WhatsApp to launch money service in India

first_img Saleha Riaz WhatsApp is beta testing a money transfer feature in India with the intention of launching a “full feature product”, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) announced.The service uses customers’ phone numbers linked to bank accounts to enable payments and is WhatApp’s first foray into money transfers.India is one of WhatsApp’s biggest markets, with more than 200 million users. The beta launch will have “a limited user base of 1 million and low per transaction limit,” the NCPI statement said, adding four banks will be involved to help with transaction load distribution between banks.Currently, India’s third-biggest lender ICICI Bank processes fund transfers on WhatsApp, Reuters reported.India’s mobile payments market is becoming increasingly competitive. News of WhatsApp’s payment feature comes at the same time as Google’s Tez payment service in the country gets a major update allowing users to pay utility and other bills.The biggest platform in India is a homegrown one – Paytm. Backed by Alibaba and SoftBank, the company is worried about WhatsApp’s service.According to media reports, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said WhatsApp parent Facebook “is openly colonising our payment system and is customising UPI to their benefit.” Tags Author WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure Previous ArticleAT&T tipped for wireless launch in BrazilNext ArticleLTE overtakes 3G tech in new devices Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Relatedcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 FEB 2018 India threatens action over WhatsApp privacy change Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more HomeAppsNews WhatsApp to launch money service in India Apps Facebookmobile moneyPaytmWhatsApplast_img read more

Fort Lee Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here

first_imgIntroductionReady to keep your heavy winter gear packed away for most of the year? When you and your family make a PCS move to Fort Lee, Virginia, you can do just that! This installation — home of the Combined Arms Support Command — is in Prince George County, Virginia, a rural area about 45 minutes south of Richmond. The area is known for its hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters so packing the right clothing and gear is a breeze. Suggested Read: Fort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome CenterWeather HazardsBecause climate conditions can sometimes become dangerous at Fort Lee, hurricane warnings, other weather alerts, and any weather-related post closures, will be communicated through the Alert! Mass Warning Notification System. Register with the Alert! System to receive email, text messages, and phone alerts at work or home when the installation is experiencing an emergency or serious incident.The following are examples of what you can expect each season:SpringHigh temps: Low 60s to upper 70sLow temps: Low 40s to mid 50sA mix of sun and rain ensures flowers will be blooming in the region. It’s the perfect time of year to visit Dutch Gap and see the birth of new wildlife and enjoy the wetlands surrounding the conservation area. Layers will help you stay comfortable as temperatures fluctuate from chilly in the morning and evening to downright warm in the afternoons. Expect a fair amount of rain in spring with around 46 inches falling annually. High winds and thunderstorms can be a concern from spring into summer when hurricane season begins.SummerHigh temps: Low 80s to low 90sLow temps: Low to upper 60sThings get a bit warmer once summer rolls around. The wet season begins at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of August, creating a muggy mix of heat and humidity. Take the short trip over to Pocahontas State Park to cool off in one of the small lakes or the aquatic center. There’s also boating, camping, 90 miles of hiking and fishing to take your mind off the heat. Dress for the hot weather with lightweight fabrics, hats for shade and ensure you reapply sunscreen, especially on cloudy days.FallHigh temps: Low 60s to mid 80sLow temps: Low 40s to mid 60sRelief comes in the fall, with lower (but still warm) temps and far less humidity. Outdoor activities abound during this season. Mornings and evenings call for layers that can be easily shed during those sporadic spikes in temps. Cloud coverage remains present, and the chance of a hurricane is prevalent during September but can occur any time from June through November. Stay prepared by signing up for alerts from Ready Virginia, having a shelter plan in place, and keeping an emergency preparedness kit handy.WinterHigh temps: High 40s to low 60sLow temps: Mid 30s to high 40sWinter and cold weather will sweep through this area quickly and, before you know it, it’ll be warm again. Rainfall is a common occurrence but luckily temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Snowfall is also very rare and you’ll usually be comfortable wearing a cozy sweater or a wool coat while outdoors. The mild winter temperatures mean outdoor sports and activities are actually enjoyable. There are tons of places to ski, ice skate or go sledding, just a short drive away from Fort Lee.Field and Training Expectations Year-roundSoldiers at Fort Lee can expect to train in a variety of weather conditions. Therefore, a range of uniforms and clothing are important to remain healthy and effective. It’s important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the dangerous effects of too much heat and sun, such as sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat/sun stroke. If you’re feeling any negative effects from the weather, find some shade immediately, drink water (slowly) and try to cool off.ConclusionWith proper planning and preparation, you’ll be ready for any type of weather you encounter in your new home. Use our tips listed above and check the installation’s Facebook and Twitter pages to stay on top of anything headed your way while living at Fort Lee. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.last_img read more

American Association Of University Women Features LANL Scientist Harshimi Mukundan At Virtual Fall Luncheon

first_imgHarshimi Mukundan, deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL is the guest speaker for the AAUW virtual luncheon Saturday, Oct. 3. Courtesy/LANL  AAUW News:The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its annual Fall Luncheon virtually at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.The speaker is Harshimi Mukundan who is a deputy group leader for the physical chemistry and applied spectroscopy division at LANL. She will describe her research and what she is doing to help women interested in a science career. Following the talk, a few members will describe some activities and projects sponsored by AAUW.To receive a link to attend the event, email Margaret Gibson at [email protected]last_img read more