TecQ: Samsung, Jio Prime, Debit Card Breach; Edward Snowden & More

TecQ is our weekly round-up of stories on technology.

1. Airtel & Vodafone’s Plans to Fight Jio Prime: Are They Any Good?

Jio Prime vs latest plans from Airtel and Vodafone. (Photo: The Quint)

Jio’s Prime move has been partially countered by its rivals Airtel and Vodafone in the past couple of days.

Airtel and Vodafone have already borne the brunt of Jio’s free services in the past two quarters, but they are willing to put all their eggs in one basket just to fight it out with Jio. Read the story here.

2. 6 Edward Snowden-Approved Privacy Tools for the Paranoid Net User

An activist from an advocacy group holds an illustration of whistleblower Edward Snowden. (Photo: Reuters)

Has the latest WikiLeaks release of thousands of pages of internal CIA discussions about hacking techniques gotten you worried?

In case you’re concerned enough to do something about your own electronics usage, here’s a list of privacy tools endorsed by Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who blew the top off the US’ surveillance program. Read the full story here.

3. India’s Big Debit Card Fraud: Beware, This Is Just the Beginning!

Digital payment attacks could get nastier. (Photo: iStock)

Recently, more than 3.2 million debit cards were reported to have been breached into by hackers, and what will concern you the most, is the manner in which the infiltration occurred.

ATM machines serviced and maintained by Hitachi Payment Systems, were compromised by a malware, infecting more than 50 ATMs in the country. This resulted in many account holders of HDFC, ICICI and Axis Bank among others reporting fraudulent money withdrawn from their account.

While this may not have caused a nationwide outcry, it’s hard to deny that the crux of the matter revolves around the current state of digital security.

Read the story here.

4. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Review: Rivals Apple Watch; Still No Apps

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. (Photo: The Quint)

Samsung opted to go with Tizen for its wearables. And 2016’s Gear S2, which boasted a refreshed outlook, was their last smartwatch. While Apple offers the rotating crown in its Apple Watch, Samsung outdid its competition with its rotating dial.

But with the Apple Watch Series 2 in the reckoning and Moto not bringing the third iteration of the Moto 360, does the new S3 Frontier stand a chance with its premium value? Read The Quint review here to find out.

5. Online Shopping Is On The Rise; When Will Customer Care Catch Up?

Shopping online but where’s the surety? (Photo: iStock)

Online retail is on a rise, but the glaring gaps in grievance redressal remain. The numerous stories of unsatisfactory service are proof.

Is this a sign of the unwillingness on the part of e-retailers to provide the quality service they promise? Or does this indicate a complacency on the part of the Indian customer to settle for less? Read the story here to find out what we mean.