Why are so many Indians queuing up to get a SIM card?

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Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio has become the talk of the country even before its service becomes commercially available to users. 

People are lining up in queues outside Reliance Digital stores in shopping malls and other marketplaces across India to get a Jio SIM card. The carrier is testing its services before the commercial launch and is offering users three months of unlimited 4G LTE data, voice calls, text messages and a bunch of other value added services like live streaming of TV channels, movies on demand and music streaming. Read more…

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Apple is planning tap-to-pay for iPhones on trains in Japan

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Apple’s march to be the way people pay for everything continues, with rumoured plans to allow people in Japan to tap their iPhones on buses and trains there. 

According to Bloomberg, Apple intends to include Sony’s Felica RFID contactless chip in a future version of the iPhone.

Japan’s de facto mobile wallet, Osaifu-Keitai, is powered by Felica, and works across the country’s public transportation modes, as well as in convenience stores and fast food outlets. 

Japan’s system started 10 years before Apple Pay was announced in 2014, and is so well-established that when Apple Pay came on the scene, the response in Japan was meh. People there were more concerned that iPhones wouldn’t work with the 1.9 million Osaifu-Keitai readers around the country. Read more…

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'One of the most sophisticated pieces of cyberespionage software' uncovered at Citizen Lab

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An extremely advanced hack exploiting three iOS vulnerabilities in iPhones was recently uncovered by researchers at digital rights watchdog group Citizen Lab and mobile security company Lookout.  Citizen Lab has informed Apple of the vulnerabilities, called zero-days, and a patch is available in the latest update, version 9.3.5.

Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor first discovered the hack on Aug. 10, when he received suspicious-looking text from an unknown number: “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state prisons,” it read.  Read more…

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How to keep Facebook from seeing your WhatsApp data

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Facebook just announced it is changing one very important part of WhatsApp.

The messaging app, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, will soon begin to share its users’ phone numbers and usage information with the social network as part of an effort to build out its own business communication platform. The change marks the first time WhatsApp is formally sharing user data with its parent company. It’s also a move that some users have been dreading since Facebook’s acquisition was first announced. 

Luckily, there is a way to opt out.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.5 to prevent spyware from tracking all your data

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You can never have too much security.

Apple released iOS 9.3.5 with yet another “important security update for your iPhone or iPad” on Thursday. The update is available for iPhone 4S and later and iPad 2 and later and iPod touch (fifth-generation) and later.

The update is the second security patch pushed out in AugustiOS 9.3.4 was released earlier this month.

According to Apple’s security update page detailing changes in iOS 9.3.5, the update mainly closes up a few security holes that could be exploited by nefarious hackers and prevents them from running “arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” Read more…

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Thieves steal $250,000 worth of wheels at Texas dealership

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During the wee hours of Sunday morning this week, thieves broke into a Chevrolet dealership in Tyler, Texas and made off with $250,000 worth of brand-new wheels and tires.

They weren’t stored in a parts room or the service center; they were bolted to assembly line-fresh cars and trucks — 48 of them to be exact.

A yet-unknown number of thieves in a large box truck cut the locks on the dealership gates at around 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning. They then disabled the lot’s lighting system that normally illuminates the unsold vehicles, according to Automotive News. Read more…

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