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An overview of new, upcoming WhatsApp updates, features

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Meta-owned WhatsApp keeps improving user experience by introducing new updates and features to the application for all its versions — android, iOS, and desktop.

If you missed out on the latest updates and features being introduced to the instant messaging app, this is the time to catch up.

Some of the features are still under development and not yet available to all testers or they may gradually roll out to users in the coming weeks while some are available to the beta testers.

If you are unable to use a certain feature, you need to for a future update of the app to access it.

Here is a wrap-up of the updates and new features.

Edit message

WhatsApp is introducing the ability to edit messages within 15 minutes after a user sends a message. This will allow users to fix any mistakes or add more information to the original message. 

This feature is under development but is available for beta users via iOS 23.4.0.72 update. 

“The company keeps working on the ability to edit messages by adding an ‘unsupported message’ when it is not compatible with your version of WhatsApp,” said WaBetaInfo. 

Search bar

Users can now easily filter the messaging app as a search bar is being released for the beta testers. iOS users can access it through the 23.4.0.73 update. 

Newsletter 

The messaging app is working on a private newsletter tool. It will be a “one-to-many tool for broadcasting information and they look like a new way to easily receive useful updates from people and groups like local officials, sports teams, or other organisations.” 

This will allow users to be able to choose “who they want to hear from and follow broadcasters of their choice right within WhatsApp.”

Disappearing messages

WhatsApp is allowing users to keep their messages from disappearing as they can save those messages after they expire. 

Profile icons

The instant messaging app is working on a feature regarding the profile icons within group chats. This feature is still under development and will be available in a future update. 

High-quality photos

This is one of the most anticipated features of WhatsApp that would allow users to send photos in their original quality.

Users will have the option to either send the compressed photo if they wish to save storage, however, they can also send in the original quality. 

Report status 

The messaging app has brought another update for its users if they are bothered by something inappropriate or something that goes against WhatsApp’s terms on a status update.

It will allow users to report any status update through this. Once you report a status update, this will be sent to the moderation team.

Schedule group calls 

WhatsApp is also working on the ability to schedule calls, which will allow the group members to plan their schedules accordingly.

This feature is still under development and will be released in the future update of the Android app. 

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The recall AI feature rollout by Microsoft will be delayed.

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A computerized history is created via the Recall feature, which records everything from phone conversations to web browsing. This way, even months later, the user may search through it for remembered actions.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that recall, which was originally going to be widely available for Copilot+ PC users on June 18, will now only be available for a preview on its Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the next weeks.

As to the statement from the Redmond, Washington-based company, the decision is “founded in our dedication to offering a reliable, safe, and comprehensive experience for every client and to obtain more input before releasing the feature to all Copilot+ PC users.”

An artificial intelligence (AI) feature-rich class of personal computers called Copilot+ PCs was introduced in May.

Millions of “Windows biggest fans” can sample new improvements for the operating system through the WIP, a public software testing initiative.

According to the business, following feedback from the WIP community, the Recall preview will soon be accessible for all Copilot+ PCs.

Shortly after the feature’s release, billionaire technologist Elon Musk opened a new tab and referred to it as a “Black Mirror episode,” drawing parallels to the Netflix series that examines the negative effects of advanced technology. However, some social media users expressed concerns about privacy, saying that it could allow for spying.

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TikTok plans to introduce an image search capability in order to directly compete with Google.

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TikTok, a Chinese short video platform, is now conducting a trial of a novel functionality that enables users to capture or submit images in order to discover comparable products within the TikTok Shop, as reported by TechCrunch.

TikTok, the current leader in social media, is now aiming to enter Google’s domain in the field of search, indicating a direct competition against Google’s control in visual search.

The functionality, originally observed by user Jonah Manzano, is presently accessible to users residing in the United States and Southeast Asia. Users that have access to the feature will see a camera symbol that is integrated.
This feature allows users to effortlessly search for products by capturing or uploading photographs, eliminating the requirement for written descriptions.

For example, if you are eating at a restaurant and like the dish that is presented on a certain plate, you can take a fast photo using the TikTok app to discover comparable goods that you can buy.

Similarly, if you come across an expensive item while shopping online, you can save its image and use TikTok’s image search feature to locate similar, more affordable options.

Although TikTok Shop has previously utilized conventional search methods, this new advancement represents a notable deviation by harnessing the capabilities of visual search, similar to Google Lens.

TikTok’s decision is a calculated maneuver aimed at not only attracting users’ interest in finding new products but also promoting sales within its e-commerce network.

This development is not only a criticism of Google or Amazon; it is a more extensive effort to rival other participants in the field of visual search and e-commerce, such as Klarna and rising businesses like Cherry.

TikTok’s shift towards e-commerce is apparent in its recent announcement that TikTok Shop accommodates more than 15 million vendors worldwide, including a significant presence in the United States.

The company has made significant investments in platform safety, dedicating more than $400 million and establishing a staff of 7,500 personnel to guarantee the integrity of TikTok Shop.

TikTok continues to pursue its e-commerce goals, while encountering regulatory obstacles, especially in the United States.

TikTok’s momentum remains unaffected by President Biden’s recent measure, which indicates a possible prohibition if ByteDance does not divest the platform.

However, the corporation regards e-commerce as a strategic source of income and a method to maintain consumer involvement within its ecosystem.

TikTok is continuously expanding and improving its TikTok Shop to encourage more user interaction and spending. This will help establish TikTok as a strong competitor in the e-commerce industry.
in the search bar of TikTok Shop.

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Pakistan experiences substantial expansion in the information technology sector.

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Pakistan experienced significant development in the exports of its IT sector, reaching a total of $2.283 billion, as stated in a recent Economic Survey Report.

The increase in exports emphasized the rising global demand for IT services from Pakistan and the sector’s impact on the national economy.

The survey demonstrated that IT freelancers contributed $35 million in remittances, highlighting their significance in the IT industry.

The study data indicates a significant rise in the number of broadband and telecom customers nationwide, with broadband users reaching 135 million and telecom users growing to 194 million.

Earlier this week, the federal government has suggested a substantial 357 percent rise in the budget for the IT sector for the fiscal year 2024-25.

As to reliable sources, the Ministry of IT has been granted a budget of Rs 27.43 billion in the development budget, out of which Rs 6.28 billion has been allotted for the implementation of 15 new projects.

The government has additionally suggested allotting Rs 21.15 billion for projects that are currently in progress, as well as Rs 3.5 billion for the Digital Economy initiative.

Additional noteworthy allocations consist of Rs 1 billion for fostering innovation in the IT sector, Rs 50 million for the digitalization of the national assembly, and Rs 300 million for the implementation of smart office projects in government ministries.

The government has additionally suggested investing Rs 9.92 billion for the Islamabad Technology Development Park and Rs 6.78 billion for the creation of an IT park in Karachi. The budget additionally comprises a proposition for an allocation of Rs 1 billion for the Cybersecurity Fund for the Digital Pakistan initiative.

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