Mastercard’s global index ranks India high on digital payments’ front

In what could give a bit of boost to the Modi government’s digital drive, India has been categorised as a country with a high potential in terms of digital payments in a global index of 60 countries.

The country has been clubbed under the ‘Break Out’ segment, according to the Digital Evolution Index 2017 that was unveiled on Thursday by The Fletcher School at Tufts University in the United States (US) in partnership with Mastercard.

The ‘Break Out’ segment refers to countries that have relatively lower absolute levels of digital advancement, yet remain poised for growth and are attractive to investors by virtue of their potential.

The Digital Evolution Index tracks the progress countries have made in developing their digital economies and integrating connectivity into the lives of READ MORE

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How Google search can be used to track dengue in underdeveloped countries

An analytical tool that uses Google search data can quickly and accurately track dengue fever in less-developed countries, and could enable faster response to outbreaks, scientists say.

The research builds on a methodology previously developed by the team to track influenza in the US.
The mathematical modelling tool, known as “AutoRegression with GOogle search queries” (ARGO), revived hopes in 2015 that internet search data could help health officials track diseases after earlier systems like Google Flu Trends and Google Dengue Trends returned poor results.

Dengue, a mosquito-borne virus that infects about 390 million people each year, is often difficult to monitor with traditional hospital-based reporting due to inefficient communication, but dengue-related Google searches could provide faster alerts.

The researchers used Google’s “Trends” tool to track the top ten dengue-related search queries made by users in each country during the study period.
They also gathered historical dengue data from government health agencies and READ MORE

Swiggy revamps app to enable faster orders, quicker delivery

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Wednesday said it has launched its revamped application to enable easier discovery of restaurants, faster order placing, and a seamless tracking experience.

The new app, available across Android and iOS platforms, provides a snapshot of trending offers, new options from the neighbourhood, and personalised suggestions for restaurants and dishes, Swiggy said in a statement.
Commenting on the development, Swiggy Vice President – Design Srinath Rangamani said: “We redesigned the app in such a way that the full menu could be accessed with a single vertical swipe.”

Shopmatic rolls out entrepreneurship program for Shopmatic users

Shopmatic announces entrepreneurship program for merchants using the online platform provided by the Singapore-based e-commerce company Shopmatic on Wednesday said it has launched a month-long entrepreneurship program for merchants in India and Singapore.The program, from July 17 to August 16, is for any seller who has a business or read more

Facebook’s ‘Hello’ Button is causing a lot of trouble: Here’s why

The “Hello” button, rolled out silently by Facebook for some users as part of testing last month, has created trouble for some users as they are complaining about using it accidentally.

The “Hello” button allows users to get people’s attention by sending them a virtual “Wave”, similar to the infamous Facebook “Poke”.

Since “Hello” is placed right next to the “Add Friend” button, some users clicked on the wrong choice unintentionally, finding themselves in an awkward confrontation, Mirror.co.uk reported on Wednesday.

“This could be particularly awkward if you were checking out the profile of someone you don’t know or — even worse — stalking an ex-partner,” the report said.

However, the users can undo their mistake by tapping the button again and hitting the “OK” option that pops READ MORE