CES 2018 Day 1, Meltdown and Spectre safety measures, Airtel’s revised tariff plan and more: Daily News Wrap

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Published: January 8, 2018 11:24 PM IST

Today was eventful with Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) kicking off in full swing. Airtel also made the day interesting by revising its tariff plans to counter Reliance Jio. Companies like Apple, Microsoft and Intel revealed what they are doing about the recently observed Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability. Additionally, Honor today announced its plans to reveal a new quad-camera device in India by the month-end. Here’s a summary of the day’s top stories.

CES 2018: Day 1

From Belkin’s series of power banks and wireless charging accessories to Sony’s three new smartphones (Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2) being unveiled at the event, the day was quite eventful. We say digital assistants making a special place for themselves with Alexa being announced to be integrated to some of the future Windows 10 PCs, and Amazon announcing extending support to more home appliance like microwaves and over. We saw a bunch of laptops being showcased at the event, which somewhat put the debate on the future of the laptops to a rest. Another category that saw some interesting product launches was TVs. Samsung launched a giant 146-inch TV called the ‘The Wall‘, while LG unveiled a 66-inch TV that can be rolled up like a high-tech paper.

Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre are two of the most critical CPU bugs ever discovered by security researchers. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, AMD, among others are now actively working against it. Intel is at the center of this security flaw with Meltdown affecting all of its chipsets manufactured over the past twenty years. The company said that it has developed software patches to mitigate the risk and will be rolled out across platforms in the coming weeks.

Microsoft also confirmed that it started patching its operating system against Meltdown vulnerability in November last year, and said that Windows 10 is being mitigated against Meltdown with automatic updates, while other OS users will need to manually update their systems with latest security patch.

Meanwhile, Apple also also assured that it has patched iOS, macOS and tvOS against Meltdown with the latest update. It has also confirmed that Safari will get an update to prevent against the problem.

Airtel revises tariff plans

Airtel has updated its Rs 448 and Rs 509 tariff plan with more validity and data that counters Jio’s latest tariff plan. With a recharge of Rs 448, Airtel prepaid subscribers will now get 1GB data per day for 82 days, meaning a total of 82GB 4G data. With recharge of Rs 509, Airtel is now increasing the validity from 84 days to 91 days. The plan offers 1GB data per day and users will get 91GB of data.

Honor quad-camera smartphone

Honor today announced that it will launch a new quad-camera device by end of this month. Honor also assures that it will place the smartphone in an affordable category. The upcoming Honor smartphone will be the second device from the company with four cameras, the first ever being the Honor 9i.

Additionally, the Honor View10 smartphone too went on sale in India today with a price tag of Rs 29,999. It is currently available on Amazon India with a bunch of launch day offers.

  • Published Date: January 8, 2018 11:24 PM IST