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Indian Railways launches mobile app for employees

  • Railway Board Chairman launched the HRMS mobile app, in which the employees can see the data related to their service.
  • The app has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).

New Delhi: In a bid to bring transparency in the administrative functioning of the Indian Railways, Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav on Thursday launched the HRMS mobile app, in which the employees can see the data related to their service and communicate with the administration for any changes, if required.

The app has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS).

According to the Railways, the mobile app allows employees to view their historical data since their date of joining, including details related to increments, promotions, awards, transfers, postings, leave, training and retirement benefits.

“These information are not readily available to the employees at present. It brings transparency to administration. This application will be a single window communication system between railway employees and the administration,” the Railway Ministry said in a statement.

The Railways said that a comprehensive exercise of entry and validation of data related to service records of employees is going on at present. Data of 93 per cent (11.19 lakh) serving railway employees have already been collected in this module.

The ministry said that apart from information related to their profile and scanned copy of their service records, the employees can also see e-service records which are compiled based on the entries made in the HRMS application.

“Scanned copies of their physical service record are also available in the app, which is an important milestone in computerisation of HR related functionalities in Indian Railways,” the statement said.

The ministry said that the employees need to register by entering IPAS No./PF No. on the mobile application to access it.

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Google map turns 15, brings new features to celebrate with users

Google Maps on Thursday launched a redesign that prominently solicits users’ reviews and photos of places they visit, seeking to grow its data in a field led by local search apps such as Zomato, TripAdvisor, and Yelp. More than 1 billion people now turn to Google Maps to see and explore the world, the company said.

The new Google Maps icon is based on a key part of the tool since the very beginning — the pin — and represents the shift its has made from getting people to their destination to also helping them discover new places and experiences.

The new look, which coincides with Google Maps’ 15th birthday, introduces a “Contribute” tab to a menu at the bottom of the service’s mobile app, Google said in a blog post.

The move could draw concern from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and other companies that have encouraged antitrust investigations into whether Google has improperly used its dominance in search to popularise its newer tools, such as restaurant comparison.

Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Zomato, all of which feature user reviews on businesses, could not immediately be reached for comment. Google said it had responded to user feedback to make contributing easier for the hundreds of millions of people each year who submit data.

Apple ‘s maps app, which launched seven years ago, takes a different approach by incorporating reviews and photos from services such as Yelp.

Among the new product updates that Google announced were features related to helping people stay informed when they make use of public transportation. Google last year introduced crowdedness predictions to help users see how crowded their bus, train or subway is likely to be based on past rides.

The new features will allow people to check in advance if the temperature is considered by past riders as on the colder or warmer side. In regions where transit systems have designated women’s sections or carriages, the new update will help surface this information along with whether other passengers abide by it.

“We’ll start rolling this out globally in March, although availability may vary by region,” Dane Glasgow, Vice President of Product, Google Maps, told reporters via video conference from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Some regional apps for transit and local business information contend they have better real-time data and more vetting of user content than Google. But Google’s global footprint along with its ability to crowdsource user data have been big advantages.

Google Maps is focusing on improving people’s experiences, while helping them discover new places. It has five easy-to-access tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be expanding Live View and testing new capabilities, starting with better assistance whenever you’re searching for a place. You’ll be able to quickly see how far away and in which direction a place is,” Glasgow said.

Google introduced Live View last year to help people quickly decide which way to go when they start a walking route with Google Maps.

“By combining Street View’s real-world imagery, machine learning and smartphone sensors, Live View in Google Maps shows you your surroundings with the directions overlaid in augmented reality,” Glasgow said.

Live View uses augmented reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence and your smartphone camera to show the surroundings with the directions overlaid.

However, as the use of Street View is restricted in India, it may take a while for Indian users to make use of the Live View feature in the country.

“The world is always changing — new roads are added, bus routes are changed and natural disasters alter accessible routes. That’s why a map needs to be updated, comprehensive and accurate. Major breakthroughs in AI have transformed our approach to mapmaking, helping us bring high-quality maps and local information to more parts of the world faster,” said Jen Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President, Google Maps.

“For instance, we worked with our data operations team to manually trace common building outlines, then trained our machine learning models to recognize building edges and shapes. Thanks to this technique, we’ve mapped as many buildings in the last year as we did in the previous 10,” Fitzpatrick said.

Google Maps has mapped more than 220 countries and surfaced information for about 200 million places and businesses. Google has invested billions of dollars from its search ads business to digitally map the world, drawing 1 billion users each month to its free navigation app.

The company has sought to turn a profit on that investment by increasing ad sales throughout Google Maps, and having users be able to rely on it for data on places and transit would expand advertising opportunities.

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10 reasons Telegram founder ‘thinks’ using WhatsApp is dangerous

Telegram founder Pavel Durov in an official blog post listed out several reports to criticise WhatsApp and explained why he thinks using WhatsApp is dangerous. Telegram is a WhatsApp rival app and Durov went no holds barred in stating his bias against WhatsApp. “Some could say that, as a founder of a rival app, I may be biased when criticizing WhatsApp. Of course I am. Of course I consider Telegram Secret Chats to be significantly more secure than any competing means of communication – why else would I be developing and using Telegram?” To back his claim of WhatsApp being dangerous and hinting the people should ideally delete it from their phones, Durov referred to several news reports. Here are the reasons, as per Durov why using WhatsApp is dangerous

“It became clear that this backdoor had been exploited to extract private communications and photos of Jeff Bezos – the richest person on the planet – who unfortunately relied on WhatsApp. Since the attack seemed to originate from a foreign government, it is likely that countless other business and government leaders have been targeted,” he wrote.

“The United Nations now recommends its officials to remove WhatsApp from their devices”

“People close to Donald Trump have been advised to change their phones”

Instead of apologizing and promising to protect users, Facebook is blaming others.

“Given the gravity of the situation, one would expect Facebook/WhatsApp to apologize and pledge not to plant backdoors in their apps going forward. Instead, they announced that Apple, not WhatsApp, was to blame. Facebook’s vice president claimed that iOS, rather than WhatsApp, had been hacked…Consequently, the issue was not iOS-specific, but WhatsApp specific,” said Telegram founder.

End-to-end encryption in WhatsApp doesn’t guarantee absolute security by itself

“In their marketing, WhatsApp uses the words “end-to-end encryption” as some magic incantation that alone is supposed to automatically make all communications secure. However, this technology is not a silver bullet that can guarantee you absolute privacy by itself,” said Durov.

WhatsApp chat backups on iCloud and Google Drive is not encrypted

“Users don’t want to lose their chats when they change devices, so they back up the chats in services like iCloud – often without realizing their backups are not encrypted. The fact that Apple was forced by the FBI to abandon encryption plans for iCloud is telling,” he added.

Telegram founder claims that backdoors continue to exist in WhatsApp

“There are backdoors. Enforcement agencies are not too happy with encryption, forcing app developers to secretly plant vulnerabilities in their apps. I know that because we’ve been approached by some of them – and refused to cooperate. As a result, Telegram is banned in some countries where WhatsApp has no issues with authorities, most suspiciously in Russia and Iran,” claimed Durov.

12 ‘backdoors’ were found in WhatsApp in 2019

“Backdoors are usually camouflaged as “accidental” security flaws. In the last year alone, 12 such flaws have been found in WhatsApp. Seven of them were critical – like the one that got Jeff Bezos. Some might tell you WhatsApp is still “very secure” despite having 7 backdoors exposed in the last 12 months, but that’s just statistically improbable,” stressed Telegram founder.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov claims that there are flaws in encryption implementation in WhatsApp

“There are flaws in encryption implementation. How can anybody be sure that the encryption WhatsApp claims to use is the one actually implemented in their apps? Their source code is hidden and the apps’ binaries are obfuscated, making them hard to analyze,” he mentioned.

Telegram founder warns users to not be fooled into thinking that end-to-end encryption ensures privacy

“Don’t let yourself be fooled by the tech equivalent of circus magicians who’d like to focus your attention on one isolated aspect all while performing their tricks elsewhere. They want you to think about end-to-end encryption as the only thing you have to look at for privacy. The reality is much more complicated,” said Durov.


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Work From Home: A New Way Of Earning From Home, Women Can Earn Money By Reselling Goods From Smartphone Apps

In today’s time, every one of you has a smartphone, so why not use your phone for extra income sitting at home? You can earn money by reselling stuff from smartphone apps at home. Many such reselling apps are available. These apps have become very popular among women of Tier Two and Tier Three cities, especially housewives and mothers. Romani Saikia Phukan is telling you about some such reselling apps that can be easily found on Google Play Store. You can earn extras from home by downloading them.

Meesho: This app has been downloaded 10 million times and has a review score of 4.5 out of 5. It is one of the top reselling apps in India, which can be downloaded on Android phones. The specialty of this app is that there are not too many formalities to start working, you can work as per your convenience. There is also an easy return policy and cash on delivery option. The items found on this app are not too expensive so it is easy to resell them. It is popular for most fashion and home products.

GlowRoad: This app has also been downloaded more than one crore times. Through this app, housewives, college students, boutique owners etc. are earning a lot of money by reselling sarees, suits, kurtas, shirts, tops, beauty products, electronics etc. Glowroad has more than 300 categories of goods at wholesale rates. It has a large network of over 60 lakh people. It is easy to use, has an easy return policy and gets things delivered on time.

ZyMi: This is another best reselling app in India. You get an opportunity to create your online store using this app for free. Here you can easily create your online store in about 2 minutes. You can earn commissions by selling products of different brands here. This app has cash on delivery as well as easy payment options.

Shop101: This app has been downloaded more than 50 lakh times. By using it, you too can become a home based entrepreneur. It is one of the best e-commerce platforms in the country to sell products online on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram. This app does not take any investment to create an online store and an online store can be created in less than 2 minutes. There are many products available for women here, so this app is popular among women.

How to use the app:

  • Download the app.
  • Create an account on the app.
  • Find the best and cheap supplier products.
  • Build an online store (this process is done differently in different apps).
  • Share and sell your products online on WhatsApp, Facebook and Insta.
  • By doing this you can earn good profit margin and commission.
  • Many such malicious or fake apps can also occur. So before downloading them, be sure to check the tag of ‘Verified by Play Protect’ along with ratings and reviews.
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Google wants to board Bangalore Municipal Corporation bus

  • Tech giant wants real-time data to make its Maps more useful
  • In return, transport corporation wants concessions from Google for its own app. If deal is finalised, taking the bus in Bengaluru will be a breeze.

BENGALURU : Getting on to Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses is a journey in itself. First you have to locate the nearest bus stand. Once you’re there, it’s anybody’s guess when the bus you wish to board will arrive. Or not. If you’re planning to travel to a new area within the city, finding the bus number and the route is another task. And then there is the big question of whether you will find standing space in a bus or not. But what is guaranteed is a long walk to the bus stand and an even longer wait for the bus.

Recognising these problems, BMTC had come up with a mobile application with features such as live-tracking of buses. But the poorly-rated app is plagued with umpteen problems, say regular bus users. But now the transport utility has its hopes pinned on the yet-to-be-finalised new vendor who is expected to provide IT solutions at a cost of around Rs 35 crore including a mobile application and GPS for buses.

Even as a full-fledged BMTC app is still on the drawing board, global tech giant Google recently knocked on the doors of BMTC seeking its transit data. The company, which already displays information related to Namma metro, wants to use the real-time bus data on its platform Google Maps, that currently features only static and mostly outdated information related to buses.

“The bus data belongs to us. I have all the right to know where my bus is. The BMTC should make the transit data public so that it benefits a large section of people”.

— Tara Krishnaswamy, co-founder of Citizens for Bengaluru

On Monday last, a delegation from Google held a closed-door meeting with the BMTC Managing Director C. Shikha, along with other directors over sharing the transit data, it’s learnt. While the MD did not share any details pertaining to the discussion, stating it was at a nascent stage, it’s one of the several meetings for Google, which is struggling to convince many MDs of BMTC, to strike a deal.

The transport utility, which has already come up with an open data policy, is holding back from sharing the real-time data with one condition that Google should provide access to Google services such as its Maps on BMTC’s mobile application, free of cost. Since Google has not agreed to the deal, it’s learnt that the negotiation has not materialised.

Commuters who use BMTC services on a regular basis, believe the real-time bus data should be shared with Google and every tech platform as it could help people access bus information at fingertips. Last year, the tech giant had announced a India-first feature to detect bus travel time from live traffic across ten largest cities across the country including Bengaluru. It offered to provide accurate travel times and calculate delays.

“The bus information available on Google Maps is helpful in planning a trip but it’s not completely useful. Sometimes, the Maps show that a particular bus, for example G2, arrives in 5 or 10 minutes at a bus stand. When I go there, I do not see the bus at all. After waiting for a couple of minutes, I am forced to book a cab as I have to reach office on time,” said Meghana C, a regular commuter between Hosmat Hospital and Bellandur Gate. She prefers travelling in a bus as it costs only Rs 22 as compared to cab that will cost her about Rs 200.

Tara Krishnaswamy, co-founder of Citizens for Bengaluru, suggests that BMTC share its real-time data not just with Google but with the public. “The bus data belongs to us. I have all the right to know where my bus is. Hence, the BMTC should make the transit data public so that it benefits a large section of people,” she said.

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Stay alert / find hidden camera address in trial room or public restroom

Objectionable photographs of women are taken from hidden cameras in a trial room or public restroom, which they are not even aware of. In such a situation, it is very important to know how to find the hidden camera. You should also know how to detect it.
On seeing the camera or microphone radiation, the visible line starts jig-jagging.

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The hidden camera may be slightly larger or even equal to the button. In this case, you have to try a little to find it. However, to detect it, you do not need to carry a microphone or camera detector, but your mobile can do this job easily. For this, you have to download the Hidden Camera Detector app in your phone. It is very easy to use. Let us know that there are many apps available on Android Playstore to find hidden camera, but you install the most popular app.

Learn the easy way to detect
When you install this app, it will ask for some access. You have to proceed by OKing it. There is also an option of Detect Infrared Camera, Tips and Tricks and Paid App. The app will start working as soon as you click the detect camera by radiation meter. During this time, a circle will appear on the screen of the phone. A straight colored line will appear below. Information will continue to be found on the strip of the line to see if there is a camera or microphone nearby. As soon as you get the signal, move the phone to that side and scan the nearby things. As soon as it gets camera or microphone radiation, the straight line seen on the phone will start jig-jagging. At the same time, after detecting the camera, this line will become red and the detector’s alarm will start ringing.

Feature of paid version
Its specialty is that such an app also informs about mobile, computer and CCTV cameras. Yes, if the radiation is high, the entire line will turn black and the bottom line will start moving over the screen. You can understand that there is something wrong here and you should not change clothes there. Apart from this, the infrared camera feature of this app also works well and in low light only tells that a hidden camera is hidden. Its paid version is also not very expensive, along with some new great features are also available.

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These features make Google Assistant better, you will not even know about them

In this era of technology, people use Google’s most advanced technology assistant (Google Assistant) to search for anything on the Internet. Currently Google is available as an app for assistant users on devices such as smartphones, laptops and smart speakers. Through this technique, users can gain information ranging from listening to songs, knowing cricket scores to the latest news by giving just one command.
However, many users still do not know how to use Google Assistant and they are not even aware of the features. So, in this news, today we will tell you about some special features of Google Assistant. So let’s know about the features of Google Assistant …
Google Interpreter Mode
Through this feature of Google Assistant, users will be able to translate the conversation done with a person who cannot speak their language. After this feature is activated, users will be able to translate any language easily. However, users of Google Home Speakers, Assistant Built-in Speakers, Smartphones and Tablets will get support of this feature.

Users have to open Interpreter Mode on Google Assistant platform. After this, users will be able to translate any language. On the other hand, if users want to stop this feature, then they will be able to stop by giving a stop command.

Google Assistant Lens
Users will be able to get information about any object through Google lens. To use Google Lens, click on the lens made in the users app and now the camera of the phone will have to point towards the photo of the object whose information it wants to take. After this, black colored dots will appear on the phone screen. This means that this feature is analyzing the object. After a few seconds, users will get information related to that object.

Google Assistant will read news for you
If users want to hear news from Google Assistant, then they have to click on the home button of the software. Now the search box will open on the screen of the users’ device. Now here users have to give Good Morning (your name) command. After this, Google Assistant will read from the weather of the city to the latest news of the country.

Open apps through Google Assistant
Users can easily open the app in their phone by giving commands through this feature. But for this, users will have to download the voice access app. At the same time, some steps also have to be followed: –
First of all, users have to activate the voice access feature by going to the settings of the phone.

Now you have to go to Google Assistant and say hello Google.
After this, a command has to be given with the name of the app and after a few seconds the assistant will open that app.

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Tiktok left Facebook behind in 2019, became number one in terms of downloading

Smart phones and the Internet, which have reached almost every hand, have covered the geographical distances of the world in some apps. Facebook is at the forefront of major social media sites and apps used prominently. Statistics show that Facebook dominated the mobile app world in this decade.
During this time, Facebook reached 460 million phones. At the same time, Facebook Messenger stood second in this case. However, in the matter of downloads this year, Ticketock has taken the first place in the challenge of Facebook’s king.

According to the ranking released by mobile marketing data company Appeni, Facebook also owns WhatsApp in the third place in terms of downloads. WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in 2014 for US $ 1900 million. App Annie released this ranking by analyzing the data of downloaded apps during 2010 to 2019.

According to this, the number of Facebook downloads fell to 11 percent in 2019 before falling to the top of the list. Seven of the top 10 apps downloaded are social media or communication apps.
Top 10 Downloaded Apps of the Decade
 App user (in crore)

  1. Facebook 460
  2. Facebook Messenger 440
  3. Whatsapp 430
  4. Instagram 270
  5. Snapchat 150
  6. Skype 130
  7. Tittock 130
  8. UC Browser 130
  9. U-tube 130
  10. Twitter 100

Top 10 Consumer Apps
Netflix, Tinder, Pandora Music, Tencent Video, Line, IQY, Spotify, YouTube, HBO Now, Kwai. In the consumer app, people preferred entertainment. Tinder at number two is a dating app.
Top 10 Game Apps
Sub-way Surfer, Candycrush Sega, Temple Run-2, My Talking Tom, Clash of Clans, Pau, Hill Climb Racing, Minion Rush, Fruit Ninja, 8 Ball Pool. There are more games apps that children play or that do not require much brain.

Mobile app world
12000 crore apps installed in the world in 2019
5 percent increase compared to 2018
9000 thousand million dollars spent on these apps
15 percent growth rate of expenditure
 
Top 5 Apps in India
Tittock: 200 million downloads, 79 percent increase
Facebook: 16 million downloads, 11 percent decrease
Likey: This app for making small videos reaches 14 million phones
WhatsApp: 13.4 million reached in phone, three percent less than last year
Facebook Messenger: Was second in 2018, 15 percent decrease this year

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WhatsApp self destruct messages are coming soon and here’s the main reason behind it

hatsApp has become inseparable and WhatsApp groups have made having the app on your phone a basic necessity these days. To make communication among group messages easier, the WhatsApp development team has kept on adding features and refining the existing ones. We have seen replying to specific messages, restricting control over adding new people, stickers and moreover the course of time. However, WhatsApp is about to get another feature that will change the way we communicate on groups.

According to a recent scoop from WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is bringing the ability to auto-destruct messages on WhatsApp groups. The recent test versions of WhatsApp have received a new feature for both Android and iOS, called ‘Delete Messages.’ Initially, this feature was expected to be available for both individual chats and group chats. However, the feature will be limited to group chats only and it will make it easy for group admins.

The ‘Delete Messages’ feature will be available for group chats and it will make it easy for the admins to manage old messages and chats. WhatsApp messages take up space on devices as well as increase the size of online backups. Since group chats have a lot of exchanges, old messages at times become irrelevant and it becomes sensible to delete them after a while. So far, users had to delete messages manually and that is a tedious process.

However, with the Delete Messages feature, group admins can now select a specific duration for messages on the group and once a message crosses the specified duration, it will be automatically deleted by the app. Users will be able to keep messages for as little as an hour and for as long as a year.

Weirdly, the feature won’t make it to individual chats and that could be a bummer for users. However, for group chats, it can reduce the old message bulk and get rid of all those pesky good morning GIFs and images.

The feature is still currently in testing and it could be a while before the feature makes it to the stable version. Do note that this feature is different from the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature that already exists for all chats. The ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature will still be available for all messages and users can still use it to delete a text before the receiver sees it