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Apple announces biggest discount on iPhone XR, price dropped to Rs 59,900

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If you’ve been eyeing a new iPhone or planning an upgrade, you’re in luck. Apple is offering the iPhone XR with big discounts for a limited time starting April 5.

The base model of Apple iPhone XR (64GB) is now available at Rs 59,900. The 128GB and 256GB storage models of iPhone XR are now available at Rs 64,900 and Rs 74,900 respectively. iPhone XR (64GB) originally retails at Rs 76,900. As for iPhone XR (128GB), it is priced at Rs 81,900, while the highest 256GB storage model costs Rs 91,900.

What’s more, HDFC debit and credit card holders will get an additional 10%. This would essentially bring the price further down to Rs 53,900 for iPhone XR (64GB). This is only a promotional offer for a limited time and not a price drop on the iPhone XR.

Here’s a proper breakdown of the discounted prices for the iPhone XR.

Original priceNon HDFC customersHDFC customers
iPhone XR 64GBRs 79,900Rs 59,900Rs 53,900
iPhone XR 128GBRs 81,900Rs 64,900Rs 58,400
iPhone XR 256GB Rs 91,900Rs 74,900Rs 67,900


Launched alongside the iPhone XS series, iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display. It has the same camera setup as the iPhone XS featuring a 12-megapixel rear and 7-megapixel selfie camera. Some of its camera features include smart HDR, portrait mode with depth control, portrait lighting, Animoji and Memoji.

iPhone XR also supports Face ID and is IP67 water resistant. Under its hood runs Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. Its connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and dual SIM support (eSIM).

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Oracle reportedly in talks to acquire TikTok’s US operations

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Oracle has entered into the competition to acquire the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok that US President Donald Trump has vowed to shut down unless it is bought by an American firm within 90 days, a Financial Times report said on Tuesday.

As per the report, Larry Ellison’s enterprise software giant has reportedly “held preliminary talks with TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, and was seriously considering purchasing the app’s operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand”.

According to the report, Oracle was working with a group of US investors that already own a stake in ByteDance, “including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital”.

Oracle was yet to comment on the report.

“ByteDance is opposed to selling any assets beyond those in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand,” said the report.

Microsoft has been the primary contender to acquire TikTok’s US business following a discussion between the company’s CEO and the US President. However, reports surfaced that the Microsoft-TikTok deal may not happen as odds of the deal are “not higher than 20 per cent”.

The probability of Microsoft buying TikTok is “not higher than 20 per cent” since the initial price offered by the US software giant was akin to “robbing the owner when his house is on fire”, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Earlier reports also claimed that Twitter discussed a “potential combination” with TikTok, currently facing immense political heat in the US.

Apple, however, clarified that it was not interested in acquiring TikTok after some reports surfaced, saying the iPhone maker was willing to buy the China-based app.

The earlier executive order from Trump prohibited the China-based company from doing business with the US firms after 45 days.

TikTok has already threatened legal action against the first executive order.

The new executive order directed ByteDance to “divest any data it obtained from users of TikTok or Musical.ly in the United States”.
It also authorised US officials to inspect TikTok and ByteDance to ensure the safety of personal data of nearly 80 million American users of the short video making app.

The earlier executive orders were issued amid discussion by Microsoft to purchase the US business of TikTok by September 15.

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Google bans these apps for injecting adware, uninstall them right away

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Google has removed 29 apps from the Play Store which were found filled with adware. These Android apps had over 3.5 million downloads on the Play Store.

White Ops’ Satori threat intelligence team discovered these 29 apps as part of their “CHARTREUSEBLUR” investigation. The word blur in the codename of the investigation is due to the fact that most of the malicious apps were photo editing apps which had a blur feature. As for the word “chartreuse” the team just found it fun to say and that the liquor is tasty.

These Android apps were found running out-of-context (OOC) ads which are said to be used to avoid detection. After the user installs any of these apps, the launch icons would immediately disappear from the phone. This made it difficult for users to remove the malicious app from their phones.

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Twitter suffers largest security breach in history, accounts of Obama, Bill Gates, Joe Biden hacked in Bitcoin scam

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Twitter suffered a major security breach on Wednesday as hackers accessed its internal systems to hijack accounts of some of the prominent figures including US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former American President Barack Obama, billionaire Elon Musk, as well as that of Apple and Uber and used them to solicit digital currency.

Other compromised accounts include those of Kanye West, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and a number of cryptocurrency exchanges or organizations.

Hijacked accounts posted scam tweets soliciting bitcoin transfers from followers. According to reports, the hackers have “so far succeeded in getting over $50,000 in Bitcoin transfers”.

Twitter confirmed the breach more than six hours after the hack began and attributed it to a “coordinated social engineering attack” on its own employees that enabled the hackers to access “internal systems and tools”.

As Twitter investigates what appears to be the largest and most coordinated hack in Twitter’s history, the company said, “We’re looking into what other malicious activity they may have conducted or information they may have accessed and will share more here as we have it”.

“Internally, we’ve taken significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools while our investigation is ongoing,” Twitter said in a series of tweets.

The compromised accounts, which count tens of millions of followers, sent a series of tweets proposing a classic bitcoin scam. Followers were told that if they transferred cryptocurrency to a specific bitcoin wallet, they would receive double the money in return.

reportedly, some were duped, sending Bitcoin payments and expecting a double return that never arrived.

As the security breach came to light, Twitter, in an extraordinary measure, disabled the ability to tweet from validated accounts for about two hours.

A tweet that appeared on Elon Musk’s Twitter feed read: “Happy Wednesday! I am giving back Bitcoin to all of my followers. I am doubling all payments sent to the Bitcoin address below. You send 0.1 BTC, I send 0.2 BTC back!” The offer was valid “only for 30 minutes”, the post read, news agency AFP reported.

A similar tweet was seen on Joe Biden’s handle which read, “I am giving back to the community. All Bitcoin sent to the address below will be sent back doubled! If you send $1,000, I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for 30 minutes…Enjoy! (sic.)”

Meanwhile, the scammer’s website was quickly pulled offline. Kristaps Ronka, chief executive of Namesilo, the domain registrar used by the scammers, told TechCrunch that the company suspended the domain “on the first report” it received.

The security researchers found that the attackers had fully taken over the victims’ accounts, and also changed the email address associated with the account to make it harder for the real user to regain access.

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