Whatsapp& Facebook – Latest happenings

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the largest social network user app has been upgraded to full encryption. Good news for billions of people who uses the new version of whatsapp. The founders, Brian Action and Jan Koum, together created a safer world for whatsapp users. They have added end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on its service. This means, only the group of people who are assigned for the particular messages can read it.

The service which is owned by Facebook Inc. confirmed on 5th April 2016, that the encryption works on apps for Android phones, Apple Inc.’s iPhones and other devices. Jan Koum believes that people should be safe while negotiating so that the messages are safe from cyber criminals and hackers. Even Apple uses encryption for its iMessage service but according to some experts, whatsapp will provide more security. The sender and the receiver can use a security code to verify messages.

Facebook for Blind users on iOS

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There was an announcement on 4th April 2016 by Facebook. It says that now, Facebook is accessible to the blind users too. The users, who are blind or visually impaired, can see the pictures and photos posted on Facebook by hearing the audio description of it. There are approximately 39 million blind people and over 246 million people who are suffering from severe visual impairment. Today, all of them are warmly welcomed by facebook to use the app to its fullest. Facebook describes the posted photos verbally by users which help blind people to visualize the picture. This function expresses the exact picture like the names of the people in it, smiling, outdoor, etc. Automatic alternative text read aloud through screen on iOS devices.

The trend of facebook is gradually changing. The network which was once based on text is now becoming increasingly picture-led. Therefore, facebook is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to decode the pictures. The objectives which can be recognized are

  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Sports
  • Food
  • Appearance