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World Health Organization to launch COVID-19 tips app for Android, iOS: Report

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COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise as several new countries have started reporting of the outbreak. 

India has enforced a complete lockdown for 21 days to curb the further spread of coronavirus.

To curb this misinformation spread, World Health Organisation (WHO) is working on an official app to bring correct tips, news, alerts, and other crucial information around the SARS-CoV-2 disease.

This app aims to offer tips, alerts, and more to give you all the information you need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The app was proposed by a collective called ‘WHO Covid APP Collective' and this group has been made by former employees of Google and Microsoft along with WHO advisors and industry experts.

Those who want to volunteer to help develop the app can sign up here.

The app is expected to launch on Android and iOS on March 30 i.e., Monday. The app is being built in an open source manner

This version currently consists of advice around the COVID-19 disease, similar to the WHO WhatsApp c…

The Best 10 Mac Apps & Utilities-2020 Edition

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This collection of essential Mac Apps includes mostly lesser-known apps so the popular ones — like Evernote, Dropbox, Skype, OneNote, or Google Drive — aren’t listed here. 
Let’s get started.
   1. Magnet - A perfect windows management app for Mac that lets you move and resize windows with configurable keyboard shortcuts. You can move windows between multiple displays too. Another alternative is Rectangle.
   2. ImageOptim - Always run your images through ImageOptim before uploading them on to your website. The Mac app will crush the size of your image files without affecting the visual quality.
   3. HiddenMe - If your Mac desktop is cluttered with folders and files, you can hide all the icons with a single click or with a keyboard shortcut.
   4. Site Sucker - Download entire websites includes images, PDF files and mirror them on your local disk for offline browsing. Like wget but with a visual interface.
   5. App Cleaner - The best uninstaller for your Mac that will automatically remove…

Study: Durian Fruit Can Be Used to Charge Your Phone's Battery

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Durian fruit, which is considered to be the world's smelliest fruit, has been used to create energy stores for rapid electricity charging. A researcher from University of Sydney was able to convert durian waste into super-capacitors that can put out energy smoothly. This means, theoretically, one can charge their phone, laptop, and other everyday gadgets using this technology. The waste from durian and jackfruit can be converted into energy stores for “rapid electricity charging.” Durian and jackfruit were selected for this study because of their porosity and large surface area. The method of converting aerogel from fruit waste to ultracapacitors has been detailed in an article on ScienceDirect.How does it work?As stated by Associate Professor Vincent Gomes, the lead researcher for the study, durian and jackfruit used in the study were locally sourced. The waste portions (biomass) from the fruits are transformed into stable carbon aerogels using a “non-toxic and non-ha…

Google India launches skill programme designed for women

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New Delhi, Google India on Friday introduced DigiPivot, a skilling programme designed for women who are looking to return to their corporate careers after a break or simply planning to make mid career shifts to digital marketing.
Developed jointly in association with Avtar, a career portal service for women, and the Indian School of Business, the programme aims to influence the overall gender mix in the digital marketing landscape in India and will provide an opportunity for 200 women professionals to re-skill themselves.
According to the company, selected participants will go through a curated 18 week learning programme and engagement (both offline and online) that aims to empower the participants with digital marketing knowledge and tools as well as mentorship on strategic leadership skills.
The programme will culminate in a day long Graduation event at the Google Hyderabad Campus on August 28.
The programme is open to both women professionals who are currently working and those who are…

Ola adds police "Emergency Button" in its app in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru city police on Thursday said ride-hailing platform Ola has integrated its emergency button with the police control room for faster security response to passengers in trouble. "Bengaluru city police now offers great convenience and ensures that the citizens of the city a secure ride-hailing experience by integrating Suraksha app with Ola application," said Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao in a statement.

The integration will enable rider's information to be shared with the police, along with details such as the car model, driver name and the geographic coordinates of the vehicle.

When a customer presses the emergency button in the app, it will directly call up the police helpline 100 for quicker response from the nearest police station.

Pressing the emergency button will also activate Ola's safety response team for telephonic assistance to the passenger.

"Bengaluru city police is constantly working on building a safer city for its citizens and by integrating …

Nokia smartphones now allow Wi-Fi calling on Airtel, Jio: Here's how to enable

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Nokia smartphone users will now be able to make calls over a Wi-Fi network.HMD Global has started the rollout of Wi-Fi calling feature to a range of Nokia smartphones, supported by Reliance Jio and Airtel.   Wi-Fi calling is the latest advancement to how consumers make calls in the areas with spotty cellular reception, introduced in 2019 in the Delhi-NCR region. HMD Global has now joined the list of brands that are providing their customers with the Wi-Fi calling service. The Wi-Fi calling service, also called VoWiFi, will be rolled out to the following Nokia smartphones on Jio network, as listed by HMD Global:    Nokia 9 PureView    Nokia 8 Sirocco    Nokia 8.1    Nokia 7.2    Nokia 7.1    Nokia 7 Plus    Nokia 6.2    Nokia 6.1 Plus    Nokia 6.1
How to enable and use VoWiFi on your Nokia smartphone?    Firstly, go to your phone's settings     Now, either search for Wi-Fi calling inside the settings or navigate to the option, located  under the mobile network tab    Enable Wi-Fi cal…

Google's Automatic Call Screening Feature To All Pixel Phones

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Google’s automatic call screening is limited to the US market as of now, and only supports the English language. 
Google rolled out the automatic call screen feature for the Pixel 4 users with the first Pixel feature drop in December last year.

Back then, Google promised that the feature will make its way to older Pixel phones as well. Well, it appears that Google has made good on its commitment. The automatic call screen feature has now begun popping up for all Pixel phone users.

Multiple users to have reported that they can now see the automatic call screen option on the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3, and Pixel 2 series phones.

Google has also reportedly confirmed that the first-gen Pixel phones can now take advantage of the feature as well.

Before we get into availability details, here's what call screen actually is. It is an on-device assistant-driven feature that automatically screens spam or robocalls. Once it detects an incoming robocall after matching it against Google's database, it…

PhonePe ATM Feature Launched

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Digital payments platform PhonePe on Thursday launched a unique feature called 'PhonePe ATM' on its platform that will help users in need of cash can get instant money from merchants offering this facility.

A customer in need of cash can simply open the PhonePe app, go to the 'Stores' tab and click on the 'PhonePe ATM' icon to locate nearby shops offering this facility.Currently, a user can avail Rs. 1,000 a day from the merchant via this pilot feature, launched in the Delhi-NCR region to begin with.

Go to the shop, click on the 'Withdraw' button and transfer the required amount to the merchant via the PhonePe app. Once the amount is transferred, the merchant will give the customer the cash equal to the amount transferred, the company said in a statement."The PhonePe ATM allows customers to withdraw cash without any hassle through our trusted merchant partners. It also helps merchants avoid the hassle of storing cash and making multiple trips to the …

4 Secure and Convenient File Sharing Options That You Can Try

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We have a wide range of easy to use online file-sharing options. You can click, zip, and share a file with anybody who has an internet connection. But not all file-sharing options are secure. 

This article lists the most secure and convenient file-sharing options available right now.

1. Dropbox

It’s easy to use, functional, and works on pretty much all platforms. Even with stiff competition from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, it still captures a massive chunk of the market share.

You can use Dropbox to share files via a URL with a couple of clicks from your device. It offers underlying security like password protection and time limits.

The only real drawback to Dropbox is you only get 2 GB of free storage. But monthly plans are quite cheap. You can get 2 TB of storage for $11.99 per month.

2. Google Drive

You may have noticed that you can only send  files that are no larger than 25 MB in Gmail. But you have an option to upload your file and send the link via Google Drive.

Google Drive is t…

What is Bloatware

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Bloatware is software that uses an excessive amount of system resources, such as disk space and memory. 


Bloatware is software you don’t want that burdens and slows down your device.These are programs that are preinstalled on new devices, come bundled with other downloads, or are injected into your system through malicious sites.There are two main ways for bloatware (or Potentially Unwanted Programs – PUP) to reach you. It usually comes pre-installed by vendors, manufacturers or carriers. There can be a few reasons for this:Software developers pay providers to install their products on your device.Manufacturers provide the user with maintenance applications (e.g., Lenovo Solutions  Centre) that also collect user data.    Software or OS updates can push branded solution centers, trialware, or just random add-ons.Not all bloatware is bad. Some pre-installed media suites or control centers can be useful, and some are very easily removable.Another type of bloatware comes from the web. It c…

India to Bring Broadband Access to All Villages by 2022

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India has been making strides to become a digital economy over the past few years. We have seen mobile subscribers grow to 117 crores, with around 10GB Internet data being consumed on average today.
Now, the central government aims to further digitization in India and bring ‘affordable and universal’ Internet access to every corner with the launch of the National Broadband Mission.The mission, abbreviated to NBM, was launched by Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, as part of the National Digital Communications Policy 2018, as reported by IANS.It’s going to help “fast track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion, and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all.“Through the National Broadband Mission, we aim to provide broadband to all villages, increase mobile towers to 10 lakh, ensure 50 Mbps speed and increase mobile tower fiberization to 70%,” stated Mr. Prasad during the announ…

Google Photos finally lets you manually tag people in pictures

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Google is finally adding the ability to manually tag someone in Google Photos, as reported by Android Police.
Google Photos has always been able to automatically recognize faces and sort them for you, which makes managing your library far easier than having to tag people manually.

But the system misses faces sometimes, and there’s never been a way to correct it. Once this feature rolls out — and Google says it’s rolling out now — you’ll finally be able to add in many of the faces it’s been missing.

Basically, if Google sees a face but doesn’t know who it is, you can now identify it. But if Google doesn’t realize that there’s a face in the photo at all, then you still can’t link someone to the photo.

That’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing. The app tends to miss faces when they’re turned or slightly obscured, which might be times when you’d still appreciate having a person tagged in them.

The feature appears to be part of the latest release of Google Photos, but it’s not available …

Google Will Pay You $1.5 Million for Finding Bugs in Pixel Phones

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Google has announced to pay $1 million as top award to security researchers who can find a unique bug in its Pixel series of smartphones that may compromise users' data.  There is an additional 50 per cent bonus if a security researcher is able to find an exploit on "specific developer preview versions of Android", resulting in a prize of $1.5 million.The Google Bug Bounty programme will reward the top prize to someone who can break into Google's Titan M "secure element."Similar to Apple's "iPhone Secure Elementa, "Titan M" is a security chip that automatically scans hackers trying to load malware when an Android phone is turned on.For the new reward category, Google is looking for "full chain remote code execution exploit with persistence which compromises the Titan M secure element on Pixel devices.""We will reward extra for a full exploit chain (typically multiple vulnerabilities chained together) that demonstrates arbitr…

5 Best Artificial Intelligence Online Courses

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Artificial Intelligence is the big thing in the world of technology. From self-driving cars to automated robots.

And if you are looking to have a long future as a developer and get the highest paying jobs, you need to have the required skills to work in the AI field.

Thankfully, there are tons of online courses that can not only get you started on AI but also help you become a professional AI developer.

we have listed the 5 best Artificial Intelligence online Courses that can help you in your learning journey. 1. Machine Learning by Columbia UniversityIf you want to take a university course like the one featured above but cannot afford to pay for it then you should take this Machine Learning course provide by the Artificial Intelligence faculty of Columbia University.

The course is available on edX which provides university-level courses for free. You only have to pay if you want the certificate from University.

If you just want to learn then the course is free which is great for users w…

XBOX Gamepass for RS50/-??

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Microsoft Cuts down the prices for XBOX Game pass ultimate.Microsoft announced that they have been cutting the prices for XBOX One game pass ultimate to RS-50/-INR(3MONTHS).  The tech giant announced on the occasion of Black friday.The deals will run on the Microsoft Store from November 24th to December 2nd (that’s a few days earlier than other retailers will kick things off), but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members will be able to access these deals even earlier, starting on November 21st.  For gaming lovers, obviously this is the best deal they can get. The General cost of the pass is 2999/-INR(3MONTHS). Now, you cannot get the better deal than this. They are offering the 98% of discount. This sounds crazy.NOTE- After the expiry of the game pass, it will be auto renewed to 2999/-INR  Make sure you check out our previous article about the BOOTSTRAP