LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

Last month, leaked LG V30 mockups suggested that the smartphone could possibly feature a secondary slide-out display and now the handset has been tipped to launch in September this year. The LG V30 will reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 event, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1.

According to a report by South Korean news website ETNews, for the first time for a handset in its V-Series, LG will be launching the V30 smartphone ahead of IFA 2017 event in Germany. Apart from this, LG is also planning to hold pre-order sales for V30 in South Korea, which will also be a first for any phone from V-Series, in an attempt to promote V30, as per the report.

LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for “about a week or two” via three South Korean mobile network providers after the launch event of V30. ETNews has suggested that the smartphone will be officially released in South Korea during September. Notably, the report has not mentioned whether there will be pre-order sales for other markets as well.

The South Korean news website says that LG V30 is expected to be priced by the company around “latter end of KRW 800,000 (roughly Rs. 45,200).” As per the report, LG V30 comes with a near bezel-less design just like the company’s current flagship LG G6 and will feature a dual-camera setup at the back just like its predecessor LG V20. The smartphone has been suggested to house a 3200mAh battery as well. It has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

 

In audio department, LG V30 has been suggested to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC, which should allow it to deliver impressive performance. Notably, the phone has been tipped to retain the 3.5mm audio jack as well. Finally, LG V30 is expected to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

To recall, LG has previously been tipped to use OLED display on LG V30 and “old-ish” mockups have suggested that the early designs of the smartphone included a slide-out secondary display as well.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt on the side and wait for the official information from the company.

 

iPhone 8 May Have a Lot in Common With Google Glass: Report

Augmented reality is one of Apple’s big new areas of focus, which it highlighted earlier this month at its Worldwide Developers Conference. But how will Apple use AR, which involves using a screen to overlay digital objects onto the real world? A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich raises some interesting possibilities.

Apple has already shown at what AR can do – by demonstrating how to use an iPhone to overlay an interactive game board on a real table, for example. But Milunovich suggested 10 additional applications for Apple’s AR play, including some we’ve already seen come to life, such as games and retail. He also sees applications for job training, facial recognition, medical diagnoses and the ability to direct people to safety in case of emergency situations, similar to what Google Glass did to help firefighters find the fastest exits from a building.

iPhone 8 May Have a Lot in Common With Google Glass: Report

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Combining various applications could also be useful, Milunovich wrote. “Emergency first aid, a combination of remote healthcare and instantaneous education, could save lives. There are legal issues that would need to be overcome but seem solvable,” he said.

Further down the road, Milunovich said, there could be room for iGlass – that is, Apple’s take on a Google Glass-type headset. Could Apple succeed where Google failed? Advances in headset technology, plus some classic Apple design chops, could make the devices more appealing to the non-geek, Milunovich indicated.

The market for augmented-reality glasses is expected to grow over the next several years. International Data Corp. predicted this week that the market for AR and virtual reality will grow from 10 million headsets in 2016 to 100 million in 2021. AR will be slightly behind VR, the firm said, but analysts added that most consumers will probably get introduced to the concept through their smartphones.

The tools for augmented reality that Apple introduced earlier this month open up a range of possibilities to developers and highlight the tech giant’s interest in the area, which Apple chief executive Tim Cook once said was “a big idea like the smartphone.” Apple will need to impress with its 10th-anniversary iPhone, Milunovich said, and in a best-case scenario, a truly innovative iPhone would help the company reclaim its mantle for innovation

But it could face some fierce competition. On Tuesday morning OnePlus announced its much-hyped OnePlus 5, which sports premium power and Android simplicity at $479 (roughly Rs. 30,000). If rumors are true, that’s about half the price of what we could see from the next iPhone. It’s also far cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus, which sports the same size 5.5.-inch screen and starts at $769 (roughly Rs. 50,000).

Playing up the AR features for the iPhone – using Apple’s innovative design techniques – could be one way to further push Apple to the front of the pack, Miunovich said. The smartphone screen could become a tool for making users more aware of the wider world rather than distracting them from it.

“[We] can picture the phone looking like a clear piece of glass when looking through the camera,” he said in the note. “Rather than staring down at a screen while we walk across the street or stand in line, we would be far more engaged with the world around us.”

 

Nokia 9 Won’t Sport a 4GB RAM Variant, Tips US FCC Listing: Report

There have been reports making the rounds of the Internet claiming that HMD Global will be launching its Nokia 9 flagship smartphone later this year. We have stumbled upon Nokia 9 FCC listing as well as GeekBench listing in the past, revealing some tidbits about the device. Now, a new report has claimed that HMD Global may ditch 4GB RAM model that has been previously spotted in favour of a higher RAM model.

NokiaMob.net has come across a US FCC document that suggests HMD Global, the company that owns the right to Nokia brand, has requested to transfer all “test results and permits” from the TA-1004 model, possibly the Nokia 9 variant with 4GB RAM, to TA-1012, which is likely a 6GB RAM model of the phone. The document further reveals that the company plans to market the earlier certified TA-1004 as TA-1012. HMD Global stresses that there has been no change that will affect the test results of FCC tipping that the company just changed the memory on the said device.

Nokia 9 Won't Sport a 4GB RAM Variant, Tips US FCC Listing: Report

The preliminary leaks have claimed that Nokia 9 may sport 6GB of RAM, or 8GB of RAM based on two separate GeekBench listings – it’s possible two variants may be launched.

As far as other specifications are concerned, the Nokia 9 flagship smartphone is said to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, dual 13-megapixel cameras at the back, and also have a dual-LED flash support as well. The device is also said to come with a 13-megapixel front camera as well and pack 64GB of inbuilt storage with no clarity on external storage support. There has been no word on the battery capacity on the handset but it is said to support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

Unfortunately, there is no word when HMD Global plans to launch the Nokia 9, and the first markets where the phone will go on sale.

 

Data breaches could cost Indian firms Rs 11 crore this year, says IBM report

Indian companies could lose Rs 11 crore to data breaches this year, up 12.3% from last year, a report by tech giant IBM said on Tuesday.

A breach is described as an event where an individual’s name and a medical/financial record is potentially put at risk – either in electronic or paper format.

Interestingly, the average cost of a data breach globally is expected to decline by 10% this year to $3.62 million (Rs 23.35 crore) compared to last year.

The study, conducted by Ponemon Institute, found that the average per capita cost of data breach increased from Rs 3,704 in 2016 to Rs 4,210 in 2017.

41% of the Indian companies said they experienced a data breach as a result of malicious or criminal attacks.

IBM report

Another 33% experienced a data breach as a result of system glitches, while 26% of data breaches involved employee or contractor negligence (ie human factor).

“Services, financial, industrial and technology companies had a per capita cost well above the mean of Rs 4,210, while public sector, research and transportation companies had a per capita cost well below the mean,” the study added.

The study, in its sixth edition this year, examined the costs incurred by 39 Indian companies in 13 industry sectors.

“The study clearly outlines the rapidly changing threat scenario through a significant rise in both number and sophistication of breaches,” IBM India/South Asia Integrated Security Leader Kartik Shahani said.

He added that securing data on cloud is of top priority as cloud services have become the key for digital enterprise transformation.

“Enterprises need to ensure that robust security practices are adopted, incident response plans are in place and regular security training given to all stakeholders of the company,” he said.

The study found the average number of breached records was around 33,167. Both indirect and direct costs related to data breaches have surged over the past year.

Indirect costs, which refer to the amount of time, effort and other organisational resources spent to resolve a breach, increased from Rs 1,923 to Rs 2,212 per capita.

Direct costs — expenses like purchasing a technology or hiring a consultant — rose from Rs 1,781 to Rs 1,998 per capita.

 

Don’t report frauds below Rs 1 lakh to police: CVC to banks

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has asked public sector banks not to report frauds below Rs one lakh to local police, unless their staff is involved in such crimes.

Earlier banks were mandated to report fraud of above Rs 10,000 and below Rs one lakh to police.

The decision was taken by the CVC in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), taking into the account the practical difficulties faced by public sector banks in reporting such categories of cases.

CVC

It has been decided that only if staff of the bank is involved in the fraud cases of below Rs one lakh and above Rs 10,000, would such cases need to be reported or complaint filed with local police station by the bank branch concerned, the commission said in a directive to chiefs of all the banks.

The cases of frauds of upto Rs one lakh and not below Rs 10,000 are to be scrutinised by banks officials concerned for further necessary action, a senior CVC official said.

As of September 30, 2016, the Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) declared by various scheduled commercial banks stood at a whopping Rs 6,65,864 crore, according to an official data.

The NPAs of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India is Rs 97,356 crore, followed by Rs 54,640 crore of Punjab National Bank and Rs 44,040 crore of Bank of India, it said.

Bank of Baroda has NPAs of Rs 35,467 crore, Canara Bank Rs 31,466 crore, Indian Overseas Bank Rs 31,073 crore, Union Bank of India Rs 27,891 crore, IDBI Bank Limited Rs 25,973 crore, Central Bank of India Rs 25,718 crore, Allahabad Bank Rs 18,852 crore and Oriental Bank of Commerce Rs 18,383 crore, said the data, which was given by the government in Rajya Sabha in August last year.

 

Apple Working to Make the iPhone a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Your Medical Records: Report

If a new report is to be believed then Apple wants its iPhone to work as a “one-stop shop” for all medical information of its owner. The Cupertino-based giant is reportedly in talks with hospitals, developers, and other industry experts to make this a reality.

CNBC reports that there’s a “secretive team” within Apple’s “health unit” that is working to make sure that the iPhone can store clinical data including lab results and allergy lists, which could later be shared with third-parties like a hospital or an expert. The report cites almost half-dozen people familiar with the team, and adds that the company is also looking at startups in the “cloud hosting space.” It says that Apple is even considering acquiring a startup that could fit in the company’s plans.

Apple Working to Make the iPhone a 'One-Stop Shop' for Your Medical Records: Report

Apple is being said to be in talks with health IT industry groups including “The Argonaut Project,” which is promoting the adoption of open standards for health info, and “The Carin Alliance,” which is an organisation that’s working to offer patients a central role in controlling their own medical data.

The report also adds that Apple’s Vice President of software technology Bud Tribble has been personally involved with the “The Carin Alliance” project. It further claims that Apple has “hired some of the top developers” involved with FHIR, a protocol that’s used for exchanging electronic health records.

“Essentially, Apple would be trying to recreate what it did with music – replacing CDs and scattered MP3s with a centralised management system in iTunes and the iPod – in the similarly fragmented and complicated landscape for health data,” stresses CNBC’s Christina Farr.

This won’t be the company’s first attempt to cater to health care sector as Apple’s HealthKit has been in existence for a couple of years now. Though, HealthKit has mostly been focused more towards fitness and wellness. Apple’s HealthKit includes a feature dubbed health records but that involves manual import of reports, and lacks a centralised feature that could help the user share medical info with a third-party.

Apple’s latest move could bring a revolutionary change to the way healthcare sector has been functioning for years. One of the biggest issues with medical sector has been keeping tap of the latest medical records of the users, and if Apple can get things right then this might turn out to be a boon.

 

Xbox One X Doesn’t Support Virtual Reality: Report

The Xbox One X doesn’t support virtual reality, a new report suggests. While Microsoft has spent the better part of last year trying to convince everyone that its console, dubbed Project Scorpio, is the pinnacle of hardware achievement, it appears that VR is not a part of the company’s plans.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Xbox’s marketing head Mike Nichols explained the reasons behind the lack of VR support. “The opportunity on PC is larger, because the install base is larger and we think the customer experience will be better on PC,” Nichols told the Wall Street Journal.

VR has been touted as the new frontier for gaming for a few years now. Whether that promise will become a reality is still up in the air, but the lack of VR support would mean that some people would rather not buy the Xbox One X. Rival Sony’s PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles support VR through the PS VR headset.

Xbox One X Doesn't Support Virtual Reality: Report

The Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever made, and also the most powerful console in the world right now, if Microsoft is to be believed. However VR is one area where Microsoft isn’t taking the console.

VR isn’t the only failing of the Xbox One X. At E3 2017 it was revealed that hotly anticipated shared world shooter Destiny 2 will run at 4K 30fps on the Xbox One X – the same frame rate and resolution as the PS4 Pro. This is despite having better specifications than Sony’s premium console. Games journalist Geoff Keighley confirmed this in conversation with Destiny 2 developer Bungie.

 

HC seeks status report on farm loan waiver in Telangana, Andhra

HYDERABAD: The high court on Tuesday sought status reports from AP and Telangana on the implementation of farm loan waiver schemes. The bench of acting Chief JusticeRamesh Ranganathan and Justice T Rajani was dealing with three PILs urging the court to save distressed farmers from ending their lives.

While AP informed the court that it had constituted an independent commission to look into the farm crisis, Telangana explained the steps it was taking in this respect. K Siva Ram Reddy, the party in person, told the court that a one-time waiver would help farmers. but the governments were not doing that.

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“Whatever the amount promised by government let it be paid at one go. Paying it in bits and pieces is of no use. Banks are taking away that little relief and adjusting it against interest on farm loans, leaving farmers empty handed,” he lamented.

Arguing the case of Prof Kodandaram, TJAC chairman, his counsel B Rachna Reddy refuted the claims of Telangana that all the deaths listed under farmer suicides were not farm related. “They say some of the deaths are due to burden of education loans, but how can a farmer repay an educational loan of his kin? The only source he has is agriculture and a failure there would affect everything,” she said stressing that a suicide by a farmer should be seen as farm-related.

The bench directed Telangana to file a report explaining details like how many farmers were identified under the loan waiver scheme and how many benefited under the scheme so far. AP was told to file an affidavit explaining the steps taken so far for implementation of the loan waiver scheme.C Damodar Reddy, counsel for another petitioner, D Narasimha Reddy, brought to the notice of the court that Telangana on August 13, 2014 issued a GO for waiving the crop loans/gold loans of the farmers up to a sum of Rs one lakh as a one-time settlement per each farmer family. “Though they say its a one-tine payment, they are paying it in four instalments,” he said. “Many banks are refusing to release the pattadar passbooks and gold of the farmers,” he said.

Telangana counsel Sarat Kumar told the court that government had plans to waive Rs 17000 crore and that they would complete the task in a phased manner. AP’s special counsel D Ramesh told the court that they had constituted an independent commission to study the problems of the farmers.

The bench said that farm crisis is a problem that everybody should acknowledge and act and the petitioners too should realise that it cannot be erased overnight.

Though we have no jurisdiction to ask the states to frame policies in a particular fashion, we can certainly ask them to implement their own assurances and GOs promising farm loan waiver, the bench said while adjourning the case.