Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

In a move that spells the demise of ultra-low pricing that prevailed in the Indian telecom sector over the past couple of years, Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have all announced plans to increase tariffs this week onwards. While Airtel and Vodafone Idea have already announced new plans that will come into effect from December 3, Jio is yet to reveal the exact details. Jio will increase the prices of its All-in-One (AIO) prepaid vouchers by up to 40 percent from December 6.

Airtel


Airtel’s tariff hike will come into effect from Tuesday, December 3rd. Post the revisions, the current Rs. 129 pack for 28 days with unlimited calling, 300 SMS, and 2GB of data will cost Rs. 148. Similarly, the plans worth Rs. 169 and Rs. 199 for 28 days have been merged and a new pack of Rs. 248 has been created which would offer the same benefits as the former two, with unlimited calling alongside 100 SMS and 1.5GB of data per day.

According to the company, the 28-day validity plan with unlimited calls, 100 daily SMS and 2GB data per day will now start at Rs. 298 instead of Rs. 249, while the Rs. 448 and Rs. 499 plans with 82-day validity will now cost Rs. 598 and Rs. 698 respectively, but with 84-day validity periods. Also, the price of Rs. 35 validity recharges will now be raised to Rs. 49, the company said. You can check out the complete details for the new recharge plans in the chart attached below:
Airtel new recharge plans.

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details


Vodafone Idea


Slapped with a massive tax bill by the revenue department, Vodafone Idea is also hiking the prices of its prepaid services from Tuesday. The company has announced new prepaid plans with 2-day, 28-day, 84-day and 1-year validity periods.

The AIO combo plans start at Rs. 49 with Rs. 38 talk time, 100MB data, 2.5p/sec tariff, and 28-day validity.
Then there’s the Rs. 79 plan with Rs. 64 Talktime, 200MB data, 1p/sec tariff and 28-day validity.

The ‘Unlimited’ packs start at Rs. 149 for a 28-day plan with a total of 2GB data, unlimited voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls) and 300 SMS, while the Rs. 249 plan will offer unlimited voice (FUP of 1,000 mins for off-net calls), 1.5 GB/day of data and 100 SMS per day for 28 days.

You can check out the complete list of new recharge plans attached below, but here’s a quick overview of the long-term validity plans:

Rs. 379 voucher with unlimited voice (FUP of 3,000 mins for off-net calls), 6GB total data, 1,000 SMS (84-day validity);
Rs. 599 voucher with unlimited voice (FUP of 3000 mins for off-net calls ), 1.5GB/day of Data and 100 SMS/day (84-day validity);
Rs. 699 plan with unlimited voice (FUP of 3,000 mins for off-net calls), 2GB/day of data and 100 SMS/day (84 days validity).

Airtel, Vodafone and Jio Hike Tariffs by up to 40%; Here Are All the Details

Reliance Jio

Finally, Reliance Jio on Sunday also announced plans to increase prices by up to 40 percent but they are said to offer up to ‘300 percent more benefits’ than before. These new plans will be revealed on December 6, 2019, and come into effect the same day.

As is to be expected, the hikes have elicited angry responses from users online, many of whom are blaming the companies of colluding with each other to carry out orchestrated price hikes against consumer interest. It will be interesting to see if there will soon be a formal complaint to the Competition Commission of India in this regard. What are your opinions on the tariff hike across the board? Let us know in the comments below.

How to access published papers for free

how to access published papers for free
Source: The Verge

Accessing a published paper in the right way is too costly. So Alexandra Elbakyan an Under Graduate student from Kazakhstan developed a website that can access all the published papers from the top publishers. The pirate queen was sued for infringing copyrights.

Where can you access?

 https://sci-hub.tw/

If the link is not working. Please let me know in the comments. I will update the working link.

How can you access?

You need to enter DOI of the published papers to download.

What is DOI?


Is This Legal?

No

Then why am I promoting it?

Right to education to everyone is part of the Indian Constitution. Even though it is wrong to infringe copyrights, I encourage this project as its main aim is to have an Open Access to all scientific published work. This blog post is the last thing I can do to support a good cause. 

Got More Time?

Read this article on the verge to find out more about pirate queen Alexandra Elbakyan



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In The Shadow Of The Moon : Review

In The Shadow Of The Moon : Review

The film starts with a burning street next to an abandoned office in Philadelphia in 2024. And goes back to 1988 where a pianist at his concert, a lady bus driver while driving and a cook while cooking die with bleeding from nose, eyes and mouth at the same time but miles apart. Officer Lockhart and Maddox got an emergency call at 10 pm as the bus crashed on a busy street injuring others badly. So they started to look around the bodies and found that All these victims are having three circular puncture wounds behind their neck and melted brain.

To know more about the victims these two officers went to the hospital and asked the in-charge doctor. He said that this information is put on hold by Detective Holt. When Officer Lockhart asked about the puncture wounds that the doctor confirmed and said he had no idea about the injection. So they left the hospital for dinner.

While police officers are eating their dinner they got a message via scanner that there is a woman in a pub with the puncture wounds and still alive. All the force Including their superior detective Holt rushed to the pub. While enquiring about the situation a female victim said that a muscular black American woman in her late 20's in a blue jacket knocked her to the floor and poked her behind the neck. She started to bleed during the enquiry and she died in a few minutes.



Another officer saw her on a bridge and informed to control room while she trying to break into a car. She slips from the officer on the bridge. Both officer Lockhart and Maddox saw her on an Intersection with an injured left hand. While chasing her both officers reach the subway, on the way Lockhart finds a device used by her to inject the victims. To where Lockhart turns off his walkie to avoid detection of him. At the same time, other officer informed randomly via a scanner that his wife is going through labour.

Officer Maddox Informed in the scanner that he found the lady in the subway and tries to stop her but he fails and broke his leg. Lockhart listens fighting on the platform rushes and points the gun to her and tell her to kneel. But she turns back with her hands on her hand and congratulates him for his daughter and says see you soon. He felt that she is stalling to getaway. So he moves forward to cuff her. Instead, she broke loose and cuffs him to a chair. To stop her Lockhart injects her with the device found by him on the way. She falls on to the coming train and disappears.

In 1997, After 9 years the plot opens with a protest against the blacks supporting to the lady in the blue hoodie. This time Detective Lockhart gets a call from the prescient about a case that he investigated in 1988. This time, a professor at the university, a lady passenger was dead from bleeding his nose, eyes, ears and a melted brain the same as last time. All the other officers think that this is the work of a copy cat. But Detective Lockhart thinks that she is returned and started to dig old files for the clues to identify her, but Maddox denies that she is alive.

While digging old files he came across a set of keys confiscated back in 1988. Lockhart requested a lady police officer to find more about the keys. She finds that the keys start an engine for a plane that is manufactured in 1996, only air-strip this plane can be found in a 100-mile radius. While Maddox and Lockhart are leaving the building to go to the airstrip; a senior physicist named Naveen Rao introduces himself and explains that with the help of the moon power there can be a chance to go to an entirely to a new place.

when they went to the airfield they found that there is a man still working. So detective Lockhart asks a few questions about the girl in the blue hood. Then a small fight sequence happens where the girl kills Maddox and robs an aeroplane with Lockhart as a hostage. After a while, she tells him not to look for her and pushes him down in a lake. He comes out of the lake and finds the plane crash site.

Then again in 2006, Lockhart finds a clue about a man that the girl in blue hood may try to kill. So Lockhart goes to his house to check on him. By the time Lockhart is gone there, he is dead. He sees the black girl in the blue hood and starts to chase her to an abandoned building leading to the beach. Then she went to a sewage tunnel which leads to a cave. Lockhart followed her and saw her disappeared to the future. As he comes out he was arrested by the police.

As he now knows the place where she can be found he camps on the beach before the sewage tunnel to find her. Naveen Rao kidnaps him to avoid contact with her and try to move him to another place in a van. Lockhart tries to escape and causes an accident to the van they are travelling. She came back to where she disappeared. Meanwhile, Lockhart is waiting for her on the beach. The Black girl in the blue hood tells that Lockhart is her grandfather.

This movie breaks the Avengers movie time travel theory and goes back to the same old time-travel theory. Where actions in the past change the present.

In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) on IMDb

Latest jio Plans launched


Reliance Jio recently announced that it will be levying Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) from its users for calls placed to other networks. Along with the announcement, new Jio recharge plans and top-ups were announced along with revised existing plans so that one could purchase IUC minutes along with its standard plans. Now, Jio has announced new All-In-One recharge plans for 2019 that are touted to offer more data and voice benefits over its existing plans. Priced at Rs 222, Rs 333 and Rs 444, the Jio prepaid plans credit 2GB data per day and have a validity of one, two and three months respectively.

Along with free daily data, Jio users will get unlimited free calls to other users on ṭhe Jio network, along with non-Jio FUP of 1,000 minutes. This means that the company is bundling 1,000 IUC minutes with its new All-In-One packs. Additionally, earlier benefits like free SMS and access to Jio’s suite of apps are still available. One thing to note with Jio’s new plans is the ability to extend any of the three existing plans by a month by paying Rs 111. So, as an example, if you have opted for the Rs 333 plan, you can pay an additional Rs 111 to extend the benefits for an additional month.

Google Pixel 4 & Pixel 4 XL To Launch Today.



Google Pixel 4 is scheduled to launch on October 15 in NewYork. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL models are the most leaked phones of the 2019 Q3. Google will be live streaming the Pixel 4 launch event on Youtube. The live stream will begin at 7:30pm IST.

Google will be live streaming the Pixel 4 launch event in New York on YouTube. The live stream will begin at 10am EST i.e. 7.30pm IST, and you can watch it in the embedded video below. According to tipster Evan Blass, Google Pixel 4 will start at CAD 1,049.95 (roughly Rs. 56,000) for the 64GB variant and go up to CAD 1,199.95 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for the 128GB variant. Meanwhile, the Pixel 4 XL will be available at CAD 1,199.95 (roughly Rs. 64,000) for the 64GB variant and the 128GB model will be priced at CAD 1,359.95 (roughly Rs. 72,500). A later report claimed that Pixel 4 XL Verizon and Sprint models will be priced at $999 (roughly Rs. 71,000).

The Pixel 4 series may come in ‘Maybe Pink', ‘Sky Blue', ‘Really Yellow', ‘Slightly Green', ‘Clearly White', ‘Just Black', and ‘Oh So Orange' options. Its India price and availability details should be announced soon after the US launch event.


Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL specifications, features


According to a recent spotting on a Canadian retail site, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specifications have been leaked. The phone is expected to sport a new and improved Google Assistant, Google Camera 7.1 app, and Quick Gestures or Motion Sense powered by Soli that lets you control the phone without touching it.

The Pixel 4 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch full-HD+ OLED Smooth 90Hz display, while the Pixel 4 XL is tipped to feature a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED Smooth 90Hz display. Both the phones should be powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phones should launch in more RAM + Storage configurations today.

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Coming to the cameras, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will sport 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors, and 4K video resolution support. The phones are expected to pack 8-megapixel front cameras with 1080p video resolution support.

They will support Face Unlock as well. A recent report also suggests that the Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 4 phones would be used to enable payments on the Google Play Store. The feature could also be enabled for making transactions on Google Pay, similar to how you unlock Google Pay and make purchases on the App Store using the Face ID on a compatible iPhone or iPad device.

The Pixel 4 may pack a 2,700mAh battery and the Pixel 4 XL will pack a larger 3,700mAh battery.

Panasonic Toughbook 55



Panasonic has updated its popular Toughbook line of rugged laptops with a first-ever customisable option.

The new Panasonic Toughbook 55 is a clamshell notebook which allows users to boost graphics capabilities, add a smartcard reader, additional storage or a DVD or Blu-Ray drive with just a simple switch, fit and click of the new Toughbook Universal Bay. Additionally, a front expansion slot can be used to quickly integrate a fingerprint reader, RFID or regular smart card reader or even a second battery.


When configuring the device at checkout, users can also customize three additional ports for the device using its expansion slot to add VGA, True Serial and either a 4th USB, 2nd GLAN or a rugged Fischer USB.

"Buyers can invest in the device knowing that it has the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the business and the workforce over the long-term. Lastly, it cuts the carbon footprint of the device because it enables the repair and replacement of independent parts rather than discarding the device when one part fails or sending the whole device back for repair.”

Toughbook 55




The Toughbook 55 is a semi-rugged device that weighs just 2.08kg, slim at 32.8mm and easy to bring on the go thanks to its premium designed handle. It is also tougher than its predecessor with an enhanced Ingress Protection Rating (IP53) against dust and water splash while also being protected against drops of up to 91cm.

The device can be used in extreme temperatures and it operates comfortably in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +60°C. Panasonic's latest revision of the Toughbook also has increased the battery life of up to 20 hours and an extended capability of 40 hours when used with its hot-swappable second battery.

Panasonic Toughbook 55


In terms of performance, the Toughbook 55 comes equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 64GB) and a 512GB SSD. The device also has two USB3.1 ports, a USB C port, HDMI, Ethernet and a micro SDXC slot. Panasonic has included Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver faster data exchange and to communicate over long distances and the Toughbook 55 supports WLAN with an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-9560 chip.

The Toughbook 55 will be available this month at a starting price of £1,772 + VAT and the device comes in three versions: HD, Full-HD and FullHD with a touch screen.

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

You Need To Pay Extra To Talk To Non-Jio Users

Jio users, we have some news for you. And this is an important one  Reliance Jio today announced that it will start charging users 6 paise per minute for calls made to other telecom networks. As you may soon be needing more than your standard Rs. 399 recharge to avail all of the company’s services.

It means if you call someone using with an Airtel or Vodafone SIM then you would be charged at a rate of 6 paise per minute. The new tariff won’t apply to Jio to Jio calls, all incoming calls, and Jio to landline calls. It also won’t be affecting your VoIP calls, i.e. WhatsApp or FaceTime calls.

Why is Jio Charging You Now?


Jio needs to pay money to Vodafone if you’re calling your friend who has a Vodafone number – i.e for an outgoing call to the other telecom operators. This charge is called Interconnect Usage Charge (or IUC) and had been subsidized by Jio for its valuable customers.

Reliance Jio, in an official announcement, says that it had subsidized the IUC charge for users and has been paying it themselves which is more than 13,000 crores over the past two years but Jio is now ending this practice because of TRAI.

Back in 2017, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India decided to eliminate IUC charges, with effect from January 2020. Jio placed faith in the regulatory body and didn’t levy IUC charger on its customers to date. However, TRAI is looking to extend the termination, thus, Jio is looking to now recover some charges to pay out its competitors until IUC is permanently terminated in the coming months.

In its official blog post, the company says, “Jio again assures its 35 crore customers that the 6 paise per minute charge on outgoing off-net mobile calls shall continue only till the time TRAI abolishes IUC, in line with its present regulation.” TRAI has already fixed IUC charges at 6 paise a minute, so that’s exactly what the company is going to charge you going forward.

New Calling Plans Detailed

Jio is now going to charge users to offset the losses. The list of top-up plans, showing how many IUC minutes and data you’ll receive on recharging your Jio number –



Now, if you recharge your Jio number after 10th October, you will have to complete an additional top-up to add IUC calling minutes to your Jio account. 

It’s only when a Reliance Jio user completes this recharge will they able to make outgoing calls to other telecom operators other than Jio. You can save yourself from the top-up voucher in two ways – either call the user on their Jio number or use WhatsApp to call them.

How to get started on Threads, Instagram’s DM app


Instagram released Threads this week, a messaging app strictly for communicating with those on your Close Friends list. It’s a boon for those who use Instagram as their primary social media platform.


So how to get started on Threads? Here’s a quick guide.
Download from here



After Download

After successfully Downloaded then open the app, the first thing you’re gonna be asked is which account you which to use. Since it’s not uncommon for users to have more than one account, take this opportunity to pick which one you want to use to communicate.






If you don’t have a Close Friends list on your Instagram account already, the next screen is a list of your contacts from which you can select your nearest and dearest. You’ll also have this chance to turn on notifications.






This is also where you’ll set up “Auto Status.” This setting will reportedly update your status with what it presumes you’re doing based on “location, movement, battery level, and network connection even when you’re not using the app.”






I declined to turn that on, as it struck me as a little unsettling because of threads app going to update its status based on location, battery level and type of network connection.


Camera work

Threads allow you to customize your camera with shortcuts. You can select up to eight of your contacts, and their pictures will be on the camera screen. Tapping their icons will allow you to send pictures directly their inboxes.






The app is camera-first, kind of like Snapchat (because what’s one more thing Instagram steals from Snapchat). When you open the app, you’ll be taken straight to the camera. Once you take pictures, you can edit and filter them the same as you can in classic Instagram.






To access your inbox, tap the Home icon at the top of the screen. You can call your friends from each inbox by using the camera button. And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
Now you’re all set up with Threads. Anything else you need us to know? Let us know in the comments section.

Live test: Watch how many folds the Galaxy Fold can take




Cnet is testing the Samsung Galaxy Fold on its youtube channel.

Samsung launched galaxy fold second time with an improved screen as it's the first launch is failed due to screen issues. Cnet started to test the galaxy fold to folding test. watch the live video to know more.

Video Summary.

Samsung GalaxyFold screen lost its partial functionality at 119380 folds. At this point in time, the left screen is fully black and touch responsive. The right screen is visible and touch responsive.

Microsoft’s Surface devices, including an Android not-phone

Microsoft’s Surface devices, including an Android not-phone

Microsoft did do it! We heard lots of whispers and tips that Microsoft’s Surface event in New York would be something bigger than just a round of refreshes. It was!

(Image: Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay, presenting on the smallest stage I’ve ever seen (Imgur), literally in the crowd 90% of the time, and making deep philosophical thoughts for why products exist (Twitter), announced new Surface laptops, a new 2-in-1 option, earbuds… (Windows.com). 
But! Panay also announced two intriguing foldable devices: one like a tablet/laptop running Windows, one like a tablet/phone running Android.
First, what we expected:

Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X: new laptops, in new ways.
  • The Surface Laptop 3 had a major round of upgrades, now available with 13.5-inch or 15-inch screens, with new colours and finishes, including new aluminium or the Alcantara material finish, and more little details.
  • The big deal is new 10th-generation Intel Core processors in the 13.5-inch versions, while the 15-inch models use AMD Ryzen processors.
  • Both offer fast-charging includes USB-C and the older USB-A ports, and start at $999 and $1199 respectively.
  • Surface Pro 7 delivers new 10th-gen Intel CPUs as well, boosting power, and adding USB-C ports. It drops in price to start from $749, shipping October 22nd, but battery life has fallen a touch, from the previous 13 hours to 10.
  • The Surface Pro X offers an ultra-mobile 13-inch laptop solution, at 5.33mm thick and 1.68 pounds, with a Qualcomm processor. The touch display has thin bezels, reportedly looks great, and it has a Surface Pen dock for a new rechargeable stylus. It starts at $999, with LTE, from November 5, which isn’t cheap given the likely downgrades in performance from that processor but portability is everything, you can choose 8/16GB RAM and removable SSD with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage.
  • Surface Earbuds bring true wireless earbuds to Microsoft, the great bandwagon of 2019, and they look a little bit like gauge-style ear piercings, and are definitely distinctive, with some interesting tie-ins to Microsoft Office apps. The shipping holiday season for $249.
  • And Microsoft’s ergonomic keyboard is back, plus new Bluetooth keyboards, a Bluetooth mouse, and more.
But really, the big eye-catcher is the new dual-screen devices, Surface Neo and Surface Duo. These are still more than a year away, but Microsoft is betting on them in a big way, with form-factors that defy conventional names.
  • Surface Neo is a dual-screen device with two 9-inch screens, that combine into a 13-inch area, using Windows 10X: Windows 10 designed for dual-screens, for both Microsoft devices and other manufacturers - expect similar from ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. 
  • The screens have a 360-degree hinge, with friction allowing you to bend the device into whatever posture suits you, from portrait to landscape, while a foldable keyboard keeps things productive. The two screens can display one desktop, and therefore movie or presentation, or split into two functions. 
  • It’s a trick PC, there’s room for a Surface Pen, and it folds down into a tablet-sized form. 
  • No price yet, availability in “holiday 2020”, meaning more than a year away.
  • It looks great in this configuration switch, it really does:

  • The Surface Duo is the little brother, with two 5.6-inch screens that unfold to an 8.3-inch area. 
  • But it runs Android! It can make calls, it has a camera, it fits in your pocket, and Microsoft and Android, together at last, again.
  • Microsoft worked on this with Google, and while the form is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, this isn’t a single folding screen, but two little tablet screens that work together:

  • Again no price, later availability next year, and full specs are not clear. 
  • Indications are the device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and runs on Android 9 Pie now.
  • But by 2020 those will be yesterday’s hardware and two-year-old software, so… I’d expect better by the time this thing does come out.
  • But it’s a big deal because Microsoft and Android collaborating really could mean big things.
Duelling thoughts on the dual-screens:
  • Two separate devices, one bigger one for Windows productivity things, one smaller one for on the go, makes some sense in a vacuum, but practically I can’t see people owning both.
  • Windows apps vs Android apps isn’t really the fight, either. 
  • Everything we do is in the cloud now, so it’s more about the right form factor for you, where you see yourself using either device.
  • Oh, and we did first hear about this in June, but the rumours were a little vague, thinking this was all one unicorn device, not two separate options.
A device, not a phone: 
  • Microsoft really doesn’t want you to call the Surface Duo a phone, per WIRED:
  • No matter what you do, do not call the new Surface phone a phone. You can call it a Surface, a mobile product, a dual-screen device, a new kind of 2-in-1, a pathway to the all-important cloud. But Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, doesn’t want you to call it a phone.
  • I get it. Calling it a phone is a tiny bit limiting and Microsoft doesn’t want to be seen as bringing out a phone to fight with the likes of Apple/Samsung/Huawei/etc., but bringing out an entirely new Surface experience.
  • However. The ZTE Axon M and the very recent LG G8X are very similar devices, that were phones and are phones. (Podcast host Adam Doud ran a nice ‘in defence of’ for the Axon M, by the way.)
  • Remember, LG announced its dual-screen G8X just a few weeks ago! It’s almost the same thing! 
  • But LG wasn’t talking this up as the future of productivity, just a useful addition to the main body of its existing, normal phone.
Can Microsoft transcend the phone?
  • Microsoft is aiming much higher. It made these two dual-screen devices a showpiece at a major launch. 
  • Heavyweight efforts are being into a device that Microsoft hopes will exist in a different category.
  • I don’t really think it can, without an unbelievably good software experience, with the hardware to back it up.
  • Otherwise, it’ll just be a Surface Duo, running Android, that most people will call the new Microsoft phone that will probably retail for more than an iPhone.
  • The other problem is that by the time the Surface Duo emerges, the likes of Samsung and its Galaxy Fold will be up to the Galaxy Fold 2.
  • In theory, that will be once the various production issues are ironed out, and it has an even further refined software experience as well, and perhaps is a touch cheaper.
  • And the rest of the foldable brigade is coming: Motorola has something, we’re waiting for the Huawei Mate X to be released, Xiaomi has demoed a device, Google is experimenting… it’s just we’re in about 1993 for foldable, right now.