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Now, live-stream Facebook videos on your iPhone
New York : Facebook has rolled out an update for iPhone users that enables them to live stream videos on the social media website.
 
The feature was rolled out in the US on Thursday and would be extended in other countries in the coming weeks, MIT Technology Review reported.
 
The Thursday's announcement comes after a month the social media website said it was testing a feature that enables users to live-stream videos on phones.
 
Currently popular apps, like Meerkat and Twitter-owned Periscope are leading the way in this space.
 
For the feature to work, the user has to update status in the Facebook app and touch a little icon at the bottom of the window that lets the user write a description of the video and decide who he/she want to be able to see it.
 
Then, the user hit "Go Live" and it starts recording. 
 
As soon as the video is live, the user will be notified about who is watching it. People can also add comments while streaming. The video is then saved to user's timeline.
 
Facebook's decision to enable live streaming for iPhone users (and, presumably, eventually those on Android as well) makes a ton of sense, the report said.
 
Facebook during its quarterly earnings call on Wednesday said that its users watch 100 million hours of video each day, and that 500 million people watch video daily on the social network.
 
Facebook's this move aims to take advantage of its mobile reach and get more people to spend more time on the social website.
 
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Dr Agarwal's eye care group to expand in India

The Rs350 crore revenue group operates 60 eye hospitals in India, Africa and Cambodia

 

Eye care hospital chain group Dr. Agarwal's will be expanding its network in India, Africa, Middle East and southeast Asia with $45 million investment by private equity ADV Partners, said a senior official.
 
"We will be doubling our network -- currently 60 hospitals -- over the next four years using the fresh capital infusion from ADV Partners. Part of the investment will be utilised to provide an exit route to Evolvence India that had earlier invested in Dr. Agarwal's Healthcare Ltd," Adil Agarwal, director, told IANS on Friday.
 
The Rs.350 crore revenue group operates 60 eye hospitals in India, Africa and Cambodia.
 
On the domestic front, the group will consolidate its operations and also enter new markets like Kerala, Gujarat, New Delhi, Maharashtra and Punjab.
 
Speaking about diversification plans, Agarwal said the group is looking at getting into making low cost medical devices partnering with some technology start-ups.

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How app helped rural Indian women use modern contraceptives
Each set of ASHAs - community health workers - regularly visits roughly 1,400 rural women
 
Washington : A unique smartphone app developed by an Indian-American researcher from the Johns Hopkins University has helped married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices, leading to a dramatic increase in women using modern family planning methods in just a few months.
 
According to Sanjanthi Velu, Asia team lead at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programs (CCP), women who watched motivational videos on the app called "Gyan Jyoti" were 4.5 times more likely to use modern contraceptive methods than those who did not.
 
"This shows that mobile technology provides an innovative and dynamic platform for social and behaviour change communication," Velu said.
 
"It can encourage conversations between women and frontline health workers that are interactive, culturally relevant, and personalised which lead to increased, sustained use of modern contraceptive methods," he explained.
 
In one district of Bihar, smartphones loaded with the Gyan Jyoti app were given to 14 accredited social health activists (ASHAs), while in another district another 14 ASHAs were supplied with more low-tech SD cards.
 
Each set of ASHAs - community health workers - regularly visits roughly 1,400 rural women.
 
The ASHAs with the smartphone app were able to customise their family planning counselling, showing videos most appropriate to answer each woman's particular questions.
 
Those ASHAs who had the SD card could show the videos, but did not have the benefit of customising their interaction.
 
The ASHAs using the app were also able to share the films via Bluetooth if the women had the technology, enabling the women to show it to their husbands or mothers-in-law at a later time.
 
The researchers randomly chose 406 women from each district to study in May 2015, five months after the app and the SD cards were made available to the ASHAs.
 
They found that 22 percent of women who were counselled with the app were using modern contraception such as IUDs, oral contraceptive pills and injectable contraception at the end of the study period, while 13 percent of the women were using modern contraception in the district without the app.
 
Women who were visited by an ASHA during the study period were 1.9 times more likely to be using modern contraceptive methods.
 
More importantly, women who had watched the videos were 4.5 times more likely to be using modern contraceptives, no matter whether they were shown by an ASHA with the app or an SD card.
 
"Our research shows that there is value in developing targeted mobile platforms that can be customised depending on the needs of each provider and her clients," Velu noted.
 
The app incorporates a variety of videos about family planning and modern contraceptive methods, including entertaining and educational films, testimonials from happy couples who are using contraception, question and answer videos with physicians and other information that aims to dispel myths and misconceptions.
 
According to Velu, the app can be adapted for different languages or other types of health information that families may need.
 
The findings were presented at the "International Family Planning Conference" in Nusa Dua, Indonesia on Thursday.
 
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