Redmi 5A, the best budget phone ?



MI is the most popular smartphone brand in India. Redmi 4 became the highest selling phone in India and why not ? it provides the best specifications in the cheapest price and have a really good after market service.

Today they launched their much awaited phone Redmi 5A, once again a pocket friendly smartphone. The successor to Redmi 4A, 5A comes with a starting price tag of Rs 5,999. Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes in two variants, 16GB storage and 2GB of RAM, for Rs 5,999 and the 32GB storage with 3GB of RAM for Rs 6,999.

As for its specifications, Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. The phone comes with a 2+1 card slot that supports simultaneous use of two 4G nano-SIM cards and a microSD card up to 128GB. Redmi 5A houses a 3000mAh long-lasting battery and comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and a f/2.2 aperture. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

Key features of Redmi 5A:

- 5 inch HD display
- 5MP front camera
- f/2.0 aperture
- Smart and pro beautify
- 13MP rear camera
- f/2.2 aperture
- 5-element lens
- PDAF
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (Quad-core, max 1.4GHz)
- 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage and 3GB + 32GB internal storage variants
- Dual SIM + dedicated microSD card slot (expandable upto 128GB)
- 3000mAh high-capacity battery
- Dimensions: 140 × 70.1 × 8.35mm

The phone is durable and is great in terms of designs and battery backup but the camera performance is not so good. You can buy this phone in Offline, MI preferred stores as well.

3 Interesting Ways Screen Recording Can Be Used



Simply put screen recording will allow you to record videos that consist of whatever may be on your screen. More often than not they are associated with video guides, tutorials, or demonstrations involving digital products – but there are a lot of other interesting ways in which they can be used as well.

If you want to explore the potential of screen recording, here are a few things that you should start with:

  • ‘Download’ online streaming videos
Nowadays online streaming videos are practically everywhere from social media to websites, video sharing platform, and even video-on-demand services. Very few platforms provide a way for their videos to be ‘downloaded’ however, which means that you need to be online to watch them and can’t transfer the videos to other devices. By using screen recording, you can record any online streaming videos from your screen – then save it and do with it as you please.

  • Save video calls
Between Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and other platforms, video calling has grown in popularity. Unfortunately most platforms don’t let you ‘save’ your calls – so you can’t refer to them or use their content once the call is done. If you record the call while it is on your screen however, you can save it – which can be extremely useful particularly if you conduct business meetings over video calls.

  • Record live or temporary content
Two of the most popular new types of content to appear online are ‘live’ video streams as well as temporary content that vanishes after a fixed duration (normally 24 hours or less). Being able to record your screen will give you the means to record that content, so you don’t miss out and can save it to watch at any point.

If you would like to use screen recording in any of the ways listed above, you should try using Movavi Screen Recorder. Because it will let you record any videos that you want from your screen, allowing you to effectively ‘download’ online streaming videos, save video calls or record live or temporary content.

Although at first you might feel that learning how to download movies from Netflix or using Movavi Screen Recorder to perform any of the other tasks listed above is complicated, nothing could be further from the truth. Even if you’ve never used it or any other screen recorder in the past, you should be able to set up and start recording your movie in just a couple of minutes.

Not only should you be able to set it up Movavi Screen Recorder easily, but the fact of the matter is you can use its features to fully adjust the recording parameters – which will open up even more possibilities. In short you should definitely try it out and see for yourself how it can be used.


Top Five Budget Laptops Under Rs 25,000


Nowadays, peoples are the moving their interest from outdated desktop computers to elite modern laptops, due to the easiness and flexibility. There are numerous laptop devices available, but if you have a tight budget and only want to invest less than ₹25,000 INR, then you are at the right place.

Here, we are going to light up some of the newest top rated, most reviewed budget laptops which you can buy under ₹25,000 INR.

1. Lenovo Ideapad 320-15AST



With marvelous thin design, Lenovo Ideapad 320-15AST is an incredible product which is lightweight and comes out of the box with elite features. The product offers you more than it’s worth, thanks to the 7th generation processor.

Price – ₹23,500 INR

Salient Specs

Processor
AMD E2-9000 Radeon R2, 7th Generation, 1.8 GHz
RAM
4-GB DDR4 (SDRAM)
Hard Drive
1 TB eSATA
Graphics Card
Integrated On-Board Graphics AMD Radeon R2 Graphic
Display
15.6 Inches, 1366x768 pixel
Wireless Type
802.11 ac
Ports
1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.0 Type C, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xEthernet, 1x Card Reader
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Weight
2.4kg
Battery
2-Cell Battery (Non-removable)



2. Asus X541NA-GO121T



With elegant matte finish and incredible sound quality, Asus X541NA-GO121T has recently launched a charming device in this price range. The device powered with Intel Pentium processor, which has an impressive clock speed of 2.66 GHz. It also offers a dedicated 2GB cache memory to run your whole experience delight and smooth.

Price – ₹24,199 INR

Salient Specs

Processor
Intel Pentium Quad-Core N4200 Processor, 2.66 GHz
RAM
4-GB DDR3 (SDRAM)
Hard Drive
1 TB eSATA
Graphics Card
Integrated On-Board Graphics AMD Radeon R2 Graphic
Display
15.6 Inches, 1366x768 pixel
Wireless Type
802.11 ac
Ports
1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.0 Type C, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, 1xEthernet, 1x Card Reader
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro or Home
Weight
2kg
Battery
3-Cell Battery


3. ACER E5-573-C7CD NX.MVHSI.049



With texture metallic finish impressive design, ACER E5-573 is an outstanding laptop with a powerful Dual Core Celeron Processor. The device offers many enhanced features with future-ready technology and available in vivid color options.

Price – ₹23,240 INR

Salient Specs

Processor
Intel Celeron Dual-core 2957U, 1.4 GHz
RAM
4-GB DDR3 (SDRAM)
Hard Drive
500 GB SATA
Graphics Card
Intel HD-Graphics, DDR3L Shared graphics memory
Display
15.6 Inches, 1366x768 pixel, ComfyView
Wireless Type
802.11 ac
Ports
1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.0 Type C, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, 1xEthernet, 1x SD Card Reader
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Weight
2.4kg
Battery
4-cell 2520 mAh Li-ion


4. HP 245 G6 NOTEBOOK PC



With 7th generation elite processor, HP 245 G6 Notebook PC is one of the top class devices available in this limited price range. Its processor is set to an incredible high clock speed of 3 GHz. It comes out of the box with Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, which you can replace with any OS of your choice.

Price – ₹24,000 INR

Salient Specs

Processor
7th Gen AMD A9-9420, 3.0GHz
RAM
4-GB DDR4
Hard Drive
1 TB SATA 5400 RPM
Graphics Card
Intel HD-Graphics, DDR3L Shared graphics memory
Display
14 Inches, HD Screen
Wireless Type
802.11 ac
Ports
1xUSB 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.0 Type C, 1xHDMI, 1xEthernet, 1x SD Card Reader
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
Weight
2.6kg
Battery
HP 3-cell battery, 31 Whr Li-ion


5. Fujitsu A555 Lifebook Notebook



With the mind-blowing i3 processor and eye-catching specification, Fujitsu A555 Lifebook Notebook is a newly launched Japanese company product which offers high-end features in this budget-oriented laptop. The result of this laptop is quite interesting, and customers have given the positive review after using it and recommended this budget range laptop to others.

Price – ₹21,935 INR

Salient Specs

Processor
Intel Core TM i3-5005U, 2 GHz
RAM
4-GB DDR3 (SDRAM)
Hard Drive
1 TB ATA HDD
Graphics Card
Integrated Graphics
Display
15.6 Inches, 1366x768 pixels
Wireless Type
802.11 ac
Ports
1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.0 Type C, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xHDMI, 1xEthernet, 1x Card Reader
Operating System
DOS
Weight
3.4kg
Battery
2-cell battery

Conclusion


We have researched a lot and prepared the above list. Hopefully, the above top five budget laptop under ₹25,000 INR will be your main choice at the time of purchasing. The only thing you should remember at the time of buying a laptop is your requirement, and then only you should choose your dream laptop.

Google Patches KRACK Vulnerability in Android



Last month I wrote about how researchers broke wifi's most popular encryption leaving millions of devices prone to KRACK attack. KRACK is a serious flaw as it affects WPA2 protocol.


But I have a good news today . Tech Giant Google has published this month's Android security bulletin, and the company provided a fix for the KRACK vulnerability that came to light last month.

The Android Security Bulletin for November 2017 is split as three separate packages — 2017-11-01, 2017-11-05, and 2017-11-06. The KRACK fixes are included in the latter — 2017-11-06.

If your phone receives the update and the security patch level is 2017-11-06, the KRACK fixes are also included.

It is to note that Microsoft, which silently deployed KRACK fixes to Windows users without telling anyone, a month before the vulnerability became public.Apple released KRACK patches at the end of October, as part of iOS 11.1 & macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

Google is infact the last major vendor to release the fix for KRACK Vulnerability. 

Details About The Attack


The bug, known as "KRACK" for Key Reinstallation Attack, exposes a fundamental flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used in securing most modern wireless networks. Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, who found the flaw, said the weakness lies in the protocol's four-way handshake, which securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join the network.

That weakness can, at its worst, allow an attacker to decrypt network traffic from a WPA2-enabled device, hijack connections, and inject content into the traffic stream.

In other words: hackers can eavesdrop on your network traffic.

Away in the clouds – The best cloud based web hosting for small business



Cloud computing has become incredibly popular over recent years and we have seen more businesses trusting their presence online e to cloud based servers over the internet. There are a few pro’s and con’s of using this service to host your website which we will take a look at and I will try to unravel the vast amount of choices available out there for any small business looking to use the cloud in their business.

What is cloud hosting anyway?


According to Lifewire, the main function of cloud computing ids the ability to host your website on virtual serves (as opposed to a physical server) and the task of hosting is broken up into different parts and distributed across many different “clouds”. By hosting a website this way, you are less likely to experience any downtime and tasks are carried out by different servers so that in the case of one server going down, another one will kick in and help support.

An excellent example of cloud hosting is used by a little know company called Google and they use cloud servers to handle an unbelievable amount of traffic and keep the site functions ticking along nicely. When was the last time Google was ever down? That’s the beauty of cloud computing.
How can your small business enjoy the same level of service as Google? Let’s have a look.

Cloud Hosting options


The good news is that there is a fair amount of choice when it comes to webhosting sites that offer cloud hosting at competitive prices. The below sites can be reviewed in greater detail here. These below sites have all been thoroughly tested and have excellent customer reviews.

Siteground offer a cloud based platform which is based on Linux container platform which allows for higher scalability and flexibility. With Siteground, you only pay for what you need and can scale resources up or down to suit your business needs. Cloud hosting packages start from 61.30 per month and come with a free domain. Plans offer 4 GB-420GB of storage and servers are located the United States, United Kingdom, Amsterdam, Singapore and Italy. 

Hostiso – This cloud based platform is divided across 15 datacentres around the world and although there packages are far from the cheapest out there at £7.65 per month, the level of customer support is superb and you can rest easy knowing that your business is host on a powerful and reliable platform.
Interserver – This US based cloud hosting site provides their customers with excellent value for money in addition to using cloud servers which can handle even the most demanding websites. 

Excellent customer service and a fantastic sales team who tailor to your needs makes them a great choice for cloud base hosting.

In need of further inspiration? Techradar outlines a few additional options for cloud based servers and should give you a bit more insight into what is available on the market.

When it comes to powerful cloud based servers for your business, look no further than these above options for excellent value for money and ease of cloud intergration.

Researcher breaks Wi-Fi's Most Popular Encryption



Its 2017 and i'm sure most of you use wifi to connect internet. Specially if you are from India then i'm sure you use Jio hotspot to all your devices to connect to internet . Well if you are among those then i have a bad news for you. WPA2 ( Wi-Fi Protected Access  II ) is the security protocol we use to secure our internet connections. But recently a researcher Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven found a flaw by which he was able to break this security protocol.

What is the risk ?


You might be asking well thats great that he have found the flaw but how will it affect me ? Well imagine this. You are connect in your home wifi network and chatting with your best friend and your neighbor ( a hacker guy ) looking at conversation. Or may be you are creating an account in your favorite shopping site and your neighbor ( a hacker guy ) see your login credentials. Scary right ?

Details About the attack


The bug, known as "KRACK" for Key Reinstallation Attack, exposes a fundamental flaw in WPA2, a common protocol used in securing most modern wireless networks. Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic, who found the flaw, said the weakness lies in the protocol's four-way handshake, which securely allows new devices with a pre-shared password to join the network.

That weakness can, at its worst, allow an attacker to decrypt network traffic from a WPA2-enabled device, hijack connections, and inject content into the traffic stream.

In other words: hackers can eavesdrop on your network traffic.

The bug represents a complete breakdown of the WPA2 protocol, for both personal and enterprise devices -- putting every supported device at risk.

Several researchers, including Vanhoef, have demonstrated valid attacks against the protocol. By far the most notable was in 2011 when a security researcher showed that an attacker could recover the code used in Wi-Fi Protected Setup, a feature that let users authenticate with a one-push button on the router, which could be easily cracked.

The details about the attack can be found in this website : https://www.krackattacks.com/

FAQ ( Taken from Krackattacks  )


Do we now need WPA3?

No, luckily implementations can be patched in a backwards-compatible manner. This means a patched client can still communicate with an unpatched access point, and vice versa. In other words, a patched client or access points sends exactly the same handshake messages as before, and at exactly the same moments in time. However, the security updates will assure a key is only installed once, preventing our attacks. So again, update all your devices once security updates are available.

Should I change my Wi-Fi password?

Changing the password of your Wi-Fi network does not prevent (or mitigate) the attack. So you do not have to update the password of your Wi-Fi network. Instead, you should make sure all your devices are updated, and you should also update the firmware of your router. After updating your router, you can optionally change the Wi-Fi password as an extra precaution.

I'm using WPA2 with only AES. That's also vulnerable?

Yes, that network configuration is also vulnerable. The attack works against both WPA1 and WPA2, against personal and enterprise networks, and against any cipher suite being used (WPA-TKIP, AES-CCMP, and GCMP). So everyone should update their devices to prevent the attack!

Is my device vulnerable?

Probably. Any device that uses Wi-Fi is likely vulnerable. Contact your vendor for more information.

What if there are no security updates for my router?

Our main attack is against the 4-way handshake, and does not exploit access points, but instead targets clients. So it might be that your router does not require security updates. We strongly advise you to contact your vendor for more details. In general though, you can try to mitigate attacks against routers and access points by disabling client functionality (which is for example used in repeater modes) and disabling 802.11r (fast roaming). For ordinary home users, your priority should be updating clients such as laptops and smartphones.