The top 20 Countries affected by spam calls in 2018 released by truecaller
Truecaller claimed to have helped users block and identify 17.7 billion spam calls including the identity of 74.1 billion calls.
Nigeria ranked among markets that experienced low spam calls and unsolicited messages in 2018 according to a report analysis breakdown by Guardian Nigeria, a research conducted by Truecaller has revealed. Unlike in 2017, where Nigeria ranked ninth behind India, USA, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mexico, Turkey, and Peru respectively in the world’s top 20 list, the country dropped out of the list last year.
The Truecaller 2017 report put the average spam calls/messages an average Nigerian gets in a month at 10.2 percent.
In the 2018 report obtained by The Guardian, Truecaller found that there are common categories that tie all the spam calls together. They include operator, debt collection, bank, political, health, spam, telemarketing, financial service, scam and insurance.
It explained that the regions span across the world, and even some countries that are on the same continent differ drastically in what type of spam call they receive. Truecaller is a product of Swedish company, True Software Scandinavia AB. It is a mobile app developed to find mobile number details globally given a telephone number either using the app or their synced contacts, and has an integrated caller ID service to achieve call-blocking functionality and social media integration to keep the phonebook up-to-date with pictures and birthdays.
In 2018 alone, Truecaller claimed to have helped users block and identify 17.7 billion spam calls including the identity of 74.1 billion calls. This means that close to every fourth call that the app users receive are spam calls.Compared to 2017, Truecaller said fewer African markets are in the top 20 list: Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, and Nigeria. South Africa is the only country in the list – as a matter of fact the amount of spam calls increased from 15 to 21 spam calls/months – that is a 40 per cent increase!
According to a telecoms expert, Kehinde Aluko, the drop in spam calls and messages could be linked to subscribers’ activations of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC’s) recently introduced Do-Not-Disturb (DND) codes.
NCC had urged subscribers, who are tired of unsolicited text messages and calls to text “Stop” to “2442” or “Help” to “2442” for options.The Guardian gathered that over 12 million subscribers had as at November 2018, activated the code and blocked unwanted messages and calls.
In the 2018 list, Brazil surprisingly took over from India as the most spammed country in the world, with the average Truecaller user receiving 37.5 spam calls per month. This means that Brazil saw an 81 per cent increase in spam calls last year.
The firm cited new markets entered the list including Spain, Canada, Costa Rica, Poland, Dominican Republic, and Israel, adding that there was a big increase of spam calls in European markets like Spain (100%), Greece (54.1%) and Italy (22.7 %.) However, Turkey has seen a decrease of spam calls (18 %.)
Furthermore, Truecaller revealed that a lot of Latin American countries entered the top spam list, and they are seeing the biggest increase of spam calls. Costa Rica was ranked top as country that has seen the highest increase in terms of percentage (330 %.)
Digging deeper into the bigger markets, Truecaller found common categories that tie all these spam calls together. The biggest pattern discovered was that operators across the world are the biggest spammers.“We could also see that telemarketing calls from financial services, debt collectors and insurance related matters are spamming our users globally. Others are political, health, scam, financial service, telemarketing, among others,” the Swedish firm stated.
Tips for Parents Raising Kids in a Digital World
Raising kids in a digital world is as much of a curse as it is a blessing. Namely, they have the means to learn, grow and entertain themselves, which helps them become more independent early on- Then again, they also grow more and more alienated from the environment. Furthermore, you have no control over what kind of content they’re exposed to and, frankly, with the ever-growing trend of VR, chances are that they might soon be in danger of having a hard time telling the difference between the real and virtual world. Having said that, parents need to be extra careful and take some additional steps of precaution.
1. Encourage playtime
The first mistake that parents often make is trying to force their kids to play outside or go on playdates. Prohibiting, forbidding and ordering your kids around seldom does the trick. If anything, it will make them enjoy less and even openly defy you. Instead, you need to encourage playtime by coming up with fun activities, organizing playdates that they really want and giving them a reason to go outside. In other words, you merely need to help them develop intrinsic motivation and they will look forward to this playtime in the real world.
2. Use parental control
In the previous section, we might have gone too hard on the technology and digital environment but these tools and tech trends are a part of the reality that we live in. This means that you’re doing your kids a disservice by pretending like they don’t exist. Instead, you need to guide them by gradually introducing them into this world and the easiest way to achieve this is to introduce some parental control on the device they’re using. Some devices like iPhone have a parental control in form of iPhone restrictions that are so sophisticated that it may help you give your child the ultimate kid-friendly smartphone experience.
3. Screen time shouldn’t be alone time
Not all content is necessarily bad for your kids when you put it into proper context, which is why you need to ensure that not all screen time is alone time for your kids. Some parents just allow their kids to play with tablets, smartphones and computers, seeing as how this is a (physically) safe activity for them. In other words, they can just leave their kids to the care of these devices and go on about their own business. In parenthood, and in life in general, the easy way out is seldom the right thing to do.
4. Set a good example
The most important thing of all is that you are a good role model for your kids. To achieve this, you need to set a good example by showing restraint when it comes to the use of these devices. Kids often try to reflect the behavior of their parents, so if they see you looking at the screen all the time or trying to take a picture of everything they do, they might start doing the same. In other words, don’t set any rules or expectations that you yourself can’t fulfill.
5. Tech-free zones
The last thing you can do is try to gamify this experience by creating tech-free zones for your children whenever and wherever you can. For instance, instead of getting a huge flat-screen TV to serve as the focal point of your living room, you could make it into a tech-free zone. We already talked about the fact that forbidding things to your kids might backfire and give an adverse result. However, by creating a tech-free zone, you’ll make the execution of this rule into something passive and easy to uphold. Your kids will come to accept this as a way of life, instead of seeing it as a stern rule, especially since it doesn’t apply just to them but is something that everyone must uphold.
Raising kids was never easy, to begin with. However, now you’re facing more and more challenges than ever before. However, the end result is always more than worth it and, as a parent, it’s your duty and your obligation to do all that’s in your power in order to help your kids grow into decent and functional human beings. For that reason alone, you shouldn’t be too eager to prevent them from using even those trends that you personally dislike.
Google Is About To Fix Terrible Lag Issues On Chrome OS Tablets
So many complaints have been made by users about the Pixel state performance especially when the device is in tablet mode and Users also claim they encounter lagging issues while in the said mode, apart from having a janky experience overall.
According to report, It seems Google is now aware of the issue, at least. Since the Pixel Slate’s sluggish and stuttery user interface is becoming a deal breaker for most consumers, Google is reportedly planning to roll out an update that will improve the performance of its flagship tablet.
Chrome Unboxed has uncovered that Google aims to address performance problems present on the Pixel Slate, particularly issues with lag. What’s more, the fix might actually be a simple one.
Pixel Slate Lag Issues
For sometimes, Many Developers have noticed that much of the performance issues stems from the performance-intensive way the tablet draws rounded corners, and they especially persist when dragging down to reveal the overview mode.
“A lot of animation jank seems to be coming from the use of Mask Layers to create rounded corners. This combined with background blur adds a lot of additional steps in the paint/rendering pipeline,” according per the bug’s description.
When rounded corners are disabled, the performance allegedly improves, even on the Celeron-based Pixel Slate, which is the entry-level model of the lineup.
“The performance (fps increase) and memory improvement (tiles don’t get discarded and we actually see the content) is quite significant on Nocturne Celeron when rounded corners are removed.”
Of course, turning off rounded corners likely won’t solve every lag and performance issue present on the device, but it’s an easy and uncomplicated start, and should significantly increase performance for users who enter overview mode on a regular basis.
When Will Google Release This Fix?
As to when Google plans to release the fix is another story. The company has labeled the bug as high priority, at least, but bear in mind that the discussion dates back to November 2018, which suggests a solution might not be around the corner. Also, Google hasn’t formally acknowledged the Pixel Slate’s performance issues, making it harder to predict if and when the fix is coming.
That’s quite unfortunate since a number of reviewers liken the Pixel Slate as a successful attempt from Google to reinvigorate the tablet landscape, apart from being a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad. Clearly, Google has quite a room for improvement on the software side of things — and definitely on the hardware as well.
Chinese app developers have invaded India
As you all know that China, India is the world’s largest country based on population, and also obvious next port of call, and that’s exactly what has happened in the world of consumer apps.
Most of the Chinese app developers have invaded and dominated India, According to a report by Techcrunch, The Invasion by Chinese app developers will be of little surprise, although the speed of change has been unexpected.
Following the lead of Chinese smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Oppo, who have dominated mobile sales in India for some time, the content behind the touchscreen glass in India is increasingly now from China, too. That’s according to a report from FactorDaily which found that 44 of the top 100 Android apps in India were developed by Chinese companies up from just 18 one year prior. (The focus is on Android because it is the overwhelming choice of operating system among India’s estimated 500 million internet users.)
The list of top Chinese apps includes major names like ByteDance, the world’s highest-valued startup which offers TikTok and local language news app Helo in India, and Alibaba’s UCbrowser as well as lesser-known quantities like Tencent-backed NewsDog and quiet-yet-prolific streaming app maker Bigo.
Citing data from Sensor Tower, the report found that five of the top ten Android apps in India are from China, up from just two at the end of 2017.
For anyone who has been watching the Indian technology scene in recent years, this ‘Chinese app store invasion’ will be of little surprise, although the speed of change has been unexpected.
China’s two biggest companies, Alibaba and Tencent, have poured significant amounts into promising Indian startups in recent years setting the stage for others to follow suit and move into India in search of growth.
Alibaba bought into Snapdeal and Paytm via multi-hundred million dollar invests in 2015, and the pace has only quickened since then. In 2017, Tencent invested in Gaana (music streaming) and Swiggy (food delivery) in major deals having backed Byju’s (education) and Ola (ride-hailing) the year prior. The pair also launched local cloud computing services inside India last year.
Beyond those two, Xiaomi has gone beyond selling phones to back local companies and develop local services for its customers.
That local approach appears to have been the key for those app makers who have found success in India. Rather than taking a very rigid approach like Chinese messaging app WeChat — owned by Tencent which failed in India — the likes of ByteDance have developed local teams and, in some cases, entirely local apps dedicated to India. With the next hundreds of millions of internet users in India tipped to come from more rural parts of the country, vernacular languages, local content and voice-enabled tech are some of the key strategies that, like their phone-making cousins, Chinese app developers will need to focus on to ensure that they aren’t just a flash in the pan in India.
You can read more at FactorDaily.