Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Reliance Jio Now Offers 4G SIM Home Delivery in Over 600 Towns; 90-Minute JioFi Delivery in Select Cities

Reliance Jio Now Offers 4G SIM Home Delivery in Over 600 Towns; 90-Minute JioFi Delivery in Select Cities


  • Reliance Jio 4G SIM is now home delivered to more than 600 towns
  • Reliance does not charge any fee on home delivering the SIM card
  • Select cities also get the option to get JioFi delivered in 90 minutes

Reliance Jio has been giving tough competition to its rivals ever since it commenced full operations last year. First with free Internet and unlimited voice calls, and now with competitive rates, Jio holds an edge in the market that the rest are stumbling to catch up to. To make things worse for them, Jio is now offering free home delivery of its Jio SIM in more than 600+ towns and is also promising to brings JioFi 4G hotspot to your home in as less as 90 minutes.

Beginning with the Jio SIM offer, Reliance Jio has now made home delivery of its SIM card available in more than 600 towns across India. Home delivery of Jio SIM can be initiated on the Jio website. If SIM home delivery service is available for your pincode, you will receive an invitation email on the email ID provided for the purchase.

Reliance Jio is not charging any money to home deliver the Jio SIM. Firstly, download the MyJio app, generate a coupon in the app, and book an appointment online to get the SIM delivered. Keep your Aadhaar number ready for eKYC purposes and generating the coupon on the app.

Separately, Reliance Jio is also offering to deliver the JioFi 4G hotspot to your home address in less than 90 minutes in select cities only. Furthermore, there is also a 100 percent cashback offer on exchange of old dongle for the new JioFi. Users get benefits worth Rs. 2,010 (Rs. 201 data booster x 10 vouchers) leading to effective 100 percent cashback for the JioFi on exchange of old eligible dongles.

Without the dongle exchange, customers gets benefit worth Rs. 1,005 (Rs. 201 data booster x 5 vouchers) leading to effective price of Rs 994/- for the JioFi. If the express delivery is not applicable, then the standard delivery is said to take three to five business days. Purchasing the Jio-Fi 4G hotspot also gets you a flat 60 percent instant discount (up to Rs. 1,800 off) on domestic hotel bookings on GoIbibo. Buyers can get up to Rs. 1,000 off on domestic flight booking on Yatra, and Ajio offers Rs. 200 off on all products on site.


9 Home Gadgets to Save Energy and Entertain

9 Home Gadgets to Save Energy and Entertain

So you’re up for making your home truly state-of-the-art? I’ve got a great list for you. Here are nine gadgets to be on the lookout for:

Moen’s U lets you customize the perfect shower before ever stepping in with just a few taps on your smartphone.

Smart and Blue’s Hydrao smart showerheads let you instantly control your water consumption and energy needed to heat it by lighting up the water spray with different colors depending on the amount of water used—and it’s powered by the shower’s natural water-flow.

Luke Roberts Smart Light – This LED pendant lamp, from Austrian startup Luke Roberts, lets you place light in any direction, illuminating only certain areas of a room through simple gestures on your phone.

Kuri – Created by Mayfield Robotics, this app uses a camera to check on pets, kids, or guests when you’re away. It sets reminders, uses Wi-Fi to connect to things like weather reports, and works with IFTTT to control some connected devices, according to

Hello Egg – From RnD64, this works with the Eggspert web and mobile application to fully automate planning weekly meals, supervising the pantry, organizing shopping lists, and even ordering grocery delivery. Hello Egg also projects voice-navigated video recipes and answers cooking-related questions with a connected 24/7 support team of cooking experts.

CUJO creates a guarded firewall gateway between your devices and their connection to the internet by analyzing for malicious intent, whether it’s coming in from the internet, going out to the internet, or making moves across your network.

AirTV is the only major streaming platform that integrates local over-the-air (OTA) programming with your streaming services. Just add an AirTV Adapter and an OTA antenna to get local channels in HD, without a monthly cable bill.

Sony A1E – Unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen, immersing you in a new entertainment experience—if there can be such a thing!

LG W7 – Capturing Best of the Best recognition at CES 2017, the W7’s picture-on-wall design allows the television to lay virtually flat so it seems blend with the wall and disappear.


GTPL Hathway IPO subscribed 41% on Day 2

The GTPL Hathway IPO will close on Friday. Photo: Mint

The GTPL Hathway IPO will close on Friday. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: The initial public offering of GTPL Hathway, which offers cable TV and broadband services, received 41% subscription at the end of the second day on Thursday.

The issue, which opened on 21 June, received bids for 83,22,072 shares against the total issue size of 2,02,15,966 shares, data available with the National Stock Exchange (NSE) showed.

The portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was subscribed 69%, while the categories for non-institutional investors and retail investors were subscribed 15% and 36%. GTPL Hathway on Tuesday raised over Rs145 crore from anchor investors.

The initial share sale offer of GTPL Hathway, part of Hathway Cable and Datacom, will close on Friday. The company plans to garner up to Rs485 crore through the IPO, which comprises fresh issue of shares worth Rs240 crore and the remaining through offer for sale (OFS) of up to 1.44 crore shares in the price band of Rs167-170 a share.

Proceeds from the IPO will be utilised towards repayment of loan and other general corporate purposes.

JM Financial Institutional Securities, BNP Paribas, Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors and Yes Securities are managing the issue. The shares will be listed on BSE and NSE.


Will protect EU citizens’ rights in UK post-Brexit: Theresa May

Theresa May will outline her plan to provide early guarantees for some three million people from other EU countries living in Britain. Photo: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Theresa May will outline her plan to provide early guarantees for some three million people from other EU countries living in Britain. Photo: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Brussels: British Prime Minister Theresa May said at the start of a European Union summit on Thursday that she would reassure fellow leaders that her government will protect the rights of their citizens living in Britain after its departure from the bloc.

But other leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, made clear that they did not want to get drawn into Brexit discussions and instead preferred to focus on the future of the EU without Britain.

At her first EU summit since an 8 June election sapped her authority to set the terms of Brexit, May said: “I’m going to be setting out some of the UK’s plans, particularly on how we propose to protect the rights of EU citizens and UK citizens as we leave the European Union.”

She seemed keen to calm the mood with the continentals after weeks of sniping during her election campaign, describing the first formal meeting of Brexit negotiators on Monday as “very constructive” and stressing that London wanted a “special and deep partnership with our friends and allies in Europe”.

Merkel also expressed a desire for constructive talks with Britain, but made clear that the EU’s priority now was its own future.

“I want to state clearly that the shaping of the future of the 27 has priority over the negotiations with Britain over its exit,” Europe’s leading power broker said on arrival.

“We will conduct these talks in a good spirit,” she added. “But the clear focus has to be on the future of the 27.”

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, spoke of working with Germany to revive European integration and did not refer at all to Britain during his remarks before talks got underway.

Over after-dinner coffee, May will outline her plan to provide early guarantees for some three million people living in Britain from other countries in the bloc, a British source said.

But her wings have been clipped—not only in Britain, where voters denied her a majority in parliament, but also in Brussels, where EU leaders will try to stop her from discussing Brexit beyond a quick briefing. One EU official said too much detail from May would be unhelpful, as it could provoke reactions.

Instead, once she has left the room, they will continue their own discussion of Britain’s departure from the European Union, notably on which city gets to host two EU agencies being pulled out of London—a potentially divisive issue for the 27.

“Not the only dreamer”

Weakened by an election she did not need to call, May has watered down her government’s programme to try to get it through Parliament and set a softer tone in her approach to Brexit.

Yet her aims have held—she wants a clean break from the bloc, leaving the lucrative single market and customs union and so reducing immigration and ending EU courts’ jurisdiction.

On Thursday, her finance minister, Philip Hammond, called for an early agreement on transitional arrangements to ease uncertainty that he said was hurting business.

Reflecting confusion on the continent about what kind of Brexit she will ask for, summit chair Donald Tusk said ahead of a separate meeting with May: “We can hear different predictions, coming from different people, about the possible outcome of these negotiations: hard Brexit, soft Brexit or no deal.”

Some Britons had asked him if he could imagine Britain not leaving after all: “The European Union was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve. So, who knows,” the former Polish prime minister said before quoting John Lennon’s song Imagine:

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I am not the only one.”

Other leaders took up the late Beatle’s theme. President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, which has over 100,000 citizens in Britain, insisted relations would remain close and tweeted a Motown lyric: “#Brexit: ain’t no mountain high enough”.

But Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, who argues for a need to protect EU integration from British ambivalence toward the project, tweeted: “It’s time for action and certainty. Not for dreams and uncertainty #Brexit #FutureofEurope”

Speaking to reporters at the summit, Michel said: “Theresa May is in a very difficult situation in terms of leadership so we will have to see what position Great Britain will defend.”

“We can speculate, but it is a waste of time.”

Security discussion

A British official said May would offer “new elements” in a paper on citizens’ rights to be published next week. There may be sticking points with Brussels, such as the cut-off date for EU citizens in Britain to retain rights under the bloc’s free movement rules and EU demands to preserve a panoply of rights in the future that may irk those keen to reduce immigrant numbers.

May will also aim to show that while still a member of the EU, Britain will contribute to other summit discussions, pressing for more action to encourage social media companies to clamp down on internet extremism and for the EU to roll over sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Driven by Germany and France’s new pro-EU president Macron, some EU states are keen to set up new defence cooperation of a kind that Britain has long resisted as a member. British officials say London, with little power to block them, now accepts the current EU proposals.

British strengths in the intelligence and security fields, as well as its military clout, are key elements in a future relationship with the EU that May wants to emphasise. Reuters


There will be initial leniency in GST laws for genuine mistakes: Hasmukh Adhia

The government will be “very, very kind” to genuine mistakes made by individuals with respect to the GST, said Hasmukh Adhia. Photo: Reuters

The government will be “very, very kind” to genuine mistakes made by individuals with respect to the GST, said Hasmukh Adhia. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: With the countdown to the goods and services tax (GST) roll-out underway, the government on Thursday promised leniency in enforcing penal laws for violations during the initial period of implementation of the new national sales tax regime.

Revenue secretary Hashmukh Adhia said a distinction would be made between genuine mistakes in filing of returns and deliberate attempts to evade taxes. “Our intention is to have a smooth landing of GST. Intention is not to harass everyone in the first month,” he said. The GST, to be launched from 1 July, will unify about a dozen central and state levies like excise duty, service tax and VAT. Indirect tax payers will have to file returns in the new system from next month. The government, Adhia said, will be “very, very kind” to genuine mistakes.

Asked if the government may relax penalty and fine provisions for mismatches in return filing during the initial months, he said, “There would be leniency, but I cannot announce now. The rules provide that the GST council can waive certain requirements for certain time.” He replied in the affirmative when asked if the council can consider waiver of interest and penalty for six months. Seeking to dispel the notion that the GST was complicated, he said only one form a month needs to be filed by most taxpayers. Of the 65 lakh taxpayers who have registered with the GST, 70-80% are business-to-consumer (b2c) dealers who have to file just total turnover return, he said, adding that only business-to-business (b2b) dealers have to give invoice-wise details.

Even for b2b assesses, the GST Network (GSTN) has provided a software that automatically converts all the invoices. The revenue secretary, who spearheaded the move to the efficient tax system, said the GSTN—the IT backbone provider—is fully prepared for 1 July roll-out. The software has been developed by India’s best IT companies and security checking has happened. However, in the short term, there can be glitches like in any new technology but attempts would be to bridge them at the earliest, he said.

“Any technology system can witness short-term breaks. Short-term breaks were there (in the pre-launch period) but we have fixed it,” he said, adding that the problem was the interface between GSTN and Aadhaar e-verification as also the system rejecting applications for registration by people with changed mobile numbers. For registration, e-verification will not be necessary, he said, adding that all operating units have 30 days to register and the window to migrate to the new system will open for the third time within a week.

On the anti-profiteering clause in the GST, Adhia said the measure will be used as a last resort and will not apply on retailers. Its is meant only for big manufacturers who do not pass on the benefit of input tax credit to customers in form of lower tax incidence, Adhia said.


Seven Design Features of Bi-fold Doors

Seven Design Features of Bi-fold Doors

Here are seven advanced design features of bi-fold doors that you can benefits from.

The demand for bi-fold doors has continued to rise over recent years. It’s easy to see why as they offer a great level of flexibility in terms of design, making them a great product to use for lots of different projects, including new builds, extensions and refurbishments.

Remaining popular amongst architects and homeowners alike, bi-fold doors can be specifically designed to bring a customer’s vision to life. Here are seven advanced design features of bi-fold doors that you can benefits from:


Door Configurations

Bi-fold doors can be configured in a variety of options to suit any requirements and specifications you may have. Whether it’s a domestic or commercial build, bi-fold doors can be custom designed to any of the 17 variations of opening styles pictured below.

These can be fitted in configurations from two to seven leaves, giving you maximum control over the style and functionality of the doors. Unsure what the numbers mean? Check out our Bi-fold Opening styles blog.

25 bi-fold opening styles


Opening options

The different opening options for bi-fold doors shows how they can be designed to suit a variety of property types whilst also suiting a whole range of lifestyle needs.

Bi-fold doors can be stacked either inside or outside and can be set up to open in one direction or split to fold either side. This means the doors can be adapted to meet the exact design specifications of the build.

For high traffic areas, it may be useful for doors to fold both sides and stack on the outside, as this moves them out of the way any creates a direct route to the outdoors.

This design also saves space on the inside, as the doors won’t take up any extra room, it can help to create more of an open plan feel. Stacking the bi-fold doors on the inside proves extremely useful when the outdoor space is used regularly and when they may not open directly onto a patio area or decking.



The standard threshold used is rebated, so that the internal floor level is 20mm higher than the outside, this makes bi-fold doors weather tight. We use rebated thresholds, as they are weather-rated. They ensure that the doors can’t leak, unlike thresholds that are completely level to the ground.


Colour Options

You can choose from any RAL or BS colour or dual colour options for bi-fold doors with one colour on the inside and one on the outside. This means the doors can be coordinated to match any interior and exterior décor styles, and tailored specifically to your project.



Hardware options are designed to be just as sleek and stylish as the bi-fold doors themselves. You can choose from spring loaded ‘T’ handle or the Hoppe Atlanta level door handle.

Both options provide flawless function and complete the modern aesthetic of the doors. The hardware options are available in black, white, silver or chrome to complement the overall finish of the design.



Glazing Options

Our glass units are toughened as standard and have a centre pane U-Value of 1.2, which exceeds with current building regulations in both England and Wales.

Laminated, warm edge, self-cleaning or obscure specifications are also available on our glazing units to help meet your design and energy efficiency requirements.


Integral Blinds

Using large draping curtains to cover bi-fold doors often detracts from the open plan feel they create, hiding the full wide-span view of the outdoors. Instead, we offer practical integral blinds to help add a subtle finishing touch to the doors.

The blinds are permanently sealed between the glass and are maintenance free. They are available in a wide range of colours and can be operated either manually or by electric operation. The blinds are also guaranteed for 5 years.


You’re using Pinterest wrong for home decor

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If you’ve ever relied on Pinterest to find home decor style ideas and thought “this must be true because it’s on Pinterest,” then professional interior designer Leslie Hart-Davidson from HDD Studios would like a stern word with you.

In the same way that hypochondriacs will search WebMD until they find a diagnosis of their innocent skin rash as flesh-eating bacteria, many “Problematic Pinners” will search Pinterest to shop for opinions to confirm that their original beliefs (like “beige is a color” and “all neutrals are fun”) are valid and perfect. It’s time to break free of the Pinterest Prison and MAKE YOUR BRAIN HURT!

“Making your brain hurt” simply means stepping outside of your home decor comfort zone and considering alllll the possibilities that exist to update your space and have a fabulous new look that best represents you. You deserve to live better in your home! Here are three steps to creating a terrific new look in your home using Pinterest the *right* way:

Step 1: Acknowledge that all things on the internet are not true.

Please raise your right hand, place your left hand on a mason jar, and repeat the following: I, (state your name), do solemnly swear that I will not believe everything I read on Pinterest.”

Be wary of the pin links that promote “only these 3 shiplap colors” or “how to recreate a Joanna Gaines living room” because they limit your options and may not be the best choices for your particular space. Take time to look deeper into options and not fall for the first pin that tells you there’s only one way to achieve a style.

Step 2: Make a Brain Hurt Board

A great exercise for your new space is to create a Pinterest board that challenges your thoughts about design. Find pins that seem too daring for your current style and list the comments accordingly. Start with easy things like wall color or light fixtures, and move up towards a whole new look for your room. Once you start searching for completely new styles, you’ll find it’s easier to identify the pieces that make your brain hurt. Keep moving the goal line until you find a new style that’s true to you and just a little outside of your comfort zone. The “Pinterest Paralysis” section of Leslie’s second book “It’s Not Your Room, it’s YOU” has helpful step-by-step instructions for creating a great space using Pinterest wisely.

Step 3: Seek Professional Help if needed

Fun fact: out of all the popular home improvement programs on HGTV (Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Flip or Flop Vegas, Love it or List it, Love it or List it Too, Rehab Addict), only ONE host has an actual degree and is trained in interior design! Jillian Harris from Love it or List it Too is the sole professional out of that large group of home improvement folks. Sure, it’s fun to watch the drama unfold with all the actor/decorators on tv, but when it comes to your home, professional advice is an important thing. If you’re really struggling with the fashion and function of your space, consider hiring a professional interior designer for an in-home consultation. The money you spend on the sage advice from a practitioner will likely save you big in the end. Look locally for resources and ask for references. Expect to spend between $100+/hr for the advice, but know it’s like having a walking, talking human Pinterest Board at your disposal!


9 heavenly decor styles for your hallway

<p>White walls, smooth floor tiles and an understated approach to furnishing has absolutely created the ideal hallway here and with some fresh blooms in place, we bet it smells as good as it looks as well, which is great in a high-traffic area.</p>
 Credits: homify / Emma & Eve Interior Design Ltd

Choosing the right decor style for your hallway can seem like a tricky task, as you want to get the right balance of aesthetics and practicality. But, having done our research, we think we’ve honed in on some of the most eye-catching and amazing options!

Talented interior designers are geniuses when it comes to creating the perfect hallway, so come with us now as we showcase some of our all-time favourite projects. We just know that you are going to fall in love with at least one of these designs!


Twitter Introduces a New Look, But Will It Revive Anemic Traffic?

The 2017 Twitter Redesign -- What You Need to Know

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) just unveiled its latest redesign with a new interface, which is mostly cosmetic. The company is refreshing the brand as it looks to increase its user base by, “making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use.”

Behind the 2017 Twitter Redesign

As Grace Kim, vice president of user research and design at Twitter, pointed out on the company blog, the changes were made after feedback from users. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter specifically asked for this in 2016.

Kim wrote the new user interface will roll out on, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite in the coming days and weeks. The changes will deliver a more uniform look across all platforms.

The 2017 Twitter Redesign -- What You Need to Know

Functional Changes

The most functional feature small businesses using Twitter will appreciate is instant updates. Posts for ‘like’, ‘reply’, and ‘retweet’ counts are now updated in real time. This will let you engage with your customers right away as they respond to marketing campaigns or new products and services.

More links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app. This means being able to access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.

The User Interface

The rest of the changes were made to improve the user experience by cleaning up the clutter of the UI.

A side navigation menu will have the profile, additional accounts, settings and privacy. This will lower the number of tabs on the bottom of the app, which was introduced to Android last year. It is now available on iOS.

The 2017 Twitter Redesign -- What You Need to Know

The typography has also been improved to make it easier to see, and icons are more user-friendly to avoid confusion.

Last but not least is the change getting the biggest buzz, the rounding of profile pictures and icons. This might seem trivial, but is obviously striking a chord with users.

Impact of the Redesign

Unlike the changes Twitter made last year, the impact this time around is going to be minimal. It will improve the usability of the app, but Dorsey and company are going to have to come up with more innovations to grow the stagnant number of users seemingly stuck between 300 and 350 million.