Hello world

Well Hello once again,
Being in a world that is ever changing changes a person drastically and his perspective about all these changes across us.Living in a such technologically advance and competitive surrounding you never get to know where you stand and whats ahead to come.
I have experienced a change and have forgotten my roots where I started and where it all began to change.
I wonder how will be going ahead whats to come for me.
Various in my head are still concerning and I am trying to figure out what i am going to do further and I will always make sure to experiment and evolve my skills to understand and compete with all the problems to come ahead and keep my head up leaving behind things that have made me degrade but not anymore with that said lets see whats about to come.


Hello Network : A New Approach to Social Media

Around the world – and especially in India and Brazil – Orkut was the introduction to social networking in the early 2000s. Developed by Google employee Orkut Buyukkokten in 2004, Orkut.com at its peak saw 300 million active users on the platform, until it was supplanted by Facebook, and eventually shut down in 2014.
Hello Network is Orkut Buyukkokten’s fourth social media venture, and was launched in May 2016 as an app-only platform, with the goal of creating an offbeat social platform where users could explore bonds and friendships with other people.

Hello connects you with people and content around your passions. Enjoy an unexpected experience that lets you show the world who you are, express what you love, and create meaningful connections.

Hello Network gives users the option to make connections with people who have similar interests and also build communities. To get started, users need to choose from over 100 personas like ‘Bollywood Fan’, ‘Cricket Fan’, ‘Fashion Enthusiast’, ‘Fitness Buff’, ‘Foodie’, etc. Personas essentially let users connect to people who have chosen the same personas. Users can switch personas anytime they want to. Hello customises the news feed of users according to their interests and hobbies.

It has a Potential feature, that links people in a common location who share common interests. Through its direct messaging feature, Hello Network users can share images, gifts and expressions, and expand their connections. On the Hello Network, users get points on the basis of their interactions and connections.

Built particularly for the new mobile generation, “Hello” brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement, the company said in a statement.
“We designed ‘Hello’ to help you make connections in the real world. It’s a social network built on loves not likes, and I’m delighted to say ‘Hello’ to India once again,” said Buyukkokten, now the CEO of San Francisco-based Hello Network Inc.

According to a PTI report, when asked about the monetisation model, Buyukkokten said the company does not have to sell user data to get revenues. “When a user signs up, they are asked about five things that they are passionate about and then get recommendations that are non-intrusive. We also ensure that every advertiser has a profile on hello (for greater accountability),” PTI quotes him as saying. Hello also doesn’t share user information with with third-party apps.

While the app surely promises a lot, it will have a long daunting task as it moves to increase the number of users to be able to become a successful community network. The app has just come out of the beta stage in India. Though it is worth a try, not everyone might see it as a cool alternative to Facebook.

Whatsapp Data Scandal

While the news regarding Facebook data leak with Cambridge Analytica is still boiling all around, in another news , WhatsApp – freeware messaging app by Facebook –  is now being accused of sharing its payment-related data with Facebook and other third-party apps.

WhatsApp launched its UPI-enabled payment services on February 8, this year. WhatsApp has been accused of killing the UPI interface. In an interview with CNBC, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm founder, has already accused WhatsApp of evading essential authentication processes.

As per the WhatsApp payments privacy policy, “We share information with third-party providers and services to help us operate and improve Payments… To send payment instructions to PSPs (payment service providers), maintain your transaction history, provide customer support, and keep our Services safe and secure, including to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, safety, security, abuse, or other misconduct, we share information we collect under this Payments Privacy Policy with third-party service providers including Facebook,”

Evading the Login and password essentiality to make UPI-enabled payments, WhatsApp has also thus skipped the 2-step authentication in the name of making the payments easy.  Vijay Sharma which has already reached the NPCI alleging the organisation’s preferential service to WhatsApp, accused Facebook of trying the same trick again by killing the open UPI system with closed implementation through the payment feature on WhatsApp.

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp existing policy states that the data which includes fetching a user’s name, number, transaction, date and time are collected so as to review user’s account activity to determine whether the user continues to meet our Terms and Payments Terms.

Interestingly, WhatsApp apparently does that by breaching the NPCI guidelines on users’ data privacy.

Also, sharing its transaction data with third parties is not in sync with the NPCI guidelines which states, “The PSP shall not share the data with any other third party unless mandated by applicable law or required to be produced before a regulatory authority. In such exceptional cases wherein data is required to be shared under applicable law or required to be produced before a regulatory authority and to the extent permitted under such law by such regulatory authority, the PSP shall provide a prior written intimation to NPCI & Bank of such disclosure.”

While WhatsApp has apparently stated that it might follow the NPCI guidelines once it will roll out the payments solution for all the 200 Mn Indian users. 
However, does that justify, playing with the existing 1 Mn users, who have already subscribed to the payments solutions?

Out of 1.5 Bn global users, WhatsApp has 200 Mn users in India. While the company’s UPI-enabled payments solution is currently limited to a user base of 1 Mn, as part of a pilot project, the company has already planned to open it to every Indian user. This might alarm another trust breach by Facebook, as most of the users aren’t aware of such terms and conditions.

Sharing of personal data such as mobile number, bank account details, number and amount of transactions being done with third parties by payments firms can shoot up the rate of phishing attacks in India significantly.
“So far these hackers have been getting passive data about banking customers from random sources. If payment firms start sharing data with third-party companies then it will help the hackers pinpoint that user with every minute detail required,” said an industry expert requesting anonymity.
“In case of payments firms, it also exposes a user’s financial capability to other advertisers,” the person added.

While rival Paytm states that it doesn’t sells or rents a user’s personal information to any third party, it stresses that it will have to do so in case there’s a “legally compliant request for its disclosure”.
“We reserve the right to communicate your personal information to any third party that makes a legally-compliant request for its disclosure,” Paytm says in its privacy policy.

Whatsapp made its entry into the digital payments space in India earlier this year.The digital payments space in India had a total transactional value of Rs 3,37,267 crore in 2018 and is growing at 17.4 percent CAGR.

A Power Station On Your Roof

However bleak and windswept,just about every place on the Earth manages to catch a bit of Sun,and it has long been known that solar power can be converted directly into electricity using what are called photovoltaic cells.

Photovoltaic cells were invented in the 1950s, made from two sheets of silicon they produce electricity whenever sunlight falls on them.Early models were hopelessly inefficient but today’s solar cells convert about 15% of the sun’s power to electricity and it may not be long before Solar panels covering your roof will power the Refrigerator and TV as well as heat your home and water.

Scientists have calculated that the Sun could produce around 10,000 times more energy than the Earth presently consumes.By laying photovoltaic cells across just one small part of Sun-Drenched Sahara desert,we could make enough electricity to satisfy the entire world.

So why don’t we?

In the 1970s,Photovoltaic cells were confined to spacecrafts  and other fabulously expensive technology.But the cost of their manufacture had plummeted by more than 90% since then and now the technology is on the cutting edge of viability within another 10 years it could be genuinely competitively.Coating your roof with Solar cells might once have caused a small fortune and need your house look like a Space Station. Not any more.

The latest solar dash paneled roofs are easier on both eye and pocket.Presently they will set you back about seven times the annual cost of your mains electricity.In that time your investment will have paid for itself anyway,but since photovoltaic cells actually produce more power than you are likely to consume,you might even sell the excess to a local business and show an annual profit as the owner of a miniature power station.

The photovoltaic roof could give you strategic and economic independence.


High tech Device:Boon or bane

The present day high-tech gear is just part of growing up in a digital world.Nevertheless,one cannot deny that all these gadgets have become a part  and parcel of our daily lives.Besides we have become highly  dependent on these  devices.

This is more so in the case of children.Their lives are completely ruled by these devices.These devices made our lives easier and more comfortable.They have made the world jump forward with a leap and built up a glittering modern world.

They have also opened innumerable avenues for the growth and knowledge and  have given form to the wild imagination of man.They have indeed ,revolutionized every sphere of life.

Children spend a great deal of time on these gadgets like video games etc.

The parents feel that excessive use of these gadgets will definitely be destructive for the children.They will recline into their into own high tech shell.

There upon it will  become very difficult for parents to bring them out of this world.

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Ride to Learn

Horse-Riding may help improve memory,learning and problem solving in children,as  the vibrations produced by the animals activate the kids nervous system,scientists have found.

Researchers have examined the effects of horseback riding  on the performance of children by having them complete simple tests  directly before and after horse riding ,while  measuring the children’s heart rate in response  to movements created by the horses.

The behavioral reactions of the children  were tested using ‘Go/no-go’ test,which assesses cognitive response using fast computerized questions.

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Are health apps really beneficial?

Health apps can sometimes turn out to be pretty weird as they tell you to walk 10,000 steps a day could be harmful for some people,an expert claims.

Dr.Greg Hager,professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University,said many fitness trackers have no real evidence to support their targets.

He told the American Association for the Advancement of  Science in Boston,that the figure was based  on a 1960 study of Japanese men who were estimated to burn 3,300 calories by walking 10,000 steps.

“But is that right the right  number for any  of you in this room “,he asked.”Who knows”.Hager added,”Untill we have Evidence based apps you could amplifyissues.I am sure these apps are causing problems.”

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