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Zoom has seven new features that are going to help contribute towards making video conferencing more accessible to everyone including spotlight videos, keyboard accessibility, closed captioning.

Zoom has announced new features that will make video communications more accessible for people to connect. The video-conferencing platform has been working with various organisations to make the solution as A11Y-friendly as possible. The A11Y Project is a community-driven effort to make digital accessibility easier.

Zoom has five new features that are going to help contribute towards that end including spotlight videos, keyboard accessibility, closed captioning etc. Here’s what you need to know -

Spotlight or pin multiple videos for meetings

Many video meeting solutions highlight the video of the speaker, which can change many times through a meeting. This can make meetings with an interpreter extremely difficult to follow if the highlighted video or order changes. 

Multi-pinning allows you to keep multiple videos in place. That means for your view only, the interpreter and speaker stay in the same spot, no matter who is speaking, making it easier to focus on the content. The host and co-host can grant permission for up to nine people in the meeting to pin multiple videos.

Multi-spotlight works along the same lines, except the spotlighted videos show up for everyone in the meeting. The host or co-host can spotlight up to nine videos so that everyone sees the same spotlighted videos.

Rearrange videos

In Gallery View, videos get automatically reordered according to who is speaking or raising their hand. Now, you can drag and drop videos as per your own custom order. For example, if your interpreter’s video is in a lower corner, far from the content, you can now move that video tile closer to what’s being shared so that you can see them more comfortably. Even when speakers change, your view remains the same.

Keyboard accessibility

Zoom has introduced a list of keyboard shortcuts to make the whole keyboard accessible for users. You can check out the list here.

Closed captioning

Closed captioning on Zoom available with professional captioners, or users can assign someone to type closed captions in your meeting. Caption size can easily be controlled via the Accessibility settings.

Screen reader support

Zoom supports all major screen reader software. To help focus on the alerts you want to hear, screen reader alerts can be adjusted through Accessibility settings.

Accessibility settings

In your Zoom desktop client, there is an Accessibility settings section where all the Zoom accessibility controls are. From here you can adjust the size of closed captioning, show or unshow meeting controls, and specify your screen reader alerts. Source : ht


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The new Amazon Echo Show 10 detects and follows you as you interact with it.

Amazon launched a bunch of new devices, its cloud gaming service and new Alexa features at its hardware event late last night. Among these include the Echo Show 10 smart display that follows you as you move.

 The Amazon Echo Show 10 is supported by a mount that moves the smart display when you interact with it. Amazon said it created a powerful, brushless motor which makes the motion of the Echo Show 10 completely silent. The Echo Show 10 follows your movement and accordingly moves the device to face you. It moves during video calls as well.

“We’re able to do all this with a combination of audio beamforming technology and computer vision all processed locally and securely on the device’s neural processors,” Amazon said in a blog.

Amazon added that Alexa identifies just a human shape and not a specific person, and all this happens on-device. Amazon has also added group calling and new effects for video calls and drop in calls on the Echo Show 10. It’s also getting support for Zoom and Netflix later this year.

The new Echo Show 10 comes with the same 10-inch HD display as the previous model. It also has two side tweeters along with a woofer. Under the hood of the Echo Show 10 runs the AZ1 chip which Amazon worked on with MediaTek.

Amazon hasn’t revealed the price of Echo Show 10 for India yet. It’s priced at $249.99 ( ₹18,400 approx) in the US. The Echo Show 10 comes in white and black colours. Source : ht

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BlackRock Android malware that was reported few weeks back is now under the scanner of CERT-In.

A new Android malware called ‘BlackRock’ was discovered two weeks back. This malware can steal data from at least 337 Android apps. CERT-In has now issued an alert against the BlackRock malware.

This was first reported by researchers at ThreatFabric who found that the BlackRock malware is capable of stealing sensitive data like passwords and credit card information. BlackRock is actually an updated version of the Xerxes malware strain with more features to steal user information.

It is reported that a new Android malware strain dubbed 'BlackRock' equipped with data-stealing capabilities is attacking a wide range of Android applications. The malware is developed using the source code of Xerxes banking malware which itself is a variant of LokiBot Android Trojan," CERT-In said in an advisory.

BlackRock targets 337 Android apps and most of them are popular ones which are widely used. It also covers most of the app categories like dating, shopping, lifestyle and productivity. Some of these apps that BlackRock can target include Gmail, Uber, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

It’s difficult to identify this malware since it starts by hiding its icon from the phone’s app drawer once it’s launched. It then takes advantage of the phone’s Accessibility Service privileges. It will prompt a Google update with permissions like receiving notifications from the app. Once the user grants permission, the malware will grant itself additional permissions. After this the malware will be able to function without any requirements from the user.

CERT-In has issued some precautionary measures to help avoid this BlackRock malware. This can be applied for any other malware as well. Users need to make sure not to install any apps from untrusted sources and use reputed application markets only. Review the app details, number of downloads, user reviews and additional information before downloading any app. Source : ht




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Reliance Jio responds to the fake JioCoin apps flooding the Google Play Store.

Reliance Jio on Wednesday cautioned users against downloading any application that claims to offer JioCoin, a new cryptocurrency reportedly in the works.

“Reliance Jio has come across reports in media and other websites about the existence of purported JioCoin Apps on the Internet that are soliciting investments in crypto currencies from people,” said the company in a statement.

“Reliance Jio would like to inform the public and media that there are no such apps offered by the company or its affiliates/ associates. Any such apps using the JioCoin name are fake and people are advised to refrain from dealing with any of them.”

“Reliance Jio takes a serious note of such fraudulent attempts by unscrupulous persons to misguide the public in the name of Jio and reserves the right to take appropriate legal recourse,” it added.

Jio’s statement comes as response to a growing number of fake mobile applications and websites tricking customers into downloading them.

A quick search of “JioCoin” on Google Play Store shows more than a dozen fake applications. Also, there are a number of websites cashing in on the buzz around the JioCoin.

It’s recommended that users should not download such malicious applications as they could inject malware or adware into your phone, ultimately putting your privacy at risk. Source : ht


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Hyundai cars get costlier by up to Rs 84,867

Written by Saturday, 16 September 2017 08:51

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today increased prices of its various models by up to Rs 84,867, following a hike in GST cess rates.

The price hike will range from 2 to 5 per cent and will be effective from September 11, the company said in a statement.

HMIL, which is country's second largest passenger car manufacturer, has hiked the price of 1.4-litre petrol automatic variant of its premium hatchback Elite i20 by Rs 12,547.

Besides, it has raised prices of the newly launched mid-sized sedan Verna by up to 29,090. Similarly, prices of SUV Creta have been hiked ranging between Rs 20,900 and Rs 55,375.

The automaker has also raised prices of its premium sedan Elantra ranging between Rs 50,312 and Rs 75,991. It has also increased the price of its premium SUVTuscon between Rs 64,828 and Rs 84,867.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has also announced a hike in prices of its Jeep and Fiat range of vehicles by up to Rs 6.4 lakh. 

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Google to Introduce Mobile Payment Service in India

Written by Friday, 15 September 2017 06:16


Alphabet's Google plans to introduce a localised digital payment service in India as early as next week, technology website TechCrunch reported, citing a report from news site The Ken. The payment service, called Google 'Tez', will offer payment options beyond the existing ones like Google Wallet or Android Pay, the report said.

Tez, meaning fast in Hindi, will include support for the government-backed Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and other consumer payment services including Paytm and MobiKwik, according to the report. Google did not comment on the report, but sent a media invite for the launch of a new product for India on Sept. 18.

Google, Facebook and WhatsApp were in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to provide UPI-enabled payment on their platforms, the Mint daily had reported in July. The internet giant launched its payment app Android Pay in the United States two years ago.




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WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton to Leave Company

Written by Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:18


Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

Here's Acton's Facebook post announcing his departure from WhatsApp, and explaining his reasons, in its entirety.

"After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life.

I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about. I've decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute. I'll have more to share in the coming months.

This decision is, of course, a tough one. I'm proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it's humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.




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Micro-blogging website Twitter is reportedly testing a feature that will simplify the way users post "tweetstorms" — a series of related tweets posted by a user in quick succession.

According to a report on Engadget on Monday, A user has discovered a hidden, experimental "tweetstorm" feature in Twitter's Android app that simplifies the process. "Instead of posting tweets one at a time and replying to them in sequence, you compose everything behind the scenes and share it all at once," the report added.

Hidden inside the Android app is a way to write a "tweetstorm" and see it broken into distinct tweets and then tweet them all at once.

Twitter, however, declined to comment on the feature which is yet to be made available to the public.

Twitter has lifted the 140-character limit for its 328 million-plus users to send direct messages. While Twitter is largely a public experience, direct messages let you have private conversations about the memes and news that unfold on the micro blogging site. The company said last year that it would stop counting photos, videos and GIF animations toward the 140-character limit.

This report comes a day after Twitter started allowing users to share access to multiple accounts via iOS and Android applications without needing to share that account's password.





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WhatsApp rolls out two new feature for both Android and iOS users. One of them is the Picture-in-Picture video calling feature and the second one is the text status update. To recall, both the features were earlier available for the beta users, but now WhatsApp has pushed out both the features to stable builds. WhatsApp has been rolling to several new features almost every other day; this is basically because the Facebook-owned messaging platform is aiming towards improving its functionalities.

The new Picture-in-Picture video calling feature allow users to multitask. The feature basically allows the users to make video calls and send messages to friends simultaneously. For instance, if a user is on a video call and also wants to talk to some other friend via message, they can simply resize the video calling screen so they can talk to one friend via video call, and message the other one. After resizing the video call screen will appear at one side of the mobile screen, while the background will be that of the chat box. It is noteworthy, the resized video calling screen can be resized as per requirement and it can also be dragged to any corner of the phone screen.

This is the Picture-in-Picture feature, also known as PiP. Now the text status updates feature. Like we share pictures and videos as status, iOS and Android users will now be able to set a text status as well. It is different from the profile text status. We know that picture and videos on WhatsApp status last's only for 24 hours. The scene will be the same with the new WhatsApp text status as well. So, how does this feature work?




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In collaboration with Reliance Jio, domestic consumer electronics brand Intex Technologies on Friday announced data benefits up to 25GB for its 4G smartphone users.

Under this scheme, all Intex 4G Smartphone users using a Jio connection will get additional 5GB 4G data per recharge, over what they normally get on a recharge of Rs. 309 or above.

"The world's largest end-to-end IP network of Jio and Intex's pan-India mobile distribution network will together be a delight for consumers," said Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head, Mobiles, Intex Technologies, in a statement. The offer is limited to a maximum of five recharges.

Late last month, Chinese manufacturer Oppo also partnered with Reliance Jio to offer data benefits to its smartphone customers.

Those customers who purchase an Oppo smartphone and enrol themselves in Jio Prime membership will get additional data benefits.

As per the new offer, buyers of Oppo's F3F3 Plus, and F1 Plus smartphone models can get additional data up to 10GB on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above (making it up to 60GB of additional data). On the other hand, those customers who purchase Oppo F1sA57A37, and A33 models can get additional data up to 7GB on every recharge (making it up to 42GB of additional data). Notably, customers can avail these additional data benefits for a maximum of six Jio recharges.




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