Tech Wrap: ‘WhatsApp Pink’ virus spreads, AirPods survive inside puppy's tummy | HT Tech

Tech Wrap: ‘WhatsApp Pink’ virus spreads, AirPods survive inside puppy's tummy

In other tech news, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter completed its first flight, while Microsoft Edge gains a performance boost

| Updated on: Apr 19 2021, 23:59 IST
In case you missed it, here's a quick tech wrap of today' most important tech stories.
In case you missed it, here's a quick tech wrap of today' most important tech stories. (Unsplash)

Monday was an interesting day in the world of technology. Everyone's favourite encrypted messenger app, WhatsApp, was back in the news today with a new ‘WhatsApp Pink' malware doing the rounds, while India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued an advisory about older WhatsApp versions that contain security flaws. 

In other news, NASA's Ingenuinty Helicopter took its first flight on a foreign planet, a UK vet managed to save a puppy who swallowed an AirPods case – both the puppy and case were fine. Meanwhile, Microsoft will soon release a new ‘Performance mode' on its Edge browser for Windows 10 bringing improvements to resource consumption. 

Here are today's top tech stories of the day, in case you missed them:

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Link claiming to change WhatsApp theme to pink is a virus, do not click

A new WhatsApp malware is doing the rounds, so users need to be extra careful. This one claims to turn WhatsApp's theme from default green to pink, but clicking it leads to malicious app and it can infect your device hackers to take complete control of your phone. Here's how you can protect yourself and your family members.


UK vets successfully ‘retrieve' working AirPods from Golden Retriever's tummy

It looks like Apple's AirPods are certainly much hardier than the company claims in its advertisements, after a UK resident shared the story of how her Golden Retriever swallowed her AirPods, which were later removed via surgery. The AirPods reportedly still work and the puppy is now fine.  Here's everything you need to know.


NASA celebrates ‘Wright brothers moment' as Mars Ingenuity helicopter takes flight

After six long years working on the first aircraft to fly on Mars NASA announced on Monday that its Mars Ingenuity helicopter had successfully completed the first flight over the Red Planet's surface and has transmitting images back to Earth. This makes NASA the first space agency to conduct a flight on a foreign planet.  You can read and watch more here


Microsoft Edge will soon gain a ‘performance mode' on Windows 10

If you've been noticing some lag and stutters while using Microsoft Edge on your laptop or desktop computer, you are in luck. The company has announced that it is adding support for a new performance mode that is expected to consume far fewer system resources, like RAM and CPU, than on earlier versions. Here's how you can quickly access the feature.

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First Published Date: 19 Apr, 23:53 IST