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  1. PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a technology visa for start-up founders employees and investors to create world-leading companies, reported CNBC. The visa will make it easier for foreign talent to work in France while the new regulation will also support start-ups with money. The fast-tracked procedure will allow individuals to obtain a residence permit in France know as the "Talent Passport". The permit will be valid for four years and will be extended to immediate family members. "I want France to attract new entrepreneurs, new researchers, and be the nation for innovation and start-ups," Macron told CNBC on the sidelines of the Viva Tech conference in Paris. "I want this country to become a country of unicorns," the French President added later during a keynote speech on Thursday, according to a translation. The French president added that talent often leaves France as the environment in the country is not attractive enough. "The key is training and keeping talent in the country." Macron also proposed a European Venture Fund that can support start-ups as they grow. Venture capital investment in France hit $1.6 billion in 2016, while it was $1.7bn in 2015.
  2. TEHRAN: Iran has targeted militants in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran. Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria´s mostly Daesh held Deir Ezzor province, hitting their command base, the Guards said. The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first Daesh claimed attacks inside Iran, a Guards spokesman added. As well as punishing "terrorists", it was intended to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Sunday´s strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. "The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran´s punitive power against terrorists and enemies," Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday. "International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation." Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists". US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism, a charge it denies and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
  3. China successfully launched on Thursday its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, state media reported. A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-tonne telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gobi Desert at 11:00 am (3:00 GMT), according to the official Xinhua news agency. The Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT), named Insight, will allow Chinese scientists to observe magnetic fields and the interiors of pulsars and better understand the evolution of black holes. It will also help scientists search for gamma-ray bursts corresponding to gravitational waves and study how to pulsars can be used for spacecraft navigation, Xinhua said. "We are looking forward to discovering new activities of black holes and studying the state of neutron stars under extreme gravity and density conditions, and physical laws under extreme magnetic fields," Xinhua quoted HXMT lead scientist Zhang Shuangnan as saying. "These studies are expected to bring new breakthroughs in physics," Zhang added. The telescope will seek out new black hole activity by repeatedly scanning the Milky Way for active celestial bodies that emit X-rays. Black holes are usually undetectable, but when matter falls into a black hole, it is accelerated and heated, emitting X-rays in the process, Zhang explained. Compared with other countries' space telescopes, HXMT has a larger detection area and broader energy range -- providing advantages in finding black holes and neutron stars that emit bright X-rays -- and making scanning the galaxy more efficient, according to Zhang. Very bright objects have a large number of photon particles, which can result in image over-exposure, but HXMT designers solved the problem by diffusing photons instead of focusing them. "No matter how bright the sources are, our telescope won't be blinded," chief designer Chen Yong said. Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of its rise and of the Communist Party's success in turning around the fortunes of the once poverty-stricken nation. In April, China's first cargo spacecraft successfully docked with an orbiting space lab -- a key development toward China's goal of having its own crewed space station by 2022. Last month, China opened a "Lunar Palace" laboratory on Earth to simulate a moon-like environment and house students for up to 200 days as the country prepares for its long-term goal of sending humans to the natural satellite.
  4. Russia on Wednesday launched an unmanned Progress cargo ship carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "The Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket with the Progress MS-06 cargo ship launched successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome at 12:20 Moscow time (0920 GMT)," Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on its website. The cargo ship, carrying more than two tonnes of essential supplies including fuel, air and equipment and parcels for astronauts, is due to dock with the ISS on Friday at 1142 GMT. The last successful launch of a Progress ship was in February, coming after a similar craft crashed back to Earth in December last year. A commission appointed to investigate the malfunction concluded in January that it was caused by the break-up of the Soyuz third-stage rocket engine, either due to "foreign materials" getting inside or an "assembly fault".
  5. At a press event today, Samsung announced the Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max for release in India and the two smartphones are priced at INR 20,990 and INR 17,900 respectively. The Galaxy J7 Max will be available starting June 20th whereas the Galaxy J7 Pro will available in mid-July 2017. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Both smartphones have a metal unibody design and come with Samsung Pay mini and a “Social camera”. Samsung Pay mini is a lighter version of the full blown iteration that supports digital wallets and other mobile payment services. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max both sport a 13MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 13-MP front facing camera with f/1.9 aperture. The camera app on the smartphone also has direct sharing to social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. The camera also comes with Snapchat-like filters, similar to the Galaxy S8. "Samsung J series holds a leadership position in the mass-mid segment smartphone market and continues to witness a healthy demand from Indian customers. At Samsung, we listen to our consumers and bring out meaningful innovations that help enhance people's lives. Considering the increasing market demand in the mid segment, we have launched two new models, Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro. The superior specifications along with disruptive innovations of Samsung Pay and Social Camera on these devices will further consolidate our leadership position," Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India said. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy J7 Pro has 5.5-inch Super AMOLED full HD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The J7 Pro is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset clocked at 1.6Ghz. The J7 Pro has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage to compliment the SoC and has a battery capacity of 3,600 mAH. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Specifications: © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Display -5.7” FHD TFT Camera - 13MP (Flash) + 13MP (Flash) Memory - 4 GB/ 32GB (3 slots) Dimension - 8.1mm Battery - 3,300mAH Processor - 1.6 Octa Mediatek Connectivity - 4G Cat4 OS - Android 7.0 Nougat Colour Variants - Black & Gold Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Specifications: © Samsung Display - 5.5” FHD sAMOLED Camera - 13MP (Flash) + 13MP (Flash) Memory - 3 GB RAM/ 64GB (3 slots) Dimension - 7.8mm Battery - 3,600mAH Processor - 1.6 Octa Exynos Connectivity - 4G Cat6 OS - Android 7.0 Nougat Colour Variants - Black & Gold
  6. When Twitter is not busy cracking jokes or creating hilarious memes, it spends it’s time rescuing people from difficult situations and we Indians know it better than anyone else, thanks to Sushma Swaraj. Our beloved External Affairs minister is always at the forefront when it comes to ensuring that the people in need get the required help and assistance from the government. She doesn’t need any introduction because her work speaks for itself and it won’t be wrong to say that Swaraj is breaking the age-old stereotype that Indians politicians don’t work. © Reuters Almost everyone knows that Swaraj is one of the most active and loved politicians on social media and this time around, she has won our hearts not with her work but with sarcasm and wit. There is no dearth of trolls on the Internet and this chap tried his hand at trolling aka grabbing Swaraj’s attention asking her to help him since he is stuck on Mars. He further asked ISRO and Swaraj when is Mangalyaan II being sent as the food from Mangalyaan I is running out. @SushmaSwaraj😎 I am stuck on mars, food sent via 🇮🇳Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is 🇮🇳Mangalyaan-II being sent ? @isro — karan Saini (@ksainiamd) 8 June 2017 While he did get a slice from the cake of fame, it came at a price of him being trolled in an epic way by Swaraj and we simply love her for that. Swaraj who is known for helping people with their Visa problems, proved that messing with her is not easy at all. Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you. https://t.co/Smg1oXKZXD — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 8 June 2017 Twitter was left in splits after reading her response and one of them even said that she should be the next President of India. Some were praising and lauding her for her sarcasm and wit. And Mam Sushma Ji will continue to bedazzle us all with her wit, passion & energy to serve Indians wherever they are. You're an inspiration — Monica Jasuja (@jasuja) 8 June 2017 There are new lessons in commitment to work, sincerity & ability to delight the served I draw from you daily. — Sushil Kedia (@sushilkedia) 8 June 2017 Sorry for barging into your mentions as you rescue Indians stranded abroad, but I had to tell you you are awesome! -your fan. — Nirwa Mehta (@nirwamehta) 8 June 2017 Priceless tweet — pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) 8 June 2017 A hardworking dedicated woman who has a sense of humour - what's not to love! 🙏🏽 — Prateeka (@PrateekaKamath) 8 June 2017 bravo ! that called celestial diplomacy !! — vimal yogi tiwari (@yogivimal) 8 June 2017 Spoken like try Boss. pic.twitter.com/ep2OjUn6X2 — Praetor Maximus (@RangaTheDude) 8 June 2017 After reading Swaraj’s response and the tweets that followed, we are sure that guy wouldn’t dare to post such things on Twitter. But, on a brighter note, he at least got a response from her. How many of us can say that?
  7. Motorola has launched their first premium offering for 2017 and it comes in the form on their latest modular smartphone, the Z2 Play. The smartphone will be available to purchase from 15th June onwards on Flipkart and offline stores. The smartphone is priced at Rs 27,999 and the company has updated some of the designs aspects from the predecessor. It has a metal unibody design which is made of aluminium and is lighter/thinner than the previous model. The smartphone will be available to purchase in two colours i.e. Fine Gold and Lunar Grey. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As expected, the smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD display and has a 12-MP camera with f/1.7 aperture lens. The front facing camera has a 5-MP module with f/2.0 aperture lens for better selfie photography. The smartphone has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 chipset under the hood with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via a microSD card up to 256 GB. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Moto Z2 Play has a USB type-C port and has support for USB 3.1 which translates to faster data transfer and charging speed. The device has a 3,000 mAh battery capacity and runs Android Nougat out of the box. The smartphone also has FM radio support which is a breath of fresh air since most smartphones tend to ignore the feature as online streaming has taken over. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Users can now use the fingerprint sensor to carry out certain tasks which were limited to navigation keys on the screen earlier. Users can simply swipe left or right to go back or fire up the multi-tasking feature. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone also has updated the Moto Mod connector which enables users to attach additional accessories for extending their experience. The company announced five new mods such as the JBL SoundBoost 2, a Turbo Power pack which has a 3490 mAh battery, a new gamepad Moto mod, style shells with support for wireless charging and the Hasselblad Moto mod for optical zoom photography.
  8. LONDON (via Thomson Reuters Foundation): Facebook on Wednesday launched disaster maps ? an initiative aimed at helping humanitarian organisations save lives in emergencies. "When there's a flood, earthquake, fire or other natural disaster, response organisations need accurate information quickly about where people are in order to save lives," founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Facebook. "When traditional communication channels like phone lines are down, it can take too much time to figure out where people need help," the social media giant's chief added. The maps will reflect the movements and location of people before, during and after disasters to help aid agencies work out where they should deliver food, water and medical supplies. Zuckerberg said the new maps would "help organisations understand who's in danger, who's safe, and where to send resources", and build "safe communities". The company worked with the UN children's agency UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Food Programme, among others, to identify what data would be most useful. They would all have immediate access to the new maps, with other agencies to follow. Facebook said it would provide three types of maps: Location density maps will show people's location before, during and after a disaster. Movement maps will illustrate flight between neighbourhoods or cities over several hours. Safety check maps will show when users let their family and friends know they are out of harm's way.
  9. While the Indian cricket team just gave us a lot to gloat about by demolishing Pakistan in their Champions Trophy encounter yesterday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just gave us another reason to be proud of our country. They just launched their most powerful rocket, the GSLV Mk III (Fatboy), which laid a very strong foundation for future space projects. It was carrying the heaviest satellite of the country, the GSAT-19. Here’s the entire launch. Skip to 37:00 for the launch: It took just 16 minutes for the rocket to place the satellite in geosynchronous transfer orbit which we’re sure is some sort of achievement. Congratulations came pouring in for ISRO from all quarters including the President and Prime Minister of our country. Heartiest congratulations to ISRO on the historic launch of GSLV-Mk III #PresidentMukherjee — President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) June 5, 2017 Congratulations to the dedicated scientists of ISRO for the successful launch of GSLV – MKIII D1/GSAT-19 mission. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2017 Telugu media went as far as calling this the ‘Baahubali’ of rockets. Here are some other famous names that praised this achievement on Twitter: Congratulations @ISRO for launching #GSLVMK3. It will usher new frontiers in an era of self-reliance for future geosynchronous missions. pic.twitter.com/RQyShINS7e — Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) June 5, 2017 Congratulations @isro on the successful launch of #GSLVMK3. Hope #India will soon launch its astronaut into space — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) June 5, 2017 .@isro keeping our flag flying high,yet again!Congratulations for the successful launch of #GSLVMK3 — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) June 5, 2017
  10. MIAMI: SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 7:21 pm (2321 GMT). "We´ve had confirmation of spacecraft separation," said a SpaceX commentator about 30 minutes after launch, signaling that the satellite was successfully deployed to a distant, geostationary orbit. "We´ve had good orbits, good separation, all you can ask for today." The satellite is the fourth in the company´s Global Xpress (GX) constellation, aimed at providing high-speed mobile broadband service. "Inmarsat, the only operator of a global Ka-band network, created the GX platform to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society," said a company statement. SpaceX, which is headed by Elon Musk, did not attempt to bring the first stage of the rocket back to Earth for an upright landing following the launch. The payload weighed some 13,500 pounds (6,100 kilograms), and the force needed to propel it to orbit would not leave enough fuel for the rocket to maneuver back to Earth.
  11. NEW YORK: Comcast Corp launched a new cloud-based service on Monday that allows users to control and monitor their WiFi usage as the largest cable provider in the US looks for ways to boost consumer loyalty in its broadband business. The service, called XFi, allows users to set up their home WiFi, shut off children's devices at bedtime, and troubleshoot problems from an application on their mobile phones, website or television. It is now available for free to 10 million of Comcast's Xfinity Internet customers with compatible WiFi devices. Comcast is trying to improve the home WiFi experience at a time when its customers are connecting a growing number of devices. The Philadelphia-based company says that by 2020, Americans will have an average of 50 connected devices in their homes. Its efforts come at a time when broadband subscribers are outnumbering video customers as more consumers drop their cable packages or never subscribe in the first place. In 2016, Comcast had 24.7 million high-speed Internet customers and 22.5 million video customers, according to a filing. On the company's post-earnings conference call, Chief Executive Brian Roberts said last month that "we have more broadband customers than we do video, and the rate of that growth is pretty exciting in broadband". Comcast's broadband business grew 10.1 percent in the first quarter ended March 31. In creating XFi, the company hopes to reduce churn or customer defections. Chris Satchell, chief product officer, said in an interview that half of the customer complaints Comcast receives about Internet service are actually about WiFi. "We want the connectivity in the home to be as good as connectivity to the home," Satchell said.
  12. Samsung India announced a new range of QLED TVs for India, which consists of five models Q7, Q7F, Q8, Q8C, and Q9 - priced between Rs. 3,14,900 and Rs. 24,99,900. These television sets will be available to purchase later this month. © Samsung The company also announced that they will be launching their “Frame TV” later this year which was an award-winning television set from CES 2017. Samsung has not elaborated on any further details such as price, specs, refresh rate or even a concrete launch date. However, the “Frame TV” will be making its way to India and might utilise QLED technology as well. It is unclear whether it will have 4K support, however, it seems very likely. © MensXP Samsung has worked out a solution to make their latest range of televisions blend seamlessly with your room with a new transparent “Invisible Connection cable”. This cable removes the need of attaching countless cables to different HDMI ports, instead, a single connection from a box to the TV would allow a cleaner and more seamless look. This box will have multiple HDMI input ports where all third party devices such as a gaming console or a DVD player will connect to. © MensXP Apart from the Frame TV, the QLED TVs i.e. Q7, Q8, Q8C, and Q9 will be available in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch panel sizes while the Q7F will only come in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. © MensXP Mr Rajeev Bhutani, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Business of Samsung India said “QLED, powered by Samsung's quantum dot technology, provides true-to-life images that no other TV can match. It empowers you to think about the television in a new way, bringing art and entertainment into new plans of your home. The QLED TV is as beautiful when turned off as it is when iťs on and will help us grow the demand for premium TVs as well as our market share in India even further, " © Samsung These new TVs will have a new Smart TV interface, which will additional features like voice control, support for Samsung Smart View, Streaming from Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube and other services. We can’t wait!
  13. Akshay Kumar just launched a website and a mobile app for the families of the soldiers who gave up their lives fighting for the country. At the launch of the event he said, “This website has been made exactly in two and a half months. About three months, this idea came in my mind, while watching a documentary film on terrorists, which showed how terror leaders financially support the families of the terrorist who carry out terror acts.” © Twitter Akshay Kumar launched the mobile app ‘Bharat ke veer’ with Union Minister Rajnath Singh. The actor lauded the Government of India for making his dream come true and providing a platform for everyone to help the next of the kin of slain soldiers financially. © Twitter Akshay was recently honoured with the National Award for Best Actor for his film ‘Rustom’, and was had tears in his eyes during the launch, which took place in Delhi. A Day I Found Hard To Hold Back My Tears...Support the families of our Bravehearts ❤ #BharatKeVeer Now LIVE --> https://t.co/wCPFZOYV7g pic.twitter.com/8wKGcaRYdD — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 9, 2017 Such an Honour to Garland the sacred soil of the Sardar Post on #ValourDay. Launching my dream, #BharatKeVeer as we speak!! Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/JbJUoNbq5i — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 9, 2017 A heartfelt thank you to hon. @rajnathsingh,Shri. Rajiv Mehrishi and @paramiyer_ for making #BharatKeVeer possible ?? pic.twitter.com/U0iOGicMp9 — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 9, 2017 “Everybody wants to connect to people in uniform in their pain. It was a small dream and to fulfill this dream, our government really helped us. I want to thank everybody with my folded hands. My father was in Army and I am here as his son. Thank-you everyone,” Akshay added.
  14. Samsung today announced its mobile payment service in India dubbed “Samsung Pay”. The new service will allow users in India to tap and pay for goods and services while their cards are registered on various devices that are compatible. The service will be available across Samsung devices such as Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2017) and Galaxy A5 (2017) and their latest wearable smartwatch, The Galaxy Gear S3. © Samsung Samsung has collaborated with various partners to make this feat possible. It has tied up with a number of card issuers and networks such as Visa, MasterCard, HDFC, American Express, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Card, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank. Users can also add mobile wallets such as Paytm as well as the government’s Unified Payments Interface. © Samsung Samsun Pay utilises MST (magnetic secure transmission) and NFC to make these wireless payments possible in India. A user simply has to tap any of the above-mentioned devices to the payment terminal, use the fingerprint scanner for authentication and then enter the pin to complete any transaction. There are plenty of mobile terminals in India that support NFC transactions however it remains to be seen how the technology will manifest across India amongst sellers and buyers.
  15. Buying a smartphone has become a tough thing today, thanks to the vast ocean of specifications and features that every brand brings with it. From the design, battery life, processor chip to display screen resolution, camera resolution and size; every aspect leaves our minds cluttered and drags us to square one. In fact, of all the features, having a good camera has become a priority for many people these days. We are sure you too look at the rear and front camera quality, while making the final choice. Banking on the same, leading Chinese manufacturer Gionee launched the A1, its first flagship phone of the year, yesterday. © Gionee Equipped with a stunning 16MP front camera, the A1 offers enhanced picture quality and clearer selfies. However, clicking crystal clear shots isn’t the only quality as the phone boasts many fantastic features that are hard to ignore. Continuing its legacy, Gionee’s A1 comes with a massive 4010 mAh battery and ultrafast charging capability. What’s more it’s loaded with a faster and safer fingerprint unlocker and runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with Amigo 4.0. Furthermore, Gionee’s independent facial enhancement algorithm automatically detects a user’s face and applies custom beauty settings; and is powered by 4-cell technology that allows the front camera to capture more light to click clearer and more beautiful selfies. © YouTube “Today’s generation views the world from their front camera. They live for creating and celebrating experiences out of moments. At Gionee, we want to celebrate this inclusiveness by dissolving boundaries and creating a world of equals where every moment is worth capturing,” said Arvind R Vohra, Country CEO and MD, Gionee India. The launch event also unveiled Gionee’s latest campaign #Selfiestan, a unique and edgy concept that offers a new world of selfies that celebrates inclusiveness of varied expressions of today’s “Hindustani”. Targeting the ever growing bunch of selfie enthusiasts in India, Vohra further added, “Through #Sefliestan, we at Gionee plan to give India a sense of ownership and belonging by creating a world of Hindustan ki selfies. With the new A1, we take our first step towards building #Selfiestan.” Actress Alia Bhatt who is their brand ambassador, featured in the campaign and welcomed everyone to a ‘special world where people can express themselves freely through selfies.’ © Gionee Other specifications include, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage that is expandable up to 256 GB, 4G VOLTE enabled among other uber cool features. The phone runs on an Octa-Core 64 bit processor and boasts of a full metal body which is crafted out of A6000 aircraft grade material that is used in making cars and aircrafts. The pre-booking for the A1 will start from March 31 onwards and as of now the company hasn’t revealed the price of the smartphone.
  16. At Microsoft’s annual event in Mumbai, dubbed ‘Future Decoded’, the company showed off their cloud and mobile technologies that are being the fundamental reason behind India’s transformation in the digital age. From large, medium and small enterprises, Microsoft has been working hand in hand with the likes of Flipkart, State Bank of India, Tata Motors and other companies as they utilise Microsoft’s cloud and mobile technologies. At the conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed the company’s future and also announced their latest offering, Skype Lite which has been exclusively developed for the Indian mobile market. Skype Lite allows communication and collaboration over low-bandwidth networks and will bring Aadhaar integration to the app by June 2017. © Skype The Skype Lite app is exclusively available on the Play Store and is targetted for handsets that fall in the mid to low range budget categories. The app was developed in India at the research and development centre in Hyderabad, and Microsoft is currently only looking to offer the app in the Indian market. The strategic move was explained by Eugene Ho, Director of Product Management at Skype that even though Skype has millions of users in India, a majority of these users have access to the Internet only via mobile phones. Most of these handsets are lower-end phones due to which this app was developed. He said, “Although there has been a high-speed 4G rollout in India, you will still frequently find the speeds dropping to 3G or even 2G levels as you're out and about, and these are still used in a wide part of India. That's why we created Skype Lite." Features The Skype Lite app is under 13 MB and is now available on Android exclusively. Some of the features of Skype Lite include instant messaging, Skype’s Bots and audio/video calling. The app is programmed to automatically switch to high-quality calls when connected to high-speed internet however, if a user is faced with a low-speed connection, the call quality will automatically adjust to a lower compressed audio/video call. Much like their competitor WhatsApp, Skype Lite will also compress images when shared via chat, in turn using less data and can be forwarded to other users without having to download and upload the image again. The app also has an inbuilt data tracker, which gives you details as to how much data you have been using or saving by using Skype Lite. Aadhaar Integration Microsoft has also integrated Aadhaar as a means to verify a user. While in a call, one can send a request to the person in a call to fill in their Aadhaar details for verification. Along with the Aadhaar number, the verification request will also send an OTP on the phone number linked to the Aadhaar card.
  17. Our beloved app, Whatsapp is rolling out some new features where one can put decorated images, GIFs and videos in the status update that lasts for 24 hours and can be shared with your contact list in a specialized and separate tab. By the looks of it, the feature seem to be a rip-off of Snapchat and Instagram stories and let’s just hope that there is some difference in the design. Although the best part of Whatsapp’s feature is that you can streamline your contacts and show the status to only a few selected people. © YouTube So what’s in store for users? Well, you can scroll through status feeds and watch updates, add emojis, text and scribble on your status images and videos. You can even share these images and videos with selected groups based on your privacy settings. You get an added option of putting some contacts on mute, so now you know where all those annoying relatives and friends will go. © YouTube While, it’s too early to judge how cool or boring this new feature is going to be, if you have already exhausted the features on Snapchat and Instagram, this might be slightly irksome for you. This feature will be initially introduced in Europe and will make its way towards India pretty soon, so hold on to your seats. Check out this video that explains what this feature will look like. Source: Mac Rumors
  18. This morning, when you were probably looking at your face in the mirror, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was looking at a golden future when it successfully launched 104 satellites in space, in a single mission. By unleashing not just 20 or 30, but a whopping 104 (Cartosat-2 and 103 nano satellites); India has given out the message that it’s going to play it big this time and the ISRO is going to take the wheel like a boss and leave everyone behind. Furthermore, with this space mission, India has successfully broken the world record and became the first country to hit a century in one go. Russia is the last record holder and sent 37 satellites in a single launch in the year 2014. Our hearts are beaming with pride and the credit goes to all those who worked hard for this achievement. PSLV-C37 / Cartosat -2 Series Mission Successfully Launched all 104 Satellites — ISRO (@isro) 15 February 2017 ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C37 rocket, carrying the satellites, was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and is reportedly PSLV’s 39th flight. Of the 104 satellites, 101 belong to six foreign countries - 96 from the US and one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UAE. Two of the ISRO’s satellites, INS-1A and INS-1B, are modular nanosatellite bus systems which could be used for experimental payloads and future science. Check out the video of this landmark achievement being carried out below. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team as well. With this space mission, India has already showcased the proficiency of the ISRO and let’s just say that this kick-ass benchmark set by our space prodigies will be tough to overtake anytime soon. Source: The Times Of India