Intel to Collaborate With Israel’s Team8, Illusive on Cyber-Security

Intel has joined Team8, an Israeli creator of cyber-security startups, as a strategic partner and will help with the formation of companies that address the largest cyber-security problems, Team8 said on Wednesday.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, joins Team8’s syndicate members Microsoft, Cisco, Qualcomm, AT&T, Citigroup, Accenture, Nokia, Bessemer Venture Partners and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors.

Israel has some 450 cyber startups, which receive 20 percent of global investment in the sector. Although the need for security is growing quickly, the proliferation of start-ups means that several companies compete in every subsector.

Team8 has already launched two cyber companies, Claroty and Illusive Networks, and two others will follow suit soon.

Team8 co-founder and CEO Nadav Zafrir told Reuters that one company will move out of stealth mode in a few weeks while another will do the same in early 2018 without elaborating.

He noted that each of the syndicate members has a different perspective on cyber.

“Citi enables us to see the world from a financial standpoint. With Intel joining we will see the challenges going forward in cyber-security like computing, automotive, cloud, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things),” Zafrir said. “Together we can address the (cyber) problems before they emerge.”

Intel to Collaborate With Israel's Team8, Illusive on Cyber-SecurityIntel will also collaborate with Illusive, which catches attackers once they break into corporate networks using deception technologies, to help combat so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs).

The alliance between Illusive and Intel extends deception-based cyber security from software to hardware, Illusive said.

“Our collaboration with Illusive networks provides users with more effective defences against sophisticated APTs, in the early stage of the attack, that otherwise go undetected and pose a great threat to enterprises and individuals,” said Jacob Mendel, general manager of Intel’s platform security division.

Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Weatherproof Security Camera Launched in India

Netgear has launched the Netgear Arlo Pro smart camera for home security in India. Netgear calls the Arlo Pro a “wire-free, weatherproof HD camera” and claims that it has a wide 130-degree field of view. The Arlo Pro uses two rechargeable batteries and that means you can place it inside or outside your home. There’s no need to connect the camera to a power socket but in case you want to do that, the option is available. The Arlo Pro system launched in India is model VMS4230, which comes with two security cameras (with rechargeable batteries) and one base station, and it has been priced at Rs. 44,900.

An interesting feature of the Netgear Arlo Pro is two-way audio. This means that you can use this camera to talk to people standing near it, which could prompt some people to use this as a video doorbell. You can even monitor children from a different room such as the kitchen and keep talking to them while you cook.

Netgear says the Arlo Pro has instant motion alerts and a smart siren, which are targeted at alerting you about intruders. The siren is rated at over 100 decibels and could be an important deterrent for potential intruders. The camera also has night vision so it is useful both during the day and night. The camera is capable of providing HD video in complete darkness, thanks to its RGB-IR night vision technology. Netgear claims this tech illuminates the scene evenly and provides crisp details about things happening both near and far from the camera. Its passive motion sensor can detect movement up to 7 metres away from the camera and send an alert to your phone.

Netgear Arlo Pro Wireless Weatherproof Security Camera Launched in IndiaThe companion app for Netgear Arlo Pro also has some new features. It now lets you arm or disarm the camera based on your location or schedule. The app is also available on Apple TV, which can be used to view camera feeds on the big screen. Netgear says Arlo can be connected to other smart home devices through services such as IFTTT and Samsung SmartThings.

Netgear claims that the Arlo Pro will get smart motion recognition technology later this year, which will use machine learning algorithms to identify people, cars, animals, among other things. This will allow the camera to send alerts for specific objects, species, or people, Netgear says.

Arlo’s free cloud storage allows you to record and store videos for seven days for free. You can connect up to five Arlo cameras to the cloud without paying any subscription fees. Additional storage can be purchased with a fee.

Netgear had earlier announced that the Arlo Pro (VMS4230) would cost Rs. 36,500. This report has been edited to reflect the revised price of the Arlo Pro.

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55, Mali-G72 GPU Launched at Computex

On the eve of Computex, ARM has unveiled a new generation of mobile CPUs and GPUs at an event in Taipei. This includes the ARM Cortex-A75 meant for flagship level devices, and the ARM Cortex-A55 claiming to be the ‘most versatile high efficiency processor’ catering to the mid-range smartphone segment. There’s a brand new and ‘more efficient’ Mali-G72 GPU launched alongside as well.

The biggest highlight this year is ARM’s new Dynamiq technology embedded into both the CPUs. This technology allows for greater flexibility of cores, allowing companies like Qualcomm to mix and match up to eight cores in a single cluster enabling them to tweak performance, design, and energy, and overall more customisation. Cores can be tweaked into pairs of 4 plus 4, 2 plus 6, 1 plus 7, 1 plus 3, and many more. So for example, makers can embed seven Cortex-A55 cores and one Cortex-A75 cores in one single cluster to tweak battery performance and save on cost.

ARM claims to be on a trajectory to deliver 50x AI performance increase in the next 3 to 5 years. The company claims that the ARM Cortex-A75 is 22 percent better than the predecessor Cortex-A73. Both the ARM Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 are built on latest ARMv8.2-A architecture. The CPUs are designed to specifically handle challenges of artificial intelligence and machine learning, both a rising trend seen among smartphones. On the software side, the CPUs can take advantage of the ARM Compute Library that boosts AI and ML performance by 10x to 15x.

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55, Mali-G72 GPU Launched at ComputexThe Cortex-A75 claims to offer 16 percent more memory throughput than its predecessor as well. It can deal with 2W of power consumption offering up to 30 percent of extra performance on large screen devices. The Cortex-A55 claims to offer 2x more memory efficiency than Cortex-A53, 15 percent more power efficiency, and 10x more scalability than its predecessor.

At the event, ARM also launched the Mali-G72 GPU which is built on the new Bifrost architecture to provide better performance in a smaller area and on a budget. There’s an expected 1.4x rise in in-device performance compared to the Mali-G71 GPU. It brings 25 percent higher energy efficiency, and 20 percent better are efficiency as well. There’s also 17 percent better machine learning efficiency as well. ARM claims that the new GPU is designed for the new and demanding use cases of ML, High Fidelity mobile gaming, and mobile VR. It claims to bring 40 percent more performance on premium mobile devices. ARM claims that all these latest designs will be seen on mobile devices in the first quarter of 2018.

Arguments, Divorces, and More: ‘The Secret History’ Behind the Original iPhone

To mark iPhone’s 10 year anniversary, author Brian Merchant has penned a book for Apple that details the ‘inner dish’ behind bringing the first iPhone to the market. While the book – named ‘The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone’ – is set to release on June 20, and the author has released excerpts from it online, revealing juicy details about the development of the first iPhone. In fact, according to the excerpt shared by Merchant, Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller was not so thrilled about the idea of a full touchscreen, and wanted to integrate a physical keyboard on the iPhone.

In the excerpt, revealing juicy bits as told by Apple engineers and employees of that time. The excerpt, a few pages long, details how the team was brought together to work on a ‘secret project’, how employees from Apple’s workforce – the best engineers it had back then – were whisked away mysteriously to work on a new project for two and a half years. The engineers on the iPhone team had to go through immense pressure to make the first iPhone a reality, with some even blaming their divorce on the iPhone. “Yeah, the iPhone ruined more than a few marriages,” says an employee in the excerpt, something the author heard more than once while conducting research for the book.

While hardware was a challenge in itself, building the software for the iPhone was not an easy task either. Even though, then-CEO Steve jobs approved the iPhone project only in 2004, the software was a result of thirty years of research and tinkling, the excerpt claims.

It gives us juicy bits about how the secret iPhone team was gathered. “Henri and I walked into his office,” [Richard] Williamson recalls, “and we said, ‘Andre, you don’t really know us, but we’ve heard a lot about you, and we know you’re a brilliant engineer, and we want you to come work with us on a project we can’t tell you about. And we want you to do it now. Today.’ ” Merchant also delves into many accounts recalled by the ‘iPod godfather’ Tony Fadell himself.

Fadell, who worked as Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple from March 2006 to November 2008, claims that he secretly worked on building iTunes for the Windows software, even though Jobs didn’t approve of it. Fadell also notes that Schiller was not so excited about the touchscreen.

Arguments, Divorces, and More: ‘The Secret History’ Behind the Original iPhone“When the rest of the team had decided to move on multitouch and a virtual keyboard, Schiller put his foot down. Steve looked at him and goes, ‘I’m sick and tired of this stuff. Can we get off of this?’ And he threw him out of the meeting,” Fadell recalls. Later, he says, “Steve and he had it out in the hallway. He was told, like, Get on the program or get the f* out. And he ultimately caved.” That cleared it up: the phone would be based on a touchscreen. “We all know this is the one we want to do,” Jobs said in a meeting, pointing to the touchscreen. “So let’s make it work.”

However, Schiller took to Twitter soon after to rubbish those claims, and Fadell even tweeted that he has asked Merchant to retract that statement from the book. For a game-changing product like the iPhone, there was a competition of sorts between two projects, named P1 and P2, to become the prototype for the first Apple phone. While the former was an attempt to bring features of a phone to the iPod, the latter tried to shrink the Mac software onto a device that can fit in your palm. Of course, the latter was the one with the touchscreen, the one that won the competition and became the prototype for the first iPhone. But that seems to only be the first leg of a long journey that would change the multiple industries as well as how the world used phones and computers.

The book also elaborates how many Apple executives’ distaste for the mobile phones available at the time was also an instrumental factor in the development of the iPhone. That, and the fears that mobile phones with music-playback capability could effectively doom the iPod into oblivion. Thus, the company started collaborating with Motorola on the Moto Rokr, the phone with iTunes baked in.

Quoting Fadell, the excerpt says, “It was, How can we make it a very small experience, so they still had to buy an iPod? Give them a taste of iTunes and basically turn it into an iPod Shuffle so that they’ll want to upgrade to an iPod. That was the initial strategy.” However, the Apple team did not have many exceptions from the Rokr. Nonetheless, the phone continued because “Steve [Jobs] was gathering information during those meetings with Motorola and Cingular.”

To read more details chronicled in the excerpt, head to The Verge, or wait it out till the Kindle version of the entire book releases on June 20 for $14.99 (roughly Rs. 1,000).

Samsung Pay Mini Launched in India: How’s It Different From Samsung Pay?

Alongside the launch of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro, Samsung also launched a new payment solution called Samsung Pay Mini in India. Essentially, ‘Samsung Pay Mini’ looks to enable digital payments on affordable devices, and for now, it has been launched on select Samsung devices.

Samsung Pay Mini comes with UPI and mobile wallet integration, and it does not support offline tap-and-pay using credit and debit cards like the Samsung Pay main app. Samsung Pay was launched in India in March this year, and it supports both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technologies that allow a user to send a magnetic signal from smartphone to the payment terminal’s card reader in shops, restaurants, and other point-of-sale (PoS) terminals.

Samsung Pay vs Samsung Pay Mini

This way, Samsung Pay eliminates the need to carry debit and credit cards, allowing users to make contactless payments across various retail outlets using specific smartphones. You just need to open Samsung Pay app, select the card, touch the device to the metal strip of the PoS machine, authenticate with fingerprint and the payment is made.

Samsung Pay also comes with Paytm integration, and recently even added UPI support, to enable multiple types of digital payments in just one app.

The list of devices compatible with Samsung Pay mobile payment solution includes Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016), and Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016).

Samsung Pay Mini Launched in India: How’s It Different From Samsung Pay?Coming to the newly launched Samsung Pay Mini, it is a stripped-down version of the Samsung Pay service, and the main distinction is that it does not support the easy ‘tap & pay’ method using debit or credit card. It doesn’t work with regular swiping machines for ’tap and pay’ offline payments, but supports mobile wallets and UPI for online payments. However, if a retailer accepts one of the wallets supported by Samsung Pay Mini or bank transfer, you can use it to make purchases offline.

Samsung Pay Mini is made for mid-range phones that don’t come with the hardware requirements of the full-fledged Samsung Pay service. Samsung Pay Mini offers you the ability to make payments to merchants or transfer money to your friends with wallets and bank accounts (UPI) using your device, similar to other digital payment apps on your device – except it doesn’t offer a wallet of its own. You can add bank accounts registered with your phone number using UPI and wallets like Paytm, Mobikwik etc. to Samsung Pay Mini, but you cannot add debit and credit cards for now.

Samsung Pay Mini is compatible with Galaxy J7 Max, Galaxy J7 Prime, and Galaxy J7 (2016), with other Samsung phones to follow ‘soon’.

Facebook Will Add Fundraising Option to ‘Safety Check’

Facebook said on Wednesday it would soon allow its US users to raise and donate money using its “Safety Check” feature, to make it easier for people affected by natural disasters and violent attacks to receive help.

“Safety Check,” launched in 2014, allows Facebook users to notify friends that they are safe. The feature was used for the first time in the United States last year after a gunman massacred 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Facebook Will Add Fundraising Option to 'Safety Check'The fundraising tool in “Safety Check” will roll out in the coming weeks in the United States, Facebook said in a blog post.

The social network, which has about 1.94 billion users worldwide, activated “Safety Check” for users in London on Wednesday following a fire in a housing block that killed at least six people and injured more than seventy.

It also made the tool available earlier this month following deadly attacks on London Bridge.

Facebook also said its “Community Help” feature, which helps people affected by disasters find each other locally to provide and receive assistance, would soon expand to include desktop users.

Nokia Seeks Core Router Boost With World’s Fastest Network Chips

Nokia launched the world’s fastest network chips on Wednesday, breaking into the Juniper and Cisco dominated core router market and giving its existing network business a boost.

The new traffic routers can handle the greater demands of virtual reality programming, cloud-based internet services and next-generation mobile communications, the Finnish company said.

Nokia’s new products, which grew out of its 15.6 billion-euro ($17.5 billion) 2016 acquisition of Alcatel and its IP network gear business, should help it win business from companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.

For these “web-scale” customers speed is everything and unlike Nokia’s traditional telecoms customers they are still increasing spending on network gear.

The routers are compatible with older products and will also serve Nokia’s existing customers who want speed but must still contend with legacy gear needed to run existing services.

“Nokia will have the highest-performance system capacity in the market, and a lot of those web-scalers, they just want speed,” Ray Mota, principal analyst at ACG Research, told Reuters.

The former Alcatel IP networks business is already the world’s No. 2 player in edge routers behind Cisco, having displaced Juniper Networks, which is now No. 3.

The Nokia business also competes with Huawei in router markets outside the United States, where the privately-held Chinese firm is barred for national security reasons.

Nokia executives expect to take market share from all the big competitors, including Cisco and Juniper as well as Huawei.

“Whether its web-scale or vertical markets (such as banks, transportation, energy and public sector), where we have been less exposed in routers, clearly we will gain share,” Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri told Reuters in an interview.

“This gives us momentum in core routing.”

Simon Leopold, a financial analyst with Raymond James, said Juniper, which depends for around a quarter of sales from web-scale customers such as Facebook could be hardest hit. “There is at least headline risk to Juniper, once Nokia ships,” he said.

Shares of Juniper Networks fell 2.4 percent to $28.60, while Cisco fell 1 percent to $31.38. Nokia’s US-listed shares dipped a little under 1 percent.

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Nokia said it is introducing its latest FP4 silicon chipset capable of processing data at 2.4 terabits per second. The new chipsets are set to ship in the fourth quarter, with routers running FP4 chips ready in the first quarter of next year.

These will be built into routers to operate both ultra high-speed “core” networks at the heart of the biggest internet services and also “edge” networks that link datacenters to front-line customer services on mobile or fixed-line networks.

Telecom operators’ capital spending is rising by just 2-3 percent a year which means Nokia is turning to web-scale players whose spending on new network gear is growing by double-digits.

FP4 chips, which are manufactured for Nokia by Taiwan’s TSMC are designed using circuits as narrow as 16 nanometers apart, skipping 22- and 28-nanometer-sized circuits compared to the prior FP3 processor built at 40-nanometer scale, Nokia said.

Nokia is introducing the 7950 petabit-class router aimed at the core routing market to help it win business from customers such as Apple and Facebook. A petabit can transmit 5,000 two-hour-long high-definition videos every second.For edge network customers, Nokia is introducing its 7750 router, offering the highest traffic capacity on the market.

Mota said the Nokia 7750 can deliver speeds of up to 4.8 terabits per slot, compared with Juniper’s 3 terabit edge router speeds, which had been the industry’s fastest. A terabit can transfer a high-definition Netflix TV episode in one second.

Beyond sheer speed, there is enough processing power head-room in its new chipset to offer built-in security features to fend off distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

BT managing director and chief network architect Neil McRae said the British telecoms operator, an early customer of Nokia’s new products, is already running thousands of 7750 edge routers and hundreds of 7950 systems in its core network.

“If you look at London, one of the busiest parts of our network, we need this platform today,” McRae said.

Amazon Said to Be in Talks to Buy Online Grocer BigBasket

Amazon.com Inc. is in preliminary talks to buy the Indian grocery site BigBasket, as the American company steps up efforts to gain ground in the fast-growing market, according to people familiar with the matter.

The discussions are at an early stage and may not lead to a sale, the people said, asking not to be identified as the negotiations are private. BigBasket, run by SuperMarket Grocery Supplies Pvt, is India’s largest online grocer and operates in about 25 cities across the country.

A spokesman for BigBasket said that it’s untrue that Amazon is in talks to buy the firm. A representative for Amazon declined to comment.

Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has vowed to spend $5 billion in India in coming years as he competes against local rivals. Amazon’s success in the country has pushed the two largest domestic e-commerce players, Flipkart Ltd. and Snapdeal, into a preliminary agreement to combine.

BigBasket raised $150 million last year in a funding round led by Dubai’s Abraaj Group, and its backers also include Bessemer Venture Partners and Helion Venture Partners. In March, BigBasket raised Rs. 45 crores ($7 million) in venture debt from Trifecta Capital to set up new warehouses and strengthen its delivery network.

Amazon and BigBasket have not yet agreed to any specific terms, said one of the people. BigBasket has also had discussions with private equity firms, the person said. The startup has been boosting revenue quickly and has reached break-even in two cities, the person said.

Amazon Said to Be in Talks to Buy Online Grocer BigBasketAmazon has been expanding in online food and grocery sales as it seeks to increase its product offerings. This year, it opened drive-in grocery locations in Seattle, its home town, as part of a renewed effort in the business.

In India, the company has sought approval to invest and partner with the government in food supply. Amazon said in an email in February that it has sought a license for food retail trading from the government’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, which oversees foreign investments into the country. Amazon plans to invest close to $500 million in online food retailing, one government minister said in March.

iPhone-Manufacturer Foxconn Considers Wisconsin for Its Plant in the US

A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election.

A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with Foxconn. At least one other upper Midwest state, Michigan, is also pursuing the plant.

President Donald Trump alluded to negotiations with an unspecified company during a visit to Milwaukee on Tuesday, saying Walker might get “a very happy surprise very soon.” Trump said “we were negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions.”

Foxconn assembles smartphones and other devices for Apple, Sony, BlackBerry and other brands – mostly in China, where its plants employ about 1 million people. It has been the subject of complaints for years about its labor practices and worker suicides at plants in China that manufacture Apple products.

Walker’s administration deferred comment to the state’s chief economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation spokesman Mark Maley said the agency doesn’t comment on pending or potential opportunities.

“It would be great for Wisconsin for a lot of reasons,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, who noted that Wisconsin is already home to similar electronic manufacturers.

“I am assuming Foxconn was attracted by the fact there’s already a skilled workforce here and there’s a foundation to produce more such workers through the tech colleges and the other parts of the education system,” Still said.

Foxconn, founded in 1974, announced in January that it was considering investing $7 billion in a US factory to produce display panels that would create as many as 50,000 jobs. The company was purchased last year of Japan’s Sharp.

Walker made a brief, previously unannounced trip to Japan the weekend of June 2 to pursue an undisclosed economic development opportunity. That same weekend, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was also in Japan.

iPhone-Manufacturer Foxconn Considers Wisconsin for Its Plant in the USSnyder has been increasing pressure on Michigan lawmakers to approve tax incentives for large-scale business expansions in the state as it tries to convince Foxconn to locate in his state.

Michigan’s state Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said this week in advocating for the incentives to lure Foxconn that “we should put our best foot forward so that we don’t lose all of it or part of it to a neighboring state.”

Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, a Republican, said Wednesday he would “jump at the chance” to work with the Walker administration to pass any economic development incentives deemed necessary to land the Foxconn plant.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said in January that a decision would depend on factors including whether a state where the factory might be built would be willing to provide low-cost land or power. He also said Pennsylvania was a leading candidate, but that the company was in discussions with other states.

A Foxconn partner, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, said after a December meeting with then-President-elect Trump that the company was considering a $7 billion investment in the US.

Ahead of OnePlus 5 Launch, OnePlus Flaunts Its Customer Care Services

With the OnePlus 5 launch set for next week, OnePlus has released a new video stressing on its customer care service. In the new video, the Chinese manufacturer has listed out all the services that potential OnePlus 5 buyers can look forward to. The video titled ‘Promise of 5’ was published on the official OnePlus India YouTube channel, and has garnered nearly 1.9 million views since it went live. In the video, the company claims its customer satisfaction stands at 86 percent, and Net Promoter score of 74 percent.

This includes a one-hour quick repair service at experience stores that has seen as much as 90 percent of success rate, according to the company. OnePlus 5 buyers and other OnePlus customers those who can’t turn up at the experience stores due to busy schedules, there is a free pick up and drop facility for repair as well in select cities. Users can call on 1800 102 8411 to request a pick and drop service in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai. OnePlus says it is looking to expand this service to other cities soon.

The video also highlights can customers can check the costs of spare parts for their phones on its official website. For other queries beyond physical repair, OnePlus 5 buyers can utilise Web services like live chat, email, and even a representative on the phone to help you ease the confusion. OnePlus notes that it has seen 86 percent of customer satisfaction with its after-sales service. You can watch the whole video detailing OnePlus’ customer service efforts below:

Ahead of OnePlus 5 Launch, OnePlus Flaunts Its Customer Care ServicesOnePlus 5 price in India and specifications

The OnePlus 5 India launch event will start at 2pm IST on June 22. According to a recent report, the OnePlus 5 variant with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM will cost Rs. 32,999, while the model with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM will be priced at Rs. 37,999. The smartphone has been confirmed to feature the top-end Snapdragon 835 processor, iPhone 7 Plus-like design, and dual-camera setup on the back, based on various teasers the company has shared till now.

Rumours suggest the OnePlus 5 will run Android 7.1 Nougat software at launch, and sport a 5.5-inch full-HD display, with a fingerprint sensor below. It is said to run on Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. The smartphone is said to sport a 23-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel camera at the front for selfies. As the device sports a dual camera setup at the back, how does 23-megapixel sensor fits in the scheme of things is currently unclear.