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Twitter CEO Acknowledged “It’s easy to Abuse Others on Twitter”

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Twitter CEO Acknowledged "It's easy to Abuse Others on Twitter"

Twitter CEO Acknowledged “It’s easy to Abuse Others on Twitter”: Admitting that Twitter makes it “super easy to harass and abuse others”, CEO of the microblogging platform Jack Dorsey has said that addressing the issue in a systematic way is his biggest worry.

The platform is relying more on Machine Learning (ML) to identify abusive tweets as opposed to having people individually report them, Dorsey said in his TED talk this week, Business Insider reported.

“We have seen abuse, we have seen harassment, we have seen manipulation, automation, human coordination, misinformation,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.

“These are dynamics that we were not expecting 13 years ago.”

Dorsey also lamented that the system places undue weight on followers and likes.

“Right now the system makes it super easy to harass and abuse others,” he said, while adding that Twitter has created a “pretty terrible situation” for women.

As part of the efforts to make its platform appear less toxic, Twitter this week also announced that it is planning to give people an option to hide replies to their tweets, thereby giving users more control over the nature of conversation they would like to have on the platform.

“Starting in June, we’ll be experimenting with ways to give people more control over their conversations by giving them an option to hide replies to their Tweets,” Donald Hicks, Vice President, Twitter Service and David Gasca, Twitter’s Senior Director, Product Management, Health, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Also on 7th March Twitter Safety tweeted, “We want to move faster in reviewing reported Tweets that share personal information. Starting today, you’ll be able to tell us more about the Tweet you are reporting.”

And Donald Hicks quoted and said, “Our teams have been working hard to make it easier for you to report Tweets you think may violate our rules, and add additional context when you do. We are excited to announce a change in the flow!”

While the feature has the potential to make trolls invisible, it could make it difficult for users to correct wrong statements made by others.

Other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram already give users much more power in terms of dealing with the comments to their posts, including the option to delete them.

Twitter last year said that making the platform free of abuse, spam and other things that distract from the public conversation is its top priority.

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Samsung Galaxy A31 launched in India: Check price, sale offers, specifications and more

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy A31 in India. The phone, as expected, has been launched in one variant with 6GB of RAM. It runs the latest Android 10 version with OneUI 2. Samsung had first unveiled the Galaxy A31 globally in March. It flaunts a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a waterdrop-style notch.

“With Galaxy A series, we are bringing meaningful innovation to all our consumers. In the first quarter of 2020, we introduced many industry-first and breakthrough features in mid segment smartphones through Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51. Indeed, Galaxy A51 has gone on to become the global best-seller in a very short span of time,” said Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India.

Samsung Galaxy A31: Price in India, launch offers

The Samsung Galaxy A31 will cost you Rs 21,999 in India. The 6GB RAM variant includes 128GB inbuilt storage. The company will be making it available starting today, June 4. As we have seen with the previous A series phones, it will be made available across online and offline stores.

As of now, Samsung has mentioned retail partners Amazon India, Flipkart, BeNow, as well as the Samsung India eStore, apart from offline retailers including the Samsung Opera House. The Galaxy A31 will come in three color options of Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush Blue, and Prism Crush White colour options.

Specifications and features

The Samsung Galaxy A31 packs a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. It will be backed by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage for India. The handset will support MicroSD Slot up to 512GB.

The device features a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging support as seen on the smartphone’s predecessor. In terms of cameras it features a quad-camera setup on the back. The primary camera on this setup is a 48-megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture. There is also an ultra wide camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture, a depth sensor of 5-megapixels with aperture of f/2.4, and finally a macro lens with 5-megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture.

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In terms of a selfie camera it features a 20-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture. On the software front, the device will run Android 10-based OneUI out-of-the-box. It also features an on-screen fingerprint sensor rather than a physical one. The smartphone will also feature Samsung Pay as online payments feature.

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Samsung close to releasing update for wallpaper bug

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Remember the wallpaper crashing Android phones this week? Samsung says it will soon release update to fix the issue. This has been quoted via sources by Sammobile, which says the fix will come via over the air update. It says Samsung already knew about the problem and has been working on a solution. The reports of crashing phones was caused because of using unsupported wallpapers.

In the meanwhile, Samsung advises users to avoid downloading these images. It wants them to persist using the preloaded set of wallpapers on their phone. Once the update is released, they can start downloading again.

Earlier this week, wallpaper has been observed to carry high dynamic range which is beyond the limits acceptable on the operating system. The user by the name Ice Universe said, Android doesn’t support the RBG value of over 255. And because of this, phones using this image are crashing.

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The post also points out that problem is associated with phones running on versions till Android 10. Phone makers are probably working overnight to fix this issue. And a software update will most likely be released very soon. Ice Universe also mentions the fix for this issue has been already been submitted with the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

We’re hoping that other OEMs also reach out publicly and issue updates to fix the issue. The user has mentioned that many Pixel users were facing the same problem. Let’s see if Google knows about the matter and offer a solution in the coming days.

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Android users mostly complain about security bugs in one app or the other. Hackers enjoy working through Android, because of its open-source nature. But a wallpaper causing havoc is a rare development. This has seemingly puzzled the industry as well. Hopefully this get sorted sooner than later.

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Asus ROG III 12GB RAM variant spotted in benchmarks

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Asus is gearing up to launch the new ROG phone series. First we came across the 8GB variant of the phone in benchmark listing. Now it’s time for the 12GB RAM model of the phone to surface. As spotted in Geekbench listing, the phone with 12GB RAM passed through its database.

The phone also comes powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor. But instead of 8GB, now the phone with 12GB RAM scores big on the benchmarks. Other than that we know very little about the upcoming ROG III phone. The ROG series has been a popular entry in the gaming smartphone segment. The last in the series was the Asus ROG Phone II that was launched in 2019.

The smartphone is expected to be one of the most advanced gaming devices in the industry, as was made clear by its predecessors. The Geekbench scores suggest the same, at least in terms of performance. The listing sadly doesn’t reveal extra details about the Asus ROG Phone III other that the matching model number and its processor.

Asus ROG III features

The Asus ROG Phone III will also likely feature a fancy design and newer, more improved cooling mechanisms, a trend we also saw on past phones. Asus is likely to announce the ROG Phone 3 and Zenfone 7 smartphones. Both these smartphones could make their official debut by the end of the second quarter.

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And unlike the original ROG device, Asus managed to aggressively price the ROG 2, even though it had the latest set of hardware. This was the first smartphone to comes with Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, even before the OnePlus 7T. This will be the third ROG Phone gaming smartphone to be launched by the Taiwan-based smartphone company.

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