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Most Bollywood films of yore had a scene where the villain would hold someone dear to the good guy to ransom to force the hero to do his bidding—like signing on a paper or agreement to transfer assets, etc. Fast forward to 2024 and you hardly find such scenes in films or television serials....

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Many a times, we have large photos which are difficult to send online due to their large size. Image Compressor Lite will be your helpful companion at such times!   This app allows you to easily compress and re-size images on your device. You can compress images to a particular size, or to a...

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Prachi Salve (IndiaSpend) 18 April 2024
Aditya Shinde (name changed) spent upwards of Rs 7 lakh on the health expenses of his grandmother, who was diagnosed with renal failure in late 2019 and died in April 2021.   “The medical costs have definitely gone up,” Shinde, who lost his father in 2013 to the same condition, says. “The...

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Akshay Naik 17 April 2024
There is a long-standing debate on consumption of eggs and heart health. But findings from a new study indicate that consuming a dozen fortified eggs on a weekly basis does not significantly affect cholesterol levels, compared to a diet with minimal egg intake (two or fewer eggs...

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While most Indians are busy with the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Lok Sabha elections, this week turned out to be quite alarming for mobile users, in terms of newer threats and cyberattacks. Apple has issued a threat notification about mercenary spyware attacks on a very small number of...

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These days, all of us have multiple devices—maybe a phone and a tablet, a phone and a computer or even multiple phones. It is always a struggle to keep the devices in sync, especially for important files and folders.                                         Syncthing is a very simple...

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Majority of Indians (74 per cent) are in favour of the government creating mandatory BIS standard (Bureau of Indian Standards) for hospital bills, which requires all charges for consumables, services, facilities, and others to be itemised, a new report said on Sunday.   According to the...

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Challenging Brazil's court order to block certain popular X accounts, tech billionaire Elon Musk has said that he will lift all the restrictions even if they have to close their office in the country.   This move comes after X Corp has been forced by court decisions to block certain popular...

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In 2009, Germany, technologically one of the most advanced nations, ended electronic voting with the Federal Constitutional Court finding that the inability to have meaningful public scrutiny meant that electronic voting was unconstitutional. Stressing the need for transparency, constitutional...

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Do you have a tablet or secondary phone lying around, and you'd like to get an alert before its battery dies completely rather than finding it out at an inconvenient time? Are you responsible for charging your kids' or parents' devices? Are you on the computer most of the time and like to know...

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A day after a massive earthquake rattled Taiwan, a key supplier of chips and displays to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), industry leaders said on Thursday there will not be any impact on the global supply chain serving mobile phones and other electronics.   Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman...

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted the sea area near Hualien of Taiwan at 7:58am. Wednesday (Beijing time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).   A red alert for tsunami has been issued after the earthquake.   The epicentre was monitored at 23.81 degrees...

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The number of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions witnessed a staggering growth at 56% y-o-y (year-on-year) in the second half of last year (H2FY22-23), with the volume being at 65.77bn (billion) from 42.09bn in H2FY21-22, a new report showed on Wednesday.   The value of...

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Meta said that it took down over 13.8mn (million) pieces of bad content across 13 policies for Facebook and over 4.8mn pieces of objectionable content across 12 policies for Instagram in India in February.   In February, Facebook received 18,512 reports through the Indian grievance...

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Chief justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud on Monday said that adequate safeguards must be established to prevent abuse of AI (artificial intelligence) and other advanced technologies.   Delivering 20th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on the occasion of CBI (central bureau of...

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Meta-owned WhatsApp on Monday said it banned more than 76 lakh accounts in India in the month of February, in compliance with the IT (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.   Between the February 1-29 period, 7,628,000 WhatsApp accounts were banned and 1,424,000...

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The year 2024 is a very special one. As many as 76 out of 196 countries are going to hold elections this year, in which nearly 4bn (billion) or 400 crore voters will participate. What will make these elections different is the manner in which politicians will reach out to voters. The increased...

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Often, hospital authorities do not make healthcare documents of patients accessible to them; although it is mandatory under the medical council of India rules, besides under the Right to Information Act (RTI).   In fact, under the RTI Act, central information commissioner (CIC) Prof...

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Akshay Naik 28 March 2024
When preparing a child’s lunch or choosing a nutritious afternoon snack, one only needs to look at three varieties of fruit snacks - dried fruit, fruit puree and canned fruit with juice. These align with the most recent recommendations for high-nutrition snacks established by US federal dietary...

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Menaka Rao (IndiaSpend.org) 27 March 2024
India has hit the elimination target for Kala-azar, a parasitic disease in 2024, but a drug used to treat the skin manifestation of Kala-azar is being linked to eye problems, including blindness.   Miltefosine is given to patients with Post-Kala-azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL), which...

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