What To Do When You Spill Water On Your Laptop

It’s almost funny when you consider the fact that laptops, which seem like such incredibly powerful devices, are rendered completely helpless and defective after what can seem like even the smallest of liquid spills. Perhaps one day in the future we’ll have laptops that aren’t susceptible to water damage, but that time is not yet upon us.

If you’ve spilled liquid on your laptop, it might just feel like the end of the world. However, there might be a chance that you can save your device. Here’s what to do when you’ve spilled water or any other liquid on your laptop.

Immediately After The Spill: Remove Liquid As Quickly As Possible

In the immediate wake of a spill, what you do next really can make a huge difference in whether or not your device is salvageable. Turn your laptop upside down so that moisture drips away from the inside of your laptop. While your laptop is in this upside down position, dab gently at the affected area with a dry towel to try to soak up as much moisture as possible. For at least 24 hours, don’t attempt to turn your laptop on or plug it in. This time is about drying out your laptop, not testing if it works.

The Next Day: See The Professionals

Sadly, if your laptop isn’t turning on, you might be suffering from some serious water damage. For example, if your FPC and FFC connectors have been affected, you might need to replace them with new parts from a manufacturer such as Ipex. If that all sounds like Greek to you, then it’s probably time to see the professionals. If you’re under warranty, return to the store where you originally purchased your laptop. If you’re not under warranty or your device is very old, try a local repair shop.

It’s important to understand that there’s a strong possibility that your laptop may never come back from the dead or that the cost of repairs may exceed the cost of a replacement device. Going forward, be sure to always back up your files in case of events like these. You should also be a bit more careful in the future and always keep liquids at least three feet away from your device.

Nativ Vita Music Player Is a $1,599 Tablet for Audiophiles

Nativ, a tech startup which was came into prominence via a crowd-funded campaign early last year, has launched its Vita music player with a large touchscreen display and starting price of whopping $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1.03 lakhs). The Nativ Vita music player, which can also be termed a tablet thanks to its 11.6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, comes with built-in support for several music streaming services including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and Tidal.

Nativ Vita comes with built-in multi-directional microphone, which allows users to use voice-commands to direct it to play music, adjust volume, or skip to next track. The music player can also be controlled via Android or iOS devices, as well as smartwatches through its dedicated app for the respective platforms. Interestingly, Vita music player comes along with an IR remote controller as well.

The Vita packs a Cortex A9 processor and features 4GB of RAM. The connectivity options on the music player include USB, Bluetooth, SPDIF, HDMI, and AES/EBU ports. The Nativ Vita also offers connectivity via Gigabit Ethernet, and Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi as well. Users can connect Nativ Vita to their TVs with Google Cast or HDMI.

Nativ Vita Music Player Is a $1,599 Tablet for AudiophilesThe audio formats supported by the device include Apple’s ALAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, OGG, and AIFF.

Users can choose to play music through their PC or their smartphone but the Nativ Vita is also being offered with built-in storage options. The storage options go up to an impressive, but rather ridiculous, 4TB of SSD storage. HDD storage options are also available with the music player as well. Notably, the base model ships without any built-in storage.

If you choose to buy the model will 4TB of built-in storage and Walnut desk-stand, the Nativ Vita will set you back by $3,099 (roughly Rs. 2 lakhs). As you might have understood by now, this music player is not for everyone.

LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: Report

Last month, leaked LG V30 mockups suggested that the smartphone could possibly feature a secondary slide-out display and now the handset has been tipped to launch in September this year. The LG V30 will reportedly be unveiled right ahead of IFA 2017 event, which will kick off in Berlin on September 1.

According to a report by South Korean news website ETNews, for the first time for a handset in its V-Series, LG will be launching the V30 smartphone ahead of IFA 2017 event in Germany. Apart from this, LG is also planning to hold pre-order sales for V30 in South Korea, which will also be a first for any phone from V-Series, in an attempt to promote V30, as per the report.

LG has been tipped to hold pre-order sales for “about a week or two” via three South Korean mobile network providers after the launch event of V30. ETNews has suggested that the smartphone will be officially released in South Korea during September. Notably, the report has not mentioned whether there will be pre-order sales for other markets as well.

LG V30 Launch to Be Held Ahead of IFA 2017: ReportThe South Korean news website says that LG V30 is expected to be priced by the company around “latter end of KRW 800,000 (roughly Rs. 45,200).” As per the report, LG V30 comes with a near bezel-less design just like the company’s current flagship LG G6 and will feature a dual-camera setup at the back just like its predecessor LG V20. The smartphone has been suggested to house a 3200mAh battery as well. It has been tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and come with IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

In audio department, LG V30 has been suggested to come with ESS’ new Quad DAC, which should allow it to deliver impressive performance. Notably, the phone has been tipped to retain the 3.5mm audio jack as well. Finally, LG V30 is expected to be offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options.

To recall, LG has previously been tipped to use OLED display on LG V30 and “old-ish” mockups have suggested that the early designs of the smartphone included a slide-out secondary display as well.

As these are just leaks, we would advise you to take this information with a pinch of salt on the side and wait for the official information from the company.

Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

In a bid to increase security on its Android platform, Google has reportedly removed more Android apps from its Google Play store for the second time this month. Google has taken strict action against two malicious apps – Magic Browser and Noise Detector – acting as conduits for attackers to remotely ‘root’ control the infected devices after a researcher from Kaspersky Lab pointed out the threat in his report. The Android malware carried by these apps belongs to the Ztorg Trojan family, which is notoriously known for bypassing Google’s safety controls to root infected Android devices.

In a report published on Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist website, senior researcher Roman Unuchek presents extensive analysis on the new Ztorg-based malware. Kaspersky Lab says Ztorg malware bypassed Google’s malware checks almost 100 times since September last year, and the malware family is best known for gaining ‘root’ privileges of infected devices to completely control them. Ztorg apps like Privacy Lock and a false Pokemon Go guide raked in huge download numbers before they were recognised as malicious and deleted from Google Play.

Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky LabsComing to the current batch of apps, the first one is Magic Browser that pretended to be a Chrome browser alternative in Google Play. It was published on May 15 and had been downloaded over 50,000 times before it was finally removed. The other app is Noise Detector that was meant to allow users to measure the decibel level of sounds and had more than 10,000 downloads before its removal.

Both the apps, as we mentioned, belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family, but didn’t root affected devices before their removal. Unuchek says the app had the Ztorg digital fingerprint, and speculates that the developers may soon have added the root ability if the apps hadn’t been removed.

Unuchek says the Magic Browser app was being used by developers to either test or use malicious text messaging functions. The Magic Browser could send premium text messages to infected phone numbers and leave no traces behind by even deleting the incoming messages and muting the notification sound. “In total, the Magic browser app tries to send SMS from 11 different places in its code. Cybercriminals are doing this in order to be able to send SMS from different Android versions and devices. Furthermore, I was able to find another modification of the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Ztorg that is trying to send an SMS via the “am” command, although this approach should not work,” reads Unuchek’s report.

Intel’s New Rs. 1,100 Crore R&D Centre in Bengaluru Said to Generate 3,000 Jobs

World’s leading chip maker Intel Corporation is investing Rs. 1,100 crores ($170 million) in India to set up a new Research and Development (R&D) centre in this tech hub, said an official on Wednesday.

“We are investing Rs. 1,100 crores in our upcoming R&D centre in Bengaluru as part of our India expansion plans,” said Intel India General Manager Nivruti Rai at a news conference on the US-based multinational’s investment and expansion plans in the sub-continent.

The new R&D facility in an eight-acre campus is expected to generate about 3,000 jobs over the next 18 months. It will also have a computer software development and hardware design services facility.

The fresh investment is in addition to $2 billion (roughly Rs. 12,852 crores) the chip maker had invested in the country till 2016.

The company’s Indian subsidiary has about 7,000 techies to design and power semiconductor chips for its global customers, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of computers, smart phones and other electronic devices.

Intel's New Rs. 1,100 Crore R&D Centre in Bengaluru Said to Generate 3,000 JobsKarnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and IT Minister Priyank Kharge were also present on the occasion.

The state high-level clearance committee, headed by the Chief Minister, cleared the company’s investment proposal on February 1, 2016 and the Karnataka Industrial Development Board allocated it the land in the city’s south-east suburb.

The company’s India operations focus on R&D, hardware design, testing and validation of computer hardware and software products for the next-generation digital devices.

The Intel India arm is registered with the state-run Software Technology Park India (STPI) under the 100 percent export oriented unit scheme of the government.

Microsoft Releases Windows XP Security Patches for Additional Protection Against WannaCry-Like Cyber-Attacks

Microsoft was criticised last month for not providing free security patches to Windows XP users early enough to help protect against WannaCry ransomware. It seems like the Redmond-based company has taken the criticism seriously, as it has now included additional security updates for earlier versions of Windows as part of ‘Update Tuesday’. These updates are said to offer enhanced protection against cyber-attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCry.

While reviewing the security updates for June, Microsoft identified there certain vulnerabilities posed “elevated risk of cyber-attacks by government organisations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organisations,” Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Cyber Defense Operations Center, said in her blog post on Tuesday.

Microsoft Releases Windows XP Security Patches for Additional Protection Against WannaCry-Like Cyber-AttacksIn order to address these vulnerabilities, Microsoft is providing additional security patches with the update, even to those customers who are on earlier versions of Windows. “Due to the elevated risk for destructive cyber-attacks at this time, we made the decision to take this action because applying these updates provides further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCrypt,” Hall said. Notably, Microsoft officially ended the support for Windows XP in 2014.

Microsoft says that if you are on Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, the currently supported versions, and have Windows Update enabled, you don’t need to do anything from your side. Further, the company has warned users that the “best protection” is to be on a modern up-to-date system and that “older systems, even if fully up-to-date, lack the latest security features and advancements.”

WannaCry ransomware, which erupted last month, hit more than 150 countries and encrypted files on more than 200,000 computers. In order to unlock the files, the malware creators reportedly demanded a ransom of $300 (roughly Rs. 19,300) worth of Bitcoins from the users. It seems like Microsoft has now taken a more pro-active approach to the situation and decided that it should provide further protection to those users who are on unsupported versions as well.

Western Digital Moves to Court in a Bid to Block Sale of Toshiba Chip Unit

Western Digital Corp has sought a court injunction to prevent Toshiba Corp from selling its chip business without the US firm’s consent – a move that threatens to throw the fiercely contested auction into disarray.

The escalation in the spat between Western Digital, which jointly operates Toshiba’s main chip plant, and its business partner follows tense last-minute jockeying by suitors for the world’s second-biggest producer of NAND semiconductors.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the California-based firm has been left out of a new Japan government-led group being formed to bid for the unit.

Toshiba’s “attempts to circumvent our contractual rights have left us with no choice but to take this action,” Western Digital’s Chief Executive Steve Milligan said in a statement.

“Left unchecked, Toshiba would pursue a course that clearly violates these rights,” he added.

Western Digital has filed its suit with the Superior Court of California, seeking an injunction until its arbitration case against Toshiba is heard. It is concerned about how Toshiba, the Japanese government and other stakeholders are handling the auction process, a second source said.

The second source added it had submitted a revised bid on Wednesday that satisfies Toshiba’s requests on deal certainty and price but did not receive a favourable response. Toshiba has demanded at least JPY 2 trillion ($18 billion) for the unit.

Sources declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the negotiations concerning the auction.

Toshiba said in a statement that it was proceeding with selecting a preferred bidder for its memory unit by the second half of June as planned and hoped to reach a definitive agreement on a sale by June 28.

Toshiba wants to complete the deal as quickly as possible to help cover billions of dollars in cost overruns at its now-bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear unit and to dig itself out negative shareholders’ equity that could lead to a delisting.

Satoru Oyama, senior principal analyst at research firm IHS, said Western Digital’s argument made sense from a common-sense point of view and that developments were moving towards a worst-case scenario for the Japanese company.

“Toshiba has more to lose in the dispute because it is running out of time,” he said. “Toshiba and Western Digital eventually have to talk. They cannot afford to keep fighting when Samsung is taking advantage of the NAND market boom and investing massively.”

Western Digital Moves to Court in a Bid to Block Sale of Toshiba Chip UnitA third source familiar with the matter said Western Digital expects to get a ruling on its injunction request by mid-July and that arbitration cases generally take 16-24 months to resolve.

A state-backed fund, the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), has been at the centre of trade ministry efforts to forge a successful bid that will keep the highly prized unit under domestic control. But the nature of its partnerships appears to be going through drastic changes compared to just last week.

It has been in talks with Bain Capital and the group now includes South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc, sources have said.

INCJ was, however, also part of a proposed bid tabled by Western Digital last week that also included US private equity firm KKR & Co LP, other sources familiar with the matter have said.

Other bidders include Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker. Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, is leading a consortium that includes Apple Inc computing giant Dell Inc and Kingston Technology Co.

The highest known bid so far is one from US chipmaker Broadcom and its partner, US private equity firm Silver Lake. They have offered JPY 2.2 trillion, sources have said.

iBall CompBook Marvel 6 Laptop With Windows 10 Launched at Rs. 14,299

iBall has launched a new laptop in India, further expanding its portfolio in the country. The iBall CompBook Marvel 6 is priced at Rs. 14,299 and is available via retail outlets across the country.

The iBall CompBook Marvel 6 is a budget laptop that feeds on a 38Wh 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery, and offers the provision to integrate HDD/SDD of up to 1TB for storage of media. iBall says the laptop is targeted at mid-level executives, students, and business users that are looking for a budget laptop with sufficient battery power and storage. It weighs 1.41 kgs and runs on Windows 10. You can upgrade to the Windows 10 Pro as well, for a price tag of Rs. 17,799.

The iBall CompBook Marvel 6 sports a 14-inch HD display and is powered by the Intel Celeron N3350 processor clocked at a maximum speed of up to 2.4GHz. The laptop offers 3GB of DDR3 RAM, and has 32GB of in-built storage as well. As mentioned, there is a provision to affix a 2.5-inch HDD/SDD inside the laptop of up to 1TB. Additionally, there is also a microSD card slot which offers expandable storage of up to 128GB. Connectivity options include in-built dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI v1.4a, and USB 3.0 port. iBall is offering a one-year warranty with the purchase of the iBall CompBook Marvel 6 laptop as well.

Commenting on the launch, Sandeep Parasrampuria (CEO and Director, iBall) says, “We are ecstatic with the newest addition – Marvel to our range of iBall CompBook laptops. Marvel is created for optimum use and we are sure every business organisation will find it highest value proposition for their executive requirements. It will be perhaps the best option for organisations looking for affordable laptops or desktop for their entry and mid-level executives.”

HP Pavillion x360, Spectre x360 Convertible Laptops With Active Pen Launched in India

HP India on Wednesday launched a new range of products aimed to ‘inspire creativity’ among students, professionals and millennials. The company announced two new convertible notebooks, the HP Pavillion x360 and HP Spectre x360 that come packed with latest 7th-gen Intel Core processors, IPS full-HD touchscreen displays, and a premium design language, among other things. Notably, they are also bundled with the HP Active Pen stylus which uses Windows Ink capabilities.

HP Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 price and availability

HP India has priced the HP Pavilion x360 starting Rs. 40,290 for the 11.6-inch model going up to a starting price of Rs. 55,290 for the 14-inch variant. Meanwhile, the HP Spectre x360 with 13.3-inch form factor comes with a premium price tag starting Rs. 1,15,290. These new notebooks will be available across select HP World stores and online e-commerce channels as well as on www.hpshopping.in some time during the first half of July. You can pre-book the Pavilion x360 today starting at Rs. 4,999.

HP Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 design and specifications

The HP Pavilion x360 series highlight a premium design language at affordable prices. It features a metal finish all around and comes in 11-inch and 14-inch form factors with IPS full-HD display. It also sports a flush glass with multi-touch display, a full-sized backlit island-style keyboard and HP ImagePad. The series is offered with 7th-gen Intel processors with Nvidia GeForce graphics card with 2GB of video RAM and hybrid storage up to 1TB SSHD with 8GB SSD for select models. The notebooks promise up to 10 hours of battery life with support for HP Fast Charge.

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HP Spectre x360

The new Spectre x360 is a convertible variant of the Spectre 13 that was launched last year. The company says the notebook is one of its thinnest and lightest convertibles, measuring 0.55×12.07×8.58-inches and weighing around 1.3kg. It comes with a 13.3-inch IPS full-HD display and the laptop is rated to deliver up to 12 hours and 45 minutes of battery life with support for HP Fast Charge. Under the hood, you’ll find Intel’s 7th-gen processor coupled with 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. The notebook also comes with HP ImagePad.

Both the Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 feature audio systems from Bang and Olufsen for rich, authentic audio experience along with HP Audio Boost on dual speakers. With the HP Active Pen pre-bundled with the notebooks, the company wants to add a creative flair, allowing users to draw, highlight and write directly on the screen. The company adds that the feature pairs with Inking with Office and comes with a number of innovative inking apps as well.

“With the right kind of tools and technology, India’s abundant talent can further enhance its skills and unleash creativity,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP India. “HP as the market leader has always equipped consumers with best-in-class devices, and we are pleased to introduce this new range of notebooks powered with the exciting Inking feature. The notebook line-up with its powerful computing, coupled with gorgeous displays and innovative capabilities, will transform the way bring-to-life and showcase their ideas,” he added.

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions

After coming under antitrust fire from Kaspersky in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware, Microsoft has attempted to clear the air by talking about its work on safety and security – namely Windows Defender – and working with third-party antivirus providers. Kaspersky had filed a complaint with the EU claiming Microsoft was using its dominance to promote its own offering, and creating obstacles for everyone else, including disabling their products and not providing enough time to maintain support.

In a lengthy blog post, Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows enterprise and security, stayed away from mentioning Kaspersky directly, while stressing on support and choice. He noted that they provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program to ensure antivirus software are compatible before an upcoming release.

“We’ve worked closely with AV partners to identify changes, provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program and other testing environments, and provide technical guidance through our Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) program,” Lefferts said. “This cadence of regular updates, along with the Windows Insider Program, affords our partners and customers much greater transparency and insight into the Windows development process than ever before.”

“Also, because AV software can be deeply entwined within the operating system, we doubled down on our efforts to help AV vendors be compatible with the latest updates,” he added. Lefferts noted that about 95 percent of Windows 10 machines had compatible antivirus protection with the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, and so they built a feature for the remaining ones.

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions“For the small number of applications that still needed updating, we built a feature just for AV apps that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed,” he said. “To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began. We did this work in partnership with the AV partner to specify which versions of their software are compatible and where to direct customers after updating.”

Lefferts also emphasised Microsoft’s belief in “always-on” protection, and said that Windows Defender doesn’t come into action unless the third-party antivirus software is incompatible, out of date, or expired. “If AV software is protecting our customers, Windows Defender Antivirus will stay off,” he noted. “If a customer does allow an antivirus application to expire, Windows Defender Antivirus is automatically turned on so that they are not left unprotected.”

“In the case of paid AV solutions, we worked with our AV partners to build a consistent set of notifications to inform customers if their licence is about to expire and to present options to renew the licence,” Lefferts said. “Only when an AV subscription expires, and the AV application decides to stop providing protection to the customer, will Windows Defender Antivirus begin providing protection.”

Though Microsoft has now laid out its defence in full, it remains to be seen how the European Commission will reflect on the Kaspersky complaint. In the past, the EU has tried to make an example out of American tech giants, as evinced by its tax ruling against Apple in Ireland.