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Microsoft to end 'Windows 7' support in 2020

Even though Microsoft ended mainstream support for "Windows 7" in January 2015, the software giant has now decided to put a final halt on the roll-out of free security patches also for the operating system (OS) next year. "After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running ''Windows 7''," the company wrote in a post on Monday. Even after Microsoft ends support for the older OS, users would still be able to operate on it but would not receive any security, software or feature updates.

BSNL partners Eros Now to offer unlimited content subscription to prepaid subscribers

State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has partnered with online video brand Eros Now to offer unlimited content subscription to prepaid subscribers of select plans. The telco in a press release on Monday said that it has signed an agreement with Eros Now which would allow subscribers to access more than 11000 movie titles, music videos, original web shows and exclusive videos.

WhatsApp rolls out stickers feature for Android and iOS users

WhatsApp has rolled out its stickers feature just a few weeks ago for Android and iOS users and since then you might have been receiving many WhatsApp stickers. After English and Hindi stickers, WhatsApp is also rolling out stickers in regional languages including Malayalam. People are making the most of these stickers in this festive season.

IT Minister Prasad urges telecom community to focus on content in local languages

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, urged the telecom community to focus on content in local languages to boost digital inclusion in the country. “When you are talking about mobile networking, you must focus on local content and local languages,” he said, while speaking at the 24th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing, or Mobicon, on Tuesday.

Airtel launches Google Assistant based Digital Customer Care

Airtel smartphone customers will now able to get instant resolution to their frequent account related queries through the Google Assistant. In yet another industry first, Airtel has collaborated with Google to truly simplify its customer service experience by integrating its customer care with the Artificial Intelligence-powered Google Assistant. This new cutting-edge feature will allow customers to have rich conversational experiences with Airtel.

Apple’s new operating system iOS12 allows TRAI's DND app, but denies access to call logs

iPhone users can look forward to reporting spam messages and calls with ease as Apple’s new operating system iOS12 offers enabling provisions that allow third-party do-not-disturb (DND) apps to work on its handsets. The Cupertino-headquartered company has, however, not allowed access to call records and message logs of an iPhone user to such apps that aim to block unsolicited commercial communication (UCC).

Huawei unveils latest operating system EMUI 9.0 in India

Chinese telecom and handset major Huawei has introduced its latest operating system EMUI 9.0 in India where the company said that its India R&D center played a key role in building the OS. The upcoming EMUI 9.0 on Huawei devices will feature contributions from the Huawei India R&D team. The OS will soon roll out across various Huawei devices. The latest OS comes with increased language support of 28 languages.

Microsoft to put an end to "Skype 7.0 - Classic" version

Microsoft has decided to put an end to "Skype 7.0 - Classic" version in November and will focus on improving "Skype 8" with better features based on user feedbacks. "Support for ''Skype versions 7'', and below will end on November 1, 2018 on desktop devices and November 15, 2018 on mobile and tablet devices," the company wrote in a blog post late on Thursday.

Microsoft now allows Windows 7 users to pay for security until 2023

Microsoft has announced that existing Windows 7 corporate and institutional users can continue using the older OS and pay for extended security through January 2023. The announcement is like a step backward for the company which has been aggressively pushing its Windows 10 OS to everyone for a ''modern desktop''.

Microsoft introduces Skype call recording

While Skype allowed video calling even before WhatsApp took to popularity, it did not allow you to capture, save, or share it. Now, Microsoft has added a new feature which makes it possible for you to store the precious video calls. Starting this week, Skype will allow you to record calls.

WhatsApp asked to appoint a grievance officer in India for fake message issue: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Post a meeting with WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels, union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the company has been asked to appoint a grievance officer in India who can act fast on complaints of violent or fake messages being circulated on the platform. The company which has come under fire for incidents of mob lynching being sparked.

Novel smartphone app can extend battery life

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed an app that can help smartphone users reduce the energy consumption and extend the battery life of their device for up to an hour each day. The app was evaluated in an experiment involving 200 smartphone users, who downloaded the software on their devices and used it while they had multiple windows opened.

Patanjali brings back Kimbho chat app; official launch on August 27

More than two months after it was taken down hastily, Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved today said that its messaging app ''Kimbho'' is ready with new features and plans to re-launch it this month. The Haridwar-based firm has now put Kimbho''s trial version on Google Play Store for downloads and plans to launch the app officially on August 27.

Trai launches apps on UMANG platform to help consumers access govt services

The telecom regulator on Tuesday announced the integration of its mobile apps -- DND 2.0 and MyCall – with e-governance platform, UMANG to help consumers access multiple government services easily. UMANG or `unified mobile application for new-age governance’ has been developed by National e-Governance division of the ministry of electronics & IT (MeitY).

IT Secretary calls for more stringent rules on WhatsApp

Although WhatsApp recently limited forwards on the app, Ministry of Electronic and IT Secretary Ajay Kumar Sawhney on Monday noted that this alone would not be enough to tackle the growing problem of circulation of fake or speculative news. "It (WhatsApp) has become a publishing medium, so there should be rules made for it, as publishing is from one to many.

WhatsApp rolls out group video calling feature at last

WhatsApp has updated its messaging service with support for group video calls, allowing you to chat with up to three more people simultaneously on its iOS and Android apps. To use the new feature, you’ll need to first start a one-on-one voice or video call with a contact, and then tap the ‘add participant’ button at the top right of your screen.

Can't protect people's data alone: Facebook

Facing an intense public scrutiny over data leaks amid privacy concerns, Facebook has now called for the entire tech industry to come and protect people''s data. According to David Baser, Director of Product Management at Facebook, nearly every day, news comes out from a different company about personal data that got into the wrong hands.

Apple iPhones face shutdown without pesky call app

Mobile operators will be forced to shut down Apple iPhones on their networks if the American giant fails to install a pesky call app on its phones within the next six months. The company has steadfastly refused to install any such app so far, despite telecom regulator Trai’s displeasure over its refusal. Things may change now with Trai on Thursday coming out with a new regulation that asks companies to provide an app which allows subscribers to report pesky calls and messages.

Truecaller introduces new "Call Recording" feature for Android users globally

On Monday, popular communication app Truecaller introduced a new "Call Recording" feature for its Android users globally. This is another step towards upgrading "Premium" offerings aimed at making communication safe and efficient by helping users report harassment related or fraudulent calls, the company said in a statement.

WhatsApp launches new ‘Send Messages’ feature

The popular messaging app, WhatsApp has launched a new feature. The Android version 2.18.201 and 2.18.70 iOS update will give you the new update ‘Send Messages’. The new update is for the WhatsApp group. The feature is available for beta users. The administrator now has the power to disable the chat features in the group. It means that all other participants when “Only Admins” is selected for the Send