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To catch up to WhatsApp, Signal adds custom wallpapers and animated stickers.

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Signal enjoyed an unexpected uptick in users following WhatsApp’s recent privacy blunder. In an effort to capitalize on its rising popularity, Signal has started testing features that make the messaging platform feel a little friendlier.

Earlier this month, Signal announced a handful of new features that would be coming to the platform, including chat wallpapers and animated stickers. As promised, these two features are now available in the beta version of the app, making it feel more like WhatsApp than ever before.

Android Police got its hands on both new features, sharing screenshots of what chat wallpapers look like. You can change your chat wallpaper in Signal by going to Settings > Appearance > Chat wallpaper. You can also change the wallpaper of an individual chat by tapping the person’s name in the top bar and looking for the chat wallpaper option.

There are a total of 21 chat wallpapers to choose from, including 12 solid colors and 9 gradient colors. Android Police said you can also choose a photo from your phone’s camera roll for extra personalization. Before, Signal featured only white and black backgrounds depending on if dark mode was enabled on your device.

Android Police also provides a quick preview of Signal’s new animated stickers—something the platform has dabbled with in the past. There’s a new Day by Day sticker pack that contains 24 animated stickers to help liven up your conversation. The art is by Miguel Angel Camprubí.

Finally, Signal appears to be adding a simple About section for users’ profiles. Users will have the opportunity to choose an emoji and also add a short description of themselves. It’s a simple way to share some of your personality before even having a conversation. Apparently, Signal users can save several blurbs and switch between them on the fly, essentially making them status updates.

If you’re on iOS, Signal said it also plans to add media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos, the latter of which is already available on Android.

These new additions to Signal appear to be in the beta version of the app for now. Hopefully, testing goes smoothly so they can be added to the stable build. Once that rolls out, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Lucknow Nagar Nigam to manufacture tiles using construction debris

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Lucknow: Lucknow Municipal Corporation is expected to start its long pending project of making interlocking tiles from the construction debris produced in the city. As per civic officials, the project is slated to start by the end of March.

According to LMC officials, construction work of the boundary walls for its upcoming plant near SGPGI has been completed and machines to produce the tiles are being purchased from Ahmedabad. LMC plans to purchase about five such machines with each having a capacity of 20 tonnes to manufacture tiles. The civic body has also estimated to produce about 800-1,000 interlocking tiles by using 100 metric tonne of construction debris.

The construction debris to produce interlocking tiles will be obtained from municipal corporations undergoing projects. LMC will also look to obtain debris  from private construction after charging its fee. As per LMC records, more than 800 metric tonne of construction debris is daily produced in Lucknow.

The project will be run on PPP (public-private partnership) model where the company responsible for running and producing the tiles will be given a certain amount of revenue generated to LMC every year. At first, the civic body will use these tiles in its own project and then try to sell its product to several construction material outlets and other concerned government departments like UPPWD and LDA.

LMC environment engineer Pankaj Bhusan said, “We are trying to kickstart the project before Holi. At first, we will produce interlocking bricks and later on we will try to produce tiles and marbles being used in households and flats.

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