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Vivo launched the Vivo V15 Pro in India just a few days ago, and now hot on the heels of the announcement, a new report suggests that the Vivo V15 is incoming. The company is tipped to launch the stripped down version of the Vivo V15 Pro in India on February 25 i.e., Monday. The report also leaks the price range in which the Vivo V15 will fall and has revealed its specifications as well. The phone will sport an all-display front and a pop-up selfie camera just like the Vivo V15 Pro.

Vivo V15 price (leaked)

91Mobiles has derived this information from a reliable source, and the source claims that the Vivo V15 phone will launch in India on February 25. The smartphone will be priced in the range of Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 25,000. To recall, the Vivo V15 Pro ₹ 28,990 price in India has been set at Rs. 28,990 for the lone 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model.

Vivo V15 specifications (leaked)

The Vivo V15 is tipped to feature 6.39-inch LCD Display panel, and not an AMOLED one that is seen on the Vivo V15 Pro. The phone is tipped to be powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Coming to the camera, the report tips that the Vivo V15 will sport a triple camera setup at the back, but it won’t feature a 48-megaipxel sensor like the Pro variant. Instead, it will sport a 24-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

Up front, it will sport a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera just like the Vivo V15 Pro. The Vivo V15 phone is expected to pack the same 3,700mAh battery with fast charging support, and support a rear fingerprint sensor.

No official confirmation from Vivo has been announced, and we recommend you to take all information listed here with a pinch of salt.

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Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook without users’ consent, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. An analytics tool called “App Events” allows app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook, even if the user isn’t on Facebook, according to the report .

One example detailed by the Journal shows how a woman would track her period and ovulation using an app from Flo Health. After she enters when she last had her period, Facebook software in the app would send along data, such as whether the user may be ovulating. The Journal’s testing found that the data was sent with an advertising ID that can be matched to a device or profile.

Although Facebook’s terms instruct app developers not to send such sensitive information, Facebook appeared to be accepting such data without telling the developers to stop. Developers are able to use such data to target their own users while on Facebook.

Facebook said in a statement that it requires apps to tell users what information is shared with Facebook and it “prohibits app developers from sending us sensitive data.” The company said it works to remove information that developers should not have sent to Facebook.

The development comes as Facebook is dealing with increased scrutiny over how it handles user data. Last week, British lawmakers issued a scathing report calling for tougher privacy rules for Facebook and other tech firms.

Criticisms over privacy intensified nearly a year ago following revelations that the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica data-mining firm accessed data on some 87 million Facebook users without their consent. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has been investigating that flap as well and is reportedly in negotiations with Facebook over a multibillion dollar fine.

The data-sharing is related to a data analytics tool that Facebook offers developers. The tool lets developers see statistics about their users and target them with Facebook ads.

Besides Flo Health, the Journal found that Instant Heart Rate: HR Monitor and real-estate app were also sending app data to Facebook. The Journal found that the apps did not provide users any way to stop the data-sharing.

Flo Health said in an emailed statement that using analytical systems is a “common practice” for all app developers and that it uses Facebook analytics for “internal analytics purposes only.” But the company plans to audit its analytics tools to be “as proactive as possible” on privacy concerns.

Hours after the Journal story was published, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the state’s Department of State and Department of Financial Services to “immediately investigate” what he calls a clear invasion of consumer privacy. The Democrat also urged federal regulators to step in to end the practice.

Securosis CEO Rich Mogull said that while it is not good for Facebook to have yet another data privacy flap in the headlines, “In this case it looks like the main violators were the companies that wrote those applications,” he said. “Facebook in this case is more the enabler than the bad actor.”

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Sony is hosting an event on February 25 at MWC 2019 in Barcelona next week, and the company is expected to launch a slew of phones at the event. Past rumours had pointed at the Sony Xperia XZ4, Xperia XA3, Xperia XA3 Ultra, and Xperia L3, but recent reports had given new names to the first three – Xperia 1, Xperia 10, and Xperia 10 Plus – all of which are said to feature 21:9 ‘CinemaWide’ displays. Now, a new report suggests has provided price, release date, and key specifications of all four phones – the Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, and Xperia L3. The Xperia 1 is touted to be a flagship-grade phone, and the successor to the Xperia XZ3, while the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus will be mid-range, and the Xperia L3 will be a budget offering. The Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are said to have been rebranded from Xperia XA3 and Xperia XA3 Ultra thanks to the myriad differences from their predecessors.

Sony is holding its MWC 2019 event at 8:30am CET (1pm IST) on Monday, February 25 in Barcelona.

Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, Xperia L3 price, availability (leaked)

Starting with the price, the Sony Xperia 1 is tipped to be priced at CHF 1,099 (roughly Rs. 78,200) and will be available in June. The Sony Xperia 10 may be priced at CHF 399 (roughly Rs. 28,400) and the Xperia 10 Plus is tipped to be priced at CHF 499 (roughly Rs. 35,500). Both the phones will hit the market in April. Lastly, the Sony Xperia L3 budget phone will be priced at CHF 199 (roughly Rs. 14,150) and will be available in April as well. 91Mobiles has leaked these Switzerland prices, along with availability, photos, and specifications as well.

Sony Xperia 1 specifications, design (leaked)

Sony Xperia 1 leaked photo suggests a triple rear camera setup, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and slight bezels on the top and bottom portions of the display. The phone is tipped to run on Android Pie, pack a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display panel with 21:9 cinema-wide screen and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It is listed to be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB RAM. Internal storage should be at 128GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot (up to 512GB).

Coming to the tri-camera setup, the Xperia 1 comes with three 12-megapixel sensors – one normal lens, one super wide-angle lens, and one telephoto lens with OIS support. Features include 4K HDR videos in 21:9 cinema format, a Cinema Pro app, HD super-slow motion, RAW format support, dual-pixel feature support. Up front, the Sony Xperia 1 comes with an 8-megapixel selfie sensor which lets you create 3D avatars of yourself using the 3D Creator feature.

The phone packs a 3,300mAh battery, and connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, and a USB Type-C port. The Sony Xperia 1 is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

Sony Xperia 10, 10 Plus specifications, design (leaked)

Both the Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus come with horizontally aligned dual rear camera setup, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and bezels on the top forehead of the display. Both the phones run on Android Pie, and support 21:9 aspect ratio. The Xperia 10 features a 6-inch full-HD+ display, while the Xperia 10 Plus features a larger 6.5-inch full-HD+ display. The smaller variant is powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor paired with 3GB RAM, and the Xperia 10 Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB RAM. Both the phones support 64GB of internal storage with the option to expand it further using a microSD card slot (up to 512GB).

The camera on the Xperia 10 comes with a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The Xperia 10 Plus, on the other hand, sports 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors with double optical zoom and bokeh effects. Up front, both the phones sport an 8-megapixel selfie sensor. The Xperia 10 packs a 2,870mAh battery, while the Xperia 10 Plus packs a larger 3,000mAh battery.

Sony Xperia L3 specifications, design (leaked)

The most budget offering of the lot features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a dual rear camera setup aligned vertically, and significant top and bottom bezel up front. The Sony Xperia L3 is tipped to run on the dated Android Oreo, pack a 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and be powered by the MediaTek 6762 processor. It packs 3GB RAM.

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Samsung unveiled its first ever foldable phone earlier this week, and it looks like Huawei wants to be the next in line. While Huawei working on a foldable device has been confirmed by the company for a while now, and even the invite teased its arrival, a fresh leak pretty much cements the name and design of the first ever foldable phone from Huawei. The leak confirms that the phone will be called the Huawei Mate X, and it claims to be the ‘world’s fastest foldable 5G phone’. Huawei is holding its foldable phone launch event on Sunday, 2pm CET (6:30pm IST) in Barcelona, just ahead of MWC 2019.

Huawei’s upcoming Mate X foldable phone has been spotted in an early banner by Twitter user @gimme2pm. The banner leak confirms the phones name and design. The foldable phone from Huawei, as per the looks of it, is considerably different than the Samsung Galaxy Fold released by Samsung this week. The Huawei Mate X is seen to adopt a fold-out technique with two screens on the outer body of the folded phone. It opens up in an inverted manner to activate the screen at the back, and transform into tablet mode. Samsung Galaxy Fold, on the other hand, has two discreet screens inside the fold, and the screens are revealed when you unfold the phone like a book.

Huawei’s poster also claims that the Mate X is the world’s ‘fastest foldable 5G phone’. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold may get a 5G variant in the future as well, however that’s just speculation at this point. As we mentioned, Huawei is set to host its MWC 2019 event in Barcelona on February 24. The invite depicts what appears to be a foldable smartphone’s hinge, further cementing the arrival of the Mate X. Huawei had confirmed plans to launch a foldable smartphone at MWC back in January.

As per leaks, the Huawei Mate X will reportedly feature a 7.2-inch display. Huawei will reportedly manufacture between 24,000 and 30,000 units of the upcoming smartphone in the initial phase, however, it is not known in what markets it will eventually arrive.

While Samsung and Huawei are throwing their hat into the foldable smartphone segment, LG says that it won’t launch a foldable phone at MWC, even though the technology required to build one is already ready. The company says that it will see the market reaction, before making a decision, and will instead launch an attachable second screen for the upcoming LG V50 ThinQ.

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Twitter co-founder and one-time chief executive Evan Williams is stepping down from the board, leaving the one-to-many messaging service to focus on “other projects.”

Williams will depart the Twitter board at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company,” Williams said in the filing.

“I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”

Williams throttled back his role in the San Francisco-based startup eight years ago, turning his attention to a new endeavours including creating popular online publishing platform Medium.

Williams ceded his role as Twitter chief executive to Dick Costolo in 2010. Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as Twitter chief in 2015, having held the position when the startup was nascent.

Dorsey said in a Tweet that Williams was the reason he joined startup Odeo, an endeavour that led to him, Williams and Biz Stone creating Twitter.

“I appreciate you, Ev!” Dorsey tweeted on Friday.

“We’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations.”

Twitter has become a high-profile, and sometimes controversial, global stage for communication since it was launched in March of 2006.

“Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me-and continuing to make it better and better,” Williams tweeted.

“I’m going to ride off into the sunset (or…down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things.”

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Oppo is all set to launch the Oppo F11 Pro on March 5 in India. The phone has been teased by the Chinese giant all of last week, and now the phone has leaked in a hands-on video. The short video shows the front and back portions of the display. The hands-on video shows us the premium-grade back panel donning a gradient finish, and the dual rear camera setup that leads up to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism. The video, unfortunately, doesn’t show the pop-up selfie camera in action.

The video has been published by Twitter user named Boby Do, and he has posted a four-second clip that shows the phone from the front and back. The front is all display, as seen in all the teasers of the past, and the phone has the camera app turned on. Unfortunately, the back camera lens is turned on and not the selfie cam, which is why the pop-up selfie camera mechanism stays hidden inside the frame. The back panel is seen to sport a purple gradient panel with a glossy finish which looks quite attractive. There’s the dual rear camera setup aligned vertically at the back with an accompanying flash and a rear fingerprint sensor sitting beneath the sensors.

The video shows design details that corroborate with all past leaks and teasers. Oppo has already confirmed that the F11 Pro will sport a pop-up selfie camera, a 48-megapixel rear camera, and a 3D gradient casing. Further, the Oppo F11 Pro will include a Super Night Mode for enhanced low light photography.

The dual rear camera setup houses a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, the smartphone will include a pop-up selfie camera of unknown resolution. The phone is also confirmed to include VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, and tipped to come in at least Blue and Gradient Purple colour options.

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Months after removing its VPN app Onavo Protect from App Store, Facebook has now removed it from Google Play as well. The development comes in the wake of the backlash over Facebook Research app, which was found paying teens and adults to track pretty much all of their online activities. Facebook has been embroiled in one or the other data and privacy scandals over the past one year and it seem the social media giant is now actively looking to regain public’s trust by stopping data collection activities.

According to TechCrunch, which was the first to report about the impending demise of Onavo Protect Android version, the VPN app will continue to function for the existing users for the time being to give them a chance to find a replacement application. Gadgets 360 has confirmed that Onavo Protect is no longer listed in Google Play Store and accessing the old listing link throws up a “the requested URL was not found on this server” error.

TechCrunch writes that the Menlo Park, California-based company has also stopped recruiting new users for the Facebook Research app that is still available on Android but was stopped being marketed to the iOS users after Apple banned it and revoked Facebook’s Enterprise Certificate. The certificate was restored later.

Facebook is now said to be focusing on paid market research programs, where the participants will know exactly what kind of data they are sharing with the company.

“Market research helps companies build better products for people. We are shifting our focus to reward-based market research which means we’re going to end the Onavo programme,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.

To recall, Facebook had acquired Israel-based Onavo back in October 2013 for a reported $150-$200 million (roughly Rs. 1,067-Rs. 1,423 crores). The social giant reportedly saw the app as the gold mine for user data and in fact the company used to data to determine WhatsApp as a potential acquisition target. But last year, over privacy concerns Facebook was forced to remove the Onavo Protect from App Store, while it continued to be available in Google Play Store.

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Realme 3, the next flagship phone by the Oppo-spinoff, is all set to launch in India. Realme will host the Realme 3 launch in the country at 12:30pm IST on March 4. Meanwhile, the company has started teasing the new model through its social media channels. It also on Friday sent out the media invites to confirm that the launch of the Realme 3 will take place in New Delhi. The new Realme phone is teased to sport a dual rear camera setup. It is also rumoured to have a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC.

Announcing the release date, Realme on Friday posted an image on its official Twitter account. The image highlights the launch schedule that is set for 12:30pm IST on March 4. As we mentioned, Realme also separately sent out media invites for an event in New Delhi where the new Realme phone will debut.

Realme hasn’t yet revealed much about its next-generation smartphone. However, a recent teaser confirmed that the Realme 3 will sport a dual rear camera setup. The new phone is also likely to come with a diamond cut case and have a rear fingerprint sensor.

If we look at some of the rumours, the Realme 3 will have two processor variants. While the India model is likely to have a MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, its global variant is rumoured to have an Helio P60 chipset. The phone is also speculated to have a 16:9 aspect ratio and Bluetooth v4.2 support.

The Realme 3 will come as a successor to the Realme 2 ₹ 9,599 that was launched in India back in August last year. Realme CEO Madhav Sheth last month revealed that the Realme 3 would debut in the first quarter of this year. The executive also reportedly specified that a phone with a 48-megapixel camera in the works.

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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has revised the Rs. 349 prepaid recharge to offer unlimited voice calls and 1GB data per day for 64 days. The Rs. 349 recharge also offers 100 SMS messages per day throughout the validity. Previously, the Rs. 349 BSNL recharge plan was offering unlimited voice calling benefits and 1GB data per day for 54 days. The addition of 10 days in the validity of the recharge plan is aimed to give a tough competition to the likes of Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.

The listings on BSNL’s Calcutta and UP East websites confirm the launch of the revised Rs. 349 prepaid recharge plan with 1GB data per day, unlimited local and STD calls, and 100 SMS messages per day for 64 days. The listings also show that the updated plan offers additional 2.2GB data per day until April 30. Furthermore, post the available quota, subscribers will receive unlimited data access at 40Kbps speeds.

With the latest change, BSNL is offering as much as 204.8GB of data through the Rs. 349 recharge plan. The state-owned operator, as we mentioned, was previously offering 1GB daily data benefits and unlimited voice calls under the Rs. 349 plan for 54 days.

Unlike the revised Rs. 349 BSNL prepaid recharge plan, Reliance Jio offers 1.5GB data per day, unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS messages per day for 70 days through its Rs. 349 recharge plan. Airtel also has its Rs. 349 recharge to offer identical voice calling and SMS benefits alongside 3GB data per day for 28 days.

Telecom Talk first reported the revised Rs. 349 BSNL recharge plan. However, Gadgets 360 was able to independently verify the revision through BSNL’s Calcutta and UP East websites.

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A parliamentary panel has summoned representatives of Facebook, its messaging services WhatsApp and photo-sharing app Instagram to appear before it early next month and discuss how to safeguard citizens’ rights on social media.

Social media in the world’s largest democracy have become a hotbed for circulation of fake political news and tech firms face intense scrutiny ahead of a general election due before May, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term.

In a circular late on Thursday, the parliamentary committee on information technology, chaired by Anurag Thakur, a lawmaker from PM Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it would hear the views of officials from Facebook and its units on March 6.

The subject would be “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social or online news media platforms,” it added.

It was not immediately clear whether the panel had asked Indian or global executives of the three firms to appear.

Facebook declined to comment, while WhatsApp and Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The panel has previously summoned social network Twitter’s Chief Executive Jack Dorsey to appear on Monday to discuss the same topic.

“These are issues for all Internet services globally,” Twitter said on Friday, adding that Colin Crowell, its global vice president of public policy, is to meet the panel on Monday.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have overhauled policies to boost transparency ahead of the general election and rein in misinformation.

Alphabet’s Google this week launched a programme to train journalists in areas such as online verification and fact checking before the polls.

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