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A month after banning 59 Chinese Apps, the Indian government on Monday banned 47 China-origin apps, according to reports.

According to an India Today report, these 47 apps were operating as clones of the earlier banned 59 apps. The list of the 47 apps will be released soon by the Indian government.

Reports cited sources informing that the government has also prepared a list of over 250 Chinese apps, including apps linked to Alibaba, for privacy and security violations.

This list also includes the famous PlayerUnknown’s Battleground popularly known as PUBG game.

According to the media outlet, the listing comprises some high gaming software which the government is currently considering to prohibit India. These Chinese apps are thought to discuss date of Indian customers with no knowledge.

The unprecedented ban on 59 Chinese apps took place Following a Struggle between India and Chinese Military on the Line of Actual Control near Ladakh.

The authorities prohibited these apps on June 29 mentioning they had been”prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

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The unprecedented ban on 59 Chinese apps took place after a fight between India and Chinese army on the Line of Actual Control near Ladakh.

The government prohibited these apps on June 29 citing they had been”prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.

The government immediately asked Google and Apple to eliminate these apps from their app stores for India.

The move was hailed all around the nation, leading to some people even boycotting Chinese goods such as smartphones.

The move has been called’digital attack’ from India’s Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The banning of those apps acted as a blessing for Indian app developers as instantly their daily busy users (DAU) and download amounts taken upward, forcing them to update their own backend hardware to manage the overload.

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Reacting to the 59 apps banned by India, the Chinese foreign ministry had said the nation is”firmly concerned concerning the conclusion of the Indian government”.

“China is strongly concerned, verifying the situation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian was quoted as saying by news agency ANI earlier.

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Battlegrounds Mobile India Found Sending Data To Chinese Servers

Krafton finally opened the early access for its PUBG Mobile alternative Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) in India for all Android users recently. Now, it has been found that BGMI is allegedly sending data of Indian Android players to various Chinese servers, including one owned by Tencent.

However, as per a recent report from IGN India, the data of Indian players is being sent to Chinese servers located in Beijing. The game also has ties with the Tencent-owned Proxima Beta located in Hong Kong (this could possibly be to enable PUBG Mobile account transfer to Battlegrounds Mobile India), as well as Microsoft Azure servers in the US, Mumbai, and Moscow.

IGN discovered the game’s links to China by installing a data packet sniffer app on an Android device before playing a match of BGMI. The data sniffer app was set to log all the servers that the game communicates with during a match. Following this, the publication did a whois search, which is a search engine for tracking the origin of an IP address, for the logged servers.

Arjun Sha from our team corroborated the report, with Pi-hole set up on his Raspberry Pi 4 intercepting connections to Proxima Beta servers. He used Play Games to log into the game and did not transfer his PUBG Mobile account over to Battlegrounds Mobile India. You can check out Arjun’s tweet right here:

— Arjun (@mearjunsha) June 20, 2023

However, it seems like Krafton did not live up to its promises, and its PUBG Mobile alternative is not that different from the banned title. Moreover, we already know that even Battlegrounds Mobile India was sought to be banned in India by a party leader prior to its early access release. So, it will be interesting to see how the Indian government reacts when it discovers Krafton’s sneaky initiative to send data to China.

5 Interactive Iphone Apps To Help You Learn Chinese Faster

Learning a new language can be fun and interactive at the same time now that we have tons of platforms to use. You can learn Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese at home, at the beach or while in transit, anytime and anywhere.

Of course, depending on the language difficulty ranking – for example, Arabic, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin/Cantonese Chinese are categorised as “exceptionally difficult” for native English speakers – the students are required to spend more weeks or months (even years) mastering it.

Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages to learn, and if you wish to challenge yourself – to know the basics both in oral and written form – you can use these mobile apps to help you learn the language faster, whether you’re learning it all by yourself or already enrolled in a language program.

1. Brainscape

The freemium app uses flash cards to teach you some of the basic Chinese words, grammar and phrases you need to know “to survive the streets of Beijing or Shanghai.” Brainscape offers other e-learning subjects aside from Chinese language. With the free “Survival Chinese” package, you’ll get four decks with 195 flashcards to drill you at your own pace by rating each flash card from 1 to 5 on how well you know the word(s).

2. Whizz – Learning for Chinese

Whizz teaches you how to read and write Chinese in a systematic way, showing you symbols and characters to remember them right away. The learning method is called “space repetition,” and unlike Brainscape, the app sets a time limit to figure out the word or symbol.

The app shows you nine characters in flashcards, and then you type the English translation in the keyboard. Type faster for a perfect score. So, from reading to learning the system until you unlock the export mode, Whizz will make your Chinese lessons fun, engaging and challenging while on mobile. (Free via App Store)

3. Penyo Pal’s Learn Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary

Here’s another flashcard game to drill your memory with images, pronunciation, and symbols, which is ideal for kids and adults. The animation sets the mood to motivate you. Aside from learning Mandarin, it provides the pinyin, audio and visual presentation to help you memorize the words effectively.

Memorizing the characters can be frustrating because they almost look the same. The app makes it easier for learners to adapt to its method one step at a time. You will definitely love the animations that give you hints whether you’re correct or not. (Okay, now I know “mangguo” and “pingguo” by heart.) (Free via App Store)

4. Chinese Writer

The freemium app teaches you the strokes of each character using a gameplay concept until you master each one and improve the time. The characters fall randomly from the top; you must be quick to draw each one to improve your score. Speed and focus are important in this gameplay, while if five characters reach the bottom, you’re out – a big kaboom flashes in front of your screen.

Wait, there’s more. Chinese Writer allows you to review the characters you already know and the characters you’ve failed to draw many times; the next time you play, it automatically pops them down until you master them. It also shows the pinyin, meaning of the character in English and pronunciation, while allowing you to practice the strokes. The app comes with in-app purchases to unlock other packages and characters, ranging from $0.99 to $9.99. (Free via App Store)

5. Learn Chinese (Mandarin) by MindSnacks

Last but not the least, another animated and educational mobile app from MindSnacks makes your Chinese learning sprint fun using a game. You get a free lesson, and the rest are available as in-app purchases. The “Swell” game teaches you the Chinese numbers from 0 to 20, so you better be fast when you play the game. It shows the character and pinyin, then you have to choose between which of the two is the correct one.

Similar to Whizz and Chinese Writer, you only have a few seconds to figure things out; match the word before the water runs out or your fish dies. The game provides you the right answer as reference. Meanwhile, the “Galactic” game teaches you the tones. It’s using a rote method, so if you’re comfortable with the gameplay, you may purchase the other packs separately, ranging from $4.99 to $17.99. (Free via App Store)

Conclusion

Two of my favorites are the Chinese Writer and Brainscape. While these mobile apps can speed up our Chinese learning sprint, nothing beats real-life experience where we can converse with a native speaker who knows the nooks and crannies of the Chinese grammar, phrases and contexts.

Maria Krisette Capati

Krisette is a technology writer who loves to cover disruptive technologies, trends, and a myriad of rumors and news updates. To satiate the inconsolable longing to feed her gadget addiction, she simply writes and tinker her gadgets for reviews. You may follow her blurbs, too! @krisettecapati

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15 Popular Chinese Apps And Their Indian And Us Alternatives

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Top Alternatives to Popular Chinese Apps 

1. Alternatives to ShareIt, Xender

We have several powerful options for Chinese offline file sharing apps like Xender and Shareit. This includes Files by Google (American), followed by Indian apps like Jio Switch and ShareAll. The first two apps are ad-free.

Share Files through Files by Google-

Install Files by Google on both phones.

Launch the app and grant the necessary permissions.

Wait for the devices to connect. After that, you can select pictures, videos, apps, and files to share over WiFi.

Install the Jio Switch app on both phones.

Launch the app and grant the necessary permissions.

Once the phone detects the other device, tap the name to begin the transfer.

Files by Google Jio Switch ShareAll

2. Alternative to CamScanner

If you want to scan your documents into PDF, we’ll suggest using Adobe Scan and Microsoft Office Lens over CamScanner. Both the apps are free-to-use, ad-free, and come from reputable companies.

Microsoft Office Lens is simple to use, can scan whiteboards & business cards, and offers seamless integration with OneDrive and other Microsoft products. On the other hand, Adobe Scan features automatic detection, integrated OCR, and the ability to make annotations.

3. Alternative to Zoom Video Calls

While Zoom is headquartered in California, its product development is largely based in China. Now, China does not enforce strict data privacy laws, exposing the company to pressure and influence from the Chinese government. Also, recently, Zoom was found routing non-Chinese calls through China servers. Hence, some of you may want to avoid using Zoom for video calling.

We have tons of non-Chinese apps for video calling, including Google Meet, Skype Meet Now, and Microsoft Teams. It is followed by Indian services like Cisco Webex, Jio Meet, and Say Namaste.

Out of all, Skype Meet Now would be an ideal replacement for Zoom for most people. Whereas, for casual video calls, you can stick to WhatsApp and Google Duo.

Head to the Meet Now page on Skype’s website.

Share the meeting link with your contacts.

You can also directly initiate a Meet Now conference through the Skype app.

Here’s our mega comparison between Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Duo, and Messenger Rooms.

4. Alternative to Tiktok, Likee, Kwai, Vigo Video

Instead of Chinese short video entertainment platforms like TikTok, Likee, Vigo Video, and Kwai, you can use YouTube, Dubsmash, and Triller from the US. Furthermore, there are some Indian apps in this category, such as Roposo and Bolo Indya, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.

Dubsmash Triller Roposo Bolo Indya

5. Alternative to UC Browser

There are better browsers than UC, counting in Google Chrome, which offers stable experience, followed by Firefox and Microsoft Edge. We do also have some Indian web browsers such as Jio Browser and Epic Web Browser. The latter comes from Hidden Reflex, a Bangalore based software startup.

If you’re using a Xiaomi phone, here’s how to replace the default Mi Browser with Chrome or any other browser.

Chrome Microsoft Edge Firefox Jio Browser Epic Browser

6. Alternative to WPS Office

Developed by Chinese company Kingsoft, WPS Office is an infamous office suite for Android and other platforms. Now, while many users may find it hard to replace, there are several powerful tools available in the market.

Then there’s OfficeSuite by MobiSystems, which again is an American company. Anyway, if you just want a simple tool for viewing documents and presentations, we’d suggest using Google Drive.

Microsoft Office OfficeSuite Google Drive

7. Alternatives to VivaVideo (Video Editor)

Used by millions of people across the globe, VivaVideo is a video editing app that comes from Chinese developer QuVideo. However, it poses certain privacy risks and may not be preferred by everyone.

Furthermore, you can go for full-fledged video editing apps like KineMaster and PowerDirector. The former is South Korean, while the latter is developed by Cyberlink corp based in Taiwan.

KineMaster InShot PowerDirector

8. Alternatives to Helo (Chinese social networking app)

ShareChat is an Indian app, much like the Chinese social networking app Helo. It lets you create and watch videos from different categories. The same comprises wishes & quotes, entertainment, funny videos, WhatsApp status & Instagram story videos, etc.

Besides, you can also interact with other people on the platform through chatrooms. Video creation features several AI beauty and style Filters, magic music filters, 3D camera stickers, and dubbing & lip-syncing in about 15 Indian languages. Besides Helo, one can also use it as an alternative to TikTok.

9. Alternatives to Beauty Plus, YouCam Perfect

Beauty Plus and YouCam Perfect are two infamous photo editing apps from Chinese developers. Anyway, giving them access to your camera and photos may not be the best idea.

Now, if you want to switch to non-Chinese photo editors, apps like Picsart, Candy Camera, and B612 should be your best bet. These apps offer similar features for the most part, including beauty filters, makeup effects, stickers, and more, amongst others.

For selfie makeover, one can also go for FaceTune 2, which comes from an Israeli developer. That said, Snapseed by Google and Adobe Lightroom mobile would be the preferred choice for mainstream photo editing.

Picsart B612  FaceTune 2 Snapseed  Adobe Lightroom

10. Alternatives to TurboVPN

Instead, you can use ProtonVPN, developed by a Switzerland-based company. It complies with the EU’s strict privacy laws and neither records browsing history nor sells user’s data to other parties.

More importantly, it’s free and offers good speeds without any data logging or bandwidth. I’ve been using it for quite a while now.

ProtonVPN

11. Alternatives to App Lock

The App Lock by DoMobile is the top-rated app locking tool on Google Play Store. It is registered in Hong Kong, which has its own limited autonomy, compared to mainland China.

To lock apps using Norton App Lock-

Download and open the app on your phone, grant it necessary permissions.

Set a pattern or passcode.

Then, choose the Google Account for recovery if you forget your passcode.

Select all the apps you want to from the list of apps installed on the phone.

Norton App Lock

12. Alternatives to Clean Master, DU Speed Booster

Are you using Clean Master or Du Speed Booster on your phone? Well, apps like these are not-required on modern versions of Android. In fact, they usually slow down your phone and collect user data.

CCleaner Norton Clean Files by Google

13. Alternatives to PUBG, Call of Duty

For starters, PUBG for PC and console was developed by PUBG Corporation- a subsidiary of Korean game developer, Bluehole. However, the mobile version is produced by the Chinese gaming company as Chinese games.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to substitute them with other games, given their immense popularity. However, FreeFire and Fortnite are the closest alternatives one can opt for. FreeFire is developed by 111 Dots Studio and published by Singapore-based Garena. Whereas, Fortnite has comes from Epic Games, US. One must note that Tencent owns a 40% stake in Epic Games.

14. Alternatives to AliExpress, Shein, ClubFactory

India already has several e-commerce giants in the business, including Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, PaytmMall, Limeroad, and Ajio. People who are looking forward to wholesale orders can further look upon platforms like IndiaMart and Udaan as an alternative to AlieExpress.

Note that PaytmMall, Quikr, Flipkart, Udaan, and Snapdeal have significant investments from Chinese companies.

15. Alternatives to WeChat

WeChat is a Chinese all-in-one messaging, social media, and mobile payment app developed by Tencent. Millions of people in China use it. The app inspects messages, photos, and content shared on the platform and stores them with user info. It’s easily accessible to the Chinese government, making it no less than spyware.

You can uninstall the app and switch to WhatsApp, which offers end-to-end encryption and has all features you would want, including file sharing, location sharing, voice, and video calls, etc.

WhatsApp Telegram Signal

Wrapping Up

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Apps And Updates: Findables, Tunein, Trillian, Flipboard, Dolphin, And More

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A slew of apps either updated or made announcements recently, and 9to5Mac gathered the most noteworthy ones in our regular round up below. Today’s crop includes a new project on Indiegogo, UI tweaks to popular iOS apps, a Mac app adding more features, interface refreshes for a Web browser and an instant-messaging client, and even some new Flipboard stats in celebration of its second birthday. Per usual, we will continue to update this list throughout the day.

Check them out:

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The easiest way to learn about Findables, one of the latest projects to launch a fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo, is to simply watch the video above. The service allows users to put a “digital fingerprint” on anything—from laptops to animals. Once the code is scanned, users can share specific profiles for different needs. In the campaign video, the developers demonstrate how users can toggle between business and social profiles with just a tap. Findables has currently raised $680 (as of press time) of its $12,500 goal, but it still has 31 days left to go. Check it out: Make Yourself, Your iPhone, And All Your Stuff Findable

Version 2.8.1 hit today with new user-interface actions. Folks can now purchase songs by simply tapping the iTunes button on the Now Playing screen, and they can further save a station or artist by tapping the app’s Heart icon. This will add the desired content to their Favorites menu, which is accessible on any device with a free TuneIn account. The update requires iOS 4 and above.

This news-aggregating app did not receive an update, but the service announced its second birthday today. Flipboard launched iPhone and smartphone editions last year, and since then it has “debuted features like Cover Stories, audio and shopping; added seven new social networks; forged partnerships with publishers like The New York Times, and localized into eight languages.” The most notable tidbit, however, is that Flipboard reached 20 million users. Moreover, it experiences one new user per second. Happy Birthday, Flipboard!

This popular alternative Web browser just went to version 6.0. The update refreshes the design and interface with new tab management on the right sidebar, menus and settings moved to the bottom, full screen scroll, auto suggestions in URL bar, a new color and way to access Gesture and Sonar, and a speed dial including news buttons and wallpaper.

Version 1.2.47 landed last night and brought the free version up to speed with its $1.99 counterpart. Aside from performance enhancements and bug fixes, this music-based trivia game added the now-seemingly standard “Pull to Refresh” feature to its user-interface.

This app serves as a companion to chúng tôi by giving users an “up-to-date snapshot” of their finances on a Mac desktop. Version 2.0.0 rolled out yesterday and brought a bevy of new features, including budgets, available cash balance, and the ability to view loan transactions.

This popular instant messaging app, which works on both desktop and mobile devices for syncing chats between them, just updated to version 2.0. And boy, is the update huge. The most noteworthy improvement includes iPad support, but I can’t even summarize everything else without writing a book. So, just look below:

– LAUNCHPAD: Trillian’s new launchpad lets you keep up with the people most important to you at a single glance. Don’t worry, your contact list is still readily available, searchable, and sortable according to your personal preferences.

–  ADDRESS BOOK: Trillian can now optionally import names and photos from your address book. Make your launchpad shine by showcasing beautiful photos of your contacts.

–  SECURITY: We’ve taken additional steps to secure all traffic coming from Trillian using TLS, meaning all of your chats are now protected from third-party eavesdropping.

–  USER INTERFACE: Almost every screen of Trillian has been touched up and polished, from minor graphic updates to ensuring orientation changes are as smooth as silk.

–  NOTIFICATIONS: Chat windows now support in-window notifications to let you easily read messages from more than one person at a time.

–  MOBILE INDICATOR: As a special bonus for those of you that use the Trillian chat network, we’ve added an optional mobile indicator to let your friends know when you’re on the phone.

–  SAVE OUTGOING PICTURES: A common request, you can now instruct Trillian to save photos as you send them to others, ensuring you never lose a funny photo again.

–  NEW EMOTICONS: We’ve polished up our existing emoticons and added a whole bunch of new ones for your chatting pleasure.

–  INVITES: You can now invite your friends to use Trillian from within the app if you have their phone number. Even cooler, when your friends join Trillian and approve your add request they will automatically sign online without the need to exchange usernames!

– AND: Support for the iPad? You got it! The new version of Trillian is now a universal app, and we’ve created a very unique iPad-only user interface that we think you’ll really enjoy.

Keep checking back for more!

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Effect Of Globalisation In India

India is one of the growing economies that has been impacted by globalization profoundly. From economy to culture and politics, India has witnessed a large-scale impact of globalization. Many analysts argue that globalization has a net positive effect on India as the Indian economy has got many new opportunities to progress due to the spread of globalization in the country. The impact of globalization can be discussed under various circumstances, but we will limit the impact on the economic sector in this article.

The effect of globalization on the Indian economy can be seen in the job market, increase in consumer choices, and increased disposable spending.

Increase in jobs: One of the major effects of globalization, due to the presence of more foreign companies in India, there has been a steady growth in the number of new jobs created. However, most of these jobs have been created in the service sector which has crossed the previously largest GDP provider, the agricultural sector in the last few decades.

Due to the concentration of new jobs in the service sector, people without skills or with low education levels have been left behind in the race for employment. The last decade in the employment sector is known to be associated with jobless growth as the number of jobs created newly could not match the level of economic growth of the country.

Increased consumer choices: Globalization has provided a greater number of choices to Indian consumers as new players in almost all fields of business have thronged the untapped Indian market. Indian consumers now have access to a large variety of goods as opposed to the economic phase before globalization when only a few options were available to Indian consumers.

Higher disposable income: Globalization has led to opportunities where people can earn higher incomes in cities. This has helped to modify the lifestyle of Indian employees. With an increased disposable income, the demand for foods, such as meat, egg, pulses, and organic food products has increased exponentially. This has resulted in a phenomenon popularly called protein food inflation.

Protein food inflation is a major food inflation phenomenon where protein-rich foods are demanded more than their supply. As people’s disposable income rise, they want to consume more protein-rich foods in the form of eggs, meat, and milk. As dietary patterns change along with the rising population, the supply cannot meet the demand. This creates inflation known as protein food inflation which is a direct result of globalization.

Indian farmers have been more interested in the cultivation of cereals and the farming of oilseeds and pulses has been neglected traditionally.

With the service sector becoming dominant in providing GDP, the share of agriculture in the GDP has come down to about 15 percent. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has reduced support from the government to the agricultural sector, thereby reducing the influence of the agriculture sector on the economy.

The impact of globalization has increased the vulnerability of Indian farmers. The farmers have also been more dependent on fertilizers and seeds sold by the MNCs. Globalization has some seriously detrimental effects on the agricultural sector. Due to globalization, the focus of the government has shifted from agriculture to other sectors. Moreover, whenever there is a price rise in agricultural products, the governments import the items from other countries. The subsidies offered to farmers are also increasing with the growing impacts of globalization. Traditional Indian farmers have also been threatened by genetically modified (GM) corps and herbicide-resistant corps etc.

Increase in healthcare costs: The interconnectedness of nations has resulted in an increase in the number of diseases. Diseases spread from one to another in greater numbers now than at any time before. International travel has led to an increase in infectious diseases.

For example, the world has seen the global impact of the COVID 19 pandemic recently. Such occurrences of diseases increase healthcare costs and governments need to invest more in healthcare systems to meet the requirements.

The global nature of diseases has also called for an integrated and collaborative approach among the nations and India has shown some notable efforts in containing the disease. The COVID 19 pandemic has revealed the truly global nature of pandemics and has shown that a collaborative effort is needed to contain such diseases.

Child labor: It is believed that child labor is also an indirect effect of the growing globalization process. Although the Indian constitution prohibits child labor, according to studies up to 115 million children in India work in detrimental conditions. In rural India, most child labor is related to agriculture while urban child laborers work in manufacturing, processing, repairs, and servicing industries. Globalization directly exploited about 300,000 children working in the hand-knot carpet industry which sells carpets worth $300 million a year.

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