WhatsApp has told its 2 billion+ users that they must agree to share their data with Facebook in order to keep using the service.
“By tapping Agree, you accept the new terms, which take effect on February 8, 2021,” the notification states.“After this date, you’ll need to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account.”
Other data set to be shared with WhatsApp’s parent company includes “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”
The policy update is designed to “offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products”, which also includes Instagram and Messenger, according to WhatsApp.
A WhatsApp spokesperson also said that it comes as part of a previously disclosed move to allow businesses to store and manage WhatsApp chats using Facebook’s infrastructure.
The new terms and conditions also means that simply deleting the app will not prevent WhatsApp from retaining a user’s private data. To ensure the service no longer continues to do this, users must instead use the in-app feature for deleting their account.
The policy notes that even after using this delete feature, some data will remain with the company, stating: “When you delete your account, it does not affect your information related to the groups you created or the information other users have relating to you, such as their copy of the messages you sent them.”
The move comes a month after Apple started requiring iOS app makers, including WhatsApp, to detail the information they collect from users. According to the App Store, WhatsApp reserves the right to collect: purchases, financial information, location, contacts, user content, identifiers, usage data and diagnostics.
MediaTek taps TSMC 6-nanometer tech for new flagship 5G phone chips – Cape Breton Post
By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) – MediaTek Inc on Wednesday said it would use Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co’s 6-nanometer chipmaking technology for its newest chips aimed at premium 5G smartphones.
Taiwan’s MediaTek appears to be one of the first high-volume customers for the technology and is among a handful of companies with modem technology to connect phones to mobile data networks, competing against Qualcomm Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The new chips announced Wednesday, called Dimensity 1100 and 1200, build on MediaTek’s efforts to go after higher-priced handsets where Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips have historically had stronger market share.
Like Qualcomm and Apple, MediaTek designs chips and then contracts out production to outside firms. The newest chips will be made at TSMC, on a chipmaking technology called 6-nanometer. Qualcomm’s chips are being made by Samsung on 5-nanometer technology while Apple Inc uses TSMC’s 5-nanometer technology.
Smaller chipmaker technology is faster and more power efficient. MediaTek’s previous chips used a 7-nanometer process, and moving to newer manufacturing technology along with advances in the chip’s design make it 22% faster at computing tasks while consuming 25% less power, Finbarr Moynihan, general manager of international corporate sales, told Reuters in an interview.
(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Leslie Adler)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro flagship smartphone to come with 120x zoom support – gizmochina
After announcing its latest Mi 11 flagship smartphone a few weeks ago, Xiaomi started selling the device earlier this month. Now, the Chinese company is gearing up to launch a new variant in the lineup, dubbed Mi 11 Pro.
Now, the latest report coming from popular leaker ‘Digital Chat Station’ reveals that the upcoming Mi 11 Pro will have support for 120x zoom through its rear-facing camera setup. This seems to be pretty much in line with what has been rumored so far.
Instead of the triple-camera setup on the Mi 11, the Pro variant will come with a quad-camera configuration on the back panel. Also, the company seems to have ditched the design of the vertically-aligned sensor found on Mi 10 Pro to a 2×2 grid design.
As for the other specifications, reports indicate that the Mi 11 Pro smartphone will have the same display as the Mi 11. It will feature a 6.81-inch 2K curved display offering a 120Hz refresh rate, 515PPI pixel density, and a peak brightness of 1500nits. Additionally, the device is also expected to have support for MEMC and SDR to HDR conversion.
Given that it’s a flagship offering from Xiaomi and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is the most advanced chipset out there in the market, the device will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset, the same as the Mi 11. We also expected to see multiple versions of the phone based on the memory configuration.
In the software department, the phone is likely to be running the latest Android 11 operating system along with the company’s own MIUI custom user interface on top. More information about the device is expected to surface online ahead of its official launch, which will take place after the Spring Festival in China, after mid-February.
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