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Twitter launches data-saving ‘lite’ version for users with poor net connectivity

It is a progressive web app that has features of a web browser coupled with those of a smartphone app.

Twitter on Thursday launched a data-saving version of its platform called Twitter Lite. This version is touted to save at least 70% of data and will be 30% faster. The new version has been introduced keeping in mind people who have poor internet connection. More than 80% of the microblogging site’s 313 million users access it on mobile phones, reported Hindustan Times.

Twitter’s Business Development Director (Southeast Asia) Arvinder Gujral said Lite is a progressive web app that has features of a web browser coupled with those of a smartphone app. “Twitter Lite can just be accessed via mobile.twitter.com and this means that the user doesn’t need to have an app store such as the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to access the interface,” he said, according to Hindustan Times.

According to the company, such progressive web apps occupy only 1MB space, opens faster and can be browsed quickly. One can use the Lite app even in offline mode, while images and videos will not open unless tapped on, reported Engadget.

In India, Twitter has joined hands with telecom major Vodafone for the launch. Lite will be available in six languages of Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil. Apart from India, the company is also eyeing to boost its market in Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines, according to Reuters.

Facebook had unveiled its data-saving version back in 2015 while YouTube launched its low-data version for Indian users on Tuesday.

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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

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1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

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— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

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