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Authorized joint secretary can suspend telecom service in an area

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The Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency and Public Safety) Rules, 2017 gives the authorities these power.


A joint secretary level officer authorised by Union or state home secretary can order the suspension of telecom services in an area in case of an emergency, according to new guidelines. The Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency and Public Safety) Rules, 2017, notified by the government last week, authorises Union and state home secretary to order such suspension in a given area.

“… under unavoidable circumstances, where obtaining of prior direction is not feasible, such order may be issued by an officer, not below the rank of a joint secretary to the Government of India, who has been duly authorised by the Union home secretary or the state home secretary,” the order said.

The government often suspends telecom services in disturbed areas with an aim to maintain law and order in a state or in the country. The order issued by an officer authorised by either Union or state home secretary will have to be approved by the competent authority within 24 hours of such issuance and in the failure of approval confirmation, the suspension order will cease to exist.


According to the rules, a copy of any order issued for suspension of telecom services needs to be forwarded to a three-member review committee within 24 hours along with the associated reason. In the case of centre, the committee will be chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and the state level review committee will be headed by the chief secretary of the state. The new rules make it binding for the committee to meet and review the order within five working days from the date the order is issued. ALSO READ: Telecom operators failed to meet consumer satisfaction level, says TRAI 

The rules also laid down that the order for suspension of telecom services will have to be communicated by an officer, not below the superintendent of police or of equivalent rank in writing or by secure electronic communication to an authorised officer.


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Oppo F5 first impressions: It’s all about the big screen and AI powered selfie camera

Home &gt News &gt Oppo F5 first impressions: It’s all about the big screen and AI powered selfie camera

With the new F5 smartphone, Oppo has brought Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the front camera.

oppo f5 first impressions
Earlier today, Oppo launched a new smartphone in India called F5. Successor to the Oppo F3, the new smartphone features an edge-to-edge display and a 20-megapixel front camera powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance your selfies. The Oppo F5 is offered in two storage variants – 4GB RAM with 32GB storage priced at Rs 19,990, whereas the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs 24,990. The smartphone can be pre-ordered starting today and will go on sale starting November 9. After spending some time with the smartphone, here are my first impressions.

More screen, less bezel

Edge-to-edge display is the theme of the year and we have seen it right from mid-range smartphones such as Micromax Canvas Infinity and LG Q6, to high-end smartphones such as Google Pixle 2 XL, Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and the Apple iPhone X. Oppo doesn’t want to be lost in the race, and the F5 is the company’s first smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge display.

oppo f5 first impressions front

You get a 6-inch display running at full HD resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Despite having such as large display, the Oppo F5 still feels compact, and is the same size as last the F3 that featured a 5.5-inch display. The display is bright enough for proper visibility in direct sunlight, but the color reproduction could’ve been a bit more punchy. But I will reserve my final judgment till for a more in-depth review of the smartphone. RELATED: From Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Smartphones with a wide screen ratio you can buy in India

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AI Powered front-camera

The second big change coming is the AI powered 20-megapixel front camera. Oppo says that the AI software can recognize your age, gender, skin type and skin tone to bring the photogenic best out of you. It is also optimized to enhance the symmetry between features such as your jawline, cheekbones, nose and eyes for a perfectly natural and refined selfie. ALSO READ: Oppo F3 Plus Review: The rise of the ‘selfie’ flagship

There is also a portrait mode for selfies that adds DSLR-like bokeh-effects. I did click a few photos (see below) using both the depth effect and without depth effect. Initial impressions about the camera are pretty good. But we will click more photos in different lighting conditions to see how it performs.

Without Bokeh Effect

oppo f5 first impressions without bokeh

With Bokeh Effect

oppo f5 first impressions camera with bokeh

oppo f5 first impressions bokeh camera

Decent set of specifications

The Oppo F5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6763T octa-core SoC paired with Mali G71 GPU for graphics. The smartphone is armed with a 3,200mAh battery, and connectivity options on the smartphone include dual-SIM card support, 4G LTE with VoLTE HD voice calling, Bluetooth 4.2, and Wi-Fi. On the software front, it runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2 on top. ALSO READ: Oppo F3 Review: The one for your selfies and groupfies

Final thoughts

The sleek and slim design, good front and rear cameras and an edge-to-edge display are a few things that go in favor of the Oppo F5. The company is focusing on the youth who want to capture better selfies in any lighting conditions. The addition of AI to the front camera and bokeh mode using a single camera setup sounds pretty interesting.

Even the price point is good considering the features you get on the smartphone, along with online and offline availability. We will be thoroughly testing the smartphone over the next few days before we come up with our review. So stay tuned for that.


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Bose QC 35 II wireless headphones with Google Assistant integration launched in India at Rs 29,363

Home &gt News &gt Bose QC 35 II wireless headphones with Google Assistant integration launched in India at Rs 29,363

Bose QC35 II wireless headphones feature a dedicated Action Button to launch Google Assistant.

Bose QC 35 II with Google Assistant launched
Bose today introduced the updated QC35 II wireless headphones in India. Priced at Rs 29,363, the noise-canceling headphones were first launched globally in September and mark their debut in the country starting today. There are two color choices of black and silver. You can purchase the headphones through Bose retail stores, and authorized Bose dealers.

The talking point of the headphones is that they are integrated with Google Assistant and let you give voice commands through a dedicated button. This Action Button, as Bose calls it, will access Google’s digital assistant in markets it is available in.
<![CDATA[]]> Bose and Google have worked together in developing the Bose QC 35 II, which has the first-ever integration of Google Assistant in a headphone. To give a voice command, simply press and hold the Action Button on the left earcup. The digital assistant is capable of handling music, set alerts, write messages, and also add appointments to your Google calendar among other things. Existing support for launching Siri is through the multi-function control button on the right earcup. ALSO READ: Bose SoundLink Micro waterproof speaker launched: Price, specifications, features

The company has also added settings to control environmental noise. The QC 35 II are activated for noise cancellation when they are powered on. However, the Bose Connect App now lets you choose to keep it on (high), turn it down (low), or disable it completely (off). The Connect App also lets you change the Action Button’s functionality, so you can control the noise settings from the earcup when you want or switch back to your Google Assistant.


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Where’s my Android? A Google Pixel 2 XL without any operating system just got delivered

Home &gt News &gt Where’s my Android? A Google Pixel 2 XL without any operating system just got delivered

So you buy a new phone and the company forgets to give install an operating system on it, what do you?

google pixel 2 xl front hands on
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL started shipping two days ago, and people around the world have started receiving their deliveries. One of these (un)lucky people is a Reddit user who goes by the name ‘MAKES_PEOPE_MAD’, and he just received his brand new Google Pixel 2XL smartphone. All’s great and everything, just that Google forgot to load any operating system on the device.

The Reddit user started a thread on the forum along with an image of his new smartphone showing an error that reads, “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” However, the internet has come to his rescue (with their sarcasm), and have the best suggestions ever. While user Echojhawke suggested him to switch the phone off and on again, that_90s_guy showed his foresightedness by suggesting him to “download more RAM when you’re at it”.

This thread did take a little turn, but it is definitely word reading. Check out the screenshot below:


Back to the mystery of missing operating system. We checked up the link that the error message shows, and we were taken to Nexus’ Help Forum. According to the forum, there are three kinds of warnings about operating system safety, and unfortunately this one falls under neither of them.


The three category the forum mentions are: One, a case where a device has loaded a different operating system, wherein they will see a yellow caution mark on their device. Second, when it is in an “unlocked” state. This means that your operating system can’t be checked to make sure that it’s safe to use. And this warning is represented by an orange caution mark. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 vs Pixel: What’s different?

The third, is a red caution mark, which the case in question has too, but this is supposed to show up the warning “Your device is corrupt. It can’t be trusted and may not work properly.” Basically, for when a device has been changed or corrupted and is not safe to use. The device may not work properly and could expose user data to corruption and security risks.

While this warning doesn’t read any of the ones mentioned on the forum, going by the color schemes of the warnings, the device received by the Reddit user seems to have been corrupted. BGR India has gotten in touch with Google regarding the incidence, but an official response is awaited. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2 XL First impressions: Feature loaded and oozes Google sweetness


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