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Delay in video streaming increases stress: Ericsson

Ericsson's Mobility Report revealed the impact of different levels of network performance on smartphone users and their perceptions of mobile operators and digital content providers

 

Stress incurred during a six-second delay in video streaming is equivalent to the anxiety of taking a math test or watching a horror movie alone, a report by Swedish communication technology giant Ericsson said.
 
The report also said this stress is greater than the stress experienced by standing at the edge of a virtual cliff, announced a press release from the company here.
 
Ericsson's Mobility Report revealed the impact of different levels of network performance on smartphone users and their perceptions of mobile operators and digital content providers.
 
"Delays in loading web pages and videos under time pressure caused mobile users' heart rates to rise an average of 38 percent. Also, once a video begins, an additional pause can cause stress levels to increase dramatically," the report said.
 
In the study, the Net Promoter Score (NPS) of an operator increased significantly when associated with a delay-free experience -- by 4.5 points.
 
"However, the operator's NPS dropped on average four points with moderate time-to-content and re-buffering delays. Interestingly, moderate delays result in a double negative for mobile operators: decreased engagement with their brand and increased engagement with competitors," the report highlighted.
 
The Net Promoter Score is an index ranging from -100 to 100 that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company's products or services to others.
 
The report said social networking is second only to video for driving mobile traffic growth and over the next six years total social networking traffic will be around 12 times that of the previous six years.
 
Out of the 68 million mobile subscriptions added in the fourth quarter of 2015 worldwide, India topped with the most (21 million) subscriptions, followed by China (six million) and the US (five million) on the second and third spots.
 
There are now one billion 4G/LTE subscriptions worldwide, with approximately 160 million additions in the fourth quarter of 2015.
 
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Herald case: Court exempts Gandhis, grants bail to Pitroda

Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen granted bail to Pitroda after he appeared before him asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs.50,000 and a surety of like amount

 

A court in Delhi on Saturday granted bail to Sam Pitroda, a former chairman of the National Innovation Council, and also granted exemption to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and others in the National Herald case as per the Supreme Court directives.
 
Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen granted bail to Pitroda after he appeared before him asking him to furnish a personal bond of Rs.50,000 and a surety of like amount.
 
The court also granted exemption from personal appearance to Gandhis, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, Gandhis' family friend Suman Dubey and another party leader Oscar Fernandes, who are out on bail.
 
The apex court on February 12 exempted the Gandhis and others from personal appearances, noting their presence in the trial court would cause more inconvenience than convenience.
 
The court also fixed March 21 for further hearing of the case.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has initiated the case against Gandhis and others.
 
On June 26 last year, the trial court issued summons to the Congress leaders on Swamy's complaint about "cheating" in the acquisition of Associated Journals Ltd., which published the National Herald newspaper, by Young India Ltd., "a firm in which Sonia and Rahul Gandhi each own a 38 percent stake".
 
Vora, Dubey, Fernandes and Pitroda were also named as accused in the case.
 
The Delhi High Court in December dismissed the plea of the Gandhis to quash the summons issued to them by the trial court on Swamy's complaint.
 
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'No need of reporting fixed deposits in pre-existing accounts'
New Delhi : The Indian government clarified on Friday that the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and Common Reporting Standards (CRS) will not entail reporting of all fixed deposits and auto sweep facilities in pre-existing savings bank accounts.
 
"During stakeholders consultations, representatives of financial institutions informed that in such cases, no additional documentation is obtained for these fixed deposits accounts as they are intrinsically related to existing saving bank account and all KYC documents are available for the existing saving bank account," the Central Board of Direct Taxes said on their website.
 
As per the order, fixed deposits in savings accounts opened before June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2015 will not have to be reported for FATCA and CRS, respectively.
 
The guidelines also said that for the upcoming reporting in March 2015 and May 2016, all reporting has to be done in Indian currency. For the reporting in 2017, Form 61B and Schema will be suitably modified to include a field for capturing the type of currency.
 
India and the US signed an inter-governmental agreement to implement FATCA in July 2015, towards greater transparency between the two countries on tax matters.
 
The decision will enable the government to receive information from the US and from other jurisdictions with which India has entered into agreements for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (AEOI) as per CRS about assets of Indians held abroad including through entities in which Indians are beneficial owners.
 
These steps are designed to help the government curb tax evasion and deal with the problems of black money.
 
The measures will also result in financial institutions in India being FATCA complaint and they will not be required to enter into separate agreements with the US to avoid 30 percent withholding on their US source of income.
 
Till now, the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information protocols as per common reporting standards have been signed by 52 countries.
 
The Indian government has taken a leading role in international fora towards building a consensus among major economies that the problem of offshore tax evasion and flow of illicit money can be addressed only by free flow of financial account information to be exchanged among countries on an automatic basis.
 
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