Users can switch ‘on’ and ‘off’ their debit and credit cards with e-shield

Addressing this major concern, digital payment solutions provider, Atom Technologies and payment tech company, Tranwall brings in a new technology, e-shield, which mitigates risk and empowers customers with real-time transaction control. Customers now have the power to  switch their debit and credit cards ‘on’ and ‘off’ with the utmost convenience.

Either through the use of a smart phone app or by using artificial Intelligence-enabled bot services activated over both voice and chat, consumers can switch transactions ‘on’ and ‘off’ against the payment cards originating from any channel such as, internet (ecommerce), ATM, POS terminals or foreign transactions amongst others. Consumers, in real-time, can set their cards/netbanking as to which particular transaction should or should not be allowed, therefore putting consumers in complete control of who or what can access their funds.

On a real-time basis customers, can also request for a status update on cards and accounts, check balances and avail a host of other benefits.

While smart phone users can avail the advanced control facility through their bank’s mobile banking app, non smart phone users can control their transactions via SMS and USSD, therefore all consumers can and should be protected.

Greg Haynes, Tranwalls co-CEO said, “By putting customers in control of their finances and enabling them to decide what transactions will and will not be allowed against their payment cards or accounts, our products enhanced security provides consumers with the confidence required in non-cash payments and this has shown to assist in increasing the usage cards as a payments mechanism. Having digital features providing security and convenience, together with mobile banking features driving consumer demand, our transaction control is well suited to assist in the Indian Government’s priority of promoting the adoption and usage of digital payments.”

Atom Technologies aims to tap at all the leading banks in the country over the next two quarters through this latest white label product. Dewang Neralla, Chief Executive Officer, Atom Technologies said, “This latest fraud prevention tool, while on one hand empowers customers with the control of their own transactions, on the other it helps banks to bring down the cost of security and protect their liability – thus a win-win scenario for both.”

Google rolls out mobile-first indexing for webpages

Google has officially announced the rollout of its mobile-first indexing after testing the feature for about one and a half year. The search engine giant in its blog post said, “Mobile-first indexing means Google will use the mobile version of a web page “for indexing and ranking, to better help our – primarily mobile – users find what they’re looking for.”

The company further explains, “that it will have one index for search results, not a mobile-first index that’s separate from its main index. In other words, it will start to look to the mobile web pages to index the web, not the desktop version.”

The switch to mobile-first indexing comes as an increasing number of people are now using mobile devices to search on the Internet. While Google’s crawling, indexing, and ranking systems historically have been using the desktop version of a page’s content, the company said that they may cause problems for mobile searchers when that version varies from the mobile version.

Google says that it will have one index for search results, rather than a mobile-first index that is separate from its main index. It essentially means that Google will start looking at the mobile Web pages to index the Web, not the desktop version. The search engine giant said, “For sites that have AMP and non-AMP pages, Google will prefer to index the mobile version of the non-AMP page.”

Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad for students

Apple introduced a new iPad for students at its education event in Chicago. The newer iPad sports a 9.7-inch screen with Apple Pencil support. The updated iPad will be available in silver, space grey and a new gold finish.

The iPad 2018, as it is being called comes with an aluminium shell and features Apple’s A10 Fusion Chip which also powers the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus. The processor from Apple is built on a 64-bit architecture and 16nm process technology. It’s a quad-core processor but only two of them are high-performance cores, reaching a clock speed of 2.34GHz.

The tablet will include Touch ID, an HD FaceTime camera, 10 hours of battery life, an 8-megapixel rear camera and LTE option. In order to attract schools, Apple is offering 200GB per iCloud account instead of 5GB of free storage.

The newer iPad will cost $329 for regular customers, while schools can buy it for $299. The optional Apple Pencil will be priced at $89 for schools and the regular $99 price for consumers. Apple is also releasing new versions of its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps that support the Apple Pencil, which means iPad owners will be able to use the Pencil to write within these apps.

In addition to the new hardware, Apple also launched a new app called Schoolworks, through which teachers will be able to provide handouts (class lessons in PDF etc) and specify activities for students. This app will be rolled out in June. For teachers, Apple has built another app called Apple Teacher, which will help teachers improve professionally.