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Airtel, Vodafone announce new plans to take on Reliance Jio’s ‘Happy New Year’ offer

Airtel’s latest salvo of free data to attract more customers to their network will add more spice to the price wars, which started with Reliance Jio Infocomm’s entry in September. With Vodafone announcing new data offering and Idea Cellular expected to follow suit, data realisations are expected to take a sharp hit in the coming quarters. Price wars indeed became …

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Linux Botnets on a Rampage

Linux-operated botnet Distributed Denial of Service attacks surged in this year’s second quarter, due to growing interest in targeting Chinese servers, according to a Kaspersky Lab report released this week. South Korea kept its top ranking for having the most command-and-control servers. Brazil, Italy and Israel ranked among the leaders behind South Korea for hosting C&C servers, according to Kaspersky …

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TCP Flaw Opens Linux Systems to Hijackers

A flaw in the RFC 5961 specification the Internet Engineering Task Force developed to protect TCP against blind in-window attacks could threaten Android smartphones, as well as every Linux computer on the planet. [*Correction – Aug. 12, 2016] The flaw is described in a paper a team of researchers presented at the 25th Usenix Security Symposium, ongoing in Austin, Texas, …

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FairWare Hackers May Take Ransoms, Keep Stolen Files

The latest ransomware intrusion that targets Linux servers, dubbed “FairWare,” may be a classic server hack designed to bilk money from victims with no intent to return stolen files after payment in bitcoins is made. Tech support site Bleeping Computer earlier this week reported the threat, based on server administrator comments on its forum. Other reports followed. The attack targets …

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Antique Kernel Flaw Opens Door to New Dirty Cow Exploit

A Linux security vulnerability first discovered more than a decade ago once again poses a threat, Red Hat warned last week, as an exploit that could allow attackers to gain enhanced privileges on affected computers has turned up in the wild. Users need to take steps to patch their systems to prevent the exploit, known as “Dirty Cow,” from granting …

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Microsoft’s New Tech Targets Human Creativity

Microsoft made a slew of announcements at its New York City event Wednesday, focusing on the idea of user as creator. Among its new offerings: The Surface Studio, an all-in-one desktop computer with a touchscreen that’s 12.5mm thick; The Surface Dial, a new input device that provides haptic feedback; The Surface Book i7; VR headsets for Windows 10 that use …

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Gadget Ogling: Mac’s Back, Nintendo Returns, and Huawei Goes to the Edge

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that leads you by the hand through the sprawling labyrinth of gadget announcements to find the hidden treasure. In our chest of delights this time around are the latest MacBook Pro, Nintendo’s new console, and a smartphone from Huawei. As always, these are not reviews, partly because some of these items are …

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Intel’s Kaby Lake Chip Promises Deeper Internet Immersion

Facing a shrinking market for personal computers and a stalled market for tablets, Intel on Tuesday unveiled its 7th-generation processors, code-named “Kaby Lake,” which deliver more speed and power than its 6th-generation chipsets, while improving battery efficiency. Intel has positioned the new Kaby Lake chipsets as ideal for the immersive Internet. Their 14 nm+ technology delivers 12 percent increases in …

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Lenovo’s Yoga Book Aims for Top Shelf

Lenovo’s recently unveiled 2-in-1, the Yoga Book, is available in Android Marshmallow and Windows 10 Home versions. Reviews have been mixed, with some praising its look and feel, but some considering its capabilities not up to scratch. Its Intel Atom processor doesn’t provide enough power for a workhorse device, they have argued. The Android version costs US$500 and the Windows …

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Apple Hopes iPhone 7 Extras Will Make Up for Missing Headphone Jack

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday officially unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, confirming a rumor that has evoked widespread dread: The company has ditched its traditional headphone jacks. The new iPhones are sleeker than their predecessors, though, as well as water resistant. Their biggest plus might be the advanced camera lenses that create what Apple touts as the …

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