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  Twitter launches first fashion emoji for India
Posted by: nairrk - 9 hours ago - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

MUMBAI: Twitter has joined the fashion fraternity for the upcoming fashion extravaganza, Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017.

Twitter debuted a custom LFW emoji, a special fashion insider crew #FashionFlock, and live HD broadcast of the runway shows on Periscope to bring fashion aficionados the best of Lakme Fashion Week (@LakmeFashionWk).

The new emoji with Lakme Fashion Week is the first ever fashion emoji for India, with a local spin. The emoji represents a chic ‘desi’ outfit and can be activated by Tweeting with the hashtags #LakmeFashionWeek, #LFW2017 and #FashionFlock.

The emoji is going live from 16 August, which is the first day of fashion week.

Additionally, Twitter is also launching #FashionFlock in India for the first time, bringing together ten fashion insiders from fashion designers, makeup artists, and other prominent personalities, to give live updates from #LakmeFashionWeek to fans on Twitter.

Attendees of the event and fashion fans around the world are invited to tweet during the week using the hashtag #FashionFlock to follow or join the conversation on Twitter, and get closer to the shows that matter most to them.

Here’s a list of accounts that will be Tweeting out exclusive #LakmeFashionWeek content with #FashionFlock:

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In addition, the fashion community on Twitter will have front row access to select high profile runway shows through Live HD broadcasts via Periscope. Twitter will be live-streaming the runway shows of the following designers from @LakmeFashionWk:

● Ritu Kumar (RituLumarHQ)

● Masaba (@MasabaG)

● Manish Malhotra (@ManishMalhotra)

● Nachiket Barve (@nachiketbarve)

Twitter India head of Music & Lifestyle partnerships Keya Madhvani said, “Twitter is the best place to see and talk about what’s happening in the world of fashion. Everyone wants to know more about the latest styles at LFW, about the who’s-who, what they are wearing and who they are wearing. With the first fashion emoji in India, #FashionFlock and Live HD broadcasts via Periscope, we aim to provide digital front row access to this close-knit community bounded by the love of design and all things fashion”.

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  Vodafone now offers 1 GB daily data with free unlimited voice at Rs 348 in Rajasthan
Posted by: nairrk - 10 hours ago - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

NEW DELHI: Vodafone, India’s second largest telco is offering 1GB daily data bundled with unlimited local and national voice calls to its prepaid customers in Rajasthan if they recharge with Rs 348.

The offer can be availed at Vodafone Stores, Mini stores and multi brand retail outlets across the state. Customers can also avail this recharge through MyVodafone App.

Amit Bedi, Business Head – Rajasthan, Vodafone India, said “Vodafone has always taken the lead in coming up with innovative products and services that also offer the finest value to our customers. With Vodafone 348 Prepaid Recharge Offer users can explore internet elements like video, music, live TV, chats, with 1 GB data each day for 28 days.”

“These benefits can be accessed by our customers on 4G/3G or 2G handsets,” he added.

The telco recently said that it was offering 84 GB for 84 days, along with unlimited local and STD calls to its prepaid customers recharging with First Recharge (FR) – 445 in Maharashtra & Goa.

The 84 GB data offer is only available for 4G handset users, while non- 4G handset users can enjoy 2GB data and unlimited local and STD calls valid over 35 days.

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  Now ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to only show on Amazon Prime Video
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 03:09 PM - Forum: IPTV - No Replies

[Image: Uo7UeIQ.jpg]MUMBAI: Continuing with its content acquisition spree, Amazon Prime Video has stitched an exclusive deal to premiere Prakash Jha Productions’ award-winning and much-talked about movie ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’.

‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ will not be available for satellite and television broadcast. Amazon Prime Video will be the movie’s exclusive home.

Prime members from all SAARC territories, including India, will gain access to the movie starting 15 August within weeks of its theatrical release.

Amazon Prime Video India director – head of content Vijay Subramaniam said, “Films like ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ with powerful messages, delivers on our promise to bring the best and exclusive Indian and global content, including those remarkable feature movies that have won numerous accolades across the globe and are must-watch stories. Amazon is happy to associate with Prakash Jha to bring this film exclusively on Prime Video for our customers.”

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  Reliance Digital LYF C451 launched, priced at Rs 4,999: Specifications, features
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 02:47 PM - Forum: Mobiles and General Telecom News - No Replies

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Reliance Digital has launched a new smartphone under its LYF series. The LYF C451 is a budget smartphone with a price tag of Rs 4,999. The smartphone is currently available for purchase on Reliance Digital’s official e-store. On purchasing the LYF C451, Jio users get 20 percent additional data.

In terms of design, the LYF C451 sports a polycarbonate body with gold rims on the sides. The smartphone is available in white color. The smartphone comes with gesture control for accessing apps like camera and music from the lock screen. These gestures include the first letter of the app such as M for launching the Music app, or C for Camera. More gestures include Flip to Mute, Double Tap to Wake, and Slide up to unlock the smartphone.

Reliance LYF C451 specifications, features
Reliance Digital LYF C451 features a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display with 2D Asahi Glass layered on top for protection. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It comes with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage that is further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.

In the photography department, the LYF C451 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. Up front, the smartphone houses a 2-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. Keeping the smartphone ticking is a 2,800mAh battery. Its connectivity options include dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, and USB OTG support. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Taking its specifications and price into consideration, Reliance Digital’s LYF C451 will face tough competition from the Intex Aqua Zenith. Priced at Rs 3,999, the Intex Aqua Zenith comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB onboard storage. It is powered by a quad-core processor, and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The smartphone packs a 5-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel front camera with f/2.8 aperture. It is fuelled by a 2,000mAh battery.

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  How to fix Android OS, Android System battery drain
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 02:26 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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The Android ecosystem has come a long way from just being an experimental open source project. Over the past decade, a lot has happened to the most used OS, however, one thing which has always plagued the experience for a lot of users is the random battery drain. While the primary culprit for a random battery drain is a poorly optimized app, there are a lot of other reasons which people tend to ignore. The most annoying battery sucking components are often ‘Android OS and Android System’. Annoying because you know it’s draining your battery for some strange reason and yet you can’t do anything because you have no idea what’s going on. However, we are here to your rescue and hope to knock down Android OS and Android System in battery sucking stats.

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Before we jump into the ways to fix this drain, you have to realize that Android OS and Android System is mostly caused by some app or function continuously running in the background and as strange it may seem, the app which is actually responsible would never turn up in the list. This is because, if Facebook or WhatsApp needs your location details, it will ask Android System for information, hence, the battery consumption. Often, this app keeps waking the device in the background because once you give an app the permission to use location, contacts etc. it won’t knock your door the next time it needs the same information. So, how to fix it? Well, there are some ways which seem to substantially solve this issue, but we can’t claim these solutions to be 100% working for everyone. Trying doesn’t harm, does it?

Clear Cache from Stock or Custom Recovery
This is probably the most suggested solution for this battery drain. Clearing cache from the stock recovery helps clear any background process which has been in the loop for no reason. To clear cache from stock recovery, you need to first enter the stock recovery through certain button combinations.

For me, it was holding the ‘Power Key’ and ‘Volume Down’ key after completely turning off my device. Post this, you to go ‘Wipe data and cache’ and then ‘wipe cache’.

If you are rooted and have TWRP or CWM recovery installed, you can simply enter the recovery by holding down the power button while your device is switched on and press ‘Recovery’ as reboot options.

Clear Google Play Services Data
If you are not aware, Google Play Services is where most of the things happen on Android. However, a buggy Google Play Services update or behaviour might result in Android System battery drain. The straight fix to this can be wiping Google Play Services data from Android Settings.

To wipe data, go to Settings > Apps > Google Play Services > Storage > Manage Space > Clear Cache and Clear All Data.

Uninstall Useless Apps
Keeping aside few exceptions, most of the time the primary reason for random battery drain is poorly optimized app. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. take a lot of battery. Further, their stubborn behaviour of keeping your device awake in the background results in faster battery drain.

A simple solution? Uninstall these apps if you can live without them or find a less battery sucking alternative. Else, you can deny certain permissions to them and lower their background refresh rate if possible.

Disable Automatic Backup
Did you know? Android has an option to automatically backup all user settings and passwords on equal intervals.

What it does is the next time you login with the same Google account on another device or post factory reset, your settings such as Wi-Fi settings, passwords get restored automatically. However, this does come with a cost and i.e. frequent battery drain.

To disable this option, head on to Settings > Back and Reset > Back up my data.

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  Facebook design updated for better readability; Instagram gets comment thread
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 02:06 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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Facebook’s News Feed will receive a new layout very soon with a lot of white space in the background. Icons will be changed with an aim to give a cleaner and readable outlook for Facebook users. At the same time, Facebook has also introduced the highly needed comment thread on one of its most successful products, Instagram.

Starting with the News Feed on Facebook, the comment section has been changed so that each user’s reply is highlighted. The plain text is now replaced with a bubble thereby giving emphasis to each comment. The reactions which would appear just below the comment are now shifted to the right side. The icons for Like, Comment, and Share are now outlined as opposed to the bold font seen previously. There’s a slight change in the reply box as well with the emoji icon shifted next to the camera icon, and an arrow now represents the older ‘Post’ button.

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Coming to the layout of the News Feed, Facebook has increased the color contrast so that the text stands out and is clearer to read. For news articles shared on Facebook, the headline and the website’s name now appear more distinct and cramped together. On opening posts, one will see the back button is now attached just left to the user’s profile. In the older look, the back button would be on top with the blue background. Lastly, the profile picture icons are no longer square-shaped. Already adopted on WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, profile pictures on Facebook will now be circular.

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The new change with the outlined icons on Facebook’s News Feed is quite similar to what Twitter adopted back in June for their its design overhaul. Twitter now shows circular profile icons, and outlined icons for actions like Reply, Retweet, and Heart. Like Twitter, Facebook with this new change aims for better navigation and readability for its users.

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  Google unveils Allo for Chrome, exclusively for Android users
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 01:54 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

[Image: kwNDpzJ.jpg]New York: Tech-giant Google has unveiled 'Allo', its smart messaging app on its Chrome web browser, exclusively for its Android user base.

While reports of Allo's launch for desktop users surfaced first in February this year, the firm revealed that the app can currently be used only by Android users, by scanning a QR code on their phones. Therefore, iPhone users will not be able to use the app currently on their desktop, reports The Verge.

With the launch of Allo for Chrome, Google also marks the beginning of Google Assistant on the desktop, which can help users explore various options for nearby restaurants, movie timings, fuel stations and so on.

Furthermore, the app, which is loaded with innovative stickers and fonts, also boast of a Gmail-style smart reply option, whereby users can reply to messages with a single tap.

While the launch of the app for desktop was expected around May, there was not much clarity on the official launch date.

Similar to the Chrome browser, Google Allo also comes with an incognito mode option for desktop users.

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  Annoyed with Sarahah posts on your timeline? Here’s how to block them
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 12:30 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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Over the past week, a new app has made it to the top trending list on Android and iOS app stores. Called Sarahah, it is an ‘honesty app’ that lets you send anonymous messages to other users on the network. There is a web version of the app too, and in order to send anonymous messages, you don’t even need to login. That said, you’re likely to see a lot of people posting Sarahah links on Facebook and Twitter to see what others have to say about them.

If posting links wasn’t enough, people have also been sharing links of ‘self-praise’ messages from strangers, and also the bad things that people have been talking about them. While it is good to see that people are taking time out to write honest messages to their friends, there are some pranksters too. And users have been sharing those messages on social media too.

If you’re like me, who is sick and tired of seeing those messages with self-praise and pranks, there is a way to block them. A developer called Anshul Mittal has created an extension for Google Chrome that will hide all those unwanted Sarahah posts from your timeline. The extension is called ‘Enough of Sarahah’, and it is available for free.

Once the extension is installed, it will remove all the Sarahah links and texts from the web page. I tried it by going through my timeline on Facebook and Twitter without activating the extension, and I could see all those Sarahah links. Even websites and Google search with Sarahah text and links were visible, as you can see below.

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Next, after activating the extension, all those links and the text with Sarahah were wiped off. As you can see in the above example, all mentions of Sarahah have been removed. In fact, one of our story on Sarahah went completely blank, making the extension work like a charm. Look at the screenshots below.

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Sadly, it just works on URLs and text on the web pages. And you will still be able to see the screenshots users have been posting of messages they received from users.

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  Television viewership stable despite VoDs, says DISH TV exec
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 12:17 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

MUMBAI: People's interest in television was intact although use of cell phones in India has increased considerably in India. After increase in internet speed, people in India had started watching videos on mobile phones. However, despite VoD services proliferating in the country, viewers preferred to watch films on television.

DTH services leader DISH TV's senior executive told PTI that it was a wrong perception that people lately did not watch television because of the growing popularity of video on cell phone facility. Despite the increasing tendency of seeing videos on handsets, the executive said, different studies revealed that people's interest in watching television in all age brackets had not declined.

DISH TV's senior vice president (marketing) Sukhpreet Singh, who was in Indore to launch DISH TV's "Mera Apna Pack" and "Swagat Pack" in the Madhya Pradesh market, said, in fact, the television viewership was increasing. Singh said that people watching videos on cell phones was a healthy sign for the entertainment industry.

Answering a question, Singh said even now many cable operators in India had not come under the purview of regulation, and they were the ones who became a nuisance for both, the government and the public. It would be better if they were regulated soon, he added.

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  AsiaSat 5 & Eurovision to deliver Taipei event in 4K & HD from 19 Aug
Posted by: nairrk - Yesterday, 12:11 PM - Forum: Satellite News - No Replies

MUMBAI: Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

The 29th Summer Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event staged biennially, with Taipei as this year’s host city between 19 and 30 August. The Universiade will include 21 competitive sports as well as one demonstration sport throughout 12 days of competitions, attended by talented youth athletes from around the world.

Since 1999 Eurovision Media Services and AsiaSat have enjoyed a successful partnership that delivers top quality sports content to broadcasters and TV networks in 4K and HD. This new delivery on AsiaSat 5, an OU service platform, sees the strong relationship continuing into the future with other major events to come. AsiaSat 5 currently provides access to more than 800 million households via terrestrial networks and pay TV platforms in the Asia Pacific.

“Eurovision is our long-standing partner in creating value for customers and their audience, especially where it comes to AsiaSat’s strength in delivering high quality live sports coverage,” said AsiaSat chief commercial officer Barrie Woolston.

“We have collaborated with AsiaSat to deliver top quality, reliable services for major sporting events in the Asia Pacific," said Eurovision chief operating officer Graham Warren.

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