Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Xiaomi 20000 mAh Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank Launched

Xiaomi was one of the few companies to start a price war in the power banks category. The Chinese giant has been launching a range of power bank capacities hitting different price points. Today the company announced its first Quick Charge 3.0 compatible power bank in China, with a capacity of 20000 mAh.

The new Xiaom 20000 mAh power bank comes with two way quick charge 3.0 support. What this means is that now your phone as well as the power bank can be charged really quickly thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Earlier power banks that the company released supported only Quick Charge 2.0 technology, providing a max output of 5.1V/3.6A. This new powerbank supports two way Quick Charge 3.0, and is capable of different output rates of 5V/2.4A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A.

Xiaomi 20000 mAh Quick Charge 3.0 power bank is priced at CNY 149, or about $21. It is available for purchase in China at the moment. Information about its availability in other markets is not yet known.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

FreeCharge users get free e-wallet protection up to Rs. 20000

FreeCharge today announced that it will offer an e-wallet protection plan for all its users on wallet balance of up to Rs. 20,000 in case of loss or theft of mobile phones. The company has partnered with Reliance General Insurance Company Limited to offer the service free of cost to all FreeCharge users.

In case of loss or theft of phone, the customer needs to lodge an FIR within 24 hours at the local police station and report the same immediately to FreeCharge via e-mail or by calling customer care.

“With this move, FreeCharge takes another step in proactively addressing consumer concern around the usage and security of e-wallets, safeguarding the money of the consumer in the event of theft or loss of his/her phone,” said the company.

Commenting on the launch of protection plan, Govind Rajan, Chief Executive Officer, FreeCharge, said, Over the course of operations, we have realised that consumer perception of wallet safety is critical to drive both adoption and retention of our customers and hence we are offering this plan to our consumers free of cost.

Uber app to come pre-loaded on Micromax phones

Uber and Micromax have partnered to provide on-device native experience over the next three years. As a part of this partnership, the Uber app will come in-built in close to 100 million Micromax smartphones.

Micromax Around is company’s software that aggregates services from different providers. Thee platform comes deeply integrated into Micromax devices and is available exclusively for Micromax users on Google Play store as well. Micromax users can link their Uber account to the AROUND platform seamlessly and get ETA and Fare estimates for Uber products. They can even book a ride on Uber without downloading the app. Users will have both on-device native integration through in-house services including AROUND- and factory loading of the Uber app on Micromax devices. This will be available for all new Micromax users and over time, planned upgrades would be made available to existing users as well.

Rahul Sharma, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics said in a statement, This partnership will help UBER unlock growth across the huge user base of Micromax in India and also help our consumers get the best in class experience from the leaders in ride sharing. Our focus, going forward, will be on building native experiences that will bring alive a connected ecosystem.

Ambrane India Launches its new Power Bank Series Plush with PP 1500 (15000mAh) Power Bank for Rs. 3,999/-

Do you always keep losing your USB Charging wire every now and then? Ambrane India one of the leading IT brands in computer peripherals, Mobile Accessories and No. 1 in Power Banks has heard you well, knowing which, announces its newest 15,000mAh PP-1500under its Plush Series. Ideal for entertainment or business, PP1500 comes with inbuilt Micro USB cable for connecting the devices, so you don't need to carry anything extra and manage your demanding lifestyle hassle free.

Featuring the ergonomic design, with smooth curvesPP 1500 offers superior grip with minimum weight and also helps endure through your daily wear & tear by preventing scratches on the surface of the body, thanks to its rugged ABS build, that revolutionizes power on the go. Building a stronger surface resistance, the device has gone through a series of reliability tests to ensure it can withstand shocks and drops, keeping fears at bay.

Commenting on the new Power Bank Plush Series, Mr. Gaurav Dureja Director Ambrane India says, "We are excited to come up with our newest series of Power Bank, all emphasizing and focusing on stronger – sturdier power best suited to your everyday needs. Not only are these crafted aesthetically but also have the right blend of functionality with no compromise. We would say Power is truly in your hands"

Featuring the large capacity and high-quality Li-Ion Polymer technology the sturdy Power Bank can power up smart phones, MP3, MP4, 1 AMP Tablets and several other devices. The 15000 mAh can full-charge your Smartphone on an average 6-7 times and can also withstand upto 500 times of charge discharge cycle. With the state of art chipsets, the Power bank has multitude of safety features integrated like, over discharge protection, over voltage protection temperature resistance etc.
Never run out of charge again, with the integrated LED Light indicator which precisely denotes the energy status of the power bank. Multitasking your needs is the LED Torch Light for the several SOS situations. Be it work or Play, Ambrane Plush Series has theresponse to it.

Available in enticing shades of white & Black& 1 year warranty the Ambrane Plush PP-1500 is already available in leading retail and e-commerce platforms stores across India.

Snapdeal now delivers cash at your doorstep

Snapdeal announced the launch of a “Cash@Home” service, which allows users to order cash and have it delivered at their doorstep.

The service is a goodwill gesture by Snapdeal to allow users to easily access cash without having to queue up at their bank or at the ATMs. Snapdeal will be using the cash that it receives through Cash on Delivery (CoD) to operate this facility.

Snapdeal will charge a nominal amount of INR 1 as convenience fee, which will need to be paid through FreeCharge / through a debit card at the time of booking the order.

At the time of cash delivery, the consumers will need to swipe their ATM card on the PoS machines, which Snapdeal’s courier partners will carry for all such deliveries. Once transaction is successful, the courier person will hand over INR 2000 in cash.

A user can request INR 2000 per booking and any bank’s ATM card can be used to pay for the cash. The customers are not obligated to order anything else from Snapdeal to access the “Cash@Home” facility.

The service is already live in Gurgaon and Bangalore and will be extended to other major cities in the coming days, with the operative details to be updated as per user feedback and availability of currency notes.

Speaking about the service, Rohit Bansal, Co-founder, Snapdeal said “At Snapdeal, we aim to be the marketplace that seamlessly services every customer need. As the country transitions to a more digitally enabled economy, we’ve launched a series of timely initiatives – from wallet and card on delivery, to extending FreeCharge partnerships to smoothen this transition. The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs.”

Best Five Apps to Help You to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Millions of people will declare their resolutions for 2017. Whether you're resolving to lose weight, get fit, pay off your debt, or just be more grateful for the life you've got, it can be notoriously difficult to follow through in the long run. But put technology on your side and give it your best shot.
Here are best five apps designed to help you stick with your New Year's resolutions and achieve your goals.

Think of it as having a personal trainer, a best friend, and a motivational speaker all rolled into one and living in your phone.

NexGTv’s Yoga app
If you have ever thought of learning yoga from the experts and doing it like a pro, then look no further! nexGTv, India’s largest subscription-led app, has announced the launch of the nexGTv Yoga app. The app will allow nexGTv users around the world to learn yoga techniques and practics on-the-go through videos by expert practitioners such as Baba Ramdev and Mukul Dev, as well as celeb coaches such as Shilpa Shetty and Bipasha Basu.

Amazon Kindle
The Kindle app puts millions of books at your fingertips. It’s the app for every reader, whether you’re a book reader, magazine reader, or newspaper reader—and you don’t need to own a Kindle to use it. Choose from over four million Kindle books from the Kindle Store or enjoy popular magazines like The Economist and Reader’s Digest with high-resolution color images.

Walnut Money Manager
Auto-track bank, ATM transactions, debit / credit cards & bills securely without any bank passwords. How? Simple, Walnut analyses your SMS inbox on phone and detects important information like spends, bills and tickets.

Came across a video recently and want the exact same dress for any of the wedding celebrations? Perhaps the Lehenga Katrina wore in Baar Baar Dekho or Anushka’s ethnic outfit in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? Or perhaps you were flipping through any of the bridal magazine and came across the dress of your dreams? Download Fashin, an AI-enabled fashion app by Gurgaon-based Staqu Technologies that allows you to extract fashion from YouTube Videos and Image Search and compare prices.

Simply play a YouTube video in the Fashin app (has a collection of over 10,000 videos between 2014 and present) or upload the image of a particular dress that you like. Fashin will identify the fashion trends from the video, and provide you with a collection of all the ecommerce sites providing the same (and similar) dresses. Besides, the app also compares prices between different top-notch sites, hence making the entire process of discovering and owning fashion simple and damn quick!


Rooter is World's first social fan engagement platform that connects sports fans and engages them during Live sporting events. It is an app made in India for the sports fanatics across the World. The key differentiator of the platform is the unique Live match prediction game that engages fans during a Live match and also connects them with fans in their vicinity. Fans create their rooter profile with teams/players they support and get a Passion Score basis their social media engagement. The Live match prediction game engages fans through matches with predictions based on stats and also allows them to interact in Live match chat forum. Rooter currently covers Football, Cricket and Tennis.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Go Bengaluru – App Review

Bengaluru as you know it, is a city that has congested traffic and the city is trying hard to have a good public transport information in-place. But little do we Bengalurians explore all the available options. We think we know every available options, but there is always something new. There could be a new bus deployed in the route. There could be a new metro line in operation. We already have so many app in the mobile and we now have to install new apps to get the information. Xerox took the matter in their hands and built the Go Bengaluru app. They already have similar apps for LA and Denver.

The purpose of the app is simple and straight forward. It get your destination and finds you all the available travel options between you and your destination. You can then go ahead and take an informed decision. The app will show you both Ola and Uber cabs from your vicinity and it will let you compare the options. It can also tell you the public transport option and guide you to the nearest pickup point. The app rates each travel option based on the carbon footprint. For instance, my work and office are 10 km apart. The app tells me that if I take a bike, my carbon footprint would be 1.3 KG of CO2, as opposed to 2.4 kg while driving my car.

Those these values may not be accurate, it gives me an idea. I can weigh other options as well and I can sort by timer, cost and eco-friendliness. Once you have chosen an option, you can go ahead and launch the required application and complete the travel. If your choice is Ola, then you can launch Ola app. If your travel is public transport, you can launch maps to navigate to the nearest bus stop or metro station.

The design of the app is very simple and minimalist. The visual language is intuitive and goes well with the concept. Go Bengaluru app is available on both Android and iOS. Web users can also access it from Go Bengaluru website available at www.goblrapp.com. Install the app from the Play store and let us know your thoughts

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Testifyapp unique video editing and sharing app! Cut, fastforward, add subtitles, collaborate videos with people, have fun with videos. Get it on Google play Get it on App store

Testifyapp  is a one stop application for video editing and social media networking  to communicate experiences, stories and information through videos.

What do we provide?
Edit we allow our users to edit videos giving them features like never before.
Crop, Fast forward, Slow motion and Different Subtitles.
Like, Share, Tweet we allow our users to share their videos, like them or even tweet about them. 
Comment Testifyapp works with a structure of feedback. Like the video or drop in your comment, feedback and get acknowledged for it.
Follow Follow your friends and other people, know them more and see how things go at their ends by their shared moments.
Repost You like a video and want your followers to view it simply share a video on your account. 

Why are we different?
One unique feature of Testify App is its all-in-one video editor, screen recording feature and DIFFERENT SUBTITLES one can add multiple subtitles to one video making it easy and fun to use.
I am attaching the screens for a clear view.

We've also put together a webpage for the product:www.testifyapp.org .
The application was launched on google play store in the month of January 2016 and we have gained up-to 50000 total downloads.

Daily 800 sign ups are received, visiting the explore screen giving an edge to the featured users helping us in giving benefits to our collaborators.

Daily visits on the page are up-to 1000 users.

Delete these 4 Apps to Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks, Alerts Home Ministry

The Home Ministry has reportedly issued an alert asking the Indian smartphone users to delete a few apps from their mobile phones right away. It is reported that the officials announced that Pakistani agencies are sending out malware to the smartphones in India via a few applications that are said to steal vital information present in the devices.

Smartphones hacking has become a very common phenomenon these days. According to media reports, the Home Ministry has declared that Pakistani agencies are sending out malware to mobile devices in India via a few apps to steal information for espionage purpose.

The must-delete apps include Top Gun, a gun shooting gaming app, Mpjunkie, a music streaming app, Badjunkie, a video app and Talking Frog, which is an entertainment app. If you have these apps installed on your smartphone and use them regularly, you are surely under cyber attack. As per several media reports, the listed apps are tied up with Pakistani spies who are allegedly stealing user's information from their smartphone, which is surely at high risk and can be misused anytime. Once you have download an app, you agree to share your data present in the device with the app, be it messages, images or anything on the smartphone. Hence, the app can have access to your data, whenever it wants and might as well misuse it.

Due to demonetization, most of Indians have become extremely dependent on mobile payment apps to make transactions, shop and more. With payment apps, you are required to enter their banking details to proceed with the transaction, and just in case you have any of the above-mentioned apps installed, beware, your information can be recorded and misused by the spies.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

REAL-TIME Interation, A new trend in broadcasting! GO BIGO LIVE

BIGO LIVE, the fastest growing social media video streaming app, is proud to announce it has now reached a new status as a global brand and is becoming a hub for live video broadcasting for the entire world. BIGO LIVE now stands out being a highly downloaded app in both Google Play and the Apple App Store. BIGO Live enjoys vast popularity not only in Asia, but also in North America, Europe, Russia and Middle East, slowing dominating the live video streaming markets in the world. 

Introducing BIGO LIVE!
BIGO LIVE is a free live-streaming video app for iOS and Android allowing mobile users to broadcast themselves and capture audiences to share their lives spontaneously via video. The app was launched on March 2016 and has immediately captured a fast-growing audience in the Southeast Asian region particularly young people.

BIGO LIVE gives active, young and fashion-forward people a place to find each other and connect, sharing their interests and thoughts about anything and everything making BIGO Live a great platform to start growing your social circle.

Major factors that contribute to BIGO LIVE’s massive popularity are, first, its core team strength and technology. BIGO LIVE’s platform has offered technology, talent and experience that support each other and is reflected via the product itself.

This is further supported by the appearances of powerful personalities who have adopted the platform to address large number of users. BIGO LIVE’s community has attracted personalities like news anchors who have in turn attracted hundreds of thousands of fans from their respective social media channels like Facebook. Such names include Lilly Luta, Dang Dung, Nguyen Huu Cong, etc. in Vietnam whose followers have helped achieved a record 9000 users in one BIGO LIVE room. Statements from sources at MIGO, a famous entertainment company in Vietnam, claim that most of their talents are also engaged in BIGO LIVE for updating their audience. Going over to Thailand, online celebrity Onboatz which commands an 80,000 strong following in Instagram now shares updates also via BIGO LIVE. 

BIGO LIVE is dedicated in creating a positive atmosphere as well as a means to become a tool in voicing out positive messages. Indonesian star Julia Perez shared her experience in fighting cancer via BIGO LIVE which garnered positive acclaim from fans which were moved by her tell-all session.

In other regions such as North America and South Korea, BIGO LIVE has also managed to make an impact with a wide user-base. A famous American prank star, Vitaly, has once broadcasted a bullfight that he joined on Halloween. Before the bullfight took place, he had even tweeted, “if I die, at least I die live,” inviting everyone to join his BIGO live stream to watch the exciting bullfight.

BIGO has also created a very large and healthy community in South Korea with live streamers broadcasting their interesting lives and even make-up tutorials to viewers.

BIGO LIVE also advocates green broadcasting encouraging healthy broadcasting content. Bigoer Di Du Hoc offers overseas Vietnamese students to introduce themselves to American and Canadian users, which have in-turn attracted 2000 viewers in one session and has also received high acclaim from users.

Dentists have also made their marks in the BIGO LIVE platform, interactive with users and sharing dental care knowledge, an act that has been applauded by followers from regions that suffer from poor dental care education or access to dental care services.

The BIGO LIVE platform has assisted emerging actors and actresses in engaging their audience which helps them to eventually land roles in movies and advertising. This has turned live broadcasting apps as pioneered by BIGO LIVE into one of the key tools in assisting growing talents to increase exposure and make themselves more visible.

BIGO LIVE has performed remarkably well in the Southeast Asian, North American, European, Chinese, Russian and Middle East markets and has since grown further outwards from its humble roots embodying what BIGO stands for: Before I Get Old. It lets users do something interesting and meaningful to share with a larger audience before they start getting old. It’s a young and trendy community and this is maybe why BIGO has crossed borders and gained its well-deserved popularity.

About BIGO

BIGO Technology is in the process of market access, operational test and learning about the users’ habit and behavior for BIGO Live products in in various regions. The company has oriented BIGO Live as a global product, to be operated and supplied in the form of a cross-border platform.

Monday, 26 September 2016

GrabOn, India’s #1 coupon company completes 3 successful years

GrabOn, India’s topmost coupon site, exclusively known for its offers, deals and cash backs on various e-commerce portals like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and Myntra celebrates its anniversary with the completion of 3 successful years. Growing from a team of 5 to 46 employees, Alexa rank jump from 10,000 to 283, from a start-up with big promises to occupying a market share of 18%, GrabOn has come a long way.

Three years ago, GrabOn started its journey unaware that they will become India’s #1 online savings destination with over 83 million coupons redeemed, 38 million happy users and over 200 million rupees saved. To celebrate this occasion with their fans and followers, they have come up with special something, a 3-day event, called “GrabOn ka Teesra” that will run from 20th September 2016 to 22nd September 2016.

About GrabOn

After successful completion of three years, GrabOn is the market leader in couponing and deals sector in India. With extensive categories spanning travel, food, electronics, recharge, fashion and furniture, GrabOn easily finds mention among the best coupon sites across India. We are a fast growing couponing company driven by a singular motive of helping the online shoppers save maximum on products and services. With established partners like Freecharge, Paytm, Uber, Jabong and Domino's, an ever growing list of vendors and the "Buzz Me" feature constantly updating you with the best offers, it should be no mystery that GrabOn is heavily featured in the list of top coupon sites in India. For more details visit: http://www.grabon.in/

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Achievement Unlocked: All CORSAIR VOID Headsets Attain Full Discord Certification

BENGALURU, India - August 17, 2016

Corsair®, a leader in high-performance gaming hardware, today announced that its entire range of VOID gaming headsets have achieved full certification from Discord, a leading voice and text chat application for gamers. With Discord certification, CORSAIR VOID owners can play with the confidence that their headset's microphone and audio have been tested and evaluated to the highest of standards ensuring clear communication and great sound whatever game they play.
"Our certification program was designed to ensure that top gaming hardware sounds amazing on Discord," said Eros Resmini, CMO at Discord. "We are happy to certify that the CORSAIR VOID headsets will deliver a great experience for Discord gamers."

Discord is one of the fastest growing free communication programs for desktop as well as smartphones which offers gamers an all-in-one, high-quality voice and chat experience. While other gaming communication programs are stagnant for years, Discord constantly offers new content and updates based on users' need. Getting the best out of Discord needs audio hardware that's up to the task and that is where Discord certification comes in. It is a comprehensive array of tests and evaluations that ensures gaming headsets not only work flawlessly with Discord, but also a wide range of most popular PC games played today. Headsets are analyzed using studio level equipment to test both microphone and audio quality, with extreme tolerances for crackle, static and pops that might degrade the auditory experience. Headsets must also pass a rigorous comfort and compatibility play test in a wide array of today's most popular games, from Triple A to Indie. Discord's testers aren't just technicians, but former professional gamers with years of experience who value quality, comfort and durability.

"We jumped at the opportunity for our VOID headsets to be independently tested and certified by the team at Discord," said Andrew Ware, Senior Director for Gaming Peripherals at CORSAIR. "With 11 Million registered users, Discord is becoming an essential part of PC gaming and we're delighted to have every CORSAIR VOID headset Discord certified and ready for action."

"Corsair's Void USB surround headset is a perfect choice for PC gamers who require headsets which can provide Dolby headphone surround sound without burning their pockets. With seven different models to choose from, including the all new VOID Surround with universal console compatibility, no matter what gamer's gameplay is there is a VOID made just for them." said M A Mannan, Country Manager at Corsair.

CORSAIR is delighted to announce that its complete range of award-winning VOID headsets, including VOID RGB Wireless, VOID RGB USB, VOID Surround and VOID Stereo have successfully been certified by Discord. Combining legendary microfiber comfort, uncompromising aluminum build quality and superior audio, the entire VOID range offers gamers the audio experience their favorite titles deserve. With Discord certification, gamers can be confident that whichever VOID headset they choose they'll experience great audio, comfort and microphone clarity.

Astrum Electronics Goes for Brand Revamp, Adds 4 New Segments

MUMBAI, India - August 17, 2016

Astrum Holdings, the company dedicated in creating intelligent products for use with computers, tablets and mobiles, is going for a new brand identity by adding newer product segments giving wider basket of offerings to its partners and customers. The new additions to the Astrum range of products are Mobile accessories, Smart lifestyle products, IT Peripherals & cables for IT, Audio, Video, Mobile segment and last but not the least LED light segment. This brand revamping represents its future direction and celebrates its journey of the last four years in IT peripherals segment.

"It's been a fantastic journey, started off as just a peripherals company and revamping into a company which offers multiple segment products under one roof. We have a bold vision for the future, a vision where customers will be able to get latest technology enabled products at an affordable price range. This is the beginning of a new era for us as well as our customers and partners. With new offerings Astrum will be one step choice for customers looking for multiple quality products at a competitive price range." said Manoj Kumar Pansari, CEO at Astrum Holdings Ltd (Hong Kong).

"Indian consumer market is driving the global business and hope. It will be a key market for us. Since 2008, we are a well-established brand with presence in 5 continents and 20 countries. Astrum is a brand synonymous with innovation, cutting-edge and reliable technology. The latest products are designed to address the quality seeking upwardly mobile Indian users" said Rohit Agarwal, CEO at Astrum Electronics India Pvt Ltd.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Astrum is engaged in manufacturing of top in class products and also involved with leading ODMs for exclusive design and manufacturing of products. They are member of the Apple MFi program and have been developing Apple MFI certified lightning connectors, supporting all the Apple devices in any versions. The company's products are sold in over 20+ countries and undergo extreme research and development prior to manufacturing, ensuring only the absolute highest quality tech accessories reach consumers worldwide. Astrum envision itself as undisputable and most reliable brand in providing innovative technology, designs and high quality assurance products with stable quality to meet and satisfy the ever-changing market.

A Refreshed Distribution Approach
Prior to revamping, Astrum had a tie-up with a distributor for PAN India presence and multiple segments, which did not take off. To make things happen, Astrum will appoint regional distributors and bill them directly from India. The core strength of business will be channel partners with whom Astrum will work closely to take the leadership position. Also, partners will be enabled to maximize their business by taking most from the various channel schemes launched by Astrum.

Astrum Electronics' product line up
  • IT peripherals catering purely to IT industry
  • Audio catering to all segments like mobility, IT, music etc
  • Cables & Adapters catering to segments like audio, video, IT, consumer electronics, Apple and Android smartphones compatible, passive & active adapters.
  • Wearables & Smart devices such as action camera, smart locks, VR headset, smart watches, smart band, smart digital scales etc

That which we call "a rose by other name, would smell as sweet"

Cyber Terrorism sends shivers down the spine to the best of the best CISOs, however when we look into the murky world of Exploit Kits, Malwares and APTs, we find that this is not just the playground for cyber criminals but also for Governments.

For the past few years, since the discovery of Stuxnet, Government Sponsored Cyber Attacks were nothing more than a fairy tale. However, this changed soon.

Exploit-kits, Botnets and others catered to a market of cyber-criminals, a market-place was created where exploits, vulnerabilities, log in credentials were traded and cyber-criminals were given the technical know-how on how to implement and carry-on with their nefarious activities.

However, unknown too many, there were many organizations who officially invested and traded into finding exploits and vulnerabilities and their clientele were none other than the Governments. A different kind of market has now emerged, which caters to the Governments, Law Enforcement Agencies, and the Intelligence agencies whose primary task is spying.

The first known instance of such a service being made available to the Law enforcement Agencies was D.I.R.T. - Data Interception by Remote Transmission and was exposed by the media way back in 2002. However, according to the reports this service has been in existence since the late 90's, which if summarized correctly, almost since the boom of internet. Moreover, DIRT was nothing more than a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) and the only way in were through emails. Spear-Phishing / Water Holing attacks are the terms used now-a-days however, during those days, no such terminology existed.

Late 90's was the time when Internet was gaining its foothold and was still considered in its nascent stages, however, as surprising as it may sound, Governments were the first to understand the power which comes from controlling and spying on Internet and Internet connected devices. It has been alleged that

"A closely-held software package designed to allow law enforcement agencies to secretly monitor a suspect's computer turned up on an anonymous Web site in the Netherlands Wednesday, along with user manuals, financial information, contracts and invoices apparently stolen from the company that makes the surveillance tool." A1

Moreover, the stash of documents also included
"But files included in the Netherlands stash appear to identify several organizations that received price quotes from Codex, including the Egyptian and Ukrainian governments, and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey's Pretrial Services Division, responsible for supervising criminal defendants as they await trial." A2

The year was 2002, and there was a bleak reminder of the services which Governments are willing to invest the tax-payers money, in order to conduct an espionage operation.

Coming back to present times, Hacking TeamA3 , a private intelligence contractor which develops and sells hacking tools to governments around the world, was hacked by a hacker and all their emails, source codes , almost 400GB of data was siphoned off and is now available for public scrutiny on WikiLeaks A4.

Up till now we have discussed the evolution of tools and organization which cater specifically to Governments and Law Enforcement Agencies. Why do Governments want to control Internet and spy on devices attached to it, is a question which crops up in our minds.

The best case-study to answer this question is Stuxnet. Stuxnet was designed to attack nuclear reactors of Iran and its job was to ensure that the telemetry devices and other devices critical for smooth functioning of the reactor malfunctioned randomly, which will effectively slow down the scientific advancements.

This act is nothing less than a terrorist attack and it has been alleged that Stuxnet was created by a Government to attack another country's infrastructure. There have been many such instances wherein it is virtually impossible for a waylaid hacker to carry out attacks on Water Plants, Electricity Grids without being sponsored by a State.

It's not just the finances which are of concern, but also the technicality involved and the complexity of carrying out these attacks are of prime importance. Numerous governments have been using malwares to attack the activists, journalists and all those who, according to the government, are working against them.

There is a very thin line between State Sponsored Cyber Terrorism and the terrorists themselves and from a holistic point of view, the line itself is blurred, when we treat a malware as a malware and an APT as an APT and not segregate these attacks as State sponsored or an activity by a Cyber Criminal.

Whether a malware is created by a Law Enforcement Agency or by a Criminal, it still remains a malware, whose primary task is to steal your data and control your devices.

LeEco All-Metal Earphones Review: Decent Sound Quality in a Well-Built Package

In-ear earphones come with their own set of positives and negatives. But what happens when a company makes a set that has been priced competitively and is actually great in terms of styling? That is exactly what LeEco has done with their all-metal earphones which are priced at Rs 1,499.

Right out of the box you will appreciate the metal finish along with a neatly placed copper ring that gives the earphones a premium yet classy look. The wiring is plenty, measuring 1.1 metres in length and is made up of flexible thermoplastic for added strength and do not get tangled easily.

The all-metal design approach continues on the inside of the earphones too as it features a metallic resonance cavity. The Driver casings are designed and made with sound-insulating material to reduce external noise and minimise sound leakage. Even the filters are made of metallic fibre.

The three-key in-line control allows for answering calls and adjusting volume levels and have a good tactile feedback. The 3.5 mm audio jack is gold plated and also encased in a metal housing.

Inside the box, you also get a leather pouch which snaps close with the help of magnets and is a good way to carry your earphones wherever you go. A total of three silica gel earbuds are offered in various sizes as well so that the user can choose whichever suits them the best.

The biggest question though is how the earphones sound and the answer to that is wonderful. The mid-range frequencies are delivered strongly and are suitable for most genres of music. Although, hardcore bass lovers will be left wanting a little bit more ‘thump’.

So it looks good, comes with a fancy carry bag and basically gets the job done for regular users who simply want good quality sound delivery from well-built, well-styled earphones.

Gifting your sister for this Raksha bandhan “I FEEL SAFE PWR BT” review

MSAI is an independent and the world’s leading Testing and compliance checking company for mobiles phone standards, which is recognized and respected throughout the world for its expertise in approving products and systems for the Telecom and IT Sectors

Mobile Standards Alliance of India (MSAI) and Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust (NJT) have collaborated to launch the I Feel Safe With My Phone: 'I Feel Safe'TM 'Safety Ka Power Button'SM
Mobile application for women's safety and security the application is now available on Google Play Store for download by typing i feel safe.

This safety solution is dedicated to the safety and the security of the women and girls in India.
  • ·         It is conceptualized after the Nirbhaya Incident which shocked the nation.
  • ·         I Feel Safe™ works by the press of the android mobile phone power button five times
  • ·         Works even if the phone is locked, No need to unlock or use passwords.
  • ·         Works without data or Internet packs
  • ·         Works with all network operators Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance, Idea, Aircel, MTNL etc.
  • ·         Works with all all bands 2G, 3G, 4G
  • ·         Engages Emergency Contacts in a Panic situation
  • ·         Calls Police 100 number without dialing it
  • ·         Triggers I Feel Safe call center support staff for better coordination
  • ·         Gives your location coordinates every 30 Seconds
  • ·         Location is tracked in Emergency situation.
  • ·         Longitude and Latitude of the person is reflected on every 30 seconds to the emergency contacts.
  • ·         Call Center immediately plays into action to support the needy
  • ·         Police is informed about the location

I Feel Safe can be downloaded :-From the Google Play store. or From the www.ifeelsafe.in

It will also be available in six metros and 10 non metros by an outreach program.


Overa all this app is very usefull . Awesome app. purest gift to society. So please make compatible to all os operated phone. Its a marvellous idea and a great tribute to NIRBHAYA

Saturday, 13 August 2016


I have been toying with the idea of taking up one of those challenges where you switch to a dumb-phone for a fixed period, usually a week. Imagine what it would be like to not receive a notification for hours at a stretch! I carry a basic Nokia phone as my backup device buy never used it as my primary phone.

So the quest began.

I tried switching to a feature phone a few years ago. That phase lasted barely a few days because it couldn’t sync my contacts of about 2,000 entries. Besides, I don’t see myself as the kind of person who writes down phone numbers in a pocket diary and carry it around. Hence, I had one criteria – the dumb-phone should sync with my phone book. I also like the idea of knowing who’s calling me. In fact, not knowing who is on line is even considered rude today.

Most feature phones don’t automatically sync contacts, and these can manually accept only upto 200 contact entries. The only feature phone that fit my criteria of syncing contacts was the Punkt MP01.

But wait before you order it. The phone costs approximately USD 340, which is about INR 22,500! For a basic phone that does nothing but make calls and receive text messages, it seems like a satirical take on the situation. There’s no way I would put that kind of money down for a little experiment.

Finding the perfect dumb-phone was a failed mission.


I took a second look at the phone in my hand – a OnePlus 2 – and thought, “What if I find a minimal ROM that dumbs it down?”


I decided to play with what I have but reduce the distraction of a smartphone. I recalled one of Unbox Therapy’s videos where Lew, the host, tries to survive a week without a smartphone but gives up because he felt that phones are an extension of us these days.

It struck a chord, and I realised I wanted to declutter, not switch off from the Internet. There’s clutter, but it’s not pure evil, right? There are perks too – it helps me organise my life.

Goals re-evaluated! This time, I decided didn’t want a email, news apps, e-commerce or social media. Just my contacts and minimal apps.

If you travel a lot like I do, apps like Google Calendar, phonebook, Google Maps, aWallet etc. can keep you sane. You probably know that already. And an occasional dose of the Internet can’t harm us much. On the other hand, apps like Facebook, Instagram, e-commerce, eMail, Flipboard etc. can suck you into a vortex where time isn’t a dimension (Yeah, I just watched that Christopher Nolan movie again). I had fun with some delete-delete-delete, and I finally have only these apps on my phone:

ActionVOIP – VOIP calling
Amazon Kindle – eBook reading
Apple Music – Music is a good way to spend time commuting
Authenticator – Google 2-step verification
aWallet Cloud PasswordManager – We all need something like this
Bubble Level – I use it at work
Calendar – Google calendar manages my scheduling
Camera – of course!
Chrome – for that emergency browsing or checking emails
Clock – alarms
Dropbox – I keep all work related documents here
Evernote – My go-to note taking app
FinchVPN – for when I connect to hotel or public WIFI
Fing – I use this at work
Google – Google now is a great assistant. I have turned off all cards expect travel and bill reminders
Maps – google maps
Messenger – googles bare-bones SMS app
Nova Launcher
Play Store
Pocket – offline reading
Polaris Office
Poweramp – Music player
QuickPic – Gallery app replacement
Real Calc – I use this at work. Use the stock calc if that you don’t need the extra features
Sheets – I use google sheets a lot
Super Backup – my go-to back up app
WhatsApp – this is the new SMS
WIFI Analyser – use this at work and home
Wunderlist – my to-do list
Everything else was uninstalled. The default apps – the ones that can’t be uninstalled – have been disabled. The result? My days have suddenly become longer, in a good way!


I’ve lasted a week now, and I must say it is great. I don’t get irrelevant notifications, I’m not constantly checking my emails. Can you even imagine the time I save when I don’t browse through Flipboard, Youtube, social media or e-commerce apps looking through stuff I don’t need but end up buying.

I am much more productive now. I get on to my computer or tablet to get work done – which I think is a much better way to work. On our phones, we fool ourselves thinking we’re productive with constant email and news notifications. And anyway, in about 30 seconds, you would be drawn to a totally irrelevant article or drift into a stream of social media posts. I always was.

So now, I pick my phone up only for calls, to answer messages, read an e-book or listen to music. It comes with a bonus – my phone needs to be charged only once every two days!

Sooner or later, we need to realise that smartphones are an extension of us. You decide upto what extent to depend on it. Use it wisely, or it will take over your life.