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Subscribed to Too Many Streaming Services to Stay Sane These Days? Try The Bobby App, Right Now

It is quite easy to overcompensate these days. Subscribe to more services, apps and platforms than you may otherwise, purely for the work and play requirements. This isn’t just restricted to streaming platforms that include Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video. You may now need a subscription for virtual gym classes to stay healthy. Subscriptions to kids’ education apps. Video calling apps have premium plans too, such as Zoom and Google Meet. Maybe a faster home broadband plan that costs more than before. Maybe even subscriptions to productivity software such as Microsoft 365. More cloud storage perhaps for work. Pressreader app to keep up with the global newspapers and magazines? Need some music on Apple Music or Spotify? The possibilities are endless, and the drain on the pocket is quicker than a pristine stream in the Scottish Highlands.

It may be hard to keep tabs on the subscriptions and before you know it, everything just goes out of hands. That is where an app like Bobby, which is available for the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad, really helps. For starters, what you get is a beautiful layout. And it’s even more beautiful in the Dark Mode—in fact you can choose the slightly lighter Dark More or the darker native Dark Mode of iOS. Some of the features in the app, such as the ability to choose a different icon for the iPhone’s apps list, are part of an optional in-app purchase which is priced at Rs 237. You may choose to not buy this, and Bobby still remains extremely useful because the core functionality works seamlessly.

There are some prelisted subscription platforms and apps on the list, making it easy to choose. These include Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, Google Apps for Work, Audible, LinkedIn, Slack, Playstation Plus, Adobe Creative Cloud, iTunes Store, National Geographic, Microsoft Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, Twitch, Google Drive, WWE Network and more. The list isn’t alphabetically sorted, but you can simply search for what you need.

With Bobby, you can also create new subscriptions for services that may not be available in the listing—complete with colour coding, an icon for easy reference and description, among other details. For each subscription that you save, whether from the pre-defined list or customized, you must feed in the billing amount you pay for that subscription—it can be per month, quarterly or yearly. Whether you choose to enter this pre-taxes or including taxes, is up to you. Then you set the currency for your region, and also set reminders for when the payment may be due. This is a great way to keep tabs on everything you spend on, be it postpaid mobile connections, prepaid mobile recharges, subscriptions, utility bills and more.

Once all this is done, Bobby lists out all your subscriptions and gives you a total monthly bill that you pay for everything you have subscribed to, depending on the amounts you have entered.

Everything was moving online even before the Coronavirus pandemic arrived, and that has further increased the reliance on web-based services. We are spending a lot more time in front of one screen or the other—the PC, the tablet, the smartphone and the TV. And chances are, what we see or consume on that screen, is costing us some money either way. And Bobby is a great way to keep track of how much you spend, and perhaps take a stock of the priorities once you’ve listed everything you pay for.



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Airtel Brings Long-Term Prepaid Plan For Rs 2,498 Offering 2GB of Daily Data for 365 Days

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The new Airtel Rs 2,498 prepaid recharge plan is now live on the telco’s website.

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 11:57 AM IST

Airtel has launched a new prepaid plan for consumers looking for long-term validity. Priced at Rs 2,498 the plan offers a bunch of benefits including 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days. The plan also offers free Hello tunes and anti-virus protection for your smartphone. You also get free online courses for 28 days via Upskill with Shaw Academy.

Apart from the above benefits, customers get unlimited calls to any network, 100 SMS messages per day along with additional benefits like free Zee5 premium subscription, and Airtel Xstream Premium subscription. Customers also get Wynk Music prepaid subscription; and Rs. 150 cashback on FASTag.

Airtel also offers the Rs. 2,398 long-term validity pack which offers a similar validity of 365 days. This prepaid plan offers 1.5GB daily data, unlimited calls, and 100 SMS messages per day. It also offers similar additional benefits as the Rs. 2,498 prepaid plan including the 28-day free Upskill with Shaw Academy online courses. A similar Rs 1,498 prepaid plan also offers 365 days validity with unlimited calling and additional benefits, however, the data benefit is only 24GB in total, and SMS benefits include 3600 messages.

Reliance Jio offers a similar long term prepaid plan priced at Rs 2,399 offering 2GB of daily data with a validity of 365 days, unlimited calling to Jio numbers, 12,000 minutes of free calling to non-Jio numbers, 100 SMS per day and subscription to Jio apps.

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Best Coding Courses Online to Sharpen Your Skill Set During Covid-19 Lockdown Days

Coding is a near-essential skill nowadays. From web development to data science and even pure-bred programming, coding is a skill that can never go wrong. If you are a journalist, learning how to code can give you a prolific edge over peers as technology becomes increasingly important and data journalism takes the front seat. If you are a creative professional, knowing how to write code can help you set up your own website and host your own platform. With the advantages being nearly endless, we take a look at five of the best online coding courses that you should enrol for, as you spend an extended period of days staying at home.

Web developer bootcamp, Udemy

The web developer bootcamp course at Udemy is possibly one of the most comprehensive coding courses that you will find online, and on top of that, is available right now at a nominal fee of just Rs 455 (it actually retails at Rs 12,800). Through this course, even if you are a complete novice, you will learn how to code in HTML, CSS, Javascript and more. Some of the course’s highlights include letting you build your own blog application, a browser-based game, animated apps, responsive webpages and more. In essence, this multi-month course, which spans across 46.5 hours of videos, 81 articles and 104 downloadable resources, is the starter kit for anyone that has always been enthusiastic about coding, but never gotten around to it.

Python for everybody, Coursera

With Python being a core entity of data analytics, this free to access Coursera programme is actually one of the very best around. The course takes a novice user through the basics of Python semantics, as well as techniques such as database management, web scraping, data structuring and more. By the end of this 8-month course, which requires only two hours of your time each week, you should be able to write basic Python programmes on your own.

Introductory programming courses, MIT OpenCourseware

This relatively unexplored treasure trove has the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world’s most reputed educational institutions, offer a host of its fundamental courses in various disciplines to interested learners stuck at home. Of all the programmes available here, the introductory programming list includes courses in data science, basic programming, Python, Java, MATLAB, C/C++ and more. The material may be more conventional and not purely interactive, but academically, this is about the best material that you can learn your coding from. The best part? It is absolutely free.

Data visualisation, Free Code Camp

In today’s world of data-driven reportage across all forms of media, data visualisation plays a critical role. Through Free Code Camp, you get, among other courses, a completely free and highly comprehensive 300-hour lowdown on core data visualisation lessons and techniques. The only flipside is that ideally, you would be required to have basic knowledge of coding already to access the courses listed on Free Code Camp. For those who are already versed with basics, the data visualisation course on Free Code Camp is practically one of the very best that you can get on the internet today.

Java, SQL and more, Khan Academy

The best part about Khan Academy is how approachable its entire website is. Furthermore, the online programming courses are modeled on the way computer science is taught at Indian school levels. This automatically makes Khan Academy’s (for now) free to access courses one of the best for school students in India to follow. The courses take students through introduction in Javascript, HTML/CSS and SQL, following which you can evolve to a higher level once these courses are cleared.

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#StayHome: Reliance Jio 'Work From Home' Pack Offers 2GB Data and 51 Days Validity at Rs 251

The spread of novel Coronavirus in India has called for lockdown in a number of states. While most of the private and public officers already declared work from home facility for most of their staff, the complete lockdown has mandated working from home for the rest as well. As the usage of data has increased, the customers are looking for interactive plans to facilitate the smooth working of operations. In order to make this easier for customers, Reliance Jio has introduced a new plan.

The telecommunication service has launched the all-new Work From Home plan at Rs 251. The Reliance Jio Work from Home plan offers 2GB data every day and comes with a validity of 51 days. However, this plan only comes with internet benefits, so there are no special benefits on calling or SMS. If the customer exhausts the daily limit of 2GB internet, he/she can continue to browse the internet at the speed of 64kbps. The reduced speed data will not have any limit.

Along with this, the company has also made changes to some of its existing 4G data extension offers. The Rs 11, Rs 21, Rs 51 and Rs 101 prepaid plans now offer double the data that they previously offered. The Rs 11 extension pack, which earlier offered 400MB data, has now been modified to 800MB data and 75 minutes of calling benefits. The Rs 21 plan now offers 2GB data along with 200 minutes of calling. Meanwhile, the Rs 51 data booster pack offers 6GB data and 500 minutes calling benefits. Rs 101 plan comes 12GB data and 1000 minutes calling. Calling benefits can be used for Jio to non-Jio calls, while Jio to Jio calls are free of cost. The validity of these plans depends on the usage of the customer.

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Amazon Apple Days Sale: iPhone XR at Rs 48,899, Discounts on iPhone XS, and More

The Amazon Apple Days sale is currently running on Amazon India where customers can avail offers and discounts on various Apple products. The sale began on Tuesday, March 17 and will continue till Saturday, March 21. Apart from discounts, customers can avail no-cost EMI and additional discounts using HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards. There is also an additional discount of Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max for Amazon Prime members.

The latest iPhone 11 series is available with additional discount where Apple is offering, exchange offers of up to Rs 10,200 as well as no-cost-EMI. There is an additional Rs 6,000 instant discount with HDFC Credit and Debit cards on the smartphone.

All variants of the iPhone XS Max are selling at discounted prices and the iPhone 8 256GB storage variant is currently selling at Rs 40,999. The iPhone XR 64GB storage variant is now priced at Rs 48,899 while the 128GB and 256GB storage variants are available at Rs 53,900 and Rs 64,900, respectively. Specifically the Black colour option of the iPhone XR 128GB is priced at Rs 50,900. There also no-cost-EMI offers available on Amazon Pay card and ZestMoney.

The iPhone XS 512GB variant is selling for a slashed price of Rs 79,000, available in both gold and silver colour options. Notably, the 256GB storage variant of iPhone XS is priced at Rs 1,03,900 and is available with no-cost EMI and exchange offers.

Apart from the iPhone range, Apple has slashed the prices of the latest MacBook Air. The 128GB variant is selling for Rs 93,120 and while the 512GB version is selling at Rs 1,09,900. There are also some discounts on other MacBook products including the MacBook Pro. Other than that, limited models of the Apple Watch are selling for as low as Rs 20,900 while there are special discounts on the 11-inch iPad Pro through HDFC Bank Debit and Credit cards.

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Unexplained Radio Signal from 500 Million Light Years Away is Repeating Every 16 Days

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, which is instrumental in detecting radio signals originating in outer space. (Photo: CHIME Experiment Gallery)

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, which is instrumental in detecting radio signals originating in outer space. (Photo: CHIME Experiment Gallery)

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  • Last Updated: February 14, 2020, 8:14 PM IST

Earlier this week, a group of scientists revealed the detection of a repeating radio signal from outer space. While such radio signals are not entirely unprecedented, what makes the latest finding all the more interesting is that for the very first time, these radio signals appeared to repeat themselves uniformly, and in clear intervals. With outer space research always being a matter of great intrigue, the latest discovery has sparked off expected discourse among conspiracy theorists and space enthusiasts regarding a hint of extraterrestrial life.

In reality, there might be multiple explanations for the occurrence of such signals. Referred to as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), radio signals originating in space are known to only be milliseconds long, and are typically sporadic in nature. The repeating signals in question were reportedly detected by collaborating scientists between the FRB Project and the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, more commonly known as the Chime telescope. According to their paper that is yet to be peer-reviewed, and has been made available to the public on Arxiv, the radio signals were detected for a consistent period between September 16, 2018 and October 30, 2019.

During the period of the repeating signals, the FRBs would be consistently received once every hour or two for a period of four days, following which things would go quiet for 12 days. The pattern would repeat itself after an exact period of 16.35 days, and the incident continued for over one year. Post discovery, the signal was assigned nomenclature of FRB 180916, and was one of eight new FRBs that we at Earth detected. The source of the signal in question is believed to be in the spiralling, star-forming arm of a galaxy that is nearly half a billion light years away.

The researchers have noted the enigma of the uniformly repeating radio signals, stating that the clue behind tracing and studying the signals further would lie in their repeating pattern. Plausible clues that have been discussed on paper include the interaction between a star’s orbit and a nearby celestial body. Alternately, this might also signify a binary star unit within the galaxy’s cluster, such as a dense neutron star and a massive, supergiant star. Theoretically, based on scientific observations made so far, it is possible for such binary star units to exist in unison, and generate a rhythmic signal.

While further details of the study are yet to shed light upon this rather mysterious and unexplained discovery, a portion of hopefuls would not entirely give up the dystopian melancholy of an existence such as Miller’s planet from Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Was this a last ditch, desperate attempt from a spaceship belonging to a faraway civilisation, as it traversed outer space trying to find sources of life elsewhere? Science fiction aside, the forever intriguing nature of space research means that until an occurrence is clearly studied, one may never know for sure.

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Vodafone Prepaid Recharge: Rs 129 Plan Now Valid for 24 Days But With 2GB Data Only

Vodafone India has making revisions to its list of prepaid recharge plans on an almost everyday basis. After introducing the Rs 499 prepaid recharge plan that offers 1.5GB data per day for 70 days, Vodafone India is now looking at the base end of prepaid packs — the Rs 129 plan, to be specific. The prepaid pack previously offered 2GB of data for 14 days, along with other perks. Now, while the data benefit of 2GB remains the same, Vodafone now allows users to use the pack for 24 days, making it particularly beneficial for low data users. The revised Rs 129 prepaid recharge pack has been rolled out, and is now available in select circles such as Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The Vodafone Rs 129 prepaid recharge pack offers unlimited calling for the period of 24 days, along with 300 SMS messages during the period, and 2GB of 4G data. This roughly gives 85MB of data per day, which in today’s data-driven smartphone usage does not account for much. However, it should be enough for users such as students who are almost always connected to Wi-Fi networks at home or college, or low-data users who occasionally use data for services such as WhatsApp. Interestingly, the basic plan also comes with access to Vodafone Play and Zee5, which can be accessed even on Wi-Fi.

For users with higher data consumption, Vodafone has a Rs 199 prepaid plan which makes much more sense. For Rs 199, users get access to 1GB of data per day as well as 100 SMS messages per day, along with the other calling and content benefits on offer across all Vodafone plans. The Rs 129 plan is hence targeted solely at low data users, but for those who fit the bill, the longer validity of the plan should make it an interesting offer to avail.