TecQ: 4G Data Speeds in India, 13-Digit Mobile Numbers & More 

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TecQ is our weekly round-up of the top tech stories of the week

Think You Deleted WhatsApp Messages for Good? Well, Think Again

 A WhatsApp message can only be deleted for everyone within the first seven minutes of it being sent. After that, you can only delete it at your end.
A WhatsApp message can only be deleted for everyone within the first seven minutes of it being sent. After that, you can only delete it at your end.
(Photo: Reuters)

If you thought gone are the days when your ‘accidentally sent’ WhatsApp message wasn’t going to become the talk of the town (thanks to the ‘delete message’ feature that WhatsApp has rolled out), I have bad news for all of you!

Earlier, users were under the impression that they would be able to delete WhatsApp messages, where both the sender and the recipient wouldn’t be able to view the message after it was deleted.

To the horror of the callous WhatsApp users, a loophole has been discovered by ‘The Next Web’, which shows that there is a way you can view the deleted message.

The only catch – the message can only be deleted for everyone within the first seven minutes of it being sent. After that, you can only delete it at your end.

Read the full story here.

Chatbots Are Booming, but Can They Coexist With Voice Assistants?

Chatbots learn from data to answer a standard set of questions from humans.
Chatbots learn from data to answer a standard set of questions from humans.
(Photo: iStock) 

Smartphones now come powered with the latest technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Most of this is visible to us in the form of chatbots and voice assistants, like Siri and Alexa.

While the advent of chatbots has piqued a lot of interest, it’s rather intriguing to see their relevance at a time when voice assistants are gaining better mileage and market traction. So, the question is, can these two technologies – chatbots and voice assistants (VA) – exist together for different purposes, or will the VAs takeover from chatbots to lead the future of the technology sector?

Read the full story here.

No, Your Mobile Numbers Aren’t Going to Have 13 Digits Now

Your 10-digit mobile number will remain as it is.
Your 10-digit mobile number will remain as it is.
(Photo: The Quint/@2shar)

Recently, there have been rumours suggesting that all mobile numbers in India are going to be switched from 10-digit numbers to 13-digit ones. Reports with clickbaity headlines have caused some to fret. However, as it turns out, the media reports have clearly given you half-baked information.

After clarifying with our sources in the industry and going through the fineprint, we can assure you that there’s nothing to worry about.

Yes, the length of mobile numbers is changing, but only for M2M or machine to machine connections, which are mainly used by enterprises for their automated communication. Your 10-digit mobile number will remain as it is.

Read more on this here.

SWIFT – The Catalyst Behind Nirav Modi’s PNB Scam in India

Most banking frauds in recent times have a common element, which is Swift. 
Most banking frauds in recent times have a common element, which is Swift. 
(Photo: The Quint)

Everyone in India, including bank officials, have been jolted by the recent Rs 11,300 crore banking scam involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and Punjab National Bank, but there’s more to the story than what meets the eye.

Granted that various bank officials have been found culpable in the scam, but you would be surprised to know that all that money was moved from one country to another with a global banking technology named ‘SWIFT.’

SWIFT – or Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication – is a well-known electronic payment messaging service used by banks to transfer big-ticket transactions. This is the same banking technology which was allegedly misused by hackers in the $81 million Bangladesh Bank heist last year.

So, what is SWIFT and how is it used? We tell you everything there is to know here.

India Still Below Pakistan in 4G LTE Speeds, Says Report

India has an average 4G LTE speed of 6.07 Mbps according to an OpenSignal report
India has an average 4G LTE speed of 6.07 Mbps according to an OpenSignal report
(Photo: iStock)

India might be flourishing as one of the largest consumers of 4G data in the world but the picture isn’t pretty when it comes to 4G LTE speeds!

A recent report by UK-based wireless coverage mapping experts, OpenSignal, puts India behind Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as one of the slowest countries in terms of 4G LTE speeds for the month of February, 2018.

See here how slow India’s 4G LTE data speeds have been.

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