Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister of IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday to discuss on issues related to Information technology in the state.

Pema briefed the Union Minister that Arunachal Pradesh has also accorded top priority to e Governance and efforts are being made to realise this by making the entire State Civil Secretariat paperless in the days to come. He believed that with the help of information technology the state government would ensure transparency and accountability in Governance.

He however admitted the fact that the state has been lagging behind in terms of IT and Telecominfrastructure due to rugged and inaccessible terrain, low road density and such other reasons. Pema requested the IT and telecom ministry to support the state government to do a massive augmentation in the sector. Pema requested for a special package to augment Telecom Infrastructure, not only to improve services but to meet the need of connectivity required for GST implementation. CM also suggested for a policy to subsidize the bandwidth charges in Arunachal Pradesh which would act as an incentive for the private service providers and encourage them to invest in Arunachal Pradesh.

CM Khandu also pointed out that the Mission Mode projects such as eDistrict, Swan and State Data Centre are yet to take off due to host of reasons including limited participation in bids. He sought the Minister’s personal intervention to fast track and operationalize these projects.

Citing that the present model of Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme and even the proposed CSC 2.0 is not viable in Arunachal Pradesh in the backdrop of less population, less transaction, unreliable connectivity and limited G2C services, CM appealed the Ministry to devise a special mechanism to make these CSCs viable.

CM further opined for an interim measure to resolve the connectivity issues by providing VSATs with solar power backup facilities. These VSATs will be installed at 100 administrative centres. Wifi hotspot will be created using these VSATs for public access, he suggested while requesting the ministry to consider funding for atleast 100 VSATs.

He also requested to upscale and expand NIC and SEMT with more manpower for Arunachal Pradesh.

After giving a patient hearing, Union Minister assured the CM that Arunachal Pradesh would be accorded utmost priority. All out support would be extended to the state in IT and telecom sector.

He revealed that the Union Government contemplates to bring a revolution through CSC model. All schemes, programmes of central as well as state would be linked with CSC so that direct benefit is reaped by genuine beneficiaries.

Ravi Shankar Prasad assured CM that the Ministry will strengthen telecom and IT services in the state so that all the populace of the state reaps the benefits of Government.

CM was accompanied by Dy CM, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Commissioner Finance.

Source: The Arunachal Times

Arunachal Pradesh urged the Centre for a special package to augment telecom infrastructure in the state which will not only improve services but meet the need of connectivity required for GST implementation.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu made the request during a meeting with Union Minister of IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss on issues of information technology.

Khandu briefed the minister that Arunachal Pradesh has also accorded top priority to e-Governance and efforts are being made to realise this by making the entire State Civil Secretariat paperless in the days to come.

He believed that with the help of information technology, the state government would ensure transparency and accountability in governance, an official release said.

Khandu said the state has been lagging behind in terms of IT and Telecom infrastructure due to rugged and inaccessible terrain, low road density and such other reasons.

The chief minister requested the IT and telecom ministry to support the state government to do a massive augmentation in the sector.

Khandu also suggested for a policy to subsidize the bandwidth charges in Arunachal Pradesh which would act as an incentive for the private service providers and encourage them to invest in the state.

He pointed out that the Mission Mode projects such as e-District, Swan and State Data Centre are yet to take off due to host of reasons including limited participation in bids.

He sought the minister's personal intervention to fast track and operationalize these projects.

Citing that the present model of Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme and even the proposed CSC 2.0 is not viable in Arunachal Pradesh in backdrop of less population, less transaction, unreliable connectivity and limited G2C services, the chief minister appealed to the ministry to devise a special mechanism to make these CSCs viable.

Khandu also sought an interim measure to resolve the connectivity issues by providing VSATs with solar power backup facilities.

These VSATs will be installed at 100 administrative centres. Wifi hotspot will be created using these VSATs for public access, the chief minister suggested while requesting the ministry to consider funding for at least 100 VSATs.

He also requested to upscale and expand NIC and SEMT with more manpower for Arunachal Pradesh.

The Union minister assured Khandu that Arunachal Pradesh would be accorded utmost priority.

All out support would be extended to the state in IT and telecom sector.

Prashad revealed that the Centre is contemplating to bring a revolution through CSC model.

All schemes, programmes of centre as well as state would be linked with CSC so that direct benefit is reaped by genuine beneficiaries.

The union minister assured the chief minister that the ministry would strengthen telecom and IT services in the state so that all the populace of the state reaps the benefits of government.

Source: Money Control

Google is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple and Amazon in unveiling new smartphones and an internet-connected speaker sporting a digital assistant that the company hopes to make indispensable.

The devices unveiled Tuesday are part of Google's bold move to design and sell its own hardware, instead of just supplying Android and other software for other companies to make products. Google's previous attempts at hardware have had limited distribution and included such high-profile flops as its internet-connected Glass headgear.

This time around, Google is betting big that it has matured to the point that it can design software and hardware to work seamlessly with each other — an art that Apple mastered during the past 15 years as it mesmerized consumers with its iPods, iPhones, iPads and Macs.
 

Borrowing another page from Apple's book, Google is backing its expanded product lineup with the biggest marketing campaign in its 18-year history. The company isn't disclosing how much it will spend, but made it clear the ads touting products "Made by Google" will be ubiquitous during the next few months.

"They have done some advertising in the past, but it's never been with this kind of 'let us take care of everything for you' way," Gartner analyst Brian Blau said. "This is more like Apple's way of doing things."

GADGETS ON PARADE

Google executives showed off a series of gadgets in rapid succession in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The new Pixel phones, starting at a price of $650, are aimed squarely at Apple's iPhone and could also siphon sales from the biggest manufacturer of Android-powered phones, Samsung.

Android now powers more than 80 percent of the smartphones sold around the world. But Samsung has increasingly been adding more of its own software, including its own mobile wallet, on its phones.

Analysts warned that Google's increased emphasis on its own branded devices runs the risk of alienating Samsung, as well as LG and other longtime partners that make Android gadgets. Google, though, emphasized it still plans to work with other manufacturers, even as it tries to become a bigger player in hardware.

Meanwhile, Google's new Home speaker represents a counterpunch to Amazon's Echo, a similar device that has become a big hit since its release about 15 months ago. Google Home will cost $129, undercutting Echo by $50. Home will be available on Nov. 4 for $129, with advance orders starting Tuesday.


Google also announced a virtual-reality headset called Daydream View, a new Wi-Fi router and an update to the company's Chromecast device for streaming video.

THE PHONE

Available in two sizes, the Pixel phones replace Google's previous foray into smartphones with a Nexus brand introduced six years ago. Google never hailed Nexus as its own phone, but instead positioned it as an example of how it believed the Android system worked best.

In promoting the Pixels, Google highlighted a camera it says trumps the latest iPhone, a long-lasting battery and a dedicated headphone jack — a staple that Apple eliminated from the iPhones released last month. And while past Google phones primarily relied on sales through Google's online Play store, the Pixel will also be sold by Verizon in the U.S. The phones come out Oct. 20, with advance orders starting Tuesday.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said in an email that Google was smart to emphasize the performance of the new smartphone cameras, as "consumers care about this a lot." But he said other features in the new phones didn't seem that much different from what Samsung and Apple have offered in their latest devices.

SMART ASSISTANT

The phones and speaker will serve as a showcase for Google's digital helper, Google Assistant. The helper will respond to spoken questions such as "How do you remove wine stains out of the carpet?" and commands to control the volume of the television and other home appliances with internet connections.

Google Assistant escalates the company's battle against Apple, which offers a virtual helping hand through Siri, and Amazon, whose Alexa concierge resides in Echo and other devices.

Google believes its assistant will be more knowledgeable, more personable and more versatile than the competition. Its confidence stems from the more than 70 billion facts that it has stockpiled in a database that it calls a "knowledge graph," as well as the ability of its dominant search engine to quickly scan the web to retrieve a specific piece of information.

By: Michael Liedtke & Brandon Bailey

Source: Herald & Review

John Adrian Shepherd-Barron, (23 June 1925 – 15 May 2010) was a British inventor, who pioneered the development of the cash machine, sometimes referred to as the Automated Teller Machine or ATM.

Barron was born on 23 June 1925 at Shillong, then in the British Raj province of Assam (now in Meghalaya), to British parents.

Shepherd-Barron once explained that he came up with the idea of cash dispensers in 1965 while lying in his bath after finding his bank closed. It was then his habit to withdraw money on a Saturday, but on this particular weekend he had arrived one minute late and found the bank doors locked against him.

Later that year, he bumped into the chief general manager of Barclays Bank who was about to have lunch. Over a pink gin, Shepherd-Barron asked him for 90 seconds to pitch his idea for a cash machine.

Barclays commissioned Shepherd-Barron to build six cash dispensers, the first of which was installed at a branch in the north London suburb of Enfield on June 27 1967.

He invented some other less-well-known devices, including one which played the sound of a killer whale in an attempt to deter seals from salmon farms. When he retired to Scotland in 1985, when he was 60, he tried his hand at snail farming.

Source: TNT

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