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Quality Watch : Mandatory test for telecom gadgets from 1 October

Telecom operators lured by  cheap Chinese produce are headed for a jolt, as govt is set to mandate test and certification for all telecom equipment used by providers from 1 October.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan announced the new rule Monday.

“From October 1, every piece of equipment used by operators that comes into India must be mandatorily tested under the Indian Telegraph(Amendment) Rules, 2017,” she said.

The Rule mandates DoT(Dept of Telecom) to take punitive action under the licence norms and also seize the equipment, if a telecom operator fails to adhere to them, she added.

The players however are discomforted by the move saying the local procedure will delay network deployments and expansion.

In their later dated 29 May to Sundararajan, the Cellular Operators Association of India(COAI) has asked DoT to postpone the deadline to at least October 1, 2019.

Incidentally, Caution against Chinese companies is in line with approach adopted by developed countries like US and Australia.

 

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Idea-Vodafone completes merger to become India’s largest telco

Vodafone India from Aditya Birla Group completed its merger with Idea Cellular to create country’s largest telecom company with a base of 4 million active subscribers and revenue market share of 32.2 percent.

Vodafone Idea the re-labeled brand, will have a spread of 15,000 branded stores and 1.7 million retail touchpoints across the country.

The merger has been in the offing for and year now and will face stiff competition from Bharti Airtel and Jio.

The new company starts with cash balance of Rs 19,300 crore and debt of 1.09 lakh crore.

Meanwhile Idea shares were up .05% at Rs 50.10 on BSE in late trade.

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Testing bomb that can see through bad weather : US

Missile maker Raytheon said its bomb “StormBreaker” is testing to provide US Airforce the capability to strike targets in adverse weather.

The bomb is fired from fighter jets thousands of feet up and penetrates bad weather to attack moving and stationary targets on the ground.

It will be fist used on F-15E Strike Eagle and is planned to be integrated onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by 2022, Raytheon said.

The StormBreaker tri-mode seeker uses imaging infrared millimetre wave and semi active laser, giving pilots the ability to destroy moving targets on the battle field in poor weather conditions from standoff ranges.

The weapon is capable of lfying more than 45 miles to strike mobile targets.

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Using “Macbeth” To Teach Computers Think

A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is using Shakespeare’s blood-soaked tragedy “Macbeth” to teach computers to think like humans feel about things.

The computer is learning about revenge, ambition and murder. It now knows that victory can make one happy . It also knows you can’t be happy once dead.

The computer learnt these things  to be able to read “Macbeth” albeit  an extremely truncated version. The Scottish story is reduced to just 37 sentences like “Witches had visions and danced” and “Lady MacBeth had bad dreams”.

The MIT professor Patrick Winston thinks this bite-size Macbeth could help solve the biggest problem in artificial intelligence – build computers that can simulate the human mind’s unique  perception and insight i.e.  machines that comprehend social cues, visual prompts and understand spoken words like a human.

 

(MIT is a prestigious private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts in US.)

 

 

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Amazon To Double Groceries Sale In India

Amazon, India’s largest online store, will foray into fresh produce segment and expects groceries and household products to account for over half its business in the county in next five years.

The Indian head of Amazon in an interview to Reuters said that groceries and goods such as creams, soaps and cleaning products were already the largest product category on Amazon in terms of number of units sold in India.

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Govt to raise minimum mandatory net-speed nearly four times

Days of slow net is almost over as govt has kickstarted the process that will make minimum-mandated internet speed from existing 512 kbps to at least 2 mbps and more.

Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the govt was mindful of slow internet pain across users and also acknowledged that speeds are nowhere close to numbers promised by companies in 3G and 4G packs and advertisements.

“We are very slow. While we have done a lot to provide access, we have not been able to deliver quality service” she said.

And the issue is critical, as India prepares for rollout of 5G services as well as a host of other applications focused around internet-of-things(IoT), she added.

Asked if 2 Mbps is being pushed formed by regulator Trai too, she said “2 Mbps is basic minimum. We will mandate this. If at all, it should go higher not lower that ,”

Earlier Trai had in its report noted that advertised speeds differed substantially from actual.

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Free JIO Phone and Unlimited 4G Data launched by Mukesh Ambani

Reliance’s much hyped  free 4G phone branded JioPhone was launched today by its chairman Mukesh Ambani, who announced its effective price as Rs. 0 to a thunderous applause of shareholders.

“The effective price is zero. A JioPhone user can use the JioPhone for 36 months, and can get a full refund of the security deposit of Rs 1,500 by returning the used JioPhone. Net-net, you pay nothing for the JioPhone,” he said.

The phone was launched at 40th AGM meet of RIL. Mukesh also introduced his twin children Akash and Isha who described the gadget features.

JioPHone facilities include calls, text messaging on voice command, internet surfing and comes with a cable to connect the device to TV to view choice content or videos, they explained.

It is made in India by the young Indian, Esha quipped.
Pre booking for the gadget starts from 24 August and will be delivered from September this year.

Unlimited 4 G Data for Rs. 153
A all-new Rs. 153 Jio recharge pack too was announced with 28-day validity with unlimited 4G internet access, high speed being limited to 500 MB per day.

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BookMyShow revamps its site as a progressive Web App

Aimed to rope  in consumers in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, who are on low-end smartphones and face connectivity problems, the entertainment ticketing company BookMyShow has transformed its mobile website into an engaging web app .

The company cited customer convenience as reason to come up with the new web product. In the earlier BookMyShow site, the interaction called for response from the customers which they realized was a pain, said Anish Tripati, VP – Product Design.

The web app has been rolled out since 3 weeks but they are still upgrading to add-on features, he added.

Without giving out numbers, Ravdeep Chawla, Product Head said the company has witnessed over 80% increase in conversion rates and revenue contribution with the web app launch.

The web app mimics the recently renovated bookMyShow app in terms of functionality, but is faster and snappier than the app. On the new web app, one can browse through various movie listings or search for any specific movie show or event pertaining to particular sport or entertainment.

The new app also features “JustForYou” that recommends personalized suggestions like movies, events or plays based on their earlier choices.

 

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JIO to Hit Market With 4G Phones Below Rs 1500

Wed, 3 May 2017 : Reliance Jio is all set to sweep the market, this time with its low-cost 4G voice over  VoLTE feature phones priced Rs. 999 , Rs 1500 to start with.

The move is to tide over a potential subscriber not owning a 4G phone plus to provide quite some additional features that existing 4G mobiles lack, like rear camera, memory card slot, LIVE T V, Video on demand etc.

The new range will continue allowing free calls that come with its game changer plans.

Reliance’s previous range of smartphones were introduced under brand LYF in 2016. The four models came sub-branded as Earth, Water, Wind and Flame.

Like the earlier models,  VoLTE handsets too  will run on  Google’s Android operating system and  come preloaded with free Reliance Jio Sim and Jio appls like My Jio, Jio Express News, Jio chat and Jionet Hotspot.

 

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Samsung Launches Galaxy S8, S8+ in India

Samsung Mobile has unveiled the hotly anticipated Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones in India priced at Rs. 57,900 and Rs. 64,900 respectively.

Here is everything you will need to know

Display

The display is crisp, punchy and great for outdoor viewing.

Both come with QHD Super AMOLED display but with different sizes at 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch on S8 and S8+ respectively. Like the predecessor Galaxy S7 Edge, the S8 and S8+ also have the curved display. It is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection from scratches and minor bumps.

Design

Both are beautiful and hard to choose by sheer look and the in-hand feel comes close to Galaxy S7, only a bit lighter and handy. All corners are easy to reach with one average size hand.

Software

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ run on Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s own UI on top. The company has added new features too.

Camera

In a first on any smartphone,  Galaxy S8 and S8+ boast of a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture on the back having ‘Dual Pixel autofocus’ technology and an 8MP front camera
Memory

It also comes equipped with  4 GB ram and 64 GB internal storage which can be further enhanced with a Micro SD card

Other features

It also sports LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, wireless charging, Bluetooth 5, GPS and Iris sensor