Home AppsApps News Shekhar Thakran, 07 February 2017 Highlights The Long Task API now holds “Intent to ship” status in Chrome
Third-party content often found responsible behind long tasks
Expected to come with future Chrome updates to browser Google is looking to improve page responsiveness in its Chrome browser by introducing a Long Task API that will enable Web apps and their developers to figure out the elements behind the delay and provide a fix accordingly. With the help of Long Task API, the performance issues on the browser can be specifically tied to particular components of the page and can then be fixed for improving the response time or unresponsiveness in some cases.
The Long Task API essentially helps in identification of the Long Tasks (i.e. processes whose execution time is longer than 50 milliseconds). “The major culprit behind these responsiveness issues is main thread contention, which in turn is caused by 'long tasks'. Long tasks monopolise the UI thread for extended periods of time and block other critical tasks from being executed – for instance reacting to input,” the search giant said in the Google Group for Blink Dev (Chromium).
The long tasks often tie up the main thread and prevent users from interacting with the page even though the page is rendered visually, a post on code repository site GitHub says. The post mentions that poorly-designed content from third-parties has been found to be a frequent culprit behind long tasks.
As the user interactions such as taps or clicks are queued behind the long tasks, it can result in an unpleasant user experience. The Long Task API now holds “Intent to ship” status in Chromium and can therefore be expected to come with future browser updates, as pointed out in a report by Android Police.
It will be interesting to see how the detection of long tasks will help in improving the page responsiveness and in turn user experience when Long Task API finally comes into action.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Tasneem Akolawala, 07 February 2017 Highlights UAC specs are available as developer preview for now
Apple says port support added on request of licensees
It is not looking to replace Lightning or USB Type-C cables Apple is reportedly introducing support for a new connector type in its MFi (Made for iPhone) licensing program for certified accessories. Apple calls it the Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) and it's much smaller than the USB Type-C and Lightning connectors currently used by the company. It is used for the same purposes as all connectors – for charging and transferring data – and will reportedly replace Lightning and USB connectors in some cases.
The UAC connector is similar to the ones found on Nikon cameras, and this support will allow licensees to make Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm headset jacks to UAC cables, for connecting various Apple devices – though currently the only use specified by the company is between Apple devices and headphones. 9to5Mac reports that “the UAC will allow accessory makers to save space inside their designs versus using an Apple Lightning port or USB-C, which are similar in size to one another.”
The UAC connector measures in at 2.05mm by 4.85mm at the tip, and is slightly less thick and half as wide as the USB Type-C and Lightning port.
Because of this new port support, speculations of Apple introducing a new kind of connector have started to do the rounds. However, Ars Technica says that Apple has confirmed “it was adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it's trying to push licensees to support a new kind of connector.”
So far, the UAC specs are available in developer preview only to preparing manufacturers of the change. It wouldn't be a smart move on Apple's part to introduce a new port right now, as it just shifted to USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on its MacBook Pro 2016 models. Apple also removed the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus forcing users to use the Lightning port for charging and audio. It is unlikely that Apple will introduce UAC as a replacement to either USB Type-C or Lightning port.
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Home AppsApps News Press Trust of India, 07 February 2017 National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) today said it expects all state-run banks to join Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) by month-end.
BHIM is the common platform across the nation for making simple, easy and quick payment transactions using Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
“Since the customer base of PSBs is very large, their participation in BHIM is of crucial importance for the success of this app. We are confident that once all PSBs are a part of BHIM, the user base will jump multiple times,” NPCI's managing director and CEO A P Hota said in a statement in Mumbai on Tuesday.
As on date 37 banks including State Bank of India, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India, are on the BHIM platform.
The PSBs which will go live very soon on the platform are Corporation Bank, Punjab and Sindh Bank and five associates of State Bank of India.
BHIM was launched on December 30, 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Till January 31, 13.8 million customers have downloaded the app out of which 3.6 million customers have linked the app to their bank account.
Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple Seeks Design Perfection at New 'Spaceship' Campus
Home OthersOthers Features Reuters, 07 February 2017 Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products.
His last work – Apple Inc's sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. – will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing attention to detail. From the arrangement of electrical wiring to the finish of a hidden pipe, no aspect of the 2.8 million-square-foot main building has been too small to attract scrutiny.
But constructing a building as flawless as a hand-held device is no easy feat, according interviews with nearly two dozen current and former workers on the project, most of whom would not be named because they signed non-disclosure agreements.
Since Apple unveiled its plans in 2011, the move-in date has slowly receded: Jobs' initial projection was 2015, but this spring now seems most likely, according to people involved in the project. A lengthy approval process with the city contributed to the delay.
Apple has not revealed the total price tag, but former project managers estimate it at about $5 billion – a figure CEO Tim Cook did not dispute in a 2015 TV interview. More than $1 billion was allocated for the interior of the main building alone, according to a former construction manager.
For all the time and money sunk into the project, some in the architecture community question whether Apple has focused on the right ends. The campus is something of an exception to the trend of radically open offices aimed at fostering collaboration, said Louise Mozingo, a professor and chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley. Its central office building – a massive ring of glass frequently likened to a spaceship – could be a challenge just to navigate, she noted.
“It's not about maximizing the productivity of the office space, it's about creating a symbolic center for this global company,” she said. “They are creating an icon.”
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment for this story.
World's largest piece of curved glass
Tech companies have long favored generic office parks, which allow them to lease and shed space through booms and busts. Jobs' unveiling of what's formally known as Apple Campus 2, months before his death, marked a new chapter in Silicon Valley architecture.
When completed, the campus will house up to 14,200 employees, according to the 2013 project description. The main building – which boasts the world's largest piece of curved glass – will be surrounded by a lush canopy of thousands of trees. Little remains from the cement-laden campus Apple acquired from Hewlett-Packard, though the iPhone maker preserved a century-old barn that remained intact as the land passed from tech giant to tech giant.
But what was most striking to those who worked on the project was Apple managers' insistence on treating the construction of the vast complex the same way they approach the design of pocket-sized electronics.
Home AppsApps Features Pranay Parab , 07 February 2017 Highlights Fire Emblem Heroes is free-to-play with in-app purchases
You need to use your in-game orbs very wisely
Equip your heroes with skills for additional damage Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes is a fun free-to-play game with way too many items and things to remember, and that can bog down new players. Before you know it, you could end up with level 20 heroes who can't progress any further as the enemies are just too strong. After Super Mario Run, this is the Japanese game giants second game for smartphones, and if you're just getting started, we can help.
Over the course of playing, we've discovered several tricks to boost our rate of progress that we wish we'd known when we started. If you're getting started with Fire Emblem Heroes, these tips will help. Even if you have started playing, you can always restart the game if you've hit a wall, and use these tricks to boost your stats.
Upgrade your castle
The game has a number of different currencies, but the key to it all is orbs. This is the main currency of the game, which you earn by clearing levels, and completing milestones. To progress quickly, it's important to have the right strategy for spending orbs.
Upgrading your castle is perhaps the most important way to spend orbs. Tap Shop, and select Upgrade Castle. This gives you a big bonus on experience gained. For a 20 percent boost you need to spend one orb, and then you can spend two more for a 40 percent experience point boost. This goes up all the way till 100 percent for 10 orbs. We recommend a minimum of 40 percent experience boost, to help level your heroes more quickly and efficiently.
As we mentioned, spending the orbs properly is the key to progressing quickly through the game. Don't just spend your orbs at random, and look for ways to stockpile your orbs. There are a number of different things you ca do to maximise the number of orbs you get.
Link your Nintendo account to get 10 extra orbs. Clearing story maps gives you one orb per level. The entire game revolves around orbs so it's best to stock up every last one of them especially if you don't intend to purchase these with real money. You also get random log in bonuses so just open the app every day and check the home screen, to get an orb or two.
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Now that you've gathered as many orbs as possible, head to the Summon screen. Here you can summon heroes. In one session you can summon up to five heroes. The first hero costs five orbs, and the cost goes down to three orbs by the time you summon the fifth hero. For this reason, it's important to stockpile orbs and then summon five heroes at a time, to reduce the total number of orbs you'll be spending.
Fire Emblem Heroes uses a lottery mechanic when summoning heroes, so you don't know whom you're getting, or at what level. If you get lucky, you'll summon a five-star gold hero – these are the most valuable characters in the game.
Even if you don't get gold heroes, you can do well with bronze or silver heroes. Once they get to level 20, you can use coloured badges and feathers to upgrade them to five-star heroes. You'll need a lot of these though – for instance, a three-star to four-star upgrade will set you back by 20 badges, and 2,000 feathers. So, be sure to keep stocking up on these by clearing quests, duels, and training stratums (what the game calls stages).
If you're new to the game, you might be tempted to focus on upgrading your attack and defence. After all, a tougher hero is a better hero. But attack and defence aren't the only important stats. Speed matters too. If your character is much faster than the enemy, you get to attack twice in the same turn. This gives you a big advantage in close fights.
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Each hero has three skill slots that let the character deal some extra damage. Slot A usually deals additional attack damage, while slot B weakens the enemy, and slot C usually restricts enemy movement. Tap Allies and Learn Skills. Heroes like Takumi get insane counterattack damage through skills so be sure to check this for all your heroes.
To equip skills you need skill points, which are gained in battle. In case you have a very high level hero, try to avoid killing low level enemies, as this doesn't give you much experience. Instead, use your low level heroes to land the killing blow. This gives them skill points that are essential.
Don't charge in with four red tanks (characters built for physical combat). Ranged units such as blue mages could destroy you in seconds. Instead look for an optimum balance – one character each of the three colours, and a ranged unit.
Archers are excellent, especially if you have Takumi with his counterattack skill enabled, but mages are better against enemy tanks. Be sure to level up one mage so that eventually when you meet armoured knights, you'll be able to handle them easily.
Heroes reward you
Keep going to the home screen, where your heroes hang out in the castle, and tap heroes with hearts floating above them. These heroes reward you with in-game items. It might not be much, but it can be helpful to tip the balance in your favour.
These are our best tips for beginners playing Fire Emblem Heroes. Which are yours? Let us know via the comments.
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Google, H&M's Ivyrevel Partner for Coded Couture App to Make Customised 'Data Dresses' Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple Seeks Design Perfection at New 'Spaceship' Campus MESSAGE Pranay Parab Fields marked with * are mandatory From: * Email: Message: * 2000
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Ivyrevel expects the pricing for the dresses to start from $99
The Awareness API was announced by Google last year Google has partnered with H&M Group's digital fashion house – Ivyrevel – for a new project named “Coded Couture”. As part of this project, Google and Ivyrevel have created an Android application that will make use of the search giant's Awareness API to collect personal data regarding the users and in turn create customised dresses specifically for them.
Google's Awareness API (as well as its Snapshot API) provide the Coded Couture app with information regarding the user's location, weather, activities, daily routine, and nearby beacons to help it come up with a customised dress that suits their needs. Users have to specify the occasion (like Business, Party, or Gala) for which they need the dress and then on basis of their activities, the location, and other requirements, it comes up with a customised Data Dress that can be further customised before being bought by the user.
To recall, the Awareness API was one of the biggest announcements made at Google I/O last year. It provides app makers and smartphone manufacturers with a single place to access a signals collected by the device related to location and usage. In total, there are seven signals – activity, beacons, headphones, location, places, time, and weather. Google said that with the API, the device should also see an improved battery life due to the conservation of resources. The Snapshot API, within the Awareness API, is specifically meant for when the app queries for data.
Even though the advertisement for the Code Couture app – currently in a closed alpha – says that it will be made available soon, there has been no timeline shared as of now for its release. Ivyrevel expects the pricing for the dresses to start from $99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) but it is subject to change, The Verge points out in its report. Users can sign up at Ivyrevel's Coded Couture site to register for the beta.
Oppo F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition to Launch Friday at Rs. 18,990
Home MobilesMobiles News Ketan Pratap, 07 February 2017 Highlights New Oppo f1s Rose Gold Limited Edition priced at Rs. 18,990
It will be available exclusively online via Flipkart
The smartphone will go on sale from Friday Chinese handset manufacturer Oppo has announced the availability of the F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition which will going on sale on Friday. Priced at Rs. 18,990, the all-new Oppo F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition will be exclusively available online via Flipkart. The company adds that consumers can start pre-ordering the new Rose Gold colour from Tuesday.
The Chinese company in a press statement said that the brand new colour is being launched around Valentine's Day and Oppo claims that the F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition can be a “a perfect gift for this Valentine's Day.”
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On the launch of the Limited Edition, Will Yang, Brand Director, Oppo India said, “By launching the selfie expert F1s Rose Gold Limited Version, we aim to offer our Indian consumers an outstanding photographic experience and enjoy the most of their time with their special someone this Valentine's Day.”
The big highlight of the Oppo F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition is the 16-megapixel front-facing camera with a 1/3.1-inch sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The handset also comes with few selfie-focused features such as Beautify 4.0 for selfie editing, Selfie Panorama, and Screen Flash.
Other specifications include a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection apart from support for gloved and wet touch input. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. It packs 64GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage option via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM card) Oppo F1s runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The Oppo F1s bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF autofocus, an f/2.2 aperture, and dual-LED flash. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB OTG, GPS, and Bluetooth v4.0. The smartphone is backed by a 3075mAh battery, measures 154.5x76x7.38mm, and weighs 160 grams. Sensors on board include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, and digital compass. It also sports a fingerprint sensor on the home button which is claimed to unlock the device in 0.2 seconds.
To recall, Oppo launched the F1s selfie smartphone in August last year and then refreshed it with increased RAM and internal storage capacity in November.
Oppo F1sRs.18,990REVIEWKEY SPECSNEWSDesignDisplaySoftwarePerformanceBattery lifeCameraValue for moneyGoodVivid display and good aestheticsDedicated microSD trayGood cameras and battery lifeDecent all-round performanceBadStill using Android LollipopSlow charging timesPricing could be more competitive Read detailed Oppo F1s reviewDisplay5.50-inchProcessorocta-coreFront Camera16-megapixelResolution720x1280 pixelsRAM3GBOSAndroid 5.1Storage32GBRear Camera13-megapixelBattery Capacity3075mAhOppo F1s Rose Gold Limited Edition to Launch Friday at Rs. 18,990
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Safer Internet Day 2017 – Google Highlights Need to Simplify Online Safety MESSAGE Ketan Pratap Fields marked with * are mandatory From: * Email: Message: * 2000
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Many Internet users in India are coming online for the first time and there is a need to simplify ways to make them safe, a Google executive said in New Delhi on Tuesday, which is being celebrated as Safer Internet Day 2017 the world over. The theme of Safer Internet Day 2017 is 'Be the change: unite for a better Internet'.
“We need to simplify and amplify ways by which users in India can stay safe. Safer Internet Day provides for an important opportunity to engage and encourage young users across the country to learn more about keeping themselves as well as their peers and families safe online,” Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director (Public Policy) Google India told reporters.
Google has been working on tools including spam detection and 'Safe Browsing' measuring billions of signals across sites and apps to make the web and the constellation of Android apps as well as devices safer, he added.
'Safe Browsing' feature warns users against unsafe websites found infected with malware, virus or a phishing trap.
Google has also developed the 'app analyser', a modified version of 'Safe Browsing' that specifically hunts for dangerous apps in Google Play, other app stores, and on the Web, and warns users on identifying any unsafe application.
As an effort to promote digital literacy and spread awareness around Internet safety, Google India on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2017 distributed awards among the winners of the second edition of the Web Rangers initiative in India.
As part of this Web Rangers contest, young kids were asked to create and run their own online safety campaigns in the form of social campaigns, posters, videos and apps.
“Google remains committed to providing all users a safe online experience, and help make the broader web of sites and apps more secure as well,” said Sunita Mohanty, Director (Trust and Safety) Google India.
Google executives present on the occasion suggested that users should take quick Security Checkup – an easy way to review and manage Google Account's security settings and keep the Google Account more secure.
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