On Friday, Bharti Global and UK government-led OneWeb announced the launch of 36 communications satellites and said it aims to provide high-speed internet by mid-2022 from its satellite constellation in India. OneWeb’s re-launch of satellite launches comes within weeks after the billionaire Sunil Bharti Mittal-run Bharti Group, along with the British government, took over as the new owners of the bankrupt broadband satellite communications business. On Friday, the broadband satellite communications company Low Earth Orbit (LEO) launched 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which started in Russia from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. A company release said that this brings the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of the 648 LEO satellite fleet of OneWeb that will provide high-speed, low-latency global connectivity. The launch puts OneWeb on track to deliver customers global services from late 2021, beginning with global service in 2022 for the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic Seas, and Canada. It added that OneWeb has won global priority spectrum rights and has now completed four launches successfully and aims to provide high-speed Internet from OneWeb satellites in India by mid-2022. “Today’s launch is one of many steps we have taken to operationalize one of the world’s first LEO constellations, which clearly demonstrates that we are on our way to achieving our mission,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises.
As directed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the University Grant Commission (UGC), the state government has issued orders reducing the Master of Computer Application (MCA) course length to two years from this academic year. So far, the course has been three years long. At the last UGC meeting in December 2019, the decision to shorten the course length by one year was made. However, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, only recently have the instructions for implementing the same for the coming academic year been communicated to all nations. “After many submissions from students, the UGC took the decision. The students claimed that there were already many of the topics taught in the first year of the three-year programme in the graduation programme. The UGC has shortened the length of the three-year MCA programme to two years, which is supposed to be implemented by all States, so as not to waste student time,” explained Hemachandra Reddy, chairwoman of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE). The government order specified that BSc/BA/B Com with background students in mathematics must pass the prerequisite courses designed for entering the MCA course by the universities concerned. The vice-chancellors of all state universities are requested to develop the two-year MCA curriculum, prerequisite courses for general BSc/BA/BCom students with history students in mathematics and the mode of conducting
In talks with telecom companies Airtel and Jio, Google is reportedly introducing high-speed Internet and telecommunications access using light beams. The technology is part of Project Taara, which uses light to relay information as a very thin, invisible beam through the air at super high speedsit is like fibre, but without cables, as per Project X, a Google company. Instead of radio waves between transmitters and receivers connected to servers mounted on buildings and structures, the technology sends light beams. Compared to less than one gigabyte a second that many customers get now, a source familiar with the matter told ET Telecom, the pace could be as high as 20 gigabytes a second. “The source told the publication, “This would be a game-changer as it will link one to remote areas, provide internet access through buildings without cables and . the pressure on towers. As stated, Project Taara was piloted in Andhra Pradesh in India and Kenya in Africa. Project X from Google noted that their team is exploring the potential of wireless optical communication technologies with telcos, ISPs and governments around the world to greatly accelerate the implementation of the extensive high-throughput networks required to sustain the web’s future. In areas that are difficult to link using fibre cables, the system is successful. These include sites located around forests, water bodies, railways, or land with high real estate costs,”The system is effective in areas that are difficult to connect using fibre cables. These include sites located around forests, water bodies, railway tracks, or land with highreal estate costs,” In order to function easily with current networks and ecosystems, it is built on open standards. The blog reports that data can be transmitted at high speeds of up to 20Gbps through wireless optical
WhatsApp will stop supporting some iPhones and Android devices by 2021. The messaging app will stop functioning on older iPhones and Android devices and not on new phones. Don’t worry now. Help for smartphones that use obsolete operating systems will mainly be terminated by WhatsApp. WhatsApp will not operate on devices that are not running iOS 9 or Android 4.0.3 operating systems if reports are to be believed. As announced, starting in 2021, iPhones that do not run on iOS 9 will not be able to use WhatsApp on their phones. Both iPhone 4 and earlier versions are included in the iPhone models. However, if you have an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6S, if you want to continue using WhatsApp, you will have to upgrade your phone to iOS 9 or later. You can upgrade your first generation iPhone 6S, 6 Plus, and iPhone SE to iOS 14. Similarly, Android devices that don’t have Android 4.0.3 will lose WhatsApp access. Models such as HTC Desire, LGOptimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 are included. There could be several other phoneswith Android that could lose WhatsApp support in 2021. However, you can go to the settings to check if you don’t know which operating system your iPhone or Android phone is running on. If you are an iPhone user, for instance, go to Settings > General > Information. You can search your iPhone’s device information there. Similarly, you can go to Settings > About Phone when you are an Android user. So now you can do it for those who have the option of upgrading their phones to the new apps. But for those who don’t have the option of upgrading their apps, in order to access WhatsApp on their phones, they’ll have to get a newphone. On a similar note, WhatsApp has recently received a bunch of new features. WhatsApp rolled out WhatsApp Payments recently. Using the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), and India-first, a real
In meetings, the average employee spends more than five hours a day. And with video meetings now the rule for remote workplaces, the consequence is a computer fatigue epidemic. Many of us think of screen exhaustion mostly as eyestrain, but it’s an audio issue as well. Everywhere at work are the “micro frustrations” of bad audio: background conversation, overheard conversations, interruptions of colleagues, even street noise. Combining these distractions with bad software and audio hardware and harmful sound can lead to garbled results, disgruntled partners and customers, and even business loss. Now more than ever, ensuring a good audio experience for your workers is important. You will help your workers minimise their tension, improve their morale, and increase their performance and productivity by enhancing the audio (not to mention your revenue and
On Twitter, hackers using Pay2key malware, which has been used by Iranian hacking groups in the past, reported that they had managed to hack into Intel-owned and Israel-based Habana Labs networks. The hackers are accused of breaking into the network of the organisation and gaining access to plans and data about its new Gaudi artificial intelligence chip. The group posted a link to a leak directory on its Twitter account and photos of what they believe to be Habana source code and internal processes, claiming they have something special,” and tagging Habana and its parent company Intel’s Twitter accounts. Apparently, the hackers are trying to claim a ransom and at least, shame the U.S. chipmaking giant. The hackers also claim to have obtained access to the Domain Controller of the company, which would mean that they were able to violate all of its organisational network if real. The hackers could have have obtained access to the American organisation if it is connected to that of Intel. The attackers also claim to have a Hash file containing logins and passwords, including comprehensive user details. Throughout November, Pay2key malware has been used to blackmail many Israeli businesses, but this time, it does not seem to be a case of malware, but rather a complete breach of the servers of the company. The acts of the hackers seem to be criminally motivated, seeing as Gaudi’s technological data recently chosen to be included in the AWS basket of services, are not useful for strategic purposes.
Microsoft Edge’s new beta build will now enable users to put unused tabs to sleep to save memory and Processor. The feature was first rolled out in September on the Dev channel. Microsoft has now moved the feature into the Beta channel, after several months of testing. Using the feature, according to Microsoft, will help reduce memory use by 32 percent on average and in most cases, will reduce the CPU use of the browser by about 37 percent. Microsoft says that freeing up resources helps optimise the efficiency of the browser, colourfully comparing the functionality to having a good night’s sleep[that] enables you to stay focused and productive the next day.” Source: techradar.com
Nokia 9.3 Pure View will not be turning up in the immediate future. Although that is sad, in the low- and mid-end price ranges, HMD Global is moving ahead with other devices. The company has announced that on December 15 in China, it will launch a new Nokia system that runs on Android Go software. This is shocking because, due to censorship, stock Android apps do not work in China. Like other mobile brands, HMD Global sells custom skinned Nokia phones in China. Nokia has posted a new teaser on Weibo that reveals the new device’s December 15 launch date. The teaser also reveals that Android Go a trimmed down version of Android appropriate for phones with 2GB or less RAM, will come with this unit. Google also provides updated versions of its applications, such as, among others, YouTube Go, Google Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go. And because of internet limitations, any of these apps won’t operate in China. On Pixel phones, Android Go is as pure as the vanilla Android, which means it requires the services of Google to function properly. There is nothing HMD Global has saidabout how this would be feasible, but it may have a way to eventually bring Android Go to China. Since no one has ever attempted to make a custom version of the app for Android Go, we never knew if there would be one. If HMD Global manages to do that it will build a flood of low range smartphones for other manufacturers in China. But little is clear on how Google will work with apps built for Android Go. In India, HMD Global offers Nokia 3.1 Plus and Nokia C3 as their cheapest smartphones. These two smartphones
Along with the winners of the Users’ Choice Awards 2020, Google has named the winners
The Satya Nadella-led company in a blog post revealed that Microsoft has plans to seal