Tag: Chat

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

PS4 update lets parents decide which games kids can and can’t chat in

Sony is giving the PlayStation 4 one more big update before the PS5 arrives, and it’s particularly good news for parents. A version 8.00 update releasing today makes multiple additions, including simpler and more adaptable parental controls. Limits on communication and viewing user-made content are now lumped together to make it “easier for parents to understand.” Crucially, kids can now ask for permission to use communications in specific games — you can make an exception if you know a young one will be talking to friends.

Not everything is positive. The 8.00 update removes user-made events and the creation of private communities. You can still use private communities that already exist, but they’ll clearly dwindle without the option to make more. Sony hasn’t explained the move, but we’ve asked for comment.

There are more additions that might offset that decision. Party and Messages are now more closely connected, with a new interface that uses the same groups for party voice chats and messages. Two-factor authentication finally supports third-party authenticator apps during activation as well as sign-ins across PS4, mobile apps and the web. And you can finally mute all mics from the Quick Menu — you don’t have to wade through menus (if your headset doesn’t have a mute switch) just to take a quick break from the action.

Sony is also updating its Remote Play apps for phones and computers to enable PS5 connections, although that clearly won’t be useful until the new console’s November 12th debut.

You might not want to rush to update to 8.00 when there are reports (albeit a handful) of party and friend issues. We’ve asked Sony about those as well. Even so, it’s hard not to be at least a bit sentimental about this update. While there will likely be other revisions, this

08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Louis Vuitton, Volvo tapping Thai social commerce via Line chat app

By Chayut Setboonsarng

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Luxury fashion and auto brands in Thailand have turned to selling their products on Japanese chat app Line amid the coronavirus pandemic, tapping the country’s growing appetite for social commerce, a top executive said on Thursday.

Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Volvo were among those that opened official accounts on the messaging app, which outranks Facebook’s WhatsApp and Rakuten’s Viber in Thailand, aiming to connect with users during a coronavirus lockdown.

“The luxury category was forced to adapt because their stores were closed,” Line Thailand chief commercial officer, Norasit Sitivechvichit, told Reuters.

Thailand earlier this year imposed a nationwide curfew and closed malls for nearly two months to contain infections.

“During the pandemic, sellers became very active,” Norasit said, adding that others sold cosmetics and fast-moving consumer goods.

Line, which charges sellers for sending messages and live streaming, said its monthly active users in Thailand grew from 44 million to 47 million this year, its second largest market after Japan.

Volvo successfully sold cars on the platform after launching in May and studying customer data, its Thailand head of marketing and digitalization, Jean-David Harel, said.

“We have an understanding of which models they own today, which interest they have and when they plan to change their existing car,” he said.

Social commerce is widely popular in Thailand, where merchants sell directly to customers through social media like Line and Facebook’s Instagram.

Line last year introduced a feature for merchants to organise inventory and online store fronts, which now has over 50,000 users.

Another tool to support sellers with customer relationship and data management is slated to launch next year.

E-commerce platform, JD Central would also launch services for sellers.

Line will soon introduce “MyRestaurant” with its food delivery app, Line Man Wongai, to

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram Direct Messages

KEY POINTS

  • Facebook announced that it is integrating Messenger’s features into Instagram’s direct messages
  • The integration will make it easier for users to communicate across apps
  • The integration also brings a slew of features to Instagram

Facebook has announced that it is integrating the Messenger experience into Instagram direct messages, allowing users to enjoy the features of the messaging platform in the primarily photo-sharing app.

In a blog, Instagram’s Adam Mosseri and Messenger’s Stan Chudnovsky said the integration brings “the best Messenger features to Instagram,” allowing the latter’s users to stay connected with their non-Instagram-using family and friends.

Basically, Instagram and Messenger users will be able to message each other without having to download the other app.

The respective apps’ heads said that about 100 billion messages are sent each day via Facebook’s family of apps, which includes both Instagram and Messenger. About one out of three users, however, sometimes forget where particular message threads or conversations are located. The integration between the two apps will help deal with this problem.

Instagram The Instagram logo is pictured. Photo: AFP/LOIC VENANCE

In addition to allowing users to communicate with friends across apps (including via messages or video calls), the integration also allows Instagram users to enjoy Messenger’s slew of features, which include the following:

  • Vanish Mode: Users can choose to make messages disappear after they are seen or when the chat is closed.
  • Watch Together: Users can watch videos with their friends on other platforms during video calls. This includes videos on Facebook Watch, IGTV and more.
  • Selfie Stickers: Users can create boomerang stickers with their selfies for use in conversations.
  • Chat Colors: Users can customize their chats using fun color gradients.
  • Custom Emoji Reactions: Users can create shortcuts to favorite emojis used to react quickly to
30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook Integrates Messenger Chat With Instagram

Facebook  (FB) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would incorporate its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct messages, enabling the apps’ users to directly communicate with each other through calls and chats.

Users can also control where and whether they receive messages and calls — in their chats or message requests, or not at all according to the company’s privacy control policies, the Menlo Park, Calif., social-media giant said in a statement.

With the new update, Facebook is changing how users can control their privacy, including tools that will enable them to report suspicious activity.

Facebook said it would first integrate those features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries and then expand globally.

With the update, users can stay connected with their friends and family without deciding which app to use to communicate. Instagram users can decide if they want to update to the new feature.

Some of the features from Messenger that will be integrated with Instagram include replying to a specific message, forwarding messages, and customizable chat colors and themes.

The messaging update will also include features such as Watch Together, which enables users to watch videos with their friends on IGTV during a video call.

Other features include selfie stickers and Vanish Mode, through which users can ensure that messages automatically disappear after they have been seen or read.

And there’s more yet: the opportunity to share content with up to five friends or groups; animated message effects, and enhanced reporting and blocking updates.

More than 100 billion messages are sent across Facebook’s apps every day, the company said.

Facebook has been under antitrust scrutiny. Lawmakers and regulators have voiced concern about Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

CNN reported that integrating the three could ensure that