WhatsApp’s geeky ‘new update’ will change the dating game forever


WhatsApp could be launching a new update that is set to make awkward number-swapping with your crush a thing of the past.

Clever software is reportedly being developed that will allow users to instantly share their contact details — without even having to press a button or tap a touchscreen.

It could spell an end to the embarrassment of fumbling around with a phone while trading numbers with a new date.

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And the pain of typing down a wrong number by mistake will also be done away with.

The messaging service is believed to be on the verge of releasing a new feature that lets users fetch each others’ contact details by scanning a QR code.

The code, a square with a unique pattern inside, can be scanned with the camera of another phone.

This will instantly install the name and phone number into scanning phone’s contacts list.

The alleged update was spotted by WABetaInfo, which monitors unreleased versions of WhatsApp to uncover new features.

“When you want to add a new contact in WhatsApp, you can choose to add it using a WhatsApp QR Code, if you have it.

“When the QR code is detected, WhatsApp will automatically fill all fields and the contact will be added in your address book.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun.



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WhatsApp’s geeky ‘new update’ will change the dating game forever


WhatsApp could be launching a new update that is set to make awkward number-swapping with your crush a thing of the past.

Clever software is reportedly being developed that will allow users to instantly share their contact details — without even having to press a button or tap a touchscreen.

It could spell an end to the embarrassment of fumbling around with a phone while trading numbers with a new date.

CLICK ON THE SUN FOR MORE

And the pain of typing down a wrong number by mistake will also be done away with.

The messaging service is believed to be on the verge of releasing a new feature that lets users fetch each others’ contact details by scanning a QR code.

The code, a square with a unique pattern inside, can be scanned with the camera of another phone.

This will instantly install the name and phone number into scanning phone’s contacts list.

The alleged update was spotted by WABetaInfo, which monitors unreleased versions of WhatsApp to uncover new features.

“When you want to add a new contact in WhatsApp, you can choose to add it using a WhatsApp QR Code, if you have it.

“When the QR code is detected, WhatsApp will automatically fill all fields and the contact will be added in your address book.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun.



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Dating Apps Use Artificial Intelligence to Help Search for Love


Forget swiping through endless profiles. Dating apps are using artificial intelligence to suggest where to go on a first date, recommend what to say and even find a partner who looks like your favourite celebrity.

Until recently smartphone dating apps – such as Tinder which lets you see in real time who is available and “swipe” if you wish to meet someone – left it up to users to ask someone out and then make the date go well.

But to fight growing fatigue from searching through profiles in vain, the online dating sector is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help arrange meetings in real life and act as a dating coach.

These new uses for AI – the science of programming computers to reproduce human processes like thinking and decision making – by dating apps were highlighted at the four-day Web Summit which wraps up Thursday in Lisbon.

Online dating pioneer eHarmony announced it is developing an AI-enabled feature which nudges users to suggest meeting in person after they have been chatting in the app for a while.

“There is a lot of activity on dating apps but by and large there is not a lot of dates,” eHarmony CEO Grant Langston told the annual tech gathering.

“Guys don’t know how to ask, it’s astounding really how many people need help and we think we can do that in an automated way.”

‘Takes pressure off’
British dating app Loveflutter plans to use AI to analyse chats between its users to determine their compatibility and suggest when they should meet.

“We will ping a message saying ‘You are getting along really well, why don’t you go on your first date’,” said Loveflutter co-founder Daigo Smith.

Loveflutter already suggests places to go on a first date that are equidistant from both people’s homes using information from Foursquare, an app that helps smartphone users find nearby restaurants, bars and clubs.

“It kind of takes the pressure off organising that first date,” said Smith.

Tinder founder Sean Rad said AI will “create better user experiences” and predicted iPhone’s Siri Voice assistant would in the future act as a matchmaker.

Voice activated
An entirely voice operated dating app called AIMM which uses AI to mirror a human matchmaking service is already being tested in Denver where it has about 1,000 users.

When you open the app, a soothing voice asks questions about what you like to do on a date or where you would like to travel.

It then suggests suitable matches based on your personality. Once you have picked one you would like to meet, the app tells you about them.

After several days the app will help set up a time for a phone call between you and your match – and give advice for your first date based on what it knows about the other person.

“It will say things like ‘based on her personality inclination she is a traditional person, I would recommend dinner and a walk’,” said Kevin Teman, the app’s developer.

The app also reminds you to ask questions “about the things that are important to you” during the date, he added.

After the date, the app checks in with both people to see how it went and recommend whether they should continue to see each other or keep looking.

Teman hopes to make it available across the United States early next year.

Celebrity lookalikes
Badoo, a London-based dating app, is now using AI and facial recognition technology to let users find a match that looks like anyone at all, including their ex or celebrity crush.

Users can upload a picture of someone and the app will find lookalikes among Badoo’s more than 400 million users worldwide.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone and singer Beyonce are the most searched for celebrities globally since Badoo introduced the feature – dubbed Lookalikes – last year.

However not everyone is convinced that AI can aid the search for love.

Among the doubters at the Web Summit was UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who said he was “a little bit sceptical” it could help “people chose their soul mates”.

“I’m very happy I have chosen my soulmate by traditional methods,” said the former Portuguese prime minister, who is married to a Lisbon city councillor, in his opening address to the gathering on Monday.



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Channing Tatum’s ex Jenna Dewan is reportedly dating Tony-winner Steve Kazee


Channing Tatum isn’t the only one moving on in his personal life.

Amid reports that Tatum is dating singer Jessie J, it’s been revealed that his estranged wife, Jenna Dewan, is dating Tony Award-winner Steve Kazee.

Dewan went to Los Angeles’ famed Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park this week with a group of friends, including Kazee. The two have reportedly been spending time together since being spotted at George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Halloween bash, where they were spotted kissing, The Blast reported.

Kazee is 42-year-old musician and actor, who won a Tony Award in 2012 for the musical, “Once.” He also won a Grammy Award for the soundtrack of “Once,” so he’s already halfway to an EGOT. He’s also appeared on the Showtime series, “Shameless.”

Dewan, 37, filed for divorce from Tatum in October after nine years of marriage. She asked for joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Everly, and also sought child and spousal support. Tatum filed shortly after Dewan and also asked for joint custody.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 





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Yellowstone geyser erupts, spewing trash dating back to 1930s


When Ear Spring erupted at Yellowstone National Park Sept. 15, it was already notable—it was, as Live Science puts it, the geyser’s “most violent display since 1957.” But even more notable was what came out with the water that spewed up to 30 feet in the air: 80 years worth of trash.

After the eruption, officials wrote on Facebook, park employees “found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent,” from dozens of coins that people threw in to make wishes to just plain garbage: aluminum cans, plastic cups, cigarette butts, a broken bottle, etc.

But some of the items that spewed forth “are clearly historic,” including items like a baby pacifier dating as far back as the 1930s. “They’ll be inventoried by curators and may end up in Yellowstone’s archives.” Some of the items had clearly been tossed in on purpose; others may have fallen in accidentally.

But either way, “foreign objects can damage hot springs and geysers,” the post continues. “The next time Ear Spring erupts we hope it’s nothing but natural rocks and water.” Adds a supervisory park ranger to FourStatesHomePage.com: “You might think that if you toss something in a hot spring or in a geyser that it disappears, but it doesn’t disappear. It stays in that and what normally happens is you can actually plug up a feature and kill the feature. And that’s happened in many places in the park.” The US Geological Survey says Ear Spring has erupted four times in the last six decades, most recently in 2004.

(Here’s another thing rangers don’t want visitors to do near geysers.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Geyser Erupts, Out Pours Trash Dating Back to 1930s



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