Apple, IBM Open First Global App Development Hub in India

Apple, IBM Open First Global App Development Hub in India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Garage for iOS apps will work with existing design locations
  • There are 22 inter-disciplinary teams working at Garage in Bengaluru
  • IBM had also announced Mobile at Scale for iOS

In a bid to accelerate digital transformation in India, IBM in partnership with Apple on Thursday launched a global development hub called Garage for iOS apps in Bengaluru that will work with existing design locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Cupertino in the US and Toronto in Canada.

The Garage will enable clients to complete digital mobility projects as quickly as possible.

“With each IBM MobileFirst for iOS client’s success, we see the conversation shifting from wanting a single app to cultivating a broader business transformation led by mobile,” said Mahmoud Naghshineh, General Manager, Apple partnership, IBM, in a statement.

There are 22 inter-disciplinary teams working at Garage in Bengaluru, using end-to-end DevOps, IBM Design Thinking and agile delivery approaches to deliver iOS solutions in weeks not months.

IBM also announced Mobile at Scale for iOS, a new offering specifically for clients looking to invest in digital transformation projects that include more than three iOS apps over a multi-year period.

Clients opting for this model will have full access to IBM’s portfolio of MobileFirst for iOS apps to jump start their digital transformation, iOS App Accelerators for rapid app development and customisation and Enterprise Design Services that align the app experience to the needs of the user.

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IBM also plans to open satellite centres in Brazil, China, Romania and ther countries.

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Windows 10 Prompting Users to Ditch Google Chrome and Switch to Edge

Windows 10 Prompting Users to Ditch Google Chrome and Switch to Edge

HIGHLIGHTS

  • These notifications are enabled for select users only
  • It claims that Google Chrome drains more battery
  • Edge comparatively gives 36 percent more browsing time

With the aim to get users to switch to its Edge browser, Microsoft had released a comparison video in June in an attempt to convince the public its browser is more battery efficient than others. Now, the company has started sending notifications to Windows 10 users, persuading them to make the switch.

This was first spotted by app developer Rudy Huyn, who even shared a screenshot of the notification. The tips feature of Windows 10 is generating these notification asking users to make the switch. The notification reads, “Chrome is draining your battery faster. Switch to Microsoft Edge for up to 36 percent more browsing time.” However, these notifications are not seen by all Windows 10 users.

Microsoft using Windows 10 to get users’ attention may prove to be effective, but some could find it annoying and invasive. Ever since the launch of Windows 10, the company has managed to anger many customers through its invasive techniques. It has been aggressive up to such an extent that it even had to reportedly pay a woman $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6,70,000) as compensation for force installing the Windows 10 update on her PC without her permission, which made her lose some important files.

As mentioned above, the Redmond-based company launched a video test in June that compared the battery life of laptops running Edge, alongside the battery life of laptops that ran other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser delivers 17-70 percent more battery life than the competition.

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Last month, Microsoft took it further by claiming that Microsoft Edge, apart from Apple’s Safari browser on OS X, is the only browser capable of supporting playback resolution of up to 1080p (full-HD) for Netflix streaming and added that it offered better bitrates compared to other browsers. It even posted a document from Netflix stating that Chrome, Opera, and Firefox can support resolutions only up to 720p (HD), whereas Microsoft’s Edge and Safari on OS X can go up to full-HD resolution.

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2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Get Animated Home Button, Night Light, and More

2016 Nexus Phones Tipped to Get Animated Home Button, Night Light, and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New animation tipped to be associated with Google Assistant
  • The home button turns into four coloured dots in animation
  • Animation reported to stop working when Google Now is turned off

According to leaks, Google will be introducing a ‘flowery’ new animation to the home button on the onscreen navigation keys with the rumoured new launcher it will ship with the 2016 Nexus phones – something that may make its way to other Android 7.0 Nougat phones as a launcher.
As per the leaked gif image when you long press the home button, it turns into four small dots with the same colours that are associated with Google’s Assistant with a swift animation (seen below), reports Android Police. To further clear any doubts, the site says that its source has confirmed that when the Google Now feature is turned off for the smartphone, the animation goes away.googleassistant_homeanimation_1.gif

Currently the animation makes Google Now on Tap launch, but with Google Assistant still in development and only expected to be launched alongside the new Nexus phones, it remains possible the animation will give you options that tap into Google Assistant instead.

(Also see: Sundar Pichai Says Google Will Be More Opinionated With Nexus Device)

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The reports of customisations for the Nexus series (in this case, via the launcher) is in line with Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s statement that the company was planning on getting more opinionated with is Nexus offerings.

There remains the possibility that these changes will make their way to Android 7.0 Nougat, or, that the launcher will work on non-Nexus smartphones. As with any other Nougat 7.0 leak, we can’t say for sure whether this will make Google’s final cut or not but if the company has indeed gone ahead with the development of this animation and wants to promote its Google Assistant feature further.

In other leaks, the search giant is tipped to have changed the colour theme for its ‘settings’ menu to a UI that is dark grey, blue, and white in colour. The night mode has also been suggested to come under the name ‘Night Light’.

The settings tab is suggested to be divided into two sections ‘All’ and ‘Support’ in the latest leaks. This particular change has been suggested to be exclusive to the upcoming Nexus devices.

Another feature “Quick Screen Check”, that has surfaced, will allow the users to check their notifications without waking the phone up fully.

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Pokemon Go Update Makes It Harder to Catch Pokemon; Niantic Responds

Pokemon Go Update Makes It Harder to Catch Pokemon; Niantic Responds

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The latest Pokemon Go update has you using more Pokeballs
  • It also makes Pokemon tougher to catch and they run away easily too
  • You now catch fewer Pokemon while commuting

Niantic released an update to the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, but it seems that it had some unannounced changes. Players around the world are complaining that they are finding it tougher to catch Pokemon.

“I can understand why Niantic removed the tracking since it was buggy but c’mon the catch rate is so bad. Now I have to waste 3-4 pokeballs for under 100 Pidgey. This is clearly Niantic wanting people to buy pokeballs. And I live in the suburbs where there isn’t many pokestops so this is breaking the game for me,” said one gamer on Reddit.

(Also see: Niantic Explains Pokemon Go Update and Delay in India Release Date)

Update: Niantic responded to the situation in a tweet on the Pokemon Go handle on Friday, saying, “Trainers, a new bug affecting throw accuracy increases the odds of escape and omits the XP bonus. We are working on a fix, stay tuned…”

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This sentiment seems to be echoed by plenty playing the game. Capturing Pokemon has required more Pokeballs even when you’re up against those with low combat points and that they run away easily too. It gets worse the higher level you are.

If this wasn’t enough, it seems that Niantic has also changed how frequently Pokemon Go scans for monsters. Earlier it used to do so every five seconds but it now does so every 10 seconds. It might not seem like much but the impact is severe. Reason being, you won’t be able to catch as many Pokemon as you would if you were in a car, on a bike, or using public transportation.

“A few hours ago Niantic increased the scan refresh time on their API from 5 seconds to 10 seconds, doubling the time required to scan for new Pokemon in the area. This slows down 3rd party tracking apps, and breaks any that do not update to this new standard (the apps miss Pokemon if they scan on a smaller timescale),” reports another player. “Even at moderate biking speeds, 10 second refreshes have the potential to entirely miss Pokemon located towards the outer half of your ‘detection circle.’ Now, if you bike and hope to catch Pokemon, you will catch fewer.”

(Also see: Pokemon Go Needs These 6 Features for Continued Success in India and Elsewhere)

It will be interesting to see if Niantic plans to change any of this after user feedback. At the time of writing this, Pokemon Go’s current version has 29,829 two star ratings on the US App Store with Google Play’s ratings mirroring similar views.

And it doesn’t help matters that Niantic has removed legendary Pokemon – rare, powerful monsters in the game from trainer accounts such as the likes of Articuno.

“We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokemon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have, To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokemon from the Trainers’ accounts,” Niantic said in a statement to IGN.

(Also see: Meet India’s Pokemon Go Players Who Gotta Catch ‘Em All)

Are you playing Pokemon Go? What’s your take on the latest update to the game? Let us know in the comments.

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Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D

Google Launches Android Game That Lets You Explore the Himalayas in 3D

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It allows users to visit the Himalayan region
  • The app is built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery
  • It works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above

Niantic, when it was a startup within Google, leveraged Google Maps as well as crowdsourced data to build the location-based app Field Trip and augmented reality game Ingress, before being spun off last year. Since then, the company has become a household name thanks to the runaway success of Pokemon Go, another location-based AR game. Now Google, leveraging its 3D mapping data, has launched its own experimental location-based game for children called Verne: The Himalayas.

The game essentially lets users roam about the Himalayas alongside a 500-foot Yeti called Verne. The game is only released for Android users, and is now available on Google Play for free. Built using Google’s 3D Maps imagery, the game lets users explore the Himalayas as the character Verne, run atop Mt. Everest, hang glide, ride a jetpack, skate across icy lakes, chase an argali goat, and even bang a gong.

As Verne moves along; famous points, landmarks and regions are highlighted within the app educating users about the geography. Very few get the privilege to explore the Himalayas, and with this app, Google looks to bring that exploration experience to the smartphone in an interactive manner.

In its blog post introducing the game, the Google Maps team said, “For years, Google Maps has been adding 3D imagery from all over the world – New York City, the Grand Canyon, Mont Blanc, and more. A few of us started wondering if this 3D imagery could make learning about the world a bit more fun for kids. We started playing with quick prototypes, and even brainstormed with our own kids to get inspired by their sense of curiosity. Our idea became a new, experimental app called Verne: The Himalayas. [..] We’re excited to share it today as a fun way for anyone to take a summer trip to the tallest mountain range in the world.”

For now, the game only focuses on visiting the Himalayan region and learning more about it, but we expect Google to release more games highlighting other famous regions across the globe in the future. Verne: The Himalyas app is 213MB in size and works only on smartphones running on Android 4.4 KitKat and above. There is no word on availability for iOS devices.

The Pokemon Go game managed to become an instant success because of its recall value of the famous Pokemon series, and its interactive gameplay. The game was downloaded more than 10 million times within a week of its release in July, becoming the fastest such app to do so.

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Uber Case: Karnataka High Court Questions Government on Stifling Startup Business

Uber Case: Karnataka High Court Questions Government on Stifling Startup Business

The Karnataka High Court Wednesday questioned the state government on “stifling” the startup business through regulatory norms that create an “unviable” environment while wanting to encourage startups.

“On the one hand, you (government) want to encourage startups in the state and, on the other, you want to stifle its business by framing rules like the Karnataka On-Demand Transportation Aggregators’ Rules (OTTA),” Justice Raghavendra Chouhan said during the hearing of a petition by cab aggregator Uber.

Justice Chouhan made the observations while questioning the submissions made by A S Ponnanna, Counsel for the state who defended OTTA rules.

Uber had moved the court after the transport department impounded the vehicles for not securing licences under the new norms. It also suspended operations of taxis, which led to protests by drivers.

Justice Chouhan said the rules would create an unviable environment for startups and would have repercussions for investments in the state.

“If we have such regulatory rules, it will create an unviable environment for startup business in the state.

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Startup companies like Uber may pull out of business in the state, which will not be good. It will have a negative impact or repercussions on investments,” he said.

Earlier last month, Uber’s Counsel Sajan Poovayya had submitted that since taxi-hailing app Uber is a technology platform that connects drivers with passengers, it cannot be regulated under India’s Motor Vehicles Act, which governs taxis and aggregators in the country.

The hearing in the matter will continue tomorrow. Drivers have also independently filed a petition in court.

The transport department had in April increased the penalty for cab aggregators from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 5,000, alleging they were operating without obtaining necessary licence despite its repeated warnings.

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EU Lawmaker Says Tinder Breaches Data Protection Rules

EU Lawmaker Says Tinder Breaches Data Protection Rules

An EU lawmaker says dating app Tinder breaches the bloc’s data protection rules because it uses personal data without explicit consent and should be investigated by the European Commission.

The dating app, owned by website operator Match Group Inc, imposes unlawful conditions on users, pushing them to consent to unclear clauses that allow the company to use their data even after they close their accounts, socialist lawmaker Marc Tarabella said in a statement.

“Once you subscribe, the company can do whatever it wants with your data. It can show them, distribute them to whomever or even modify them. The lack of transparency cannot be the rule,” Tarabella said.

The Belgian politician , who in 2014 was among the leading European parliament members calling for a break-up of Google’s search engine from its commercial services, also accused dating app Happn and jogging app Runkeeper of violating EU data protection rules.

He called for a European investigation into these companies and urged the European Commission to adopt heavy sanctions against companies that impose “abusive clauses” for the use of their apps.

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Tinder representatives were not immediately available for comment.

A Commission spokeswoman said it was up to national authorities to enforce EU rules on data and consumer protection. However, the Commission has conducted such investigations in the past.

“The problem is always the lack of transparency and the notion of consent,” Tarabella said, adding that companies often sell users’ data to third parties without consumers being aware or having explicitly consented to it.

EU rules protect consumers who no longer want their data to be used. Companies are also required to provide “easy-to-understand information” and to obtain an explicit consent from users to process personal data.

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Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More

Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple Music on Android comes out of beta stage
  • Apple Music updated to version 1.0.0 on Android
  • Update includes equaliser settings and stability improvements

Apple Music for Android was launched back in November last year as a beta, but nine months later, it has finally come out of its beta stage and been upgraded to version 1.0.0.

Although the Apple Music for Android update doesn’t add many new features, it does include equaliser settings and a variety of performance, playback, and stability improvements as per the change log provided by the company on Google Play.

Apple has been constantly pushing updates and has even provided some exclusive features to Android in order to compete on a level playground with other music streaming services like Spotify, which had already occupied a major chunk of market when Apple came up with its offering.

In February this year, Apple updated its Apple Music for Android app to allow users to save songs offline to their microSD cards, a feature that cannot ever be expected to come to iOS due to the restrictive behaviour of the ecosystem.

Just weeks after surprising everyone with addition of SD card support on Android, in March, the company embraced the difference that exists between its own OS and that of Google once again byintroducing a home screen widget for Apple Music app on Android.

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Apple has gone to such lengths to attract users to its Android app that iOS users might start feeling envy very soon. However, as of now, it seems like Apple is moving to a more adaptive strategy in order to sustain and progress in the ever-changing tech industry.

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Twitter Revamps Moments Feature for Rio 2016 Olympics

Twitter Revamps Moments Feature for Rio 2016 Olympics

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Twitter will also let users to use team emojis with 3-letter country code hashtags
  • There are 50 Olympics emojis that are triggered by using hashtags
  • The hashtags will be available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Micro-blogging website Twitter on Wednesday announceda change to its Moments feature which will now insert Olympic-related tweets into a user’s timeline for weeks at a time.

Earlier, Moments used to insert tweets into a user’s timeline for a matter of hours or, at most, a few days.

The feature can also be used to catch up on what you missed during the day – thanks to recap Moments – which will highlight the results, medal counts and other notable newsworthy items, technology website TechCrunch.com reported on Wednesday.

The live Olympic Moments for select sports and events will be available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the UK and the US.

In addition to Moments, Twitter is rolling out 207 team emojis that will activate when users tweet with the three-letter country code hashtag for their favourite team.

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There will also be over 50 Olympics and sports emoji that can be triggered by hashtags. The hashtags will be available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

All the emojis and types of Moments will be available in the days ahead but the dedicated Moments section is available now, the report added.

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Facebook Starts Rolling Out Shop and Service Sections to Pages

Facebook Starts Rolling Out Shop and Service Sections to Pages

In a move to make its Pages feature valuable for businesses online, Facebook on Thursday announced two new Page sections – Services and Shop – for emerging markets including in India where 57 percent of people on Facebook are connected to a business.

The Shop section provides businesses with a new way to prominently display the products they are selling on their Page.

It allows people to easily discover, browse and make offers to purchase products through messaging from the businesses they care about, Facebook said in a statement.

The Services section allows service businesses to showcase a list of their offerings on their Page.

If we look at the Indian small and medium businesses (SMB), over 1.99 billion interactions are being generated between businesses and people in the country.

There were two million SMB Pages on Facebook in India as of October last year.

“With the Shops and Services sections on Pages, businesses around the world can help people discover the products and services they care about in a more visually appealing way,” said Adrian Nam, a product marketing manager at Facebook.

Facebook launched Pages to help people market their businesses and make customers learn about products and services for free.

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Services section makes it easier for people to find the information they are looking for and decide whether to work with the business.

Globally, more than one billion people on Facebook are connected to at least one business.

“The Shops and Services sections are a continuation of our efforts to make Facebook Pages the most valuable online presence for the more than 60 million businesses around the world that use Pages each month,” added Ryan Ebanks, another product marketing manager at Facebook.

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