WhatsApp Update brings New Features, Moto E5 Plus Launching July 10, Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Android 8.1, Tinder Encrypts Photos, and More :Internet Daily

Today's Internet Daily briefs you on the latest happenings with WhatsApp, Tinder, iPhone X Plus, and more.


In today’s internet daily, you will find tech stories related to Apple, Motorola, Tinder, Xiaomi, WhatsApp and more. Get updated with the latest tech affairs from the tech world in one read.

New WhatsApp Update Allows Group Owners to Select who can Send Messages

The latest update for WhatsApp gives users who own Groups some much needed features. Group admins are now given a new option that allows them to control who can send messages in a group.

The update is currently rolling out for both iOS and Android users. A new option is available under Group Info > Group Settings. It’s called Send Messages, and Admins can choose between all participants or only admins.

Moto E5 Plus Launching in India on July 10

Motorola has just confirmed that it will be launching the all new Moto E5 Plus on the 10th of July. This is part of the E series family of low-end budget smartphones that feature a big battery.

The Moto E5 Plus will feature a large 5000mAh battery, a big 5.9-inch LCD screen, single rear camera, and the Snapdragon 425 processor. Do not expect too much RAM though, as we might only get a 2GB RAM variant with 16GB of internal storage. It will run Android 8.0 Oreo in its stock form.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Gets Android 8.1 Oreo Update, then Gets Pulled

Xiaomi’s Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, had started to receive the stable Android 8.1 Oreo update via OTA. Unfortunately, the update came with a nasty bug that caused all SMS messages to be erased after the update was installed.

The company has currently pulled the update and stopped it from rolling out. The update also did not pass SafetyNet verification. So, Xiaomi is currently working on patching the bugs, and will soon push the update to all eager users. We expect it to be available again in a few days.

Tinder Will Now Encrypt All Photos

Dating app Tinder has announced that the photos on the platform are now all being encrypted. The photos were actually being encrypted since February 9th, but now, even swipe action data are of the same size. This was done because of a hacker attack earlier this year.

As a Tinder user, you will not notice any changes within the app, but you can now feel safe knowing no one can hack your photos and know who you are swiping right/left on.

Dummy iPhone X Plus and iPhone 9 Units Leak on Video

Rumors and reports have suggested that Apple will be launching three new iPhones this year. Now, a new video shows dummy models of what are supposedly the iPhone X Plus and the iPhone 9.

The iPhone X Plus would be the larger screen variant of the iPhone X 2018, with a 6.5-inch OLED display, no bezels, and the familiar notch. The other phone in the video is the iPhone 9, which will have a 6.1-inch LCD display. The video basically shows dummy models and also cases made for them.

Apple is said to launch these new iPhone models in September this year, as usual.

Banks and other Govt. Entities Given Time till August to Upgrade Their Systems for VID

The Unique Identification Authority of India has extended the time for banks and other government institutions to upgrade their systems to accept VID(Virtual Identification). These 16-digit VID’s will be an alternate to the Aadhar, and you can use it instead of the Aadhar number.

Those who do not like to share their Aadhar details when providing KYC, can use the VID instead and protect their privacy. All banks, telecom providers, and other government services that require KYC, are given time till August 31st to start using VID.