Over 100 Android Apps on Google Play Found to Be Infected With Windows Malware

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 132 apps were found infected with malware
  • The security firm traced the infected apps to a common location
  • Malware were downloaded from domains that have been disabled

Android has been known to suffer malware attacks from time to time. Just recently in December, it was reported that a malware called ‘Gooligan’ breached accounts of more than a million users. Now, a bizarre new type of malware has been detected in around 132 apps in Google Play that had the ability to affect Windows users, according to a security firm.

Palo Alto Networks discovered the malware-ridden apps and reported them to Google to have them removed from Google Play. The Internet security team in a blog post said that the apps, which were developed by several different people, managed to hide HTML-based iframe tags. The iframe tags, which are generally used to embed external elements in a webpage, like a YouTube video, was also loading elements from malicious domains. In one case, an app didn’t use iframe but Microsoft’s Visual Basic language to load malicious code into the app.

In the report, Palo Alto Networks traces the infected apps to a common geographical location even though the developers are unrelated. Most of the apps are said to originate from Indonesia, since the country’s name was attached to the names of the apps.Over 100 Android Apps on Google Play Found to Be Infected With Windows Malware

“One common way HTML files have been infected with malicious iframes has been through file infecting viruses like Ramnit. After infecting a Windows host, these viruses search the hard drive for HTML files and append iframes to each document. If a developer was infected with one of these viruses, their app’s HTML files could be infected,” the report notes.

The reports goes on to suggest that the malicious nature of the apps was not intentional and that the developers simply did not realise that their apps’ HTML files were infected when uploading their apps to Google Play. Furthermore, the purpose of the malware was to load interstitial ads and the main malicious applications, elaborates Ars Technica.

These Windows-specific malware were downloaded from domains that have long since been disabled. So while the apps themselves aren’t a threat on Android devices, it still raises concerns on Google’s app screening process, and why it failed to identify the infected apps.

OnePlus 5 India Launch: Pop-Up Events to Be Held in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai

 

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OnePlus 5 pop-up events will be held on June 23 and June 24
Limited number of OnePlus 5 units will be up for purchase at the events
Anyone can attend the pop-up events
The OnePlus 5 India launch event is less than 10 days away, and the company has now announced it will hold pop-up events in four cities in the country right after launch to showcase its newest flagship to the general public. The India launch of the upcoming OnePlus flagship is scheduled for June 22, and the first pop-up event will be held in New Delhi the next day. On June 24, OnePlus will host pop-up events to bring the OnePlus 5 to the public in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai that will allow users to experience the handset and buy it.

OnePlus 5 pop-up events will also be held in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and London after the launch on June 20, when the phone is unveiled globally. The company held similar events last year for the launch of OnePlus 3 as well.OnePlus 5 India Launch: Pop-Up Events to Be Held in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai

Coming back to the OnePlus 5 pop-up event, the company’s official website says, “Everyone is invited. But, to be among the first ones to take home the OnePlus 5, you’ll have to be fast (limited stocks).” The Delhi event will start at 1pm IST and end at 9pm, the one in Bengaluru is scheduled for 12:30pm-10pm, and Chennai and Hyderabad for 3pm-9pm. Details of the venue are available on the OnePlus website.
The OnePlus 5 India launch event will start at 2pm IST on June 22. According to a recent report, the OnePlus 5 variant with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM will cost Rs. 32,999, while the model with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM will be priced at Rs. 37,999. The smartphone has been confirmed to feature the top-end Snapdragon 835 processor, iPhone 7 Plus-like design, and dual-camera setup on the back, based on various teasers the company has shared till now.

OnePlus 5 Price in India, Specifications, Release Date, and More: What the Rumour Mill Says

Rumours suggest the OnePlus 5 will run Android 7.1 Nougat software at launch, and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display, with a fingerprint sensor below. It is said to run on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The smartphone is said to sport a 23-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel camera at the front for selfies. As the device sports a dual camera setup at the back, how does 23-megapixel sensor fits in the scheme of things is currently unclear.

 

Xiaomi Mi 6 to be available outside China starting today

Officially unveiled back in April this year, the Xiaomi Mi 6 has only been available in China so far. Well, that changes now, as the device will also be available in Hong Kong starting today. The Taiwan launch is set for tomorrow.

The Mi Max 2, which was unveiled last month and is already available in a few markets, will also land in these countries in the same order – Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow. Pricing information for these markets (for either of the phones) isn’t currently known.

 

DU Admissions 2017: Second Cut-off List 2017 to be out on July 1 at du.ac.in

In the DU second cut-off list, a dip of 0.25-1 percentage points across courses is expected.

DU Admissions 2017

DU Admissions 2017

Delhi University (DU) released its first cut-off list for admissions to Undergraduate Courses on June 23 on the official website, du.ac.in 

In the first cut-off list, Shri Ram College of Commerce had set the highest demanding 97.75 per cent for BCom (Hons).

This year, however, the cut off has not reached the touchdown mark of 100 per cent as was the case in 2011.

Surprisingly, Delhi University’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College has set the highest cut offs for science, commerce and arts this year.

(Read: DU Admissions 2017 : List of documents required for UG admission)   

Here’s the cut-off:

BSc (honours) Electronics: 99.66 per cent

BCom: 98.25 per cent

BA (honours) English: 98.75 per cent

(Read: Delhi University First Cut-Off List: SGTB Khalsa demands 99.66 per cent !)

Now, admissions to Delhi University under the first cutoff list have been closed.

In the second cut-off list, a dip of 0.25-1 percentage points across courses is expected.

Details of seats left:

Kirori Mal College:  The college will keep the admission open for open for all courses with a lower cutoff except for English and Sanskrit.

Sri Venkateswara College:  As of now, only 298 admissions have been approved against the total 1,058 seats.

Lady Shri Ram College: The college has recorded 545 admissions against the total 783 seats.

Shri Ram College of Commerce:  Admissions to Economic (Hons) have been closed for general category

 

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The phone has been tipped to pack Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for smartphone
  • LG V30 is expected to come with IP68 water and dust resistance

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

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.

 

ICAI 68th foundation day: CA syllabus to be revised after 13 years

 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) will complete 68 years as on July 1, 2017 and has planned to introduce “major revisions” to the CA syllabus to fit into the global business competitive scenario. This is the first revision of the syllabus in 13 years.

“The revised course intends to promote innovation and bring about out-of-the-box thinking in the curriculum and education system of chartered accountancy course,” said ICAI President Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey adding that the paper will now be for 400 marks with half the marks allotted to subjective and objective questions respectively. Read | ICAI to revise syllabus for Chartered Accountancy at all levels, click hereicai, ca syllabus, ca syllabus change, ca syllabus revision, ca, icai syllabus revision, ca 2017 exam, ca exam, education news, indian express, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

The revised syllabus will be launched on Saturday, July 1, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ICAI foundation day function. The course will also include new subjects at the foundation and intermediate levels and students appearing for final exams will be allowed to choose electives.

“A student can choose from one out of six papers to specialise in,” said Vikamsey, explaning that seven papers onut of eight will be fixed subjects while one subject will include options.

 

Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

 

HMD Global, the company that’s now making Nokia handsets, has been “humbled” by the success it’s had so far in India. The Nokia 3 is the only smartphone from the new Nokia roster that’s available in the subcontinent, yet the company now has to increase production levels in order to be able to meet the huge demand.

Here’s the full statement that HMD Global sent NokiaPowerUser:

We are humbled by the response to Nokia 3. Currently, we are ramping up our production for Nokia 3 on priority to meet the existing consumer demand. In the coming week, we will start production of Nokia 6 and Nokia 5 to get them ready for sales start by mid-August.Nokia 3 demand in India exceeds expectations, Nokia 5 and 6 to be out in mid-August

Aside from how popular the Nokia 3 is, this also tells us a few things about the other two devices in HMD’s debut trio. Both the Nokia 5 and 6 are going to be out in India starting in mid-August, and the company will start production by the end of this week. If you’re wondering why the month-long delay, we assume it has to do with HMD wanting to be sure that it has enough stock when those two additional models actually do launch.

The Nokia 5 is already up for pre-booking, while the Nokia 6 will be exclusively sold by Amazon. The mega-retailer has promised to reveal more details about its launch on July 14. Rumor has it the 6 will see its first flash sale on August 15, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed yet.

 

Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4 to Be Made Available for Pre-Orders in India Today

 

It’s Friday, meaning it’s time for pre-orders of three popular Xiaomi budget smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Redmi 4, and Redmi Note 4 will be to order via Mi.com at 12pm IST. The Chinese smartphone maker puts up the three models each week, giving interested consumers a chance to purchase the smartphones without the hassle of waiting in line during the regular flash sales in the week. The Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4, and Redmi 4A pre-orders are limited to one smartphone per customer, and the entire payment needs to be made at the time of the order, with no cash on delivery options.

Separately, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 will go also go on sale on Friday, via Flipkart. The weekly flash sale is scheduled for 12pm IST.  Flipkart is also offering a 5 percent discount for Axis Bank Buzz credit card users.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 price, variants

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The Redmi Note 4 was launched in January in India in three variants – the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model is priced at Rs. 10,999, and the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage model is priced at Rs. 12,999. It is available in Gold, Grey, Matte Black, and Silver colour variants.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass IPS display with a 401ppi pixel density. Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC, it comes with 3GB and 4GB of RAM, depending on the SKU.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4’s rear camera bears a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor equipped with PDAF (phase detection autofocus), an f/2.0 aperture, 77-degree wide angle lens, and dual-tone LED flash. The front camera sports a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with an 85-degree wide angle lens. Expandable storage is available on the Redmi Note 4 via a hybrid dual-SIM card configuration, supporting microSD cards (up 128GB).

As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/g/b/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, Micro-USB, and Infrared. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, and proximity sensor. Redmi Note 4 battery capacity is rated at 4100mAh battery, and the new Xiaomi smartphone measures 151x76x8.35mm, and weighs 175 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 price, variants

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Xiaomi Redmi 4 Price in India Specifications Variants

The Redmi 4 was launched in May in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.

The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2×69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A price, specifications

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The Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999, following its launch in China in November. Featuring a polycarbonate body, the Redmi 4A bears a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It sports a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and is backed by a LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture on board as well. The Redmi 4A comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

The Redmi 4A’s connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, infrared, and proximity. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5×70.4×8.5mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams. Redmi 4A is powered by a 3120mAh battery with fast charging support.

 

PU CET provisional merit list 2017 to be released tomorrow at cetug.puchd.ac.in

 

PU CET provisional merit list 2017: Panjab University (PU) will release the provisional merit list for admission to its courses through the Common Entrance Test (PU CET) 2017 on Tuesday. Candidates who have appeared for the exam and have applied for admissions through PU CET, can check the provisional list in the evening on July 18.

The university will also release the seat allocation list for the first online counselling round on Tuesday. Those who have been selected would be required to report to their respective departments based on the seat allocation list from July 19 to 21, 2017.

The next round of allotments will begin from August 1. Only those who have submitted their forms by July 7 are eligible for admissions to various courses at the university from the academic term of 2017-18.PU CET merit list 2017, cetug.puchd.ac.in, panjab university, pu provisional merit list, pu admission 2017, panjab university admission, education news, indian express

Steps to download PU CET provisional merit list 2017:

Step 1: Go to the official website for PU CET (cetug.puchd.ac.in).

Step 2: Click on the notification for the provisional merit list which will be available on the main page.

Step 3: Enter your details like your roll number in the fields provided.

Step 4: Download the merit list and take a print out of the results for further reference.

The Galaxy S8 won’t be Samsung’s only phone this year

 

Samsung appears to have another smartphone on the way after its next Tizen OS based offering was spotted in the wild.

A device sporting the model number SM-Z400F turned up in the FCC online database (source), and rumour has it that it is the Samsung Z4. This is entirely separate from the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S8 we’re expecting to see announced later this month.

Unfortunately, there’s not much else we know about the Samsung Z4, other than the fact that it will be the successor to the Samsung Z3 – and one of the first devices to run on Samsung’s custom-built Tizen version 3.0 OS.Galaxy S7

The Samsung Z3 was very much aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market, and hit the shops in 2015. It packed a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Spreadtrum chip, 1GB of RAM, and a reasonable 8-megapixel snapper on the back.

India’s growing smartphone market was the primary target for the Z3, and it would be surprising to see anything change with the Z4.

Tizen, the OS behind the smartphone, is better known on these shores for powering Samsung’s smartwatch range headed by the Gear S3. Where smartphones are concerned, the open source OS basically looks like a slightly different version of Android skinned with TouchWiz. The OS is here to stay on its smartwatches and smart TVs, however, so don’t completely rule out its arrival on its flagship smartphones in the very distant future.

However, considering that the Galaxy S8 will run on Android 7.0 Nougat, it’s unlikely that Samsung will decide to scrap Google’s OS on its flagships anytime soon.