WhatsApp 'security bug', Sony's cheapest AndroidTV, Boat smartwatch, new features on Google Maps and other top – Gadgets Now

The past week was surely unusual in one way: there was no smartphone launch. However, other than the mobile space there was a lot of action in the technology industry in India and globally. Samsung and Sony launched their new TVs; Asus and Panasonic expanded their laptops lineup. Google added new features to Google Maps in India, including location of vaccination centres. All this and other top tech news of the week…



​Researchers warn of new security issue in WhatsApp that may lead to anyone deleting your account

There’s a new security flaw in WhatsApp that may allow anyone to delete your WhatsApp account without your knowledge. All that the personal requires is your phone number and zero ‘hacking skills’. As per a report by Forbes, security researchers Luis Márquez Carpintero and Ernesto Canales found out that it is relatively easy to lock out a WhatsApp user by simply entering wrong two-factor-authentication (2FA) codes multiple times. Read the complete article here



​Samsung launches Neo QLED TVs lineup, price starts at Rs 99,990

Samsung has launched its Neo QLED TV range in India. The lineup includes five TVs depending with display sizes of — 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch and 50-inch. The new range sports a nearly bezel-less Infinity One Design and an all-new Neo QLED panel. Read the complete article here



​Google Assistant driving mode is now rolling out in Google Maps

Google is now rolling out a feature that will make it easier for users to take calls and reply to messages while driving their cars. According to Google’s support page for Maps, Google Assistant driving mode is now rolling out in Google Maps to Android users in India. Google Assistant will also read out texts so that people don’t have to look down at their phones. Android users will also get alerts for incoming calls which they can answer or decline with their voice. Read the complete article here



​Microsoft buys speech recognition firm for $19.7 billion

Microsoft has acquired speech recognition firm Nuance for close to $20 billion. This is Microsoft’s second-biggest acquisition after LinkedIn in 2016. Nuance’s best-known product is Dragon, a software that uses deep learning to transcribe speech. It also improves its accuracy by adapting to a particular user’s voice. Read the complete article here



​Boat launches Xplorer smartwatch at Rs 2,999

Boat launched a budget smartwatch in India. Priced at Rs 2,999, the smartwatch comes with features like built-in GPS, 24×7 heart rate tracker and daily activity tracker. Read the complete article here



Logitech launches gaming earphones at Rs 4,995



​Google Maps, Search now show Covid-19 vaccination locations in India

With the coronavirus pandemic becoming rampant and deadlier than ever in India, the need to step up vaccination drive is clearly more pressing. Those who use Google Search or Maps will now be able to find Covid-19 vaccination locations easily in India. Read the complete article here



​Asus launches ZenBook Duo laptops at Rs 99,990 onwards

Asus has expanded its range of ZenBook dual screen laptops in India. The company launched Asus ZenBook Duo 14 and ZenBook Pro Duo 15 laptops with dual-band WiFi 6 and Windows 10 Home. Read the complete article here



​Panasonic launches semi-rugged laptop ‘Toughbook FZ-55’ at Rs 1.49 lakh onwards

Panasonic has launched a semi-rugged notebook – Toughbook FZ-55. Panasonic FZ-55 will be available through the company’s partners at a starting price of Rs 1.49 lakh onwards. According to the company, the device is meant for work on-the-go, with its expandable battery life of 40 hours – supported by the swappable additional battery. Read the complete article here



NPCI may block all gaming transactions under Rs 50

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is set to permanently ban all gaming transactions under Rs 50 on its popular Unified Payments Interface (UPI) channel, as per multiple sources. The move is aimed at moderating volumes on UPI, where a sudden surge in transaction volumes in recent months owing to accelerated digital adoption over the pandemic has led to an increase in banking outages and technical declines. Read the complete article here

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​Apple iPhone users are getting these two new WhatsApp features

WhatsApp has rolled out a new update for its iOS app– version 2.21.71. With the new update, iPhone users are getting two new features. WhatsApp is making it easier to view photos received in chats without opening it. WhatsApp for iOS will now showcase much bigger previews of photos and videos instead of the small square preview. This will help users to quickly view the content instead of opening it. Read the complete article here



​Flipkart to acquire online travel company Cleartrip

Flipkart will acquire online travel technology company Cleartrip. A statement from Flipkart said that it will acquire 100 per cent of Cleartrip’s shareholding, as the company further enhances its investments to strengthen its digital commerce offerings for customers. Cleartrip will continue to operate as a separate brand, retaining all employees while working closely with Flipkart to further develop technology solutions to make travel simple for customers, it added. Read the complete article here



Google Chrome gets update, brings new features for users

The most popular internet browser Google Chrome is getting a major update. Google is rolling out Chrome version 90 with practical changes that is aimed at improving video conferencing experience and reducing data consumption along with better support for PDF XFA forms and more privacy features. Of course, there’s FLoC– Google’s new way to track users and show ads but the feature is still under testing and hasn’t been rolled out widely yet. Read the complete article here


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