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Android security researcher RootJunky, known for bypassing factory reset protection on various Android phones from time to time, has been able to find a way to bypass the protection feature yet again on a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 running Marshmallow 6.0.1 with the July Android Security Update.

You may be wondering what factory reset protection (or FRP) is. To recall, Google had first introduced Factory Reset Protection, with devices running on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the security system is meant to ensure that in case an Android device is stolen, the thief cannot gain full access to the device even after factory resetting it.

Samsung had in the June Android Security Update patched several FRP vulnerabilities, but evidently, RootJunky has found one more. In his blog posted on Wednesday, RootJunky has explained the step-by-step procedure to get a ‘Universal Samsung FRP Bypass’ and even though the procedure is a little complicated, it appears to get the work done.

The procedure requires you to download RealTerm program from RootJunky’s website. After that, you are required to download an apk file that has to be loaded into the device through its microSD card or otherwise. From here on, you are required to use the RealTerm program on your PC and follow rest of the instructions.

You can see rest of the step-by-step instructions for the bypass on RootJunky’s website over here.

In a note for those who want to try this bypass, RootJunky has said, “If you dont have a SDcard and are getting the sparse ERROR in ES file explorer then you can buy a OTG flash drive like this one and load the FRPbypass.apk to it from your computer then plug it into the phone. Once plugged in navigate to it in ES file explorer and install the frp bypass app that way.”

This bypass procedure can reportedly work on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 active, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7 Active, and even Galaxy Note7. It may work on older devices as well.

In May, RootJunky managed to bypass the factory reset protection system on the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. Back in January, he managed to bypass FRP on LG smartphones. Back in November, he managed to circumvent FRP on the Galaxy Note 5.


It has been a week since the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 and the phablet has reportedly already broken the record for most pre-ordered Galaxy smartphone in the company’s home country South Korea.

According to a report by The Korean Herald, the company has received over 200,000 pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 within two days of its announcement, which is supposedly double what the Galaxy S7 received.

Samsung has been busy promoting the Galaxy Note 7 in the country, offering deals such as free Gear Fit 2 worth KRW 198,000 (roughly Rs. 12,000), 50 percent discount on screen repair, and a gift card worth KRW 100,000 (roughly Rs. 6,000) with every purchase of the device.

The Galaxy Note 7 has been launched with some major features like an iris scanner and dual pixel rear camera along with top-of-the-line specs including 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), and it is powered by either a Snapdragon 820 SoC or Exynos 8890 SoC, depending on the region.

Furthermore, the phablet comes with IP68 certification which means it is dust and water resistant and can survive for up to 30 minutes or 1.5 meters underwater. The Note 7 borrows the ‘Dual Pixel’ 12-magapixel rear camera sensor from the Galaxy S7 with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash.

The India launch of the Galaxy Note 7 will take place on Thursday, based on the invites sent out by the company last week. In the meanwhile, the dual-SIM version of the smartphone was spotted on the company’s India site.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was announced to be available globally from August 19 at a price of KRW 988,900 (roughly Rs. 59,810) and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx.


Japan’s fair trade watchdog raided the offices of Amazon Japan over allegations that it improperly pressured retailers that sold products on its site, local media said Monday.

The Japanese unit of the US-based internet retailer forced conditions such as requiring retailers to sell products below the price they advertised on rival sites, the Nikkei business daily said.

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission declined to confirm the report, but added that it was “not incorrect”.

Amazon Japan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last year, the European Union’s antitrust watchdog opened a formal investigation into Amazon’s ebook distribution.

The case centred on clauses Amazon had with publishers which may shield the company from competitors, including an obligation to be informed of more favourable terms being offered by rival.


Apple is preparing to unveil successors to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as early as next month with more advanced photography capabilities and upgraded hardware in a design similar to that of last year’s models, according to people familiar with the matter.

The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with haptic feedback and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing unannounced features. Apple declined to comment.

While iPhone demand has waned in recent quarters, partly due to the lull between product launches, the device continues to be the major source of Apple’s revenue. The new models will be critical to the holiday quarter, and Apple is counting on the phones to prop up sales ahead of an expected iPhone overhaul in 2017, the device’s 10th anniversary.

Moving away from the typical two-year iPhone redesign cycle, this year’s models will look similar to the 6 and 6s, the people said, who added that there will still be noticeable tweaks. The new iPhones will retain the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes as their predecessors, the first of which was introduced in September 2014. Apple will remove the two innermost antenna lines that run across the back of the current iPhones, the people added.

The dual cameras on the larger new iPhone will produce brighter photos with more detail, according to a person who has used a prototype version of the upcoming device. Both sensors, which each capture color differently, simultaneously take a picture, and the device produces a single, merged photograph, said the person.

The dual system sharpens photos taken in low-light environments, the person said. The combination of the merged photos from the two camera sensors also allows users to zoom while retaining more clarity, the person added. The smaller version of the new phones will not include dual lenses, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year.

Apple is planning an updated home button for the new models. Current home buttons are switches that physically press into the phone, but the new models will have a pressure-sensitive button that provides feedback to the user via a vibrating haptic sensation rather than a true physical click, according to the people. This mechanism is similar to that of the trackpads on the latest MacBook line. 9to5Mac reported on the home button design earlier.

The new iPhones will remove the headphone jack in favor of connectivity via Bluetooth and the charging port. That will make room for a second speaker, said the people. Apple started allowing headphone makers to build headphones that can connect via the iPhone’s charger connector in 2014, the same year the company acquired headphone maker Beats Electronics. Macotakara earlier reported the headphone jack’s demise.

The new models will run iOS 10, the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system coming this fall. The updated software offers interactive widgets to quickly glance at calendar appointments and favorite contacts, new messaging features, a new application for controlling smart home appliances, and a redesigned Apple Music. The new software will also run on current and some past iPhone models.


Nexus phones usually have certain qualities associated with them, however, with upcoming smartphones in the series, it seems like Google will be changing many of these qualities. In June Google CEO Sundar Pichai suggested that the company will be more ‘opinionated’ with its Nexus devices going forward. Latest leaks suggest that the smartphones will be sold through carriers, unlike most previous smartphones in the series.

With the exception of Nexus 6, developed by Motorola, all the other devices in the series have been sold without carriers. However, famous Android tipster Evan Blass has suggested that both the upcoming devices in “Nexus” series will be sold with mobile-network carrier Verizon.

In his tweet, where he suggested that the phones will be sold via Verizon, he said:

Verizon is going to carry the two “Nexus” handsets (note the quotation marks).

The “note the quotation marks” part of the tweet might suggest a change in the name of the phones that are usually termed “Nexus” but as of now, it can only be termed as a speculation.

Another tipster named Nate Benis has also suggested that phones will be available through carriers AT&T and Verizon as per his findings through the system image of the phone with the project name Marlin. Benis has termed this leak as “guaranteed” in his Google+ post.

According to leaks, Google might also be doing away with its app drawer icon and Google Search bar on home screen in its redesigned launcher for its upcoming Nexus phones.


A new Android flaw has been reported by security researchers that is claimed to affect roughly 900 million Android devices. Check Point mobile research team first reported the issue and claims that it affects all devices using Qualcomm chipsets.

Dubbed ‘QuadRooter’, it is said to be a set of four vulnerabilities affecting Android devices built on Qualcomm chipsets. The research team explains that if any one of the four vulnerabilities is exploited, an attacker can trigger privilege escalations for the purpose of gaining root access to a device. The team also claimed that the QuadRooter vulnerabilities are present in software drivers that ship with Qualcomm SoCs. “Any Android device built using these chipsets is at risk,” notes Check Point.

Qualcomm informed ZDNet that patches for the issue were released to “customers, partners, and the open source community between April and the end of July.”

One of the biggest concerns with the QuadRooter vulnerability is that the buggy software is pre-installed on devices at the point of manufacture, and can only be fixed via security patch released by the carrier or distributor. “Distributors and carriers issuing patches can only do so after receiving fixed driver packs from Qualcomm,” adds Check Point in a blog post.

“An attacker can exploit these vulnerabilities using a malicious app. Such an app would require no special permissions to take advantage of these vulnerabilities, alleviating any suspicion users may have when installing,” explains Check Point mobile research team.

Some of the popular devices said to be affected by the new QuadRooter flaw include BlackBerry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, HTC 10, LG G5, Moto X, OnePlus 3, and Samsung Galaxy S7 among others. The team also claimed that secure phones – Blackphone 1 and Blackphone 2 – are also likely to be affected by this vulnerability. Adam Donenfeld, Lead Mobile Security Researcher at Check Point, revealed the vulnerability at a recent Def Con security conference in Las Vegas.

“If exploited, QuadRooter vulnerabilities can give attackers complete control of devices and unrestricted access to sensitive personal and enterprise data on them. Access could also provide an attacker with capabilities such as keylogging, GPS tracking, and recording video and audio,” adds the team.

A Qualcomm spokesperson told ZDNet, “Qualcomm has a significant position in the development chain, in that a phone maker isn’t taking the Android open-source code directly from Google, they’re actually taking it from Qualcomm. No-one at this point has a device that’s fully secure. That basically relates to the fact that there is some kind of issue of who fixes what between Qualcomm and Google.”

Check Point recommends some best practices to keep Android devices safe from such attacks like downloading and installing the latest Android update; examine any app installation request before accepting; avoid side-loading Android apps, and read permission requests when installing any apps among others.


Messaging app Telegram has on Tuesday responded to media reports that claimed a hacker attack that originated in Iran was not a “massive” one and only publicly available information was exposed to hackers. The company however, acknowledged that 15 million accounts from Iran were confirmed to be registered with the app as part of the attack.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Iranian hackers have compromised more than a dozen accounts on the Telegram and identified the phone numbers of around 15 million Iranian users.

According to the report, cyber researchers have claimed that the hackers belonged to a group called Rocket Kitten, and used Persian-language references in their code and carried out “a common pattern of spearphishing campaigns reflecting the interests and activities of the Iranian security apparatus.”

Telegram has claimed that individual accounts were not accessed as part of the attack and said in its blog post, “Such mass checks are no longer possible since we introduced some limitations into our API this year.”

However, the company did acknowledge that its messaging app has direct correlation with phone’s contacts, and therefore it is potentially possible for “any party” to have checked if a particular phone number was registered in their system. The company pointed out that other platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger carry the same risk.

In response to allegations that certain accounts were accessed via SMS interception, Telegram has said that it released a warning for its users regarding the same earlier this year and also introduced its 2-Step verification to protect its users from such situations.

Xiaomi recently introduced the Redmi Pro in China, and the smartphone packs some flagship-worthy features.

Apart from the dual camera setup, the Xiaomi Redmi Pro is powered by a deca-core processor, offers 128GB inbuilt storage, and sports a 5.5-inch Oled display. Oled displays are much thinner, lighter, use less power and provide high colour gamut than LCD screens. They are also way more expensive than LCD screens, and that’s why these displays are rarely ever seen on budget phones. However, Xiaomi used a neat alternative trick to ensure that the Redmi Pro sports an Oled display, while not compromising on its reasonable price point.

When an Oled display is introduced in a smartphone, it is presumed to be made by Samsung as it holds 95 percent of the market share. However, according to Xiaomi Today, the Chinese company took a different route and went to Chinese display makers to produce the display panel for the Redmi Pro. Xiaomi shipped the Redmi Pro Oled displays from two domestic companies called BOE and EverDisplay (Hui).

EverDisplay is reportedly the primary company responsible for supplying the Oled screens to Xiaomi, while BOE is secondary. Opting for a domestic tie-up instead of a global conglomerate looks to be proving to be cost effective for Xiaomi.

The Xiaomi Redmi Pro sports a full-HD Oled display with a pixel density of 342ppi, a 100 percent NTSC colour gamut, and 2.5D curved glass. The price of the smartphone in China is CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 15,100) for the 32GN variant; CNY 1,699 (roughly Rs. 17,100) for the 64GB variant; and CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 20,200) for the 128GB variant.


Individuals with net assets of $1 million or more are referred to as high net worth individuals. New Delhi: The number of millionaires in India is growing strongly and at the end of 2015, around 2,36,000 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) were living in the country, with a combined wealth of $1.5 trillion (around Rs 100 lakh crore at $1 = Rs 67.15), says a report.

While most countries worldwide have experienced negative or negligible growth since 2007, India has performed “very well” in terms of wealth performance through this period, according to the India 2016 Wealth Report by New World Wealth, a global wealth intelligence and market research company.

“During our review period, Indian HNWI volumes increased by 55 per cent from 1,52,000 HNWIs in 2007 to 2,36,000 HNWIs in 2015. HNWI wealth rose 67 per cent, from $0.9 trillion in 2007 to $1.5 trillion in 2015,” the report said.

Individuals with net assets of $1 million or more are referred to as millionaires or high net worth individuals (HNWIs).

The major factors responsible for growth in wealth performance in the country included strong growth in the local construction, financial services, IT, business process outsourcing and healthcare sectors; solid economic growth and increased levels of entrepreneurship.

The report also noted that growth in Indian HNWI wealth and volumes is expected to be strong over the next 10 years.

“We expect the number of Indian HNWIs to grow by 135 per cent, to reach around 5,54,000 by 2025. This will make India one of the top five performing HNWI markets in the world over this period (in terms of percentage of HNWI growth), along with Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China and Mauritius,” it said.

The 135 per cent rise will be fuelled by strong growth in the local financial services, professional services and media sectors.

The main factors that encourage wealth growth in a country included strong ownership rights and the country scored 9/10 in this metric, followed by strong economic growth (9/10).

A well-developed banking system and stock market was also a factor as it encourages the people to invest their money within a country and grow their wealth locally, the report said.

The report, however, also noted that excessive government regulations are a major hurdle for new businesses in India.

“Corruption is also a major problem – businesses often need to pay regular bribes to government officials in order to operate successfully. This problem has improved over the past year since Prime Minister Modi took office,” it said.

India is often cited as a difficult place for overseas investors to do business – there is a lack of transparency in several parts of the economy and the cost of starting a business in India is very high, it added.

“India also ranks as one of the worst countries in the world for the ability to enforce a contract, taking an average of 1,420 days,” it said.

New World Wealth provides information on global wealth sector, with a special focus on high growth market.

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp is set to agree a deal to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC for around $32 billion (roughly Rs. 2,14,704 crores), a source familiar with the deal said, adding an announcement could come later in the day.

ARM, the most valuable tech company listed in London, is a major presence in mobile processing, with its processor and graphics technology used by Samsung, Huawei and Apple in their in-house designed microchips.

SoftBank could not immediately be reached for comment. ARM officials were not reachable outside market hours.

If confirmed, the deal would be one of the largest in European technology to date and SoftBank’s largest ever – outranking the $22 billion (roughly Rs. 1,47,624 crores) acquisition of a controlling stake in wireless operator Sprint in 2013, a deal that left the group with hefty debts as the carrier’s losses mounted.

SoftBank has announced plans over the past few weeks to raise $14 billion (roughly Rs. 93,933 crores) with the sale of assets including shares in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba – unusual for a group that has rarely exited investments. But analysts had expected it to use the cash to reduce debt or give shareholders a windfall by buying back its own shares.

An announcement on Monday would come less than a month after the Japanese group’s founder, Masayoshi Son, scrapped his plans to retire, effectively pushing out his heir apparent, former Google executive Nikesh Arora.

Son, known as “Masa”, said then that he wanted to stay on to develop Sprint but also to complete the transformation of SoftBank into a tech investment powerhouse. Among the triggers for what Son has called the next ‘paradigm shift’ in technology are artificial intelligence and the internet of things – a new focus for ARM as it weathers a smartphone slowdown.

It bought UK imaging specialist Apical earlier this year, a company that specialises in technology to allow computers to analyse images – replicating human vision using software.

A deal would also come just weeks after Britain voted to leave the European Union, a decision that has battered sterling and bolstered the yen.

Though it has warned on the staffing impact of Brexit, ARM Holdings’ revenues are largely in dollars and it has a diverse portfolio of technologies it licenses. Its shares have actually climbed almost 17 percent since the vote.

According to a Financial Times report earlier on Monday, SoftBank will pay GBP 17 in cash for each ARM share, a premium of more than 40 percent to Friday’s close at GBP 11.89.