Weekly Wrap: Nokia 3310, Zealandia, Torrent Ban, Super Mario Run and More

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A lot has happened this week in tech, and we don’t want you to miss any of it — so in case you were busy throughout the week, we’ve got you covered — we bring you the most interesting news pegs, launches and tips and tricks in our weekly wrap.

There were a lot of amazing things happening this week, and we’ll ensure you get served the best of it in a jiffy.

Major News this Week

Google Banning Torrents Won’t Make a Difference

There have been reports suggesting that Google might soon ban Torrent sharing sites from surfacing on its search results and as a result, this might affect traffic on these sites. But will it really affect the popular torrent sites?

Read the entire story here.

Sturdy Nokia 3310 Might Be Back in Stores Soon But Will it Succeed?

Source: Wikimedia

According to one of the most trusted mobile phone leaker and VentureBeat reporter, Evan Blake, HMD is all set to relaunch the sturdy Nokia 3310 model from yesteryears.

The device will be targeted towards developing countries in the Indian sub-continent as well as Africa, where feature phones are still being used by the masses as not everyone can afford to shell out thousands for smartphones.

Read the entire story here.

Now Watch Facebook Videos While Using Other Apps on Your Device

The social media giant has been focused on improving the video viewing experience on their platform for some time now, and this update is a major step in that direction.

With the new update features like videos playing with sound, picture-in-picture view (like YouTube) for videos, better vertical video previews have been added to the app and also a Facebook videos app for TV has been launched.

Read the entire story here.

PewDiePie Loses Disney Contract Due to Anti-Semitic Videos

PewDiePie’s YouTube channel has more than 53 million subscribers, which itself speaks volumes about the massive reach but recently Disney cut ties with the YouTuber after he put up videos with clips of anti-semitic content on his channel.

Read the entire story here.

Zealandia: The Continent You Didn’t Know Existed

For the past 20 years, geologists have intermittently argued that Zealandia should be given its identity as an independent continent, which was submerged around 60 to 85 million years ago.

A Geologist from the area published a paper in the GSA journal, which tries to establish a ‘scientific case for the continent of Zealandia’.

Read the entire story here.

This 7-year-Old Applied For a Job in Google; Sundar Pichai Responds

Chloe Bridgewater, a seven-year-old, wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, stating that she’d want to join the California-based tech titan one day. To her and everyone else’s surprise, she received a response from Pichai.

Read the entire story here.

Top Features of the Week

How to Play YouTube Videos After Locking Your Phone Screen

Google does provide users with an option to counter this issue with YouTube Red subscription but only to a limited number of users based on their geo-location — and also for a price of $10 per month, it feels a bit heavy on the pocket.

We’ve listed two simple ways to counter the active screen issues which will also help you save battery while enjoying your favourite tunes on YouTube.

Read the entire story here.

How to Beat Super Mario Run and Fully Expand Your Kingdom

The rally, the kingdom, and the specialty coins — all three of these are necessary to fully “beat” Super Mario Run,that is, rise up to the highest level possible and grow your kingdom to maximum capacity.

Read the entire story here to learn how.

HP Launches Original Web Series About Internet Security

HP is moving into the glitzy and growing world of original online content which has garnered quite an audience for itself as depicted by the success of Netflix and Amazon Prime, among others.

HP has tapped into the fear of people on the web and come up with a four-part web series — The Wolf — starring Christian Slater of Robin Hood and Star Trek fame.

Read the entire story here.

Top 5 Bug Bounties Paid to Hackers by Microsoft, Google and Facebook

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Every year, several tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other biggies, conduct bounty programmes which reward hackers to find a bug in their code, which helps them evade potential attack against their system.

We enlist the top five bounties collected by hackers from tech titans in the last few years.

Read the entire story here.

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