Monthly Archives: June 2020

India bans TikTok

Citing concerns over security of data and risk to privacy, the Ministry of Information Technology of India banned TikTok among 58 other mobile apps on 29 June 2020. The Ministry invoked its power under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act of India.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre recommended that the apps should be blocked. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) received complaints from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy.

Below is the list of apps as published by the Press Information Bureau of the Government of India.

UC Browser
Baidu map
Clash of Kings
DU battery saver
YouCam makeup
Mi Community
CM Browers
Virus Cleaner
APUS Browser
Club Factory
Beutry Plus
UC News
QQ Mail
QQ Music
QQ Newsfeed
Bigo Live
Mail Master
Parallel Space
Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
ES File Explorer
Viva Video – QU Video Inc
Vigo Video
New Video Status
DU Recorder
Vault- Hide
Cache Cleaner DU App studio
DU Cleaner
DU Browser
Hago Play With New Friends
Cam Scanner
Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
Wonder Camera
Photo Wonder
QQ Player
We Meet
Sweet Selfie
Baidu Translate
QQ International
QQ Security Center
QQ Launcher
U Video
V fly Status Video
Mobile Legends
DU Privacy

Convert .VOB files to .MP4

I had a bunch of video files in the .VOB format which I copied from a few DVDs a couple of years back. Uploading them on a cloud storage service (e.g Google Drive, OneDrive etc) for safe keeping is nice but not practical since they cannot be played directly through the cloud service's video player. The latter would play .MP4 video files.

FFMPEG comes handy here to convert the video files.

ffmpeg -i bla.vob -b:v 3000k -b:a 256k bla.mp4

I used mediainfo to find the maximum video & audio bit rate.

mediainfo bla.vob