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It has been 5 months since the WannaCry ransomware took down thousands of computers across the globe, and yet, the hackers behind it have not been found. the ransomware infected computers over the network by encrypting files and asked victims to pay between $300 to $600 in bitcoins (a cryptocurrency) to decrypt the files for future use.

The attackers further concealed their identity by converting the bitcoins into another virtual currency called Monero -an open source private untraceable currency that is considered to be more anonymous than the bitcoins as it require no account details to sign up. Monero can be used for making purchases in the deep web (part of web which cannot be detected by any standard search engine).

More than 3,00,000 computers were attacked in over 100 countries, the worst hit was Britain’s national health service, affecting 36 hospitals across the country. Globally companies that were affected include Nissan motors,FedEx , China National Petroleum, Renault SA, Hitachi, Sberbank of Russia and Russian interior ministry. Most of the companies were using the older version of Windows Software thus the threat around WannaCry ransomware increased, India was the third worst hit country.

Incidents were reported from some part of Kerala and Gujarat, in Odisha a government run hospital was affected, The West-Bengal electricity        distribution company and the Southern Railway divisions suffered glitches.bitcoin

The damage could have been worse had Marcus Hutchins , a 22-year old cyber security researcher, not activated a kill switch. His ‘accidental ‘ discovery stopped the attack from further spreading, he named his ‘kill switch’ contrary to WannaCry ‘WannaHappy; researchers were able to work on recovering the data to some extent.

As per the bot watching the bitcoin wallets tied to the ransomware attack , as on May 22 the perpetrators collected 48.86 bitcoins- estimated to be worth $104,436. According to IBM and Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Data Breach Study 2017 , the average cost of data breach for Indian companies surveyed is ’11 crore ; whereas, globally, the average cost of data breach in 2017 is $3.62 million.

The experts said “the main motive was not extortion of money but something more. An attack of such high caliber , was designed to asses the preparedness , and the impact of what such an attack could create”. perhaps the worst is yet to come and the world should be ready for it.

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WhatsApp Picture-in-Picture (PiP) Mode For Android User’s

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ALL ABOUT THE LATEST UPDATE OF WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID USER’S 

WhatsApp has finally added Picture-in-Picture (PiP) with its latest update version 2.18.380 for all android user’s. This was one of the most awaited update which most of the android user’s were waiting. However this feature was available for iOS devices long time a year back. Here we are going to discuss few things about PiP and some more updates which WhatsApp is going to launch soon.

  

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Source: Android Authority
  • PiP allows user’s to view any third party video within WhatsApp without redirecting to that link.
  • The video appears in the chat box and cover some upper half portion of display screen and shows the video.
  • The video can be maximize and minimize accordingly and by clicking again you can visit the site too.
  •  Videos shared from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter can now be watched without leaving your chat box.
  • You can text and watch the video at the same time.
  • To avail this feature make sure to update the latest version of WhatsApp

These were some short listed points which explains the PiP. However there are few more interesting updates details which WhatsApp will try to bring in next update soon. 

  • WhatsApp is trying Night mode which is available on YouTube and Twitter.
  • WhatsApp Video Playback directly from notification panel
  • Share contact via QR code Feature
  • Improvising WhatsApp Group call and Video call

WhatsApp is trying to introduce Night mode which is also available in YouTube and Twitter which will make user’s more comfortable for using WhatsApp at Night. More over we need such update. Further more the new updates which we are expecting soon will improve the Group video calling feature, probably the new feature will be able to make group calls by adding more numbers of people’s. Even more voice calling and some other small improvements are expected. Also, WhatsApp is testing Share Contacts by generating QR Code by sharing this code contacts can be added easily by scanning it in another devices, this will be the same feature which is available on Instagram. Last but not the least the video playback feature by which we can see video in notification panel itself. This all seems bit interesting these were are some updates which we are expecting soon from WhatsApp. 

 

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Top 10 Applications You Must Have In Your Phone

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Top 10 Applications You Must Try Before 2018 Ends

TOP 10 APPLICATION YOU MUST HAVE IN YOUR PHONE

There are millions of applications available on Google Play Store and App Store (IOS). It is very tedious job to find the perfect application according to your own need. That’s why we are here to help you out and select the perfect application. However all these applications have been used by us and after perfect satisfaction, we are recommending these applications to you.

1. Launcher – Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher

Source: Microsoft Launcher- Play store

This is a pretty good launcher as it has wide range of options for personalizing your own phone. There are lots of wallpapers , Theme colors , Icons packs and many more to match up a perfect style of your own taste. With a Microsoft account you can access this application and all the other features of this launcher.Besides you can connect your phone to PC, Laptop, Tablets, and  access other applications as well.

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Source: Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher- Wallpapers

Microsoft launcher also allows you to create a customizable feed where you can access your recent photos, videos, office documents, mails, social media posts and many more other things in one swipe.

Microsoft Launcher- Timeline

Source: Microsoft Launcher

Microsoft Launcher

Source: Microsoft Launcher

Furthermore it is very user friendly which make this app even better. This is free in both play store and as well as in app store. No ads plus no extra charges for pro versions like other launchers which are available. Certainly if you like launcher in your device, then this is a perfect application which you must try. You can install Microsoft Launcher here.

2. Video calling – Google duo

Google duo

Source: Google

Now- a -days video calling is an important feature from official  working point of view as well as for personal use. There are many video calling apps available but google duo is recommended  because it is more effective and satisfying video call app then others which are available. This is perfect app for face time and if you don’t believe in me then check out the ratings below. Similarly there are few more application worth trying like Skype,etc. You can install Duo here. For PC version visit here.

Google duo ratings

Source: Google

Google Duo gives you video call in 720p HD and perfectly works on low mobile network signal. It is optimized in the best way and  gives very satisfying results. In case you are looking for any video calling application then Google Duo is right answer.

3. News – Google News

Google news

Source: Google

In this fast paced world, we rarely have time to  sit down and watch T.V or go through news papers but while travelling news application in your device is much better and more useful. The best thing about this application is that you can subscribe the topics as per your interest.  Latest news are available within a fraction of second. There is no need of downloading any separate application for your favorite newsstand. You can read news in almost any language. Some sample screenshots are shared below which will give you better idea. You can visit Google news here. For android version visit here.

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4. Office –    WPS OFFICE + PDF

WPS Office + PDF

Source: Google Play Store

WPS is a free Office Suite application with all-in-one features. It supports  Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, presentations, spreadsheets, memo, Google docs, and many other formats. In addition, the application also includes some other features like PDF converter, reader, editor, along with file sharing abilities. It  supports multi-window mode, data encryption etc. It is very easy to use and you can also connect to the Drive to get immediate backup of the documents. All these amazing features makes this application better than other applications. You can install here (android).

5. File manager – ES File manager

ES File Explorer File manager

Source: Play Store

ES File Explorer is one of the most popular Android file manager apps with all the necessary features. It has Sharing media feature in which other ES File Explorer users you can share files over WiFi thus makes sharing files easy. ES File Manager also comes with an Application Manager in which you can uninstall or take backup of applications. You can even uninstall system apps with root privileges. It’s “Root Explorer” feature unlocks a lot of functionalities for rooted devices. However, the only problem is that it shows ads which you can get rid of by buying premium version. You can install ES file manager here.

6. Browser – Google Chrome

Chrome

Source: Google

Chrome is a simple and one the most safest browser. It neither compromises with speed nor with the safety of site and your privacy. It is fast, safe, easy to access and reliable browser. You can customize chrome as per your type of usage. With collaboration of  add on features, Chrome transforms into even more better and friendly browser. All you need is Google account to get unlimited access for life time. Chrome is best application which you can add in your list. It doesn’t matter you use it in your device or system it is the best.You can download Chrome here. For android version visit here.

7. Video Player – MX Play

MX Player

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After the latest update the MX Player is even more better than it used to be earlier. MX player has introduced online mode. Now you can watch Movies, Web series, Trailers and many other videos for free. All you need is to connect your account with Facebook. Subtitles are easy to download. It supports mostly all formats which make this application perfect. You can install MX player here.

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8. Cleaner – Clean Master

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Clean Master is the best Android mobile cleaner. It’s booster can optimize your device performance and keep your device clean and secure. It has lots of features which includes security, booster, junk cleaner, and the latest added Notification Cleaner feature can block and clean up junk notifications easily to save your time from cleaning them manually. It is easy to use and has all the features required to make it better. In addition you can install this in your PC or smartphone. However you can also try ccleaner it is also comparatively good.

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Source: Clean Master

9. Cloud Storage App – Google Drive

logo of google drive

Source: Google

Firstly, Google Drive is a cloud storage service that gives you free space to store all your documents. It consists of images, videos, files, folders etc which you can access whenever you want  through your PC or Smartphone. All you need is Google account from which you can access the Google Drive Application. You can also share, delete, print any of your documents.

Secondly, every user can have an access of 15GB of free space across Google Drive,Google photos, and Gmail which you can expand by paying some amount. However 15GB is more than sufficient for personal use. This application is very essential to keep your valuable data safe. You can install Google Drive from here.

10. Instant Messaging App- WhatsApp

Whatsapp

Source: WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a free, instant messaging application where users can communicate. It is available for business and  personal messaging service  which makes it different from other instant messaging applications. This application is capable of sending text messages and voice messages, sharing links, images, videos, location, make voice calls and video calls  to any other user worldwide just with constant Internet connection. After that it one of the most secure messaging application. However with consistent updates the application has improved and therefore has impressed many users. You can install WhatsApp here.

Above all, these were some applications which you should have in your device. Every application is available in android and app store. Some of these application are also available in PC. Moreover, you can consume them as they are amazing applications and must have in your phone. Let us know if this piece was helpful or beneficial to you guys.

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