Android devices at risk

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Millions of devices running the Android operating system are at risk from hackers due to a security flaw in the Qualcomm chipset present in them. The chipset basically forms the heart of these devices.

Greater are the risks for devices which run the Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop versions of Android. Even mobile antivirus programs are not able to detect these vulnerabilities. Call records and messages on these devices can be accessed by hackers by making use of these loopholes.

Updates to plug the security gaps in the Qualcomm chipsets were released by the company recently but it’s upto individual device manufacturers to pass these onto their customers.

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#JusticeforJisha or Kangana Ranaut ?

justiceforjishaThe brutal rape and murder of Jisha, a law student in Kerala a couple of days ago has seen protests erupting all across Kerala. The killer/s are still at large and the authorities are still clueless on the gruesome murder. The media coverage has been quite substantial in Kerala as it is an issue which affects all of us in some way or the other. 

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At the same time the national media has been rather muted on the incident and have been focussing all their energy on reporting a love/hate relationship in Bollywood going on between actors Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan !

Is this called news ? The news reporting standards in India have gone to the dumps. I’m sure if this rape/murder had happened in Delhi, this wouldn’t have  been the case. The Nirbhaya case a couple of years ago proves this point. Who cares a hoot for Kangana’s relationships or periods when they’re are people suffering in agony ?

I wish Barkha Dutt at NDTV and others at reputed news organizations devote more time to real women’s issues rather than to some actors love story gone wrong. People nowadays respect authentic reporting rather than cheap publicity stunts !

Red Flag

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The Indian Air Force is in Alaska ! Thousands of miles away from their home base in India. But they are there for a reason – Red Flag.

Organized by the United States Air Force, Red Flag is a high tech exercise in near realistic conditions and is attended only by invitation. Apart from IAF other participating air forces include from NATO and other friendly countries.

 This year the Red Flag exercise is being held in Alaska and all aircraft and crew are based at Eielson Air Force Base. The IAF contingent consists of 4 x SU-30MKI fighter/bombers, 4 x Jaguar deep penetration ground attack aircraft, 2 x IL-78 midair refuellers and 2 x Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft. 

These aircraft will face off against USAF’s F-16, F-18 & F-22 aircraft. Exercises like Red Flag are crucial as they improve inter-operability with friendly forces and ensure that pilots can hone their skills in near realistic combat operations.

Best cure for Uric acid & gout – Diet

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A colleague at work came up to me today and told me that he wasn’t keeping well due to extreme pain in the joints. A blood test had revealed high levels of Uric acid.

He was aware that I had gone through a similar experience a couple of years back and hence wanted to know how I felt nowadays. I had stopped my medication a long time ago and had stuck to a strict diet regimen, exercise and drinking lots of water. Very rarely do I have those joint pains.

I feel that it has a lot to do with diet and exercise which ultimately leads to weight loss. Uric acid is bad since it’s not only painful on the joints but also leads to kidney stones and other complications.

Found a good link on Uric acid and gout which I shared with my friend and hopefully he will be fine again soon.

Friday night gigs


Agam – the band plays live at the Qurm Amphitheater.


The Summer Beach Party is sure to rock into the night at Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Amphitheater. Gigs by a number of bands plus DJ Pat Sharp to keep the crowd  in a groove.

Have a nice evening folks ! Muscat rocks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽง

New UAE visit visa guidelinesย 


GCC residents wishing to visit the UAE from today need a pre-arranged visit visa to proceed by air or road. This ends the visa on arrival facility except for nationals from 46 countries which have a mutual agreement in place with UAE.

The GCC resident card needs to be valid for a minimum of 3 months and the passport 6 months to apply for a visa online.

The website for the visa application is https://www.ednrd.ae/

As per the official notification the visas will be issued within 48 hours. Better to plan ahead before travelling.

Airlines will be strictly implementing the visa guidelines at Muscat and Salalah airports and will not allow boarding without a valid UAE visa.

Ciao.

Airline updates…

  • Indigo to start flying on the Cochin-Muscat sector
  • Etihad to start flying the A380 with onboard Residence Suites to Mumbai
  • Oman Air opens up a new sector in Iran – Mashhad
  • KLM-Air France Oh My! Deals on flights to Europe and beyond. Last couple of days to avail of superb fares
  • Delta seals multi billion narrow body aircraft order with Bombardier 
  • Boeing seals multi billion 787 Dreamliner deal with China Eastern 
  • Qatar Airways to increase flights to South Africa
  • Singapore Airlines now flies its entire range of subsidiaries to India-Singapore Airlines, Scoot, Tiger Airways & SilkAir
  • Air India to start flying to Vienna
  • Etihad in codeshare partnership with Avianca for flights to Bogota and Madrid via London Heathrow