Facebook Messenger, along with Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram, will still exist as standalone apps.
But messaging functionality would be shared across them, so users on Instagram could text people on WhatsApp.
You could even message someone on Instagram without ever actually having an Instagram account.
The move was revealed in a New York Times exposé, and later confirmed by Facebook.
Facebook users will soon be able to directly message Instagram and WhatsApp users
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
1. WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
2. It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
3. After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
4. It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast
5. Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
6. The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
7.As of February 2017, WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion users globally
8. It’s expected that the “integration” between the apps will be completed as soon as the end of 2019, or possibly early 2020.
Work on the project is already underway to unify the “messaging infrastructure” between the apps.
It means that all three apps will support end-to-end encryption, which Instagram currently lacks.
End-to-end encryption means your message is garbled into gibberish during transit, and can only be read in its true form by the sender and recipient.
It’s an important privacy feature, and already one of the defining features of WhatsApp.
But it won’t be easy.
“Given the spotty history Facebook have in managing user privacy settings, merging personal information and privacy configurations from three significant applications won’t be trivial,” said Tim Mackey, technical evangelist at Synopsys, speaking to The Sun.
“Facebook development teams would do well to look at this precedent and prioritize user privacy.
“With the integration project currently expected to take a year to complete, and with end-to-end encryption as part of the plan, we should expect the Facebook engineering teams to focus attention on uniform data security both in their platform and in the apps themselves.”
Worryingly, child safety campaigners have warned that this could make child-grooming even easier for online sickos.
“The decision to merge and incorporate end-to-end encryption in all three apps means child abusers could find it easier to access more young victims, and detecting grooming behaviour and sexual abuse on these apps will become far more difficult,” said Andy Burrows, Associate Head of Child Online Safety at the NSPCC.
“Given that police have already told us that Facebook-owned apps are being used in more than half of grooming offences, Facebook must explain how it took children into account when it made this decision.
“This is precisely why the NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign is calling on Government to introduce a tough independent regulator for social networks to force them to meet consistent child safety measures and hold them to account when they fail.”
The move is reportedly the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, who has been met with fierce internal opposition
The move is reportedly the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, who has been met with fierce internal opposition
According to the NYT, the idea is being masterminded by billionaire Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
It’s a bid to keep users hooked into the Facebook ecosystem – and avoid turning to rival offerings “from Apple and Google”.
Zuckerberg has reportedly been “floating” the idea for months, but has been met with heavy opposition.
Instagram’s founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger abandoned the company late last year, reportedly due to Zuckerberg’s increased grip on the app.
And WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton also left for similar reasons.
Zuck is said to have “clashed with dozens of WhatsApp employees” over the merger during a staff meeting in December.
Part of the problem is that Facebook requires you to provide your real identity, while WhatsApp is often favoured for its anonymity.
Merging the messaging services could create a privacy headache.
Users may also be put off by the prospect of messages from long-forgotten Facebook friends turning up on WhatsApp, for instance.
“As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Sun.
Instagram – a quick history
1. Here’s what you need to know…
2. Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
3. It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
4. A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
5. The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
6. When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
7. In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
8. In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
9. In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
10. And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
11. According to the report, Zuckerberg still isn’t sure how to make money from the merger.
Speaking to The Sun, industry expert Michael Pachter, of Wedbush Securities, said: “It’s an interesting issue, since users aren’t really asking for integration, but Facebook recognizes that by integrating the products, they facilitate greater communication/interaction among their user base.
“I personally think it’s a great idea, but am not sure there is any immediate impact on revenues or profits.
“The integration is likely going to roll out in a year or so, and we will have to see how smoothly it goes before understanding the potential for monetization.”
In a statement given to The Sun, a Facebook spokesperson said the company hoped to “build the best messaging experiences we can – and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private”.
“We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”
We’ve asked Facebook for more details about the merger and will update this story with any response.
Source: The Sun
Time To Light Up: TECNO Launches Upgraded SPARK 3 Series with AI Bright Camera
Global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile ushered a new dawn into the smartphone ecosystem with the release of a new camera-centric smartphone series – SPARK 3 and SPARK 3 Pro. As one of the most remarkable devices to “light up” your photos, the newly released have been upgraded by AI technology to furthermore advanced the camera features.
The SPARK 3 is the third installment from the SPARK series, and as expected, the device embodies the impeccability of the smartphone brand while offering a sweet price but delivers optimum value.
Below are some of the Functions of the Spark 3 series.
AI Bright Camera
The SPARK 3 camera comes equipped with AI technologies and high configuration for brighter photos that results in high quality, bright and smooth pictures.
- Skin——SPARK 3 can recognized different face features and tones and give the most suitable level of “re-touch” and “lighting” automatically to your photos, which including skin polish, dispel freckle, remove acne, remove pouch and black rim of the eye…
- l 3D Face Fine-tuning ——SPARK 3 AI camera can cover 18 face dimensions to enable 3D face fine-tuning. Also help to enhance hair contrast and color saturation, highlight your forehead, nose, lips. It even smartly increases the eyelids to both left and right to extend the eye liner, you can get the beautiful photo just in one second without having make-up.
- Mix Flash 2.0 ——TECNO SPARK series always with ultra-bright front flash. The SPARK 3 comes with an 8MP front camera, F2.0 large aperture, 4P lens, 78° selfie angle and adjustable front flash, adding the front flash and brighter screen, SPARK 3 is sure to give the best experience while taking photos, doing video chat, playing games and watching videos.
Smart Voice AssistantTECNO SPARK 3 equipped a smart voice assistant. If you enable this function, your SPARK 3 can broadcast your messages, important news, your appointment on your agenda, your reminder… Especially when someone calls you when you are driving, the “driving mode” could be turned on to automatically text back to inform the other side that you are driving and will feedback soon.
Make Your Privacy Invisible
TECNO SPARK 3 has a special feature to protect consumers’ privacy. You can set up your personal APP (for example, Tinder) “invisible” from your mobile phone desktop, so you will be the only person who knows where your private APP are.
The SPARK 3 (16GB RAM + 2GB ROM version) runs on HiOS 5.0 and the Android 9.0 Pie. Also, the device comes with the MTK 6761 processor and a 2.0GHz more powerful CPU that gives a more enjoyable experience when interacting with the device, coupled with a memory capacity of 16GB RAM + 2GB ROM that provides adequate storage space for users. (SPARK 3’s 16GM RAM + 1GB ROM version still run on Android O Go system)
The design of the SPARK 3 gives off a classy and trendy appearance. With a reduced visual thickness of 5.75mm, along with a composite back glass plate, the SPARK 3 is noticeably thinner and easier to grip. The model will be presented in four stylish colors - Midnight Black, Champagne Gold, Bordeaux Red and Aqua Blue.
TECNO SPARK 3 series is available on the marketfor ¢525 cedis (16+1gb) ¢564 cedis (16+2gb) and ¢625 cedis (32+3gb)
About TECNO Mobile
TECNO Mobile is the premium mobile phone brand of TRANSSION Holdings with a comprehensive mobile device portfolio across feature phones, smartphones and tablets. As a brand, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Established in 2006, TECNO has presence in more than 50 countries across the globe. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide.TECNO is alsothe Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com
Rigworld Training Centre Partner Up With Senegalese Polytechnic.
Rigworld Training Center (RTC) has signed a partnership agreement with the « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » (ESP) of Senegal to improve the course content of the latter.
Under the partnership agreement, RTC will help raise the level of local skills of students in ESP to help them integrate well in the different industries in Senegal and across the world.
The signing of the agreement between the two educational institutions in West Africa here in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, is expected to offer African expertise to develop African competences to enable graduates take up emerging jobs in the oil and gas and mining industries.
“This model of partnership between African structures (Ghana and Senegal) comes at the right time to meet the challenge of vocational training adapted to new jobs emerging in oil & gas, mining etc.…,” a statement released by Daba DIENG, Rigworld Group West Africa Manager (French Territories) says.
Rigworld Training Center is a Ghanaian-owned, world-class, ISO 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training center that excels in providing a range of client focused safety training services and products to the offshore and onshore oil and gas, maritime, underwater, construction, and general hazardous industries.
To extend its operations to other African countries, Rigworld Training Center recently opened a new branch in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The « Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique » is a public institution with a regional vocation, attached to the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, Senegal.
The ESP's mission is to train both theoretically and practically which cover different technical and management fields.
It also offers training for people who want to improve themselves in their professional fields or learn new skills altogether.
By Roger A. Agana
From Washing Cars To Pimping Luxury Cars; Gideon King Visits Ghana.
The avid UK born but Nigerian who's passion took him away from the violent streets of east London to running a business pimping up sportscars for the super-rich in Qatar visits Ghana for a business seminar .
The father of three who got installed in the Middle East by a wealthy sheikh, now works for top musicians and business figures detailing their expensive vehicles.
After success Kings feels he can help youngsters battling the wave of drug-inspired violence around the world to make something of themselves - just as he has.
YouTube Ambassador Guud Kelly To Embark on African Masterclass Tour
Ghanaian Creative Director, Film Maker, Media and Tech Entrepreneur and YouTube Ghana Ambassador Keli Abiel otherwise known as Gudd Kelly has announced a YouTube Masterclass for Africa.
In an interview with with GeorgeBritton.com; Kelly said "I aim at helping individuals and businesses across the continent take advantage of technology platforms like YouTube and tools like video, storytelling to expand their market, build personal brands or create awareness about a special cause.
“We as Africans were not brought up to share our stories enough and I want to encourage as many as we can to start creating original content that describes the true Africa. If we don’t, the west will always be experts in African affairs.”
Guud Kelly has embarked on several campaigns especially in Ghana speaking to students and businesses on the importance of creating original video content and using YouTube to better enhance their businesses.
The Business of YouTube Masterclass in Abuja, Nigeria on April 30.
Check flyer below for other tour dates.
Kindly checkout this video on Guud Kelly's YouTube Page
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