Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.

Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.

We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

Hike Messenger on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi unveiled a completely redesigned offering with the introduction of Hike 5.0. Apart from a complete revamp, the company also launched the Hike Wallet feature, complete with UPI-based payments.

Detailing availability of the update, Hike 5.0 and its features will be rolled out to all Android and iOS users by Sunday – right now, only 5 percent of users have received the update. Notably, the new Hike Wallet feature will make its way to Android with the v5.0 update, however, the iOS app will only get it by July-end.

Let’s start with the new features introduced in Hike 5.0. The company says Hike Messenger now has brand new colours and fonts. Moods can now be set as profile photos, while the old Timeline feature has made a return, and in addition to disappearing Stories, users can now post text, photos, and videos on their timeline that stay forever. Likes on posts can now be expanded to see the people who have liked it.

Other new features of Hike 5.0 include the Magic Selfie (machine learning based beautification feature), Text to Stickers (supported by all regional languages), App Themes (such as Blue, Zen, Night), Chat Themes, and Auto Night Mode. Hike also says that multiple likes are now possible on a single post by a single user.

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Finally, let’s come to the new payments and wallet features of Hike. Using UPI, Hike Wallet users can perform instant bank to bank transfers. This works for those recipients who are not on Hike. For those without a bank account, money transfers can be performed within the wallet itself. The company has roped in YES Bank as its banking partner.

In a statement, the company touted how Hike could help boost UPI adoption in India. “With more than 100 million registered users currently on Hike Messenger, this launch makes Hike the largest UPI based platform in India overnight,” it said.

Money transfers can be initiated with Blue Packets. Detailing this, Hike says “users can choose from over 10 different beautifully crafted envelopes and also add a personalised message to it to celebrate those special occasions. A Blue Packet can be sent to an individual or even a group of friends. If you give Blue Packets to a group of your friends, you can have a little fun and select how many people in the group should get it. It works on a first come first serve basis and a Blue Packet when sent expires in 24 hours.” In group chats, the Blue Packet option has a ‘Surprise’ option for the first opener of the packet.

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Apart from money transfers, Hike 5.0 now supports prepaid recharges and postpaid bill payments. Other changes and new features being touted by the company include 128-bit SSL encryption, and performance improvements alongside a reduction of the app size from over 40MB to around 25MB.

Speaking on the launch, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger, said, “Over the last 6 months, we’ve been working to bring a brand new experience to our users with one question in mind – How do we take all the things that users love about Hike and make it even better? Hike 5.0 is our most ambitious step in that direction till date… Hike 5.0 is the biggest update we’ve released in the history of Hike. We’ve worked closely with over 100 of our top hikers to build 5.0. It’s been built by our users for our users. With App themes, Night theme and Magic Selfie Hike 5.0 is packed with some incredibly personal touches that are meant to delight our users. With Hike 5.0 you can personalise your Hike world.”

 

Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

Hike Messenger on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi unveiled a completely redesigned offering with the introduction of Hike 5.0. Apart from a complete revamp, the company also launched the Hike Wallet feature, complete with UPI-based payments.

Detailing availability of the update, Hike 5.0 and its features will be rolled out to all Android and iOS users by Sunday – right now, only 5 percent of users have received the update. Notably, the new Hike Wallet feature will make its way to Android with the v5.0 update, however, the iOS app will only get it by July-end.

Let’s start with the new features introduced in Hike 5.0. The company says Hike Messenger now has brand new colours and fonts. Moods can now be set as profile photos, while the old Timeline feature has made a return, and in addition to disappearing Stories, users can now post text, photos, and videos on their timeline that stay forever. Likes on posts can now be expanded to see the people who have liked it.

Other new features of Hike 5.0 include the Magic Selfie (machine learning based beautification feature), Text to Stickers (supported by all regional languages), App Themes (such as Blue, Zen, Night), Chat Themes, and Auto Night Mode. Hike also says that multiple likes are now possible on a single post by a single user.

Finally, let’s come to the new payments and wallet features of Hike. Using UPI, Hike Wallet users can perform instant bank to bank transfers. This works for those recipients who are not on Hike. For those without a bank account, money transfers can be performed within the wallet itself. The company has roped in YES Bank as its banking partner.

Hike 5.0 Brings Redesigned Interface and Wallet Feature With UPI-Based Payments

In a statement, the company touted how Hike could help boost UPI adoption in India. “With more than 100 million registered users currently on Hike Messenger, this launch makes Hike the largest UPI based platform in India overnight,” it said.

Money transfers can be initiated with Blue Packets. Detailing this, Hike says “users can choose from over 10 different beautifully crafted envelopes and also add a personalised message to it to celebrate those special occasions. A Blue Packet can be sent to an individual or even a group of friends. If you give Blue Packets to a group of your friends, you can have a little fun and select how many people in the group should get it. It works on a first come first serve basis and a Blue Packet when sent expires in 24 hours.” In group chats, the Blue Packet option has a ‘Surprise’ option for the first opener of the packet.

Apart from money transfers, Hike 5.0 now supports prepaid recharges and postpaid bill payments. Other changes and new features being touted by the company include 128-bit SSL encryption, and performance improvements alongside a reduction of the app size from over 40MB to around 25MB.

Speaking on the launch, Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger, said, “Over the last 6 months, we’ve been working to bring a brand new experience to our users with one question in mind – How do we take all the things that users love about Hike and make it even better? Hike 5.0 is our most ambitious step in that direction till date… Hike 5.0 is the biggest update we’ve released in the history of Hike. We’ve worked closely with over 100 of our top hikers to build 5.0. It’s been built by our users for our users. With App themes, Night theme and Magic Selfie Hike 5.0 is packed with some incredibly personal touches that are meant to delight our users. With Hike 5.0 you can personalise your Hike world.”

 

Instagram’s Archive Feature is Now Available for All Android and iOS Users

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For some users, Instagram can be a cluttered experience, filled with old, often embarrassing photos. To help remove that clutter, the photo sharing service on Tuesday introduced a new feature called Archive, which lets you move previously shared posts into a space visible only to you. Facebook-owned Instagram hopes that Archive will not only stop people from deleting their photos, but also make them more comfortable with sharing certain photos in the first place. Some users first spotted the feature last month, but is now available to all Android and iOS users running version 10.21 or newer versions of the app.

“Your profile is a representation of who you are and evolves with you over time. With Archive, you now have more flexibility to shape your profile while still preserving moments that matter,” Instagram said in a post on Wednesday.

After updating the Instagram app to the latest version, you will be able to archive any of your shared posts by tapping the three dots seen on the top right corner of the post. Once archived, the post will be hidden from your grid and from the public, but you will be able to view it in the Archive section, which is accessible by tapping on the new Archive icon on the top right corner in your profile page.

Instagram says that the feature will let you remove the photos you don’t want without having to delete them. This lets you shape your profile to match your current taste, while at the same time keeps the archived ones safe for you to revisit later. You also have the option to move it back into the profile at any time by tapping the ‘Show on Profile’ option in Archive.

Archive is a bit like Snapchat’s Memories that was launched in 2016 which lets users save photos and videos that can later be uploaded to their Story.

It’s no secret that Instagram and other Facebook-owned services like WhatsApp and Messenger have been increasingly borrowing features from Snapchat. Archive follows features like Stories and face filters that draw inspiration from Snapchat.

 

New GMAT exam feature to offer greater control, flexibility

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which conducts the GMAT, has announced the launch of a new feature that will provide candidates with the flexibility to choose the sections in the order in which they are most comfortable with.

The Select Section Order will be available to test takers worldwide beginning July 11.

“The idea of being allowed to choose the section order had been commonly requested by test takers,” Ashok Sarathy, GMAC’s vice-president for product management, said in a press release on Thursday.

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“We conducted a pilot in 2016 to test this feature and received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with 85% of participants surveyed expressing that this new feature boosted their confidence prior to even taking the exam. Our pilot findings also concluded that taking the exam in different section orders continues to maintain the quality and integrity of the GMAT scores,” Sarathy added.

Candidates will be able to select their desired section order at the test centre on the day of the exam, immediately before it starts. They will be able to choose from three options: analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative, verbal (original order); or verbal, quantitative, integrated reasoning, analytical writing assessment; or quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning, analytical writing assessment.

The GMAC is a global nonprofit association of 220 leading graduate business schools.

 

iPhone 8 to Feature Wireless Charging and Waterproofing, CEO of Apple Manufacturer Wistron ‘Confirms’

Apple’s iPhone 8 is the most anticipated smartphone of the year, and the device has previously been rumoured to come with new AR features, OLED panel, a fast A11 chip, and wireless charging. Now CEO of an Apple manufacturer has all but confirmed the presence of waterproofing and wireless charging in Apple phones coming later this.

Wistron manufactures iPhones, just like Pegatron and Foxconn, albeit in small quantities. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Wistron CEO Robert Hwang has confirmed wireless charging and waterproofing will be included in this year’s iPhone models. “Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit,” Hwang reportedly told reporters after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

iPhone 8 to Feature Wireless Charging and Waterproofing, CEO of Apple Manufacturer Wistron 'Confirms'

This is not the first time the iPhone 8 has been tipped to feature wireless charging and enhanced waterproofing capabilities. However, it is still unclear whether Apple will adopt the industry standard of Qi wireless charging, or will introduce a new innovative long-range charging that has been rumoured a couple of times in the past. There’s a recent patent that tips Apple is experimenting with wireless charging technologies that could see you charge your iPhone with a Wi-Fi router.

Hwang also gave an update about the Wistron facility in India that recently starting producing the iPhone SE. Hwang says that though the company makes only “a small number” of handsets in India right now, he expects Wistron’s overall smartphone business in the country to break even next year. He added that the growth of manufacturing in India will depend on the negotiations between Apple and the Indian government, but is bullish on the country. “We are being very aggressive in expanding our presence in India in addition to smartphone business,” he reportedly told reporters.

Purported leaked iPhone 8 renders suggest that the smartphone will sport a bezel-less display with the fingerprint scanner embedded underneath, a vertical dual camera setup, a glass back, and an elongated power button. While some reports had suggested hiccups in production could cause a delay in launch, others insist that Apple will launch the iPhone 8 in September as per tradition.