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The houseparty app isn’t safe? Your Privacy at Stake!

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The house party app has managed to attract a gigantic group of people from all over the world as, during this tough and tedious lockdown, people are searching for some unique ways to keep themselves engaged and engrossed. House party has become a smash-hit in the world of apps and has driven the masses crazy!

The graph of this app is mounting as we can notice that in the first week of February there were only 130,000 downloads but in the 1st week of March, it jumped to two million downloads!

However, the wide acceptance of the app has also raised many questions about the safety quotient. On Tuesday the app witnessed hell lotta reports from users stating that their accounts are being hacked! And the number of complaints has seen a sudden surge in no time.

On the flip side, the company is not ready to take this allegation! The company has offered $ 1 million to the first person who will provide evidence of this fake campaign going on.

What does this app offer?

The app is quite interesting as you can play in-app games and quizzes along with making video calls just like a house party but “a virtual one!”

Is safety being compromised?

This app is owned by the developer Fortnite and is a crowd-puller for sure. Nevertheless, the safety issues are a big concern as there are several posts on social media by users of this app pointing towards the huge problem of their other accounts being hacked, which includes- Netflix, Instagram, eBay and Spotify.

To abate, the storm going on the social media house party tweeted about the fact that it does not collect any passwords for any other apps whatsoever! 

The company claimed that: “We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts,” 

“As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform.

“Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple.”

Now, this reputational damage can be proved catastrophic for the house party as it is evident from the present scenario! People are already deleting their accounts in the fear of being hacked.

According to Jack Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at ESET, an online security firm :

“What this has done is shone a light on the privacy policy in the app and there seems to be quite a lot of personal data that the app pulls from each device that is used – such as device ID, internet history and other actions taken through the service,” 

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ColorOS 7: Oppo India reveals new Android 10 rollout plan for smartphones

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Chinese smartphone maker Oppo hast just revealed the rollout plan for its latest ColorOS 7 operating system. The company shared a comprehensive, two-phase plan for toll out the update for its devices in the Indian market. It is worth noting that the company has already rolled out the Android 10-based OS upgrade to multiple devices. These include the Oppo Find X series, Reno lineup, R17 series, and the F11 series. Beyond this, the Oppo K3 and A9 have also received the upgrade. However, this new rollout plan shared information regarding the rest of the devices. Let’s check out the details regarding the new Oppo ColorOS 7 rollout plan here.

Oppo releases a new ColorOS 7 rollout plan; details

As part of the announcement, Oppo revealed that is has been sending out the upgrade to select devices since April. However, this new timeline will expand ColorOS 7 to a total of 23 Oppo smartphones. The company shared the details regarding the two-phase plan including the approximate timeline. For some context, the company initially announced the Android 10-based update back in November 2019. It also highlighted that ColorOS 7 was the first to integrate the Digilocker service through the DocVault feature. Beyond this, the company also added custom wallpapers for the Indian users.

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Manoj Kumar, Senior Principal Engineer for Color OS at Oppo India also issued a statement as part of the announcement. Kumar added, “The ColorOS team complies with strict quality requirements and takes user feedback very seriously. Before the official version is rolled out, we evaluate bugs and feedback from over 92,000 testers worldwide and make thousands of revisions from the trial version.”

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Oppo India will roll out the upgrade to its F9, F9 Pro, F7, F7 128G, A5 2020, and A9 2020. These devices will get the update in June as part of Phase 1. Beyond this, the company will release the update to its F15 and R15 Pro devices in June during Phase 2. The rest of the devices have already received the updates.

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Get customised Apple MacBooks, iMac in India now

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Apple has started offering its built-to-order service for Mac devices in India. This means if you want to buy MacBook or iMac with more RAM or storage, you can pay extra and get it from Apple. The service will be available through Apple Resellers in the country, and you can cross-check for the variants available on Apple website.

Many people have been asking for Apple to start this option in India. As buyers were only getting select variants of Mac devices till now. But with this announcement, customers can order whichever model they want from the company.

The service is available on MacBook Air, Pro, Mac Mini and all the iMac models sold by the company. But considering Apple’s premium pricing, we’d expect the extra RAM or upgraded graphics card to cost a bomb. This development suggests Apple is slowly bringing all its products and parts to the country. The company is also expected to start online sales of iPhone and MacBooks later this year.

In addition to this, the Cupertino-based giant has already talked about setting up its first retail in India. This is most likely to open by 2021 in Mumbai. But with the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Apple might find it hard to meet its deadline.

Apple premium wireless headphones

Apple has already started the mass-production of the AirPods Studio headphones. The company is preparing for its imminent launch later this year. Although the design is still completely unknown, the rumors about Apple’s new headphones continue to reinforce the company’s plans for the AirPods lineup this year. Jon Prosser, a renowned leaker, claimed the new AirPods Studio headphones will cost $349 (Rs. 26,500 approximately) in the United States.

After succeeding with AirPods in the market, and having more than 60 million wireless headphones sold last year, the company now wants to enter a slightly more select market niche with premium over-the-ear type headphones that would compete against the likes of Bose QC35, Surface Headphones, and Sony WH-1000XM3.

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Lenovo patents AirPods-like design for its TWS earbuds

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Lenovo has filed for patents for its truly wireless earbuds that replicate AirPods design. This has been given in this report, which also suggests the company could launch its product in the near future. The image suggests Lenovo is going for a flatter stem for the earbuds which makes it easy to grip for the user.

Each of the earbuds seems to have the charging pin and mic at the bottom of the stem. And going by its size, it’s possible the device will support touch-based controls, instead of buttons. We can also see the image of the earbuds in the filing, and the charging box seems to be missing. This is likely to be included once the patent is filed.

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Lenovo budget TWS earbuds in India

The company has already launched a slew of affordable wireless earbuds in India. It has the HT10 Pro and HT20 series that offers decent sound output for the price. They also come with IPX5 rating for water and sweat proof durability. The earbuds connect using Bluetooth 5.0 and remain paired for up to 20 meters range. These are priced at Rs 3,799 for the HT20 and Rs 4,499 for the HT10 Pro in the country.

Speaking of AirPods design, latest leaks suggest even the OnePlus will be using them for its own TSW earbuds. The company plans to launch its OnePlus TWS earbuds along with the rumored OnePlus Z smartphone. It has also been mentioned the upcoming earbuds will be likely call the, “OnePlus Buds”.

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Leaks have also shown us the oval-shaped charging case with LED-indicator in the front. This will likely show the connectivity status and change color depending on the battery level . The default color of the indicator seems to be Green as per the illustration. These earbuds will also come with “L” and “R” markings towards the bottom of the stem

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