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Facebook Messenger Adds Screen Share Feature in Video Calls

Facebook Messenger has expanded its video call service with the screen share feature, available for both Android and iOS devices, and also accessible via desktop apps and web version. This new screen feature works just like zoom as it allows you to instantly share your screen with friends and family, either one-on-one, with up to 8 people in a group call or with up to 16 people in Rooms. Through the screen share feature, you can share a live view of whatever you're doing with your loved ones. The company maintains that this provides better ways to engage and stay connected since majority of people still socialize virtually due to Covid-19. Here's how to use the screen share feature: Open the Messenger app on your iPhone or Android.Start a video call by selecting one or more contacts and tapping the camera icon.Once on the call, swipe up on the toolbar at the bottom (where you find the icons for hanging up or turning your mic off).From the expanded menu, tap Share your screen. When you initiate screen sharing, the other people on the video chat will be able to see a live view of whatever is on your phone screen. The video chat interface will move to the upper right hand corner of your phone, so you'll still be able to see your friends on camera while you show them what's on your phone. Facebook also reveals its plan to expand the number of people you can share your screen with to 50. The company will also be adding control features for Room creators, with this, you'll be able to limit the ability to screen share to just yourself or allow other participants to do the same. What do you think about Facebook's Screen Share feature? Have a chat with us in the comment section. Source Source

WhatsApp Gets Facebook Room Integration In Latest Beta

A month ago, Facebook launched its video conferencing platform - Facebook room - to compete with the likes of Zoom, Skype and other video service platforms - and the feature went live just about a few days ago. According to a report by WABetainfo, Facebook has integration Messenger Room in WhatsApp for Android in the 2.20.163 beta version. This integration brings a 'Room' icon in the sharing menu inside a WhatsApp chat and it directs you to the messenger app where you can navigate to either create or join a room. There's also a shortcut to creating a messenger room which you can access from the 'calls' tab on WhatsApp. For now Messenger Room Integration is only available to WhatsApp beta users in a limited number of countries but it is expected to reach other countries gradually. 

You can now share WhatsApp Status on Facebook Story

Back in June, WhatsApp started testing a way to let users share their status to Facebook and Instagram. Well, it seems it has been achieved as the option to share whatsapp status to facebook story is now available. So if you are currently on the recent version of WhatsApp, you should have already received the feature. Now when you post a WhatsApp status, you'll see a 'Share to Facebook' option under your status that let's you share directly to your Facebook story. If you tap the share button, you'll also see a couple of apps that you can share your status with. If you've received this feature, let us know your thoughts on it.

How to fix ‘app has stopped’ error on your phone

Unfortunately, app has stopped!Unfortunately, app has stopped! This is one issue that smartphone users have faced at one point in their life. It happens this way - you launch an app, try to operate it, and next you're hit with the pop up, then you're bounced off the app and taken to your home screen. Not nice right? Well it happens a lot, and is often caused by unstable network, corrupt cache files and lots of other reasons. But not to worry, there are ways you can fix this, we'll tell you how. Go to settings > apps > select the app that shows this error > click on storage > then clear cache. If the error continues, you can go back (same process) and clear data - this is like a reset, so you'll lose all data on that particular app, but hey, nothing goes for nothing right? Your app will bounce back to life afterwards.Force stop or reset app preferences. Open your settings > then apps > select troubling app/s > click on Force shut. To reset, tap on the 3 dots at the top when you open apps in the settings. You'd get a pop up for confirmation on the reset. Force shut and reset will simply disable your apps, and will not delete any data. You can then restart your phone and proceed to launch your app(s). If any of the options above doesn't work, you can uninstall and reinstall the troubling app. Or perhaps, if you have just updated the app, try uninstalling the updates - some apps malfunction when new updates are installed.The final fix is to perform a factory reset or format your device. Make sure you backup your data and files before doing this. Also, these final options should be your last resort if all other solutions listed above fails. Hope this helps. Don't forget to leave your comments.

Facebook hired contractors to transcribe people’s voice messages on Messenger

Facebook is at it again, intruding and violating user’s privacy seems to be what the company is really good at. News is that the company had been paying contractors to listen to and transcribe user’s voice chats on Facebook messenger. The contract employees when queried, claimed they were ordered to transcribe audio messages but were not told where and how the audio was obtained and why they were hired to do so. According to Bloomberg, the company confirmed it had been transcribing users’ audio and said it will no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. The company said the users who were affected chose the option in Facebook’s Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed. The contractors were checking whether Facebook’s artificial intelligence correctly interpreted the messages, which were anonymized. Mark Zuckerberg had previously denied this and called it “conspiracy theory” that his company was collecting audio from users to inform ads or help determine what people see in their news feeds. Now, the company admitted it “only accesses users’ microphone if the user has given the app permission and if they are actively using a specific feature that requires audio (like voice messaging features.). But even with this, we know Facebook never disclosed to users that third parties may review their audio chats.

WhatsApp tests feature to enable sharing of status to Facebook story

Isn't this exciting? WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow users to share their status directly to their stories on Facebook and on other Facebook owned apps including; Instagram, Gmail, and Google photos. This doesn’t imply that your WhatsApp ID will be linked to your Facebook account, as the company is making use of the standard iOS and Android data-sharing APIs. So when sharing is done on Facebook and other apps, data is only being transferred, which means that your posts will be regarded as separate events in Facebook’s systems, and will not be linked. Also, this sharing integration feature is not automatic but will be activated manually, meaning, it is left to users to decide whether they want to use the feature or not. The sharing option however will be placed underneath your status on WhatsApp.

Facebook Bans Pre-installation of Apps on Huawei Phones

Huawei Phones will no longer come with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Apps   It wasn’t that long ago that U.S banned its companies from supplying technology to Huawei and also using its equipment, and Google has also said earlier that it would no longer provide Android software and services for Huawei phones starting from August. Earlier today, the Chinese tech giant received another blow as it learned that Facebook will no longer allow pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones – this ban covers Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook messenger and the main Facebook App. However, this ban applies to only future phones that Huawei will bring into the market. People that are already using Huawei phones still have access to Facebook app and its subsidiaries. Facebook have said that although it is stopping pre-installation of apps on Huawei phones, it will however keep providing updates to existing Huawei users. Huawei phone users that do not have Facebook and subsidiary apps already preinstalled can still download the apps from Google Play store. Although, this option will no longer be available from August, which is when Google’s restriction on its software will come in play.