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Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre patches causing older machines to reboot

By : CIOL Writers

Intel has warned its users that its fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities may have inadvertently made PCs and servers less stable. According to an announcement by Intel, the issue may cause reboot issues in systems running older Broadwell and

Nokia ‘Asha’ phones might soon make a comeback

By : CIOL Writers

HMD Global is apparently planning to bring back Nokia Asha brand of phones. The Finnish company has filed for a trademark for the Asha brand through the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). First spotted by LoveNokia, the trademark was originally published on EUIPO in

Amazon is offering free Prime subscription to Airtel postpaid customers

By : CIOL Writers

Amazon is teaming up with Airtel to offer free Amazon Prime subscription to Airtel postpaid customers. Amazon Prime membership which is available for Rs 999 per year will be available at zero cost to new and existing Airtel Postpaid users

Flipkart Apple Sale: Here are the best deals on Apple products

By : CIOL Writers

Flipkart is offering huge discounts on Apple iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches under its “Apple Week Sale” which has already started from January 9 and ending on January 15. If you are an Apple lover, here are some of

Skype testing end-to-end encryption for private chats

By : CIOL Writers

Microsoft announced that end-to-end encrypted conversations are coming to Skype. Microsoft is integrating the open source Signal protocol, used by WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and Signal itself, into test versions of Skype as ‘Private Conversations‘ for end-to-end encrypted communications. “Skype is one of the

WhatsApp now lets Android users switch from voice to video calls

By : CIOL Writers

WhatsApp has launched a new feature for its Android users which lets them switch between voice and video calls or vice versa. The feature first spotted by WABetaInfo, is only available in beta phase and will roll out with the

Hyundai invests in Uber’s Southeast Asian rival Grab

By : CIOL Writers

South Korea’s Hyundai Motors has invested in Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab, as it seeks to expand in the world’s third-biggest ride-hailing market after China and the United States. Grab did not disclose the value of Hyundai’s investment. Hyundai joined other

Skeletons continue to fall out from Uber’s closet

By : CIOL Writers

Uber’s tryst with controversies is far from over. After a report in Bloomberg that alleged that Uber had a secret tool to remotely lock down equipment in the company’s foreign offices to thwart any raids from the local authorities, the

macOS App Store system preferences can be unlocked by any password

By : CIOL Writers

An Apple developer named Open Radar has uncovered a vulnerability in the macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, that lets the App Store menu in System Preferences to be unlocked with any password. According to the bug report by Open Radar,

Kodak announces “photo-centric cryptocurrency”; Stock soars high

By : CIOL Writers

Kodak has announced a partnership with Wenn Digital to create a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” that will “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.” Kodak says KodakOne will be an encrypted, digital ledger which will develop “a new economy for

UIDAI to issue Virtual IDs for Aadhaar to strengthen privacy

By : CIOL Writers

The Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) has introduced two new features to strengthen the privacy of any user amid the recent controversy surrounding the biometric details of anybody available in 10 minutes. The new features are Virtual ID for Aadhaar

WhatsApp bug lets anyone infiltrate your group chat

By : CIOL Writers

Security researchers have revealed a vulnerability in WhatsApp that it possible to infiltrate private group chats without admin permission. According to a report in Wired, the researchers say that anyone who controls WhatsApp’s servers can add people into private group chats, without getting

Apple transferring Chinese iCloud operations to a local firm

By : CIOL Writers

Apple is transferring over operations of iCloud data services for residents of mainland China to local firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD). The change was announced last year so that Apple can comply with local laws. GCBD is based in Guizhou Province and supervised by a

Google and Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

By : CIOL Writers

At the CES’ 18, Google and Lenovo announced the Mirage Solo, a new VR headset that does not require any smartphone to operate. Lenovo hopes to ship the headset by the second quarter of this year. The Mirage Solo, a

Facebook to launch its Echo Show rival, Portal by the year end: Report

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Facebook is planning to launch its home video chat device named Portal later this year. The news first reported by online news network Cheddar states that the new device will be in direct competition with Amazon’s Echo Show. According to

Lenovo debuts ARM-powered 2-in-1 detachable laptop, Miix 630

By : CIOL Writers

Lenovo has announced an ARM-powered 2-in-1 detachable tablet/ laptop hybrid named Lenovo Miix 630 at the CES’18. The laptop is the first Snapdragon-powered Windows laptop, as part of Always Connected initiative from Microsoft. The Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 comes with

Toyota to integrate Alexa in its cars starting this year

By : CIOL Writers

Toyota has announced that it will introduce Amazon Alexa, its cloud-based intelligent voice assistant in select Toyota cars, starting this year. The company said that it will be deploying Alexa beginning with Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform 2.0 vehicle

Ola signs MoU with ICICI Bank to provide microcredit to users

By : CIOL Writers

Cab aggregator Ola has signed a MoU with ICICI Bank to bring forth a range of integrated offers for their customers and driver partners. “This alliance will provide increased convenience to customers on both the platforms as well as hundreds of thousands

Fox partners Twitter and Snapchat to provide coverage of FIFA World Cup

By : CIOL Writers

Twenty First Century Fox’s Fox Sports is teaming up with Twitter and Snapchat to provide exclusive highlights from the 2018 FIFA World cup in Russia. Twitter will not only feature every goal scored from all 64 games just moments after they happen,

Paytm sets up an investment arm, Paytm Money

By : CIOL Writers

Paytm, run by One97 Communications is starting a new investment advisory company- Paytm Money that will offer investment and wealth management products and will invest close to $10 million upfront in the new entity. Paytm Money will be the fourth consumer brand