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Telcos to start issuing 13-digit mobile numbers to M2M customers in India

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To ensure a more solid and secure telecommunication framework, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a directive instructing telcos to start migrating to 13-digit mobile numbers for all M2M (Machine-to-Machine) customers from October 18 onwards. As reported by News18, the directive was first issued on January 8, 2018 and the deadline for completion of the same is set for December 31, 2018.

The implementation of the new numbering plan will begin from July 1, suggests the report. Starting July 1, all the M2M mobile connections will be allocated 13-digit mobile numbers by the telcos.

Will it affect mobile users in India?

No, this move will not affect the mobile users in India. So if you are using a 10-digit number, it will remain the same.

Although the 13-digit numbers ensure better security, it would be difficult for the telcos to port all the existing mobile numbers. Moreover, with more than 119 crore (1.19 billion) linked to Aadhaar cards, it won’t be a good move to revisit all the numbers.

What are Machine-to-Machine (M2M) mobile numbers?

In simple words, M2M numbers are those used to interact between two SIM-based machines/devices and with other Internet-enabled devices and systems. These machines could be …read more

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How to watch the Winter Olympics 2018: Livestream every sport online from anywhere

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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games has entered its final week, and with Team GB already enjoying one of its most successful games ever, the rush for final medals has begun.

The men and women’s curling teams still look to represent the best medal hopes, however the women’s two-man bobsleigh may still spring a few surprises.

More than 2,500 athletes from 90 nations are battling it out in Pyeongchang to take home a medal, with plenty still left to play for.

The action is turning the Winter Olympics 2018 into one of the most-watched sports broadcasts of the year, with over one billion viewers are expected to tune into this year’s Winter Games, which last until February 25.

Whether you want to stream the Winter Olympics 2018 online, watch it live on your television via cable or watch it mostly without the constant interruption of commercial breaks – we’ve got you covered. Here’s the entire schedule of the Winter Olympics 2018 and the 2018 Winter Olympics medal table.

If you’re excited to experience all the drama and excitement at the Games, just be aware that there’s a nine-hour time difference between PyeongChang and London, and a 17-hour difference with Los …read more

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How to watch Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics 2018: Live stream every game online from anywhere

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With the Winter Olympics 2018 now underway, attention turns to the Ice Hockey competition.

Always one of the most popular events, this year’s Ice Hockey tournament sees many of the world’s best players representing their countries in the quest for gold.

Today sees the women’s bronze medal match as Finland take on OAR. Despite not medalling since 2002, Russia are many pundits favourite for the top prize – despite the fact that the country isn’t officially being represented at the Winter Olympics. However the nation’s players will be competing under the Olympic banner, with former NHL stars such as Alexei Marchenko, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Pavel Datsyuk will all be keen to make a mark.

However there will be many challengers, with Canada, Finland and Sweden also expected to do well. The reigning gold medal holders the USA will also be highly favoured, with veterans Mark Arcobello, Chris Bourque and Brian Gionta leading the charge. Don’t write off the home nation either, as despite being ranked as outsiders, the South Korean team will enjoy raucous home support at every match.

The men’s ice hockey is set to kick off on February 14th with the preliminary round, with the nations split into three groups …read more

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BSNL announces new unlimited plans, 4G roll out possible from March

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State-run telecom operator BSNL has announced new unlimited plans, starting with the Calcutta circle. The new unlimited plans from BSNL start at Rs 99, offering 26 days validity and unlimited voice calls to all networks. BSNL is also being rumoured to roll out 4G services by March, according to some reports.

BSNL’s new unlimited plans come days after incumbent telecom operators and Reliance Jio announced new plans with unlimited data and calling benefits. BSNL’s new plans are currently applicable in the Calcutta circle only, with information yet to be made available for other circles as of now.

BSNL unlimited plan details

BSNL has announced two unlimited plans for its subscribers, one with 26 days validity and another with 90 days validity, taking on Reliance Jio’s popular 28 days and 84 days plans.

BSNL’s Rs 99 plan offers subscribers with unlimited calling benefits for 26 days, while the Rs 319 plan gives 90 days validity. Both the plans offer unlimited calls even on roaming, but the Delhi and Mumbai circles are excluded in this plan.

In addition to these two plans, BSNL also has a Rs 999 plan that offers 181 days validity, with 1GB high speed data per day and unlimited voice calls.

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How to watch Cross Country Skiing at the Winter Olympics 2018: Live stream all the action online from anywhere

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The Winter Olympics 2018 continues this weekend with the climax of the Cross Country Skiing events.

With many of the short-distance medals decided, attention now turns to the blue-riband events with the Men’s 50km and Women’s 30km races taking place this weekend.

Today also sees the men’s and women’s team relay events, with the medals set to be awarded this morning.

Norway and Sweden have dominated the Cross Country Skiing action so far, and will be looking to continue this superiority, however Canada’s Alex Harvey will be looking to extend his world champion streak in the men’s event, with Charlotte Kalla, Bjoergen and Heidi Weng top contenders in the women’s race.

So whether you want to stream the Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing 2018 online, watch it live on your television via cable or watch it, mostly without having to put up with any commercial breaks – we’ve got you covered.

Here is TechRadar’s quick and easy guide for how to watch all the Cross Country Skiing action at the Winter Olympics 2018 online from anywhere in the world – just remember to bear in mind that there’s a nine hours time difference between Pyeongchang and London and 17 hours with Los Angeles.

If …read more

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Nest Learning Thermostat to officially launch in UAE for AED 999

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Nest Labs, Inc. today announced its plans to bring the company’s popular Nest Learning Thermostat to the United Arab Emirates.

“Since we launched in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been installed in millions of homes around the world and helped to save more than 18 billion kWh – that’s more than enough electricity to power all the homes in United Arab Emirates for an entire year,” said Payton Dobbs, General Manager of EMEA, Nest Labs. “And, starting today, the Nest Learning Thermostat will be available in the United Arab Emirates. That means millions more homes can benefit from it’s beautiful design and energy saving features.”

The Nest Thermostat monitors what temperature you set it to, and then programs itself as time goes on. It’s able to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re away from your home, so it doesn’t end up cooling an empty house. It can be controlled just by turning the dial, or via the connected app.

Other features include Farsight, which automatically lights up the Nest when it spots you across the room, as well as integration into other connected products such as Philips Hue, IFTTT, and Belkin WEMO. It’s also compatible devices such as Amazon Echo and …read more

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India has the slowest 4G LTE speeds in the world

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As always, India is proving itself to be a paradox in a world that isn’t any less itself. While having 86.26 percent coverage of 4G, the country somehow still manages to have the slowest speeds in the world as per OpenSignal’s State of LTE 2018 report.

India ranked last out of the 88 countries that were on the list with an average 4G LTE speed of 6.07 mbps. Though disappointing, it’s an improvement from last year’s report where India’s average speed was 5.14 mbps with 81.56 percent coverage. OpenSignal reported that network congestion was the primary reason behind India’s underperforming speeds.

Globally, 4G LTE speeds have stagnated at approximately 45 mbps with the overall global average at 16.9 mbps, which is an improvement over last year’s average of 16.6 mbps.

Availability of 4G signals

Availability of 4G signals, is measured by how consistently accessible 4G networks are in each country in OpenSignal’s report. Rather than focus of geographic coverage, the company focused on the proportion of time that the users have access to a particular network.

In the current report, India was ranked fourteenth in terms of available of 4G signals. Although it was an increase in absolute coverage …read more

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 leak comes in the form of Augmented Reality

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The closer we get to the MWC 2018, the more leaks start pouring in from different sources. In Samsung’s case, there’s a kind of consistency attached to it. Likewise, another leak about the Galaxy S9 has popped up on XDA Developers, where a Reddit user has decompiled Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 app to retrieve a 3D model of the Galaxy S9 in AR.

Although, there isn’t much left to learn about the upcoming flagships from Samsung, the new leak reveals the S9 from every possible angle. The new leak got some help from Samsung’s own Unpacked 2018, which the company recently released on the Play Store.

With the Unpacked 2018 app, the company intended for those invited and registered to witness the launch. It is also for those who want to view the live stream from the event.

How did this happen?

Everything was fine until a curious Reddit user by the name of thesbros decompiled the Augmented Reality feature of the app to find 3D models hidden inside the app. The Augmented Reality feature allows users to scan Samsung logo or box to watch teasers and find the event venue. The 3D model was hidden inside an option where …read more

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 leak comes in the form of Augmented Reality

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With its Unpacked 2018 event less than a week away, Samsung is having a tough time keeping its upcoming flagship handsets, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, under wraps. Now, we can add yet another leak to the pile.

Though the latest leak doesn’t show the phone in its physical form, it does give us a pretty good idea of what to expect thanks to some highly detailed 3D images of the device.

According to XDA Developers, the South Korean electronics giant will use its Unpacked 2018 app to show off its Galaxy S9 handset in Augmented Reality during the official reveal at MWC 2018.

One anxious Redditor has already torn down the app prior to the event, revealing exactly how the AR functionality works. Attendees will be able to scan the barcode on their lanyard to the event, revealing a fully 3D model of the phone in all its digital glory.

Images courtesy of XDA Developers

As you can see from the images above (and the additional ones over at XDA Developers), the Unpacked 2018 app all but confirms the Galaxy S9’s rumored Lilac Purple color, and will reportedly allow users to …read more

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Xiaomi's first gaming-centric 'Blackshark' phone spotted on AnTuTu Benchmark

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A new leak pointing towards a high-end gaming smartphone, possibly from Xiaomi, has surfaced on benchmarking site AnTuTu. Dubbed as ‘Blackshark’ the phone could be from Xiaomi, as the the company is among the main investors in a company that goes by the same moniker.

According to Gizmochina, it is also rumoured that one of its devices is already being referenced by a government agency that hinted at a highly advanced cooling system referred to as “aviation class” and a flagship chipset.

Going by its website, the Black Shark poses itself as a gaming company that focuses in mobile ecosystem. While there’s no concrete update about the phone, folks at AnTuTu managed to spot some details in their benchmark database.

According to AnTuTu, the phone goes by the name of ‘blackshark’ and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC with Andreno 630 GPU. Aside from this, it is said to run Android 8.0 Oreo on a 2160x1080p (18:9 aspect ratio) display, with 8GB RAM and 32GB storage.

Credits- AnTuTu Benchmark

The smartphone has scored an impressive 270,680 score on AnTuTu, which is even higher than the alleged 265,267 scored by the Galaxy S9. But …read more

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