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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Samsung Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 Set to Launch in India on June 2, Flipkart Reveals

Samsung Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M01 are set to launch in India on June 2, Flipkart revealed through a couple of teasers. The e-commerce site also confirms that both new Samsung phones will be available for purchase shortly after the official launch. 
The Galaxy M11 was unveiled as the successor to the Galaxy M10 and an upgrade to the Galaxy M10s in March. The Galaxy M01, on the other hand, seems to be a new entry-level phone by the South Korean company.
 The teaser on the Flipkart site gives a glimpse at some specifications of the Galaxy M01 in addition to revealing its launch date.
Flipkart has released dedicated teasers for the Samsung Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M01 through its mobile site and app that reveal the launch date of both new models. The launch will take place at 12pm (noon) IST, as per the teasers.

Samsung Galaxy M11, Galaxy M01 price in India (rumoured)

The teasers posted by Flipkart don't reveal any particular details about the pricing of the Samsung Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M01.
 However, if we go by an earlier report, the Galaxy M11 will carry a price tag of Rs. 10,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model, while its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option would be available at Rs. 12,999. The Galaxy M01, on the other front, is rumoured to be priced at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant.

Samsung Galaxy M11 specifications

Flipkart's teaser shows the display and battery details of the Samsung Galaxy M11. Nevertheless, we have its detailed specifications through the earlier launch in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) market. 
The dual-SIM (Nano) Samsung Galaxy M11 comes with a 6.4-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) display with a hole-punch design and is powered by an octa-core SoC, paired with up to 4GB of RAM. 
The phone comes with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens. 
There is also a 5-megapixel wide-angle shooter that has a field-of-view (FoV) of 115 degrees and an f/2.2 aperture. For selfies, the handset offers an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front along with an f/2.0 lens.
The Galaxy M11 comes with microSD card support to enable storage expansion up to 512GB. Connectivity options on the phone include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 5,000mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy M01 specifications

Samsung is yet to detail the specifications of the Galaxy M01. However, the Flipkart teaser reveals that the phone comes with a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor. There is also a 4,000mAh battery. 
If we look at some earlier reports, the Galaxy M01 would come with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1,560 pixels) display with a waterdrop-style notch and a 19:9 aspect ratio. 
The phone is also said to have an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It would offer a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

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Saturday, 30 May 2020

Realme Smart TV Review

Is this the most affordable smart TV you can buy right now?

Realme entered the Indian market in May 2018 as a relative unknown, then marketed as a sub-brand of its much more established parent Oppo.

 In two short years, the company has separated its brand identity from Oppo and established itself as a key player in the Indian smartphone market thanks to good products and competitive pricing. 

The company is now looking elsewhere for growth, including the popular and rapidly expanding smart television segment. After months of chatter and rumours, the company's first smart televisions are finally here.

 Priced at Rs 12,999 onwards, the Realme Smart TV series takes on the entry level smart television segment with models at two of the most popular sizes for flat-panel TVs in India - 32 inches and 43 inches. We received the Android TV-powered 43-inch Realme Smart TV for review; read on to find out everything there is to know about this brand new affordable smart TV.

Realme Smart TV design and specifications

Despite all the marketing hype and publicity, the Realme Smart TV is fairly ordinary when compared to other options in its price segment. That isn't a bad thing, of course; this LED television sticks to the basics and tries to offer as much as it can at a sensible price. 
While the more affordable 32-inch variant costs Rs. 12,999, we had the 43-inch variant for review, which is priced at Rs. 21,999.
Apart from the obvious difference in screen size, the more expensive variant also has a higher resolution. While the 32-inch Realme Smart TV has an HD-ready (1366x768-pixel) screen, the 43-inch option has a full-HD (1920x1080-pixel) panel. 
The rest of the specifications are identical across the two variants, so users looking at the 32-inch model due to size constraints don't have to worry about losing out on other key features and capabilities.
The Realme Smart TV looks like pretty much any other TV in its price segment, with slim borders on three sides of the screen and a slightly thicker chin. At the centre below the screen is a Realme logo, with a small module just below that for the IR receiver and a status light.
 The TV is neither very slim nor too thick, and has a plain black plastic back. There are two speaker sets near the corners that fire downwards, for a rated total output of 24W. Each set consists of one full-range driver and a tweeter.
Included in the sales package are stands to table-mount the Realme Smart TV, and installation is easy enough if you have a screwdriver at home. The 43-inch variant weighs just 6.7kg without the stands, and was easy enough to assemble and install ourselves. 
The TV can be hung on a wall as it has standard VESA sockets. However the wall bracket is an optional extra that you'll have to purchase separately. Realme told Gadgets 360 that its service technicians can sell you one and set it up at the time of installation. 

Despite being an entry-level smart television, the Realme Smart TV is fairly well equipped when it comes to ports and inputs. 
You get three HDMI ports (one facing to the left and two facing down), two USB ports (one facing left and one facing down), a LAN port, an antenna socket, a digital audio out RCA port, a single 3.5mm AV connector, and a 3.5mm jack to connect wired headphones or speakers. Although it isn't mentioned in the specifications, HDMI-ARC is supported on the HDMI 1 port.
The Realme Smart TV has a brightness rating of 400 nits and a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. Powering the television is a MediaTek MSD6683 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage for apps and app data. The television does of course support Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity as well.
Interestingly, the Realme Smart TV is a rare case of an HDR-capable television that doesn't have a 4K screen resolution.
 It claims to support HDR up to the HDR10 format; a rarity in this segment. We've explored the actual usefulness of this later in our review, but it's an interesting specification to note.

Realme Smart TV remote and features

We're used to seeing a lot of design innovation in remotes these days, as manufacturers look to offer minimalist controllers that are focused on smart functionality. The Realme Smart TV is no different, and the remote is an interesting one to look at. 
It's compact and designed to feel bottom-heavy, with the Realme logo in front and a distinctive yellow ring around the D-pad. You'll need two AAA batteries to power this remote, which are included with the TV.
All the important buttons are present, including volume, mute, direction controls, Android TV navigation, Google Assistant, and source selection. 
There are also hotkeys for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube, which we've now started to appreciate having on televisions. Pairing the remote is easy enough. 
The IR emitter is used to control power, and once paired, all other functions can work using Bluetooth even without a direct line of sight. 
While most functions on the remote worked fine, we found that the Settings button didn't do anything; we did hear a button-press sound suggesting that this wasn't a problem on the remote itself, but rather the software which currently doesn't seem to recognise its function. 
This meant that it wasn't possible to quickly access the Settings menu while content was playing; we had to navigate to the Settings menu in the Android TV interface.
The remote also supports Google Assistant voice commands through its built-in microphone, which worked well for us. Additionally, it has built-in Chromecast functionality, which lets you cast video from supported devices and apps, and this worked properly for us. You can use Bluetooth to pair external audio devices such as headphones or speakers.

Realme Smart TV software and interface

Android TV appears to be a safe choice for many manufacturers looking for a software solution for their televisions, and it's not something we're complaining about. The platform supports all popular streaming services and many other apps and games, making it one of the best platforms for smart TVs today.
Realme has gone with Android TV, and has its televisions running the latest version of the operating system - version 9 Pie. If you're looking for a simple smart TV experience without the need for additional equipment such as streaming devices, the Realme Smart TV is fully functional out-of-the-box. That also makes it appropriate for buyers looking to explore streaming services for the first time.

There are no limitations on the platform in terms of what apps you can install, and no additional launchers on top of Android TV on the Realme Smart TV. You get the stock experience straight away, with access to all the popular apps and services. YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video are the notable apps that come preinstalled, and you can access the Google Play Store for Android TV to download and use other apps on the Realme Smart TV. Fortunately, the television is quick to wake, thanks to a standby mode that doesn't have it fully reboot every time you turn it on.
As mentioned in the previous section, there were some software issues on the TV such as the inability to access the Settings menu using the remote. We also noticed some unusual behaviour related to HDR handling. Amazon Prime Video was not able to play HDR content, and while Netflix detected HDR support, the effect of this wasn't significant. 
Upon closer inspection and after a brief chat with Realme, we understand that the TV does not actually display HDR content, but can decode the HLG and HDR10 formats which has some effect on picture quality at the software level. Essentially, HDR data appears to be helping in some small way, but the screen can't render all of that data.

Realme Smart TV performance

With its first smart TV series, Realme has sensibly taken on the budget segment with its potential for selling in volumes. 32-inch and 43-inch models are among the most popular flat-panel TVs in India, and Realme hopes to get buyers on the smart bandwagon at affordable prices much in the same way that Xiaomi has done with its Mi TV range. As an affordable television series, performance is largely in line with what we've typically seen at this price, with a few ups and downs.
Although it isn't specified anywhere, the Realme Smart TV appears to have a VA-type LED-LCD panel. We found the TV to be very bright, and contrast was good; this was useful in dark rooms, which was our typical use case. 
Watching at wide angles was less than ideal, with colours losing their integrity and brightness diminishing as we went further off to the sides of the TV. However, from roughly straight on, we appreciated the brightness and contrast levels. 
That said, while this is an appreciable first effort from Realme and a satisfactory experience for the price, there's a lot of room for improvement. 
Picture quality was less than ideal when compared to similarly priced options such as the MarQ 43SAFHD and Vu Ultra Android Smart TV. With full-HD content, the television offered up a sharp and detailed picture to the extent of its capabilities, but colour tones felt a bit inaccurate at times.
When watching content on Netflix, the preinstalled app was able to recognise the Realme Smart TV as HDR-capable. 
The overall picture quality was boosted ever so slightly when watching HDR shows such as The Witcher and Our Planet on the TV. 
We felt that the additional data being decoded had a slight impact on improving picture quality, but you shouldn't expect a full HDR experience.
With non-HDR content, there were some shortcomings in colour accuracy. As mentioned earlier, Amazon Prime Video was unable to play HDR videos. Standard dynamic range content did seem a bit dull in comparison.
With HD and SD video, performance on the Realme Smart TV is a mixed bag. Better quality content on YouTube and some of our sample clips from a USB drive looked decent enough, but SD streams didn't quite upscale as well as we've seen on other televisions in this price segment. 
We saw some issues with motion handling, rough edges, and some artefacts in some of the older video clips we played, as well as when streaming the news on the NDTV app for Android TV.
Sound usually isn't something that budget televisions get right, but the Realme Smart TV does. With 24W of sound output through a four-speaker system, as well as support for Dolby Audio, we quite liked how the TV sounded. 
It's loud, and we didn't experience too many unreasonable spikes in volume suggesting that the TV is doing its part in keeping the level uniform across content. The four-speaker setup also made for clean, detailed sound – the highs in particular were crisp and clean thanks to the dedicated tweeters. 


For its first effort, Realme gets a lot right. The Realme Smart TV is technically up to the mark with good hardware and software, and HDR support (even though it's a very basic implementation) which isn't usually seen at this price or resolution. Sound quality is impressive as well. However, as would be expected when any brand ventures into a new segment, the Realme Smart TV does have its shortcomings.
We liked how bright the TV was, and the contrast and black levels were good. Picture quality is only on par with what the competition delivers when watching top-quality content.
 With anything less than that – whether SDR full-HD or standard definition video – the Realme TV didn't quite get things right. We also faced some minor software issues, including the inability to access settings while watching anything. It's also worth remembering that you don't get a wall-mount kit in the sales package, so that will be an additional cost.
It might be worth looking at this television if you're a Realme fan or want the full stock Android TV experience on a tight budget. 
HDR support at this price level and resolution is unique, even if it only works with Netflix for now. Of course, it's also worth considering options such as the Vu Ultra Android TV and Mi TV 4A Pro if you're shopping in this price range, both of which come from brands that are more established in the smart TV segment in India.

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Friday, 29 May 2020

Apple Starts Allowing Customers in India to Configure MacBook, Mac Computers Based on Their Requirements

Apple has started allowing customers in India to configure iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Mac computers based on their requirements. 
The new service, which is currently live through certain Apple Authorised Resellers in the country, already existed in markets including Canada and the US for quite some time.
 It lets customers pick their own RAM, storage, or graphics preference while ordering a new Mac machine. 
Apple customers in India have long demanded the custom configurations for MacBook and Mac desktops. 
However, the Cupertino giant had a major focus towards generating iPhone sales in the country, and didn't address the demand up until now.
To offer custom configurations, Apple has started configure-to-order (CTO) or build-to-order (BTO) option in India for its Mac devices, as first reported by TechCrunch. The configuration options are listed on the Apple India site.
Gadgets 360 was able to verify that the new change has started rolling out for Mac customers in India. However, it is not yet available through all Apple Authorised Distributors in the country.
 Sources in distribution tell Gadgets 360 that Apple expects to complete the rollout of this service before the start of June. Apple declined to comment on the matter.
Customers ordering customised MacBook and Mac desktops will need to wait for over a month to get their orders delivered, mainly depending on the availability of the components.
 Also, it is important to note that the configuration options are currently available only through offline stores and not e-commerce sites including Amazon, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall.
Prior to the latest update, Apple was offering its MacBook, iMac, and other Mac computers in select pre-configured options. 
Customers weren't allowed to order any customisations on the part of memory, storage, and graphics. This was unlike how Apple provides custom configurations in markets such as Canada and the US.
Customisation isn't cheap
While people have been asking for this option for a while now, customisation doesn't come cheaply. The company, for example, charges $200 (roughly Rs. 15,100) to offer a 16GB RAM upgrade for the MacBook Air 2020 model in the US.
That being said, the latest move by Apple shows that the company has started taking its Mac customers in India seriously to some extent.
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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Aarogya Setu App Code Gets Open Sourced, Bug Bounty Programme Announced

NITI Aayog has open sourced the code of the Aarogya Setu app weeks after privacy concerns raised by various experts. The new move comes days after the contact tracing app crossed the mark of 10 crore registered users, 41 days after its launch in April. 
NITI Aayog has released the source code of Aarogya Setu's Android version, which it said is used by 98 percent of its total users. The state-owned policy think tank, however, has plans to open source the code of its iOS and KaiOS versions at a later stage as well.
The source code of the Aarogya Setu's Android version has been live on GitHub. National Informatics Centre (NIC) also announced a bug bounty programme to incentivise researchers finding flaws in the app. Furthermore, the NITI Aayog team specified that the source code of the iOS version of the Aarogya Setu app will be released within the next two weeks.
“I just want to point out that this is a very very unique thing to be done,” said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant while addressing a press conference pertaining to open sourcing the Aarogya Setu app on Tuesday. “No other government product anywhere in the world has been open sourced at this scale anywhere in the world.”    
The Aarogya Setu app currently has over 11.50 crore registered users across all supported platforms. During the conference, Kant highlighted that the app already helped more than 1,40,000 people by alerting them about the potential risk of the coronavirus infection using its intrinsic contact tracing technology.
Security experts raised privacy concerns and urged the government to open source the code of the Aarogya Setu app soon after its debut last month. NITI Aayog, however, up until now pushed the open sourcing process with a view to regularly maintain the existing system. Nevertheless, the team is set to release all subsequent updates of the app through its repository on GitHub aside from releasing the existing code.
"The improvements announced today are a welcome development,” said Mishi Choudhary of legal services organisation “Aarogya Setu should always have been open source, right from the get go and everything developed by the Government of India should always be open source as that's tax payers' money. We will be verifying that all code is open source and global best practices are followed.”  
"I am glad that demands I had made about open source, bug bounties, detailed documentation are being followed,” she added. "Work to ensure that the app doesn't mutate into any other vehicle that plays with sensitive information of such a large population should continue. GoI must also ensure that the de facto mandatory nature of the app should be addressed and people aren't discriminated based on it. It must always remain voluntary."
Some experts believe that open sourcing the app code is the first step towards improving user trust and security.
"While the move will go a long way in improving user trust and security, some significant steps remain before the app's infrastructure can be called truly open source," said Udbhav Tiwari, Public Policy Advisor, Mozilla. "This includes open sourcing the server-side code and ensuring that the app is built exclusively from its public repository."   
The team behind the Aarogya Setu app has promised to release the server code in the coming weeks. However, a concrete release date is yet to be announced. 
Bounties for finding bugs and vulnerabilities
Aside from open sourcing the code, the government has launched the bug bounty programme that will be hosted by the MyGov team. The programme will enable security researchers to avail a Rs. 1 lakh worth of bounty for finding security vulnerabilities within the app. Furthermore, there will be an additional code improvement bounty of Rs. 1 lakh.       
Details of the bug bounty program will be listed online on the MyGov website, although at the time of writing the site did not have the details visible.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Govind Guru Tribal University Job 2020

Govind Guru Tribal University has published an Advertisement for below mentioned Posts 2020. 

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Monday, 25 May 2020

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Flight cancellations anger flyers; India now among top 10 worst-hit nations

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker, India Lockdown News Live Updates: India on Monday reported 1,38,845 cases. Of these 77,103 are active, while 57,720 patients have been discharged. The death toll stands at 4021. India now has the 10th highest number of confirmed cases worldwide.

Coronavirus India News Live update: The total number of infections in India rose to 1,38,845 on Monday. Of these 77,103 are active, while 57,720 patients have been discharged. The death toll stands at 4021. Data from Johns Hopkins University show that the total number of cases in India has surpassed that of Iran (with 1,35,701 confirmed infections). India now has the 10th highest number of confirmed cases worldwide. Globally, over 5.4 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, including 3.4 lakh deaths.
Meanwhile, after a hiatus of two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, India opened up its domestic flight operations Monday. Hundreds of people reached airports across the country to take morning flights. At the airport, thermal screening, social distancing measures were put in place. The Delhi airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am to Pune while Mumbai airport’s first departure was at 6.45 am to Patna, the officials said.
Most of the state governments decided to put the passengers arriving from other states in an institutional quarantine of seven to 14 days. Others made home quarantine for a fortnight mandatory for the travellers. Despite being vocal against the resumption of domestic flights, Maharashtra — which is worst hit by Covid-19 — allowed Mumbai airport to handle 50 domestic flights per day.
The country is also fighting against the corona and we also have to participate in it so if you stay at home the corona virus will not spread

Follow the rules of the government in the epidemic of corona and keep such a very useful and important rule of the government and prevent corona.
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Sunday, 24 May 2020

How the Coronavirus Lockdown Made It Harder to Work From Home

Millions of years ago, when early humans stepped out to hunt, I'm pretty sure some of them chose to stay back, and work on rather important issues from home. Fast forward millions of years, and almost the entire world is now working from home. Of course, these are not normal circumstances.
We're in the middle of what's being considered as the world's largest work-from-home experiment — except, the test conditions are a far cry from what work-from-home normally looks like. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally, mankind's safest bet is to stay indoors and work, while hoping for the best. And working from home in the world's biggest quarantine isn't a walk in the park either.
People have worked from the comfort of their home for a very long time now, but there was a very few of us. But the pandemic has changed a lot of things. Most of them aren't a part of your usual work-from-home routine.
As I write this from my home office, a tiny study room I converted into an office back in 2012, I have a bottle of hand sanitiser next to my laptop instead of a big bowl of snacks. I wash hands every time I walk out of the home office or come back in. Every alternate hour, one of us have to check in on the kid who's also being homeschooled because as you know, schools are shut too. There's a sticky note on the secondary display with a list of essentials that need to be purchased today.
I'm getting things done, I love working from home, and there's nothing quite like it. But working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic hasn't been entirely normal. When the lockdown initially kicked in, there was anxiety in the air, and it did make things difficult for most people who were new to the entire work-from-home culture.
All of sudden, there were hundreds of how-to's floating around on the Internet, helping people 'stay productive' as they started to adapt to a whole new workplace. Companies were worried about tracking their employees' workflow. Some workers lacked basic equipment at home, and couldn't buy anything new during the lockdown.
Needless to say, things were, and to some extent they still are, chaotic. A lot of people I know seem to be suffering from cabin fever, they're craving for face-to-face interaction with another human being who is not their family. Most office-goers initially loved missing their daily commute, but now seem to want at least a slice of it. Some even miss that coffee machine at work.
While normal work-from-home routine offers the perfect platform to stay productive without the distractions of an office, the new normal work-from-home culture during the coronavirus lockdown is ridiculous. You want to get things done, but some obvious distractions are holding you back.
You're in the middle of a Zoom meeting, and your brain signals 'Dude, we're out of milk'. You shush it and continue to focus on the dozen people on the screen. Another 15 minutes, and your little one walks into your home office, asking for candy. We're out of candy too, and we can't buy anything right now either. Dealing with your partner at home, working or not, is also something that needs a balancing act.

With the lockdown making it harder to justify letting a stranger walk in, you're also doing your household chores. Yes, the things that were somehow magically getting done in the background. You realise the importance of a clean house when you start sneezing because of all the dust that accumulated around the house within hours. It's ridiculous. Don't even get me started about cooking and keeping a sane stock of ration.
While relaxations are slowly kicking in, things are slowly getting better for the work-from-home-during-the-pandemic culture. We all can get back to focus on that all-important Excel sheet because we don't have to worry about getting groceries anymore. But most other things still remain constant, and may do so for a very long time ahead.
Schools are still closed so you still need to work while ensuring the little ones don't keep breaking things while you're busy working. Don't even get me started about homeschooling, which makes me wonder why am I even paying the school anymore. It's a different thing for you to attend a Zoom call, and an entirely different thing to make a kid attend one, while staying glued to his chair, even for 20 minutes.

It's challenging, but work from home is going to be a part of most of our lives going forward. WHO says the novel coronavirus may not go away entirely, like a distant relative during the festive season. Companies are now adapting too, some even offering the possibility of remote work even after the pandemic situation eases. Others are planning to take the remote-first route in the long run.
Some companies are trying to monitor their employees as they work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. While it's easier to keep an eye on employees at offices, it makes it worrisome for managers to not be able to see what their staff is up to. With millions of people working from home during quarantine, companies are looking to better ways to monitor their employees. The privacy aspect of tracking employees stinks, but companies are trying hard to keep a balance between maintaining order while keeping everyone productive.
No matter how crazy it may seem, but working remotely is proven to be more productive for most workers. A study conducted by Stanford, back in 2015, found that people who work from home are more productive than those who work out of an office.
 Some of the basic advantages include no daily commute, no 1-hour chit-chat breaks with colleagues, and no pointless meetings that could have been just an email. Commuting itself has been proven to make us 'unhappy'. This lockdown however, showed the opposite happen, because of all the new stresses that a pandemic brings.
Another school of thought feels that remote workers may lose out on human interactions which may ultimately lead to a more creative mindset. Some people also feel separating their work lives from their personal lives is quite difficult when working remotely. From my personal experience, setting a time to disconnect from work at the end of the day is probably the hardest part of working from home.
Working from home may become the new normal, but we're still quite a distance away from it. Not all jobs are feasible enough to be shifted remotely. There's a growing concern amongst companies for safeguarding their data as employees work from their homes.
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