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    Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 12-08-2021: Don't miss the latest stories about Twitter, Instagram safety, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, and Google here.
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    | Updated on Aug 12 2021, 06:38 PM IST
    Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 12-08-2021: Check out today's top news.
    Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 12-08-2021: Check out today's top news. (Pixabay)
    Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 12-08-2021: Check out today's top news. (Pixabay)

    After an eventful Wednesday packed with Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event that saw the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, the Galaxy Watch 4 series and the Galaxy Buds 2, today's news kicked off with news about WhatsApp chat transfers between platforms, Instagram and Google's safety measures and features on Facebook's dating service. Here's everything you

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    12 Aug 2021, 06:37 PM IST

    Your WhatsApp Status likely to get big makeover in an upcoming update

    WhatsApp Status was relegated to the sidelines, but the feature is likely to be brought right under people’s noses through an upcoming update.
    WhatsApp Status was relegated to the sidelines, but the feature is likely to be brought right under people’s noses through an upcoming update. (WhatsApp)
    WhatsApp Status was relegated to the sidelines, but the feature is likely to be brought right under people’s noses through an upcoming update. (WhatsApp)

    WhatsApp Status hasn't received a lot of attention since it was launched in 2017, but the company could be preparing to give it big improvements in an upcoming update. Users will be able to view Status from their profiles and choose to see either the profile photo or the Status – to similar to Twitter's Fleets feature that is now defunct. 

    12 Aug 2021, 05:10 PM IST

    Reddit goes down for 90 mins, users flock to Twitter to complain

    Some Reddit users have been jokingly speculating that the Reddit outage could be a result of hackers or because of Dogecoin.
    Some Reddit users have been jokingly speculating that the Reddit outage could be a result of hackers or because of Dogecoin. (Bloomberg)
    Some Reddit users have been jokingly speculating that the Reddit outage could be a result of hackers or because of Dogecoin.
    Some Reddit users have been jokingly speculating that the Reddit outage could be a result of hackers or because of Dogecoin. (Bloomberg)

    Were you unable to access Reddit earlier today? The popular online social news aggregator and content sharing website suffered from downtime. The service was down for 90 minutes. This lead to hundreds of Reddit users taking to Twitter to complain about the outage, hoping things would resume to normal soon. However, the issues were resolved and the service was eventually restored, much to the relief of many a Reddit user.   

    12 Aug 2021, 03:48 PM IST

    Google Pixel 6 could sport Samsung’s 50MP GN1 camera sensor

    The Google Pixel 6 will come with Samsung's 2020 camera sensor, the 50MP GN1.
    The Google Pixel 6 will come with Samsung's 2020 camera sensor, the 50MP GN1. (OnLeaks/91mobiles)
    The Google Pixel 6 will come with Samsung's 2020 camera sensor, the 50MP GN1.
    The Google Pixel 6 will come with Samsung's 2020 camera sensor, the 50MP GN1. (OnLeaks/91mobiles)

    Thanks to the latest Android 12 Beta, developers have manged to spot clues that could point toward the specs of the upcoming Google Pixel 6 smartphone. Based on information from the Google Camera app on the latest Android 12 Beta 4 build, it looks like the upcoming Pixel 6 with the new Google-made SoC could come with the 50MP Samsung GN1 camera sensor released in 2020. 

    12 Aug 2021, 02:23 PM IST

    Instagram launches crackdown against abusive content, hate speech

    Instagram's new Limits feature will try to cut down on targeting of users. 
    Instagram's new Limits feature will try to cut down on targeting of users.  (Pixabay)
    Instagram's new Limits feature will try to cut down on targeting of users. 
    Instagram's new Limits feature will try to cut down on targeting of users.  (Pixabay)

    In a bid to stop targeted harassment of its users, popular image and video sharing service Instagram has announced that it now implement a new set of protections for users (especially public figures) called Limits. The optional feature, when turned on, will automatically hide comments from people you don't follow, as well as comments from any user accounts that have recently started following your account. The Limits feature will also protect users who turn the new feature on, by hiding DM requests from people who they don’t follow.

    12 Aug 2021, 12:52 PM IST

    WhatsApp chat transfer between iOS and Android now live

    Switching between iOS and Android is going to get a lot easier for WhatsApp users.
    Switching between iOS and Android is going to get a lot easier for WhatsApp users. (Bloomberg)
    Switching between iOS and Android is going to get a lot easier for WhatsApp users.
    Switching between iOS and Android is going to get a lot easier for WhatsApp users. (Bloomberg)

    Want to switch to the new Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 or the Galaxy Flip 3 from your iPhone? WhatsApp has announced that you can finally switch between platforms and bring your WhatsApp chats with you. This includes your entire WhatsApp chat history — including voice notes, photos, and conversations — in a seamless and secure way. It should make switching between platforms extremely easy for users who decide they want to get out of the walled garden and vice versa.

    12 Aug 2021, 12:21 PM IST

    Your Twitter account has just changed; Here's what's new

    If you sign in to your Twitter account today, you might notice a few things have changed. Don't worry though, it is part of Twitter's new redesign. With changes to both the font and design, the company's app and website have now received subtle upgrades. A notable inclusion is Twitter's new Chirp font that is now a part of the app and the feed. The changes should already reflect in your app and on the website, but users can update the app just to make sure they have the latest version. 

    12 Aug 2021, 12:08 PM IST

    Galaxy Unpacked 2021: From Galaxy Z Fold 3, Z Flip 3 to Galaxy Buds 2, here’s everything Samsung announced on Wednesday

    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Highlights: Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 series alongside the Galaxy Buds 2 wireless earbuds. 
    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Highlights: Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 series alongside the Galaxy Buds 2 wireless earbuds.  (Samsung)
    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Highlights: Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 series alongside the Galaxy Buds 2 wireless earbuds. 
    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2021 Highlights: Samsung has launched the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Watch 4 series alongside the Galaxy Buds 2 wireless earbuds.  (Samsung)

    While some die-hard Galaxy Note fans may have been disappointed to see no Galaxy Note 21 appear yesterday, South Korean giant Samsung launched the next generation of its foldable smartphones on Wednesday evening. The company first launched the Galaxy Watch 4 series followed by the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphones. The company also launched the Galaxy Buds 2 at the event.  

    First Published Date: 12 Aug, 12:08 PM IST
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