Day: June 2, 2020

A service that detects ‘China apps’ goes viral in India – TechCrunch

The app’s name says it all: Remove China Apps.

Developed by a self-proclaimed “Indian startup” named OneTouch AppLabs, Remove China Apps crossed 1 million downloads within 10 days of launch in May. Its overnight success came amid rising China-Indian tensions over the countries’ disputed border in the Himalayas.

Most of the app’s installs are found in India, although analytics data from App Annie shows that it has been gaining momentum in Australia in the last few days, rising to No.5 among Android tools apps.

The app is straightforward to use: Click scan and it will either congratulates one on having no Chinese apps or displays a list of those that are determined to be of Chinese origin — like TikTok.

India is one of the top overseas destinations for Chinese tech companies. Xiaomi and Oppo have dominated mobile sales there for some time and a significant number of top

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48% of employees are less likely to follow safe data practices when working from home

According to a Tessian survey, data protection concerns go out the window for remote employees.

A new report from cybersecurity firm Tessian found that the move to working from home has had drastic effects on how people approach data loss prevention. 

In a survey of 1,000 people from the US and 1,000 from the UK, Tessian researchers found that 48% are less likely to follow safe data practices when working from home and 84% of IT leaders surveyed said data loss prevention is more challenging when employees are working from home.

More than 90% of IT leaders trust their staff to follow best security practices when working from home yet 52% of employees (52%) believe they can get away with riskier behavior when telecommuting, creating a dangerous situation for companies in sensitive industries. 

“Businesses have adapted quickly to the abrupt shift to remote working. The challenge they now face is

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Fighting fire with AI: Using deep-learning to help predict wildfires in the US

Predicting wildfires is a tricky business. A new artificial intelligence model could help fire agencies allocate resources to mitigate wildfire risks across the West.

In recent years, wildfires have scorched the western US leading to loss of human life and billions of dollars in damages. Of western wildfires recorded between 1950 and 2017, more than 60% occurred after 2000, according to NASA data. Not only are these fires becoming more frequent, they are also increasing in scale.

Megafires,” as they are known, are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres. For comparison, the 2018 California Camp Fire wildfire blazed more than 153,000 acres. Before 1970, there were no documented megafires in the US.

Climate change is certainly playing a major role in this sudden surge in wildfire activity. Rising temperatures enable the fire season to begin much earlier in the year and last longer than in

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