Airtel TV app now offers ALTBalaji catalogue of shows, movies for free


Airtel today announced a partnership with ALTBalaji, a wholly owned subsidiary of Balaji Telefilms to bring exciting digital content from ALT Balaji’s portfolio to Airtel TV app users.
With this partnership, ALTBalaji’s complete range of original shows and movies are now available on Airtel TV app for free. This will also help ALTBalaji in extending its content distribution to Airtel TV app’s fast-growing user base. Airtel already has content partnerships with Eros Now, Hooq and Sony LIV.
On the other hand, Airtel TV has further strengthened its content catalog, which according to the company is one amongst the largest in India. Currently, Airtel users can choose from over 350 + LIVE TV channels and 10,000 + movies and shows on Airtel TV app. All content on Airtel TV app is completely free for Airtel Postpaid and Prepaid customers until June 2018.
Commenting on the same, Sameer Batra, CEO – Wynk said:

We are thrilled to partner ALTBalaji and bring their rich content on to Airtel TV app. This will add to the wide range of exciting digital content available to our users. As Airtel TV continues to rapidly expand its user base, we remain focused on offering our users easy access to differentiated line up of entertainment content …

Airtel today announced a partnership with ALTBalaji, a wholly owned subsidiary of Balaji Telefilms to bring exciting digital content from ALT Balaji’s portfolio to Airtel TV app users. With this partnership, ALTBalaji’s complete range of original shows and movies are now available on Airtel TV app for free. This will also help ALTBalaji in extending its content distribution to Airtel TV app’s fast-growing user base. Airtel already has content partnerships with Eros Now, Hooq and Sony LIV. On the other hand, Airtel TV has further strengthened its content catalog, which according to the company is one amongst the largest in India. Currently, Airtel users can choose from over 350 + LIVE TV channels and 10,000 + movies and shows on Airtel TV app. All content on Airtel TV app is completely free for Airtel Postpaid and Prepaid customers until June 2018. Commenting on the same, Sameer Batra, CEO – Wynk said: We are thrilled to partner ALTBalaji and bring their rich content on to Airtel TV app. This will add to the wide range of exciting digital content available to our users. As Airtel TV continues to rapidly expand its user base, we remain focused on offering our users easy access to differentiated line up of entertainment content ...

Google launches Cloud Text-to-Speech service powered by DeepMind’s AI for more natural sounding voices

Back in October 2017, DeepMind Artificial Intelligence startup became a part of the Alphabet, and its WaveNet technology which is a deep neural network for generating raw audio waveforms is used in producing better and more natural sounding speech for Google Assistant in English and Japanese languages.

Google today announced that it is bringing this technology to Google Cloud Platform with Cloud Text-to-Speech open for developers or business that needs voice synthesis on tap, whether that’s for an app, website, or virtual assistant.

The company says that it can be used in a variety of ways including power voice response systems for call centers (IVRs), enabling real-time natural language conversations, have IoT devices talk back to you, convert text into the spoken format like audiobooks, etc.

There are 32 basic voices to choose from, across 12 languages. Cloud Text-to-Speech correctly pronounces complex text such as names, dates, times and addresses for authentic-sounding and it also allows you to customize pitch, speaking rate, and volume gain and supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3 and WAV.

The improved WaveNet model generates audio 1,000 times faster than the original model, fidelity has also been increased to 24,000 samples per second, and the resolution has been bumped up from 8 to 16 bits all of which producing …

Back in October 2017, DeepMind Artificial Intelligence startup became a part of the Alphabet, and its WaveNet technology which is a deep neural network for generating raw audio waveforms is used in producing better and more natural sounding speech for Google Assistant in English and Japanese languages. Google today announced that it is bringing this technology to Google Cloud Platform with Cloud Text-to-Speech open for developers or business that needs voice synthesis on tap, whether that’s for an app, website, or virtual assistant. The company says that it can be used in a variety of ways including power voice response systems for call centers (IVRs), enabling real-time natural language conversations, have IoT devices talk back to you, convert text into the spoken format like audiobooks, etc. There are 32 basic voices to choose from, across 12 languages. Cloud Text-to-Speech correctly pronounces complex text such as names, dates, times and addresses for authentic-sounding and it also allows you to customize pitch, speaking rate, and volume gain and supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3 and WAV. The improved WaveNet model generates audio 1,000 times faster than the original model, fidelity has also been increased to 24,000 samples per second, and the resolution has been bumped up from 8 to 16 bits all of which producing ...

Reddit 3.0 beta for Android brings AMOLED night mode, improved bottom navigation bar, new themes and more

Reddit beta for Android is getting a new update with improvements and features like AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings, improved bottom navigation bar, and more. 

The AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings switches over from the existing dark grey night mode to a pitch black AMOLED-compliant UI. This feature will definitely save battery, given if your device has an OLED display. It can also automatically switch on and off at certain hours. There are few other themes called Pony and Trees, and these have white as the main backdrop.

Furthermore, the app also packs a redesigned bottom bar as well as major and minor UI changes and improvements, a new account drawer for switching between accounts faster. Like with most app updates, Reddit for beta also brings bug and crash fixes and improvements. With the new features and improvements, Reddit is shaping up to become a perfect client application, if not better than 3rd-party applications.

However, Reddit is currently not accepting new users and applicants for beta testing. So, if you are interested in trying out the app, download the APK from here and side-load it.

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Reddit beta for Android is getting a new update with improvements and features like AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings, improved bottom navigation bar, and more.  The AMOLED night mode toggle in Settings switches over from the existing dark grey night mode to a pitch black AMOLED-compliant UI. This feature will definitely save battery, given if your device has an OLED display. It can also automatically switch on and off at certain hours. There are few other themes called Pony and Trees, and these have white as the main backdrop. Furthermore, the app also packs a redesigned bottom bar as well as major and minor UI changes and improvements, a new account drawer for switching between accounts faster. Like with most app updates, Reddit for beta also brings bug and crash fixes and improvements. With the new features and improvements, Reddit is shaping up to become a perfect client application, if not better than 3rd-party applications. However, Reddit is currently not accepting new users and applicants for beta testing. So, if you are interested in trying out the app, download the APK from here and side-load it. Via

Snapchat said to be testing ‘Connected Apps’ to let users connect to third-party apps

Facebook is caught with the data-sharing scandal which made users uninstall the apps that were previously connected to Facebook, Snapchat is surprisingly is going the same route. According to the latest beta update, Snapchat might be testing ‘Connected Apps’ to let users connect to third-party apps. 

Snapchat is implementing the data-sharing API that lets users connect with third-party apps. There is a new  ‘Connected Apps’ section in the settings menu. However, it doesn’t show anything except the text that reads, “These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to.” It’s obvious that this section will soon show the list of third-party apps that are connected.

Currently, Snapchat only allows Bitmoji; which Snapchat bought in 2016. Users can simply sign-up for Bitmoji via Snapchat or simply connect their accounts. Apart from Bitmoji, Shazam is another app that has integration with Snapchat. This move is to help Snapchat become its own app ecosystem like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter. With Facebook facing criticism over user data violations, the move from Snapchat is interesting for sure.

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Facebook is caught with the data-sharing scandal which made users uninstall the apps that were previously connected to Facebook, Snapchat is surprisingly is going the same route. According to the latest beta update, Snapchat might be testing 'Connected Apps' to let users connect to third-party apps.  Snapchat is implementing the data-sharing API that lets users connect with third-party apps. There is a new  'Connected Apps' section in the settings menu. However, it doesn't show anything except the text that reads, "These apps are connected to your Snapchat account. Choose an app to control what it has access to." It's obvious that this section will soon show the list of third-party apps that are connected. Currently, Snapchat only allows Bitmoji; which Snapchat bought in 2016. Users can simply sign-up for Bitmoji via Snapchat or simply connect their accounts. Apart from Bitmoji, Shazam is another app that has integration with Snapchat. This move is to help Snapchat become its own app ecosystem like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter. With Facebook facing criticism over user data violations, the move from Snapchat is interesting for sure. Source

Google Home can now connect and stream music to Bluetooth speakers

Google Home just got better; the company now lets you connect your Home device to your personal Bluetooth speaker so you can control your entertainment experience simply using the sound of your voice. Firstly, you need to pair any compatible Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home.

To pair with the speakers, you need to have the Google Home app, then in the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices and find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with a Bluetooth speaker. In the settings menu, you can set the paired Bluetooth Speaker as the default. Once it is paired, you can start using it just by saying “Hey Google, shuffle my workout playlist” or “Hey Google, turn up the volume.”

Since the Bluetooth speaker will be set as default, the music will automatically play on your Bluetooth speaker without you having to tell Google the name of the device. You can also have the music follow you from your living room to other rooms as well. Just to be clear, you will still need to communicate through Google Home, but not the Bluetooth speaker.

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Google Home just got better; the company now lets you connect your Home device to your personal Bluetooth speaker so you can control your entertainment experience simply using the sound of your voice. Firstly, you need to pair any compatible Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home. To pair with the speakers, you need to have the Google Home app, then in the top right corner of the app Home screen, tap Devices and find the device card for the Google Home you want to pair with a Bluetooth speaker. In the settings menu, you can set the paired Bluetooth Speaker as the default. Once it is paired, you can start using it just by saying “Hey Google, shuffle my workout playlist” or “Hey Google, turn up the volume.” Since the Bluetooth speaker will be set as default, the music will automatically play on your Bluetooth speaker without you having to tell Google the name of the device. You can also have the music follow you from your living room to other rooms as well. Just to be clear, you will still need to communicate through Google Home, but not the Bluetooth speaker. Source

Wear OS Android P developer preview with dark theme, battery improvements released

Google just released the Android P developer preview for Wear OS after re-branding the Android Wear earlier this month. The Android P developer preview is now available for Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth, and it can be installed on either the Sport or Classic versions. 

Google will enhance glanceability and has switched to a UI theme with a darker / black background in Wear OS for the notifications stream and system launcher at the start of the year and now with P developer preview. It is now the default for the system theme and should improve the glanceability for wear apps. Another big change in the Wear OS apps no longer will run in the background unless it is in charge mode.

The new background restriction is more like a refinement to Doze mode on Android. However, watchfaces and complications are exceptions. The OS will now turn off the radio and will basically go into airplane mode when a user takes their watch off the body. It will only happen if the watch off for an extended period. This will be rolling out gradually so it would appear as an update that will come via the Google Play Services Framework.

WiFi will not turn on when the smartwatch is disconnected …

Google just released the Android P developer preview for Wear OS after re-branding the Android Wear earlier this month. The Android P developer preview is now available for Huawei Watch 2 Bluetooth, and it can be installed on either the Sport or Classic versions.  Google will enhance glanceability and has switched to a UI theme with a darker / black background in Wear OS for the notifications stream and system launcher at the start of the year and now with P developer preview. It is now the default for the system theme and should improve the glanceability for wear apps. Another big change in the Wear OS apps no longer will run in the background unless it is in charge mode. The new background restriction is more like a refinement to Doze mode on Android. However, watchfaces and complications are exceptions. The OS will now turn off the radio and will basically go into airplane mode when a user takes their watch off the body. It will only happen if the watch off for an extended period. This will be rolling out gradually so it would appear as an update that will come via the Google Play Services Framework. WiFi will not turn on when the smartwatch is disconnected ...

Facebook revamps privacy and security settings following criticism

Facebook has been in the news over the past week or so for all the wrong reasons. The company has officially come out and announced its roadmap in cracking down the platform abuse and user data security. Today the company is back at it and mentioned that it is revamping its privacy and security settings.

With the new changes, Facebook is giving users more control of their privacy. It has redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find. The settings instead of spreading across in 20 different screens are now clubbed under a single roof. The company has also modified outdated settings to make it on what information can and can’t be shared with apps.

The new Privacy Shortcuts menu lets you control your data in just a few taps, and it also includes a clearer explanation of how these controls work.  You can manage the information that Facebook uses to display ads. Ad preferences explain how ads work and the options you have. Other options include two-factor authentication, review the posts you have shared, manage who sees your posts, profile, etc.

It is also introducing a new ‘Access Your Information’ section, and it is a way for …

Facebook has been in the news over the past week or so for all the wrong reasons. The company has officially come out and announced its roadmap in cracking down the platform abuse and user data security. Today the company is back at it and mentioned that it is revamping its privacy and security settings. With the new changes, Facebook is giving users more control of their privacy. It has redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find. The settings instead of spreading across in 20 different screens are now clubbed under a single roof. The company has also modified outdated settings to make it on what information can and can’t be shared with apps. The new Privacy Shortcuts menu lets you control your data in just a few taps, and it also includes a clearer explanation of how these controls work.  You can manage the information that Facebook uses to display ads. Ad preferences explain how ads work and the options you have. Other options include two-factor authentication, review the posts you have shared, manage who sees your posts, profile, etc. It is also introducing a new 'Access Your Information' section, and it is a way for ...

OnePlus 6 will have a notch, 90% screen-to-body ratio and retain headphone jack: Carl Pei

2018 has been the year of Android phones with iPhone X-style top-notch and for many obvious reasons, there has been a negative fuss surrounding it claiming to be a blunt rip off of the iPhone X.  Truth be spoken, there is no better alternative to bring in more screen real-estate without including a top notch. Yes, Apple has included a bunch of sensors including the Face ID in the top notch, and, Android-powered smartphones just have the regular sensor and front camera, but there is no better way to bring in an impressive screen-to-body ratio without designing it with a notch.

Cut to the chase, the upcoming OnePlus flagship (for now dubbed as the OnePlus 6) is also said to feature the notch. However, the company says that it will be more than just another iPhone copycat. Following the negativity, Android phones with notch-designs have been receiving since the MWC 2018 launches, OnePlus has reached out to The Verge to make its point and why it thinks the change in design is a good thing.

The company is far from backing out with the notch design at this stage and OnePlus like every other phone maker is opting to go this design route and is …

2018 has been the year of Android phones with iPhone X-style top-notch and for many obvious reasons, there has been a negative fuss surrounding it claiming to be a blunt rip off of the iPhone X.  Truth be spoken, there is no better alternative to bring in more screen real-estate without including a top notch. Yes, Apple has included a bunch of sensors including the Face ID in the top notch, and, Android-powered smartphones just have the regular sensor and front camera, but there is no better way to bring in an impressive screen-to-body ratio without designing it with a notch. Cut to the chase, the upcoming OnePlus flagship (for now dubbed as the OnePlus 6) is also said to feature the notch. However, the company says that it will be more than just another iPhone copycat. Following the negativity, Android phones with notch-designs have been receiving since the MWC 2018 launches, OnePlus has reached out to The Verge to make its point and why it thinks the change in design is a good thing. The company is far from backing out with the notch design at this stage and OnePlus like every other phone maker is opting to go this design route and is ...

Garmin Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch launched in the India for Rs. 15999

Garmin today launched the Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch in India. It features a crystal touchscreen with a discreet display, meaning the precision hands show the time and dynamically move away when you swipe through your messages, heart rate, and other features.

The smartwatch is capable of monitoring heart rate 24X7 continuously and has wellness monitoring tools such as all-day stress tracking and relaxation timer that will help you manage your stress levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It also includes other fitness tracking options like steps taken, calories burnt, distance traveled, and heart rate.

The smartwatch can last up to 5 days in smart mode and up to 2 weeks in watch mode. It automatically starts and stops the activity timer each time you begin walking. Other features like smart notifications, weather, find my phone, music control, find my watch are all accounted. It is compatible with iPhone, Android, and Windows.

The Garmin Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch comes in black color and large size and is priced at Rs. 15,999. It is available at select Helios stores and will soon be available in all the leading e-commerce portals such as Amazon.in.

Commenting on the launch of Vivomove HR, Mr. Ali Rizvi, National Sales Manager Garmin India said:

We are very happy to announce the launch of …

Garmin today launched the Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch in India. It features a crystal touchscreen with a discreet display, meaning the precision hands show the time and dynamically move away when you swipe through your messages, heart rate, and other features. The smartwatch is capable of monitoring heart rate 24X7 continuously and has wellness monitoring tools such as all-day stress tracking and relaxation timer that will help you manage your stress levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It also includes other fitness tracking options like steps taken, calories burnt, distance traveled, and heart rate. The smartwatch can last up to 5 days in smart mode and up to 2 weeks in watch mode. It automatically starts and stops the activity timer each time you begin walking. Other features like smart notifications, weather, find my phone, music control, find my watch are all accounted. It is compatible with iPhone, Android, and Windows. The Garmin Vivomove HR Analog Digital Smartwatch comes in black color and large size and is priced at Rs. 15,999. It is available at select Helios stores and will soon be available in all the leading e-commerce portals such as Amazon.in. Commenting on the launch of Vivomove HR, Mr. Ali Rizvi, National Sales Manager Garmin India said: We are very happy to announce the launch of ...

Facebook reportedly delays Home-Speaker launch over user-data privacy violation crisis

Facebook was expected to introduce the smart Home-Speaker at the F8 event in May but now it looks like the company has delayed its plans amid data-privacy practices and the outrage surrounding it, according to industry sources. 

The company’s new hardware products, connected speakers with digital-assistant and video-chat capabilities are currently under review to ensure that they make the right trade-offs with the user data. The new hardware products are a part of the Facebook’s plan to become more involved with users’ everyday social lives taking advantage of the artificial intelligence much like how Amazon is doing with its Echo devices.

With user-data privacy violations, FTC investigation and outrage among common users now is the wrong time for Facebook to make an announcement of the same. As expected, Facebook declined to comment on the reports. However, Facebook is still planning to launch the products later this year when the crisis gets over. It is expected that the company would reveal new, more restrictive rules about what kind of information Facebook can collect on their users.

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Facebook was expected to introduce the smart Home-Speaker at the F8 event in May but now it looks like the company has delayed its plans amid data-privacy practices and the outrage surrounding it, according to industry sources.  The company's new hardware products, connected speakers with digital-assistant and video-chat capabilities are currently under review to ensure that they make the right trade-offs with the user data. The new hardware products are a part of the Facebook’s plan to become more involved with users’ everyday social lives taking advantage of the artificial intelligence much like how Amazon is doing with its Echo devices. With user-data privacy violations, FTC investigation and outrage among common users now is the wrong time for Facebook to make an announcement of the same. As expected, Facebook declined to comment on the reports. However, Facebook is still planning to launch the products later this year when the crisis gets over. It is expected that the company would reveal new, more restrictive rules about what kind of information Facebook can collect on their users. Source