WhatsApp: New function eliminates the biggest disadvantage of voice messages

WhatsApp is planning a really big change in Messenger that will actually have a positive effect on the use of voice messages. Especially when you get very long voice messages, the global player will make a big difference.

WhatsApp gets global voice message player
Update from January 11th, 2022:  After the function was discovered about three months ago in the beta version of WhatsApp for iOS, it has now also appeared in the Android version. The global player for voice messages cannot yet be used, but the final version should not be long in coming. (Source: WABetaInfo )

Voice messages in WhatsApp are both a blessing and a curse. You’re happy when you don’t have to type a long message and can hear the other person’s voice instead of having to read a long text. But sometimes the voice messages are so long that one would like to continue to use the messenger on the side. So far it has been the case that the voice message stops when you leave the chat window in which you are listening to the voice message and want to take a look at other chats. That is exactly what is changing now.

The WhatsApp experts at WABetaInfo have now found out that a big change is pending. With the global player for voice messages, you can start listening to voice messages in a chat and exit the chat window to browse other WhatsApp chats or groups. Meanwhile, a player is displayed above that allows voice messages to be controlled accordingly.

The new feature is especially useful when listening to very long voice messages. In WhatsApp you no longer have to stay in the chat window in which you listen to the message and you can continue to use WhatsApp. Leaving the messenger and continuing to listen to the voice message is already possible. Only in Messenger can you not move freely until now .

It is not known when this new function will be launched for users.
The start date for the new WhatsApp function is unknown

Continuous surveillance in new cars in EU

In July 2022, a tool for permanent monitoring will find its way into new vehicles. The EU has ensured this with a regulation. Stepping on the gas carefree is no longer an issue for many drivers. Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance is not a panacea.

EU regulation: speed control in the car is compulsory
The EU has declared war on speeders with a new regulation: from July 7, 2022, an intelligent speed check on board new vehicles will be mandatory. More precisely, models whose type approval is after this date must be equipped with the ISA (Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance) software solution from the market launch.

ISA coordinates well-known functions of modern cars, whether they are combustion engines or e-cars. The speed measurement of the car is linked to traffic sign recognition and cruise control, among other things. Navigation data, modern sensors and cameras are also to be tapped .

If the ISA detects excessive speed, it uses acoustic or optical signals to indicate that the speed limit is exceeded. Vibration of the accelerator pedal or increased resistance when accelerating are also permitted as indications. If they are ignored, the system automatically turns down. It can even temporarily shut off engine power but not use the brakes.

This is how you want to increase road safety. Annually there should be 25,000 fewer road fatalities, 140,000 fewer seriously injured people are expected. Proponents of the move criticize the fact that ISA can be switched off manually if it is also automatically reactivated each time the engine is started.

You shouldn’t get caught up in these misconceptions about e-cars:

Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance: Expensive fun for drivers
On the other hand, the ADAC complains that the system has not been adequately tested. In addition, the ISA – although mandatory – is likely to become expensive for car buyers in the future . The EU rules stipulate that car manufacturers must offer the function free of charge for the first seven years. After that, a subscription would be conceivable , which customers would then not be allowed to refuse.

It will take some time before the system becomes mandatory in many cars. New vehicles with type approval dated before July 6, 2022 do not have to be equipped with ISA until mid-2024. From then on, however, only correspondingly older used vehicles without the ” automatic brake ” will be allowed on the road.


iPhone: 15 standard features that Apple’s first mobile phone did not have

Time flies by, because 15 years ago Apple presented us with the first iPhone. But many features that we take for granted today were out of the question at the time. An exciting review.

 If you want to see the rapid development of the iPhone, all you need to do is take a look at the first model from 2007. Although it laid the foundation for Apple’s current success, it still had to do without a large number of functions that we find in today’s iPhones see them as “normal”.

15 features that the first iPhone didn’t even have

App Store: An iPhone without an App Store? Inconceivable today, but it didn’t really exist until summer 2008, a year after the introduction of the first iPhone. In the meantime, developers and customers should be content with web apps, but the call for native apps was simply too loud, Apple heard it and reacted.
Copy and paste: The iPhone had to do without “copy & paste” for a long time; this was only available as a matter of course in 2009, two years later.
Front camera: Video conferences, especially with FaceTime, have become indispensable today, but this only became possible with the iPhone 4, the first Apple cell phone with a front camera.
Flashlight: At first there was no suitable LED flashlight, instead resourceful developers presented apps that displayed a white screen at maximum brightness in order to imitate a flashlight. An absolute must for iPhone users for a long time.
Video recordings: With the first iPhone you could take (bad) photos alone, you had to be patient for video recordings. Only the iPhone 3GS (from 2009) was able to do this.

MMS support: Even if MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) never became a hit, it would have been nice if the first iPhone supported it. But it was not possible, this was only possible from 2009 and then only from the second iPhone generation upwards.
GPS: navigation with the iPhone? Was only available the following year with the iPhone 3G, the original Apple cell phone, this was still denied.
Background images for the start screen: The iPhone remained monotonous for a long time, because it was only with iOS 4 from 2010 that the system made it possible to use your own background images.
SIM lock vs. free choice of provider: Today you have to remember that with the iPhone you couldn’t choose the provider at first. In the USA, for example, the cell phone was only available from AT&T for a long time, in Germany from Telekom. No longer imaginable today.
Siri: The voice assistant has only been hearing our requests for a little over 10 years. But let’s be honest, even nowadays Siri still doesn’t understand everything.
Touch ID and Face ID: Fingerprint sensor (from iPhone 5s, 2013) and face recognition (from iPhone X, 2017) seem natural to us today, but before we always had to enter our passcode manually.
Lightning connector: Even in the era of USB-C, it was still standard on the iPhone, but the first model didn’t even have the Lightning port, instead it used the 30-pin dock connector on the iPod.
Retina display: Even if the name is pure marketing, the fact is that the first iPhone had a relatively low display resolution. It wasn’t until the iPhone 4 that everything became a bit sharper – the retina display was born.
Wireless charging: Has only been around since 2017 and yet we have already gotten used to it.
Water resistance: The original iPhone should stay away from water, but the latest models are even waterproof to IP68 .

We looked back in 2017 and collected the milestones in iPhone development:

10 years of the iPhone: 27 milestones – which model has been the most innovative so far?
The real DNA of the iPhone
In a nutshell: From today’s point of view, using an original iPhone may even seem absurd, but the DNA of the Apple cell phone has not really changed and has remained unchanged since then. An easy-to-use touchscreen with a perfectly optimized user interface and the power of the Internet – was equally true in 2007 and 2022.