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Washington: The main focus of the roundtable hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Friday was the India’s plan to connect 600,000 villagers through Digital India programme to internet. Top American and Indian companies are ready to take advantage of it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Startup India initiative also came up at the roundtable with Indian Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad hosted by the USIBC.

The roundtable was attended by USIBC President Mukesh Aghi and senior executives of American and Indian companies that included Google, AT&T, MasterCard, Facebook, American Tower Corporation, UST Global and iTech.

USIBC comprises 350 top-tier US and Indian companies advancing US-India commercial ties.

“Digital India provides an enormous investment opportunity for both global technology companies and startups from tech hubs like Boston and Silicon Valley,” Prasad said.

“India is sitting on the cusp of a digital revolution,” he said. “Whether it is big metropolitan cities or small towns, a well-connected India has the potential to not only usher in economic and welfare opportunities for its citizens, but also the global economic order.”

The Indian “government is taking every policy decision in a transparent, predictable and reasonable manner,” Prasad said encouraging “American businesses to take advantage of the Digital India programme, and the growth opportunities in India.”

Prasad also outlined the progress that has already been made to implement Digital India programme and his priorities for the future.

Aghi said, “Prime Minister Modi’s directive to connect Indians across the country is a tremendous opportunity for both Indian and US companies alike.”

Noting that 85 percent of Indians still do not have access to the Internet, he said “the government could make it easier to obtain clearances to install cell phone towers.”

“IT infrastructure can be further expanded by lifting the ban on foreign satellite operators so they can provide spectrum in hard-to-reach areas.”

Dan Gupta of UST Global commented on the economic growth that can be spurred by the Digital India initiative and adoption of key technologies across sectors.

“By some estimations, the Digital India initiative could help boost India’s gross domestic product (GDP) by around $550 billion upping its GDP by $1 trillion by 2025,” he said.

Sonny Khurana, CEO of iTech, praised the rapid strides in connectivity and the startup ecosystem under the current government.(IANS)

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Dolby App For iOS, Android Now Available in India For Free

A user can further edit the sound sound "styles" like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. Wikimedia Commons

Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free.

The app is designed to easily record and live stream audio and video with superior Dolby sound quality by using only phone.

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According to the company, the Dolby On listens to the sound coming in and automatically applies audio effects like compression, EQ, limiting, noise reduction, stereo widening and more.

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Dolby On which is music video recording and streaming app on Friday launched its iOS as well as Android versions in India for free. Wikimedia Commons

A user can further edit the sound sound “styles” like photo filters in Instagram, these allow users to apply sonic profiles to their recording.

The app aims to enable creators to record and livestream, both audio and video, with exceptional Dolby sound from the comforts of their home, without having to go to a studio, the company addes.

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The iOS app also has an in-built live streaming feature for sharing out content to Twitch or Facebook. (IANS)