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Airtel, FLO Launch Mobile App For Women’s Safety

The free-to-download app is available on Google Play store (Android) and will be available on App Store (iOS) soon

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Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on Sunday launched a mobile app, My Circle, to help women in case they face any problem or a panic situation.

The application is carrier agnostic which would work on phones with any telecom service network, both Airtel and non-Airtel, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

“My Circle app enables women to send SOS alerts to any five of their family or friends in 13 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Bangla, Urdu, Assamese, Oriya, and Gujarati,” it said.

A woman in distress can send an SOS alert by pressing the SOS prompt on the app. It can also be activated by voice command through Siri on iOS, said the statement, adding that the voice activation through Google Assistant will soon be available on Android devices also.

Airtel and Huawei successfully tested the 5g network in India. Wikimedia Commons
Airtel launches women’s safety app with FLO. Wikimedia Commons

The app would instantly send the SOS alert along with the user’s location over SMS to the five contacts selected by the user and advise them to immediately reach out or respond to the emergency situation.

“The app operates by estimating the accurate location of the user which their family or friends can track real time on a link that is sent as part of the alert SMS,” it said.

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The free-to-download app is available on Google Play store (Android) and will be available on App Store (iOS) soon. (IANS)

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45% Indians Feel that Enough Steps are Not Taken for Women’s Safety: Survey

29% Indians feel women's safety should be focus in 2020

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A survey by YouGov reveals the developmental drawbacks and issues Indians feel should be in focus in the year 2020. Pixabay

Around a third of urban Indians (29 per cent) feel that safety for women should be India’s focus in 2020, said a new survey on Thursday.

The survey from YouGov also revealed that less than half of this number feel the economic condition (12 per cent) and job market (11 per cent) should receive attention in the New Year.

Not only do people feel women safety needs prominence, the survey also reveals that 45 per cent of the population were of the opinion that not much headway has been made in making areas safer for women.

According to the data of 1,011 respondents in India, higher number of Gen X (52 per cent) felt that measures for woman safety did not show any advancement in 2019 as compared to the millennials (40 per cent).

The study also shows that many feel economic conditions (39 per cent), political situations (35 per cent) and job scenario in the country (35 per cent) did not see any growth in 2019.

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Many Indians feel that women safety should be the prime focus in 2020. (Representational Image). Pixabay

However, over a third (35 per cent) said technological developments witnessed a positive shift in the past year.

The data also shows that happenings from the sports and entertainment world remained in the public eye throughout 2019, politics took precedence over them and the top three highlights of the year belong to this area

When asked what according to them was the most important political event of 2019, the revoking of Article 35A emerged on top (with 28 per cent saying it was the most important event).

However, when asked to choose the highlight of 2019 from a combined list of 20 of these political, cultural and sports events, a quarter (24 per cent) chose the revoking of Article 35A as the spotlight event, the study said.

This was followed by the Ayodhaya case hearing (18 per cent) and BJP’s victory in the general elections (17 per cent).

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Also, air pollution in Delhi remained in the limelight and is believed by a few (11 per cent) to be the greatest event of the year.

According to the survey, looking ahead at 2020, one in five (19 per cent) Indians said India’s space project- Chandrayaan 3 will be the biggest event of the new year. Another 16 per cent think the T20 World cup will be a highlighting event. (IANS)

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Bharti Airtel Joins Lionsgate to Deliver Premium Content in India

"This is another major step forward in bringing an exciting and unique content experience to our Indian audience," Jain added

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Bharti Airtel's office. Wikimedia Commons

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Wednesday said it has entered into a partnership with global content platform Lionsgate and Starzplay, the international premium subscription platform from Starz, to bring premium content from Lionsgate Play to customers in India.

The partnership will give Airtel customers access to a deep portfolio of Lionsgate feature films content, which will be available on Airtel Xstream app and web platforms, Airtel said, adding that its Xstream app has a catalogue of over 10,000 movies and shows along with 400 TV channels.

The content will be available in multiple Indian languages and spread across the horror, comedy, drama, action, thriller, documentary and other genres.

“We are thrilled to partner with Lionsgate to bring exciting content from their library to our customers as part of Airtel Thanks programme. Our mission is to make Airtel Xstream the most loved digital entertainment platform in India and enable best-in-class experience across a range of connected devices and applications,” Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

“We will continue to forge long-term strategic partnerships with the top content producers from around the world as part of our mission and look forward to collaborating with Lionsgate to delight customers in India,” Nair said.

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Lava, along with Airtel, Reliance and Godrej were the only four Indian brands that featured in the list of Top 30 brands according to Indian consumers. Wikimedia Commons

Lionsgate Play’s initial offering includes the “Hunger Games” and “Twilight Saga” franchises, multiple Academy Award winner “La La Land”, and the critically-acclaimed international breakout hit “Wonder” among its deep slate of box office successes.

In addition, Airtel customers will have access to recent hits like “American Assassin”, “Robin Hood”, and “The Spy Who Dumped Me”, among others.

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“Telcos play a huge role in increasing the availability of premium content on digital platforms, and we’re proud to join forces with a partner like Airtel that combines enormous reach, a powerful brand and unparalleled distribution expertise,” said Rohit Jain, Managing Director, Lionsgate Play South Asia.

“This is another major step forward in bringing an exciting and unique content experience to our Indian audience,” Jain added. (IANS)

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Airtel Brings WiFi Calling Services in India

To use the facility, consumers will have to first ensure that they have a compatible phone

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Bharti Airtel's office. Wikimedia Commons

Airtel has launched Wi-Fi calling after testing it for months, but for now it will work only on Airtel Xstream Fiber and on select smartphones.

The Wi-Fi calling is being rolled out for prepaid and postpaid subscribers across the country, according to Airtel here on Tuesday. “It is currently available in Delhi NCR and will be gradually rolled out across India,” it said.

The Wi-Fi calling will let Airtel users make use of the Wi-Fi network in their homes to make calls using VoIP, instead of relying on cellular connectivity. There will be no extra charge for calls made over Airtel Wi-Fi calling and the application consumes minimal data.

Reliance Jio is also working on a similar feature and is expected to launch it soon.

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To use the facility, consumers will have to first ensure that they have a compatible phone. Wikimedia Commons

“It is designed to enhance voice calling experience for Airtel smartphone customers, especially when they are indoors. With it, customers with Wi-Fi at home or office will get excellent signal quality indoors,” said an Airtel spokesperson.

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To use the facility, consumers will have to first ensure that they have a compatible phone.

Currently, Airtel supports all iPhone series starting 6s. It means the service can be accessed by consumers having iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Plus, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro and POCO F1, Samsung J6, Samsung A10s, Samsung On6, Samsung M30s, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro. (IANS)