Now, read while you bathe: Amazon launches water-proof Kindle at Rs 21,999

With 7-inch 300 ppi display, the device fits over 30 per cent more words per page and it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle

Amazon on Thursday launched its most advanced e-book reader ‘Kindle Oasis’ that features company’s highest-resolution ‘Paperwhite Display’ and is the first waterproof (IPX8) device.

The all-new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order for Rs 21,999 for the 8GB model and Rs 28,999 for the 32GB model (WiFi + free 3G). The device will start shipping from November 13.

‘Kindle Oasis’ has a battery life measured in weeks and has fast-charging capability that allows it to go from zero to fully-charged in less than two hours.

“Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book every written in 60 seconds or less,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon water-proof Kindle Devices, in a statement.

“With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, waterproof design, the all-new ‘Kindle Oasis’ is our most advanced Kindle ever. Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author’s world in even more ways and places than ever before,” added Limp.

With 7-inch 300 ppi display, the device fits over 30 per cent more words per page and it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle.

The crisp and laser-quality text reads like paper with uniform display lighting and no glare, even in bright sunlight.

It has a 3.4mm display that features strongest cover glass and a new aluminium back. ‘Kindle Oasis‘ can be immersed in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

Customers can also buy covers that open like a book, automatically waking the device when opened and putting it to sleep when closed.

The water-safe fabric covers can be purchased for Rs 2,999 and come in indigo, charcoal and sandstone colours. The premium leather covers are available for Rs 3,999 and come in black ad merlot.


Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update to fix crackling noise issue of iPhone 8

The update also addresses two other issues

Within a couple of weeks after the rollout of iOS 11, Apple has released its second update to address bugs which include a crackling noise coming from the earpiece of some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones.

The latest update — “iOS 11.0.2” was released over-the-air, that can be downloaded to all eligible devices from the Settings app, MacRumors reported late on Tuesday.

The bug was discovered following the release of iOS 11 after some users complained about a “very annoying” crackling or static noise coming from the earpiece during phone calls and FaceTime calls.

The update also addresses two other issues — one that could cause some photos on the device to become hidden and the other was an email bug, the report added.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A would be a minor upgrade over Redmi 4A: Report

The 5A is speculated to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 SoC coupled with 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB storage. The phone would run Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 9 theme on the top

Xiaomi is gearing up to bring the next iteration of its entry-level Redmi smartphone, dubbed ‘Xiaomi Redmi 5A’. The smartphone is expected to come with updated specifications and design over the Redmi 4A, which is currently the latest budget-friendly Redmi device from Xiaomi’s stable.

Recently, the specifications and image renders surfaced on Twitter leaked by a technology insider portal Slash Leaks.

According to the speculated specifications and features, the Redmi 5A is expected to sport a metallic build similar to the Redmi 4, and a 5-inch HD (1280×720) screen with three capacitive buttons below it.

The Redmi 5A is speculated to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 SoC coupled with 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB storage. The phone would run Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 9 theme on the top.

In terms of camera, the leak suggests that the upcoming budget smartphone would use a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5-MP selfie camera.

Apple unveils iPhone X, with facial recognition, no home button, at $999

Tim Cook showed off the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge screen during an event


Apple Inc unveiled its most important new iPhone for years to take on growing competition from Samsung Electronics, Google and a host of Chinese smartphone makers.

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook showed off the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge screen during an event at the company’s new $5-billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday. Cook pronounced the name “ten,” but it’s written as “X”. The device, coming a decade after the original model, is Apple’s first major redesign since 2014 and represents a significant upgrade to the iPhone 7 line.

Apple shares have gained about 40 per cent this year on expectations the new phone will reignite sales growth after a rare revenue decline last year. The iPhone accounts for almost two-thirds of total sales, and it’s a hub for most of Apple’s other products and services.

The iPhone X, which will come with storage of 64GB and 256GB will start at $999, a pricey psychological threshold for consumers that Apple will try to overcome with augmented reality features and other new technology.“With expected innovations around AR, wireless charging, viewable screen size, OLED, and more, the next iPhone is clearly poised for its largest upgrade cycle yet,” Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Securities USA Inc., wrote in a note to investors ahead of the event.

New Apple TV

Apple also upgraded its Apple TV set-top box to handle higher-quality video as competition from Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more, Roku, and Google heats up in the living room. The new Apple model can stream 4K video, which is much higher resolution than standard 1080p video, from the iTunes movie catalogue and other apps such as Netflix and Amazon’s video service, Apple said during the event. The box will also support HDR video, which shows a more accurate representation of colours. It starts at $179, versus $149 for the current model. The new box will be available for order on September 15, Apple said.

The updated box, called the Apple TV 4K, has a new processor that’s twice as fast as the existing box and four times faster for graphics. Apple also previewed deeper integration of live television, allowing users to navigate between live news and sports streams via the company’s new TV app. (more)

Malware stored in synthetic DNA can take over PC: Study

Discovery of a new hacking method reverberates as DNA data storage becomes more widespread

University of Washington researchers figured out a way to use biology to infect computers with malicious code.

In their experiments, the researchers stored malware in synthetic DNA and demonstrated how that code can compromise a computer analyzing the DNA after it has been run through a gene-sequencing machine.

The danger of such an attack is still years away, the researchers said, adding they haven’t seen evidence of hackers attempting this sort of breach. The experiments highlight a new type of threat that could allow sophisticated coders to gain control of computer systems if precautions aren’t taken.

“This is something [the genomics industry] and the U.S. government should be concerned about,” said Tadayoshi Kohno, a computer-science professor at the university and a member of the research team.

The team will present the results of its experiments, conducted in late 2016 and 2017, at a security symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Aug. 17.

The hack makes use of technology in which digital bits of data are converted into synthetic DNA. Researchers believe DNA data storage could prove far more durable than stashing information on hard disks and flash drives, which last just a few years and can crash without warning. The nascent technology converts the 1s and 0s of computing’s binary code into A, C, G and T, the letters that correspond to DNA base types, adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. Read more