Tech Wrap: Truecaller data leak, iPhone 11 best-selling phone and more
More tech news include Xiaomi's plans to stop making 4G phones by year-end, Facebook launching a new audio-only app and how Google plans to reopen offices.
Quite a lot happened in the tech world today. Facebook introduced a new experimental app which lets users make audio calls. Then there was a report on Truecaller data of 4.75 crore Indian users leaking on the dark web.
We also got to know that Xiaomi will stop making 4G phones by the end of 2020. More on phones was the iPhone 11 becoming the most popular smartphone model globally. Google also updated its plans to reopen offices.
So here's a breakdown of everything that made headlines in tech today.
Facebook CatchUp is an audio-calling only app that supports up to eight people at once. Although developed by Facebook, the app doesn't require one to have a Facebook account. CatchUp is currently in testing with limited users in the US.
Xiaomi's future plans
Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun said the company will stop making 4G phones by the end of this year. It will focus more on 5G technology for its products. This will however be limited to China and Xiaomi will continue selling its 4G phones in India and other global markets. Xiaomi also plans to focus on Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT).
Truecaller data leak
Cyble reported that Truecaller data of 4.75 crore Indian users are on sale on the dark web for $1,000. Information like phone number, email addresses, carrier names were leaked on the dark web. Truecaller however refuted the report and denied the data breach. It said that users upload numbers marked as spam on Truecaller's database. Hackers could have compiled such data and posted them as a leak.
Best-selling smartphone model
Apple's iPhone 11 emerged as the best-selling smartphone in Q1, 2020 according to Omdia. iPhone 11 also managed to beat its predecessor iPhone XR which is now in the 5th position. Apple shipped 19.5 million units of the iPhone 11 during the January-March period.
Google's plan to reopen offices
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai shared more details on how the company plans to reopen offices. Google will follow a rotation schedule where employees will go to the office once a week. At the same time Google will also let employees work from home till the end of the year. And for this, Google is giving each employee an allowance of $1,000 to buy work from home equipment.
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