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India to Take Big 5G Leap in 2020 but Mass Adoption Far Away




New Delhi, Dec 24 (IANS) With fifth-generation cellular network technology (5G) round the corner that allows data transfer at a 10 times faster rate than 4G, India is set to witness major disruptions across industries in 2020 — with greater adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and advances computing at the edge, leading industry experts said on Tuesday.

Although the 5G technology that is gaining momentum fast globally may take at least another 5-6 years to reach the masses in India — for the simple reason that even 5G spectrum allocation is yet to take place for full-fledged trials — the enterprises are bullish on more real-life use cases emerging from the country.

“With 5G around the corner, greater adoption of IoT devices, and a need for faster decision-making, advanced edge computing that converges AI, IoT and 5G will be the key to realizing business value from data,” said Prakash Mallya, VP, and MD – Sales and Marketing Group, Intel India.

In the past 12 months, the integration of AI and IoT at the Edge has rapidly increased, allowing businesses across industries to design automated and more predictive systems.

Coupled with 5G services, edge computing requirements will accelerate exponentially.

“Harnessing these growing opportunities requires products and tools that are interoperable, computer vision enabled for the unique demands of the edge, software that is open and easy to deploy, and investment in the next generation of talent that can build, operate and effectively leverage new technology,” Mallya elaborated.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), commercial 5G deployments have begun in many regions and while 2019 is very much an introductory year at best, 2020 looks to be the year where 5G begins to ramp up.

“Although technologies will continue to evolve and find application in business processes, the mixture of 5G and IoT can be expected to dominate the foreseeable future. Staying competitive will ultimately mean adapting, and there will be plenty in 2020 and beyond for companies to catch up with. So, it’s time to get started,” said Sameer Mahapatra, Country Sales Head — India and SAARC, Aeris Communications.

However, the entire 5G ecosystem, which involves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), infrastructure, spectrum and edge devices, is currently missing in India and in such a scenario, various 5G-enabled devices that are now set to see the light of day are redundant for the Indian consumers.

“We expect 5G to reach mainstream in India in 2023 and mass market starting 2025 or so,” said Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research.

“This will, however, be much earlier compared to 3G and 4G era which took at least seven to eight years in India since the first global commercialisation for each generation of tech curves,” Shah told IANS.

According to cybersecurity firm Forcepoint, While 5G appears to be a promising service for organisations, the more reliable connectivity and lower latency of 5G will also work in favour of determined employees wishing to transfer swathes of corporate data.

5G will also bring new cyber threat scenarios in place.

“With the roll-out of 5G continuing in 2020, cybersecurity stack needs to have visibility and control of such data movement else organizations risk being unable to identify data theft at the speed necessary,” the company said in a statement.

Seqrite, the Enterprise Security solutions brand of Quick Heal Technologies Ltd, expects the threat exposure to increase substantially.

“Cybercriminals will look to capitalise on the new potential entry points that will open up within enterprise networks as everything from internet cars to smart refrigerators connect with them.

“The increase in threats to confidentiality and privacy will be unprecedented, with organisations and institutions required to monitor a much larger landscape for attacks,” said Seqrite.


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WhatsApp for Windows Phone Will No Longer Be Officially Supported After Dec 31, 2019




If you are still using Windows Phone in 2019, you now have another reason to buy a new Android or iOS-based device! WhatsApp has announced that it won’t be supporting the Windows-powered phones from December 31, 2019.

WhatsApp is saying goodbye to the Home windows Telephone world by formally ending assist for the cell platform managed by Microsoft. The Fb-owned firm has determined to withdraw assist from all Home windows Telephone variations from in the present day. This implies regardless of which Home windows Telephone iteration your machine has, it will not get official assist for WhatsApp beginning tomorrow. In a blog post, WhatsApp said that it is no longer developing for iOS-based Windows Phone operating system. WhatsApp has routinely ended support for old and obsolete operating systems. It had earlier ended support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. By February 1, 2020, WhatsApp has announced that will end the support for phones running Android versions 2.3.7 and older and also iOS 7 and older.

Regardless of ending assist, WhatsApp will proceed to work in your Home windows Telephone machine. It’s, nonetheless, vital to notice that you just will not obtain any future updates or safety fixes.

“As a result of we not actively develop for these working programs, some options would possibly cease performing at any time,” WhatsApp wrote on its FAQ part defining finish of assist for Home windows Telephone variations.

Since July this 12 months, WhatsApp has been unavailable for obtain by means of Microsoft Retailer. Home windows 10 Cell, which is the successor to the sooner Home windows Telephone variations, can also be set to achieve the finish of service from January 14, 2020. The signifies that the platform itself will not obtain any safety updates beginning early subsequent month.

Along with Home windows Telephone, WhatsApp will not be supported on smartphones operating Android model 2.3.7 or older in addition to iPhone fashions operating iOS eight or older from February 1, 2020. You possibly can pretty get the concept all this may cowl thousands and thousands of units globally.

Notably, customers on Android model 2.3.7 and older in addition to iOS eight and older are already being restricted from creating new WhatsApp accounts or re-verifying their present accounts.

WhatsApp Month-to-month Lively Customers Hit 1.5 Billion, 60 Billion Messages Despatched Every Day

WhatsApp Ending Help for Home windows Telephone on December 31, UWP App Tipped to Arrive.

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Apple’s most expensive device starts selling in India




Apple has always been known for its steep prices. From phones to computers, tablets to cases, if it’s coming from Apple, it will probably be one of the priciest options available.

Apple has finally started to sell the new Mac Pro workstation and Pro DIsplay XDR monitor in India. The Mac Pro is available at a starting price of $5999 while the Pro Display XDR starts at Rs 4,49,900 in India. The Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a memory system with 1.5TB capacity and a graphics architecture featuring the ‘world’s most powerful’ graphics card. It also introduces Apple Afterburner, an accelerator card.

The nano-textured glass variant of the Pro Display XDR costs Rs 5,29,900. The monitor doesn’t come with the stand. The XDR display stand can do a lot of stuff like tilt at various angles and even rotate from portrait mode to landscape mode. But all this comes at a price of Rs 91,900.

Apple Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit colour, 1,600 nits

The Pro XDR display in itself is an impressive piece of machinery. It’s a 32-inch LCD display which offers native 6K resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels. Compared to the iMac 5K display, the Pro Display XDR is 40% bigger and offers super-wide viewing angles. Apple claims that it is using a new polariser in the display that offers 25 times better colour and contrast ratio than any typical LCD display. On top of it there’s an anti-reflective coating, the nano-texture surface that reduces reflections and maintains the image quality.

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Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone’s Successor Launching in H2 2020




According to reports, Huawei will launch its next-generation Mate X folding phone in the second half of 2020. The company is reported to be working on the phone already, and small volume trial production of components has already begun. The Huawei Mate X was launched earlier this year, but availability was delayed until November to ensure satisfactory build quality. Samsung also had durability issues with its first foldable phone, and the Galaxy Fold successor is now expected to launch alongside the next Galaxy S series flagship in February this year.

A Digitimes report states that the next-generation Huawei Mate X foldable phone will be launched in H2 2020. This contrasts with a recent report that suggests that an improved version of the Mate X with Kirin 990 SoC is expected to be released at MWC 2020. He says this Mate X update has an improved design with a better hinge and a stronger screen as well. It could be possible that the report is talking about a suitable successor of the first folding telephone and not just an “improved version”. This is pure speculation on our part, and we expect more clarity as Huawei decides to make some announcements about its folding phone segment.

This informed release information was obtained from manufacturers in the Taiwan supply chain, and some suppliers have even started small-scale trial production of components for the next-generation foldable phone. The report does not detail the design changes or the great features of the next Huawei folding phone but notes that Taiwan suppliers see promising potential in the single segment next year. These suppliers have even started expansion projects for this purpose.

For example, hinge manufacturer Jarllytec seeks to install additional batch furnaces in 2020 that will help produce more metal injection moulding (MIM parts for folding phones. This company has partnered with two Chinese smartphone brands to produce hinges for their folding phones, hinting that more original equipment manufacturers can launch folding phones next year.

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