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Instagram updates news feed to display ‘best posts’ first

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram will now update its photo feed to display best posts or content based on the likelihoods, interests, relationship with the user, and timeliness of posts, the company said in a blog post. It previously used to display posts in a chronological order. This means that posts with less interaction rates will be pushed down further—just like Facebook. This month, Instagram decided to block all links in user profiles that directs to private messaging apps including Telegram and Snapchat.



Ministry of Defence sets up online portal to ease welfare scheme submissions

Ministry of Defence has launched an interactive web portal for its Ex-servicemen and dependents in order to ease the submission of online applications under various welfare schemes offered by the ministry. The portal was developed by NIC at a cost of Rs 58.93 lakh. At present, the website will accept online submissions for the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) meant for the sons and wards of Ex-Servicemen. It will soon add support for all the schemes offered by the different Defence Secretariats, which will provide adequate information about all welfare schemes as well as other allied activities. The portal will also facilitate real time tracking of applications and provides status of submissions through SMS and email.


ApnaCabs integrates panic button feature inside black & yellow cabs 

Mumbai-based Black & Yellow taxi aggregator ApnaCabs has introduced a new security feature called ‘ApnaCOP’—a panic button device installed in all cabs that it aggregates. The company’s call center will be alerted if a customer triggers the button; it will also activate a live call to the call center, which will relay information to the Mumbai police control room after necessary verification by ApnaCabs. Citizens in Mumbai can book local Black and Yellow cabs their android mobile app and through their call centers as well. It claims to have over 1,700 such taxis on its platform.


Tyroo ties up with Nazara Games to allow in-game merchandise purchases

Advertising platform Tyroo has partnered with game developer Nazara Games to launch ‘Nazara Cricket’ app that will allow its users to buy cricket merchandise, and avail e-commerce deals within app itself. Apart from this Tyroo will also take care of advertising operations of all Nazara Gams offerings. Tyroo’s Native ad platform, which claims to curate more than 20 million brands, will display relevant ads to gamers based on customer preferences and insights obtained from Nazara.


Medikoe partners with Manipal ambulance service to introduce emergency care

Healthcare and Wellness platform Medikoe has partnered with ‘Manipal Ambulance Response Service’ (MARS) and Helpzone Technologies to introduce emergency care treatment in Bangalore. The emergency feature will be available on Medikoe’s app, wherein users can avail an ambulance or first level emergency consultation by Manipal Doctors using geo-location. It will also alerts 5 pre-chosen contacts on the event of a medical emergency. The Bangalore-based startup was founded in in October 2015, Sreevalsan Menon and Raman Shukla, as a disrupter in the online healthcare space.

Image Credit: Flickr user Kristina Alexanderson under CC BY 2.0

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