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BSNL offers unlimited calling and a data plan at Rs 97
BSNL State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited BSNL) has come up with the new plan in which the company is offering unlimited calling and a data plan at Rs 97 a month for Micromax's 4G VoLTE enabled BHARAT-1. We are confident that Bharat-1 will help millions of users experience the data and calling experience like never before. 4G feature phone from Micromax which is branded as BHARAT-1, is available at Rs 22,00/- and has all facilities which are required for the 4G user.
GM's Ammann says company moving 'really quickly' on autonomous cars
GM's acquisition earlier this month of LIDAR technology company Strobe may have been the final missing piece, GM President Dan Ammann told Reuters. More acquisitions are unlikely, as Ammann said GM's autonomous business is, for the moment, complete. Investors have responded by pushing GM's stock to $45 a share recently, up 29 percent from the beginning of the year. As to when GM's autonomous cars will be ready for prime time, Ammann was elusive.
A Xiaomi Redmi smartphone to first use the Snapdragon 636 SoC
This chipset lies between the existing Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 chipsets and is based on the 14nm manufacturing process of Samsung. Following the launch of the Snapdragon 636 SoC, the details regarding the upcoming smartphones that could be launched with the same have started making the rounds. As per a recent post on Weibo by a tipster, the Snapdragon 636 might debut in a Redmi smartphone. Earlier this month, we saw the alleged rear panel of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 leak online.
UK lawmakers say Amazon, eBay not doing enough to combat VAT fraud
In April the National Audit Office said Britain was losing up to 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) a year in value-added-tax (VAT) because of fraud or error by frequently China-based sellers on eBay and Amazon. The investigation also said the companies had resisted sharing data with Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK tax authority. These people are profiting from VAT fraud, because they still take their commission, said member of parliament Meg Hillier, chairwoman of the committee.
The robots helping to clear up Fukushima
Robots have become central to the cleaning-up operation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, six years after the tsunami that triggered the nuclear meltdown. It is estimated that around 600 tonnes of toxic fuel may have leaked out of the reactor during the incident. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is using a variety of robots to explore areas too dangerous for people to go near. BBC Click was given rare access to the site to see how the decontamination work was progressing.
YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push
YouTube virtual reality video series The Confessional debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc (FB.O) to attract viewers to the new medium. About 500,000 immersive videos are available on YouTube, and the streaming service plans to increase the titles and genres. Nearly half the time in VR headsets is spent in video, Julia Hamilton Trost, partner development manager at Google VR, said in an interview.
Best high megapixel camera featuring smartphones to buy in India
Lately, we have been seeing many camera improvements on smartphones. The smartphone cameras have gone really far than a few years back when the trend started. It has become common to see smartphones with 16MP and 20MP cameras. Also, Oppo F5 that will be launched on November 2 is believed to arrive with the new AI technology for selfies.
As bids for Amazon's headquarters come due, tech has a chance to spread the wealth
As Amazon established its dominance in online retail, logistics and cloud computing, the company's headquarters in Seattle grew appropriately massive. Amazon has helped establish Seattle as one of the great tech meccas, behind the San Francisco Bay Area. The concentration of tech growth on the West Coast has come with a cost, in terms of skyrocketing housing costs and jammed freeways. Some experts note there are other ways to catch up than winning an expensive beauty contest for a corporate headquarters.
US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space
Each will have space for more than 10,000 drums containing up to 55 gallons of waste. The repository, named the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, began accepting shipments of radioactive waste from defense sites and national laboratories earlier this year after being closed for nearly three years. The pace of shipments is increasing slowly, but federal auditors recently raised concerns that the repository could run out of space.
Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs
Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai said Tuesday he expects to boost US jobs by expanding the Chinese firm's e-commerce platform-not by hiring American workers. Tsai, speaking at a California tech conference, made the comments to follow up on a headline-grabbing pledge earlier this year by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and US President Donald Trump that the Chinese internet firm would create one million US jobs.
Snap and NBCUniversal launch studio to produce shows for Snapchat
Snap Inc (SNAP.N), parent company of messaging and video app Snapchat, and NBCUniversal (CMCSA.O) launched a joint venture studio on Tuesday to produce scripted shows and other genres to air on Snapchat. NBCUniversal, part of Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), made a $500 million (379.33 million pounds) investment in Snap as part of the company's initial public offering in March. Snap and NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.
Indian consumers comfortable in sharing personal data online: report
Brands need to be more responsible with data as Indian consumers are far more trusting than those in other countries when it comes to sharing their personal data online if it improves their user experience, according to a study by consulting firm Kantar TNS. The findings show that only 29% of consumers in India have concerns about the amount of personal data that brands have on them compared to 40% globally.
Want more 'likes' on Facebook? Click farms can get you thousands of it at just $2
For a sum, the singer wanted 5 lakh views for the teaser on YouTube and 25,000 likes on any Facebook update he would put up. Business for click farms is booming, with clientele ranging from celebrity singers and movie stars to startups, struggling publications and even political parties who are buying likes on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Acceleration of click farms happened in the last 2-3 years where companies are trying to capture mindshare through clicks.
4G feature phone will accelerate shift to LTE: Qualcomm India's Larry Paulson
In an interview to ET's Devina Sengupta, Paulson said the new 4G feature phone category would propel adoption of the technology, which will also help conversion to low-priced smartphones. Fifteen per cent of the market was 4G LTE about 18 months ago; it's now shifting rapidly. Now, with the introduction of the 4G feature phone in the market, the transition to LTE will become 80-85% by 2018.
Xiaomi is closing in on Samsung in India's top smartphone market share
Samsung's four-anda-half-year reign at the top of India's smartphone rankings is under threat, with China's Xiaomi ending the quarter through September almost side by side with the South Korean market leader. In smartphone market share, the difference between Samsung and Xiaomi was a mere half percentage point in the past quarter, Counterpoint said, citing preliminary data. Xiaomi had a 22.3 per cent share in the quarter ended September, while Samsung had a 22.8 per cent share by volume, associate director Tarun Pathak told ET.
US confronts internet's disruptions, China feels vindicated
At the same time, China anticipated many of the questions now flummoxing governments from the US to Germany to Indonesia. Where the Russians have turned the internet into a political weapon, China has used it as a shield. To other countries, China may offer an enticing top-down model that suggests that technology can thrive even under the government's thumb. One, which took effect last week, holds the creators of online forums or group chats responsible for their users' comments.
Google and Facebook should take onus of content on their platforms: Martin Sorrell, WPP
I don't believe these companies, and particularly Google and Facebook, are technology companies, Sorrell told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday. They are media companies and they still take the position publicly that they are technology companies and that is wrong. To back his argument, Sorrell said Facebook has hired 4,000 employees to monitor its editorial content. Google and Facebook didn't immediately respond to ET's emails seeking views on Sorrell's comment.
Head of Facebook's secretive hardware unit to step down
Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook Inc's (FB.O) secretive hardware unit, will step down early next year, she said on Tuesday. I will be leaving Facebook to focus on building and leading a new endeavour, Dugan wrote on Facebook. Although any hardware rollouts from the unit are years away, potential products could help the social media giant lower its heavy reliance on advertising revenue. Dugan, a former chief of the Pentagon's research arm, has also led a similar hardware group at Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google.
Vodafone to bring 5G-ready tech to 4G, plans IoT foray
IoT refers to interconnection of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data over the internet. That means we are going to be essential in any of the industries that you can think of. He said the Indian society is going to be transformed with the advent of IoT, faster mobile connectivity, cloud and smart networks.
Smartphones are killing Americans, but nobody's counting fatalities
Three months later, Smith quit her job as a realtor and formed Stopdistractions.org, a nonprofit lobbying and support group. Over the past two years, after decades of declining deaths on the road, US traffic fatalities surged by 14.4 per cent. One, as you may have guessed, is the substantial increase in smartphone use by US drivers as they drive. From 2014 to 2016, the share of Americans who owned an iPhone, Android phone, or something comparable rose from 75 per cent to 81 per cent.

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