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WeChat Launches Cloud-Based App Store-Like ‘Mini Program’

WeChat Mini Program

WeChat’s new platform has launched a suite of cloud-based apps for smartphones called Mini Program. A user can access this collection of cloud-based apps without downloading them with this WeChat Mini program. The Mini apps are available within WeChat app and don’t make a marketplace for apps.

Considering the Apple’s terms of service, WeChat avoids calling this an app store. However, Apple doesn’t encourage third-party app stores on its platform. It is expected that the WeChat Mini Program will rule the cloud apps platform. However, the company claims it doesn’t have any central location to distribute the apps.

Users can find Mini Programs by scanning QR codes or can also discover through search results. These apps carry functions like iMessage apps which provide minor but handy utilities. You actually don’t need storage space on your phone to use the apps on Mini-Programme. Over the years, WeChat has added plenty of features like paying bills, check news, buying flight tickets. The features have added great value to the company, while Mini Program could take these features ahead.

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“The company has taken care not to describe Mini Program as an app store, saying it doesn’t have a central location to distribute applications. Apple doesn’t allow third-party app stores in its iOS App Store. Tencent also dropped plans to include the word ‘app’ in its name, calling the features ‘programs’ instead,” Tencent Chairman Pony Ma wrote on his WeChat account back in September.

App store being central for Apple’s revenue stream, iPhone reaching more people play a bigger role. Apple dealing with the cloud apps will surely be an interesting element to see.

FaceTime Patent Issue Costs Apple to pay $302.4 to VirnetX

FaceTime Patent War Between Apple and VirnetX may cost $302.4 million 

Globally, Apple has its own craze among users and buyers. But is has its own problems related to the technologies included in the iPhone. Since 2010 there is a case against the American multinational technology company Apple Inc. regarding face detection technology.

VirnetX has sued Apple for using its face time technology without permission. This is a breach of patent rights. Hence, Apple is struggling to come out clean. But, the situation seems to be unfavorable for the company.

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Worldwide VirnetX Company has over 80 Internet security patents, and 100 patents pending on its name. Apple has lost the patent war in regarding to the face time technology. All new models are using this technology without finalizing this issue. Federal court in the Eastern District of Texas has given a judgment in favoring VirnetX and a payment of pay $302.4 million. Now, the due amount has pooled up to $600 million.

Apple hopes to get some relief at least in the US courts where the matter is presently pending. This is the only hope that is making Apple stand against the payment. The judgement is important for both. VirnetX will only get payment if it wins in the US court. Hence, the judgement is awaited by both.

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On the other side, VirnetX also sued Apple for using some of its patented security systems like iMessage. This is also in trails before the law. Anyhow, this is a separate case that is running between the two. Patents rights are very important for the companies to abide by. Any breach in this regard will cost the tech companies with huge revenue loss and an estimated financial burden.

Almost all the tech giant companies are struggling with the Patent issues in one or the other cases. But Apple might suffer a huge financial loss if the US court also delivers its judgement in favour of VirnetX.

Twitter’s New Update Enables Read Receipts for Direct Messages

Twitter's New Update Enables Read Receipts for Direct Messages

Twitter announces a new update early this Thursday which aims to make the social app way more competitive with messaging regulars. This includes the newly upgraded iMessage arriving on iOS10. Twitter says it’s releasing more number of new Direct Messages features comprising things like typing indicators, Read Receipts, and web link preview for instance.

Typing indicators and Read receipts are the features which are quite common in all present day mobile messaging apps like Facebook and WhatsApp Messenger. Now, Twitter will also notify which user have seen the shared post on group messages, or will indicate “Seen by everyone” when the whole group sees the item. Many users turn off this, as will not welcome Read Receipts. Twitter provides the similar option in settings to disable, so they don’t feel any pressure to respond to their messages.

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Commenting on the new update, the company has tweeted “New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews.”

Another new addition web link previews aim to give a better Twitter experience which resembles iMessage in iOS 10, arriving this September. iMessage offers an excellent link previews of the web links sharing with a friend. For all surprise, microblogging giant hasn’t announced its support to this in Direct Messages.

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In fact, the Direct Messaging product had not seen much attention till twitter’s decision to drop the limit of 140 characters from private messaging.