TecQ: New WhatsApp Feature, JioNews, Top Smartwatches & More

Here’s a look at the top gadgets and technology news of the week.

Published14 Apr 2019, 02:32 AM IST
Tech News
3 min read

1. Not Just Alexa: Even Apple & Google Employees Listen To Your Voice

Alexa is Amazon’s voice assistant which is available on phone and smart speakers.
Alexa is Amazon’s voice assistant which is available on phone and smart speakers.
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Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Apple HomePod are hearing your conversations and probably recording them as well. But what you might not have known is these companies have humans sitting behind the desk and listening to your chats.

This has been reported by Bloomberg on Thursday, which says that Amazon has thousands of people on board, who’re basically there to listen to users’ conversations, transcribe them and feed it back into software, to help Alexa learn human interaction better.

Read the full story here.

2. WhatsApp Coming to Apple iPad, Now Send 30 Audio Files At Once

iPad users will finally get WhatsApp native app. 
iPad users will finally get WhatsApp native app. 
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iPad users across the globe will be pleased to know that WhatsApp will soon be available for the device, with leaked versions of the app for the tablet spotted this week.

Lately, WhatsApp has been testing and introducing a plethora of new features on its platform, especially concerning app support on more devices and checking the spread of misinformation on its app.

The app is already working on the much-awaited iPad support that is being tested with features including Touch ID support, split-screen and landscape mode. It’s weird that WhatsApp was never launched for the most-selling tablet in the world, and it has taken this long for the version to be made available to iPad users.

Read the full story here.

3. Looking for the Perfect Smartwatch? Here Are a Few Worth Trying

Smartwatch shipments in India have risen in the last couple of months.
Smartwatch shipments in India have risen in the last couple of months.
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It was just last year that I started regularly using a smartwatch not only as a fitness tracker, but as a daily wear fashion accessory. Gradually, I realised that it has become an important part of my ecosystem and I was dependent on my smartwatch for my daily activity tracking, answering the phone and reading texts and emails.

Seeing there is a huge potential in this segment, a lot of companies are now jumping in to provide different kinds of people with a smartwatch that specifically suits them.

Here’s a look at our top picks.

4. Microsoft Office Files Can Now be Edited Online via Google Docs

The edit on Google Docs option as seen on Gmail. 
The edit on Google Docs option as seen on Gmail. 
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People who’re involved in the editing or even mailing business, both Microsoft and Google have good news this week. If you’re using documents on Microsoft Office, that is, ‘.doc files’, you can edit content of those files on Google Docs itself.

Docs is Google’s online platform, linked to a user’s Google Drive account on the cloud. Prior to this, people using .doc files had to convert them in order to make it compatible to edit on Google Docs, but now that won’t be necessary.

Read the full story here.

5. Reliance Jio Launches JioNews With Magazine and Live TV on Mobile

TecQ: New WhatsApp Feature, JioNews, Top Smartwatches & More
(Photo: JioNews screen grab)

With India heading into General Elections over the next two months, Reliance Jio is tapping into the newsy climate with its own JioNews app, available on both Android and iOS users in the country.

The app gives access to news from different media houses in the country, letting them read electronic versions of international magazines, as well as Indian magazines like the Caravan.

If you are a Jio mobile user, all these features can be availed by signing in with your mobile number, something which also works for people on JioTV and Jio Cinema app. But it’s not just the digital content, you can also stream up to 150 news channels and their live coverage from the app on your mobile screen.

Read the full story here.

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