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Android Version of ‘iMessage’ Comes to Messages App: How it Works

Message RCS app (left) and iMessage for iOS users (right)
Message RCS app (left) and iMessage for iOS users (right)
(Photo: The Quint)

Android users have relied on WhatsApp to text, send photos and even share locations on mobile devices. Apple device users have been using their in-house iMessage app, which has all of those features and offers encryption as well.

But now, Google is finally looking to overhaul the existing SMS ecosystem, with the RCS (rich communication services) standard, available on the regular Messages app.

The feature is currently in beta phase and can be downloaded via the Google Play Store, once you register interest to try out the RCS version on the mobile.

Read the full story here.

Key Things You Should Consider Before Buying an Air Purifier

The aim of air purifiers is to provide clean air and mitigate the harmful effects of air pollution. 
The aim of air purifiers is to provide clean air and mitigate the harmful effects of air pollution. 
(Photo Courtesy: Mi.com)

If you're a Delhi-NCR resident, you’re currently living in the most polluted city in the world. The last few weeks have seen Delhi's pollution levels spike to hazardous levels. It's terrible not only for people with breathing problems but also for common folks like you and me.

You also might have been told to stay inside as much as possible. But, that doesn't really help because the air inside your house is said to be two to five times dirtier.

So, how do you tackle this? Watch the video here.

Why are Reliance Jio, Airtel & COAI Fighting Over Telecom Debt?

Reliance Jio is making sure that Airtel and Vodafone pay their dues.
Reliance Jio is making sure that Airtel and Vodafone pay their dues.
(Photo: Erum Gour/The Quint)

Over the past few days, telecom giants Reliance Jio, Airtel and operator body Cellular Operator Association of India (COAI) have been fighting in public over issues related to spectrum dues and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) levied on the telcos after a recent judgment from the Supreme Court.

This has a direct impact on how the sector grows in the coming years and whether India is staring at the possibility of a duopoly in the telecom sector.

Here’s an in-depth look at the situation that has caused this tension and where it is headed.

How to Remove Spyware by Flashing the Firmware of Your Phone

Pegasus is not the only spyware which has been used for surveillance.
Pegasus is not the only spyware which has been used for surveillance.
(Photo: iStock)

Spyware has been making the headlines, mostly because of Pegasus, the spyware used to infect specific devices through Whatsapp and snoop into activities of those users. Now, most experts have suggested that the only way to get rid of spyware is to change devices. However, that’s not the only option available.

So, here’s a video, courtesy an ethical hacker who wanted to remain anonymous, to demonstrate how users can flash their devices, especially if it has been infected with spyware.

Ditching Twitter to Join Mastodon? Here’s What You Need to Know

There’s a new social media platform in town but it works differently than anything else you’ve used.
There’s a new social media platform in town but it works differently than anything else you’ve used.
(Photo: Mastodon)

Twitter users are flocking towards a relatively unknown open-source platform called Mastodon.

But we’re here to explain the actual process of signing up, accessing the platform and explaining its privacy features, how it operates and allows the user to have better control of their social media existence. Also, just in case you’re planning to quit Twitter, here’s how you can back up the content from all these years.

The timelines on Mastodon are created in local and federated servers. You can cross-post content within the ecosystem, using the ID associated with the respective Mastodon users.

Read the full story here.

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