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India ranks 109th in mobile internet speed and 76th in fixed broadband

NEW DELHI: India has ranked 109th in mobile internet speeds and 76th in fixed broadband speeds in Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index, where the country’s average mobile speed was 8.8 Mbps and broadband speed was 18.82 Mbps.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster. That’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet,” said Doug Suttles, general manager at Ookla.

However, Suttles said, “India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world.” Norway ranked first in the world for mobile internet, with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps, as of November. Singapore led in the fixed broadband category, with a 153.85 Mbps average download speed.

India recorded average mobile download speed of 7.65 Mbps in the beginning of 2017, which grew to 8.80 Mbps as of November, a 15% increase. Fixed broadband speeds, on the other hand, saw a jump of about 50% to 18.82 Mbps by November, from 12.12 Mbps in January, as per the report released on Monday.

The speed testing agency said that it was highly optimistic about the capacity for growth in the Indian market, and was looking forward to watching the market grow in 2018. Leading telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have made high speed data affordable to millions over 2017, more so after the new entrant introduced free voice and data services, at high speeds, to attract customers.

Ookla said that a network built to accommodate 3G speeds will struggle to fulfil the modern demands of mobile consumers. Therefore, it said, it is important to plan infrastructure that can provide service to the number of people accessing a given network.

Recognising the rising demand for data, Bharti Airtel has already planned investments up to ?25,000 crore within this financial year to expand and strengthen its 4G network.

The agency also said that new technologies may boost network performance.

C Spire launches new internet era with roll out of next-generation fixed wireless services

RIDGELAND, Miss., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – C Spire today began offering its game-changing suite of wireless fiber-based fixed broadband internet access, which promises super-fast and affordable connectivity up to 100 Mbps, and related services to over 91,000 homes and businesses in over 40 markets across Mississippi.

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The new services are part of C Spire’s massive broadband technology deployment announced in late September and a key element of its Tech Movement initiative, an outgrowth of its 2013 groundbreaking Fiber-to-the-Home program, one of the first of its type in the U.S. and the fastest to connect thousands of Mississippi consumers in nine communities around the state to ultra-fast Gigabit speed Internet access, digital television and home phone services. 

Starting today, over 57,000 households in 22 central and north Mississippi markets can order the super-fast internet access for $60 a month ($50 a month for C Spire wireless customers) by going online at cspire.com/homeinternet or calling toll-free at 855.CSPIRE6 (277.4736).  Another 200,000 homes will have access to the faster broadband in the coming months.  No contract is required. 

C Spire TV, the company’s new streaming TV service, is available for an additional $65 a month with a standard channel package.  The service eliminates the need for users to outfit every TV with a set top box, freeing them from several hundred dollars a year in rental fees. Because it’s app-based, C Spire TV allows users to watch their favorite content on virtually any screen in the home.

Meanwhile, more than 35,000 businesses in 40 markets across the state can likewise order the super-fast internet access starting today for $70 a month.  To learn if your business qualifies, visit cspire.com/business or call toll-free at 855.CSPIRE2 (277.4732).  In addition, the company is offering “fiber fast” Gigabit speed services to local business in 24 markets for as low as $200 a month.

“This new fixed wireless technology, or wireless fiber as we call it at C Spire, allows us to deploy services more quickly and efficiently to a much broader footprint with the faster, high quality internet connections and related services that customers have come to expect from us,” said C Spire President Stephen Bye. “We are ushering in a new era of speed and availability for broadband internet access.”

C Spire is uniquely positioned to bring consumers and businesses the benefits of the wireless fiber technology revolution, according to Bye.  The company has installed over 8,000 route miles of fiber optic infrastructure and has deployed more wireless spectrum in Mississippi that any other mobile communications carrier. The firm also was the first in the state to conduct several successful pre-5G tests during the last 18 months with technology partners where it achieved Gigabit speeds in transmitting data over wireless connections.

Fixed wireless avoids last-mile fiber construction, which can be slow and expensive, while accelerating Internet access availability in more places.  The technology also leverages the company’s mobile broadband infrastructure, cell sites and spectrum to speed delivery of services to more consumers and businesses.

The new technology is the latest phase of the company’s massive broadband deployment efforts. In late September, C Spire launched its home internet service offering speeds of up to 25 Mbps in 8 markets and is continuing to expand availability to another 40 markets where choices are limited or service from existing providers is slow or inadequate.

Last month, C Spire launched the first U.S. effort aimed at offering sole proprietors ranging from coffee houses and restaurants to law offices, accounting and tax services widespread access to Gigabit internet speeds in over two dozen Mississippi markets.  The company is targeting one out of every five of the state’s 250,000 businesses for the service.

“As a Mississippi-based technology company, we are uniquely positioned to ensure that our state is not left behind in the technology revolution and the new digital economy,” Bye said.  “The mass expansion of broadband Internet is a key part of the C Spire Tech Movement.”

The C Spire Tech Movement initiative is designed to leverage the company’s technology leadership and investments to help transform its service areas.  Other elements of the program include leading the development of a tech workforce in Mississippi through education initiatives, expanding tech innovation and development of a state-of-the-art digital customer care platform for customers and team members.

In recent years, C Spire’s continuing technology investment has played a central role in recent state gains for average mobile and fixed broadband speeds in Mississippi.  The company became the state’s fastest Internet service provider in 2014 and more than quadrupled speeds in the state following its successful FTTH initiative.

C Spire will share more details as they become available for each phase of the Tech Movement, including specific markets, pricing, speeds and other program details. In the meantime, consumers and businesses can get the latest updates, details and answers to frequently asked questions at www.cspire.com/internetlaunch.

About C Spire
C Spire is a leading technology company committed to transforming Mississippi through the C Spire Tech Movement, which includes the massive deployment of broadband internet to homes and small businesses, a state-of-the-art digital experience for its customers and team members, technology innovation leadership and the creation and retention of a 21st century technology workforce in its region.  The company provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data and cloud services for businesses.  This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.

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India ranks 109 in mobile internet speeds, 76 for fixed broadband: Ookla Global Index


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India ranks at a lowly 109 when it comes to mobile internet speeds on a global scale, while it fares slightly better with a ranking of 76 in fixed broadband speeds, according to Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index. According to the company, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65 Mbps at the beginning of 2017, and this has improved marginally to 8.80 Mbps for November.

However, India does not fare so well in comparison to its neighours for mobile internet speeds. If one goes by the list, India is ranked below Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and we actually saw our rankings drop down for the month. Ookla says that while mobile internet speeds in India saw a 15 per cent increase, it was the fixed broadband line which jumped drastically with close to 50 per cent increase and stood at 18.82 Mbps for November. In January, speeds for fixed broadband line stood at 12.12 Mbps.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster, that’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet. India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market and look forward to watching how the market grows in this coming new year,” said Doug Suttles, Co-Founder and General Manager at Ookla in a press statement.

So which countries top the list when it comes to mobile internet speeds? Norway is number one on the list with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps. Singapore is on top for fixed broadband with average download speeds of 153.85 Mbps.

When it comes to the Indian market, Ookla also has some observations regarding 2018. The company notes that as internet speeds will improve in the India market, it will lead to increased demand and usage among users. The report also talks of the rise of 4G in the Indian market, and how 2017 has been a particularly important year in that context.

This year saw Reliance Jio formally enter the market with paid services which has sparked a data war of sorts in the Indian telecom sector. Incumbent players like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular have slashed mobile data prices in India and are offering 1GB per day data packs to customers post Jio’s entry.

But as the Ookla speedtest results show that while data speeds are growing, mobile data speed in India still has a long way to go. Competition might have increased in the Indian market, but the infrastructure is yet to be perfected. Other speed test results from companies like OpenSignal have also shown that when it comes to 4G LTE speeds, no operator in India managed to cross the global speed average of 16.2 Mbps for the period of June to August 2017. OpenSignal’s report also showed that while 4G LTE presence has grown in India, the average speeds are still low for the market.

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Google just fixed a year-old Android Auto bug that caused users to see temperatures in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius …

The love story between Google and bugs is one that will seemingly never end. Case in point: the company has just solved a problem first reported 13 months ago on its Google Product Forums concerning the incorrect temperature scale being shown on Android Auto head units.

Basically, people in the US (one of the only places in the world that uses Fahrenheit) randomly began seeing temperatures in Celsius on their Android Auto head units, whereas users overseas in countries like the UK, Canada, Italy, and so on had Fahrenheit pop up on their screens. For some, the unit of measurement would flip-flop, causing a few people to first report that the problem had miraculously righted itself, only to come back a few days later with the same issue. Clearing the Android Auto app’s cache was recommended, but it didn’t really do anything.

While the problem had initially been reported back in November 2016, it began picking up speed again in October. And now, in December 2017, the issue has finally been resolved. This seems to have been due to a mishap with Google’s servers, as an app update isn’t required (but is encouraged) to finally show the correct unit of measurement.

Let the comments regarding how stupid the US is for using Fahrenheit ensue!

AT&T launched first ever fixed internet service in Mendota – KFSN

Internet access is a necessity in today’s world. For most, it never feels like it is never quite fast enough, but imagine having to use dial-up or not having any wireless access at all, this is how the city of Mendota has been living up until now. On Wednesday, for the first time ever ATT launched its fixed wireless service to Mendota.

“Fixed wireless technology is a connection between an ATT tower and an outdoor fixed piece of equipment at the customers home or a business and it provides a connection into the home to a WiFi router,” said Julie Tone, Director of External Affairs for ATT California.

The new service was brought to Mendota through the FCC Connect America Fund Program, which aims at providing high-speed internet access to underserved areas. The new wireless service will provide internet of at least 10 mega bites per second at an affordable cost to thousands.

“This is great news, that we were picked as one of the selected areas and it is something that we have been waiting for a while,” said Robert Silva, Mendota City Council Member. “It is great for the businesses, community, great for the Ag folks, so they can get involved.”

Ismael Herrera, Associate Director for Community and Economic Development at Fresno state said the new service will help his office in their goal of closing the digital divide.

“There are communities up and down the San Joaquin Valley, who do not have a connection to the internet at any speeds and there are many more who have connections, but the speeds are not adequate,” said Herrera.

Information on the service has already been mailed out to residents. The service costs $50 if bundled with Direct TV or a wireless plan you also need to sign a one year contract.

Google says that Pixel 2 random reboots may be fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Lately, we’ve been hearing reports of Pixel 2s and Pixel 2 XLs randomly rebooting. Having your phone restart itself multiple times throughout the day is obviously pretty infuriating, and many were dissatisfied when they heard that this would be fixed ‘in the coming weeks.’ However, the issue may have already been resolved in Android 8.1 Oreo’s Developer Preview 2, according to a Google employee.

Here’s the latest response to the issue on Google’s Issue Tracker:

[email protected] [email protected] #38

We believe this issue is addressed in 8.1 which is now in preview and part of the public beta program. For more information see here https://developer.android.com/preview/download.html

As far as non beta uses, see https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/phone-by-google/RDQlJ36ODog
“We want to let you all know that we’ve identified a fix which will be rolling out in the coming weeks.”

You can see the exact response above, but the Google employee (you can tell from the ‘@google.com’ email) says that Google believes the issue has been addressed in 8.1 previews. However, we already know from the reader who tipped us onto the story that 8.1 DP1 did nothing for him, so it’s likely DP2 that is being referred to.

We still don’t have any concrete information on why this is occurring, though it does appear to be something with the kernel panicking from the modem based on other replies in the issue topic claiming that restricting the phone to 3G solved the reboot issues. If you’re still experiencing these random reboots, try installing Android 8.1 DP2 and let us know if they go away.

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WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1 | TechCrunch


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Apparently, Google made good on its promise to fix its awful hamburger emoji, in the wake of an online debacle last month. In case you missed it, when a tweet about the problem with the emoji went viral – the cheese in Google’s burger emoji is under the burger! The horror! – Google CEO Sundar Pichai replied he would “drop everything” to address this issue. According to Emojipedia, that has now happened. The new burger design in the Android 8.1 release puts the cheese in its correct place: on top of the burger patty.

The original tweet about the problem has over 51,000 likes and 25,000 retweets, which indicates that a lot of people actually do care about minor details like this, even if they seem silly.

But the resulting discussion did foster some debate about the “right” way to stack cheeseburger toppings. (It’s a fun thread, if you’ve got the time.)

Pichai’s response, while a bit joking, did say that Google would make a change to the emoji if people could come to some sort of consensus on the matter of burger toppings.

A few days after the online debate, Google had a little fun with the matter by serving up a lunch at their offices where an “Android Burger” featuring cheese underneath the burger patty was on the menu.

Now, it appears that the majority who believe the cheese goes on top of the burger won out.

According to Emojipedia, a site that tracks the emoji universe and all its changes, the burger design has been updated in the forthcoming Android 8.1 release, announced on Monday.

The new Google burger emoji in the updated version of Android now matches all the others where the cheese sits on top. (Though there’s still some debate over where the lettuce goes…beneath the burger? Really Apple?)

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The updated version of Android also includes a few other emoji tweaks, Emojipedia noted, including a now filled beer stein for the beer and beers emojis (instead of half full, as before), and a tweak to the cheese emoji so the holes on the wedge no longer look painted on.

Android users can access the new burger emoji immediately if they’re running the Android 8.1 developer preview; otherwise you’ll have to wait for the public release of 8.1 due out later this year.

Google declined to formally comment, but we understand that the change is permanent. Android 8.1 will roll out in December, reaching Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P at that time.

Image credits: Emojipedia

WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1 | TechCrunch


c6067_google-burger WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1 | TechCrunch

Apparently, Google made good on its promise to fix its awful hamburger emoji, in the wake of an online debacle last month. In case you missed it, when a tweet about the problem with the emoji went viral – the cheese in Google’s burger emoji is under the burger! The horror! – Google CEO Sundar Pichai replied he would “drop everything” to address this issue. According to Emojipedia, that has now happened. The new burger design in the Android 8.1 release puts the cheese in its correct place: on top of the burger patty.

The original tweet about the problem has over 51,000 likes and 25,000 retweets, which indicates that a lot of people actually do care about minor details like this, even if they seem silly.

But the resulting discussion did foster some debate about the “right” way to stack cheeseburger toppings. (It’s a fun thread, if you’ve got the time.)

Pichai’s response, while a bit joking, did say that Google would make a change to the emoji if people could come to some sort of consensus on the matter of burger toppings.

A few days after the online debate, Google had a little fun with the matter by serving up a lunch at their offices where an “Android Burger” featuring cheese underneath the burger patty was on the menu.

Now, it appears that the majority who believe the cheese goes on top of the burger won out.

According to Emojipedia, a site that tracks the emoji universe and all its changes, the burger design has been updated in the forthcoming Android 8.1 release, announced on Monday.

The new Google burger emoji in the updated version of Android now matches all the others where the cheese sits on top. (Though there’s still some debate over where the lettuce goes…beneath the burger? Really Apple?)

c6067_google-burger WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1 | TechCrunch

The updated version of Android also includes a few other emoji tweaks, Emojipedia noted, including a now filled beer stein for the beer and beers emojis (instead of half full, as before), and a tweak to the cheese emoji so the holes on the wedge no longer look painted on.

Android users can access the new burger emoji immediately if they’re running the Android 8.1 developer preview; otherwise you’ll have to wait for the public release of 8.1 due out later this year.

Google declined to formally comment, but we understand that the change is permanent. Android 8.1 will roll out in December, reaching Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P at that time.

Image credits: Emojipedia

WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1


0d1fb_google-burger WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1

Apparently, Google made good on its promise to fix its awful hamburger emoji, in the wake of an online debacle last month. In case you missed it, when a tweet about the problem with the emoji went viral – the cheese in Google’s burger emoji is under the bun! The horror! – Google CEO Sundar Pichai replied he would “drop everything” to address this issue. According to Emojipedia, that has now happened. The new burger design in the Android 8.1 release puts the cheese in its correct place: on top of the burger patty.

The original tweet about the problem has over 51,000 likes and 25,000 retweets, which indicates that a lot of people actually do care about minor details like this, even if they seem silly.

But the resulting discussion did foster some debate about the “right” way to stack cheeseburger toppings. (It’s a fun thread, if you’ve got the time.)

Pichai’s response, while a bit joking, did say that Google would make a change to the emoji if people could come to some sort of consensus on the matter of burger toppings.

A few days after the online debate, Google had a little fun with the matter by serving up a lunch at their offices where an “Android Burger” featuring cheese underneath the burger patty was on the menu.

Now, it appears that the majority who believe the cheese goes on top of the bun won out.

According to Emojipedia, a site that tracks the emoji universe and all its changes, the burger design has been updated in the forthcoming Android 8.1 release, announced on Monday.

The new Google burger emoji in the updated version of Android now matches all the others where the cheese sits on top. (Though there’s still some debate over where the lettuce goes…beneath the burger? Really Apple?)

0d1fb_google-burger WHEW, Google fixed the burger emoji in Android 8.1

The updated version of Android also includes a few other emoji tweaks, Emojipedia noted, including a now filled beer stein for the beer and beers emojis (instead of half full, as before), and a tweak to the cheese emoji so the holes on the wedge no longer look painted on.

Android users can access the new burger emoji immediately if they’re running the Android 8.1 developer preview; otherwise you’ll have to wait for the public release of 8.1 due out later this year.

Google declined to formally comment, but we understand that the change is permanent. Android 8.1 will roll out in December, reaching Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P at that time.

Image credits: Emojipedia

Southwest Airlines says Cyber Monday computer glitch fixed

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Google Play Music’s most frustrating problem gets fixed

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One Redditor described it as the reason they “switched back to Spotify,” while another said they had been “scarred” by the issue. It’s one of the main talking points of Play Music’s Google Play Store reviews. The popular music app had suffered from this particular problem for some time, but an update from earlier this week now appears to have eradicated it.

The update, version 8.5.6542-1.Y, listed “bug fixes” as its only improvement in the patch notes, but those on Reddit are confirming that the swipe-to-delete gesture has been fixed with the new version.

This gesture was previously used to delete songs in a playlist or remove them from the queue. While it might have been a smart idea in principle — a quick-fire way to remove a track rather than tapping the options button — users would frequently delete songs simply when trying to scroll through a playlist. 

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It’s easy for smartphone interfaces, or any digital interface, to misinterpret our intentions — displays often automatically rotate on me against my will — but this quirk was especially frustrating because it was difficult to reverse: if you miss-time the tap on the “undo” button that briefly appeared, an unfamiliar track in your playlist could be lost forever to the ether. This fix, then, comes as very pleasant news indeed. 

And if you’re thinking about getting involved with Google Play Music, now might actually be a good time to do so: Google is currently offering four months free for new subscribers to the service. To download the app, visit the Play Store at the button below. 

Who’s returning to Play Music now that this issue has been fixed? Let us know in the comments. 

The iPhone’s last major weakness might finally be fixed next year

This year’s iPhone X is ahead of the competition in virtually every respect. But when it comes to the wireless chip inside the newest iPhones, Apple has been found sorely wanting. Neither the iPhone X nor iPhone 8 support LTE-Advanced technologies, which means that in real-world testing, the iPhone X is slower than virtually any Android flagship launched this year.

The baseband modem chip inside the phone is to blame. Apple uses a mix of suppliers — Intel and Qualcomm — to handle supply, and so that it’s not solely reliant on one supplier. Qualcomm is the industry leader in baseband chips, and the Qualcomm-powered phones should on paper be able to keep up with the Android competition. But Intel’s modem lacks the LTE-Advanced features, an in an effort to keep parity between, say, the Verizon and ATT-model iPhones, Apple disables LTE-Advanced on the Qualcomm-powered devices, so that all iPhone models perform the same.

But according to a new report, the software sandbagging will end by next year. Respected analysis firm KGI has issued a report, seen by 9to5Mac, claiming that the “2018 iPhones will include significantly faster baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm.” Hopefully, that will mean greater parity between Qualcomm and Intel’s modems, which in turn will mean no software limitations, and iPhones that are genuinely fast.

Significantly, the KGI report says that 70-80% of modems will be supplied by Intel. Apple is currently locked in a bitter legal argument with Qualcomm over the price it charges for the use of its patents in the iPhone, so it’s no surprise that Apple is trying to shift supply away from Qualcomm as quickly as possible.

A separate report today claimed that Apple and Intel are working together to design new 5G modem chips for a future iPhone. Apple has moved more and more of its chip design in-house in recent years. Not only does it handle design for the CPU in iPhones and iPads, but it also designs custom wireless chips, image processors, and wireless charging technologies for its products.

With any luck, greater competition between Intel and Qualcomm will push both companies to keep working on their modem chips, and the end result will be faster connections for end users. Right now, the difference between Android flagships and the new iPhone X is stark: In a head-to-head test, the Galaxy Note 8 showed download speeds twice as fast as the iPhone X, whether that was 100Mbps to 50Mbps, or 350Mbps to 150Mbps.

Windows 10 defenses open to 17-year-old Office bug, but Microsoft’s just fixed it

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Video: Protecting the Core – Microsoft bug detectors offered bigger reward

Microsoft has patched a remote code execution bug that researchers found in remnants of a 17-year-old executable, unshielded by any of Microsoft’s modern Windows 10 exploit mitigations.

Researchers at security firm Embedi found the bug in an ancient Microsoft tool called Microsoft Equation Editor, whose executable EQNEDT32.EXE was compiled in 2000 and has remained unchanged in Office ever since.

The tool was used to insert mathematical formulas into Office documents, but by Office 2007 was redundant. Embedi speculates Microsoft left it there for backwards compatibility.

Embedi used Microsoft’s own BinScope tool to find the vulnerable executable. BinScope analyzes binaries to check that a project complies with Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL).

The SDL program was born in 2002, along with Bill Gates’ famous Trustworthy Computing memo, which detailed how new security initiatives would prevent a repeat of several major malware outbreaks at the time, such as the ILOVEYOU worm.

In other words, Equation Editor was built before Microsoft began building software according to the principles of SDL.

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The bug was found in the Microsoft Equation Editor tool used to insert mathematical formulas into Office documents.


Image: Embedi

BinScope helped the researchers find the most obsolete components of the Microsoft Office 2016, and identified EQNEDT32.EXE as unsafe. Another Microsoft tool called ProcessMitigations helped illustrate how vulnerable it was, since even old exploit mitigation technologies such as DEP and ASLR were turned off in the 2000-compiled executable.

The module was also not protected by Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 mitigations, such as Control Flow Guard.

“Thus, it was crystal clear that if a vulnerability were found, no security mitigation would prevent an attacker from exploiting it,” Embedi says in a technical write-up.

Microsoft released a patch for the Office vulnerability, tagged as CVE-2017-11882, in yesterday’s November Patch Tuesday update.

“Exploitation of the vulnerability requires that a user open a specially crafted file with an affected version of Microsoft Office or Microsoft WordPad software,” explains Microsoft.

Attackers could use email or the web to direct the attack at a user but would need to convince a target to open the rigged file.

The bug affects all support versions of Office, from Office 2016 through to Office 2007 SP3 running on Windows 7 through to Windows 10.

Embedi created an exploit that worked against all version of Office released in the past 17 years, including Office 365, running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and the Windows 10 Creators Update.

They note that Office’s Protected View was an obstacle as it blocks active content execution for macros and Object Linked and Embedding (OLE).

OLE is used by Equation Editor to embed data and display images in a document. But as many recent targeted attacks using Office documents have shown, social engineering can help bypass this.

Embedi’s attack relied on two buffer overflows its researchers found and used several OLEs to attack the flaws and execute arbitrary commands, such as downloading a file from the internet and executing it. A convenient way to execute arbitrary code is to launch an executable file from an attacker-controlled WebDAV server, Embedi notes.

The security firm believes the component has many more easily exploitable vulnerabilities and recommends disabling it in Windows registry to prevent exploitation. However, it also notes that Office Protected View will also significantly mitigate the threat for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Embedi’s video explains how the vulnerability could be exploited.

Source: Embedi/YouTube

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The Most Infuriating Computer Programming Bug I Ever Fixed

While working as a compiler engineer at Intel, I once got assigned a weird bug. It was an Android app, basically a Java benchmark, and it would randomly crash. The app had one button, and clicking that button started a long running execution of the whole suite of benchmarks.

Here’s what’s fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 17035

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17035 to the Fast ring today, bringing with it a range of new features. But being that it was the first new build to be offered to the Fast ring in two weeks, a laundry list of features isn’t all that it includes. There are a whole bunch of fixes and improvements, along with a few known issues.

Here’s what got fixed and improved:

  • ATTENTION DEVELOPERS: We fixed an issue from the previous flight where launching an app with a debugger attached caused it hang at the splash screen. Debugging UWPs now works again.

  • When the default location is set on your home or office PC, Cortana now knows to show you location-based reminders in the area on your PC. Your default location can be set in the Maps app.

  • We’ve updated Cortana Collections to now support light theme.

  • We’re making some changes to the Data Usage settings page under Settings Network Internet — you’ll notice some differences in this build. Not everything is working so stay tuned for an announcement in a later flight when everything is up and running.

  • We fixed an issue where some Store download errors were unexpectedly displaying on the Windows Update history page.

  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now use Fluent Design’s Reveal. You’ll also notice we’ve updated “Clear all” to now say “Clear all notifications” to improve discoverability.

  • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to swipe to clear notifications from the Action Center in the last few flights.

  • We fixed an issue where dismissing an alarm notification above lock resulting in the alarm sound continuing to play despite being dismissed.

  • We fixed an issue where after uninstalling an app, its pinned tile might still exist on the Start Menu.

  • We fixed an issue where after connecting via Remote Desktop the first local launch of Start menu would show Start briefly clipped to the top half before animating in the bottom.

  • We fixed an issue where after upgrading the Start Menu might contain multiple listings of apps with only the name “NoUIEntryPoints-DesignMode” and a grey tile.

  • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to rename files in File Explorer when using the Small Icons view.

  • We fixed an issue where using the File Picker from a UWP app would show an error saying “multiple selections aren’t allowed” when attempting to pick multiple images from a phone connected to the PC via USB.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” being reset after upgrading.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in a drop in Start menu reliability in the last two flights.

  • We fixed an issue where notifications with progress bars wouldn’t update while the Action Center was open.

  • We fixed an issue where valid characters in the touch keyboard were unexpectedly disabled in password fields for certain keyboards.

  • We fixed an issue where you couldn’t switch to alpha mode when using the touch keyboard using a third party Japanese IME since the key wasn’t available.

  • We fixed an issue where the input indicator state wouldn’t be preserved across reboot if set to something other than the default value.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard coming up unexpectedly after setting focus to Start when in tablet mode.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in ink strokes in OneNote sometimes unexpectedly changing thickness after interacting with buttons in the app.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard not coming up in certain text fields with the keyboard docked in tablet mode.

  • We fixed an issue where words would sometimes get duplicated when using the handwriting panel in certain apps.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in screen flickering in the last flight after bringing up the game bar, volume slider or other on-screen UI when playing fullscreen DirectX9 games.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Forza Horizon 3 unexpectedly failing to run with an “unsupported graphics card” error on some laptop configurations.

  • We fixed an issue where pressing Shift + Del while editing the URL of a favorite would delete the favorite entry instead of performing a Cut action.

  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight where changes made to About:flags in Microsoft Edge wouldn’t persist.

Here are the known issues:

  • If you are experiencing broken functionality in Mail, Cortana, Narrator or missing some features like Windows Media Player, please see this Feedback Hub post:https://aka.ms/Rsrjqn.

  • There’s a noticeable screen flicker when using hotkeys or the touchpad to switch between Virtual Desktops.

  • You might notice checkboxes missing from certain Win32 apps. We’re investigating.

It’s also worth noting that there’s a bug on PCs with AMD processors, so you will need an Intel processor on your machine in order to install it.

If you’re on the Fast ring, you can grab today’s build by going to Settings – Update security – Windows Update – Check for updates. If you’re not, you can sign up via the Windows Insider Program tab and clicking ‘Get started’.

AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Additional Counties in Mississippi to Better Serve Select Rural and …

ATT’s Fixed Wireless Internet service delivers a home internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps. Now customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows. The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on customers’ homes or businesses. This is an efficient way to deliver high-quality internet to customers in rural and underserved areas.

Parts of the following 46 counties in Mississippi are now eligible for Fixed Wireless Internet service from ATT:  Adams, Amite, Attala, Benton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Franklin, George, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Jones, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Leake, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Tate, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Wilkinson, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo.

ATT has extended Fixed Wireless Internet as part of its FCC Connect America Fund commitment to help rural and underserved areas. ATT plans to reach nearly 133,000 locations with this technology across Mississippi by 2020. As a part of this rollout, ATT plans to reach over 400,000 locations nationwide by the end of 2017, and over 1.1 million locations nationwide by 2020.

“Fixed Wireless Internet service is innovative technology that is helping close the connectivity gap in many rural areas across our state,” said Mayo Flynt, state president of ATT Mississippi. “With more than 2,800 men and women working for ATT who call Mississippi home, we are committed to meeting the demands for more broadband connectivity for residents and businesses in rural areas. That’s why we’re pleased to announce this service expansion to parts of 46 counties in Mississippi.”

In order to determine if Mississippi residents can order the service, they can call toll-free 1-877-990-0041. ATT will continue making community-specific announcements in Mississippi in the upcoming weeks and months ahead. We’ll provide updates about additional availability in parts of Mississippi, and other states, as we expand Fixed Wireless Internet to more locations. For more information on Fixed Wireless Internet from ATT, visit att.com/internet/fixed-wireless.html.  

In addition to Mississippi, ATT has launched Fixed Wireless Internet service in 17 additional states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

1Includes 160GB data allowance per month. Req’s installation of ATT outdoor antenna indoor Residential Gateway. $10/50GB of additional data up to a max of $200/mo.

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward Looking Statements:  Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in ATT Inc’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ATT disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

*About ATT

ATT Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high-speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to ATT for our highly secure smart solutions. 

ATT products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of ATT Inc. under the ATT brand and not by ATT Inc. Additional information about ATT products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 ATT Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. ATT, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of ATT Intellectual Property and/or ATT affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q4 2016 + Q1 2017 across 121 markets.

 

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If you need your Pixel 2 fixed, uBreakiFix is your answer

f222e_google-pixel-2-and-2-xl-review-aa-17-of-19-840x473 If you need your Pixel 2 fixed, uBreakiFix is your answer

uBreakiFix and Google are teaming up once again to provide Pixel owners in need of professional, quality repair service with a fast, convenient solution. Over 335 uBreakiFix stores located in Canada and the US will offer special pricing for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners.

With tens of thousands of Google Pixels repaired in uBreakiFix walk-in repair shops to date, it’s a no-brainer for Google to extend this partnership, allowing quality repairs at affordable prices. Customers can walk into any shop located throughout North America and have their Pixel 2 screen repaired in the day for $149.99, and Pixel 2 XL screen repairs for $219.99. And uBreakiFix isn’t only covering cracked screens—any kind of technical or software problem will be tackled by a team of specialists. This includes water damage, software issues, camera issues, battery replacement, and more.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL review: the way Android is meant to be

“A broken device shouldn’t have to ruin someone’s day,” says Justin Wetherill, uBreakiFix’s CEO. “We are thrilled to provide Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL customers with the quality repair service and exceptional customer experience that have come to define our brand.” The partnership offers same-day repairs, even with walk-in appointments. In addition, customers who purchase Google’s protection plan can get their phone serviced in all uBreakiFix stores.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Google partnered with uBreakiFix to provide free repairs for Google’s Pixel smartphones. The tragic floods had devastating consequences, and the lack of water protection damaged irreparably Google’s phones.

Google’s Pixel 2 phones have IP67 ratings, but water damage is the least of Google’s worries right now. Some users claim their Pixel 2 XL displays are experiencing burn in issues after only a couple weeks of use. If this proves to be a widespread issue, it is good news for customers to be able to walk into any uBreakiFix repair shop and have their Pixel 2 XL display replaced within the day.

Next: Google Pixel 2 XL cases – here are some of your best options

Microsoft has already fixed the Wi-Fi attack vulnerability

Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption. The security vulnerabilities allow attackers to read Wi-Fi traffic between devices and wireless access points, and in some cases even modify it to inject malware into websites. Security researchers claim devices running macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux will be affected by the vulnerabilities.

Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. “We have released a security update to address this issue,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected. We continue to encourage customers to turn on automatic updates to help ensure they are protected.” Microsoft is planning to publish details of the update later today.

While it looks like Android and Linux devices are affected by the worst part of the vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to manipulate websites, Google has promised a fix for affected devices “in the coming weeks.” Google’s own Pixel devices will be the first to receive fixes with security patch level of November 6, 2017, but most other handsets are still well behind even the latest updates. Security researchers claim 41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to an “exceptionally devastating” variant of the Wi-Fi attack that involves manipulating traffic, and it will take time to patch older devices.

The Verge has reached out to a variety of Android phone makers to clarify when security patches will reach handsets, and we’ll update you accordingly. At the time of writing, Apple has not yet clarified whether the latest versions of macOS and iOS are vulnerable.

The Wi-Fi Alliance, a network of companies responsible for Wi-Fi, has responded to the disclosure of the vulnerabilities. “This issue can be resolved through straightforward software updates, and the Wi-Fi industry, including major platform providers, has already started deploying patches to Wi-Fi users,” says a Wi-Fi Alliance spokesperson. “Users can expect all their Wi-Fi devices, whether patched or unpatched, to continue working well together.”

​Serious Linux kernel security bug fixed | ZDNet

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Most secure Linux server setups vulnerable to newly discovered sudo hole

Sometimes old fixed bugs come back to bite us. That’s the case with CVE-2017-1000253, a Local Privilege Escalation Linux kernel bug.

This is a problem with how the Linux kernel loaded Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) executables. If an ELF application was built as Position Independent Executable (PIE), the loader could allow part of that application’s data segment to map over the memory area reserved for its stack. This could cause memory corruption. Then, an otherwise unprivileged local user with access to a Set owner User ID (SUID) or otherwise privileged flawed PIE binary, could gain higher-level user privileges.

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Qualys, a security company, worked out a way to exploit this hole. By smashing the PIE’s .dynamic section with a stack-based string operation, they found they could force the ld.so dynamic linker to load and execute their own shared library.

This security hole may sound complicated, but it’s relatively easy to exploit. Since it could give an ordinary user super-user privileges it’s potentially very dangerous.

This bug, and its fix, are actually old. It was first uncovered in 2015 by Michael Davidson, a Google software engineer. It was fixed in the 4.0 Linux kernel. To be exact, Davidson repaired the kernel bug with a patch committed on April 14, 2015.

What neither Davidson, nor anyone, realized at the time was that what appeared to be a minor bug could be exploited.

Since the bug was patched over two years ago, you might be wondering, “Why does this matter?”

The problem is that the bug lived on in long-term support (LTS) versions of Linux, which are often used in server Linux distributions. In particular, Qualys found that “All versions of CentOS 7 before 1708 (released on Sept. 13, 2017), all versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 before 7.4 (released on Aug. 1, 2017), and all versions of CentOS 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 are exploitable.” The bug is also present in Debian-based Linux distributions.

If you’re running an up-to-date Linux desktop, you have nothing to worry about. These use modern kernels rather than LTS kernels.

With a Common Vulnerability Scoring System, version 3 (CVSSv3) severity score of 7.8, system admins should patch the bug as soon as possible. Since the major Linux distributors were aware of the security hole before it was announced, all a system administrator needs to do is their usual package management program to patch the kernel or install a patched kernel, and reboot.

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