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Google's new tools lets you develop apps without knowing how to code


AppSheet is Google Cloud's no-code development platform that is designed to let anyone create a powerful app without having to write a single line of code.

Google, earlier this month, bundled all its productivity tools and other services under Google Workspace. Now, less than a month after introducing Google Workspace, the company has rolled out a new tool to Workspace that enables users to develop apps without even learning how to code.

Enter: AppSheet.

To give you a quick brief about this tool, AppSheet is Google Cloud's no-code development platform that is designed to let anyone create a powerful app without having to write a single line of code. Instead of learning to code or finding someone to create the app that a user needs, they can use AppSheet to create the app so that they can focus on using it instead of developing or fixing it. This new tool enables users to create their own application using AppSheet directly from Google Sheets.

Now, Google has added Google AppSheet to the Google Workspace bundle. This means that when users access the interface of Google Workspace, they will see AppSheet along with other tools and services.

To use this tool, here's what users need to do: open up a Sheet > under "Tools" click on "Open in AppSheet." "Once you create an AppSheet account (if you didn't have one already), AppSheet will take care of the coding part, analyzing the data structure and creating a prototype app from it," Google explained in a blog post.

More details - https://solutions.appsheet.com





source: hindustan times
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Apple Iphone 12 - Phone Details & Features

A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone. An edge-to-edge OLED display. Ceramic Shield with four times better drop performance. And Night mode on every camera. iPhone 12 has it all -- in two perfect sizes.



I Phone 12, the new one in the iPhone 12 series was launched on October 13, 2020. The smartphone features an immersive 6.10-inch touchscreen display that has a resolution of 1170x2532 pixels at a pixel density of 460 pixels per inch (ppi). The dimensions of the mobile are 146.70 mm x 71.50 mm x 7.40 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs around 164 grams. Further, the iPhone 12 features an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. You can buy the phone in Black, Green, Red, Blue, and White colors at a starting price of Rs. 79,900.


The iPhone 12 is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile in which you can use both Nano-SIM and eSIM cards. The smartphone runs iOS 14 and has an inbuilt storage of 64GB so that you can store all your local files, songs, videos, pictures, docs and more without any space constraints. In addition to this, the smartphone from Apple houses a non-removable battery that supports both wireless and proprietary fast charging.

Speaking about the camera specifications, the iPhone 12 on the rear features a 12 MP primary camera with f/1.6 aperture and a 12 MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. Also, the rear setup has autofocus feature. While on the front, the mobile comes with a 12 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture for clicking some awesome selfies.

On iPhone 12, you get various connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/Yes, Lightning, Bluetooth v5.00, NFC, GPS, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the smartphone include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass/ magnetometer. Also, there is face unlock with 3D face recognition for security purpose.

 

Key Features:

iPhone 12 has 6.10-inch display and 1170x2532 pixels resolution
Dual camera setup on rear with features like autofocus and more
Front camera is of 12 MP
Runs iOS 14
64GB inbuilt storage
Dimensions of the phone are 146.70 mm x 71.50 mm x 7.40 mm; weight is 164 grams
Color options: Black, Green, Red, Blue, and White
 

iPhone 12 Price in India and US:

iPhone 12 Model   Price in India   Price in the US
iPhone 12 64GB   Rs. 79,900   $799
iPhone 12 128GB   Rs. 84,900   $849
iPhone 12 256GB   Rs. 94,900   $949

APPLE IPHONE 12 PRICE IN INDIA

Apple iPhone 12 smartphone price in India is likely to be Rs 74,900.
As for the colour options, the Apple iPhone 12 smartphone may come in Gold, Silver, Space Grey colours.


Pre-order iPhone 12 from 23 October
Pre‑order iPhone 12 mini from 6 November
From ₹8,227/month or ₹69,900 before trade-in.*


More details - https://www.apple.com/in/iphone-12/


source - gadgetsnow




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Apple launches iPhone 12 Mini Price & features


Apple claims it is the smallest and thinnest 5G phone in the world.

The new Apple iPhone 12 Mini will be similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of features
The phone gets a compact 5.4-inch screen



Apple's 'Hi-Speed' event revealed a total of four new iPhones. Departing from the tradition of three iPhones launched at the event. Apple has introduced a fourth new model which comes with an extremely compact form factor, considering the trends of 6.0-inch plus screen in the market. While the iPhone SE comes with a smaller 4.7-inch screen, the footprint remains the same.

The iPhone 12 Mini comes with a 5.4-inch screen which is also going to be the USP of the device. Apple has priced the Apple iPhone 12 Mini at $699 (approximately ₹51,400) which is just $100 lesser than the 6.1-inch iPhone 12, which is priced at $799 (Roughly ₹58,700).

In India, the iPhone 12 Mini will start at a price of ₹69,900. The iPhone 12 series will be sold in India from 30 October onwards. Both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini will be available in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB storage variants. The iPhone 12 will start at ₹76,900.

The iPhone 12 Pro will cost ₹1,19,900 for the base 128GB variant, while the 12 Pro Max starts at ₹1,29,900 in India

The display on iPhone Mini is a 5.4-inch screen which also gets a notch similar to the other iPhone 12 variants. However, the size of the notch may seem bigger due to the relatively small screen size. The FaceID and the front facing lens are housed in the notch. The device gets Super Retina XDR display and a ceramic shield.

Apple claims it is the smallest and thinnest 5G phone in the world. The iPhone 12 Mini, similar to the other iPhones launched at the event, will be powered by the A14 Bionic chipset. In terms of camera sensors, the phone will be launching with a dual lens setup.




source - livemint
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Google search now lets you hum to it when you forget a song

The machine learning algorithm gives you a list of songs that match your tune
This feature is available on Android and iOS


Google announced its newest feature, hum to search, on October 15, 2020. This option enables you to hum a song you cannot remember, to the Google Search widget or the latest version of Google app.

The California-headquartered technology company also extended this feature to its Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based Google Assistant. It works when you say, "Hey Google, what's this song?" One can hum the tune, which doesn't have to be pitch perfect, for ten to fifteen seconds and it then gives you a list of songs similar to the tune.

The list is generated by Google's machine learning algorithms that identify the tune, enabling them to give the "potential song matches."

How does this work?

The company's search models are trained to identify singing, whistling, humming or studio-recording of the tune. As the machine learning model identifies a tune, it is converted into a numeric sequence that will represent the song's melody.


"A song's melody is like it's fingerprint," said Krishna Kumar, Senior Product Manager of Google Search. Having their own unique identities, the tunes are matched to the "right fingerprint" by their machine learning models. As the number-based sequences are generated, the algorithm compares them to songs that are available across the globe.

Built on the work of Google's music recognition technology, the models match the human version of the tune to a song that was recorded in a studio. This music recognition technology was used in the 'Now Playing' feature found in Google Pixel phones and the SoundSearch feature on the Google app.

The "hum to search" feature is currently available in more than twenty languages on Android and works in English for iOS users.


source - livemint
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Micromax to launch first smartphone after 2 years


Homegrown smartphone brand, Micromax on Friday announced its return to India's smartphone market. The company has been out of the market for over two years now, having failed to battle against Chinese smartphone companies, which controlled the supply chain and brought the smartphone prices in India to an all-time low.

According to Rahul Sharma, co-founder of Micromax, the company will not make low-cost smartphones anymore, something it has always been known for. "We will only come out with performance-oriented products. You won't see phones worth ₹3000, 5000 from Micromax anymore," he said.

Sharma said Micromax plans to play in the ₹7,000 -10,000 to ₹20,000 -25000 segment and will sell -- both online and offline -- from early next month, bringing out an entire lineup of In branded phones by the end of the year. He claimed Micromax will have better phones than Chinese brands in the same prices that they offer. "Whatever features Chinese brands are giving, we'll give at the same price point or at a better price point," he said.

The company will start with two In branded phones in the first week of next month, but Sharma says an entire lineup of products will be launched by the end of the year. Sharma also said the company won't run ads on its phones, something users have criticized Chinese smartphone players for. "It will be a very clean experience. All the software has been done by us and all updates will happen from India," he said.

Indian smartphone brands have been eyeing a comeback ever since the Indian government announced its production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for mobile manufacturing. Both Lava and Karbonn, two well-known Indian brands, are expected to start selling smartphones soon as well. The scheme gives 4-6% benefits for manufacturing phones in India, with foreign companies being allowed these benefits on phones with invoice value about Rs. 15,000 only.


"Everybody was looking to Chinese phones because they were coming down heavily on pricing," said Sharma. This is where the PLI scheme comes in, which allows Indian manufacturers to battle the Chinese in pricing. "If you can get revenues up to Rs. 10,000 crore then Rs. 600 crore comes straight to your bottomline. I think this is a great cushion that has been provided to all the Indian companies, that will help us to fight these guys," he added.

Micromax's In phones will also be followed by other connected devices, including air conditioners and more.



source - livemint
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Apple First ARM-Powered Mac Machines Launch on November 17 Event


  • Apple to soon do away with Intel powering its MacBooks
  • The new Apple Silicon chip will be based on ARM architecture
  • Rumoured AirPods Studio could have head and neck detection



Apple has been tipped to host another launch event soon - on November 17. A third launch in a span of three months could see the Cupertino company finally launching its very own line of processors, ditching Intel and going completely solo. The product that headlines the event could be Apple's first Mac powered by the Apple Silicon chip. Apple had confirmed the news that it will be transitioning from the Intel chips that currently power all of its Mac machines to Apple Silicon at the WWDC 2020, its first all-online developer's conference in June. But it doesn't stop just there. Apple is also tipped to launch the rumoured AirPods Studio over-ear headphones early next year.


Apple's November event expectations

Tipster John Prosser speculates that the launch of Apple Silicon could take place as early as November 17. The new leak is in line with Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook promising at WWDC 2020 that the first Mac powered by Apple Silicon would launch before the end of the year. To what it could be, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that the first machines to run on the new ARM chip could be the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro and the new iMac. Kuo had also said that Apple hopes to run all its new macOS products on Apple Silicon by 2021. Some unreleased MacBook model numbers have also been reportedly leaked in Apple's filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), hinting at an upcoming launch. Kuo had later said an ARM-powered MacBook Air would be due next year.

Apple's tipped early 2021 launches

Meanwhile, Prosser claims that Apple will confirm both the events exactly a week before their scheduled dates; to recap, the Apple Silicon could launch on November 17, 2020, and the AirPods Studio and the AirTags four months later on March 17, 2021.


He had also tipped a few of the AirPods Studio's coveted features in a tweet last month, along with an alleged high-quality render. He had claimed that the AirPods Studio, codenamed B515, will be designed in high-quality leather and metal, have magnetic earcups that automatically detects left and right ears (reversible with no L/R marking), and have a USB Type-C port. A 3.5mm headphone jack is not to be expected on any Apple device anymore. Lending more weight to the rumours, a recent report had suggested that the AirPods Studio headphones would also get neck and head detection, custom equaliser settings, and the all-important active noise cancellation.

The AirPods Studio were earlier expected to launch along with iPhone 12 at Apple's October 14 mega launch where it introduced the iPhone 12 series and the HomePod mini, until its production hit a snag, according to Prosser. What we know so far about the rumoured AirTags is that they will be much like a keychain with a Bluetooth tracker. They look a tad bigger than a bottle cap in alleged renders.

The new iPhone 12 series has been launched with four models and the pre-order dates and availability of all of them in India have now been announced.


courtesy: gadgets ndtv
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Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro Pre-Orders


  • Apple Store is inaccessible due to the downtime
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders will begin in key markets from Friday
  • Apple will start taking iPhone 12 pre-orders in India from October 23


The Apple Store is down at the moment. Although Apple hasn't provided any reason for the downtime, it comes just hours ahead of the iPhone 12 pre-orders that are initially beginning in key markets including Australia, China, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US. Alongside iPhone 12, Apple is also set to take pre-orders for the iPhone 12 Pro in the initial list of markets on Friday. The India pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will begin from October 23.

Apple has put up a message on its online store in the US and other markets where the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are going for pre-orders. The message reads, "You're... early. Pre-order begins at 5:00 a.m. PDT. Enjoy the extra sleep."

During the official launch on Tuesday, Apple highlighted that pre-orders for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro would go live in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, the UK, the US, and over 30 other countries starting 5am PDT (5:30pm IST) on Friday, while their availability scheduled for October 23. However, both new iPhone models will be available for pre-orders in India on October 23, with their availability set for October 30.

That said, the Apple Store is down in India as well. The India website, that was launched just last month, says, "We'll be right back. Updates are coming to the Apple Store. Check back soon."

Notably, the downtime in India comes just ahead of the Diwali offer that Apple will kick-off through its online store on Saturday, October 17. The offer will bring free AirPods with every iPhone 11₹ 47,999 purchase. Apple may also add a bank offer to make the deal even sweeter for Indian customers.

Alongside the Apple Store, Amazon and Flipkart are also offering attractive deals and discounts on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.



courtesy: gadgets ndtv
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Google to Move Users From Hangouts to Google Chat Early Next Year

  • Video calls on Hangouts will also start using Meet from November
  • Users won't be able to call phone numbers from Hangouts next year
  • Google says both Hangouts and Google Chat will be active for a while



Google has announced that it will transition its users from Google Hangouts to Google Chat under the re-branded Google Workspace (previously G Suite) in the first half of next year. Google Workspace brings Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and now Chat, within an integrated, unified space. Up until now, Google Chat was only available for premium G Suite customers. But it is set to become a free service within Gmail and as a standalone app (much like Google Hangouts).

The new Google Workspace, too, is only available for business customers right now. The company in a blog post has said that it will bring it to the rest of the people next year. Google Chat will retain some Hangout features, such as direct and group messaging, and discard some others. Google says the new messaging application will also have the same phishing mechanism as Gmail. It means links and attachments sent via Google Chat will automatically run through real-time data from Google Safe Browsing and flagged if malicious.

Google has also assured that users' Hangouts data, including conversation history and contacts, will automatically migrate to the new Google Chat once it goes live sometime in the first half of 2021. The company has not given an exact date of the transition, nor has it specified things users will have to do to make the jump.

Video calls on Hangouts will also start using Meet from November. And users won't be able to call phone numbers from Hangouts starting early next year. Some other details are particular to Google Fi and Google Voice users. For Voice users, the company has said that it will start directing text messages and calls from Hangouts to the Voice app this month, and remove Voice support from Hangouts entirely next year. Google Fi users won't be able to manage text messages and calls from Hangouts from sometime early next year.

The transition, however, will be gradual and both Hangouts and Chat will be available for a while, reports The Verge, citing additional details that Google has shared with the publication.




courtesy: gadgets ndtv
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Update to iOS 14.2, Apple to bring more emojis

After making the iOS 14.0.1 official, Apple is now testing iOS 14.2.

After making the iOS 14.0.1 official, Apple is now testing iOS 14.2. The company has released the beta version for the testers and it is likely to come with a lot of new emojis.

As per emojipedia, Apple will get a host of new emojis in the next iOS update. The emojis were spotted in the beta version of iOS 14.2. This means that the emojis could be released for a wider audience in the coming weeks. Some of the emojis that were spotted are transgender, new sea animals like seal, needle and thread, skating shoes, and more

Apple has included emojis of a man in wearing a veil and a woman in Tuxedo, making it more gender-neutral. Another set of emojis shows a man, woman, a girl feeding milk to a baby, highlighting the gender roles. The new set of emojis will also see some prominent insects such as a cockroach, which is extremely well-articulated, a fly.

Apart from the iPhone users, the MacBook users will also get to experience the new set of emojis. However, these emojis were spotted in the beta update of the iOS, and Apple can also change or replace them in the final release.



source - India Today
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Poco C3 to come to India

Poco India has confirmed that the Poco C3 will be sold online via Flipkart.

Poco India has announced a new smartphone is coming on October 6.

It will be called Poco C3 and it could be a rebranded Redmi 9C.

Poco C3 is arriving in India on October 6. The company has announced the next smartphone to a completely new series will launch at noon next week. There is no information on what this smartphone will come with or what it would look like but there is strong speculation that the Poco C3 is going to be the rebranded Redmi 9C.

Redmi 9C launched originally in Malaysia back in June. So if the Poco C3 is indeed a repackaged version of Redmi's budget phone, we have its specifications and looks all clear.

The Poco C3 might have a 6.53-inch 720p LCD with 20:9 aspect ratio. It is likely to be powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 processor paired with up to 4GB of RAM. For its cameras, you might get a 13-megapixel main camera and two 2-megapixel auxiliary cameras on the back while a 5-megapixel camera will be on the front. The Poco C3 should have a 5000mAh battery with 10W charging.

Poco India says the Poco C3 will debut at noon on October 6 via an online event and that it will sell exclusively on Flipkart. We do not know the official price yet but a leaked image of Poco C3 retail box points that the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model could cost Rs 10,990. Let us wait for the launch event to see what Poco India has in store for us.


courtesy: India Today
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Google / Google extends Meet unlimited call
Oct 01, 2020, 11:02 PM
Google extends Meet unlimited call


Google has said in a blog post that it will extend longer calls available to free Meet users until March 31 next year.

Google is extending the free longer calls in its Meet service until March 31, 2021. The company said that the feature which was to expire at the end of September will now continue to work as it is.

"As a sign of our commitment, today we're continuing unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version through March 31, 2021 for Gmail accounts," Google said in a blog post.

Gmail users can make use of Meet to make video calls directly from their inbox.

"We've also added a ton of experiences to Meet to make connecting more fun and more productive, too. You can now see your family on the big screen when you cast your calls to your TV, or join hands-free on your Nest Hub Max. Jump on the call without worrying about the holiday wrapping paper mess behind you with background blur, or take trivia night to the next level by seeing 49 of your competitors (and yourself) at the same time. You can even keep score using our collaborative digital whiteboard," Google wrote in its blog post.

It is worth noting that Google with Meet competes with the likes Zoom. Zoom, in comparison, offers free users a limited 40-minute call time.

Google said it was making the announcement because "for many of us, it's difficult to see each other in person these days (and that) video is now playing a crucial role in helping us connect."




courtesy: India today
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Google Plans on Producing Less Than a Million Pixel 5 Smartphones

Initial production for Pixel 5, Pixel 4A (5G), and Pixel 4A is reportedly set at 3 million units.

Google plans to produce less than 1 million Google Pixel 5 smartphones this year, as per a report. This is a modest goal for the tech giant to set for the flagship Google Pixel 5 that has just been launched. Google Pixel 4A (5G) was also launched alongside Pixel 5, and the Pixel 4A a few months back. Initial production for all three models is set at just 3 million units, the report added, as Google's total handset sales last year fell below the company's target, and market demand had further been hit by the pandemic.

Citing sources, the report by Nikkei Asia claims that production for the flagship Google Pixel 5 could be as low as around 800,000 units. Google has reportedly given a relatively conservative forecast for the flagship phone this year as Google Pixel 4 did not sell well last year, and the market demand this year has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the production volume is subject to adjustment depending on how the market reacts after the phones are released, Nikkei Asia added.

Alphabet's Google shipped 7.2 million Pixel smartphones last year as per research company IDC, falling short of the company's target of 8 to 10 million units, stated the report. For the first six months of 2020, Google shipped just 1.5 million smartphones, a sharp drop from the same period last year, when Google sold 4.1 million units, showed the data.

The sources also told the publication that Google's plan further suffered as COVID-19 caused a delay in production of the Pixel 4a. Although lower-priced models like the Pixel 4a have smaller margins, they help boost shipment volumes.

The coronavirus pandemic further disrupted Google's diversification plan to produce all handsets, including the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A series, in Vietnam this year. People familiar with the matter told the publication that so far only the Pixel 4a series had entered production there; Pixel 5 was still being manufactured in Shenzhen, China



source - gadgets ndtv
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How to Enable SMTP Authentication for Outlook 2010 & 2013 ?


  • Open Outlook
  • Click on the File tab and select Account Settings. The Account Settings box appears.
  • Verify that the E-mail tab is selected. Your email account appears, usually labelled yourname@domain.com
  • Click on the account to highlight it, and click on the Change icon above it. The Internet E-mail Settings appear.
  • Under the Server Information section, ensure that the box marked Outgoing mail server (SMTP) is set to smtp.gn.apc.org
  • Click the button More Settings... in the lower right-hand corner. The Internet Email Settings box appears.
  • Click on the tab Outgoing Server.
  • Click the tick box "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication", and ensure that the circle-box "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" is selected.
  • You should ensure you are using a secure connection. Click on the "Advanced" tab. Next to outgoing server, change the SMTP port number from "25" to "587" and in the "use the following type of encrypted connection" box, choose "TLS".
  • Click OK to close the Internet Email Settings box.
  • Click the Finish button to close the Internet E-mail Settings box. Click the Close button to close the Account Settings box.
  • SMTP authentication has now been enabled.
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Google removed PayTM from Play Store


Google has taken down the Paytm app from the Play Store while other apps like Paytm for Business, Paytm mall, Paytm Money, and a few more are still available.

Google has taken down the Paytm app from the Play Store while other apps like Paytm for Business, Paytm mall, Paytm Money, and a few more are still available for download. Paytm declined to comment and said the company will issue a statement after investigating the matter. The application is available for download on the Apple App Store.

Google hasn't specifically revealed the reason behind taking down the app downloaded by millions of users in India but in a blog posted today the tech giant cites policy on gambling.

In the blog, Google's Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy stated, "We don't allow online Removeds or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies."

Frey noted, "We have these policies to protect users from potential harm. When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance."

"And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently," Frey further stated.

Redirecting users from one application to another is not permitted on the Playstore. This is the reason 'Remove China Apps' was permanently pulled down. Even Mobikwik found itself in a similar situation when they flashed Aarogya Setu ad banner on their app.


source - indian express
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YouTube to launch short-video Shorts in India

YouTube said it will continue to add more features and expand to more countries in the coming months as it learns from its users and listens to their feedback.

YouTube is launching short video format 'Shorts' starting in India with an early beta version in the next few days.

YouTube said Shorts is a new short-form video experience right on YouTube for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using their mobile phones.

"Over the next few days in India, we're launching an early beta of Shorts with a handful of new creation tools to test this out. This is an early version of the product, but we're releasing it now to bring you -- our global community of users, creators and artists -- on our journey with us as we build and improve Shorts," YouTube said in a blogpost on Monday.

YouTube said it will continue to add more features and expand to more countries in the coming months as it learns from its users and listens to their feedback.

YouTube said Shorts is a "new way to express yourself" in 15 seconds or less.

"Every month, 2 billion viewers come to YouTube to laugh, learn and connect. Creators have built entire businesses on YouTube, and we want to enable the next generation of mobile creators to also grow a community on YouTube with Shorts," it said.

YouTube in one among many social media companies who have launched a short video format to fill the gap left by short video app TikTok's ban. Facebook launched Instagram Reels inside the app right after India banned TikTok in June. There are dozen more local competitors.


courtesy: economic times
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Amazon has considered investing in Reliance Retail Ventures

Mukesh Ambani-led Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries is looking to sell a roughly $20 billion stake in its retail arm to Amazon, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The technology giant has considered investing in Reliance Retail Ventures and is willing to sell up to a 40% stake in retail unit, the report said.

Amazon has held discussions about investing in the conglomerate's Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. unit and has expressed interest in negotiating a potential transaction, a person with knowledge of the matter told the publication.

ET had earlier reported that Reliance Retail Reliance Industries is looking to raise Rs 60,000-63,000 crore by selling a 15% stake in Reliance Retail Ventures, the holding company of its retail businesses, to a clutch of private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds.

On Wednesday, US private equity major Silver Lake picked up 1.75% in Reliance Retail Ventures for Rs 7,500 crore, valuing the company at Rs 4.21 lakh crore.

"As a policy, we do not comment on media speculation and rumors," a Reliance spokesman said in an emailed response to the publication "Our company evaluates various opportunities on an ongoing basis. We have made and will continue to make necessary disclosures in compliance with our obligations."

Interestingly, when Reliance Industries acquired the retail business of Future Group last month, the conglomerate had structured the deal in a way that Amazon doesn't become its shareholder. Amazon owns 49% stake in Future Coupons, which owns about 10% stake in Future Retail, that operates more than 1,000 stores under Big Bazaar, Fbb, Foodhall and Easyday Club brands.

The acquisition gives Reliance Retail sway over a network of nearly 1,800 stores and brings in Rs 26,000 crore in additional sales to create a Rs 1.89 lakh crore ($26 billion) retail empire spanning about 14,000 brick-and-mortar stores, making it seven times bigger in terms of revenues than its nearest rival Avenue Supermarts that runs D'Mart.

These developments come after Reliance's digital unit Jio Platforms racked up $20 billion from a clutch of investors including Facebook, Google and Intel among others, in less than three months.



courtesy: economic times
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Mobikwik joins IPO queue, eyes public listing by 2022


Homegrown fintech company Mobikwik said on Tuesday that it had "kickstarted" the process for a public listing by 2022, joining startups such as PhonePe, Paytm and Zomato that have publicly announced their plans to go in for Initial Public Offerings.

The company has also elevated senior vice president Chandan Joshi as cofounder.

"As co-founder, Chandan will join (co-founders) Bipin (Preet Singh) and Upasana (Taku) in setting the internal work ethos and momentum, organizing teams better for faster delivery, improving fiscal performance and getting the company in shape for IPO in 2022," the company said in a statement.

Joshi, who joined Mobikwik in 2018, has also been promoted as CEO of its payments business, the company said. In his new role, Joshi will take charge of Mobikwik's core payment business.

"Chandan has demonstrated all the right traits that we look for in a business leader - he leads from the front, is invested in his teams, is tenacious in driving business results and in closing large strategic deals," co-founder and CEO Bipin Preet Singh said.

It is not the first time that an outside executive has assumed the title of co-founder in India's broader startup landscape.

Zomato and Rebel Foods are among Indian startups where senior executives outside the original founding team have been promoted as a 'co-founder.'

"I joined in the aftermath of de-monetisation and my first assignment was organizing the retail payments business, then to run e-commerce payments and finally to grow all of the payments business," Joshi said. "I am confident that together we will be able to profitably grow MobiKwik and take the company public."

The company reduced its losses to Rs 8.5 crore and posted revenue of Rs 379 crore in financial year 2020, as per regulatory disclosures.


courtesy: economic times
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India open sources code for Aarogya Setu iOS app


Developers have criticised the government for not uploading the code for updated versions of the Android app fast enough, while others have complained about not making the server side of the code publicly available


The Indian government has open sourced the code for its contact tracing app Aarogya Setu's iOS version. The move comes just over two months after the government open sourced the code for the app's Android version. The code is available on OpenForge, which is the Indian government's own open source platform. The Android version is available on Microsoft-owned open source platform Github.

While the government open sourced the code on 10 August, the announcement was made today on app's official Twitter handle.

Open sourcing the code for an app allows developers to take a closer look at how the app functions. They can also find bugs in the system and report the same to the creator. The Indian government had also announced a bug bounty programme worth ₹1 lakh, for those who can successfully find bugs in the code and report them. The winners of the Android bug bounty program will be announced soon.


Developers have criticised the Indian government for how it has handled open sourcing the code for its app. Some have said the government isn't uploading the code for updated versions of the Android app fast enough, while others have criticised them for not making the server side of the code publicly available. Keeping the server side code private means developers can't tell how the data collected by the app is used in the backend.

The Aarogya Setu app currently has 15 crore users, according to numbers shared by the government on its Twitter account. While its download numbers have ramped up fast, the government has so far never disclosed how many monthly or daily active users the app has. These numbers typically used to gauge whether users are using an application.


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Chinese loan app Moneed leaked over 350 mn India users data

Besides name and phone number, the database includes information about the phone a person was using, the apps installed on said phone, and their IP addresses, suggesting that Moneed's access to a user's data is extremely invasive

A vulnerability in Chinese micro-lending app, Moneed, may have exposed personal details of millions of Indian users. The vulnerability was found by security researcher Anurag Sen, who informed the company about it. While Moneed didn't immediately respond to the researcher's email, the company claims it has fixed the error after a report from The Next Web yesterday.

The database, which was seen by Mint, has over 350 million records of Indian users, including their names and phone numbers. It was stored on a server in China, even though the company's founder, Leon Xu, claimed all Indian data is stored in Mumbai. The database also includes information about the phone a person was using, the apps installed on said phone, and their IP addresses, suggesting that Moneed's access to a user's data is extremely invasive.

The company has another app on the Play Store, called MoMo, which works the same way as Moneed. The permissions list for that app says it can even control a phone's vibration, connect and disconnect from WiFi networks, have full network access, modify a phone's storage and read content on the phone, read contacts and modify them, and much more.

The app takes access to users' contact lists, and uploads the same to its servers. That means your phone number and name may be on the database even if you haven't used the app.

In a conversation with Mint via LinkedIn, Xu said the company has millions of users in India. He denied that the data belonged to Moneed at first, and said the researcher hadn't reached out to the company. However, he later said he would check with his teams about the same.

In an official statement sent to Mint today, the company said it has "thoroughly" communicated with the researcher and made fixing the loophole its top priority. "We have also thoroughly checked every part of our internal technology system with strengthening our firewall and security protection to completely meet the standards and requirements according to the laws and regulations set forth by the authorities," the company said in its statement.

The researcher, though, says that all he received from the company was a single email, with a statement similar to the one put on its social platforms and sent to the media.



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Nokia 5.3 to launch in India soon

HMD Global has not kept the Nokia 5.3 under wraps. In fact, the company went ahead and listed the device on their website

HMD Global has not kept the Nokia 5.3 under wraps. In fact, the company went ahead and listed the device on their website. Now the company has started teasing the launch of the device on social media, indicating that the device will be launched soon.

A recent tweet by Nokia India shared a teaser of the Nokia 5.3. The teaser claims that the phone will be launching soon. The tweet stated, "Never miss out on capturing your favourite moments with the Nokia 5.3."

Since the phone is already available in other markets. We have a good idea of the specifications that the device will get. However, the price is still a mystery. The device is priced at 189 euros globally which roughly translates to ₹16,800. HMD Global is expected to price the device on similar lines in India.


The phone comes with a 6.55-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 20:9. The display comes with a water drop notch which houses the front facing camera. The phone gets a HD+ resolution.

In terms of optics, the Nokia 5.3 features a quad-camera setup. The primary sensor is a 13MP unit. The main lens is assisted by a 2MP depth sensor, 5MP ultra-wide angle sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. The water-drop notch houses a front facing lens with 8 MP resolution. As seen in the images shared by the website, all four lenses on the rear panel are placed in a circular highlighted area with the fingerprint sensor placed under it.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and globally, the phone is available with three RAM variants starting from 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM and all the way to 6GB RAM.



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Telegram rolls out one-on-one video calls

Telegram has introduced one-on-one video calls which are end-to-end encrypted and secure.

Telegram has rolled out a video calling feature for all users.

It can be accessed through App Store or Play Store.

Only one-on-one video calls are available as of now with group video calls to be rolled out soon.


Telegram has rolled out an end-to-end encrypted video calling feature for Android and iOS in its alpha version. The cloud-based messaging system brought out the feature shortly after it was made available in the beta version. However, in the beta version, it was not available through PlayStore and the process was a little tedious as users had to access it through the App Page of Telegram.

The latest alpha version enables all users to access the video calling feature. The one-on-one video calling feature can be accessed by all users through PlayStore or App Store. If it is not immediately available, users should update the app to see the feature.

"2020 highlighted the need for face-to-face communication, and our alpha version of video calls is now available on both Android and iOS," Telegram noted in its blog post.

So, how can users make video calls using Telegram?

It is the same as making an audio call on Telegram. Once users make an active audio call, the video option appears in the call which users can now enable.

Users have to follow these steps to make a call on Telegram:

--Open the Telegram app.

--Go to the profile page or click on the three lines on the left-hand side.

--Click on the Calls option from a left-hand side window.

--Choose the contact to which call has to be made.

--Once the call is active, users can switch to the video mode.

Alternatively, users can go to the chat of the contact to which they want to make a video call. Then click on the three dots on the right-hand side, and choose the option to video call.

Telegram noted that the video calls also enable the picture-in-picture option so that users can multitask while being active on the video calls. As of now, the video calling feature is only available for one-on-one video calls but it will soon be made available to group video calls, Telegram noted. Telegram further asserted that video calls are end-to-end encrypted and secure.

"All video calls are protected with end-to-end encryption. To confirm your connection, compare the four emoji shown on-screen for you and your chat partner if they match, your call is 100 per cent secured by time-tested encryption also used in Telegram's Secret Chats and Voice Calls," Telegram noted.

The feature marks its presence on Telegram as the app becomes seven years old. "In 2013, we began as a small app focused on secure messaging and have since grown into a platform with over 400M users. Telegram is now one of the top 10 most-downloaded apps and is used all over the world," Telegram noted. Telegram launched its voice calling feature called Telegram Calls in 2017.


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Reliance Jio will offer free live streaming of IPL 2020 with these prepaid plans

As per a report, Reliance Jio will allow prepaid customers with access to Disney+ HotStar and JioFiber users to stream IPL 2020.

Reliance Jio will let select prepaid customers live stream IPL 2020 for free.

These are users of prepaid plans at Rs 401 and 2599 who have access Disney+ Hotstar.

JioFiber users with plans above Rs 849 will also get to live stream IPL 2020 for free.



Reliance Jio will let select prepaid customers live-stream IPL 2020. Reliance Jio introduced Disney+ Hotstar subscription on select plans some time ago and now customers with access to the subscription will be able to live-stream IPL 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar, as per a report by 91 mobiles.

Moreover, Reliance Jio will also let JioFiber customers live stream IPL 2020. Jio customers who are not subscribed to Disney+ Hotstar or do not have free access, the IPL 2020 streaming will be limited to just five minutes. Let's look at these plans.

Rs 401 Reliance Jio plan: The Rs 401 plan by Reliance Jio gives users up to 90GB data. This translates to 3GB data per day with a validity of 28 days. The plan also gives users an additional 6GB on top of the daily usage limit. The plan also features free calling Jio-to-Jio with a FUP limit of 1,000 minutes to other networks, 100 SMS messages per day, and complimentary access to premium Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV, JioNews, and others.

Rs 2,599 Reliance Jio annual plan: This annual prepaid plan comes with 2GB daily data for 365 days and an additional 10GB above the daily data limit. This makes a total data spread of 740GB in the 12 months. This plan also comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to Disney+ Hotstar, free calling within Jio network, a FUP limit of 12,000 calling minutes to other networks, 100 SMS per day, free access to Jio apps like Jio Cinema, Jio TV, JioNews, and others.

JioFiber plans with IPL live streaming: All Jio Fiber plans priced above Rs 849 will get an access to live stream IPL 2020 as they come with a complimentary annual subscription to Disney+ Hotstar VIP content.

Disney+ Hotstar can be subscribed on a monthly or an annual basis. If users are looking for a premium subscription, it will cost them Rs 1499 for a year. They can pay Rs 299 every month. Disney+ HotStar also offers a VIP subscription that costs Rs 399 for the entire year. Both plans will give users access to live stream IPL 2020.


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After Microsoft and Twitter, Oracle in talks to buy TikTok's US operations

Oracle is now in talks with the China-based company to acquire the US operations of TikTok

US President Donald Trump had given an ultimate to TikTok to sell off its US business within 90 days.

Microsoft in a statement had announced that they are in talks with Bytedance and US government to acquire the US operations of TikTok.


Seems like ByteDance's TikTok has too many takers in the US. After Microsoft and Twitter, tech giant Oracle is now in talks with the China-based company to acquire the US operations of TikTok. US President Donald Trump had given an ultimate to TikTok to sell off its US business within 90 days else he will shut down the app in the country.

As per the Financial Times report, Oracle has been considering has been in talks with Bytedance regarding TikTok's US operations. If reports are to be trusted, Oracle is seriously considering taking over TikTok's US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand operations. The report also revealed that Oracle already owns a stake in ByteDance.

Bytedance and Oracle are yet to comment on this piece of news.

Earlier, Microsoft in a statement had announced that they are in talks with Bytedance and US government to acquire the US operations of TikTok. However, a Financial Times report later revealed that Microsoft is not only eyeing the US operations but also planning to take over the global operations of the short video platform. Microsoft, however, is yet to issue an official statement about its plans to acquire the global business of the ByteDance-owned short video platform.

Apart from Microsoft, Twitter was also in talks with Bytedance regarding a potential deal. However, the experts had stated that it would be practically impossible for Twitter to acquire a company like TikTok within 45 days as it does not seem to possess the kind of financial backing. A report stated that One of Twitter's shareholders, private equity firm Silver Lake, was interested in funding a potential deal.

US President Trump had earlier signed an executive order barring transactions with ByteDance. "The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," the executive order reads. "At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application, in particular, TikTok."

TikTok, however, wasn't expecting Trump to take such a drastic step. In response to Trump's order, TikTok had said in a statement, "We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses."


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Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple


Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China's Supreme People's court ruled that the patent was valid.

Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents.

The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion)in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.

Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.

The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China's Supreme People's court ruled that the patent was valid.



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Samsung offers Galaxy S20+ free with its QLED 8K TVs, check Independence Day Offers

Samsung on Monday announced 'Samsung Independence Day Offers' exclusively for televisions, refrigerators, smart ovens, washing machines, and air conditioners. The new offers will be available until August 31, 2020.

During the offer period, Samsung is bundling a slew of deals, finance schemes with up to 15% cashback, and easy EMIs of as low as ₹990.

Samsung is offering a free Galaxy S20+ worth ₹77,999 with its QLED 8K TVs. It is also offering a 10-year no screen burn-in warranty and 3-year warranty on the panel on select QLED TVs.

On Samsung Smart TVs, customers will get a cashback of up to ₹9,000 and easy EMIs as low as ₹990 along with the option of one EMI off on 43-inch and above models. Samsung is also bundling one-month free Zee5 subscription with select Samsung TVs and 30% off on Zee5 premium packs.

Those looking for a new refrigerator, Samsung is offering a free Galaxy Note 10 Lite worth ₹37,999 with its SpaceMax Family Hub fridge. Additionally, on purchase of Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, consumers can avail up to 15% cashback and easy EMI options as low as ₹990, along with one EMI off on refrigerators above 300L capacity.

Consumers can further avail options such as EMIs of up to 36 months and one free EMI on select TV and refrigerator models.

"Consumers purchasing Samsung Air Conditioners can avail easy EMIs of as low as ₹990. On purchase of Samsung's Wind-Free Air Conditioner that comes with 23,000 micro-holes to gently spread air evenly throughout the room, maintaining a comfortable level of coolness without any draft, consumers will get up to 15% cashback Additionally, benefits such as 5-year condenser and PCB controller warranty, 10-year warranty on the Digital Inverter Compressor on select air conditioner models along with free installation and free gas recharge will also be offered," said Samsung in a release.


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WhatsApp gets green chit to rollout UPI payment service in India


This was mentioned in an affidavit, which was filed by RBI in June, stating that it was satisfied with
WhatsApp's compliance with data storage rules and can bring Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to everyone.

It looks like Facebook's WhatsApp is all set to introduce its payment services in India. The UPI payment feature was a part of beta testing until recently. As per a report from Live Mint, the instant messenger app may join hands with National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI). It is said to have met the data localisation requirements as well. This was mentioned in an affidavit, which was filed by RBI in June, stating that it was satisfied with WhatsApp's compliance with data storage rules and can bring Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to everyone.

"We would like to confirm that WhatsApp has satisfied the data localization requirements based on Cert-In auditor's reports and we hereby are giving ICICI Bank (payment service provider bank for WhatsApp) the approval to go live," stated the affidavit submitted by RBI.

In case you aren't aware, the local data storage rule by RBI is that companies should store the payments data, information on payments, settlement transaction, customer data and more in India itself.

"We understand NPCI is satisfied with WhatsApp's compliance with RBI's payments guidelines on data localization. Our team has worked hard to meet these standards over the last year," the spokesperson said to Mint. The instant messenger is however, still waiting to get a formal confirmation from NPCI to begin its UPI-based payments system in India.

Just last month it was reported that WhatsApp is planning to team up with Indian lenders to expand banking services in rural areas and for those with low income. It has already partnered with ICICI and HDFC Bank for this.


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Facebook says Jio deal to drive small biz to WhatsApp

Zuckerberg says he is 'excited about the opportunity' here and that the company plans to expand to other markets once the platform is proved in India

Facebook Inc. chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company's partnership with Mukesh Ambani-controlled Jio Platforms will help the American tech giant bring "millions of small businesses" in India to its popular messaging app WhatsApp.

"A big part of the partnership that we have with Jio will be to wire up and get thousands of small businesses across India on-boarded onto WhatsApp, to do commerce there," Zuckerberg told analysts on the company's June quarter earnings call on Friday morning.

The head of the world's largest social media network said he is "excited about the opportunity" here and that the company plans to expand to other markets once the platform is proved in India.

"Once we prove that out with Jio in India, we're planning on expanding it to more folds in India and to other countries as well," Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg's remarks are in line with Ambani's earlier announcement that JioMart and WhatsApp will be working closely in India. Reliance Jio started a WhatsApp-based service for JioMart earlier this year, allowing users to place orders on the platform through WhatsApp.

The messaging platform itself announced, earlier this month, that it now has 15 million users on WhatsApp Business in India, the chat platform's business-facing part. Many of these are small businesses. WhatsApp is also close to bringing WhatsApp Pay, its unified payments interface (UPI)-based payments service. This will allow the platform to offer a more holistic buying experience for customers.

The National Payments Corp. of India informed RBI iin June that WhatsApp Pay now meets localisation rules for a payments platform.



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Apple buys startup to turn iPhones into payment terminals


Apple Inc has acquired Mobeewave Inc, a startup with technology that could transform iPhones into mobile payment terminals, according to people familiar with the matter.



Apple Inc has acquired Mobeewave Inc, a startup with technology that could transform iPhones into mobile payment terminals, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mobeewave's technology lets shoppers tap their credit card or smartphone on another phone to process a payment. The system works with an app and doesn't require hardware beyond a Near Field Communications, or NFC, chip, which iPhones have included since 2014.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant paid about $100 million for the startup, one of the people said. Mobeewave had dozens of employees, and Apple has retained the team, which continues to work out of Montreal, according to the people familiar. They asked not to be identified discussing a private transaction.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," an Apple spokesman said.

Apple typically buys startups to turn their technology into features of its products. Apple added Apple Pay to the iPhone in 2014, allowing users to pay for physical goods with a tap in retail stores. Last year, it launched its own credit card, the Apple Card. Integrating Mobeewave could let anyone with an iPhone accept payments without additional hardware.

This would put Apple into more direct competition with Square Inc., a leading provider of payment hardware and software for smartphones and tablets.

On its website, Mobeewave shows a demonstration of a user typing in a transaction amount and then a customer tapping their credit card on the phone to process the payment on the device.

Samsung Electronics Co. partnered with Mobeewave last year to allow its phones to use the technology. Samsung's venture arm is also an investor in the startup, which has raised more than $20 million, according to PitchBook.

The deal would be one of several for Apple this year. It recently acquired weather app Dark Sky and virtual-reality content broadcasting company NextVR. Other purchases include Voysis, Xnor.ai and Inductiv to improve Siri and artificial intelligence, and Fleetsmith for enterprise device management.


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Microsoft confirms plans to buy TikTok in US by September 15

The Satya Nadella-led company in a blog post revealed that Microsoft has plans to seal the deal with TikTok's parent company Bytedance by September 15, 2020.

Microsoft on Sunday confirmed that it is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the US.

Microsoft has discussed the privacy concerns with US President Donald Trump.

Microsoft also said that the discussions are preliminary and it doesn't intend to provide any other information unless there is a final outcome.


Microsoft on Sunday confirmed that it is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of the short video platform, TikTok in the United States. The Satya Nadella-led company in a blog post revealed that Microsoft has discussed the security concerns with US President Donald Trump and it plans to seal the deal with TikTok's parent company Bytedance by September 15, 2020.

"Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President's concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury. Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President," the Microsoft blog read.

If Microsoft takes over the US arm of Bytedance-owned TikTok, it will operate the short video platform in countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. "The two companies have provided notice of their intent to explore a preliminary proposal that would involve a purchase of the TikTok service in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and would result in Microsoft owning and operating TikTok in these markets. Microsoft may invite other American investors to participate on a minority basis in this purchase," the company said in a blog.

Microsoft also said that it will make sure that all the private data of American TikTok users would not be shared with any of the countries and would remain in the United States. It further said that if by fluke a data is transferred outside the United States, Microsoft will make sure that data is deleted from servers outside the country after it is transferred. This is one of the prime reasons why TikTok is facing heat in countries like the United States and even India, where it was banned a few months ago. TikTok was accused of sharing private data of users with China.

Microsoft will take cognizance of all the security and privacy concerns, also plans to add world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections. It also ensures complete transparency to users and the governments. "This new structure would build on the experience TikTok users currently love, while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections. The operating model for the service would be built to ensure transparency to users as well as appropriate security oversight by governments in these countries," the company said

However, Microsoft also said that the discussions are preliminary and it doesn't intend to provide any other information unless there is a final outcome to their discussions.


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Recurring payments via UPI - now set autopay feature

With this latest feature, customers can enable recurring e-mandate using any UPI application for recurring payments such as mobile bills, electricity bills among others up to ₹2,000

If the amount exceeds ₹2000, customers have to execute every mandate with UPI PIN

National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI), today launched its new UPI AutoPay feature in a virtual Global Fintech Fest event.

With this latest feature, customers can enable recurring e-mandate using any UPI application for recurring payments such as mobile bills, electricity bills, EMI payments, entertainment and OTT subscriptions, insurance, mutual funds and loan payments, among others of up to ₹2000. If the amount exceeds ₹2000, customers have to execute every mandate with UPI PIN.

Here is how to enable it:

1) You can can create e-mandate through UPI-enabled bank ID or QR Scan for transactions up to ₹2000.

2) For this, you have to authenticate your account through UPI PIN, which you created when you made the UPI account, for one-time and subsequent monthly payments would be debited automatically.


2) Any UPI-enabled application would also have a 'Mandate' section, through which you can create, approve, modify, pause as well as revoke auto debit mandate.

3) The mandate section will allow you to view your past mandates for reference and records.

4) The mandates can be set for one-time, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, half yearly and yearly.

The feature is introduced under NPCI's UPI 2.0 platform.

Some of the banks, merchants and aggregators who have already gone live with UPI AutoPay are Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, HSBC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Paytm Payments Bank, AutoPe-Delhi Metro, AutoPe-Dish TV, CAMS Pay, Furlenco, Growfitter, Policy Bazaar, Testbook.com, The Hindu, Times Prime, Paytm, PayU, RazorPay, among others. Jio Payments Bank, State Bank of India and YES Bank will soon go live with UPI AutoPay.


Here is how you can set up a UPI account:

One of the commonly used UPI apps for digital transactions is the BHIM app. Here are the steps to set up a UPI account via BHIM app:

Download and install BHIM app from Google Play store or Apple App Store.

Select your preferred language.

Select the SIM which has your mobile number registered with your bank account.

Set-up a four-digit login password, which you would need to enter every time you log in to the app.

Select and link your bank account. Set your UPI PIN by providing last six digits and expiry date of your debit card.

After this, your account is now registered and you can send or request for money to be transferred to your account. However, you cannot link your mobile wallet to UPI, you can only link your bank account to it. You can link more than one bank account to UPI if you want to.

Payments on UPI in June hit an all-time high of 1.34 billion in terms of volume with transactions worth nearly ₹2.62 lakh crore, as per National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data.

On a month-on-month basis it registered a 8.94% growth from 1.23 billion in May.


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Uber cabs will now get safety screens between driver and riders



Uber on Wednesday that it will install safety screens or safety cockpits in 20,000 Premier sedans for the safety of riders and the drivers.

Uber's rival in India, Ola had also announced a similar safety tool for its riders and driver-partners.

The safety screens will be initially available in Premier sedans but Uber has plans to expand it to other categories as well.


Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday that it will install safety screens or safety cockpits in 20,000 Premier sedans for the safety of riders and the drivers. Earlier, Uber's rival in India, Ola had also announced a similar safety tool for its riders and driver-partners. The safety screens or the "safety cockpits" would minimize the interaction between the two parties hence reducing the risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus.

As per Uber, the safety cockpits are protective ceiling-to-floor transparent plastic screen, which is installed between the passenger and the driver. This would help people follow the social distancing norms within the confines of the cab. Additionally, it acts as a safeguard to prevent droplet and aerosol transmission. The safety screens will be initially available in Premier sedans but Uber has plans to expand it to other categories as well.

Talking about the new move, Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, Uber India and South Asia, said, "At Uber, we are constantly defining transportation safety standards and take all possible precautions to ensure the safety of both riders and drivers. After pioneering safety cockpits in the Indian market, Uber teams will continue working around the clock to leverage its technology and global expertise for continuing to innovate the best possible product experience for all our drivers and riders.''

The ride-hailing giant resumed services after the lockdown 4.0 was lifted in India. It has started functioning the way it used to before the lockdown was imposed albeit with a comprehensive set of safety measures.

For instance, the rider and driver-partners are required to wear masks during their journey and if any of the party is seen breaking the norms, the trip can be canceled by either party. Uber had developed a special technology called the Go Online Checklist, which will be used to confirm whether a driver has taken necessary safety measures or not and whether he is wearing a mask or not. Only when the details are confirmed, the driver can start his services.

Uber had advised their driver-partners and riders to not switch on AC during the ride as that could reduce ventilation. They have advised riders to sit at the rear seat and open windows for ventilation.

The company claims that Uber has purchased safety supplies worth 50 million dollars and sourced more than 3 million face masks, 1.2 million shower caps for Moto riders, 200,000 bottles of disinfectants, and 200,000 bottles of sanitizers for free distribution to all its driver-partners in India.

In order to encourage drivers to wear masks and use sanitizers, Uber had delivered protective equipment to all active drivers on its platform. They are advised to sanitize their cars after every trip using the supplies.


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TikTok says it plans to add 10,000 jobs in the US


TikTok has said that it is looking to add 10,000 "good-paying" jobs in the US.

The House of Representatives has voted to prevent government employees from installing TikTok on government-issued devices.

Trump's administration is running ads on Facebook asking voters to sign TikTok ban petitions as part of his campaign.



Chinese video-making company TikTok has said that it plans to add 10,000 jobs over the next three years in the US after facing scrutiny from the government. A TikTok spokesperson told news agency AFP that the new jobs would be in various regions of the US including engineering, marketing, and other sectors.

"These are good-paying jobs that will help us continue to build a fun and safe experience and protect our community's privacy," another spokesperson told CNN. TikTok currently has 1400 employees in the US.

The House of Representatives has voted to prevent government employees from installing TikTok on government-issued devices, as per Gizmodo.

Colorado Republican Congressman Ken Buck passed the banning of TikTok as one of several amendments to the 2021 defense spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act.

As per the amendment, no employee or officer of the United States may download TikTok, or any app from any Bytedance-owned entity.

The development comes shortly after US President Donald Trump's administration posted ads on Facebook encouraging users to sign petitions banning TikTok from the US.

"The Chinese Communist Party is using TikTok to collect massive amounts of data from American citizens and our government that could be used in a cyberattack against our republic," Buck said in a House session. "We must take action to protect our nation and stop the Chinese Communist Party's efforts to undermine our national security."

TikTok has previously said that it was reviewing the structure of the company. "As we consider the best path forward, ByteDance is evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business. We remain fully committed to protecting our users' privacy and security as we build a platform that inspires creativity and brings joy for hundreds of millions of people around the world," TikTok in a statement said.


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Google Meet to roll out new security features

The company on Tuesday announced that the new feature will prevent uninvited users from accessing the video meetings.

Google is rolling out some important security features for its video conferencing platform, Google Meet.

The new feature will give more control to the host so that he can monitor who can "knock" to join a meeting.

Google Meet will also get a feature that would allow the host to block users who do not have a Google account.


Google is rolling out some important security features for its video conferencing platform, Google Meet. The company on Tuesday announced that the new feature will prevent uninvited users from accessing the video meetings. Google Meet is being extensively used by educational institutions and offices.

The new feature will give more control to the host so that he can monitor who can "knock" to join a meeting. The host can stop a participant from entering a meeting even if he has been a part of it before, the host can control whether the participant can knock and join the meeting once again or not. Apart from this, Google Meet will also get a feature that would allow the host to block users who do not have a Google account. The Safety Locks prohibits users from joining a meeting if they are not logged in to a Google account.

If a user's knocking request has been denied many times by the host, he or she will be automatically blocked from sending another request. Google Meet's rival Zoom had also announced new updates after multiple issues of Zoom bombing were reported by the users.

Earlier, Google Meet had announced a special security feature for Education meetings. The feature will block anonymous users from gatecrashing Education meetings. "To increase the privacy of education meetings in Google Meet, anonymous users (users not signed into a Google account) can no longer join meetings organized by anyone with a G Suite for Education or G Suite Enterprise for Education license. This prevents participants from sharing a link publicly to encourage anonymous users to request access. Note, this does not prevent users from dialing in by phone," the Google blog said.


Google Meet automatically block anonymous users from entering a meeting because they can cause disruption to learning by "making noise and sharing content, and become a distraction for the meeting organizer when they try to join meetings." The feature will be gradually rolled out for users across the globe. It would be available to G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers

On a related note, Google has rolled out the Meet integration with Gmail for Android users. The Google Meet-Gmail integration will make it more convenient for users to start a call or join a call simply by entering a code. A new meeting can be started by simply tapping on the Meet option that is provided in Gmail. However, GSuite users who wish to use Gmail and Google Meet separately can also have the option to remove Google Meet from Gmail.


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A senior executive at TikTok owner ByteDance said the company plans to invest "a huge amount" of capital into its newly-established educational technology business but warned that the unit will be unlikely to profit in the next three years.

Beijing-based ByteDance has made educational technology one of its top priorities alongside short video app TikTok, which is facing scrutiny in Washington over suspicions China could force the company to turn over user data.

Chen Lin, senior vice president at ByteDance, said in an internal speech that the company entered the educational technology sector in 2016 via investments and trying out various projects, according to a transcript published by the company on social media.

ByteDance operates one-on-one English tutoring app GoGoKid and online course livestreaming app Qingbei.

Eight-year-old ByteDance's revenue mainly comes from its Chinese short video app Douyin and news aggregator Jinri Toutiao. The company is a late entrant to China's educational technology market, as industry leader Yuanfudao was founded in 2012 and rival Zuoyebang started up in 2013.

The industry was one of a few sectors that saw its fortunes shine during the coronavirus pandemic as widespread lockdowns in China and school closures forced students to take online classes from home for many months.


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Airtel Xstream Broadband Users Can Get Xstream Box at a Refundable Security Deposit of Rs.1,500


Airtel Xstream Fiber broadband users are receiving a notification about the Xstream Box offer through the Airtel Thanks app.


Airtel Xstream Fiber users are offered with Xstream Box at Rs. 1,500
The smart set-top box is available at Rs. 3,639 for regular customers
Airtel Thanks users can also avail the Xstream Box at Rs. 2,249


Airtel is offering the Xstream Box to its broadband customers at a refundable security deposit of Rs. 1,500. The new development comes just a couple of months after the telco provided its Android-based set-top box (STB) to One Airtel plan subscribers under a complimentary offer. In addition to broadband users, the regular Airtel Thanks app users have also been provided the Xstream Box at a discounted price of Rs. 2,249. This is down from the existing price of Rs. 3,639. The latest promotional offers would help Airtel expand the user base of its Xstream Box that runs on Android 9 Pie and offers features such as built-in Chromecast and Google Assistant support.

Airtel Xstream Fiber broadband users are receiving a notification about the Xstream Box offer through the Airtel Thanks app. The offer brings the Xstream Box at a refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500. This means that if you have an Airtel broadband, you'll be able to get the smart STB at a not just at a discounted price but can also get its complete refund once you place its return.

Customers who're availing the new offer will need to pay a total of Rs. 1,951 that includes the Xstream Box refundable security deposit as well as one month of rental for 129 channels. The company is also bundling Zee5 subscription for free for the first three months.


Airtel in May brought the complimentary offer for its One Airtel plan subscribers under which it offered Xstream Box at the identical security amount of Rs. 1,500. That offer is notably so far limited to the Rs. 899 and Rs. 1,349 plans.

In addition to the offer specifically for select Xstream Fiber broadband customers, Airtel is offering the Xstream Box at a discounted price of Rs. 2,249 to all the Airtel Thanks app users. The amount in case of the Airtel Thanks users is, however, of non-refundable nature.

Airtel is competing against ACT Fibernet's ACT Stream TV 4K and Reliance's Jio Fiber Set-Top Box by offering its Xstream Box in the market. The Airtel offering is touted to provide over 500 TV channels in 4K resolution and movies as well as Web shows in across 13 languages.



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Reliance announced Jio TV+


Jio TV+ is a content aggregator that brings Over the top (OTT) platforms, TV channels, various apps, and services together to its Jio set-top-box users.


Reliance announced Jio TV+ at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020 on Wednesday. Jio TV+ is a content aggregator that brings Over the top (OTT) platforms, TV channels, various apps, and services together to its Jio set-top-box users.

During the event Reliance's Aakash Ambani demonstrated the Jio TV+ User Interface (UI) brings together 12 leading global OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar, Sony LIV, and many more as the customers will be able to search for shows and movies easily.

One of the main features of Jio TV+ is that it requires a single login instead of logging in different apps separately. The voice search is much like Amazon Firestick's Alexa. Jio mentioned that users can access various online apps from different genres from the Jio App Store on the set-top-box. "Through the Jio Developers program, any app developer can develop, launch, and monetize their apps. Developers who wish to partner with Jio can visit http://developer.jio.com,” Jio said.


"For decades, TV content has been largely broadcast-dependent without any interactivity. With JioFiber, we have reimagined this experience and brought interactivity to TV. Through the Jio App Store on the Set Top Box, one can access internet applications across multiple genres such as entertainment, education, health, cooking, yoga, gaming, religion, and many more," Akash said at Reliance's AGM event.


Akash also talked about Jio TV+'s unique interactive features. One of the examples is that the users will be able to participate in a poll or vote for their favourite contestants in reality shows. Furthermore, the realtime comparison of the votes in favour and the percentage will be displayed on screen.

Along with Jio TV+, Reliance also launched its latest innovation Jio Glass. "The Jio Glass is at the cutting edge of technology that provides best-in-class Mixed Reality services to give users a truly meaningful immersive experience," Kiran Thomas at the event.



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Coinbase says $280,000 in bitcoin transactions during Twitter hack

The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said that it stopped around 1,100 customers from sending bitcoin to hackers who gained access to high-profile Twitter accounts last week.

Last Wednesday, over 100 Twitter accounts, some belonging to major companies like Apple and high-profile people like Vice President Joe Biden and Bill Gates, were hacked as part of a massive coordinated bitcoin scam. According to Twitter, the hackers were able to convince some of the company's employees to use internal systems and tools to access the accounts and help the hackers defraud users into sending them bitcoin.

According to Forbes, Coinbase and other cryptocurrency exchanges were able to stop some customers from sending bitcoin to the hackers by blacklisting the hackers' wallet address. Specifically, Coinbase says it prevented just over 1,000 customers from sending around $280,000 worth of bitcoin during last Wednesday's attack. Roughly 14 Coinbase users sent around $3,000 worth of bitcoin to the scam's bitcoin address before the company moved to blacklist it, the company said.


"We noticed the scam and began blocking transactions within a couple of minutes of the initial wave of scam posts," a Coinbase spokesperson told The Verge on Monday.

Twitter accounts belonging to cryptocurrency exchanges including Binance and Gemini were also targeted during Wednesday's attack. Coinbase's chief information officer told Forbes on Sunday that it learned of the scam shortly after tweets were posted from fellow exchanges' accounts.

As of Monday, Twitter is still investigating Wednesday's attack. On Friday, the company put out a blog post confirming that 130 accounts were targeted and the hackers were able to initiative a password reset, log in to the account, and send tweets for 45 of those accounts. Twitter also said that the hackers were able to download account data belonging to eight unverified users.



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Vodafone Idea introduces eSIM for RED customers

Vodafone Idea's postpaid customers can now do away with physical SIM cards as the telco has brought in eSIM services compatible with Apple iPhones.

Vodafone Idea has launched eSIM services for postpaid customers.
As of now the service is available in Mumbai, Delhi, and Gujarat circles.
As of now, the Apple iPhone customers are eligible to avail the eSIM service.


Vodafone Idea has launched eSIM services for postpaid users with Apple iPhones for now. The service will soon be made available to other devices as well.

According to Vodafone, eSIM stands for "Embedded Subscriber Identity Module" that is embedded inside a device. It is a digital SIM that allows users to use a Vodafone postpaid number without using a physical SIM. The benefits of the e-SIM as noted by Vodafone are that users will be able to use dual SIM on their eSIM enabled phones. Moreover, it saves users from the hassle of physically entering or removing SIM cards since their eSIM will be embedded in the device.

All changes will be done remotely by the mobile operator on the eSIM.

Who is eligible for an eSIM? Vodafone postpaid customers having eSIM compatible devices which are Apple smartphones including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2020, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR will be able to activate the service. Users should upgrade to the latest software version on these eligible handsets and make it eSIM ready.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold will soon be eligible to avail the service, Vodafone said. The service is currently available for Vodafone RED customers in Mumbai, Delhi, and Gujarat circles and is likely to expand.


To activate the eSIM, eligible users must follow these steps:

--To start the process, SMS eSIM registered email ID to 199.

--For a valid email ID, users will receive a confirmation SMS. Users should reply with ESIMY to confirm the eSIM change request. In case of invalid email id, users will receive an SMS from 199, to start the process again with the correct email id

--After they get a confirmation SMS, users will receive another SMS from 199 asking to provide consent over a call.

--After providing the user's consent on the call, users will receive a final SMS regarding the QR Code which they will receive on your registered email id.

--Users should scan the QR Code received on their registered email id.

Users must note that it will take around two hours for an eSIM to get activated.

Users should make sure that the phone is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data and then follow these steps:

--Go to Settings > Select Mobile Data > Click on Add Data Plan

--Users should Scan QR code received on mail.

--Finally, users should follow the prompts on the phone.


source - india today
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Sony vlogging camera may launch in India


Sony's latest compact camera ZV-1, especially designed for digital content curators, may launch in India this week.

Sony India could launch its vlogging camera ZV-1 on July 24.
Sony ZV-1 is designed to draw attention of digital content curators.
Sony ZV-1 features touch screen display, eye autofocus and more.


Sony ZV-1 camera was launched in the global market last month. The ZV-1 is an advanced point-and-shoot camera designed to attract modern-day vloggers. Now, Sony India may introduce this compact camera on July 24 as per hearsay.

Sony ZV-1 could be a treat for digital content curators in India. Similar to Sony RX-100 series cameras, the ZV-1 is a compact camera with added features and modes such as adjusting the level of background blur to highlight the subject's face.

Sony ZV-1 packs a 20.1-megapixel image sensor and supports a 2.7x optical zoom. The ZV-1 features an aperture scale of F1.8-to-F2.8 and an ISO scale of 125-to-12800. The ISO range allows ZV-1 to shoot better quality images in low-light conditions. The vlogging camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps, FHD videos at different frame rates ranging from 24p to 120fps.

The 3-inch LCD touch screen display of Sony ZV-1 can be flipped-out entirely for flexible shooting. The ZV-1 comes with an eye autofocus feature. Cameras with an eye-AF feature detect the human eye to establish focus and lock it even when the camera and the subject is continuously moving.

The other features include a dedicated button for adjusting the background blur. Sony ZV-1 also comes with a Product Showcase setting which allows shifting focus from subject's face to an object that is being shown to the camera. For the audio, the ZV-1 gets a three-capsule microphone for clear voice recording.

The price of the Sony ZV-1 for the Indian market is yet to be announced. For the availability, the vlogging camera is expected to be launched on July 24, 2020.


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Reliance Jio-Google smartphone deal


The new Jio-Google smartphone is set to pose a major challenge to Chinese phone makers such as Xiaomi and BBK Electronics, owner of the Realme, Oppo and Vivo brands, which currently dominate a $2 billion market for sub-$100 smartphones in India

A $4.5 billion deal under which Alphabet's Google will collaborate with India's Reliance Industries on a new smartphone likely heralds a big shake-up for the world's second-largest mobile market, industry executives and analysts say.

Reliance boss Mukesh Ambani, announcing the partnership at his company's annual meeting last week, said Google would build an Android operating system (OS) to power a low-cost "4G or even 5G" smartphone that Reliance would design.

The new phone is set to pose a major challenge to Chinese vendors such as Xiaomi and BBK Electronics, owner of the Realme, Oppo and Vivo brands, which currently dominate a $2 billion market for sub-$100 smartphones in India.

Powered by a clever mix of Bollywood, cricket-driven marketing and product features such as powerful cameras, the Chinese firms sell roughly eight of every 10 smartphones in the country.


"If history is anything to go by, Reliance will undercut other brands and pose a real threat to the low-end smartphone market," said Rushabh Doshi of tech researcher Canalys.

Reliance executed a similar plan in 2017 with the launch of the JioPhone, a no-frills device that gave users internet access for as little as $20. JioPhone now has more 100 million users, many of whom are internet first-timers.

"They (the Chinese players) are likely to cut their price to compete and their margins could shrink," said A Gururaj, the former India head of contract manufacturers Wistron and Flextronics. "I see the Google-Jio phone as a big hit."

Reliance's ambition to hand a smartphone to every Indian could also win subscribers from telecoms rivals Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, who still have hundreds of millions of users with old-style feature phones on basic 2G networks.


Realme declined to comment. Reliance, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo did not respond to requests for comment.

Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


The alliance will see Google invest $4.5 billion in Reliance's digital unit, which houses telecoms and fibre businesses as well as music and movie apps.

Jio Platforms has also since April won the backing of global financial and tech investors including Intel and Qualcomm , which could bolster its smartphone ambitions.

While Reliance has given no details on the specifications or price of the new smartphone, the timing of its launch, or who might build it, the Jio network's 387 million subscribers and the Google brand name will give it a big leg up.

The Reliance-Google phone would likely be optimised for the Jio network and offer users improved performance, said Arvind Vohra, a tech consultant and the former India head of China's Gionee.

Just as important are the possibilities for bundling Jio's massive video and music libraries with the phone. Google's Android team also aims to ensure access to apps related to health, communications and jobs, and ease of use for first time smartphone owners, Sameer Samat, vice president for Android and Play at Google, told Reuters.

That kind of packaging could help woo roughly 350 million Indians who still use basic, non-touch phones and are yet to taste high-speed mobile data on fancier devices.

The collaboration with Google could also set the stage for further partnerships between smartphone makers and Reliance to make devices specifically for the Jio telecoms network, said analysts.

Some Jio customers are already making plans to upgrade to the Reliance-Google smartphone when it hits the market.




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Google introduces a new shopping experiment called Shoploop

Shoploop is an ecommerce platform that helps users discover products in an entertaining, informational and snackable video format. Check out Shoploop by visiting https://shoploop.app on your mobile device.

Google is conducting an experiment under the Area 120 project. The company is planning to combine three important aspects of online shopping into one single platform

Google is conducting an experiment under the Area 120 project. The company is planning to combine three important aspects of online shopping into one single platform. Right from spotting a product to checking video reviews and going on to even ordering the same product. Google claims this new experiment called Shoploop will provide new ways to discover new products in a short, entertaining video format.

According to Google, "the experience on Shoploop is more interactive than just scrolling through images, titles and descriptions on a traditional e-commerce site." All Shoploop videos are shorter than 90 seconds and help discover new products.

Shoploop also helps the user with product reviews. For example, Alex shows live product usage in her video to get rid of pimples, and Kim includes practical tips and advice on how to use a face roller in her video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEPeQ4GT3xI&feature=youtu.be

Once the product is spotted, the buyer can either save the product to buy it later or click straight to the merchant's website to complete the purchase. One can also follow theiri favourite Shoploop creators and share videos.

Lax Poojary, General Manager, Shoploop stated in an official blog, "Currently, we're focused on content creators, publishers and online store owners in the beauty industry in categories such as makeup, skincare, hair and nails. Our goal is to provide them a platform where they can review and recommend products and help others shop directly from their videos. For example, Jessica, contributing editor at Allure, shows the benefits of using a Mihakka (a face exfoliating tool made with clay from the Atlas mountains in Morocco), and Adeline Koh, owner of handmade skincare company Sabbatical Beauty, highlights the craftsmanship and story behind her products. If you are a content creator or a store owner in any of these product areas, you can apply through our website to be an exclusive Shoploop creator."

Currently, the application is built for mobile users and will soon be launched for desktop users as well.

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Samsung to introduce five new power devices on August 5th Event

Samsung is hosting its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event on August 5 wherein the company will launch the Galaxy Note 20 series smartphones along with the Galaxy Fold 2 smartphone.



Samsung will introduce "five new power devices" at its upcoming online Unpacked event, revealed TM Roh, who is the President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

The event is scheduled to take place on August 5.

In a blog post, Roh said that so much has changed since the last few months and in this "new era", they have a "special responsibility" to help society continue to move forward.

"Since I took over the reins at Samsung Mobile six months ago, so much has changed... I consider this new era as the 'Next Normal' and technology - especially mobile technology - has a critical role in it. In just a few months, we've seen our lives change in unimaginable ways. Distance learning, at-home fitness, online concerts, and so much more have all been enabled by mobile technology," Roh said.

"As leaders of the tech industry, we have a special responsibility - and now a true sense of urgency - to help society continue to move forward. So many people are counting on us to give them new ways to communicate, new ways to work, and new ways to connect," he added.

Roh further stated that the new devices will deliver the company's vision to be the innovator of new mobile experiences that flow "seamlessly and continuously".

"At this summer's Galaxy Unpacked, we'll be introducing five new power devices. These devices deliver on our vision to be the innovator of new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and continuously wherever we go. They combine power with seamless functionality, whether you're at work or play, at home or away. In the Next Normal, you will be empowered to live life to the fullest with these devices in your hand (and in your ears, and on your wrist.)," the post read.



source - hindustan times
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Reliance announces new JioGlass for 3D interactions


The Jio Glass weighs just 75gm and comes with personalized audio.

In order to access content on the device, the company will provide a simple cable that can be attached to the smartphone.



Reliance announces new JioGlass for 3D interactions, watch holographic content

Reliance Jio has announced a new product called Jio Glass. The new product is aimed at enhancing the virtual space by making it more interactive using 3D avatars, holographic content and even normal video conferencing features.

The Jio Glass weighs just 75gms and comes with personalized audio. In order to access content on the device, the company will provide a simple cable that can be attached to the smartphone in order to access different use case scenarios.

The Jio Glass can use 3D avatars to make interactions better in the virtual world. The company will also allow designed discussions by sharing 3D holograms.

According to the company, Jio Glass will get support from 25 apps for now. The Glass can be used for educational purposes using holographic content.


Reliance Industries also announced a new stakeholder in Jio Platforms. The company has announced Google as a new strategic partner. The company has claimed that the search giant will invest ₹33,737 crore with a stake of 7.7%. This takes the total investment by stakeholders to ₹1,52,056 crore.

Before the Google announcement, Reliance Industries had sold stakes worth ₹1,18,318.45 crore which includes investors like Facebook. While the lockdown and times of uncertainty hit the share values of most companies, Reliance Industries has managed to soar through by an increment of over 120% since the lockdown began in mid-March. Other major investors and collaborators from the tech world include chipset makers Intel and Qualcomm.



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Asus Rog Phone 3 images reveal new design of gaming phone


The new Asus Rog Phone 3 will launch on 22 July. The company has also put up a dedicated page on Flipkart for the device

Asus ROG Phone 3 is one of the most awaited smartphones in the world of mobile gaming. There are some aspects of the phone that have been leaked and even teased officially by the company. However, a new report gives us a good look at how the device looks like.

Popular tipster Evan Blass shared leaked images of the new Asus Rog Phone 3.The leaked images confirm the previous rumours about the device. Going by the new leak, via Gsmarena, we can see that the button placement on the device is the same as the Asus Rog Phone 2. However, the speaker grill does have a coloured accent. The glowing logo is also making a comeback with the Rog Phone 3.

The optics on the Rog Phone 3 comprise a triple camera setup along with one 64MP lens and one 13MP unit according to TENAA certification.


The new Asus Rog Phone 3 will launch on 22 July. The company has also put up a dedicated page on Flipkart for the device. The launch event will be held online and is scheduled to begin at 8:15 PM. The teaser also suggests that the device will be a Flipkart exclusive.

The smartphone will be the first phone to launch with Snapdragon's latest flagship chipset. Qualcomm claims that the new chip is designed for faster efficiency by almost 10 per cent for AI applications and gaming.

The Kryo 585 CPU has a higher clock speed than the standard 865, which offers a 10 per cent performance increase. The Adreno 650 GPU offers a 10 per cent boost to graphics rendering. This will be the first time a mobile chipset will be capable of reaching over 3GHz frequencies.


The phone is expected to get a display with 120Hz or 144Hz refresh rate. The ROG Phone 3 is also expected to come with a massive 6000mAh battery with 30W fast charging





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New Android malware found capable of stealing passwords, credit card data

While the malware can steal passwords and login credentials, it can also prompt the user to enter payment details within apps that deal with financial transactions

A new Android malware is plaguing applications. To be precise, the malware is capable of targeting 337 applications and rob users of critical information like passwords and even credit card information.

According to a report by ZDNet, the new malware is called Blackrock and it surfaced in the month of May. The report claims that a security firm called ThreatFabric was the first one to spot it.

According to the researchers, the new malware uses the source code of another malware strain. However, this new malware gets additional features which give it the ability to steal passwords and credit card information. One of the biggest differences, in comparison to other Android malware, is that it can target many more applications.

The researchers claim that this malware uses something called 'overlays' which masks the original app and asks for payment data. This happens before the user is allowed to enter the official application.

While the malware can steal passwords and login credentials, it can also prompt the user to enter payment details within apps that deal with financial transactions.

The BlackRock masks itself be asking for Android permissions using the Accessibility feature, then it uses an Android DPC (device policy controller) in order to provide access to other permissions. According to the report, ThreatFabric claims the trojan can also perform other intrusive operations such as Intercepting SMS messages, perform SMS floods, spam contacts with predefined SMS, Start specific apps, Log key taps, Show custom push notifications, Sabotage mobile antivirus apps and more.


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Credit card skimming campaign targeting e-commerce websites

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm found over a dozen websites which have been compromised with malicious code injections into one of their legitimate JavaScript libraries

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) on Saturday issued a public warning about a credit card skimming campaign spread through sports, health and e-commerce websites.

In an official post, CERT-In explains attackers are targeting websites hosted on Microsoft's IIS server running with ASP.NET web application framework (used to develop web apps and services).

The problem lies with version 4.0.30319 of ASP.NET which is no longer officially supported by Microsoft and contains multiple vulnerabilities which makes it easier for attackers to exploit them.

CERT-In has advised websites using ASP.NET web framework and IIS web server to use the latest version and conduct security audits of web application, web server and database server, in addition to checking web server directories regularly for any malicious web shell files and remove them before they can be exploited.

CERT-In refers to a recent Malwarebytes Labs report, which found a known vulnerability (CVE-2017-9248) for ASP.NET that has been exploited recently to steal credit card credentials.

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm found over a dozen websites which have been compromised with malicious code injections into one of their legitimate JavaScript libraries.

ASP.NET is a widely used web application framework by websites running shopping cart applications. The compromised websites found by Malwarebytes Labs had a shopping cart which was targeted by attackers.

The skimmer codes injected into the JavaScript libraries are designed to steal credit card numbers as well as passwords.

Researchers point out, the skimming campaign started sometime in April.

Due to covid-19 online transactions and payments have increased considerably. This has widened the attack surface for hackers. While CERT-IN's warning was specific to a few websites that were using the outdated web server framework, in another recent instance attackers have been found to be targeting mobile apps to steal card details.

Cybersecurity firm ThreatFabric has recently detected a new malware called BlackRock which has targeted over 337 Android apps.

It uses overlays (fake window) with keylogger functionality on top of a legitimate app prompting users to enter card details to get access into the app. As the users enter the card details the keylogger captures them to forward to attackers.


source - live mint
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Amazon to offer deals on iPhone 11 series, MacBooks and more on Apple Days sale


  • Customers can get iPhone 11 series at its lowest price ever with a flat discount of ₹5,400
  • Customers can avail an additional discount of ₹4,000 on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max using HDFC cards


Amazon.in is going to offer interesting deals on Apple products in India. The e-commerce website is organizing a sale specific to the American brand and is calling it 'Apple Days'. The sale will provide deals and offers on latest iPhone 11 series, Apple Watch, MacBook and more. The new Apple Days sale will start at midnight and will be live until 25 July. This new sale will also comprise offers from participating brands and sellers.

Customers can get iPhone 11 series at its lowest price ever with a flat discount of ₹5,400. It will now be available for ₹62,900. Customers can avail an additional discount of ₹4,000 on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max using HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards. iPhone 8 Plus will be available for ₹41,500.

During Apple Days sale, customers can get deals on latest Apple accessories as well as avail discounts on other Apple products. The iPad will be sold at a discount of ₹5,000 and the company is also offering a flat ₹1,000 off on Apple Watch Series 3 with HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards. They can also get an instant discount of ₹7,000 on popular Apple Macbook Pro using HDFC Debit and Credit Cards.


Apple is expected to launch the next generation of iPhones in the month of September. According to the reports so far, the company will be launching four new smartphones under the iPhone 12 series. This will include a iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Plus (or Max), iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Plus. All four phones are expected to feature a notch format on the display but with varying degrees of screen to body ratio.




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Top budget smartphones coming to India this month


Tech companies will be launching three new budget smartphones in India this month. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy M31s, Infinix 4 Plus and the Realme 6i.

Xiaomi on Monday launched the Redmi Note 9 in India. The newly launched smartphones that joins the likes of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max will go on sale in India on July 24.

To give you a quick brief about the pricing, the Redmi Note 9 is available in India in three variants. The base variant, which consists of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space, costs ₹11,999. The top variant consisting of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space costs ₹14,999. There is also a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage space variant that costs ₹13,999.

Xiaomi has launched its next-generation smartphone for the budget buyers. But the list doesn't end there. Tech companies are launching a bunch of new budget smartphones in India later this month.

So, here are the top budget smartphones coming to India in July:

Samsung Galaxy M31s

The Samsung Galaxy M31s will launch in India on July 30 and it will be available via Amazon India. The phone is already listed on the e-retail platform, which gives us a glimpse of the phone's design. The listing shows that the Galaxy M31s will come with a vertically stacked quad rear camera setup that is placed in a rectangular camera module. On the front, the phone will have a punch-hole display. The phone will come with dual-tone colour scheme. The Galaxy M31s is expected to be priced under ₹20,000.

Infinix 4 Plus

Infinix will launch the Infinix 4 Plus smartphone in India on July 21. The company has been teasing details about its upcoming smartphone on its social media handles. These listings reveal that the Infinix 4 Plus will come with a 6.82-inch display and a 6,000mAh battery. The Infinix 4 Plus is expected to be priced under ₹15,000.

Realme 6i

Realme will launch its next generation budget smartphone, the Realme 6i, in India on July 24. The upcoming smartphone is already listed on Flipkart. The Flipkart listing reveals that the phone will come with a quad-rear camera setup with a punch hole display in the front that is placed towards the left side of the screen. The listing also reveals that the Realme 6i will be powered by MediaTek Helio G90T processor. It is expected to be priced under ₹15,000.

In addition to the above mentioned smartphones, Asus will be launching a new premium budget gaming smartphone, the Asus ROG Phone 3, in India this month. The phone will be making a debut in India on July 22. It is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC and be powered by up to 16GB of RAM and a 6,000mAh battery.


source - hindustan times
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Google Introduces New Features for G Suite Business Users


Google has come up with a new feature to unify Gmail, Chat Rooms, and Meet for G Suite Business Users."We're integrating core tools like video, chat, email, files, and tasks, and making them better together, so that you can more easily stay on top of things, from anywhere," informed Google in a blog post. The company looks forward to making it a better home to work.

The New feature provides the desktop users with a view of chat in one column, a doc in another, and a Google Meet video chat hovering over both.

In order to improve real-time collaboration, google brings all of G Suite's communication tools under one tab. Users can co-edit documents with their team on one side of the window at the same time video chatting on the other side using Gmail's chat feature. It helps them to avoid switching between tabs while working.

Google is also integrating its chat with the mail feature under Gmail. That means, at a click of button within Gmail, users can switch between chats and emails. This also allows them to search within chats, like how they do in emails.

The new feature also help users to use new tools to pin important rooms, and new "do not disturb" and "out of office" settings.

There are also features for shared files and tasks in Chat rooms where the group can access common chats and important documents.

"The idea behind this is not just to bring these ingredients into the same pane of glass, but also realizing something that's greater than the sum of its parts," G Suite VP and GM Javier Soltero said.

Google in May integrated its Meet video conferencing service into Gmail. The meet has facilities for scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to the preferences of users.

Gmail introduced the Meet feature at a time were a massive number of people worked and studied through video conferencing due to COVID - 19 Crisis



source - examsdaily
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How do you make your MailChimp email go into someone's primary Gmail inbox instead of the Promotions inbox?

Short answer: You can't.

The individual Gmail user can so choose. YOU cannot.
(Thank you Google!)

Gmail is very sophisticated. Mailchimp (and other mass marketing email senders) are *correctly* identified by the sending domain - which makes them Promotions. So they go to the Promotions tab (it's not an inbox) - by default.

You (the sender) cannot change which tab your mailchimp emails appear under. To do that, you would have to create/use a different domain - not mailchimp.

And not any other known mass mail sender, either.

If the recipient wants your emails to appear somewhere else, they can right-click on the email, and move it to the desired tab. Gmail will then remember this preference for future emails from that sender.

Source - quora

Gmail delivers messages to tabbed inboxes based on complex and changing algorithms that consider subscriber engagement, content, and sender information. Marketing and bulk emails often have a higher chance of being delivered to the Promotions tab.

Unfortunately, Mailchimp has no control over the placement of emails in Gmail, and there is no proven way to "beat" Gmail's algorithms. Only a subscriber can move your emails from the Promotions tab to the Primary tab.

In this article, you'll learn about Gmail tabs, and what subscribers can do to ensure your campaigns are delivered to their Primary tab.

Benefits of the Promotions tab

Gmail's Promotions tab contains marketing emails and promotional offers. When Gmail introduced inbox tabs, many marketers worried that subscribers would overlook mail in the Promotions tab.

Fortunately, studies show that people use the Promotions tab. According to ReturnPath's study of three million Gmail users, the tabs improved deliverability, increased open rates, and decreased spam complaints. Plus, Gmail's inbox organization doesn't affect all your Gmail subscribers. Inbox tabs are optional for Gmail users, and many people disable them

Source - mailchimp
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Want 1Gbps Internet From SpaceX Starlink Satellites? Sign Up For The Beta


SpaceX updated the website for its Starlink satellite internet project on Friday.

Starlink is the company's ambitious plan to build an interconnected network of about 12,000 small satellites, to beam high-speed internet to anywhere in the world

A confirmation email from SpaceX says that a private beta test is planned for "later this summer, followed by public beta testing."



SpaceX updated the website for its Starlink satellite internet project on Friday, as the company continues to move closer to its goal of offering direct-to-consumer broadband from space later this year.

"Get updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area," the website reads, with a submission form for an email address and zip code. The form allows prospective customers to apply for updates and access to a public beta test of the Starlink service.

Starlink is the company's ambitious plan to build an interconnected network of about 12,000 small satellites, to beam high-speed internet to anywhere in the world. In addition to getting the satellites in orbit, SpaceX will need to build a vast system of ground stations and affordable terminals if it is going to connect consumers directly to its network.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell in 2018 said that "it will cost the company about $10 billion or more" to build the Starlink network. Since the beginning of 2019, SpaceX has raised nearly $1.7 billion in capital.


Those who enter their email address and zip code on the Starlink website receive a confirmation email, saying the service "is designed to deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable." The email said that a private beta test is planned for "later this summer, followed by public beta testing."

SpaceX told the FCC in April that Starlink "will begin offering commercial service in the northern United States and southern Canada" before the end of this year, "and then will rapidly expand to near global coverage of the populated world in 2021."  Additionally, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has declared that Starlink's internet speed will rival existing Earth-bound services, saying in March that the network will have a "latency below 20 milliseconds, so somebody could play a fast-response video game at a competitive level."

The Starlink update comes the day before SpaceX is set to launch its ninth Starlink mission, launching 58 more satellites to orbit. To date SpaceX has put 482 Starlink satellites in orbit.



source - cnbc
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Google said on Monday that it plans to invest $10 billion in India over next five to seven years as the search giant looks to help accelerate adoption of digital services in the key overseas market.

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google, today unveiled Google for India Digitization Fund through which the company will be making investments in the country.

"We'll do this through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy," he said via video conference at the company's annual event focused on India.

Investments will focus on four areas:

First, enabling affordable access and information for every Indian in their own language, whether it's Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi or any other

Second, building new products and services that are deeply relevant to India's unique needs

Third, empowering businesses as they continue to embark on their digital transformation

Fourth, leveraging technology and AI for social good, in areas like health, education and agriculture

India is a key overseas market for Google, where a range of its products and services, including Search, YouTube and Android, have made inroads with much of the entire online population. The nation of 1.3 billion people has emerged as perhaps the last great untapped growth market for American and Chinese giants.

More than 500 million people in India are online today and over 450 million smartphones are in active use in the country.

"There's still more work to do in order to make the internet affordable and useful for a billion Indians...from improving voice input and computing for all of India's languages, to inspiring and supporting a whole new generation of entrepreneurs," said India-born Pichai.

Google, like every other American tech giant, makes only a fraction of its revenue from the world's largest internet market. But that does not appear to be a priority for any American or Chinese tech giant in India that is currently searching for the next hundreds of millions of users in developing markets.

Facebook, which rivals Google and Amazon in India, made a $5.7 billion investment in Reliance Jio Platforms, the top telecom operator in the nation, in April this year to digitize 60 million mom and pop stores in the country.

Reliance Jio Platforms, a four-year-old subsidiary of India's most valued firm Reliance Industries, has raised more than $15.7 billion since the second half of April from 12 high-profile investors.

During his visit to India early this year, Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said the e-commerce giant was ploughing an additional $1 billion into India, totaling the company's to-date commitment to $6.5 billion.

Google's announcement today also comes at a time when India appears to be shutting its door to Chinese firms. New Delhi last month banned 59 apps and services developed by Chinese companies. Among those that have been banned include ByteDance's TikTok, Alibaba Group's UC Browser and Tencent's WeChat. Some industry players believe that this ban would help American tech giants further expand their tentacles across India as they face less competition.

In April this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government also amended its foreign direct investment policy to require all neighboring nations, including China, with which it shares a boundary to seek approval from New Delhi for their future deals in the country.

For dozens of Indian unicorn startups in India, including unicorns Zomato, Swiggy and Paytm, that count Chinese investors as some of their biggest backers, New Delhi's move is likely to result in additional difficulties in raising future capital.

Gaining foothold in India has also become more crucial for American technology giants that have been largely shut out from doing business in China. Earlier this month, Google said it had abandoned plans to offer a new cloud service in the world's largest internet market.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's electronics and information technology minister, said that Google was "rising to the occasion by trying to invest a fairly substantial amount in India's digital transformation. "I'm very happy that Google is recognising India's digital innovation and the need to create further opportunity," he said.

Google has backed a handful of startups in India to date, including Bangalore-headquartered hyperlocal delivery service Dunzo. In May, Financial Times reported that Google was in talks with Vodafone Idea, the second biggest telecom operator in India, to acquire a 5% stake in the company.

Sanjay Gupta, the head of Google in India, said the company's new $10 billion commitment to India today would shape the future of many of its products and services in the country. "We are recommitting ourselves to partner deeply and support India in becoming a truly digital nation," he said.

One of the ways Google, which began operations in India in 2004, has extended its reach in the country is through partnerships with local smartphone vendors to produce and sell low-cost handsets that receive timely and more frequent software updates.

Without disclosing many details, Caesar Sengupta, GM & VP of Payments and Next Billion Users at Google, said today that the company will focus on "enabling more high-quality low-cost smartphones so that more people can access the internet to learn, grow and succeed."


Source - tech crunch
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It's only been a couple of weeks since Apple first announced iOS 14, and developers have been able to test it out since then. Developer Beta 2 was released earlier this week, and now it's time for the public beta, along with public betas of iPadOS 14 and tvOS 14.

iOS 14 is set to be quite a significant update for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. Widgets are getting a fresh redesign, coming in different shapes and sizes, and now you finally add them to the home screen. There's also a new app drawer called App Library. Not only is this a one-stop-shop to find all of your apps, but you can now choose to have apps not display on your home screens at all. It's one of the biggest visual overhauls that the OS has ever seen.

iPadOS 14 actually doesn't include widgets on the home screen or the App Library. It does have the redesigned widgets that are still in the widget drawer, but a big focus on iPadOS 14 is handwriting recognition. Apple aimed to make writing with the Apple Pencil as easy as using a keyboard, adding gestures for a hard return on text, removing text, and more.

tvOS 14 isn't a huge update, which really isn't surprising. It adds picture-in-picture, and support for playing 4K videos that are streamed over AirPlay.

If you want to start testing out the new updates without having to pirate a configuration profile, you can sign up here. The sections for macOS 11 Big Sur and watchOS 7 are still listed as coming soon.

source - neowin
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Google seems to have lost ownership of its blogspot.in domain. The domain is part of Google-owned Blogger, a blog-publishing service, that the company acquired in 2003.

On Blogger, country-specific domains are not different blog addresses, but a domain redirect based on the country where you're currently located. When searched within India, Blogger points to username.blogspot.in as opposed to username.blogspot.com. A lot of users in India then also end up sharing .in permalinks all over the Web.

From a WHOIS lookup, it seems that the blogspot.in domain has been picked up by a domain service provider.

Domain Name: blogspot.in
Registry Domain ID: DE2DC9C0E8E694C28ADEF0F444F121B45-IN
Registrar URL: www.domainming.com
Updated Date: 2020-06-29T20:00:06Z
Creation Date: 2020-06-24T20:00:05Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-06-24T20:00:05Z
Domain Status: inactive

In February 2013, Blogger introduced multiple country-specific URLs. For example, username.blogspot.com will automatically redirect to username.blogspot.in in India and username.blogspot.com.au in Australia. At the time, Google explained the intent that if the company receives a request to remove content that violates local law, that content may no longer be available to readers on local domains where those laws apply.

Blogger doesn't seem to be a focus product for Google for a while, however, this mess would hurt a lot of bloggers and readers with broken links all over. A search result on Google for 'site:blogspot.in', for example, yields over 4.5 million results at the time of writing.

Source : neo win
Courtesy : hacker news
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What is JioMeet and how to download and Use ?

After testing for months Reliance Jio has finally launched JioMeet in the country. The JioMeet app is available on both Google Play store and Apple App store. With JioMeet, Reliance Jio is undoubtedly aiming to take on the likes of other video calling platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams, among others.

Reliance launches JioMeet at the time when people across the country are discarding products that are not made in India especially with China as an origin country. Currently, JioMeet has been rated as high as 4.8 on App store and 4.6 on Google Play store. The app has already been downloaded by 100k Android users.

We used JioMeet video conferencing application for some time and here's everything you need to know about the platform and a few tips and tricks you can keep in mind to use the platform in a better way.


JioMeet: Few important things to keep in mindReliance Jio JioMeet video calling platform launched in India:

How to download and start a meeting,


Check at jiomeet.jio.com

*JioMeet can be used for both one-on-one meeting and group video conference call hosting up to 100 participants at the same time.

*Signing up to JioMeet to start a meeting is easy. You will just need to enter mobile number, name, email ID. That's it.

*You will be able to join a meeting without signing up. To start a meeting you will need to create an account and login.

*Similar to Zoom, JioMeet lets you schedule a meeting and share the meeting code in advance with the participants.

*Most video calling platforms have a time limit for free meeting. A meeting on JioMeet can go on for 24 hours without any interruption.

*Keeping privacy in mind, each and every meeting hosted on JioMeet is password protected.

*Similar to Zoom, JioMeet also comes with Screen Sharing option.

*Just as Zoom, JioMeet also comes with Waiting Room option. You can choose to enable or disable it. The option should be enabled for better security of the meeting. With Waiting Room option turned on, no one will be able to join a meeting without the host's permission.

*JioMeet comes with multi-device support. You will be able to seamlessly switch from one device to another while on call. It supports up to 5 devices.

*Another interesting feature that JioMeet brings is Safe Driving Mode. This will be helpful for people who need to attend an important video conference while on their way to somewhere.



How to join a JioMeet call ?

To join a JioMeet meeting you will just need to click on the Join option on the home screen and enter the Meeting ID provided by the host.

The platform provides an option to disable audio and video before joining the meeting. Notably, JioMeet allows you to join a video conference even if you don't have an account with JioMeet.



How to start a JioMeet call ?

To start a meeting you need to sign up with your name (first and last) and phone number, and then enter OTP. It's as easy as that.

*Just click on New Meeting option on the home screen. Notably, of you have ever users Zoom you won't face any issue as both more or less have the same interface.

*Select whether you want to keep Video on or off and generate a personal meeting ID. There's also an option to not generate ID but it's better if you enable the option.

*Click on Start Meeting

*Invite participants by clicking on participant option and then on invite. You can choose to mute or unmute participants when they join.

*You can send Meeting ID link via various platforms including messages, WhatsApp, Twitter, among others.





source : India express
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Social app Chingari, a desi alternative to Chinese TikTok, on Friday said it has crossed 10 million downloads on Google Play Store and content creators are making a beeline to join the app

"Our retention numbers and the app's daily engagement time are also witnessing a solid increase. Our team is working round the clock to provide all our customers with a seamless experience," said Biswatma Nayak, Co-founder.

Earlier, the app reached three million downloads in just 10 days and garnered about 500,000 downloads in just about 72 hours.

"We would like to welcome all TikTok users to come and try Chingari, a 100 per cent 'Made In India' app," said Sumit Ghosh, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer.

The app is available in languages like English, Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu.


source - zee news
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Steps to Download All Your Videos on Tiktok

The Government of India banned 59 mobile apps including TikTok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps on Monday, 29 June, calling them "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order".

For the ban to come into effect and for these apps to be removed, the ministry will send a legal notice to Google and Apple to remove these 59 applications from their respective app stores.

As of 9:30 am on 30 June, the TikTok app has been taken down from the Google PlayStore.

The second step would be to inform telecom operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to stop the traffic of data on these applications as data is key for these apps to work. Since the ban was announced on 29 June, we are not really sure how long will the process take for these apps to cease functioning.


How to Save My Content on TikTok?

TikTok users have the chance to download and save their videos and other data from the app in case the data is deleted.

Here is how to download your content on TikTok:

There are two methods to save your content from Tiktok on your phone.

The first is a manual method and will be tedious based on how you many video you have uploaded in the past.

The second method is to request your data directly from Tiktok.


Manual Method:

Open TikTok and go to your profile.

Open a video and tap the three-dot icons in the top-right corner.

Tap "save video".

The video will be downloaded on your device. However, the videos will carry a TikTok watermark.



source - live mint
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Uber shuts down Mumbai office permanently

Uber's Mumbai employees will continue to work from home until December, the person said. It is not clear if the employees will be moved to another office in Mumbai next year

After laying-off almost one-fourth of its staff in India (600 employees) in May, ride-hailing firm Uber has shut down its Mumbai office, said a person aware of the development asking not to be named.

Uber's Mumbai employees will continue to work from home until December, the person said. It is not clear if the employees will be moved to another office in Mumbai next year.

A spokesperson for Uber declined to comment on the development but added that it will continue to provide "a high level of service to all its riders in Mumbai".

Uber's Mumbai office closure comes almost a month after the ride-hailing firm announced a global downsizing exercise that affected around 6,700 employees worldwide. The India layoffs affected 600 employees across segments, including customer and driver support, business development, legal, finance, policy, and marketing verticals.


Apart from cutbacks on jobs on jobs in India, Uber seems to be cutting down on property and related rental and lease expenses, as part of its global downsizing process. Uber's chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in a recent conference call that the firm has already planned expenditure cutbacks worth $1 billion due to business disruptions caused by covid-19.

According to Uber Technologies Inc.'s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the US in early May, the company has committed to pay up to $145 million worldwide to employees in severance pay and other benefits such as insurance.

This year, Uber India also sold its food delivery business to Zomato. The deal also included UberEats picking up a 10% stake in Zomato. Apart from India, Uber also exited at least eight food delivery markets in the past few quarters as the company looks to turn profitable by end of FY21, according to its SEC filings.


In the first quarter of the current financial year (Q1 2020), Uber's overall revenue rose 14% year-on-year to $3.54 billion. The company's net loss widened to $2.9 billion in the reporting quarter, a 163% increase from the $1.1 billion loss reported in the first quarter of 2019.
Uber's India rival, Ola, also trimmed around 1,400 jobs in May after the coronavirus pandemic severely hit travel and mobility businesses. Apart from ride-hailing firms, vehicle rental startups including Bounce, VOGO, Yulu, Zoomcar, and others have also faced a severe dip in ridership during the three-month lockdown.

Even as both Ola and Uber and urban mobility startups opened up their services in a staggered manner in May, most mobility firms are yet to return to the level of demand they had before the lockdown was introduced in March.




source: live mint
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Indian alternative to TikTok app registers over 1 crore downloads

  • The Bengaluru-based company claims its app downloads have already crossed the one-crore mark from 5 lakh last month
  • Ghosh said Chingari is now scaling up its operations and plans to put in place a 100-member team for content moderation


After the ban of popular Chinese apps in India, homegrown brands are leaping into action and filling the massive void left behind by a few of the most downloaded apps on the market. One such app, Chingari, has been pitched as an alternative to TikTok. In just 22 days of its existence on Play Store, the app has managed to garner over 1 crore downloads on the Android app store. The app has been reviewed by over 93K users on Play Store and current rating stands at 4.1.

The Bengaluru-based company claims its app downloads have already crossed the one-crore mark from 5 lakh last month.


"We have been witnessing massive growth three weeks prior, which has accelerated further after the government's ban (of 59 Chinese apps). We already have over 1.1 crore downloads and 70 lakh users everyday on our platform," Chingari's co-founder and Chief of Product Sumit Ghosh told PTI.

Ghosh said Chingari is now scaling up its operations and plans to put in place a 100-member team for content moderation in the next six months.

"We have a nimble team right now, about 20 people. But given the growth that we are registering, we will be investing aggressively and scaling up operations," he added.

Recently, a French security researcher by the name Robert Baptiste claimed that the company behind the app Chingari, Globussoft was compromised. According to the researcher, the site had a malware. To this Ghosh responded that the flaw will be fixed soon.



source - live mint
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Flipkart will now let you book domestic and international flight tickets

E-commerce platform Flipkart will now let users book flight tickets through its platform

Users can book both international and domestic flight tickets using Flipkart.

The company is also offering discounts and offers for first-time users

E-commerce platform Flipkart will now let users book flight tickets through its platform. Users can book both international and domestic flight tickets using Flipkart. The company is also offering discounts Just below the booking platform, Flipkart provides links to state-wise advisory for passengers, guidelines for safe travel, and safety measures against COVID-19 during travel, users can read all the travel advisories before booking a flight ticket.

The company is also providing various offers to the buyers which includes buying the ticket on EMI, this would let users pay only 10 percent of the amount and pay the remaining account through EMI. Users can also use Flipkart SuperCoins to avail discounts while flight booking. Flipkart has shared a couple of coupons, which buyers can use while booking a ticket online. The company will provide a flat 10 percent discount for first-time users if you use the code FKNEW10. For domestic flights, it would provide discounts up to Rs 2500 using code FKDOM. For round trip bookings, Flipkart is offering a flat discount of Rs 600 if you use coupon RNDTRP. There is also an additional discount of Rs 750 for all flight bookings, you have to use the code FLYTWO.

offers for first-time users, which would make Flipkart a better and cheaper alternative for flight bookings.

You van either download Flipkart travel app or visit the website www.flipkart.com/travel/flights. The interface is quite simple and easy to use, once you have reached the site, enter the "From" city and "To city" and select the class and dates. Users can select different times and prices of the flights as per their needs.

Flipkart claims that the tickets are affordable and cheaper on their websites as compared to other travel websites. "You can do your flight ticket booking on Flipkart at surprisingly affordable prices. You can get your tickets for domestic flights and international flights at prices that are amazingly cheap and pocket-friendly. Hence, you won't have to worry about not being able to visit your desired destination due to financial reasons. Also, you won't have to call anyone and take help to go ahead with the ticket booking process. The site has an easy-to-use interface. So you can navigate your way through it, and by the time you are done with your booking, you will move a day closer to your travel date. You can open the site and check the plane ticket prices for the domestic or international destinations that you want to visit," the description on the site reads.


source - india today
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API startup "Postman" raise new funds at $2 billion




Software as a Service (SaaS) company Postman is in advanced talks with New York-based investment fund Insight Partners to raise around $150 million at a valuation of $2 billion, two people in the know of the deal details said.

Postman is a collaboration platform for managing, developing and testing application programme interfaces (APIs). APIs are a set of tools for building applications used by software developers.

Postman, among the buzziest Indian SaaS companies, was valued at $350 million just a year ago, and if the deal goes through it will be one of the biggest jumps in valuation for an Indian startup, catapulting the company into the growing Indian SaaS unicorn club comprising Freshworks, Druva and Icertis.

"The company is in final talks to close new financing which is going to take its valuation to $2 billion, that is a massive bump up from its previous round..," said a person in the know on condition of anonymity as the talks are private.

Postman and Insight Partners did not respond to ET's detailed query till press time on Friday.

The company previously picked up $50 million in its Series B funding round, led by San Francisco-based venture capital investor Charles River Ventures in June 2019.

Venture capital fund Nexus Venture Partners cut Postman's first institutional cheque of $1 million and then followed it up with a $7 million Series A investment.

The Bengaluru and San Francisco-based firm counts Microsoft, Twitter, PayPal and DocuSign as customers and said it had crossed the 10 million user milestone in February this year, adding over 3 million developers on its platform in less than a year. The company claims it has users from across 500,000 organisations as customers.

Insight Partners, which boasts of $30 billion in capital commitments, has previously backed Indian firms like BharatPe, a QR code-based payments startup and Chargebee, a subscription billing platform.

An investor in microblogging platform Twitter and e-commerce software firm Shopify, among a string of other enterprise software companies, Insight raised a $9.5 billion fund in April, its largest growth equity corpus to back startups in the consumer and enterprise segment.

The fund ploughs anywhere between $10 million and $350 million across stages.

"With a focus on the enterprise software sector, for Insight the investment in Postman fits in well with its overall theme...," said another person aware of the development.

Postman was founded in 2014 by Abhinav Asthana and Ankit Sobti after the duo realised it was extremely difficult to keep track of API updates. Back then, they made the product available to users as a plugin on the Google Chrome Web Store, but quickly moved to found Postman and started selling the service.

Insight's talks for an investment in Postman come at a time when Indian SaaS firms are improving their standing as value creators, with a growing number of large funds like Tiger Global backing several firms in this space.

According to SaaSBOOMi, which is a community for SaaS companies in India, India's SaaS industry clocked $1.5 billion in revenues in 2019, and is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2025. In that time, India is expected to grow from controlling a 2.6% share of the global SaaS market to 8%.

Other fast-growing Indian SaaS firms with sizeable valuations include CleverTap, which raised $35 million led by Sequoia Capital in October last year; SirionLabs, which raised $44 million led by Tiger Global and Avatar Growth Capital in May this year, and MindTickle, which raised $40 million led by Norwest Venture Partners in July last year.

source - tech economic times
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IT professionals may move away from Bengaluru

Young technology professionals in India's IT hub - Bengaluru - may scout for homes away from its preferred tech suburbs as they become cheaper to own or rent following a realignment in the hitherto-seen office culture.

As software companies push their work-from-home model beyond the immediate response to the Covid-19 pandemic, when it had become imperative, techies may choose to move into less congested areas, encouraged by expanding metro connectivity, and away the city's technology hubs such as Mahadevapura, Whitefield, Electronic City, Bellandur and Sarjapura.

Apartments and plots have commanded a premium in these areas precisely because they have been the first choice for developers planning new residential projects.

Developers will respond with new strategies after waiting for a few more months to see whether the work-from-home culture will catch up and spread among technology companies, sources in the real estate sector said. In the weeks following the lockdown, Bengaluru's IT services industry began shifting from campuses to homes, with about 85% of its workforce working from home currently, even as industry leaders said it would significantly alter the way services are delivered.

India's largest IT employer TCS has already indicated that three-fourths of its nearly 5,00,000 employees will work remotely by 2025.

Bengaluru makes up for the largest share of India's export in software services.

This approach of software firms, which has already met with some degree of success, may eventually lead to some equitable development of the city, experts said, as people move into the periphery seeking better standards of living and lower costs.

"The stretch between Central Silk Board to KR Puram in Bengaluru may look deserted if work-from-home picks up and succeeds as a serious work culture," said V Madhu, who headed the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, and years later, a private budget housing firm. "The plots of land on either side of this road has been one of the favourite picks for developers."

Kishore Jain, the Bengaluru president of real estate developer body Credai, said people would move into less congested areas only if the government moves to improve infrastructure there. For instance, on Kanakapura Road in the south of Bengaluru, the metro rail network is reaching beyond the city limits, and this type of transit-oriented development would benefit a large number of people, driving real estate investments as well, he added.

According to Madhu, who also headed Karnataka's infrastructure development department for some time, the government should make haste in encouraging development of socioeconomic infrastructure like schools, supermarkets and malls within 6-10 km radius of metro terminals like Challaghatta, Gottigere and Bommasandra.

"The government should revisit its development plan for Bengaluru, align it with changing urban dynamics and encourage private players to participate in creating necessary infrastructure in areas around metro terminals," he said.


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Over 3,000 Indian restaurants in UK set to close due to Covid - 19

Going for an Indian' on a Friday night has become a part of British culture over the decades, but senior figures in the Indian restaurant industry believe the coronavirus pandemic is dealing a body blow to thousands of outlets that were already struggling.

Of the nearly 9,000 Indian restaurants across the UK, over 3,000 are expected to close, leading to job losses in the tens of thousands in the £4 billion-industry. Many have switched to takeaway service, but its financials are nowhere near that of a packed open restaurant.

"Delivery companies were already putting restaurants out of business. This pandemic has driven a stake in our hearts. How can you sustain a business if only 20 or 30 people are allowed in a restaurant", wonders London-based celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala.

"People are scared to go to restaurants. We are all worried about the future of the industry, no one knows how the future will shape, with major fall in tourists, people working from home and government loans offering only marginal relief", he added.

Running several outlets across London, Todiwala is among many who have switched to takeaway services, including another celebrity chef, Manoj Vasaikar, of Indian Zing, and central London restaurants such as Dishoom, Masala Zone and Gymkhana.

Vasaikar said: "Restaurants that cater to mainly neighbourhood clients are doing well with takeaway due to brand loyalty built over the years, but the revenue is still 40% to 50% down. Rents are very high in some London areas, so restaurants there are suffering."

"More than 3,000 restaurants will close due to the pandemic. Offices are closed, so there is no income from that important stream. The Conservative government has helped with loans, but the logistics of staffing, delivery and takeaway is a headache", he added.

According to senior chef Sunil Kumar, if restaurants were doing business worth £10,000 a day before the lockdown, it is now barely £1,000, serviced by a single chef instead of previous five or more. There is not much revenue in takeaways, he added.

An assessment by the Aston Business School suggests that thousands of the UK's 'curry houses' could struggle to reopen after lockdown is lifted, and to survive, the remaining ones will need to raise prices to a realistic level to offset the fall in revenues from less crowded restaurants.

Monder Ram, professor in the Aston Business School, said: "The sector's facing so many challenges...Supermarkets are one of the most prolific sellers of curries and large chains of pubs and restaurants are also entering this market, (and) these problems of competition and newcomers have been accentuated by Covid-19."

"A group of friends going out for a lively evening of entertainment finished off with a curry is part and parcel of the British way of life. If you take that away you're taking away the very essence of what going out for a curry means," he added.

The industry is faced with pandemic-related challenges when the influential Migration Advisory Committee in June 2019 recommended easing of norms to recruit professionals and chefs from outside the EU. Stake-holders believe the Friday night experience may no long be the same across city centres and towns across the UK.




source - Hindustan times
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Google Maps makes it easier to share your location



Google introduced Plus Codes in Maps back in 2015 in a bid to make it easier for people to find places that don't have a physical address or are simply difficult to find. Now, the company is making it easier for the Android users to share their location using Maps' Plus Codes.

To give you a brief about the feature, Plus Codes are simple and easy to use digital addresses that have been derived from the latitude and longitude of a users' location. These codes can be used to uniquely identify any location. They work in places that haven't been mapped and they don't use country codes to identify an individual's location.

The company launched this feature in India back in 2018 to enable Maps' users to share addresses. Now, the company is bringing an update to Google Maps that makes using this feature a tad bit easier.

How to find and share your Plus Code:

Step 1: Open Google Maps App.

Step 2: Find your exact location.

Step 3: Tap on the blue dot that highlights your location.

Step 4: Now you will see the Plus Code representing your location on top of the screen.

Step 5: Use Share your Location option to share your plus code.






source - Hindustan times
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Govt offering up to 4 lakhs to find bugs in Aarogya Setu

The government made its Covid-19 contact tracing app open source. Along with it a bug bounty programme for Aarogya Setu was also announced. Anyone who reports a vulnerability in the app will be rewarded up to ₹4 lakhs.

The bug bounty programme is open to anyone with knowledge of the same, and who can report any vulnerability in the app. Interested users can send an email to bugbounty@nic.in with the subject line "Security Vulnerability Report". Users can also suggest improvements to the source code of Aarogya Setu by sending an email with the subject line "Code Improvement".

For reports that are approved, the user or researcher will be notified about it. Researchers who discover any vulnerability are not allowed to publicly disclose it before it has been resolved. Also, this bug bounty programme is not eligible for employees from the Aarogya Setu team, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY).

Researchers will be awarded ₹3 lakhs for finding and reporting security vulnerabilities in Aarogya Setu. ₹1 lakh per vulnerability will be given. As for suggesting improvements in the source code, up to ₹1 lakh will be awarded to the researchers.

The bug bounty programme started on May 27 and it will continue till June 26. So all those who are interested will have to submit their reports within this period.


source - hindustan times
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TRAI recommends using 11-digit long mobile numbers in India


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday released its recommendations on "Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services". As a part of that, the regulatory body has recommended using 11-digit long mobile numbers in the country.

According to TRAI, replacing 10-digit mobile numbers with 11-digit ones will lead to the availability of more numbers in the country. "Switching from 10 to 11 digits with the first digit for mobile number as '9' would give a total capacity of 10 billion numbers. With the current policy of allotment after 70% utilisation, this would suffice till India has 7 billion connections," TRAI wrote in its recommendations.

Apart from this, the regulatory body also recommended using '0' as a prefix in front of mobile numbers while calling from a fixed line connection. At present, inter-service area mobile calls from a fixed line connection can be accessed by a dialing '0 in the prefix'. However, mobile phones can be accessed from a fixed line phone without using '0' in the prefix. This, as TRAI explains, puts a "limitation that any digit which has been used as a first digit for a fixed network (for local calls) cannot be used for mobile numbers".

"By making it mandatory to access mobile numbers in a service area from a fixed network by dialing prefix '0', all the free sub-levels in levels '2', '3', '4', and '6', can also be used for mobile numbers," TRAI wrote in its recommendations.

Additionally, TRAI recommended shifting mobile numbers used for dongles from 10 digits to 13 digits.

Besides this, TRAI recommended that a new National Numbering Plan (NNP) should be issued at the earliest. "Consolidated list of short codes should be issued at the earliest," TRAI wrote in the document adding that "the consolidated list of short codes should be updated every year incorporating all withdrawals and new allocations."



source - hindustan times
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Using pirated MS Office and Adobe Photoshop? Firm asked to pay Rs 30 lakh damages


The Delhi High Court has awarded Rs 30 lakh damages to Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems and Quest Software while restraining a company based in the national capital from using or distributing their pirated and unlicensed software.

Justice V Kameswar Rao said in the absence of any defence of the Nehru Place's firm and the magnitude of the violation carried out by the defendants, the three companies are entitled for damages and Rs 30 lakh be equally shared by them.

The high court's order came on a suit filed by Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems and Quest Software against a firm named 'Chetu' which provided IT services and solutions to its clients, and related parties, after they came to know that the company was using their unlicensed/pirated software programs on its computers.

The high court restrained  the defendants, their principal officers, directors, agents, franchisees, servants, and all others acting for and on their behalf are restrained from directly or indirectly using for any kind of computer related activities or otherwise, pirated/counterfeit/unlicensed softwares of the Plaintiffs.

The lawsuit said to determine the sphere of activities of the defendants, they hired an independent investigator to carry out an investigation into their activities.

During the investigation, it was found that there are around 300 computer systems at Chetu, which are operating upon software programs such as Microsoft Office and there was no installation of Open Office on any of the computer systems.

It was further revealed that 40 to 50 employees at the firm were working on software programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe CS3 and Adobe Reader.

The defendant firm claimed in the court that it was a fully licensed Microsoft certified old partner since 2003 and its use of Microsoft products is governed by the terms of the Microsoft Partner Network Agreement.

However, when the plaintiffs (Microsoft, Adobe and Quest) conducted a license check within their database, it revealed that there were no substantial licences purchased in the name of the defendant or its related parties.




source - deccan chronicle
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TikTok rating improves in Google Play

TikTok rating on Google Play Store has fairly improved to 2.9 stars as more negative reviews have been taken down. The app's reviews have now been reduced to 20 million on Google Play.

TikTok received heavy backlash from people in India with trends to delete the app running on social media for a few days. This led to many people posting negative reviews of TikTok on Google Play and giving it the lowest possible 1-star rating. The trend may have died down but it's taking some time for TikTok's rating to come up.

Google is however helping the ByteDance-owned app by deleting millions of reviews within a span of 24 hours in some cases. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that it removed millions of negative TikTok reviews "as a corrective action to curb spam abuse".

Google displays app ratings based on user reviews on its Play Store. Apple also allows app ratings on the App Store but the damage isn't so bad there. TikTok has so far received 1.2 million ratings on the App Store and it's currently at 3.4 stars. TikTok is also the number one entertainment app on iOS.

TikTok receives its highest number of downloads in India. The app has so far garnered 611 million lifetime downloads from India and this accounts for 30.3% of the app's total downloads, according to data from Sensor Tower. TikTok continued to be the most downloaded non-game app globally but it was beaten by Zoom last month.


source - Hindustan times
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Google to start reopening offices starting July 6


Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it would reopen buildings in more cities at roughly 10% of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30% in September, if conditions permit.

Google and its peer Facebook Inc had allowed their employees to work from home in early March following tough government-mandated restrictions to contain the coronavirus.

Google said on Tuesday it would give each employee an allowance of $1,000, or the equivalent value in their country, to expense necessary equipment and office furniture, as it expects most of them to largely work from home for the remainder of the year.

There are a limited number of employees whose roles are needed back in the office this year and they would return on a limited, rotating basis, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.


source - Hindustan times
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