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WhatsApp blocking Telegram links on Android

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Facebook-owned popular messaging service WhatsApp has been found blocking links to rival messaging app Telegram. Although you can send/receive Telegram links, they appear as non-clickable (just plain text) and you cannot copy/forward them (see screenshot below).

In general, it looks like any link having ‘telegram’ as a sub-domain is affected. Only WhatsApp’s Android app is currently exhibiting this behavior, which was first spotted by users on Reddit. A new update pushed yesterday is said to be the culprit – it didn’t bump the app version, which remains at 2.12.367.

On its part, Telegram has confirmed the situation, but the company doesn’t seem much concerned. “Typically after a media backlash, FB steps back and blames their intelligent filtering for the problem,” a Telegram spokesperson said. “We expect the same to happen this time as well.” Facebook and WhatsApp are yet to comment.

It’s worth mentioning that Telegram recently received some bad press over the fact that the company knowingly allowed members of the Islamic State terrorist organization to use the…

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Teardown of Blackberry Priv shows screen easily replaceable

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YouTuber JerryRigEverything has put out a new video. You’ve probably heard of him as he was recently covered all over the smartphone blogs for his Nexus 6P bend test videos.

Anyway, a video of his went live today tearing down the Blackberry Priv. The battery and screen replacements are quite easy to perform. As with any other repair, we don’t recommend you try this if you don’t know what you’re doing.

While we are shown that the battery is easily replaceable, the bigger and better news is that the screen is just as easy to repair, all without even having to disassemble the phone. The YouTuber heated up the edges of the screen and used a business card to break the adhesive all the way around.

The display completely comes off (digitizer and panel assembly) once a ribbon cable near the center of the panel is disconnected. Then, all you need to do is reheat the adhesive (or apply new adhesive), reconnect the ribbon cable, and snap the display back into place. All without having to remove the rear panels, motherboards or other components from the body of the phone.

We can’t wait until the iFixIt team gets its hands on the new Android-powered Blackberry handset and gives it the teardown treatment and repairability…

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‘Raiden V’ Is Coming To Xbox One In February

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For classic shmup fans, there?s nothing quite like a new Raiden game to get the blood pumping. Well it turns out that the latest instalment in the form of Raiden V will be coming to Xbox One in February.

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Swap Fossil-Fuel Subsidies For Carbon Tax, World Leaders Urge

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

PARIS ? The first day of the Paris Climate Conference began with 40 nations declaring war on fossil-fuel subsidies and ended with six nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund calling for a global carbon tax.

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‘Indivisible’ Nears The End Of Its Refreshingly Transparent Crowdfunding Campaign

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One of the biggest issues with crowdfunded games these days is that the money raised is often used purely to gauge interest for silent investors behind the scenes. In a refreshing move, the upcoming game Indivisible has been nothing if not transparent about how it will be funded.

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Samsung Patent Filings Reveal Exciting New Smartphone Designs

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Worried about cracking your smartphone screen? A folding smartphone could be coming to the rescue one day.

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Triunfo para Snowden: La NSA ya no guarda datos telefónicos

November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

En 2013, el exconsultor aseguró que la Agencia de inteligencia tenía acceso a metadatos telefónicos; en junio pasado, se aprobó una ley para garantizar que la información se gestione con empresas.

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