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6G network: In March, prime minister Narendra Modi said the country would be ready for the launch of 6G services by the end of the decade.

5G networks will become operational in 20-25 cities and towns by the end of the year, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said Saturday, indicating that prices are likely to remain cheaper than the global average since the cost of mobile data in India is already 'the lowest in the world'.

"I can say with confidence 5G deployment will start in at least 20-25 cities and towns by year-end," the minister was quoted by news agency PTI while speaking at a media event in Delhi. On pricing, he said: "We are already the lowest in the world, at least by a factor of 10X... that trend will be in other areas too."

Pressed on the issue of 5G services pricing, he pointed out that data rates in India are about $2 against global average of $25.

"India's name is on the top of the list of trusted network providers. When India develops a technology, the world is interested in it," he said, referring to 5G services that are widely expected to be at least 10 times faster than 4G.

The new timeline is a significant revision of the March 2023 launch date the minister mentioned on Thursday. 5G is ready in the lab. By the end of March 2023, 5G will also be ready to deploy in the field," he told news agency ANI while at a technology expo in France.

The centre this week green-lit the auction of spectrum for 5G bands.

The auction is expected to be held by the end of next month and will see 72 GHz on sale for a period of 20 years.

Vaishnaw called it 'the beginning of a new era for Indian telecom'.

"The time is not far away when India is going to emerge as a leading country in field of 5G technology and the upcoming 6G technology," the government said.

In March, prime minister Narendra Modi said the country would be ready for the launch of 6G services by the end of the decade.

On 5G technology, he said: "This will boost growth in every sector like agriculture, health, education, infrastructure, and logistics. This will also increase convenience and create many employment opportunities." With input from ANI, PTI

Source : ht

 

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Indian Naval ships Nishank, Akshay to be decommissioned today

Written by Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:03

The pennants of the two ships were removed on Sunday evening as part of a procedure signifying the end of their service.

New Delhi: Indian Navy’s ships Nishank and Akshay will be decommissioned in Mumbai on Friday after 32-year service in the presence of their crew and the commanding officers.

Nishank, a Veer-class corvette armed with surface-to-surface missiles, was part of the squadron renowned for its heroics in the 1971 war with Pakistan. It operated in both the eastern and western seaboard. After its decommissioning, the ship will be displayed as a war relic.

“The ships will continue to motivate our future generations to be part of our glorious past and bright future, showcasing the might of the Indian Navy,” the navy said in a statement.

“Commissioned in the freezing temperature of Poti Shipyard of erstwhile Soviet Union which is presently in Georgia, the ships will be decommissioned in the tropical temperature of Mumbai wherein the atmosphere will be laden with the emotions and nostalgia of all the ex-crew of both the ships.”

Akshay, which was primarily involved in anti-submarine warfare and coastal patrol, was equipped with long-range torpedoes and anti-submarine rockets.

The pennants of the ships were removed on Sunday evening signifying the end of their service. Veterans, who served on these ships, will attend the decommissioning event along with their families. Source : ht

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Singh said since the opening up of the space sector for private players, innovative start-ups were coming in a big way to explore the untapped potential.

NEW DELHI: Union minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh has said that more than 50 start-ups were working in the space sector and about 10 of them have funding of over Rs50 crore or more individually.

Speaking at a meeting of science ministries, he added they were also working on software solutions for debris management in space.Singh said since the opening of the space sector for private players, innovative start-ups were coming in a big way to explore the untapped potential.

The minister said over the last four months, 11 more states, including Sikkim, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh, have been preparing their science and technology policies. He added states and Union territories have been asked to identify the areas where technological interventions can help in resolving problems to enable ease of living.

Singh said Jammu and Kashmir will be assisted through the latest snow clearing technology while Puducherry and Tamil Nadu were being assisted in the restoration and renovation of beaches. He added with the help of the Capacity Building Commission, a template was also being prepared to take up theme-wise deliberations between the Centre and the states on specific needs from place to place.

Singh said the first round of meetings between science ministries of the states and the Centre has been completed. He added demands from the states for scientific solutions were being compiled. Singh said different states have different capacities but all of them are on board to work jointly with the Centre in areas such as R&D and innovation. Source : ht

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US F-18 fighter op-demo in Goa for INS Vikrant in April-May

Written by Monday, 18 September 2017 09:09

The other important factor that weighs in favour of the F-18 is that it can fit the INS Vikramaditya or INS Vikrant lift with folded wings without compromising on its operational readiness.

US defence major Boeing is planning an operational demonstration of F-18 Super Hornet carrier-based fighter at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) at INS Hansa in Goa in April-May this year as a possible contender for Indian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and soon to be commissioned INS Vikrant. Both the Indian aircraft carriers use ski-jump to launch the fighters with arrested recovery through the net.

According to officials in knowledge of the matter in Washington and in New Delhi, the US Navy conducted ski-jump trials of F-18 fighter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland in US or Pax river in December 2020 but the Indian Navy team could not attend the demonstration due to travel restrictions on account of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the US Navy shared extensive data of the ski jump trials with the Indian Navy. A year later in December 2021, both the US Navy and the aircraft manufacturer did a site inspection of SBTF at INS Hansa in the presence of Indian Navy officials.

While presently the operational demonstration of Rafale-Marine is on at the INS Hansa as the other option for Indian aircraft carriers, both the twin engine aircraft are virtually of the same later 1990s vintage and of the same 4.5 generation.

Even as the Indian Navy will be evaluating both the aircraft, the F-18 is a two seater fighter, which is more suitable to carrier based operations for better orientation at sea. Rafale-M is a single seater fighter, while it has a two seater trainer but that can only be operated from the shore.

The other important factor that weighs in favour of the F-18 is that it can fit the INS Vikramaditya or INS Vikrant lift with folded wings without compromising on its operational readiness.

In case of Rafale-M the fighter will only fit to carrier lift after the wing tips of the aircraft are removed as the wings cannot be folded and the span is more than that of a folded F-18 fighter.

Aviation experts says that an adapter platform will have to be fitted for F-18 Super Hornet as it allows faster movement of jets from lower deck to deck under combat and high seas condition.

Although both France and US are close allies of India, the Modi government will also take into account the license, maintenance and spare parts issues as it cannot afford to be caught on the wrong foot in a rapidly changing security environment.

Under no circumstances, the Modi government will allow India's strategic autonomy and operational readiness to be compromised. Source : ht

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Hyundai cars get costlier by up to Rs 84,867

Written by Saturday, 16 September 2017 08:51

NEW DELHI: Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) today increased prices of its various models by up to Rs 84,867, following a hike in GST cess rates.

The price hike will range from 2 to 5 per cent and will be effective from September 11, the company said in a statement.

HMIL, which is country's second largest passenger car manufacturer, has hiked the price of 1.4-litre petrol automatic variant of its premium hatchback Elite i20 by Rs 12,547.

Besides, it has raised prices of the newly launched mid-sized sedan Verna by up to 29,090. Similarly, prices of SUV Creta have been hiked ranging between Rs 20,900 and Rs 55,375.

The automaker has also raised prices of its premium sedan Elantra ranging between Rs 50,312 and Rs 75,991. It has also increased the price of its premium SUVTuscon between Rs 64,828 and Rs 84,867.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has also announced a hike in prices of its Jeep and Fiat range of vehicles by up to Rs 6.4 lakh. 

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Google to Introduce Mobile Payment Service in India

Written by Friday, 15 September 2017 06:16

 

Alphabet's Google plans to introduce a localised digital payment service in India as early as next week, technology website TechCrunch reported, citing a report from news site The Ken. The payment service, called Google 'Tez', will offer payment options beyond the existing ones like Google Wallet or Android Pay, the report said.

Tez, meaning fast in Hindi, will include support for the government-backed Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and other consumer payment services including Paytm and MobiKwik, according to the report. Google did not comment on the report, but sent a media invite for the launch of a new product for India on Sept. 18.

Google, Facebook and WhatsApp were in talks with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to provide UPI-enabled payment on their platforms, the Mint daily had reported in July. The internet giant launched its payment app Android Pay in the United States two years ago.

 

 

 

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton to Leave Company

Written by Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:18

 

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, now owned by Facebook, will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

A Stanford alumnus, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009. The duo worked at Yahoo before starting WhatsApp.

Here's Acton's Facebook post announcing his departure from WhatsApp, and explaining his reasons, in its entirety.

"After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life.

I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I'm passionate about. I've decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It's something I've thought about for a while, and now it's time to just focus and execute. I'll have more to share in the coming months.

This decision is, of course, a tough one. I'm proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it's humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.

 

 

 

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Micro-blogging website Twitter is reportedly testing a feature that will simplify the way users post "tweetstorms" — a series of related tweets posted by a user in quick succession.

According to a report on Engadget on Monday, A user has discovered a hidden, experimental "tweetstorm" feature in Twitter's Android app that simplifies the process. "Instead of posting tweets one at a time and replying to them in sequence, you compose everything behind the scenes and share it all at once," the report added.

Hidden inside the Android app is a way to write a "tweetstorm" and see it broken into distinct tweets and then tweet them all at once.

Twitter, however, declined to comment on the feature which is yet to be made available to the public.

Twitter has lifted the 140-character limit for its 328 million-plus users to send direct messages. While Twitter is largely a public experience, direct messages let you have private conversations about the memes and news that unfold on the micro blogging site. The company said last year that it would stop counting photos, videos and GIF animations toward the 140-character limit.

This report comes a day after Twitter started allowing users to share access to multiple accounts via iOS and Android applications without needing to share that account's password.

 

 

 

 

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WhatsApp rolls out two new feature for both Android and iOS users. One of them is the Picture-in-Picture video calling feature and the second one is the text status update. To recall, both the features were earlier available for the beta users, but now WhatsApp has pushed out both the features to stable builds. WhatsApp has been rolling to several new features almost every other day; this is basically because the Facebook-owned messaging platform is aiming towards improving its functionalities.

The new Picture-in-Picture video calling feature allow users to multitask. The feature basically allows the users to make video calls and send messages to friends simultaneously. For instance, if a user is on a video call and also wants to talk to some other friend via message, they can simply resize the video calling screen so they can talk to one friend via video call, and message the other one. After resizing the video call screen will appear at one side of the mobile screen, while the background will be that of the chat box. It is noteworthy, the resized video calling screen can be resized as per requirement and it can also be dragged to any corner of the phone screen.

This is the Picture-in-Picture feature, also known as PiP. Now the text status updates feature. Like we share pictures and videos as status, iOS and Android users will now be able to set a text status as well. It is different from the profile text status. We know that picture and videos on WhatsApp status last's only for 24 hours. The scene will be the same with the new WhatsApp text status as well. So, how does this feature work?

 

 

 

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In collaboration with Reliance Jio, domestic consumer electronics brand Intex Technologies on Friday announced data benefits up to 25GB for its 4G smartphone users.

Under this scheme, all Intex 4G Smartphone users using a Jio connection will get additional 5GB 4G data per recharge, over what they normally get on a recharge of Rs. 309 or above.

"The world's largest end-to-end IP network of Jio and Intex's pan-India mobile distribution network will together be a delight for consumers," said Nidhi Markanday, Director and Business Head, Mobiles, Intex Technologies, in a statement. The offer is limited to a maximum of five recharges.

Late last month, Chinese manufacturer Oppo also partnered with Reliance Jio to offer data benefits to its smartphone customers.

Those customers who purchase an Oppo smartphone and enrol themselves in Jio Prime membership will get additional data benefits.

As per the new offer, buyers of Oppo's F3F3 Plus, and F1 Plus smartphone models can get additional data up to 10GB on every recharge of Rs. 309 or above (making it up to 60GB of additional data). On the other hand, those customers who purchase Oppo F1sA57A37, and A33 models can get additional data up to 7GB on every recharge (making it up to 42GB of additional data). Notably, customers can avail these additional data benefits for a maximum of six Jio recharges.

 

 

 

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