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Misfit Vapor With Android Wear 2.0 Launched in India: Price, Specifications

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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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.

Report shows why Apple should have launched iPhone X sooner

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Apple’s delayed launch of the iPhone X hurt the iPhone market share around the world, research firm Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday.

Apple launched the iPhone X in the beginning of November, instead of in September when it launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

It’s this window that Kantar believes may have hurt Apple’s market share. Data from Kantar shows that Apple’s share fell by 7.6 percentage points in the U.S. during the October quarter, compared to the same period last year. Likewise, it slipped 8.5 percentage points in Great Britain, 1.6 percentage points in Germany, 6.9 percentage points in Japan and 2.1 percentage points in the European Union Five. Android saw growth in all of those markets except in China.

“It was somewhat inevitable that Apple would see volume share fall once we had a full comparative month of sales taking into account the non-flagship iPhone 8 vs. the flagship iPhone 7 from 2016,” said Dominic Sunnebo, global business unit director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “This decrease is significant and puts pressure on the iPhone X to perform. Considering the complete overhaul that the iPhone X offers, consumers may be postponing their purchase decisions until they can test the iPhone X and decide whether the higher price, compared to the iPhone 8, is worth the premium to them.”

Despite this, Apple said earlier this year that sales during the last quarter exceeded expectations and were up 3 percent year-on-year. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus quickly became Apple’s most popular iPhone models and remained the best-selling until the iPhone X went on sale. Also, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus rollout wasn’t completed until the end of October, so some markets didn’t yet have those phones.

Early reports had suggested Apple pushed the launch of the iPhone X due to supply issues, though that hasn’t seemed to be much of an issue. While supply did seem limited initially, the iPhone X is now much easier to buy without much of a wait.

Read the full report from Kantar Worldpanel.

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Report shows why Apple should have launched iPhone X sooner

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7c21a_104819324-GettyImages-869824588-1.530x298 Report shows why Apple should have launched iPhone X sooner

Apple’s delayed launch of the iPhone X hurt the iPhone market share around the world, research firm Kantar Worldpanel said on Tuesday.

Apple launched the iPhone X in the beginning of November, instead of in September when it launched the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

It’s this window that Kantar believes may have hurt Apple’s market share. Data from Kantar shows that Apple’s share fell by 7.6 percentage points in the U.S. during the October quarter, compared to the same period last year. Likewise, it slipped 8.5 percentage points in Great Britain, 1.6 percentage points in Germany, 6.9 percentage points in Japan and 2.1 percentage points in the European Union Five. Android saw growth in all of those markets except in China.

“It was somewhat inevitable that Apple would see volume share fall once we had a full comparative month of sales taking into account the non-flagship iPhone 8 vs. the flagship iPhone 7 from 2016,” said Dominic Sunnebo, global business unit director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “This decrease is significant and puts pressure on the iPhone X to perform. Considering the complete overhaul that the iPhone X offers, consumers may be postponing their purchase decisions until they can test the iPhone X and decide whether the higher price, compared to the iPhone 8, is worth the premium to them.”

Despite this, Apple said earlier this year that sales during the last quarter exceeded expectations and were up 3 percent year-on-year. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus quickly became Apple’s most popular iPhone models and remained the best-selling until the iPhone X went on sale. Also, Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus rollout wasn’t completed until the end of October, so some markets didn’t yet have those phones.

Early reports had suggested Apple pushed the launch of the iPhone X due to supply issues, though that hasn’t seemed to be much of an issue. While supply did seem limited initially, the iPhone X is now much easier to buy without much of a wait.

Read the full report from Kantar Worldpanel.

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Android Oreo Go launched to bring in more Internet users

Tech giant Google on Tuesday unveiled a slew of new solutions, such as Android Oreo Go edition for low-cost smartphones and a bike mode for Maps, aimed at driving Internet adoption across markets, including India.

The company has also worked with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to bring a customised version of Google Assistant (virtual assistant) to the latter’s smart feature phones.

Caesar Sengupta, vice-president, Next Billion Users, said Google’s India-first suite of products and features are aimed to help more people discover how the Internet can make life easier and more convenient.

“These products and features are India-first, but they are not India-only. When we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone,” he added.

Citing the example of the bike mode on Google Maps and addition of bill payment feature in Tez, Mr. Sengupta said, “These additions both speak to the specific lifestyles of a large number of Indians.”

“Then you have those who are just adopting Internet. For them, Android Oreo (Go edition) will help improve the experience on entry-level phones while new apps like Files Go will ensure their experience is smooth and they consume less data,” he said.

Files Go helps users free up space on their devices, find files faster and share files offline with people nearby. Mr. Sengupta said that he expects handset makers to bring smartphones based on Android Oreo (Go) edition in early 2018.

Previously, Google had partnered with Indian handset makers like Micromax and Spice to launch entry-level Android One smartphones. But unlike Android One, Android Go is a software available for any handset with 1GB RAM or less.

There will also be a new set of lighter Google apps, including Google Go (for search) aimed at first time smartphone users. Google has already launched Youtube Go that is in beta testing phase in India.

Sengupta said a special version of the Google Assistant — in both English and Hindi — has been developed for Reliance Jio phones. This is the first time that Google’s virtual assistant has been made available on a feature phone.

Over the next few months, Google will also offer information on air quality for 20 Indian cities through its platform. Talking about Tez launched in September this year, Mr. Sengupta said the app now has 12 million users.

“Over the next few weeks, Tez will offer a customised experience to pay bills from within the app … More than 70 billers will be supported, including utilities and direct-to- home service providers,” he said.

Within months of launch, Tez has already seen 140 million transactions and accounted for 70 per cent of the country’s UPI transactions in the months of October and November. On the two-wheeler mode in Maps, Mr. Sengupta said the feature will be available in India starting today, with more countries in the coming months.

Google, which offers Internet access at railway stations in partnership with RailTel, said the service will be available at 400 stations in 2018.

Mr. Sengupta said Google is now working on offering WiFi hotspots across Indian cities and is also taking it to other markets like Indonesia.

Capcom’s 3DS title ‘Monster Hunter Stories’ has launched for Android in Japan

Monster Hunter Stories initially launched in the US for the Nintendo 3DS only a few months ago. It exists as a spin-off of the popular mainline action-based series Monster Hunter. The gameplay is entirely different than what you would expect of a conventional Monster Hunter title, as you will be fighting monsters through turn-based combat instead of in real time. For the most part, Monster Hunter Stories was well received when it launched on the 3DS, and I see no reason why the title wouldn’t play just as well on Android. Sadly Monster Hunter Stories is only available in Japan as of today. Hopefully, Capcom will eventually release it in the West.

The first thing to note is that this Android release of Monster Hunter Stories exists as a fully paid upfront title that does not contain any in-app purchases or advertisements. In the US it is marked as costing $15.67, which doesn’t seem all that bad when compared to the 3DS version’s $39.99 price tag. Of course, the entirety of this Android port is in Japanese, so it will be difficult for the majority of players to get in on this particular release if they can’t read the language. You would also need access to Japan’s Play Store, which is easy enough if you know what you are doing, but still quite a roadblock for the average user.

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Oh, and then you have the fact that this game may never release on Android with an English localization. Nintendo is the one that paid for the translation to English for the West’s 3DS version. Most likely Nintendo is not going to provide Capcom with the translation in order to sell the game on a platform that they will not profit from. This means Capcom would have to pay for a new English translation themselves, which isn’t all that likely. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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So yeah, it’s great to see Capcom releasing AAA quality games on Android, but of course, it’s maddening to find out that only Japan gets to reap the rewards. With how popular the Monster Hunter franchise is and with the upcoming release or Monster Hunter: World looming on the horizon, I see no reason as to why Capcom would think their mobile port wouldn’t sell well in the West. But hey, this is Capcom I am talking about, so any logical analysis of the situation is probably a waste.

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iPhone X to be launched in Bangladesh Thursday

The latest apple’s flagship item iPhone X has already started taking pre-order and will be in the Bangladesh market for sale from Thursday, reports UNB.

The first ever all screen iPhone with super retina display injecting new exciting features celebrating 10 years anniversary of world renowned brand has already hit in the USA and European market last month and drew huge attention of high-end mobile phone lovers across the globe.

Mobile phone operators and others few phone sellers including Compustar PVT Limited (CPL) will sell the iPhone X.

CPL, according to a press statement, will launch sale of iPhone at a ceremony in the capital and the set will be available for sale from Thursday.

“Iphone X has already created huge hype around the world. Keeping parity with the world market of high-end mobile phone set, we are also ready to launch the new sensation in the market,” CPL chairman Raquibul Kabir said.

Kabir urged the mobile phone users to buy the iPhone X handset from authorised resellers since many unauthorised handset traders sell fake or refurbished iPhones.

He also requested all to visit www.compustarltd.com to verify the authenticity of the phone before buying any iPhone handset from the market.

Anyone can purchase legitimate iPhone X from apple authorised sellers like Grameen Phone Centre, Robi Sheba Banglalink Mono Brand Store, iCenter, Executive Machine, Computer Source, Gadget Gear store, Mobile World Store and for online purchase from www.pickaboo.com.

According to Apple, the iPhone X represents the biggest technological leap forward since the original iPhone was introduced 10 years ago, and it sets the path for the next decade of iPhone development.

The Super Retina display of the set features – a 2436 x 1125 resolution with 458 pixels per inch, the highest resolution and pixel density Apple has introduced in an iPhone.

The 5.8-inch front screen melts into a highly polished curved-edge stainless steel band that encircles a durable all-glass body available in two pearlescent finishes: Space Gray and Silver.

Both feature a black front panel.

Samsung’s new ultra-premium flip phone launched in China with f/1.5 aperture camera and Bixby

b6b7b_samsung-w2018-840x514 Samsung's new ultra-premium flip phone launched in China with f/1.5 aperture camera and BixbySamsung has unveiled its latest ultra-premium clamshell phone at an event in Xiamen, China, and it’s an absolute monster. As is usually the case with Samsung’s flagship “flip phones”, the W2018 will only retail in Asia and is expected to cost upwards of $2,000.

The South Korean giant’s new W-series phone is a successor to last year’s W2017, not the Leader 8 which was announced just a few months ago. The W2018’s launch also marks the range’s tenth anniversary, as well as Samsung’s 25th in the Chinese market in general.

As for the phone itself, we’re looking at an unmistakably high-end device built from a combination of metal and glass. It comes in two colors – Elegant Gold and Platinum – and weighs in at 247 g. For some context, that’s significantly heavier than both the Galaxy S8 (155 g) and Galaxy Note 8 (195 g).

The W2018 sports a pair of 4.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen displays, each with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. For those that prefer a more traditional clamshell experience, the phone also features a full keypad and navigational buttons.

Like its recent Galaxy S siblings, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset backed by a chunky 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage (expandable up to 256 GB). It also comes with a dual-sim slot, a 2,300 mAh battery, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Samsung’s Bixby assistant (and yes, it does have a dedicated Bixby button).

As well as becoming the first clamshell phone to feature a digital assistant, the W2018 also claims a much more impressive ‘world first’ thanks to its rear 12 MP camera. While that doesn’t sound too exciting at a glance, the juicy part is the single sensor’s f/1.5 aperture – the lowest we’ve seen to date on a mobile phone, beating out the LG V30’s f/1.6 camera aperture.

On the downside, the luxury phone only runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, although Samsung promised that an update to Oreo (8.0) is on the way in 2018.

What do you make of the Samsung W2018 and its bizarre mix of high-end specs, extravagant design, and old school form factor? Let us know in the comments.

Google just launched Datally, an app to save your data

Google wants to help you conserve your data. 

The company has launched Datally, a free app to help you understand and curb your data usage. The app is primarily intended for users in India and Southeast Asia, where it is common to use prepaid SIM cards with a limited amount of data. 

Datally is free on the Google Play Store, and is available for all Android devices. It shows you graphs of how much data you’re using on a daily, monthly, or weekly basis. You’ll also see which of your apps have used the most data, both recently and over the course of the past day. 

The app also includes Data Saver, a feature that blocks apps from using data in the background. When Data Saver is enabled, a bubble will appear to the right of your screen in any app you’re using. The bubble will inform you, in real time, of how much data the app is using. By pressing the bubble at any point, you can block the app from using data. 

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And in the interest of saving your data, Datally will alert you when you’re near public wifi, and help you connect. 

This app could eliminate a lot of stress not just for those with prepaid SIM cards, but for anyone with a limited data plan. 

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RDP Thinbook 1403p with Intel Atom processor, preloaded windows 10 launched at Rs 11999


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RDP has launched its latest laptop, the RDP Thinbook 1403p priced at Rs 11,999. The laptop is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded upto 128GB using a microSD card. It is preloaded with Windows 10 and will be available on ecommerce sites like Amazon and Flipkart, or can be purchased from RDP.

Read the complete press release below

RDP, India’s leading IT hardware and mobility manufacturing company today announced a new 14.1 inch laptop, ThinBook 1403p with Windows 10 Pro OS preloaded. The laptop will be available at price of Rs 11,999/- plus GST.

Equipped with a class-leading hardware and software, ThinBook 1430p comes packed with the latest generation Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage which can be expandable by microSD card up to 128GB. The device is extremely thin and light, weighing only 1.36kg and a long battery life up to 8.5 hours with its 10,000mAH battery.

Commenting on the occasion, Vikram Redlapalli, Founder CEO, RDP said, ‘‘Windows 10 Pro Operating System enables the corporate users to meet their specific functional needs and increases the productivity of their employees working with applications on a daily basis and can also seamlessly use browser based productivity applications like ERP/CRM. This device allows deployment of many security policies which can only be rolled out with devices having ‘Windows 10 Pro’ OS.”

Other important features of the product are:

  • High speed USB 3.0 (allows 10X data transfer speeds vis-à-vis USB 2.0)
  • Integrated wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Multitouch Capacitive Touchpad
  • Dual HD Speakers

The laptop will be available on ecommerce sites like Amazon   Flipkart or can directly be bought from the RDP.

 

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Vivo V7 with 24 MP front camera launched in India

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In a press event in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, Vivo announced the launch of its new addition to the V series, the Vivo V7, in India.

The highlight of the Vivo V7 is the same as the V7+ launched in September this year – the 24 MP front camera, along with a 16 MP rear camera. Both smartphones also feature FullView displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, although the V7 sports a 5.7-inch HD (1440 x 720) display as opposed to the 5.99-inch one found on the V7+.

Vivo has always endeavored to provide the best-in-class performance, especially when it comes to selfie camera capabilities. With the launch of V7, we are offering consumers another compelling proposition featuring an excellent camera and powerful performance at a competitive price point.

– Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India

Vivo V7 Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with FunTouch OS 3.2
  • Display: 5.7-inch HD (1440 x 720) | 18:9 aspect ratio | 2.5D curved glass display | Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 450 | Adreno 506 GPU
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB; expandable up to 256GB with microSD card
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP with LED flash | f/2.0 aperture | PDAF
  • Front Camera: 24 MP with LED flash | f/2.0 aperture
  • Dimensions: 149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

Priced at ₹18,990 ($292), Vivo V7 is available in two color variants – Champagne Gold and Matte Black – across all retail stores in India starting from November 25, and can be pre-booked on Flipkart exclusively starting today.

What do you think of the Vivo V7 and its selfie shenanigans? Tell us in the comments!

Vivo V7 launched with 24 MP camera and bezel-less display

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Vivo has announced the Vivo V7 in China. This is virtually the same device as the recently launched Vivo V7 Plus, with only a couple of features separating the V7 from its larger sibling. However, it’s coming with a smaller price tag.

The V7 houses a 5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display with 18:9 format and 83.6% display-to-body ratio. This arrives in addition to a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 chip — a 14 nm mobile platform new in 2017 — 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage space (with microSD card support).

On the rear, you’ll find a 16 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, while at the front comes a 24 MP camera. This features VivoFace Access technology (also seen on V7 Plus) for unlocking the device, as well as Smart Beauty 7.0, which “brightens up selfies and creates a more even complexion,” according to Vivo.

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The V7 is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery, has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Vivo’s Funtouch 3.2 UI on top.

Vivo launches V7+ with 24MP front camera in India

The V7 Plus, meanwhile, differs in that it comes with a 6-inch display, 64 GB of internal storage space, and a 3,225 mAh battery. As mentioned previously, though, that device costs the equivalent of around $350, while Vivo says the V7 will come in at “around $300.”

The device is going on sale in Indonesia today in Black and Gold but it’s expected to be released in “global markets” in future.

What are your thoughts on the Vivo V7? Let us know in the comments.

Free Quad9 internet threat protection launched

IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) have launched a free service designed to block access to millions of malicious websites automatically.

The Quad9 domain name system (DNS) service is aimed at protecting users from websites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.

Cyber criminals are increasingly using tools and techniques to build realistic-looking websites that mimic legitimate companies.

According to those behind the project, Quad9 does not store, correlate or otherwise use any personally identifiable information (PII) from its users, unlike other DNS services that often capture information about the websites consumers visit, devices they use and where they live.

An average of 27% of consumers think they are capable of staying ahead of the latest online threats and only 14% have ever changed the DNS settings on their computer, polls across the UK, the US, France and Germany have revealed.

To take advantage of the security and privacy of Quad9, users need to reconfigure a single setting on their devices to use 9.9.9.9 as their DNS server. 

Full instructions on what a DNS service does and how to switch to Quad9 can be found at www.quad9.net. Quad9 has also laid out the four easy steps for Mac OS and Windows.

As well as PCs and laptops, the protections offered by Quad9 can be extended to all internet connected devices, which often do not receive important security updates and are also difficult to secure with traditional security tools.

With Quad9 used in a home or business network at the router or gateway level, users will have an added level of protection for their IoT devices. These smart devices would also be blocked from accessing remote hosts which have been identified as being harmful or IoT botnets such as Mirai, which infected millions of IoT devices in late 2016.

When a Quad9 user clicks on a website link or types an address into a web browser, Quad9 checks the site against IBM X-Force’s threat intelligence database of more than 40 billion analysed web pages and images. The service also taps feeds from 18 further threat intelligence partners, including Abuse.ch, the Anti-Phishing Working Group, Bambenek Consulting, F-Secure, mnemonic, 360Netlab, Hybrid Analysis GmbH, Proofpoint, RiskIQ and ThreatSTOP.

Quad9 is designed to provide these protections without affecting the speed that users expect when accessing websites and services.

Using PCH’s global assets around the world, Quad9 has points of presence in more than 70 locations across 40 countries, but the number of points of presence is expected to double in the 18 months to further improve the speed, performance, privacy and security for users globally.

Telemetry data on blocked domains from Quad9 will be shared with threat intelligence partners to improve their threat intelligence responses for their customers and Quad9.

Quad9 began with the GCA, where the intent was to provide security to end users on a global scale by using DNS to deliver a comprehensive threat intelligence feed.

To realise this aim, the GCA provided system development capabilities and brought the threat intelligence community together in collaboration with PCH, which provides Quad9’s network infrastructure; and IBM, which provides IBM X-Force threat intelligence and the easily memorable IP address (9.9.9.9).

Not used widely

“Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely,” said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the GCA.

“Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service. However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind – they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information.”

Bill Woodcock, executive director of PCH, said that through local deployment of technology versus some distant datacentre, Quad9 works to “significantly improve” performance.

“The personal information protections and selectable DNS encryption, DNSSEC, and blocklist that are in place show that this project is in line with PCH’s values,” he said. “Quad9 will inspire trust in both individuals and businesses who understand the importance of securing their private browsing data.”

Jim Brennan, vice-president, strategy and offering management at IBM Security, said taking advantage of threat intelligence is a critical way to stay ahead of cyber criminals.

“Consumers and small businesses traditionally didn’t have free, direct access to the intelligence used by security firms to protect big businesses,” he said. “With Quad9, we are putting that data to work for the industry in an open way and further enriching those insights via the community of users.”

Christine Bejerasco, service lead for consumer RD at F-Secure, said tackling security problems by using key parts of the internet, such as DNS, gives the cyber security industry an opportunity to stop potential compromises.

“A lot of the digital technologies we use were never designed to hold up against the kind of attacks we see today,” she said. “And reinforcing technologies that serve as the backbone of the internet gives users a more secure option to work with.”

SteamVR support for Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets launched in beta today

Back in August, when Microsoft first began rolling out its wave of Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets, the company confirmed that it would be working to enable SteamVR support. With SteamVR enabled, these headsets will get access to a broad range of games and apps currently available to HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift owners via the Steam store. Today, support for SteamVR on Windows 10 mixed reality headsets entered beta, granting some users access.

Microsoft confirmed last week that a ‘preview program’ for SteamVR titles would launch this month and today, it began rolling out. There is still some work to be done on the software side, so SteamVR support is technically in beta, but hopefully we will see swift updates on that front.

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Right now, Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset owners only have access to around 60 games and apps on the Windows Store. Once SteamVR support rolls out, this number will grow, as there are already hundreds of well made VR apps and games available on Steam.

Whether or not these headsets will work perfectly with all games remains to be seen though. Windows 10 headsets do ship with motion controllers, but there may be some difficulties translating controls from the VIVE’s wands over to Microsoft’s. This wouldn’t be too surprising, as there are also some issues when using Oculus Touch on some VIVE games prior to some tinkering on the user’s part.

KitGuru Says: With SteamVR support on the way, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets are going to get a lot more useful. Not just for games, but for certain software apps too, like virtual desktop.

Alphabet Has Officially Launched Balloons that Deliver Internet In …

Web Balloons

Alphabet’s Project Loon has officially launched in Puerto Rico in an effort to bring basic internet connectivity to the island after its infrastructure was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The project utilizes helium air balloons and was able to utilize working ground connections to relay internet service to more than 100,000 unconnected inhabitants.

Speaking to Engadget, the head of Project Loon Alastair Westgarth stated, “In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services, and critical information is key. We hope that the connectivity Project Loon has provided over the last few weeks has been helpful, and would like to thank ATT, T-Mobile, and our government partners who made these efforts possible.”

High Tech Solutions

This is the fastest that Project Loon has ever been launched. The balloons set off from Winnemucca, Nevada and the team used machine learning algorithms to fly them to Puerto Rican airspace. And, while the project was not able to provide connectivity to the entire island, it is still an improvement to the territory’s decimated infrastructure and isn’t an indicator of shortcomings in Project Loon’s capabilities.

Alphabet isn’t the only company that is looking to use their technologies to help rebuild Puerto Rico. ATT is also helping to reinstate wireless service with its “Flying COW” (Cell on Wings) drones. The devices helped to deliver cell phone service, including LTE wireless, to up to 8,000 people in San Juan, the territory’s capital.

Elon Musk’s Tesla additionally sent hundreds of batteries, including Powerwalls and higher capacity Powerpacks, to help get power to where it was needed most, including a children’s hospital in the capital.

Musk also spoke with Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, about using the company’s technology to completely overhaul the island’s electricity grid, which was already crumbling long before Maria touched down. However, critics fear that such a move would be more disruptive to the Puerto Rican power sector, which is currently run by government-owned utilities.

Still, these high-tech solutions are helping to get Puerto Rico back up and running. It is now up to the people of Puerto Rico to decide what technologies will best benefit them throughout this rebuilding period and in the future.

Alphabet Has Officially Launched Balloons that Deliver Internet In Puerto Rico

 

Web Balloons

Alphabet’s Project Loon has officially launched in Puerto Rico in an effort to bring basic internet connectivity to the island after its infrastructure was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. The project utilizes helium air balloons and was able to utilize working ground connections to relay internet service to more than 100,000 unconnected inhabitants.

Speaking to Engadget, the head of Project Loon Alastair Westgarth stated, “In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services, and critical information is key. We hope that the connectivity Project Loon has provided over the last few weeks has been helpful, and would like to thank ATT, T-Mobile, and our government partners who made these efforts possible.”

High Tech Solutions

This is the fastest that Project Loon has ever been launched. The balloons set off from Winnemucca, Nevada and the team used machine learning algorithms to fly them to Puerto Rican airspace. And, while the project was not able to provide connectivity to the entire island, it is still an improvement to the territory’s decimated infrastructure and isn’t an indicator of shortcomings in Project Loon’s capabilities.

Alphabet isn’t the only company that is looking to use their technologies to help rebuild Puerto Rico. ATT is also helping to reinstate wireless service with its “Flying COW” (Cell on Wings) drones. The devices helped to deliver cell phone service, including LTE wireless, to up to 8,000 people in San Juan, the territory’s capital.

Elon Musk’s Tesla additionally sent hundreds of batteries, including Powerwalls and higher capacity Powerpacks, to help get power to where it was needed most, including a children’s hospital in the capital.

Musk also spoke with Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, about using the company’s technology to completely overhaul the island’s electricity grid, which was already crumbling long before Maria touched down. However, critics fear that such a move would be more disruptive to the Puerto Rican power sector, which is currently run by government-owned utilities.

Still, these high-tech solutions are helping to get Puerto Rico back up and running. It is now up to the people of Puerto Rico to decide what technologies will best benefit them throughout this rebuilding period and in the future.

iPhone 8, 8Plus launched in Ghana

The much-awaited iPhone 8 and 8Plus have been launched in the Ghana.

According to Redington Gulf, the exclusive Distributor of Apple Products, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available at Telefonica and iShop – Authorised Resellers of Apple products.

Dubbed as “the new generation iPhone”, iPhone 8 comes in an all new glass design with an embedded wireless charging system. The glass on the front and back is the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, with 50 percent deeper strengthening layer.


The innovative Portrait Lighting feature on the iPhone 8 Plus makes it possible to take incredible studio-style portraits without complex lighting equipment, because you can control how light interacts with your face. The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are custom tuned for the ultimate AR experience.

iPhone 8 is powered by the new A11 Bionic chip, the smartest and most powerful chip ever in a smartphone. With iOS 11 – world’s most advanced mobile operating system pre-installed, whether you’re surfing the web, reading and writing email, taking photos, shopping online, or playing games – the experience is even more amazing with hardware and software made for each other.

iPhone 8 is now available at select Authorised Reseller stores with the official Apple warranty.

Lazer equipped NASA satellites to revolutionise your internet speed when launched TODAY

This will be useful for the military, tech, and meteorological agencies.

The launch of the new satellites is scheduled for 12:14pm (7:14am ET) on Sunday from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The American company, Orbital ATK, will send its Cygnus spacecraft, complete with NanoRacks CubeSats satellites, to the International Space Station.

South Park: Phone Destroyer Android game launched, with in-app purchases up to $70

We first saw a trailer for the first proper smartphone South Park game back in June. The freemium game South Park: Phone Destroyer is now available for free download – though with some expensive in-app purchase options …


Ubisoft describes it as a strategic real-time battle game.

From South Park Digital Studios comes a real-time battle game like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Take on Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle in all out mobile mayhem!

South Park: Phone Destroyer brings you iconic South Park characters, action packed real-time strategy, exploding PvP battles, trademark South Park humor and collectible cards in a perfect mix that’s spicier than Cartman’s chili con carne.

The developer also says you’ll effectively get a new South Park episode in game form.

A whole new South Park experience with new and twisted versions of iconic characters like Stan of Many Moons, Cyborg Kenny, Ninjew Kyle, Grand Wizard Cartman… and many more! Experience a hilarious single player story written in collaboration with South Park Digital Studios.

Top in-app purchases range from $2.99 for ‘My name is the law’ to $69.99 for a ‘Chest of cash.’ However, Ubisoft does stress that all of these are optional.

The game is free to play. Everything can be earned in the game without paying, but you can choose to spend real world money if you wish. The game is designed so that nothing is ever locked behind a paywall. Everything in the game is available to all players as they progress, whether they choose to spend real-world money or not. Remember, you can always disable in-app purchases in your iOS device settings.

South Park: Phone Destroyer is a free download from Google Play.