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WhatsApp finally introduces Video calling for Android.
25.10.16 - TEAM PT
WhatsApp finally introduces Video calling for Android.



WhatsApp video calling feature has finally turned into a reality. After pulling out a beta early this year, WhatsApp is finally bringing the feature with version 2.16.316 or higher. The video calling feature is being rolled out in beta so not everyone of you is going to get the feature right away but it is now evident that video calling is the next big feature from world’s most used mobile messaging platform.
 
If you are a registered WhatsApp user on Android beta channel then you already have the option to make video calls. The feature works exactly like any other video calling platform and mimics the quality of Facebook Messenger.
 
The new video calling feature can be accessed via the calls tab. For making a video call, users will have to tap on the dialler icon present alongside the search icon. On pressing the dialler icon, users will get an option to either make a WhatsApp voice call or video call. It's worth noting that feature will work only when the caller and the recipient are part of the Android beta testing program. In case, the recipient is still using an old version of the app (or is not part of the beta testing program) will get a prompt saying "Couldn't place call" followed by text, "Couldn't place call. Recipient [name of contact being called] needs to update WhatsApp to receive video calls."
 
Lately WhatsApp has been very aggresively adding features like end-to-end encryption, document sharing and more. The app recently introduced support for call-back feature and voicemail support. WhatsApp has always indicated that it wants to get more enterprises and business on board so as to let them interact with their customers. With video calling, the social messaging app has just added another significant feature to its bucket list.




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Uber-like app for Hiring tractor launched in India
19.10.16 - TEAM PT
Uber-like app for Hiring tractor launched in India



An Uber-like smartphone app has been launched in India, aimed at making it easier for farmers to hire tractors.
Many small-scale farmers are unable to buy their own and often have to rent them at high rates.

Now, vehicle-maker Mahindra and Mahindra has launched an app called Trringo offering hourly rental for between 400 and 700 rupees.

The service will also be available via a call centre - important as much of rural India does not have net access.

The service has been so far been rolled out in the state of Karnataka and will be available in others, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, soon.

Requested tractors and a driver will be sent to farmers via 20 hubs across Karnataka.

Speaking about the app to the New York Times, chief executive Rajesh Jejurikar said the current hiring model took "a toll on the self-esteem of the farmer", adding many felt they had "to beg for it".

The company is considering offering other farm machinery for hire in a similar way.
 
(Courtesy: BBC)




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India's largest airwave auction that will offer very high data speed starts; Jio, Vodafone, Airtel and Idea in fray
01.10.16 - TEAM PT
India's largest airwave auction that will offer very high data speed starts; Jio, Vodafone, Airtel and Idea in fray



The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has commenced the country’s biggest ever spectrum auction wherein airwaves worth Rs 5.66 lakh crore are put up for sale.

The auction kicked off at around 10 am and will continue till 7 pm.

Seven mobile operators, including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, R-Com, Aircel and Tata Teleservices are participating in the auction.
 
The auction conducted in 2010 for 3G airwaves in the 2100 Mhz band has been the longest that lasted for 34 days. 

All spectrum auctions have been conducted on the same model. The department of telecom will release results of daily bidding at the end of every day. 

As much as 2,354.55 megahertz (MHz) of frequencies are being put up for auction in seven bands -- 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz, 2300 Mhz and 2500 MHz. The radiowaves can be used for 2G, 3G and high-speed 4G mobile services. This is more than the cumulative spectrum holding of the top four operators. 

While Jio, Airtel and RCom have pan-India 4G spectrum, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have an opportunity to bid for airwaves to expand their 4G service footprint for competitive advantage in the market. 

Idea has 4G spectrum in 10 out of 22 telecom circles in the country. Vodafone, which has just brought in Rs 47,700 crore equity investments from its parent firm, has spectrum for 4G services in 9 telecom circles. 

The amount of spectrum that is being put up for auction is more than any previous auctions, which will enable bidders to provide good quality of service according to international benchmarks and the issue of spectrum fragmentation that has dogged the telecom sector for the last many years will be a thing of the past.

In a bid to make the auctions bidder-friendly, the government plans to assign spectrum won in the auction within 30 calendar days from date of making the payment. It takes 10 days to make a payment after the auction ends.




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