UC Browser Gets Temporarily Delisted On the Play Store

UC Browser
UC Browser
UC Browser

UC Browser :- Internet plays a major role in the life of a person in today’s tech-savvy world. From early morning to late at night, people constantly use the internet for doing their daily work.

To use the internet, a person has to take the help of a web browser. A web browser is a software application used for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.

The most popular web browsers for PC are Chrome, Edge (which was preceded by Internet Explorer), Safari, Opera and Firefox. While for mobile, the UC Browser has gained much popularity.

UC Browser is a web browser designed for mobile by the Chinese mobile Internet Company UCWeb and is owned by Alibaba Group of China.

Originally it was launched as J2ME-only (Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition) application in April 2004. But later it was made available on a number of platforms including Android, Blackberry OS, iOS, Java ME, Symbian, Windows Phone and Microsoft Windows.

UC Browser is the most used web browser for mobile. It is most popular in India where it has overtaken Chrome as the most-used mobile browser in the country. It was a popular alternative to Google Chrome and has accounted for a market share of around 50 percent.

There is an approximately 420 million user base in this browser globally. It has racked up almost 500 million downloads on the Play Store, with over 100 million coming only from India.

But recently Google has temporarily delisted the UC Browser app from the Google Play Store. Only the UC Browser mini is still listed. The disappearance was first noticed in the Reddit Forum (via Android Authority) and users have some interesting theory regarding the disappearance.

A report suggested that UC Browser was stealing and accumulating sensitive data of users and later sending them back to remote servers in China without the permission of the user.

Another report suggested that due to the malicious redirect ads which the browser uses to increase the installs of the affiliates of the UC Web’s might have triggered Google to take necessary action by delisting the browser from the Play Store.

There is no official statement issued in part of neither Google nor UC Web, but the possibility of the latter report seems to be true. This is because of an email which was received by Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii from UC Union (UC Web’s affiliate network) and it definitely reinforces the latter theory.

The email said−

Dear Partner, We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method(s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan.

DO NOT use the Malicious Promotion method(s) or STOP such behavior immediately if you are acting so.

Upon discovery a Malicious Promotion, UC Union is entitled to

(i) STOP your payment settlement, or DEDUCT your corresponding payment made to you;

(ii) compensation in recovery of the loss suffered by UC Union, including but not limited to loss of UC Union’s good will, loss of users of UC Union Product(s), removal of UC Union Product(s) from Google Play or Apple Store, and any other loss as a result of your Malicious Promotion;

(iii) Require you to CLARIFY the facts for elimination of the negative impact shed upon UC Union

(iv) Resort to any other legal measures if necessary.

UC Union is looking forward to cooperating and developing with you in a healthy UC Union ecosphere.

A twitter user named Mike Ross, who works with the UC Browser also posted a tweet which explains the similar reason. The tweet said−

I work for UC Browser, I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used “Misleading” and “Unhealthy” methods of promotion to increase installs.

— Mike Ross (@SKz_14) November 14, 2017

It seems that the takedown of the app is a temporary issue and the app would be fixed and would be back in the store in 30 days.

Nowadays Google is taking strict action against apps who are using malicious and dubious tricks to increase its install base and those who are spreading ad malware and stealing user information.

The ‘Verified by Play Protect’ feature introduced by Google ensures that a user’s phone is protected from all the harmful apps.

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4 Eye-Catching Updates Done By Mozilla Firefox Quantum

Mozilla Firefox Quantum
Mozilla Firefox Quantum
Mozilla Firefox Quantum

Mozilla Firefox Quantum :- In today’s world of tech-savvy generation, internet plays a major role. From early morning to late at night, people constantly use the internet for doing their daily work.

To use the internet, a person has to take the help of a web browser. A web browser is a software application used for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.

The most popular web browsers are Chrome, Edge (which was preceded by Internet Explorer), Safari, Opera and Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser which was developed by the Mozilla Foundation and was released in the market on September 23, 2002.

Upon its release, it took the market from Internet Explorer as the latter was too slow and took time to load a particular website.

But when Google introduces a new freeware web, named Google Chrome, in September 2, 2008, Firefox faced some serious problems.

Since the past nine years, with its speed and simplicity, Google Chrome has mostly convinced many users to switch from whatever browser they are using. But with the recent update, Firefox is hoping to regain some of its lost markets.

After 13 years, Mozilla has come up with an updated version of its browser. It is named Mozilla Firefox Quantum or Firefox 57.

Though the beta version is out in the market, users have experienced that at the top level, Mozilla Firefox Quantum promises twice the speed than Chrome and moreover it takes less memory than Chrome. Here are some of the features of Mozilla Firefox Quantum.

  • It is faster

Mozilla Firefox Quantum is way too fast than its predecessor. Even if there are more than a number of tabs opened and online interactive apps like maps and email clients are opened, it takes just a snap to load pages.

From the moment a person types a URL in the address bar, he can notice the significant increase in the speed from the loading of the page to its responsiveness.

All this has been possible due to the change in the web rendering machine, which is also named Quantum. This machine has replaced the previous engine, named Gecko, which was used in the previous version of Firefox.

This is the first time Firefox has taken the advantage as the new machine Quantum splits the processing duties of multiple cores and it is optimized to work better on the newer hardware.

  • It has good looks

Apart from getting improvements in its performance, the Mozilla Firefox Quantum has also got an upgrade in its designs. The design is more clean and modern than all the previous versions of Firefox.

The modern look includes clear looks of the boxes and icons, while the rough edges have been shredded off. There is a distinct contrast between the active tab and the other tabs.

Along with the dark and light alternatives in the theme, there is an even distribution in the settings as it is well-spaced and laid out in a clear manner.

The pages containing the Extensions and Themes have the same layout. The Mozilla Firefox Quantum gives the extra added polish and simplicity which its predecessors lacked.

  • It is streamlined

Apart from the visual improvements, the Mozilla Firefox Quantum gives a new experience to the whole browsing scenario. For the first time the address bar and the search box can be combined into one.

At the top, a new library button has been added which can hold all the Bookmarks, History, Downloads, and all other important key components that are needed on a daily basis. This makes the interface a whole lot and allows easy access.

Moreover, if a person is using a Windows PC which has a touchscreen, the buttons and menus in the Mozilla Firefox Quantum get bigger and chunkier when it is touched.

  • It has some extra bonus features

Along with all the new features which the Mozilla Firefox Quantum has received due to the update, there are some features which are totally new to the world of web browsers.

Apart from all the new additions, the feature of taking screenshots is the coolest of them all. There is a tool in the right corner of the address bar of the Mozilla Firefox Quantum browser which allows the user to take clippings of the webpage.

There are options to take a snap of the whole page or take the snap of the part that is visible. The clippings can later be seen by the user when needed.

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5G Specifications Wireless Technology

5g specifications wireless technology
5g specifications wireless technology
5g specifications wireless technology

5g specifications wireless technology :- By each passing day, the world of technology takes a giant leap forward. And when it comes to the matter of wireless technology, it has been progressing by leaps and bounds.

In the year of 1982, Nordic Mobile Telephone introduced the first 1G system. Since then 2G came in 1992 followed by 3G in 2001 and 4G in 2012.

Since the successful implementation of 4G technology and the initial release of LTE in Scandinavia in 2009, NASA has partnered with Machine-to-Machine Intelligence (M2Mi) Corporation for the development of 5G technology.

Recently the official name and logo has been announced by the 3GPP cellular standards group and it has been confirmed that 5G will be the official successor of 4G.

The 5G technology will be IoT-focussed (Internet of Things) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released some specifications regarding the 5G wireless technology.

High data rate

It has been said that for every mobile base station, there will be at least 20Gbps downlink and 10Gbps uplink available. It is the total capacity that can be handled by a single cell.

This is to say that in a fixed wireless broadband connection, users will be getting this amount of speed in a point-to-point connection.

This further indicates that these 20 gigabits of data will be split between all the users connected to a specific cell.

Connection density

Another great specification of 5G wireless technology is that it has a dense connectivity. The 5G connection can provide service to at least 1 million connected devices in a square kilometre.

This means that it will be super efficient and will provide a better performing network at a lower investment cost.

Mobility of 5G

The connectivity of wireless devices gets disruptive whenever a user travels at a very fast pace, especially in trains.

From time to time companies have been trying to solve this problem and the recent breakthrough was achieved with the 4G technology service.

The 4G technology can support everything even at a speed of 200 km/hr. Similarly to the LTE and LTE-Advanced, the 5G technology will support anything from 0 km/hr to almost 500 km/hr.

Apart from this, the specification of 5g specifications wireless technology will reach into the deep urban and rural areas also. This will help the remote people to get access to hassle-free network.

Energy efficiency

Another great specification of the 5g specifications wireless technology is that it is highly energy efficient. From a state of high load it can drop into a low energy mode within moments.

For this to happen the control plane latency should be as low as 10ms, which means that a 5G enabled device would switch from high load stage to battery efficient stage within 10ms.

Latency

Latency is the time between a stimulated cause and the response it provides. LTE cells boasted of a latency of 20ms.

In case of 5g specifications wireless technology, the maximum latency would be just 4ms. Apart from that, the 5G connection will have a latency of just 1ms for ultra reliable low latency communications (URLLC).

Spectral efficiency

Spectral efficiency means how many bits the technology can carry through the air per hertz of spectrum.

5G’s peak spectral efficiency is very close to the LTE-Advanced. It has a downlink of nearly 30 bits/Hz and for uplink, it is almost 15 bits/Hz.

These figures can be assumed as 8×4 MIMO (Multiple-input and Multiple-output), which is 8 spatial layers down and 4 spatial layers up.

Super fast mobile network

Thanks to densely clustered small cells in 5G connection, that will ensure a super high-speed connection. This will lead to a continuous coverage the urban and rural areas.

This could be possible due to the access to a spectrum under 4 GHz, perhaps via the world’s first global implementation of Dynamic Spectrum Access.

Fiber-wireless network

Another specification of 5G technology is its converged fibre-wireless network which is a first time for wireless internet access.

The millimetre wave bands (20 − 60 GHz) would allow the very wide bandwidth radio channels to support access speeds of up to 10 GB/s.

The real-world data rate

In the real world, the speed of the wireless connectivity will increase dramatically due to the new specifications of 5G technology.

The user can have a download speed of almost 100 Mbps and an upload speed of 50Mbps. With this speed there will be an increase in reliability and a decrease in drop-outs.

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Israel Farming Technology in India

Israel Farming Technology in India
Israel Farming Technology in India
Israel Farming Technology in India

It has been more than 25 years that the countries India and Israel have established a good diplomatic relation. But it is undoubtedly the relation in the agricultural field that has strengthened the bond between the two countries.

Israel has been a world leader when it comes to the matter of agriculture despite the fact that more than half of the land is a desert. The country’s extensive research has increased the quality and quantity of the crops that the country produces.

Afar from the political drama and media attention, the India-Israel Agricultural Project (IIAP) has created a revolution and has helped farmers from all over to country to harvest and produce a good amount of crops every year.

Launched in the year of 2008, the IIAP has aimed at setting up many specialized centers all across India. At first, it was a three-year Action Plan based on the Government to Government Agreement.

At present 15 such Centres of Excellence (CoE) are operational which are administered and jointly run by MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development and India’s Ministry of Agriculture.

The Centres of Excellence are funded by Federal Government NHM (National Horticulture Mission) and by other individual State Governments.

In the upcoming years, there is the plan to open 12 more centers which will take the total number of centers to 27.

The main goals of IIAP are as follows−

  • Increase in diversity of the crops
  • Increase in production of the crops
  • Increase in the resources use efficiency

Work of the Centres of Excellence

The extensive research and study are all performed in these centers to increase the productivity as well as improve the quality of the produced goods.

The Israel farming technology in India has been successful in offering many agricultural practices to benefit the Indian farmers, such as Hi-Tech poly-houses to walking tunnels and net houses.

The basic concept of the Centre of Excellence is based on the triangular format of Applied Research, SMS Field Extension Officer and the Progressive Farmer.

  • Applied Research

Under the Israel farming technology in India, the Department of Applied Research studies and provides a solution for a better harvest.

The Seed producing companies bring their seeds in the Applied Research department and perform a test and parameters such as yield, quality, and tolerance of diseases are being observed.

Apart from that, another important work of the Applied Research department is to analyze the plant protection products and to work on new technologies on the local conditions, pruning periods, fertilization and irrigation.

The department also produces high quality, healthy, virus and pest-free seeds and saplings.

  • SMS (Subject Matter Specialist) Field Extension Officer

They work as a bridge and link the Applied Research department with the farmers.

The linkage has two parts− one to disseminate the knowledge and the second is to make sure that the proper methods are being implemented by the farmers.

This means that the Applied Research department studies and introduces new methods for the betterment of crops, and the SMS Field Extension Officer makes sure they the methods reach the farmers and is properly utilized.

  • Progressive farmers

They are the farmers who implement the methods told to them by the SMS Field Extension Officers.

After the success of the method, the progressive farmers become the role model for other farmers.

Implementation

The first success of the Israel farming technology in India was in Gharaunda of state Haryana.

The success came from a plant nursery which produces lakhs of vegetable plug seedlings in a year which utilizes plug-seedling technology.

In the plug seedling technology, the plants are grown in small, individual cells, which are later made ready to be transplanted into other containers or in a field.

The seedlings included hybrid seeds of tomatoes, cherry-tomatoes, colored capsicum, cucumbers, eggplant, chili peppers, and more.

Another success story of the Israel farming technology in India was in Dapoli of the state of Maharashtra.

At this center, 20- to 60-year old and 12-meter high mango trees underwent a special process of rejuvenation.

The process was to plant extra saplings in between the trees resulting in the density of the orchard from 100 trees per hectare to 400 trees per hectare.

The result was very significant in two years as the trees produced fruits with higher weight, better color and better taste.

A third success story of the Israel farming technology in India was in the states of Nagpur, Maharashtra, and Mangiana present in the state of Haryana.

Thirteen varieties of citrus trees were planted which produced easy peeler, early season and late season oranges and grapefruits.