Facebook has been hit by one of the worst data leak scandals ever, although the social media platform says technically there was no breach. Data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica along with its affiliated behavior research firm Strategic Communication Laboratories allegedly misused Facebook’s website with some help from academic researcher Aleksandr Kogan to acquire personal Facebook details of nearly 50 million FB users.
But the bigger question is how did the company do it? How did it acquire the data? The answer is all those cute animal quizzes and random personality tests that you take on Facebook. Yes, it is these API-using third party apps that played the weapon for the company to acquire personal details put on Facebook.
The data was collected through an app called thisisyourdigitallife. Like any other app on Fb it asked permission to access certain Facebook details during the installation. The app developer Aleksandr Kogan not just siphoned off the user’s details but also the data of people who were friends with all those who installed the app. This details were used to build algorithm that helped Trump win the election.
All this sounds scary. This scandal is a reminder that our personal details are not safe on Facebook. The details can be easily misused for some other no so good reasons. So what do you do? Deleting your Facebook account is one option but not everyone can do that. Many use Facebook to stay connected or at least stay in touch with their old friends. There are some quick and easy steps to limit you data sharing with Facebook. These will ensure better safety of your personal details shared on Facebook. Take a look:
1. Say goodbye to third party apps: Do this first! Yes, if you are one of those Facebook users who in his/her free time enjoys taking random quiz and tests on Facebook, this is for you. Stop doing that. These API-using third party apps want access to some of your personal Facebook details to give result.
To prevent yourself from unknowingly giving out all your personal details to Facebook, go to Apps section on Your Facebook page. At the top you will see a list of all the apps that you’ve used so far. Scroll down to find Apps, Websites and Plugins option on your page, click edit and turn off all third party apps. In case, if you have given permission to apps like Goibibo and Bookmyshow, you should go through entire list of apps and individually select each app to remove it.
2. Switch off your Location services: Location data is one of the easiest way to get to your several other personal data. To turn it off or limit Facebook access to it, go to Account Settings> Location> toggle off Facebook’s access.
3. Limit your post sharing settings: This is the next important thing you should fix on Facebook ASAP. Go to Settings> Privacy>change ‘Who can see your future posts?’ to ‘friends only.’ You can also limit your past posts to friends only. This will limit all your past Facebook posts to friends only.
4. Review taggings and limit them: Under the Privacy, you will find “Timeline and Tagging” option. This controls who can post on your timeline. Limit the option to only me and friends. Also make sure to switch on turn on the settings for reviewing tags people add to your posts and posts that you’re tagged in before they are visible on your timeline.
5. Say no to Facebook Face recognition: Yes, such settings exist too in Facebook. Hidden amidst the cluster of settings option under Privacy, you will find an option that reads Face recognition. Click on it. “To recognize whether you’re in a photo or video our system compares it with your profile picture, and photos and videos that you’re tagged in. This lets us know when you’re in other photos and videos so we can create better experiences,” this is the message Facebook gives. Head straight to ‘ Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos?’ and select No.
6. Remove your personal info or limit them: The last move is to edit your About me section. This is to limit your data sharing with Facebook. To do so, click on the question mark icon given on the right corner of the page. Select Privacy check up. You can delete or hide all your data from here.
Honor 10 Lite With Dual Rear Camera Setup, AI Scene Detection Tech Launched
Honor 10 Lite was launched in India today at an event in New Delhi. The new Honor phone that was launched in China back in November will be available for purchase in the Indian market through Flipkart and the official HiHonor India store. Honor has provided a 24-megapixel selfie camera that supports artificial intelligence (AI) scene detection technology. The Honor 10 Lite also comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC and runs Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. There is also a “dewdrop” display notch for the selfie camera. The Honor 10 Lite notably comes as a successor to the Honor 9 Lite ? 9,950 that debuted in the country last year.
Honor 10 Lite price in India, launch offers
The Honor 10 Lite price in India has been set at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM variant, while its 6GB RAM comes at Rs. 17,999. Both models come in Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Sky Blue colour options. Particularly, the Sky Blue colour option comes with a gradient finish. The Honor 10 Lite will be available for purchase through Flipkart and HiHonor India store. The sale will begin starting 12 am (Midnight) IST on January 20.
Honor 10 Lite launch offers include a Jio cashback worth Rs. 2,200 and a Rs. 2,800 Cleartrip voucher.
To recall, the Honor 10 Lite arrived in China back in November with a starting price of CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,700) for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,800) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, and CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 19,900) for 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant.
The Honor 10 Lite comes as a successor to the Honor 9 Lite that was launched in India back in January last year. Honor claims that it has sold more than 1.5 million Honor 9 Lite units so far. The smartphone also debuted among the most popular smartphones of 2018 on Flipkart.
Honor 10 Lite specifications, features
Huawei brand Honor has provided a list of preloaded features on the Honor 10 Lite. There are offerings such as AI Shopping and Calorie Detection that both use the camera sensors of the smartphone to deliver a smarter experience. Further, the smartphone has an AI Enhanced calls functionality to reduce noise during voice calls.
The Honor 10 Lite also includes a Paytm Pay feature to enable one-click payments for Paytm users. There is an AI Smart Face Unlock feature to unlock the screen by recognising user’s facial features. The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 10 Lite can be used to unlock the screen as well as to take photos, videos, answer calls, stop alarms, and show notification panel. Furthermore, the smartphone comes with pre-installed Ride Mode and Party Mode.
The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 10 Lite runs EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and features a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with a dewdrop notch, 415ppi of pixel density, and a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent. There is also a TUV-certified eye care mode that is designed to reduce the blue light effect from the display panel.
Under the hood, the Honor 10 Lite has a HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC, coupled with 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM options. The smartphone also comes with a GPU Turbo 2.0 technology that is touted to enable 60fps frame rate alongside reducing lagging and frame drops to enhance the gaming experience.
The Honor 10 Lite has a dual camera setup at the back, including a 13-megapixel primary sensor along with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there is a 24-megapixel camera at the front along with an f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone comes preloaded with an AI scene recognition technology that is claimed to recognise eight different scenes, including sky, beach, plant, flower, stage, night, room, and snow. Further, there are AI-based facial recognition and light fusion technologies.
For storing content, the Honor 10 Lite has 64GB of onboard storage in India that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The smartphone has dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS/ AGPS, and GLONASS. Sensors on board include an ambient light sensor, compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. Besides, the smartphone packs a 3,400mAh battery and measures 154.8×73.64×7.95mm.
Sony A6400 Mirrorless Camera With ‘World’s Fastest’ AI-Powered Autofocus Launched
Sony’s successor to its mid-range A5100 mirrorless camera has some interesting upgrades. The 24-megapixel A6400 comes with features such as 4K 30fps video shooting and AI-powered 425-point contrast and phase-detect autofocus, which Sony claims to be the ‘world’s fastest’ at .02 second AF speed. It also has real-time eye AF and subject tracking, along with a tilt and flip touchscreen, which can be especially useful for video bloggers. The Sony A6400 will go on sale in the US in February 2019 at $900 (around Rs. 63,900) for the body, or $1,350 (around Rs. 95,900) with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.
The Sony A6400 boasts a new 24.2-megapixel Exmor Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) sensor powered by Sony’s new Bionz X image processor. It can shoot stills at an impressive 11fps when using the mechanical shutter or up to 8fps when shooting in the silent mode. Continuous autofocus and auto-exposure tracking work when shooting in the high-speed continuous mode, and you can capture up to 116 JPEG images or 46 in uncompressed RAW format before the camera’s buffer fills up.
Its highlight feature however is the camera’s ‘real-time eye AF’ that uses AI to continuously detect the subject’s eyes. This works with multiple subjects as well as animals, keeping everyone in the frame in focus. You also have the option to manually select the eyes you want to track if you’re shooting in a crowd. Real-time subject tracking also detects depth, colour, pattern, and other spatial info to accurately follow your subject around the frame.
The Sony A6400 can shoot at ISO 32,000 or an expanded ISO of 102,400 for extremely low light conditions.
There’s also support for 4K 30fps video shooting, which utilises the camera’s full sensor for the best results. In 1080p you can shoot at up to 120fps. It supports HDR video recording as well with HLG support. The touchscreen tilt and swivel display can turn all the way around in case you’re interested in taking a selfie or want to record a video blog.
Sony also reportedly announced that it’s bringing the AI-powered eye and subject tracking and animal eye AF tracking features to its higher-end models, namely the A9, A7R and A7 III.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55, Mi TV 4A Pro 43 to Go on Sale in India
Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch and Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch models will go on sale in India for the first time today via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores. The Xiaomi smart televisions were launched in India last week, alongside the Mi Soundbar. Both Mi TV models run the company’s PatchWall UI as well as Google’s Android TV, with dedicated buttons on the remote to switch between the two. The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 and Mi TV 4A Pro 43 models also share thin bezels, built-in Chromecast support, voice command remote controls, and 20W stereo speakers as common features. Xiaomi is also touting over 700,000+ hours of content from 14 partners.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55, Mi TV 4A Pro 43 price in India
As we mentioned, the two new Xiaomi Mi TV models will go on sale in India via Flipkart, Mi.com, and Mi Home stores today, starting from 12pm IST. While the Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch model price in India is Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4A Pro 43-inch will be available at Rs. 22,999.
Mi TV 4X Pro 55 specifications
The Mi TV 4X Pro 55 sports a 55-inch (2160×3840 pixels) 4K UHD display with 10-bit colour depth and HDR10 support. It is powered by the 64-bit Amlogic quad-core processor with Mali-450 GPU. The 55-inch TV packs 2GB RAM and offers 8GB of internal storage capacity. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth v4.2, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, one S/PDIF port, and one Ethernet port as well. As mentioned, it comes with 20W stereo speakers with DTS-HD surround sound support.
Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43 specifications
The 43-inch Mi TV 4A Pro TV sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) 8-bit colour depth display, and packs only 1GB RAM. It comes with 3.5mm audio jack support as well. All the other specifications are identical to that of the 55-inch variant.