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New WhatsApp Feature (After Downtime), Global Voice Note Player and More

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After few hours of service downtime, the popular chat messenger is back online and more updates are still rolling it.

WhatsApp is working on an update that will soon be rolled out to the general public dubbed as “Global Voice Note Player”, which is currently under development for the beta version of WhatsApp on iOS.

Global Voice Note Play

The global voice message player lets users start a voice note and then exit a chat, view and reply to messages in other conversations in the app while continuing to playback the voice note.

While playing, a window will be pinned to the top of the app with an option to pause or stop playing the voice message.

This feature will be handy for those multi-tasking users without the time to listen to minutes-long voice notes.

It does not allow for playing voice notes while the app is minimized.

The image below shows what the feature currently looks like in the beta test.

A few days ago, WhatsApp rolled out two new features called the Default Message Timer, and Disappearing Messages.

Default Message Timer

If you enable “Default Message Timer” within WhatsApp Privacy Settings, all new chats will start with the disappearing messages option enabled for the selected duration.

 Note that, when you set the default message timer, your existing chats and new groups won’t be started with the default timer.

Disappearing Message

On the other hand, the newly added feature allows your messages to disappear after 7 days, 24 hours, or 90 days depending on your choice.

More updates are coming, stay tuned.

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Whatsapp, Facebook And Instagram Are Down Globally!

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WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook have all gone down in a major outage.

The three apps – which are all owned by Facebook, and run on shared infrastructure – all completely stopped working shortly before 5pm. Other products that are part of the same family of apps, such as Facebook Workplace, also stopped working.

Visitors to the Facebook website simply saw an error page or a message that their browser could not connect. The WhatsApp and Instagram apps continued to work, but did not show new content, including any messages sent or received during the problems.

Facebook’s outages happen relatively rarely but tend to be vast in their impact, not least because they affect three of the world’s biggest apps

The company is often cryptic about the causes of any issues, and does not tend to explain them even after they are fixed. In 2019, for instance, it suffered its biggest outage in years – and said only that it had “triggered an issue” during “routine maintenance operations”.

In a leaked transcript published in The Verge in 2019, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg note that such outages are a “big deal”. Any problems can often lead people to start using competitors instead, and noted that it can take “months” to win back trust and get people back on Facebook’s platforms – if they come back at all.

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