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WhatsApp Is Finally Making It Easier To Send Messages To Unsaved Numbers

Tapping on an unsaved number that has been sent on a chat will open an in-app menu that allows users to chat with the person if they are on WhatsApp.

hatsApp is one of the most commonly-used instant messaging app in the whole world. Many of us these days have most of our communication on WhatsApp and the company keeps bringing in new features and updates to make that experience easier and more enjoyable. Now, WhatsApp seems to be working on what may be the solution to one of the biggest problems on the instant messaging app. According to a report from WhatsApp tracker WABetaInfo, the company is working on letting users text those numbers that are not saved on their smartphones.

WhatsApp does not allow us to send messages to numbers that aren’t saved on our smartphones. However, the WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.22.8.11 shows that the company is working on a solution for this. The report shows that tapping on an unsaved number that has been sent on a chat will open an in-app menu that allows users to chat with the person if they are on WhatsApp. The in-app menu also allows users to call these unsaved numbers and give them an option to save the contact. Android Authority verified the report, saying that the beta version they are running shows the said in-app menu.

Currently, tapping on a number that was sent to you on WhatsApp opens the phone’s dialer app. The new method, while being a big change towards allowing you to text unsaved contacts, isn’t perfect yet. It will still require the unsaved number to be on your WhatsApp.

The Meta-owned instant messaging platform was also recently reported to be putting a new limit on message forwards. Both the Android and iOS beta versions of WhatsApp showed an upcoming feature that will not let users forward a message to more than one group at a time. If a user tries to forward an already forwarded message to another group, they will be met with an alert that says “Forwarded messages can only be sent to one group chat.”

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Flying Cars are Finally Here

A car capable of transforming into a plane and taking to the skies has been awarded an official certification of airworthiness.

That means, the ‘AirCar’ has passed all of its safety checks and is fully certified to fly in its home country of Slovakia.

Officials say the flying car logged 70 hours of rigorous flight testing compatible with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

That means over 200 takeoffs and landings.

‘AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars,’ said Professor Stefan Klein, the inventor, leader of the development team and the test pilot.

‘It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.’

Anton Zajac, the project cofounder, added: ’50 years ago, the car was the epitome of freedom. AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next dimension; where road meets sky.’

Undated handout photo issued by Klein Vision of an AirCar by Slovakia-based company Klein Vision which has completed a 35-minute journey from Nitra to Bratislava in the country at around 6am on Monday morning. Issue date: Wednesday June 30, 2021. PA Photo. Using wings that fold away in less than three minutes and a propeller at its rear, the dual-transportation vehicle has now completed more than 40 hours of test flights. See PA story TRANSPORT FlyingCar. Photo credit should read: Klein Vision/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The AirCar has logged over 70 hours in the sky (Credits: PA)

The AirCar uses a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol. It is capable of flying at 8,200ft at a speed of up to 170kph.

It took a team of 8 specialists over 100,000 manhours to create the vehicle, which transforms from car to plane in just under three minutes.

It has narrow wings that fold down and tuck inside the car for when it comes time to drive on the roads.

The car, which has been in development for the last five years, is capable of carrying two people with a combined weight of 200kg.

Watch the 'AirCar' fly between airports, transform, and drive off down the road picture: Just Planes metrograb Just Planes
The car takes just under three minutes to transform (Klein Vision)

‘The Transportation Authority carefully monitored all stages of the unique AirCar development from its start in 2017,’ said Rene Molnar, the director of the Civil Aviation Division at the Transport Authority of Slovakia.

‘The transportation safety is our highest priority. AirCar combines top innovations with safety measures in line with EASA standards.

‘It defines a new category of a sports car and a reliable aircraft. Its certification was both a challenging and fascinating task,’ he said.

Will we see the AirCar making it to driveways and flight paths across the UK? Not for some time, we’re afraid.

When the flight is over, the car just drives down the road (Klein Vision)
When the flight is over, the car can be driven along the road like any normal vehicle (Klein Vision)

The invention would still need to pass safety certification in this country and anyone that wanted to get behind the wheel would need both a driving licence and a pilot’s licence.

Not to mention very deep pockets, the prototype alone cost £1.7 million so a final production model likely won’t come cheap.

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Spotify Launches Its Live Audio App and Clubhouse rival, “Spotify Greenroom.”

Spotify on Wednesday officially launched its new audio application, ‘Spotify Greenroom’.

The new app is similar to one of the trending social media application, Clubhouse, which allows users to engage in audio-based discussions and conversations.

According to TechCrunch, Spotify Greenroom, too, enables people to join or host live audio rooms, and optionally turn those conversations into podcasts.