The total output value of the animation and mobile game industries in Beijing exceeded $15.43 billion in 2020, up 32 per cent year on year, according to Beijing Animation and Game Industry Alliance.
The output value accounted for 19.3 per cent of China's total, the alliance said.
In 2020, the number of mobile game users in Beijing hit 5.08 million, an increase of 166,000 over 2019.
The alliance noted residents' digital entertainment consumption demand was stimulated in 2020 due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which was the major factor driving the growth of the industries, reports Xinhua news agency.
Online game products independently developed by Beijing enterprises have covered more than 100 countries and regions worldwide.
Data shows that Beijing's total output value of game exports in 2020 was 41.93 billion yuan, up 30 per cent from 2019.
As Artificial Intelligence (AI) becomes all-pervasive, a new report has forecast that technology would replace humans by 2031 in the field of cybersecurity, as hackers use more sophisticated tools.
Cloud security firm 'Trend Micro' in a new report said more than two-fifth (41 per cent) of IT leaders believe that AI would replace their role by 2030.
Just nine per cent of respondents said AI would not replace their job within the next decade.
Nearly a third (32 per cent) said AI would eventually work to completely automate all cybersecurity.
Nearly one in five (19 per cent) believe that attackers using AI to enhance their arsenal would be commonplace by 2025.
"The seismic events of 2020 have created long lasting changes in work environments across the globe and opened up new avenues that cybercriminals can abuse. Cybersecurity will help enterprises, governments and ordinary users adapt safely to these new conditions in 2021," said the report.
Nearly one in five of those surveyed said attackers using AI to enhance their goals would be commonplace by 2025.
Nearly a quarter of IT leaders also claimed that by 2030, data access would be tied to biometric or DNA data, making unauthorised access impossible.
When it comes to this year, telecommuting would continue in 2021 and hybrid environments where work and personal tasks co-mingle in one machine, would be challenging in terms of security.
"Organisations -- especially global enterprises -- will have less control over their data. Delineating where data is stored and processed will become more difficult. The decreased visibility into enterprise devices only gets more problematic when employees access personal apps from work devices," said the report titled "Turning the Tide".
Both users and enterprises would have to protect work-from-home setups from threats and IT teams would need to secure entire remote workforces and individual users would have to secure their virtual workspaces and endpoint devices in 2021.
The number of Covid-19-related spam emails and phishing attempts are increasing.
"Cybercriminals will continue to use the coronavirus, and other related incidents from the pandemic's fallout to lure in new victims."
CAIT has also prayed that the Union of India must frame guidelines to govern big technology companies like WhatsApp and frame policies which would protect the privacy of citizens and businesses.
CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal charged that WhatsApp has adopted the approach of 'my way or high way' which is arbitrary, unjustified, unconstitutional and cannot be accepted in a democratic country like India. WhatsApp has been fraudulently collecting personal user data.
The CAIT will not allow any corporate or conglomerate to enforce its 'obnoxious policies and sinister designs' to make profit in an unethical manner by firing from the shoulder of the people of India, added its petition.
Netflix is reportedly testing support for spatial audio for users of AirPods Max and AirPods Pro.
Citing an anonymous Netflix employee, French news website iPhoneSoft says that Netflix has been testing support for the audio feature across iPhone and iPad since the end of last year and may launch the feature with a "small catalog" in the spring.
Currently, only Netflix's highest-end Premium tier supports Dolby Atmos surround sound and it is expected that the streaming giant may also limit Spatial Audio to the Premium subscribers only.
Spatial audio is available to AirPods Max and AirPods Pro users who are running an iPhone with iOS 14 or later or an iPad with iPadOS 14 or later.
According to Apple, "Spatial audio comes with dynamic head tracking which brings a theater-like sound that surrounds you from the movie or video you're watching so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you. The sound field stays mapped to the device, and the voice stays with the actor or action on the screen."
Amid the debate over privacy concerns, several people are switching to Telgram and Signal from WhatsApp, but the terrorists in India and abroad are using a much more advanced secure messaging platform to communicate with their counterparts across the globe without being traced and without leaving any digital footprint, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe has revealed.
The NIA during its probe into the Islamic State Iraq and Syria Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP) case has found that arrested accused Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh and Bengaluru-based doctor Abdur Rahman aka 'Dr Brave' were using Threema, a secure messaging platform.
Wani and Beigh were arrested in March 2020, while Rahman in August.
In a statement on January 12, an NIA spokesperson had said: "Till recently Rahman was in regular communication with ISIS terrorists located abroad as well as in India, including Sami on 'Threema', a secure messaging platform."
The revelations were made on Tuesday when the anti-terror-probe agency filed a chargesheet against Rahman, who had returned from Syria in December 2013 and was misusing his medical knowledge to develop laser-guided missile system for the banned terror group.
According to NIA officials related to probe, who wished ro remain anonymous, said that Rahman was using his knowledge of ophthalmic lasers for developing a project on laser-guided system through which the trajectory of an unguided missiles can be changed with laser technology for the benefit of ISIS.
The official said that the "basic components" for such system are pulse transmitters and receivers, which are same or almost similar in flight circuits or ophthamology nanosecond lasers and could be used to guide missiles or rockets or payloads towards intended targets..
The NIA ISKP case is based on the one registered by Delhi Police's Special Cell in March 2020 after the arrest of Wani and his wife from Okhla Vihar in Jamia Nagar area here for alleged links with the the terror group.
The NIA had taken over the probe on March 20, 2020.
However, this is not the first time that the NIA has come across the secure messaging platform used by the IS terrorists as well as Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Al Qaeda terrorists.
Earlier, the NIA has taken the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to crack the messages of the terrorists in connection with its probe into the February 2019 Pulawama terror attack case, in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.
The NIA and the Intelligence Agencies in its probe had earlier found that Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist were using peer-to-peer software service -- YSMS -- or a similar mobile application to communicate with their counterparts in India and abroad.
An NIA source related to probe told IANS: "The terrorists are using Threema application as well as its desktop version as it leaves minimal digital footprint making it almost impossible to be traced back.
"Tracing of the message or call generated from the Threema are tough to locate."
According to NIA officials, Threema is a secure messaging platform which has been developed in Switzerland and is a paid open-source end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for iPhone and Android smartphones.
The source said that on Threema like so many other secure applications, a user does not require to enter an email address or phone number to create an account, thus allowing the user to use the service with a very high level of anonymity.
The source said that Threema also hides all the tracks of the user as it minimises the footprint on servers that route traffic.
The source claimed that on Threema the contacts and messages are stored on user's device, instead of on the server.
He said that Threema offers text and voice messages, voice and video calls, groups and distribution lists as features in the application, thus allowing the terrorists to remain "untraced".
The official said besides the mobile application, there is also a browser-based secure desktop chat option of Threema which also does not log IP addresses or metadata of the user.
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New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Telegram, which has surpassed 500 million monthly active users (MAUs), registered 25 million (2.5 crore) new users joining the platform globally in the last 72 hours alone as users shun WhatsApp over data privacy concerns, its CEO Pavel Durov has revealed.
These new users came from across the globe -- 38 per cent from Asia, 27 per cent from Europe, 21 per cent from Latin America and eight per cent from MENA (Middle East and North Africa).
"This is a significant increase compared to last year, when 1.5 million new users signed up every day. We've had surges of downloads before, throughout our 7-year history of protecting user privacy. But this time is different," Durov said in a blog post on Tuesday.
"People no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services. They no longer want to be held hostage by tech monopolies that seem to think they can get away with anything as long as their apps have a critical mass of users".
According to data from App analytics firm Sensor Tower, Signal led the pack with over 23 lakh new downloads between January 6 and January 10 in India, while Telegram clocked more than 16 lakh new downloads in the same period.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp's downloads fell by 35 per cent over the January 6 to January 10 time-period, with 13 lakh new downloads.
Between January 1 to January 5, WhatsApp had clocked 20 lakh new downloads.
According to Durov, with half a billion active users and accelerating growth, Telegram has become the largest refuge for those seeking a communication platform committed to privacy and security.
"We take this responsibility very seriously. We won't let you down".
Vivo on Tuesday launched its new budget smartphone 'Vivo Y12s' with a 5000mAh battery in India at Rs 9,990 for a 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant.
The smartphone is available for purchase in two colour options- phantom black and glacier blue on Vivo India E-store, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Tatacliq, and across all partner retail stores.
"The Y12s is yet another effort from Vivo to continue offering convenient features like reverse charging with 5000mAh battery and capable AI Dual Camera with Bokeh mode at a reasonable price point," Nipun Marya, Director- Brand Strategy, Vivo India said in a statement.
The smartphone features a 6.51-inch Halo FullView display with HD+ (1600X720) resolution, providing a seamless experience for both videos and games.
It also offers a side fingerprint scanner with the power button to easily unlock and power-on the device at the same time.
The device is powered by the Helio P35 processor and comes with the latest FunTouch OS 11 based on the latest Android 10.
The phone is equipped with a dual rear rectangular camera setup of 13MP with an f/2.2 aperture and 2MP with an f/2.4 aperture.
For the front, there is an 8MP camera sensor for selfies and video chats.
Facebook, Google and Microsoft have announced that they were freezing political contributions from their political action committees (PAC) in the wake of the January 6 riot in the US Capitol by President Donald Trump's supporters.
"Following last week's awful violence in D.C., we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies," Xinhua news agency quoted Facebook spokesman Andy Stone as saying in a statement on Monday.
Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pause contributions from its PAC.
"We have frozen all NetPAC political contributions while we review and reassess its policies following last week's deeply troubling events," a Google spokesperson said.
Microsoft said the company is halting its political spending until after it assesses the implications of last week's events.
"The PAC regularly pauses its donations in the first quarter of a new Congress, but it will take additional steps this year to consider these recent events and consult with employees," the company said in a statement.
Also on Monday night, Amazon announced that it will pause donations from its PAC to lawmakers who voted against the certification of the presidential election results.
"We intend to discuss our concerns directly with those Members we have previously supported and will evaluate their responses as we consider future PAC contributions," an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement.
The attack on the Capitol building took place on January 6 while Congress was in session considering the ratification of the electoral college votes electing Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President.
Before the violence, Trump, who has claimed that their election was invalid because there was massive fraud, told a rally of his supporters before the Congress session began to go there.
A section of his supporters stormed the Capital and invaded the Senate chamber and the offices of the Speaker and others, bring the session to a halt and evacuating the legislators to safe places.
Five people, including a police officer, were killed during the riots.
Congress met later and put its seal on the election of Biden and Harris, who will be sworn-in on January 20.
New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) Amid the raging debate over the upcoming WhatsApp data policy and the surge in migration of its users on rival messaging apps, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov on Monday said there is no comparison with Signal as the company offers a feature-rich social media platform with super encryption.
WhatsApp users in India and elsewhere who wish to join either Telegram which has raced to crossed 500 million users globally or Signal (which is yet to reveal official user numbers) are currently confused which app to choose from.
According to Durov, he does not see how the two apps can even be compared.
"Telegram is a feature-rich social media platform that you can use to stay free from the Facebook-WhatsApp monopoly. Signal represents one feature of Telegram, which is 'Secret Chats'," he argued in a statement.
"If you think you need a separate app for that feature only, installing it might make sense for you," Durov added.
Telegram's real-time secure cloud chat is a feature majority of its users want.
It allows for seamless multi-device sync with access to past chat history, huge group chats and channels, persistent message history and sending large documents and videos.
"It also allows instant media forwarding without re-upload, minimising storage usage on your phone, never losing your messages even if you lose your phone -- and many other great features which decrease bandwidth, battery and storage usage," Durov emphasised.
However, he said that the company is not going to cripple Telegram by throwing away dozens of its great features because some folks are "misled by marketing tricks from our competitors or are too lazy to start 'Secret Chats' when they think they need them".
'Secret Chats' are stored only on one device. Backups and sync of any kind decrease security, because any of the end-points can be compromised.
"Super-secure communication should always be device-specific; ideally, you should have a burner phone with a SIM card registered to a random person and use it only from locations you rarely go with your normal phone, and without logging into your real Google/Apple account," the Telegram CEO said.
Everything else, he said, is an illusion of security.
"Both iOS and Android have plenty of backdoors that can be used by some three letter agencies to hack into your phone and access your private data. This is the world we are living in, unfortunately," he mentioned.
Durov once again slammed WhatsApp, saying they will never force its users to view 30-second ads on Telegram.
He said that if they ever introduce ads, the ads will be shown only in large, one-to-many channels, which are expensive to run due to server and traffic costs and not targeted based on any private data (unlike Facebook).
"So, no collecting private data, no user profiling etc. And if you don't use our one-to-many channels (which are non-existent in all other messaging apps), you won't see a single ad," Durov said in a statement.
WhatsApp is asking users to either give their consent to sharing data with Facebook or lose their accounts after February 8.
At about 500 million users and growing, Telegram has become a major problem for the Facebook corporation.
New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, HP has unveiled updated versions of its Elite Dragonfly business laptops -- the Dragonfly Max and Dragonfly G2 -- with 11th Gen Intel processors and other striking features.
Both the laptops will include 5G options, with AT&T and T-Mobile networks supported in the US.
"While the PC is more essential than ever, what's most important of all is people. Our innovation engine continues to be grounded in deep customer insights that help keep people connected, engaged, and contributing in this new world," Alex Cho, president, Personal Systems, HP, said in a statement.
The G2 comes in a full HD low-power version, a full HD edition with HP's Sure View privacy feature and a UHD option that supports HDR400 and goes up to 1,000 nits of brightness.
HP includes a Tile track built into the laptops so you can track your laptop right in the Tile app.
Meanwhile, the Max is only available with a full HD, 1,000-nit display with a privacy shield built-in.
The 13.3-inch Dragonfly G2 and Dragonfly Max will ship with 11th Gen Intel processors, with the i3 only available on the G2 and i5 and i7 processor options available on both.
Both the devices can also be configured up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of M.2 SSD storage space.
Consumers who want a better webcam will have to go for Dragonfly Max which includes a 5MP sensor along with four wide-array mics for improved voice pickup during calls.
There's also now a button on the keyboard to deactivate the camera instead of a physical slider in the top bezel to cover it.
HP has not yet announced the pricing yet. Both laptopns are expected to be available in late January.
The company also announced its first 14-inch diagonal screen HP ENVY 14 with a 16:10 display to see 11 per cent more content for increased productivity, and HP Enhanced Lighting – a selfie light to customize and enhance a person's appearance in video calls.
In addition, the company unveiled the HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are the world's most advanced earbuds for collaboration, with personalised audio tuning, adjustable noise cancellation, and sound situation presets.
The Elite Wireless Earbuds will be offered as a bundle option with the Elite Dragonfly Max or available separately for purchase.
Samsung is reportedly going to be the exclusive supplier of OLED panels used in two top-end iPhone 13 models later this year, a new report has claimed.
Both models of iPhone 13 will use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistors (TFT) OLED panels made by Samsung Display, reports South Korean website The Elec.
"Apple's iPhone 13 will have four models and all of them will use OLED panels. The top two models will use LTPO OLED that can support a 120Hz refresh rate", the report mentioned.
The iPhone 13 lineup may mirror the iPhone 12 family of phones, with a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max.
In addition, the Ultra Wide cameras on the two high-end models will be significantly upgraded to f/1.8, 6P (six-element lens) with autofocus.
All the current iPhone 12 models are equipped with f/2.4, 5P (five-element lens) Ultra Wide cameras with fixed focus.
According to Apple's supply chain, there is a significant change in the iPhone 13's ‘3D sensing' device.
According to Barclays analysts, the iPhone 13/Pro models may feature Wi-Fi 6E. The Wi-Fi 6E provides Wi-Fi 6 features and capabilities, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data rates.