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Soon, Mumbai-Pune In 35 Minutes. World's First Hyperloop Project Is A Go

In an impetus to the dream journey between Mumbai and Pune in under 35 minutes, the Maharashtra government has approved the Virgin Hyperloop One-DP World consortium as the "Original Project Proponent" (OPP) for the Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project -- a move that will generate jobs and over $36 billion in various socio-economic benefits.

According to Virgin Hyperloop One, the state government -- one of the first proponents of hyperloop technology in the world -- has deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project, setting it up to be the first hyperloop project in the world.

DP World (DPW), a global trade leader and a major ports and logistics operator in India, is set to invest $500 million to complete phase 1 of the project, which will certify this new technology for passenger operations.

"Maharashtra will create the first hyperloop transportation system in the world and a global hyperloop supply chain starting from Pune. Maharashtra and India are at the forefront of hyperloop infrastructure building now and this is a moment of pride for our people," Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The hyperloop project will link central Pune with Mumbai in under 35 minutes, as opposed to the current over 3.5-hour journey by road.

"The project will create hundreds of thousands of new high-tech jobs, generate over $36 billion in wider socio-economic benefits, and create new hyperloop component and manufacturing opportunities for Maharashtra to export to the rest of the world," said Virgin Hyperloop One.

"Support for hyperloop transportation systems is mounting across the world and India has led the charge to bring hyperloop to fruition since the early stages of development," said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at DP World and Chairman, Virgin Hyperloop One.

"To be named OPP is an incredible vote of confidence in our ability to deliver this advanced technology to the people of India and enhance their lives," he added.

There are approximately 75 million passenger journeys between Mumbai and Pune annually, which is expected to skyrocket to 130 million by 2026.

Virgin Hyperloop One's system can meet this growing demand by supporting as many as 200 million passengers annually.

"This is history in the making. The race is on to host the first hyperloop transportation system in the world, and the announcement puts India firmly in the lead," said Jay Walder, CEO at Virgin Hyperloop One.

"Once commercialised, it will transform the Pune-Mumbai corridor into a mega-economic region, moving people and cargo between these two centres in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

"This process creates a blueprint for a hyperloop network spanning the entire nation. We would like to thank the government of India, the state of Maharashtra and the partnering agencies for getting the project from vision to reality," said Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director of India and Middle East, Virgin Hyperloop One.

Virgin Hyperloop One has projects underway in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, the Midwest, India, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser has elaborate privacy settings, Internet Explorer mode

Microsoft’s next generation Edge browser for PC, which has been designed from scratch using Google’s Chromium Open Source project, is finally here. It is available to developers through the Dev and Canary channel preview build.

More details on the upcoming features were announced and previewed at the ongoing Build Developer Conference (June 6-8) in Seattle yesterday. Amongst them is an Internet Explorer mode, which integrates the old browser with the new through a tab.?The idea is to allow businesses to run legacy web apps specific to Internet Explorer on the new Edge. While Edge is the primary browser for Windows 10, Internet Explorer continues to be used by many for the older web apps.

Microsoft has clubbed the privacy options in the new Edge browser in three categories — unrestricted, balanced, and strict — for users’ ease so they don’t have to go through all privacy settings manually. It allows users to choose the level of privacy in the “privacy dashboard" and the rest of the settings will be configured accordingly.

Another highlight of the new browser is Collections, which is basically a new way in which users can collect, organise and share content from one tab to another and with the Office apps. This feature is still in early stages of development and will not be a part of the preview build.

A major advantage of the new browser for the developer community is that now they won’t have to rewrite apps built for Chromium-based web browsers for Edge HTML. It is one of the reasons why Microsoft decided to shift the Edge browser to Chromium OS in December.

SBI forgot to set password for user information, data leaked

The data leak case of India's largest bank State Bank of India has emerged. According to a report by American Tech Website TechCrunch, the bank's server was without the password. For this reason information of millions of customers can be accessed. This bank's server is in the Mumbai based data center.

This data center has 2 months of data stored in SBI Quick. SBI Quick is a system whereby the basic information pertaining to account holders to the account holder and the basic information related to the account is given. Due to not being secure, it has been easy to access.

According to reports, it is unclear how long this server is open and unprotected. A security researcher found the server open and TechCrunch reported it first. However, the security researcher who has highlighted this weakness of the State Bank of India has laid the condition of not disclosing the name.

Through the SBI Quick, the customers of the bank get the information about the missed calls and text messages. BAL has to send the keyword so that the bank identifies the registered mobile number of the customers and sends information to that number. Account balance and last five transaction details are available. Apart from this, ATM card blocks can also be made under this service.

TechCrunch has confirmed that back and text messages have been leaked, in which there are millions of message stores every day. Since no password was set in the database, all text messages in the cascators have been seen which are real time. These include the customer's phone numbers, bank balances and recent transactions.

These databases also have the portiographic account numbers of the customers. According to the report, this database access has also received information that the bank has sent approximately 3 million text messages only on Monday. This database has a daily archive of millions of text messages which is up to December i.e. anyone can view the financial information of these customers.

Without a password, the database can be quite dangerous for the sensitive information of the customer. Because it can access the information of the customers by accessing it, a hacker can collect them for doing wrong or fraud. The same can be easier for companies that advertise this database. Because the phone numbers of the customers are also given here.

State Bank of India has not yet issued any statement on this report. However, the State Bank of India has secured the database overnight.

Xiaomi launches ShareSave, a cross-border e-commerce platform

Xiaomi is aggressively expanding its footprint in the Indian market, yet not all ecosystem products are available in the country. The company has announced a new cross-border e-commerce platform - ShareSave - a so-called convenient and cost-effective way to purchase ecosystem products outside China. Being a global initiative, ShareSave has been launched in India first and will be expanded to other markets in the future. The application is already available for download from the Google Play Store.

ShareSave lists many products that were previously not available outside the Chinese mainland through Xiaomi's official sales channels. Products purchased from ShareSave will be entitled to full local support, such as after-sales services and delivery right to the doorstep. Some of the products listed on this platform include Z Mi x Wiha Precision Screwdriver, Yeelight LED Light Bulb (Color), Soocas Sonic Electric Toothbrush X1 Lite, SWDK Wireless Handheld Dust Mite Vacuum Cleaner. Although the prices are mentioned in USD, there is an option to view it in Indian currency, which is subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuations. The prices mentioned on the ShareSave also include taxes and most of the products will be delivered within five to ten days.

As per Xiaomi's official blog post, 'using social e-commerce as its core model, ShareSave is a platform where users take the lead every step of the way for a #SharetoSave purchasing experience. As a global initiative, ShareSave is available in India now, with plans to expand to other markets in the future. It also serves as a testing ground for key markets, allowing Xiaomi to learn more about the local demand for various types of product."

ShareSave features three kinds of purchase modes for users to access shopping discounts in social and interactive ways. The first being 'pair-up', where users can purchase a product with a friend to get an exclusive discount for both. Second, being 'Drop' where users can get up to 100 percent price drop when enough family and friends join the drop group. Third being 'Kickstart', where users can contribute $0.2 to back their favorite products and get up to 10 times the reward, which is $2.

Other than smartphones, the company is selling TVs, soundbar, Bluetooth speaker, router, air purifier, security camera, fitness band along with some other lifestyle products in India. Over the years, Xiaomi has incubated and partnered with more than 100 IoT and lifestyle companies to expand its ecosystem portfolio. The company claims to have over 132 million connected devices (excluding smartphones and laptops).

Boat launches smart speaker at Rs 3,199, with voice command

Only a select few speakers available in the Smart Speaker segment in India are available for sale. At present, the abundance of smart speakers present in the market is automatically released by Voice Assistant Technology Developers. It includes the Amazon Echo Series with Alexa and Google Home Series with Google Assistant. Now many speakers and headphones equipped with Smart Voice Assistant are also coming from other brands. Meanwhile, Boat has released its Amazon Alexa-based New Stone 700A Smart Speaker.

Boat Stone 700A has been priced at Rs 3,199. Customers can buy it from the Amazon India site. It has built-in Alexa connectivity. Alexa is the voice assistant technology created by Amazon. It has been used in the Boat Stone 700A speaker. So that voice commands can be given. A dedicated Alexa button has been given in this speaker so that Alexa can be started. Customers can also use the Boat Rug app to use Alexa.

According to Boat, all the service functions can be registered with Amazon Alexa for the establishment. This speaker has 5W Full Range Drivers, up to 95-18,000Hz Frequency Range, 2,000mAh Battery and 3.5mm Oaks Cable for Connectivity and Bluetooth. This speaker is with an IPX6 rating. That is, they are water and dust resistant. Due to the rugged design, the company claims it is a dropping resistor too. It can be charged via a micro-USB port.  

As a reminder, Boat recently launched the Stone SpinX Wireless Speaker in India. The company kept its price at Rs 2,699. There was a feature in which two speakers could be connected wirelessly and the sound output could be increased. Boat products are making good gains in the market due to its price easy availability.

 

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