WhatsApp voice calling available to all with version 2.12.19

WhatsApp’s voice calling functionality is perhaps one of the most ‘wanted’ features in the tech world off late: everybody seems to want it. After all, we all want what we can’t have, don’t we. WhatsApp started rolling out the feature for Android some two weeks ago while iOS users are still waiting patiently for it. Even though the feature is now live for Android, users need an invite from someone who has the feature running for them to get started.

Much to users’ relief and excitement, a new report now suggests that the feature may have finally gone open for Android users, meaning no longer you would need an invite or even a hack to enjoy WhatsApp voice calling. The startling revelation comes via folks from Android Police who have reported that the “service’s calling functionality now seems to be open” for Android users. 

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DoT Reportedly Orders Blocking of 32 Websites Including iPage, Weebly, GitHub, Archive.org, SourceForge in India

Many users on Twitter are claiming that several websites, including many software development resources such as GitHub and SourceForge, along with research resources like the Internet Archive have all been blocked on order of the Department of Telecom. A letter circulating online shows a list of 32 URLs that ISPs have reportedly been ordered to block, with most of these URLs being entire websites, instead of specific webpages that’s usually been the case with such blocks in the past.

We tried to verify the users’ claims, but on both our office broadband network, and also on Airtel and Vodafone 3G networks, all the sites were opening properly at the time of writing. Interestingly, many of the sites failed the load at the first try, but simply hitting refresh once solved the problem. 

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How to Use WhatsApp on a PC

One of the limitations of WhatsApp is that you can only use it on your phone. If you are not carrying your phone, you’re stuck without WhatsApp.

There are several reasons why you’d want to use WhatsApp on a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Checking your phone is a distraction that you might want to avoid while working. It’s inconvenient to switch to another device just to send a couple of quick messages. And if you’ve lost your phone, then you might want a quick way to message people and let them know. No matter what your reasons are, you can run WhatsApp on a PC. Here’s how.

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Windows 10: 12 things you need to know

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

The event in San Francisco was aimed mostly at enterprise customers, and Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here’s a rundown of some of the key points we learned Tuesday about Windows 10.

Why Windows 10?

The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.

Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name was snagged a long time ago, by a young Bill Gates.

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Today, an electrician earns as much as an engineer

In a country where engineering degrees are chased by many an aspirant, salary statistics thrown up by a leading staffing solutions company come as an eye-opener.

The starting income of an electrician, who is unskilled and perhaps has just cleared Class XII, is Rs 11,300 per month while a desktop engineer, who is an engineering graduate, earns only around Rs 3,500 more. What’s more, the desktop engineer’s salary rises by about the same margin as the electrician’s over a period of time—to about Rs 19,000 in five years, and around Rs 30,000 in eight years. So in about eight years, the electrician too would be comfortably earning over Rs 26,000 per month. Narrowing this salary gap is the severe shortage of workers like fitters, welders, electricians and plumbers on the one hand, and the growing number of engineers trying to get into the IT sector.

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