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Telegram 9.6 update brings Shareable Chat Folders, Custom Wallpapers, and More

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Telegram’s developer team released a new update for all Android and iOS users. And this is the third largest update of the year, and the app introduces with it a good number of new features.

Telegram has recently started to receive a new update that brings the app to version 9.6, introducing many new features for everyone and some reserved only for subscribers to the “Premium” service. This update lets users share entire chat folders with one link, create custom wallpapers for individual chats, use web apps in any chat, and more.

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Shareable Chat Folders

With the ability to share links, chat folders may now be used to invite friends and coworkers to various work groups, news channel collections, and other things. They can quickly add the folder and join all of its chats with just one tap.

Each chat folder supports multiple invite links allowing access to different chats. When creating a link, select the chats you’d like to include – and give it a unique name to match, like Interns or Managers.

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You can include any public chats, as well as any chats where you have the admin rights to add people.If you add more chats to your folder and update its link, members will see a suggestion to join the new chats.

  • To create a folder
  • Open Settings
  • Chat Folders
  • For more details, see our in-depth guide on Shareable Folders.

Custom Wallpapers

The development team has recently added the option to customize chat backgrounds by selecting an image from your gallery.

The new “Choose a background from gallery” option is available when changing the background of a chat. It lets you select an image, modify its brightness, and activate blur or motion effects.

A notice will also be sent to the interlocutor when the backdrop is set, and he can choose to add the same background to his chat with the user.

To set the custom background in any single chat:

  • On Android, just tap the three-till button and select “Set background.”
  • On iOS, just tap on the name of the interlocutor, tap on “Other,” and then on “Change Background”.

Better Bots

One of the main “pluses” of the Telegram app, without a doubt, is bots, and with the most recent upgrade, they are even more potent.

They can host web applications, enabling users to access services and tools. Web apps can now be opened in any chat by tapping on a direct link or mentioning the bot’s username in any Telegram discussion.

Web apps enable multiplayer and collaborative capabilities for group members if you start out in a group.

Fast Scrolling for Attachments

The attachment menu now scrolls at super-fast speeds, just like Shared Media. Pull down on the date bar to time travel.

Other news

In addition to the new features covered so far, the new update adds other small new features that we report below.

  • Reading confirmations with the time in the topics
  • In groups with fewer than 100 members for which topics are enabled, reading confirmations also show the time when messages were read by other members of the group.
  • More news for bots
  • With the new update, bots can use collectible usernames and links without the suffix “-bot.”
  • Telegram Premium via Fragment
  • You can now purchase the Premium subscription for yourself or others (as a gift) through Fragment, the platform that facilitates the transaction of collectibles (NFTs) between users.

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Google Wallet to ask for verification before making payments

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Google Wallet provides worldwide services; it allows users to do money-related transactions quickly and safely. Whether they have to receive money in their account or pay bills, Along with this, as its name suggests, the application also works as a wallet to hold different types of documents, such as loyalty cards, transport tickets, and many more. So to provide more safety, there is one more security measure that has been taken by Google: verifying the person before making payments.

Several Google Wallet users have reported that every tap-to-pay transaction necessitates an additional step to unlock the device. At the same time, Google is also testing another new security feature, identity verification. This feature prompts the device to verify the user before making a payment after a few minutes of unlocking.

As per the official “For security reasons, you can only use your payment methods after verifying your identity. If you have already verified your identity on your device a few minutes ago, your next transaction might not require you to do so. If the verification has expired, you will need to repeat it to make the next transaction.

When you open the Google Wallet, a prompt message pops up saying, “For security reasons, we need to verify your identity before allowing you to pay.”  It will provide an attached link; just tap on it. It immediately asks you to verify your identity by choosing the verification system according to your preference, including PIN, pattern, and class 3 biometric unlocking.

As of writing, the feature hasn’t reached many users, but it is expected to be available to every user in the next few days.

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Samsung Looks Forward to Protect Users’ Data From Cyber Warfare With Samsung Knox Vault

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Samsung is gearing up to add an extra layer of security over personal and professional data as it looks into cyber threats with the Samsung Knox Vault to take a stand against cyber warfare. 

Digital technology is undoubtedly for the sake of people, but sometimes it turns out to be fatal. Now Samsung is looking forward to the need for data protection and simultaneously taking proactive steps to address it with the Samsung Knox Vault. 

Samsung Knox Vault storage is a dedicated hardware-based security solution embedded in every device that helps store sensitive data and lies at the heart of the brand’s strategy. It comes pre-installed on flagship Galaxy devices. Now Samsung has expanded its range to include more mid-range devices, which include the Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55 5G models. 

Samsung Knox Vault encrypts sensitive data such as passwords and biometrics and houses it in a dedicated, tamper-proof place, which makes it extremely difficult to access. Even for hackers, the brand has offered its processor, memory, and security interface so that it can be completely independent from the main parts of the phone. It constantly guards data, despite other parts of the device being attacked by malware or physical tampering. 

Knox Vault boasts government certification for its defense-like security; it also blocks access to risky websites, unknown apps, and suspicious commands. Samsung’s addition of this functionality to the Galaxy A series smartphone signifies Samsung’s recognition of the growing importance of data security for a wider range of users. 

This feature efficiently reduces the risk of malware, unauthorized access, or phishing attacks, unknown apps, and more. Websites including CNET and TechRadar offer news and analysis on the smartphone security industry. The Samsung Knox Vault is an essential tool for preventing unauthorized access to data in this digital era.


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Google Introduces a Paid Version Of Chrome

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The study says that as of March 2024, 3.45 billion internet users use Google Chrome, which is about 63.87% of the global browser market. Maybe the free-of-charge is the key reason behind this. And now, to expand its versatility, Google has launched a paid version of Chrome called ‘Chrome Enterprise Premium.’ 

Chrome is a browser developed by the brand and is one of the most familiar pieces of software in its category, as well as one of the most preferred. All credit goes to its several features that suit the convenience of the users. The company consistently strives to improve the browsing experience through constant enhancements. Recently, Google has introduced the possibility of forcing dark mode on all sites, as both a function capable of bringing order to the multiple tabs open in the browser is arriving, or even as soon as the Incognito Mode of the software will surely protect the privacy of users. 

Now, Google is introducing a subscription plan, as it offers a business-oriented version of Google Chrome named Chrome Enterprise Premium. However, at the moment, the giants have not revealed detailed plan information or what features the premium version offers. 

Google has therefore decided to debut a new version of the paid Chrome browser, dedicated to business users. Chrome Enterprise now boasts two options, which are as follows: 

  • The Core Plan (free) 
  • The Premium Plan (paid) 

The brand’s ‘new browser can offer an extra layer of data protection to users while they are online, using tools such as automatic updates to protect against newly emerged vulnerabilities and personalized site permissions across all managed devices. But not only that, the new version of Chrome is specially introduced to block suspicious add-ons to better prevent any type of hacker attack. Both versions of Chrome Enterprise differ in some features; however, the Core version also represents a more than valid solution. The recently introduced Premium subscription plan can offer additional features such as: 

  • Deep malware scan 
  • Power to filter URLs based on website category 
  • Data loss prevention 
  • Context-aware access for Saas, Google Cloud, and private web apps through Chrome.

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