Category: Mobile

samsung  g india galaxy sIf you’re buying a Samsung phone in India, it’ll be of the 4G variety. In a power move that seeks to catapult the fast-growing Southeast Asian nation into the modern mobile age, Samsung has announced that it will only be launching 4G smartphones in the burgeoning market. And because Samsung is such a major force in India, it’s likely that other players in the mobile space will be forced to make similar announcements, moving the entire game toward 4G.
“There is huge conversion happening from feature phones to smartphones at the entry level. This migration will continue. All the future launches, including entry-level segment, will have 4G facilities and we will sell 4G devices,” Manu Sharma, Vice President of Mobile Business at Samsung India, told IANS.
Some might say it’s about time this switch happened. There are over 250 million smartphone users in India, according to Counterpoint research, yet fewer than 100 million use handsets that are 4G LTE compatible.

That isn’t because 4G is a new phenomenon in India. In fact, the network has been around for more than three years. But it was only when India’s Reliance Industries Limited made its Jio 4G-only network widely available last month that most citizens were able to access the technology. And not only was it made available, but it was made free for consumers to test out and will remain free until the end of 2016.
Now that people have tried the best, there’s no going back. As Tarun Pathak of Counterpoint Research told Mashable, Indian consumers are now “carefully evaluating the phone and checking if it has 4G-LTE support before purchasing it.” That means that 4G LTE support will soon become standard in every smartphone found in India — even the cheapest iterations.

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KOLKATA: Smart tokens and cards on the Metro network may well be on their way out. Metro Railway has already begun work on a project to introduce a system that will allow smartphone users to simply flash their phones at the gates for rides. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has already been asked to develop a software for this.
“We have been constantly working towards providing better passenger amenities. We would like fewer people to queue up for tokens or recharge of smart cards. As a first step, we are trying to introduce an online recharging facility for smart cards. Many people have complained that it’s tedious to queue up for recharging. Once this system comes into affect, they can simply log in from anywhere and top up their balance. We are also on the way to introduce mobile ticketing on smartphones,” said Indrani Banerjee, CPRO, Metro Railway .
Once this system is launched, mobile users will just need a special SIM and maintain a balance in the attached e-wallet. Every time they wish to use the Metro, they will have to key in the originating station and destination. A QR code will be generated, which will be accepted by the Automatic Fare Collection and Passenger Control (AFCPC) gate when the mobile screen is brought close to the sensor. The fare will automatically get deducted from the e-wallet.
The concept is based on a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC). The software will enable the smart gates to support NFC. Under this technology , the smart card is placed inside the phone itself through the SIM. People may not need to get double-SIM phones for this.Existing SIM cards can be upgraded to have this feature. The system in the cellphones is likely to be hardware-based as software-based smart cards are still not a secure mode for currency storage for transportation.NFC readers have now become a part of smartphone news. The system was introduced by the Hong Kong Metro in 2015.
“There will be several demonstrations by CRIS before we are satisfied. We can’t take a chance with this as there would be chaos if something goes wrong and people are unable to enter stations even after paying. We will continue with smart cards and tokens, though, as not everybody will be comfortable with this system. However, we are sure there will be fewer people queuing up at counters,” Banerjee said.

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Prime Minister Narendra ModiIn a move to counter cyber security threat, the Prime Minister’s Office has banned the use of mobile phones in cabinet meetings. The decision was aimed at preventing leak of any sensitive information about the cabinet decisions and matters of policy making.
The Central Secretariat recently issued a circular to this effect. The circular was issued at the direction of the PMO.
The Central Secretariat asked all the private secretaries to brief their ministers ‘appropriately’ about the decision that “smart-phones/mobile phones henceforth will not be permitted inside meeting venues of Cabinet/Cabinet committees.”
CYBER THREAT
On the basis of the intelligence inputs, the government fears that the devices may be hacked by Chinese or Pakistani agencies in the aftermath of the surgical strikes.
The government has already instructed employees of sensitive departments not to connect their mobile phones to their official computers or laptops even for charging. The departments in the South Block- that houses the PMO, Defence Ministry and Ministry of External Affair are no-smartphone zones.
BANNED IN UK, FRANCE
Mobile phones are already banned in the cabinet meetings in Britain and France. David Cameron imposed the ban on mobile phones in cabinet meetings in May 2010, when he was the prime minister of Britain.
In France use of mobile phones during cabinet meetings was prohibited in April 2014.

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MUMBAI, OCT 20:
Tata Teleservices on Thursday launched its mobile device management solution in the Indian market.

The MDM service ensures a secure access to official data and emails over mobile devices, data recovery in case of theft/ lost device scenarios, management of tablets and smart phone devices across multiple Operating Systems (OS). The offering will be available on a monthly rental model as well as a fixed upfront payment model.

Speaking on the launch of MDM, Prateek Pashine, President – Enterprise Business, Tata Teleservices, said: “Enterprise mobility is the need of the hour today but it comes with a host of challenges. With more employees accessing company information on mobile devices, the challenge for CIOs has increased significantly. Most organizations have made sizeable investments in terms of securing access to company information through laptops and PCs and are exploring ways to secure data and applications on the mobile phones and tablets. In these days of BYOD, a device management that works across handsets, operating systems and service providers and easy to configure is the need of the hour, and Tata Docomo’s MDM does just that.”

The solution is targeted at industries which employ a large mobile workforce or permit employees to access company information over their mobile devices such as Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Manufacturing, FMCG, Retail, Government, Pharmaceuticals, Logistics, e-commerce and Market Research.

According to a research report by The Radicati Group, Inc, The worldwide revenue for the EMM market will total $1,760 million by year-end 2016.This figure is expected to grow to over $4.5 billion by year-end 2020. This represents an average annual growth rate of 27% in the next four years.

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According to a new report from market research firm Counterpoint Research, Samsung’s share of India’s premium smartphone market – which currently stands at 58% – may come down drastically to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Not only this would be the lowest share of the South Korean company in many years, it would also result in the firm losing its top spot in the country’s premium segment, which includes phones priced at INR 30,000 (around $450) and above.
As for why Samsung would be losing such a significant chunk, the report notes a couple of reasons: the Galaxy Note7 fiasco and strong iPhone 7 sales.

Needless to say, and as the report also notes, Samsung’s loss would be Apple’s gain – the Cupertino-based company is expected to claim a share of 57% in India’s premium smartphone market in Q4.

When reached out for comment, Manu Sharma (Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India) refuted such reports saying, “We don’t agree at all. In fact, we are doing exceedingly well with record sales in mobile business and the festive season has started on a high for us. We continue to sustain our leadership position across all price points.”

“We are seeing a very good off-take of powerful S7 and S7 Edge devices… The industry analysts research reports are not based on empirical facts. Such projections by any research agency or analyst, therefore, is incorrect,” he added.

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KOLKATA: A smartphone loaded with games, a large packet of chips and two bars of milk chocolates were all a kidnapper had to offer to the kids, aged 5 and 6, to lure them away from their home and hold them captive for three days seeking a ransom from his parents.
At Beckbagan, behind Quest Mall, where the kids live, every family knows each other. But the kidnappers had no difficulty whatsoever to lure them away from their doorstep. “The uncle had given us the phone and chocolates and asked us to come with him. He had promised he would give us more chocolates and a better phone with many other games. So we followed him,” said Umar Ali (name changed on request), 5, one of the kidnapped kids.
His cousin sister, Rehana (name changed on request), 6, said they were first asked to board a bus of route 45 and got down at Ramleela Maidan and spent some time at the mela ground before another man and woman took them in a car and locked them at a house. “We used to cry and ask them to let us go home. But the uncles and aunty would not listen. They gave us two mobiles to play games. I tried to call home from one of them but the calls did not connect,” Rehana on Monday said.
The kids, however, said that none of the kidnappers hit or assaulted them. “They used to say , our parents have left us with them as we were very naughty .They asked us not to cry or disturb them or our parents would never take us back,” said Rehana. Umar’s father Anwar Ali, who works at a leather-wallet manufacturing unit in Puddapukur, said, the kids were first picked by Mirazuddin, who happened to be a cousin brother his wife Raunak. “Mirazuddin had come to our home on Friday afternoon, had lunch and then was playing with our kids. He left home around 5.30pm and since then we could not find our kids.We later called him back to our house and asked him about my son and niece but he said he had left them at our doorstep. We handed him over to police,” said Ali.

“Both the kids are crazy about playing games on mobile. Whenever I return home, my son snatches my phone and starts playing games. But I had never thought he was so addicted that somebody could kidnap him luring him of mobile games,” said Ali.
The family received the first ransom call at 9pm that night. The kidnapper asked for Rs 3 lakhs. The next morning, they were told to come and wait under the big clock at Howrah station in the afternoon. The family said they do not have so much of money and settled the amount at Rs 1.6 lakhs.
“I waited at the station for over two hours but did not receive any call. The entire station was infested with policemen in plainclothes but none came to receive the money,” said Syed Raunak.
The next morning, they received another call around 9.30am and were informed that the kids were left behind at Konnagar station in Hooghly and asked the family to collect them.

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Electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from mobile towers in the country are much below the strict norms enforced by the Department of Telecom (DoT), a senior officer said in Chandigarh on Friday.'Mobile Tower Emissions Well Within Limits in India,' Says DoT Secretary

“There is no scientific evidence backing the claim that EMF radiation from mobile towers, which are below the safe limits prescribed by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), can cause adverse health effects,” said DoT Secretary J.S. Deepak.

Deepak was addressing a gathering at an event organized in the capital to spread awareness about emissions from mobile towers.

“The DoT has already prescribed strict precautionary norms for exposure limit for the Radio Frequency Field (Base Station Emissions), which is 10 times more stringent than the existing limits prescribed by ICNIRP and recommended by WHO,” he said.

He maintained: “Our EMF norms are much stricter than what is followed by many developed nations, including the US, the UK and most parts of the European Union. The government has taken adequate steps to ensure that telecom service providers strictly adhere to these prescribed norms.”

Telecom towers are critical installations on which the backbone of wireless communications rest and unfounded apprehensions around EMF emissions and mobile towers have the potential to derail our growth story, Deepak pointed out.
DoT Deputy Director General R.M. Chaturvedi said that the WHO has referred to approximately 25,000 studies, conducted around the world over the past 30 years, and current evidence do not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.

“A committee, formed at the behest of the Allahabad High Court, comprising experts from five IITs, AIIMS (Delhi), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, has also on the basis of scientific evidence, studies and reports available, found that there is no conclusive evidence about the stated dangers of EMF radiation from mobile BTS towers,” Chaturvedi added.

Several high courts, including the high courts of Punjab and Haryana, Madras, Kerala, Gujarat and Allahabad, in cases related to issue of effects of radiation from cellphone towers have given judgements and dismissed petitions, where the mobile tower installations were challenged in various localities, including residential, on grounds of health effects of EMF radiation, it was pointed out at the awareness programme.

Health experts Dr. Suresh Attili from Grace Cancer Foundation and Dr. T.K. Joshi, Advisor to Ministry of Health endorsed the fact that scientific studies have not been able to conclude that EMF emissions from mobile towers can cause health hazards.

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NEW DELHI: In a move aimed at checking any possibility of leakage of information through hacking of communication devices, Union ministers have been asked not to carry mobile phones in Cabinet meetings.
The Cabinet Secretariat has recently issued a directive to private secretaries of the concerned ministers in this regard.
“It has been decided that smartphones/mobile phones will henceforth not be permitted inside the meeting venues of Cabinet/Cabinet Committees,” it said.
The private secretaries have been asked to appropriately brief the ministers on this.
The move assumes significance as security agencies have raised doubts over the security of mobile phones which are prone to hacking.
Official sources said the measure will ensure that the discussion, which is mostly sensitive, during cabinet meetings remains secret.

Such an instruction has been issued from the government for the first time.
Earlier, ministers were allowed to bring mobile phones with them which would be kept either on silent mode or preferably switched off

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Melinda Gates says she is concerned about the fact that more than a billion women in the developing world don’t have access to cellphones.

“The cellphone is the basic building block,” for reaching poor women with the financial services they need, the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.

“There is a gap in access to phones and financial services for women,” she said last month. “We want to first close the mobile phone gap and then focus on financial services.”

Close to 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries don’t own mobile phones, according to estimates from GSMA, a global association of cellular service providers. More than 400 million fewer women than men have cellular phones in those countries.

More than half of that gender gap is in India, creating a kind of digital purdah for the women of the subcontinent, who often find themselves barred by fathers and husbands from taking advantage of technological leaps that benefit men as outlined in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal.

ENLARGE
Only around 30% of internet users in India are female, according to estimates by the Internet and Mobile Association of India. A government survey in 2014 found that 9% of females surveyed knew how to do an internet search or send an email compared with more than 16% of males. Meanwhile, the country has close to three men on Facebook for every woman, according to consultancy We Are Social. In most other parts of the world, the ratio is about one to one.

Mobile phones are dramatically bringing down the cost of providing basic financial services, but too often people outside the formal banking system who would benefit most from easier access to savings, small loan and money-transfer facilities can’t be reached using the new technology because they don’t have mobile phones.

The Gates Foundation is working with mobile operators and others in the GSMA Mobile Money Programme, which is trying to encourage more mobile money services to the close to two billion people in the world who are unbanked, or outside the formal banking system.

For financial inclusion in emerging markets like India, a digital inclusion of women is particularly important, said Ms. Gates, because women are more likely than men to use financial services and more likely to use them in a way that will benefit their families.

“We know that if a woman has economic assets, she plows the money back into her family,” she said. “If a woman can save 1, 2, 3 dollars, she can protect against future health shocks in her family.”

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Google Maps for iOS is reportedly receiving an update. The 4.23.0 version for iOs 10 will now bring redesigned widgets for Nearby Transit and Travel Times. The update also comes with bug fixes and iOS 10 optimizations. It is now available on the App Store.
The Nearby Transit widget will provide information about nearby public transport while the Travel Times widget will offer users information of their estimated travel time to reach their destination. This widget will also take into consideration real-time traffic and possible obstructions along the way.
In addition, the new update also comes with a new feature that will enable users to check out descriptions of certain places. For example, if it’s a hotel, the app will provide descriptions of amenities and features of the structure. Additionally, users will be able to upload photos while they are reviewing places as well.

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