Daily News – 14th of March 2019
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Android adware was downloaded nearly 150 million times before being removed from the Play Store

Security researchers from Check Point found malicious code in 210 Android apps in the Google Play Store that had been downloaded nearly 150 million times. The “SimBad” code is hidden inside a software development kit (SDK) on these apps. Adware is a form of malware that installs itself on the device without users knowing and then displays ads.
You can read more here. 

Facebook and Instagram stopped working for users across the world

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp were down for some users around the world for several hours, with unidentified technical problems causing widespread disruptions. The company has officially acknowledged the issue on Twitter. The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users, compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today. The cause of the interruption has not yet been made public.
More info are available here. 

New products

Google Pixel 3 Lite XL

The phone will have Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 6-inch display. It will come with an 8MP front camera and a fingerprint sensor on the rear.
More info here. 

Huawei Nova 4e

Huawei Nova 4e has a 6.15-inch display with Full HD+ resolution, Kirin 710 processor and Mali-G51 GPU. It will come with 4GB/6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
More info here.

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Google removed 2.3 billion ‘bad ads’ in 2018 to tackle fraud and misinformation

Google also eliminated around 734,000 publishers and app developers off its ad network and completely removed ads from almost 1.5m apps. According to the company, it also removed ads from around 1.2m pages for violating policies on “misrepresentative, hateful or other low-quality content”.
You can read more here.

China tests facial recognition for subway payment

Every time a commuter looks at a small tablet, it recognizes their face, and deducts their fare from a previously-linked payment method. The system is powered by a 5G network connection that could ultimately allow the technology to scale for millions of riders.
More info can be found here. 

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