Buy iPhone 11 for Rs64,900 in India on Sept 27
Apple has announced India pricing of newly-launched iPhones -- available in the country from September 27 -- and the starting iPhone 11 model (64GB) with dual camera rear setup will cost you Rs 64,900.
 
iPhone 11 will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models in purple, green, yellow, black, white and PRODUCT(RED), starting at Rs 64,900.
 
iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max with triple camera set-up will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold, starting at Rs 99,900 and Rs 109,900 respectively. 
 
Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS) starts at Rs 40,900 and Apple Watch Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) starts at Rs 49,900.
 
Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app for Rs 99 per month with a seven-day free trial. 
 
Starting from Tuesday, customers who purchase any iPhone can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.
 
The gaming service Apple Arcade on the App Store will be available with iOS 13 as a subscription for Rs 99 per month and is launching with a one-month free trial.
 
Users get unlimited access to the entire catalog of over 100 new, exclusive games, all playable across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.
 
iOS 13 will be available on September 19 as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later. 
 
Additional software features will be available on September 30 with iOS 13.1, announced Apple.
 
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    How Free Mobile Apps Earn Money through Permissions
    Mobile applications, especially those available on Google Play Store, are increasingly becoming more dangerous, in terms of the information they are gathering through access to users’ personal data. 
     
    For example, a simple app like a flashlight (not many use it due to built-in torch feature of smartphones) seeks as many as 25 permissions, on an average, that are not even related to its actual use. The majority of the free apps seek several permissions while installing and then monetise your data by showing advertisements or sharing the user's personal data with third parties. 
     
    Applications can request permissions to access data or features on devices they need, to function properly. For example, the flashlight application needs access to the phone's flash to use it as a flashlight. However, many such applications request access to more permissions than they actually need. 
     
    In an analysis, digital security services-provider Avast found that out of the 937 flashlight apps, 408 request 10 permissions or less; 267 request between 11 and 49 permissions, and 262 apps request between 50 and 77 permissions. 
     
    "Some of the permissions requested by the flashlight applications we looked into are really hard to explain, like the right to record audio, requested by 77 apps; read contact lists, requested by 180 apps, or even write contacts, which 21 flashlight apps request permission to do," says Luis Corrons, security evangelist at Avast.
     
     
    Any mobile app seeking more permissions than it needs is not only dangerous, but has potential to harm the user either financially or through misusing personal data, thus violating user privacy. However, what makes it worse is the user, who is not aware about these things, grants these permissions without knowing or understanding the implications. 
     
    For example, not many users will think twice while granting blanket permissions to a flashlight app. One of the common reasons I have come across from such users is "I have nothing to hide so why should not I grant these permissions?"  Such 'lazy' reasoning shows the lack of understanding of the interconnected and greedy digital world. 
     
    For example, the same flashlight app may be accessing and sharing all your contacts, call logs or even record calls only to share with a third-party, without your knowledge. 
     
    Apps can request outlandish permissions, but that does not mean that they carry out malicious activities, per se. But then why would an app like the flashlight need access to contacts or even permission to record audio? 
     
    Mr Corrons from Avast explains this. He says, "The flashlight apps we looked into are just an example of how even the simplest apps can access personal data, and it is often not just the app developers that gain access to data when users download an app, but the ad partners they work with to monetise. Developer privacy policies are unfortunately not inclusive, as in many cases, further privacy policies from third-parties are linked within them."
     
    Permission asked by mobile apps and granted by users is a grey area. Some apps that the user wants will not be installed if even a single permission is denied or some app may not work properly without those permissions. Interestingly, not all permissions are needed by the app developer. Sometimes, the app developers integrate ad software development kits (SDKs) into their code to earn money from advertisers. To allow these SDKs to target users with ads, the apps request countless permissions.
     
    In its analysis, Avast found as many as 282 apps seeking permission like KILL_BACKGROUND_PROCESSES, which are very powerful and can be abused for malicious purposes. For example, it could be used to kill a security app.
     
    What is more shocking is that the analysis from Avast found as many as 208 flashlight app requesting the same permissions. "Most of APKs are different versions of the same app, and right now there are 10 apps on the Google Play Store with more than 2 million downloads. There are five different developer groups behind these apps, according to the developer ID shown on the Google Play Store; however, according to my research, I can confirm that at least some of them are the same, just using a different developer ID. This appears to be a developer or group of developers with a monetisation system, harvesting users’ data and sharing the data with partners," Mr Corrons says.
     
    So What You Should Do?
    1. Before installing any mobile app, make it a habit to read about the app, and its reviews. Notice if reviewers comment on whether or not the app does what it says it will do.  
     
    2. Check permissions that the app needs. Granting incorrect permissions can send sensitive data to cybercriminals, including information such as contacts stored on the device, media files and insights into personal chats. 
     
    3. Do read the privacy policies and terms and conditions of the app, as mentioned by the developer.

    4. Find out more details of the developer. As I had discussed in my earlier article, Blatant misuse of national emblem, govt logos by mobile apps makers, several apps under the name of Aadhaar were owned by private developers who were misusing the national emblem and official logos of various government departments.

    5. Install a trustworthy anti-virus app, which acts as a safety net, and can identify apps that are infected with adware or malware.     
     
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    COMMENTS

    B. KRISHNAN

    1 week ago

    Thanks for a very helpful article.

    Sudhir Mankodi

    2 weeks ago

    Very informative. Puts everyone downloading apps on caution.

    50 US states open probe into Google's anti-trust practices
    In a significant development, Attorneys General for 50 US states have announced a probe into Google's anti-trust practices, focusing on whether the tech giant is overly dominant in the online advertising market and in internet searches.
     
    According to CBS News on Monday, 50 state Attorneys General, led by Texas, have launched an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behaviour".
     
    "This is a company that dominates all aspects of advertising on the internet, as they dominate the buyer, seller and auction side," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was quoted as saying.
     
    "If advertising costs are higher, advertisers pay more, and ultimately that's passed on to consumers," he added.
     
    The European Union's anti-trust regulators in March fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominance in the online search market by blocking rivals.
     
    Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites, the European Commission (EC) said in a statement.
     
    The Commission said the fine which is equivalent to 1.29 per cent of Google's turnover in 2018 takes account of the duration and gravity of the infringement.
     
    The US Department of Justice in June said it was preparing to open a case against Google for potential anti-trust violations, thus, putting scrutiny on the tech giant amid a growing chorus of criticism about the power of Big Tech.
     
    This comes at a time when there's a debate whether large technology companies should be broken up.
     
    A separate group of US states announced an investigation into Facebook's dominance last week.
     
    The Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Congress are also conducting probes of both Facebook and Google.
     
    In 2013, Google said it would change some practices after it agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission. The FTC had been concerned that some of Google's business practices could stifle competition.
     
    In 2010, the company received an anti-trust complaint from the European Commission regarding ranking of shopping search results and ads, which resulted in Google being fined $2.7 billion in 2017.
     
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