Smart way to recharge Airtel numbers online

In modern era like today where each and every individual irrespective of his age and gender is dependent on the internet in some way or the other and is too busy within one thing that still keeps you connected to everyone else is your mobile phone. The long chats, those sms chats, etc are some things that still keep us close with everyone and do not let the distance create differences. It is considered as one of the greatest inventions of all the times which has not just made the lives of people easy but also has proved to become a basic necessity for everyone. Since this is one of those addictive habits that each of us has thinking of a situation where we go out of the mobile credit is just torturing. With the instant online mobile recharging options that we have these days the situation can be easily handled.

Considering the option of Airtel online recharge more and more people are opting for it with every day that passes by. It is only because of this popularity that the online mobile recharge has emerged as a big industry and a good business prospect over all these years.  There are hundreds of websites that will provide you the facility of online mobile recharge but what is important here is to make sure that you select the one which is not just legitimate but it also holds a good reputation amongst its customers. Since the number of websites is constantly increasing it is advisable to make sure that you do not fall prey to a website which is not trustworthy, way too lucrative or is offering something which is much more than the normal stuff. Reading the customer reviews on blogs as well as on certain forums can be good idea to find out an answer to all your queries.

There are a lot of reasons that have made online recharge such a big hit amongst the cell phone users these days. As soon as you get a low balance message you can easily recharge your phone instantly with the help of Airtel online recharge and make sure that your credibility does not go in vain get affected. Since this is one of the most desired methods of getting your phone recharged and also with all the benefits and cash back offers and third party discount vouchers that come along this proves to be one big deal to opt for. All these offers eventually make sure that you get definitely much more then the basic amount that you are going to pay for your online mobile recharge.

So next time when you find yourself left without any balance after that long conversation do not let yourself get interrupted by this problem and make sure that you use the online recharge service and get your phone recharged instantly. Running to some traditional recharge booth and standing there in line waiting all the time should never be an option from now on.

No Decision Yet on Charging WhatsApp, Skype Calls

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Amid criticism of a DoT panel report suggesting ‘regulatory framework’ for Internet calls, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Friday said it is not the final view of the government and a “structured” decision will be taken only after looking into views of all stakeholders.

The suggestions of the panel, if implemented, may lead to free calls offered by apps like Skype and WhatsApp coming to an end. The panel has proposed regulation of domestic calls on Internet-based apps like Skype, Whatsapp, and Viber by putting them on par with services offered by telecom operators.

“Net neutrality report has come and I want to make this clear that it is not the report of the government. It is the report of the Department of Telecom,” Prasad told reporters on the sidelines an event in New Delhi.

“It is the report of a committee of officers which I had constituted to study the entire gamut of net neutrality.”

The panel was chaired by DoT Advisor for Technology A K Bhargava and members included officers A K Mittal, V Umashankar, Shashi Ranjan Kumar, G Narendra Nath, and R M Agarwal. The minister had asked the panel to study net neutrality operation in various parts of the world and the debate on the issue.

Prasad said that the report is now in public domain for comments and it will be sent to Trai also.

“After the Trai report, we will take a structured view. Thereafter Cabinet will take a final decision,” Prasad said.

Net neutrality implies that equal treatment be accorded to all Internet traffic and no priority be given to an entity or company based on payment to content or service providers such as telecom companies, which is seen as discriminatory.

The DoT panel has said that international Internet-based calls and messaging services should not be regulated.

IT sector body Nasscom has said that if recommendations are implemented, this kind of differentiation between Internet-based communication services may lead to breach of users’ privacy.

Telecom Watchdog, an NGO and co-petitioner in 2G spectrum case, has alleged that the report was a “protectionist policy for the incumbent telecom service providers” and anti-consumer.

Asus ZenFone Selfie With 13-Megapixel Front and Rear Cameras Launched at Computex

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Asus has launched the ZenFone Selfie smartphone at Computex 2015 in Taipei. Asus is no doubt trying to tap the selfie trend by officially announcing its selfie-focused smartphone – designed for selfie shot lovers.The company already has a smartphone called the Asus ZenFone Zoom with 3x optical zoom said to be designed with the photographer in mind.

The Taiwanese company has not revealed availability and pricing details for the Asus ZenFone Selfie smartphone.

The highlight of the Asus ZenFone Selfie is it sports both 13-megapixel rear and front cameras with f/2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, 28mm focal length, and dual-colour Real Tone flash. Asus’s Zen UI packs few camera improvement tools such as low light mode, Selfie Panorama mode, backlight (HDR) mode, enhanced beautification mode, manual mode, and zero shutter lag.

The ZenFone Selfie runs company’s brand new Asus ZenUI based on Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (1.7GHz quad-core and 1GHz quad-core) processor with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Much like the ZenFone 2 smartphone, the ZenFone Selfie will also come in two variants featuring 2GB of RAM and 3GB of RAM, according to global Asus website. It comes with dual-SIM (Micro-SIM) support.

asus_zenfone_selfie_camera.jpgIt features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display offering pixel density of 403ppi. The display is powered by Asus TruVivid technology while also features Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection against scratches. The ZenFone Selfie also comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage support via microSD card (up to 64GB). The handset features a 3000mAh battery.

Connectivity options on the handset include Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. It measures 156.5×77.2×10.8mm and weighs 170 grams.

It will be available in Pure White, Chic Pink, Aqua Blue, Glacier Gray, Sheer Gold, and Glamour Red colours. The handset packs accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity, and ambient light sensor.

Apart from the new ZenFone Selfie smartphone, Asus also launched its next-generation ZenWatch 2 alongside new ZenPad tablets.

Inbox by Gmail to Get Delete Button and Signature Support

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Inbox by Gmail, Google’s email management app, garnered much interest last year with its redesigned looks and some quirky new features. Inbox by Gmail however arguably missed out on some basic features, such as a single delete button and a way to include predefined signatures. These complaints have been heard by the company, and it will soon add the missing features to its email management app.The Inbox by Gmail team confirmed that it is working on allowing predefined signatures and providing a delete button to Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii on his Google+ post. Russakovskii was sharing why he had problems in getting along with Inbox by Gmail app, giving such as the missing ‘mark an email unread’ feature, labels, signatures, and no one-tap trash action. Inbox by Gmail replied on the post saying, “We’re working on both Signatures and Delete.”

Apart from this, the team also commented about the missing ‘mark as unread’ feature, saying that the pin and snooze features in the mail management app were designed to replace it.

In April, Google updated its Inbox by Gmail app adding a new Web interface with the ability to set a custom Snooze time, and also added quick access to Contacts.

With the updated Inbox by Gmail, users were able to set custom morning, afternoon and evening Snooze times along with existing Snooze options from when the app was launched last year. The custom Snooze feature was highly requested by users since then.

It’s worth mentioning that Microsoft has been lately revamping its Outlook.com email service alongside Outlook mobile app. Microsoft last month released the out-of-beta Outlook app for Android. The company after nearly four months of wait has now removed the preview tag from the app. Microsoft was recently also reported to be working on a Flow by Outlook, an Inbox by Gmail style lightweight email management app.

PhotoMath Updated to High-School Level, Android App Coming Soon

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Damir Sabol, Croatian computer expert and entrepreneur, was helping his son with his maths homework when he had an idea.”I found it a bit tedious, all those additions and multiplications, so I reckoned, ‘We already have intelligent software, why not make it deal with maths?'” Sabol said.

The result was PhotoMath, a free app that scans and solves equations, providing a step-by-step explanation. It has been downloaded more than 11 million times since its introduction in October, and it was just updated on Thursday to take it to high school level. An Android version is due in days.

The app is based on the same technology as an earlier app called PhotoPay that was introduced in 2012 by Sabol’s company, which is also called Photo Pay. That app facilitates mobile banking, by scanning household bills and paying them instantly.

“Basically, what we do is teach mobile phones to read things from the real world,” Sabol told Reuters in his sparsely decorated office in Zagreb, where a dozen young software engineers jot down ideas and algorithms.

He said the PhotoMath averages about 1.5 million users every month and he had received scores of emails from grateful students, parents and even teachers.

“Will I allow my pupils to use the app? Absolutely,” a British maths teacher wrote on www.amathsteacherwrites.co.uk, after a pupil proudly presented the app in class.

“As a means for them to check their work it’s unrivalled … They are far more likely to ‘listen’ to an electronic device, rather than teacher, telling them that they are right or wrong,” the teacher wrote.

Sabol says he has never regretted making the app available for free.

“Now, of course, we are looking for ways to be commercial,” he said. “Without that, we cannot continue developing the app.

[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]

2G Spectrum Auction Will Be Subject to Final Verdict: Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that the auction for 2G spectrum will go ahead according to the schedule from March 4 subject to the outcome of matter before it.”Let the auction go on and let us see what emerges from it,” a bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Adarsh Kumar Goel said, adding that it’s outcome will not be finalised without the apex court’s permission.

The bench, which declined to stay the auction process for ‘some days’, said no bidder, if successful, shall claim any equity in the bidding process.

“There is prima facie inconsistency in the stand of the government but that is not a ground for staying it (the auction),” it said while posting the matter for further hearing on March 26.

The Centre on January 9 had issued notice inviting applications for all the 17 circles. The issue of upcoming auction had first come to the apex court after the Centre had filed an appeal against the interim order of the Tripura High Court allowing telecom firms Bharti Hexacom Ltd and Reliance Telecom Ltd to submit two separate bids for a total of 8.8MHz spectrum in the north-east circle.

It had yesterday stayed proceedings before various High Courts and decided to hear on priority basis a batch of petitions raising various issues against the tender conditions for the auction of 2G spectrum.

The Centre on Thursday submitted that the existing telecom service providers, Dishnet and BSNL holding 4.4MHz of spectrum each in north-eastern states and whose licences were ending in 2017, could top it up by bidding for a minimum of 0.6MHz to take it 5MHz.

Senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for Reliance Telecom, said his client will be in a position of disadvantage due to the auction norms and claimed that only one service provider Dishnet will be the beneficiary of this policy.

Chidambaram said that if Dishnet makes bid for 4MHz spectrum then both the existing service providers – Reliance Telecom and Bharti Hexacon – would be knocked out.

The bench had yesterday transferred petitions filed by private telecom operators from High Courts of Allahabad, Karnataka and Delhi to the apex court.

The Supreme Court had on February 17 said it would take a decision on the dispute between the government and private telecom operators on the issue of bidding of spectrum for the north-east circle, instead of leaving it to the Tripura High Court by staying all proceedings there.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had submitted that High Courts should not interfere in an “informed policy decision” on the auction of air waves having bearing on government revenues.

“If the auction of this nature which is going to fetch Rs. 1,00,000 crores to the government is going to be interfered by the High Courts then everything would come to a naught,” he had said.

Rohatgi had assailed the Tripura High Court order saying it would give rise to lot of petitions on the issue. Further, he had said the Trai recommendations were not binding on the government and the Department of Telecom (DoT)

could differ with them after they are examined by the DoT Committee and the Telecom Commission.

The AG had said it was the same Trai which had favoured auctioning a minimum of 5MHz of spectrum in 2012, 2013 and again in February 2014.

[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]

Budget 2015: What the Tech Companies Want From the Government

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be announcing the Union Budget 2015-16 on Saturday, and after last year’s Budget, the technology companies’ expectations are high from the government.

Many of the companies offered general suggestions such as the development of infrastructure and more use of IT in government. Government involvement to raise IT spending is something that companies like AMD and Microsoft appear to be counting on for the coming year.

“Over the past nine months, the Government has set the right context and articulated its vision for India’s economic development,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. “Programs such as Digital India, smart cities and Skill India require the creation of technological infrastructure that will need Budgetary support. A policy framework for industry and SMEs in particular that encourages innovation and adoption of technology can boost the Make in India initiative. We hope this year’s Budget will create an enabling environment for Indian industry to realize its growth potential.”

“In the interim Budget last year, the government pledged to support the growth of domestic information technology capabilities in both hardware and software,” said Ravi Swaminathan, Managing Director, AMD India and Corporate Vice President, AMD South Asia. “This year we expect the Budget to be aggressive, focusing on making India emerge in the top three hardware countries in terms of demand. Talking about the industry at a whole, we believe affordable broadband, radical government process re-engineering and the use of IT in all government processes will be the biggest enablers.”

“I hope the government will adopt a carrot rather than a stick approach for India’s burgeoning smart devices market through encouraging and supportive rules and regulations to expedite the eco-system creation in India which is quintessential for smart device manufacturing,” said Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman, Micromax.

“In Budget 2015, the government should be introducing friendly policies including tax holidays and interest subsidies to give a push to domestic handset manufacturing and increase the mobile phone user base in India,” said Pradeep Jain, Managing Director, Karbonn.

In order to boost the sector the government should refund 100% of import duties for all exports made by Indian companies.

“We believe reduction of import duties with an option to allow businesses to Make in India will be a welcome move,” said Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon. “This will give a huge boost to the Make in India initiative and also enable Indian businesses to exponentially grow. Reducing Corporate Income Tax to 20 percent linked to investments being made to enhance growth is another aspect the government should be consider.”

Companies are also hoping that the Budget will help them to build a price advantage over the increasing international competition from brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus. Maxx Mobile Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Agarwal hoped that custom duty on imports for mobile handsets will be increased. “We also hope that the government will offer ESOPS, subsidies on investments and incentives for Indian mobile manufacturers,” he said.

Giving startups a faster start
“One area that is important is the definition of a startup,” said Sangeeeta Gupta, VP Nasscom in a prior interview. “This is something that needs clarity.” This is important because in the 2014 Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced large allocations for the startup sector. You have to be a startup to qualify for these funds or other benefits like soft loans, but without clear definitions, access to these benefits can be a challenge for companies.

Nasscom has a number of recommendations that would help the technology industry to grow. For instance, the industry body is suggesting a lowering in royalties and fees on technical services, and the adoption of international practices on foreign tax credit policies to increase competitiveness.

It also wants information technology and software products to be eligible for research and development deductions in taxes, as should the re-education of employees, which is necessary to maintain competitiveness.

Gupta also said that aside from addressing issues, the industry also needs an incentive structure to be created to help growth.

“We need to make patents simpler, and offer schemes and incentives that encourage startups to take risks if we are to grow,” Gupta concludes. “From the IT Industry perspective the long elusive transfer pricing clarity is one serious expectation,” said Ramesh Loganathan, President Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association. For the Startup ecosystem, clarity in operationalising the Rs. 10,000 Crore startup fund will be great. More specific policy support that incentivize and support incubators will be a major boost to early stage ecosystem.”

“From the IT Industry perspective the long elusive transfer pricing clarity is one serious expectation from this Budget,” said Ramesh Loganathan, President Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association. For the Startup ecosystem, clarity in operationalising the Rs. 10,000 Crore startup fund will be great. More specific policy support that incentivize and support incubators will be a major boost to early stage ecosystem.”

Building up the ecosystem
Bodies such as the Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) and the Manufacturer’s Association for Information and Technology (MAIT) talked about the importance of measures such as implementing a uniform goods and services tax, to reduce paperwork for businesses by applying all taxes at a single point. Reduction of customs duties and special additional duties will also encourage businesses to invest in India, these bodies said.

“It is crucial that reforms like GST be implemented,” said Manish Sharma, President CEAMA. “Once fully implemented, GST will create a single, unified Indian market and will diminish the multiple layers of indirect taxation that prevails in India at present.”

Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director MAIT, however clarified that these moves will not immediately impact consumers, and will instead help by creating more investment, and seeing more growth in the sector.

“These suggestions will help domestic manufacturers to get into the market,” he said. “Domestic as well as foreign players are interested in setting up manufacturing in India, and this will benefit the consumers in the long term.”

[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]