The Ministry of Health has announced on Monday evening (30th March 2020) that Trinidad and Tobago now has a total of 83 positive cases of COVID-19, adding another case since this morning’s update. So far there have been three (3) deaths and one (1) person has been discharged. Tobago reported its third confirmed case earlier today.
According to the Ministry, the new additional case comes from a person with a history of recent travel.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has tested a total of 539 samples to date.
The Ministry notes that of the 83 positive cases, 49 of these came from the group of T&T Nationals who recently returned from a cruise.
T&T is currently locked down for all non-essential businesses until 15th April 2020 in an attempt to slow the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
See the Media Release below from the Ministry for further information.
This is a developing story - refresh this page for updates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a WhatsApp service that aims to bring facts about COVID-19 to billions of people around the world who use WhatsApp. The service can be accessed through a link that opens a conversation in WhatsApp.
Users can simply type “hi” to activate the conversation, prompting a menu of options that can help answer their questions about COVID-19 or provide the very latest facts and figures.
According to WHO, the latest figures show there are 266,073 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally and 11,184 deaths.
The Ministry of Health has also endorsed this initiative by WHO.
Below is a screenshot of the menu of options you get when you enter the WhatsApp chat.
After many months of beta testing on both iOS and Android, Facebook is finally enabling Dark Mode for WhatsApp for all users today (Tuesday 3rd March 2020). Dark Mode will be mostly pure black on iOS devices and a darker gray on Android.
So, how do you enable it?
Besides ensuring that you’re running the latest app version of WhatsApp on iOS or Android, there’s not much for you to do actually. If you already have Dark Mode enabled at the system level on iOS 13 or Android 10, then WhatsApp will automatically switch over to the new Dark Mode. iOS 13 is a requirement to enable Dark Mode there. If you’re running Android 9, you can simply enable a new dark theme in the WhatsApp Settings Menu.
Facebook didn’t just slap a dark theme onto WhatsApp, however. They took their time to ensure Dark Mode actually lowers the brightness of a phone’s display.
According to a WhatsApp Spokesperson:
During testing we found that combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue. So instead, you’ll notice a special dark gray background and off-white color that lowers the brightness of the screen, cuts down the glare, and improves contrast and readability.
Pictured Above: Dark Mode for WhatsApp on iOS.
Pictured Above: Dark Mode for WhatsApp On Android.
Watch the funny launch video for Dark Mode on WhatsApp below, which features a never-before-released version of Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence.”
Facebook first announced they would be redesigning their Messenger app to be simpler and easier to use back in August 2019 and it appears the company is starting to roll out that new design this week.
Facebook previously made its Messenger app a one-stop-shop for connecting people and businesses, adding bloat like games, shopping, and confusing chatbots to serve as automated middlemen between users and businesses. Now the company will be hiding most of that unwanted bloat and focusing on just two (2) tabs at the bottom of the app: Chats and People. The latter will be a page dedicated to Stories, which is where you share photos and videos that stay up for only 24 hours. Facebook more or less ripped off its popular Stories feature from Snapchat. A sub-tab adjacent to Stories shows which friends are currently online.
Instagram, another Facebook app, averages a whopping 500 Million daily users of its Stories feature as of January 2020. So it’s not difficult to see why Facebook is also pushing the Stories feature hard on its Messenger app. Since Stories also display ads, more eyes on users’ Stories means more revenue for Facebook.
Any content previously found in the Discover tab of the Messenger app isn’t gone for good. Now you’ll just have to access it via the search bar, which the majority of users would not do - so businesses will have a hard time committing more resources in this area. Facebook, however, says it remains committed to promoting businesses on its platforms and that they still play an important part of Messenger.
See screenshots below from the redesigned Messenger app and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Samsung is expected to unveil its latest flagship phones at its “Unpacked” Event on Tuesday 11th February 2020. The Samsung Galaxy S20 will come in three (3) models/sizes (S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra), with all of them featuring 120Hz displays and 5G connectivity. Prices for the S20 are rumored to start at around U.S $1,000 and go all the way up to U.S $1,500 for the S20 Ultra. Pre-orders begin online on the day of the Event.
According to BGR, the cameras on the Galaxy S20 will be getting several upgraded features:
It’ll feature a Galaxy Note 10-like design, and even more powerful specs than its predecessors. The camera experience is also going to get several upgraded features, with the S20 Ultra expected to deliver the best camera ever seen on a Galaxy S phone so far. All three phones will feature up to quad-lens cameras on the back, although it’s the Ultra that’s supposed to feature a 108-megapixel primary camera, as well as a periscope zoom lens on the back.
Samsung is also expected to announce a new clamshell foldable phone called the Z Flip at Tuesday’s “Unpacked” Event.
Customers who pre-order the more expensive versions of the Galaxy S20 online (S20+ and S20 Ultra) will get free Galaxy Buds+ Wireless Earphones, while cheaper models will net you other perks.
Watch the video below to find out everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S20.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp previously withdrew support for numerous devices in 2016, and then from all Windows phones on 31st December 2019. Millions of Android and iPhone devices which only support outdated operating systems will no longer be able to run the app from 1st February 2020. WhatsApp announced this move was coming since 2017.
WhatsApp said the move was necessary in order to protect the security of its users. Smartphones running Android 2.3.7 and older, and iOS 8 or older, are those affected by the update. The operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices. For instance, iPhone 4s, which only supports up to iOS 7, will no longer be compatible with the app.
Most users will simply be able to update their operating systems in order to continue using the messaging service.
According to a Spokesperson for the company:
This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight said the following:
WhatsApp clearly had no option but to ensure its service remains secure, however it faces the difficult side-effect that the app is no longer compatible with older smartphones.
WhatsApp was ranked the 4th most-downloaded app of the decade.
Youthere1 is a website focused on providing useful information, breaking news, entertainment & online shopping. Founded in 2005 and based in Trinidad & Tobago. Read more about us here.
Copyright © 2021 Youthere1 Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.