Wednesday, 13 December 2017

iOS 11.2.1 update rolled out with HomeKit vulnerability fix

The new update for iPhones and iPads is about 70MB in size. It focuses on fixing a few bugs, most notably the HomeKit vulnerability that first came to light about a week ago. This bug could potentially let a perpetrator gain access to one’s connected devices like lights, and thermostats among others. With the latest update, Apple has fixed this vulnerability.

The update also fixes an auto-focus issue that cropped up for some users post updating to iOS 11.2. This issue was faced by iPhone 8iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X users, Macrumors reports. Users complained about how the camera was unable to focus on a subject. On the dual-camera smartphones, the camera ‘shifted continually between the two lenses’.
To update your iOS device to the latest operating version head over to Settings -> General -> Software Update. It is recommended that you connect your device to Wi-Fi, and a power socket during the update process.
The recently rolled out iOS 11.2 was a major update bringing with it a host of bug fixes, and features like Apple Pay Cash and fast charging. The update however felt rushed, and users have been complaining about issues since day one. But Apple seems to have ironed out most of them, and now’s a good time to update your devices to the latest OS.

Internet economy in South-east Asia to reach $50 billion in 2017: Google report

Southeast Asia’s internet economy, spanning online travel to ride-hailing, will reach $50 billion this year, putting it on a solid trajectory to grow fourfold by 2025, according to a joint research report by Googleand Temasek Holdings Pte.
As more consumers buy airline tickets and book hotels through smartphones, the region’s online travel market expanded from $19.1 billion in 2015 to $26.6 billion in 2017, according to a report the two companies released Tuesday. The research covered four key sectors of the internet economy: travel, media, ride-hailing and e-commerce.
Online shopping and ride-hailing have come into focus as Grab, Uber Technologies Inc and Go-Jek capture consumer preferences with evolving business models. Of the $12 billion of capital invested in Southeast Asian internet companies since 2016, $9 billion was raised by its unicorns, or startups with more than $1 billion valuations. The region, which includes Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, raised just $1 billion in 2015.

“This shows how global and regional investors have favored the largest and most established internet companies,” the report said. The growth is being driven by a surging number of new smartphone users. Southeast Asia will have 330 million monthly active internet users by the end of 2017 – equivalent to the size of the US population – after adding more than 70 million users since 2015.

Vodafone prepaid recharge of Rs 348 now gives 2GB daily data, unlimited calls

Vodafone’s Rs 348 prepaid recharge offer is now available for users in Delhi/NCR, and it gives 2GB data per day.  The validity of this plan is 28 days. This means users will get a total of 56GB of data for the validity period and this applies for all handsets, including 4G and 3G. The plan was previously unveiled for prepaid users in Rajasthan, offering 1GB data per day for 28 days.
Additionally, Vodafone’s Rs 348 recharge pack gives users unlimited local, STD, and roaming calls with daily capping of 250 minutes. In a week, users can use 1000 calling minutes. This is a limited period offer, and users can head to MyVodafone App to get the recharge done.

Airtel 4G Hotspot price in India slashed to Rs 999

Airtel 4G Hotspot price in India has been slashed to Rs 999. The company has announced a permanent price-cut for the device, which was previously available for Rs 1,950. People can connect up to 10 devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc to create a Wi-Fi Hotspot. The battery is said to last up to 6 hours.
Airtel 4G Hotspot can be bought offline via company’s retail stores across India. It will become available on Amazon online. The price-cut is live on Airtel’s website. People need to get Airtel 4G SIM to activate services on their Airtel 4G Hotspot. The company has a host of prepaid and postpaid plans to choose from. In places where 4G network isn’t available, the Airtel 4G Hotspot automatically switches to 3G.