WhatsApp has been on a roll this year, adding feature upon feature to the world’s most popular messaging app to make it more appealing to the users. The company is continuing the streak, and has added support for all types of file transfers (including archives) as well as shared media bundling in the stable version of the Android app. These features had been under testing in WhatsApp beta for Android for some time now. However, users still continue to wait for the final release of the message recall feature that has been leaked several times already.
To use the new feature, WhatsApp users on Android can head to Google Play to download the latest version of the app. Apart from support for all file types and media bundling, the latest WhatsApp update also enables text formatting in the chat. When typing text in a chat window, users can now tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicise. This feature was also available earlier to beta users.
WhatsApp media bundling
Several beta users last month also started receiving new shared media bundling feature. WhatsApp users will now be able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album and not as before, one after another. With the new update, once a user opens an album, all images are shown on a single page. The feature also indicates that WhatsApp will give more room for shared photos. This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users last month, and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.
The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call. The revamped WhatsApp call screen was also spotted last month.
Companies today find it difficult to score the right balance when it comes to customer support. Microsoft is no exception, and we want to hear about your experiences with the company related to mobile product support, good or bad. Community member 73blazer experienced an issue with Windows 10 Mobile and the official Mail app from Microsoft. After updating it to the latest version, it ceased to work in Continuum mode.
As expected, 73blazer decided to hit up Microsoft for some assistance. What wasn’t expected was the bad experience. First off, Microsoft Office support was involved, and they were unable to offer assistance and eventually redirected our poor member over to B2x, an outsourced support platform Microsoft uses for hardware and other support. After providing the IMEI number of an HP Elite X3, 73blazer was informed that only Lumia phones are covered for support through this particular channel.
Do they even have it? I tried desperately Friday to get some insight into an issue that is clearly a bug, to no avail. Basically, the issue is the new version of the mail app that came out earlier this week, won’t launch in continuum mode. Elite x3 had it. I pull out my 950xl which hadn’t updated in a while mail launches there in continuum mode, update the mail app, mail won’t launch in…
After supplying the same information for a Lumia 950, both soft and hard resets were recommended (clearly we’re looking at someone reading from a list of instructions to hand to consumers). It got worse from there, and so our forum member contacted HP support. They were more helpful and offered to take the problem up with Microsoft directly, supplying 73blazer with a case number to reference.How have your past experiences gone down when you got in touch with Microsoft for support? Do you have any tips when it comes to Windows 10 Mobile and specifically Lumia devices? Hit the link below and sound off in our community forum.
The new HD video settings option was first reported by Android Police, which adds that the feature is apparently rolled out to most, but not quite all, of Facebook’s Android users. The report also says other new video features are appearing for some users as well, but they are not yet available for everyone. They include picture-in-picture video, the ability to download clips to watch offline later, and specific resolution upload options (from 72p all the way up to 360p).
Finally, up and down arrows are showing up for some Facebook users in the app’s notifications view. This will allow users to check their notifications in either direction, as opposed to going back to the top view all the time.
Again, not all of these features are available yet for all Android Facebook users, but they appear to be in testing for a wide release sometime in the very near future. Do you plan to use the new HD video upload option for your clips?
Today, Microsoft Photos got an update, adding a Share option providing Sway support among other new features and bug fixes. Now, you can upload any photos from your albums to Sway from the Share menu.
Here’s a look at the full changelog for Microsoft Photos:
- Check out updated app animations and transitions
- Add slow-motion effect to videos captured by any device
- Upload albums to Sway from the Share menu
- Improved performance for images stored on a network
- Bug fixes
The Microsoft Photos update is available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Update the Microsoft Photos app now.
We wanted to extend a massive ‘thank you’ for providing feedback for our preview releases over the last few weeks. We’ve been working hard to incorporate the feedback you have provided us. You will find that we’ve fixed many issues you reported, and we are proud to be able to release the final build of our 4.0 drivers. We will continue to fix bugs and ship regular updates to the GitHub repository. The new driver enables access to SQL Server 2008+, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW from any PHP 7 application.
The major highlights of this release include: support for SQL Server 2016, PHP7, bug fixes, and better test coverage.
Improvements from our previous release:
- Fixed a heap corruption when binding parameters in a prepare statement with error
- Fixed leaks in SQLSRV streams and output parameters handling
- Fixed leaks in SQLSRV fetch object
- Fixed leaks in SQLSRV binding object parameters
- Fixed leaks in SQLSRV buffered result set
- Fixed leaks in SQLSRV getting datetime and stream fields
- Fixed leaks in PDO_SQLSRV field cache
- Fixed leaks in PDO_SQLSRV construct when connecting with error
- Fixed leaks in PDO_SQLSRV exception handling
We will continue to make bug fixes and adding new features on your feedback on GitHub.
Going forward we plan on improving the current Linux port, expand SQL 16 Feature Support (example: Always Encrypted), build verification/fundamental tests, and bug fixes reported on GitHub.
Getting the product ready for release
You can find the latest bits on our Github repository, at our existing address. We provide support for any bugs reported on our Github Issuespage. As always, we welcome contributions of any kind, be they Pull Requests, or Feature Enhancements. Additionally, you can also get the pre-packaged exe. from the Download Center.
I’d like to thank everyone on behalf of the team for supporting us in our endeavors to provide you with a high-quality driver. Happy downloading!
One after another, the arguments against using Python 3 in production keep dropping away. Yesterday, Google consigned another one to oblivion: “But there’s no Python 3 support on Google App Engine!”
Well, guess what?
Google App Engine’s Flexible Environment, which scales apps based on demand, has launched support for Python 3.4 as a beta-test offering.
The runtimes for App Engine Flexible run as Docker containers, with the Dockerfilesavailable on GitHub. Developers can build the container locally, test their applications against it, then deploy the app alone to App Engine. It’s also possible to customize the runtime, upload it as a Docker container to App Engine, and run the app in conjunction with it.
Both Python 2.7 and Python 3.4 are available within the same container, so applications that need both versions of Python for whatever reason can access them both simultaneously. (Nuitka, for instance, uses some libraries that are not yet 3.x-compatible.) Google’s support for Python in App Engine will continue to include Python 2.7, ostensibly for as long as that language is supported (until 2020).
Now the bad news: Because Python 3.4 is the only supported version of Python 3, that means all the features in the language added in Python 3.5, like
async/await, aren’t available through App Engine’s runtime.
Developers can work around this by creating their own custom containers with the Python 3.5 runtime and executing them. The downside: You have to roll your own handling of some Google App Engine features, like health checks or start/stop requests.
The Snapdragon 820 is still new and shiny, being hailed as “cutting edge” by tech publications and treated like the very peak of mobile chipsets at the moment. Qualcomm, however, doesn’t seem like they’re going to be slowing down anytime soon, and information about the new chipset is already starting to surface (via NPU).
This comes from Microsoft’s list of processors from Qualcomm that are going into Windows 10 Mobile, which now includes “MSM 8998,” which people are rightly assuming is going to be the Snapdragon 830. The 820 chipset was referred to as the MSM8996, and the 810 chipset before it was dubbed the MSM8992, so it only stands to reason that the pattern is going to continue into the next Snapdragon chipset.
Beyond the fact that it’s being made and will be supported by Windows 10 Mobile, we don’t know much about the Snapdragon 830 for sure. It’s a fair assumption that it will be a great deal faster and better-performing than its predecessors – especially since we know that Samsung will be manufacturing it, and likely with the 10nm chipsets they’re beginning to mass produce.