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Samsung recently made their biggest acquisition ever shelling out a whopping $8 billion to get auto manufacturers Harman International Industries.
Naturally this led to questions as to whether Samsung were going into the car manufacturing business seeing as there had been hints that perhaps the South Korean firm were interested in it. 

But it seems Samsung might not be thinking about this at all as a recent Forbes interview with Samsung Electronics President and Chief Strategy Officer Young Sohn revealed that Samsung has no such plans.
Young Sohn was quick to mention that he is “not an auto guy” in the interview, but more of a “mobile, semiconductor and communications person.” 
He had this to say though “We are envisioning what happens in the future as similar to the smartphone experience.” The company aims to offer “the convenience and technology that can bring more relevant information to one’s driving experience” and ultimately Samsung could also work on a fully autonomous solution. 
So why did Samsung purchase Harman? Well according to Sohn the company has been looking at many options in regards to how to approach the market, and realized that it takes a long time to build a team and relationships in the automotive industry, which works in “very long business cycles”. However, Harman brings “tremendous customer relationship” Samsung doesn’t have in the industry; Harman has “a proven management team that has delivered over time and we like that consistent performance” and last but not least, Harman also “invested heavily in the areas of connected cloud, telematics, over-the-air updates and security.”
This said, according to Sohn Samsung “don’t really want to build cars.” Even though the company aims to become a bigger name in the car business, Sohn says that Samsung is “not interested in the more traditional area of business or technology, like power trains or seats or bodies” because Samsung can’t add value to these segments. 
What Samsung can do is add value is “in areas of transportation where we support an autonomous connected experience, electrification and better user experiences.” In other words, Samsung wants to help pushing cars into a future where smart vehicles are the norm, rather than building its own cars from the ground up, and the recent acquisitions are a way for the company to increase its influence and improve relationships in the automotive industry.
So Samsung may be getting into the auto industry with their purchase of Harman, but probably not in the sense we initially imagined.

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Facebook's WhatsApp has added a new feature to its plethora of features and that is video calling.
In a highly competitive tech space, apps are trying to one up each other with better updates, features and so on and whatsapp is no different.
With Google duo, Skype and other video call apps, it was only a matter of time before the renown app joined the club. 
Whatsapp now implements free video calling.
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Users will be able to hold one-on-one video calls in addition to voice calls and texts. 
According to Whatsapp's blog "There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,"
The feature will not allow for more than two users at a time and while that might be a bummer, it makes up for it by be available across various platforms.
WhatsApp has not announced a specific day for release. But we're keeping our fingers crossed it'll be pretty soon.


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Software that has been installed on some Android phones, mostly low end ones have apparently been secretly monitoring users, sending keyword-searchable and full-text message archives to a Chinese server every 72 hours.

All this is according to a security firm called Kryptowire who conducted research into the matter.

The software has done a fair bit more also tracking users’ location data and call logs and was written by the Chinese company Shanghai Adups Technology Company.

The grand plan though be it state surveillance or advertising is unknown. “This isn’t a vulnerability, it’s a feature,” Kryptowire vice president of product Tom Karygiannis said speaking to online news agency The Verge.

According to Adups, they have the software running on more than 700 million phones and have partnered with some major manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE.
At least one US manufacturer, BLU Products, was affected, with 120,000 phones reportedly running the tracking software.

“BLU Products has identified and has quickly removed a recent security issue caused by a third party application which had been collecting unauthorized personal data in the form of text messages, call logs, and contacts from customers using a limited number of BLU mobile devices,” the company said in a statement.
The scope of the Adups problem “is far more extensive,” according to Karygiannis. He added that Adups logs more specific information on users without their knowledge, and through pre-installed software.
Adups have so far not said anything on the matter.
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