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How your phone may be spying on you

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New Delhi, July 7: Some popular apps on your Android phone may be actively listening to you, monitoring your habits and even secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties, a new study has found.

These screenshots and videos of your activity on the screen could include usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other important personal information, the researchers said.

“We found that every app has the ability to record your screen and anything you type,” said David Choffnes, a Professor at Boston’s Northeastern University.

The findings will be presented at the Privacy Enhancing Technology Symposium Conference in Barcelona.

For the study, the team analysed more than 17,000 of the most popular apps on the Android operating system, using an automated test programme written by the students.

In all, 9,000 of the 17,000 apps showed the potential to take screenshots.

“There were no audio leaks at all. Not a single app activated the microphone,” said Christo Wilson, Professor at the varsity.

“Then we started seeing things we didn’t expect. Apps were automatically taking screenshots of themselves and sending them to third parties.” Although these privacy breaches appeared to be benign, they emphasised how easily a phone’s privacy window could be exploited for profit.

“This opening will almost certainly be used for malicious purposes. It’s simple to install and collect this information. And what’s most disturbing is that this occurs with no notification to or permission by users,” Wilson noted.

Although the study was conducted on Android phones, there is no reason to believe that other phone operating systems would be less vulnerable, the researchers said.

Another study, published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, found that apps developed to help people track their migraine pain often share information with third parties, posing privacy risks partly because there are few legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties.

“In 2018, it is estimated that nearly half of 3.4 billion smartphone users will use health related apps, and currently, there are a wide range of apps on the market for various neurologic and pain conditions,” said lead author Mia Minen, from the New York University Langone Medical Center in the US.

“We think our study may have widespread implications for people suffering from various chronic conditions,” Minen added.

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Shoes that every girl must have

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Essential Shoes for Every Girl

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) When it comes to shoes, there are endless designs, styles, and possibilities. But these five types of shoes should be owned by every fashionable girl, say experts.

Alisha Malik, Vice President Marketing and creative face of Mochi Shoes and Accessories, and Nehpreet Kaur, Design and Creative Head, Femina Flaunt, have shared a list of must-have shoes:

* Nude pumps are the ultimate go-to shoes. Up your game with pumps, the ultimate choice when you can’t think of what will go with your outfit. Formal meetings or parties, you can never go wrong with heels. Not only do they add a touch of class to your outfit but they also take away the monotony of monochrome in your look.

* Nothing feels as comfortable as a pair of sneakers. Most of the time, it will match with anything you wear. For those days when you just want to relax, ensure that you have a pair of sneakers in your shoe collection.

* Loafers have taken street style by storm and are frequently spotted on models and actresses while they’re out and about. This menswear-inspired shoe has replaced the ballet flat as the quintessential run-around shoe. They are fuss-free and extremely comfortable for the feet.

* Boots are essential to any woman’s wardrobe. There is no debate about them, they complement every outfit. You can choose a pair of boots with a slight heel to dress up a look, or go with flat boots for a more comfortable, yet cute look.

* There are wedges for almost any occasion, from bridal to party to casual. They are the most versatile pair of heels for long duration events.

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How to pair polki jewellery with different bridal looks

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Jewellery choices of the modern-day bride have evolved over the years. Polki or uncut diamonds are the most popular type of jewellery for the ‘pheras’ because of the antiquity and royalty it offers, say experts.

Rohan Sharma, Director of RK Jewellers-South Extension-2, and Shehzad Zaveri, Creative Director of Minawala, have listed tips that help in choosing the right polki jewellery for different bridal looks:

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* A small jewellery piece of polki is enough to complete your look. With the changing trends, even in a big fat wedding, brides skip wearing heavy jewellery and have shifted to wearing pastel or light colours on their D-day. Now, it is all about a bride opting for lighter ensembles where she’s free to dance, twirl and hang out with her friends. A polki choker with small earrings and mang tika can make you look equally gorgeous.

* The colour of your lehenga and your chosen bridal jewellery should be in sync with each other. Navratan polki necklace has multi-coloured stone work that go with pastel pink, white and golden trousseau. The bright coloured stones with polki designs are perfect to add colours with your subtle colour outfit.

* A heavy choker or long Raani haars in polki are the perfect styles for a traditional look. A polki necklace studded with south sea pearls, emeralds and rubies is a great choice to complement the lehenga. A bride can pair them with jhumkas, head cover mang tika and nath to complete the look.

* An uncut polki with pearl or kundan work necklace is the right mix for getting a regal look. If you want to steer away from the traditional look, opt for a detachable multi-layered polki necklace that can be worn on lehenga shades like pastel pink, green, gold and blue. You can create a balance by pairing it with over-sized studs or go all out with heavy chandbalis in polka and pearls.

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Facial hair transplants the new trend for 21st-century men

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Facial hair among men has recently gained popularity in mainstream fashion. With sports and entertainment celebrities sporting the beard, the facial fuzz has become the new swag quotient of the metrosexual man. While the plangent voice with a chiselled body and bushy beard had always been observed as signs of masculinity, social dominance, age and attractiveness, it’s only recently that the metrosexual man has re-discovered the charisma of the fuzz! This has led to the aspirational value of the beard, especially among those who are not sufficiently blessed with the generous crop of facial hair. Enter the new trend in male grooming – The facial hair transplant surgery. With a promise for a natural looking beard, an increasing number of men are turning to this to enhance or restore their facial hair.

Dr Vinod Sonawane,Hair Transplant Surgeon and Managing Director at Bloom Hair Transplant said What are the reasons behind men opting for the transplant: “Beard transplants are a boon to those who are suffering from age, hormone or stress-related issues, impacting their hair growth. In a society where we have the complex perspective of attractiveness towards men with a full beard, with both Indian (Ranveer Singh) and International stars (Nick Jonas), Sports celebrities (Virat Kohli and David Beckham) and Royals and politicians (Prince Harry and Narendra Modi) have kept high standards of masculine charisma. Decoding some of the reasons why facial hair transplant is popular and here to stay for the tall, dark handsome half of the population.”

· Rebuilding self-image after an accident or damage, for e.g. post burns, acne, scars in an accident etc.

· Genetic problems that run in families. If there is a history of some close family member having the condition, it is likely for other members to develop the condition of baldness in the beard area.

· Depression, anxiety, extreme stress and hormonal issues cause bald patches and that leads to hair loss or scanty growth, leading to beard transplant as a lucrative option

Beard hair transplant is a fast-catching trend in India -How the transplant is done:

Sonawane said, “Beard hair transplant, like the other transplants, is a meticulous surgical procedure handled only by professional surgeons. One needs to understand the need and the expectation of the patient and then do the grafting to create a natural looking pattern which fits face proportion, thus enhancing the personality.”

Dr said, “The beard transplant is done mostly by the Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE) technique, where a small group of hair is extracted one by one from a donor site. For the transplant, hair is typically taken from the side or back of the head where it grows finer and is less prone to balding. Transplanted facial hair falls out after roughly 2 weeks, but regrows around 3 months later and can then be treated as natural facial hair.”

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