Saturday, April 14, 2018

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The Privacy War

We all are aware of the latest Facebook privacy concern that took the world by storm. Facebook currently is facing a probe on it. While Facebook might not to be blamed completely it is definitely not an issue to ignore.
With tech giants eager to promote user experience and also to sell ads, are they crossing the line in tracking user behaviour.
When it comes to Android vs iOS, iOS does not allow developers to access too sensitive data from your phone whereas Android is more liberal on that front in the sense that developers can just by adding a simple permission in their apps can access almost all the data stored on your android device.
There are of course pros and cons of both the approach taken by two big giants, for example some apps in iOS does not work as seamlessly in iOS as in Android due to these restrictions, but the former is more respected for its privacy centric policy by users while the latter is popular for its competitive price and glossy features.

Android is definitely losing this battle of trust among its users, but are we ready for sacrificing some features that android has to offer in exchange for more secure environment, consider for example truecaller's real time caller id feature (not feasible on iOS), it is a very good example to give a contrast between the security vs user-experience debate.

The world is getting more privacy savvy and security concerned. The core problem is that today people generate and store a vast amount of data on their phone such as financial data and saved passwords, in such situation just one bad app is enough to cause a great damage to peoples lives.

With more stronger privacy law, say for example GDPR, being coming into force all over, it is interesting to see how much of this trade-off is too much.

There has to be a revolutionary invention in the field of cyber security to address these issues and end the debate.

At the same time it is also important that tech companies do not collect too much data from users' devices, after all people are willing to sacrifice some user experience in favour of security. Apple is perhaps the best example. Inspite of its restrictive policy for developers iOS apps are as good as or sometimes even better than Android.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL specs, features and launch date

Disclaimer: The following article is derived from different media reports and leaks, it might not be accurate.

Microsoft is expected to launch its new flagship devices Lumia 950 and 950 XL on 6th October.

Lumia 950 is the smaller version, with a 5.2in screen, where as 950 XL is 5.7in. Both supports QHD (1440x2560) OLED display, other specifications includes 3GB RAM, up to 32GB internal storage, a 5MP front camera, and a 20MP  rear camera.

The 950 XL sports a Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa core processor and 3300mAh battery. The 950, on the other hand, has a Snapdragon 808 64-bit Hexa-core processor and 3000mAh battery.

Both feature a USB Type-C port, Qi wireless charging capabilities and expandable storage via MicroSD slots. The phones is expected to feature an iris scanner for Windows Hello - the password-free sign-in service that is unique to Windows 10.

Another Windows 10 feature the devices look set to support is Continuum. By connecting to a small adapter, the 950 and 950 XL will be able to work with a monitor, mouse and keyboard, essentially turning them into mini-PCs.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow set to rollout on October 5

Google to rollout Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Monday October 5 to both Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. 

Also on Tuesday, September 29th, Google will most likely announce its two new Nexus devices, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Malicious XCode (XCode ghost) attacks Appstore

XcodeGhost is a new iOS malware that arose from malicious versions of Xcode, Apple's tool for developing iOS and OS X apps. Chinese developers unknowingly compiled iOS apps using the modified Xcode IDE and distributed those infected apps through the App Store.

Apple advises that users should update the affected apps to fix the issue, noting that if a listed app is available on the App Store right now, it has already been updated. Apps not available are marked explicitly.

  • Encounter - Local Chatting Tool 
  • China Unicom Customer Service (Not available)
  • CarrotFantasy 2: Daily Battle (Not Available) 
  • Miraculous Warmth 
  • Call Me MT 2 - Multi-server version 
  • Heroes of Order & Chaos (Not Available) 
  • Dark Dawn - Under the Icing City (Not Available) 
  • I Like Being With You (Not Available) 
  • Himalaya FM
  • CarrotFantasy (Not Available) 
  • Flush HD 
  • Angry Birds 2 (Not Available) 
  • Baidu Music
  • DuoDuo Ringtone 
  • NetEase Music
  • WeChat 
  • DiDi Taxi 
  • 58 Classified - Job, Used Cars, Rent 
  • Gaode Map - Driving and Public Transportation 
  • Railroad 12306 
  • Flush 
  • Foreign Harbor (Not Available) 
  • Battle of Freedom 
  • One Piece - Embark (Not Available) 
  • Let’s Cook - Receipes 

This is not an exhaustive list and Apple is working hard to detect other compromised apps.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Chinese phone maker Phicomm to enter India with "Passion 660"

Chinese phone maker Phicomm to debut in India on 3rd June 2015. 
The name of the first phone to be launched by the company is Passion 660. Stay tuned for further updates

Friday, May 15, 2015

Apple iPhone 6S to feature Beats audio,12 MP camera

If rumours are to be believed apple is going to unveil the upgraded version of its iPhone 6, in September with integrated beats audio technology.
Apart from the beats audio hardware support, also expect to experience beats music streaming on your iPhone, this september at WWDC
The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6C are also believed to feature a 12 MP camera. Its been a while since apple has done too much to its camera since iPhone 4.
Apart from upgrading camera to 12 MP it is also expected that the iPhone 6s camera will feature more advanced sensors, smaller pixels as compared to the current larger pixels.
The acquisition of LinX Imaging also suggests DSLR like features to be heading towards iPhone 6S and 6C. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Android Lollipop 5.1 Update: New Features Highlight

After a few minor tweaks and fixes, the Android 5.1 Lollipop brings a series of new features, major improvements and much more to all Android smartphones and other android devices. The first to get the Android 5.1 Lollipop update are Google’s devices Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9. It is still unclear which devices will follow, since many handsets have yet to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

Multiple SIM Cards
For Google, support for more than one SIM card is extremely important for Android One markets. It does not matter if you want to share your Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 with friends, family or colleagues, or be able to better manage your own mobile costs, the Android 5.1 Lollipop update makes that possible. If the device has more than one SIM slot, Android 5.1 Lollipop lets you use multiple SIM cards.

Device Protection
Device Protection makes its debut in Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new feature for the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and other Android devices is the answer to Apple’s feature Activation Lock. It is an anti theft idea, which keeps your stolen or lost device locked until you sign in using a Google account. It practically makes the phone useless to the one who gets it; no matter if he/she tries to factory reset the device.

High Definition Voice
To improve the quality of voice calls, Google has made High Definition voice calling available. However, this feature will work only if both of you and the recipient have the option for High Definition voice calling. In other words, it works only for users of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the moment and every Android phone that will get the Android 5.1 Lollipop update.

Status Screen
Apart from software improvements, Google has also made some cosmetic fixes to the user interface. From now on, when you go to Settings > About > Status Screen, you will no longer be greeted with long lists of information fields. Instead, Google has blended those lists into one smaller list with subsections for SIM and IMEI.

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