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WhatsApp Channels launch globally, bringing new ways to connect with people and communities

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Following the announcement of WhatsApp channels in June, the service has now begun to roll out in 150 countries worldwide. In an effort to broaden its range of services for users, WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, shared an announcement on September 13 that it will roll out its broadcast-based messaging feature channels to more than 150 other countries over the coming weeks. The functionality allows individuals and groups to communicate with followers of their accounts by sending them text, images, videos, stickers, and polls. These channels feature famous people, athletic groups, creative individuals, and influential people.

The launch of the update was announced by Mark Zuckerberg on his brand new WhatsApp channel, adding that he is thrilled to bring a private method to get information from the individuals and organizations that users follow and from Mark’s own channel for disseminating news and updates about Meta. WhatsApp also brings in other enhancements, such as the ability to find channels to subscribe to that are automatically filtered depending on your country in the enhanced directory. Users may also browse the most recent, active, and well-liked channels. Emojis can be used as reactions to express opinions and to keep track of how many people have done so. 

WhatsApp to Improve Photo and Video Sharing

Followers cannot see how you respond, but the number of reactions and their type are visible. Soon, admins will be able to make changes to their updates for up to 30 days before WhatsApp automatically erases them from their servers. When you forward an update to chats or groups, a link back to the channel is included so that people may learn more. In order to preserve user privacy, the channel owner’s phone number won’t be made public. The Indian Cricket Team, Diljit Dosanjh, Netflix, Billboard, and Mark Zuckerberg are some of the first groups of channels that will be made available to WhatsApp users.


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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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Samsung Internet Gets New Update To Improve Webpage Translations

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Samsung Internet is a browser for Android devices that offers multiple features to improve web browsing; webpage translation is one of them. The Samsung Internet update is improving webpage translations. 

Samsung is rolling out a new update for Samsung Internet, which has arrived with version number 2.012.111. This update will delicately enhance the webpage translation facility. With this update, the brand is offering a redesigned UI and GUI that simplifies the process of translating web pages. 

With this update, the brand is improving the translation performance and stability of the web page translation, which means that Samsung Internet will now be able to deliver results with more accuracy in a faster way, significantly improving the user experience for those who prefer this webpage translation feature. 

However, recently, the translation feature on Samsung Internet has already received a major boost from Samsung with One UI 6.1 and the Galaxy AI update. Noticeably, to experience these features, users must have Samsung Internet running on Version 24.0 or newer. The Galaxy device supports ‘Galaxy AI’ and runs on One UI 6.1; for them, the translation feature is now integrated into the ‘Browsing assist’ menu. 

Interested parties can easily check out the update by just following the steps mentioned here: Galaxy Store >> Menu Option >> Updates. 


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VPN By Google One Will No Longer Be Available

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VPN by Google One will no longer be available as Google decided to shut down this service sometime later this year. 

Google informed Google One users through an email that it was shutting down the VPN Google One service. However, in the mail, the exact date to shut down the service is not mentioned; instead, it is just mentioned that the benefit will be phased out “later this year.” 

Google One VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Until now, it has been a part of the Google One subscription service and is available on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. It just encrypts the web traffic and protects privacy online. Google One introduced this VPN as an optional service to other well-known virtual private networks, such as Nord VPN and Express VPN. 

Google made the VPN available on all Google One plans, even the cheapest $1.99 per month one. In an email, Google stated that it’s phasing out VPNs through Google One to make way for more in-demand features and benefits. Apart from all this, Google also confirmed that it is shutting down the VPN feature, and the aim behind this is that ‘people simply were not using it.’ 

However, Pixel users will still be able to access Google’s VPN through Pixel settings if they have a Pixel 7 or upper model, as Google confirmed. Also, free shipping for select print orders from Google Photos in Canada, the UK, the US, and the EU starts on May 15. 


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