Apple to fix lightning EarPods bug through software update in iPhone 7



A bug has been reported in Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus that causes a loss in cellular service after disabling the Airplane mode and not just this bug there are some more glitches which have been reported in these latest Apple mobile phones like there is a problem in lightning port, which appears to disable in-line controls on the headset when connected after sometime when there is no playback of music. Apple Company has also acknowledged these bugs and says that they can fix them via a software update.

Many users who bought these latest phone of Apple complaint on the Web about the lighting EarPods and third party headsets that are connected via lightning to 3.5 mm jack adapter and this occurs when the phone display is off for about five minutes and the headset is connected but no music is being played at that time. So the bug is that the music will keep playing but the user cannot adjust the volume, or even calls cannot be answered using the inline controls on the EarPods or with any other headset. It is a major bug which users do not expect from the Apple brand as which is known for providing the best mobile phones and services to the users and these phones are quite expensive also so Company the users expect that proper quality testing should been done before launching these latest mobile phones.

Furthermore the issue is an on and off thing and not persistent and the temporary solution to the problem is that the user can unplug the headset and plug it again to use it. But remember this is only the temporary solution and the bug remains the same in the phone and seems to be the software related issue related to lightning port power saving feature which should be fixed with a software update provided by the Apple Company.

An Apple representative has also acknowledged the issue and told the same that they are working on solving the issue and soon a fix would be provided through a software update. So let us wait and see whether this bug will fixed or not and in how much time they will fix it.

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To counter Reliance Jio 4G packs, Airtel offers 1.4GB data per day with its new prepaid plan




To counter Reliance Jio 4G internet packs, Bharti Airtel has come up with a new prepaid plan. Under the new plan, Airtel is offering 1.4GB data per day and unlimited voice calling in Rs 419. The new Airtel prepaid plan is an open market plan which means it is available across the country and can be recharged from company’s offline as well as online store along with the other vendors.

Airtel’s Rs 419 plan comes with a validity of 75 days and also offers 100 free text messages to customers every day.

The news Rs 419 plan will compete with Jio’s Rs 398 and BSNL’s Rs 349 plan. The Jio plan offers 2GB data per day along with unlimited voice calling benefits, 100 SMS per day and complimentary subscription to Jio Apps for 70 days.

Meanwhile, a report by Bernstein claimed thatReliance Jio, the new telecom player, may capture the top position by 2021 on a revenue basis.

“Given the current rate of ongoing customer acquisition, Jio could reach the leading position on a revenue basis by 2021 and on a subscriber basis by 2022,” Bernstein analysts Chris Lane and Samuel Chen said in the report on Monday.

No start-up operator has managed such a feat anywhere and certainly not in a market where penetration levels among the ‘middle classes’ were already high, it said, adding Bharti Airtel had survived extreme Darwinian competition to emerge as a competitive market leader, while Vodafone has the backing of a global giant.

Bernstein expects Jio to reach 28% revenue market share and 26% subscriber share by the end of this financial year (March 2019) as it did not see both Bharti and Vodafone responding directly. “Neither Bharti nor Vodafone Idea have the stomach to engage in a pointless subsidy war. Instead we believe they have accepted their fate, and are looking forward to a time when Jio, having achieved a leading position, starts to monetise their base through higher pricing,” the report said.

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World’s first baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor



In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday.

The breakthrough operation, performed two years ago in Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.The baby girl was born in September 2016 in Sao Paolo.

Until recently, the only options available to women with so-called uterine infertility were adoption or the services of a surrogate mother.The first successful childbirth following uterine transplant from a living donor took place in 2013 in Sweden, and there have been 10 others since then.But there are far more women in need of transplants than there are potential live donors, so doctors wanted to find out if the procedure could work using the uterus of a woman who had died.

Ten attempts were made — in the United States, the Czech Republic, and Turkey — before the success reported Wednesday.Infertility affects 10- to 15 per cent of couples.Of this group, one in 500 women have problems with their uterus — due, for example, to a malformation, hysterectomy, or infection — that prevent them from becoming pregnant and carrying a child to term.”Our results provide a proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility,” said Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at the teaching hospital of the University of Sao Paulo.He describing the procedure as a “medical milestone”.

“The number of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own death are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” he said in a statement.The 32-year-old recipient was born without a uterus as a result of a rare syndrome.Four months before the transplant, she had in-vitro fertilisation resulting in eight fertilised eggs, which were preserved through freezing.The donor was a 45-year-old woman who died from a stroke.

Her uterus was removed and transplanted in surgery that lasted more than ten hours.The surgical team had to connect the donor’s uterus with the veins, arteries, ligaments, and vaginal canal of the recipient.To prevent her body from rejecting the new organ, the woman was given five different drugs, along with antimicrobials, anti-blood clotting treatments, and aspirin.After five months, the uterus showed no sign of rejection, ultrasound scans were normal, and the woman was menstruating regularly.

The fertilised eggs were implanted after seven months. Ten days later, doctors delivered the good news: she was pregnant.Besides a minor kidney infection — treated with antibiotics — during the 32nd week, the pregnancy was normal. After nearly 36 weeks a baby girl weighing 2.5 kilogrammes (about six pounds) was delivered via caesarean section.

Mother and baby left the hospital three days later.The transplanted uterus was removed during the C-section, allowing the woman to stop taking the immunosuppressive drugs.At age seven months and 12 days — when the manuscript reporting the findings was submitted for publication — the baby was breastfeeding and weighed 7.2 kilogrammes.

“We must congratulate the authors,” commented Dr. Srdjan Saso, an honorary clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College London, describing the findings as “extremely exciting”.Richard Kennedy, president of the International Federation of Fertility Societies, also welcomed the announcement but sounded a note of caution.”Uterine transplant is a novel technique and should be regarded as experimental,” he said.



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Great Himalayan earthquake of intensity 8.5 or more ‘anytime in future’, says recent study



For a very long time, seismologists have warned about the impending ‘Great Himalayan earthquake’. With an intensity of over 8 in the Richter scale, it is predicted to have a catastrophic effect in areas which are extremely densely populated. The Nepal earthquake of 2015 with an intensity of 7.8 killed nearly 9,000 people. But scientists warned that it will not be the last big earthquake and a massive quake is just round the corners. Now, another research has added credence to that theory. Research team led by CP Rajendran of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bengaluru has warned of at least one earthquake of intensity over 8,5 or more ‘anytime in future’, reported news agency IANS.

The report quotes study published in ‘Geological Journal’, where scientists have pointed at an increase of strain being an indicator to an impending earthquake. The database used for the study are from Mohana Khola in Nepal and Chorgalia in India along with data already in public domain.

The research which used maps made by GSI, imagery from ISRO’s satellite, alongside Google Earth has some grim prediction for India and its neighbouring countries. The research concludes,” An earthquake of magnitude 8.5 or more is overdue in this part of the Himalayas, given the long-elapsed time”. It also indicates towards poor preparation by authorities to deal with some natural calamity which is only likely to increase the level of destruction.

According to researchers, almost 600-700 years back a massive earthquake took place in the Himalayas. Since then, the area covering parts of India and eastern Nepal has been ‘seismically silent’ although the plates are having an annual displacement of around 15 metres, building up huge tectonic pressure. Hence scientists believe a strong earthquake is due anytime now.

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ISRO successfully launches earth monitoring satellite, 30 others into space



Adding another feather to its cap, ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-C43 Thursday successfully injected into orbit India’s earth observation satellite HysIS.The Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS), an earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, is the primary satellite of the PSLV-C43 mission.

The mass of the spacecraft is about 380 kg, the space agency said adding that the satellite would be placed in 636 km-polar sun synchronous orbit with an inclination of 97.957 degree.

The primary goal of HysIS, whose mission life is five years, is to study the earth’s surface in visible near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The co-passengers of HysIS include 1 micro and 29 nano satellites from eight different countries. All these satellites have been commercially contracted for launch through ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation Limited.

PSLV-C43, which is the 45th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), is the ‘Core Alone’ version of PSLV. It is the lightest version of the launch vehicle.

The 30 other co-passenger international satellites including those from the United States of America and Australia among others, will soon be placed into orbit.

The space agency had launched its latest communication satellite GSAT-29 on board GSLV MkIII-D2 on November 14.

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Realme U1 launched in India: Price, specifications and where you can buy it



Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme on Wednesday launched its Realme U1 handset in India. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Amazon India, the company has announced.

The Shenzhen-based company, which has been in the smartphone market for less than 7 months, has launched 4 handsets in the period and the latest U1 device is targeted at the youngsters who prefer selfies.

The two main features of the smartphone are a 25-megapixel front camera and MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core SoC. Here are other specifications and features of Realme U1:

Display: 6.3-inch full HD+ display with 2340×1080 pixels resolution, 409ppi and aspect ratio of 19.5:9

Processor: 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset with ARM G72 GPU. Helio P70 SoC is made on a 12nm process and comes with an octa-core CPU design. There are four high power Cortex-A73 cores and four efficiency Cortex-A53 cores. It also has dedicated APU for  AI related tasks.

RAM: Available in 3GB and 4GB variants

Internal storage: 3GB RAM model comes with 32GB of internal storage. 4GB RAM model comes with 64GB of internal storage. Both variants support storage expandability up to 256GB via microSD card.

Front camera: 25-megapixel front selfie camera (Sony IMX576 sensor) with an aperture of f/2.0.

Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP dual camera. The primary sensor gets a f/2.2 aperture while the second sensor gets a f/2.4 aperture.

Battery: 3,500mAh battery with quick charging support (10W).

Software: Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS skin on top.

Price in India and availability

3GB RAM with 32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 11,999 while 4GB RAM with 64GB storage will cost Rs 14,499. Both variants of Realme U1 will be available exclusively on Amazon India from 12 noon on December 5.

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Airtel, Vodafone Idea improve revenue in metros, Reliance Jio becomes stronger: Report



Telecom operators Airtel and Vodafone have shown some recovery in terms of revenue in metro cities during the September quarter, while Reliance Jio gained strength in a majority of telecom circles, according to analyst reports on revenue data published by telecom regulator Trai.
Research firm UBS observed that revenue of companies from telecom services or adjusted gross revenue (AGR) declined by 0.7 per cent quarter on a quarterly basis and down by 15.4 per cent year-on-year basis.
ICICI Securities market share tracker report said the industry AGR dipped to Rs 32,000 crore due to seasonality and downgrades in postpaid category.”Bharti and VIL (Vodafone India Limited) showed a recovery in metros with Bharti gaining share in metros although Jio’s momentum in other circles remains strong,” report by UBS analysts Navin Killa, Amit Rustagi and Ankit Dubey said.
Airtel’s base market share for access services or mobile and landline services with national long distance services stood at 30.1 per cent while that of Jio was at 26.1 per cent. Vodafone Idea topped the revenue market share with 32.8 per cent.
Reliance Jio has emerged as the top telecom service provider in terms of AGR at Rs 8,271 crore for the July-September quarter for access services The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) latest data showed that newly merged Vodafone Idea recorded an AGR — earnings from mobile phone services — of Rs 7,528 crore, followed by Bharti Airtel at the third position with an AGR market share of Rs 6,720 crore for the said quarter.
UBS report said that Airtel is market leader in six circles which include one metro and three among A category circles and VIL led in five circles including two metro circles and one A category circle.
“Metros accounted for 11.6 per cent industry access revenue, while A circle share in the industry revenue was 40.7 per cent, circle B was 35 per cent and circle C was 12.6 per cent,” the report said.
UBS said that quarter-on-quarter recovery by Bharti and VIL in metros shows their 4G network expansion is gaining traction.
“We expect the pricing environment to remain intense for the next 6-12 months with price increase likely in financial year 2020,” UBS said

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Reliance Jio offers Rs 2400 cashback on purchase of Redmi Note 6 Pro




If you are looking to buy a new smartphone then Reliance Jio has your back. Reliance Jio has come up with a new cashback offer under which customers can get Rs 2400 as cashback on purchase of  Redmi Note 6 Pro.

On Diwali, Reliance Jio has announced a Diwali plan for Rs 1699. If users buy Reliance Jio’s Rs 1699 plan then they will be able to get 100% cashback besides free 4g services, calling and SMS service. The plan is valid for one year.

Under Reliance Jio Diwali plan, users will get 1.50 GB data everyday for a year.

How to avail 100% cashback

Jio has also offered 100% cashback on its Diwali plan. Users can avail the same via Reliance digital coupon. Customers can get the coupons through MyJio App. The coupons can be used for mobile recharge. The coupons are also available at the Reliance digital store, however, jio users need to shop for Rs 5,000 to get them at the store.

Besides, the cashback, users will get 100 SMSes everyday, free subscription of My Jio. Customers can buy the offer till November 30.

Meanwhile, Reliance Jio has been the only gainer in the telecom sector in August from a revenue-per-user as well as profitability perspectives, helping it increase the market share sweepstake to 20.8 percent, says a report.

The Mukesh Ambani-led teleco’s market share rose to 20.8 percent in August from 19.6 percent in July, against Vodafone Idea’s subscriber market to 37.9 percent, making it the market leader.

Jio, already the third biggest by number of subscribers, added the maximum number subscribers at 12.2 million, driven majorly by its 4G feature phone launch, it said, adding the competition reported flat numbers or even a decline from the year-ago levels.

On the average revenue per user (Arpu) front, the incumbent telcos have taken a hit due to Jio’s aggressive marketing strategy over the past two years, it said.

At an Arpu of Rs 135, Jio is an “outlier” as this was the highest in the industry in Q1 as against 100-105 for competition. But the same fell steeply to Rs 131.7 per user in the second quarter but still managed to report higher net income of Rs 681 crore.

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Microsoft overtakes Apple to capture spot of most valuable US firm



Microsoft has surpassed Apple in order to become most valuable US firm. Microsoft at present possesses $753.3 billion in market capitalisation.

Apple, which became the first $1-trillion US company in August, came down to $746.8 billion on Friday, owing to lower-than-expected iPhone sales amid reports of its suppliers cutting cost and workforce.

While, Amazon with $736.6 billion is currently at third and Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with $725.5 billion is at the fourth spot.

Earlier in October, Microsoft recaptured its second spot in irder to become most valuable US firm, dethroning Jeff Bezos’ Amazon. The latest development came after Amazon reported disappointing quarterly numbers.

Apple Inc topped the list at over $1 trillion after crossing that threshold in September. Microsoft’s market capitalization was Wall Street’s highest in late 1998 through early 2000 before the dot-com bubble burst.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is not budging from introducing new tools and features to fight Google’s popular services. In its latest attempt at luring more people to use its products, the company has added a digital health tracker to its Android Launcher.

The Microsoft Launcher 5.1 beta release comes with a digital health section that tracks your total screen time, number of unlocks, and session lengths, Engadget reported.

In addition to that, there’s also a ‘hey Cortana’ voice control shortcut in the launcher. You can also sync both Sticky Notes and To-Do entries across devices. Interestingly, the digital health tracker is supported on devices running Android 4.2 and later, allowing even the old hardware owners do a check on their digital well-being.

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India seeks to buy 24 anti-submarine helicopters MH-60 ‘Romeo’ from US



India has sought from the US 24 multi-role MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters for its Navy at an estimated cost of US $2 billion, defence industry sources here said Friday.

India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade now.

The deal is expected to be finalised in a few months, informed sources told PTI, days after US Vice President Mike Pence held a successful meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Singapore on the sidelines of a regional summit.

India has sent a letter of request to the US for an “urgent requirement” of 24 multi-role helicopters MH 60 Romeo Seahawk, sources said.

In recent months, there has been acceleration in defence ties between the two countries, with the Trump administration opening up America’s high-tech military hardware for India’s defence needs.

Bilateral defence relationship was on top of the agenda of the Modi-Pence meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.

The meeting is likely to be followed by a summit-level bilateral between Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump in Argentina on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting on November 30 and December 1. Neither side has confirmed the meeting yet.

According to sources, the MH-60 Romeo deal is expected to have an offset requirement. Sources indicated that India plans to follow up this urgent requirement with a long-term plan to manufacture 123 of these helicopters in India.

Currently deployed with the US Navy as the primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones, Lockheed Martin’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is considered the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.

According to industry experts, it is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers. MH-60 Romeo Seahawks would add lethal capabilities of the Indian Navy, which experts say is the need of the hour given the aggressive behavior of China in the Indian Ocean region.

Lockheed over the years has emerged as a major American supplier of state-of-the-art defence military equipment.

“With this Seahawk deal the overall US-India defense trade will surpass USD 20 billion,” an industry source said.

“The pipeline of opportunities for US defense firms can result in another USD 5 billion of sales in the next few years,” the source added.

According to US Naval Air System Command, the MH-60R Seahawk missions are anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, combat search and rescue, naval gunfire support and logistics support.

As the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk is considered to be the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Concept of Operations.

The MH-60R and its mission systems have replaced the US naval fleet’s legacy SH-60B and SH-60F aircraft.

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NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years



Deadly radiation from the cosmos, potential vision loss, and atrophying bones are just some of the challenges scientists must overcome before any future astronaut can set foot on Mars, experts and top NASA officials said.
The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense. “The cost of solving those means that under current budgets, or slightly expanded budgets, it’s going to take about 25 years to solve those,” said former NASA astronaut Tom Jones, who flew on four space shuttle missions before retiring in 2001.
“We need to get started now on certain key technologies,” he told reporters in Washington. At an average distance of about 140 million miles (225 million kilometers), Mars poses scientific problems an order of magnitude greater than anything encountered by the Apollo lunar missions.
With today’s rocket technology, it would take an astronaut up to nine months to reach Mars — the physical toll of floating that long in zero gravity would be huge. For instance, scientists think prolonged weightlessness can cause irreversible changes to blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision degradation.
And after a while in zero G, the skeleton starts to leach calcium and bone mass.
With gravity only one-third of Earth’s, scientists don’t yet know the effects of a presumed one-year mission to the surface of Mars.
– Better propulsion –
One way to reduce wear and tear on the human body is to dramatically cut down on travel time to Mars. Jones called for nuclear propulsion systems that would have the added benefit of producing electricity on flights. “If we start now, in 25 years we might have these technologies available to help us and protect us from these long transit times,” he said.
Under current conditions, just an outbound trip to Mars would take so long that any astronaut would receive the same amount of radiation than ordinarily would be deemed safe over the course of an entire career.
“We don’t have the solution yet in terms of shielding, in terms of protecting you from cosmic rays and solar flares that you experience during this transit time,” Jones said. Aerospace experts have identified several technologies that need rapid development, including spacecraft that can survive the harsh entry into Mars and land softly enough, as well as the ability to lift people off the surface and head back to Earth.
NASA currently has a new robotic lander called InSight zooming towards Mars, due to land on November 26 after taking off from California on May 5. The $993 million project aims to expand human knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send explorers there, and reveal how rocky planets like the Earth formed billions of years ago.
Jim Garvin, chief scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said InSight would fill in “critical unknowns” and help build a key understanding of Mars.
In 2020, another mission will see NASA send a rover to Mars that aims to determine the habitability of the Martian environment, search for signs of ancient life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.
Additionally, private firms like SpaceX and a host of other nations are building technologies that could be used on future Mars missions. Some experts see new exploration of the Moon as key to a future mission to Mars, as astronauts there could learn about extracting water or using technology and apply those lessons to future Mars missions.

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