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Swiggy Confirms Rollout of Liquor Delivery Service for Customers in Odisha

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Swiggy has also said that it is partnering with HyperVerge to enable AI-face recognition for mandatory age verification and user authentication for alcohol deliveries.

  • Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 4:03 PM IST

Food delivery platform Swiggy has announced that it has begun home delivery of liquor through its app. The new ‘Wine Shops’ category has gone live for users in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela today and will soon expand to other major cities in the state.

According to the company, one can place an order after they have verified their age. This can be done by uploading a picture of their valid government ID, followed by a selfie which the platform will use for authentication. To ensure further safety, all orders will carry a unique OTP which needs to be provided by the customer at the time of delivery.

Swiggy has also said that it is partnering with HyperVerge to enable AI-face recognition for mandatory age verification and user authentication for alcohol deliveries. This additional layer of safety seems like a smart move as it could ensure that the delivery of alcohol is in complete compliance with applicable laws and avoid under-age customers from placing orders.

Speaking about the launch of the service in Odisha, a Swiggy Spokesperson said, “Over the course of the last two months, Swiggy has stepped up to support the state government and citizens of Odisha by ensuring convenience through home deliveries of food, groceries and essentials. After successfully launching alcohol delivery in Jharkhand, we are expanding our services to Odisha, starting with Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. Cuttack and Berhampur will follow in the next couple of days. Consistent with Swiggy’s approach, we have leveraged technology to automate the customer verification process and solve an important challenge and support the government with enabling safe deliveries.”

Earlier today, Zomato had also made a similar announcement confirming the rollout of liquor delivery in Odisha starting today. The company had said that users would be able to select any product from the listed retailers and get it delivered to their doorsteps. Zomato has listed licensed retailers under the new service and customers will be able to purchase liquor from 9AM to 6PM as permitted by the state authorities. As of now, the liquor delivery service is currently available in Bhubaneswar, and will soon expand to more cities including Rourkela, Balasore, Balangir, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Cuttack.




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The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The special photochrom filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro camera is apparently letting users see through thin objects including clothes,

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:21 PM IST

OnePlus seems to have stumbled on a particular issue with its new handset, the OnePlus 8 Pro. The camera on the smartphone comes with a photochrom filter which apparently, can see through plastic and other thin materials including clothes just like an X-Ray. The ‘bug’ caught the attention of many and sparked privacy concerns all around.

The company has said in a statement that it will remove the accidental functionality from the device in an upcoming update. The camera filter is also going to temporarily disable the camera filter in HydrogenOS, the Chinese version of its operating system until an update is released. As for the global version of the phone, the company is choosing to leave it until the rolled out.

Additionally, the company has said that the filter cannot see through thick materials and has apologised for “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens.”

The special colour filter lens on the OnePlus 8 Pro was originally marketed as a way to click some unique photos with false-color camera filters on them. Just days ago, it was reported that the lens could also be used for infrared photography allowing people to see through thin materials like a t-shirt. Hopefully, the company can fix the issues before the handset goes on sale in India which is scheduled for May 29.




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France to Allow Some Huawei Equipment in its 5G Network Rollout

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The French cybersecurity agency has decided to approve the use of Huawei gear, but only for what they described as non-core parts of the network.

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  • Last Updated: March 13, 2020, 1:07 PM IST
  • Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh

France will authorise the use of some of Huawei’s equipment in the rollout of its 5G network, two sources close to the matter told Reuters, despite the US calling to exclude the Chinese telecom giant from the West’s next-generation communications. The French cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, is due to tell telecom operators which equipment they are allowed to use for the deployment of their 5G network in France but has not made public any decision.

The two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said ANSSI had decided to approve the use of Huawei gear, but only for what they described as non-core parts of the network, as these pose less significant security risks. “They don’t want to ban Huawei, but the principle is: ‘Get them out of the core mobile network’,” one of the two sources said. A spokeswoman for ANSSI declined to comment.

Core mobile networks carry higher surveillance risks because they incorporate more sophisticated software programs that process sensitive information such as customers’ personal data. French authorities’ decision over Huawei’s equipment is crucial for two of the country’s four telecoms operators, Bouygues Telecom and Altice Europe’s SFR, as about half of their current mobile network is made by the Chinese group.

State-controlled Orange has already chosen Huawei’s European rivals, Nokia and Ericsson, which the US operators have favoured over Huawei. Up to now, sources close to the French telecoms industry have said they fear Huawei will be barred in practice even if no formal ban is announced.

BRITAIN’S FOOTSTEPS

By granting a partial authorisation to Huawei, France would follow Britain’s footsteps, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson granted Huawei a limited role in the country’s 5G network. Neighbouring Germany is also struggling to reach consensus on the way forward. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives back tougher rules on foreign vendors but have stopped short of an outright ban on Huawei.

France is likely to follow instructions given by European Union’s industry chief Thierry Breton, who said in interviews that telecoms operators should not select “risky vendors” for strategic sites such as capital cities, military bases and nuclear plants, a separate telecoms industry source said. Without ever citing Shenzhen-based Huawei, Breton has said a “risky vendor” was a company that heavily relies on a foreign state or a state that could compel it to disclose clients’ data.

ANSSI was initially due to give the first results of the screening of the 5G telecoms gear about a month ago. The cybersecurity agency’s decision was delayed because it asked operators additional questions in December, the same telecoms source said. But it also has had intense exchanges with its overseeing authority, France’s prime minister office, as well as its British and German peers, to find a common approach toward Huawei, one of the two sources close to the matter said. The Chinese group said last month that it planned to build its first European manufacturing plant in France as it seeks to ease concerns stoked by US charges that Beijing could use its equipment for spying, which it denies.

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Asus ROG Phone II Android 10 Update Roll-out Begins

Asus has confirmed that the final stable build of Android 10 for the ROG Phone II is finally rolling out. The company announced the launch on its various social media channels. A total of nine Android 10 beta updates have been released for the ROG Phone II so far. While Asus says that the update is now live, there is no other information as to when exactly can we expect the update to reach users.

A number of users have reported that the update hasn’t reached their devices yet. We are also constantly checking for the new update, but it seems that it will roll out during the course of this week. A certain report says that the update should begin seeding from March 10 although there is no confirmation about the region.

The ROG Phone II was launched in India back in September as one of the best gaming smartphones. It features a 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a 2340×1080 pixel resolution which can go up to 120Hz refresh rate with 1ms latency along with a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. It also supports 10-bit HDR and is rated to offer 108-percent DCI-P3 color space and color accuracy of deltaE

It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, which comes with an overclocked Adreno 640 GPU at 675MHz as well as a minor bump to the CPU speeds. For heat dissipation, Asus has put vents that take away the heat from the vapor chamber to the external vents. There is a massive 6,000mAh battery which means that it can last for about 7 hours of non-stop PUBG action. It can also be charged quickly as the phone supports 30W ‘ROG HyperCharge’ using a standard 3A cable along with Quick Charge 4.0. At the back, you get the same cameras as the Asus 6Z (ZenFone 6) which includes a 48-megapixel sensor paired with a 13-megapixel sensor with a 125-degree ultra-wide-angle lens. At the front, there is a 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Last month the company said there would be a temporary shortage of the ROG Phone II due to disruption in the supply chain on account of the coronavirus outbreak. In a communication to fans, Asus said the company has had steady availability of the device for long. “Due to the disruption in supply chain caused by the prevailing situation in Asia, ROG Phone II will face a temporary shortage,” it added. The handset is currently out of stock in India with no confirmation as to when it will be available for purchase again.

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Realme X, Realme 5 Pro Users Can Finally Enjoy Android 10 With Realme UI as Roll-out Begins

Right on schedule, Realme has begun the rollout of Android 10 update with the company’s new Realme UI for the Realme X and the Realme 5 Pro. Back in January, the company rolled out the same update for the Realme 3 Pro and the Realme XT.

Apart from bringing the new Android 10 features, users will also get the new Realme UI. It is pretty much similar to Oppo’s new ColorOS 7 when it comes to design and functionality. But the good thing is that the new UI is close to stock Android, which is a good thing.

The company says that while the roll-out for both the phones has begun, it will be in a staged manner. This means that it will be pushed for a limited number of users, and eventually reach a larger number of users once the company is sure that there are no major issues with the update.

The new update brings an optimized Smart Sidebar feature, two new features for Assistive Ball, bubbles, optimized three-finger screenshot, Focus Mode, new wallpapers and live wallpapers, and more. The Realme Share app is also added to support the sharing of files with Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi devices.

Here’s the full changelog of the new update:

-Visuals

Updated UI to Realme UI

Brand new Real Design makes visuals more attractive and operation more efficient.

-Smart Sidebar

Optimized user interface and improved one-handed operation.

Optimized Smart Sidebar: Replaced File Console with File Manager; removed OSIE Visual Effect and No Notification Alerts.

Drag an app out of Smart Sidebar to open it in Split-screen Mode.

Added two new features: “Assistive Ball Opacity” and “Hide Assistive Ball on Fullscreen App”.

Optimized the Floating Window feature for more apps.

Added Bubbles: A bubble is displayed when you open an app in a floating window from the Smart Sidebar. Tap the bubble to collapse or open the app.

-Screenshot

Optimized 3-Finger Screenshot Gesture: Use 3 fingers to touch and hold the screen, and swipe to take a screenshot of the selected part of the screen (partial screen capture). Use 3 fingers to touch and hold the screen, and swipe your fingers outwards to capture a long screenshot.

Added screenshot settings: You can adjust the position of the screenshot preview floating window and set the screenshot sound.

Optimized screenshot preview floating window: After taking a screenshot, drag it up and release it to share it, or drag it down and release it to take a long screenshot.

-Navigation Gestures 3.0

Optimized: New Android 10 navigation gestures

Optimized gestures: All gestures are supported in landscape mode.

-System

Added Focus Mode: Minimizes outside distractions when you are learning or working.

Added whole new charging animation.

Optimized the Quick Settings user interface for easier one-handed operation.

Added pause feature for screen recording.

Added a floating window and settings for screen recording.

New sounds added for file deletion, calculator key touches, and compass pointer.

Optimized system built-in ringtones.

Added TalkBack floating prompts for Accessibility.

New management feature for recent tasks: You can view the memory of recent tasks and locked apps.

-Games

Optimized visual interaction for Game Space.

Optimized loading animation for Game Space.

-Homescreen

Added new live wallpapers.

Added artistic wallpapers.

Added option to open Global Search or the notification panel when swiping down on homescreen.

Added option to customize the size, shape, and style of app icons on homescreen.

Optimized the graphic design of password unlock to facilitate one-handed operation.

Support for animated wallpapers on the lockscreen.

Added a Simple Mode for homescreen, featuring larger fonts, icons, and a clearer layout.

-Security

Random MAC address Generator: When your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, network system generates a random MAC address to avoid targeted ads and protect your privacy.

-Tools

In Quick Settings or Smart Sidebar, you can open Calculator in a floating window.

Added the trim feature in Recordings.

Added the Weather (dynamic) ringtone, which automatically adapts to the current weather.

Added weather-adaptive animations in Weather.

Added audio source selection for screen recording

-Camera

Optimized the Camera UI for better user experience.

Optimized the Timer UI and sound.

-Photos

Optimized the Album UI for a clearer structure and photo thumbnails.

Added Album Recommendations that recognize more than 80 different scenes.

-Communication

realme Share now supports sharing files with OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi devices.

Optimized the Contacts UI for a more efficient experience.

-Settings

Search Settings now supports fuzzy match and contains a search history.

-Music

Added Dual Mode Music Share in realme Lab