The redesigned version of the classic Nokia 3310 has been launched in India for Rs. 3,310, with the phone only available for sale through offline stores from Thursday, May 18. You can get it in four color options in two finishes: warm red and yellow in glossy and dark blue and gray in matte.
However, it is not a modern phone. The 3310 has a 2.4-inch QVGA (240×320 pixels) TFT display, only 16 MB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card (up to 32 GB), and a 2-megapixel shooter on the back. There is no selfie camera, no WiFi, and no GPS.
HMD Global is not selling a budget phone but more of a nostalgic pill. It supports 2G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, and a Micro USB port. What it lacks in mere specs, it makes up for with a month-long battery life and the return of the classic Snake game.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Mi Router 3C launched in India Xiaomi launched the dual-sim Redmi 4 at an event in New Delhi, starting at Rs. 6,999 for the lowest variant, available for sale from noon IST, May 23 via Amazon India and Mi.com. A total of three variants with RAM storage were launched – 2GB/16GB for Rs. 6,999, 3GB/32GB at Rs. 8,999, and 4GB/64GB at Rs. 10,999, respectively. All three are expandable via microSD card (up to 128 GB).
Inside, the Redmi 4 sports a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 SoC that powers a 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display, with a 13-megapixel f/2.0 PDAF camera on the back and a 5-megapixel f/ 2.2 on the front. The battery has a capacity of 4100 mAh.
At the event, the Chinese manufacturer also launched its first router in India – the Mi Router 3C. Priced at Rs. 1.199, Xiaomi says it has four “high-performance” antennas that offer better performance, 300Mbps speeds, and works up to 80m range. You can configure and use it through the Mi WiFi app for Android and iOS. It will also be available on the Mi Home store on May 20, via Mi.com on May 23, and on Amazon India and Flipkart from June 8.
WannaCry Ransomware: Connection to North Korea and Impact on India The WannaCry ransomware is having a major impact on computers worldwide, and further details and data about its code and impact were revealed on Tuesday. First, security researchers appeared to have found evidence that some of the code had previously appeared in programs used by Lazarus Group, which is known to be a North Korean-run hacking operation.
Meanwhile, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tried to allay fears back in India by claiming that WannaCry had had an ‘almost zero’ impact. That goes against data from other sources, such as antivirus provider Quick Heal, which detected more than 48,000 attempted cyberattacks using the “MS-17-010 Shadow Broker” exploit.
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According to a second report from Energy Minister Sovandev Chattopadhyay, West Bengal was worst affected, who told Reuters that Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL) was contaminated.
ATMs — most of which still run on unsupported Windows XP licenses — don’t appear to be affected yet, according to security experts. If you received a WhatsApp forward that says otherwise, it’s fake, so ignore it.
WhatsApp Offered In New Colors Is An Adware Prank An adware campaign, which hides behind a Cyrillic-alphabet variant of WhatsApp.com, has tricked users into offering “different colors” of the app. It also causes unwitting users to install adware apps on their phones and a desktop browser extension. The deceptive domain, seen here, instead redirects to another website, where you must share the link with your contacts and WhatsApp groups to spread itself further.
Moto C and Moto C Plus are finally official. Lenovo has launched its affordable C-series smartphones — the Moto C and the Moto C Plus — targeting emerging markets in Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The Moto C starts at EUR 89 (about Rs. 6,200), and the Moto C Plus at EUR 119 (about Rs. 8,300).
Contrary to the regular connotation of the naming, the difference is not in size but in the specifications. It probably would have been better to call it C ‘Pro’, not ‘Plus’. Although the dimensions are not very different, the Moto C has a 2350 mAh battery while the Moto C Plus has a 4000 mAh battery.
Both have a 5-inch screen, FWVGA (480×854 pixels) on the cheaper and HD (720×1280 pixels) on the more expensive. The Moto C has a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M SoC, and the Moto C Plus has a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC.
In terms of cameras, the Moto C has a 5-megapixel on the back, while the Moto C Plus has an 8-megapixel shooter. Both have a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto C starts at EUR 89 (about Rs. 6,200) for the 3G version, while the LTE model goes up to EUR 99 (about Rs. 6,900).
HTC U11, the latest ‘squeezable’ flagship, launched with the claim of best camera H TC’s contender for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, has arrived. It’s called the HTC U11, and the Taiwan-based company has marketed it as the ‘squeezable’ smartphone because there’s a new way – Edge Sense – to interact with the device. Instead of a traditional button, there is a pressure-sensitive zone on the side of the U11, which can launch various apps using a “short squeeze” or a “squeeze and hold”.
Inside, the HTC U11 has a Snapdragon 835 – hence the Galaxy S8 and XZ Premium comparison – which powers a 5.5-inch quad-HD (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD. As with the HTC 10, the company again praises the independent testing of its camera and has achieved the highest DxOMark score ever for any mobile phone, at 90.
In terms of specs, the U11 features a 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera with 1.4-micron pixel, ultra-wide autofocus, optical image stabilization (OIS) for 4K video recording, and a back-illuminated (BSI) sensor that boosts the image quality. LYou get a 16-megapixel front camera with a a BSI sensor and full-HD video recording. low light performance.
It runs Android 7.1 Nougat and has support for two digital assistants, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa, coming natively to a phone for the first time. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack, and no word on a release in India yet. It is available for pre-order in the US for $749 (about Rs. 48,000).
Galaxy Note 8 may have a dual camera, OnePlus 5’s dual camera orientation is unknown. Samsung may have skipped the double camera train with the Galaxy S8, but a new leak for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 tips its inclusion. Thee Chinese social network Weib shows the Note 8 with a 6.3-inch display on the front and a camera above setup on the back. In addition, the refurbished Note 7 – titled Note 7R – has Bluetooth 5.0 certification.
Meanwhile, new renders have surfaced for the OnePlus 5, showing off the dual-camera setup in both horizontal and vertical directions, casting doubt on the integrity of at least one. That’s because, with the phone expected to launch in the summer, OnePlus isn’t working on the design in any way yet. Some reports believe that the OnePlus 5 has appeared on AnTuTu’s benchmark website as ‘A5000’, with a score of 176,000, which would put it in second place between iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8+.
Hackers Threaten to Release Next Pirates Movie In a meeting with employees of Disney-owned ABC, CEO Bob Iger said hackers gained access to one of the studio’s upcoming movies and demanded a ransom in bitcoin. Although he would not share the film’s name, Deadline later reported that the entry in question was the Johnny Depp starrer and the fifth chapter in the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Unlike the Netflix ‘Orange’ leak, the hackers threaten to release five minutes of the film, followed by 20-minute segments until the ransom is paid. With the movie coming out next week, we’ll find out soon enough if they’re going ahead and how it’s impacting the movie’s revenue.
New iOS and macOS versions are being rolled out. Apple is rolling out software updates for its range of devices, be it iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. The new versions are iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.2.5, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2. For the most part, it’s just bug fixes and security patches. Meanwhile, macOS 10.2.5 supports a media-free Windows 10 Creator Update with Boot Camp installation.
Google Assistant May Come to iOS A new report from Android Police claims that Google will announce Google Assistant for iOS later this week at its Google I/O event without citing company sources. There are no other details about the reveal, but given Apple’s limitations, you can bet it will work in a very limited way, unlike its Android cousin. It will only be available in the US at launch.