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Internet freedom in India is getting better, tells report by Freedom House

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While several prominent personalities in India, including the President and RBI governor, are warning about growing intolerance and threat to freedom of expression in the country, the latest report on internet freedom has pointed out that online freedom has improved in India.

Globally the internet censorship and illegal surveillance is rapidly increasing, said the report published by Freedom House, a watchdog organization working for freedom and democracy. Last year India was given 42 points on the index which denotes barriers to web freedom. The latest report gives 40 points to the country, a sharp decrease in barriers to freedom by two points. The report named ‘Freedom on the Net 2015’ warned the world about the constant reduction of internet freedom as it dropped for the fifth year in a row.

The report noted, ““The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) swept to electoral victory in 2014 under its leadership candidate Narendra Modi, and the new government completed its first year in May 2015. In the reporting period, India maintained its position as the third-largest Internet consumer base after the United States and China, and saw positive developments in terms of the regulatory framework, declining detentions for online speech, and burgeoning digital access.”

The United Kingdom, the United States and India, the world’s most well-known democratic countries are at the top of internet surveillance and illegal snooping on its own citizens. The organization has maintained that the internet in India is partly free and online freedom is constantly under threat due to a large number of website blocking requests and intimidation of internet users. The scrapping of infamous section 66A from the IT act by the Supreme Court may have helped

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Google created their own AI which is better than the ones which are made by Humans

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The fact is known to all that the Artificial Intelligence or AI will surely outperform the humans in future. In the year 2017, Google brain is developing the AI software in the Google’s AI research lab that can create more AI. Then on the May month of the year 2017, Google created AutoML. AutoML is a machine learning algorithm which can generate it’s own AI. So it will not need to hire the human experts.

The AutoML system of Google developed a vision model for a computer which is better than that of Humans

They introduced a new technology known as the reinforcement learning by creating a ‘child’ which can counterpart with the help of using an approach known as the reinforcement learning. It is named as NASNet and the child can recognize the object in a real-time feed of videos like cars, people, traffic lights, backpacks or handbags. The child model is getting evaluated by the controller neutral net of AutoML. It learns from the feedback and becomes a better version of NASNet.

After improving g and tweaking the NASNet in an endless manner, it was tested on COCO object detection datasets and ImageNet image classification. These are the two most famous and respected data sets in the computer version.

The acknowledgment was also given when the image features learned by NASNet on ImageNet and COCO. As a result, there was also open-source for inference in image classification by NASNet. There was also detection of an object in the Slim and Object Detention TensoreFlow repositories. Now the scientists are hoping that the large machine learning community can build on these models for addressing different computer vision problems. This was according to a researcher in a blog post.

There are many possible uses of NASNet and AutoML. Not only that, there are also ethical issues which are related to the AI. The question may arise in mind regarding the creation of AI by AutoML in such a speed that the society fails to keep up with them. A parent may also pass down the unwanted biases to its child.

For keeping the entire thing in control of human, it is important that they implement it with a very strict regulation. It must also enhance the ethical standards for preventing the use of AI for malicious purpose.

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Google removes spyware app which was used by Pakistan to snoop data by Indian Army

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The investigation ran by CNN-IBN revealed the SmeshApp in Google Play Store is a spyware app used to collect data from the Indian Army personnel. Google has now removed the app which was being used by Pakistan intelligence agencies. The crucial information about the troop movement and data about the counter terrorism operation was being obtained by the Pakistani agencies through this app.

The personal computers of soldiers were also infected due to this smartphone app as the virus made its way to various devices. The personal information in the hacked device could have been accessed by third party any time. This included phone logs, recordings, photos and texts in the memory. The reporters tracked down the location of the server which collected the data. The Germany based server was hosted by the man in Karachi.

The Indian Army is trying to take various steps to prevent leaks of information through mediums such as social media and messaging apps. The investigation also pointed out that the same app was used during the attack on Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in January 2016. The Pakistani handlers were getting access to important information regarding troop movements due to this.

The incidents of soldiers being honey trapped are also increasing. The Indian Army men are being lured by ISI, Pakistani Intelligence agency, through fake Facebook profiles of girls. Soldiers are sharing operational information with Pakistan through Facebook chats. Other branches of the armed forces are also affected due to this. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Border Security Force (BSF) have been targeted as well.

The army has already issued guidelines for the use of digital communication apps and social media after Pathankot attack. As per the guideline, the organization has advised soldiers not to disclose their rank and posting in the profile. Google has now removed the spyware app after the Indian army took notice of this.

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Google gets ready for its entry in cloud services market

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Google cloud services, Google Inc, Alphabet’s internet division recently hired Diane Green to head its cloud computing business. Greene is a cofounder of VMware and known as experienced administrator. Sundar Pichai, Google CEO confirmed this development in a blog post. Pichai explained the scope for Google’s cloud business by saying that very small amount of world’s data is in the cloud as many businesses and applications are not cloud based. Therefore this makes it fastest growing area of interest for Google as one day whole world will be using cloud.

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Bebop technologies, Greene’s start-up has been also purchased by Google. The company used to help businesses to maintain enterprise servers. Currently Amazon is the industry leader in cloud services but the scenario may change soon as the former VMware chief executive gets included in the board of directors of Alphabet, Google’s parent firm. Bebop team’s expertise will help to increase Google’s market share. All different cloud based projects of Google will be integrated into single division headed by Greene.

In terms of competition, it is not just Amazon who can give a tough fight. Good old technology players such as IBM, Microsoft are also getting ready to offer cloud services as well. The experts said that the Google is very serious to explore the world of cloud and going to concentrate all its resources to grab huge market opportunity offered by cloud. The Google definitely has more cash and brand value than its competitors in cloud business. The Google’s cloud services revenues are projected to be more than advertising revenues in next five years.

Google aiming to manufacturer its own smartphone processors?

Google to provide internet in remote villages of India through large balloons

Google’s self-drive cars to hit streets in 2015

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Digital India : Free Internet or Splinternet?

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Is it “internet.org” hiding under the name of Support digital india.  It is misleading campaign according to new sources. Support Digital India is just another name for “internet.org”, here’s pic below which clearly shows it’s one of the finest strategies to fool individuals into thinking they are helping and supporting the poor to get Internet Access, which is actually not true.

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Facebook CEO “Mark Zuckerberg ” visited India and had an obligatory photo-op with the Prime Minister “Narendra Modi”, and it was only a few months later that one figured out what the effort was all about.

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Looking at the other side  of coin. Firstly, there’s no NGO it is just a division of Facebook. Second, it is absolutely for-profit in every way. There is no not-for-profit part of it whatsoever. Third, as you’ll figure out :  this is really the “Facebook Poor People Acquisition Department”.

Facebook nearly has same amount of users as Google : about 1.4 billion users.  One out of five people on earth use facebook on  daily basis. Facebook’s  revenue worth was US$12.4 billion for the year 2014 – that equates to  US$ 8.65 per person on their service.

Google made $66 billion off about the same number of people in 2014 – almost $46 per head – a revenue efficiency more than 5 times that of Facebook. And that gap doesn’t seem to narrow fast enough for facebook.

“Facebook” is blocked in china, so it’s main attraction now is india which holds more than 1.2 billion. India, with a billion people yet to get on the net it is probably seen as the biggest hope for the future of this stock.

What comes to your mind when you think about free internet access

Educational videos from Khan Academy, Access to youtube, Access to Netflix, Access to Amazon or any other shopping site/Blogs/Video sites basically everything Internet can offer.

But the free internet facebook is offering roughly consist of 0.0000002% of whole internet with facebook being it’s main attraction to the offered users.  Common questions asked by people include “Why?  What’s the problem? Let it be.  Isn’t 0.00000002% better than 0%, right?” Well  actually no Let Facebook pull its stunt. Then Google will. So will Twitter. And eBay. And each telco. And each e-com company. And soon we’ll have hundreds of thousands of different so-called internets around the world used by a handful of people each who can’t talk or connect to each other. Instead of one internet of a billion and growing sites, always connected to each other. The essentially connected nature of the internet can’t be given up – something most people believe is critical to a thriving future for our planet – just because Zuckerberg needs to get his revenues up and stock price from crashing. Think people you were the same who stood up against Airtel why are you letting it go just because it is facebook this time.

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Think before clicking I’m in!! True Nature of Internet is being open-source, accessible to everyone.

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Indian IT employees are one of the most underpaid in the world

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Indian IT employees are one of the most underpaid in the world

Indian IT employees are one of the most underpaid in the world The Indian IT industry has been the engine of economic growth for decades.

Despite its large contribution to the GDP, IT industry is one of the lowest paying companies in the world.

The latest study by a recruitment website points out that a mid-career IT employee earns four times less than the ones in Switzerland.

The annual survey placed India 7th on the list of lowest paying employers. Bulgaria topped the list with $25,680 average salary

while India on the same post gets $41,213. Countries such as Vietnam and Thailand, known for their new economic prosperity in Asia

also made it to the list. China ranks behind India with $42,689 followed by Czech Republic and Argentina.

The experts pointed out that the global salary patterns has a lot to do with standard of living, outsourcing and North American markets.

The IT companies are hunting down new regions where the labour costs are lower in order to bring down operating costs.

IT employees in the developed economies are drawing more salaries because the job post over there are demanding and complex.

Switzerland offers the highest salaries to the IT employees with an average salary of $1, 71,465 followed by $1, 52,430 in Belgium.

The US and UK are also among highest paying employers. India remains most preferred destination for IT companies due to cost factor but cheaper

options are now available in the market. This survey warns Indian companies to be more competitive and quality oriented now as this is going to drive

their future growth.

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Windows 10 Upgrade notifications on Windows 7 and 8.1?

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Windows 10, The OS Giant, Microsoft has already rolled out its latest and most advanced operating system, Windows ten OS and unlike its predecessors, no users are expecting to line-up to buy this latest operating system. But, the computers with older versions of Windows OS (i.e. Windows 7 and 8.1) are experiencing automatic downloading of files for upgrading to this latest version. So, whether to users need Windows 10 or not, this new OS will automatically get into your system, especially if Windows Update is enabled.

Auto Downloading of Latest Windows 10 Upgrade Files on Windows 7 and 8.1, know How to Block It….

How to block Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft recently corroborated to the Register that users across the world who have not even signed-up for automatic upgrading of latest OS will also get the files downloaded automatically into their systems with older version of Windows OS. In a bid to make task easier and faster for users, Microsoft is promoting to upgrade to this latest version of OS.

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For those, who have already agreed upon receiving automatic updates via Windows Update will receive the files for the up-gradation automatically and Microsoft will help the users to prepare the devices for this latest Windows 10 OS by downloading the necessary files for further installation. But, users of Windows 7 and 8.1 who have not yet registered for automatic upgrade will also receive files for future installation.

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What is making the upgrade more irritating for users is the enormous size of files of Windows ten OS. The files of Windows ten are between 4 and 7 GB, which is quite higher. So, downloading the files for updation to Windows 10 can be complicated and inconvenient for users with restricted hard disk space and limited bandwidth.

Users looking for ways to stop the automatic downloading need to first disable Windows Update. But, it is not the only solution to prevent the automatic downloading of files, instead user are also required to remove the downloaded files of Windows 10 from the computer and barricade them from future downloading for optimal performance of the system. Here are few steps to follow in order to remove and block Windows 10 from auto downloading.

Removing Windows 10

  • In “Start” menu, you are required to search for “Features and Programs”
  • Click the “View Installed Updated” available on left-side of window that Pops-up
  • Users of Windows 7 will get updates like 3035583, 2952664, or 3021917, while 8.1 users will get updates like 3035583 or 2976978.
  • With right click on this updates you will find the option of “Uninstall”
  • Re-start the system and you are done with the removing process.
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Blocking Windows 10 Files

  • Search for Windows Update in Start menu
  • In Window that pops-up you will find “Check for Updates” option on the left which you need to click
  • The list of pops-up available there will include Windows 10
  • Click the “Removing Windows 10 Upgrade Files” and with “Right Click” you can remove each hidden updates.
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Most of the Windows users across the globe are hesitating to upgrade to Windows ten due to the concerns related to potential bugs or surveillance features, while there are many who have already switched to Windows 10. Microsoft has already confirmed that over 75 million systems across the world are running on latest version of OS and Windows 10 is reckoned as the most-used OS on Steam as well.

 

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Finally Google Rolls Out Android Pay to Rule the Mobile Payment Market

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The second break into mobile payment by renowned search giant, Google, is predicted to be the real charisma. Android Pay, the latest addition in mobile payment by Google stab to incite people for paying against the purchase using their Smartphone. Google is now all set with its latest mobile payment platform and struck a agreement to make the services available in more than one million locations across USA retailers. Android Pay is the advanced attempt by Google to replace its predecessor, “Wallet”.

In a bid to challenge Apple Pay in rapidly increasing mobile payment markets, Google has launched this advanced tap-to-pay mobile payment system to replace credit card payment against any purchase at retail stores. Android Pay is designed with easy user-interface that supports fingerprint authentication and can be accessed over any NFC enabled devices that run on updated 4.4 KitKat OS or above within next week. So, users of smart phonies having fingerprint sensors can use this mobile payment system with native fingerprint support. Instead of providing credit or debit card details to the retailer, Google’s Android Pay can help users to make payment using this advanced system. The system generates a unique “Token” that can be used at selected retail stores while purchasing, thus preventing the users from sharing actual data while transactions which further reduces the risk of data theft.

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According to senior VP Google, Android Pay would be the best framework for coming generation where 3rd party developers specifically in regions like China and Africa can use the concept to develop their own mobile payment platform. Besides, the services will also comprise loyalty cards and gift cards on all devices supported by Android software.

Android Pay takes the pride for great support in the initial phase from renowned retailers like Subway, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s and expecting many others to join the platform in coming years. By the end of 2015, the services might get extended to mobile checkouts. The system supports debit and credit cards from key payment networks including, Master Card, Visa, Wells Fargo & Co, American Express Company, Bank of America, Citigroup and other major banks will join soon.

Android Pay will be made available for easy access by existing users of Google Wallet. They merely need to update their application with Android Pay. The new users are required to download the application of Android Pay from “Play Store” when it will be made available for download. Presently, Google confirmed that services of Android Pay will just be restricted to tap-to-pay purchases at selected physical or retail stores. It is the brainchild of Google’s technical team which could really help the mobile payment market to take off if it succeeds and keep the search giant at the top of the flourishing marketplace.

 

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Indian Railways partners with Google for free WiFi at over 400 Railway stations

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Indian Railways partners with Google for Free WiFi at over 400 Railway stations

In Collaboration with Indian Railway Google is Focusing on Providing Free Wi-Fi Across 400 Major Junctions

The most ambitious and motivated project, Google Fiber providing high speed internet connectivity across USA will now be expanded in the cities of India, a report confirmed recently. Indian Railway in conjunction with Google has decided to offer free high-speed internet connectivity though Wi-Fi hotspots in more than 400 railways junctions across the nation. The collaboration to provide high-speed internet connectivity across railway stations is baptized as “Project Nilgiri” which focuses on providing lightning fast internet connectivity to all the passengers of Indian Railway who are travelling across the convoluted network of Indian railway.

According to a report, Google is looking forward for an ambitious plan for India and is highly dedicated in setting up countrywide internet connectivity through Wi-Fi hotspots in major stations of Indian Railway which will provide the passengers high-speed internet at no cost. The report state that, under phase 1 of the project, Google will set-up Wi-Fi hotspots at over 400 major junctions spanning across India with a deadline of 4 months. Once the connection is developed, it will provide free internet connectivity to all the passengers travelling in Indian Railway after a mobile number verification. A one-time password will be sent to the user via SMS which they need to need to access internet connectivity for free through Wi-Fi hotspots.

The speed of the connectivity for the first 30 minutes will be quite higher and thereafter speed will reduced but commuters can still continue using internet connectivity for free. The phase two of the project is to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to the passengers of running train.

Google is now on the process of testing the services of Google Fiber in India after the successful response in USA. Once the project is done with Indian Railway, passengers can expect high speed broadband services while commuting through Indian railway. There will be a serious competition in Indian market indeed after the full-fledge services of Google Fiber, but ultimately the customers will get the benefits.

Google is working in collaboration with Railtel to complete this ambitious project. Railtel is the PSU having Pan India Optic Fiber Network running across the tracks of Indian railway in urban and rural regions. Today, Indian Railway is successfully offering free Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers of selected routes in trains like Rajdhani Express with the use of satellite communication technology.

 

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How to Become flipkart seller on Flipkart with Flipkart Advantage

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flipkart seller: E-commerce is booming all over India with every passing year, the phenomena of easy life surpass all its previous boundaries. In this era where our lives is so busy, we want rest everything to be slightly easy. In this busy schedule, even shopping seems to be tad difficult. Capitalizing on this very fact, many smart brains have come up with some amazing online shopping websites. Amazon, E bay, Flipkart, Yepme etc are some of the very successful online shopping destinations presently available.

The existence of human race is a result of evolution. Evolution is a part of life and technology. Since its origin, these online shopping destinations have undergone several changes. After a particular point in time, Amazon came up with this service called ‘Fulfilled by Amazon’ where Amazon gave merchants the opportunity of selling their products on Amazon. Owing to this competitive environment, Flipkart has come up with this service called ‘Flipkart Advantage’. Flipkart seller is very similar to Fulfilled by Amazon. Flipkart also offers additional benefits to its customers with this service. 30 day returns to expedited delivery options such as same day guaranteed delivery are a few of the benefits. Flipkart currently have 50 sellers on board.

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How Does It Work?

You need to seek the approval to be on flipkart market place first by registering. Flipkart seller is currently bringing sellers on board on ‘Invitation Basis’. Incase you are interested to register; you have to send an e-mail to vendor@flipkart.com or visit sellers.flipkart.com to register. Once that is done, you can list your own products or choose from the existing list of products that flipkart has. Choose your own pricing and Shipping details while listing your product. Once it is approved, the product will be listed on Flipkart’s main site.

For a third party seller, this is an excellent proposition as they can live their product to a huge mass without burning a hole in their pocket. Flipkart has its logistics sorted. So the third party can take the advantage of the same when a sale is made. Flipkart will transfer money to sellers periodically. Even buyers are in for a ride as they get to put their hands on affordable products without compromising on the quality thanks to the rise in competition.

All in all, this is a brilliant deal for everyone as it has little something for every someone!!!

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