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WhatsApp will soon stop working on millions more people’s phones

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Whatsapp has signed the death knell for millions of old smartphones which will no longer be able to run the wildly popular app.

It has just announced that phones running Apple’s iOS 7 will no longer be able to use Whatsapp from February 1, 2020.

This means anyone who owns an iPhone 4S or earlier will have to update, because this is the oldest phone which is able to run iOS.

It might be time for WhatsApp fans to get themselves a new phone (Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
It will also ‘remove support’ for devices running Android Gingerbread – which means updated versions of the software can no longer be installed on them.

The Facebook-owned app quietly announced the latest redundant phones in a post it updates whenever it’s time for the guillotine to drop on outdated tech.

On January 1 2018, it removed support for phones which run BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer be able to update their WhatsApp software.

Here are the operating systems which are already incompatible with Whatsapp:

Android versions older than 2.3.3
Windows Phone 8.0 and older
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
Nokia Symbian S60
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
In its post, WhatsApp wrote: ‘Because we’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time.

‘If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version.’

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Obama loses 2.5m followers in Twitter purge

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Barack Obama, former president of the United States of America, has lost 2.5 million followers to the clean-up exercise being carried out by Twitter.
The social media company had announced that it would delete accounts of fake followers saying prominent accounts could see a significant drop.
Twitter’s main account lost 7.5 million followers in one day from 62.85 million to 55.35 million.
Kim Kardashian-West, US reality TV star, lost 1.7 million followers going from 60.2 million followers to 58.5 million on Thursday.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter chief executive officer, also lost 200,000 followers.
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Donald Trump, the US president, lost 400,000 followers.
Other people affected included Rihanna, who lost 900,000 followers and Justin Bieber, who lost three million followers to 104 million.
Twitter noted on Wednesday locked accounts are different from spam and bot accounts — two other issues that have plagued the platform — in that they were usually started by “real people,” but the company is unable to verify they’re still being run by their initial creators.
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s head of legal, policy, and trust, said the clean-up will affect accounts that were frozen over the years for suspicious behaviour.
“This week, we’ll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.”

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Whatsapp will now tell you which messages are forwarded to curb fake news

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Whatsapp, in a fight against fake news, has added a ‘forward message indicator’ to make it clear when a user has received a forwarded message.
The instant messaging platform will notify users when a message has been forwarded, rather than composed by the sender.
The latest version of WhatsApp includes the feature, which marks forwarded messages in italicized text above the content of a message.
The Facebook-owned application has is regularly used in the spread of viral misinformation.
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive have been forwarded to you,” WhatsApp said in a blog post on Wednesday.
“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow. It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone.
“WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety. We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded.”

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MultiChoice may reduce GOtv subscription (SEE REASON)

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MultiChoice Nigeria, the leading pay television company in the country, may soon embark on a review of subscriptions on some bouquets on its GOtv platform.
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Industry sources told journalists at the weekend that the review, which is expected to be announced soon, may see the subscription rate on GOtv MAX, the highest package on the platform, slashed by about 20%, from its present N3, 800 to either N3, 200 or N3,100 monthly, a difference of between N600 and N700.
GOtv MAX, which broadcasts all LaLiga matches live via SuperSport, is expected to, from the coming European football season, also make available to subscribers live matches of the Italian league (Serie A), following SuperSport’s acquisition of the broadcast rights to another of Europe’s top competition.
GOtv MAX offers 60 channels across genres such as news, commerce documentaries, lifestyle, movies, religion, music and kiddies’ programming.
Rates for GOtv Plus, GOtv Value and GOtv Lite, however, are to remain unchanged at N1, 900, N1, 250 and N400, monthly respectively.
Sources say the price change will be effected in the next few weeks.
If this happens it will be the first time a pay television provider will be reducing prices in recent memory in Nigeria.

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