Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

Samsung Max App With Data Saving and Privacy Protection Features Released

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Max app has been released
  • The app is available for select Galaxy devices
  • Replaces the Opera Max app on Galaxy A and Galaxy J handsets

Samsung on Friday released an Android app that is designed to offer mobile data savings and privacy management. Called Samsung Max, the new app is designed by Samsung R&D Institute India and is available for free download on Google Play and Galaxy App store for select Galaxy devices. The proprietary app will also come preloaded on all Galaxy A and Galaxy J series handsets in a few emerging markets, including India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam – replacing the recently discontinued Opera Max app.

Similar to Google’s Datally that was launched in last November, the Samsung Max offers foreground data compression service that allows you to reduce data consumption from your installed apps. The app also has the functionality to block background data and data access for any app. It compresses webpages, photos, videos, and media within apps and browser to drop data consumption. Similarly, it lets you manage data permissions for specific apps and customise data consumption for existing apps to save your data for other useful tasks.

Alongside offering data savings and data compression features, Samsung Max provides regular reports to let you see which of your favourite apps are consuming the most of your data limit. The app also has a boost Wi-Fi feature that is touted to uplift connectivity even in a crowded Wi-Fi hotspot or at a weak signal area.

Samsung has provided a bunch of features that are specific to security as well. Primarily, the Samsung Max app not just compress but also encrypt all the network traffic that flows from your apps using Samsung’s in-house servers. The South Korean company also claims that has been using a “bank-grade”, secure network experience. In the same vein, there is Samsung Max’ data-savings cloud access make data usage efficient and secure from third-party services.

The Samsung Max app encrypts data when it is sent through a public Wi-Fi network. Likewise, there are features such as tracker blocking and DNS masking to offer a secured Web browsing experience. You can view privacy reports to see how the app adds security to other apps and network connections.

While the Samsung Max by default serves ads, you can choose whether to view ads inside the app or on the lock screen only while your device is plugged in and charging. The latter can be enabled by switching to the premium mode.

“At Samsung, we’ve been committed to creating inclusive data saving and privacy protection services for all our devices. Because of this, we are now introducing Samsung Max to our mid-range devices as an exclusive and unique service that sets Samsung devices apart from the rest of the smartphone market,” said Seounghoon Oh, Vice President Samsung R&D Institute India.

It is worth noting here that the Samsung Max app is presently incompatible with devices other than the eligible Samsung devices. You can check whether it is compatible with your Galaxy handset by visiting Google Play or Galaxy App store.

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Google Files Go Updated With Support for Google Drive File Backup

Google Files Go Updated With Support for Google Drive File Backup

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The app can now backup files straight to Google Drive
  • The update also brings SD card features and bug fixes
  • Google Drive needs to be installed on your phone to use the feature

Google recently released the latest software update for its Files Go app on Android. The update, although minor, brings along a crucial feature that allows users to backup their files on Google Drivethrough the Files Go app. Apart from that, the update also adds “additional SD card features” and several bug fixes and improvements. According to the changelog, this update was first released on February 15, 2018.

To make use of this feature, you will need to go into Downloads, click on the arrow beside the file you wish to backup, then click on Back up to Google Drive and enter details such as Document Title, preferred Google account, and preferred folder in Google Drive. Users need to have the Google Drive app installed on their devices for the feature to work.

Available for all Android devices, the Files Go was launched at the Google For India 2017 event in December last year. The app, like other Google Go apps, has been custom built for smartphones with low inbuilt storage and up to 1GB of RAM. It will come pre-installed on all Android Oreo (Go edition)devices.

In its latest update received last month, Google Files Go app got several new features including support for Android tablets, an SD card-only view, and the new “Open With” flow that lets users choose the destination app for the selected file.

While the announcement was made a few months back, smartphones running Android Oreo (Go edition) haven’t yet been unveiled. However, Google states that it will be making announcements on that front during Mobile World 2018 in Barcelona slated for later this month.

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InsideTracker integrates DNA insights with GoalGetter

InsideTracker integrates DNA insights with GoalGetter

Personalized nutrition specialist InsideTracker is expanding its analytical offerings with the launch GoalGetter, a DNA-based personalized nutrition and wellness product in the Helix.com store.

The InsideTracker​ testing and analytics kits service was launched by Cambridge, MA-based Segterra  in 2013. While healthcare professionals use blood tests to assess if you have normal or abnormal values, InsideTracker is interested in optimal levels. The platform’s personalized nutrition support is based on blood tests of 41 select biomarkers.

GoalGetter is InsideTracker’s first product to integrate DNA-powered insights, and is a natural continuation of the company’s science-based blood analytics platform, founder and CSO, Gil Blander, PhD, told NutraIngredients-USA.

By integrating self-reported physiological information about personal behaviors and preferences, GoalGetter is able to provide the best science-based recommendations about nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle, said Dr Blander.

“DNA is an additional input that allows us to be more granular” ​he said. “We feel there is enough evidence to begin to educate consumers on the impact their lifestyle can genuinely have on their health and that DNA data is a valuable component of that story. 

“The mission of InsideTracker is to help people live longer, healthier lives, and the combination of blood, genetic and physiological data that can drive decision making around lifestyle is the right approach. We want to identify and supply consumers with the best actionable recommendations based on the best available science.”

How it works

GoalGetter, which has been almost two years in the making, uses DNA to tell consumers which goal best fits their genes. Helix sequences DNA from a saliva sample, and then InsideTracker analyzes 261 of genetic markers and compares them to a personal Exome+  data generated in the Helix CAP and CLIA-accredited laboratory, in order to determine genetic potential for single genetic traits (like lactose intolerance) as well as broad groups of traits (like athletic power and endurance).

Similar to InsideTracker’s blood-based products, individuals have the ability to set new goals, create reminders, and download recipes and other tips.

The goals

Consumers can set goals, including weight (based on analysis of genes that influence glucose, cholesterol, response to carbohydrates, inflammation, and saturated fat metabolism); performance (based on analysis of genes that influence athletic endurance and strength, injury risk, testosterone, B12, oxygen transport, and red blood cells); sleep (based on analysis of genes that influence caffeine response, bedtime, magnesium, and glucose); and healthy aging (based on analysis of genes that influence vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, liver enzymes, inflammation, glucose, blood pressure, and white blood cells).

GoalGetter also provides data on an individual’s genetic potential for food sensitivities, which may influence dietary choices and the personalized recommendations. The platform analyzes caffeine, gluten, and lactose, as well as predisposition to peanut allergy.

The science

Dr Blander spent five years at MIT after 10 years at the Weizmann Institute and has done extensive research into biological markers in the blood. The company’s scientific advisory board​ reads like a who’s who of the best researchers of nutrition and aging in the US, including Prof David Sinclair from Harvard Medical School, Prof Jeff Blumberg from Tufts University, Prof Lenny Guarente from MIT, and Prof Roger Fielding from Tufts University.

Commenting on GoalGetter, Dr. Sinclair, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, said: “The time has come for DNA to improve the lives of millions of people. We are proud to be a leader in bringing to the customer next-gen advances in personalized nutrition, wellness, and performance.” 

The company stressed that while DNA can’t tell you everything about one’s past, present, and future, it can reveal the potential for certain traits and adds yet another layer of scientific insight to the overall picture of an individual’s body.

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Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Uber Ride Packages is an evolution of UberPASS
  • The product is designed to offer flat-fare ride passes
  • Uber’s competitor Ola also developed a similar offering

To make daily commutes cheaper, Uber has launched Ride Packages in India. The latest feature that brings flat-fare ride passes to riders is initially rolling out for select riders in seven cities across the country. While riders in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Kolkata can avail the flat fares on their UberGO and UberPREMIER rides, Chennai riders with the ride passes can only opt for UberGO rides. Each flat fare ride pass comes with a validity of up to 28 days and has a certain trip limit. Recently Uber’s closest competitor and one of the leading cab aggregators in the country, Ola, was also spotted with a similar feature that it called Ola Pass.

An Uber spokesperson divulged that the Ride Packages is an evolution of the UberPASS that was launched as a pilot in select riders in June last year. “We are always thinking of new ways to enhance the Uber experience for our riders. UberPASS was one such product that was launched as a pilot in select cities. It helped us better understand our riders’ needs and as a result, Uber recently rolled out a more enhanced product called Ride Packages,” the company said in a statement to Gadgets 360.

The prime aim of offering Ride Packages is to make rides more affordable than before. “Ride Packages is designed to address riders daily commute needs, making rides even more affordable,” the spokesperson said. It was first tested on UberGO riders in Bengaluru late last year.uber ride pass 050418 190431 5240 Uber Ride Pass  Uber

It is worth noting here that the Uber Ride Packages is not yet available for all users. However, we spotted its presence in Delhi and Mumbai. In the Mumbai region, riders can get flat fare UberGO rides at Rs. 199 and UberPREMIER rides at Rs. 159. The riders in the Delhi region, on the other hand, are offered with UberGO rides at Rs. 129, while UberPREMIER rides are available at a charge identical to what is available in Mumbai, which is Rs. 159. Initially, Paytm is the only payment option for the passes opted under the Ride Packages.

There is a Ride Pass menu option in the Uber app that provides access to flat fare ride passes. Once a pass is purchased, it will not be changed with another pass or refunded. The Help section on the Uber app confirms that if the total ride fare is less than the flat fare offered through one of the available passes, the company will charge you the minimum of the two amounts. Likewise, if the total fare is greater than the flat fare but less than the maximum cap, only the flat fare amount will be charged.

As per the FAQ seen in the app, Uber may charge wait time charges in addition to the flat fare amount. Also, we noticed surge pricing will still be applicable despite purchasing the flat-fare ride passes. We’ve reached out for more information on this front.

Similar to Uber Ride Packages, Ola last month started rolling out the Ola Pass subscription to offer flat fares in the country. Ola’s feature is listed as available for a select number of Ola Micro, Mini, and Prime rides and is available in a handful of cities, including Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai. Unlike Uber, Ola doesn’t apply peak pricing – its terminology for surge pricing – on Ola Pass flat fares. However, Ola has distance limits to the flat fares, from 5km to 20km, which Uber’s Ride Packages do not have.

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