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WhatsApp launches video calling

The Independent - Tech

WhatsApp has introduced a new feature likely to strike fear into the hearts of its competitors: video calling. After months in the beta stage, the Facebook-owned tech giant rolled out the update on Tuesday to its more than one billion monthly users. The latest feature could be bad news for rivals such as Skype and Apple's Facetime, as Whatsapp ups the ante in its effort to position itself as a one-stop-shop for communications. Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Russia to ban LinkedIn, leading fears of crackdown on internet freedom Yahoo admits it knew about huge data breach for two years Facebook employees'form secret task force' to purge fake news Users will be able to make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices in the coming days, according to a statement posted on the company's blog. The new functionality looks similar to the normal voice calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you're talking to.


WhatsApp temporarily suspends sharing European user data with parent company Facebook

The Independent - Tech

WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. Conversations with officials in Europe over the past few months resulted in the social network deciding to only tapping into WhatsApp user data there for purposes such as fighting spam, according to the source. The break was described as an effort to give regulators time to share privacy concerns and for Facebook to consider ways to address them. German data protection authorities in September cited privacy concerns when they blocked Facebook from collecting subscriber data from WhatsApp there. "It has to be (the users') decision whether they want to connect their account with Facebook," Hamburg's Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Johannes Caspar said at the time.


Kingdom Hearts 2.8 review: A sliver of what you've been waiting for

The Independent - Tech

To say the Kingdom Hearts franchise is difficult for new players would be a similar understatement to saying: 'Aren't people a bit miffed about the EU referendum vote?' We've had: Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts Chains of Memories, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts Encoded, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, prequel Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, and more. The plot has become nightmarish to follow for anyone but hardcore fans and the series' original hook (a game that appeals to as many people as possible thanks to the inclusion of Disney characters) has been lost. The latest release from Square Enix is the bafflingly named Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The disc features a high definition remaster of Nintendo 3DS game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, a new installment (deep breath now) Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth By Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage, and a cinematic titled Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, which details events not shown in the original χ game. So, what story elements do you need to know from the original games?


iPhones can be broken by just watching one short video

The Independent - Tech

One apparently innocuous video can break your phone. The new video is exploiting a bug that can lead to phone's gradually slowing down until they crash. The trick – being sold as a prank – is next to impossible to avoid and people who are experiencing it might not even be aware of the fact. The video only lasts three seconds and is being shared on an app called Miaopai. But people might not know that before being subject to the attack, because all that needs to happen is someone clicks on an otherwise innocuous-looking link.


Apple to replace iPhone 6s handsets that are shutting down for no reason

The Independent - Tech

Some of Apple's iPhone 6s handsets are shutting down for no reason, the company has said. Apple will now replace any phones that display the issue, which the company says only happens on a small number of them. People affected by the issue will find that their handsets tend simply to shut themselves off for no reason and without warning. The problem appears to be related to an issue with the batteries in those phones. A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.