US authorities capture terror suspect through widespread cellphone alert

By on September 21, 2016 at 6:00 AM.

US authorities capture terror suspect through widespread cellphone alert

US authorities used a cellphone alert to ask millions of New Yorkers to help nab a 28-year-old naturalized American citizen of Afghan descent who was wanted for the weekend bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey. The nation's Wireless Emergency Alerts system was deployed which is believed for the first time ever to issue an alert relating to a terror investigation, very different from the usual weather or abducted children advisory. Cellphones were blared with the cacophonous tone of an emergency alert yesterday at around 8.00AM and its content caught New Yorkers by surprise. The alert, received by millions on their phones nearly at the same time, was an electronic “wanted poster” which read “WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen”. More →
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Chinese smartphone maker nubia to launch new smartphones in India

By on September 20, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Chinese smartphone maker nubia to launch new smartphones in India

Chinese smartphone maker nubia is said to launch a new and innovative series of smartphones soon in India. The new smartphones will come with a patented Frame interactive Technology (FiT). A revolutionary smartphone interactive technology, FiT allows users to re-imagine the way they control mobile devices, bringing endless interactive freedom, industry sources said. The smartphones will have DSLR-like photography system "Neovision 6.0" for a better shooting experience. The front camera will come with an in-built flash technology and nubia will integrate smartphone photo-shooting functions including the electronic aperture, slow shutter and live bulb exposure. More →
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Smartphone app Girl Talk helps teenage girls with sexual health

By on September 10, 2016 at 7:00 AM.

Smartphone app Girl Talk helps teenage girls with sexual health

According to a new study, smartphones have been found to be more effective in providing information to teenage girls about sexual health than traditional methods. For their research, published in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Brayboy and her team recruited 39 girls aged 12 to 17 to participate in a two-phase prospective study. In phase one, 22 girls assessed a sexual health questionnaire in focus groups. In phase two, 17 girls used the Girl Talk application for two weeks and answered the revised sexual health questionnaire and interview questions before and after the application use. More →
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Smartphones can steal sensitive data from 3D printers: Study

By on September 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM.

Smartphones can steal sensitive data from 3D printers: Study

A new study says that sophisticated gadgetry in smartphones makes them ideal tools to steal sensitive data from 3D printers. A new University at Buffalo study explores security vulnerabilities of 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing. Analysts say that it will become a multibillion-dollar industry employed to build everything from rocket engines to heart valves. Many 3D printers have features, such as encryption and watermarks, designed to foil such incursions. The researchers programmed a common smartphone's built-in sensors to measure electromagnetic energy and acoustic waves that emanate from 3D printers. These sensors can infer the location of the print nozzle as it moves to create the three-dimensional object being printed. More →
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After UPI’s success, NPCI to file patent on Unified Payment Interface technology

By on September 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

After UPI’s success, NPCI to file patent on Unified Payment Interface technology

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is all set to file a patent application for its latest interoperable payment system, following the success of the United Payment Interface (UPI), an official said. At present, the filing has been done with the patent authorities in the country which is valid for a few more countries, the official said, adding it may take up to two years to receive the final patent. After launching the UPI first this April at the hands of the then Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan, the central-bank curated Corporation went live with the UPI integrated with 21 banks last month. More →
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These Kerala students found more use of phones than we know, they were using it to smuggle drugs

By on September 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM.

These Kerala students found more use of phones than we know, they were using it to smuggle drugs

Genius or dunce, we aren’t sure, but these Kerala students’ idea is worth talking about! In the Idukki district of Kerala, three college students were recently arrested after they were found to be carrying marijuana in their phones. People have been smuggling drugs in all sorts of bizarre ways, but the trick to sneak it through the phones may be the first. At least the first to have been caught and noticed. Reportedly, these three students were hiding marijuana inside their phones, at the back of the battery. More →
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Andhra Pradesh government to distribute free smartphones to students

By on September 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM.

Andhra Pradesh government to distribute free smartphones to students

The government of Andhra Pradesh has devised a new plan to boost its Digital Andhra Pradesh project. The state government has come up with a new proposal to distribute smartphones to students which will be free of cost. In its efforts to develop Digital Andhra Pradesh, the state government terms this move as an "incentive for innovation.” The government intends to involve students in spreading "digital literacy" and simultaneously come up with various innovations. A proposal to incentivize the students by giving them free smartphones was mooted at the state Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Interestingly, the Telugu Desam Party government is yet to deliver the free mobile phones it had promised to women on the eve of the 2014 elections. More →
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Akhilesh Yadav announces free distribution of ‘Samajwadi smartphones’ in Uttar Pradesh

By on September 6, 2016 at 9:25 AM.

Akhilesh Yadav announces free distribution of ‘Samajwadi smartphones’ in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced that his government will soon begin the 'Samajwadi Smartphone Scheme', wherein it will distribute free smartphones. This initiative, Yadav says, is for the "benefit of all sections of the society." According to an official, the Samajwadi smartphone would be equipped with latest modern technology and would have all facilities of a smartphone, a detailed unified application, which would have audio, video and textual information about the state government. More →
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Smartphone apps account for 5 percent time Americans spend online

By on September 4, 2016 at 11:15 AM.

Smartphone apps account for 5 percent time Americans spend online

Another major digital media milestone was reached this July. Smartphone apps, which have been playing an increasingly important role in consumers’ digital lives over the past several years, now account for more than half of all Americans’ time spent online. While the smartphone app has been the most important access vehicle to the internet for some time, growing its share to a point where it now eclipses all other digital media platforms combined speaks to just how central to our lives the smartphone has become. Out of the total time spent online, users in the US spend half the time on smartphone applications and if the tablet applications are added into the mix, the figure rises to nearly 60 percent, a new report said. "The results are a testament to people's increasing reliance on native mobile applications to deliver us the information we need, as well as the entertainment and distractions we crave -- things we used to turn to the web for, in previous years," Tech Crunch quoted the report by the US-based analytics company comScore.  More →
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Researchers find vulnerabilities in car-smartphone communicating system MirrorLink

By on September 2, 2016 at 5:02 PM.

Researchers find vulnerabilities in car-smartphone communicating system MirrorLink

A group of researchers from Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, for the first time, have found vulnerabilities in MirrorLink, a system that allows vehicles to communicate with smartphones. MirrorLink, created by the Connected Car Consortium that represents 80 percent of the world's automakers, is the first and leading industry standard for connecting smartphones to in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. According to the researchers today's automobiles leave the factory with prototype software features that are disabled but can be unlocked by clever drivers. Some automakers disable it because they chose a different smartphone-to-IVI standard or because the version of MirrorLink in their vehicles is a prototype that can be activated later, the researchers said in a university statement. More →
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