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ASCI launches India’s first consumer complaint mobile app

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Kolkata: Lodging and tracking complaints against misleading advertisements has become easier courtesy a mobile app launched by the Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI), a statement said on Wednesday.

Pegged as India’s first consumer complaint mobile app, the ‘ASCIonline’ app is currently available on Android and iOS platforms.

Narendra Ambwani, ASCI chairman, said that the app will ease access for lodging complaints.

“Today, mobiles devices are more widely used compared to desktops. With growing use of smartphones, consumers want apps to put power of doing transactions in their pocket.

‘ASCIonline Mobile App’ is consumer friendly and can be freely downloaded,” Ambwani said.

“It will be very useful as one can track the status of the complaints which he or she registered on our portal with the help of the app,” he said.

The app enables consumers to lodge complaints by simply providing advertisement details and the objection to the particular ad.

Other features include checking history of previously registered complaints, tracking status of complaints, managing profile and push notifications.

There is no need to log out or log in. (IANS)

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There is a possibility that Google’s Android O Can be called Octopus

Google has replaced the Easter Egg image in the latest preview of Android O developer, and now an Octopus can be seen

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Google has replaced the Easter Egg image in the latest preview of Android O developer, and now an Octopus can be seen. Pixabay

New Delhi, July 31, 2017: Everyone is curious to know what Google will name its Android 8 version. Usually, they come up with dessert names. So what will be Android O called?

We have observed that Google has replaced the Easter Egg image in the latest preview of Android O developer, and now an Octopus can be seen. The image of this Octopus was also discussed in Reddit AMA, where Google engineers were showing Android Developer Preview 4.0, this is the final beta build before the stable build gets rolled out.

Earlier this Easter egg showed up till the actual name of the OS is revealed, but the Octopus image showing now has left people bewildered. For those of you wondering where the Octopus image is appearing, for that, you have to tap on the Android version in your phone’s settings, and following a couple of taps, the Octopus image should appear.

Traditionally Google has chosen naming Android after a dessert, but will Android 8 mark a change in the ongoing trend?  Or does the Octopus image some kind of distraction? Indicating the dessert name thing will keep on continuing.We’ll only know the truth once Google reveals the actual name of Android O, for which we will have to wait few more months.

What To Expect From Android N

Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, Google, wrote a blog post, announced the release of Android O Developer Preview 4.0 and confirmed that mobile OS will be launching later this summer, which is around August-September time frame. For those of you wondering how they can download Android O on their smartphones, this will not be a good news for all as the public beta is limited to only Pixel and Nexus smartphones. The users will have to go to the Android beta website and register for the same.

Warning: Before installing Android O beta version, don’t forget to do a data backup so you don’t lose any important information or apps when switching to the new OS.

Android O seems to be a promising affair having improved battery performance, notifications, and more.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Twitter quietly released support for third-party two-factor authentication applications enabling Twitterati

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New York, April 18, 2017: Twitter quietly released support for third-party two-factor authentication applications enabling the Twitterati to now use these apps to protect their accounts, a media report said.

A Twitter developer said that this feature had been live since “late last year or early this year”, tech website Android Police reported on Monday.

This feature allows Twitter users to use third-party apps, such as Google Authenticator or LastPass Authenticator, to protect their accounts.

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To turn this feature on, users can go to the Settings menu on Twitter’s website, then go to Account, and look for “Login verification” under the Security menu.

Twitter already has its own two-factor authentication feature, and new users will need to activate this system before being allowed to set up a third-party authenticator app.

Once Twitter’s system is activated, users can click the button reading “Setup a code generator app” to activate the third-party app of their choice.

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In January this year, computer scientists have found massive collections of fake accounts on the micro-blogging site and suggested that one person or a group is managing these accounts.

According to a BBC report, the largest network that was found have tied together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggested that others might be even bigger.

The networks were uncovered accidentally when some researchers were probing Twitter to see how people use it.

Some of the accounts were used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics.

As of the third quarter of 2016, the micro-blogging service averaged at 317 million monthly active users. (IANS)

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Donald Trump steps into a high-security ring, ditches Android for smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”

After taking oath as the 45th President of the US, Donald trump ditches his android smartphone for a "potentially modified iphone" due to security reasons

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New York, Jan 21, 2017: As Donald Trump stepped into a high-security ring after he took the oath to become the 45th US President, one of the things he was forced to do was to ditch his Android smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”.

According to a report in the New York Times, Trump traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device approved by the US Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.

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The new device is reportedly to safeguard the US President from potential threats posed by hackers gaining access.

According to a report in Appleinsider, Trump may follow in the steps of his predecessor Barack Obama who was the first US president to carry a cellphone — initially starting with a modified BlackBerry and later migrating to an iPhone.

Last year, Obama said the device given by Secret Service to the President came stripped of all features and heavily modified to ensure his safety.

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“It does not take pictures, you cannot text, the phone does not work … you cannot play your music on it,” Obama had said of his own government-approved smartphone last year.

Similarly, Trump’s new device is likely to be similar to that of Obama’s.

It is possible to lock down an Android phone by enabling full-disk encryption or writing a customised version of Android.

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But an iPhone is a simpler option. Full-disk encryption is on by default in iOS 8 and later and any device with a Touch ID sensor also has a Secure Enclave that makes even physical hacking difficult without a warrant.

This week Trump was forced to abandon his cherished “Trump” 757 aircraft for an Air Force jet, the New York Times said. (IANS)