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Twitter unveils new tools to ‘increase the health of public conversation’ – 09.01.19

Twitter unveils new tools to ‘increase the health of public conversation’

Twitter has confirmed it will begin rolling out a series of long heralded features to selected users over the coming weeks, each designed to “increase the health of public conversation”. Among the measures is an ‘ice breaker’ tool offering members the opportunity to resort to a pre-scripted message they can use to engage fellow users in conversation.

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* Twitter has thus far remained tight-lipped on when the functionality will be made available to all members but will be hoping the changes go some way towards improving its reputation as a haven for trolls, which has already led to the roll out of a range of anti-abuse features. Whilst it is all good and well introducing these new features, the question remains as to whether people will use them.*

 

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WhatsApp is working on fingerprint authentication for chats on Android

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others. The authentication, once enabled, will be required for users to open the app.

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*The fingerprint authentication mechanism will add an extra layer of security as WhatsApp users will have to authenticate themselves every time they open the app. This increased security feature is hardly surprising given that the platform is perhaps best known for its privacy controls such as end to end encryption.*

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Whirlpool’s smart oven uses AR to assist your baking

Whirlpool’s new smart oven concept uses augmented reality to show you where to place your croissants and pizza. The oven has a 27-inch transparent LCD display on its front door, which you can use to pull up recipes. Once you select a recipe, the screen will tell you to gather the necessary ingredients and then display where to place food on the racks.

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* While everything’s cooking, an internal camera allows you to check up on your food and even zoom in for a better look. It’s a convenient way to see if your crust is golden brown but not yet burnt without opening your oven door, which might affect the bake.*

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