UIDAI dismisses reports of Aadhaar enrolment software being hacked

Aadhaar breach is yet again back in the news, this time it is said to be compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enroll new Aadhaar users thus allowing hackers to generate unauthorized Aadhaar numbers.

Furthermore, the patch is said to be freely available for as low as Rs. 2,500 allowing unauthorized persons anywhere in the world to generate Aadhaar number at their will. The patch is a bundle of code that is used to alter the functionality of a software programme. It lets users bypass critical security features such as biometric authentication of enrolment operators to generate unauthorized Aadhaar numbers, disables the enrolment software’s inbuilt GPS security feature, and reduces the sensitivity of the enrolment software’s iris-recognition system.

 

…so that their enrolment/updation is done only on authorized machines and their efforts do not get wasted because of rejection of their enrolments or updates . (The list of authorized Aadhaar Kendra is available on UIDAI website https://t.co/Sy2gBGp78t).
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— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) 11 September 2018
This vulnerability is said to be linked to the technology choice made at the inception of the Aadhaar programme, meaning fixing this and other vulnerabilities would require altering Aadhaar’s fundamental structure. Gustaf Björksten, Chief Technologist at Access Now, …

Aadhaar breach is yet again back in the news, this time it is said to be compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enroll new Aadhaar users thus allowing hackers to generate unauthorized Aadhaar numbers. Furthermore, the patch is said to be freely available for as low as Rs. 2,500 allowing unauthorized persons anywhere in the world to generate Aadhaar number at their will. The patch is a bundle of code that is used to alter the functionality of a software programme. It lets users bypass critical security features such as biometric authentication of enrolment operators to generate unauthorized Aadhaar numbers, disables the enrolment software's inbuilt GPS security feature, and reduces the sensitivity of the enrolment software's iris-recognition system.   ...so that their enrolment/updation is done only on authorized machines and their efforts do not get wasted because of rejection of their enrolments or updates . (The list of authorized Aadhaar Kendra is available on UIDAI website https://t.co/Sy2gBGp78t). ##### 24/24 — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) 11 September 2018 This vulnerability is said to be linked to the technology choice made at the inception of the Aadhaar programme, meaning fixing this and other vulnerabilities would require altering Aadhaar's fundamental structure. Gustaf Björksten, Chief Technologist at Access Now, ...

BSNL gets Government approval for 4G services, wide roll out expected soon

The Department of Telecommunications today has approved the state-owned BSNL plan to seek airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band to launch 4G services pan-India. BSNL in 2017 has submitted a detailed project report and in a bid to acquire spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, and sought Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government.

Telecom Commission has extended the duration for spectrum payments from 10 to 16 years now, after an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava said: “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services.” This would allow the telecom to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon.

Of all the telecom networks in India, BSNL is lagging behind in the 4G rollout and this is because of the lack of proper radio waves needed to launch 4G services. However, BSNL’s full-fledged foray is expected to further disrupt the present market scenario as it aims to offer affordable tariff in competition with rivals to woo consumers in tier-II and tier-III locations.

BSNL is expected to roll out 4G services based on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas except Rajasthan where …

The Department of Telecommunications today has approved the state-owned BSNL plan to seek airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band to launch 4G services pan-India. BSNL in 2017 has submitted a detailed project report and in a bid to acquire spectrum worth about Rs 13,885 crore, and sought Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. Telecom Commission has extended the duration for spectrum payments from 10 to 16 years now, after an inter-ministerial group’s (IMG) recommendation. BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava said: “The telecom department has accepted our proposal and is in the process to allow spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band to run 4G services." This would allow the telecom to launch high-speed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services soon. Of all the telecom networks in India, BSNL is lagging behind in the 4G rollout and this is because of the lack of proper radio waves needed to launch 4G services. However, BSNL's full-fledged foray is expected to further disrupt the present market scenario as it aims to offer affordable tariff in competition with rivals to woo consumers in tier-II and tier-III locations. BSNL is expected to roll out 4G services based on the 2100 Mhz band in all 21 licensed service areas except Rajasthan where ...

Instagram confirms it is testing video tagging feature

Instagram has confirmed that it is testing a new feature that would allow users to tag their friends in video posts, not just limiting the tagging feature to photos. The feature would work similarly to photo tagging, but instead of pressing the small icon at the bottom left, it might be more difficult with videos.

On tapping the button, you will be redirected to a new page titled “People in this Video” with all the Instagram users who have either appeared in the video or the poster wants to include. This feature is currently available on the mobile and is not present on the desktop site. The company declined to comment on the feature but said that the experiment is underway right now with a “small percentage” of Instagram’s users.

As you know, Instagram offers photo tagging since 2013 and later rolled out support for things like tagging products and tagging friends in Stories. Since the video is becoming one of the most used formats of sharing these days, Instagram seems to be bringing a more convenient way to tag friends. This feature would also open doors for shoppable videos, not just photos, allowing users to post videos of their favorite products and places and tag users within them. Currently, …

Instagram has confirmed that it is testing a new feature that would allow users to tag their friends in video posts, not just limiting the tagging feature to photos. The feature would work similarly to photo tagging, but instead of pressing the small icon at the bottom left, it might be more difficult with videos. On tapping the button, you will be redirected to a new page titled “People in this Video” with all the Instagram users who have either appeared in the video or the poster wants to include. This feature is currently available on the mobile and is not present on the desktop site. The company declined to comment on the feature but said that the experiment is underway right now with a “small percentage” of Instagram’s users. As you know, Instagram offers photo tagging since 2013 and later rolled out support for things like tagging products and tagging friends in Stories. Since the video is becoming one of the most used formats of sharing these days, Instagram seems to be bringing a more convenient way to tag friends. This feature would also open doors for shoppable videos, not just photos, allowing users to post videos of their favorite products and places and tag users within them. Currently, ...

Here’s what to expect from Apple’s iPhone event on September 12

Apple recently scheduled ‘Gather Round’ special event on September 12th where the company is expected to introduce its new iPhones, iPad, MacBooks, Apple Watch, and much more. The company’s new iPhone line-up includes a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor – iPhone XS and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model called iPhone Xc or Xr all with a notch, Face ID with the gesture-based control system and new A12 processor.

According to a new research note by Kuo, Apple is expected to replace the lightning cable with a USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter right out of the box. However, the new iPhones will retain the lightning connector and will come with the typical 5W charger. The new iPhones will come with the upgraded processor, improved cameras, and more.

The 5.8-inch iPhone is likely to be called the iPhone Xs, the 6.5-inch iPhone will be called Xs Max, and the much-hyped low-cost 6.1-inch iPhone will be called either iPhone Xr or Xc. These new iPhones are expected to boost the sales, revenue, and profit.

As for the pricing, in China, the iPhone XS is said to be priced at 7388 yuan (USS$ 1,075 / Rs. 77,684 approx.),  iPhone XS …

Apple recently scheduled 'Gather Round’ special event on September 12th where the company is expected to introduce its new iPhones, iPad, MacBooks, Apple Watch, and much more. The company's new iPhone line-up includes a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone XS Max, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X successor - iPhone XS and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model called iPhone Xc or Xr all with a notch, Face ID with the gesture-based control system and new A12 processor. According to a new research note by Kuo, Apple is expected to replace the lightning cable with a USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter right out of the box. However, the new iPhones will retain the lightning connector and will come with the typical 5W charger. The new iPhones will come with the upgraded processor, improved cameras, and more. The 5.8-inch iPhone is likely to be called the iPhone Xs, the 6.5-inch iPhone will be called Xs Max, and the much-hyped low-cost 6.1-inch iPhone will be called either iPhone Xr or Xc. These new iPhones are expected to boost the sales, revenue, and profit. As for the pricing, in China, the iPhone XS is said to be priced at 7388 yuan (USS$ 1,075 / Rs. 77,684 approx.),  iPhone XS ...

Vivo spearheads 5G-enabled NEX S with Qualcomm X50 modem

Vivo has announced plans to spearhead industry development of pre-commercial 5G smartphones through the introduction of 5G software and hardware based on Vivo NEX S smartphone. The company has also announced that it has completed the initial development of 5G smartphone software and hardware on Vivo NEX S. 

Based on the Qualcomm X50 modem, Vivo has completed the initial architecture planning, 3D placement stacking, RF /antenna designs, and optimized battery space within NEX to deliver 5G capabilities. It has also completed the first phase of protocol and signaling tests with Keysight UXM 5G signaling.

The company as the next step for the 5G pre-commercial smartphone will enter further IODT tests with 5G infrastructure and networking equipment. Vivo’s 5G version of NEX supports the Non-standalone Architecture (NSA) model which includes dual connection for both Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and New Radio (NR), based on 3GPP Release 15 standards. Vivo began its research into 5G after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the vision of IMT-2020(5G). Vivo set up its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the main contributors at the 3GPP standard group to develop 5G technologies.

Vivo has partnered with China Mobile on the “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner …

Vivo has announced plans to spearhead industry development of pre-commercial 5G smartphones through the introduction of 5G software and hardware based on Vivo NEX S smartphone. The company has also announced that it has completed the initial development of 5G smartphone software and hardware on Vivo NEX S.  Based on the Qualcomm X50 modem, Vivo has completed the initial architecture planning, 3D placement stacking, RF /antenna designs, and optimized battery space within NEX to deliver 5G capabilities. It has also completed the first phase of protocol and signaling tests with Keysight UXM 5G signaling. The company as the next step for the 5G pre-commercial smartphone will enter further IODT tests with 5G infrastructure and networking equipment. Vivo's 5G version of NEX supports the Non-standalone Architecture (NSA) model which includes dual connection for both Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and New Radio (NR), based on 3GPP Release 15 standards. Vivo began its research into 5G after the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released the vision of IMT-2020(5G). Vivo set up its 5G Research Institute in Beijing in 2016 and became one of the main contributors at the 3GPP standard group to develop 5G technologies. Vivo has partnered with China Mobile on the “China Mobile 5G Device Forerunner ...

NVIDIA Shield TV v7.1 update brings in-game voice chat, 120Hz display support and more

NVIDIA today announced the rollout of SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1 bringing a host of new features, improvements and the return of one community favorite. It brings new in-game voice chat support for communicating in top titles like Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. You can now connect a headset and mic to the SHIELD controller 3.5mm jack.

The update also brings smoother, more accurate mouse movements, keyboard shortcuts, and a Keyboard and Mouse Games row on GeForce NOW. After collecting feedback, NVIDIA is bringing a virtual keyboard and mouse companion that significantly cuts down on login frustrations; you can download it for Android from the Google Play Store or iOS.

The NVIDIA Share feature allows you to capture screenshots, record game highlights and stream gameplay to Twitch; this feature is finally making its return. You can enable this within the NVIDIA Share menu in System > Settings. Finally, it is also bringing 120Hz mode for supported TVs and monitors; as well as additional methods for power off, restart and sleep. The Shield Experience V7.1 is rolling out starting today and you can download it from here.

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NVIDIA today announced the rollout of SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 7.1 bringing a host of new features, improvements and the return of one community favorite. It brings new in-game voice chat support for communicating in top titles like Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. You can now connect a headset and mic to the SHIELD controller 3.5mm jack. The update also brings smoother, more accurate mouse movements, keyboard shortcuts, and a Keyboard and Mouse Games row on GeForce NOW. After collecting feedback, NVIDIA is bringing a virtual keyboard and mouse companion that significantly cuts down on login frustrations; you can download it for Android from the Google Play Store or iOS. The NVIDIA Share feature allows you to capture screenshots, record game highlights and stream gameplay to Twitch; this feature is finally making its return. You can enable this within the NVIDIA Share menu in System > Settings. Finally, it is also bringing 120Hz mode for supported TVs and monitors; as well as additional methods for power off, restart and sleep. The Shield Experience V7.1 is rolling out starting today and you can download it from here. Source

Samsung SmartThings Tracker with LTE-M, GPS announced

Samsung Electronics today announced its new SmartThings Tracker, which is its small, lightweight GPS tracking device connected through an LTE-M network that can easily be attached to backpacks, a set of keys, pet collars and more.

This makes it easier to locate a gym bag or backpack, a laptop case, pets. Items can be easily tracked in real time through Samsung’s Android and iOS compatible SmartThings app. Family members can also use SmartThings Tracker to stay connected by sending a location notification to the SmartThings app that alerts the rest of the family.

Users can also use it as an arrival sensor, triggering automation, and more. The in-built LTE-M network technology provides a greater range of signal coverage over Bluetooth. Users can track and send location updates. Family members can share location updates by simply pushing the SmartThings Tracker’s power button twice which sends a notification to the SmartThings app. The alert can only be seen by users with shared access.

The Samsung SmartThings Tracker will be available through AT&T from September 14 on Samsung.com, select AT&T stores, and other major retailers nationwide. It is priced at $99 (Rs. 7,160 approx.) with AT&T service included for the first 12 months at no additional charge. After the first 12 …

Samsung Electronics today announced its new SmartThings Tracker, which is its small, lightweight GPS tracking device connected through an LTE-M network that can easily be attached to backpacks, a set of keys, pet collars and more. This makes it easier to locate a gym bag or backpack, a laptop case, pets. Items can be easily tracked in real time through Samsung’s Android and iOS compatible SmartThings app. Family members can also use SmartThings Tracker to stay connected by sending a location notification to the SmartThings app that alerts the rest of the family. Users can also use it as an arrival sensor, triggering automation, and more. The in-built LTE-M network technology provides a greater range of signal coverage over Bluetooth. Users can track and send location updates. Family members can share location updates by simply pushing the SmartThings Tracker’s power button twice which sends a notification to the SmartThings app. The alert can only be seen by users with shared access. The Samsung SmartThings Tracker will be available through AT&T from September 14 on Samsung.com, select AT&T stores, and other major retailers nationwide. It is priced at $99 (Rs. 7,160 approx.) with AT&T service included for the first 12 months at no additional charge. After the first 12 ...

Sprint and Nokia to demo First Live 5G NR Connection over Massive MIMO


Nokia and Sprint today announced that they will showcase the first live demonstration of a 5G New Radio (NR) connection over a dual mode-capable Massive MIMO radio at Sprint’s booth during Mobile World Congress Americas. For this, both the companies will use Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum, Nokia’s commercial AirScale Base Station and Massive MIMO Active Antenna, and a VIAVI TM500 5G test device emulator.
The demonstration highlights Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum and game-changing Massive MIMO technology to deploy mobile 5G in the first half of 2019. This first live 5G NR system connection using a Massive MIMO Active Antenna supports up to 120 MHz of spectrum in 2.5 GHz. As for the Nokia AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna, it is expected to deliver up to 3 Gbps peak downlink throughput for a single sector over 5G and LTE simultaneously using Sprint’s spectrum.
This enables Sprint to offer both 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio to continue meeting its customers’ demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications. Nokia and Sprint will also be showcasing other 5G demonstrations at Sprint’s booth, including low latency use cases for public safety and car platooning, and an Augmented Reality demo for Enterprise.
Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint, said:

Sprint has long …

Nokia and Sprint today announced that they will showcase the first live demonstration of a 5G New Radio (NR) connection over a dual mode-capable Massive MIMO radio at Sprint's booth during Mobile World Congress Americas. For this, both the companies will use Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum, Nokia's commercial AirScale Base Station and Massive MIMO Active Antenna, and a VIAVI TM500 5G test device emulator. The demonstration highlights Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum and game-changing Massive MIMO technology to deploy mobile 5G in the first half of 2019. This first live 5G NR system connection using a Massive MIMO Active Antenna supports up to 120 MHz of spectrum in 2.5 GHz. As for the Nokia AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna, it is expected to deliver up to 3 Gbps peak downlink throughput for a single sector over 5G and LTE simultaneously using Sprint's spectrum. This enables Sprint to offer both 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio to continue meeting its customers' demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications. Nokia and Sprint will also be showcasing other 5G demonstrations at Sprint's booth, including low latency use cases for public safety and car platooning, and an Augmented Reality demo for Enterprise. Dr. John Saw, Chief Technology Officer, Sprint, said: Sprint has long ...

Verizon completes first 5G NR call on a commercial network with simulated smartphone

Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies today announced that they have completed the first end-to-end call with a smartphone form factor test device on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Minneapolis, MN. This test demonstrates the experience consumers will eventually have on a commercial 5G NR network when it becomes available. 

The companies were able to perform several tests over the 5G connection, including accessing the internet. The transmissions were completed over Verizon’s 39 GHz spectrum and an Ericsson millimeter wave radio through the Ericsson non-standalone Option 3x core. As for the form factor device, it includes an integrated Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem.

Verizon has announced it will be first to launch 5G residential broadband service in four markets in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis in the second half of 2018.

Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon said:
This latest demonstration is significant because it took place over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a test device in the form factor of the handheld devices our customers will eventually use on our 5G network. Verizon and our technology partners continue to achieve significant 5G deployment milestones. Together, we’re leading the way to making this …

Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies today announced that they have completed the first end-to-end call with a smartphone form factor test device on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Minneapolis, MN. This test demonstrates the experience consumers will eventually have on a commercial 5G NR network when it becomes available.  The companies were able to perform several tests over the 5G connection, including accessing the internet. The transmissions were completed over Verizon’s 39 GHz spectrum and an Ericsson millimeter wave radio through the Ericsson non-standalone Option 3x core. As for the form factor device, it includes an integrated Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem. Verizon has announced it will be first to launch 5G residential broadband service in four markets in the U.S. including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis in the second half of 2018. Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon said: This latest demonstration is significant because it took place over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a test device in the form factor of the handheld devices our customers will eventually use on our 5G network. Verizon and our technology partners continue to achieve significant 5G deployment milestones. Together, we’re leading the way to making this ...

Google opens up Photos Library API to everyone

After being in developers preview over the past few months, Google today announced that its Photos Library API is now generally available. Those who wish to build and test their own experience can join the partner program for a larger integration. 

Regardless of mobile, web, or backend developer, users can use the REST API to utilize the best of Google Photos and help people connect, upload, and share from inside the app. Google also announced that it is launching client libraries in multiple languages.

With this new development, users can easily find photos, based on what’s in the photo, when it was taken, attributes like media format, upload directly to their photo library or an album, organize albums and add titles and locations, use shared albums to easily transfer and collaborate.

You can use smart filters, like content categories, to narrow down or exclude certain types of photos and videos and make it easier for users to find the ones they’re looking for.

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After being in developers preview over the past few months, Google today announced that its Photos Library API is now generally available. Those who wish to build and test their own experience can join the partner program for a larger integration.  Regardless of mobile, web, or backend developer, users can use the REST API to utilize the best of Google Photos and help people connect, upload, and share from inside the app. Google also announced that it is launching client libraries in multiple languages. With this new development, users can easily find photos, based on what's in the photo, when it was taken, attributes like media format, upload directly to their photo library or an album, organize albums and add titles and locations, use shared albums to easily transfer and collaborate. You can use smart filters, like content categories, to narrow down or exclude certain types of photos and videos and make it easier for users to find the ones they're looking for. Source