Technology WhatsApp rolls out new group chat features

10:32  16 may  2018
10:32  16 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app

  Yahoo is testing Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app The ability to kick off a conversation group is also currently in invitation-only mode, and appears to require a Yahoo login to get started for now. “At Oath, we’re always looking for creative ways to add value to our members’ lives," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "We listen closely and frequently test new product ideas based on research and feedback. Right now we’re experimenting with a new invite-only messaging app focused on improving group communication in everyday life."Yahoo has had a mixed track record when it comes to messaging apps.

(Reuters) - Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group - chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members. FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017.

Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group - chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members. Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left.

FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this illustration © REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this illustration Messaging service WhatsApp rolled out new group-chat features on Tuesday, including more controls for administrators as well as regular group members.

Users can now leave a group permanently to avoid being repeatedly added back after they have left, Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp said in a blog post.

Administrators can no longer be removed from a group they created and users can now quickly locate messages that mention them in a group conversation.

Groups on WhatsApp have taken a central role in the messaging service that has more than 1 billion users, helping connect people with similar interests across the globe.

(Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru)

Google Lens updated with smart text selection and real-time lookup .
The new features Google showed off at I/O 2018 will soon land on your Android devices if they haven't yet. According to 9to5google, smart text selection, style match and real-time results have started rolling out to people's Lens cameras. The new features come with a redesign that rearranges Lens' elements a bit, along with a brand new menu marked "Tap on objects and text," showing you what objects the camera can identify. Among all the features we tested during I/O, we found smart text selection the most intriguing and useful: it gives you a way to quickly look up items in documents around you.

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