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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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.

    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 | Reply
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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


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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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 | Reply
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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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