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Net Neutrality: Congress accuses BJP of favoring corporates

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Congress on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of attempting to “break the connect” in use of internet messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber, and alleged that this was being done to “favour a few corporates”.

Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh said that applications like WhatsApp and Viber have become a major connecting and communicating medium for millions of people across the world.

“The Modi government is making repeated attempts to break this connect in order to favour a few corporates who will manipulate charges on the basis of the recent DOT (department of telecommunications) report,” he said in a statement.

He alleged that the committee appointed by Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has acceded to the demands of the telecom industry at the cost of the common mobile user.

“In India there are about 10 crore users on WhatAapp and similar services. However, recommendations of the DOT to make these services chargeable will adversely affect all, especially users in the rural areas,” Singh said.

He said a mobile phone user wants free access to popular applications such as WhatsApp and Viber and he also wants that the service provider does not interfere with the free access to websites/content on the internet.

“Unfortunately, both the above aspects have been compromised in the report on net neutrality. This again is typical BJP game hoodwinking and fleecing the common man even as the prime minister and Prasad assured the nation to the contrary,” he said.

The panel headed by technocrat A.K. Bhargava, that was asked to look at the whole gamut of net neutrality, suggested earlier this week that free regime for domestic calls made through internet messenger services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Skype be benchmarked against regular telecom service providers for tariff and regulation.

The panel said that other communication services offered by them dealing with messaging should not be interfered with through regulation.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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WhatsApp Launches PiP Mode For Android Beta Users

The PiP feature was rolled out in January for iOS users

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

WhatsApp on Wednesday started rolling out “Picture in Picture (PiP) mode” for viewing videos hosted on selected platforms, for all Android beta users running Android operating system (OS version 4.4 and above).

According to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, the PiP feature is being introduced for all Android beta users that would allow users to play videos hosted on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable right within WhatsApp.

PiP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. It lets the user watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen.

“Read later to discover if the feature is already enabled for you and please report us on Twitter if it correctly works.

“If you have already updated but you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait more,” WABetaInfo said.

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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Picture in Picture mode’ for Android beta users. Pixabay

Users need to update WhatsApp version to the 2.18.301 Android beta update to use the new PiP mode.

WhatsApp has already implemented the feature on its iOS app and it is expected to be introduced for all Android users soon.

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The PiP feature was rolled out in January for iOS users.

The Facebook-owned company has over 200 million monthly active users in India and is one of the most popular mobile apps worldwide. (IANS)

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