Facebook launches app that will pay Android users in India, US to monitor phone usage

After facing flak for using unethical and discreet ways of collecting user-information, Facebook has decided to pay Android users in India and the US just to monitor how they use their phones.

To fulfil this purpose, the social networking giant has launched a new app called Study which is available for download on Google’s Playstore for Android users aged 18 and above.

The app would not only monitor installed apps on a person’s phone but also observe the amount of time spent on those apps along with details like the users’ location and additional app data which could reveal other specific features being used, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“When analysing data from this app, we reference other information Facebook has about you, such as your age, gender and you use Facebook Company Products. This allows us to learn more about how participants use different services,” the Study app description on Google Playstore reads.

The company says it would not see any specific content, including messages, passwords, and websites the users visit, the report said.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the social media giant was secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” Virtual Private Network (VPN) that was letting the company access user’s data.

It was also highlighted that, since 2016, Facebook was paying users aged 13 to 35 up to $20 per month, plus referral fees, to sell their privacy by installing the iOS or Android “Facebook Research” app.

Moreover, media reports also claimed that Facebook even asked users to screenshot their Amazon order history pages.

However, the launch of Study shows that Facebook clearly feels that it still needs this data on how people are using their phones, and that the company has learnt a thing or two from the last controversy, the report added.

The company has so far not disclosed the amount of money it is planning to offer the participants, who are required to have a PayPal account for receiving payments.

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Good to have ties with China, Russia, Japan and India: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Monday said it’s good to have relationship with countries like Russia, China, Japan and India as he expressed hope to reach a trade deal with Beijing.

Trump, addressing reporters at the White House before leaving for Louisiana for a farmers event, said the US is doing very well with China, which is having a hard time with its economy because of the tariffs he has imposed on the import of their items.

“I have a great relationship with President Xi Jinping because it’s good to have relationships with Russia, China, Japan and India and I have relationships with almost everybody. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said.

“I think that we are going to be able to do a deal with China. We are, I can tell you, we are getting things that, before I became president, you would’ve had no chance at getting. They would have laughed at your president’s face,” he said.

The US and China have been locked in an escalating trade spat since early 2018, raising import tariffs on more than US $300 billion of each other’s goods US officials were in Beijing last week for talks to resolve the trade dispute. Trump and Chinese leader Xi agreed on December 1 to a three-month truce in the escalating spat.

The next round of negotiations would be held in Washington between January 30 and 31 Both sides have set March 1 as the deadline to defuse trade tensions.

“We’re doing very well with our economy. We are at records. Our unemployment numbers just hit a record, another record. We’re doing extremely well as a country. We’re doing better than any country right now anywhere in the world. China wants to negotiate,” Trump said.

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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: A Passage Through India

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“I’ve been scarcely here for 48 hours,” said NYC-based author Aatish Taseer, whose books, from his first ‘Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands’ (2009) to his latest ‘The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges’ (2019), have made him the toast of literary circles and ordinary readers alike. We have known the son of journalist Tavleen Singh and the late Pakistani politician Salman Taseer ever since he was a child (in fact our connection with him precedes his birth, as his father’s family was a dear friend of our own parents during their Lahore days), and have taken much joy in seeing him flower in his chosen vocation and in his life in New York, where he lives with his husband Ryan Davis.

Taseer began his writing career as a journalist working for Time magazine and still contributes to various media outlets; unsurprisingly, given the rich background he comes from, much of his writing is autobiographical and about the subcontinent and its people. This, unfortunately has not always made him popular and apparently there is a whole segment of Lutyen’s Delhi (particularly an erstwhile Maharani-politician friend of his mother’s) who will not speak to him on account of his lampooning them mercilessly (and quite accurately) in one or the other of the five books he has produced until now.

However, on this visit, Taseer appears to have been met with only warmth and hospitality. “I flew straight from New York to Bhubaneswar where I saw dear Uncle Pappu for a lunch of smoked hilsa,” he said to us yesterday, referring to the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, a common friend. “Then I attended the Bhubaneswar Literary Festival (believe it or not!) and arrived in Delhi late last night and have had the most wonderful relaxing day of clear blue winter skies,” he said, adding, “It’s such a joy to be in Delhi.” Taseer’s India Darshan has to do with his latest book. “I have a reading of it on Friday and then another one on Saturday. It’s extraordinary to see the passion for (book) clubs like these in Gurugram — nice to see the cynical old city I used to know, supplanted by something younger and more energetic,” he said. After the Capital, Taseer flies to Chennai on Sunday, and then to Kolkata on Monday, before he returns to what he describes as ‘arctic New York’. Looks like there’s no chance of running in to the fuming Maharani this time.

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On New Year Day, India, Pakistan Trade Fire On LoC In Poonch District

On New Year Day, India, Pakistan Trade Fire On LoC In Poonch District

In 2018, there have been more than 1,400 ceasefire violations on the LoC and International Border. (File)

 

Jammu: The Indian and Pakistan armies traded fire on the Line of Control (LoC) today in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.

Defence sources said Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions in the morning.

“Pakistani firing began early this morning in Khari Karmara area of the LoC. Indian positions retaliated strongly. No casualty or damage was reported on our side,” a source said.

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Huawei Y9 (2019) India Launch Teased by Amazon, Registrations Begin

Huawei Y9 (2019) India Launch Teased by Amazon, Registrations Begin

Huawei Y9 (2019) was announced in October this year, but didn’t announce the pricing and availability back then. Two months later, the smartphone has been teased on Amazon India, confirming its arrival in the market soon. The e-commerce giant is taking registrations of interest, and has made the ‘Notify Me’ button live. The key highlights of the Huawei Y9 (2019) smartphone include 6.5-inch display with a notch, dual rear and front cameras, Kirin 710 SoC, 4,000mAh battery, GPU Turbo, and Fingerprint 4.0 identification technology.

Huawei Y9 (2019) price, availability, design

Huawei Y9 (2019) price in India is not yet known, but the smartphone will fall in the budget category, given its specifications. Availability has also not been announced as of yet, but registrations for those who want notifications about the smartphone have started on Amazon India.

The smartphone is seen sporting a display notch up front to house two front camera sensors, and there’s little to no bezel on all the other sides. The back houses the dual camera setup again aligned vertically, a rear fingerprint scanner, and is seen sporting gradient finished rear panel.

Huawei Y9 (2019) specifications

The dual-SIM Huawei Y9 (2019) runs on EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.5-inch (1080×2340 pixels) FullView Display with a 3D curved design, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Kirin 710 processor and comes with AI Power 7.0. it comes in 3GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage models. There’s no clarity on which variant will come to India.

In terms of optics, the smartphone features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The rear setup supports LED flash, HDR, and PDAF. It also sports a dual camera setup at the front, with 16-megapixel main sensor with f/1.0 aperture and another 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Both the camera setups are claimed to come with some AI-based features.

The Huawei Y9 (2019) comes with Fingerprint 4.0 identification technology that is claimed to unlock the smartphone in 0.3 seconds. The upgraded fingerprint technology also includes fingerprint navigation that enables users to manage all the notifications with one key. It packs a 4,000mAh battery, and connectivity options include Bluetooth, Micro USB, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hot Spot, and GPS / AGPS / Glonass. Sensors on board include fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, and gyroscope.

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India To Have Highest Number Of Births On New Year’s Day

India To Have Highest Number Of Births On New Year's Day

Globally, around 18 per cent of total baby births are estimated to take place in India only.

New Delhi: 

Prediction of the United Nations about India to be the world’s most populous country in the 21st century may soon turn into a reality as the nation is likely to produce as many as 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day. Globally, around 18 per cent of total baby births are estimated to take place in India only.

As per the latest data compiled by the United Nations, over 69,944 children will be born in India on New Year’s Day followed by China and Nigeria with 44,940 babies and 25,685 babies respectively.

“This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfil every right of every girl and boy, starting with the right to survive,” said Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF India Representative.

She also stressed upon the need to invest in training and equipping local health workers so that every newborn is born into a safe pair of hands.

Moreover, India’s neighbour Pakistan (15,112 babies) has been placed fourth in the list followed by Indonesia (13,256 babies), The United States of America (1,086  babies), The Democratic Republic of Congo (10,053 babies) and Bangladesh (8,428  babies).

Home to approx 1.3 billion people, India at present is the second most populous country in the world, after China. According to UN estimates, India’s population will slip past China by 2024.

As per the researchers at Yale University, a relatively young age structure also contributes to India’s population growth.

“The median age in India is 27 years, compared to 38 years for China. Children under age 18 account for one-third of India’s population as compared with one-fifth of China’s,” the University stated in its report titled “India’s Population: Becoming Number One”.

The report further highlighted that New Delhi has achieved notable progress in reducing mortality rates.

“Life expectancy at birth increased from 44 years in the mid-1960s to 68 years today. India’s child mortality rate at 38 per 1,000 births still lags behind China’s rate of 11,” the Yale University report read.

 

Early marriage and pregnancy still contribute to excessive maternal deaths, and life expectancy of Indian women is eight years less than their counterparts in China,” the report added.

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Moto G6 Plus Android 9 Pie Update Set to Roll Out in India, Will Bring December Security Patch

Moto G6 Plus Android 9 Pie Update Set to Roll Out in India, Will Bring December Security Patch

If the official Android 9 Pie changelog shared by Motorola on its official India website is any indication, the Moto G6 Plus ₹ 16,121 is all set to receive the Android Pie in the country. The new software update will bring all the core Android Pie features as well as the December 2018 Android security patch. It is also expected to include the navigation-based navigation system, which debuted on the Google Pixel models initially. The core features of the Android Pie update includes Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness to enhance the user experience. The Moto G6 ₹ 9,699 Plus was originally launched in India with Android 8.0 Oreo. Aside from the Moto G6 Plus, Motorola recently released the Android Pie update to the Moto X4 ₹ 10,599 and Motorola One Power.

The official Motorola changelog shows that the latest update for the Moto G6 Plus brings all the core features of Android Pie. This means we can expect to see Adaptive Battery, Adaptive Brightness, and a refined Doze mode. The update will also bring a redesigned Settings app with colourful icons. Furthermore, the gesture-based navigation system is expected. The changelog was first spotted by users on Reddit.

Additionally, the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus will come with the December 2018 Android security patch.

Motorola on the support page mentions that the users are recommended to install the latest Android update when the battery is at least 50 percent charged, and the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. The update is likely to shortly begin rolling out in batches and will be notified through a push notification.

However, you can manually check the availability of the Android Pie update on your Moto G6 Plus by going to Settings > System > System updates.

To recall, the Moto G6 Plus was launched in India back in September with Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone debuted globally in April – alongside the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play.

As we mentioned, the news of the Android Pie update for the Moto G6 Plus comes days after the Motorola One Power received the same update in India. The handset also recently got the December 2018 security patch. The Lenovo-owned company has also reportedly pushed the fresh Android experience to the Moto X4 in select regions.

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