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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…