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Hackers exploiting software stolen from the National Security Agency have executed cyberattacks that has hit dozens of countries worldwide, says a report, which has fretted the authorities.

It is believed that the cyber extortionists have managed to trick victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files.

The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.

Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via the digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what percent had given in to the extortionists.

Researchers with security software maker Avast said they had observed 57,000 infections in 99 countries with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan the top targets.

The most disruptive attacks were reported in Britain, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.

International shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected. “We are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible,” it said in a statement.

Still, only a small number of US-headquartered organizations were hit because the hackers appear to have begun the campaign by targeting organizations in Europe, said Vikram Thakur, research manager with security software maker Symantec.

By the time they turned their attention to the United States, spam filters had identified the new threat and flagged the ransomware-laden emails as malicious, Thakur said.

The US Department of Homeland Security said late on Friday that it was aware of reports of the ransomware, was sharing information with domestic and foreign partners and was ready to lend technical support.

Telecommunications company Telefonica was among many targets in Spain, though it said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted.

Private security firms identified the ransomware as a new variant of “WannaCry” that had the ability to automatically spread across large networks by exploiting a known bug in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

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आज से Amazon ने अपने ग्रेट इंडिया सेल की शुरुआत कर दी है. इस सेल में ग्राहक स्मार्टफोन, लैपटॉप, टीवी और फैशन प्रोडक्ट्स इत्यादि पर बड़े डिस्काउंट का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. अमेजन सेल में ग्राहक बड़े स्मार्टफोन्स ब्रांड जैसे Apple, Samsung, Moto और Coolpad जैसे ब्रांड्स पर भी आकर्षक डील्स देख सकते हैं.

कस्टमर्स कुछ लैपटॉप जैसे MacBook Air 13, Lenovo IdeaPad 110 और Asus और HP के लैपटॉप पर भी डील देख सकते हैं. हम आपको iPhone और एंड्रायड फोन्स पर मिल रहे कुछ ऑफर्स की जानकारी यहां दे रहे हैं.

ग्राहक अमेजन ग्रेट इंडिया सेल में 60,000 रुपये की कीमत में मिलने वाले iPhone 7 32GB को एक्सचेंज ऑफर में 47,999 रुपये तक की कम कीमत में और अमेजन सेल ऑफर में 43,999 रुपये में खरीद सकते हैं. वहीं iPhone 7 128GB को 56,000 रुपये की जगह 52,999 में खरीद सकते हैं. सेल के दौरान iPhone SE 32GB की कीमत 27,000 रुपये से घटकर 20,999 रुपये हो गई है.

एंड्रायड फोन्स की बात करें तो Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro को ग्राहक 27,999 की जगह 2000 रुपये की कटौती के साथ 25,999 में खरीद सकते हैं. इसी तरह सेल में Moto G5 को 10,999 रुपये में, Moto G4 Plus को 11,499 रुपये में, Coolpad Note 5 32GB को 9,999 रुपये में खरीदा जा सकता है.

OnePlus 3T को पसंद वाले ग्राहक इस स्मार्टफोन को 29,999 रुपये की कीमत में ही 11,002 रुपये के एक्सचेंज ऑफर का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. वहीं Xiaomi Redmi 4A अमेजन प्राइम मेंबर्स के लिए 3PM से 5,999 रुपये में उपलब्ध होगा.

इसके अलावा ग्राहक लैपटॉप से लेकर टीवी और बाकी प्रोडक्ट्स पर भी डील का फायदा उठा सकते हैं. जिसे अमेजन वेबसाइट पर जाकर देखा जा सकता है.

 

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This year is an important one for Apple with the tech community expecting the smartphone and software giant to launch a new design this year. This year marks the ten-year anniversary since the first iPhone was launched. Now a new set of renders shows a sleek design and a vertical dual-camera setup on the back.

The renders come from reliable leakster @OnLeaks, in collaboration with @GearIndia, but the tipster has stated that he is not 100 per cent sure that the images portray the final design for the new Apple phone. The reason being Apple has been testing multiple prototypes for the new phone and it’s difficult to say what the final design will be.

The renders portray tiny bezels on the AMOLED iPhone 8, along with a speaker grille at the bottom and curved corners. Moreover, a vertical dual-camera setup is visible on the back, together with LED flash. The renders portray an iPhone that measures 143.5 x 70.9 x 7.7mm, with a display size of 5.8 inches. The removal of the home button and tiny bezels do provide a rather large screen in a small body smartphone.

That being said, there’s no indication of a Touch ID button on the back, the report mentions that perhaps Apple will integrate the fingerprint sensor below the display or incorporate it in the Apple logo on the back.

There have been major speculations regarding the position of the Touch ID. Some analysts have even believed that Apple might ditch the technology completely if it can’t find a solution for embedding it below the display. However, it’s highly unlikely that the iPhone 8 won’t come with a Touch ID at all; it is just a matter of waiting to see if Apple actually does it.

Apple is expected to announce three new smartphones this year, the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The devices will most likely be unveiled in September, while some have said that perhaps Apple will preview the iPhone 8 during its WWDC event this June to build up hype, but that’s quite unlikely.

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Details of the India launch of Nokia 3310 (2017) and the three new Nokia Android phones may be announced on Monday, May 8, at a New Delhi event being hosted by HMD Global. The invite calls the event “a conversation with Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global,” without giving away any details. HMD Global, which has the licence to manufacture and sell Nokia-branded smartphones worldwide, is expected to announce the India launch date of Nokia 3310, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 at the event, while fans will likely have to wait for the actual launch to find out the respective prices.

In an interview with Gadgets 360 after the MWC 2017 launch of the four phones, Sarvikas said the Nokia Android handsets’ design and software updates will be the real differentiators for buyers, not just the specifications. The new Nokia 3310, on the other hand, was described by him as “less of a rational product”, adding that that it came straight from the heart.

At the MWC 2017 Nokia launch event, the company announced that the new Nokia 3310 and Android smartphones will be launched in markets such as India, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Europe in the second quarter. With April already over and the India launch event on May 8, Nokia’s range of smartphones and the new feature phone can be expected to hit the market any time after mid-May.

Of the four Nokia phones, the feature phone enjoys the most popularity, primarily because of the nostalgia fans have for the original Nokia 3310. In fact, an online retailer in India has already started taking pre-orders for Nokia 3310 (2017), but HMD Global has confirmed the listing to be unofficial. In this listing, which mentions no launch date and only has the ‘Coming Soon’ tag, the Nokia 3310 price in India is Rs. 3,899. At the official MWC 2017 launch, the feature phone’s price was announced as EUR 49, which translates to roughly Rs. 3,500.

In terms of features and specifications, the new Nokia 3310 has a 2.4-inch QVGA colour display, 2G connectivity, Nokia Series 30+ OS. 16MB storage, and support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It packs a removable 1200mAh and sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The classic Snake game is making a return with Nokia 3310 (2017). Battery life of the feature phone delivers talk time of 22 hours and standby time of 1 month.

Nokia 6, the best-specced of the new Nokia Android phones, has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen with 2.5D design and Gorilla Glass protection, and a fingerprint sensor below the display. Priced EUR 229 (approximately Rs. 16,000), the Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 430 SoC, and has 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD card support up to 128GB, and 3000mAh battery. The Nokia 6 rear camera has a 16-megapixel sensor, while the front camera’s resolution is 8-megapixel. There’s also a Nokia 6 Arte Black special edition model with glossy black body, 64GB built-in storage, and 4GB RAM.

Nokia 5, positioned as a handset for those who want a compact smartphone, is priced at EUR 189 (about Rs. 13,250) and features a fingerprint sensor. It comes with a 5.2-inch HD screen and Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. It is powered by the Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB inbuilt storage; it supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). When it comes to camera, Nokia 5 has a 13-megapixel unit on the back and 8-megapixel unit in front. Other features of the smartphone include Micro-USB 2.0, NFC, 3000mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.

 

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Last year, Mukesh Ambani’s disrupted the telecom space with extremely affordable 4G tariffs. The company seems to be geared to continue its disruptive streak by launching low-cost feature phones that, apparently, will do away with the need for smartphones.

 

Business Standard in January had reported thatwas considering to launch 4G VoLTE-ready feature phones that would cost around Rs 999, with access to Jio’s high-speed 4G internet, the Jio digital store and play music.

 

According to a report published by The Economic Timeson Tuesday, Chinese mobile chip maker has said it is working on reducing starting prices by at least half from the current levels, which might bring the prices down to Rs 1,500.

 

Shanghai-based has a two-year old partnership with Reliance Industries Ltd and has powered its affordable smartphone.

 

Infocomm is understood to be in talks with Chinese contract manufacturers like Techchain, FortuneShip and Uniscope to explore manufacturing of 4G VoLTE feature phones, said a Financial Express report.

 

Prices of 4G feature phones from home-grown manufacturers such as and start at about Rs 3,000. Both these handset makers, besides Karbonn, plan to reduce prices of such phones further. Infocomm is also planning to bring in affordable 4G VoLTE feature phones through its sister retail firm that may be priced under Rs 1,500, according to people aware of the matter, further said the ET report.

 

Spreadtrum Communications, which has seen a steady growth in baseband chip segment, competes with mobile chip makers such as MediaTek and Qualcomm. Chipset is an integral part of a mobile handset that accounts for a major price share of a device.

 

Financial services firm JP Morgan in its recent finding said that feature phones with 4G capabilities will remain popular in India in 2017, in part due to the boost from faster-than-expected 4G network roll-outs.

 

Handset makers are focusing on low-cost 4G feature-rich phones to ride on the growing opportunity offered by Jio’s disruptive data pricing and aggressive plans by rivals Bharti Airtel, and Cellular.

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Following the launch of its flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, Samsung has now launched its budget-oriented Galaxy J3 Prime smartphone in the US. The new Galaxy J3 Prime runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box and has been made available by the company through T-Mobile and MetroPCS in the country. The smartphone is available at a price of $150 (roughly Rs. 9,600) through T-Mobile and is available with the option of monthly instalments.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 7570 SoC coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 16GB of in-built storage, which is expandable further via microSD card (up to 128GB).
In terms of optics, the Galaxy J3 Prime features a 5-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and a 2-megapixel camera at front. The Galaxy J3 Prime packs a 2600mAh battery. The smartphone measures 139.7×69.85×8.89mm and weighs 148 grams.

Connectivity options on the Galaxy J3 Prime include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, USB, LTE, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.1. “The smartphone that does everything you love and still fits your budget. Enjoy all your photos and videos on a vibrant 5-inch HD display and get to everything quickly with the streamlined layout of Easy Mode,” the company says in phone’s description.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users, who are on the Reliance Jio network will get double data on the Rs 309 recharge as part of the promotional offer. Samsung announced that a recharge of Rs 309 will give Jio users 448 GB of 4G data for the next eight month period. This works out to 56 GB data per month, which is double of what the plan offers to regular users. Jio Rs 309 recharge gives 1GB data per day for a validity period of 28 days.

Reliance Jio was earlier forced to withdraw its Summer Surprise offer by telecom regulator TRAI. Summer Surprise was giving another three months of free data to users, who had paid Rs 99 for Jio Prime and gotten a recharge of Rs 303 or higher.

Now Reliance Jio has new ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan’ plans on offer, which have a recharge value of Rs 309 or Rs 509. The 309 recharge gives users 84 GB data for the next 84 days; after this time period, it will give users 1GB data per day. The validity period is 28 days for this recharge. There’s also a Rs 509 recharge on offer, which gives 2GB data per day with 28 day validity period.

Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+ will also go on sale in India on May 5, and currently the phone is up for pre-orders on Flipakrt, Samsung’s own online estore, and select Samsung retailers. Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,900 while the bigger 6.2-inch smartphone will cost Rs 64,900 in India. Both phones come with 64GB storage capacity, which is further expandable to 200GB.

Samsung has also announced that customers, who pre-book the Galaxy S8, S8+ in this period will get a free Convertible Wireless Charger. The Galaxy S8 phone comes in two colours in India: Midnight Black and Maple Gold. The Galaxy S8+ will also come in both these colour options, along with the Coral Blue variant as well.

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