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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    Windows 10 ‘Controlled Folder Access’ to Provide Protection From Ransomware 

    Highlights Certain apps can be allowed through the protection The new feature is seen in preview build version 16232 The new Exploit Protection feature is work-in-progress

    After WannaCry and Petya, it seems like Microsoft has realised the potential harm that ransomware can cause to its operating systems and its customers’ sensitive information. This might partly be the reason why the Redmond-based company has now introduced new features that provide users protection from such malware with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build.

    Earlier this week, it detailed the end to end security features it would bring to Windows 10, and some of these features have been brought to the preview build.

    With the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build, version 16232, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called ‘Controlled folder access’ to Windows Defender that protects users’ valuable data from malicious apps and threats (including ransomware), Dona Sarkar, head of Windows Insiders program at Microsoft, said in a blog post.

    This new feature essentially monitors the changes that apps make to files in certain folders that are protected. If an app is blacklisted and tries to make changes to files in the protected folders, the user will get a notification about the attempt, Sarkar explains.

    “You can complement the protected folders with additional locations, and add the apps that you want to allow access to those folders,” Sarkar said. In order to switch the Controlled folder access feature, Windows Insiders need to head to the Windows Defender Security Center and go to the Virus & threat protection settings section.

    To allow certain apps through the feature, users need to click Allow an app through Controlled folder access and locate and add the app.

    Apart from this feature, the company has also added ‘Exploit Protection’ with the latest build. “Starting with this build you can now audit, configure, and manage Windows system and application exploit mitigation settings right from the Windows Defender Security Center,” Sarkar said in her post. Notably, Exploit Protection has been described as a work-in-progress and might not be fully function yet, as per the blog post. There were also several improvements to the capabilities of Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG).

    It is good to see that Microsoft is finally responding to the threats to Windows 10 in a constructive manner but the company will have to stay on its feet with the growing capabilities of hackers and leaks of state-sponsored hacking tools.

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    Tags: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, Windows 10 Security Feature, Windows Controlled Folder Access, Windows Defender, Microsoft, PC, Laptops, Tablets, Internet

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    Ransomware Attacks: Government Expects Microsoft to Offer Windows 10 Upgrade at ‘Throw-Away Prices’ 

    Highlights Microsoft officials in India have “in principle agreed” to the request India’s cyber security coordinator Gulshan Rai told this to Reuters Recent malware have targeted older versions of Windows

    India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

    Microsoft officials in India have “in principle agreed” to the request, Gulshan Rai, India’s cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

    A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company’s headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

    If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

    Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week’s attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts “NotPetya”, exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

    “The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days,” Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at “throw-away prices.”

    “It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country,” said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country’s first cyber security chief.

    Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be “less than a quarter of the current price.”

    Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

    The government’s quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India’s container port terminals, he said.

    The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

    This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

    “New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency,” said Rai.

    Price-sensitive
    Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

    Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

    Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

    In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

    In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government “wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems”.

    The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 31, 2018 Permalink |
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    GST Effect: iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch Prices in India Slashed 

    Highlights iPhone 7 price in India now starts at Rs. 56,200 instead of Rs. 60,000 iPhone 7 Plus MRP 32GB will now retail at Rs. 67,300 Price of new Mac and iPad models have also been slashed

    On the day that GST has gone into effect, Apple has announced a reduction in the maximum retail prices of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac line of computers across the board, with a few exceptions.

    All iPhone models have received a price cut, starting with Rs. 1,200 drop for the 32GB iPhone SE and going all the way up to a Rs. 6,600 reduction in MRP for the top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus 256GB variant.

    Price cuts for iPad models range from Rs. 900 to Rs. 3,900, with the newly announced iPad Pro models also receiving a reduction, even before anyone’s had a chance to buy them in the country.

    MacBook Air prices remain unchanged, but the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro models have received price drops between Rs. 5,100 and Rs. 11,800. Mac Pro, which is due to get a big revamp next year, gets a price cut as well, as do some iMac models.

    Once again, newly refreshed Mac models have also received price cuts even before their availability in the market.

    Top-end 27-inch iMac models and Mac Mini are the only ones who’ve been at the receiving end of a slight price bump.

    Read on for a detailed look at how all iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch prices have changed.

    Here’s a look at how the iPhone prices have changed in India:

    iPhone SE

    Old MRP

    New MRP

    32GB

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink |
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    Laptop Ban: US Lifts Restriction for Flights From Abu Dhabi 

    Highlights Abu Dhabi is the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptops Etihad said it welcomed the decision by the US Homeland Security Decision comes due to enhanced security measures at Abu Dhabi Airport

    The capital of the United Arab Emirates became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in the cabins of airplanes coming from the Mideast, the country’s flag carrier said Sunday.

    Long-haul airline Etihad said it welcomed the decision by the US Department of Homeland Security, which comes “subject to enhanced security measures” at Abu Dhabi International Airport. That airport already has a US Customs and Border Protection facility that allows passengers to clear screening they’d otherwise have to go through when landing in America.

    Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said US officials already had seen that “the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required” in Abu Dhabi. He said American monitors would make further visits to ensure the checks were being done properly.

    “The enhanced security measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices,” Lapan said, declining to elaborate. “We commend Etihad for working swiftly to implement these additional measures. Their efforts are a model for both foreign and domestic airlines.”

    Abu Dhabi International Airport did not respond to a request for comment. The airport is home to Etihad, which has over 120 planes in its fleet and 204 aircraft on order. It operates 45 flights a week between Abu Dhabi and six cities in the US

    The US ban, first announced in March as a security measure, now applies to nonstop US-bound flights from nine international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai in the UAE.

    In late May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he was considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. Kelly’s comments came after US President Donald Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State group wanting to use laptops to target aircraft with senior Russian officials visiting the White House.

    The laptop ban, as well as a Trump administration travel ban on six predominantly Muslim nations, has hurt Gulf carriers. Dubai-based Emirates has slashed 20 percent of its flights to America in the wake of those decisions. The airline also has been trying to get the laptop ban lifted for its direct flights to the US It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Dubai International Airport, Emirates’ home, is the world’s busiest international air travel hub. Meanwhile, long-haul carrier Qatar Airways has been hurt amid a diplomatic dispute with Arab nations that has seen its own routes in the region cut off.

    All this also comes amid a wider dispute between Gulf airlines and American carriers, which accuse the Middle East airlines of flooding the market with capacity while receiving billions of dollars of unfair government subsidies. The Gulf carriers all vigorously deny that.

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    Tags: Laptop Ban, US, EU, PC, Laptops, Tablets, Abu Dhabi, Ethihad Airways

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Said to Plan Sales Reorganisation Focused on Cloud 

    Highlights Microsoft is planning to announce a reorganisation as early as next week Job cuts are likely to result from the changes There may be other smaller personnel changes in company’s other parts

    Microsoft Corp. is planning a global sales reorganisation to better focus on selling cloud software, according to people familiar with the matter.

    The restructuring is scheduled to be announced as soon as next week and will impact the Worldwide Commercial Business under Judson Althoff and Jean-Philippe Courtois’ global sales and marketing group, the people said.

    Job cuts are likely to result from the changes, said the people, who asked not to be identified speaking about unannounced plans. The shifts will be some of the most significant in the sales force in years and will also impact local marketing efforts in various countries, said one of the people. There may be other smaller personnel changes in other parts of the company too, one of other people said. A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment.

    The company’s sales force has been trained for years to sell software for use on desktops and servers. Now it’s more important to convince customers to sign up for cloud services hosted in Microsoft’s datacenters. The Redmond, Washington-based company wants to accelerate this switch to add more revenue and catch cloud market leader Amazon.com.

    Friday is the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year, the first in which Althoff and Courtois have run the sales and marketing organisations, taking over from Kevin Turner who left in 2016.

    The Puget Sound Business Journal reported earlier than the company planned a companywide reorganisation around the cloud.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink |
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    Apple Opens Its First Store in Taiwan 

    Highlights Store is located in the island’s landmark skyscraper, Taipei 101 The launch comes just weeks after Apple unveiled a Singapore branch Apple has almost 500 stores globally with over a million visitors daily

    Apple opened its first store in Taiwan on Saturday with more than a thousand shoppers flocking to the site located in the island’s landmark skyscraper and tallest building, Taipei 101.

    The launch comes just weeks after the US tech giant unveiled a Singapore branch – its first in Southeast Asia – which it expects to be among the most popular Apple stores in the world.

    “This is an incredibly important region for Apple,” the company said in a statement.

    Excited fans in Taiwan thronged upon the new store with its iconic glass facade and more than 100 iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and iPods laid out for customers to try.

    They were greeted by cheering and applauding staff who chanted “welcome” and “Apple Taiwan”,

    In a bid to tap into Taiwanese culture, the company also handed out red T-shirts with a Banyan Tree print inspired by artwork from local paper cutting expert Yang Shi-yi.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Pushing Windows 10 Users to Install Creators Update to Stay Secure 

    Highlights Windows 10 first version users won’t get future security updates It will send notifications to users to update to the latest version However, it won’t ask them to force install

    Microsoft’s trend of aggressively pushing its updates onto Windows users is now common knowledge. The company tried to tone it down a bit in the recent past, but has now announced that all Windows 10 first version users must update to the latest version as soon as possible. Of course, this time, it’s reason to push the updates is much more noble – user safety. To help users make this transition, Microsoft will send out notifications to users of the first version of Windows 10, recommending they install the Windows 10 Creators Update, as it’s the end of service for the first version.

    End of service means that users with Windows 10 version 1507 will no longer receive security patches – part of the monthly ‘quality’ updates issued by the company – in the future. Microsoft wants everyone to get onto the latest version as it also brings bunch of security fixes with each update, helping PCs and laptops get more secure and less prone to malware attacks.

    If Microsoft notices that you’re on the first version, it will send you notification alerting you to install the Creators update. This prompt won’t force you to install the update, but will only display a convenient button for updating to the latest ‘feature’ update – the Windows 10 Creators Update. There will also be another prompt to alert you to review your privacy settings. You can choose to postpone this process up to five times with the next prompt asking for confirmation of your privacy settings.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    BSNL and Airtel Free Data Offers, Moto E4 Price, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Sale, and More: Your 360 Daily 

    Highlights BSNL new plans have an additional data benefit WhatsApp camera on iPhone gets a new Night Mode Lenovo Vibe K5 Note to go on sale via Flipkart at Rs. 9,499

    Reliance Jio’s Jio Dhana Dhan and Jio Summer Surprise are ending and customers will have to start paying the full amount soon. It seems that state-owned BSNL wants to capitalise on this with its new plans for postpaid subscribers. BSNL customers under Plan 99 get 250MB of data (compared to zero earlier), those with BSNL 225 get 1GB (versus 250MB earlier), and those in BSNL’s Plan 325 get 2GB (as opposed to 250MB earlier). Users enrolled under Plan 525 and BSNL 725 will now get 3GB (earlier 500MB) and 5GB data (earlier 1GB). Those on Plan 799, 1125, and 1525 get no additional benefits just yet. This comes days after BSNL announced the Sixer 666 pack for prepaid subscribers with 120GB data.

    BSNL isn’t the only with offers. The Airtel Monsoon Surprise Offer announced last week is now live. All postpaid users get 30GB of free data for three months which results in 10GB per month. Postpaid users can avail of this by downloading the My Airtel app from Google Play or the App Store.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink |
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    Microsoft to Lay Off Thousands as It Focuses on Cloud Software: Reports 

    Highlights Microsoft is set to cut thousands of jobs across the globe The company will focus more on marketing and selling its cloud software Microsoft will announce its future plans on Wednesday

    Worldwide layoffs are reportedly about to hit Microsoft.

    According to several news outlets, the software giant is set to cut thousands of jobs across the globe in an attempt to reorganise its sales force. The news could come as soon as this week.

    The reorganisation is going to include Microsoft’s enterprise customer unit and one or more of its subject matter experts-focused divisions (SMEs), TechCrunch reported.

    The move dovetails with the company’s plans to focus more on marketing and selling its cloud software, Azure, according to Bloomberg. For years the Redmond, Washington-based company had focused on selling software for desktops and servers. Now the company wants to put more effort into persuading customers to buy cloud services hosted by Microsoft data centers to be more competitive with market leader Amazon. (Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)

    Friday marked the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year and the first under new executives Judson Althoff and Jean-Phillipe Courtois, who took over the company’s sales and marketing divisions last summer after the exit of chief operating officer Kevin Turner, who held the position for 11 years. Over the years the company has usually announced staff reductions around this time.

    In the third quarter of the fiscal year Microsoft announced that Azure nearly doubled its revenue growth from the previous quarter. At the time, the product saw a sales growth of 93 percent. Microsoft’s growth in cloud revenue will be a key indicator of its progress in transitioning away from legacy businesses.

    Last summer the Seattle Times reported that Microsoft would cut 2,850 jobs, with 900 coming from its sales force. Two months earlier, the software company had announced that it would lay off 1,850 staff members in its smartphone division. In July 2015 Microsoft cut 7,800 jobs after its acquisition of Nokia.

    A report from the Puget Sound Business Journal said that Microsoft will announce its future plans on Wednesday.

    Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Toshiba Seeks Dismissal of Western Digital Injunction Request Over Chip Unit 

    Highlights WD has claimed that Toshiba breached joint venture contracts Toshiba has asked a US court to dismiss WD’s request for an injunction Toshiba is scrambling to get a deal done as fast as possible

    Toshiba has asked a US court to dismiss a Western Digital request for an injunction to prevent a sale of the Japanese firm’s chip business, saying the court has no jurisdiction and that an injunction would cause irreparable harm.

    Western Digital, which jointly runs Toshiba’s main semiconductor plant, has claimed that its partner has breached joint venture contracts as it pursues an $18 billion sale of the unit and is seeking an injunction to prevent any deal without its consent.

    In its filing with the Superior Court of California, Toshiba argued that their joint venture interests only cover a small portion of its flash memory semiconductor business and that the court has no jurisdiction as its primary place of business was Japan.

    Toshiba Suing Western Digital for $1 Billion Over Chip Business Sale Interference

    Toshiba is scrambling to get a deal done as fast as possible as it needs funds to cover billions in cost overruns at now-bankrupt unit Westinghouse. It is currently negotiating with a preferred bidder consortium that includes Japan government investors and US private equity firm Bain Capital.

    “Even if an agreement is reached with a bidder…if Toshiba is prevented from moving forward on implementing that transaction, the harm to an overall deal would be severe – and may well make the implementation of a transaction impossible,” said in its filing, which was made on Friday.

    Western Digital has tabled its own bid for the chip unit – the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips – but the offer has gained little traction with Toshiba, which says it raises antitrust concerns. The Japanese firm is also reluctant to engage with Western Digital as its US partner has said in the past it wants to take control of the unit.

    Western Digital Resubmits Bid for Toshiba Chip Unit at Last Minute

    Western Digital argues that an injunction will ensure that an international arbitration court will be given an appropriate opportunity to resolve their dispute.

    The court hearing on the issue is scheduled for July 14 and Western Digital has said it believes a decision could come on the same day.

    Western Digital is expected to file a response to Toshiba’s opposition before the hearing.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Samsung Plans $18.6 Billion Investment, Seeks to Extend Chip and Display Lead 

    Highlights Samsung to invest $18.63 billion in chip, display business in South Korea The firm will also add a production line to its NAND plant in China Samsung said its South Korea investment could create up to 440,000 jobs

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it plans to invest at least KRW 21.4 trillion ($18.63 billion or roughly Rs. 1,20,732 crores) in South Korea as it seeks to extend its lead in memory chips and next-generation displays for smartphones.

    The world’s biggest memory chip maker by revenue said the spending includes KRW 14.4 trillion by 2021 on its new NAND factory in Pyeongtaek. It will invest KRW 6 trillion in a new semiconductor production line in Hwaseong, but did not elaborate on timing or product.

    The firm will also add a production line to its NAND plant in Xi’an, China, in response to booming demand for long-term data storage chips. It has not set an investment amount or time frame.

    Samsung and other memory makers are widely expected to post record profit in 2017 as a persistent shortage and demand for more capability in smartphones and servers lift prices. Industry sources and analysts said the shortage is more acute for NAND chips due to increasing adoption of high-end storage products.

    Some analysts said Samsung’s production technologies are at least a year ahead of rivals such as Toshiba Corp and SK Hynix Inc. Samsung routinely invests more than $10 billion (roughly Rs. 64,810 crores) in semiconductors annually, helping build its lead, and analysts said the latest investment seeks to widen the gap.

    Samsung, Toshiba and SK Hynix have committed tens of billions of dollars to boost NAND output in recent years, yet analysts and industry sources said shortages are likely to persist at least through 2017 as new facilities will not make meaningful supply contributions until next year.

    Some analysts said the additional capacity could cause slight oversupply in early 2018, but that price crashes are unlikely as smartphone makers opt for greater internal storage. Demand for high-end server storage for cloud computing and virtual reality applications will also continue to grow.

    “I believe NAND market conditions will continue to favour suppliers until 2020,” said HMC Investment analyst Greg Roh. Any oversupply issues will be temporary and limited to seasonally weaker periods, he said.

    Samsung’s investment plan comes as new South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls on local businesses to create more jobs and help reinvigorate the economy.

    Samsung said its South Korea investment could create up to 440,000 jobs through 2021 and will help boost the economy.

    In China, some South Korean firms have suffered from sales decline or have been forced to scale down operations after retaliatory measures from Beijing over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system outside Seoul, but components makers such as Samsung have not yet been affected. Chinese smartphone makers are among the biggest buyers of memory chips and displays, many from Samsung.

    The South Korean firm accounted for 40.4 percent of global memory chip revenue in January-March, showed data from researcher TrendForce, making it difficult for electronics makers to entirely avoid buying its chips.

    China is trying to grow its own memory chip producers but it may take several years before Chinese companies can compete with existing makers.

    Samsung on Tuesday also said unit Samsung Display plans to invest around KRW 1 trillion on a new organic light-emitting diode display complex in South Korea.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 28, 2018 Permalink |
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    Microsoft Confirms Changes Are Coming as Layoff Rumours Abound 

    Highlights Microsoft on Monday confirmed that changes were on the way It is planning to cut thousands of jobs across the globe The company will focus more on marketing and selling its cloud software

    Microsoft is planning layoffs as it refocuses its sales force on making the software colossus a pivotal part of businesses relying on cloud computing, according to media reports.

    While many reports forecast the changes would result in thousands of job cuts, Microsoft on Monday only confirmed to AFP that changes were on the way.

    “Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson told AFP.

    Tech news website GeekWire published what it indicated were excerpts from the Microsoft memo, which referred to an enormous business opportunity helping its customers with “digital transformations.”

    Chief Executive Satya Nadella has sought to reduce the tech giant’s focus on software, shifting to cloud computing and business services.

    “From large multinationals to small and medium businesses to non-profits all over the world, organizations are using Microsoft’s cloud platforms to power their digital transformation,” Nadella said when the company reported its earnings for the first three months of this year.

    Microsoft reported revenue gains in cloud and business service operations, which offset a drop in “personal computing,” which includes the Windows operating system that once made up its core business.

    Microsoft said revenue from its “Intelligent Cloud” rose 11 percent from a year earlier to $6.8 billion (roughly Rs. 44,070 crores).

    Microsoft said its Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased seven percent.

    Office consumer products and cloud services revenue rose 15 percent, as the number of Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 26.2 million.

    Microsoft is to release its earnings for the recently-ended quarter on July 20.

    Microsoft’s cloud platform, called Azure, faces competition from technology powerhouses Amazon and Google.

    Each of the companies has also been investing in artificial intelligence which can make services hosted in the Internet cloud more intuitive and insightful when it comes to handling data or catering to needs of users.

    Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft has announced thousands of jobs cuts in recent years, the most severe being 18,000 positions eliminated in 2014 related from its acquisition of Nokia and failed efforts in the smartphone market.

    The technology giant cut 7,800 jobs in 2015, and 4,700 last year.

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    Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft Layoff, Cloud, Microsoft Cloud, Azure, Internet, Apps, PC, Laptops, Tablets

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Windows 10 Timeline Feature Won’t Arrive With Fall Creators Update, Reveals Microsoft 

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Laptop Ban: Turkish Airlines CEO Says US to Lift Restrictions on July 5 

    Highlights US to lift electronics ban on Turkish Airlines on July 5 Earlier this week, the ban on flights from Abu Dhabi was lifted by US US banned laptops/tablets on US-bound flights in March this year

    Turkish Airlines chief executive Bilal Eksi said he expected the ban on large electronic devices from the cabin of US-bound flights from certain countries to be lifted on July 5.

    “We expect the electronic device ban applied to American flights to be lifted on Wednesday July 5,” Eksi said on Twitter late Monday without giving further details.

    In March, Washington barred all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, only allowing them to be transported in hold luggage.

    Flag-carrier Turkish Airlines responded to the ban by offering laptops to business-class travellers in May.

    The US on Sunday lifted a ban on passengers taking such devices on Etihad Airways flights from its base in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, the first airliner to benefit from a lift of the ban.

    The decision came after the airline implemented enhanced security measures, a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security said.

    The ban was put into place after intelligence officials learned of efforts by Islamic State jihadists to produce a bomb that could be secreted inside such devices.

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    Tags: Laptop Ban, US, Turkish Airlines, Laptops, Tablets

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 27, 2018 Permalink |
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    Lenovo Legion Y520 Review 

    Highlights The Legion Y520 is available in two variants with different GPUs Most games run very well at 1920×1080 using High quality settings The Legion Y520 is cool and quiet, but has a flimsy lid

    The gaming laptop segment is exploding right now, bucking a general downward trend in the PC business. This is one of the few product categories in which manufacturers don’t have to struggle to make everything thinner and lighter or lower cost, and it’s also benefitting tremendously from Intel and Nvidia’s latest products which deliver gaming-grade power without too many tradeoffs. Mainstream PC brands including Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo are trying to push into this market, and even component makers Asus and MSI are capitalising on the opportunity.

    This is such a big deal that many companies, afraid of being perceived as old-school and staid, have spun their gaming products out into separate sub-brands. Acer has its Predator line, Asus has the Republic of Gamers, Dell uses Alienware (and Inspiron Gaming), and now we have Lenovo moving its Y series laptops under the new Legion banner. On one hand, this tells buyers that they are getting something out of the ordinary, but on the other, it seems that everyone has the same cliched idea of who gamers are and they want. Hopefully, Lenovo’s new Legion Y520 can stand on its own merits.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 26, 2018 Permalink |
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    Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro: What’s the Difference, and Which One Is for You? 

    Microsoft Windows 10 for desktop, the successor to Windows 8.1, comes in two versions: Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. This is a stark contrast to earlier versions of Windows, which came in as many as seven editions. Of the two editions, Windows 10 Pro, as you may have guessed, has more features. Unlike Windows 7 and 8.1, in which the basic variant was markedly crippled with fewer features than its professional counterpart, Windows 10 Home packs in a large set of new features that should suffice most users’ needs. This begs the question, which among Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home is the right version for you.

    What do you get with Windows 10 Home
    Windows 10 Home is the basic variant of Windows 10. It comes with a number of new features including the revamped Start Menu. The company decided to chop it off from Windows 8 three years ago, but on popular demand, this feature is making a return to the desktop operating system. You also get a full-fledged version of Cortana, the digital voice assistant formerly exclusively available on Windows Phone. Other than that, the Home edition also gets you features like Battery Saver, TPM support, and company’s new biometrics security feature called Windows Hello.

    Battery Saver, for those unfamiliar, is a feature that makes your system more power efficient. It does so by limiting the background activity on the device. A TPM is a microchip that offers additional security-related functions. Many motherboard manufacturers install TPM chip on their device. Microsoft assures that if your motherboard has that chip, Windows 10 Home will provide support for it.

    Home users will also be able to utilise the all-new Virtual Desktops option and Snap assist feature with up to 4 apps on one screen. Furthermore, they can also give a whirl to Continuum, a flagship feature of Windows 10 that lets you quickly switch from desktop mode to tablet mode. You are also bestowed with Microsoft Edge, the brand new browser in town.

    The Home edition also supports Windows Update – eligible to snag automatic updates from Microsoft – and also provides security measures such as Microsoft Passport. The aforementioned features should fit an average Joe’s bill as the company is providing all the essential features in the basic variant.

    However, if you crave for more sophisticated protection, or if your work requires features such as support for side-loading of business apps, the Home edition could leave a lot to be desired, and you are better off with the Pro edition.

    What do you get with Windows 10 Pro
    The Pro edition of Windows 10, in addition to all of Home edition’s features, offers sophisticated connectivity and privacy tools such as Domain Join, Group Policy Management, Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE), Assigned Access 8.1, Remote Desktop, Client Hyper-V, and Direct Access.

    Assigned Access 8.1, for instance, allows you to lock user accounts and prevent them from accessing specific apps. BitLocker, on the other hand, is one of the most powerful disk-encryption tools on Windows. It lets you encrypt your external USB-drives. You also get tools that facilitate seamless connectivity while joining Azure Active Directory, and a Business Store for Windows 10. So should you get the Pro edition instead?

    It all comes down to this: do you need features such as Client Hyper-V, which is a built-in virtualisation solution in Windows. Does your work require you to connect to a Windows domain? If yes, you should purchase the Pro edition. Else, the Home edition is what you need.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 26, 2018 Permalink |
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    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Price and Release Date for India Revealed; to Be Flipkart Exclusive 

    Highlights Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will cost Rs. 2,699 The game is exclusive to Flipkart Currently only the PS4 version is listed

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for the PS4 has a June 7 release date for India and a price of Rs. 2,699. Not too bad when compared to the US price of $40 (around Rs. 2,589). No price for the Xbox One or PC versions have been announced just yet.

    However, the game is exclusive to Flipkart what with the e-commerce company’s use of the #OnlyOnFlipkart hashtag. Gadgets 360 has confirmed with the game’s distributor World Wide CD ROM that this is indeed the case. It won’t be hitting other retailers both offline and online. While the game released globally last week, India gets it on June 7 due to delays related to GST implementation.

    GTA V, WWE 2K17, and Uncharted 4 are Flipkart’s Top Selling Games; PS4 Games Sell Better than Xbox One

    How to get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered cheap in India

    Considering that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition – which comes with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is available for as low as Rs. 1,899 on sites like Amazon, we wonder how this makes sense. Reason being, you’re paying around Rs. 500 less for two games – Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered, instead of Rs. 2,699 for just Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. This could be a better option for many, though do keep in mind you’ll need to download the full game (around 40GB) with the included code in the box.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 26, 2018 Permalink |
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    Samsung on Track to Take Intel’s Chip Crown, Beating It on Revenue 

    Highlights Samsung is expected to report its best-ever quarterly profit in Q2 Samsung on Tuesday announced to invest some $18.6 billion in South Korea It is now poised to knock Intel off from the global market share rankings

    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to report its best-ever quarterly profit in the second quarter, with soaring memory chip sales pushing it past Intel Corp as the biggest semiconductor maker by revenue for the first time.

    The world’s largest memory chip maker is the among the biggest beneficiaries of soaring demand for processing firepower on smartphones and servers, which has fuelled an industry super-cycle amid limited supply growth.

    Underscoring its dominant position, Samsung said on Tuesday it plans to invest some $18.6 billion in South Korea as it seeks to extend its lead in memory chips and next-generation displays for smartphones.

    The South Korean tech giant, Asia’s third-largest company by market capitalisation, is now poised to knock Intel off the top of the global semiconductor market-share rankings for the first time since 1991.

    “From the second quarter, Samsung will become No. 1 in market share due to the recent increase in data centres and demand for solid-state drives,” NH Investment & Securities analyst Peter Lee wrote in a note to clients.

    Samsung’s April-June operating profit is expected to leap 67 percent from a year earlier to KRW 13.1 trillion ($11.4 billion), a new high, according to the average forecast from a Thomson Reuters survey of 18 analysts.

    The same survey expects July-September profit to be even higher at KRW 13.8 trillion.

    Solid sales of the Galaxy S8 smartphone launched in April likely provided an additional boost, keeping the firm ahead of rival Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker.

    The S8’s performance has reassured investors whose nerves were shaken last year by the costly withdrawal of Samsung’s premium Galaxy Note 7 due to fire-prone batteries.

    Samsung shares are trading at a near-record high of KRW 2.35 million each as of Tuesday. They have gained 30 percent so far this year on top of a 43 percent surge in 2016.

    In the pipeline
    “The Galaxy S8 series has been out for more than 2 months now and we see similar traction as the Galaxy S7 series,” Counterpoint analyst Tom Kang said.

    Samsung would sell about 49 million Galaxy S8s by the end of its first full-year release, in line with first-year sales of the Galaxy S7, he said.

    Samsung is also preparing to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 in August, a source told Reuters, restoring the company’s schedule of market-moving gadget releases after the interruption of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.

    The company will issue earnings guidance early on Friday but will not disclose details on its performance until late July.

    Nomura has predicted DRAM chip prices will continue to rise in the second half of 2017 due to limited supply and strong demand driven by servers.

    Demand for solid-state drives (SSD) and smartphones would maintain profits for producers of NAND semiconductors, despite an easing of a production bottleneck, it said.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 25, 2018 Permalink |
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    Laptop Ban: Emirates, Turkish Airlines Say Exempted From Electronics Restriction 

    Highlights The ban was lifted “effective immediately” on Dubai International Emirates blamed travel restrictions for a drop in demand on US flights The UK ban does not apply to flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    The United States has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul, Emirates and Turkish Airlines said on Wednesday.

    The announcements come three days after restrictions were lifted on Etihad Airways’ hub Abu Dhabi International Airport.

    The ban was lifted “effective immediately” on Dubai International, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, after new security measures announced by the US last week were implemented, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement.

    Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline and which flies to 12 US cities, had blamed travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump’s administration for a drop in demand on US flights.

    The Dubai-based carrier cut flights to five US cities from May, though has since said demand was starting to return on some routes.

    Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines said in a statement that passengers travelling to the United States could now take their laptops onboard.

    Chief Executive Bilal Eksi also tweeted that the airline expected a similar ban flights to Britain would soon be lifted.

    US and British officials carried out inspections of security measures at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, the Dogan news agency reported.

    There was no immediate comment available from US officials on the lifting of the ban in Dubai and Istanbul.

    The UK ban does not apply to flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    In March, the United States imposed the ban on flights originating at 10 airports in eight countries – Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey – to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken aboard aircraft.

    The United States announced on June 29 enhanced security measures for flights to the country which require additional time to screen passengers and personal electronic devices for possible explosives.

    The new measures, which take effect within three weeks of the announcement, will affect around 325,000 daily passengers travelling on 180 airlines from 280 airports around the world, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.

    Airlines that fail to meet the new security requirements could still face in-cabin electronics restrictions.

    Saudi Arabia Airlines (Saudia) expects the ban to lifted on flights from Jeddah and Riyadh by July 19, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 25, 2018 Permalink |
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    Global Smartphone Shipments to Grow Despite Device Shipments Decline: Gartner 

    Highlights PCs, tablets, smartphones to be shipped over 2.3 billion units in 2017 Smartphone shipment is expected to reach nearly 1.6 billion units in 2017 PC shipment is set to drop 3 percent

    Buoyed by a shift in consumers’ habits towards higher-priced premium smartphones, the overall smartphone shipment is expected to grow 5 percent this year despite a slight decline in overall device shipment, Gartner forecast on Wednesday.

    PCs, tablets and smartphones are projected to be shipped over 2.3 billion units in 2017 – a 0.3 percent decline from 2016.

    Despite this falling trend, the overall smartphone shipment is expected to reach nearly 1.6 billion units in 2017 as end-users’ spending inclines towards premium devices like Apple iPad and iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, Amazon Fire HD, Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 and Acer Iconia One.

    “The Samsung S8 and Galaxy S8

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