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How EU data privacy law will apply to Indian firms

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) designed to give citizens in the European Union (EU) more rights to control their personal information also applies to an Indian entity if it monitors the behaviour of individuals in the EU. Non-compliance of GDPR rules can cost companies a fortune -- 20 million Euros or four per cent of annual turnover. "The scope of GDPR is very wide. It does not matter whether you are in the EU or outside," Supratim Chakraborty, Associate Partner at the law firm Khaitan & Co, told IANS. "If you are providing goods and services through the data subjects in EU, you will be covered under the ambit.

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Can Facebook help young adults quit smoking?

Smokers were 2.5 times more likely to quit post a cessation intervention programme delivered entirely on social networking giant Facebook than by other online quit-smoking programmes, a clinical trial has showed. Young adults are less likely to use evidence-based treatments for smoking cessation such as medication, counselling or phone-based quit lines, research has shown. As a result, social media-based programmes could potentially expand the reach of cessation services. It can be used effectively to support short-term positive behaviour change, especially among young adult smokers--a challenging group to reach and treat, the researchers said.

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IPL most searched word online

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become one of the largest sporting extravaganza in the world with the search volume for keyword "IPL" being 1.8 million, according to a study conducted by SEMrush, a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and search analytics software. The software provides intelligence data, including website traffic information, keywords projected AdWords spend, and other SEO-related data. The SEMrush's research, which digs into the online user behaviour of 192 million viewers, has come up with this data. The keyword "IPL" has more than 22,520,00 related keywords. While the IPL keyword volume in April 2017 was 823,000, in April 2018, it has risen to 1.8 million, said a statement.

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Reliance JioPhone is world no 1

With a share of 15 per cent, Reliance JioPhone grabbed the top spot in the global feature phone market in the first quarter of 2018 followed by Nokia HMD, iTel, Samsung and Tecno, a new report said on Thursday. Driven by strong shipments of Reliance JioPhone in India and the return of Nokia HMD, the global feature phone market grew 38 per cent annually in the first quarter of 2018, Counterpoint's latest report said. Nokia HMD had 14 per cent market share while iTel got 13 per cent, Samsung grabbed six per cent and Tecno also had six per cent market share in the global feature phone market. "There are still around half-a-billion feature phones sold every year and these continue to serve the needs of the roughly two billion feature phones users globally. This is still a huge market catering to a diverse user base, many of whom still prefer feature phones over smartphones," the market research firm said in a statement.

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Xiaomi rolls out 'Mi Credit' for instant loans in India

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Thursday launched "Mi Credit" -- its new service that acts as a platform for users to initiate instant financial lending in India. According to the company, "Mi Credit" is currently available in partnership with KreditBee which is an instant personal loan platform for "young professionals". "Xiaomi provides Internet services to give our users a complete mobile internet experience and MIUI functions as an open platform for us to deliver our wide range of Internet services like content, entertainment, financial services and productivity tools," Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, said in a statement.

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Delhi to re-launch app on DTC buses

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Thursday said the government will relaunch its mobile app 'PoochhO' in two weeks to help the commuters get information related to DTC and cluster buses. "We are working on the revamp of our mobile app 'PoochhO' and will be re-launching it in two weeks. The passengers can get the information related to the timing, frequency and route of the buses through it," he said. Gahlot was addressing the media while inaugurating a pilot project of adding a detailed map at bus shelters which will provide routes and frequency of the buses going from that stop, in addition to details of the neighbourhood area.

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WhatsApp bug allowing blocked contacts to send messages, view profile of users

A new WhatsApp bug has been found that's allowing users to send messages to the people who have blocked them. According the reports, blocked users are not only able to send messages to the people who have blocked them but also can see their profile details and Status. Annoyed WhatsApp users took it to Twitter and other social media platforms to report the latest issue. WhatsApp is yet to acknowledge the problem and issue an official statement.

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Xiaomi may skip Mi 7 and launch Mi 8 on its 8th anniversary

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will be celebrating its 8th anniversary in coming days with its latest flagship phone which could be called as Mi 8 instead of previously anticipated Mi 7. The latest pictures surfaced online reveals that Mi 8 will be available in two variants with different price tags. Going by the leaked pics, the first variant of Mi 8 will have 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage for CNY2,799 which approximately calculates to Rs 29883 INR while a high-end version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage for CNY3,199 which is roughly Rs 34153 INR

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Bumper offers up to Rs 10,000 on Honor 10 here

Chinese smartphone maker Honor launched its flagship smartphone "Honor 10" enabled with artificial intelligence and for the first time in aurora colours. It has been priced at Rs 32,999 for the Indian market. "Before 2016, most phones came in just three colours: black, white and gold. Honor introduced Phantom Blue in 2016, Phantom Grey in 2017 and now the exquisite Aurora, a true breakthrough in smartphone design," said Honor President George Zhao. The Honor 10 with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM will be available from Wednesday exclusively on Flipkart. The device will be available in India along with the other global markets. Offers on Honor 10

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Vivo Apex LEAKED: Know launch date, special features and specifications

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is all set to launch its much-anticipated Apex smartphone next month. The Vivo Apex was first seen at MWC 2018 and its formal announcement was made in March this year. The highlight features of the smartphone include a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, an elevating selfie camera and half-screen fingerprinting scanning tech. The smartphone will be unveiled at an event in Shanghai on June 12 showcasing market-ready version of the Vivo Apex will be introduced. The Apex smartphone will also come with world's first half-screen in-display fingerprint scanner that uses bottom half of the OLED screen recognise a user's fingerprint. While Vivo has not revealed much details of the smartphone but some previous reports suggest that the APEX will sport a 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

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