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Samsung Gear 360 review!!

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1. Portable Design
2. Easy to use
3. Reliable companion app

1. Samsung Galaxy and iPhone compatibility only
2. Fiddly tripod alternative


Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung has overhauled its Gear 360 camera for 2017, adding some useful features, reducing the bulk and adding iPhone compatibility.
Altogether, the Samsung Gear 360 offers a far more refined experience than its predecessor, and for significantly less money. It delivers the best experience from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera without breaking the bank.


The first Samsung Gear 360 had a large spherical shape to it, with a pair of tripod legs that screwed into the bottom. In that sense it looked a lot like the DOkiCam I reviewed recently. For its second-gen model, Samsung has gone back to the drawing board and delivered a device that incorporates a natural handgrip.
It makes for a much more compact design, providing something that will much more easily slip into a pocket than the bulbous first-gen model. As you’d expect, its design is dominated by a pair of large lenses designed to capture the world from opposing viewpoints.
The Gear 360 has an almost all-white design, and it looks great. It’s lighter than the original, weighing around 130g. It has a plastic body that feels reasonably rugged but it’s not something you’ll want to throw around with impunity; this is not an action camera. It does at least have IP53 dust- and water-resistance, however.
On the back – and there is a back – you’ll find a small LCD display and a shutter button within easy reach. The display will tell you what mode you’re in, and how much footage or how many still images you can capture, as well as remaining battery life. It’s easier to make sense of than many other 360 cameras I’ve tested that only have basic LED indicators.
One annoyance, however, was that the display doesn’t let you know if you’re set to single or dual lenses, or at least doesn’t make it obvious at a glance. On one occasion I thought I was capturing the world in glorious 360-degrees but it was set to only one of the cameras – which was a massive disappointment.
The top of the lenses has a pair of LEDs that glow green when the camera is in standby and red when it’s shooting video. They’re pretty easy to see so you know the camera is recording. Handily, there’s also another blue LED on the side that lets you know when a smartphone is connected to the camera.


The companion app, which is available on iOS or Android (only compatible with Galaxy phones) is well designed and easy to navigate. The camera pairs with your phone through a Wi-Fi connection, which is stable and reliable.
You’re then able to use the app as a live view of the camera’s sensors and can flip between different view modes on the fly, such as Standard or Round, which is similar to the Tiny Planet setting you’ll find on other cameras. You can also opt for a split view, giving you separate perspectives from each lens or only capturing from one lens. In this latter mode the Gear 360 operates like any other camera but with the slightly wider field of view like a GoPro.


EU Slaps a Fine of $2.7 billion on Google!!

The European Union(EU) slapped a record $2.7 billion anti-trust fine on Google, dealing a fresh blow to the U.S. tech giant and risking the anger of U.S. president Donald Trump. “The European Commission has fined google $2.7 billion for breaching EU anti-trust rules” a statement said.


In 2009, barely few years after they had started a price comparison site called Foundem, Shivaun and Adam Raff moved the European commission with a complaint against Google. Their plaint was that the internet search giant had favored its own shopping service in search results, buying that’s of the rivals.

ON Tuesday, almost eight years after the Raff’s complaint, the Commission decided to slap a record fine of about $2.7 billion, concluding as it put in a release, that “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another product, its comparison shopping service”.

The case had seemed poised for an amicable settlement in early 2014, when Google agreed to display the links of rivals alongside its own. Joaquin Almunia, its then competition commissioner, noted in a release that “Google has finally accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search service on the page, the services of rivals will be displayed in a comparable way”. This was not before indicating that he was for settling this issue through ensuring binding commitments rather than an adversarial path.

Mr. Almunia couldn’t get this deal ratified and before long, his terms came to an end. Public opinion in Europe around this time, media reports note, turned against Google. In the backdrop of, among other things, Edward Snowden’s revealations that the National Security Agency in the U.S. had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone. Also, by this time, the number of official complaints against Google had increased to 19, as a 2015 reports noted. The list of complaints included Microsoft, Consumer review site Yelp and travel site Expedia.

Within six month of taking over, Margrethe Vestager sent Google a statement of objections, a formal step in antitrust investigations. This was a reversal of the path taken by her predecessor Mr. Almunia, that decision marks a culmination of that process.


Two more cases against Google are still being investigated. One is related to Android. A release note

That “the commission is concerned that Google has stified choice and innovative in a range of mobile apps and services on mobile devices to protect and expand its dominant position in general internet search”

The Second one is Adsense, “where the commission is concerned that Google has reduced choice by preserving third party websites from sourcing search ads from Google’s competitors.

PETYA ransomware : Things You Need To Know !!



Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.


When a computer is infected, the ransomware encrypts important documents and files and then demands a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, for a digital key needed to unlock the files. If victims don’t have a recent back-up of the files they must either pay the ransom or face losing all of their files.



The Petya ransomware takes over computers and demands $300, paid in Bitcoin. The malicious software spreads rapidly across an organization once a computer is infected using the EternalBlue vulnerability in Microsoft Windows (Microsoft has released a patch, but not everyone will have installed it) or through two Windows administrative tools. The malware tries one option and if it doesn’t work, it tries the next one. “It has a better mechanism for spreading itself than WannaCry”, said Ryan Kalember from cybersecurity company Proofpoint.


The attack appears to have been seeded through a software update mechanism built into an accounting program that companies working with the Ukrainian government need to use, according to the Ukrainian Cyber Police. This explains why so many Ukrainian organizations were affected, including government, banks, state power utilities and Kiev’s airport and metro system. The radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl was also taken offline, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels at the former nuclear plant’s exclusion zone.


The “Petya” ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms in Europe and the US, including the advertising firm WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. The food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport firm AP Moller-Maersk and Heritage Valley Health System, which runs hospitals and care facilities in Pittsburgh, also said their systems had been hit by the malware.

It initially looked like Petya was just another cybercriminal taking advantage of cyberweapons leaked online. However, security experts say that the payment mechanism of the attack seems too amateurish to have been carried out by serious criminals. Firstly, the ransom note includes the same Bitcoin payment address for every victim – most ransomware creates a custom address for every victim. Secondly, Petya asks victims to communicate with the attackers via a single email address which has been suspended by the email provider after they discovered what it was being used for. This means that even if someone pays the ransom, they have no way to communicate with the attacker to request the decryption key to unlock their files.

Here’s a summary of the NotPetya outbreak:

  • The malware uses a bunch of tools to move through a network, infecting machines as it goes. It uses a tweaked build of open-source Minikatz to extract network administrator credentials out of the machine’s running memory. It uses these details to connect to and execute commands on other machines using PsExec and WMIC to infect them.
  • It also uses a modified version of the NSA’s stolen and leaked EternalBlue SMB exploit, previously used by WannaCry, plus the agency’s stolen and leaked EternalRomance SMB exploit, to infect other systems by injecting malicious code into them. These cyber-weapons attack vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft earlier this year, so the credential theft is usually more successful, at least at places that are on top of their Windows updates.


How to forget the past, live in the present and Not to think about future!!

Dwelling on the past or focusing on the future can make you lose sight of your present life. This can make your life quickly pass you by without enjoyment of the present. If you find yourself focusing too much on past events or trauma, or worrying about the future, there are some methods that can help you learn to live for today.


1.) Forgive and forget

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Focusing on who to blame for past hurts can spoil the present. Instead of dwelling on who has caused you pain, forgive them. Focus on present events and leave behind any blame or hurt your feel. If there is someone in your past that has hurt you, choose to forgive and forget. Festering in the pain doesn’t harm the person who hurt you and will cause you to stay in the past.


2.) Block your memories

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IF all attempts haven’t worked, try blocking or pushing aside your memories. This can help you get over bad memories with enough time. Plus, pushing the bad memories far enough into the back of your mind will help them bother you less. Envision yourself pushing the worries behind a door and locking it. Giving yourself a mental image will help, especially if th memories or worries are strong.


3.) Seek help from a mental health professional

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Many people in the society thinks if somebody consults a psychologist.. He/she is mad. But that’s not true. Look for a counsellor or program that specialises in trauma. You are in charge of your recovery and how and when it will take place. However you decide to pursue treatment, your program should offer these essential things. i.e. Empowerment, Validation, connection.


4.) Confide in someone you trust

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Talking about what happened to you is an important part of healing. Choose someone patient, kind and someone who knows that what happened to you is serious. Someone who responds with things like “just don’t think about it anymore’, “forgive and forget” or “that’s not so bad” is not an appropriate person to talk to.


5.) Change your routine

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One way you can get stuck in the past without knowing it is to get stuck in a routine. May be you do the same thing the same way every day or at the same time every week. While routine can be comforting, it can make you feel stuck and forget about the present all together. Instead, change up your routine. Walk a different way to the bus stop or drive a different way to work.


Sony HT-ST5000 review!!


  1. Dynamic, Exciting performance
  2. Excellent clarity with High-Res audio
  3. Premium Build Quality
  4. Powerful bass


  1. Dolby Atmos doesn’t Surround
  2. Short on streaming services
  3. Very Expensive


  1. Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar
  2. Subwoofer
  3. High Res-Audio compatible
  4. Three 4K HDMI inputs
  5. Google Chromecast built in


Sony HT-ST5000

Don’t bother with the HT-ST5000 is you’re nursing a budget 40-inch telly. This is a full-width (1.18m) flagship sound bar that’s unashamedly ostentatious. Headline attractions include Dolby Atmos  compatibility, High-Res Audio support, Bluetooth and Chromecast Built-in. It’s comfortably the most feature-laden sound bar Sony has ever produced


Sony HT-ST5000

The fabric cover is removable so that you can admire the drivers. A pair of gold-rimmed, high frequency tweeters sit left and right, while a tweeter flanked by mid-range squawkers takes center stage. Top mounted, behind metal grilles, are up firing Dolby-enabled speakers for Dolby Atmos and Surround duties.

Even the wireless subwoofer, usually a cosmetic afterthought with 2.1 packages, is suitably premium. No mere MDF box, it features a forward-facing grille, matte lid and sits on a stylished plinth. Inside, there’s a forward-forward facing driver and large downwards-facing passive radiator. During setup it connects automatically with the sound bar, a green LED glowing in confirmation.

Connectivity is generous. Look to the rear and you’ll find four HDMIs, one ARC-enabled. All support HDCP 2.2 for 4K sources.

There’s also provision for an optical digital audio connection, stereo via minijack and ethernet. Wireless credentials include dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth with LDAC (Sony’s own high-bandwidth protocol). If you’re wondering where the USB port is, it’s hidden on the right edge of the bar.


Sony HT-ST5000

Functionality mimics that of an AV receiver. This is reflected by a tiled user interface which lists input options, plus connected home network devices. The Music Service List actually comprises just Spotify and Chromecast Built-in (formerly known as Google Cast).

Unlike the average AVR, though, the system doesn’t come with any calibration mic. There are some settings you can modify, such as Distance, Level and ceiling height, but it’s very much plug and play.

While the HT-ST5000 is clearly intended to be used with High-Res Audio content, you can upscale compressed audio using Sony’s mildly effective DSEE HX processor. There’s also a DRC (Dynamic range compression) control, but this should be left off. A range of rather well-designed audio presets can be applied to all sources.


Sony HT-ST5000

Seismic. Sublime. Sort-of-surroundy. All these can be used for the HT-ST5000. It is, by and large, a beautiful-sounding audio system, able to create a wide, stereophonic sound field.

It should be stressed that Dolby Atmos here is not directly comparable to that from an AV receiver running speakers in a 5.1.2 (or greater) configuration. Dolby itself refers to Atmos as an ‘experience’ that adapts to the hardware it plays on – and that’s what you get.


DO you think you know about your body?? No, you don’t !!

How long does a human hair live for? What’s the strongest muscle in the body? These questions and many other bizarre quandaries will be answered in this extra fascinating list of many of UNKNOWN facts about the body you don’t know.


  1. The Nail on the middle finger grows faster than the other fingernails.
  2. The brain is more active at night than during the day. Scientist don’t even know yet why this is.
  3. The higher your IQ, the more you supposedly dream
  4. Fingernails grows nearly  four times faster than toe nails.
  5. The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on an average.
  6. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve zinc.
  7. Women ‘s hearts beat faster than men’s heart.
  8. Women blink twice as many times as men do
  9. Man burn fat faster than women by a rate of about 50 calories a day.
  10. Men get hiccups more often than women.
  11. A man has approximately 6.8liters of blood in the body while women have approximately 5 liters.
  12. The largest cell in the body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
  13. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools
  14. After eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.
  15. Noise causes the pupils of your eyes to dilate. Even a very small noises can do this.
  16. By age of 60, most people will have lost half their taste buds.
  17. We are about 1cm taller in the mornings than in the evenings
  18. The strongest muscle in the body is the human tongue
  19. The hardest bone in the human body is the jawbone.
  20. The hands and feet contains almost half of the total bones in the human body
  21. Humans shed and regrow outer skin every 27 days.
  22. Three hundred million cells die in the human bod every minute and every day an adult produces 300 billion new cells
  23. The colder the room you sleep, the higher the chances are that you will get a nightmare.
  24. Humans are the only species that produces emotional tears.
  25. All babies are color blind at birth, they see only black and white.
  26. The only part of your body that has no blood supply is the cornea in  the eye. It gets its oxygen directly from air.
  27. A normal human body being can survive 20 days without eating but can survive only 2 days without drinking.
  28. It is impossible to kill yourself by choking yourself with your hands.
  29. Everybody has one strong eye and one weak eye.
  30. Your skeleton keeps renewing itself every ten years which means that every ten years you get a new skeleton.

Best Free Antivirus 2017 : Avast, AVG, AVIRA!!!!


The key part of any antivirus software is its detection engine. Such engines use a vast library of data on known threats and compare it to the files on your computer and web pages to see if they look like, or behave like, threats. Detection engines are at the core of most antivirus companies’ business, and you’ll generally find that a company’s free product uses the same engine as its paid-for version, although the latter may be equipped with additional features, such as firewalls and system optimisation tools.

Modern antivirus software constantly monitors your PC and scans software, files and websites in real-time to detect potential threats, but you can still run manual and scheduled scans for extra peace of mind. By default, most AV programs run an optimised scan that checks the files most likely to have been compromised. By comparison, running a more thorough scan will take longer; our reviews list the amount of time a full scan takes to run on a freshly installed Windows 7 system with two 2.1GHz Xeon cores and 8GB of RAM.

1.Microsoft Windows Defender

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Microsoft Windows Defender – the default free antivirus tool built into Windows 7 and above – has historically been a decidedly no-frills option when it comes to malware defence. But it actually provides a reasonable level of protection on those systems that you haven’t had time to install anything else. Low-power systems that lack the resources to run extra software in the background also benefit.


While previous versions simply reported on Defender’s protection status, let you run scans and little else, the new Windows Defender Security Centre provides access, settings and reports for multiple modules to do with the security of your PC. The homescreen provides an overview of your protection status, including when Defender last updated itself and scanned for malware.

It also now includes dedicated tabs for different features. Virus and threat protection is home to your usual quick, full and custom scans, plus a new, intensive offline scan mode in its advanced options, designed for hard-to-remove threats. You can also manually update virus definitions and enable or disable options such as cloud-based protection and real-time protection.

The device performance and health section monitors anything that might go wrong with your system over time and offers up a ‘Fresh Start’ option that reinstalls Windows while retaining your files and most of your settings. Firewall configuration and control is now easy to find in its own tab, where you open ports, configure notifications, and set different settings for private and public networks.

There’s no indication that the underlying virus databases and heuristic scanning rules used by Defender have changed relative to previous versions, so the results from AV-TEST and SE Labs in recent months can still be regarded as representative. However, with Microsoft now positioning Defender as a fully fledged security centre, we’ll be watching for potential performance improvements with interest.


Windows Defender uses the same malware detection engine as Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7, and AV-TEST and SE Labs’ results were obtained from that version. It put in an impressive performance in AV-TEST’s recent real-world testing, scoring 100% in both January and February.

When it came to detecting malware in a reference set of samples, it picked up 99.3% in January and 99.6% in February. It also did well in AV-TEST’s false-positive test, with only three false detections from over a million samples of benign software. It scored 84% in SE Labs’ live malware exposure tests, and avoided most false positives, giving it an overall score of 94%.

While AV-TEST found that Security Essentials under Windows 7 had a notable impact on system performance, giving it a score of 5 out of 6, in our simple performance test of a PC running Windows Defender with real-time protection enabled it produced a small performance boost when compared to other free antivirus suites. Running a full malware scan on our reference system took a somewhat extended 32mins 33secs.


Avast 2017

Avast’s Free Antivirus product has been slimmed down and polished up since we last reviewed it in summer 2016. A clean, dark interface sits nicely with the general look and feel of Windows 10’s Modern UI, but won’t look too out of place on a Windows 7 desktop, either.


A status screen shows whether you’re currently protected and lets you instantly run an optimised Smart Scan. At the top right, you can sign into your Avast account – but the company has finally dispensed with its requirement that users register for an annual free licence to use it. Now ‘registration of the latest version of Avast Free Antivirus is no longer necessary.’

We’re pleased to see this, since the registration requirement made the program rather unfriendly for inexperienced computer users, who were easily confused by the difference between a free registration and upgrading to one of Avast’s paid-for versions.

Avast still shows that its free product has only a one-month licence, although this is now being updated on a rolling basis so you’ll still receive updates even if you don’t register.

The company informs us that all traces of the old registration system will be removed in the near-future, and that they can safely be ignored for now. If you have other devices running Avast products, registering them all to the same account will allow you to view the protection status of them all, but provides no other major benefits.

Adverts for Avast’s paid-for products are unobtrusive. They concern adding features such as a firewall, data shredder, system cleanup utility, a VPN and a sandbox mode that allows you to run suspicious programs in a virtual environment, cut off from your main PC.


Avast performed well in the latest virus protection tests carried out by both AV-TEST and SE Labs, identifying 100% of malware in two of AV-TEST’s real-world exposure tests, and 100% and 99.9% in successive months’ tests against a reference set of recent viruses, earning it a 6 out of 6 protection score from the testing firm. AV-TEST saw only a single false positive in a set of more than a million tests, netting the firm another 6 out of 6 score.

Avast was the best-performing free antivirus package in SE Labs’ real-world detection tests, protecting against 87% of malware in a challenging live test environment that included both general threats and targeted attacks. However, a couple of false positive responses to legitimate software gave it a relatively low total accuracy rating of 92%.


Avira 2017

Avira comes with a range of extra features that are all accessible via the Avira Connect utility, which lives in your notification area and is designed to provide quick access to everything.

It shows your protection status, with tabs displaying any other devices you may have associated with your Avira account – assuming you’ve signed into it – and one that gives you the option of upgrading the free tools to one of Avira’s paid services. Quick-access buttons allow you to rapidly enable a VPN or run a quick virus scan.


The complete set of Avira Connect tools includes Free Antivirus, a password manager; the free version of Avira Phantom VPN and System SpeedUp; and, optionally, Avira’s SafeSearch Plus sponsored search engine. You can use the latter as your browser’s default search and it will show only links that Avira as passed as safe – but we don’t generally recommend restricting your results by using sponsored search services of this kind. Plus, Google has become pretty good at eliminating dangerous links, so this addition seems overkill.

While these services and extensions are available by default when you install Avira Free, you can remove those that you don’t want to cut down on clutter. That includes the Avira Connect application itself – so if all you want is antivirus, you can make sure that’s all you have. This is worth keeping in mind if you want to use Avira on an older or less powerful PC.

Open up Free Antivirus and you’re presented with a slightly old-fashioned, cluttered but clearly labelled interface, from where you can run scans and enable and disable various modules. Unfortunately, in general the interface feels sluggish and slow to respond, particularly when it comes to options that spawn new windows.

Since this is the free version of Avira, numerous options are greyed out. For example, only default Internet Protection is available, without dedicated Web Protection or Mail Protection options, and there’s no pop-up-free Game mode in this version.


The Avira malware-detection engine scored well in AVLabs’ January and February 2017 tests, with 98.9% and 98.1% in real-world live malware-exposure trials, and 99.8% and 99.9% detection rates when scanning a reference set of recent malware. This earned it an AV-TEST protection score of 5 out of 6. It reported no false positives during AV-TEST’s latest test.

Avira is one of the most lightweight free anti-malware programs in terms of its impact on system performance. AV-TEST gave it a performance score of 5.5 out of 6. Meanwhile, our CPU-Z benchmark performance on a 2.1GHz dual-core system with 8GB of RAM revealed that only Microsoft’s integrated Windows Defender had less of an impact on system performance. A full system scan took 26mins 20secs.

Avira provides effective malware protection and is less of a resource hog than many of its free and paid-for rivals, making it a great choice for older PCs – particularly those running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, which don’t have access to the improved Windows 10 Creators Update version of Windows Defender.


Take a Tour to DUBAI!!

Glitzy Dubai is the United Arab Emirates holiday hot spot. The city of high-rises and shopping malls from transformed itself from a desert outpost to a destination du-jour, where the tourist flock for sales bargains, sunshine and family fun. Dubai is famous for sightseeing attraction such as the Burj Khalifa and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes.





Dubai’s landmark building is the Burj Khalifa. Which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city’s point of interest. For the most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s eye perspective are simply staggering. Buy your Burj Khalifa “At the top” Entrance Tickets in advance to avoid long lines ups, especially if you are planning a weekend.




Dubai Mall is the city’s premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex if you are looking for entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai shopping festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.




One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Dubai aquarium houses 140 species of the sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. AS well as free viewing from the Mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels. Different activities help you get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours are particularly popular. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also on offer.



The Burj Al- Arab is the world’s tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai
Coastline . Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit uo by a choreographed
colored lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive
hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15000 for one night. For those without   unlimited credit, the way to experience the over the top opulence is to go for the underwater AL-Mahara restaurant, where floor to floor ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat or you can enjoy lunch at California-style fusion restaurant Scape.