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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 23, 2017

All India ITR -, a government approved e-filing website has introduced a mobile app to make the process of income tax e-filing simple.

The All India ITR app makes it easy for individual tax payers to file their income tax returns in less time and without the need of a tax consultant or chartered accountant.

The app is available on Android and iOS and lets users file tax returns from anywhere.

When users open the app, there are four options available – start e-filing, income tax calculator, HRA calculator and rent receipt generator.

Click on start e-filing and you will get two tabs – one where you can upload your Form 16 and the other tab is for submitting documents. Upload your Form 16, enter the password or PAN card number and click on submit.

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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 23, 2017

Mobile messaging app WhatsApp had announced in February 2016 that it is ending support for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, along with Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 phones.

Later, WhatsApp extended its support to BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 phones till June this year.

Now WhatsApp has announced in its blog that it will stop working on Nokia Symbian S60 phones after 30 June 2017. However, it will continue to work on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older platforms until 31 December this year and has increased the support for Nokia S40 till 31 December 2018. Also, WhatsApp will continue to work on Android versions 2.3.7 and older until 1 February 2020.

The messaging app has also introduced many new features like video calling, GIF support, ability to queue messages on iOS and others.

Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 23, 2017

Technology company Samsung plans to introduce its new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in an event to be held in the US in August this year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will come with a curved screen, a little larger than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus and it will support two rear cameras.

The Galaxy Note 8’s release comes a year after the terrible launch of the Galaxy Note 7, which was banned by airlines due to battery problems that led to the phones catching fire. After the incident, Samsung stopped the sales of the Note 7 phone.

It is being reported that the release of the new phone will be closely watched to avoid loss in business and criticism from public.

Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 22, 2017

The government of Telangana has introduced a new project called ‘Hyderabad City Hy-Fi Project’ to connect the citizens of the city online.

The project has started 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots set up by companies like Airtel, ACT Fibernet and Indus Towers across Hyderabad. It is said to be one of the largest public Wi-Fi initiatives in India and is expected to set up 3,000 more hotspots in the city over the next three months.

These hotspots will provide speed of 5-10 Mbps with 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi. After 30 minutes, users will be charged for these services.

The initiative is a part of the government’s Digital India programme, which aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 21, 2017

The Kepler mission launched by the American space agency NASA, has found 219 extra solar planets, including 10 Earth-sized planets.

Ten of these planets are rocky and within the zone of the stars they orbit. It means these planets could support liquid water on their surface. One of the planets is closest to Earth in size and the distance to its host star.

So far, Kepler has discovered 4,034 planet candidates, and 2,335 of them have been confirmed as extra solar planets. The mission has also found 50 candidates similar in size to Earth, with more than 30 of them confirmed.

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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 20, 2017

Social media is not just for forwarding jokes and funny videos with friends. The youth of remote areas in Assam are using the power of social media to improve lives. The youth have managed to stop 250 child marriages in their areas in the past four months.

Many young lives have been saved due to a campaign through Facebook and WhatsApp group.

A WhatsApp group called Balya Bibah Birodhi Mancha (Forum Against Child Marriage), passes out the information about child marriage and the local leaders and activists of All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) take action.

Most of these youth had to face violence by local goons who promote child marriages. They want government to come forward and help them in the drive.

Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 20, 2017

A new technology called Iris Vision is aimed at helping the visually impaired.

Iris Vision is a wearable device that allows those with low vision to see the world clearly. With a swipe of a finger, those with low vision are able to get close to the world around them.

The technology uses Samsung VR headset combined with software uploaded to a Samsung Galaxy phone. It works at different distances so it can be used to read things, look at a computer screen, look at people's faces, and watch TV, a play or a show.

Users see a bubble appear that they can make bigger or smaller. Then within the bubble, a person can zoom in or zoom back out. The image looks like a giant widescreen TV right in front of the eyes, so it works for people with different eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and diabetes related eye diseases.

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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 16, 2017

Quick messaging app WhatsApp will no longer support some phones from 30 June.

So, in case you are using any one of these phones, it is high time to get a new phone.

WhatsApp has announced that it will stop working in BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60.

If you use one of the above mobile devices, it is suggested to upgrade to a newer OS version, newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using the messaging app.

Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, Android versions older than 2.3.3 are no longer supported on WhatsApp from the start of 2017.

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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 14, 2017

BiAffect is the name of a new app that monitors mobile device usage to predict manic and depressive episodes in bipolar disorder. The app serves as a kind of fitness tracker for the brain.

This is a first-of-its kind tool for researchers to study mood disorders and even brain-related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The app can help determine the efficacy of different treatments for bipolar and other mood disorders.

The app quietly monitors health from an iPhone which makes it both low-cost and with far-reaching impact to improve the lives of millions of people. During a manic episode, people with bipolar disorder exhibit common behaviors, such as talking really fast, with reduced self-control.

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Category: Science and Technology

Date: Jun 12, 2017

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has introduced a new mobile app called ‘Selfie with Daughter’. The app aims to create awareness about female foeticide in the country.

Female foeticide is the process of removing a female foetus from the womb of mother before birth. It is done after the sex identification tests like ultrasound scan. Female foeticide and any test done to identity the sex of the baby in the womb of a mother is illegal in India.

President Mukherjee has asked people to take photographs with their daughters and upload on the app to make the campaign a success. He hopes that this would slowly help in solving the problems of gender inequality in the country.

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