Good Thursday Evening. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally spoke about the ongoing debate about Cambridge Analytica’s improper data mining on its platform. Zuckerberg spoke to CNN and then gave three more interviews in a rare form of openness from the CEO of world’s largest social media platform. The most important line from Zuckerberge was, “This was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”
The interview comes as the call for #DeleteFacebook gains momentum and got support from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who sold his startup to Zuckerberg for record $19 billion in 2014. More on Zuckerberg’s quotes in the story below. In other news from the world of gadgets, Vivo made its V9 official in Thailand, a day ahead of its India launch. The smartphone, yes, copies iPhone X. Samsung unveiled a new mid-range chipset with neural processing capabilities while Xiaomi released two new teasers for Mi MIX 2S. Here is everything you need to know from the world of technology
Mark Zuckerberg on Cambridge Analytica data breach
Mark Zuckerberg addressed the Cambridge Analytica data scandal five days after it was made public. He acknowledged that trusting Cambridge Analytica was a mistake and Facebook gave developers more power than required as far as handling user data is concerned. He detailed company’s plan to build a tool that will allow users to see if their information was compromised. Cambridge Analytica is believed to have gained access to user information of 50 million Facebook users, which it later used to build psychographic profile.
Zuckerberg also answered more pressing questions where he said that the platform is under attack from hackers who want to meddle with elections. He also said that he will appear before Congress and administrators if he is the right person to speak about the platform. However, Zuckerberg didn’t speak directly on whether Facebook is harming the community but added that #DeleteFacebook has not had a meaningful impact in user base so far.
Vivo V9 launched with 6.3-inch 19:9 Display
Vivo V9 is official but not in India. The Chinese smartphone maker has launched V9 in Thailand revealing the specifications and final design of the smartphone that will launch in India tomorrow.
Vivo V9 features a 6.3-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and design similar to that of iPhone X. It is powered by Snapdragon 626 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. It gets a 24-megapixel selfie camera and combination of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras at the back. There is no word on its pricing just yet.
Samsung Galaxy S9 users are reporting touchscreen issues
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ sales are reportedly not off to a great start. Korean media says users are not upgrading to new model and the response has been tepid so far for the smartphone in its home market. Now, a new report suggests customers will stay away from Galaxy S9 duo for an unexpected reason.
The Galaxy S9 users are reporting a touchscreen issue where they are complaining of random, inexplicable dead zones on the screen. The cause for this issue remains unknown but the dead zones are appearing differently for different users. Some users are claiming that Galaxy S9 fails to register touch input. Are you facing any issues with Galaxy S9, do let us know in comments.
OnePlus 6 might be company’s most expensive smartphone yet
OnePlus 6, the next flagship killer from the Chinese smartphone maker is not expected to debut until June but there are already reports starting that it will be the most expensive OnePlus yet. The smartphone is said to feature Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM.
A Chinese news agency claims OnePlus 6 will be priced at $749 (around Rs 48,700), which is a far cry from the sub-Rs 40,000 price tag that OnePlus is know to target. A large part of the increase in price could be owed to higher memory. Will people be interested in OnePlus if it enters Samsung and Apple’s territory, that is a question worth pondering right now.
Oppo F7 specs leak via sales pitch notes
Oppo F7 selfie-centric smartphone will launch on March 27. But Oppo is not able to limit its excitement and has taken matter to its own hands by revealing key features of the device. Now, full specifications of the device have made its way online in the form of sales pitch notes.
The marketing material confirms 6.23-inch display, MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 3,400mAh battery. It also reveals the smartphone will run Color OS 5.0 and support face unlock feature. There will be a 25-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel primary camera at the back.
Xiaomi releases two video teasers for the Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi will launch its flagship Mi MIX 2S on March 27 and it is wasting no time in building hype for the device. The company has already put out few teasers for the device revealing it will use Snapdragon 845 chipset and that it won’t have a notch as previously rumored. Now the company has put out a new teaser that confirms new AI features.
The Mi MIX 2S is confirmed to support face unlock feature. The smartphone overall will be an incremental update with new chipset and option for up to 8GB of RAM. It is also expected to run Android Oreo out of the box.
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