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Tech Podcast: WhatsApp suggest ways to curb fake news on its platform

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July 9, 2018

1. WhatsApp suggest ways to curb fake news on its platform

Responding to concerns raised by the Indian government, WhatsApp suggest ways to check the spread of fake news on its platform. These ways include product controls, digital literacy and fact-checking. WhatsApp recently introduced limited broadcasting and marking forwarded messages as product controls. The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform indicated that its deals with absue in two ways - by giving controls and information to the user to keep them safe and by proactively stopping the misuse of the platform.

2. Google under fire for allowing third parties to scan Gmail inboxes

Google faced a lot of flak for allowing third party developers scan the inboxes of Gmail users. While the Mountain View tech giant has stopped scanning its users' inboxes for sending personalised ads, it allowed third parties to continue doing the same. Some of the third party developers even had access to thousands of Gmail user accounts. Google later clarified that it vets its third-party apps to make sure they request only relevant information and do not misrepresent themselves.

3. Reliance Jio launches JioGigaFiber, JioPhone 2

Reliance Jio launched its much-awaited fixed fibre internet connection at its AGM this week. Dubbed the JioGigaFibre, the internet connection will carry smart home solutions and will potentially connect 50 million homes. Reliance Jio also launched the second iteration of its JioPhone, the JioPhone 2. It comes with a QWERTY keypad and access to various apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube.

4. Xiaomi starts teasing Mi Max 3

Xioami is expected to launch the Mi Max 3 at an event it is going to host soon. In the run up to the event, Xiaomi has started to tease the device, but in a peculiar manner. The company is re-releasing the old teasers of its Mi Max devices on its Weibo account ahead of the launch of Mi Max 3. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will come with a bezel-less design and a 6.99-inch screen. Inside it will have the Snapdragon 636 coupled with 6GB of RAM. A more powerful Mi Max 3 Pro is also expected to be launched with the Snapdragon 710.

5. Samsung Galaxy On6 in India at Rs 14,490

Samsung launched its new mid-range device, the Galaxy On6, in India. The USP of the device is its Infinity Display which comes with a HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone has an Exynos 7870 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM running the show. The Samsung Galaxy On6 is exclusively available on Flipkart for a price of Rs 14,490.

6. OnePlus 6 rival Asus Zenfone 5Z launched in India

Asus launched its flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 5Z in India. The device comes with Snapdragon 845 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. At the front is a 6.2-inch LCD display with a notch at top which houses the usual sensor and an 8MP front camera. At the back is a dual camera setup with 12MP and 8MP sensors. The Asus Zenfone 5Z has been priced in a range of Rs 29,999 too Rs 36,999.

7. Google goes the gaming way

Google is reportedly testing an online gaming streaming service, codenamed Yeti. The company might even come out with a gaming console in days to come. This will be similar to Nvidia Geforce, which allows users to play modern games on low-end devices
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