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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating camera launched in India, price starts at Rs. 47,990

Samsung Galaxy A80

South Korean smartphone maker Samsung announced the seventh smartphone of Galaxy A-series Galaxy A80 in the Indian market. Earlier, the company launched a series of smartphones from the Galaxy A-line, but not all phones are the same in key features and camera mechanisms.

Galaxy A80 is totally different from the other A-series devices as it has a rotating camera system with an image sensor of 48-megapixel working for triple rear camera setup. The other camera used on this phone is an Ultra-Wide snapper consisting 8MP sensor.

About two days ago, Galaxy A40 received Samsung Pay app with the latest firmware update, but A80 is equipped with military-grade Knox security payment-enabled app (Samsung Pay) that allows its users to make transactions over a secure connection, Samsung claims.

The handset features 6.7-inch FHD+ infinity super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. Weights 220grams, it has 165.2 height, 76.5 mm width and 9.3 mm thickness. The phone is available in three color options, such as Ghost White, Phantom Black, and Angel Gold.

The Galaxy A80 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile platform clocked at 2.2 GHz speed and it runs on Android pie operating system. Priced at Rs. 47,990, the smartphone has 8GB RAM/128GB internal storage option, which can not expand via a microSD card, as the phone does not have a dedicated card slot for memory expension.

Users interested in purchasing the Galaxy A80 can place a pre-booked order from July 22nd to July 31st with one-time screen replacement offer offered by the Samsung for pre-booking orders. In case the customer chooses to pay via Citibank credit cards will get 5% cashback.

The Galaxy A80 will be available for open sale in the country starting August 1. It will be launched via online channels, retail and e-retail stores, and Samsung online shop.


Tiktok and Helo are being used for anti-national activities in India, says SJM

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Short video sharing social platform TikTok and a San Francisco-based app Helo has been asked to answer 24 questions received along with a notice issued by the Government of India over anti-national activities allegedly carried out in the country by the said apps, reports Gadgets 360.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has received a complaint filed by Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), an affiliate of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in which it states that TikTok and Helo are being used for anti-national activities in the country.

In response to the notice issued by the MeitY, the platforms in the question, however, have jointly said in a statement that they will invest $1 billion to develop technology infrastructure in the next three years in order to prevent such activities, the report reads.

Following the complaints submitted by SJM, the executive agency of the central government MeitY has sought an appropriate response from TikTok and Helo by 22 July. If the government does not receive an appropriate response to the notice within a given time, both apps will be banned in the country, according to the report.

TikTok, the Chinese internet company ByteDance-owned app, was previously banned by the Madras High Court for circulating pornographic videos on its platform, but the app was restored soon after being removed from the app stores.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Xiaomi Redmi K20, K20 Pro launched in India; read phone highlights, price & specs

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Chinese smart device manufacturer Xiaomi has launched two new smartphones belonging to the K20-series in the Indian market, with premium flagship concepts like Asus 6z, Galaxy A70, Oppo F11 Pro, Poco F1, and of-course other handsets launched in the country under Rs. 20,000 - 30,000.

The smartphone in question has already been released in China around May 18 i.e., 8 weeks and 4 days ago. According to maths, 1,440 hours have passed since the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro were launched in China with various storage variants and color options.

Both hands are around the corners to get listed for sale via e-commerce giant Flipkart website as well as Redmi's Indian e-store. Redmi K20 pro with 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage is priced at Rs. 27,999, while the 8GB/256GB model will be sold to Indian customers at Rs. 30,999. Redmi K20, on the other hand, will be available for purchase at Rs. 21,999 for 6GB/64GB storage version, and the high-end phone of K20 with 6GB/128GB storage has been brought to the Indian market for Rs. 23,999.

But wait! Smartphones are currently not available for sale in the country and will be officially live for open-sale starting July 22. In other words, you have to wait for the next 4.5 days to get this deal done with possibly available cashback discounts offered by the banks when choosing their specified payment method under certain T&C.

Both devices are equipped with the Android operating system, but the pro model uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chipset powers the Redmi k20. It features 16.23cm (6.39) AMOLED FHD+ Horizon display with a screen resolution of 2340x1080.

K20 sports 48 MP + 13 MP + 8 MP triple primary cameras with a 20MP pop-up selfie shooter. The high-end model, k20 pro has 48 MP + 13 MP + 8 MP triple camera setup and its front camera comes with the same image sensor as the K20, i.e., 20-megapixel with F2.2 physical aperture.

The batteries used in both phones is a lithium-ion polymer-powered battery with a power capacity of 4000mAh. Since the battery uses fast charging technology, it can be charged in as little as 30 minutes, up to 55 - 60%.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Critical security vulnerability discovered in Wordpress Ad Inserter plugin

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Last month, Alert Logic security experts found a bug in a widely used WordPress plugin WP live chat that was fixed immediately after an alert. But this month, July 12, Threat Intelligence team at Wordfence discovered a security weakness that was residing inside a popular WordPress plugin Ad Inserter.

This bug allowed authenticated users (registered with an affected site as low as subscriber) to execute arbitrary PHP code remotely on the websites using the ad management tool Ad inserter. Users are requested to update the said plugin to the never version released 3-days ago after the bug was patched by the plugin developers.

For those who do not know about the Ad Inserter plugin, it is a tool developed for Wordpress software that allows a publisher to manage Google Adsense ads and other types of ads on ad inserter plugin-installed-websites.

The discovered bug (now patched), allows an attacker to add malicious variables to the site's URL and poses a security risk for personal data leaks of an admin managing the affected Wordpress site. Since the flaw has been fixed, plugin developers claim that the latest version 2.4.22 has the ability to prevent such attacks.


Amazfit GTR smartwatch with AMOLED display, 42mm launched for ¥799 in China

Amazfit GTR smartwatch

Huami, a biometric and smart wearable manufacturer backed by Xiaomi, announced on Weibo, China's microblogging website, that it has launched two smart wearable Amazfit GTR devices in China for CNY799 (roughly Rs 7,950) and CNY1399 / Rs 13,900 approx.) respectively.

The Amazfit GTR smartwatches sport stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium case options with 42mm and 47mm dial size. The wearable in the talk comes with a wide range of features, including NFC support for UnionPay payments, 24-hours Bio-tracker with uninterrupted accurate heart rate monitoring capabilities, 50-meter water resistance and more.

As stated in the company's report, Amazfit GTR smartwatch of 47mm aluminum alloy and stainless steel version is priced at CYN999, while another version of 47mm titanium is priced at CYN1399. The standard variant of 42mm is priced at CYN799 and the top-end model is set to be sold at CYN999.

The screens of both devices come in color AMOLED display with 326PPI pixel density and are protected with an anti-scratch material corning gorilla glass 3. The lightweight wearable with 47mm has 1.39-inches screen size, while and 42mm model features 1.2-inches screen size.

Both 47mm and 42mm devices have been launched with space-based satellite navigation system GLONASS, a sensor for measuring air pressure, capacitive sensor, 3-axial geomagnetic sensor, sleep analyzer with 24X7 optimized health monitoring tools. Apart from this, Amazfit GTR is compatible with Android 5.0+, iOS 10.0+, making the wearable fully supported by both operating systems.

Weights 36g, and 25.5g, Amazfit GTR 47mm battery runs for up to 74-days (when using normally) which comes with a power capacity of 410mAh. Huami's GTR 42mm, on the other hand, sports 195mAh lithium polymer battery which runs for up to 34-days when getting stick to normal usage.

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Google to drop support for Android and iOS AdSense mobile apps

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Google said that its Android and iOS AdSense mobile apps will be discontinued at the end of this year. The search giant confirmed in a blog post on Monday, July 15 that its new decision will allow AdSense audiences to get the most out of the mobile web interface instead of accessing AdSense statistics via Android and iOS mobile apps.

For those who not aware of AdSense, it is a program launched in 2003 by Google that allows publishers to monetize their contents by offering Google ads to the site visitors. However, as part of responsive web design, the US multinational technology company is terminating the Adsense mobile apps, allowing publishers to check account statistics via the mobile web interface, the Inside AdSense report reads.

As stated in the report, Google has confirmed that 70% of AdSense audiences experience the web on mobile devices. To make the interface much better and mobile compatible, the company has decided to focus on "mobile web interface" rather than keeping its apps there for the Adsense associated audiences.

AdSense currently operates a desktop version of the site for audiences to perform daily activities such as creating ad units and viewing reports. But by implementing a new interface, Adsense users will be redirected to the mobile version URL of the AdSense site, English TechLekhak has learned.

Future web interfaces will have new features than apps. Both Android and iOS apps will become unavailable for download by the end of 2019, says AdSense product manager Andrew Gildfind.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Instagram vulnerability could have allowed an attacker to remotely hack your account


Laxman Muthiyah, an Indian bug bounty hunter has recently discovered a security vulnerability in Instagram that could have allowed an attacker to hack any Instagram account by sending 1000 brute force requests from different IPs.

As a security measure, sending a number of malicious requests to the servers could block login attempts, therefore, the bug bounty hunter sent around 1000 requests from different IPS, and surprisingly, 250 of them went through and the rest 750 requests were rate limited.

At the time of writing this story, the security vulnerability was reported to Facebook for immediate fixes, and Laxman received a reward of $30,000 as part of the Bug bounty program. The program Bug bounty, allows a user to spot and report security weaknesses under certain disclosure policies.

The account takeover mechanism used in this test was "Instagram forgot password endpoint" performed via the web interface, but he said all attempts went unsuccessful as there were no bugs found during the process.

According to the report, the flaw existed inside Instagram's "mobile recovery system" which allows a user to recover "forgot password" via a 6 digit passcode sent to a registered mobile number, if available. Trying all the one million codes on the verify-code endpoint, an attacker could have changed account password without a user's consent, the report reads.

Race Hazard and IP rotation allowed the Bug Bounty hunter to bypass the verification mechanism and rate of traffic. Rate limiting is a DDoS prevention mechanism that controls the rate of traffic within the specific period of time the traffic is sent/received by the network.







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