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Top 5 100 cc Commuter Motorcycles

The 100 cc commuter motorcycle segment is one of the most volume rich segments in our market, offering some of the most affordable two-wheelers in our country. There have been quite a few launches in this segment of late but some of the well-established brands have been ruling the segment for quite a while. There nameplates have been the bestsellers over generations and have been making volumes for their respective makers. Here's a list of the top five 100 cc commuter motorcycles in India.



The current Hero HF Dawn was launched in 2018 when it made its BS6 transition. The 97.2cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine was updated to meet the emission norms and it is mated to a four-speed gearbox. The engine puts out 8 bhp and 8 Nm of torque. For the 2018 iteration, Hero has blacked-out almost everything that was either chrome or silver on the previous model, including the engine, wheels, drums, exhaust, leg guard and the fork. The bike also has new simple-looking decals.

The Hero HF Deluxe commands over 60 per cent market share in the 100 cc commuter segment and is offered in both self-start and kick-start variants. The new Hero HF Deluxe gets a fuel injected engine with 'Xsens' technology that offers 9 per cent better fuel efficiency and better acceleration as well. The new engine makes 7.94 bhp at 8,000 rpm and the peak torque rating is of 8.05 Nm at 6,000 rpm


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/top-5-100-cc-commuter-motorcycles-2466394
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SMEV Welcomes Delhi Government's Single Window Process For EV Charger Installation

Range anxiety is one of the major limitations hindering faster adoption of electric vehicles and the imminent solution to that is installation of more EV fast chargers across the nation. The Delhi government took a step in this direction earlier this week and greenlit a hassle free process for installation of electric vehicle chargers in private and semi-public properties. The state government has approved a single window process that will take care of all details, approvals and documentation required for EV charger installation at private houses, housing societies, schools and hospitals among others.



carandbike reached out to stakeholders for their viewpoint on the same, replying to which, Sohinder Gill, Director General, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles ( SMEV) said, "We welcome the move by the Delhi government. This would allow rapid installation of charging stations across the city, thus, remove the issue of range anxiety amongst the citizens."

Speaking on the same, Amitabh Saran - Founder and CEO- Altigreen said, "Startups require quick turnaround times, and abhor long bureaucratic processes. We do understand their need and hence measures like single window processing help us tremendously." ." We also reached out to EV makers like Hyundai India, MG Motor and Tata Motors along with the Society of Indian Auto Manufacturers (SIAM) and are still waiting to hear from them.



Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/smev-welcomes-delhi-government-single-window-process-for-ev-charger-installation-2466364
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Sensex Gains Over 200 Points, Nifty Above 15,700

U.S. technology shares jumped on Thursday on optimism around a speedy economic recovery, although the Fed's hawkish message on monetary policy kept the S&P 500 subdued



The domestic stock markets have opened firm on the last day of the trading week on the back of positive global cues. At 9:20 am, the BSE Sensex was trading at 52,536.06, higher by 205.30 points or 0.36 per cent and the NSE Nifty was at 15,727.30, up 29.89 points or 21 per cent.
Asian markets were mixed in Friday morning trade following an overnight drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wall Street. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.14 per cent while the Topix index slipped 0.55 per cent. South Korea's Kospi traded fractionally higher. The S&P/ASX 200 in Australia advanced 0.17 per cent.

U.S. technology shares jumped on Thursday on optimism around a speedy economic recovery, although the Federal Reserve's unexpectedly hawkish message on monetary policy kept the S&P 500 subdued.

The Dow Jones was down 0.57 per cent, while the S&P 500 was up 0.06 per cent and Nasdaq Composite was up 1.09 per cent.

Meanwhile, crude oil prices fell nearly 2 per cent from their highest level in years on June 17 as the dollar strengthened after the US Federal Reserve signaled it might raise interest rates as soon as 2023.


Source- https://www.ndtv.com/business/stock-market-updates-june-18-2021-sensex-gains-over-200-points-nifty-above-15-700-2466592
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Stocks To Watch: PowerGrid Corporation, Novartis India, Natco Pharma

The domestic stock markets are likely to open in the green as trends on the back of positive global cues. Trends on SGX Nifty indicate a positive opening for the index in India, with a 74-point gain. At 7:30 am, the Nifty futures were trading at 15,767, higher by 74 points or 0.65 per cent, on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
On Thursday, the BSE Sensex ended lower by 178.65 points and Nifty fell 76.10 points.



Stocks to watch in trade in today's session

PowerGrid Corporation

PowerGrid Corporation reported a 6 per cent rise in consolidated net profit to ₹ 3,526.23 crore in the quarter ended March 2021 from ₹ 3,313.47 crore in the same quarter last fiscal, whereas revenues increased to ₹ 10,816.33 crore from ₹ 10,507.65 crore.

Natco Pharma

Natco Pharma's Q4FY21 net profit fell 43.1 per cent to ₹ 53 crore from ₹ 93.2 crore, while revenue declined 27.2 percent to ₹ 331.3 crore from ₹ 454.8 crore on a YoY basis.

Novartis India

Novartis India's net profit rose 43 per cent to ₹ 9.7 crore in the March quarter from ₹ 6.78 crore in the same quarter last year.


Source- https://www.ndtv.com/business/stocks-to-watch-in-trade-in-todays-session-june-18-2021-powergrid-corporation-novartis-india-natco-pharma-2466584
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Yamaha FZ-X Price Expectation

Indian Yamaha will launch the new Yamaha FZ-X retro-styled commuter bike, based on the 150 cc Yamaha FZ series on June 18, 2021. While so far, Yamaha has not specified what the new motorcycle will be, we strongly expect the FZ-X to be the new motorcycle which will be launched later on June 18. We've already seen spy shots of an almost production ready FZ-X being shot for a video commercial in Himachal Pradesh in April 2021. The new Yamaha FZ-X is expected to be priced competitively, without a significant price increment over the Yamaha FZ and FZ-X models. We expect pricing in the range of ₹ 1.15-1.20 lakh (Ex-showroom).



Based on the popular Yamaha FZ FI, the new FZ-X has been undergoing tests in India, and even leaked trademark documents show that the FZ-X will share the 149 cc, single-cylinder engine with the other models in the Yamaha FZ FI range, so it will likely have the same specifications, with maximum power output of 12.4 bhp at 7,250 rpm and 13.3 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. The chassis and cycle parts are expected to be shared with the Yamaha FZ FI as well, so we expect the same single downtube frame with telescopic front suspension and a rear monoshock.

What will be completely different is the design, with the FZ-X adopting a neo-retro look, with an upright riding position. The headlight is round, while fork gaiters and a small engine bash plate gives the bike a hint of neo-retro scrambler touches, to take on the rough. The seat height is tall-ish and the large fuel tank should be convenient for long rides between refills. The changes are largely cosmetic, compared to the Yamaha FZ. More details will be revealed in a few hours.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/yamaha-fz-x-price-expectation-2466569
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Panel To Solve Infighting In Punjab Congress Submits Feedback To Sonia Gandhi: Report

New Delhi: A three-member Congress panel set up to end factionalism in the Punjab Congress submitted its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi today, sources said.



The panel chaired by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and comprising Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and former MP JP Aggarwal suggested accommodating all sections, castes and regions in the revamped party unit.

Though no major changes have been recommended at the top level, sources told news agency Press Trust of India that the panel has said that Navjot Singh Sidhu should be "suitably accommodated" in the revamp.

Sources told Press Trust of India that his name is doing the rounds for elevation as Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.

The panel earlier held deliberations with a number of leaders from the state ahead of next year's assembly elections in the state.


Source- https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/panel-to-help-solve-infighting-in-punjab-congress-submits-report-to-sonia-gandhi-report-2460851
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Honda Files Patents For Clutch-By-Wire System For Motorcycles

Honda seems to be working on a clutch-by-wire system for future motorcycles, which retains the idea of a hydraulically controlled clutch operated via a handlebar-mounted lever, but effectively eliminates any direct physical link between the lever and the clutch. Patent applications filed by Honda reveal such a clutch-by-wire system in detail, describing what the system will be like. In the patent drawings, the clutch lever's position is electronically monitored, and sends information to a hydraulic pressure control unit that in turn engages or disengages the clutch.



The idea is that the clutch lever position is electronically monitored by the position sensor, and the reading is then sent to a hydraulic control unit, which also receives other information including engine speed, throttle position, speed and gear lever movement to make sure that the clutch works seamlessly. And unlike a conventional clutch system, the clutch is always dis-engaged in the resting state, which is unlike current clutch systems which allows the transmission and engine to be connected in its resting state and only disengages them when the clutch lever is pulled. So, the clutch-by-wire system is, in a way, offers the advantage of the engine and transmission to be disconnected, even in case of failure.

While we have learnt to appreciate light clutch lever feel, particularly on bikes with slip-and-assist clutch systems, the clutch-by-wire can offer an even lighter lever action, since there's no physical link between the lever and the clutch. However, Honda feels that purists will want some amount of pressure on the lever, so the patents also show a "reactive force generation device" that acts against the lever, giving the rider the sort of pressure or feedback he or she is used to, on a conventional mechanical clutch.
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Asus ROG Zephyrus S17, Asus Zephyrus M16, Asus TUF Gaming F15, Asus TUF Gaming F17 Laptops Launched in India

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17, Asus Zephyrus M16, Asus TUF Gaming F15, and Asus TUF Gaming F17 gaming laptops have been launched in India, based on the 11th-generation Intel Core H-series processors. The new Asus laptop models come with Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs. There is also fast charging support that is touted to power up the battery from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The laptops also include faster refresh rate. In the new series, the TUF Gaming F15 and TUF Gaming F17 laptops also offer a military-grade build. The ROG Zephyrus S17 and Zephyrus M16, on the other hand, come with a slim profile.



Asus ROG Zephyrus S17, Asus Zephyrus M16, Asus TUF Gaming F15, Asus TUF Gaming F17 price in India
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 price in India starts at Rs. 2,99,990, while the ROG Zephyrus M16 carries a starting price tag of Rs. 1,44,990. Both laptops will go on sale in multiple configurations starting third quarter of 2021. In contrast, Asus TUF Gaming F15 and TUF Gaming F17 will debut at an initial price of Rs. 1,04,990 and Rs. 92,990, respectively. The TUF Gaming F15 will be available for purchase starting tomorrow (June 11) whereas the TUF Gaming F17 will go on sale starting Monday (June 14).

Last month, Asus announced the global debut of the ROG Zephyrus S17 and Zephyrus M16 at its virtual 'For Those Who Dare' event.

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 specifications, features
The Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 laptop features a 17.3-inch display with UHD resolution at 120Hz and QHD at 165Hz configuration options. The laptop is powered by 11th-generation Intel Core i9-11900H processor, along with Nvidia GeForce RTX3080 GPU (16GB GDDR6 dedicated memory) and support for up to 48GB DDR4 SDRAM. There is also up to 2TB of PCIe SSD storage support via a three-drive HyperDrive Ultimate SSD RAID array.

Asus has provided its proprietary AAS Plus cooling system on the ROG Zephyrus S17 that lifts the keyboard to a 5-degree angle to open vents for better airflow. The laptop also has Arc Flow fans that are combined with liquid-metal thermal compound to maintain heat generation.

The laptop includes an optical-mechanical keyboard with 1.9mm of key travel distance and per-key RGB backlighting. Further, there is a configurable multiwheel for easy functioning.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/asus-rog-zephyrus-s17-m16-tuf-gaming-f15-f17-price-in-india-rs-299990-92990-144990-299990-launch-specifications-features-2460902
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BS6 Honda Gold Wing Teased; India Launch Soon

It was in January 2021 that Honda revealed the updated Gold Wing globally. Now, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is all set to launch the updated motorcycle in India soon. In fact, HMSI teased the new motorcycle on its 'BigWing' social media handles. BigWing is Honda's chain of dealerships catering to premium motorcycles from the brand. Honda's flagship cruiser motorcycle, the 2021 Gold Wing was introduced with four variants and received updates for rider and pillion comfort as well.



Honda already sells the 2021 Gold Wing in other markets globally and the motorcycle uses the same engine as before, which is a 1,833 cc, liquid-cooled flat-six motor, which makes 125 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 170 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. The Gold Wing is available in the choice of a 6-speed manual transmission, with an electric reverse gear, or a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox, with a reverse gear. Of course, the engine will be BS6 compliant. The cruiser motorcycle continues to get four riding modes which are sport, rain, tour and eco.

The changes for 2021 include improved speakers, as well as more pillion comfort for the Gold Wing Tour variant. The standard model is available in a new colour, called Pearl Deep Mud Grey, and the top-spec Tour edition is available in Gunmetal Black Metallic and Candy Ardent Red for the DCT Tour variant. The Gold Wing Tour also gets Android Auto, along with Apple CarPlay. The 2021 Honda Gold Wing with manual transmission has a kerb weight of 366 kg, while the DCT variant has a kerb weight of 367 kg.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/bs6-honda-gold-wing-teased-india-launch-soon-2460729
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Realme Book, Realme Pad Images Leaked Ahead of Expected June 15 Global Launch

Realme Book laptop and Realme Pad tablet will be the two new upcoming products from the company, as per leaked images. Realme recently teased a laptop and a tablet, both of which will be the company's first in their respective categories. The leaked images not only hint at the names of the products but also show their design. The Realme Book images are reportedly of a prototype device and Realme Pad seems to have an iPad-like design. It is speculated that the two products will be launched during the Realme GT 5G smartphone's global launch this month.



As per the leaked images obtained by Android Authority, Realme is expected to soon launch a laptop called Realme Book and a tablet called the Realme Pad. Yesterday, Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teased an upcoming laptop and company CMO Francis Wong teased a tablet. Now, images for both devices have surfaced, showing the design of Realme Book and giving a glimpse of Realme Pad

Starting with the laptop, the teaser shared by Sheth suggested that the laptop has been inspired by the MacBook design and it seems like the name has as well. Realme may call its laptop Realme Book which, as per the report, will have an aluminium body and a 3:2 aspect ratio display. The images show what seem to be speaker grilles at the bottom with holes for ventilation. There are slim bezels surrounding the screen and a Realme logo on the top. The report states this is a prototype of the Realme Book so it should be noted that the final product may not be exactly represented here.

Coming to Realme Pad, company CMO Francis Wong asked fans on Twitter what the new Realme tablet should be called -- Realme Pad or Realme Tab. At the time of writing, Realme Tab received the majority of votes at 50.6 percent but it seems like the company prefers Realme Pad. But that might change when the actual launch takes place. There is only one image for Realme Pad and it shows the side profile of a slim tablet with sharp edges reminiscent of the iPad Pro, as well as a small bump from the camera module.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/realme-book-pad-laptop-tablet-images-leak-expected-launch-date-june-15-global-unveiling-gt-2460737
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Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X Earphones With LED Lights, Low-Latency Gaming Mode Launched

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X earphones with embedded LED lights and a low-latency mode for gaming have been launched in the UK. The LEDs light Razer's signature three-headed snake logo. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X is a more affordable offering from the brand compared to the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro and Hammerhead True Wireless headphones. As the name suggests, these wireless headphones are of the true wireless stereo (TWS) category. The Razer TWS earphones are now listed on Razer's website in the UK.



Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X price, availability
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X gaming earphones are priced at GBP 69.99 (roughly Rs. 7,200) and are currently available for purchase via Razer's UK website. But there is no information about if they will be available in other regions including India. The TWS earbuds come in a single Black colour option with green highlights. Razer is offering customers in the UK up to two years of warranty on the TWS headphones.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X specifications
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X earphones feature custom-tuned 13mm drivers that have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. These have omnidirectional microphones, touch controls, and Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity with Google Fast Pair support. The TWS earbuds are compatible with any device with Bluetooth audio capability and its smartphone app -- that can be used to customise the equaliser, remap touch controls and more -- is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

The TWS earbuds have a standalone runtime of up to 6 hours with the LED lights switched on and come with the same charging case as the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro. The case can charge the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless X fully thrice, which adds up a battery life of 24 hours. However, the Hammerhead True Wireless X doesn't have active noise cancellation (ANC) that is being offered on its Pro variant.

Users can activate/ deactivate the 60ms low latency gaming mode in two ways --  through the supporting app provided by Razer or by tapping the touch control on the earbud thrice and holding the third tap for 2 seconds.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/audio/news/razer-hammerhead-true-wireless-x-price-gbp-69-99-specifications-features-led-lighting-low-latency-gaming-mode-2460773
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Vivo Y73 With MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, Triple Rear Cameras Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Vivo Y73 has launched in India as an affordable 4G smartphone from the Chinese brand. It is offered in a single RAM and storage configuration and two colour options to choose from. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek SoC and packs a triple rear camera setup. In terms of design, there is a display notch for the selfie camera, slim bezels on the side and a thicker chin. Vivo Y73 is a slim phone with just 7.38mm of thickness and is also lightweight.



Vivo Y73 price in India, availability, sale offers
Vivo Y73 is priced at Rs. 20,990 for the sole 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The phone is offered in Diamond Flare and Roman Black colours. It will be available for purchase via Vivo India online store, Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, Tata Cliq, Bajaj EMI Store, and offline partner retail stores. As of now, only Flipkart and Vivo India store have the phone listed for sale.

Vivo India store is offering a flat Rs. 500 cashback on HDFC Bank debit and credit EMI transactions. There are no-cost EMI options with Bajaj Finserv as well. Flipkart, on the other hand, is offering a 5 percent unlimited cashback for transactions using a Flipkart Axis Bank credit card.

Vivo Y73 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo Y73 runs Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11. It features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a notch for the selfie camera. The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 SoC and comes with 8GB of RAM along with a 3GB extended RAM feature that uses extra storage space to boost the phone's performance. Vivo says this extended RAM technology can use 3GB of external memory to keep up to 20 apps open in memory at the same time. You get 128GB of onboard storage with the phone that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 1TB).

For optics, Vivo Y73 packs a triple rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 lens. At the front, the phone carries a 16-megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calls.

Connectivity options on the Vivo Y73 include 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth v5, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port for charging. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, e-compass, and gyroscope. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner as well. Vivo has packed a 4,000mAh battery in the phone that supports 33W fast charging. In terms of dimensions, the Vivo Y73 measures 161.24x74.37x7.38mm and weighs 170 grams.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/vivo-y73-price-in-india-rs-20990-launch-sale-date-june-10-specifications-mediatek-helio-g95-soc-2460779
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2021 Skoda Octavia Launched In India; Prices Start At ₹ 25.99 Lakh

Skoda has launched the new fourth-generation Octavia in India at a starting price of ₹ 25.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and is offering it in two variants - the base Style trim and the range topping Laurin & Klement (L&K) variant which is priced at ₹ 28.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Skoda Octavia has always been a segment leader in the executive sedan segment, managing a very fine balance between comfort and driving experience. We recently drove the 2021 Skoda Octavia and it continues to be a car that is put together very well, set to give a tough competition to the Hyundai Elantra which is its only rival in the market for now.



The Skoda Octavia has evolved gracefully over generations without actually losing its original design. The new generation model is a step-up over the outgoing one but it's still easily identifiable as an Octavia, again courtesy its profile silhouette.

The rear too looks sharper with sleeker wraparound taillights and angular character lines, and of course there is the new wide Skoda lettering seen on all new models from the Czech carmaker. The new Octavia is longer by 20 mm and wider by 19 mm, while the height remains unchanged. The wheelbase stands at 2680 mm which is 2 mm shorter than the outgoing model.

It's the cabin of the 2021 Skoda Octavia that looks more new and premium to look at compared to its predecessor and more than the design, it's the finesse and quality of materials add to its appeal. Black and beige dual-tone colour theme continues to dominate the cabin and seats are draped in suede leather. Skoda has also used wood inlays, suede leather and brushed chrome very minimally and tastefully across the cabin. Like other carmakers, standalone tablet touchscreen infotainment system has caught Skoda's fancy as well and it takes centre stage on the Octavia. The dashboard is all new too and air-con vents on the central console have moved down with switch knobs placed atop and there's the new touch sensitive bar to operate volume levels of the stereo. Then, it also gets a new two-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel. One of the biggest strengths of this notchback has been its boot space measuring at 600 litres with all seats up and can be extended to a cavernous 1555 litres by flip folding the second-row seats.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/2021-skoda-octavia-launched-in-india-prices-start-at-rs-25-99-lakh-2460346
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Tata Nexon Achieves New Production Milestone With The Roll Out Of 2,00,000th Unit

Home-grown automaker Tata Motors has announced rolling out the 2,00,000th Nexon subcompact SUV from its Ranjangaon facility, near Pune, Maharashtra. The company claims that it was able to achieve this production milestone while adhering to Covid 19 safety protocols and hygiene norms. Interestingly, it was just in November 2020 that the company rolled out the 1,50,000th Tata Nexon, from the same production facility, which means that the remaining 50,000 units were produced in just the last six months, despite the supply and production limitations caused by the pandemic.



The Nexon was the first model from Tata Motors, and the first car in India to receive a 5-star safety rating from the Global NCAP. And since then the SUV has become quite popular among Indian buyers. Right now, it's one of the best-selling models from Tata Motors and accounts for an average monthly sale of 6000 to 7000 units. In fact, in March 2021, the Nexon achieved a record monthly sale of 8,683 units, further strengthening the Company's position in the compact SUV segment. In May 2021, the Tata Nexon was the second best-selling sub-4-metre SUV at 6,439 units, right behind the Kia Sonet which accounted for 6,627 units.

Initially launched in 2017, Tata Motors introduced the facelifted Nexon in early 2020, and currently, it is offered in 20 different variants - 12 variants in petrol and 8 variants in diesel - with automatic and manual transmission options. The SUV also comes with a range of premium and smart features like projector headlamps, LED DRLs, dual-tone alloy wheels, LED taillamp, sunroof and more. The cabin too is specious and gets features like a touchscreen infotainment system with iRA connected car tech, rear parking camera, flat-bottom multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, rear AC vents and much more.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/tata-nexon-achieves-new-production-milestone-with-the-roll-out-of-2-00-000th-unit-2460763
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Apple Podcasts Subscription Service Launch Date Set for June 15 Globally: Report

After some delay, Apple Podcasts announced that it's launching in-app subscriptions next week.



As per The Verge, the global launch of subscriptions and channels, which are groups of shows, will happen on June 15, the company said today in an email to podcasters.

Apple first debuted in-app subscriptions in April with a launch planned for May. It then emailed creators to tell them the feature launch would be pushed to June to "ensure we are delivering the best experience for creators and listeners," likely because of issues the company introduced with a recent backend update.

Through the feature, listeners can subscribe to certain shows or networks for early access and ad-free content, among other perks.

Beyond this rollout being delayed, podcasters have complained that Apple's latest Podcasts update, made in preparation for the subscription offerings, completely bonked the system.

Podnews reported two weeks ago that multiple creators experienced a range of issues, including their episodes being delayed, their analytics breaking, and artwork going missing.

Apple's big idea is that putting a subscribe button in the podcast app could draw more premium listeners to various services, like Luminary and Wondery Plus. Those groups have had to get over the hurdle of making people subscribe in an app separate from their usual listening platform.

Meanwhile, Spotify announced and launched its plan for subscription podcasts in the time since Apple debuted its product and delayed the release.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/entertainment/news/apple-podcast-subscription-launch-date-june-15-global-verge-2460805
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Google's Fuchsia OS debuts on the original Nest Hub

More than four years since it was outed, Google is finally releasing its Fuchsia operating system to the public. The software -- once tipped as an Android replacement -- is currently rolling out to the first-generation Nest Hub as part of an update that owners may not even notice, according to 9to5Google. Though a smart screen from 2018 may not seem like the most auspicious device for Fuchsia's launch, Google is probably taking a prudent approach.



As such, it helps that the Nest Hub isn't overly complicated, with minor visuals built atop Google's Assistant. The device is also powered by Flutter, an open-source app development framework that allows developers to easily bring apps to multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux and the web. Therefore, Google should easily be able to swap in Fuchsia for the Hub's existing CastOS.

As 9to5Google reports, the update for the Nest Hub will be phased over the coming months, beginning with those in the Preview Program, before becoming more widely available. While the smart screen's functionality will likely remain unchanged, testing Fuchsia on a public-facing device should help Google to further tinker with the software ahead of any broader rollout.

At its peak, the hype around Fuchsia had it billed for phones and PCs, with Google's internal tests on mobiles and Chromebooks adding fuel to the fire. But, the noise has died down since then. The last we heard, Google was seeking technical input from the public on the open-source project.


Source-https://www.engadget.com/google-fuchsia-debuts-nest-hub-092348144.html
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Apple's iPad Air tablets are at all-time lows at Amazon

Apple's 2020 iPad Air models are pricier than their predecessors, so you may want to check out their Amazon listings if you've been waiting for a good deal before getting one. The latest 64GB and 256GB cellular models are at all-time low prices on the website, while the 64GB WiFi version is also on sale with a huge discount. You can get the 64GB cellular iPad Air in any of its five colors for $680, down $49 from its original price of $729. If you need a tablet with a bigger storage capacity, you can also get the 256GB iPad Air with cellular connectivity in any color for $830 or $49 less than its original price of $879.



Apple had sold both models at a discount in the past, but these prices are the lowest we've seen for them on the retailer. Meanwhile, if you don't really need cellular connectivity, you can choose to get the WiFi-only version of the 64GB iPad Air instead. It's currently priced at $550, which is $10 higher than its lowest price in February but is still $49 less than its original price. And, yes, the discount applies to all the model's available colors.

We gave the 2020 iPad Air models a score of 90 in our review, praising it for its looks that resemble the iPad Pro's with its nearly edge-to-edge screen and no home button. It also has a USB-C port and a display (10.9 inches) that's slightly larger than its predecessor's (10.5 inches). The device ran quickly and smoothly during our tests, and it exhibited impressive WiFi speeds thanks to WiFi 6 support. Its LTE speeds were 60 percent faster, as well, and it delivered solid battery life. That it supports the second-generation Apple Pencil is a huge plus. We came to the conclusion that the latest iPad Air is the best tablet for most people, and it's even better now that you can get one at a discount.


Source-https://www.engadget.com/apple-ipad-air-all-time-lows-amazon-121655001.html
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Sony adds four new models to its portable wireless speaker lineup

Sony has been keen on refreshing its portable wireless speaker lineup each spring, and this year is no different. Today, the company revealed four new models ranging from the ultra compact and easily packable up to larger karaoke-ready party machines. Depending on your needs, the company should have something to keep the music going at your outdoor -- or perhaps indoor -- gatherings this summer.



First up is the SRS-XB13. This tiny speaker is a compact in every way, with an overall design we've seen from Sony before. It's around three and half inches tall, shorter than a 12-ounce drink can, and about three inches wide. The short cylinder is equipped with Sony's Extra Bass for "crisp punchy bass and powerful sound." The XB13 also has a Sound Diffusion Processor the company provides "rich dynamic sound" even in a tiny speaker like this one. The device is IP67 rated dust and waterproof with a UV coating for extra outdoor protection. You can use the XB13 for hands-free calls and employ two of them at once for a stereo pair. Lastly, 16 hours of battery life will keep the music and podcasts going for a while. The SRS-XB13 will be available in June for $59.99.

Sony also has three new models in its X-series of speakers that offer more power, lights and instrument inputs for more entertainment options. If you're looking for a true party machine, the SRS-XP500 and SRS-XP700 offer a variety of features for such use. Both have customizable LED lighting, are IPX4 water resistant and have a handy phone/tablet holder for the DJ's device. The two models also pack in Sony's square-shaped X-Balance speaker units for "powerful bass" and "less distortion" with the ability to active a Mega Bass setting should the festivities require it. Both the XP500 and the XP700 offer two 1/4-inch microphone or instrument inputs with independent volume controls and support Sony's Party Mode for syncing multiple devices in one setup. Dual USB ports allow you to charge devices or play stored music over a wired connection.

There are a few key differences between the SRS-XP500 and the SRS-XP700. Both can be positioned upright or on their sides, but on the XP700, the speakers will automatically reconfigure themselves based on how the unit is sitting. The XP700 has an additional rear-firing tweeter to help spread sound in larger environments. Another main difference is battery life. Sony says the XP500 can last up to 20 hours on a charge while the XP700 can keep the tunes going for up to 25 hours. There's a quick charge feature on both that will give you 80 minutes (XP500) and 3 hours (XP700) of use after plugging in for 10 minutes. The last place the two speakers vary is price: the XP500 is $349.99 and the XP700 is $449.99. Both models are scheduled to go on sale next month.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/sony-portable-wireless-speakers-spring-2021-140023128.html
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Anker's second-gen GaN chargers are smaller and more efficient

Three years after releasing its first gallium nitride (GaN) charger, Anker has revealed its second-gen models. The GaN Nano II lineup is more efficient, smaller and better at regulating temperatures than the first wave of devices, according to Anker. The company says it did so by upgrading the chips and internal layout.



Anker has built 30W, 45W and 65W chargers with the same form factor. Each has a USB-C port and Anker's PowerIQ 3.0 tech, which intelligently allocates optimal wattage to whichever device is plugged in, the company said.

In the first-generation chargers, only certain components were made with GaN rather than silicon. The upgraded models have increased the working frequency by more than 20 percent, according to Anker. That makes the chargers more efficient, as they generate less heat when converting AC to DC. They're smaller than the previous devices too.

The 30W model is 59 percent more compact than an original 30W charger. Anker says it charges iPhones three times faster than the standard 5W charger. It supports Samsung Super Fast Charging, full-speed MacBook Air charging and other devices, including recent iPads (2018 and later) and Nintendo Switch.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/anker-gan-nano-ii-chargers-smaller-more-efficient-160045592.html
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Qualcomm refreshed its Snapdragon 7c chip for PCs and Chromebooks

In late 2019, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, a pair of affordable chips for always-on Windows 10 PCs and Chromebooks. Today, the company is updating the latter of those two SoCs to improve performance. The Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 features a Kyro CPU that can achieve clock speeds of up to 2.55GHz. The company claims it delivers 10 percent faster performance than "most competing platforms." Qualcomm likely has processors from Intel's Gemini Lake family in mind here. The company also claims the 7c Gen 2 can deliver up to two times the battery life of its competitors.



Outside of the faster CPU, the 7c Gen 2 is more or less the same chip Qualcomm announced in 2019. It features an Adreno 618 GPU and Snapdragon X15 LTE modem. The latter allows the 7c Gen 2 to hit theoretical download speeds of 800 Mbps. As with its predecessor, the chip is designed for education and price-conscious customers. According to Qualcomm, we can expect the first Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 laptops to arrive this summer, with the first models coming from Lenovo.

A new chip isn't the only announcement Qualcomm had to share today. Working with Microsoft, the company has made a Snapdragon Developer Kit for Windows 10. As Anandtech points out, we don't see Windows development kits almost ever, but this is a move that makes a lot of sense. App compatibility has been a nagging issue with the Windows for ARM platform.

We don't have too many other details on the device, but Qualcomm promised to share more information at Microsoft's Build developer conference later this week. The device looks similar to the A12Z-equipped Mac minis Apple provided to developers to help them optimize their apps for its new M1 chip. From the photos the company sent over, you can see that it includes a USB-A slot, SD card reader and what looks like a slot for a SIM. Based on the timing of today's announcement and the fact Qualcomm says the developer kit provides "an affordable alternative to other consumer and commercial devices," it wouldn't be a surprise if it came with a 7c Gen 2 processor.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/qualcomm-snapdragon-7c-gen-2-165508430.html
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Microsoft turns Surface Duo's second screen into a 'gamepad' for Xbox Cloud Gaming

Microsoft has introduced mobile-friendly touch controls to more than 50 Xbox Game Pass titles since launching the feature on Minecraft Dungeons last September. Touchscreen optimized games -- like Grand Theft Auto V, Sea of Thieves and Gears 5, among others -- already offer customizations, including the ability to move the controls so they don't get in your way. Now, Microsoft is adding a virtual controller for Xbox Game Pass to its Surface Duo dual-screen tablet.



The update works when you use the device like a laptop in landscape orientation, or "Compose Mode" as Microsoft dubs it. This half-folded setup will display the Xbox Game Pass title you're playing on the top screen and the touchscreen controls on the bottom.

While it sounds like a useful update for mobile gamers, we'll have to try it out to see how it works in real life. Testing out the Surface Duo, Engadget's Cherlynn Low said the software had some issues making the most of the screen space in Compose Mode, with apps jumping around and keyboard inputs not registering. But, Microsoft may have fixed that with updates, paving the way for its cloud gaming makeover.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-surface-duo-gamepad-xbox-cloud-150042077.html
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Dolby Vision support is coming to the Apple TV Xbox app

A couple of Xbox entertainment apps are getting upgrades this week, including Apple TV. You can watch shows and movies with richer visuals if you have a Dolby Vision-compatible display and an Xbox Series X/S.



If you activate Dolby Vision on both devices (go to Settings, then General, TV & display options and Video Modes to do so on Xbox) and you're an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can watch Ted Lasso and Mythic Quest with a wider range of colors and deeper blacks. You'll see a Dolby Vision logo on a show or movie's description page if that title and your setup supports it. The update follows Microsoft recently expanding its Dolby Vision HDR gaming test on Series X/S.

Meanwhile, video podcasts are available on the Xbox Spotify app. All you need to do is hit the play button on the likes of The Misfits. You can play the videos in the background or keep the podcasts running while you play games. There's also the option to control playback on Xbox using the Spotify app on a phone or tablet.

Microsoft says more entertainment apps are coming to Xbox this summer. They'll join recent additions like Discovery+, Paramount+ and IMDb TV.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/xbox-dolby-vision-apple-tv-spotify-video-podcasts-162517882.html
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Hyundai's 300-mile Ioniq 5 crossover EV is officially coming to the US

Hyundai has been slowly dropping clues about the capabilities of its upcoming 2022 Ioniq 5, the first EV built on the company's new E-GMP vehicle platform, since its initial teasing at the Frankfurt Auto show last August. But the time for hints has passed as the Ioniq 5 made its official North American debut on Monday.



We've already gotten a pretty good look at what will be under the Ioniq 5's hood when it reaches dealer showrooms: a 72.6-kWh (or optional 77.4-kWh) battery drives either single (2WD) or dual (4WD) e-motors to deliver up to 300 miles of range, 320 horsepower, 446 pound-feet of torque, 1,500-pound tow capacity and a 0 to 60 MPH in under 5 seconds, depending on your vehicle's loadout.

Its 800V electrical architecture allows it to charge at up to 350 kW meaning it can fill from 10 percent to 80 in 18 minutes or add 62 miles of range in just 5 minutes. A level 2 charger will do the job in 6 hours and 43 minutes. As an incentive to prospective buyers, Hyundai is offering unlimited free 30-minute charges on Electrify America's 600-station network for the first two years of Ioniq 5 ownership.

The Ioniq 5 will also be the first EV to offer Hyundai's new windshield-based AR HUD. The Kona EV that we reviewed back in the pre-COVID beforetimes featured a slick pop-up HUD that emerged from the steering column when in use. This new one instead projects information -- navigation instructions, ADAS warnings, and even an unobstructed 360 degree view of the vehicle's exterior out to 4 feet -- directly onto the windshield itself.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/hyundais-300-mile-ioniq-5-crossover-ev-makes-its-official-north-american-debut-190054008.html
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Russia orders Google to delete 'illegal' content or face slowdowns

Google faces an ultimatum in Russia. Per Reuters, the country's Roskomnadzor internet commission gave the company 24 hours to delete more than 26,000 instances of what it's classifying as illegal content. If Google doesn't comply with the order, it could face fines valued at up to 10 percent of its annual revenue, in addition to seeing its services slowed down within the country. The agency has also accused Google of censoring Russian media outlets, including state-owned entities like RT and Sputnik.



"This censorship of Russian media and the targeted support for illegal protest activity actually speak to the political coloring of Google's activities in Russia," the agency said.

This isn't the first time Russia has threatened action like this against a Western tech company. In March, the country throttled Twitter for not removing banned content quickly enough. Before the company complied with the order, Roskomnadzor threatened to block the platform entirely. At the time, the agency said it could implement similar sanctions on Facebook, Google and YouTube for many of the same reasons. It's unclear if Google will comply with the order as Twitter did. Court documents seen by Reuters show the company sued Roskomnadzor over 12 YouTube videos the agency ordered it to delist. Those clips involve prominent Putin critic Alexei Navalny. Navalny and his supporters have frequently used YouTube to accuse President Putin of corruption and call for protests against the Kremlin. We've reached out to Google for comment.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/russia-google-24-hour-order-185919787.html
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Google Photos will help you delete blurry pictures and screenshots

Google announced back in December it will no longer offer free unlimited backups of photos and videos in Google Photos as of June 1st. After that date, "high quality" media you upload will count towards the 15GB cap that's shared with Gmail and Google Workspace on standard Google Accounts. Aligned with that move, Google is making a few more changes to Photos.



Starting today, you'll see a tool in the Photos app that's designed to help you manage media that counts toward your overall storage quota. The storage management option flags certain things that you might not want to keep on Google Photos, such as large videos, screenshots and blurry photos.

Many users will also see an estimate of how long their free Google Account storage will last. It considers how frequently you back up your files to your account. Google might not provide an estimate if you haven't uploaded a ton of photos and videos to Photos, if you're getting close to the storage limit or if you're using an account provided by an organization or group (such as work, school or family). Google believes that over 80 percent of users will be able to back up high quality photos and videos for another three years with their free 15GB of storage.

Elsewhere, Google is renaming the high quality storage tier to "storage saver," and it will roll out that change soon. You'll be able to back up your images using the storage saver option or at the same resolution you took them with ("original quality"). Google says it's making this change so that storage options in Photos will be easier to understand.

If you run out of free storage and want to upload more photos, you'll either need to clear out some room or take out a paid Google One storage plan. Google will notify you in the Photos app and by email when you're getting close to the limit. However, you can upload as many high quality photos and videos as you like until that date without them counting against your cap. They'll continue to be exempt from your account's storage limit.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-photos-unlimited-storage-high-quality-blurry-pictures-screenshots-191458720.html
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Apple releases iOS 14.6 with support for paid podcast subscriptions

Apple has started rolling out iOS 14.6 to regular iPhone users. The update's headline feature is support for paid Apple Podcasts subscriptions. Starting today, you'll see some of your audio shows offer perks like ad-free episodes when you agree to support them financially.



With today's update Apple has also added support for Apple Card Family. That's another feature the company announced at its recent Spring Forward event. In short, it allows you to take advantage of Apple's Family Sharing feature with your Apple Card. Up to five other people can use your card, and you also get access to features like family expense tracking and optional limits. Those you invite to your group can be as young as 13 -- though any co-owner must be older than 18.

If you decided to pick up AirTags, iOS 14.6 adds an option to Lost Mode so that you can add an email instead of a phone number. When tapped with an NFC-capable device, the tracker will also now also show the partially obscured phone number of its owner. As with other iOS updates, you can look forward to the usual bug fixes and improvements. In case of iOS 14.6, Apple says this release will fix an issue with startup performance on some iPhones, as well as a bug that could sometimes cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect when on a call.     

In addition to iOS 14.6, Apple released macOS 11.4 and watchOS 7.5 to the public as well. The former adds expanded GPU support for AMD RDNA2 video cards, including the 6800, 6800XT and 6900XT. As with iOS 14.6, there's also support for paid subscriptions in Apple Podcasts. Meanwhile, the highlight of watchOS 7.5 is that Apple's ECG app now works in Malaysia and Peru. 

As always, you can prompt your iOS device to manually the update by opening the Setting app on your iPhone and tapping "Software Update," which is found under the "General" section of the menu.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-releases-ios-14-6-174420200.html
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iFixit looks inside Apple's new 24-inch iMac

It's been years since the folks at iFixit have had a new iMac to tear apart but now they've attacked Apple's just-released 24-inch model. When you compare it to 2014's 5K iMac design the thing that jumps out is how little space the computer parts take up. Apple's M1 chip, associated hardware, RAM and everything else is stuffed into a narrow logic board that fits entirely within the new desktop's chin.



An X-ray shot reveals that while it hides its antennas inside the Apple logo, they aren't shaped like an apple this time. It doesn't look like there's any hidden RAM or SSD expansion slots hiding in there, although we weren't expecting to be able to upgrade the hardware in these machines. iFixit's teardown is still ongoing, so take a look now and then check back to find out what exactly those metal shields are, or how TouchID works in a wireless keyboard accessory.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/m1-imac-teardown-024148378.html
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Top 7 Cars Offered With Maximum Discounts In May 2021

In a bid to attract new buyers, automakers have been frequently offering lucrative discounts on select models. As for May 2021, carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hyundai India, Mahindra, Nissan, among others have announced huge benefits on their select cars, ranging up to ₹ 3.01 lakh. These benefits include cash discounts, exchange bonus, corporate offer and other benefits that can be availed till May 31, 2021. To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the top seven cars available with maximum discounts this month.



Mahindra's flagship SUV has been listed on the official website with a maximum discount of up to ₹ 3.01 lakh. Interested buyers can purchase the Alturas G4 SUV will a cash discount of up to ₹ 2.2 lakh. There's also an exchange bonus and corporate offer on the full-size SUV of up to ₹ 50,000 and ₹ 11,500, respectively. The company is also providing other benefits of up to ₹ 20,000 on the SUV this month. The SUV is priced in the range of ₹ 28.74 lakh to ₹ 31.74 lakh (ex-showroom).

Hyundai is offering lucrative discounts on select models this May which includes Santro, i20, Aura and Grand i10. Among all these cars, the Kona electric SUV is listed with a maximum discount of ₹ 1.5 lakh. The South Korean carmaker is offering the EV with a total discount of up to ₹ 1.5 lakh. There's no exchange bonus or corporate discount on the Kona EV. It is priced at ₹ 23.77 lakh, while the dual-tone model costs ₹ 23.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

3. Mahindra XUV500
Mahindra is expected to launch the replacement of the XUV500 in India in the coming months. The Indian automaker aims to clear the existing stocks of the vehicle by offering lucrative discounts. Buyers interested in purchasing the XUV500 can avail of a total discount of ₹ 98,100. It includes a cash offer of ₹ 51,600, an exchange bonus of ₹ 25,000, and a corporate bonus of ₹ 6,500, respectively. It is also listed with other offers worth ₹ 15,000. The prices of the XUV500 start from ₹ 15.53 lakh, going up to ₹ 20.04 lakh (ex-showroom).


SOURCE - https://www.carandbike.com/news/top-7-cars-offered-with-maximum-discounts-this-may-2447799?pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories
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Sensex Gains Over 200 Points; SBI Top Gainer Post March Quarter Results

The domestic stock markets have opened in the green, building on the nearly 2 per cent rally witnessed on Friday as the nationwide decline in Covid cases has raised hopes of gradual unlocking by the state governments. At 9:19 am, the BSE Sensex was trading at 50,764.25, higher by 220.87 points or 0.42 per cent and the NSE Nifty was at 15,223.50, up 49.50 points or 0.33 per cent. SBI is in focus on the back of stellar March quarter numbers reported on Friday.



The broader markets are also trading firm, with the BSE Midcap index gaining 0.5 per cent and the BSE Smallcap index adding 0.8 per cent in early trading.

Asian shares got off to a cautious start on Monday as investors anxiously awaited a key read on U.S. inflation this week for guidance on monetary policy, while Bitcoin took a hammering after China cracked down on mining and trading of the cryptocurrency.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was barely changed in slow trade. Japan's Nikkei added 0.1 per cent and South Korea was flat.

US stocks ended mostly lower on Friday, weighed down by technology and consumer discretionary shares, while the dollar edged higher after stronger-than-expected US manufacturing data.

The Dow Jones rose 0.36 per cent, whereas the S&P 500 lost 0.08 per cent and Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.48 per cent.

On the earnings front, Grasim Industries, India Cements, JK Paper and Mahanagar Gas will declare their Q4 numbers during the day.

On the stock-specific front, SBI is the top gainer among Sensex stocks; the shares of India's largest lender have gained more than 2 per cent at ₹ 411.50, extending the 3 per cent gains witnessed post the March quarter results on Friday. SBI had reported a 80 per cent rise in net profit to ₹ 6,451 crore in the quarter ended March 2021 compared with ₹ 3,581 crore during the same period last year on the back of a decline in provisions for bad loans an annual basis.


SOURCE -  https://www.ndtv.com/business/stock-market-updates-may-24-2021-sensex-gains-over-200-points-nifty-above-15-200-2448139

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PM Joins BJP-RSS Huddle Over Covid Impact On Uttar Pradesh Polls: Sources

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were part of a meeting last evening of the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to discuss the impact of the Covid crisis on the image of the party and its fallout on state polls next year, sources say.



The meeting held in Delhi may result in important decisions on the organization and the government in an attempt to undo damage before the BJP faces elections next year in states including Uttar Pradesh, the sources have said.

BJP chief JP Nadda, RSS leader Dattatreya Hosbole and Uttar Pradesh's organizational in-charge Sunil Bansal were also in the meeting, which reflects deep worry "at the highest level" of the BJP and the RSS over the impact of the pandemic on public perceptions.

The ruling party is concerned about fierce criticism directed at PM Modi and the government over the deadly second surge of Covid, which caught the country off guard and exposed the ill-preparedness of its health system, with oxygen, medicines, hospitals beds and vaccines falling short.

Uttar Pradesh is among the worst-hit states, where bodies floating in the Ganga became a defining image in the Covid death spiral. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government faced questions on its handling of Covid and whether its figures on testing and cases were transparent.

India's most populous state sends the most number of BJP MPs to parliament and it is critical for the party to retain power in UP. A part of the BJP's nervousness is linked to its recent disappointment in Bengal, where all its resources, top leaders and enviable poll machinery failed to stop Mamata Banerjee's third straight victory.   

The BJP, smarting from criticism that its leaders were seen to be MIA at the height of the second surge, has urged its workers to dedicate themselves to serve and visibly so.

In a letter to all BJP-ruled states on the weekend, Mr Nadda said all functions to mark seven years of the Narendra Modi government must be avoided on May 30. "Party workers should dedicate themselves in the service of the society," he wrote, and said people must be thanked for giving the BJP a chance to serve for seven years.


Source- https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-prime-minister-narendra-modi-at-bjp-rss-meet-to-discuss-covid-fallout-on-image-polls-sources-2448145
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Komaki Announces New Battery Tech For Its Electric Scooters With A Range of 220 Km

Homegrown electric two-wheeler maker, Komaki, has announced its new lithium-ion battery pack that promises a range of 220 km on a single charge. The new battery has been developed in-house and will be used to power three electric scooters in the company's line-up including the Komaki XGT-KM, the X-One and the XGT-X4. The manufacturer says prices for these scooters will begin from ₹ 85,000 (ex-showroom) and will be available at the company's dealerships from June 1, 2021. The manufacturer is currently waiting for patent approval on the new battery technology.



Speaking on the development of the new battery, Gunjan Malhotra, Director, Komaki Electric Division, said, "This newest battery technology stands as a testament to Komaki's commitment towards pursuing its vision of creating a clean and green India. All Komaki models and technology undergo stringent quality checks to ensure that the consumer is guaranteed a robust build and stellar riding experience. We strive for top-of-the-line quality and make sure it is delivered."

The new lithium-ion battery pack will be manufactured in-house. Furthermore, the company says it is developing a new and improved grade of lithium cells in the construction of batteries that will be extremely lightweight and capable of fast charging as well, as compared to the current batteries used in EVs.

The battery has a charging time of 4-5 hours and provides a mileage of 170-220 kilometres (latter in the Eco mode). The electric scooters will also come with regenerative braking technology, which further helps boost the range by a small margin. Komaki says the long-range battery should ease range anxiety concerns for many as the EV charging infrastructure "will take at least five years to fully develop in India."

Furthermore, the new Komaki advanced battery will come with a three-year warranty (2 years free + 1-year service warranty). The company also claims that it is developing a new battery system for the Komaki X4 smart scooter that will offer a range of 350-400 km on a single charge.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/komaki-announces-new-battery-tech-for-its-electric-scooters-with-a-range-of-220-km-2447923
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BMW Definition CE 04 Concept Based Electric Scooter Spotted Testing For The First Time

BMW Motorrad's first all-electric offering on two wheels just might be an electric scooter. Based on the BMW Definition CE 04 Concept that was unveiled in November 2020 at EICMA, a near-production version of the electric vehicle was spied recently for the first time, and the spy images reveal a great deal about what we can come to expect from the radical-looking maxi-scooter.



The production version of the BMW Definition CE 04 electric maxi-scooter looks identical to the concept with the manufacturer retailing all of the distinctive bits. The massive front apron with angular lines and deep creases with a V-shaped headlamp looks sharp and the low-slung design gives it a futuristic look. The seat position is more cruiser-like with the footpegs set at the front but the massive floorboard makes for a dual footrest position making it a more comfortable experience. The handlebar is raised and offers a relaxed riding posture.

We also like the floating pillion seat that stays true to the concept version. Other exterior bits include the boxy panels hiding the battery pack and electric motor while the rear wheel gets a tyre hugger that's also holding the licence plate and turn indicators. Finally, the BMW CE 04-based electric scooter will come with a massive 10.25-inch TFT instrument console that will show a host of data and is likely to get connectivity tech as well.


Source- https://www.carandbike.com/news/bmw-definition-ce-04-concept-based-electric-scooter-spotted-testing-for-the-first-time-2447872
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Redmi Watch Goes on Sale in India for First Time Today: Price, Specifications

Redmi Watch is all set to go on sale in India today. The wearable was launched last week alongside Redmi Note 10S, and it comes with a 1.4-inch LCD colour display and can offer up to 10 days of battery life. Redmi Watch is 5 ATM water resistant and offers over 200 watch faces. The wearable weighs only 35 grams and comes in varied strap and watch case options. It features 11 sports modes including trail running, hiking, walking, indoor cycling, swimming, and more.



Redmi Watch price in India, availability
The new Redmi Watch is priced at Rs. 3,999. It will go on sale via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home Stores starting 12pm (noon) today. The wearable is offered in three watch case colour options -- Black, Blue, and Ivory. There are four strap colours as well -- Black, Blue, Ivory, and Olive.

Redmi Watch features
Coming to the technical details, Redmi Watch has an Apple Watch-like design with a single button on the side for navigation. The wearable features a 1.4-inch TFT LCD display with 320x320 pixels resolution, 2.5D curved glass on top, and 350 nits peak brightness. Redmi Watch is 5 ATM water resistant and offers over 200 watch faces. Sensors on board Redmi Watch include PPG heart rate sensor, three-axis acceleration sensor, geomagnetic sensor, barometer, gyroscope, and an ambient light sensor.

Xiaomi says Redmi Watch can last up to 10 days on a single charge and takes under 2 hours to charge completely. It can last for up to 10 hours on continuous GPS mode. For connectivity, Redmi Watch comes with GPS and GLONASS for precise tracking and supports Bluetooth v5.1 as well.

Redmi Watch weighs just 35 grams. It also offers 11 sports modes including trail running, hiking, walking, indoor cycling, swimming, freestyle, cricket, treadmill, and more. Redmi Watch can be used to get notifications, control music, set alarms, check weather, and more. The smartwatch has several health-related features as well such as all-day heart rate monitoring, sleep detection, guided breathing, target setting, air pressure detection, step counter, and more.


Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/wearables/news/redmi-watch-price-in-india-rs-3999-sale-specifications-mi-flipkart-xiaomi-2448174
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OnePlus TV 40Y1 Launching in India Today: Expected Price, Specifications

OnePlus TV 40Y1 will launch in India today, May 24, at 12pm (noon). It will be the third smart TV model in the company's OnePlus TV Y-series that currently includes OnePlus TV 32Y1 and OnePlus TV 43Y1. OnePlus TV 40Y1, as the name suggests, will be a 40-inch smart TV that will sit right between the 32-inch and 43-inch models. It should be priced somewhere in between the two variants. The company has shared its specifications on its website and the TV will come with Android TV 9-based OxygenPlay, full-HD resolution, and 20W speakers.



OnePlus TV 40Y1 India launch, expected price
OnePlus TV 40Y1 will be unveiled at 12pm (noon) today via the company's website. There doesn't seem to be a launch event planned for the launch. OnePlus has not shared pricing and availability for the OnePlus TV 40Y1. OnePlus TV 32Y1 currently costs Rs. 15,999 while OnePlus TV 43Y1 costs Rs. 26,999. OnePlus TV 40Y1 could be priced somewhere in between.

OnePlus TV 40Y1 specifications, features
OnePlus has shared the specifications for the OnePlus TV 40Y1 on its website. It will feature a 40-inch full-HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) display 93.8 percent screen-to-body ratio and 93 percent coverage of DCI-P3 colour space. It will be powered by an unspecified 64-bit processor and run on Android TV 9-based OxygenPlay. OnePlus TV 40Y1 will feature anti-aliasing, noise reduction, dynamic contrast, and colour space mapping. The audio will be handled by two speaker units with 20W output and Dolby Audio. It will have Chromecast built in and access to the Google Play store as well as access to Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, and more. The TV will come with inbuilt Google Assistant and also works with Alexa.

For connectivity, OnePlus TV 40Y1 includes 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5, an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports, and two USB ports. In terms of dimensions, the TV measures 892x86x513mm and weighs 5.1kg without the stand.



Source- https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/oneplus-tv-40y1-india-launch-date-may-24-price-specifications-features-2448176
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Toyota's Clean Assist Program matches PHEV charging activity with renewable energy

Toyota is making it possible for some owners of its plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint even further. The automaker has launched a new initiative called the Clean Assist Program, which enables Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime owners in California to match 100 percent of their charging activity with renewable electricity.



As Toyota explains, plugging a vehicle in means getting energy from the grid. And while the grid does pull some energy from solar farms and wind converters, it still mostly gets energy from coal and other fossil fuel-based sources. The Clean Assist Program gives people a way to offset their electricity use whether they're plugged in at home, at their workplace or anywhere else.

It won't cost Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime owners to participate in the initiative, but they'd have to opt in through the Toyota app. That's because the automaker will use the app to track the amount of electricity participants use during charging, so it can generate or buy an equivalent amount of California-sourced Renewable Energy Certificates. These RECs are part of an EPA program certifying that a vehicle is charged using renewable energy.

Toyota sends evidence that the charging activity is matched with zero-carbon electricity to the California Air Resources Board to earn Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits that can be sold. The revenue will then used to promote vehicle electrification and to purchase more RECs. Clean Assist's goal is "to reduce California transportation GHG emissions, including through the use of renewable electricity to charge EVs," the automaker said in its release. While the program comes at no cost to the owner, they can opt out anytime they want for any reason.

Those intrerested can watch Toyota's video explainer for Clean Assist below, courtesy of Autoblog.



Source- https://www.engadget.com/toyota-clean-assist-program-california-050811910.html
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Recommended Reading: How Ford built the electric F-150

This was a huge week for Ford. Despite already launching the Mustang Mach-E, the company's biggest EV reveal was its F-150 Lightning -- an electrified take on the most popular truck on the road. The Verge got the story on how the American automotive giant built a new version of its signature truck and how the company is preparing for an electric future.



Adoptees can often feeling lonely and isolated, especially when their families live in different countries from where they were born. Facebook is so often a source of division these days, but for this group, the social network brought them together and offered access "to kinship, to understanding and to life-saving resources."

Honestly, I'm just impressed. But for any fan of the US version of The Office, this can guide any re-binging you have planned -- or are planning to do after reading this massive list.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/ford-f-150-lightning-interview-140005973.html
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Here's why the new Apple TV remote doesn't have AirTag-style tracking

When Apple introduced its revamped Siri Remote alongside the new Apple TV 4K, there was a common question: why didn't Apple give it the same ultra wideband item tracking technology you find inside AirTags? The company finally has an explanation, although it might not thrill you. Apple VP Tim Twerdahl told MobileSyrup in an interview that there's less need for AirTag-like tracking as it not only stays at home, but is thick enough that it "won't fall in your couch cushions as much." You're less likely to lose it in the first place, in other words.



It wouldn't be surprising if there were other factors as well. UWB support could increase the cost of the remote, for example. It won't likely affect battery life, as AirTags are designed to be passive and wring out up to a year of use even with a standard cell battery. The Siri Remote uses a much higher-capacity lithium pack.

Whatever the reasons, you'll have to find your control the old-fashioned way -- or use your iPhone until you stumble across the remote hiding under a pillow.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/why-apple-tv-remote-lacks-airtag-tracking-201914246.html
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Judge in Epic vs. Apple presses Tim Cook on why so many developers are unhappy

As the Epic vs. Apple trial wraps up, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stand to give the trial's most anticipated testimony. After a widely quoted statement that "I'm not a gamer" early in the day, Cook testified about Apple's business in China and its privacy policies.



But some of the toughest questions came from US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who pressed Cook on Apple's relationship with its developers. The judge pointed to a survey conducted by Apple indicating that 39 percent of its developers were dissatisfied with the company's distribution. Given the high number, she asked Cook how Apple has any incentive "to address their needs."

Cook replied that there was always some "friction" with developers, given the number of apps the company rejects, but that "friction is good for users because it lets them know it's safe and trusted." Rogers replied that it "doesn't seem you feel pressure or competition to change the manner in which you act to address concerns of developers."

She also said that it was "incredibly significant" that the bulk of App Store revenue and in-app purchase revenue comes from games, saying the gaming industry generates a "disproportionate amount" of revenue for Apple. She pointed to banking apps, like Wells Fargo, which don't pay Apple other than a yearly developer fee. She asked if gaming apps essentially subsidize all the free apps in the store. Cook disagreed, saying that having a "large number" of free apps helps get more traffic to all developers.

Cook also faced questions on other sensitive issues. Epic's lawyer asked about Apple's policies in China, including the fact that Chinese iCloud data is owned by a state-owned company called GCBD. Earlier this week, The New York Times published a lengthy investigation into the "compromises" Apple makes in order to operate in China. The CEO was also pushed on Apple's cooperation with Chinese government requests to remove apps from the App Store. Cook said the company had an obligation to follow the laws of the countries where it operates.

Some moments seemed to stretch credibility, such as when Cook claimed not to know how much Google paid to be the default search engine in iOS, saying "that was probably a better question for them [Google]." The specifics of this arrangement is currently part of a separate antitrust investigation from the Department of Justice, which last year said these deals give Google an illegal monopoly of search-related advertising.

There was also a lengthy discussion of the App Store and how much revenue it generates, which has become a central issue throughout the trial. Cook repeatedly said that Apple doesn't break out the App Store's financials separately, though he has "a feel" for the numbers. He did acknowledge that the iOS app Store makes "a lot" more than its Mac counterpart, and that gaming apps make the most money. (Earlier in the trial, Epic called an expert witness who testified that Apple's operating margin for the App Store could be as high as 77.8 percent. Apple disputed that number.)

Cook's testimony comes as the weeks-long trial wraps up. Closing arguments are slated for Monday, and Rogers said a decision will take "some time," but will hopefully land by mid-August.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/tim-cook-apple-epic-testimony-221352974.html
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Moog's iOS synth apps are all free right now

Moog has made all of its iOS synth apps free to mark the birthday of founder Bob Moog, which is this Sunday. It's not clear how long they'll be available for zilch, so if you're interested in snagging the Model 15, Minimoog Model D, Animoog and Filtatron apps gratis, now's your chance.



These apps typically aren't cheap, as MusicRadar points out. Model 15 usually costs $30, Animoog retails at $20, Minimoog Model D is $15 as standard and Moog tends to charge $5 for Filatron. Moog temporarily made Minimoog Model D free at the onset of the pandemic as well.

If you've been looking for a solid synth app or two to tinker with while you're on the go, you can't really go wrong with these, especially while they're free. Save for the iPhone-only Animoog, the apps work on iPad as well. The tablet's larger screen makes them easier to use -- the Minimoog app doesn't display in full on iPhone, for instance. Synth enthusiasts can also use Model 15 as an AUv3 plugin in Logic, GarageBand and Mainstage on macOS Big Sur.

"These instruments, some of the most expressive musical tools that Bob invented in his lifetime, have been meticulously recreated in mobile form to introduce inspiring and fun new ways to experiment with sound," Moog wrote on Instagram. Sunday would have been Moog's 87th birthday. He died in 2005.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/moog-ios-synth-apps-free-model-15-minimoog-model-15-animoog-filatron-171600935.html
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Developer reveals Xbox Easter Egg after waiting nearly 20 years for people to find it

Nearly 20 years after its release, you would think the original Xbox wouldn't have any secrets left to share. But it turns not only does Microsoft's first console still have some hidden Easter Eggs, there's a good chance one of them would have remained undiscovered if not for a recent disclosure. This week, a developer who worked on the original Xbox contacted Kotaku to tell the website how to trigger a surprise no one had found before. "I didn't really expect it to be found, not unless the source code leaked or somebody reverse-engineered the Dashboard," the individual told the website.



If you want to see the Easter Egg for yourself, you'll need to rip a CD to your Xbox's hardware. When your console prompts you to name the album, type, "Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!" That's Timmy with 26 ys (we're starting to see why no one discovered this Easter Egg on their own). As Kotaku points out, there's no need to count the letters. Instead, fill the entire field and then replace the last letter with an exclamation mark.

Now prepare for a history lesson in what it was like to use technology in the mid-aughts as your Xbox slowly copies the music files over to its mechanical drive. Once it's done, open the settings menu and navigate to the "System Info" option. The console will now treat you to a new credits screen listing the members of the Xbox Dashboard team.

"I decided to share now as it's been 20 years, and I thought it would be cool if people knew this actually existed," the developer told Kotaku. "I also thought if I didn't do it now it would never likely happen. It had been so long I couldn't even remember the trigger! I had to connect the Xbox up and try out several things to be sure."

Incidentally, Seamus Blackley, the designer of the original Xbox, told Kotaku that he wasn't aware of the Timmy Easter Egg before the website brought it to his attention. According to the designer, there's at least one last surprise Xbox fans haven't found in the software of Microsoft's nearly 20 year old console, but he wouldn't reveal how to trigger it.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-xbox-dashboard-timmy-easter-egg-164135009.html
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Ford received almost 45,000 F-150 Lightning pre-orders in under 48 hours

Ford's all-electric F-150 Lightning is already a hit. Enthusiasts made almost 45,000 reservations in less than 48 hours, according to CEO Jim Farley. The company officially unveiled the truck on Wednesday, a day after it made a cameo during President Joe Biden's speech at Ford's factory in Dearborn, Michigan.



The F-150 Lightning boasts up to 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque, as well as fast charging. Ford is aiming for an EPA-estimated range of 230 miles as standard and 300 miles with the extended model. The truck starts at $40,000 and it'll ship next spring.

The impressive pre-order figures for the F-150 Lightning align with high demand for other electric trucks. An initial batch of 10,000 Hummer Edition 1 reservations reportedly sold out within 10 minutes last year. Meanwhile, in late 2019, Tesla received 250,000 pre-orders for the Cybertruck within five days.


SOURCE -  https://www.engadget.com/ford-f-150-lightning-pre-order-reservation-jim-farley-162653871.html
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Spotify users can finally download music on Apple Watch

Spotify on your Apple Watch finally lives up to its potential. The streaming music service has updated its Apple Watch app with the ability to download songs to your wrist, giving you true offline playback without needing your iPhone nearby. You can go for a run while keeping a favorite playlist on hand.



You can download songs or podcasts by finding them on the Apple Watch, tapping the three-dots button and choosing "Download to Apple Watch." You can verify progress in a Downloads section, and any downloaded tracks will have a green arrow near their names.

The update is part of a broader update for the Apple Watch app that should reach people worldwide in the weeks ahead. Spotify noted that this was the "first iteration" o the feature and wanted feedback.

The feature has been a long time in coming. Spotify first got serious about an Apple Watch app when it hired developer Andrew Chang in 2017, but the first iteration of its official app was limited to remote control. A later update enabled direct streaming, but that was only useful as long as you had a cellular or WiFi connection. This puts Spotify largely on par with Apple Music -- you don't have to switch services just to have access to your music at all times.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/spotify-apple-watch-music-download-141809536.html
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Snap is buying the company that made AR displays for its new Spectacles

Snap is clearly determined to protect the technology behind its Spectacles with built-in augmented reality. The Verge has confirmed that Snap has bought WaveOptics, the company responsible for the Spectacles' AR displays. The deal is worth over $500 million, but won't preclude WaveOptics from supplying its waveguides to other companies even as it develops new components for Snap.



The buyout is Snap's largest to date and reflects the company's commitment to wearable AR. It has been developing Spectacles for years, with three generations of publicly available (if sometimes hard to get) models. This suggests that Snap has no intention of slowing development any time soon, and might ramp things up.

And like The Verge notes, there's also a defensive motivation at work. Apple bought waveguide marker Akonia in 2018 to help develop its long-rumored AR headset, while Facebook and Google are developing waveguides of their own for future AR glasses. Snap's deal prevents WaveOptics from falling into the hands of a rival that would promptly end outside sales.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/snap-buys-ar-spectacles-display-maker-waveoptics-145650808.html
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How Apple built the new iPad Pro's Liquid Retina XDR display

The M1 chipset. Loads of RAM. 5G. Thunderbolt support. All of these help make Apple's new, 12.9-inch iPad Pro an almost startlingly capable tablet, one that seems well-equipped to compete against more traditional laptops. (Well, apart from iPadOS's limitations, anyway.) But if there's one area where the iPad Pro clearly outshines the rest of Apple's portable computers, it's the tablet's brand new screen.




To learn a little more about what it took to build the Liquid Retina XDR screen, Engadget spoke to Vincent Gu, a senior engineering manager for Apple displays, and iPad marketing spokesperson Scott Broderick, who was quick to claim it is "the absolute best display we could put in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro," Broderick said.

While some could justifiably argue that an OLED display like those seen in Apple's iPhone 12 series might be even more impressive, Broderick has a point: this is one damned-good-looking screen.

But first, we should break down that name. As I mentioned in our iPad Pro review, the "liquid" bit refers to the fact that this is actually an LCD screen, which -- unlike the OLED displays found in newer iPhones and other high-end mobile devices -- relies on a bevy of small backlights to actually make the screen visible. "Retina" is a bit of classic Apple marketing fluff, which the company has used to refer to its mobile displays since the days of the iPhone 4. And the "XDR" part isn't just meant to evoke images of Apple's expensive, high-end monitors -- it refers to the display's "extreme" dynamic range.

Ultimately, what makes this display so appealing isn't its size -- it's the same 12.9 inches as before -- or the fact that it refreshes at 120Hz. No, it's all because of a component you can't even directly see: a new backlighting system composed of more than 10,000 super-small LEDs, divided up into 2,596 local dimming zones. (In case you were keeping count, Apple's $5,000, 6K Pro Display XDR monitor only has 576 dimming zones.)

The idea is pretty simple: by making those light sources smaller, Apple could fit more of them behind the rest of the LCD panel's many layers, allowing for more precise control over what parts of the screen are lit up in any given moment. It's a pretty standard concept in the TV world, with TCL, Samsung, and LG each with their own confusingly branded version. For what it's worth, though, Apple insists that its own mini-LED backlighting system was designed completely in-house.

"The mini LEDs we put into Liquid Retina XDR is a truly custom-designed, Apple-proprietary technology," said Gu, who noted that they were more than a hundred times smaller than those used in last year's iPad Pro. To no one's surprise, carefully arranging those thousands of LEDs was a crucial hurdle, one Apple only managed to clear thanks to engineers who custom-designed manufacturing equipment and created their own special solder.

"We had to deliver specific equipment to be able to put these over 10,000 mini LEDs into place with such precision that didn't exist prior to us," said iPad spokesperson Broderick. (That said, Apple declined to tell us exactly how small each individual mini LED measures, or how long it takes to produce a single Liquid Retina XDR screen.)

Beyond the lighting system, Gu also said the switch to mini LEDs required Apple to re-engineer core components of its display stack, including the optical films and diffusers that help control the flow of light and distribute it evenly across the entire panel. And then, Apple's design and manufacturing engineers had to take that new, physically larger screen package and bake it into a kind of device that has been synonymous with portability. In other words, the whole process was... sort of a pain.

It's a good thing for the company's engineers, then, that the mini-LED screen is said to remain a key part of the iPad Pro experience for a while. But that's not to say other changes aren't in the offing. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in a recent note that Apple could shift to using OLED displays -- which are known for their deep blacks and extremely vivid colors -- in the iPad Air as early as next year. (For what it's worth, Broderick and Gu wouldn't confirm whether Apple had contemplated using OLED panels in the iPad Pro)


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-ipad-pro-2021-liquid-retina-xdr-display-interview-190046399.html
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Apple TV 4K can use HDMI eARC to play any TV audio on your HomePod

Apple may have discontinued the original HomePod earlier this year, but fortunately the company is still supporting it with useful new features. If you have a HomePod and picked up the new Apple TV 4K, your speaker will make for a better home theater companion than it did before. As noticed by MacRumors, the latest Apple TV 4K supports the ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC (enhanced ARC) standards over HDMI.



What this means in practice is that the Apple TV 4K can wirelessly send all audio from your television to a HomePod (or stereo pair of HomePod speakers). Previously, the HomePod could work as an audio output device for the Apple TV -- but now, the Apple TV 4K can pass all audio from a TV wirelessly to the HomePod. Your cable box, console, or other set-top box can all then have their audio played back through the HomePod, making it a much better home theater companion.

To enable this, just go to the audio output settings on your Apple TV -- from there, you can make sure the HomePod is selected as your output source. And that's also where you'll enable the Audio Return Channel setting (which is, somewhat strangely, marked as in beta). Provided your TV (or receiver!) supports eARC, you'll be good to go.

While the HomePod didn't work great as an audio output device when it first launched, Apple has increasingly made it more useful when pairing it up with an Apple TV. Last fall, Apple officially brought Dolby Atmos support to the HomePod, though the feature doesn't work with the smaller HomePod mini speakers. The HomePod mini also won't work with these new ARC-based features. That's not a huge surprise, as the small speaker is significantly quieter than the original HomePod, making it not terribly appropriate for a home theater setup.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-tv-4k-homepod-tv-connected-audio-202408196.html
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Citizen crime app shifts to testing a private security on demand feature

Once upon a time, the Citizen app was known as Vigilante, a title so provocative that Apple banned it from the App Store and initiated a rebranding. So in 2017 it relaunched as an app built on warning people about nearby emergencies and documenting incidents in the name of transparency.



A report by Motherboard reveals it's not sticking to just transparency, as leaked documents and sightings of security vehicles in Los Angeles show Citizen plans to offer some kind of on-demand private security force service. The company's $20 per month Protect service already promises "live monitoring" and a "digital bodyguard" who can be summoned with a safe word to direct emergency services to your location.

According to a former employee cited by Motherboard, the next step is "to create a privatized secondary emergency response network" that connects users to private security firms directly. A spokesperson referred to the security vehicles as part of a "personal rapid response service" it's testing as a pilot project.

As if a look at your local Nextdoor posts couldn't reveal the potential problems with that setup, just last Saturday the Citizen app targeted a homeless man by posting his picture during a live broadcast, painting him as an arsonist suspected of causing wildfires and promising a $30,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Police announced on Monday that they had arrested someone else for the alleged arson.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/citizen-015843746.html
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Toyota's Clean Assist Program matches PHEV charging activity with renewable energy

Toyota is making it possible for some owners of its plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint even further. The automaker has launched a new initiative called the Clean Assist Program, which enables Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime owners in California to match 100 percent of their charging activity with renewable electricity.



As Toyota explains, plugging a vehicle in means getting energy from the grid. And while the grid does pull some energy from solar farms and wind converters, it still mostly gets energy from coal and other fossil fuel-based sources. The Clean Assist Program gives people a way to offset their electricity use whether they're plugged in at home, at their workplace or anywhere else.

It won't cost Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime owners to participate in the initiative, but they'd have to opt in through the Toyota app. That's because the automaker will use the app to track the amount of electricity participants use during charging, so it can generate or buy an equivalent amount of California-sourced Renewable Energy Certificates. These RECs are part of an EPA program certifying that a vehicle is charged using renewable energy.

Toyota sends evidence that the charging activity is matched with zero-carbon electricity to the California Air Resources Board to earn Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits that can be sold. The revenue will then used to promote vehicle electrification and to purchase more RECs. Clean Assist's goal is "to reduce California transportation GHG emissions, including through the use of renewable electricity to charge EVs," the automaker said in its release. While the program comes at no cost to the owner, they can opt out anytime they want for any reason.

Those intrerested can watch Toyota's video explainer for Clean Assist below, courtesy of Autoblog.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/toyota-clean-assist-program-california-050811910.html
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Google will open its first retail store in New York City this summer

Google is moving beyond pop-up stores to launch a dedicated retail space of its own. The internet giant has revealed plans to open its first retail store, with a location in Manhattan's Chelsea district (part of the company's urban campus) opening sometime this summer. The New York City shop will carry Pixel, Nest and Fitbit hardware that you can either buy directly or pick up as an online order. Much like Apple's stores, there will be support staff on hand as well as workshops to help newcomers.



 And yes, Google is aware there's still a pandemic. The store was designed with health concerns in mind, and Google will still require masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing. The company will also limit capacity and clean spaces throughout the day. We wouldn't count on these limitations lasting for too long given US progress in COVID-19 vaccinations, but it's safe to presume you won't see a crush of visitors for a while.

Google said it chose the location as a "natural extension" of its NYC involvement. The retail debut was an "important next step" in its hardware strategy, and it expected to shape future experiences based on feedback.

The store is a gamble at a time when many are still shying away from retail due to health concerns. However, it's not surprising. Apple opened its first stores in part to provide an ideal showcase that it wasn't getting from third-party retailers, and they eventually became key to the company's renaissance during the 2000s. Google isn't necessarily counting on replicating that success, but it's clearly hoping that these stores will raise awareness of its hardware and boost sales in the long term.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-first-retail-store-143216473.html
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Apple's Mac Mini M1 is back down to $600 on Amazon

Are you itching to try out Apple's M1 desktop hardware, but can't justify splashing $1,299 on a new iMac? Then you should give the Mac Mini a look. Amazon is currently offering Apple's base desktop for $600, down from its original price of $699. Note that you'll see the $69 discount applied at checkout.



In terms of specs, this Mac Mini model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage, which should suit casual users. Obviously, those who plan to run productivity-intensive software (or those looking to store multiple games) should seek out a beefier setup. If you find the entry-level option is workable, though, you'll be able to take advantage of the uber-fast M1 chip at less than half the price of a new iMac.

Regular Engadget readers will know that we're big fans of Apple's in-house silicon. The M1 system-on-a-chip served up impressive results during our MacBook M1 tests, opening everything from multiple apps to bulky websites at breakneck speed.

Take a closer look and you'll find that the 2020 Mac Mini and 2021 iMac's internals are pretty similar. Both feature an 8-Core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores and a 16-core Neural Engine, In fact, the Mini actually packs an 8-core GPU compared to a 7-core GPU on the base iMac. Yes, you don't get a 4.5K display or a Magic Keyboard, but you may already have (less lavish) alternatives lying around.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-mac-mini-m1-amazon-deal-130557017.html
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Spotify adds handy search filters to its mobile apps

Spotify is rolling out music and podcast search filters on its iOS and Android apps. When you type in something, you'll soon see tab filters under the search bar. Tapping on one refines the search results. The filters include top results, artists, songs, playlists, albums, podcasts & shows, episodes and profiles.



If you search for "cooking," for instance, you'll be able to browse curated dinner playlists, podcasts featuring chefs and playlists created by users, Spotify suggests. Search filters should be available to all Spotify mobile users in the coming weeks. They don't herald a massive change, but they should help you find what you're looking for a bit faster, and perhaps let you discover some new music and podcasts.

Spotify has made some other changes to the mobile user interface recently. It redesigned the home screen again in March to help you get back to things you've been listening to, such as unfinished podcast episodes. Earlier this week, the company said it's revamping the look of some buttons to improve accessibility. It will also start automatically transcribing podcasts.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/spotify-search-filters-music-podcasts-ios-android-162824831.html
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Omaze is doing an all-Apple sweepstakes

Omaze is sweetening three of its electric car sweepstakes with an add-on opportunity to win a bundle of Apple products. Those who enter to win a Tesla Model S, an Audi e-tron Sportback or a Porsche Taycan Turbo S before 9am PT/12pm ET on May 21 will be automatically entered to win a bundle that includes an iPhone 12 Pro Max, an Apple Watch Series 6 and an iPad Pro. You can also use the code AFF50 to get 50 bonus entries, regardless of if you choose the free or paid entry option.



As with other Omaze giveaways, the three in question are free to enter, but you can opt to pay for extra entries and the money benefits different charities. Once you enter one of the car giveaways, you'll be automatically entered to win the Apple bundle. What's more is that you'll receive the same number of entries for the Apple giveaway as you had for the main car sweepstakes, essentially giving you the same odds of winning either prize -- and yes, you could win both. You can read more about how the secondary promotion works here.

If you choose the Tesla giveaway, a portion of the donations support 501CTHREE and GivePower, both of which aim to people around the world with limited access to safely-managed drinking water. The charity for the Audi giveaway is REVERB, which partners with musicians and festivals to help make concerts more environmentally friendly. Donations from the Porsche sweepstakes support GEANCO, an organization that helps people in Nigeria by focusing on health and education.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/omaze-apple-bundle-secondary-promotion-170730573.html
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Belkin's $100 Soundform Connect dongle adds AirPlay 2 to any speaker

Some smart home aficionados still eulogize Google's Chromecast Audio, but Belkin's new Soundform Connect aims to fulfill a similar role -- for iOS users, anyway. The $100 dongle can connect to any traditional home speaker and turn it into an AirPlay 2-compatible smart speaker you can cast audio to from iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.4 and iPadOS 11.4 or newer, plus Macs running Catalina and Apple TVs with tvOS 11.4.



And when we "any" home speaker, we really mean it. The Soundform has at least one nice touch the Chromecast doesn't -- beyond still existing, that is. In addition to the classic 3.5mm jack, there's also a port for standard optical connections -- the Chromecast Audio required audiophiles to own or purchase a TOSLINK-to-3.5mm adapter.

According to Belkin, users will able to ask Siri to play their music or podcasts on the speaker in question, as well as ask the virtual assistant what's playing in each room and remotely control the speaker's volume. And beyond that, the addition of AirPlay 2 means you'll be able to assign the speaker in question to specific rooms and tie them into home automation schemes from inside Apple's Home app. Is that level of functionality really worth $100? We'll let you know once we take one for a spin, but keep your eyes peeled if you're already sold on the concept -- Belkin says the Soundform Connect will be available from "select retailers" soon.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/belkin-soundform-connect-dongle-airplay-2-home-speaker-183158917.html
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Snap's Story Studio is a 'powerful' mobile video editing app

It's been a busy day for Snap at its annual Partner Summit. Not only has the company unveiled shopping updates and new Spectacles with built-in augmented reality functions, it revealed a "powerful" mobile video editing app.



Story Studio will be easy to use, according to the company, and you can share videos you make with it on Snapchat or anywhere else. You'll be able to take inspiration from what's popular on Snapchat with a feed of trending videos.

There will be a number of features to help you whip your creation into shape, including frame-accurate editing, captions and layers. Since this is a Snap app, of course there'll be a ton of AR lenses to make your video stand out.

Snap will start publicly testing Story Studio in the coming months. If you're interested in checking it out early, you can sign up to receive updates about the beta program.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/snap-studio-video-editing-app-190930580.html
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Apple opens affiliate program ahead of podcast subscription launch

Last month, Apple announced it would start allowing podcast producers and publishers to offer premium subscriptions to their listeners. Ahead of the general availability of that feature later this month, the company is expanding its Services Performance Partner Program to include podcasts (via TechCrunch). The affiliate program will allow participants to earn a 50 percent commission when converting someone to a paid subscriber.



Here's how it works. Say, after tapping on an Apple affiliate link, someone signs up for a subscription that costs $10 per month. The person or organization associated with that link will earn a one-time commission of $5 after that user pays for their first month of paid service. Apple won't enforce a cap on commissions, and it applies to all new subscribers.

The program is open to anyone in the 170 countries where Apple will offer podcast subscriptions later this month, but becoming an affiliate requires approval from the company. Apple points out it makes the most sense for podcast producers and publishers to take part. They can use their affiliate links to earn additional revenue from their own content (and somewhat offset the 30 percent, and later 15 percent cut, Apple will take from paid podcast subscriptions). Each program participant will get a unique affiliate token that they can add to their Apple Podcasts link. Additionally, the tokens work with third-party link tracking services and make it straightforward for producers to track their affiliate revenue.

It might seem strange for Apple to launch an affiliate program before people can even sign up for premium podcast subscriptions. However, it's one of those things it helps to have in place on day one to incentivize creators to offer subscriptions in the first place.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-podcast-affiliate-program-201140409.html
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Yamaha announces new receivers ready for 8K, 4K/120 and the Xbox Series X

Last year we started to hear about the first receivers equipped with HDMI 2.1, which meant they should be able to handle resolutions as high as 8K, as well as 120Hz 4K content pumped out by new game consoles. Unfortunately, compatibility for HDMI 2.1 features hasn't been as steady as we've hoped, and several receiver manufacturers have notified customers they're aware of a problem that specifically affects the Xbox Series X when you try to play 4K/120Hz games.



Now Yamaha is announcing a new line of high-end Aventage receivers for 2021 that will debut that you might be interested in. The RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A feature 11-, 9- and 7-channels, respectively. Right off the bat, Yamaha has said that HDMI 2.1 features like 4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Quick Media Switching (QMS) will not be present at launch.

The company says they will be enabled via future updates, and confirmed to Engadget that an update will also address compatibility with the Xbox Series X. Until then, like current models, owners who want to use any of those features would have to plug their console directly into the TV and use HDMI eARC to pipe audio over to the receiver.

Support for 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X is a given, and they support Dolby Vision on all HDMI inputs. They also come with a microphone to analyze your room acoustics and calibrate audio output, plus support for assistants like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. The two higher-end models will even add Auro 3D with an update, which Yamaha claims will create "virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundscapes that move around the listener."

Given the current state of HDMI 2.1 support, I wouldn't blame you for waiting until those updates are confirmed to have addressed any compatibility issues before buying one of these. But when they go on sale this summer, the RX-A8A will cost $3,000, the RX-A6A will be $2,200 and the RX-A4A is $1,300.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/yamaha-aventage-receivers-hdmi-21-2021-015820066.html
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Google and Qualcomm are making neural network API updates easier on Android

Last year Qualcomm started rolling out its first chips for Android phones that supported upgradeable GPU drivers to optimize performance, so now it's doing a similar thing for on-device AI and machine learning. Droid-Life points out that during Google I/O, Google and Qualcomm have announced updatable neural network API drivers, representing a new model that will roll out along with Android 12.



While NN API drivers have usually been updated along with major OS updates, now the companies say they can roll out quickly via Google Play Services. Even better, the updates will be available for older chipsets and multiple versions of Android.

In an I/O presentation about advancements in machine learning, Google developers said the NN API could boost performance as though the phone had two additional CPU cores, while using less power and creating less heat. Qualcomm pointed to Google Assistant and Google Maps as examples of applications that use on-device AI processing and can benefit from the tweaks. In the video, they also showed how on-device machine learning powers features like live captioning or automatic background replacement.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/ai-machine-learning-api-android-060019353.html
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California regulator requires most ride-hailing cars to be EVs by 2030

The California Air Resources Board has approved a mandate requiring most trips on ride-hailing platforms to be in electric vehicles by 2030. California is the first state to approve such a rule in the US, and it has long been a trailblazer in EV adoption that other states follow and emulate. Under the new rule, EVs must account for 2 percent of vehicle miles by rideshare fleets by 2023. Those EV miles must jump to 50 percent by 2027 and to 90 percent by 2030.



Both Uber and Lyft already made the commitment to fully transition to electric vehicles by 2030. The companies have plans in place to help drivers afford the switch or to offer them rentals if they don't want to drive their own. They're also offering other incentives to drivers that switch to greener cars, including lowering their service fees. Still, Uber and Lyft reportedly told the regulator in their written comment for the agency that while it supported its goals, it needs the government's aid with transition costs for many lower and middle-income drivers.

According to Reuters, the companies said the regulator's targets were "based on uncertain and unrealistic assumptions." Further, some CARB members themselves expressed concerns over the rule's impact on drivers, especially since there's no guarantee that the ride-hailing companies will truly help them. As board board member Nathan Fletcher said: "There is no way for us to make sure that the (companies) actually bear the costs to address the greenhouse gases and air pollution they're creating and profiting off."

CARB Chair Liane Randolph, however, believes the rule will contribute to the state's climate efforts:

"This move is yet another piece of the comprehensive program California has developed to protect public health from harmful emissions. The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of California's greenhouse gas emissions, the vast majority of which come from light-duty vehicles. This action will help provide certainty to the state's climate efforts and improve air quality in our most disadvantaged communities."


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/california-rule-ride-hailing-ev-2030-072036470.html
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Samsung's latest Tokyo Olympics phone might actually happen

Samsung's first shot at a Tokyo Olympics phone didn't pan out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's giving the concept another try now that the sporting event is again (hopefully) imminent. SamMobile reports that Samsung has introduced a Galaxy S21 Olympic Games Edition with the help of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The hook is the exclusive blue-and-gold color combo (plus the signature five rings), but there are a few touches beyond that.



The special-run Galaxy S21 touts the same 6.2-inch screen, Snapdragon 888 chip and camera array as the regular model, but you'll get Olympics-themed app icons, lock screens, wallpapers and boot animation. Even the always-on display will show the games' mascot (complete with the living-in-denial Tokyo 2020 flag). You'll get 256GB of storage, so you'll have a place to put all your Olympics videos.

The Olympic Games Edition is due to arrive in early June, although pricing isn't available. The larger question is whether or not there will be an Olympics to go along with the phone. While officials are determined to have the Olympics begin on July 23rd, a lot can happen in the space of two months during the pandemic. This S21 could be little more than an odd curiosity if organizers have to further delay (or outright cancel) the Tokyo games due to health concerns.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/samsung-galaxy-s21-olympic-games-edition-142323322.html
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Qualcomm brings 10-gigabit 5G to laptops and home broadband

Qualcomm wants to make its 10-gigabit 5G modem a practical reality in your PC or home internet service, and it's giving companies a helping hand to speed things along. The company has introduced an M.2 reference design for the X65 modem (plus its lower-spec X62 counterpart) to give hardware makers a "plug-and-play" option for laptops, tablets, and fixed-in-place devices like home broadband equipment. In theory, you'd have a wireless connection for your PC that puts even faster fiber internet to shame.



The M.2 card supports 5G on both millimeter wave (like some US providers offer) and sub-6GHz frequencies. Qualcomm was quick to add that software updates are providing wider support for mmWave (particularly as it rolls out in China) as well as better battery life.

The reference design is available to companies now, although it'll take some time before this translates to finished laptops and other products you can buy. Qualcomm hopes for the first solutions to be ready by late 2021.

The bigger question, as is often the case, revolves around real-world speeds. Verizon (Engadget's current parent company) only just managed to reach 4.3Gbps speeds in a trial reported days ago. It could take a long time before 5G is fast enough to justify a 10Gbps modem, and even longer before you can really use the added speed.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/qualcomm-x65-5g-m2-modem-for-laptops-150010082.html
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 778G is a 6nm chip for 5G phones

Qualcomm has officially launched the Snapdragon 778G 5G processor, which will power the Honor 50 series and other upcoming mid-to-high-end devices. It joins the Snapdragon 780G, which Qualcomm introduced in March, as one of the company's options for upper mid-range phones. The 778G SoC uses Kryo 670 CPU, which Qualcomm says can enhance overall CPU performance by 40 percent. Meanwhile, its Adreno 642L GPU is designed to deliver up to 40 percent faster graphics rendering compared to the previous generation.



The chipset comes with the latest (6th generation) Qualcomm AI Engine, as well. That particular feature enhances every video call and phone call with its noise suppression capabilities and provides AI-based camera experiences. Speaking of cameras, the processor has triple ISP, allowing users to capture three photos or videos using three lenses at once, including ones in wide, ultra-wide, and zoom modes. It supports HDR10+ video capturing, as well, which gives you the power to capture images with dramatic colors and contrasts.

As you'd expect from the name, the 778G enables 5G connectivity, while also supporting Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6 speeds. It also has select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, including Variable Rate Shading and Qualcomm Game Quick Touch that enables up to 20 percent faster input response. In addition to the Honor 50 series, the 778G SoC will also power upcoming Motorola, Oppo, IQOO, Realme and Xiaomi phones. The devices are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2021, so we don't have to wait that long to see the SoC in action. Honor 50 could be the first 778G-powered phone to come out, though that's not a certainty yet.

Fang Fei, president of Honor's product line, said:

"The Snapdragon 778G 5G Mobile Platform is packed with innovation in 5G, imaging, and AI. Through close collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, the brand-new HONOR 50 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 778G Mobile Platform. HONOR 50 series will set new industry standards for product design and deliver a transformative experience for our users."


Source- https://www.engadget.com/qualcomm-snapdragon-778g-5g-6nm-chip-150029217.html
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Summer Game Fest returns June 10th to unofficially kickoff E3

Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest returns next month, and it sounds like it'll start with a bang. Keighley is promising "a memorable month of announcements and updates," beginning with a world premiere showcase featuring more than a dozen game world premieres and announcements, as well as a preview of what to expect from affiliated publishers' own livestreams in the following weeks.



More than 30 publishers are taking part in Summer Game Fest this year, including some big names that haven't been announced for E3. Among them are PlayStation, Blizzard Entertainment, Devolver Digital and Electronic Arts (which is also running its own EA Play Live event in July). Also taking part in Summer Game Fest are Epic Games, 2K, Amazon Games, Capcom, Sega, Warner Bros. Games, Ubisoft and Xbox.

Summer Game Fest's opening event takes place just two days before the start of E3, on June 10th at 2PM ET. Along with all of the game reveals, Kick Off Live! will feature a performance from Weezer and a Day of the Devs indie showcase. Summer Game Fest's own programming will stream on Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and other platforms, but the publisher-run streams might not be as broadly available.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/summer-game-fest-details-world-premiere-showcase-152011414.html
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Android 12 Beta hands-on: A fresh look with few major changes for now

Google released the Android 12 public beta at its I/O developer conference yesterday and those who don't mind dealing with potentially buggy software can already try it out. The preview of the upcoming OS will be available on the company's own Pixel phones as well as devices from OnePlus, Nokia, TCL, ASUS, Sharp and more. Though Google teased new features like adaptive themes, indicators and toggles for your camera and mic, as well as new permissions settings and shortcuts, few of them are actually available in this version. Most of the changes are visual at the moment. But it's still a nice look at what we can expect when Android 12 officially launches later this year.



This is the biggest refresh to Android's look in years. Android 11 was pretty similar to Android 10 and, honestly, wasn't a very exciting upgrade. But with the promise of new themes and interactive widgets, Android 12 should be a much bigger deal. For now, the beta doesn't appear to have the dynamic palettes under Google's new Material You design that change color scheme based on your wallpaper. I switched between wallpapers that were mostly blue, red, orange or pink and the text remained the same shade of bluish gray in each case.

What does look different is the new lock screen, which has updated font styles and neater notifications. When you have a string of alerts, the clock is relegated to the top left of the page. After you dismiss them all, the clock expands and moves to the center, making it easier to see. It's a small but nice touch.

I have yet to see any of the changes Material You is meant to bring, like font or widget sizes adapting to each individual's preferences. The widgets menu is better organized, but there appear to be few actually new options. The Notifications shade is certainly noticeably different, though.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/android-12-beta-hands-on-181528378.html
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Israeli extremists are using chat apps to organize violent attacks against Palestinians

As hostilities escalate between Israel and Hamas, some Israelis have turned to chat apps to organize violent attacks against Palestinians. The New York Times and FakeReporter, an organization that tracks misinformation in the country, found that at least 100 WhatsApp groups and some 20 Telegram channels dedicated to advocating for violence against Palestinians have sprung up over the past week. They feature names like "Death to the Arabs," "The Jewish Guard" and "The Revenge Troops," and local authorities have linked them to dozens of violent incidents against Palestinians who are citizens of Israel.



While extremists the world over have used social media and chat apps to organize and incite violence in the past, researchers the NYT interviewed say these groups and channels have gone further in their use of WhatsApp and Telegram than movements like Stop the Steal. Many of them have seen people not only planning specific action against Palestinians, but also executing on those plans. In one WhatsApp group, the paper found evidence of people sharing instructions on how to make Molotov cocktails and improvised explosives. In a Telegram channel with 400 or so members, the NYT saw admins asking for the addresses of Arab-owned businesses.

Facebook and WhatsApp have historically struggled to crack down on policy violations that have occurred in private chats. In this instance, WhatsApp has banned some of the people involved in the groups on its platform. With conversations between individuals encrypted and groups limited to 256 participants, the company's enforcement efforts have relied on individuals reporting those involved in the groups for terms of service violations. In turn, many of them have taken to vetting new members. Private WhatsApp groups require an invite from an admin to join, and it's not possible to search for them on the platform.

"As a private messaging service, we do not have access to the contents of people's personal chats though when information is reported to us, we take action to ban accounts we believe may be involved in causing imminent harm," a spokesperson for WhatsApp told Engadget. "We also quickly respond to valid legal requests from law enforcement for the limited information available to us." We've also reached out to Telegram for comment, and we'll update this article when we hear back from the company.

At first, Israeli police didn't act on information on the groups and channels from FakeReporter, but they say they're now "tracking social media and monitoring movements on the ground." A source with the authorities told The New York Times police hadn't seen similar use of WhatsApp and Telegram among Palestinians.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/israel-whatsapp-telegram-174456024.html
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Apple's SignTime brings up a sign language interpreter on demand

Apple has long taken accessibility seriously. Just spend five minutes in the relevant section of your iPhone's settings and you'll find a veritable trove of helpful settings -- many of them useful to everyone. Today, the company is ready to announce a host of new tools across its ecosystem of products.



Perhaps the most impactful is SignTime. Initially, SignTime will be available for the most obvious ways of contacting the company: customer service. With SignTime, you will be able to connect with an interpreter via your phone or browser with sign language assistance in real-time. Customers have been able to arrange an in-store visit with a sign language interpreter, but with SignTime you will also be able to go directly into a store at any time and use the service to make purchases or seek technical assistance. SignTime launches tomorrow and will be available in American, British and French sign languages. More languages will be added in the future.

If you own an Apple Watch (or wanted one, but were worried about your ability to use it), then the introduction of AssistiveTouch for the wearable will be welcome news. AssistiveTouch has been available on the iPhone for a while now, but with AssistiveTouch on the watch, you'll be able to navigate and perform core tasks -- like answering a call or starting a workout -- with a one-handed gesture. Think things like making a fist or a pinching gesture to trigger an action and operate an on-screen cursor. Though it's not clear at this time how specific different abilities will affect things. If your wrists aren't as dexterous or pinching isn't an option and so on.

The iPad gets its own special addition, which is the implementation of eye-tracking at the OS level. With a compatible MFi accessory, you'll soon be able to control your tablet with your gaze alone. Apple says there are third-party partners onboard and compatible devices will be available later this year. Use your eyes to move the cursor and hold your gaze to click. Simple.

For those with hearing impairment, new bi-directional hearing aids should mean making and receiving calls gets a little more seamless. Apple was an early pioneer in making the hearing aid experience with an iPhone much smoother. Its unique implementation of Bluetooth meant "made for iPhone" hearing aids could easily connect to your iPhone in a way that wasn't possible on Android. Google's operating system has caught up some in recent years, but it's still hit and miss.

The "bi-directional" part simply means that compatible hearing aids with microphones in them can be used much like how you'd use AirPods when on a call. No need to touch the phone or use its mic, just answer the call and both sides of the conversation are handled in-ear.

If your accessibility issue is vision-related, VoiceOver on the iPhone is going to become a lot more robust. Right now, your handset can tell you what's on-screen, even describing what's in the image, but not much more beyond that. In the next iteration, it'll be able to tell you more specific information, such as the color of the dog in the photo or what's around it. If a friend or family member is in the image, and your phone knows who that person is via tags and face recognition, it'll be able to let you know that it's uncle Jerome in a plaid shirt with his golden retriever. Nifty.

There are many more clever tricks incoming, including an improved optical character recognition (OCR) that allows you to indicate which section to read, rather than the phone just reading out all of it, and an new background-sound feature will help those sensitive to external stimuli play a selection of soothing sounds under their media to further block out external noises.

Most of the new features will roll out in the coming months, with SignTime launching tomorrow.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/apples-sign-time-brings-up-a-sign-language-translator-on-demand-172828126.html
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Apple exec Craig Federighi calls the state of Mac malware 'not acceptable'

For years, Apple has consistently knocked Windows for its malware issues, claiming macOS is by far the more secure desktop operating system. However, faced with a legal battle that could decide the future of its business, the company offered a surprising admission: macOS has its own malware problem. The acknowledgement came from Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, who testified on Wednesday in the company's antitrust case with Epic Games (via Protocol).



"Today, we have a level of malware on the Mac that we don't find acceptable," Federighi told the court in testimony. "If you took Mac security techniques and applied them to the iOS ecosystem, with all those devices, all that value, it would get run over to a degree dramatically worse than is already happening on the Mac."

Federighi made the claim when the judge presiding over the case asked him why iOS shouldn't adopt the same app store model as macOS. "Put that same situation in place for iOS and it would be a very bad situation for our customers," he said.

Federighi went on to illustrate the difference between the two platforms and why Apple prohibits practices like sideloading on iOS by comparing the Mac to a car. "You can take it off road if you want, and you can drive wherever you want," the executive said -- former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once employed a similar analogy in a different context. Asked if macOS is safe, he said it is "if operated correctly." "There's a certain level of responsibility." Federighi added. "With iOS, we were able to create something where children -- heck, even infants -- are able to operate an iOS device and be safe in doing so. It's really a different product."

The courtroom battle between Apple and Epic has revealed all sorts of these types of details that companies usually hold close to their chest. We now know, for example, Epic spent $146 million to secure Borderlands 3 as a PC exclusive. With Tim Cook expected to testify on Friday, we could learn more surprising information about the company before Apple and Epic present their closing arguments on Monday.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/apple-craig-federighi-mac-os-220134152.html
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Ford unveils its electric F-150 with 300 miles of range and 563HP

Just one year after Ford debuted its first hybrid F-150, the company is ready to show off an all-electric version of its iconic truck. The F-150 Lightning lives up to its "truck of the future" billing, as it prepares to lead a string of electric pickups and SUVs that are about to hit the streets, including Tesla's Cybertruck, the Hummer EV and others.



This dual-motor equipped truck is capable of delivering up to 563 horsepower and 775 lb.-ft. of torque, the most of any F-150 ever. It's unclear who will win a tug of war, but if anyone challenges you to a drag race, then Ford says it can manage 0 - 60 MPH in the mid four seconds range.

It's always in 4x4 mode, and while it doesn't have any crab walking capabilities, there are four drive modes available, with rated payload and towing limits of 1,800 pounds and 10,000 pounds on the extended range version. Oh, and since there's no motor up front, it has a 400-liter frunk to provide dry, lockable storage that you can open with just a keypad code. It's also uniquely equipped with an independent rear suspension, however for more information on how it will ride you should check out Autoblog.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/f-150-lightning-electric-truck-013038952.html
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Google's commitment to Matter could unite the fragmented smart home industry

Google announced a giant slew of updates to its various software products at its I/O developer conference this week, and in addition to Android, Wear, Assistant and a ton of other news, it's not forgetting about the smart home. At the show, the company shared a few updates around its Nest and Android products that focus on a commitment to the recently renamed Matter ecosystem.



As a recap, Matter was formerly known as Project CHIP, or Connected Home over IP. It's a collaboration between industry giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and more to standardize the historically fragmented smart home ecosystem. Matter will support a variety of protocols and assistants, including Siri, Alexa, the Google Assistant as well as Bluetooth, Ethernet, WiFi and Thread. At I/O, Google said it's "committed to supporting Matter" and that it's "bringing Matter to Android and capable Nest products."

Matter will bring about simpler setup processes and interoperability, and with this your Android phone can control all compatible Matter devices once support rolls out on a wider scale. Theoretically, this means you can use an Android device to control an Echo or HomeKit-powered speaker, for instance.

According to Google, Android will offer built-in support for Matter as well as ways to easily set up and control Matter-certified devices. It also announced that its products with Thread, including the Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max and Nest Hub (2nd generation), "will become connection points for Matter devices." Plus, Nest displays and speakers will be "automatically updated to control Matter devices," which Google promised will lead to "faster and more reliable experiences whether they use Wi-Fi, Thread or ethernet."

To help users keep track of everything that's compatible with Assistant, Google's also launching a smart home directory that will include tutorial videos, product reviews and ratings. You'll be able to search via keywords or use filters to narrow results down to see what devices best fit your needs.

In addition, Google is adding support for WebRTC to reduce latency for live video and audio streaming from security cameras or video doorbells to your TVs, displays or phones. Companies like Logitech, Arlo, Wyze and Netatmo are expected to integrate WebRTC with Google Assistant in the coming weeks. Finally, the company is also improving its Home and Away routines by enabling automatic activation of your smart home processes based on when you leave or return to your house.


Source- https://www.engadget.com/google-smart-home-io-2021-matter-nest-android-000026115.html
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Google's Project Starline is a 'magic window' for 3D telepresence

The future of immersive video chat might not require a headset. Google showed off Project Starline, which uses a combination of specialized hardware and computer vision technology to create a "magic window" that can beam a life-sized, 3D image of the person you're chatting with into a special display that makes it appear as if they're sitting in front of you.



"To make this experience possible, we are applying research in computer vision, machine learning, spatial audio and real-time compression," Google's Clay Bavor wrote in a blog post. "We've also developed a breakthrough light field display system that creates a sense of volume and depth that can be experienced without the need for additional glasses or headsets." Light field is a way to describe the properties and direction of light -- AR startup Magic Leap is the most prominent example of a light field display to date.

For now, it appears Starline requires a fairly elaborate setup. Images shared by Google resemble a kind of photo booth, with several lights, sensors and a large display. But the result, according to Google, is an immersive video chat experience that feels like you're actually sitting with the person you're speaking with.

The setup is only available in a few Google offices for now, and the company says it's already spent thousands of hours testing the technology among its employees. The company didn't specify what its future plans for Starline might entail or how much the setup would cost, but it's "planning trial deployments with enterprise partners later this year." Eventually, Google says it wants to make Starline "more affordable and accessible" and that it could one day be incorporated into Google's other communications products.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-project-starline-191228699.html
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Google plans to build a commercial quantum computer by 2029

Google developers are confident they can build a commercial-grade quantum computer by 2029. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the plan during today's I/O stream, and in a blog post, quantum AI lead engineer Erik Lucero further outlined the company's goal to "build a useful, error-corrected quantum computer" within the decade.



Executives also revealed Google's new campus in Santa Barbara, California, which is dedicated to quantum AI. The campus has Google's first quantum data center, hardware research laboratories, and the company's very own quantum processor chip fabrication facilities.

The main benefits of quantum computing come in terms of processing power, scale and accuracy, allowing researchers to run complex computations incredibly quickly. Experts predict quantum computing will help drive breakthroughs in a number of industries, including healthcare, economics, encryption, artificial intelligence, sustainability and energy.

"As we look 10 years into the future, many of the greatest global challenges, from climate change to handling the next pandemic, demand a new kind of computing," Lucero said. "To build better batteries (to lighten the load on the power grid), or to create fertilizer to feed the world without creating 2 percent of global carbon emissions (as nitrogen fixation does today), or to create more targeted medicines (to stop the next pandemic before it starts), we need to understand and design molecules better. That means simulating nature accurately. But you can't simulate molecules very well using classical computers."

Google isn't alone in the race for quantum computing: IBM is installing its first commercial quantum computer at the Cleveland Clinic this year, as part of a decade-long partnership to drive discoveries in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-quantum-computer-2029-goal-201612680.html
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Google Photos gives users more control over AI-powered Memories

Google Photos is getting a suite of updates this year leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, with a focus on the Memories feature. Most notably, Google is giving users more control over the pics that appear in Memories, which are automatically selected and sorted using machine learning.



Starting today, users will be able to rename or remove Trip highlights altogether. Rolling out soon, users will have the power to remove a single photo from a Memory, remove Best of Month Memories, and rename or remove specific Memories. And later this summer, Google will make existing controls to hide photos of certain time periods or people easier to use.

"Whether it's a breakup, a loss or some other tough time, we don't want to relive everything," Google said in a blog post. "We specifically heard from the transgender community that resurfacing certain photos is painful, so we've been working with our partners at GLAAD and listening to feedback to make reminiscing more inclusive."

Also this summer, Google Photos will group pictures based on subtle patterns, picking out specific objects, settings or visual trends in your camera roll and generating a gallery from there. New Best of Month and Trip highlights will go live in the app today, and later this year, fresh Memories based on events like Diwali, Hanukkah and Lunar New Year will roll out.

Google Photos is also getting a feature called Cinematic moments, which uses machine learning to create a moving image out of two photos taken in rapid succession. These will go live in the Recent Highlights section of Google Photos.



SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-photos-ai-update-2021-edit-memories-184654311.html
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Google and Samsung joined forces on the new Wear OS

After years without a major update, Wear OS is getting some love today at Google's I/O developer conference. The software's latest version is coming, and was developed in collaboration with Samsung. This isn't the deep Fitbit integration some of us might have been expecting since Google completed its acquisition earlier this year, but it's still a pretty huge deal.



Wear OS meets Tizen OS
I've long considered Samsung's Tizen to be the best smartwatch platform for Android users and this partnership demonstrates Google's ability to recognize the Korean company's expertise in this area. Though neither Tizen nor Wear OS measure up to Apple's watchOS at the moment, Samsung's software at least offers good built-in health and fitness tracking, along with a navigation system that makes common functions easy to find. Wear OS, meanwhile, is a simple skeleton that relies on cards and Assistant to get most things done, but has much more third-party app support than Tizen.

We don't have all the details on what the new UI will look like yet, but based on some renders Google has provided, it looks like some navigation changes are coming. First, a double tap of a physical button on the watch case will let you switch between your current and previous apps, like a Spotify dashboard and a Strava workout session.

Google is also expanding its existing Tiles feature, which lets you swipe horizontally through a selection of widgets, to third-party apps. It was previously limited to first-party functions like Weather, Fit and Heart Rate. Some third-party examples we've seen so far include a relaxation timer from Calm. Google said you'll be able to customize the carousel of Tiles to make your favorites easier to reach. Hopefully, we'll see more support from developers since the Tiles alpha was opened up in March. A horizontal carousel of widgets would make Wear OS feel much more similar to Tizen, at least on the surface.

Google also said it learned things from Samsung like how to optimize battery efficiency and run certain processes in the background for a better user experience. In addition to improved performance like apps starting 30 percent faster and having smoother animations and transitions, the two companies also worked on things like the chipsets and platform-level enhancements. This should improve battery life, though don't expect to see longer runtimes just yet. The energy efficiencies are more to enable useful processes without draining too much juice. Things like constant heart rate monitoring or sleep tracking, for example, were possible on previous versions of Wear OS but would sap the battery too much to be really useful.

The new combined platform would be more open, according to director of product management for Wear OS Bjorn Kilburn, and Google would be providing a new reference UI for watch makers. "We're going to enable OEMs the ability to customize that experience much more deeply than they were able to in the past," he told Engadget. This means companies like Fossil and Montblanc can tweak the software more deeply than before, which could result in smartwatches from different OEMs being more distinct than before.

Improved health and fitness tracking
One area where Wear OS fell short of Tizen and Apple's watchOS before was health and fitness tracking. Though Google Fit tracked things like your steps progress and heart health points (gained from cardio activity), Wear OS didn't offer a very well-integrated exercise-tracking system.

Samsung to completely rebuild the health and fitness framework on Wear," Kilburn told Engadget. He said the team collaborated with Samsung to learn how to run things like constant heart rate tracking without draining too much battery. Google also got input from both partners on how to make use of sensors like accelerometers and heart rate scanners for a comprehensive health-tracking system. At I/O, the company launched a Health Services API alpha that would let developers get familiar with the new features available on the latest Wear OS.

In addition, Fitbit is building an app for the new Wear that will bring in its tools like workout tracking, health and activity monitoring throughout the day and on-screen celebrations. It's not yet clear if Fitbit's capable sleep-tracking function will be coming to Wear OS, but if it does, it'd give Google's platform an edge over Apple. Since Fitbit uses your heart rate to tell what sleep stage you're in throughout the night, it offers more insight than watchOS, which doesn't interpret your cardio data that way yet.

Other upcoming changes
Some other changes include upcoming refreshes of Google's own apps like Pay, Maps and YouTube Music, and the Assistant. Support for offline music playback (via YouTube Music and Spotify) is coming and Maps is also getting turn by turn navigation on the wrist soon.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-samsung-new-wear-os-rip-tizen-183031381.html
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Everything Google announced at I/O 2021

Google's Sundar Pichai promised I/O 2021 would be full of new announcements and the company delivered. Across two hours, Google talked about upcoming features for most of its consumer-facing products, including Photos, Maps and Search. We also got a look at the next versions of Android and Wear OS, as well as Google's ongoing work in AI. Add to that some surprises and it was a jam-packed event.



AI

Google, as usual, kicked off I/O by talking up its latest advancements in artificial intelligence. It first detailed LaMDA, a new model the company claimed represents a breakthrough in conversational AI. In one of the more unusual demos of the day, Google showed off LaMDA pretending to be Pluto and then a paper airplane in conversations between it and the company's employees. While it wasn't always eloquent or concise, LaMDA could answer complicated questions about those two topics. LaMDA could one day have significant implications for products like Search and Assistant. The company also showed off an AI-assisted dermatology tool that can provide you information about common skin conditions.

Privacy

Google devoted an entire section of its keynote to new privacy features coming to its various products. In Photos, for example, the company is adding a dedicated folder for images and video you want to keep private. Content you add to your Locked Folder won't show up when you scroll through your Photos timeline and access requires inputting a passcode. In your account, meanwhile, there's a new option to delete the last 15 minutes of your search history.

Apps


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-io-2021-supercut-210712143.html
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Google is simplifying how developers build Android for Cars apps

Google is looking to make it even easier for developers to build Android for Cars apps. The company opened up an Android for Cars app library in the Jetpack tool suite in March, helping developers to bring navigation, parking and electric vehicle apps to Android Auto. The library will also support Android Automotive, so developers will be able to create apps that are compatible with both platforms. As such, developers shouldn't have to allocate as many resources to make sure their apps work on both.



Several early access partners are bringing apps in those categories to Android Automotive, including Chargepoint, Parkwhiz and Plugshare. Google plans to open up the app library to more categories later. Initially, the company only allowed third-party developers to create media and messaging apps for Android for Cars.

Android Automotive is a full infotainment system that doesn't have to rely on a connected Android device. Google says that, by the end of this year, more than 10 car models will support the platform, including vehicles from Volvo, General Motors and Renault. With more cars set to use Automotive, it makes sense that Google wants to help developers build out the app ecosystem.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-android-for-cars-app-development-auto-automotive-211528472.html
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Google Cast updates make it easier to move audio between devices

Google announced a slew of updates at its I/O developer conference today, covering software for all sorts of devices like phones, wearables, foldables and more. One of these platforms is Android TV, and in addition to a bunch of developer-centric improvements, the company is also introducing new Cast Connect, Stream Transfer and Stream Expansion tools. These should make it easier to play things on Cast devices, once developers build the functionality into their apps.



Cast Connect will let you send content from your phone, tablet or Chrome browser onto an app on Android TV. Right now if you cast to an Android TV device, it's not targeted to specific apps on the bigger screen. This might also allow for some control around what you're casting and possibly some interaction with the TV app.

Meanwhile, Stream Transfer will let you move playback between supported devices and Stream Expansion adds speakers to boost what you're watching or listening to at the moment. That last feature sounds the most useful since it could help those who are hard of hearing or simply need a louder sound system by adding more output devices.

To get developers onboard with the new tools, Google is making the Android 12 Beta 1 available for TV today. It's also introducing the first Google TV emulator running on Android 11, as well as Android TV support for its Firebase Test Lab. The company said some of these features are already available, while the rest are coming soon, though it's not yet clear which ones are here now. With more than 80 million monthly active devices using Android TV, plenty of people could potentially benefit from more useful apps and improvements coming to the platform.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-android-tv-cast-connect-stream-transfer-expansion-211557411.html
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Google is helping developers build Android apps for bigger screens

As usual, Google followed up its big I/O keynote with a quicker session focused specifically on the new tools it'll offer the developer community in the coming months. The entire developer keynote is up on YouTube, but here are a handful of things that caught our eyes.



Google announced a new tool coming that should help it realize the multi-screen vision the company laid out for its new Material You design language. Jetpack Compose is a UI toolkit that should make it easier for developer to build apps that'll work across a wider variety of Android devices, not just phones. Compose was first announced at I/O two years ago, and Google has been developing it in public since then. The stable release is now set for July of this year. Given that Google has always had a challenge making developer build Android apps for larger screen, this could be a crucial tool -- especially given the ever-increasing number of Chromebooks out there running Android apps.

Google discussed security extensively in its main keynote, and the developer keynote revealed some new details about a new security tool for developers called App Check. It'll be out soon in beta as part of the Firebase developer console and it help to identify legitimate traffic from your app. Specifically, it can verify that data coming in to your services is coming from an authorized app and block it from unverified sources. That's not something a user might directly notice, but it does mean that any data a developer needs to keep on its users to keep their app doing what it needs to won't be accessed or compromised.

Google also went deep into its open-source Flutter development kit, talked over the changes coming to Wear OS in more details, and hit on a number of other changes its making to how users will built apps with its platforms. If you want more, the developer keynote is embedded below and you should also turn into the many I/O sessions taking place in the next few days.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-firebase-android-apps-for-bigger-screens-213821635.html
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Google wants to make shopping easier in Photos and Chrome

Shopping functionality might not be what most people think of when they visit Google, but it's a big part of its business. And that was on display at I/O 2021, with the company devoting a segment of the two-hour event to features that will enhance the shopping experience across its products. In Photos, for example, Google has added a new "Search inside screenshot" Lens prompt. So say you save a photo of Steph Curry, Google Lens will try to find products that match the ones pictured in that image.



In Chrome, meanwhile, Google has added a feature to help you keep track of your pending purchases. Shortly after opening a new tab, you'll see all your open carts in the middle of the page. So if you're in the process of buying something but get distracted, Chrome will be there to remind you you didn't complete a purchase. Pushy yes, but probably not as obnoxious as those emails you get when you abandon a cart.   

Google is also expanding its partnership with Shopify. Moving forward, the company plans to make it easier for Shopify merchants, all 1.7 million of them and counting, to feature their products across Google products like Search, YouTube and more. Lastly, the company will soon let you link your favorite loyalty programs from retailers like Sephora to your Google account. The company will use this information to highlight your best purchase options.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-io-2021-shopping-215943081.html
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Google is finally bringing YouTube Music to Wear OS

Big changes are coming to the Wear OS platform. Google announced that it developed the next version of Wear OS with Samsung at its I/O developer conference, where it also revealed that it's (finally!) launching a YouTube Music app for the operating system. The tech giant started shutting down the Play Music app back in September in favor of YouTube Music, but Wear OS users lost access to it on their devices weeks earlier than that.



Google provided people a transfer tool to move their tracks from the old app to the new one months before the shutdown. However, it killed off Play Music arguably before its replacement was ready for the masses, even though it's been out for years. Wear OS owners had to wait almost eight months for this announcement, after all, and the app doesn't even have an exact release date yet. Google only said that it's coming out later this year. Meanwhile, Apple Watch users have had access to a YouTube Music app since October 2020, shortly after Play Music's shutdown.

When YouTube Music does come out for Wear OS, people will be able to take advantage of the service's features on their smartwatches. One of those is being able to download music on their devices, enabling playback without WiFi or data connection.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/google-youtube-music-app-wear-os-051417768.html
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Apple teases a Music announcement as more 'Lossless' clues appear

An Apple teaser and newly discovered clues have reinforced the idea that Apple Music is about to launch a new HiFi tier, MacRumors has reported. On Apple's Music site, there's a 15-second video (bottom) displaying the Apple Music logo and message: "Get ready - music is about to change forever."



In addition, Designer Stijn de Vries discovered a pair of logos within the Apple Music website that show both "Lossless" and "Hi-Res Lossless" branding. Those could be used as badges for songs encoded with lossless audio streaming, as MacRumors points out.

References to Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless music were also discovered yesterday within the source code of the Apple Music web app, as 9to5Mac reported. Those were found next to Dolby Atmos references, meaning that Apple Music may include not only higher-quality music, but 3D surround sound streaming as well.

All of that jibes with past rumors indicating that Apple is going to launch new Music features. The lossless and Dolby Atmos references were previously seen in iOS 14.6 beta code, and the term "lossless" (though not Dolby Atmos) also popped up on Apple Music for Android.

We're also expecting new third-generation AirPods with an in-ear design and removable ear tip options. That rumor is backed up by a number of sources, including reliable Apple manufacturing analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. All this could all pop up as early as tomorrow, May 18th, according to yet another rumor.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/apple-music-might-soon-include-a-lossless-tier-105520597.html
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A bug let Eufy security camera owners access strangers' feeds

Owners of Anker's Eufy security cameras are running into a serious privacy bug. As 9to5Mac reports, users on Anker's forums and Reddit have found themselves suddenly accessing others' camera feeds, including recordings and even account details. Logging out and in again appears to resolve the issue (as does using HomeKit Secure Video), but this clearly raises concerns that a not-so-scrupulous user might spy on someone else.



Anker confirmed the issue happened in multiple countries and that it was fixed about one hour after it was recognized. The company says a software bug during a server upgrade was the reason, though it didn't offer more details. "We realize that as a security company we didn't do good enough," the company writes while promising to upgrade security measures so this doesn't happen again.

Here's the company's following statement:

"Due to a software bug during our latest server upgrade at 4:50 AM EST today, a limited number (0.001%) of our users were able to access video feeds from other users' cameras. Our engineering team recognized this issue at around 5:30 AM EST, and quickly got it fixed by 6:30AM EST.

The issue affected users at a small rate in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. Users in Europe remain unaffected.

Our customer service team will continue contacting those who were affected. Eufy Baby Monitors, eufy Smart Locks, eufy Alarm System devices and eufy PetCare products remain unaffected.

We realize that as a security company we didn't do good enough. We are sorry we fell short here and are working on new security protocols and measures to make sure that this never happens again."


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/anker-eufy-security-camera-privacy-bug-130449901.html
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Apple Music will offer Dolby Atmos and lossless streaming starting next month

After clues in iOS 14.6 beta code and Apple Music for Android, and an intentional tease from the company, Apple has officially announced spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and lossless streaming. After all the hints and rumors, there are two new high-quality music options available through the streaming service. And the best part is Apple Music subscribers will have access to both at no additional cost when they arrive on the service next month.



Apple's AirPods Max are equipped with spatial audio capabilities, but the headphones only work well with your iPhone, iPad or Mac and there hasn't been much compatible content. With the addition of Dolby Atmos to Apple Music, you'll have an immersive option for listening to music akin to what Tidal HiFi and Amazon Music HD (which is also no additional cost as of today) already offer. Both of those services support Dolby Atmos Music and Sony 360 Reality Audio. Apple says the streaming service will automatically play music in Dolby Atmos on all AirPods and Beats earbuds and headphones with an H1 or W1 chip. Ditto for built-in speakers on "the latest versions" of iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple promises to make Dolby Atmos content easy to find with curated playlists and special badges. However, the company didn't go into specifics on the size of the music library here. It says "thousands" of songs will be available at launch, but didn't give any numbers. The company did say it's collaborating with Dolby to make it easier for artists, producers and engineers to create music in Dolby Atmos. It's also working with artists and labels to bring existing material to the format. Apple promises more tracks will be added "regularly."

Apple is also making its entire catalog of music available in lossless audio. Lossless streaming uses Apple's ALAC codec (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) at up to 48kHz, while Hi-Resolution Lossless increases the quality to 192kHz. More specifically, Lossless starts out at CD quality 16 bit at 44.1 kHz and goes up to 24-bit/48KHz. Apple says 24 bit at 192kHz is meant for "the true audiophile." For that level of quality, the company warns you'll need some extra gear to make it worthwhile -- like an external USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

The whole idea here is to capture the original detail of the studio recording. "This means Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same thing that the artists created in the studio," the company explained in a press release. You can access lossless audio by adjusting the audio quality settings in the Apple Music app and opt for different resolutions based on your connection.

Both Dolby Atmos and lossless audio will be available in Apple Music in June.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/apple-music-lossless-dolby-atmos-131659010.html
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Apple's latest Pride-themed Watch bands are more representative

Since 2016, Apple has released a limited-edition, Pride-themed Watch band and face, and this year is no exception. The company just announced the 2021 Apple Watch Pride Edition, with two new straps and a watch face that'll be available to everyone through a forthcoming software update.



The first band is a take on the braided solo loop style, which is fitted to your wrist size and has no clasp or buckle. This year's band takes the traditional colors of the Pride rainbow and adds in more pulled from other Pride flags, like light blue, pink, and white for transgender and nonbinary people. It also includes black and brown coloring for the Black and Latinx communities. A new watch face is designed to match this band, with all the colors represented in a weave-like pattern. Like Apple's other braided solo loops, this one will cost $99.

There's also a $49 Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop which consists the six original Pride rainbow colors intermixed with white. There's a special Nike Pride face to go along with this band, as well.

Both bands are on sale now on Apple's website, and they'll be in stores on Tuesday, May 25th. Lest this feel like a purely capitalist play, Apple also notes that it is "building on its long-running financial support" for LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, Equality North Carolina, Equality Texas, Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Transgender Equality, PFLAG National, SMYAL and The Trevor Project in the US, as well as ILGA World internationally.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/apple-watch-2021-pride-edition-bands-134245234.html
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Oculus will soon let you see how silly you look while playing VR games

Fresh off the v28 firmware rollout and introducing features like Air Link and 120Hz support, Oculus has revealed what's next for the platform. Among the latest features is a live overlay, which let you watch yourself using VR apps in real-time.



If you have an iPhone XS or newer, you can add a live feed of yourself on top of whatever you're doing in VR. So, if you've been wondering how you look while playing Beat Saber or swinging a lightsaber in Vader Immortal, you'll soon get to find out.

Oculus will initially grant a small number of users access to Live Overlay as a test feature. It will work with any VR app that supports casting and recording, and you can share videos with the overlay intact. You'll also be able to capture your voice using the Quest's built-in microphone when you're recording or casting video to a web browser.

Also in v29, Oculus is adding a way to see iPhone notifications while using your headset as part of the system-level Infinite Office features. If you have an iPhone 7 or above, you can enable iOS phone notifications. Android support is on the way. Oculus says it's offering users more access and control over files with a revamped files app. In addition, you'll have another way to access the passthrough function so you can see the world around you without having to take off your headset. A passthrough home "eye" icon will be added to the quick settings menu.

Earlier this year, Oculus enabled app sharing and multi-user accounts on more recent headsets. With v29, owners of the original Oculus Quest will be able to use the features too. Meanwhile, Oculus will soon start testing ads for VR experiences in its mobile app. Developers will be able to run ads to help people discover their apps, and you'll have some control over your ad preferences.

Oculus is rolling out firmware v29 gradually, so it could take a little while to reach all users.



Source-  https://www.engadget.com/oculus-quest-live-overlay-v29-ios-notifications-183609233.html
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Nintendo shows off 'Mario Golf: Super Rush' speed golf and battle royale modes

Ahead of releasing Mario Golf: Super Rush next month, Nintendo has revealed a bit more about what to expect from the game, including the speed golf mode. You and up to four friends will play at the same time. Not only will you try to complete a hole with fewer shots than your opponents, you'll want to do so faster than them as well.



You'll need to sprint to where your ball has landed to take your next shot. There will be pickups on the course, including coins and ones that restore stamina. Each of the 16 characters has their own special dash move to help you get to the ball faster and various attributes, including power, stamina, speed, control and spin.

They also have a special shot ability. Luigi can freeze the ground on impact, while King Bob-omb can spawn bombs in the landing zone. Others smash nearby balls out of the way on impact. PGA Tour 2K21, this ain't.

Mario Golf: Super Rush has a battle royale-style speed golf variant called Battle Golf. The showdown takes place in an arena packed with obstacles and nine holes. The first golfer to capture three holes, by having the lowest stroke count at a given time, will be the winner.

On top of that, there's an RPG mode called Golf Adventure, in which you can level up a rookie Mii character. Coaches can help you improve your technique. You'll also undertake challenges and battle bosses. Yes, in a golf game. Once you feel your Mii has decent enough stats, you'll be able to use them in multiplayer modes.

Nintendo also showed off some other features, including curve and spin shot abilities, a terrain scanner and optional motion controls. Mario Golf: Super Rush is coming to Nintendo Switch on June 25th.



Source-  https://www.engadget.com/mario-golf-super-rush-trailer-speed-golf-battle-royale-nintendo-switch-160224931.html
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Epic Games sues AR glasses maker Nreal over its name

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against mixed-reality glasses company Nreal over an alleged trademark infringement. It claims the company's name "looks and sounds virtually identical" to Unreal and said that was "no coincidence." Epic also said in the suit that the two companies are competing in the same market and suggested the similarity could cause confusion.



"Epic has ten registrations for 'Unreal' alone or in connection with another term for a wide range of goods and services including but not limited to software, video games, virtual worlds, and 3D visualizations, animations, and platforms," according to the suit.

Nreal released its Nreal Light mixed-reality glasses in South Korea last year and it plans to launch them in the US this quarter, as The Verge notes. Although Epic doesn't yet have AR hardware of its own, it has shown interest in the AR/VR space. In 2017, Epic released Robo Recall, a virtual reality game it developed with Unreal Engine.

Epic is seeking an injunction that would force Nreal to withdraw its trademark application, as well as unspecified damages. The companies have been battling over the Unreal moniker for a few years. They had been in discussions over a settlement but weren't able to reach an agreement, according to the suit.

Nreal has faced other legal issues in the US. Last year, a court threw out a claim by Magic Leap that a Nreal founder and CEO Chi Xu, a former employee, used "stolen" secrets to help create his company. Epic, of course, is embroiled in another major lawsuit. The third week of its bench trial against Apple is underway.



Source-  https://www.engadget.com/epic-games-ar-glasses-maker-nreal-trademark-infringement-lawsuit-171513351.html
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Hot Wheels' latest RC Cybertruck puts a Cyberquad in your hand for only $100

The Hot Wheels Cybertruck hasn't even shipped to everyone who ordered one last February, but Mattel has already announced a new version going on sale this week. What's different? This year's 1:10 version now includes the Cyberquad bike as part of the set, which can slide neatly into the trunk of the Cybertruck. And this new toy is way cheaper than the original collector's edition -- only $100 for the entire package, going on sale this Friday at MattelCreations.com.



How is it so cheap? Well, this version won't have the removable shell so you can look inside. And it doesn't include the "broken window" decal that was so charming last year. The lighting has also been changed up a bit, and it's half as fast, with a top speed of 12 miles per hour. The ATV is not remote controlled at all, so that certainly helps with keeping the package at a reasonable cost. The Cybertruck will be controlled with a pad designed after the OG Cybertruck's dashboard, also included with the set.

The 2020 Cybertruck was announced at Toy Fair in February 2020 and was delayed to this month. This new one will go on sale at 12pm ET this Friday, will shipment promised by September 15 -- good luck with snagging one, as both of last year's models (the 1:10 and 1:64 sizes) sold out within hours.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/hot-wheels-cybertruck-cyberquad-150056557.html
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Canoo's first consumer 'lifestyle vehicle' will cost almost $35,000

Back in 2019, Canoo had a bold plan to sell a subscription-only EV. Now, however, it appears that plan has been shelved, at least temporarily. The company announced today that the futuristic-looking van, officially called the "Lifestyle Vehicle," will have a starting price of $34,750. The price can be as high as $49,950 before incentives or optional equipment. Starting today, you can reserve one of your own for a $100 deposit. The Lifestyle Vehicle will arrive in 2022.



On top of that, the company also announced that its MPDV (which starts at $33,000) and pickup truck can be reserved for a $100 deposit as well. Deliveries for those vehicles, however, are slated for 2023.

Canoo's Lifestyle Vehicle is available in four trims: Base, Premium, Adventure and Delivery. The Adventure trim features more ground clearance and a "more muscular profile" with enhanced bumpers and the addition of a metal skid plate. According to the company, it'll have up to 300 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of peak motor torque with 250 miles of battery range.

The company had tried to license out its platform to other car makers like Hyundai, maybe even drawing the attention of Apple according to The Verge, but the deal appears to have fallen through.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/canoo-lifestyle-vehicle-price-182336819.html
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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4xe is a PHEV for trail hounds

The first car I ever owned was a run-down 1985 Jeep Grand Cherokee that I bought for $600. The thing was a glorious mess; the only accessory that wasn't analog was the dashboard clock and that never did anything but flash "12:00." But the state of technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since the dark day of the mid-80s and, thankfully, a whole bunch of it has found its way into Jeep's first PHEV, the trail-blazing 2021 Wrangler Limited Sahara 4xe.



The introduction of the 4xe marks another expansion of the Wrangler's drivetrain options. For the 2021 model year, prospective buyers have myriad internal combustion options including a 3.0L V6 diesel, a 3.6L V6 petrol, and a gigantic 6.4L V8. The 4xe on the other hand is powered by a petite 2.0L supercharged I4 and augmented by a pair of electric motor generators driven by a 17kWh battery pack. Together they produce 375 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft and 370 mile range while delivering 49 mpg-e -- nearly double the 22/29 mpg that its ICE variants can muster -- though without help from the e-motor, the 4xe's efficiency drops to around 20 mpg.

The 4xe's primary motor generator sits at the front of the engine block and is used to augment the engine's performance as well as keep the battery pack topped off while driving. The second motor generator sits in front of the transmission with a binary clutch separating the motor from the engine -- where the torque converter normally sits. This is what enables the 4xe to use Electric-Only mode, since there aren't any actual mechanical connections between the two systems aside from this clutch. When the clutch is open, it's electric only. When the clutch is closed, the ICE and EM work in concert. And, interestingly, while it does have a 12V battery to run the vehicle's various accessories, the 4xe does not need a 12V starter motor like its fully-petrol alternatives do, meaning it turns on and off silently like an EV. (Also means that you can run the accessories all day and never worry about running down the powertrain battery since they're all run off the separate 12V, that's clever.)

Those motors are powered by a 400V, 17kWh 96-cell battery pack tucked under the rear seats. It uses an NCM (nickel-cobalt-manganese) chemistry, the cobalt-heavy predecessor to the NCMA mix that GM's Ultium system employs. And while it can't hit the high-charging speeds that, say, the GM Hummer EV, with its 800V architecture, enjoys, the 4xe's battery is compact enough that it can be fully replenished with 2 hours on a level 2 charger or in 2.5 hours by just driving around at freeway speeds, letting that primary motor generator work its magic. What's more, the 4xe's regenerative braking system can also harvest up to a quarter G of momentum every time the vehicle stops while extending the service life of the XEs brake pads -- double that when 4WD is engaged. There's even a selectable Max Regen mode which is basically regenerative braking in overdrive -- expect less coasting and firmer stops when you've got it engaged.

Since the 4xe is designed to go off-roading and is Trail Rated -- which includes a skid plate and front and rear tow hooks -- the battery pack has been hardened in an aluminum case and waterproofed to endure fording up to 30 inches of water.

Drivers will be able to adjust the interplay between the electric and IC powertrains using a trio of buttons located to the left of the steering column, collectively known as E Selec. Yes, that is spelled correctly. Choose between Hybrid mode, which runs on electric power alone (a whole 20 miles of range!) until the battery is depleted before letting the engine kick in to help, Electric Only mode which is exactly what it sounds like, and eSave which is the opposite of Electric Only -- running on gas power without engaging the electric side. You can very much tell when the electric motor is on, and I don't just mean by the lack of sound. It's like driving two different vehicles. In gas-only mode you feel every ounce of the roughly 4,000-pound vehicle and can hear the superchargers screaming when accelerating hard. Electric only mode makes the Wrangler feel light as a feather and stiff as a board but barely gets me from my house to the far side of the Bay Bridge before running out of juice.

The 4xe will come in three trim levels: The Sahara 4xe, which is what I drove, starts at $47,995 (though the one in the video will set you back $54,000 with its various add-on packages); the stepped up Rubicon 4xe starts at $51,695, and the top of the line High Altitude 4xe goes for $53,815. Those are quite a bit pricier than the $28,900 that this year's ICE Wranglers start at. Buyers will have the choice of ten exterior colors, two interior color/material alternatives, and the option for a manually-convertible soft top, 3-piece hard top or "one-touch" power top, which is a soft top sliding over hard side and rear windows. Side note: why is the soft top so damn difficult to put on and take off. I feel like I need an engineering degree and three lifelines to get this thing correctly installed with any regularity.

The 4xe stays true to the Wrangler style with a boxy exterior and tall ride height -- you'd be hard pressed to spot the difference between the PHEV and an ICE version from any appreciable distance. One design flair I very much appreciated however is that both the power outlet and fuel filler port are located on the same side of the vehicle -- the power outlet sits in front of the driver's door, the gas port is behind the rear passenger's door -- which means that if you can remember where either of them is, you will know where both of them are, saving you time and embarrassment when trying to navigate unfamiliar gas stations and charging centers.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/2021-jeep-wrangler-unlimited-sahara-4-xe-phev-first-drive-174554804.html
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Okinawa Autotech Aims To Increase Its Revenue By 300 Per Cent In FY2022

Okinawa Autotech, one of India's leading electric two-wheeler manufacturers, has announced its ambitious target to increase its revenue by 300 per cent in FY2022. Furthermore, it reiterates its commitment to invest ₹ 150 crore, most of it towards a new plant in Rajasthan. The company also aims to grow its product portfolio and expand its on-ground footprint. The company clocked annual revenue of Rs 155 crore in FY 2021. In FY2021, the company sold 30,930 units and aims a sell three-fold increase in sales in FY2022.



Summing up the performance of FY 21 and the roadmap for FY 22, Jeetender Sharma, MD & Founder of Okinawa said, The last year has been tough for the entire automobile industry. It was indeed a setback for us at Okinawa, as for any other company. Having said that, we are glad to share that we managed stable growth and continued to make a mark in India's electric vehicle revolution, even in such difficult times. Okinawa is planning to sell three times the scooters that we sold in 2020. As the ecosystem strengthens further, we are absolutely bullish about our growth prospects in FY 22."

The Okinawa PraisePro was the company's highest-selling electric scooter. The other big launch in FY2021 was the Okinawa Dual, which is a customisable electric two-wheeler for B2B purposes. Okinawa has also announced strategic partnerships with financial institutions and e-commerce companies such as Edelweiss, Credr, Zest money, Welectric, and Beep cart. Many Okinawa products are also being deployed as last-mile delivery vehicles by B2B logistics companies. Okinawa also plans to set up a new manufacturing facility in Rajasthan this year as well.


SOURCE - https://www.carandbike.com/news/okinawa-autotech-aims-to-increase-its-revenue-by-300-per-cent-in-fy2022-2443471
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Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Launch Expected Soon as It Receives Bluetooth Certification

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G launch can be expected soon as the phone received certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) on Monday. The smartphone has so far been a part of the rumour mill and is speculated to come in 4G and 5G models. Both models are expected to have a similar list of specifications, though with distinct chipsets to offer different network capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy A22 is rumoured to have a waterdrop-style display notch and a triple rear camera setup. Samsung is also expected to use the same design language that it offered with the Galaxy A32 and the Galaxy A52 recently.



The Bluetooth SIG website has listed the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G in five distinct variants, with model numbers SM-A226B-DS, SM-A226B-DSN, SM-A226B, SM-A226BR-DSN, and SM-A226BR-N. These could be associated with the models coming to different regions. The listing, which was initially reported by tipster Mukul Sharma, also suggests support for Bluetooth v5.0 with the Galaxy A22 5G. The listing does not provide any further details about the smartphone.

Nevertheless, some renders allegedly related to the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G surfaced online recently, suggesting that its design could be very similar to what we have seen on the Galaxy A32. The leaked renders also suggested that the new Samsung phone could come in Black, Green, Purple, and White colours.

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G specifications (expected)
In addition to the renders, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G specifications also surfaced online a few days ago. The phone is said to have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display and come with an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. It is also rumoured to have a 5,000mAh battery and include 15W fast charging support. Further, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is said to weigh 205 grams and measure 9mm in thickness.


SOURCE - https://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/samsung-a22-5g-launch-variants-certification-bluetooth-sig-listing-galaxy-2443506
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Sharp's powerful Aquos R6 features a huge one-inch camera sensor

We don't hear much about Sharp's smartphones these days, largely because they're only available in Japan and a select few other regions. However, the company has just unveiled a new model, the Aquos R6, that's loaded with interesting tech, as Engadget Japan has reported. That includes a Leica-branded camera with a very large sensor that raises a few questions about Leica's relationship with Huawei.



Sharp collaborated with Leica to create a 20-megapixel camera with a 1-inch sensor, one of the largest available on any smartphone. It worked with Leica on the entire camera system, including the sensor (likely built by Sony), 19mm f/1.9 wide-angle lens (35mm equivalent), and image quality features. The 7-element lens design even earned Leica's vaunted "Summicron" branding, which supposedly lets you shoot with less distortion. However, the Aquos R6 has just a single rear camera, so zooming (from wide to telephoto) is done digitally, not optically.

Sharp's collaboration with Leica is rather interesting, because rumors cropped up yesterday that Leica was ending its relationship with Huawei, though both companies previously denied this. Given the new Sharp collaboration, however, Leica is no longer exclusive to Huawei anymore, at the very least. Whether it will also work with other camera companies like Xiaomi, as is rumored, remains to be seen.

The Aquos R6 has a screen to match the camera, too. The 6.6-inch, 2,730 x 1,260 HDR screen puts out up to 2,000 nits of brightness -- the highest available on any smartphone, Sharp claims. To hit that number, Sharp said it developed the OLED display using its IGZO tech, though it's not clear exactly how that works. To avoid rapid battery drain from such a bright display, Sharp supposedly developed a system to reduce the refresh rate to 1Hz when a still image is displayed.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/sharps-aquos-r-6-smartphone-has-a-1-inch-sensor-and-2000-nit-display-084637650.html
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Samsung teases its next generation of flexible displays

Samsung used its first-mover advantage in foldables to establish a lead in the fledgling category. Last winter, it confirmed its commitment to folding devices by promising new launches that would make the premium tech more accessible. Today, we're getting a peep at the future foldables it has in store, including larger flexible displays for phones and tablets. It showcased the prototypes at the Display Week 2021 event, according to SamMobile.



Among the concepts was a double-folding OLED panel (pictured above) that can be used like a smartphone. When unfolded, the screen has a maximum size of 7.2-inches, which puts it between the main display on the Galaxy Z Flip (6.7-inches) and the Galaxy Fold 2 (7.6-inches).

Ditching folds, Samsung also showed off a Slidable OLED display that extends horizontally. As a sign of the innovation in the space, we've already seen similar devices with slide-out and rollable screens teased by TCL and LG (before it gave up on its mobile phone business). While neither of those have launched yet, China's Oppo has revealed a working prototype in its X 2021 rollable phone, which can switch between a conventional 6.7-inch screen and a larger 7.4-inch screen.

Indicating that we may soon get a folding Galaxy tablet, Samsung unveiled a 17-inch foldable panel at the event. With a 4:3 aspect ratio when unfolded, the display is larger than the 13.3-inch screen on Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold foldable PC.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/samsung-next-gen-flexible-foldable-displays-094559798.html
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Apple teases a Music announcement as more 'Lossless' clues appear

An Apple teaser and newly discovered clues have reinforced the idea that Apple Music is about to launch a new HiFi tier, MacRumors has reported. On Apple's Music site, there's a 15-second video (bottom) displaying the Apple Music logo and message: "Get ready - music is about to change forever."



In addition, Designer Stijn de Vries discovered a pair of logos within the Apple Music website that show both "Lossless" and "Hi-Res Lossless" branding. Those could be used as badges for songs encoded with lossless audio streaming, as MacRumors points out.

References to Lossless and Hi-Res Lossless music were also discovered yesterday within the source code of the Apple Music web app, as 9to5Mac reported. Those were found next to Dolby Atmos references, meaning that Apple Music may include not only higher-quality music, but 3D surround sound streaming as well.

All of that jibes with past rumors indicating that Apple is going to launch new Music features. The lossless and Dolby Atmos references were previously seen in iOS 14.6 beta code, and the term "lossless" (though not Dolby Atmos) also popped up on Apple Music for Android.

We're also expecting new third-generation AirPods with an in-ear design and removable ear tip options. That rumor is backed up by a number of sources, including reliable Apple manufacturing analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. All this could all pop up as early as tomorrow, May 18th, according to yet another rumor.


SOURCE - https://www.engadget.com/apple-music-might-soon-include-a-lossless-tier-105520597.html
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Sensex Rallies Over 300 Points; SBI, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank Top Gainers

The domestic stock markets have opened strong in line with the positive cues from the global front. Wall Street had closed higher over the weekend and Asian markets are looking up in early trading. At 9:17 am, the BSE Sensex was trading at 49,026.33, higher by 303 points or 0.59 per cent and the NSE Nifty was at 14,752.30, up 73.05 points or 0.51 per cent, led by gains in financial stocks.
The broader markets are also trading firm, with the BSE Midcap index adding 0.2 per cent and BSE Smallcap index gaining 0.6 per cent.



Asian shares edged cautiously higher on Monday catching the tailwind from a bounce on Wall Street and ahead of what are expected to be upbeat readings on the Chinese economy, though any disappointment could quickly chill the mood.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan firmed 0.2 per cent, nudging further away from a four-month trough hit last week. Japan's Nikkei gained 0.4 per cent, having also touched its lowest since early January last week.

Wall Street closed higher in a broad rally on Friday, an upbeat conclusion to whipsaw week of buying and selling as signs of a rebounding economy squared off against mounting inflation jitters. The Dow Jones rose 1.06 per cent, the S&P 500 gained 1.49 per cent and Nasdaq Composite added 2.32 per cent.

On the earnings front, Bharti Airtel, Federal Bank, Colgate Palmolive, Gland Pharma and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company will declate their results during the day.

Financial stocks are in the limelight this morning. SBI, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finserv, HDFC and HDFC Bank have gained 1-2 per cent each to top the gainers list on the BSE.


Source-  https://www.ndtv.com/business/stock-market-updates-may-17-2021-sensex-rises-over-300-points-nifty-above-14-700-2443103
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Mamata Banerjee At CBI Office As 2 Ministers Face Arrest In Bribery Case

New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee's ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee were taken to the CBI office in Kolkata this morning and are likely to be arrested in the Narada bribery case. In a snowballing Bengal-Centre clash, the Chief Minister also arrived at the CBI office shortly afterwards.
Firhad Hakim, taken away by central security personnel from his home just after 9 am, alleged that he was being arrested without proper sanction. Central forces also went to the homes of Trinamool MLA Madan Mitra and former Trinamool leader Sovan Chatterjee and took them to the CBI office. Ms Chatterjee, Kolkata's former mayor and senior minister, quit the Trinamool in 2019, joined the BJP but quit that party too this March.



Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had earlier sanctioned CBI investigations against the four.

The CBI will present a chargesheet against them before a special court and could seek custody. If not, the four may have to go to police lock-up until bail is granted.

The Speaker of the state assembly has to sanction the prosecution of MLAs. But in this case, the CBI did not ask the Bengal assembly Speaker for sanction but approached the Governor instead, in January. The Governor said he had the authority to grant sanction not because the four leaders were MLAs but because they were ministers sworn in by him in 2011.

All four were ministers in the previous Mamata Banerjee government when the Narada bribery tapes were shot in 2014. Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee were sworn in by the Governor as members of the new Mamata Banerjee cabinet after she won a third straight term in last month's Bengal election.

The case involves a sting operation by the Narada news portal, in which Trinamool leaders were on camera accepting bribes.

A journalist from Delhi came to Kolkata, posed as a businessman planning to invest in Bengal, gave wads of cash to seven Trinamool MPs, four ministers, one MLA and a police officer as bribe and taped the entire operation.


Source-  https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/narada-bribery-case-firhad-hakim-west-bengal-minister-taken-away-by-central-security-personnel-says-hes-being-arrested-2443098
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India's Daily Covid Cases Fall Below 3 Lakh, First Since April 21: 10 Points

New Delhi: India's daily Covid cases dropped below the 3 lakh-mark for the first time since April 21 with 2.81 lakh fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours. 4,106 Covid patients have died since yesterday.



Here is your ten-point cheat sheet on this big story:

The country has been recording more than 3,000 deaths every day due to Covid since April 28. More than 2.7 lakh people have died so far. The positivity rate this morning stood at 17.88 per cent.

While vaccine shortage has dampened the world's biggest inoculation drive, launched in January, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that over 51 lakh doses of vaccines will be received by the states and union territories in the next three days.

Many nations have been sending medical supplies after India's healthcare system was burdened by the second Covid wave that led to a deluge of distress messages. "11,058 oxygen concentrators; 13,496 oxygen cylinders; 19 oxygen generation plants; 7,365 ventilators, 5.3L Remdesivir vials" have been transported or delivered to states between April 27 and May 15, the government has said.

An anti-coronavirus drug developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) - called 2-deoxy-D-glucose or 2-DG - will be launched today, with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh distributing around 10,000 doses to some hospitals in the national capital.

Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have extended curbs to check Covid spread over the weekend. While Delhi is witnessing a recovery after reporting over 25,000 daily cases earlier this month, Punjab says it's still awaiting a drop in the cases.

The government has shared new SOPs to tackle the spread in rural parts, which have been hit hard by the second wave of Covid. Village-level surveillance, tele-consultation with community health officers, and training in rapid antigen testing are among the several areas of focus.

Bharat Biotech, whose Covaxin is one of the three vaccines cleared for emergency use, on Sunday said its vaccine is effective against B.1.167 strain of Covid detected in India and the UK variant of the virus B.1.1.7.

Even as the recommended gap between two doses of the Serum Institute of India's Covishield has been increased, those who have already got slots on CoWin won't be inconvenienced, the centre said on Sunday.

After visuals of dead bodies floating in River Ganga of suspected Covid patients triggered shock and anger in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, police units in different districts across UP have stepped up patrolling by the banks. The centre has told states to prevent dumping of bodies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dialled up chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Puducherry to discuss Covid situation with them.


Source-  https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-indias-fresh-covid-19-cases-fall-below-3-lakh-for-first-time-since-april-21-2-81-lakh-new-cases-4-106-deaths-in-24-hours-2443112
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Bitcoin Price Slides Further After Elon Musk Tweets

The price of Bitcoin traded below $45,000 (roughly Rs. 33 lakhs) on Sunday after a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, an outspoken supporter of cryptocurrency, suggested Tesla may be considering or may have sold off its bitcoin holdings.



Musk's tweet was in response to an unverified Twitter account called @CryptoWhale, which said, "Bitcoiners are going to slap themselves next quarter when they find out Tesla dumped the rest of their #Bitcoin holdings. With the amount of hate @elonmusk is getting, I wouldn't blame him...".

Musk replied "indeed" without specifying whether Tesla had sold off its Bitcoin (price in India) holdings or that he simply agreed with the sentiment that he faced criticism.

On May 12, Musk said Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for car purchases, citing long-brewing environmental concerns for a swift reversal in the company's position on the cryptocurrency.

The Tesla boss' tweets, which had helped drive some of the gains in Bitcoin in recent months, last week triggered a 17 percent slide in the value of the cryptocurrency when he said his company's customers would no longer be able to use Bitcoin to buy its cars.

Musk's decision to stop accepting Bitcoin as payment over environmental concerns has been well-received by some of Tesla's investors, offering a warning to corporate peers mulling a dabble with the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin is created when high-powered computers compete against other machines to solve complex mathematical puzzles, an energy-intensive process.

More than half a dozen investors in the electric vehicle maker contacted by Reuters said they were happy with Musk's decision on Bitcoin.


Source-  https://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/bitcoin-price-value-buy-tesla-elon-musk-tweet-cryptocurrency-2443159
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"Both Have Failed...": Rahul Gandhi's Double Swipe At Ventilators, PM

New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Monday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ventilators - essential medical equipment for Covid patients - bought by the PM CARES fund, saying both were "overly false propaganda", had "failed to do their job" and were "difficult to find, when needed".
"Ventilators bought by PM CARES and the Prime Minister have many similarities. Both are full of false propaganda, both have failed to do their jobs and, in times of need, both are difficult to find," Mr Gandhi tweeted in Hindi.



The Congress leader's swipe comes amid a row over reports suggesting ventilators bought by the centre with PM CARES fund and supplied to a state-run hospital in Punjab's Faridkot have been left unused because of technical glitches.

The centre has hit back at these reports, calling them "unfounded" and alleging it is the lack of infrastructure at the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital that is to blame.

The central government - facing fierce and widespread criticism over its handling of the pandemic, and particularly the second wave, has been providing states and union territories with essential medical devices, including ventilators, since April 2020, the Union Health Ministry said.

The ventilators in question were supplied by Bharat Electronics Limited and AgVa.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered an immediate audit of the process of installing and operating the ventilators, and directed healthcare workers be trained in its use, if necessary.

Mr Gandhi has been relentless in his attacks on the Narendra Modi government over the pandemic management issue; on Sunday he slammed the centre over reports of people being arrested in Delhi for allegedly putting up posters critical of the centre's handling of the crisis.


Last week too he accused the Prime Minister of "going missing".

"The Prime Minister is also missing, with vaccines, oxygen and medicines. All that remain is Central Vista project, GST on medicines and the Prime Minister's photos here and there," he tweeted.

India has reported over three lakh infections a day for over 20 consecutive days in April-May; today was the first time since April 21 that daily numbers were below that mark.

2.81 lakh new cases and over 4,000 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

The flood of cases has overwhelmed healthcare systems, leaving hospitals full, and medicines and oxygen in short supply. The shortage of vaccines has made things worse, as the country looks to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and UP have extended curbs to check Covid spread over the weekend.

Prime Minister Modi on Sunday dialled up chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Puducherry to discuss Covid situation with them.


Source-  https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-ventilators-both-have-failed-rahul-gandhis-double-swipe-at-ventilators-pm-2443149
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Tesla Crash Victim Lauded 'Full Self-Driving' in TikTok Videos

A Tesla car driver killed in a recent accident in California praised the automaker's "full self-driving" features, and posted videos on his apparent TikTok account, in which he appeared to drive with his hands off the wheel.



On May 5, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into an overturned truck on a highway in Fontana, killing the Tesla driver and injuring the truck driver and a motorist who had stopped to help him.

The Associated Press news agency cited police as saying a preliminary investigation had determined the Tesla's driver assistant system Autopilot was engaged prior to the crash.

But in a correction issued late on Friday, police said, "There has not been a final determination made as to what driving mode the Tesla was in."

Two videos of a man driving with his hands off the wheel were posted on the alleged TikTok account of the victim, 35-year-old Steven Hendrickson of Running Springs in California.

"What would do I do without my full self-driving Tesla after a long day at work," said a message on one. "Coming home from LA after work, thank god, self-drive," said a comment on another video, adding, "Best car ever!"


Source-  https://gadgets.ndtv.com/transportation/news/tesla-model-3-crash-victim-tiktok-videos-autopilot-self-driving-mode-us-elon-musk-2443139
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LG's 2021 soundbars arrive in the US starting at $179

LG has announced the pricing and availability of its 2021 soundbar lineup for the US. Since the models play audio from televisions via TV Sound Mode Share, you can enjoy the benefits of LG TVs' AI Sound Pro feature. The capability uses artificial intelligence to analyze and automatically adjust sounds, depending on the content genre (news, music or cinema) you're listening to. Most of the soundbars in the lineup are now available from retailers, including the most expensive options: the SP9YA and the SP8YA.



Both models are compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Siri, enabling voice control. They also work with Apple's AirPlay 2, so you can stream, control and share content directly from an iPhone, an iPad or a Mac. Another common feature between the two is AI Room calibration, which uses spatial awareness technology to optimize sound output for any room the device is in. The SP9YA (520W, 5.1.2 channel) and the SP8YA (440W, 3.1.2 channel) will set you back $999 and $799, respectively.

As you probably expect, the two most expensive models support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, thanks to their up-firing speakers that make 3D audio experiences possible. If that's the main feature you're after, though, you can also consider the cheaper SPD7Y that has the same capability. All three feature 4K pass-through with Dolby Vision, as well. The SPD7Y (380W, 3.1.2 channel) soundbar will only cost you $399, but it won't be available until mid-June.

Finally, the SP7Y (440W, 5.1 channel) and SP2 (100W, 2.1 channel) models are now available for purchase for $449 and $179, respectively. All soundbars except the SP2 support Hi-Res Audio and are capable of providing lossless playback at 24bit/192kHz for the SP9YA and at 24bit/96kHz for the SP8YA, SP7Y and SPD7Y. In addition to these five soundbars, LG will also be releasing the SN11RG, SN10Y and GX sound bars throughout 2021.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/lg-2021-soundbars-us-price-availability-173959966.html
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Twitter's subscription service might cost $3 per month

Twitter's expected subscription service might have a name and a price. Code sleuth Jane Manchun Wong says she has found resources suggesting the service will be called Blue and start at $3 per month. Your outlay would get you a handful of previously leaked features, including Undo Tweets and Collections that let you organize saved posts.



The service may include multiple tiers that deliver extra features, Wong added. She suggested the more expensive option might include a clutter-free reading interface from Twitter's recent Scroll acquisition.

Twitter declined to comment to Engadget.

If accurate, the strategy wouldn't be surprising.Twitter would set a relatively low price to court as many enthusiasts as possible, but entice the most devoted fans willing to pay more. Along with Tip Jar, Blue would be part of a broader effort to reduce Twitter's dependence on ads and steady its income. Whether or not it works is another matter, of course -- many are used to Twitter being free, and there's no certainty that even frequent users will pay to upgrade their social network experience.


Source-  https://www.engadget.com/twitter-blue-subscription-leak-191613918.html
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