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ZEE5 partners with Malaysian telecom operator Celcom

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ZEE5, the largest over-the-top (OTT) digital entertainment platform for language content, has entered into a partnership with Malaysia’s premier telecom operator Celcom. The partnership, according to a top company executive, will provide Celcom customers with a secure and convenient payment mode, through Apigate’s direct carrier billing API (application programming interface), to subscribe to ZEE5’s content bouquet.

Amit Goenka, CEO, ZEE International and ZEE5 Global, said, “We have an extremely aggressive global roll-out plan charted out for ZEE5 over the next fiscal and ensuring we have the most relevant partnerships in place is a key element of that. Malaysia is a key focus market for us, given its huge affinity for Indian and South Asian content and growing appetite for online video content. We will soon be launching content in international languages, too, including Malay, and we are extremely glad to partner with a key local operator like Celcom to jointly grow the opportunity in this market.”

ZEE5, which is a part of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), offers 1 lakh hours of Indian movies, television (TV) shows, news, videos and exclusive originals. The content is offered across 12 languages including Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri and Gujarati. It also offers over 60 popular live TV channels including ZEE’s best-loved channels.

Archana Anand, chief business officer- ZEE5 Global, said, “As we rapidly expand our partnerships across the globe, we’re happy to announce Celcom as our first partnership in the South East Asian region. We’re already seeing a strong response in Malaysia and partnering with a leading telecom operator like Celcom will enable us to quickly scale up awareness and access to ZEE5 among their huge customer base.”

Zoran Vasiljev, chief executive officer, Apigate, said, “Online video streaming is a booming opportunity and we are excited to partner with a fast-growing platform like ZEE5 to enable their global expansion starting with Celcom in Malaysia.”

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Nisha Shiwani hails from the pink city of Jaipur and is a prolific writer. She loves to write on Real Estate/Property, Automobiles, Education, Finance and about the latest developments in the Technology space.



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Reliance Jio to Charge 6 p./minute to Vodafone and Airtel for Outgoing Calls

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Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. is now going to charge customers 6 paise per minute for the calls that have been made to the rival networks, till such time that the telecom regulator moves to a zero termination-charge regime, the company stated in a statement after market on Wednesday. Jio users, on the other hand, are going to be compensated with free data of similar value.

Chris Lane, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein said in a note that the move “seems like a big deal, in so far as the market has been waiting for Jio to move from a land grabber to focusing on profitable growth,”

Shares of Vodafone Idea Ltd. along with Bharti Airtel Ltd. surged after the wireless carrier controlled by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani stated that it is going to end free voice calls on its network.

Vodafone, Idea jumped as much as 18%, set for the biggest intraday gain since the month of August, while Bharti, on the other hand, climbed 4.8% at 10:48 a.m. in Mumbai. Reliance Industries Ltd. provides the details of the rose for the third day.

Jio has already paid around ₹13,500 crore in user fees to its rival operators since its launch in 2016, as per the statement. The regulator, on the other hand, had planned to scrap these charges from the month of January next year, but drifted a fresh consultation paper in order to see if the date needed to be revised or not, a move that forced Jio to go back on its promise in order  to keep voice calls free.

New Jio IUC plans

IUC or Interconnect Usage Charge is basically the amount that a telecom operator has to pay to the other telecom operator if any of the customers makes an outgoing call to another customer of the other telecom operator. The TRAI is the one who decides the IUC charge and at present, all the operators have to pay 6 paise per minute.

With new plans, Jio is now offering four new IUC plans with additional data benefits. Here is the list of all the plans that are listed with the benefits:

  1. Rs 10 plan is going to offer 124 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers along with 1GB data.
  2. Rs 20 plan is going to offer 249 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers along with 2GB data.
  3. Rs 50 plan is going to offer 656 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers along with 5GB data.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 India Launch Expected Soon Specification Features 

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Samsung has recently started teasing the launch of the Galaxy Tab S6 in the Indian market. On one of their official post, the company has posted a “coming soon” teaser on its Samsung India social media accounts, which suggest that the flagship tablet is going to arrive in the country very soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 India Launch Expected Soon

At first, the Galaxy Tab S6 went official in the month of August pushing a Snapdragon 855 SoC together with a new S Pen as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor, and several other things.

Talking about the Galaxy Tab S6, it is a high-end tablet as it brings flagship that features one that is expected to see in a 2019 tablet. The Galaxy Tab S6 is going to look to take on the iPad Pro by offering an attractive entertainment device that pairs up as a powerful efficiency tablet. The Tab S6 on the other hand also gets a magnetic strip on the metal rear panel that lets you to magnetically assign and charge the S Pen.

Galaxy Tab S6 is also powered by a 7nm octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset along with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. In addition, the Tab S6 sports a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED WQXGA display along with narrow bezels all around alike to the Tab S4 previous year. On the other hand, there is also no home button or a side fingerprint sensor this time around as the Tab S6 gets an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Specification Features

The tablet on the other hand also gets quad speakers along with Dolby Atmos support but lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the meantime, it is still unclear whether Samsung is going to launch numerous memory along with storage versions of the Tab S6 in India. The tablet comprises a 7,040mAh battery, which is going to be delivered around 15 hours of usage according to the company.

Also, there’s an S Pen for the Tab S6 that comes with Bluetooth LE which is most likely to be the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10. It also lets you use the stylus in order to perform some actions such as taking selfies or else controlling media as well as presentations such as a remote.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Price In India

The Tab S6 also comes with a new as well as improved Samsung DeX. It has comprised a dedicated DeX key to the Tab S6 Book Cover Keyboard, which then further lets you enable DeX mode with a single tap.

Samsung is soon going to launch the Tab S6 in India, however a precise date is still unknown. There is no word regarding the pricing yet but it will be revealed soon. The Tab S6 begins at USD 649 (approx Rs 45,000) in the US, so its India pricing may possibly be in the same ballpark.

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Spirit of Wipro Run Brings Together Participants from 110 Cities Across 34 Nations

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Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today organized the 14th edition of the ‘Spirit of Wipro’ (SOW) Run in 110 cities across 34 countries.

The theme for this year’s Run was “#FurtherTogether”, which celebrated the spirit of camaraderie and several thousands of Wipro employees, their friends and families, alumni, customers, partners and suppliers came together for the event.

The SOW Run reinforces the core values of the organization-

  • Be passionate about clients’ success,
  • Treat each person with respect,
  • Be global and responsible and
  • Unyielding integrity in everything we do.

This annual global event has people stepping forward together as a community to bring about progressive change in the society.

Commenting on the run, Abidali Z Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Wipro Limited said, “The SOW Run is our annual, global tradition. This year’s theme of ‘FurtherTogether’ is aimed to inspire everyone to go the extra mile and is a reminder that anyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it. We celebrate the collective spirit of Wiproites across the world on this special day and appreciate their contributions towards social causes globally.”

Saurabh Govil, President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Wipro Limited said, “The SOW Run celebrates the people of Wipro. Over the years, this annual run has become one of the largest employee engagement events in the world. Every year the run brings together our employees, their families and friends, clients, partners and suppliers. It is a great testament to what the spirit of togetherness and genuine collaboration can achieve.”

The SOW Run 2019 was organized in New Jersey, Portland, Mountain View, Atlanta, Tampa, Boston, Austin, Dallas, Reading, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Edmonton, Ottawa, Dublin, Yokohama, Kuala Lumpur, Curitiba, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Cebu, Manila, Doha, Dubai, Dalian, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Zurich among other cities.

In India, the SOW Run 2019 was held in 15 cities, including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata. The event saw an officially timed 21K or half marathon in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad. This apart, timed 10K was held in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

Each year the proceeds from the SOW Run are used towards social causes identified by the locations, globally. The funds raised by the runners globally are matched 100% by Wipro Limited and are utilized by Wipro Cares, the community initiatives arm of Wipro Limited. In the United States, where Wipro has a significant presence, the funds will be used to support educational programs in underserved communities. In India, the 2019 edition of the Run is supporting the educational needs of underprivileged and disadvantaged children.

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Journalists of vernacular digital and print media felicitated

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Several journalists of digital media from all over the country were felicitated on the 25th August at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi for their distinguished and outstanding contribution in investigative crime, political, economic and social journalism fighting odds and challenging situations and circumstances and disseminating vital news to the countrymen from ground zero in record time.

In all about 97 journalists were felicitated with outstanding digital journalism trophies hailing from different states of the country. A digital workshop was also organised on this occasion addressed by the digital expert from Bengal, Avnish Sarkar who gave various important tips to the journalists engaged in digital journalism including tips for marketing the products and their respective news websites for a wider global reach.

The workshop cum convention of digital media journalists, as well as journalists of vernacular print media and the award function, was organised by IPPCI in which about 500 digital and print media journalists, especially of vernacular media, were present.

Vernacular digital and print media journalists felicitated

About 97 journalists were felicitated by none other than the defence expert and former Lt general Mr. Sehgal, Major General Soi, and Brigadier Malhotra amid applause and cheers from the audience. Out of the 97 journalists honoured on this occasion six journalists from Uttarakhand viz Ashutosh Negi from PAURI Garhwal, Sunil Gupta from Dehradun, Shiv Prasad Semwal from Dehradun and Tehri Garhwal, Rajnish Dhyani, Shiv Narayan Singh, Devendra Kumar from Rishikesh and Rakesh Chandra from Almora, Uttarakhand. A Youtube news channel and newspaper Motherland was also released on this occasion. The organisations IPPCI, Media Hub and News Chakra also felicitated three outstanding persons Dinesh Kumar, Rameshwar Singh etc for saving 17 lives, giving employment to 150 persons earlier involved in drug addiction and beggary.

Addressing the audience of journalists on this occasion chief guest and defence expert Mr Sehgal thanked the organisers for such a wonderful convention and lauded the role of journalists in saving the democracy and acquainting people of first-hand news speedily from ground zero even before it reaches the television channels and print media.

He lauded their contribution saying that while our jawans are guarding our borders with dedication under extremely challenging situations, it’s the media which guards our constitution and democracy.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: beginning of a new era of technology

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People have been synthesizing automatons for a long time, but artificial intelligence was first discussed in the 1950s, after Herbert Simon argued that computers could think, based on the ideas of Alan Turing. Subsequently, artificial intelligence became established. The technologies that assist in the handling of knowledge are broadly referred to as artificial intelligence (AI). A broad overview of artificial intelligence and a more detailed view of its two branches – expert systems and neural networks – are given in this chapter.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned with using computers to perform tasks that would be called ‘intelligent’ if people did them. The objectives are two-fold: to improve understanding of human cognition and to improve the potential of the computer as a tool for problem-solving.

According to Holsapple and Whinston (1987), ‘artificial intelligence is the activity of providing such machines as computers with the ability to display behavior that would be regarded as intelligent if it were observed in humans.’

Another definition of artificial intelligence is: ‘A field of study that designs and develops machines capable of performing tasks that would require intelligence if performed by a human being (Rich, 1987).

HISTORY OF AI

The term AI was coined by Jhon McCarthy as the theme of a conference held at Dartmouth College. In the same year, the first AI computer program, called Logic Theorist, was announced. This program encouraged researchers to develop another program, called the General Problem Solver (GPS), that was intended for use in solving problems of all kinds.

For the past 15-20 years, there has been an increasing interest in using the computer for artificial intelligence. The idea is to develop a machine that can reason, learn, understand, recall and explain its behavior, and actions can be viewed as an intelligent machine. However, even today, three to four decades after AI was conceived, the creation of truly intelligent machines is still not quite a reality.

AREAS OF AI

The areas that influence AI and the branches of AI are expert systems, robotics, natural language, learning, computer vision, perceptive systems, AI hardware, and neural networks. These areas are illustrated in the below figure which indicates a certain amount of overlap among the areas. The overlap illustrates the way that one area can benefit others. A brief explanation of various branches of AI is given.

  • Expert systems are computer programs that attempt to represent the knowledge of human experts, in the form of heuristics, in a specialized area. An expert system stores the knowledge of an expert in a specific area of studies, such as production engineering and genetic engineering. The system applies various reasoning methods to the information stored in it, in order to solve complex problems that require both knowledge and intuition. Sometimes, the problem-solving capabilities of such systems are as good as, or even better than, those of human experts.
  • Perceptive systems use visual images and auditory signals to instruct computers or rather devices, such as robots.
  • Computer vision is to endow computers with the ability to recognize and identify objects and the context to which they belong. Vision capabilities enhance the ability of computers to emulate human intelligence.
  • Natural language processing enables users to communicate with the computer in foreign languages.
  • Learning encompasses all of the activity that enables the computer to or another device to acquire knowledge in addition to what has been entered into the memory by its manufacturer or by programmers.
  • AI hardware includes the physical device that aid in AI application.
  • Robotics consists of computer-controlled devices that mimic the motor activities of humans.
  • Neural networks are highly simplified models of the human nervous system that exhibit abilities such as learning, generalization, and abstraction. These abilities enable the models to learn human-like behavior.

Usage of AI

AI is important because it can help solve immensely difficult issues in various industries, such as entertainment, education, health, commerce, transport, and utilities. AI applications can be grouped into five categories:

  • Reasoning: The ability to solve problems through logical deduction. e.g. financial asset management, legal assessment, financial application processing, autonomous weapons systems, games
  • Knowledge: The ability to present knowledge about the world. e.g. financial market trading, purchase prediction, fraud prevention, drug creation, medical diagnosis, the media recommendation
  • Planning: The ability to set and achieve goals. e.g. inventory management, demand forecasting, predictive maintenance, physical and digital network optimization, navigation, scheduling, logistics
  • Communication: The ability to understand spoken and written the language. e.g. real-time translation of spoken and written languages, real-time transcription, intelligent assistants, voice control
  • Perception: The ability to infer things about the world via sounds, images, and other sensory inputs. e.g. medical diagnosis, autonomous vehicles, surveillance.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has often been popularly envisaged in super-smart humanoid robot form. In fact, it’s more commonly implemented as behind-the-scenes algorithms that can process ‘big’ data to accomplish a range of relatively mundane tasks far more efficiently than humans can.

Prospects of AI

In the next 10 years, technologies in narrow fields such as speech recognition will continue to improve and will reach human levels. In 10 years AI will be able to communicate with humans in unstructured English using text or voice, navigate (not perfectly) in an unprepared environment and will have some rudimentary common sense (and domain-specific intelligence).

It will recreate some parts of the human (animal) brain in silicon. The feasibility of this is demonstrated by tentative hippocampus experiments in rats. There are two major projects aiming for human brain simulation, CCortex, and IBM Blue Brain.

There will be an increasing number of practical applications based on digitally recreated aspects of human intelligence, such as cognition, perception, rehearsal learning, or learning by repetitive practice. Robots take over everyone’s jobs.

The development of meaningful artificial intelligence will require that machines acquire some variant of human consciousness. Systems that do not possess self-awareness and sentience will at best always be very brittle. Without these uniquely human characteristics, truely useful and powerful assistants will remain a goal to achieve.

Challenges of AI

The foremost factor is blockchain technology (also known as Distributed Ledger Technology) and its potential seismic impact on financial transactions across the globe. Blockchain technology has started sweeping the different areas of transactional finance, such as clearing, settlement, payments. Secondly, although it is still in its infancy, we know that there are many algorithmic trading systems used around the world in different streams of asset management.

Challenges and cope up in Indian context

Indians must upskill in the IT sector to survive and this is increasingly acknowledged. But there are constraints that go beyond an over-emphasis on low-end technical services. While the country is not an entrepreneurial epicenter for artificial intelligence, many of the executives who are a part of the ecosystem of over 170 AI startups point out that they face enormous staffing challenges.

There simply is not enough AI talent in the country as only 4% of AI professionals in India have worked on emerging technologies such as deep learning and neural networks and many companies require candidates to have a Ph.D. in the field, which is even scarcer in India.

According to AI startup founders Subrat Parida and Navneet Gupta, they spend 40% of their time just looking for talented engineers and it is immensely difficult to find people with the right training and experience in AI.

India must address its shortage of engineers with training in machine learning, analytics, and robotics. However, the problems go beyond training. There is a particular mindset that is required as AI is a discovery-oriented and novel field that requires professionals with an appetite for research and experimentation.

Thus, the challenges experienced by Indian startups in AI are related to a deeper problem. But the threat posed by automation and artificial intelligence means that the greatest risk of all is not acting, not investing and not innovating in the technologies of the future.

Although we don’t know the exact future, it is quite evident that interacting with AI will soon become an everyday activity. These interactions will clearly help our society evolve, particularly in regards to automated transportation, cyborgs, handling dangerous duties, solving climate change, friendships and improving the care of our elders. Beyond these six impacts, there are even more ways that AI technology can influence our future and this very fact has professionals across multiple industries extremely excited for the ever-burgeoning future of artificial intelligence.

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What is the difference between http and https?

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Time to know this with 32 lakh debit cards compromised in India.

Some of you may be aware of this difference, but it is worth sharing for many that are not.

The main difference between HTTP:// and HTTPS:// is all about keeping you secure.

HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol.
The S (big surprise) stands for “Secure”. If you visit a Website or web page and look at the address in the web browser, it is likely, to begin with, the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular unsecured language. In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the Website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an Http website! But if the web address begins with https://, that means your computer is talking to the website in a Secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

Now, you understand why this is so important, right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your Credit/Debit card Information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.

If it doesn’t, you should NEVER enter sensitive Information such as a credit/debit card number.

While checking the name of any website, first look for the domain extension (.com or .org, .co, .in, .net etc). The name just before this is the domain name of the website. Eg, in the above example, http://amazon.diwali-festivals.com, the word before .com is “diwali-festivals” (and NOT “amazon”). So, this webpage does not belong to amazon.com but belongs to “diwali-festivals.com”, which we all haven’t heard of before.

You can similarly check for bank frauds. Before your ebanking logins, make sure that the name just before “.com” is the name of your bank. “Something.icicibank.com” belongs to icici; but, icicibank.some1else.com belongs to “some1else”.

Https doesn’t mean it is secure as the https server may be compromised and masquerading as a genuine server. There are many inherent issues in the current standard tls1.2 which will be taken care of by the new protocol tls1.3, which is much more safer

This is a simple, but a good and necessary knowledge to have at times like these.

This useful article for our readers curated from the web.

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India today made history and became the fourth nation after United States, Russia, and China to successfully launch its indigenously manufactured Chandrayaan 2 MK 111 spacecraft in its over-ambitious space mission to the moon from Sriharikota launch station.
Chandrayaan 2 MK 111 was launched on 15th July but a snag was detected into the valve of its engine just 57 minutes before the launch which had to be called off immediately thereafter.
The entire country was interestingly and curiously watching the launch of Chandrayan 2 this afternoon fully glued to their TV sets and mobiles and cheered as the successful launch got executed at 2.43 PM from Sriharikota launch station.
The chief of Indian Space Research Organisation K. Sivan under whose most dedicated and committed leadership hundreds of scientists, space science engineers, technical assistants and the entire staff of ISRO had burnt midnight oil for the last two years to make this historic mission possible congratulated them saying I am extremely happy to announce that the GSLV MK 111 M1 has successfully  injected Chandrayan2 spacecraft into the Earth Orbit.
It’s a beginning of a historic journey in space science of India towards the moon and to land at a place near South pole to carry out scientific experiments.
I salute all of them who were engaged in this mission especially the ISRO team added Sivan, chairman ISRO.
Chandrayaan 2 is currently in the geostationary orbit and would take 48 days to reach the South pole of the moon.
The prime minister Narendra Modi has termed the successful launch of Chandrayan 2 as special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted: Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history.
The launch of Chadrayaan 2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.
The union defence minister Rajnath Singh too expressed his jubilation and tweeted: Congratulations to ISRO scientists on flawless launching of Chandrayaan 2 from Sriharikota.
Team ISRO scripted a new chapter in India’s space history with the launch of this ambitious and indigenous Mission to Moon. The nation is extremely proud of its scientists and Team ISRO.
The union home minister Amit Shah to congratulated the ISRO team for this outstanding contribution in the indigenous moon mission but a thank you for PM Modi as well and tweeted: I congratulate our scientists at ISRO for the successful launch of Chandrayan 2 and setting yet another benchmark in the field of space technology.
A grateful nation is proud of them. I thank PM Modiji for encouraging our institutions for setting new standards every time.
It may be recalled that this highly successful indigenous moon mission spacecraft Chadrayan 2 will have an Orbitor for remote sensing the Moon and also a Lander Rover module for analysis of the lunar surface.
It will take 48 days to reach the destined goal but before landing at South pole it would revolve near the moon surface for 14 days enabling safe landing which indeed would be terrorizing days for ISRO said its chairman K. Sivan as the safe landing of the Chadrayan on South pole is the greatest challenge for ISRO now.
This will be the first space mission to rove on the Moon’s southern pole searching for water, ice and cold traps that would help in preserving the history of our solar system. Around 7500 people witnessed the historic launch of Chandrayan 2 MK 111 from Sriharikota launching station in Andhra Pradesh and billions around the country and the globe.
Even prime minister Narendra Modi and the majority of his cabinet colleagues curiously watched the launch event before congratulating the ISRO chairman Sivan and his entire team which made this historic event possible bringing laurels for the nations and including it in the comity of nations having sent successful missions to moon earlier.
It may be recalled that India is the first country to be landing its space craft Chandrayan on moon’s South pole where there may be possibilities of snow and water.
If this fact is ascertained there are possibilities of Moon being used as the launch station for experiments in the space instead of earth.
No other country viz US, China and Russia has landed its space craft in the Southern pole. However US has already announced of landing its astronaut on Moon’s South pole in 2024 for which it’s making necessary preparations.
The Chandrayan 2 MK 111 would be in the in the space orbit for 23 days before heading for moons surface where it will revolve around moon for 14 days enabling itself for the safe landing. This giant leap by ISRO is being considered as a historic victory of entire team of ISRO scientists who’d been personally thanked and congratulated by prime minister Narendra Modi who watched quite curiously the entire launch sequence on a big screen in PMO.
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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.
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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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