MX Taka Tak App: MX TakaTak, the new video app from MX Play

MX Taka Tak App:  MX TakaTak, the new video app from MX Play

MX Taka Tak App: MX TakaTak, the new video app from MX Play

For those looking for TikTok alternative, here’s another option — MX TakaTak Social Video Fun app. The from MX Player has made its debut on Google’s app store, Google Play.
“MX TakaTak offers you real and fun videos that you can watch and share on social media. Browse all types of videos, ranging from Dialogue Dubbing, Comedy, Gaming, DIY, Food, Sports, Memes, and many more,” says the app’s description on the Google Play Store.
As to what all you can do with the app: Create short fun music videos on the go, dub your favourite movies dialogue, dance videos, and a lot more, share on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media platforms. Edit videos using our editing features and share.
“MX TakaTak is a short video community, made locally and specially by MX Media & Entertainment in India. On MX TakaTak, we provide rich video content and encourage creation full of imagination,” adds the description on Play Store.
The main features of the app include:
Trending India hot videos: Browse trending hot, funny, amazing videos just in a swipe.
Save and share status: Up to 10,000 status videos available.
Shoot and edit: Users can record the most creative side and share.
Beauty cam: Users can choose beauty effects and filters while shooting a video.
Video editor: Users can combine and adjust videos the way they want them to be.
Photo editor: Users can pick up to nice photos and start a story.
Music library: There’s music library with fresh editor’s picks.
Languages supported: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and English.

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Gmail:  Gmail on Apple iPad has got a new feature - Times of

Gmail: Gmail on Apple iPad has got a new feature – Times of

Google’s email service Gmail can finally be used simultaneously along with other applications on the iPad, as per a report by GSMArena. The popular email service has been added to the apps list that come with multitasking support on the iPadOS. Google, as per the report, has said that only the Gmail app versions with the latest update will support this function. Now, it would be easy to open the Gmail app on iPad alongside applications like Google Photos or Calendar.
The new feature will work both for G Suite customers and the end users with personal Google accounts, as per the report. The drag-and-drop feature of the iPadOS will facilitate multitasking with the Gmail app.
After the increased need for video conferencing by organisations the world over during the coronavirus lockdown that saw video calling app Zoom’s sudden growth, Google also jumped into the fray by making Google Meet free for everyone. Looking to simplify the video calling experience, Google also recently added a shortcut to start a Google Meet video call to its Gmail app for both Android and iOS users. The feature lets the smartphone users see a Meet tab on their smartphone’s Gmail app itself. Within this tab, they will see all the scheduled Google Meet calls in a calendar.
Google even said that users will be able to conduct free meetings only up to an hour, however, there is not going to be any cap until after September 30. The tech giant also has a dedicated app for Google Meet that recently crossed 50 million downloads on Google Play Store.

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Drak Mode for Android:  Google enables dark mode for Docs,

Drak Mode for Android: Google enables dark mode for Docs,

Internet search giant Google has started rolling out the dark theme support for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for Android smartphone users.
This was announced by the company on a G suite blog post where it said that these platforms will automatically adapt the dark mode for handsets, so users will not have to separately enable it. However, they will get the option to turn off dark mode for Docs, Sheets, or Slides independently. If users customise this, the app will stay in that mode irrespective of what theme the smartphone is working on.
The dark mode support for these apps will come automatically to Android phones so users don’t have to do anything to get access to it. To turn off the dark mode for the app, users can head to Menu > Settings > Theme > Dark in each app.
When using the Dark theme, you can preview your current document or sheet in the Light theme using More > View in light theme.
This support is rolling out to users already and the extended rollout is said to be potentially longer than 15 days for it to be visible.
Back in May, there were reports that Google is set to bring the dark mode support for search results pages on the Google Chrome app.
According to a report by 9to5Google, the Google Chrome app has had the support for dark mode since some time now, however, that was applicable to other aspects visible on the web pages such as Discover Feed on the New Tab Page. This means that the webpage that shows the search results has been available in White background even if dark mode is enabled.
As per the report by 9to5Google, a new code change has been added to the Chromium source code repository. The new code will add a new flag to chrome://flags, which offers this description: If enabled, users will see a darkened search results page if Chrome is in night mode as well.

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Google relaunches Google Plus as Currents - Times of India

Google relaunches Google Plus as Currents – Times of India

Internet search giant Google has relaunched its social networking platform Google+ as Currents. The company has rebranded the app to Google Currents on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The Google Currents app is now available on both the apps stores, however, it is only for enterprise customers.
The Google Play Store listing describes the app as a place where people can connect with their colleagues, exchange documents, interact with like-minded people who have similar interests, keep track on what is happening in other departments and across the organisation with trending tags and more such other things.
“Currents is available for G Suite customers only. Check with your G Suite IT Administrator to learn more,” adds the description.
According to a report in 9to5Google, plus.google.com URLs will continue to function and automatically redirect users to currents.google.com.
For the uninitiated, the Google Currents platform was announced in April 2019 for G Suite users. At the time of its launch, the company in an official post said, “Currents makes it easy to have meaningful discussions by enabling leaders and employees to exchange ideas across the organization and gather valuable feedback and input from others — without flooding inboxes.”
In April 2019, a Google spokesperson announced that the official process for the shutdown of Google+ has started. The reason stated was low usage and some security bugs that were recently discovered.
“While our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” Google’s Ben Smith wrote in October 2018.

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Google-backed groups criticise Apple's new warnings on user

Google-backed groups criticise Apple’s new warnings on user

A group of European digital advertising associations has criticised Apple Inc’s plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.
Apple last week disclosed features in its forthcoming operating system for iPhones and iPads that will require apps to show a pop-up screen before they enable a form of tracking commonly needed to show personalized ads.
Sixteen marketing associations, some of which are backed by Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, faulted Apple for not adhering to an ad-industry system for seeking user consent under European privacy rules. Apps will now need to ask for permission twice, increasing the risk users will refuse, the associations argued.
Facebook and Google are the largest among thousands of companies that track online consumers to pick up on their habits and interests and serve them relevant ads.
Apple said the new feature was aimed at giving users greater transparency over how their information is being used. In training sessions at a developer conference last week, Apple showed that developers can present any number of additional screens beforehand to explain why permission is needed before triggering its pop-up.
The pop-up says an app “would like permission to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies” and gives the app developer several lines below the main text to explain why the permission is sought. It is not required until an app seeks access to a numeric identifier that can be used for tracking, and apps only need to secure permission once.
The group of European marketing firms said the pop-up warning and the limited ability to customize it still carries “a high risk of user refusal.”
Apple engineers also said last week the company will bolster a free Apple-made tool that uses anonymous, aggregated data to measure whether advertising campaigns are working and that will not trigger the pop-up.
“Because it’s engineered to not track users, there’s no need to request permission to track,” Brandon Van Ryswyk, an Apple privacy engineer, said in a video session explaining the measurement tool to developers

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EU regulators begin closer scrutiny of $2.1bn Google-Fitbit

EU regulators begin closer scrutiny of $2.1bn Google-Fitbit

London: After issuing a warning in February about potential privacy risks of Google having access to Fitbits data, the European Union (EU) regulators have now sent detailed questionnaires to their rivals, asking them to assess how the acquisition can affect the digital healthcare space.
The anti-competition watchdog has set a deadline of July 20 for its next decision regarding the $2,1 billion Google-Fitbit deal
“The level of detail in the recent questionnaires sent to the companies’ rivals suggests an extended investigation could be in the works,” reports The Financial Times.
The EU regulators have asked rivals whether the Google-Fitbit deal will disadvantage fitness tracking apps hosted in Google’s Play Store, and “how Google might use the data to profile users for its search and advertising business”.
The move comes in the wake of the tech giant’s plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users.
Regulators are in the process of considering whether to allow the tech giant to gobble up all this data.
In an earlier statement, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) wrote: “There are concerns that the possible further combination and accumulation of sensitive personal data regarding people in Europe by a major tech company could entail a high level of risk to the fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data”.
In the EU, how privacy is handled will have a huge impact on whether or not the deal goes through.
The EDPB also left a reminder that Google and Fitbit are obligated to conduct a transparent assessment of “the data protection requirements and privacy implications” regarding this merger.
The US Justice Department and Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission have also raised their concerns over the deal.
“Buying Fitbit will allow Google to build an even more comprehensive set of user data, further cementing its position and raising barriers to entry to potential rivals,” according to ACCC Chairman Rod Sims.
Google acquired Fitbit for $2.1 billion late last year, a deal that includes the user data of Fitbit customers including activity, sleep, location, and other health data.
Google, however, has stressed that “Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.”

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Google pays over Rs 1 lakh crore to Apple every year in just

Google pays over Rs 1 lakh crore to Apple every year in just

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It costs Google at least $1.5 billion or around Rs 1.15 lakh crore every year to be the default search engine on the Safari internet browser on iPhones. This amount is just meant for one country– UK, as revealed by regulators in the UK who are digging into the deal between Apple and Google over which search engine works by default the moment someone opens Safari on their iPhone.
Not to forget, Google is just another search engine option for Safari users. There’s Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo as well. But very few iPhone users seem to visit the settings menu of their iPhones and think of changing the search engine of Safari. This is why Google happily pays billions to Apple to stay default: to keep out Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo out of the iPhone race.
Well, if you think “at least $1.5 billion” every year in just the UK is a big amount then know that there is no official figure available publicly when it comes to how much Google pays Apple globally for the default position.
For the record, a quick Google search itself reveals that there are at least 140 search engines globally. Now you know why paying for the default position matters.
As per a report by The Verge, citing a new report by UK government’s Competition and Markets Authority, this fees that Google pays to Apple for the default position “creates a significant barrier to entry and expansion” for competitors of Google. In order to make it a level playing field for other search engines, the regulators in the UK believe that they should either put a cap on how much Apple can charge companies for being the default service provider or give an option to the users to choose the service while they are setting up their iPhones.
As per the report, in 2014, court documents revealed that Google paid Apple $1 billion to secure the default position in the US. Now, documents revealed that Google paid $1.5 billion to Apple in the UK last year. This is concerning for the regulators as the UK deal is “50% higher than what Google paid for US placement more than six years ago for a far more populous region” as per the report by The Verge.

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Google may soon rollout Smart Compose feature to WhatsApp

Google may soon rollout Smart Compose feature to WhatsApp

Internet search giant Google has started testing the Smart Compose feature for messaging apps including WhatsApp, Telegram and Google Messages, according to a report by 9to5Google.
As per the report, a new beta version of Gboard was rolled out via Google Play Store and some users who were on version 9.5.12.317844448 discovered that Google Messages is offering suggestions for completing the sentences through Smart Compose just as it does on Gmail right now.
Just as is the case with other Google tools, users were able to swipe right on the text to accept the suggestion, claimed the report.
The company has not made any official announcement on this feature coming to Google Messages or third party apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram using the Gboard app, however, we expect that to happen soon now.
For those unaware, the Smart Compose feature was first announced at Google I/O 2018 where it turned out to be one of the most talked about features. The feature acts as a smart reply function that predicts and makes suggestions on what users may be planning to type by using Artificial Intelligence. The feature was first rolled our to Gmail on desktop in May 2018, followed by Pixel smartphones in October 2018. Most recently in February 2020 the feature was rolled out to Google Docs for all the G-Suite users.
Readers must note that the feature is only available for G Suite users which means that they will not be able to access it on their personal Google Docs account. The Smart Compose feature is on by default. In case they don’t want to use the feature, then they can disable it by going to tools>preferences and can uncheck ‘Show Smart Compose Suggestions’.

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