Apple could be launching 'several' models at WWDC 2018

California: Apple could be in the process of launching ‘several’ unnamed iPhone models at this year’s WWDC event in June. Now the Cupertino giant usually announces new Macbooks, iPads and the next iOS version at WWDC. If Apple does indeed launch a new iPhone model at the event, this would be the first time since the iPhone 4 was launched seven years ago.

As per MacRumors, French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission database which shows several unreleased iPhone models. The model numbers in question are A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106. The report states that these model numbers are completely different from Apple’s existing iPhone lineup.

The report also says that EEC filing in February showed the existence of two new models of iPad. In March, Apple launched the cellular and Wi-Fi version of a new 9.7-inch iPad at an educational event. So it could be quite a possibility that this EEC filing may hold to be true for new upcoming iPhone models. These new iPhones are reportedly tipped for a May or June launch which makes it likely that they could be unveiled at WWDC which starts from 4 June.

According to the reports, Apple will be launching three new iPhone X like models this year.


OMG! Congestion eating Indian cities; Asian counterparts 149% better than us

New Delhi: If you are planning to own a car then read this news carefully because congested roads might deter you to do so. According to a report, Indian cities are 149 per cent more congested than other Asian urban areas the report is based on the situation prevails in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru. A survey was conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and commissioned by the cab service provider Uber, to better understand the benefits of ridesharing in four metro cities.

“Up to 89 percent of people plan to buy a new car in the next five years. However, over 79 percent would refrain from buying a car if ridesharing matches car ownership for affordability and convenience,” the 40-page report titled ‘Unlocking Cities: The impact of ridesharing across India.

The report was launched in the presence of Barney Harford, Uber’s Global COO; Amit Jain, President, Uber India and South Asia; Suresh Subudhi, Partner, BCG & Ann Lavin, Senior Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, Uber APAC.

Terming the ridesharing a better substitute of car-owning to unclogged roads Amit Jain said, “Through this study, we are hoping to draw the attention of administrators and urban planners on how shared cars and mobility can be part of the solution vs. individual car ownership.”

“In the coming months, we will introduce several India first innovations that will help bring the benefits of ridesharing to many more Indians and enable us to work with the Government towards a common goal: reduce private car ownership and expand access to public transit systems. We are delighted that India has embraced shared mobility in a big way — but we still have a long way to go. Together with the Government, we aim to continue playing a key role in improving lives and cities,” added Jain.

The study found that rideshare vehicles deliver on average 1.4-3.3 times more passenger-kilometres compared to private vehicles.

Ola to roll out 1 mn e-vehicles by 2021; 10K to hit roads in 12 months

Bengaluru: With an aim to expand its reach in cities and towns the ride-hailing major Ola has decided to roll out one million electric rickshaws and e-auto-rickshaws by 2021 and as a part of it, 10,000 vehicles will hit the roads over the next 12 months for shuttle services. “We intend to launch one million electric vehicles by 2021 as part of our commitment to sustainable mobility,” the company said in a statement.

Moreover, these electric versions would improve outcomes for drivers and commuters alike. “We will work with driver-partners, cities, manufacturers and battery firms to make cost-effective and sustainable mobility,” noted the statement.

“As three-wheelers are a vital commuting mode and source of livelihood for people daily, the electric version provides an opportunity to improve the service to all stakeholders and reduce pollution in cities and towns,” asserted Ola co-founder and Chief Executive Bhavish Aggarwal on the occasion.

Ola’s first electric vehicle was launched in Nagpur in May 2017 on the pilot project basis to offer accessible and affordable mobility.

The company has urged state governments to draft an environmental policy for deploying electric vehicles, including three-wheelers for mobility.

Big relief for pensioners; Aadhaar not necessary to submit life certificate

New Delhi: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) delivered a big relief to the Employee Pension Scheme (EPF) pensioners. According to the new norm, issued by EPFO, the 12-digit unique identity number, Aadhaar, will now not be mandatory for pensioners to submit their life certificate. The facility will also be available for the pensioners who possess the Aadhaar but unable to authentication with the fingerprint.

All pension disbursing banks and post offices have now been directed to provide alternative mechanisms for pensioners facing problems in providing Aadhaar based digital life certificate, Jeevan Pramaan.

The body listed out the following mechanism, for giving pension to the pensioners who cannot get and submit Jeevan Pramaan:

– Effort should be made to ensure that such pensioners are facilitated for Aadhaar enrolment. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has already directed that banks shall set up Aadhaar enrolment centres in 1O percent of their branches. The list of the bank branches with Aadhaar enrolment facilities are available on the UIDAI’s website. The bank manager may coordinate with the bank branch where the Aadhaar enrolment facility is available and get the beneficiary enrolled for Aadhaar.

– As per Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016, banks should also make special arrangement for the bed-ridden, differently abled, or senior citizens who are unable to visit the Aadhaar involvement Centre.

– Till such time Aadhaar is assigned to such pensioners, a paper life certificate may be accepted after collecting Aadhaar enrolment application receipts from such pensioners. After due verification through alternate identification documents as deemed necessary by the bank, pensions may be disbursed. An entry with necessary details such as paper life certificate, Aadhaar enrolment application receipts etc may be recorded in an exception register which should preferably be maintained in an electron.

Further, for giving pension to the pensioners whose fingerprint authentication fails for any reason, the following mechanism maybe adopted:

– Banks may make provisions for IRIS scanner along with the fingerprint scanner in bank branches. It has been observed that in many cases IRIS authentication is successful even though fingerprint authentication may have failed. This is particularly true for many senior citizens. In such cases, digital life certificate may be generated on the basis of IRIS authentication and pension may be given.

– In the case where fingerprint or IRIS authentication is not feasible for any reason, an entry should be made in the exception register with reasons and pension may be provided on the basis of paper life certificate and physical Aadhaar card or E-Aadhaar card of the pensioner after due verification as deemed fit by the bank. QR Code on E-Aadhaar card downloaded after 1 April 2018 has photograph and other demographic details which are digitally signed by UIDAI. A QR code scanner which works even offline can thus confirm the authenticity of a paper E-Aadhaar card.

– The exception register which would contain the details of exception granted in aforesaid situations along with paper life certificate, Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID etc, maybe reviewed and audited periodically by senior management of the bank. The life certificate in physical form along with Aadhaar card, printed E-Aadhaar or Aadhaar enrolment application receipt of the pensioner should be forwarded to the concerned office of EPFO on day to day basis, the EPFO said.