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Government looks at law to clarify ‘dos and don’ts’ to guarantee net neutrality

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With no legal provisions for either the government or the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to implement non-discriminatory access to the Internet currently, the government is mulling a public law defining “dos and don’ts” to guarantee net neutrality.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has provided a background note to a six-member committee suggesting ‘specific measures for enforcing net neutrality’, while viewing the factors relevant in the Indian context. Three factors: need for increased broadband availability, a competitive environment and low telecom tariff indicate that market forces will guard any irregularity by telecom service providers (TSPs).

The note also takes a bleak glimpse in the fact that the most overriding content and application providers are integrated outside the country, which lead to security concerns, interception and legal jurisdiction.  It is expected that the committee will submit its report by the second week of May.

Notably, telcos, such as Reliance and Airtel had initiated separate services in alliance with select content providers offering free data access to their websites. However, it soon ended up after the companies had to withdraw their schemes, not because of any regulatory or government proclamation, but due to a public hullabaloo.

The DoT sources revealed that as the things are today, remarkably high internet traffic growth rate is resulting in network congestion and spectrum crunch. This, in turn, is forcing telcos to implement traffic management tools that curb the stream of data on the Internet.

The  Web Foundation’s 2014 Web Index reveals the fact that 74% of 86 countries included in the study lacked lucid and effective net neutrality rules or showed proofs of price discrimination.

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Reliance JioMart Goes Live With its Official WhatsApp Number

Through the kiryana stores, Reliance is also planning to sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz and Home One

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According to media reports, JioMart is currently available in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan currently. However, the service is expected to be rolled out in rest of the country soon. Wikimedia Commons

After signing a massive $5.7 billion deal with Facebook, Reliance Industries latest venture to expand into the retail market, JioMart, has reportedly gone live with its official WhatsApp number.

According to media reports, JioMart is currently available in the suburban Mumbai areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan currently. However, the service is expected to be rolled out in rest of the country soon.

To order from JioMart, one simply need to add JioMart’s WhatsApp number 88500 08000 on their phones, and then JioMart will send a link to the user’s Whatsapp chat window which is valid for 30 minutes.

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By clicking on the link, the user will be directed to a new page where he/she has to fill his address and phone number. After filling out the necessary information, JioMart would show the customer a catalogue of all the available items.

Once placed, the order will be relayed to the local kirana store, along with the details of the customer. The customer on the other end, would receive the name of the kirana store to which the order has been dispatched, receiving the notification with the order and the kirana/JioMart store details on his number.

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After signing a massive $5.7 billion deal with Facebook, Reliance Industries latest venture to expand into the retail market, JioMart, has reportedly gone live with its official WhatsApp number. Pixabay

Through the kiryana stores, Reliance is also planning to sell its own private labels under brand names such as Best Farms, Good Life, Masti Oye, Kaffe, Enzo, Mopz, Expelz and Home One.

Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has said that in the near future, JioMart and Whatsapp will empower nearly 3 crore small Indian Kirana shops to digitally transact with every customer in their neighbourhood. “This means all of you can order and get faster delivery of day-to-day items, from nearby local shops,” Ambani said in a video message as he announced the Facebook partnership with Jio last week.

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He added that at the same time, small Kiranas can grow their businesses and create new employment opportunities using digital technologies. (IANS)

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Google Researches About Remote Communication Among Workers

Google decodes why remote video calls don't excite some workers

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Google has made an effort to dig into the science behind remote communication and found some interesting nuggets of information for workers. Pixabay

As millions across the globe work remotely via video calls, most of them miss in-person, face-to-face conversations in offices and there is nothing wrong in disliking remote meetings.

Google has made an effort to dig into the science behind remote communication and found some interesting nuggets of information for workers.

According to Zachary Yorke, UX Researcher at Google, humans are hardwired for the fast-paced exchange of in-person conversation.

Humans have spent about 70,000 years learning to communicate face-to-face, but video conferencing is only about 100 years old. When the sound from someone’s mouth doesn’t reach your ears until a half second later, you notice,” said Yorke. That’s because we’re ingrained to avoid talking at the same time while minimizing silence between turns.

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According to Zachary Yorke, UX Researcher at Google, humans are hardwired for the fast-paced exchange of in-person conversation. Pixabay

A delay of five-tenths of a second (500 millisecond) — whether from laggy audio or fumbling for the unmute button — is more than double what we’re used to in-person. These delays mess with the fundamental turn-taking mechanics of our conversations. At the office, meetings usually start with some impromptu, informal small talk. We share personal tidbits that build rapport and empathy.

“Making time for personal connections in remote meetings not only feels good, it helps you work better together. Science shows that teams who periodically share personal information perform better than teams who don’t. And when leaders model this, it can boost team performance even more,” suggested the Google executive.

Research shows that on video calls where social cues are harder to see, we take 25 per cent fewer speaking turns. But video calls have something email doesn’t: eye contact. “We feel more comfortable talking when our listeners’ eyes are visible because we can read their emotions and attitudes. This is especially important when we need more certainty—like when we meet a new team member or listen to a complex idea,” Yorke noted.

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When things go wrong, remote teams are more likely to blame individuals rather than examining the situation, which hurts cohesion and performance. “Have an open conversation with your remote teammates about your preferred working styles and how you might complement each other,” said Google.

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Conversations on calls are less dynamic, and the proverbial “talking stick” gets passed less often.

“Identify calls where conversational dynamics could be better. Encourage more balanced conversation, help some get their voice heard and remind others to pass the talking stick,” said Yorke. (IANS)

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Google Fi To Temporarily increase its Limits For Full Speed Data To 30GB Per User

Previously, users on the Flexible plan had 15GB of top-speed data per month and once they used that, the speed would downgrade to 256kbps or asked to pay extra for more gigabytes

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Google Fi is operated by Google in the US that gives data service on three mobile networks T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Pixabay

To help people stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic, Google Fi has announced to temporarily increase its limits for full speed data to 30GB per user, for both Flexible and Unlimited Plans.

Google Fi is operated by Google in the US that gives data service on three mobile networks T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. After 30GB, one can choose to return to full-speed data for an additional $10/GB for the rest of billing cycle.

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“Google Fi is temporarily extending the payment grace period so Fi customers who are having trouble with their bills can stay connected. We’re extending our grace period, during which customers will maintain full service, to 60 days from a customer’s missed billing date,” the company said in a statement.

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To help people stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic, Google Fi has announced to temporarily increase its limits for full speed data to 30GB per user, for both Flexible and Unlimited Plans. Pixabay

Previously, users on the Flexible plan had 15GB of top-speed data per month and once they used that, the speed would downgrade to 256kbps or asked to pay extra for more gigabytes.

Unlimited plan members ordinarily get 22GB of full-speed data before their speeds are throttled down to 256 Kbps for the remainder of the billing period. “As a precautionary health measure for our support specialists, we’re operating with a limited team, and some support channels may be unavailable,” the company added.

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Meanwhile, Verizon recently announced that it is providing all of its mobile customers with 15GB of extra data, AT&T announced it would waive some late payment fees, and T-Mobile removed mobile data caps for all customer. (IANS)