Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

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Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

A 53-year-old woman was killed while descending a 3,000-feet mountain after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a paper map which apparently showed the wrong path, the media reported. Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were looking for a safe route off Tryfan peak in Snowdonia, Wales at dusk when the fateful incident happened in March and was under investigation, Telegraph reported on Friday. Instead of a paper map, Wilson was carrying the smartphone app by Ordnance Survey -- the national mapping agency for Great Britain and one of the world's largest producers of maps. More →
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New mobile app aims to help HIV patients with their medication

By on August 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM.

New mobile app aims to help HIV patients with their medication

In a bid to facilitate HIV patients and help them to stick to their medications, a team of researchers have developed a new smartphone app. The app aims at improving adherence to medications -- such as antiretroviral therapy (ART) -- among people living with HIV by putting the prevention in their pocket. The mobile app dubbed Daily Reports of Using Medications, or DRUM, could help lead people infected with the disease to quicker intervention in cases where a patient has missed a number of doses. More →
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 may have medals made from recycled smartphones

By on August 23, 2016 at 6:45 PM.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 may have medals made from recycled smartphones

The 2016 Rio Olympic games concluded on August 21, and now the world is looking forward to the next Olympic games that will be held in Tokyo in 2020. For the next Olympics, the organizers have an interesting idea, which is to make medals by extracting gold, silver and bronze from discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics. The organizer believe that even though Japan isn’t resource-rich as a country, but it could easily tap the country’s “urban mine” for the purpose. More →
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Telcos should prepare Delhi-like action plan in Delhi: Telecom Secretary

By on August 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Telcos should prepare Delhi-like action plan in Delhi: Telecom Secretary

Expressing concern over the poor quality of mobile services in the financial capital, especially on its lifeline rail network, Telecom Secretary J S Deepak said telcos will soon be asked to prepare an action plan on lines of one being undertaken in Delhi to improve the services. "In the commercial capital, we need to have the best connectivity...Mumbai cannot be lower in priority than Delhi..." Deepak told reporters on the sidelines of a Department of Telecom event in Mumbai. He added that a meeting of telcos and the civic body has been convened later in the day to discuss the specifics and improve the service quality, especially in the "dark spots" which is specifically the rail network. It carries 65 lakh passengers everyday and South Mumbai has already seen some protests by civil society as among the problem areas in the megapolis. More →
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Respite for smartphone companies as government extends deadline to implement new battery certification norm

By on August 19, 2016 at 2:15 PM.

Respite for smartphone companies as government extends deadline to implement new battery certification norm

Two months ago, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) had released new norms that required handset vendors to test smartphone batteries separately, which was not the case earlier. The norms came into effect from June 1, under which the Compulsory Registration Scheme (CRS) demanded that every new smartphone model that is launched in the country needed to have its battery, the cells inside the battery, the adapter and the mobile handset tested and registered separately. The deadline for the compliance of the new norm was September 2016. However, in a recent decision taken by the government, the smartphone manufacturers have been granted another year to shift from the previous standards of battery testing to the new one. More →
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Indian smartphone market gained 17.1 percent growth in Q2 2016: IDC

By on August 19, 2016 at 2:04 PM.

Indian smartphone market gained 17.1 percent growth in Q2 2016: IDC

The Indian smartphone market registered a healthy 17.1 percent growth over the previous quarter this year and a marginal 3.7 percent growth over the second quarter of 2015, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said. According to the IDC's "Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker", smartphone market revived after declining for two successive quarters by registering 27.5 million units of smartphones shipments in Q2 2016. Both global and Indian vendor's shipments declined year-on-year, while China-based vendors' shipments grew at 75 percent. Online share of smartphones dipped to 28 percent in from 35 percent in the previous quarter. More →
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Mobile phone use leads to social disconnect: Study

By on August 19, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Mobile phone use leads to social disconnect: Study

If you think that access to constant communication keeps you closer to your family, you might have the wrong impression as a new study has shown that cell phone use might actually lead to feeling less socially connected. The study suggested that cell phones may have more social value for women compared to men and women may be better at using it to augment or complement existing social relationships. Andrew Lepp, researcher at the Kent State University and his colleagues surveyed 493 students, ranging in age from 18-29, to see whether cell phone use, including texting and talking, was associated with feeling socially connected to their parents and peers. More →
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Researchers develop Lithium-ion battery that won’t catch fire

By on August 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Researchers develop Lithium-ion battery that won’t catch fire

Researchers have developed a new kind of Lithium-ion battery that, unlike conventional ones, consists entirely of solid chemical compounds and is non-flammable. Lithium-ion batteries store a lot of energy in a small space, making them the energy source of choice for mobile electronic devices. Today, mobile phones, laptops, e-bikes and electric cars are all powered by such batteries. More →
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Getting a new mobile connection to become faster and simpler with Aadhaar card based e-KYC

By on August 17, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Getting a new mobile connection to become faster and simpler with Aadhaar card based e-KYC

You can now apply, validate and activate new pre-paid and post-paid mobile connections using your Aadhaar card and fingerprint at the point of sale. The government has issued e-KYC guidelines to make the online process of application and authentication faster and simpler for subscribers. In contrast to the existing document-based process, the move is intended to cut down time for SIM activation as KYC is verified instantly. In e-KYC, customers through their Aadhaar number and biometrics will authorize UIDAI to provide demographic details such as name, address, date of birth and gender, along with the digitally-signed photograph, to the mobile operator. More →
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We aim to bring all services for citizens on a mobile phone: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

By on August 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM.

We aim to bring all services for citizens on a mobile phone: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday said the state government wants to bring all the services for citizens on a mobile phone. "We're moving digitally ahead towards m-governance as we aim to bring all the services for citizens on a mobile phone," Fadnavis said at a FICCI event. More →
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