WhatsApp beta for Android finally brings QR Code Payments Option

WhatsApp rolled out Payments option back in February, though it is currently under testing with limited functionality, the company is slowly refining the feature. Now the company has brought the ability to make payments using the QR Code. 

With QR Code, users can make payments by scanning QR Codes. However, the feature is currently only available to Android with the beta version V2.18.93 and the update is already rolling out through Google Play Store. To access the QR Code feature, users need to follow the similar process, tap on the three dots on the right top. After that, you need to tap the Payments option and which then will present you with two options; UPI ID and Scan QR Code.

Post which you will be taken you the QR code scanning screen where you will have to scan the code, enter the amount followed by the UPI PIN verification. You can also view your own QR code from the payments section from the three-dot menu and clicking Show QR code.

With QR Code support, WhatsApp officially supporting the UPI guidelines. Since the update is already out for beta users, you can simply update the app directly from the Play Store.

WhatsApp rolled out Payments option back in February, though it is currently under testing with limited functionality, the company is slowly refining the feature. Now the company has brought the ability to make payments using the QR Code.  With QR Code, users can make payments by scanning QR Codes. However, the feature is currently only available to Android with the beta version V2.18.93 and the update is already rolling out through Google Play Store. To access the QR Code feature, users need to follow the similar process, tap on the three dots on the right top. After that, you need to tap the Payments option and which then will present you with two options; UPI ID and Scan QR Code. Post which you will be taken you the QR code scanning screen where you will have to scan the code, enter the amount followed by the UPI PIN verification. You can also view your own QR code from the payments section from the three-dot menu and clicking Show QR code. With QR Code support, WhatsApp officially supporting the UPI guidelines. Since the update is already out for beta users, you can simply update the app directly from the Play Store.

OPPO F7 with 6.23-inch FHD+ 19:9 display, 25MP front camera, Android 8.1 launched in India starting at Rs. 21990

OPPO just launched the F7, the company’s latest selfie-focused smartphone at an event in Mumbai. It has a 6.23-inch Full HD+19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 88% screen-to-body ratio, which it calls Super Full Screen and has a 25-megapixel front camera with support for real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) sensor and AI Beauty 2.0 for an improved age and gender beautification effects and facial recognition capability by scanning 296 facial recognition points, a 20% improvement from the first-generation technology.

AI learning identifies your beautification preferences, based on the most common edits made to photo album images, and automatically creates similar adjustments to new photos. It also has AR (Augmented Reality) Stickers for selfies.

It is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 12nm SoC with up to 6GB RAM, runs new ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo). It has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI Scene recognition and comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots, and the company also says that both the SIM slots support VoLTE.

There is a special edition 128GB with 6GB RAM model in Sunrise Red – using a unique glass body that shimmers like gemstones, reflecting different colors with each glance from the use.  Also, inspired by its namesake gemstone, …

OPPO just launched the F7, the company's latest selfie-focused smartphone at an event in Mumbai. It has a 6.23-inch Full HD+19:9 aspect ratio display with a notch and 88% screen-to-body ratio, which it calls Super Full Screen and has a 25-megapixel front camera with support for real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) sensor and AI Beauty 2.0 for an improved age and gender beautification effects and facial recognition capability by scanning 296 facial recognition points, a 20% improvement from the first-generation technology. AI learning identifies your beautification preferences, based on the most common edits made to photo album images, and automatically creates similar adjustments to new photos. It also has AR (Augmented Reality) Stickers for selfies. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P60 12nm SoC with up to 6GB RAM, runs new ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 (Oreo). It has a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, AI Scene recognition and comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots, and the company also says that both the SIM slots support VoLTE. There is a special edition 128GB with 6GB RAM model in Sunrise Red – using a unique glass body that shimmers like gemstones, reflecting different colors with each glance from the use.  Also, inspired by its namesake gemstone, ...

Google to block GApps on uncertified devices, but lets custom ROM users be whitelisted

Google’s Android OS is an open source and gives developers a lot of freedom to customize the software as they please. Google apps and services mandate that device makers follow a specific set of rules under the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). Device maker needs to follow the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) for them to pre-load their devices with Google apps and services.

Previously it was possible for uncertified devices to pre-load the Google apps. However, it now appears that Google is blocking GApps on uncertified devices, but still lets custom ROM users whitelist. According to an industry source who claims to be worked for an OEM/ODM, Google has started entirely locking out newly built firmware from accessing Gapps. This change apparently has gone into effect from March 16th and will affect any software builds made after this date.

Digging a little deeper revealed that people have started facing the issue for at least a year, but could easily solve it by clearing Google Play Service’s data. However, with the new change, this clearing Google Play Service’s data workaround will no longer work. Google’s A/B restriction will now be enforced more widely.

Google will disallow from signing in to their Google account on any device that is uncertified. However, you have a few options here, depending on if you …

Google's Android OS is an open source and gives developers a lot of freedom to customize the software as they please. Google apps and services mandate that device makers follow a specific set of rules under the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). Device maker needs to follow the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) for them to pre-load their devices with Google apps and services. Previously it was possible for uncertified devices to pre-load the Google apps. However, it now appears that Google is blocking GApps on uncertified devices, but still lets custom ROM users whitelist. According to an industry source who claims to be worked for an OEM/ODM, Google has started entirely locking out newly built firmware from accessing Gapps. This change apparently has gone into effect from March 16th and will affect any software builds made after this date. Digging a little deeper revealed that people have started facing the issue for at least a year, but could easily solve it by clearing Google Play Service’s data. However, with the new change, this clearing Google Play Service’s data workaround will no longer work. Google’s A/B restriction will now be enforced more widely. Google will disallow from signing in to their Google account on any device that is uncertified. However, you have a few options here, depending on if you ...

Asus ZenBook UX430U

The sleek but affordable Asus UX430U packs an Intel Core i7 and a sharp 14-inch full HD display, making it a powerful ultraportable that won’t break the bank.

The sleek but affordable Asus UX430U packs an Intel Core i7 and a sharp 14-inch full HD display, making it a powerful ultraportable that won't break the bank.

Apple’s low-cost 9.7-inch iPad could support Apple Pencil: KGI

Apple is expected to launch the new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad at the ‘Creative Education’ event tomorrow, i.e. March 27th. The company is also expected to bring in a new Apple pencil at the event, and now we hear that the new low-cost iPad will likely support the new Apple pencil.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple Pencil shipments will rise to 9 to 10 million units in 2018 give the fact that the new low-cost iPad may support Apple Pencil. He further adds that the new Apple Pencil support is to differentiate the low-cost iPad from competing low-cost Android tablets.

Though there are no previous rumors regarding the Apple Pencil support, there were speculations that it could be based on the design of the event invite image. However, it is unclear if Apple will offer the existing Apple Pencil or introduce a new, more affordable version. If at all the new low-cost iPad does get Apple Pencil support, there is also the possibility that it might get some kind of keyboard support as well.

Kuo believes 9.7-inch iPad shipments will account for more than 70 percent of all iPad shipments in 2018 and the new low-cost is said to be priced as low as $259. Kuo further …

Apple is expected to launch the new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad at the 'Creative Education' event tomorrow, i.e. March 27th. The company is also expected to bring in a new Apple pencil at the event, and now we hear that the new low-cost iPad will likely support the new Apple pencil. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple Pencil shipments will rise to 9 to 10 million units in 2018 give the fact that the new low-cost iPad may support Apple Pencil. He further adds that the new Apple Pencil support is to differentiate the low-cost iPad from competing low-cost Android tablets. Though there are no previous rumors regarding the Apple Pencil support, there were speculations that it could be based on the design of the event invite image. However, it is unclear if Apple will offer the existing Apple Pencil or introduce a new, more affordable version. If at all the new low-cost iPad does get Apple Pencil support, there is also the possibility that it might get some kind of keyboard support as well. Kuo believes 9.7-inch iPad shipments will account for more than 70 percent of all iPad shipments in 2018 and the new low-cost is said to be priced as low as $259. Kuo further ...

Google app v7.24 beta hints at ‘pinned’ floating sports scores, custom Assistant Routines and more

Google app is receiving a new beta update features hinting at ‘pinned’ floating sports scores, custom Assistant Routines, and more. The new pinned floating features lets users pin summaries for sport and follow scores while using other apps like Maps or YouTube. 

The ‘Pinned matches’ will look like a bubble that notes team scores and time remaining/overlapped. However, users will need first to permit the Google app to draw over other apps. Custom Routines started rolling out earlier this month; the new Google app adds strings that gives the ability to create custom Routine from scratch with an updated description of Routines.

In the Google app V7.24, there are hints of more aspects of the merged search field and toolbar for Search. More categories such as Images and News are located as a dropdown to the very left, while specific tools like duration and time now take up that unoccupied space. With V7.23, new gestures and features for Pixel Buds and possibly other Google Assistant headphones were revealed, and now it looks like users will be able to set double tap to perform actions.

Google also confirmed that Pixel Buds would soon turn on/off depending on whether the right earbud is being worn as part in-ear detection and a triple tap gesture will …

Google app is receiving a new beta update features hinting at ‘pinned’ floating sports scores, custom Assistant Routines, and more. The new pinned floating features lets users pin summaries for sport and follow scores while using other apps like Maps or YouTube.  The 'Pinned matches' will look like a bubble that notes team scores and time remaining/overlapped. However, users will need first to permit the Google app to draw over other apps. Custom Routines started rolling out earlier this month; the new Google app adds strings that gives the ability to create custom Routine from scratch with an updated description of Routines. In the Google app V7.24, there are hints of more aspects of the merged search field and toolbar for Search. More categories such as Images and News are located as a dropdown to the very left, while specific tools like duration and time now take up that unoccupied space. With V7.23, new gestures and features for Pixel Buds and possibly other Google Assistant headphones were revealed, and now it looks like users will be able to set double tap to perform actions. Google also confirmed that Pixel Buds would soon turn on/off depending on whether the right earbud is being worn as part in-ear detection and a triple tap gesture will ...

Facebook clarifies Facebook Lite and Messenger call and text history logging is opt-in, can be deleted

Facebook Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android for quite some time now. However, reports started flowing in that the company has been logging people’s call and SMS (text) history without their permission. Today, the company clarified that it is an opt-in feature.

Facebook says that call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature and this helps users find and stay connected with new people and provides you with a better experience on Facebook. The company says that users need to agree to use this feature while logging in and they can turn off the feature in settings any time if they wish to share the details no longer.

Facebook says that all previously shared call and text history shared via that app is deleted. This was first introduced back in 2015 for Android users and later offered as an option in Facebook Lite. The user will be given the option to opt-in option to continuously upload your contacts as well as your call and text history, and you can either turn it on, choose ‘learn more’ or ‘not now.’

If you chose to opt-in the feature, you can …

Facebook Call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android for quite some time now. However, reports started flowing in that the company has been logging people’s call and SMS (text) history without their permission. Today, the company clarified that it is an opt-in feature. Facebook says that call and text history logging is part of an opt-in feature and this helps users find and stay connected with new people and provides you with a better experience on Facebook. The company says that users need to agree to use this feature while logging in and they can turn off the feature in settings any time if they wish to share the details no longer. Facebook says that all previously shared call and text history shared via that app is deleted. This was first introduced back in 2015 for Android users and later offered as an option in Facebook Lite. The user will be given the option to opt-in option to continuously upload your contacts as well as your call and text history, and you can either turn it on, choose ‘learn more’ or ‘not now.’ If you chose to opt-in the feature, you can ...

Airtel VoLTE Beta program offers 30GB free data, here’s how to get it

Airtel offers VoLTE services in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Chennai & West Bengal circles. Now it has launched a new VoLTE Beta program in West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh to ask its users for feedback regarding the VoLTE services before expanding it to other circles . It is also offering 30GB free data for the users participating in the program.

How to get 30GB free data with Airtel VoLTE Beta program

To be eligible, you need to be in the circle where Airtel VoLTE Beta program  is live – West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh
You need to have a Airtel VoLTE-compatible smartphone – List of Airtel VoLTE supported phones
Go to Airtel VoLTE beta page and validate your mobile number
If you are not eligible,it will show “Hi there! Airtel VoLTE is currently unavailable on your number ”
If you are eligible, you will get an OTP, which you need to enter on the website, confirming the participation in the beta program
After confirmation, 10GB data will be credited to your number which is valid for 28 days
You will be required to share feedback regularly regarding VoLTE services
Another 10GB …

Airtel offers VoLTE services in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Karnataka, Chennai & West Bengal circles. Now it has launched a new VoLTE Beta program in West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh to ask its users for feedback regarding the VoLTE services before expanding it to other circles . It is also offering 30GB free data for the users participating in the program. How to get 30GB free data with Airtel VoLTE Beta program To be eligible, you need to be in the circle where Airtel VoLTE Beta program  is live - West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh You need to have a Airtel VoLTE-compatible smartphone - List of Airtel VoLTE supported phones Go to Airtel VoLTE beta page and validate your mobile number If you are not eligible,it will show "Hi there! Airtel VoLTE is currently unavailable on your number " If you are eligible, you will get an OTP, which you need to enter on the website, confirming the participation in the beta program After confirmation, 10GB data will be credited to your number which is valid for 28 days You will be required to share feedback regularly regarding VoLTE services Another 10GB ...

SDR’s Hard Side Shown in DARPA Hackfest

A DARPA program manager shares experiences from a hackfest he hosted on software-defined radio (SDR) and drones in Silicon Valley last fall.

A DARPA program manager shares experiences from a hackfest he hosted on software-defined radio (SDR) and drones in Silicon Valley last fall.

SDR’s Hard Side Shown in DARPA Hackfest

A DARPA program manager shares experiences from a hackfest he hosted on software-defined radio (SDR) and drones in Silicon Valley last fall.

A DARPA program manager shares experiences from a hackfest he hosted on software-defined radio (SDR) and drones in Silicon Valley last fall.