WhatsApp gets the middle finger smiley, Facebook looks to VR technology and other news we missed last week

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WhatsApp middle

It appears, WhatsApp has introduced the middle finger smiley in their app. Sometime last week, Reddit user Flitskikker shared a screenshot on his phone showing the middle finger. I updated mine and checked but didn’t see such. This is same with most of the users on the thread. Update yours from WhatsApp official site let’s know if you get it.


World famous chip maker, Qualcomm has become the first to enable wireless charging on mobiles with metal cases. In a press release made last week, the company revealed the breakthrough technology will be called Qualcomm WiPower.

Today, WiPower has added the ability to have the device itself made of metal. This advancement maintains WiPower’s existing ability to charge devices requiring up to 22 watts today, at speeds equal to or faster when compared to other wireless charging technologies.

See the full Press Release HERE.

Google Loon

The government of Sri Lanka has entered an agreement with Google to help them distribute Internet access all round the country with their air ballons. This makes them the very first nation to deploy this new technology, helping local network providers reach very remote areas masts cannot get to. This new technology is meant to kickoff from March 2016. Read more about it HERE.

Following an increase of marginally 40% increase in profits, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg hinted that the company will look to working towards rendering videos in virtual reality, and also explore more uses of the Oculus VR headset. Read more about it HERE.

A little gossip – I heard Mark Zukerberg is expecting his first child with wife Priscilla Chan. This is after about three miscarriages. Congrats to him!!

OnePlus2 launch

Lastly, following the launch of the One Plus 2 last week, more than 1 million people have signed up to partake in the new invite system. Even though this huge numbers may not translate to actual sales, these are good signs for the “2015 flagship killer”.

These are the major stories we missed out on last week. Cheers

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