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Buyer’s Guide : Top 5 Must-have Apps For Android TV

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Have you recently bought an Android TV or any other smart TV? If the answer to that is a yes, then it is time you decide to go the smart way and get rid of your old and traditional cable set top box. Here are five apps you should download to watch the best of television shows and movies:

1. Kodi
Kodi is known as an entertainment hub that may be installed on almost any device including an Android TV. It allows users to play a number of file formats from their storage. So, be it your favorite movie or photos from your cousin’s birthday party, you will be able to view all this and more. Kodi supports a wide range of add-ons for videos, music, games, and look and feel, among others. It also has a feature that lets you watch episodes of TV programs that you may have missed.

2. JioTV
Jio TV is one of the best apps for enjoying live TV online. It offers over 400 channels of which more than 60 are in High-Definition (HD). The app allows everyone to watch their favorite TV show within seven days with the catch-up service. It also lets you play and pause live TV channel. In addition to this, the app has a multilingual interface for those who are more comfortable with Hindi or other regional languages.

3. Netflix
Netflix is a TV subscription service where you may watch a wide variety of movies and TV shows. You will need a Netflix membership to use this app. This membership gives you access to shows produced by Netflix along with others. What’s more? The app lets you resume watching your TV shows on the go. So, you may watch the beginning of an episode with the help of 4G Internet while on the train and continue watching it on TV when you reach home!

4. Hulu
Just like JioTV, you may live stream TV channels on Hulu as well. This app lets you watch popular and hit TV shows like Seinfeld, The Mindy Project, Harlots, South Park, Fargo, The Walking Dead, and a whole lot more! You will get to select from top channels like FOX, ABC, FX, NBC, NBCSN, ESPN, CBS, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, TNT, A&E, and FS1, among others. The app even allows six personalized profiles so that everyone in the family may enjoy shows according to their tastes. Never be bored or sad when your favorite TV show ends as Hulu will give you recommendations based on what you were watching.

5. HopWatch for Reddit
Browse through Reddit from the comforts of your sofa. You may view the most popular and hottest pictures, videos, and GIFs. You even get the option to look at the top trending posts of the past month or past year. In addition to this, you need not bother to go through an entire list for finding a certain post due to the app’s easy search option.

With all of these amazing apps, spend several hours watching the best that the online TV has to offer, whenever and however you like. Put your Android TV to the best use.

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HTC Smartphones To Come With Pre-installed Hungama Music

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Hungama, one of India’s digital entertainment firms has partnered with HTC to offer an exclusive, entertainment experience for HTC users. Hungama’s music and video platforms – Hungama Music and Hungama Play will be available as pre-embedded services on HTC’s range of current and upcoming smartphones along with an exclusive free trial of the apps.

Offering a range of latest and trending songs along with curated playlists and a live radio experience, the Hungama Music library consists of over 10mn songs and music videos while Hungama Play offers over 8000 blockbuster Bollywood, Hollywood and Regional movies such as King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Kong: Skull Island, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fury and more, along with a vast catalogue of TV and kids series like Coupling, Citizen Khan, Shaun The Sheep etc, as well as a host of short films, documentaries, music videos and live events.

Elaborating on the partnership, Faisal Siddiqui, President- South Asia, HTC said, “We are excited to partner with Hungama and provide our customers with a daily dose of entertainment that can be delivered and enjoyed seamlessly on our devices.

The pre-installed services also come loaded with features such as offline download that allows users to download content (video and audio) over their WiFi network or any other preferred network and consume the same when they are offline. In addition to this, users can select their songs basis their moods like happy, chilled out, party etc. through the mood based discovery feature available exclusively on Hungama Music and can also can enjoy the unique Gamification feature that rewards users with coins for every interaction which can be redeem for free music, music video downloads, movie tickets, discount vouchers, merchandise & more.

Speaking about the association, Neeraj Roy, MD & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment said, “With the advent of faster and cheaper data, the personal handset is progressively becoming the primary destination to consume entertainment. We are glad to partner with HTC and enable an entertainment ecosystem on their devices at a single click. Hungama offers HTC users a one-stop destination for all entertainment ranging from music, movies, TV series, music videos to live events and more.”

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Uber Integrates UPI, BHIM For Digital Payment Of Cab Rides

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App based cab service provider Uber on Wednesday integrated its mobile app with Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and BHIM payments system to offer its customers or riders  more options for a digital payment for their cab rides.

The company partnered with Axis Bank and HDFC Bank for integration with UPI and BHIM respectively.

The service was launched by Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of executives from the respective partners including both the banks and NPCI.

“India’s digital economy will become a $1trillion economy in the next five years. India’s digital payments economy alone will be bigger than $500 billion. Integration of Uber app with UPI-BHIM will boost the digital economy of India,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The launch witnessed the participation of over 100 delegates including Ms Shikha Sharma, Managing Director & CEO, Axis Bank, Mr. Parag Rao, Country Head – Card Payment Products, Merchant Acquiring Services & Marketing, HDFC Bank, Ms. Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Head of Public Policy for Uber India & South Asia and Mr. Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, Uber India & Emerging Markets.

After demonetisation, businesses in India have witnessed a significant uptick in adoption of digital payment methods over cash transactions and Uber believes that fintech innovations such as UPI are the future of payments in India.

“Uber, like several other tech companies in India and around the world, depends on consumers being able to frequently make low value payments with minimal friction. UPI integration will bring millions of riders and driver partners into the digital payments ecosystem, offering them another secure and seamless payment interface and bolster the nation’s digital payment revolution,” said David Richter, SVP-Global Business, Uber.

As a technology driven company, Uber is encouraged by the recent moves of the government towards mainstreaming digital payments. Hailing the impact that new-age fintech solutions such as UPI can make, as a first step, Uber offered its riders the option to use their existing UPI IDs to pay for their rides in July 2017.

Uber India believes through the steadfast adoption of BHIM over the next few weeks among its 285,000+ weekly active drivers, the move will additionally enable over 450,000 registered drivers on the Uber platform to experience the power of UPI.

The company said it is committed to creating opportunities that foster an ecosystem of skill development and entrepreneurship.

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Google Maps Offers Real Time Bus Info In Kolkata

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Google Maps starting today will be able to provide real-time bus information to Kolkata bus commuters. The search engine major has teamed up with the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC), to add real-time information about bus arrival times for Kolkata on Google Maps, making it easier for people to plan their trips.

This service is currently enabled for key WBTC transit routes, and is scheduled to be expanded to the remaining routes in the future. This is the first launch of real-time transit information for Google Maps in India.

So the next time you’re planning a trip between, say, Park Street and Bhowanipore, you can simply type the two locations into Google Maps to get information about which bus to catch and – more importantly – you’ll see when the next bus is actually arriving at your stop. You’ll also get an estimation of how long your trip is going to take, and if your bus is delayed Google Transit will automatically update the times in line with the new conditions. Arrival times based on real-time information available are marked in green on Google Maps.

“By sharing the real-time transit information of our buses with Google Maps, we are striving to deliver an enhanced level of service for our commuters. We are confident that the practical use of this technology will facilitate better trip planning resulting in greater convenience to commuters. We expect this to help increase the footfall in our buses and improve revenue realisation,” said Narayan Swaroop Nigam, IAS, Managing Director, WBTC.

“This is yet another attempt to bring smart public transport to Kolkata and to improve the performance of WBTC. We are committed to improve public transport.” said Sri Subhendu Adhikari, Minister In Charge Transport Department, Government of West Bengal.

Google Transit is a feature of Google Maps designed to help you plan your public transport trips quickly and easily. Just search for where you want to go and Google Maps will show you how to get there using public transport from your current location. Google Transit is available on Google Maps for Android and iOS as well as the Web. If you’re using the latest version of Google Maps, you can also compare public transport options to work out when you need to leave to arrive at your destination on time.

Google Maps globally provides over 1 billion km worth of transit results every day and has schedules for more than 3 million public transit stops worldwide. Google Transit is now available for hundreds of cities across dozens of countries, with new partners joining all the time. Google continues to work with public transport services in other cities to enable real-time transit information for their services, and will announce these as and when they become available.

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TeleAnalysis Guide : Top 5 Security Apps For Android Phones

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A smartphone, of late, has transformed itself to be a ubiquitous device that took up the jobs of many – from a computer to a camera, to a diary to a travel planner, from a navigator to a bank. It performs so many tasks and contains so much information that keeping it safe is of utmost importance. You keep all your contacts, photos, financial information, diary and so much of other personal information that, if stolen, can cause you immense harm. And since its a connected device the theft can happen digitally as well as physically. So, you need something that can keep your phone protected, and that can be done by using security apps.

You can choose to use a security app or multiple security apps for your phone to keep it protected from unwanted use and unexpected turn of events.

While you place security for your other valuables, not doing so for your smartphone, would raise questions on your wisdom. And, solutions are not scarce in the market to put a security layer – through the security apps, on your phones. But how do you choose what is best for you?

Here, we are bringing you top 5 security apps for your android phone. So while choosing best security app for your phone, it is important to check what services are being offered by these security apps. You should make sure the apps offer you not just protection from malware and virus but also offer anti-theft, app lock, and remote wipe features specially if your phone doesn’t come inbuilt with these features.

Fortunately, we have many such apps that are also free. We have used AVtest report which is an independent IT security Institute from Germany to get the necessary data.

Top 5 Security Apps

CM Security
CM Security is one of the most popular apps and scores 100% in both malware detection and detection of malware discovered in last 4 weeks tests. It also showed 0 false warnings while installing apps. Apart from that the app does not even hinder phones performance. The app is feature rich and offers a new feature called selfie of Intruder which basically fires up the front camera to click image of any one who enters wrong password twice.

Another new feature is ‘Privacy Advisor’, which tells you what privileges other apps are using, helping you to discover potential security vulnerabilities more quickly. The app also provides Anti Theft, Remote lock and wipe, app locker which locks individual apps with password, and wifi security.

Avast Antivirus & Security
As a genuinely free app for the Android platform, Avast Antivirus & Security offers wide range of tools. It has antivirus protection, it scans your apps to provide details on what they are doing, and it has a web shield that scans URLs for malware.

Other feature includes call blocker for blacklisting problem numbers, an app locker, and Wi-Fi scanning. However app locker works for only two apps unless you buy pro-version, which also removes ads.

Avast is a solid option with a detection rate of the latest Android malware in real time of 99.9%, rising to 100% for malware discovered in the last four weeks. It has a light footprint with no discernible drain on battery life and no impact on general performance. It also returned no false positives.

V3 Mobile Security
AhnLab V3 Mobile Security is a powerful malware-detection tool that doesn’t impact phone performance or drains battery. AVTest gives AhnLab V3 Mobile Security top scores in malware detection, usability, and demands on system resources.

The app also gives you access to apps tools through Android’s notification drawer. The main app window also offers one-tap access to security tools. Even with free version you can scan your device for malware, remotely control a misplaced device, block calls, and check privacy settings. However app lock is a function that is available only in paid version.
Another drawback is that the app does not automatically scan apps in real time before they’re installed, you need to navigate through settings and turn on Monitor Installation.

Sophos Free Antivirus and Security
Sophos Free Antivirus and Security has been amongst top performers for months, and has consistently achieved 100 percent detection rate for Android malware according to AV-Test. It returned no false positives. It offers robust scanning covering installation, existing apps, and storage media.

You also get package of extras including loss and theft protection, with support for wipe, lock, alarm, locate, and more via SMS. There’s also web filtering, password protection for apps, spam blocking, privacy and security advice, and a few other tools.

The app does not have a very neat loot but it does perform well, with minimal impact on your phone in terms of processing, networking, and battery life. The free version gets fully accessible features and without any advertising.

McAfee Mobile Security
McAfee’s Mobile Security for Android an array of protection for your Android device. It guards against viruses and malware and lets you remotely track, locate, and even wipe a lost device. McAfee’s security tool not just scans a new app for malicious software when you download it, and scans it again when you launch the new app. McAfee handles the initial scan on the device and then checks in with McAfee’s servers if it discovers suspicious activity.

McAfee comes with True Key, a password manager, which handles unlimited passwords, lets you import passwords from other managers, and lets you reset your master password if you forget it. Apart from that it offers SiteAdvisor, for unsafe sites, antiphishing tools, App locker, anti-Theft and and also watches for risky Wi-Fi networks.

The app also ranks very high on AV-Test. However, the insists on adopting on using its mobile security measures over any other, such as setting a screen lock. If you want to use Android’s stock screen lock for whatever reason, you may be frustrated in setting up the app. McAfee Internet Security can also present confusing messages in dialogs, making it unclear what you are or are not agreeing to.

Do try these security apps for your Android phone, and do let us know your feedback.

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Music Apps : 5 Interesting Usage Statistics

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With the increasing amount of Internet usage and affordable devices, the number of people listening to music via apps has gone up and continue to rise.  If you are a music lover, it doesn’t matter whether you listen to it via the music download apps or music streaming apps. And there are numbers of music apps too to match your choice. Here are five interesting music app usage statistics that you will definitely enjoy reading about.

1. 73.8 million urban Internet users stream music on mobile phones

As per a recent report, around 97.4 million or 63% urban Internet users listen to music online. Of these, around 73 million or 75% people stream music on their mobile phones via a data connection. This is attributed to the increasing popularity of live music streaming.

2. Music apps saw an increase in usage by 188%

In one of their studies, Yahoo’s Flurry Analytics collected data from around 58,000 mobile applications across 147 million devices in the country. As per its analysis, the following three are the categories in which app growth was the highest:
1. Music, media, and entertainment apps
2. Business and finance apps
3. Utilities and productivity apps

Music, media, and entertainment apps grew at a year-on-year pace of 188%; business and finance apps had a year-on-year increase of 176% while utilities and productivity apps had a year-on-year increase of 99%. This increase was mainly attributed to the increase in phablet usage, which, at present, has a 61% market share in the country.

3. Heavy apps with music streaming have increased due to affordable data costs in 2017

As per the Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 report, the amount of music streaming has increased in India in the past one year. As per the report, Gaana, a music streaming app, saw a growth that was thrice as much as what it usually observed during the period from June 2016 to March 2017. This was due to affordable data costs as well as the free 4G Internet provided by Reliance Jio, a telecom operator who made an entry in the Indian telecom market during this time.

4. Music apps usage is increasing by over 26.2%

As per the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Global Music Report 2017, music streaming is helping drive growth in developing music markets like India with an over 26.2% revenue growth. This revenue growth has been fueled by record companies who have invested not only in artists but also in the systems that support digital platforms. This has made way for the licensing of over 40 million tracks across hundreds of services. It is also expected that the contribution through digital channels is expected to grow by 16% to reach Rs 25.4 billion by 2021.

5. Bollywood is the most popular genre

Of all kind of music, as per a recent finding, Bollywood has remained the most popular genre in the country. The study also states that due to digitalization, regional niches are growing and forming a new trend. With subscription-based monetization still remaining a challenge, most players are looking to generate revenue via merchandizing, live events, and brand partnerships.

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mAadhaar App For Android Launched, All You Need To Know

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched mAadhaar app for Android platform. This app allows Android smartphone users to carry their information on their smartphone. To use the mAadhaar app users need to registration with UIDAI, which is a one time process and can be done by visiting a Aadhaar Kendra(center). It is a one time process and also allows users to change address online, or update any other information, for which supporting document will need to be uploaded).

Once the app is installed and registration complete user does not to carry physical card and the app itself shows data such has name, date of birth, gender, address and the photograph on the device.

The mAadhaar app, is currently available only for Android users and iOS version is expected to launch soon. One of the most important feature of the app is that it allows users to lock or unlock biometrics data. “Once resident enables Biometric Locking system their biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar Holder chose to either Unlock it (which is temporary) or Disable the Locking system.” Interestingly, the mAadhaar app also comes with “Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP)” feature that can be used instead of SMS-based OTP.

With the mAadhaar app, users will be able to get the updated view of the profile upon completion of the update request and they will even be able to share QR code and password protected eKYC data to retrieve accurate demographic information from it instead of manual entry.

However, the app is currently in beta or testing stage, and some of the features will be made available post future updates. Recently government has made it mandatory to for anyone who has a PAN card to provide their Aadhaar number to the principal director general of income tax (systems) or DGIT (systems).

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LazyPay Offers Ridlr Users’Buy Now Pay Later’ Service

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LazyPay, PayU India’s deferral payment offering has announced its partnership with ‘Ridlr’, a mass transit app in India, to enable ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ facility for its users. Using this service Ridlr users can purchase BEST bus tickets and recharge passes on BEST as well as Mumbai Metro, in a single step without having to make a payment at the time of transaction.

The customers are allowed to make the payment for all their tickets at one go, within 15 days from the date of transaction. This makes it easy for the consumers to pay as the transaction amounts are very low and therefore time consuming to pay each time.

The transaction process through LazyPay is as simple as tap and go and provides convenience and seamless purchase experience to travelers while standing in a crowded bus.

Jitendra Gupta, MD, PayU India said, “We are truly excited to partner with Ridlr. LazyPay will act as boon to BEST bus travellers in Mumbai who have to buy tickets daily almost twice a day and follow cumbersome payment process. Our goal has always been to drive frictionless purchase experience. LazyPay will target over 1 million users through this key partnership with Ridlr.”

Talking about the partnership, Brijraj Vaghani, CEO, Ridlr said, “Normally our users are booking tickets on the go, either on the bus or at bus stops and the primary mode of payments has been wallets. However, with LazyPay, the bottleneck of adding money is eliminated making the process very smooth for our users. We are excited to further deepen our partnership with PayU who have been our online payments partner from the first day we launched ticketing”.

Ridlr and LazyPay will further extend this facility to buy tickets for other mass transit systems as well.

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Try GST App ‘GST Rates Finder’ To Clear Your Tax Doubts

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There has been a lot of confusion among the consumers since the roll out of GST or Goods and Services Tax on 1 July. Though the government is doing everything possible to make consumers aware about the various rate slabs applicable on different good and services, there’s still some chaos left in the consumers’ mind. To solve that, the government has launched a mobile GST app named ‘GST Rates Finder’ and consumers can use this app to search for information on the prevailing tax rates.

The GST app, at present, is available on android but the concerned department, Central Board of Excise and Customs or CBEC yesterday said an iOS app is being developed and will soon be launched.

Where To Find The GST App

To install “GST Rate Finder”, user of Android mobile has to first open Google Play Store and in the search option has to type GST Rate Finder. There may be many more apps available with similar names. The user has to download the app with CBEC Logo i.e.

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Once downloaded and installed the icon will appear on the screen of the mobile. Now this mobile app is ready to operate. Another good news is this app also works in off-line mode means if you do not have internet, you still can use it.

How To Use The App

After clicking the icon with the above logo for the mobile app, home screen will appear. On this screen the most important feature is Quick Search. The user can search for any goods and services by typing the name or chapter heading of the commodity or services.

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There are two ways to do the search. One, by typing the name of the good or service. Say, you typed ‘hotel’ and did the search, the app will show you the list that contains the word ‘hotel’. From the list you can check if you intended to look for ‘hotel stay’ or ‘eating in a hotel’. Also, you can expand your search criteria to narrow down the list.

The second option is to search by using HSN. What is ‘HSN’? HSN or harmonized system of nomenclature is an international standard of naming a product or service and this HSN has multiple usages besides related to the tax rates in case of GST.

If you know the HSN number then you can search for that number in the Quick Search box and you will find the details.

Once you found the item you searched, you will be shown a pop up containing the good or service item details. If still the user is not satisfied then a link of CBEC website is available on the home screen. This link will open the GST page of the CBEC website. The details are available on this website.

Not Very User-friendly

Though the GST Rates Finder is a much needed initiative and the app tries to offer as much information as possible, the app is not very user friendly. The search is not ‘search friendly’ means one needs to search in the exact way or by the exact words the item has been described by the CBEC. You will end of finding nothing if you used a commonly used word but not listed in the CBEC list. For example, if you search for wood table, you will find nothing. You need to search ‘furniture’ to and at a list having wood table featured in that.

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Now you can use Santali language in smartphones

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Keypoint Technologies, Developer of Xploree mobile keyboard, has announced the inclusion of Santali language on its AI-powered mobile keyboard app. Xploree currently supports 27 Indic languages and 113 are global languages.

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This step was taken keeping in mind Indian Government’s mandate to add local language support in mobile devices from July 1st, 2017 onwards. This crucial step will connect billions of non-English speaking people giving them the freedom to use the language of their choice on mobile devices.

“This mandate has forced the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to revisit their strategy and comply with the new rules. We have been getting a lot of requests for language support from major OEM players. Most of them are in the pipeline and will be released in the coming days. Initially, the deadline for this was July 2017 which has now been extended till October because OEMs are still struggling to accommodate Indic languages on mobile devices,” said Prima Dona- COO, KeyPoint Technologies.

 

Indian constitution has recognized Santali as one of the 22 official languages and most of the Santali speaking population are from Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and West Bengal. Despite government’s mandate that came last year for regional language support in smartphones; there exists no mainstream keyboard that supports all minority languages. The need for a mobile keyboard that supports Santali became even more apparent after the government launched Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)’ to impart IT training for digital literacy.

Keypoint Technologies claimed that Xploree is currently on 10 million devices and has over 18 phone manufacturers as partners. Apart from all the 22 constitutional languages, Xploree also supports Rajasthani, Mewari, Bhojpuri, Marwari, and Sinhala along with the latest addition of Santali.

Xploree keyboard offers next word prediction, and user intent based contextual and relevant recommendations on the fly.

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