The week closed by some interesting and some astounding news. Today the name of the Google Pixel 3 was confirmed, and so was the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 7. Facebook announced that its users can no longer search other people by their contact number. And Reliance Jio hopped on the IPL 2018 craze by launching a Jio Cricket Gold Pass for Prime members and a Rs 251 pack for its prepaid users. And shockingly, the day came to a close with the website of Ministry of Defence being hacked. Here’s taking a look at all these news stories in brief.
Reliance Jio Cricket Gold Pass
For the upcoming IPL 2018, Reliance Jio today launched a ‘Cricket Gold Pass’, for Jio Prime members, whereas a Rs 251 ‘Cricket Season Pack’ for its prepaid users. The Gold Pass is available for free on MyJio app for the Prime members. The Gold pass and the Cricket Season pack offer free access to all IPL 2018 matches live. Further, with the recharge, users will get a data pack of 102GB for 51 days. In addition to that, the users also get access to a cricket comedy show and a cricket-related quizzing game.
Google Pixel 3 confirmed
Google today inadvertently confirmed the name of its next flagship smartphone – Pixel 3. A new AOSP commit called Cherrypick revealed mentions of the device. This is the first time that we have seen mention of Pixel 3 name in an official piece of code.
Xiaomi Mi 7 in-display fingerprint sensor confirmed
Earlier today Xiaomi CEI Lei Jun confirmed that the upcoming Mi 7 will come with an under-display fingerprint sensor. This information was revealed when Xiaomi recently added the Mi Mix 2S teardown photos on its official Weibo handle. One of the users jokingly commented on the post saying that the Mi 7 should feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, to which Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun confirmed by responding that it will indeed come with the new in-display sensor.
Facebook disables search by contact
As part of a major privacy overhaul, the social media giant has announced the removal of the option to look for friends on the platform using their phone number. The ability to search for friends on Facebook using their phone number made it easier to find one another, especially in countries where a lot of people have a common first name. However, the same also means the platform needs to save a user’s contact to enable the search.
Ministry of Defence website hacked
Earlier in the evening today, the website of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was reportedly hacked. The homepage of the website went blank, except for displaying a Chinese character, the ministry name and an error message.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam tweeted minutes later saying that the ministry is aware of the situation and “appropriate action” has been initiated.