TRAI to Improve MySpeed App, Publish White Paper by Month-End

TRAI to Improve MySpeed App, Publish White Paper by Month-End

HIGHLIGHTS

  • TRAI will improve its MySpeed app after evaluating telcos’ methods
  • It said will soon come out with a white paper on underlying methodology
  • Ookla and other data speed measurement firms have been contacted

Telecom regulator TRAI plans to strengthen its MySpeed app, which measures mobile data speeds, and will also make its evaluation method more transparent after consultation with operators, its chairman R S Sharma said.

Some operators had complained about methods and results of the TRAI’s MySpeed app, and the regulator will soon come out with a white paper on underlying methodology and algorithms used by the said app for calculating data speeds of various service providers.

“We have also contacted Ookla and others. We are trying to understand what their methods are … We would like all stakeholders to sit together and come to a conclusion over most appropriate methodology,” the TRAI chairman said.

The regulator will also take suggestions from operators on the issue, he said.

“We will sit together with the operators and take their suggestions as what should be an agreed methodology so there are no such complaints,” Sharma said on the sidelines of the TRAI’s open house discussion on ‘data speed under wireless broadband plans’.

After strengthening the service quality norms for voice calls, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is now focusing its attention on benchmarks for data experience of consumers.

TRAI hopes to finalise, by month-end, views on parameters for measuring data speeds for wireless broadband.

“There were large number of quality of service (norms) for voice (offerings) like call drops. Data has recently started becoming prominent, and voice is now an application on top of data. So there is a need to have much better grip on the QoS in the data world,” he added.

Sharma said that both TRAI’s views on the data speed issue and its white paper on MySpeed app will be out by the month-end.

“Work on both the aspects will happen simultaneously,” he said.

While operators had previously stated that having a minimum guaranteed data speed would be difficult in the wireless world, TRAI is looking at suitable parameters, say average speed, that could serve as a benchmark.

In its consultation paper on wireless broadband data speeds, TRAI has also sought industry’s views on whether information on wireless broadband speeds currently being disclosed is enough for consumers to make informed choices.

It has asked if average speed can be specified by service providers. The consultation also touches on other related issues such as the need to revisit service quality parameters or existing benchmarks stipulated in the regulations.

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Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

Glacier White PS4 Slim to Launch in India Next Week

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Glacier White PS4 Slim will be available in India from next week
  • It will not come with any games or other freebies
  • It will be listed by most online retailers soon

India gets another variant of the PS4 Slim. According to several retailers speaking to Gadgets 360, Sony India will release the Glacier White PS4 Slim 500GB console. It will cost Rs. 27,990 and be available from next week. No games or PS Plus subscriptions will be a part of the offer. Something to keep in mind, if you were expecting freebies along with the purchase.

Expect the likes of Amazon India, Flipkart, and Games The Shop to have it listed today or by next week at the earliest. For the longest time, Sony India has stayed away from coloured consoles, bringing them in extremely late in the PS3’s lifecycle and ignoring coloured versions of the PS Vita altogether.

 

And while the PS4 has seen several colour options since its inception, this is the first time the company has decided to release the PS4 in a colour that isn’t black.

We can’t help but feel Sony has dropped the ball by not including any games along with the package. More so when Rs. 27,990 gets you a PS4 with two controllers or a PS4 with Horizon Zero Dawn. For Rs. 1,000 more, you get Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet and Clank, Driveclub, and three months of PS Plus along with a PS4.

Suffice to say, if you’re really hankering for a PS4 that stands out from the crowd, this could be an option. Confused as to which PS4 to buy? We have you covered with our comprehensive guide.

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Black to white: How money becomes legitimate

Black to white: How money becomes legitimate

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Renukamata Credit Society, located in one of the oldest areas of Kalbadevi in Mumbai, has seen more than Rs 2,000-crore worth inflow and outflow of cash.

The small group accepts cash deposits of any amount and transfers it to anyone in any city on the depositor’s instructions. They follow a strict ‘no-question policy’ – which means no questions are raised on the funds, depositor or where the funds go.

According to a report in the Economic Times, there are no clues about the identity of the depositors. The IT wing has passed on the details to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for further investigation. However, tailing it might prove to be a tough task.

The task of keeping these transactions ‘layered’ lies with intermediaries or handlers on the lookout for people, mostly small labourers or workers, who willingly share their personal details for a meagre Rs 2500-3000.

Some deposit slips have initials and first name of people who deposited the cash. But while there is an upper limit of Rs 9 lakh for deposits, there is no limit on number of transactions by an account holder. So multiple transactions worth Rs 9 lakh are common.

There are also no defaults here – the depositors fill e-KYC (know your customer) and admit to depositing the money.

This is not the only branch of Ahmednagar-headquartered Renukamata Society. The Society has various branches across Maharashtra and also in Chennai and Hyderabad.

Chairman, Prashant Bhalero told ET the credit society is registered under the Multi-State Societies Act, 2002.

He said people who want to avail their services have to first become the Society’s member by submitting photo ID, residential proof, thumb imprint and photograph. They also have to pay entry fee and share subscription amount.

Considering these multi-state co-operatives societies are safe haven for money launderers, there have been suggestions to bring them under the newly-introduced statement of financial transactions that record high-value transactions.

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The Author Tried the New White House Facebook Chatbot. Here’s What Happened.

The Author Tried the New White House Facebook Chatbot. Here's What Happened.

Have you ever wished getting in touch with the president was as easy as IMing your friends?

Well, you can now send President Obama private messages through the White House’s Facebook page. The Facebook messages will be among those considered for the 10 personal letters the president reads each day. (Although, disappointingly, because the White House is on Facebook as a page, not a person you can friend, there doesn’t seem to be a way to “poke” POTUS on the social network to get his attention.)

White House chief digital officer Jason Goldman pitched the new Facebook messaging feature this week as a way for the administration to “meet people where they are” online.

The new feature relies on a chatbot that simulates a conversation but doesn’t directly respond to questions. Instead, it guides users through sending feedback to the administration.

But the actual process of using the White House chatbot feels more labor intensive than another digital messaging option available to citizens since 1994: email.

Sending an email to the White House is pretty straightforward: There is a basic contact form you fill out and then submit.

The chatbot is more complicated.

Once this reporter opened the messenger window to ask a simple question – “Are there any plans to allow people to ‘poke’ the White House on Facebook?” – I first had to click the “Let’s Go!” button after waiting for the chatbot to say hello.

After a few minutes, the bot repeated my question back to me to confirm it was all I wanted to send. Then it asked me for my contact information over the course of five questions – with lag time between each. Then it asked me to confirm my contact information after I handed it over.

The runaround took about 10 minutes – significantly longer than if I’d just submitted the same question through the White House’s email form. But at least the White House Facebook bot did end our exchange with a smiley face emoji.

The chatbot fits into a larger digital legacy that Obama will be leaving behind when he departs the Oval Office next January. In 2008, his presidential campaign leveraged social media for organizing and fundraising. And the administration has made a clear effort to stay engaged with the public through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Medium and even Snapchat.

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Tags: Apps, Barack Obama, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Messenger, Social

 

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