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Update also brings along new emojis and battery saving features
Google's Daydream VR platform was announced last year Chinese manufacturer ZTE's Axon 7 smartphone is finally receiving its Android 7.0 Nougat update and notably the firmware update brings along the much-awaited support for Google's Daydream VR platform to the device. Interestingly, there are just handful of smartphones that support the Daydream VR as of now and ZTE Axon 7 sits comfortably in a more affordable price range than others.
ZTE was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to announce Daydream VR support, and apart from the Axon 7 other phones that have support include Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Moto Z, and Moto Z Force. As the Axon 7 is retailing at around $400 (roughly Rs. 26,900) unlocked in the US, it costs substantially less than the other phones in the official list by Google.
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While some smartphones like Huawei Mate 9 Pro (and Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design) have capable hardware but are yet to receive the support for the search giant's VR platform, others like Asus ZenFone AR are yet to be launched.
To recall, Google unveiled its Daydream VR platform at its I/O conference back in May last year.
Apart from the support for Daydream VR, the Android 7.0 Nougat update brings along the split-screen multi-tasking capabilities to the phone. The update further brings along new emojis and battery saving features to the device. It also adds the Hiya caller ID/blocking app to the default dialler, brings the December Android security update, and also brings performance, security, and stability improvements.
“Delivering Android Nougat for the Axon 7 provides consumers with an enhanced experience and greater value when purchasing this flagship device,” Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA, was quoted as saying in company's community thread post. “Also, with Daydream certification, consumers are now able to have an immersive VR experience at a price they can afford when paired with the Daydream View headset,” he said.
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Home TelecomTelecom News Press Trust of India, 08 February 2017 Reliance Jio, which has disrupted the telecom sector with its free calls and services, has vehemently refuted market leader Airtel's claim that the former has not unable to activate and use to capacity the interconnect points the latter has provided to it. Airtel says that it has provided Reliance Jio enough interconnect points that can serve double the existing number of subscribers.
“The PoIs (Points of Interconnect) have been provided well above the customer growth projection provided by Jio to Airtel. The capacity provided is ideal for serving over 190 million customers on the Jio network and is more than double of the 72.5 million total customers currently claimed by Jio,” Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
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The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led telecom firm said it has provided a total of over 35,000 PoIs to Reliance Jio in “record time of just five months” and the latter has been unable to activate all the PoIs and utilise the capacity provided.
Jio called the statement “malicious and misleading” adding that it is a a continuation of Airtel's “ongoing mischievous and motivated campaign to divert attention from its anti-competitive and anti-consumer actions and violations of license conditions which are being investigated by the Authorities”.
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Reliance Jio Infocom Ltd (RJIL) said the fact is that over 2.6 crore NLD (STD) calls are still failing daily amounting to 53.4 percent call failure, as on January 31, 2017, as against TRAI norm of 0.5 percent.
“Airtel's claim of having provided 35,000 POIs to Jio is misleading given that in reality, it has not even done port allocation (first step of implementation) for over 1,100 of these POIs. Airtel continues to issue demand notes for these POIs to slow down the process, whereas no payment is due under the Interconnection Agreement,” Reliance Jio said.
Jio said there has been no delay from its side in activating PoIs – which is required for connecting calls between network of telecom operators.
Airtel slammed Jio's complaint on PoIs and said that it appears to be “aimed at covering up technical issues in their own network or their inability to activate the PoIs given” which was refuted by Reliance Jio.
“On the contrary, due to continued non-compliance of TRAI's tariff orders by Jio by providing free services for the past 5-6 months, there is a tsunami of incoming voice traffic on the Airtel network, thereby, impacting the service experience of our customers,” said Bharti Airtel, which has 265.8 million subscribers.
Airtel said that the capacity provided to Reliance Jio is much more than comparable capacity provided by it to other firms.
“Vodafone with 202 million customers has been provided a total of approximately 40,600 PoIs by Airtel over a period of 21 years. Of these 23,950 PoIs are for incoming calls – much less than what has been provided to Jio,” it said.
Reliance Jio called it an arbitrary comparison as traffic from no two operators will be alike.
“Airtel did not invest in new technologies and is now trying to prevent customers from enjoying benefits of superior service offered by a new operator, while misleading customers and causing reputational damage to RJIL by claiming that there are technical issues in RJIL network,” Reliance Jio said.
It added that India's telecom sector tends to progress due to disruptive innovation brought in by newcomers, but unfortunately, Airtel is trying to block such initiatives.
Airtel emphasised the “huge asymmetry in traffic” due to Jio's free offers has also resulted in “complete failure” of the present IUC (Interconnection Usage Charges) regime, which assumes nearly symmetric traffic while fixing the below cost termination charge.
“The present termination charge of 14 paise is less than half of the actual cost of terminating calls on the network, resulting in huge loss to the company,” it said.
Jio replied that Airtel's insinuation that it has not complied with telecom regulator TRAI's tariff orders is bizarre and defamatory considering that the regulator categorically stated that Reliance Jio tariffs are compliant with the tariff orders of TRAI and other applicable regulations.
On IUC allegations, Jio said that Airtel's statement that IUC regime assumes symmetric traffic is “funny to say the least”.
IUC is paid by one operator to other for connecting calls of their subscribers with customers outside their network. If the traffic is symmetric, the earnings and payments towards IUC cancel out each other and there need not be any IUC charges, Jio said.
“Further, Airtel's cry for higher IUC stems from the inability to retain customers by providing telecom services at cheaper cost. Seemingly, Airtel wants other operators to subsidise its operations,” Jio said.
It added that Airtel is once again trying to portray that it has done a favour by providing PoIs to Reliance Jio, whereas it may be noted that all operators have a mandatory and unconditional obligation under the license to provide adequate PoIs to all the other operators.
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Home EntertainmentEntertainment News Akhil Arora, 08 February 2017 Highlights Marvel's Iron Fist premieres on Netflix March 17
Finn Jones stars in the lead as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist
The show will lead into Marvel's The Defenders Netflix has released the first trailer for Marvel’s Iron Fist, the fourth and final character part of The Defenders lineup of superheroes. The show stars Finn Jones – you probably know him as Loras Tyrell from HBO’s Game of Thrones – as the titular character, Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand.
The trailer does a good job of setting up Rand’s powers, background, and how he connects into the other Marvel shows on Netflix. Danny belongs to New York’s rich elite – his father started Rand Enterprises – but the family was assumed dead after a plane accident. Most of that is true, except 10-year-old Danny survived the crash, and made it to the ancient city of K'un-L'un.
Fast forward fifteen years, and Danny returns to New York with special powers, as you can see in the trailer. Apart from being an expert in martial arts, Danny has a mythical power in his right fist – which gives him the title of “Iron Fist”. Rand Enterprises is now in control of Harold Meachum (David Wenham) – his father’s close associate, and friend – and the two Meachum siblings, Ward (Tom Pelphrey), and Joy (Jessica Stroup).
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With the show being the last one before Marvel’s The Defenders – involving Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – premieres in the summer, the trailer also provides a hook into the villainy troubling New York. Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho), who has earlier appeared in both seasons of Daredevil, shows up in the Iron Fist trailer.
Danny has returned home to help, and he will be aided by Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) – an expert in martial arts herself – and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), a New York nurse who has starred in all Marvel-Netflix shows since the beginning.
Marvel’s Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17.
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Apple is trying its luck again to sell refurbed iPhones in India In a controversy that doesn't seem to be dying down anytime soon, telecom tribunal TDSAT questioned TRAI whether Reliance Jio informed the sector regulator as well as its own customers of its two free services offers – Happy New Year Offer and Welcome Offer – being “distinct” from each other. TRAI has till February 15 to make its submissions on the matter. Previously, the regulator had said that the two Reliance Jio offers are indeed distinct from each other and the new Happy New Year Offer cannot be considered an extension of the Welcome Offer, and thus the two comply with the regulations on promotional offers.
And now, we move to other major tech news of the day.
1) BSNL landline rentals drop to Rs. 49 a month
To take on Reliance Jio free services, state-run telecom operator BSNL has dropped certain monthly rentals for landlines by half. At Rs. 49, BSNL's Experience LL 49 plan offers unlimited calling on Sunday and every night from 9pm to 7am. However, the Rs. 49 landline rental is applicable only for the first six months, after which the customer will have to pay the standard rental charges depending on their area. This comes soon after BSNL dropped its mobile data rates to Rs. 36 per GB with a special pack.
Meanwhile, the operator has reduced the pulse of BSNL-to-BSNL local landline calls from 3 minutes to 2 minutes, and the charge per MCU (metered call unit) for local calls within the BSNL network has been hiked from Re. 1 to Rs. 1.20. BSNL charges the same rate for calls from BSNL numbers to other networks.
2) Xiaomi's in-house Pinecone processor is now official
Xiaomi has made its rumoured Pinecone processor official with a page on Chinese social media website Weibo. However, the SoC itself remains shrouded in mystery as the company has not given away any details of the chipset, except the name and logo. However, we may not have to wait too long as the rumour mill suggests that the first Xiaomi smartphone with Pinecone processor will be Mi 5c, which is said to be launching soon.
According to tech grapevine, Xiaomi will initially launch two versions of the Pinecone processor – the Pinecone 1 with an octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU, and the Pinecone 2 with four Cortex-A73 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores. There's no clarity on the GPU, but the chip is expected to be made in the cutting edge 10nm process.
3) ASUS ZenFone 3s Max launched at Rs. 14,999
ASUS has launched the ZenFone 3s Max in the country today at a price tag of Rs. 14,999. This phone sports a metal unibody design, a fast fingerprint scanner, and a 5000mAh battery. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch HD screen, 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset, 3GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front camera. Interestingly, it also runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Be sure to check out our first impressions of the device below.
4) Alibaba may offer free Internet in India
Alibaba has reportedly said that it is in talks with telecom players to provide free internet in India. They’re supposedly targeting areas of the country that don’t have good Internet access. But what remains unknown is the monetisation strategy of this service. We all know how Facebook’s Free Basics and previous other efforts had faced severe backlash due to their violation of net neutrality rules, so what approach Alibaba takes remains to be seen.
5) Samsung Galaxy S8 renders report of bezel-less design, dual cameras
Details of the Galaxy S8 have consistently leaked in the past few months, and today we have two new nuggets of information. First is a set of renders that showcase the already seen near-bezel-less design, which results in an incredibly high display-to-body ratio. Then there are rumours that this Samsung phone may also feature dual cameras, if these leaked case photos are to be believed.
But looking at the leaked renders above, it very well could be that the extra space is meant to expose the heart rate sensor and LED flash, that sit next to the single camera sensor.
6) Apple shipped more phones in China than Xiaomi in 2016
This one comes as a surprise – Apple shipped 44.9 million iPhones in China, which is reportedly higher than the 41.5 million units Xiaomi shipped in the same year. If true, it’s astonishing because Xiaomi is known for selling volumes of phones that cost much lesser than Apple iPhones.
In more local news related to the company from Cupertino, Apple is again trying to negotiate the permission to sell refurbished iPhones in India, on the sidelines of preparing to manufacture new ones in the country.
7) Google says there’s need for a simpler way to remain safe online
On Safer Internet Day 2017, a Google executive urged that online safety needs to get simpler, especially for people who’re coming online for the first time. The company has implemented features like ‘Safe Browsing’ to help people identify malicious websites on the Internet.
8) Google may use a partnership to get Play Store into China
After being pulled from the country five years ago, Google’s marketplace for apps, movies, songs, books etc – dubbed Google Play – might be on its way back to China in partnership with NetEase. NetEase is China’s second largest operator of online games and has partnered with western companies before for the same. This partnership is required because of China’s tight control over the Internet available in the country, which is going to be subject to more scrutiny soon.
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Home GamesGames News Rishi Alwani, 07 February 2017 Highlights Niche games like Yakuza 0 usually don't sell well in India
However the Sega-published title has sold out in under two weeks
The game's distributor claims it will be available again soon Barring FIFA, GTA V, and to an extent, Call of Duty, it’s rare to see games on the PS4 and Xbox One sell out in India. Especially if they’re niche titles based on franchises that traditionally don’t do too well.
However this has happened with Yakuza 0. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a prequel to the long-running Japanese crime drama series and it’s the first that’s sold out in India. Several gamers and retailers speaking to Gadgets 360 have confirmed its unavailability just two weeks after release.
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“I didn’t pre-order the game, and now it’s sold out which doesn’t ever happen. Even Flipkart cancelled my order,” says Kotamsetty Jamadagni, a Hyderabad-based gamer. He further explained that the seller on Flipkart’s marketplace cancelled due to not knowing when it would be back in stock.
“When I ordered, the description said it was up for pre-order. But the seller did not have any date on restocking so it was cancelled,” he told us. Internationally, it seemed to be a different situation.
“It was restocked on Amazon US and GameStop after first shipment went out of stock. Looks like Sega shipped a total of seven copies worldwide,” said CarbonCore on popular gaming forum IndianVideoGamer.
“So anybody selling their game yet?” asks another forumgoer Archit after trying buying a new copy of the game multiple times, hoping to at least obtain it used.
What’s even more interesting is that retailers or its distributors don’t know exactly why either.
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“I asked for 30 copies from the distributor, I only got two. All they told me was it’s sold out,” said a buyer for a consumer electronics chain store. “The Yakuza games never sell out. I thought there would be more stock to go around.”
Others have been more fortunate.
“Sales of the game have been brisk,” a store manager for an independent game retailer explained. “In fact, it’s done better for us than Resident Evil 7. We haven’t got stock for two weeks now, and there’s no sign of it coming in any time soon either.”
Given that India is a price sensitive market, the Rs. 2,499 price seemed to have worked wonders. More so with the digital variant of the game costing almost double at Rs. 4,995.
But, it is also possible that the game has been re-exported to other countries where it doesn’t have a price advantage. After all, the game retails for $60 (Rs. 4,000) internationally.
“Smaller stores have, in the past, rounded up copies from other outlets to sell them outside the country to take advantage of the price difference,” a sub-distributor revealed. “I don’t think this is the case with Yakuza 0, as the quantities seem too low.”
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Several industry sources peg the initial import quantity of Yakuza 0 in India at not more than 300 units. With over 1,00,000 PS4s in India, the number is essentially a drop in the ocean, ensuring a quicker than usual sell through. However games with similar quantities such as Valkyria Chronicles Remastered took a whole lot longer to sell out of their initial quantity, that too at a lower price point. The game's distributor E-Xpress refused to comment on how many copies actually made it into the country.
Despite Games The Shop — the retail arm for Yakuza 0 distributor E-Xpress stating that the game is back in stock, this is far from the case. As of now, it’s near impossible to find a copy in the country. Even the usual suspects, Amazon and Flipkart, are sold out.
For its part, E-Xpress has said it will be back shortly.
“Yakuza 0 will be back in stock soon. Also, we cannot comment on orders placed on Amazon and Flipkart,” a spokesperson for E-Xpress told Gadgets 360 via email. The vague timeframe of ‘soon’ and the absence of any reason for its unavailability doesn’t exactly inspire confidence for many a gamer looking for their fix of 1980s Japan.
So unless you’re willing to shell out double of what it actually costs, you’re better off waiting, or asking someone to pick up the game for you if it goes on sale in other countries like the US and UK.
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Home MobilesMobiles News Ketan Pratap, 07 February 2017 Highlights New leaked renders hint at glass and aluminium body
Galaxy S8, S8 Plus rumoured to sport near bezel-less design
Both smartphones likely to go on sale on April 21 Shortly after the alleged Galaxy S8 cases made it to the Internet, we have a new set of leaked renders offering a good look at the overall design of the handset. The lid on Samsung's much-anticipated Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone, which is likely to launch next month, is having a hard time staying on as there are more leaks every week providing almost all details ahead of the launch.
The new set of renders claim to offer a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 and its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus. The new leaked renders show a glass and aluminium body for the next flagship. The new renders also suggest that Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a near bezel-less design with curved displays spread across the corners. Unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix, we however see the top and bottom panels of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Based on the new renders, it is highly likely that the Galaxy S8 series will retain the frame from the Galaxy S7 series.
The leaked renders show a front camera placed above the display while the signature home button has been finally removed, corroborating earlier leaks. The rear panel houses primary camera sensor with autofocus tech and fingerprint scanner. The new leaked renders also hint that the Galaxy S8 will sport shiny back. The new renders have been leaked by OnLeaks and Gear.
For specifications, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The handset will pack 64GB inbuilt storage and will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus are said to sport 3250mAh battery and 3750mAh battery respectively. The smartphones are largely expected to go on sale by April 21.
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Home TelecomTelecom News Press Trust of India, 07 February 2017 State-owned BSNL has reduced duration of its landline to landline local call by one minute on same network and also hiked the charge by 20 percent.
The duration (pulse) of each local call from BSNL landline to BSNL landline has been reduced from three minutes to two minutes, a BSNL spokesman said in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Besides, the charge per MCU (metered called unit) for each local call within BSNL network has also been increased by 20 percent to Rs. 1.20 per unit from Re. 1 at present, he informed.
The (increased) charge is now at par with the per unit charge of Rs. 1.20 applicable to calls made from BSNL network to other operators' network.
The hike in per unit charge and reduction in call duration have been made without any intimation to the subscribers. The changes became known in the bills for January 2017, he added.
On Monday, BSNL halved the monthly rental for unlimited calling from landline to any network on Sundays and night hours to Rs. 49 from Rs. 99.
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Under this plan, a fixed monthly charge of Rs. 49 is applicable for the first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective area.
BSNL customers can make unlimited calls to any network every Sunday and during night hours (9pm to 7am). BSNL is the only operator which is offering such a low-cost landline voice plan in the country, said N K Gupta, Director (CFA), BSNL Board.
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Home AppsApps News Tasneem Akolawala, 07 February 2017 Highlights Google looks to rebuild its presence in China
It has reportedly partnered with NetEase
It looks to launch the Google Play store in the country In November 2015, Google was reported to launch the Google Play store in China before 2016 ends, however that didn't happen reasons unknown. Now, a fresh report brings back hope stating that Google is partnering with NetEase to launch Google Play in China, a partnership that will help it overcome shortcomings of the tight rules and regulations of the insular country.
The Information reports that the company is looking to enter China with help from NetEase. However, the report provides little detail apart from this partnership. There's no clarity on a tangible timeline, process, and accessibility. Given China's regulations, Google Play will be heavily censored in the country, whenever it launches. Recently, China's Cyberspace Administration made it mandatory to register app stores with the state to tighten control over the Internet.
China's second largest operator of online games NetEase has approached Google for a partnership in bringing the Google Play store back to China. The company is known for partnering with western companies to enable their entry into China, and Minecraft is one notable case in point.
Google pulled its services out of China five years ago after refusing to continue self-censoring its search results. It has maintained a limited presence in the world's biggest smartphone market, but most of its services, including Google Play, have been rendered borderline inaccessible.
But China is too big a market for Google to ignore. However, search is still Google's biggest strength and introducing that in the largest market in the world, will be the real challenge. In any case, this partnership with NetEase is baby steps on Google's part to rebuild its presence in China.
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Scientists have developed a low-cost reusable “lab on a chip” – using an ordinary inkjet printer – that can detect lethal diseases like cancer and could potentially enhance diagnostic capabilities around the world, especially in developing countries.
At a production cost of as little as one cent per chip, the new technology could usher in a medical diagnostics revolution like the kind brought on by low-cost genome sequencing, said Ron Davis, professor at the Stanford University in the US.
Inexpensive sequencing technology allows clinicians to sequence tumour DNA to identify specific mutations and recommend personalised treatment plans.
In the same way, the lab on a chip has the potential to diagnose cancer early by detecting tumour cells that circulate in the bloodstream.
Due to inferior access to diagnostics, the survival rate of breast cancer patients is only 40 percent in low-income nations-half the rate of such patients in developed nations.
Other lethal diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV, also have high incidence and bad patient outcomes in developing countries.
Better access to cheap diagnostics could help turn this around, researchers said.
“Enabling early detection of diseases is one of the greatest opportunities we have for developing effective treatments,” said Rahim Esfandyarpour, research associate at Stanford.
A combination of microfluidics, electronics and inkjet printing technology, the lab on a chip is a two-part system.
The first is a clear silicone microfluidic chamber for housing cells and a reusable electronic strip.
The second part is a regular inkjet printer that can be used to print the electronic strip onto a flexible sheet of polyester using commercially available conductive nanoparticle ink.
“We designed it to eliminate the need for clean-room facilities and trained personnel to fabricate such a device,” said Esfandyarpour.
One chip can be produced in about 20 minutes, he said. Designed as a multifunctional platform, one of its applications is that it allows users to analyse different cell types without using fluorescent or magnetic labels that are typically required to track cells.
Instead, the chip separates cells based on their intrinsic electrical properties.
When an electric potential is applied across the inkjet-printed strip, cells loaded into the microfluidic chamber get pulled in different directions. This label-free method to analyse cells greatly improves precision and cuts lengthy labelling processes.
The tool is designed to handle small-volume samples for a variety of assays. The researchers showed the device can help capture single cells from a mix, isolate rare cells and count cells based on cell types.
The study was published in the journal PNAS.
Alibaba Reportedly in Talks With Telecom Players to Provide Free Internet in India
Home TelecomTelecom News Ketan Pratap, 07 February 2017 Highlights Alibaba reportedly in talks with telecom as well as Wi-Fi providers
The Chinese company is yet to come up with a plan for its services
Alibaba to focus on states with connectivity problems Chinese Internet giant Alibaba may be the next major player after Facebook to try its hands on providing free Internet in India. A new report claims that the company is in talks with telecom operators as well as Wi-Fi providers to offer free Internet services in the country.
“We will definitely look at the opportunity to work together with service providers or even some Wi-Fi providers. We are trying to offer lower cost data to users and better connectivity, even free of cost connectivity. Wi-Fi providers and other players can be potentials and we are in talk,” Jack Huang, President of Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business told Business Insider India.
Alibaba is reportedly still working on the plans around its free Internet service in India and is still in talks with “potential partners.” The Chinese company is considering providing free Internet services to states that have connectivity problems. “We actually think in geographic way because in India not every state is suffering from connectivity problem so we will focus more on providing this kind of services to states that are suffering more and also we will have comprehensive analysis on already existing consumers who will actually need this kind of service,” added Huang.
It's worth mentioning that Alibaba isn't the first to work on providing free Internet in the country as Facebook earlier launched its Internet.org and Free Basic projects with similar aims. However, both of Facebook's initiatives met with heavy backlash in India from “net neutrality” advocates, who claimed that Free Basics only allowed access to selected websites thus violating the principle that the entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.
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