Amazon Great Indian Sale to Feature Discounts on Apple, OnePlus, and More: What You Need to Know

Amazon Great Indian Sale to Feature Discounts on Apple, OnePlus, and More: What You Need to Know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The sale will start from August 9
  • Amazon Pay Balance only deals to be available during sale
  • You can play “Guess Who” game on app for sneak peek at deals

Amazon has announced that the e-retail website will be organising its Great Indian Sale from 12am IST (midnight) on August 9 to 11.59pm IST on August 12 in order to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day. As part of the sale, the website will be offering “blockbuster deals at never-seen-before prices,” the company said in its release.

While the website will be offering deals on a range of brands across categories, Amazon Primemembers will be getting exclusive Prime-only deals apart from 30 minutes Early Access to Top Deals. Amazon India will be offering “Amazon Pay Balance only deals” as part of the Great Indian Sale and customers topping up their Amazon Pay balance starting August 4 will get extra 15 percent cashback up to Rs. 300, the company said in its release.

“Amazon.in is also offering ‘Amazon Pay balance only deals’ on Apparel, Storage and Home with instant 10-15 percent cashback! When customers use their Amazon Pay balance they can enjoy fast and easy checkouts, quicker refunds coupled with a secured shopping experience,” it said.

SBI credit and debit card holders can avail additional cashback of 15 percent on app and 10 percent on the website during the sale. On Amazon app, customers will be able to play ‘Guess Who’ and solve puzzles in order to get a “sneak peek” at the products that will go on a deal during the actual sale event, the company said. The programme will be live on August 7 and August 8 exclusively on the app.

“Customers who shop on the app will also be eligible for exciting travel offers from goomo.com like all-expense paid trips to Bali,” the company said. Amazon says that there will be a 5 percent cashback on all email gift cards and up to 20 percent off on gift cards from BookMyShow, Cleartrip, Pantaloons, and Joyalukkas.

As part of the Great Indian Sale, Amazon India will be offering discounts on brands including Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, UCB, Puma, Adidas, Wrangler, Titan, Marks & Spencer, American Tourister, Vero Moda, BPL, Micromax, TCL, Lenovo, HP, IFB, Bosch,D’Décor, McAfee, and Kaspersky among others.

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Social Media A need for growth

Social Media A need for growth

Social media is still a relatively new concept as people are still discovering its impact. Though the influence of various social media platforms has been discussed over the years, its intensity remains to be fully understood.

Among billions of social media users in the world, studies show that approximately 90% active users fall between the age group of 18-29 years. The increasing presence of these platforms has shifted the gears of our lives quite remarkably, exposing us to a powerful world of edited and programmed reality.

At the same time, social media has also become a lucrative medium that creates platform for inspiration, idea sharing and creating communities with similar interests. Though social media possesses a Jekyll and Hyde character, the outcome is solely determined by how well we maintain the ‘net etiquette’ while being online.

My City’s Sonam Lama talked to students of Rehdon College so as to gather youths’ perspective on social media and its impact.

Bijesh Adhikari

Social media has been of much help to students. As students, we are always curios to learn new things, and at the same time be updated on contemporary issues and happenings. Social media platforms have bridged the information gap. Considering both positive and negative aspects of being associated with the online world, I believe that social media is a major breakthrough that has influenced us – sometimes even in unpleasant ways.

Aashish Thapa

The role of social media has gained me an easy access to the outer world. As it is a source for unlimited knowledge, I believe that social media is not only a medium to socialize, but also a platform to voice our thoughts and unleash our uncommon perception. Although there might be a dozen demerits of social media that we need to deal with, I think its effects completely depend on the users and how they extract the best out of it.

Bhisma Bhatta

We must understand that social media has both positive and negative aspects. Apparently, it is the users that are provided with the wit to make things work at their best interest. For me, such platforms have been a source of learning. I invest my time surfing online whenever I want to learn about contemporary issues on politics, science and economy. Even during my exams, I tend to search additional notes online in order to groom my level of knowledge and understanding.

Sukman BC

For me being online on a daily basis has invited many positive changes. Having acknowledged that social media poses various threats, we have to be prepared when dealing with the risks. Meanwhile, I think social media has contributed to run a simple and easier living. It has been my cheap and easy source of information. With internet shrinking the world into a global village, social media has actively been a mediator to connect people, express and share thoughts, enhance knowledge and interact with a diverse community.

Niharika Tiwari

Though social media is basically used as a means of communication, its usage is not just limited to socialize. It is also a medium to share our opinions and voice our thoughts. There is no doubt that social media will offer a different leaning experience if used in classrooms whenever the lessons become monotonous. Moreover, social media entertains and intensifies our way of learning things. It is also one of the best ways to have a listen at people’s opinions from around the world. I would say social media platforms have benefitted me in multiple ways.

Sakuna Pahari

We are immediately informed about the world’s popular events and news through social media. There are numerous social media platform these days that rule our smart phones. Many cases of cyber crimes have been filed around the world, which I think is a result of the user’s misdemeanor. However, every user can make the most out of social media if they use it in a productive and positive manner.

Dipti Acharya

Multi-tasking is what today’s youths are experts on, and social media adds a tinge of recreation in our mostly occupied lives. Social media, on that note, contributes to releasing stress in a healthy way. However, the fact that such platforms breed various crimes should not be avoided, and it thus becomes crucial for the users to gain proper knowledge and etiquettes on using social media.

Shanti Sharma

Social media has been ruling our world as it is easily accessible and affordable. With advancements speeding in a faster pace, it is obvious for people to seek the most effective and easy means of communication. This longing has been possible due to the availability of social media, which serves well just through a few clicks. Moreover, with the multiple functions of social media serving everyone regardless of age, sex and creed, I believe it is likely to rule for a long time further.

Smriti Regmi

Unlike the one-way communication that other media platforms have been providing, social media engages the users in two-way communication. This enhances interaction among users, and makes social media different from tradition forms of media. The multiple social media platforms help users learn, express and share a sense of mutual belonging.

Pradeep Phuyal

Social media has become an inevitable part of our lives in terms of connectivity and communication. Since the sensation of virtual world has occupied our lives, I think it would be better for us if we only think of using it whenever required. The virtual world gained through social media should be rightly balanced so that it does not interfere with our real world.

Roshni Karki

Today’s youth have grown quite competent in every matter. As a higher secondary student, I find social media important to articulate my thoughts and feelings in a liberal manner. Meanwhile, social media also provides us the platform to become active in both verbal and non-verbal manners. The usage of social media can distract us only if we are ready to get distracted.

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New social media updates spark a need for privacy updates

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Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind before pressing ‘Post’:

Update the privacy settings:

All social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat – including dating apps have privacy settings. Residents can restrict their location for automatically posting or filter who can or cannot see their posts.

Filter the friends

When it comes to friends and followers, Tilley suggests residents be as picky with social media followers as they are with house guests. “Treat it as you would if you were inviting someone into your home. Are you really going to invite somebody into your home that you really don’t know?” he said.

Follow the updates

Social media platforms tend to update regularly, and though the terms and conditions can be lengthy, it’s important residents stay away of changes to their apps and adjust accordingly.

Over the weekend, SnapChat, a popular social media platform, came under fire for its latest application update.

By zooming out on a devise, the new Snap Map location setting allows users to see the exact location of their followers and friends, which several users have deemed an invasion of privacy.

People of all ages tend to live their lives on apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, unaware that many criminals are using these apps to plot their next victim. But by “going ghost” or updating privacy settings, residents can save themselves from a possible home invasion.

Plano PD spokesman David Tilley said in a recent rash of home burglaries, criminals “were using social media platforms to locate their victims and the biggest thing we were telling people was turn your location services off…because that’s how they were able to find these victims, through their location.”

Officers also notice several robberies happen from one-on-one meet-ups on Craigslist, a popular website for selling clothes, furniture and other goods person to person. Through Craigslist, people don’t have to establish detailed profiles, like with a Facebook or Twitter account, so it’s much easier for a criminal to hide their identify. So most residents will set up a time and place to meet with a potential buyer or seller, then end up the victim of a robbery.

To avoid a possible robbery, several police agencies nationwide have set up “safe-zones” for residents to meet up and exchange goods without the fear of being robbed by a stranger. The “safe-zones” are well lit, secure, surveillanced areas, so if wrongdoing occurs, police have a solid chance of catching the culprit.

Also, criminals are using dating sites like Tinder, Bumble, Plenty of Fish and more to take advantage of vulnerable residents to scam them out of hundreds or thousands of dollars. In some instances, overseas scammers will claim they need money to return to the states after they’ve built a connection with the victim, while others will lure residents away from their homes to go on a date, then rob their home while they’re away.

As a rule of thumb, officers suggest residents never share their location on social media, and keep a watchful eye on who they friend and follow.

“I don’t recommend anybody ever post anything as far as where they’re going to be or post anything as far as where they are,” Tilley said. And the same goes for vacation photos.

Also, without the proper security settings, it’s hard to tell who can and cannot view a resident’s seemingly private posts. Depending upon how residents have their privacy settings, a friend’s friend could be a criminal, “so if you’re posting that you’re in Las Vegas and they know that your house is unsecured, that’s a way of setting yourself up for a potential burglary,” Tilley said.

Though it goes against common customs, Tilley suggest residents save their Night Out photos and vacation posts until after they’ve returned home.

“Anytime that you use the Internet, especially social media, you have to be wary and you’ve got to use caution because, many times, you’re dealing with people that you don’t always know who they are,” Tilley said,” so you just have to be very, very cautious.”

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Get fit 2017: all the fitness gear you need to fight the festive flab

If the overindulgence of Christmas has inspired you to get fit in early 2017, we’ve got you covered.

Whether it’s the best fitness band to keep a track of your steps or a new treadmill for your home, we’ve rounded up all our top features into one handy guide.

Let’s kick off our ultimate fitness gear guide with five top tips from Nick Anderson. He’s a GB and EA running coach, PT, plus a coach for Saucony, High5, and the Running Bug. So basically, somebody who knows a lot about running!

Nick’s best running tips

  1. Enter a race or an event. This gives you a goal and real target, date and objective to work towards.
  2. Get a plan towards this goal or event and choose one thats realistic. It could be written by a top coach and aimed at your ability, pace and experience making it achievable.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people when chasing the resolution. This could mean training with friends or a running group to make your plan fun. Equally it could be buddying up with a friend to go to the gym or a new conditioning class.
  4. Join one of the communities aimed at supporting you and your new year resolution/pledge. RunningBug offer Run Yourself New and there is also the Jantastic community.
  5. Remind yourself why you set the resolution and how you were feeling at the time. We often get more time over the festive season in the build up to New Year to assess our lives, goals and direction. Then when New Year arrives we abandon the resolution as already too busy. Think about how you felt and ring fence the time to make this resolution work each day and week…..running just 3 times a week can see fantastic result for example!

Now read on for all the fitness gear you need in your life, from fitness bands to mobile apps

Best running shoes to buy

Picking up a great pair of running shoes is essential to ensuring your fitness regime goes to plan and we’ve tested a whole load of the best. Aside from making sure your feet are comfortable, a great pair of running trainers should offer support, let your feet breath and boast some extra nifty bits of tech to round things off. We’ve also got some top tips on choosing the right pair of shoes for your running style.

Read: best running shoes

Best running headphones

So, you’ve got your sparkly new fitness band, a treadmill for your home gym and stocked up on enough pairs of running shoes to last you the year, what else do you need? A great pair of running headphones, that’s what. Yes, we know, you could stick with the buds that came bundled with your phone, but we all know that they’re not very good. Instead, you should pick up a pair of dedicated ‘phones, which won’t fall out of your ears as soon as you start running. Many of these are resistant to sweat too, which is a must, for us anyway and they sound fantastic. Perfect for pumping out your handcrafted gym playlist.

Read: best headphones for running

Best football boots to buy

The options here range from solid, mid-range boots to wild flights of footwear tech fancy. Don’t forget to carefully choose between the various options that most of them offer with, for instance, variants for hard and soft ground. You should also probably be realistic about your skills. Having a boot that’s super-light and offers next to no protection is not a great idea if you’re not as fleet of foot as you once were. On the other hand, having a super-flash set of boots can give you added confidence and a better first touch, if you’re not completely hopeless in the first place.

Read: best football boots

Best sports sunglasses

If you’re looking for the best sports sunglasses you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put our eyes on the line testing the very best shades money can buy. Whether you’re running, cycling, golfing, or fishing this list is for you.

Read: best sports sunglasses

 Our buying guides for bikes

Nothing beats buzzing around town on two wheels during the summer months. Evening pub pints with pals are made even more appealing without the worry of sweaty public transport or the ferocious cost of cabs, while the daily commute can provide some much-needed post-winter fat removal when tackled on two wheels.

We’ve collated the best of this year’s offerings under £1,500 as well as the top electric bikes, road bikes under £2,000 as well as expensive elite choices.

 

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Everything you need to know about Google Allo

Google Allo was announced by Google back during its annual I/O event in May, along with the Duo video chat application. While Duo was made available only a few weeks ago, it’s now Allo’s turn to go official. The app is not your run-of-the-mill IM app as many would imagine. If you saw Google’s demonstration of the app back during I/O, you would be aware of all the things that the app is capable of doing on its own.

There’s deep integration with Google Assistant, which is essentially a more personalized version of Google Now. With Allo, you can have small text conversations with Assistant by typing in your queries and getting results right within the chat window. There will be clickable links and image results too, so you don’t have to exit the app to interact with them.

Given that machine learning is one of the core elements of Allo, we expect Assistant to get smarter over time with support for more commands. Google is basically trying to humanize the search experience with the help of Assistant, and it is successful to a great extent.

Keeping in line with the trend, Allo also comes with its own set of personalized stickers that you can send within conversations. Google seems to have paired with independent creators rather than going with big ticket names for these stickers, which is a refreshing change.

Google has built an ‘Incognito Mode’ within the app, which enables end-to-end encryption and secretive notifications that do not show in your status bar or lock screen. So why are chats not end-to-end encrypted by default?

Well, as Google rightly puts it, having this enabled by default restricts certain features from accessing your chats. Google Assistant, for example, cannot read your messages and aid you with your queries if chats are encrypted. Users can also set an expiration date for their chats in Incognito Mode, ranging from 5 seconds to a week.

If you’re wondering how Allo or Duo are different from Hangouts, well, Google wants to focus Hangouts as an enterprise solution while Allo and Duo will be consumer centric. These apps sync with your phone using your phone number, which makes it quite similar to contemporary IM apps that are available out there.

Overall, Allo is a very functional chat app with the potential to go big in the market, provided it strikes a chord with the global audiences. Although the app is available on the Play Store right away, it might not be visible for some users. But APK Mirrorhas you covered, where you can download the officially signed version of Allo on your compatible Android smartphone. One big caveat with an app like this is that not a lot of friends and family will be aware of it right away. But that could quickly change as word gets around.

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right

One of the most common methods to configure an office full of Microsoft Windows computers is with group policy. For the most part, group policies are settings pushed into a computer’s registry to configure security settings and other operational behaviors. Group policies can be pushed down from Active Directory (actually, pulled down by the client) or configured locally.

I’ve been doing Windows computer security since 1990, so I’ve seen a lot of group policies. In my work with customers, I scrutinize each group policy setting within each group policy object. With Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, for example, there are more than 3,700 settings for the operating system alone.

 
[Source:- Computerworld]

What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook’s Instant Articles

What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook's 'Instant Articles' | Social Media Today

With its new offering “Instant Articles,” Facebook hopes to revolutionize how publishers post content to its network. On April 12th, the company will unveil the new feature on iPhone and Android Facebook apps, allowing publishers to post content (even longform) directly instead of via external links.

What does all this mean for you and your brand? Here are some main points.

Integrated, Innovative Content

Instant Articles aim to achieve on social media what a magazine can in print: a relationship between written and visual content. As well as magazines do this, Facebook’s format is arguably better. Its seamless integration of auto-play videos, tilt-to-enhance photo feature, interactive maps and audio captions top all previous types of articles.

Less Wait Time

When content links to an external source, download time drags on for an average of eight seconds. Unfortunately, that can be long enough for users to lose interest. Since Instant Articles won’t redirect the audience, it will decrease their wait time tenfold. The new speed should keep both users and brands happy with quicker access to information. Plus, blog posts and other longform content can live directly on a Facebook page, which cuts down on the time and energy spent to maintain an external site.

Continued Brand Presence

To support a smooth transition for your brand, Facebook will allow customization in the look and feel of your content, including everything from typeface and layout to the ads that run within. You can even continue with your own analytics, although the new feature will provide its own option.

Potential for Better Results

The few lucky brands that have tested Instant Articles have good things to report. The Washington Post has seen a significant increase in repeat visitors, and LittleThings.com has earned a 15 percent increase in shares. While the latter has acknowledged that the feature may decrease its direct page views, the advertising included in the content makes up for that. See a more in-depth review from The Washington Post and other companies here.
[Source:- Socialmediatoday]