Jio tariff update, Nokia 6 (2018) launch, Meltdown vulnerability, and more: Daily News Wrap

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  • Updated: January 5, 2018 9:46 PM IST

While computer researchers are going through a meltdown with latest security bugs, Jio has once again updated its tariff plan. With its revised plan, Reliance Jio now offers 1GB data per day for just Rs 149, the lowest tariff yet in the industry. Meanwhile, More confirmation came forward around the impact of the Meltdown security flaw. Apple has confirmed that it affects all Mac and iOS devices making Meltdown the worst CPU bug ever.

HMD Global, the new home of the Nokia smartphone brand, has launched the 2018 version of Nokia 6 with updated specifications and minor redesign. The OnePlus 5T now has a new color option that brings back memories of the original OnePlus One. Uber has confirmed that there aren’t any major implications of an Android malware that disguises itself as the Uber app on the Google Play Store. Also, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick is set to become a billionaire in literal terms. Here is a rundown of today’s tech news.

Jio tariff update

The ongoing tariff battle between Reliance Jio and incumbents is set to intensify further with Reliance Jio’s revised tariff plan. Jio has announced Happy New Year 2018 offer where the telecom service provider led by India’s richest person is offering 1GB data per day for Rs 149. This is the lowest price yet on data benefit of 1GB per day and sets a new precedent for the telecom industry.

Reliance Jio has also updated its other tariff plans with a discount of Rs 50. The flagship Rs 399 plan now offers 1GB data per day for 84 days as opposed to 70 days validity it currently offers. Reliance Jio has also announced plans with 1.5GB data per day at a starting price of Rs 198. The new plans will go into effect starting January 9, 2018. The company says this is the first announcement for the year and will “bring unprecedented value to all Jio customers.”

Apple confirms all Mac and iOS devices affected by Meltdown

Intel confirmed Meltdown, a security flaw capable of exploiting low-level kernel information yesterday. Today, Apple confirmed that Meltdown affects all Mac and iOS devices but there are no known exploits impacting customers just yet.

In order to exploit the flaw, an attacker needs to infiltrate the system through an app with malicious code. Apple says Mac and iOS users must refrain from downloading apps distributed through unknown sources. It also says an interim patch for Meltdown has been rolled out with iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2 updates.

Android malware disguised as Uber

Android might be the most widely used mobile operating system in the world but its open-source leaves a lot of holes for malicious applications to breach the system. A new malware disguised as Uber has been found infiltrating Android.

Uber users are under threat but the ride-hailing company told BGR India that its Android app users are not under direct threat. An Uber spokesperson says users should download apps only from trusted sources like the Play Store and added that the Uber app includes security controls to ensure that such malware don’t penetrate the main app. Whether Uber or not, it is always advisable to download apps only from trusted sources.

Uber co-founder plans to cashout

In other Uber news, Travis Kalanick, the visionary co-founder of the ride-hailing platform plans to cash out from the company. Kalanick has reportedly expressed desire to sell 29 percent of his stake to Japan’s Softbank further consolidating his position in the company.

2017 was a disastrous year for both Kalanick and Uber with the company disclosing the data breach it concealed from authorities and Kalanick’s own personal behavior jeopardising company’s proposed IPO plan. With the transfer of his shares to Softbank, Kalanick will have limited power in the board as Uber’s new CEO Khosrowshahi tries to bring stability and good governance in the organization.

Nokia 6 (2018) launched

HMD Global, the Finnish startup with license to sell Nokia-branded smartphones, has launched a revised version of its mid-range Nokia 6 smartphone. The new Nokia 6 (2018) doesn’t trim down on bezels but relocates the fingerprint sensor to the back. HMD Global is also offering better specifications to boot than it did last year.

The Nokia 6 (2018) features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, option for 32GB or 64GB storage and is using Snapdragon 630 mobile chipset. This is a major improvement considering the first generation Nokia 6 used a Snapdragon 430 chipset. It features a 16-megapixel camera at the back and an 8-megapixel camera up front. There is a 3,000mAh battery under the hood and the smartphone runs Android 7.1 Nougat with promised upgrade to Oreo. There is no word on its pricing or India launch just yet.

OnePlus 5T Sandstone White variant launched

OnePlus 5T now comes in one more color option. The Chinese smartphone maker officially launched OnePlus 5T Sandstone White today that seems like the Star Wars Limited Edition model sans the branding. It features the sandstone textured finish that was one of the most liked feature on the original OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 smartphones.

Under the skin, OnePlus 5T features same 6-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 835 chipset but comes in only 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option. It is priced at $599 (approximately Rs 38,000) and looks beautiful to say the least.

Microsoft Xbox One X to launch in India later this month

Microsoft confirmed that its Xbox consoles are not affected by the Meltdown security flaw and reports indicate that the Xbox One X is set to launch in India this month. The Xbox One X is the most powerful console yet with peak power of 6 Teraflops and ability to playback 4K games natively.

The game console could be priced around Rs 44,990 and Microsoft is planning to sell it via Amazon India, Flipkart and other authorized retail chains across India. If you were dreaming of playing Forza Motorsport 7 in 4K at 60 frames per second then it will become reality this month.

  • Published Date: January 5, 2018 9:36 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 5, 2018 9:46 PM IST