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Calls review: Derivative storytelling undermines Apple TV+’s novel alternative to podcast adaptations
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Calls review: Derivative storytelling undermines Apple TV+’s novel alternative to podcast adaptations

Calls is an adaptation of the CANAL+ French series created by Timothée Hochet. It's the fiction podcast transitioning into a new form of audio-visual narrative. Over 9 episodes, each around 15-20 minutes in length, stories of strange phenomena unfold all of which are transcribed over minimal graphics on screen.

Call trailer: Pedro Pascal, Nick Jonas, Lily Collins get tangled in eerie phone call conversations in Apple TV+ series
Entertainment

Call trailer: Pedro Pascal, Nick Jonas, Lily Collins get tangled in eerie phone call conversations in Apple TV+ series

Calls is designed to be an immersive television experience that uses auditory senses with minimal abstract visuals to tell nine individual short-form stories, states a press release.

Apple tells US lawmakers that iPhones do not eavesdrop on user conversation
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Apple tells US lawmakers that iPhones do not eavesdrop on user conversation

Apple said iPhones do not record audio while listening for Siri wake-up commands and Siri does not share spoken words.

TRAI’s new regulation mandates subscribers' consent for commercial calls
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TRAI’s new regulation mandates subscribers' consent for commercial calls

The TRAI regulation mentioned "A major abuse of the current regulations will thus be stopped,".

Air India, Vistara welcome telecom panel's nod for in-flight connectivity, hope move will add to passengers' convenience
Business

Air India, Vistara welcome telecom panel's nod for in-flight connectivity, hope move will add to passengers' convenience

Major airlines, including Air India and Vistara, on Tuesday welcomed the Telecom Commission's nod for use of WiFi and voice services in-flight

Telecom panel gives nod to in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace; flyers can make calls, browse the net in 3 months
Business

Telecom panel gives nod to in-flight connectivity in Indian airspace; flyers can make calls, browse the net in 3 months

In-flight connectivity will be available once an aircraft reaches an altitude of 3,000 meters.

Instagram is planning to launch video and audio calling in its app to rival Snapchat
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Instagram is planning to launch video and audio calling in its app to rival Snapchat

This will make Instagram the third platform under Facebook with calling features after Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha claims that call drops have reduced by 60 percent
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Telecom minister Manoj Sinha claims that call drops have reduced by 60 percent

"In the last four months, data shows that call drops have come down by 60%," Sinha said on the sidelines of "Building ICT - Infrastructure: Connect the Unconnected".

Trai has started drive tests with the assistance of operators to monitor call drop levels
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Trai has started drive tests with the assistance of operators to monitor call drop levels

In a bid to check the quality of mobile services, regulator TRAI has begun operator-assisted drive test that captures real-time data to monitor the level of call drops and voice quality across multiple cities.

Telecom service providers will install 150,000 towers by March 2017 to fight call drops
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Telecom service providers will install 150,000 towers by March 2017 to fight call drops

Trying to solve call drops, the telecom service providers have installed more than 130,000 additional base transceiver stations (BTS) across the country between June to October and plan to install more than 150,000 more BTSs till March 2017.

India continues to seek Vodafone network access to intercept calls, texts, emails
World

India continues to seek Vodafone network access to intercept calls, texts, emails

India is among the 28 countries that continue to seek access to Vodafone's network for intercepting phone calls, text messages and emails, the UK-based group said on Wednesday in a report.

Delhi govt's women helpline gets over 2 lakh calls in 4 months
India

Delhi govt's women helpline gets over 2 lakh calls in 4 months

The Delhi Government's 181 helpline for women in distress, which was launched in the wake of the December 16 gangrape, has received over two lakh calls in the last four-and-half months.

Bemilo SIM helps parents monitor their child's mobile usage
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Bemilo SIM helps parents monitor their child's mobile usage

Only a parent would know of the nightmares that come along with them buying a mobile phone for their kid, ...

Data, Not Voice, Will Drive Telecom Growth: Report
Biztech

Data, Not Voice, Will Drive Telecom Growth: Report

Better networks and 3G and broadband services will enable data to drive growth

Talking to Death: Texts, Phones Kill 16,000
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Talking to Death: Texts, Phones Kill 16,000

Drivers distracted by talking or texting on cell phones killed an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007.