Good Tuesday evening and the first death involving an autonomous vehicle was reported early today in Arizona. An autonomous vehicle run by Uber has run over a woman, forcing the company to stop all autonomous driving test. Facebook is being investigated by US FTC for potential violation of a 2011 agreement related handling user data. If found guilty, FTC could fine Facebook thousands of dollars a day for the violation.
In other news, it was raining new smartphone launches from the likes of HTC, Lenovo and Vivo. The bottom line of these new announcements is that notch is here to stay. Here is a rundown of all the major announcements from the world of tech:
Autonomous Uber runs over a woman in Arizona
Uber had a miserable 2017 and it has found itself in a fresh controversy. An autonomous vehicle run by Uber has ran over a woman in Arizona. The incident took place in the Pheonix suburb of Tempe and Uber has decided to suspend all autonomous driving test in the US and Canada.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family. We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident,” Uber Spokesperson told BGR India. However, the initial investigation suggests that the autonomous vehicle may not be at fault for the incident.
Facebook might be under US FTC scanner
US FTC is probing Facebook over violation of user data. The US privacy watchdog has commenced a probe after Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica abused to mine data of over 50 million users on its platform. The FTC is primarily looking at whether Facebook violated 2011 decree of consent for user data.
If found guilty, Facebook could be fined several thousand dollars a day and could lead to its regulation by the US Senate. The case for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before regulators have strengthened further after the new report.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro Pricing Leaked Ahead of Launch
Huawei P20 and its sibling P20 Pro are proving to be the most anticipated smartphones of 2018. The P20 series is expected to bring triple rear camera setup to smartphones and will also bring new AI capabilities in addition to flagship specifications.
Now, ahead of their offical launch, the pricing for these upcoming devices have leaked online. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro is said to cost 679 Euro and 899 Euro in the European market when it becomes official on March 27. The pricing definitely sounds premium but the smartphones might have revolutionary camera offering.
Vivo X21 launched in China
Oppo launched its R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition smartphones yesterday and today is the turn of sister brand Vivo. Vivo launched X21 smartphone in China, which copies iPhone X’s display notch design. The smartphone, however, drop the in-display fingerprint sensor seen on the X21 UD smartphone launched early this year.
In terms of specifications, the Vivo X21 features a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 660 SoC, 6GB RAM and option to choose between 64GB and 128GB storage. It also comes with dual rear camera setup and a 12-megapixel selfie camera.
Airtel offering unlimited calls, 40GB data at Rs 499
Bharti Airtel wants to keep fighting with Reliance Jio and its aggressive tariff plan. The incumbent telecom operator has announced new Rs 499 plan that offers 40GB mobile data during the 30 day billing cycle. It also supports data rollover option and will compete with Jio’s Rs 509 prepaid plan.
Bharti Airtel has reported loss in revenue since the debut of Jio in 2016 and it is now fighting the new entrant by offering same or more data benefits. There doesn’t seem to be an end to this infighting as Jio continues to gain new customers and reports profits in the coming quarters.
Lenovo S5 launched
Lenovo has finally launched its S5 smartphone with thin bezel design in China. After teasing the device for really long time, the company announced that Lenovo S5 will go on sale starting March 23 in China.
The Lenovo S5 features a metal unibody design and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC. The device comes with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ display making it a direct competitor to Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 Plus. The device comes in three storage options and features a dual rear camera setup.
HTC Desire 12, Desire 12+ launched
HTC quietly launched its Desire 12 and Desire 12+ smartphones as it tries to stay relevant in the extremely competitive smartphone market. The smartphones are mid-range devices with Liquid Surface design seen on company’s flagship devices. Apart from the design, the smartphones also bring 18:9 screen to the mid-range devices from HTC.
In terms of specifications, the HTC Desire sports a 5.5-inch HD+ display while the Desire 12+ gets a larger 6-inch HD+ display. The Desire 12 is using a MediaTek SoC while the Desire 12+ packs a more powerful Snapdragon 450 SoC. Both the phones come with 3GB RAM with Desire 12 offering 16GB storage and Desire 12+ offering 32GB storage. Another major differentiator being Desire 12’s single rear camera setup against Desire 12+’s dual rear cameras.