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WhatsApp's working on a big improvement to multi-device support

WhatsApp's working on a big improvement to multi-device support

Believe it or not, WhatsApp didn't support multiple devices before this summer, requiring your phone to be turned on and connected to the web at all times — even when using the web client to send messages. While that's no longer necessary, the app is still incapable of allowing you to message from more than one mobile device. If you've been feeling the limitations of "partner" devices over the last few months, there's finally a sign that true multi-support is coming to WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp payments could soon earn cash back

WhatsApp payments could soon earn cash back

WhatsApp is pushing hard to get a slice of that money transfer pie, introducing mobile person-to-person payments in India and Brazil. And what's better than sending your friend a fast food combo's worth of money to cover that time you left your wallet in the car? Well, lots of things. But getting a tiny, tiny portion of that payment back in credit is probably one of them.

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Like any healthy 23-year-old, Google is getting a little too interested in TikTok and Instagram videos

Like any healthy 23-year-old, Google is getting a little too interested in TikTok and Instagram videos

It's hard to overstate just how popular TikTok is right now. Not only has it become the world's most popular app — beating out Facebook, of all companies — but its entire practice has been copied endlessly by the likes of Instagram and YouTube. Google is well aware of just how massive TikTok and Instagram have become, and it wants to make sure people are using its search capabilities to find and discover endless videos to show their friends.

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WhatsApp is letting you easily identify your group chats

WhatsApp is letting you easily identify your group chats

You might be in a bunch of groups on WhatsApp with each of them serving different people, different purposes, just everything different. How you feel about each of them will vary. With that in mind, the app is developing a way for users to quickly create a group icon.

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Invite Mark Zuckerberg home with two new Facebook Portal smart displays

Invite Mark Zuckerberg home with two new Facebook Portal smart displays

Facebook is stuck on hardware liked chewed-up gum to the underbelly of a school desk. After going public with what are essentially smart spyglasses co-branded with Ray-Ban, we're once again talking about smart displays as the company adds two new entries to the Portal family.

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WhatsApp wants to be your new Yellow Pages with its latest update

WhatsApp wants to be your new Yellow Pages with its latest update

Privacy concerns aside, WhatsApp remains one of the largest messaging services in the world. It's not limited to your friend group, either — thanks to its business-focused platform, communicating with all sorts of retailers online is a cinch. With its latest update, WhatsApp is adding a search feature for businesses for users to discover and contact companies right through the app.

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WhatsApp could soon have voice message transcriptions, but Facebook won't be doing the work

WhatsApp could soon have voice message transcriptions, but Facebook won't be doing the work

Captioning and transcriptions are handy things to have, but have been hard to come by for the longest time. Artificial intelligence has provided us with auto-generated transcriptions with some voicemail apps, captions on YouTube videos, and with almost anything with Google can put its fingers on. But if you've fallen through the gaps with all of these services and use WhatsApp, you might have a nice surprise to look forward to soon.

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WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

There's no shortage of reasons for why WhatsApp is as popular as it is, but the service's focus on user privacy has got to be one of the big ones. With end-to-end encrypted messages, people using the app can feel secure that their messages are headed right to the eyes of their intended recipient, without the risk of any looky-loos peeking along the way. Now Facebook's talking about its plans for taking that kind of protection to its next logical step, as end-to-end encryption expands to cover WhatsApp backups.

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WhatsApp will soon start erasing deleted chat threads across all your devices

WhatsApp will soon start erasing deleted chat threads across all your devices

WhatsApp finally added multi-device support earlier this summer, making it easier than ever to message your friends and family even if your phone isn't nearby. It's a massive improvement compared to previous iterations of the app, offering up to four companion devices to message from — although you're still limited to a single phone. Some bugs still need to be ironed out, including deleted chat threads not syncing correctly across platforms. WhatsApp is finally working on a fix, but it might be a little while before it's live.

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We now have Ray-Ban smart glasses, but they're made by Facebook, so...

We now have Ray-Ban smart glasses, but they're made by Facebook, so...

What if Facebook were actually on your face? The company already knows every little detail about you and it's currently happily sitting in your pocket everywhere you go, but I'm talking about literally having Facebook on your face. That's a nightmare you probably didn't want to have tonight, but this is no dream: it's going to be a real thing. Facebook has partnered with EssilorLuxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban glasses, to bring you the Ray-Ban Stories — a pair of glasses that are probably the coolest nightmare fuel you'll see today.

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