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President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the US government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that civilian agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. The law applies to both civilian and military networks.

“The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue,” said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who led calls in Congress to scrub the software from government computers. She added that the company’s software represented a “grave risk” to US national security.

Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help a government with cyber espionage. In an attempt to address suspicions, the company said in October it would submit the source code of its software and future updates for inspection by independent parties.

US officials have said that step, while welcomed, would not be sufficient.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kaspersky Lab said it continued to have “serious concerns” about the law “due to its geographic-specific approach to cyber-security.”

It added that the company was assessing its options and would continue to “protect its customers from cyber threats (while) collaborating globally with the IT security community to fight cybercrime.”

On Tuesday, Christopher Krebs, a senior cyber-security official at the Department of Homeland Security, told reporters that nearly all government agencies had fully removed Kaspersky products from their networks in compliance with the September order.

Kaspersky’ official response to the ban did not appear to contain any information that would change the administration’s assessment of Kaspersky Lab, Krebs said.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)

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OnePlus has started rolling out the latest software update for the OnePlus 5, OxygenOS 4.5.15, which includes multiple bug fixes along with the Android security patch for the month of October. The update is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but brings with it October’s Android security patch update. The OnePlus 5 is currently two months behind schedule on the monthly security patch updates from Google.

Apart from the latest security patch, the OxygenOS 4.5.15 update also includes improvements in GPS and fixes issues like setting customised alarm ringtone, sharing emoji from Bitmoji and a few other minor bug fixes. The update, available as OTA download, has a file size of 74MB and is being rolled out ‘incrementally’, starting with a small percentage of users and a broader rollout expected in the coming days.

Just last month, the OnePlus 5 received its first Android 8.0 Oreo based Open Beta build. With the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T having received the stable build for Android 8.0 Oreo already, we can expect the OnePlus 5 to also get the update soon.

The OnePlus 5T, on the other hand, recently received the OxygenOS 4.7.4 update that includes system-level improvements, including optimisations for audio from speaker and earphones, face unlock, and vibration. The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition was announced in India recently. The limited edition phone is set to go on sale starting December 15, and will be launched in Mumbai on Thursday.

The OnePlus 5 was launched in June 2017. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB non-expandable storage.

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Fossil-owned consumer electronics company Misfit launched its first touchscreen smartwatch in the Indian market on Wednesday. Known for its fitness trackers, Misfit first announced its venture into the smartwatch market back at CES in January this year.

Priced at Rs. 14,495, the Misfit Vapor has a 44mm satin-finished stainless steel upper casing and is available in Jet Black and Rose Gold colour variants. It is available to buy exclusively from Flipkart.

Powered by Android Wear 2.0, the Misfit Vapor has a classic round face with a design that is common to a lot of its competitors in the market. The metallic edges, although, give it a premium feel. The wearable sports a 1.39-inch full round AMOLED display that has a pixel density of 326 ppi.

The Misfit Vapor runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor and has 4GB of storage. It also has features like an accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, optical heart rate sensor, GPS, and microphone giving it the combined power of a premium smartwatch along with an advanced fitness tracker. The Misfit Vapor is also water resistant up to 50 meters.

A touch bezel on the Misfit Vapor gives it additional functionality by letting users browse the watch’s menu of watchfaces and applications, and respond to notifications, without obscuring content on the display. The Misfit Vapor can pair with your smartphone or connect to Wi -Fi for standalone capabilities, and supports Bluetooth. The smartwatch will work with Android phones running Android 4.3 and above and iPhone handsets running iOS 9 and above.

The Misfit Vapor was launched initially at CES in January this year. It is available in the US at a price of $199 (roughly Rs. 12,800).

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After much anticipation, Apple has finally announces the pre-order date for the iMac Pro – its most powerful iMac. First unveiled at WWDC 2017 in June, it sports the same 5K Retina display that has already been available with the existing 27-inch iMac, but bears major improvements including up to 18-core CPU, 128GB RAM, and a 16GB Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU. Apple will start taking orders for the iMac Pro in the US beginning Thursday, December 14, with a base price of $4,999 (approximately Rs. 3,22,400).

Unlike the original iMac variants that have quad-core processors, the iMac Pro is listed with 8-, 10- , 14-, and 18-core Intel Xeon chips. The base variant of the new iMac has 32GB of DDR ECC memory that is clocked at 2.6GHz. Additionally, there are options to pick up to 64GB and 128GB RAM. The 8-core and 10-core models will go on sale from Thursday, with higher core variants due to be available later in 2018, reports 9to5Mac.

Apple has provided 1TB SSD on the base variant of the iMac Pro, and you can also opt for a 2TB or 4TB storage to match your requirements. In terms of graphics, the new Mac machine has the Radeon Pro Vega GPU that by default comes with 8GB of video RAM and can be expanded with a 16GB configuration. The enhanced graphics support makes the iMac Pro a dedicated Mac desktop to build native virtual reality (VR) experiences.

On the connectivity front, the iMac Pro includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, SDXC card slot with support for UHS-II, four USB 3 ports, four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and an Ethernet port with data transfer support of up to 10Gb. There is also Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.2 to enable high-end wireless connectivity. Moreover, the new iMac Pro comes in a Space Gray paint job that is not just limited to its display but also extended to the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and the optional Space Gray Magic Trackpad 2.

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Idea has revised its Rs. 398 plan to offer twice the validity while keeping the calling and data benefits, seemingly only for select users. This comes just a day after it introduced the Rs. 309 plan with 28-day validity, and two days after it debuted the Rs. 509 prepaid recharge pack. The Idea Rs. 398 plan now offers 70-day validity, instead of the previous 35 days. This plan competes with Reliance Jio Rs. 399 plan, which offers the same calling and data benefits as well as the same validity.

Idea subscribers need to check the official app to see if the plan is available to them with extended validity as the official website still mentions 35-day validity, meaning this is a personalised plan which might be available to select consumers only. Buyers will get 1GB data per day for 70 days, meaning 70GB of total data, with this prepaid pack. It provides users with bundled voice STD and local calls and 100 SMSes per day as well. However, the original Rs. 398 plan came with free outgoing calls on roaming. The free roaming calls are not mentioned in the MyIdea app, but Gadgets 360 spoke to an Idea customer care executive who confirmed that the plan will offer free incoming and outgoing calls in all circles.

The free calls, as is the norm nowadays, are limited to 250 minutes per day and 1,000 minutes per week; exhausting this limit will entail tariff of 1 paisa per second. Also, users are not allowed to call more than 100 unique numbers in a week; in this case, the calls will be charged at 1 paisa per second.

Those who purchase the recharge pack will get seven vouchers of Rs. 51 each, which can be used while buying recharges of Rs. 300 or more over the next one year.

As mentioned above, this is the toughest challenge yet from Idea against the Rs. 399 Jio plan, which provides 1GB data per day as well as free calls and SMSes for 70 days, along with access to Jio apps.

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Samsung is all set to kick-start its Happy Hour sale on its online store and on Amazon India. The new sale, which will run between 12 noon and 2pm on Tuesday will bring discounts to the Galaxy On5 Pro and Galaxy On7 Pro. Customers will also get a chance to receive up to 90GB of 4G data on Reliance Jio network as a part of the new Samsung sale. Prepaid access to the sale on Amazon India will begin 12 noon on Tuesday under which customers will be required to pay for their orders using credit or debit cards, net banking or through Amazon Pay. However, customers opting cash on delivery will get the sale access post 12.30 pm.

Under the Happy Hours sale, the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro will be available at a price Rs. 6,990 (originally priced at Rs. 9,190), while the Galaxy On7 Pro is listed with a price tag of Rs. 7,490 (launched at Rs. 11,190). Both the Galaxy On series smartphones debuted in India back in July last year as the successor to the Galaxy On5 and Galaxy On7.

The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro has a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Exynos processor. The smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor with an LED flash and packs a 2600mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro, on the other hand, features a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera sensor with an LED flash and comes with a 3000mAh battery.

Samsung has provided 5-megapixel selfie camera sensors, 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage along with microSD card support (up to 128GB), and dual 4G SIM access on both the Galaxy On5 Pro and the Galaxy On7 Pro. The smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and come preloaded with features such as Ultra Data Saving mode and a Bike mode. Also, there is a palm gesture selfie model and a 120 degree selfie mode.

Alongside the discounts on the prices of the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro and the Galaxy On7 Pro, Amazon is offering Jio Prime Complementary offer under Samsung’s Happy Hour sale. Customers need to charge their Jio accounts with Rs. 309 to get entitled to receive an additional 10GB 4G data access. Similarly, a recharge of Rs. 509 brings an additional 15GB 4G data. The applicable additional data can be availed for a maximum of six recharges.

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The Google Pixel 2 XL is getting a temporary price cut in India and is now retailing at a best buy price of Rs. 64,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs. 73,999 for the Pixel 2 XL with 128GB storage. The pricing will be applicable for cash and card transactions at all authorised offline retailers. According to documents seen by Gadgets 360, the best buy offer is valid until December 31.

Apart from the new Pixel 2 XL price tag, an additional Rs. 8,000 cash back is being offered on all valid purchases of both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL made on an HDFC credit card EMI plan, with select large format retailers also offering this cash back on purchases made with HDFC debit card. Airtel also has a special data bundle offer on purchase of the Google Pixel 2 XL; additional 120GB data for six months on prepaid recharges of Rs. 549 and postpaid plans of Rs. 649 and above. The data bundle will need to be activated through the My Airtel app. The exact terms and conditions are available on the Airtel website.

This is not the first instance when the Pixel 2 duo have received a price cut. Last week, Flipkart offered the Pixel 2 XL for a starting price of Rs. 67,999 (64GB variant) while the Pixel 2 was down to Rs. 49,999 (64GB variant).

The Google Pixel 2 XL is a single-SIM device that runs on the stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone has a 6.0-inch Quad-HD display with a resolution of 1440×2880 pixels. It is powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

In the camera department, the Google Pixel 2 XL sports a 12.2-megapixel rear sensor with dual-LED flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calling. The smartphone has internal storage of 64GB, which is not expandable externally. It also has a 3520mAh non-removable battery under the hood.

The Pixel 2 has similar specifications, except it has a 5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a 2700mAh battery.

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A new update from Apple enables developers to make their new apps available for pre-order on the App Store. This new feature will allow customers to view and order the app even before it is available for download. Users will be notified once the app is released and it will get automatically downloaded onto their devices. Payment for paid apps will be charged to the user once the app is available for download.

Super Mario Run was the first app to avail this feature, back in 2016, when the game was available for pre-order prior to the official release, but until now, this feature was available to select developers only. The official rollout, on Tuesday, means that all developers will now be able to take advantage of the feature.

To make their app available for pre-order, developers need to go to the homepage of iTunes Connect. They will now see a new pre-order option under the Pricing and Availability tab on the left side of their app’s page. Before choosing a date of release, developers need to keep in mind that the release date must be at least two days in the future, but no more than 90 days in the future. You can find out more details on Apple’s website.

If the developer changes the price of the app during the pre-order period, customers will be charged the price that is lower – the price they accepted for pre-order or the price on the day of release. The new feature is currently only available for all new, unreleased apps and not for existing apps, which means updates to apps cannot be pre-ordered.

Apple has also released new data for pre-orders in their Sales and Trends report. Developers will be able to track the performance of their pre-orders, enabling them to make pricing and availability decisions accordingly.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Flipkart has announced a new sale – named New Pinch Days – just a day after the Big Shopping Days sale concluded. The upcoming Flipkart sale will run between December 15 and December 17 and will host offers on a list of mobile phones, including Google Pixel 2, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G6, and more, alongside various LED TVs, laptops, digital cameras, headphones, mobile accessories, power banks, among others. Flipkart has also teased an “offer of the year” on Samsung On Nxt 64GB. Apart from the specific deals, there will be customers no-cost EMI options and exchange offers. Customers using HDFC Bank debit and credit cards will additionally receive an instant 10 percent discount on their purchases.

Flipkart sale will have deals on mobile phones and other electronics
Flipkart has provided a sneak peek of all the major offers that are set to be listed under the New Pinch Days sale. The Pixel 2 discount that brings the price of the handset to “Rs. 39,999 or lower” will be available in the upcoming Flipkart sale; this deal was also the highlight of the sale that concluded on Saturday. Considering that this offer will be available only as a flash sale, scheduled to start at 12am IST on December 15, expect limited quantities of Pixel 2. Lenovo K8 Plus will be available at Rs. 8,999, down from Rs. 10,999, while Oppo F3 Plus will cost Rs. 17,990 (MRP Rs. 22,990).

Similarly, Honor 9i and Moto X4 4GB RAM will be up for grabs at Rs. 17,999 and Rs. 20,999, respectively, meaning a discount of Rs. 2,000 on their MRP. Moto Z2 Play will be available at Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 27,999) in the sale, Mi MIX 2 at Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 35,999), LG G6 at Rs. 31,990 (MRP Rs. 36,990), and LG V20 at Rs. 24,990 (MRP Rs. 60,000). Samsung Galaxy S7 will be available at Rs. 24,990 in the Flipkart sale (MRP Rs. 46,000). While the number of offers, deals, and discounts is expected to be revealed in the coming days, the Flipkart sale would bring an attractive price of the Samsung On Nxt 64GB that was launched at Rs. 16,900 back in April.

Amongst other deals, electronics and accessories such as mobile accessories, laptops, and headphones will receive up to 80 percent of discount. TVs and home appliances will also get 80 percent discount in addition to exchange offers and no-cost EMIs. Apart from electronics, there will be deals and offers on categories such as home appliances, consumer durables, fashion, home & furniture, beauty, sports, books and toys.

Last week, Flipkart hosted the Big Shopping Days sale that brought temporary price cut on devices such as the iPhone X, iPhone 7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and Google Pixel 2. The three-day-long sale also listed discounted laptops including the Acer Predator Helios 300 and the MSI GV62.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)


Netflix sent out a tweet Sunday that roasted a subset of its most devoted users over an open fire: those who are obsessively watching its heavily promoted holiday movie “A Christmas Prince.” The snarky tweet got some laughs, but it has also stirred up some backlash – and made some of the company’s subscribers begin to consider just how closely Netflix is watching its users.

“To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?” the tweet said.

While the tweet was clearly intended as a joke, it didn’t sit well with some customers who found the message “creepy.”

“This is amazing. Except for the ‘watching us like big brother’ part,” one Twitter user wrote in reply.

Of course, people who watch Netflix should expect that the company knows both what you’re watching and how frequently you watch it. How else could the company get super-specialised recommendations for you, such as romantic period dramas based on books? But what seems to have struck a nerve is that Netflix is using information to share viewing habits publicly.

The tone of the message is also drawing criticism. Netflix, after all, produced and promoted the movie, which is in the vein of an uplifting, unapologetically cheery Hallmark film. Shaming its subscribers, even in jest, for a feel-good film meant to cheer up its viewers didn’t sit well with everyone. One user even compared the tweet to “bullying.”

Many other reactions were lighter, with several people taking the opportunity to say that Netflix itself was hurting them – either by pulling their favorite shows or with its disappointing selection.

Netflix has kept up the snark in its replies, though the person running the account has also reassured some users that their viewing habits aren’t worth shaming them over. Netflix didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the reaction to the tweet, which has been retweeted about 66,000 times and liked 259,000 times and has drawn 4,000 replies.

The tweet was very similar to a campaign that music-streaming service Spotify ran last year, in which it shared insights from consumer data – not naming its users, but sometimes noting individual accounts. For example, among other such ads, the campaign called out a single person with a billboard that said: “Dear person who made a playlist called: ‘One Night Stand With Jeb Bush Like He’s a Bond Girl in a European Casino.’ We have so many questions.”

Marketing messages like this don’t violate companies’ privacy policies, said Bradley Shear, a lawyer specialising in privacy and social media. Netflix may be sharing viewing information, but not in specific ways – they’re not revealing, for example, that customer John Doe or Jane Doe is watching “A Christmas Prince” on repeat.

Still, he said, the surprise over the tweet is a reminder that people aren’t always fully aware of what they’re agreeing to when they click “accept” on a company’s terms and conditions.

“People really need to become more cognizant of what data companies are collecting,” Shear said.

Source: (gadgets.ndtv.com)