vivo NEX 2 to have 10GB of RAM, in-screen speaker, f/1.3 camera

The Nokia 8.1, the global version of the Nokia X7 is now available to order in Taiwan after going official yesterday.

The phone is priced at NT$ 9,990 (€285), which is a significant step down from its projected €400 ($454) price in Europe. Nokia Taiwan even bundles a clear case with the phone and also offer the official flip case at a discounted price of NT$ 22 ($0.71). So far it looks like the only available color is Steel. Pre-orders are live now and shipments are expected to start on December 12.

The United Arab Emirates are expected to start Nokia 8.1 pre-orders later today at a price of AED 1,500 ($410).

The Nokia 8.1 packs a 6.18-inch IPS LCD of 1080x2280px resolution, a Snapdragon 710 chipset with 6GB of RAM, a 3,500mAh battery and a dual 12MP + 13MP main camera at the back.



Cryptocurrency Exchange Theft Surges in First Half of 2018: CipherTrace

Theft of cryptocurrencies from exchanges soared in the first half of this year to three times the level seen for the whole of 2017, leading to a three-fold increase in associated money laundering, according to a report from US-based cyber-security firm CipherTrace released on Tuesday.

The report, which looks at the global anti-money laundering market, showed that in the first six months of the year a total of $761 million (roughly Rs. 5,200 crores) was stolen from digital currency exchanges, compared with about $266 million (roughly Rs. 1,800 crores) for the whole of 2017.

The losses could rise to 1.5 billion this year, estimated CipherTrace, which is launching a software to help exchanges and hedge funds that use or trade cryptocurrencies comply with anti-money laundering laws.

“Stolen cryptocurrencies are three times bigger this year than last year so the trend is obviously not our friend here,” Dave Jevans, chief executive officer of CipherTrace, told Reuters in an interview.

Jevans is also the chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a global organization that aims to help solve cybercrime.

He added that stolen virtual currencies end up being laundered to help criminals hide their true identities and avoid arrest, which has resulted in a three-fold rise in money laundering of cryptocurrencies.

The most recent theft from a cryptocurrency exchange was the $32 million (roughly Rs. 214 crores) in digital currencies stolen from South Korean exchange Bithumb.

The surge in cryptocurrency crime has attracted the attention of global regulators and law enforcement, Jevans said.

For instance, the report also cited concerns about rising criminal activity in the sector from the US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which referred to cryptocurrency-denominated ransomware payments and research showing that $1.5 billion (roughly Rs. 10,3000 crores) was stolen in hacks of exchanges over a two-year period.

Jevans said regulators around the world, global law enforcement and exchanges have been in continuous dialogue about what needs to happen in the cryptocurrency industry to prevent the surge in crime.

“Now we are seeing the big guys coming together asking for cryptocurrency anti-money laundering regulation – it is inevitable, it will be unified, and it will be global,” he added.


Honda Activa-based NAVi coming back, with major UPDATES: Details

The Honda Navi is a unique looking moto-scooter in the Indian market. Two years after its official launch, Honda is preparing a new version of the Navi. Even though the Navi gained a lot of traction initially in the market, the popularity came down with time. To keep the interest alive, Honda will launch a facelifted version of the scooter in the Indian market in August.

The refreshed version of the Navi will carry the same silhouette as the current model, however, there will be updated features. The scooter will get a fuel gauge, which is missing from the current version of the two-wheeler. The instrument cluster as a whole will be updated with new features. However, Honda may continue to use the analogue dials to keep the cost in check.

Overall, the Navi may get a slightly updated tail lamp and LED headlamp too, similar to the Honda Activa 5G. Other than these updates, we can see a new set of graphics to keep the interest high among the youth. Honda may also introduce a new set of accessories for the scooter. Honda showcased a wide range of accessories during its first unveiling at the 2016 Auto Expo and conversions kits, like off-roading, may come with the new version of the moto-scooter.

The upcoming Navi will be powered by the same 110cc four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum of 7.7 Bhp and 9 Nm. It gets an automatic CVT transmission. The two-wheeler gets a telescopic front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. Both the wheels get drum brakes. The Navi weighs only 102 kg, which makes it quite fun to ride.

Interestingly, Honda stopped dispatching the Navi in May and then resumed in June. It could be the last few batches of the stock before Honda starts shipping out the facelifted version of the Navi in India.