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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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Google launches three new apps for photography

The new photography applications are "Storyboard" (available on Android only), "Selfissimo!" (available on iOS and Android) and "Scrubbies" (available on iOS only).

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San Francisco, Dec 12: Google has introduced three photography apps which are part of a new series that it has dubbed as photography “appsperiments”.

“We’re launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: Usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Our ‘appsperimental’ approach was inspired in part by ‘Motion Stills’,” the company wrote in a research blog late on Monday.

“‘Motion Stills’ is an app developed by researchers that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilisation and rendering technologies,” Google added.

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The new photography applications are “Storyboard” (available on Android only), “Selfissimo!” (available on iOS and Android) and “Scrubbies” (available on iOS only).

The “Storyboard” app takes video clips and automatically pulls out six frames that it lays out in a comic book-style template.

“Selfissimo!” is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a black and white photograph each time the user poses.

“Scrubbies” lets the user easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces and replay moments.

The tech giant has also urged users to try out the new apps and provide feedback via the in-app feedback links. 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.

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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.

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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)