stadia on iOS/iPadOS

                                    In a perfect world, we could download apps from a centralized, secure app store on our phones, and these apps would allow us to connect to other services we enjoy without any extra hassle. In the real world, you’re going to have to employ some clever workarounds if you want to get game streaming to work on the… Read more...

                                    Engadget RSS Feed | 30 Sep 15:41

                                    The London Marathon will go ahead thanks to social-distancing wearables

                                      Elite-level marathon running will return this weekend. The organizers of the London Marathon have announced that they will use distance-measuring ‘Bump’ devices tto keep roughly 100 athletes safe as they participate in the men’s, women’s and wheelcha...

                                      BBC News - Technology | 30 Sep 14:17

                                      London Marathon 2020: Athletes to wear social-distancing tech

                                        All staff and participants will wear devices that send an alert when too close to others.