Nokia 6 Available on eBay India Already?

With Nokia ready to return to the smartphone market this year, its comeback phone – the Nokia 6 has been listed already by a third party online retailer on e-commerce portal eBay India even as it is yet to officially launch in India.

HMD Global, the brand that will make and sell Nokia branded phones has not announced any availability details of Nokia 6 for the Indian market as well. The smartphone is so far officially available in China only.

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The price of Nokia 6 on eBay India, as listed by the third party retailer, is almost double the price of the phone in China, which may downplay the prospects of buyers considering the phone from the site. The Nokia 6 is priced at Rs 32,440 and the online listing also mentions that delivery of the device will take place only after 25 days in India.

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HMD Global had unveiled the Nokia 6 for CNY 1,699, which roughly translates into Rs 17,000 in China. The Finnish company has got the exclusive rights to use the Nokia branding on smartphones and tablets globally and is most likely to announce the global variant of the much-anticipated Nokia 6 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month.

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The Nokia 6 is a dual-SIM smartphone powered by a 3,000mAh battery, which is non-removable. On the camera front, there is a 16MP f/2.0 camera with PDAF along with dual-LED Flash. On the front, there is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Nokia has paid attention to the audio front and has provided Dolby Atmos-powered dual amplifier speakers.

 

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Data Breaches Becoming More Complex and Damaging: Verizon

Data breaches are becoming more pervasive and damaging and are now affecting every department within an organisation — leaving a lingering, if not lasting, imprint on an enterprise, a new report said.

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The report by Verizon Enterprise Solutions — the B2B arm of the US wireless communications service provider Verizon — found that humans were still at fault in data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, fulfilling the roles of threat actors, targeted victims and incident response stakeholders.

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“In working with victim organisations, we find that breaches touch every part of an organisation up to and including its board of directors,” Bryan Sartin, Executive Director, the RISK Team at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said in a statement.

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“Companies need to be prepared to handle data breaches before they actually happen in order to recover as quickly as possible. Otherwise, breaches can lead to enterprise-wide damage that can have devastating and long-lasting consequences,” Sartin added.

The “Data Breach Digest” by Verizon is designed to help businesses and government understand how to identify signs of a data breach, important sources of evidence and ways to quickly investigate, contain and recover from a breach.

The report also found that there is a finite set of scenarios that occur with data breaches but many permutations occur within each, leading to an expansive range of damage that can be observed in the aftermath of a data breach.

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ISRO Creates Big World Record, PSLV Takes Off With 104 Satellites

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with a record 104 satellites, including the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series.

The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 tonne tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. with a deep throated growl breaking free of the earth’s gravitational pull.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nanosatellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India.

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The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board is about 1,378 kg.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

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“The Cartosat satellite is the fourth one in the Cartosat-2 series of earth observation satellites. Already three are in the orbit and two more will be launched. Once all the six Cartosat-2 series satellites are launched the Cartosat-3 series would begin,” an ISRO official told IANS preferring anonymity.

As the scientists at the Mission Control centre broke into cheers, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announced: “All 104 satellites
successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done.”

Post the feat, PM Modi hailed the ISRO team for the successful launch of 104 satellites on board a single rocket and termed it as a remarkable feat that has made India proud.

In today’s complex mission after the end of 28-hour countdown, the PSLV-C37 injected the 714 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite followed by ISRO’s nano satellites INS-1A and INS-1B in an 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

This was followed by launch of the other 101 nano satellites of overseas customers in blocks in a series of separations.

INS-1A and INS-1B will carry a total of four different payloads from Space Applications Centre (SAC) and Laboratory for Electro Optics Systems (LEOS) of ISRO for conducting various experiments, ISRO said.

Cartosat-2 series satellite, with a mission life of five years, will send images that would cater to coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring, distribution of water, creation of land use maps among others.

The nano-satellites belonging to international customers are being launched as part of the arrangement between international customers and Antrix Corporation Ltd (ANTRIX) the commercial arm of ISRO.

Kiran Kumar also said that ISRO was enabling the MARS Orbiter Mission to survive a long eclipse duration after which it would function for at least 2-3 years unless “we encounter any more difficulties”.

“Now we are targeting GSLV MkII and then Mk III…a series of launch activities planned to ensure like last year this year also we have many exciting events coming,” he added.

PSLV-C37 Project Director B Jayakumar said it was a “great moment for each and everyone of us. It is confirmed all 104 satellites have been successfully deployed in the orbit.

So far ISRO has launched 226 satellites out of which 179 are from foreign nations.”

He said launching 104 satellites onboard a single rocket was a complex mission. “But our teams came up with very good solutions. The integration part are also done very well by our team. it is enjoyable mission and excellent team work..”

Satish Dhawan Space Centre Director P Kunhi Krishnan said the launch clearly reiterated ISRO’s capability in handling complex missions very professionally.

ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) Director K Sivan said it was a matter of national pride that the country had launched 104 satellites in one go using PSLV.

“It is one of the toughest missions we have handled,” he added.

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Apple iPhone 8 May Have a Fingerprint Reading Screen

Apple Inc may completely do away with the home button in its upcoming iPhone 8. The company has been granted a patent for what is being called ‘interactive display panel with IR diodes’, which would allow iPhone 8 users to activate the device by touching a virtual home button on the touchscreen.

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Along with an obvious new design, Apple is expected to come up with a groundbreaking concept, considering that 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone launched by Steve Jobs.

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According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Apple patent on a technology is called ‘interactive display panel with IR diodes’. The patent was filed back in 2014. The new feature would replace the physical Home Button that sits under the iPhone’s screen.

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Apple, with the release of the iPhone 7 last year, had ditched the physical button and a fingerprint sensor was placed for the Home Button.

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Facebook Videos Head Towards TVs Via the New App

Facebook Inc is launching an app for smart TVs that will help the social network’s users enjoy its videos on a bigger screen.

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The app will roll out soon from app stores for Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, the company said in a blogpost.

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The blogpost also said users can scroll through their news feed and simultaneously watch videos on their timeline.

Sound also fades in and out as one scrolls through videos in news feed now. Videos in news feed have previously played silently — one needed to tap on a video to hear its sound.

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The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Facebook was creating an app for TV set-top boxes that would bring the company closer to live video and video advertisements.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg during a post-earnings call said this month that the company expected a major ramp-up in hiring and other spending during 2017 as it invests in video and other priorities.

The company last year expanded its live video product, Facebook Live – a potential threat to broadcast television.

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Nokia 3310 Might be Relaunched For Under Rs 5000: Report

Nokia will make its global re-entry in the smartphone market at MWC later this month. While the company is expected to launch a few Android smartphones at the event, according to noted tipster Evan Blass, the revamped version of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone will also be reintroduced at a price of €59, which roughly translates to Rs 4,200.

Blass, in a Venture Beat report, also hinted that the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 along with Nokia 6 smartphones will be launched.

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The Nokia 6 smartphone features a unibody metal body along with fingerprint scanner. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD 2.5D Gorilla Glass display. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.

It is a dual-SIM smartphone powered by a 3,000mAh battery, which is non-removable. On the camera front, there is a 16MP f/2.0 camera with PDAF along with dual-LED Flash. On the front, there is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Nokia has paid attention to the audio as well and has provided Dolby Atmos-powered dual amplifier speakers.

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The Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones will be stripped down versions in the affordable segments.

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Coolpad Officially Launched in Nepal With Cool 1 Release

Coolpad now makes its appearance in Nepal with its flagship smartphone, Cool 1.

Coolpad has appointed Jaima Intercontinental Private Limited (JIPL), as the sole distributor and marketer of Coolpad Smartphones in the country.

Coolpad plans to be present in 200 stores in Nepal by the end of 2017 and in 800 stores by the end of three years.

In an event at Hyatt Regency, Global CEO of Coolpad, James Du, Chairman of Jaima Intercontinental Pvt. Ltd, Ganesh Bahadur Shrestha jointly announced Coolpad’s strategy to Nepal market.

On the sidelines of the event, they also unveiled its flagship smartphone Cool 1 which is the first phone in Nepal to be equipped with a dual rear 13-megapixel camera and a dual-tone LED flash.

Cool 1 packs a 5.5-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution with a metallic body. Three other new Smartphone models- Note 3S, Mega 3 and Mega 2.5D were also revealed in the event.

Cool 1 has been priced at NPR 30, 996 and will be available in two colours namely silver and gold. The smartphone is powered by a 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor and Adrena 510, which enables to run multiple applications effortlessly at the same time.

The device comes with two different variants 3GB and 4GB with an internal storage of 32GB.

It also supports, an 8-megapixel secondary front camera along with a dual rear 13-megapixel camera. The smartphone is packed with a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support.

Cool 1 is also equipped with an IR Blaster to extend usage of your phone as a remote control.

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Intex Launches Two Feature Phones With Upto 4,000 mAh Battery

Intex Technologies has launched two feature phone models – Turbo Selfie+ and Ultra 4000i.

Turbo Selfie+ has a 2.4-inch TFT screen while Ultra 4000i has a 2.8-inch TFT screen. These sets are available at a price of Rs 1,490 and Rs 1,790 respectively.

For amateur photographers and selfie lovers, the Turbo Selfie+ comes with a dual camera – selfie & rear camera with LED flash.

On the other hand, the Ultra 4000i possesses a 4000mAh battery and also comes with LED torch lights.

Both feature phones come with 64MB expandable memory along with SOS feature on Key 5. Turbo Selfie+ & Ultra 4000 comes with multi-language support (up to 22 Indian languages).

The models are equipped with multimedia features like pre-loaded games.

Turbo Selfie+ has a 1450 mAh battery giving a talk time of 13 hours and a standby time of 350 hours, as claimed by the company.

Other features in both the models include Wireless FM, Phone Book 2000, SMS 200, GPRS/WAP, Bluetooth connectivity, Smart Divert, numeric handset Lock, screen saver, USB storage and Screenshot.

Both feature phone models are available in Black colour.

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North Korea’s Missile Threats to US May Not Be Empty for Long

North Korea has always talked the talk, and now it seems to be walking the walk as never before.

The nuclear-armed rogue nation appears to be making progress on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which could conceivably allow the Hermit Kingdom to make good on its oft-repeated threat to turn major American cities into “seas of fire,” experts say.

“They’ve probably reached the point where they’re going to need to start testing the missiles themselves — the whole system,” said Joel Wit, senior fellow at the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. “Most people think that could come sometime this year.” [Images: North Korea’s Rocket Program]

Last year’s successful test-launch of a missile from a submarine suggests that a mobile-strike capability may be within North Korea’s grasp soon as well, analysts have said.

The North Korean missile program got its start with the importation of Soviet Scuds, which made their way into the nation in the 1970s. North Korea reworked Scud technology into a number of variants over the years, apparently with the help of Soviet engineers (many of whom fled the USSR after its 1991 collapse).

These versions include the Hwasong-5 and Hwasong-6, which are thought to have a range of a few hundred miles, and the Nodong, which experts believe can reach targets 620 miles to 800 miles (1,000 to 1,300 kilometers) away. (It’s hard to know anything for sure about North Korea’s missiles and rockets, because the nation’s government is extremely secretive and works to keep much information from getting to the outside world.)

North Korea has also developed longer-range missiles, including the Taepodong-1, Musudan and Taepodong-2, which have estimated maximum ranges of about 1,500 miles (2,500 km), 2,000 miles (3,200 km) and 3,000 miles to 5,400 miles (5,000 to 9,000 km), respectively.

Taepodong-1 has just one known flight under its belt. In April 1998, a modified space-launch configuration of the vehicle lifted off with a small satellite onboard; Western observers concluded that the launch failed.

The Taepodong-2 failed during a 2006 test flight, its only known liftoff. However, North Korea modified the missile into the Unha space launcher, which lofted satellites to orbit in December 2012 and February 2016.

The Musudan has seen a lot more action. North Korea apparently tested the medium-range missile seven times last year, with just one success, said physicist and missile-technology expert David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Global Security Program.

Such flights flout United Nations resolutions, which prohibit North Korea from testing missiles and nuclear weapons. Pyongyang has also conducted five known nuclear tests, with the latest one coming in September 2016. [North Korea Looks Strangely Dark From Space In Asia Fly-Over (Video)]

North Korea could conceivably combine several of these existing vehicles to build an ICBM, topping an Unha first stage with a second stage based on the Musudan and adding a third stage of some sort, Wright said. But there’s no evidence that the nation is actually doing that, he added.

“North Korea is probably reluctant to turn the Unha into a ballistic missile, because I think they want something that really is a civil space-launch program that they can point to and say, ‘This is what countries do. We’re launching satellites; it’s not a threat,’” Wright told Space.com. “So my guess is, they won’t go that route.”

The route that Pyongyang appears to be taking instead, experts say, centers on a missile called the KN-08, a likely Russian-derived vehicle that Western observers first spotted in North Korean military parades about five years ago.

“It is much better suited as a militarily effective ICBM than the Unha is,” Brian Weeden, a technical adviser for the nonprofit Secure World Foundation, told Space.com. He noted, for example, that the KN-08 can be launched from a truck, whereas the Unha requires a stationary facility.

Work on the KN-08 has apparently been proceeding apace. For instance, in April 2016, Pyongyang ground-tested a large, liquid-fueled engine that could power the putative ICBM and/or a more muscular variant known as the KN-14.

“Using this technology, North Korea’s road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the KN-08 or the KN-14 modification, could deliver a nuclear warhead to targets at a distance of 10,000 to 13,000 kilometers [6,200 to 8,000 miles],” aerospace engineer and rocket-propulsion expert John Schilling wrote on 38North.org, a North Korea analysis site, shortly after the test.

“That range, greater than had previously been expected, could allow Pyongyang to reach targets on the U.S. East Coast, including New York or Washington, D.C.,” he added.

And North Korea has also been working on a re-entry vehicle, which would protect the warhead during the ICBM’s return to Earth’s atmosphere from suborbital space. Last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an event during which he stood next to a re-entry vehicle, said Wit, who is also the co-founder of 38 North (a USKI program).

“I think you can be almost 100 percent certain that they’ve done [re-entry vehicle] tests on the ground,” Wit told Space.com.

During a speech on New Year’s Day, Kim announced that Pyongyang was in final preparations to test-launch its ICBM. Wit said such a flight could come soon — possibly as early as next month, when the U.S. and South Korea hold their annual joint military exercises.

“That could trigger a North Korean response,” Wit said.

If ICBM testing does indeed start this year, the missiles could potentially be ready for deployment by late 2019, he added.

Pyongyang also conducted a successful test launch from a submarine in August 2016, sending one of its KN-11 (also known as Pukguksong-2) missiles about 300 miles (500 km) toward Japan. Developing this technology to the fullest extent would make North Korea more dangerous and capable, Wright said.

“That’s another thing that people are watching — this combination of a missile and a submarine,” he said. [North Korea’s Rockets and Missiles: 5 Interesting Facts]

The missile that North Korea fired on Sunday (Feb. 12), which traveled 300 miles (500 km) before splashing down in the Sea of Japan, was a land-based version of the KN-11, according to the North Korean news service.

North Korea is famously unpredictable, secretive and prone to outbursts of grandiose and threatening rhetoric; Kim and other officials have repeatedly vowed to wipe out South Korea, Japan and the United States, for example.

But Pyongyang’s development of a functional ICBM, if and when that does indeed happen, shouldn’t incite panic across the United States, experts said. After all, North Korea has been capable of hitting South Korea and Japan for a while but has yet to do so — probably because the nation knows that such an unprovoked strike would be suicidal, drawing a devastating response from the U.S.

And the Kim regime is not suicidal; rather, it appears focused primarily on strengthening and perpetuating its rule, Weeden said.

“It’s very clear that they want to send a signal to the West that they can’t be messed with,” he said. “There’s a rationality there.”

There are other reasons to doubt that North Korea will launch a nuclear ICBM attack on the U.S. anytime soon.

For example, Pyongyang is thought to possess just a handful of nuclear weapons. A 2015 SAIS report co-authored by Wit pegged the nation’s stockpile at 10 to 16 nukes. By 2020, this number could grow to 20 in a “best-case scenario,” and to 100 in a “worst-case scenario,” the report predicted.

Each warhead is therefore quite valuable to North Korea, Wright said — meaning the nation probably won’t use its nukes lightly.

“It might be the kind of thing you would like to have in your back pocket, to make people think, ‘Well, gee, maybe in a bad situation, they might try a Hail Mary pass and see whether it works,’” Wright said. “But it’s not the sort of thing that you’re going to be able to rely on other than that.”

That’s not to suggest that North Korea is all bluster, however.

“I think the best bet is that they would use nuclear weapons if they felt the regime was threatened in a serious way,” Wit said. “Of course, the main way that might happen is if there’s a war on the Korean Peninsula, and U.S. and South Korean troops are moving north.”

Follow Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall and Google+. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.

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Heads Up! Drones Will Fly People Around Dubai This Summer

Commercial drones just got a big upgrade: A fleet of passenger-carrying quadcopters could be flying around the city of Dubai by this summer, according to news reports.

The city’s new transportation option is an egg-shaped, single-passenger drone in the traditional quadcopter style seen in many commercial drones, the Associated Press reported. The Chinese-made Ehang 184 can carry one passenger weighing up to 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) and a small suitcase, according to the AP.

Mattar Al Tayer, head of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, said during the World Government Summit this week that the city plans to have the drone regularly traversing the city’s skies in July. [Hyperloop, Jetpacks & More: 9 Futuristic Transit Ideas]

“This is not only a model,” Al Tayer told the AP. “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.”

The drone was unveiled in a flight over Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, the sail-shaped luxury hotel that is the fourth-tallest hotel in the world, the AP reported.

Once the passenger is buckled in and selects a destination, the drone automatically flies off. A control room will monitor the drones remotely via 4G mobile internet, according to the AP. With a battery that lasts for up to 30 minutes of flight and a range of up to about 30 miles (50 kilometers), the passenger-carrying drone can offer commuters an alternative to Dubai’s notorious traffic. Though the drone can reach up to 100 mph (160 km/h), authorities said the drone’s average operating speed will be about 60 mph (100 km/h), the AP reported.

Passenger-carrying drones are just the latest step in Dubai’s vision for a technologically advanced transportation future. In April, the AP reported about United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s announcement that 25 percent of Dubai’s commuters will be carried by driverless vehicles in 2030.

Following up on that claim, the city agreed to study the potential implementation of a “Hyperloop,” a transportation system first envisioned by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, according to the AP. In theory, the Hyperloop would move levitating pods through low-friction pipes to transport people at speeds as fast as 760 mph (1,220 km/h). For this project, Dubai partnered with Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, which is not affiliated with Musk or his companies, to assess the possiblity of using a Hyperloop system to connect Dubai with Abu Dhabi.

Original article on Live Science.

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