Voice clips are coming to LinkedIn Messenger
Already a favourite on WhatsApp, voice messages are coming to LinkedIn. These messages are essentially like voice mails, where users can send short pre-recorded messages to each other using LinkedIn’s chat platform.
For business relationships, this could be a game changer. Sometimes personality, warmth and tone of voice can get lost or misinterpreted in written language. Short voice messages, on the other hand, can be listened to at the recipient’s convenience and could hugely benefit business relationships. Read more
Internet giants team up to launch Data Transfer Project
Some of the biggest internet companies teamed up to launch a new way to move data between platforms. The Data Transfer Project is an open source initiative that allows users to securely and seamlessly move their data from one service to another without downloading and re-uploading it again.
The aim of the project is to give control back to the user. For example, a user decides they don’t like their music streaming service and want to stop using the platform, but can’t because they will lose all their playlists. With the Data Transfer Project, they could use a data export service to save their playlists on the cloud – which they can then import into a new music streaming service later.
Another benefit users will enjoy from the Data Transfer Project will be on social media. A user may, for example, discover a new photo printing service but realise that their photos are all on different social media platforms. Instead of trawling through their accounts to download and then re-upload all their photos, the Data Transfer Project will enable users to import photos directly to the photo printing service via an app.
According to the Data Transfer Project website, the project is still in its early stages and isn’t quite ready to be used just yet. However, the organisation is actively inviting more internet services to join the project. Read more
WhatsApp rolls out group video chat
The much-anticipated group video chat feature has finally come to WhatsApp! Users can now have video chats with up to four friends. To start one, users simply need to start a video call with one person and then tap the new ‘add participant’ option to add more people.
Similar to all other components on WhatsApp, group video calls are completely end-to-end encrypted. On their blog, WhatsApp claims that the new feature has been designed to work reliably around the world in different network conditions.
The feature is being rolled out gradually and will be coming to your iOS or Android phone very soon. Read more