Saturday, 13 July 2013

Phablet MTV

MTV India in association with Swipe Telecom launched 7'' MTV Slash, launched their third co-branded fablet, priced at Rs 9,490.MTV Slash

The product, which is targeted at youth, is designed retaining MTV's quintessence, which is incorporated into the design, the packaging and themes and wallpapers available in the device.

MTV Slash offers three pre-loaded MTV apps. The 'MTV India' app gives an exclusive access to all MTV shows, blogs, videos, web shows, buzz, photos and downloads. The 'MTV Hottie' app provides a peek into the Splitsvilla contestants across five seasons.

The fablet has a 2.1 GHZ dual core processor and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 operating system.

Weighing just 320g and packed with a 1024 x 600 pixels HD resolution, the device boasts a slim body and has 5MP rear and 0.3 MP front cameras.

Talking about MTV Slash, Aditya Swamy, EVP & Business Head, MTV India, says, "Super performance at a super price…. that's what young people want and that is exactly what the MTV Slash fablet is. After a very successful start to our partnership with Swipe Telecom, we have now moved to a brand + content leverage."

"Slash now comes fully loaded with the MTV experience and is embedded across the MTV eco system," he added

Popular MTV VJs Nikhil Chinapa said, "I am a gadget freak and I am constantly looking out for new phones and other gadgets. While there are many existing brands in the country, what will set MTV Slash apart from the competitors are the MTV applications. We want the youth, the MTV generation to get hooked on to this fablet."

The device will be available across 10,000 retail points, Swipe e-store and other leading online portals like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Infibeam, eBay and other youth-centric platforms.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Windows 8 Can be Hacked: watch here

With a host of companies launching Windows 8-based devices, Microsoft's latest operating system is getting increasingly popular. It’s just a matter of time before cyber criminals will take advantage of Windows 8 popularity.

Here are the two samples that are packaged as key generator apps for Windows 8, which are available on http://{BLOCKED} Key generators are used to generate serial numbers and are typically used for bootleg copies of paid software. Trend Micro found the apps that are malicious. The company has detected these malicious apps as ADW_SOLIMBA and JOKE_ARCHSMS respectively.

Rajat Sahu, product marketing manager, India and SAARC, Trend Micro, said, “The people behind these malware are hoping to ride on Windows 8′s popularity and users' eagerness to try out the software. For security purposes, users must avoid visiting or downloading from untrusted sources. Better yet, users should instead purchase the legitimate program.”

When executed, ADW_SOLIMBA displays a fake message informing users to click ‘OK’ to download Windows 8 via the Web browser. On the other hand, JOKE_ARCHSMS purports as a Windows 8 activator. Similar to ADW_SOLIMBA, JOKE_ARCHSMS also displays images to trick users into thinking that they can activate Windows once they have sent an SMS to a certain number. In addition, it also connects to the following URLs for click fraud:

When translated, the first window reads as:

Select the installation path:
To start the installation “Windows 8 Activator 2011″ click “Install”

For the second window:

Installation successful
To generate a personal code, go free activation!
(Protection from automatic activation)
SMS with text:
on number:
Enter your activation code:

So far, using new programs, software, or apps as a social engineering lure has been an effective vehicle for attacks. Remember the malicious Instagram apps that surfaced just as news of Facebook’s acquisition of the app broke out? Similarly, malicious versions of Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Space were also uncovered in time for these apps’ release.

Cybercriminals and other bad guys on the Internet know what users want and they’ll use it to their advantage. Users can never be too careful about what to download and from what sites. These samples may not be the only malicious key generators tools available on the Internet.

JOKE_ARCHSMS has been renamed to TROJ_ARCHSMS.B while ADW_SOLIMBA has been renamed toTROJ_DLOADR.AAD.

Facebook Poke App: Now Poke Your friends on IPhone

Facebook on Friday announced the launch of the Poke app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. As regular Facebook users might remember Poke is a popular feature on the site which lets people, well, ‘poke’ each other. In the app, Facebook lets users send pokes, video, pictures and text messages to their friends.

The catch is that the message can last for only one second to a maximum of 10 seconds. but, you can choose the amount of time it lasts. Also it seems that the message can be only 120 characters long.  When you’re sending a message you will see the amount of time on the top centre of your message. Click on it to choose how much time you want the message to last.

And is Facebook going to be storing these messages? Well not really.  According to TechCrunch post, Pokes are encrypted, and Facebook deletes the encryption keys two days after they’re read so they’re unreadable. Key backups are destroyed within 90 days, making a poke completely inaccessible. 

Oh and Facebook has taken precautions against people sending messages that are too naughty or just plain disturbing. Users can click on the gear icon on the top left hand side of the app and click on report/block if they get a message they don’t like something they receive.
Facebook hopes to challenge apps like SnapChat which also allow iOS users to send video and text messages for under ten seconds.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

3G roaming will be Cancelled

Vodafone, Idea, Tata Telecommunications and Aircel have been sent show cause notices by the Department of Telecom (DoT), asking them to stop providing third-generation (3G) mobile data services through roaming pacts outside their licensed zones as the pacts are 'illegal'.

3G Roaming Not Allowed.

The concerned companies have 60 days to respond to why their licenses should not be cancelled or a penalty be imposed on them.

The notice sent to the telcos threatens a penalty of Rs. 50 crore per circle in case they fail to adhere to DoT's directives.

The government sold 3G airwaves in an auction in 2010 that attracted much higher bids than expected, and no single company managed to get spectrum for all of the country's 22 zones.

The government passed an order, asking telecom companies to stop offering 3G services beyond their licensed circles or zones under mutual roaming agreements. Several telecom companies -- including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel and Tata Teleservices -- had filed petitions in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), challenging the December 23, 2011, directive of DoT to scrap their intra-circle roaming pacts within 24 hours.

The issue became more complicated after a two-member bench comprising TDSAT Chairman Justice S B Sinha and Member P K Rastogi differed in their findings.

While Justice Sinha allowed operators' plea against the government's directive to stop intra-circle 3G roaming, saying it was violating natural justice, Justice Rastogi dismissed the petition saying they cannot provide roaming services.

The Chairman was of the view that DoT had not followed the procedure and operators were not given enough time to share their views, but Rastogi dismissed the appeal saying they can't provide 3G services by having mere 2G licences.

The spilt verdict left DoT in a difficult position and it sought legal opinion on the likely implementation of the split verdict.

Sources told NDTV earlier that DoT may also seek the help of the Attorney General of India for drafting a separate notice for recovery of amount earned by telecom operators through the roaming pact.

Lenova IdeaPad Yoga at just Rs 61,790

Taking the tablet and notebook to newer levels, PC maker Lenovo has launched IdeaPad Yoga.

The IdeaPad Yoga is a convertible that switches between an ultrabook and a tablet. Lenovo has launched two models of IdeaPad Yoga—an 11 inch model and a 13 inch model.

The 13 inch convertible is priced at Rs 84,290 while the 11 inch convertible comes at a price tag of Rs 61,790.

Key Specs IdeaPad Yoga-13 inch

Runs Windows 8

13.3-inch 1600x900 multi-touch display

3rd generation Intel Core processors

4GB RAM upgradable to 8GB

Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000

128GB SSD storage, webcam, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, HDMI, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port and a 2-in-1 card reader

8 hours of battery life on single charge

Weighs 1.54 kg

IdeaPad Yoga-11 inch

Windows RT device

11.6-inch 1366x768 multi-touch display

Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor alongside NVIDIA ULP GeForce


2 USB 2.0 ports, webcam, HDMI, card-reader, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, and 64GB SSD storage

Eight hours of battery life and promises an additional two hours of battery life

Weighs 1.25 kg


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