Reliance Jio launches Jio Cricket Season Pack, Jio Cricket Play Along game and Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Live Show for IPL 2018

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Reliance Jio today launched new offerings –  Jio Cricket Play Along game that lets you win prizes, Jio Cricket Season Pack that offers live streaming of IPL matches on the app and Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Live comedy Cricket show for the IPL season starting this week. All these will be available on My Jio app that will also be available for non-Jio subscribers. Jio Cricket Season Pack enables users watch IPL matches live on MyJio app throughout the duration of 51 days at Rs. 251 and also comes with  102GB data. Jio Cricket Play Along game will be available on MyJio app everyday during the matches, spanning 7 weeks and 60 matches and can be played in 11 Indian languages. You stand a chance to win a house in Mumbai, 25 cars, cash prize worth crores and more. Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan Live starts at 7th April  at 7:30 PM, with original live episodes, releasing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hosted Sunil Grover and popular sports anchor Samir Kochhar, every episode will feature cricketers and celebrity guests in fun conversations, gags and  more. They will be joined by a host of popular comedians along with cricket legends Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag.
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MIUI App Vault Overview – Shortcuts, Cricket, Calendar events, Notes and Ola

Xiaomi announced the latest iteration of its Android skin MIUI back in November with tons of new features including Split Screen, Interactive and Fresh UI changes, New Gallery App, Calendar Cards, App Vault, New Notification Shade, Mi Video App, New Mi Explorer and Mi Drop. We have already covered some of these features in posts earlier and in this post, we will be giving an overview of App Vault. MIUI focuses on making life simpler and App Vault tries to bring convenience on your tips. App Vault shows cards for various services and is an attempt similar to Google Now cards  for showing all the important information in one place, MIUI quick cards can be accessed in a similar fashion by swiping left on the home screen. As of now, only 5 cards are available on App Vault but Xiaomi claims to have support for 12 kinds of services, and hopefully, more cards will be added with time. Users can choose maximum 5 cards available at the moment, which are Shortcuts, Cricket, Calendar events, Olacabs and Notes. Cricket card shows the scores of ongoing game for the teams selected by users, users can choose international as well as Domestic teams. Users can …
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Cricket Wireless launches Alcatel Verso and free smartphone deal for switchers

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This is a big week for Cricket Wireless, with the prepaid carrier not only launching a new Android smartphone but also kicking off a new deal.

First up, the Alcatel Verso is now available from Cricket. Priced at $ 29.99, this Android 7.0 smartphone packing a 5-inch 854×480 display, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, and 2GB of RAM.

There’s 16GB of built-in storage with the Verso and a microSD card slot if you need more storage, and the whole package is powered by a 2,050mAh battery.

Now for the special offer. When you switch to Cricket Wireless, you can get two lines of unlimited data for $ 80 per month and two free smartphones. The phones that qualify for this offer include the Alcatel Verso and LG Fortune.

The unlimited plan included with this deal is the Unlimited 2 plan. It includes unlimited talk, text, and data, but the data speeds are capped at 3Mbps and video streams at 480p quality.

Cricket’s switcher offer will be available through April 12.

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Cricket Wireless kicking off deal with four lines of unlimited for $100

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Cricket today announced that it’s celebrating the holidays with a new rate plan deal.

Starting tomorrow, December 1st, Cricket will offer four lines on an Unlimited 2 plan for $ 100 per month. This deal will be available for a limited time.

Cricket’s Unlimited 2 plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data, with data speeds topping out a 3Mbps. Also of note is that video streams at 480p resolution. If you use more than 22GB of data per line per month, that line’s data usage will be deprioritized for the remainder of the billing cycle.

Also included with the Unlimited 2 plan is unlimited texting from the U.S. to 38 countries. Customers can get unlimited talk and text to and from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, too, as well as data access in Canada and Mexico.

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Cricket adds data to its most affordable smartphone plans

AT&T's low-cost Cricket brand has historically been somewhat stingy with data unless you've bee willing to pay almost as much as you would for a regular AT&T plan, but it's loosening things up a bit on November 5th. The budget carrier is addi…
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Cricket Wireless adds more data to its $30/mo and $40/mo plans

Cricket Wireless, the MVNO owned by AT&T, tends to change its pricing tiers from time to time. Back in May, the company increased the amount of high-speed data on its $ 40/month plan from 3GB to 4GB. Starting November 5, new changes will go into affect for its $ 30/mo and $ 40/mo tiers.

The company’s $ 30/mo tier will be increased from 1GB of data to 2GB, while the $ 40/mo plan will jump from 4GB to 5GB.

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ZTE Blade X launches exclusively at Cricket for $119.99

ZTE’s Blade X Max launched at Cricket back in May, and today it’s being joined by a smaller sibling, the adequately named Blade X (sans Max). This device features a 5.5-inch 720p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing snapper, Dolby Audio, and an FM radio. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, aided by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. A 3,000 mAh battery ensures smooth operation, while for connectivity you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, and 4G LTE. The Blade X runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat. You can already order the phone from Cricket’s…

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Facebook just bid $600 million to stream Indian cricket matches. Will it try NFL games next?

Mark Zuckberg didn’t get the IPL. But he may have a shot at pro football…

In case you had any doubts about how serious Mark Zuckerberg is about video, this ought to help: Facebook just tried to pay $ 600 million for a five-year-deal to stream Indian cricket matches.

Facebook didn’t win the auction for the Indian Premier League — Rupert Murdoch’s Star ended up paying $ 2.6 billion for a package that included broadcast and streaming rights.

But the fact that Facebook was willing to put up that kind of money is a big, bold declaration that the company will write real checks in order to get its hands on must-see sports content.

Up until now, it was possible to debate that idea: Facebook has been paying for some sports, but most of it has been second-tier, toe-in-the-water stuff like college football games between low-profile teams.

Meanwhile, Twitter and Amazon have gotten their hands on the most high-profile sports property that’s gone up for grabs in recent years: 10-game packages to stream NFL games on Thursday nights.

But the IPL — a two-month tournament — is a very big deal in India, and Facebook was bidding for the rights to stream it there and the surrounding countries. As you can see (if you squint), via the IPL’s refreshingly transparent bidding process, Facebook was the only Silicon Valley company in the mix:

So what’s next? Facebook didn’t have any comment beyond a confirmation that it had bid on the IPL games.

But if you want to start speculating, here’s an idea: Verizon’s 4-year, $ 1 billion deal for NFL mobile rights expires at the end of this season.

While most people have assumed the NFL would look to re-up with Verizon, or another wireless carrier, people familiar with the league note that mobile rights don’t necessarily have to go to traditional phone company — they could go to someone who wants to distribute media on a phone.

That is: If the NFL chooses to sell it that way, anyone who wants to pay enough could get the rights to stream a season’s worth of America’s most popular sport.

What would that be worth to Facebook?


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An Automated Cricket Farm Could Bring Bug-Based Food to the Masses

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Crickets are a good source of protein, provided you can work up the courage to eat one. In order to offset the harmful effects that come with relying on beef, however, we need to turn to another source, and our best option may come from the insects that keep us up at night.

Cricket company Aspire has a plan to make this possible, and it doesn’t involve eating handfuls of bugs. Instead, the Austin, Texas-based company has plans to create a massive cricket farm, with its sole purpose to produce, feed, and harvest the insects to be turned into food people can eat.

The original farm saw human workers periodically feeding the crickets, but this proved to be inefficient and ineffective, since the people worked normal work hours during the way, while crickets are nocturnal. After a bit of number-crunching, and spending some time studying how crickets respond to mass reproduction, Aspire elected to incorporate a robotic system that would provide the ideal amount of food. Adjustments to the cricket’s diet were also made to create a better end product.

Supply vs. Demand

People just aren’t ready to eat crickets as long as they continue to resemble them, though— something Aspire learned when it offered whole, dry-roasted crickets at events.

“We wanted to gauge consumer readiness for consuming insects in this most confrontational fashion,” said Apsire CEO Mohammed Ashour to Fast Company. “Our hypothesis…was that [we’ve] still a long way to go, and the needle won’t have moved very dramatically from two years ago when our data showed that something like 70% of Americans aren’t ready.”

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People were more open to trying cricket-based food when in the form of granola or other products, where the insect origin of the offerings were not so apparent.Demand for cricket snacks has only increased. Much to the surprise of Aspire, they currently can’t keep up with consumer and retailer demand. Their current robotic farm, which takes up 25,000 sq ft. of space, raises more than 22 million crickets in a month, but this isn’t enough. Fortunately, there are plans to expand the farm next year, starting with a 50,000 sq ft expansion, and followed by small additions until the farm is 250,000 square feet in size.

Putting a bigger emphasis on insect food will almost certainly cut down on the worryingly large carbon and land footprints of beef. Perhaps their growing popularity will one day lead to more people eating whole crickets, like many other parts of the world already do.

[graphic: (added late, not sure where to place) – cost comparison between conventional and cricket based protein powder, see: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BzLubmIIzyBmc2dzNzQyNlF4a0E ]

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) to arrive on Cricket as Galaxy Halo

The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) will land on Cricket Wireless in the US carrying a different moniker. According to the usually reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), the variant will be called Galaxy Halo. Samsung Galaxy Halo (Galaxy J7 2017) for Cricket Wireless pic.twitter.com/bXXteSUZfs— Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 24, 2017 While there’s no information on whether or not there’ll be any spec-related changes, there does seem to be some design-related differences (especially if you look at the back). Sadly, there are no details on exactly when the launch will happen, and what price tag…

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