Nokia Sold 35 Million Feature Phones in 2016: Strategy Analytics

Nokia, whose mobile brand is now controlled by HMD Global, reportedly managed to sell 35 million feature phones in 2016. The company was only second to Samsung, who managed to sell 52.6 million feature phones last year.

Nokia Sold 35 Million Feature Phones in 2016: Strategy Analytics

In all, 396 million feature phones were shipped in 2016, refuting all myths that the market for feature phone is extinct. And now, with the potential Nokia 3310 reboot, the feature phone segment may see a shift in dominance from Samsung to Nokia. Nokia took 8.9 percent of the market share worldwide, while Samsung managed to rake in 13.2 percent of the market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

HMD Global took rights of the Nokia brand in 2016, and soon after released the Nokia 150 feature phone as well. This means that Microsoft and HMD Global together managed to sell 35.3 million feature phones last year. Samsung boasts of an even larger number – 52.3 million – strongly indicating that there is still an audience for feature phones. In the number three spot was TCL-Alcatel, with 27.9 million units shipped. Other manufacturers accounted for the remaining 280.5 million units.

“Global feature phone shipments reached 396 million units in full-year 2016, accounting for 21 percent of all 1.88 billion mobile phones shipped last year. Feature phones today still account for 1 in 5 of all mobile phones bought worldwide and the category is surprisingly larger than many think,” the report further states.

As mentioned, Nokia is hosting its pre-MWC event today scheduled to begin in a few hours. It is expected to launch the Nokia 3310 reboot at the event with a larger colour display, and run on Series 30+ user interface. At the event, the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 8 are also expected to be revealed.

Huawei P10, P10 Plus With Leica Dual Rear Cameras Launched at MWC 2017

As expected, Huawei launched the P10 and P10 Plus flagship smartphones in Barcelona. The company has continued its Leica partnership to introduce their-branded dual cameras at the back. The metal bodied device has a lot more to offer than its predecessor with respect to design change, upgraded processor, camera, and software. The device has been launched in as many as eight colour options at MWC 2017. Huawei also unveiled the Watch 2 at the event.

Huawei P10, P10 Plus With Leica Dual Rear Cameras Launched at MWC 2017

Huawei P10 is priced at EUR 649 (roughly Rs. 45,700), and the Huawei P10 Plus 4GB is priced at EUR 699 (roughly Rs. 49,200), while the Huwei P10 Plus 6GB is priced at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,300). Both the smartphones will be available Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and Vietnam beginning in March.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus come with a Hyper Diamond-cut finishing that prevents scratching or fingerprint smudges. As mentioned, it will be available in a range of colours including – Greenery, Dazzling Blue, Prestige Gold, Dazzling Gold, Rose Gold, Mystic Silver, Ceramic White, and Graphite Black. The other big highlight is that the fingerprint sensor is underneath the glass in the front, and supports gestures. To elaborate, a short tap will let you go back, a long press will bring you back to the Home Page, and swiping right or left will left open the app tray.

As for specifications, the P10 and P10 Plus are powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC (4x Cortex-A73 and 4x Cortex-A53) with an integrated Cat 2/11 modem and Mali-G71MP GPU. The P10 comes with a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the P10 Plus comes with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage or 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage bundles. There’s also support for microSD for further expansion (up to 256GB).

Both the smartphones sport a dual camera setup with one 20-mgapixel sensor that takes in monochrome details, and another 12-megapixel sensor that takes in RGB details. It supports 4K video, 3D facial recognition, OIS, 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus, hybrid zoom, and event bokeh effect in mono mode. In the camera app, a slew of modes are available for different conditions with one professional mode as well that allows for manual control of ISO, exposure, RAW output, shutter speed, white balance and more. The front camera is at 8-megapixel with f/1.9 aperture and 2x brightness. The dual-SIM devices (Nano + Nano/ microSD) run on the new Android 7.1 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 OS, and connectivity options include 4.5G LTE with 4×4 MIMO Technology for faster speeds (exclsuive to P10 Plus) , 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, GPS, and DLNA.

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch HD (1080×1920 pixels) display and comes with a 3200mAh battery. In comparison, the Huawei P10 Plus features a 5.5-inch 2K (1440×2560 pixels) display, and comes with a 3750mAh battery. The screens of both the smartphones are protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 that the company claims ‘blends’ with the metal. Also, both phones support fast charging, and Huawei claims that 30 minutes of charging can keep the lights on for up to a day.

Alongside, Huawei also launched a slew of cover cases for the smartphones, and a purse for the phone aka ‘Limited Edition Pouch’.

HGH- Boons and Banes

HGH is a single chain peptide that is produced by the pituitary gland to initiate and process growth and development in children. It also maintains manybiological functions, like tissue repair, brain operations, muscle advancements, energy, metabolism and absorption, throughout one’s life. It is released into the blood and then travels throughout the body. It goes into the adipocytes or generally called the fat cells and probably cause them to reduce in size (extracting fat out). It even enters into the muscle cells, stimulating lean muscle progression, so helps one to look stronger and toned. When it extents to  the skin, it continues healthy blood supply, ramps up the collagen fibre production, and thus strengthens the underlying sub-structure (dermis) of the skin, keeping the skin firm, taut, and suave.

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The peak levels of HGH occurs during the adolescent years and slowly declines with increasing age. ). The concentration of HGH in average male circulation is 5mg/ml. Woman bearing child has twice this amount of growth hormone in her blood. Growth hormone is released majorly during deep sleep, so it is recommended to have a good long nap to maintain HGH, supplemented with balanced diet.Studies have often recorded that adults who are obese have diminished levels of HGH than normal-weight people. These studies suggest the important role of HGH in old age as well as the weight loss functions. The only option which remains in the hands of the physique-craving bodybuilders and athletes who are not in their early age is taking expensive prescription based HGH injections or more rarely the HGH dietary supplements. However the latter is less common in use because it doesn’t give fast result and just augments the original process of pituitary synthesizing HGH, which is pretty irrational if the production rate stops entirely or becomes immeasurably low in an old age person.

HGH cycles

A cycle term is used for the entire usage plan of any drug. HGH cycles (medically prescribed, which is in case of any severe genetic disorder or pituitary gland deformities e.g. Down syndrome, Brain Tumor etc.) can range from 20 to 50 days of one injection daily, with short intervals afterwards, all depending on the diagnosis and age of the patient.

For non-medical HGH cycles i.e. In case of bodybuilding and fitness trainings, the cycle only depends upon the desires of the user. It may range from 12 to 20 weeks with increased dosage of drug per day.. People do not take only HGH only. It is stacked with testosterone itself or its synthetic anabolic derivatives for effective results. HGH only provides the helping hand to augment the process through which these steroids help to increase the muscle strength, helping in performing more exercise with less breaks, escalate bone density, reduce fat (majorly abdominal and visceral) proportions, and induce other benefits like increased libido. One should only consult a medicine professional for advice, before he starts using it to prevent major side-effects and contraindications.

Hormones can have anenormous impact on thephysical, psychological, and social health of a wellbeing. So it will be best if a person utilizes the time when there are peak levels of HGH in the body.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Date to Reportedly Be Revealed at MWC 2017

Samsung’s Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin has reportedly confirmed that the company will reveal the official launch date for the Galaxy S8 launch at MWC 2017 later this month. The South Korean company can be expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date during the company’s February 26 event, where it is expected to reveal the Galaxy Tab S3.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Date to Reportedly Be Revealed at MWC 2017

A South Korean publication quotes Dong-jin who confirmed the details about the Galaxy S8 launch date at an event in South Korea. Based on preliminary leaks, Samsung is widely expected to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ premium smartphones at simultaneous launch events on March 29 that are expected to be held in the US and Europe. It is expected to be made available in April.

Apart from the launch event details, Samsung is also expected to surprise attendees at MWC 2017 in Barcelona with a one-minute teaser video of the smartphone. A recent report even claimed that Samsung may showcase its foldable smartphones in a closed door event at the side-lines of MWC 2017.

Thanks to a flurry of leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to launch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8+, which has been confirmed by support pages going live on the company site. The new Galaxy S8 series is said to come with new virtual assistant Bixby.

Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel and come with two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. On design front, Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The smartphone is expected to feature an iris scanner. Some of the highlights of the innards are expected to be the Snapdragon 835 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM.

Huawei P10 Renders Leaked; Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Huawei silenced all rumours by confirming that the P10 smartphone is launching at MWC 2017 on February 26. The device is largely expected to sport a dual camera setup, and come in different colour variants as well. Now, a new leak has come in showing renders from all angles, whilst the device was reportedly also spotted on benchmarking site GFXBench.

Huawei P10 Renders Leaked; Specifications Spotted on Benchmark Site

Tipster Onleaks (in collaboration with 91 Mobiles) has released what re claimed to be official renders of the Huawei P10, giving us a look at the device from all angles. The leaked renders show that the Huawei P10 is heavily inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera setup at the back, the antenna bands at the edges, and the metal frame with rounded corners. The Huawei P10 now has a Home Button in the front with the fingerprint sensor underneath. The predecessor Huawei P9, on the other hand, had no Home Button, and the fingerprint scanner was mounted at the back. The dual camera setup at the back comes with the Leica branding, just like its predecessor.

Furthermore, the Huawei P10 was also spotted on GFXBench, and it is listed to sport a 4GB RAM and run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This is in line with previous leaks that claim the smartphone will launch in various bundles. The fresh leak reveals that the Huawei P10 will launch in – 4GB RAM / 32GB storage, 4GB RAM / 64GB storage and 6GB RAM / 128GB storage – bundle variants. It is expected to be priced at CNY 3,488 (roughly Rs. 34,200), CNY 4,088 (roughly Rs. 40,000) and CNY 4,688 (roughly Rs. 45,930) respectively.

The Huawei P10 is tipped to support wireless charging, and sport a dual curved screen as well. The Huawei P10 specifications have also been leaked earlier, and it is expected to feature a 5.2-inch display with QHD resolution, and Kirin 960 octa-core processor with Mali G71 octa-core GPU. It is tipped to pack a 3100mAh battery and sport 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel dual rear sensors. At the front, there will be an 8-megapixel selfie camera setup.

The big-screen version of Huawei P10 – Huawei P10 Plus – is also reportedly incoming, and it is expected to have an 8GB RAM. This variant will supposedly be available in two configurations: 4GB RAM / 64GB storage and 6GB RAM / 128GB storage, and is expected to be priced at CNY 4,988 (roughly Rs. 48,870) and CNY 5,688 (roughly Rs. 55,730) respectively.

At its event, Huawei is also expected to launch the Huawei Watch 2 smartwatch. The big rumour about the device is that it is expected to come with a built-in SIM card slot, and run on Android Wear 2.0.

Cyber Grinches Could Disrupt Holidays’ Biggest Shopping Weekend

Online spending last year exceeded US$5.8 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to Adobe, and that figure is expected to be even higher this year.

“If you want to mess with the economy, that’s the most disruptive time to do that,” said John Wu, CEO ofGryphon.

“A lot of retail sales have shifted from brick and mortar to online these days,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Cyber Monday is a huge day for a lot retailers.”

Easy Target for Bot Herders

If hackers want to disrupt shopping during the Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, they’ll likely use a botnet composed of devices connected to the Internet of Things to do it. Such botnets recently attacked DNS server provider Dyn, disrupting Internet service in the United States.

Attackers also used them to launch one of the largest DDoS attacks ever on the website of security blogger Brian Krebs.

“The reason IoT devices are being used now is because they’re so easily attacked,” Wu said. “They also have enough processing power on them to carry out these kinds of attacks.”

What’s more, devices like routers and DVRs are always on, so they’re always available for enlistment in an assault on a website.

“You can have a huge effect because you can control lots of the devices — in some cases hundreds of thousands — and flood a server,” Wu said, “and it’s very difficult to prevent these attacks, because they’re coming from IP addresses around the world. You can’t scale your bandwidth fast enough to prevent it.”

During Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend, the situation will be exacerbated by a legitimate surge in traffic.

“Some sites went down last year because they couldn’t handle the spike in traffic to them,” Wu explained. “You could compound that effect with a denial of service attack.”

 Cyber Grinches Could Disrupt Holidays' Biggest Shopping Weekend

10 Million Logins an Hour

Botnets can do more than disrupt shopping traffic during Black Friday-Cyber Monday weekend. They can crack into user accounts at e-commerce sites, using the millions of username and password pairs available on the Internet from hundreds of recent data breaches.

“Because human beings resuse their passwords, that attacker is going to be successful when he uses a password stolen from another website,” said Omri Iluz, CEO of PerimeterX.

“On average, a person uses six passwords for all their online activity,” he noted.

“These attacks are very successful,” Iluz told TechNewsWorld. “With 10,000 bots, thousands of accounts can be compromised in a matter of hours.”

Automation is crucial to those kinds of attacks, however, he said. “It’s only meaningful if they can run 10 million or more login attempts in an hour to get the success rate they need.”

Gift Card Scams on Steroids

Digital desperadoes also have brought the power of bots to another holiday scam: compromising gift cards. After figuring out how gift card numbers are generated for a retailer, an attacker can write a script for the botnet to execute to determine if there’s a balance on the card.

A hacker could check tens or hundreds of millions of combinations in that way and then register and sell cards discovered to have a balance.

Unsafe mobile apps also might victimize Black Friday-Cyber Monday shoppers.

Researchers found 5,198 Black Friday apps in global app stores for a recent RiskIQ study. Of those, one in 10 already had been tagged as malicious and unsafe to use.

Be Paranoid

Online bandits also are exploiting the reputation of some of the largest e-commerce sites on the Web to prey on consumers.

The top five brands leading in e-commerce have had a combined total of more than 1,950 blacklisted URLs that contain their branded terms as well as “Black Friday” and are linked to spam, malware or phishing, the RiskIQ report notes.

The same is true of apps from those brands. More than 1 million blacklisted apps reference one of the leading e-commerce brands in either their title or description, according to the study.

While consumers can’t do anything about a DDoS attack on one of their favorite shopping sites, they can protect themselves from attacks aimed directly at them.

“Consumers need to be paranoid about what kinds of things people might do to lure them into scams,” said Venkat Rajaji, senior vice president for marketing at Core Security.

“You’ve got to keep your guard up during the holiday season. Don’t click on any link in a consumer email unless it’s a highly, highly trusted source,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“You’ve got to be paranoid,” Rajaji added. “You’ve got to assume the worst when you’re shopping.”

Breach Diary

  • Nov. 14. Data breach at Friend Finder Network places at risk personal information in more than 412 million accounts.
  • Nov. 14. Adobe agrees to pay $1 million to 15 states to settle case stemming from 2013 data breach at the company, which resulted in unauthorized access to accounts of some 552,000 people.
  • Nov. 15. Seventeen-year-old boy pleads guilty in UK to data breach last year at telecommunications provider TalkTalk, which resulted in unauthorized access to personal data of nearly 160,000 people.
  • Nov. 15. TalkTalk reports profits more than doubled to $75 million from $31 million during the 12 months following a data breach at the telecommunications provider.
  • Nov. 15. Kryptowire discovers several models of Android mobile devices sold through major U.S.-based online retailers, which contain firmware that collects sensitive personal information without the owner’s knowledge or consent, and sends it to third-party servers.
  • Nov. 16. Workers at Indian security firm AI Solutions discovered selling phone records of Australians from call centers of Optus, Telstra and Vodaphone.
  • Nov. 16. Database configuration error exposes to public Internet personal information of nearly 25,000 members of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 104 in California.
  • Nov. 16. Protenus reports month-to-month decline in healthcare data breaches to 35 in October from 37 in September, although the number of patient records compromised increased to 776,533 from 246,876.
  • Nov. 16. Personal records of more than 34 million residents of the Indian state of Kerala were posted to Facebook by a hacker disenchanted with the security of the state’s computer systems, GulfNews reports.
  • Nov. 17. Chicago Public Schools notifies families of some 30,000 students that confidential information about them was shared improperly with a charter school operator for use in a mail advertising campaign.
  • Nov. 18. The Three mobile network in the UK reports personal information of more than 130,000 customers was compromised by data breach made public earlier in the week and for which three men were arrested on Wednesday.
  • Nov. 18. Michigan State University announces it will notify some 400,000 current and former students and staff of data breach that has compromised their personal information.
  • Nov. 19. Russian telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor discovers data breaches at 55 websites that contain personal information of children who have written to “Father Frost,” the Russian Santa Claus.

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  • Nov. 29, Secure Your Enterprise to Maintain Quality of Care. 5 a.m. ET. Webinar by Alto Networks, Free with registration.
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., South Las Vegas, Nevada. Registration: $2,850; public sector, $2,350.
  • Nov. 30. Smart Cities & Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attack Vulnerabilities. 9 a.m. ET. Webinar by Cyber Education Centre. Free with registration.
  • Nov. 30. How is Data Analytics Reducing Payments Fraud? 10 a.m. ET. Webinar by BrightTalk and Fiserv. Free with registration.
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  • Dec. 1. The Big Challenge of Big Data: Untangling the Security Conundrum. 11 a.m. ET. Webinar by Gemalto. Free with registration.
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$5 PoisonTap Tool Easily Breaks Into Locked PCs

Proving once again that you can do a lot of damage with a little investment and a lot of ingenuity, security researcher Samy Kamkar recently managed to take down a locked, password-protected computer armed with only a US$5 Raspberry Pi.

The low-tech cookie-siphoning intrusion is one of Kamkar’s simplest hacks ever. He previously has unlocked car doors, garages, wireless remote cameras and other devices, with MacGyver-like precision.

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Kamkar’s latest hack, PoisonTap, uses a Raspberry Pi Zero, a micro SD card, and a micro USB cable or other device that emulates USB, including USB Armory or LAN Turtle.

Windows, OS X and Linux recognize PoisonTap as an Ethernet device, load it as a low-priority network device, and perform a DHCP request across it, even if the computer is locked or password-protected, Kamkar explained.

PoisonTap provides the computer with an IP address. However, the DHCP response tells the machine that the IPv4 space is part of PoisonTap’s local network, rather than a small subnet, he said.

If a Web browser is running in the background, one of the open pages will perform an HTTP request in the background, noted Kamkar. PoisonTap responds with a spoof, returning its own address, and the HTTP request hits the PoisonTap Web server.

When the node Web server gets the request, PoisonTap’s response is interpreted as HTML or JavaScript.

The attacker is able to hijack all Internet traffic from the machine and siphon and store HTTP cookies from the Web browser or the top 1,000,000 Alexa websites.

 Low-Cost Havoc

“The PoisonTap project is an extremely clever and creative attack that can have serious consequences,” said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president for cloud research at Trend Micro.

“The code is public, and hardware required to run it is only a few dollars, which increases the risk to average users,” he told TechNewsWorld. “However, it still takes some effort for an attacker to steal the user’s data.”

For the device to work, the attacker needs physical access to the machine while a Web browser is running in the background, noted a Symantec researcher in comments provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Jenn Foss.

The risk is lower when a machine has restricted physical access. The risk is higher when a machine is in the public domain, where anyone potentially has access to it — for example, at a sidewalk cafe.

Open Source Factor

It might be easier to build a solution to the hack, given that Kamkar’s attack was conducted over an open source language, suggested the Symantec researcher. “If someone slips a secret backdoor into an open source project, chances are someone will find it quickly. Often open source is quicker to address vulnerabilities as an open source community can be very large.”

In addition, if someone creates a tool and the source code is publicly available, anyone can read the code and develop proper protection for the future, the Symantec researcher pointed out.

“It’s certainly very creative work, and it shows just how many attack vectors exist that we’ve yet to really consider,” remarked Troy Hunt, Microsoft MVP-Developer Security.

“However, it also requires physical access — and once you get to that point, there’s a lot of avenues available to an attacker,” he told TechNewsWorld.

The use of HTTPS could have crippled this particular attack, Hunt noted, and we don’t normally think of that as being a defense against an adversary with physical access.

Google Maps for Android Redesigned for Easier Access to Useful Features

Google has redesigned its Maps app for Android to provide users with easier access to some of the most useful features within the app. With the latest design overhaul, three tabs – Places, Driving, and Transit are accessible right from the bottom of app’s home screen with a simple tap. Google says that the real-time information from these bottom bar navigation tabs will help users in finding a nearby restaurant, beating the traffic, or catching the next available bus.

Google Maps for Android Redesigned for Easier Access to Useful Features

With a quick swipe up from the Places tab, users will be able to find places to eat or drink with curated lists like ‘best dinners’, ‘cheap eats’, or ‘business dining’ around their current location or the location they choose, the search giant said in its blog post. Google Maps for Android can also choose to search for ATMs, pharmacies, or gas stations with just a tap.

The other two tabs on the bottom bar are concerned directly with commute needs of the app users. If you feel like driving and have saved your work and home address already in the app, you can go to the Driving tab and you will get real-time ETAs to home and work. Further you get the traffic conditions nearby as well as the expected delays on your route. “If you don’t need turn-by-turn directions but want real-time traffic info as you take your usual route, you can tap on “start driving” to go directly into driving mode,” Google added about the update to Maps for Android.

If you feel like taking public transport, you need to head to the Transit tab on Google Maps for Android and you will get recommendations for buses or trains as well as ETA to your work or home. You can of course swipe down and check out schedules if you are headed somewhere else.

Considering that the options were a little scattered in the earlier version of Google Maps, it is a welcome design change that makes the interface look clean and easy-to-use. Google says that it has started rolling out the update, but hasn’t clarified whether it’s a new version of the app or a server-side change. However, there has been no word regarding the design overhaul on the iOS counterpart of the app as of now from the company.

LG G6 Launch Invite Teases Bezel-Less Display; Release Date for Select Markets Rumoured

LG’s next flagship smartphone, the G6, is all set to be unveiled at a pre-event on February 26 ahead of MWC 2017. The South Korean company after a ‘save the date’ confirmation for the event has now started sending official media invitations for the February 26 event. Additionally, prolific tipster Evan Blass has claimed availability details of the LG G6.

LG G6 Launch Invite Teases Bezel-Less Display; Release Date for Select Markets RumouredLG’s official invite, shared by CNET, shows “Big Screen. That Fits” tagline with two images. One of the images shows a large screen with no bezels while another image shows how easily the device will fit into the hands. The new teaser image seemingly confirms that the LG G6 may sport a bezel-less design at the front. Earlier leaks have pointed that the LG G6 will feature a 5.7-inch – which was shown off by LG Display last month – and will sport an unusual aspect ratio of 2:1. One of the biggest highlights of the design is said to be the sleek bezels and the upcoming flagship is expected to feature screen-to-bezel ratio of over 90 percent.

In a separate news, Blass reports LG’s flagship will be going on sale soon after the MWC 2017 trade show at least in the homeland, South Korea. According to planning material reviewed by VentureBeat, the LG G6 will go on sale on March 9 in South Korea. In US, the smartphone however will be slightly delayed and will go on sale only on April 7.

Several leaks have pointed that the LG G6 will sport metal design which will be a departure from the company’s current plastic body in the LG G5, which sports a modular design. LG is also rumoured to run additional safety tests on the G6 ahead of its actual launch. Some of the highlights of the handset are said to be the first non-Pixel smartphone to come preloaded with Google Assistant out-of-the-box; dual-rear camera setup; waterproofing capability with IP68 certification, and featuring latest Snapdragon 835 processor.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Uber Hires Veteran NASA Engineer to Develop Flying Cars

In 2010, an advanced aircraft engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center named Mark Moore published a white paper outlining the feasibility of electric aircrafts that could take off and land like helicopters but were smaller and quieter. The vehicles would be capable of providing a speedy alternative to the dreary morning commute.

Uber Hires Veteran NASA Engineer to Develop Flying CarsMoore’s research into so-called VTOL-short for vertical takeoff and landing, or more colloquially, flying cars-inspired at least one billionaire technologist. After reading the white paper, Google co-founder Larry Page secretly started and financed two Silicon Valley startups, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, to develop the technology, Bloomberg Businessweek reported last summer.

Now Moore is leaving the confines of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he has spent the last 30 years, to join one of Google’s rivals: Uber Technologies. Moore is taking on a new role as director of engineering for aviation at the ride-hailing company, working on a flying car initiative known as Uber Elevate. “I can’t think of another company in a stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real,” he says.

Uber isn’t constructing a flying car yet. In its own white paper published last October, the company laid out a radical vision for airborne commutes and identified technical challenges it said it wanted to help the nascent industry solve, like noise pollution, vehicle efficiency and limited battery life. Moore consulted on the paper and was impressed by the company’s vision and potential impact.

Moore acknowledged that many obstacles stand in the way, and they’re not only technical. He says each flying car company would need to independently negotiate with suppliers to get prices down, and lobby regulators to certify aircrafts and relax air-traffic restrictions. But he says Uber, with its 55 million active riders, can uniquely demonstrate that there could be a massive, profitable and safe market. “If you don’t have a business case that makes economic sense, than all of this is just a wild tech game and not really a wise investment,” Moore says.

Uber’s vision is a seductive one, particularly for sci-fi fans. The company envisions people taking conventional Ubers from their homes to nearby “vertiports” that dot residential neighborhoods. Then they would zoom up into the air and across town to the vertiport closest to their offices. (“We don’t need stinking bridges!” says Moore.) These air taxis will only need ranges of between 50 to 100 miles, and Moore thinks that they can be at least partially recharged while passengers are boarding or exiting the aircraft. He also predicts we’ll see several well-engineered flying cars in the next one to three years and that there will be human pilots, at least managing the onboard computers, for the foreseeable future.

His move to Uber is a risky one. Moore says he’s leaving NASA one year before he’s eligible for retirement and walking away from a significant percentage of his pension and free health care for life “to be in the right place at the right time to make this market real.” (Though it’s probably safe to say that Uber, with some $11 billion on its balance sheet, is making it worth his while.) Moore seems to be disillusioned with NASA, saying the agency is leaving promising new aviation markets to the private industry. “It’s the federal government who is best positioned to overcome extremely high levels of risks,” he says.

While NASA is larded with layers of bureaucracy and management, Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick has been closely involved in hatching his company’s flying car plans, Moore says. That is, when he’s not distracted with his own political crises, such as his role on President Donald Trump’s advisory council, which he relinquished last week after criticism from customers, drivers and employees.

Kalanick’s bet on Uber Elevate is another indication that while Silicon Valley seems on the surface to be consumed with politics and protests these days, the march into the future continues apace.