Indian Mobile Congress gets a headstart on the very first day

Indian Mobile Congress, country’s first Mobile, Internet and Technology expo kicked off on September 27 at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The event started off from 27 September to 29 September and will be attended by over 500 startups and over 2,000 delegates from India and other countries.

The Indian Mobile Congress will feature over 300 attendees from different sectors. The three day event will have 21 sessions with themes like Digital India, Internet Governance, Women in Tech among others. After the sessions, two startups will pitch their idea.

The event was attended by many big names like Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Mr. Manoj Sinha, Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Mr. Kumar Manglam Birla, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal among others. IMC is expected to attract over 1,50,000 people over the three days.

The three-day event includes a conclave, an exhibition and an awards ceremony. Some of the prominent exhibitors of the Indian Mobile Congress are ISRO, Nokia, Google, Airtel, BSNL, Qualcomm, Mediatek, IBM and Idea among others.

The first day included the launch of Mediatek’s P23 in India, announcement of pre-5G trials by ZTE in collaboration with Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, launch of LG K7i smartphone with Mosquito away feature and statements from various dignitaries.

The second day will include presentations and discussion on India as the destination for manufacturing technology, blockchain and cryptocurrency and digital identity. The third day will include presentations on Cyber security, Internet of things and 5G future in India among other things.

The event will also include participation of embassies of eight countries- US, UK, France, Israel, Sweden, Finland and Philippines.

Speaking on the occasion Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “The India Mobile Congress will be the marquee event of the country. We are sure that the deliberations will inform global policy and over the years, all stakeholders will look forward to this event for launches and releases of new technologies. Officials and senior decision makers from both the Government as well as the industry are present and tech companies will be displaying the best that this ecosystem has to offer.”

      

Internet Explorer can be exploited to read what you type in the URL bar

If you still use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, then you should be aware there’s a bug in the browser which leaks the URL (or anything else) you type into the address bar.

The problem affects the latest version of Internet Explorer and was discovered by security researcher Manuel Caballero.

As Ars Technica reports, the flaw allows the website the user is currently visiting to view any text they type into the browser’s address bar, with that text becoming readable as soon as they leave (i.e. as they hit the enter key).

This means that a maliciously-controlled website can exploit the bug to grab the URL of the next website that you’re visiting, or if you’ve typed text into the address bar, it will also snaffle that – because Internet Explorer will automatically convert that to a search (on Bing by default).

And the victim won’t be aware that this has happened, because they’ll simply be whisked off to whatever website or search they entered.

Time to move on?

Given the news yesterday that Windows 8.1 has been hit by a nasty bug which prevents users from logging onto their PC with a Microsoft account – and with no apparent ETA on a fix – maybe it’s time folks started seriously thinking about moving away from ageing Microsoft software.

Of course, if you are on Windows 10, it has the Edge browser as well as Internet Explorer, and the former is obviously where the software giant’s focus lies – particularly when it comes to security aspects.

As Caballero himself observes: “[Microsoft is] really moving forward regarding Edge, design bugs, and they even extended its bug bounty, which seems to be permanent now … but I still believe it is not acceptable to leave IE wide open.”

“In my opinion, Microsoft is trying to get rid of IE without saying it. It would be easier, [and] more honest to simply tell users that their older browser is not being serviced like Edge.”

Naturally some users are forced to go with Internet Explorer due to legacy issues with services or sites, but if you have a choice, it seems like an increasingly good idea to step up to a contemporary piece of software – whether that’s Edge, Chrome or Firefox, or indeed another alternative.

      

The best tablets you can buy in the UAE for 2017

Update: The new iPad Pro 10.5 has landed, and after going through our in-depth review process Apple’s latest slate has managed to break into our top 10 best tablets list. Find out where it places below (spoiler: it’s high, really high).

Best tablet 2017

The best tablets are all about combination, with most offering a decent keyboard and desktop-style experience to sound the death knell for laptops.

From Apple’s larger iPad Pro (now joined by the iPad Pro 10.5) to Android’s Google Pixel and Samsung tablets, there’s a lot of choice out there.

And unlike the best smartphones – Windows makes an appearance too.

In terms of how we decide which goes where, we rank them based on multiple elements including performance, battery life, screen quality and more, with price playing an important part too.

If none of the best tablets here take your fancy then head on over to our tablet reviews pages, where you’ll find in-depth reviews of many more models.

The best tablet you can buy right now is the new iPad (2017) with its crisp 9.7-inch display, punchy A9 power and a lower price tag than the tablet it replaces – the iPad Air 2.

The new iPad (2017) doesn’t reinvent the tablet, in fact it doesn’t differ much at all from its predecessor. The only real upgrade is the chipset, with Apple’s A9 heart giving the new iPad more power – however it’s the price which is the real winner.

There’s no 16GB model, with the iPad kicking things off at 32GB, and considering that’s cheaper than the entry level iPad Air 2 it offers serious value for money.

Read the full review: New iPad (2017)

  • What’s next? The new iPad has only just launched, so we won’t see a replacement for a while – but Apple’s iPad Mini line is in need of an update, so keep an eye out for the iPad Mini 5 in the coming months.

It’s a tough decision over whether the new iPad Pro is the best tablet in the world, or the more recent (and more basic) iPad – but the new Pro is in second solely on the higher price.

If you can see past that, or you really need a tablet that can truly keep up with any app you want to throw at it while using a dedicated Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, this should be the device you look at.

The new ProMotion screen adds an impressive layer of fluidity to daily use – if not strictly necessary – and the smaller bezels means you’re getting far more display in a footprint not much bigger than last year’s 9.7.

It’s an iPad for the professionals – but also one that media munchers will adore using.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 10.5

  • What’s next? It will likely be a long, long while before Apple launches any kind of new tablet, so if you’re in the market for one it’s between this and the new iPad for your money.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That’s still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

It does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike, this is a top choice and one of best Windows Laptop we’ve reviewed.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • What’s next? Microsoft has released the next version of Surface Pro and we will be evaluating that soon. Don’t be surprised to see it on this lost soon.

iPad Pro 9.7

We never do this, but the iPad Pro 9.7 is not dropping as far down our list as it offers something the Pro 10.5 doesn’t: a cheaper price.

The iPad Pro 9.7 offers a lot of the power of the larger iPad Pro, along with the Smart Keyboard and Pencil support, but brings it in a much more bag-and-palm friendly size. Oh, and those four speakers are just brilliant too.

It’s a decent laptop alternative for those trying to work out if they need the worry of a new Windows device, but only if you’re working on rudimentary files. Free access to Apple’s office suite helps a huge amount though, and it’s going to get the same iOS 11 upgrade that the other models will, making it a much more attractive laptop replacement for cheaper.

However, it is off sale now – so if you’re going buy one, be quick and shop around to see if you can get a better deal.

Read the full review: iPad Pro 9.7

  • What’s next? We’ve already had it: it’s the iPad Pro 10.5 and it’s very much worth a look if you want the snazziest tablet out there.

iPad mini 4

The best 7-inch tablet at the moment is definitely the iPad mini 4. If you like the look of Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro, but find them a) too big, b) too expensive or c) both, then you’re in luck as the diminutive iPad mini 4 gives you the best of Apple’s tablet world in a form factor that’s not only beautiful, but highly portable.

It lacks the Pro features of a keyboard or Pencil support (the latter would be really nice to have on this smaller display) but overall it’s got a decent screen upgrade and more than enough power to enjoy every day.

Read the full review: iPad mini 4

With an iPad-like design, the Asus ZenPad is something of a direct rival to Apple’s best tablets with an alternative operating system.

The screen is sharp and bright, and the power is decent – if not a well-known chipset running things.

The battery life and build quality aren’t quite up to Apple’s standards, but then again, neither is the price – a good option if you want a larger screen for less.

Read our full review: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Google’s Pixel C is one of the best Android tablets. It has it all: a fantastic display, heaps of power and a premium design.

Plus, for those willing to splash the cash, the keyboard is a great accessory (and if you look around, there are some good low-cost alternatives).

It’s not quite a laptop replacement, but for those in the market for a truly premium Android tablet – look no further. That’s especially great as you can now download Android 7 Nougat software.

Read the full review: Google Pixel C

The iPad Pro won’t be for everyone due to the size and cost, but for those it does appeal to (and can afford it) you’re unlikely to find a better tablet for your needs, and you’ll swiftly find it indispensable.

It’s also worth noting that this 2015 model has been replaced by a much-upgraded version, complete with better internals and a nicer screen – although you can still buy the older variant from many retailers.

If you’re considering the iPad Pro (2015) then whether its graphics, multi-tasking or providing a pseudo-Mac experience when you’re away from the office the Pro is very capable.

Even the Pencil – hilarious name that we’re now getting used to aside – is an impressive tool for a particular niche. For the more professional user, or just one that cares about a larger, more expansive screen to work on, this is the best tablet out there and more than capable of replacing a laptop.

Read the full review: iPad Pro

  • What’s next? This tablet has been refreshed now, and we’re just waiting to get our hands on a final review unit to bring you a definitive verdict. For now though, you can check out our hands on: iPad Pro 12.9 review

The iPad mini 2 is a great tablet if you can get it for the right price – it’s one of the best budget tablets around.

The things you’ll miss are a better, clearer and brighter screen and improved design if you don’t spend the extra to go for the iPad mini 4 – but for many people, that’s perfectly acceptable and this slate is a great portal into the excellent world of iPads and all the great apps you get access to.

Read the full review: iPad mini 2

Tablet apps

As with today’s best smartphones, applications play a big role on tablets – once you’ve decided which of these tablets is right for you, check out our top app lists so you can get your fill of Temple Run, update your friends on Facebook and read the latest news, all on a bigger screen.

      

Here is how anyone can tweet in 280 characters right now

Twitter just doubled the character limit to English users from 140 to 280 in order to give the users “more characters to express.” Even though the news came as a surprise, Twitter says, the decision was made to test 280 characters after wide and thorough research across tweets from multiple languages.

According to Twitter, in languages like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese you can convey about double the amount of information in one character as you can in many other languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French”, and that is limiting user engagement in these regions.

“Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people Tweeting in English, but it is not for those Tweeting in Japanese. Also, in all markets, when people don’t have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting – which is awesome”, says Aliza Rozen, product manager at Twitter.

Unfortunately, this extended character limit is now only available to a small group of users, and chances are you are not one amongst those privileged ones. Twitter user Prof. 9 has discovered gives a simple hack through which anyone can now tweet in 280 characters, reports The Verge. So here is how to do it.

First, download Tampermonkey extension for your browser.

Secondly, add a script from GitHub to the Tampermonkey. To do that, visit this link and then click the “raw” button, and you will be taken to an installation page. Hit “install” to install the script to Tampermonkey and you are done.

Now all you have to do is visit twitter.com and start tweeting. Don’t forget to make sure the script is running in Tampermonkey. You can check that by clicking on the Tampermonkey icon on your browser bar and see if “Twitter Cramming” is turned on.

      

BullGuard now offers enterprise-grade security features to home users

BullGuard has unleashed new 2018 versions of its security software which are powered by a fresh anti-malware engine, with a major introduction to the top-end product in the form of a real-time home network scanner.

BullGuard Antivirus (the base product), BullGuard Internet Security and BullGuard Premium Protection (the flagship offering) will all benefit from a next-gen anti-malware engine which is capable of blocking previously unseen malware thanks to behavioural detection (and is bolstered by cloud-based machine learning tech).

However, only Premium Protection benefits from the home network scanner, which runs automatically in real-time, proactively scanning the network (and indeed it’s capable of monitoring multiple networks simultaneously).

When a new device connects to the home network, the feature will perform a ‘deep scan’ to check the hardware out, and it can also assess whether a home network is vulnerable to hackers. This nifty scanner is an industry-first in terms of security products, BullGuard boasts.

Premium Protection also benefits from identity protection features to help keep your data safe online, and a new firewall.

Game booster

BullGuard Internet Security doesn’t have the home network scanner, but you do get that new firewall, along with an extensive suite of parental controls, plus a ‘game booster’ mode to ensure that any anti-malware activity doesn’t interfere with a gaming session (this is also present in the premium product).

BullGuard Antivirus is the entry-level offering which provides basic anti-malware protection, safe browsing alerts, and a vulnerability scanner that can warn you when software needs a security update (or when you connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi network).

All three products are available direct from the security company now, with BullGuard Antivirus priced at £24.95/$29.95 (1-year, 1-PC), Internet Security pitched at £49.95/$59.95 (1-year, 3-devices), while Premium Protection will run you to £69.95/$99.95 (1-year, 10-devices).

      

Download the super-speedy Firefox Quantum beta today

Mozilla has launched the beta and developer versions of Firefox Quantum – the latest edition of the web browser, which comes with a new engine that uses multi-core processing to optimize speed.

Quantum, also known as Firefox 57, is a serious step up from the previous version, and Mozilla claims you’ll notice the difference immediately when browsing your favorite sites.

Aware of its reputation for sluggishness, the company has released a benchmarking video showing the beta giving Chrome a run for its money opening many popular websites.

The new browser is the fruit of Mozilla’s Project Quantum – an initiative launched in October 2016 to develop a new engine that would make the most of multiple cores modern desktop and mobile hardware.

Firefox Quantum also prioritizes the tab you’re currently using, so it downloads and runs before those in the background, cutting RAM usage by around 30%.

If you’re already using Firefox, you’ll be upgraded to Quantum automatically on November 14. If you’d rather give it a try now, you can download the beta for desktop, Android and iOS.

The developer edition of Quantum is also available today for web developers.

      

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