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Reddit is working on adding new real-time features

Washington [US]: Reddit has introduced some changes by adding new real-time features on Wednesday.As per The Verge, perhaps the biggest update is that the number of upvotes, downvotes, and comments will go up or down as they happen. That could give you a more accurate idea of the popularity of a post as you’re reading it. Another change is that Reddit will show the number of people reading a post when there are five or more people looking at it. Reddit won’t just show who’s reading, though, it’s also introducing a typing indicator that will pop up when two or more users are typing a comment.According to The Verge, when new top-level comments come in, Reddit will show a new pill-shaped notification. When you tap that notification, the comments on a post will be sorted by new so you can view what’s been added…

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Oppo Reno7, Reno7 Pro India price leaks

New Delhi [India]: Oppo unveiled the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro for the Chinese market last week, and now a new report has claimed that the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro will debut in India in January, leaving the Reno7 SE behind for some reason.As per GSM Arena, the rumour also gives some price ranges for the two phones of the series that will make it to India. Allegedly, the Reno7 is to be priced between INR 28,000 to INR 31,000, while the Pro model will go for anywhere between INR 41,000 to INR 43,000. Apparently the company will also unveil a new pair of true wireless earbuds for the Indian market, priced similarly to the Enco X, which is currently going for INR 9,999. The Watch Free should be launched in India alongside the new earbuds and the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro as well.According to…

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Twitter update: People can’t share photos of others without consent

Washington [US]: With Parag Agrawal becoming the new CEO of Twitter, the company seems to be making new policy changes. According to TechCrunch, Twitter has updated its private information safety policy to ban sharing images or videos of private individuals without their consent.The update was announced on the official account of Twitter Safety. “Sharing images is an important part of folks’ experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy. Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so,” the post read. This policy update will “help curb the misuse…

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Oppo Reno7, Reno7 Pro India price leaks

New Delhi [India] : Oppo unveiled the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro for the Chinese market last week, and now a new report has claimed that the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro will debut in India in January, leaving the Reno7 SE behind for some reason.As per GSM Arena, the rumour also gives some price ranges for the two phones of the series that will make it to India. Allegedly, the Reno7 is to be priced between INR 28,000 to INR 31,000, while the Pro model will go for anywhere between INR 41,000 to INR 43,000. Apparently the company will also unveil a new pair of true wireless earbuds for the Indian market, priced similarly to the Enco X, which is currently going for INR 9,999. The Watch Free should be launched in India alongside the new earbuds and the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro as well.According…

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Samsung Galaxy A23 set to feature 50MP camera

Seoul [South Korea]: Korean tech giant Samsung announced the Galaxy A22 4G and 5G in June with 48MP primary cameras, and now the company will go with a 50MP primary camera for the Galaxy A23.As per GalaxyClub, the Galaxy A23 will come in 4G and 5G versions like its predecessor. However, not all regions may get both models. While the rest of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy A23 remain unknown, the device could come packed with a 5,000 mAh battery.It is currently unclear when exactly Samsung will introduce the Galaxy A23.

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Samsung Galaxy A23 set to feature 50MP camera

Seoul [South Korea] : Korean tech giant Samsung announced the Galaxy A22 4G and 5G in June with 48MP primary cameras, and now the company will go with a 50MP primary camera for the Galaxy A23.As per GalaxyClub, the Galaxy A23 will come in 4G and 5G versions like its predecessor. However, not all regions may get both models. While the rest of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy A23 remain unknown, the device could come packed with a 5,000 mAh battery.It is currently unclear when exactly Samsung will introduce the Galaxy A23.

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Elon Musk praises Indian talent after Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter’s CEO

Washington [US]: Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently gave a shout out to Indian talent after Parag Agrawal replaced Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s new CEO. Musk replied to a tweet by Stripe CEO Patrick Collison, who congratulated Parag and highlighted that six US tech giants are now run by Indian-origin CEOs.“Google, Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, and now Twitter are run by CEOs who grew up in India. It is wonderful to watch the amazing success of Indians in the technology world; it is a good reminder of the opportunity America offers to immigrants. (Congrats, @paraga!),” Collison wrote. Musk responded to Collison’s post by saying, “USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!” 37-year old IIT-Bombay and Stanford University alumnus, Parag Agrawal, took over as the CEO of Twitter on Monday, after its co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down at the helm of the San Francisco-headquartered microblogging…

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Twitter will extend its reach globally, new technology will bring change :CEO

Washington, [US] : Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal hopes to extend the social networking site’s reach under his tenure while making continued progress while providing exciting opportunities in challenging times. “I’m grateful for the service that you built, the culture, soul, and purpose you fostered among us and for leading the company through really significant challenges,” Parag posted on Twitter thanking Jack Dorsey.“The world is watching us right now, even more than they have before. Lots of people are going to have lots of different views about today’s news. It is because they care about Twitter and our future, and it’s a signal that the work we do matte. Let’s show the world Twitter’s full potential,” he further added. Parag expressed his gratitude towards Jack Dorsey for his mentorship and friendship. “The world is watching us right now, even more than they have before.…

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Next version of Vivo OriginOS coming on December 9

Dongguan [China]: OriginOS, which is Vivo’s platform of choice for its Chinese phones, is about to get a new version.As per GSM Arena, the new release is coming on December 9 and it will be called OriginOS Ocean. According to reports at least a dozen phones will be in the first wave to receive it. The new OriginOS (which is technically a UI on top of Android’s kernel) will bring improved features for mobile use, as well as easy cross-device navigation with PC and file transfers.Design-wise it will keep the grid system with multiple widgets and gesture navigations which became a hit among Vivo users when the first OriginOS came out.The company will release the official closed beta list once the event takes place in 10 days, but leaksters already revealed its preliminary version. They are mostly flagships, as well as a handful of…

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Realme confirms upcoming flagship title as ‘GT 2 Pro’

Shenzhen [China]: Realme founder and CEO Sky Li, on Monday, confirmed that the upcoming device touted to be Realme’s most premium flagship to date will be called ‘GT 2 Pro’ and will be available worldwide.GSM Arena spotted first look at the GT 2 Pro on their sources. According to them, the design is a big departure from the Realme GT and GT Neo2 with a Nexus 6P style camera visor spanning across the top part of the back. There are three visible camera modules housed in the contraption with two 50MP shooters alongside an 8MP snapper. Reportedly, all three modules will offer GR lenses developed by Ricoh which specialize in reducing ghosting and backlight resistance.According to GSM Arena, Realme GT 2 Pro also has flat metal sides and is expected to utilize Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The smartphone is also rumored to bring…

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Leaks show Honor 60 to sport Snapdragon 778G plus chipset, 12GB RAM

Shenzhen [China]: Recent leaks for the upcoming Honor 60 shows that the devices will come with a Snapdragon 778G plus chipset and 12GB of RAM.According to GSM Arena, the series which is scheduled for announcement in just a few days on December 1 was recently spotted with a few consecutive benchmarks runs on a site. The leaks offer a surprising amount of details, mostly reaffirming some earlier specs rumours. The Honor 60 and likely 60 Pro will both be running on a Qualcomm SM7325 chipset, which is the model number for the Snapdragon 778G and 778G+.According to GSM Arena, since the prime core in these leaks is reaching clocks above 2.5 GHz, it is safe to assume that we are looking at the 778G+ chip. It appears to be paired with 12GB of RAM, and the phone seems to be running Android 11.As far…

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Vivo tipped to launch tablet powered by Snapdragon 870

Dongguan [China]: Vivo was expected to announce its first tablet in January, but that didn’t happen, however, later in August, the company’s VP said that they will launch a tablet in 2022, anytime between January and June.According to GSM Arena, while people await more details from Vivo about its first tablet, a reliable tipster has revealed that the company will launch a tablet with the Snapdragon 870 SoC at the helm. Although it’s unclear if they are referring to Vivo’s first tablet or a different model. Though the name of Vivo’s tablet is not known yet, the company trademarked ‘Vivo Pad’ with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in June under Class 9, which covers several product categories, including PDAs and tablet computers.A Vivo device believed to be a tablet was also spotted on TUV’s website with an 8,040 mAh battery.Vivo isn’t the…

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Realme 9 series tipped to consist of four models

New Delhi [India]: The Realme 9 series will reportedly include four smartphones – Realme 9, Realme 9 Pro, Realme 9i, and Realme 9 Max/Pro+.Realme VP Mr Madhav Sheth, in an interview with GSM Arena in September, revealed that the company had to change its plans this year due to chipset shortage and the Realme 9 series’ launch got pushed to 2022. While Mr Sheth didn’t divulge anything else about the Realme 9 series, sources suggest that the lineup will launch in India in Q1 2022.The last variant will be a first for the number series since Realme is yet to launch a number series smartphone with the Max or Pro+ moniker. The former is not new to Realme, though, since the phone maker launched the Realme X7 Max 5G in India a few months ago, which is actually a rebranded Realme GT Neo available…

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Huawei Watch D to come with blood pressure monitoring feature

Shenzhen [China]: Huawei is soon going to launch a new smartwatch and it’s going to come with a pretty rare health feature. The tech giant has received certification for a wearable that will be able to monitor blood pressure. Leaksters found a promo image of the device dubbed Huawei Watch D and immediately posted it on Weibo. It is expected to release at the end of December, reported GSM Arena.The product is in its final stages of testing, and reportedly the accuracy rate is really good. The Watch D will be one of the few wearables to measure blood pressure, and it will also be unique in Huawei’s wearable portfolio with its design. All other watches of the company have either a circular face with two buttons or a rectangular touch screen with one fairly neat button on the right-hand side. The Watch D…

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Harry Potter lens launched on Snapchat celebrating 20-year film anniversary

Washington [US]: Instant messaging platform Snapchat and Warner Bros have teamed up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film and the upcoming four-part competition series, ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses’.The experience has been brought forward by using augmented reality that allows Snapchatters and HP fans around the globe to take part in the Harry Potter fun from home, and cheer from the sidelines in their Hogwarts house colours. They can speak to the Snapchat camera using VoiceML technology to magically dress in festive Hogwarts house colours, attire and face paint, truly getting in the ‘school spirit’ by representing one of the four houses–Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.“Being the first-ever television event from the Harry Potter franchise, Snap and Warner Bros. wanted to create a Lens experience for true Harry Potter-lovers to celebrate the cultural moment in style, and bring…

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Samsung Galaxy A13 4G production starts in India

New Delhi [India]: Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy A13 in the following weeks. This phone will come in two versions – the Galaxy A13 and A13 5G.As per GSM Arena, production of the A13 4G has already started in India at the Greater Noida factory, which could mean the launch is fast approaching. A new rumour has claimed that the 4G version will feature four cameras on the back – that’s one more than its 5G sibling. These will be arranged vertically like in the Galaxy A52s 5G. The Galaxy A13 4G is also said to have a glossy, entirely plastic build, which is no surprise at its projected entry-level price point.According to GSM Arena, the phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, next to the USB-C port and speaker grille. The power button and volume rocker will both…

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Apple’s AR headset will arrive with ‘Mac-level’ power, next year

Washington [US]: Apple’s much-awaited first AR headset will be released sometime near the fourth quarter of 2022.According to The Verge, the headset would be released sometime next year and will have two processors—- one with “the same level of computing power as M1” and one lower-end chip to handle input from the various sensors. Reportedly, the headset has “at least 6-8 optical modules to simultaneously provide continuous video see-through AR services.”There are also speculations that the headset is also said to have two 4K OLED microdisplays from Sony.Various reports on the device have disagreed as to whether it will be wholly independent or rely on an iPhone or a separate processor box to stream content.However, The Verge from certain sources found that the headset’s “Mac-level (PC-level) computing power,” its ability to be operated untethered, and its wide range of applications will work as factors…

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Spotify testing TikTok-style video feed

Stockholm [Sweden]: TikTok has seen its short-form video feed style copied by several other platforms like Instagram, Snap, YouTube and Netflix. And now it looks like you can add Spotify to that list.As per TechCrunch, Spotify is testing a new TikTok-style video feed in its beta iOS app that shows fullscreen video clips as songs are played. The feature was first spotted by Chris Messina, who posted a video of the feed in action. When available, the video feed is accessible from a new fourth tab in the navigation bar labelled ‘Discover’. Individual tracks can then be liked as you scroll through the feed, and there’s also a three-dot menu icon to bring up options for each song.Spotify confirmed the test in a statement provided to TechCrunch but declined to comment on if or when it might see a wider rollout.“At Spotify, we routinely…

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Samsung Galaxy A03 announced with dual rear camera setup, 5,000 mAh battery

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced yet another budget smartphone — Galaxy A03, which seems to be a follow-up to the Galaxy A02.While the pricing and availability of the upcoming handset are still under wraps, the company has revealed the full specifications of the phone. As per GSM Arena, the Samsung Galaxy A03 is built around a 6.5″ HD+ Infinity-V display with a notch for the 5MP selfie camera.Around the back, we get a dual camera system consisting of a 48MP primary and 2MP depth sensor. This is an upgrade over the Galaxy A02’s 13MP main camera, joined by a 2MP macro unit.Under the hood, the upcoming device has an unnamed octa-core processor with two clusters having a maximum clock frequency of 1.6GHz. Samsung didn’t mention the version of Android and One UI the Galaxy A03 runs out of the…

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WhatsApp web version gets built-in sticker maker feature

Washington [US]: Popular messaging application WhatsApp has introduced a new tool to let users make their own custom stickers.As per The Verge, WhatsApp’s web version has been updated with a built-in custom Sticker Maker, which allows users to turn ordinary images from their computer into stickers that can be sent via the messaging service. Apart from WhatsApp’s web version, the feature is also coming to its Desktop apps in the next week.To access this new feature, click the paperclip (attachments) icon, select Sticker, and then pick an image to upload. Once uploaded, images can be edited to turn them into the perfect sticker.An outline can be drawn around a picture’s subject to cut out the background, and images can also be cropped (though always in a square aspect ratio). Emoji, text, and additional WhatsApp stickers can also be layered on top of your sticker…

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OnePlus RT, Buds Z2’s India launch date revealed

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus’ much-awaited OnePlus RT and Buds Z2 TWS earphones will be launched in India on December 16.The OnePlus 9RT comes with the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 6.62″ FullHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen, Android 11-based ColorOS 12, 50MP triple camera, 16MP selfie camera, and a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W charging, as per GSM Arena. On the other hand, the OnePlus Buds Z2, feature Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and pack an 11mm dynamic driver in each bud. The TWS have Dolby Atmos support and are IP55 rated.The Buds Z2 are said to provide up to five hours of playback with ANC enabled and up to seven hours without it, as per GSM Arena.Reportedly, the charging case can offer up to 38 hours of endurance, and due to Warp Charge, a quick 10-minute charge will get users up to five hours of listening.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 4G goes official

Beijing [China]: Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has further expanded the Note 11 lineup with a 4G version of the vanilla Redmi Note 11.As per GSM Arena, this isn’t just a 4G-only variant of the Redmi Note 11. It’s actually a Redmi 10 with one less camera on the rear. That means you get a Helio G88 SoC, Android 11-based MIUI 12.5, and a 6.5″ FullHD+ LCD with 90Hz refresh rate, which can automatically switch to 45Hz when you are reading something and 60Hz when watching a video.The screen has a punch hole for the 8MP selfie shooter, and the camera island on the back houses 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro units. There’s no 2MP depth sensor we have on the Redmi 10.The Redmi Note 11 4G features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB-C, stereo speakers, 3.5mm headphone jack, and IR blaster.Keeping the entire package…

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PlayShifu launches AI-Powered product line Tacto

New Delhi [India] : Popular toy brand, PlayShifu, has launched the first-ever phygital (physical plus digital) board games Tacto with four innovative products Tacto Chess, Tacto Classics, Tacto Coding and Tacto Laser that help merge essential skills with playtime.Built on innovative touch technology and AI, Tacto by PlayShifu turns a user’s tablet into an interactive game where the player gets to use real figurines to drive the games on the screen. Tacto is the third flagship line from PlayShifu-the innovators behind Orboot and Plugo-with all products focusing on building a full spectrum of 20 foundational skills through fun and interactive gameplay. With a global presence, the brand is carving a niche by going beyond STEM and STEAM, through the #PowerofPlay. Talking about the new board game experience, PlayShifu co-founder and CEO Vivek Goyal, said, “Tacto series is one of our best innovations for making…

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Twitter introduces aliases for Birdwatch moderation program

Washington [US]: Twitter announced in a blog post on Monday that the company is introducing aliases for participants in its Birdwatch moderation tool.As per The Verge, the social media platform launched the pilot of Birdwatch in January as a way to crowdsource fact-checking on tweets that might contain misleading or inaccurate information. But the company said contributors in the pilot Birdwatch program “overwhelmingly voiced a preference for contributing under aliases. This preference was strongest for women and Black contributors.”Twitter said its research showed that aliases have the potential to reduce bias by putting the focus not on the author of a Birdwatch note but on the note’s content. It also found that aliases may help to “reduce polarization by helping people feel comfortable crossing partisan lines.”Twitter introduced a pilot of the Birdwatch program in January, which allows participating users to fact-check tweets and add…

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Apple reportedly switching to iPhone modem design in 2023

Washington [US]: Apple is reportedly planning to partner with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for the production of its own 5G modems for future iPhones.According to The Verge, Apple is said to be planning to use TSMC’s 4nm process node, which hasn’t yet been deployed for any commercial product; the modem is apparently being designed and tested at 5nm before moving to mass production in 2023 at 4nm. Apple’s switch to modems of its own design is widely expected to happen in 2023, and TSMC is the natural manufacturing partner.Qualcomm, which is the dominant player in the industry and produces modem components for the entire iPhone 13 lineup, recently said that it expects to account for just 20 per cent of iPhone modem orders in two years’ time.Apple bought Intel’s 5G modem division in 2019, foreshadowing the eventual switch. Earlier that year Qualcomm and Apple…

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Oppo Reno7 series to ship with Sony IMX709 sensor

Beijing [China]: Chinese tech giant Oppo on Tuesday has confirmed that its upcoming Reno7 series will be the first smartphone to feature Sony IMX709 sensor.Arriving on November 25 in China, the upcoming Reno7 series will be the world’s first to feature Sony’s IMX709 sensor in the selfie camera, advertised to have a 60 per cent increase in light sensitivity and 35 per cent noise reduction compared to the selfie unit on the Reno6 Pro, according to GSM Arena. The company stated that the Sony IMX709 will be present on the Reno7 and Reno7 Pro’s selfie cameras but didn’t mention anything about the Reno7 SE.Oppo has also posted a short clip on Weibo, teasing the sensor’s low-light capabilities.Furthermore, the company revealed that the Reno7 Pro will have a pulsating light around the camera bump to alert you of notifications, but as per GSM Arena it…

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Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 8 Gen1 name amid rumours

Washington [US]: Ahead of its Snapdragon Tech Summit slated for November 30, Qualcomm today announced some changes to its branding strategy for mobile SoCs, along with the fact that there are now over two billion Snapdragon devices in use across the globe.According to GSM Arena, Qualcomm has confirmed recent rumours, saying that it will switch to a new naming scheme for its mobile platforms. The names will entail “a single-digit series and generation number”, starting with the newest flagship Snapdragon 8-series platform.So without saying it outright, Qualcomm is confirming that it won’t be Snapdragon 898 or anything like that, it will be Snapdragon 8 Gen1. And then, in 2022, its successor will be Snapdragon 8 Gen2, and so on and so forth.It will be interesting to see what this will mean for lower-tier chips because the Snapdragon 7, 6, and 4 families have all…

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XPDEL, LA-based eCommerce fulfillment network, launches operations in India

New Delhi [India]: XPDEL, a fast-growing LA-based eCommerce Fulfillment center network, today announced its entry into the Indian markets. XPDEL plans to start with 3 markets – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru wherein it will offer a wide range of technology enabled solutions for India’s rapidly expanding e-commerce market. Subsequently, it plans to expand its footprint to 20 markets by end of 2023 to provide nationwide coverage. As part of its global expansion, the company aims to launch in Europe and Canada by 2022.Manish Kapoor, Founder and Global CEO of XPDEL, said, “We are thrilled to bring the global operations best practices and most advanced technology for eCommerce to India. This is close to my heart as it brings me back to my roots. The XPDEL launch in India will bring growth solutions for small and mid-sized retailers & new age eCommerce companies. We…

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Oppo to soon announce smart TV for Indian market

Shenzhen [China] : While OnePlus and Realme already have their TV offerings in the Indian market, now according to a trustworthy source, their sister company Oppo will be joining the party pretty soon as well.According to GSM Arena, there are speculations that the company’s K9 series will enter the country soon. The K9 TV family is already selling in China and goes up to 75″ in size with 60Hz LCD panels with support HDR10+ and HLG.They are powered by MediaTek SoCs and run on the company’s ColorOS TV 2.0 software.As per GSM Arena, while the announcement of the lineup will likely happen pretty soon, the first units will hit the market in the first quarter of 2022. However, it’s yet to be learnt if all models will be made available in India or just some of them.

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No plans on default end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger, Instagram until 2023

Washington [US]: Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s parent company — Meta, does not plan to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default on Messenger and Instagram until 2023.The company merged Messenger and Instagram chats last year, as a part of its plan to create a unified messaging system across all of its platforms. As per The Verge, while messages sent through Messenger and Instagram can be E2EE, that option isn’t turned on by default and likely won’t be until sometime in 2023. WhatsApp already supports E2EE by default.As per a source, Antigone Davis, Meta’s head of safety, attributed the delay to concerns about user safety. Since E2EE means only the sender and recipient will see their conversations, Davis said Meta wants to ensure that this doesn’t interfere with the platform’s ability to help stop criminal activity.Once E2EE does become available by default, Davis noted that…

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Google Pixel 6a render leaks surface on the internet, reveal Pixel 6-like design

Washington [US]: Google Pixel 6a is reportedly in the works. The renders of the rumoured mid-range Pixel 6a have been revealed in leaks online.As per GSM Arena, the design is in line with the current Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sporting a punch-hole display up front and a visor on the back for its dual-cam setup. The OLED display on the Pixel 6a is said to measure 6.2-inches. At 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm Pixel 6a would be noticeably more compact than the regular Pixel 6 which measures at 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm. The rest of the spec sheet should include a 50MP Samsung ISOCELL GN1 sensor for the main cam, 6/8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The chipset is speculated to be either the Google Tensor SoC like on the Pixel 6 duo or the Snapdragon 778G.One thing that seems to be…

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WhatsApp working on message reaction notifications for Android

New Delhi [India] : WhatsApp has released the 2.21.24.8 update for its Android users on the beta channel, which reveals the company is working on message reaction notifications for its Android app. According to GSMArena, WhatsApp has been developing the message reactions feature for a few months now, which, as evident from its name, lets users react to messages the same way they react to the posts and comments on the Facebook app. Previously, WhatsApp had no plans to notify users of message reactions, but the company later began developing it for the beta version of its iOS app and now it is also working on providing the same feature to its Android users. The message reaction notifications feature is “planned to be released in a future update”, the report said. Recently, a report said that WhatsApp is working on a feature that will let…

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Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics account for a half of global TV sales

Seoul [South Korea] : Sales of Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics accounted for 47.1%, nearly half of the global TV sales in the third quarter of this year. The cumulative sales of the two companies in the third quarter also accounted for nearly half with a 49% share.According to market research firm Omdia on the 19th, Samsung Electronics’ TV sales accounted for 28.7% and LG Electronics accounted for 18.4% in the global market in the third quarter. For cumulative sales, Samsung Electronics accounted for 30.2% share and LG Electronics 18.8% share. The combined market share was 49%. Until the third quarter of this year, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics sold 30.84 million and 6.472 million units, respectively.In particular, Samsung Electronics has maintained its No. 1 position in market share for 16 consecutive years, with 30.2% share in sales and 20.6% in sales quantity.Despite the…

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New DuckDuckGo tool might prevent apps from tracking Android users

Washington [US]: Privacy-focused browser maker DuckDuckGo’s new tool aims to prevent apps from tracking Android users. The tool, called App Tracking Protection, hopes toAccording to The Verge, DuckDuckGo’s tool hasn’t been rolled out as part of an update to all Android phones, nor is it available as a separate download. It’s built into DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused browser app, but works across your device. In a post on its blog, the company said that the tool will block “trackers it identifies in other apps from third-party companies.”Once App Tracking Protection is enabled, it will run in the background as you use your phone. The tool recognizes when an app is about to send data to a third-party tracker, and will then prevent the app from taking your information.DuckDuckGo said that it’s “continually working to identify and protect against new trackers,” which means that your data should…

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Leaks suggest MediaTek Dimensity 7000 to be based on 5nm node

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwanese tech giant MediaTek had announced its flagship SoC, the Dimensity 9000, just a couple of days ago and now there are rumours doing the rounds about its supposed upper mid-range offering for 2022, the Dimensity 7000.According to GSM Arena, the rumour suggests that MediaTek’s upcoming Dimensity 7000 chipset has entered the testing phase. It also suggests that it’s built on TSMC’s 5nm manufacturing process and uses ARM’s new V9 architecture, also implemented in the Dimensity 9000.As per GSM Arena, though it’s still early to talk about clock speeds and CPU configurations sources suggest that the SoC’s support for fast charging will comfortably slot in between the Snapdragon 870 and the Snapdragon 888 at about 75W. This sounds quite promising for a non-flagship chip, that’s for sure.

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Smartphone Tech: Xiaomi will update nine of its smartphones to MIUI 13

Beijing [China]: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is almost ready to update nine of its smartphones to the upcoming major MIUI version— MIUI 13. Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, promised that the next major MIUI version would arrive before the end of this year without giving any specific time frame or a list of phones. However, GSM Arena found a list of phones that might be getting MIUI 13 pretty soon.The list was found inside MIUI 13’s source code and the stable version for the Mi Mix 4, Mi 11, Mi 11 Pro, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Lite, Mi 10S, Redmi K40, K40 Pro and K40 Pro plus will likely arrive pretty soon. Other devices will also be getting their MIUI 13 in 2022 but reportedly not all updates will be based on Android 12. As per GSM Arena, the latter will arrive later next…

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Apple Watch Series 8 leaked render reveals design

Washington [US]: The Apple Watch Series 8 CAD render has leaked, revealing its design.As per GSM Arena, this render has been created based on the images and CAD files received by the source from people familiar with the matter, and it tells us that the Watch Series 8 won’t come with a design overhaul as expected. In fact, the only noticeable change is that the Watch Series 8 has a pair of speaker grilles instead of one.It’s also worth noting that the colour used is not a part of the leak, but the source claims to have seen the Watch Series 8 in a light green shade, similar to the iPad Air.While the leaks show that Apple is recycling old design for its next-gen smartwatch, rumours have it that the Cupertino-based tech giant will make up for it by introducing new features.That said, there’s…

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 will not have S Pen slot

Seoul [South Korea] : Rumours of South Korean tech giant Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold4 have already started doing rounds on the internet, with the latest one claiming that the upcoming device will skip the S Pen slot.According to reports by GSM Arena, the new rumours are hardly a surprise since its predecessor – Galaxy Z Fold3 – didn’t have an S Pen slot too. But the upcoming smartphone was expected to feature an S Pen slot because the Galaxy S22 Ultra is said to come with one. S21 Ultra has S Pen support but no dedicated slot.However, as per the company, the Galaxy Z Fold4’s design is subject to change, and it will be finalized in early March 2022. So, there’s still some hope that interested buyers may find that feature in the device. Otherwise, users can expect the foldable to have stylus…

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Google Messages might change how Android gets iMessage reactions

Washington [US]: According to a new report, Google Messages might be receiving an update that will slightly enhance the messaging experience on the Android end.According to GSM Arena, code has been found in the most recent version of Google Messages that would show iMessage ‘reactions’ as emoji’s within Google Messages. If an iPhone user sends a message to a phone number that’s on Android, the conversation will be carried on the SMS protocol since iOS doesn’t support RCS and iMessage isn’t supported on Android.Currently, iMessage users can send ‘reactions’ to text messages, but if a reaction is sent to an Android user, the user receives a text message back that simply says “Liked ‘I am doing great!'”.The report suggests that Google Messages would receive the SMS messages from the iPhone as normal, but would recognize when a reaction is being sent from iMessage and…

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Samsung Galaxy A13 5G key specs confirmed

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A13 5G key specs have been confirmed as the phone’s user manual was spotted online.As per GSM Arena, Galaxy A13 will sport the same design seen in render form from a while back. There’s a waterdrop notch cutout on the front for the selfie cam, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as the power button and a USB-C port at the bottom joined by a headphone jack and speaker.The back sports a triple camera setup with a 50MP main sensor and two auxiliary modules coming in at 5MP and 2MP.Even though the phone is expected to launch towards the end of this year or even in 2022, it will do so with the older Android 11 OS with Samsung’s One UI 3 presumably on top.The rest of the Galaxy A13 5G spec sheet includes a Dimenisty 700 chipset,…

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Discord now lets users send up to 10 files at a time

Washington [US] : Discord has announced that it has updated its Windows and macOS desktop clients to let users add alt text for image attachments.It’s a helpful accessibility feature for users that rely on screen readers. As per The Verge, the feature arrives alongside the ability to preview and upload up to 10 files at a time.The alt text accessibility feature can be found by clicking the small pen icon (“Modify Attachment”) on the top right of each individual preview before sending it in a text channel.The feature relies on people making the effort to manually add alt text in order for it to be useful. But it’s better than not having the option at all.Alt text support joins a number of other accessibility features Discord has added to its desktop apps in recent months.Other improvements include keyboard support for drag and drop, allowing…

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Microsoft’s new Windows Xbox app resolves game install headaches

Washington [US]: American tech giant Microsoft is now allowing testers to access a new Xbox app for Windows that greatly improves the game install process from the Windows store.According to The Verge, as reported earlier this month, the updated app allows PC gamers to install titles into any folder of their choice with unrestricted access to game files. It’s an option that helps address many of the headaches of installing titles from Xbox Game Pass for PC, and it should also mean you can backup game files and restore them if need be.Previously, Microsoft forced games to install into a Windows Apps folder at the root of a drive, and it was locked down so you couldn’t modify files or freely move them around.The updated Xbox app now lets you choose a location, and, if you have existing games installed, you can move them…

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4 specs and details leak

Seoul [South Korea]: Korean tech giant Samsung, which recently launched its latest foldable devices, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, has already started working on its next-generation foldable smartphones.As per GSM Arena, Samsung has started working on the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4, and the first rumoured information about these has now been leaked out of Korea. The Galaxy Z Fold4 is said to come with an improved under-display camera tech, and this time around both selfie cams (on the inside screen as well as on the outside one) will be of this nature.The rear cameras are expected to be improved as well, although we don’t yet know what exactly that means. The Fold4 should also have a new hinge, which will make it lighter than its predecessor, and there’s also going to be improved water and dust resistance.The battery…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra’s leaked renders confirm notched display

Seoul [South Korea] : Rumors about the South Korean Tech Giant Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy tab S8 Ultra had started doing rounds this summer but people got a good look at the tablet and its specs only recently.According to GSM Arena, a series of renders suggested that the device will come with a notch that’s quite similar to this year’s MacBooks from Apple. Well, unfortunately, the authenticity of those images is confirmed by one of the most reputable Samsung tipsters on the web.Ice Universe shared what appears to be an official-looking render of the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra confirming the existence of the notch.However, the good news is that the notch houses two selfie cameras, one of which is of the ultrawide variety.The latter can also shoot 2160p@60fps videos so likely the main one can do too, and by the looks of it, the notch…

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Spotify rolls out lyrics feature globally for free, paying users

Washington [US]: Available across iOS, Android, desktop, games consoles, and TVs, Spotify has finally rolled out its real-time lyrics feature globally, after previously only offering it in a limited selection of countries.As per The Verge, the lyrics are provided by Musixmatch, which claims to offer lyrics for “over 8 million” titles and will be accessible on basically every platform where Spotify has an app. These platforms include iOS, Android, desktop computers, gaming consoles, and smart TVs. The company has made this feature available to both free and premium listeners.There is also a social element provided by Spotify, which allows a user to share lyrics on social media.As per The Verge, the company says the feature will be available across the “majority” of its music library.With the introduction of the new lyrics feature, Spotify said that it’s discontinuing its ‘Behind the Lyrics’ feature.For the uninformed,…

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Apple announces ‘Self Service Repair’ programme

Washington [US]: Apple’s ‘Self Service Repair’ programme is finally here. This will allow users to buy genuine Apple device parts and tools to fix their own phones from the tech giant.As per GSM Arena, in this repair programme, knowledgeable customers can complete their own repairs with access to original parts and tools. This is not a typical move for Apple. Making its original parts and tools available to anyone is a big deal, especially for Apple.In the repair programme, Apple will focus on more common repairs from frequently serviced modules- this includes screen repairs, battery replacements, and camera modules for both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 lineups. After that, Apple will add its M1 Mac computers to the Self Repair programme.Customers will be able to place orders for these genuine parts and will receive a credit towards their purchase if the used part is…

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Qualcomm’s next-gen PC CPU’s to compete with Apple’s M-series chips in 2023

Washington [US]: American multinational corporation Qualcomm is looking to seriously beef up its PC processors, with the company announcing plans for a next-generation Arm-based SoC.According to The Verge, the company the Soc as “designed to set the performance benchmark for Windows PCs” that would be able to go head to head with Apple’s M-series processors. Dr. James Thompson, Qualcomm’s chief technology officer, announced the plans for the new chips at the company’s 2021 investor day event, with the goal of getting samples to hardware customers in about nine months ahead of product launches with the new chip in 2023.The new chip will be designed by the Nuvia team, which Qualcomm had bought earlier this year in a massive USD1.4 billion acquisition.Nuvia, notably, was founded in 2019 by a trio of former Apple employees who had previously worked on the company’s A-series chips.As per The…

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Sonu Sood backs post K-12 mentoring startup Intercell, comes on board as Co-Founder

New Delhi [India]: Youth icon Sonu Sood and Post K-12 Mentoring startup Intercell have announced a strategic alliance to assist the youth by providing seamless and affordable career mentoring services through technology solutions. The collaboration aims to provide career advice and direction to new Graduates and Young Professionals through mentoring by leading Industry professionals across the world.Post pandemic, there is a growing need to guide and assist career aspirants, especially in challenging times, amidst the plethora of opportunities available to them. Intercell solves the problem of finding the right mentors to guide students and professionals. Arunabh Varma, Founder and CEO Intercell, remarked, “We are extremely excited to partner with Sonu Sood to establish the category of Mentoring in India. He is a Youth Icon with a massive following and will help Intercell to position itself in both the B2C and B2B category. We aim…

Science Technology

Astronomers team up to create new method to understand galaxy evolution

Washington [US]: A team of astronomers at The University of Toledo joined forces for the first time in their scientific careers during the pandemic to develop a new method to look back in time and change the way we understand the history of galaxies.The resulting breakthrough research published in the Astrophysical Journal outlines their new method to establish the star formation history of a post-starburst galaxy using its cluster population. The approach uses the age and mass estimates of stellar clusters to determine the strength and speed of the starburst that stopped more stars from forming in the galaxy. Until now forging parallel but separate careers while juggling home life and carpooling to cross country meets, Dr Rupali Chandar, professor of astronomy, and Dr J.D. Smith, director of the UToledo Ritter Astrophysical Research Center and professor of astronomy, merged their areas of expertise.Working along…

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Instagram asks suspected bots for verification with video selfies

Washington [US]: Instagram has many bot accounts which can leave spam messages, harass people or be artificially inflate like or follower counts. As per The Verge, Instagram is asking some users to provide a video selfie showing multiple angles of their face to verify that they’re a real person.The company started testing the feature last year but ran into technical issues. Multiple users have recently reported being asked to take a video selfie to verify their existing accounts. As per reports, it looks at “all angles of your face” to prove that you’re a real person. Instagram posted on Twitter that accounts that had suspicious behaviour (such as quickly following a ton of accounts) could be asked to do a video selfie. The company also reiterated that the feature doesn’t use facial recognition, and said that Instagram teams review the videos. The move may…

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Fujifilm introduces new film-digital hybrid Instax Mini Evo camera

Tokyo [Japan]: The Japanese camera maker Fujifilm has recently announced a new digital camera titled the Instax Mini Evo, that prints to Instax Mini film.According to The Verge, the Japanese company has described the new product as a new Instax flagship that has been “designed with a premium and classical touch;” and it has several retroelements including top-mounted dials and a print control that works like a film advance lever. Reportedly, just like other hybrid Instax cameras, the Mini Evo has an LCD screen to help you frame a user’s digital shots before printing.The Mini Evo includes ten lens effects that can be combined and applied to photos, and Fujifilm said that the gadget has twice the exposure resolution of previous models.The Mini Evo also works as an Instax printer, meaning a user can print out pictures from their smartphone wirelessly.In the opposite direction,…

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WhatsApp developing new apps for Windows, macOS

Washington [US]: Popular messaging application WhatsApp has been available on computers for a while now, but it is essentially the mobile app, adapted for desktop.As per GSM Arena, a source from Italy has revealed that this will change in the future, as the company is developing an entirely new application for Windows and macOS. Aggiornamenti Lumia has shared screenshots and gifs, revealing what the new software will look like and what will be its key features.The WhatsApp UWP (Universal Windows Platform, allows the app to be used on Xbox as well) will be designed in line with Windows 11, with semi-transparent panels.It will work even when it is closed, with notifications arriving as usual, and will take no longer than one second to start.The app will have a drawing feature which will be very neat for devices with touch-screen displays, ALumia revealed.Settings will be…

Crypto Currency Technology

Cryptocurrency can’t be stopped, must be regulated

New Delhi [India] : An understanding was visible that cryptocurrency can’t be stopped but it must be regulated in the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance with industry associations and experts on the matter of crypto finance. There was a consensus that a regulatory mechanism should be put in place to regulate cryptocurrency. Industry associations and stakeholders were not clear as to who should be the regulator, sources said. Security of investors’ money was the most serious concern expressed by MPs at the meeting. An MP expressed concern over full-page crypto ads in national dailies. Experts said that cryptocurrencies are some sort of investors’ democracy, according to sources. “MPs (Members of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance) now want the government officials to appear before it and address their concerns,” said sources on the meeting of the committee with industry associations and experts on…

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Now ‘play something’ on Netflix through Alexa

Washington [US] : Netflix has refined a one-button solution that picks something based on your tastes and starts playing it right away. It first called the feature Shuffle and eventually landed on Play Something.As per The Verge, Netflix has now linked its automatic selector to Amazon’s voice-controlled AI and streaming hardware. If you’re in the US or Canada, just say “Alexa, Play Something,” and if you have an Echo speaker or app listening in, plus a Fire TV device with Netflix activated, then it’ll work.In a post mentioning the feature, Netflix director of marketing partnerships Magno Herran said, “We are excited to partner with Fire TV to bring the Alexa voice technology to the Netflix Play Something feature. Now you can instantly discover a show or film we know you’ll love based on what you’ve watched before.”The feature could help to skip debating or…

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OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition announced, sale begins tomorrow

Shenzhen [China] : OnePlus has announced a special PAC-MAN Edition of the Nord 2 smartphone. The device will be available in India, Europe, and the UK.After weeks of speculations and rumours, the company finally revealed details about the all-new PAC-MAN Edition device. OnePlus India’s official Twitter handle shared a sneak peek of the handset. The tweet read, “The OnePlus x PAC-MAN Edition is coming in hot on November 16, and it’s hungry for new players to take it for a deep dive into retro arcade nostalgia. Learn how we spiced up OnePlus Nord 2 with lots of unique PAC-MAN content: http://onepl.us/HC.” Limited Edition phones usually bring forth cosmetic changes and special packaging with extra goodies and this is certainly the case with the brand new OnePlus Nord 2 PAC-MAN Edition.Hardware-wise, it’s the same phone that launched back in July with a 6.43-inch AMOLED panel…

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Samsung launches Android 12-powered One UI 4 for Galaxy S21 series

Seoul [South Korea]: Korean tech giant Samsung has announced that it is rolling out the Android 12-powered One UI 4 update to the entire Galaxy S21 lineup, starting today.As per The Verge, the update is based on this year’s Android 12. It was released in public beta in September and adds new theming options, keyboard tweaks, and privacy settings. The new features coming with the latest version of Samsung’s software should look familiar to anyone who’s been keeping up with Android 12’s upgrades. First up is a Material You-style overhaul, including the ability to change the operating system’s colour scheme based on your chosen wallpaper, and there are also redesigned widgets.New privacy-focused features include a Privacy Dashboard that keeps track of how often apps are requesting sensitive information from your phone, and there are also new indicators that show when the phone’s camera or…

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Study finds anxiety cues in brain despite safe environment

Washington [US] : Researchers have used a virtual-reality environment to understand the impact of anxiety on the brain and how brain regions interact with one another to shape behaviour.The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Communications Biology’. The researchers used a virtual-reality environment where volunteers were in a meadow picking flowers. They knew that some flowers are safe, while others have a bee inside that will sting them.“These findings tell us that anxiety disorders might be more than a lack of awareness of the environment or ignorance of safety, but rather that individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder cannot control their feelings and behaviour even if they wanted to,” said Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, PhD, assistant professor in the Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rochester and first author of the study.“The patients with an anxiety disorder could rationally say…

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Specs, launch date leaked for Xiaomi Redmi Note 11T 5G

Beijing [China]: Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi had unveiled the Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus last month in China exclusively. These phones were rumoured to launch in the international markets in Q1 2022 with Snapdragon chips.According to GSM Arena, a new report suggests that the global rollout of Redmi’s Note 11 series will commence this month as the company is said to launch the Redmi Note 11T 5G in India on November 30. It is also suggested that the Redmi Note 11T 5G’s specs will include a Dimensity 810 SoC, 6.6″ FullHD+ 90Hz display, and 5,000 mAh battery with 33W charging. The smartphone will likely run Android 11 out of the box and have three memory options: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 8GB/128GB.For photography, the Redmi Note 11T 5G will have a total of three cameras, a 16MP selfie shooter…

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First renders leak for Samsung Galaxy A33 5G

Washington [US]: Samsung Galaxy A33 5G renders have leaked and the smartphone looks similar to Galaxy A32 4G.As per GSM Arena, it’s built around an Infinity-U Super AMOLED display and sports four cameras on the back, which are now placed on a raised camera bump reminiscent of the Oppo Find X3 and Find X3 Pro. The Galaxy A33 5G’s screen measures 6.4″ diagonally and has FullHD+ resolution, with the source saying we should expect “much improved and higher resolution camera sensors” from Samsung this time.The A33 5G has the power button and volume rocker on the right-side frame, with the USB-C port located at the bottom flanked by the microphone and speaker.Samsung ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack that was present on the Galaxy A32 4G and 5G.According to GSM Arena, the Galaxy A33 5G is 8.1mm thick (9.7mm with the camera bump) and is…

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Android 12 closed beta program announced by OnePlus for its 8 series users

Shenzhen [China]: OnePlus has already released Android 12 beta for the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, and now it is recruiting testers for the OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and 8T’s Android 12-based OxygenOS 12 closed beta update.According to GSM Arena, as part of this Closed Beta Test (CBT), participants will be required to sign an NDA and be willing to flash builds that require a clean flash, which wipes the entire data, so it’s advisable to not install the beta firmware on the primary device. Also, one should remember that beta builds often contain bugs that hamper the user experience. For those who are still interested, following are the requirements to be eligible for the CBT:– You are using a OnePlus 8 series or OnePlus 8T device– You are an active OnePlus Community member– You are willing to regularly communicate and provide feedback to…

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Here are some new details regarding Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

Seoul [South Korea]: The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is still a while away, but more and more rumours are surfacing each day. Well, there’s now more to add to that excitement.As per GSM Arena, a list of specs have been revealed that the handset is expected to sport when it finally becomes a real thing that’s available in stores and all that – which should apparently happen in January. So, the Galaxy S21 FE 5G is said to come with a 6.4-inch FHD+ 120 Hz AMOLED screen, a centre punch-hole cutout, 6GB of RAM, and a triple rear camera system, consisting of a 64 MP main sensor, paired with an ultrawide and a depth sensor.The removal of the telephoto camera from the S20 FE seems odd indeed, we won’t lie. Anyway, on the front, there’s apparently a 32 MP camera…

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Amazon enables sharing clips from Prime Video content for iPhone users

Washington [US] : Amazon has announced that it’ll let iPhone users easily share video clips showing up to 30 seconds of some of its Prime Video content, right from its app.As per the Verge, the feature will only be available for a very limited number of shows initially, but letting users share video from shows is a very different attitude than the one displayed by some other streaming providers. According to Amazon’s press release, its video-sharing feature will be available on iOS devices.When you’re watching a show, the Share Clip button will show up alongside the rest of the controls.Tapping it will create a 30-second video clip, which can be then fine-tuned to make sure it contains the part of the show you’re trying to share.From there, you can share it using Apple’s built-in sharing feature, sending it to a friend over iMessage, or…

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Google Pixel 6 gets early access to heart rate, respiratory tracking features

Washington [US]: Google Pixel 6 series, which recently got the Adaptive Sound feature, will now pick up a couple more features as it gained heart rate and respiratory tracking support through Google Fit, which was announced in March.These features let you measure your heartbeat and track respiratory rate using the smartphone’s camera and flash, reported GSM Arena. The flash is required to boost the lighting when measuring heart rate to look for changes in your finger’s colour, but it could prove to be less handy on the Pixel 6 pair since the camera and flash on the duo are far apart.That said, the ability to use the flashlight on the Pixel 6 is missing right now, which isn’t surprising since the feature is currently in early access, and Google said that it’s “being fine-tuned and may be removed.”9to5Google reported that the heart rate monitoring…

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WhatsApp working on letting users hide last seen status from specific people

Washington [US]: Popular messaging application WhatsApp is constantly working to add new features to its platform. One such feature, which is currently in the works, will let users hide their last seen status from specific people.As per GSM Arena, the beta version of WhatsApp for Android now has an option to hide your “last seen” status from specific people. The feature has been in active development for a few months at this point, and now it’s finally live for a subset of those part of the beta program.This means it will soon hopefully make it to all the people using the beta, and then eventually to the version of WhatsApp everyone’s using, but there’s a caveat here, in that “soon” could mean “in a few months” if we’re judging by some of WhatsApp’s past rollouts of new features.It’s really among the most cautious companies…

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YouTube to start hiding count of dislikes on all videos

Washington [US] : Earlier this year, online video-sharing platform, YouTube had started experimenting with hiding the dislike counts on videos to help reduce the dislike attacks on creators across the platform.According to GSM Arena, after analysis in July, YouTube did see a reduction in that behaviour, so the company has announced it will start hiding the dislike counts on all the videos across its platform. That doesn’t mean users won’t be able to dislike a video since the dislike button isn’t going anywhere, and they can still use it to tune the recommendations. It’s just that the number of dislikes a video gets will now be private to creators who can access it in the YouTube Studio.YouTube has said that by hiding the dislike count, it wants to “create an inclusive and respectful environment where creators have the opportunity to succeed and feel safe…

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Instagram commences testing new feature that reminds users to take break

Washington [US]: Photo and video-sharing social networking platform Instagram’s head Mr Adam Mosseri has announced that the company has started testing a new feature called ‘Take a Break’.According to GSM Arena, this feature will help users curb their Instagram addiction and encourage them to take a break after spending a certain amount of time on the app. It’s an opt-in feature, which, after being turned on, will allow users to set in-app reminders to take a break from the Instagram app after continuously using it for 10, 20, or 30 minutes.Mr Mosseri has said that the ‘Take a Break’ feature has been developed as a “part of the broader effort to try and give people more control over their experience of Instagram” and that there will be “more ideas like this coming in the future too.”Instagram has worked with third-party experts to develop the…

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Netflix Games now available on iOS

Washington [US]: Popular streaming giant Netflix has officially brought its new gaming service to all iOS users.As per The Verge, the gaming service uses Apple’s in-app payment system, even though the main Netflix app does not. The gaming service was brought to all the subscribers on Android recently, but earlier due to some clashes with Apple, it was not made available to the iOS users.But now an official tweet by Netlfix itself announced the news, also informing that the service gives users access to a limited selection of mobile games without ads or in-app purchases. The Verge confirmed that the five launch games are already available as individual downloads from the App Store.These launch games include ‘Stranger Things: 1984’, ‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’, ‘Shooting Hoops’, ‘Teeter (Up)’, and ‘Card Blast’.The recently announced game titled ‘Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story’ that will…

Science Technology

PIO Raja Chari led NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts headed to International Space Station

Washington [US] : NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronaut team led by PIO (Person of India Origin) Raja Chari are in orbit following their launch to the International Space Station on the third commercial crew rotation mission aboard the microgravity laboratory.The international crew of astronauts lifted off at 9:03 pm EST Wednesday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled the Crew Dragon Endurance spacecraft with NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, PIO Raja Chari as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, into orbit to begin a six-month science mission on the space station.Chari is commander of the Crew Dragon spacecraft and the Crew-3 mission. He is responsible for all phases of flight, from launch to re-entry. He also will serve as an Expedition 66 flight engineer aboard the station. This will be the…

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Leaked gameplay footage of ‘Grand Theft Auto’ remaster

Washington [US]: A day before the game’s official release, gameplay footage from Rockstar’s upcoming remaster of its PS2-era ‘Grand Theft Auto’ trilogy has appeared online.As per The Verge, the leaks show over an hour of footage of ‘Grand Theft Auto III’, ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’, and ‘Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’. Although ‘Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition’ is just one day away from release, Rockstar hasn’t shared any substantial gameplay footage from the remastered games.A trailer released last month focused almost exclusively on cutscenes from the three games rather than the gameplay enhancements Rockstar is promising for the almost two-decade-old trilogy.But these leaked gameplay clips give a much better idea of how these remasters will actually play. They show off the games’ new weapon selection wheel UI, which they’ve inherited from later GTA games, and give an idea of…

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Microsoft announces Windows 11 SE, Surface Laptop SE

Washington [US]: Microsoft has announced Windows 11 SE, a lighter version of Windows 11 designed for educational purposes, along with Surface Laptop SE.As per GSM Arena, the OS that’s running on the Surface Laptop SE is Windows 11 SE, which has been stripped of some functionality, in order to fit the needs of the classroom. There’s no Windows Store, and instead, Windows 11 SE is optimised for Microsoft apps like Edge, Office, and OneDrive. There’s a limited number of third-party apps that are supported, like Zoom and Chrome, but more will be added with time.Features such as complex snap grids have been removed in favour of a simple split screen of two apps on the left and right.Microsoft Edge, which has lost its Chrome Extensions support in Windows 11, has gained it back under 11 SE because classrooms rely on some of these for…

Science Technology

Lack of important molecule in red blood cells causes vascular damage in type 2 diabetes

Stockholm [Sweden] : Altered function of the red blood cells leads to vascular damage in type 2 diabetes. Results from a new study in cells from patients with type 2 diabetes and mice show that this effect is caused by low levels of an important molecule in the red blood cells.The study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has been published in the journal Diabetes. It is well known that patients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Over time type 2 diabetes may damage blood vessels, which could lead to life-threatening complications such as heart attack and stroke. However, the disease mechanisms underlying cardiovascular injury in type 2 diabetes are largely unknown and there is currently a lack of treatments to prevent such injuries.In recent years, research has shown that the red blood cells, whose most important job…

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Netflix tests TikTok-style feed for children

Washington [US]: Netflix’s iOS app is starting a test of a new feed for children this week.As per The Verge, the “Kids Clips” feature uses a similar interface to TikTok or Instagram Reels in an attempt to surface child-friendly content and is designed to show short clips taken from its library of children’s content. But while competing services are primarily formatted for viewing in portrait, Kids Clips’ videos are designed to be viewed in landscape.Kids Clips joins a similar feature Netflix launched to promote its comedy content earlier this year called “Fast Laughs”.Both features have a similar aim: to promote Netflix’s content using short clips similar to what users are already watching on social media.Netflix has cited TikTok as a major competitor in past earnings reports, suggesting these features are aimed at stealing time away from the service by focusing on more short-form content.However,…

Science Technology

Four astronauts safely splash down in Gulf of Mexico

Washington [US]: Four astronauts from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 have returned safely to Earth after 199 days of scientific research on the International Space Station.The astronauts splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Monday, completing the agency’s second long-duration commercial crew mission to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned to Earth in a parachute-assisted splashdown at 10:33 pm EST off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.Speaking about the splashdown, NASA administrator Bill Nelso said, “We’re happy to have Shane, Megan, Aki, and Thomas safely back on Earth after another successful, record-setting long-duration mission to the International Space Station. Congratulations to the teams at NASA and SpaceX who worked so hard to ensure their successful splashdown. NASA’s Commercial Crew…

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Entropik introduces Ground-breaking eye tracking technology

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Entropik Tech, the world leader in Emotion AI, today announced the launch of the first multi-platform eye tracking technology that works on both web and mobile devices.Using tracking through web and mobile cameras, the innovative eye tracking technology is accurate, agile, and easy-to-use. Using AI and ML technologies (solving for regular issues like lighting and camera quality), Entropik’s eye tracking technology maintains an accuracy rate of over 96%. Moreover, it is built for enterprise-scale integration that enables brands to conduct multiple tests and leverage online respondents across 120 countries.Entropik’s eye tracking technology will also be available for external integration through web and mobile Software Development Kits (SDKs), enabling developers and companies to measure eye gaze data at an unprecedented scale. Eye gaze data is used to identify and analyze patterns of visual attention of individuals as they perform specific tasks, and…

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Netflix will reportedly make games available via App Store on iOS

Washington [US]: Netflix officially got into gaming by rolling out a mobile game service for Android users earlier this month.As per The Verge, while Netflix said it’s working on an iOS version of the service, Apple’s App Store policies will prevent Netflix from making games available from its app. Apple bars third-party apps from functioning as a hub for games, which has become a point of contention with cloud gaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Google Stadia.Cloud gaming services can only get around this by offering their games through a web app, just like Facebook has already done.As per sources, Netflix will tiptoe around Apple’s rules by making its games available via the App Store. This means that games won’t be downloadable or playable from the Netflix app — you’ll only be able to launch them from there.The service currently…

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE tipped to launch on January 4, Galaxy S22 may debut on February 8

Seoul [South Korea]: Korean tech giant Samsung may launch the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE early next year. The company is also expected to unveil the Galaxy S22 series next year only.According to a report by Jon Prosser, Samsung is looking to host two Unpacked events early next year. The first one will take place on January 4 and will be centred around the much-awaited Galaxy S21 FE, reported GSM Arena. The second event is apparently taking place a month later on February 8 and will bring the Galaxy S22 series.Based on the report, Galaxy S21 FE will be available from January 11. The S22 Unpacked event will start at 10 AM ET time and Samsung will open up pre-orders as soon as the keynote concludes. General availability will start on February 18.As usual with these rumours take them with a grain of salt as…

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Intel 12th-generation Alder Lake chips faster than M1 Max, but use more power

Washington [UK]: American tech giant Intel recently unveiled its first 12th-generation ‘Alder Lake’ chips with the launch of six new processors aimed at desktop computers, including the high-end Core i9-12900K, a 16-core chip with eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores.According to Mac Rumours, while the first 12th-generation processors are desktop-class, they still make for an interesting comparison with Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as rumours suggest that Apple plans to release a new 27-inch iMac with the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the first half of next year. Reportedly, the first Geekbench 5 benchmark results for the Core i9-12900K reveal that the processor is up to nearly 1.5x faster than the M1 Pro and M1 Max in multi-core performance. Specifically, the Core i9 processor has an average multi-core score of…

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WhatsApp reportedly working on Communities feature

Washington [US]: Evidence is mounting that WhatsApp may be working on a Communities feature that could give admins the ability to create separate groups within a larger community.According to The Verge, the Communities feature appears to give group admins more power over groups. This includes the ability to create groups within groups, which may be similar to how channels are arranged beneath an umbrella Discord community. Admins may be able to invite new users via a Community Invite Link and then start messaging other members.It’s hard to tell how exactly these chats might look right now, but as per reports, they appear to be end-to-end encrypted.It also looks like a subtle design change will help distinguish Communities from regular group chats. The community icons will be squares with rounded corners, a format that WhatsApp mistakenly enabled (and then quickly disabled) in October. There’s no…

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Apple testing 120Hz display for its next iPad mini

Washington [US]: American tech giant Apple may be working on a new iPad mini with a 120Hz ProMotion display instead of the existing 60Hz screen. According to an insider scoop from a Korean forum, Apple is testing the 120Hz ProMotion display for its next iPad mini. The 8.3 panel is said to be manufactured by Samsung Display and will supposedly debut with the next iteration of Apple’s mini tablet, reported GSM Arena.The sixth gen iPad mini had a profound jelly scroll effect where one side of the display refreshes slower than the other side. Apple dubbed this behaviour as normal though plenty of users disagreed and a ProMotion display will certainly help fix this problem. The rest of the hardware for the next-gen iPad mini is said to remain largely unchanged from the current model with A15 Bionic chipset at the helm, 4GB RAM…

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Small amounts of carbon monoxide may help protect vision in diabetes

Washington [US] : The Medical College of Georgia scientists have early evidence that HBI-002, a low-dose oral compound developed by Hillhurst Biopharmaceuticals and already in early-stage trials for sickle cell disease, can safely reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the retina, both early, major contributors to diabetic retinopathy.An ingested liquid that ultimately delivers a small dose of carbon monoxide to the eye appears to target key factors that damage or destroy vision in both type 1 and 2 diabetes, scientists say. “Inflammation and oxidative stress go hand in hand,” says Dr. Pamela Martin, cell biologist and biochemist in the MCG Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Vision Discovery Institute at Augusta University. “If you impact one, you generally impact the other.”At the right dose, carbon monoxide can impact both.While we likely think of chirping detectors in our homes, toxic fumes from cars and…

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Microsoft to host education-technology event on November 9

New Delhi [India]: American tech-giant Microsoft will be hosting an event focused on education technology, next week.According to The Verge, the company plans to discuss ‘new and existing technology from Microsoft Education’ on November 9 at 12 PM ET. Microsoft described the event as: “Join us at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as we share an inside look at the latest tech solutions while examining gaps in learning left by the pandemic. Hear from Microsoft partners, school leaders and a few special guests, and learn about new and existing technology from Microsoft Education,” read the statement.As per The Verge, the event could unveil new hardware. The company just revealed a wave of new Surface products at an event in September.For the unversed, the event arrives just over a month after the company released Windows 11, its next major operating system. Perhaps the…

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Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features failing to load due to expired certificate

Washington [US]: Microsoft has fixed several Windows 11 features that were failing to load after an expired certificate was discovered earlier this week.As per The Verge, some Windows 11 users haven’t been able to open apps like the Snipping Tool, touch keyboard, or emoji panel since a certificate expired on October 31. Microsoft warned Windows 11 users about the problems earlier this week and has now released an out-of-band update.The issues also affected voice typing and the getting started and tips sections of Windows 11.Microsoft started testing a patch for the problems with Beta and Release Preview testers of Windows 11 and has now released the fix for all Windows 11 users.Those running Windows 11 will be offered the KB5008295 update, and it will automatically install from Windows Update. This patch does require a reboot, and Microsoft noted that it will address all of…

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Researchers detect SARS-CoV-2 variant in dogs, cats with suspected myocarditis

Washington [US] : A new study in the Veterinary Record reveals that pets can be infected with the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2, which was first detected in southeast England and is commonly known as the UK variant or B.1.1.7.This variant rapidly outcompeted pre-existing variants in England due to its increased transmissibility and infectivity. The study describes the first identification of the SARS-CoV-2 alpha variant in domestic pets; two cats and one dog were positive on PCR test, while two additional cats and one dog displayed antibodies two to six weeks after they developed signs of cardiac disease. Many owners of these pets had developed respiratory symptoms several weeks before their pets became ill and had also tested positive for COVID-19.All of these pets had an acute onset of cardiac disease, including severe myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).“Our study reports the first cases of…

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Google Stadia to let users join multiplayer games without invite

Washington [US]: No more digging into the menus, as Google is finally letting Stadia players join multiplayer games without needing an invite.The Verge informed that this basic feature is available on most console platforms and PC launchers, but it has taken Google nearly two years to add it to Stadia. A new support page recently informed that the feature is live in ‘Far Cry 6’ on Stadia, so a second user can join you without you having to issue an invite.Google itself confirmed the news and mentioned that the feature is only available in “select games,” and is disabled by default.The Verge reported that the feature is actually enabled by default. The join without an invite feature is also available in the Stadia app for Android and is available through the web version that runs on iOS.

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Google working on more user-friendly way to search files in Drive

Washington [US]: American tech giant Google is preparing to beta test new search filters in Google Drive, which will hopefully make it easier to find the exact file users search for.According to The Verge, dubbed as ‘search chips’, the feature adds a line of filters to the top of the Drive interface, letting users limit their search by things like file type, last modification date, or which other users are associated with a specific file. Google Drive already has some search filtering options, but they’re relatively basic and hidden in a sub-menu in the search bar.In contrast, the new search chips are presented front and centre, and they look set to offer a wider range of filtering options. A similar feature was introduced in Gmail early last year.For those who’d like to try out the new Drive search chips beta, Google is directing interested…

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Google Pixel Fold expected to launch in 2022, camera details revealed

Washington [US]: Google may launch its first Pixel foldable phone in 2022. While people eagerly wait for Google’s first foldable handset to come out, new details about the upcoming device are emerging. As per 9to5Google, the phone will not use the same high-end camera sensors found in the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.As per information discovered in the most recent release of Google’s Camera app, the upcoming folding Pixel’s codename is ‘Pipit’, which was changed from ‘Passport’ at some point. The foldable Pixel phone is expected to use the same 12.2MP main camera that’s found on the Pixel 5. That’s the Sony IMX363 instead of the 50MP GN1 sensor that’s found in the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Another Sony IMX386 is also expected to be used on this device, expectedly for the ultrawide camera. In addition to these two cameras,…

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Instagram, Twitter enable link previews

Washington [US] : The nine-year-old internet feud between two of the mega social media giants has seemed to settle down. Users when they next share Instagram links on Twitter will be able to see a preview of the link that includes an image instead of just the URL text.As per The Verge, the feature was rolled out on Wednesday to Android, iOS, and the web. Both Instagram and Twitter are promoting the change. Reportedly, Instagram turned off the ability to see previews of posts on Twitter after it was acquired by Meta (formerly Facebook) in 2012.Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s founder and former CEO, said that the decision was his and not Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s.As per The Verge, Instagram wasn’t the only one that made changes limiting Instagram and Twitter’s integration, though; Twitter removed a feature that let users find people they follow on Instagram,…

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Samsung’s Galaxy A33 5G rumoured to launch early next year in four colours

Washington [US]: Korean tech giant Samsung’s Galaxy A33 5G has just broken into the rumour mill with a few details about its colour options.According to GSM Arena, similarly to the upcoming Galaxy A53, the Galaxy A33 5G will be available in Black, White, Light Blue, and Orange, the latter will seemingly be replacing the Lavender variant of the current-gen Galaxy A series phones. The other bit of information is that the Galaxy A33 will most likely be 5G-only.Samsung had released the Galaxy A32 5G in January of 2021 and then followed up with the 4G Galaxy A32 in February, this does hint at a potential launch for the Galaxy A33 5G’s in January as well, as per GSM Arena.

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Alexa’s updates let your music follow you from one room to another

Washington [US]: Alexa’s October update has introduced several new helpful commands that let you start listening to audio in one room and continue listening on an Echo device in another.As per The Verge, there are a few different commands for this, and the ones you use will depend on your situation. The first command lets you move audio between groups, also known as the smart speakers that you’ve assigned to specific locations throughout your home.Simply say, “Alexa, move my music to (desired group),” and you can transfer your podcast, radio show, or music to the room that you plan on spending time in.You can also continue listening to audio when you walk out the door — keep in mind that you’ll need a pair of Echo Buds in order for this to work.Once your Echo Buds are connected to your phone, say, “Alexa move…

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Microsoft launching ‘edge browser’ for Linux

Washington [US]: Microsoft has finally announced the launch of a stable version of its ‘edge browser’ for the Linux operating system later this week.As per The Verge, the American tech giant will officially launch the ‘edge’ supported browser fully on Linux with regular stable channel updates. On a related note, the preview versions of ‘edge’ for Linux have been available for more than a year.For the users who are already using preview builds of ‘edge’ on Linux, The Verge suggests getting the latest stable version by running the sudo apt install Microsoft-edge-stable command.For the users who are new to ‘edge’ on Linux, then the “installer is now available on Microsoft’s website,” as per The Verge.‘Edge’ is another browser option that might work on Linux distros where Chrome isn’t fully supported.According to The Verge, Microsoft has also added a number of privacy features to ‘edge’…

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Diwali Dhamaka Deals are live!

Diwali is the festival of light, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. It is India’s one of the biggest festivals that brings India’s most significant discounts/deals both online and offline. As Diwali is just around the corner, all the online sales are live and in full swing. Grab them before the deal ends. Here you will find such deals mentioned which are offered by Amazon.in and Flipkart.com: Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale One of India’s biggest online shopping app – Flipkart, has been running Diwali sales since 28th October. The sales brought significant discounts on electronic products like home appliances, mobile phones and computers. However, the deals will end on 3rd November. Here are listed a few of the top deals offered by Flipkart. iPhone 12 In India iPhone 12 is priced at starting from Rs 65,900. In contrast, Flipkart is offering the iPhone…

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Apple is bringing car crash detection to iPhone

Washington [US]: Apple is reportedly working on a new iPhone and Apple Watch feature that detects if you’re in a car crash and dials 911 automatically.As per The Verge, the current plan is to roll out such a feature next year. Google’s Personal Safety app on Pixel phones already includes a feature to call for help when it detects car crashes, just like connected car services in modern vehicles do, including GM’s OnStar, Subaru’s Starlink, and Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect.Many cars on the road today are not equipped with any connectivity features, so getting crash detection on an iPhone too means more drivers can get the help they need in an accident as long as they have one in their pocket or mounted to their dash.The rise of unsafe smartphone usage in cars made way for integration systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, the former…

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iPhone 13 Review: The Best Yet!

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies The iPhone 13 doesn’t add many new features, but it does improve on the iPhone 12 in key categories — most notably battery life, power, display, and cameras – to make it one of Apple’s most stunning all-around gadgets.On the surface, it’s difficult to see why Apple didn’t label this phone the iPhone 12S. The design remains virtually unchanged, the specifications aren’t much different, and there aren’t many noteworthy new features. Everything about the iPhone 13 is, however, a little better than before, and some components are noticeably improved. The iPhone 13’s battery life is its defining feature. Previously, iPhones were not known for their long battery life, but we were unable to run the iPhone 13 out of power on any of the days we tested it.When it comes to battery life, Apple has finally…

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Snapchat partners with NBCUniversal to bring famous quotes from ‘The Office’, ‘SNL’ and more

Washington [US]: Snapchatters can now add dozens of popular quotes and audio clips from NBCUniversal movies and TV shows on Snapchat’s Sounds to their Snaps.As per Variety, Snapchat has reached a deal with NBCUniversal that will bring audio clips from hit films and TV shows like ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘The Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Shrek’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL) to the platform. In addition to music, Snapchatters will be able to add audio clips from popular titles in NBCU’s catalogue to their snaps. Users who receive a snap from a friend using the NBCU audio will be given the option to swipe up to view more information about the movie or show, as well as a link to access the title from whichever streaming platform it is available on.The lineup of sounds from NBCU now on Snapchat includes this favourite from…

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Add creative sparkle to your Diwali with Snapchat’s AR lenses, festive filters and more

Washington [US]: Diwali 2021 is just around the corner, and Snapchat is all set to make the celebrations brighter by introducing several new AR lenses, filters, cameos, stickers, games and Bitmojis to usher in the festive spirit.On using Snapchat’s AR-powered lens that activates based on wishes and greetings, your screen will light up with firecrackers promising to elevate your Diwali experience. Adding to the festive mood, Snapchatters will also get to experience a custom Diwali design to Snap Map that will feature lanterns and fireworks.Commenting on the special festive offerings, Durgesh Kaushik, Head of Market Development, Snap Inc., India, said, “‘At Snap, we are focused on localizing the app experience for our Snapchatter community in India. Last year, Indian Snapchatters viewed our Diwali AR experiences over 430M times and this year we have introduced a range of exciting creative tools for our community to…

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Microsoft resurrects Clippy as sticker pack inside Teams

Washington [US]: American tech conglomerate Microsoft is introducing Clippy back to Microsoft Teams as a sticker pack.As per The Verge, a sticker pack will be available in Microsoft Teams soon that includes lots of different versions of the anthropomorphic paperclip. “Yes, it’s true – Clippy has agreed to come out of retirement! Whether you loved him or hated him, Clippy is back with a Retro Sticker Pack in Teams,” explained Microsoft, confirming the return of Clippy to Microsoft Teams.The new retro sticker pack looks a lot like the same stickers that a team of Microsoft employees created for Teams more than two years ago.Microsoft officials were quick to shut down the project, and a source at the time revealed “brand police” inside the company weren’t happy that Clippy had appeared in Microsoft Teams.Clippy started off life in Office 97, offering hints for using Microsoft’s…

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‘iMac Pro’ likely to be released in 2022

Washington [US]: The next-generation iMac, which is currently in the works, could possibly be called the “iMac Pro”.As per Mac Rumors, the device will feature the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro models, and there could possibly be “an added configuration.” Apple is said to be using the “Pro” naming to differentiate the upcoming iMac from the 24-inch iMac that was released earlier this year.As it will use the M1 Pro and Max chips, Apple considers it a “Pro” device and is calling it the iMac Pro internally.As per sources, the iMac will feature a 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion technology, though some prior rumours have indicated that the next-generation iMac will have a larger display.Unlike the 24-inch iMac, the “iMac Pro” will feature dark bezels, and bezel size could be slimmed down.Design-wise, it could look…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE rumoured to be announced at CES 2022

Washington [US]: Rumour has it that South Korean tech conglomerate Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE will launch during next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where generally new products are announced.According to GSM Arena, the event will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2022. This appears to be in line with an older report citing January 11 as a possible announcement date. A tech community has argued that the new report sounds quite plausible since the handset won’t get much competition during the forum. After all, CES is mostly about concept consumer electronics and mobile devices.Samsung’s mythical Galaxy S21 FE should have been released by now, but a string of unfortunate events forced the company to delay the launch of one of the most anticipated Samsung devices.

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