Delhi High Court Refrains From Interfering With TRAI's Penalty Recommendation

The Delhi High Court today refrained from directing the Centre or any other authority not to act upon TRAI’s recommendation to impose Rs. 1,050 crores penalty on Vodafone for not providing interconnectivity to Reliance Jio as no one except the regulator was a party in the case.

Delhi High Court Refrains From Interfering With TRAI's Penalty RecommendationJustice Sanjeev Sachdeva, however, on Vodafone’s plea, made the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) of the Ministry of Communication a party in the case and directed it and TRAI to file a reply to the telecom major’s plea challenging the recommendation.

“How can I stop anyone else or the Union government from acting on the recommendation when they are not before this court? I will make the government a party and will issue notice to it. Its presence is necessary,” the judge said and listed the matter for hearing on January 3 next year.

The order came after Vodafone, represented by senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, claimed that Reliance Jio (RJio) has gone to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) with the recommendation made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and sought that the other authorities be restrained from acting upon the regulator’s suggestion.
During the hearing, the court said it was of the prima facie view that TRAI seems to be only a recommendatory body or a wing of the government from which the government takes advice and thus, under their internal mechanism they may follow a procedure as per law or as they deem fit.

It also said that in communications between two departments of the government, the court cannot interfere.
TRAI, represented by senior advocate Meet Malhotra and advocate Kirtiman Singh, on the other hand, contended that it was not required to give a hearing to Vodafone before it gave its recommendation and admitted that no such hearing was given to the telecom major.

Malhotra also told the court that when Vodafone and other private telecom companies had first entered the Indian market, the state telecom companies, MTNL and BSNL, “had also adopted similar tactics” of not providing interconnections and then also TRAI had taken similar steps.

TRAI also said that apart from its recommendation, it had also given a direction to all service providers to comply with the licence conditions and this has not been challenged.

TRAI has recommended imposition of a fine of Rs. 50 crores for each of the 21 circles of Vodafone, except in Jammu and Kashmir, coming to a total of Rs. 1,050 crore.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 4G Windows 10 Laptop Launched: Price, Specifications, and More

Xiaomi on Friday as expected unveiled a new variant of its Mi Notebook Air laptop, with LTE Cat. 4 4G connectivity support. The Windows 10 Home-based laptops were launched in collaboration with China Mobile, and the laptops natively support the telecom operator’s networks without requiring a separate SIM card. The company has also announced that users will get free access to 4GB of 4G data every month, totalling 48GB a year. The Mi Notebook Air 4G 12.5-inch model has been priced at CNY 4,699 (roughly Rs. 46,500) while the 13.3-inch model has been priced at CNY 6,999 (roughly Rs. 69,500).

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 4G Windows 10 Laptop Launched: Price, Specifications, and MoreTo recall, the non-4G variants of the Mi Notebook Air were launched back in July, and featured price tags of CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 34,000) for the 12.5-inch variant, and CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 49,500) for the 13.3-inch variant. The premium can be attributed to the 4G data plan – said to be worth CNY 1,560 a year, however, some other upgrades exist on the specifications front for the 13.3-inch variant.

The 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air 4G retains its full-HD display resolution, is powered by an Intel Core M3 processor coupled with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM (1866MHz), and offers a 128GB SSD (SATA) that’s expandable via a second SSD slot. Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, AKG dual speakers, and Dolby Digital surround sound support. It is 12.9mm thick at its thinnest, and weighs in at 1.07kg. The company is touting a battery life up to 11.5 hours. It comes with an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air on the other hand comes with a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 (2 cores, 4 threads, max clock speed of 3.0GHz) processor, which the company says will provide a 10 percent improvement over the Core i5 processor of the non-4G variant. Other specifications remain the same as last time, including a Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD.

Just like the 12.5-inch model, a second SSD slot on the 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air 4G can be used for expansion. As before, the new 4G variant is touted to deliver a battery life up to 9.5 hours. Other connectivity, ports, and audio options are the same as the 12.5-inch model. It weighs 1.28kg and is 14.8mm thick.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Now Available in Pink Gold Colour Variant in India

Samsung launched the Pink Gold variant of its smartphone Galaxy S7 Edge in April earlier this year. Prior to this launch, the phone was already available in colour variants Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl (not in India), and Silver Titanium. Now, the South Korean company has finally brought this colour variant to India. The pricing of the phone has been kept unchanged at Rs. 50,900.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Now Available in Pink Gold Colour Variant in IndiaUsers can further pay Rs. 2,980 and get the Gear VR headset as well as a screen replacement offer from the company. Notably, a Blue Coral colour variant of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was also made available in India earlier this month. A Black Pearl colour variant was separately launch in South Korea in the same time-frame, however, the company did not make that colour variant available in India. This means the Galaxy S7 Edge is now available in Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Pink Gold, and Silver Titanium colour variants in the country.

When the colour variant was first launched, the company said, “Pink Gold was chosen as it, like the other colours available for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, is a natural colour that provides a sense of comfort. These hues glitter and shimmer as if illuminated from inside their glass surfaces,” in its blog post.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge features a 5.5-inch Super Amoled display with QHD (1440×2560 pixels) resolution. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The always-on display on the Galaxy S7 Edge allows users to check notifications, time, and date without waking up the device. The phone features a 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and smart OIS feature, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera with f/1.7 aperture.

The phone has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Galaxy S7 Edge houses a 3600mAh battery. The phone comes with a hybrid dual-SIM card slot, which allows users to either expand the storage via microSD card (up to 200GB) or use it as a second SIM slot.

Asus ZenWatch 3 Android Wear Smartwatch Launched Starting Rs. 17,599

Following its launch at IFA 2016, the Asus ZenWatch 3 has been launched in India on Friday. The smartwatch will be available exclusively via Flipkart, with pre-orders starting for two of the three models from Friday itself. Prices start from Rs. 17,599, and go up to Rs. 18,999, while a zero-cost EMI option is also being touted.

Asus ZenWatch 3 Android Wear Smartwatch Launched Starting Rs. 17,599As we mentioned, the Asus ZenWatch 3 has been made available in three models in India. The WI503Q-1LDBR0015 model features a Gunmetal case and a Dark Brown Leather strap. It has been priced at Rs. 18,999, and has gone up for pre-orders. The WI503Q-2RBGE0007 model bears a Silver case and a Beige Rubber strap. It has been priced at Rs. 17,599, and is up for pre-orders. Finally, the WI503Q-1RGRY0007 model sports a Gunmetal case and a Brownish Grey Rubber strap. It has been priced at Rs. 17,599, but will only go on sale in January. The Rose Gold case colour variant has not been brought to India.

Commenting on the launch, Peter Chang, Region Head – South Asia & Country Manager for Asus India said, “The launch of ZenWatch 3 is the perfect culmination of a successful year for Asus in India. Consumers are increasingly adopting wearables to help simplify their lives and boost productivity. The powerful ZenWatch 3 combines luxury and functionality to provide users with a device that allows them to manage their lives comfortably. We are sure that the combination of specs and design in this smartwatch will be appreciated by our users.”
The Asus ZenWatch 3 runs Android Wear, and sports a 1.39-inch Amoled display with a 400×400 pixel resolution (287ppi pixel density). It features a digital crown, a customisable button, and a button that launches the ZenFit activity tracking app. It is compatible with both Android smartphones and iPhones.
The ZenWatch 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, coupled with 512MB of RAM. It bears 4GB of inbuilt storage, and is just 9.95mm thick. It sports a 341mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to two days of charge. The battery features support for HyperCharge, a fast charging feature that’s said to charge the battery to 60 percent in 15 minutes.

The new smartwatch from Asus comes with a few fitness features as well, with the company claiming the step counter on board is 95 percent accurate. The ZenFit activity tracking app can also track activities like push-ups, running, and sit-ups.

Master’s Degrees Unlock Career Options

A bachelor’s degree doesn’t mean as much as it did 30, 40, even 50 years ago and in today’s job market, a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal government agency, the number of people with master’s degrees today is roughly equal to the number of those with bachelor’s degrees in the late 1960s.

Master’s degrees are offered in a wider variety of fields than ever before and make you a valuable to any organization. Earning this degree speaks to your commitment, a deeper understanding of your field of study, and advanced skills. Here are some careers you can enter with an advanced degree.

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Civil Engineering

If you admire architectural design or enjoy the challenge of building things, consider civil engineering. You’ll be involved with design, construction, and maintenance of important public works such as bridges, roads, and water systems. Rail lines, ports, and airports are additional projects you may work on.

Health Care

Occupations in the health-care industry will always be in demand, and with the retirement of aging baby boomers, this varied career field offers a broad range of career possibilities, including:

Occupational Therapist: You will help people engage in the therapeutic practice of everyday motions and mental exercises so they can participate in activities they enjoy and meet the demands of daily life.
Nurse Anesthesia: These nurses administer anesthesia and associated care both before and after medical procedures. They are the only anesthesia providers in rural hospitals and the main providers of anesthesia to members of the military, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Physician Assistant Studies: A physician assistant (PA) must be nationally certified and licensed by the state. PAs work beside physicians and other providers in a team setting and are able to perform medical procedures and prescribe medication.

International Relations

In this wide-ranging field, you can work in politics, cultural programs, or economic relations with world communities. You can choose a position with the U.S. government, worldwide non-profits and international organizations in myriad fields.

Information Systems

These professionals oversee computer information and systems in the workplace. They manage and implement systems, resolve technical issues and protect huge amounts of data.

Global cyber security: Increasing information hacks make this a growing problem for businesses worldwide, who lack the skills to combat the problem. Learn more about cyber security at MVU Online. Library Science: In this position, you can help build and manage efficient databases that are user-friendly, highly functional and available to all users. Learn more about USC’s masters in library science program.

Finance

This field offers many career opportunities in addressing issues related to money and Wall Street. An advanced finance degree can be applied to many areas, including financial management for corporate and international organizations, investment fields and working with private clients for financial planning.

Master’s degrees may take from one to three years to complete and offer you advanced skills that you can use in a variety of careers. In a struggling economy, a master’s degree may give you an edge in the employment race.

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Ashley Madison Dating Site to Pay $1.6 Million Over Data Breach

The operators of the Ashley Madison affair-minded dating website agreed Wednesday to pay a $1.6 million (roughly Rs. 10 crores) penalty over a data breach exposing data from 36 million users, US officials announced.

Ashley Madison Dating Site to Pay $1.6 Million Over Data BreachAshley Madison’s Canadian parent company Ruby agreed to the penalty to settle charges with the US Federal Trade Commission and state regulators for failing to protect confidential user information.

The settlement comes after a hacker group last year released what was said to be personal data on millions of members of Ashley Madison, who were based in 46 countries. The fallout led to reports of blackmail and even suicides.

The financial penalty, split between the federal government and US states suing the company, would increase to $8.75 million to the FTC plus $8.75 million to states if Ashley Madison fails to abide by new information security practices and refrain from misleading consumers.

“This case represents one of the largest data breaches that the FTC has investigated to date, implicating 36 million individuals worldwide,” said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez.
“The global settlement requires AshleyMadison.com to implement a range of more robust data security practices that will better protect its users’ personal information from criminal hackers going forward.”

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Ramirez said the penalty being paid is too small to allow for “redress” or compensation to affected consumers, noting that compensation is rarely obtained in data security cases.

“We want them (the company) to feel the pain, we don’t want them to profit from unlawful conduct,” Ramirez told reporters in a conference call.

But she added that “it would not serve the public interest to put them out of business.”
Earlier this year, the dating website – whose motto had been “life is short, have an affair” rebooted, calling itself an “open-minded dating” service.

The company said at the time it will no longer use female “bots” or automated programs that respond to members pretending to be women on the hunt for men.

According to the FTC complaint, until August 2014, operators of the site lured customers, including 19 million Americans, with fake profiles of women designed to convert them into paid members.

The company failed to adequately protect users’ personal information such as date of birth, relationship status and sexual preferences, according to the complaint.

The company confirmed the settlement, saying it would help it move past the hacking episode.

“Today is a pivotal day for our members and for Ashley Madison,” said a statement from Ruby chief executive Rob Segal.

“Today’s settlement closes an important chapter on the company’s past and reinforces our commitment to operating with integrity and to building a new future for our members, our team and our company.”

The settlement followed an investigation in cooperation with consumer protection authorities in Canada and Australia. Thirteen US states plus the federal District of Columbia joined the lawsuit.

Zuk Edge Launch Now Set for Tuesday; New Leaked Images Surface

Zuk has finally confirmed that the much-anticipated Edge smartphone will be launching on Tuesday – December 20. The company shared a teaser on Weibo showing the upcoming Zuk Edge partially with an interface layout that seemed focused for the Chinese market. To recall, the company was expected to launch the Zuk Edge last week – but that did not happen.

Zuk Edge Launch Now Set for Tuesday; New Leaked Images SurfaceLooking at the teaser image, the Zuk Edge seems to sport an edge-to-edge display and it may be placed like the Xiaomi’s Mi MIX smartphone. The image was shared by Android Pure.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Zuk Edge may feature a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and will be powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM (or 6GB of RAM). The Zuk Edge smartphone is likely to pack 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options, and have the fingerprint scanner as well (presumably under the Home Button at the bottom of the display).

On the camera front, the Zuk Edge smartphone is rumoured to sport a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera at the front. Zuk Edge is said to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZUI 2.0 skin, and is expected to pack a 3000mAh battery. An earlier report tipped that the Zuk Edge may be priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly Rs. 26,800).

The Zuk Edge will be Lenovo’s fourth Zuk-branded smartphone. To recall, Lenovo has so far launched the Zuk Z1 (launched in August last year), Zuk Z2 Pro (launched in April this year), and Zuk Z2 (launched in May this year).

In separate news, a White-coloured smartphone believed to be the Zuk Edge has been spotted in live images. The smartphone packs slim bezels around the display and also sport a home button placed right below the display.

Evernote Employees Can Read Your Notes, Highlights New Privacy Policy

Evernote has issued a notice to announce that it will allow a few employees to access users’ notes to look after the machine learning technologies applied to content. Starting from January 23, a select set of employees will gain access to all users’ data to ‘help you get the most out of your Evernote experience’. While this change is new, further investigation reveals that some employees have had access for a while – for legal reasons.

Evernote Employees Can Read Your Notes, Highlights New Privacy PolicyEvernote claims that only a few employees will have the right to see your data. “This is primarily to make sure that our machine learning technologies are working correctly, in order to surface the most relevant content and features to you. While our computer systems do a pretty good job, sometimes a limited amount of human review is simply unavoidable in order to make sure everything is working exactly as it should,” the notice reads. The company adds that these few employees who have access to user data are “subject to background checks and receive specific security and privacy training at least annually to ensure they are up to date on the latest privacy and security requirements and standards.”

Users can opt out of machine learning if they so desire by heading to Account Setting and unchecking the ‘Allow Evernote to use business data to improve my experience’ box. However, Evernote adds that employees can still peek into your content even after you opt out of machine learning experience. It says. “And please note that you cannot opt out of employees looking at your content for other reasons stated in our Privacy Policy (under the section, “Does Evernote Share My Personal Information or Content?”).” According to the policy provision, Evernote needs to do this to prevent fraud, illegal activities, and recognise threats.

9to5Mac notes that these other reasons in the Privacy Policy has been around for some time, but was only brought to light because of this January announcement. Thus, while users can opt out of machine learning, they cannot opt out of this privacy policy accessing of data.

In any case, this means that while you can stop Evernote from sifting through your data for better machine learning experiences, there is no way you can stop the employees from regularly accessing your data for legal reasons. If this disturbs you, then the only way to go is to leave Evernote and opt for an alternative.

Will you leave Evernote, or stick by it to enjoy its machine learning experience? Let us know in the comments below.

Moto M Goes on Sale on Flipkart With Launch Offers Including Up to Rs. 15,000 Discount on Exchange

Lenovo’s Moto brand launched the Moto M smartphone at an event in Mumbai on Wednesday, and the company has made it available on Flipkart from Thursday. The Moto M comes in two RAM/storage variants – 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage – and is priced at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 17,999 respectively. Flipkart has additionally listed some launch offers to make the purchase of the new smartphone very lucrative.

Moto M Goes on Sale on Flipkart With Launch Offers Including Up to Rs. 15,000 Discount on ExchangeFlipkart has enabled an exchange offer on the Moto M allowing buyers to swap their old phones for the Moto M, with the discount going up to a maximum of Rs. 15,000. This Moto M exchange discount depends upon the type of phone exchanged. The e-commerce giant is offering an additional Rs. 2,000 off over and above the regular exchange discount as well.

If you purchase the Moto M using an Axis Bank Buzz credit card, you are entitled to an extra 5 percent off, and a Rs 1,000 cashback if you purchase the smartphone using a Citi credit card. Flipkart is also offering EMIs starting from as low as Rs. 776 per month. For the 64GB variant, EMIs start at Rs. 873 per month and supports almost all major banks. Flipkart is also offering the Motorola Pulse 2 wired headset and a chevron shock proof case for the Moto M with a discount of up to 32 percent if purchased along with the Moto M smartphone.

The Moto M is Motorola’s first all-metal smartphone, and the key features include a fingerprint sensor and Dolby Atmos support. The Moto M smartphone features a 5.5-inch IPS display with 2.5D curved glass and full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution. It is powered by the 2.2GHz quad-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor, supports Dual-SIM (Nano-SIM), and runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. For storage expansion, Moto M users can slip microSD cards of up to 128GB capacity in the secondary SIM card slot.

On the optics front, Moto M has a 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. The Moto M connectivity suite includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 4G VoLTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), USB Type-C (USB 3.1), NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The Moto M’s battery is rated at 3050mAh and supports fast-charging; the smartphone measures 151.35×75.35×7.85mm and weighs 163 grams.