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Kill Switch Kills iPhone Thefts

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The introduction of the ‘kill switch’ has drastically changed the figures of phone thefts to all time low. After a survey it was revealed that thieves are no longer interested in stealing smartphones as the kill switch function allows users to lock down their phone which can be activated remotely.

Kill Switch kills phone thefts

The numbers of smartphone thefts dropped to 25% in New York, 27% in San Fransico and a whopping 40% in London. The same follows in other major cities where a large number of people are dependant on their iPhones and smartphones for their everyday activity.

It was Apple that came up with the idea of the kill switch first in September 2013 and after seeing the success and and user’s safety Samsung upgraded int in their S5 in April 2014 and then Google did the same after making it a part of its standard feature with the release of lollipop.

This could be by far the best method to counter phone thefts after many failed attempts before. What the robbers could do now is either figure out a loophole in the system or just find another line of profession.

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Reliance Jio GigaFiber: Launch, Broadband Plans, Prices and How You Can Register?

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Reliance Jio GigaFiber:

Reliance Jio GigaFiber: Jio has always trusted and moved on to next-generation technologies. And, this time after telecommunications, Reliance Jio Infocomm is offering Jio GigaFiber, the high-speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) with ultra-low-cost tariffs and a combo service that bundles broadband, landline and television connections. Jio GigaFibre is expected to launch commercially on August 12 at the company’s official Annual General Meeting (AGM). The service will be made available in 1,100 cities across India and is likely to take the Indian broadband market by storm.

Mukesh Ambani helmed Reliance Industries has said in a statement while announcing the quarterly results of the company, that, Beta trials of Gigafibre services went successful and entire bouquet of smart home solutions, will be rolled out to target more than 50 million households.

Reliance Jio GigaFibre 2019

BasisReliance Jio GigaFibre
Broadband SpeedPromises to offer fast speeds of up to 100 Mbps. In the preview period, Jio GigaFiber is offering speeds of 50 Mbps over the 2.4Ghz wireless network and 100 Mbps over 5Ghz WiFi networks.
Broadband Data PlansCurrently, under the preview offer, Jio GigaFibre only has one single plan. This includes unlimited voice and data access up to 100GB.
Broadband Price1.      Jio GigaFibre would charge Rs 600 per month offering broadband, landline and TV access through a single FTTH connection.

 

2.      According to some reports, the subscribers may get the option to connect at least 40 devices to its smart home network for up to Rs 100.

 

Jio GigaFibre Plans 2019

Jio GigaFibre PlansMonthly LimitSpeedRouterUseful For
Rs 2500100 GB50 MbpsSingle-BandSmall Home with connectivity among few devices, 2.4 GHz frequency, browsing, emails and video watching
Rs 4500100 GB100 MbpsDual- BandLarge Space with connectivity among large devices, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz frequency, Hd streaming, gaming, and movies.

How You Can Register For Early Access of Jio GigaFibre?

Step 1: You first required to register on the company’s official website: https://www.jio.com/

Step 2: You will see “Jio GigaFibre Invite Now” option. Click on it and the page will automatically fetch your location.

Step 3: You just need to provide name, email ID and mobile number and press Submit.

Step 3: After filling the above details, you will receive an OTP on your phone to verify the registration.

Free installation of ONT device will be offered to you with a refundable security deposit Rs 4,500.

What Additional Services will be provided with Jio Gigafibre?

  • GigaRouter and GigaTV set-top box devices are expected to launch by the company.
  • A range of new Internet of Things (IoT) products which includes smart speaker, Wi-Fi extender, video and audio dongle, TV camera and a smart plug.

Why you should look forward to Jio GigaFiber?

  • Reliance Jio GigaFiber will receive up to 1Gbps of internet speeds and 100GB of data. And all these services will be free. You will be able to download big files in mere milliseconds.
  • With the use of advanced technology, Jio Gigafibre will provide you with faster network speeds with negligible loss in signal.
  • There are no old-fashioned cables involved in Gigafibre as it’s an all-optical cable affair which is faster and more reliable. It does not rely on slower or traditional copper fibre networks to connect houses to the main network.

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FaceApp an access your gallery even you have permission set to ‘never’

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FaceApp, the AI-powered app that can edit photos of a person’s faces to show older or younger versions of themselves, can access your gallery even you have permission set to ‘never’. Thus, raising privacy concern issues of user’s personal information.

With the help of advanced software algorithms, Faceapp draws viral attention on social media for a popular service to transform selfies and make people virtually look older or younger than their actual age. With high popularity, several celebrities have also shared their older-looks. But due to some mysterious terms, Faceapp is in bars of privacy policies of a user in news today.

UK-based Digitas strategist James Whatley said on Twitter, “You grant FaceApp a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, license to use, publish, adapt, distribute your user content in all media format when you post or share.”

Thus in simpler terms, Faceapp has full right to use your real name or your username. It can be any terms of “any likeness provided” in any format without notifying you. The app can retain that data or information even after you delete the app. As Tech Crunch points out, even you are not protected against the terms for those who set their Apple iOS photo permissions to ‘never’.

In respect to the above statement, Faceapp has clarified that they store an uploaded photo in the cloud for its performance and traffic, and to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly. Even concerning about user’s privacy, they said in a statement that most images are deleted from their servers within 48 hours from the upload date and are not even sent or shared with the third party or to Russia, though R & D is located in Russia. As FaceApp features are available without logging in, they do not have any information of 99% of users.

But a question arises here, what if the content is used for commercial purposes? It is specifically mentioned in Faceapp’s terms and policies that, “By using the Services, you agree that the User Content may be used for commercial purposes”.

Even some of the services of Faceapp are supported by advertising revenue and such promotions and advertisements may be placed by the app in conjunction with your User Content.

FaceApp said in a statement to TechCrunch that the app accepts requests from users to remove their data from its servers. The users can send the request through Setting>Support>Report a bug with the word “privacy” in the subject line, as the team is currently overloaded.

This is not the first time, Faceapp is in controversy. Back in 2017, Faceapp was in news for an ethnicity filter. Ethnicity filter was named as a controversial filter that was designed to change the facial features and skin tone of users to match a certain ethnicity.

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FaceApp: Everything you need to know about the viral app

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Faceapp is an image editing mobile application for iOS and Android developed by Wireless Lab, a Russian company which uses AI and neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. The app can transform a face to make it smile, look younger, look older, or change gender as desired by the user. FaceApp was launched on iOS in January 2017 and on Android in February 2017 and has recently gained wide attention of people and is one of the viral applications.

This week, FaceApp made headlines as popular celebrities, including the Jonas Brothers, Drake, and Dwayne Wade appeared to use the app to show what they might look like when they get much older and posted their photos on social media. Many people rushed to download the app and see their own selfies turn gray and surprisingly FaceApp is currently the top free app in Apple’s App Store.

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FaceApp has faced criticism in both the press and on social media over the privacy of user data. In response to these questions, the company’s founder, Yaroslav Goncharov, stated that their user data and their uploaded images were not being transferred to Russia but instead were processed on servers running in the Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. The US senator Chuck Schumer expressed that there are serious concerns regarding both the protection of the user data that is being aggregated as well as whether users are aware of who may have access to their data and calls for an FBI investigation into the app.

What remains concerning for the users, however, is the language in the app’s terms of service. In one densely-worded section in the , the company informs users that they are granting FaceApp with a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display the user content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with the user content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation or knowledge of the user

This makes it very hard for the users to understand the conditions and this makes them provide the grants access to certain rights to the app. There are also concerns regarding the data that you modify on the app, basically the photos, that FaceApp not only uploads the photo on which you are applying age filter into its servers but also all other photos from your phone without taking the user permission. However, this is just a rumor because security researchers have not found any evidence of it.

FaceApp once again faced criticism when it featured “ethnicity filters” depicting different filters named “White”, “Black”, “Asian”, and “Indian”. Yaroslav Goncharov immediately removed these filters from the app to stop the criticism.

Wrapping up, I would like to suggest all the users try these new technologies and apps for their personal entertainment, but along with these things people should also take their privacy and their data. Risking data by granting unreasonable permissions can be risky even if the application is trustworthy and reliable.

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Google Nest Hub Max: Everything you need to know

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Google Nest: Google announced that it would buy Nest Labs,(the home gadget maker founded by iPod inventor Tony Fadell ) on January 13, 2014. The Nest is a home automation company that used to design and manufacture programmable thermostats and smoke detectors]and introduced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in 2011, followed by the Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector in 2013.

Both of these products were aimed to enter into the growing trend for home automation that is the use of computer and information technology to control home appliances and all of its features. The home automation market is predicted to be worth $79.57 billion by 2022 with a growing CAGR of 11.3%, according to market research.

Google’s Recent Decision

Recently, Google was done holding smart home appliance maker Nest at arm’s length. It was folded into the Google Home division last year in 2018, but now, the entire subdivision has a new name: Google Nest. The new name is more than just re-branding rather it also includes a new product philosophy and a new set of data privacy policies for Nest customers.

Google is slowly unifying all of its smart home efforts together. As Google just launched a smart speaker called the Google Nest Hub Max, which, and future smart speakers will be branded by the name of “Nest.” Head of Google services and hardware Rick Osterloh said that the Nest brand is now a direct parallel to the Pixel brand and it’s just another line of hardware Google makes that’s focused on the home instead of on mobile.

The Journey of Google Nest

If we talk about the past Nest has had a bumpy road. The company was initially a part of Google, but it spun out as a separate entity during its restructuring as “Alphabet” in the summer of 2015. In the subsequent years, Nest lost its CEO Tony Fadell and its other co-founder Matt Rogers, and it acquired the Dropcam team to build its Nest Cam line up, only to have the CEO of the startup depart shortly thereafter, later it publicly disavowed the decision to sell to Google.

In early 2018, Nest was folded back into Google to align it with Google’s growing smart home business, anchored by the Google Assistant and its Google Home smart speaker range, with Nest’s existing product family, all together.

The mission of Google was clear: the only way to thrive in the current market was to be as competitive with Amazon as possible. And the only way to do that was to bring everything under one roof. In July of last year, Nest CEO Marwan Fawaz left, and Google had to put Rishi Chandra, who reports to Osterloh, in charge, for finalizing the years-long transition of Nest as its own unique identity to a proper subdivision of Google.

Challenges To Overcome

However, Nest has a few challenges to overcome before achieving success and that are, designing devices that exist restricted within a system instead of trying to do everything on their own.

The second challenge that Google Nest should be focused on the fact that users don’t live alone. A person’s phone can be a very personal device with all of their information on it behind a passcode, and the most difficult part is to do with a smart speaker is to prevent anybody in the room to access all the information. Smart home devices need to be able to operate both communally and personally. Google thinks it can overcome this problem by having its devices recognize our faces and voices to tailor experiences specific to each user, which is one of the big reasons the new Google Nest Hub Max has a camera.

The last thing Google needs to do is to provide a better job for communicating its principles around privacy. And in the context of privacy in the home, now it needs to be more restrictive than it was before and therefore they are planning to provide a new set of privacy regulations very soon.

I hope I could provide you with all the information you need in an easy way and I also hope that you understood Google Nest in the best possible way. If you have any doubts or suggestions please feel free to contact us in the comments section.

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YouTube Targets Teenagers By Bringing New Education Feature Called Learning Playlist

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YouTube, Google-owned content sharing app, is bringing a new education feature called Learning Playlists to target teenagers with dedicated landing pages for educational videos. The videos will be free of algorithmic recommendations, maybe with respect to topics like math, science, music, and language.

When the talk is about education, YouTube is not taking any chances and is focusing to make at its best. Even, YouTube has removed the recommended videos from Learning Playlists. In short, hiding recommendations from watch page.

According to the report by The Verge, YouTube is on fire in terms of algorithm-driven recommended videos. The Playlists will be based on free-from-algorithm driven recommendations and would have organizational features like chapters around key concepts. The concepts will be ordered from beginner to advanced lessons. This will help viewers’ focus on their lessons without any distractions and will invest quality time. The company, YouTube, in past was reluctant to turn off recommendations as it would drain less traffic to other videos.

This new platform by YouTube platform will be welcomed with trusted partners like Khan Academy and TED-Ed, the report added. The educational channels like Coding Train will teach professional skills like C++, JavaScript and many more, and Crash Course by creators Hank and John Green will also be welcomed and will teach topics like chemistry, biology.

Google-owned content sharing app has taken major steps to improve in the education field. According to reports, on October 2018, YouTube announced that it is going to invest $20 million to fund resources for educational organizations and creators through a Learning Fund initiative.

Also, read Google launched YouTube TV service now available on select Android tablets

The videos which will become part of the educational playlists, would not autoplay at the end of a playlist. There will be least chances of users’ falling asleep during educational lessons and waking up to videos about conspiracy theories.

 

 

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