Top news this week, 5th-9th of August 2019
Important announcements

Microsoft confirmed a new hardware vulnerability and advises all users to update their computers

Researchers at Bitdefender found a security vulnerability that affects all Windows computers running on 64-bit Intel and AMD processors manufactured since 2012. It could give an attacker access to passwords, private conversations, and any other information within the operating system kernel memory. Users are advised to update Windows in order to mitigate against this new CPU “SWAPGS attack” risk.
You can read more here. 

A WhatsApp vulnerability could allow hackers to manipulate messages

Cybersecurity researchers from Check Point identified flaws in WhatsApp that could allow hackers to manipulate messages in both public and private conversations. They said that Facebook has failed to address the flaws, a year after the company was alerted.
More info are available here. 

Google will use recycled materials in all of its hardware products by 2022

By 2020, all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral, and all Made by Google products will include recycled materials by 2022. Google said it had begun using recycled plastic in Chromecast devices and used plastic bottles to create the fabric on Google Homes and cases. The company explained that these moves are part of a wider initiative regarding sustainable product design.
You can read more here. 

Top new products

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Galaxy Note 10 has a 6.3-inch, 2280×1080 OLED display and a 3,500mAh battery. It comes with a 10MP front camera and a triple main camera with 16MP, 12MP and 12MP sensors.
More info here.

Nubia Z20

Nubia Z20 has a 6.41-inch AMOLED display on the front and on the back, there’s a secondary 5.1-inch AMOLED display. It comes with Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and 6 or 8GB of RAM.
More info here. 

ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G

The phone has a 6.47-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor and a 4000mAh battery. It comes with 6 of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

Instagram removed an ad partner that tracked millions of users’ locations

Instagram has banned one of its official marketing partners, HYP3R, after finding the startup scraped public data such as users’ physical locations, profile information and photos to serve better targeted ads. In a statement, the company said that it has both removed Hyp3r from its platform and made changes to prevent this situation from occurring again.
You can read more here. 

Amazon will allow users to disable the human review of Alexa recordings

Amazon Alexa users can now choose whether human reviewers listen to recordings of their exchanges with the AI assistant. The company did not previously inform users of the possibility that audio recordings captured by the service might be manually reviewed by actual humans.
More info can be found here. 

Facebook sues two app developers for ad fraud

Facebook is claiming the developers made Google Play apps that installed malware on a user’s phone for the purpose of generating fake clicks on Facebook ads. The company said that the accounts of both developers had been disabled and that any advertisers who were charged for the false click activity were refunded.
You can read more here. 


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