Apps streaming TV channel may come under regulatory ambit

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After introducing new tariff rules for television channel earlier this year, the Telecom Regulatory authority of India (Trai) has now shifted its focus to OTT apps that stream TV channels to bring them under the ambit of regulatory framework.

Carriage of TV programming by apps such as Hotstar, Airtel TV, Sony Liv is currently unregulated. This puts registered broadcasters in a disadvantageous position who are allowed to give content to cable operators and satellite players only under a licensing framework.

When apps show the same channels without paying the carriage charges and licencing fees, it creates disparity, a Trai official was quoted as saying in an ET report.

The broadcasters operate under a licence which is valid for 10 years. Under the cable TV (regulation) Act, the licensee has to comply with the programming and advertising code and must adhere to guidelines set by I&B ministry. Whereas apps come under IT Act, but do not have to seek licence.

Trai is expected to issue a consultation paper on the matter by July-August.

Adding to the complication are broadcasters such as Star India, Sony, Zee and Times Network which have their own streaming apps. For them, OTT platforms are only another medium for viewers to watch TV channels. They view any additional licensing framework an unnecessary hassle.

Broadcasters such as Star India have opposed the move saying that Trai does not have the authority to regulate apps under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 as the entire internet ecosystem is regulated by the Information Technology Act, 2000.

However, DTH companies and cable operators’ associations content that a non-level playing field has been created with the same show playing on TV and an app at the same time. They have demanded OTT players be also regulated under the principle of ‘same-service, same-rules’.

With the rising popularity of  OTT apps, Trai is wary of being caught off-guard if a legal redressal is sought for the level playing field in the space.

It is of relevance here that Supreme Court has issued a notice to Centre to regulate the content featured on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. The petition was filed by an NGO alleging that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.

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PM Modi Launches Umang App to Provide Multiple Citizen-Centric Services Under One Roof

PM Modi Launches Umang App to Provide Multiple Citizen-Centric Services Under One Roof

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Umang app is available for both Android and iOS platforms
  • The app gives access to tons of e-governance services
  • There is Aadhaar-based authentication

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a unified app to serve e-governance through mobile devices. Called Umang (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance), the app is developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD) to offer services of the central, state, local bodies, and various government agencies right on Android and iOS based mobile devices. The new offering had emerged on the sidelines of the fifth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in New Delhi.

“Today, we launched the Umang Mobile App, which will provide over a hundred citizen-centric services. At the back-end, these services will be catered for by many different departments of the Union and State Governments. This integrated approach will add an automatic layer of ‘peer performance pressure’, in the working of these departments,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the audience at GCCS.

The Umang app bundles a list of Digital India services, including Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and PayGov. Additionally, the app provides citizens with all the major government services provided through app, web, SMS, and IVR channels. In terms of e-governance, citizens can use the Umang app to access their income tax filing, LPG cylinder bookings, and Provident Fund account. Parents can also use the Umang app to access CBSE results. It has multilingual support with as many as 10 Indian languages in addition to Hindi and English and includes a payment-based transaction access.

Unlike any third-party apps to access e-governance services, the Umang app supports Aadhaar and other authentication mechanisms such as your phone number and location to give you single-point ubiquitous access to all government services.

You need to register your identity to start using the Umang app. The registration process begins with an OTP (one-time password) that will be generated to your provided mobile number. You’ll also need to choose a couple of security questions and fill in their answers that will help you recover the Umang account. Once you’ve completed the registration, the app will ask you to set an MPIN that will be used alongside your mobile number to access the app.

Also, the Umang app has social media integration that allows you to connect your Facebook, Google, and Twitter accounts and enable one-touch login process.

The interface of the Umang app appears to be convenient for novices. Similarly, the app comes with features like favourites and push notification alerts to help you leverage the benefits of e-governance in the country. There is a support option available on the app to help citizens reach experts for their doubts related to the app or its listed services. However, that option didn’t connect us with one of the agents at the time of our testing.

The Umang app is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above and iOS 8.0 and later. Moreover, you can give a missed call on 97183-97183 to get the app download link on your number.

[“Source-gadgets.ndtv”]

Xiaomi 5X could be the first smartphone to launch under the Lanmi brand, may launch on July 26

Image result for Xiaomi 5X could be the first smartphone to launch under the Lanmi brand, may launch on July 26Picture Courtesy: Mydrivers.com

Xiaomi is working to bring its third sub-brand after Redmi and Mi, which will reportedly be called – Lanmi, confirmed a Chinese micro blogging site – Weibo. As reported earlier, Xiaomi is said to be have already started working on a smartphone which the company is expected to launch under the Lanmi brand. The smartphone could most probably be the – Xiaomi X1. But, a new report making rounds on the web hints that the first smartphone under the Lanmi brand could be – Xiaomi 5X.

Reports suggest that Xiaomi could launch the smartphone on July 26. But there’s no official confirmation by the company as of now. Xiaomi 5X aka Xiaomi X1 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours already and hints that the device may come with dual-camera setup, antenna lines, and LED flash, which will be placed right next to the dual cameras at the back.

The new leak comes in the form of a poster, which shows the device itself. The poster also reveals a lot about the device, starting from its complete specs, and even the price. It is said that the upcoming Xiaomi 5X could be a mid-ranged smartphone. On the pricing front, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X is likely to be priced at CNY 1,999, which is approximately Rs 19,000. This is a tentative pricing detail, and may be revised at the time of launch.

Also Read: Xiaomi’s new sub-brand could be called Lanmi

As per the specifications, the leak hints that the Xiaomi 5X may come with a 5.5-inch display and may run on the latest Android Nougat operating system. However, the new leak reveals no details about the resolution of the display, but a previous leak claimed that it will most likely end up being 1080p, much like many other mid-range phones from Xiaomi.

The smartphone is further expected to be powered by Qulacomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor and may be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, a previous leak suggested that the smartphone – Xiaomi 5X may come with Snapdragon 660. So, we aren’t sure about the authencity of the newly leaked poster, and chances are that the specs might change in the final product.

Furthermore, Xiaomi 5X is expected to come with dual cameras (as tipped by another rumour earlier) at the back and include a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. On the design front, the upcoming Xiaomi phone is expected to feature an all-metal body that looks fairly premium, despite being a mid-ranged smartphone.

Meanwhile, the Chinese smartphone maker is also planning to launch the successors of Redmi 4, Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A. In the last couple of days, there have been several rumours about the Redmi 5, Redmi 5A and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and all of them suggest that all the three handsets will although boast a full-metal body design much like its successors, but, the camera and hardware may see a major refresh.

A report by a Chinese news website – MyDrivers leaked two weeks ago reveals that the new brand as highlighted earlier is supposed to focus on offline sale strategy mainly, unlike Redmi and Mi that aims at online sales. The company is further said to compete with companies like Oppo and Vivo, which are majorly dependent of offline sale.

[“Source-indiatoday.”]

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

Image result for 7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000ET Wealth lists 7 interesting tech products and accessories available under Rs 1,000.

What can you get for a thousand bucks? There are some very interesting products and accessories available in this price bracket that often get lost in the crowd of listings. ET Wealth lists the items worth considering from amongst the swarm.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

MI WIFI REPEATER 2: Rs 999
Depending on your router placement and area of your home/office, there might be areas where WiFi does not reach or has poor reception. For such areas, you can get the WiFi Repeater 2 from Xiaomi. It needs to be connected to a USB port for power (any wall charger can be used). Setup is easy via the Mi Home app and once its configured, it extends your WiFi network coverage. The repeater can support up to 16 devices simultaneously.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

MI VR PLAY: Rs 999
There are a plethora of VR headsets available today in both the online and offline markets. However, we recommend the one from Xiaomi for its fantastic build quality. The headset has a Lycra cover for comfort and durability and can support up to 5.7-inch smartphones. Instead of the usual clip-on design, it has a zipper to hold the phone to avoid accidental slips and drops plus a textured metal button on top. The headset is compatible with Google Cardboard and works great for YouTube 360 degree videos as well.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

PHOTRON FL100: Rs 199
A number of brands have started adding an LED flash on the front of the phone for selfie lovers. If your smartphone lacks this feature, you can add it. The Photron FL100 is a small flash module with 16 LEDs with three level of adjustable brightness. It can be fixed on your smartphone’s 3.5mm port for selfies as well as use as an emergency torch. It has a rechargeable battery and it charges via microUSB port.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

PORTRONICS CAR POWER III: Rs 624
With the number of devices we carry increasing day by day, you need multiple ports for charging devices. For people who spend a a lot of time travelling in their car on a daily basis, this car charger offers 4 USB ports for charging. It has a 1.5m cable that is accessible by people sitting on the back seat. It has 6A charging capacity. Depending on the number of devices connected, it can charge at 1A to 2.4A (more devices will lead to slower charge as current is distributed).

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

POPSOCKETS: Rs 999
This is a combination of two things—a pop clip and a mount. The pop clip sticks on the back of your phone and can be used for grip, stand or as a headphone cable organizer. The mount can be stuck on any surface which is easily accessible (your desk, in your car etc.) and the pop clip fits on to it. This lets you mount your smartphone anywhere. You can get them in various colours and designs and the Pop Clip can even be purchased separately if required.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

USB-POWERED PORTABLE LAPTOP COOLER: Rs 999
One of the common complaint users with heavy work requirements have is that their laptops tend to get uncomfortably hot. If the laptop becomes too hot it even shuts down on its own to prevent any damage. To solve this issue, you can invest in a USB powered laptop cooler. Just place the laptop cooler on your laptop’s heat vents and connect it to a USB port for power. The laptop cooler has a silent fan that sucks out the hot air from your laptop to keep it cool.

7 useful tech products and accessories under Rs 1,000

WATERPROOF BIKE MOBILE STAND: Rs 599 Onwards
There are multiple options available when you look for a dock or stand for your mobile in a car. For bike users it’s a different story. They have to keep the phone protected from dust and water so mounting using a standard clamp is not recommended. Instead, get a waterproof mobile stand. It has a weather sealed pouch in which your phone can be placed for protection and has a touch compatible transparent membrane on top for viewing and operating the touchscreen.

[“Source-economictimes.”]