Trai releases consultation paper on net neutrality and to regulate instant messengers
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a fresh consultation paper on net neutrality. The new paper has asked for stakeholders’ opinion on the issue so that the government can identify key areas of concern and iron them out through a comprehensive policy framework. The paper clearly mandates that all internet service providers should treat all internet traffic as equals.The regulator has also proposed the laying down of a legal framework to govern and regulate instant messenger services, so that they cannot pose a threat to national security. This can be with regard to end-to-end encryption being offered by WhatsApp to all its users. Read more here.
Umang app with 1,000 services to be launched by December
The Union government is working on a mobile app called Umang through which smartphone users can access more than 1,000 Central and state government backed schemes and services. The app will be available for download from December 2016 with student scholarships, women safety and healthcare. Umang, which stands for Unified Mobile App for New Age Governance, is being developed by the national governance division of the Union ministry of communications and information technology. The app will be available in 12 Indian languages. Read more here.
Asus unveils ultra-thin Zenbook 3 in Taiwan
Asus has come up with an ultra-thin laptop called the Zenbook 3 in the ongoing Computex tech show in Taiwan. The new laptop weighs just 907g and is 11.9-mm thick with the lid down, which makes it one of the lightest ultrabooks. The Zenbook 3 is powered by Intel’s 6th Gen Core i5 and i7 processors and will be paired with 4GB to 16GB RAM. It will pack in 256GB to 1TB SSD. It comes with 12.5-inch HD display with a layer of Gorilla Glass 4. It will be available in quartz grey, royal blue and rose gold. The Zenbook 3 will start at $999. There is no update on its availability yet. Read more here.
Women are more addicted to smartphones than men
Women are more addicted to smartphones than men, a South Korean study claims. Researchers from Ajou University carried out a survey on 1,236 college students and found that 52% of the women used their smartphones for four hours longer than men. More than 37% women were found looking at their phone screen while talking to others and travelling, while men use their smartphones mostly during break time. The study also found that 20.1% of women felt insecure when they couldn’t use their smartphone compared to 8.9% of men. The study contradicts the belief that men are more vulnerable to addiction to smartphones. The study was published in the journal Public Health. Read more here.
Government starts digital vans to inform people about various schemes
In order to increase awareness about various e-governance services, the Union government has started sending out 66 digital vans to villages and semi-urban areas. The vans will cover 657 districts by March 2017. It will use Internet and audio visual equipment to educate people in rural areas, particularly the youngsters, in their own languages. The information will be disseminated in 14 Indian languages. The first phase, which will be over by July 2016, will cover 34 districts in nine states, including Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. Read more here.