Apple may give iPhone users the option to edit text messages – Latest News

Apple may give iPhone users the option to edit text messages - Latest News

Apple may give iPhone users the option to edit text messages – Latest News

NEW DELHI: It seems that Apple is all set to change the way to message. The tech giant will soon enable the iPhone users to edit the message that they have sent using iPhone’s Messages app.

As reported by Apple Insider, the Cupertino-based tech giant has filed for a patent which hints towards this feature. Apple will soon enable the iPhone users to correct a typo error in a message which they have already sent. After the editing the recipient will be able to see the revised message only.

The patent filled by the company reads, “An electronic device displays a messaging user interface of a message application, including a conversation transcript of a messaging session between a user of the electronic device and at least one other user, a message-input area, at least one avatar corresponding to a first other user included in the messaging session, and an application affordance. The device detects an input on the touch sensitive surface. In accordance with a determination that the input corresponds to selection of the at least one avatar displayed in the messaging user interface, the device displays a menu that contains a plurality of activatable menu items associated with the at least one avatar overlaid on the messaging user interface. In accordance with a determination that the input corresponds to selection of the application affordance, the device displays a plurality of application launch icons for a plurality of corresponding applications within the messaging user interface.”

Apart from the editing feature, the patent also hints towards launching other apps from within Messages. This feature exist in the Chinese messaging app WeChat. Known as mini-programs the feature enable users to book ride, play games without leaving the chat app.

Twitter gains users, beats estimates but ad trends alarm investors - Latest News

Twitter gains users, beats estimates but ad trends alarm investors – Latest News

Twitter Inc reported higher first-quarter revenue and a smaller loss than analysts had expected amid the coronavirus pandemic, but its shares fell as investors fretted about potential weakness in the second quarter.

The San Francisco-based social media company said daily users who can view ads also grew 24% to 166 million, about 2 million above estimates, as people looked to Twitter for information related to the virus.

Twitter also said its ads sales had slightly rebounded in Asia after a plunge due to the coronavirus outbreak and it accelerated work on tools to attract advertisers, becoming the latest tech company to report a lighter blow from the pandemic than forecast.

The company did not provide specific guidance on the second quarter but on a conference call with analysts, Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal pointed to a March 11 to March 31 time frame, when ad revenue declined approximately 27% year-over-year, as a sign of what the company has seen in April.

In comparison, Facebook Inc on Wednesday said that ad revenue was roughly flat in the first three weeks of April compared with last year, a tentative early sign of recovery following a steep decrease in March revenue.

Twitter shares, which initially rose 11% after the earning report, were down 4.8%.

The company said its March decline was particularly pronounced in the United States, its largest market by revenue.

The novel coronavirus halted travel, retail and entertainment in much of the world by March, leading to sudden budgets cuts at many advertisers and generating concerns about the prospects of ad sellers.

About 84% of Twitter’s revenue comes from ads on its service and partner apps, and those sales were 27% lower in the last three weeks of March than the same period in 2019, the company said on Thursday. But sales bounced back in Asia during late March as lockdowns lifted there, Twitter said, without providing specific figures.

“We’re not likely to see the full effects of the coronavirus on Twitter’s revenues until Q2, but due to rapidly changing conditions, the severity of the impact is hard to predict,” said eMarketer senior analyst Jasmine Enberg.

Twitter said it hoped to release tools earlier than planned this year to attract business from mobile games and other app makers. Those companies are trying to gain market share among consumers stuck at home and are continuing to buy what the ad industry calls “direct response” ads.

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday also said it expected revenue from direct response ads sold by its YouTube unit to return to normal faster than from other ad types.

Twitter also warned of smaller increases in non-advertising revenue.

SLASHING COSTS

Twitter’s first-quarter revenue was $808 million, up 3% compared with a year earlier, above the average estimate of $776 million among analysts tracked by Refinitiv.

The company said that sales growth from licensing users’ posts to researchers and marketers, which was 17% in the first quarter, is expected to “moderate” the rest of the year.

Twitter lost $8 million in the first quarter, or a penny per share, better than the average estimate of two cents per share.

Twitter is aiming to stem losses by slashing its own budgets, including by limiting hiring to product development, research and user support. Expense growth in 2020 is likely to be in “the low teens,” versus earlier plans to spend 20% more than last year, Twitter said.

Focusing its product teams on advertiser tools could pose challenges for Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey. He pledged in February to launch new features for users this year at a faster pace to stoke growth.

The growth goal was part of an agreement allowing Dorsey to remain CEO as a revamped board of directors evaluates Twitter’s leadership structure and CEO succession plan. Elliott had expressed concern about Dorsey, who is also CEO of financial tech company Square Inc , taking on too much.

Twitter: Twitter logs 166 milllion monetisable daily active users in Q1 - Latest News

Twitter: Twitter logs 166 milllion monetisable daily active users in Q1 – Latest News

Twitter on Thursday reported a 24 per cent growth in its average monetizable daily active users (mDAU) at 166 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to 134 million in the same period last year.

The company beat the analysts’ forecast on revenue, logging $808 million in Q1 which is up 3 per cent (year over year) despite COVID-19 pandemic settling in.

“In this difficult time, Twitter’s purpose is proving more vital than ever. We are helping the world stay informed, and providing a unique way for people to come together to help or simply entertain and remind one another of our connections. We’ve delivered our strongest ever year over year mDAU growth,” said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Advertising revenue totalled $682 million, up approximately $3 million year-over-year while ad engagements increased 25 per cent year-over-year.

“US revenue totaled $468 million, an increase of 8 per cent year-over-year and international revenue totaled $339 million, a decrease of 4 per cent year-over-year,” the company said in a statement.

“Our task now is to make sure we retain that connection over the long term with the many people new to Twitter,” said Dorsey.

Given the unprecedented uncertainty and rapidly shifting market conditions of the current business environment, Twitter said it will not provide quarterly revenue or operating income guidance for Q2.

“We are shifting resources and priorities to increase focus on our revenue products and reduce expense growth, ensuring our resources are allocated against our most important work,” said Ned Segal, Twitter’s CFO.

Average US mDAU were 33 million for Q1, compared to 28 million in the same period of the previous year and compared to 31 million in the previous quarter.

Average international mDAU for Twitter were 133 million for Q1, compared to 105 million in the same period of the previous year and compared to 121 million in the previous quarter.

Microsoft Teams records 75 million daily active users - Latest News

Microsoft Teams records 75 million daily active users – Latest News

Satya Nadella-led Microsoft has revealed that the video conferencing tool from the company — Microsoft Team — now has crossed 75 million daily active users with 250 active participants.

In a period of one month, Microsoft Teams has recorded more than 200 million meeting participants leading to more than 4.1 billion meeting minutes.

“Teams now has more than 75 million daily active users, engaging in rich forms of communication and collaboration, and two-thirds of them shared, collaborated, or interacted with files on Teams,” said Satya Nadella in an investor call.

Speaking a little more about the user base, Nadella said that the number of organisations integrating their third-party and line of business apps with Teams has tripled in the past two months. “In healthcare alone, there were more than 34 million Teams meetings in the past month,” added Nadella.

Nadella also said how the need to be able to work remotely — specifically in certain sectors including healthcare, education, public sector organisations — has led to a surge in demand.

Giving a little future perspective, Nadella said, “ …as we work out here, so if you think about the next phase of recovery, it’s more like a dial. Things will start coming back in terms of economic activity and we’ll have to keep adjusting the dial. This hybrid work is going to be there with us for a period of time. That’s where some of the sort of architectural product strength of ours will be very useful to our customers. Even just take Teams, it’s not — Teams is not just about having lots and lots of video meetings. Teams is about actually getting work done where meetings and video is one part. So that’s, for example, something the utility of it will only increase for our customers as some people come back to work, some people are remote, you have to collaborate without any fatigue. So that’s that second phase.”

Gmail: Gmail on mobile set to show flight details, purchases prominently - Latest News

Gmail: Gmail on mobile set to show flight details, purchases prominently – Latest News

NEW DELHI: For a long time, Gmail has been showing a summary of user’s travel on top of the emails on the web. It seems that now Google is bringing the same functionality to its app.

As reported by 9to5Mac, Google is all set to bring a card format on the Gmail app for both Android and iOS users. The tech giant is will soon show the summary of the user’s flight and orders on top of the emails in the card-like format.

The report adds, whenever a user will get an email for an upcoming flight or about an order placed online, a card will get displayed just below the email. In case of flight bookings, the card will show information like passenger name, confirmation number, landing time, take-off time, seat number, and duration of the flight. In case the email also consists of the details of returning flight then the card will display that as well.

On the other hand, when it comes to online purchases then Gmail user will see details like the name of the retailer, item purchased, and the total cost of the purchase. The report adds that the feature works for Google Play and not for Amazon. Some of the purchase cards will also contain more details like tracking your package.

The report also reveals that Google has started rolling out this update for both Android and iOS users.

Recently, Google announced that it will allow business and education users on Gmail to directly take calls Google Meet. The integration of Meet with e-mail is the first of several features being launched ahead of schedule because of a surge in demand for video conferencing, Google vice president Javier Soltero told Reuters.

The company also revealed that Meet, which is available on a desktop browser or through mobile apps, was adding 2 million new users per day and had more than 100 million education users across 150 countries. Google is not charging customers for upgrades to Meet-related features like large video calls during a six-month period ending in September.