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WhatsApp joins other messaging platforms with live location sharing

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Sharing your current location with someone is a great way to passive-aggressively explain that you’re on your way when they ask where you are. But it also has other uses, and WhatsApp has now joined rivals Facebook Messenger and iMessage in offering the feature (with its own somewhat unique twist).

The new feature will be available on both Android and iPhone soon, and it’s accessed the same way you’d normally send your location. But now you’ll have the option not just to put a pin on the map where you are, but to let them track you continuously for a duration of your choosing. (A version of this feature was tested earlier this year.)

15 minutes, an hour, and 8 hours seem to be the three lengths of time you can choose from, though of course you can also turn off location sharing manually if you reach your destination or wish to conceal your movements.

Snapchat and Foursquare have their own versions of live location sharing as well, but the everyday messaging space seems like the best fit to me. Who doesn’t use WhatsApp by the way?

One use for this that seems actually quite helpful is making sure someone gets home all right. There are a few safety apps out there already, but this is a simpler way to keep track of someone if you can’t walk or drive them home yourself. Plus it’s on a widely used cross-platform app that isn’t Messenger. Unfortunately WhatsApp is still the ugliest of all the chat apps, but what can you do?Credit: TechCrunch

Solomon Ekrebe is the Lead Web & Content Developer at Krebits Concept. He plays with numbers to disrupt tech and creates art with letters, just so to light up the streets of the web.

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Google Celebrates Late Nigerian Doctor Stella Adadevoh

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The popular technology company Google today celebrates the late Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who ensured that the deadly Ebola virus did not gain wind in the country.

On Google Doodle today is a cartoon drawing to represent and celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh who would have turned 62 today. Doctor Stella was responsible for keeping the late Patrick Sawyer (the man who came to Nigeria with the virus) in quarantine despite pressures from both the Liberian government and the patient himself to let him go.

Doctor Stella Adadevoh later tested positive to the virus and passed on the 19th of August 2014.

GoogleAfrica takes to its Twitter page writing:

“Today our #Googledoodle celebrates the life of Stella Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor, who helped stop the spread of Ebola in the country during the 2014 outbreak.”

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Anambra Teen-Girls Win Gold In World Technovation Challenge

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5 female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra win gold at the ‘World Technovation Challenge 2018’.

The 5 teenage girls from Anambra state representing Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, earn the Gold Medal in the contest.

The girls who defeated other huge competitors from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China to clinch the gold medal are Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

The girls currently in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ – to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

The Technovation challenge involves inviting girls annually to identify a problem in their communities, challenging them to solve these problems by developing Andriod applications that will address such problems.

115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.

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WhatsApp Takes Upgrade A Level Higher

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The social media platform WhatsApp announces the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.

WhatsApp is allegedly taking this move to curb the spread of fake news. The messaging application on Tuesday through its official blog released a statement addressing the upgrade.

In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said:

“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow, it also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.

“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.

“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”

The social media platform in recent times, replied a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform. It said that the platform was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.

Saying, “this could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages. Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else.”

The company also announced in June an “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on the spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.

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