More than 225,000 accounts of Apple users have been stolen by malware KeyRaider. Though the news is sure to raise eyebrows, it will be wrong to point fingers on the makers, as the devices were jail broken. Apple is always known for offering high end security on their devices and the credentials were stolen only from the people, who decided to do away with the inbuilt security settings.
Malware steals confidential information
Many users compromise with the inbuilt security of the handset for installing free apps and in turn allow malware to access their accounts. Weiptech, a Chinese developer group along with Palo Alto Networks security firm revealed that the iOS malware has hacked the purchasing receipt, private keys, certificates and account credentials from the phones. It has also been reported that the credentials were misused for purchasing apps in other devices.
Devices with inbuilt Apple security safe from theft
The reports also claimed that users, who have not opted for jail breaking their devices will not have to worry about the security of their credentials, as those will not be affected by any malware. With a few days left for the much anticipated iPhone launch, the news of this security issue has shocked every Apple admirer. … Read the rest
According to a report published in Washington Post on Sunday, the White House is considering taking action via sanctions against entities and companies located in China that have seen benefits arising from Chinese hacking of American trade secrets. While the report does not cite any specific names or sources backing such a step, it did go on to state that talks about whether the sanctions must be initiated are on in full swing.
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Lately, there have been numerous suspicions on China-based hackers to have breached a lot of sensitive US data. This had purportedly led to issues between the economies of USA and China. The timing of such an issue could not have been worse given that Xi Jinping, the President of China is set to visit the US in September.
What Obama Says?
Administrative officials from the Obama government have stated how China is a top suspect in a hacking case that has caused a compromise in records of more than 4.2 million employees- current and former. When quizzed on the same, an official from White House official chose to give no immediate comment. According to what President Obama told to Reuters, sometime back, the administration “is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to confront such actors.”
While leaked images of iPhone and Nexus phones are creating upsurge in the web world, the leaked images of Blackberry has taken the internet by storm. The much-rumored ‘Venice’ Android smartphone of Blackberry is expected to be slider phone, as the leaked image on Tinhte, a Taiwanese site indicates.
Specs at a glance
The yet-to-be-announced smartphone is also reported to feature QWERTY keyboard. Like other modern smartphones, ‘Venice’ as the leaked image states is an user-friendly device with mails, dialler, contacts, calendar, camera, Chrome and Playstore apps on the home-screen. There is also one folder for Google Search, Maps and Gmail. If reports are to be true, the new phone will also have WhatsApp pre-installed.
Keeping in mind the increasing demand of the phones with high-end camera, the upcoming handset is also reported to feature 18 MP camera supported by dual-LED flash and OIS.
In the leaked image the phone appears to have a textured back. Moreover, the reports of Phone Arena claims the handset may come with1440x2560 pixel QHD display and 5 MP front camera. With excellent security settings, the phone is also reported to work on 3GB RAM and 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC processor. … Read the rest
India is all set to get a great boost in the field of technology as 10 green supercomputers would be installed in the country in a course of 3 years. The new computers will not only give a significant boost to the computing performance but also will make a sharp reduction on the power consumption, said a Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) scientist.
Computers to be launched in phases
Confirming the news to IANS, the associate director and head of the High Performance Computing, C-DAC, Pune, Sanjay Wandhekar said that they have plans for installing at least five to ten supercomputers in this year and the rest would be introduced in phases in the the coming three years.
According to the reports, the supercomputer machines planned for installation in the coming days are developed under the National Supercomputing Mission worth Rs. 4,500 crores. Being a crucial mission for the development of the country, it is jointly handled by information technology, electronics science as well as technology departments.
India to enter green computing list
As of now, 11 machines from India have entered the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputer list, out of which 2 are in the top 100 list. Once the 73 supercomputers are installed, India will also make its place in the list of Top 500 green computing, which is indeed a great achievement. … Read the rest
Facebook has set a record on Thursday with one billion people using the network within one day’s span. This is a high for the social network and its co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg posted that it is an important milestone. The easier way to state this will be to simply say that one out of seven people around the world used Facebook on Thursday.
The Facebook Success Figures
Zuckerberg’s vision to bring together the entire world via this social network is slowly achieving fulfilment and he has gone on record saying that these figures are way more essential than the financials or numbers Facebook weighs on a daily basis. According to Facebook’s earnings update revealed in July, the number of active users hiked up to 13 per cent on a monthly basis from the 1.49 billion figure last year, in addition, the total number of active users on the mobile platform currently touched the 1.31 billion mark.
With so many laurels, Facebook is also engaged in developing an all new technology that will allow video makers to protect their work from being copied sans permission on the network.
The official line here goes like this– “We want creators to get credit for the videos that they own…To address this, we have been exploring ways to enhance our rights management tools to better empower creators to control how their videos are shared on Facebook.”
Microsoft is reportedly set to launch Office 2016 on September 22, 2015. WinFuture.de claims to have a memo stating the release date of the new version of Office. Office 2016 for office 365 users on Mac was released in July.
The wow factor in Office 2016
It is being anticipated that the upcoming Office 2016 would come loaded with updates for Publisher, Access, Visio, Project, Skype for Business Outlook, One Note, PowerPoint, Excel and of course, Word. Microsoft is sweeping the innovation circuit with its release of Skype for Business and E5 in the second quarter this year.
Users are excited about Office 2016 since it will come laced with a dark theme as well as an assistant called Tell Me. This will be found within the Ribbon User Interface. Besides these, an automatic rotation feature will detect and fix image orientation without a manual prompt. … Read the rest
Good news is here for Rock Band 4 fans. The music game is anticipated to be launched for Xbox One and PS4 on 6th October. Already open for pre-booking, the game will cost you $20 more for a standalone disc on Xbox One than what you pay for the PlayStation 4 version. This standalone game costs $60 on PS4, the extra bucks for the XBox version is because the older Xbox 360 stuff needs to be made workable on the new Xbox One.
Scoop From The Rock Band Release
There is a bundle pack for Xbox One gamers at $79.99, which comes inclusive of this game as well as a Legacy Game Controller Adapter.
The latter helps gamers use all past versions of XBox 360 Rock Band wireless drums and guitars. Game developer Harmonix blogged on Monday, “The adapter supports up to four wireless Rock Band controllers simultaneously as well as many third-party wireless instrument controllers for the Xbox 360.”
The latest version of Rock Band 4 for the PS4 comes with support for all third party as well as legacy Rock Band and third party wireless drums and guitars. The version for PS4 and the Xbox One comes with a soundtrack that has 60 plus tracks featuring The Black Keys, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, Van Halen and St. Vincent.
Users can also access 1,500 more songs using in-game Music Store and also import purchased Rock Band tracks without having to shell out money. You only need to make sure that the console family remains the same as the one you purchased initially.… Read the rest
Technology pioneer John McAfee is a cyber security mastermind even though he does not own McAfee company any more. As a cyber security expert, he has recently pointed out in a post on the International Business Times that the Ashley Madison hacking was the job of an employee. In fact, he goes on to elaborate that it was a lone woman employee.
In the post, he says that the data was stolen by a woman who was working on her own. He elaborates that it was am ex-employee of Avid Life Media that runs extramarital dating website www.ashleymadison.com.The website was open to security breach and 33 million accounts were stolen from the website.
Ubuntu lovers in India can now rejoice as BQ has announced its plans to launch two new Ubuntu smartphones soon. The Spanish device maker on Thursday announced that they are all set to launch Aquaris E5 and Aquaris E4.5 in the Indian market via Snapdeal, a popular e-commerce portal.
Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 at a glance
In its statement, the company stated that they have observed the growing demand for Ubuntu smartphones in the Indian market and decided to launch two new handsets. India has provided a great market for their PC business and they expect to get the same response for their smartphones.
To ensure a warm response from users, the company has also priced the devices quite reasonably. While Aquaris E4.5 is reported to be priced Rs. 11,999, the other model Aquaris E5 is priced at around Rs. 13, 999.
The Aquaris E4.5 boasts an 8MP rear camera along with 5MP front-camera. It also has 8GB storage, 1GB RAM and MediaTek Quad Core Cortex A7 processor. On the other hand, the Aquaris E5 boasts of a 5-inch display HD screen with 720×1280 pixels of resolution. It also comes with 5MP front-camera but the rear-camera is even better with 13MP quality.
Both the phones support dual SIM features and have received great response in the United States. … Read the rest
The Apple event slated to happen in September is highly awaited. Apart from newer iPhone models, the company is also expected to launch a brand new Apple TV. According to 9to5Mac, the new Apple TV would have a wider yet slimmer design. It is supposed to be an all-plastic body for better compatibility with most wireless devices and routers. The website also reported that Apple TV would come with a brand-new remote control that would be bigger and have more tactile keys. It is also believed to have touch-based input and sensor support.
According to The Verge, the new Apple TV could have a dedicated App Store. They also suggest it could come with Proactive so that users can search for shows, movies, or games across a range of apps and services. On the other hand, 9to5Mac says Apple may wait until the hardware hosts more third-party apps before rolling it out.
We expect this new device to support Siri. There is also likely to be a slimmer chassis and supported by an Apple A8 system. In all likelihood, the TV could work with a finger touch and offer enhanced on-board storage.
There are also reports of a dedicated SDK with the device enabling developers to provide apps for Apple TV as they do for the iPad and iPhone.
Despite being in existence for many years, Apple TV lags behind in terms of enjoying widespread adoption as with other Apple products. Lets hope the new Apple TV brings some changes worth considering.… Read the rest