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Microsoft ramps up Lumia range

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Microsoft has ramped up the former Nokia-owned Lumia range, releasing three new smartphones, the Microsoft Lumia 640, Microsoft Lumia 640XL and the ultra-affordable Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, into the South African market.

Launched under the slogan #AchieveMore, the campaign and the products are intended to “inspire people to take action towards achieving their goals by doing more with their Lumia phones at work and at home”, said Shaun Durandt, Microsoft Mobile Devices’ South African sales lead.

The Lumia 640 and 640XL become the latest LTE / 4G devices to join the Lumia portfolio, with monthly contract prices starting from R219 for the dual SIM version, R199 for the single SIM version and R269 for the Lumia 640 XL with dual SIM.

“People are looking for a phone which brings them more flexibility to switch easily between work and play, without breaking the bank,” said Durandt. “The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL prepares people for anything, with the full range of Microsoft experiences – including Office, OneDrive and Skype – that Lumia users have come to expect, fast 4G connectivity, a great screen and a long lasting battery.”

The Lumia 640 and 640XL offers more personal computing and increased productivity through seamlessly integrated Microsoft Office experiences which come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, valued at R750, which includes free 1TB of OneDrive storage. Both devices will also be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it becomes available later this year.

With the Lumia 640 and 640XL, one can quickly access important documents and run websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. One can view photos and videos on an HD display on both devices and capture detailed photos even in low light, thanks to a 13 MP camera on the Lumia 640 XL  and 8 MP on the Lumia 640. Both cameras incorporate LED flash.

The Microsoft Lumia 430 Dual SIM, built with Windows Phone 8.1 software and a dual-core CPU running at 1.2GHz, is expected to sell for a cash retail price of R999. This makes it the first sub-R1000 Lumia phone.

The device comes preloaded with Microsoft Office, Skype and OneDrive. It also features a compact, durable design with a vivid 4-inch WVGA display that brings apps, games and videos to life.

“The Lumia 430 Dual SIM combines the right hardware, software, services and a growing ecosystem of local and international apps at an affordable price,” added Durandt.

Tech specs summary:

Lumia 640 XL / Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 3000 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 13 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 5 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm

171g

 

Lumia 640 / 640 Dual SIM  
Operating system Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

Free HERE Transit available in the Store

Display 5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sunlight readability enhancements
Battery 2500 mAh battery, removable
Processor 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
Main camera 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera
Front facing camera 1 MP FF
Memory 8GB + free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
Dimensions 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85mm

145 g

 

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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