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Vodafone Idea wants 5G auction to be held after 2020

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Vodafone Idea, the country’s largest telecom player, on Wednesday said the 5G auction in India should happen only post 2020.

“The industry needs time to develop India-specific use cases before the advent of 5G in the country and the most appropriate time to hold auctions will be somewhere after 2020,” said Vishant Vora, Vodafone Idea’s chief technology officer.

The company, which is in the midst of integrating its networks, has already started the process in nine circles while a full integration is expected to be completed by June 2020. Once the integration is completed, our network will be 5G ready as the new radio, core and transport equipment are being installed in the network which will be ready for future technologies, he said.

Vodafone Idea also plans to exit over 90,000 sites to cut on duplication and reduce capital and operational expenditure. When asked if Vodafone Idea would participate in auctions if they were to be held this year, Vora declined to comment.

Globally, a full commercial rollout of 5G is yet to happen.

Apart from this, the company is deploying a massive MIMO technology at various locations that will enhance its network capacity. “With our current spectrum holdings, we will be able to offer IoT services and near 5G services. The issue of auction after 2020 and spectrum is different…it is more related to developing India-specific use cases for 5G,” he said.

For this 95% of services, 4G spectrum is more than adequate. There’s no need to do 5G for IoT in 95% of these use cases, Vora added.

5G will be required for select use cases like Virtual Reality (VR), HD Gaming or remote surgery as these use cases require lower latency and high throughput.

The company has given its network expansion contract to Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei. Asked about security concerns globally with Huawei, he said the Indian government has not taken a position on such deployments, and asserted that the company will comply with the rules of the country. “Within Indian context, the government has not taken a position unlike some other countries like Australia, New Zealand and the US….we will follow whatever the Indian government decides and we will work to ensure that India’s strategic needs and security are fully looked after.”

After the entry of Reliance Jio in late 2016, the industry underwent a consolidation spree wherein Vodafone and Idea announced their merger to create the largest telecom player by displacing Airtel from its top position.

Vodafone holds 45.1 % stake in Vodafone Idea, while Aditya Birla Group holds 26% and Idea shareholders own 28.9 %.

The company has chalked out a three-pronged strategy for consolidating the two networks. First, to make the dominant network better in each circle as the anchor network. Secondly, complement the anchor network with required support from the other network. Subsequently, the plan is to enhance network capabilities and capacity with the introduction of new technologies such as dynamic spectrum refarming (DSR), spectrum refarming, massive MIMO and small cells.

The company has already started refarming of its 900 MHz spectrum for 4G services. When asked if the company lags behind its peers Airtel and Reliance Jio on 4G network, he said, “We might be a little behind, but once the integration is over, we will be way ahead of all of them as all our network will be technology agnostic.”

He also said the 3G network might be phased out ahead of 2G networks which will continue as many users still prefer it. “There are customers that are satisfied and will continue to use 2G. A lot of IoT machines were originally done on 2G and GPRS. 2G will not be phased out anytime soon”.

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1- Auto repair shops will go away.

2- A gasoline engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical motor has 20. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor.

3- Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots.

4- Your electric motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a Jiffy-auto wash, and your car is towed through while you have a cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new electric motor!

5- Gas stations will go away.

6- Parking meters will be replaced by meters that dispense electricity. Companies will install electrical recharging stations; in fact, they’ve already started.

7- Most (smart) major auto manufacturers have already designated money to start building new plants that only build electric cars.

8- Coal industries will go away. Gasoline/oil companies will go away. Drilling for oil will stop. So say goodbye to OPEC!

9- Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it and dispense it to industries that are high electricity users. Has anybody seen the Tesla roof?

10- A baby of today will only see personal cars in museums. FUTURE is approaching faster than most of us can handle.

11- In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. Who would have thought of that ever happening?

12- What happened to Kodak and Polaroid will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years … and most people don’t see it coming.

13- Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later, you would never take pictures on film again? With today’s smartphones, who even has a camera these days?

14- Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. First ones only had 10,000 pixels but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years.

15- It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture, and jobs.

16- Forget the book, “Future Shock”, welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

17- Software has disrupted and will continue to disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

18- UBER is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world! Ask any taxi driver if they saw that coming.

19- Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties. Ask Hilton Hotels if they saw that coming.

20- Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world.
This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

21- In the USA, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for right now, the basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, (what a thought!) only omniscient specialists will remain.

22- Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

23- Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

24- Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars are already here. In the next 2 years, the entire industry will start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore as you will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination.

25- You will not need to park if you will only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving. The very young children of today will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

26- This will change our cities because we will need 90-95% fewer cars. We can transform former parking spaces into parks.

27- About 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide including distracted or drunk driving. We now have one accident every 60k miles; with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles. That will save a million lives plus worldwide each year.

28- Most traditional car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. Traditional car companies will try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

29- Look at what Volvo is doing right now; no more internal combustions engines in their vehicles starting this year with the 2019 models, using all-electric or hybrid only, with the intent of phasing out hybrid models.

30- Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla and so they should be. Look at all the companies offering all-electric vehicles. That was unheard of, only a few years ago.

31- Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the costs will become cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

32- Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move farther away to live in a more beautiful or affordable neighborhood.

33- Electric cars will become mainstream about 2030. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

34- Cities will have much cleaner air as well. (Can we start in Los Angeles, please?)

35- Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean.

36- Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 yrs, but you can now see the burgeoning impact. And it’s just getting ramped up.

37- Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue – technology will take care of that strategy.

38- Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample, and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any Disease. There are dozens of phone apps out there right now for health purposes.

WELCOME TO TOMORROW – it actually arrived a few years ago.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This future-oriented article curated from the web.

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Here’s How To Enable WhatsApp Dark Mode In Android And iOS

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Out of all the features rolled out with WhatsApp beta, one of the most awaited and cherished one is the “dark mode” (or night mode). Apart from carrying along with it an aesthetically-pleasing dark design factor, dark mode can also add to the overall user experience by improving readability, reducing eye-fatigue, and enhancing the overall battery consumption on the device among others.

However, no word is out yet on the official launch of dark mode and it’s still under works. But, till then you can play around with the feature on your device. Here’s how.

WhatsApp Dark Mode for Android

The first step to be able to enable dark mode for WhatsApp on your device is to run the latest Android Q beta version. Once you have the OS running on your device, follow these steps:

  • Turn on the Android Q’s native dark theme on the device by going to Settings, select Display, select theme, and then choose ‘dark’.
  • Once you have enabled the dark theme, you then have to turn on ‘developer options’. To enable developer options, go to Settings, select about phone, and then tap the “build number” seven times.
  • Now that you’ve enabled the developer option, you need to select “override force-dark” to apply the theme across all the apps on the phone.
  • Since you have applied dark mode across all the apps, you’ll notice that WhatsApp too would have a dark theme across it. To apply dark mode to chat threads, hit settings – wallpaper – no wallpaper to darken up the thread section. You have now dark mode enabled on WhatsApp.

So, that was super simple on Android. Now, let’s quickly look at how you can enable dark mode on WhatsApp for iOS.

WhatsApp Dark Mode for iOS

We’ll now look at the ‘smart-invert’ method that basically uses the iOS 11’s “smart invert’ feature that reverses the display color in an iPhone. can give your WhatsApp a darker appearance on iOS.

Once you have iOS 11 on your phone, go to settings, select General, then Accessibility, select display accommodations – Invert colors – smart invert. You’ll have a darker- looking appearance across your device, without it interfering with the quality of your photos or video.

However, the theme doesn’t apply across all parts of WhatsApp. For instance, if you want a dark theme across chat threads, you’ll have to pick a darker chat background wallpaper. Also, in case you don’t want any discrepancies at all, in terms of media quality, you can disable the feature for other apps excluding WhatsApp.

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OnePlus TV Might Launch Soon In India

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After making a major uproar in the market with the launch of its new smartphone series, OnePlus might soon announce the OnePlus TV soon in India,

Serial tipster Ishan Agarwal mentioned on Twitter, “Have some good news for you all: The OnePlus TV is not very far away, at least according to one source. The launch might be soon, so stay tuned. I have very high expectations from it, what about you.”.

Given that OnePlus is known to offer affordable yet premium-feel smartphones, its television sets are also expected to be the same: Premium, yet affordable by all.

OnePlus hasn’t revealed any details regarding the TV or its launch. However, it is believed that the TVs display might not be OLED, as it is available in other premium TV sets. Other smart features that the TV reportedly might sport includes a 4K HDR display, an AI voice assistant, ability to integrate with other devices, and will run on OxygenOS.

The news of OnePlus branching out and working on its TVs first came to light, last year. Pete Lau mentioned an interview that OnePlus might launch TVs in 2020 and India would be the first nation to get the OnePlus TV.

This is because OnePlus wants to take its time creating a software that can truly offer an immersive and unique experience to the users.

Now, although the TV isn’t out yet, we can’t wait to see how OnePlus would bring a premium touch to affordable TVs and how it would fair against major rivals in a saturated Indian smart TV market.

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DARK MODE STARTS TO SHOW UP IN GMAIL FOR ANDROID

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Google is about to introduce a System-Wide Dark Theme with the arrival of Android Q. However, many apps from the company still lack proper Dark Mode. Gmail is one of these apps, but according to a new report, this is about to change. Google’s App, Drive and Keep already received their Darker treatment, now the search giant is working hard to deliver a proper experience on their popular e-mail app.

According to a report from AndroidPolice, the long overdue dark mode is starting to show up in Gmail App. However, it still needs to be fully implemented. While developers could found it after digging into the code, the app still lacks a toggle to enable and disable the Dark interface. Furthermore, the dark mode seems to be available in settings only for the time being. It currently, pops up randomly whenever it wants.

Gmail is one of the most popular Google Apps for Android device. So it’s a bit curious to see many other G-apps getting Dark UI treatment and Gmail left in the light-blinding the only option. We believe that Google is saving the best for last. Apparently, the dark mode appears in Gmail v2019.06.09. For instance, if you have this specific version installed in your device, you might sporadically enjoy the new implementation.

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Google now allows you to flag deceptive sites with a new Chrome extension

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Google’s Safe Browsing feature will only work if it knows what websites to protect you against, which is why the tech giant is encouraging users to report suspicious sites. The company has launched a new Chrome extension called Suspicious Site Reporter, which provides you a quick way to let Google know if a website looks, well, suspicious. It adds a flag right next to your other extensions that turns orange if it finds anything doubtful about the page you’re visiting.

Sometimes the things it considers questionable are as trivial as the website not belonging in the top 5,000. But if it does find something truly unsavory, you can easily notify Google by clicking the Send Report button, which will send the company that website’s URL, a screenshot of it and all the site’s HTML. In the announcement, Google said the extension is for “power users”,presumably, that means system administrators — but we were able to access it and send a report just fine.

In addition, Google is revealing a new feature for Chrome 75 that can prevent you from loading deceptive websites. If you try to load go0gle.com instead of google.com, for instance, the browser will issue a full page warning. It will ask if the legit website is the one you actually want to go to, because you don’t usually visit the one you’re loading.

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True-caller gets free Internet voice call feature

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To facilitate high quality Internet calls, communication app Truecaller on Tuesday launched a new feature called “Truecaller Voice” for its 140 million daily active users globally, the company said in a statement.

The in-app voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)-based feature would allow users to make free, high quality, low latency and quick to connect audio calls through Wi-Fi or mobile data connectivity.

“We are looking forward to effectively provide an end-to-end communication experience, where users can call, text, chat, filter messages, block spam and even make digital payments, all in one app,” said Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Vice President, Product, Truecaller.

The company had quietly started rolling out this feature to Android users from earlier this month.

“We are also planning to expand this feature to iOS in a few weeks,” Jhunjhunwala added.

In February, the app crossed 100 million daily users mark in India, from where the company attracts over 60 per cent of its global user base.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Truecaller was founded by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam in 2009.

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Vivo Z1 Pro live shots seem to disclose entire design

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The Vivo Z1 Pro is hpoefully debut soon in India as an international version of the Vivo Z5x smartphone that was recently launched in China. In comparison with the Vivo Z5x, the Z1 Pro will be arriving with some improvements in departments like processor and front-facing camera. Vivo has not confirmed the launch date of the Vivo Z1 Pro in India till now. Couple of live shots of the smartphone have been shared by Indian tipster Mukul Sharma today to reveal its entire design.

The Vivo Z1 Pro images show that the rear shell of the phone is fitted with a vertical triple camera setup at its top-left corner. A fingerprint scanner is available on its rear. The back panel of the phone seems to be made out of glass.

The Vivo Z1 Pro will be one of the first mid-range category smartphones to arrive with punch-hole display design. On June 20, Motorola will be launching the Motorola One Vision smartphone in India with the same display design. Coming back to the Z1 Pro, except for its thicker chin, the display is surrounded by slimmer bezels on all three sides.

Vivo India has confirmed many features of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone through its official page. It will be arriving as India first phone fueled by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. The Vivo Z5x features the Snapdragon 710. In comparison, the SD712 offers faster clocking speed than the SD710 chip.

The Vivo Z1 Pro will feature a front-facing camera of 32-megapixel. This feature is being dubbed as in-display camera technology.

The Z1 pro will be backed 5,000mAh battery and it will carry support for 18W fast charging. However, it is yet to be confirmed whether it will be featuring a microUSB or USB-C port. The bottom edge of the phone features a 3.5mm audio jack, microphones and an external speaker apart from the charging port.

There is no information available on the pricing of the Vivo Z1 Pro smartphone till now. Probably, the company may announce it by the end of this month.

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Huawei files for trademark registration of its own mobile OS after US ban

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Chinese communications giant Huawei now wants to register and launch its one operating system “Hongmeng” that can replace the Android OS on their smartphones and other devices. This follows the ban imposed by the US government on Huawei that prevents the Chinese company from dealing with American companies. The ban means that millions of Huawei phones around the world cannot receive the Android OS updates and it will directly impact the company’s business. Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and that position too could be in jeopardy.

The information regarding Huawei filing for trademark registration of its “Hongmeng” OS in many non-US geographies has come from a UN body. The countries being mentioned are Cambodia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, besides Peru and the European Union.

The US administration, however, does not appear to be in any mood to relax their ban and some senior state department officials have been quoted as saying that the Chinese company won’t be able to carry on without the support of the US companies. US may try and influence some of the friendly nations, including the European Union not to deal with Huawei.

The accusation against the Chinese company may have some connections to the Chinese government and that its software may be used for spying. The company has been denying that it has anything to do with spying for the Chinese government.

It is not as if Huawei has been very successful in obtaining the trademark registration for the “Hongmeng” OS. In the case of Peru, for example, Indecopi, the country’s antitrust agency has disclosed that it had asked for additional information on the OS from Huawei and no response has come forth for nine months.

It may well be some time before the “Hongmeng” OS gets the clearances required and their phones can be updated with the proprietary OS.

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Airtel Digital TV now offers 100 long-term tariff plans

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Airtel has revamped its DTH offerings of its Airtel Digital TV service with the launch of a number of long term plans. These plans include a UDP pack, Orissa Superstar Regional pack, WB Superstar Regional and more. Airtel Digital TV’s new long term plans are being offered in semi-annual and annual packages.

These new Airtel Digital TV long term plans include a UDP six month pack priced at Rs 799, an Orissa Superstar Regional six-month pack priced at Rs 1,049, and a WB Superstar Regional six-month pack priced at 1,149.

The Telugu Superstar Hindi six month pack and the Kerala Superstar Ultimate pack are priced at Rs 1,397 and Rs 1,398, respectively. The Hindi Value SD six month pack is priced at Rs 1,681.

Annual long term plans include the Hindi Value SD pack priced at Rs 3,081, the Orissa Value Sports SD pack priced at Rs 3,663 and the Karnataka Value Sports pack priced at Rs 4,158.

The company is also offering a flat 10 per cent cashback up to Rs 200 to all of its users who purchase select annual rental plans. The cashback scheme is only valid for customers recharging their DTH plans using the Airtel Payments Bank or Airtel Money. The offer is valid until July 17.

According to a report by TelecomTalk, Airtel Digital TV has launched over 100 long term packs with six months/a year worth of validity.

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OnePlus 7 Pro launch: ‘Experience Pop-Up’ event in Delhi on May 17

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On May 17, don’t get surprised to see scores of people line up at Delhi’s Select City Walk. OnePlus will host its ‘OnePlus Experience Pop-Up’ event to celebrate the launch of the OnePlus 7 series in India. At the event, customers and also those part of the OnePlus community will get their hands on their latest flagship – the OnePlus 7 Pro.
From next month, there will also be special workshops for community members and exciting events including gaming leagues, content creation and photography workshops.
And this madness is not really new. Pop-up stores have been a part of the OnePlus launch culture since the company’s early days in India. This is when the company gives its fans a chance to try out devices for the first time
Earlier, people have waited in queues for a long time in order to test out the new OnePlus devices. Going with this tradition, the company will be hosting limited stock pop-up stores in seven major cities – Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Ahmedabad, starting at 7 pm on May 15.
The OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone will be available to buy at the Experience Pop-Up as well as other pop-ups, the company said.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected feature a 6.67-inch display with a QHD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. It will be powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor along with an Adreno 640 GPU. It will have Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system. This will be backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
The device will have a triple camera setup (48MP +16MP + 8MP) on the back. On the front, it will sport a 16MP pop-up sensor for taking selfies. OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in India on May 14. The company is having an event in Bengaluru to mark the launch of its OnePlus 7 series.

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