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Deepak Jain, the CEO of Makemymeal.ae speaks to Gadget Voize about why he wants to encourage everyone to eat on time and eat a wholesome meal.

Give us a background of your company.
We launched in 2016 with one single catering company as our partner in Dubai. Today we have 200+ restaurant and catering partners. We are in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman and have 10,000+ subscribers. We started with only web and now have our app for Android and iOS devices. We started with Indian cuisine and have now added Pakistani, Chinese, and Filipino, and this month we will be launching Arabic cuisine as well. 

How did you conceptualise the idea behind MakeMyMeal?
I have been very blessed always. I have always carried my lunch box from home. Before marriage, my mom used to make it for me, and after marriage, my wife ensures I don’t miss my lunch. When I look around, most of my colleagues used to either skip their lunch or used to order fast food such as burgers and so on.

This hurts health, relationship, and savings. Also, I have observed that in offices, people tend to lose their cool more often during lunchtime as they might have missed their meal. This inspired me to launch makemymeal.ae. We encourage responsible eating and want everyone to eat on time and eat a wholesome meal. 

What would be the unique selling points of MakeMyMeal? What sets you apart from similar services already available on the market?
We encourage “responsible eating.” We are the first and only online tiffin service in the UAE. We offer subscription-based value meal plans to our clients. An average lunch is priced at AED 350 per month with delivery and packing included. This is a wholesome, portion controlled meal package comprising of protein, carbs, vegetables and so on.

There is enough scientific evidence available that by just eating on time with limited portion, 70% of health issues can be taken care of. We ensure that our clients get a healthy variety every day. One can easily save a minimum of AED 500 per month, just by avoiding impulse eating and by ordering monthly meal plans on makemymeal.ae. At the same time, we offer weekday business to restaurant partners and work with them in designing packages and market them on our platform.

Who is the target audience for such a platform?
A responsible eater who values life and saving. Our clients include doctors, IT professionals, banking professionals, and working couples. 

What sort of new features do you plan to add to the platform in the future?
Our technology has evolved over the last three years and we keep adding new features continuously. We would continue to offer value in terms of variety, value, and consistency. We would keep adding features that encourage responsible eating.

Tell us about your CSR initiatives in the region?
We at makemymeal.ae believe in sharing life. We intend to deliver 1 million free meals to the needy in the UAE. We are working with the UAE Red Cresent and the UAE Food Bank on this initiative. We encourage each and everyone to participate in this initiative. One can donate as little as AED 70 and feed 5 people in need. 1 AED per meal is shared with UAE Red Cresent and we distribute with the help of UAE Food Bank. One can also volunteer through donations.

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Free Fire to Celebrate 5th Anniversary with Justin Bieber

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Free Fire’s 5th-anniversary celebrations are off to an exciting start as it launches a spectacular 5-part extravaganza to delight fans and players. The festivities are set to culminate on 27 August with several in-game content drops involving global icon Justin Bieber, who is headlining this special anniversary collaboration. The Free Fire community can revel and reminisce iconic anniversary celebrations over the years with the weekly rollout of 5 specially-designed chapters – Battle, Style, Map, Hero and Memory. Experience new in-game events, gain exclusive rewards, and enjoy Free Fire like never before. 

Free Fire will host its first ever in-game performance on 27 August, with Justin Bieber set to debut an exclusive track “Beautiful Love (Free Fire)” as part of the 5th-anniversary celebrations. Players can look forward to immersing themselves in an interactive set-up, groove along to custom emotes, participate in minigames and potentially even perform with Justin Bieber’s avatar on stage. A permanent in-game character modelled after Justin Bieber will also be unveiled and distributed to all players.

To commemorate this unique celebration, Free Fire will also give away the highly coveted Magic Cube to players, allowing them to easily redeem their favourite exclusive costume bundles and battle in style. Players will be able to try their hand at various daily and time-limited missions, accumulating tokens which can be swapped for exclusive rewards in the exchange store. With iconic costumes and classic guns available to unlock during these missions, players can expect a nostalgic and exciting experience every day.

Expansive, dynamic maps are iconic features of Free Fire and players can look forward to the release of a new map Nexterra, which has been enhanced with various elements to elevate and diversify the battle experience for players. There will also be new game modes for players to explore, including:

  • A new limited-time mode Free For All. Set against the backdrop of El Pastelo, it will simulate intense close combat point-based matches where up to 16 players will battle it out. Players will be able to select their own weapons and can obtain points by eliminating other players. Matches will be decided by the first player to accumulate a predetermined amount of points.
  • An exclusive 5th-anniversary mode Droid Apocalypse, which will see 12 players compete in each match, vying to become the ultimate droid. Players will get to select their own type of droid and convert as many humans as possible before the timer runs out. When only a predetermined number of humans remain, they will transform into hunters and have enhanced stats, as well as the ability to permanently eliminate droids. Points can be gained based on performance and the player with the most points after three rounds will win the match.
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New Malicious Campaign Hunts Discord Messenger Users

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On July 26, using the internal automated system for monitoring open-source repositories, Kaspersky researchers identified a malicious campaign dubbed LofyLife. The campaign employed 4 malicious packages spreading Volt Stealer and Lofy Stealer malware in the open-source npm repository to gather various information from victims, including Discord tokens and credit card information, and to spy on them over time.

The npm repository is a public collection of open-source code packages widely used in front-end web apps, mobile apps, robots and routers, and also to serve countless needs of the JavaScript community. Its popularity makes the LofyLife campaign even more dangerous, as it could potentially have affected numerous users of the repository.

The identified malicious repositories appeared to be packages used for ordinary tasks such as formatting headlines or certain gaming functions, however, they contained highly obfuscated malicious JavaScript and Python code. This made them harder to analyze when being uploaded to the repository. The malicious payload consisted of malware written in Python dubbed Volt Stealer, and a JavaScript malware dubbed Lofy Stealer, which possesses numerous features.

Volt Stealer was used to stealing Discord tokens from the infected machines along with the victim’s IP address and upload them via HTTP. The Lofy Stealer, a new development from the attackers, is able to infect Discord client files and monitor the victim’s actions – detecting when a user logs in, changes email or password details, enables or disables multi-factor authentication and adds new payment methods, including full credit card details. Collected information is also uploaded to the remote endpoint.

“Developers rely heavily on open-source code repositories – they use them to make IT-solution developments faster and more efficient and significantly contribute to the development of the IT industry as a whole. As the LofyLife campaign shows, however, even reputable repositories cannot be trusted by default – all code, including open-source code, that a developer injects into his products becomes their own responsibility. We’ve added detections of this malware to our products, so users who run our solutions will be able to identify whether they have been infected and remove the malware,” comments Leonid Bezvershenko, a security researcher at Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team.

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Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Removed From Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India

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India blocked a popular battle-royale format game from Krafton Inc, a South Korean company backed by China’s Tencent, using a law it has invoked since 2020 to ban Chinese apps on national security concerns, a source said. Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) was removed from Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store as of Thursday evening in India.

The removal of BGMI, which had more than 100 million users in India, comes after India’s 2020 ban of another Krafton title, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The PUBG crackdown was part of New Delhi’s ban of more than 100 mobile apps of Chinese origins, following a months-long border standoff between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The ban has expanded since to cover more than 300 apps, including popular gaming app ‘Free Fire’, owned by Singapore’s technology group Sea Ltd. Tencent held a 13.5% stake in Krafton as of end-March through an investment vehicle, according to Krafton’s regulatory filing.

Krafton shares slumped more than 9% on the news on Friday, later paring losses to trade down 4.5% as of afternoon trade in Seoul. The company said in May India accounted for a high single-digit percentage of its revenue in the first quarter of this year.

According to news reports, a Google spokesperson said it blocked the game following a government directive. In Seoul, a Krafton spokesperson said the developer was talking to relevant authorities and companies to figure out the exact situation regarding the suspension in the two major app stores in India.

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