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Blockchain

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A blockchain is a digital record of transactions. The name comes from its structure, in which individual records, called blocks, are linked together in single list, called a chain. Blockchains are used for recording transactions made with cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and have many other applications.Each transaction added to a blockchain is validated by multiple computers on the Internet. These systems, which are configured to monitor specific types of blockchain transactions, form a peer-to-peer network.They work together to ensure each transaction is valid before it is added to the blockchain. This decentralized network of computers ensures a single system cannot add invalid blocks to the chain. When a new block is added to a blockchain, it is linked to the previous block using a cryptographic hash generated from the contents of the previous block. This ensures the chain is never broken and that each block is permanently recorded.It is also intentionally difficult to alter past…

Address Resolution Protocol (arp)

ARP Stands for "Address Resolution Protocol." ARP is a protocol used for mapping an IP address to a computer connected to a local network LAN.

Since each computer has a unique physical address called a MAC address, the ARP converts the IP address to the MAC address.

This ensures each computer has a unique network identification.

The Address Resolution Protocol is used when information sent to a network arrives at the gateway, which serves as the entrance point to the network.

The gateway uses the ARP to locate the MAC address of the computer based on the IP address the data is being sent to.

The ARP typically looks up this information in a table called the "ARP cache." If the address is found, the information is relayed to the gateway, which will send the incoming data to the appropriate machine. It may also convert the data to the correct network format if necessary.

If the address is not found, the ARP broadcasts a "request packet" to other machines on the …

India is setting up an IMEI database to Help Track Lost Phones

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India's Department of Telecom (DoT) will soon implement a central register of IMEI numbers to tackle the phone theft menace. The DoT will blacklist IMEI numbers that are reported to it as being stolen or lost, blocking access to cellular networks.

Another objective of the central register will be to make IMEI-based lawful interception easier.

India's Telecom Ministry will soon introduce a Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR), which will have a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.

IMEI is basically a unique 15-digit number that makes it possible to identify each mobile phone.

The main objective of CEIR will be to bring down the number of mobile theft cases in the country by a significant margin.

Once the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) is implemented, it will allow consumers in India to inform the Department of Telecom (DoT) that their mobile phone has been lost or stolen with the help of a dedicated helpline number.

After they have f…

Amazon flex: Opportunity to earn money – Here’re the details

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The Amazon Flex programme was originally launched in the US in 2015. Amazon India has announced the launch of Amazon Flex, a program that lets people sign up to deliver Amazon packages part time and earn some cash in the process.

Amazon says you can earn up to Rs. 140 per hour, though you will need at least a two-wheeler to get started.

To sign up for Amazon Flex and start delivering packages, you will need to download an app.

You will also need at least a two-wheeler to get started with delivering packages, though the Amazon Flex website also lets you specify if you own a three- or four-wheeler while signing up.

You will also need an Android phone to get started, as the Android Flex app is only available on Android for now.

Amazon hopes the program "will create tens of thousands of part time opportunities for individuals to further their earning potential by delivering Amazon packages during their spare time."

Amazon Flex has launched in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi, and will exp…

Microsoft launches AI Digital Labs with 10 educational institutes in India

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Microsoft on Thursday launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled digital labs in collaboration with 10 higher educational institutions in India.The programme, 'Intelligent Cloud Hub', covers institutes including BITS Pilani, SRM Institute of Science and Technology and Trident Academy of Technology among others."With the right technology infrastructure, curriculum and training, we can empower today's students to build the India of tomorrow," said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.As part of the three-year programme, Microsoft would support the selected institutions with best-in-class infrastructure, curriculum and content, access to Cloud, AI services as well as developer support.The company would also facilitate setting up of core AI infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) hub along with providing access to a wide range of Azure AI services like Microsoft Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning (ML) and Bot Services.Training programmes design…

Google Rolls Out New Menu in Google Search with Icons

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The new search menu now includes icons in addition to regular search category names like News, Images, Shopping, Flights, Videos, and more.
The change was reportedly first seen in March this year when Google was found testing the new look with a limited set of users.

The tweaked Google search page, which seems to have started rolling out broadly earlier today, is now seemingly live for everyone.

Further, Twitter is full of user reports from across the world about the tweaked Google search page.

Search Engine Land was also able to confirm from Google that the new design is indeed live for searchers today.

We have seen reports from UK, Austria, Germany, Latvia, Indonesia, Australia, US, and more.
According to the website, Google has been testing the latest design since March this year.

The latest change doesn't really impact the functioning of the Google Search page and is primary a visual change.

It is unclear why Google has added these icons now as they don't seem to add any value a…

Create 3D games with friends, no experience required

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Google announced Game Builder, which lets you create simple Minecraft-style 3D games for you and others to play. 
Google Game Builder first went live in November 2018 and has been since been under constant development by the Area120 team.

In a blog post, Google on Thursday officially unveiled the Game Builder for the world at large.

Google says you can build a simple 3D game in 10 minutes on the Game Builder and it has been designed for all skill levels, from first time game developers to experts.

The game lets you drag and drop characters and other game elements into an empty sandbox to build your own world.

Then use preset commands to string together how things interact with each other. While you don't need any coding knowledge to build games on Game Builder.

It gives you the ability to add JavaScript code if you want. Additionally, you can collaborate with your friends and other game developers to build a game together.

What's more, your friendly can play the game while you add m…

Flipkart Flipstart Days Sale Starts: Offers on Mobile Accessories,Laptops and a lot more

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The Flipkart Flipstart Days sale will continue through June 3, and the three-day sale will offer deals and discounts on electronics, gadgets, and a lot more. 
The e-commerce site has partnered with Axis Bank to offer 10 percent instant discount on debit and credit card purchases, along with EMI purchases, as well.

Flipkart has listed that there will be up to 80 percent discount on headphones, laptops, power banks, mobile cases, and more. This is the third Flipkart Flipstart sale of 2019.

According to Flipkart, the electronics will see up to 80 percent discount during the Flipstart Days sale.

The e-retailer will also offer up to 70 percent off on headphones and speakers from JBL, Sony, and more.

Flipkart will also provide no-cost EMI options, extended warranty, and exchange offers for products in this category. 

Among other Flipkart offers, TV and appliances will see up to 75 percent discount, with the 32-inch Vu Smart HD TV starting at only Rs. 12,499.

Large summer appliances like air co…

Huawei Removed From SD Association Google has also removed the Nexus 6P which was made by Huawei.

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The US ban has forced standard organisations to remove Huawei  Following the US ban, Huawei is now temporarily restricted or removed from several elite global-standard organisations that set the future trends in technology.The company is now no longer a member of the SD Association, a group that sets standardisation of SD and microSD cards. Google has also removed all Huawei devices, including the Nexus 6P, from its Android Enterprise Devices list.Huawei has been removed from the SD Association as the effects of the US ban continue to grow. "The SD Association is complying with US Department of Commerce orders.” The organisation is known for making decisions on the development of SD cards and microSD cards used in smartphones. The move implies that Huawei will no longer be able use SD or microSD card slots on its upcoming laptops, smartphones, and tablets. The report states that Wi-Fi Alliance also "temporarily restricted" participation of Huawei in all decision making t…

WhatsApp Ads to Launch in Status Section Next Year: Report

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WhatsApp is all set to start serving advertisements in 2020, Facebook has reportedly revealed at the annual Facebook Marketing Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The ads will initially be featured within the WhatsApp Status feature - similar to how the ads are being served through Instagram Stories since January 2017.

WhatsApp was previously reported to bring ads to its Status feature this year.

The Android and iPhone versions of WhatsApp were also said to have the necessary implementation for hosting ads.

BeConnectAgency's Olivier Ponteville, who appears to have attended a session of the ongoing Facebook Marketing Summit in Rotterdam, revealed that the social networking giant had announced the arrival of WhatsApp ads.

An image apparently showing a presentation slide pertaining to the development highlights that the ads will look similar to native statuses on the instant messaging app.

Vice President Chris Daniels recently confirmed that WhatsApp is set to use the Status feature to se…

Top 10 Announcements From Google’s Developer Conference You Should Know

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Google held its annual developer conference at Mountain View, California with some big announcements and exciting launches at the event.

Let’s take a look at the major announcements made at the Google I/O event.

1. Google Pixel 3A & Pixel 3A XL

The new Pixel 3A with 5.6-inch display starts at Rs 39,999, while the 6-inch Pixel 3A XL starts at Rs 44,999.

The new Pixel devices come with the same software and slightly toned down features as existing Pixel phones.

Most importantly, the camera remains the same on Pixel 3A smartphones supporting all the important features including night mode and portrait mode.


2. Pixel Devices For Masses

Finally, the cheaper Pixel devices are here running on the latest versions of Android with an awesome camera at the back.

After a dull phase with the original Pixel devices, the company aims to do some wonder in the entry premium segment.

Camera being it’s primary USP, it can certainly target the mass with it’s top features and benefits.


3. Newly Improved Goo…

Applet

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An applet is a small application designed to run within another application.
The term "applet" is sometimes used to describe small programs included with a computer'soperating system, it usually refers to Java applets, or small applications written in the Java programming language.

Java applets cannot be run directly by the operating system. Instead, they must run within the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), or within another program that includes a Java plug-in.

If there is no JRE installed, Java applets will not run. Fortunately, Java is freely available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, which means you can easily download and install the appropriate JRE for your system.

Since Java applets run within the JRE and are not executed by the operating system, they are crossplatform, meaning a single applet can run on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Applets can serve as basic desktop applications, they have limited access to system resources and therefore are not ideal for comp…

Algorithm

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An algorithm is a set of instructions designed to perform a specific task.
This can be a simple process, such as multiplying two numbers.

Search engines use proprietary algorithms to display the most relevant results from their search index for specific queries.

In computer programming, algorithms are often created as functions. These functions serve as small programs that can be referenced by a larger program.

For example, an image viewing application may include a library of functions that each use a custom algorithm to render different image file formats. An image editing program may contain algorithms designed to process image data.

In many cases, there are multiple ways to perform a specific operation within a software program. Therefore, programmers usually seek to create the most efficient algorithms possible.

By using highly-efficient algorithms, developers can ensure their programs run as fast as possible and use minimal system resources.

Of course, not all algorithms are created …

Flipkart Flipstart Days Sale 2019

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Flipkart has brought back its 'Flipstart Days' sale. The sale will run from today to May 3 and will include offers across all major product categories.  The three-day sale will offer 10 percent instant discount to Axis Bank's credit and debit card users.

The Flipstart Days sale promises discounts worth up to 80 percent on electronics and accessories.

Flipkart's Flipstart Days sale will offer discounts worth up to 70 percent on headphones from JBL, Sony, and Boat.

Power banks will be available with prices starting at Rs. 500. Mobile accessories will also be available at discounted prices starting at Rs. 99.

The Flipstart Days sale promises to bring attractive discounts on a wide range of laptops from Acer, HP, Dell, Asus, and other companies.

Flipkart's teaser page mentions laptop prices starting from as low as Rs. 13,990 during the sale. Laptops will also be available with exchange offers and extended warranty (with additional cost).

The Flipkart Flipstart Days sale wi…

The TikTok App is Finally back on Google Play Store and App Store

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TikTok app is finally back on the Indian versions of the Apple App Store and Google Play after Madras High Court lifted ban on the popular social media app last week.

Earlier this month, the app was delisted from the Indian app stores after the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to do so.

The ruling was due to a PIL filed against TikTok stating that the app encouraged pornography and child abuse. The ban was lifted subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it.

The ban was causing developer, Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, "financial losses" of up to $500,000 (roughly Rs. 3.5 crores) a day and even put more than 250 jobs at risk.

"Banning has had adverse impact on the user base of this app, losing close to 1 million new users per day .

It is estimated that approximately six million requests for downloads could not be effected since the ban came into effect," the company sai…

Lenovo Z6 Pro with quad-cameras, 12 GB RAM and Snapdragon 855 SoC launched in China

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The Lenovo Z6 Pro will be up for grabs in four variants - a base variant with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage priced at CNY 2,899 (roughly Rs 30,000), 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs 31,000)8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variant which will cost buyers CNY 3,799 (roughly Rs 39,500)The top of the line 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage variant which has priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs 52,000).
Lenovo Z6 Pro: Features and SpecificationsThe highlight of Lenovo's new flagship is a new camera technology which the company been calling 'Hyper Vision'. The technology essentially lets the phone shoot 100 MP images and a 'Hyper Video', which lets you capture videos through the rear as well as front cameras.The Lenovo Z6 Pro has a 6.39-inch near-edge-to-edge AMOLED display with waterdrop notch that houses the front camera. Lenovo says that its display supports HDR10 and has a built-in blue light filter. The phone also gets a DC Dimming feature, which is b…

Microsoft Paint Will Continue to Remain Available in Windows 10

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Microsoft Paint will continue to remain a part of Windows 10. Earlier, it was planned to be removed from Windows 10 in favor of Paint 3D. The app was decided to be offered as an optional download via Windows Store. 
Microsoft also warned users that paint app will be discontinued in a Windows 10 but now a company executive had confirmed that Paint will be available in a Microsoft operating system.

A senior program manager at Microsoft, Brandon LeBlanc, has confirmed that Paint will be available in the upcoming Windows 10 build 1903 and any other future releases for the time being.

LeBlanc tweeted: “MSPaint will be included in 1903. It’ll remain included in Windows 10 for now,”

MS Paint is a simple raster graphics editor that comes with all versions of Microsoft Windows. It opens and saves files in Windows bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and single-page TIFF formats. You can use to draw, color and edit pictures, including imported pictures from a digital camera.

The most famous features of paint a…

The Important URLs For Google Users

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Google stores everything privately and here are the important links (URLs) that will unlock everything Google knows about you. 

1. Google stores a list of usernames and passwords that you have typed in Google Chrome or Android for logging into various websites.They even have a website too where you can view all these passwords in plain text.
passwords.google.com


2. Google creates a profile of yourself based on the sites you visit, guessing your age,  gender and interests and then use this data to serve you more relevant ads.

   Use this URL to know how Google sees you on the web.

www.google.com/settings/ads

3. You can easily export all your data out of the Google ecosystem. You can download your Google Photos, contacts, Gmail messages and even your YouTube videos. Head over the the Takeout page to grab the download links.

www.google.com/takeout


4. Google and YouTube record every search term that you’ve ever typed or spoken into their search boxes. They keep a log of every Google ad that you…