BSNL Preloaded ‘Yatra’ SIM of Rs. 230 Launched for Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims | Technology News

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched a preloaded “Yatra” SIM connection specifically for the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra. To offer voice and data access to the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, the new SIM brings 20,000 seconds (333.33 minutes) of talk time and 1.5GB of data usage along with 10 days of validity. The state-owned telco is offering the preloaded Yatra SIM connection through various tourist reception centres in Jammu and Kashmir. The pilgrims can avail the benefits of the latest development until August 15.

The preloaded BSNL Yatra SIM connection can be purchased by the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims from tourist reception centre located at Lakhanpur Base Camp, Bhagwati Nagar Jammu Base Camp, main exchange building at CSC Centre in Kachi Chawni in Jammu, main exchange building at CSC centre in Trikuta Nagar in Jammu, base camps at Baltal and Pahalgam, and tourist reception centre at Nowgam in Srinagar.

The customers will need to pay Rs. 230 to avail the preloaded Yatra SIM. The cost includes the cost of STV and the dedicated plan voucher. As we mentioned, it brings 20,000 seconds of talk time and 1.5GB data for 10 days.

For obtaining the preloaded BSNL Yatra SIM connection, the applicants need to submit their valid documents, including Proof of Address and Proof of Identity, and their recent photograph. The operator also requires a photocopy of the counterfoil pertaining to the registration slip issued by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB).

Notably, BSNL isn’t the only telco that has brought an offering for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims. Reliance Jio also recently introduced its Rs. 102 prepaid recharge plan specifically for the pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra. The Jio prepaid plan brings unlimited voice calling benefits and 500MB daily data alongside 100 SMS messages per day for seven days. It is available for customers purchasing a local Jio connection in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Nokia 6.1 Price in India Cut, Now Starts at Rs. 6,999 | Technology News

Nokia 6.1 price in India has been dropped as low as Rs. 6,999. The price cut is currently reflecting on the Nokia India Online Store. To recall, the Nokia 6.1 aka Nokia 6 (2018) was launched back in April last year in two different variants — 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. The mobile phone is based on Google’s Android One programme and sports a full-HD display. The Nokia 6.1 also has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC onboard.

Nokia 6.1 price in India

According to the listing on the Nokia India Online Store, the Nokia 6.1 price in India now starts Rs. 6,999 for the base 3GB + 32GB variant. The 4GB + 64GB option of the Nokia 6.1, on the other hand, is available with a revised price tag of Rs. 9,999.

The latest price revision is yet to be reflected on e-commerce sites such as and Flipkart. Similarly, offline retailers may still offer the handset with its previous pricing.

The Nokia 6.1 was launched in India last year with a starting price of Rs. 16,999, though most recently it was seen on the Nokia Online Store with a price of Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant, whereas its 4GB + 64GB model was available at Rs. 10,999.

We’ve reached out to HMD Global for clarity on the latest price cut and will update this space when we hear back.

Nokia 6.1 specifications

The Nokia 6.1 runs Android Pie and features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, paired with up to 4GB RAM.

For photos and videos, the Nokia 6.1 has a single 16-megapixel image sensor at the back — along with an f2.0 lens and an LED flash. An 8-megapixel sensor is available at the front with an f/2.0 fixed focus lens.

The Nokia 6.1 has 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on the phone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C (v2.0), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is Nokia’s spatial audio technology. Also, the phone has a fingerprint sensor at the back.

HMD Global has provided a 3,000mAh battery on the Nokia 6.1 that is claimed to deliver up to 16 hours of talk time on a single charge.

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HIV cure? Scientists eliminate AIDS virus from mouse genome using CRISPR gene-editing technology; possible step towards cure in people – CBS News

Researchers who eliminated HIV from mice say their results are an important advance in efforts to develop a cure for HIV infection in people.

This is the first time that the AIDS-causing virus has been eradicated from the genomes of living animals, according to the authors of the study.

“Our study shows that treatment to suppress HIV replication and gene editing therapy, when given sequentially, can eliminate HIV from cells and organs of infected animals,” said co-senior author Kamel Khalili, professor and chair of neuroscience at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The work was a collaboration with researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Current HIV treatment uses antiretroviral therapy (ART), which suppresses HIV replication but does not eliminate the virus from the body. ART is not a cure for HIV and requires lifelong use.

In this study, the researchers used a gene editing system called CRISPR-Cas9 to remove large fragments of HIV DNA from infected cells, along with a new drug regimen called long-acting slow-effective release (LASER) ART.

In this therapy, antiretroviral drugs are placed in nanocrystals that travel to tissues where HIV is likely to be lying dormant. The nanocrystals are stored within cells for weeks and slowly release the drugs.

Mice with HIV were first treated with LASER ART and then with gene editing. This approach eliminated HIV DNA from about one-third of the mice. However, research on animals may not produce the same results in humans.

“The big message of this work is that it takes both CRISPR-Cas9 and virus suppression through a method such as LASER ART, administered together, to produce a cure for HIV infection,” Khalili said in a university news release.

“We now have a clear path to move ahead to trials in nonhuman primates and possibly clinical trials in human patients within the year,” added Khalili, who also directs Temple’s neurovirology center and its neuroAIDS center.

The results were published online July 2 in the journal Nature Communications.

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Corbyn wishes Amazon ‘many happy tax returns’ on its 25th anniversary | Technology | The Guardian

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has sent a barbed birthday card to Jeff Bezos to mark Amazon’s 25th anniversary, wishing the company “many happy tax returns” and demanding it pays more UK tax, pays its staff better and improves working conditions.

Amazon UK paid only £1.7m in tax in 2017, its most recent annual public filing at Companies House, as pre-tax profits tripled to £72m. Turnover at its British business, which handles the packing and delivery of parcels and functions such as customer service, rose 35%, from £1.46bn to £1.98bn.

Corbyn’s birthday message to the world’s richest man, who has just finalised the world’s biggest divorce settlement, worth $38bn, says: “Dear Jeff. Happy Birthday. You owe the British people millions in taxes that pay for the public services that we all rely on. This year, pay your fair share of taxes, give your hard-working staff a pay rise and respect workers’ rights. Many Happy Tax Returns, Jeremy.”

Amazon insists it operates within the UK’s laws on corporation tax, which are based on profits not revenues, and that retail is a tough sector to make money in.

“Our profits have remained low, given retail is a highly competitive, low-margin business and our continued heavy investment,” a UK company spokesman said when its UK figures came out last year.

The UK is Amazon’s third-biggest market globally in terms of retail sales, which are reported through a separate company in Luxembourg, with the company’s US filings showing that UK revenues hit $14.5bn last year, a 53% rise in only two years.

Robert Palmer, the executive director of Tax Justice UK, said: “People are fed up with companies like Amazon playing the system to slash their tax rate. We need to fix the broken global corporate tax rules that allow massive companies to pay little or no tax.”

The government is to introduce a new tax on the digital giants – including Google, Facebook and Amazon – from April next year to increase the amount they pay in the UK. A 2% tax on revenue from search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces will be levied against technology firms that make more than £500m a year globally.

Amazon, which has 17 warehouses in the UK and employs 27,500 workers, has also been accused of treating staff like robots and not respecting workers’ rights.

In May, trade unions lobbied City investors to put pressure on Amazon to improve conditions for its workers in the UK. The GMB told investors that workers at Amazon’s giant warehouses worked long shifts under pressure to hit targets for items picked, causing pain and injuries. Amazon workers’ allegations included lack of action on sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions and warehouse managers dismissing employees’ concerns and problems.

Amazon has said the the allegations are “false and unsubstantiated. Amazon already offers industry-leading pay, comprehensive benefits and career growth opportunities, all while working in a safe, modern work environment”.

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Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook hit with media messaging outage | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook said on Wednesday it was working to resolve issues faced by some users while sending media files on its social media platforms including WhatsApp and Instagram.

More than 14,000 users reported issues with Instagram, while more than 7,500 and 1,600 users reported issues with Facebook and WhatsApp, according to the outage tracking website

The website’s live outage map showed that the issues mainly cropped up in parts of Europe and the United States.

Many angered users posted on the rival platform Twitter to highlight the problem, which seems to be preventing images and videos from loading properly.

But Twitter, too, had technical difficulties. The platform said it was “struggling with some issues with DMs and notifications”.

Facebook said it was working to resolve the error as the hashtag #instagramdown began to climb up the trending list on Twitter.

On WhatsApp, some users noticed image and video files were not able to send, while others on Instagram claimed they could not see images on their feeds. Users on the Facebook Messenger app also reported being unable to load or send images and videos.

The outages on Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp come as Facebook is reportedly merging the three messaging platforms. Facebook’s chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, made plans to rewrite the basic software of these apps to allow them to be interoperable, the New York Times reported in January.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the rewrite was related to Wednesday’s service disruption.

Facebook has more than 2.3 billion monthly active users and Instagram has 1 billion. Facebook experienced one of its longest outages in March, when some users around the globe faced trouble accessing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for over 24 hours.

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Adidas under fire for racist tweets after botched Arsenal launch | Technology | The Guardian

Adidas UK has come under fire after a social media gambit backfired spectacularly, leading to the company tweeting out pictures of its shirts with racist and offensive slogans on the back.

The error came as Adidas launched a social media campaign, #DareToCreate, in conjunction with its release of the new Arsenal home kit.

People were encouraged to share a tweet advertising the brand using the hashtag, which automatically created an image of the new Arsenal strip emblazoned with the Twitter handle of the account.

The image, along with the message “This is home. Welcome to the squad”, and an encouragement to buy the strip, was then tweeted out by the official @AdidasUK account.

However, the promotional campaign was hijacked by people with offensive or insensitive Twitter handles, including @GasAllJewss, @MadelineMcCann, and @96wasnotenough.

The images of the offensive handles on Arsenal shirts were retweeted widely.

The offensive tweets were posted from the @AdidasUK account late on Monday night and were still visible on Twitter through the early hours of the morning, but have since been removed.

A spokesperson for Adidas said: “As part of our partnership launch with Arsenal we have been made aware of the abuse of a Twitter personalisation mechanic created to allow excited fans to get their name on the back of the new jersey. Due to a small minority creating offensive versions of this we have immediately turned off the functionality and the Twitter team will be investigating.”

Arsenal football club was not immediately available for comment.

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NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations | NASA

NASA has selected 12 new science and technology payloads that will help us study the Moon and explore more of its surface as part of the agency’s Artemis lunar program. These investigations and demonstrations will help the agency send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 as a way to prepare to send humans to Mars for the first time.

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pays out $38bn in divorce settlement | Technology | The Guardian

The world’s biggest divorce settlement will be made official this week as Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos hands over a 4% stake in the online shopping giant to his soon-to-be ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos.

A judge is expected to sign legal papers transferring the Amazon shares – worth $38bn (£29bn) – into MacKenzie Bezos’s name. It is by some distance the largest divorce settlement in history the previous record was $2.5bn paid to Jocelyn Wildenstein when she divorced art dealer Alec Wildenstein in 1999.

Following the settlement MacKenzie Bezos, 49, an author, will become the world’s fourth-richest woman, and has already promised to give away at least half of her fortune.

MacKenzie, who married Jeff in 1993, a year before he started Amazon from his garage in Seattle, has said she had “a disproportionate amount of money to share” and promised to work hard at giving it away “until the safe is empty”.

She made the declaration in a letter to the Giving Pledge, the philanthropic initiative created by the investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft’s principal founder, Bill Gates, to encourage the world’s richest people to commit to giving away at least half their wealth to charity.

MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie.

Despite handing over the vast sum, Jeff Bezos will still be the world’s richest individual with a $118bn fortune. He has not signed up to the Giving Pledge. He has given $2bn, less than 2% of his wealth, to the Bezos Day One Fund to help address homelessness and improve education for children in low-income families.

He has congratulated his former wife in a tweet linking to her Giving Pledge letter. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her,” he said. “Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ’em MacKenzie.”

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Jony Ive: 8 hits and 8 misses from 20 years at Apple | Technology | The Guardian

Sir Jony Ive is stepping down as head of Apple’s product design after more than 20 years. We look at the key hits and big misses of the world’s largest firm, from the company-revolutionising iMac G3 to the iPhone via the iPod Hi-Fi, the butterfly keyboard and the ill-conceived Magic Mouse 2

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Deepfake technology: Why fake videos are getting so hard to detect – TheBlaze

On Wednesday’s show, Glenn Beck highlighted how rapidly the technology to create ‘deepfake’ videos has improved in just the past year. Soon, we won’t be able to believe our eyes — or ears.

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