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Hackers Snuck Backdoors Into ASUS Software Updates, Infecting Thousands

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Hackers Snuck Backdoors Into ASUS Software Updates, Infecting Thousands

On Monday, hackers invaded the software of one of the largest computers making Company –ASUS by a backdoor program known as “Shadowhammer”, which made the Taiwan based company slip up and this software got installed in thousands of computers.

Shadowhammer is a type of supply-chain attack that mainly compromises the end-to-end encryption of the user’s computers. This attack is mainly done to the updates of the third-party services. This does will not affect the businesses or any IT professional’s computer system as their systems have already been updated right away and the security patches are routinely checked in order to provide with high-security services.

This installation of the malware in the computers has affected a minimum of half a million machines with Windows OS. According to the reports of Kaspersky lab around 57,000 products of ASUS were infected. This malware has mainly affected the consumer products and the Company’s personal computers remain safe; the entire range of the attack by the trojanised software is yet to be figured out.

Although, the real motive of this hacking has not yet been discovered, according to the data shared by Kaspersky, around 600 MAC addresses were targeted. It was noted that these supply-chain attacks have been increased by 78 percent since the previous year.

Online journalism and the expanse of the digital platform is what intrigued Derrick to move towards the development of content over the internet platform. As a technology buff, he loves to read and write about the latest advancements in the field of technology, especially about the latest gadgets.

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The Galaxy S10 models are now available with Instant Cashback up to RS 8000

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The South Korean smartphone maker recently launched Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+ in India last month.

Recently Samsung had announced instant cash back offer in Samsung S10e, and Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones along with exclusive offers for banks such as the customers who have HDFC cards can buy the smartphone using the EMI options.

The Samsung Galaxy smartphone series that is Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Samsung Galaxy S10e is also available live in the company store as well as in the official app and has also promised up to discounts till ₹15,000.

The cash back is a benefit for the customers who will opt for various storage variants of Samsung Galaxy S10e and Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung Galaxy S10+ buyers are also eligible for extra discounts over exchanges and as discussed HDFC bank offer is also available for the people.

What does the galaxy series smartphones offer?

Samsung Galaxy S10e:

The galaxy S10e is priced at ₹49,565, and the company provides a ₹5000 cash back along ₹4000 cash back if the customers purchase the phone on the HDFC Bank debit or credit card by “No Extra Cost EMI” or “Low-Cost EMI.” Applying these two offers the Galaxy S10e original price that is ₹55,900 is slashed to ₹46,900 straight.

Samsung Galaxy S10:

The original price of galaxy S10 is ₹61,400. Samsung offers a cash back of ₹5000 at its base model that has a 128GB storage. For buyers who are interested in galaxy S10 model which is of 512 GB will get a cashback of ₹8000 along with a ₹6000 cash back is offered to the buyers with HDFC bank using EMI transactions. With both, these offers applied the phone is available in India with a price tag of ₹55,900.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ :

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ offers a discount that is somewhat different from that of Samsung Galaxy S10e and Samsung Galaxy S10. However, it does not offer cash back preferably Samsung offers additional cuts over the exchange of ₹9,000 on all the model options of Samsung Galaxy S10+. It also provides a ₹6000 money back on purchase with HDFC Bank debit card or credit card via EMI transactions.

However, it is necessary for the customers to know that the Samsung shop is offering HDFC Cashback to its customers to be eligible to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone only if the buyer is using HDFC credit card and not the debit card.

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More affordable phones for customers this month

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The mobile phone vendors are facing fierce competition with the rise in market share. The manufacturers of the phone have made a strategy to compete in the market by either dropping the price of the telephone or by releasing new phones every month. The customers are at the benefit as they get to find their desired phone in their budget. But with every launch of phones, it has become tough for the consumers to choose among which model to buy.

This article further helps the customers to select from a wide range of variety of phones as well as the discounts that lie behind the phone. A summary is being provided in the table, and Google is a rescue to search for further specifications details.

iPhone XR

Apple has cut down the price of iPhone XR to ₹59,900 with its competition to Samsung Galaxy S10e. The customers who own an HDFC Bank card gets additional 10% cash back. So it’s price further drops to ₹53,900. As can be seen in the above table, the iPhone XR 64GB variant is available at Rs. 59,900. The revised rate of iPhone XR 128GB model is ₹ 64,900, and iPhone XR price for the 256GB storage option is possible at ₹74,900.

In a detailed review, it is found that iPhone XR has scored a 10 for performance speed, 9 for software, camera, and battery life. It scored 8 points for its design, display, and value for money.

Realme 2 Pro

This month, Realme has revised the prices of its multiple devices. The company has reduced the price of Realme 2 Pro to ₹ 12,828. Other variants such as Realme 2 Pro 4GB RAM + 64GB storage is now available at ₹ 11,990 and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage is available at ₹13,990.

In comparison to Apple Realme scored 8 points overall but got 9 points over its value for money.

Oppo F9 Pro

The VOOC fast charging handset is all available with its price slashed, the phone with 128GB storage option is available now at Rs. 17,990. Overall it managed to score 9 points for battery life but scored 8 and 7 in display software and design, performance, money respectively.

Realme U1

The Realme U1 ensures to give its customers their desired price range phones. Thus they slashed the prices as 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model is priced at ₹ 9,999 and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant was dropped to Rs. 11,999.

Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 7.1

Both the phones are overall rated as 8 out of 10. Nokia 6.1 6GB RAM has dropped to ₹ 14,750 whereas the revised price of Nokia 7.1 is ₹ 18,485. However, customers can avail 15% cash back on HDFC cards and EMI transactions via Pinelands. The cash back offer is valid till April 20, 2019.

Nokia 2.1 and Nokia 1

The HMD Global has slashed the price of the Nokia phone especially 2.1 to ₹5,499 as compared to Samsung Galaxy J2 Core. However, Nokia 1 price was also dropped to ₹ 3,999 which made it cheapest amongst all in the Indian Android market. The competitor Xiaomi launched its Redmi Go phone in competition to Nokia.

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Google Home activated DND Mode on mobile phones

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Presently, Google has introduced several new features which the users can experience on their devices, for example, Google home smart speaker. Google Home Smart speakers with Google assistant have shown a specific behavioral change in its device.

The new feature for Google home activates whenever a user turns on the do not disturb mode in the smartphone or ask Google Home to do so via voice command. With the introduction of a new feature, Google Home no more recites the step it carries out as a part of its routine steps. The sources said that the changes and the new feature are available in the market, but “when” it got launched is unknown.

Android Police notifies that the recitation of Google assistant has stopped that is Google assistant had the very habit of repeating the steps that it carries out to reach its destination (command). Earlier it has had an annoying habit to repeat every of its action that it did and alert the user while processing. But now users are happy that the specified routine is not accompanied by vocal cue all the time when the assistant is asked to do a particular task. However, when users want Google assistant to respond vocally, it will do so.

Moreover, Android Police has also informed in a report that Google Assistant has now enabled its “Do Not Disturb” mode which is linked to the smartphone via voice command. For instance, when the user asks Google home to “silent the phone” or activates the “Do Not Disturb” mode it will do so.

In one context, if the Google account that is being used for Google Home is associated with multiple devices, the user has to specify which device it wants to activate the DND mode or any other command. But as per Google’s support page, individuals can also enable the DND mode on all its devices simultaneously via voice command. It is yet unknown, that whether the said changes are available in a particular region or to users of specific areas.

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