Vivo's colour changing phone, Indian PM's Twitter Hack, Razer Chewing Gums and more tech news of the week
Sep 09, 2020 2:51 pm
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Gadgets This Week
🦅 LG's Dual Screen 'Wing'
- Supports 5G
- a triple rear camera setup
- a Snapdragon 7-series processor.
- Launches on 14th September.
🦎 Vivo's working on a colour changing phone
- A bunch of videos on Weibo and twitter demonstrate how the prototype phone changes it colours on the press of a button.
- Its possible thanks to electro-chromic glass back, that as Vivo says doesn't take much energy.
📂 Oppo is working on a Razr-like Folding phone
- The phone folds outward.
- So when closed, it becomes a compact phone with screens on the front as well as the back.
🎮 Microsoft confirms $299 Xbox Series S console
- Microsoft describes it as "next gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever"
- Price: $299
- Same CPU as Series X
- 512GB Storage
- Microsoft confirmed it hours after it was widely leaked.
- (Watch launch trailer)
🤑 Motorola budget phone [Leak]
- Price: €255 (about $300)
- 6.8" FHD+ Display
- 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM
- 64MP Battery
- 5000mAh battery
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🔓Apple is delaying iOS 14’s most controversial privacy feature
- With iOS 14, Apple made advertisers ask users before they can gather data and track them on apps or the web.
- Apple is delaying this feature, to give developers some more time to comply with the changes.
- Facebook said it'll stop tracking all user data that will require user permission after this update is implemented. And it will "severely impact" it's ad network.
🕵️ Amazon reportedly spies it's Flex workers on the internet
- Reportedly, Amazon has employees and tools to spy if it's Flex drivers are planning a strike.
- Amazon confirmed after this news was published that it maintained a database of it's workers, their Facebook posts, and their activity on Facebook groups, their Sub-reddits and Twitter.
💸Facebook will pay users to shut down their accounts ahead of elections.
- This is a part of Facebook's study of the impact of social media on society during the upcoming US election.
- show an Instagram pop-up asking users how much would they want in exchange deactivating their accounts.
🆚 Epic's argument against Apple's removal of the game from App Store
[Read Context: Epic vs Apple, explained in 5 minutes]
- Epic says it has lost over 60% of its daily active users on iOS.
- iOS players accounts for one-third of the game's players, at around 116M. 63% of iOS players play the game on only iOS not elsewhere, which means those don't have access to the game now.
- Epic is worried it might never see these players again.
- Shadow Complex Remastered has been removed from the Mac App Store
- Apple is threatening to deny any attempts to apply for a new developer account “for at least a year." which means Epic cannot access a platform with a billion users in the future.
🇮🇳Twitter account of the personal website of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hacked.
- The hackers claiming to be John Wick, posted tweets seeking donations for the PM's COVID-19 Relief fund in Bitcoin.
- They also tweeted, "... We have not hacked Paytm Mall" John Wick, a hacker group was alleged to be behind a major data breach at the eccomerce platform, PayTM Mall.
🇨🇳 China launched a reusable rocket that provides a "convenient and inexpensive" method of travelling to and from space.
- The crafted was launched on 4th September and landed on 6th, according to State-run, Xinhua News Agency.
"The spacecraft is new, the launch method is also different. That's why we needed to make sure there is extra security." sources said.
🚀 SpaceX launched 12th Batch of Starlink satellites
- On Thursday, a Falcon 9 took off from the Kenedy Space Centre, with this batch of Starlink aboard.
- Launch webcast commentator, Kate Tice revealed that they're well into the first phase of private beta and tests showed "super-low latency" and download speeds of over 100 megabits a second.
- Public betas will release later this year and you can sign up for them here on starlink.com
😷🤳Uber requires drivers to take a selfie to confirm if they're wearing a mask
- So far, 3.5M drivers and delivery partners have taken more than 100M mask verification selfies.
- If you're a rider, you don't need to do mask verification everytime you book a ride, but if a driver complains that you didn't wear a mask, you'll have to verify the next time you want to book a ride.
- Further, if you cancel the ride because your driver is not wearing a mask, you'll get 100% refund.
🌊 Google's AI will notify you of floods if you live in India or Bangladesh.
- In 2018, Google started its flood prediction tool in India's Patna region.
- Now it covers all of India's flood-hit areas and some parts of Bangladesh, accounting to 240M Android users.
- Previously, Google started the world's biggest earthquake detection system, powered by your (and millions of other) Android phones.
📌 Twitter will pin tweets and add a description for hashtags on the Trending page
- Because 500,000+ people wanted to know "Why's this [a hashtag] trending?" in 2019.
- You can see it on Twitters Android and iOS apps, if you live in the selected countries that include the US and India.
🌬️ Razer launched chewing gums for gamers, available in 3 flavours
- Available in cool mint, tropical punch, and pomegranate watermelon
- Razer says these gums have been developed with an "extensive amount of R&D" boost your focus and reaction time in games
- Priced at $2.99 per 15-stick pack or $27.99 for a 10-pack on Razer.com and Amazon
👩🎤 Fortnite announced a three-week long concert series happening in-game
- It kicks off with a live performance by Dominic Fike on September 12th and will be broadcast from a brand-new Los Angeles studio built specifically for in-game concerts.
- Fortnite has a separate island for the purpose, Party Royale, a violence free space with theatres and concert stage.
🔐Apple's new Over Sharing ad shows many scenarios where you'd want some privacy.
- From A man on a bus yelling he browsed eight sites for divorce lawyers to a woman with a microphone shouting er credit card information.
- And obviously, Apple poses iPhones as the privacy hero.
- Well, not to forget, the FaceTime bug that allowed people to hear encrypted video calls and Apple's apologies for hiring human contractors to listen to Siri recordings.
- (Watch the ad)
📺 OTT Platforms like Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ will self-regulate to avoid censorship in India
- The Internet and Mobile Association of India made OTT platforms sign a self regulatory code.
- It includes age labels and content descriptions as well as a way to report any violations of the system.
- Streaming services have to set up complaint departments, internal committees or both to deal with any issues.
🚗 Uber announced that 100% of it's ride in the US, Canada and Europe will be on Electric Vehicles by 2030.
- And by 2040, 100% of all Uber rides globally will be on EVs.
- Rather than paying drivers directly to make the switch, Uber will give EV riders an extra 50¢ per ride.
- And if they use specifically battery-electric vehicle, they get $1.5 per ride.
- Uber will charge riders $1 extra if they choose to ride while saving the environment.
🛍️ Apple employees will now get paid while they wait for bag checks.
- Previously, employees of Apple's physical stores had to wait for security bag checks for sometimes upto 45 minutes beyond their paid work hours.
- A US Court ordered Apple to include those bag checks into work hours.
🍎Apple announces 'Time Flies' event on September 15th with an AR Easter Egg
- Expect 4 models of iPhone 12, and probably an updated iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 and an over ear headphones.
- Apple has also confirmed it won't ship the devices in September.
- Hidden in the announcement was a neat logo of the event that morphed into the text "9.15" which is the date of the event
🚫 China bans Scratch, MIT developed programming language for kids
- 3 Million Chinese kids who used Scratch to make stories, animations etc cannot now do so.
- Projects made with Scratch contains “a great deal of humiliating, fake, and libelous content about China,” a state-run news outlet reported.
🎶Oppo may launch TikTok-like video platform: Report
- Oppo conformed it will launch later this year.
- But the app would still be "Chinese", that's the reason why Tiktok was banned in the US and India.
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One liner News
▶️In an attempt to prompt users to upload their own video, YouTube added a 'Create' button in the bottom navigation bar, replacing notifications and subscriptions tabs.
🤖 Microsoft Video Authenticator basically puts AI against AI to detect minute things that go unnoticed by human eye, like blending boundary of the deepfake and subtle fading or greyscale elements.
🎮 India bans PUBG Mobile and 118 other Chinese apps. PUBG Corp might take over PUBG from Tencent.
👁️🗨️Alongside it's 11th Gen processors, Intel revealed it's third gen logo
🗺️ Major Google Maps update will show you the severity of coronavirus outbreaks in your state and country
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That was it for the week.
The Wire Mail.