Reliance Jio Has Been Given Sufficient Interconnection Points: Airtel

Reliance Jio Has Been Given Sufficient Interconnection Points: Airtel
Bharti Airtel has said that enough points of interconnection (PoIs) have been provided to Reliance Jio to support 20-25 million subscribers and that the company has not been able to deploy its full capacity due to under-preparedness and insufficient testing effort.

“Post our bilateral meeting on September 13 to premeditate on the matter of augmentation of PoIs, we had analysed the traffic figures at the interconnect links as well as your demands for projected capacity,” the company said in a letter to Jio, dated September 26.


“Basis on our due diligence of these dynamics, we had provided 1,350 E1’s (interconnect points) on the very next day. This was followed by incremental capacity of 1,000 E1’s provided on pan-India basis on September 20,” it said.

“Unfortunately, despite the prompt and colossal effort put in by Airtel, as on date, only 2,484 E1s are live out of total capacity of 3,048 provided, primarily due to various reasons for delay attributable solely to Jio’s under preparedness and insufficient testing teams/efforts.”
Jio has maintained that interconnection points provided by other operators were insufficient.


“Based on industry practice, 12,500 E1 ports (interconnect points, with technical parameters) are required for 22 million subscribers,” said a Reliance Industries statement on August 18. “As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far.”

The company says, as a result of this, its subscribers face as many as 12 crore call failures a day while dialing into the networks of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Teaser Points to an Impressive Benchmark Score; Smaller 4-Inch Variant Tipped

Xiaomi Mi 5s Teaser Points to an Impressive Benchmark Score; Smaller 4-Inch Variant Tipped

  • The Xiaomi Mi 5s scoring a mighty impressive 164,119
  • Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s
  • The phones are expected to be unveiled on September 27

Xiaomi has been subtly teasing the launch of its upcoming Mi 5s. The Chinese smartphone maker onMonday released a teaser with a big ‘S’, hinting that the company is ready to unveil the Mi 5s on September 27. The phone has now been subjected to AnTuTu’s benchmark test, scoring a mighty impressive 164,119. Xiaomi is of course proud of the score, using it as a new teaser for the smartphone.

The teaser was posted soon after a leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,002 for the Xiaomi Mi 5s hit the Web. Interestingly, the official Mi 5s AnTuTu score was released by Xiaomi soon after LeEcolaunched the Le Pro 3 on Wednesday. LeEco revealed the Le Pro 3’s AnTuTu score to be 163,544, which puts Xiaomi’s Mi 5s ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if Xiaomi will price the Mi 5s competitively seeing as how the Le Pro 3 comes with mighty specifications at a mid-range price starting CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Taking all the past leaks into consideration, the Mi 5s is expected expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The Mi 5s is also expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.

On the camera front, the Mi 5s is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button.

A fresh rumour doing the rounds of the Internet suggests that Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s. An alleged image of the smaller variant was spotted on Weibo. Specifications related to the 4-inch variant are very speculative at the moment. The device is expected to come with a 4.3-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB inbuilt storage.


With the 4-inch variant being rumoured, this puts the total list of phones Xiaomi is expected to unveil to four – the remaining devices being the bigger Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2. We’ll have to wait for September 27 event to see just how many new devices Xiaomi is planning to pull out of the bag.


How to use the leg press machine for optimum workout

Leg Press machines are a common component of most gyms and are a common alternative for squats and other lower body exercises. The Leg press machine is commonly used by weight lifters and body builders. It demands the correct use of the leg press machine for an effective workout of the lower body.
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Types of Leg Press Machines

Almost all of the strength straining machines manufacturers make use of leg press machines, though a number of designs of such machines are available, there are predominantly two types of designs. First is the 45 degree leg press/sled leg press, which features a reclined seat with legs of the user elevated and exert force against the weighted foot plate. The second design is the 90 degree leg press, which makes use of a pendulum that swings away when pushed with the leg. Both the designs make use of both the legs simultaneously.


Benefits of Leg Press:

Some of the best leg press machines offer the best exercise for the muscles of the lower body. Extending the knees against resistance that is being offered by leg press works on the thigh muscles, hamstrings and quadriceps. Since the leg press involves the hips, muscles of the gluteus muscles get involved as well. Leg bones, such as the femur, fibula and tibia are impressed as well, owing to the load bearing effect of the leg press machine. It also strengthens the hip and knee joints. Leg press machines are used in muscle building as well, depending on type of training.


Performing lower body training using Leg Press:

  • With the leg press machine, the user has to sit on the machine, place their legs on the platform with the shoulder width foot stance. There are three stances described by its manufacturers in foot positioning section.
  • Lower the safety bars by holding the weighted platform in place and press the platform all the way upwards, until legs get completely extended in front of the user.
  • Make sure knees are not locked and torso and legs make a complete 90 degree angle. This is the first starting position.
  • Slowly lower the platform until the lower and upper legs make a perfect 90 degree angle.
  • Pushing has to mainly happen with the heels of the feet by making use of the quadriceps to get back to the initial position as user exhales.
  • Repeat the same for the intended number of repetitions and ensure to lock safety pins in place, before starting. Safety pins ensure that the platform does not fall when less press gets completely loaded.


Advantages of using Leg Press Machines:

Leg Press makes use of guided movement that minimizes the need to balance the weight and co-ordinate the limbs. Users are free to lifting and lowering the weight so that they could train using heavy loads. They are loaded with movement limiters as well, which prevents the weight from falling off. The machine is also completely beneficial for those wanting to train alone. Its lower back support avoids users from suffering a back injuring.

Tatas Say Will Pay to DoCoMo Within ‘Confines’ of Indian Law

Tatas Say Will Pay to DoCoMo Within 'Confines' of Indian Law
Tata Sons on Saturday said NTT DoCoMo – the estranged Japanese partner – is confusing its intent to pay with what is “legally payable” by the Indian company, and emphasised that its intent is to pay but “within the confines of the law”.

“Docomo is unfortunately confusing our intent to pay with what is legally payable by us. Tata’s intent is to pay but within the confines of the law,” a Tata Sons spokesperson said.

NTT DoCoMo on Friday said Tatas raising “objections” to the enforcement of the London Court of Arbitration (LCIA) award directly contradicted its statements of intent to meet the payment obligations.

The Tata Sons spokesperson further said that the position Tata Sons has taken in its affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court is in line with what it has stated from the outset – that it is committed to honouring its contractual obligations to NTT DoCoMo, in compliance with Indian regulations and law.

“There is a judicial process that is underway and we need to pay due heed to the laws that bind us all,” the spokesperson added.
Expressing disappointment at the lack of cooperation from “partners” in arriving at an amicable resolution, Tata Sons said “despite several attempts on our part, our partners have refused to come together with us to engage the Government and the Regulator on the issue”.

In June this year, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) tribunal ordered Tata Sons to pay DoCoMo a sum of $1.17 billion (roughly Rs. 7,775 crores) in compensation for breaching an agreement on India joint venture – Tata Teleservices.

The Japanese firm has filed a plea in the Delhi High Court seeking enforcement of the arbitration ruling. Tata Sons has deposited the entire amount of $1.17 billion with the registrar of the Delhi High Court which is hearing the matter.

Google Said to Shelve Plan for Project Ara Modular Phones

Google Said to Shelve Plan for Project Ara Modular PhonesAlphabet Inc’s Google has suspended Project Ara, its ambitious effort to build what is known as a modular smartphone with interchangeable components, as part of a broader push to streamline the company’s hardware efforts, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The move marks an about-face for the tech company, which announced a host of partners for Project Ara at its developer conference in May and said it would ship a developer edition of the product this autumn.

The company’s aim was to create a phone that users could customize on the fly with an extra battery, camera, speakers or other components.

A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment on the matter.

While Google will not be releasing the phone itself, the company may work with partners to bring Project Ara’s technology to market, potentially through licensing agreements, one of the people with knowledge of the matter said.

Axing Project Ara is one of the first steps in a campaign to unify Google’s various hardware efforts, which range from Chromebook laptops to Nexus phones. Former Motorola president Rick Osterloh rejoined Google earlier this year to oversee the effort. Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group in 2014.
Modular smartphones have generated great enthusiasm in the tech community for their potential to prolong the lifespan of a device and reduce electronic waste. But the devices are difficult to bring to market because their interchangeable parts make them bulky and costly to produce, said analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research, adding that he was not surprised to see Google halt the project.

“This was a science experiment that failed, and they are moving on,” he said.

Project Ara was one of the flagship efforts of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, which aims to develop new devices, but it had various stops and starts.

Last year, the company shelved plans to sell the modular phone in Puerto Rico with Latin American carriers.

Moto M Spotted On Chinese Certification Website TENAA


Motorola is apparently working on another new smartphone which is expected to launch in the coming weeks dubbed as the Moto M.

Not too long ago, the alleged Moto M was spotted on benchmarking website, and lately, it made an appearance on Chinese certification body TENAA.

The handset which was previously spotted came with the model number XT1663, but the one spotted on TENAA has the XT1662 model number. So, it could be one of the variants of the handset, or possibly a “plus” version of the handset.

The images shared on TENAA shows a premium metallic display with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device — similar to Huawei handsets. Other specifications listed on TENAA includes a 5.5-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE support, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow as its operating system out of the box.

There’s no official confirmation if it will launched as Moto M or any other name, but we’ll find out soon.

FBI spent more than $1 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone

During the Aspen Security Forum in London, FBI Director James Comey said the agency spent more money trying to break into an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make during the remainder of his term at the FBI.

Reuters crunched the numbers using figures from the US Office of Management and Budget and calculated that Comey is projected to earn about $1.34 million during the next seven years and four months. “It was, in my view, worth it,” said Comey, according to Reuters.

After a drawn-out legal battle between the FBI and Apple, the government was able to unlock the iPhone 5C with the help of a third party. This led to the cancellation of a court hearing in March, which could have determined whether or not the US Department of Justice has the right to force Apple to open a phone.

This isn’t the first time a hacking endeavor fetched a high price. Last year, the security company Zerodium put up a $1 million bounty for anyone who could remotely jailbreak Apple’s recent mobile OS at the time, iOS 9.1/9.2b. It was finally claimed in November 2015.

Neither Apple nor the FBI immediately responded to a request for comment.

Add 32GB of storage to your iPhone or iPad for $34.99

What’s the storage situation like on your iPhone these days? It’s pretty inevitable that the longer you use that phone, the more apps, photos, videos and the like you’re going to accumulate. Eventually, you’re going to run out of room.

Or, heck, maybe you never had enough in the first place, what with that massive song or movie collection. Either way, you need more storage.

As I discussed a few weeks ago when I wrote about surviving on an iPhone with only 16GB of storage, one often-overlooked option is an external flash drive. Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the PNY Duo-Link 32GB USB/Lightning drive for $34.99 shipped (plus tax). Even better, grab the 64GB version for $49.99.

Yes, yes, Apple is bad for not giving us expansion slots. (Quite a lot of Android phones are the same way, ahem.) And, yes, this doesn’t really “expand” your storage so much as give you a separate place to store your media. There’s a lot of to-may-to/to-mah-to here. The important thing to consider is that these normally sell for $59.99 and $79.99.

The Duo-Link is a fairly typical flash drive, but with a slide-out Lightning connector at one end and a USB 2.0 connector at the other. The latter plugs into your PC so you can stock the drive with music, videos and whatnot. Yes it’s a bummer that it’s USB 2.0 and not 3.0, but I suspect that after your initial transfer, you won’t be doing a lot of back-and-forth — so hopefully the slower speed won’t be a day-to-day issue.

The PNY companion app allows you to back up and restore your contact list, transfer files between your iDevice and the drive and play music and movies stored on the drive.

I haven’t tried the Duo-Link myself, though I’ve used similar products, but a couple dozen Best Buy customers rated it 4.6 stars out of 5. Curiously, the 64GB version scored a bit lower with 4.1 stars.

Speaking of similar products, there are lots of them out there — including drives that rely on removable microSD cards instead of fixed storage. Pay a few bucks more and you can probably score a USB 3.0 connector.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Cheeps! If you were still interested in one of those Spigen Style Rings from the other day, I have good news. Here’s a new discount code so you can once again snag one for just $5.99. UseY25B2D88 at checkout. I haven’t decided yet whether I like this better than the Ninja Loop, as it’s not quite as pocket-friendly, but I definitely love the kickstand aspects. For six bucks, I don’t regret the purchase one bit.

Bonus deal 2: I’d rank “Independence Day” among the all-time great summer popcorn flicks. (Come for the aliens, stay for the something’s-in-my-eye Bill Pullman speech.) For a limited time, Google Play is offering “Independence Day” (in HD) for just 99 cents. That’s to own it, not rent it. So instead of paying $9 a ticket for the sure-to-be-awful sequel, just screen this for your kids.

Apple’s Liam tries to save the Earth by destroying Siri

Siri can occasionally be a touch uppity.

It’s hard to be entirely modest when you know so much. Ask anyone at Google.

To celebrate Earth Day, however, Siri suddenly finds herself pleading for mercy.

In a new Apple ad, we find her in the clutches of Liam. You might remember this Irishman who’s even more efficient thanApple’s Irish headquarters.

Liam is a robot that rips iPhones apart in order to salvage whatever bits might be reused. It seems that Siri isn’t one of them.

She asks him first what he’s doing for Earth Day, which is today (Friday). Liam grunts, as robots tend to when they’re busy.

In this case, Liam is busy ripping up the iPhone in which Siri lives.

She’s a little slow on the uptake. You’d think she’d realize where she is and that things aren’t going to end well.

Instead, it’s only as he’s beginning to tear the phone up that she realizes her days of all-knowingness are done.

“Wouldn’t you rather grab an organic smoothie?” she pleads.

Look at Liam, does he look like the kind of production line worker who’s into organic smoothies? He does not.

And so it is that Siri perishes, perhaps only to be recycled one day as the voice of a rental car GPS.

LeEco plans to open exclusive stores in India

LeEco plans to open exclusive stores in IndiaStrengthening its foothold in India, LeEco, the global technology and internet conglomerate, has filed an application with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for undertaking single brand retail trading of electronic products both through brick and mortar stores and e-commerce portal. The company has also sought relaxation from the 30% domestic sourcing rule so that it can bring in “cutting edge technology” and “state-of-the-art” features to Indian consumers.

The technology and internet giant which entered the India market early this year in January, introducing its unique Ecosystem model and launching its two Superphone models – Le 1s and Le Max, has received a great response from industry as well as consumers in a short span of time. Owing to its breakthrough technology, disruptive pricing and comprehensive vertically integrated ecosystem, the brand has created ‘market disruption’ in true sense, which is also evident from the milestones its Superphones have created in the industry.

With plans to open fully owned exclusive retail stores in top 8 to 10 cities, starting with New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, LeEco plans to display its entire Ecosystem ranging from phones, TVs, VR Headsets, Bluetooth devices and power banks. Additionally, the company will also open 500 franchise stores to ensure its consumers can experience their breakthrough products and unique content integrated offerings across its device ecosystem.
“India is a key market for LeEco and we plan to significantly invest in setting up our business model in the country. We are committed to offering our users cutting edge technology at disruptive prices. We have received a great response from consumers so far for our Superphones and now plan to strengthen our presence in the market by opening our own stores and e-commerce portal to offer our users the best-in-class experience”, said Atul Jain, COO, Smart Electronics Business, LeEco India.

“We at LeEco are also aligned with the Government’s Make in India initiative and also plan to start manufacturing in India very soon”, he added.

Earlier this month, the global player also announced setting up in-house Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) in 10 cities across India by end of 2016, making a significant investment of over 10 million USD to set up this CDN/cloud infrastructure. Offering consumers a comprehensive Ecosystem, which is unique to the company globally, LeEco plans to replicate its successful model in India. Also, LeEco had shared its plans to set-up our R&D centre in Bangalore with a staff of 1000 employees by the end of 2016.

LeEco has a comprehensive ecosystem model globally consisting of devices, content, cloud and a user interface platform, which clearly sets apart the company in the technology and internet space in India as well. The LeEco devices connected by Le Ecosystem are the company’s biggest differentiator.