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Google Duo added Group Video Calling feature

Google due has introduced group video calling feature for up to eight people globally, while expanding the availability of Data Saving mode - which is designed to automatically limit data usage when you're making video calls through the Google Duo app.

Govt bars download of TikTok app

India has asked Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores, Economic Times reports, quoting sources it didn’t identify. The missive comes after the Supreme Court refused to stay an earlier diktat by the Madras High Court to ban the app. TikTok is under fire for allegedly exposing children to pornography and cyber bullying. But the company says it’s like any other social media app and it shouldn’t be held liable for the actions of third parties.

Tinder is the highest-earning non-gaming app



The dating app grossed $260.7 million from Google Play Store and Apple App Store, while Netflix revenues dropped 15 percent since last quarter to reach $216.3 million, app intelligence firm Sensor Tower revealed in a study. Tinder, meanwhile, grew its quarter-on-quarter revenues by a healthy 42 percent.

TikTok ban: Five things you need to know about the viral app



TikTok, a new social networking app, has taken by India by storm. The 15-second video sharing network is also quite popular in smaller towns of the country. TikTok, however, has come under scanner over misuse of the platform and is now facing ban in India.

Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the central government to ban TikTok, saying the app is “encouraging pornography”. Following the ban request, TikTok responded by saying that the company will review the court order and “take appropriate action.”If you haven’t heard about TikTok yet, here are five things you need to know about the new viral application.

Missing Voters App: Your name missing from voters’ list? This app can help

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a mobile application is coming in handy for those whose names are missing or have been “deleted” from the electoral rolls as well as for those who want a voter-identity card.Since the launch of Missing Voters app earlier this year, thousands of eligible voters have been added to the rolls, most of them aided by hundreds of volunteers who downloaded the app to lend their help to the project.Hyderabad-based Khalid Saifullah, whose RayLabs Technologies developed the app, said he started working on it during the Karnataka Assembly elections last year.

Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior : A mobile app to conquer exam stress

The app is an attempt to empower students and parents to knock out examination stress.In its efforts to help students and parents cope with anxiety and depression caused due to exams, the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG), has launched a mobile application titled 'Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior'. After working in collaboration with the National Mental Health Program, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat, the developers realised the importance of seeking help from a professional expert, in trying times.

"The app is an attempt to empower students and parents to knock out examination stress," says Somen Saha, associate professor at IIPHG and principal researcher of the initiative. While the app is currently available in English, there are plans to incorporate Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi language in the future. 

Google launches Bolo app for kids lacking good education support system in rural India

Looking at plight of school system in rural areas of most Indian states where poor and financially backward families are dependent on the government backed schools, Google has come out with a smart solution to make a change with the use of smartphones, which have increasingly become a common sight in rural areas. The company has unveiled Bolo Android app to facilitate rural kids who are devoid of having access to a good education support system. The app, which is a speech-based reading-tutor app to assist such kids, was released on Wednesday in India first. The Bolo app is now available for free via Google Play and can work offline.

SHAREit most downloaded tool app in 2018 in India

With 400 million Indian users, China-based content-sharing app SHAREit was the most downloaded tool app in the country in 2018, said a new report by mobile data and analytics provider App Annie on Monday.The app offers transferring speed faster than Bluetooth and even NFC, and it is totally secure, considering the type of connection it uses to transfer files. Prior to SHAREit or similar applications, the only best method for file transfer was either through Bluetooth, or USB drives.

Will self-censorship help Netflix and Hotstar prevent potential government regulation?

India’s video-streaming services have drafted a code to censor content on their platforms. Reuters reports that OTT players Netflix, Hotstar and others will prohibit content that shows a child “engaged in real or simulated sexual activities”, content that's disrespectful of the national flag or seen to be encouraging terrorism, and content that intends to outrage the religious sentiments of any community. The move comes in the backdrop of streaming companies facing lawsuits over obscenity. Amazon Prime already censors Hindi movies on its platform.
According to many intellects,   self policing  online streaming companies is not a good idea. It is responsibility to be superseded by Govt if found bypassing in any case with exorbitantly huge penalty to ensure the latter does not default. Only then there will be sensible work done by the people responsible behind the online streaming environment right from the lowest to the highest designation.

These are the apps you should uninstall right now



  • Sparkle FlashLight – com.sparkle.flashlight
  • Snake Attack – com.mobilebt.snakefight
  • Math Solver – com.mobilebt.mathsolver
  • ShapeSorter – com.mobilebt.shapesorter
  • Tak A Trip – com.takatrip.android
  • Magnifeye – com.magnifeye.android
  • Join Up – com.pesrepi.joinup
  • Zombie Killer – com.pesrepi.zombiekiller
  • Space Rocket – com.pesrepi.spacerocket
  • Neon Pong – com.pesrepi.neonpong
  • Just Flashlight – app.mobile.justflashlight
  • Table Soccer – com.mobile.tablesoccer
  • Cliff Diver – com.mobile.cliffdiver
  • Box Stack – com.mobile.boxstack
  • Jelly Slice – net.kanmobi.jellyslice
  • AK Blackjack – com.maragona.akblackjack
  • Color Tiles – com.maragona.colortiles
  • Animal Match – com.beacon.animalmatch
  • Roulette Mania – com.beacon.roulettemania
  • HexaFall – com.atry.hexafall
  • HexaBlocks – com.atry.hexablocks
  • PairZap – com.atry.pairzap
It comes months after it emerged over 140 apps downloaded from Google Play Store contain malicious files designed to attack computers.
The malware affects PCs when a phone is plugged into a Windows PC, and it farms private data, according to LincolnshireLive.
But it will not affect the Android devices themselves according to the Mail Online .

Top 10 ways to secure your mobile phone


Lock your phone with a password or fingerprint detection. At the very least, if you leave your phone on the counter at Starbucks or if it’s stolen out of your pocket, cybercriminals will have to get through that first gate. Set the time on your password lock to be short as well—30 seconds or less should cut it.

If it’s not already the default on your phone, consider encrypting your data. Doing so is especially useful for protecting sensitive data, whether that’s business emails or investing and banking apps.

Set up remote wipe. If your phone is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to wipe all of its data remotely (and therefore keep it out of the hands of criminals). You can often also use remote wipe to find your phone’s location. Back up phone data. Consider connecting your device to its associated cloud service in order to automatically back up data (and encrypt it). However, if you don’t trust the cloud, be sure you connect to a PC or Mac to sync data regularly in order to preserve photos, videos, apps, and other files.

Avoid third-party apps. If you’re on an iPhone, you don’t have much of a choice. However, for Android users, staying on Google Play and not allowing apps from unknown sources keeps you relatively safe. If you do decide to use third-party apps, research to be sure you’re not getting a malicious one. Read reviews, and if the app asks for access to too much personal data up front, don’t download it. Avoid jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android. While the processes are different, the end result is bypassing what phone manufacturers intended (including security protocols) and ultimately weakening the security of your device. Update operating systems often. When that pop-up reminder comes up, don’t ignore it. Charge your phone, clear out some space, and install the update right away.

Be wary of social engineering scams. Cybercriminals love to spoof banking apps, send phony texts meant to collect personal data, and email malicious links and attachments. Just as you do on your computer, view any communications from unknown sources with a careful eye. If it seems fishy, it very likely is.

Use public wifi carefully. Yes, you don’t want to use up all your data. However, public wifi is inherently insecure, so try not to make transactions or transmit sensitive data while using it. Consider using a VPN service to encrypt data transmitted online. Download anti-malware for your mobile device. If you do happen to download a malicious app or open a malicious attachment, mobile anti-malware protection can prevent the infection.

FreshMenu suffered a data breach in 2016

FreshMenu suffered a data breach in 2016 but kept the matter under wraps. According to haveibeenpwned.com, the personal information – device details, email IDs, phone numbers and physical addresses – of over 110,000 users was compromised in the incident. FreshMenu founder Rashmi Daga admitted the breach and put out an apology for not notifying users, even as the company claimed that sensitive information related to passwords and payments was intact. Cybersecurity experts feel the nature of the data compromised didn't warrant a legal obligation on the company's part to inform users.


However, FreshMenu claims that information such as user passwords or payment-related information was not breached. Th payment information, it claims, is stored in PCI DSS compliant systems on their side, which is absolutely safe.

PUBG Mobile update time: Tencent reveal Sanhok 0.8 release date download plans



According to the latest update, the Sanhok 0.8 release could begin as early as 1am in the UK.

However, Tencent has only provided a rough estimate on times, meaning it could launch between 1am and 9am on September 12.

Here's more from a community manager, who explains: "For now, we are still making sure that the update is good to roll out globally hence the Phillippines and the UK first before we open up the floodgates.

"As for the separate map download - once you update the game, you will still have to initiate in-game download of the map itself. This is because we did quite a bit of optimization on not only Sanhok but all 3 maps - and hence heftier download within the game. But we hope that the end result will be to your benefit."

Sanhok can be downloaded independently, so enter the game and get it right away to join your friends in the rainforest!

It also comes with new weapons and vehicles:
  • Flare Gun: a rare item that calls a super air drop if used within the Playzone, and a Bulletproof UAZ if used outside the Playzone.
  • QBZ: an automatic rifle that fires 5.56mm rounds. Has both single shot and full-auto.
  • Duckbill: an attachment for shotguns. Reduces vertical spread and increases horizontal spread.
  • Muscle Car: 4 seats, and has both a hard-top and a convertible version.
  • Bulletproof UAZ: 4 seats. Obtained from using the Flare Gun outside the Playzone.
Customizable Pick-up Settings
  • Pick-up quantities can now be specified in settings.
Achievements
  • Added more achievements. Now can be found under Missions.
Clans
  • Clan Perks: after getting specific items (through purchase or luck), the system will award a certain amount of UC for players to share it with other Clan members.
  • New Clan titles can be equipped after purchase.
  • Clan Rankings: now lists the most active Clans this week and this season.
Anti-Cheating Measures
  • Improved recognition of cheating plug-ins.
  • Added Report buttons to Spectator Mode, Basic Information and Results.
Dismantling Time-Limited Items
  • Time-Limited items can now be dismantled to BP directly.
Progress Missions
  • Added a Collect All button to collect rewards of all completed missions.
Royale Pass
  • Added new mission types to make progression more fun.
Lucky Air Drops
  • Chance to get a mystery drop after a match. Contents are customized!
Season Data
  • Season page now shows all seasons played and relevant data such as season titles, the highest tier reached and more.
Improvements
  • Friends can now be deleted in batches.
  • 3D models added to vehicle and airplane finish previews in the shop.
  • Animation on the Season page has been optimized for certain device models.
  • Accidental friendly fire will not be penalized.
  • Chat system has been tuned.
  • Items contains in air drops have been tuned.

Popular pirate app Terrarium TV shuts down



The app was one of the many available for Android that allowed users to stream content directly to their smartphones without paying for said content.


The developer has announced the app will shut down by the end of this month–although reports say it is already effectively dead in the water. The app rose to prominence over the past few years and acquired a massive user base–which also attracted a lot of attention.


It’s unknown if that attention brought on legal troubles for the developers of the app. Announcing the shutdown of the app, Hong Kong-based developer Peter Chan, who goes by the handle NitroXenon, said in a notification to users last night:


“It has always been a great pleasure to work on this project. However, it is time to say goodbye. I am going to shut down Terrarium TV, forever. I know this day will come eventually. I know it would be hard to let go. But it is really time for me to move on to other projects.”

Is Google's new 'Neighbourly app' a new source of ad revenue for Google in India ?

Google’s Next Billion Users program is making headlines all across the media. It’s in the news for connecting railway stations with WiFi, building India-first products and features, and connecting rural India with the Internet and technology.

Gradually, the reach of the program is growing and covering all the major areas. The newest area of exploration is of social networking, an area where Google had failed multiple times.Unveiled in India this month under Google’s Next Billion Users program, Neighbourly, the hyperlocal social network, is a real-time app to answer one’s quick questions in English and 8 more local languages.The app provides precise information to people without getting them involved in group chats that ‘keep getting lengthier and noisier’, such as WhatsApp’s tendency to fill up the window with ‘good morning’ messages.,'

What Neighbourly is essentially about

In essence, Neighbourly, is a crowdsourced, questions and answers app, with great privacy features, where people in neighborhoods can collectively create a hyper-local guide with tips, shortcuts, recommendations, events etc.

Users will be able to post, answer, and follow questions on Neighbourly, and there's a feedback system wherein people rate answers. The most reliable answers to questions appear on top.Neighbourly relies heavily on what Google has learned from its search and digital assistant offerings. A third of searches in India are already voice-activated, so Neighbourly lets users ask questions verbally in their local language. The app provides helpful question starters such as "Where can I find..." "Who is the best..." or "Can you recommend..." to obviate the need for typing.
Neighbourly relies heavily on what Google has learned from its search and digital assistant offerings. A third of searches in India are already voice-activated, so Neighbourly lets users ask questions verbally in their local language. The app provides helpful question starters such as "Where can I find..." "Who is the best..." or "Can you recommend..." to obviate the need for typing.

The app uses familiar social networking techniques. Much the way Uber passengers can rate drivers, Neighbourly users accumulate credibility scores based on how others rank their responses. High-ranked answers bubble to the top.

Experts see a larger plan behind the launch of the platform. They believe that the launch of the social networking app opens a new source of ad revenue for Google which can sell high-priced targeted local ads while collecting more information about user preferences.Google had limited success with

Google+, Hangouts and Allo and time will tell if the company's strategy with Neighborly app succeed or not. I tried installing it and this is what i see after the installation. 



You can find more details about the app at https://neighbourly.google.com/


(The article is contributed by Chandrasekar V who is an expert on Cloud Technologies)

Power Minister launches portal, mobile app for fly ash utilisation



NEW DELHI: Power Minister R K Singh today launched a web-based monitoring system and a fly-ash mobile application which would act as an interface between producers and consumers.

These platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers (thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users such as road contractors, cement plants etc.

Proper management of fly ash is important not only for the environment but for us also as the ash produced by power plants occupies a lot of land space, Singh said in his address.
At present, 63 per cent of the fly ash is being utilised and target is for 100 per cent utilisation, he said.

Road contractors and construction engineers need to know about the benefits of using fly ash in construction, the minister said.


Dell’s new app brings mobile notifications to the desktop



The mobile connect is a free offering that will be bundled with all new Dell computers.

The application delivers mobile notifications to the desktop via Bluetooth. It’s a bit like some of the functionality offered up by Cortana on Windows or Notification Center on macOS, only it doesn’t require you to sign into each individual account on the desktop. The apps themselves don’t need to be approved by Dell, either. As long as you can get a notification on your phone, you’ll see it on the screen.

The only things it does require, in fact, are a new Dell computer and a smartphone within Bluetooth range. The company gave us a demo of the app at our booth, and the system performs as advertised, popping up a small notification box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen

BHU app to block porn sites, play bhajans :


The professor of neurology got together with a team of research scholars from BHU and a developer based out of Bengaluru to create an app. The app called ‘Har Har Mahadev’ will not only block porn sites, it will also play bhajans.
Six months ago, Dr Vijay Nath Mishra had an idea.

The professor of neurology got together with a team of research scholars from BHU and a developer based out of Bengaluru to create an app. The app called ‘Har Har Mahadev’ will not only block porn sites, it will also play bhajans.

Beware! Fake version of WhatsApp found on Google Play Store



A fake and possibly malicious version of Facebook-owned WhatsApp was found lurking on Google Play Store as “Update WhatsApp Messenger” with developer name as ‘WhatsApp Inc*’. When IANS checked it on the Play Store, we found the app has been downloaded up to 5,000 times. There is another version under the same name which has a million downloads. The original WhatsApp has 1 billion downloads.

“DON’T DOWNLOAD THIS APP! IT’S FAKE! WhatsApp Business is not officially available yet for all,” the WABetaInfo social media account tweeted to its 30,000 followers. It added: “Check only official channels to download WhatsApp Business in future.” WhatsApp Business is yet to launch as a standalone service.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp was down for users worldwide for about an hour on Friday, with people complaining of issues with accessing its services. Some users took to Twitter to highlight problems with the messaging app. The Facebook-owned company later released a statement saying issue has been fixed, and apologised for any inconvenience.

Have I been pwned? allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your email addresses has been compromised.



Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP)  is a website that allows internet users to check if their personal data has been compromised by data breaches. The service collects and analyzes dozens of database dumps and pastes containing information about hundreds of millions of leaked accounts, and allows users to search for their own information by entering their username or email address. Users can also sign up to be notified if their email address appears in future dumps. The site has been widely touted as a valuable resource for internet users wishing to protect their own security and privacy Have I Been Pwned? was created by security expert Troy Hunt on 4 December 2013.As of March 2016, Have I Been Pwned? receives around ten thousand daily visitors As of February 2017, the site has over 1 million active email subscribers and contains records of over 3.9 billion accounts from over 227 data breaches

Put your email address and check  the sites which breached your email address and password.

Here is what i found for my email address.