Monday, 4 July, 2022

Topic: apps

Paytm forms Rs 10-crore investment fund for new mini app store to take on Google

Paytm’s mini-app store, launched 5 October, seeks to break Google Play’s dominance in app distribution on the Android ecosystem.

Paytm launches its own Mini App Store for Indian developers, and to take on Google

Paytm move comes days after Google announced new policy of 30% cut in in-app purchases on Play Store. Google has now delayed its new payment rules for app developers in India.

This is how Karnataka’s Covid War Room is fighting the big battle, one app at a time

Karnataka govt has developed 8 in-house apps as part of its pandemic management. IAS officer Munish Moudgil, the Covid War Room chief, has been at forefront of this effort.

Fish delivery to migrant database ⁠— a govt app for everything in India during lockdown

Around 40 apps have been created by various state govts to meet the needs of people, as well as their own, and mitigate the challenges arising out of Covid.

Can Chinese apps appeal India’s ban? Section 69A of IT Act has the answer

Section 69A of the IT Act gives the Union government the power to restrict websites that threaten India’s defence and sovereignty, but it doesn’t come under RTI Act.

Chinese investments enjoy treaty protection. Beijing can drag New Delhi to tribunals

India has a Bilateral Investment Treaty with China since 2007. The treaty provides foreign investors the right to fair and equitable treatment.

His wealth surged by $25 Billion. Then Jack Ma’s rival quit

Colin Huang has stepped down as CEO for Pinduoduo, a shopping app he founded in 2015 that became China’s third largest e-commerce platform during the Covid crisis.

Indian govt bans 59 Chinese apps, here are local alternatives to choose from

While the move has received criticism from within the country, many have highlighted that this is an opportunity for Indian alternatives to shine.

40 Covid apps across India: Lack of coordination or needed for micro-management?

India now has nearly 40 Covid-19 apps, including Aarogya Setu. The purpose of these apps range from contact tracing to providing health information and issuing e-passes.

Australia is having hard time convincing citizens to download its Covid tracing app

Australia's COVIDSafe app is facing flak for technical bugs, privacy concerns, shifting messages from government officials and an overall skeptical public.

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.