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WhatsApp could soon let you use the same number on multiple phones

WhatsApp has managed to reach a worldwide audience and break through 2 billion monthly users despite a severe handicap: The app doesn't support multiple devices for the same account. One phone number equals one phone or one tablet, that's always been the equation. And while there are workarounds to allow two different numbers on the same phone (for dual-SIM devices or Business users), there hasn't been any trick to make the same number available on two phones or tablets simultaneously. The great news is that WhatsApp is already working on this.

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Instagram adds video Co-Watching to help users cope with social isolation

As more of us are stuck inside during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Instagram is rolling out a number of new features. The most interesting among them is the ability to watch videos live with friends during video calls, but the social network is also adding links to coronavirus resources from the World Health Organization, plus a "Stay Home" sticker (seen above) that adds posts to one big story.

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These video streaming services are reducing bandwidth consumption following the coronavirus pandemic (Update: TikTok)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most people have to stay quarantined at home to prevent the spread of the virus. This is causing increased network usage, as people need a stable connection to work, study, and of course, entertain themselves. Sadly, the latter requires a high bandwidth, which providers are trying to contain by reducing the quality of their service.

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WhatsApp adds two features to combat coronavirus misinformation

In regular times, social media is crucial in helping us stay in touch with relatives and catch up on some news. Its role has been massively amplified these days, as the world faces one of the biggest challenges we've seen in recent times. But you need to keep in mind that not everything you see online is right, and not everyone knows that fact. WhatsApp understands the role it plays in information propagation and is adding two features to keep everyone properly educated and help them spot wrong stories and facts.

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Facebook's new web interface is rolling out for more people, with dark mode in tow (Updated)

Back at F8 2019, Facebook promised a redesign for its mobile apps and website. The Android app started receiving the new interface almost immediately, but the change was only promised on the web in "the next few months." Now, it's starting to roll out and along with it comes a new dark mode option.

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Google issues joint statement with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Reddit, pledging to fight coronavirus misinformation

Today several of the bigger technology and social media companies, including Google, Facebook, Reddit, Microsoft, and Twitter, issued a joint industry statement regarding their response to the coronavirus. All of the companies are committed to "combating fraud and misinformation."

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The Facebook app has a new, very blue menu

Along with many other developers, Facebook got rid of colors in its app and moved to an all-white theme. It looks like the company isn't satisfied with that decision anymore, as the menu in the app's rightmost tab has received a facelift (if you want to call it that) that switches out the white background of old for a blue gradient. While at it, Facebook has also rearranged the menu items and now displays them as bubbles in a two-column interface.

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WhatsApp Business gets a dark mode too (APK Download)

After a month of testing in beta, WhatsApp's dark mode went live this week for everyone. That left professional users a little behind, as WhatsApp Business was still on the white-only interface. The app's latest update puts it back on par by bringing this promised dark theme.

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Dark mode for WhatsApp finally goes stable, rolling out this week

WhatsApp has been testing dark mode for a little while, enabling the feature for those participating in the beta program back in January. Today, WhatsApp announced that dark mode is now ready for the spotlight (or, lack of light, we guess), and will be rolling out over the next few days.

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WhatsApp is working on password-protected Google Drive backups

When you think about it, WhatsApp isn't the most intuitive messenger when it comes to moving from phone to phone. You need to turn on local backups or enable uploads to Google Drive and have to remember to back up before you factory reset your old phone, otherwise you might lose your most recent messages. And from a security standpoint, these backups are a nightmare, too — in contrast to messages you send and receive, they aren't encrypted. WhatsApp is looking to change that and is working on password protection for its cloud backups.

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