TIK TOK REMOVED FROM APP STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY, FOR BAN IN INDIA

TIK TOK REMOVED FROM APP STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY, FOR BAN IN INDIA

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TikTok, the popular video creating and sharing app has been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India. This comes after a ban on downloading of the app by Madhurai bench of the Madras High Court, which had ordered the central government to ensure this. ByteDance, the company which owns TikTok, had even approached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the ban, but the top court had refused to intervene and said it would listen to the matter on April 22. On April 16, the Madhurai bench of the High Court appointed Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar as amicus curiae in the matter to assist the court and said it would hear the petition on April 24 for further hearing. The original order of the…
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WITH 265 ACTIVE MILLION USERS, INDIA IS YOUTUBE’S FASTEST GROWING AUDIENCE

WITH 265 ACTIVE MILLION USERS, INDIA IS YOUTUBE’S FASTEST GROWING AUDIENCE

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YouTube announced today that India is its largest and fastest growing audience in the world with more than 265 million monthly active users, as per the data by ComScore. At the company’s annual flagship event – Brandcast, YouTube shared insights on the exponential growth of online video ecosystem and how it is interlinked to India’s Internet growth story. “YouTube today has become the first stop for users to consume content, whether they’re looking for entertainment or information. It is this incredible variety of content combined with the growing reach that makes YouTube a perfect platform for brands to drive personalised engagement,” YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki said. “In the last one year, YouTube’s consumption on mobile has increased to 85%, with 60% of the watch time coming from outside of the…
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TIK TOK REMOVES OVER SIX MILLION VIDEOS IN INDIA DUE TO VIOLATION

TIK TOK REMOVES OVER SIX MILLION VIDEOS IN INDIA DUE TO VIOLATION

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Tik Tok has removed over six million videos in India which violated their community guidelines since July 2018, the company said in a media release. The company said that it was a part of their ongoing efforts to make its millions of users feel safe and comfortable within the community by empowering them with the right tools and resources. Tik Tok also has introduced an age bar for its new users which will be allowing only those people over the age of 13 years to login and create an account on its platform. The company said that this new feature will further add to the safety mechanisms in place to ensure that underage users do not use the platform. “As a global community, safety has been one of TikTok’s key…
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RELIANCE JIO INTRODUCES JIONEWS APP, MERGES OLDER APPS INTO ONE

RELIANCE JIO INTRODUCES JIONEWS APP, MERGES OLDER APPS INTO ONE

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Reliance Jio has announced the launch of a new digital service called the JioNews in the form of a mobile app and website (www.jionews.com). The new service will be offering real time breaking news, Live TV, videos, magazines, newspapers and much more, the company informed in a press statement. JioNews is a consolidated offering of the company’s existing JioXpressNews, JioMags and JioNewsPaper services along with an additional offering of Live TV and videos. All the existing users of these existing apps will be migrated to JioNews and they can seamlessly continue consuming content with the new service. All existing Jio customers will have premium access to all the features of the JioNews app, while the non-Jio users can access all the features in the app by logging in to it…
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YOUTUBE MUSIC APP HITS 3 MILLION DOWNLOADS WITHIN A WEEK OF LAUNCH

YOUTUBE MUSIC APP HITS 3 MILLION DOWNLOADS WITHIN A WEEK OF LAUNCH

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YouTube Music app has crossed three million downloads within a week of its launch in India, according to an official statement from the company. YouTube Music was launched last month in India along with YouTube Premium and YouTube Originals. “This year YouTube is celebrating 11 amazing years in India. We’re proud of the extraordinary growth across the platform, especially with music. Our tremendous scale and reach is why many talented artists and creators across India come to YouTube to share their voice with the world. It’s why we’re seeing Indian artists connect with fans from Delhi to New York and everywhere in between,” Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube said in a statement. YouTube Music is as the name suggests, is built on top of YouTube. This also gives the service…
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PAYTM GIVING A HUGE CASHBACK ON APPLE IPHONES X RANGE

PAYTM GIVING A HUGE CASHBACK ON APPLE IPHONES X RANGE

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Paytm is currently running a special sale for its customers, under which it is offering discounts on a number of its products. The company is also offering multiple cashback offers, in terms of wallet balance on iPhones. The company is offering a flat cashback of Rs 12,000 on a number of Apple branded smartphones including the iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Customers can use the cashback, which will be credited to their Paytm wallets to purchase other products, make mobile recharges, pay utility bills and much more. Paytm is offering customers a flat cashback of Rs 12,000 on both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Apple iPhone XS is priced at Rs 99,890 and after the cashback, will be available at Rs 87,890.…
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QUALCOMM ANNOUNCES SNAPDRAGON 665, 730 AND 735G FOR MOBILE PROCESSORS

QUALCOMM ANNOUNCES SNAPDRAGON 665, 730 AND 735G FOR MOBILE PROCESSORS

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Qualcomm has introduced three new mobile processors designed for mid to premium mid-range smartphones: the Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G. All three processors offer plenty of power, features, alongside new experiences in AI, gaming and camera. At the moment, there aren’t any new devices that have been announced with the Snapdragon 665, 730 and 730G, but one can be sure to expect a slew of new phones in the middle of 2019. The Snapdragon 665 mobile platform supports Qualcomm’s third-generation AI engine, featuring the Hexagon 686 DSP. The company claims the new Snapdragon 665 processor will deliver up to 2x faster AI on-device compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset. The all-new Snapdragon 665 Mobile Platform is built on the 11nm manufacturing process. Camera capabilities are also improved. The latest Snapdragon…
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INDIA WEIGHS BAN ON PUBG AFTER DEATHS

INDIA WEIGHS BAN ON PUBG AFTER DEATHS

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A boy’s suicide this week in southern India after his mother scolded him for playing a popular online game has inflamed a national debate over whether the game should be banned. The 16-year-old’s father demanded a ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, known by the acronym PUBG, after his son hanged himself from a ceiling fan at their Hyderabad home following a reprimand for wasting time online rather than studying for an English exam, according to Indian news reports. At the heart of the conflict in India is a cultural norm: Parents expect their children, many of whom live with them well into adulthood, to concentrate on academics and professional pursuits. And supporters of a ban say the game can be a deadly distraction. In March, two men in their twenties playing…
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NETFLIX TEST WEEKLY PLANS IN INDIA STARTING AT RS65

NETFLIX TEST WEEKLY PLANS IN INDIA STARTING AT RS65

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Netflix Weekly Plans in India: Netflix is testing weekly plans for select users in India, which start for as low as Rs 65 per week for the mobile-only plan. According to a Gadgets360 report, the video streaming service has also started testing a new mobile-only monthly plan of Rs 250 as well. The plans seem to have been visible to only select users as of now, though Netflix confirmed to Gadgets360 that it is testing different options in select countries that will let users “watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time”. Of course, the most affordable mobile-only plans do not come with access to High Definition (HD) or 4K and includes only Standard Definition (SD). People who subscribe to mobile-only…
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WHATSAPP ENABLES CONSECUTIVE VOICE MESSAGES FOR ANDROID

WHATSAPP ENABLES CONSECUTIVE VOICE MESSAGES FOR ANDROID

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WhatsApp has again submitted a new beta update for its Android app, and it brings along a new feature called the Consecutive Voice Messages. The Android beta app has been updated to version 2.19.86, and it also suggests that WhatsApp is working to bring improvements to Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode. The PiP improvements are disabled by default for now, but can be expected to be enabled in the next updates once it is properly developed. WhatsApp is simultaneously also working on other features like fingerprint authentication that allows users to lock the app from prying users, and the anticipated Dark Mode. The new Android 2.19.86 version brings a new feature called Consecutive Voice Messages feature. As the name suggests, this feature allows for auto-playing of two or more voice messages sent…
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