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WhatsApp Rolling Out QR Codes for Contacts, Dark Mode for Mac App, and More

WhatsApp has announced it is rolling out a number of new features across its app, web, and desktop variants, including a QR code scanning for contacts and a new Dark mode theme that extends to computers.

WhatsApp has been extensively testing the use of QR codes on mobile to let users add contacts to the messaging app instead of typing in digits one by one, and it sounds like it’s almost ready to go live.

Currently WhatsApp users must first add a contact via the Contacts tab in Apple’s Phone app. Only after that can they open WhatsApp and send them a message. Using a QR code instead would skip this step and make the process a lot more convenient.

Meanwhile, following the recent added ability to video chat with up to eight people, WhatsApp is bringing new improvements to group video calls. It’s now easier to focus on someone in a call by pressing and holding to maximize their video to full screen. There’s also a new video icon for group chats of 8 or less, making it easier to start a group video call with 1-tap.

WhatsApp says animated stickers are one of the fastest growing ways people communicate on the platform, so it’s also rolling out “more fun and expressive” animated sticker packs. In addition, KaiOS users can now enjoy the popular feature that lets them share updates that disappear after 24 hours.

Finally, while Dark Mode on WhatsApp for iPhone arrived earlier this year, the same feature is now coming to the web version of the chat platform as well as WhatsApp for Mac.

WhatsApp says these features are rolling out to users over the next few weeks. WhatsApp is a free download for ‌‌iPhone‌‌ and Mac available on the iOS ‌App Store [Direct Link] and Mac App Store [Direct Link], respectively‌.
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Samsung Galaxy adds another star with S20 Fan Edition

Samsung on Wednesday added another member to its Galaxy S20 family with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).With pricing that starts at $699, the S20 FE retains many of the popular and most-wanted features from the standard model.The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition packs a large (6.5-inch) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, triple cameras, and a generous 4500mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 6GB RAM and houses 128GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 1TB external media.The triple rear camera setup is comprised of a 12-megapixel main, 12-megapixel wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The front packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera.Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)Rounding out the specs, the Galaxy S20 FE includes an in-display optical fingerprint reader, sub-6GHz 5G support, IP68 rating against dust and water, and NFC.The phone will be offered in six colors: Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, and Cloud White. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 1 of 12 AvailabilityPre-orders start immediately for the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with general availability on October 2. It can be purchased through a variety of wireless service providers as well as unlocked through Samsung.Verizon will offer a version of the phone which also supports its mmWave 5G network. That model will be named the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.

Google Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G specs spill out ahead of next week’s debut

As if we ought to be surprised, the main details have surfaced for the Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G ahead of their launch on September 30.Included in the information are the anticipated processors, screen sizes, and camera configurations. We’ll have to wait a few days to find out how accurate the specifications are, but they come from reputable outlets.According to WinFuture we can look forward to the following hardware in the Google Pixel 5.Google Pixel 56-inch 2340 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 6, 90Hz refresh rateQualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor8GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel camera with 4K 60FPS and 1080p 240FPS video recordingRear 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with 107-degree field of viewFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of viewIP68 water and dust resistant4,080mAh battery with wireless and reverse chargingMade from recycled aluminumSupport for sub-6GHz 5GAs for the 5G-ready version of the recently introduced Google Pixel 4a, WinFuture tells us to look for the following:Google Pixel 4a 5G6.2-inch 2340 x 1080 display with Gorilla Glass 3Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor6GB RAM128GB storageRear 12.2-megapixel camera with 4K 60FPS and 1080p 240FPS video recordingRear 16-megapixel wide-angle camera with 107-degree field of viewFront-facing 8-megapixel camera with 83-degree field of view3.5mm headphone jack3,800mAh battery with fast chargingPolycarbonate materials$499 starting priceThere are still a handful of unknowns for each device but all will be made clear inside of the next week. Google has a virtual press event scheduled for September 30.

Google Home can now manage Google Nest Wi-Fi – Here’s how to do it

Google has made a super simple mesh router system with the previously Google-branded, and now Nest-branded WiFi devices. Management of this has been done since launch over a mobile app aptly called Google WiFi. Recently, Google made the call to sunset this app and fully support the functionality through the Google Home app instead.Moving the Google Wi-Fi options into the Google Home is a natural progression for Google and the smart home movement. This gives Cast, Nest, and now Wi-Fi a single app to help you manage all your home’s connected devices.What are we doing?Adding Wi-Fi management to the Google Home app simplifies Google’s networking under the same landing spot of other Nest and Smart Home devices. We are going to walk you through transferring your Google Wi-Fi options into the Google Home app.Let’s head over to the Google Home app to get started. Once you know where to look, this new settings menu will be unlocked in just a few minutes. Afterward, you should see a new WiFi option on the main landing page for Google Home.Find and open the Google Home appLocate new banner at the top for Import Google Wi-Fi networkFollow prompt for choosing your home network to bring overAgree to allow Google Home access to manageFind the new WiFi section in the Google Home app 1 of 9 Home and Wi-Fi in one spotThere you have it! You should be able to uninstall the Google Wi-Fi app. Most of the overall functions of this app are now available via the Wi-Fi section of the Google Home app instead.We’d suggest keeping it around for a bit though just in case. Even with the new options in the Home app, you may have some deeper settings in your network configuration that might take longer to migrate over.

Will every PS4 game be backward compatible on PS5?

Best answer: Sony has stated that 99% of PS4 games will be backward compatible on PS5. While a handful of