PM Modi On What Congress’ New Year Resolution Should Be

PM Modi On What Congress' New Year Resolution Should Be

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted the Congress on Thursday accusing it of trying to “destroy Parliament.”

“Those, who have enjoyed power for 50-60 years, they have no right to destroy Parliament…To stop functioning of Parliament,” the prime minister said in an obvious reference to the principal opposition party. He was speaking at a public meeting in Noida shortly after launching a 14-lane expressway between Delhi and Meerut in Western Uttar Pradesh.

The year 2015 ends with the Modi government unable to get two of its showpiece legislations – a law to facilitate the Goods and Service Tax regime and an amended land acquisition law – passed due to stiff opposition from the Congress which has greater numbers than the BJP in the Rajya Sabha.

“It is unfortunate in this country that our Parliament where laws are made, it is not being allowed to run,” Mr Modi said. “Those rejected by the people have Parliament to ransom…They don’t let in function…We may not be allowed to speak in Lok Sabha but I want to say this in a Jan Sabha, that we have been sent to Parliament to debate and discuss and to decide after discussion. We should give priority to the work that we are expected to do.” Mr Modi’s party enjoys absolute majority in the Lok Sabha.

Targeting the Congress, which stalled passage of the GST bill and led the disruptions in the recently concluded winter session of Parliament, Mr Modi said, “Tomorrow is the new year. When you celebrate, take a pledge not to stop Parliament from functioning.”

“Especially to those who ruled for 50-60 years. They should know better what is the role of government and how it should function. It is their responsibility not to let their political compulsions come in the way of development of the country.”

Pakistani Singer Adnan Sami Granted Indian Citizenship, Says Government

Pakistani Singer Adnan Sami Granted Indian Citizenship, Says Government

NEW DELHI:  Pakistani singer Adnan Sami who had earlier been given an indefinite visa to stay in India has been granted Indian citizenship, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Thursday.

Officials in the Union Home Ministry said Mr Sami will be an Indian citizen with effect from tomorrow.

The 43-year-old singer, whose last request for citizenship was rejected around two years ago, had sent his application to the Foreigners’ Division of the Home Ministry earlier this year.

Lahore-born Adnan Sami had first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa with the validity of one year which was issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

His visa was extended from time to time but his Pakistani passport issued on May 27, 2010 expired on May 26, 2015 and was not renewed by the Pakistan government.

Mr Sami then approached the Indian government with the request to legalise his stay in India on humanitarian grounds.

After consideration, the Home Ministry earlier this year had allowed him to stay in India for an indefinite period.

Mr Sami shot to fame in India after two of his songs ‘Kabhi To Nazar Milao’ and ‘Lift Karaa De’ topped charts in the early 2000s.

This year the singer tasted success after his song ‘Bhar Do Jholi meri’ in Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a smash hit.

Moto G (Gen 3) Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

Moto G (Gen 3) Starts Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update

Motorola in October laid out its Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout plans for the handsets. Since then it has pushed out the OS update to the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto X (Gen 2). However, the Lenovo-owned firm is now rolling out the operating system to Moto G (Gen 3) (unlocked variant XT1540) over-the-air, report users.

The Motorola Moto G (Gen 3), which was launched in India in July this year running Android 5.1 Lollipop, receives all the new features included in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Android 6.0 Marshmallow (previously just Android M) brings features such as revamped app permissions; Google Now on Tap feature; Android Pay mobile payment system, and new fingerprint APIs for developers among others. It also features some Google’s security patches as well.

While announcing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update plans, Motorola listed Moto-specific changes that users will see after updating to the new Android OS version. Some changes to Moto enhancements include removal of Moto Assist feature as part of upgrade to Android M. The company explains that the latest OS includes an option for ‘Do Not Disturb’ under the ‘Sound and notification’ settings that performs similar function what Moto Assist does.

Spotted first by Android Beat, the update is currently rolling out to Moto G (Gen 3) users in US and Canada. It should gradually release to other regions worldwide. The update weighs in 2GB and brings the software version of the smartphone to 24.11.25.en.US.

Motorola earlier this month announced that it will be seeding the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its Moto E (Gen 2), but only in select regions.

Moto X (Gen 4) Tipped to Sport Fingerprint Sensor, Heat Pipe

Moto X (Gen 4) Tipped to Sport Fingerprint Sensor, Heat Pipe

Motorola’s next-generation Moto X smartphone may be months away from unveiling but this haven’t stopped the rumour mill from buzzing with details. A new leak tips that Motorola’s fourth-generation smartphone Moto X, aka Moto X (2016), will pack a heat pipe for passive cooling at the back panel, and sport a metal frame design. Additionally, a tipster claims that Motorola may finally add a fingerprint scanner to its fourth generation Moto X smartphone expected to debut next year.

Chinese website TechWeb claims that Motorola may employ a heat pipe for handling any possible heat issues with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset anticipated to be used. In a leaked image, the heat pipe for cooling can be seen placed under the hood at the rear. The website claims that this is a prototype of the Moto X (Gen 4). The report cites supply chain sources adds that Motorola may unveil the handset only in second quarter of 2016.

If this comes out to be true, Motorola may follow the lead of Microsoft which added liquid cooling technology on the Lumia 950 XL to cool down the innards of the smartphone, including and especially the chipset components.

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In another rumour, a tipster has claimed that Motorola’s next-generation Moto X may pack a fingerprint scanner. Unfortunately, details about the feature are limited as of now. There is no word whether the fingerprint recognition technology will be employed at the rear or at the front – as seen in most smartphones.

Earlier, an image surfaced on the Internet claimed to be from the unannounced Motorola Moto X (Gen 4) rear panel. Notably, the smartphone seen in the leaked heat sink image appears to match that in the rear panel image.

To recall, the Lenovo-owned company had launched its last Moto X flagship in the form of the Moto X Style (seen above) back in July.

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Insists Windows Phone Needs Android Apps

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Insists Windows Phone Needs Android Apps

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s ongoing big initiative to save Windows Phone won’t work, believes Steve Ballmer. The former chief executive, who is also the biggest individual shareholder in the firm, said in an interview with Bloomberg that the struggling mobile operating system needs Android apps to survive.

At company’s annual stakeholder meeting, Satya Nadella touted Universal Windows Platform, the company’s initiative to let developers quickly turn their desktop apps into their mobile counterpart (and its vice-versa) reusing most of the code, as a feature that benefits Windows Store over rival’s app stores.

“The powerful concept of Windows and Windows 10 is that it is one application platform, one store for developers, that then should attract developers to build once and have them run across all the Windows,” Nadella said addressing concerns of a disappointed stakeholder who wanted to know why his Windows Phone doesn’t have all the apps.

Ballmer in an interview to Bloomberg said that Nadella’s big initiative won’t work. “That won’t work,” Ballmer commented. Instead, Microsoft needs to enable Windows Phones “to run Android apps,” he added.

Universal Windows Platform runs on the idea of universal apps that exist for both mobile and desktop platforms. But the two-year old initiative led by Nadella, is yet to show any substantial benefits. The program hasn’t been able to entice many top apps such as Starbucks, Pocket, Pushbullet, and several of Google’s apps and services that still don’t exist on Windows Store.

The company announced four Windows Bridge projects this year that were aimed to allow developers to turn their Android, iOS, and Win32 apps into Windows 10 Mobile apps with minimal effort. However, a recent report claimed that the company has put Project Astoria, the porting tool for Android apps, is on hold for an “indefinite” period of time. The development of the iOS porting tool however appears to be on track.

Also during the interview with Bloomberg, Ballmer said that Microsoft should reveal profit margins and sales when reporting cloud earnings, rather than providing just a “run rate” that he called a “bullshit” metric.

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL India Launch

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL India Launch Tipped for November 30

If you’re looking forward to purchasing the new Microsoft Lumia 950 or Microsoft Lumia 950 XL in India, you might not have to wait till next month. The company has an event scheduled for November 30, in which it is expected to launch the flagship handsets.

At its Future Unveiled conference in Mumbai earlier this month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellaannounced that the company plans to launch both its newly launched Windows 10 Mobile-powered handsets in India by December. It appears we might not have to wait till the end of the year. Windows Central reports that the company is planning to launch the Lumia 950 as well as the Lumia 950 XL in all likelihood in India on November 30. Microsoft India confirmed an event on November 30 with Gadgets 360, however, it didn’t reveal what it plans to launch on the day.

Windows Central further notes that the company is also likely to launch the Display Dock, the device that allows a Windows 10 Mobile handset to connect to a large monitor and switch to Windows 10-like desktop mode. At this point, we don’t know how much Microsoft will ask for these handsets or the Display Dock.

For a refresh, the Lumia 950, which starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 35,800) in the US, comes with a 5.2-inch QHD display of pixel density 564ppi. It is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The Lumia 950 XL, which starts at $649 (roughly Rs. 42,300), sports a 5.7-inch QHD display with a pixel density of 518ppi. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).

Both handsets feature USB Type-C port (USB 3.1), with support for faster charging. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets come equipped with a 20-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording capability, OIS, and an f/1.9 aperture. There’s also a 5-megapixel sensor placed upfront with an f/2.4 aperture, which can shoot full-HD videos. Both the Lumia handsets run Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, Windows 10 Mobile. The Lumia 950 XL also comes with liquid cooling.

Reliance Jio has procured 2 lakhs ZTE smartphones for its 4G services

Though, there is still a lot of ambiguity about the commercial launch of 4G services by Reliance Jio, the Mukesh Ambani led company is preparing the background by procuring smartphones from different vendors to offer its future subscribers.

“Reliance Jio has procured two lakhs ZTE smartphones, most likely the Blade S6, and currently is testing the device as it prepares for the commercial launch of its 4G services,” a person familiar with the development said to The Mobile Indian.

The source further added, “Reliance Jio has also initiated the process of buying a couple of smartphones from Yu, a smartphone brand of Micromax.” However information about the models (of Yu) is not available.

Note that the ZTE Blade S6 smartphone was launched earlier in January this year and is currently not available in the market. It was priced around Rs 15,000 in the retail market when it was launched. It has a 5.00-inch display with a resolution of 720X1280 pixels. It is powered by the 1GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB RAM.

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The ZTE Blade S6 runs on Android 5.0 and has 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Blade S6 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. It has a 2400 mAh non removable battery.

The dual SIM ZTE Blade S6 has Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope sensors.

Vodafone launches 4G services in India, starting from Kochi

Vodafone today announced the roll out of its 4G network in India on the 1800 MHz band, from Kochi, Kerala. Vodafone’s 4G service in Kochi is to be available for customers from 14th December.

Announcing the launch of Vodafone’s 4G service in India, Sunil Sood, managing director and chief executive officer, Vodafone India said, “We are delighted to launch our ultrafast 4G services in India that will give customers the power to experience the most advanced wireless broadband experience available across the globe today. As a steadfast partner of Digital India, we remain focused on deploying multiple technologies -be it 2G, 3G and now 4G-for optimum use as each technology has its own vital role to play in servicing the myriad connectivity needs of consumers across the country. ”

Meanwhile, Vodafone also added that it will roll out 4G services in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata in the first phase. “Testing of 4G services in these locations has already commenced successfully and Vodafone India has partnered with leading global technology service providers for the network roll-out,” the operator further added.

For its customers in Kochi, Vodafone is offering free upgrade to 4G to all its users, free unlimited movie subscription of Hungama Play – access to 7500 + titles (including 200+ Malayalam movies) – for 3 months, free unlimited music streaming on Vodafone Music, 100 per cent extra data for all 4G RED customers for 3 months, and 4G Mobile WiFi that supports connectivity for up to 10 devices.

As per Vodafone, Kochi can opt for a trial pack of 120MB at Rs 29 while a bonanza pack of 20GB can be available at Rs 2,499.

Vodafone subscribers in Kochi can swap their SIMs for a 4G SIM at all Vodafone stores and select retail outlets in the city, else they can request for 4G SIM through call centre and SMS <4GSIM to 199> to get the same day door-step delivery of postpaid 4G SIMs (for requests received before 4:00pm that day).

Google Goes With OpenJDK For Android

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Google is changing the Java APIs in Android from current proprietary ones to the OpenJDKset. The OpenJDK APIs are the open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit(JDK).

News of this was first broken by an Android commit that looked “mysterious,” according toa thread on Ycombinator. The commit documents that it was first written in February 2015, and committed in November.

In an article this week in VentureBeat, Google confirmed its next Android platform won’t implement Oracle’s proprietary Java APIs.

“As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach, creating a common code base for developers to build apps and services. Google has long worked with and contributed to the OpenJDK community, and we look forward to making even more contributions to the OpenJDK project in the future.”

A discussion thread on Ycombinator’s HackerNews was rife with speculation that Google’s move toward OpenJDK is an attempt to defuse an ongoing legal battle with Oracle. After acquiring Sun Microsystems (the true father of Java) in 2010, Oracle sued Google for patent and copyright infringement over Google’s use of Java in Android.

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The ensuing legal battle continues to this day, with a series of appeals winding their way through the US courts. The latest arguments mainly center upon whether Google’s use of Oracle’s Java APIs in Android constitutes fair use under US copyright law.

In 2014, Google petitioned the US Supreme Court to consider an appeal in the case, but that request was declined by the court in June 2015. The case has been punted back to the lower courts to decide whether fair use applies in this case.

Meanwhile, we’re left to wonder this move is a way for Google to hedge its bets against any potential damages that could result from an unfavorable court ruling. Basing future versions of Android on OpenJDK, rather than Oracle’s proprietary JDK, is seen by casual observers as a way for Google to future-proof its Android operating system.

Apple Taps LG, Samsung For OLED iPhone Displays, Report Claims

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South Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung may be Apple’s rivals in the larger smartphone market, but the iPhone manufacturer is reportedly close to an agreement with the two companies to supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for its next-generation iPhone.

The report in South Korea’s Economic Timescited unnamed industry sources who also said LG Display and Samsung will invest close to $13 billion to build out production facilities. LG currently supplies the OLED components for the Apple Watch, but providing display screens for Apple’s best-selling product will require much larger capacity.

The advantages to OLED displays versus LCD displays is reduced thickness and improved picture quality. A November article in Japanese publicationNikkei reported that Apple would make the switch over to OLED displays in 2018.

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Another advantage to using OLED screens is that they also can be bent and rounded to a certain degree, giving companies greater flexibility when designing devices. Samsung began taking advantage of the flexibility that OLED displays offer with its Galaxy line of smartphones.

The Galaxy Note 5, for example, has a 5.7-inch high resolution quad HD 2560×1440 pixel display with 518 pixels per inch, while the S6 Edge+ has a curved screen OLED display that is manufactured on a flexible plastic material, allowing it to bend around the body of the smartphone.

The report also noted Apple is likely provide some funding to both firms to help with the investments, though Samsung is likely to get bigger volumes from Apple than LG will.

Other smartphone manufacturers have also climbed aboard the OLED bandwagon as well. The Motorola-made Nexus 6, the latest Nexus smartphone currently available, is the third smartphone in the Google Nexus lineup to make use of an OLED display, after the Samsung-made Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus.

The LG G Flex 2 flexible-display smartphone comes with a curved Plastic OLED panel, while the Nokia Lumia 930 makes use of a 5-inch AMOLED panel.

In addition to reaching out to display specialists like LG and Samsung, Apple has built a secret research facility in Taiwan to experiment with and develop next-generation display technology, according to a Dec. 15 report in Bloomberg.

The production lab, located in northern Taiwan, is dedicated to fabricating new display technologies for the iPad and the iPhone. It employs a staff of around 50 people, according to unnamed sources quoted in the article.

A potential OLED display isn’t the only rumor circulating around the upcoming iPhone (which won’t likely be unveiled until September, let’s remember), with a recent report in Japanese tech site Mac Otakara quoting an unnamed but “reliable” source which claimed Apple was getting ready to dump the standard 3.5-mm headphone jack found on smartphones the world over and use the iPhone’s Lightning connector dock as the audio output jack as well.