So far 52 times Cyber curfew imposed in Jammu & Kashmir

The militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir has earned the dubious distinction of witnessing the highest number of internet shutdowns in the country. Under the standard operating procedures, the area-specific internet shutdowns in Kashmir are usually ordered by the authorities to avoid a law and order problem following encounters. Locals, however, consider these measures as an infringement of their rights. A website internetshutdowns.in which keeps track of internet shutdowns across India, claims the internet services were shut down for a total 112 times in J&K from 2012 to 2018. As per the…

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Vodafone, Idea completes merger, creates India’s largest mobile operator

The merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has been completed, creating India’s biggest telecom service provider with over 408 million subscribers, the two companies said on Friday. A new board has been constituted for the merged entity “Vodafone Idea Ltd’ with 12 directors (including six independent directors) and Kumar Mangalam Birla as its Chairman. The board has appointed Balesh Sharma as the CEO, the companies said in a joint statement. The combination will have all India revenue market share of 32.2% and take the numero uno slot in nine…

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Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date

Google recently confirmed it is working on redesigning its popular Gmail service. However, it’s not just the design that will be new as it looks like the service will get new features as well. One of the features has been unearthed by TechCrunch. The report says that Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email. As seen in the screenshot shared by the report, the email after a specified time becomes unreadable. Users can send an email with an expiry date by clicking on the small lock…

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Zuckerberg says sorry after allegations of Cambridge Analytica data misuse

Facebook is facing growing scrutiny in Europe and the US about allegations that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user information to build profiles on American voters which were later used to help elect US President Donald Trump in 2016. Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a “major breach of trust,” admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. “I am really sorry that happened,” Zuckerberg said of the scandal involving data…

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Huawei, Airtel conduct India’s first successful 5G network trial in India

Airtel says that during the test trial over 3Gbps of user throughput was achieved. Chinese technology giant Huawei and telecom services provider Bharti Airtel on Friday announced to have successfully conducted 5G network trial under a test set-up in India. The trial was conducted at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram), the company said in a statement. “We are moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT). We look forward to work closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India,” said…

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4G Speed in India slowest in world

India may be going digital, but high-speed internet on mobile phones still remains a challenge, even on 4G. Despite telecom companies announcing massive rollout of 4G services, the average network speed in India remains the slowest across countries+ having substantial telecom networks, lagging even Pakistan, Algeria, Kazakhstan and Tunisia. According to a list prepared by mobile analytics company OpenSignal, 4G download speed in India is the slowest across 88 countries spanning six continents. This is despite the fact that 4G has been expanding at a rapid pace across the country,…

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Earth’s satellite turns red, stargazers see ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ across India

Moon-gazers saw a super moon, when it looks bigger and brighter than ever because it is closer to the earth, a blue moon, which is the second full moon in a calendar month, and a blood moon, a reference to the red colour of an eclipse. The phenomenon was visible across several parts of the world. The moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright. The celestial treat became visible in India a little later than expected but when it did,…

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All you need to know about In-flight Internet Services

How internet is provided onboard an aircraft Broadly, there are two ways to get an internet signal onto something that is 35,000 feet above ground: 1. Ground-to-air -Technology uses ground-based mobile broadband towers -Aircraft installed with antennae on the fuselage pick up signals from ground towers that are closest to flight path -The technology isn’t highly reliable for on-board connectivity on flights that fly over vast water-bodies like the oceans 2. Via satellite -Expected to be more popular in the future -Satellite technology overcomes the hurdle of receiving signals over…

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Flaw in UIDAI’s SMS service lets anyone with your Aadhaar number trace your bank info

In light of media reports about access to a specialised Aadhaar website being sold for as little as Rs 500, an SMS flaw in UIDAI’s service has become apparent that allows anyone who has your Aadhaar number to figure out your bank details. The flaw resides in a USSD service that UIDAI publicly shared in December last year. First reported by Gadgets.NDTV, the service allows anyone to check if their bank account has been linked to their Aadhaar number, as has been mandated by the authority. To find whether an…

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Discarded Walnut Shells can be used to make batteries

Sodium-ion batteries are significantly cheaper than lithium-ion varieties ashmir’s lofty mountains and majestic slopes, together with the temperate are ideally suited for walnut production, and it is no wonder that Kashmiri walnuts are famous worldwide for their superior taste. Naturally, a lot of organic waste, by way of walnut shells, is also generated. A team of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), carried out a study and found that 63,000 hectares of land is used for walnut cultivation in Kashmir. Of the total 36,000 tonnes…

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