Microsoft Selfie App for iOS Updated With New Features and Interface

Microsoft Selfie App for iOS Updated With New Features and Interface

The Microsoft Selfie app that was introduced last month for iOS has now been updated with a new logo, new UI, and some new features as well.

The Microsoft Selfie v2.0.0 besides a new UI and logo, introduces a ‘Share’ feature using which you can send the selfie images clicked to others, something that was missing earlier. The version also fixes a bug that led the app to crash when the device is in airplane mode. Users can also rate the app by going in to the Settings page.

The Microsoft Selfie app’s function is to simply make the images appear enhanced and better by automatically adjusting the colour balance, skin tone, and lighting in the given environment. The app takes age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account and captures image accordingly. The iOS users can either click a new image from the device’s front-facing or rear camera, or select an existing image from the local storage. The image can be further edited using any one of the 13 photo filters along with other functions such as noise reduction, colour theme, and others. Microsoft has not yet given any word on when they will launch the app for Android. The updated app isavailable to download from App Store.

This app gives us a glimpse of Microsoft’s machine learning technology. The company demoed its machine-learning tech in May by introducing its How Old website, which uses the machine learning technology to detect the age of a user from a photograph. The company also said that Project Oxford, which can already determine your age by looking at your photo, can now also read your emotional state. It says that Project Oxford, among other things, can identify the following qualities: anger, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, or even the “neutral” state.


Isis Develops ‘Alrawi’ Encrypted Messaging App for Android: Report

Isis Develops 'Alrawi' Encrypted Messaging App for Android: ReportThe Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) militant group has reportedly created an encrypted Android messaging app to enable secure communications between its members. Dubbed Alrawi, the app aims to make it harder for security agencies and governments to intercept the communications of Isis members.

The app, first discovered by counterterrorism network Ghost Security Group, is not available to download from the Google Play store. Instead, it requires an Isis supporter to download the app’s apk code and sideload it on their Android device. Last year, Ghost Security Group uncovered Amaq Agency, another app by Isis that was used to send its members news and recruitment information.

“The application’s primary purpose is for propaganda distribution. Using the app you are able to follow the most recent news and video clips.” Ghost Security representatives told tech blog Defense One. The group has been found of releasing a booklet that provides a list of things that their supporters are supposed to do or not do. The booklet apparently also includes a list of tools that can help them securely converse with other followers.

Isis uses a range of media to spread its propaganda to its followers, which has made it harder for theFBI and other government-run organisations from tracking them. Thousands of Isis-related accounts were found and were taken down on Facebook and Twitter last year. Following the crackdown last year, the group made public groups on Telegram. The popular messaging service later removed Isis-related channels amid terrorist attacks in Paris.

The hacktivist group Anonymous is also after Isis, having declared “war” against them last year. The group also started a campaign last year to troll jihadists online.


India Funding Roundup: KartRocket, Care24, Remidio, Fitso, Zoctr, Zapr, Orahi, Snapshopr

India Funding Roundup: KartRocket, Care24, Remidio, Fitso, Zoctr, Zapr, Orahi, Snapshopr

Our latest funding roundup covers early stage investments made in AI, e-commerce, home healthcare, and fitness apps, with a couple of seed investments in media tech, apart from a manufacturer of low-cost opthalmic hardware and software solution provider. Here’s an overview of funding activity during the week that saw PM Modi reveal his Startup India, Standup India action plan.

Delhi-based KartRocket, a provider of e-commerce platforms for small retailers and SMEs, has raisedreportedly raised $6 million (roughly Rs. 40 crores) in a round of funding led by Bertelsmann India Investments (BII). The startup had raised its Series A funding from Nirvana Venture Advisors, 500 Startups and Beenos in 2014, and reportedly works with 7,500 shops and makes 10,000 listings each day.

Mumbai-based home healthcare provider, Care24 has reportedly raised $4 million (roughly Rs. 27 crores) from SAIF Partners its Series A funding round, with participation fromseed investor India Quotient. Care24 lists verified physiotherapists, nurses and attendants on its platform and claims to have over 3,000 patients on its platform.

Bengaluru-based opthalmic hardware maker Remidio has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount in Series B funding from domestic HNIs and Cipher-Plexus Capital Advisors. Founded Anand Sivaraman and Pramod Kummaya, the company has launched two of its products, which includes a smartphone-based PAN Eye Imaging device.

(Also read: Three Products That Are Transforming Ophthalmology in India)

Smartphone fitness app Fitso, has reportedly secured Rs. 1.35 crores in an angel funding round. Founded in 2015 by Saurabh Aggarwal, the Gurgaon-based startup offers apps for Android and iOS, which lets users discover activies, challenges, and professionals in their locality.

Bengaluru-based SnapShopr, an AI startup focused on visual search and image recognition, hasreportedly secured an undisclosed amount in angel funding round from former CTO of Flipkart – Amod Malviya.

Car pooling app Orahi has reportedly raised Rs.3.5 crores from Indian Angel Network (IAN). Orahi offers apps for Android and iOS, and claims to have over 30,000 registered members who have shared over 80,000 rides on the platform, including car owners and passengers.

Mumbai-based health aggregator platform Zoctr has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Times Group’s Brand Capital. Currently operating in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad, the startup aggregates home health, telehealth and remote patient monitoring services, and plans to launch apps for Android and iOS soon.

Gurgaon-based media-tech startup Zapr, which claims to be India’s first comprehensive TV to mobile audience platform has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Flipkart, Saavn, Micromax, and Mu Sigma’s Dhiraj Rajaram. The company provides an audience platform which helps brands and media companies identify and re-engage audiences who have watched their TV commercials, across mobile, digital and social networks.


Facebook Adds Android App Support for Anonymity Service Tor

Facebook Adds Android App Support for Anonymity Service Tor

Users of Facebook Inc’s Android app can now privately browse the world’s largest social network through the anonymity service Tor, the company said on Tuesday.

The feature expands a collaboration that allowed Facebook users to directly access its site via Tor’s browser on personal computers. It comes as policymakers and technology companies debate whether digital privacy should be curbed to help regulators more easily thwart hackers.

Kate Krauss, a spokeswoman for the Tor Project, a group of developers that oversees development of the anonymity software, said Android support could help expand Tor due to Facebook’s large following. Facebook has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users.

“Everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost everybody is on Facebook, Krauss said via Signal, an encrypted messaging service. “This will allow people to choose whether to share their location or not. For some people, this is convenience. For others it is lifesaving.”

Tor has no plans to support Facebook’s mobile app for Apple Inc’s iPhone, Krauss said.

Facebook said in a blog post that a “sizeable community” has grown around its feature launched in 2014, which allowed users to access its site via Tor on PCs. That has prompted calls for additional Tor support, it added.

Tor is used to hide computer IP addresses, typically by concealing the identity of an Internet user. Its popularity has grown following revelations of US spying on the Internet by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

Tor was funded by the US government as a communications tool to be used by dissidents in oppressive countries, but it has increasingly drawn ire from U.S. spies who are frustrated by how difficult it is to monitor the platform’s users.

Using Tor on Android requires a download of Orbot, an app that is used to connect to Tor, and updating Facebook’s app settings.