Interesting to know that hackers threatens Football World-Cup to be staged in Brazil.

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Hackers have joined protests against the football World Cup to be held in Brazil by threatening to attack the event through jamming websites and data theft.
Millions of ordinary Brazilians have already voiced their protest against the country’s government spending some 33bn reais (£8.4bn) on the event instead on public services, transparency and the fight against corruption.

Now Reuters has revealed the country’s prominent cyber-attackers were already scheming how to disrupt the event, starting on 12 June.

“We are already making plans,” said an alleged hacker who goes by the nom de guerre of Eduarda Dioratto. “I don’t think there is much they can do to stop us.”

Reuters contacted Dioratto and other self-proclaimed members of the international hacker network known as the Anonymous by finding them online. Though unable to confirm their true identities, Reuters spoke with them in the interest of understanding their threats and what impact they might have on the World Cup.

Websites of FIFA, the Brazilian government and the event’s corporate sponsors are among the most likely targets of the attack.

“The attacks will be directed against official websites and those of companies sponsoring the Cup,” a hacker known as Che Commodore said.

While Brazil has been investing heavily to complete sports facilities and infrastructure needed for the World Cup, the country’s frail telecommunications networks have received little attention.

Apart from network overload, a widespread use of stolen software and little investment into online security, Brazil is also home to one of the world’s most sophisticated cyber-criminal communities. The Brazilian hackers already managed to disrupt sales of the World Cup tickets.

“It’s not a question of whether the Cup will be targeted, but when,” said William Beer, a cyber-security expert with the consultancy firm Alvarez & Marsal. “So resilience and response become extremely important.”

Brazilian officials say they are prepared to face the threat.

“It would be reckless for any nation to say it’s 100 percent prepared for a threat,” said General José Carlos dos Santos, the head of the cyber command for Brazil’s army. “But Brazil is prepared to respond to the most likely cyber threats.”

A FIFA spokesperson declined to comment on online security.

The Anonymous, the hacking group involved, made themselves noticed internationally by their attacks against the US Central Intelligence Agency, Sony and even the Vatican.

In 2012, they managed to disable websites of Brazil’s prominent banks, using the denial of service strategy.

Though some have expressed concerns the Anonymous could attempt to hack Brazil’s national infrastructure including power grids, communication network and air traffic control services, the group said it didn’t aim to do anything that would harm Brazilian people.

Scientists discover new quasiparticle called a “quantum droplet” or “dropleton”

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JILA physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder have discovered a new semiconductor quasiparticle called a “quantum droplet” or “dropleton”.

Quasiparticles are groups of smaller particles that act together in a predictable way, and in the dropleton the particles briefly condense into a liquid-like droplet. Pressure from the surrounding plasma only holds the dropleton together for 25 picoseconds, 25 trillionths of a second, but this is long enough for scientists to see how it interacts with light.

The researchers created the quasiparticles by pulsing an ultrafast red laser through a gallium-arsenide semiconductor at 100 million times per second. These pulses form excitons, with more electron-hole pairs created as the intensity increases, and dropletons forming when exciton density reaches a certain level.

Meet the world’s first self destruct smartphone with a design and features like no other.

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Boeing Co (BA.N) on Wednesday unveiled a smartphone that appears to come straight from a James Bond spy movie.

In addition to encrypting calls, any attempt to open the casing of the Boeing Black Smartphone deletes all data and renders the device inoperable.

The secure phone marks an extension of the communications arm of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes.

Such a phone might have prevented damage to Washington’s diplomacy in Ukraine from a leaked telephone call. A senior U.S. State Department officer and the ambassador to Ukraine apparently used unencrypted cellphones for a call about political developments in Ukraine that became public.

Boeing’s tamper-proof phone is aimed at government agencies and contractors who need to keep communication and data secure, according to Boeing and filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Made in the United States, the phone runs on Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) Android operating system. The 5.2-by-2.7-inch handset, slightly larger than an iPhone, uses dual SIM cards to enable it to access multiple cell networks instead of a single network like a normal cellphone.

Due to the phone’s security features, Boeing is releasing few details about the wireless network operators or manufacturer it is working with, and has not provided a price or date by which the phone might be widely available, but said it has begun offering the phone to potential customers.

Boeing’s website says the phone can be configured to connect with biometric sensors or satellites. Other attachments can extend battery life or use solar power.

The phone can operate on the WCDMA, GSM and LTE frequency bands and offers WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The company has been developing the phone for 36 months, said Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Yeamans.

“We saw a need for our customers in a certain market space” that Boeing could meet with its technology expertise, she said.

A sample purchase contract submitted to the FCC says the phone would be sold directly by Boeing or its agents.

Yeamans said Boeing combined its own engineers with the talent of people who joined Boeing recently through acquisitions that included Argon ST Inc, Digital Receiver Technology Inc, Kestrel Enterprises Inc, Ravenwing Inc, and Solutions Made Simple Inc.

Bajaj to launch quadricycle(four wheel vehicle).

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It’s got four wheels and seatbelts, but Bajaj Auto (BAJA.NS), the creator of India’s first quadricycle, would rather you didn’t call it a car.

Bajaj Auto is marketing the RE60 as a more stable and comfortable alternative to the three-wheeled autorickshaws ubiquitous on India’s roads even though it looks like a small hatchback car and is expected to cost less.

Weight, top speed and other specifications, including safety standards, mean the RE60 will not be classified as a car. But that didn’t stop executives from India’s top automakers such as Tata Motors (TAMO.NS) from comparing it to a car and finding its safety features come up short.

Rajiv Bajaj, the company’s managing director, insists the RE60 is neither a car nor an autorickshaw. The government is even creating a new classification category for the vehicle, which is expected to be launched within months.

“In every market that a three-wheeler is available the quadricycle should be relevant,” Bajaj told Reuters in a phone interview.

“Because at the end of the day it provides a very logical upgrade from a three-wheeler for people who want to pay a little more and want to have the comfort and safety of four wheels, four doors, a roof and seatbelts,” he said.

In India, autorickshaws typically have no doors and a soft roof. The vehicles are usually turned into taxis and known in many countries as tuk-tuks.

The RE60 is part of a long-term expansion strategy by Bajaj to boost sales growth at home and abroad.

The company is the world’s largest autorickshaw maker and India’s second largest motorcycle maker, and sales of both these vehicles have decelerated over the last two years, hit by falling demand in a slowing Indian economy.

Bajaj’s three-wheeler sales fell 6 percent in the 2012/13 financial year compared to a 17 percent increase in the previous year and a 28 percent rise in 2010/11.

Motorcycle sales also showed a similar trend: they fell 2 percent in 2012/13 compared to a 13.2 percent gain in 2011/12 and a 35 percent increase a year earlier.

Exports of motorbikes and autorickshaws account for more than a third of Bajaj’s sales. The company counts Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (MAHM.NS), TVS Motor Company Ltd (TVSM.NS) and Italy’s Piaggio (PIA.MI) as competitors in the three-wheeler segment.

SAFER, BUT NOT CHEAPER

The RE60 weighs 400 kilograms (880 pounds), about 100 kg more than Bajaj’s smallest autorickshaw and half as much as a small hatchback. The engine, which can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas, goes up to 70 kilometers per hour (about 40 miles per hour).

The vehicle is likely to be priced between an autorickshaw and a small car. Analysts expect the RE60 to cost 200,000 rupees ($3,200), more than the roughly 150,000 rupees for the most basic Bajaj three-wheeler but less than the 270,000 rupees for India’s bestselling car, the Maruti Alto hatchback.

Bajaj spent 5.5 billion rupees ($88 million) developing the vehicle, according to media reports. The company can initially make up to 5,000 vehicles a month and has been waiting for two years to get them on India’s roads.

The federal government is expected to allow quadricycles from October 1.

Bajaj hopes the quadricycles will catch on in countries where three-wheelers are widespread, and has sent samples for test runs in Sri Lanka, Colombia and Kenya. Managing director Bajaj, however, declined to give any sales forecasts.

Analysts said quadricycles are likely to have broader appeal than the autorickshaws.

“Specifically, in cities in the next three to four years it could replace the three-wheeler, primarily because it provides better safety, as well as comfort as well as better fuel efficiency when compared to three-wheelers,” said Nitesh Sharma, an analyst with brokerage Espirito Santo Securities.

Meet the new latest addition to the nokia family which runs on andriod os.(Nokia X)

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Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is just getting started, but Nokia is already making waves with its Nokia X smartphone. Unlike many of the big, showy smartphones being announced, the Nokia X is notable for being just the opposite – a 4-inch, super-low-cost smartphone – that runs on Google’s Android operating system.

I know, Nokia and Android don’t exactly mix. Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business is expected to close this quarter, and until recently, no one would’ve expected Nokia to introduce anything other than a Windows Phone device. But if you’ve been following the rumors about an Android-based Nokia phone that have been swirling over the last few months, it turns out they were mostly true.

I had a chance to sit down with executives from Nokia ahead of the show and ask about the company’s decision to go with Android instead of Windows Phone, but first, some details about the phone itself.

Low-end parts with a high-end finish

The Nokia X is a 4-inch device with an 800 x 480 display that’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 processor. It features just 4GB of internal storage, though a microSD slot supports cards up to 32GB. There’s a 3-megapixel camera on the back of the phone and a 1,500mAh battery inside. It also supports dual-SIM cards on 2G and 2G networks. From the spec sheet alone, it’s a low-end Android phone that would rival a device from 2011.

Physically, however, the Nokia X transcends the bargain bin feel of many low-cost smartphones with a design reminiscent of Nokia’s high-end Lumia brand. The phone is fully covered in a sturdy polycarbonate casing that you can snap off and change for another color. At just over 0.40 inches thick the phone is a little on the bulky side, but its build materials and screen size make it comfortable to hold. There is just one capacitive touch button beneath the phone’s display. The only other controls are physical volume and power keys on the right side of the device.

Android with a twist of Windows

The Nokia X is powered by Google’s Android Open Source Project (version 4.1.2, to be exact). But it runs on Android in the same sense that Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets do. Meaning: You won’t find much that actually looks like Android here. The keyboard is a dead giveaway, but just about everything else I saw has been skinned by Nokia to look like a cross between its Asha OS and Windows Phone.

For instance, there are two home screens: A tile-based screen reminiscent of Windows Phone and a Fastlane screen like you’ll find on Asha. More than anything else, these home screens exemplify what Nokia hopes to achieve with the Nokia X – it’s a stepping stone for users that are in between an Asha-based feature phone but not yet ready for a more expensive Windows device.

Unlike most Android phones, the Nokia X comes preloaded with Nokia and Microsoft-specific apps and services. That means there’s no Google Play app store. But rest assured, the Nokia X runs Android apps.

The phone comes preloaded with the Nokia Store, and Nokia promises hundreds of thousands of Android apps at launch. I was able to spot some popular titles such as Angry Birds, BlackBerry Messenger and Plants Vs. Zombies available in the store before it officially goes live. There is also a dedicated section where you can download additional Android app stores like Mobango, SlideMe and Yandex. You can also sideload apps onto the phone without a problem if you have the APK file and enable this function.

Nokia claims the majority of existing Android apps will work on the Nokia X without the need for modification. For those that do need some tinkering – like changing the in-app payment system to use Nokia’s In-App Payments – developers needn’t make any changes to the actual APK. Nokia claims that so far it has only taken developers 8 hours on average to make any necessary changes.

The phone also comes preloaded with a number of other Nokia and Microsoft-branded apps, such as Skype for video calling, and Nokia’s Here Maps, which use the phone’s built-in GPS.

Why Android?

So why the decision to use Android instead of Windows Phone, especially with Microsoft set to acquire Nokia within the coming weeks? There are a number of reasons.

According to Nokia’s vice president of product marketing Jussi Nevanlinna, consumer choice is a big reason: “We want multiple product lines to take multiple shares in the market.”

Amit Patel, Nokia’s vice president of developer relations, echoed this sentiment. “The competitive landscape is such that many vendors are offering more than one choice,” he said.

Nokia also recognizes that most smartphone users want apps, and right now Android offers a lot more of them than Windows Phone does. And Nokia can use Android apps to its advantage as customers use the company’s own in-app payments system. Nokia works with over 160 mobile operators in 60 markets for billing. In markets where the Nokia X will be sold, many people do not have credit cards, so Nokia thinks its mobile billing agreements with carriers in these areas will be a great asset.

To me, the biggest advantage here is Android’s malleability. Using Android allows Nokia to create an OS that’s essentially a bridge between its feature phones and higher-end Windows smartphones.

I did spot one potential caveat right off the bat, though: Using the Nokia X feels slow. The heavily modified version of Android is not nearly as graceful as the always-swift Windows Phone OS. Apps took a noticeable amount of time to open and screen transitions weren’t quite smooth.

That said, comparing the Nokia X to a high-end smartphone isn’t really fair. As a step up from an Asha, it should feel just fine.

Availability

The main selling point for the Nokia X – outside of the Android apps – is its price. The Nokia X will sell for €89 (or roughly $122). That’s a pretty solid price for an entry-level smartphone, though it’s worth noting that the excellent Moto G can be had for $179 (and as little as $99 in some instances.) And Nokia’s own, Windows-based Lumia 521 can be purchased for $99 or less. Both phones boast superior features to the Nokia X, and you get your pick of pure Android or Windows Phone. All things considered, I feel like the Nokia X can afford to be cheaper.

But buying the Nokia X won’t be a decision U.S. users will have to make, as the phone isn’t intended for a North American release (the phone will also not come out in Korea or Japan). The Nokia X will be available in the first week of March in an otherwise global release, with a focus on developing regions.

What is Nigeria turning into? Pastor’s wife murdered for refusing to be raped in Akure

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A 25-year old Uni-versity drop- out identified as Jerry has murdered in cold blood the wife of a pastor, Mrs Eunice Ajayi 55years for refusing to be raped.
The suspected killer was said to have been rusticated from two institutions in the state for being a member of a secret cult.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the deceased was hacked to death on the ill fated day when she refused to be raped by the suspect who is now on the run.
The deceased husband who rushed to the scene to save his dying wife was also matchetted by the suspect and is presently hospitalised.
Eyewitness account informed Vanguard that alleged killer visited the house of the Pastor  located at Peace-land Road,along the Expressway in  Akure metropolis  and attempted to rape the deceased.
Jerry who has been eyeing the woman reportedly came that day with the sole purpose of having his way but the Pastor’s wife resisted.
This according to report infuriated the suspect who reportedly  brought out a machete which he used to hack the deceased .
Several machete cuts were inflicted on  the deceased by the furious killer.
Her distress cries  and shout for help attracted the husband who rushed to the room only to meet his wife in her own pool of blood.
The husband was also attacked by the suspect while trying to save the wife from the killer.
After attacking both the wife and the husband the suspect reportedly took to his heels while attempt by some students residing in the area to apprehend him failed.
The wife of the pastor was said to have died before help could come neighbours who rushed to the scene following the shout and cries from the couple.
Contacted the Police image maker Wole Ogodo said that the suspect is still on the run and that he would soon be tracked down and prosecuted.
Ogodo said that “ we discovered that the suspect attempted to rape the deceased because her pant was half-removed by the suspect, later our men visited the house of Jerry but he has fled.
” Investigation has commenced on the matter and we have put all necessary machinery in place  to apprehend him and bring him to justice . “
Ogodo said that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the mortuary of the State Specialists Hospital in Akure.

Clergies condemn ritual killings, sales of human parts in Nigeria

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THE Urhobo Council of Bishops and Elders (UCBE) has condemned the practice of ritual killings and sales of human parts in some parts of the country, describing it as barbaric and inhuman.
The group, in a statement by its Chairman, Rt. Rev Vincent Muoghereh and Secretary, Rt. Rev I.A Obie, said:  “when the children are delivered, prospective customers pay for the babies and take these babies for whatever purpose for their purchase. We have degenerated to a level lower than animals, too bad.”
Lamenting that “baby factories are reported all over the country where young girls are camped with few boys being made to make them pregnant,” the statement noted that “the absence of true parental care and training of their wards is responsible for the human deviance which it said must be discontinued.”
UCBE expressed worry at what it described as war of words and character assassination among politicians in the country, and aspirants to abide and play by the rules of the game.
“Any disagreement of the individual or group pursuit should therefore not plague the entire nation into a disastrous end,” the statement said, noting that “all those now divided into several political parties today were once members of one political party whose agenda was to rule the nation in sincerity and love and not deviate in spite of party differences.”
Congratulating President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly for the passage of the anti-gay bill into law, the statement added that “the UCBE wish to use this medium to encourage President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the National Assembly and assure them that we are solidly behind them.”