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XOLO One gets Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

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XOLO One on Lollipop
XOLO, the premium smart devices brand, has rolled out Android 5.0 Lollipop update on the XOLO One devices. XOLO had promised the Lollipop update when XOLO One was launched in October 2014, and the team has delivered on the promise of providing the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop way ahead of other players.

A superior smartphone experience is more than just the hardware specifications. For an uncompromising user experience, the software must continually evolve to best serve users’ changing needs. XOLO has always been proactive with consistent software updates and having a dedicated engineering team at Bangalore has proved to be an advantage for the company.

Priced at Rs. 6,599 only, XOLO One is for Everyone including the first time smartphone users who have high aspirations, and look for value offering without compromising on the overall experience.

XOLO One_Lollipop Lockscreen

With the Android v5.0 Lollipop update, users can enjoy more coherent and organized user experience. This latest Android Lollipop OS delivers a host of improvements including a new Material Design language, which gives a whole new colorful look and feel to the device – from fluid animations to added themes, colors and widgets. Notifications are also improved as users can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application. Users can even view and respond to messages directly from the lock screen. Moreover, shortcut keys for camera and dialer can now be directly accessed from the lock screen. Quick Settings also gets a revamp and offers handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls. The Battery setting gets a boost and shows an estimated projection for how much time is left while discharging or charging.

XOLO One_Homescreen_Screenshot

The update has been rolled out via OTA (over-the-air) and it can also be manually downloaded from the official XOLO support site. http://www.xolo.in/xolocare/software-update. XOLO Users can download the OTA files on to their PC and transfer the same to their phone to install it. Else, users can also directly download the same on to their phone and after unzipping the same, install it to enjoy the Lollipop version on their device.

Key specifications of XOLO One at a glance:

• Android v5.0 Lollipop
• Premium Leather Finish Back, available in 5 color options
• 1 GB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory
• 4.5 inch On-Cell IPS Display
• 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor
• 5 MP rear camera with BSI Sensor
• 1,700 mAh Battery
• Dual SIM (3G+3G)

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Skype: listening function discovered in Android app?

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Skype: listening function discovered in Android app?:

Eavesdropping on Skype? Due to a security vulnerability in the chat app is Android phones to make spy camera and a microphone. we investigated.

The no disturbing scenario: Your Android phone indicates an incoming Skype call, but the ringing ends abruptly. No problem, the caller may have placed no more or simply network suddenly. According to recent reports and rumors on the net but you can hear you at this very moment from you. If an error in the Skype system torn a vulnerability?

Accidentally discovered

A user of the technology blogs Reddit happens to come across this “bug” feature and describes how easily this can be exploited: The caller must ensure only on two arbitrary devices into the instant messaging service log and the alleged victim on an Android Call via Skype device. When the phone rings, the caller disconnects the network connection of the apparatus used and then you have probably just have to wait yet. So the called Android device registers the connection is aborted and tried to call back the caller on the second, likewise logged-in Skype device. Critical: This happens automatically – and the callee might remembers nothing about it. The display should not be recognizable that – still run microphone and camera, the record hardworking. The attentive Skype users, who discovered the supposed vulnerability in itself, has already asked for feedback from other Skype and Android users. These confirm the Bug function but only partially, as the comments in the blog entry is read.That sums thing up perhaps to a limit.

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Not (yet) confirmed

We wanted to know what is going on with the listening function and tried to recreate tested it with many Android devices – without success! Interception error could not be confirmed. Once the connection was cut off, and the device of the called party terminated the ring. An automatic callback was made in any of the test runs. But beware: The error is still not ruled out. Well, what we recommends: To ensure that you do not become a victim of such an attack in the near future, please do not initially on the phone function by Skype or limit the chats on Skype trusted contacts. Stay tuned and prompts you if there are updates to the supposed vulnerability.Hope you guys got an idea on the same.If any doubt pops up onto your mind- don’t mind letting us know by making your queries in the comment section.Keep visiting the site.

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Apple OS X update fixes security hole

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Apple Mac OS X

Apple OS X update fixes security hole:

 
Apple has released a software patch that closes down a vulnerability in Mac OS X. This affects OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

Apple has released a new security update. It appears that there has been a weak point in the integration of the Network Time Protocol (NTP). It affects Mac users with OS X Yosemite , Mavericks and Mountain Lion . The update is available via the Software Update.

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NTP: hackers had an easy time

The NTP is a standard interface over which, inter alia, the time can be synchronized.Apple indicates that there was an error in the previous implementation: Hacker probably had the opportunity to execute malicious software. The update stuffs this vulnerability. The current versions are: Yosemite version 92.5.1, 88.1.1 Mavericks, Mountain Lion 77.1.1. Check the status of your operating system from the terminal by entering the following line of code: what / usr / sbin / ntpd .

At the end of the day, Apple does make an effort to make things cool as far as their products are concerned.Keep visiting the site for more updates.

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Google Android One to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh

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Google Android One to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh:

After the successful launch of Android One in India three months ago, Google introduces the Android One program to other Asian countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Android One initiative aims to make high quality smart phones accessible to as many people as possible and they were a grant success in Indian market due to its lower price range.

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They said,

“We’re taking another step toward reaching the next five billion people: in the coming weeks, the Android One devices will start to go on sale in India’s neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.”

The first three Android One devices came from Karbonn, Micromax and Spice. They shared the same basic specs: a 4.5 inch display, a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and a built-in FM radio. Karbonn are also working to release second generation Android One phones for Q1 2015. The same three devices will be available in these markets for now – Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Spice Dream UNO.

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Besides Micromax, Karbonn and Spice from India, Bangladeshi manufacturer Symphony will also begin retailing Android One devices, beginning with its Road A50.

All devices will be budget-oriented in nature, but with quality controls meant to ensure that the experience is on par with more expensive competitors. Google Senior VP Sundar Pichai claimed to have been using an Android One phone as his daily driver for some time when the program launched and was pleased with it.

Google will be expanding to more markets with more devices in 2015. Keep visiting the site for further updates. Good day..!! 🙂

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 skips Android 5.0

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nSamsung Galaxy Note 4 skips Android 5.0:

 

Samsung has maintained a name on the international market for all these years and they keep on coming with products which rises to the expectations.If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Edge, then you probably already waiting quite impatiently for the notification that announces Android 5.0 lollipop as you update. So it looks like you have to you but still a little wait.

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Because currently it is known that Samsung is planning to skip the first update to 5.0 and instead wants to deliver the same Android 5.0.1. This has the advantage that you can skip the initial bugs of Android 5.0, the disadvantage is of course obvious: The update will take a little longer. So currently available sometime in January in the room.

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Of course annoying for all owners of grade 4 and grade of the Edge. As an early adopter you want to the latest hardware, of course, have to fit the latest software as soon as possible and elapsed since each week is a pain. However, the step from Samsung is quite understandable and I am eager to know when we officially get to see the update.And obviously we are expecting further updates linked with the models in the coming days itself.keep visiting the site for  getting updated.

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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat

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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat:

Snapchat is an app for smartphones, with which you can send self shot pictures for a few seconds to other contacts. After the indicated time they disappear permanently and can not be viewed. Officially offers Snapchat apps on iOS and Android. Not officially but there are also third party who use the API of the service and thus have access to the Snapchat features and Windows Phone users.

This, however, did not seem to like the company, because since yesterday all third-apps from the Windows Phone Store have suddenly disappeared. Huynh – a developer of such an app – make a statement on Twitter:

“6snap has disappeared as well as all Snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince Snapchat to change its mind”

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An official statement by Microsoft or Snapchat there is currently not yet. Although warned Snapchat a few months ago, may be those apps as dangerous, but they had not yet announced more so far. That the action, however, probably originating from the app itself and not from Microsoft, tell users which of Snapchat due to the use of a third-party app has been locked .

One possible reason should either missing features such as avoiding screenshots or planning an official Windows Phone app be. Personally, I suspect the latter, eventually Windows Phone has long been a serious operating system.Keep visiting the site to get more updates regarding the news.

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wickr messenger

Wickr- Crypto Messenger now available for PC and Mac

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wickr messenger
Good encrypted messenger so far mostly found on smartphones and tablets. With Wickr there is such a program now available for PC and Mac.Die provider of the popular WhatsApp Messenger can be celebrated profusely for at least currently have equipped the Android version with end-to-end encryption. But for Crypto Messenger as Wickr and Threema years are tap-proof texts, Delivery of audio, video and photo documents already standard. Here are treacherous meta-data, such as information about the time and place for photos that were shot with a smartphone, the app automatically removed before shipment. What the users such encrypted messenger was missing was the bridge to the PC or Apple computer. But now there is Wickr for these systems such as Linux.

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Free High-level safety

So far, the encrypted communication (AES 256 bit encryption standard with ECDH521 and Perfect Forward Secrecy) was only possible from app to app. The promise of security of the makers of Wickr not to cache the message claims to be on servers is now extended to the PC level. For new applications for Windows, Apple and Linux (32-bit / 64-bit) subject to the same security and encryption standards.

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As for the apps for iOS and Android can now also on stationary devices and notebooks encrypted messages sent with a time expiry date provided. After this time news and data will be overwritten irretrievably to military DoD erase standard and thus cleaned from the device. Currently, the maximum term of messages is still six days. The new Wickr versions also allow encrypted group chats with up to ten people. All versions are available on the website of Wickr for free download .

For more updates regarding the same,keep visiting our site. Have a nice day..!! 🙂

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Xolo Hive UI Review

In our previous article we have covered the unboxing and hands-on review of Xolo Hive 8x-1000. Today we will be having a closer look at the UI( User Interface) used for this device – Xolo 8X-1000. Xolo has its proprietary UI called Xolo Hive for android where it enriches the stock android experience by adding important tweaks such as better look and feel, appearance, ease of access, additional custom apps.

Vibrant Lockscreens

Xolo Hive Unlock screen

Hive UI has a unique pattern to unlock phone. Instead of typical slide to unlock, it asks you directly which action has to be performed once the phone is unlocked by tactically placing actions like call, messaging and camera, where one can directly perform the action immediately after unlocking. Also there are plenty of lockscreen options to choose from.

 

Handy Quick Settings

 

Handy Quick Settings

The typical notification drawer in android has been revamped to have much better intuitive options. The icons are revamped with new adjustable settings like brightness and screen timeout.

Themes by Hive team on Xolo Edge

Themes by hive team

An array of themes to choose from the edge app which is built in.

 

Wallpapers by Hive team on Xolo Edge

Xolo Edge Wallpapers

An array of wallpapers to choose from the edge app which is built-in.

 

Xolo Connect

Xolo Connect

Xolo connect forms as a bridge between the end user and the Xolo developer community. It is an essential app pre-built to the phone where once can access information like software updates, service centers etc. Also one can directly give feedback to  xolo developer team.

What’s your thoughts on Xolo Hive UI? Let us know by commenting below!

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Top 5 Reasons to buy Norton Internet Security 2012

A Geek who hangs out with computer 24×7 may be aware of what to click, and what not to click on a webpage, the behavior is not same for a person who has just knows to go online, type some mails, browse websites. Everyone wants to be safe, even a self-proclaimed geek. All we need is a good antivirus which makes us feel that things are secure. Of course all good things comes with a price tag.

Today we are going to review Norton Internet Security 2012 by Symantec. Its not an YET-ANOTHER-ANTIVIRUS which does the same stuff as any other antivirus. We are listing out 5 Good reasons why you might want to switch to Norton Internet Security 2012

Simple and Straight


The first impression was quite Positive as we installed Norton Internet Security for Windows XP. The simplistic and clean Interface with just three BIG buttons Scan Now,  LiveUpdate and Advanced doesn’t bore you for sure. On left top, it lists out the current system status- infected or secured. The bottom portion shows up the various live threats witnessed worldwide.

Live Update


We use USB devices, we download files now and then. Who knows we might have been infected by the Virus which was invented yesterday! Live Update could save our lives. Norton Internet Security comes with live update feature which downloads the database of latest found threats online in realtime. So, checks are made for latest possible threats and you stay safe.

Scan Facebook Wall!


We discovered Scan Facebook Wall  feature as we expanded the SCAN menu which is featured with “Quick Scan”, “Full Scan” and “Custom Scan”. As the internet is evolving with facebook like social networking site, parallelly we see an increased number of spams and scams which spreads via our facebook walls. This feature enables Norton safe browsing and auto scans all feeds/ updates for possible spammy links shared on facebook.

Startup Manager and Application ratings


There are various factors which makes your PC go slow and slow. Norton Internet Security 2012 exclusively has dedicated something for your PC performance. Which program is taking up the most memory, What program is making you slow?, What applications are safe and trusted? you get all answers here. Full System insights with CPU and memory usage are logged on daily basis specific to applications. It has also been bundled with Startup Manager where you can tick and untick startup programs. Application ratings lets you know its trust worthiness.

Hell lot of other features


These features are for explorers. You have a bottom bar which lists out

Activity map : where you catch the realtime threat updates scrolling now and then with a map view.

  • Manage: where you link all your devices running norton products to one account and manage online!
  • Mobile: Norton Mobile Security for Android phones.
  • Online Family: Parental Control features.
  • Safe Web: where all URLs are scanned automagically as you surf the web. you will be notified for suspicious websites.
  • Backup: Norton Online backup allows you to back up your data securely!

Norton Internet Security costs 1399 INR for an year long license for a single PC. You can go get it from Norton Product page.

Have something to say? Do comment.

linux mint - the best new linux operating system

Have you heard of Linux Mint? Its better than UBUNTU!

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Did you ever know about Linux’s most popular operating system? No its not Ubuntu, at least that’s what most of us would say. Its the new LINUX Mint.  According to the statistics at DistroWatch (the site that collects data regarding the best Linux Operating systems) the most popular Linux OS currently leading is the new Linux Mint!

linux mint welcome screen

The guys at ZDNet have been kind enough to let us know the existence of Linux Mint or else we would have never known about it. I myself (an out of the street LINUX lover) have found out about Linux Mint just now. And when i saw the screenshots of the latest Linux Mint 11 codenamed “Katya”, i was anxious to try it out.

Linux Mint is very elegant looking and of minimalistic styles. It is not too eye candy and doesn’t require a lot of resources to run. In fact it offers an out of the box multimedia solution, meaning you don’t need a high quality graphics card to enjoy its uniqueness. And the nice part is Linux Mint is based on Debian and Ubuntu operating systems, both the distributions, that’s why you get the best of both environments.

linux mint - the interface

Also as you know LINUX Mint is totally free and its code is open source. The perks you get by using this operating system is its interface is powered by GNOME 2.32, which i like the most. Working in Gnome is easy and fast. That’s what i like about Gnome. If you are also a GNOME fan as i am, then you should definitely check out this operating system.

Head to the download page now and start Minting your Linux. The CD version can also be installed using the Windows installer ‘WUBI’.

So pass on your comments if you liked this short review about Linux Mint. Have you tried it yet?

Source: ZDNet

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YouTube's new video editor is now live

New YouTube Video editor launched: Have you tried it yet?

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YouTube has launched a new browser based video editor that performs quick fixes to a video after it has been uploaded. This is a built-in editor that launched on 14 Sept, 2011, unlike the cloud based YouTube video editor that we saw in 2010.

After a video gets uploaded on YouTube, you could never make changes to it, rather you had to start from Step 1 i.e. upload it again. With the addition of this editing tool, you can now make changes to the video by clicking Edit Video button.

“Until now, when you uploaded to YouTube, your video was hosted and shared, but couldn’t really be changed. Starting today, you can edit your uploaded videos right on YouTube”, said YouTube software engineer John Gregg.

While the tools are not so legendary that you see in a professional video editing software, these editing options will prove very helpful in making some small changes to your video. Some of the editing tools are:

Rotation of a video, Stabilize a shaky footage, Adjust the brightness such as Saturation levels, Color intensity and Temperature. You can also add extra effects to a video such as make it a Black and White video or effectify it with Sepia.

The exciting news is that even after editing of the video, YouTube does not swipe off all your user interactions on that video. Comments, View count, Video URL and ID, all settings are left intact. You can also undo the edit anytime in the future and still expect a positive output. These features have been around for a long time on major prodcutions like Memory Tree Video Production, for example, it’s only recently that we are seeing this developement online.

Here is a small teaser video that shows you what new features you will get in the new YouTube video editor.

So did you enjoy the new YouTube video editor. Share your experiences by a comment and let us know!

via CNET

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Norton Mobile Security for Android

Norton Mobile Security for Android: Reliable Protection Guaranteed!

Hi friends. Today i am going to review Norton Mobile Security for Android devices. This is a full guide and feature-list to Norton Mobile Security for Android. I am going to discuss all its protection mechanisms and how it makes viruses a thing of the past.

Norton Mobile Security for Android reviewed

Being a open source fan myself i prefer Android over any other Mobile Operating system, simply because its so easy to work with and its functionality is always extendable. Keeping your Android device safe and secure is entirely upto you, its decided on how well you authorize data transfers on the web with your Android phone. With the availability of third party apps, malicious users can easily gain control over our phone. This is where Norton Mobile Security comes in to save you.

So recently i got the chance to try out the paid product and here’s what i came to know:

INSTALLATION:

The setup is very simple or what we call as a 2-minute install. Just visit this link from your Android phone and download the Norton Mobile Security for Android software. You will get a .apk file, just install it and you are good to go.

At its first start it will ask you for your activation code. You should enter the secret code that you got when you purchased the product. Norton will then connect to its licensing server to check if the code is valid and enable your subscription period momentarily.

FEATURE STUDY:

As soon as you’re in, you will get a host of options to choose from such as Setting up Anti-Theft, Anti Malware, Call and SMS Blocking, Web Protection etc. So lets discuss them one by one.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Features

Anti-Theft: This is an advanced feature which remotely locks your lost or stolen device via a SMS and prevents strangers from seeing your private information. You can wipe your sensitive data remotely with the help of your friend’s mobile. Just send the password in the form of a text message to your phone and all your data gets erased to protect your identity.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Theft

To help locate your device, Norton Mobile Security also sends the exact GPS coordinates of your phone’s whereabouts, offering an increased chance of retrieving it. I found this feature to be very helpful since very few software companies these days actually safeguard your phone even when its lost.

Anti Malware: This feature regularly checks your Android system for viruses and other malware that might have gained access. You can also schedule your scans to run at specified intervals. This utility also gives you an option to scan your memory card which slows down your system for a while but that’s a choice i am willing to take.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Anti Malware

Call and SMS Blocking: You can block unwanted numbers and text messages with this feature. Also you can create your own Block List to prevent those numbers from communicating with your device in the future. This is a great utility as you can permanently get rid of a certain someone who annoys you all the time.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Block calls

Web Protection: Surfing websites has never been easy. Hackers can easily gain advantage to your phone and use it for fraudulent purposes if you are careless. Norton Mobile Security’s brings you a web protection that constantly protects you from phishing and malware sites. It works with the Android browser and scans your clicks as you visit them.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Web Protection

Automatic Update: Norton Mobile Security’s LiveUpdate installs and updates your databases automatically. You can also schedule your updates to be a performed when you find it convenient. My update ran for under a minute and all the catalog files were updated successfully. LiveUpdate also respects what you are doing and disables the update feature when you are roaming.

Norton Mobile Security Android - Live Update

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY: 

Norton Mobile Security is available for purchase at leading retailers and telcos across the country at Rs 599 for a single license. The price includes a one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates.

If you want to check out the free version before purchasing the fully paid product check out Norton Mobile Security Lite (NMS Lite) available for Free Download at the Android Market.

VERDICT:

I would like to give this product a 4 1/2 star out of 5 stars. When i was working with the Auto Scan enabled i hardly experienced any lag, all the applications ran as smoothly as possible. The only con i found in this product is its memory consumption. My Android phone has 280 MB of RAM installed and Norton was consuming 1.03% of it. But i think that’s a very small price to pay considering of all the pros this product carries especially the NMS tracker technology.

I give a GO to this product and recommend it to all the Android users as security is always important whether it is a PC or a Smartphone, prevention always has the upper hand.

Now show your love and drop a comment to express your views! We are excited to hear your thoughts.

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