Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp and plans to make that obvious

first_img Facebook Tags Originally published Aug. 2, 3:31 p.m. PT.Update, 3:47 p.m.: Adds information about where the rebranding will appear. Share your voice Mobile Tech Industrycenter_img Facebook said Friday that it plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp so users know they’re from the social network, a move that highlights how the company is exerting more control over its acquisitions. The apps will say “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.””We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday. She said the change is currently rolling out slowly and more and more users will start to see the rebranding. The rebranding will appear on Instagram’s and WhatsApp’s login screens and in app store descriptions for the two apps, Thomson said. The Information, which earlier reported the rebranding, cited three people familiar with the matter and said some employees are surprised and confused about the upcoming change.Facebook, which has been dealing with a series of privacy and security scandals, allows Instagram and WhatsApp to operate independently and the apps don’t bear the Facebook name. But the apps are also going to become more intertwined with one another in the future. The social network is trying to make it possible for users who use Facebook Messenger, Instagram direct message and WhatsApp to send messages to each other without having to switch apps.Though Facebook purchased both apps years ago, many consumers don’t know the social network owns both Instagram and WhatsApp. The change comes as the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook over antitrust concerns. The FTC is looking into whether Facebook’s purchases of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp were part of a strategy on the part of the social media giant to stifle competition, according to a report this week from The Wall Street Journal. Post a comment 0last_img read more

Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar due today

first_imgIndian external affairs minister S JaishankarIndian external affairs minister S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today (Monday) on a three-day official visit.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen will receive his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm today, ministry sources said.According to the foreign ministry, the Indian external affairs minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum on Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the morning of 20 August to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Both AK Abdul Momen and S Jaishankar will hold a bilateral meeting at the State Guest House Jamuna at 11am on the same day.S Jaishankar is scheduled to call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the day.Earlier on 29 July, Momen said Jaishankar’s visit will be a courtesy trip. He said his Indian counterpart accepted his invitation to visit Bangladesh.Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on the Indian foreign minister in New Delhi in July and conveyed him the Bangladesh foreign minister’s invitation to visit Bangladesh.In June Momen invited Jaishankar when he held first meeting with his new Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).During that meeting, Jaishankar assured that he would visit Bangladesh at his convenient time.It will be the S Jaishankar’s first Bangladesh visit after taking oath to office in Narendra Modi’s cabinet on 30 May.S Jaishankar, a career diplomat, served as India’s foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.The 64-year-old had joined the Indian foreign service in 1977 and had stints as the high commissioner to Singapore and the ambassador to China and the US.He is credited for helping resolve the Doklam stand-off through negotiations with China. Earlier in 2007, he played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement that was signed by the UPA government.After his retirements from the Indian foreign services in 2018, he had taken over as the Tata Group’s president of Global Corporate Affairs.S Jaishankar was honoured with the Padma Shri award by president Ram Nath Kovind in March this year.last_img read more

Faulty Update Bricks Nike SelfLacing Smart Shoes

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag February 21, 2019 Nike’s new basketball smart shoes are apparently bricking due to a faulty firmware update.Android users who bought the Nike Adapt BB are taking to the Google Play Store to complain. “Right shoe won’t connect after update and battery dies within a couple of hours,” reads one review for the Nike Adapt app, which connects to the shoe.”Broke my $350 shoes with a Nike update,” reads another review.It isn’t clear how widespread the problem is for Android users; currently, Google Play shows 18 largely poor reviews for the app, all related to the update issues. But those appeared right after the shoes launched over the weekend.Nike didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the firmware update problems don’t appear to affect the iOS version of the Nike Adapt app, which has mostly positive reviews.The Nike Adapt BBs have generated hype for the footwear’s self-lacing system. Each sneaker can sense your foot’s measurements and automatically tighten around it as you play a game of basketball for a perfect fit. To do that, this so-called “power lacing” system needs the Nike Adapt app and battery power. Nike plans to issue routine firmware updates to support its cutting-edge basketball shoes, though the updates are intended to be opt-in, Nike said last month.Despite the faulty update, owners can still wear the Nike Adapt BBs without the app, but they’ll just be regular sneakers. To fix the problem, users are reporting you can try initiating a factory reset. One owner managed to resolve the issues by activating the shoes using his wife’s iPhone. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more