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Ola launches ‘Share Express’ for affordable rides

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New Delhi, Jan 5: Online cab aggregator platform Ola launched new “Share Express” feature on Wednesday to make share rides cheaper by 30 percent on over 100 routes in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Delhi and NCR.

“With the introduction of ‘Share Express’, we aim to decongest the busiest routes in our busiest cities, while ensuring a quicker commute for our users,” said Raghuvesh Sarup, CMO, Ola, in a statement.
Customers whose pickup and drop-off locations coincide with the fixed routes can book a ride from the Share icon on their Ola app.
Sarup added they plan to extends share to over 300 routes in 10 more cities in future.

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Increased customs duty a statutory industry-wise hike, says Apple

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New Delhi, Dec 16: A day after the finance ministry decided to increase the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent on mobile phone, tech giant Apple said its is a statutory industry-wise hike.

“There is no comment on this as it’s a statutory industry-wise duty hike,” an Apple official told IANS.

The notification issued by the Department of Revenue said customs duty will increase from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets.

At present, Apple is assembling iPhone SE model at its Bengaluru facility in collaboration with Wistron Corporation, its Taiwanese manufacturing partner.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker is also seeking tax relief and other incentives from the central government to commence assembling more handsets in the country.

Experts say that with this decision, Apple has two choices.

“Apple will either have to increase the price of handsets or start assembling more in the country,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director, Mobile Devices and Ecosystems, Counterpoint Research, had told IANS.

However, domestic and some China-based manufacturers will not be affected as most of them are assemble a lot in the country, including South Korean giant Samsung.

“They just need to rev up their assembly lines,” Pathak further added.

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Google Maps to alert you when to get off the bus

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San Francisco, Dec 16: Google Maps is adding a helpful new feature for commuters who tend to lose track of time during bus or train ride. It will now send a push notification when the user is approaching their destination.

“It’s much easier for mass transit travellers to doze off or get distracted and miss their intended stop. Now, you’ll get a notification that’ll make staying on the train or bus too long less likely,” The Verge reported late on Friday.

Google Maps provide turn-by-turn notifications for driving directions and now, the addition will make the app send a push notification when the user is approaching their stop.

This feature will especially help Android users when they use public transit.

Log into Google Maps on Android smartphone, enter destination, select directions for transit and tap on the route you want to take to use the new feature.

The concept, however, is not completely new.

Transit — a public transit app and mapping service based in Canada has a “Go” feature that takes the user through every step of a bus or subway ride.

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Social media scrolling can make you feel worse, says Facebook

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San Francisco, Dec 16: Facebook has said that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse — while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect.

Citing scientific research on well-being and social media, Facebook on Friday highlighted the two sides of using social media — the good and the bad.

“According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology,” Facebook said in a blog post.

For example, on social media, you can passively scroll through posts, much like watching TV, or actively interact with friends — messaging and commenting on each other’s posts.

“Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse,” wrote Facebook’s Director of Research David Ginsberg and its Research Scientist Moira Burke.

The researchers cited one experiment in which University of Michigan students randomly assigned to read Facebook for 10 minutes were in a worse mood at the end of the day than students assigned to post or talk to friends on Facebook.

A study from University of California San Diego and Yale found that people who clicked on about four times as many links as the average person, or who liked twice as many posts, reported worse mental health than average in a survey.

Why it is so is not clear, but researchers believe that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison — and perhaps even more so than offline, since people’s posts are often more curated and flattering.

Another theory is that the Internet takes people away from social engagement in person.

“On the other hand, actively interacting with people — especially sharing messages, posts and comments with close friends and reminiscing about past interactions — is linked to improvements in well-being,” the Facebook post said.

A study Facebook conducted with Carnegie Mellon University found that people who sent or received more messages, comments and Timeline posts reported improvements in social support, depression and loneliness.

The positive effects were even stronger when people talked with their close friends online, the study found.

“In sum, our research and other academic literature suggests that it’s about how you use social media that matters when it comes to your well-being,” Ginsberg and Burke wrote.

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