In today’s live updates in the technology world, more than 772 million email addresses and 22 million unique passwords have been outed in what could be one of the biggest data breaches in recent times. People whose email id appear to have been breached are advised to change their password and switch on two-factor authentication. Meanwhile, one can check if their email ids have been breached on haveibeenpwned website.
In other news, Amazon has unveiled a preview of deals during its Great Indian sale which starts from January 20. Prime members get early access from 12 noon a day before. Mobile phones will get up to 40 per cent off and deals on OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Redmi Note 6 Pro, etc have been listed as well. Moto G7 has been spotted on benchmarking site, Geekbench with Snapdragon 660 processor and 3GB RAM. Finally, this Saturday is a crucial event where the first and only total lunar eclipse of 2019 takes place.
MWC 2019 takes place in February and here's what is expected
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) takes place towards the end of February (Feb 25 to 28) and we expect major announcements from players like LG, Xiaomi, Sony, HMD Global aka Nokia and others. The highlight could be the foldable phones with players like LG and Oppo expected to showcase devices. Samsung's Foldable phone might just get revealed at the Galaxy S10 event, which is taking place on February 20, 2019 itself. Read more about MWC 2019 here.
Tim Cook calls for US FTC to get tough on data brokers
Apple CEO Tim Cook has called on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to track data brokers and monitor how they use people’s digital information, reports Bloomberg. “The Federal Trade Commission should establish a data-broker clearinghouse, requiring all data brokers to register, enabling consumers to track the transactions that have bundled and sold their data from place to place, and giving users the power to delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all,” Cook wrote. Read more here.
Truvison speaker at Rs 2,999
Truvison, which is a Europe-based consumer electronics company has launched its new 2.1 400BT Multimedia Speaker in India for a price of Rs 2,999 only. The speaker is encased in a wooden cabinet, has an LED display provides information on various controls and LED light. The 2.1 speakers are packed with 20 Watts RMS, 4x1 cms bass driver for subwoofers for clarity in music.
The speaker feature connectivity options like Bluetooth, USB, pen drive and micro SD. The speaker comes with a 1-year warranty and is already available with all the leading retails stores across India.
Amazon Great Indian sale: Deals on OnePlus 6T, Samsung Note 8, Redmi Y2 and more mobiles
Mobile phones get up to 40 per cent off during the sale as well as exchange offers up to Rs 10,000. OnePlus 6T will be available with OnePlus Assured Upgrade program and extra Rs 2,000 off on exchange. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be available at a price of Rs 39,990.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 will start at Rs 7,999, while Redmi 6 Pro and Mi A2 will be available with extra Rs 2,000 off on exchange. Deals on Realme U1 are listed as well. LG's flagship smartphone V40 will be available for early access.
Amazon Great Indian sale from Jan 20, Prime members get early access
Amazon has put out a preview of its upcoming Great Indian sale, which starts on January 20. Amazon Prime members will have early access from 12 noon on January 19. People who purchase using HDFC Bank debit and credit cards can avail 10 per cent instant discount during the sale.
Other offers include free delivery for new customers and 10 per cent additional cashback up to Rs 750 on fashion products. TCL (65-inch) 4K Android TV will be available at a price of Rs 74,990 plus Rs 10,000 cashback as Amazon pay balance exclusively for Prime members.
Amazon, Flipkart Republic Day sales: Top discounts on Huawei, Honor smartphones
Huawei and Honor have announced discounts on their smartphones for upcoming Republic Day sales on Amazon and Flipkart. Premium Huawei smartphones like P20 Lite, Nove 3 and Nova 3i will be available with discounts up to Rs 7,000 during Amazon's Great Indian sale. Honor smartphones that will get discounts on Flipkart include Honor 9N, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7A, Honor 7S. The phones that will get deals on Amazon are Honor 7C, Honor 8X as well as Honor Play. Read more here.
Xiaomi's battle royale game 'Survival Game' released, will rival PUBG, Fortnite
Xiaomi has launched a new battle royale game dubbed 'Survival Game' in its Mi Apps store for everyone to download. The game is similar to other popular battle royale games namely PUBG Mobile and Fortnite.
Gameplay consists of 100 players jumping off a spaceship to square off with each other to become the last person standing. They have to collect guns and supplies during the round that might help them gain an advantage over others. The last player standing is declared the winner. To know more about the game click here.
OnePlus Assured Upgrade program for OnePlus 6T announced: Details
OnePlus has announced its 'Assured Upgrade' program for OnePlus 6T under which OnePlus 6T buyers can avail guaranteed buyback value of a maximum of 70 per cent of the purchase value of the device on upgrade to a OnePlus flagship. OnePlus is offering a minimum of 40 per cent of the purchase value of the device between three to 12 months from the purchase date of the device on upgrade. The program will go live on January 19. Read more here.
Honor 10 Lite review: Here's what we thought
Honor 10 Lite has a stylish design, with a price of Rs 13,999 onward. The phone comes with a Kirin 710 processor, 13MP+2MP rear camera and 24MP front camera. The battery life is impressive as we noted in our review. The phone will go on its first sale on January 20 on Flipkart. Read our full review here.
Motorola Razr is coming back as foldable phone
The Motorola Razr was an iconic flip phone for its time, and it could be making a comeback in 2019. A WSJ report indicates that the Motorola Razr will launch as a foldable phone, in partnership with US teleco Verizon and it will have a price tag of $1500. Samsung's foldable phone could have some serious competition if the Motorola Razr makes an appearance in February. Read more here.
Moto G7 leaked in new update
Moto G7 has been spotted on benchmarking site Geekbench. Tipster Slashleaks posted on Twitter a screenshot of the Geekbench listing of Moto G7, which shows the phone runs Android 9.0 Pie, Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. The new Moto G7 series is expected to launch in February 2019, according to leaks. Read here for more details.
Time to change your password. NOW
The biggest data breach ever, and the first one for 2019 is here, and January has only just begun. Over 772 million email addresses and 22 million unique passwords have been outed in a collection of files uploaded to cloud service MEGA. Calling it Collection #1, Microsoft’s regional director and MVP for developer security Troy Hunt, who revealed the breach first, said the dump was a “set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows”.
Yes it means you should ideally change your password. Go to Hunt's website haveibeenpwned.com, and check if your passwords, email ids have been pawned. If so you should change it. Read more here.
Amazon Prime Music app gets Alexa integration in India
Now you can simply ask Alexa to play music in the Amazon Prime Music app. Just ask Alexa to play music from genre or movie, just by asking without the need to tab the Alexa icon. The hands-free feature with Alexa is now rolling out in the Amazon Prime Music app. The Prime Music app is available on both Android and iOS platforms. Keep in mind that Prime Music is free for Amazon Prime members.
Xiaomi Mi Micro USB Braided Cable with support for 2A fast charging launched in India
Xiaomi has launched its new Mi Micro USB Braided Cable in India. The cable supports up to 2A fast charging along with the capability of fast data transfer. It is currently available on the company's official website in red and black colour options and is priced at Rs 249. To know more about it click here.
Ultimate Ears brings BOOM 3 speaker launched in India
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 speaker has been launched in India for a price of Rs 15,995. The device has a Magic Button on top of the speaker for convenient music control with 360-degree sound. The button can be used to play, pause and skip tracks directly on the speakers without relying on the smartphone. Pairing with the company's iOS app will also give one-touch access to a user's playlists on Apple Music. The BOOM 3 speakers are compatible with the Ultimate Ears POWER UP charging dock as well.
Flipkart Republic Day sale dates confirmed
Flipkart has confirmed that its Republic day will start from January 20 to January 22. The company will offer discounts on a range of products. including smartphones. Devices like the Realme 2 Pro, Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy On6, Poco F1, Motorola One Power along with Apple's iPhones could all get discounts as part of the sale. Read more here.
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice and TV remote control is here
Amazon's new variant for its popular Fire TV Stick device is here. This one comes with a special Alexa enabled remote and this one can also be used to control the television set. The price of the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice and TV remote is Rs 3,999 and it will start shipping on January 23, 2019. The company had earlier launched a 4K-ready version of its Fire TV Stick, which also came with the Alexa voice and TV remote control, though that variant is priced at Rs 5,999.
Users who are interested can purchase the new Alexa Voice and TV remote separately. The remote by itself will cost Rs 1,999, though for a discounted period, the price is Rs 999.
Xioami Mi Soundbar is going on sale
The Mi Soundbar is going on sale in India for a price of Rs 4,999. The Mi Soundbar is going to be sold exclusively on Mi.com. Here's our detailed review of Mi Soundbar.
Samsung One UI update starts rolling out in India
Samsung has started rolling out the Android Pie based One UI update for its Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ and Note 9 in India. The update is around 1.6GB in size and comes with support for a Night Mode from Samsung, along with an improved user interface as well. The One UI will replace the earlier Experience UI on Samsung's phones. Read more here.
Apple iPhone XI render leaked again
Apple iPhone XI or iPhone 11 renders have been leaked once again by OnLeaks. This render shows a completely different design compared to the earlier render that was also shared by OnLeaks. The iPhone 11 render shows a smaller notch on the front, a triple camera set up at the back, which has a horizontal setup and not the vertical setup that is common on iPhones. Apple iPhone 11 is supposed to come with 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor at the back, according to reports
Here comes your very first and very early look at yet another 2019 #iPhone prototype! Discover it right now through gorgeous 5K renders made on behalf of my Friends over @compareraja -> https://t.co/14j8USJzip (please read the full story in order to make educated comments...) pic.twitter.com/4dPtdz35Gp— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 15, 2019
Apple could revive iPod Touch with new update
Apple has reportedly started working on the 7th generation iPod Touch. Details on what's new going to be introduced are unclear at the moment, but the update is long anticipated. The 6th generation iPod Touch was announced way back in 2015 and the company continues to sell in the market. Hopefully, the new version is going to feature an improved processor, a larger screen, and an affordable price tag. Read more
WhatsApp rolls out a number of new features including private replies for group chats to iOS
WhatsApp has started rolling out version 2.19.11 update to all of its iOS users bringing a number of crucial new features. Apple iOS users after the update will be able to reply privately to messages on group chats, add stickers to images or videos while editing and use 3D Touch to view a contact's status. To know more as to how these features will work click here.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro, P20 Pro now support Netflix HD & HDR content
Huawei has announced that its flagship phones, the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro now support for HD and HDR content for Netflix. This has been made possible with Huawei finally adding Widevine L1 support to the devices in order to deliver HD video content on the streaming platforms.
PUBG update promises better loot distribution
PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) Mobile 0.10.5 update is coming soon, confirmed the company and this will offer better loot distribution in the Vikendi snow map. The map is available on PUBG mobile as a beta map. The new PUB update is expected to go live on January 20. Read here for more details
Xiaomi's Mi LED TVs on sale in India: Read our review
The new range of Xiaomi's Mi LED TVs are now available for sale in India. In our review Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch variant, we liked the design of this television, which is better-looking than most TVs in a similar price range. The Mi LED TV has very narrow bezels around the display, and the display's colour quality and sharp details make for a good viewing experience. The resolution is crisp and clear, which makes the TV, a good option to consider for under Rs 40,000. Read our full review here.
Samsung Galaxy M series to be Amazon exclusive
Samsung's new Galaxy M series is launching in India on January 28. The phones will be Amazon exclusive in the market with a notify page already live for the series. Galaxy M is being seen as a counter to the Redmi phones in the market. Samsung Galaxy M10 and M20 will both come with Infinity V notches, or a small waterdrop notch on the front. The Galaxy M20 could have a dual-rear camera as well. According to leaks, the M20 will have a Exynos processor from Samsung, and a type-C USB port. Read more here.
Redmi Note 7 is officially on sale in China
Redmi Note 7 with the 48MP rear camera on the back is now officially on sale in China. Redmi Note 7 has a new glass design as well in comparison to the metal design of the previous Redmi Note 5 and 6 phones. The Redmi Note 7 also has a type-C USB port. The device comes with a more Qualcomm Snadragon 660 processor as well. There will be a Redmi Note 7 Pro also with a better 48MP rear camera, though that will only launch at the time of the Chinese New Year, which is in February. Read more here.
Honor 10 Lite: Price in India, specifications
Honor 10 Lite will cost Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the 6GB RAM and 128GB version will cost Rs 17,999. Honor's new phone is Flipkart exclusive, with sales starting January 20. Honor V20 has a 6.21-inch FullView FHD+ display, Kirin 710 processor, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and dual camera setup on the back with 13MP + 2MP combination. The front camera is 24MP. Batter on the Honor 10 Lite is 3,400mAh and it runs EMUI 9.1, based on Android 9 Pie. Read more here.