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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with dual-camera setup is coming

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ASUS is adding yet another variant to its seemingly limitless ZenFone 3 lineup, and it’s of the Zoom variety.

Leaks discovered on Chinese certification agency TENAA show what appears to be the successor to the optical-zoom equipped ZenFone Zoom from last year. But rather than having a single zooming camera, there are two lenses placed side by side on the rear.

We can assume that the two units act similarly to what Apple and LG implemented on their flagship handsets, the iPhone 7 Plus and V20, in which one handles wide-angle shots while the other covers the longer range.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom leaks

Going by the label ASUS_Z01HDA, the expected final model name will go by ZenFone 3 Zoom, and it may come with some interesting specifications.

For one, the TENAA listing claims there’ll be a more vibrant 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display on board — ASUS ZenFone models normally rely on blander LCD panels for their visuals.

As for the processor, it’s supposed to be an octa-core chipset clocked similarly to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which can also be found in the midrange ZenFone 3 released earlier this year. Memory and internal storage will vary depending on the exact variant.

More importantly, the camera will have 16 megapixels at the back, along with a dual-LED flash and laser autofocus. A simpler 13-megapixel shooter will be found in front.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom leaks

And since there’s no more clunky zooming unit like that of the ZenFone Zoom, the newer ZenFone 3 Zoom will have a thickness of only 7.99mm — not bad when you consider the 4850mAh battery that’ll possibly be included.

It’ll likely be announced at CES 2017, which will be held from January 5 to 8, 2017.

We have no idea how much it’ll cost and when the rollout will be, but if the previous ZenFone Zoom is any indicator, the ZenFone 3 Zoom will be one of the more expensive ZenFone 3 models and might become available long after the reveal.

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Google bug leaks users’ location data from Home and Chromecast

Data privacy issues hit another tech giant in Google

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If you have been using Google products lately, particularly Google Home and/or Chromecast, be warned! A bug that affects these devices have reportedly been leaking location data of its users through the Google Home app. The bug was discovered by Craig Young, a researcher at Tripwire — a security firm in Portland, Oregon.

Young was creating an exercise to demonstrate how websites identify and control smart screens and speakers when he discovered the bug. He noticed it while using the Google Home app to access nearby wireless networks in the area. After the device connects to a wireless network, the app sends location data to Google’s geolocation services.

What is very interesting about the bug is that the location is precise, and hackers can easily track that location without the need for GPS. Young made a video below to demonstrate how the bug worked using a website he made. This basically shows that it is that easy for hackers to know exactly where you are and access your information — leaving your privacy at risk.

Young reported this issue to Google back in May, but the report was closed as a “Status: Won’t Fix (Intended Behavior)” message. This means that the code worked and produced the expected results it needed. However, when Krebs on Security contacted Google about the bug, the tech giant took action and is working on a patch to be released in July.

Young warns that the bug can be used for more dangerous privacy scams such as phishing, hacking, extortion, and blackmail. Scammers can also pose as the FBI to ask for your personal data based on your location. The bug can even affect your other smart devices like your smart TVs, not just the aforementioned Google products.

One solution that Young suggests is that you use your smart devices on multiple networks — either by adding a guest network or creating a multi-router system.

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Android Messages web client goes live and gets new features

Text, images, and stickers are all supported

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Android Messages‘ much-awaited feature is finally available and it’s not the only new thing to try out. Google has five new features for users of Messages, from web support to smart replies.

The web version of Android Messages is now rolling out to users, allowing them to send and view messages on their desktop or laptop’s browsers.

Users may visit messages.android.com to access the Android Messages for web. They must also have the updated app on their phone to pair their browser with their phone. People can send stickers, emoji, and attach images aside from sending simple text messages.

The other new features of Android Messages include nifty smart replies for quick responses, instant preview of a link to an article in the conversation, built-in GIF search capabilities, and a useful shortcut for copying one-time passwords such as verification codes when logging into certain apps.

The new features, according to Google, are slowly becoming available to Android users and the rollout will continue throughout the week.

Source: Google

SEE ALSO: The future of Android messaging gets support from carriers worldwide

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YouTube Music and YouTube Premium launch in more countries

YouTube continues to expand its services

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YouTube has come a long way since it was launched 13 years ago. Google is making sure their video-sharing service continues to evolve with the introduction of YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to more countries.

YouTube Music was already launched last month in very few countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. Today, it’s also making its way to the UK, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. It offers music videos, albums, singles, remixes, live performances, and covers. It’s basically a dedicated music service like Spotify or Apple Music.

The new app that’s available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store features Smart Search that finds songs intelligently by lyrics or by song name. It can still look for what you are searching even with bizarre phrases like “That space-themed Spice Girls song in the desert.” YouTube Music is ad-supported, but there’s also a premium version for US$ 9.99 per month, or US$ 14.99 for a Family Plan.

YouTube Red is now YouTube Premium, and it’s available in more countries just like YouTube Music. The Premium service of YouTube is ad-free, has background playback, and it includes all the benefits of Music Premium. Premium members also get access to all YouTube Originals, including the hit Cobra Kai. Individual subscription is priced at US$ 11.99 per month or US$ 17.99 for a Family Plan

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SEE ALSO: Incognito Mode becomes available to YouTube’s Android app

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