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Netflix Removes Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act Episode After Government Complaints

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Netflix had to pull a patriot act episode regarding Saudi Arabia after complaints from the government. Patriot Act is hosted by Hasan Minhaj, who is the show’s host and a political commentator, actor.

The second episode in this 7 episode series took shots at the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for being involved with the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how the government reacted to it.

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The episode also talked about the ongoing war in Yemen and how the president is being supported by some sort of bloc involving Saudi Arabia.

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According to the Saudi Government, the episode of this series regarding Saudi Arabia violated the country’s cybercrime laws and upon that asked for its removal. The above-said law states that criticizing the government through any kind of digital medium is a criminal act, Financial Times reported

“Netflix confirmed that it had removed the episode in Saudi Arabia last week after the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission made a request to take it down because it allegedly violated the kingdom’s anti-cybercrime law,
Saudi Arabia has become an influential player in the technology and entertainment sectors through big investments by its sovereign wealth fund, which directly owns stakes in companies such as Uber and many other groups indirectly through its backing of Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund. Later in the removed episode, Mr. Minhaj criticized Silicon Valley for ‘swimming in Saudi cash’ and urged tech companies to stop taking investment from the kingdom.

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In a statement provided to Financial Times by Netflix, the company said that

We strongly support artistic freedom worldwide and only removed this episode in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request — and to comply with local law.

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Although Netflix did the above said and removed the episode from the streaming platform in Saudi Arabia, the episode can still be viewed on the series’ Youtube channel and the episode is still available on the platform in other companies.

ALSO READ: NETFLIX IS NO LONGER OFFERING NEW AND RETURNING USERS ON iOS TO PAY DIRECTLY THROUGH IN APP SUBSCRIPTIONS

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New Samsung Galaxy Phones Are Here: 12GB RAM, 1TB Storage, Foldable Display & 5G

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Samsung just celebrated their 10 year anniversary for the Galaxy S series by launching 5 new Galaxy Phones. The Galaxy S10E, the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10 Plus, the Galaxy S10 5G, and the Galaxy Fold

GALAXY S10 : BASE MODEL ($900)

The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch display, which according to Samsung is the first display to earn an HDR10+ certification, which is nothing but Samsung’s version of Dolby Vision.

You also get 3 rear cameras, a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera with fixed focus, the main 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with OIS, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with the ability to achieve 2x optical zoom. The front camera is a 10-megapixel sensor with dual aperture.

The Galaxy S10 would be available in 128GB or 512GB storage variants coupled with 8GB RAM and 512GB expandable storage. It will come with a 3400 mAh battery capacity with Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla glass 5 on the back.

SOURCE : TechRadar

GALAXY S10+ : 1TB MONSTROSITY ($1000)

The Galaxy S10+ comes with a 6.4-inch screen and a 4100 mAh battery for just a $100 more. The S10+ will have the same camera set up on the back as seen in the S10, but we also see a second front camera, an 8-megapixel sensor that would enable depth-mode for users to take portrait selfies along with the original 10-megapixel camera.

The S10+ comes in 128GB & 512GB storage variants. We also see a new 1TB variant with 12GB RAM, if you’re into that sort of things.

SOURCE : MKBHD

GALAXY S10E : VALUE FOR MOENY? ($750)

The Galaxy S10E comes with a small 5.8-inch display and a Snapdragon 855 processor. Comes with only 2 rear cameras, a wide and an ultrawide sensor. There is only one camera in the front of the phone and that is a 10-megapixel shooter just like the one seen on the Galaxy S10.

You also don’t have the curved displays on this phone or the In-Display fingerprint scanner which is present in the other S10 devices but Samsung didn’t want you to get bored with the conventional fingerprint scanner in the back thing and went with a new fingerprint scanner on the side of the device which is embedded in the power button.

It comes with a 3100 mAh battery, a 128GB storage and 6GB RAM variant or a 256GB storage variant with 8GB RAM. Samsung decided to go with a budget variant of the Galaxy device this year probably because Apple decided to launch its iPhone XR (budget iPhone at $750) last year.

SOURCE : MKBHD

GALAXY S10 5G : COMING SOON (PRICE TBA)

This Galaxy S10 device would feature a 6.7-inch display with 2 cameras on the front and 4 cameras on the back. This 5G model comes with a fourth camera having a 3D depth-sensor for all the fun fancy photo stuff with AR etc.

It comes with a 4500 mAh battery with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. What might be a bummer to some people is that Samsung decided to ditch the microSD card slot.

SOURCE : YAHOO

GALAXY FOLD : FLEXIN’ IT HARD ($1980)

The Galaxy Fold, as the name clearly suggests comes with a foldable display with a 4.6-inch display when folded and a 7.3-inch display when not which Samsung has names the INFINITY FLEX DISPLAY. It is a small phone that fits easily in the palm of your hands when folded and gets as big as a tablet when not.

Samsung is going with 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 to get faster speeds alongside a 7nm Qualcomm octa-core processor coupled with 12GB RAM.

This new Galaxy device comes with 2 batteries, yes 2 different batteries which are separated by the fold but together in the OS giving the Galaxy Fold a humongous 4380 mAh battery.

Samsung created a hinge mechanism with various interlocking gears alongside a sturdy and solid backbone which allows the device to fold easily from phone to tablet mode.

It has a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera on the back of the phone. The apps change seamlessly into the tablet mode from the phone mode with the help of a feature they like to call “App Continuity” wherein apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps all are optimized to transition smoothly. Samsung has been working with Google to see to it that Android 9.0 Pie is easily supported on this display.

SOURCE : SAMSUNG
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Google’s Nest Smart Home Hub Has A Secret Microphone Which Wasnt Supposed To Be A Secret

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The Google Nest Smart Home Hub has a secret microphone, to which google claims that it is nothing to worry about and that the mic is there just as a feature.

Google claimed earlier this month that the Nest device could also be used as a Google Assistant device, which made people furious and confused as they weren’t told about the presence of a mic in the hub. They didn’t tell the consumers about the mic in the tech specifications list, not even after the device was launched and the presence of Google Assistant as a feature was announced.

The company then admitted this mistake after realizing that customers didn’t exactly like the fact that their smart home device had a “SECRET MICROPHONE” built in.

A Google Spokesperson gave a statement to Business Insider saying


The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs, that was an error on our part. The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option.

Nicole Adison, Google Spokesperson.

Google further claimed that the microphone is used to provide additional features that use the sound sensing features in the microphone to provide the users with additional features such as the ability to identify the breaking of a glass.

Even though the feature does sounds useful, it comes to us at a time when it is hard to trust tech companies due to all the violations in the promises made to users about consumer safety & privacy.

Consumers are not wrong to feel worried and confused as no matter who you are, data privacy is something that concerns almost everyone. Rumors about Facebook listening to people’s conversations using the microphone, or the fact that the Google Street View cars MISTAKENLY collected users personal data which was being transmitted over the unsecured WiFi networks, which did include email don’t exactly help reduce those concerns. Getting to know about the presence of a mic in one’s smart home hub machine can most definitely spite confusion in customers.

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Saudi Arabia Says They Have Nothing To Do With The Ongoing Controversial AMI-Bezos Scandal

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Saudi Arabia’s minister of state recently released an official statement saying that the kingdom is absolutely not associated with the National Enquirer’s coverage of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos ongoing love affair with the famous American news anchor Lauren Sánchez.

On Thursday, tech billionaire Jeff Bezos blatantly accused American Media, Inc who owns the tabloid magazine Enquirer of blackmailing him by quite constantly terrorizing to release his intimate photos to the public that he had allegedly sent to his girlfriend and if he doesn’t want all the people on the internet to see these NSFW photos, then he needs to publicly say that Enquirer’s extensive coverage on him was not actuated by any sort of political gains.

In a recent blog post by the Amazon CEO, he spilled the beans about the displeasure caused to Saudi Arabia by Washington Post’s strident reporting on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Further, he also indirectly hinted towards the links between AMI and Saudi Arabia.

“This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it,” Adel al-Jubeir told CBS regarding the kingdom’s involvement in the Enquirer scandal. On Friday, AMI published an official statement clearly saying that the reporting by the National Enquirer was licit in every possible manner and that they are now further investigating all of the claims made by Jeff Bezos.

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