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LinkedIn sued for spying on users

Caught by iOS 14

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Apple’s iOS 14 has done a lot of snitching lately. Recently, the new operating system discovered several apps copying content from an iPhone’s clipboard. Some culprits, like TikTok, have patched out the flaw and promised more security-conscious decisions in the future. However, the brouhaha has undoubtedly caused a breach in trust for a lot of consumers.

Particularly, an iPhone user in New York has decided to sue LinkedIn, one of the implicated companies. According to the complaint obtained by Reuters, Adam Bauer, the plaintiff, is suing the company for reading and obtaining information from his iPhone. Further, he claims that LinkedIn is also tapping into other devices, besides his iPhone.

Normally, user-filed complaints end up as a quirky way to obtain money from an allegedly erring company. However, Bauer’s case underscores a huge controversy pervading the app world today. Certainly, apps should not have unauthorized access to a user’s information regardless of purpose. If anything, the controversy is a call for companies to instate more trustworthy practices in their products.

Prior to Bauer’s complaint, LinkedIn has already promised to patch out the security flaw in an update. Naturally, it isn’t enough for some users. The complaint also emphasizes the global perspective that the implicated companies are only sorry because they got caught.

Bauer’s case is still ongoing so no one knows how it will affect the company and the world, if any.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

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Google’s AI created these photos, and they look so real

From a new system called Imagen

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Have you ever seen art created by an AI? A few platforms today can generate amazing images based on a word prompt. Most of those are limited to more surreal images. You wouldn’t really mistake them for photos taken with a camera. However, Google, getting into the trend themselves, have a different goal in mind: photorealism.

It’s called Imagen, and Google just announced what it is and what it can do. Besides the more technical explanation, the announcement also revealed a few examples from the new text-to-image system.

While a few examples are still surreal (like an alien octopus reading a newspaper), quite a bit are uncannily real. One depicts a corgi riding on a bicycle while wearing shades. Another depicts a delectable chocolate dessert shaped like a bald eagle. If it weren’t for the “Imagen” logo at the bottom, these photos can likely fool anyone perusing the internet.

Google boasts that the new system can outclass the current leaders in text-to-image systems. Of course, the playing field is still a sparse one. AI isn’t taking over the world. Regardless, Google’s latest efforts are impressive.

Unfortunately, not everyone can test it out. Google is keeping the system away from the public for now. Given today’s susceptibility to false information, a well-made generated image (especially that of politicians or celebrities) can potentially disrupt news cycles.

Additionally, because of the sheer amount of data fed to the system, it is prone to using stereotypes for its images. For example, if you ask for an image depicting a CEO, it will likely churn out an image of a white male.

As such, Google wants to work on perfecting the system first before unleashing it to the world.

SEE ALSO: Sundar Pichai – Up Close & Personal at Google I/O 2022

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MediaTek launches its first mmWave 5G chip, the Dimensity 1050

Along with Dimensity 930 and Helio G99

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5G connectivity isn’t just about having 5G. If you’ve delved a bit deeper into what the network can do, you might have seen two types: sub-6GHz and mmWave. One is naturally different from the other. Compared to sub-6GHz, mmWave does carry more potential for the future. Marking this move to future, MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 1050 chipset, the company’s first mmWave 5G SoC.

When 5G first launched, the technology used sub-6GHz frequencies. These frequencies are practically the same as the ones used in 4G and older networks. On the other hand, mmWave uses frequencies above that, boosting what the network is capable of. It does, however, take more time to adopt mmWave technologies as it requires upgrades to both hardware and infrastructure.

The Dimensity 1050 chipset now offers both network compatibilities. According to MediaTek, the processor can deliver up to 53 percent faster speeds. Under the hood, it carries two Arm Cortex-A78 cores and a Mali-G610 GPU. Additionally, it supports UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5 memory.

Besides the Dimensity 1050, MediaTek also launched Dimensity 930 5G chipset for 120Hz Full HD+ displays and HDR 10+ video. The company also launched the Helio G99, a 4G processor for smaller phones.

Dimensity 930 smartphones will launch as early as this quarter. Meanwhile, Dimensity 1050 and Helio G99 smartphones will come out in the next quarter.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces impending release of Pentonic series

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Motorola confirms first Razr with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Coming later this year

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When you buy a pricey foldable phone, you usually expect the top-of-the-line hardware to make your purchase worth every penny. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, a foldable device sells more for its form factor, rather than its specs. For example, when Motorola first resurrected the Razr lineup, the foldable had midrange chipsets. Now, for its upcoming entry, the lineup is finally getting the flagship.

Last week, Qualcomm unveiled its next chipset series. Squeezing more life from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 series, the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 offers an improved flagship performance for coming smartphones later this year. Naturally, the stops have been lifted. Smartphone makers are now free to announce their devices with the new chipset.

Now, Motorola has confirmed that it will have one of the first Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 smartphones. And yes, it’s a Razr.

The company confirmed the smartphone through a teaser on Weibo. The graphic clearly depicts the chipset over a silhouetted foldable device, presumably from the Razr lineup.

However, the graphic does not hint when the smartphone will launch. Because of the timing, it’s incredibly likely that it will come later this year.

Though the company offers devices in the traditional slab phone format, it is also one of the foremost leaders in the foldable industry.

SEE ALSO: Motorola is working on its first rollable phone

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