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Facebook’s new feature allows users to explore Messenger, Instagram notifications in one place

CALIFORNIA: Social networking giant Facebook has released the latest feature which combines all the famous apps together including Messenger and Instagram.

The company announced the development in a blog post.

“The latest feature, appearing only for selected iOS users, illustrates Facebook’s attempt to bundle notifications for Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram in one place,” the post read.

This symphony is definitely welcoming for avid social media users as they will no longer have to close and open apps to see their notifications and can just flip through from the newsfeed.

“Users who have the feature on their iPhones can check out the change in the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, which instead of the Messenger logo shows your profile picture with a notifications tab to take you to all of your separate handles.”

Tapping on the notifications tab, a new menu will pop up, allowing you to check your Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook notifications.

“We are conducting a very small test to make it easier for people to discover and connect with the people and things they care about,” Facebook said.

“We’re exploring ways to help people switch more easily between their Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram accounts.”

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Christian man in Lahore sentenced to death for sending blasphemous WhatsApp text

LAHORE: A Christian man living here has been sentenced to death for insulting Islam in his poem, a lawyer said Friday.

Nadeem James wrote a poem that insulted Islam and sent it to his Muslim friends on WhatsApp. One of his friends, Yasir Bashir complained to the police against James.

Taking action, Lahore police arrested the man and produced him before the court. He was charged in July last year.

“James was handed a death sentence by the court on Thursday on blasphemy charges,” defence lawyer Anjum Wakeel said.

“My client will appeal the sentence in the high court as he has been framed by his friend who was annoyed over James’ affair with a Muslim girl,” Wakeel said.

He said the trial was held inside a prison due to security reasons after local Muslim clerics had threatened James and his family. Court officials confirmed the sentence.

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Saudi IT ministry decides to unblock WhatsApp, Viber and Skype

RIYADH: Online video calling apps, including WhatsApp, Skype and Viber, will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah announced today.

“Negotiations with telecommunication service providers and related bodies are underway to enable customers to use the apps to make voice and video calls of the “highest quality”,” Al-Sawahah said in an interview.

“However, the usage of the apps will be heavily monitored by the government bodies and service providers,” he added.

The minister further went on to add that telecom companies will also be required to provide quarterly index of complaints filed by subscribers in order to ensure transparency.

The kingdom imposed a ban on the video-calling apps in 2013, after the government claimed that they “do not meet the regulatory conditions”.

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Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after spending record 665 days in space!

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Astronaut Peggy Whitson has returned to Earth today after spending  a record-breaking 665 days in space on board International Space Station.

Peggy and her two crew-mates made a safe parachute landing in Kazakhstan at 2.30am.

This feat has distinguished her as the only woman ever to have spent this much time in space.

Moreover, at 57 she is the world’s oldest spacewoman and the only female space-walker with ten outings. 

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