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Can an app help clean up Delhi?

An app named “Swacch Delhi” (Clean Delhi) is available for Android devices and allows users to upload pictures of rubbish in their areas.

BlackBerry Priv wins plaudits, but price tag questioned | Reuters

TORONTOBlackBerry Ltd launched its first Android-based device on Friday, with the future of the company’s hardware business riding on a slick smartphone called Priv that boasts an impressive array of features and a hefty price tag.

The company is betting the Priv’s large curved screen, full array of Android apps from the Google Play store and blend of productivity and security features will help it rebuild its share of the smartphone market, which has slid to under one percent.

With hacking and data theft issues becoming a bigger concern these days, BlackBerry expects keen interest in its pre-loaded DTEK feature that alerts users every time any app attempts to access data, or turn on the phone’s microphone or camera.

“You will be blown away by some of the apps you use and how much data they actually access of yours,” said BlackBerry’s head of devices, Ron Louks.

The smartphone’s “wow” factor, as Louks dubs it, is actually a throwback – a slide out physical keyboard. While the small number of such Android ‘slider’ phones that do exist have had little success in the market, most are dated and clunky, say analysts.

BlackBerry is hoping its sleek design and touch-sensitive keys that allows users to swipe, scroll and set up shortcuts will woo former loyalists back to using the Priv.

Initial reviews of the device were mixed, with many lauding its security offerings, long battery life, camera, dual-keyboard design and other features, but panning the Priv’s high price tag – $699 without a contract in the United States and C$899 without a contract in Canada.

Still, if the Priv does well, analysts note the device could be a game changer for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company.

“If the Priv – with its premium price of about $700 – is a hit, it could drive meaningful growth for the company. Moreover, the smartphone industry tends to be largely perception-driven, and a single hit flagship product can bolster a company’s brand image and create a halo effect around its entire product line,” said research firm Trefis, in a note on Thursday.

Blackberry is pivoting to focus more on software and device management services but has said it will stick with hardware if the segment is profitable.

BlackBerry shares rose 4.7 percent to $7.96 in early trading on Friday on the Nasdaq.

(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Facebook’s Like button set to get more emotive | Reuters

REUTERS – Like it or not, Facebook Inc’s trademark “Like” button is set to get more expressive.

The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of “Reactions”, which will allow users to express a range of emotions including love, happiness, anger and sadness.

“Dislike” is not one of them though.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last month the social network was working on adding a button other than “Like” to express empathy on posts where a “Like” would not be the appropriate response.

Users immediately took to the social media site, speculating that the company was working on a “dislike” button.

In a video accompanying a Facebook post by Chief Product Officer Chris Cox on Thursday, the six new buttons appear as animated emoticons and pop up when the “Like” button is long-pressed. (on.fb.me/1LBnXIG)

The company said it would start the pilot in Ireland and Spain on iOS, Android and desktops.

The feedback from the pilot test will be used to improve the feature and the company hopes “to roll it out to everyone soon,” Cox wrote in the post, which was “liked” by nearly 3,400 users within an hour.

Cox clarified that the button was not a “dislike” button. “As you can see, it’s not a “dislike” button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly.”

Zuckerberg’s comments last month prompted contrasting opinions over the potential “dislike” button.

While some said they would use Facebook more if a dislike button were introduced, others said it would lead to cyberbullying and more negativity on the site.

(Reporting By Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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Bengaluru Police to launch safety app for women and children

Women and children’s safety is a serious issue in India.

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Bengaluru city police have taken the initiative to launch a safety app for women and children. A similar app already exists in Delhi and the Bengaluru cops hope to emulate the model successfully in the city and, at a later point, in Karnataka.How the app worksThe Bengaluru model will be similar to Himmat, an app for iPhone and Android which was launched by the Delhi Police, with numbers for WhatsApp and Hike messengers. Once an SOS is triggered from the app, it will reach the two nearest Hoysala (police) vehicles and the nearest police inspector. The police will then immediately arrive at the victim’s location. The app will come into effect in Bengaluru within a month’s time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bengaluru Police are also in the process of setting up FIR kiosks. One such kiosk has already been set up in Mantri Mall, Malleswaram, and is being used successfully. Ten more are in the process of being set up across the city, DG and IGP Om Prakash said on Tuesday.How the FIR kiosk worksEach kiosk is enabled with high-definition audio and video technology and a touch-screen. Any member of the public can walk into the kiosk and file an FIR which goes directly to the jurisdictional police. The individual can print, sign and scan documents as well. Once the FIR is filed, a digitally-signed FIR is issued as acknowledgement.

Google’s new boss from humble roots

With Google creating its own parent company, Alphabet, there’s a bit of moving about in the Google boardroom.

Why Goddess Kali took over Empire State building in New York City

On August 2, Empire State building showcased a combination of pictures to bring awareness about endangered animals.

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Goddess Kali took over New York’s Empire State Building as part of an artwork exhibition called Projecting Change by filmmaker Louie Psihoyos to raise awarness about the need to conserve endangered animals safe. The Hindu goddess is known as the goddess of time, change, power and destruction. The portrait displayed on New York’s iconic building was designed by artist Android Jones.
Projecting Change began with showcasing pictures of endangered animals with the help of San Francisco based Obscura Digital to highlight the alarming rate at which species are dying. The installation ended with the representation of Kali.The image of Cecil The Lion was also part of the installation. Cecil was one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, and was allegedly killed by an American hunter recently.

MP government comes with app to track attendance of school teachers

Nearly 95% teachers in Indore division are covered by this application and in districts like Dhar and Burhanpur, almost all teachers were registering their attendance through this Android app.

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Madhya Pradesh Government has introduced a GPS-based Android mobile phone application to check attendance of teachers in schools across the state.”The state government has implemented the novel experiment of taking e-attendance. Now the attendance of teachers will be taken through GPS-based Android application,” Indore Division Commissioner Sanjay Dube said.The move is aimed at checking attendance of teachers who play truant, and it is based on the lines of a successful experiment which was implemented in government schools in Indore division last year.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 95% teachers in Indore division are covered by this application and in districts like Dhar and Burhanpur, almost all teachers were registering their attendance through this Android app.Dube said teachers can now send even their leave application through this mode and they can also get approval of the same on this medium.”With the introduction of this application, improvement in quality of education in the division is visible. From July 1, it will be mandatory for all government teachers of the division,” he added.

PM Modi launches ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’, provides instant updates to ‘stay connected’

New Delhi: Stepping up his digital presence, the Prime Minister  on Wednesday launched the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ to provide instant updates and an opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from him.

PM Modi launching the app. Image Courtesy: Twitter @narendramodiPM Modi launching the app. Image Courtesy: Twitter @narendramodi

PM Modi launching the app. Image Courtesy: Twitter @narendramodi

The Android-based application is also aimed at giving a chance to people to interact with him and share ideas and suggestions.

“Launched ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’. Come, lets stay connected on the mobile! The Mobile App has several innovative features. You can download it from Play Store. Feedback is welcome,” Modi tweeted.

The application description said, “download the app and get the latest updates anywhere, anytime! Highlights of the Narendra Modi app include receiving the latest news and updates, exclusive opportunity to receive E-Mails & Messages directly from the PM and ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with the PM.”

It further said, ‘Small tasks, big satisfaction: contribute & earn badges through to-do tasks.”

Apart from providing a chance to interact with the Prime Minister and share ideas and suggestions, it will also give latest thoughts from Modi and his blogs.

“Know more about PM Narendra Modi through unique insights in the Biography section as also his governance initiatives and achievements,” the description said, adding learn more about PM Modi’s efforts augmenting India’s global recognition and how governance was improving lives through infographics.


Facebook launches video calling in Messenger app | Reuters

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Monday it added a video-calling feature to its standalone Messenger app.

The feature is currently available to users on iOS and Android operating systems, the company said.

The company said users can video call their friends even if one of them is on Apple’s iOS and the other on an Android device.

Video calling has been launched in several countries including the United States, UK, Canada and France, the company said.

Facebook said it plans to roll out Businesses on Messenger soon.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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