Weekly Tech News Roundup - Apr 26 2016
News on Viber's encryption, Netflix in Asia, Iphone's storage, Google Calendar's Goals and Facebook Messenger's Group Calling.
Viber Goes the Encryption Route
Viber on Tuesday announced that it has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption across all devices for the 711 million users of its messaging app. Users have to download Viber version 6.0 or higher.
The app offers stronger security in every voice or video call, message, video and photo, in both group and one-on-one messages, the company said. In addition, Viber launched Hidden Chats, a feature that lets users hide specific chats from the main screen so only they know those chats exist. Hidden Chats can be accessed only by using a four-digit PIN.
In Asia, Netflix trips on regulation, content, and competition
Months after its global rollout, Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is facing problems in several major Asian markets as it struggles to provide enough strong content to attract consumers amid tough local competition, and also faces many regulatory hurdles, underlining concerns about disappointing subscriber numbers reported this week.
From complaints that programming libraries offered in many countries are far smaller than in the United States to delays in offering its signature "House of Cards" series in some markets due to rights issues, the U.S. video streaming giant's January launch into 130 new markets worldwide, including a slew in Asia, has been bumpy.
When it launched in Indonesia in January, for example, Netflix ran afoul of the film censorship board for carrying content deemed inappropriately violent or sexual. The communications ministry also demanded that Netflix set up a local office and pay Indonesian taxes.
7 tricks to free up storage space on your iPhone
Do you always run out of space on your iPhone?
Maybe you're trying to take new photos, film videos, install apps or download music. Or perhaps you want to install iOS 9.3, but don’t have the 5GB of spare memory needed.
We've compiled a guide on how to clear some room on your handset.
1. Find out how much space you actually have left
2. Backup your photos
3. Remove unused apps
4. Manage your music
5. Delete videos when you've watched them
6. Clear files downloaded to apps
7. Limit podcasts
Google Calendar Offers Life-Coaching Goals Feature
Google last week rolled out Goals in Google Calendar, a feature designed to help users achieve their personal goals.
Users set a goal, such as working out more often, and answer relevant questions, such as how often they want to work out and the best time for them to do so. Calendar then will sift through their schedules and select the best time to allocate for the task.
Calendar uses artificial intelligence, so it will get better at scheduling the more often it's used, the company said.
Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone
Jump on the party line or hear the voices of your whole family with Facebook Messenger’s latest feature. Users can start a group VoIP audio call from any group chat.
Just tap the Phone icon, select which of the group chat members you want included and they’ll all receive a Messenger call simultaneously. If you miss the initial call but it’s still in progress, you can tap the Phone icon in the group chat to join the call. At any time you can see who’s on the call and send another ping to anyone who hasn’t joined.