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One of the biggest messaging platforms/ social medium whatsapp will soon venture into helping it’s users exchange more than just photos and videos. Yes, it’s going the banking way. Whatsapp is targeting India, which leads in Whatsapp users in the world for a possibility in online transactions. The app, owned by billionaire Zuckerberg, will employ a director to make possible digital payments in the South Asian country with 200 million whatsapp users.
It is reported that the company is developing a system based on the Reserve Bank of India’s United Payment Interface, which offers a common protocol for money transfers between banks. A similar service was launched in the US by Facebook (also owned by Zuckerberg) in December and he seemingly wants to try the same with Whatsapp.
Messaging app WeChat is already a popular provider of similar services in Asia, while Chat App Line is popular for giving similar services in japan. A success in Whatsapp’s latest move will see more chat platforms venture into online financial transactions and in no time, the whole world will be sending money via whatsapp and messenger and all that.
The latest software modification at the one-to-many messaging service comes about a year after Twitter set out to relax a 140-character limit set due to mobile phone text messaging constraints in place when Twitter launched in 2006.
Twitter first announced plans to relax the limit a year ago, as part of an effort to bring in more members and make the platform easier to use.
“Remember how we told you we were working on ways to let you to express more with 140 characters?” Twitter product manager Sasank Reddy said in an online post.
“Now, when you reply to someone or a group, those @usernames won’t count toward your tweet’s 140 characters.”
Providing more room in tweets is seen as a way to encourage more use and sharing of pictures, videos and links. Twitter also now has the ‘Go Live’ feature just like Facebook and Instagram.
The move is part of a push by Twitter to increase its user base and engagement, which have sputtered to the chagrin of investors.
“Our work isn’t finished,” Reddy said.
“We’ll continue to think about how we can improve conversations and make Twitter easier to use.”
Twitter faces competition from Facebook and Instagram, and a trend of people opting to share content in video or picture formats instead of text.
Social media is clearly changing at it’s own pace. Early this year Whatsapp included a ‘Status’ feature that allows one to post a video or series of photos that can be seen by his/her contacts. It’s a feature that drew different reactions from users, with most of them expressing displeasure.
Prior to that, Instagram introduced a ‘stories’ feature whereby you could take photos or videos and update your followers on what you’re doing. It’s the same feature that saw the use of Snapchat go up. Well, if you have updated your facebook app, then you’ve noticed that the feature is there as well. Facebook now has the stories feature which enables you to share your experiences with your friends. It’s just like Instagram but then an additional feature, just like Watsapp’s status.
has been added. It’s called ‘Direct’ and is used to post the public or only your friends. The ‘Direct’ feature also enables your friends to reply to the story you posted (photo or video) and it’s through the same that you’ll get the replies and reply.
What’s more, the story stays for 24 hours, just like the whatsapp ‘status’ feature. It seems Mark Zuckerberg is trying each feature in all social media platforms that he owns, owing to the fact that he turned ‘Facebook Live’ into ‘Instagram Live’ and he’s now brought the ‘Stories’ feature to facebook.
Hey y’all technology enthusiasts, Apple has updated its iPad line. The new developments happen alongside launching of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which are red in colour. This is in partnership with the Product Red whose aim is to fight HIV/AIDS. Product Red was started by former U2 star Bono, and it’s aim, as stated above, is to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberclosis and Malaria. Hence, some of the proceeds from the Red IPhones will go towards Product Red.
The phones that are officially going on sale this Friday have 32GB and 128GB configurations, though they will still go for the initial prices of $379 to $559. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Since we began working with (Red) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products. The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (Red), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”
Earlier today, digital taxi service provider Uber announced a raise in their fares. Now the minimum amount of fare is KShs. 300, a hundred bob more from the usual Kshs. 200 in Nairobi while in Mombasa it increased from KShs. 150 to KShs. 200. Also, they have been charging KShs. 35 for every kilometre traveled, but the revision means you will be supposed to pay Kshs 42 from now henceforth. “Prices are designed to encourage more riders on the road, to help increase trips for drivers, but equally, you want to make sure the basic economics of drivers are sustainable,” read part of their press release.
Clearly Uber have taken into consideration their drivers’ demands, since they demonstrated recently after Uber cut their prices by 35% to brush off the competition that was being brought by other companies offering similar services. The drivers threatened to switch allegiance to companies like LittleCab which had a better deal compared to Uber back then. LittleCab is co owned by Safaricom and Craft Silicon.
This comes a day after Equity bank announced a dip in their profits, putting the country’s economy on the scope. Hard economic times? Maybe. But prior to this, many questioned the tactics employed by Uber which began by seductive rates that threw local taxis out of business. They were charging KShs. 60 per Kilometre but reduced it to KShs. 35 mid last year. Many argued that Uber literally wanted to have them out and monopolise it before they capitalise on that and hike their prices.
Meanwhile, the charges per minute remain unchanged at KShs. 3 while the base fare for Mombasa rose from KShs. 50 to KShs. 70. For the starters, the charges per minute are the charges you incur if by any chance you get stuck in traffic and the fuel consumption has to go on as well as time spent on you. It makes sense businesswise, more especially in Nairobi where traffic is a nuisance.
Yesterday was the International Women’s Day, where women all over the world were celebrated. The world over the years has ahd great women doing great things. We decided to compile ten of the greatest inventions of all time that were specifically done by women in Science and technology, a field that had been dominated by men. Their inventions revolutionized technology and brought massive changes and paved way to more advancements.
Ada Lovelace– She was an English Mathematician and writer. Born in 1815, Ada was daughter to George Lord Byron (a poet) and Anne Isabella Milbanke. As a teenager, she became a good friend to mathematician Charles Babbage who had invented the first computer called the Analytical Engine. She went ahead to recognize that the machine would do more than just calculations, then went ahead to create an algorithm to be used by the machine. She was the first female programmer, died at the age of 36 due to uterine cancer.
2. Dr. Shirley Jackson – She is an American physicist who is famed for numerous inventions. Born in 1946, Shirley is a renown scholar and physicist. She conducted breakthrough basic scientific research that enabled the invention of other technology inventions. She made possible the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. She is currently the president of the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She’s also the highest-paid president of a private college.
3. Maria Beasely. You know lifeboats, or you might have used one. In the year 1882, Maria got tired of hearing stories of people perishing in the seas and oceans when boats and ships capsized. She was born in 1870, which means the invention came from her at the age of 12! Although she had other inventions that amassed her much wealth, the lifeboat invention brought about huge changes and gave people hope in case of a shipwreck.
4. Marie Van Britan– After an escalating rate of robberies in New York, Marie did a very awesome discovery that saw the rate go down. She invented the CCTV cameras in the year 1969.
5. Hedy Lamar– She was a physicist who invented the wireless technology. It’s her technology that enabled the WIFI and GPS services be available for us.
If you have been to whatsapp today (which I am sure you have), then you must have noticed that it’s a whole new experience. We woke up to a whatsapp we’re not used to, one that enables you use photos, videos and GIFs to create message stories.
This is very much similar to Snapchat, who register over 2.5 billion snaps every day. Facebook is known to have bought Whatsapp last year for a whooping $19 billion and the owner is known to try many things in improving their services to social media users. By the way, last year Facebook brought a key Instagram feature (Instagram stories) to Facebook and it seems he is doing the same by cloning Snapchat’s most interesting feature.
The status have a 24-hour lifespan, but you can change. So instead of the three options, now you have four with the new one being the camera option which you can use to go live, take photos or a video, caption it and edit before posting it to your audience.