The boom of cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin, has intrigued many occasional investors including those who want to treat it as a tradable security. But the lack of interest in technology and long wait periods amidst transactions have caused hesitation among many.
Coinbase, America’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, is now offering a solution which will allow investors of varying scale to trade cryptocurrency assets in real-time.
Coinbase entered into a partnership with Trading Technologies (TT), a company which makes software tools for hedge funds trading and market analysis. The product of this partnership is the unification of Coinbase’s Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX) and TT’s tools into a trading platform which will allow investors to trade digital currencies instantly and compare them against evaluation by the “futures” contracts.
As per Coinbase, apart from making it easy for individual investors to try their luck with cryptocurrencies, this move is likely to invite major financial players to invest in cryptocurrencies. This will also allow traders to have access to stock data from more than “45 markets” merged into the same platform.
The partnership, said GDAX General Manager Adam White, might perhaps help stabilize the frenzy of volatile cryptocurrencies. It will also allow GDAX traders to have better trading information, thanks to a range of automated tools provided by TT.
TT provides its users access to 45 markets including Deutsche Boerse, NASDAQ, CME Group and lists biggies like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase as its clients. The partnership, as TT CEO Rick Lane says, will act create a bridge between the exchange of cryptocurrencies and cash-based assets.
Coinbase will soon introduce tools to make cryptocurrency trading more secure for trading institutions and provide them with stricter financial controls over investments in digital currencies.
Security is another major concern and to make sure that transactions are not hijacked by hackers, Coinbase will strengthen surveillance tools offered to GDAX users.
Micromax Bharat 5 Design, Specifications and Price
The Bharat line of smartphones, as the name would have suggested is a series of budget smartphones from an Indian OEM, Micromax. Just like others before it, the Micromax Bharat 5 is a budget smartphone that offers quite a large battery.
This will definitely appeal to user who does not mind having a basic android smartphone. As a plus, it offers quite an enormous battery capacity amongst other features we will be talking about as we go on.
Micromax Bharat 5 Key Specs and Features
- • 5.2-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1280 X 720 pixels (282 ppi)
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
• Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 CPU with 1GB RAM
• 16GB built-in storage, up to 64GB with a memory card
• 5MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera
• 5, 000 mAh non removable Li-Po battery
Design and Display
In the entry level category, a plastic build is sort of the regular thing and that is what we have in the Micromax Bharat 5 smartphone, However, it has a somewhat glossy finish and which attracts smudges easily. Despite the build quality, the Micromax Bharat 5 is still an obvious budget smartphone.
The Micromax Bharat 5 smartphone comes with a decent HD resolution and a portable display at that. It has a 5.2-inch display size and is surrounded by rather obvious bezels. In a way, the display is certainly not as colourful as what you might have seen in better display but it weighs less on the battery, hence, more on-screen time.
Battery and Camera
Like I said earlier, the Micromax Bharat 5 smartphone has an enormous battery and with the low spec list it would last much longer. In that regard, there’s a 5, 000 mAh Li-Po battery, with a life span of up to two day on minimal usage.
The smartphone has the power of five in Micromax’s words, looking at the battery capacity, with the 5MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Although not much of can be expected with an entry level smartphone. Pictures taken in enough light appears quite good enough for a budget smartphone.
Hardware and Software
Handling things on the inside is an entry level SoC from MediaTek. In that way, you have a Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor running at 1.3GHz with an ARM Mali-T720 GPU taking care of graphics.
Also, the Micromax Bharat 5 features a 1GB internal memory which is not too big on app multi-tasking and a 16GB built-in storage. This storage space can be expanded up to 64GB if you want more space. Micromax Bharat 5 also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat from the box.
Pricing and Availability
The Micromax Bharat 5 is available for sale in a number of online stores and smartphone retail outlets for about $80 depending on your location and the deal.
|Platform:||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Processor:||Quad-core MediaTek MT6737|
|Sim Type:||Micro SIM + Nano SIM|
|SIM Count:||Dual Sim|
|Display:||5.2-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1289 X 720 pixels (282 ppi)|
|Rear Camera:||5MP camera, 720p Video@30fps|
|Rear Camera Features:||Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Front Camera:||5MP camera, 720p Video@30fps|
|Memory Card Support:||Yes, up to 64GB|
|Bundle Cloud Storage:||—|
|2G CDMA 1X:||—|
|3G CDMA EVDO:||—|
|4G LTE:||TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)|
|WLAN:||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct|
|Bluetooth:||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB Port:||MicroUSB 2.0|
|Music Player:||MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|Video Player:||MP4/H.264 player|
|Navigation:||Yes, with A-GPS, GPS|
Sensors & Control
|Heart Rate Monitor:||—|
|Intelligent Digital Assistant:||—|
|Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:||—|
|Battery:||5, 000 mAh Li-Po battery|
|Active Noise Cancellation:||—|
|Built-in Mobile Payment:||—|
Where to Buy Micromax Bharat 5
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‘Drive-by’ Crypto-Mining Affecting Millions of Android Users: Malwarebytes
If you haven’t been paying attention to the rising scourge of crypto-mining scripts on websites hijacking your computer hardware to mine cryptocurrencies, you should.
From Facebook to YouTube, nobody is apparently safe from this growing menace, with recent reports even suggesting that thousands of government sites in the UK were recently targeted by crypto-mining malware. Now, security researchers at Malwarebytes are reporting that they have found evidence that millions of Android devices may have become part of the largest “drive-by crypto-mining campaign” targeted specifically at mobile devices.
According to the research published on the company’s official blog yesterday, the fact that most people do not use any web-filtering or security applications on their smartphones is being exploited by a section of cyber-criminals to run crypto-mining scripts for Monero (XMR), one of the leading cryptocurrencies right now.
“In a campaign we first observed in late January, but which appears to have started at least around November 2017, millions of mobile users (we believe Android devices are targeted) have been redirected to a specifically designed page performing in-browser cryptomining”.
The exploit uses forced redirects and Trojanized apps, which are not new, but in a curious bit of social engineering, they are honest about being crypto miners. While most cyber-criminals would keep this fact hidden, this new wave of miners is being clear about its purpose. The attackers claim the mining is being done to pay for server traffic, and will continue to do so until the visitor can prove they are human and not ‘bots’, by solving a captcha.
As can be seen in the above screenshots, the sites ask visitors to solve a captcha and till then will use the phone’s resources to mine Monero.
Malwarebytes has listed the affected domains and also the sites with redirect you to these domains. It would be wise to block these from your network if you have the know-how. Ominously, the company warns that the problem is going to get worse with more such mining attacks likely to hit the web.
“The first (domain) was registered in late November 2017, and new domains have been created since then, always with the same template”. With cryptocurrencies bouncing back from a slump off-late, it would be interesting to see whether this particular modus operandi will continue in the same vein even after its discovery.
Samsung Topples Intel to Become World’s Largest Chipset Company
In spite of a major leadership crisis, Samsung posted a record profit of $50 billion in 2017, driven by a strong demand for memory chipsets. With this gain, Samsung has become the largest chipset manufacturer in the world by sales, dethroning Intel which had reigned since 1992.
As per the earning call for the last quarter and entire 2017, posted by Samsung, the memory arm which develops DRAM and NAND flash memory chips recorder a gross revenue of $69 billion. Meanwhile, Intel scored a six percent growth, clocking processor sales worth $63 billion.
Bloomberg notes that this is because of Samsung’s dominance over the memory chips. Intel, which lay the foundation of RAM business in the 1960s, quit it during the 90s due to pressing competition from Japanese companies and returned to it only a couple of years ago. Although Intel’s processors power nearly 90% of the computers in the world, Samsung is benefiting from the growing demand for RAM chips, especially for smartphones.
Overall, Samsung Electronics’ profits grew by 64.3 percent over the last year. At the same time, Samsung also recorded a 23.7 percent rise in its quarterly profit, summing up the last quarter of 2017 with a profit of $14.1 billion. It also noted the rise in demand for OLED displays for the iPhone X and other “premium smartphones“, though the overall display sales were dampened due to poor demand for LCD panels.
In 2018, Samsung foresees a well-kept strong demand for NAND and DRAM chips. While it is likely to increase the production using 10nm semiconductor manufacturing, the Korean giant wants to take the risk of a 7nm foundry this year. The company is also positive that the demand for chipsets will increase with the popularity of AI, IoT, and automotive applications. It also expects earnings from mobile business to improve with the launch of Galaxy S9.
In terms of displays, Samsung is planning to recover from the light demand for LCD panels by producing more flexible and foldable panels, expanding its business to more ventures than just smartphone and TV displays. Further, it expects to present newer and more innovative products using Micro LED technology with a special attention on 8K.