Daily News – 20th of December 2018
What’s new

Huawei asked the U.S. government and others to reveal evidence of security risks

A few months AGO, the U.S. government began persuading its allies, notably Germany, Italy, and Japan, to ban Huawei’s equipment by briefing them about cybersecurity threats that it alleged were posed by the company’s products. No Chinese company is fully independent of its government, which reserves the right to require companies to assist with intelligence gathering. Huawei, which denies all the allegations against it, said that the ban would “hurt consumers by raising prices and slowing innovation”.
You can read more here. 

Facebook defends allowing other companies access to user messages

Facebook said it never allowed its partners to access private messages without a user’s permission. While the company did in fact share user messages with third parties, they claim it only did so “if they chose to use Facebook Login”. Facebook Login allows users to log into third party sites without making a specific new set of login credentials.
More info are available here. 

New products

Redmi Pro 2

The phone will have Snapdragon 675 processor and a 48-megapixel main camera.
More info here. 

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Google Lens can now recognize a billion items

Google Lens was launched last year and had only around 250,000 items within its repertoire. The expansion comes over a year after the Google Lens’ optical character recognition engine has been trained on reading more product labels.
You can read more here. 

Apple will soon allow gifting in-app purchases

MacRumors found the new formulation in Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines. It now says “Apps may enable gifting of items that are eligible for in-app purchase to others. Such gifts may only be refunded to the original purchaser and may not be exchanged”.
More info can be found here. 

Fun stuff

Google Assistant and Kevin McCallister star in hilarious ‘Home Alone Again’ ad

The ad is both a nostalgic revisiting of the 1990 hit Home Alone and a clever way to show off what Google’s voice-activated devices can do. Culkin once again finds himself at home alone around Christmas time. He uses a Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini and his phone to check his calendar, set reminders, order pizza and adjust the house temperature.
You can read more here. 


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