Apple iOS 9.0.2 Resolves A Lot Of Old Issues

Apple iOS 9.0.2Apple iOS 9.0.2 has received a new update, which has been rolled out to fix bugs and resolve issues of iCloud Back Up and iMessage activation. It will also fix issues of incorrect rotation of screen while receiving messages.

We updated the iPhone 6 soon after getting the update and saw many improvements on. No one can bypass the locked screen anymore, which was a major issue for many iPhone users. The security patch in the new update has fixed safety issues so your data, contacts, photos are completely secure.

There were complaints regarding the settings menu as well. We spoke to one of the users who told us that he was unable to get into the settings of phones. “I was not able to make any changes. With the new update, the issue has been fixed and I hope it stay like this,” he says.

iCloud backup concerns have also been taken care of.  “Oh, yes what a relief. There were times when the back-up would automatically stop if I started the manual back-up. I backed up my phone immediately after getting the update,” says Sunny Aggarwal.

The iMessage activation has also been fixed. Apparently, users we spoke to did not face any problems with iMessage but from Apple’s end it has been fixed.

Meanwhile, Apple’s recently released the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 Plus phones, which have seen a record sale. The phones will be released in India on October 16.… Read the rest

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WinRAR Vulnerability Exposed; Could Hurt Many Windows Users

WinRAR, the conventional choice for compressing and archiving files is under threat! The news has baffled millions of Windows users across the world as the security vulnerability issue found with the application can affect a computer within a few seconds. Iranian researcher Mohammad Reza Espargham first spoke of this vulnerability on the forum for security information Full Disclosure. He said, “The vulnerability allows unauthorized remote attackers to execute system specific code to compromise a target system.”

WinRAR security vulnerability exposedAll WinRAR SFX files under threat

These reports of a security threat have also been confirmed by security firm MalwareBytes, which stated that the remote attacker is so powerful that it can affect any version of WinRAR SFX.

The reports also confirm that this vulnerability allows remote attackers to operate different malicious codes in the computer when the user tries to unzip an archived SFX file. In its reports, the security firm stated, “Basically, the attack uses the option to write HTML code in the text display window when creating a SFX archive.”

Noticing the vulnerability found in WinRAR files, its developer RAR Labs said that the “executable files are potentially dangerous by design”. Hence, it is always wise to run them only when it comes from genuine sources. It also said that the rule should not be followed for SFX files only but also for any .exe files.

While news that the malware can affect the system as well as network is alarming for users, there is something even worse. At present, there is no patch for this threat, which means anyone using the application can be affected with a single interaction.

As of now, users need to be extremely cautious while operating SFX archive files and avoid ones coming from unreliable sources. Yet, that does not assure the safety of the device as the malware is quite strong this time.

Windows users worry

The news of vulnerability issues is WinRAR files has not only raised eyebrows of experts but is also a cause of concern for laymen using computers. Delhi-based student Devansh Sharma, who uses a computer for his college projects said, “This is quite a threat for the computer as I often download WinRAR files from different sources just out of curiosity.”

Neel Agasti sounded the same way, “I have to download different WinRAR files for my work and some come from unknown sources as well. So, my computer is at risk.”

This worry is common among Windows users all over the world and we expect Microsoft to come up with a fix soon. … Read the rest

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Apple Denies Rumors Of Merging iOS and OS X

apple ios os x mergeApple has put to rest all rumors regarding the creation of an operating system by combining the iOS and OS X. This concept is based on the idea that Apple would like to merge the best of both worlds–productivity and portability–someday. Nothing like that happened when the 12-inch iPad Pro came into being. Now, Apple chief Tim Cook has denied all the rumors, suggesting there are no plans to merge the two operating systems.

Cook said, “We don’t believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile… these operating systems do different things. We have no intention to blend them.” He was speaking at the Boxworks conference held in San Francisco.

When Box CEO Aaron Levie prodded him further, Cook said both the devices have different functions to perform, different uses and that their adoption rate is also different.

With tablets having taken the place of laptops, many companies are trying to combine desktop computing with mobile operating systems by offering touch-enabled features. However, in doing so, tech giant Microsoft failed miserably with Windows RT. It seems that things are again back in place with Sundar Pichai taking the rein of the company and the Chrome OS and Android working well together.

It is also to be noted that people do not like the idea of running iOS on a big screen. Even the iPad Pro has been lashed for the extra white space on its home screen.

Knowing Apple, we can expect something innovative with their OS. We’re waiting to see what the future of OS on computers, laptops, tablets and mobiles might be.… Read the rest

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Apple Music, iBooks & iTunes Movies Now In China

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China is an important market for most international companies now and Apple is no exception. To increase its dominance in the country and to assure investors of their plans, Apple has introduced iTunes Movies, Apple Music as well as iBooks in the mainland.

While launching these products in China, Apple senior vice-president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said that their customers in China are important for the company as they have provided the largest market for Apple apps.

Non-stop fun at a pocket-friendly prices

Users in China can now enjoy Apple Music at a price of 10 yuan or $1.57 per month. iTunes movies will be available with two different plans. People looking for HD rentals can get it at a starting price of 5 yuan or $ 0.79 and those searching for HD purchases can have it at 18 yuan or $2.83.

iBooks, which forms a major interest for Apple users there, can be availed just by shelling 0.5 yuan or 8 cents. This is not all. To attract more users to their products, iTunes China offers the 2014 blockbuster movie The Taking of Tiger Mountain free of cost. This is for limited period of time. Apart from the freebie, iTunes will also offer innumerable Hollywood movies as well as a huge collection from the Chinese studios.

Apple Music will also come with some great attractions. It will feature popular regional artists like G.E.M, JJ Lin, Li Ronghao and Eason Chan. At the same time, there will be no dearth of music from international artists.

With all these plans, Apple seems to be gearing up for tough competition in China. By introducing these popular services, the company should be expecting greater foothold in the country as well as positive growth in its shares.

People’s view

While speaking about the latest offerings from Apple, user Madhurima Sengupta said, “The second largest economy of the world is going through hard times these days, yet introduction of new products may be helpful in stabilizing the condition to some extent.”

Neerja Dikshit, who has to travel far and wide for her job was thrilled to know about the launch. Being an Apple user, she said, “Now I can get non-stop entertainment from Apple Music even when I visit China.”… Read the rest

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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter; 1 Million Followers In 24 Hours

Edward SnowdenTwitter has found a way with Edward Snowden—the man of the moment who doubles as a fugitive and is best known as an erstwhile National Security Agency contractor. He opened an account on the micro blogging site on Tuesday from Russia, where he is currently on exile. Within 24 hours, he has reached 1 million followers.

Best known for leaking massive surveillance secrets of the US government, Snowden is clearly not just a speck in the digital world anymore. And his handle seems to be as uptight as he is @snowden. His Twitter bio says: I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.

The whopping followers’ saga

Right after he opened an account, Snowden attracted 171,000 followers—all within one hour and by the time the day was half way through, this followers’ list grew to 740,000. That speaks a lot about the fan-dom this man enjoys.

Ironically, Snowden is following a single account—the National Security Agency. Snowden even went so far as to tweet, “Meanwhile, a thousand people at Fort Meade just opened Twitter”. Fort Meade is the NSA’s Army base in Maryland.

Snowden’s first tweet read, “Can you hear me now?” A rip off from an advert of a cell phone provider seen on television, Snowden’s first tweet alone saw 25,000 retweets within one hour.

Some individuals who seem to support Snowden believe he is a classic whistleblower who lifted the lid off the excesses indulged in by the American government. However, the latter went on to file charges for espionage against Snowden. The government believes that he leaked intelligence information. Following all this, Snowden left USA in May 2013 and made Russia his home post grant of asylum there in the later part of 2013.

First reactions from Tweeple

The first reactions over social media to the Twitter account opening from Snowden have been positive. According to Thomson Reuters’s proprietary algorithm that scoured Twitter mentions or tweets about @snowden, it was revealed that there were 1,109 positive tweets against just 156 negative ones within the first hour of Snowden’s opener tweet.

Echoing popular sentiment, people around the world including IT analysts Naveen Maudgal from Ericsson, Noida and Anuj Jain from Oracle, Hyderabad, in India have labeled “Snowden as a geek and interesting man, instead of a traitor of sorts.”

During his initial hours on Twitter, Snowden also tweeted and retweeted exchanges with Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and popular radio talk-show. Incidentally, Tyson had earlier suggested that Snowden must get on to Twitter while interviewing the latter on his show earlier in September.

Wrapping Up

In fact, now that the tweeting saga from @snowden has begun, we got to know that this man is interested in stuff such as the Martian water discovery as well as his work for the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He did mention his fetish for cat pictures amid so much, though.… Read the rest

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Twitter Could Have New Platform For Longer Notes

Twitter users often struggle because there are some things that cannot be said in 140 characters. Knowing this need, the social media giant is supposedly designing a new platform that would let people write longer tweets, reports Re/code.

Twitter Rumored to Launch a New Product Allowing Users to Tweet LongerPlans to  increase character count

It seems Twitter executives are busy discussing how the character limit would be measured. They would probably stop considering user handles or links as characters. It will be interesting to see how they even come up with ideas to allow a higher character count without spoiling Twitter’s original feel.

Also Read: Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk

Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk
Why Instagram Took Over Twitter? People Talk

Struggling with competition

Twitter is trying hard to keep up with stiff competition and bring in a new user base. This move is probably one of the ways to fight with the situation. Reports suggest that Twitter’s second-quarter average monthly users grew in the most sluggish manner since it went public in 2013.

Nobody is sure how the new product would look like but to keep up with the growing struggle, Twitter must reconsider its character limit strategy.

New ways to develop interest

Twitter has been working on new ways to increase the interest of their users for quite some time now. They want people to spend more time tweeting and even engage in commercial activities.

The micro-blogging site has already removed the limit of 140 characters from its direct messages. It has also declared plans to have people make political donations and buy goods through their tweets. Business pages are being encouraged to advertise on Twitter.

While so many things are being discussed, a spokeswoman of the company declined to comment on any of these.


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Google Photos Update Makes Sharing Easier

Google Photos UpdateGoogle Photos has received a new update and it’s easy to get hooked to it this time. With the new update, Google has really pushed the envelope as it allows friends and family to add pictures to your albums.

This is the biggest update Google Photos has received in a long time. The new features allow you to share photos with friends and family in a jiffy. Lets take a detailed look at how one can share albums on this new platform. Once you click pictures and put them together in an album, you will be able to share it with others.

Friends and family with whom who have shared the album will have the option to follow album updates. When someone adds a picture to the album, members will receive a notification. More so, they can add pictures to the album as well. In this manner, the latest Google Photos works more like a digital photo book where you can interact with people through your photos. 

The new update also lets you label the name of the people. What I like here is that it lets you have your privacy. The labels can only be seen by the person adding the pictures.

You can now also broadcast images as Google Photos has been connected to Chromecast. All you need is a Wi-Fi network.

Google seems to be heading for a lot of new things. First the logo was changed and now this update. where you don’t need to attach and send photos anymore. One can simply share the album.


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Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P Prices Are Here

Google Nexus X5 P6On Tuesday, Google has announced the launch of Nexus 5x in partnership with LG and Nexus 6P with Huawei. With this, the Google’s India Store is providing the Nexus 5x at a starting price of Rs. 31,900 for 16 GB internal memory and Nexus 6P starting at a price of Rs. 39,999 for 32 GB internal memory.

Meanwhile, there is good news for people who have been eyeing the Google Nexus 6. The company has slashed its price to Rs. 33,800 for 32 GB and Rs. 37,600 for 64 GB internal storage variants. These are available at further lower prices at third-party mobile stores.

Also Read: Google Nexus 6: How To Make Most Of The Device With Simple Tips And Tricks


As far as the price of accessories are concerned, the Nexus 5x Folio case is priced at Rs. 3,200 and Nexus 5x case at Rs. 2,800. The Speck Candyshell Grip Case will be available at Rs. 3,000 and Adopted Protective Case at Rs. 1,800 for this smartphone.

The Nexus 6P case is priced at Rs. 2,800 and the folio case at Rs. 3,900. The Speck Candyshell Grip Case and the Adopted Protective Case can be purchased by paying Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 1,800 respectively.

The prices of USB Type-C charger is set at Rs. 1,799.99 and Type-C to Type-C cable at Rs. 1,399.99. One needs to pay Rs. 909.99 to get a standard USB to Type-C cable from Google.

It is true that the prices of the smartphones and their accessories are slightly on the higher side but from a brand like Google in association with LG and Huawei, you can expect standard quality products.… Read the rest

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GoIbibo Launches GoStays For Budget Accommodations has launched GoStays to list non-branded budget accommodations available in India. They have identified 862 properties in 72 cities, which means about 10,000 rooms will be available everyday across the nation through GoStays.

The company fondly recollected that when it was first launched about 88 hotels were listed on the website for Bengaluru, starting from Rs. 630 to Rs. 3,300.

Standard budget rooms identified by GoStays are free breakfast, Wi-Fi, TV, AC and clean washrooms. Not only that, all bookings would come with a money-back guarantee.

GoStays, A Goibibo InitiativeUsers will be able to rate and review accommodations on the GoStays website. They can also book travel tickets via SeatSeller and redBus. These are sister concerns of Goibibo.

The company is eyeing to create a business model like the Amazon marketplace and hence it would allow other branded budget service providers to enlist themselves here.

More than 7 million people have already downloaded the Goibibo mobile app and the numbers are growing at a pace of 1 million per month. The company proclaims it is the largest hotel listing site in India with a 5x growth in the past year itself.   

A South African media conglomerate company Naspers invested $10 billion in GoIbibo and is a primary owner.


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Beta Version Of Rainbow Six Siege Continues With Glitches

Ubisoft has extended the date of Rainbow Six Siege’s closed beta till October 1. Given that the beta version of the game has received popularity and server stability, this is a good move.

Chase Straight Community Developer stated on Ubisoft forums that there have been few issues reported but they are working to do away with these as soon as possible.

More scoop on the beta version

Access The Closed Beta Version For Rainbow Six SiegeLaunched over the weekend, the beta run did see gamers complaining because they did not get access codes despite pre-ordering this game. Straight recently said that this has also been resolved.

For those who had ordered the game digitally, the beta version is now available via download from Uplay, Stream, PlayStation and Xbox Live. Some players are still on the waiting list to receive access. Once distribution is complete, the maker will send out relevant invites.

Also Read: Bad News Gamers: No Single Player Mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops 

Say No To Solo

More scoop from Rainbow Six News has revealed that this game will no longer have a solo player mode. Art director Scott Michell has said that the game will not have a story mode in the real sense of the term. He has further clarified that players will receive training where they can experience various operators with their devices.

You may choose to play against Al, the enemy in co-op mode across the maps or even personalize matches. The Star, Renown and similarly laced point system will still be relevant.

Rainbow Six Siege’s beta version has some loopholes such as crashing and connectivity issues as well. But given its strong popularity at Gamescom 2015, we sure are not giving up on it.


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