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  1. Update: An earlier version of the article reported that the government of India had launched this app. The information turned out to be incorrect and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. Recently, the government deemed the highly popular 'Zoom' app as 'unsafe' for video calling purposes. The app seems to be facing a lot of security issues, making it potentially dangerous for business purposes and for holding some confidential meetings. Even companies like Google, SpaceX and even some schools have stopped using it due to the same reason. More recently, a new piece of information started making rounds on the internet claiming that the Government has already launched a new video calling app called 'Namaste' as an alternate to the 'Zoom' app. It started making waves around the internet, however, the Government came up with a clarification saying that it's a fake news and no such app has been launched. Here, check it out - View this post on Instagram A post shared by MyGov, Government of India (@mygovindia) on Apr 21, 2020 at 12:59am PDT We're not entirely sure about the source of this fake news, but you might want to let people know about it since the app is currently trending across the social media. But if you're still interested to know exactly how the app works, here's everything that you need to know - © Namaste Yes, the app is already available to use, however, it's still in beta so you may expect some bugs in its current state. It's only available on the web for now and it'll eventually be available for mobile phones as an app as well. Currently, the website for 'Namaste' reads: "We are facing tremendous demand for NAMASTE and hence you may face some temporary connectivity issues. Please check back soon". In case you're wondering, the app has been created by a Mumbai-based web application and software development company called Inscripts. We faced some hiccups, but we managed to use it to see if it's any good. Here are some thoughts - © Namaste So, as soon as you visit the website, you'll see an option to either create a new meeting or join an existing one. Once you start a new meeting, you'll be asked to allow permission to access your microphone and camera. Once you do that, you'll see a pop-up with the meeting details that you need to share with others so they can join. It's very similar to how you'd invite someone on, say, a 'Google Meet' or a 'WebX' call. The pop-up will have details like the meeting URL, a meeting ID, and code. Anyone with these credentials will be able to join your meeting. Despite the connectivity issues, which we think is due to the sudden spike in usage, it worked just fine. We expect it to get better over time. As of now, there's no word on a date for when the app will get out of beta or when the apps for Android and iOS will be made available. Note: Since we're not sure about the integrity of this app, we suggest you stay away from this, at least for now. View the full article
  2. Facebook said the new app will enable users to watch "e-sports" or game competitions as well as participate in games with other users online
  3. With the ongoing national lockdown amid the coronavirus crises, people are finding new and creative ways to pass time in self-isolation at home. Since the 21-day lockdown was recently extended till May 3, more and more people are resorting to home delivery services to order things online instead of stepping out. © istock Major cities that have been using Dunzo during the lockdown including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Gurugram, and Pune. Some Indian cities med the most of it during the lockdown, this March. Delivering from pharmacies is clearly no child's play.#Contraceptives #Condoms #PregancyKits #HandWash #IPill #Pharmacies #Medicines #Lockdown2020 #quarantinelife #quarantineandchill pic.twitter.com/6fEvKMJniC â Dunzo (@DunzoIt) April 14, 2020 A Twitter post from Dunzo's official Twitter handle provides information about what residents across different cities have ordered the most from the platform in the month of March. For hand sanitisers. Chennai and Jaipur folks seem to prefer doing it solo. #swayamsevaks â Karthik Upadhya (@karthik_upadhya) April 14, 2020 And how WFHs are proving to be productive. So technically, WFH is making everyone to be highly productive indeed. â Ash (@peppers_guy) April 14, 2020 Someone decided to write a poem. Bangalore aur Pune mein , Kit -ne sare sapne hai.. Chennai aur Jaipur ki luck-heer badal jai, Haath dhona bhoolenge nai, Mumbai meri jaan, Safety net toh tumhe bahu-t zaroori hai, Hyderabad plz tumhe galti agar lage, Tablet tab-lighi lena bholna mat .. â Chetan Yallapurkar (@chetan_golfer) April 15, 2020 According to most of the pharmacists and drug stores across the country, a high surge in sales of condoms and contraceptive pills has been reported since the lockdown kickstarted. View the full article
  4. Earlier this morning, PM Modi addressed the nation to announce the extension of the ongoing lockdown in India. As per the latest speech, we now have to stay indoors for a couple more weeks, till May 3, to be precise, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. PM Modi also encouraged people to download an app called Aarogya Setu, which in case you don't know, was launched earlier this month. The app has already been downloaded by close to 20 million people, and I am sure the number will go up since our Prime Minister has now urged everyone to do so on national TV. In case you're wondering whether or not to download the app, here's a quick look at everything that you need to know about it. Pros Of Aarogya Setu:Easy To Set Up © MensXP Getting started with the Aarogya Setu app is very simple. Just download the app and register with your mobile number to start using it. It needs your phone number for contact tracking i.e. to identify and notify about someone in your circle being tested positive. Language Setup & Translation In order to make it easier for people to use the app, the government has added the ability to choose between multiple languages. You can choose between English, Hindi, Gujrati, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, and a few more. You can also change the language at any point after setting up, which makes it accessible for millions in India. Self Assessment Test & Safety Tips © MensXP The primary objective of the app is to help you figure out if you are at risk of getting infected by COVID-19. And therefore, besides the self-assessment test, you'll also see some tips on how to keep yourself safe. There are things like safety tips, Do's and don'ts, and a direct link to learn more about the COVID-19. I am sure this will come in handy for people who're not entirely aware of the risk of getting infected by the virus yet. Cons Of Aarogya SetuLocation Sharing You're probably already aware of this, but there's a lot of speculation surrounding the Aarogya Setu's privacy policy. The fact that it's tracking you all the time, can be unsettling for some, to say the least. The government says it needs the location access to figure out the places you've been to and use it later if/when you test positive. It definitely makes sense since it'll make it super easy for the government to trace back your contact points and quarantine them, but do you really want the government to track you all the time throughout this pandemic? © Reuters User Data When you install the app, the government immediately gets all of your info including your name, age, ***, and phone number. With all this info and the location data, it is safe to say that the government literally knows your entire digital personality at any given point in time. Battery Drain Since the app is constantly using your phone's location services, you can expect the phone's battery to drain faster than it would on a normal day. Location services use GPS to track the location of your device as it pings after a set interval of time. This means, your phone is constantly sending out data to the servers, which means more battery usage and heating issues. It's very similar to using Google Maps for navigation. Except, in this case, your phone will be constantly sending your location, unlike Google Maps which you'd probably use not more than an hour a day while traveling. Is It worth Downloading? Aarogya Setu uses Bluetooth to communicate with devices around you so that it can identify who you're coming in contact with and notify you later if/when that particular person tests positive. But, even if you are around an infected person, say someone who lives in the same building, it doesn't necessarily mean you've come in contact with them. Bluetooth, however, doesn't really understand directions, so, at best, the app has the ability to tell that you "may" have come in contact with someone who has tested positive which is a fair trade off in our opinion, but may cause panic. And lastly, I'd like to point out the security vulnerabilities. If this app, like several other govt apps infamous for security lapses, is vulnerable to security breaches, just imagine the kind of data leak we're looking at. The party hacking into the system will literally know who you are and where all you've been since the moment you downloaded the app. In conclusion, while the app definitely can be a mass mobiliser when it comes to fighting the Coronavirus, it does have its own sets of flaws. And location tracking is the least of our concerns. Let's hope the app is secure to breaches, so that our data stays safe with the government. View the full article
  5. Quarantine and self-isolation isn't something that we're used to. However, it's the only thing we can do to keep ourselves as well as the people around us safe from coronavirus. We all can use the spare time to try new things. If your idea of doing something new has something to do with starting a podcast, then you're in the right place. The best thing about having your own podcast is that you don't necessarily have to be somewhere in particular to host one. In fact, you can even have your friends agree to do this from the comfort of their home. © Anchor We suggest using Anchor for podcasts. Anchor has been a popular choice for a lot of users across the globe for hosting podcasts. Although it's owned by Spotify, you can make your podcasts available across a lot of different platforms. Anchor now has a new feature called Record With Friends 2.0 with which it's making it easier than ever to record a podcast with your peers, even if they don't have the Anchor app. You can invite them to record podcasts via a link and it'll open for them on the web browser. This is by far the easiest way to record a podcast. It's almost like attending a video call on hangouts where you're simply clicking a link to join a call. Given the fact that most people are practicing social distancing, they might be interested in listening to something new and personal. You can also use this time to your advantage and start something meaningful. Source: Anchor View the full article
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT has created an app that can inform users if they have crossed paths with someone who has been infected and found positive for the COVID-19 virus. The app is called Private Kit: Safe Paths and is a free, open-source app that shows if users have come in contact with someone who has the virus. People who have tested positive for the virus can share their information within the app or share information with health officials who could then make it public. The app can send notifications to users on which location has been confirmed to have a positive case. © Privaate Kit Safe Path The app was developed by associate professor Ramesh Raskar of the MIT Media Lab. He said the app can be used to shut down specific areas instead of an entire area, region or cities, thanks to Private Kit: Safe Paths. The app was made with the motivation to ease the economic and social disruption caused due to the virus. © Unsplash/Annie Spratt The app is available for free on both Android and iOS users and can be downloaded from here. The app was made in partnership with Harvard, Facebook, Mayo clinic, World Health Organisation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others. Raskar says the app can only be effective if people actually use the application and provide accurate data. It collects location data from users and keeps a time-stamped log every five minutes. The date from your phone never leaves the device and is encrypted to protect the privacy of users. Users infected with the virus can send your location data to health officials by scanning a QR code. © Unsplash/Kian Chang The app can come handy in tracking down infected users around you, however it could also be a source of panic. If a user finds someone infected with the virus close to their location, it could, in turn, lead to unnecessary panic. While the appâs intentions are to safeguard the spread of the virus, many people donât own a smartphone even in developed countries. Some users do not like to install applications that track your location which could pose a problem for widespread adoption. View the full article
  7. Children all over the world are the same. Every kid wants to avoid school and homework as much as they can. And, because of coronavirus, kids in China probably thought they wouldn't even have to worry about stuff like that for now, since a pandemic is happening right before our eyes. But nope, teachers apparently always find a way. Basically, since people are under quarantine in Wuhan, China, schools are obviously shut as well. So, an app called DingTalk was introduced, which is essentially an online school. Side note - how many of you are relieved that we all finished school before the technology for things like these was invented? I sure am. Coming back, since teachers always find a way, so do the kids. They figured out that if enough of them gave the app a bad review, it would be removed from the app store. Apparently, the app's rating went from 4.9 to 1.4 overnight. See, people can achieve anything if they work together like this. Moreover, people are loving how smart and creative the kids are and honestly, this is the only funny thing about coronavirus. good morning to all the kids under quarantine in wuhan who defeated the app assigning them homework by spamming it with 1-star reviews until it got removed from the app store https://t.co/gDxjivabte â ðððð¦ð¤ âð ð¤ð ð¥ (@zenalbatross) March 7, 2020That picture, tho. School: Ok, no school, cause caronavirus. Students: Yay, less stress, so I can worry about staying safe and healthy with my family and- Also school: Here is your homework. pic.twitter.com/J60uiBtFKx â Aisha's Forehead|| REMINISCENCE (@OrbitGlowstick) March 7, 2020Yep. The kids are alright. The parents have no clue. https://t.co/ru20OnBQ64 â Mike Stuchbery (@MikeStuchbery_) March 8, 2020That was a moment in internet history. Thanks for reminding me of that! She was still the best IMO, but this comes close. â Charlie Foxtrot (@strumphs) March 7, 2020The future is in good hands. Children are the future https://t.co/3Z24raEJXu â Joseph Fink, M4A is a human right (@PlanetofFinks) March 7, 2020Hmm. We're seeing the best and worst of the human condition in the time of coronavirus From the worst files: The Toilet Paper Wars The best: Wuhan kids tuning in for school online amid lockdown work out that by giving 1-star reviews they can get their homework app taken offline https://t.co/BGUptdFZR4 â Talia Shadwell (@TaliaShadwell) March 7, 2020Yes. This is literally the first coronavirus-related news that gives me hope that the human species might survive this. https://t.co/biEw6vzPL1 â Ntina Tzouvala (@ntinatzouvala) March 7, 2020Absolutely. I think they all deserve straight Aâs for this forward thinking. â BTS_Genreâ· (@BTS_ARMYFANACC_) March 7, 2020Self-awareness? pic.twitter.com/Z9pkrLGJVU â Theoc (@Theoc900) March 7, 2020Yep. The kids in China outsmarted the app for school, and it was taken out. There's a big lesson, here. Work together to achieve your goals, and listen to the wise ones, amongst yourselves. https://t.co/MbcGclI3zk â QUEERWIRE (@QueerWire) March 8, 2020Truly. I am truly in awe at the ingenuity of these children. https://t.co/GhGYSPPrQO â Angela Chen (@chengela) March 7, 2020Proper. This is *proper* cyberpunk https://t.co/lPFKA2euQK â James Deardenayake (@TechnocratGames) March 7, 2020So much respect. Solidarity to these kids in Wuhan who figured out how to get out of doing homework while in quarantine. Massive respect. https://t.co/xXfACZZYJC â Ciara King (@iamCiaraKing) March 8, 2020 View the full article
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  9. Yes, Xiaomi is still very much a tech company and they've not turned into a bank or a financial firm. They'll continue to sell great phones and other IoT products in India, but the company's latest service is called 'Mi Credit' with which it hopes to make it easier for any to get a loan in the country. Mi Credit is essentially a service with which Xiaomi is making it easier for users to get a loan by connecting them to service providers. So, yes, Xiaomi will not be lending the loan by itself. Instead, it has created a platform where loan seekers can meet the service providers to get the necessary loan amount based on the credit score. Here's introducing #MiCredit a curated marketplace for lenders. - 100% Digital - Apply for loan in 5 minutes - High success rate, higher loan amount, low interest rate - Free Credit Score - Encrypted data locally stored Get it on @googleplay and GetApps #MoneyWhenYouNeedIt pic.twitter.com/jc1oAqOn9k — Mi Money (@MoneyWithMi) December 3, 2019 Xiaomi was running a Mi Credit as a pilot last year during which it says it has disbursed over 28 crores worth of loans. Now, the company has partnered with KreditBee last year, now it has partnered with Aditya Birla Finance Limited, Money View, EarlySalary, CreditVidya, and ZestMoney to give out loans. According to Xiaomi, the process is 100-percent digital and it takes just 5 minutes to complete. The app, which is only available for Android users, for now, is apparently very easy to use. It offers real-time disbursements and supports all major banks. Currently, Xiaomi is offering loans of up to Rs 100,000 and says that it has a high success rate and low-interest rate. #MiCredit is available on GetApps and @googleplay. Scan the QR codes to download the app. #MoneyWhenYouNeedIt pic.twitter.com/1z6E95mJ7c — Mi Money (@MoneyWithMi) December 3, 2019 The Mi Credit app will also let you check the credit score for free. Users can select the loan tenure from 91 days to up to 3 years with interest starting from 1.35-percent per month. In case you're interested, here's how you can apply for a loan - 1) Install Mi Credit app from the Google Play Store and register through Mi account or your phone number. 2) Once that's done, upload your KYC documents (ID & address proof) and add personal details for online verification. 3) Add your bank details to facilitate transactions and the loan will be disbursed to you as quickly as possible. View the full article
  10. The smartphone market has seen significant growth not just in India, but across the globe. More are buying smartphones than ever, making it one of the fastest moving commodities. That being said, there's a good chunk of the population that prefers using a good old feature phone. I personally prefer using a dumb feature phone instead of a smartphone to stay away from all the buzzing notifications. However, there are things which you simply can't do on a feature phone. Making payments, for instance, is a huge pain. Although that could change very soon as NCPI has now partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations to help create an app for the same. Exciting opportunity for #innovators worldwide to build payment solutions for feature phone users in India! Congrats to @CIIEIndia, @NPCI_NPCI & @gatesfoundation for launching the Grand Challenge. More details here - https://t.co/L52lNwLTvb — Nandan Nilekani (@NandanNilekani) November 22, 2019 NCPI (National Payments Corporation of India), for those of you who don't know, are the same people who brought us BHIM, which is a UPI-based payment. And they've collaborated with CIIE.Co and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to give away a huge reward to folks who make a working payments app for feature phones. They've essentially come together to announce a competition, in which they're calling out developers to provide innovative solutions to make this happen. The winner of the competition will walk away with $100,000, which roughly translates to about Rs 70 lakh. That's indeed a lot of money for making an app. That and think about the exposure which you will gain from this particular gig. Vishal Anand Kanvaty, Chief of Innovation at NPCI noted that a significant chunk of population in India still relies on feature phones. And he thinks a solution is necessary to move India into a cashless economy. “Feature phones hold a significant share of the mobile user base in rural and semi-urban populations to anchor India's move to a cashless economy rapidly. With the help of the government and the payments ecosystem, it is crucial that we should focus on providing smart and simple payment solutions to feature phone users," he said. © Reuters Obviously coming up with a proper solution isn't going to be an easy job, but that's exactly what the competition is all about. Winners will also get support from CIIE.Co Bharat Inclusion Initiative, that provides support to sustain startups in the country. If you think you have it takes to come up with a solution or if you think you somebody who can then let then ask them to do the needful by clicking right here. View the full article
  11. If you're admin of any Whatsapp group, it's time you become cautious as to what participants are posting on that group, as Whatsapp is now banning users who are a part of the conversations about illegal or banned topics. The ban came to light last night when a user on Reddit, Mow 11 told how he was banned from the platform. So, the user's university group was named 'Child's Pornography' and that's when all the members of the group were banned from the app without any warning. © Unsplash When they tried to understand as to why this had happened and contacted Whatsapp, they received auto-generated replies saying that they have violated the platform's term of service. Also, Whatsapp isn't reading our conversations, but if anyone in person reports to the company that they are unhappy because of some banned topics, the company will take action against the user and ban them from using the app. The organisation also has automated processes to scan groups for data like the one mentioned above and it automatically bans the users from the app. © Unsplash You will also be banned if you're spamming people with ads and, to be honest, we are very happy about this one. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  12. TelloTalk is Pakistan's first homegrown and locally hosted messaging app, which aims to empower its users to do more than just messaging.KARACHI: TelloTalk, a Pakistan built online messaging platform, says it has raised $1.6 million in seed funding...
  13. People living in the Delhi NCR region are waking up to a horrific sight with most of the city's landscape covered in smog. If you don't live in Delhi, then you may have seen the pictures online. It's exactly how it looks online and it seems pretty dangerous to step outside. If you still don't understand how severe the situation is, then there's an app that might explain things in simple terms. "Sh**t! I Smoke" is a free app that analyses the live pollution data from hundreds of air quality stations in cities and tells you the equivalent daily number of cigarettes you smoke by breathing the polluted air. © Reuters Yeah, it's a pretty accurate name for an app that paints an alarming picture of the air quality in the area that you live in. It was created by a Brazilian designer Marcelo Coelho and French developer Amaury Martiny after they read a study that compared cigarette smoking with living in smog-infested cities. According to the study, one cigarette per day is roughly equivalent PM2.5 level of 22 μg/m3. But unlike smoking, air pollution is affected people of every age group. The app simply finds the location that you live in to pull the live data from your nearest air quality station and produce the results. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It's a quirky app with a great UI. It also tells you how many cigarettes the air pollution is equivalent to over a week's or even a month's time. As someone who is currently surviving the air pollution in Delhi, I was curious to find out exactly how many cigarettes am I smoking with all the smog that's surrounding me. So I downloaded the app on my iPhone, gave it permission to use my location and boom! Here's what I saw: © MensXP So as you can see, my office is located in a pretty polluted location. If I was to sit here and breathe this air, then it's like smoking close to 26 cigarettes. Well, I don't know about you, but that sounds very scary. I mean, being addicted and voluntarily smoking 26 cigarettes a day is one thing, but taking in all the toxic air just by breathing polluted air is completely another. Obviously, each one of us is responsible for the current air emergency situation in Delhi in some or the other way, but I hope this comes to an end. We can't be living in a toxic gas chamber and risk our lives. In the meantime, I highly suggest you buy yourself a good quality anti-air pollution mask and an air purifier for your home. We've listed a few good ones right here, so be sure to check them out. View the full article
  14. In a shocking revelation, WhatsApp has confirmed that a lot of Indian users including journalists, human rights activists, lawyers, etc. were targeted and had been under state-of-the-art surveillance. The operators who were targeting these users were apparently using Israeli spyware Pegasus. This disclosure comes after WhatsApp's announcement in which it said they're suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm that's responsible for the spyware. Using the spyware, it appears as though the spies managed to hack into the phones of roughly 1,400 users. © Reuters The affected users span across four continents and include some high profile names who belong to different fields. Indian journalists and human rights activists have apparently been the target of surveillance, according to a spokesperson who spoke to The Indian Express. "Indian journalists and human rights activists have been the target of surveillance and while I cannot reveal their identities and the exact number, I can say that it is not an insignificant number," said the spokesperson. © Reuters The spyware requires the target to click on an exploit link which then allows the operator to hack into the phone's security and install the spyware without the user's knowledge. From there, the hacker can essentially access any information that's on the phone like passwords, contacts, text messages, messages from other services, emails, etc. WhatsApp says it has contacted the affected users to notify them about the breach. These users were under surveillance for two weeks, which is a lot if you think about it. And now that this has happened, we wonder how safe our messages and conversations really are. © Reuters WhatsApp is undoubtedly one of the most popular messaging platforms in various parts of the world including India. In fact, almost all of us who own a smartphone use WhatsApp on a daily basis to catch up with our friends or family. But the news about the spyware attack is really making us reconsider. Perhaps it's time to switch to something that's more secure. View the full article
  15. Apple has some useful apps on the iPhone and one of them was responsible for saving a young girl's life. 17-year-old Macy Smith was coming home late and her mother could not get through to her. The mother suspected that something was wrong and was able to track down her daughter using the 'Find My Friends' app. Ms Smith was trapped in a wrecked car at the bottom of an embankment and it would have been impossible to trace her if it weren't for Apple's app and the mother's quick thinking. © Apple The teenager later wrote on a Facebook post: “I hydroplaned at 4:00 pm and ran in between 2 trees down an embankment, flipped my car 3 times, and landed in my back seat with my arm pinned in between the car and the ground.” She could not reach for her iPhone and respond to her mother's calls. The mother then traced her daughter's location using the app and the family drove to the location of the accident. They found her trapped in the vehicle and were able to recover her. © Apple “The whole time I knew they were going to show up and I'm so thankful for my family and we're such a tight family that I knew that I wasn't going to be there the whole night without them looking for me,” Ms Smith told a local TV station. Find My Friends app is a very useful application that lets users share their location with friends and family. The feature needs to be activated manually however this incident just proved that it is a very useful feature that can end up saving your life. You can add the feature by adding your family members' iCloud accounts and share the location data when necessary. Ms Smith is now urging other teenagers to enable this feature on their iPhones. Source: CultofMac
  16. 2019 has been one heck of a year for ByteDance, the operator of the popular video app TikTok. The app saw tremendous growth over the last few months and even got banned for a couple of weeks in India before getting back online. Now, if a new report is something to go by, then it looks like ByteDance is planning to launch its own smartphone too. Yes, you read that right, the TikTok owner is said to be working on a new smartphone to step into the hardware realm. © Reuters According to the Financial Times, two of their sources have reportedly confirmed that ByteDance is readying its own smartphone that will, of course, ship with ByteDance's app pre-installed. The fact the ByteDance's new phone will ship with its own app isn't all that surprising. In fact, that appears to be the primary reason behind the company's decision of making its own smartphone. One way of getting people to use your apps and services is by making phone makers pre-install the apps, so users can start using them out of the box. Well, TikTok being TikTok, it appears as though no phone makers are ready to pre-install it or even other ByteDance apps for that matter. © Reuters The report noted that ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming has “long dreamt” of building a smartphone full of preloaded apps. And it's been confirmed that the company has even signed a deal with Smartisan earlier this year to start building the phone. There's still a lot that we don't know about this TikTok phone. We don't know what it would be called, what it'll look like, etc. But if ByteDance ends up making this phone, then it's guaranteed to come pre-installed with ByteDance's apps like TikTok, Lark, Feiliao, etc. Will it worth checking out? Well, if you're a TikTok fan, then maybe yes. But if not, then only time will tell how good or atrocious this phone will be.
  17. جواب پراثر ہونا چاہیے جوابات پر غور بھی کیا جائے گا۔ give answer but true which really shows that you love yourself.

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  18. Google has finally come around and removed the controversial anti-gay app called “conversion therapy” from the Play Store today. The company faced pressure from gay-rights lobbyists that led to the removal of the app from Google's application store. © Google Play The app was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a religious group that was started 30 years ago. HRC, a prominent LGBTQ rights organisation has an index which measures equality in corporations. It's called the Corporate Equality Index and it included a footnote that was still available to download on Google Play Store. In the report it said “… Conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide,” the HRC wrote in its index. “Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community, the [Corporate Equality Index] rating is suspended.” © Twitter/ For representation purposes only The decision to remove the app came 24 hours after the report excluded a rating for Google in the equality index. “After consulting with outside advocacy groups, reviewing our policies, and making sure we had a thorough understanding of the app and its relation to conversion therapy, we've decided to remove it from the Play Store, consistent with other app stores," a Google spokesman said in a statement. © Reuters Google had previously scored a perfect 100 score on the index however this was the first time in 17 years the rating had been withheld for the company. Apple removes the controversial app in December 2018 from the App Store and Amazon followed suit as well. The app was available on the Play Store as of yesterday but has now been removed. Source: Axios
  19. We are not sure about 'achhe din', but it seems like the popularity of moral policing around porn consumption in the country is really gaining momentum. Recently, The Indian Express carried a report that talked about how a neurology professor from the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) launched an app that blocks porn sites and plays bhajans instead. © Google Playstore Called the 'Har Har Mahadev' app, it was created under the aegis of professor Dr. Vijay Nath Mishra from the Department of Neurology at IMS. Created with the aim to help curb people's addiction to porn and violent content online, the app blocks over 3,800 porn websites. What it does instead is, play devotional songs and inspirational speeches by personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela when one tries to open a porn site. Talking about his intention behind this move, Dr. Mishra was quoted by The Indian Express as saying, “When I decided to develop this app, I had my children and family in mind and my patients who come in with behavioural problems. Devotional songs praising God will play if anyone tries to open a porn site. Addiction to pornography cannot be treated but this is a humble attempt at changing one's behaviour.” © Twitter/mishravijaya25 Dr. Mishra belongs to the family of head priests at Varanasi's Sankat Mochan Temple and seems to have undertaken this initiative to “cure” patients who are addicted to “social evils” such as watching porn by introducing them to religious songs. We're not sure if that would work, but just to get it out of the way, will you download this app?
  20. Just like the rest of the world, Apple donated Rs 7 crore towards the relief work in Kerala. Apple fulfilled its duty of humanitarian efforts by adding support banners to its homepage and by adding a donation button on the iTunes Store and App Store. The new donation button enabled Apple and its users to donate a total sum of Rs 7 crore to the Mercy Corps. © Twitter "We're heartbroken by the catastrophic flooding in Kerala. Apple is donating Rs 7 crore to support the life-saving work Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund are undertaking to support survivors, help those who have been displaced and rebuild homes and schools," the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said in a statement. © BCCL "We have also activated a donation button on iTunes and the App Store so customers who wish to donate to Mercy Corps' efforts can do so easily," Apple said. The donation button lets Apple users donate different amounts of money. Customers are able to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to the Mercy Corps using credit and debit cards. Indian tech companies such as Zomato, Paytm and many others followed a similar method to enable people to help with the relief efforts. The Kerala floods resulted in costing 417 lives and the floods have left at least 8.7 lakh people homeless. This is not the first time Apple has made a donation towards natural disaster relief efforts and we can expect more to pour in with further contributions. © Reuters If you would like to donate to the Mercy Corps easily via Apple, you can do so by clicking here
  21. Whether you want to accept it or not, Apple's App Store is more successful than any other digital store that sells applications and games. The platform has managed to outsell its rivals such as the Google Play store and Steam. According to a report by Sensor Tower, Apple's App Store managed to rake in $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app revenue, while the Google Play Store earned $11.8 billion. What's interesting to note is that Apple managed to generate double the revenue with half the number of downloads. © Sensor Tower Apple's iOS store has been consistently generating more revenue than its competition. In fact, when one compares numbers, historically Android users spend less on apps than iOS users. There could be a number of reasons for this, such as other Android app stores like the Samsung Store, the Amazon App Store, and others. It's obvious knowledge that there are significantly more Android smartphones in the world, but Google's Play store still managed to remain behind Apple's offering. However, one should also note that Google's Play Store is not available in China, the world's largest market for smartphones. © BCCL Last year, Apple earned $38.5 billion from the App Store while Google Play could only manage to earn $20.1 billion. Sensor Tower estimates that consumer spending has increased in 2018 by 26.8 percent on iOS, whereas it's up by 29.7 percent on Google Play. This growth in spending may have many reasons, but it can be attributed to players like Tencent Video, Netflix, and other services. App revenues have seen a huge rise thanks to subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. In fact, Netflix was 2017's top non-game app by revenue. © PUBG Game spending is considered to have a huge chunk of the revenue, thanks to popular games such as PUBG, Fortnite, and others. Apple's App Store earned $16.3 billion from games alone, while Google Play earned $10.3 billion in 2017. © Sensor Tower It could be argued that Apple's platform earns more due to its presence in China, however, Sensor Tower reports that even if China is removed from the equation, the App Store would have earned a 30 percent gross revenue than Google's Play store. If you're interested to know more about Apps and its revenues, you can read the original report by Sensor Tower here (https://sensortower.com/blog/app-revenue-and-downloads-1h-2018). Source: Sensor Tower
  22. Yesterday, we published a story talking about how Steve Jobs envisioned the App Store almost 25 years before its launch. The App Store has officially turned 10 today and we no longer remember a time where applications did not dominate our lives. The App Store is a crucial delivery system for applications, that in the long run, has made our lives better. The App Store has been responsible for numerous games to keep us entertained, it provides us transport service applications such as Uber and Ola and it even helped people connect with each other all over the world for free. © Pexels The App Store was a game changer for the iPhone and the iPad that was later mimicked by Google and other companies, who are yet to match up to Apple's service and platform. The App Store also gave thousands of developers the opportunity to make money that encourages even more developers to release interesting and unique apps. Today, there is an app for almost everything. © Zomato You can communicate with your loved ones or manage your financial portfolios or simply order food via an app. There are apps that let people track their health and provide exercise routines to lead a healthier life, or let people shop for products on the go without even having to go to the mall. © Pexels In many ways, the App Store changed our lives. The App Store is currently Apple's strongest business and there's no slowing it down. The App Store generated $33 billion in revenue for Apple last year and has paid out more than $100 billion to developers in the past decade. There is no doubt that the Apple Store has penetrated everyone's life in some way and we can expect the platform to grow even more than we can imagine. © PUBG The App Store was also responsible for introducing casual gaming to the world. The App Store currently has 7,83,269 games that can be played by Apple users on the go or in the comfort of their homes. Because of the App Store, people can download games for free anywhere and anytime they want. This not only killed the handheld gaming systems like the PlayStation Portable, it introduced us to a new era of casual gaming. © Evernote But not everything has to do with fun alone in the App store. Today, people work more efficiently thanks to numerous productive apps like Evernote and Slack. Today, I can take notes on the go or scan documents and send it in an email without even leaving my desk. Apple made it easy for people to communicate in a secure manner, thanks to the company's stringent security and privacy policy. The App Store allowed people to find better ways to create and work with efficiency for a decade and in our opinion, the introduction of the App Store was not only revolutionary but a much-needed tool for all of mankind.
  23. There's no doubt that Steve Jobs was a visionary in terms of envisioning new technologies and services. In fact, there are plenty of interviews on the Internet that prove he was thinking way ahead of his time. One certain interview indicates that he already had a fair idea about online shopping and the App Store, way back in 1983. © YouTube Jobs spoke at a conference in 1983 and he was already talking about people buying software online. To get things into perspective, the Internet became available to households almost a decade later. Jobs was already talking about users buying software online, even before the Internet was made available to the general public. © wikipedia Commons In 1983, the software was sold and distributed on the bigger 5.25-inch floppy drives that were expensive to manufacture and was considered a slow delivery method. Jobs was speaking at the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado and already had envisioned an alternate delivery method for software. This is how Steve Jobs explained his vision: “Software is information, and information is expressed with a bunch of ones and zeros. Where we'll be going in translating this stuff electronically on the phone lines. When we want to buy a piece of software we'll take our ones and zeros … and go directly from computer to computer,” © Youtube At the time, the Internet was a tool for the military and was not available for use by the general public. In fact, many people dismissed his claim back in 1983, however, we all know how the tables have turned. Even though online shopping became a thing way after the Internet became a basic utility, Steve Jobs was already thinking ahead of the curve and today, millions of applications (read software) are downloaded by users every day.
  24. The fight against Cancer is even more difficult for young children who often feel lonely and develop anxiety. This is often because a child needs to be active, have friends around all the time and enjoy their childhood in school. A child coping with cancer needs physical, mental, and emotional support. Simply putting them on treatment is not enough. Cancer treatment is often very long drawn out and painful with children suffering from a number of side-effects. Efforts, therefore, have to be made to minimize pain as well as keep children in a positive frame of mind. © Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation To help these young fighters make it through treatment a little more easily, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has developed an iOS app based on Augmented Reality, it is called Imaginary Friend Society. It contains a dozen characters to choose from and the user can place it wherever it wants to in the viewfinder. Using augmented reality, kids will be able to get a "pep talk" from characters just before a big procedure or when they're feeling down during treatment. © Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation According to research the agency conducted, many kids who survived cancer relied on an imaginary friend as a coping mechanism, which it has used as the basis for these films. The app intends to provide a minor distraction to kids, away from all the negativity. The Imaginary Friend Society AR app is being used in dozens of hospitals and cancer treatment centers across the US and can be installed an any compatible iPhone or iPad. © Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Dr. Mark Krieger, chief of neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, said in an interview,) "We started having the Imaginary Friend Society on the 'get well' network at the hospital, so every kid over their bed has a little touch-screen TV that can pull up different types of content. We've been amazed at seeing how the kids really gravitate towards this." The concept of the Imaginary Friend Society stemmed from observing how kids with cancer get bombarded with confusing information and a wide array of invasive procedures—some of which, like chemo, probably make them feel sicker. © Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation With the advances in technology, VR, AR and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected create entirely new applications in healthcare. According to a 2017 global healthcare sector outlook by Deloitte, the top ten technology innovations that will bring more value for less in health care are next-generation sequencing, 3D-printed devices, AI, point-of-care diagnostics, VR, and AR. Download from App Store
  25. The Apple Inc. logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. Photo: Reuters Apple is rebuilding the widely used mapping application on its iPhones from the ground up with its own dataset, but...
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