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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Alternatives to Lifestyle E-Commerce Store Shein

The Indian government recently announced a ban on a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

This has led to an uproar among smartphone users especially avid users of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle e-commerce store Shein. While the app as well as the website is currently functional, they would soon be blocked by all ISPs very soon. Similarly, apps like ClubFactory and ROMWE have also been listed among the apps that have been blocked.

Myntra

Currently run by Flipkart, Myntra is a dedicated fashion e-commerce platform based out of India offering a wide range of clothing, footwear and accessories across sizes and age groups. Myntra also offers a wide range of brands with H&M being one of the latest big additions.

Koovs

Koovs is said to offer a nice collection of apparels and reasonable pricing. You can find the latest collection to an exhaustive range of clothes, shoes as well as T-shirts, jeans along with jewelry, watches and much more. The online store is said to have over 100 brands and all are privately labeled.

LimeRoad

A lot of people don’t know but LimeRoad has been around for a while and was launched at the end of 2012. Apart from offering apparel, accessories, shoes, and so on, it also comes with a scrapbook feature that lets you create fashionable looks using your own style sensibilities and share them with people.

Ajio

Ajio, the fashion cum lifestyle brand, is a popular digital fashion extension of Reliance that was launched around 2016. The platform focuses on fresh perspectives on personal styles and it is one of the best online shopping apps in India for clothing. It offers a wide variety of categories including women’s wear, men’s wear as well as kids’ wear as well as a premium range of gadgets and tech accessories.

Jabong

Jabong was a fierce competition to Myntra at one point of time. However, it was acquired by Flipkart via the Myntra division in 2016. The portal sells apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, beauty products, fragrances, home accessories and other fashion and lifestyle products. Notably, one of the co-founders of Jabong is Manu Kumar Jain who is currently the India head for Xiaomi.


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Popular Alternatives to CamScanner

The Indian government has banned a total of 59 Chinese smartphone apps for both Android as well as iOS devices. The order was issued by The Ministry of Information Technology citing concerns about the security, integrity and defense of the country. Some of the popular apps that will no longer be available for access in India include TikTok, WeChat, Helo, Likee, UC News, Bigo Live, ShareIt, UC Browser, ES File Explorer and Mi Community.

Among the list is CamScanner, a widely used app for scanning documents. Apart from letting users scan documents or photos using their smartphone camera, the app also lets users archive their digital copies in a safe location. We tried accessing CamScanner through a desktop and were unable to login, but it seems that the app is currently functional so we advise you to offload your important documents before the service is completely blocked.

So what alternatives do you have? Well, there are plenty to choose from with some offering similar results as CamScanner itself.

Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft’s Office Lens app is a very powerful tool. Apart from scanning different sorts of documents, it even lets you scan handwritten notes, whiteboards and diagrams, and more. The app also lets you convert images to PDF, Word, and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. There is also support for OCR and auto-edge scanning.

Adobe Scan

Adobe Scan is also a pretty reliable alternative to CamScanner. The free document scanning app comes with integrated OCR technology to recognize printed text and handwriting. You can use the app to turn receipts, notes, documents, photos, business cards, whiteboards, etc. into an Adobe PDF. The app comes with built-in algorithms to detect the kind of document you are scanning and can crop the image accordingly.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a popular platform especially if you have an Android device. Apart from offering free cloud storage, the Drive smartphone app also lets you scan documents. It doesn’t offer a lot of features but if you are looking for a simple scanner to convert your physical documents into digital copies, then this is a good option. On top of that, the integration Google assures you that you can access your files from almost anywhere.

Evernote

A highly versatile app, Evernote is a great app to organise your notes, memos and documents. The app comes with a built-in scanner as well so you can save your documents in a jiffy. The app also lets you save photos and articles from the web. Further, you can easily share your documents and the app also comes with OCR to recognise handwritten documents or notes.

PhotoScan

This is primarily a photo scanning app by Google, so don’t expect high-end tools for scanning documents. However, when it comes to photos, it has the ability to scan photos while maintaining the details. Now since it is made by Google, it comes with powerful algorithms to auto-detects edges, takes high-quality pictures, and remove glare and blemishes, automatically.


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Chinese Apps Banned in India: Here Are Some Alternatives That You Can Use

The India-China tension has taken a new turn as the government has released an order to announce a ban on popular apps including TikTok, Clash of Kings, Helo, Shareit, Shien and many more. According to the order, a total of 59 apps will be banned as “they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

While we await details on how exactly these apps will be banned in the country, we’ve listed down a bunch of alternatives that you can use:

UC Browser, CM Browser, APUS Browser, DU Browser

Chrome is rated as one of the best browsers and comes preinstalled on all Android devices that have support from Google. It is also way better as it offers you the ability to sync with your Google account.

CamScanner

This is a popular app used frequently by users to create digital copies of physical documents as well as an archive of scanned documents. It would be a good time to immediately shift your documents to your Google Drive, or use alternatives like Microsoft Office Lens or Adobe Scan.

TikTok, Likee, Viva Video, Vigo Video, Kwai, Bigo Live

If you are looking for alternatives for such short video entertainment platforms there are loads to choose from. There is Dubsmash, Triller and some Indian alternatives like Roposo, Chingari and Bolo Indya.

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TikTok, Shareit, UC Browser and 56 Chinese Apps Banned by Indian Govt: Full List Here

Xender, ShareIt

These are primarily file transfer apps and also allow you to transfer your apps. There are many file transfer apps including Google’s own Files as well as Jio Switch and ShareAll.

Shein, ClubFactory

If you are into fashion, you would know these apps very well. The two ecommerce apps offer customers a wide range of clothing and accessories that are mostly shipped from China. There are a variety of apps that you can use instead of these including Myntra, Koovs, Jabong, Ajio and many more.

UC News, Newsdog, QQ Newsfeed

Almost every big news agency today offers its own individual app. Also, we recommend using Google News as it offers an excellent recommendation of news articles based on your interests.


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Best Alternatives to Xiaomi's New Mi NoteBook 14, Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition

Xiaomi has finally entered the Indian laptop market by launching its new Mi NoteBook 14 range. The company has brought two variants, the regular Mi NoteBook 14 and the slightly premium Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition. These laptops are meant for everyday usage and light photo and video editing purposes. Xiaomi also claims that thanks to the Nvidia GeForce MX250 and MX350 GPUs, one can do light gaming.

The company does offer a solid price point, especially the top-end model of the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition which is priced at Rs 59,999. But does that mean it is the best performing laptop in its range? Well, while we are currently testing the machine, I’ve done some investigation to find out if there are some good alternatives to the new Mi NoteBook 14 range with better or equally good hardware and minor compromises.

Asus ROG Strix G

If you really want to get into gaming, then the ROG Strix G is the right choice. The base model of the notebook is currently selling around Rs 55,000 and for that you get a 9th Gen Intel Core i5 9300H which is a slightly more powerful CPU, despite being an older processor. The ROG Strix G also comes with hybrid storage, a backlit keyboard, and more importantly the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 which will offer much better graphics performance.

MSI Modern 14

This is a sleek notebook if you are looking for an ultra-portable machine. It weighs just 1.19kgs and comes with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processor options as well as Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 330 GPU. This one also comes with a backlit keyboard, something that the Mi NoteBook 14 range doesn’t offer. The base model of the MSI Modern 14 is selling at Rs 54,990 on Amazon India.

Lenovo IdeaPad S340

Lenovo also offers a very competitive thin and light notebook. The IdeaPad S145 weighs 1.55kgs which is similar to the Mi NoteBook 14. It also sports the 10th-gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD. This particular model is priced around Rs 59,000.

HP Pavilion Gaming

Another entry-level gaming notebook, the HP Pavilion Ryzen 5 edition is a much more powerful machine, and well suited if you like gaming. It is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H CPU paired with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050. You also get 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and an additional 1TB HDD. This particular model is priced at Rs 49,990 on Flipkart.

Lenovo ThinkPad E14

The ThinkPad range is known for its rugged design and long lasting construction. The ThinkPad E14 gives tough competition to the Mi NoteBook 14 range by offering the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10210U processor, 8GB of RAM and hybrid storage option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. It comes with a thin and light design weighing 1.77kgs and can handle accidental knocks, drops, and even spills. You can grab this from Amazon India for Rs 59,990.



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