Microsoft to Warn Email Users of Suspected Hacking by Governments

Microsoft to Warn Email Users of Suspected Hacking by Governments

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it will begin warning users of its Outlook.com email service when the company suspects that a government has been trying to hack into their accounts.

Microsoft told Reuters about the plan in a statement. It comes nine days after Reuters asked the company why it had decided not tell victims of a hacking campaign, discovered in 2011, that had targeted international leaders of China’s Tibetan and Uighur minorities in particular.

According to two former employees of Microsoft, the company’s own experts had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information to users of its Hotmail service, which is now called Outlook.com.

In its statement, Microsoft said neither it nor the US government could pinpoint the sources of the hacking attacks and that they didn’t come from a single country.

The policy change at the world’s largest software company follows similar moves since October by Internet giants Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and most recently Yahoo Inc. Google Inc pioneered the practise in 2012 and said it now alerts tens of thousands of users every few months. For two years, Microsoft has offered alerts about potential security breaches without specifying the likely suspect.

In the statement, Microsoft said: “As the threat landscape has evolved our approach has too, and we’ll now go beyond notification and guidance to specify if we reasonably believe the attacker is ‘state-sponsored’.”

Microsoft declined to say what role, if any, the Hotmail hacking campaign played in its policy change. The Hotmail attacks had also targeted diplomats, media workers, human rights lawyers, and others in sensitive positions inside China, according to the former employees.

Microsoft had told the targets to reset their passwords but did not tell them that they had been hacked. Five victims interviewed by Reuters said they had not taken the password request as an indication of hacking. Online free-speech activists and security experts have long called for more direct warnings, saying that they prompt behavioral changes from email users

LG G3 Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

LG G3 Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

LG has finally started rolling out its much-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the LG G3. The update has started reaching handsets in Poland and will eventually reach G3 users in other regions.

The Android update can be installed via the PC Suite app as it is not available over-the-air (OTA) for now. Both the LG G3 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage variants are eligible for the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The news came from social handles of LG Poland.

Some of the new features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow (previously just Android M) include revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap feature; new Chrome feature that will change the Web experience for Android users; new ways to handle Web links; Android Pay mobile payment system is now official with Android M; new fingerprint APIs for developers to add into their apps, New Silent feature for sound and vibrate mode as well as a ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to block all sounds or only alarms and notifications, and battery saver features called Doze that will make Android devices smart about managing power. Some of the other additions include new RAM manager, adoptable storage devices, new app drawer, auto backup and restore for apps, and support for USB Type-C ports.

LG has also detailed some of the features it added in the latest Android build including battery optimisation; Knock Code settings, which will be updated to offer an improved experience for the latest OS build; Direct Share, which will show users frequently shared combinations of recommended apps and people; Silent Mode sound profile; auto-brightness improved to be brighter when in a bright place and darker in a dark place; memory settings have been added to Settings > General > Memory to be easily accessible; screen for Apps settings has been simplified, and LG Bridge has now been renamed to LG AirDrive.

It is worth mentioning that LG G4 started receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in October this year.

OnePlus X to Be Available Without Invites in India on Thursday

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You can finally purchase a OnePlus X without going through the hassle of getting an invite. The company has announced that it will be holding the first open sale for the smartphone in India on Thursday. The handset will be available for purchase from Amazon India, and sale starts midnight Wednesday.

The announcement comes a week after Carl Pei, the co-founder and public face of OnePlus, announced that the company was scrapping invitation system that was required when purchasing the OnePlus 2 smartphone. He added that the company will also be holding a three-day open sale for the OnePlus X smartphone starting December 5. Users in India were not eligible for that open sale. OnePlus 2, however, is available without an invite in India as well.

It is worth pointing out that unlike the global open sale for the OnePlus X which lasted for three days, users in India will only have one day to claim the smartphone without an invite. The handset with the Onyx variant was launched in India in October at a price point of Rs. 16,999.

For a refresh, the OnePlus X sports a 5-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC clocked at 2.3GHz and 3GB of RAM.

Other features of the OnePlus include 16GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB), a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front facing snapper, and a 2525mAh non-removable battery. The dual-SIM capable smartphone supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and other standard connectivity features.

 

Twitter Adds Support for New Emojis, Including Racially Diverse Icons

Apple was the first to add over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis with its iOS 9.1 update. This was soon followed by Google which recently started rolling out Android 6.0.1 update for its devices adding new emoji characters.

Now, Twitter has quietly added the new emojis with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0. First reported by Emojipedia, Twitter will now show new emoji characters including the ones with skin tones.

Emojipedia also notes that Twitter, unlike other services, supported limited emoji characters on its desktop site as well as TweetDeck, the Twitter client app. The addition of new emoji characters will enable users to use various emojis. Apart from emojis, Twitter enables Hashflags only for some events and promotions.

To recall, the Unicode Version 8.0 specifications include new emoji characters including several faces, food, animals, middle-finger, unicorn, and vehicles as well. The Unicode 8.0 also added skin tones to emojis.

The company on Tuesday confirmed that it is currently testing a timeline format for its tweets. The new format will sort the tweets by relevance instead of in reverse chronological order.

Twitter’s spokeswoman Liina Potter said in an emailed statement to Reuters said, “Yes, this is an experiment. We’re continuing to explore ways to surface the best content for people using Twitter.”

The micro-blogging website recently announced a couple of changes to its Web interface that claimed to deliver a “richer photo experience” to users. The micro-blogging website will now show uncropped images in single-photo and multi-photo tweets.

Voice call service

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India Has Missed the Bus in Wired Broadband: Trai Chairman

Asserting mobile tower radiation did not have any health hazards, telecom regulator Trai on Thursday stressed on the need for using wired internet services instead of relying more on wireless services.

Lamenting the low base of landline phones in the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman R.S. Sharma said India has “missed the bus” in terms of wired broadband.

“While broadband requirement of the people will be satisfied to a certain extent, but it needs to be realised that there are limits to the bandwidth provided through wireless.

“Wired broadband is cost-effective. But in case of wired broadband, India has missed the bus,” Sharma said here at an MCC Chamber of Commerce organised event.

(Also see:  Trai for Effective Implementation of BharatNet)

He said the lack of adequate number of landlines can be compensated by cable TV connections for supplementing wired broadband.

“Unfortunately in India, the trend is towards dismantling landlines and moving towards mobile. Because of this low base of landlines, we are not able to utilise those.

“However, with over 100 million cable TV homes, that could be used for providing bandwidth for broadband. This is the way we should start working now and not depend completely on wireless,” he said.

He also dispelled as myth of mobile towers radiation being hazardous to health.

“Let me dispel this myth about mobile tower radiation. In fact it’s not radiation, rather radio waves. Their effect is similar to what sunrise does. Actually itas not radiation, it is somehow been made to believe that they are harmful. It doesn’t cause cancer, doesn’t cause any health hazard. Many authoritative health bodies in the world have said it,” he said.

Interacting with the media at another event, Sharma said the Trai was exploring avenues to increase private participation in implementation of BharatNet, which aims to connect panchayats through a fibre network offering multiple online services.

“We are exploring ways to increase private sector involvement in BharatNet. We would like their involvement in both construction of the network and providing services,” he said.