Here's why Indian smartphone users experience poor video streaming
If you are blaming inadequate 4G availability for poor video streaming experience on your smartphone, you are most certainly barking up the wrong tree, suggests a new study of all of India's 22 telecom circles on Thursday.
 
India's mobile operators have been successful in making 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) widely available across the country, but, unfortunately, a great mobile video experience does not correlate with the high 4G availability, said the study by London-based wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal.
 
The linear correlation between 4G availability and video experience is just 0.11 on a scale where a score near 1, or -1, would indicate a strong positive or negative correlation between the two measures.
 
This is because mobile video experience depends on many other factors, beyond just the radio access network, which is what 4G availability measures. 
 
To deliver a great mobile video experience requires a fantastic end-to-end effort which includes the cell towers' mobile radio, the backhaul links from the towers which transport the video traffic, each operator's core network and the peering to the content delivery network (CDN) or streaming server where the original video is hosted, OpenSignal said. 
 
"If operators in India really want to provide a good network experience, they should look beyond supply metrics like speed and examine the video experience of end users," OpenSignal CEO Brendan Gill told IANS in a telephonic interaction. 
 
"Network speed matters only to a limited extent in determining great video experience. What is even more important is low latency as good video experience is about video loading quickly," he added. 
 
To score highly on mobile video experience, operators must be able to support a consistent end-to-end performance across their infrastructure.
 
For example, if the network suffers interruptions, or congestions, then the video stream will stall and damage the mobile video experience for consumers, OpenSignal said.
 
The company measured video experience in India on a scale from 0 to 100 -- the higher the score, the better the video experience.
 
The study revealed that smartphone users enjoy the best mobile video experience in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Kolkata and Jammu and Kashmir, with scores of over 41 on OpenSignal's new mobile video experience measure. 
 
4G availability experienced by smartphone users ranges from 82.6 per cent in the Kerala region to an impressive 90.9 per cent in Kolkata, demonstrating that most of the time smartphone users are connected to 4G networks.
 
Both Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir rate much more highly for mobile video experience than they do compared with other regions for 4G availability, demonstrating that good 4G availability is not a guide to a reliable mobile video experience, the research showed. 
 
There is little difference in the mobile video experience of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad's smartphone users, the study said.
 
"Open Signal is focused on measuring the real-world network experience. Everything that we look at is derived from real-world users on real-world devices from real-world situations, which is very different from traditional way of understanding network experience," Gill said.
 
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Microsoft fixes bug, re-releasing Windows 10 October update
Microsoft on Wednesday said it has identified and fixed all known issues in the Windows 10 October 2018 update and has begun re-releasing the key update.
 
After some users complained that installing the Windows 10 October update has been wiping off their data, Microsoft last week put a halt to the availability of the update (version 1809).
 
"We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation," said John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery.
 
Microsoft investigated isolated reports of users missing files after updating.
 
"At just two days into the roll-out when we paused, the number of customers taking the October 2018 Update was limited. While the reports of actual data loss are few (one one-hundredth of one per cent of version 1809 installs), any data loss is serious," Cable said in a statement.
 
He added that Microsoft Support and our retail stores customer service personnel are available at no charge to help customers.
 
"We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly," said Cable.
 
For those impacted by the file deletion bug, Microsoft Support is trying to recover data for users who may have experienced related data loss.
 
"While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any file recovery work, if you have manually checked for updates and believe you have an issue with missing files, please minimise your use of the affected device and contact us directly," Cable said, tendering an apology "for any impact these issues may have had on any of our customers".
 
Users who installed the "Windows 10 October 2018" update complained last week that the process wiped out their user profiles, including documents and photos.
 
An alarming number of users took to social media forums and Microsoft's own support website to complain about the serious issue.
 
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Otter: Create Smart Voice Notes
Otter is a smart note-taking app that empowers you to remember, search and share your voice conversations (for English only).
 
It creates smart voice notes that combine audio, transcription, speaker identification, inline photos, and key phrases. It helps business people, journalists and students to be more focused, collaborative and efficient in meetings, interviews, lectures and wherever important conversations happen.
 
The free version gives you 600 minutes of transcription per month with unlimited cloud storage of all your conversations. You can record audio via internal microphone or Bluetooth device, or import existing recordings. You can even take photos (e.g., of a whiteboard, a slide, a presenter) while you record to add visual context to your conversations inline.
 
A must-have app for recording voice notes.
 
 
 
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