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What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer?

Friday, November 10 2017

What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer?

What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer? Nick Douglas, Gawker Media Nov 10, 2017, 08.36 PM IST There are a few programs everyone knows to add to a new computer: Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, some work apps like Excel or Photoshop. But many of us also have our favorite helper apps and utilities to customize our workflow. I have a whole suite of helper apps, like Freedom , for blocking social sites when I need to work; Boom , for juicing up the volume on a laptop; and Bartender , a menu bar app for sorting all my menu bar apps. Over the first few weeks on a new computer, I eventually add them all. Advertisement But I can't make it more than a day without Keyboard Maestro , a powerful automator for Mac that assigns tasks to keyboard shortcuts. I have a lot of text workflows, and I use Keyboard Maestro to fill out forms, start searches, bug my editors in Slack, and answer predictable emails with just a few keystrokes. My chosen shortcuts are baked into my brain as thoroughly as the ones for cut and paste. What helper apps do you need as soon as you get a new computer? What "fixes" your PC or Mac? Give us a link so we can all enjoy them too.

This Chatbot Wastes Scammers' Time, And It's Glorious

Friday, November 10 2017

This Chatbot Wastes Scammers' Time, And It's Glorious

This Chatbot Wastes Scammers' Time, And It's Glorious Emily Price, Gawker Media Nov 10, 2017, 11.41 PM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit Image credit: Pexels At some point, we've all been contacted by a Nigerian prince, long-lost uncle, or some guy that just can't manage to get a bank account with the promise that if we just make one small wire transfer we'll have millions in our account by morning. Admittedly, I've responded to a few for fun just to see where the conversation can go. As The Verge reports , now one security firm has created a chatbot that allows you to respond to all those annoying scam messages and waste their time like they did yours by sending the email in the first place. Video: ReScam To use it, you just have to forward the first offending message to . When you do, a proxy email address will start replying to the scammer's emails for you. And the responses look pretty real. Advertisement Rescam has a few listed on their site . For instance, this was the chatbot's first response to a request for a wire transfer. Image credit: Rescame It's easy to use, and says just enough to keep the conversation going without letting on that you're actually using a bot to do the talking.

It's Time to Finally Toss Your Stack of Unread New Yorkers

Friday, November 10 2017

It's Time to Finally Toss Your Stack of Unread New Yorkers

It's Time to Finally Toss Your Stack of Unread New Yorkers Virginia K. Smith, Gawker Media Nov 11, 2017, 12.51 AM IST Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Linkedin Reddit GIF When we rounded up our staff's Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were introducing more plant life into our environments, cracking the code to Instagram-worthy Halloween costumes, quitting coffee, and clearing out browser clutter. This week, we're adjusting to the cold weather, find ways to sleep better, distancing ourselves from our smartphones, and reorganizing our kitchen strategies. What upgrades did you make this week? Let us know in the comments. Add a new option to your podcast rotation I just blew through the first nine episodes of Mission to Zyxx , an improvised sci-fi comedy. It combines the flavors of Star Wars and Star Trek without stooping to parody. The sound design is meticulous, and little outtakes at the end reveal details about their recording process. nick douglas, staff writer Keep your hands from freezing while typing My home gets unusually cold in the fall and winter (colder than you'd think for Southern California), and it makes it hard to type because my fingers are frozen. So, I bought some fingerless compression gloves . They keep my hands warm and are very comfortable. patrick allan, staff writer Switch to grayscale and put down your phone I turned my phone screen to grayscale to combat phone addiction! It's been, like, five days. My phone is really boring now so I guess it's working. I'll open Instagram and think, "Ugh, what's the point?" Today, after clicking on a link to the Nordstrom Rack sale, I started scrolling through the pages of gray, and thought, "Why am I doing this?!" I spent zero dollars. So, win? Even with grayscale, it's very possible to spend too much time on your phone (you don't need color to read mindless tweets and Facebook updates), but I do think it's helping me be more mindful of how much we subconsciously get sucked in. I think I'll stick with gray for a little while longer. michelle woo, parenting editor Sleep easier with white noise My mom sent me a white noise maker to help me rest during this hectic holiday season and it is EXTREMELY helpful. It just makes noise by moving air around, so it's not like an audio recording, which can have a detectable pattern and wake me up-if that makes any sense. claire lower, food & beverage editor Create a digital recipe box For years, my system for keeping track of recipes has been a disaster; a mess of cookbooks with tattered post-its, various emails to myself, multiple Google docs with a bunch of links dumped into them, probably some recipes I saved in the New York Times digital recipe box thingy... you get the idea. I don't know why I'd put it off for so long, but this week I finally shelled out the $4.99 for Paprika , and it's already a game changer. In particular, it's nice to have recipes auto-formatted and saved in one place, so I'm not constantly Googling "Martha Stewart French Lentil Salad" on bad wifi while I'm at the grocery store, frantic that I'm forgetting some key ingredient. Once I have it set up more, I'm also excited to use custom categories ("work lunch," "recipes to try," "dressings," etc.) to make things as easy and searchable as possible. virginia k. smith, managing editor Pack a portable clean-up kit I like to try to dress reasonably well for the office, mostly to trick people into thinking I care about my appearance. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time in offices, accidents involving getting detritus on your pants while you crawl under tables to unplug power cables, or getting food stuck in your beard. So I built myself a mini clean-up kit. Inside my tiny dopp kit is a brush and pick for my beard, a Tide To-Go pen, an extra small lint roller, a pack of breath mints, and a USB drive. It's compact, fits in my backpack, and helps me uphold the illusion I'm a productive member of society. patrick austin, staff writer Purge your content clutter We're pretty far off from spring cleaning time, but as the end of the year approaches, I decided to do a fall content purge. I went through my phone and deleted podcast episodes (and even a few entire podcasts), finally threw out those July New Yorker issues I'd dog-eared, and even clicked X on my many open tabs. It wasn't easy, but the relief I'm feeling now was totally worth it. caitlin schneider, social editor

To Unlock the iPhone X in Bed, Hold it Farther Away from Your Face

Friday, November 10 2017

To Unlock the iPhone X in Bed, Hold it Farther Away from Your Face

To Unlock the iPhone X in Bed, Hold it Farther Away from Your Face Jacob Kleinman, Gawker Media Nov 11, 2017, 01.21 AM IST Face ID , the new face-scanning security camera introduced in the iPhone X , works pretty flawlessly most of the time . But there's one place where Apple 's latest tech may be giving you trouble: in bed. A recent Reddit thread (spotted by BGR ) revealed that multiple people were having trouble unlocking the new smartphone while still lying in bed. One iPhone X owner assumed the issue might be a pillow obscuring their face, but it turns out the solution is even simpler. How to Unlock the iPhone X in Bed The problem isn't with the position of your face, it's how you're holding your iPhone. That's because Face ID doesn't work if the camera is too close to you. It needs to be between 10-20 inches away from your face to get an accurate scan, according to Apple . Advertisement Normally that isn't an issue, since most people hold their phone out in front of them at about that distance, but using your iPhone in bed is another story. You might hold the device closer because you usually wear glasses or contacts but haven't put them on yet, or maybe you just woke up and your vision is a little blurry. Either way, your natural instinct is probably to hold the screen right up to your face, but with Face ID that won't work. This might be a little annoying to get used to, but it's probably for the best. Holding your smartphone too close to your face can cause eye strain and even headaches, according to one study . So in this case, maybe Apple does know best.

Here's What You'll Need to Pull Off Fast Charging on the iPhone X

Friday, November 10 2017

Here's What You'll Need to Pull Off Fast Charging on the iPhone X

Here's What You'll Need to Pull Off Fast Charging on the iPhone X Jacob Kleinman, Gawker Media Nov 11, 2017, 02.01 AM IST One of Apple 's big new features for the iPhone X (and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ) is wireless charging , but if you care more about speed than convenience, there's another perk you should know about. The company's newest smartphones all support fast charging , too. Apple claims you can get from 0 to 50% charge in 30 minutes-just not with the charger that comes in the box. The Verge has a handy guide to all the gear you'll need to fast charge the iPhone X, 8 or 8 Plus. Here's a quick rundown of the key details. The Fastest Fast Charging Option According to Apple, you'll need a USB-C to Lightning cable to fast charge your new iPhone, but the company ships each phone with a regular USB-A cable instead. That means you'll need to buy a new cable, and in this case you should really get it from Apple. ($25 for a 1-meter cable or $35 for 2 meters .) Advertisement The company still has total control over Lightning input, so any third-party USB-C to Lightning cables you might see are non-sanctioned and might not be safe to use. That's particularly important when you're transferring as much power as possible to your new iPhone. Thankfully, you won't need to spend as much on a USB-C charging brick, since that technology isn't controlled by Apple. If you have a new MacBook, you can use that brick for your iPhone. If not, The Verge has a few suggestions, with the cheapest being Aukey's for $23.99. Cheaper Fast Charging Options If you want a faster charge but don't feel like shelling out for extra cables, you still have a few options. Just don't expect to hit 50% battery power in 30 minutes if you go this route. Advertisement The easiest solution is to just use an iPad charger, assuming you have one lying around. Apple added this option years ago with the iPhone 6, and it's still a great way to give your charging speed a boost. If you don't have the right charger on hand, you can also grab one for pretty cheap. Amazon has a charging brick with two USB ports for just $9.99 that will get the job done just fine.

This Website Will Help You Figure Out If You Can Make Money as an Instagram Influencer

Saturday, November 11 2017

This Website Will Help You Figure Out If You Can Make Money as an Instagram Influencer

This Website Will Help You Figure Out If You Can Make Money as an Instagram Influencer Aim, Gawker Media Nov 11, 2017, 03.36 AM IST It's tempting to give up your day job to produce sponsored content on your Instagram timeline for fancy, diuretic teas. Or at least it would be, if you had enough followers. Wait. Do you? There's now a website that can tell you exactly how close to being an influencer you actually are. Business Insider reports that Inkifi.com allows you to submit your Instagram handle and get an exact number for what your post might be worth. Writer Rosie Fitzmaurice fed hers into the website, and with only around 400 followers, a sponsored post would earn her about $2.35. Not very much, but the amount of money you can make grows exponentially pretty fast. Advertisement Inkifi.com's metrics are derived from a report called " The State of Influencer Marketing 2017 ," which estimated that every follower is worth about $.01. But Lisa Targett, the general manager of a UK company called Tribe that connects brands to " influencers ," told Business Insider that companies are often looking for more than followers. You can buy those. "Now the metric brands should be looking at is the cost per engagement - the cost of the post divided by the number of comments, likes, and shares - because these days anyone can buy reach," Targett said. While there are certainly people like Kim Kardashian, with millions and millions of followers, making a lot of money per post, brands are also looking for people with between 3,000 and 50,000 followers. Smaller influencers are more "potent," because the people engaging with you probably have a sense of intimacy, or the thing you're focusing on is more specific-vegan fitness, holistic dog care, plants. I personally follow a lot of people who post pictures of plants, and when they recommend I buy a certain kind of plant holder, I see it. For example, Hilton Carter who has around 50,000 followers, myself included: Tribe also offered a rough estimate for what people can make that's less specific than Infiki.com, but gives you an idea of where you'd need to get to to to make your car payment: 3-10K - £50-£100

IFTTT Recipe of the Week: Archive Your Musical Gems

Friday, November 10 2017

IFTTT Recipe of the Week: Archive Your Musical Gems

IFTTT Recipe of the Week: Archive Your Musical Gems Patrick Lucas Austin, Gawker Media Nov 11, 2017, 03.41 AM IST Image credit: Stephen Lam/ Getty IFTTT is an app and web service that uses if-then statements to trigger certain actions or activities in your favorite apps and devices. If you're not familiar with IFTTT, definitely check out our beginner's guide to understand the basics . After you get a handle on it, read on for the IFTTT Recipe of The Week, our new series highlighting the most useful (or just cool) IFTTT recipes we can find (or create!). This week's recipe is designed for music lovers who can't get that one song they heard a week ago out of their head. If you happen to subscribe to Spotify , you've no doubt listened to the Discover Weekly playlist, a selection of songs the service thinks you'll enjoy based on factors like your listening history as well as the history of users with similar tastes. As the name suggests, the playlist presents you with a different selection of tunes every week. It's great for audiophiles who want to hear new tracks, but not as great if you want to revisit songs from the previous week's Discover Weekly playlist. Instead of racking your brain for that song you loved, or humming half-remembered singles into your phone, get IFTTT to be your musical archivist. Advertisement This IFTTT recipe will automatically add the 30 rotating tracks from your Discover Weekly playlist to your own personal playlist, saving up to 1500 of your most recently played tracks. That way you'll always have a record of the tunes you were listening to from any given week. Turning on the recipe will lead you to its configuration page, where you can choose your Discover Weekly playlist (or any playlist that regularly receives new tracks), and archive new additions to another playlist of your making.

MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers with Internal Temperature Sensor and Improved Low-Noise Performance by Silicon Designs

Friday, November 10 2017

MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers with Internal Temperature Sensor and Improved Low-Noise Performance by Silicon Designs

MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers with Internal Temperature Sensor and Improved Low-Noise Performance by... MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers with Internal Temperature Sensor and Improved Low-Noise Performance by Silicon Designs November 10, 2017 163 Silicon Designs, Inc a 100% veteran owned, U.S. based leading designer and manufacturer of highly rugged MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules, on November 9, announced the immediate availability of its Model 1525 Series, a family of commercial and inertial-grade MEMS capacitive accelerometers, offering industry-best-in-class low-noise performance. Design of the Model 1525 Series incorporates Silicon Designs’ own high-performance MEMS variable capacitive sense element, along with a ±4.0V differential analog output stage, internal temperature sensor and integral sense amplifier — all housed within a miniature, nitrogen damped, hermetically sealed, surface mounted J-lead LCC-20 ceramic package (U.S. Export Classification ECCN 7A994). The 1525 Series features low-power (+5 VDC, 5 mA) operation, excellent in-run bias stability, and zero cross-coupling. Five unique full-scale ranges, of ±2 g, ±5 g, ±10 g, ±25 g, and ±50 g, are currently in production and available for immediate customer shipment. Each MEMS accelerometer offers reliable performance over a standard operating temperature range of -40° C to +85° C. Units are also relatively insensitive to wide temperature changes and gradients. Each device is marked with a serial number on its top and bottom surfaces for traceability. A calibration test sheet is supplied with each unit, showing measured bias, scale factor, linearity, operating current, and frequency response. Carefully regulated manufacturing processes ensure that each sensor is made to be virtually identical, allowing users to swap out parts in the same range with few-to-no testing modifications, further saving time and resources. This provides test engineers with a quick plug-and-play solution for almost any application, with total trust in sensor accuracy when used within published specifications. As the OEM of its own MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules, Silicon Designs further ensures the manufacture of consistently high-quality products, with full in-house customization capabilities to customer exacting standards. This flexibility ensures that Silicon Designs can expeditiously design, develop and manufacture high-quality standard and custom MEMS capacitive accelerometers, yet still keep prices highly competitive. The Silicon Designs Model 1525 Series tactical grade MEMS inertial accelerometer family is ideal for zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation applications that require high-repeatability, low noise, and maximum stability, including tactical guidance systems, navigation and control systems (GN&C), AHRS, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), robotic controllers, flight control systems, and marine- and land-based navigational systems. They may also be used to support critical industrial test requirements, such as those common to agricultural, oil and gas drilling, photographic and meteorological drones, as well as seismic and inertial measurements.

ST Launches Open Development Platform for Secure Car-Connectivity Applications

Monday, November 13 2017

ST Launches Open Development Platform for Secure Car-Connectivity Applications

ST Launches Open Development Platform for Secure Car-Connectivity Applications ST Launches Open Development Platform for Secure Car-Connectivity Applications November 13, 2017 60 The Modular Telematics Platform (MTP) from STMicroelectronics provides an open development environment for prototyping advanced Smart Driving applications, including vehicle connectivity to back-end servers, road infrastructure, and other vehicles. The MTP integrates a central processing module based on the just-launched Telemaco3P secure automotive-telematics processor and a comprehensive set of automotive-connectivity devices both on the board and in plug-in modules, ensuring development flexibility and extensibility. The new Telemaco3P secure telematics processor is already making inroads with top OEMs and Tier1s around the globe. At the same time, the MTP can speed Telemaco3P application development. At the core of the MTP is ST’s Telemaco3P device, the industry’s first automotive processor to include a dedicated Hardware Security Module to provide state-of-the-art on-chip security. The MTP also integrates ST’s automotive-grade multi-constellation GNSS Teseo IC with dead-reckoning sensors and the Telemaco3P’s integrated advanced automotive security module can be further enhanced with an optional onboard ST33 Secure Element. In addition, the platform supports connecting automotive buses such as CAN, FlexRay, and BroadR-Reach (100Base-T1) to the board directly, and optional Bluetooth low energy, Wi-Fi, and LTE modules offer access to wireless networks. Designed for advanced automotive telematics use cases including remote diagnostics and secure Electronic-Control-Unit (ECU) Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) updating, the MTP includes extension connectors for V2X and precise positioning modules, too. TAGS

Light + Building 2018: Special show SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings

Monday, November 13 2017

Light + Building 2018: Special show SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings

Light + Building 2018: Special show SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings Light + Building 2018: Special show SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings November 13, 2017 55 Preparations for Light + Building are thoroughly underway and are producing a new highlight, in the shape of “SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings”, in Hall 9.1. Technical advice and project management is being provided by the engineering practice of Canzler GmbH. What is behind the new special show? A live demonstration showing a wide variety of features of security technology in a real environment, featuring typical commercial uses. In this way, the visitor can experience or feel realistic applications, because the building, interior finishings, technology, uses, and events are linked interactively and in a cross-functional and cross-brand way. What is particular about SECURE? Technology, and thus also security technology, are systems to deal with uses or events. The components for this purpose (hardware, software, implementation, operation) hardly interest the users or the investors. Only when they are realised in real applications in the environment of SECURE!, where they can be experienced, will these components come to life and show their use or possibilities in their whole linkage. What will be shown in the three scenarios, hotel, office, and industry? Typical and pioneering applications for these three commercial uses will be set out at this point. These three scenarios have been chosen because they frequently occur in new buildings, building conversions or building repairs and, on the other hand, the latter have very different needs and requirements. Along with typical security-related applications, this linkage also produces further security-related benefits. What benefits can be drawn from a visit to the special show? As a result of their experiences in SECURE!, visitors will sharpen their knowledge to the benefit of their projects and find aids to decision making – what is possible, on the one hand, and what they have or intend to have on the other. Our engineers, who will be present at the special show, will be available for questions, discussions, suggestions, and networking. Links will be provided in addition to the exhibitor companies which are jointly responsible for the realisation. How has the special show been created? After initial ideas a year and a half ago, Canzler developed the overall concept together with Messe Frankfurt and involved exhibitors attending the fair from the draft-planning stage onwards. The participating exhibitors – there are now more than 40 – are contributing the components of their specialist knowledge to the overall planning and coordination provided by Canzler.

Car Security to Adopt CalAmp’s Telematics Technology Stack

Monday, November 13 2017

Car Security to Adopt CalAmp’s Telematics Technology Stack

Car Security to Adopt CalAmp’s Telematics Technology Stack Car Security to Adopt CalAmp’s Telematics Technology Stack November 13, 2017 61 Safety of cars is not always at the behest of the driver or the car’s owner, especially when we park them in open places for convenience. Even in such advanced times, theft security of cars in common parking places continues to remain a matter of concern. OEMs are integrating embedded sensors to equip cars with a tool that detects security breach and alerts the owner. Even still, car thefts are sadly becoming more proficient in the nous that thieves are using tools and materials to lower the sensitivity of these sensors. Adopting advanced telematics could offer a solution. According to recent reports, an Argentina-based licensee of LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System has announced the adoption of a range of telematics technologies to improve the aftermarket vehicle tracking features of its offerings. Car Security has recently announced that it will be partnering with a telematics company called CalAmp to adopt the stack of telematics technologies developed by the former. Amalgamation of Telematics and LoJack System The adoption will include CalAmp’s entire device portfolio on telematics, and its platform developed for vehicle risk management services, called CrashBoxx. An important feature of this partnership and the said adoption is that Car Security will be developing a connected car strategy, which will be designed on CrashBoxx service for delivering detailed and actionable insights in the event of car crashes. The fundamental of this collaboration will be development of a multi-tiered service that reports car crash incidents, and offers an automated repair and recovery of the car’s security features. Promising Prospects of CrashBoxx Service The proposed service is expected to improve claims processing and vehicle damage assessment, and Car Security plans on offering it to insurers in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Paul Washicko, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of SaaS businesses at CalAmp expresses the advantages of bringing CalAmp’s telematics technologies at the foothold of LoJack licensees in the world. The SVP anticipates that this partnership can expand its presence in Latin America’s car security markets. Adopting CalAmp’s telematics services will be enhancing Car Security’s connected car applications by providing customers with immediate collision notification, providing information on severity of the impact through API, SMS or email, and offering an in-field car triage for preventing car owners from unnecessary towing costs. The service will also provide detailed analysis for accident reconstruction, where CalAmp’s telematics devices such as the LMU-2630 will capture events comprehensively. Like Car Security, every OEM offers distinct systems with car security features. In the foreseeable future, the demand for car security systems will continue to surge on the account of increasing incidence of car thefts and improvements in such security technologies. According to a forecast report published by Future Market Insights, the global market for car security systems will net over US$ 12 billion revenues by the end of 2026. Immobilizers, stolen vehicle trackers, glass break sensors , shock sensors, inclination sensors, alarm systems, perimeter sensors, and central locking systems are some of the key offerings available in the global car marketplace, today.

Government To Start Rs 34000 Crore BharatNet Phase 2

Monday, November 13 2017

Government To Start Rs 34000 Crore BharatNet Phase 2

The government to start its second and final phase of BharatNet project — with an outlay of around Rs 34,000 crore to provide high-speed broadband in all panchayats by March 2019, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said. Under the project, the government aims to connect 1.5 lakh panchayats through 10 lakh kilometres of additional optical fiber and give bandwidth to telecom players at nearly 75 percent cheaper price for broadband and wifi services in rural areas. "We will tomorrow launch phase 2 of BharatNet to connect 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband by March 2019. Phase 1 of the project, under which 1 lakh GPs were to be connected, will be completed by the end of this year. We expect telecom operators to provide at least 2 megabit per second speed to rural households," Sundararajan said. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will launch the project on Monday. The telecom ministry will sign agreements with seven states — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand — which will roll out the project on their own with partial funding from the central government. "The total project cost of BharatNet is around Rs 45,000 crore, of which Rs 11,200 crore have been used for the first phase. After rural exchange rollout in the country when telecom services started, this is the biggest project involving domestically manufactured products for the entire project," Sundararajan said. She said around Rs 4.5 lakh crore value can be added to the national gross domestic product on completion of BharatNet phase 2 as a study has suggested that every 10 percent usage of Internet in India drives up GDP by 3.3 percent. BSNL will roll out optical fiber in eight states — Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim that were not covered under the first phase of BharatNet. Power Grid Corporation of India has been awarded contract for three states — Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Odisha. The government estimates that the second phase of BharatNet will double the existing optical fiber footprint in the country and generate employment of 10 crore mandays during the rollout of the project. It is setting up connection point or exchange for optical fiber at each panchayat under the scheme. Thereafter, telecom operators can buy connection or bandwidth from the government to sell the same in rural areas. Broadband services rates, Sundararajan said, are expected to be low because of intensive competition in the sector and the government is offering bandwidth under the project to telecom operators at 75 percent lower rate than they currently buy it. She added that telecom operators Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone are interested in providing services under BharatNet. The government will provide support of Rs 3,600 crore to telecom operators for rolling out wifi in villages. "India at present has 38,000 wifi hotspots. Under BharatNet phase 2, around 6-7 lakh wifi hotspots will be added with 2-5 hotpsots in each panchayats. Some of the wifi hotspots may not be commercially viable initially. So (we) will provide viability gap funding of around Rs 3,600 crore to telecom operators," the secretary said. The total wifi rollout cost is estimated to be around Rs 10,000 crore, she said. Under BharatNet phase 1, the government has set up 15,000 wifi hotspots of which around 11,000 are in rural areas and the rest in semi-rural.