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WhatsApp fined over $3 mn for data sharing in Italy




London, May 13: WhatsApp has been fined over $3.3 million in Italy for ‘forcing’ users to share their personal data with its parent company Facebook.

The popular chat app has been asked by all of the 28 European Union data protection authorities to stop sharing users’ data with Facebook as there were doubts over the validity of users’ consent, reported on Friday.

“We’re reviewing the decision and we look forward to responding to officials,” the report quoted a WhatsApp spokesman as saying.

Facebook took over WhatsApp in 2014 and in August 2016, it changed its privacy policy to allow the transfer of its users’ personal information to the parent company for processing — a move that also created a furore in India.

The Indian government told the Supreme Court in April that it was actively considering to put in place a law to protect data and curb sharing of individual data on social networking sites and online messaging services.

The petitioners challenged a September 23, 2016, Delhi High Court order which allowed WhatsApp to roll out its new privacy policy.

Although the high court did say that it could not share the data of its users collected up to September 25, 2016, with Facebook or any other related company.

During the acquisition, Facebook had claimed that respect for users’ privacy was “coded into its DNA”.

But Italy’s antitrust regulator alleged that “the opportunity for WhatsApp users to refuse the handover of data to Facebook was available ‘but it was inadequately flagged’.”

The German authorities in April banned Facebook from collecting information on its WhatsApp users in the country, after it was found to have breached data protection laws.

Since Facebook took over WhatsApp, it has been surrounded by controversies related to privacy.

Earlier in 2017, The Guardian reported a security vulnerability that could be used to allow Facebook and others to intercept and read encrypted messages had been found within its WhatsApp messaging service.

WhatsApp denied the allegation saying it had a design decision relating to message delivery, with new keys being generated for offline users in order to ensure messages did not get lost in transit.



Automobile manufacturers to hike vehicle prices

According to Tata Motors, it will increase prices of its entire passenger vehicles range by up to Rs 60,000 due to rising input costs. The new prices will be effective from April 1, 2018.



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Mumbai, March 20 : Automobile manufacturers have announced that they will hike vehicle prices, effective April 1, 2018 due to rising input costs.

According to Tata Motors, it will increase prices of its entire passenger vehicles range by up to Rs 60,000 due to rising input costs. The new prices will be effective from April 1, 2018.

“The rising input costs, changing market conditions and various external economic factors have compelled us to consider the price increase but we are optimistic on maintaining our growth trajectory in the coming year on the back of our robust product portfolio like Tiago, Hexa, Tigor and Nexon,” said Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business, Tata Motors on Tuesday.

In addition, Nissan India also announced that prices of Nissan and of Datsun vehicles will be increased by up to 2 per cent across all available models.

Nissan currently offers the Micra, Sunny and the Terrano and Datsun offers the Datsun GO, GO+ and redi-GO in India.

“Due to rising input costs, we will be increasing the price of our Nissan and Datsun cars with effect from 1st April, 2018,” said Nissan Motor India’s Managing Director
Jerome Saigot.

“We are confident that our cars will continue to offer excellent value and choice to our customers.”

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ASUS launches world’s thinnest convertible laptop in India



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Asus ZenBook Flip S is pitched as the world’s thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 laptop.

New Delhi, March 19: Taiwanese electronics giant ASUS on Monday launched the worlds thinnest convertible laptop at Rs 1,30,990 in India.

The new “ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370” comes with a 13.3-inch full-HD display with touch screen.

“With the ‘ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370’, it becomes a perfect companion for those looking for stylish and powerful notebook for daily use,” Arnold Su, Business Development Manager, ASUS India, said in a statement.

The device comes with 8th-Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor with on-board 16GB RAM. It runs on Windows 10.

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The device is a mere 11.2mm and weighs just 1.1 kg, the company claimed in a statement.

It comes with ErgoLift hinge — one of the world’s most compact 360 degree hinges — that features a precision-engineered multigear metal mechanism, with a silky-smooth, stepless action that holds the display securely at any angle.

The two USB-C ports on the device support external 4K UHD displays, power delivery and data transfer — all via the reversible, any-way-up USB-C connector.

The device is currently available at ASUS stores across the country.


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Moto Z2 Force: Sturdy all-rounder but dated 16:9 display




New Delhi, March 19: Lenovo-owned Motorola’s latest premium offering Moto Z2 Force, with dual rear cameras, is here and the company is selling it as a phone with a shatter-proof display.

Moto Z2 Force essentially replaces the original Moto Z with Moto “ShatterShield” technology as its USP and a bundled Moto “TurboPower mod pack” in India for Rs 34,999.

How does the smartphone fare when it comes to everyday usage? Here is our review.

The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED shatterproof screen that did withstand drops and falls during our review test from approximately 3-4 feet height.

Despite being launched in 2018, the device features 16:9 aspect ratio that is now outdated as other flagships such as Galaxy S9, OnePlus 5T and Honor View10 are now offering a better 18:9 display — and this might be a put-off for those who want more a immersive experience.

Having said that, the good colour reproduction and viewing angles of the display mostly make up for the loss of screen space. It was bright with decent sunlight legibility.

The front of the phone is dominated by thick bezels above and below the screen, which was also present in the original Moto Z. This is because the company had promised that at least three generations of Moto Z phones would be compatible with the original “Moto Mod” — a clip-on accessory that transforms Moto Z Force into a super-zoom camera, a boombox, a projector and more.

There is an earpiece above the AMOLED screen that also houses the loudspeaker.

There is a 5MP selfie camera with a flash which was capable of taking decent self portraits.

Moto Z2 Force is comfortable to hold and for single-handed use but feels slippery when used without a Mod or a protective case.

The device is made of 7000 series aluminium which made the exterior look both tough and appealing. An added advantage of water-repellent nano-coating is there to protect the device from accidental spills or splashes.

The 12MP dual primary camera sensors come with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and 4k video recording. It took good photographs in well-lit conditions with accurate colour saturation levels.

The phone runs Android Oreo Operating System (OS) and offered an enhanced stock Android experience.

Motorola has added features such as “one-button” navigation, “double chop” gesture to turn the flashlight on or off, twist the phone to launch the camera and take screenshot by placing three fingers on the screen, among others.

Coming to its performance, the Moto Z2 Force is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset which is the same as in OnePlus 5T device.

The phone offered snappy performance most of the time and the fingerprint sensor below the display interested us the most.

The phone can be put to sleep with a long-press and the same button can unlock the device.

What does not work?

The absence of weather-proofing could be a major put-off for most users.

We also noticed that the display was extremely prone to scratches even as it doesn’t shatter or crack easily.

Conclusion: This is undoubtedly a well-built device with Motorola’s promise of timely updates. If you are looking for a sturdy device with stock Android experience, go for it.


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