Monday, 4 January 2016

Moto G (3rd Gen) gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow in India

Motorola has given a New Year’s treat to its Moto G3 users in India as the phones will now be get an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
“Here is something new and amazing for your Moto G (3rd Gen.), the Android 6.0 Marshmallow!” Motorola India announced on its Twitter account.
However, the exact date of the rollout was not mentioned in the tweet.
The third-generation phone of the Moto G series will now upgraded from Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) to Android 6.0.
The 2 GB update will add features like “Doze Mode” to extend the battery life, Google Now on Tap and simpler volume control and would remove the “Migrate” and “Assist” apps.
How to check for the update:
Generally, the phone would notify you about the update. If, however, one does not receive the notification, one can manually check for the update by going to Settings > About Phone > System Update.
The Moto G comes with a 5-inch HD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It will sport the Android 5.1.1 OS along with proprietary Motorola features such as Moto Display, Quick Capture and Chop Twice. The phone will house a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. This will be paired with 1GB of RAM for the 8GB storage variant and 2GB RAM for the 16GB storage variant.

On the camera front, you will get a 13MP rear snapper along with a 5MP front-facing camera. The Moto G will come in the dual SIM configuration and will support 4G SIM cards as well. A 2,470mAh capacity battery completes the package.

Moto 360 2nd gen now available on Amazon in India

Motorola has started selling the second generation Moto 360 on Amazon in India. Previously exclusive to Flipkart, the smartwatch can now be purchased from the country's other major online retailer.
Amazon has four versions of the watch on sale. The black version is available in 46mm with black metal band and in 42mm with black leather band. The silver version is available in 46 and 42mm in the cognac leather band. Flipkart still has a leg up on Amazon as it also sells the silver metal and gold leather versions.
The prices are same as before, ranging from INR 19,999 ($301) for the cheapest model to INR 24,999 ($377) for the most expensive one.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

iPhone 6S home button gets too hot to touch, complain some users

It has been barely a fortnight since the Apple iPhone 6S went on sale in some markets across the globe and some have already started facing issues. According to some users, Apple iPhone 6S’s Touch ID button gets very hot, thereby making it unusable.
Many users have complained about the same on Apple forumsA user going by the name JazzieFay wrote this on the forums, “i have had my phone since Friday, and this morning when I woke up the home button was burning hot and the screen is just black. I went to bed with it working just fine last night, plugged it in to charge, and now it won’t work. Nothing else is hot, not even the charging port, just the home button is on fire. I have had the phone unplugged for an hour and the button is still on fire.”
According to International Business Times, freelance designer Jonnie Hallman stated on October 5 on his Twitter account that his iPhone 6S shut down even though 50% of battery was still remaining and the home button became unbearably hot. This despite the fact that the device was in his pocket the entire day.
Another user named Hudmonkey had this solution to the issue, “I had the same problem today. I can’t tell you why it happened, but what fixed my phone was to hold the home button and the power button for about 10 seconds. The apple symbol popped-up and looked like a reboot. I plan to send an email to Apple Support as a follow-up, but hopefully that will get your phone back on for now.”
Apple has however, acknowledged that this was the first hardware related issue with the new iPhones. It has said that a software update would be released to fix some of these issues. It also went on to say that users can also get their hardware replaced in case the problems persisted.

Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus listed on Flipkart, retailer confirms pricing

Although Apple has not officially introduced the brand new iPhones – iPhone 6s, 6s Plus in India, the devices have already been spotted online with e-commerce players such as Flipkart, at exorbitant prices.
The iPhone 6s for the 16GB variant is priced at 64,836, 64GB variant at Rs 74,117 and the 128GB variant at Rs 83,401 respectively and will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and Space Grey colour variants. The iPhone 6s Plus for the 16GB variant is priced at Rs 74,117, 64GB variant at Rs 83,401 and the 128GB variant at Rs 88,478 respectively.
However, these devices are not set to pre-order but are in fact, available for purchase. Even though Apple has not unveiled India pricing for the devices, it is expected that the devices will be priced almost the same as listed on Flipkart.
Image: Technology Personalized
In addition, a report by Technology Personalized states that Apple has sent out a circular to the re-sellers with updated pricing of other existing models as well. The iPhone 6 will now start at Rs 52,000, while the iPhone 6 Plus will start at Rs 62,000. iPhone 5s will be the starting model at price of Rs 35,000 for the 16GB.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will rollout on 16 October in India. This will be the fastest iPhone rollout ever for the Indian market, coming less than a month after the latest models became available globally.
According to Ingram Micro India Pvt. Ltd, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available beginning 12:01am local time on Friday, October 16 in over 2,500 retail locations across India. The launch event is also said to be held at over 80 cities across India.
A senior executive with a leading mobile retail brand said, “Except for the iPhone 6 16GB, the rest of the numbers are relevant. The iPhone 6 16GB is selling for around Rs 48500. Prices for the new phones are upward. The trend is similar to a commodity, and are fluctuating.”

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

This Computer Worm Could Break Into Your Apple Without You Even Knowing

There's a new type of worm that can break into Apple computers without being detected — and the creators say virtually the only way to get rid of it is to throw your laptop in the garbage.
Known as Thunderstrike 2, the worm was developed by security experts Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg to raise awareness about Apple's security flaws. They say the worm is capable of spreading from one Mac to another, even if the computers don't share a network.
"[The attack is] really hard to detect… it's really hard to get rid of," Kovah told Wired, explaining that the worm embeds itself in a computer's firmware, the software that comes pre-installed and loads the operating system. "It's really hard to protect against something that's running inside the firmware… for most users that's really a throw-your-machine-away kind of situation," he said.
The problem is that Thunderstrike 2 can't be removed with software or traditional anti-malware programs; cleaning a machine requires programming the computer's chip. "Most people and organizations don't have the wherewithal to physically open up their machine and electrically reprogram the chip," Kovah said.
What makes Thunderstrike 2 so insidious is that it can spread between computers that aren't connected on the same network. To spread the worm, an attacker must first undermine the firmware on a Mac by sending malware through a phishing email or link. The malware could be programmed to infect the firmware — known as the Option ROM— of anything that's plugged into the computer, such as an Ethernet adapter. If that adapter were plugged into another computer, the malware would spread. When the second machine is turned on, the worm would spread to its firmware and become undetectable.
Kovah and Kallenberg say the implications of their discovery could have wide-ranging implications.
"Let's say you're running a uranium refining centrifuge plant and you don't have it connected to any networks, but people bring laptops into it and perhaps they share Ethernet adapters or external SSDs to bring data in and out," Kovah said. "Those SSDs have Option ROMs that could potentially carry this sort of infection. Perhaps because it's a secure environment they don't use Wi-Fi, so they have Ethernet adapters. Those adapters also have option ROMs that can carry this malicious firmware."
Kovah and Kallenberg say that the worm was developed to showcase vulnerabilities in Apple devices. They've notified Apple of their discovery, and the company has already fully patched one type of vulnerability and partially patched another, but three still remain unresolved.
This isn't the first time that Kovah and Kallenberg have revealed a gaping hole in computer security. Last year, they test a series of major PCs for a similar vulnerability and found that 80 percent — including brands like Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and HP — were vulnerable to firmware worms.
"It turns out almost all of the attacks we found on PCs are also applicable to Macs," Kovah explained.
Kovah and Kallenberg plan to unveil their discovery in more detail on August 6 at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The goal is to push tech companies to take security more seriously.
"Some vendors like Dell and Lenovo have been very active in trying to rapidly remove vulnerabilities from their firmware," Kovah said.
"Most other vendors, including Apple as we are showing here, have not," he added. "We use our research to help raise awareness of firmware attacks, and show customers that they need to hold their vendors accountable for better firmware security."

Monday, 3 August 2015

Govt on porn ban: Did not mean to curtail internet freedom

As reactions to the government’s move to block porn sites rose to a crescendo on Monday, top communications ministry officials said it was merely meant to comply with the Supreme Court’s observations and not to curtail internet freedom.
“We are not a control-freak government and strongly object to the word Talibanisation,” communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “On the contrary, we are pushing for higher levels of internet use through Digital India.”
The Opposition had raised the T word to liken the restriction on porn sites to the ways of Afghanistan’s oppressive grouping.
According to data from Pornhub, one of the world’s biggest porn sites, India ranks in fifth place for the most daily visitors to the website. The website saw a total of 78.9 billion video views globally in 2014.
Prasad refused to go into the details of the action being taken, but a communications ministry official said an ombudsman could not be ruled out. “The ombudsman can hold discussions with parents’ associations, NGOs, journalists and other stakeholders on the issue,” said the official.
The Supreme Court, slated to take up the matter on August 10, had however issued no direction to block or ban porn sites. On the last date of hearing on July 8, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu had only asked the government to clarify its stand on a petition seeking to ban pornographic websites across India on the ground that they fuel crime against women.
“Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody can come to the court and say, ‘Look, I am an adult and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room? It is a violation of Article 21 (right to personal liberty) of the Constitution.’ Yes, the issue is serious and some steps need to be taken… the Centre has to take a stand... let us see what stand the Centre will take,” Justice Dattu had observed.
Appearing for the Centre, additional solicitor general Pinky Anand had told the court the government was willing to take action against the “offending websites”.
The matter has been pending before the court since 2013. In an affidavit filed in August last year, the department of telecommunications had told the court it had constituted a cyber regulation advisory committee under the Information Technology Act to look into the issue.
Earlier, the Centre had expressed its inability to clamp down on such sites, saying it was technologically impossible.
It could well be."It is extremely easy to circumvent these blocks, using virtual private networks and proxies that anonymise your traffic," said Pranesh Prakash, policy director at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bengaluru.
A cursory Google search on how to unblock porn websites throws up millions of how-to and guides. These make a users’ web traffic anonymous by routing it through foreign servers.
The government can try to keep up with proxies and block them, too. But proxies change every day and there are dozens of functioning proxies to choose from.
But is it legal to circumvent blocks put in place by authorities by using VPNs and proxies? There is no law in India that prohibits viewing pornography, experts say. Section 67 of the Information Technology Act only deals with "publishing obscene information in electronic form".
This has been interpreted as a measure to criminalise the posting of pornographic content online. However, accessing that content privately – such as in one’s home – is not illegal, say experts.

Friday, 31 July 2015

OnePlus 2 invite registrations cross one million mark in mere 72 hours

OnePlus launched the much talked about OnePlus 2 in the world’s first virtual reality launch event on July 27. The Chinese company has promoted over a million people to register for the new device in a mere 72 hours. At the launch event, the company had stated that it sold 1.5 million OnePlus One smartphones since its launch. In comparison, then new phone has already received such a huge number of registrations or an invite to purchase the latest OnePlus 2.
OnePlus will be hosting a pop-up event in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Jakarta on July 31 where fans can experience the new OnePlus 2 smartphone.
Image: OnePlus

The 64GB OnePlus 2 will be available for purchase with an invite in India starting August 11, exclusively on Amazon. The 16GB OnePlus 2 with 3GB LPPDR4 RAM will be available later this year.  The company has also taken out the logo from the front. It sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display. As promised, the smartphone also comes with a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port. The fingerprint scanner is faster than the iPhone TouchID and lets you save up to five fingerprints, says OnePlus.
On the camera front, it comes with a 13-megapixel snapper. It also gets a new camera and a new solution that allows you to take 50MP photos and there’s also the slow motion mode. It comes powered by Snapdragon 810 coupled with 4GB of RAM.
It runs OxygenOS, and says it isn’t your pure Android. It comes with some significant changes. It allows you drastically change the look and feel of the device with a single switch. The colour mode will let you select custom accents colours, or even use dark mode. The OnePlus 2 has a 3300mAh battery.
A recent report suggests that after the launch of OnePlus 2, the company plans to offer a price drop for the OnePlus One. In conversation with Business Today, Vikas Agarwal, General Manager, OnePlus-India confirmed that the company will not discontinue any storage variant of the OnePlus One. However, he stated that consumers can expect a price drop for the OnePlus One in the coming days.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

iPhone 6S to support twice the LTE speeds of iPhone 6

As is Apple’s typically strategy, this year’s iPhone will have the same outward appearance as last year’s model. Recent leaks seem to confirm that. Those leaks do, however, also point to a different logic board internally. One of these improvements should give the iPhone 6s double the LTE speeds compared to the iPhone 6.

According to 9to5Mac and images they were provided, the new iPhone logic board includes a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip. This chip, introduced in 2013, was designed to be backwards compatible with slower networks while still supporting newer LTE options. All of this is in a design that is also supposed to optimize power usage. For iPhone users, this can mean improved battery life, though with the current iPhone 6 battery life, we can also assume Apple will put those savings into powering some other new feature.

In terms of speeds, the chip has a potential download speed of 300 Mbps thanks to LTE Advanced. Upload speeds are no slouch, either, at 50 Mbps. In real world situations, users should expect to see download speeds closer to 225 Mbps. That’s still faster than what users typically would see at home on their wifi. Of course, even in areas where there is no LTE Advanced coverage, users can still get great speeds thanks to support of dual carrier HSUPA and dual band multi-carrier HSPA+.

OnePlus 2 will be priced below $450, Promises CEO Pete Lau

The latest buzz is around OnePlus’ upcoming smartphone – the OnePlus 2. While we’ve been hearing about its build and specs, the newest tidbit is about is pricing.
The company’s CEO Pete Lau has now confirmed on Twitter that the new smartphone won’t cost more than $450. This works out to approximately Rs 28,500.

The device is slated to launch on 27 July and the expected price was touted to be more than $322 that is approximately Rs 20,500. So, this piece of news isn’t really surprising. Many tech enthusiasts are assuming it will be priced at $449. However, this would mean a way higher pricing tag than the One that carried a base price of $299 that translates to roughly Rs 19,000.
It was recently known that the OnePlus 2 may feature a metal build. The company has already confirmed Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC, USB Type-C port, and fingerprint sensor. In a recent post, OnePlus also claims that the fingerprint sensor will be better thanApple’s implementation of TouchID.
After a successful launch of the OnePlus One flagship device and an exclusive agreement with Cyanogen, OnePlus is now trying out new and innovative ways of marketing its next flagship. The company has announced that the One Plus 2 would be launched on 27 July via the world’s first VR product launch. At Rs 99, OnePlus Cardboard VR headset is up for grab

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Will LG build the next Google phone, the Nexus 5 (2015)?

Google has just announced a price drop on its Nexus 6 handsets and rumours are flying around that Huawei will be making the next Nexus flagship device. These points hint at an apparent new Nexus device launch. But according to AndroidPIT, LG may be making the next Nexus phone, tentatively called Nexus 5 (2015).

According to the report, the LG Nexus 5 (2015) design will not be based on the LG G4. In fact, LG will work from scratch for the new Nexus design. There were reports that Google is planning to launch two Nexus devices this year.
Considering the LG made Nexus 5 was quite popular in comparison to the Motorola made Nexus 6, it is not surprising that LG has been chosen to make the next Nexus device. Although neither Google nor LG have confirmed the same. Google’s next mobile OS – Android M – is set for an August release date, so it should not be stretch to imagine a phone launch around that time.
According to a report by Android Police, the device manufactured by Huawei will be codenamed Bullhead and will sport a 5.7-inch display, while LG’s device is dubbed Angler and will feature a 5.2-inch display. The Angler is also expected to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and a 2,700mAh battery. The company’s flagship tablet Nexus 9, will continue to run for another cycle which implies that there will be no new addition to the tablet series, as of now.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WhatsApp free voice-calling comes to iOS

Apple iPhone users will now have the option of voice-calling on WhatsApp as well. The feature had already been rolled-out to Android users.
According to the Apple itunes store, the latest iOS version of WhatsApp, version 2.12.1 brings voice-calling to the app. The itunes store description reads, “Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes.Data charges may apply. Note: WhatsApp Calling is rolling out slowly over the next several weeks.”
While we updated the app, the voice-calling option hasn’t yet gone live for us on the app, so it could take several weeks for the complete roll-out to take place.
The other interesting feature of this update is that WhatsApp is now finally making use of iOS 8’s Extensions, which means that you can now directly share a photo, video, links to WhatsApp from the Camera, Photos app in iOS.
Users can also edit contacts directly from WhatsApp itself. The other feature is the ability to send multiple videos and to crop and rotate the videos before sharing them. We also saw that you can add a caption to a video before sending them to a user.
The latest update comes soon after WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum announced on Facebook that the messaging app now has 800 million users.
Koum wrote on Facebook, “WhatsApp – now serving 800,000,000 monthly active users. Reminder for the press out there: active and registered users are not the same thing.”

This is a big milestone for WhatsApp, since the company had announced in January that it had the 700 million monthly active users. That means in a span of over 4 months, they added another 100 million monthly active users.