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Telegram to release new stories features in July

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Telegram reveals that Stories adding features will be available in early July in their Telegram Application. Durov’s statement claims that users have been requesting this feature for years, noting that Stories account for more than half of all feature requests received by Telegram. CEO Pavel Durov unveiled a new feature called ‘Stories’ on the popular chat service.

Users will be able to control who may visit their stories using this feature. You may make your Stories visible to everyone, your contacts, a subset of your contacts, or a list of close friends according to your list. Stories will be featured at the top of your conversation list in an expanding area. Additionally, you can specify the time limit of your story’s presence. You can choose between six, twelve, twenty-four, or forty-eight hours to set your time to expire; automatically, your story will disappear after the mentioned time limit. Additionally, you can create highlights on your main profile page and add your story to it, just like on Instagram.

This functionality has been brought to enrich the Telegram messaging experience and to evolve the needs of its users. In terms of photo and video editing tools, the new Telegram stories feature will enable users to offer captions for their stories, provide links, and add context. Users will be able to tag other people in their tales, further boosting the feature’s participatory component. Users can also show their stories permanently on their profile page, with specific privacy settings, every time when they add a new story.

  • Privacy. You will be able to define who can see each of your stories with granular precision: Everyone, only your contacts (with exceptions), a few selected contacts, or a list of Close Friends.
  • Compact UI. Stories will be placed in an expandable section at the top of your chat list, which makes them easily accessible without taking away valuable space.
  • Flexibility. It will be easy to hide Stories posted by any contact, moving them to the ‘Hidden’ list in your Contacts section instead of the main screen.
  • Captions. In addition to making use of dozens of powerful photo and video-editing tools, you will be able to provide captions for your stories to add more context or links and tag other people.
  • Dual Camera Support. Building on the success of Telegram’s Video Messages, we’re adding the option to post photos and videos taken by the front and the rear cameras simultaneously.
  • Optional Ephemerality. You’ll be able to choose when a story expires – in 6, 12, 24, or 48 hours – or permanently display stories on your profile page, with individual privacy settings for each.

“The ability to save your stories to the profile page will make Telegram profiles more informative and colourful,” Durov wrote in his announcement post. “You will not only be able to explore more content from your closest contacts, but finally discover more information about users you connect with in groups or channel comments. Speaking of channels, they will benefit from more exposure and subscribers: once we launch the ability to repost messages from channels to stories, going viral on Telegram will become a lot easier.”


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Disney Plus Could Also Offer Always-on Channels Soon Similar To Samsung TV Plus

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Samsung TV Plus is inspiring the Walt Disney brand as it is now gearing up to offer something on the Disney Plus platform similar to how Samsung TV Plus offers live channels on Galaxy devices. 

Samsung never shies away from providing new convenient features or upgrades to enhance users’ experiences. Here’s the evidence: Samsung TV Plus offers free live channels on Samsung devices. Now Disney Plus is appearing to add always-on channels to its streaming platform. These channels would continuously show content, allowing users to jump in and watch without even having to choose a particular program. 

If the reports are to be believed, the Walt Disney Company is setting up to deliver always-on channels in the Disney Plus application. It is expected that Disney would mainly show Star Wars and Marvel content on these channels; it might also offer Disney’s classic animated movies from Pixar on them. 

However, you are only able to access these always-on channels if you have a paid subscription to the platform. Despite paid service, these channels will also show advertisements, the same as a traditional TV channel on a cable network or a DTH service. This will also offer the option to just start watching content instead of choosing what to watch, searching for it, and then playing the show. 

At the moment, apart from the information mentioned above, there are no other details to come to know regarding exactly when Disney will roll out the new feature. However, it could happen in the next few months. It seems that lately, other streaming platforms, for instance, Amazon and Fox, have also started offering ad-supported channels.


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Samsung Good Lock 2.2.04.92 update improves the ‘Update all Plugin’ feature

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Samsung hasn’t released any major updates for the Good Lock application; for instance, last time, it brought a significant update where it made changes in the interface of the application, aiming to provide convenience for the users. Now, with the latest update, it is rolling out some improvements for some features.

Samsung has rolled out a new update for the Good Lock application, coming with version number 2.2.04.92. According to the changelog, the update will improve the ‘Update All’ button. It means that after installing the update, users will have more convenience while updating applications. It allows users to update all the modules of Good Lock with a single tap.

Apart from that, the update has also improved some other functionalities of the Good Lock, but the changelog doesn’t mention the full description of other changes. But if you are having any issues while using any feature of the application, then you should try to update the application.

To update the Good Lock application, you need to go to the Galaxy Store and search for Good Lock. If it shows a new update available, then tap on the update button. Once you tap it, it will get installed to the latest version automatically.

For starters, Good Lock is a powerful application for Galaxy devices that provides several modules and some options to customize the different UI functions of Samsung devices. There are several modules available that dedicatedly provide options for multiple UI elements, such as wallpaper, themes, notifications, navigation, lock screen, and many more.


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Google Messages Now Lets You Make 3-Second Selfie GIFs

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In recent weeks, Google has made a lot of improvements to its dedicated messaging application. Recently, the most useful addition has been the custom camera, which provides a simple camera interface for users to quickly click or shoot videos for instant messaging. Now, it has introduced a new capability that allows users to quickly create selfie GIFs.

As of writing, this feature isn’t seen anywhere in the Google message, but the company has already shared a dedicated article with information on how to create a selfie GIF in the application.

According to the official information, to create the selfie GIF, you have to follow these steps: Open a conversation on Google Messenger, now taught, and hold the camera icon. It will start a countdown to give you time to prepare, and the recording starts and ends automatically. Finally, it will be automatically saved on the camera roll, and you can send it to anyone.

Google has also officially said, “You can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.” It is like one of the suggested action prompts, which already includes recent photos, sharing locations, and starting a video call.

As far as the availability of the new feature is concerned, it currently has not appeared anywhere near its stable channel or the beta channel. But as Google officially suggested steps for the feature, it is expected that the company may soon provide the feature for every user.

How to Create a selfie GIF on Google Messages

  1. Open Google Messages
  2. Open or start a conversation.
  3. In the message bar, touch and hold the Camera
    • If available, you can also record a selfie GIF by tapping a prompt in the conversation.
  4. A countdown appears to give you time to prepare. The recording starts and ends automatically.
    • You can also manually start recording by pressing a red button.
    • You don’t have an option to send the selfie GIF while recording.
  5. When the recording ends, tap Send 

Tips:

  • You can record a selfie GIF for 3 seconds.
  • You can access selfie GIF that are saved on your device’s camera roll.
  • You can’t edit recordings. To redo a recording, tap Restart.

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