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Facebook plans to push Internet to more corners of the world

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After taking to the air with drones to provide Internet to remote spots, Facebook on Wednesday unveiled new land-based systems to provide connectivity to people in urban settings.

“We are really going at this problem from every possible angle,” Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg said of efforts by the social network to make Internet connectivity more widely available around the world.
Facebook used its annual developers conference to reveal Terragraph technology that uses low-cost, off-the-shelf components to create antenna-based networks in dense city settings to improve wireless Internet availability.

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The technology “incorporates attributes and industrial design required for fast, attractive and affordable deployment across cityscapes,” Neeraj Choubey and Ali Yazdan Panah of Facebook said in a blog post.

“Its reduced interference and ability to operate in non-line-of-sight conditions increases customer reach.”

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Terragraph “nodes” can be mounted outside high-rises or other big buildings and connected to Internet connections inside.

Terragraph is being tested at the Facebook campus in Silicon Valley and will soon start a broader trial in the nearby California city of San Jose.

A Project ARIES at Facebook has a goal of building a test platform for efficient use of energy and unused radio spectrum that could provide a way to deliver the Internet to communities outside of cities.

“We are interested in developing this technology to harness the incredible gains in providing communications to rural communities from city centers,” Choubey and Panah said.

“The hope with systems such as these is that costly rural infrastructure can be avoided while still providing high-speed connectivity.”

Facebook stressed that it was not interested in being an Internet service provider, but wanted to show those who do what could be possible.

“Moreover, we would like to make this technology open to the wireless communications research and academic community,” the blog post said.

Satellite to launch
The leading social network in coming months will launch its first satellite to provide Internet service to sub-Saharan Africa, Zuckerberg said at the conference.

Facebook’s mission to connect the world has included building solar-powered Aquila drones capable of transmitting data using lasers.

“If you had told me 12 years ago that we were going to be building a plane, I would have told you that you are crazy,” Zuckerberg said as he showed off a lightweight piece of a drone during a keynote presentation.

“Well, here we are.”

Facebook estimates that more that four billion people don’t have access to the Internet for reasons that include access and cost.

As part of an often-shared long-range vision of letting people anywhere share whatever they want with anyone using the Internet, Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced the creation of a “Building 8” team devoted to building new hardware products for connecting the world.

Facebook hired Regina Dugan away from an Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google to head the new team, according to Zuckerberg.

Before joining Google, Dugan was director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency devoted to innovations for the US military.

“I’m excited to have Regina apply DARPA-style breakthrough development at the intersection of science and products to our mission,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook will devote hundreds of people and invest hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort as it pursues a 10-year roadmap that includes virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and online connectivity, according to Zuckerberg.

Videocon d2h now ties up CSC eGovernance Services India Limited

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Tie up will help in bringing Digital DTH services to every household in India in the remote villages and towns

07 September 2016, Mumbai: Videocon d2h (NASDAQ, USA: VDTH), India’s fastest growing DTH service, todayannounced its association with the CSC eGovernance Services India Limited, a SPV under Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India for the launch of their CSC services. The Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme is a part of the ambitious Digital India (DI) initiative. The service inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Electronics & IT and Law and Justice of India, in Varanasi today.Videocon d2h is the only DTH player so far  to be chosen for the association to support the larger objective of ‘Digital India’.

The Scheme envisages the setting up of 100,000+ IT-enabled access points to be implemented in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The CommonService Centers (CSCs) have been positioned as front end delivery outlets for delivery of Government as well as Private Sector services.
Mr. Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman Videocon d2h said, “I am honoured at our strategic tie up with Government of Indiato enable information access to audiences pan India. This is a milestone and is a matter of great pride for us that in the DTH industry we led the way with Make in India and now we are leading the way with Digital India”

Mr. Anil Khera, CEO Videocon d2h said: “This tie up affirms our commitment to innovate in every aspect of our customer experience. With this tie up we will be able to reach the remotest of villages in the country and thus help the transition of India from the analogue cable regime to a better quality, more transparent digital platform.”

Dr Dinesh K Tyagi, CEO CSC eGovernance India Limitedsaid “CSC SPV has entered into an agreement with Videocon d2h for bringing Digital DTH services through CSC centres. This service will enable rural India  to avail smart services including Smart English, Smart Games etc and will help overcome the digital divide between rural and urban India.

Videocon d2h has prided itself in presenting its subscribers with a robust line-up of 570 channels and services, including a host of regional channels. It offers a wide range of active services like smart services including Smart English, Smart Games. The other active services include d2h Hollywood HD, d2h music, d2h spice, d2h cinema in both Standard Definition and HD, etc.

 

Facebook’s Zuckerberg ‘concerned’ by Donald Trump immigration moves

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San Francisco: Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said he’s “concerned” by the recent executive orders US President Donald Trump signed to restrict immigration.

Zuckerberg said the US should remain open for refugees and not target people who don’t pose a threat, such as undocumented immigrants who came with their parents at a young age. He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are descendants of immigrants and refugees, he wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat,” Zuckerberg said. “Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”

Zuckerberg repeated some of Trump’s more pro-immigrant quotes, striking a conciliatory tone and saying he was glad to hear Trump say he would “work something out” for Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who came to the US at a young age — and “people of great talent coming into the country.”

Trump has taken strong anti-immigrant stances after running a campaign that focused on limiting Muslim refugee access to the US and building a wall to border Mexico. On Friday, the president signed an executive action to establish new vetting procedures for some people seeking to enter the US, saying the measure would prevent terrorists from being admitted.

The post was Zuckerberg’s strongest political comment since Trump’s inauguration, at a time when technology leaders are trying to adapt to the new administration and its planned changes. Both Zuckerberg and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg have been criticized for not speaking out against Trump — especially since Sandberg has become a feminist icon after her 2013 book “Lean In” about empowering women in the workplace.

On Thursday, Sandberg criticized Trump’s order cutting US funding to international non-governmental organizations that provide or talk about abortion services as a method of family planning.

“The best way to prevent abortion is through more family planning services, not fewer,” Sandberg said in a post on her Facebook page. “Women’s rights are human rights — and there is no more basic right than health care.”

Instagram videos can now be 60 seconds long

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Two months ago, Instagram began to let advertisers on it’s platform use 60-second videos, and now regular users have the same option.

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Instagram videos have been limited to 15 seconds since they were introduced back in 2013, but the 60-second extended time is another step in broadening the platform’s reach. Unfortunately, despite a significantly longer display time, the platform does not yet have any comprehensive video editing tools. However, iOS users do have the option to create a video from various smaller ones in their camera roll.
Another recent addition, that’s sure to push along the popularity of their videos, is a new view counter, alongside the regular likes. The company is working hard to ensure users on its platform aren’t just seeing static images anymore, in order for them to compete with the likes of Snapchat and Vine. The update is currently live on iOS and Android.

Yu Yureka Note images leaked online, supposedly available for Rs 14,999

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If a recent Twitter leak is to be believed, Micromax Yu might be releasing a new smartphone, the Yureka Note at a competitive price of Rs 14,999.

A Twitter user posted a couple of photos a few days ago, that reveal the packaging for the Yureka Note 9model name YU6000), as well as it’s hardware specs. The box indicates the smartphone has a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 3GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB internal storage. It also lists a 6-inch full HD (1920×1080) at 357ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and 8MP front cam. The phone will run Android Lollipop, with 4G support, and is powered by a 4000mAh battery
A report by MaktechBlog adds that the smartphone is available in Black, and in offline stores, as opposed to Yu’s previous online-only model. Of course, we can’t very any of this for sure so don’t hold your breath until the company makes an official announcement.

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