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Google wants you to complete simple tasks for hard cash in its new app

Google wants you to complete simple tasks for hard cash in its new app

SectionsAbout TNWTNW SitesAt the moment, the app is live only for users in India. [Read: ]The firm already has an app called that asks you questions about its own products or places you visited in exchange for Play Store credit.Task Mate divides tasks into two categories: sitting tasks such as recording sentences, and field tasks such as taking photographs. You’ll be paid in your local currency once reviewers approve your completed task.There are no details on how these inputs might be used, but Google will expectedly use them to improve its search, dictation, and image recognition...

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Apple cuts its App Store commission from 30% to 15% — if your apps earn less than $1M

Apple cuts its App Store commission from 30% to 15% — if your apps earn less than $1M

Gadgets for humansApple announced today that it’s reducing its App Store commission to 15% for developers earning less than $1 million a year. The company has made this cut from the 30% commission is previously charged.The new announcement comes as a part of Apple‘s “App Store Small Business Program” initiative. Under this project, only developers whose apps cumulatively earn less than $1 million per year can qualify.If during a year, their apps cross the million-dollar mark, Apple will levy 30% rates till the year-end. If revenues fall below $1 million for a developer, they can apply for...

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This Chrome extensions turns articles into audio playlists

This Chrome extensions turns articles into audio playlists

Gadgets for humansAs a reporter, I have to read a lot of articles every day, and I often can’t get around to all the tabs I open by the time I clock out. It’s frustrating as hell,  and I’ve been looking for a solution to clear my reading queue.Thankfully, I came across Podcastle, a Chrome extension that solved all my problems. On the surface, it’s just a text-to-speech converter — and there are many of them out there — but it comes with extra bells and whistles that are actually useful. And unlike other text-to-speech tools, it works across tabs so you can control your listening queue and...

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India finally restores 4G in some parts of Kashmir after 376 days

India finally restores 4G in some parts of Kashmir after 376 days

India has finally restored 4G connectivity in Kashmir after 376 days, but in just two districts for now. The restoration is just on a trial basis, and the government will observe the state of law and order in these two areas to decide future steps.Last week, the authorities told the Supreme Court Last August, India after it scrapped Article 370 of the constitution to remove Jammu & Kashmir state‘s special autonomous rights.Later in January, the apex court ruled that. In response, the government restored partial connectivity with access to a limited number of websites. In March, , but...

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India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG

India is reportedly looking to ban 275 more Chinese apps — including PUBG

Last month, India banned after tension between both nations at the border.The country’s government is now inspecting to ban 275 more China-originated apps including popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround (PUBG) and ByteDance‘s music app Resso.According to a report from , government officials have created a list of 275 apps that might be violating security measures and user privacy. Apart from PUBG and , the list includes ecommerce app AliExpress from Alibaba and photo-sharing app ULike.India moved to ban 59 Chinese apps after more than 20 of its soldiers were killed in a...

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Amazon and Flipkart might have to give their source code to the Indian government

Amazon and Flipkart might have to give their source code to the Indian government

Online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart might have to hand over their site’s source code and core algorithms to the Indian government. According to a report by Bloomberg, that seeks to bring competitiveness in the market, list this as a mandate.The draft bill also asks if companies are using “explainable A” (XAI) — a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that makes solutions and methods understandable for humans. The bill tackles the question of storing the data locally, but leaves it open by saying that after consultation the government “The policy is not public yet, and...

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Intel invests $253 million in India's Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel invests $253 million in India's Reliance Jio Platforms

Intel Capital, the investment arm of chipmaker Intel, has invested $253 million in India’s Reliance Jio in exchange for a 0.39% stake.This is the 12th investment in Reliance Jio in the last 11 weeks, taking the tally to $15.5 billion. Jio Platforms than all of India’s startups combined last year.Jio is India’s biggest mobile network provider with more than 388 million customers on board. Jio Platform is an umbrella company for its digital businesses including the carrier.Intel Capital invests in startups with a focus on 5G and communication, AI, and next-gen computing. The company has put...

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India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Helo

India has banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Shareit, Mi Video, and UC Browser amid tension between two countries.The country’s IT ministry invoked Section 69A of the IT Act 2000 that lets the government block services if they’re deemed dangerous for sovereignty and integrity of the country:The ministry accused these apps of “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.”BREAKING: Full statement from the Indian Govt’s Ministry of Electronics & IT. Statement says the apps are “engaged in activities which...

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Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg's 'no fact-check' stance on Trump's tweets

Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg's 'no fact-check' stance on Trump's tweets

Last week,  Within hours, Twitter citing that it Now, several Facebook employees are articulating. Earlier this morning, the company’s director of product management, Jason Toff, said that “he’s not proud of how we’re showing up.”[Note: If you’re a Facebook employee who wants to talk to us about what’s going on at the company, email me at ]I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.— Jason Toff (@jasontoff)Several also chimed their opinions about Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to keep...

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Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook has long struggled with controlling extremist content on its platform. From the 2016 US elections, when  through polarizing ads, to  .A slide from that presentation said if these algorithms are left unchecked they would feed users more divisive content:According to WSJ, Zuckerberg & Co. shelved this presentation and decided not to apply its observations to any of the social network’s products. Plus, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s chief of policy, thought these changes might have affected conservative users and publications.In a statement, Facebook said it has learned a lot since 2016 and...

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How Baidu’s AI produces news videos using just a URL

How Baidu’s AI produces news videos using just a URL

Human-centric AI news and analysisAI for news production is one of the areas that has drawn contrasting opinions. On one hand, it might help media houses produce more news in a better format with minimal effort, on the other hand, it might take away the human element of journalism or take people out of jobs.In 2018, an AI anchor developed by China’s Xinhua news agency .  Earlier this month, the agency released an improved version that mimics . There’s been advancement in AI with text-based news with algorithms . China’s search giant Baidu has developed a new AI model called that brings...

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A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to Zoom

A look at how Jitsi became a ‘secure’ open-source alternative to Zoom

The coronavirus pandemic pushed people to stay in their homes, and in turn, forced them to use video conferencing products. In the past couple of months, Zoom became an almost indispensable app, Facebook had to step up and make a rival product, and Google made its enterprise conferencing product free for everyone.Amid this video conferencing boom, made a lot of people skeptical about using its products. Plus, the company wasn’t — this forced a lot of people to look for free open source products, and emerged as a perfect solution for them.Apart from being open-sourced, Jitsi benefited from...

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IBM's new open-source tool helps developers make their apps more accessible

IBM's new open-source tool helps developers make their apps more accessible

When designing an application, developers might not put accessibility on top of their list. Plus, the developer might not have a handy list of what guidelines they should follow when thinking about accessible features. To address this issue, IBM has released and an accessibility checker that will help developers fine-tune their applications for people with disabilities.IBM’s new tools are divided into two parts: a set of public guidelines called IBM Equal Access Toolkit and a Checker that identifies shortcomings in your application from an accessibility standpoint.The guidelines provide...

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How this AI-powered auto-completer is helping developers write 25% less code

How this AI-powered auto-completer is helping developers write 25% less code

For years, IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) have tried to make development quicker by predicting the next part of a developer’s code. Now, startups like are using AI to help developers with code completion on any code editor.[Read: ]The Israel-based startup was found in 2015 by Dror Weiss and Eran Yahav. Codota’s free-to-use autocomplete plug-in supports major languages such as Java, Python, Javascript, PHP, and Rust across major IDEs such as Eclipse and Android Studio.He added that the model is tuned to your needs and your development environment:Codota’s model can be different...

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This startup made a coronavirus knowledge graph to help doctors with diagnosis

This startup made a coronavirus knowledge graph to help doctors with diagnosis

Human-centric AI news and analysis, doctors and researchers are looking for new tools that can help them with better and faster diagnosis. , an Israel-based medtech startup, has released The freely available tool is powered by an AI engine, which was fed more than sourced from the medical library PubMed. It allows doctors and researchers to devise a score from various symptoms to decide if a patient is at high risk of moving to a critical stage.[Read: ]Kahun’s research team trained the AI model to analyze these papers and give a score of probability as an output. The algorithm uses a...

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GitHub is now free for all developer teams

GitHub is now free for all developer teams

Popular software hosting and collaboration platform GitHub has made some of its core premium features free for everyone. The Microsoft-owned company said yesterday that an organization can now make private repositories for development without paying any fees.Up until now, if a firm wanted to host its private development on GitHub, it had to subscribe to one of the premium plans starting from $7 a month. Last year, the company made , users but with restrictions such as the number of collaborators.Apart from private repository access, a team can also get 2,000 GitHub action minutes per month...

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India is offering local tech companies $130K to build an encrypted Zoom clone

India is offering local tech companies $130K to build an encrypted Zoom clone

It’s no secret now that are trying to avoid Zoom for internal meetings after the app was found to be .While the Indian government hasn’t explicitly banned the platform,. The center has launched for Indian tech companies to come up with an encrypted video conferencing solution that works on all platforms.The government has asked companies to register for the project by April 30. By the end of three phases of the program, one team will get ₹1 crore ($130,255) to develop the app.The app‘s requirements include support for poor network connectivity and lower-end devices, multilingual closed...

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India advises government employees not to use Zoom over privacy concerns

India advises government employees not to use Zoom over privacy concerns

 A circular sent by the country’s home department said Zoom is not secure and it’s “not for use by government employees for official purposes.”According to the circular, this follows advisories issued by The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) regarding the platform in the past couple of months. It also dictates guidelines for safe personal usage of the video conferencing platform.MHA issues advisory, says Zoom not secure video conferencing platform for private individuals. Mentions guidelines for those who still want to use it.— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India)We’ve...

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Raspberry Pi’s $5 model is powering ventilators to fight coronavirus

Raspberry Pi’s $5 model is powering ventilators to fight coronavirus

Gadgets for humansVentilators are in high demand as hospitals are looking to provide treatment to coronavirus patients in critical condition. Companies such as   are using their manufacturing facilities to produce these machines.To make these newly designed ventilators, a lot of manufacturers are using the Raspberry Pi Zero, a $5 computer developed for small scale projects. While a single-core 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM might not sound too powerful, it’s enough to power a ventilator.[Read: ]Upton said in the first quarter of the year, the company produced 192,000 Pi Zero units; it will...

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Some Tesla Owners Reportedly Got Locked Out of Their Cars Because the App Was Down

Some Tesla Owners Reportedly Got Locked Out of Their Cars Because the App Was Down

Connected things are wonderful until they fail on you. Numerous Tesla owners allegedly experienced this today as they got locked out of the car because the app was apparently down for maintenance. Several users took Twitter to pour out their agony. Some of them were logged out of the app and weren’t able to use it to unlock their cars. Downdetector.com, a website that shows the status of various services, had many people reporting an outage for Tesla over the last couple of hours. According to the website, first outages were reported around 4.30AM ET. While Tesla’s app helps you unlock...

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