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Android malware doubled in 2015: Report
New Delhi : Smartphone security is the new concern as cases of Android malware were reported to have doubled in 2015 as compared to 2014, said a new report which warned that, in 2016, more hacks on smart technologies could result in fatal privacy damage.
 
The annual security report from security software company Trend Micro Inc. also noted that the rise in Android malware is owing to the aggressive adoption of smart technologies.
 
"Android's 'MediaServer' component took a lot of hits in 2015. Vulnerabilities found in the component can be exploited to perform attacks using arbitrary code execution. Such attacks could force a device's system to go on endless reboot, draining its battery," Trend Micro said in a statement.
 
The hacks can render Android devices silent and unable to make calls due to unresponsive screens, constant rebooting, making the device totally useless.
 
Some other Android vulnerabilities include the susceptibility of the Android debugger Debuggered that can expose a device's memory content. 
 
The Samsung SwiftKey Keyboard vulnerability had a pre-loaded malicious code masquerading as additional language packs that put over 600 million Samsung Galaxy-series phones at risk. 
 
With the emergence of vulnerabilities like iOS Quicksand and AirDrop, even Apple's phones took some hits in 2015. These proved that iOS users could potentially be hit with malware. 
 
Although there are no current solutions designed to protect Internet of Things (IoT), the report suggested that in order to keep devices protected from attacks, developers need to be able to push regular updates and patches to close off any holes attackers can exploit.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Asia likely to face severe water crisis by 2050: Study
New York : the continent that houses roughly half the world's population, will face a "high risk of severe water stress" by 2050 if the current environmental, economical and population growth persists, warns a new study.
 
The study points out that water shortages are not simply the results of climate change and environmental stress. 
 
"It's not just a climate change issue. We simply cannot ignore that economic and population growth in society can have a very strong influence on our demand for resources and how we manage them," said one of the researchers Adam Schlosser, a senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US.
 
"And climate, on top of that, can lead to substantial magnifications to those stresses," Schlosser added.
 
The findings, published in the journal PLOS One, showed that the median amounts of projected growth and climate change in the next 35 years in Asia would lead to about 1 billion more people becoming "water-stressed" compared to the present time.
 
To conduct the study, the scientists built upon an existing model developed previously at MIT, the Integrated Global Systems Model (IGSM), which contains probabilistic projections of population growth, economic expansion, climate, and carbon emissions from human activity. 
 
They then linked the IGSM model to detailed models of water use for a large portion of Asia encompassing China, India, and many smaller nations.
 
The scientists then ran an extensive series of repeated projections using varying conditions. 
 
In what they call the "just growth" scenario, they held climate conditions constant and evaluated the effects of economic and population growth on the water supply. 
 
In an alternate "just climate" scenario, the scientists held growth constant and evaluated climate-change effects alone. And in a "climate and growth" scenario, they studied the impact of rising economic activity, growing populations, and climate change.
 
The study gave the researchers a "unique ability to tease out the human (economic) and environmental" factors leading to water shortages and to assess their relative significance, Schlosser said.
 
The IGSM model also allowed the team to look at how, under the same variables, scenarios change according to countries. This is particularly useful to come up with country-specific strategies, in order to avoid water stress.
 
"For China, it looks like industrial growth (has the greatest impact) as people get wealthier. In India, population growth has a huge effect. It varies by region," explained lead author Charle Fant, researcher at MIT.
 
Other variables, such as water supply networks into and out of the different areas, and the way population is distributed around said supplies should be examined, the researchers said. 
 
"We are assessing the extent to which climate mitigation and adaptation practices - such as more efficient irrigation technologies - can reduce the future risk of nations under high water stress," Schlosser said.
 
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Silver Innings organises Umang, a unique stage talent show for senior citizens, in Mumbai
The Umang talent show for senior citizens is not a competition and there are no prizes to win, and yet every year, it is flooded with entries from participants 
 
Silver Innings Foundation, set up by Sailesh Mishra, is organising its annual Umang talent show for senior citizens on 16 April this year. Every year, senior citizens from age 50 years to 80-plus from all walks of life participate in the show to perform, to sing, to play musical instruments, to dance on Bollywood numbers. The talent show also includes classical dance and street plays.
 
Sailesh Mishra says, “Unlike other talent shows, there are no prizes for winning the top three positions. Everybody is a winner. It is amazing to see the level of enthusiasm among seniors to perform on the stage.” 
 
He notes that in a surprising twist this year, more women than men signed up to perform on stage. 
“We are seeing a shift in attitude of our seniors, when women were not so keen to thrust themselves in the limelight. It seems that senior women are now eager to share the spotlight or even upstage the men! We wish more senior women come out and participate in public events such as ours,” he says.
It is indeed inspiring that women can multitask so well, after handling routine household work and catering to all family members, they also find the time to explore other hobbies in their silver years, Mishra added.
 
This year, over 100 participants between the ages of 50 and 75 years have registered to perform Koli dance, fusion dance, jugalbandi, one act play, group/ solo/ duet dance, and Lezim.
 
“Seniors love to dance, sing, perform one-act plays…we leave the stage open for them to express their creativity in every possible way. But more than them, we encourage younger family members to come along with the seniors and witness what these ‘old people’ are capable of doing if they are given the opportunity,” Mishra says.
 
Himanshu Dani, President of Rotary Club of Mumbai (Nariman Point), says, "Since 2010, Umang, in association with Silver Innings, has been one of the most sought after event for our senior citizens, which they await every year. We have been delighted with the growing enthusiasm, innovation and impact that this event has created in hearts and minds of our elderly. We look forward for continuing our support for this wonderful cause and would encourage many more to join to ensure we take this event to higher levels."
 
 

Event details

 
Venue: Birla Matoshree Sabhagriha, No. 19, Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, New Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
 
Event Date: Saturday, 16th April 2016
 
Time of Event: 10am to 12.30 pm. Registration will start at 9am
 
Entry Strictly with Invitation Only, Prior Registration Mandatory
 
Seating on First Come First Basis only
 
Moneylife readers may contact: [email protected] / 9987104233 / 9029000091- 10am to 5pm (Mon to Sat). Address: Silver Innings, Bldg. J-47/48, Shop no.10, Opp. Navgraha Bldg, Poonam Sagar Complex, Mira Road (East) Pin- 401107
 

 

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