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Lenovo smartphones will return to the Russian market (updated)

Mobilidi (part of the RDC Group holding), the distributor of Chinese brands Xiaomi and Hisense, has signed an exclusive distribution contract with Lenovo, Kommersant reports.

Smartphones will be sold in the online store Lenovo.Store, Hitbuy retail network and networks of federal retailers, for example, “Svyaznoy — Euroset” and “M.Video-Eldorado”.

Lenovo will introduce smartphones in Russia worth 6-14 thousand rubles. Retailers hope that in two years the company will take up to 5% of the niche in the budget price segment, which is now actively growing. However, Mobile Research Group analyst Eldar Murtazin doubts that Lenovo will be able to successfully compete with Samsung, Honor and Xiaomi in terms of price-quality.

Lenovo occupied 7% of the Russian market in units until the beginning of 2017, when the company focused on promoting the Motorola brand. For the year, the figure fell to …


Google's clever speakers record everything they hear (updated)

Google Home's smart speakers record user conversations, even if they didn’t contact a voice assistant. About this, citing sources, the publication informs VRT News. Before that, devices with a voice assistant, Alexa, were caught in eavesdropping. Amazon has confirmed that this is true.

An unnamed informant showed VRT News some audio recordings of personal conversations of Google Home users from the Netherlands and Belgium (VRT News – Belgian media). There were ordinary conversations and family quarrels on the records. Users did not contact the voice assistant, did not pronounce the phrase "Ok, Google!"

VRT News claims that the job of informing the publication was deciphering such records. According to the official version, it is necessary to improve speech recognition technology.

VRT News notes that in the Google Home documentation there is no direct mention of the permanent recording of everything …


Popular application quietly activates Mac camera (updated)

Security researcher Jonathan Leitshu found a zero-day vulnerability in the Zoom video calling application on Mac computers. Malicious sites add users to macOS video conferencing without their knowledge.

This became possible due to the installation of local Zoom servers in macOS. They continue to work even after uninstalling the application and can reinstall it without the user's permission.

Zoom developers explained that a local server is needed to store information about settings. Updates to the Safari browser caused each time Zoom was launched, users had to re-configure the application. Chromium and Mozilla also discovered a vulnerability, but did not find a way to close it.

Representatives of the company have promised to release an update with the correction of an error this month.

In older versions of Zoom, Leitshu discovered a vulnerability to DDoS attacks.

UPD: Zoom released an update …