Archive for May, 2012

Russian jewellery maker in google doodle

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Google doodle has honored Russian jewellery maker Peter Carl Fabergé on his 166th Birthday.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Peter is known for exquisite jewelled decorative objects including Easter eggs called Fabergé eggs. He was the court jeweller of the Romanov dynasty. He died on September 24, 1920.


Samsung challenges iTunes

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Samsung has launched music service – Music Hub on Galaxy III, and with this it has challenged Apple iTunes in music content. The service will now be available in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the U.K.

“Flame” in Middle East and North Africa

May 29, 2012 3 comments

Anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab discovered a massive and highly sophisticated malware “Flame” infecting systems in Iran and Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The malware is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation, infecting computers for at least two years.

Flame is a sophisticated and huge attack toolkit of modules comprising almost 20 MB in size when fully deployed. It is a backdoor, a Trojan, and it has worm-like features, allowing it to replicate in a local network and on removable media if it is commanded so. The initial point of entry of Flame is unknown. Once a system is infected, Flame begins a complex set of operations, including sniffing the network traffic, taking screenshots, recording audio conversations, intercepting the keyboard, and so on.

The complexity and functionality of the newly discovered malicious program exceed those of all other cyber menaces known to date says Kapersky Lab. Preliminary findings indicate that this malware has been “in the wild” for more than two years – since March 2010. Due to its extreme complexity, plus the targeted nature of the attacks, no security software detected it.

This complex malware infections and behavior strongly indicates role of a nation-state behind Flame.

The malware was discovered during an investigation prompted by the International Telecommunication Union to find an unknown piece of malware -codenamed Wiper- which was deleting sensitive information across the Middle East.


Telco’s ARPU marginal increase

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Vodafone India recorded the maximum jump in its ARPUs from INR 173 at the end of December 2011 to INR 180 at the end of March 2012. Other telcos also recorded marginal jumps in their ARPUs, with Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL)’s ARPU moving up from INR 187 at the end of December 2011 to INR 189 at the end of March 2012. Similarly, Idea Cellular Ltd. ‘s ARPU has also increased from INR 159 at the end of December 2011 to INR 160 at the end of March 2012. Reliance Communications Ltd. is the only one who witnessed a decline in its ARPU from INR 100 at the end of December 2011 to INR 99 at the end of March 2012.

More at: Telco’s ARPU Silver Lining –

3G Cost cuts saga continues

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Beginning with Airtel, the race for cutting costs of 3G services began. Reliance, Idea and Vodafone also reduced their costs. Now it is time for MTNL, the state-owned telecom operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. to participate in the game. The revised tariffs will come into effect from June 1, 2012 in Delhi and Mumbai.

MTNL will provide 1.5 GB data usage at INR 350 and 500 MB data usage at INR 149. The costs are competitive in compare to what Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are offering. Airtel in Delhi/NCR is charging INR 250 for 1-GB and INR 149 for 300-MB pack. in Delhi NCR. Vodafone and Idea are providing 1 GB for INR 249 in Delhi.


May 28, 2012 1 comment

Amidst all trouble, Facebook plans to release its smartphone in 2013. Facebook has started hiring for this project and has hired few former software and hardware engineers from Apple who worked on iPhone and iPad.

As per TechCrunch this is not its first attempt in this area.


IPO went wrong

May 24, 2012 2 comments

The Facebook IPO, which opened with a bang, has proved a a disaster for the firm and the banks that had backed it. The share price are now at around $32, down 15% from its opening price at $38.

Guardian published a good account of the factors.