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Monday, 15 May 2017

Flipkart Big 10 Sale: Big discounts on Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Motorola smartphones

Flipkart is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the Big 10 Sale. The company began the sale on May 14 and will continue giving out offers till May 18. Today, the e-commerce giant is giving out offers on smartphones, tablets, electronics and fashion; giving up to 90 per cent discount on select products.
Flipkart will also introduce buyback guarantee during the sale. Under the scheme, Flikart promises to buyback your smartphone at an assured price. This offers you a guaranteed value for your phone when you make your next smartphone purchase on Flipkart.

Here are the best deals according to us:
iPhone 7: Flipkart had promised that the Big 10 Sale will offer the iPhone 7 at the lowest price yet and it has stood to its promise. The iPhone 7 32 GB is available at a price of Rs 43,999 and the iPhone 7 128GB is available at Rs 50,999. The iPhone 7 256 GB is available at Rs 61,999. Over and above the discount, Flipkart is also giving up to Rs 20,000 off on exchange.
The offers extend even to its elder sibling, the iPhone 7 Plus. The 32 GB variant of the iPhone 7 Plus is available at Rs 54,999 while the 128GB variant is available at Rs 65,999. The iPhone 7 Plus 256GB is available at Rs 73,999, 20 per cent down from its launch price.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note 64GB: Coming to the lower mid-segment, Lenovo is offering the Vibe K5 Note at Rs 11,999 with a discount of Rs 2,000 on the previous price tag. The device is also available with exhange discount of up to Rs 10,500.
Another offering from Lenovo, the Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus are also available at a flat discount of Rs 3,000. The Phab 2 32 GB is available at Rs 7,999 and the Phab 2 Plus 32 GB is avialable at Rs 11,999.

Moto G5 Plus: Though there is no discount on the selling price, Flipkart is offering a massive exchange offer of up to Rs 15,000.
Moto M: The device is available at a flat discount of Rs 2,000. The price is slashed from 17,999 to Rs 15,999 for 64GB variant.  The 32GB variant is available at Rs 13,999, Rs 2,000 lesser than the original price.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt: The device is available at a flat discount of Rs 3,000; down from Rs 17,999 to Rs 14,999. The offer is available on both Black and Gold variants.
Samsung Galaxy J5- 6 (2016 edition): The 16GB Black variant is available at a discount of Rs 3,300 at a price of Rs 9,990. However, the Gold variant of the same device is available at Rs 10,990. 

Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL smartphone with 4GB RAM and 32 GB ROM is available at Rs 53,999 at a discount of 19 per cent. Over and above the discount users can also get up to Rs 29000 off  with the exchange offer on this phone.

Gadget deals to look out for in Flipkart's Big 10 Sale shopping festival

New Delhi: After Amazon’s 4-day Great Indian Sale last week, it is now Flipkart’s shopping event called Big 10 Sale (it will run from 14-18 May). In addition to flat discounts, exchange offers, there is an instant discount offer of up to Rs1,500 on payments made with HDFC Bank credit cards and cashback of up to Rs300 on purchases made using the PhonePe mobile payment wallet. Most of the deals in electronics have been around smartphones so far. Here are some of the top deals you can consider.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Rs54,999 (earlier Rs72,000)
One of the top deals of the Big 10 Sale is the 23% flat discount on the 32GB storage variant of the iPhone 7 Plus. The deal is only valid on black, gold and silver colour options. There is an exchange offer on old smartphones and one can save up to Rs20,000 more on it. The iPhone 7 Plus still remains one of the best big-screen smartphones around. It has a 5.5-inch (1,920x1,080p) Retina display, is powered by Apple’s powerful A10 chipset, runs iOS 10.3.1 and has dual cameras
Google Pixel
Rs43,999 (earlier Rs57,000)
Flipkart is offering a flat discount of 22% on the 32GB storage variant of the Google Pixel smartphone. There is an exchange offer too, which can save buyers up to Rs29,000 more. The Pixel has a 5-inch (1,920x1,080p) display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip with 4GB RAM. Its key highlight is that it runs Android 7.1 and is likely to get all Android updates on time. It is available in black and silver colours.

Lenovo Phab 2
Rs7,999 (earlier Rs10,999)
If you are looking for a truly big-screen smartphone, the Phab 2 is the most affordable option right now. After a direct discount of 27%, this smartphone with a 6.4-inch (1,280x720p) display is selling at Rs7,999. You can also get up to Rs7,500 off on exchange. The Phab 2 comes in gunmetal grey and champagne gold colours and has a metal finish. It runs on MediaTek’s entry-level MT8735 chipset with 3GB RAM and a 4,050mAh battery. It has 32GB internal storage and supports microSD cards of up to 128GB.

Apple Watch (42 mm; Series 1)
Rs19,900 (Earlier Rs25,900)
There is a flat discount of 23% on the 42mm grey colour variant of the first-generation Apple Watch. Its case is made of aluminium and has a water-resistant coating over it. The 1.65-inch OLED Retina display supports touch. The watch can also track your activity, steps and heart rate. It runs Apple’s Watch OS and works with all Apple iPhones that came after iPhone 5 and run iOS 10 and above.

Vu (50) Ultra HD (4K) Smart LED TV
Rs48,999 (earlier Rs64,000)
Vu’s 49-inch Ultra HD LED TV has a 23% flat discount on it. Buyers can get up to Rs22,000 off on exchange with older TVs. This makes it one of the most affordable TVs with 4K resolution you can buy right now. It is also a smart TV so you can run 4K content directly through Amazon Prime, Netflix or YouTube. Its display has a brightness level of 450 Nits and refresh rate of 50 Hz.

Dell Inspiron 3467 Notebook
Rs29,990 (earlier Rs33,990)
There is a direct discount of 11% on the Dell Inspiron 3467. It runs Windows 10 and comes pre-loaded with one-year free subscription of MS Office Student 2016 edition and 15-month free subscription of McAfee anti-virus. It is powered by Intel’s 6th Gen Core i3 Processor with 4GB RAM and offers 1TB HDD. The 14-inch LED display has a resolution of 1,366x768p. The notebook has all the connectivity options such as LAN port, HDMI, USB 3.0 and optical drive.

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim
Rs29,990 (earlier Rs32,990)
The recently launched 1TB variant of the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim is selling at a discount of 9%. The gaming console comes with a wireless controller and a set of five games such as Uncharted series and The Last of Us Remastered. The PS4 Slim runs on the same AMD Jaguar octa-core processor and AMD Radeon Graphics used in the original PS4, but has lower power consumption.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Ransomware Virus Also Strikes India, Systems Of Andhra Pradesh Police Hit

New Delhi: The unprecedented global wave of cyberattacks, which have affected over 45,000 computers in at least 74 countries since Friday evening, have also spread to India. Over 100 systems of the Andhra Pradesh police have been affected by the virus, called ransomware.

Confirming the attack, Gulshan Rai, Director General of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), said "We held an assessment meeting today and have found that 102 systems of Andhra Police have been infected with ransomware, particularly those using the Windows operating system."

Cyber attack crisis 'isn't over'

Mr Rai added that it is not just the Andhra Pradesh Police system that would be affected but "while our experts are trying to debug the hacked systems, we will only know the real magnitude of the damage once offices re-open on Monday and systems are turned on."

The ransomware virus infects computer files and then demands anywhere between $300- $600 bitcoins to unblock them. It has struck targets from Russia's banks to British hospitals and French carmaker Renault's factories.

The incident is being described as the biggest cyber ransom attack ever.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at the Helsinki-based cyber security company F-Secure, told news agency AFP that that Russia and India were hit particularly hard, in large part because the older Windows XP operating software is still widely used in the two countries.

The attacks apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Indian-Origin Doctor Warned Against Cyber Attack That Hit Central London Health Body

LONDON: An Indian-origin doctor based in London had warned against the cyber-hack of the UK's state-run National Health Service (NHS) just days before it crippled the country's network.

Dr Krishna Chinthapalli, a neurology registrar at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, had warned that an increasing number of hospitals could be shut down by ransomeware attacks in an article on the vulnerability of the NHS network in the 'British Medical Journal' on Wednesday, two days before the major cyber-hack.

He had highlighted an incident at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge where a nurse clicked on a malicious link and malware infected her computer and started to encrypt sensitive files. "Fortunately, the hospital's daily data backup had just been completed. The IT director admitted that they were very lucky, saying, 'Timing absolutely was everything for us'. We should be prepared: more hospitals will almost certainly be shut down by ransomware this year," Mr Chinthapalli wrote.

The revelation came as experts said they are working round-the-clock to restore the IT systems of NHS after they were hit by a large-scale cyber-hack by an international criminal gang that wreaked havoc around the world including India. Patients of the state-funded country-wide service are facing days of chaos as appointments and surgeries were cancelled after nearly 45 NHS organisations from London to Scotland were hit in the "ransomware" attack on Friday.

Ciaran Martin, who leads the UK's National Cyber Security Centre, said his team was doing everything in their power to get "vital services" back up and running. "We are very aware that attacks on critical services such as the NHS have a massive impact on individuals and their families, and we are doing everything in our power to help them restore these vital services," he said.

"It's important to understand that cyber attacks can be different from other forms of crime in that their sometimes highly technical and anonymous nature means it can take some time to understand how it worked, who was behind it and what the impact is," he told the BBC.

Critically ill patients are being diverted to unaffected hospitals as computer systems failed in Accidents & Emergency (A&E) units and doctors were locked out of test results, X-rays and patient records. NHS England said patients needing emergency treatment should go to Accidents & Emergency (A&E) or access emergency services as they normally would.

However, there have been some reports of ambulances being diverted from affected hospitals and individual NHS trusts have asked registered patients not to attend unless it is urgent. London's Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest trust in the UK, cancelled all outpatient appointments at its five hospitals today.

The NHS has not been affected in Wales and Northern Ireland. The assault is part of an attack that has affected organisations in about 100 countries, including the United States, India, China, Russia and Spain, disrupting power and telephone companies.

26 Pakistanis go missing in Mumbai, police launch manhunt

Police in Mumbai are on high alert, scouring the city for 26 Pakistani nationals, who have gone missing for the past two to three weeks. Among them is a man who stayed in Juhu for nearly 10 years and ran a shop in the area.
Police said none of them provided accurate details about where they were staying or who they had come to meet while filling up the C-forms, a document all Pakistanis entering India have to fill.
This came to light when security agencies tried to trace them, said official sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is leading the manhunt, which was triggered by alerts from intelligence agencies about threats emanating from moles in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
The search for the 26 people intensified when security agencies could not trace them based on information provided in the C-forms. The C-form has the address of the person or hotel in India where a Pakistani national is staying, the duration of the stay and a copy of the passport, visa and residential permit.
The Maharashtra ATS has sent teams to all hotels and lodging houses in Mumbai to look for them.
The alert centres around reports that the Indian Mujahideen (IM) cadre, believed to be from Bhatkal in Karnataka, had conducted reconnaissance in the city in the past few months.
Although the IM is no more the force it once was, its founders Riyaz Shahbandri alias Riyaz Bhatkal and his elder brother Iqbal are still in Pakistan and reportedly under the protection of the ISI.
Besides, two other Bhatkal natives, Sultan and Shafi Armar, are suspected to have been the Islamic State’s main recruiters in India. The two are believed to have been killed in Syria a few months ago.

Cyber attack crisis 'isn't over': Warning from researcher who found ransomware 'kill switch'

A cybersecurity researcher appears to have discovered a "kill switch" that can prevent the spread of the WannaCry ransomware - for now - that crippled the NHS on Friday and affected almost 100 countries .

The researcher, tweeting as @MalwareTechBlog, said the discovery was accidental, but that registering a domain name used by the malware stops it from spreading.

ALSO READ: Ransomware attacks reported worldwide

"Essentially they relied on a domain not being registered and by registering it, we stopped their malware spreading," @MalwareTechBlog told Agence France-Presse in a private message on Twitter.

The researcher warned, however, that people "need to update their systems ASAP" to avoid attack .

"The crisis isn't over, they can always change the code and try again," @MalwareTechBlog said.

It's very important everyone understands that all they need to do is change some code and start again. Patch your systems now!
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 13, 2017

Friday's wave of cyberattacks, which affected dozens of countries, apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.

The attacks used a technique known as ransomware that locks users' files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual currency Bitcoin.

So long as the domain isn't revoked, this particular strain will no longer cause harm, but patch your systems ASAP as they will try again.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 13, 2017

Affected by the onslaught were computer networks at hospitals in Britain, Russia's interior ministry, the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm FedEx and many other organisations.

Rail passengers in Germany were confronted with the ransom message when looking up train information at stations after Deutsche Bahn was targeted.

"I will confess that I was unaware registering the domain would stop the malware until after I registered it, so initially it was accidental," @MalwareTechBlog tweeted.

I will confess that I was unaware registering the domain would stop the malware until after i registered it, so initially it was accidental.
— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 13, 2017

Unfortunately however, computers already affected will not be helped by the solution.

"So long as the domain isn't revoked, this particular strain will no longer cause harm, but patch your systems ASAP as they will try again."

The malware's name is WCry, but analysts were also using variants such as WannaCry .

Forcepoint Security Labs said in a Friday statement that the attack had "global scope" and was affecting networks in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico.

In the United States, FedEx acknowledged it had been hit by malware and was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible."

Also badly hit was National Health Service, which declared a "major incident" after the attack, which forced some hospitals to divert ambulances and scrap operations.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 in Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!"

It demands payment in three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received in seven days, the files will be deleted, according to the screen message.

A hacking group called Shadow Brokers released the malware in April claiming to have discovered the flaw from the NSA, according to Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity provider.

Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu cited 45,000 attacks in 74 countries as of Friday evening.

Heroic Man Saves Suicidal Woman From Jumping In Front Of Train

A quick-thinking man saved a suicidal woman's life in China. Footage captured on station surveillance camera shows the woman, reportedly a college student, running towards the train tracks just seconds before a high-speed train reached the station.
Seeing her racing towards the tracks, the alert man runs behind her and grabs her arm just seconds before she is about to leap.
In his attempt to save the woman, the man hits his head on the concrete but doesn't let go. Just seconds later, the train arrives on the platform and two more people rush towards the pair to help them out.
According to CGTN, the incident happened on May 10 at Putian station in Fujian province in Southeast China.

The man, reportedly a railway worker, got injured while trying to save the woman.

North Korea launches missile from test site, U.S. officials confirm

North Korea launched a missile from a test facility near the country's west coast early Sunday morning, U.S. officials tell CBS News national security correspondent David Martin.

The launch came just days after South Koreans went to the polls to elect a new president.


U.S. officials said they were still assessing whether the launch was successful and trying to determine what kind of missile was tested. The last North Korean missile test on April 28 failed minutes after launch.The South Korean military says the missile flew about 435 miles, or 700 kilometers, according to Reuters. The missile flew for 30 minutes before landing the Sea of Japan, Reuters said, citing a Japanese official.

The flight was not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile, said Maj. Rob Shuford, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Command.

Although the type of missile is not known, the U.S. had been expecting the North to fire a KN-17 medium-range ballistic missile, Martin reports.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, Shuford said.

Moon has taken a much more conciliatory position towards the North compared to his predecessor Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal. South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office on Wednesday following his victory in Tuesday's closely watched presidential election. Moon, the country's first liberal leader in a decade, said he would be open to visiting the rival North.

"I will quickly move to solve the crisis in national security. I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula -- if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo. If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang," Moon said in his first address to the country's National Assembly.

The Trump administration has called on China to apply more pressure to the North Korean regime. China remains Pyongyang's primary benefactor and trading partner.

In an interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation" in April, President Trump said that pursuing China's help with North Korea is more important than securing better trade agreements.

"I think that, frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade," he said. "Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade."

Mr. Trump also referred to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as a "pretty smart cookie."

Airtel-Micromax tie up offers 1-yr free 4G service on Canvas2.

Telecom major Bharti Airtel will offer one year free 4G service along with unlimited calling within its network to buyers of Micromax Canvas 2 smartphone that has been launched today. "Micromax Canvas 2 will come with one year of unlimited Airtel to Airtel calling, unlimited data at no extra cost for both existing and new Airtel customers," Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax told reporters here.

Micromax today launched its dual SIM 4G VoLTE smartphone Canvas 2 for Rs 11,999 to foray in the device segment priced between Rs 10,000-15,000 a unit.

Under the pact, Airtel will offer 1GB of 4G data every day and thereafter the speed will get reduced, Sen said.

Customers purchasing Canvas 2 device will also get 400 minutes of calling per day to any network in India for one year with weekly limit of 1,500 minutes.

"We saw huge queues in front of the Reliance (Jio) stores when they launched 3 months free offer. For 1 year, we dont know what would be the response. After that three-month offer has become norm but for 1 year no one has seen the response," Micromax Informatics co-founder, Rahul Sharma said.

The company started shipping Canvas 2 from today for sale on retail stores. "By the end of next week, it will be available across 40 -60 per cent of our market in the country. This is first phone in India with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. We will be disappointed if at least 1 million Canvas 2 are not shipped till Diwali season," Sen said.

Micromax Canvas 2 will be sold only through offline retail channel.

The phone will run on Android Nougat. It comes with MediaTek quad core chipset, 3,050 mAh battery promising talk time of up to 11 hours, 3GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 64 GB expandable memory.

"We will sell this phone offline only because offline buyers are looking for something more. With this phone, we are offering them 1 Year of screen replacement and 30 day smartphone replacement," Sen said.

Micromax has plans to launch around 15 smartphones within one year with focus on consumers buying smartphones in the range of Rs 10,000-15,000, Sharma said.

OnePlus 5 beats Samsung Galaxy S8, in leaked Geekbench score for smartphones: Here's what it means.

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus will be launching the new flagship smartphone in the summer of 2017, and it will be called as OnePlus 5. Reports, leaks and rumours about the device have been doing the rounds for a while now. Meanwhile, Geekbench scores of the OnePlus 5 have been leaked online by GSMArena. the report has claimed that it got the screenshots from a 'credible source'. According to the report, OnePlus 5 has scored 1963 in single-core on Geekbench and got 6687 in multi-core on the test. Samsung had rolled out the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29 this year.

If we consider the GSMArena report to be true and the images to be actual Geekbench results, OnePlus 5 has beaten Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Incidentally, the Samsung devices are at the top of the list on the 'benchmark'. Samsung Galaxy S8+ has scored 1978 in single-core on Geekbench but got 6375 score in multi-core on the test.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the US, but in India, they use the Exynos 8995 processor. So the results may vary. Additionally, even if the leaked results are considered true, the report does not provide full information on the Benchmark scores. Also, these scores usually do not paint the full picture of the actual performance of a smartphone. While some smartphones might score high on a test, there might be other factors and issues which can make it a bad device.

However, OnePlus has been making quite a name for itself because of its reliable devices which come at reasonable prices. It has been known to bring in smartphones which offer features contained in premium devices and offers them with mid-ranged price tags.

In terms of specifications, the OnePlus 5 might feature a ceramic body with 4,000mAh battery alongside a 6GB RAM. Another report in Chinese publication PCPop claimed that OnePlus could come in an 8GB RAM model as well. The phone might also have a 16MP front camera, a 5.5-inch display ( Full HD (1080p) SAMOLED display we saw on the OnePlus 3 and 3T) and the Snapdragon 835 processor, according to various reports. The phone may not have the 2K display as the prices would increase by a big margin.

Meanwhile, the biggest change might be the dual-rear camera, according to various leaks. OnePlus 5 might have a camera setup like the iPhone 7 Plus with a wide-angle and a telephoto lens or it might go for a monochrome and RGB lens. We will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, Kumamoto Technology on Weibo had claimed that the two rear cameras will be placed horizontally. Additionally, there have been rumours that a 23MP rear camera might be present in the device, but again that is not confirmed.