WhatsApp users told upgrade operating systems or lose service

WhatsApp announced that it will no longer be available on specific phone models. (Shutterstock)
Updated 26 June 2018
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WhatsApp users told upgrade operating systems or lose service

DUBAI: Social networking app WhatsApp will no longer function on phones that are using older operating systems, the company announced on its website.
The statement on the application’s website, which is owned by Facebook, said it would no longer work on Android operating systems older than version 2.3.7, Nokia S40 and iPhones running iOS 7 or older.
“Because we’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp said in the blogpost.
Android versions 2.3.7 and iOS 7 and older will be able to continue using WhatsApp until February 1, 2020 while Nokia S40 has until December 31, 2018.
The company boasts nearly half a billion users worldwide.


Lost stars and World Cup hot topics on Google in 2018

Updated 12 December 2018
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Lost stars and World Cup hot topics on Google in 2018

  • An annual summary of “top trending searches” released Tuesday by the world’s most popular online search engine was meant to reflect fresh subjects or names in which interest rocketed this year

SAN FRANCISCO: The World Cup topped a list of this year’s hottest Google search topics that turned quickly to lost stars such as Avicii, Mac Miller and Stan Lee.
An annual summary of “top trending searches” released Tuesday by the world’s most popular online search engine was meant to reflect fresh subjects or names in which interest rocketed this year.
The top term for general search as well as in a news category was “World Cup” football.
But, seven of the 10 most keenly pursued new searches for the year globally centered on rising stars or established icons who passed, among them Anthony Bourdain, Stephen Hawking and Kate Spade.
The list of top trending searches globally included US actress Meghan Markle, who married British Prince Harry, and a “Black Panther” film that debuted this year.
The Royal Wedding was ranked the fourth hottest trending topic in news, after the World Cup, Hurricane Florence, and the results of a Mega Millions lottery.
Sizzling general search topics in the United States to a large degree reflected global trends at Google this year, but the Top 10 list here included “election results” from keenly watched midterm elections.