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TikTok Banned in India: Here's How You Can Download Your Videos and Data

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TikTok is going to be banned in the country indefinitely, but you can salvage some of your data including videos.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 11:23 AM IST

TikTok is one of the most popular apps that recently got banned by the Indian government. As per a release from the Ministry of Electronics and IT, a total of 59 apps under the provisions of Section 69 of the IT Act, as well as provisions of the IT rules 2008, saying, “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.”

TikTok has over 800 million active users in the world with 119 million from India alone. TikTok was downloaded 277.6 million times in India in the first 11 months of 2019 and it was the fourth most downloaded iPhone app in the same year.

Ever since the ban, the app has been removed from the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. It has also reportedly become inaccessible to users as the government had ordered ISPs and TSPs to block all the 59 apps.

While most TikTokers are planning to move to other platforms, like Instagram and YouTube, here is how you can download your videos as well as data from TikTok:

-Open TikTok and go to your profile

-Click on the video you wish to download

-Tap on the three-dot icon and hit Save video

-Using this process you can download a particular video on your device

You can also download your profile data from TikTok using the following steps:

-Open TikTok and open the three-dot menu at the top right corner

-Head to Privacy and safety > Personalization and data > Download your data

-You will be asked to confirm your request which will be sent to TikTok

-Once the request have been made, you will have to wait and check the app for a confirmation which can take up to 30 days

-After your request has been accepted, you will be able to download your data. Make sure you do that within four days else he data file will expire


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A Monster Star Vanished Mysteriously Without a Trace: Here's What May Have Happened

An illustration of the blue star, which has seemingly collapsed into a black hole without exploding into a supernova. (Image: L Calcada/ESO)

An illustration of the blue star, which has seemingly collapsed into a black hole without exploding into a supernova. (Image: L Calcada/ESO)

While the blue star was expected to explode in a supernova, it now appears to have simply disappeared from the radar.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 7:06 PM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

Astronomers have been left baffled as a monster star disappeared mysteriously from the middle of Kinman Dwarf, a galaxy that has been under our telescopes for a while. Located more than 75 million light years away in the constellation of Aquarius, the bright, blue variable star was previously observed to be almost 2.5 million times brighter than our Sun, showing a clear spike in luminosity that may have indicated something like the end of its life cycle. With such blue stars being rare in nature, it was a key sight to observe for some of our most powerful telescopes – until it simply vanished from our lenses. Scientists, on this note, are naturally baffled with how the star has disappeared, but do have a couple of theories that may explain how such a bright star could vanish.

An enigmatic collapse

One of the plausible theories that scientists have offered is that at the end of the star’s life cycle, instead of producing a supernova, the gravitational forces became so high that the star simply collapsed into a black hole. The disappearance was brought to notice when the European Southern Observatory (ESO) pointed its Very Large Telescope towards Kinman Dwarf in 2019, but could not find the presence of the star. It then brought into action highly capable spectrographs such as the Echelle Spectrograph for Rocky Exoplanet and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) and the X-Shooter, which also failed to find the star.

This collided with studies from between 2001 and 2011, when astronomers came to the conclusion that it was in the last stage, and destined to explode as a supernova. What’s important to note is that the star was never visible to us directly – instead, its luminosity and gargantuan outbursts are what made our spectrographs detect the existence of the blue star in Kinman Dwarf. However, the new studies revealed that the star simply went amiss, when studied in 2019 – eight years after its last documented sighting.

“This would be the first direct detection of such a monster star ending its life in this manner. It would be highly unusual for such a massive star to disappear without producing a bright supernova explosion,” said Andrew Allan, a Ph.D fellow at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and the lead candidate of the research project.

A violent outburst

Scientists have also come up with an alternate theory for the disappearance. According to one faction, the theory suggests that the blue star underwent a mammoth, violent outburst. As a result of this outburst, the star may have lost too much mass, because of which it lost a huge volume of its luminosity, and is no longer bright enough to be spotted by our spectrographs. It is likely that, being no longer bright enough, the star is hidden behind clouds of galactic dust.

To study this enigmatic disappearance of a monster star further, ESO’s more powerful Extremely Large Telescope, which will have a single 127-feet mirror, is expected to come online by 2025. This will increase our sights to faraway galaxies, and may contribute significantly towards helping us understand exactly what may have happened to the star in question.


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59 Chinese Apps Banned: TikTok Users, Here's What Will Happen To Your App Now

The government of India has issued a ban on 59 Chinese apps including a host of popular ones, such as TikTok, UC Browser, CamScanner, Shareit, Helo and more. The ban will have caused a considerable ruffling of feathers for Chinese companies operating apps in India, and while we await word from the likes of TikTok and UC Browser on the ban that has been imposed now, one important factor to note is what would happen to the apps for all those users that have already installed them. To understand the sequence of actions for banned apps on Google Play Store and Apple’s iOS App Store, it is important to note that the key factor at play here is data.

Government sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed to News18 that officials are in the process of informing all Indian internet service providers (ISPs) and telecom service providers (TSPs) already, who would be blocking all data and internet traffic to and from these apps. Since most of them work online only (for example, TikTok is a social medium, UC Browser is a content and browsing app and Clash of Kings is an online game), this would imply that all of the apps that have been banned would by default become non-functional.

With TikTok, UC Browser, Shein, Shareit, WeChat and the likes being banned from Indian app stores, what this also means is that none of these apps would receive any developer support in India. As a result, users who have already downloaded these apps would not be able to access app downloads either. This is particularly risky today, since most cyber attacks target unpatched app versions. App updates nowadays carry critical security patches, without which it cannot be advised for anyone to retain these apps.

Previously, when an app would be banned from a region, it would still remain functional if it did not depend on data. While this would hold true for these apps too, since they would no longer be able to access data in the Indian networks, they would be as good as inoperable. However, if a user moves out of Indian network space to countries where these apps are still legally operational, they may be able to use these services once again.

The ban on the 59 Chinese apps comes in light of the Indo-China clash at the Galwan Valley border, amid rising concerns around the world about Chinese cyber espionage. The likes of Bytedance and Xiaomi, which have significant operations in India, will likely face considerable impact as a result of these bans, since their businesses in India run into millions of dollars. While Xiaomi has only had two of their stock apps being banned, it remains to be seen what effect does this have on the pre-bundled software that they provide with their smartphones.

Requests for company inputs to TikTok and UC Browser sent by News18 remained unanswered at the time of reporting.


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Realme 5i, Realme 6 Price Hiked in India By Rs 1,000: Here's How Much You Need to Pay

The Realme 5i was launched in India at a price range of Rs 8,999, while the Realme 6 arrived in the country at Rs 12,999 for the base model.

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PUBG Mobile New Map 'Livik' Officially Announced: Here's Everything We Know

Last month we reported about a new map that is coming exclusively to PUBG Mobile. While the map is still being polished, it was released in the beta version of the game with the name ‘Secret Map.’ A bunch of YouTubers posted gameplays and in fact, we also got a chance to try it out. Today, we have a confirmation that the map is going to be called ‘Livik.’

PUBG Mobile made the official announcement a few hours ago and says that the new map is coming soon. There is no specific launch date, but it seems pretty obvious that it will arrive in the next 0.19.0 update along with the new Season 14. You can try the map before the official release by downloading the latest beta version of PUBG Mobile. However, do note that the map on the beta version is not final and you are going to face a lot of bugs.

The map is like a cross between all the existing ones. So there is snow on the top right, a desert area on the bottom left while the rest is mostly grasslands and trees. There was a rumour that the map could be called ‘Fourex’ since it includes parts of all four maps. But it seems that is not happening. It doesn’t seem as big as Erangel or Miramar though, and it could be a 2x2km map making it the smallest one in the Classic mode.

There has been a significant and well-needed update in the topography while buildings and houses have also been reworked. The map also includes the usual vehicles including the motorbike, UAZ, buggy, and so on. There is also the addition of a new monster truck that can basically drive over almost anything including boulders. There are also some new water physics in the game due to the addition of waterfalls on the map. Apart from these, there are also a bunch of loot crates in different parts of the map that are mostly loaded with a fully kitted gun including a scope, extended mag, and foregrips. Expect new guns to be added as well including a new shotgun called SPAS 12 and a new DMR called MK12.

Here is a video by popular PUBG Mobile YouTuber Powerbang giving us an early look at the map:


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Bihar Elections Will Lead the Way for Digital-First Polls in India: Here's How It Can Work

With Covid-19 pushing new protocol to follow for everyone, election campaigns are set to go digital first in India for the first time, turning over a new chapter altogether.

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After 15 Years, Apple Prepares To Split With Intel: Here's What to Expect

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Apple has been working to replace Intel chips with its own design in Macs for years and may finally announce it on Monday during its online WWDC20 developer conference.

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  • Last Updated: June 20, 2020, 10:25 AM IST

Apple is reportedly set to announce a break up with chip-maker Intel for its Mac desktops on June 22. According to The New York Times, Apple has been working to replace Intel chips with its own design in Macs for years and may finally announce it on Monday during its online ‘WWDC20′ developer conference. Apple’s Mac chip design initiative is codenamed ‘Kalamata’. Processors for Macs from Apple will use similar technology to those in iPhones and iPads, but Macs would still run the macOS and not the iOS.

Apple would use technology licensed from Arm, a division of SoftBank Group. In February, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said ARM-based Macs are coming in 2021. Apple has nearly 10 per cent share of the PC market. The first Apple-designed Mac chips would have eight performance cores and four or more energy-efficient cores for greater efficiency and power savings, according to reports. Kuo has claimed that the iPhone maker may release its very first ARM-based laptop without an Intel processor as soon as next year.

Kuo said that the new Mac is coming sometime in the next 12 to 18 months and will feature an in-house processor not developed by Intel. Apple last year acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion.


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Sony PlayStation 5 Unveiled: Here's Your First Look

Sony has finally unveiled the PlayStation 5, putting an end to months of concept renders and designs. However, upon taking a look at the final design of the PlayStation 5, it is clear that the renders were on to something, since Sony has gone for a somewhat outlandish appeal with its next generation console. For the PS5, Sony will have two different variants of the console – one with a 4K Blu-Ray drive, and a second all-digital edition, akin to what Microsoft did with the Xbox One S. However, overall reaction to the design language of the console may be divided, as many have come out with a rather strong opinion against the console.

In terms of the overall design, the PlayStation 5 has a vertically standing design, hence making it similar in form to Microsoft’s PS5-rivalling Xbox Series X. It has a black inner chassis, with outer ‘fins’ that taper inward. On the Blu-Ray edition, there is a massive bulge towards the base of the console stand to accommodate for the optical drive, which looks rather ungainly since it breaks the flow of the design aesthetic that Sony has gone for. Given the way the fins of the new console is designed, it appears that the PS5 will ideally want to be placed vertically only, which also restricts the way it can fit for many users. The PlayStation 4 had a neat, horizontal placement, and users upgrading may find this a tad bit annoying.

Apart from that, Sony has retained cool blue lighting on the PlayStation 5 around its ventilation pores that lie between the PS5’s central chassis and the outer edges. The console’s new generation DualSense controller, which was shown earlier this year, somewhat matches the new design language of more curves over straight edges. At the front, the console has a USB-C and a USB-A port, which will likely serve for charging and other purposes. Sony has stuck to this new design language and unveiled a host of accessories to go with the console as well. These include a new Sony Pulse 3D wireless headset, a media remote for the console, a DualSense charging dock and a webcam, presumably for recording live streams, gameplay sessions and other videos.

Sony has not announced the pricing of the new PlayStation 5, which will go on sale later this year, some time around October or November. The PS5 is expected to be on the pricier side of things, but has vouched for support for thousands of PS4 game titles. Some specifications of the console have already been announced, which include a custom AMD Zen 2 processor, 825GB of SSD space, and a custom graphics processor with Ray Tracing and other benefits. Some of PS5’s gameplay has also been shown, flaunting the overall processing power that the new console will come with.



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Google Meet Now Equipped With AI-Powered Noise Cancellation Feature: Here's How It Works

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Google Meet. (Pic Source: Google)

The noise cancellation feature uses a machine learning model that is capable of understanding the difference between noise and speech.

  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: June 10, 2020, 2:50 PM IST

Google has started rolling out a new AI-powered noise cancellation feature on its video conferencing app to enable users to reduce the background noise significantly. To recall, Google announced this advanced feature in April for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. However, according to a report by Venturebeat, the noise-cancellation feature on Google Meet will be rolled out to the web users first, and then to Android and iOS users gradually.

A video produced by Venturebeat revealed that the new noise-cancellation feature quite seamlessly removes the sound of crackling cups, clicking pens, or even glass clinking. Interestingly, Google also mentioned that the new feature will also work on dogs barking or keystrokes when users take notes.

The new noise-cancellation feature will be on by default, and users won’t have to turn on the feature beforehand or give any visual indication as such. Having said that, if anyone wishes to turn the feature off, this can be done through the audio menu in the Google Meet settings. Talking about how the feature works, the user’s voice is first sent from the device to a Google data center, where it goes through the machine learning model capable of understanding the difference between noise and speech. Once it processes the sound, the voice is re-encrypted and sent back to the Google Meet call.

Although the feature is expected to be rolled out to G Suite users by the end of this month, Google hasn’t given an exact timeline for it. But, if reports are to be believed, then the AI-powered noise cancellation feature will be rolled out to a larger group of users over time.




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Apple iPhone 12 Production Likely to Start From Next Month: Here's What We Know

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According to reports, all iPhone 12 models will enter production next month but it is unclear if that would result in all models launching simultaneously.

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  • Last Updated: June 10, 2020, 2:42 PM IST

Apple is reportedly planning to complete the second phase of its EVT (Engineering Validation And Testing) for the iPhone 12 series by the end of June and would start the mass production of upcoming iPhone models as early as July. According to a DigiTimes report, all iPhone 12 models will enter production next month but it is unclear if that would result in all models launching simultaneously.

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup this year will include two iPhone Pro models in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch form factors. The non-Pro iPhone 12 models, meanwhile, will ship with 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch displays. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has noted that the higher-end iPhone 12 models – iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max – that feature faster mmWave 5G connectivity will launch a few weeks later compared to the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Max, both of which only come with slower, sub-6GHz 5G.

Meanwhile, Apple is likely to delay the launch of new iPhone 12 series by at least two months which may take place in November instead of the usual mid-September time-frame. According to a report by investment bank Cowen, Apple’s second-quarter production is expected to be 35 million units, down 5 per cent from the first quarter and down 13 per cent from the same period last year. The analyst said that the production supply chain has generally returned to normal output rates, but downstream demand remains uncertain.




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