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WhatsApp removes unlimited backup to Google Drive

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WhatsApp was one of the top social media applications last year, which received a plethora of new changes for its usability, which are mostly in the favor of its users, but with the new beta update, the company has brought a change that will bring limitations for backing up its chat storage.

WhatsApp no longer supports unlimited Google Drive storage

As we said earlier, WhatsApp will no longer get unlimited access to Google Drive storage for backup storage. This all came to the surface when both companies decided that now there is a limit to backup WhatsApp chats under the 15 GB of free storage criteria. Now the devices will have to pay to get more storage on the cloud, i.e., G Drive.

It is worth noticing that the 15 GB of storage that is still free for backing up the WhatsApp chat storage will be the same that is available for uploading all your other data, including Gmail messages, documents, and other files that you want to upload.

When will the new change be implemented?

The storage limit will be implemented within some updates, as it is already detected on the beta version of WhatsApp, which means the company is still testing it. However, WhatsApp hasn’t provided any exact date when it will change the limit, but it will be notified to users before 30 days of implementation. As far as expectations go, this may be available in the first half of this year. To experience this change, you can now check the latest WhatsApp beta update.

How do I install the new beta update?

WhatsApp beta updates will be available directly to users who have already enrolled in the beta program. If you haven’t joined the program yet, you still have a chance to do so. Just go to the official WhatsApp page on the Google Play Store through this link. Then scroll down and click on the join program button. Once you do it, the application will get a new update within some time. Just install it and get all the features. Alternatively, users can also sideload the latest beta version through this link.


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Google One VPN Service Officially Discontinued

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Google One shut down as it was announced a few months ago in April. End of the thread: users no longer have access to VPNs through Google One. 

Google introduced Google One VPN back in October 2020; it was initially a perk for the $9.99/month plan. Later, in March 2023, it became accessible to all Google One plans, even the cheapest, at $1.99 per month. Google made it available through the Google One app on Android and iOS, whereas Google also released dedicated Mac and Windows clients. 

Google One’s VPN focused on adding an extra layer of online security, not location switching. To ensure transparency and trust, the brand published a white paper, had an independent audit, and even made the VPN’s code accessible for public review. In discontinuing the VPN, Google says “people simply weren’t using it” and that the deprecation will let it “support more in-demand features.” 

That could be about Fitbit Premium and Nest Aware, which are only available for UK subscribers at the moment. Notably, the owners of the Pixel 7 series, Pixel 8 series, Pixel 7a, and Pixel 8a still have access to a Pixel VPN by Google as a part of their premium phone purchase. Access to that has rolled out through the Play Store and Android 14 QPR3, but two features are not listed in its list, which are mentioned below: 

  • The feature to use a broader IP address region, such as a country-level IP address versus a city-level or state-level, isn’t available in VPNs by Google. 
  • The feature to block the internet if the VPN gets disconnected is not available in VPN by Google. 

Now opening the Google One mobile app reveals a “VPN by Google One is no longer available” message, with the VPN tile no longer shown after the latest Android update with version number 1.223.x. 

Apart from this, Google recommends that users delete the app on Mac and Windows by following these steps: 

Mac users can follow these instructions: Open Finder >> In the sidebar, tap Applications and drag VPN by Google One to the trash. 

Windows users take these steps: go to the Start menu >> Settings >> Apps >> Within ‘apps & features’, search for VPN by Google One. Tap VPN in Google One >> Uninstall. 

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YouTube permits users to report against AI deep fakes of themselves

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In the end, YouTube offers essential power to users by letting them report AI-deep fakes of themselves. 

The AI-powered features are for making daily tasks more effortless, but the AI-generated content, especially deep fakes, has caused efficiency troubles. Until now, users didn’t even have the right to do anything against AI-generated fakes of themselves. Now YouTube has finally taken a stand regarding this trouble by expanding its privacy request process to allow users to request the removal of AI-generated or other synthetic or altered content of themselves. 

YouTube announced that it’s expanding its privacy request process to permit users to request the removal of AI-generated or other synthetic or altered content about themselves. According to social media, the decision to have a more responsible approach towards AI-generated content is related to the fact that AI-generated fakes have become more common lately. 

In a way, they have received so much hate and revealing feedback that they are now forced to make some changes. In any scenario, if someone would like to request the removal of their AI deep fakes, they must use the privacy-request process on YouTube. The service will evaluate the request and consider “a variety of factors before removal,” for instance, whether the content makes changes or is synthetic and could be mistaken for real. 

Although it has yet to be seen, YouTube is quite intent on removing what it tags as parody and satire content, including famous figures. YouTube has also announced that creators notified about privacy complaints will not receive any strikes since privacy violations are separate from community guidelines strikes. 

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Samsung News Gets a Big Update for the USA

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Samsung News is a reliable news application among Galaxy device owners that offers cataloged news and personalized feeds. Now the Korean giant is looking forward to upgrading the app.

Samsung New expands facilities for Galaxy owners: News, Sports & More in the USA

Samsung is not gearing up to expand the functionalities within its Samsung News app by offering a new update. The latest update on the app will bring a new feature to include coverage of major forthcoming events, including the 2024 US Presidential Election and new sports programming. This update is available now to everyone in the U.S. and makes following the electoral process even easier, more engaging, and more accessible. 

The Vice President of Product Development for Samsung, Avner Ronen, stated that “Samsung News has become a daily touchpoint for millions of people looking for easy-to-access updates from their favorite local and national news outlets.” More people than ever before are getting their news digitally, with 86% of Americans turning to mobile phones, tablets, or computers. With the 2024 U.S. presidential elections on the horizon, the Korean giant is introducing a dedicated tab within the Samsung News application that will serve as your hub for comprehensive election coverage. 

The latest update for Samsung News will bring a dedicated tab for the 2024 US Presidential Elections. It will offer all the latest news from trusted sources, a calendar of key election dates, candidate profiles, and regularly updated pools. 

Apart from the exciting product update, the brand is also introducing LALIGA, one of the largest soccer leagues in the world, as its newest content partner. Samsung New has also welcomed new partners like Yahoo, Sports, ESPN, CNBC, Good Morning America, and many more to the app over the previous year, ensuring the service meets audiences’ continued esurience for trending, breaking, and local news. 

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