Data breaches are a sad truth of the modern Web and every other day we hear about some new hack or breach that may have leaked your data. Savvy Internet users use password managers or don’t reuse passwords, but the majority of Internet users are still way behind the curve on these learnings. In order to help such users, Google has introduced a nifty new Chrome extension that will help you in sync with the data breaches and suggests changing the password if your account details have been compromised. The company has also revealed a measure that it has implemented to make sure the apps and websites, where a person has used their Google account to sign in is not compromised in the case of a Google account hijacking.
Google revealed in a blog post on Tuesday that the new Password Checkup Chrome extension is now live on the Chrome Web Store and can be downloaded by anyone. The extension alerts users when they enter a compromised username and password on a website, the extension will alert them that the login information has been compromised and suggests a password change. The extension is particularly useful for users, who can’t regularly keep track of news about data breaches and hacks or go to specific websites to check whether their account details have been compromised or not.
The search giant added that it has built the Password Checkup with privacy concerns of sharing your account details with anyone, including Google, in mind. It notes that no one, including Google, will know about your account information.
“We built Password Checkup so that no one, including Google, can learn your account details. To do this, we developed privacy-protecting techniques with the help of cryptography researchers at both Google and Stanford University,” Google wrote in the blog post.
How to install Google’s Password Checkup extension
Open Chrome on your computer
Now, head over to this link to open the Password Checkup listing on the Chrome Web Store
Tap “Add to Chrome”
Confirm that you want to add the extension to your Chrome
Once installed, a screen shield icon will appear on the top right
That’s it. You’re done.
Additionally, the Mountain View-based company revealed the Cross Account Protection measure that will make sure the apps and websites where you are using your Google account credentials to sign in is not compromised in case an attacker finds a way into your Google account. While the Google account itself has had added protections to deal with attackers and malicious parties, it is the first time the company is improving the security of Google sign-in for third-party platforms. When your Google account is compromised, Google will notify the apps and websites where you have used your Google credentials about the breach so that they can secure your account on their platform.
“We created Cross Account Protection by working closely with other major technology companies, like Adobe, and the standards community at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and OpenID Foundation to make this easy for all apps to implement,” Google said in a statement.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, Second Gen 5G Smartphone Modem, Announced Ahead of MWC 2019
Qualcomm has announced its second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G cellular modem and a suite of 5G solutions for network operators and device manufacturers, including its own 5G test networks. The company has made these announcements just ahead of the MWC 2019 trade show in Barcelona next week. The new Snapdragon X55 modem will serve as the follow-up to the Snapdragon X50, which will be seen in smartphones launching as soon as this week. According to Qualcomm, the second-gen Snapdragon X55 will allow network operators and smartphone manufacturers accelerate the pace of 5G rollouts across the world.
The Snapdragon X55 uses a 7nm manufacturing process and supports networks ranging from 2G to 5G in a single chip. It supports the 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz frequency bands and will work on standalone 5G networks as well as those that use 4G backends, which will be the most common as the new technology is being introduced. It promises downloads of up to 7Gbps and uploads of up to 3Gbps with compatible 5G networks and also supports Cat 22 LTE for up to 2.5Gbps downloads when used with matching 4G networks. Power efficiency is improved compared to the Snapdragon X50,
Qualcomm says that all major frequency bands used around the world are supported, including the TDD and FDD standards, which will help manufacturers develop devices for global markets quickly and easily. The company has also launched suitable antenna modules and RF transceivers that can be used in conjunction with the Snapdragon X55.
The company expects to see its new products in smartphones, laptops, tablets, portable hotspots, AR/VR and automotive products very soon. The Snapdragon X55 modem and complementary products will be sampled to manufacturers in the first half of this year, and the products they develop should be ready to ship by the end of 2019.
In a press statement, Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm Incorporated, said “Qualcomm Technologies is spearheading the first wave of 5G launches with our first generation 5G mobile platform… We expect our 5G platform to accelerate 5G commercial momentum and power virtually all 5G launches in 2019 while significantly expanding the global 5G rollout footprint.”
5G devices and networks have been in development for several years, and many of the first 5G smartphones are expected to launch or at least be announced at MWC 2019 and in events leading up to it. 5G promises not only to increase cellular data speed but also drastically cut latency to enable highly responsive applications such as autonomous vehicle control, virtual reality experiences, and much more.
Samsung is expected to launch at least one 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 variant this week, OnePlus has confirmed that it will demonstrate a 5G prototype device at MWC, and other brands including Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Vivo are also likely to make announcements.
Samsung Launches New Robots to Make Your Lives Easier, Including a Robotic Arm That Helps in the Kitchen
Samsung wants an army of robots to invade your kitchen so that you can simply sit back and relax. The South Korean electronics giant revealed its latest lineup of premium home appliances at the Samsung Technology Showcase, ahead of the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. Samsung showed off a number of upcoming products that include a robotic arm that can help in cooking and a robot that aids in growing vegetables right inside your kitchen.
The Bot Chef by Samsung is a robotic arm that can help you while you’re cooking. Bot Chef can do everything from cutting meat to adding seasoning after you’ve cooked something. You can also upload recipes so that the robotic arm knows what it’s supposed to do.
Samsung says the Bot Chef can be ideal for physically-challenged users who could use assistance while in the kitchen. The robotic arm includes a LiDAR sensor and an ambient light detector. Samsung claims these products are its vision for the future of smart homes.
The company has also revealed a new vacuum cleaner that uses artificial intelligence. Called Samsung Bot Clean, the robot uses LiDAR and can inform the owner about its status once it is done cleaning the house.
In addition, Samsung also unveiled its new Chef Garden refrigerator at the event. The new refrigerator includes a bunch of smart features including automatically setting up the temperature, humidity, and lighting to grow essential herbs right inside the refrigerator.
The Samsung Bot Air can detect contaminated places around the house and automatically fix the air quality while moving around the house. The company also revealed a wearable walking robot, Gait Enhancing and Motivating System (GEMS), for people who have problems walking properly.
Samsung launched its robotics platform, Samsung Bot, at CES in January this year. The company showed off a number of robots which are now being shown off with more details. The company is now looking to expand its platform with more products.
Xiaomi could launch wireless charging power bank alongside Mi 9 on Feb 20: Report
According to a MySmartPrice report, Xiaomi might be working on a new Power Bank which the company plans to launch alongside the much-hyped Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone on February 20. The unique thing of this power bank is that it comes with support for wireless charging.
Xiaomi wireless charging power bank
The report claims the upcoming power bank from Xiaomi will likely have 10,000 mAh power capacity. It is also speculated that the company might also launch a 20,000 mAh variant of the wireless power bank in the near future.
Though it’s unclear whether the wireless charging supported power bank will be limited to China. There is no word on whether Xiaomi will bring the product to other countries or not.
Xiaomi Mi 9: Specifications, features
Xiaomi is posting quite a number of teasers for Mi 9 hinting at different features of the device. As was confirmed earlier, Mi 9 will feature the Snapdragon 855, Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor. The high-end device will also have a triple camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary sensor that would use pixel binning technology to output 12MP images low light conditions. Other sensors on the camera setup include a 16MP ultra wide lens and a 12MP sensor with 2X optical zoom. On the front, the phone will sport a 20MP selfie camera.
Leaks and teasers also reveal that the device will have an in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition, support for fast charging and a “40 per cent smaller” bottom chin than its predecessor Mi 8. Other leaks around Mi 9 also reveal that the phone will have 12GB RAM.
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