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Airtel join hands with Amazon to offer free Prime subscription

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New Delhi, Jan 12: Bharti Airtel on Friday joined hands with e-commerce platform Amazon India to offer one year subscription of Amazon Prime free of cost to its postpaid subscribers.

The telecom giant said the offer will be available for its new and existing postpaid subscribers with an “Infinity plan” of Rs 499 or above.

“This move enables seamless access to Amazon Prime for Airtel Postpaid customers, providing a world of new video streaming content and more,” Akshay Sahi, Director and Head, Amazon Prime India, said.

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Samsung working on a smartphone with pop out display

The company last month introduced Galaxy Z Fold2 that sports a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch main screen when unfolded.

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Seoul, Oct 21 : South Korean tech giant Samsung has filed a patent for a smartphone with pop-out display design that purportedly houses additional speakers.

Samsung filed the patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). The 35-page document, applied in February this year, has been published on October 15, reports LetsGoDigital.

According to the patent design, the pop-out screen will come outwards from the top panel and will be supported by hinges at the centre of the Samsung smartphone.

Additionally, the speaker grills will be placed at the edges of the pop-out screen, the patent designs show.

To achieve this form factor, the Samsung phone will use a plastic polymer panel that is also available on the original Galaxy Fold.

The company also filed a patent for three foldable smartphone designs with cutouts for inner cameras.

The company last month introduced Galaxy Z Fold2 that sports a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch main screen when unfolded.

Galaxy Z Fold2 is Samsung’s third foldable smartphone after Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip.

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Qualcomm, Reliance Jio light up India’s first 5G trials, top 1000 MB speeds

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New York, Oct 21 : Inching closer to its 5G rollout, India’s Reliance Jio, which counts 400 million subscribers on its 4G network in India, achieved a 1000 Mbps throughput milestone for its first round of 5G trials in partnership with US wireless-communication chip giant Qualcomm Inc.

“The product is already tested and validated by a Tier One carrier in the US,” Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio, said at the Qualcomm 5G Summit Tuesday. IANS was at the event.

The two companies announced that they have achieved over a 1 Gbps (1,000 MBPS) speed on the Reliance Jio 5GNR solution and the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platform.

Two standout features – phenomenal speed and stunning reduction in latency – will separate current 4G/LTEA networks from fifth generation (5G) networks. The new technology is drummed up to transport us into a world where entire movies can be downloaded in seconds and the time between command and execution is nearly wiped out, leading to exciting new applications in the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Oommen pointed to the combined muscle of Qualcomm’s chips that are crucial for superfast 5G networks and smartphones and Jio Platforms’ scale to deliver a homegrown 5G solution.

At the RIL AGM 2020, Chairman Mukesh Ambani announced plans for a 100 percent “homegrown 5G” network in India.

Currently, only the US, South Korea, Australia, Switzerland and Germany are able to offer 1GBPS speeds to 5G customers, RIL said.

Qualcomm’s 5G thrust comes at a time of escalating US and China tensions over tech leadership.

Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf has described as a “mortal sin” the scenario that the company is not prepared for the 5G opportunity riding on the back of geopolitical tensions.

“We’ve really got a great opportunity with where 5G goes. Let’s not blow it. When the pandemic struck my view was that the mortal sin is to not be prepared for the opportunity on the back side of this,” Mollenkopf told The Wall Street Journal, earlier this month.

5G has emerged as a new frontier for US-China rivalry, with the most dramatic escalation coming in the summer of 2020. Starting from within its own borders, the US is leading a worldwide campaign to convince foreign governments, particularly those in allied nations, to bar Chinese 5G from their advanced telecommunications networks, arguing that allowing them into those systems would lead to violations of their citizens’ privacy.

The US sees Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment company, as an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state, and therefore a conduit to sabotage.

On July 12 this year, Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of Qualcomm Inc, committed to invest upto Rs 730 crore in Jio Platforms which translated into a 0.15 per cent equity stake in Jio Platforms on a fully diluted basis. Jio Platforms Ltd is a majority-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of Rs 659,205 crore ($87.1 billion) and net profit of Rs 39,880 crore ($5.3 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2020.

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CBI Registers Case To Investigate TRP Scam In Uttar Pradesh

The case, which was earlier registered at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow based on a complaint of an advertising company promoter, was handed over to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh government.

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The CBI has registered an FIR in a case of alleged manipulation of Television Rating Points (TRP) based on a complaint filed in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Tuesday.

The case, which was earlier registered at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow based on a complaint of an advertising company promoter, was handed over to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh government. According to officials the primary allegations relate to manipulation of TRPs in return for payment. The CBI officials refused to give any further details.

This move comes at a time when the Mumbai Police is also investigating three channels including Republic TV in a similar case.

Television rating points (TRPs) are calculated in India by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) using a device called Bar-O-Meter, which is installed in over 45,000 households across the country. The device collects data about a program or channel watched by members of these households on the basis of which weekly ratings are issued by BARC.

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