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Similar to how Amitabh Bachchan’s profile was compromised, Sami’s profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Singer Adnan Sami’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked on Tuesday by Ayyildiz Tim, the same Turkish hacker group that attacked megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s microblogging page a day ago. Similar to how Bachchan’s profile was compromised, the group replaced Sami’s profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and changed the bio, adding “Ayyildiz Tim Love Pakistan” with an emoji of Pakistani and Turkish flags.

Sami previously held a Pakistani passport and received Indian citizenship in 2015. Late Monday night around 11:40pm IST, the same group hacked into Bachchan’s account, also tweeting the link of its ‘official’ Instagram page, though unverified, writing “We are waiting for your support.”

Bachchan’s page was restored within half-an-hour after the Mumbai Police alerted the cyber unit. The group had previously hacked Twitter accounts of actors Shahid Kapoor and Anupam Kher among others as well.

A spokesperson for Mumbai Police told PTI that they have informed the cyber-unit and the matter is being investigated. The cover photo of Bachchan’s account, which was subsequently deleted, showed the promo picture of the group with an eagle in flight – the same case as Adnan Sami’s account.

“This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyildiz Tim Turkish Cyber Army,” read the first tweet after the attack on Monday.

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Dropbox offers a range of enterprise software services and competes with companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Cloud storage provider Dropbox on Tuesday announced a major update of its core software that will pull together a variety of work-related tools into one spot, part of the company’s continued push to offer higher-profit services beyond raw storage space.

The company’s new “workspace,” announced at an event held in San Francisco, will let users create and share documents from Microsoft’s Office suite and Alphabet’s Google Docs from the main Dropbox window, as well as start conversations in services like Slack or Zoom Video Communications.

Dropbox, which started by charging for storage space, now has higher-priced plans for professional users that make more money off features like the ability to make the text in scanned documents searchable. The company also offers a range of business plans that give businesses more control of who can share which files.

In a statement, Dropbox Chief Executive Drew Houston said the new software was intended to let users work together on files without having to bounce between multiple windows.

“We’re focused on removing the friction from that experience, pulling everything together in a way that nobody has done before,” Houston said in the statement.

Started as a free service to consumers, Dropbox now offers a range of enterprise software services and competes with companies such as Google and Microsoft.

Last month, the company raised its full-year revenue outlook and reported better-than-expected results after adding more paying subscribers.

Between 2017 and 2018, the company went from 11 million paying users to 12.7 million, with revenue growing from $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,636 crores) to $1.4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,719 crores) over the same time.

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WhatsApp did not specify what sort of legal action it could take.

WhatsApp has threatened legal action against those who publicly claim the ability to abuse its messaging platform, after the emergence of a raft of companies advertising products to bypass usage restrictions.

A Reuters investigation found in May that WhatsApp clones and software tools were helping Indian digital marketers and political activists bypass anti-spam restrictions in the run-up to India’s general election.

Until now, WhatsApp has focused legal action on abuses for which it had found internal evidence.

However the Facebook-owned company said in a post titled “Unauthorised usage of WhatsApp” that from Dec. 7 it would take action even if an entity merely made public claims of an ability to abuse its platform.

The company said this “serves as notice that we will take legal action against companies” for such abuses. A WhatsApp spokeswoman did not specify what sort of legal action it could take.

Reuters in May reported WhatsApp was being misused ahead of India’s general election through the use of free clone apps and via a $14 (roughly Rs. 971) software tool that allowed users to automate delivery of bulk WhatsApp messages.

Tools purporting to bypass WhatsApp restrictions have also been advertised in videos and online forums aimed at users in Indonesia and Nigeria, both of which held elections this year.

Some firms in India also offered the chance to send bulk WhatsApp messages from anonymous numbers via a website, Reuters found.

Fighting spam has been a major issue for WhatsApp, especially in India, where it has more than 200 million users.

Last year, false messages circulating on WhatsApp sparked mob lynchings in India, following which the company restricted forwarding of a message to only five users.

WhatsApp said it will also continue banning accounts based on machine learning. WhatsApp says it blocks more than 2 million accounts per month worldwide for bulk or automated behaviour.

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Samsung M40 price in India is set at Rs. 19,990, and the handset will go on sale starting June 18.

Samsung M40 has officially been launched in India after a series of teasers and rumours. The new Galaxy M-series phone is set to go on sale starting June 18 with a competitive price tag of Rs. 19,990. Key highlights of the Samsung M40 include a full-HD+ Infinity-O Display, triple rear camera setup, and octa-core Snapdragon 675 SoC. The smartphone is also the first in its segment to sport a “screen sound” technology that enables the display panel to produce audio vibrations — without requiring a dedicated earpiece. The Samsung M40 makes the competition tougher for companies such as HMD Global, Realme, and Xiaomi that target customers with products priced under the Rs. 20,000 bracket in the country. Read on for more details about the Samsung Galaxy M40 price in India, availability details, and its specifications.

Samsung M40 price in India

The Samsung Galaxy M40 price in India is set at Rs. 19,990 for the sole 6GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. The handset will go on sale starting 12pm (noon) IST on June 18 through Amazon.in and the Samsung Online Shop. Moreover, it comes in Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue gradient colour options.

Launch offers on the Samsung Galaxy M40 include double data benefits for Reliance Jio subscribers recharging with Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 prepaid plans. Particularly on the Rs. 198 recharge, the Jio subscribers are touted to receive savings worth Rs. 3,110 over 10 recharges. Samsung Galaxy M40 customers on Vodafone and Idea would be entitled to receive cashback worth Rs. 3,750 on recharge of Rs. 255. The cashback will notably be available through recharge vouchers of Rs. 75 for up to 50 recharges. Further, the customers would get additional 0.5GB data per day for up to 18 months.

Airtel is also claimed to offer 100 percent additional data for a period of 10 months for its consumers purchasing the Samsung Galaxy M40. The consumers will get 4GB data per day on the Rs. 249 recharge that brings an additional 560GB data over 10 months. However, users on the Rs. 249 plan will receive 6GB data per day with a benefit of additional 840GB data over 10 months.

Notably, the Rs. 19,990 price of the Samsung Galaxy M40 brings it to the market that already has the top-end variants of the Realme 3 Pro ₹ 15,699 and Redmi Note 7 Pro ₹ 15,830 as well as the regular options of the Nokia 7.1 ₹ 14,350 and Poco F1. The South Korean company is targeting the new phone at “tech-savvy millennials and Gen Z” customers.

Samsung M40 specifications, features

The Samsung Galaxy M40 runs Android 9 Pie with One UI on top and features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ Infinity-O Display along with a contrast ratio of 1200:1, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and 480 nits of brightness. The display panel also sports the company’s screen sound technology that produces audio vibrations on the handset. Under the hood, the phone has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with Adreno 612 GPU and 6GB of RAM.

In terms of optics, the Samsuns Galaxy M40 has a triple rear camera setup that comprises a 32-megapixel primary sensor with an AI scene optimiser and f/1.7 lens. The camera setup also includes a 5-megapixel secondary, depth sensor and an 8-megapixel tertiary sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens. The phone also supports video features such as 4K recording, Slo-mo, and Hyperlapse. For selfies, there is a 16-megapixel sensor at the front.

The Samsung Galaxy M40 has 128GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). Connectivity options on the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Samsung has provided a 3,500mAh battery that works with a built-in 15W fast charging technology. This is touted to deliver three times the speed as compared to normal charging. Besides, the Samsung Galaxy S40 has 7.9mm of thickness and 168 grams of weight.

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Motorola One Vision is the company’s first to feature a hole-punch display. It also features a 48-megapixel rear camera.

Motorola One Vision will be sold on Flipkart, and may just be exclusive to the e-commerce site, a teaser has tipped. To recall, Motorola India last week sent ‘block your date’ media invites for a launch event on June 20, and at the time, it had only tipped that a “premium device” would be launched in the country. Soon after, a teaser published by Motorola India on its Twitter handle confirmed the June 20 launch date was for the Motorola One Vision India launch. Now, Flipkart has begun teasing the launch of the Motorola One Vision on its app.

As we mentioned, Flipkart on its mobile app has started teasing the launch of the Motorola One Vision. You can check out the teasers above. All the teasers use the tagline “new vision”, matching Motorola India’s teaser from last week. The Motorola One Vision teasers on the Flipkart app also mention the “cinematic experience” buyers would enjoy with the new Motorola offering, referring to the 21:9 CinemaVision display that features a hole-punch cutout – and no notch – for the front camera. Low-light photography prowess is also being touted by the e-commerce site, probably referring to large f/1.7 aperture on the 48-megapixel primary camera in the Motorola One Vision’s dual rear camera setup. Of course, just because Flipkart is teasing the smartphone – it doesn’t confirm the Motorola One Vision will be exclusive to the e-commerce site, but does indicate it.

Motorola One Vision price in India (expected)

The Motorola One Vision is already on sale in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. In Brazil, the smartphone is priced at BRL 1,999 (roughly Rs. 35,800), though globally, it was given a recommended retail price of EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 23,500). We can expect the Motorola One Vision price in India to be closer to this latter figure. It was launched in two colour variants – Brown and Sapphire Blue – and we can expect these colour variants to also make their way to the country.

Motorola One Vision specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Motorola One Vision runs Android 9.0 Pie, and the smartphone is part of Google’s Android One programme, implying timely updates and bloatware-free interface certified by the Mountain View giant. The Motorola One Vision sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2520 pixels) display with 21:9 CinemaVision aspect ratio.It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM.

The Motorola One Vision sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor coupled with an f/1.7 aperture lens, as well as a 5-megapixel secondary sensory paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens. The rear camera setup also features dual-LED flash, 8x digital zoom, portrait mode, manual mode, cinemagraph, panorama, active display mode, Auto HDR, and more. Motorola has used a 25-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

There is 128GB of inbuilt storage on the Motorola One Vision, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C port, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board include fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The Motorola One Vision packs a 3,500mAh battery with TurboPower fast charging support. It is touted to give you up to 7 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging. It measures 160.1×71.2×8.7mm and weighs 181 grams.

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It’s not the stars you know.

Two years after it was first revealed, publisher Square Enix has provided a release date — May 15, 2020 — and released a full-length trailer for Marvel’s Avengers, now described as an action-adventure game that claims to blend “cinematic storytelling with single-player and co-operative gameplay.” Though the game is not canon with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it focuses on many of the same core members: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and Black Widow. It’s a bit weird — albeit understandable — to not have the likeness of the actors who have portrayed these characters so memorably on the big screen, with the run culminating for most in Avengers: Endgame.

The Avengers game trailer opens with a celebration of Avengers Day (A-Day) in San Francisco, as the aforementioned superheroes gather for an unveiling. But soon, an attack on the Golden Gate Bridge draws their attention, and they naturally team up to stop the threat. The trailer shows off the myriad abilities of the group film fans already know very well, though it’s a bit staccato in how it sets up the premise: a reactor on a Helicarrier blows up and takes Cap down with it into the San Francisco Bay. It turns out to be an apocalyptic event, as we are shown a dystopian SF city, with the Avengers soon re-teaming to save the world.

Marvel’s Avengers will release May 15, 2020 on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One. It has been developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal — both of whom worked together on the Tomb Raider franchise — Nixxes Software, and Crystal Northwest.

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It will be set in the same universe as Villeneuve’s film reboot.

WarnerMedia has announced Dune: The Sisterhood, a spin-off series for its in-the-works streaming service that will be part of the same universe as Denis Villeneuve’s in-production Dune film reboot. Villeneuve will direct the pilot and Dune co-writer Jon Spaihts will script Dune: The Sisterhood, which will be “told through the eyes of a mysterious order of women known as the Bene Gesserit. Given extraordinary abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis, known to its inhabitants as Dune.”

“The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me,” Villeneuve said in a prepared statement. “Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series.” Villeneuve and Spaihts will also serve as executive producers with Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert for the Frank Herbert estate. Kevin J. Anderson, a sci-fi author who has co-authored several Dune books, is a co-producer.

This won’t be the first time for Dune on television, as Frank Herbert’s novel was previously adapted in 2000 as a three-part miniseries, which was followed by another three-part miniseries in 2003 called Children of Dune. But Dune: The Sisterhood is different in that it’s not a direct adaptation of Frank’s books. For what it’s worth, his son Brian and Anderson have penned a 2012 novel called Sisterhood of Dune, so it’s possible the spin-off series might borrow from that.

Dune: The Sisterhood has a straight-to-series order from WarnerMedia. It will be produced by Legendary Television, whose parent company Legendary Entertainment is also producing the big-screen Dune reboot. Warner Bros., a subsidiary of WarnerMedia, is the film’s distributor.

Villeneuve’s Dune reboot has a release date of November 20, 2020. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Chang Chen.

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iPhone XR 128GB option is retailing at Rs. 63,999 during Amazon’s Apple Days Sale. MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch models are also on sale.

Amazon has announced a new Apple Days Sale on its e-commerce platforms for users in India. The June 2019 edition of the Apple Days Sale began on Monday, June 10 on Amazon India, and it will go on till Friday, June 14. The five-day sale will see up to Rs. 23,000 off on iPhone models, and up to Rs. 30,000 off on MacBook models. Deals on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods models, and more are listed as part of the Amazon Apple Days Sale. Read on for the top offers available during the Amazon Apple Days Sale.

Amazon sale offers on iPhone, MacBook, Apple Watch models

The biggest highlight of the Amazon Apple Days Sale is that the iPhone X 64GB Silver Grey option is available at Rs. 67,900. The iPhone XR 128GB has got a Rs. 17,900 off, and is retailing at Rs. 63,999. iPhone XR 64GB currently starts at Rs. 58,999. Additionally, there is a 10 percent instant bank discount on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards for iPhone XR ₹ 57,349 buyers.

The new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max 64GB variants are also retailing at a Rs. 5,000 discount, and are listed at Rs. 94,900 and Rs. 1,04,900 respectively. Older iPhone models like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus 64GB variants are priced at Rs. 56,999 and Rs. 65,990 respectively. Old phones like the iPhone 7 series starts at a discounted rate of Rs. 37,999, and the iPhone 6S is up for grabs at Rs. 28,999 only. Amazon is also offering the HDFC 10 percent instant discount offer on the iPhone 6S as well. All iPhone models listed above come with additional exchange discount as well.

As mentioned, there is up to Rs. 30,000 off on MacBook models, along with no-cost EMI options on all listed laptops. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is retailing at a discounted price of Rs. 2,34,900, and Amazon is offering further exchange discount as part of the Apple Days Sale. The 13-inch MacBook Air is listed at Rs. 67,990 with further exchange discount as well. All the deals on MacBook models are listed on Amazon’s dedicated page.

Amazon is offering up to Rs. 3,500 off on select models of Apple iPads, with price starting at Rs. 26,999. Apple Watch models with up to Rs. 5,500 discount are also listed, with the Apple Watch Series 4 priced at Rs. 39,999. Apple Beats headphones and earphones are also listed with discounts of up to Rs. 5,800. Amazon has also listed deals on Apple accessories like AirPods, leather cases and lightning docks, and all of them can be viewed on Apple Days Sale page on the e-commerce site.

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Motorola One Vision price in India can be expected to be close to its global recommended retail price, which was set at EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 23,500).

Motorola One Vision, the first smartphone from the Lenovo-owned company to feature a hole-punch display, will be launching in India on June 20. Motorola India confirmed the launch in a new teaser on Twitter, revealing enough to cement that it is indeed the Motorola One Vision that will launch at the June 20 event Motorola India had sent invites for last week. At the time of revealing the launch date, all that the company had teased was that the newly launched smartphone would be a “premium device.” Now however, the company has eliminated speculation and confirmed it is the Motorola One Vision that is launching in the country next week. Read on for more details about the expected Motorola One Vision price in India, specifications, and more.

As we mentioned, Motorola India is now teasing the launch of the Motorola One Vision on Twitter. Last week, the company had sent out ‘block your date’ invites to Indian media for the launch of a “premium device” on June 20. While at the time, no exact details were revealed, the latest teaser on Twitter leaves no room for doubt – confirming it is indeed the Motorola One Vision that is coming to the country. The teaser reads “Let’s move a notch ahead with a wider perspective! Get ready to experience #ANewVision.” It also contains a video, which shows a smartphone with a hole-punch display, and additionally says “enjoy a cinematic view” – clearly referring to the 21:9 CinemaVision aspect ratio display on the Motorola One Vision.

Motorola One Vision price in India (expected)

The Motorola One Vision is already on sale in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. In Brazil, the smartphone is priced at BRL 1,999 (roughly Rs. 35,800), though globally, it was given a recommended retail price of EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 23,500). We can expect the Motorola One Vision price in India to be closer to this latter figure. It was launched in two colour variants – Brown and Sapphire Blue – and we can expect these colour variants to also make their way to the country.

Motorola One Vision specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Motorola One Vision runs Android 9.0 Pie, and the smartphone is part of Google’s Android One programme, implying timely updates and bloatware-free interface certified by the Mountain View giant. The Motorola One Vision sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2520 pixels) display with 21:9 CinemaVision aspect ratio.It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9609 SoC, and comes with 4GB of RAM.

There is 128GB of inbuilt storage on the Motorola One Vision, expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C port, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board include fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The Motorola One Vision packs a 3,500mAh battery with TurboPower fast charging support. It is touted to give you up to 7 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging. It measures 160.1×71.2×8.7mm and weighs 181 grams.

Motorola One Vision camera

The Motorola One Vision sports a dual rear camera setup, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor coupled with an f/1.7 aperture lens, as well as a 5-megapixel secondary sensory paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens. The rear camera setup also features dual-LED flash, 8x digital zoom, portrait mode, manual mode, cinemagraph, panorama, active display mode, Auto HDR, and more. Motorola has used a 25-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

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Amazon Dethrones Google to Become World’s Most Valuable Brand: Kantar

US retail giant Amazon has moved past hi-tech titans Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand, a key survey showed Tuesday.

The brand value of Amazon surged by 52 percent to $315 billion, global market research agency Kantar said in its 2019 100 Top BrandZ report.

Amazon jumped from third to first place to eclipse Google — which slid from first to third place with Apple holding on to the second spot.

The Seattle-based retail behemoth, founded by Jeff Bezos in his garage in 1994, topped the table thanks to key acquisitions, superior customer services and a disruptive business model, Kantar said in a statement.

“Amazon’s smart acquisitions, that have led to new revenue streams, excellent customer service provision and its ability to stay ahead of its competitors by offering a diverse ecosystem of products and services, have allowed Amazon to continuously accelerate its brand value growth,” said Kantar.

The agency, which is owned by British advertising group WPP, added that Amazon showed “little sign” of any slowdown in its growth.

The top ten companies were once again dominated by US firms, with Apple on $309.5 billion, Google on $309 billion and Microsoft on $251 billion.

Payments specialist Visa had the fifth biggest value at almost $178 billion, while social networking group Facebook was the sixth largest at nearly $159 billion.

For the first time, Alibaba beat Tencent to become the most valuable Chinese brand.

E-commerce leader Alibaba was the seventh biggest at $131.2 billion, up two places on the previous year.

Internet giant Tencent fell three spots to stand at number eight with a value of $130.9 billion.

In a sign of Asia’s growing importance, 23 of the top 100 brands were Asian — including 15 from China.

The leading brands have embraced “disruptive” business models to beat traditional rivals in the technology, finance and retail sectors.

“Amazon’s phenomenal brand value growth of almost $108 billion in the last year demonstrates how brands are now less anchored to individual categories and regions,” said Doreen Wang, Kantar’s global head of BrandZ.

“The boundaries are blurring as technology fluency allow brands, such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba, to offer a range of services across multiple consumer touchpoints.

“Using their consumer experience and expertise, these brands are crossing over into the business services sector, creating new opportunities for brand growth.

“Disruptive ecosystem models are flourishing in regions such as Asia, where consumers are more technology-enabled and where brands are integrating themselves into every aspect of people’s daily lives.”

Brand value on the key survey is calculated on the basis of the companies’ financial performance and their standing among consumers across the globe.

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