Top news this week, 4th-8th of December 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


Google’s Threat Analysis Group discovered zero-day vulnerabilities in Chrome and Apple’s operating systems

Apple issued update following the discovery, to eliminate two severe flaws within iOS, macOS, and iPadOS. The first, CVE-2023-42916, presented a hazard wherein attackers could harness an out-of-bounds read to extract sensitive information. The second, CVE-2023-42917, enabled hackers to corrupt memory, potentially orchestrating unauthorized code execution.


23andMe confirmed that hackers accessed data belonging to 6.9 million users

The company said that the breach affected around 5.5 million users who had DNA Relatives enabled, a feature that matches users with similar genetic makeups, while an additional 1.4 million people had their family tree profiles accessed. 23andMe now requires password changes from its users and implemented a two-step authentication login process for its website.


WhatsApp launched disappearing voice messages

The new feature will allow users to send a voice message that can only be listened to once before it disappears, similar to the “View Once” option for photos and videos introduced in 2021. WhatsApp plans to roll out the new feature “globally over the coming days”.


Meta will add end-to-end encryption for all chats and calls on Messenger and Facebook

The personal calls and chats of every Messenger user will be encrypted by default. This a major privacy update that makes the service more similar to WhatsApp.


Gmail spam detection has received its ‘largest defense upgrades in recent years’

Google has added a new tool named RETVec (Resilient and Efficient Text Vectorizer) to fight against spam in Gmail. RETVec, which works with over 100 languages, aims to help build more resilient and efficient server-side and on-device text classifiers, while also being more robust and computationally less expensive.


Top new products


OnePlus 12

OnePlus 12 will have 6.82-inch display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, up to 24 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage. It will come with a 5,400mAh battery.


Honor Magic 6 Lite

The phone has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 6 Gen 1, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It will come with a 5300 mAh battery.


Realme GT 5 Pro

Realme GT 5 Pro has a 6.78-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. It comes with a 5,400mAh battery.

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