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Google finally renames its Home Hub to Nest Hub and also releases a 10-inch Nest Hub Max

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Google has seen a lot of success after releasing the Home Hub in the smart home hardware section. Google has succeeded with these products because of the size and price of the devices. This device from Google is a perfect alternative to the Echo series from Amazon. Google has finally decided that it will be calling its device Nest from now on instead of the Home Hub.

The announcement was made by Google today at I/O where they talked about their shift in smart home device branding. All the smart home devices from Google will now be under the banner Nest. Google has also decided to focus on people who are looking for a bigger device for their home and released the Nest Hub Max.

The Nest display now comes with a 10-inch display which is fascinating for a lot of new people. A camera has also been added to with the device to make sure that everything is available to the users. When the first generation of the Home Hub was released, people were not very happy because of the absence of a camera, but over time people have got over the fact.

The name of the device implies that the device will help control all your smart home devices. Google has coupled up with Nest so that they can make the device much more functional and secure. This has justified the naming of the device from Home Hub to Nest Hub. The Nest Hub Max also comes with improved speakers which will increase the quality of speakers.

The Hub Max will be a perfect device which can be used by everyone at home. The nest is known to recognize user face as well as voice which helps people to control the device much more conveniently.

Last year, Google backed out from letting Nest work independently. This year things have changed a lot. The product has been re-branded and now the prices have been lowered to $129. The Nest Hub Max is priced a bit higher at $299.

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The Meizu 16s comes with the features of a flagship phone at a mid-range price

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Over the years, smartphones have become very expensive. In the last couple of years, there have been a few innovations in the market. It is no surprise that people have suddenly shown their interest in the mid-range flagship phones. The majority of the attention was received by phone in this segment is the latest Pixel 3a. The camera of this phone has brought a lot of interest amongst people. If you are not in the United States, you can get a lot of options when it comes to buying a smartphone below $500.

Meizu finally came up with a flagship phone which is very affordable and has all the features of a high-end phone so that it can compete with other phone manufacturers in this segment.

Meizu is one of the mobile phone manufacturers which is not so big in the United States market. They have a very big global presence and want to make a statement in the United States mobile market. The latest flagship phone from the company features a Snapdragon 855 chip along with an under screen figure print scanner. In the United States market, the Pixel 3a comes at a price of $399 which is a great deal for the consumer. Google has forced companies like Xiaomi, Meizu, and Huawei to shut down because of all the competing products.

The phone is very attractive and the first thing that people will notice in it is the notch less screen. The phone also comes with the smallest selfie camera in the market, which makes it very different from other phones. People now prefer a tiny bezel compared to a notch. The phone display is 6.2 inch AMOLED which is protected by a strong and durable Gorilla Glass. The only complaint made by people was that the screen is a bit more saturated than usual.

The fingerprint reader, which is present in the display works fine and there is nothing exceptional about it. The only thing about this device which is very attractive is the 855 chip which has a 6 GB RAM and therefore, makes the phone very snappy. If you are not a gamer, then you can push the phone to its limit. The build quality of the phone is very good and the plastic back makes it look very attractive.

The skin, which is provided by the company does a very good job. There are people who prefer different launchers when it comes to Android, therefore, you can use your own launcher without any kind of problem. The launcher of the phone lags behind when compared to all the third party launchers which are available in the market. There are absolutely no application drawers so all the applications will have to stay in the home screen.

This phone also has a very special feature of gesture. You can control the phone with some basic gestures which you can learn just by using them for a couple of hours. Make sure, you learn all the gestures so that you are able to use the mobile phone in a much better manner over time. No battery test has been done on the phone, but it is expected that this phone will have a great battery life because of the strong numbers present to support it. It is expected that a fully charged phone can last for an entire day. The main attraction of the phone is that it comes with a 48-megapixel camera at the back and 20-megapixel camera on the front. The back side camera also has the capability f 3x optical zoom. You can capture a 4K video on this mobile without any kind of problem.

When you are setting your camera to actually click at 48 megapixels, the standard settings of the camera comprise of the four-pixel worth of light in each and every pixel. The manufacturers have claimed that the users can use the 48-megapixel if they really want. The daylight performance of the camera is extremely good. At night, the camera becomes extremely competitive and has two-night modes available which help to click good pictures even in low light. Users also have the option of using a pro mode, which has all manual controls which people can use to click pictures. The camera application comes with the usual portrait mode, which has both 2x and 3x optical zoom. The only problem at times is that everything feels a bit washed out.

The main feature of the phone is that it is less than $500 which makes it attractive. According to the data, One Plus 7 Pro has launched at a price of $699 whereas this phone will be sold to the consumers at

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Amazon Echo Dot slammed for compromising Kids’ Privacy

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A child protection group has come out and filed a complaint with the FTC, also known as the Federal Trade Commission. The group has urged FTC to investigate the Echo smart speakers from Amazon. The reason behind this complaint has been lodged is that FTC has come up with an agenda of Commercial-Free Childhood. The Center of Digital Democracy and the Consumer Federation of American have made an argument that Amazon is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection.

The Echo device is attentive in nature and it listens to all the wake words which are being uttered by the kids. The only difference between an Echo and an Echo Kid is that the Kid version is specially made for kids keeping the privacy laws in mind. The complaint which has been filed is available on the website now.

According to the complaint, Amazon can provide information to the data which is collected by the device. Amazon is being much vague and the parents are not really sure whether they should approve of the privacy policy of Amazon or not. The parents can get a clear idea of where the data of their children will be shared and how it will be used by Amazon.

Amazon has been accused now for being unclear and vague. They have also not maintained all the rules under the COPPA, which they are obligated to. It has been said that Amazon is sharing this data with other third-party applications so that the data can be used to manipulate people with the help of artificial intelligence. Along with this, there are multiple concerns which were raised by FTC.

Last year, Amazon released the Echo Dot Kids and it was a success from their part. The Amazon Echo Kid also uses Alexa but it is a bit different from the original Echo Dot. The Kids version comes with parental controls and there are applications which help kids to focus on their work more.

Amazon has said that the free version of the application FreeTime will come with the Amazon Echo Kids where the parents will have the power to manage all the actions their kids can take with the product. There are options available to parents, which include a time limit, skill, parental controls and many more.

This software will also be capable of removing the phone call option from the device. The paid version of the FreeTime application will also come with kid-friendly content such as different radio stations and premium skills like Nickelodeon, National Geographic and Disney.

Amazon, during the time of release, said that the assistance will be synced with the kid’s interactions and it can understand what the kid wants to say. The assistance will specialize in speech patterns of kids. Amazon took the Alexa very seriously and worked hard to make it work with kid’s speech and in between, it can focus on the security aspect of the device. The complaint of the COPPA is that Amazon has failed to pay enough attention to the data protection since this is a kid’s product.

The main argument now is that Amazon can meet with the obligation as the device is operated by kids. These pieces of information are being accessed by a third party application and this is the reason there is absolutely no privacy policy being met for the children. In the summary of the complaint, it was mentioned that:

“Our investigation found that only 15 % of kid skills provide a link to a privacy policy. Thus Amazon notice to parents regarding data collection by third parties appears designed to discourage parents engagement and avoid Amazon’s responsibilities under Coppa.”

The main objective now is how Amazon is obtaining parental consent because it never asks for any kind of debit card or credit card numbers from the users. It has been argued that:

 “It does not verify that the person consenting is the child’s parent as required by Coppa. Nor does Amazon verify that the person consenting is even an adult because it allows the use of debit gift cards and does not require a financial transaction for verification.”

The problem that most of the people have is that Amazon is recording all the audio of the children’s voice and they are being saved by the company. Since this is not allowed, it is a big violation of the company point of view. The transcripts are all being saved even when the recordings are deleted manually. Parents will have to call the Amazon customer care so that they can delete all the data of their children’s database from the server.

Amazon will also allow all the parents to review all the data of their kids before deciding whether to keep them or to delete them. The most sensitive information which is being stored here is all the address and information which are saved and then shared on the server. The artificial intelligence has an option of remembering all the information which it is asked to remember.

The risk of other children is also there with the Eco because if another kid comes to play on a play date then both of them end up playing with the Eco Dot then the information of both of them will be saved in the Amazon database. Amazon has come out and denied any kind of breach of the COPPA. In a statement from Amazon, it was said:

“FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.”

The only good thing is that other than the application FreeTime no other application tries to take the information which is stored in the servers. Europe is one of the countries where the concern for data privacy is increasing day by day. There have been 16 proposals which are standard and are asking for feedback in the child’s privacy code. The government of the United Kingdom has very recently published a white paper which has a policy plan which regulates the content present on the internet.

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Flights grounded at Germany’s Frankfurt airport post the sighting of Drone

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A drone was responsible for delaying all the flights at the Frankfurt Airport this morning. The Frankfurt Airport is one of the busiest airports in Germany and it has served more than 14.8 million passengers in just the first three months of this year.

In a tweet that was sent after the flights resumed takeoff, it was reported that the airport was closed from 07:27 till 08:15. The take-off started again from 08:18. The tweet also mentioned that the security authorities are looking into the matter and trying to investigate the whole incident. According to a local press, it was reported that a total of 100 takeoffs and landings were cancelled because of the disruption caused at the airport by a drone sighting.

This is not the first time that something like this was happening at this airport. An incident similar to this happened in the month of March when all flights were delayed 30 minutes because of a drone. Drones sighting issues have increased very rapidly in the past few years. The reason something like this is happening so often is because of affordable prices. There have been reports that drones have near misses with aircraft in the past couple of years.

The suspension at the Frankfurt is not the only airport. Gatwick which is the United Kingdom’s second largest airport is also going through this kind of problem. There have been multiple shutdowns because of drones causing misery for the travelers. The United Kingdom government criticized the misuse of drones after this incident and also tried to make everyone aware of all the risks involving drones.

A drone bill has been passed with new legislation so that the drones can be regulated in a proper manner. After the incident at the Gatwick airport, the United Kingdom government made all the areas near the airport no-fly zones. The no-fly zone has been increased from 1 km around the airport to 5 kilometers. The police have also said that they would get new power so that they can track down drones.

Germany has also added a new amendment to all the air traffic regulations so that they can prohibit misuse of drones. Drones in Germany have also been banned from being flown in different controlled airspace. It has been recorded that out of the 125 incidents last year 31 were in Frankfurt.

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