Below are briefs of news items we failed to report last week.
Microsoft have just reduced the data allocation to users of OneDrive. Subscribers to Office 365 no longer get unlimited storage, but just 1 TB. Storage for free users is reduced from 15 GB to 5 GB. The 100 GB and 200 GB plans, are now replaced by a new 50 GB plan for $1.99 a month. People already subscribed to these services will be given sometime to move their files to another location. Overall, this reduces the exclusivity of OneDrive.
Opera Mini and Opera for Android received updates in the past week. The former got some cosmetic fixes like Facebook notifications including profile pictures, better looking context menus and more. The later now has video compression – good for saving bandwidth while streaming videos. Both apps have caught the new Opera logo too. Download Opera for Android or Opera Mini.
Remember all the drama with MTN Nigeria and NCC. Latest news report say that MTN tried to renegotiate the fee, to reduce it by around 60% to 80%. It hasn’t been confirmed if NCC have accepted this or not. In another twist, reports from News24 states that the South African government might have known about this fine, even before it went public. Interesting. As the 16th November deadline approaches, we wait to see what happens next.
In the past week, Android celebrated eight years of it’s existence. On November 5, 2007, a group called the Open Handset Alliance – which included Google, T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, and Motorola – announced the development of Android. That same day, the first beta build for Android was released, followed by a software development kit one week later. Happy Birthday Android.
YouTube app for Android was updated last week, and it now supports virtual reality (VR) videos. You’ll need a Cardboard viewer to enjoy this though. VR videos give you a stronger feeling of immersion.
“…a sense of depth as you look around in every direction,”
“Near things look near, far things look far.”
You can find VR video samples here.
The latest version of WhatsApp now supports the ability to star messages for later viewing. This is done by long-pressing on the message, and then clicking on the star that appears above. All the highlights then appear in a dedicated Starred messages section. Cool. There are also other nifty features added. You can download it from WhatsApp website HERE.