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Huawei set for 5G technical support in Bangladesh

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Dhaka: China’s telecommunication giant Huawei is all set to facilitate Bangladesh with technical support in the implementation of 5G technology, an official statement said here on Saturday.

According to the statement, Huawei’s Senior Vice President Bruce Li talked about their readiness to help Bangladesh launch 5G when meeting Bangladeshi Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar recently in Dhaka, reports Xinhua news agency.

They also discussed and exchanged opinions about different issues of 5G technology including the challenges and possibilities.

Li said Bangladesh’s progress in the ICT sector was remarkable, and that 40 telecoms operators in over 20 countries are using 5G networks commercially.

According to the statement, Huawei has already signed more than 60 commercial contracts for 5G with leading global carriers and shipped more than 400,000 5G Massive MIMO active antenna units (AAUs) to global markets.

The production and supply of Huawei’s optical transmission, data communications, and IT products grew steadily. And more than 700 cities, 228 Fortune Global 500 companies, and 58 Fortune Global 100 companies had selected Huawei as their partner for digital transformation, the statement said.

The Minister said that facing the challenges of the digital new world, they were taking all the initiatives including the design to run 5G technology.

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Apple Arcade adds 6 new games, taking total to 100

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San Francisco: Apple’s subscription-based gaming service Arcade has now reached 100 total games on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV with the addition of six more games.

The six new games added on Friday include Sociable Soccer, sequel to the beloved Sensible Soccer which was popular during the early 1990s, the Engadget reported.

The other new games include UFO on Tape: First Contact, a sequel to an early iPhone game, 2010’s UFO on Tape.

There’s also Takeshi and Hiroshi by Oink Games which combines the world of puppet animation with Role Playing Game and tells the story of two brothers.

The game fantasy story Guildlings by Sirvo Studios draws on inspiration from things like classic RPGs, point and click puzzle games, and visual novels.

The remaining three titles include, Sociable Soccer by Rogue Games – a fast-paced, cross-platform soccer game; Discolored by Shifty Eye that is a surreal, first-person puzzle adventure game and Marble It Up: Mayhem! by The Marble Collective which is a puzzle game.

The service, which is available for Rs 99 in India, allows up to six family members share the same subscription for one monthly fee.

The games are supported by Made for iPhone game controllers along with PS4 and Xbox controllers.

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Apple dominates smartwatch market with 48% share in Q3

As the burden of atrial fibrillation (AFib) in India makes it an important health issue, Cupertino-based iPhone maker on Thursday brought its much-anticipated ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature to Apple Watch users to India.

San Francisco: Continuing its lead over competitors like Samsung and Fitbit, Apple Watch maintained first position as its share in the global smartwatch market reached 48 per cent in the third quarter of this year from 45 per cent in the same quarter last year, according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 42 per cent annually to reach 14 million units in the third quarter of 2019, said the report.

“Apple shipped 6.8 million smartwatches worldwide in Q3 2019, rising an above-average 51 per cent from 4.5 million in Q3 2018,” Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, said in a statement.

“Apple Watch continues to fend off strong competition from hungry rivals like Fitbit and Samsung. Apple Watch owns half the worldwide smartwatch market and remains the clear industry leader,” Mawston added.

Samsung held second place in the smartwatch market as its share jumped from 11 per cent to 13 per cent during the past year.

The market share for Fitbit, which clung on to third position, fell to 11 per cent this quarter, down from 15 per cent a year ago.

“Samsung shipped 1.9 million smartwatches worldwide in Q3 2019, almost doubling from 1.1 million a year ago. Samsung’s global smartwatch market share has jumped from 11 percent to 13 percent during the past year,” said Steven Waltzer, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.

Samsung’s new models, such as Galaxy Watch Active 2, should enable the South Korean tech giant to improve its global smartwatch presence in Q4, Waltzer said.

Fitbit, which earlier this month entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google, shipped 1.6 million smartwatches worldwide in Q3 2019.

“Fitbit continues to underperform the smartwatch industry average. Fitbit has struggled to compete with Apple Watch at the higher end of the smartwatch market, while its latest Versa Lite model has struggled to excite consumers at the lower end,” Mawston said.

“Fitbit’s recent takeover by Google will be a relief to the company, as Fitbit is under rising competitive pressure from Apple, Samsung, Garmin, Huawei, Xiaomi and others.

“The big question now on everyone’s lips is what Google plans to do with Fitbit, and whether Google will expand or contract Fitbit’s famous hardware, operating system, and healthcare, sport and fitness services,” Mawston added.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold: Indians just love to unfold the future

Samsung Galaxy Fold comes in 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage for Rs 1.65 lakh in India. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: Money can buy you anything and if it is about purchasing a smartphone worth Rs 1.65 lakh, it has to be some really cool, top-of-the-line and never-seen-before gadget that must entice every single soul the moment you take it out from your pocket.

Samsung that won the race to launch the world’s first foldable device — Galaxy Fold — in September and then delivering it to Indians before Diwali has been stunned to see the stupendous response among its fans in the country.

The smartphone-cum-tablet with 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage and 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (when open) flew off the shelves in India in flat 30 minutes of its pre-booking that were opened twice.

Consumers who pre-booked the device paid Rs 1,64,999 upfront and got their devices delivered to them through a concierge.

What makes it so special that Indians are making a beeline for it?

It is everything – design, look, performance and, above all, that “wow” factor.

In its standard form, the device gives you a 4.6-inch screen experience for normal day-to-day task (basically one-handed use) but as you unfold it, the cross-screen functionalities go seamless on a bigger, immersive 7.3-inch form factor.

The Dynamic AMOLED display provides HDR10+ colour and contrast with ‘Dynamic Tone Mapping’ to ensure life-like hues in each scene on-screen (only on the main 7.3-inch screen).

The display is engineered to reduce harmful blue light without the use of filters, to keep colours true while lessening eye strain.

The precision-crafted hinge is the masterpiece. Made of multiple interlocking gears hidden away on the rear for an elegant look, it allows for minimal bezels on the main display.

An engineering marvel inspired by the precision of watch mechanics, the hinge delivers symmetrical movement that gently locks in place.

You may notice a crease at the centre of the main screen, which is a natural characteristic of the screen.

The device is available in two colours — Space Silver and Cosmos Black (Indians currently have only Cosmos Black option to buy).

As you unfold, Galaxy Fold’s displays work together seamlessly with impressive app continuity.

With six pro-grade cameras, you will capture stunning photos and videos. You can use the “Infinity Flex Display” as a massive viewfinder (using Infinity Flex Display as viewfinder is only available when using the rear and front cameras).

At the rear are 16MP Ultra Wide camera, 12MP Wide-Angle sensor and 12MP telephoto sensor.

There are three cameras for selfies — 10MP selfie camera, 8MP Depth sensor and another 10MP sensor.

You can swap between the 16MP Ultra Wide Camera or the 12MP Wide-angle and Telephoto Cameras to broaden or narrow your focus with a tap.

The display doubles as a massive camera viewfinder and lets you preview the whole scene as you’ll capture it. With its 4:3 display ratio, the 7.3-inch main display shows exactly what Galaxy Fold’s 4:3 camera sensor sees.

Galaxy Fold adapts to the way you use your phone for consistent performance throughout the day. It will even learn your habits, preloading frequently used apps to launch instantly when you need them.

Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary dual battery works as one, using power and recharging in a way that prevents overcharging.

While the “Intelligent Adaptive Power Saving Mode” learns your usage patterns to manage battery life, the 4380mAh battery capacity gets you through the day.

The dual battery is a game-changer that uses and recharges both cells to prevent overcharging. To save power, intelligent battery management puts apps you’re not using on reserve.

Not just wireless charging-capable, Galaxy Fold is designed to act as a wireless charger too. It can share its battery power with Qi-certified devices and wearables.

Just place the device in the centre of your phone to power up your Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds on the go.

Each device comes with Galaxy Buds in the box and “Aramid Fiber” case that has high capacity to withstand pressure.

When it comes to service, Galaxy Fold provides one-on-one assistance with Fold Concierge and protection coverage with Samsung Care+.

One drawback is that the smaller screen won’t let you type, text, WhatsApp or write emails with ease. Typos will be there so for such tasks, open the main screen.

Conclusion: Samsung Galaxy Fold is definitely a Page 3 property — ultra-premium device that truly deserves the hefty price tag. The fact that it was sold out within no time proves that there were buyers in India, and there are more waiting in queue.

If you want a device that works both as a smartphone and a tablet, take the EMI route to own Galaxy Fold — something that has not been witnessed before in the world of smartphones.

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WhatsApp Pay may put Indian digital banking at risk: Experts

WhatsApp. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: After WhatsApp accounts of 121 Indians were compromised by the Israeli spyware Pegasus, experts have warned that the payment feature the Facebook-owned platform is planning to launch in India may put the digital banking system at risk.

“WhatsApp payment needs to be seen with microscopic eye, primarily because in payment you will be dealing with sensitive personal data and cyber security is going to be an essential building block component for WhatsApp to demonstrate its due diligence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has already expressed dissatisfaction over the manner WhatsApp communicated about the compromised accounts.

The piece of NSO Group software called Pegasus allegedly exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on 1,400 users globally. The devices were compromised with just a WhatsApp video call.

In May, WhatsApp, which has 400 million users in India, urged its 1.5 billion global users to upgrade the app after discovering the vulnerability.

“WhatsApp’s recent operations have shown that it’s difficult for the government to get information from it. WhatsApp is an intermediary under the Information Technology Act and is mandated to exercise due diligence under the law. But it has failed to do due diligence,” Duggal said.

“You should not be in a hurry to grant new licences or permission to WhatsApp without being satisfied with its adherence to cyber-security norms, international best practices and Indian laws,” he said.

The Facebook-owned company is learnt to have countered the government charge that it didn’t inform it about a privacy breach on the messaging platform. WhatsApp didn’t even comply with the data breach notification law in India, Duggal said.

“It (WhatsApp) didn’t follow reasonable security practices as mandated in Section 43A of the IT Act, 2000. In fact, it abetted the crime of un-authorised access too. Granting WhatsApp pay licence should be given a second thought by the Reserve Bank of India,” said Prashant Mali, cyber lawyer at Bombay High Court.

In light of the recent hack, the government, the RBI and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is reportedly evaluating the risk of allowing social media apps into the digital payment ecosystem.

“With the government, the RBI and the NPCI planning to evaluate the risks involved in making payments via social media apps and services, the security of the UPI payment infrastructure on WhatsApp Pay has been rendered under a cloud of vulnerability,” said Salman Waris, Managing Partner at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, a law firm.

The RBI revealed in an affidavit in the Supreme Court earlier that WhatsApp had not complied with the data localisation norms. In an April 2018 circular, the RBI stated that the data of any payment banking system have to physically located in India.

“The history of WhatsApp has shown that it’s not cooperative with the government in sharing of information. If financial information is compromised, it will not only have an impact on users, but it can also have an impact on the sovereignty and security of India,” Duggal said.

The government must go slow till the time WhatsApp demonstrates compliance to Indian law and showed that the platform was secure, he said.

“Because almost every phone user in India is on WhatsApp, it’s all the more important for the government and the RBI to ensure that WhatsApp not only complies with the parametres of cyber security and data localisation norms, but also the IT Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

“If WhatsApp doesn’t comply with the data localisation norms, rules and regulations of the IT Act, then there is no question of granting new permission,” Duggal said.

In a statement, a WhatsApp spokesperson said that safety and security of users remains the platform’s highest priority.

“In May, our security team caught and stopped a cyber attack designed to send malware to mobile devices. Unable to break end-to-end encryption, this kind of malware abuses vulnerabilities within the underlying operating systems that power our mobile phones,” the WhatsApp spokesperson said.

“Technology companies are constantly working to stay ahead of these kind of challenges through updates and patches. The safety and security of our users remains our highest priority, which is why in May we blocked the attack and have taken action in the courts to hold NSO accountable,” the statement added.

Facebook filed a lawsuit against Israel’s NSO Group last month. According to Facebook, the NSO Group violated laws, including the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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Walmart, Tesla settle lawsuit over solar panel fires

Solar power plant. (File Photo: IANS)

San Francisco: Walmart has agreed to drop a lawsuit against Tesla over widespread negligence after rooftop solar panel systems on seven of the retailers stores allegedly caught fire.

“Walmart and Tesla are pleased to have resolved the issues raised by Walmart concerning the Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores. Safety is a top priority for each company and with the concerns being addressed, we both look forward to a safe re-energisation of our sustainable energy systems,” the companies said in a joint statement.

The lawsuit was aimed at Tesla Energy Operations, a division within the clean energy and electric vehicle automaker which was known as SolarCity.

Walmart’s lawyers accused SolarCity of adopting “an ill-considered business model that required it to install solar panel systems haphazardly and as quickly as possible in order to turn a profit” in the explosive complaint, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

Additionally, the lawyers also alleged in the lawsuit that Tesla did not properly handle Walmart’s complaints about the fires.

Musk had recently unveiled the third version of Tesla’s solar-roof product and the company hopes to install the first one in large numbers.

According to Musk, this third iteration of the electricity-generating house-topper will be cheaper, easier, and faster to install than its predecessors.

The company said that it has increased power density in the third version of the Solar Roof tiles, reduced the parts used in the tiles by half and brought down costs substantially compared to the second generation tiles.

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WhatsApp Pay may put Indian digital banking at risk: Experts

WhatsApp. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: After WhatsApp accounts of 121 Indians were compromised by the Israeli spyware Pegasus, experts have warned that the payment feature the Facebook-owned platform is planning to launch in India may put the digital banking system at risk.

“WhatsApp payment needs to be seen with microscopic eye, primarily because in payment you will be dealing with sensitive personal data and cyber security is going to be an essential building block component for WhatsApp to demonstrate its due diligence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has already expressed dissatisfaction over the manner WhatsApp communicated about the compromised accounts.

The piece of NSO Group software called Pegasus allegedly exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on 1,400 users globally. The devices were compromised with just a WhatsApp video call.

In May, WhatsApp, which has 400 million users in India, urged its 1.5 billion global users to upgrade the app after discovering the vulnerability.

“WhatsApp’s recent operations have shown that it’s difficult for the government to get information from it. WhatsApp is an intermediary under the Information Technology Act and is mandated to exercise due diligence under the law. But it has failed to do due diligence,” Duggal said.

“You should not be in a hurry to grant new licences or permission to WhatsApp without being satisfied with its adherence to cyber-security norms, international best practices and Indian laws,” he said.

The Facebook-owned company is learnt to have countered the government charge that it didn’t inform it about a privacy breach on the messaging platform. WhatsApp didn’t even comply with the data breach notification law in India, Duggal said.

“It (WhatsApp) didn’t follow reasonable security practices as mandated in Section 43A of the IT Act, 2000. In fact, it abetted the crime of un-authorised access too. Granting WhatsApp pay licence should be given a second thought by the Reserve Bank of India,” said Prashant Mali, cyber lawyer at Bombay High Court.

In light of the recent hack, the government, the RBI and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is reportedly evaluating the risk of allowing social media apps into the digital payment ecosystem.

“With the government, the RBI and the NPCI planning to evaluate the risks involved in making payments via social media apps and services, the security of the UPI payment infrastructure on WhatsApp Pay has been rendered under a cloud of vulnerability,” said Salman Waris, Managing Partner at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, a law firm.

The RBI revealed in an affidavit in the Supreme Court earlier that WhatsApp had not complied with the data localisation norms. In an April 2018 circular, the RBI stated that the data of payment banking system have to physically located in India.

“The history of WhatsApp has shown that it’s not cooperative with the government in sharing of information. If financial information is compromised, it will not only have an impact on users, but it can also have an impact on the sovereignty and security of India,” Duggal said.

The government must go slow till the time WhatsApp demonstrated compliance to Indian law and showed that the platform was secure, he said.

“Because almost every phone user in India is on WhatsApp, it’s all the more important for the government and the RBI to ensure that WhatsApp not only complies with the parametres of cyber -sucurity and data localisation norms, but also the IT Act and the rules and regulations thereunder.

“If WhatsApp doesn’t comply with the data localisation norms, rules and regulations of the IT Act, then there is no question of granting new permission,” Duggal said.