Three hidden Google links, which could be very useful

Our Life depends on Google. Whether we like it or not, “Google” is almost synonymous with “Internet” Google has developed enough online applications for you to be able to do anything you need to, by only using Google.

Here are top three hidden Google links or websites, that you might not
be aware of, but can come handy in some situation.

Did you know, that Google stores a list of usernames and passwords of various websites that you have visited using Google Chrome on your laptop or on you Android phone. This link can only be accessed after you login to your Google login.
Try this out : https://passwords.google.com/ 

Did you know, that Your Android phone or the Google Maps app on your Phone is silently recording your movement across locations. This is recorded using the GPS and stored on Google servers. You can find the entire location history on the Google Maps website like a timeline 

Try this out : https://www.google.com/maps/timeline

Did you know, that you can use the Google Device Manager to find your phone provided it is switched on and connected to the Internet. You can ring the device, see the location or even erase the phone content remotely.

Try this out : https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

How to Crack a Password Protected PDF file in 3 simple steps

PDF format is one of the most common used document format in today's times, commonly used across industries. Many document creators prefer to also protect the content of the document via a password option. So when a file is protected by a password then recipients must enter that same password before they can open the file and access its content.

However there are some paid software that promises to crack the any password protect PDF documents. Well, there are some simple methods as well which does the trick for free, one can give it a try. Here are the details..

To print a password protected PDF file permanently. This can be achieved in 3 simple steps.

Step 1. Go to drive.google.com and upload the secure PDF file.

Step 2. Now double-click the uploaded file inside Google Drive to open it inside the built-in file viewer.

Step 3. Click the “Print” icon in the preview window and the system print dialog will pop-up. You can now send the secure PDF to any of your printers without having to type the password


To unlock a password protected pdf file permanently. This too can be achieved in 3 simple steps.

Step 1. Upload the PDF file to Google Drive and double-click to open the file.

Step 2. Click the Print icon inside the Drive Previewer and the print window will pop-up.

Step 3. Press the Cancel button to close the print window and click the Down arrow to download the PDF file from Drive to your desktop.

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Its a win-win when Customers and Merchants use BHIM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched BHIM – Bharat Interface for Money – with a aim to provided India a tool that can be a one-stop solution for all digital payments.

Now lets understand, whats in it for a Customers and for a Merchants, if they use the BHIM app.. The
government of India, recently launched two schemes to promote usage of BHIM

1. BHIM Referral Bonus Scheme,
2. BHIM Merchant Cashback Scheme

Lets understand them little better, one by one

1. BHIM Referral Bonus Scheme (For Individuals) : The Referral Bonus scheme will incentivize existing BHIM users for bringing new users on the BHIM platform and encouraging the new users to do transactions with others using BHIM or by referring new users on BHIM. Hence, the bonus will be paid to both the referrer and the new user of BHIM (referee). The referral will be considered successful only after 3 unique successful financial transactions have been completed by the new user. 

On completion of minimum 3 unique successful transactions totalling only Rs. 50 to any 3 unique users (either to customers or to merchants), the referrer and the referee will be notified about the bonus amount via notification in BHIM app. The referrer will get Rs 10 per successful referral, while the new users will get Rs 25 for downloading and transacting from BHIM App

Play this video for easy understanding..

 

2. BHIM Cashback scheme for Merchants :  The scheme incentivizes not just one-time adoption of BHIM by merchants, but will also encourage transactions via BHIM mode (either QR code or VPA or Mobile number or “Pay to Aadhaar”). The cashback to the merchant can be up to Rs.300 per month, with each merchant eligible to win up to Rs. 1800 in 6 months.



If you have not yet tried the BHIM app, pls refer the image instructions.


If this is still not clear, you could also refer Register BHIM App

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India's DigiLocker and UIDAI (Aadhaar) are now integrated

DigiLocker, is the national Digital Locker System launched by Govt. of India  in February 2016. From the time of its launch, the usage of the system is gradually picking up pace, with more awareness and benefit cases being realized by citizens.

DigiLocker is a key initiative under Digital India, the Government of India's flagship program aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society.

In an recent upgrade, DigiLocker is now integrated with UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), making this the biggest integration of two systems. This integration between DigiLocker and UIDAI means that over 1.09 billion people in India, the number so far covered under the Aadhaar initiative,  can now access their digital Aadhaar in real-time through the DigiLocker desktop and
mobile applications.

Through the DigiLocker integration, one can get the digital copy of their Aadhaar directly in their DigiLocker account, without taking the risk of storing it (on one's computer or cloud account) and losing it.

Also the system is gradually ramping up to pull relevent documents from various government agencies automatically in the system on your request. So once you have logged in thoughthe system you can pull Driving Licenses and Vehicle Registration Certificates (issued by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways).LPG records (issued by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas), CBSE mark sheets and certificates, etc.. Since all these are connected via the Aadhaar no. or using your registered mobile no.

Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have the highest user bases, with almost 1.8 million registered users each.  With 4.2 million users in the country, this linkage with UIDAI will lead to more signups for DigiLockers.

If you have not yet tried DigiLocke, try it now, using this link : https://digilocker.gov.in/ 

Arabic developer to compete for creating intelligent applications

Tech News bites :
 
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center which is soon to host a Conference and Exhibition from the world of technology and electronic games. Whats new this time is an event named "Alhakathon X"
whaich was started from young developers and programmers in Arab.

There would also be a contest to develop an application within 36 hours and will have the opportunity to the winners to get exclusive invitation to" Haxalerator "

The exhibition focuses on artificial intelligence and includes educational content developer through electronic games containing scientific and cultural information as well as for tolerance and coexistence between communities Games and included programs and content related to the Arabic language.

Innovation in tech, has been a focus in UAE. Late 2015 and in 2016 the Innovation 4 Impact contest made International headlines. Where THE WINNER of the competition will receive a cash prize of US$ 20,000 and a combination of incubation services worth over $10,000.

Whats common to OPPO, OnePlus and VIVO smartphones?

If you are in India, you would have seen plenty of advertisements related to VIVO smartphone or OPPO phones, infact these brands have signed up with top celebrities and events to promote their
products.

The India smartphone market is quite dynamic and It takes a lot of things to become a market leader, to consolidate the position and be the most trusted brand.

So, what common for OPPO, VIVO and OnePLus ? Well they all belong to one Chinese company. Yes that's right.

All these brands belong to BBK Electronics Corporation, which is a Chinese company specialised on electronics such as television sets, MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones founded by Duan Yongping.

BBK Electronics Corporation is a Guangdong based consumer electronics manufacturer with their headquarters and production base in Chang’an, China. BBK Electronics Corporation came into existence in the year of 1995 and month of September. According the listing of government website it has manufacturing factories spread in 10 Hectares of land and employees more than 17,000 people. It has different branches that cater to myriad of businesses that are operational all over the world.

Here are some recent video ads from the popular brands..

VIVO :


OPPO :


OnePlus :

What more could be expected by Jio in 2017

Here are the top four things one could expected from Reliance Jio in 2017.

1. Jio's FTTH broadband services :  The company in the past had mentioned that it is working on
the roll out of its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) business offering. With beta trials initiated in a few selected locations across India. It also said the scope of beta trials would be expanded over the next few months and Mumbai will be the first city to get the preview of fiber services. It is also expected that it will come with a monthly cap of 100GB of 100Mbps speed data.

Update May'17 : JioFiber launching soon: Preview offer, availability, price, speed and everything you must know.. Source Link

2. Jio 4G VoLTE feature phones : After launching the various smartphone in the country, it is also expected that the Jio will launch its 4G VoLTE feature phones and it may cost between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 2,000. The feature phones are expected to have buttons like MyJio, JioMusic JioTV, and JioCinema. These 4G phones could be brought in partenership with Google.


3. Jio DTH service : It was also reported in the media, that the company is planning to launch its Direct to Home services, Jio will be giving 300+ channels which could have 50+ HD channels and all this may cost around Rs 150 to Rs 250 using a Hybrid DTH set-top box. However, there is no official announcement by the company about this launch, but speculation is that this will happen by Q3 2017.

The hybrid Reliance Jio DTH set-top box will allow users to get cable channels as well as streaming services on their TV, similar to the Airtel Internet TV set-top box launched recently. The DTH service will be integrated with Jio's cloud storage platform, and the content will be saved online to stream; in fact, users will have the option to watch week-old TV content on the service.

4. Home automation and other smart products : Reliance already has its brand of Reconnect accessories, and you can expect a lot more products to become available under that range this year. What’s more, the group is also said to be working on a range of home automation products that will of course work with the Jio network to let you be in control no matter where you are.

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Google launches'Solve for India' campaign in smaller Indian cities

This program is aimed to inspire the new wave of entrepreneurs and startups in emerging Indian cities like Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Indore, Nagpur, Nashik, Madurai, Kanpur and Chennai.

Google India said, about 300 entrepreneurs and about 700 developers participated in the 'Solve for India' campaign in Pune. As part of this, Google hopes to interact with about 10,000 startups and entrepreneurs across the country.

Through this inititive Indian entrepreneurs will get an opportunity to learn directly from Google engineers, who will share product usage insights on how to develop mobile-first solutions with strong offline and language capabilities and help them to build solutions across areas like agri-tech, healthcare, transportation, education, sanitation and more.

Launchpad includes a six-month mentorship program covering all aspects of product design, business models, technology support to build for scale and go to market strategies along with USD 50,000 equity free investments. For startups looking to build scalable solutions, Google will provide over USD 20,000 of cloud credits

How to download YouTube videos in few simple steps

In February 2005, three PayPal employees launched the beta test version of a Web site called YouTube. They designed the site to let people share videos with the rest of the world. In 2006 the Internet search leader Google bought YouTube for a whopping $1.65 billion.

Since then, YouTube has been the most popular video search site for the globe. Some known facts about YouTube are that, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day and YouTube gets over 30 million visitors per day. All all these video contents are available for free. Well all these stats are really amazing.

However there is one important restriction have YouTube has always maintained… it doesn’t officially allow downloading of YouTube videos.

Here is a simple trick which would enable anyone to download YouTube videos for free. That too, without any software or app installation. Follow these simple steps to download youtube videos

1. Open the YouTube video that you want to download on any of the browser

2. The URL / address bar would look something like “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfaEqby7NOw “ for example.

3. Now, add “ss” just before the word “youtube”. For the above example it would look like https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=dfaEqby7NOw and hit Enter

4. You would redirected to an alternative site which would have a ‘Download’ button option, along with few format options.

5. Simply select the desired option and click ‘Download’ and that’s it, the video would be downloaded.

Isn’t that simple ? Yes, it is Indeed.. Give it a try. Feel free to share this article to your social groups, to spear awareness of this trick..

Announcing Robotic Process Automation Asia Summit

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the next frontier of Value-added business transformation & service delivery. This technology promises greater speed of task execution, efficiency, data quality, compliance and cost savings, many organisations are actively investing in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to refocus organisational resources and workforce on value-added services. In my previous articles i wrote about...


Here I would like to share an update on an upcoming event on RPA in Asia. Robotic Process Automation Asia Summit (https://asiarpa.iqpc.sg/) is to be help in Singapore and will feature discussions led by early and advanced RPA adopters. So this could help your organisation to navigate this tricky terrain to ensure success for RPA projects. The summit would be addressed by some of business leaders from Asia. Here is a list of the speakers for the summit. 

If you are interested to follow the topic of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), then i would recommend you to visit this niche blog ( RPA-Info : http://rpa-info.blogspot.com/) dedicated to RPA. which provides latest information on topics related to Robotic Process Automation. 

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How to control your Android smartphone using a web browser

Suppose you have forgotten to take your phone from home but need to get an important data from it or suppose your smartphone is charged out, switched off and now you need some important data from
your SMS you received. Have you ever come across situations like these? Ever wondered if there is a simple way of accessing your smartphone features or data via a computer or a web browser? Well, there is a simple option available now.

Let me introduce you to ‘MightyText’ which is a free Android Application available for Android. All you need to do is install this app on your Android device and register/sign using your Google account. The second thing you would need is s chrome browser installed on your computer PC. 

With ‘MightyText’ you can send SMS and MMS messages from your Smartphone using your PC. In addition the application also allows you to get alerts when battery level is low, makes alerts or notifications from apps like Whatsapp, instagram visible on you PC, what more you can make and receive calls on your computer via your smartphone.  

Follow these simple steps, to control you Android smartphone using a web browser

1. You need to install the ‘MightyText’ app on your Android smartphone, so here is the link to Google Play Store

2. After installation register or sign in using your Google account details.

3. Open a chrome browser on your computer PC and visit https://mightytext.net/web/

4.  Here to login with the same Google account login. 

5. Wola !! you can now access your smartphone data and features via the browser.


Give it a try, and do share your feedback in the comments below. 

Why Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal are opposing GST ?

While these top e-commerce compete each other in markets, there is this one cause which made them
all come together and raise their concern.  As the government readies to implement goods and services tax (GST) from 1st July, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon came together to raise concerns about the tax collection at source clause under draft model GST law.

This combined opposition to existing GST regulations came from Amit Agarwal, who is heading Amazon India, Sachin Bansal, Flipkart’s co-founder and Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal’s CEO and co-founder, during a press conference conducted by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The key contention here is tax collection at source (TCS), which GST has made mandatory for all e-commerce portals. The issue with this move is that TCS has to be collected by e-commerce portals themselves and not Government, and this is not acceptable by these online majors.

There are more than thousands of vendors and sellers on each of these platforms, and their count is increasing every single day. E-commerce portals will be required to spend an insane amount of money, time and resources to monitor the TCS for each of their sellers. This additional burden will reduce their profits and will slow them down.

As per these companies, the TCS clause would lead to a capital lock-down of about Rs 400 crore per annum and also discourage merchants from selling online. It could result in a loss of an estimated 1.8 lakh jobs, putting a halt to the growth and investments in the sector.

Please free to share your view on this tax collection at source (TCS) aspect of the Law.

Now book Uber in India via Google Maps app

A recent feature added on Google Maps app now allows anyone to easily book an Uber in India without leaving Google Maps app. As of now, Google has only integrated Uber services in its Maps app. One of the best advantages of this integration is that you don’t need to have Uber app installed
on your smartphone.

However, you will have to sign-in to your Uber account to use the service. The ride services section also shows Ola cabs, but you’ll need to have the app installed on your smartphone. To confirm the booking, you’ll be redirected to the Ola app.

Booking Uber without any installing its app was also possible via the Best of Best Webapp, but now one can simply use the Google maps app. Under Uber tab, you’ll see options like – uberPOOL, uberGO, uberX and uberXL along with fare estimate and time estimate.

Once the booking is complete, you’ll see your ride details such as the driver name, vehicle type, registration number and an option to call the driver too.

Whats exclusive is Google is also offering Rs 50 discount on the final fare when you book an Uber from the Maps app. So go ahead register with Uber for your free rides.. 

Whatsapp new feature could have live location sharing

WhatsApp has recently added new features like video calling, GIF sharing support and also easy call
forwarding with its recent updates. Facebook (the company which acquired WhatsApp) had been letting users see their close by friends with its ‘Nearby Friends’ function.

With the technology available, WhatsApp may add a new feature that will allows users in a group chat to be able to broadcast their live location to each other. The screenshots leaked online shows a ‘Sharing’ option along with a ‘Show My Friends’ option.

Another screenshot shows the duration up to which location can be shared; from 1 minute to indefinitely.

 Another features WhatsApp is reportedly working on, one could soon be able to edit and recall sent messages. So users will be able to recall messages sent before it is read. The same goes for editing, as one can now edit a sent message, but only if the recipient has not read it. 

Best Videos about Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

According to a recent report from Grand View Research, it is estimated that the Robotic Process Automation market, which was valued globally at $125.2 million in 2015, will continuously grow to be $8.75 billion by 2024.
In my last article I explained what RPA means in simple terms and also shared details of some of the top RPA service providers.

Its important to know, that the constant need for customers to innovate and optimize their processes beyond cost arbitrage, automation delivers benefits to both - customers and BPO service providers. Hence Robotic Process Automation would be a great statergy one can lean on in the coming times.

Here I have collated some of the best videos on Robotic Process Automation available online. Feel free to view them and also share this article, if you like it.








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Top Robotic Process Automation service providers

The demand for reliability and productivity has led to increasing adoption and application of automation. Robotic process automation has arrived which can now carry out rule-based tasks related to information technology, customer service, and human resources. Many repetitive tasks now relegated to business process outsourcing are getting competition from robotic process automation.

Here are few companies which provides support robotic process automation.

Cognizant : Automation plays an integral role in how companies will transform their end-to-end operations to scale and compete in the digital future. Cognizant® Intelligent Automation brings together powerful cognitive platforms and products, advisory and enablement services, and process-specific industry solutions to accelerate this transformation. Read more..

Blueprism : Imagine a different kind of workforce. A workforce that you can teach countless skills. The more it learns, the more efficient it becomes. It works without ever taking a vacation. It can be small one day or large when your business hits a spike. And it frees up your best people to really be your very best people. Blueprism  develops Robotic Process Automation software to provide businesses and organisations like yours with a more agile virtual workforce. Read more..

Uipath : UiPath is the leading Robotic Process Automation vendor providing a complete software platform to help you efficiently automate business processes. Highly capable and flexible technology - encompassing features, implementation and commercial models. Market coverage is across geographies, client sizes, industry verticals and business processes. Read more..


Automationanywhere : They create software robots to automate any process end-to-end. Advance with cognitive bots that learn as they work, and analytics that can change the way you operate. Deploy Automation Anywhere across the enterprise, around the world, in any environment.Whether cloud, datacenter, or desktop, while preserving all architectures, controls, and security. Read more..

Worksoft : Worksoft is a leading global provider of software for automated business process testing and discovery. Global enterprises use their top-ranked automation to innovate faster, lower technology risk, reduce costs, improve quality, and deeply understand their real end-to-end processes. Read more..

Symphonyhq : Future of work, Improve profit, reduce cost, and improve quality by leveraging automation and inspired service delivery models with Symphony Ventures. The Symphony team is an experienced group of practitioners known for being champions of innovation and the implementers of change. They are recognized and respected experts in the technologies and approaches that represent the ‘Future of Work’. Read more..

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What is RPA (Robotic Process Automation) in simple terms.

Robotic Process Automation or RPA is the latest buzz word around corporate world, hence it is important we understand this a bit more. So what is RPA (Robotic Process Automation) ?

Well in simple terms, it is a software application that will replicate the actions or tasks exactly the
way how a human does. This software application can transact on any IT application or website, typically in the same way as a human can handle and manage complex, rule-based work or activities.

Any organisation that uses labor on a large scale for general knowledge process work, where people are performing high-volume, highly transactional process functions, can boost their capabilities by using robotic process automation software.

When companies look to reduce the cost of doing business, they typically start with “best shoring” their existing processes either directly or through a service provider. That’s putting processes and staff in the right, most economically favorable geography. Then as a second step companies can then apply using RPA to optimization business process and improve efficiency.

RPA can help digitally transform business and unlock value by providing:

1. Higher Quality Services: Better accuracy and better customer service.
2. Increased Speed: Processes can be completed at unprecedented speeds.
3. Reduced Costs: Manual or repetitive tasks are carried out by RPA software at a fraction of the cost
4. Enhance the business analytics and easy standardization of workflow.

With all these benefits, one this is for sure. RPA is here to stay and would only be evolving and spreading.

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Reliance Jio's sub Rs1500 4G VoLTE phones can be disruptive

In September 2016, Reliance disrupted the telecom space by launching 'Jio' with super affordable 4G tariffs. The company seems to be geared to continue its disruptive streak by launching super affordable feature phones that, apparently, will do away with the need for smartphones.

Reliance Jio is working with domestic manufacturers like Lava to manufacture these phones. Also,
the phones will be partly subsidised to keep the price within the range of Rs 1,000 – Rs 1,500. These phones will carry both Jio and Lava branding. The VoLTE feature phones will have a keypad, front-facing and rear cameras and will run on the Android operating system. These devices will be equipped with Jio’s content applications such as Jio Chat, Live TV and video on demand. Jio will push its digital wallet service, Jio Money Wallet, through these feature phones.

Reliance Industries recently announced that it will spend another Rs 30,000 crore to enhance the network coverage and capacity of Reliance Jio Infocomm, taking the total investment in the telecoms venture to more than Rs 2 lakh crore.

It seems Jio wants to tap all the segments in the country and sees huge potential in the rural areas, which it now aims to tap with VoLTE feature phones. Jio’s VoLTE feature phones could increase the rate of migration within the feature phone category while lowering that of feature phones to smartphones.

Five Important Apps by Government of India

Digital India program has been to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy the government has in fact introduced or developed various apps for the citizens who can now make use of their smartphones to connect with the government. Below I have listed the best five android apps by the Government of India, which I feel is a must have for all Indian citizens.

1. myGov :  This app gives the Indian citizens an option to voice their opinions regarding any issue that would lead to the betterment of the government functioning. So through the app, any citizen can send their suggestions or opinions to the government and also to the organizations associated with the government to improve the services. The sent suggestions and opinions will be taken into consideration, and effective action will be taken accordingly.

2. mPassportSeva : Indian citizens looking to apply for a passport can now download this app. This central government app provides all the information regarding the various steps involved in applying and obtaining a Passport. This app comes with a feature that will help users locate the nearest "Passport Seva Kendra" Center. In addition, the mPassportSeva app even helps the user in tracking the Passport Application status.

3. MEAIndia (Ministry of External Affairs-Government of India) : This app is completely developed keeping users in mind and looks very interactive and intuitive with smart visuals and graphics. While the app deals with the Ministry of External Affairs it acts as a single window source for the information related to the citizen centric services and outreaches the activities. Download

4. PMO India : Official App of the Indian Prime Minister’s Office. It shows you all of the latest information, news updates & other content related to the PMO. Download the app and stay updated with the PMO anywhere, anytime. Its currently available in 10 languages.

5. MyGov MOVE : MyGov app which laid the foundation for participatory governance bringing citizens onboard in the process of policy formulation and decision making by engaging them in a dialogue with the government and its representative bodies. MyGov has envisioned a bouquet of applications which would assist stakeholder ministries and bodies to engage with users in on-ground execution of tasks and activities. MyGov Move is one of the offerings for the citizens to actively contribute in Nation Building by rendering volunteering services to various initiatives. MyGov Move app helps the citizens to engage with the government and deliver volunteering services to various government initiatives that would be highlighted in the app. 

Few Simple Steps to use the BHIM app

The Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an initiative to enable fast, secure and reliable cashless payments through mobile phones. Here is how you can use the BHIM app.

Step 1: Open the play store app and search for “Bhim“, or click on the link. The developer of the application is the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and the developer has no other listed applications. Install the application, it is a download that is less than 2 MB.

Step 2: The application automatically pairs with the device, and sends an sms for verification. Grant permissions to the app for accessing the sms on the phone. Set up the passcode for unlocking the application. There is a toggle to hide or view the passcode.

Step 3: Select a bank from the list. 31 banks are supported as of now, and there are plans to add more banks to the list. The phone number you are using has to be linked to the bank account, and mobile banking has to be enabled on the bank account. The application automatically retrieves the account information in a secure way, and it is a feature of UPI.

Step 4: Set up a payment address. The default address generated for you is your phone number @UPI. Tap on the add payment address in the Profile section to configure an additional payment address. There is a list of generated suggestions provided by the application, but users can feed in their own text strings. Multiple UPI addresses can be generated for a single user. Users can choose one of the UPI addresses as their primary UPI address.

Step 5: The profile page also has the QR code automatically generated. This QR code can be saved to the file, shared directly through applications, or printed out. The feature is particularly useful for merchants. The scan and pay option to transfer money can be used by customers to scan the QR code and make payments. Every UPI address has its own unique QR code.
Step 6: Transactions can also be conducted using a secure QR code, which is different from the QR code linked to the account. This QR code is meant for one time transactions. The amount has to be entered, along with details on what the money is for. This QR code can be sent over electronic means, or even printed. Anyone who scans the QR code, gets the money credited to his or her account.
Step 7: For making transactions using IFSC, there is an interface available in the top right corner of the payment menu. Users have to fill in details such as beneficiary name, their account number and the IFSC code.

State sponsored 500 Wi-Fi-enabled locations in Mumbai soon

The Maharashtra state government plans to quickly roll out, over Rs 100-crore project in the next few weeks. Its racing  against time before the model code of conduct for the municipal corporation polls is imposed.

State government will soon unveil 500 Wi-Fi-enabled locations in Mumbai and then another 700 is to follow. This was the Chief Ministers's pet project and was to be launched in December 2016, but got delayed due to ‘some issues’ with procurement of hardware, said officials.

Larsen and Toubro is in charge of the project and they have identified 500 locations across the city, including popular tourist sites like the Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu beach, and slum clusters.

The average speed will be 20Mbps and Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes for a maximum data of 100 MB; then the user has to pay. The charges will be cheaper than of other data providers that charge Rs 26-28 per 100MB.

In Phase-II, which is expected to begin in February, 700 sites will be identified across the state, including schools, colleges and hospitals. It is expected to be completed by March 

Indian Government launches digital payment helpline toll free number

The government, in collaboration with telecom and IT industry, has launched a toll-free helpline. This helpline number will address issues regarding Bharat Interface For Money (BHIM), UPI, e-wallets and AEPS.

The helpline number is ’14444′ and is available in North as well as Eastern part of the country in English and Hindi and will soon be extended pan India and in other languages.


The helpline has been launched jointly by Department of Telecom in collaboration with NASSCOM, telecom industry as well as the IT industry. The cost of the project is initially being borne by the industry.

After a few weeks, the government is likely to take a decision on financial support for the initiative after taking into account the emerging call traffic patterns.

This is a very good initiative by the Government because ever since demonization, people started to adopt cashless payment options. But, not everyone could transition easily. There are people who are still struggling to adopt cashless ways of payments. There are many options but they are useless if people can’t use them.

This toll free helpline will help such people to get started. Also, people will be able to get assistance whenever needed.