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How to save your WhatsApp chat history

How to save your WhatsApp chat history

Your WhatsApp chats are automatically backed up and saved daily to your phone’s memory. Depending on your settings, you can also periodically back up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive. If you uninstall WhatsApp from your phone, but don’t want to lose any of your messages, be sure to manually back up your chats before uninstalling.

How to back up your chats

To back up your chats and messages, follow the procedure below:

  • Go to WhatsApp
  • Tap More options
  • Go to Settings, and then to Chats.
  • Select Chat backup and choose BACK UP.

How to export your WhatsApp chat history

If you want to export a copy the chat history from an individual or group chat, you can use the export chat feature. Key to note is that this feature isn’t supported in Germany.

To export your chat history:

  • Open the individual or group chat.
  • Tap More options
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Export chat, and choose whether to export with media or without media.

An email will be composed with your chat history attached as a .txt document. If you choose to attach media, the most recent media sent will be added as attachments.

When exporting with media, you can send up to 10,000 latest messages. Without media, you can send 40,000 messages. WhatsApp says these constraints are due to maximum email sizes.

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Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Following months of uncertainty on the future of Uganda Telecom  (UTL), amidst wars between the telco’s administration and government officials, a new administrator has been named. Former Uganda Law Society President Ruth Sebatindira has been announced as the new UTL administrator, replacing Nelson Bemanya Twebaze – whose contract expired in November last year.

Mr Bemanya, a registrar general of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), was appointed administrator of UTL following the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan firm that owned 69 per cent shares of the telecom. He entered into an Administration Deed and the shareholders ceded to him all their powers to run the company.

In an application in which the Uganda Contribution Employees’ Contributory Pension Scheme (UCECPS) were seeking to vary the deed of administration of UTL to replace him with another person, Justice Lydia Mugambe of the Civil Division of the High Court made the ruling that Ms Sebatindira should take charge.

The UTL creditors were accusing Mr Bemanya of failing to perform his roles in regard to collecting the outstanding amounts due to UTL from government departments.

He was also accused of failing to find an investor who can recapitalize and operate the company as well as paying in full all claims against UTL within the administration time.

The Big task ahead

Since March 2017, when UTL was placed under receivership, operations have not been in their right place. There have been several efforts by the Ugandan Government to revamp the telco.

A strategy that included sourcing for competent investors, an extension of UTL’s license for 20 more years, expansion of the telecom’s spectrum as well as giving it unlimited access to the National Backbone Infrastructure has not yielded any results.

Even the sourcing of an investor from bidders like Afrinet Communications, Mauritius Telecom, Hamilton Telecom, Telecel Global, Baylis Consortium and Teleology could not offer any solutions for the company’s sinking.

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In June 2019, Investment Minister Hon. Evelyn Anite informed members of Parliament that government no longer had any control of UTL Operations, with no more access to the company premises for any audits to be done.

The company administrators, led by outgoing Administrator Nelson Bemanya denied all the accusations posed by the minister insisting that neither refused government from accessing UTL premises nor that they denied the right to audit the company.

This would set a series of events that ran over 6 months in which Ms Anite, the Administrator, the Attorney General, among others exchanged letters on who has the higher authority on the telecom company.

Ms Anite wrote to the attorney general to apply to the court for orders replacing Bemanya as the administrator of UTL. Anite said that government had encountered considerable difficulty dealing with the administrator and completely lost confidence in his ability to continue serving the role of UTL administrator.

But the deputy attorney general Mwesigwa Rukutana disregarded the request saying that the government did not have supervisory powers over the administrator. He explained that the removal of an administrator from office required an application by the creditor.

He stated that the grounds to remove an administrator must relate to failure to comply with the duties imposed on the administrator under the Administration Deed, the Insolvency Act or any other law or any orders and directions of court.

At the time of its placement under receivership, UTL had reported heavy losses despite massive borrowings. These were listed to be UGX 16.21bn in 2008, UGX 11.86bn in 2009, UGX 69.26bn in 2010, UGX 145.63bn in 2011, UGX 27.67bn in 2012, UGX 59.91bn in 2013 and UGX 229.51bn in 2014.

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How Mariah Carey’s Twitter account was hacked

How Mariah Carey’s Twitter account was hacked

Talk of social media account security in 2020! On New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey’s Twitter account was hacked.

Various reports indicated that the hack began in the afternoon of Pacific Time, and more than 50 tweets were posted containing vulgarities and the use of the N-word. There were also posts about rapper Eminem. The last tweet appeared to show a photo of a shirtless teenager.

The hacker also exhorted Carey’s followers to follow specific handles to get follows back after they were “done.”

The news outlet reported that some of the boorish tweets posted to Carey’s compromised account referred to the Chuckling Squad, a hacker group that was responsible for the August hacking of the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

The inappropriate tweets posted to Dorsey’s account — posted and deleted within minutes — included the use of the N-word, other loutish comments and one message claiming there was a bomb at Twitter’s headquarters.

At that time, Twitter confirmed the hack and regained control of the account within 30 minutes, saying that it had found “no indication” that Twitter’s systems were compromised. A company spokeswoman would also later say that Twitter had “looked into” the bomb threats and could confirm that they were “not credible”.

Eventually, the company attributed fault for the hack to Dorsey’s mobile phone company.

“The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved.”

Since the hack, all tweets have been erased from Carey’s account.

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2020 Telegram update: New Theme Editor, Send When Online

2020 Telegram update: New Theme Editor, Send When Online

The internet and any interaction on it revolves around social media. With more than a billion social media users actively switching between the various apps through which they link up and exchange messages as well as share moments, these platforms offer constant updates to enhance experience and offer users more value.

As we start 2020, Telegram is the first messaging app to make an update available and there are quite a number of interesting features and revisions made on this one.

A new Theme Editor

Telegram has unveiled a new theme editor in Chat Settings through which you can change the style of elements in your Telegram chats and add beautiful effects to both your messages and your background.

The app has also added new predefined color schemes for its default themes. The new options can be accessed under Classic, Night, Day, etc.

Send When Online

The way you’d want to deliver some news or message just when the recipient is available, Telegram has added the option to schedule messages that are delivered as soon as the recipient comes online.

Note that this option is only available if you are allowed to see your recipient’s online status.

View Search Results as a List

Telegram’s Search function allows you to look through messages containing a keyword – or sent by a particular person, or even from a certain day. Now, with the update, if you tap the bottom bar you will be able to switch to a list view in case you want to see all the results on one page.

On iOS, you can also select several messages without leaving Search Mode.

What’s new On Telegram for Android?

Switch to Night Mode Faster: With the Night Mode Switch at the top of the menu. Tap the moon icon and you’ll activate the dark mode. .

Select Parts of Messages: Android now also lets you select a portion of the message text to copy or share, instead of only the full text. Sometimes you only want a slice, rather than the whole pie.

And Other Android Goodies

  • You can сhoose video quality in a more intuitive way when sending videos.
  • Sending contacts now uses a simple, card-style interface that won’t take up your whole screen (unless you pull up to expand it).
  • When you’re done listening to a voice message with your phone up to your ear, Telegram automatically records a reply – but now you can disable that by turning off Raise to Speak in your Chat Settings.

What’s new on iOS?

Text Size, All the Way: You’ve been able to adjust the size of message text on Telegram from the beginning, but now you can scale the font size throughout the app. I’m not sure if Grandma reads this blog regularly, so you may have to tell her yourself.

Choose Your Browser: External browsers are now supported for opening links – you can select your preferred app in Settings > Data and Storage > Other.

Share Sheet Settings: Your most popular Telegram chats were recently added to the iOS Share Sheet. In case you‘d like to control what can (or can’t ) appear there, you can use the new toggles under Settings > Data and Storage > Other > Share Sheet.

Switch Accounts Faster: Superman has had a hard time finding phone booths lately, so we added a way to swiftly switch accounts right from your home screen on iOS 13. Simply hold down on the app icon any time you need to change costumes.

Storage Usage At a Glance: The Storage Usage page has been redesigned to more quickly find the settings you‘re looking for. It also shows your device’s storage status, and how much space all those other pesky apps are using compared to Telegram. Bigger, after all, is not always better.

You did know that with Telegram there’s no need to store every silly meme people ever sent you on your precious device, right?

Cache-Clearing Shortcuts: Selecting multiple messages in a group or channel gives you the option to clear the chat’s cache. Like we said, no need to store what you don’t need – but also no need to delete actual messages. Just keep things in the cloud, like the cool kids.

Check out Settings > Data and Storage > Storage Usage for more options.

Member Lists: The Shorter Scrolls

In case you’re looking to leave some large groups and start fresh in the new decade, long member lists will collapse, so you can get to the ‘Leave Group’ button without scrolling.

By the way, swiping on a group or channel from the chat list and selecting ‘Delete’ is still the shortest way out, but now there is more than one way to leave the New Year’s party early.

Find out more here.

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Featured Startups

Chipper Cash plans Southern Africa expansion after $6M seed round

Chipper Cash plans Southern Africa expansion after $6M seed round

Cross-border remittance and P2P payments platform, Chipper Cash, has raised $6 million in seed funding led by Deciens Capital. Raptor Group also participated in the round.

According to TechCrunch, the firm – which operates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Nigeria – plans to expand into Southern Africa in its bid to become a pan-African entity.

Chipper is going continental. We are adding more African countries in 2019 and hope to cover the continent in some few years. This way, we will be contributing to connecting our African nations in terms of trade and financial transactions/ financial harmonization.

Chipper Cash was founded by Ugandan Ham Serunjogi and Ghanaian Maijid Moujaled. The company offers free P2P mobile money services, which is unlike other existing mobile money providers. The platform also aggregates several mobile money wallets and bank accounts onto its platform allowing customers to enjoy its super wallet status.

In May 2019, the startup collected a $2.4 million (about Shs9 billion) in a seed round still led by Deciens Capital. The investment also attracted Joe Montana, a legendary American footballer’s firm called Liquid 2 Ventures and 500 Startups, to be part of the round.

In June 2019, Catalyst Fund, which invests in early-stage ventures working in the financial inclusion sector in emerging markets as well invested $50,000 in Chipper Cash.

This guided the expansion into Nigeria with its free and instant Peer-to-peer cross-border mobile payment solutions.

With over 600,000 active users and over 3 million transactions processed on its platform, Chipper Cash aims to be Africa’s biggest payments platform with its merchant focused platform Chipper CheckOut and its P2P service Chipper Cash.

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This is why you should not write on currency notes

This is why you should not write on currency notes

In a strong wave of political activism and economic imbalance, there have been numerous attempts by individuals to put writings on various monetary notes and other currencies. Various social media posts have indicated marks and writings imparted on money to state their political ambitions and aspirations.

Bank of Uganda has come out to warn the public against this act and has advised the pubic not to accept any bank notes with marks and writings other than the official ones, as these have less value.

This is the statement from Bank of Uganda:

Bank of Uganda (BoU) is by law the only authority that can issue currency in Uganda and that includes the power to determine the features that can appear on any currency note or coin.

The Bank has noted with concern the several social media postings circulating images of Uganda’s currency notes with hand written political campaign messages. This is to advise members of the public that stamping, writing, and /or markings on currency notes interferes with the security features that are useful in establishing the authenticity of the genuine currency notes. Stamping, writing/or marking on bank notes or coins also amounts to defacing which exposes the holder of such a note or coin to the risk of loss of its value.

The public is, therefore, strongly warned against the use of currency notes for any other purpose other than for making or receiving payments and the public is also advised to accept only those notes that bear features as designed by Bank of Uganda.

Individuals involved in the defacing, and/or those accepting defaced notes risk losing the value of their Banknotes.

Bank of Uganda assures the general public that it is committed to the preservation of the integrity and value of the currency of the Republic of Uganda.

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