Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

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Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Earlier this week, a report citing an Indian Air Force (IAF) circular about Xiaomi smartphones being a security threat and banning its use by staffers and their immediate family, created quite a flutter. The circular had called upon an old F-Secure finding that Xiaomi smartphones send data to servers based in China - an accusation Xiaomi had categorically denied and followed it by rolling out a software patch that asked for user's permission to send data to Xiaomi's servers for some of its add-on services to work. However, the point IAF is currently missing is that security threat of snooping or loss of data isn't limited to a particular brand of smartphones but affects every smartphone that is connected to the Internet. More →
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5 tips to keep in mind while shopping online

By on October 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM.

5 tips to keep in mind while shopping online

With e-commerce sites picking up steam and challenging regular brick and mortar stores like never before, it is all but too easy to fall for some of the common traps. As a rule of thumb, if anything seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some of the things I recommend buyers to keep in mind before shopping on e-commerce websites. More →
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Apple has developed a custom SIM card for the iPad Air 2 but it won’t work in India

By on October 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

Apple has developed a custom SIM card for the iPad Air 2 but it won’t work in India

One of the biggest new features of the iPad Air 2 that Apple didn't reveal on stage is a custom nano-SIM card that Apple has developed. The SIM card lets users jump between carriers without having to replace SIM cards. They can simply select the carrier from whom they want a short-term data plan and can even switch carriers later, if they want. Apple has tied up with major US carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint as well as some carriers in the UK. This will come handy especially when the user is traveling internationally, as they can simply choose a carrier and data plan without having to go to a store and get a new SIM card. This facility, however, won't work in India. More →
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LIVE

Apple iPad launch event live blog: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 expected

By on October 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM.

Apple iPad launch event live blog: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 expected

We are hours away from Apple’s event, where it is widely expected to announce the new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, new Mac mini, and Retina iMacs. On the software front, Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 update as well. Much of the focus though will be on the new iPads, and numerous leaks have already given us a fair idea of what they can offer. A subtle redesign, new internals, and TouchID sensors are some of the things we can expect from the new iPads. Here is everything we know so far about the iPad Air 2. Apple is streaming the live and here are the details on how you can watch it. Apple’s iPad event kicks off at 10:30PM IST, hit the break to enjoy our live coverage!  More →
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Opinion

Google’s Nexus 6 should have Samsung worried

By on October 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM.

Google’s Nexus 6 should have Samsung worried

Google today finally unveiled the Nexus 6 via a blog post rather than holding an event for the three devices (the other two being the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player) and Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Android. The Motorola built Nexus 6 is a departure from earlier Nexus smartphone by having cutting edge hardware specifications. Till now Nexus smartphones were more about pure Android experience for developers and tech savvy users but with the Nexus 6 Google is aiming at a flagship smartphone that would entice even regular users looking for a high-end smartphone. In the US, the Nexus 6 is priced at $650 before taxes and we can expect it to be launched in India around Rs 45,000. More →
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Opinion

Galaxy Note 4 launched at Rs 58,300 highlights Samsung’s misplaced priorities in the Indian smartphone market

By on October 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM.

Galaxy Note 4 launched at Rs 58,300 highlights Samsung’s misplaced priorities in the Indian smartphone market

Samsung today launched the Galaxy Note 4 in India at a whopping Rs 58,300. Loaded with top class hardware like a 2K display, a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and the latest and fastest processors available in the market, the Galaxy Note 4 not only screams of being the best Android smartphone money can buy but also highlights Samsung's misplaced priorities in the Indian smartphone market. More →
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Amazon reportedly in talks to acquire Jabong to take on Flipkart’s Myntra acquisition

By on October 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Amazon reportedly in talks to acquire Jabong to take on Flipkart’s Myntra acquisition

The rivalry between Amazon and Flipkart to be India's numero uno online retailer is set to heat up even more. Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire online fashion store Jabong. The talks are in preliminary stages right now, Economic Times reports. Earlier, Flipkart had acquired Myntra in excess of $300 million. More →
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Amazon Diwali Dhamaka sale flops as site crashes, no deals visible [Update]

By on October 10, 2014 at 7:46 AM.

Amazon Diwali Dhamaka sale flops as site crashes, no deals visible [Update]

After Flipkart’s Billion Day sale, it is now Amazon India that is facing the ire of customers as its pre-Diwali sale started on the wrong footing. Amazon had publicized its Diwali Dhamaka sale that went live an hour ago but many users have been unable to access the site while others have been in unable to see any deals. Update: Amazon India has issued a statement, addressing buyer's complaints.   More →
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Mark Zuckerberg’s double standards: Facebook muzzles Indian media during Zuck’s India visit

By on October 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM.

Mark Zuckerberg’s double standards: Facebook muzzles Indian media during Zuck’s India visit

Facebook co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg's India visit might all be about connecting the unconnected and the need for transparent communication, but it seems Zuckerberg isn't quite comfortable when it comes to walking the talk. More →
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Hands On

HTC RE hands-on and first impressions

By on October 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM.

HTC RE hands-on and first impressions

It could very well pass on as a smoking pipe or an inhaler or like I imagine a pipe from where Mario could emerge any moment. But spend some time with HTC's first stand-alone camera contraption and it is hard not to crave for it. Called RE, HTC is hoping to capture an untapped market - one that consists of users who want a handy camera that can fit into their pockets, take pictures and shoot videos hasslefree, and probably even accompany them to a day at the beach or the swimming pool. With RE, HTC just doesn't want you to reimagine the company but also how you use your camera. I have been playing around with the HTC RE for the past few hours and here are my first impressions. More →
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