Paytm Introduces A New E-commerce Platform the ‘Paytm Mall’

Paytm has launched ‘Paytm Mall‘ a separate standalone e-commerce platform, a destination for online shopping.

Paytm Mall is your all new Premier Online Shopping Destination. Download the Android App here:

— Paytm Mall (@PaytmMall) February 27, 2017

For a significant time, the company has been running the wallet and the e-commerce division under the same app but the announcement of Paytm Mall has brought a split, where wallets become a part of Payments bank.

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The Paytm Mall app was launched on Monday and includes a wide range of products such as electronics, furnishings, fashion etc. The new app includes cash-back offers which are filled into the Paytm wallet of the user.

The new app seems to simplify the shopping experience for its customers, with shopping and wallet maintained separately while other features remain the same. Paytm was also updated recently which promises faster responses and add on features such as paying loan installments, and simplifying utility bill payments.

The Paytm Mall is now available on Android and the web. It contains over 68 million products spread over 1000 cities and towns across the country.

‘HeartMapp’, A Mobile App to Help Older Adults with Congestive Heart Failure

Health Professionals and Engineers at the USF College of Engineering and USF College of Nursing has created a new app called HeartMapp for patients with congestive heart failure(CHF).

This is a non-invasive mobile app that help patients in self-care and also reduce the cost of re-admissions in hospitals.

'HeartMapp', A Mobile App to Help Older Adults with Congestive Heart Failure

The Android-based application consists of six modules allowing the patients to check their daily heart conditions, perform walking and breathing exercises, monitor vital signs, follow up proper medications, get information on heart health and even review statistics in a graph.

The app also acts as a reminder for the patients every morning to check their weight, blood pressure and even answer their questions about the disease symptoms.

'HeartMapp', A Mobile App to Help Older Adults with Congestive Heart Failure

'HeartMapp', A Mobile App to Help Older Adults with Congestive Heart Failure

Dr. Athilingam and Dr. Labrador are currently working on the testing of the app with nine patients from the USF Health Cardiology clinic and also keeps updating the app with new features based on the feedback from patients.

Major Developments in the Mobile Gaming Industry [2017]

Mobile games have become hugely popular with the increasing adoption of smart phones. Advanced pocket computers and other consoles have enhanced the customer experience in the last few years thereby supporting and drastically changing the gaming industry landscape.

According to the reports from Global Market Insights, the mobile gaming industry is estimated to grow double from 2017 to 2024. The competition in mobile game development are as fierce as ever and developers are frequently on the lookout for new technologies that can give their mobile game a competitive edge.

In this blog, we can take a look at what technology trends we can expect in mobile gaming apps this year.

1) The future of Mobile Gaming: Virtual Reality


Major Gaming Industry Developments [2017]| Mobile Game Development

Virtual Reality(VR) Gaming is a three-dimensional environment in which we can interact using an electronic equipment. In VR gaming, the gamer dons a specialized equipment that allows them to enter a three-dimensional world. The equipment can include devices such as a VR headset, helmet, mask, gloves where they interact with the fantasy gaming world.

VR gaming was considered as a thing of the distant future until the release of virtual reality headsets. VR headsets provide gamers with an impressive and realistic gaming experience. Star Citizen, Eagle Flight, Arizona Sunshine, Elite Dangerous etc. are some of the most popular VR mobile games.

Here are three key reasons why mobile VR will be the future of gaming:

•  Simplicity – It’s a simple, easy to operate technology
•  Portability – Once VR goes mobile, you wouldn’t have to carry around bulky VR equipment. There would be only a headset and your mobile
•  Affordability – As most people already own smart phones, they just need to buy a VR headset to go with it.

2016 has been a breakthrough year for VR gaming. With a spectacular range of software and hardware all set to be available, virtual reality fanatics are going to become even more impressed.

Beyond gaming, VR technology can be used in other forms of Entertainment, Healthcare, Space technology, Museums, Online Shopping, Automotive manufacturing and Education.


2) Augmented Reality(AR)


Major Gaming Industry Developments [2017]| Mobile Game Development

Augmented Reality gaming uses an existing environment and creates a playing field within it. AR games are mostly played on devices like smart phones, tablets, and other portable gaming systems.

More advanced AR gaming apps may actually build an environment from the user surroundings. Environment creation is an important task in gaming as the user would require a new environment after completing each level. It helps to expand the playing field, create a diverse range of real-world environment to keep the games interesting.

Video game companies are quickly adopting this technology to create games that are life like and offer the most amazing experiences. Devices like PlayStation and Wii offer augmented reality games, where players use physical actions to control the movements and actions.

Pokemon GO is considered to be the breakthrough for AR gaming which uses a camera, gyroscope, clock and GPS enable a location-based augmented reality environment.

The best Augmented Reality Games available in Android/iOS are Temple Treasure Hunt Game, Real Strike, ARBasketball, Paintball Arena, SpecTrek, Toyota 86AR, AR Invaders, Droid shooting etc.


3) Ionic Framework App Development


Major Gaming Industry Developments [2017]| Mobile Game Development

Undoubtedly, the vast growth in technology has landed us into an era that is rapidly changing, adopting and inventing new, better ways to do things. Ionic framework created in the year 2013, Drifty Co. makes it easier to develop native mobile apps with HTML5, CSS, Sass is also known as the Hybrid apps.

Ionic which is a completely open source SDK for HTML5 app development frameworks is targeted at building hybrid mobile apps which are basically small websites running in a browser shell in an app that has access to the native platform.

In 2017, a majority of the developers may use this in games. Its optimum specifications allow it to work on the latest devices in the market. The framework which works on both iOS and Android platforms allows the developers to create complex gaming apps much easier.

Benefits of Ionic Framework in Mobile App Development

Platform independent Framework: It has the ability to recognize the platform specific optimized CSS equivalent to the native look and feel on various mobile Operating Systems.

Default User interface: This has many default CSS and JS components that cover most of the essential/basic things which you use to create a mobile application.

Feasible Cross Mobile App Development: Developing an application only once is advantageous as it would be compatible with all the mobile devices.

Built on Angular JS: The Ionic framework is built on top of the Angular JS framework. Ionic expands Angular at a basic level with a lot of stuff to make creative applications.

An Ionic framework is the dominant HTML5 mobile advancement system at present and it is growing very fast. While developing a mobile application, this is highly recommended since it might be a good choice based on your business and technical needs.

4) Location-Based Services

LBS delivers information about the geographic location of the mobile devices. This includes mobile phones, mobile interactive browsers etc. LBS deliver end-user applications based on location services.

This new technology is having a great impact on how business is being done. Knowing the physical position of the user at any time can be a huge potential for mobile game development service providers.

LBS can be involved in the following aspects like:

• People Tracking and Finder
• Driving Directions
• Information Directory Services
• Advertising
• Location Based Billing
• In games where location is a part of the game play (For example Your movement on daytime makes your avatar move in the game or your position can unlock contents)

Today nearly all mobile devices have GPS thus making it easy for the game developers to incorporate location-based services into the games they develop.

5) Hybrid App Development

A hybrid app consists of an HTML5 web app, written using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. This is then transformed into native iOS, Android or other mobile platform using PhoneGap. These apps can be easily moved across multiple platforms and are cheaper and much faster to build an app.

This helps in increasing the productivity while incurring minimal costs. Hybrid Application development consists of two parts:

•  Hybrid Mixed Application Development
•  Hybrid Web Application Developments

The need for gaming has elevated to such an extent that game developers are trying out so much to put out their best. Opting for a hybrid application is a lucrative business model, while it meets the expectations of all the customers. Hybrid App Development includes benefits such as:

1) Time-Saving: A hybrid app negates the need to create a new operating system for every app each time. At this point, they wouldn’t need to spend extra time to develop platform-specific versions for each of their apps. It can help developers to design apps that can rank high in usability and efficiency.

2) Web plus native access to features: In hybrid apps, users have access to more features like web content and access to native capabilities within the app.

3) Easy Updates: Hybrid apps save the user from tedious clicks and efforts. For updates, users no longer have to revisit the AppStore and make several clicks.

4) Offline Access: They can be used even when the devices are offline and helps users cut their expenses, indulge more in the of such apps and in turn, benefit the business.

However, game developers will have to ensure that the hybrid app utilizes the different capabilities of each platform to an optimal level so as to save costs as well as to satisfy the customer needs.

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6) Android Instant Apps

Android Instant apps allow usage of apps without downloading them from a link from the Play Store. This new concept saves the users from the annoyance of first downloading the app and then determining its usability. Here, users have the flexibility to install only those apps that fulfil their expectations and needs.

By the introduction of this method by Google, it has paved the way for mobile game development and mobile game app developers. Users will be able to run games on their smart phones without downloading them. This feature makes it easy to play games on the go.

Mobile users do not need to install the full app if the preview of an instant app fulfills their purpose. Fast loading and easy accessibility are the main attractions of instant apps.

Another main feature of Instant Android Apps is that they support NFC for ease of usability.

7) Cloud Based Technology

Cloud computing is a network, where a large number of systems are connected with private or public sources, to provide dynamically scalable infrastructure for data and file storage. With the advent of this feature, the cost of application hosting, computing, content storage and delivery has been reduced significantly.

Cloud Computing offers new opportunities in the gaming industry. With the support of cloud technology, other industries such as music, television, etc. offer extensive content to users in PCs and smart phones.

Features offered by Cloud Technology

Security: Can prevent interruptions such as hacking. The information is stored within a storage space and makes the platform safer than the other traditional applications.

Compatible with Any Type of Devices: High-end games can even be played on lower end machines. Cloud technology can diminish the limitations caused by memory requirements, graphic capacity, and processing power.

Reduced Costs: The cloud systems follow a ‘pay as you go’ strategy in which gaming companies need to pay only for the resources that they have used.

Easy Access to Games: Easy to implement and can access games from any device from any location without downloading the game.

Safe from Piracy: The gamers play games on cloud servers with an access on their personal computers, so cloud diminishes the chances of unauthorized manipulation, interruptions and maintains the novelty of the game.

More devices are available: Cloud computing supports the usage of multiple devices such as smart phones, laptops etc. Players can enjoy the game from anywhere in the world without carrying the console.

8) Cloud Demand Services are on the Rise

Refers to games which are not stored on your computer or device but kept on a server. Using the client-side software you can connect to the server and retrieve the game when needed. Benefits for this are that you don’t need to update the software every time when a new update comes.

Some of the top Cloud Services for the Gamers are:

• G-cluster
• Play-station Now
• GameFly
• GameNow
• StreamMyGame

GamingAnywhere is another open source cloud gaming platform which currently supports Windows and Linux and can be ported to OS X and Android. Gamers may customize GamingAnywhere to meet their needs. And this advantage is not possible in other game clouding platforms.

According to Cisco research, globally cloud apps will drive 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019 and Mobile cloud traffic will be 11-fold with Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 60%.

9) More Focus on Security of the Gaming Apps

Protecting your gaming brand, assets, stories and characters have tended to be more important these days. Mobile games and other apps are seeing an increasing number of hacking attacks, where they clone popular games and then collect the revenue from the cracked copies of the original.

Securing a mobile game can be a complex task since the threats vary depending on different factors- Platforms, the architecture of the game, type of the game and much more. Using third party app stores can end up hosting pirated versions of the original app. This can deny the revenue to the actual game developer and most of such pirated game versions contain malware.

Things to be done to keep acquiring security in apps:

a) Use intrusion detection and obfuscation techniques

b) Prevent piracy by adding a line of defense in server layer, network layer, a memory layer, and disc layer of the game.

c) Get an external audit done by a specialist.

In 2014, Flappy Bird was a Top Free Game in iOS App Store. The developers made an income of around $50,000 a day from in-app advertisements and sales. Within a month, there were 60 different clones of the game being added, every single day to the store.

In a rush to get apps in the market, developers fail to keep security as a key part and finally can get a loss about 50% or more of their potential revenue because of hacking or other security failures.

The two other development to keep an eye on in 2017 is MagicLeap, the US “mixed reality” start-up which has been funded to a high level and is considered to be a game-changer. The second development involves Microsoft is trying to make VR headsets standard for Windows 10 running PCs. It will enable firms to manufacture VR headsets with confidence.

Mobile Gaming development is actually at an interesting point. It can reach more customers than any other gaming  apps platforms. Nintendo, Pokemon Go, and Super Mario Run proved to have something new and interesting to offer to the gaming apps space in 2016. Two Major hardware launches-Nintendo’s Switch and Microsoft’s Scorpio might also happen this year.

At the end of the day, though, providing a premium and smoother experience is the key to the success of all mobile game development in the coming years. Design skills and understanding the customers should be the priority concern for mobile app developers.

New App to be Introduced to Pay Income Tax and Apply for PAN

In step with government’s Digital India campaign, the government is planning to introduce an app for applying Permanent Account Number(PAN) and pay taxes using smart phones.

The department is also working on another project on issuing PAN card within minutes by e-KYC authentication using Aadhaar. The new initiative will help bring more people under the tax net by easily getting PAN cards.

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New App to be Introduced to Pay Income Tax and Apply for PAN
By using the Aadhaar-based e-KYC facility individuals in need of applying for PAN can verify details such as date of birth or address by bio-metric identification using thumb impressions.

Till date, almost 111 crore Aadhaar numbers has been issued which can be used as an Id for opening bank accounts, getting a new sim, transfer of subsidies and for bio-metric based digital payments under Aadhaar Enabled Payment System.

PAN has been made mandatory now for withdrawing cash and cash of above Rs. 2 lakh. The tax department has newly designed PAN cards with added security features to make them tamper-proof, which is written in both Hindi and English.

‘Suwadu’ helps Forest Dept. Maintain Vigil Inside Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

‘Suwadu’, a mobile application used by the Forest Department to monitor the daily movements and patterns of Anti-Poaching Watchers and illegal tourism inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR).

Earlier the use of Global Positioning System helped the department assess patrolling patterns of their forest staff. But Suwadu, a cost-effective app helps them to keep track of APWs and ensure that the entire park is under constant surveillance.

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With a simple push of a button, data’s are transmitted and logged into a server every three seconds, where the entire movement of APWs, time taken for patrol operations is examined by officials for review.

'Suwadu' helps Forest Dept. Maintain Vigil Inside Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

It also has a drop-down menu, where the geo-tagged photos of direct and indirect animal sightings, watering holes etc. can be clicked and will be downloaded to a cloud server.

'Suwadu' helps Forest Dept. Maintain Vigil Inside Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

The department has identified 150km of Lantana that needs to be removed immediately. The cleared areas will serve as pathways which will help the Forest Department in monitoring the area and also will serve as a quick escape route in case of a forest fire for animals.

‘Share Books’: A Mobile App Launched by the Udaipur Wonder Kid

Daksh Agrawal, a 13-year old student of St. Paul’s School launched his second android application ‘Share Books‘ aimed to help the poor students in getting books free of cost.

The eighth grader from Udaipur has already launched his first android application which is used in over 180 countries. And within 2.5 months of his first app launch, he has come out with the next, which was launched by the collector, Rohit Gupta on January.

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Daksh told The Times Of India,

” The idea struck to me suddenly when I noticed pile of books in my home which was not useful to us. Instead of giving it away to ‘raddiwalas’, I thought of developing an application through which any needy person could get to know of their availability at zero cost”

ShareBooks app is available on Google PlayStore and can be downloaded for free of cost. Anyone can upload the details of books that they do not need and thus those who are in need of them can find it in the app.

Daksh showed a keen interest in decoding languages and had spent a lot of time surfing the internet and gadgets. Gradually he developed his first android app ‘MyShare‘ in November 2016 which is a tool to keep a record of common expenses during group trips.

In appreciation for his talent, Daksh Agrawal was felicitated at the district level on the republic day function.

Alibaba’s ‘Reunion’ App helps in the Rescue of Hundreds of Children in China

The “Tuanyuan”, or “Reunion” app developed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd helps Chinese authorities recover hundreds of missing children last year.

The Ministry of Public Security said that 611 missing children were found in 2016 with the help from the reunion app. The app allows the police officers to share information and work together.

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According to the reports of Xinhua News Agency, the app sends push notifications, including photos, to users near the location where a child has disappeared. If the child is still not found, then notifications are sent to users farther from the location of the disappearance.

The updated version of the app in November 2016 helped it to expand its reach through association with other popular apps, such as Taobao, search engine Baidu, Tencent Holdings Ltd’s instant messaging software QQ and mobile ride-sharing platform Didi Chuxing.

China has a rampant child trafficking problem for which the government is taking measures to solve.

Apple Set to Begin iPhones Manufacture in India by April 2017

Apple’s manufacturing partner Wistron is setting up a plant in the tech capital of Bengaluru to assemble iPhone in India by the end of April.

The news just comes after the speculation the Apple’s plan for the market, which is led by the rival Samsung Electronics Co.

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A California-based company Cupertino is said to put forward a long list of demands, including 15-year tax holiday to import equipment- in negotiations with the central government.

Apple Set to Begin iPhones Manufacture in India by April 2017

Apple has shipped 2.5 million iPhone’s in the country in 2016 which is considered to be the best year ever in terms of sales and revenue. Local manufacturing will make Apple products cheaper and this would make its products more competitive in the Indian market.

According to the company, it accounts for less than 2 percent of shipments in India, where approximately 750 million smart phones will be sold by 2020.

‘HawkSpex’ Mobile App uses Spectral Analysis to Look Inside Objects

Fraunhofer Development a German Engineering firm has developed a new app ‘HawkSpex’ that can directly look inside objects and display specific constituents.

The HawkSpex app uses the front camera on the smartphone to perform the action. The regular scan methods can be costly and interfere with the smart phone’s design.

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According to Prof. Udo Seiffert, Expert Group Manager at the Fraunhofer IFF, users don’t need anything to scan other than the camera already integrated with their smartphone.

Here the app uses the phone’s display, which successively illuminates the object with a series of different colors for fractions of a second. If the camera display illuminates the red light, the object can only display a red light.

Intelligent analysis algorithms within the app help to compensate limited computing performance as well as the limited performance of the camera and display in the smartphone.

The app will have high commercial potential which includes analysis of quality control of foods, the effectiveness of cosmetic products etc.

The first version of the app would be released for users by the end of 2017 after verification of the measurements.

LegoLife: A Safe Social Network for Children to Share their Creations

Lego has just launched a new social network called ‘LegoLife’ for children under 13 to design and share their creations.

The company behind the iconic bricks has launched this to let kids connect with a community of their peers. It allows children to look at what others have created and also share what they’ve built.

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The network has features same as in Instagram, including a news feed, profiles, sharing pictures etc. But it has certain restrictions like the ban on real-life photos and free-form commenting.

Sign-up to the network should be approved by parents through email verification. Silly-three name mixes like ‘ElderPowerfulBelt’ or ‘ChairmanWilyDolphin’ are generated for kids as their username.

The created images are well examined by Lego to confirm that it is Lego-related and not human related. Also, kids can follow their favorite topics, groups including superhero’s related to Lego characters.

Mini Lego avatars can also be created which move as you create them and also has plenty of accessories. The app is made for iOS, tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire versions available in the UK, US, France, and Germany.