This week in Tech

We have started a new weekly series of weekly module of
all the new and crazy stuff happening inside and around the giant world of
technology, enough talks let’s start the column.
Facebook
testing end-to-end encryption with the Facebook Messenger.


Facebook have started rolling out updates for the
Messenger which will provide end-to-end encryption. However, unlike WhatsApp,
the end-to-end encryption setting will not be default and users can choose to
turn it on.
“We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want
additional safeguards — perhaps when discussing private information like an
illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial
information to an accountant,” Facebook said in a post.
Facebook Messenger has started testing one-to-one
conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted. “That means the
messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else,
including us,” it added.
The encrypted messages can only be seen or read on one
device. And thus, Facebook says that it has kept the secret message feature
optional as people would want Messenger to work when they switch between
devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone.
YouTube
voice recognition can hack your Phone.


With their new update YouTube have improved their voice
recognition technology but with an embedded code of a video you are watching
hackers can hack you phones, researchers reveal.
According to Micah Sherr, professor at Georgetown
University, voice recognition has taken off quickly on phones thanks to
services like Google Now and Apple’s Siri but voice software can also make it
easier to hack devices.
“It might not work every time but it’s a numbers game. If
a million people watch a kitten video with a secret message embedded, 10,000 of
them might have their phone nearby. If 5,000 of those load a URL with malware
on it, you have 5,000 smartphones under an attacker’s control,” Pcworld.com
quoted Sherr as saying.
Samsung
claimed S7 active to be water resistant, reports prove them wrong

Consumer Reports says a Samsung phone that’s advertised
as being “water resistant” actually isn’t.
The problem appears limited to the Galaxy S7 Active, a
rugged model available only through AT&T in the US. The standard S7 and S7
Edge models have the same claims on water resistance and passed tests.
Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that is well
respected for its product testing, said that it can’t recommend the Active
because it doesn’t meet Samsung’s own claims. By contrast, Consumer Reports
rates the S7 and S7 Edge phones as “Excellent” for their displays, battery life
and cameras.
Samsung said it has received very few complaints and had
subject the phone through strict testing for quality assurance, but “there may be
an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”
The company said it was in touch with Consumer Reports to learn more about its
tests.
Samsung
launches Galaxy S7 edge Olympic edition



Samsung has launched the Olympic edition of its Galaxy S7
edge ahead of the 2016 Olympics Games to be held in Rio. The limited edition
smartphone will be available starting July 18 in Brazil, Korea, Germany and the
US. The 2016 Olympics begin on August 5th in Rio.
Samsung says the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition is
a tribute to Olympics. Each box of the limited edition smartphone comes with an
individual number. The Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition is listed on
company’s Germany website for pre-order at 879 euros (Rs 65,214 approx).

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