Monday 20 July 2015

Digital Locker: brief Details of Digilocker.

There are  huge number of documents to keep and manage, and the government also seems to have taken notice. As part of Digital India week on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched a digital locker service called DIGILocker, though the service was soft-launched sometime back in beta stage.

So what exactly is DIGILocker? Very simply, it's a website where you can store your various government issued documents, using your Aadhaar card as your identification. While it hasn't been stated as such, to us, it also looks like a good way of bringing data from different government agencies together under the aegis of the Aadhaar card, potentially making the document more useful to people carrying it.

To sign up, you need only enter your Aadhaar number, and an SMS is set out to the mobile phone number you registered at UIDAI. This one-time-password is the only way to get inside your DIGILocker for the first time, but afterwards, you can set your own userid and password or link the DIGILocker to your Google or Facebook login.

After you've signed up, you can upload your government documents to the DIGILocker - there's only 10MB of storage at present (later you will get 1 gigabyte of storage) - but you can also save the Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) of government documents using DIGILocker.

The idea is that this should minimise the need for physical documents; if your birth and education certificates are online, and you apply for a passport, then the Passport Office could use your Aadhaar number to request the DIGILocker for your details.

There's also a planned e-Signature facility with DIGILocker, though that will be launched later; between digital signatures and government documents in the cloud, it is clear that the government wants to make it easier for people to use government services online. DIGILocker will be a way to authentically curate your documents, and make it easy to share them to different departments.

There's also the question of security. While the DIGILocker website looks to have the basics in place by using HTTPS for the main part of the website.

To access your digital locker, visit DIGILocker and you can sign up now for free with your Aadhaar details.

Friday 3 July 2015

Intex launches Aqua Q5 with 4.5-inch display for Rs. 5,090

Intex is coming up with more and more smartphones in the Aqua series, today the company has unveiled Aqua Q5 for a price of Rs. 5,090. The device has been listed on the company’s official website, but there is no information about its availability yet.

The Intex Aqua Q5 comes with dual-SIM support and features a 4.5-inch FWVGA TFT display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor paired with 1GB of RAM. As per the listing on the website, the Aqua Q5 comes with an in-built call recorder. There is 8GB of internal storage on-board, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.

It features an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash along with a 2-megapixel front camera. In terms of connectivity, it supports 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth and Micro-USB. The device is backed by a 1600mAh battery, which is touted by the company to deliver up to 5 hours of talk time and around 160 hours of standby time. The Aqua Q5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat and will be available in White color option.

This is the second launch in one week by Intex, the company unveiled the dual-SIM Aqua Y4 on Thursday at Rs. 4,190.

Intex Aqua Q5 specifications:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA TFT display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G SoC paired with 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS/ EDGE, Bluetooth and Micro-USB
  • 1600mAh battery