TecQ: Android Malware, Nokia 9, Google Snooping, PUBG Lite & More

TecQ is our weekly round-up of technology stories.

1. PUBG Lite Review: Free to Play, Fun & Works on Any PC

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2. Samsung Galaxy Phone Users, Beware of this Fraud Android App

Samsung had nothing to do with the app

Samsung phones are known for getting slow updates compared to other manufacturers and its users have shared that concern regularly. But this month, there’s a big warning for the users of Samsung, who could’ve easily downloaded a fraud app on the phones.

This app called Update for Samsung - Android Update Version was reportedly asking users to pay to get regular software updates, which should never be the case.

The app, downloaded by over 10 million users, according to this report from ZDNet, was merely showing them ads and charging them for doing it. Unfortunately, most of these users didn’t realise they were downloading a fraud app, which meant that a lot of people lost money to it.

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3. Nokia 9 PureView Launches With Five Cameras in India at Rs 49,999

Five cameras at the back of a phone, check. 

Nokia 9 has finally launched in the Indian market. The company’s latest Nokia phone gets not two, nor three but five cameras at the back, which shows up like a piece of jigsaw puzzle waiting to be joined together.

The phone has been priced at Rs 49,999 which is more than the price announced during its official debut at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

Nokia’s bold debut comes at a time when Oppo showed us a new technology with the Reno 10X Zoom that delivers 10x lossless zoom on the rear cameras.

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4. It’s Not Just Alexa, Even Google Assistant is Snooping into Chats

Google Assistant running on a mobile.

Not just your home speaker, smartphone or security camera, even third-party contractors are recording and secretly listening to your Google Assistant recordings, a new report has claimed.

According to Belgian broadcaster VRT News, your conversations with Google Home speakers are being recorded and audio clips are being sent to sub-contractors who are "transcribing the audio files for subsequent use in improving Google's speech recognition".

"VRT, with the help of a whistle blower, was able to listen to some of these clips and subsequently heard enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home," The Next Web reported on Wednesday.

The transcribers heard just everything: personal information, bedroom talks, domestic violence and what not.

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5. New Agent Smith Malware Affects Over 15 Mn Android Phones: Report

According to the report, 15 million android users in India might be affected.

Cyber security solutions provider Check Point on Wednesday, 10 July, revealed that 'Agent Smith," a new variant of mobile malware, has quietly infected around 25 million Android devices globally, including 15 million mobile devices in India.

The malware currently uses its broad access to the devices' resources to show fraudulent ads for financial gain, but could easily be used for far more intrusive and harmful purposes such as banking credential theft and eavesdropping.

This activity resembles previous malware campaigns such as "Gooligan", "Hummingbad" and "CopyCat".

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