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Why you must delete every Chinese app and browser immediately


The world of technology gives us ease and comfort but also holds the potential of destroying. It has both pros and cons. With the ongoing intense atmosphere between India and China, there were past speculations raised by Indian government that many Chinese smartphone makers established in India are causing a threat to personal data of the nation. And now recent news is pointing towards the Chinese apps available. Yes, now these Chinese apps are a threat as well. Recently, the Ministry for Defence ordered the immediate un-installation of 40 Chinese applications being used by the Armed forces posted along the border. This issue once again gains significance considering the fresh developments at Doklam as reports suggest that the Chinese have returned and built permanent structures. India has been keeping a close watch on these developments and has also initiated a high-level way to check how data, location and other details are being passed on to servers in China through their browsers and applications. The Intelligence Bureau has red flagged this issue several times during the Doklam standoff. The Defence Ministry directed the troops to delete these apps as their servers are in China and it can cause a serious threat to track the deployment of the forces or their data as well. Some of the apps that have been ordered to be deleted are Weibo, Wechat, Beautyplus, Nes Dog, CM Browser, MI Community, DU Privacy and Selfie City, Mail Master and MI Video call-Xiaomi. Dear users, not just the deletion of apps but as a precautionary measure, the security agencies in India have insisted on specific clearance for Chinese telecom products. Some companies such as ZTE and Huawei have not been allowed to be installed in the bordering areas.

UIDAI suspends Airtel, Airtel Payments Bank's e-KYC licence over Aadhaar misuse


The Aadhaar chaos has been surprising everyone, especially with the updates of linking Aadhaar to mobile number. The incessant updates and deadlines have proved out to be troublesome for the masses. To create more disruption, there’s been another piece of update by the UIDAI to shock us. According to UIDAI, Airtel Payments Bank was misusing Aadhar information. It has alleged Airtel of using the Aadhaar-eKYC based process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their consent. And against this alleged issue, UIDAI has taken a bold step of temporarily barring Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients. This essentially means Airtel would not be able to carry out 'electronic-verification' or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their 12-digit biometric national ID Aadhaar though the efficient and paperless eKYC (or electronic Know Your Customer) process of UIDAI. Also, Airtel Payments Bank will not be able to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC. However, accounts can be opened through alternate methods, if available. More than 23 lakh customers have reportedly received as many as Rs 47 crore in their Airtel bank accounts, which they did not even know had been opened. Sources said it was brought to the notice of the UIDAI that at the time of mobile verification using Aadhaar e-KYC, the Airtel retailers were also opening Airtel Payments Bank accounts, without informed consent of the user. Also, as per the reports, Government LPG subsidy was also getting transferred to these accounts, without their consent against which UIDAI took strong objection. Security and privacy of Aadhaar data is a highly sensitive matter which has been into evidently in news from a very long time. Even the Supreme Court is looking into its various aspects and no doubt that its decision of temporarily disabling Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank’s license is correct.

SC extends deadline for linking of Aadhaar to all services to March 31


The never ending linking of Aadhaar chaos has turned out to be nothing but monotonous and stressful to keep a tab of deadlines. Right, users? Haven't we had too many updates on Aadhaar, that it has been difficult for us to remember each and every of the update. Today with another judgement by the Supreme Court of India, the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes has been extended till March 31 next year. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, also modified its earlier order with regard to linking of Aadhaar with mobile services and said that the deadline of February 6 next year for this purpose also stood extended till March 31. The bench, which also included Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said that for opening new bank accounts, an applicant will not be required to provide Aadhaar number to the bank. However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the bank that he/she has applied for the Aadhaar number. But dear users, we will still have to wait for the Constitution Bench to commence a final hearing from January 17 on the petition challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself. But what do you think, users? Does the linking of Aadhaar to various important documents feels like a violation of privacy rights ? Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution and just after the inception of Aadhaar card, several petitioners have challenged the validity of Aadhaar claiming it has violated privacy rights.

Reliance Jio Yet Again Extends the Validity of Triple Cashback Offer Until December 25


Reliance Jio leaves no possible chance of surprising the Indian masses. And yet again we have a Christmas gift from the Santa of telecom industry. Yes, yet again we have Reliance Jio showering immense happiness on all of us by extending the validity of its triple cash back offer until 25th December. This plan was launched by the telecom operator earlier last month with an initial expiry date as November 25. However, for the second straight time, it has extended the validity of the cashback offer, and the new validity date is December 25. Reliance Jio officially displayed the extension of offer date on its website- jio.com. Also it is worth noting that Reliance Jio did not change the benefits of the Triple Cashback offer. Here’s to give you a memory push of the cashback offer - The offer incorporates Jio giving a cashback of Rs 2599 for every customer with every recharge of Rs 399 or above. The Rs 2599 cashback is divided into three types- standard cashback in the form of vouchers onto MyJio app, up to Rs 300 cashback on Jio partner wallet apps, and e-commerce recharge vouchers worth Rs 1899. If a customer recharges with the Rs 399 or above plan, he/she will receive 100% cashback of Rs 400 in the form of vouchers. These cashback vouchers are divided into eight Rs 50 vouchers, and a single voucher can be used for a single transaction. Again, Jio is allowing to use the Rs 50 voucher on the Rs 399 or above recharge. Through this offer, Jio also gives an instant cashback of Rs 300 on partner wallets and Rs 1899 on several e-commerce sites. Dear users, enjoy the benefits from Reliance Jio this Christmas !

Choose from Airtel Best Selling Prepaid Plans


In the war of telecom, where Reliance Jio has managed to maintain being on the top position, Airtel has left no stone unturned to compete. The show of the telecom war has been quite evident as we have seen non stop low priced tariff plans by key telecom operators, especially Bharati Airtel. Airtel, the biggest telecom operator in India, has been forced to come up with new offers or to simply revise their existing plans. Airtel's Rs 448 plan, for example, offers 1 GB of 3G/4G speed data per day and also includes benefits of unlimited local and STD calls and free national roaming, besides 100 SMS per day with a validity of 70 days. Here are the popular prepaid plans from Bharti Airtel: 1. Airtel Rs.199 recharge plan This plan offers 1 GB of 3G/4G mobile data which also offers unlimited calls, valid for 28 days. But it is valid in select circles. This scheme allows free incoming calls on roaming but outgoing calls are not free on roaming. It also provides unlimited local and national SMS service. 2. Airtel Rs. 349 recharge plan This recharge pack is one of the chart-topping plans for the company. It offers a total of 56 GB data at 2GB per day for 28 days and comes with unlimited local plus STD calling and national SMS. Validity for this plan is 28 days. 3. Airtel Rs. 448 recharge plan This plan comes with 1 GB of 3G/4G speed data per day and includes unlimited local and STD calls with free national roaming, besides 100 SMS per day. It is valid for 70 days and available for all customers across India on any 4G/3G/2G devices. 4. Airtel Rs. 549 recharge plan This plan gives users 3 GB data per day where users can get a total of 84 GB data. This scheme also allows unlimited local and STD calling as well as free roaming incoming and outgoing calls. 5. Airtel Rs. 799 recharge plan This plan allows unlimited local, STD and roaming calling along with 3.5 GB data per day for a validity period of 28 days along with 100 free SMS per day. Dear users, you can choose from these Airtel plans and have unlimited fun at such discounted offers.

From January 1, link your mobile to Aadhaar via OTP


With a lot of chaos around Aadhaar card and it’s verification, the government is making it impossible with its endless updates on Aadhaar to let the masses keep a tab of it. Over 50 crore mobile subscribers have still to get their numbers confirmed and here’s the latest update for all those, now you link Aadhaar right from your home from January 1 using a voice-guided system that would complete the process through a one-time password (OTP). This new feature to ease the Aadhaar verification will come out nearly in a month and a half behind. The delay for this new facility is due to the confusion and battle for the need of Aadhaar verification between Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and telecom operators. All the telecom subscribers have till the first week of February to get their numbers verified, failing which their connection may be disconnected. An OTP-based system is seen as the most convenient route for mobile subscribers to get their numbers linked with Aadhaar, especially as they get rid of the existing system - biometric machines, which have not functioned properly at outlets of several mobile operators service centres. In the OTP system, a subscriber needs to call the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) from his mobile number, and can complete the process in English, Hindi and several regional languages. The subscriber will then need to give the consent for verification with the Aadhaar number, after which he/she receives an OTP that will be used for completing the process. Once, the OTP keyed in is verified to be correct, the Aadhaar number will be verified within a certain period of time. Dear users, don't delay link your Aadhaar card to mobile number now.

Shocking: India loses from Pakistan in the war of mobile internet speed


With the news of the launch of Reliance Jio Phone, about 6 million Jio Phone units were booked in a day and a half. The “effectively free” offer of JioPhone launched by Reliance Industries attracted people of India to pre-book the JioPhone and pay one-time fully refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500. It became a huge success and got India wide celebrated but due to high number orders that exceeded the target of making available five million phones a week of pre booking orders, Reliance Jio had to stop its sale for a while. Having completed the delivery of some six million 4G feature phones, the Mukesh Ambani run company will now first cater to roughly 10 million additional customers who had shown interest in buying the phone. Finally, a good news for all those who haven't got a chance to own a Reliance Jio, the sale of its 4G feature phone has been resumed. Once again, Reliance Jio is all set to ignite the second round of fire it started - the feature phone versus smart phone battle in the telecom industry. With the start of the second round of sale, Jio’s bid is to quickly scale up its around 136 million plus user base by targeting the 500-million feature phone customers. Dear users, please note that there are a few changes in the refund policy of JioPhone. Now, the customer who returns his JioPhone in first year gets back no refund; if he returns between 12-24 months, he gets Rs 500 back and on returning between 24-36 months, gets a refund of Rs 1000. Only on completion of stipulated 3 years will the customer get the complete refund of Rs 1500. The phone is being distributed through Jio retailers, multi-brand device retailers, and the network of Reliance Digital stores.