Month: September 2013

AMD unveils Radeon R9 and R7 Series of GPUs

AMD unveils Radeon R9 and R7 Series of GPUsIn a new era of gaming defined by Ultra HD displays, AMD(NYSE:AMD) has unveiled the AMD Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards. AMD also introduced Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology which will redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games. These introductions are believed to strengthen AMD’s approach for providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the Cloud.

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The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy. The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy. The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy – console, Cloud, content and client – come together with the introduction of Mantle.

Matt Skynner, Corporate Vice-President & General Manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD, said, “These graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming. This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like ‘Battlefield 4’. But it is also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy. We have teamed up with the world’s top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon graphics…….See More

Kaspersky Lab runs new campaign against supply chain attacks

Kaspersky Lab runs new campaign against supply chain attacksKaspersky Lab’s security research team has published a new research paper on the discovery of “Icefog”, a small yet energetic APT group that focusses on targets in South Korea and Japan, hitting the supply chain for Western companies. The operation started in 2011 and has increased in size and scope over the last few years.

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“For the past few years, we have seen a number of APTs hitting pretty much all types of victims and sectors. In most cases, attackers maintain a foothold in corporate and governmental networks for years, smuggling out terabytes of sensitive information,” said Costin Raiu, Director, Global Research & Analysis Team.

Based on the profiles of identified targets, the attackers appear to have an interest in the following sectors – military, shipbuilding and maritime operations, computer and software development, research companies, telecom operators, satellite operators, mass media and television. Research also indicated the attackers were interested in targeting defence industry contractors such as Lig Nex1 and Selectron Industrial Company, shipbuilding companies such as DSME Tech, Hanjin Heavy Industries, telecom operators such as Korea Telecom, media companies such as Fuji TV and the Japan-China Economic Association.

Kaspersky researchers have sink-holed 13 of the 70+ domains used by the attackers. This provided statistics on the number of victims worldwide. In addition, the Icefog command and control servers maintain encrypted logs of their victims together with the various operations performed on them. These logs can sometimes help to identify the targets of the attacks and, in some cases, the victims. In addition to Japan and South Korea, many sinkhole connections in several other countries were observed, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the USA, Australia, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany, Austria, Singapore, Belarus and Malaysia…..See More

dataserv APAC partners with CII on “Green IT” Solutions

dataserv APAC partners with CII on

dataserv APAC has reportedly partnered with CII on their conference “Green Growth: The Only Way Forward” with a view to bringing together important stakeholders like RWAs, students and industries and apprise them of their responsibility to dispose waste from electrical and electronic equipment responsibly.

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Amit Sardana, Managing Director, dataserv APAC, addressed the conference and gave a presentation on “Partnership with Colleges and RWAs for e-waste Collection”. Following the presentation, members of RWAs and students at the conference signed a pledge to act as responsible citizens of the society and ethically recycle the waste from electrical and electronic equipment generated in the community or college with the support of dataserv APAC’s free pickup and recycling services. They all displayed a strong commitment towards environment sustainability by working jointly on management of end-of-the-life electrical and electronic equipment.

Amit Sardana further said, “At dataserv APAC, we believe that the very first step towards responsible disposal of waste from electrical and electronic equipment is awareness. Unless people understand the implications of improper disposal of e-waste, they will not be motivated to ensure ethical and environmentally friendly disposal. As a next step, we introduced a free pickup and recycling service for all residents and corporates of Gurgaon. After seeing the enthusiastic response of all the stakeholders in signing the pledge, I am hopeful that the e-waste menace can be effectively managed with their cooperation…..See More

LG launches G2 Smartphone in India

LG launches G2 Smartphone in India

LG has launched its latest flagship smartphone – the G2 – in India. The smartphone sports a dimension of 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, weighs 143 grams. The LG G2 features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display, with a pixel density of 423 pixels-per-inch (ppi). It is powered by 2.26GHz Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 operating system. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and offers 16GB and 32GB storage options.

The LG G2 sports a 13.0-mega pixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, 2.1-mega pixel front shooter and is powered by a 3,000mAh battery. It comes with a design that features the power buttons and the volume rocker at the back of the phone, below the rear camera, instead of the sides of the phone, as is usually the case. As per LG, this smartphone is completely devoid of side buttons. The rear key is the only physical key on the LG G2.

Soon Kwon, M.D., LG India explained, “Our focus with G2 is to give our customers a phone that is smart and convenient, in every way- a unique design, a large display, high quality camera with Image Stabilizer, true studio like sound and compelling user experience. LG G2 is a perfect phone that epitomizes our DNA, innovation.”

“With the launch of G2 our aim is of capturing 10% market share of the Smartphone category by the end of 2014. We are targeting 150 Cr turnover from G2,” added Kwon……See More

Indian electronics companies get relief on BIS Certification

Indian electronics companies get relief on BIS Certification

There is a sigh of relief for those electronic companies who have not got the BIS certification for their products yet. As per the latest information, the Indian Government has decided to extend the deadline for mandatory registration of all the products they sell.

Earlier, companies were given a deadline till 3rd October to get their products (including videogames, microwave ovens, laptops, tablet computers, projectors, servers and LCD televisions) certified by theBureau of Indian Standards (BIS), a compulsory requirement for the sale of such products in India.

The crucial decision was taken at a meeting between Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology (IT), and the representatives of the industry along with some other trade lobby groups.

It is worth noticing here that the Government has already extended the deadline twice because of absence of enough labs where the products can be registered. A person familiar with the matter informed the VARINDIA team that only 50 per cent of the products have got BIS certification, as of now.

J. V. Ramamurthy is new MAIT President

According to J. V. Ramamurthy, President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT), and President and Chief Operating Officer of HCL Infosystems Ltd, “With new applications being submitted every day, it is impossible to clear the entire backlog before 3 October.”

However, it is difficult to say anything confirmed on this as no official from the Indian Government has announced anything about the extension of the due date for BIS certification. So, stay tuned to varindia.com to get further update on this…….See More

Buffalo launches Corporate NAS Solution –TeraStation TS3400D

Buffalo launches Corporate NAS Solution –TeraStation TS3400D

A high-performance corporate network storage solution named TeraStation TS3400D has been launched by Buffalo Incorporation for small businesses, branch offices, home offices, and power users, at an affordable price. As a NAS (Network Attached Storage), the TeraStation TS3400D allows users to access data faster. It is simple to configure and easy to administer. These units also support iSCSI, feature over the Ethernet. ISCSI feature used to add virtualized storage to the network, optimizing resources while reducing costs.

The dual-core Marvell ARMADA XP 1.33 GHz processor and 1GB DDR3 RAM of TeraStation provides faster transfers and backup of data-intensive files and stall-free imaging and recording with IP cameras.

With the transfer speed of over 90 Mbps, the users of TeraStation have to spend less time waiting for transmissions and backups while enjoying better quality video and vastly enhanced overall performance. This also increases the efficiency of operations and improves the business.

The TeraStation TS3400D comes with different RAID modes that can be selected for optimizing failure resistance, speed, capacity, or a combination. The internal drives of TS3400D are hot-swappable and can be replaced in the event of a hard drive failure without switching off the power. It also comes with hot spare function…….See More

Kaspersky reports share of spam in Email Traffic in August

Kaspersky reports share of spam in Email Traffic in August

According to Kaspersky Lab figures, it has been reported that in August, unsolicited emails made up 67.6% of all global email traffic which has gone down 3.6 percentage points as compared to July. Further, it was found that  the rate of phishing messages rose more than ten times compared to July, while the volume of spam messages containing malicious attachments rose 2.5 times, accounting for 5.6% of all email traffic.

August also saw a ten-fold increase in the proportion of phishing messages. Kaspersky Lab reported mass mailings that appeared to come from an official Apple address that asked recipients to confirm their iTunes account details by following a link. The favourite target of phishing attacks, however, remains social networks.

The names of popular international delivery services such as FedEx, UPS or DHL, also appear frequently in spam messages. In some cases, the attached files supposedly contain information about the non-existent parcels.

In summer, spam becomes much more dangerous. The number of scam messages increases and so does the number of messages containing malicious attachments. Remember, it is very rare for reputable organizations to ask you for your private data, to confirm account details without advance notice, or to open email attachments. If this happens, it is advisable to contact the support line of the organization named in the email, and ask if they actually sent it, commented Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Spam Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.

In August, Kaspersky Lab continued to record mass-mailing adverts for online learning courses…….See More

Corsair launches Obsidian Series 750D Full-Tower PC Case

Corsair launches Obsidian Series 750D Full-Tower PC Case

Corsair has announced availability of the Obsidian Series TM 750D full-tower PC case. Like all Obsidian Series cases, the 750D features black monolithic design, brushed aluminum and solid steel construction.

Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing, Corsair, said, When we launched our enormously successful, supersized Obsidian 900D case, enthusiasts raved about its sleek design, solid metal construction, and expandability, but not everybody needs so much room. Obsidian 750D is built for those users that demand full-on Obsidian quality in a full-tower form-factor with plenty of innovative features and cooling options.

The case is designed to make building a PC fast and simple with features such as tool-free side panels and drive bays, cable routing grommets and mount points, and a rear motherboard CPU access cutout and alignment pegs.


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Intex expands Aqua Smartphones Series

Intex expands Aqua Smartphones Series

Intex Technologies has announced the launch of two latest iterations of its Aqua series – Aqua HD and Aqua i4. Aqua HD smartphone comes with a slim body of 7.9mm thickness and IML Finish that makes it scratch resistant. A metal frame with piano lacquer back cover and aluminum alloy keys add to its premium looks. The phone comes with 1.2 GHz quad-core processor which runs on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS combined with a 4GB ROM and 1GB RAM.

The phone is laden with 13MP HDR+ camera and is equipped with Smart self-timer mode and Smart magic mode. The 5MP front camera ensures clarity while 3G Video calling is on.

Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head  Mobile, Intex Technologies, said, Our AQUA range has been widely accepted which has positively reflected in our smartphones sale that has surged multi-fold in a very small span. We have been able to create a niche for our devices in the cluttered market space and are growing extensively to become leaders in the smartphone category.

With festive season around the corner, we are planning to sell 3 lakh smartphones in the month of October, 2013, he added.

On the other hand, Aqua i4 comes equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The phone sports 8.0MP rear with flash and 1.3MP front facing camera and offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 terms of connectivity options…..See More

Nokia reinvents Zoom with 41MP Lumia 1020 Smartphone

Nokia reinvents Zoom with 41MP Lumia 1020 Smartphone

Nokia has unveiled a new addition to the Lumia family in India –  the Nokia Lumia 1020. Nokia establishes a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020. Boasting a second-generation 41-mega pixel sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), Nokia Lumia 1020 with PureView technology reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than their eyes can see.

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P. Balaji, Managing Director, Nokia India, said, “The response to the Nokia Lumia range in India has been extremely encouraging. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a stunning device with imaging capabilities like no other smartphone. We believe it will further strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging, which today plays a pivotal role in the lives of consumers,” he added.

Vipul Mehrotra, Director – Smartphone Devices, Nokia India, Middle East and Africa, said, “The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone that not only matches but exceeds many standalone digital cameras for quality, ensuring people always have the perfect picture, whether that is day or night. With the Nokia Pro Camera app and the 41-mega pixel sensor, it boosts creativity and makes it easier to shoot, edit and share pictures of unrivalled clarity.”

Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with HERE location suite and access to a world of music available to stream or download with Nokia Music. Consumers in India will also get an App Voucher worth INR1,000. Vodafone users of Lumia 1020 will be offered 2GB of 3G data usage per month for two months, at no extra cost.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in stores across India starting October 11, 2013. All Nokia Lumia 1020 owners and consumers will get support from the Nokia Lumia 1020……See More