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Top Tech News Today: WhatsApp May Replace Phone Numbers With Usernames, ChatGPT Now For iPhone Users In India And More – ABP Live


By: ABP News Bureau | Updated at : 27 May 2023 12:21 AM (IST)

The feature is currently in development and not yet available for all. ( Image Source : ABP Live )
WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging platform may soon replace phone numbers with quirky usernames. The Meta-owned company is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, to version which is under development, according to WhatsApp beta testing website WABetaInfo.
“In the past months, we shared a lot of articles about new features in development for WhatsApp. These features confirm their commitment to providing a better user experience to all people, but we have something else important to announce today. After installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android update from the Google Play Store, we spotted a significant feature during our usual exploration of the new build,” WABetaInfo wrote on its page.
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OpenAI’s viral artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot ChatGPT app for iPhone users is now available in 32 countries, including India. The company, headquartered in San Francisco, officially launched the ChatGPT app for iOS last week in the US and announced plans to expand its availability to other countries in the near future.

The list of new countries where ChatGPT is available for iOS includes Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Slovenia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.
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Apple’s fifth major update to its iOS 16 operating system (OS), iOS 16.5, which was introduced last week is costing iPhone users battery life. The iOS 16.5 update which brought a number of bug fixes is causing battery drain issue for several iPhone users, media reports say. The battery drain issue is affecting both old and new (eligible) iPhone model users.
According to a report, one hour of FaceTime call has led to a massive battery drain where the battery went from 100 per cent to 18 per cent.
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Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, has implemented another round of job cuts as part of its plan to eliminate 10,000 roles. This is the final phase of a three-part layoff initiative announced in March. Employees from various departments, including marketing, site security, enterprise engineering, program management, content strategy, and corporate communications, took to LinkedIn to inform others about their layoffs, as reported by Reuters.
In addition to these teams, Meta also reduced its workforce in units focused on privacy and integrity, as mentioned in the LinkedIn posts. These job cuts mark the second round of mass layoffs at Meta this year, with over 11,000 employees already let go previously. The company’s employee count has now returned to a level similar to mid-2021 after a significant increase in its workforce through hiring initiatives in 2020.
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The Android tablet market in India is fast heating up and Lenovo is the latest OEM to launch its Android tab Lenovo Tab M9 in India. The Lenovo Tab M9 promises to provide long-lasting battery life, secure facial recognition login and features dual stereo speakers. The tab will be made available in the country in two colour variants starting June 1.
The Lenovo Tab M9 has been unveiled in Frost Blue colour and Storm Grey colours at a starting price of Rs 12,999 in India, which makes it a budget offering. However, it still costs less than Redmi Pad that was launched in India for Rs 14,999. The Lenovo Tab M9 will be available in India from June 1 and prospective buyers can pre-order from and leading online platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart as well as offline retail stores like Reliance Digital and Croma.
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Neuralink, the brain-implant company founded by Elon Musk, announced on Thursday that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commence its first clinical study involving human participants. This is a significant milestone for the company, which had previously faced challenges in obtaining approval.
Since 2019, Musk has made multiple predictions about initiating human trials for a brain implant designed to treat severe conditions like paralysis and blindness. However, Neuralink, established in 2016, only pursued FDA approval in early 2022, resulting in the rejection of their application, according to seven current and former employees who spoke to Reuters in March.
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