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Facebook now lets users unsend messages on Messenger

A much-awaited feature

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After the major redesign of the UI, the Messenger app has a sweet update for everyone to enjoy. Facebook announced today that all users can now delete messages from a conversation after they send them. This is going to be useful for a lot of people, especially to those who make a typo every now and then or suddenly regret what they sent.

How does it work? It’s pretty simple. Tap on the message you want to delete and two options will appear: “Remove for Everyone” and “Remove for You.” The former will replace your message with a text saying that the message has been removed by you, while the latter will simply delete your own copy and that means the message still visible for the recipient or the group to see.


Of course, there’s a catch. The “Remove for Everyone” option is only available within 10 minutes after the message is sent. Beyond that, there’s nothing you can do aside from deleting your own copy.

The feature is available on both personal and group chats. So far, it works but not flawlessly. There seems to be a delay in unsending a message, which kinda defeats the purpose of the feature. It should be ironed out with future updates.

Messenger isn’t the first chat app to have an “unsend” feature. Telegram, Whatsapp, and even Instagram’s Direct messaging platform have had something similar for quite some time already. With over 1.3 billion monthly users (based on 2017 metrics), Messenger’s new feature will definitely be a hit.

SEE ALSO: Facebook will combine Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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