Kaspersky Controversy: Faking Malware For Success?

Antivirus developer Kaspersky Labs has come into the center of a controversy. According to a Reuters report, two former employees of Kaspersky have alleged that the company has been using faking malware tricks to downgrade competing antivirus companies. The employees said that they have inserted false codes into important PC files to make them look positive. This would result in quarantine or deletion of these files by other anti-virus software.

Kaspersky Controversy- Faking malware for successHow the trick was played

The whistleblowers have said that Kaspersky testing labs would take essential files from a person’s PC and change their look to have them resemble malware. Once this process was done, they would submit it anonymously to the malware aggregator of Google as third parties look into these aggregators and keep their software updated. These files were so similar to actual malware that Kaspersky succeeded in tricking rival companies into believing important were malware and treating important files.

The former employees have also said that some attacks were even initiated by Eugene Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Labs.

What Kaspersky had to say?

In a reply to Reuters, Kaspersky Labs has completely denied these allegations. They have called such actions dishonest and non ethical. The company added that they do not follow such business practices. Kaspersky also stated that they are working legally, unlike various other antivirus firms.

Executives from Microsoft, AVG and Avast were the ones who filed a complaint against Kaspersky for producing false positives.… Read the rest

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HTC Lays Off More Than 2,000 Jobs After Going Through The Hugest Quarterly Loss

HTC, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer, has decided to sack more than 2,000 people, which is about 15% of its workforce. This was declared by the company on Thursday. This announcement was made within a week of the firm’s posting about its biggest quarterly loss ever. HTC said that they lost business worth TWD 8 billion in the second quarter of 2015 as compared to a net profit of $ 2.26 billion during the same period in 2014.

HTC Lays Off More than 2,000 Jobs After Going Through the Hugest Quarterly LossThis loss has also affected the closing share price of the company that sank to the lowest in the last decade. On Thursday, the price fell further, closing at TWD 50.7, which is down by 7.82%.

 

HTC had to suffer this fate due to the surge in demand and sale of Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo products. The firm said that slashing jobs is part of a “business realignment” to stimulate growth. The company also said that it was, “aiming for significant profitable growth with a leaner and more agile operating model. This realignment will also involve a streamlining of operations to result in an expected reduction in operating expenditure of 35 percent; this includes an expected 15 percent in headcount.”

 Though HTC spokeswoman was reluctant to divulge any details on the number of people the company was laying off but as per the global headcount at 15,000 employees, about 2,250 people would lose their job at HTC. As per the estimation of local media, the number would reach upto 2,300 people.

Poor sales in China and weaker-than-expected demand of its sophisticated and chic products may have affected the company but they are hopeful of getting expected results from the sale of their new line of products like HTC Vive headset and other products offering virtual reality experiences.

Cher Wang, the CEO of HTC said, “As we diversify beyond smartphones, we need a flexible and dynamic organization to ensure we can take advantage of all of the exciting opportunities in the connected lifestyle space.” … Read the rest

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New India Boss Appointed By Rovio

Anurag Sachdeva has been appointed the new Country Director for South Asia and India by Rovio, creator of Angry Bird. He used to be the Associate Director of Business Development for Southeast Asia and India in the same country. Sachdeva replaced Antti Orhling, who quit joining Jolla, an open market OS maker, as the CEO.

New India Boss Appointed by RovioIt is true that Rovio has been present in India for more than two years but apart from its presence in events like Pocket Gamer Connects and Nasscom Game Developers Conference, there is nothing much to discuss the company. Rovio had announced in the past that it is making a cricket game with inputs from local developers but nothing of that sort has come out yet.

Sachdeva has been assigned with the task of strengthening the presence of Rovio in this business sector along with managing telco relations for South East Asia. He would also look after expanding the market base of the company.

 

Rovio’s Chief Commercial Officer, Alex Lambeek, says, “Anurag has proven to be an asset steering the growth of Rovio in this very important market. He brings valuable experience to our Flock’s leadership in South Asia and he will be key to helping us raise our game even further in the region. We look forward to working closely with Anurag and supporting him in this new journey.”… Read the rest

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Sundar Pichai To Lead Google- 5 Interesting Facts About The New CEO

A native of Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India, Sundar Pichai is now the new CEO of Google. While it is now known that Google will just concentrate only on the core businesses like search, Android, YouTube, apps, ads and maps, people all across the globe might be interested to learn about the new CEO. 

Sundar Pichai to lead GoogleSundar Pichai- 5 things you may like to know

Born on July 12, 1972, a bright student, Pichai completed his Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Later he went to pursue MS from the prestigious Stanford University and then he entered Wharton School at Pennsylvania University for completing MBA. He started his term with Google in 2004 and was appointed as product management department’s vice-president.

In the year 2008, he became the man to lead the launch of Google Chrome. Four year later, in 2012, he also received added responsibilities of monitoring Google Apps.

Pichai was assigned the responsibility of Google Android in March 2013. Not just Android, Pichai also supervised the Android One project of Google.

By 2014, his dedication and expertise for the work also made the company to rely on him for all engineering and product responsibilities of its core products, except YouTube.

Though his term with Google has been quite impressive so far, many other Internet companies, especially Twitter tried to lure him to their venture. Yet, he never really got lured by other offers as Google’s counter-offers were much better.

With his patience, dedication and expertise, Pichai is now the CEO of Google. … Read the rest

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Phicomm To Start Research And Development Unit In India

There seems to be some good news for the Indian market as Phicomm, an important mobile handset manufacturer of China has decided to establish a research and development unit in India. The company has plans to set up the unit by December 2015 after they finalize the location for the plant.

Phicomm eyeing Indian market

According to the reports, the company has shortlisted two locations, Bengaluru and Gurgaon. Yet, they expect to finalize the location by September after which they will invest a sum of Rs. 6.3 crore or $1 million.

Not just that, in the long run Phicomm may also start a manufacturing unit in the country. However, for now, they will just concentrate on theme localization and software customization in the R&D unit they set up with around 50 employees. While speaking to the media, Jeffrey Fan, Phicomm’s President of Global Sales said that they consider India to be a great market for their products and they are observing it minutely so that they can bring most affordable pieces for consumers here. He also said that the company is concentrating on the launch of three to four models in the ongoing year.

Phicomm’s presence in the global smartphone market is increasing steadily in the recent and their interest to operate in India can be beneficial for the country. … Read the rest

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Flipkart, Snapdeal Do Immense Business In 2015, Pin Hopes To Diwali Sale

Flipkart has reportedly sold 150 million products in 2015. The leading e-commerce giant has issued its profit statement for the first eight months of this year.flipkart backs out of airtel zero for net neutrality

 “We have witnessed a 150 percent growth in the number of products (units) sold as compared to 2014,” said the company said in a statement, reported NDTV. The maximum profit has come from sale of products including home, fashion, lifestyle and consume electronics.

Customers situated in Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Chennai and other big cities have done the maximum purchase. Flipkart owes its profit to the variety of products it offers. “This milestone is testimony to the scale we have built from our selection to technology platform to supply chain capabilities,” said platform head Mukesh Bansal.

Meanwhile, another e-retail major, which has done immense business this year includes Snapdeal. It has reportedly shown a record jump of 222%, according to Live Mint. “Flipkart’s rival Snapdeal reported an increase of 222% in gross merchandise value (GMV) in the April-June quarter,” noted the website in its report.

Apparently, there is pressure on both the start-ups to deliver great profits and they have their hopes pinned on the Diwali season.… Read the rest

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Intex Ropes in Mahesh Babu as the Face Of Its Mobile Phones

Intex plans to expand its smartphone market soon enough. In a recent statement, the Indian handset maker said that they plan to invest more than Rs. 300 crores towards their promotional campaign. They have hired South Indian actor Mahesh Babu as the face to promote their mobile phones. With all the advertising, they plan to double the revenue to Rs. 8000 crores.INTEX-i-Tab1

“The mobile phone vertical contributes about 75 to 80 percent to the overall revenues of the company. We are looking at around Rs. 300 crores investment in the overall brand. Out of which, 85 percent would be spent on mobile only,” said Intex director Keshav Bansal told NDTV. Intex Mahesh babu

The company is known for rolling out affordable phones in the Indian market. Over the next few months, they plan to produce about 3.5 to 4 million handsets a month. Bansal is reportedly confident of achieving the Rs. 8000 crores revenue target considering Intex is a “zero debt” company.

 In 2014, the company earned Rs. 4,000 crores. Some of the mobile phones produced by Intex include Intex Aqua 2 Pro, Intex Aqua Power, Intex Desire and others. … Read the rest

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Uber Valued At Around $51 billion

Uber Technologies Inc seems to have closed its new round of funding, which values the online taxi-hailing company at about $51 billion. The company has been able to raise about $1 billion and this brings their total funding to more than $5 billion. This has been reported by Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the know.

Uber_logotype.svgCiting a source, Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft has considered this investment and Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman’s Times Internet is also investing. Uber spokeswoman Kristin Carvell said that they had filed for authorizing such a funding two months back but would not like to comment on any kind of speculation.

In March 2015, Uber had said that Times Internet could invest “well under” $16 million as a part of their strategic partnership. Times Internet is the digital arm of the Bennett Coleman & Co.

A day before news of the funding, Uber had announced that it would invest about $1 billion in India and after a period of about 9 months, it would further expand it’s operations and services to make it the biggest market here, apart from the US. Uber currently operates in about 57 countries.… Read the rest

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Royal Enfield Himalayan Tourer On Its Way; Might Release Next Year

Royal Enfield has been working on its Himalayan variant, slated to be an adventure tourer, for a fair length of time and AutoX now reveals this could be launched next year. Interestingly, the same source also grabbed some insight into probable specifications of the Royal Enfield Himalayan Tourer via a test mule for a production model.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Tourer On Its WayThe Details

To begin with, we found almost no similarity with the typical Royal Enfield model. It has similarities with RE bikes such as Continental GT and the Thunderbird. The rear part of the bike and seat are stacked high and we expect better suspension while off roading. Coming to the front fork, its rake angle echoes the style of Thunderbird.

The cues from Continental GT come in the form of tyres, fuel tank, dual disc brakes and the instrument cluster on the upcoming Himalayan tourer. The handlebars will be raised and exhausts paced angularly, thereby giving way to round head lights.

The Priciest Enfield

We are anticipating a brand new 410cc, single-cylinder engine make to power the bike to life. Insiders allege Royal Enfield Himalayan is set to make things tight for the Bajaj AS150 and Bajaj AS200. As for the pricing, there is no news yet but the Himalayan could be the priciest Royal Enfield model in the Indian market.… Read the rest

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Windows 10 Upgrade To Wipe Off Old Features

Windows 10 upgrade will make some of the old features of OS inoperative. For starters, the Windows Media Center application will be defunct on Windows 10 and so will be the support for playing DVDs on your laptops or PCs. 

Windows 10 Upgrade To Wipe Off Old Features Say Bye Bye To Hearts

 Upgrading to Windows 10 will also mean that Hearts will no longer exist as part of the card games; however, you will get hands on updated versions of Minesweeper and Solitaire.  Sadly, the new OS also sweeps away the much-loved desktop gadgets that enriched your Windows 7/8 screens as they “could be exploited to harm your computer, access your computer’s files, show you objectionable content, or change their behaviour at any time.”

Future updates for Windows 10 Home version will be automatically downloaded post-switch and there is no way you can tamper with it.… Read the rest

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