TRAI reportedly working on discussion paper to address issues over services like WhatsApp

By on April 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM.

TRAI reportedly working on discussion paper to address issues over services like WhatsApp

TRAI is reportedly working on a discussion paper on over-the-top (OTT) players including third party messaging and voice-calling-over-data apps, including WhatsApp, Viber and Skype to understand the reason behind their growing popularity among consumers and their impact on the telecom operators. OTT players are essentially those who have been using telecom operators’ network to provide their services. ET has reported that TRAI wants to get a complete overview of the popular OTT players, which are using the telecom operators’ bandwidth, but are neither a part of the telecom operators’ services nor do they share any revenue with the carriers. More →
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Reliance Jio to reportedly hire 500 people to roll out 4G LTE services by September

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Reliance Jio to reportedly hire 500 people to roll out 4G LTE services by September

Reliance Jio Infocomm is reportedly planning to hire 500 telecom professionals before the roll out of its 4G LTE service, which will happen by September. According to ET, Reliance Jio will bring about 300 telecom professionals for senior level posts, and has already hired about seven circle heads. The company is also negotiating with circle heads of several telecom operators, to bring them on board. More →
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Obsessed with selfies? You may be mentally ill, says report

By on April 14, 2014 at 4:34 PM.

Obsessed with selfies? You may be mentally ill, says report

Taking lots of selfies is not an addiction but a symptom of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), psychologists warn. "Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites,” explained David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital, London. More →
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Soon, smartphones to help detect counterfeit goods

By on April 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Soon, smartphones to help detect counterfeit goods

What about a smartphone-readable device that can help authenticate currency, electronic parts and luxury goods to minimize counterfeit? Chemical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that is invisible to the naked eye, contain colored stripes of nano-crystals that glow brightly when lit up with near-infrared light. More →
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Apple’s iTunes rumored to go high-res

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM.

Apple’s iTunes rumored to go high-res

Billboard has reported that Apple was set to radically overhaul its music store in order to better compete with music streaming sites and internet radio stations. But as well as offering competing on-demand services and even an Android version of the iTunes app, a new report came to light on Friday that claims that Apple is about to go high resolution. More →
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India made the most content censorship requests: Facebook transparency report

By on April 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM.

India made the most content censorship requests: Facebook transparency report

India has registered most content censorship requests on Facebook, according to the social network’s second transparency report on government requests between July and December 2013. The findings of the reports highlight that while US reported most requests for user accounts, India stood second on the list in terms of requests made to get access to user accounts. More →
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DoT to ask TRAI for its views on next spectrum auction

By on April 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM.

DoT to ask TRAI for its views on next spectrum auction

The Department of Telecom will soon approach regulator TRAI asking for its recommendations on auction of airwaves being held by 29 licences which expire in 2015-16. "The Telecom Commission in its meeting on May 24-26, 2012 had accepted TRAI's recommendation to conduct spectrum auction at least 18 months prior to expiry of licences. In this context, the DoT will ask TRAI to give its views on spectrum price in all service areas," an official source told PTI. More →
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Airtel gets high court approval for merger of 4G arm

By on April 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM.

Airtel gets high court approval for merger of 4G arm

Telecom major Bharti Airtel today said it has got approval from the Bombay High court for amalgamating 4G spectrum holding firm Airtel Broadband Services with the company. The court on April 11, 2014 has approved the scheme of the amalgamation of Airtel Broadband Services (ABSPL), formerly known as Wireless Business Services Pvt Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary with the company, Bharti Airtel said in a filing to the BSE. More →
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Nokia offers voluntary retirement scheme to Chennai plant employees

By on April 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM.

Nokia offers voluntary retirement scheme to Chennai plant employees

Even as the fate of several workers of handset major Nokia at its manufacturing unit here hangs in balance, the management has announced a Voluntary Retirement Scheme for them. "As a global company, Nokia regularly reviews its manufacturing strategy to optimize and ensure smooth and timely delivery of its products. This process considers many factors, including the predictability and stability of the regulatory environment in the countries where the company operates," the company said in a statement. More →
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