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App to Reveal Your Daily Smart Phone Use

Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

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Here comes an app to keep track of your daily smartphone digital diet!

Install and see how much time you are spending on the phone or which apps or games you are hooked to.

Scientists at University of Bonn, Germany, have developed Menthal that runs on Android 4.0 – or newer – version.

“If you would like to go on a digital diet, we would provide you with the scales,” said Alexander Markowetz, junior professor for computer science at University of Bonn.

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“Menthal would provide reliable data for the first time. This app can show us in detail what someone’s average cellphone consumption per day looks like,” added Markowetz.

The researchers used Menthal to examine the phone behaviour of 50 students over a period of six weeks.

A quarter of them used their phones for more than two hours a day.

On average, participants activated their phones more than 80 times a day – every 12 minutes on average.

“Some of the results were shocking,” commented Christian Montag.

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What’s App alone took up 15 percent of the time while facebook nine percent.

Games accounted for 13 percent, with some subjects gaming for several hours a day, said the study to be published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

“We would like to know how much cellphone use is normal, and where ‘too much’ starts,” Montag added.

This potential new addiction is not an officially recognised disease but we know that using a cellphone can result in symptoms resembling an addiction, he pointed out.

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“Outright withdrawal symptoms can actually occur when cellphones cannot be used,” he warned.

Next on the agenda is to measure the severity and the progress of depression using cellphone data.

“We suspect that during a depressive phase, cellphone use will change in a measurable way,” said researchers.

Patients would then make fewer phone calls and venture outside less frequently – a change in behaviour that smartphones can also record through built-in GPS.

A psychiatrist might then be able to use patients’ cell phones as a diagnostic tool and, if necessary, intervene accordingly early on, the research said.

The new app is available as a free download from Google’s Playstore. (IANS)

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For 3X Growth, Paytm Becomes Redeemable at Stores

According to the firms, within two years of its launch, Paytm Gold has become the country's largest platform for savings in digital gold

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The company is aiming for three times growth with the sale of Paytm Gold during the festive season. Pixabay

Digital payments player Paytm on Wednesday announced its digital gold platform — ‘Paytm Gold’ is now redeemable at jewellery stores across the country as part of Paytm Mall’s ‘O2O’ strategy.

The company is aiming for three times growth with the sale of Paytm Gold during the festive season.

The facility is now live in 100+ stores and the plan is to add another 250 stores in the next 20 days.

“We are overwhelmed with the growth we have witnessed in the last 2 years. Our partnership with leading jewellers is an important landmark as our customers can now conveniently redeem their gold savings at nearby jewellery stores. Going forward, we will continue expanding our partnerships and offerings to make savings in Paytm Gold a habit,” Narendra Yadav, Vice President at Paytm, said in a statement.

The company, owned by One97 Communications, has collaborated with Kalyan Jewellers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, PC Jeweller, Senco Gold & Diamonds and Caratlane to let users purchase jewellery by redeeming their accumulated gold.

Buyers will receive upto 5 per cent ‘goldback’ as part of inaugural offer on the transactions done using Paytm Gold.

According to the firms, within two years of its launch, Paytm Gold has become the country’s largest platform for savings in digital gold.

It is a unique wealth management offering that enables every Indian to buy, store and sell the world’s highest quality of gold for as low as Re 1 from its partnered sellers.

“Till now, more than 30 million customers have transacted more than 4.2 tons of Paytm Gold. The platform leads the digital gold market with a 70 per cent share. Paytm Gold offers free insured lockers, real-time market-linked prices, delivery across 25,000 PIN codes, ‘Gold Savings Plan’ and ‘Gold Gifting’,” the company added.

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Paytm owned by One97 Communications, has collaborated with Kalyan Jewellers, Malabar Gold & Diamonds, PC Jeweller, Senco Gold & Diamonds and Caratlane to let users purchase jewellery by redeeming their accumulated gold. Pixabay

The tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India have contributed to a staggering 70 per cent of the total sales and the company expects this trend to increase during the run-up to the upcoming festive season.

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“Millennials and housewives are leading the surge in demand for Paytm Gold. As per our customers’ feedback, they prefer saving in Paytm Gold for their long-term wealth creation which can be later used during celebrations and emergencies as well,” added Yadav. (IANS)