WhatsApp Android beta allows users to notify contacts when they change their WA number

WhatsApp has started rolling out a new feature to those using the Android beta version of the messaging app. Now, when a user changes his/hers WhatsApp phone number, the subscriber will be given the option to alert his/her contacts of the new number via a notification. Found on WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.18.97, the “Change Number feature” offers three notification options.

The three choices users have are to notify all contacts about the new phone number, notify only those contacts that the user has chatted with, or notify those contacts hand-picked by the user. To send the notification, …


For the first time, the number of apps in the Apple App Store declined this year

The App Store’s total number of apps declined for the first time this year as Apple stepped up its effort to remove old apps that did not comply with newer iPhones and apps that did not meet the company’s recent review guidelines. Additionally, apps that do not support 64-bit architecture that is now ubiquitous across iPhones, were also removed.

This brought the total number of apps on the App Store to 2.1 million, down from 2.2 million in 2016.
In comparison, the Google Play Store with Android apps now has a catalog of some 3.5 million …

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to stop phone number thefts with a new mobile ID

US carriers are gearing up to launch a next-gen mobile ID platform that will hopefully make phone number thefts and other mobile authentication issues a thing of the past. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint collectively formed the so-called Mobile Authentication Taskforce not long ago, and they are now detailing the eventual product that will come out of this alliance.
The system will be more secure than the current top-shelf two-factor ID model (duh), and will be powered by the carrier networks themselves. In addition, it will be interoperable …

T-Mobile user gets separated from his bitcoins, sues for carrier negligence in a phone number heist

The ongoing identity theft fraud, where scammers get a hold on your personal details, including your phone number, and try to access bank and other payment accounts you might have connected to it, has resulted in at least one lawsuit so far. One Carlos Tapang of Washington state is now blaming T-Mobile that it has “improperly allowed wrongdoers to access” his wireless account, ultimately resulting in a drain of his cryptocurrency stash after initiating a password change request.

The scam has been around for a few months already, and carriers have put warnings in their support …

Apple Music will soon overtake Spotify as the number one subscription music streamer in the U.S.

For as long as we can remember, Spotify has had the largest number of subscribers to its paid music streaming service. And while Apple has been gunning for the top spot ever since it gave birth to Apple Music in 2015, Spotify has remained on top. In fact, the most recent data show that Spotify’s 70 million paying customers (another 70 million users subscribe to the ad-supported free tier) are almost double the 36 million that shell out monthly for Apple Music.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music’s subscriber growth is on a pace that will allow it to soon overtake Spotify. When …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a small number of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a very small number of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

Keeping you safe: Google removed a record number of bad apps from Play Store in 2017

There aren’t many online platforms that can compare to the size of Google’s Play Store. It is estimated that the Android digital distribution service hosts more than 3.5 million apps, with thousands of new offerings being uploaded on a daily basis. Given these numbers, we won’t exactly go out on a limb by saying that keeping the app store free from malicious software and developers isn’t an easy undertaking. Still, it looks like Google is getting better at protecting users and their devices from harm’s way. 
A recent post on the Android Developers …

Google Play topped the Apple App store in the number of Q4 downloads

Thanks to Android users in markets like India, Indonesia, and Brazil, the Google Play Store set a record with more than 19 billion apps downloaded globally during the fourth quarter of 2017. This figure includes only new installations; re-installs and app updates do not count. The data, compiled by App Annie, shows that downloads from the Google Play Store out numbered downloads from the App Store by 145% during the three months from October through December. Games, Finance and Personalization were the categories with the biggest growth on the Google Play Store year-over-year. Shopping and Finance …

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063


Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says “Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices.”

There is no “Skip” button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like “Continue …