AAP Implored People for Donation

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal urged the people of his party, volunteers, supporters and general public to donate money to the party as the party has gone bankrupt.

“It is for the first time in history that a party is kangaal (bankrupt) and the government is cash-rich. That is because we run on your funds. We do not depend on money from corrupt millionaires,” Kejriwal said while launching the nationwide crowd sourcing campaign, “AAP Ka Dhaan, Rashtra ka Nirmaan”, from Talkatora stadium in central Delhi.

“There are elections in the next two years. We do not have money. Party needs money. All working volunteers must contribute at least Rs 100 per month. Your family members who earn have to contribute,” the Delhi chief minister said while addressing a gathering of around 1,000 party workers from the national capital.

The fresh donation appeal comes at a time when the party’s funding has been questioned by the Election Commission over the alleged concealment of donations and money coming through the ‘hawala’ route.

The party, however, has termed the poll panel’s questions a witch-hunt by the Centre.

In the campaign, the party’s members of Parliament and MLAs, accompanied by volunteers, would be going door-to-door in their respective areas to seek donation.

Apart from online donations, people across the country can support the campaign by dialling a number that was launched at the event.

The party has invited its supporters to contribute at least Rs 100 per month. Until now, the party has been depending on random donations, which have seen a dip of late, leading to a financial crunch.

Google AI tool can accurately detect Metastatic Breast Cancer

LYmph Node Assistant (LYNA) is a program which was trained by analyzing scans of real-world breast cancer patients’ lymph nodes. Taking tissue from the lymph nodes, or doing a biopsy in medical terms, is a way to detect metastatic tumors, which are cancerous cells traveling from the tissue of origin (the breasts in this case) to a different or secondary site within the patient’s body.

Doctors usually struggle to detect metastatic tumors, while LYNA was able to distinguish between scans with or without metastatic cancer 99 percent of the time even when analyzing small metastases on individual slides — something human doctors fail to do 62 percent of the time.

Some 90 percent of breast cancer deaths occur with metastasis, when the disease spreads to other organs or parts of the body.

Despite misidentifying giant cells, germinal cancers and histiocytes, LYNA managed to perform better than a pathologist.

Google hopes the tool could at one point serve as a “spell check” for doctors treating breast cancer patients.

Cancer, a disease caused by the growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual boundaries, is the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women, followed by cervical cancer and thyroid cancer.

Is Congress In More Trouble?

Congress’ Chhattisgarh unit created quagmire for itself after it tweeted an image of India without Kashmir on Sunday. The Bharat Janata Party (BJP) workers in Raipur lodged a complaint against Congress for posting the image of a map of India without Kashmir on INC (Indian National Congress) Chhattisgarh twitter handle.

“A case has been registered under certain sections of the cybercrime. Further investigation is underway,” Yadumani Sidar, SHO, Civil Lines said.

Congress said there was a printing error in image. “There was a printing mistake in the picture. This happened while it was being compressed. An apology was rendered and picture was immediately removed from the Chhattisgarh Congress’ Twitter handle because the party stands for integrity of the nation,” Chhattisgarh Congress’ Jayavardhan Birsa reported.

Chhattisgarh will go to polls in two phases on November 12 and 20, counting will be done on December 11.

“In Raman Singh’s government, 27,000 women have gone missing in the last 15 years. They are asking for the fourth term, why?” INC Chhattisgarh said in the tweet which was later deleted.

After the incident, BJP attacked the Congress dubbing it, “Pakistan Congress Committee”.

WhatsApp has updated the rules of ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature

WhatsApp has updated the rules for its ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature to make the experience better than before. The feature that initially allowed users to delete messages within seven minutes was increased to one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds earlier this year. And now, there are new rules that seem to further restrict deletion.

WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp has updated the “Recipient limit” to restrict deletion of a message if the recipient didn’t receive its revoke request within 13 hours, eight minutes, and 16 seconds due to any reason, even if the phone was inactive. This means if you try to delete a message that you sent to your contact by using the Delete for Everyone feature on WhatsApp, it will only be deleted if the recipient receives the revoke request within 13 hours, eight minutes, and 16 seconds. Notably, you can delete a WhatsApp message for everyone within the previous limit of over one hour, though the recipient needs to receive the revoke request by opening the chat containing the message within the newly designed limit.

WABetaInfo folks believe that the new update is a protection against the users who used the Delete for Everyone feature to delete messages sent in a conversation a long time back.

It is unclear whether the new change has already been implemented for all WhatsApp users or it will take some time to reach the entire WhatsApp user base. Also, the new update will be pushed from the back end, and users won’t need to make any changes from their side to enable the update.

IT Startups Took AI Technology to Another Level

ArchSaber is a quintessential example of bringing a new turn in the AI technologies development.

Started by Ashish Gaurav, Apoorv Garg and Arpit Jain, ArchSaber is an analytics startup based in Bengaluru. The founders, who were batchmates at IIT Delhi, worked with noted companies like Google, Zomato and Alphagrep, before forming ArchSaber. At its core, the startup provides AI-based, real-time solutions in IT infrastructure & application performance management. Recently, in June 2018, it was one of the startups selected under NetApp’s Excellerator program, where NetApp has permitted equity-free grant to ArchSaber.

Arpit Jain, who got in touch with Analytics India Magazine, elaborated on ArchSaber’s platform and told us how it was different from monitoring tools for IT infrastructure currently available in the market. “Other monitoring tools just do bare monitoring of infrastructure & applications. There is no intelligence on top of monitoring. The end user (DevOps engineer) has to look at a huge volume of data generated by these tools (in the form of graphs, logs etc) and manually form a model in his head figuring all the correlation and causality,” he said. “This is really stressful, takes a lot of time and in some cases, is not humanly possible to analyse thousands of metrics coming from a huge IT infrastructure. Plus all this time, the service is impacted and the end users experience degraded performance. ArchSaber is exactly the layer of intelligence that the DevOps engineer needs. It provides a complete diagnosis (in the form of a chain of events) for each IT incident. As a result, the engineer’s job is reduced simply to the resolution as the diagnosis is already done for him/her,” he further explained.

With a stern focus on providing actionable diagnosis on time, ArchSaber’s platform ensures that the complexity is reduced at all levels of monitoring and diagnosing IT incidents. As a consequence, one of the challenges the startup faced earlier was gaining the trust of the customers since IT data is usually private in companies. Thus, they tested this platform on a smaller ecosystem before scaling it largely for customer companies.

Jain also tells us that real-time solutions are possible thanks to ML algorithms behind their platform. These models draw out an enterprise’s infrastructure graphically, thereby capturing causality and interdependence among all the services, applications and other elements during IT incidents or downtimes. The platform learns continuously regarding incident scenarios and is backed by the core dynamic dependency model.

Serving a host of client enterprises such as Zomato, Delhivery, Lenskart, Hypertrack, Inshorts plus others, ArchSaber’s aims to expand their reach even more to the developer community. “We’re in talks with a leading payment gateway company and a global automotive player for a proof of concept.” quotes Jain.

When it comes to the technology powering their platform, ArchSaber makes use of open-source software available in the tech space. Speaking on this, Arpit briefs on the startup’s tech ecosystem, “At our core backend, we use a low latency time series database, micro-services to gather and aggregate metric data and services that learn the dependencies in real time and flag anomalies etc. Our dashboard too has been built with modern technologies keeping in mind the best possible human-computer interaction principles in general.”

Data science is ArchSaber’s unique proposition. “While our competitors focus on monitoring and other elements of AIOps like smarter alert routing etc, our focus on solving the problem of diagnosing IT incidents with by providing actionable insights into the performance of individual micro-services and the system as a whole, and this gives us a unique place in the industry.” says Jain confidently.

With the team’s resolute focal point being their analytics engine, ArchSaber aims to improve value addition significantly in their solutions offered to customers. Furthermore, to broaden their reach into the tech community, they are planning to go with digital marketing and community building initiatives in the near future. Overall, ArchSaber looks to be a promising startup by leveraging AI and data science.

Flipkart’s Big Billion Days: Realme India sold over 1 million Smartphones

Realme smartphones have been well received in the indian market due to its aggressive pricing strategy. Last month, the company had revealed that it had hit the one million sales mark in just four months after it started selling Realme 1 and two weeks of Realme 2 launch.

The company, which started off as a sub-brand of Oppo and recently split from its parent company to operate as an independent brand, recently launched Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1. The devices were available for purchase in Flipkart’s Big Billion Days sale, during which , the company claims to have sold over one million phones.

Along with that, the company also claims that it managed to sell 110,000 units of Realme C1 entry-level smartphone in just one second during Flipkart’s sale. With such sales record, the company claims to have become the number two smartphone brand during the sale, just behind Xiaomi.

During the Flipkart sale, two devices from Realme were made available for purchase — Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1. While the Realme 2 Pro takes on the likes of Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Motorola One Power, Nokia 6.1 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi A2, among others, the Realme C1 competes against the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 6A.

The Realme C1 is priced at Rs. 6,999 that roughly converts to $95, while the pricing for Realme 2 Pro starts at Rs. 13,990 (approximately $189) for the base model that packs 4GB RAM. It is also available in two other variants, packing 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM, costing Rs. 15,990 (~$216) and Rs. 17,990 (~$243) respectively.

“No Mobile Number, No Internet Banking” Says SBI

The gigantic public sector money lender has rung the alarm of caution for those who are users of internet banking but still have not registered their mobile numbers with their respective SBI branches.

SBI’s dictate to cease all internet banking services to unregistered mobile number will come into effect from 1st December therefore the users have to get their mobile numbers registered before the deadline.

“Attention INB (internet banking) users, please register your mobile number with us immediately, if not already done, through Branch, failing which the Internet Banking facility may be blocked with effect from 01.12.2018,” SBI said on its website.

If your mobile number is not registered with SBI, you will be required to visit the home branch.

Last year, banking regulator, Reserve Bank of India or RBI had asked banks to ask their customers to mandatorily register for SMS alerts and wherever available register for email alerts, for electronic banking transactions. “The SMS alerts shall mandatorily be sent to the customers, while email alerts may be sent, wherever registered. The customers must be advised to notify their bank of any unauthorised electronic banking transaction at the earliest after the occurrence of such transaction, and informed that the longer the time taken to notify the bank, the higher will be the risk of loss to the bank/ customer,” said the RBI circular dated 6 July 2017.

Last month, SBI had also announced a change in the ATM withdrawal daily limit. SBI has lowered the daily cash withdrawal limit to Rs 20,000 from Rs 40,000, applicable on SBI Classic and Maestro debit cards. The new rules come into effect from 31 October.

Airtel launches Rs 389 Plan after Jio: Offers 105 GB data and More

Airtel has introduced Rs 398 prepaid recharge plan which is expected to take on Reliance Jio’s Rs. 398 and Rs. 349 prepaid recharge plans. It comes with benefits of 1.5GB daily data, unlimited voice calls to any network across the country and 90 SMS per day, not 100 SMSes. Same as Reliance Jio, Airtel’s also providing unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls within India and there’s no limit on how many calls you want to make.

Airtel is also offering a prepaid plan of Rs 399 which comes with a validity of 70 days and 84 days. It is also worth mentioning that while Airtel’s Rs 399 recharge pack is a segmented plan and is not available to all subscribers, Airtel Rs. 398 prepaid recharge plan is an open market plan which is valid across all the 22 telecom circles in India.

To recall, Airtel has also revised its pre-paid plan of Rs 289. In this pack, now 4 GB data will be provided, and the validity has been increased to 84 days. Earlier Airtel’s Rs 289 prepaid plan had a validity of 48 days, along with unlimited calling and free SMS. Under this new prepaid plan by Airtel, a user can get unlimited roaming, STD, and local voice calling without any FUP limit benefit, per day 100 free SMS benefit, and 4GB of data benefits for the entire validity of 84 days. The Rs.289 bundled prepaid plan is currently available only in the Kolkata circle.

Amazon sale: OnePlus 6, Redmi 6A top selling Smartphones

OnePlus 6 and Redmi 6A have emerged as the top selling smartphones on Amazon over a period of six days during the Great Indian Festival sale that ended yesterday. In the premium category, OnePlus 6 dominated sales while the affordable smartphone segment was led by Xiaomi’s Redmi 6A.

Both models were being sold exclusively on Amazon India during the festive sale. While OnePlus 6 was being sold for Rs 34,999 for its 128GB internal storage/8GB RAM variant, Redmi 6A was available for Rs 5,999 in 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version.

Xiaomi sold 1 million mobile phones on the first day of the Amazon sale itself while OnePlus phones worth Rs 400 crore were sold on Day 1.

Overall, Xiaomi phones on Amazon.in registered 200% growth over last year’s sales while the growth for OnePlus mobile phones was 100%.

Smartphone buyers also took advantage of no-cost EMIs as every second Amazon customer chose to buy iPhone X on EMI.

Besides discounts and zero-interest EMIs, Amazon was providing another offer of free 1-year screen protection insurance.

In the consumer electronics category, Amazon claims that it sold more headphones during the sale season than what the entire industry sells in two months. In the Bluetooth speaker category, too, Amazon claims to have scored over rivals by selling more than what the entire industry sells in 45 days.

Counterpoint Research had earlier estimated that during the e-commerce sale season, e-tailers would sell about $1 billion worth of smartphones.