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.
Meizu Note 9 launched with 48-megapixel rear camera: Price and other details
After a frenzy of leaks and rumors, Meizu has today taken the wraps off its new Meizu Note 9 smartphone in China. The handset will rival the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro that recently launched in India. Meizu has offered a powerful combo of great specifications, build, and a bargain price to stand out in the crowded smartphone space. This is the company’s first budget offering this year, and the company has definitely made a statement.
Meizu Note 9 specifications, featuresGetting down to specifications, the Meizu Note 9 features a 6.2-inch full-HD+ IPS display with a resolution of 1080×2244 pixels. The display is unlike the flagship Meizu 16th, however, and houses a waterdrop notch on the top bezel. A key highlight of the Meizu Note 9 is the Snapdragon 675 SoC that also powers the Indian variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. This is a very capable octa-core chip based on the 11nm process, and features high-powered Kryo 460 cores.
The Meizu Note 9 continues to impress in the camera department as well with the company opting for a 48-megapixel sensor accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth sensor at the back. The primary sensor is Samsung’s GM1 MOD, which is the enhanced version of the standard GM1 sensor. The front notch houses a solitary 20-megapixel shooter. In terms of connectivity, the Note 9 has dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS + GLONASS, and USB Type-C.
The Meizu Note 9 is backed by a beefy 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charge. On the software front, it runs Android Pie based on Flyme OS 7.2. Meizu has also thrown in some gaming-centric features like Hyper Gaming which is similar to GPU Turbo on Honor phones.
Meizu Note 9 pricesThe Meizu Note 9 comes in three variants. The base model with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM is priced at RMB 1,398 (Rs 15,000 approximately), while the mid variant with 128GB storage and 4GB RAM is priced at RMB 1,598 (Rs 17,000 approximately). Lastly, the top model with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM is priced the same as the mid variant. Buyers essentially need to then choose between more storage or more RAM
Sr journalist writes to CM on FB post, says if his laptop n other items get stolen, the loss will have to be compensated from the CM’s salary
A senior accredited journalist of Uttarkhand dares the chief minister not to stop his vehicle at the state secretariat in future cautionng him that if his lap top, camera, books and other expensive material gets stolen while his car is parked outside as the government order prohibits his entry, then the entire loss will have to be borne by the CM from his salary.
The journalist seems to be annoyed with the chief minister after his car was stopped at the state secretariat’s gate on 31st January by the security people citing the reason that the state’s higher ups have issued fresh orders not to allow the state’s accredited sr journalists go inside in vehicles.
The senior journalist is none other but a renowned author n scribe Rajiv Nayan Bahuguna who posesses the chequered journalistic carreer spanning four decades and is also the son of internationally popular environmentalist Padma shree n Padma Vibhushan nonagenerian Sunder Lal Bahuguna. Rajiv is too a popular name in Uttarakhand n country’s journalistic circles who is considered to be a roving journalist with progessive ideology. The veteran journalist has no other way to vent his grievance or anger/ protest but to write a hard hitting letter to the chief minister on his FB post.
According to the letter written in pure hindi addressd to Uttarakhand CM ( also covered by Himalayan discover) which I am translating verbatim in english for the convenience of avid english readers the contents are as below. The contents of the letter are quite interesting and daring.
The Chief Minister, Uttarakhand
Yesterday, on 31st January, Thursday I was stopped at the main entrance of the secretariat prohibiting my entry with my vehicle. Got to know that these orders were issued by the higher ups. It’s quite obvious the high ups is none other than you. Respected Sir, I usually travel in an open jeep. I do so from the point of view of maintaining transparency, because I am not the journalist accompanying the brief case full of notes and girls inside the car with tinted glasses ( black film) You also know that I am not the sting doing journalist and consider sting as an unethical affair.
You also maintain transparency/ integrity and do not stop my vehicle at the gate. My car contains laptop, camera, books n bottles of scotch. If these items are stolen due to my vehicle beng parked outside, the entire loss will have to be borne from your salary. There are hardly 10 accredited sr journalist in Dehradun with four wheelers. They never visit the secretariat together.
I myself had gone there after three months. There won’t be crowd escalation in your Durbaar due to our cars. Instead of preventing my vehicle, the vehicles of those KHAU , bureaucrats should be restricted entry inside the secretariat who are getting fat day by day due to over eating n have been advised walking to reduce over weight. Please do note. I should be treated as a king treats another king. Failing which I will return back the the officially granted/ sanctioned entry pass of the state secretariat.
With affection n due Regards
Rajiv Nayan Bahuguna
With Gaganyaan, ISRO’s race to the top gains velocity
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun the year 2019 with a bang. Not only has the space agency announced a slew of missions, including the much-awaited lunar lander, Chandrayaan-2, slated for 2019, but has set its sight high with its most ambitious project — the human space mission, Gaganyaan. While announcing the timeline for the human flight targeted at the end of 2021, ISRO chief K Sivan made two important comments. In the context of setting up a new vertical within the agency — the Human Space Flight Centre — he said the agency was looking beyond the first human flight. He said, “We are going to continue this programme in terms of a space station and human to the moon.” The second noteworthy comment from the space agency head was that India would be on a par with China with the human space flight.
Taken together, the comments amount to a marked strategic shift in India’s approach to space and point to the process of maturing of ISRO as a global player in the space arena. Clearly, the agency has recognised the need for human missions as a worthwhile goal to pursue over the long-term as a logical extension of its activities till now. It has also made it apparent that it is joining the undeclared space race with China.
When India took baby steps to become a space faring nation, Yuri Gagarin had already become the first human to have travelled to space in April 1961, and by the time ISRO took birth, the first human had landed on the moon. Since India’s forays into space began against the backdrop of a bitter space race between America and the Soviet Union, the founding father of the space programme, Vikram Sarabhai, had to declare that “we do not have the fantasy of competing with the economically advanced nations in the exploration of the moon or the planets or manned spaceflight”. Instead, he wanted India to use space technology to solve “real problems of man and society”.
After having followed Sarabhai’s vision for four decades during which ISRO contributed immensely to nation’s development, the agency has finally decided to turn the “fantasy” of a manned space flight into reality. This is definitely a shift because after the first Indian, Rakesh Sharma, was propelled into space aboard Soyuz T-11 in April 1984, participation in international manned missions or planning its own human flights were not on ISRO’s agenda. In fact, human flight was first discussed in India in 2004 — a year after China had sent its first human spaceflight. In 2006, ISRO formally discussed the idea with a group of external experts, and began working on some building block technologies needed for the mission as pre-project activity with seed money allocated in subsequent budgets.
India has been building its space capabilities in a step by step manner, working simultaneously on making rockets, fabricating satellites and developing applications. In parallel, it has a very strong presence in space science, having delivered successful missions to the moon, Mars and a space telescope AstroSat. The lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan, and the astronomy satellite have led to some spectacular scientific discoveries using home-made instruments. The Mars Orbiter Mission was a technology demonstrator. On the other hand, China, which began its space programme much later, went ahead more aggressively. It focused on military applications, human flight and building a space station, with an eye on projecting itself as a competitor to NASA. It has few space science achievements worth mentioning. Clearly, the Indian and Chinese programmes have grown so far with different goals and philosophies. In space applications and space science, India is ahead of China. But in human flights, China has taken a lead having demonstrated its prowess with as many as six successful missions, including operations like space walk and docking with its under-construction space station.
ISRO and its leadership are well justified in projecting their ambitions with regard to human flights vis-à-vis China, but these ambitions will need political backing beyond the first human flight planned for December 2021. Though a late entrant in human flights, ISRO may be up to some surprises up its sleeves, as it did with Chandrayaan-1 and the Mars mission. Sniffing signatures of water molecule on the moon by Chandrayaan-1 four decades after man landed there and stringing a spacecraft straight to the Red planet in first attempt are no mean achievements. For ISRO, the race may have has just begun.
Apple’s next-gen, low-cost iPad may skip Face ID feature
Apple seems to be paying attention to those hoping to have affordable devices from the iPhone maker. Earlier, it was the iPhone SE, and now, it seems like an upcoming iPad which would be low-cost and obviously, skip a few standard features.
Coder Steve Troughton-Smith uncovered references to four new iPads in the iOS 12.2 beta version. He shared the code references on Twitter saying they are for Wi-Fi and cellular variants of possible iPads which would be without Face ID, indicating the purported models could be low-cost and toned down versions of the main models.
In addition to that, the code also has references to possible the 7th-gen iPod touch without any Touch or Face ID. It isn’t clear as to when the company will officially tease or launch these new products, but going by the tradition, Apple might give us a peek in the first few months of this year.
Earlier this moneth, Apple Inc took the rare step of cutting its quarterly sales forecast, with Chief Executive Tim Cook blaming slowing iPhone sales in China, whose economy has been dragged down by uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations.
The news, which comes as a spotlight grows on Beijing’s attempts to revive stalling growth, sent Apple shares tumbling in after-hours trade, hammered Asian suppliers and triggered a broader selloff in global markets.
The revenue drop for the just-ended quarter underscores how an economic slowdown in China has been sharper than many expected, catching companies and leaders in Beijing off balance and forcing some to readjust their plans in the market.
“While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to investors.
Apple finds itself in a tricky position in China, a key market for sales and where it manufactures the bulk of the iconic products it sells worldwide, after the high-profile arrest in Canada of the CFO of domestic rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
Since the arrest last month, at the request of the United States, there have been sporadic reports of Chinese consumers shying away from Apple products. Even before then, local rivals like Huawei had been gaining market share over Apple.
Cook told CNBC that Apple products have not been targeted by the Chinese government, though some consumers may have elected not to buy an iPhone or other Apple devices due to the firm being an American brand.
HMD global to reduce price of three Nokia phones: Report
HMD Global, which has launched a number of Nokia Android Smartphones, has brought good news for its customers. The company is likely to bring down the price of their three best-selling smartphone models – Nokia 3.1, Nokia 5.1, Nokia 6.1.
All three models were launched last year and have fast processors with high storage capacity.
According to a report in Nokiapoweruser, HMD Global will soon be reducing the price of three of its mid-range smartphones.
After revised price, Nokia 3.1 will available for Rs. 8,999, while Nokia 5.1 will available at a price of 10,999. Nokia 6.1, which has two variants of 3GB RAM/32GB and RAM/64GB, will come for Rs.11,999 and Rs.13,999 respectively.
The reduced price will apply to both online and offline purchasing.
For anyone looking for budget smartphones, these Nokia models are a good choice.
NDTV journalist Bahuguna comes out in open defence of NSA Doval n his sons in his FB post. Says those who’re serving the country honestly are being unnecessarily targetted
It sounds interesting and transparent that a senior journalist of NDTV and three time recipient of prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award Sushil Sharma has taken the courage to openly come out in defence of the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his two sons who’ve recently been allegedly labelled as D Company by a magazine Caravan, published from New Delhi in his face book post in Hindi titled : RIGHT LEFT KE JHAGDE MEIN FACT KI MAUT AUR PATRAKARITA MEIN SIYASAT KA GHAALMEL. ( Death of fact in the quarrel of Righ left and mishmesh of politics in journalism). According to senior journalist Sushil Bahuguna, in the present day blind/ desperate politics the tirades have so badly taken the front seat that truth and facts get disappeared forthwith.
In the quest for accusing the arch rival and being desperately vindictive nobody is taking the pain to get the facts substantiated. Even journalism has got converted into Red, saffron, blue and green in view of squeezed political considerations. What’s black n white, nobody is least interested to know. This desperation becomes criminal when even those people are brought under its cover who are not related to politics directly.
Those who are honestly connected/ associated with the service of the country and the society. The current issue is connected with the targetted National Security Advisor Ajit Doval who is doing a great service to the country with full integrity as per the prestige of the post he is holding.
Just imagine as to what will be the mentality of those writers who don’t hesitate to accuse those who are serving the nation with commitment, determination and morality. Where should we bring words to criticize or condemn people with such derogatory mentality.
Those interested to hurriedly target Modiji should have at least found the credible evidence before inflicting such baseless charges or accusations on the NSA and his sons( duo).
On the top of that if ethical, intelligent and knowlegeable politicians like Jairam Ramesh start losing their tempers that one would be constrained to believe that the bad days of politics have indeed started.
However, now a criminal defamation case have already been launched against the website Caravan and politician Jai Ram Naresh. All the facts have been brought in the knowledge of the honourable Court.
Now rest of the work is of the Court. Vivek Dobhal has submitted all his economic documents of the last 18 years to the court. Now those who’ve accused the NSA n his sons will have to find the logics behind their accusations n prove them. When logics are buried down then the factories of generation of arguments come up.
Let’s hope that justice will arrive soon so as to bring those to justice who’ve levelled fabricated n concocted charges on the people doing their honest duties.
This would be a lesson for them. Let Modi, Rahul n others do their politics but such personalities ( like NSA Doval) should be kept out of the poisionous or venemous accusations. At least there should be some people on whose behalf the country may run smoothly writes Sushil.
It may be recalled that sr journalist of NDTV n News Anchor Sushil Bahuguna is the third time recepient of prestigious Ram Nath Goenka Award for his outstanding work to highlight the plight of people of Uttarakhand n those living in border areas due to incessant exodus to the cities, town n metropolises from Uttarakhand villages making them peopleless.
He also made documentaries on the demerits of big dams like Pancheswar and subsequent displacement of more than thirty thousand people. Sushil is also credited with thoroughly higlighting the peoples’ agony in the 2013 ecological catastrophe of 2013 Kedarnath tragedy. He is an outstanding journalist of electronic media commanding tremendous respect in the journalistic fraternity.
Now, Reliance Jio set to disrupt telecom tower industry
After creating disruption in the telecom sector, new player Reliance Jio’s unit may become a potential competitor for the tower industry, especially Bharti Infratel, analysts say.
Jio has around 2,20,000 towers and 3,00,000 kilometres of optical fibre. The company’s Board of directors had given the approval for hiving off these assets in December.
“Jio is in the process of demerging its tower and fibre into a separate company. Jio will lease the infrastructure and will look to raise funds in these companies… assets and part of the debt will move to these companies, making Jio asset-light. Part of the future capex will also move. Jio is also open to sharing its tower and fibre with the competition. While we look forward to more details, this can be a potential competitor for Bharti Infratel,” BNP Paribas said in an analyst note after the telecom firm announced its third quarter results last week.
Bharti Airtel along with incumbents Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – now Vodafone Idea after their merger – have been impacted financially after the arrival of Reliance Jio that disrupted the market its free voice calls and dirt-cheap data tariff offers.
An increased user base coupled with a surge in data usage had helped the newest telecom player Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) post a 65% increase in its net profit at Rs 831 crore for the third quarter ended December 2018.
Jio has also set its eyes on the broadband and enterprise segment as they offer huge opportunities. It has announced the acquisition of three multiple system operators (MSOs) which is awaiting regulatory clearances and will provide it infrastructure and manpower.
Credit Suisse in a note said Jio intends to hive off tower and fibre assets and get outside investors in to reduce overall debt levels. “This effectively punctures hopes of tariff increases for other telecom players.”
Though Jio has indicated its tower footprint is potentially larger than the largest tower operator in the country (Indus at around 1,20,000), in a three-player market, there is little strategic merit for three large independent tower companies to co-exist, Goldman Sachs analysts said.
The other two companies are Bharti Infratel and American Tower Corporation. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea also jointly own tower company Indus Towers, which is in the process of merging with Bharti Infratel.
“Entry of a new tower co could potentially result in pressure on Infratel’s rentals unless we see further consolidation in the tower space,” it said.
Recently, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea also hived off their fibre assets, 2,46,000 route km and 1,56,000 route km respectively, into separate units. While Vodafone Idea plans to monetise the fibre assets, Airtel is looking to form an independent fibre company and could also monetise its holdings in the unit.
Analysts say Jio is not in a hurry to raise tariffs until it meets its target of 400 million users. At the end of December, its subscriber base stood at 280.1 million.
“Jio’s focus in the near term remains on adding subscribers and it said it would not tinker with tariffs and risk disrupting their strong subscribers’ momentum. For incumbent telcos, this could mean revenues staying stagnant until Jio reaches its earlier stated target of around 400 million users… the Rs 501 JioPhone plan could continue being offered for the foreseeable future and we forecast 302 million subscribers for Jio by end of FY19,” analysts at Goldman Sachs said.
ISRO Chairman on space war with China, preparations for Chandrayaan 2 and Gaganayan
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan has said when it comes to India Vs China debate in space sector, India is at par with China. This comes days after China landed Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the dark side of the moon and ahead of India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission which will be launched this year. Speaking to our correspondent Sidhant Sibal, he also spoke on Gaganayaan and ISRO’s focus for 2019.
Q: What will be your focus this year?
K Sivan: Focus this year is mainly on reaching out to children, students and we want them to be more and more aware of ISRO’s programmes. We want to bring students for young scientists programme. Student satellite is being launched-Kalamsat. Along with this outreach programme, we have incubation centres. These are for spreading the wings of ISRO. Along with this, we have priority for Gaganyaan. We have 32 missions to be completed this year.
Q: We are going to launch Chandrayaan 2 this year. Weeks ago, China landed a rover on the dark side of moon. What is the difference?
K Sivan: Chinese have landed on the dark side of the moon. We are going to land on the light side of the moon. Only thing is we are landing where nobody else has gone. Going closer to the south pole, where nobody has gone.
Q: Your reaction to China vs India space debate?
K Sivan: Regarding the tech part, we are on par with them.
Q: How are we helping the South Asian region?
K Sivan: We have one south asia satellite. We are giving one transponder free of cost to each country. Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are making use of these. We are happy to note they are using satellite for the benefit of their country
Q: On Gaganyaan, are we taking help of countries?
K Sivan: On Gaganayan, many countries are ready to help us. France, Russia is ready to help. We will make use of everybody’s expertise to our benefit. Nasa is also willing to extend cooperation. We want to make use of everyone’s help for maximum benefit
Now you can Zomato your food via Paytm: Details inside
One97 Communications Limited, the parent firm of Paytm on Thursday announced that it has partnered with Zomato to enable food ordering and delivery service through its mobile app.
With this addition, users can now browse their favorite restaurants within the Paytm App and order food instantly. This service is currently live for Delhi-NCR customers on the Paytm Android app and will soon be made available across India and on the Paytm iOS app as well.
Paytm has a strong user-base across tier 2 & tier 3 cities who use its services for a wide array of everyday payments. With this integration, Paytm would introduce the convenience of online food ordering to its customers which will further augment the growth through a strong uptake among its large user-base.
Renu Satti, Senior Vice President-– Paytm said, “Our association with Zomato is a valuable addition to our platform in bringing the convenience of ordering food online through our app. A vast majority of our customers are from the tier 2 & tier 3 cities, with this new addition we are confident of driving the growth of online food ordering further. It is also an important step towards enhancing the overall offerings to our customers. We will continue to invest our efforts in this direction.”
Mohit Gupta, CEO – Food Delivery, Zomato said, “Paytm is the most popular digital payments platform, with extensive reach across the length and breadth of the country. We are excited to be partnering with them to integrate our online food delivery service with their mobile app. This will allow us to reach a much larger user base and add to the overall experience of ordering from Zomato.”
Vodafone introduces yearly prepaid plan for Rs 1,499; offers unlimited calling, data benefits and more
Vodafone India has introduced a new prepaid recharge plan priced at Rs. 1499, which offers unlimited calling and data benefits. The yearly plan is valid for 365 days and also includes Vodafone Play subscritpion and unlimited national roaming.
The plan includes unlimited calling, with 1GB high-speed 3G / 4G data daily and 100 SMSes per day.
The users can download up to 365GB data through the validity period and once the daily limit of 1GB is hit, users can continue with high-speed downloads by paying 50 paise per MB.
Vodafone’s new plan is seen as to counter Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio’s packs and Bharti Airtel’s offers.
The Vodafone plan with compete with Rs 1,699 plan from Reliance Jio. Under this plan, Jio users get unlimited local and national calls without any FUP, and 100 local and national SMS daily. The plan includes access to JioTV, JioMovies and JioSaavn Music, among other apps.
The Jio plan comes with 365 days validity, and offers unlimited high-speed data capped at 1.5GB per day. This means, users can download up to 547.5GB data through the validity at 4G speeds. Also, once the daily limit is hit, the speed can be throttled down to 64Kbps until midnight.
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