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‘Menu on Rail’App by IRCTC; Google to Launch a Podcast App; Instagram Service Outage and More: Internet Daily

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In today’s internet daily segment, we have highlights from IRCTC, Facebook, Google, Instagram, and more. Get updated with latest from the tech world in one read.

IRCTC Launches ‘Menu on Rail App’: Now Check MRP on Food Items

Railway minister Piyush Goyal has announced the launch of an app called ‘Menu on Rail’ as the Modi Government completes 4 years in the office. Now, you don’t have to worry about the overcharging railway caterers. The app comes with the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) mentioned against the food items.  The newly-launched ‘Menu on Rail’ will feature menu to passengers traveling in Mail or Express trains, including Humsafar Train, Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Gatiman Express and Tejas Express. The food items are covered in four different categories- beverages, breakfast, meals, and a-la-carte. For standard food items, the rates (inclusive of taxes) are mentioned for trains as well as stations. Note that it does not include food plazas and fast food units. You can also check the pre-booked food items for EC (executive chair car) and CC (AC chair car) classes within the app for Shatabdi trains and 1A, 2A and 3A classes for Rajdhani and Duronto trains, as confirmed by the Indian Railways.

Bad Businesses May get Banned from Advertising on Facebook

Facebook has rolled out a new policy where you can file a complaint against the businesses you have had troubles with after you have made a purchase that is followed by an ad click.  The policy is in effect globally an is an attempt to fight against advertising abuse on the widely popular platform. Facebook is trying to combat “bad shopping experiences” which can result in frustration amongst the users.

Facebook will send notifications to users asking them about their shopping experience if the purchase is made after clicking on an ad. The users will be able to leave feedback on the Ads Activity page. It will then inform the businesses about negative feedback as a fair warning while explaining the issues customers have been facing. If customer feedback still doesn’t improve, the social media platform will set a limit to the ads on the company eventually leading to a permanent ban.

Reddit Rolls Out Autoplaying Video Ads Across the Site

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Reddit has announced that it will be bringing auto playing video ads across the platform on desktop and mobile. As the company begins to scale its ad products, its super active user base has not responded well to sweeping changes. Users will have the option to turn off autoplay on video ads in their main feed. Furthermore, the video ads will only be shown to the users that are utilizing the expanded card display type. This mode is default setting of the three new modes in Reddit’s latest mobile and desktop redesign. Also, these ads are only for standalone ad campaigns as of now. So, this roll-out will not add pre-roll ads to videos that users click on. For now, these ads are only available to managed advertising partners at the launch. The other advertisers will get access later next month.

Shoppable Tags to Pop in Instagram Stories

Instagram has been testing a feature to add shopping tags directly into the stories for a long time. The company has been working on this feature with a limited set of 20 partners. The feature has been a big it for Instagram encouraging it to broadly expand it to regular brand posts in the feed. From now on, tapping on the brand sticker in the story will give you more details on the item in the story. “With 300M using Instagram Stories everyday, people are increasingly finding new products from brands they love,” Instagram stated in a press release.

Instagram Aware of Service Outage: Fix in Progress

The reports from a user regarding Instagram loading failure have been flying around for a while now. Luckily, the Facebook subsidiary acknowledges the service outage and is currently working on a fix, as mentioned in a tweet from the company.

You will soon be able to access the app before if you are one of those people affected by the bug.

Google to Launch a Podcast App: Sources

Google’s podcast presence has been known by masses over the past few months. And now, it seems like the company is finally set to roll out a dedicated app for the same. The latest version of the Google app has a hidden prompt asking users to “Get the Google Podcasts app, as spotted by 9to5Google in a snippet of code. Google developed a full podcast interface a few months ago inside the app, which is speculated to be accessible via a home screen and app launcher shortcut. Google’s first attempt at a Podcast player was an app called Listen. However, it shut down Listen in 2012. Google has made several attempts at building its podcast presence but the launch of a dedicated app will be a major one.

Google to Block Chrome Extension Installs Outside its Web Store

Google will soon be blocking inline Chrome extension installation on all platforms. The tech giant said that the descriptions and feature lists in the Chrome Web Store are critical in helping the users make informed decisions on whether or not they actually need a particular extension. The company said that the users are less likely to uninstall an add-on if it came from the official extension portal.

The company has started enforcing the new rule by banning the inline installation for all extensions first published yesterday, June 12th, 2018. The tech giant will then disable the ability for all the existing extensions starting on September 12th.

Google Translate Announces Downloadable AI-powered Offline Translators

Google Translate has been working on improving the accuracy of its offline translation services. So far the results have been rough and more literal. The tech giants want to fix it with an AI-Powered downloadable translating option. Google claims, “The translations are better because the AI can take an entire sentence into context rather than translate piece-by-piece, which would end up with more literal and likely not as natural translations”. The new AI-Powered service will come with 59 languages including Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, and more. It is available for download on both iOS and Android.

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A beatboxer in making and an aficionado of animated characters, Gargi grooves on everything fancy that uses science. When not contributing to tech writing, she can be found binging on SNL or sleeping her way through life.

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