Converting Educational Videos Using Movavi Video Converter

Needless to say it is important that you’re able to watch your educational videos – regardless of the format they’re in. Unfortunately from time to time you’re likely to come across a format that you can’t seem to play on some (or all) of your devices. Rather than scrambling and trying to find a way to play your educational videos each and every time – if you could convert them into a compatible format you wouldn’t have to worry at all.

While there are many different video converters available, none will let you convert educational videos quite as quickly or easily as Movavi Video Converter. With it you can convert video to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV or any other format you require in just a few minutes at most.

All that it takes to convert an educational video using Movavi Video Converter is a few simple steps. The first thing you should do is launch the software and add the video that you want to convert by clicking on the ‘Add Media’ button at the top-left then clicking ‘Add Video’ and selecting it. Alternatively you could drag and drop the video file into the main area of the interface to add it.

In the lower part of the interface you can then click on the ‘Video’ tab to browse and select a video format, or the ‘Devices’ tab to select a preset for the device you intend to use. Assuming you opt to choose a preset, Movavi Video Converter will automatically use the optimal video format and settings for that device.

Once that is done you can click ‘Convert’ to start converting your video at any point. Before you do however, you may want to check the destination folder or adjust some of the other video parameters such as the bitrate, resolution and so on. In fact you may even want to adjust the output file size, so that Movavi Video Converter compresses your video when it converts it.

While that should cover everything you need to know to convert educational videos to any format, it is far from all Movavi Video Converter is capable of. Its features extend far beyond that, and you could use them to convert audio and image files, create animated GIFs, extract audio tracks, grab screenshots, or edit your video footage.

Although you may be solely interested in converting videos to make sure they are compatible or optimized, at some point you should certainly explore the features in Movavi Video Converter. Not only could these features come in handy in a variety of different situations, but they may even give you some ideas that you never considered in the past.

Flying Abroad? No Departure Cards Required From July 1

New Delhi: Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from next month. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card. “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the Union home ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring hassle-free movement of Indians going abroad.

At present, those going abroad need to fill in details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding in the departure card.

“The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources,” the home ministry order said, citing reasons behind its move.

The need for Indians to fill such cards on their arrival in India has already been done away with.

The decision will help reducing the time required to complete immigration related formalities by passengers and also enable airports and authorities concerned to cater to a larger number of people.

The need for Indians to fill such cards on their arrival in India has already been done away with.

Authorities here have been taking a number of steps to help both international and domestic passengers.

The customs department had last year done away with the need for Indian passengers to fill up a declaration form while coming to India if they were not carrying dutiable goods.

Those carrying prohibited and dutiable goods are required to fill up an ‘Indian Customs Declaration Form’, earlier mandatory for all passengers entering the country.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), mandated to secure civil airports in the country, has also started doing away with the practice of tagging and stamping domestic passengers’ hand baggage.

It has ended at Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, some of the country’s busiest airports.

 

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Singapore: Asian stocks advanced on Thursday as oil prices struggled to climb off a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.3 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.1 percent, with shares in auto air bag maker Takata Corp plunging 50 percent as they exchanged hands for the first time since sources said last week it was preparing to file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.2 percent, while Australian shares jumped 0.6 percent.

Chinese shares added to gains made on Wednesday after MSCI included mainland shares in its emerging market indexes. The blue-chip index rose 0.4 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat.

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Crude oil crept up from multi-month lows hit on Wednesday after data showed a drop in U.S. inventories, but gains were capped as investors fretted about whether OPEC-led output cuts would dent a three-year glut.

“The time for contrarian trades in oil is fast approaching, but I would want to see some stability in price and the technicals start to become more convincing,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.

U.S. crude futures rose 0.1 percent, or 5 cents, to $42.58 a barrel. They closed down 1.6 percent on Wednesday after touching their lowest level since August.

Global benchmark Brent climbed less than 0.1 percent, or 3 cents, to $44.85. It closed down 2.6 percent on Wednesday after touching a seven-month low.

The resulting decline in oil shares hit indexes in Europe and on Wall Street overnight.

Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 closed between 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent lower.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3 percent, while the S&P 500 was slightly lower. Nasdaq closed up 0.7 percent, lifted by biotech stocks.

Financial stocks also contributed to losses on Wall Street, driven lower by a drop in the Treasury yield curve to its flattest in almost a decade, as investors tried to reconcile a hawkish Federal Reserve with deteriorating inflation measures.

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer suggested they are concerned less about raising rates too fast or too high than about keeping them too low for too long.

“I think the market may be pricing in a little higher odds of another rate hike before the end of the year, and that is helping drive some of the flattening,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

The yield curve between five-year notes and 30-year bonds flattened to 95 basis points, the narrowest since December 2007, on Thursday.

The dollar eased, falling 0.3 percent to 111.03 yen.

The dollar index edged lower to 97.502, extending Wednesday’s 0.2 percent loss.

The New Zealand dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7248 after the central bank left its interest rate unchanged at a record low as expected and reiterated it would remain steady for a while.

Sterling was slightly lower at $1.267 after Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain on comments by the Bank of England’s chief economist that he was likely to vote for an interest rate hike this year. Until now, he has been seen as largely supportive of keeping rates low.

The euro was flat at $1.117, holding on to Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain.

The weaker dollar lifted spot gold, which rose 0.6 percent to $1,252.60 an ounce.

 

Telecom Minister Meets Sunil Mittal, Anil Ambani; Assures ‘Corrective Steps’

New Delhi: Communications Minister Manoj Sinha today assured industry bigwigs Sunil Mittal and Anil Ambani as well as other telecom players that “corrective steps” will be taken to ensure growth of the debt-ridden sector.

“The report (of the inter-ministerial group) will come soon…corrective steps will be taken by the government for ensuring orderly growth in this sector in terms of services to the common man,” Sinha said after a two-hour meeting with telecom honchos to discuss the financial difficulties being faced by the sector.

The meeting comes just days after an inter-ministerial group held a dialogue with all telecom companies on the industry’s financial stress and measures that can be taken to ease the situation.

The government is looking for measures to ease the situation in the telecom sector.

Apart from Bharti Airtel Chairman Mittal and Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani, today’s meeting was also attended by Idea Cellular Managing Director Himanshu Kapania, Tata Sons Director Ishaat Hussain and Reliance Jio Infocomm Board Member Mahendra Nahata.

Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan was also present at the meeting.

Jio had last week ascribed the financial stress in the sector to existing operators like Airtel and Idea running businesses on debt and investing heavily in unrelated sectors.

Jio alleged that the incumbent operators had been reluctant in infusing equity and hence the financial stress is their own creation.

Asked about Jio’s allegations that operators were not infusing enough equity, Mittal quipped, “You can see our balancesheet.”

The incumbent operators have been saying that the current call connect charge (or Interconnection Usage Charges) of 14 paise/minute is below cost and needs to be corrected to “prevent predatory voice pricing environment”.

India’s largest telecom company Bharti Airtel had earlier accused Jio of predatory pricing and demanded that operators be paid more for calls terminating on their networks as also the right to retain customers through incentives.

The large operators have also been asking for reduction of levies like licence fee, spectrum usage charges and GST.

They have also sought an extension on deferred spectrum liabilities, meaning that the amount they bid for radiowaves should be payable over a longer period.

Citing Rs. 4.6 lakh crore cumulative debt of the sector, the incumbents have made a case for urgent relief measures like extension on payment of deferred spectrum liability and cut in levies.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India too had met the telecom companies last week, where Idea Cellular suggested imposition of a minimum floor price for voice and data services.

 

Airtel VoLTE Launch Appears Imminent With Support Added to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Last year, Reliance Jio made a groundbreaking entry in the Indian telecom industry with its rock-bottom tariff prices and began offering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calling technology in the country. While some of Jio’s rival telcos are still busy launching new data offers, Airtel seems to be taking a step further with the rollout of its VoLTE services. An indication of its imminent launch was spotted in the changelog of the latest software update on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, which adds Airtel VoLTE support.

We’ve reached out to Airtel for a comment on its 4G VoLTE rollout plans, as well as Xiaomi with regards to the feature addition. An Airtel spokesperson responded by saying, “We are piloting/testing VoLTE in a few places but there are no launch timelines that we can share at this point.”

Airtel VoLTE Launch Appears Imminent With Support Added to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

airtel volte ndtv AirtelThe Airtel VoLTE support was spotted on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 of a Gadgets 360 team member, added with the MIUI v8.2.10.0.MCFMIDL software update. The changelog says “New – Airtel VoLTE support (06-14)”, as seen in the screenshot. Other changes brought by the update include May Android security update, and fixes for connectivity, SD card, and notification issues.

Reliance Jio’s entry into the Indian telecom market has shaken up the entire industry, with free calling on VoLTE networks one of its primary USPs. Rival telcos have found it hard to compete with this, as well as the increased value for money on data plans. Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and other telcos have been rolling out new plans every week in an attempt to keep customers, and the offering of VoLTE calling is a natural progression to compete on the first front.

 

Marvel’s Kevin Feige is the internet’s latest sad boy thanks to Spider-Man

The joke started when Yahoo! Movies asked Affleck and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star, Henry Cavill, about the negative response the film received from critics. While Cavill began to answer, Affleck looked down and spaced-out, a look that many took to assume the actor was saddened by the question. It became a joke, with remixes of the video featuring Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” in the background. Affleck finally responded to the meme, telling the BBC it was a good lesson in not talking during interviews alongside Cavill.

“It taught me not to do interviews with Henry Cavill where I don’t say anything and they can lay Simon and Garfunkel tracks over it,” Affleck said. “That’s one thing I learned.”

Affleck’s sad boy phase slowly lost the internet’s interest — but was never truly forgotten. Now, however, the Batman v Superman actor has been replaced with another, superhero-adjacent figure: Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios.

Like Affleck, Feige received the Simon and Garfunkel treatment following an interview with FilmStarts. In the interview, Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal spoke about how Tom Holland’s Peter Parker could appear in Venom and other stand-alone Spider-Man movies, essentially making those characters part of the MCU. Feige, who had just last week given a completely different answer, looked on with a blank expression on his face.

It didn’t take long for people to point out just how sad Feige looks in the interview — not unlike Affleck’s face in his own interview — and the various remixes and GIFs to start springing up.

Whether or not Feige was actually sad during that specific moment in the interview is, of course, unknown, but he does look confused at the very least. Again, that makes sense considering that Feige recently confirmed characters like Venom would have nothing to do with the MCU, despite Pascal’s confirmation that they would all exist in a similar world.

As of right now, the only character being shared by the two studios — according to their arrangement — is Spider-Man. Homecoming is a Sony movie that Marvel has complete creative control over. Future installments of Marvel films, including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, will star Spider-Man, but Sony won’t have any say in what the character does. There’s still no confirmation on if Holland’s Peter Parker will appear in future stand-alone movies, like Venom and Silver & Black, for Sony.

 

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Singapore: Asian stocks advanced on Thursday as oil prices struggled to climb off a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.3 percent.

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.1 percent, with shares in auto air bag maker Takata Corp plunging 50 percent as they exchanged hands for the first time since sources said last week it was preparing to file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s KOSPI added 0.2 percent, while Australian shares jumped 0.6 percent.

Asian Stocks Rise As Oil Tries To Claw Up From 10-Month Low

Chinese shares added to gains made on Wednesday after MSCI included mainland shares in its emerging market indexes. The blue-chip index rose 0.4 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat.

Crude oil crept up from multi-month lows hit on Wednesday after data showed a drop in U.S. inventories, but gains were capped as investors fretted about whether OPEC-led output cuts would dent a three-year glut.

“The time for contrarian trades in oil is fast approaching, but I would want to see some stability in price and the technicals start to become more convincing,” said Chris Weston, chief market strategist at IG in Melbourne.

U.S. crude futures rose 0.1 percent, or 5 cents, to $42.58 a barrel. They closed down 1.6 percent on Wednesday after touching their lowest level since August.

Global benchmark Brent climbed less than 0.1 percent, or 3 cents, to $44.85. It closed down 2.6 percent on Wednesday after touching a seven-month low.

The resulting decline in oil shares hit indexes in Europe and on Wall Street overnight.

Britain’s FTSE, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 closed between 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent lower.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3 percent, while the S&P 500 was slightly lower. Nasdaq closed up 0.7 percent, lifted by biotech stocks.

Financial stocks also contributed to losses on Wall Street, driven lower by a drop in the Treasury yield curve to its flattest in almost a decade, as investors tried to reconcile a hawkish Federal Reserve with deteriorating inflation measures.

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer suggested they are concerned less about raising rates too fast or too high than about keeping them too low for too long.

“I think the market may be pricing in a little higher odds of another rate hike before the end of the year, and that is helping drive some of the flattening,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

The yield curve between five-year notes and 30-year bonds flattened to 95 basis points, the narrowest since December 2007, on Thursday.

The dollar eased, falling 0.3 percent to 111.03 yen.

The dollar index edged lower to 97.502, extending Wednesday’s 0.2 percent loss.

The New Zealand dollar gained 0.4 percent to $0.7248 after the central bank left its interest rate unchanged at a record low as expected and reiterated it would remain steady for a while.

Sterling was slightly lower at $1.267 after Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain on comments by the Bank of England’s chief economist that he was likely to vote for an interest rate hike this year. Until now, he has been seen as largely supportive of keeping rates low.

The euro was flat at $1.117, holding on to Wednesday’s 0.3 percent gain.

The weaker dollar lifted spot gold, which rose 0.6 percent to $1,252.60 an ounce.

 

Telecom Sector Woes Do Not Pose Systemic Threat To Banks, Says Fitch

Mumbai: In the wake of recent liquidity crisis at Reliance Communications, global rating agency Fitch Ratings today said though the country’s banks do not have large exposure to the telecom sector, but defaults could affect lenders with weak financials.

“Indian banks’ exposure to troubled telecom companies is not large enough to pose a systemic threat, but defaults could add to problems at banks with weak balance sheets,” the rating agency said in a note here today.

According to Reserve Bank, total debt owed by telcos to banks is only Rs. 91,300 crore, accounting for just 1.4 per cent of all bank loans.

Telecom Sector Woes Do Not Pose Systemic Threat To Banks, Says Fitch

Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications is struggling to repay Rs. 45,000 crore of debt to its lenders.

Due to weak operating performance and liquidity condition the company and its various debt instruments were downgraded by multiple rating agency including Fitch Ratings.

Last week, the lenders to Reliance Communications agreed to restructure its debt under strategic debt restructuring of Reserve Bank of India. The lenders have given the company a seven month breather to repay a part of the debt.

Fitch further said the credit profiles of the country’s telcos are under pressure from fierce competition stemming from the entry into the market of Reliance Jio last year and rising capex required for the roll-out of 4G services.

“Some companies could find it difficult to service their debt and we have the sector on a negative outlook,” it said.

The banks already have significant asset quality issues that could be made worse by stress in the telco sector.

It, however, said exposure to other troubled sectors is much larger. Lending to iron and steel companies, for example, accounts for 4.7 per cent of total lending. The power sector accounts for 8.7 per cent and the road sector for 2.7 per cent.

The agency said loans to telcos are also generally backed by spectrum assets, which should provide a better chance of recovery than, for example, a steel factory operating below capacity or a power plant that lacks a power purchase agreement.

“That said, the sale of spectrum assets might take longer than banks expect and not fetch full value, given that the top-three telcos now have sufficient spectrum to run their operations for the medium term,” the report said.

 

Infosys Sued In US For ‘Discrimination’ Against Non-South Asian Employees

 

BENGALURU: 

A former head of immigration at IT major Infosys in the US has filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of “discrimination” against non-South Asian employees, and demanded a trial by jury.

The law suit filed by Erin Green, before a US district Court in the Eastern District of Texas on June 19, names two senior company officials, Head of Global Immigration Vasudeva Nayak and Executive Vice President and Global Head of Talent and Technology, Binod Hampapur, and makes serious charges against them.

Infosys Sued In US For 'Discrimination' Against Non-South Asian Employees

Green reported to Nayak, who quit the company last year.

Green’s counsel Kilgore & Kilgore, PLLC has said, “Plaintiff was terminated because of Defendant’s obsessional preference for employees of South Asian race and national origin, usually Indian, and as retaliation for reporting Nayak and Hampapur’s discriminatory treatment of himself and others on the basis of race and national origin.”

“His termination was in violation of Defendant’s policy which requires progressive warnings or placement on a performance improvement plan prior to termination,” he claimed.

“Plaintiff received no such warnings, and had no discussions with employee relations regarding any of the conduct related to the stated reason for his termination prior to his termination.. Plaintiff had no disciplinary entries on his official work record during his four-and-a-half-year tenure,” the lawsuit said.

The 53-page lawsuit also pointed out that from October 2011 to June 28, 2016, the plaintiff was employed by the Defendant in Plano, Texas and his experience with Infosys demonstrates the “discriminatory nature of Infosys’s employment practices.”

Responding to a query about the lawsuit, the company said, “Infosys does not comment on ongoing litigation.”

The lawsuit has come at a time when Infosys has announced that it will hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years and open four centres in the US in a bid to woo the Trump administration, which has been critical of outsourcing firms for unfairly taking jobs away from US workers.

 

Sensex Jumps Over 100 Points; Energy, Pharma Stocks Gain

Indian shares opened higher on Thursday tracking Asian shares, which advanced as oil prices climbed off a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand. The BSE Sensex jumped over 130 points to 31,417 while the Nifty50 index gained nearly 35 points to 9,669. Buying was visible across the sectors although energy and auto stocks gained the most.

Reliance Industries was the top gainer in Nifty up 1.2 per cent. Including today’s gains, the stock has rallied over 10 per cent in last one month. Tata Motors DVR, Ambuja Cements, Yes Bank, Aurobindo Pharma were the other major gainers in the Nifty rising between 1-1.2 per cent.

Meanwhile, Gail India was the top loser in Nifty, down 1.29 per cent followed by Hindustan Unilever, Lupin, Tata Power, Wipro and ONGC.

Sensex Jumps Over 100 Points; Energy, Pharma Stocks Gain

Buying was also visible in mid and small cap shares. The BSE Mid Cap index gained 0.49 per cent while BSE Small Cap index advanced 0.63 per cent.

Elsewhere, other Asian shares advanced on Thursday. Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.13 per cent, Shanghai Composite added 0.76 per cent while Shanghai Composite advanced 0.76 per cent as of 9.35 am.

Overnight, Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 0.3 per cent tracking continued selloff in crude oil prices, the S&P 500 was slightly lower and Nasdaq closed up 0.7 per cent, lifted by biotech stocks.