Reliance Jio Prime Membership: You Can Now Get It for Free

With the Jio Happy New Year Offer ending on March 31, Reliance Jio customers will need to start paying for the data and other bundled services. To soften the blow, the Jio Prime membership has been launched at introductory price of Rs. 99; the company is giving members of the subscription plan extra data as part of its ‘Buy One Get One Free Recharge’ too. A nominal amount, you can get the Jio Prime membership free via a newly discovered workaround that only needs the Jio Money wallet. With this trick, you will be able to enjoy the free data, bundled apps, and other free services without paying Rs. 99 as the Jio Prime membership fee.

Reliance Jio Prime Membership: You Can Now Get It for Free

How to get Jio Prime membership free

As the Financial Express points out, you can get Rs. 100 cashback if you recharge your Jio account using the Jio Money app. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the Jio Money Wallet app, register on it, and create a four-digit m-pin for safety
  2. Become a Jio Prime member for a year with the Rs. 99 recharge using Jio Money wallet
  3. Once you are a Jio Prime member, recharge your account with Rs. 303 (or higher value)

The Rs. 99 Prime membership using Jio Money wallet will fetch you cashback of Rs. 50, while you will get another Rs. 50 as cashback on recharges of Rs. 303 or higher. This means you get Rs. 100 back in the first month itself, effectively covering the cost of the Prime subscription. It is important to note that the cashback will be refunded in two working days as Jio vouchers in the Jio Money app itself.

The last date for getting a Prime subscription is March 31, after which you may have to pay more for the same plan. Paytm is offering Rs. 10 cashback on joining the Rs. 99 Jio Prime plan through the app. This offer is available for all users using the promo code JioPrime.

The Rs. 303 plan, which offers Prime customers on prepaid 28GB of high-speed data for 28 days with FUP of 1GB per day, will get you Rs. 30 off (for up to 2 recharges) via the app using the promo code PrimeJio. Additional benefits on recharging Rs. 303 via the app include up to Rs. 150 cashback on purchase of two movie tickets and free Jio add-on pack worth Rs. 201.

Siri Helps Four-Year-Old Boy Save His Mother’s Life

Recently, Apple’s Siri voice-based virtual assistant is said to have helped a four-year-old boy save his mother’s life after she collapsed at their home in Kenley, Croydon. The little boy used Siri to call up emergency services who were able to reach their house and attend to his mother.

The incident took place on March 7, according to a report by the Daily Mail. The four-year-old boy, Roman, was able to unlock his mother’s iPhone using her thumb and used Siri to call 999 emergency services. You can hear a minute long exchange between Roman and the operator below.

Siri Helps Four-Year-Old Boy Save His Mother's Life

 

During the call, Roman told the operator that he thought his mother was dead because “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing”. The operator tried to guide Roman, asking him to shake his mother to check whether she could wake up. The response team was able to find Roman’s address based on the conversation.

The officers arrived around thirteen minutes after the call was placed and found Roman, his twin brother and younger brother with their mother, who was unconscious on the floor. The paramedics were able to bring her back to consciousness after which she was taken to the hospital.

The audio was released by the police to show the importance of teaching children what to do in case of emergencies like this. “Hearing this call brings home the importance of teaching your young child their home address and how to call police or emergency services in an emergency situation,” Met Police Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan said.

“If you do nothing else today, then I’d implore any parents of young children to sit down with them and make sure they know what to do in this kind of situation and that they know how to contact police or other emergency services in an emergency. As this case demonstrates so poignantly, it could really be the difference between life and death.”

Announcing TechCrunch Sessions, a new series of events focused on a single topic

Big news, folks! Today, TechCrunch is announcing a new series of events: Sessions. These events will dive deep on a single topic, bringing together experts in the field and those interested in the theme to discuss what matters.

Obviously, this is going to be huge!

These events will be single-day affairs with limited seating. Some will have intimate discussions with audience participation. Others will have interactive demos of the latest robotic and augmented reality technology. Yet at all the events we’re dropping the barrier between speaker and attendee, and allowing for plenty of interaction with networking time and a big reception at the end of the day.

There are a few Sessions planned for this year and they will be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Disrupt is not going anywhere and remains our flagship event. Disrupt NY is a few months away and the agenda is already packed with amazing speakers and panels. Disrupt SF hits San Francisco this September, and we’re returning to Berlin this December.

But each time one of our editors or writers walks off stage after a Disrupt fireside, all they want is more time to ask more questions. We can’t very well extend each Disrupt chat, but we can set aside a day a few times each year to dive into a topic and get our hands dirty.

 Whether it’s social justice, robotics, fintech, AR/VR, AI or something that’s yet to be unveiled to the world, it’s important that we take the time to fully understand the issues that loom on the horizon. Sessions will allow us to do that.

Every year, when planning Disrupt and our editorial coverage, we end up seeing a variety of big themes surface during the conference, but there’s not enough time to fully explore the area. With Sessions, we will bring together key individuals, companies, students, researchers and government agencies to discuss these issues at length.

As at Disrupt, TechCrunch editorial staff are programming these events. Hit us up with comments and suggestions.

We’ll be announcing our first topics soon! Can’t wait to see you at the next Session!

Private pictures and video of Emma Watson and other celebrities leak online

Photos apparently stolen from Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and other female celebrities have been posted on 4chan and Reddit, drawing comparisons to a 2014 hack, grossly dubbed “The Fappening” that exposed nude photos and video of several celebrities. The hacker in that case, Ryan Collins, obtained the pictures from iCloud accounts via a phishing scheme and was sentenced last fall to 18 months in prison.

The images range from benign snapshots from clothing fittings to sexually explicit material. Several of the posts alleged that photos of other women might be leaked, as well.

“Photos from a clothes fitting Emma had with a stylist a couple of years ago have been stolen. They are not nude photographs. Lawyers have been instructed and we are not commenting further,” a spokesperson for Watson told the BBC.

After addressing the United Nations about gender equality, Watson said in 2015 she was threatened with a leak of nude photos. “I knew it was a hoax. I knew the pictures didn’t exist,” she said. “If anything, it made me so much more determined. I was just raging. It made me so angry that I was just like … ‘This is why I have to be doing this!’… So if anything, it actually, if they were trying to put me off it, they did the opposite.”

 Phishing scams have been behind several high-profile hacks, including that of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta during the 2016 election cycle. Hackers trick victims by sending links that appear to be from email providers that ask victims to enter their login details. The usernames and passwords are then stolen and used to log in to victims’ accounts and back up their data.

The methodology used here is not yet clear, but chatter on the 4chan message board, where many of the images began to be posted on Tuesday, indicate that they’re coming from private image sharing groups. Private groups of phisher/hacker collectors were involved in the last major celebrity hacking, as well. Salacious images of public figures tend to get traded around amongst these collectors and used as currency to expand their private stash.

Every once in a while, dumps of these images spill over into the mainstream, triggering public attention and investigation.

What Should I Do To Optimize My Company’s Conversion Rates?

Many if not most business owners want their companies to become as profitable as possible. If this is one of your company goals, now is the time to focus on finding out which business strategies will help you optimize your organization’s bottom line. Here are three that may assist you in the conversion optimization process:

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  1. Hire A Business Consulting Organization.

One great way to optimize your conversion rates is by hiring a business consulting organization. This step will help ensure that a team of skilled, knowledgeable professionals will be able to analyze and optimize your company’s daily operations and employee development processes. Consulting firms can also implement leadership development strategies. All of these efforts can translate into more sales for your company. Firms such as KEYGroup Consulting are pleased to offer a wide range of services that can help you increase your conversion rates. An example would be providing you with a team of executive coaching consultants.

  1. Utilize Content Marketing Services.

In addition to hiring a business consulting organization, make sure that you begin utilizing content marketing services. These services ensure that you can develop a strong online presence by providing your target market with informative, up-to-date data about your product or service line. A content marketing organization will typically be able to produce and manage most or all of the following content forms:

-blog posts

-web articles

-YouTube videos

-pictures

Once you have outstanding content available to prospective clients at all times, your conversion rates will likely improve!

  1. Optimize The Office Setting.

You might be surprised to learn that the quality of your office environment can have a profoundly powerful impact on staff productivity. Now that you understand this principle, it’s time to think about which strategies you can implement to optimize the office setting. One great strategy is updating your break room. Because the break room enables staff members to relax and then return to work rejuvenated and ready to get things done, it’s important to make this region of the business property conducive to relaxation. There are many things you can do to make this happen, such as purchasing a super comfy couch where employees can sit as they drink their coffee. This strategy can translate into increased conversion rates because a well-rested, energized staff is more likely to get things done quickly and correctly. When this happens, they’ll oftentimes be able to do more in less time, close more sales, etc.

Start Optimizing Conversion Now!

If conversion optimization is one of your primary goals for 2017, now is the time to start implementing strategies that will help you optimize your bottom line. You can implement some or all of the techniques outlined above to accomplish this objective!

Yelp is making it possible to find businesses with gender-neutral bathrooms

Yelp is rolling out the ability to see if restaurants and other businesses have gender-neutral bathrooms. In the next couple of weeks, people will also be able to search for businesses on Yelp that have gender-neutral restrooms. To be clear, gender-neutral bathrooms are single-stall bathrooms that lock and are accessible to all genders.

In order for this to work, Yelp will start asking people who check into a business or review it if they offer gender-neutral bathrooms. Business owners on Yelp will also be able to edit their profiles to indicate they have gender-neutral restrooms. Given that Yelp is relying on users and business owners to submit this information, it might take a while before the tool is reaches its full capabilities. In the meantime, those looking to find gender-neutral bathrooms can utilize REFUGE Restrooms, an open-source database “that seeks to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming individuals.”

Yelp’s new feature comes shortly after the Trump administration rescinded protective guidance for transgender students. Just yesterday, Yelp, along with 52 other tech companies, joined an amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who filed a lawsuit against his school board for denying him the use of the boy’s bathroom. Rachel Williams, Yelp’s head of diversity and inclusion, says the product feature is a direct response to recent events.

“In response to the news of the last few days — and I’m super proud that the head of diversity and inclusion had nothing to do with it — people in this company were so incensed by what’s going on in our country, and to potential employees and customers, that they wanted to do something to support,” Williams told me. “The product team got it done within a couple of days. They dropped everything to add this feature. I’m overjoyed and proud.”

As Williams mentioned, she had nothing to do with the idea nor the development of the product. Even though there are no LGBTQIA people on the product team, they drove this initiative, which included reaching out to Yelp’s LGBTQIA employee resource group and the Human Rights Campaign, and “opted to drop revenue-generating product features,” she said with a laugh. She added that she was pleased she didn’t have to do “finger-wagging or anything like that.”

Williams said she had a similar experience with Yelp’s involvement in the amicus brief.

“I have ongoing group texts that are very annoying but necessary with other diversity leaders,” Williams said. “When we heard about [the amicus brief] we were like, ‘we’re doing this, right? Right?!?’” Williams relayed to me, chuckling. But by the time Williams got in touch with Yelp’s legal team, they said they were already on it.

“The culture is changing,” Williams said. “That is what the big indicator is. Rightly or wrongly, this new administration has galvanized the folks. People are excited and fired up.”

NBCUniversal invests $500 million in Snap

NBCUniversal is now the only U.S. media company that has an official stake in Snap. Today, NBC Universal (which is a unit of Comcast) revealed that it invested $500 million in Snap as a strategic investment partnership during yesterday’s IPO.

Snap shares popped 44 percent in the first day of trading.

NBCUniversal has been pursuing digital media aggressively in the past year, including investments in Buzzfeed, Vox, and acquisitions of SportsEngine and Awesomeness TV. According to CNBC, NBC has spent approximately $1.5 billion on digital media assets in the last 18 months.

While Snapchat has continued to grow in popularity among teens and young adults — partially through funny photo filters and stylish recording sunglasses called Spectacles — the company’s content push hasn’t been quite as well-received.

Discover, Snapchat’s ‘news’ platform, requires publishers to write and format content specifically for Snapchat, and all of these stories have only 24 hours to live on the platform before disappearing.

The investment from NBC Universal may signal changes to Snap’s media strategy.

Given the current climate around the media — cough Fake News! cough — it would be interesting to see Snapchat position itself against Facebook as the place for ‘verified’ news information. Imagine if Discover focused on giving you direct access to journalists and broadcasters for their professional take on today’s breaking news.

Of course, NBCUniversal could have invested in Snap as a way to move forward its entertainment businesses, such as NBC programming and Universal Studios films.

That seems far more likely than the news play, considering that NBC has already worked with Snap for projects like the Rio Olympics, with other series (such as SNL, The Voice, and more), which are in the works to air on Snapchat.

I am writing to share some exciting news. Yesterday, NBCUniversal made a strategic investment of $500 million in Snap as part of its initial public offering. This is a significant milestone in our growing partnership with Snap, and we look forward to participating in Snap’s success as an investor and continuing to work closely with them for years to come.

Evan Spiegel and his talented team have done an outstanding job building Snap into an extremely innovative and relevant company, attracting a massive, dedicated and young audience. Over the last year, we have partnered with Snap frequently. Most notably, we produced a pop-up Discover channel which featured Olympic content produced by BuzzFeed. Throughout the Rio Games, this content generated over two billion views. On the heels of that success, we are already planning an expanded partnership with Snapchat and BuzzFeed for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Our entertainment programs have been among the first shows to launch a Snapchat series, including The Voice, SNL and E! News’ The Rundown. We expect to launch even more Snapchat shows with additional NBCU brands in the coming weeks.

Our partnership with Snap builds on our strategy to drive digital growth for our business, both organically and through investments and acquisitions. In the last year and a half, we have invested $400 million in BuzzFeed, $200 million in Vox, and launched key initiatives with both companies. We also acquired SportsEngine, a digital business that is revolutionizing the way youth sports are managed online.

Through our acquisition of DreamWorks, we became a majority owner of Awesomeness TV, a popular entertainment brand with one of the top channels on YouTube. Fandango has acquired Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes and several ticketing and video on-demand services.

In addition to these investments, in the last year we have launched two OTT channels — Seeso and Hayu — broadening our reach among passionate, niche audiences. We also formed the Digital Enterprises group under Maggie Suniewick. Maggie and her team are helping us forge deeper partnerships with major platforms, as well as looking for opportunities to invest and create new businesses.

Many of our existing digital businesses associated with our TV brands are also showing strong growth, such as NBC Entertainment, NBC News, E!, CNBC, NBC Sports and the Golf Channel’s GolfNow. Finally, we have participated in the rapid growth of Hulu through our 30 percent ownership stake.

I am proud of the strides we have made in the digital space recently. With the Snap investment, we have invested over $1.5 billion in promising digital businesses in the last 18 months. Importantly, we have become a better, more digitally-focused company as a result.

Looking forward, we will continue to be aggressive as digital content consumption increases. Investing in Snap is a key step in that direction, and I am pleased to share this exciting news with you. It is rare to have the opportunity to invest at this stage in a company as visionary and dynamic as Snap, and it is a compliment that they chose NBCU as a partner.