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Bug in Truecaller affects UPI payments feature

A bug on mobile directory app Truecaller, which has over 100 million active users in India, has affected UPI-based digital payments feature on the platform. The bug was automatically enrolling Truecaller user in the country to use unified payments interface (UPI) payment feature on the app. Truecaller apologised for failing to deliver quality standard in the app and said it has discontinued the version which was hit by the bug but "for the users already affected, the new version with the fix will be available shortly".

BSNL introduces new unlimited calling plan at Rs 96

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has introduced a new recharge plan for its prepaid subscribers at a price of Rs 96. The new plan offers unlimited voice calls along with 100 SMS per day for a validity of 21 days. Having said that the plan comes with an overall validity of 180 days. There is no data benefit with this plan. The plan is not available in Delhi and Mumbai telecom circles. Subscribers can activate the plan by typing PLAN VOICE96 and sending the SMS to 123.

Truecaller launches new feature for high-quality, free Internet voice call

To facilitate high quality Internet calls, communication app Truecaller on Tuesday launched a new feature called "Truecaller Voice" for its 140 million daily active users globally, the company said in a statement. The in-app voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)-based feature would let users make free, high quality, low latency and quick to connect audio calls through Wi-Fi or mobile data connectivity.

Past debate on Trai's MySpeed app results not a closed issue: COAI

More than a year after contesting the validity of mobile data speeds measured by a Trai app, industry body COAI said the issue is "not closed" and that users would tend to look at alternate data testers available, all of which yield similar results. The issue of mobile data speed measured by MySpeed app of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had been a bone of contention in the industry. Some operators, last year, had questioned the methods and results of the regulator''s app that ranks telecom operators in upload and download speeds.

RJio consolidates its news content apps to launch JioNews app & website

Mukesh Ambani-driven Reliance Jio has launched a digital product ‘JioNews’ in the form of a mobile application as well as web-based service (jionews.com), the company said in an official release on Thursday. JioNews is a consolidated offering of JioXpressNews, JioMags and JioNewsPaper with additional offering of live TV and videos. All existing users of these apps will be migrated to JioNews and Jio users will have premium access to all the features of the JioNews app.

Now register complaint with DoT against offensive WhatsApp messages

People can now file a complaint with the Department of Telecom (DoT) against offensive messages received on WhatsApp, an official said Friday. The victim just needs to furnish a screenshot of the message along with the mobile number and e-mail it to ccaddn-dot@nic.in. "If anyone is receiving abusive/offensive/death threats/ vulgar whatsapp messages, please send screen shots of the message along with the mobile numbers at ccaddn-dot@nic.in

WhatsApp may come with dark mode soon

Now, WhatsApp may come with a dark mode soon. This will be easy on the eyes and for those who use Android devices, it will help you save on battery life too. Facebook Messenger has already started testing the dark mode for the app in some countries. Samsung has also rolled out One UI based on Android 9 Pie, which comes with a Night Mode too. This feature turns the light-themed background of the app dark.

Prasar Bharati says OTT service providers carrying live TV should mandatorily carry all DD channels

Prasar Bharati, India’s public service broadcaster, said over-the-top (OTT) service providers carrying live TV channels should mandatorily carry all the Doordarshan channels and the ones offering news should be registered with the ministry of information and broadcasting. Prasar Bharati’s comments were in response to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) consultation paper on the regulatory framework for OTT service providers.

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.