TLW #009: Asus ROG Phone 6 series, Sprint network shuts down, Brazil’s mandatory USB-C, Hacker steals police data from China, and more

Hi all! After taking a five-month break, Tech Last Week is back! I’ll be posted on the previous Monday schedule. Hope to see you all there πŸ•ŠοΈ

Asus announced the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro

Asus officially announced the ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro last week. Much like the previous versions, the ROG phone includes top-of-the-line specifications. The biggest improvements from the Phone 5 are the addition of some water resistance, increased refresh rate, updated processor, and new camera system. The ROG Phone 6 will cost €1000+ and be available on July 13th, 2022.

  • πŸ“Ί 6.78″ AMOLED 1080 x 2448 165Hz
  • 🧠 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • πŸ—ƒοΈ 8-16GB RAM 128-512GB
  • πŸ“Έ 50MP wide, 13MP ultrawide, 5MP micro, 12MP selfie
  • 🎨 Phantom Black, Storm White
  • πŸ”Œ 65w wired
  • πŸ”‹ 6000 mAh
  • πŸ’Έ €1000+
  • πŸ“† 2022.07.13

πŸ”— Read more on the official website

Photo of a cell tower

The Sprint network is officially shut down

In 2020, T-mobile gained ownership of Sprint. T-mobile has been slowly carving away at Sprint’s infrastructure in favor of its own. Initially, the sunset date for Sprint’s network was the end of 2021. After Dish Network (who acquired Boost as a condition of the Sprint and T-mobile merger) complained to the California Public Utilities Commission about T-mobile’s anti-competitive behavior, the date was pushed back. As of June 30th, 2022, T-mobile has completed this process and shut down the last remaining systems for Sprint’s LTE network. If you still carry a phone that only supports Sprint’s network, it might be time to upgrade your phone.

πŸ”— Read more on The Verge

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazil is considering making USB-C mandatory

After the EU decided to make USB-C mandatory for all small and medium-sized electronics starting in 2024, Brazil’s wireless regulators are also considering doing the same for smartphones. Beyond just requiring USB-C on smartphones, they are also looking to standardize the charging protocol. The company that will be most affected by this change is Apple, which still uses its own proprietary lightning cable for charging iPhones. The likelihood of a USB-C iPhone coming in the next couple of years seems quite high now. For those who own an iPhone, what are your thoughts about this? Are you glad that iPhone might switch to using a USB-C cable for charging?

πŸ”— Read more on GSMarena

Guy fawkes mask and red flower on hand

Hackers steal police data on Chinese citizens

Hackers have breached the Shanghai National Police database and stolen more than one billion people’s data. This data (more than 23 TB of it) is currently being sold for 10 BTC on the dark web. The data includes name, address, birthplace, national ID number, mobile number, and all crime/case details. If this leak turns out to be true, it would be one of the largest data hacks in China.

πŸ”— Read more on Reuters

Marriott Courtyard

Marriott gets hacked for the 7th time since 2010

If you are sick of hearing about Marriott getting hacked, you are not alone. Since 2010, Marriott has been hacked 7 times with various degrees of data being obtained by the hackers. The latest hack involved hackers stealing around 20 GB of customer data from the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore, Maryland. The hackers claim that the data includes some proprietary information and the personal data of guests and employees. Marriott has come out and said that they will be notifying the individuals that are affected by the breach.

At this point, Marriott really needs to hire a better cybersecurity team. These repeated hacks are only going to tank their reputation. It has certainly made me second guess whether I would want to stay at a Marriott property in the future.

πŸ”— Read more on Bitdefender

You Might Also Like

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.