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'New smart wearable technology to overcome jet lag developed'

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Researchers have developed a way to counter jet lag by delivering personalized advice using smart wearable technology, an advance that may help people who travel frequently across time zones get better quality sleep.Jump To [hide]
The researchers, including those from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US, said alterations in the body's internal clock -- called the circadian rhythm -- cause people to experience jet lags. They added that this internal clock helps regulate many of our physiological processes, including sleep, metabolism, hormone secretion, and even how our brain functions.
In the study, published on Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers demonstrated a series of algorithms that can analyze biometric information recorded by a smart device, and then recommend the best combination of sleep and light to help a person readjust their circadian rhythm. "Using these algorithms and a mathematical model of a person's circadian rhythm, we have the ability…

How to organise remote binge-watching sessions with your friends on the web

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Just because you have to maintain social distance, it doesn’t mean you can’t have movie dates with friends. There are quite a few web resources that will let you watch TV shows and films with your pals, and will even allow you to host YouTube marathons.Jump To [hide]
Watch2gether (www.watch2gether.com)
This resource makes it easy for friends and family to watch videos together regardless of where they are in the world. Simply create a room for free and share its link via messenger or email. Recipients can then click on the address and enjoy the same content as you, with you.
To stream videos, you have to first select the source—YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, Deezer, Instagram, Twitter, DailyMotion, Facebook (among others)—from the dropdown above the screen, and search for what you want to view. Then, choose from the results displayed below.
Alternatively, you can paste a direct link to what you want to watch. You and the other participants in the room can also add to its playlist by clicking on …

Android TV is expected to get Voice Match feature

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Google might bring the Assistant Voice Match feature to Android TV operating system along with the other smart speakers and smart displays. The tech giant has recently rolled out the Voice Match feature for Android smartphones and is reportedly working on the TV version for this feature. Jump To [hide] According to a report by 9to5Google, the APK teardown of Google Assistant contains a code that indicates the Voice Match feature for Android TV.
Although, the report does not disclose any details on how it will be implemented on a TV, or what features it will come with. But, having an option to launch the correct Netflix profile just by Voice Match sounds like a cool feature to have. Also, Google is rumoured to be working on its Android TV dongle which can benefit a lot with the tighter Google Assistant integration and Voice Match feature.
For those unaware, Google has recently added the Voice Match feature for Android smartphones. The feature allows users to teach Google Assistant to reco…

Google is expected to update Docs, Sheets and Slides with dark mode soon

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Most Google apps by now have already received the dark mode update. However, there are still some apps that are still pending to receive the dark mode and Google’s word processing apps are among few of them. According to a report by 9to5Google, Google is soon expected to update Docs, Sheets and Slide apps with dark themes.Jump To [hide] 9to5Google decompiled that latest version of these apps that has been recently updated on PlayStore and found some inactive codes related to dark mode for these apps. That suggests Google is planning to add dark mode to these apps. The report also suggests that the code lines of these apps contains a prompt announcing the new features, that further confirms the upcoming dark mode.
9to5Google has also posted some screenshot posted by the AndroidPolice reader that somehow managed to turn on dark mode theme on these apps. However, it is still unclear when Google is planning to update these apps, but, going by all these code lines, we can expect things to ha…

Microsoft announces Defender ATP for Android

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System vulnerabilities, malicious software software , malware, viruses are not new for Microsoft and to overcome such issues, Microsoft announced its ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) also known as Microsoft Defender. Now, the company is bringing its security software to Android. Jump To [hide]
Microsoft has announced the first public preview of its Defender ATP for Android to add an additional security layer against phishing and unsafe network connections from apps, websites, and malicious apps. In addition to that, the Defender ATP will also be able to limit access to corporate data from devices. The Defender ATP app will enable enterprises to add additional data protection to users data on Android devices. Also, most of the events and alerts will be available in the Microsoft Defender Security Center for centralised view of all the threats on Android devices.
The company revealed about this new information in a blog and said, “the threats in the mobile space are unique, and as more and…

Apple Watch cellular service arrives for Vodafone Idea customers

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Telecom services provider Vodafone Idea will begin offering cellular service for Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) starting from June 12, 2020, i.e. today. Customers will now have the freedom to leave their phone behind and stay connected with just their Apple Watch.  Vodafone customers can now use One Mobile Number Service for their Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) and iPhone.
This service has currently been made available for Vodafone postpaid customers, including Enterprise Postpaid, in select circles (Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat) from today. Services will continue to be expanded to additional circles in the coming weeks. Whether users are out for a run, at the pool or just trying to be more active throughout their day, Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) with Vodafone Idea will allow them to stay connected, make calls and stream Apple Music, even without an iPhone nearby.
Speaking about the development, Avneesh Khosla, Director – Marketing, Vodafone Idea Ltd, said, “Consumers today are increasingly moving…

Mike Pompeo ramps up global pressure on Huawei, calls Reliance Jio 'clean' for spurning it

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While ramping up the international campaign against Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared Reliance Jio a "clean" network for not using Huawei's equipment, keeping it safe from Beijing's intelligence intrusions.
Listing Jio among the "world's leading" telecom operators, Pompeo told reporters that it was one of the "Clean Telcos" for spurning Huawei, which he called a part of the "Chinese Communist Party (CCP) infrastructure". The tide is turning toward trusted 5G vendors and away from Huawei. The world’s leading telecom companies—Telefonica, Orange, Jio, Telstra, and many more—are becoming “Clean Telcos.” They are rejecting doing business with tools of the CCP surveillance state, like Huawei.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 24, 2020
Stopping Huawei's incursions into next-generation 5G networks has become a priority for President Donald Trump and he has personally appealed t…

TRAI calls Paytm plea 'misconceived'

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The telecom regulator TRAI has termed as "misconceived" the plea moved in the Delhi High Court by online payment platform Paytm alleging that telecom operators are not blocking "phishing" activities over various mobile networks. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made the submission in an affidavit filed in the high court in response to the petition by One97 Communications Ltd, which runs Paytm. The matter was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan which said the affidavit was not on record. The court also adjourned the matter to July 14 to go through the various replies filed by the Centre, telecom companies like Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, and TRAI on the issue of phishing alleged by the Paytm.
Phishing is a cyber crime where people are contacted by e-mail, phone calls or text messages by someone posing as a legitimate representative of a organisation to lure them to part with their sensitive data, including…

Know how much time you spend watching YouTube daily

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YouTube can be quite addictive, especially when you are forced to stay indoors. You start watching one interesting short video and then get redirected to several others. And before you could realise, you end up spending a couple of hours on YouTube. This may put some in guilt, thinking they could have spent those YouTube hours to get some household work done or some other work. To help you know how much time you spend on a daily basis, YouTube offers a digital wellbeing feature on both Android and iOS apps. Here’s how to check your YouTube usage time: -Open the YouTube app on your iPhone or Android phone -Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner. The location is same in both Android and iOS apps -Tap on Time watched

The ‘Time Watched’ feature gives you an exact dashboard view of how much time you have spent on YouTube by quoting daily average time and weekly statistics. This time is calculated across all the devices that are linked to your YouTube account and it doesn’t include the ti…

Twitter set to bring Voice Tweets on iPhone

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Social media platform Twitter is set to change the way how people tweet. In a blog post, Twitter announced that it is introducing voice-based tweets. “Starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice,” said the company in a blog post.
Twitter said that over the years users have had the option of expressing or “add your own flair and personality to your conversations” with videos, photos, gifs and extra characters.  “But sometimes 280 characters aren’t enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation,” noted the blog post. Tweeting with your voice is not too different from tweeting with text, said Twitter. To use this feature, users will have to open the Tweet composer and tap the new icon with wavelengths. 
You’ll see your profile photo with the record button at the bottom – tap this to record your voice. Each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio and once you reach the time limit, a new voi…

Instagram will let makers sell their items in the application

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Instagram is set to introduce a new feature that will allow creators to sell products within the app. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app revealed this in an official blog post. 
“ Today, we're announcing new commerce eligibility requirements that expand access to Instagram Shopping to more types of businesses, including creators that want to connect with shoppers and sell their merchandise on Instagram,” said the company in a blog post. The new feature will help small businesses to make a foray into e-commerce. Instagram said that “Whether you are a candle business making a foray into e-commerce, a musician selling merch or a food blogger expanding into your own cookware line, any eligible business or creator account with at least one eligible product can use shopping tags to drive people to their website to make a purchase.”
For now, US businesses that are part of checkout beta on Instagram can drive people to purchase directly in-app.
Countries where Instagram Shopping is supporte…

Google includes Business Messages in Maps and Search

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Internet search giant Google has expanded the functionality of messaging a business in Google Maps and Search.
“Today we’re expanding Business Messages in Maps and Search to support all kinds of businesses, and giving them the ability to integrate Business Messages directly with their customer service platforms,” said Google in a blog post. Google has introduced new smart replies, visual product carousels, among other things to make it easier for business to talk to their customers. Google also claims that it will offer a smooth transition from automated replies to a customer service agent, “so that it's not disruptive when the customer messages a business.”
The internet search giant has already partnered with several organisations such as Woolworths, Walmart, etc to try the updated Business Messages functionality. Among this, there is also India’s MyGov.
“MyGov, with partner Amplify.ai, is providing help and answering live questions from Indian citizens about hours, COVID-19 helpline…

Google turns out confirmed calls highlight, this is what it does

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Internet search giant Google has rolled out a new feature called ‘verified calls’ that will inform users about the incoming calls by asking businesses to provide certain information.
According to a report by Android Police, the verified calls feature is different from call screening as the latter can be initiated by the user on any incoming call, however, the former needs to come from “businesses that have gone through Google's approval process. When a call that meets the criteria is placed from an approved business, the user will see the business name and logo, as well as the reason for the call.” On its support page, Google said that verified calls feature is turned on by default. However, if users want to turn it off they can by opting out any time.
The support page also details how Google verifies calls from businesses. Before a business calls a user, it will send Google’s dedicated Verified Calls server its phone number, users’ phone number and the reason for calling such as “sc…

Realme Narzo 10A with 5000mAh battery to go on sale today

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Realme Narzo 10A comes with MediaTek Helio G70 octa-core processor and runs on an Android 10 based operating system. The smartphone will go on another flash sale today at 12 pm. Those interested can buy the handset from Realme.com and Walmart-owned Flipkart.
Realme recently launched a 4GB RAM model of the Realme Narzo 10A. It is priced at Rs 9,999. The base variant offers 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage and can be purchased at Rs 8,999. As part of the sale today, buyers will get 5% cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank credit card. They will also get an extra 5% off with Axis Bank Buzz credit card. No-cost EMI for the device starts at Rs 750 per month. Partner offers include a six-month YouTube Premium free trial with the purchase of the handset. The device comes in two colour options that buyers can choose from -- So White and So Blue.
Realme Narzo 10A: Specifications
Realme Narzo 10A is backed by a 5000mAh battery. The handset offers a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security. It is equ…

Before long, you will have the option to follow how noisy music is on iPhone

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In another bid to protect the hearing of users, Apple is set to introduce a feature in the latest iOS update — iOS 14 — that will tell how loudly they are listening to the music on their AirPods.
According to a report by CultofMac, it will be an optional feature which means that only those who would want to track will be able to if they go above the maximum safe level of 80dB, which is the recommended level as per the World Health Organization (WHO).
The feature will appear in the form of an icon in the Control Center, says the report. Users will have to go to the Settings app and add the Hearing icon to the Control Center. This will lead to a small dial appearing there that will show how loud the song is at that time and users can tap on that to see a larger view of the same. Tapping on that opens a much bigger version of the dial with a mark to warn if the user is crossing the safe limit. As per the report, this feature will work with AirPods, AirPods Pro, and even the wired earbuds tha…