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HQ Trivia app, Apple MacBook flaw, WhatsApp encryption flaw, more: Daily News Wrap

Here are the top stories of the day.

  • Published: January 11, 2018 10:23 PM IST
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Today’s day was especially notable due to an Apple and WhatsApp encryption flaw being spotted. We also saw a three-month-old HQ Trivia app picking the trends today. Once again Google Pixel 2XL was reporting with some issues. And finally, OnePlus was also made big in the news with its news OnePlus 5T Lava Red Edition going on sale in India. Here’s looking at these stories in brief.

HQ Trivia app

HQ Trivia, a three-month-old app, that turns the quiz experience seen on TV shows into a live mobile experience, went viral on the web today. The app was launched as an exclusive for iOS in October last year and its popularity has only soared since then. The app has grown from few thousand live players to an average of 500K to 750K players every day. According to App Annie, HQ Trivia was the most popular game on iOS in the US during the week ending January 4 and the 17th most popular app overall in the App store.

Apple MacBook flaw

It was also found today that Apple MacBooks have a flaw, which allows people to log into App Store preferences by typing any random password. This is the second login bug after a security flaw was discovered in November allowing anyone to log into a Mac by typing ‘root’ as the username, and no password whatsoever.

WhatsApp encryption flaw

WhatsApp was also in news for some vulnerabilities that were discovered in its system. Researchers found a bug in encrypted group chats on WhatsApp and Signal messaging apps that could allow an outsider to access and even manipulate personal conversations.

Google Pixel, Nexus issue

Some users are complaining that the new Android 8.1 Oreo update has introduced swipe issues in the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. The issue has made the simplest tasks such as unlocking the phone or answering calls, difficult. Some have also reported that they are having trouble swiping away notifications from the lock screen. The lock screen issues do not stop there, as others also reported having difficulty swiping the notification bar down.

OnePlus 5T Lava Red Edition

A day after its announcement, the Lava Red edition of OnePlus 5T was officially launched in India today. Priced at Rs 37,999 for the 128GB storage variant with 8GB of RAM, the smartphone will go on sale starting January 20. 

Just like the OnePlus 5T midnight variant, the new Lava Red edition will also be exclusive to Amazon India. Registrations for the same are now open on the e-commerce site.

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  • Published Date: January 11, 2018 10:23 PM IST