Facebook Messenger Rolls Discover Tab

Facebook, the social networking giant, has declared that it will be launching out in India the Discover tab. Discover tab is a new function in Messenger that makes it probable for users to browse and find business Pages and bots. This will be a steady launch, claimed the firm to the media in a statement.

You can locate the icon of Discover on the right hand lower corner of the Home screen for Messenger. This function will allow users browse lately visited businesses, categories and featured experiences, with the later two segments rotated and expanded out on a normal basis. Facebook claimed that both the bots & Pages as well as the featured unit in the different categories are revitalized regularly.

The Discover tab operates with new Messenger parametric codes, where users can scan the codes via the camera of the Messenger and connect to their favorite businesses and brands. Facebook, in the Messenger app, also included chat extensions that permit various users to chat at the same time with the same business.

Lately, Facebook rolled out Messenger Platform 2.1. This platform comes with new aspects targeted at brands and developers, and is developed to assist them reach more potential users. The new aspects comprise in-built processing of natural language along with payments SDK. It also has a worldwide beta that is claimed to be instrumental in toggling between humans and bots on Messenger. Wit.ai, a firm that Facebook obtained in 2015, will be offering Natural Language Processing (NLP) technique for Messenger.

Even though Wit.ai has always been making available NLP to developers, in Messenger Platform 2.1, it will be accessible as an inbuilt feature that will also notice common phrases and words such as “bye,” “hello,” and “thanks” along with location, date & time, phone number, amount of money, and email addresses. As soon as the bot notices such types of messages from users, it will mechanically send an acknowledgment on the Messenger.

Well, let us see if the new feature of Discover tabs will be a success for the social media behemoth or not. Stay tuned!!!

Y Combinator To Support 18 Indian Startups This Year

President of most influential startup incubator of Silicon Valley Y Combinator, Sam Altman, is increasing its bid on India by 2x at a time when many sponsors have gone sluggish.

YC, as it is commonly recognized, educated as many as 18 startups in India in 2017, its uppermost ever since it vigorously got concerned with the country a couple of years back. Let us see as to what he has to say.

Y Combinator To Support 18 Indian Startups This Year

YC’s 2017 India intake numbers are the highest in any year. How’s that happened?

We have been going to India for the last few years. We’ve been fortunate enough to be an investor in a few of the successful companies in India. These founders talk to the startup community there about us. We see this in all the markets across the world: Once we can get the first few wins in a new geography , that perpetuates in the local community and then people say , ‘Oh, we’ve heard of them, founders said they were great’.

Will you look at setting up an India outpost?

Our goal is to take the 18 intakes in 2017 and keep increasing that number. We have no current plan to open an outpost, but I bet someday we would. That may be a few years off though.

Why are you bullish on the Indian startup ecosystem amid uncertainties?

I like to be bullish when everyone else is bearish. There are very few long-term investors, I think it is a big advantage for us that we are one. Most are chasing fashion or trying to make their LPs (limited partners) happy.

So what’s wrong with the tech investing class?

It is not only about the way funds are structured but also about what they are expected to do that particular year. So if India is hot, they’d be in India. If India is cold, you don’t want to be there. But we are excited and will happily make a lot of money in their absence.

When we met in 2015, a slug of money was coming into India. It’s been tougher for startups to raise capital since then…

We try and not get caught up in what other investors do. The way I look at investing is that, on any given day , what the stock market or any other investor is doing is a random number generator. But over time it does converge to reality . We continue to believe that there is something real happening in India. Like any exciting new thing, there will be ups and downs, there will be bubbles and busts, but we try and take a very long-term view here and not get too distracted by the ups and downs.

You told me during the heady days that you were not as much worried about the eye-popping valuations as you were about the cash-burn across startups. Is it looking different now?

I don’t know the current cash-burn situation at Indian startups. But in the US, in general it feels okay. There are plenty that are burning too much and will die. But on the whole, the burn is relative to the cash on hand, it’s reasonable.

Use Of Airbags, Speed Alert System, And Parking Sensors To Be Obligatory From July 2019

All cars that will be made from 2019 will obligatory have airbags, seat belt reminder, speed warning system to alert more than 80 kilometers per hour speed, reverse parking alerts, manual override system, and more features. Ministry of Road and Transportation has stamped this. At the present stage, the above-mentioned safety parameters are used only in expensive and luxury cars.

Use Of Airbags, Speed Alert System, And Parking Sensors To Be Obligatory From July 2019

Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, have taken this decision in view of reducing road accidents in India. As per the survey, out of the 1.5 Lakh people who died in India in 2016, 74,000 people were killed in road accidents. And a majority of the lives are lost due to over speeding.
According to a source in the Transport Ministry, the system will be fitted in new cars, which will give audio alerts if speed is more than 80 kilometers per hour. The speed of this alert will be even faster if the speed figure goes above 100 kilometers per hour. If it is more than 120 kilometers per hour, it will continue to ring.

In case of power failure, if the central locking system ceases to work, drivers and passengers can easily get out of the car with a manual system. Reverse parking alert will be given in cars to reduce the accidents occurring during reverse parking. When the car goes back in reverse gear, the driver will continue to be aware of the rear monitoring range, whether there is an object or not.

Sources in the Ministry of Transportation have said that airbags and reverse parking sensors will be made mandatory for the light commercial vehicles running in the city.

This move by the transport ministry will not only favor the customer’s life but also decrease the damage caused to the government property on roads. However, the implementation of this amendment will no doubt turn out to be a headache for the automakers as these features are provided either in a top variant of the vehicles or in the premium vehicles. In almost all the foreign countries these features are obligatory present before delivering the vehicle, no matter what variant customers prefer.

Airtel Aims To Lift $400 Million From Bharti Infratel Stake

Bharti Airtel aims to lift $400 Million (almost Rs 2,617.2 Crore) by trading 3.5% in Bharti Infratel, the listed tower unit, via block agreements in the open market. The data was given by sources well known with the decision this week to the media in an interview. The move seeks to free up cash for growth projects, trim debt, and assist offset the stress on income.

As per a term sheet viewed by the media, the top telecom company of India is aiming to trade 3.5%, or 65.43 Million shares, in Bharti Infratel. This will be done in the cost band between Rs 400 to Rs 415.5 per share, or utmost 3.7% discount to the last closing cost of the stock on the NSE (National Stock Exchange).

This week, Bharti Infratel dropped to Rs 415.50 by 2.6% on the NSE and to Rs 411.10 by 3.4% on the BSE. At the ending stock cost on the BSE, Infratel had a share in the market of over Rs 76,000 Crore. Stakes in Bharti Airtel concluded at Rs 498.05 by 0.8% lower on the BSE.

Airtel will trade the share through Nettle Infrastructure Investments Ltd. This unit as of September end held almost 7.7% of shares of Bharti Infratel while Bharti Airtel possessed 50.3% of the tower provider. CPP Investment Board and KKR grabbed extra 0.3%, while the rest of Infratel share is possessed by public shareholders.

Bharti Airtel refused to answer. Goldman Sachs, UBS, and J.P. Morgan were managing the share sale for leading telecom company of the country.

Bharti has been monetizing its share in Infratel slowly but surely to trim debt, and enhance flows of cash to fund the much-required investments. The investment that it must make to grow the 4G-guided data network and fend off rivalry from Reliance Jio and a sturdier Idea Cellular-Vodafone India merged entity! The debt of the telecom company at September end stood at Rs 91,480 Crore.

Airtel has lately expanded up its capital expenditure strategies from Rs 20,000 Crore that were planned initially to Rs 25,000 Crore for this financial year, as per the sources.

RCom Consumers Will Not Be Able To Make Voice Calls After December 1, 2017

Reliance Communications, the loss-making telecom operator, from December 1, 2017, will close down voice call service and its users can shift to different networks by the end of 2017, as per this week’s subjected order by TRAI, the telecom regulator,.

RCom Consumers Will Not Be Able To Make Voice Calls After December 1, 2017

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) in direction to all telecom carriers claimed that on October 31, 2017, RCom down-casted that Reliance Communications Limited (RCL) shall offer only 4G data services to its users and consequently will put an end to offer voice facilities to the users with effect from December 1, 2017.

RCom told TRAI that it is offering 4G and 2G services in 8 telecom circles of Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, UP East and West, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. The Anil Ambani-controlled company has told TRAI that the firm will be updating CDMA network of Sistema Shyam Teleservices that has been amalgamated with it to offer 4G services in Rajasthan, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, UP West, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Kolkata service regions.

TRAI claimed that RCom has told it has transported all the essential data regarding shut down of voice calls in addition to the option to port out to any carriers in case users do not desire to carry on with 4G data facilities of the firm. The regulator has ordered RCom to not refuse any request of porting out of its users and asked all telecom carriers to agree to request of RCom users till December 31, 2017.

RCom, staggering below a debt of almost Rs 46,000 Crore, made a decision to close down its voice call facilities after it became unsuccessful to shut its wireless business amalgamation agreement with Aircel in the starting of this month. Aircel and RCom last year in September had inked a binding deal to combine their mobile commerce. But, RCom claimed to the media in an interview that the deal failed due to regulatory and legal uncertainties, delays in getting relevant endorsements, as well as objections by interested parties.

So friends, if you are an RCom user, port your number as soon as possible before December 1, 2017, to avoid disturbance in service.

India Has The Most Sluggish LTE Speeds

The UK-based mobile network performance calculating group, OpenSignal, has published its “State of LTE” report for November 2017. The report lists the nations that have the quickest average performance for 4G and those which have the least or most 4G accessibility.

India Has The Most Sluggish LTE Speeds

As per the report, India was placed at 11th position when it came to nations with most 4G accessibility. Based on the ranking, South Korea leads the list with 96.69% saturation of connectivity for 4G. Following South Korea in sequence are:

  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Hong Kong
  • The US
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • The Netherlands
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • India

It has been cited that India has 84.03% saturation of connectivity for 4G. This is a tad bit less than Australia’s 84.46%.

In contrast, India, in spite of having a good saturation percentage is the last in 77 nations when it comes to speeds for 4G connectivity, the nation has average download linkage speed of 6.13 Mbps. The top 10 nations in the list are

  • Singapore (46.64 Mbps)
  • South Korea (45.85 Mbps)
  • Norway (42.03 Mbps)
  • Hungary (42 Mbps)
  • Netherlands (38.91 Mbps)
  • Luxembourg (36.56 Mbps)
  • Australia (34.09 Mbps)
  • Denmark (33.85 Mbps)
  • Bulgaria (33.60 Mbps)
  • New Zealand (33.23 Mbps)

Prior to India is Costa Rica with speed of 6.98 Mbps.

“In the mean time, India is an even greater example of the similar trend. It has one of the leading LTE accessibility scores all over the world, but also the most sluggish LTE rating for speed of the 77 nations in this report,” claims the report. “In the mean time, Ireland and Ecuador find themselves in the conflicting situation. Both had calculated LTE speeds well advanced of the worldwide average; but in both the nations, users might find an LTE signal only 50% of the time.”

OpenSignal claims that the model data accumulated is from July 1, 2017, to October 1, 2017. The information came from more than 38 Lakh gadgets. The report claims that the worldwide average 4G speed for download has elevated marginally to 16.6 Mbps from 16.2 Mbps in the past 6 Months.

Google Expands Takedown Of Extremist YouTube Videos

In the past couple of months Alphabet Inc’s Google has started eliminating extremist videos from YouTube that preach hate or depict violence, YouTube claimed this week to the media in an interview. This is major policy movement since social media firms encounters increasing stress from governments.

The new rule impacts videos that sports groups and people that have been chosen as terrorist by British or the U.S. governments but lack the hateful speech or gory violence that were already banned by YouTube. A spokesperson of the YouTube, who asked be unnamed for safety reasons, verified the move in response to queries. The firm would not state when the rule went live.

As terms of YouTube already banned terrorists from utilizing the facility, the new rule keeps out clips posted by others that revolutionaries probably might attempt to distribute if they might have accounts, as per the spokesperson. Thousands of videos of Anwar al-Awlaki, the slain al Qaeda recruiter, narrating on the history of Islam, captured long before he counseled violence in opposition to the United States, were amongst those eliminated below the new rule, said the spokesperson.

Human rights groups and governments have pushed YouTube to crack down on extremist clips for years. They quarrel that the propaganda contributed to deadly terror assaults and radicalized viewers. Amber Rudd, the British Home Secretary, amplified the stress at the time of visits with tech firms in July in Silicon Valley and in Washington, D.C. in a speech last week. The U.S. lawmakers and the European Union this year have threatened penalties for tech firms if issues are not dealt with.

Legislation might resemble a German law accepted in June to penalize 50 Million Euros (almost $57 Million) to social media companies if hateful posts are not punctually eliminated. YouTube claimed to the media that talks with outside experts provoked the new rule, but it was not clear why the firm made a decision to act lately. In June, the firm declared that supremacist or inflammatory religious content that did not infringe its rules might be permitted with warning tags and a limitation making them not entitled to ad income.

Reliance Jio And Oppo Join Forces To Offer Additional Data Of Up To 100 GB

Reliance Jio and Oppo have joined forces to offer the new smartphone buyers some special data benefits. As per the new offer, consumers who buy a new Oppo handset and do a recharge worth of Rs 309 or more will be receiving extra 100 GB of 4G data (up to 10 recharges).

Brand Director of Oppo India, Will Yang, said, “For Oppo, buyer satisfaction and conveying the best experience has been the main focus part always. Through this alliance, it will be possible for us reach out more customers.”

Particularly, Oppo F1 Plus, F3 Plus, F3, and F5 purchasers will receive data of up to 100 GB, with data of up to 10 GB for up to 10 recharges. Also, Oppo A71, A33F, F1s, A36Fw, A37F, and A57 will receive data of up to 60 GB, with data up to 10 GB for up to 6 recharges.

The extra data voucher’s validity will be similar to that of the base recharge. The extra data voucher will be acclaimed in the MyJio application with the My Vouchers segment in 48 Hours after recharge. To turn on the voucher, the user needs to download the application MyJio the Oppo device and do as instructed—MyJio > My Vouchers > View Voucher > Recharge > Recharge my Number > Confirm Recharge > Successful Recharge Notification.

Oppo, earlier this week, declared Oppo F3 Plus’s variant with RAM of 6 GB. The smartphone valued at Rs 22,990 will be going on sale exclusively through Flipkart from November 16. Also, launch offers are been listed for the smartphone on the e-commerce site. Besides the extended RAM, the specifications of the smartphone remain similar, comprising the dual front camera system that made the original renowned.

At the start of November, F5 smartphone was launched by Oppo. Once again spotlighted on selfies, this smartphone sports a 20 MP sensor on the front camera along with AI-based beautification software. Further, it also has an iris tool on board that the firm says will make the eyes brighter in images. In India, the Oppo F5 is priced starting at Rs 19,990 for the 32 GB storage/3 GB RAM variant and heads up to Rs 24,990 for the 64 GB storage/4 GB RAM variant.

Amazon Claims To Soon Begin In Australia

Amazon is actually close to begin in Australia, claimed Rocco Braeuniger, its country manager, this week, as the U.S. e-commerce behemoth gears up to shake up an already-delicate retail sector for brick and mortar in the No. 12 economy of the world. While Amazon did not provide a precise beginning date, the comments from Braeuniger recommends the firm will export items from its first warehouse in Australia on account of the end-of-year season of holidays, a moment witnessed by experts as a leaning point for staid retailers of Australia.

“Let me inform you, we are getting actually, actually near,” claimed Braeuniger addressing to 600 prospective product sellers on the Sydney waterfront at an open day, conducted to hearten sellers to trade on its site. Since verifying plans to open in April in Australia, Amazon has inked up hundreds of thousands of vendors, claimed Braeuniger, who relocated for the role from his native Germany in August.

People in Australia can already purchase Amazon goods from offshore, but owning a warehouse nearby slashes sometimes considerable global shipping prices, adding to stress on sellers already grappling with the expenses that arrive from employing checkout staff and maintain shopfronts. Previously this month, Myer Holdings Ltd., top department shop chain of Australia, slashed its growth aims, mentioning feeble trading circumstances, while rival David Jones lately attributed to the first profit drop in 8 Years for its owner—Woolworths Holdings of South Africa.

In a signal of additional headwinds for offline trade, Braeuniger claimed that his $540 Billion firm aimed to transport more facilities to Australia, from the beginning, than it had earlier claimed. While Amazon previously claimed that it might offer Australia its platform service, where sellers employ infrastructure of Amazon but operates their own trades, Braeuniger claimed that the firm might also operate its personal retail unit, shipping and ordering its own goods.

He recommended that on the other hand, Amazon might wait prior to taking on grocery market of Australia. The company took years to provide the facility in other nations and it is actually, actually complex to make new food delivery a huge user experience.

Footballer Drinks Beer From Cup Thrown At Teammate

Major League Soccer (MLS) footballer player Sebastian Giovinco drank in the environment and mood when his Toronto side drew 2-2 in the company of Atlanta, drinking a beer bottle thrown at partner Jozy Altidore by opponent fans recently. The event occurred during the conflict among Atlanta and association members Toronto on MLS Decision Day – the day of the week on which every MLS players plays at the same occasion with play-off places at venture.

Footballer Drinks Beer From Cup Thrown At Teammate

Toronto tracked 1-0 on the one hour mark, when Altidore handled against a Drew Moor throughout ball to push home an equalizer and went all the way way to party in front of the fans from Atlanta,putting all his ear to the audience. The grouping of Atlanta fans at the back their squad goal retorted by throwing artillery at Altidore, and also plastic mugs of beer landed just inches from the US-international demonstrator, who tried to start it before it hit the ground.

His Italian partner Giovinco was a step ahead of him; he picked up the cup, downing the residual contents before turning to rejoice with Altidore. Toronto fell at the back once again on 75 minutes but, 11 minutes later, the parched Giovinco scored a striking equalizer which took place in front of the 72,884 audience at the famous Mercedes-Benz Superdome located at New Orleans, Louisiana.

The former Juventus man’s inspiring strike ensures that the football game ended at the level of 2-2. Giovinco’s beer consumption act is comparable to an event that earlier took place in the Bulgarian First League, when FC Vereya champion Ivan Bandalovski took a mouthful from a bottle of beer that had been launched onto the pitch in a game beside Levski Sofia. He went on to attain a final minute equalizer.