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Indian tax authorities have conducted raids on mobile phone sellers across New Delhi, discovering evidence of significant levels of tax evasion.
On March 13th the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) released a statement saying that a series of raids have been conducted on several mobile phone retailers around New Delhi who were selling phones which were not properly registered and are considered to be a potential security threat.
According to the CBDT, retailers have been importing mobile phones which do not have the legally required International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI). The devices were predominantly imported from China. No records are made of the phones as they enter the country, and they are sold to consumers with no Value Added Tax (VAT) charge.
The CBDT raided 59 separate retailers across New Delhi, and found evidence of INR 2.3 billion (approx. USD 50.84 million) of unpaid VAT. Tax authorities have already closed the stores of some retailers who were found to be avoiding VAT levies or selling illegal handsets. According to the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) approximately 30 percent of the handset sold in New Delhi are imported from China with no EMEI, and sold with no VAT charge. High-end phones are even more likely to be sold without a VAT levy, with nearly 75 percent of phones costing above INR 10 000 (approx. USD 220) are sold without paying taxes. Customs data shows that nearly 7.3 million phones were imported into India in 2009, through the New Delhi Airport alone, and logistic difficulties mean that it is impossible to verify the EMEI number of each device.
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Apple Inc. has pulled off a string of runaway hits from the iPhone to the iPad that revolutionized every industry it touched. It has become the world’s second-most-valuable company, worth more than $300 billion.
But when shareholders met Wednesday at the company’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, the buzz was not about Apple’s next sleek new gadget or soaring profits. Much of the talk was about Chief Executive Steve Jobs and what Apple would do without him.
The secretive Apple has been reluctant to talk publicly about Jobs’ battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant. But the uncertainty shrouding his latest leave of absence has unsettled investors and rankled corporate governance experts, who say the company’s fortunes are inextricably linked to Jobs.
Investors voted down a resolution Wednesday that would have forced Apple’s board to disclose its succession plans. And yet, they are waiting anxiously to see if Jobs shows up for Apple’s annual developers conference in June to introduce the latest iPhone.
But what if Jobs does not take the stage to utter his signature “one more thing” line?
“Everyone knows that he might not return,” said one former executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve his relationship with Apple. “The company is prepared for all eventualities.”
Many analysts are putting their faith in Apple’s momentum. “Apple is a well-oiled machine,” said Tim Bajarin of research firm Creative Strategies Inc.
Analysts and former Apple executives say its current crop of blockbuster products — and its plans for future updates and products, which are kept tightly under wraps, with only a small group privy to the details — could fuel the company’s growth for several years even in fast-moving, hotly competitive markets where product cycles are measured in months.
Apple’s troops have been trained to “think like Steve” even when he’s not there. Many of the company’s best ideas came from its ranks, not from Jobs, who turns 56 on Thursday.
No one is more versed in how Jobs thinks than the top executives that he hand-picked. Highly skilled in their respective disciplines, they include Tim Cook, who received high marks for running the company during Jobs’ absences, and Jonathan Ive, widely considered one of the most talented industrial designers in the world. Ron Johnson, who oversees 317 Apple stores, has helped the company create one of the world’s most profitable chains. Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet services, is behind the soaring success of the iTunes and App stores.
They all, in Jobs’ words, work together “to make a little dent in the universe.”
“This is a really strong team that hasn’t gotten a lot of time in the sun. They have been standing under the tall tree of Steve Jobs,” the former Apple executive said. “Steve has been the face of the company, so people have the impression that there is nothing else there. They are wrong.”
But there are those who say that without Jobs, Apple will have to “think different,” in the words of its iconic advertising campaign. Perhaps more than any other chief executive in America, Jobs has made himself indispensable to his company. He commands a workforce of 50,000 with a tight grip, taking part in nearly every decision and earning credit for Apple’s historic run.
Cook, widely believed to be the most likely candidate to permanently replace Jobs as chief executive, has never run the company without Jobs’ input. And by some accounts, Apple lost some of its creative tension while Jobs was gone during two previous leaves.
None of the executives has been trained to straddle both operations and design or to fill Jobs’ shoes as the product visionary who can anticipate the wishes of consumers like a high-tech psychic. For years, important decisions at Apple have been made during weekly strategy sessions with the 10-member executive team that Jobs oversees.
Without Jobs, “what’s missing is Steve’s natural-born instincts,” Apple’s former chief talent officer Dan Walker said. “He’s such an iconic thinker and leader.”
People who have logged time at Apple say it’s possible that over time the company will morph into more of a solid industry player like Hewlett-Packard Co. than the radical force that has reshaped the music, movie and mobile phone industries.
“Without him, the innovation will slow, regardless of all the great people there,” a former high-ranking Apple employee said.
“When Apple does something, the whole world innovates. Who’s going to do that now? That’s not going to continue. I don’t care what anyone says. How could it? How can you replace Steve? The reality is, you can’t.”
Apple isn’t the first company to be dominated by a charismatic visionary with a perfectionist streak. Consider Walt Disney Co. after the loss of its namesake founder, Ford Motor Co. after Henry Ford or Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after Sam Walton. Disney slumped for two decades before Michael Eisner revived it. Ford reached its peak in the 1950s, a decade after Henry Ford’s death. On the other hand, Wal-Mart, which Walton built into the world’s largest retailer, continued to expand after his death in 1992.
Whether a business thrives depends on whether it has figured out how to make the values and vision of its leader part of the company’s culture.
“I think it’s hard for a very simple reason: Most founders believe that they are immortal, even though they’re not,” said Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. “Most boards are so over-awed by the founder that they’re not willing to push that individual.”
Jobs is likely to call the shots about when and how he leaves Apple, just as he has in the past. Jobs did not disclose to investors his 2004 cancer surgery or his 2009 liver transplant until after they occurred, creating tension between his right to privacy and investors’ right to know about his health.
Another former executive said Jobs had planned this transition as meticulously as anything else.
“Apple is not going to fall apart,” the former executive said. “Steve would never let that happen. He would never leave his company in someone’s hands who was not a visionary.”
by Mark Nyambang. Posted on February 9, 2011, Wednesday
I was in Limbang when my mobile phone rang. “Mark, I need the report urgently. Could you please send the report to me now?” said my superior from Sarikei. When she said ‘send’, of course she meant via email and not by post. In a matter of minutes, the report was sent. Thanks to the Internet
Back in the 90s, when I first studied computer science, we had neither Facebook nor Friendster. One of the most popular applications at that time was IRC or Internet Relay Chat. It was a chat software, which I think many of us used before the existence of portals or social networking sites.
For the past few weeks, there have been rumours that the biggest social networking site, Facebook, intends to shutdown next month. This seems to have sparked a wave of panic among friends and family, who are hardcore Facebook users. I was asked whether the rumour is true.
Of course it is not true! It was only a hoax. Why should a multimillion dollar company shutdown just because the inventor is feeling stressed? He has hundreds of people that can run the company for him, while he enjoys his pina colada in the Bahamas.
Now, the question that I would like to ask readers is: what if Facebook really decides to close down and other social networking sites are banned? Where would we go from there? What were our activities before the existence of these sites? What if the Internet never existed? Will we miss our 846 so-called ‘friends’?
People nowadays are getting more and more attached to technology, particularly Internet services.
Service providers and mobile phone producers are designing their products and services based on an ever-growing number of Internet applications. CEOs, young and old, are using smart phones so they can check their emails.
Managers are carrying tablets to meetings as a substitute for laptops as they are lighter and more compact.
But, how much more productive are we with the use of these technologies in our everyday lives? Are these tools or merely fads that will be replaced by other innovations in the next two to three years?
Imagine piles of letters and mail on your table because there is no email. Imagine expensive telephone bills because there are no messaging applications such as Skype or Messenger. Or imagine spending thousands to invest on racks and cabinets to store files because there is no digital storage and servers.
Recently, a group of students from West Henderson High in the United States did a study by spending seven days unplugging themselves from technology and modern conveniences — no MP3 players, laptops or even mobile phones.
The main idea was to get people to think about how much they use and rely on technology.
The result? Out of 20, only two managed to avoid using all the gadgets. Most of them had a hard time with this experiment modelled after the famous Henry David Thoreau’s attempt to strip down on luxuries and live a simple life with radically reduced conditions.
People find it hard to detach themselves from using tools such as the mobile phone because everyone else is using it. The same goes for having email, websites or even social networking accounts. The Internet has evolved over the years from being an information database to a powerful communication and marketing tool. Billions of dollars are transacted annually online.
Yet, having all these technologies could prevent us from being productive. We often hear: “No electricity in the office, how to work?” or “No Internet, cannot find the contact number.” Ridiculous as it may sound, but that is the sad reality. The culture of ‘copy and paste’ shows a lack of original ideas and critical thinking skills.
Messaging via SMS has also replaced the need to communicate orally and the constant use of abbreviated terms via SMS has also infiltrated our writing.
Social networking, particularly Facebook, is seen as a whole new kind of addiction, a new-found ‘land of unlimited resources’ for businesses and organisations, or even a place for people to express their feelings to one another.
It is an innovative all-in-one application that suits the needs of both the social and professional world.
But due to an obsessive dependence on services offered by social networking sites, people are being deprived of sufficient face-to-face interactions.
People meet online most of the time and not in real life. Weaknesses in communication skills are visible during interviews or in the office. Even though it is not an alarming situation, the issue of soft skills still needs to be tackled.
Whatever it is, technology has its own pros and cons.
Being overly dependent on technology perhaps has made us fail to maximise the use of our brains and capabilities.
Hardware and software should be our ‘hands and legs’, and not our brains. They should be used as additional tools to help and support us in achieving our goals.
The Facebook shutdown hoax serves as a good reminder to us that it’s best that we learn to balance ‘real’ life with our ‘second life’ (online).
A university researcher in Australia has developed software that allows Android phones to make voice calls without the help of a mobile carrier.
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The software will soon be available on the Serval Project Web site. It has two components: one creates a temporary, self-organizing, self-powered mobile network using phone towers dropped by air (as might be done in a crisis situation); the second supports a permanent mesh network that allows Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones, and eventually phones that connect via unlicensed frequencies (called Batphones), to communicate directly.
“Phones running our software relay calls between themselves,” said Gardner-Stephen in a university news release. “If even just one of those can see a cell tower, then calls can be with any of the phones, thus sustaining communications in affected areas. A balloon is not necessary; a phone running our software at any vantage point can suffice.”
Gardner-Stephen cites the recent flooding in parts of Australia, which disabled cell towers, as a use case for the technology. The ongoing communications blackout in Egypt represents another such scenario.
Mesh networks are not a new concept, as can be seen from the Mesh Potato. Such projects seem to share a goal of providing phone service to under-served or poor communities.
Gardner-Stephen says that any telephone carrier or handset maker can incorporate the Project Serval software and that the Project Serval team will be happy to help make that happen.
The promise of the Serval Project may sound tempting to those who’d rather not pay hefty smartphone bills every month — “use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again” — but it remains to be seen how keen mobile carriers will be to get paid less for phone calls or nothing at all.
Add to that the difficulty of monitoring phone-to-phone communication, particularly if encryption is added, and it’s likely that control-oriented governments will look for ways to limit this kind of technology in the name of combating terrorism.
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You know what? Despite all the grief, worry and fretting the whole country has been enduring since Christmas — you know the drill, we’re all facing more pay cuts, more pension levies, and this year promises to be the hardest any of us have ever experienced — I have been walking around in a kind of Zen-like trance of tranquillity.
Am I suddenly doing a load of drugs? Have I begun to drink so heavily that I am now inured to the bad craziness that is engulfing us? Have I, God forbid, (as it were) found peace through religion?
Nope — I have simply not had a mobile phone in my hands since two days before Christmas.
I touched on it briefly in iSpy earlier in the week, when I wrote about how I had lost my phone after tripping in the snow while running for a taxi.
Certain readers pointed out that drink may have been taken at the time, but I can neither confirm nor deny that, merely point out that I had indeed been in a pub meeting a friend who was home from Israel for a week; other than that, my lips are sealed.
So, two days before Christmas, without the umbilical cord that is the mobile, what would I do?
The answer was . . . nothing.
I was running around like an eejit trying to get everything done before the big day — think that scene in Goodfellas when Ray Liotta has a million things to do just before he gets busted and you’re getting close.
Between getting to the supermarket, queuing outside the butchers to finally get the turkey, ham and goose and then trying to get to the off licence to stock up on booze while also trying to navigate the snow and ice-strewn streets, I had enough to be doing without going into town to pick up a new phone.
As I said to myself, I could get a new one a few days later. And then, a few days later, I said I’d wait . . . another few days, sure what was the rush? After all, I had a few days off work around that time, so I didn’t have to worry about missing phone calls from my boss. And the few people who need to be able to get to me when they want already have my home landline.
And at some point it hit me — I was just really, really happy not having to answer the bloody phone all the time.
Indeed, I took such pleasure from the tranquillity that I developed something of a routine over the Christmas and it was, rather like me, quite simple.
I’d get up in the morning, walk the dogs, potter around the house for a while, watch a bit of telly and then, around 3pm, I’d head up to the shops, pick up the papers and go into my local for two pints — as Christopher Hitchens once said about afternoon drinks, they’re rather like breasts, one is too few and three is too many — safe in the knowledge that the only person who knew where I was was the missus… and she was just happy I was out of her hair for a while.
And it was during those days of quiet reading at the bar and letting my mind wander that I rediscovered something I hadn’t even realised that I had lost — the sense of being relaxed.
We’ve all become so used to stress, worry, running around the place and general anxiety about things that we ultimately have no control over that I am convinced we’ve become secretly addicted to the adrenaline that stress brings.
Only a decade and a bit ago, only half of us had phones and the world still turned; jobs were still done, meetings were still kept and people went about their day.
Now, however, people are attached by the hip to their phone, frantic when they can’t find it and then giving out when it rings constantly.
And a lot of it comes down to a sense of subconscious self- importance — if I lose my phone, how will people be able to contact me? And if people can’t contact someone as important as me, then the world will fall apart.
Well, here’s a newsflash — it won’t.
I don’t want to sound harsh, but people will still function if they can’t contact you, and once you realise that then things become easier.
Obviously, I’m not talking about a heart surgeon who needs to be contactable at all times to perform life-saving transplants; I’m talking about the rest of us schmucks who have (for the moment, anyway) a regular job and a regular routine.
And this self importance-cum-arrogance is most obviously manifested by the way people use their phones in public.
I don’t want to sit on the DART and listen to you braying on your phone about aspects of your private life. And I certainly don’t want to go to the pictures and hear someone talking on their phone.
That, in particular, is a smacking offence, yet such is the sense of entitlement of a whole generation of young Irish people that they genuinely don’t see why they shouldn’t ruin everyone else’s enjoyment of the movie.
In fact, I’ve had such a beautifully relaxing last couple of weeks that I may as well have been walking around listening to John Cage’s 4:33 of silence.
But the (quiet) party is now over.
As soon as I finish this, I’m off to buy a new phone — my bloody boss says if he can’t shout at me at least twice a day on the mobile he won’t be happy.
Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
Thousands of cell phone customers in central Wisconsin are without some service following a provider switch this weekend.
Many Altell users that were automatically transitioned to Wisconsin Rapids-based Element Mobile Friday evening are still roaming, and with limited texting and data services.
“We broke some of that data phones that we didn’t know were in the Altell billing system,” said Element Mobile C.O.O. Jerry Wilke. “We didn’t know they were using data, so that broke, and we are trying to fix that as best we can this week.”
About 80,000 customers were transitioned to Element Mobile. Wilke says up to 6,000 of them are still without data service, used for receiving emails and browsing the internet.
Wilke said the company knew many phones were not compatible with their service, including some Blackberry and Android devices. Element Mobile contacted customers to arrange for free new devices, but he says about 20 percent of customers could not be reached by postcard, phone call, or text message.
According to Wilke, the customers that failed to switch devices and those trying to send picture mail, or MMS messages, are the only ones still experiencing service interruptions.
Customers NewsChannel 7 talked to Wednesday say that’s not the case.
Element Mobile customer Libby Soczka ordered a free new phone the company said would work after the service transition, but she’s still having trouble.
“My outgoing texts don’t go through and it takes probably 5-8 hours for me to receive a text,” said Soczka. “I drop every single phone call I try to make, and any incoming calls as well.”
Like other users, Soczka’s phone is also stuck roaming for service.
“My battery life is roughly 4-5 hours right now on my Blackberry because it is roaming and trying to get a signal and it is killing my phone.”
Wilke says customers won’t be charged for roaming, an issue he hopes to have resolved this week. On Thursday and Saturday nights customers will be transitioned to new cell towers.
Adding to the transition troubles is a customer service overload. According to Wilke, the company’s 20-30 call center staff are experiencing 30 times the normal call volume. Customers also tell us there have been lines out the door at some store locations.
Customers unable to contact support are turning online. The Dump Element Mobile Facebook group has more than 1,000 members.
“When you talk to 100 percent of your friends that have the same service and they have all the same problems, I was actually surprised that it didn’t grow faster,” said Ryan Delaney, the group’s founder. He was out of town and unable to make phone calls for days after the switch.
“I decided if you’re not calling me back you’re probably not calling a lot of people back. If you won’t listen to just one of us maybe you’ll listen to all of us. I was on Facebook and I said you know I’m going to create a site to let Element Mobile know frustrated I am.”
Element Mobile staff sent new cell tower data to some phones today, which may have resolved some of the roaming issues.
Because of the call center overload, staff say to first try a new support form on the company’s website. Customers can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many customers we spoke to today said they couldn’t wait for service restoration and had tried to cancel their contract and switch to a new carrier, but were presented with an early-termination fee. Although some customers have been able to avoid the payment, Wilke said service terminations are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Good news: the state of California can now seize and search your cellphone without a warrant. The new regime will only affect people who have already been arrested, so it’s not as if police officers will be able to search your cellphone at routine traffic stops. But still: yeah, it’s sorta lame. In 2011, even more of your rights will be chipped away.
The California court that ruled in favor of this new way of being referred to an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that basically says anytime you’ve been arrested you automatically forfeit any right to privacy to “anything of importance they find on the arrestee’s body.”
Clearly the California court has deemed that cellphones and the like are “of importance,’ so they’re now subject to police seizure, presumably as they’re looking to find evidence of a crime. Back in the day, you would have expected to be served with a warrant to allow police to look for evidence, but not more.
Spy Report: A man has just accused of being “an Apple convention” at CES because John, Matt, and I are sitting on a bench writing with MacBooks. It’s slightly embarrassing. I’m not an Apple fanboy, sir, it just so happens that I bought a MacBook three years ago.
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Almost half of Israel’s population was left without mobile phone services on Wednesday after the country’s biggest operator was hit by a massive network outage.
Cellcom said the crash meant its 3.3 million customers, roughly 44 percent of Israel’s population, were left without mobile services from 10 am (0800 GMT). By 6:30 pm (1430 GMT), the system was still not back up.
Seven hours into the outage, Cellcom director Amos Shapira held a press conference on what he called “the biggest crisis in the history of the company,” founded in 1994.
“Hundreds of our company’s engineers and employees are working to put an end to this outage as soon as possible,” he said.
A third of those polled said they would rather give up sex than go without a cellphone
I was transported back to my school years this week when I read about a group of girls getting into hot water for misbehaving at a top Port Elizabeth school. Apparently, a bunch of 13-year-old pupils from the elite Collegiate High School were caught boozing and watching a pornographic video on a cellphone.
I can just imagine the drama that ensued. In my day, the naughty girls would have been paraded before the headmistress, their parents called and the whole matter hushed up. Perhaps the ringleaders would have been expelled and would have struggled to find new schools, but the issue would have been kept as quiet as possible. There would have been whispering and gossip, but few people would have acknowledged the nasty business publicly.
Not so these days.
Within hours, news of the incident was plastered over Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites so loved by teens. And the details were rather scrumptious. Apparently the so-called porn video clip featured one of the schoolgirls having sex with her boyfriend. Ooh la la! That sure beats the picture of a girl showing her breasts that once swept through my school. But the uproar was probably similar.
According to parents and pupils, the whole drama started when the girls smuggled vodka into the school. They didn’t just tuck a bottle or two under their blazers. These enterprising madams mixed the vodka with condensed milk and hid it in their water bottles. Clever girls.
They may even have got away with their illegal drinking if they hadn’t decided to watch the naughty video clip at the same time. They were caught when an eagle-eyed class monitor alerted a teacher, who alerted the principal, in this case acting headmistress Faith Biggs.
As one might expect, she was furious and called in the girls’ parents. The punishment was pretty severe – the girls have been banned from attending the matric farewell, valedictory services and the end-of-year carol festivities. They have also been put on indefinite Saturday detention and banned from participating in school sports.
The school did its best to keep it hushed up, with the only official indication of the drama being a ban on all liquids being brought onto the school grounds, a move that was repealed a day later.
In an interview with a local PE newspaper, the headmistress admits she was fuming over the posting of the incident on the Internet: “It was all over Facebook half an hour after it happened,” Biggs told the Eastern Province Herald. “Unfortunately, we have silly girls who go onto Facebook and Twitter. By 5.30pm every one of my governing body parents knew about this.”
I guess this is just another example of how social networking sites have changed our lives. No longer are children discovering about sex through schoolyard whispers and dog-eared magazines. With their tech-laden cellphones they have direct access to the Internet. And parents are often not tech-savvy enough to act as gatekeepers or control what their offspring are up to.
It would be foolish of anyone to underestimate how attached people are to their cellphones and social network sites.
A survey commissioned by Samsung found that a third of those polled said they would rather give up sex for a year than go without a cellphone for the same amount of time. And women were even more willing than men to can their sex lives.
Imagine that – one in three people agreeing not to have any sex for 365 days just so they can hold onto their little buzzer.
One of the reasons for that has little to do with talking on the phone – texting is the important thing. Teens who can’t afford talktime have grown up texting each other and now they can’t imagine living without it. It has become their trusted friend.
In the United States a service has been set up for experts to answer questions about sex by mobile phone. People send in a question by SMS and receive a personal reply within 24 hours.
One of the questions asked in North Carolina was: “Why do guys think it’s cool to sleep with a girl and tell their friends?” Why, indeed?
Most of the SMS questions cover issues teens feel they can’t ask their parents or peers.
“Does a normal penis have wrinkles?” wrote one. Another asked: “How do u move yr tongue when u tongue kiss?”
Researchers are also using social networking sites like MySpace and YouTube to reach teenagers. There have been successes, but the cellphone is emerging as the most effective method of getting a message out.
Another service in the US allows youngsters to select from a menu of frequently-asked questions such as “What 2 do if the condom broke” and receive automated replies.
The services are popular because teens perceive their computers and cellphones as private. And they don’t feel they are being lectured by adults.
And then there is sexting – sending nude or sexually explicit images or messages. A survey by the Cosmowebsite in 2008 found that 20% of teens (13-19) and 33% of young adults (20-26) had sent nude or semi-nude photographs of themselves electronically. And a total of 39% of teens and 59% of young adults had sent sexually explicit text messages.
Three years on, you can bet it’s even more prevalent. So, it’s not only the girls of Collegiate getting up to monkey business. All around the country, other school kids have probably got away with viewing sexy images at school on their phones. But they weren’t stupid enough to celebrate the moment with vodka. As they say in the classics – it was the booze what done it!
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