Tech News in brief of 28th October: News are just after the Table Of Contents.
Apple has Taken Down Clickware Apps Created by India-based Company:
A Gujarat-based AppAspect Technologies Pvt. Ltd has published 17 apps on Apple play store. These apps have been infected with clickware which means these apps were increasing advertising revenue.
According to the report of Mobile security company Wandera, Currently these all apps have been removed from the play store. And hence these apps are no longer available for downloads.
Apple has said its users to uninstall these apps which includes RTO Vehicle Information, EMI Calculator and Loan Planner, File Manager – Documents, Smart GPS Speedometer, CrickOne – Live Cricket Scores, Daily Fitness – Yoga Poses, FM Radio – Internet Radio, My Train Info – IRCTC and PNR, Around Me Place Finder, Easy Contacts Backup Manager, Ramadan Times 2019, Restaurant Finder – Find Food, BMI Calculator – BMR Calc, Dual Accounts, Video Editor – Mute Video, Islamic World – Qibla and Smart Video Compressor.
Tesla Solar Glass Roof Launched, Claimed to Be Easier to Install:
Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk recently unveiled the third version of Tesla’s solar roof product – called the Solar Glass Roof. According to Musk, this third iteration of the electricity-generating house-topper will be cheaper, easier, and faster to install than its predecessors.
“It’ll grow like kelp on steroids,” he said, speaking about the new Tesla Solar Roof. “A New Roof with Integrated Solar: Solar Roof combines solar and non-solar tiles that appear similar to create a beautiful aesthetic with a comparable price of a typical roof + solar panels. Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles,” the company site reads.
Tesla Energy says that it has increased power density in the third version of the Solar Roof tiles, reduced the parts used in the tiles by half and brought down costs substantially compared to the second generation tiles, Engadget reported.
The estimated cost of a 2,000-square-foot solar roof is $33,950 (roughly Rs. 24,03,7000) and comes with a 25-year warranty. Telsa will initially be doing the installation themselves, and aims to complete the whole job in just eight hours.
Jio Fiber: MTNL 1Gbps Broadband Plans Launched Starting From Rs. 2,990
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has launched a new 1Gbps broadband plan in the Delhi circle. BSNL hasn’t yet launched a 1Gbps broadband plan, thereby MTNL has trumped BSNL to this feat. The new 1Gbps broadband plan are priced a Rs. 2,990 and Rs. 4,990 and are available only in the Delhi circle for now. The FUP limits on these plans are currently at 4TB and 8TB of data benefit, respectively. MTNL and BSNL have recently announced a merger, suggesting that BSNL subscribers may get these similar plans soon. The 1Gbps plans take on Jio Fiber plans that were commercially launched earlier this year.
The first new MTNL 1Gbps broadband plan is priced at Rs. 2,900, as seen on the MTNL site. This plan currently offers 4TB of monthly data for first six months for new customers. After the six month limit will get over, this plan will ship with 3TB FUP limit moving forward. This broadband plan also offers free unlimited voice calling to any network in India, and the after FUP speeds limit is reduced to 5Mbps.
iPhone 5 Users Being Warned by Apple to Update to iOS 10.3.4 by November 3, 2019, or Risk Losing Essential Features:
If you’re still using an iPhone 5 which hasn’t been updated to the latest available software update, it’s time to pay attention. Back in July this year, Apple released an iOS update for older iPhone and iPad models to fix a GPS time rollover issue. Users who didn’t update their iPhone 5 units are now receiving a notification from Apple to update before November 3, 2019, or risk losing access to the App Store, iCloud, email, web, and other essential services.
Apple had released iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6 back in July to fix a GPS time rollover issue on select older iPhone and iPad models, helping them maintain location accuracy. The Cupertino-based company has now released a new support page, highlighting the issue for iPhone 5 users, apart from a full-screen alert on the phone.
BSNL Rs. 698 Prepaid Plan Launched, Offers 200GB Data for 180 Days:
State-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched a new prepaid plan that offers data benefits only. It comes with long-term validity of 180 days, and offers 200GB of collected data to its users. This new plan is live in select circles only for now, and comes with no voice calling or SMS benefits. The Rs. 698 prepaid plan has reportedly been launched for a limited period only, and it will expire in the middle of next month. For all users who are looking for only data benefit, can consider this plan.
This new BSNL Rs. 698 prepaid plan is live on the website, and it offers 200GB of data for a validity of 180 days. As mentioned, this plan bundles no other benefits like voice calling or SMS messages facility. This plan is currently only live in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circle and BSNL subscribers in this circle only can avail this recharge. This new plan was spotted first by Telecom Talk, and the report suggests that this new Rs. 698 prepaid plan is live for a limited period only. It will reportedly expire on November 15 next month.
China Passes Cryptography Law as It Gears Up for Digital Currency:
China’s largely rubber stamp parliament has passed a new law on cryptography as the country gears up to launch its own digital currency, state media reported late on Saturday.
China’s central bank set up a research team in 2014 to explore launching its own digital currency to cut the costs of circulating traditional paper money and boost policymakers’ control of money supply.
China’s proposed new digital currency would bear some similarities to Facebook’s Libra coin and would be able to be used across major payment platforms such as WeChat and Alipay, a senior central bank official said last month.
China’s cryptography law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, is aimed at “facilitating the development of the cryptography business and ensuring the security of cyberspace and information”, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing parliament. The law states that the state encourages and supports the research and application of science and technology in cryptography and ensures confidentiality.
Facebook Builds AI Tool to Fool Facial Recognition Systems:
Facebook’s artificial intelligence (AI) research team has developed a tool that tricks the facial recognition system to wrongly identify a person in a video, the media reported. The “de-identification” system, which also works in live videos, uses machine learning to change key facial features of a subject in a video, according to a report in VentureBeat on Friday.
“Face recognition can lead to loss of privacy and face replacement technology may be misused to create misleading videos,” reads a paper explaining the company’s approach, as cited by VentureBeat.
This de-identification technology earlier worked mostly for still images, The Verge reported.
“Recent world events concerning advances in, and abuse of face recognition technology invoke the need to understand methods that deals with de-identification. Our contribution is the only one suitable for video, including live video, and presents quality that far surpasses the literature methods,” said the paper.
The work is scheduled to be presented at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), in Seoul, South Korea, next week.
Mi CC9 Pro With Five Rear Cameras to Launch on November 5 Alongside Mi TV 5 Series, Xiaomi Smartwatch:
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro has been making rounds of the rumour mill lately, and also received the mandatory 3C certification in China ahead of its official debut. The Chinese smartphone maker has now announced that the Mi CC9 Pro will be launched November 5 packing five rear cameras with a 108-megapixel main snapper. Xiaomi has also teased the launched of its first smartwatch and the Mi TV 5 series of smart TVs. Ahead of the launch though, alleged hands-in images of the Mi CC9 Pro have surfaced online showing a curved display, and it has been spotted on Geekbench as well.
The official Millet phone Weibo account has shared the first official render of the ‘Xiaomi CC9 Pro’, showing its rear panel flaunting a glossy finish with a jade green colour. The Mi CC9 Pro is shown sporting five rear cameras and two dual-LED flash modules. The main camera will be 108-megapixel snapper that will employ Samsung’s ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. The phone will also offer 5x optical zoom support, a feature that we are yet to see on a Mi CC9-series phone so far.
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