3 Aug 2017

Blackberry KEYone priced at Rs 39,900;

BlackBerry's latest Android device that reached the Indian markets this week is the KEYone.

The limited edition of this Black variant will be made available on Amazon from August 8, by Optiemus Infracom, the company owning the manufacturing & selling license of Blackberry in India.The new BB phone comes with a 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM (expandable upto 2 TB). Powered at the core with a 2GHz Octacore Snapdragon 625 processor.

It also includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, making it possible for the 3,505 mAh battery, the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, to receive up to 50% charge in roughly 30 minutes.
15 Jul 2017

Google adds salon and spa bookings through Maps and Search

A Google search is all you need to schedule a haircut

The addition is an expansion through Reserve with Google, which rolled out a feature last year to book wellness and fitness classes right from a business listing within Search and Maps. Google has since partnered with several salons and spas to give us the same options there.

Booking is pretty simple and you can do it a couple of different ways. You can do it by going to Maps, searching for the salon and then booking straight from there. It’s the same process if you go to Search. Another, but less convenient way, is to go to Reserve with Google’s site and type in the salon or spa there.

The addition seems pretty convenient for users and keeps them on the Google platform, but also helps the search giant collect a bunch of data about where we are going and what we are doing with our time.

Have you downloaded the #GSTRateFinderApp?

A simple app to search through the various goods and services and their respective GST Rates and details.Search the entire list or respective categories of taxes for Goods and Services.

The GST Rates Finder mobile app which was launched for Android platforms earlier this week will soon be rolled out for iOS users. Currently, the app is available only for Android users and can be downloaded from Google Play Store. “Mobile app ‘GST Rates Finder’ is available on Android platform and will soon be available on iOS platform,” Finance Ministry said in a tweet. The GST Rates Finder app can be downloaded on any smartphone and can also work in offline mode, the Finance Ministry informed.
14 Jul 2017

The era of cloud computing

By Bipin Sasi

With the significant advances in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) , there is an increasingly perceived vision that computing will one day be the 5th utility (after water, electricity, gas, and telephony). This computing utility, like all other four existing utilities, will provide the basic level of computing service that is considered essential to meet the everyday needs of the general community. At present, it is common to access content across the Internet independently without reference to the underlying hosting infrastructure. This infrastructure consists of data centers that are monitored and maintained around the clock by content providers.
15 May 2017

Why did hackers attack Britain's National Health Service (NHS) ?

Hackers had no specific targets, the ransomware worm is designed to spread anywhere and make money.

The NHS unfortunately had outdated Windows installed on their computer/server systems, they are a victim of a vulnerability on Windows operating system exploited by NSA and discovered by hackers group Shadow Brokers months ago, NHS had the time to Patch their systems but they did not
13 May 2017

Scores of countries including India hit by cyber attack using stolen NSA bug

The IT ministry has reached out to key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI (Aadhaar) to advise them to protect their systems against 'Wanna Cry' ransomware to ensure that the digital payments ecosystem in the country is protected.

10 May 2017

After Wipro And Cognizant, Tech Mahindra Lays Off 1,000 Employees

Tech Mahindra, India's fifth largest IT and software services firm, has laid off about 1,000 employees this month as part of their annual performance appraisal process, sources told NDTV Profit. The move closely followed similar downsizing by IT majors Wipro and Cognizant, as automation and increased protectionist policies by the US have forced the Indian firms to trim work force. This week Infosys, India's second largest IT company, could also hand out pink slips to hundreds of mid- and senior-level employees as it carries out bi-annual performance review amid a challenging business environment.

Many IT companies are struggling with lower growth amid big changes in the technology landscape which is fast shifting towards new digital services. The tightening of the visa regime in many countries would also impact the IT companies' margin, say analysts.

Last week, the US-based Cognizant had rolled out a voluntary separation programme for directors, associate VPs and senior VPs, offering them 6-9 months of salary. Wipro, too, is learnt to have asked about 600 employees to leave as part of its annual "performance appraisal"

Reliance Jio Fiber Preview will be launched in these cities Reliance Jio Fiber Preview will be launched in these cities

With the Jio 4G services up and running, the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio group is now focusing on its new broadband service JioFiber which is expected to roll out in the coming months. It could come as early as June or as late as the year end. But whenever it comes, it will be first made available in select cities and later its reach will be expanded.

 The company blames Jio 4G for the delay in the launch of JioFiber. "The launch of Jio broadband service has been delayed due to the extension of Jio 4G commercial launch until 31 March. We can expect Jio broadband launch date after March 2017," company notes on its site.

With JioFiber, company aims to deliver fast and cheap internet connection at homes, similar to what it did with Jio 4G. While a lot has been said and written about the much-awaited JioFiber, here is a quick summary of everything you need to know about it.
5 May 2017

What do Indians do on the internet?

Internet-savvy Indians are hooked to Google, Facebook, and Amazon, a report released by media management company GroupM says. An average Indian with internet access spends over 200 minutes monthly on search engine Google, the report says.

Titled Interaction 2017, the report is based on a survey of digital advertising growth forecasts in 46 markets, tracking technology developments, media trends, and consumer behavior.

Here are the top websites where Indians spend the most time. However, it is unclear what they were looking for on Google.

On average, India’s internet users spent 1.41 hours online daily in 2016. In China, the number was almost double at 3.38 hours; in the US it was 3.57 hours.

India remains an attractive market for new-age internet companies waiting to exploit its large digitally connected population. After all, in 2017, some 450 million Indians are expected to be online. The country is also home to the world’s second-largest smartphone user population.

Yet, the market is riddled with challenges as internet connectivity remains poor. A bulk of India’s netizens still use less than half-a-GB of data per month, the report said.

Email Attack Hits Google: What to Do if You Clicked

Google said it was investigating an email scam winding its way through inboxes across the country and had disabled the accounts responsible for the spam.
The scheme emerged Wednesday afternoon, when spammers dispatched malicious email, appearing to come from people the recipients knew, beckoning them to click on what appeared to be a shared Google document.
Recipients who clicked on the links were prompted to give the sender access to their Google contact lists and Google Drive. In the process, victims allowed spammers to raid their contact lists and send even more email.
“We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs,” Google said statement posted on Twitter. “We encourage you to not click through and report as phishing within Gmail.”
It is not clear who created the spam email or how many people it has affected.

Here's a small guide to remove the applications you don't want synced with your Google account

With Google Docs phishing scam, people have become worried on what accounts they need to sync with their Google so that they aren’t victims of online hacking. As reported, one million Google users’ accounts were hacked, thanks to the scam.

But the question then arises: how does one know what account is safe and what isn’t. The answer is simple. Follow the steps to know how you can get rid of apps that you feel breach your online privacy.
  • For starters, go to your Google Account Page
  • The first option is Sign in and Security. At the bottom of that option is an option that says, Connected Apps and Sites’
  • You are then redirected to a new window where if you scroll down, you come across an option that says, “Manage Apps”
  • You can choose the applications that you don’t want synced with your Google account by clicking on them and then selecting the Remove option
A 'phishing' scam that tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links was doused by the internet giant after spreading wildly.

The scam combined "a phishing attack and a worm," using a deceptive email to get people to open the door to malicious code that wriggled into their messaging programs to spread itself to others, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation staff technologist Cooper Quintin. Email sent from a known contact's real address would arrive containing a link it claimed led to a file to be shared at Google Docs online service, according to a rundown of the chicanery.
29 Apr 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai received nearly US $200 million salary last year

Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled the amount he made in 2015, as he received nearly $199.7 million in compensation last year.

According to a filing from Google's parent company, Alphabet (GOOGL, Tech30), the company's compensation committee attributed the generous pay to Pichai's promotion to CEO and "numerous successful product launches."

25 Apr 2017

Delhi University, AMU, IIT-Delhi websites hacked; 'Pakistan Zindabad', pro-Kashmir messages splashed

The official websites of at least three central universities - Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) - were hacked today and pro-Kashmir messages were splashed on them by a group that only identified itself as 'PHC'.

"Greetings Government of India, and the people of India. Do you know what your so-called heroes (soldiers) are doing in Kashmir? Do you know they are killing many innocent people in Kashmir?" the same message on both sites read.

"Pakistan Zindabad," it says in fluorescent green at the bottom, with the page displaying two videos of the army's alleged brutalities in Kashmir and the protest of the people over it.

The other message read as - "How would you feel if your brother, sister, father and mother gets killed? Won't your life and your families be destroyed?"

Also, 'Pakistan Zindabad' was splashed in fluorescent green at the bottom.

"Just here to deliver my message to the government and the people of India, security is just an illusion. Pakistan Zindabad," the post read.

National Informatics Centre runs websites of most central universities.

24 Apr 2017

270 GB Data For Rs. 333: BSNL's New Plan To Counter Jio

BSNL or Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has announced three new data plans priced from Rs. 333, the latest offering from the telecom operator seen as aimed at Jio's Dhan Dhana Dhan plans. BSNL is offering up to 270 GB of 3G mobile data along with unlimited voice calls for a period of 90 days. BSNL's Triple ACE STV or special tariff voucher priced at Rs. 333 includes 3 GB per day of unlimited data, beyond which the speed will be reduced to 80 Kbps, the operator said. Reliance Jio's aggressive pricing is causing intense competition in Indian telecom industry, forcing incumbent operators to offer attractive mobile data and unlimited voice calls plans, according to analysts. BSNL has also revised its existing Rs. 339 plan, which now includes 3 GB of data per day, instead of 2 GB earlier, it added. 

 Here are some of the other offerings by BSNL:

Rs. 349

BSNL's "Dil Khol Ke Bol" special tariff voucher priced at Rs. 349 comes with a validity of 28 days and includes 2 GB of data per day at 3G speed. Other benefits in the Rs. 349 pack include unlimited local and STD calls. 

Rs. 395

BSNL's "Nehle pe Dehla" pack includes with 2GB daily data at 3G speed for Rs. 395 for 71 days. The Rs. 395 recharge pack also includes 3,000 minutes of calls on its network and 1,800 minutes of on other networks, it said.

BSNL's revised Rs. 339 pack, valid for 28 days, also includes unlimited local and inter-circle BSNL-to-BSNL calls. Calls to other networks are allowed with a limit of 25 minutes per day, beyond which BSNL customers will be charged at 25 paise per minute, BSNL said.

The unlimited data at high speed in all of BSNL's Rs. 333, Rs. 339, Rs. 349 and Rs. 395 packs will be reduced to 80 Kbps per second under its fair usage policy, BSNL added.

BSNL had earlier launched yearly packs starting from Rs. 1,498 and going up to Rs. 4,498, which include 18 GB and 80 GB of data for 365 days, respectively.
13 Apr 2017

Google Areo Hyperlocal App Launched in India; Bundles Bill Payments, Food Delivery, Local Services and More

Google has quietly launched the new Areo app on Google Play in India, without any official statement regarding its release. Areo is a local services application that allows you to pay bills, order food, call a plumber to fix your sink, or have a beautician come over to give you a facial.

And although Google has the contact details of all these different services through the database it builds for Google Maps, it's not using its own muscle to make this work. Instead, it has used the Google Areo app to bundle together different services. So, for example, in the food delivery section you can flip between Freshmenu, Faasos, and Box8. For other categories such as beauty and repairs, UrbanClap appears to be the main services provider at present.

At the time of launch, the new Areo app supported services in parts of Delhi Mumbai and parts of Bengaluru, but naturally, this will change quickly. In Bengaluru's HSR Layout, however, these four services were the only providers available on the app, as of Thursday morning.
How to use Google Areo app

Using the new Google app is a pretty straightforward experience. Install it from Google Play onto your phone, and the very first screen will show you a map view, and ask you to confirm your location.

Once you've made sure that the arrow is pointing to the right place, just tap on Save Location, and you're taken to the next screen which shows the various services available via Google Areo app.

Here, you can tap on the different categories - Food delivery, Beauty, Home maintenance, and so on - which are represented with large, easy to understand tiles along with text.

In food, you will see a carousel showing the different delivery options, and below that, the items. Icons next to the price show where both cash and online payment options are available.

You can add items from multiple providers into the same cart - so you could add some items from Faasos, and some items from Freshmenu, and a facial from UrbanClap, and order them all together in the Areo app. You can pay via credit or debit cards, netbanking, or opt for cash on delivery. Each service would then undertake the delivery as usual.

The overall experience is very simple, and it certainly is a lot simpler than having to go through multiple apps. If Google can add some more services quickly, then Areo has the potential to actually be quite useful.
28 Mar 2017

Motorola Moto G5 India launch set on April 4

All you need to know about Amazon-exclusive smart

Following the launch of the Moto G5 Plus smartphone by Motorola, the company is bringing the Moto G5 phone to India. Both the smartphones were launched at the Mobile World Congress 2017, held in Barcelona. Motorola will launch the Moto G5 smartphone in India on April 4 and has sent out media invites for it.

 The press release says that the Moto G5 will be sold from April 5 at 12 midnight onwards, and will be available exclusively on e-commerce portal Amazon.com. Earlier, the Moto G5 Plus smartphone was sold in a Flipkart exclusive sale on March 15. Flipkart had announced a BuyBack Guarantee scheme with the Moto G5 Plus smartphone under which the e-commerce platform promised to buy the phone back at an ‘assured price’ when the consumers want to buy another device on the website. Also, the earlier versions in the G series, the Moto G4 series, including the G4, G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play were exclusive to Amazon.

Motorola has introduced the metal unibody design in the Moto G5 for the first time in the G series. Moto G5 features a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels) and 440ppi pixel density. It runs Android Nougat with Motorola’s software integrations over the top. This includes the Moto Display and Moto Actions. The phone has a Snapdragon Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB/3GB RAM options based on the region, and 16GB/32GB of internal memory.We will have to wait and watch to know which model is unveiled in India. The Moto G5 has microSD card support as well and can be extended up to 128GB. Moto G5 features a 13MP rear-facing camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), 1.1µm pixels, an aperture of f/2.0 and a LED flash. The front camera is 5 megapixels. It is backed by a 2,800 mAh battery. Moto G5 Plus has a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.
27 Mar 2017

Reliance Jio May Extend Jio Prime Membership Deadline by a Month

Reliance Jio is said to be planning to extend the deadline for Jio Prime membership by a month as it is falling short of the targeted sign-ups. The report by TeleAnalysis, citing sources with knowledge of the plan, says that the last day to sign up for Jio Prime membership, which is March 31, may be delayed to April 30.

Reliance Jio Prime membership deadline extension
Reliance Jio has upended the telecom industry, but is said to be short of missing its target for Jio Prime members by as much as 50 percent. The report claims that so far only 22-27 million Reliance Jio users have signed up for Jio Prime membership, available at an introductory price of Rs. 99 till March 31. This figure, worryingly for Jio, represents roughly a quarter of the 100 million-strong user base the company last announced it had.

However, the company is yet to make a final decision on extending the Reliance Jio Prime deadline. The delay in making a final decision may be because the company could be hoping that users will sign up for the subscription plan en masse in a last-minute rush.

Reliance Jio Prime plans and offers
Reliance Jio Prime membership will allow users to continue availing unlimited data, SMSs, and other bundled services at less than Rs. 10 per day. Once a user signs up for Jio Prime, they can get 1GB of 4G data per day for 28 days at Rs. 303, and 2GB per day at Rs. 499, among other Jio Prime plans. Moreover, they can recoup the Rs. 99 spent on Jio Prime subscription via a workaround.
22 Jan 2016

Titan launches smartwatch - Juxt !!!

Titan, one of India's most popular watchmakers, has launched a new smartwatch named Juxt. The Juxt smartwatch starts retailing at Rs. 15,995 for the Stainless Steel model and goes up to Rs. 19,995 for the Titanium model. There is also a Rose Gold variant of the Juxt, which is available at Rs. 17,995. Titan has introduced the Juxt in India as well as US, UK and Canada, simultaneously. The company says that by the end of this year, the Juxt smartwatch will be available in six international markets.

In India, the Titan Juxt can be pre-booked on the Titan website and also on ecommerce platform Myntra. The Juxt sports a dual-caliber mechanism with an analog Titan caliber 6130 and a digital mechanism that adds to the smartness of the watch. As far as the design of the Juxt smartwatch is concerned, it has a honeycomb dial and comes with a leather strap. The watch can be paired with an Android or iOS device and offers a slew of standard smartwatch features such as - incoming calls and message notifications, calendar reminders, social media updates, activity and fitness tracking and more. The watch has an OLED display and has toughened mineral glass crystal. The stainless steel back cover is corrosion resistant and hypoallergenic and the watch is water resistant upto 5 ATM.

The Titan Juxt has been made in collaboration with HP and the smartwatch will also retail through HP's distribution networks overseas. With the Juxt smartwatch, Titan will have a tough market to crack, as competition is stiff and the smartwatch market is currently dominated by the likes of Apple Watch, Moto 360 Second Generation smartwatch and more.

Hate getting out of bed? Microsoft launches alarm app that requires a SELFIE to shut it up

Getting out of bed in the morning is one of the curses of modern life - and it's not made easier by the temptation of the snooze button.
Seemingly in an effort to help raise us from slumber each day, +Microsoft has unveiled a new alarm app that forces you to prove you're awake before it stops.
So, for example, it might ask you to snap a selfie or play a particular game before it finally shuts up.
The app, called Mimicker Alarm, may ask you to take a picture of something green - or repeat a tongue twister over and over.
If you don't complete the task, the alarm starts up again.
9 Jan 2016

Lenovo, Google announce Project Tango smartphone at CES 2016

Google’s Project Tango was first announced two years ago and has been in the experimental phase since. But on 7 January at CES, Lenovo announced that it will release the first consumer smartphone with Google’s Project Tango hardware and software inside it, by June-July this year.
Project Tango lets you map the 3D space around you by using a combination of cameras such as a regular camera, an integrated depth sensing camera and a motion tracking camera. The 3D space mapping is done in real time and can help out with navigating within shopping malls and other internal locations. It also lets you interact with your real surroundings thereby adding a layer of augmented reality to the mix. You can read our complete lowdown on +ProjectTango.

The phone which will be released by Lenovo will be a consumer facing device and will come under $500 (approx Rs 33,400). The device is expected to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and will have a display size under 6.5-inches. Lenovo will be using an RGB camera, a depth sensing camera module and a fish eye lens on its Project Tango phone – which will be arranged in a vertical module.
6 Jan 2016

Netflix launches in India, plans start at Rs. 500

Netflix Inc. launched operations in India on Wednesday, with plans starting at Rs. 500 ($7.50) per month, as the U.S.-based video streaming company pushes ahead with its global expansion plans.
The move confirmed months of speculation on the launch of the service in the second-most populous country in the world.
The company will also offer two other plans priced at Rs. 650 rupees and Rs. 800 rupees, it announced on its website.
Netflix is aggressively moving into new markets and aims to reach 200 countries by the end of 2016, as slowing domestic growth puts pressure on the company.
Users can access Netflix through an app on a smart TV, a videogame console, a streaming player, a smartphone or a tablet.

The company also went live in more than 130 countries on Wednesday, covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth in the United States.
Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the other major countries where the service was launched, Hastings said at a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Netflix on Wednesday added simplified and traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.

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