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New Delhi, July 13, 2018
1. Telecom Commission approves Net Neutrality rules for IndiaThe Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making authority under the Ministry of Telecom approved the net neutrality rules earlier this week. These rules mandate that internet service providers cannot diferentiate between web content, ensuring the Indian contiue to get non-discriminatory and unrestricted Internet access. However, mission critical services like autonomous cars and remote access surgery, which need high-speed internet lanes have been kept out of the ambit of net neutrality.2. WhatsApp issues circular to protect users against fake newsAs a part of its digital literacy initiatives, WhatsApp released a 10-point circular to help users to identify false information. These 10 points take cognisanceof loopholes usually exploited by fake news generators. The circular asks WhatsApp users to look for telltale signs to identfiy fake news. It also warns WhatsApp users to never take information they get on the instant messaging platform on its face value.3. JioPhone gets Google Maps supportGoogle Maps extended support to KaiOS, the feature-phone operating system running on JioPhone and Jiophone. The new update has alrady found its way to JioPhone. Users need to update their operating system to its latrst version following which they can find Google Maps on the Jio Store. After this, they cam intall and use the application.4. Oppo Find X launched in India at Rs 59,990Oppo Find X, the all-screen, no-notch flagship smartphone by the company has been launched in India at Rs 55,990. The device comes with a flagship spec-list - Snapdragon 845, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. What sets it apart is the screen which dominates the entire front, amounting to a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent. The front camera, other sensors and the rear dual cameras have been mounted on a motorised slider that pops out of the top.5. New Apple MacBook Pro laptops launched with better processorsApple unveiled new 13-inch and 15-inch models of Macbook Pro with faster performance, more memoory and enhanced security. The new 15-inch Macbook Pro performs 70 per cent faster than its predecessor, whereas the 13-inch Macbook Pro boasts a 100 per cent boost in performance. The new Macbook Pro laptops also come with Apple's virtual assistant Siri. With Apple's T2 chip, not only can these laptops access Siri, but also offer more secure interface.6. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to be launched on July 19Xiaomi confirmed that it will launch the Mi Max 3 on July 19. In a poster released by the company on its Weibo account, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Max 3 will come with a larger screen and a bigger battery. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is likely to come with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. A higher-specced Mi Max 3 Pro with the Snapdragon 710 is also expected.7. Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 launched in IndiaMotorola launched its budget offerings, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, in India at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. Both devices are Amazon exclusives and are available for purchase as of now. The Moto E5 is powered by Snapdragon 425 along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, whereas the Moto E5 Plus comes with the Snapdragon 430, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its humongous 5000mAh battery. In the optics department, the Moto E5 Plus comes a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. The Moto E5 comes with a 13MP rear camera, albeit with lesser features and the same 8MP front snapper as the Moto E5 Plus.

Devika Singh
New Delhi, July 11, 2018
A series of lynchings across the country recently led to the death of 27 people. The mob that killed them was triggered by a morphed video about child trafficking on WhatsApp.

July 11, 2018
WhatsApp also encourages users to be mindful while sharing messages on the platform. Other than this feature, the company also provides options to either report spam or block a particular contact from their list.

New Delhi, July 10, 2018
Motorola launches Moto E5 Plus in India at Rs 11,999Motorola has launched the Moto E5 Plus in India at Rs 11,999. The device is the younger sibling of Moto E5 which is priced at Rs 9,999. The new Moto E5 Plus comes with a 6-inch HD+ display which comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device is powered by Snapdragon 430, which is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB Of storage. The device gets a dedicated MicroSD card slot. One of the biggest USPs of the device is a 5000mAh battery that the company claims can provide 1.5 days worth of use. The device will be available via Amazon India's website and Moto Hub Stores. WhatsApp wants you to go through these 10 steps before forwarding a text/imageWhatsApp is going through a critical phase in India due to the spread of fake news leading to mob lynching. The personal nature of the application, end to end encryption and lack of any supervision on content being shared have made it a breeding ground for the spread of fake news and messages.The instant messaging company owned by Facebook has launched various features to keep a check on the spread of fake news on the platform. Recently, WhatsApp launched an 'Admins Only' feature which only allows admins to post in a group. Secondly, forwarded messages will be demarcated clearly in order to help users understand where the message is coming from. Yesterday, the company launched another feature for beta users which will highlight suspicious links shared on the platform in red. The use of this feature is still being tested and may make it to the stable build soon.Apple rolls out new update 11.4.1 that introduces USB Restricted ModeApple on Monday launched iOS 11.4.1 update that contains a crucial security feature called USB Restricted Mode. The feature allows protection against the use of USB devices -- that connect through a Lightning port -- used by cops in the US or private companies to crack iPhones by evading security features. Experts suggest the security feature could help in securing the privacy of the iPhone users but it also puts Apple at loggerheads with the police authorities, who during investigations need to access mobile devices.

July 10, 2018
The instant messaging company owned by Facebook has launched various features to keep a check on the spread of fake news on the platform. Recently, WhatsApp launched an 'Admins Only' feature which only allows admins to post in a group.

New Delhi, July 9, 2018
1. WhatsApp suggest ways to curb fake news on its platformResponding to concerns raised by the Indian government, WhatsApp suggest ways to check the spread of fake news on its platform. These ways include product controls, digital literacy and fact-checking. WhatsApp recently introduced limited broadcasting and marking forwarded messages as product controls. The Facebook-owned instant messaging platform indicated that its deals with absue in two ways - by giving controls and information to the user to keep them safe and by proactively stopping the misuse of the platform.2. Google under fire for allowing third parties to scan Gmail inboxesGoogle faced a lot of flak for allowing third party developers scan the inboxes of Gmail users. While the Mountain View tech giant has stopped scanning its users' inboxes for sending personalised ads, it allowed third parties to continue doing the same. Some of the third party developers even had access to thousands of Gmail user accounts. Google later clarified that it vets its third-party apps to make sure they request only relevant information and do not misrepresent themselves.3. Reliance Jio launches JioGigaFiber, JioPhone 2Reliance Jio launched its much-awaited fixed fibre internet connection at its AGM this week. Dubbed the JioGigaFibre, the internet connection will carry smart home solutions and will potentially connect 50 million homes. Reliance Jio also launched the second iteration of its JioPhone, the JioPhone 2. It comes with a QWERTY keypad and access to various apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube.4. Xiaomi starts teasing Mi Max 3Xioami is expected to launch the Mi Max 3 at an event it is going to host soon. In the run up to the event, Xiaomi has started to tease the device, but in a peculiar manner. The company is re-releasing the old teasers of its Mi Max devices on its Weibo account ahead of the launch of Mi Max 3. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 will come with a bezel-less design and a 6.99-inch screen. Inside it will have the Snapdragon 636 coupled with 6GB of RAM. A more powerful Mi Max 3 Pro is also expected to be launched with the Snapdragon 710.5. Samsung Galaxy On6 in India at Rs 14,490Samsung launched its new mid-range device, the Galaxy On6, in India. The USP of the device is its Infinity Display which comes with a HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The phone has an Exynos 7870 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM running the show. The Samsung Galaxy On6 is exclusively available on Flipkart for a price of Rs 14,490.6. OnePlus 6 rival Asus Zenfone 5Z launched in IndiaAsus launched its flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 5Z in India. The device comes with Snapdragon 845 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. At the front is a 6.2-inch LCD display with a notch at top which houses the usual sensor and an 8MP front camera. At the back is a dual camera setup with 12MP and 8MP sensors. The Asus Zenfone 5Z has been priced in a range of Rs 29,999 too Rs 36,999.7. Google goes the gaming wayGoogle is reportedly testing an online gaming streaming service, codenamed Yeti. The company might even come out with a gaming console in days to come. This will be similar to Nvidia Geforce, which allows users to play modern games on low-end devices

New Delhi, July 2, 2018
WhatsApp's new One-way Broadcasting feature has been rolled out to most devices. The new feature lets a group admin dictate what is posted in a group. As the feature's name suggests, it's a one-way flow of messages.

New Delhi, June 25, 2018
WhatsApp Payments service gets 24-hrs customer service supportWhatsApp Payments will soon reach customers and the company is gearing up for the launch with a 24-hour customer support for all users planning to use these services. The instant messaging application has been running the feature for over a million users in the Beta mode.The new customer service can be accessed by a toll-free number and even by e-mails. \"We will provide 24-hour customer support. Payments users can contact the support team via e-mail and a toll-free number (when the service is rolled out in India),\" a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI.Xiaomi launches Mi Pad 4 with 8-inch screen, Snapdragon 660Xiaomi has launched its next generation Mi Pad 4 with a considerably powerful chipset. The new Mi Pad comes with an 8-inch screen which Xiaomi claims can be used with a single hand. The device comes in two variants, one WiFi-only and the other with both WiFi and LTE. It also comes with different storage and RAM variants.The 3GB RAM,32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,099 (roughly Rs 11,500). The 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,399(roughly Rs 14,600); both these variants are WiFi-only. The 4GB RAM, 64GB storage option will also come with LTE at a premium of CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs 15,600). The device will go on sale on June 29.Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro revealed with notch and dual-lens cameraIt's no secret that Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi 6 Pro on June 25. The company officially put out teasers to confirm the same. However, what we didn't expect is the price and specifications being leaked completely just hours before the launch. The details have been leaked on the company's official site.The phone renders were leaked earlier and the real deal is no different. Xiaomi has made evolutionary changes in the design of the device. The notch is the biggest distraction here but that doesn't mean Xiaomi did away with all the bezels. The bezels are slimmer that ever but they still exist. The bottom bezel has a substantial thickness but does not have any buttons or fingerprint sensor to make use of it. The rear panel is similar to most current gen Xiaomi Redmi phones.The Redmi 6 Pro comes with prominent antenna lines and a vertically positioned dual camera setup on the left corner of the back panel.

June 25, 2018
WhatsApp Payments will soon reach customers and the company is gearing up for the launch with a 24-hour customer support for all users planning to use these services.

June 17, 2018
Last month, Patanjali had released Kimbho app on Android's Play Store and iOS' App Store but removed it in just few hours of launch. Patanjali claimed that the instant messaging app was released for one-day trial and would be back on app stores officially very soon after technical development phase was over.
New Delhi, June 15, 2018
Trump administration intent on revoking H-4 rule for spouses of H-1B visa holdersThe Trump administration has reconfirmed its intent to rescind H-4 rule regarding employment authorisation to certain spouses of H-1B visas, popular among Indian IT professionals. The move will have a major impact on Indian-American women as they are the major beneficiary of the Obama-era rule. \"Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses From the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization,\" said the Department of Homeland Security's Unified Agenda in the federal register notification of its semi-annual regulatory agenda.India suffering worst water crisis in history, says Niti report  India is suffering from 'the worst water crisis' in its history with about 60 crore people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, Niti Aayog said in a report. The report, titled 'Composite Water Management Index' released by Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari, further said the crisis is only going to get worse.\"By 2030, the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people and an eventual 6 per cent loss in the country's GDP,\" the report noted.India cleared to begin extradition process against Nirav Modi in UKIndia has been informed by the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that it can initiate extradition proceedings against Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi even though his exact whereabouts remain uncertain, a senior Indian official said today. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun the process of filing an extradition request for Modi, which will then have to be approved by the UK Home Office following which an extradition warrant can be issued.WhatsApp suffers outage across the globe, service stabilizes after complaints pop upWhatsApp outages are not a rare phenomenon. The instant messaging application, which is one of the most downloaded apps on both Play Store and App Store, suffered a major outage across the globe. According to Downdetector, the complaints regarding the outage spiked in a span of one hour. WhatsApp's application on Android phones, iOS phones, Windows Mobile and Blackberry suffered problems simultaneously. Majority (45 per cent) of the complaints were about connection issues. People were also finding it hard to send and receive texts during this hour-long outage.Trump approves USD 50 billion tariff on Chinese goods  US President Donald Trump has approved tariffs worth USD 50 billion on import of goods from China. A formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made by the US Trade Representatives today with a notification in the Federal Register in the coming weeks. The move is likely to attract retaliatory action by China. Trump's approval in this regard followed a 90-minute meeting he had with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representatives Robert Lighthizer yesterday. A Wall Street Journal report warned that the US decision could become the start of a tit-for-tat series of retaliatory movesGovt committed to provide financial resources to Air India: Sinha  The government is committed to provide appropriate liquidity and financial resources to Air India, Union Minister Jayant Sinha has said amid delay in payment of salaries at the airline and uncertainty over its divestment plans. In a major setback, the government's proposed 76 per cent strategic stake sale in the debt-laden carrier failed to elicit any initial bids as the deadline ended on May 31. Sinha said the group of ministers would meet soon to take appropriate decision on the future of the flag carrier.

New Delhi, June 14, 2018
Apple might finally ditch the lightning cableApple might finally let go of the lightning cable for a USB Type-C cable. But there's no need to get too excited. Since, it's too late to make changes in the upcoming iPhones, this change could only reach the consumer by next year. Also, there's a strong probability that only one end of the charger might come with a USB Type C plug. It might either be on the charging side or the charger's side.Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to feature a 4000mAh batterySamsung Galaxy Note 9 will come with the biggest battery that ever featured on a Galaxy Note. The device is estimated to have a 4000mAh battery, according to Ice Universe. The device is expected to launch in August.WhatsApp suffers global outage across the globeWhatsApp outages are not a rare phenomenon. The instant messaging application, which is one of the most downloaded apps on both Play Store and App Store, suffered a major outage across the globe. According to Downdetector, the complaints regarding the outage spiked in a span of one hour. WhatsApp's application on Android phones, iOS phones, Windows Mobile and Blackberry suffered problems simultaneously.DxOMark claims they were offered money for camera reviewsSmartphone manufacturers, in recent times, have started to include DxOMark scores in their launch presentations. In an attempt to separate good camera phones from the average, websites like DxOMark conduct scientific tests on the phone. Two prominent companies that recently joined this particular list are Huawei and Xiaomi.According to an AndroidHeadlines report, Nicolas Touchard, the marketing VP of DxOMark Labs said that they were offered money quite a number of times from phone and camera makers. He however clarified that the offers could not be termed as bribes as the companies that made the offer had never worked with DxOMark before. He said the companies were unaware of DxOMark's business model and they did not comprehend how DxOMark worked.

June 14, 2018
The complaints regarding the outage spiked in a span of one hour. WhatsApp's application on Android phones, iOS phones, Windows Mobile and Blackberry suffered problems simultaneously.

June 12, 2018
The company has added a new \"forwarded\" tag on messages that will be forwarded. WhatsApp in India is mostly used as way to forward texts, daily greetings.

June 3, 2018
Interestingly, the removal of Kimbho from stores had come soon after Elliot had called the messaging app a 'security disaster'. Immediately after the launch, the French security researcher had claimed that he can access all the messages of users on Kimbho App.

New Delhi, June 1, 2018
However, things came tumbling down for Patanjali as quickly as they escalated. The app was pulled down by the company due to glaring faults in the security of the messaging plattform.
New Delhi, May 31, 2018
Air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines to get 2-5% more expensive from JunePlanning to buy a new air-conditioner or a washing machine or major kitchen appliances? You'd best do it in a hurry because the appliances industry is predicting a price hike of 2-5% from June onwards. According to The Economic Times, the net increase will be in the range of Rs 400 to over Rs 1,500 for premium models, and will kick off as new products hit the market. And you can blame the increase in crude oil prices, the depreciating rupee and hardening rates of key raw materials - steel and copper - for this. Steel prices have gone up by 7-8% and the same is true for prices of copper condensers, which are imported largely from China. The industry has been able to absorb the input cost spike till now on account of a price drop in some chemicals like foaming agent. But it is no longer feasible to continue doing so.Efforts on to bring petrol, diesel under GST, says Dharmendra PradhanUnion Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, while talking to India Today, said that an uniform tax structure for petroleum products across the nation will be released soon. Efforts are being made in GST Council to develop a consensus among states to bring petrol and diesel under the GST and the success of the tax regime will lead to this outcome soon. On the question of why the centre is not slashing the excise duty on petrol and diesel to set an example for states to follow, Pradhan said, \"Excise duty in not the only factor in fuel prices. Value added tax levied by states VAT is also an important factor.\"ICICI Bank finally puts CEO Chanda Kochhar under lensICICI Bank has instituted an independent inquiry into allegations raised by an whistleblower against CEO Chanda Kochhar of having given out huge loans to certain business groups who in return extended benefits to companies run by her husband and brother-in-law.The board of directors of the bank who had earlier given the CEO a clean chit, ordered the inquiry on Tuesday, on a complaint by an anonymous whistleblower against Kochhar, ICICI Bank said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday.Air India stake sale: Govt expects good response on last day of biddingChallenging the odds against Air India stake sale, the government, which is yet to receive any formal bid for debt-laden national carrier, said it hoped of getting a good response on the last day of the bidding process tomorrow. Responding to the lukewarm interest in disinvestment of state-run Air India, the Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said, \"We expect good response before bid closes tomorrow.\" He added that bids are expected to \"pour in at the last hour.\" Though the government had earlier extended the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) from May 14 to May 31, the last date will not be moved further this time, the aviation secretary said.Baba Ramdev launches WhatsApp's rival messaging app KimbhoBaba Ramdev's Patanjali has entered the realm of chatting applications with its own instant messaging application called Kimbho. The new app is already up and live on Android Play Store and has already received over 10,000 downloads. The launch was confirmed by the company's spokesperson, SK Tijarawala over a tweet. This move comes right after the announcement of Patanjali-BSNL partnership to launch SIM cards with relatively low tariffs. Initially, the SIM cards will only be available to employees of Patanjali but will be launched to the general public later. The new app, Kimbho is being promoted as a \"swadeshi messaging platform\".

May 31, 2018
Baba Ramdev's Patanjali has entered the realm of chatting applications with its own instant messaging application called Kimbho.  The new app is already up and live on Android Play Store and has already received over 10,000 downloads.

New Delhi, May 29, 2018
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New Delhi, May 8, 2018
If reports are to be believed, Neeraj Arora could be the next WhatsApp CEO. Founder and now ex-CEO Jan Koum had resigned on April 30 following a disagreement with Facebook over privacy. An IIT-Delhi graduate, Neeraj likes to address himself as the 'Business guy' at Whatsapp. Watch BusinessToday.In video to know more about the possible contender for the top job.

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