TecQ: PUBG on PS4; Sundar Pichai’s US Congress Hearing & More
TecQ is our weekly round-up of the technology stories.
1. Review: PUBG on PS4 is Very Different from the Mobile Version
Its taken a while but it’s finally here. PUBG Corp has released the PlayStation 4 version of its blockbuster mobile multiplayer game PUBG and we tested the game to find out how different it is from the mobile version.
The game is available for download via the Sony PlayStation Store and you can also purchase the disc offline for Rs 1,999. It only comprises of the basic multiplayer game and you will have to buy packs and coins separately.
The PS4 version doesn’t have any Royal Pass missions neither does it have an Arcade Mode like the mobile version. The developer might add these features later.
Read the story here.
2. Key Takeaways From Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s US Congress Hearing
Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared before a US Congressional hearing on Tuesday, 11 December, in Washington and as expected, he was questioned on matters like privacy, data sharing policy and the search engine’s plan for China.
At the end of the three-and-a-half-hour-long hearing, Pichai will feel that most of the crucial topics got covered and he got out of the ordeal with his company’s goodwill intact.
Pichai's appearance comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments' manipulation of online services to sway US elections.
Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside Facebook and Twitter executives, who did appear.
Read the full story here.
3. Facebook Bug Exposes User Photos: Everything You Need to Know
The breaches at Facebook’s end have become alarmingly regular. This year itself, the company has had to face the Cambridge Analytica data leaks and the View As bug. Before the year ends, a new bug has been reported that may have affected 6.8 million users, Facebook disclosed on Friday, 14 December.
The events where Facebook has had to say ‘sorry’ have become more repetitive than Justin Bieber’s song.
This one carries a different threat, letting its third-party developers access photos of users, which weren’t even posted. Over 6.8 million users have likely been affected, according to Facebook. Do you have anything to worry about with this new breach? Read here to know how the latest breach affects you.
4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Zenfone Max Pro M2: Which One to Buy?
Smartphone makers like Asus have just had it with bullies like Xiaomi who consider all other brands pushovers. Being number one in India has its perks.
With the launch of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, the Taiwanese smartphone maker did become a cause of worry for Xiaomi when the M1 sales escalated. The success of the phone was a clear cue for Asus that it needed to keep the momentum and upgrade one of its most successful propositions.
Then came the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2. The new Asus mid-ranger is a feather-weight yet packs a mammoth 5,000mAh battery. But, does all that ‘mAh’ might make it a worthy challenger to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro?
Read here to know which one of these phones should you buy.
5. OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition First Impressions: Worth its Price Tag?
OnePlus has come out with yet another variant of the OnePlus 6T in India and it’s called the McLaren edition. It has been priced at Rs 50,999. This is its first phone in the Indian market to come with a whopping 10GB of RAM, ably supported by 256GB storage out of box.
The McLaren edition is similar to OnePlus partnering for the Star Wars and Avengers editions previously. However, at Rs 50,999, the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition isn’t going to sell in big numbers as claimed by the brand. But it does have a new charging feature to flaunt.
You’re getting almost the same features (camera and software to be precise) as on the regular OnePlus 6T variant. So what’s so special about this edition of the OnePlus 6T?
Read here to know.