Source: Business Insider SA
WhatsApp could soon include an option to send a video or photo that will disappear after it was viewed once.
According to the authoritative blog WABetaInfo, which tracks the development of new WhatsApp functions, the image will expire as soon as the recipient viewed the video, GIF or photo, and leaves the chat.
WABetaInfo became aware of the planned function when it analysed the WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 beta update for Android, which was released recently and includes references for a new feature called “Expiring Media”.
WABetaInfo believes the new function will probably called “View Once”, which was how a new button on the latest update was tagged.
Users will be able to choose to send an “expiring” image, video or GIF to a contact, which can only be viewed once by the recipient.
If the recipient takes a screen grab of the image, it remains unclear whether the sender will be notified, reports the social media information hub Social Barrel .
The wildly popular social media platform Snapchat, which pioneered self-destructing messages, currently offers this functionality.
Snapchat will notify a user when another user has taken a screenshot of their photo, video, chat conversation, or Snapchat story.
“Expiring” messages will appear in a different way in the conversation, so you can easily understand that the image is going to expire, says WABetaInfo. The platform also reported that WhatsApp is planning to add a new security feature which will require fingerprints to view messages.
Both of the planned new features are still under development, with no launch date specified.
Source: Power Digital
Driving licenses and permits that expired during the Covid-19 lockdown – between 26 March and 31 May – will still be deemed valid and the period will be extended with 90 days from 1 June.
This is according to the Road Traffic Management Corporation.
The documents include:
- Driver’s licenses
- Learner’s licenses
- License discs
- Temporary permits
- Roadworthy certificates
- PDPs (professional driving permits)
This as the corporation says driving license testing centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools will resume their services from 1 June.
The resumption of services in the various centres will be subject to adherence to hygiene practice, social distancing and sanitising measures.
“No person will be allowed to enter a driving license testing centre, registering authority, vehicle testing station or driving school without a face mask, or a homemade mask that covers the nose and mouth,” says the corporation.
By Jamie McKane for MyBroadband
A Vodacom customer contacted MyBroadband this week stating that their mobile data bundles were being depleted on a “Last In First Out” (LIFO) basis, which is in contravention of ICASA’s regulations which came into effect on 1 March 2019.
Among other requirements, these regulations require networks to deplete data on a “First In First Out” (FIFO) basis.
This means that your older data bundles should be used up before your newer bundles in order to optimise the amount of data eligible for rollover.
Depleting newer data bundles first means that the average expiry date of a customer’s rolled-over data balance becomes earlier.
The customer who contacted MyBroadband received a 20GB data bundle on 1 March 2019 and was left with 4.27GB of this bundle on 31 March 2019. On 1 April 2019, the customer then received a new 20GB data bundle.
According to the FIFO system, the bundle with a balance of 4.27GB should have been depleted first when usage occurred – but the new 20GB bundle which expired on 30 April began depleting instead.
MyBroadband contacted Vodacom for feedback on this case to determine whether this was an isolated incident or a possible failure to switch to the new rules.
Vodacom told MyBroadband that applying new systems in line with the regulations to its large customer base was a technical challenge.
“To meet the requirements of the regulations, Vodacom had to apply an order of consumption rule change to a base of over 40 million subscribers in addition to a number of other changes brought about by ICASA’s charter,” Vodacom stated.
“As one might expect with a complex and technical implementation of this magnitude – arguably one of the largest in Vodacom’s history – there will be some glitches.”
Vodacom said its technical team has worked tirelessly to resolve these when they arise and is currently investigating the case mentioned above.
“[The affected customer]’s case is an isolated incident that our technical team is currently investigating as all customers should have their data depleting according to the FIFO order of consumption rules,” Vodacom stated.
Vodacom added that its new data depletion system has already been implemented which automatically prevents out-of-bundle use.
Customers can also purchase Vodacom’s Data Refill product or set an out-of-bundle limit if they wish to retain connectivity after depleting their data bundle.
By Chantall Presence for IOL
Vodacom on Wednesday announced it would rollover data for free following outrage from its customers and South Africa’s telecommunications regulator.
The mobile operator had initially indicated it would charge customers R49 to rollover unused data or transfer to data to friends and family.
In a statement, Vodacom detailed its new tariffs ahead of new data rules taking effect this week.
“From 1 March, remaining data on bundle purchases by all customers will be rolled over at no additional charge once a customer purchases the same bundle as the original one,” the statement said.
Transferring unused data will, however, come at a cost.
“Customers will be able to transfer data that is about to expire to friends and family on the Vodacom network for fees ranging from free for 50MB up to a maximum of R20 for 1GB.”
In a bid to lower the high cost of data in South Africa, the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations were amended and come into effect on Thursday.
The new rules on data include consumers being notified of how much data they are consuming, people being given the option to roll over or transfer data before it expires, and mobile operators not being able to charge consumers out of bundle rates without their prior consent.