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Hundreds of iPhones, thousands of SIM cards used in Thailand click farm

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Click farms, by definition, are underground groups composed of low-paid workers who boost a website or app’s engagement and ad revenue by giving overly positive ratings and lots of, well, clicks. This is how some platforms garner the excessive number of followers and ad money they have. This practice isn’t a well-kept secret, but it’s always interesting to see how some get caught.

The latest of which happened in Thailand yesterday. Two rented houses in Ban Mai Nong Sai, Aranyaprathet District were raided by local Police, who found a total of 474 iPhones (a mix of iPhone 5s, 5c, and 4s models), 347,200 SIM cards from Thai mobile carriers, and more electronics.

The raid came with three Chinese suspects who were arrested on the spot. They later pinpointed the source of their wares, which was operated by two other Chinese men in the Muang Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province. There, police found an additional 100,000 SIM cards and more gadgets in a house. Witnesses living in the area claimed the two suspects fled the night before the inspection.

This video shows the actual site of the click farm:

Meanwhile, the three Chinese nationals claim a company in China has been supplying them with the cash and supplies for the operation. They were being paid THB 150,000 ($4,420) per month to keep the click farm alive. The name of this company is still unknown.

So, what exactly were they illegally doing? According to the same report, the trio increased engagement for China-sold products by creating artificial page views, reactions, and shares through WeChat, which is also based in China.

Why pursue this business in Thailand? Because it’s a lot cheaper to operate there than in China.

Again, this isn’t anything new. This bust may very well be just the tip of the iceberg for many more click farm raids to come, and they might be happening in a house near yours.

SEE ALSO: Unhappy customer walks into Apple Store, destroys Apple products

Source: Bangkok Post

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LG’s next flagship smartphone has its launch postponed until June

LG fans will have to hold on to their G6 and V30 for now

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LG is already making it known that they won’t have a brand-new flagship smartphone to show during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain next week. That means there won’t be a successor a year after the current flagship G6 launched, which was during last year’s MWC. This brings us to the question: How much longer do we have to wait?

According to VentureBeat‘s source, LG’s upcoming premium handset — codenamed “Judy” — is set to release in June, several months after the February launch date of the G6 in 2017. With the amount of time put into it, the new design is primed to be all new.

This aligns with reports that the South Korean company won’t call its next major release the G7, although it’ll come with the tall 18:9 screen ratio which the G6 started. The same source claims that the successor will be larger and more powerful than the G6.

Judy is expected to have a new 6.1-inch panel that’s brighter and consumes less power than a traditional IPS LCD. And unlike its predecessor, the new flagship is guaranteed to have the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as dual rear cameras, IP68-rated water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, and enough artificial intelligence to power the cameras and virtual assistant.

With the later launch date and complete set of features, Judy’s existence might also change LG’s plans for a follow-up to the V30. Only time — and an official word from LG execs — would bring truth to these rumors.

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Amazon finally launches the Echo in India

Also with the Echo Plus and Echo Dot

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Four months is worth the wait. Finally, Amazon has released the Echo for all markets in India.

Previously, the Alexa-powered speaker lineup was available on an invite-only basis for Indian customers. With the new launch, the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus are now available online through Amazon.in and through 350 retailers across India.

In their defense, Amazon used the four-month delay to optimize the devices for Indian consumers. Most notably, the devices now come with an English (India) mode. The new language option eases the interface between Indian voices and Alexa. As a result, the Indian model also comes with a more familiar Indian voice.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that the new devices are compatible with Hindi.

In terms of features, the new model comes with Alexa to Alexa voice calling. It also comes with a Drop-in feature, which allows Alexa to call family members using other Echo devices in the house.

The Echo is Amazon’s main driver for their virtual assistant Alexa. The voice-activated speaker comes in assorted flavors like the beefier Echo Plus or the smaller Echo Dot.

Sadly, the Amazon Echo’s Indian release comes with a pricier tag than its American release. The regular Echo retails for INR 9,999. The smaller Echo Dot retails for INR 4,499. Finally, the bigger Echo Plus comes at INR 14,999.

SEE ALSO: Amazon introduces Echo Spot: Your next bedside smart clock

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Official Samsung Galaxy S9 cases are now available including a Hyperknit cover

All are looking good!

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We’re just a week away from the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 from Samsung, but its official cases just can’t wait anymore.

With all the leaks we’ve seen and read about all over the internet, we already know everything about the physical looks of the Galaxy S9. It’s supposedly not much different compared to its predecessor, aside from the fingerprint reader placement at back. With probably the same fragile glass body, how do we protect it? Here’s a preview of the official cases from Samsung.

Fabric is the new thing in tech nowadays. If the luxurious Alcantara cases aren’t enough, the Galaxy S9 will also have Hyperknit covers in red or gray. There’s another cloth case with a flap on the front and shows time when closed.

The usual high-quality silicone cases will also be available and they’ll come in pink, black, and gray. The coverage of the silicone cases is the same as the Hyperknit’s sans the sporty-looking fabric cover.

The staple Clear View Stand cases will be on sale as usual. So far, there are three confirmed colors: gold, purple, and blue.

The source link below directs to the listing of MobileFun along with the corresponding prices of these and others like the new Alcantara cases but they don’t have available images as of writing.

Source: MobileFun

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview Video

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