TecQ: 700 Mn Emails Hacked, Drone Deliveries, PUBG Update & More

Top technology news of the week. Here’s The Quint’s tech wrap for the weekend.

Published20 Jan 2019, 01:28 AM IST
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PUBG Mobile to Get a New Update – 0.10.5: Here’s What to Expect

PUBG Mobile has announced a new update (0.10.5) via a tweet from its official twitter handle. 
PUBG Mobile has announced a new update (0.10.5) via a tweet from its official twitter handle. 
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PUBG Mobile has announced a new update – 0.10.5 – via a tweet from its official Twitter handle. The new update is said to bring "better tweaks to loot distribution in Vikendi," according to the tweet.

The update was, however, leaked recently and is speculated to bring a Zombie mode to the game as part of a partnership with Capcom's Resident Evil 2. This time around however, the Zombie mode will be different from what we have seen in the past.

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Google to Remove Apps that Need Access to SMS & Call Records

In an attempt to curb the misuse of user data on its platform, Google has decided to remove apps that require access to text messages and call logs and have not submitted a Permissions Declaration Form, the company said in a blog post on Monday.

Google is going to remove apps from its platform that have not submitted a Permissions Declaration Form.
Google is going to remove apps from its platform that have not submitted a Permissions Declaration Form.
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Privacy concerns today are of utmost importance and tech biggies like Google and Facebook have been under fire on account of how they have been recklessly handling sensitive user data.

The blog post serves as a reminder for all the developers to meet the required norms as Google is looking to improve its end to help users control their own data.

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India Could Set up ‘Droneport’ to Kick Start Deliveries via Drones

Delivery of food and other goods in India via drones could soon turn into reality.
Delivery of food and other goods in India via drones could soon turn into reality.
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To address various challenges for safety and expansion of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in India, a task-force constituted by the Union government has proposed creation of "Drone Corridor" and "Droneports" in the country.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Civil Aviation constituted task-force has recommended key principles and ideas in – Drone Ecosystem Policy Roadmap – that will guide the drafting of 'Civil Aviation Regulations' (CAR) 2.0.

Currently, a basic framework for regulations in the area have been established under the "DigitalSky Platform" in CAR 1.0, which took effect from 1 December 2018. The roadmap was released at the Global Aviation Summit 2019 being held in Delhi from 15-16 January.

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Collection#1 Data Breach Has Put 700 Million Email IDs in Danger!

In what could be the biggest data breach in recent years, a whopping 773 million unique email IDs and 21 million unique passwords have been leaked, a researcher said on Thursday.

Email addresses from across the globe have been compromised as discovered by Troy Hunt, renowned security expert.
Email addresses from across the globe have been compromised as discovered by Troy Hunt, renowned security expert.
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The leaked files, however, do not include information such as credit card details.

According to web security researcher Troy Hunt, who created the Have I Been Pwned platform, has said this data leak is part of "Collection #1" which is a set of email addresses and passwords totaling 2,692,818,238 rows, or as expert claims over 87GB worth of stolen and accessible data.

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From 2020 Onwards, Microsoft Will Stop Supporting Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 is still the popular choice for many people in markets like India. 
Windows 7 is still the popular choice for many people in markets like India. 
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You have one more year from Microsoft to use Windows 7 on systems with official software updates. Yes, Microsoft this week has confirmed that all its existing Windows 7 PC users will have no option, but to upgrade to Windows 10 before 2020 kicks in. This has been informed via a blog post which says that the popular Windows version will stop getting security updates from the software giant.

The blog specifically mentions that post 14 January 2020, Windows 7 devices will not get official support from the company, which effectively makes a Windows 10 upgrade the only option.

In addition to Windows 7, from the same date, Microsoft will also put an end to its Internet Explorer web browser, which will be replaced with Edge.

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