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Ambrane ASW 11 Smartwatch Sees Daylight In India

Ambrane India, the Indian computer peripherals company, has rolled out its new smartwatch ASW-11 with a price tag of Rs 1,999 that will be accessible all over the e-tail and leading retail stores.

The device sports a 128 x 128 1.4-inch touchscreen with in-built speaker and microphone. The device operates on the Nucleus operating system and is well-matched with both iOS and Android operating system. The device is fueled by MTK6261M 88 MHz processor. The watch has a weight of almost 50 g and is obtainable in black color with straps made up of rubber. It has a battery worth 200mAh, which the company says can last almost 2 Days. When it comes to connectivity, it provides third-party apps and Bluetooth v3.0.

Ambrane ASW 11 Smartwatch Sees Daylight In India

Speaking of functionality, the ASW-11 provides step count, calorie count, and sleep tracking. It also provides functionality of calling.

Talking on the launch, Director of Ambrane India Pvt. Ltd., Gaurav Dureja, claims, “Lately Ambrane made an entry in the wearables market, on the other hand in a very short period of time, we have got a sturdy response from the users. Our latest ASW-11 Smartwatch is developed for the smarter requirements of modern day generation. Developed for those on the go, this device might replace your most of the costlier watches from the Case simultaneously playing the role of fitness tracker. Did not we state value for cash? The watch is ‘Best in technology at Best prices’”

Lately, Fitbit revealed what can be dubbed as its first bonafide smartwatch. Called as Ionic, the wearable smartwatch is ready for pre-orders in the U.S. with a price tag of $299.95 (almost Rs 19,200) from the own website of the company. It will be made accessible in 3 color combinations, Blue + Orange, Blue + Silver, and Charcoal + Gray. The shipping is believed to start within a month.

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Technology

Telecom Companies To Launch Rs 500 4G Handset

Current telecom firm such as Idea, Airtel, and Vodafone seems to have discovered a way to deal with the disruptive costing being provided by Reliance Jio. As per a report in The Economic Times (ET), the leading business daily, these telecom firms are aiming to court feature handset users with 4G handsets at very reasonably priced rates.

Here is all you require to know about these reasonably priced handset allegedly coming from these telecom companies. As per the report, the 3 telecom companies Vodafone, Airtel, and Idea are operating with handset firms to roll out 4G handsets at as low as Rs 500. The handsets might operate on processors from firms such as Spreadtrum and MediaTek.

Telecom Companies To Launch Rs 500 4G Handset

Google Android Go as well might play a significant role in this situation. As per a research analyst at a market research firm, Shobhit Srivastava, “The roll out of low-cost 4G processors from MediaTek and Spreadtrum with Android Go of Google strategy makes it achievable for OEMs to provide inexpensive handsets that live up to the expectations of first-time handset user.”

These mega-affordable handsets are anticipated to come packed with data schemes valued at Rs 60–70 each month. The 3 telecom firms plan to oppose new Rs 49 plan of Reliance Jio for JioPhone with these handsets. The aim is to keep hold of consumers by upgrading them to handsets. This will not only assist in defending their consumer base but also drive consumption of data.

As per IDC’s (International Data Corporation) Smartphone Consumer PULSE research on mobile handset user trends in the country, 1 out of 3 of the feature handset consumers will like to purchase a data-supported handset in the upcoming 1 Year. On the other hand, affordability of the mobile handsets in terms of upfront buying price stays a sturdy barrier.

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Business

GDP Base And CPI To Undergo Revision For Improved Statistics

Currently, 2011–2012 is considered as the base year for the calculation of GDP.

As the Indian economy goes through drastic changes in recent years so the base year for GDP should change as well-feels the government. The NDA government just does not want to change the GDP base rate but also the base year for Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Consumer Price Index (CPI), as per an announcement made on Thursday. For GDP and IIP the proposed base years are 2017–2018 and for CPI it will be 2018.

GDP Base And CPI To Undergo Revision For Improved Statistics

This declaration was made by the Union Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation, D V Sadananda Gowda when addressing a press meet. He went ahead to say that his ministry will be bringing in more changes in the way statistical reports are run and data is captured in India at present so that the information which is needed to check the current socio economic status of the country is available properly.

He also said that the service sector and the informal sectors at the economy are in need of different kinds of data these days and to fulfill this requirement, the Statistical and Program Implementation department is arranging for new kinds of surveys to address this kind of issue. One such survey will be the Time Use Survey which will reflect the contribution of Indian women in the arena of non-marketable socio-economic activities.

In April 2017 a new survey was launched, named as Labor Force Survey (PLFS) which captured the condition of Indian labor class. The results of this survey will be provided to both government and non-government bodies in the next fiscal year, 2018–2019. Gowda also informed that his ministry is involved in creating a National Data Warehouse which will contain all the essential official statistical data.

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Money

Verizon And Teradata Have These Expectations From The New Budget

The new Budget is out and this is what Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Teradata India expect for it.

Verizon And Teradata Have These Expectations From The New Budget

Verizon Enterprise Solutions

“The Indian Government has made great efforts to promote the development and growth of the IT and telecommunication segment of India, intensifying the digital as well as economic transformation in the nation. As the industry struggles with rivalry posed by digital disturbance, we expect that the Union Budget 2018–2019 will consider the main problems such as changes in the telecom regulatory structure through industry discussion as fraction of latest National Telecom Policy 2018 to market lawful predictability, certainty, and worldwide consistency that will additionally promote investments and innovation in the IT and telecom segment. The solution to success of the initiative for Digital India also lies in carrying out the required changes to the tax frameworks comprising GST that have played an essential role in growing the economic prowess of the country,” claimed Priya Mahajan, head at Verizon Enterprise Solutions for ASPAC Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, to the media in an interview.

Teradata India

“Budget 2018 presumes implication as it comes after 2 historical changes made by the management, the implementation of GST and demonization. It is huge to lastly witness digitization presume its equitable significance and all-pervasive significance for more effectual domination in our healthy nation. The government is already concentrating on the rise of troublesome techs such as advanced analytics, automation, internet of things, blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, and we expect that it makes easy the acceptance of some of these techs both, for itself to enhance citizen services and governance as well as by enterprise and industry to accelerate the growth of new services and products. We are also seeking forward to new actions by the administration that will power the development of R&D and innovation in India and additionally improve the ease of doing business,” claimed Souma Das, MD at Teradata India, to the media.

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Technology

Jury To Listen To Introductory Statements In Waymo-Uber Case

A panel of judges in a trade-secrets court case will get its initial earful this week as introductory statements start in a sour legal war between Uber Technologies Inc and Waymo that has enthralled Silicon Valley and might assist decide who comes up in the vanguard of the quick-developing area of autonomous vehicles.

Jury To Listen To Introductory Statements In Waymo-Uber Case

Statement in federal court of San Francisco is anticipated to last 2 Weeks prior to the result in the lawsuit, filed against Uber Technologies Inc by Waymo almost 1 Year back, goes to the panel of 10 judges. It commits to be a face-off between the 2 tech majors over blames by Waymo that one of its previous workers took secrets of business just prior to quitting and working at Uber, the ride-hailing company.

The case turns on whether Uber employed obvious trade secrets, a total of 8 as per the court case, to improve its program of autonomous vehicle. Waymo claimed that the engineer Anthony Levandowski in December 2015 took over 14,000 secret files having designs for autonomous cars prior to he starts working for self-driving vehicle unit of Uber in 2016.

The jury will have to make a decision if these were not common knowledge and indeed trade secrets, and if Uber inappropriately took them, benefited from them, and used them. Uber has claimed that while Levandowski took the data, the information never made their path into car designs of its own self-driving unit.

Levandowski, claimed to be a creative thinker in autonomous tech, is not a defendant in the proceeding but is on witness list of Waymo. Levandowski in May 2017 was removed from Uber since the firm claimed that he declined to help Uber in the lawsuit from Waymo and did not hand over data asked from him in the case, as per the sources.

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News

Sr. Citizens Can Now Invest Up To Rs. 15 Lakh In LIC’s PMVVY

This year, the budget has enhanced the investment limit in Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana, which is also known as PMVVY. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, announced the revised amount as Rs. 15 lakhs that was previously Rs. 7.5 lakhs. He even proposed to stretch the limit of PMVVY till March 2020.

The scheme of Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana was designed to offer benefits to the senior citizens with a guaranteed interest rate of 8%. The responsibility of the operation of the 8% interest proposed by the government was handed over to the Life Insurance Corporation or LIC.

Sr. Citizens Can Now Invest Up To Rs. 15 Lakh In LIC’s PMVVY

LIC initiated the offer of the said scheme from May 2017. This particular scheme was scheduled to remain available for subscription for the next one year. However, the extension has been stretched till March 2020. As per the financial planners, with this scheme, the senior citizens will have a golden opportunity to enhance their steady income where the fixed deposits have drastically failed to offer an alluring rate of interest to the people of India.

The scheme can also be purchased both from online and offline via Life Insurance Corporation of India.

An assured return of 8% per annum was allotted to this scheme. The money will be returned to the citizens per month, which is equal to 8.30% per annum for 10 years down the line.

The payment mode can be selected by the pensioners as per their convenience. Right now, if the person chooses to invest Rs. 7.5 lakhs in PMVVY, he/she will receive Rs. 5000 per month as an interest.

After the term ends, the pensioners will be getting back the entire amount along with the installment of the final pension. The death of the policyholder during the time period of 10 years, will allow the nominee to fetch the purchased amount.

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Rs 399 RED Plan Of Vodafone Now Provides More Than Double Data Advantages

Rivalry in the telecom segment is really getting violent and telecom companies are not leaving any chances to woo users. Lately, Airtel refreshed its postpaid offers and now Vodafone is also doing the same. One of the biggest telecom provider of the nation has refreshed its Vodafone RED offer for its postpaid users.

Rs 399 RED Plan Of Vodafone Now Provides More Than Double Data Advantages

The firm has refreshed its Rs 399 offer. Below the offer, the service operator provides limitless STD calls and local, 20 GB monthly data, and 100 SMS. Consumers can also get the data roll over advantage below the offer. Users also have authorization to movies valued at Rs 4,000 via the service of Vodafone Play for the validity of 1 Year and subscription for Magzter for 4 Months.

On the other hand, there is a catch to the limitless calling. Vodafone users are permitted to make everyday calls of almost 250 Minutes and 1,000 Minutes each week. The plan also comprises the Vodafone Red Shield that provides protection and insurance to the handset.

Earlier, the company also refreshed its limitless calling offer for pre-paid users in a few areas. The plan worth Rs 198 previously provided limitless STD, local, and roaming calls as well as 100 SMSs each day in addition to 1 GB data each day for a validity of 28 Days. But post the amendment, the offer now has a daily limit of 1.4 GB data ach day with the similar calling benefits and validity. This indicates that consumers will get 11.2 GB extra data for the similar price.

When the media verified website of Vodafone, this refreshed scheme is valid in Chennai, Mumbai, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, UP (E), and Tamil Nadu regions. Also, the same offered is accessible in Kerela for a price tag of Rs 199. This new Vodafone scheme directly vies with Rs 199 plan of Airtel and Rs 199 plan of Reliance Jio.

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Technology

WhatsApp Takes Trials For Payment Feature Based On UPI

Exciting news is on the way for the WhatsApp users. It has initiated the testing process of its UPI-based payments attribute in India. This stupendous feature will be available to a selected portion of the WhatsApp beta users. It will be available on iOS as well as Android platforms.

This option will allow the users to receive and send money with the help of the Indian Government’s standard of Unified Payments Interface or UPI. This will be available in the version of 2.18.21 for the iOS and 2.18.41 for the Android. Since the user base for this messaging app is bang on in India, the integration of the payment platform will definitely give a boost to the method of digital payments.

WhatsApp Takes Trials For Payment Feature Based On UPI

The WhatsApp payment feature was first cited by the GizmoTimes. It can be accessed through a chat window in the menu of attachments. It is visible beside the options of Gallery, Documents, Video, and more. After clicking on the payments option, a disclaimer window will pop up, which will be followed by a list of banks to select from.

The selection of the preferred bank will enable to connect it with the same. An authentication pin will be asked for the first-time users. However, the payment can only be accomplished if you have an existing UPI account via the UPI app or respective bank’s app.

Moving to the further specifications, it is mandatory to have the feature of WhatsApp payment in the apps of the sender and receiver. Users are having issues to link their bank accounts to WhatsApp, which is an expected drawback from a version of the beta.

The UPI-based payment platform has been under a thorough consideration by WhatsApp since July, 2017. The Android beta version also witnessed this feature in August last year. After UPI was endorsed by the government, big brands like Zomato, Samsung, Google, WhatsApp are trying to establish a strong collaboration ever since.

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Lunar Eclipse—All you Wanted to Know About Blue Moon!

On Jan 31, 2018, this year i.e. 2018, a rarely occurring lunar phenomenon took the world by storm! The rare lunar eclipse was named Super Blue Moon, which appeared blood red in color.

This view was observed from many places in India and several other parts of Asia, Australia and North America. The last time such super lunar phenomenon was observed on December 30, 1982. NASA had a close observation on the event as this will help them to decide the landing position of a planetary rover on the natural satellite of Earth.

Lunar Eclipse—All you Wanted to Know About Blue Moon!

What this rare Super Blue Moon is?

A combination of super moon, blue moon and full lunar eclipse comprises super blue-blood moon, all three occurring at a time is indeed rare. The moon appears blood red as it passes through the Earth’s shadow during the phenomenon.

Usually, it takes 28 days for the moon to complete one revolution around the Earth. We call it blue moon when it appears full before 28 days. This blue moon appears after every 3 year on average.

The moon follows an oval shaped orbit to revolve around the planet. Therefore, it appears nearer some nights than on other nights. When the moon appears to be nearest and bigger in radius, it is known as super moon. In 2018, this super moon appeared 14 % larger and 30% brighter than the previous years.

According to Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist in NASA, The blood moon or reddish hue occurs because of the sun’s rising and setting phenomenon all across the planet which shines back from the moon

Time and places from where the phenomenon was observed clearly in India

The event took place around 5:53:54 PM Indian Standard Time, as per the website of Nehru Planetarium. The event completed at 9:30 PM Indian Standard Time.

No special equipments were needed to see the eclipse as stated by Brian Rachford, Physics Associate Professor.

Cities that gave clear picture of the phenomenon were New Delhi, Ludhiana, Chennai, Meerut, Shimoga, Sariska and Surat. NASA played the event live on its online platform as well.

Those who missed this one can gear up for the next similar super lunar phenomenon on the last day of December, in 2028.

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Politics

Dig Vijay Not Away From Politics, Adds To CM Aspirant List In MP

Dig Vijay Singh dismisses any plan of leaving politics; rather he can be seen as a new addition to the list of politicians expecting to be CM in Madhya Pradesh

Jabalpur: As the Madhya Pradesh state elections are knocking at the door, several political leaders from Congress are nominating themselves for the next CM position if the party comes to power. Dig Vijay Singh becomes an addition to the list by announcing that he will be soon returning to active politics.

Dig Vijay Not Away From Politics, Adds To CM Aspirant List In MP

At present this veteran Congress leader is acting as the general secretary of the party. While on a tour to the surrounding areas of River Narmada he said that after this trip he is not going to fry fritters but work as a politician.

Many people within Congress did not consider him to be applying as the next chief minister and this comment is a clear message to those members about his future intentions. Dig Vijay Singh has been aloof from active politics after he lost the 2003 state elections to Uma Bharti. This exile was to keep his own commitment which he made prior to the 2003 elections that he will move away from active politics for a decade of he loses. The former minister kept his commitment and decided to extend his exile even after 10 years. This Narmada Parikrama by Dig Vijay Singh is seen as one of the first steps towards his return to active politics. Though Congress is yet to announce any prospective candidate for the CM position, Jotiraditya Scindia is considered to be one of the eligible party members for this post.

Though Dig Vijay has been away from active politics for a long time span he maintains close relations with Sonia Gandhi and her family. For this reason he had always taken an active participation in political decisions.