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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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Leaked reports of Sony Xperia Z4

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Leaked reports of Sony Xperia Z4 :

 

Sony has recently been the target of a large-scale cyber-attack in which, among other things, the script for the upcoming James Bond film “Spectre” has been stolen by criminal hackers. In the wake of the attack but is also an e-mail from George Leon, his character Sony’s executive vice president of consumer marketing that arrives to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Michael Lynton to the public, along with a whole series of renderings of new products. In said e-mail it means taking that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be shown in the Bond film and the filmmakers have to know in advance how the device and the remuneration will look for product placement.

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The renderings are for the final design but only partially revealing – while quite impressive the new Xperia Z4 presented with an apparently high-gloss chrome frame on one of the images is mapped to other images, a somewhat different sort of device, with large numbers, their meaning not immediately apparent. There the speech that partly visible rear also seems this time not made of glass, but a soft material is also “Hardness + Softness” to exist – a first for Sony, because at the high end smartphones, the Japanese company previously relied always on a rear glass optics.

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On top of that you can see where it apparently is wearable devices on another rendering multiple bracelets. Unlike the Sony smart watches but these look more like Activity Tracker and less like traditional wrist watches – so really in a spy movie bracelets because of the bright colors will fit not. New information on the specifications of the Xperia Z4 does not exist by the leak unfortunately – of course the film industry cares little about the technical performance of a prop. So far, however, suggested that both Qualcomm  Snapdragon 810 Octa-core SoC and the new Sony IMX230 camera sensor will be used in the new smartphone. Having said that with the device expected to fly down town soon,only time will tell how things will end up

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Lenovo launches its professional grade tablet – Thinkpad 8 in India

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Lenovo, has launched the ThinkPad 8 Tablet for professionals in India. The first ever Windows 8 tablet from the iconic ThinkPad stable delivers a full PC experience with USB3.0 Dock. Offering a whole new experience for tech enthusiasts, the Tablet is equipped with a full-HD screen, Quick Photo Capture combined with 4x Faster Graphics, making it the most sought after device ‘for professionals on the go’. Priced at INR 39,999, the ThinkPad Tablet 8 is now available for pre-order exclusively on Lenovo’s online brand store- TheDoStore.

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ThinkPad 8 Tab has won over 11 Best of CES 2014 Awards, one of the biggest Consumer Technology exhibitions in the world, and has been termed champions under the Best of CES 2014 Windows Tablet, Best of CES Finalist People’s Choice, Best of CES Mobile Finalist categories and so on.

Commenting on the debut of ThinkPad 8 Tablet in India, Rohit Midha, Director Tablet Business Unit, Lenovo India, said “Lenovo is a global leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology. The introduction of ThinkPad Tablet 8 makes our tablet range more diverse to cater to the business user for the first time. We are excited to extend the ThinkPad legacy to our tablets range.”

This 8.3” tablet engineered perfectly for business users who want to balance work and play, offers multimode features like full HD Display with 25% larger viewing area, a full Windows 8 ecosystem, 2MP front-facing webcam for crystal-clear video conferencing, supported by dual digital array microphones. This power-pack features the best offerings from Lenovo, Microsoft, and Intel combined into one productive, mobile, secure device with faster graphics. It’s as light as 430g and lasts up to eight hours on a single battery charge.

It also has 8MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and -flash and video recording. The Quick Shot Cover is an ideal accessory where with a simple flick back, the corner flap exposes the lens, and the Windows 8.1 camera app opens automatically. Its magnetic cover is all the rage which attaches automatically to the tablet. The Quick Shot Cover is so strong that you can easily flap the tablet around without the fear of it dropping. With high Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® 4.0 connectivity, ThinkPad 8 comes with micro HDMI-out port that allows easy connection to an HD television or other monitor.

Availability: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet is exclusively available on www.thedostore.com

Price (end user): INR 39,999/-

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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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NVIDIA Bolsters Executive Ranks With Two New Vice Presidents For European Market

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NVIDIA today announced the appointment of two new vice presidents covering its Europe, Middle East and India market.

Jaap Zuiderveld has been named vice president of Sales and Marketing, and Xochilt M. Balzola-Widman has been named vice president of Consumer Business for the region.

Zuiderveld comes to NVIDIA from Colt Technology Services, in London, where he led the enterprise services business’s global direct sales force. Prior to that, he served as chief operations officer and managing director for Europe at ACN, and as chief executive officer at Active 24, where he earlier held the position of chief operations officer for Europe. Zuiderveld has more than 20 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications industry, having earlier held roles at Versatel Telecom International, KPN Telecom and British Telecom.

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At NVIDIA, he heads the company’s overall activities in Europe, the Middle East and India, including Russia. He is responsible for driving growth in the consumer, enterprise, automotive and embedded businesses.

Balzola-Widmann comes to NVIDIA from Amazon, where she was responsible for the company’s Kindle product line in Central Europe. She is a veteran of the gaming industry, having held senior posts at Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts.  During her 20-year career, Balzola-Widmann also held management and sales roles for the European divisions of Ingram Micro and Symantec.

She is responsible for driving NVIDIA’s consumer channel business in EMEAI, focusing on GeForce and the SHIELD brand.

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Microsoft Azure data centres opening in Australia next week

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Two Data centers would be starting their operations from tomorrow here at Australia.  With this opening of data centers in Australia, Microsoft has given Australian businesses a good reason to embrace the cloud.  For any Microsoft XBOX one owners who are residing in Australia this is beneficial as they could experience less latency while playing online games on xbox one.

These data centers are present at Sydney and Melbourne, The first announcement was done on May 2013.

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ZEN- Firefox U105 smartphone stock-out on HomeShop18

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Homeshop18’s exclusive launch of the ZEN- Firefox U105, an innovative smartphone at only Rs. 1,999 went stock-out on the launch show. ZEN- Firefox U105 received a staggering 15,000 orders, and received 20,000 calls,creating a record in itself on the first day of sales.

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The Firefox operating system offered, is the latest mobile platform that is built on Open-source language, HTML-5 to provide a smooth user experience.

The ZEN- Firefox OS 105 Fire  is the only smartphone of its genre that enables expandable memory up to 16 GB,  comes pre-loaded with popular Apps ConnectA2 which is compatible with Whatsapp, YouTube and Facebook and provides a HotSpot facility. The phone has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, is Dual SIM with Dual Standby and has a 1 GHz Processor. It also has Dual Camera Rear – 2 MP / Front – VGA with GPRS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi connectivity and is powered with 1200 mAh Battery.

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BuzzFeed gets into WeChat app

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Today in one of the blog posts, Buzzfeed announced that they are now officially available on WeChat messenger app. As we know, BuzzFeed is a breaking news service and WeChat is a cross platform chat client. We have to wait and watch  how this mixed combo where a news service being available on a chat client attracts the end users. The 400 million audience at WeChat  can now follow the BuzzFeed account under official accounts section.

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Let us know what’s your take on WeChat attracting services like BuzzFeed

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Yahoo launches New Flickr App for iPad

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Yahoo today announced that users all over the world can browse over 10 billion Flickr photos on the new iPad app. The new Flickr App for iPad makes it easy and enjoyable to access, organize, and share your snapshots from any device.

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The app will deliver a better experience with iOS 8 so that you can best capture, improve, and explore your images. Catch your favorite moments with our powerful camera, then bring them to life on your screen with high resolution images – we’re talking up to three million pixels per photo!

If you already have Flickr on your iOS device, just update it today. If not, download the app on the app store.

The app is available around the world in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Note:  Users will need to update their device to iOS 8 to enjoy this experience.

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Malicious YouTube ads lead to exploits, ransomware

In the last few months, Trend Micro researchers have been following a malvertising campaign that ended up affecting almost exclusively US users at the beat of more than 113,000 per month.

In the latest stage of the campaign, the criminals behind this campaign have concentrated their efforts on Youtube visitors, and have succeeded in making the ads appear on extremely popular videos.

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“The ads we’ve observed do not directly lead to malicious sites from YouTube. Instead, the traffic passes through two advertising sites, suggesting that the cybercriminals behind this campaign bought their traffic from legitimate ad providers,” the researchers noted.

“In order to make their activity look legitimate, the attackers used the modified DNS information of a Polish government site. The attackers did not compromise the actual site; instead they were able to change the DNS information by adding subdomains that lead to their own servers. (How they were able to do this is unclear.)”

The victims were ultimately redirected to a US-based server hosting the Sweet Orange exploit kit, which attempted to exploit a specific vulnerability in the visitors’ Internet Explorer browser.

The vulnerability in question has been patched last year, so users who keep their IE updated were not harmed. But those who didn’t were saddled with a variant of the relatively new and unsophisticated Kovter malware – ransomware that uses information taken from the users’ browser history to persuade them to pay up.

Google has been notified of the campaign, and has likely by now put a stop to it.

“But if there is one thing users should learn from this particular example, is that keeping their software updated is a great way to minimize the risk of their computers being compromised by generic malware,” said Dhanya Thakkar, Managing Director, India & SEA, Trend Micro.

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2 Easy steps to combat POODLE attack (SSL 3.0 website bug)

Poodle Attack

There is a new vulnerability discovered called POODLE. Websites using SSL certificates which makes use of SSL V3 protocol are affected. For the end user it means websites where one sees the green color lock symbol in the address bar ( secured websites where data is encrypted and sent over secured layer, generally bank transactions) which uses SSL v3 are at risk. A team in Google has discovered this bug, where an hacker could read the data which is sent in plain text under SSL V3.

How to fix or protect yourself from POODLE attack?

Server side

You can check if a given website is affected by checking if it uses SSL V3 protocol by using this tool by Qualsys SSL labs. If yes, It has to be made retired by allowing only TLS 1.0 and above.

Client side

You can adjust your settings in browsers by directing it to use only TLS v1.0 and above protocols. That could automatically disable you from exposing to SSL V3.0 where it is vulnerable to POODLE attack. You can follow these steps and adjust following settings on your preferred browsers.

Google Chrome
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Mozilla Firefox
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Internet Explorer
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Update 1 : Twitter has retired SSL v3 protocol server side.

Update 2: Firefox 34 has removed support for SSL3 to combat poodle attack.

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Xolo Hive 8X-1000 Hands on + Unboxing

The all new Xolo 8x-1000
The all new Xolo 8x-1000

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Hello readers, We got a chance to test out the all new Xolo device. The New Xolo 8x-1000 runs on latest android KitKat.The body of the device is attractive. The Glassy finish at the back side of the body catches everyone’s eye. I should give credits to the way XOLO has been packaged. The thin box splashing the XOLO logo, accessories coming in a stick like box.

We have captured the unboxing of this beautiful device in this video. Do watch!

We are writing a dedicated post on the Xolo’s hive UI in our next article. Stay tuned!

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