Whatsapp no longer supporting these phones

Whatsapp is now seven years old and mobile or smart phones have changed so much since then, that some old phones don’t offer the capabilities that Whatsapp needs to keep updating and adding new features. Its been announced that Whatsapp no longer supporting these phones, the older ones, and you will need to upgrade if you want to continue using Whatsapp. Eeek!

I’m a big fan of Whatsapp, and I know many people are. Even my clients like to use chat apps, especially Whatsapp as its quick and easy and you can see if the message has been read (usually).  I also blog about Whatsapp often, usually to try to stop people sharing Whatsapp scams.

These changes are going to affect a lot of people, its almost a year since Whatsapp announced they had 1 BILLION users.  I use it daily now for various groups or personal conversations and I know not everyone, can update their phones all the time.  I even still have a 3GS as a backup phone which I do use now and then so I won’t be able to use Whatsapp on that anymore.

This is probably going to affect kids who are using their parent’s old phones (or is it only me that does that to my kid). Or our older generation who don’t like to upgrade their phones as they won’t know how to use them.    When you think about it, it could be pretty horrendous to some who just cannot upgrade their mobiles for one reason or another, but I do totally understand the need to be able to upgrade, and not much point supporting platforms or phones that won’t be able to keep up.

Whatsapp no longer supporting these phones

 

Whatsapp no longer supporting these phones

So who is getting the axe…..is Whats app no longer supporting your phone?

The platforms which are affected from January are

The platforms which are affected from January are

  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

And from June, support will stop on

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60

From Whatsapp Blog

These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

Whatsapp say that you can’t even transfer your chat history between platforms but they are providing he option to send your chat history to your email –

Find out how to do that ….

Good luck if you do have to do this.

Does this affect you that Whatsapp no longer supporting these phones that are a bit older?

I’d be interested to know. Or does everyone have newer phones than the ones listed?  Please leave a comment and let me know.

 

Change your Password – Skype Accounts Being Hacked

A quick warning to change your password – Skype Accounts Being Hacked. I’ve seen many people on Facebook and Twitter complaining over the last two days that, their Skype Accounts have been hacked, most people say its an account they hardly use or haven’t used to for a while, so doesn’t sound like a Phishing Scam in Skype. It could be that someone has got hold of some or all of Skype’s credentials database. Or there is a virus coming in from somewhere else maybe an email. And that is the need to change your password right away.

Although Skype users are complaining that their Skype accounts being hacked and then links are being sent out to everyone in their contacts, so I would assume that is causing more people to have their Skype Accounts Hacked.  Do not click any links from friends or contacts ask them first if they sent it.  And don’t click any links in Emails that look like they have come from Skype, go directly to the Skype App.

Change your Password – Skype Accounts Being Hacked

I’ve seen no reports from Skype or any news reports to say what has happened.  But I would advise everyone to be on the safe side and to change your passwords and not to click any links from friends, ask first.

How to change your password on Skype

To change your password on Skype Desktop

Click Skype in the top left

Click Change Password and follow the instructions.

Skype Accounts Being Hacked

Can’t get into Skype Account?

If it’s already too late and you can’t get into your Skype account because your account has been Hacked or now Blocked for suspicious  behavior

Signs that your account has been hacked

  • Unexpected payments leaving your account.
  • You’re unable to sign in with a known password.
  • Unknown contacts or conversations appearing in your Contacts or Recent list.
  • Calls from your account you don’t recognise or didn’t make.
  • Unexpected messages being sent from your account to known contacts.
  • Increased or reduced Skype Credit balance.

If your account has been hacked

If you suspect your account has been compromised, or if you’re unable to sign in, you should:

  1. Run your computer’s anti-virus security to remove any malicious software or viruses.
  2. Change your Microsoft password. Make sure you choose a strong, unique password.

From Skype Support

Tweet live video

Tweet Live Video – Twitter app update

Twitter today announced that we can tweet live video direct from the Twitter app, which is “powered by” Periscope.  Live video is the new black for 2017 we are all going to be live streaming, and if we are not we should be. The thing is now there is no excuse as it is going to be easy to do it from your mobile. We’ve had updates on Facebook Live and Instagram and the popular Snapchat of course, all of our social networks are fighting for you to show everyone what is happening in your world on their network.

The reason live streaming is so popular is that your can connect and interact with your audience in real time.  This creates a way for people to really get to know you.  Transparency: you don’t get that from creating videos which have been tweaked and edited beyond their life or from words on a page.  Live video (unless you have a special overlay) is live, real and right now.

 

Tweet Live Video using iOs

To stream your live video on Twitter all you need to do is to

  • Compose a Tweet
  • Tap – LIVE
  • Tap – Go Live

and its as easy as that to start broadcasting #GoLive to your followers. Or actually anyone, as anyone can join your live video, comment, and sent hearts (oh thats new)

This update will be rolled out over the next few day on Twitter for iOS and Android.

Amazon Go - Shopping Technology with No Queues

Amazon Go – Shopping Technology with No Queues

This what we’ve all been waiting for Amazon Go – Shopping Technology with No Queues. They call it Just walk out technology!  Queues are going to be a thing of the past, I hope.   No lines, no queues, no check out, brilliant.  Queues are one of the reasons I do all of my shopping online. Standing in a queue is such a waste of time. What a dream it would be if at lunch time or when you are in a rush, you could just run in get what you need and out again.

Amazon Go - Shopping Technology with No Queues

Amazon Go – Shopping Technology with No Queues

The team at Amazon are coming up with lots of ideas lately and this has to be their best idea ever. Amazon Go – Shopping Technology with No Queues, No Queues I tell you. I’m very excited by this new tech.   Amazon have created an advanced shopping technology where you turn on your Amazon Go app, go into the shop pick up what you want and walk out.  Check out the video below, these shoppers look like shoplifters, how that will be policed?

How does Amazon Go work ?

The Amazon Go app utilizes computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning which is the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars.

 Our Just Walk Out technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When you’re done shopping, you can just leave the store. Shortly after, we’ll charge your Amazon account and send you a receipt.

 

 

Its as simple as that – All you need is an Amazon account, a supported smartphone, and the free Amazon Go app.

They have a 1800 square foot store in Seattle right now which is going through a beta stage but will be open to the public in early 2017.

What do you think about Amazon Go – Shopping Technology with No Queues?  Some people think its technology gone too far and other people might be concerned that it will mean less jobs?