Internet Shouldn’t Be the Monopoly of a Few, Says Communications Minister

Lauding the telecom watchdog’s decision on discriminatory pricing, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said Internet is one of the finest creations of the human mind and it should not become the monopoly of a few. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in a much-awaited regulatory order on Monday had said that no service provider would be allowed to charge “discriminatory tariffs” for data services on the basis of content. “We very much appreciate this decision of Trai whereby differential tariff in case of data services has been…

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Indian Railways Launches Web Portal for Tenders

Indian Railways on Monday launched an e-tendering portal to bring transparency in the execution of work contracts and make it cost-effective for the bidders. This is a major step to bring transparency in the system as our aim is to put every transaction online, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at the launch in New Delhi. Railways invite around 25,000 tenders every year involving an expenditure of about Rs. 35,000 crores for the upgradation, creation of new assets, and other works. Prabhu said the new tendering system will also be cost-effective…

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Microsoft Now Labels Windows 10 as a Recommended Update

Nearly six months after releasing Windows 10, Microsoft has begun pushing the new operating system as a ‘Recommended Update’ to users. While the change in the labelling (prior to the announcement it was an ‘optional’ update), will help many users upgrade their computer, it would also mean that things will become more annoying for those who don’t want Windows 10 on their system yet. Last year, Microsoft said that it would categorise the Windows 10 update as a Recommended Updatein early 2016. That day has come. Microsoft on Monday confirmed…

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Mumbai Travellers Log On as Google Starts Railway Station Wi-Fi

Google Inc. has begun offering free Wi-Fi to Mumbai train passengers in hopes of boosting its role in the Indian market. Giggling groups of students, bored commuters and snack-shop vendors were all logging on Friday at Mumbai Central Train Station, the first of 400 stations the company plans to eventually reach with the service. “If my train is leaving, and I need to search, don’t know where to go, then immediately I will get the answer,” student Divya Patel said excitedly while waiting for a train to her hometown of…

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Microsoft prepares to kill older versions of Internet Explorer on January 12th

The sun is setting on older versions of Internet Explorer, andMicrosoft is making sure users know about it. The software giant isn’t just ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, it’s also going to bug you about it. The final patch on January 12th will come with an update nag that reminds people still using these aged browsers that they ought to upgrade. Microsoft would certainly prefer people upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, if they’re using Windows 10. That’s not what users have been doing…

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TP-Link Launches Neffos C5 Max, Neffos C5, Neffos C5L Android Smartphones

TP-Link, a popular networking product manufacturer, following its announcement of its first smartphone brand ‘Neffos’ last month, on Thursday launched three new smartphones in its C5 series. The company launched Neffos C5 Max, Neffos C5, and Neffos C5L. The pricing and availability details of the dual-SIM Android 5.1 Lollipop-based smartphones have not been revealed yet. “Neffos is a new journey for TP-Link to bring more extension of lifestyle to our users. We expect its performance in global market will provide us references to develop more and better products in the…

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WhatsApp Suffers Outage on New Year’s Eve, Traditionally Its Busiest Day

Users across the world reported issues connecting to WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve, with services impacted for several hours before normalcy was restored. “Earlier today, some people had trouble accessing WhatsApp. We investigated the problem and have restored access for everyone. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a happy new year,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told Gadgets 360. Earlier, users took to Twitter to complaint about problems connecting to WhatsApp. The messaging and voice calling client seemed to be having issues sending and receiving messages on both Android and iOS. Gadgets 360…

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Free Basics vs Free Internet:- Your Guide to the Raging Net Neutrality Debate

Free Basics, Facebook’s non-profit initiative that aims to bring Internet connectivity to the underprivileged in developing regions, has run into trouble in India. Under Free Basics, Facebook is offering a range of services for free to thousands of users, but advocates and enthusiasts in the country are strongly encouraging users to discard Facebook’s initiative. Why? ‘Network neutrality’ or ‘net neutrality’ is the reason – a concept that says a public network should treat all content, sites, and platforms equally. It is around these questions that the net neutrality debate is raging…

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