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WhatsApp Users Can Now Fact-Check Forwarded Messages for Misinformation

WhatsApp is rolling out a new way for users to fact-check forwarded messages for misinformation, after several months testing the

WhatsApp Tests Ability to Link One Account to Up to Four Devices

WhatsApp appears to be testing the ability to use the same user account on multiple devices. According to WABetaInfo, the

How to create a QR code with a short message for WhatsApp Business accounts

As businesses are slowly beginning to open, many of them are moving to digital platforms, with WhatsApp Business being a popular choice for connecting with consumers. A new feature in the app now lets you share a QR code with a quick message to get customers started with placing orders.WhatsApp recently gave users the ability to share a personal QR code and Group QR code with others. This makes it easier and faster to share and contact via the biggest instant messenger app on the planet.Prior to this you’d have to exchange phone numbers, including area codes, which could be cumbersome. The same feature has now rolled on to WhatsApp Business, which lets you directly contact businesses and place orders from your own WhatsApp account.The feature is now available globally, and all you have to do is make sure your app is running the latest version from the Google Play Store.Once you are updated, start the app and navigate to the three dots at the top right of the app, and open Settings. You will get a new screen, open Business Tools. At the bottom of the new page, you will see Short link. Tap on that.If you wish to change the message that a customer will send once they scan the QR Code, then you can tap the pencil icon (1) to curate a custom message e.g. “Are you currently taking orders?”.Once you have curated your message, proceed to View QR Code (2).  The last step is generating the QR code.All you have to do is take a screenshot and share it as you wish. You can also tap Share Code at the bottom to set the QR Code as a profile picture on Facebook, share it to your Instagram, set it as a WhatsApp Status, share it on your personal WhatsApp account, etc.How to scan a WhatsApp Business QR CodeTo scan the code, open your personal WhatsApp account and go back to the first step, after Settings, and press the QR Code icon that you see on the far right next to your name and status.You will slide to Scan Code by swiping to the right and placing the WhatsApp Business QR code in the square.This will allow you to scan a WhatsApp Business account and initiate contact with them via a short message which you can if you wish to ask a different question.

How to create and share WhatsApp QR code for groups

WhatsApp recently released a feature that allowed you to share contacts using a QR Code. This allowed for users to share their own and scan other QR Codes, saving users the trouble of exchanging mobile numbers or contact details. A new feature lets you share WhatsApp QR Code for groups, allowing you to invite others to join your private groups.The feature is currently in beta, but once it becomes public will maintain the same steps.A pre-requisite to this step is being the Admin of a group. This helps prevents members of the group from abusing the feature.In addition, the QR code is static. Anyone with access to the QR code can join the group, so be careful who you share it with.Step 1.If you are the admin of a group, tap on your group settings. You can quickly access this by pressing the header of your group.Alternatively, you can also press the three dots at the top right of the group window, and tapping on Group info.Step 2.Tap on Invite via link. You’ll see a lot of options here, but there will be a new option for QR Code, tap on that.WhatsApp will generate a QR code for that group.Step 3.If you’re looking at scanning the code, go back to your main screen on WhatsApp (where all your chats are located).Press the 3 dots at the top right of the screen and choose Settings. Look to the right of your name and status to see a QR Code icon.Once you tap on it, swipe to the right and you’ll get the option to scan a WhatsApp QR Code.If you’re looking to share the code, you can take a screenshot of the QR code and send it to the person for them to scan via their computer screen using their phone.Alternatively, if the person is in physical distance, they can also scan the code directly from your phone screen.The feature is currently in Beta, and might not be available to all users. You’ll have to wait patiently for the feature to become public.With the help of QR codes, adding people to a group is now further streamlined. You no longer have to add a person as a contact to add them to a group.Errors, omissions? Be sure to let us know what might be wrong and we’ll make an adjustment.

WhatsApp Stops Processing Requests for User Data From Hong Kong Authorities

WhatsApp has suspended its processing of requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, in response to China's

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

How to Create a Group Video Chat With Up to 50 WhatsApp Users

WhatsApp has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social

How to share and scan WhatsApp QR Codes with others

WhatsApp recently pushed an update to Beta testers that lets users add each other via QR codes. This saves people the trouble of sending phone numbers and makes the process of adding people much simpler. The feature is also found in popular apps like Instagram, Messenger, and Snapchat, so if you’ve used those apps before, the process is the same.WhatsApp QR Codes – Making contacts easier than beforeWith the addition of WhatsApp QR code, you just need to send your QR code or scan another person’s code to add them instantly. When you add someone from a different country, you needed to include the + with their region area code and phone number, and add them as a contact.The new process makes sharing a QR code a cinch and also scanning a QR code is easier. If you’re savvy enough, you can also make it a part of your personal website, visiting card or other places for people to add you instantly.With all that said, let us get into how to do it.Pre-requisite: The only real pre-requisite needed here is to make sure you are in the WhatsApp beta program. As of the time of writing this post, the beta program is full, so you will have to wait for it to open if you aren’t in it already.Step 1Open up WhatsApp and tap the 3 dots at the top right of the app.Next, choose Settings.Step 2 Look to the far right of your name and status for a small QR code icon. Tap on it.This will generate your curated QR code for your number, ready for sharing and scanning. You can take a screenshot of this page and share it with someone or wherever you wish.Step 3To scan a QR code simply swipe to the right and you can now scan the QR code by pointing the camera at the screen of the person’s phone or wherever the QR code could be hosted (online, WhatsApp Web, etc.)You can also add the QR code without the camera by searching for the image via the gallery.Simply press the gallery button at the bottom left of the Scan Code screen and search for the image shown in step 2. Which shows the QR code in the image.As long as the compatible WhatsApp QR code is placed on the image, you can directly add the contact using a saved image as well.With that added, you can now repeat the process for all the contacts you meet. The feature should go live for all users very soon but for now its a feature exclusive to the Beta users.This will make sharing contact information easy and swift. Especially in places like business events, parties, etc.If you found this guide to be useful, let us know in the comments section below!

How to use WhatsApp on your desktop or laptop

WhatsApp isn't just for phones anymore. You can field messages on your desktop or laptop. Here's how to do it.

How to use WhatsApp on your desktop or laptop

WhatsApp isn't just for phones anymore. You can field messages on your desktop or laptop. Here's how to do it.

WhatsApp Tests Using QR Codes to More Easily Share Contacts

WhatsApp is testing the use of QR codes to let users add contacts to the messaging platform, reports WABetaInfo. The

How to set up a Facebook Messenger Room from WhatsApp

Messenger Rooms is a way for you to make a private room with your Facebook friends where you can carry out text and chats safely and securely. WhatsApp, for its part, recently integrated the ability to include Messenger Rooms in their apps.Combining the two into one experience is a piece of cake and only takes a few simple steps. All you need to do, for the most part, is make sure you’re on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger from the Play Store.Making a Messenger Room has never been easier!Pre-requisite: assuming you are on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger, you should be able to carry out every step in this guide. Before you start, make sure you visit the Google Play store and have the latest version of both apps installed.Step 1Open up a WhatsApp chat of a person you would want to invite in the chat. From here, tap on the paperclip to the left of the photo button. You will see the option for Rooms.Tap on Rooms and a pop-up notification will ask you to confirm. Tap on “Continue in Messenger”Step 2When Messenger is open, you’ll see the prompt for confirming the creation of the room as your current messenger profile.Once you confirm the option, you will have the option of sharing the link in WhatsApp. Upon tapping on the link, you’ll be taken back to WhatsApp and can share the link with anyone in WhatsApp.Step 3If there is somebody who you don’t have in your WhatsApp contact list, you can copy the link and paste via the clipboard.The people who click the link will need to be on the latest version of WhatsApp and Messenger as well. This will ensure that everyone gets into the room on the first try.If you’re not able to see Rooms in your WhatsApp, it likely means that it’s not available in your region or that you your app needs updated.Messenger Rooms is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and it saves the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom on your smartphone.If this guide helped you out, let us know in the comments section below!

How to use WhatsApp’s new coronavirus fact-checking chatbot

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How to use WhatsApp Web

We all know of WhatsApp as a mobile chat app, but it can also be used inside a web browser. We show you how.

How to record Whatsapp audio calls on your Android phone

Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps out there that also supports making free audio and video calls to anyone in the world with Whatsapp installed on their phone. Especially during times like these several people across the world use Whatsapp on a regular basis to make personal or business calls. While the audio call feature and the quality are pretty good in Whatsapp, it lacks some useful features like recording your calls for instance.If you are a regular user of the calling feature on Whatsapp and if you wanted to record some of your important calls like business meetings or even personal conversations, then you might find this post very useful. Even though Whatsapp doesn’t support recording audio calls by default, you can record Whatsapp audio calls on your Android phone by following the below simple step by step instructions.How to record Whatsapp audio calls on your Android phoneStep 1:First, download and install the Android app, Call Recorder – Cube ACR from the Google Play Store on the Android phone you use to make Whatsapp audio calls.Before you proceed, you can verify from this Google Spreadsheet link which is the official list of devices provided by the app developer expected to support the recording of VoIP audio calls made from apps like Whatsapp or Skype whether your device is included in the list.Don’t worry if your device is not in the above list, you can still try to record your Whatsapp audio calls using the Cube ACR call recorder app by making a few tweaks in the app settings.Step 2:Once the app has been installed on your Android phone, open the app, and then provide the basic permissions for the app to function properly and allow it to record your Whatsapp audio calls.These permissions might include providing access to your contacts, to detect your incoming and outgoing calls, your device’s microphone, storage, and also a screen overlay permission to enable the floating record icon to use whenever you want to record Whatsapp audio calls from your Android phone.If you are running Android version 10 or above on your Android phone, you might also need to enable the App connector permission from your device’s accessibility settings for the app to function without any issues. Your device might restart or refresh once you have enabled this setting.Step 3:After providing all the necessary permissions in the Cube ACR call recorder app on your Android phone, you can proceed to make audio calls to anyone by opening the Whatsapp app.Once you initiate a Whatsapp audio call from your Android phone or you receive an incoming Whatsapp audio call from any of your contacts, the Cube ACR call recorder app widget will automatically pop up on your device’s screen with the microphone icon allowing you to start and stop recording your call whenever you want.Step 4:If you are not getting the Cube ACR call recorder widget or you are unable to record your Whatsapp audio calls for any reason, go to the app settings and then under the VoIP recording settings, enable the option to ‘Ignore VoIP-support check’ and select the option ‘Voice call’ in the VoIP recording audio source setting.If the Voice call audio source is not recording Whatsapp audio calls on your device, try changing the audio source setting in the app settings to other options and try recording the call again.Step 5:Once you have finished recording your Whatsapp audio call, you can access the call recordings by opening the app or by going to the File Manager on your Android phone and opening the Cube ACR call recorder folder from the internal storage.Make sure you test the app’s call recording feature a couple of times to confirm it is working without any issues before you use the recording function for important Whatsapp audio calls.Tip: You can also use the Cube ACR call recorder on your Android phone to record normal voice calls or even audio calls from other VoIP applications like Skype or Google Duo.If you are looking to record video calls that you make using your Android phone, irrespective of the app you use to make the video call, you can use either the built-in screen recording option if that is available on your Android phone, or download a third-party screen recording app for Android from the Google Play Store and use it to record your video calls.Feel free to let us know in the comments below if you are having any issues in using the Cube ACR call recorder app or are unable to record your Whatsapp audio calls on your Android phone.

How to Group Video Chat With Up to Eight People in WhatsApp

WhatsApp has upgraded its end-to-end encrypted video call feature, which now allows groups of up to eight participants to chat

Whatsapp limits forwarding messages to fight spread of fake news

Whatsapp announced this Tuesday that in an attempt to fight the rapid spread of fake and misinformation through its messages, especially regarding the current coronavirus pandemic situation, it is introducing new stricter limits to the forwarding of messages through the app. The new change will limit the forwarding of a message which has been identified as highly forwarded, to only one person at a time, instead of a previous limit of up to 5 people.Whatsapp expects that this new limit would slow down the spread of misinformation through the app and would restrict people from rapidly forwarding news without confirming its authenticity. In an official blog post shared on Tuesday, Whatsapp also mentioned that the Facebook-owned company believes that it is important to slow the spread of these kinds of messages and to keep Whatsapp a place for personal conversations, as it is important now more than ever for people to be able to connect privately.Over the years Whatsapp has also taken a few other steps to fight the spread of fake news and misinformation through their app with billions of active users, like limiting forwarding of messages to only 5 people at a time, marking messages as forwarded and also limiting the number of times a message could be forwarded. However, since Whatsapp is a private messaging application at its core and all its messages are encrypted, it is quite difficult to report messages, flag them as fake or even fact check them.Apart from this new change, Whatsapp has also made a few other contributions to fight the spread of misinformation in these trying times such as donating money to fact-checking organizations and teaming up with WHO to create a chatbot to answer people’s questions about the Coronavirus. Whatsapp is also said to add a new feature in the upcoming versions of the app that would allow users to quickly search the web about the contents of a message to verify its authenticity before deciding to share it.

WhatsApp Imposes New Limit on Bulk Message Forwarding to Slow Spread of Misinformation

WhatsApp today implemented new restrictions on the mass forwarding of messages in an effort to slow the spread of misinformation

WhatsApp and Amazon Alexa Launch Coronavirus Information Services

The British government this week launched a coronavirus information service on WhatsApp to help users access information about the disease

WhatsApp Testing Secure Chat Backups Feature

WhatsApp is in the early phases of testing a new privacy feature on the messaging platform that will allow users

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We live in a dangerous time. Well, okay, maybe not dangerous, but a cautious one at the least. Germs and bacteria are everywhere and we’re more aware of it than ever before.We’re routinely wiping things down, washing hands, and cleaning on a more rigorous basis. And a lot of us are also sterilizing the things we touch. UV-C wands and lights are becoming commonplace in many households.The ROCKUBOT, available for just $99, is the sort of home companion that keeps a vigilant eye on your environment. It automatically traverses over surfaces with its UV-C light and ultrasonic wave technology to help eliminate 99.99% of bacteria, germs, viruses, and mites. All in a matter of seconds.The ROCKUBOT has 24 smart sensors that can help it avoid obstacles or power through terrain. And like your smart robot vacuum cleaner, it has a mapping and navigation feature. Similarly, it can also detect slopes, cliffs, and obstacles.Use the ROCKUBOT to clean a bed or room quickly, efficiently, and quietly, too. Or, take it into manual mode and clean smaller items like your phone, tablet, keyboard, and mouse.But Wait, There’s More!Tucked inside of the ROCKUBOT is a 5,000mAh battery. Yes, you can also take this device with you to keep your phone and other gadgets charged on the go.If that’s not enough to pique your interest, maybe you’d like the “Music Playing Version” of the ROCKUBOT. Priced just $108.99, it houses a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a Tom Haverford dream come true.Order Yours TodayPurchase your ROCKUBOT from the AG Deals Store for only $99.99 right now, saving about $30 in the process. Or, for a few bucks more go all-in with the version that houses a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a bigger savings at around $50 off today!Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

Microsoft Surface Duo pre-orders arrive ahead of September 10 availability

Nearly one year after teasing the device, Microsoft has made its Surface Duo official. While it technically works as a phone, Microsoft’s built the unit as an all-purpose multi-tasking product for professionals. Indeed, it’s like a shrunken down Surface experience that just happens to work as a phone, too.Powered by Android 10, the device features a pair of 5.6-inch OLED displays connected by a narrow 360-degree hinge. Together they form an 8.1-inch display.As one might expect, users can run multiple apps at the same time. Run them side-by-side and you’ll dial up the productivity. Or, in select instances, expand the app to let it take advantage of the larger tablet-like space.Microsoft has taken steps to customize the software and suite of apps, giving it a blend of the best of Android and Windows. Included are Office, Outlook, OneNote, Edge, and a host of other titles, many of which are built with two screens in mind.Key hardware includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM,and a choice of 128GB/256GB storage.Additionally, the Surface Duo has USB-C, video output via DisplayPort HDMI, a fingerprint reader, and an 11-megapixel camera with 1080p video conferencing/4K video capture. A 3,577mAh battery runs the show and supports 18W fast charging.As a company, we are focused on delivering purposeful innovation – pushing the boundaries of existing categories to not just move technology forward, but to move people forward.While it doesn’t have the hardware that rivals flagship phones, the Microsoft Surface Duo is more about the capabilities. It’s definitely not for everyone and has a very targeted audience.The Surface Duo will launch September 10 with a $1,399 starting price. It supports 4G networks for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Pre-orders are available now at Microsoft’s website.

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Vissles-M Monitor review

If you’ve ever used multiple screens for your work PC, you know just how beneficial it can be to your productivity. Being able to monitor emails or social media without switching between tabs is really convenient. The same goes for working on a document with source material on a second screen.While it’s not entirely uncommon to have two screens for the home or office computer, you certainly don’t see that very often with laptops. Nobody has perfected an affordable portable experience with two screens.It’s possible, of course, to plug your laptop or Chromebook into a hub/dock or to simply connect to a monitor as needed. That’s nice and all, but the screen takes up space and it’s not something you can take with you on the road.The Vissles-M ($199), is a portable 15.6-inch display that connects to your computer, laptop, and other devices. It also allows for touch, and that’s pretty damn cool, if not something you get in a traditional monitor.With two USB Type-C ports and one mini-HDMI port, it plugs into your gaming consoles (Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and Android phones. Indeed, it allows for you to put a screen where you normally wouldn’t, bringing about new levels of productivity or entertainment.There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack which comes in handy should you find yourself working in a coffee shop; built-in speakers are located at the bottom.The Vissles-M is an IPS panel with a non-glare surface and a contrast ratio of 800:1. Its resolution is 1920 x 1080, which should be on par with your standard laptop screen.Included in the box are a number of cables, which we certainly appreciate. It’s nice not having to hunt down a USB-C-to-USB-C cable or a mini-HDMI cable just to get going.The display has a magnetic protective cover that keeps the screen from getting scratches. It’s also this cover that becomes the stand to prop it up. We found it does well with varying angles for different viewing perspectives.The whole thing weighs in about 1.5-pounds so it travels very well. And because it’s ultra-thin, you can put it in the same bag as your laptop without notice.We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the overall picture, it is a monitor after all. Brightness is contrast is good, but you’ll want to plug into a power source if you can.We didn’t get above 65 percent before our unit wanted to power off. Plugging in a second USB-C cable into the wall let us get all the way up to 100. With that said, we do appreciate when we’re able to adjust the image based on environmental or situational needs.The picture is clear and has a nice contrast, and we found it has good viewing angles. There’s something in the non-glare coating that gives it a bit of a dull or flat effect. It’s not terrible, and really only makes itself obvious when contrasting to your laptop or other screens. If you’re using it for watching videos or gaming, you’ll probably be happy with the image.We paired ours up with an entry-level Chromebook for a few weeks and came away feeling like the image was nearly identical. Stick it with a Pixelbook or something premium, though, and you’ll see the difference.This isn’t a gaming monitor, to be sure. Don’t buy this for that aspect or you’ll come away less than pleased. The real demographic here is someone who might need to boost productivity from time to time. Whether that means duplicating/sharing their screen, engaging in Slack or Zoom chats while working on a document, or blowing through emails, it works well.We had mixed results when using our phones as the Vissles-M mirrors your handset but doesn’t allow for touch. It doesn’t fill the screen and the image sits vertically in the middle. The only real use case we can see here might be for sharing your screen with someone else, and even then that’s not great.We’d love to be able to open up email in a tablet-like experience. At a minimum we’d like to be able to rotate the image to better fill the screen.We’ve enjoyed having this on the standing desk as it makes working from a laptop more practical and efficient. It largely stays put around the office, but we’ve found it fun to take with us for a little bit of downtime. Getting in some Paper Mario on the Nintendo Switch is a a unique experience when you can do it tabletop at the park or on the back deck.Learn more about the Vissles-M at the Vissles website where it’s also available for purchase. Pick yours up for about $200 right now.