If we look at the Indian market, it’s flooded with digital products and services, and the Indian consumer is aware of the environmental implications of this digital transition. (Pixabay) News 

Why the Indian consumer should prioritize ESG in the digital age

Over the past few years, you may have come across the term Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and witnessed companies adopting ESG principles. However, if you believe this is solely a corporate phenomenon, reconsider. ESG has a significant impact on consumers, influencing their buying choices and fostering a more sustainable and morally upright market. Furthermore, in today’s digital era where information is readily accessible, the integration of ESG principles with technology is revolutionizing the consumer landscape in India. Recent reports show that ESG investments in India have grown from US$330…

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Budget 2024: FM Nirmala Sitharman presented the budget in paperless format at the Parliament today. (ANI) News 

Key takeaways from FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s tech announcements in Budget 2024

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman unveiled the Interim Budget 2024 in Parliament on February 1. It is worth noting that this budget is temporary, with a comprehensive budget set to be announced by the new government after the general elections. As anticipated, the FM introduced various reforms in the tech sector, delivering the budget in a paperless format using a digital tablet enclosed in a red ‘bahi khata’ adorned with the national emblem. Despite industry experts’ high hopes for artificial intelligence (AI) advancements, no such announcement was made. Take a look…

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India has cut the import duty on some parts used in making mobile phones to 10% from 15% but will that bring the prices down? News 

Could the new import cuts on phone parts in India lead to cheaper budget phones?

NEW DELHI: India has cut import duties on some parts used to make mobile phones to 10 percent from 15 percent, benefiting companies such as Apple and Xiaomi, which manufacture in Asia’s third-largest economy. The import duty on parts such as battery covers, main camera lenses, back covers, other plastic and metal mechanical items, GSM antenna and other parts has been reduced to 10%, the finance ministry announced late on Tuesday. Import duties on inputs used to manufacture these components have been cut to zero, the announcement said. In recent…

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A new QR code scam has surfaced that is aiming to steal money from victims pretending to collect donations for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. (Pixabay) News 

How to avoid a dangerous QR code scam targeting devotees before the inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

A new online scam has emerged on the final day of the year, ensnaring numerous unsuspecting individuals. The inauguration ceremony for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is set to commence on January 16, with the consecration of Ram Lalla scheduled for January 22. In anticipation of this significant event, certain malicious individuals are posing as representatives of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, the trust responsible for the construction and management of the Ram Mandir, and soliciting donations from people. These scammers are employing a QR code scheme, providing a…

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Amnesty International and The Washington Post have conducted a joint investigation, revealing that Indian journalists have been targeted with Pegasus spyware. The software, sold by NSO Group, allows surveillance and access to phone data. (Unsplash ) News 

Amnesty claims India is using spyware to target prominent journalists.

According to a joint investigation by Amnesty International and The Washington Post, high-profile journalists in India have been recently subjected to surveillance using Pegasus spyware by the government. Pegasus software, created by Israel’s NSO Group and sold to governments around the world, can be used to access phone messages and emails, browse photos, eavesdrop on phone calls, track locations and even film the owner with a camera. According to Amnesty, The Wire’s reporters Siddharth Varadarajan and The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project’s Anand Mangnale were targeted by spyware on…

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India's 5G median speeds have already made it to the top 10 global charts but can the country keep up with these speeds in 2024? News 

Here is the complete list of global rankings for India’s 5G speed in 2023, with India securing the 10th position.

India launched 5G networks in October 2022, but just one year after the official launch, the country’s 5G speeds have risen to the top ten in the world. According to details shared by Ookla in its report this month, India will be one of the 5G countries in 2023, which shows the huge impact of network deployment and how quickly operators have been able to respond to network needs. consumers in the country. While countries like the UAE and South Korea lead the 5G median speed charts with speeds of…

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Indian Telecommunications Bill 2023 has been passed by Lok Sabha. Know the major highlights from the bill. (PTI) News 

Lok Sabha approves Telecom Bill 2023; Here are 10 essential details to be aware of

The Telecom Bill 2023, also known as the Indian Telecommunications Bill 2023, has been introduced by Union Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw and has been approved by the Lok Sabha. This bill aims to replace current regulations and was presented and approved during the Winter Session of Parliament. It is intended to replace three existing Acts: the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act of 1950. The bill grants the government increased authority over telecom services in order to safeguard…

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Apple and its suppliers aim to build more than 50 million iPhones in India each year, within the next two to three years, with additional tens of millions of units planned thereafter. (Bloomberg) News 

India to be the manufacturing hub for Apple, producing over 50 million iPhones, accounting for 25% of its global annual production.

According to a recent report, Apple has ambitious intentions for India, as it plans to manufacture up to 50 million iPhones annually in collaboration with its suppliers. This figure represents a significant portion, approximately 25 percent, of the global iPhone production. Over the next two to three years, Apple intends to enhance its factories in India to meet the rising demand for iPhones. Furthermore, once the initial production target is achieved, the company aims to further increase the quantity, adding tens of millions of additional iPhone units to its lineup.…

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Apple in big trouble as India plans to introduce USB-C charging port law. Know all about the iPhone USB-C problem in India. (REUTERS) News 

Apple Could Face Triple Penalty in India Over iPhone USB-C Issue

Several countries have been contemplating the implementation of the USB-C charging port as a means to decrease electronic waste. The European Union was the first to enact regulations requiring the use of USB-C charging ports, prompting Apple to incorporate this change in their iPhone 15 series, thereby abandoning the previous Lightning port. India is now following suit, seeking to enforce a similar law that would require smartphone manufacturers to adopt the new standard charging port. This decision could potentially pose significant challenges for Apple. Discover the details surrounding the iPhone…

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Abhishek Singh shared insights into India's ambitious plans for the Summit, highlighting a massive AI Expo showcasing over 150 start-ups across sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, education, manufacturing, robotech, and drones News 

Insights from NeGD Chief on How GPAI Summit in Delhi will Address Deepfake and Shape the Future of AI

More than 200 experts, speakers and 29 member countries will participate in the GPAI (Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence) Summit in New Delhi from 12th to 14th. December, and will focus on the ethical, regulatory and developmental dimensions of AI. The prestigious event is hosted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Abhishek Singh, IAS, CEO, MeitY’s National e-Governance Division (NeGD), said in an exclusive interview with ReturnByte that GPAI consists of four specialized working groups: responsible artificial intelligence, data management, future of work, and commercialization and innovation.…

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The eighth edition of the Global Technology Summit (GTS) will be held in New Delhi from December 4-6, with the theme of 'Geopolitics of Technology.' (Bloomberg) News 

Experience the Future at the 8th Global Technology Summit in New Delhi!

From December 4-6, the Global Technology Summit (GTS) will take place in New Delhi, marking its eighth edition. The Summit will commence with an opening speech by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The Global Technology Summit (GTS) is India’s flagship geotechnology event hosted by the Department of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Geopolitics of Technology’, the MEA said in a press release. During the Global Technology Summit (GTS), more than 40 public sessions, keynote speeches, ministerial speeches,…

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The PIB Fact Check Unit (FCU) has busted nine YouTube channels spreading fake news and misinformation in India. (AFP) Gadgets 

Uncovering India’s Fake News: 9 YouTube Channels to Watch Out For!

According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Press Information Bureau’s fact check unit has exposed nine YouTube channels in India for disseminating false news and misinformation. The ministry stated that the PIB Fact Check Unit (FCU) has discredited these channels by publishing numerous fact-checks in separate Twitter threads. The channels have a subscriber base ranging from 11,700 to 34.70 lakh. List of YouTube channels spreading fake news and misinformation in India These nine YouTube channels identified by PIB’s fact-checking unit are: “Bharat Ekta News”, “Bajrang Education”, “Bj News”,…

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India ranks 49th among 64 economies in the 2023 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR) published by IMD. (PTI) News 

Discover India’s Digital Edge: 49th in IMD’s World Digital Competitiveness Ranking!

The 2023 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR) has been released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), revealing that India holds the 49th position out of 64 economies. The study conducted by IMD highlights India’s notable progress in cybersecurity knowledge, but also points out its shortcomings in areas such as technology and future readiness. The World Digital Competitiveness Ranking by IMD provides valuable insights into how different countries are adapting to the digital transformation era, particularly in relation to artificial intelligence (AI). Essentially, it illuminates the essential elements that…

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Digital Personal Data Privacy Act 2023: This is how the BFSI sector of India might be affected. (Pexels) News 

Unlock the Secrets of Digital Data Privacy: What the BFSI Sector Needs to Know About the 2023 Act

The BFSI industry in India is highly regulated, with governing bodies such as the RBI, SEBI, IRDAI, and UIDAI setting requirements. These regulations cover cybersecurity and privacy. Larger organizations operating in multiple regions must also comply with global privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA, but they will now need to adjust their processes to adhere to the DPDP Act for customers in India. Additionally, this sector has been instrumental in driving the adoption of digital technologies, analytics, and governance methods. The DPDP Act,2023 will require a greater emphasis on meeting…

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India's ILMT telescope achieves a milestone with first supernova discovery. (ARIES) News 

A Supernova of Success: India’s ILMT Telescope Reaches Milestone!

The Devasthal Observatory in Nainital, India, has achieved a significant milestone with the International Liquid Mirror Telescope (ILMT) by discovering its first supernova, SN 2023af. This groundbreaking discovery, outlined in a report on the arXiv preprint server on November 8, highlights the ILMT’s capability to uncover many more supernovae in the future. These extraordinary celestial occurrences, renowned for their dazzling brightness and explosive nature, offer astronomers essential information about the development of stars and galaxies. The ILMT telescope, with a diameter of 4 meters and pointing towards the zenith, focuses…

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Minister Vaishnav posted on X, "Met Mobile industry to review progress. Industry has grown 20 times in 9 years. (unsplash) News 

“Made in India” Mobile Phone Boom: Ashwini Vaishnav Shares the Numbers!

Ashwini Vaishnav, the Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, utilized social media platform X to share a significant accomplishment in the mobile phone industry. In the message, he revealed that India’s mobile industry has grown exponentially, growing 20-fold in just nine years. Minister Vaishnav sent X: “Met Mobile Industry to review progress. Industry has grown 20 times in 9 years. 2014: 78 percent import dependent 2023: 99.2 percent of all mobile phones sold in India are ‘Made in India’”. Minister Vaishnav emphasized the development of the sector while reflecting on…

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MPs from various political parties received threat notifications on their iPhones in November. With the iPhone threat notifications issue turning into a huge controversy, Apple has scrambled a team to meet Indian officials. (Unsplash) News 

Apple to India: US Team Rushing to Discuss iPhone Security Alerts!

In the beginning of this month, several opposition party leaders were startled when they received alarming notifications on their iPhones, warning them about potential state-sponsored attackers attempting to compromise their devices remotely. Concerned about this issue, the leaders shared screenshots of the alerts on their X accounts, seeking clarification. However, no further action was taken regarding the iPhone threat notifications, leading the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in), a department under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), to issue a show cause notice to Apple. According to reports,…

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The India-EU MoU will “enhance resilience in the semiconductor supply chain”, says Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. (Ashwini Vaishnaw/X) News 

India and EU Join Forces to Strengthen Semiconductor Supply Chain!

India and the European Union (EU) have strengthened their technology collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the semiconductor ecosystem on November 24. The initial agreement was signed by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav and the EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton. Under the agreement, India and the EU will exchange experiences and best practices, and identify opportunities for collaboration to enhance the semiconductor ecosystem, among other objectives. Vaishnaw announced at X and published, “India and EU sign MoU to deepen semiconductor ecosystem cooperation and improve semiconductor supply chain…

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Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar informed social media platforms about the decision after a meeting on deepfakes. News 

Deepfakes Beware: Indian Government Issues Stern Warning to Social Media Platforms!

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced that social media companies will have seven days to adjust their terms of service and other policies to address deep-fakes and other potential user inconveniences related to India’s artificial intelligence (AI). laws and regulations. Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar announced the decision on social media platforms after a meeting on deep fakes. He mentioned that content that violates Rule 3(1)b of the current IT rules, which requires certain content to be removed within 36 hours of user complaints, could face action.…

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the growing problem of deepfakes, which has exponentially grown ever since generative AI gained huge popularity. (ANI) AI 

Deepfakes: Spot Them and Stay Safe – PM Modi’s Warning on AI

During the Diwali Milan program at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew attention to the growing issue of deepfakes in India. Deepfake technology, which utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to convincingly alter media like photos, videos, and audio, has become a concerning problem. The most recent incident involved actress Rashmika Mandanna, who fell victim to a distressing deepfake attack. PM Modi discussed this matter with journalists on Friday, November 17. During the speech, he pointed out the misuse of artificial intelligence to create “deepfake” texts and…

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