The tech world is an ever advancing field with a wide range of advancements unfurled everyday. Here we discuss some of the technology centric weekly news for March 2021. This week's tech news include Volkswagen buying Green Car Credits, MobiKwik's data leak probe, ARMv9 launch by ARM, SolarWinds cyber attack update, Google's data collection, along with Facebook and Google's undersea cables for connecting Indonesia, North America, and Singapore.
Weekly Tech News - March 28 to April 3
Volkswagen to buy Green Car Credits from Tesla for Environment Policy compliance
Apr 2, 2021. A Volkswagen joint venture has agreed to buy Green Car Credits from Tesla to stay in compliance with the government imposed environmental policy, according to a report by Reuters. The deal foreshadows the scale of work that will be needed by Volkswagen to transform its Petrol car manufacturing business to EV manufacturer to compete with Tesla. Volkswagen is the world's second largest automaker, and has seen a rise in its share prices as investors rally behind it as an aftermath of its decision to go electric.
Mobikwik reportedly ordered to Probe alleged Data Leak by RBI
Apr 1, 2021. MobiKwik, after it debunked the alleged data leak, has been ordered by RBI to probe allegations that put data of over 100 million users at risk. RBI also warned the digital payments firm of action and fines if any lapses are found. MobiKwik has faced severe criticism for denying the alleged data leak on the dark web, and while a spokesperson from the firm said that the firm was 'working with the requisite authorities' to conduct a data security audit, security experts claim that the data, over 8 TB in size has been exposed for quite some time.
ARM introduced ARMv9, looking to target markets currently dominated by Intel
Mar 31, 2021. ARM unveiled its biggest technological advancement in a decade, that is the ARMv9, a successor to ARMv8, following up on its huge success. While ARM is expected to be acquired by Nvidia shortly , it said that the new blueprints would deliver 30% enhanced performance over the next two generation of processors for mobile devices, and the security features would increasingly lock down data and code. ARM has been selling processor designs and licensing code that control semiconductors to big corporations including Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm.
Google collects 20 times more data on Android than Apple on iOS, suggests study
Mar 31, 2021. While users were never privy to the fact that Google collects user data on Android, but until now it wasn't very clear as to how much. Researchers from Trinity College, Dublin, recently compared the data collected by a Pixel phone for Google, to that of iPhone for Apple. The research suggests that Google collected 20 times more data from Pixel, than Apple did from iPhone. While it was revealed that both iPhone and Pixel shared data with their manufacturers every 4.5 minutes on average, it was found that within 10 minutes of starting up the device, Google collects 1 MB of data while Apple collects 42 KB.
SolarWinds hackers reportedly accessed emails of US Homeland Security Officials
Mar 30, 2021. SolarWinds has been said to be one of the most sophisticated cyber attacks of all times, and while the US officials have stated that the attack was organized by Russian hackers, they are stated to have gained access to emails of Homeland Security heads and other Cyber-security staff. The attack was carried out during the Trump administration, while the Biden administered state is trying to weigh retaliatory measures for the Russian hackers, with additional details regarding the data breach by AP.
Facebook, Google plan undersea cables to connect Singapore, North America, and Indonesia
Mar 30, 2021. Facebook recently said that it has collaborated with Google for placing two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, North America, and Indonesia along with the local telecommunication companies in an effort to enhance internet connectivity in the regions. If sources are to be believed, the cable will be the first to connect North America to some of the important regions of Indonesia, and will help enhance connectivity of central and eastern provinces of one of the world's most populous state.
Weekly Tech News - 20 March to 27 March
Tesla's Chinese rival halts EV production owing to chip shortage
Mar 27, 2021. The Chinese Electric Vehicles manufacturer and Tesla rival Nio has temporarily suspended production due to the global shortage of semiconductor chip, resulting in heavy losses. Although the demand has only risen during the pandemic, this shortage also caught other EV manufacturers including General Motors and Volkswagen. AutoForecast, the research firm has said that the chip shortage has resulted in the loss of about 130K vehicles in the global auto industry, with North America having endured the heaviest impact of about 74K unit losses.
Google Photos new update includes labels for Media Viewer
Mar 26, 2021. Google Photos app has rolled out a new feature in its latest update which helps recognize icons and convey their meaning in the media viewer through labels. Although the feature is currently only in use by Pixel and OnePlus smartphone users, it will shortly be available for the other devices as well. Labels will be added to the four options available in the media viewer, namely Share, Edit, Google Lens, and Delete, and is currently undergoing A/B testing to make the app a little more user friendly.
Philips to sell Home Appliance Arm to Asian Investment Firm for EUR 3.7 Bn
Mar 25, 2021. Philips on Thursday announced the sale of its Home Appliance Arm to Hillhouse Capital for EUR 3.7 billion, to focus more on the healthcare sector. Philips is a Dutch Multinational Conglomerate Corporation that started off as a lighting company, and has undergone various changes to focus on remote healthcare. Hillhouse Capital under their deal with Philips will now lease their name for 15 years for kitchen, garment clothes and home care appliances, and the further annual payments will value the deal to around EUR 4.4 billion.
Microsoft and Google collaborate to fix compatibility issues across browsers
Mar 24, 2021. Compatibility of a website across different web browsers has been a long standing issue for web developers, an issue that this collaboration between Google and Microsoft intends to solve. Dubbed as #Compat2021, the partnership aims to five major issues that affect the compatibility that web developers look for namely, CSS Flexbox, CSS Grid, Position: Sticky, aspect ratio, and CSS transforms. Google listed the issues on its Developers' Blog and also in a project called the DevSAT. The project also asks of web developers community to report any bugs or missing items.
Intel CEO announces IDM 2.0 strategy for US chip plants
Mar 24, 2021. Intel is looking to expand its advanced chip manufacturing capacity with the IDM 2.0 strategy as announced by the CEO Pat Gelsinger. An expenditure of about $20 billion is expected in establishing 2 factories in Arizona, and to open them to outside customers. The move is expected to restore their reputation after the manufacturing delays, while also challenging the two competitors in advanced chip manufacturing namely, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and Samsung.
Clubhouse Android app to be soon released 'In a couple of months'
Mar 23, 2021. Clubhouse, the invitation only audio chat app will be launched soon on the Android platform, as confirmed by co-founder and CEO Paul Davison. The announcement comes as an aftermath of customers claiming to be hit by BlackRock malware after downloading the application from Google Play. Launched only a year back in April 2020, Clubhouse is only available on iOS as of now, while it has already tasted great popularity, being acknowledged by Elon Musk himself. Clubhouse stated in January that it is working on its Android application, and hence it is expected to be launched on the platform soon.
Weekly Tech News - 13 March to 20 March
NASA completes test on Boeing-built rocket for taking humans back to Moon
Mar 19, 2021. Aerospace firms across the globe congratulated NASA on the successful completion of its engine tests on a Boeing-built rocket. The engines will be employed in the Artemis mission that seeks to send humans back to Moon by 2024. The test included NASA simulating a launch by firing the engines of core stage of Space Launch System Rocket, while it was anchored to a tower. The four RS-25 engines roared for eight minutes, and filled the surrounding area with white smoke, which was then followed by an applaud by the employees of the US space agency.
Chinese regulators summon 11 domestic tech giants over talks on Deepfake technology
Mar 18, 2021. Chinese summoned 11 domestic tech giants including Alibaba, Tencent, and ByteDance for talks regarding the Deepfake technology on their platforms, and to discuss over the scrutiny of its use. China's cyberspace administrator said that the companies met to discuss about security concerns, and potential repercussions of the Deepfake technology. Deepfake uses Artificial Intelligence to create hyper-realistic but fake videos, and hence it can also be used to create videos of people saying something they didn't, which is why the scrutiny needs to be imposed.
BMW aims to boost electric vehicles' global sales to 50% by 2030
Mar 18, 2021. The German automaker BMW said on Wednesday that it is looking to hasten up the production of new electric cars, and roll out the battery powered vehicles to 50% of global sales by 2030. Although unlike other automakers, the vehicles manufacturer denied the halt of production of internal combustion engines, it said that the production would be adjusted among battery, hybrid, and efficient internal combustion engines. The company's CEO stated that the electrification of vehicles is proceeding at 'higher speeds'.
Audio-chat application Clubhouse faces data privacy probe from French Watchdog
Mar 17, 2021. The US based audio-chat app Clubhouse is being investigated over data security and privacy concerns by French watchdog CNIL. The firm said that they will seek if the European data protection rules apply to the US based firm, and that measures will be taken in case Clubhouse doesn't comply. Launched a year ago, the invitation-only audio service became a popular way of dealing with boredom as people struggled with lockdown and sought social interaction.
Google Lens upgraded with Gallery Mode for quicker access to screenshots
Mar 17, 2021. Google Lens for Android has been given a beta update that allows for a gallery view for pictures for efficient browsing through screenshots and other image categories. While the Lens app allows for real-time analysis of live photos including scanning QR codes, identifying plants, animals and other objects and even places and translate text, the new beta version lets you access the images quickly. Currently, this feature is available only through the beta app of Google Lens for Android, and lets user soft through their gallery via thumbnails.
Nokia to cut jobs over the next two years to focus and invest on Research
Mar 16, 2021. The Finnish telecommunication group Nokia said that it was intending to cut about 10,000 jobs within the next 2 years to spend the money on research capabilities as a part of its restructuring plan. The chief executive in the previous October had announced a strategy under which the company would have 4 business groups, and that it would take the lead in 5G, doing 'whatever it takes'. The company also expects EUR 600 - 700 million of restructuring and associated costs to transform itself in accordance with the new strategy.
Weekly Tech News - 5 March to 12 March
Nokia signs patent license pact with Samsung to enhance video standards
Mar 12, 2021. Nokia has signed a deal with Samsung to license patents, encompassing its innovations in video standards, and although the financial terms remain undisclosed, Samsung will make royalty payments to Nokia. The deal comes in the aftermath of Ericsson filing a lawsuit against Samsung in a dispute over patent licenses in the United States. While Nokia's patent portfolio consists of around 20K patent families, the financial impact of the litigation is said to negatively impact Ericsson's operating cost.
Netflix tests feature to limit password sharing by questioning viewers
Mar 12, 2021. Netflix, the world's largest streaming service is testing a feature that asks viewers to verify if they share a household with an account holder. The feature could inhibit the sharing of password among different viewers, and a fraction of users have been receiving a message asking them to confirm if they live with the account owner, which is done by sending a text or email sent to the account owner. Although as of now the verification can be delayed, after a few attempts, the viewer will be prompted to login from a new account.
Chrome adds preview option in Android to show pages before completely opening
Mar 11, 2021. Google Chrome has rolled out a new feature for Android that allows users to preview a web page before fully opening it in the browser. Google has been working on this feature for about 2 years now, and since the feature is ready to be used, the updated Chrome app has an option named, 'Preview Page', that displays a part of the page covering the entire screen. The preview will contain a headline, the page and web summary, and the picture of the article, along with a toolbar containing the site's favicon, page name, domain, and a full view option.
Hacking groups exploit Microsoft Mail Exchange Server Flaw
Mar 11, 2021. Reports estimate that a minimum of 10 hacking groups have exploited the vulnerabilities in the Microsoft's Mail Exchange Server software to break in and target systems across the globe. The security flaws in the widely user mail and calendaring solution has enabled industry scale espionage, and allowed malicious hackers to steal private mails from vulnerable servers. The Anti-Virus firm that reported the flaws also said that the flaws were used to install malware such as web shells and access backdoor entry to the victim's email servers.
YouTube announces additional tax requirements from creators outside US
Mar 10, 2021. YouTube is all set to start deducting taxes from creators outside the US on the various earnings that they generate from US based viewers. The tech giant informed its users that the new policy will be enforced from June of 2021, and also asked them to submit their taxing information to Google AdSense for the approximation of taxes. Although the tax deduction is same for all creators outside US irrespective of the country, there is no such tax for US based creators. However, the tax withholding requirements might differ based on the country they reside in.
Google TV's new feature allows you to create kids' profile
Mar 9, 2021. Google has rolled out a new feature for its TV devices and Chromecast that allows users to create their children's profile to monitor and track the content viewed by them. Users can also leverage this feature to restrict their kids from watching certain content that they don't deem fit. Users can either add an existing Google account, or create a new one and then lock certain applications or manage their accessibility to children. Users are also permitted to share purchased movies and other content through the Google play family library, and the kids mode is often recognizable with its discrete colors and illustrations.
Weekly Tech News - First Week of March
Indian Wearable Market Grows by 144.3% in 2020 with Earwear taking the lead
Mar 5, 2021. The Industry tracker, International Data Corporation (IDC) has said that the Indian wearable market witnessed a growth of about 144.3% with electronic hearables taking the lion's share of over 83%, and a total of 36.4 million shipments. India has retained its spot as the third largest wearable market, and the only one to exhibit a triple digit growth at it in 2020. Owing to the expansive use cases and some affordable product launches, this market is only headed uphill, and continues to cater to different niche like entertainment, education, and virtual meetings. The Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) witnessed a ten-fold rise in sales, shipping a mammoth 11.3 million units, and has become one of the most sought after products.
Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Expose User Data Owing to Cloud Misconfiguration
Mar 5, 2021. A mobile security firm has found that a common misconfiguration has caused thousands of iOS and Android users' data to be exposed. Apps using certain popular cloud services including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure have been diagnosed with this misconfiguration, and the exposed data can easily by exploited by malicious attackers and phishers. The researchers at Zimperium found 14% of the 1.3 million apps that were analyzed, to be vulnerable to this problem, and that some of the apps leaked entire cloud infrastructure scripts, including SSH keys. Some apps were also noticed to expose Personally Identifiable Information (PII) including profile picture and personal details.
Google Photos to Get Explore Tabs with Picture Categorization and other features
Mar 5, 2021. Google Photos for web now comes with a new explore tab that helps with searching for mobile users. The tab adds to the interface of Google Photos, and can be used to categorize pictures based on people, places, and things. Moreover, the web version of Google Photos comes with a favorites option in the library section, and comes as a follow up on the memory section update the previous month. The people of the Explore Tab uses face recognition to group all the pictures of the same person in a single category, and uses AI to categorize pictures on the bases of places, different things such as furniture and skylines. The explore tab also allows you to categorize screenshots, selfies, and videos and simplifies online photo searches.
Microsoft launches Group Transcribe for real-time translation for Multiple Users' chat
Mar 5, 2021. The Experimental department of Microsoft, Garage has launched the Group Transcribe app that lets multiple users chat together while transcribing their conversations in real-time. The app deploys a multi-device approach to offer high quality transcriptions in real-time, so users can involve in a more interactive and productive conversation. For users to successfully avail the benefits of the app, it should be installed on an iPhone or an iPad. Once a participant begins the transcription, the others can join in with a link or a QR code. Furthermore, participants are free to share the transcriptions with Microsoft. However, the app will auto-translate the audio, and show the original text along with the translation.
UK Regulators Looking into Apple's App Store Policy for app developers after complaints
Mar 4, 2021. Britain's Competition regulators said that it is probing into the Apple's App Store Policy for Developers in light of the complaints that state that the policy is unfair and anti-competitive. The competition and Markets Authority said that the probe will consider if Apple has a dominant position in the distribution of apps on its devices in UK. Moreover, owing to the 30% commission that Apple charges from developers in its payment policy, has also long been a center of controversy among Apple's App developers, and while it said that the regulations are incorporated for the rigorous standards and equally apply to all developers, it will fairly comply with the regulators for the probe.
WhatsApp Voice Calling Can Now be Used on Desktop via Windows and Mac Apps
Mar 4, 2021. WhatsApp has rolled out the voice and video calling feature for desktop with end-to-end encryption, and also shared the link to download the desktop app. The app is a great relief for most IT employees, since most of their time is spent in front of a desktop screen. The voice and video call has been introduced with just one-to-one communication, and is looking to expand this feature with reliable and high quality experience. To activate this feature on your desktop, all you need is an audio output device and a microphone connected to your computer, and allow WhatsApp to access your computer's microphone or webcam depending on the call that you're about to make.
ISRO's PSLV-C51 launched with Brazil's Amazonia-1 Satellite aboard
Feb 28, 2021. As the first mission of the decade, ISRO launched 19 satellites by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), including the first Brazilian satellite to be launched by India. Amazonia-1, the Brazilian satellite is an optical Earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research, and was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh. ISRO Chief K Sivan announced that the mission was successful, and all the 19 satellites, including one carrying a digital copy of the Bhagavad Gita have been set in precise orbits. The PSLV-C51 is the first commercial mission of New Space India Limited (NSIL), ISRO's commercial branch.
Facebook launches BARS, an app for budding rappers with TikTok like experience
Feb 27, 2021. Facebook's internal R&D group has developed a new content creation app called BARS, designed for budding and professional rappers. The app comes with an intuitive interface and lets users choose one of the many beats created by professionals, and then record a 60 second rap video on their own lyrics. BARS also offers auto-suggestions while writing the rap lyrics as well as an auto rhyme dictionary for beginners. While the app is currently under beta testing, and only available in the Apple's App Store in the US, users can sign up for the closed beta testing. Facebook also rolled out a similar platform the previous year called Collab, for musicians to make songs together.
Apple's investigation for app developer commission by competition regulators close to Draft Decision
Feb 27, 2021. While the Apple's payment system that charges commission from app developers is under inspection, the Dutch competition authorities are nearing a draft decision as the end of the investigation nears. The investigation is in regards to the rules requiring software developers to use Apple's in-app payment system as stated in the letter sent to developers involved in this case. In the event of reaching a decision soon, the ACM could be the first antitrust authority to rule on Apple's app store payment policies. The regulator is also looking into the rules that forbids developers from telling users about cheaper payment alternatives outside of the app.
Google develops sleep API for enhanced sleep tracking and saving phone battery
Feb 26, 2021. Both, smartwatches and smartphones can be used to monitor your sleep, the former being more precise and with better analysis. However, those who do not own a smartwatch, have to rely on their smartphones, and while they are viable, they do not offer the best sleep monitoring. Fortunately for android users, Google is looking to make its low power sleep monitoring API public, meaning that developers can use the toolkit to update the currently lagging services, and create applications with better sleep monitoring and analysis. Once the API is deployed, users will be given a 'sleep confidence' report every 10 minutes along with a broader sleep segment report.
INS asks Google to compensate Indian newspapers for using their content
Feb 26, 2021. Reciprocating with the new law passed by the Australian Parliament that demands Facebook and Google to pay media companies for content, INS President L Admiloolam wrote to Google Indian country manager urging to increase publisher share of advertising revenue to 85%. The Indian Newspaper Society has written to Google asking for higher compensation for newspapers for using their content and also sharing their advertising revenue details. The INS letter fixated on the considerable cost of employing thousands of journalists who work on the site for gathering content that gave Google its authenticity in the state, and wasn't just proprietary.
Live Transcriptions feature of Zoom app to go free for all in Fall 2021
Feb 26, 2021. Live transcriptions, a feature where subtitles in real-time in an ongoing lecture appear in the bottom of the screen has been part of the paid plan of Zoom, an online meetings platform. While the feature was included in a paid subscription, the company announced through a blog post that it will be made free for all in the fall of 2021. This feature offers a lot of assistance in averting any miscommunication, and enabling a better understanding of the speaker during a meeting or a conference. Even until the feature is made available to all, Zoom is allowing this feature to be used by regular users by filling out a Google form.
Nothing, a startup by OnePlus co-founder has acquired the now defunct brand Essential
Feb 16, 2021. Carl Pei's new startup Nothing has acquired the now defunct smartphone brand and hardware startup, Essential. Founded by Android Creator Andy Rubin, Essential's every asset now belongs to Nothing, and the deal was finished on January 6, although the acquisition began as early as November of 2020. While Essential before its acquisition was working on smart home assistants and custom operating systems, its Nothing acquisition hints that its resources will now be utilized for building smartphones once again, although there are no announcements as of yet.
Amazon to partner on 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' and begin device manufacturing in India
Feb 16, 2021. The US based E-Commerce giant Amazon has announced that it will soon begin manufacturing electronic devices including the Fire TV stick, later this year. The manufacturing will commence through contract manufacturer Cloud Network Technologies, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The announcement was a follow-up of the discussion between the Union Minister of Communication and IT, and the Global Senior Vice President of Amazon. While this will be the first Amazon manufacturing line in the country, the planned capacity is about hundreds of thousands of units per year.
Telenor halts listing Myanmar internet outages citing employee security concerns
Feb 16, 2021. The Norway based telecom operator Telenor said that it had stopped listing forced Internet outages in Myanmar owing to the employees' safety concern following a military coup on February 1. Although Telenor has been an active service provider in Myanmar since 2014 with a workforce of over 700 employees, its services are currently disrupted, and with repeated internet shutdowns, the situation seems unclear. The internet outages have caused some unrest among the civilians who have taken to streets to express their concern resulting in deployment of extra troops in major cities.
SolarWinds Hack described as the most sophisticated attack by Microsoft President
Feb 15, 2021. A hacking campaign that targeted a software developed by Solarwinds and provided hackers the access to several thousand companies and government offices has been described as one of 'the largest and most sophisticated attack' the world has seen. While the hackers are suspected to have access to emails at US Treasury, Justice, and commerce departments, experts have said that it could take months before the compromised systems are all identified. The breach has potentially compromised up to 18000 SolarWinds customers that use Orion network monitoring software.
US based Tesla to set up manufacturing unit in Karnataka, says CM
Feb 14, 2021. Tesla Inc, the US based electric car manufacturer has said that it is looking to set up a manufacturing unit in Karnataka. Tesla India was registered on January 8 this year, and while founder Elon Musk hinted that the cars would start selling in 2021, the Union Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has resonated and confirmed this news. In the previous years Tesla's market capitalization has skyrocketed by about 750%, and although Tesla cars owing to their high price range are not affordable for the majority of the Indian population, Tesla has the potential to boost sales.
Clubhouse monitoring data protection practices amid security flaw reports
Feb 13, 2021. The US based audio only social media application Clubhouse has claimed that it is reviewing and monitoring its data protection practices after a Stanford Internet Observatory report said that the users' data was vulnerable owing to a security flaw. While the company had decided to not make the app available in China, somehow people found a workaround to download the application and hence the conversations could be leaked through Chinese Servers. The observatory also confirmed that Agora, a Chinese tech firm offered Clubhouse the backend infrastructure, and has access to users' raw audio.
DoorDash Acquires Salad-Making Robot Company Chowbotics
Feb 5, 2021. Food delivery company DoorDash has acquired the salad-making robotics startup, Chowbotics to explore automation in restaurants following a surge in demand. While the deal was closed in an undisclosed amount, Chowbotics was initially valued at $46 million in 2018, and will continue to work independently post acquisition. DoorDash seeks to optimize merchant solutions in a constantly evolving system and through Chowbot's robotics products and vision, explore newer use cases and customers.
Qualcomm launches new 5G Modem offering lightning speed Internet Connection
Feb 9, 2021. Qualcomm Technologies has launched the Snapdragon X65 5G modem-RF system, the world's first 10 Gigabit 5G modem. While the modem is currently being sampled with OEMs, the commercial products are expected to be launched by the end of this year. Being the biggest leap in 5G technology, the X65 offers the fastest internet speed currently available with the best use of spectrum for network flexibility and capacity. Qualcomm also announced the launch of X62, 5G modem-RF system, a modem to antenna solution for mobile broadband applications.
Bitcoin is Fast Approaching the $50K Mark Following Tesla's Investment
Feb 9, 2021. Bitcoin, one of the most popular cryptocurrencies is pacing towards the $50K mark following Tesla's investment. The cryptocurrency's value had surged by 1150% since March, 2020, and recently, with an investment of $1.5 billion by Tesla, its value had risen by another 20% to an all time high of $48,216. Moreover, while Bitcoin is definitely catching the investors' eye, its volatility and price swings have affected its popularity among some investors, and its rival cryptocurrency, Ethereum struck a record high of $1,784.85.
BookMyShow Launches pay-per-view Video Streaming Service
Feb 8, 2021. BookMyShow has launched a pay-per-view streaming service which can be viewed on BookMyShow's mobile app, website, Firestick, Chromecast along with Apple and Android TV. The model aims to deliver titles for buying or renting and the list of available titles include some of the recent blockbusters among 600 movie titles. It also offers premieres every Friday, similar to the box office movie releases, and will compete with some popular players including Apple TV, Google Play and other OTT services in streaming theatrical releases.
Microsoft's Popular Racing Game Arriving on Steam This March
Feb 9, 2021. Microsoft has announced that its popular racing game, and the latest installment in the series, Forza Horizon 4 is going to hit Steam on March 9, 2021. The launch is expected to make it a cross platform game, enabling even the Xbox users to compete against those on Steam. While the game is going to feature fresh locations and adventure, the cost is likely to remain the same. Also, the game developers have ensured users to enhance the game by introducing a battle royale mode, with focus on a single player in a restricted area.
IIT Kanpur Develops an Unmanned Drone in Collaboration with EndureAir
Feb 5, 2021. The Aeronautics department of IIT Kanpur in collaboration with EndureAir, an aviation tech startup, has developed an unmanned drone helicopter. The drone is said to run on petrol and can carry up to 5 kilograms of weight and is built for long-endurance surveillance. While flights up to a height of 11,500 feet has been successfully tested, the department is working to enhance its flight capabilities. Government permits for long range trials are in process, since the drone is estimated to travel about 50 kilometres and works on GPS, it can be used for delivering goods and even vaccines.
Swiss Company Claims to Finds Vulnerabilities in Encryption
Feb 7, 2021. Although it has been long speculated that quantum computers might make the current encryption technology obsolete, Terra Quantum AG, a Swiss has discovered some concerning vulnerabilities in the common encryption algorithms. The vulnerability that the company discovered could be a security weakness and could be exploited to imperil data confidentiality of almost anyone. The weakness is described by experts such that it 'upends the current understanding of what constitutes unbreakable', and that it may have some serious repercussions.
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