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How to get dark mode in WhatsApp for Android right now

How to get dark mode in WhatsApp for Android right now

One of the most requested features in WhatsApp over the last couple of years has been dark mode. It is finally available on Android — you can now manually set dark mode for WhatsApp, or have the app match the system theme automatically. Here’s how you can get started with dark mode on WhatsApp for Android.

As of March 3, 2020, dark mode is rolling out to all WhatsApp users around the globe. Even better, enabling it is very simple. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Open WhatsApp from the app drawer or home screen.

2. Tap the action overflow menu (three vertical dots in the top right corner).

3. Hit Settings.

4. Select Chats.

5. Choose Themes.
In the Choose Theme dialog box, select Dark.
You should see the interface switch to a dark theme.

That’s it! You should now have dark mode set up for the messaging service. Dark mode looks particularly good on WhatsApp because of the green accents that are present throughout the interface, and they bring a bit of visual flair to the app.

I’ve had dark mode enabled for over a week now, and it makes a huge difference in how you use the service. It’s easier on the eyes, and if you have an Android 10 phone and set dark mode system-wide, there’s better visual consistency.

Source: Android Central

4 Amazing Features WhatsApp Is Bringing In 2020

Whatsapp is releasing amazing features to the app this year and here are just four(4) of the features we know for now.

Here is a list of the four new features coming to WhatsApp in 2020 also from pulse:

1. Dark Mode

According to Independent.co.uk, the Facebook-owned messaging app has been teasing the dark theme for months.

However, WaBetaInfo, a website that follows developments with the beta version of the app, has reported that the dark theme update is ready for the Android version of WhatsApp.

2. Disappearing Messages

This feature allows users to automatically delete messages after a stipulated period in both group chats and one-on-one conversations.

With this, The Guardian reports that users will be able to set the messages to be deleted automatically after an hour, a day, a week, a month or a year.

3. Ads (Advertisement)

The platform plans to start inserting promos into WhatsApp Status posts from 2020. This was reportedly revealed at the 2019 Facebook Marketing Summit in the Netherlands.

WaBetaInfo describes the ads as “status advertisements” adding that “they won’t be invasive and they will appear very rarely between a lot of status updates. ”

This feature is currently available on WhatsApp’s sister app Instagram.

3. Reverse Image Search

As the most popular messaging app across Africa, Whatsapp has been flagged as a major medium of choice for spreading fake news.

A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Development and the University of Birmingham on WhatsApp’s role during Nigeria’s February elections showed that parents and grandparents as the “biggest sharers” of misinformation.

The platform plans to fight the spread of fake news with a new feature called the reverse image search tool. This lets you figure out the original sender of any image.

WhatsApp’s previous attempts to tackle fake news includes letting users identify forwarded messages and limiting users to five text forwards.

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Twitter prepares to delete accounts of inactive users(read, don’t be a victim)

Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline.
The cull will include users who stopped posting to the site because they died – unless someone with that person’s account details is able to login.

It is the first time Twitter has removed inactive accounts on such a large scale.
The site said it was because users who do not login were unable to agree to its updated privacy policies.

A spokeswoman also said it would improve credibility by removing dormant accounts from people’s follower counts, something which may give a user an undue sense of importance. The first batch of deleted accounts will involve those registered outside of the US.
The firm bases inactivity on whether or not a person has logged in at least once in the past six months. Twitter said the effort is not, as had been suggested by some users on the network, an attempt to free up usernames.
That said, previously unavailable usernames will start coming up for grabs after the 11 December cutoff – though Twitter said it would be a gradual process, beginning with users outside of the US.

In future, the firm said it would also look at accounts where people have logged in but don’t do anything on the platform. A spokeswoman would not elaborate, other to say that the firm uses many signals to determine genuine human users – not just whether they interact with, or post, tweets.

The site has sent out emails to users of accounts that will be affected by the deletions. The firm would not say how many current accounts fit the criteria, although it is expected to be in the many millions. It will send out more notice closures closer to the deadline.

The cull will not affect Twitter’s reported user numbers, as the firm bases its usage level only on users who login at least once a day. According to its latest earnings report, from September, Twitter has 145m “monetisable” daily active users (users who come into contact with Twitter’s advertising on a daily basis).

“As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter,” the firm said about the upcoming account removals.

“Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively login and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our inactive accounts policy.

It means users who have died will have their accounts removed unless a loved one or other person is already in possession of their login details, and is able to sign in and accept Twitter’s latest privacy policy.

Twitter’s current policy offers only deactivation of a dead person’s account once a trusted thirds patty – a parent, for example – has proven their identity. However, the policy states that in no circumstances would Twitter grant access to the account, which would prevent deletion.

The firm does not, unlike Facebook, offer a “memorialisation” option that freezes the account in place and disallows new interactions – a measure to prevent abuse.

Since inactivity is based on logging in, not posting, bot accounts – such as those which automatically tweet news or alerts – would also come under the cull if the account owners do not login before the December deadline. So too would accounts set up specifically as an archive, such as @POTUS44, a collection of all the tweets made by President Barack Obama while in office

Twitter Makes Some Changes For Uploaded Photos

Twitter this week announced it has implemented a new system that retains the quality of an uploaded JPEG instead of diminishing it.

Twitter engineer Nolan O’Brien announced this week that the social media platform will now preserve JPEGs at 97% quality. He attached a photo of some fall leaves as an example.

Starting today, Twitter will preserve JPEGs as they are encoded for upload on Twitter for Web. (Caveat, cannot have EXIF orientation)

As O’Brien points out, the photo of the leaves is a guetzli encoded JPEG. Guetzli, an encoder developed by Google a couple of years ago, is able to produce small files at high quality.
The new system essentially provides photographers with more control over the quality of the image that appears on Twitter. In other words, it gives them the option of posting a high-quality photo or a version of lower quality.

Some professional photographers, for example, may deliberately post a low-quality version in an effort to protect it from misuse.
O’Brien confirmed that images uploaded to the microblogging platform will continue to have their EXIF data removed. EXIF data can be read by specific software and offers information about the image, such as the camera, lens, aperture, and speed used to capture the photo, along with when and possibly where it was taken.

Again, some photographers prefer to hold on to this kind of information rather than share it.
In a later tweet, the Twitter engineer said limits will still be enforced, “so images are not unbounded in file size or resolution, but those limits are very generous so that pretty much any 8 megapixel photo will be preserved and even up to 16 megapixels can be preserved (in square aspect ratio).”

In other image-related news this week, Twitter announced it now supports Live Photos. For those not in the know, the Live Photos feature works with the iPhone 6S and later, capturing three seconds of movement that shows in the image when you press the screen. Before now, when you uploaded a Live Photo to Twitter, it would appear as a still image. But now, when you upload it as a GIF, it will play over and over.