LG's Next G-Series Smartphone to Sport Modular Design Despite G5 Performance

LG has revealed that it is sticking to the modular design concept for upcoming G-Series smartphones. Several reports had speculated that since the LG G5 flagship smartphone, launched earlier this year, didn’t do as well as the company expected it would stop employing the modular design it had introduced.

Talking to CNET, LG spokesperson Ken Hong confirmed that the company will not give up the “modular concept in the subsequent generation” despite the G5’s performance in the market.

LG's Next G-Series Smartphone to Sport Modular Design Despite G5 Performance

To recall, the biggest highlight of the LG G5 were its modular accessories dubbed LG Friends. The company showcased several modules including the LG Cam Plus, a camera add-on, and Hi-Fi Plus, which was co-developed by LG and Bang & Olufsen, and it was is a portable audio playback add-on among others. The confirmation to stick to modular concept is good news for existing LG G5 buyers as they may get new add-ons next year. Notably, LG was not the only handset vendor this year that launched the modular add-ons for its handset as Lenovo also joined the league with its Moto Z range.

Hong also revealed that development of the recently unveiled LG V20 smartphone was not affected by market performance of the LG G5.

LG recently took the wraps off the V20 smartphone which will go on sale in home market Korea first. LG claims that the V20 is the world’s first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. When compared to its predecessor, the LG V20 is a significant upgrade from the LG V10, and it sports a new design, a new camera setup, and more audio features. LG V20 price would be revealed as and when it hits the retail shelves across the globe.

India May Get 5G Networks With the Rest of the World: Telecom Secretary

India stands a chance to get 5G technology with the rest of the world as the country enters an era of Internet of Things (IoT), Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

“…We got 2G 25 years after the rest of the world, at least after the developed world. We got 3G more than a decade after it became ubiquitous in US, Europe. 4G may be, five years after its global launch. In 5G, we have the chance of being there with the rest of the world,” Deepak said.

He added that the probable simultaneous launch of 5G in India along with the rest of the world could be from bridging the gap that had prevailed and the country might as well take a step forward and acquire a leadership position in certain areas as it enters into an era of Internet of Things with connected devices and machines.

India May Get 5G Networks With the Rest of the World: Telecom Secretary

Deepak was speaking after inaugurating the first edition of ‘IoT India Congress’ that aims to bring together key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to collaborate.

“The IoT, which is estimated to have…something like 50 billion connected devices in the next 5-6 years, will unleash a business opportunity for India, at least of USD 15 billion,” he said.

In a recorded video address to the Congress, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, IoT is important because connected devices are going to become the order of the day.

“IoT is important more for the poor, for the farmers, for healthcare, for education sectors, to make the quality of life better…,” the Minister said. Deepak said a very ‘vibrant’ IoT ecosystem would be seen in India very soon.

The Department of Telecom has come out with a machine- to-machine (M2M) roadmap which seeks to synergise regulators, bodies involved in development of standards, manufacturers and perspective users so that associated industries could benefit.

Pointing out the initiatives like Telecommunications Standards Development Society India and others by the Department of Telecom, he said “Leveraging technology is an objective which pervades the whole of government. The Department of IT has developed an IoT policy which is in the draft stage and under consultation…”

Stating that there is lot of work in progress like KYC norms for SIM embedded M2M devices, 13 digits numbering scheme for IoT – for SIM embedded M2M devices, he said, “The Department of Telecom has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for recommendations in the area of quality of service standards of international roaming system and requirement of additional spectrum for an IoT ecosystem in India.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime Review in 5 Points

Xiaomi launched its Redmi 3S smartphone last month in India in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment. The Chinese company in its attempt to strengthen its position in the segment unveiled two variants of the Redmi smartphone: the Redmi 3S, priced at Rs. 6,999, and the Redmi 3S Prime, which is available at Rs. 8,999.

We got a chance to review the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, which offers more RAM, more storage space, and a fingerprint scanner for a small price increase. The Redmi 3S Prime smartphone is available via Flipkart and Mi.com. If you are thinking of buying the Redmi 3S Prime, make sure you read our review before you complete the transaction. In case, you won’t be unable to go through our entire review, here’s our short review of the Redmi 3S Prime.

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1. Looks good, built well
The Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime looks like a mini Redmi Note 3 from nearly every angle. It sports an all-metal body which means that the device itself feels premium regardless of the price tag it carries. At 144 grams, the Redmi 3S is slightly heavy for a budget device, but the curved sides make it easy to grip. The extra weight can safely be put down to the massive battery inside the smartphone.

2. Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
One of the major differences between the Redmi 3S and the Redmi 3S Prime is the former doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner. The round sensor at the back is easy to reach and use. During our review period, we had no trouble unlocking the device at any time using the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner on the Redmi 3S Prime worked well even with wet fingers.

3. Impressive battery life
One of the biggest highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime has to be the 4100mAh battery and we were definitely impressed with battery backup of the handset. The non-removable 4100mAh battery even with heavy usage managed to last through an entire day, with a good percentage of juice still left in the battery.

4. Heating issues with camera use
Camera performance of the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime was satisfactory. We were especially impressed with indoor shots in well-lit conditions. The low-light shots were however slightly washed out. The phone did heat up a bit while using the camera app, but it never became too uncomfortable to use. Notably, there was no heating while charging the phone or talking on calls.

5. Hybrid SIM slot
The Redmi 3S Prime uses a hybrid SIM slot which means it accepts one Micro-SIM and another Nano-SIM or microSD card for storage. Unfortunately, this means that users will have to choose between a second SIM and a microSD card.

Newfound Router Flaw Lets Hackers Control Home Internet Connections

F-Secure researchers have uncovered a critical vulnerability in some models of Inteno home routers that, if exploited, is severe enough to allow an attacker complete control over the victim device and the Internet traffic traveling through it. The finding highlights the security challenges plaguing consumer routers.

The vulnerability allows an attacker to install their own firmware to the device, which would still work as before, but with back doors and other unwanted features. An attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to listen in on unencrypted traffic going through the router, not just device-to-internet, but device-to-device inside the home; as well as manipulate the victim’s browsing sessions by redirecting to malicious sites.

Newfound Router Flaw Lets Hackers Control Home Internet Connections: F-Secure

“By changing the firmware, the attacker can change any and all rules of the router,” said Janne Kauhanen, cyber security expert at F-Secure.

“Watching video content you’re storing on another computer? So is the attacker. Updating another device through the router? Hopefully it’s not vulnerable like this, or they’ll own that too. Of course, HTTPS traffic is encrypted, so the attacker won’t see that as easily. But they can still redirect all your traffic to malicious sites that enable them to drop malware on your machine,” he added.

The router type in question typically receives firmware updates from a server associated with the user’s internet service provider (ISP). But problematically, the vulnerable routers make no effort to confirm the update is valid and comes from the right place.

An attacker who has already gained access to the traffic between the home router and the ISP’s update server (for example, by accessing an apartment building’s network distribution trunk) can set up his own update server. He could then apply a malicious firmware update.

Researchers say this case is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to router security issues. And while the need for computer security is well understood, consumers are often unaware that a router is just as vulnerable.

“It’s ridiculous how insecure the devices we’re sold are,” says Kauhanen.

“We and other security companies are finding vulnerabilities in these devices all the time. The firmware used in routers and Internet of Things devices is neglected by manufacturers and their customers – by everyone except hackers, who use the vulnerabilities to hijack Internet traffic, steal information, and spread malware,” he added.

The flaw, while severe, is not immediately exploitable. An attacker would need to have already achieved a privileged network position between the router and the point of entry of the internet. Affected devices are Inteno EG500, FG101, DG201, and possibly others.

According to Harry Sintonen, the F-Secure senior security consultant who found the vulnerability, there is no way for a consumer to prevent their router getting exploited, short of replacing it with a new router without this particular vulnerability, or by installing the firmware that fixes the issue once it is available.

However, he points out that replacing the router is problematic advice. “As vulnerabilities in consumer DSL equipment are extremely common, it could well be that the device switch only leads to an even worse security situation,” he says.

By following the usual security best practices, however, consumers can mitigate damages should their router become a victim of attack.

Keep browsers and other software updated to prevent hackers exploiting security flaws in old software.

Use reliable internet security software such as F-Secure SAFE that stays constantly updated, to prevent a hacker from dropping malware.

Use a VPN such as F-Secure Freedome to encrypt internet traffic even if the router was hacked, encryption would prevent an attacker from spying.

RJio’s full-fledged 4G services available to all from today

Consumers across the country can avail Reliance Jio’s services from Tuesday, as the company opens its doors to all potential users having any 4G-enabled handset in an aggressive quest to garner 100 million subscribers.

According to sources, the Jio SIM — which so far was available only at Reliance Digital stores — will now also be offered through multi-brand outlets and mobile phone shops.

“The SIMs will be available at nearly two lakh stores across the country, including locations where SIMs from other vendors are also sold,” sources said.
A major beneficiary of the offer would be users of devices like iPhone, Xiaomi, Motorola and Lenovo who were not a part of the preview offer so far. RJio, which had already roped in 1.5 million users in the test phase, is gunning for 100 million users at the shortest possible time.

Nearly 20 brands including Sony, Sansui, Videocon, LG, Samsung, Micromax, Panasonic, Asus, TCL, Alcatel, HTC, Intex, Vivo, Gionee, Karbonn and Lava were part of the preview offer which provided free 90-day unlimited calls and high-speed mobile broadband trials to 4G smartphone users of these brands.

The offer is now being rebranded as a ‘welcome offer’, which from September 5 will provide unlimited services till up to December 31, after which users have been promised voice calls – both local and STD – as well as roaming free of cost, for life. The data charges are also pegged as low as Rs 50 per GB, compared to Rs 250 a GB prevailing in the market.

The process of procuring the SIM, said sources, will now be simpler with eKYC, which does not require consumers to physically fill out lengthy forms and wait for an equally lengthy verification process.

The form filling and verification is done using Aadhaar data and the customer’s fingerprint and the facility is being rolled out at various locations.
“At the time of taking the SIM, consumers will have to choose plans – pre-paid or postpaid – and they will continue to get free services till December 31, after which tariff plans opted for will become applicable,” sources said.

The company has introduced 10 tariff plans beginning with a one-day plan at Rs 19 for occasional data users going all the way up to Rs 4,999 a month for heavy data users. Reliance is also offering a Jio apps bouquet worth Rs 15,000, complimentary to all active Jio customers up to December 31, 2017.

In the Rs 19 prepaid plan, users will get 100 MB data and 100 SMSes for a day, apart from unlimited free voice calling. The Rs 149 plan, available for both prepaid and postpaid users, will offer 300 MB data and 100 SMSes with a validity of about a month.
Under the Rs 4,999 plan, users will get 75GB of 4G data as well as unlimited 4G access at night for a period of 28 days or one month for prepaid and postpaid users, respectively.

Will Bollywood look beyond star sons and daughters?

This is not a critique of the kinds of movies that the Hindi film industry churns out. It isn’t a review of the style of acting or lack thereof either.
What this is, however, is commentary from an outsider. A well-wisher perhaps, an admirer even, of the reach and fight that Bollywood puts up in a global film market that’s dominated by the all-consuming juggernaut that is Hollywood.

And this commentary follows an opinion formed from hours of waiting at a barber’s and flipping through the pages of many a glossy Bollywood-centric magazine. The covers of which are usually adorned by men who seem to have the same workout regimen and acting coach, and women who have nicer poses than their male counterparts.

If the description below fits perfectly, the loudest of three cheers to an ability to memorize that I’m pretty sure I lack. It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I find it difficult to remember the names of people I went to college with. But it’s simply my attempt to draw a vivid picture and nothing more.

Actor X, the son of former star Actor M and Actress Y who had been a promising star in the making till she gave up her career to marry Actor M and raise Actor X and his siblings, is excited because his debut film is a starring role alongside another debutante actress.

Let’s call her Actress B, and lo and behold, she also happens to be the daughter of a Bollywood couple, a father who was a known for his ‘negative roles’ and a mother who gave up her dancing career to be a good wife and mother.

But wait, that’s not the best part of this new generation starring twosome. The icing on the cake is that they are being ‘launched’ by a director whose father was a producer and at one point or the other worked with one or all of the starring twosome’s parents.

This and similar permutations repeat themselves in the mundane writing and interviews cliched to the brim that fight for space with even more inane and repetitive poses of the crème de la crème of Bollywood.

As an observer, I notice a theme. That most of Bollywood’s talent seem to be the sons, daughters, nephews, and nieces of anyone with any degree of recognition or pull in the film industry. And that they all state that a)Bollywood motion pictures is a constituent of their blood, and b)they have to work extra hard to prove that they belong on their own merit. (Footnote- I suck as a thespian of any worth, but I will keep appearing in movies because why the hell not, till something works)

My argument is this. If Bollywood is this premier Indian institution, this great machine of the representation of India and its numerous cultures, shouldn’t the stake holders look for talent and ideas from all over the country?

I’m a believer in the free market, and Bollywood studios are private entities are free to do whatever they like. But if you must for a moment, consider this suggestion.
There are amazing actors and actresses all over this country, in Ghaziabad, in Kerala, in Jammu and Kashmir, in Bhopal, even in Arunachal Pradesh or Mizoram, who will never get their shots because someone else happens to be the son of a mediocre actor whose uncle set up a film studio years ago.
What has Bollywood got to lose, really? There are so many stories that it can tell, so many different representations of culture and religion that it can portray.

Suriya, director Vignesh Shivan to team up for next

Tamil actor Suriya, who is currently busy with Tamil actioner S3, also known as Singam 3, will team up with Naanum Rowdydhaan director Vignesh Shivan for a yet-untitled film.


“Happy to associate with Suriya and Vignesh Shivan for our next project. Anirudh Ravichander has been roped in to compose the tunes,” read a statement from Studio Green, who will be bankrolling the project.

The Tamil film, which happens to be Suriya’s 35th film, is expected to go on the floors next month.
According to a source close to the film’s unit, the makers are most likely to rope in Keerthy Suresh or Nayanthara as the leading lady.
Suriya’s home banner 2D Entertainment will co-produce the film.

Michael Clarke flies young Nepalese spinner to Australia to train at his academy

The young leg-spinner from Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane is currently staying with a local family as he prepares to play for Michael Clarke’s club.

Sandeep Lamichhane,16, from Nepal impressed Michael Clarke recently during his coaching spell in Hong Kong. The former Australian captain was impressed with the leg-spinner’s outstanding potential and that promted him to allow Lamichhane to train at his academy at Sydney and play for his club.

Sandeep Lamichhane

“It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game,” said Clarke, who sponsored the boy to get him to Australia.

Lamichhane who has already represented Nepal under-19s is staying in Sydney with a local family as he prepares for the upcoming season where he is going to play for Pup’s club Western Sydney.

“Thank you very much @MClarke23 for your kind words and for inviting me to Australia. Looking forward to give my best,” Lamichhane tweeted on Tuesday.

Manchester City eyeing nothing less than a win in Manchester derby: David Silva

Table-topper Manchester City sit marginally above Manchester United on goal difference after both sides won their first three league games but the Citizen swill miss Sergio Aguero for the crucial clash on Saturday.

Nothing less than victory will do for Manchester City in Saturday’s feisty Premier League derby against Manchester United, playmaker David Silva has said.

David Silva

Silva, who scored both goals in Spain’s friendly win over Belgium last week and two more against Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier on Monday, has featured in all of City’s league games this season under manager Pep Guardiola.

Table-topper City sit marginally above United on goal difference after both sides won their first three league games.

“It’s going to be a very beautiful game. The two teams arrive to this game having taken good results and after making wholesale changes in every sense,” the 30-year-old told Spanish radio station Cope.

“We’ve started the season very well and it should be a great game. But we won’t be playing for a draw. We will go out to win the match.”

City have won three times and drew one in their last five top flight meetings with United at Old Trafford.

“It’s a ground where in the last few years things have gone okay for us. We know they are a very difficult rival – but we won’t settle for a draw,” Silva added.

Healthy Kitchen Staples for Fast, Cheap Meals

Shopping for groceries can be overwhelming—you’ve got crowds to dodge and a budget to keep in mind, not to mention the candy aisle calling your name. But that trip to the supermarket “is one of the most important things you’ll do all week,” says Cynthia Sass, RD, Health’s contributing nutrition editor, because the foods you put in your shopping cart can make or break your healthy-eating goals.

And while there are plenty of trendy new health products on grocery store shelves—from pea protein chips to donkey milk—when you’re trying to eat healthy and save, members of Reddit’s r/Eat Cheap and Healthy forum know how important it is to stock up on basics. Whether you’re in need of a quick pantry dinner recipe or creative new ways to use up your zucchini stockpile, this community of budget-conscious cooks has answers. Here, 15 ingredients that r/Eat Cheap and Healthy users always keep in their kitchens, plus suggestions for incorporating these foods into easy meals.

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Frozen veggies

“Throw your favorite frozen veggies in a pan, cube some extra firm tofu and throw it into the pan, add stir fry sauce to your liking (my favorite is House of Tsang’s), and heat until everything is warm. Optional is to serve it with a bag of that $1 frozen brown rice, and garnish it all with fresh green onion, sesame seeds, and Sriracha. If you want to get super fancy, throw in some matchstick carrots and shredded cabbage.”

Eggs

“Eggs. Lots of eggs. Make an omelet. Make a frittata. Throw in veggies. Throw in frozen ham steak. Mix an egg in instant ramen. Hard boil them and make egg salad.”

Pesto

“Pesto has saved me from a life of just getting pizza whenever I’m home from work tired. It’s so easy. I keep pesto sauce, penne, bell peppers, and tinned sweetcorn always stocked. Add a load of black pepper, chili flakes, and some garlic granules perhaps. Takes as long as it takes to cook penne and is super easy.”

Tortillas

“Wraps are my godsend because you can throw whatever in them and it’s great, they are calorific but you can stuff them with healthy things.”

Tomatoes

“They can become pasta sauce, Shakshuka, a sandwich, a salad. Very versatile depending on how much effort you want to put into the meal.”

Tuna

“I like the pre-flavored and portioned tuna packets. They go on sale for $1 and I stock up. Eat straight from the pouch or mix in a salad or pasta.”

Frozen fruit

“I snack on frozen mango chunks and frozen blueberries all the time in the morning or when it’s hot. No preparation needed. But you can make smoothies too! They thaw out relatively fast so you could put some in your yogurt or oatmeal.”

Rice

“Take some rice, I use minute brown rice, and [microwave] it. Add a can of kidney beans, add a can of collard greens, add some Creole seasoning, mix it together and [microwave] it for a minute or two. Literally takes five minutes. I have a couple variations on seasonings I like (vegetables here are either canned or frozen): Rice + Black Beans + Sweet potato + Chili seasoning, Rice + Black beans + Corn + Lime juice + Taco seasoning, Rice + Green peas + cauliflower + Carrots + Curry powder. You could throw any of these in a tortillas as well.”

Oatmeal

“Don’t buy instant: it’s incredibly not worth the cost. If you can afford the expense I would buy the cheapest per ounce container you can find of just plain rolled oats, or steel cut if you prefer. It’ll probably be big, but it doesn’t go bad. I strongly recommend overnight oats. Not because they’re tasty (I’m ambivalent on the subject) but because having a breakfast that you can reach for and instantly eat in the morning is beyond luxurious.”

Potatoes

“Potatoes, potatoes, and potatoes. Doesn’t get cheaper or more nutrient dense.”

Cabbage

“Cabbage is always a great choice—purple is especially full of antioxidants, and I’ve never seen either variety at more than 80 cents a pound. … Cook [them] with potatoes and you’ve got a delicious, healthy, cheap and super filling meal.”

Ginger

“[It’s] a cheap way to add a lot of flavor, especially if you’re going to be doing rice dishes; a 50 cent piece of ginger will last several meals, in my experience.”

Avocados

“Put them on toast, use them in smoothies. Make guacamole. Eat it plain.”

Chicken breasts

“Put some chicken breasts, taco seasoning, and some salsa into a slow cooker for a few hours… makes juicy taco meat for the week. Buy some shredded cheese, avocado and other toppings. Good in tortillas, nachos, Quesadillas mixed in Spanish rice, all kinds of stuff.” —Brrblues

Beans

“Scrambled eggs, beans, and greens are my go-to cheap and easy, healthy dinner. If you cook the beans from scratch at the beginning of the week, it’s cheaper than canned (and less sodium if you’re watching that), but even canned beans are pretty cheap. Kidney beans, chickpeas, navy beans, pinto beans, refried beans, choose whatever you like. Greens can be raw salad greens, cooked greens (collards, Swiss chard, kale, spinach), or other sautéed or steamed veggies. Add some hot sauce or salsa for a little zip. The variety from week to week keeps things from getting too boring.”