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HMD Global introduces the Nokia 6300 and 8000 with 4G and Google Assistant
by João Carrasqueira
HMD Global has announced the latest members of its family of feature phones, or "dumb" phones, as they're sometimes called. The new phones are the Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G, and they share some similarities in terms of specs and features, including the same Snapdragon 210 chipset, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage, which you can expand via microSD cards.
The Nokia 6300 4G naturally draws some inspiration from the original Nokia 6300 from 2007 in terms of design, but it's been modernized to be more suitable for the modern day. KaiOS can run some basic apps - including popular apps like WhatsApp - and it also supports the Google Assistant, so there are still some smarts. What's notable about it is that it's Nokia cheapest phone yet to offer that feature set, coming in at an average retail price of €49.
In addition to 4G, the phone supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and it has an FM radio, which is enabled by connecting a headset with the 3.5mm jack. The display is a 2.4-inch QVGA panel, which isn't meant to wow anyone, and the camera is also the bare minimum, being a VGA sensor, but it does have a flash, which can be used with the camera or just as a flashlight. There's a 1,500mAh battery, which promises up to 27.9 days of standby time and 8.2 hours of talk time.
As mentioned above, the Nokia 8000 4G is very similar in terms of specs, and the biggest differences are in the design. It has a front panel that curves at the edges, including the number keys, and the back uses a "glass-like" material to make the phone feel more premium. It also comes in different colors that make better use of that design.
Specs-wise, the only differences are the display, which is 2.8 inches diagonally, and the rear camera, which is a 2MP sensor instead of a VGA one. Everything else is pretty much the same.
Both phones are available in select markets from today. The Nokia 6300 4G comes in Cyan Green, Light Charcoal, and Powder White colors and costs €49 on average. The Nokia 8000 4G comes in Onyx, Opal, Citrine, and Topaz color options, and costs €79.
By Abhay V
HMD Global brings the Nokia 8.3 5G as the Nokia 8 V 5G UW via Verizon to the U.S.
by Abhay Venkatesh
HMD Global today announced that it is launching the Nokia 8.3 5G in the U.S. as the Nokia 8 V 5G UW via Verizon. The 8.3 5G originally debuted in March and was reported to be coming to the U.S. sometime this fall.
The latest 5G offering from Verizon Wireless bears the nomenclature seen on all its other devices, with the UW suffix signifying support for the faster mmWave 5G speeds. The device also supports Verizon 5G Nationwide, the carrier’s recently announced sub-6Ghz low band 5G network. Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer at HMD Global, said that the device is the company’s “first affordable flagship carrier device on Android in the U.S.”.
As for the specs, the Nokia 8 V 5G UW is powered by a Snapdragon 765G with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage options. The device also supports expandable storage via microSD cards. At the front sits a 6.81-inch FullHD+ PureDisplay screen with support for HDR. At the rear, the device sports a quad-camera setup with ZEISS optics. The main camera duties are carried out by a 64MP sensor accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle sensor with Night video mode for improved low light performance, a macro lens, and a depth camera unit. The phone features a power button-mounted fingerprint sensor and houses a 4500mAh battery.
The Nokia 8 V 5G UW will be available starting November 12 from $699.99 on Verizon’s website and the My Verizon app.
By Abhay V
Google discloses a zero-day vulnerability in Windows, currently exploited in the wild
by Abhay Venkatesh
Google’s Project Zero team known to discover security threats has disclosed a zero-day vulnerability in Windows that it believes affects versions from Windows 7 all the way to Windows 10 version 1903 - which was the version that the team tested its code on. The company’s post says that it has evidence of active exploits, which could allow attackers to execute code with elevated permissions.
What’s interesting is that the vulnerability that is tracked with the label CVE-2020-17087, coupled with another actively exploited Chrome zero-day vulnerability disclosed last week (CVE-2020-15999), performs what is known as a sandbox escape. This is where the malicious actor leverages these two bugs to execute code on a compromised target by escaping the secure environment of the browser, explains ZDNet’s Catalin Cimpanu.
The disclosure post also adds that Microsoft will be patching this vulnerability with the upcoming Patch Tuesday updates on November 10. However, the fixes for Windows 7 versions will only make it to users that have subscribed for extended security updates (ESU), so not all users will be able to patch their Windows 7 systems. Since the bug was being actively exploited, the search giant’s team provided Microsoft with seven days to patch the bug before disclosing it publicly today.
Google has already patched the Chrome vulnerability with stable build version 86.0.4240.1111. As for the Windows bug, the vulnerability lies in the Windows Kernel Cryptography Driver (cng.sys), which the Project Zero team explains in detail in the post here. The company has also attached a proof-of-concept code to show how the exploit could crash the system.
Additionally, Google’s Threat Analysis Group direction Shane Huntly has confirmed that the exploit is not related to any state-sponsored attack on the upcoming U.S. election.
Nokia report warns of rising cyberattacks on IoT devices
by Paul Hill
Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report has warned that cyberattacks on internet-connected devices are continuing to rise at an “alarming rate” due to poor security protections. The report found that IoT devices now make up 33% of infected devices, up from 16% in 2019.
According to the report, the most affected IoT devices are those that are routinely assigned public-facing internet IP addresses. It highlighted that networks that use carrier-grade Network Address Translation see the infection rate of IoT devices reduced considerably because the vulnerable devices are not visible to network scans.
Commenting on the findings in the report, Bhaskar Gorti, Nokia Software President and Chief Digital Officer, said:
Pivoting away from IoT devices, the report also looks at how cybercriminals have used the COVID-19 pandemic to launch cyberattacks. It said that criminals are using people’s fears to spread malware, for example, it said that a coronavirus map application mimicked the Johns Hopkins University app and deployed malware on the devices it was installed on. To protect against these types of attacks, Nokia’s report suggests that people should only install applications from trusted sources such as Google and Apple.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany for €477
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung announced today the availability of the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany. The rugged tablet was originally unveiled late last month for enterprise users.
The Tab Active3 is now available to purchase via Samsung's retail partners and select wireless carriers in Germany. It carries a price tag of €477, available only in black and with support for three generations of Android upgrades.
It sports an 8-inch TFT LCD display with a 1920x1200 resolution. The tablet is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage that's expandable via a microSD card. At the back of the device, there's a 13MP camera while at the front sits a 5MP selfie camera.
As a rugged device, it is MIL-STD-810H certified, meaning it can endure various challenging environments. It is also IP68-rated for dust and water protection. Samsung also claims the tablet can withstand a drop of up to 1.5 meters courtesy of its shock absorption system coupled with its Protective Cover.
The Tab Active3 packs a 5050mAh removable battery that features a No Battery mode, allowing you to use the tablet without a battery by plugging it in to a power supply. Of course, it supports Samsung DeX for a PC-like experience and Google ARCore for augmented reality services. In addition, it has a quick access button mounted on its side and comes with an IP68-certified S Pen.