Ecomsolution’s Instant Mobile Recharge Solution: What is it?

A mobile operator will typically have a prepaid system with a corresponding Voucher Management System (VMS) . Before distributing the voucher cards (physical or virtual) to retail outlets, the voucher numbers on each card are pre-loaded into the VMS with the state of each one set at something like ‘Pending’. When you recharge your phone by entering the voucher number there will be a process that calls the VMS and tries to update the state to something like ‘loaded’ from ‘pending’. Fraud is avoided checking that the voucher number exists in the VMS with the correct state.

INSTANT RECHARGE by Ecomsolution is one of its kind solution for instant mobile recharge. INSTANT RECHARGE can recharge any mobile pre-paid or postpaid and it can also be used to recharge DTH subscriptions.The beauty of the service is that the recharging agent can recharge any mobile or DTH Subscription and every service from a single mobile and a single SIM and online and get instant feedback.

 

Google’s Nexus phones will reportedly be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets

The Android Silver project, which was rumored earlier this month, has today been corroborated by four fresh sources, all of whom point to a major shift in Google’s mobile strategy. The Information reports that the current scheme of offering Nexus-branded handsets with Google’s unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be scrapped, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones that will closely adhere to it. The change is both expansive and expensive, as Google is said to be planning to spend heavily on promoting these devices in wireless carriers’ stores and through advertising, essentially subsidizing the development and marketing costs for its hardware partners.

In exchange for this new contribution, Google will gain tighter control over the software shipping on the selected phones. The promise is that the company will clean up third-party bloatware, ensure prompt and reliable software updates, and introduce a real standard and consistency to the user experience across Android Silver devices. LG and Motorola are identified as the likeliest candidates for taking part, with the first phones anticipated as soon as next year, while Samsung, HTC, and Sony might need a bit more convincing. Then again, all three of the latter companies have already offered Google Play Editions of their leading phones, which might be the closest analog we have at the moment for what an Android Silver device will look and act like.

Google’s appetite to reassert itself among premium smartphones has been evident in the first flagship Android phones released this year. Both the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5 feature the words “Powered by Android” in their bootup animations, while in January Google was reported to have held talks with Samsung about reining in the Korean company’s customizations.

Now the Mountain View company is rumored to be spending as much as $1 billion to get phone makers to jump aboard its new initiative. Android Silver will reportedly target the United States and other developed markets first, with in-store Android kiosks designed by Google showcasing its software. The one missing piece from this puzzle is what Google will do with the mid-range market that the Nexus program is expected to vacate. Android Silver is gunning for the high end, so who will step up to fill the void left in the middle?

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/29/5664702/google-nexus-to-be-replaced-by-android-silver

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked with ease

Samsung did not learn from the mistake of Apple. Result: The fingerprint scanner in its flagship phone Galaxy S5 is as insecure and poorly implemented as the one in iPhone 5S, which debuted last year. A German security firm, SRLabs that hacked the fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5S last year by spoofing fingerprint, has showed that the same method can be used to bypass the fingerprint authentication in Galaxy S5.


SRLabs posted a video showing that a Galaxy S5 using fingerprint authentication can be easily broken using a mould that has fingerprint impression of the phone user. The firm said that creating the mould doesn’t require much effort.

“Despite being one of the flagship features of Galaxy S5, Samsung’s implementation of fingerprint authentication leaves much to be desired,” the firm said. “Perhaps most concerning is that Samsung does not seem to have learned from what others have done poorly.”

SRLabs says that the implementation of fingerprint scanner in Galaxy S5 is even more shoddy than what was found in iPhone 5S. Apple requires a password after every reboot before users can unlock their iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanner. It also requires a password after a certain number of failed attempts with fingerprint scanner.

But in the case of Galaxy S5, users can make any number of attempts to unlock the device with fingerprint scanner. Also, a reboot doesn’t lock the fingerprint scanning feature.

In its video, SRLabs highlights that using the Galaxy S5 fingerprint hack, an attacker can enter the Paypal app on the phone and steal money with ease.

In its post about the fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5S, SRLabs wrote that the technology had long way to go before it could be considered safe. “Users leave copies of their fingerprints everywhere; including on the devices they protect. Fingerprints are not fit for secure local user authentication as long as spoofs (fake fingers) can be produced from these pervasive copies,” said the firm.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/mobiles/Galaxy-S5-fingerprint-scanner-hacked-with-ease/articleshow/33805220.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral

World’s biggest cyberattack detected, 360 million accounts, 1.25 billion email addresses hacked

An internet security firm has stumbled upon a “mind boggling” and “Godzilla-sized” cache of personal data put up for sale on the online black market by hackers.

One of the hacker attacks stole over 105 million records making it the single largest data breach in cybercrime history.

The trove included credentials from more than 360 million accounts and around 1.25 billion email addresses.

The discovery was made by cybersecurity firm Hold Security. “These credentials can be stolen directly from your company but also from services in which you and your employees entrust data. In October 2013, Hold Security identified the biggest ever public disclosure of 153 million stolen credentials from Adobe Systems. One month later we identified another large breach of 42 million credentials from Cupid Media,” the firm said.

They accumulated the data over the past three weeks. The company first tracked over 300 million abused credentials that were not disclosed publicly (that is over 450 million credentials if one counts the Adobe find).

“But this month we exceeded all expectations. In the first three weeks of February we identified nearly 360 million stolen and abused credentials and 1.25 billion records containing only email addresses. These mind boggling numbers are not meant to scare you and they are a product of multiple breaches which we are independently investigating. This is a call to action,” it added.

“The sheer volume is overwhelming,” said Alix Holden, chief information security officer of Hold Security.

Hold Security says that the email addresses came from all major providers including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, and that many non-profit organizations and almost all Fortune 500 companies had been affected.

This comes just months after details of 2.9 million people across the globe were stolen in a highly sophisticated cyberattack on Adobe.

Adobe’s security team announced recently that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on its systems and removed information including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates and customer orders.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/internet/Worlds-biggest-cyberattack-detected-360-million-accounts-1-25-billion-email-addresses-hacked/articleshow/31133867.cms

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5

Korean tech-giant Samsung unveiled it’s much awaited smartphone – the Galaxy S5, on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

 

The fifth phone in the Galaxy S series comes with additional fitness and security features, apart from the usual ones.

The smartphone runs with the latest Android KitKat version 4.4.2 operating system, with a 5.1 inch screen. It also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance, which makes it water proof like the recently unveiled Xperia Z2.

A defining feature of the Galaxy S5 is its enhanced biometric security system: a fingerprint scanner for locking the screen and making mobile payments. This feature has so far only been available in the Apple iPhones.

Another important feature is the phone’s 16 megapixel camera, with fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and a selective auto focus feature which allows users to create a shallow depth of field effect.

Samsung has also included various fitness tools, including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor. This feature is inline with the company’s attempts to market the Galaxy S5 as a lifestyle product.

Galaxy S5 will be available across markets in April, in black, white, golden and blue. It Price range for the phone hasn’t been revealed yet.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/gadget/2014/02/25/article268469.ece/Samsung-unveils-Galaxy-S5#.Uwwa6-OSz5M

X series: Nokia’s first ever android smartphones

The Finnish-tech giant Nokia has announced its first-ever android based smartphones series– Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, which are powered by Microsoft and Nokia services.

On the specification front, all three handsets are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor and are dual SIM. Popular messaging apps like BBM, Viber, Vine and Twitter come pre-installed.

Nokia X and X+ come with 4-inch 480×800 displays. Both have identical 4GB internal storage, with expandable support up to 32GB via microSD card, and are powered by a 1500mAh battery

While the Nokia X comes with 512MB RAM, the Nokia X+ comes with 768MB RAM. Both phones have a 3-megapixel rear camera, but no front shooter. Both the Nokia X and Nokia X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, and yellow, black and white.

On the other hand, Nokia XL comes with 5-inch 480×800 display. It sports a 5-megapixel camera, a 720p front camera, 768MB RAM and is packed with 2000mAh battery, while sharing other specifications with its siblings. The handset will be available in bright green, orange, and cyan, yellow, black and white. Colour availability may vary across regions.

All three phones come with 3G support and take Micro-SIMs instead of regular ones.

The Nokia X will go on sale immediately, starting at approximately Rs. 7,500.  Nokia X+ and Nokia XL are expected to roll out early in the second quarter, priced at approximately Rs. 8,400 and Rs 9,300 respectively.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/incoming/2014/02/24/article268162.ece/X-series-%C2%A0Nokia%E2%80%99s-first-ever-android-smartphones#.UwsmJeOSz5N

Sony Unveils Xperia Z2: 5.2-Inch Screen, 4K Video Recording

Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z2, the company’s new flagship smartphone, a mere four months after introducing Xperia Z1 and one year after launching the first phone in the series, the Xperia Z.

Sony-xperia-z2

We mention the Xperia Z2’s predecessors because all three devices share a nearly identical design: monolithic black rectangles with a silver wake up key and volume buttons on the right side. If it weren’t for the difference in size (the Z2 is a 5.2-incher while the Z and Z1 have a 5-inch screen), one could easily confuse them to be the same phone.

However, while the design remained similar to the Z1, the Z2 has been thoroughly improved on the inside. Besides being Sony’s biggest Android flagship yet (the enormous Xperia Z Ultra falls into the phablet category), the Xperia Z2 brings some crazy-powerful specifications to the table as well.

It’s powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 20.7-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3-inch image sensor that can take 4K videos, 3GB of RAM and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Z2’s camera has gotten several new modes, including Timeshift video, which lets you shoot in 120 frames per second and then slow certain scenes to get a slow motion effect.

Sony has also improved the device’s sound capabilities — one of Z1’s weak points — with a STM10 stereo mic that enables stereo audio recording, as well as stereo speakers and digital noise cancelling tech.

And just like all Sony’s high-end devices, the Xperia Z2 is dust-resistant and waterproof to IP55 and IP58 specifications.

In short, Sony seems to have taken the Xperia Z1 and improved it in nearly improved it in every way it could, while leaving design nearly the same. It’s definitely a sound strategy, but having a lot of devices that look very similar is a double-edged sword. We’ll be posting a detailed review of the Xperia Z2, which hits the global market March 2014, in the coming weeks.

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/02/24/sony-xperia-z2/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link

12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set

A 12-year-old student from California has created a Braille printer by repurposing parts from a Lego set.

Shubham Banerjee, a seventh-grade student from Santa Clara, Calif., developed the Braille printer using toy construction Lego pieces. The low-cost invention could be an accessible solution for blind and disadvantaged people across the globe, Banerjee said.

Shubham Banerjee and his Braille printing press made out of Lego bricks

The printer, dubbed Braigo (short for Braille with Lego), was created from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 set, which retails for $349. Banerjee also added $5-worth of additional materials, which means the finished product costs about $350. This makes Braigo much more affordable than other Braille printers, which can retail for more than $2,000, according to Banerjee.

The innovative youngster developed Braigo to prove it is feasible to make an inexpensive Braille printer, he said. Banerjee now plans to make the project open-source, by releasing the design free-of-charge to the online community.

“I’ll make this Braille printer and make the steps and the program software open to the Internet, so anyone who has a set can make it,” Banerjee said in a YouTube video about the Braigo project.

The printer is programmed to produce the letters “A” through “Z” in Braille. It takes roughly seven seconds to print each letter, according to Banerjee. In a video uploaded to YouTube, Banerjee demonstrates how to print the letter “Y,” and then shows how simple it is to combine letters to form words, like “cat.”

“This is so easy even my little sister can do it,” he said.

Enhancements can be made to the printer’s software, and Banerjee said he now plans to program Braigo to print the numbers one to 10.

The Lego Group has already voiced their praise for the project, tweeting: “We’re very proud. Impressive work for a great cause!”

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide, and 90 percent of these individuals live in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization. An inexpensive Braille printer could bring affordable, 21st-century computing to millions of people facing visual impairment, Banerjee said.

Source: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/stories/12-year-old-invents-braille-printer-using-lego-set

HTC set to roll out three wearables including Google Now smartwatch

HTC is reportedly set to launch three wearable devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, including a rumoured Google Now smartwatch.

The Taiwanese manufacturer would introduce a HTC smartwatch, based on Qualcomm’s Toq smartwatch and use that company”s Mirasol display, featuring Bluetooth connectivity and a music player, apart from an electronic bracelet that plays music.

HTC set to roll out three wearables including Google Now smartwatch

Sources have revealed that another smartwatch that HTC is working on would be based on the Google Now service, The Verge reports.

Although the Google Now concept is promising, there hasn’t been any smartwatch in the market based on the concept and it was speculated last October that Google Now watch could be ”ready within months”.

It is unclear if the search firm itself would produce Google Now smartwatch or Google-owned HTC would unveil it under its banner.

HTC CEO Peter Chou said last year that wearables were ‘critical’ for the sinking company, but that its planned smartwatches had to meet a need to stop them being gimmicks, the report added.

Source: http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/htc-google-now-smartwatch-mobile-world-congress-qualcomm/1/203557.html

Apple Has Siri, And Microsoft Is About To Get Cortana

Microsoft has been in a state of “shut up and ship” with Windows Phone for more than a year now. While the company has released a few minor updates to Windows Phone 8, its feature set hasn’t changed significantly from when Microsoft first introduced the mobile OS in October 2012. The software giant refuses to discuss or acknowledge an upcoming update, Windows Phone 8.1, but a recent software development kit leak has highlighted the huge number of feature changes that will arrive in the coming months and put Windows Phone more on par with iOS and Android. One of the main feature additions is Cortana, a personal digital assistant named after Microsoft’s Halo game series.

Cortana first emerged after a Microsoft employee lost a phone running Windows Phone 8.1 last year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Windows Phone work have revealed to The Verge that Cortana will replace the built-in Bing search feature, which is currently launched through a dedicated hardware key, and acts as a digital assistant with a mix of Siri and Google Now functionality. We’re told that Cortana will take the form of a circular animated icon with the hue of your selected Windows Phone accent color, and will have a personality not dissimilar from Apple’s Siri. Cortana will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, and bounce around or frown with “emotion” depending on the queries involved. Cortana will be backed by data from services like Bing, Foursquare, and others to give it some of the contextual power of Google Now.

Central to Microsoft’s vision for Cortana is a Notebook feature that will allow Windows Phone users to control exactly what information is shared with the digital assistant. Notebook will allow the Cortana digital assistant to access information such as location data, behaviors, personal information, reminders, and contact information. We’re told it’s designed as a privacy feature to ensure Cortana doesn’t freely access information without a level of user control. While Cortana will learn things about users, it won’t store them in the Notebook without asking you, and any information that’s stored can be edited or deleted. Cortana will then use this information to provide answers to search queries by voice or text, and provide suggestions, alerts, and reminders. Cortana could greet you by name and ask if you need help or answer questions, much like Siri.

Through search queries and just general phone usage, Cortana will learn more about a user and offer to store personal data like home and work locations and general interests in its Notebook. Cortana will also react to messages or emails that contain phrases like “let’s meet tomorrow at 8PM” and ask if you’d like to set up reminders or calendar entries. Cortana can also provide guidance on weather, stocks, directions, appointments, and music that’s contextual based on location and other data. As Cortana is a digital assistant, it will also be able to manage a do-not-disturb feature, similar to iOS, that’s designed to mute notifications. An “inner circle” of contacts will allow Cortana to manage notifications and phone calls during “quiet hours” when notifications are muted.

Although the initial Cortana digital assistant that will ship in Windows Phone 8.1 will have a lot of capabilities, Microsoft will need to extend it to third-party apps and its Windows and Xbox devices to improve its functionality in the future. The real test of Cortana will be how well it works with voice commands and its ability to understand natural phrases and questions. Microsoft’s recent voice work with Xbox One is impressive, but it also requires that you follow a strict pattern of commands for it to work successfully. Microsoft will have to ensure Cortana is at least as good as Siri for the company to position this as a full personal digital assistant.

Source: http://malaysiandigest.com/technology/489213-apple-has-siri-and-microsoft-is-about-to-get-cortana.html