Week Ending: 11th September - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Coronavirus has once again monopolised the headlines this week, the increase in cases across the UK has been keeping the Government busy and the media dominated by dramatic headlines. But that’s not to say the world of tech and I.T has gone quiet. Quite the opposite in fact.

In our latest blog we look at some of the week’s biggest industry headlines, from the launch of Bose’s noise-cancelling earbuds, to a WhatsApp crash code and Uber’s pledge to become all electric by 2040, we’ll bring you right up to date.

A crash code message is circulating popular messaging app, WhatsApp.

Warning to the two billion WhatsApp users worldwide.

This week, a new ‘crash code’ has been circulating the popular messaging app. This message has forced users, whether they are on iOS or Android, to delete and reinstall WhatsApp. In some of the worst cases the crash code has caused some users to lose their entire chat history.

These coded messages, which are also known as text bombs, are known to contain a seemingly random string of characters that create problems and have forced the instant messaging application to crash.

These coded messages have circulated WhatsApp this week and were spotted by a tech blog dedicated to WhatsApp, named WABetaInfo.

WABetaInfo reported:

"A contact might send a message that contains many weird characters. If you read them entirely, they have no sense, but WhatsApp might interpret the message in a wrong way. Sometimes WhatsApp is also unable to render the message totally, because its structure is so weird: the combination of these characters create a situation where WhatsApp isn’t able to process the message, determining an infinite crash. Infinite crash means that when you open WhatsApp, it is frozen, and it crashes. If you try to open the app again, it still crashes."

If you have WhatsApp and want to protect your account from receiving this crash code, you need to follow these steps.

This will limit your exposure to dangerous messages which circulate regularly.

Find out more information here.

Bose is ready to take on Apple

Bose is about to compete with Apple’s AirPods Pro with its new noise-cancelling earbuds.

Bose hasn’t released a pair of wireless earbuds, since the SoundSport Free in 2017 but, the tech company is about to make up for lost time, with the launch of its new QuietComfort earbuds.

The QuietComfort Earbuds will reportedly offer users the world’s most effective noise cancelling, along with crisp audio and deep bass, all thanks to breakthrough acoustic innovations.

In addition to the above, the QuietComfort Earbuds will include Bose’s StayHear Max tips with an integrated stability arc and are confirmed to be sweat and water resistant. The earbuds will offer six hours battery life and will deliver clear calls thanks to their custom-designed microphone.

A video which was released online, but has since been taken down, showed the QuietComfort Earbuds in both black-and-white and silver colour options. However, it’s not known how much Bose’s new earbuds will cost or when they’ll be available to buy.

Bose’s biggest competition on the market is Apple and its AirPods Pro, along with rivals Sony and its WF1000XM3 earbuds. So, there’s not doubt there’s a lot of pressure on the QuietComfort Earbuds if Bose wants to re-establish itself as a lead in this space. We’ll wait and see how things develop.

Discover more here.

Uber has pledged to be all-electric by 2040

Uber has announced that all its taxis available through its app in the UK will be electric by 2040, and by 2030 in the US, Canadian and European cities.

It’s a responsible move by Uber in a hope to tackle the challenge of climate change after facing ongoing criticism about contributing to traffic and air pollution.

The company has reported it will spend £614 million to help all its drivers switch to electric cars and it will work with manufacturers to ensure discounts.

Users in the UK will also be able to request an electric or hybrid vehicle. This option is currently available in 15 US and Canadian cities for an extra $1, but Uber has announced it would launch this choice in more than 65 cities globally by the end of the year.

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of Uber said:

"It's our responsibility as the largest mobility platform in the world to more aggressively tackle the challenge of climate change. While we're not the first to set ambitious goals in transitioning to electric vehicles, we intend to be the first to make it happen."

Read more here.

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