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From dieing in the game to dieing in real life. BlueWhale the suicidal app?

Eerily similar to the movie Nerve, a sick ‘suicide challenge’, known as Blue Whale, is goading teens in some countries into committing suicide. The terrifying online craze is said to have claimed more than 130 lives in Russia, where it is suspected to have originated. The game has now found followers in UK, apart from Portugal, Brazil and Dubai. Schools abroad are sending advisories to parents to put a strict watch on what their children are downloading.

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WHAT IT DOES
The app brainwashes children by throwing them 50 challenges over a period of 50 days, which include self-mutilation, waking up at unearthly hours and watching scary videos and listening to haunting music sent by the curator. The last of the challenges is to kill yourself.
The catch of the game is that once you download it, you won’t be able to uninstall it as the app also hacks your phone. And, there is no backing out. Apparently, once you agree to be a part of the game, you are not allowed to back out. If you do, the creators threaten to get you or your parents killed, as they have all the information.
Also, the highly-illegal game is not available for download and is available only to a closed community, so instead of the teenagers seeking the game, the creators seek out their victims.

What is worrying the authorities is how the challenge is still continuing and claiming lives when the creator of the challenge was arrested in Russia. 22-year-old Philipp Budeikin, the creator of the Blue Whale Challenge was sentenced to three years in prison.

Budeikin, in an interview in May, was asked if he was deliberately inciting young teenagers to commit suicide. He said, “Yes, I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand”.

Budeikin claimed that he gave those people “warmth”, “understanding” and “contact” and that the kids who committed suicide because of him “died happily”.

“There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people”, Budeikin said 

What the game is all about:

  • The terrifying Blue Whale challenge has claimed more than 130 lives in Russia, where it all started
  • The app throws 50 challenges to users, which include self-mutilation, watching scary videos. The last of the challenges is to kill yourself
  • The game is not freely available for download. The creators seek out their next victims and send them an invitation to join
  • Once downloaded, the app hacks users’ phones and obtains all personal information, threatening to get them or their parents killed if the users later want to back out.

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“Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared.Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”

The sudden popularity of the lethal online game — Blue Whale Challenge, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, has forced the government to issue directions to the internet giants to remove the links of the dangerous game.

The petition said “there are so many children and people being adversely affected by this menace namely Blue Whale Challenge and they do not even know that the same will cost their life and their families will suffer heavily. All citizens of India will be benefited if the said menace is stopped.”

More than six children across India in the age group of 12-19 years have taken their lives playing this game within a span of two weeks.

Let’s hope the children get over and control peer pressure and approach elderly to help themselves.

Facebook taking over TV’s?

Everyone from around the world is on facebook now including me. There are many reasons why facebook became so important to everyone. According to facebook data, more than one million people are using facebook everyday from all over the world.

For some people who like to play facebook for fun, the reason why they say facebook is important.because it’s quick and easy way to stay in touch with their friends, especially their family whose spread out the country, or even the world by communicate with them on chat or video chat.

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Also facebook can let the user know more friends who stay on facebook that come from all nationalities. Facebook could tell us what is going to friend for example what they are doing now, with signification way call notification.
Now a days , facebook is way faster than any other advertising or news agencies .No matter it’s a national news or international news or whatever it is good news or bad news or it is any kind of the advertising, facebook is always with us that we can reach every information at anytime.

 

And now ,

Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women’s basketball to a safari show and a parenting program

“Because that way, it can do what all lucrative media companies do: deliver you more ads.”

For a long time, Facebook refused to admit that it was a media company. Now, in all but admitting that it has eyes on taking over TV, those illusions are long gone.
Facebook has been pushing hard on video for a long time. First, it slathered it all over your news feed. Then it asked everyone to stream video to their friendsusing its Live feature. And it paid video producers handsomely to create content specifically for the social network.

The social network has admitted that it’s running out of room in its News Feed for ads—any more and users will, apparently, find it too much. But it can still splice promotional content into video.
Longer videos, after all, provide more space for ads. But it seems that the news also foreshadowed a larger vision: that the social network doesn’t just like video—it has eyes on taking over TV, too.

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On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg described how he plans for Facebook to become the place where “when people want to watch videos or want to keep up to date with what’s going on with their favorite show, or what’s going on with a public figure that they want to follow, that they can come to Facebook.”
He then went even further, adding that he would like Facebook to become a place where “you want to watch videos, you want to keep up with the content that you watch episodically week over week.”
That will take a while. Zuckerberg himself also noted that “people will experiment with longer forms of video,” but added that, for now, shorter clips will remain “the primary focus.” TechCrunch suggests you could think of it as more of a YouTube than a Netflix—paying content producers to create shorter-format video, with the occasional longer item, rather than cranking out original feature-length shows. For the time being, anyway.
Not convinced? Well, it’s also rumored that the company is planning to build its own TV apps. The Wall Street Journal(paywall) reports that the company is “developing a video-centric app for television set-top boxes,” like Roku and Apple TV. If that’s true, Facebook will not only be gathering a large reservoir of content that people can share with friends—it’ll also give them an easy-to-reach faucet from which to drink when they sit down in front of the television.
After years of protestation, Zuckerberg last month gestured toward the fact that Facebook may, kind of, perhaps be a media organization. “Facebook is a new kind of platform,” he said in a video. “It’s not a traditional technology company. It’s not a traditional media company.” Not a traditional one, perhaps, Mark. But if you get into the TV game, that will make Facebook a media company all the same.

9 Google apps you did not know you should try

Google has recently been rolling out improvements to the Play Store that make it easier to find and manage beta apps, so if you’re eager to try out some cutting edge features and are prepared to put up with a few additional bugs, there’s never been a better time to get started.

There's perhaps a prevalent misconception that the the usual suite of Google apps that most Android devices come pre-loaded with are the only apps by the tech giant. Google has many other apps which go beyond the usual suspects like Gmail and Youtube. While the other apps might not be as popular, they have their own utility and purpose. We list down such apps that will prove to be useful to you:

Find My Device

Earlier known as Android Device Manager, the app lets you locate your smartphone, Android wearable, or tablet if you ever happen to lose it. The app can come in really handy in tracking and getting back lost or stolen Android devices. It can even be used to factory reset devices remotely, provide the functionality has been configured properly beforehand.

Google Opinion Rewards

This app by Google is an interesting one. Google opinion rewards requires users to answer some surveys and in return, rewards them with credits that can be used to make Google Play Storepurchases. Once you sign up, you'll be asked to complete surveys every now and then. Once a survey is successfully completed, you are rewarded with Google Play Store credits that can be used to purchase premium and other paid content. However, users only get 24 hours to complete a survey.

Google Trips

As the name suggests, this app will make your travel easier. It is a platform where people can keep track of their accommodations and bookings. The app uses data from Google Maps and crowdsources other information to create personalised travel guides for its users. So, you can have all information about your travel like flight, hotel, car, and restaurant reservations in one place. The app also gives users location based suggestions about various things you can do. The best part is that all this information is also available offline.

Trusted Contacts


Trusted Contacts is one safety app that we believe everyone should have on their phones. It lets you add your closest friends and family as trusted contacts. These contacts can request for your location. If all is well, you can deny the request. However, if you don't, then your information is sent out to them automatically after a certain time frame, even if your phone is offline or out of battery. If you are in a situation of emergency, you can send the location to them yourself.

Google Authenticator

If you use two-factor authentication, Google Authenticator is a must-have app. The app makes it easy to get time-bound authentication codes for logging into accounts where two-factor authentication is enabled. Google Authenticator works offline and even for some non-Google services.

Gesture Search

Google's Gesture Search app lets you access everything from apps to settings by just drawing gestures on the screen. The app refines search results as you keep on adding more gestures. If you hate searching for apps, settings etc. by typing, Gesture Search is just what you need.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a note-taking app which makes jotting down quick notes extremely easy. The app includes features like colour-coded notes, quick to-do lists and reminders. Since all the notes are synced to your Google account, they are available across all the devices that you use Google Keep on.

Inbox

Gmail surely works great for handling email, but Google's Inbox isn't half bad either.
Apart from having almost all of Gmail app's functionality, Inbox has features like automatic highlighting of emails having information like flight check-ins and transaction receipts. The app also can also bundle similar messages together and includes the option to snooze email messages so they can be acted upon later.

Snapseed

Do you love smartphone photography? If the answer is in the affirmative, then having a photo editing app would also be a must. Snapseed is exactly the app you're looking for as it has 29 filters that can be applied on pictures. It comes with all the basic editing tools and can be used to crop photos, rotate them, adjust colours, add text to pictures, resize them, add various effects on them. The app lets you get creative with your photos till they look exactly like you want them to.

Microsoft unveils technology to speed blockchain

Since its inception in 1975 by co founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft Corporation have steadily and rapidly become one of the world's most successful companies, with brands amongst the most global. It now commands a position among the top worldwide corporations, ranking number three in the FT Global 500while enjoying revenues in excess of $36bn.


Within its business market, Microsoft offers integrated applications tailored to specific industries. It aims to cover all business technology needs over two distinct areas: business solutions such as supply chain management and customer relationship management, Windows Server System, covering network and hardware management.
As the technology market evolves, it could be speculated that the successful companies within the industry will be the ones that are able to best suit the changing needs of consumers. If the upcoming trend towards technological integration of media products predicted by Microsoft and others does occur, the company is seemingly well placed and will always remain the number one.

Microsoft has today announced Coco Framework, a means of simplifying the adoption of blockchain protocol technology. The aim is to speed up the adoption of blockchain-based systems in the enterprise, whilst simultaneously increasing privacy.
Coco — short for Confidential Consortium — will be available in 2018, and Microsoft will be making the technology open source to help increase uptake. Intel is working with Microsoft as a hardware and software partner, and Coco Framework features Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to improve transaction speed at scale.

The technology that is believed can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises
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For the uninitiated, a blockchain is an anonymous online ledger that makes use of a data structure to make the process of transaction an easier and simpler process. It provides users the ability to manipulate the ledger in a safe way without seeking the support of a third party. In the past, we have covered various stories on how the technology is invading financial institutions like banks and electronic voting systems in several countries ,including India.

To be made available by next year, Coco, which stands for Confidential Consortium, is currently
compatible with Ethereum and has proven to make it roughly 100 times faster.

The recent past has seen a number of large businesses investing heavily in the blockchain technology so as to bring down the costs of some of their everyday data-heavy processes.
Blockchain’s shared public record of data is maintained by a network of computers on the Internet and every user on a network could potentially have access to all information. Though this makes the technology perfect for information integrity, it makes it inadequate for big businesses having strict data privacy requirements.

Blockchain as a technology has the potentially transform every existing industry in the economy.

Since its inception in 1975 by co founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft Corporation have steadily and rapidly become one of the world's most successful companies, with brands amongst the most global. It now commands a position among the top worldwide corporations, ranking number three in the FT Global 500while enjoying revenues in excess of $36bn.


Within its business market, Microsoft offers integrated applications tailored to specific industries. It aims to cover all business technology needs over two distinct areas: business solutions such as supply chain management and customer relationship management, Windows Server System, covering network and hardware management.
As the technology market evolves, it could be speculated that the successful companies within the industry will be the ones that are able to best suit the changing needs of consumers. If the upcoming trend towards technological integration of media products predicted by Microsoft and others does occur, the company is seemingly well placed and will always remain the number one.


Microsoft has today announced Coco Framework, a means of simplifying the adoption of blockchain protocol technology. The aim is to speed up the adoption of blockchain-based systems in the enterprise, whilst simultaneously increasing privacy.
Coco — short for Confidential Consortium — will be available in 2018, and Microsoft will be making the technology open source to help increase uptake. Intel is working with Microsoft as a hardware and software partner, and Coco Framework features Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to improve transaction speed at scale.

The technology that is believed can make blockchain-based systems faster and more private, as it looks to speed up use of the distributed database software by enterprises.

For the uninitiated, a blockchain is an anonymous online ledger that makes use of a data structure to make the process of transaction an easier and simpler process. It provides users the ability to manipulate the ledger in a safe way without seeking the support of a third party. In the past, we have covered various stories on how the technology is invading financial institutions like banks and electronic voting systems in several countries ,including India.
To be made available by next year, Coco, which stands for Confidential Consortium, is compatible with Ethereum and has proven to make it roughly 100 times faster.

The recent past has seen a number of large businesses investing heavily in the blockchain technology so as to bring down the costs of some of their everyday data-heavy processes.
Blockchain’s shared public record of data is maintained by a network of computers on the Internet and every user on a network could potentially have access to all information. Though this makes the technology perfect for information integrity, it makes it inadequate for big businesses having strict data privacy requirements.

Blockchain as a technology has the potentially transform every existing industry in the economy.

YouTube makes monetization policy easier to understand for content creators


YouTube is the home of the viral video, the term for a video that spreads quickly to a large audience on the Internet. Marketers can use other social media avenues, such as Facebook or Twitter, to direct consumers to YouTube videos as a way of trying to get the videos to catch fire with the public.
Smart marketing tactics have always been very important for small businesses as they cannot directly lock horns with the bigger names in the industry. Over the past decade, with the increased involvement of the internet in our lives, business strategies have also changed. The prime focus has shifted from television to computer screens. To any business looking to grow using the web, YouTube has to be one of the most important platforms.
With over 2 billion views a day, YouTube is the second most visited site in the world. YouTube originally was a platform to share short videos with people. But over the years it has grown into an extremely powerful tool. It is an essential tool for any business or individual looking to reach a large number of people. The fact that it is extremely easy to use, and provides a brilliant platform for communication adds to its appeal.

Last week, big advertisers such as AT&T pulled ads from YouTube, inreaction to being matched with content that was deemed racist or inappropriate. YouTube has since said they are fine-tuning how people make money on YouTube in general, but content creators on the platform say their channels are being unfairly affected by changes they do not understand.

Figuring out how to make money consistently on YouTube is a bit of a struggle: while creators can get revenue from from ads, individual views don’t account for much money until they reach the hundreds of thousands. Making sure your videos can reliably have ads matched with them is essential for creators being able to have long term revenue. Six months ago, when YouTube introduced guidelines that outlined certain political content as inappropriate for monetization, creators like Philip DeFranco reacted with frustration, fearing their channels were over.

What is monetization?
Monetization is the process of converting or establishing something into legal tender. While it usually refers to the coining of currency or the printing of banknotes by central banks, it may also take the form of a promissory currency.

Earlier this year, the YouTube content creation community, advertisers, and YouTube itself were struggling to find an agreeable way to monetize videos. Advertisers want their adsdisplayed on relevant videos but don't want them shown on controversial or inappropriate videos.

YouTube and content creators both want to maximize ad placement to increase profits.
Numerous companies including AT&T and Verizon pulled their ads from Google and YouTube a few months ago after they appeared on content promoting terrorism and hate speech. There were also numerous stores of videos being taken down due to false copyright or content ID claims.
As a result, YouTube has announced a new feature to the Video Manager that makes it easier for content creators to understand the policies and their videos. Three icons can now appear next to a video on the Creator Studio. The first is a green dollar sign which indicates your video is earning money from the broadest set of advertisers as well as YouTube Red. This is no change from the previous policy.

The next classification is a yellow dollar sign, which means creators are still earning from YouTube Red but there are limited or no ads on the standard YouTube platform. This applies to videos that don't meet YouTube's advertising guidelines and is not suitable for all advertisers. The final classification is a crossed-out dollar sign. This means the video in question will not get any money from ads or YouTube because of Copyright strikes, Content ID claims, or a Community Guidelines strike.

The new policies don't change the amount of money earned by creators. Rather, they make the process more transparent and give creators an easy way to launch an appeal if they believe their videos have been incorrectly classified.

Global Argumented reality and Virtual Reality market projected to reach $215 billion by 2021:

It might be considered a platitude, but people are always looking for new ways to break away from the monotonous beat of everyday normalcy – either temporarily or permanently. According to a 2013 report on drug abuse by the United States government, 9.4 percent (around 24.6 million people) of individuals age 12 or old noted that they had recreationally used a drug within the past month. This tendency to seek life-changing experiences is true whether it concerns things like the countercultural movements of the 1970s – which infamously involved controversial music and use of illicit drugs – or the technological experiences today.
Most people are fascinated with those experiences that allow them to escape crushing boredom and constancy of regular life. That’s why the prospect of virtual realities and the possibilities of automation afforded by artificial intelligence are so exciting. Here are some of the biggest changes related to these two fields that are quickly arriving with the technological advents of modern society.

The concept of machine learning is part of the set of revolutionary methods in artificial intelligence that is addressing this limitation and attempting to surpass it.

So, where does virtual reality come into all of this?

Well, to start off virtual reality is similar to artificial intelligence in the sense that the field is still in its development stages. However, virtual reality is in an even earlier stage of nascency.

The world's Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) market is expected to expand exponentially over the next four years with their annual growth rate more than doubling, an industry tracker said on Monday. The global market for AR-VR products and services is expected to reach $215 billion by 2021, compared with $11.4 billion for 2017, Yonhap news agency cited International Data Corporation (IDC) as saying.

The compound annual growth rate is projected to reach 113.2 per cent, with the market expanding 18.9 times over the next four years.

Initially, AR-VR investment and application will be led by consumers, the retail and distribution industry and the manufacturing sector, IDC said, adding that such sectors as government service, transportation and education will take advantage of these technologies.
Initially, AR-VR investment and application will be led by consumers, the retail and distribution industry and the manufacturing sector, IDC said, adding that such sectors as government service, transportation and education will take advantage of these technologies.

"It amazes and stuns visitors to see this blend of technology and human ingenuity in the palms of their hands. It restores to art what technology has replaced – our imagination."

Moving away from immersive virtual reality experiences, there are arguably virtual realities that involve the inverse – the projection of the virtual into the real. Gatebox and its virtual assistant that can engage you in conversation and control the settingsof your home to an extent, based on your preferences, is a good demonstration of pioneering for this specific field. One day, the machine learning methods of artificial intelligence may even be incorporated into the conversational abilities of these assistants to give them an increasingly human-like presence.

Well, this is how AI and VR amazes us.

Should next-generation AR and VR devices hit the market, the industrial sector is predicted to take the lead in harnessing those technologies.

Hotstar and JioPlay boosts India’s global app download

India experienced its largest year-over-year market share growth of Google Play downloads last quarter.

Hotstar – owned by 21st Century Fox through Star India – made a deal with HBO that gave Hotstar access to most of the latter’s content, minutes after it aired in the USA. That essentially made it the HBO Go of India!
Plus, Hotstar benefits from being owned by a powerhouse in India’s realm of entertainment broadcasters, Star India. That not only gives it in-house license to widely-watched content from a dozen cable but also something Netflix can’t match – live sports.
And with everyone 2nd person having a jio , Jio play is the free service offered to them.
The JioPlay app gives you an access to 291 live TV channels, including 41 HD (high-definition) channels too. You can watch your favorite shows in 15 regional languages.
Well, who wouldn't download it in this case? Lets see what App Annie reports say..

"App Annie. App Annie is a business intelligence company and analyst firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. It produces business intelligence tools and market reports for the apps and digital goods industry."

App Annie has appear out with its quarterly report on downloads on each the App Keep and Google Enjoy. It finds Google Enjoy downloads grew 20 % year-on-year through half this year and this surge in numbers was mostly pushed by the raise in downloads from the rising markets like India and Brazil.

In its report, App Annie reported that India surpassed the US in 2016 to come to be the greatest marketplace for Google Enjoy downloads and in quarter of 2017, India didn’t just keep onto its major place but widened its lead further more. The report suggests that India seasoned its greatest year-over-year marketplace share growth of Google Enjoy downloads previous quarter.
App Annie suggests that substantially of this growth arrived from gaming and leisure apps. The report also highlighted video streaming apps like Hotstar and JioPlay as some of the most downloaded apps. Notably, Brazil surpassed the US in quarter to come to be the 2nd greatest marketplace in phrases of Google Enjoy downloads following India. This raise was reportedly fuelled by conversation and gaming apps.


“The downloads gap among Google Enjoy and iOS has been widening substantially in the earlier two many years, predominantly pushed by rising markets as the selling price of Android smartphones decreases and community infrastructure boosts all around the earth. We assume this downloads trend to proceed in the quarters to appear,” App Annie reported in its report.

"World smartphone and pill proprietors ongoing to spend around two times as substantially cash on iOS as they did on Google Enjoy. That staying reported, each app outlets noticed major growth in consumer spend year over year with iOS and Google Enjoy developing 35 % and 30 %, respectively,”
On iOS, the downloads grew by 5 % year-on-year and China has been reported to be the pressure driving this growth. Even in phrases of consumer spend, China has been declared as the strongest marketplace, contemplating growth, for iOS with tier a single metropolitan areas executing like mature markets in the country.

In phrases of consumer spend, iOS and Google Enjoy grew 35 % and 30 % respectively.
While video games remain the greatest contributor to consumer spend, in-app subscriptions in non-gaming apps are progressively driving additional global revenue. Video clip and audio streaming apps like Netflix, Spotify and iQIYI that monetize by way of in-app subscriptions have carved out major ranks amongst each apps and video games for consumer spend.
The global app downloads, across each Google Enjoy and App Keep, grew 15 % year-on-year and just about attained the mark of 25 billion in Q2 2017, as per the report. “With downloads developing at a charge of 15 % year over year and spanning just about every business, it is clear that cell apps are an indispensable element of consumers’ life,” App Annie reported.

What’s the hype about PayPal in India?

Unless you have been hibernating in a cave since May, then you have probably already heard about the new payment service called PayPal.com, or at least seen a banner somewhere.
Paypal was initially created for Online Auction sellers and buyers to easily, quickly, and safely transfer money from buyer to seller, or to accept credit cards. Since then, X.com has bought out PayPal and added even more features, such as a Business Account option for businesses.

PayPal works like this:

You enter your information, such as your name, email address, address, which account you want, etc. Then you choose a password to use with your Paypal account. Not only is PayPal free to use, but you also get $5 for joining and $5 for every person you refer after that. If you sell an item or a service, you are only charged 1.9% of your transaction. There are no other fees involved. When you pay someone from your Paypal account, you are not charged at all.
Many businesses and individuals are now using PayPal. And the best feature of all is the ability to safely transfer money from one bank account to another. It only takes 4-5 business days to set up your bank account with Paypal, and after that, money paid by credit cards or by other means to your PayPal account is transferred electronically to your bank account with the push of a button.
Paypal now has "Purchase Now" buttons to put on your web site that takes the customer to a specified Paypal URL that you have set up where the person can either pay for the specified product on your site with a Visa or Mastercard on the spot, or sign up for a PayPal account and then pay with a check or money order that goes through Paypal.

Benefits

When you make a lot of purchases online—but worry about identity theft. Would using PayPal, instead of a credit card, limit the number of people who have access to my confidential information and keep me safer?
Over 100 million people use PayPal to buy products and services online—but how does it compare to using a credit card?
If you’ve never used PayPal, it’s a service that allows you to pay online—using money in your PayPal account, your bank account, or with a credit card—anywhere a merchant displays a PayPal checkout button.
PayPal offers some nice benefits, but using it is no guarantee that you won’t become a victim of fraud. Because it’s so popular, thieves like hacking into PayPal accounts just as much as they like stealing credit card numbers.

However, it’s easy to beat the cyber criminals at their own game and stay safe using it.

Paypal has opened two new Innovation Labs at its Chennai and Bengaluru tech centres. This lab is the company's first in India and its third after the USA and Singapore.

Paypal said these labs will actively support innovation across various fields like machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, data science, IoT, penetration testing, software defined radios and wireless communication, VR/AR, computer vision and basic robotics.

It will also offer PayPal employees a range of hardware and gadgets to experience and tinker. This includes Raspberry Pi with full sensor kit, AlphaBot kit, IoT kit, Amazon Echo, AIY kit, Leap motion, 3D printer as well as Proxmark 3 Kit, HackRF One and Ubertooth One.

“India is a hotbed for innovation given its evolving startup ecosystem, diverse merchant profiles and enormous talent pool. To cater to their needs in the most effective manner, we are delighted to announce the launch of our newest Innovation Lab in India, where the focus will be on fueling new age technology and giving rise to unconventional ideas with the potential to transform the ecosystem we operate in,” said Mike Todasco, Director of Innovation, PayPal.

"Enabling innovation and creating amazing experiences for our customers is at the heart of PayPal’s global success and the Innovation Lab is another step to foster this spirit in our development centers in India,”

Let's make sending money as easy as sending an email to customers!

What’s the hype about PayPal?

Unless you have been hibernating in a cave since May, then you have probably already heard about the new payment service called PayPal.com, or at least seen a banner somewhere.
Paypal was initially created for Online Auction sellers and buyers to easily, quickly, and safely transfer money from buyer to seller, or to accept credit cards. Since then, X.com has bought out PayPal and added even more features, such as a Business Account option for businesses.

PayPal works like this:

You enter your information, such as your name, email address, address, which account you want, etc. Then you choose a password to use with your Paypal account. Not only is PayPal free to use, but you also get $5 for joining and $5 for every person you refer after that. If you sell an item or a service, you are only charged 1.9% of your transaction. There are no other fees involved. When you pay someone from your Paypal account, you are not charged at all.
Many businesses and individuals are now using PayPal. And the best feature of all is the ability to safely transfer money from one bank account to another. It only takes 4-5 business days to set up your bank account with Paypal, and after that, money paid by credit cards or by other means to your PayPal account is transferred electronically to your bank account with the push of a button.
Paypal now has "Purchase Now" buttons to put on your web site that takes the customer to a specified Paypal URL that you have set up where the person can either pay for the specified product on your site with a Visa or Mastercard on the spot, or sign up for a PayPal account and then pay with a check or money order that goes through Paypal.

Benefits

When you make a lot of purchases online—but worry about identity theft. Would using PayPal, instead of a credit card, limit the number of people who have access to my confidential information and keep me safer?
Over 100 million people use PayPal to buy products and services online—but how does it compare to using a credit card?
If you’ve never used PayPal, it’s a service that allows you to pay online—using money in your PayPal account, your bank account, or with a credit card—anywhere a merchant displays a PayPal checkout button.
PayPal offers some nice benefits, but using it is no guarantee that you won’t become a victim of fraud. Because it’s so popular, thieves like hacking into PayPal accounts just as much as they like stealing credit card numbers.

However, it’s easy to beat the cyber criminals at their own game and stay safe using it.

Paypal has opened two new Innovation Labs at its Chennai and Bengaluru tech centres. This lab is the company's first in India and its third after the USA and Singapore.

Paypal said these labs will actively support innovation across various fields like machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, data science, IoT, penetration testing, software defined radios and wireless communication, VR/AR, computer vision and basic robotics.

It will also offer PayPal employees a range of hardware and gadgets to experience and tinker. This includes Raspberry Pi with full sensor kit, AlphaBot kit, IoT kit, Amazon Echo, AIY kit, Leap motion, 3D printer as well as Proxmark 3 Kit, HackRF One and Ubertooth One.

“India is a hotbed for innovation given its evolving startup ecosystem, diverse merchant profiles and enormous talent pool. To cater to their needs in the most effective manner, we are delighted to announce the launch of our newest Innovation Lab in India, where the focus will be on fueling new age technology and giving rise to unconventional ideas with the potential to transform the ecosystem we operate in,” said Mike Todasco, Director of Innovation, PayPal.

"Enabling innovation and creating amazing experiences for our customers is at the heart of PayPal’s global success and the Innovation Lab is another step to foster this spirit in our development centers in India,”

Let's make sending money as easy as sending an email to customers!