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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.



source - tech economic times
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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.


source - tech hindustan times
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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.


source - tech hindustan times
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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.



source - live mint
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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.


source - indian express
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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.


source - india today
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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.


source - live mint
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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.


source - india today
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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.


source - india today
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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.


source - india today
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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.


© Thomson Reuters

source - gadgets ndtv
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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.



source - ndtv gadgets
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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.



source - indian express
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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.



source - the verge
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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.


courtesy - india today
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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.




source - live mint
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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.

source - livemint
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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.



source - live mint
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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





source - live mint
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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.


source - livemint
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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.




courtesy - live mint
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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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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.


source - tech economic times
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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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A security researcher alerted Thailands national computer emergency response team, known as ThaiCERT, after he found a database exposing over eight billion Internet records on millions of Thai internet users.

Although it is not clear who owns the database, the researcher, Justin Paine, believes that a subsidiary of a major Thailand-based mobile network operator named Advanced Info Service (AIS), likely controlled the database.

The database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, was lying on the internet without a password.

"Using this data it is quite simple to paint a picture of what a person does on the Internet," Paine wrote in a blog post on Monday.

According to a report in TechCrunch, Paine alerted AIS to the open database on May 13. After not getting any response for a week, Paine reported the matter to ThaiCERT on May 21. The database was secured on May 22.

"Based on data available in BinaryEdge this database was first observed as exposed and publicly accessible on May 1, 2020. I discovered this database roughly 6 days later on May 7, 2020," Paine wrote in the blog.

Although DNS queries do not carry sensitive information like passwords and private messages, they can give away which websites and apps a user uses.


source - Hindustan times
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In 2020's first quarter, TikTok and Douyin generated 315 million downloads globally, up from 187 million a year earlier, said Sensor Tower, noting the positive influence of Covid-19 on the video-sharing apps' popularity.

ByteDance Ltd.'s millennial sensation TikTok and its Chinese twin app Douyin ranked top in the world among mobile apps for April revenue, according to Sensor Tower data that excludes games and advertising.

Focusing narrowly on in-app purchases, TikTok and Douyin's numbers for the month showed a tenfold increase to $78 million, propelling them ahead of more established names like YouTube, Tinder and Netflix, which rely more on existing subscriptions.

The Chinese market, served by Douyin, contributed 86.6% of the app income, followed by the U.S. with 8.2%. In either version of the video-streaming app filled with dance videos and memes, users can purchase virtual currency to spend on supporting their favorite creators.
Like many social media platforms, ByteDance is testing the waters of online commerce, even while it continues to rely on advertising as its main source of income. Emarketer expects that more than 75 million US social-network users aged 14 and older will make at least one purchase from a social channel in 2020, up 17.3% from 2019.


(By Zheping Huang)

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Hackers have had access to an unreleased iOS 14 version for months

An early version of Apple's upcoming iOS 14 has reportedly been around for months now since February. iOS 14 has been leaking in parts but this one is a pre-release version and security researchers, hackers and bloggers have had access to it, according to a report by Motherboard.

The report says that this iOS 14 leak is the entire version of Apple's new operating system which will release later around September. It's quite surprising that the full build of an unreleased iOS version is out and that too almost eight months before it's release. Apple hasn't even released the public beta of iOS 14.

This iOS 14 version leaked when someone got their hands on an iPhone 11 running an iOS 14 version dated December 2019. This was supposed to be used only by Apple developers but it got out. There's more to the story. It was later sold by vendors in China for thousands of dollars and the internal build of iOS 14 was extracted and distributed to the iPhone jailbreaking and hacking community.

Hackers have been distributing this iOS leak to security researchers. 9to5Mac also has a copy of the leak through which it has been revealing some features of iOS 14.

The final iOS 14 will have some differences from this early version when it launches. But it's noteworthy that for the first time an unreleased iOS version has been leaked and is continuing to spread among more people.


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BSNL extends Work @ Home plan until June 20

State operated Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has extended the validity of its Work@Home plan until June 20.

The announcement regarding the extension of the work from home plan was made by the company's Chennai team via a circular. As a part of the plan, BSNL is offering 5GB of internet data per day to all its existing landline users at a download speed of up to 10Mbps. Once the 5GB limit is exhausted, the download speed will get reduced to 1Mbps.

Apart from the data benefits, the Work@Home plan also offers 1GB of email ID space and unlimited downloads and uploads to its users. This plan is available for free to all landline users and it is available to customers across the country except for the users in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

It is worth mentioning that BSNL had first introduced this plan back in March this year right around the time the lockdown in light of the Covid-19 outbreak was first announced. At the time, the company had announced that the plan would be available until April 19. Later in April, the company extended the validity of the plan to May 19. Now, the company has again extended the validity of the plan for one month.
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Tata Sky Broadband has revised its offerings across India and has introduced a new high-speed 300 Mbps plan that is going to be available in selected areas. The company has also hiked the prices for its existing unlimited plans by ₹ 50.

Tata Sky Broadband's fixed plans have also been revamped with the company reducing its offerings to four tiers. The company has continued to tease its upcoming landline services with the 'coming soon' tag.

The new 300 Mbps plan is priced at ₹ 1,900 per month. While all of Tata Sky Broadband's current unlimited plans come with a fair usage policy (FUP) of 1,500GB, the new 300 Mbps plan comes with a FUP limit of 3,300GB or 3.3TB.

The company has mentioned that the speeds on unlimited plans will reduce to 2 Mbps once users reach the FUP limit.

Users subscribing to a six-month or annual pack will receive a 10% and a 15% discount respectively. This makes the 6-month plan for the 300 Mbps package come for ₹ 9,720 and the annual one for ₹ 18,360 after discount.

Tata Sky Broadband provides a free router for all plans and free installation for users who have signed up for at least a three-month pack. The existing plans of Tata Sky including the 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps - which are now priced at ₹ 950, ₹ 1,050 and ₹ 1,150 respectively.

Users subscribing to the six month pack of the base 25 Mbps plan pay ₹ 4,860 while the annual pack users pay ₹ 9,180. Similarly, users who subscribe to the six-month 50 Mbps plan will be paying ₹ 5,400 while the annual pack is worth ₹ 10,200.

Further, the six-month 100 Mbps plan has been priced at ₹ 5,940 while the annual pack of the 100 Mbps plan is priced at ₹ 11,220.

Tata Sky Broadband's fixed plans have been reduced to four tiers including two 50 Mpbs plans and two 100 Mpbs plans.

The base 50 Mpbs plans are priced at ₹ 790 per month with a data limit of 150GB and the top-tier plan is priced at ₹ 1,000 with a 500GB data limit. The company offers a Data Rollover option on all its Fixed GB plans.

The base 100 Mbps plan has been priced at ₹ 950 per month with a data limit of 250 GB and the top-tiered 100 Mbps plan is priced at ₹ 1,050 per month with a data limit of 500 GB.

Like is the case with unlimited plans, Tata Sky Broadband offers 10% and 15% discount on Fixed GB plans along with the free installation on three months, six months and annual plans.



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List of 100 Passenger Trains run from June 1

Kushinagar Express

Konarka Express

Darbhanga Express

Kamayani Express

Mahanagri Express

Udyan Express

Bhopal Express

Lucknow Mail

Sanghmitra Express

Padatik Express

Shramjevi Express

Sampoorn Kranti Express

Prayagraj Express

Gomti Express

Karambhumi Express

Shram Shakti Express

Samprak Kranti Express (Jodhpur to Delhi Sarai Rohila)

Suryanagri Express

Pushpak Express

Gorakhdham Express

Shivganga Express

Mangla Express

Champaran Satyagraha Express

Karnataka Samprak Kranti Express

Husain Sagar Express

Falaknuma Express

Sachkhand Express

Telangana Express

Purushottam Express

Howrah-Mumbai Mail

GoldenTemple Mail

Ashram Express

Paschim Express

Karnavati Express

Mewar Express

Mahananda Express

Netravati Express

AP Express

Mahamana Express

Golconda Express

Rayalseema Express

Sabarmati Express (Ahmedabad to Darbhanga)

Sabarmati Express (Ahmedabad to Varanasi)

Tapti Ganga Express

Vaishali Express

Poorva Express (Howrah to New Delhi via Patna)

Poorva Express (Howrah to New Delhi via Gaya)

SaptKranti Express

Satyagraha Express

Suhaildev Express

Shaheed Express

Saryu Yamuna Express

Brahmputra Mail

Azimabad Express

Godavari Express

Duronto Express (Howrah to Yashwantpur)

Duronto Express (Sealdah to Puri)

Duronto Express (Shalimar to Patna)

Duronto Express (Ernakulam to Nizammudin)

DurontoExpress (Secunderabad to Nizammudin)

JanShatabdi Express (Howrah to Bhubaneshwar)

JanShatabdi Express (Howrah to Patna)

JanShatabdi Express (Patna to Ranchi)

JanShatabdi Express (Dehradun to Kaathgodam)

JanShatabdi Express (Guwahati to Jorhat)

JanShatabdi Express (Haridwar to Amritsar)

JanShatabdi Express (New Delhi to Dehradun)

JanShatabdi Express (New Delhi to Una-Himachal)

JanShatabdi Express (Ajmer to Delhi SR)

JanShatabdi Express (Howrah to Barbil

Avadh Express (Bandra to Gorakhpur)

Avadh Express (Bandra to Muzaffarpur)

Bihar Sampark Kranti

Gujarat Sampark Kranti

Goa Express.
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Zoho launches small business CRM system called Bigin


Zoho has launched Bigin, a CRM system that is designed for small and micro businesses, that aims for simplicity and easy customer tracking.

Bigin, which costs $7 per user per month billed annually, sits outside of Zoho One, an application buffet that includes Zoho CRM. Bigin aims to be a starter CRM system that would feed into Zoho CRM upgrades.

The timing for Zoho's launch is notable given that small businesses have been crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many small businesses have struggled to stand up digital operations amid stay-at-home orders and are quickly building out tech stacks--especially if companies were solely physical.


https://www.zoho.com/bigin/



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Facebook survey shows 31% of small businesses stopped operating

One-third of U.S. small businesses have stopped operating, while another 11% expect to fail in the next three months if Covid-19 conditions persist, according to an April survey.

"The numbers are devastating," said Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., which helped conduct the survey of 86,000 business owners and employees, in partnership with the Small Business Roundtable.

Most of the closed businesses don't know how they will find the money to reopen, and don't expect to rehire employees that they had to cut. "That's because they think they can't -- it's not that they don't want to," Sandberg said in an interview. In normal times, small businesses account for two-thirds of U.S. job growth, she said.

Facebook and the Small Business Roundtable planned to do the monthly survey before coronavirus hit, expecting it to paint a much brighter picture of their impact on the economy. The vast majority of Facebook's advertisers are small businesses, using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with their customers.

Now, those companies are increasingly relying on the internet. More than one-third of the businesses surveyed say their sales have moved completely online. Facebook has raced to build new tools for them, such as digital gift cards and food delivery buttons, so that they can recover more quickly.

Businesses that are still operating have had to become creative about their strategy, as well. Restaurants are selling to-go cocktails, grocery stores are building plastic shields to protect their workers at the checkout counter, and hair stylists are providing home cutting tips over video chat. Of the businesses that are closed, 19% are still paying at least partial wages to employees who can't work.

Smaller Classes

Sam Lee, who operates a ceramic studio and store in San Francisco, has been renting out pottery wheels to members, and picking up their creations curbside. Her decision has helped the business stay afloat. Meanwhile, in her studio, Dusted and Blue in San Francisco, she's been moving wheel stations six feet apart, preparing for the time she's allowed to operate.

Lee also worries people will lose out on some of the conversation and community the studio was meant to foster. "We'll likely have to do smaller classes," she said. "We're still waiting to hear what we'll have to do. What are the regulations going to be? How long is it going to last?"

Hospitality and event-based businesses may take longer to recover. Veronyca Kwan, co-founder of Bella Belle Shoes, said her wedding shoe business saw sales drop 75% in April.

"If weddings are not happening, people are not going to buy bridal shoes," she said. Without pop-up sales events and wedding showcases, which drive a lot of the interest in the brand, Kwan has turned to Instagram and tried to improve the company's placement on search engines.

The survey shows the majority of small business owners and employees are still optimistic about the future. Bella Belle was approved for a small business loan from the government, and said declines in May weren't as sharp as feared. "It's a rollercoaster," she said.

Meanwhile, 29% of workers and owners of small businesses were concerned about bringing the coronavirus home, as the vast majority of small business employees don't have access to paid sick leave or paid time off. Among hotel, cafe and restaurant employees, more than 90% lack paid leave.

The struggle has been especially acute for women, who still shoulder the majority of the household work in addition to their businesses, and have had to stop working at a higher rate than men in order to balance it.

"If we don't have equality in the household we're not going to have equality in the workforce," Sandberg said. "Crises exacerbate trends."


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Ola resumes service in over 160 cities in India


Ola is giving drivers and customers an option of cancelling the ride if anyone of them is seen not wearing the mask.

Ola/Uber cabs will abide by the enhanced safety protocols applicable with every trip as per the state governments guidelines.

Ride hailing service Ola on Monday said it has resumed normal ride operations in more than 160 cities with enhanced safety protocols applicable with every trip as per the state governments guidelines.

The company said that driver-partners operating three and four-wheelers on the platform will be available to serve mobility needs on Ola app, with highest levels of safety precautions in Covid-19 sensitive states like Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu (except Chennai), Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Assam.

The safety protocols include "compulsory mask usage for driver-partners and passengers, complete sanitization of cars post-trips, adhering to social distancing norms by limiting to two passengers per ride amongst other key steps through our '10 Steps to a Safer Ride' initiative," a company spokesperson said in a statement.

Ola vehicles will not operate to and from government identified red or containment zones.

"All driver-partners are required to wear masks and need to authenticate this before the start of every ride by sharing a selfie through their partner app," said Ola.

Ola is giving drivers and customers an option of cancelling the ride if anyone of them is seen not wearing the mask.

To avoid re-circulation of air, the AC will be switched off and windows will be kept open during all rides.

Meanwhile, Uber India said it has resumed ride services in 34 cities.

The company said that riders will constantly be notified with further information and the status of specific cities through its app.






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Facebook buys GIF company Giphy

Facebook has announced its acquisition of GIF platform Giphy and according to Axios, the deal is valued roughly at $400 million. GIPHY, a leader in visual expression and creation, is joining the Facebook company today as part of the Instagram team, Facebook announced in a post today.

Facebook has further said that they are planning to integrate Giphy into Instagram and other apps, "so that people can find just the right way to express themselves".

"By bringing Instagram and Giphy together, we can make it easier for people to find the perfect GIFs and stickers in Stories and Direct," the company explained.

Giphy already is integrated on other social media platforms like Twitter, currently it is unclear if Facebook is going to end those relationships and keep Giphy restricted to its own apps.

Facebook has been using Giphy's application program interface for a while now through Facebook app, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp and first tried to acquire the company in 2015.

"In fact, 50% of Giphy's traffic comes from the Facebook family of apps, half of that from Instagram alone," Facebook said.

"Giphy will continue to operate its library (including its global content collection), and we're looking forward to investing further in its technology and relationships with content and API partners. People will still be able to upload GIFs; developers and API partners will continue to have the same access to Giphy's APIs; and Giphy's creative community will still be able to create great content," Facebook added.




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WhatsApp beta on Android starts rolling out Messenger Rooms

Facebook earlier today announced the global roll out of Messenger Rooms. WhatsApp has now started rolling out Messenger Rooms shortcut for its Android beta app in select countries.

This seems to be a gradual roll out and WhatsApp beta users in the US have started receiving it, according to WABetaInfo. The feature is available on WhatsApp beta 2.20.139. Facebook while announcing the launch of Messenger Rooms also confirmed its shortcut arriving on WhatsApp and Instagram as well.

This shortcut opens up to Messenger Rooms which is Facebook's new video conferencing feature. Although a Messenger feature, users who don't have a Facebook account can also join a call through an invite.

On WhatsApp, the Messenger Rooms shortcut will be visible on the attach file section. If it's available you'll see a new 'Room' icon replacing the previous camera icon. This shortcut is also visible in the calls tab and group chats. In addition to the voice/video call icon, you'll see a new Messenger Rooms icon above it. Also, when you tap the call icon to make group calls there will be an option to "create a room".

This is not to be confused with WhatsApp's in-app group video calls. WhatsApp recently increased the group call limit from four to eight people. Messenger Rooms is a bigger platform with support for 50 people in one call. Like Houseparty, you can create rooms and invite people to join them. Anyone with the room link can join the call, and you can also lock the room.



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Zomato to lay off over 600 employees


a) Zomato is letting go of over 600 employees as their roles are redundant now.

b) Zomato will assist sacked employees find new jobs while they get financial support from the company.

c) Zomato is also introducing up to 50 per cent pay cuts for the remaining workforce.



Zomato has announced it will be laying off around 13 per cent of its workforce to absorb the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.

In a post, the company has announced it will initiate the process of identifying the redundant workforce, which is over 600 employees, but there will be compensations given to the impacted employees.

As remote working goes mainstream, Zomato is foreseeing it as the next venture for its business, which includes hyperlocal deliveries of groceries, in an attempt to become "a transaction first company."

A number of measures have been announced by the food delivery platform, including temporary pay cuts of employees of up to 50 per cent and a major shift to remote working.

Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal has said the company will assist the 13 per cent laid-off workforce -- which belongs to a little over 600 employees according to the news agency IANS -- in finding new jobs while supporting them "financially" and "emotionally" for six months.

The impacted employees will receive video calls from Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal, COO Gaurav Gupta, and CEO of food delivery business Mohit Gupta, to walk them through the next available steps for them. Zomato will offer severance of 50 per cent of their salaries for six months, in addition to health insurance and support to find other jobs immediately. Zomato has not specified if the sacked workforce belongs to the delivery business or other departments.

The latest round of layoffs comes as the second biggest firing of employees in the company, months after Zomato sacked around 540 employees in September last year, citing the proliferation of automation into the industry that left several roles redundant.

The remaining workforce at Zomato will be handed over pay cuts of up to 50 per cent, wherein the low-earning employees will get a minimum lowering of wages. Zomato has said some of its employees voluntarily took pay cuts earlier and those employees will "not be expected" to take the additional pay cuts. But these are temporary reductions in salaries of employees and should be done away within the next six months, per Goyal's post.

Goyal has written a blog post outlining the big changes slated for the company. While the company immediately switched to delivering groceries after the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants to either shut or operate cautiously, it is seeking to turn into a company that will ramp up the number of transactions happening on the platform. "There’s no going back to the ‘normal’ all we should focus on is building for the ‘new normal’.

Considering what we know at this point, the idea is to make a complete shift towards being a transactions first company, focusing heavily on a small number of large market opportunities in the food value chain," he wrote.

Ever since Zomato entered the hyperlocal delivery business of groceries, it has expanded into 185 cities in India. Emerging as a potential threat to the more established companies in the same business -- BigBasket and Grofers -- Zomato sees a "long term potential in this segment." Goyal has also emphasised how contactless dining is becoming the "need of the hour" and that there are now around 25,000 restaurants globally complying with the norm.



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MakeMyTrip will now deliver food

MakeMyTrip will now deliver food from 5-star hotels - Roseate and JW Marriott.

MMT's announcement comes at a time when because of the coronavirus pandemic, travel and hotel aggregators are struggling as bookings come down to zero.

But it will now be struggling in a space that is currently dominated by Zomato and Swiggy


India's largest travel aggregator announced a major new business vertical today - MakeMyTrip will now deliver food from 5-star hotels.

MakeMyTrip (MMT) has jumped into food delivery - a business that continues to be hot even during the coronavirus lockdown. The company has rolled out an online gourmet delivery service in partnership with luxury and premium hotel chains and independent properties across cities in India.



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What is Migraine Head ache ?

A headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine headaches are sometimes preceded by warning symptoms. Triggers include hormonal changes, certain food and drink, stress and exercise.

Migraine headaches can cause throbbing in one particular area that can vary in intensity. Nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are also common symptoms.

Preventive and pain-relieving medication can help manage migraine headaches.


Symptoms:

Usually self-diagnosable

Migraine headaches can cause throbbing in one particular area that can vary in intensity. Nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are also common symptoms.


People may experience:

Pain areas: in the eyes, face, or neck

Pain types: can be dull

Headache: can be acute, frequent, or throbbing

Visual: sensitivity to light, distorted vision, or seeing flashes of light

Whole body: dizziness, light-headedness, or malaise

Sensory: aura or sensitivity to sound

Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting

Also common: irritability, nasal congestion, or scalp tenderness


Self - Care:

Stress management:

Pursuing an enjoyable activity or verbalising frustration to reduce stress and improve mental health.

Improved sleep habits:

Good sleep practices include having a regular bedtime schedule and avoiding naps, caffeine and TV before bedtime.

Avoid migraine triggers:

Common triggers include alcohol, caffeine or poor sleep.

Diet modification:

Adjusting diet to reduce triggers causing disease or address dietary deficiencies.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources: Apollo Hospitals and others (Google)
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To reduce dependence on Zomato and Swiggy, restaurants seek own delivery platform

The restaurant industry that has been clashing with food delivery platforms over prices and commissions is planning its own digital offerings and delivery services to reduce dependence on aggregators such as Swiggy and Zomato.

Hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown, restaurants are also looking at a common loyalty programme that can help the business grow in the future, which will be very different from the pre-coronavirus world.

"Aggregators have become virtual landlords, they came in trying to solve a genuine problem but eventually they are just decimating the small businesses with their business policies," Thomas Fenn, a National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) member, said addressing a virtual town hall on May 6.

The industry should work together to create an alternate technology solution to expand business in the post-Covid19 world, Fenn, who owns the popular Mahabelly restaurant in New Delhi, said.

Close to 500 people had logged into the Facebook live session.

While NRAI didn't share details of its plan, Fenn said the focus would be on easy reconciliation, transparent pricing, cheaper delivery and protection of customer data.


Citing NPCI offering UPI, TCS helping run passport services and Infosys the GST Network, Rahul Singh, cofounder of Beer Café, said the industry was looking for a similar solution to bring all restaurants onto a common platform.

The owners have complained against aggregators' predatory pricing, high commissions and even hiding customer data from restaurants.

"They have been using our own data to develop private label solutions and their own brands, at the same time they hide details about customers who are ordering from us," said Fenn.

Even commissions had shot up to 24 percent from around 6 percent, making life difficult for restaurants, he added.

Swiggy has its private labels like The Bowl Company and Homely. It also runs Access Kitchens or virtual kitchens that process orders only from Swiggy. Even Zomato has a cloud kitchen called Zomato Kitchen.

This is the first time the food and beverage industry is trying to create an alternative digital platform, the success will depend on the coming together of a highly fragmented and dispersed sector.

The technology used by Swiggy and Zomato has made ordering and tracking deliveries simple, how much it can be replicated by an industry body run by restaurant owners and celebrity chefs is something that needs to be watched.

Three factors -- customer loyalty, online orders and payments and digitised delivery logistics--will drive the solution NRAI is looking for.

It can leverage social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram to reach out to consumers.

Given that Facebook was working with Reliance's Jio Platforms to expand into a hyperlocal delivery with small stores as suppliers, Fenn said something similar could be done in the food delivery business as well.

Most restaurants didn't employ delivery staff to cut costs but outsourcing it to Swiggy and Zomato was working out to be more expensive, he said.

"For instance, we can leverage Dunzo, Delhivery and so many other players for our delivery partnerships, there are ways to connect restaurants to delivery partners by leveraging technology," he said.

The restaurant industry had never worked on a common loyalty programme and that was something that could be looked at, NRAI president Anurag Katriar, also CEO deGustibus Hospitality, said.

"We are in an advanced stage of discussion around creating a restaurant network-wide loyalty programme, a customer can eat in one restaurant and get points redeemable in another restaurant, that will be a force multiplier for business," he said.

This could be aimed at Zomato's loyalty programme Zomato Gold that covers restaurants across major cities. This programme had been a flashpoint between Zomato and restaurant partners.

On "contactless dining", a term Zomato and few other restaurant aggregators have thrown about, Katriar said NRAI was looking at bringing in a digital dining experience to make consumers feel safer when eating out.

NRAI represents more than 5 lakh restaurants in a $4-billion industry.

With restaurants shut across the country, the food and beverage industry has been one of the worst-hit sectors, with more than 70 lakh people looking at a bleak future.

NRAI has on multiple occasions sought the government's intervention to bail out the industry but, so far, nothing has come of it.

Not just restaurants, food delivery platforms are facing similar problems. With the lockdown in its third phase and an uptick in coronavirus cases, orders have dwindled.

Will the coronavirus outbreak tear apart a partnership that has changed the way India eats or will the warring sides find a way to stick it out? Only time will tell.


Disclosure: Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd.

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Indian Railways to start special trains from May 12, bookings on IRCTC

The Indian Railways will be gradually starting passenger train operations from May 12, initially, with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys), the government has said.

It has said that these special trains will run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

The booking for reservation in these trains will start from May 11 at 4 pm, the government has said, adding that the booking option will be available only on IRCTC website.

"Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations," the government has said.

"It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train," it added.

The railways had shut services after a national lockdown was announced following the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. The government is currently running special services, called Shramik special trains, for stranded migrants to travel back to their respective states.


courtesy: moneycontrol
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The Ranking downgrade of SBI, Bank of Baroda, and ICICI Bank

Bank of America has downgraded the ratings for four of India's largest banks -- the State bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda, IndusInd Bank and ICICI Bank.

The emerging cycle of non-performing assets will be the 'biggest nightmare of 2020' according to Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Bank of America's downgrade follows in the footsteps of UBS and CLSA, who also slashed their expectations from banks.

According to Sharma, the rise of bad loans is likely to spillover beyond banks to the fintech sector where a large number of startups have been giving out small unsecured loans.


Indian banks had barely cleaned up the massive pile of unpaid loans from the country's corporates, the coronavirus pandemic is barrelling into an economic crisis that may bring a fresh wave of non-performing assets (NPA) ⁠-- this time from the small borrowers.

Bank of America (BoA) has downgraded the earnings estimates for four of the biggest banks in India ⁠-- the State Bank of India (SBI), Bank of Baroda, IndusInd Bank and ICICI Bank.

This is what Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the billionaire founder of Alibaba-backed Paytm, described as the 'biggest nightmare' of 2020 in an exclusive chat with Business Insider on April 10.


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SBI, part of the Fortune 500 list, saw the biggest slash in rating, from being a stock that people should buy to a stock that's now expected to underperform alongside Bank of Baroda (BoB).

Even IndusInd Bank, where more than 90% of the customers have chosen not to opt for the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) three-month moratorium on repayments has been downgraded to neutral -- the same as ICICI Bank.

The only bank which managed to avoid a cut is HDFC Bank -- the equity that BoA maintains a 'buy' rating for in the sector.

However, BoA isn't the only one to lower its expectations. UBS also cut its estimates after banking shares dipped by over 30% in April.

This was followed by CLSA slashing the target price on banks by up to 70%.


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Experts believe that most fintech lending companies that hold non-banking financial company (NFBC) licenses will take a significant hit as a result of the coronavirus crisis -- especially since they don't fall into the RBI's offer of the three-month moratorium on repayments.

The RBI reduced the reverse repo rate to increase liquidity for NBFCs but that only solves one part of the problem. "There is a moratorium, but even after that, people will not have money to pay. So there will a pass credit rating discount which will happen in this country," Sharma predicted.

Startup NBFCs were booming in 2019 with as many as 69 companies garnering $593 million of capital and now both the companies and the investors are staring at a possible spike in bad loans. Indian banks already have a massive pile of bad loans amounting to over ₹9 lakh crore at last count.

"There should be a moratorium on credit ratings also," said Kanchan Gupta from the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), in agreement with Paytm's Sharma.
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With cash flow drying up as people struggle to repay their loans and investors shy away from loosening their purse strings, it's not just banks, even fintech startups are going to get hit on both sides of their balance sheets.


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Amazon introduces Prime Gaming in India with free in-game content for Prime subscribers


Amazon Prime members in India get access to a variety of benefits ranging from faster delivery times to Prime-exclusive deals, along with access to services like Prime Video, Amazon Music, and more. Adding on to the list, Amazon has now introduced gaming offers for Prime members in the country, offering free in-game content like collectable characters, upgrades, in-game currency, and Prime-only tournaments, in a couple of popular mobile games.

As per a recent report from the Times of India, Amazon has set up a new micro site for the gaming benefits which lists down all the games in which members will be able to unlock the new benefits. These include popular titles like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, World Cricket Championship, Black Desert Mobile, Words with Friends 2, Mafia City, and The Seven Deadly Sins. To claim the Prime benefits in these games, users will have to log-in to the game with their Amazon Prime account and click on 'Allow' when prompted.

In a statement regarding the new Prime benefits, Akshay Sahi, Director and Head of Prime at Amazon India, said, "With the launch of Prime gaming, we continue to make Amazon Prime more valuable for members in India. We recognize the need for in-game content by mobile gamers to enhance their playing experience and are delighted to provide access to this content free to Prime members. We will continue to add new in-game content for other popular games, with frequent content refreshes."

For now, the free content line-up is quite limited and includes things like a Stadium Unlock for World Cricket Championship, 50 Gold and 10K cash for Mafia City, an item chest, hero and skin trial cards for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and a Mystery Box for Words with Friends 2. However, you can expect new content and games to be added to the list in the near future.



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Microsoft offers $100,000 to hack its custom Linux OS

Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company's custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS, which is designed to run on specialized chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The OS is purpose-built for this platform, ensuring basic services and apps run isolated in a sandbox for security purposes.

Microsoft now wants hackers to test the security of the Azure Sphere OS, paying up to $100,000 if the Pluton security subsystem or Secure World sandbox is breached. The bug bounty program is part of a three-month research challenge that runs from June 1st until August 31st. "We will award up to $100,000 bounty for specific scenarios in the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge during the program period," explains Sylvie Liu, a security program manager at Microsoft's Security Response Center.

The challenge is focused on the Azure Sphere OS itself, and not the underlying cloud portion that's already eligible for Azure bounty program awards. Microsoft is specifically looking for a group of security researchers to try and break its Linux OS security. Physical attacks are out of scope, but researchers can apply to be part of the challenge here.

Azure Sphere was announced at last year's Build developer conference, and it's still relatively new. Businesses like Starbucks are rolling out Azure Sphere to secure its store equipment, which feeds back data points on the type of beans, coffee temperature, and water quality for every shot of espresso.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees IoT devices as a key area for the company, describing its cloud business as the biggest hardware business at Microsoft earlier this year. Nadella is chasing the billions of IoT devices that analysts predict will be in use over the next decade. Azure Sphere is a key part of the mission to help secure and manage these devices, and part of Microsoft's increased push to win a world beyond Windows that's increasingly moving to cloud computing.



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Professionals with these top tech skills are in high demand


According to Vikram Ahuja, co-founder, Talent500 by ANSR Consulting, a recruitment platform, there is a huge demand for a full stack developer as firms are now looking at doubling their product development.

Despite hiring activity being badly hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, professionals equipped with certain skills continue to be in demand, according to experts.

These include cloud computing, network architect, full stack developers, data scientists and augmented and virtual reality experts.



Network architect/engineer


Nothing has brought forth the importance of network engineer like COVID-19. Their role includes planning, implementing and managing computer networks. This could include data, voice, calls and wireless networks.

They are also responsible for ensuring connectivity at all times and diagnosing and troubleshooting network errors.

This is one of the hot profiles right now as industries are moving to remote working model.

Who needs them? All firms need network engineers, especially tech firms where they are needed to oversee the network. According to Indeed.com, there are about 105 jobs for freshers and also opening in major firms such as Accenture and Tech Mahindra for the profile.


Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) engineer

What is AR/VR? In AR, technology is used to enhance or augment the real world whereas VR lets you immerse in a whole different world in 3D.

Demand for AR/VR engineers have been on the rise in the last few years with tech majors investing in the technology. But the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the demand ever further. According to reports, demand for AR/VR technology increased after the virus outbreak intensified increased 2X as companies are looking to train their staff using the technology.

Who is hiring? Tech firms like Google that are making investing in the tech and game developers. According to Naukri.com site, there are close to 180 job postings for VR engineers with payscale ranging between Rs 3 lakh per annum and Rs 15 lakh per annum depending on experience.


Full stack developer

A full-stack developer is someone who can handle both the frontend, which involves the user or the business, and the backend, essentially the technical part.

Full-stack developer should be knowledgeable in languages such as Python and Java (backend) and HTML and Javascript (for frontend), MySql or other databases languages and server technology. In addition, they should also possess project management skills.


Who is hiring?

According to Vikram Ahuja, co-founder, Talent500 by ANSR Consulting, a recruitment platform, there is a huge demand for a full stack developer as firms are now looking at doubling their product development. Their salary might range anywhere between Rs 5 lakh per annum to Rs 18 lakh per annum based on experience and talent.


Cloud computing

During the Q4 FY2020 results announcements major IT firms had one area where the traction was significant. It was cloud. With the virus outbreak, came the need to migrate to cloud and fast if the companies had to stay in business. Like Arvind Krishna, CEO, IBM pointed out during an event, the pace at which this adoption is happening has accelerated due to COVID-19 and the transformation is happening in few months period compared to few years before.

Who is hiring? All cloud giants are hiring including Google, AWS and Microsoft. According to a report by Virtualisation Review, while Microsoft has reportedly frozen hiring in other areas, it is still recruiting Azure talents. According to executives, salary could range between Rs 4-5 lakh for freshers and Rs 25 lakh for a decade of experience.


AI, Data science and ML

These three skills continue to be in demand as more firms are beginning to invest in digital. Speaking at the IBM Think Digital 2020 event, CEO Arvind Krishna said that every company will be an AI company going forward, for the innovation and scale can come from deploying AI. All sectors from hospitals and banks and startups are investing heavily in AI to make their systems more intelligent and efficient. Data scientists are at the core of all these innovations, who help companies make sense of data.

According to executives, firms are even willing to pay a premium for this talent even amid the crisis. A beginner can get a salary of Rs 8-10 lakh per annum and in a couple of years can step it up to Rs 16 lakh. A data scientist with five to six years of experience can get Rs 30 lakh.



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Apple WWDC 2020 to take place on June 22: iOS 14 expected for iPhones

Apple has finally revealed when it will be holding its annual worldwide developers conference (WWDC) 2020. The event, which will be hosted online for the first time, will take place on June 22. The firm has also announced the Swift Student Challenge, through which student developers can submit their coding work.

“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.”

This year, the company is holding the conference online-only in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. “The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead,” said Schiller last month.

At the conference, Apple usually unveils the next major iterations of iOS, watchOS, iPadOS, tvOS and macOS. These also hint the arrival of new device later in the year. This time we are expecting Apple to reveal iOS 14 for iPhones.


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Govt Issues Notice Against Wipro For Benching 300 Employees

The letter by NITES states that Wipro BPO located in Pune (Phase 2 Hinjewadi) has benched its employees starting 23 April 2020 and that the jobs of 300 employees have been put at risk.

Further, the letter points out that this is a clear violation of Maharashtra state Government's and Central Government's directions, rules and regulations.

These employees include those working in the travel and hospitality vertical of Wipro.

The letter states, "On behalf of NITES, Maharashtra we would like to bring to your notice that we have received complaints from employees of Wipro BPO Pune Phase 2 Hinjewadi regarding putting employees on bench to maintain profitability of business under COVID-19 pandemic."

In the letter, NITES demands that the labour commissioner office take  strict action against Wipro BPO in Pune stating reasons that the firm has failed to follow the basic policies of Human Rights and violated Maharashtra state government's rule and regulation.

Another employee has also seconded this development and said that employees have been benched by the organization by late April. He revealed that when the employees are put on bench, they are given a specified time limit to find projects. However, it is unclear whether they would be laid off in case they arent able to find any.

In a startling development, it has been revealed that leading IT company Wipro has benched around 300 employees during this lockdown phase, and as a result, their salaries have been slashed.

Maharashtra based IT union National Information Technology Employees Senate (NITES) has complained about this to the Pune Labour commissioner about this. And based on this complaint, office of the Labor Commissioner has issued a notice to Wipro.

On the other hand, Wipro's CFO, Jatin Dalal, has revealed that the company's condition is worse than it was during the 2008 global financial crisis due to its unpredictability.

Saurabh Govil, Chief Human Resources Officer, Wipro said, "We will look at if people can go on furloughs and leaves. If sub-contractor costs can come down and if we can deploy people there. We will have to cut costs wherever possible. These are tough times and we may have to take tough decisions."

The company has also halted revenue guidance due to the lack of clarity and deferred promotions and stopped wage hikes as well.

However, the company has penned a statement that says, "The speculation related to the workforce is unfounded and has no basis. Wipro categorically denies these malicious rumors. Wipro reiterates that there are no retrenchment plans. Also, we request you not to misrepresent or misinterpret intra-company surveys that are undertaken from time to time on various topics. The company has well defined policies and people practices in place to take care of its employees.



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Google releases Flutter 1.17 and Dart 2.8 stable SDKs for app development


Flutter is a cross-platform programming framework, aiming to solve the woes of developing cross-platform apps without the mess of non-native code. With knowledge of the Dart programming language, a developer can build apps for Android, iOS, web, and desktop with a unified UI look across all. Flutter 1.9 brought macOS and Catalina support in an alpha state, while v1.12 release matured their support past the pre-alpha state. Now, Google is out with a new v1.17 release of Flutter and v2.8 release of Dart, marking them as the first stable releases for Flutter and Dart in 2020.


Flutter 1.17

Last month, Google had announced changes to its release process. The company's earlier process lacked clarity on when releases would be built, what code would be in it, and so on. Now, Google plans to ship stable releases on a roughly quarterly cycle. This by itself posed a few challenges, as the release infrastructure had to be retooled for the new release process. Now, Flutter 1.17 is being released to the stable channel for developers. Google has closed 6,339 issues since their previous Flutter 1.12 release, and they have closed more bugs than have been opened this year, leading to a net decrease of ~800 issues.

In addition to bug fixes, Flutter 1.17 brings substantial performance improvements, improved support for Metal on iOS, and includes new Material widgets.


Performance improvements

Apps built with Flutter 1.17 versus older releases will see a 20-37% speedup for the default navigation case in which there are opaque routes with no transparency. There's also a considerable improvement in app sizes built with Flutter 1.17. For example, the Flutter Gallery sample is now 8.1MB in 2020 versus 9.6MB at the end of 2019. For memory usage, the 1.17 release brings a 70% memory reduction in fast scrolling through large images.


Metal support

Metal is Apple's low-level graphics API that provides nearly direct access to the underlying GPU of iOS devices. Flutter now uses Metal by default when building for supported iOS devices, making Flutter apps run faster. The improved Metal support improves rendering speeds of iOS apps by about 50% on average. On iOS devices that don't fully support Metal, namely devices with iOS versions lower than 10 and released before the A7 processor, Flutter falls back to OpenGL.



Material widgets

Flutter 1.17 adds support for new Material widgets. There are also updates to existing widgets. For instance, NavigationRail helps developers to add responsive app navigation models to apps and is great for apps that can switch between mobile and desktop form factors. DatePicker and TextSelection overflow widgets have also been updated: DatePicker's new visuals match the updated Material guidelines and add a new text input mode, while TextSelection now has improved fidelity for iOS and Android when buttons are longer than can be displayed without overflowing. Lastly, Google is also shipping the new Animations Package that provides pre-built animations implementing the new Material motion specification.


Other changes in Flutter 1.17

Google has completed implementing the Type Scale portion of the 2018 Material Design specification without breaking existing Flutter apps.
Google Fonts for Flutter v1.0 is also now available. This lets developers experiment with and use any font from fonts.google.com in their app. The developer can decide whether to bundle the font with the APK or whether the user receives the font by downloading it from the API.


Google has improved the accessibility of Flutter apps with fixes to scrolling, text fields, and other input widgets.

Google is also preparing to swap out the current version of Dart DevTools with the new Flutter version. Developers can test this new version by starting DevTools and then clicking the "breaker" icon in the top-right hand corner of DevTools. The biggest improvement in the new Flutter version of Dart DevTools is the new Network tab which shows the network traffic for your Flutter app when you hit the "Record" button.

Another improvement is an experimental "fast start" option allowing you to start Flutter app debugging up to 70% faster when you're building an app for Android.

Google is also giving a shoutout to the Superformula team for remaking the entire MGM Resorts Android app in Flutter.

Dart is the programming language used for building apps in Flutter. With the release of the Dart 2.8 SDK, Google is introducing a couple of changes:

Improvements to the pub client tool, which is used to manage packages downloaded from the pub.dev package repository.

Google has improved the performance of pub get by adding support for parallel fetching of packages and deferring pub run precompilation.

Google has also added a new tool (pub outdated) for ensuring package dependencies are kept up-to-date.

Preparation for Sound null safety, since null references are a common source of application crashes that happen when code attempts to read a variable that has a null value.

Google is preparing to add support for sound null safety in Dart, which will ensure that all variables expressed hold non-null values.

Implementing sound null safety is a huge undertaking that will initially cause breaks in the Dart language and libraries. Google wants developers to be aware of these breaking changes and file any issues on their issue track.



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Future iPhones could come with this cool new audio technology


Apple's iPhones are some of the most advanced smartphones in the market right now. The company leaves no stone unturned in bringing new features and technologies to its smartphones. Now, a new report hints that the company is working on a cool new technology that would improve the audio quality of iPhones by manifolds.

A newly published Apple patent describes that the company is bringing binaural recording to its future iPhone models.

To give you some idea about this technology, binaural recording of sounds leads to a full 3D sound capture. In simple words, devices with this technology are able to reproduce the exact sound scene, which gives the listener the sensation of 'being there'.

In its patent, as noted by Patently Apple, the company says that the binaural recording "can be accomplished through spatial rendering of audio inputs using Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTF), which modifies a sound signal in order to induce the perception in a listener that the sound signal is originating from any point in space."

The company also says that while this approach is compelling for virtual reality VR applications, wherein a user can interact both visually and audibly in a virtual environment, in traditional video capture applications binaural audio can distract a user. "In contrast, monophonic or traditional stereophonic recordings may not provide a sufficient sense of immersion," the patent says.

The patent then dwells into the details as to how this technology would be implemented. You can take a peek at Apple's patent here.

As far as the timeline of implementation of this technology is concerned, there is no word on when Apple iPhones will be able to make binaural recording or if at all this technology will ever make it to iPhones. For now, all we can do is sit tight and wait for Apple to give us a clue about its future plans.




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Guidelines out for companies willing to work with 33% staff

The authorities of Gurgaon and Noida have issued detailed guidelines for companies willing to open their offices with 33% workforce.

The guidelines mandate companies to strictly observe the social distancing protocol, including restricting the number of people in a lift, providing health insurance to workers and random testing for Covid-19.

The companies have also been advised to keep a one-hour difference between two shifts.

"We have asked the companies to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). They will have to sanitise the premises and ensure social distancing," said Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) CEO VS Kundu.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also issued separate protocols for industries and private companies, including those based in Noida, which lies in the 'red zone'.

The local administration has allowed 33% workforce to attend office though employees coming from outside Noida will not be allowed.

"Companies have been asked to do RT-PCR test of 5% staff on random basis. In meetings or training, employees should sit at least 6 ft away from each other," a Noida administration official said.

The work space providers are also taking necessary precautions before re-starting work.

"While we are putting in place all the recommended practices like deep sanitisation of all our centres, regular and strict cleaning of all the touch-points, and continuous temperature monitoring at the entry gate, we will also be informing and updating clients about the practices being put in place," said Akshita Gupta, co-founder and CMO of NCR-based ABL Workspaces.




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Google - There Is More To Rankings Than Just Quality

Gary Illyes from Google said on Twitter "there's more to ranking than just quality." He added a fact, that Google uses "hundreds of signals to offer users the most relevGoogle - There Is More To Rankings Than Just Qualityant piece of content for their query." Sometimes other ranking signals can push a lesser quality page above the higher quality page in the Google search results.

What does this mean? Gary explained "sometimes that means that indeed they get the highest quality, other times it may mean that they get lower quality, but much faster."

In short, he said that Google uses "hundreds of signals" for ranking web pages in search. So it is not just about, is this page the highest quality page - there are many other signals Google uses for rankings


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May 05, 2020, 04:52 AM
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Because of IT people All banking systems continue to function.

Because of IT people the stock trading system continues as it is

Because of IT people All hospitals are functioning because of websites and softwares

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Because of IT people Internet, phone services are running because softwares that IT people manage.

Because of IT people There are millions of mobile apps that you use every day because of IT

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Facebook WhatsApp etc. Social media is functioning efficiently today because of IT people.

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Pharmaceutical software are running and managed by IT researching software is made by IT people,

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There is nothing in the world today that does not require computers and softwares

IT people are working from home so as to ensure everything continues to run smoothly.

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Facebook AI launches Blender, an open-source chatbot


Facebook has launched Blender, an open-domain chatbot for more in-depth and human-like conversations.

Facebook stated that Blender is the first chatbot to build a diverse set of conversational skills.

67 percent evaluators concluded that Blender sounds more human than Google's chatbot Meena.

Facebook's AI has built an open-sourced Blender, the largest, open-domain chatbot, the tech giant's blog noted.

It has been trained on 9.4 billion parameters -- nearly 4 times as many as Google's Meena and more than 10 times as many as the previous largest OS
chatbot available on the internet, Engadget reported.

Facebook stated that Blender is the first chatbot to build a diverse set of conversational skills which include empathy, knowledge and personality in one system.

The bot in terms of engagement feels "more human" according to human evaluators, the blog noted.

To feel more human-like, the bot is designed in such a way that it can assume a persona, discuss nearly any topic, and show empathy -- in natural, 14-turn conversation flows.

Facebook stated the composition used in making the AI. The bot uses transformer neural networks on large amounts of conversational data.

Facebook stated that the chatbot uses previously available public domain conversations that have 1.5 billion training examples of extracted conversations.

"Our neural networks are too large to fit on a single device, so we utilized techniques such as column-wise model parallelism, which allows us to split the neural network into smaller, more manageable pieces while maintaining maximum efficiency," Facebook stated.

Stephen Roller, a research engineer at Facebook's AI lab (FAIR) told Engadget "There are a lot of sophisticated techniques that you have to use in terms of how you chop this thing up. If you split it over different devices and chop it up like the wrong way, then you're going to lose that efficiency that you have and you're not going to be able to scale to these terabyte-sized data sets that we've been working with."


Facebook said that it has introduced Blended Skill Talk (BST) for training and evaluating desirable skills like the use of personality, knowledge, and display of empathy.

Further in the composition goes beam search, token sampling and n-gram blocking.


"To make sure conversational agents don't repeat themselves or display other shortcomings, researchers typically use a number of possible generation strategies after the model is trained," Facebook notes.

To test the bot, it was kept against Meena, Google's chatbot which has not been released yet. The blog states that human evaluators were shown a series of dialogues between humans paired with each respective chatbot.

After being presented with Meena in action and Blender in action, 67 percent of evaluators concluded that Blender sounds more human.

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Following the government order of letting cab aggregators operate in orange and green zones, Uber has confirmed that it will start operating from Monday (May 4, 2020) in select regions. "If you must travel, Uber is ready to serve residents in these zones from Monday, May 4, 2020. Riders will constantly be notified with further information and the status of specific cities through our app," says the firm.

Users will have to use the Uber app to choose from available rides in their areas. In green zone, Uber recommends that not more than two riders should travel in a single ride at a time, besides the driver. Also, no one should sit next to the driver while travelling.

Areas covered in green zone are Cuttack, Guwahati, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Silvassa and Daman.


The orange zone areas include Amritsar, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Tiruchirapalli, Asansol, Hubli, Prayagraj, Udaipur, Bhubaneshwar, Kozhikode, Puducherry, Vapi, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Rajkot, Vishakhapatnam, Dehradun, Mehsana, Rohtak, Durgapur, Mohali, Thiruvananthapuram, Ghaziabad, Nadiad and Thrissur.

The aggregator has confirmed that it won't be operating in red zones for now. "Our services remain suspended in all cities which fall under the red zone. However, we'll continue to serve our communities in this zone with Uber Essential and UberMedic." 


Uber Essential is available in Bangalore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai, Nashik, and Ludhiana. UberMedic is available in Delhi. Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Noida, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Agra, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Surat, Guwahati.



Uber safety guidelines:

Uber has mentioned some safety guidelines that it is taking to keep drivers and riders safe.


-If you're sick, please stay home.

-Wash your hands with soap or use a sanitizer before and after every ride.

-It's mandatory to wear a face mask/ covering during an Uber ride. If you sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow or a tissue.

-You can either open the windows for ventilation or ask your driver to switch on the A/C in the fresh air mode only.

-Whenever possible, please use digital payments.


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Starting February 15, 2021, G Suite accounts will only allow access to apps using OAuth. Password-based access will no longer be supported.

To strengthen G Suite accounts against hijacking attempts, we'll be turning off access to apps that can access Google accounts with only a username and password, called Less Secure Apps (LSA).

Access will be turned off in stages, according to the following timeline:

June 15, 2020 - Users who try to connect to an LSA for the first time will no longer be able to do so. This includes third-party apps that allow password-only access to Google calendars, contacts, and email such as CalDAV, CardDAV and IMAP. Users who have connected to LSAs prior to this date will be able to continue using them until usage of all LSAs is turned off.

February 15, 2021 - Access to LSAs will be turned off for all G Suite accounts.


What do my customers need to do?

To continue using email, contacts, or calendar tools with their G Suite accounts, customers need to switch to a more secure type of access called OAuth. This connection method allows apps to access account information with a digital key instead of requiring users to reveal their username and password. Instructions for updating email, contacts, and calendar apps are included in the customer message below.
What can I do to support my customers?

We've contacted your affected customers about this change. To better prepare your customers, we recommend taking the following actions as soon as possible:

Carefully review the notification we sent to your customers (copied below). It includes details about switching to third-party apps that use OAuth to securely access G Suite account information.

Follow up with your customers to provide additional support as needed.


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Cheques Transactions to be BAN soon in INDIA

Are you using cheque book for digital transactions.Make sure that you make alternative arrangements because the Narendra Modi Government may soon ban the usage of cheques in order to speed up the acceleration of digital transactions and move towards the less cash society.

Government officials have said that "the decision has already being taken and it would be announced in the next budget session". They have also said that the government has taken this decision after consulting experts and it would have the following benefits

# Digital Transactions

Currently, many high-end digital transactions are done through cash and cheques are used to withdraw cash.Govt feels that cheques are withdrawn more high-end transaction would be a shift to digital platforms such as IMPS, RTGS and NEFT. Although there is a ban on cash transaction above Rs 2 lakhs this doesn't apply to cheques as there is no limit on cash withdrawal using cheques.

# Reduction in pending cases

Currently, many cheque bounce cases are filed in courts and these take a long time to solve as these are civil cases and these are not filed in consumer courts and this adds backlog to the Judiciary. If cheques are abolished people would shift to the digital transaction and there are various platforms available to complain if a digital transaction fails and thereby reducing the judiciary backlog and they can concentrate on other important cases.

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BHIM App - Digital Payment Transactions via Finger Print - NO CARD/CASH

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a UPI (United Payments Interface) based app called BHIM, short for Bharat Interface for Money. The BHIM app is a straightforward UPI app, which would allow anyone to make simple digital payments directly from their bank account, and it is now available for download.

The BHIM app is supposed to support Aadhaar-based payments, where transactions will be possible with just a fingerprint impression, but that facility is yet to start.

The UPI-based BHIM app allows anyone to pay or receive money through online banking, unlike a wallet where you have to first load the money before you can use it.

"Be it a smartphone or feature phone of Rs 1,000-1,200, BHIM app can be used. There is no need to have Internet connectivity," says PM Modi. "One only needs a thumb. There was a time when an illiterate was called 'angutha chchap'. Now, time has changed. Your thumb is your bank now. It has become your identity now."

Let's take a closer look at everything you need to know about the BHIM app.

Also seeBHIM app explained in 10 points

What is BHIM app?

With the BHIM app, anyone can send or request money through the app to make a digital payment. The app is linked to your bank account, so you don't have to load money in it unlike a wallet, and a merchant does not have to worry about transferring the money back to their bank account.

How to download BHIMP app?

Download the BHIM app by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Google Play to start using the free Android app.

How to download BHIM app for iPhone?

BHIM app is presently now available on Android and will come to iPhone 'soon'.


How exactly does the app work?

BHIM lets you choose your preferred bank, after it has verified your mobile number. You get an SMS, so it's best to use the same number as the one that's linked to the bank account. BHIM will ask you to set a 4-digit passcode. Pick something you won't forget easily because you'll need the code every time you open the app.

The app will then ask you to select your bank. If your account is UPI activated, it will reflect the relevant number. You'll see options to send and receive money, and transact via IFSC. If UPI is not activated, you can put in six digits of your debit card number, and the expiry date, after which the app will let you use it.

To send money, type in the mobile number or VPA address. BHIM will verify the payee. Type in the amount, and hit pay. If the payee doesn't have UPI, tap on the three dots above the send money option. The ACCOUNT + IFSC option will open up, where you can put in the details.

One problem currently is that you can access only one account per mobile number. So if your number is linked to two accounts, you will have to disable the selected one and go back to the bank selection option.


How do I use BHIM app?

After you download the BHIM app, you'll have to register your bank account through the app, and set a UPI PIN. Your mobile number is your payment address, and you can start transacting. Through the app, you can send or receive money to a phone number, check balance, or scan a QR code to make a payment without sharing a phone number.

Using the BHIM app, money can also be sent to non-UPI banks through IFSC, like you do with normal net banking.

Does the BHIM app work on feature phones?

Apart from the Android app, the interface behind the BHIM app can be accessed using USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) from feature phones - you will need to dial *99# to access it. With this method, an Internet connection will not be required to use the core functionality behind the BHIM app.

What banks support the BHIM app?

All the major banks are supported by the BHIM app - as long as the bank supports UPI, you will be able to access your money through the BHIM app.
The list of banks supported by the BHIM app is as follows:

Allahabad Bank
Andhra Bank
Axis Bank
Bank of Baroda
Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra
Canara Bank
Catholic Syrian Bank
Central Bank of India
DCB Bank
Dena Bank
Federal Bank
HDFC Bank
ICICI Bank
IDBI Bank
IDFC Bank
Indian Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
IndusInd Bank
Karnataka Bank
Karur Vysya Bank
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Punjab National Bank
RBL Bank
South Indian Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
State Bank of India
Syndicate Bank
Union Bank of India
United Bank of India
Vijaya Bank

What are the BHIM app transaction limits?

There is a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per transaction permitted, and Rs. 20,000 within 24 hours.

What's so special about BHIM then?

BHIM also has options to transfer via IFSC and MMID as well for non-UPI banks. It indicates the government has decided to go with one app that will enable digital payments via UPI. Of course, for BHIM to be of use to a majority of people, everyone must start accepting and activating UPI as a payment method.

As of now, iOS users are out of this system -- and Apple devices are used by affluent users who are often likely to do a lot of digital transactions. From an infrastructure point of view, there's a long way to go before BHIM becomes India's default payments app. The Internet is spotty or non-existent across vast swathes of the land. And the Aadhaar-based payments part for BHIM is yet to be rolled out fully
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Millions of Google accounts compromised after Android malware attack

Malicious software designed to attack Android smartphones has breached the accounts of more than a million Google users, security researchers said Wednesday.

The report by Check Point Software Technologies said the malware dubbed Gooligan targets devices running Android 4.0 and 5.0, which represent nearly 74 percent of mobile devices using the Google-powered operating system.

The attacks can steal email addresses and authentication data stored on the devices to access sensitive data from Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs and other services, Check Point said.

"This theft of over a million Google account details is very alarming and represents the next stage of cyber-attacks," said Michael Shaulov, Check Point's head of mobile products.

"We are seeing a shift in the strategy of hackers, who are now targeting mobile devices in order to obtain the sensitive information that is stored on them."

Check Point said researchers discovered Gooligan's code in an application last year and that a new variant appeared in August 2016, affecting some 13,000 devices per day. About 57 percent of those devices are located in Asia and about nine percent are in Europe.

"The infection begins when a user downloads and installs a Gooligan-infected app on a vulnerable Android device, or by clicking on malicious links in phishing attack messages," the company said in a statement.

Attackers can gain control over the device and generate revenue by fraudulently installing apps from Google Play and rating them on behalf of the victim.

Check Point said it reported the details of the malware to Google, and that the tech giant indicated it would take steps to protect users.

Google did not immediately respond to an AFP query.


Courtesy: Economic Times
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1) Ravana was a strict vegetarian, and always against animal sacrifice. So whenever he came to know about yagya, he would go their and destroy yagya, and release the animals which were captured for 'sacrifice in yagya'. But many puranas are telling only the part of he destroyed yagyas. Jain scripts are telling why he destroyed them.

2) 'Ashwamegha yagya' was sending a horse through out the land, if any country didn't receive it ,then the sender(king) would invade them and conquer that country and join it with their kingdom. If any country receives it with flowers, then the sender won't invade them, but they have to pay taxes to the sender every year. This horse would run through out the country and return to the sender. So this was like indirect invasion on all countries.Ravana opposed these kind of atrocities of big kingdoms, so he became the common enemy for many kingdoms.

3) Ravana always won the countries but he never ruled them, he always left the defeated country to its people. He always ruled his native country only.

4) Ravana's wife,his sister,his daughter all were educated women.

5) Ravana,his father,his son, through out his hereditary every male has one wife only.

6) Ravana,and his son never touched drinks.

7) There were medicinal works,music grammer got created by ravana.

8) Ravana was an extra ordinary multi tasking person. In old days multi tasking persons were called as 'Avadhani'. They would exhibit this by doing drawing,simultaneously counting,simultaneously answering questions,etc.Generally the maximum simultaneous tasks , a avadhani can do is 8. But ravana was capable of doing 10 tasks simultaneously. So he was called as 'Dhasamana', means 10 head.Means his one head is equal to 10 heads. Later many persons mistook it as ravana was having 10 separate heads.

9) Ravana gave equal rights to women. So a girl can propose to a male. This is what happened when ravana's sister met rama's brother. Rama,and his brother considered it as inappropriate and cut her nose,ears. This raged Ravana's anger and brought the consequences.

10) Ravana was an expelled student from saints(Saint Agathiyar lineage). The reason was either due to animal sacrificing, or he didn't like to keep quite when some kingdoms ruled in a wrong way. Unfortunately the saints didn't expect this, he was the best student, so they were afraid that if he enter into war path, nobody can stop him. They asked Saint Agathiyar to stop him.

11) Agathiyar challenged him for a musical fight. The bet was Ravana should not come to south india again, He should stay in Sri Lanka. Ravana agreed with it. Agathiyar used Veena made up of wooden materials, But ravana's was made up of metal. Ravana refused to participate, because agathiyar's veena was made up of wood , the dual was not fair, and if Ravana wins people would say that due to veena quality only ravana won. Agathiyar insisted on starting the dual irrespective of the Veena quality. The challenge started smoothly, later Agathiyar used high frequency raagas. Ravana has to play the same in his veena. Due to his metalic veena,that created resonance tore the string out, and ravana lost.

12) Saints advised rama that if he create an army full of warriors, ravana would surely defeat it.Rama created Army of monkeys based on the advise of Saints. Everybody counted on Ravana's 'Not killing animals' character. It worked out. Ravana didn't order his army to attack the monkeys till his death. He also fought against rama , but not against monkeys.

13) Ravana never used Horse,Elephant in his army. Otherwise few elephants are enough to kill so many monkeys.

14) Ravana didn't use chariot which was pulled by horse. Instead he used 'Pushpaka Vimana'(Kind of a helicopter). His son used One chariot which can fly in the air.

15) Based on saints advice rama made all of his weapons from woods alone. Ravana found it unfair to use steel weapons against a person who has only wooden weapons. So he didn't use his sword,metal arrows,metal weapons against rama. He didn't even wear breast plate, because it was made up of metal. Unluckily he was not having any weapon made up of wood.

16) Ravana took Sita, but he never touched her. He never put her into prison. He put her into flowery place. He sent his own daughter to take care of Sita, because one princess to the other. All Ravana expected from rama is a single 'sorry' for his act of cutting his sister's body parts. He was adamant in it, even though many persons told him to leave the matter.

17) After so many centuries Facts became stories,stories became myths,myths became puranas. (Puranas were written by authors. They have to say that winning king was good, and defeated king was bad. Otherwise their head won't be allowed to stay on their neck.)

Chapter 2:

1) Vaishnavas were having a habit of eating non-veg. Because in yagya they put animal body parts into fire. After yagya they eat them. This included beef. This was the scenario before Mahabaratham. Proof: In temples you can see a separate place which would have a big,strong beam in the middle called as 'dhuvajasthambam'. Cow,and other animals would be tied in this, before it got cut. There would be another place where there would be a hip height flat stone place called as 'Balippedam',which is used for sacrificing animals( Now a days this one is used for breaking the coconuts).

This habit got changed later due to various saints teaching.

2) Aadhi shankarar conquered many jains through arguments. The defeated jains,their disciples,family persons,and their relatives converted into Vaishnav.

3) Jains were strict vegetarians. They changed their god in one day. But they could not change there food habits in a single day. They brought vegetarianism into Vaishnava. In the immediate next generation many Vaishnavs started to follow Vegetarianism. Because there ancestors were Converted Jains. Soon all of Vaishnava people started to follow Vegetarianism.

4) Aaadhi Shankarar almost changed 70% of the country into Vaishnava through defeating other religions like saiva,jains,buddhism through arguments. So almost 70% of the country followed the Vaishnav, thereby followed the vegetarianisam introduced by Jains.

5) When later the foreign invaders put the whole country religions into a domain 'Hinduism',they considered the Vegetarianism as 'Hinduism' method.

6) Many saints also opposed beef eating, due to the fact that India is a warm weather country, so beef would create heavy fat,thereby health problems. They put it as a law through religion works.

Chapter 3:

1) After Ravana got defeated, many of his people in south india were not given job due to the fact that ruling party didn't like to get resistance from the nearby kingdom people. They don't like to raise the defeated past kingdom people. They were denied for job for centuries. Further kingdoms followed this. This brought them down to poverty. They became downtrodden people.The job they got mostly was drumming.

2) This drum was made up of cow skin. So, they had to kill the young cows to get it's skin. Later they thought that , the cow meat is going waste, why don't we eat it. Due to poverty , and single cow can give plenty of food in the form of meat to many persons, their diet fully changed into cow. Beef became their common diet. These people later called as ScheduledCaste(SC) people.

Chapter 4:

21st Century India. One news channel broadcasted an event that
"A hindu person beat 5 SC people because they ate beef"

Reference:

Valmiki Ramayana,Jain Puranas,Koorma Purana,Some other puranas, Research works. I could not remember them properly. Not from any specific book. Don't prefer translations, many authors are translating intentionally in a wrong way, prefer original Sanskrit versions.

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