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PUBG and 117 other Chinese apps banned by government of India

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The government of India, on Wednesday, banned 118 more applications in India, mostly Chinese, including the immensely popular video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile application. The government added that the 118 apps have been banned “in view of the emergent nature of threats” and that there is information that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”

Pubg Mobile and 117 Other Chinese Banned in India

Pubg Mobile and 117 Other Chinese Banned in India

The government said that it is taking action against the apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.

The apps banned include PUBG MOBILE LITE, PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik, Baidu, WeChat Work, Ludo, Music – Mp3 Player, and several editing and racing platforms.

According to Rajdip Gupta, Founder of Cobx Gaming, 50 million gamers in India played PUBG in 2019. It was however not banned by the government initially as it is not entirely Chinese. The game has been created and managed by Bluehole which is a South Korean organization, but a Chinese company owns some stake. However, the game will still available for those who play it on other gaming platforms like PC, Xbox, and Sony Playstation.

“In the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India and security of the State. And using the sovereign powers, the Government of India has decided to block the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices,” a statement by the Ministry of Information Technology said.

“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security, and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement added.
The decision comes after the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps, the government said.

In the last week of June, the government of India banned 59 apps, including TikTok and SHAREit, and again in July, another 47 apps were added to the list for ‘operating as the clones’ of the previously banned apps.

Also read: PUBG banned: Here are the alternate options available in India

Here is the full list of the 118 applications that are now banned: 

  1. APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
  2. APUS Launcher-Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
  3. APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone Security, Cleaner
  4. APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
  5. APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
  6. Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
  7. Baidu
  8. Baidu Express Edition
  9. FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
  10. ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
  11. CamCard – Business Card Reader
  12. CamCard Business
  13. CamCard for Salesforce
  14. CamOCR
  15. InNote
  16. VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
  17. Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
  18. WeChat reading
  19. Government WeChat
  20. Small Q brush
  21. Tencent Weiyun
  22. Pitu
  23. WeChat Work
  24. Cyber Hunter
  25. Cyber Hunter Lite
  26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
  27. Super Mecha Champions
  28. LifeAfter
  29. Dawn of Isles
  30. Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
  31. Chess Rush
  32. PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
  33. PUBG MOBILE LITE
  34. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
  35. Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
  36. Dank Tanks
  37. Warpath
  38. Game of Sultans
  39. Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
  40. Smart AppLock (App Protect)
  41. Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
  42. Hide App-Hide Application Icon
  43. AppLock
  44. AppLock Lite
  45. Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
  46. ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
  47. ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
  48. Music – Mp3 Player
  49. Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  50. HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
  51. Cleaner – Phone Booster
  52. Web Browser & Fast Explorer
  53. Video Player All Format for Android
  54. Photo Gallery HD & Editor
  55. Photo Gallery & Album
  56. Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
  57. HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
  58. HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
  59. Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
  60. Gallery HD
  61. Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
  62. Web Browser – Secure Explorer
  63. Music player – Audio Player
  64. Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
  65. Lamour Love All Over The World
  66. Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
  67. MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
  68. MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
  69. APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
  70. LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
  71. Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
  72. Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
  73. Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
  74. Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
  75. Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
  76. GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
  77. U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
  78. Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
  79. Tantan – Date For Real
  80. MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
  81. Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
  82. Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
  83. Alipay
  84. AlipayHK
  85. Mobile Taobao
  86. Youku
  87. Road of Kings- Endless Glory
  88. Sina News
  89. Netease News
  90. Penguin FM
  91. Murderous Pursuits
  92. Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
  93. Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
  94. HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
  95. Little Q Album
  96. Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
  97. Hi Meitu
  98. Mobile Legends: Pocket
  99. VPN for TikTok
  100. VPN for TikTok
  101. Penguin E-sports Live assistant
  102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
  103. iPick
  104. Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
  105. Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
  106. “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
  107. MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
  108. AFK Arena
  109. Creative Destruction NetEase Games
  110. Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
  111. Mafia City Yotta Games
  112. Onmyoji NetEase Games
  113. Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
  114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
  115. Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
  116. Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
  117. Soul Hunters
  118. Rules of Survival

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Need to change Address, Currency, Bank Details or Country in AdSense ?

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Google Adsense is a great way to monetize your hard work and earn some fortune out of it. But suppose for any reason, you are moving to a new address or country, where the bank account, currency, payment method, or banking institutions is might be different. You’ll definitely want to bring your hard work, and your existing Adsense account along. Don’t you? And for this, you would be wanting to change the Address, currency, or bank details you provided in your Adsense account earlier.

So in this, we’ll be discussing the ways through which you can keep your hard work alive and paying. So first of all let’s talk about how Adsense works.

Whenever you apply for Adsense, you agree to some terms and conditions, and local laws. And when you are approved, you are bound to those conditions that you agreed earlier. Alteast until you are monetizing your blog content, your YouTube videos, or your app with Google Adsense.

So, there could be two scenarios of why you are changing the details you provided in your Google Adsense account.

  • First one, you are just moving to a new address in the same country or territory, where you opened your AdSense account and your currency and bank account are still valid and accessible by you.
  • The second one, you are moving to a new country or territory where the currency or bank account is totally different. Where the banking laws and Adsense terms or payment method you had earlier is not valid.

Read the points mentioned above properly and found out which case scenario you are in? Good. Now let’s talk about the solution. Do you really need to change your existing address, payment method, or currency?

If you fall into the first category then no. You don’t need to change your bank account or currency. Even the address you provided and verifies with Adsense doesn’t need to be changed. You can receive your fortune in your bank account without any hassle.

But if you fall in the second category, then details provided by you in your existing Adsense account won’t work anymore. And your mailing address, payment method, or currency needs to be changed. But wait, is it really possible to do so? The answer is no. You cannot change the country of your Adsense account and also you cannot add a bank account of any other country to your existing Adsense account.

So, you are probably thinking what’s the solution then? The answer is a new AdSense account in the country you moved in.

But wait, don’t apply for the new account in a hurry. As we know, Google allows only one AdSense account per person. And it doesn’t matter that you are applying from anew place. Google’s algorithms are smart enough to track you down and reject your application right away. So first you’ll have to close your existing Adsense account providing the reason that you’re moving to a new country. You can do this by navigating to Account -> Account Information.

I’ll suggest you do it four to five months prior to you leave your existing country. If you apply right before moving or after moving to a new country, you’ll lose your payments. Because when you’ll apply for the new AdSense account, it will go through the same verification and approval process once again. And you can apply before moving to your new location.

That’s the only and official way you can change your existing address, payment method, currency, or bank account. I know it’s kind of weird to go through all of the processes again but you have no other choice. You can also read this on Google’s Adsense support page.

Hope this article helped you and cleared your doubts on changing address, currency, or payment methods for your Adsense account.

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Apple India Online Store Launched

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The much-awaited Apple India online store is now open for business. As expected, the complete range of Apple’s products and services are available in the online shop, and that includes the iPhone line-up, the Mac computing device line-up, the iPad series, Apple Watch, Apple AirPods family, HomePod smart speaker, and more.

There are category-specific offers lined-up as well, including trade-in and exchange offers for the iPhones, localizations, the Education Store, Configure to Order your Mac computing devices, extended range of payments, and EMI options, shopping assistance in English and Hindi, and Apple Care+ services. At this time, you can buy the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple iPhone 11, Apple iPhone SE, and the Apple iPhone XR. You can also take your pick from the Apple iPad line-up that includes the Apple iPad Pro 12.9, Apple iPad Pro 11, the new Apple iPad, and the Apple iPad Mini, while the new Apple iPad Air is set to go on sale sometime in October. The complete Mac line-up and all other devices are also on sale.

The timing of the launch of the Apple India online store just ahead of the Dussehra and Diwali festivals means the company will be able to cater to customers who may be looking to spend on this festive season. This is also the latest chapter in the India push for Apple, which over the past few weeks has given the government’s Make in India initiative a big boost by starting production of the latest generation iPhone SE as well as the flagship phones, the Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max in India. Apple also produces the iPhone XR in India. Apple’s partners in India, Foxconn and Wistron are now manufacturing and assembling the iPhones at their facilities in the country.

“We’re proud to be expanding in India and want to do all we can to support our customers and their communities. We know our users are relying on technology to stay connected, engage in learning, and tap into their creativity, and by bringing the Apple Store online to India, we are offering our customers the very best of Apple at this important time,” says Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, while announcing the Apple online store for India. Apple will also be implementing the contactless delivery option for all orders that are placed and shipped across India. Orders will not require a signature to confirm receipt of delivery. Apple is partnering with Blue Dart for product shipment and expects all deliveries for orders to be completed between 24 hours and 72 hours from the time of payment.

The push for localized manufacturing and assembling, as well as the online retail presence, should combine to give Apple a big boost ahead of the festive season sales. The Apple online store for India will now join Apple’s e-commerce platforms in 37 other countries, including the US and UK. Till now, Apple relied on authorized distributors and retailers in India for offline sales as well as on online shopping platforms such as Amazon.in and Flipkart, which meant the company didn’t have complete control over the shopping, delivery, and support experience for anyone buying Apple products.

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PUBG Corporation to Take Over PUBG Mobile From Tencent Games in India

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PUBG Corporation has decided to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Shenzhen-based Tencent Games in India and take over all its publishing responsibilities within the country, the company said in a statement on Monday. The new move comes in response to the PUBG Mobile ban in the country that was announced last week. Apart from PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite and other 116 Chinese-origin apps and games were banned by the government in one take.

Shortly after the ban was imposed by the government last Wednesday, Tencent that is the publisher of PUBG Mobile, said it would engage with Indian authorities to ensure the continued availability of its apps in India. PUBG Corporation, the developer of the battle royale game, however, has now decided to no longer authorize the franchise to Tencent Games in the country.

“Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country,” the company said in the statement on its website. “As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.”

PUBG Corporation is a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Krafton Game Union. It is already the developer and publisher of PUBG that is meant for PC and console gamers. However, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite were created in a collaboration between PUBG Corporation and Tencent Games.

Aside from getting the PUBG Mobile franchise from Tencent Games in India, PUBG Corporation is exploring ways to engage with the gaming community in the country through various region-based activities, including esports, and community events.

Having said that, the government is yet to provide clarity on whether the latest move by the company would bring any relief to the existing gamers, streamers, and organizations relying on PUBG Mobile in the country.

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