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India's telecom giants go 'over-the-top' in their latest offers

Business|Technology|: Mumbai: India's telecom price war is back, and this time the battle is being fought with freebies. After announcing the first tariff increase in three years in 2019, telecom carriers are offering incentives such as subscriptions to services from Netflix to Amazon Prime to win customers in a content-hungry market. With theaters in India, among the biggest film markets globally by number of tickets sold, closed due to pandemic restrictions, the demand for entertainment content has shifted online. Several big-budget local films have been released on streaming platforms this year. See More 9 Indian actors who made their mark in Hollywood All the Emmy’s biggest surprises: Hazmat suits, Friends reunions and more Find out the unusual story behind Netflix’s ‘Enola Holmes’ Winners list in key categories for the virtual Emmys 2020 On Tuesday, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., the country's biggest telecom company by subscribers, launched a new 399 rupees ($5.4) plan for users who opt for monthly billing instead of pay-as-you-go packs. Besides 75 GB of data, customers would get access to Netflix on a mobile device and one-year subscription to two over-the-top apps and access to Jio's movie and songs library. "Reliance Jio's new postpaid plans offer more content and come at 20 per cent discount" to Bharti Airtel, analysts at Jefferies India Pvt. said in a report. Bharti's comparable entry-level plan is priced at 499 rupees and offers the same amount of data but doesn't include access to Disney+ Hotstar and Netflix, while Vodafone Idea Ltd.'s plan offers 40GB data and doesn't include any of the three online platforms, according to analysts. Over the past four years, the number of users opting for monthly billing of mobile services has come down sharply and such users now form about 5 per cent of the total 1.14 billion subscribers and generate 15 per cent of the sector's revenue, according to Jefferies analysts. Although Jio introduced its postpaid plans in 2018, the company's offerings didn't see much traction, showcasing 'stickiness' of this base of customers, according to Morgan Stanley analysts. "This time extremely aggressive content offerings could be the key attraction for consumers," Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. analysts said. They expect Bharti and Vodafone Idea to follow Jio with similar tie-ups with OTT platforms to retain the monthly bill paying customers whose average monthly spending is higher than the prepaid users.

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Twitter to soon begin testing voice DMs

Technology|: New Delhi: Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will let users record and send voice messages via Direct Messages (DMs) to friends and family members on the platform. Alex Ackerman-Greenberg who is product manager for DMs at Twitter, said the company is going to test voice DMs soon, The Verge reported on Thursday. Brazil will be the first country for the voice DMs test. "We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately," the Twitter executive was quoted as saying in the report. Facebook and Instagram already have audio recording feature in DMs. In June this year, Twitter rolled out a test for a limited number of iOS users in the US to record audio snippets and attach those to tweets. The users will soon be able to post a 140-second long audio tweet, along with the 280 characters as text, as the Each voice Tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. To recall, Twitter originally had a 140-charecter limit for tweets, which was later increased to 280. Audio can only be added to original tweets and the users can't include those in replies or retweets with a comment. People will see your voice Tweet appear on their timeline alongside other Tweets. Twitter hopes that voice tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike. Twitter is also working on adding automated captions to audio and video by early 2021, a feature that would help people with disabilities access the service in a much meaningful way.

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a vibrant new flagship with fan-favourite features

Technology|: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) is the newest member in its series, offering a premium flagship smartphone experience that includes innovations that Galaxy fans love the most. It aims to deliver high-end experiences at a more accessible price point. . Image Credit: Supplied Express the best version of yourself In the era we live in, sharing pictures and videos is the best way to express yourself. In light of this, the Galaxy S20 FE comes with a 32MP selfie camera and a pro-grade main triple camera. It is made of a 12MP wide sensor with Dual-Pixel AF and OIS, a 12MP ultra-wide lens with a 123-degree field-of-view and an 8MP telephoto lens. With its large image sensors, the smartphone features tetra-binning technology and multi-frame processing for richer pictures in low-light. In addition to this, you benefit from AI integration to detect and remove motion blur and suggest best shots. Particularly on its telephoto camera, the smartphone comes with 3x optical and a powerful 30x Space Zoom, letting you get closer to your subject. To match everyone’s style preference, the Galaxy S20 FE also comes in six vibrant colours. Complimenting the sleek and slim Galaxy S20 family, you get colours including red, orange, lavender, mint, navy and white. Moreover, the back of the smartphone features a textured effect to minimise fingerprints and smudges over daily use. . Image Credit: Supplied Multimedia powerhouse The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE delivers a limitless mobile experience, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor supporting hyper-fast 5G, with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage expandable up to 1TB via micro-SD. The Galaxy S20 FE is also the perfect device for scrolling through or watching your favourite YouTube channel, thanks to its 6.5-inch flat 1,080 x 2,400 Super AMOLED Infinity-O display with a 120Hz refresh rate and stereo speakers. This in turn makes your experience in videos, on Instagram feeds and games noticeably smoother. . Image Credit: Supplied Worry-free usage Losing your signal or battery power will be the last of your worries with the Galaxy S20 FE. Samsung has equipped it with a 4,500mAh battery supporting 25W wired Super Fast Charging, 15W wireless Fast Charging and Wireless PowerShare. And given how unpredictable life can be, you have the robustness of IP68 water and dust resistance. Accidental coverage such as a cracked screen or a software issue is also taken care of thanks to Samsung Care+.