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LYF announces affordable Flame models with free Jio services
New Delhi: Taking the smartphone war to an entirely new level, LYF, the smartphone brand from Reliance Retail, on Thursday announced four of its Flame smartphone models at an affordable price of Rs 2,999 that come with free Jio services for three months.
 
The four models on which LYF is offering the competitive price are -- Flame 3, Flame 4, Flame 5 and Flame 6 -- and every user buying these phones will get access to the entire range of Jio services.
 
"This makes LYF India’s most affordable 4G VoLTE smartphone and opens the doors to a digital life for millions of consumers in the country," the company said in statement.
 
The voice over LTE is a technology that enables the device to provide advanced features such as faster call setup, high-definition (HD) voice and video calling, seamless switching between voice and video calls and multi-party conferencing on a 4G-LTE network.
 
All four models run on a Quad core 1.5GHz processor which delivers a smooth and lag-free multi-tasking experience. 
 
The screens feature an Asahi Dragontrail Glass for extra protection against dust and scratches.
 
The interfaces have been customised to operate on 10 different Indian languages for an enhanced digital experience.
 
The dual-SIM slots, a characteristic feature of every Flame phone, allow users to simultaneously use a 4G SIM in either of the slots. 
 
All the models are equipped with a primary camera and a front selfie-shooter.
 
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Your smartwatch can reveal your ATM PIN
New York: Cyber criminals can easily exploit wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers to steal sensitive information like your ATM PIN or passwords for electronic door locks, warns a new study.
 
"Wearable devices can be exploited. Attackers can reproduce the trajectories of the user's hand and recover secret key entries to ATM cash machines, electronic door locks and keypad-controlled enterprise servers," said Yan Wang from Binghamton University in the US.
 
The researchers combined data from embedded sensors in wearable technologies such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, along with a computer algorithm to crack private PINs and passwords with 80 per cent accuracy on the first try and more than 90 per cent accuracy after three efforts.
 
The team conducted 5,000 key-entry tests on three key-based security systems, including an ATM, with 20 adults wearing a variety of technologies over 11 months. 
 
They were able to record millimetre-level information of fine-grained hand movements from accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometres inside the wearable technologies regardless of a hand's pose. 
 
Those measurements lead to distance and direction estimations between consecutive keystrokes, which the team's "Backward PIN-sequence Inference Algorithm" used to break codes with alarming accuracy without context clues about the keypad.
 
"The threat is real, although the approach is sophisticated," Wang said in the paper presented at the "11th ACM on Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security" conference in China recently.
 
The researchers did not give a solution for the problem but suggest that developers "inject a certain type of noise to data so it cannot be used to derive fine-grained hand movements, while still being effective for fitness tracking purposes such as activity recognition or step counts".
 
Wang co-authored the study along with Chen Wang from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. .
 
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Pound hovers around 31-year low
London: The pound sterling on Thursday continued to hover around 31-year lows in Asian trading as more UK property funds suspended withdrawals in the wake of Britain voting to exit the European Union (EU).
 
However, the Japanese yen was rising for a third day against the dollar as investors bought into the currency, seen as a safe haven for their money, BBC reported.
 
It has strengthened by nearly 5 per cent since the UK voted to exit the EU on June 24.
 
The renewed jitters over the fallout from the Brexit vote have also extended a rally in gold prices.
 
The precious metal is trading near its highest price in more than two years.
 
On Wednesday, UK and European stock markets fell sharply and the pound hit a fresh 31-year low as Brexit fears rattled markets.
 
Another three UK property funds said they were suspending trade after a surge in withdrawals following the UK's vote to leave the EU.
 
In Thursday's Asian trade the pound remained lower against the dollar, trading at around $1.2918.
 
Asian stock markets are trading mixed after the latest Federal Reserve minutes showing that prospects of an interest rate hike have diminished.
 
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