For a super-fast yet low-cost broadband connection At Home in Britain, the new receiver technology can enable dedicated data rates at more than 10,000 Mbps from the current 36 Mbps, noted researchers from the University College London. "Although 300 Mb/s may be available to some, average UK speeds are currently 36 Mb/s. By 2025, average speeds over 100 times faster will be required to meet increased demands for bandwidth-hungry applications such as ultra-high definition video, online gaming and the Internet of Things (IoT)," explained lead researcher Sezer Erkilinc. "The future growth in the number of mobile devices, coupled with the promise of 5G to enable new services via smart devices, means we are likely to experience bandwidth restrictions; our new optical receiver technology will help combat this problem," he added in a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. The receiver is used in optical access networks - the links connecting Internet subscribers to their service providers. The new receiver retains many of the advantages of coherent receivers but is simpler, cheaper and smaller - requiring just a quarter of the detectors used in conventional receivers. Simplification was achieved by adopting a coding technique to fibre access networks that was originally designed to prevent signal fading in wireless communications. This approach has the additional cost-saving benefit of using the same optical fibre for both upstream and downstream data. "This simple receiver offers users a dedicated wavelength, so user speeds stay constant no matter how many users are online at once. It can co-exist with the current network infrastructure," said Erkilinc. The receiver was tested on a dark fibre network installed between Telehouse (east London), UCL (central London) and Powergate (west London). The team successfully sent data over 37.6 km and 108 km to eight users who were able to download or upload at a speed of at least 10 Gbps.
nePlus apparently thought that the OnePlus 5 wasn't popular. So it is preparing to launch an update OnePlus 5T soon. At least that is what Carl Pei, OnePlus co-founder, tweeted a day ago. With his tweet, he also almost confirms that the OnePlus 5T is coming soon. How soon? For now, there is no definite that but rumours of a November launch are floating around. Earlier there was rumour of November 5 launch but that turned out to be fake. But before we talk of the OnePlus 5T, let's see what Carl Pei said.It's cryptic sure. But it is also clear enough if you read between the lines. Of late, OnePlus 5 is out of stock almost everywhere except a few markets like India and China. For example, in Europe that is an important market for OnePlus, the phone is no longer in shops. This apparently is happening because OnePlus is now gearing up to launch the OnePlus 5T. But this has also led to some hand-wringing among OnePlus fans who wanted to buy the OnePlus 5T. The tweet by Carl Pei reflects on this criticism that OnePlus is facing due to non-availability of the OnePlus 5T in most market. With this out, let's talk about the OnePlus 5T. Although details are right now scarce, here is what we know so far. -- The OnePlus 5T will launch in November. The global launch and India launch are likely to be simultaneous. Now this is for now a rumour. There is nothing confirmed about it. But given the fact that even OnePlus co-founder is hinting at a new phone, you can safely assume that the launch is near. If it all there is a delay, expect the OnePlus 5T to launch in December. -- The design is going to be similar to that of the OnePlus 5, with similar rounded edges and metal body. -- Given that this is a T update, similar to how the OnePlus 3T was updated variant of the OnePlus 3, the hardware of the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T will be similar. This means possibly the same dual camera system, same Snapdragon 835 processor, similar 6GB and 8GB RAM, similar 128GB storage, dual-SIM and other features that you get with the OnePlus 5. -- One big change, however, that OnePlus 5T is rumoured to have is the screen. Unlike the 5.5-inch screen that is inside the OnePlus 5, the upcoming flagship OnePlus 5T is expected to come with a 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and very thin bezels. The increase in the screen size may also help OnePlus put a bigger battery in the phone. Other than these basic details, not much is known about the OnePlus 5T. However, don't expect moon from the new OnePlus 5T. If you already like OnePlus 5, you will like the OnePlus 5T even more. If you mind that OnePlus 5 has minor issues, it is possible that you may see those minor issues get fixed in the OnePlus 5T. But if you don't like the OnePlus 5 right now, chances are you won't like the OnePlus 5T.
Carl Pei : "Guess the OnePlus 5 was more popular than we thought... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯"
For those who love eating out, things are soon going to get better with GST Council considering a reduction in the taxes levied on restaurants. The council is likely to motion for the levy on restaurants to be reduced from 18% to 12% and the input tax credit facility available in eateries to be struck off. Following multiple complaints of customers being robbed by restaurants through input tax credit, which is actually paid by suppliers, a specially constituted group of state finance ministers has proposed the change in tax rate. “It is one segment that was not passing on the benefits to consumers,” a senior officer said. If the proposed change gets the nod, restaurants will fall under two slabs—5% for those with a turnover of up to Rs 1 crore and have opted for the composition scheme* and 12% for the rest. However, there remains no clarity on the tax rate being levied at restaurants in five-star hotels. Except for those under the composition scheme, where the compliance burden is lower, the current tax rate levied on air-conditioned restaurants is 18%, while that on non-AC joints is 12%. “The idea is to have only two slabs but the final decision will be taken by the GST Council,” said another official. Reportedly, at the time when the rates were being finalised, the GST Council believed that the actual levy for most restaurants will remain largely unchanged for they had service tax and VAT levied earlier. Also, the input tax credit was incorporated to make it more convenient for consumers but following multiple grievances of restaurants being unfair, the government is now reconsidering the structure. According to the council, the withdrawal of input tax credit will make it a flatter tax structure, with many of the opinion that the move will result in the end of GST on restaurants in its purest form. It is believed that the new tax structure is slated for discussion amidst other proposals during next month’s meeting of the GST Council in Guwahati. *Composition Scheme is a simple and easy scheme under GST for taxpayers. Small taxpayers can get rid of tedious GST formalities and pay GST at a fixed rate of turnover. This scheme can be opted by any taxpayer whose turnover is less than Rs 1 crore.
American car manufacturer, Ford is all set to launch 2018 EcoSport in India next month and the upcoming generation of the Ford EcoSport has been spotted several times now revealing exterior details and looks. The sub-4 meter SUV gets some noticeable cosmetic changes and also gets some new features. At the front, 2018 Ford EcoSport facelift gets a new redesigned chrome grille, conventional headlamps with halogen bulbs, LED daytime running lights and angular fog lamps. The car also gets a new front bumper with prominent lines and new tweaked out front bonnet design. If we look at the side profile, the new Ford EcoSport gets revised OVRMs, larger elongated roof rails and a new set of alloy wheels that provide an aggressive stance to the car. The EcoSport decals on the car provide it more sporty looks. From the back, the facelifted version looks similar to the standard version but the tailgate is slightly redesigned. Inside the cabin, the car gets a floating touchscreen infotainment system, rear defogger, and automatic climate control. Powertrain options for the new 2018 Ford EcoSport are also expected to be the same as on the current version that comes with – 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, and new 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine. The Transmission options include the 5-speed manual and 6-speed DCT automatic. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that produces 99bhp of power and 205 Nm of peak torque and all-new 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine churns out 123 PS and 150 Nm of peak torque. When launched, the car will compete with the likes of Tata Nexon, Hyundai Creta, and Renault Duster.
Virat Kohli has revealed his desire to learn the learn the Rubik’s Cube technique from ‘Mr Perfectionist’ Aamir Khan. On a chat show hosted by Bollywood actor Aamir Khan the duo had appeared together. After spending a wonderful evening together, Kohli took to social media and expressed his wish of learning the Rubix cube technique. “Had a great time chatting with @aamir_khan bhai, so humble and genuine. Just need to learn the Rubik’s Cube technique from you now!” Kohli’s wrote. On the chat show hosted by Aamir Khan, Kohli also went on to reveal that Pakistan’s pace bowler, Mohammad Amir, is the toughest he has faced so far. “In recent times, Mohammad Amir of Pakistan. He is in the top two or three bowlers in the world and one of the toughest bowlers I have played in my career. You have to be on your A game when you’re facing him or he will strike. Outstanding! Very good bowler”, Kohli said.
Airtel is currently offering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus through its Online Store, which went live on October 16 and offers a range of premium smartphones with affordable down payments, instant credit verification, and financing along with bundled monthly plans.
Currently, the telecom major is offering the iPhone 7 with 32 GB storage at a down payment of Rs 7,777. The smartphone comes bundled with additional data, free calls and national roaming, and an Airtel secure package that covers the device against any physical damage and offers cyber protection.
To avail the iPhone 7 offer through the Airtel online store, customers need to make a down payment of Rs 7,777 and enroll for 24 monthly instalments of Rs 2,499 each. The monthly instalments include the postpaid connection benefits that the telecom major is bundling along with the device. These benefits include 30 GB data, unlimited calling (local, STD, national roaming), and Airtel Secure package.
Airtel has partnered with Apple Inc., HDFC Bank, Clix Capital, Seynse Technologies, Brightstar Telecommunications and Vulcan Express to enable the digital experience on its Online Store.Here is how to buy a device through Airtel online store:
- Go to www.airtel.in/onlinestore and select the device of your choice
- Check your eligibility and get instant loan approvals
- Make the down payment for phone
- The device will be delivered to your preferred location/address
“This is yet another exciting digital innovation from Airtel to delight customers. Not only are we making it easier for millions of customers to upgrade to devices they always wanted, we are also making the entire process seamless and simple through digital technologies,” said Harmeen Mehta, Global CIO & Director – Engineering, Bharti Airtel.Airtel’s Online Store launch is part of Project Next – Airtel’s digital innovation programme aimed at transforming customer experience across all of its services and touch points. Airtel plans to invest up to Rs 2,000 crore under Project Next.
Jio Phone pre-booking date is on top of the minds of millions of people who were not able to order the handset in August. Their wait may soon be over, as Jio Phone pre-bookings will reportedly start again after Diwali, once the first batch of deliveries is completed. According a report, citing a Reliance Retail channel partner, Jio is likely to take orders for its 4G feature phone between October-end and November first week. As for those who booked the handset in August but have still not received it, the report claims that deliveries in metro cities started on Saturday and Jio Phone deliveries are expected to be completed by Diwali, October 19. However, there is no concrete date yet. On the official website, the company only says “We will inform you when [Jio Phone] pre-booking resumes.” Also on Diwali, Jio will launch its revised tariff plans. About 6 million Jio Phone units were booked in a day and a half when the company opened bookings of the 4G feature phone for the public on August 24 in the first phase. Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani had announced that the 4G phone will be "effectively free" for users, but to prevent isuse of the scheme Jio Phone buyers will need to pay one-time fully refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500. The entire money will be refunded to customer after usage of the phone for 36 months. However, there are several conditions applicable to get the Jio Phone refund. These include spending at least Rs. 1,500 on recharges every year and actively using the handset. If the conditions are not met, it can ask the consumer to return the phone, forfeit the refund, and levy the applicable taxeUnder the conditions set by Jio for the users, handset buyers can get refund of Rs. 500 if they return the device in the first year, provided they have made recharge of Rs. 1,500 during the year. Similarly, on return of the phone in the second year, the customer will get refund of Rs 1,000 and in the third year entire amount of Rs 1,500 will be refunded. Reliance Retail started delivery of Jio Phones in small towns from Navratri festival. "The shipments started in metro cities from Saturday. The target is to complete all shipments around Diwali," the channel partner said.
Chinese handset maker Oppo has started sending media invites confirming F5 smartphone India launch on November 2. As expected, the all-new Oppo F5 will be featuring a display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The new Oppo smartphone, much like other devices from the company, will be targeted at selfie-obsessed users. The media invite shows thin bezels of the upcoming Oppo F5, and has a tagline that says, "Capture the real you." The invite also says selfie expert which confirms the smartphone's biggest highlight could be the front camera. Recent reports have indicated that the upcoming Oppo F5 will be made available in five countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam apart from India. Rumours suggest that the Oppo F5 will sport full-HD+ screen resolution which turns to 1080x2160 pixels. One of the software features being expected on the F5 is AI-enabled selfie enhancement tool that's likely to come built-in the handset. We can expect to hear more details in the coming days. Oppo, earlier this week, unveiled the F3 Lite smartphone in Vietnam. The Oppo F3 Lite is a rebranded version of the Oppo A57 smartphone, which was launched in November last year. Running through specifications, Oppo F3 Lite runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box customised with the company's ColorOS 3.0 skin on top. It features a 5.2-inch HD (720x1280) LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. The dual-SIM smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 505 GPU. For storage, the Oppo F3 Lite has an inbuilt storage of 32GB that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB).
The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday reduced value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by 3% and 5%, respectively. The state government also withdrew the additional cess of Rs1.50 per litre on diesel. Notably, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Gujarat and Maharashtra states had reduced VAT on these fuels earlier this week. “The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to reduce VAT on petrol by 3%. The VAT on diesel is reduced by 5%. Moreover, the additional cess of Rs1.50 per litre has also been withdrawn,” state finance minister Jayant Malaiya announced after a meeting with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The revised rates will be applicable from midnight on Friday, he said. “Now, the VAT on petrol has been reduced to 28% from 31% and on diesel to 22% from 27%,” the minister said. Following the rate cut, the petrol will be cheaper by about Rs1.70 per litre and diesel by about Rs4 per litre in the state, Malaiya said. The decision would cause a revenue loss of about Rs1,000 crore to the state exchequer in the remaining six months of the current fiscal, he said. The chief minister said the decision to cut the VAT was taken in the interest of the public. “The decision to cut the prices was taken to provide relief to the common man, besides keeping the needs of farmers in mind. The diesel price cut would also reduce the freight rates which would further bring down the prices of commodities,” Chouhan said. However, state Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said the government’s move to cut the prices was just an “eyewash”. “Going by the crude oil prices in global market, the petrol price should be less than Rs50 per litre. This reduction hardly means anything. The fuel prices should be drastically slashed,” Chaturvedi said.
Beverage giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have embarked on a big gamble in India by changing the recipes of their best-selling drinks to include stevia, a plant-based natural sweetener. Atlanta-headquartered Coca-Cola may also launch a variant of the country's largest-selling mango drink Maaza with 30 - 50 per cent less sugar, said sources. Pointing to public concern over high sugar content in fizzy drinks, PepsiCo, too, is test-marketing a reformulated low-calorie option of its lemony drink 7UP, while Coke is doing the same with Fanta, the new variant of which includes stevia and around 5 per cent orange juice. "As articulated by our global CEO, Coca-Cola has undertaken a three-pronged strategy to give consu mers wider choice of low no calorie products, which include reduced serving size, reformulation and innovation," said a Coca-Cola India spokesperson. "This is work in progress and we intend to share a comprehensive plan by the end of 2017."
Reformulation of food and beverages is tricky business as Coca-Cola found out the hard way. In 1985, it launched a `new' reformulated version of Coke only to face consumer backlash over taste. Three months later, it withdrew the product.While 7UP and Fanta will be the first reformulated products to be launched in In dia, PepsiCo's hydrotonic brand 7UP Revive is the only drink created in its original form with stevia as an ingredient."We have been growing in India in double-digits,' said Ajay Chandran, senior director, South Asia at PureCircle, a B2B stevia supplier. "Globally, around 14,000 products have been launched with stevia and many companies in India are experimenting with it currently."
Traditionally, aspartame, an artificial sweetener often criticized for its sharp aftertaste and health risks, has been the go-to ingredient for beverage companies looking to launch low or zero-calorie products. For instance, Coca-Cola's Coke Zero has aspartame as an ingredient and comes with a cold warning on the label, which says it's "not recommended for children".