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[November 26, 2012]

AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, technology briefs

Nov 26, 2012 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- DATAWIND SAYS INDIA'S LOW-COST TABLET IS NOT CHEAP CHINESE IMPORT: UK-based DataWind, the maker of India's low-cost Aakash tablet has denied a local media report that said the computer was a cheap Chinese import and not an Indian innovation as was claimed, AFP has reported. The allegations in the Hindustan Times newspaper that the company had "conned" India with the computer were "inaccurate and misleading," the firm said. DataWind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli said the company's business model was similar to that of technology giant Apple "where we use subcontract manufacturers to build our products." "The software and mechanical parts (of Aakash 2 tablets) are developed by us," Tuli said in the statement.

HP DENIES SELLING PRODUCTS TO SYRIA, IRAN: HP has said it does not sell products to Syria and Iran, but acknowledged in a letter made public that its products could have been delivered there through resellers or distributors, Reuters has reported. The letter was in response to a request by the Commission's Office of Global Security Risk at the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) that asked whether HP's products were sold in countries where they would be subject to US sanctions. "It is always possible that products may be diverted to Iran or Syria after being sold to channel partners, such as distributors and resellers," HP said.

JELLY BEAN AND PREMIUM SUITE UPGRADE COMING TO GALAXY NOTE 10.1 : Samsung Electronics has said the Note 10.1 tablet is set to receive a Jelly Bean upgrade very soon, Cnet has reported. Beside the OS upgrade, the company will also introduce improvements to some of the features unique to the tablet, such as the Premium Suite. They include the Multi Window feature, which allows users to run multiple apps (up to 16) at the same time, each in its own resizable window. The over-the-air update for the Note 10.1 will roll out gradually, the company said.

NEW MALWARE DESIGNED TO CORRUPT DATABASES DISCOVERED BY SYMANTEC: Symantec has said it has discovered a new type of malware that appears to be targeting Iran and is designed to meddle with SQL databases, IDG news has reported. The company discovered the malware, called W32.Narilam, on November 15. Narilam is rated as a "low risk" by the company, but according to a map, the majority of infections are concentrated in Iran, with a few in the UK, the continental US and the state of Alaska. Once on a machine, the malware looks for Microsoft SQL databases. It then hunts for specific words in the SQL database, some of which are in Persian, and replaces items in the database with random values or deletes certain fields. "The malware does not have any functionality to steal information from the infected system and appears to be programmed specifically to damage the data held within the targeted database," Symantec said.

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