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Reliance Jio announces another bumper offer

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Reliance Jio announces another bumper offer

Posted on 23 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been offering free voice calls, SMS, app services and high-speed 4G data to its subscribers since its launch last year. And, now that the Reliance Jio ‘Happy New Year’ offer is coming to an end on 31 March, 2017, the company is offering perks to secure as many subscribers as possible by offering membership plans and other benefits under which the subscribers can retain their Reliance Jio connection and continue to access and enjoy its services at an affordable price tag.To continue taking the Reliance Jio benefits post 31 March, the subscribers need to recharge the Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99.

This recharge enrolls the subscriber to Reliance Jio Prime membership aka “unlimited maza continue hoyenga” plan. Post recharging with Rs 99 Prime membership plan, the subscriber needs to do the monthly recharge as well but will get the Prime membership benefits.Apart from Prime membership plan perks, the company has been offering other incentives to retain its subscriber base. Take an example of the recent ‘Buy one get one free’ offers that assure additional benefits to subscribers.Under ‘Buy one get one free’ offer, the subscribers get an option to recharge either by Rs 303 or Rs 499 and above. In Rs 303 recharge, the subscribers get an add-on worth Rs 201 for free with an additional 5GB of 4G data. In Rs 499 and above recharges, the subscribers get an add-on worth Rs 301 for free with an additional 10 GB of 4G data.

Not just recharges and membership plan, Reliance Jio has been offering perks on Jio apps as well. The Reliance Jio Money app is currently offering Rs 50 cash back on every Jio payment. If users take benefit of this cash back offer, they can actually get the Jio membership, which is of Rs 99, for free.Step 1: Recharge your Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99 for Prime Membership; On successful recharge, the user gets Rs 50 cash back

Step 2: Make another recharge of Rs 303 that will get you an add-on worth Rs 201 for free with an additional 5GB of 4G data; On successful recharge the user gets Rs 50 cash backWith both the cash-back the user saves Rs 100.

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Moto G5 Plus launched in India at Rs 14,999; exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight

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Moto G5 Plus launched in India at Rs 14,999; exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight

Posted on 15 March 2017 by GGS News

The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from 11:59 PM today (midnight).

New Delhi : Lenovo has finally launched its Moto G5 Plus smartphone today in an event in New Delhi. The 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage variant is priced at Rs 14,999 while the 4GB RAM + 32GB Storage variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight (from 11:59PM) with a bunch of exciting launch day offers. If bought tonight (at midnight), users will be able to avail additional Rs 1,500 off on exchange, extra 10% discount on SBI cards, free BuyBack Guarantee program which allows customer to sell their device back to Flipkart at an attractive price (worth Rs 1199) and the device can be purchased with no cost EMI. Apart from this, one can also get the Moto Pulse 2 headphones just for Rs 599 if bought with the Moto G5 Plus today. For the specifications, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The phone comes in two options—3GB/16GB variant along with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage model. There is also a microSD card slot through which one can expand storage up to 128GB.

On the camera front, the device sports 12-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels, dual AF pixels and LED flash. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. The phone is backed by 3000mAh battery and support connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC and micro USB port. The phone measures 150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm and weighs 155 grams.

To recall, the Lenovo launched Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 trade show. T. The smartphone will compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and even Lenovo Vibe P2, as each of them have a decent performance at similar price point. Also, the company is expected to launch the younger sibling i.e. the Moto G5 soon in India.

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Airtel post-paid users can get 30GB free 4G data – Know how

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Airtel post-paid users can get 30GB free 4G data – Know how

Posted on 14 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : A week after teasing postpaid customers with a surprise coming their way, Airtel has provided them with 30GB of free data under its Airtel Surprise offer. The free data will be provided for a period of three months, starting March 13.

Monthly cap for Airtel’s free data offer is set at 10GB. This means that Airtel postpaid users who avail this ‘surprise’ will get 10GB of data for three months, totalling 30GB of free data. Customers have until March 31 to claim the free data.

To avail this offer, Airtel postpaid customers need to download the MyAirtel app from Google Play or App Store. The app shows a dialogue box prompting users to claim their surprise, and clicking on the message will provide you with the 10GB data per month for three months. You will be notified of the additional data via a text message.

The new Airtel postpaid offer is similar to what Vodafone offered late last year, providing 10GB of data for free for a month; however, Vodafone had given users 10GB of data at the price of 1GB under its offer, while Airtel is providing it for free.

Airtel’s new 30GB free data ‘surprise’ comes within days of the country’s biggest telecom operator launching new prepaid recharge packs that provide 1GB bundled data per day. The Rs. 345 Airtel plan puts a restriction of 500MB data consumption during the day and the remaining 500MB data between 12am and 6am. The Rs. 549 pack comes with 1GB of data per day without any cap on timings.

Such plans by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and other telecom operators are an effort to stave off Reliance Jio, which is providing 4G data at throwaway prices with its Jio Prime offers. Among its postpaid offers, Jio Prime customers get 1GB data per day for a month at Rs. 303, and 2GB daily for a month at Rs. 499.

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‘Lost’ Chandrayaan-1 found orbiting Moon

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‘Lost’ Chandrayaan-1 found orbiting Moon

Posted on 11 March 2017 by GGS News

Washington : India’s first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, which was generally considered lost, is still orbiting the Moon, NASA scientists have found with new technological application of interplanetary radar.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with Chandrayaan-1 on August 29, 2009, barely a year after it was launched on October 22, 2008.
Chandrayaan-1 is still circling some 200 km above the lunar surface, the scientists determined. In addition to finding Chandrayaan-1, the scientists also located NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter around the Moon.“We have been able to detect NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with ground-based radar,” said Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and principal investigator for the test project.
“Finding LRO was relatively easy, as we were working with the mission’s navigators and had precise orbit data where it was located. Finding India’s Chandrayaan-1 required a bit more detective work because the last contact with the spacecraft was in August of 2009,” Brozovic said.
Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth’s orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in orbit around Earth’s Moon is even more difficult.
Optical telescopes are unable to search for small objects hidden in the bright glare of the Moon. However, with the new technological application of interplanetary radar, the scientists at JPL successfully located the two spacecraft orbiting the Moon.
The researchers believe that the new technique could assist planners of future Moon missions. Add to the mix is that the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is very small, a cube about 1.5 metres on each side — about half the size of a smart car. — IANS

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Chandrayaan-1: India’s first lunar mission lost in space detected orbiting the Moon by NASA radar

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Chandrayaan-1: India’s first lunar mission lost in space detected orbiting the Moon by NASA radar

Posted on 10 March 2017 by GGS News

Washington : India’s first lunar probe — the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft — which was considered lost, is still orbiting the Moon, NASA scientists have found by using a new ground-based radar technique.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with Chandrayaan-1 on August 29, 2009, almost a year after it was launched on October 22, 2008.Now, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California have successfully located the spacecraft still circling some 200 kilometres above the lunar surface.

“We have been able to detect NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with ground-based radar,” said Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at JPL and principal investigator for the test project.
“Finding LRO was relatively easy, as we were working with the mission’s navigators and had precise orbit data where it was located. Finding India’s Chandrayaan-1 required a bit more detective work because the last contact with the spacecraft was in August of 2009,” said Brozovic.
The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is very small, a cube about 1.5 meters on each side — about half the size of a smart car.
Although the interplanetary radar has been used to observe small asteroids several million miles from Earth, researchers were not certain that an object of this smaller size as far away as the Moon could be detected, even with the world’s most powerful radars.
Chandrayaan-1 proved the perfect target for demonstrating the capability of this technique.
To find a spacecraft 3,80,000 kilometres away, JPL’s team used NASA’s 70-metre antenna at NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California to send out a powerful beam of microwaves directed towards the Moon.
Then the radar echoes bounced back from lunar orbit were received by the 100-meter Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.
Finding a derelict spacecraft at lunar distance that has not been tracked for years is tricky because the Moon is riddled with mascons (regions with higher-than-average gravitational pull) that can dramatically affect a spacecraft’s orbit over time, and even cause it to have crashed into the Moon.
JPL’s orbital calculations indicated that Chandrayaan-1 is still circling some 200 kilometres above the lunar surface, but it was generally considered “lost.”
However, with Chandrayaan-1, the radar team utilised the fact that this spacecraft is in polar orbit around the Moon, so it would always cross above the lunar poles on each orbit.
On July 2 last year, the team pointed Goldstone and Green Bank at a location about 160 kilometres above the Moon’s north pole and waited to see if the lost spacecraft crossed the radar beam.

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Facebook may soon broadcast original shows

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Facebook may soon broadcast original shows

Posted on 04 March 2017 by GGS News

Facebook may soon broadcast original shows

New York : After the success of its Facebook Live feature, Facebook is looking for original TV-like programmes from various genres and may pay hefty amount for it, a media report said.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Facebook was interested in original content from a slew of different genres, from sports to science.

Other categories include pop culture, lifestyle, gaming and teens.

Facebook may go for weekly series and shows that last around 30 minutes.

The social networking giant was willing to pay for the content and could offer in the low- to mid-six-figure range per episode for scripted content.

The report also pointed out that Facebook was staying away from hard news after it faced criticisms during the presidential campaign for allegedly favouring liberal content over conservative content in its news feed and was mired in fake news controversy.

Over the few months, Facebook has rolled out a number of initiatives, including promoting news literacy and developing additional tools to “curb news hoaxes.”

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Your WhatsApp could stop working after June 30!

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Your WhatsApp could stop working after June 30!

Posted on 03 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Facebook-owned WhatsApp has brought about many changes to its app in the recent past. With it’s recently-launched re-vamped ‘Status’ feature, it seems like the company plans on taking the other social-networking apps on, as far as the chatting experience is concerned. The app is pretty popular among fellow users too. Not only does it serve as a daily form of communication for many, it has also proven to be quite beneficial for those who conduct businesses virtually. In times like these where WhatsApp has become such an important medium of communication, what were to happen if it were to suddenly stop working?

The company officially made the announcement sometime last year wherein it stated that while these mobile devices have an important part to play in their story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities they require in order to expand their app’s features in the future.
According to their official blogpost, WhatsApp will no longer have support for a few Symbian, BBOS, Windows, Android and iOS operating system versions. While initially, they were to end support for devices by the end of 2016 — the company later extended the date till June, 2017. Here are the devices that will no longer be supported.

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Soon, Aadhaar will be must for booking train tickets online

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Soon, Aadhaar will be must for booking train tickets online

Posted on 02 March 2017 by GGS News

Soon, Aadhaar will be must for booking train tickets online

New Delhi : The Railways will soon move towards Aadhaar-based online ticketing system to prevent touts from blocking a bulk of tickets, end fraudulent bookings and curb cases of impersonation.Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for senior citizens to avail concessions in train tickets from April 1. A three-month trial run for this is going on.
As per the new business plan 2017-18, unveiled by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today, besides the Aadhaar-based ticketing system, the Railways will move towards cashless ticketing system by installing 6,000 point-of-sale machines and 1,000 automatic ticket vending machines across the country.
An integrated ticketing app will also be launched by May to promote cashless transaction.
“Aadhaar number will be required for one-time registration at the IRCTC ticketing site. The step is aimed at eliminating touts from registering with fake identities,” a senior Railway Ministry official said, adding the Railways is preparing a software for the purpose.
Despite taking several steps, touts corner a bulk of tickets and sell those at much higher prices and this is becoming a serious problem for the Railways.
The new business plan also envisages launching of new tourist trains connecting hill stations and enhancing passenger comfort and providing pleasurable journey experience through improving amenities and catering service.

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Nokia relaunches the iconic 3310 at the Mobile World Congress for under Rs 4000

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Nokia relaunches the iconic 3310 at the Mobile World Congress for under Rs 4000

Posted on 27 February 2017 by GGS News

Barcelona : Finnish mobile device player Nokia is in reboot mode as it gets ready to bring to India a new version of its 17-year-old iconic Nokia 3310 handset for about Rs 3,500, along with its Android smartphones, next quarter.

“All the products that we have announced Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be available in the second quarter of this year in India. Average global selling price for Nokia 3310 is 49 euros,” HMD Global Oy Chief Marketing Officer Pekka Rantala said here.HMD Global has licence to design and sell Nokia branded phones globally as well as use technologies developed by Nokia Corporation.

“Now, we are celebrating the new era of Nokia brand that is the reason we are with HMD Global. Let me also be very clear that we would not license the Nokia brand to just anybody. It means too much to us. We chose carefully. We looked at the market. We looked at Google to be our brand licensing partner which could do this for a long time,” Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri said.

HMD Global also unveiled Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 smartphones for 189 euros and 139 euros built on Google’s Android platform at Mobile World Congress here. The company has already been selling Nokia 6 in China. One model of Nokia 6 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage will be retailed at around 229 euros and the other one with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory with support for external memory card will be available for around 299 euros.

Nokia 6 has 5.5-inch screen size, 8 MP front camera and 16 MP rear camera.

Nokia 3 and 5 have 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and support memory card of up to 128 GB.

The Nokia 3 smartphone sports 5-inch screen size, 8 megapixel camera in the front and back. Nokia 5 has a 5.2-inch screen, 8 MP front and 13 MP back cameras.

Rantala said the price in India and other countries can fluctuate a little bit because of taxation and other cost factors associated with individual countries.

Nokia 3310, known for its robustness, was the most widely used feature phone globally in 2000-05. It is estimated to have sold 126 million units globally when there were only a few countries with mobile networks.

The model was discontinued in 2005 globally. It was when India had very small mobile subscriber base of less than 85 million compared to over 1 billion at present.

“When we went to our distributors for price survey, they mentioned higher prices. But we want to sell our phones at prices which are sustainable. When it comes to India, I believe there is a consumer profile which will see it (Nokia 3310) as a second phone,” Rantala said.

The new Nokia 3310 is a dual SIM 2.5G feature phone with 1200 mAH battery that promises around 22 hours of talk time with one-time full charge. It has 2.4-inch display, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, bluetooth and USB connectivity option, 16 MB internal with external storage option of up to 32 GB.

“In countries like India, we have a huge population and target group that will see Nokia 3310 as their first phone or primary phone,” Rantala said.

HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela said the company has partnered with Google to sell pure version of Android phones that will provide latest features and security updates.

Nokia unveiled virtual reality camera here that can capture complete scene around an individual and not just the front scene captured by a traditional camera.

It also launched health monitoring products under Withings brand comprising smartwatch, smart thermometer, wireless blood pressure monitor and wi-fi weighing scale. The launch date and prices of these products are yet to be disclosed.

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WhatsApp hits 200 mn user milestone in India

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WhatsApp hits 200 mn user milestone in India

Posted on 24 February 2017 by GGS News

Mumbai : WhatsApp on Friday said that it has reached a milestone of 200 million users in India. WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton called on information technology (IT) minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways in which the company can contribute to India’s vision for digital commerce. India is also the largest market for WhatsApp being the second largest smartphone market.Brian Acton, Co-Founder, WhatsApp,

India is a very important country to us, and we’re proud to have 200 million people who use WhatsApp to connect with their friends, family and communities. We build every WhatsApp feature to be simple, reliable, and secure, and this vision is in line with what Digital India promises to achieve. We will continue to invest so we can help more people across India, and we hope to contribute more to India’s vision for digital commerce in the future.

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