WhatsApp Will Be Available on a Variety of Devices Soon

WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging software owned by Facebook, is finally providing genuine multi-device compatibility other than just being a mobile app’s development after years of consumer demand. 

Previously, all of a user’s WhatsApp traffic had to go via their phone, regardless of which device they were using, but the new restricted public beta allows users to use the app on up to four non-phone devices at the same time, even if they don’t have a phone. 

Users will be able to use WhatsApp even if their phone battery dies, and they will no longer have to deal with sluggish service owing to all data being routed via the phone. 

This meant redesigning the app’s architecture while maintaining privacy and end-to-end encryption, according to Facebook. 

“Each companion device will connect to your WhatsApp on its own, preserving the same degree of privacy and security that WhatsApp users have come to expect with end-to-end encryption. 

In a blog post, the firm stated, “Importantly, we have created new technologies to ensure end-to-end encryption while still managing to sync your data across devices – such as contact names, chat archives, starred messages, and more.” 

The new multi-device functionality is now being tested with a limited number of existing beta testers before being gradually rolled out to the rest of the world. 

WhatsApp has millions of users in Australia, and it is especially popular among Australians born overseas, according to IT consultants in research firm Roy Morgan. 

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How to Turn Off the Annoying Weather Widget on Windows 10

If you’ve enabled automatic updates in Windows 10, you’ve probably noticed a new — and obnoxious — weather and news widget in the taskbar. It’s called “News and Interests,” IT Consultants have developed this and it emphasizes everything that’s wrong with Windows 10: inconsistencies in design, the inclusion of a feature no one wanted, and additional clutter you don’t need. 

When opposed to the sharp high-resolution items all around it, the taskbar widget even appears fuzzy, which adds to the melancholy.

Fortunately, it’s simple to get rid of. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Right-click any section of the taskbar on your Windows 10 PC. This may be found in the bottom-right corner of the screen, to the left of the clock and network connection symbols. 
  1. Choose News and interests 
  1. Now, click Turn off 

If you ever regret removing this widget (which is rare), you can restore it by right-clicking anywhere on the taskbar and selecting News and interests > Show icon and text from the context menu. There’s also a Show symbol only option, which shows only the tiny weather indicator without the text next to it. 

In addition, if you hover your mouse pointer above the weather widget, a large panel containing news and weather information will appear. You may deactivate simply the news component of the widget if you only want the weather on your taskbar and don’t care about Microsoft’s news and updates. 

To do so, right-click on the taskbar and select News and Interests from the drop-down menu. Uncheck the box that says “Open on hover.” The weather widget will remain in the taskbar, but the larger — and irritating! — news panel will not open unless you click the widget. 

If you’re searching for something else, there are a slew of other fantastic weather applications for Windows to consider that app developers have developed.

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On iOS, you may now delete your Google search history for the last 15 minutes

Google is pushing out a rapid auto-delete feature to wipe the past 15 minutes of your mobile search history in its never-ending drive to persuade consumers that it cares about their privacy. The functionality will first be available on iOS devices, with Android users receiving the choice later this year. 

The 15-minute scrub was first introduced at Google I/O 2021 as an alternative to the current auto-delete function. Through the Google Search app’s profile page, you may select to have your data automatically deleted after three, 18, or 36 months (about 3 years). Alternatively, you may now select 15 minutes. 

Users with access to the functionality on their iPhone or iPad will see it appear in the Google app for iOS. Under Search history, tap on your profile avatar photo to locate the button for erasing the previous 15 minutes. 

It’s a little more pleasant to remove data with this function than with incognito mode, and it comes in handy if you realize your current fixation with Googling cults is not something you want to feed the algorithm. 

Google is also recommending the Privacy Checkup and Security Checkup features, which are both useful tools for seeing which third parties you’ve allowed access to your Google account over time. I just went through and uninstalled several services that I hadn’t used in over a decade. 

You’ll need to set aside some time to go over the settings and see what Google recommends but investing a little effort now will pay off in the long run by safeguarding your account. 

Finally, Google is introducing the option to hide the My Activity page behind an additional sign-in page. For example, if you share a tablet with your children, they won’t be able to see what you were looking at earlier in the day. 

Because it’s possible that Mummy (that’s me) has fallen down a cult rabbit hole, and some of those Google search results aren’t meant to be seen by the general public. 

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The Windows 365 Cloud PC is here to welcome you

It’s great to see Windows 365 Cloud PC finally come. For years, every person in tech industry is talking about Microsoft’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). (Yes, I am well-versed on Windows 11, which I believe is nothing more than a big Windows 10 security patch.) Contrary to popular belief, Windows 11 was never the future of Windows.) 

As far as Microsoft is concerned, the desktop of the future will be Windows operating on its Azure cloud. 

When I say “Windows on the Azure cloud,” I really mean “on the cloud.” Your computer must run some sort of operating system, but Microsoft is unconcerned about which one you use. “Windows 365 brings the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the complete Windows experience — including all your apps, data, and preferences — to your personal or business devices,” said Wangui McKelvey, Microsoft 365’s General Manager. 

This strategy gives rise to a brand-new personal computer category, the Cloud PC, designed particularly for the hybrid environment.” 

You’ll be able to stream all of your personalized apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud to any device, according to Microsoft. And by any, we mean Macs, iPads, Linux PCs, and Android phones and tablets. 

You’ll get the same Windows experience regardless of what you’re using. “You can pick up just where you left off since the status of your Cloud PC stays the same, even when you move devices,” it also indicates. 

What about internal applications? While Microsoft cannot guarantee that you will be able to run a bespoke programme you created in the 1990s, Windows 365 does support all of Microsoft’s business applications, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Power Platform, and line-of-business apps. 

In addition, the firm pledges to keep its promise of app compatibility with Microsoft’s Fastrack App Assure programme. This is a free service aimed to assist businesses with 150 or more users in resolving any app issues. 

Microsoft has also collaborated with its third-party software vendors (ISVs). Nerdio, NetApp, ServiceNow, and UKG are the four major companies focusing on Windows 365. 

Microsoft isn’t inventing anything new. Microsoft has been heading to a Windows DaaS for years, as I’ve been pointing out ad nauseam. Windows 365, in particular, is based on Azure Virtual Desktop. Microsoft sets up Windows 365 for you, unlike the Azure Virtual Desktop, which requires an expert to set up properly. 

You have complete control over how to scale your Windows 365 instances and monitor the performance of your Cloud PCs, and you don’t need to be an Azure Solutions Architect Expert to create and manage them. 

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Microsoft Teams phones will soon be able to function like an old-school walkie-talkie

The extension of the push-to-talk walkie talkie feature in Microsoft Teams to more devices should make staying in touch with coworkers in the field a lot easier for firstline employees. 

The functionality will be accessible worldwide on Microsoft Teams phones in September 2021, according to a new article on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. 

Users with compatible Microsoft Teams phones will be able to use their smartphone as a walkie talkie that works over both a cellular and wireless connection once the capability is available. Users will be able to talk to their team by pressing and holding a button and listening by releasing the button. 

Expansion 

The functionality was first made available for Android devices in January 2020, when Microsoft highlighted in a blog post how Teams’ walkie talkie feature might help staff carry fewer devices on a daily basis while also giving greater security over analogue devices. 

Microsoft claimed at the time that “this feature, integrated directly into Teams, decreases the number of devices employees must carry while also lowering IT expenses.” 

“Unlike analogue equipment connected to insecure networks, consumers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or external eavesdropping.” This feature may be used across geographic areas because Walkie Talkie works through Wi-Fi or cellular data.” 

Teams Walkie Talkie accessories 

While the walkie talkie feature of Microsoft Teams will work with most Android smartphones and tablets, it may work better with a rugged smartphone because many of these devices have customizable buttons. 

In a blog post, Samsung revealed how Teams’ walkie talkie feature can be mapped to the programmable button on the Galaxy XCover Pro or even its new Galaxy XCover 5, allowing workers to use push-to-talk (PTT) capability without having to open their smartphone. 

The Jabra BlueParrot and Klein Valor Speaker have both been verified to operate with Teams Walkie Talkie, according to Microsoft. Firstline employees may enhance Teams’ walkie talkie functionality by attaching either a wired or wireless headset. 

When the functionality is available in September 2021, you’ll need to launch the Teams app on your smartphone and search for the Walkie Talkie symbol in the menu bar to get started. If it isn’t there, don’t panic; you can find it by tapping on More choices. 

Microsoft has a variety of Teams phones available, with Lenovo, Yealink, and Poly among the manufacturers that have signed on as partners. 

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