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Last post by sushmi - Jan 19, 2022, 07:16 PM
Tesla driver in fatal California crash first to face felony charges involving Autopilot

A Tesla owner is facing the first felony charges filed against someone using a partially automated driving system in the US, according to AP. The defendant, Kevin George Aziz Riad, was driving a Model S when he ran a red light and crashed into a Honda Civic at a California intersection in 2019. It ended up killing the Civic's two passengers, while Riad and his companion sustained non-life threatening injuries. California prosecutors filed two counts of vehicular manslaughter against Riad in October last year.



The court documents reportedly didn't mention anything about Autopilot. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has been investigating the incident over the past couple of years, recently confirmed that it was switched on at the time of the crash. The NHTSA formally opened a probe into Tesla's driver assistance system in August last year following a string of 11 crashes involving parked first responder vehicles that killed 17 people. It's also investigating other types of crashes with Tesla vehicles, including one complaint blaming the beta version of the company's Full Self Driving technology for a collision in California.

As AP notes, Riad is the first to face charges involving a widely used driver assistance technology, but he's not the very first person using an automated driving system to be charged in the US. In 2020, an Uber backup driver was charged with negligent homicide after the company's autonomous test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. According to an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Uber's technology detected the victim more than five seconds before the crash but wasn't able to identify her as a pedestrian. The driver could have avoided the crash if she had been paying attention.

The NHTSA told AP in a statement that "every vehicle requires the human driver to be in control at all times" even if it has a partially automated system. On its Autopilot page, Tesla says that Autopilot is "intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment."


Source: https://www.engadget.com/tesla-driver-california-crash-first-to-face-felony-charges-autopilot-073720822.html
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BSNL Launches Three Prepaid Plans Under Rs. 20 With Up To 2GB Data

The State-run telecom operator BSNL has been getting a positive approach of late as it offers relatively cheaper prepaid recharge plans as compared to rivals. It started getting the love from users soon after other telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Jio increased their prepaid tariff late last year.



Adding to this, BSNL also offers extended validity and data benefits to its subscribers. In terms of comparison, the private operators cut down benefits in select circles. Following this, there are reports that customers are porting to BSNL in large numbers in various circles. Now, BSNL has introduced three low-cost plans priced under Rs. 20. Let's take a look at these newly launched prepaid plans from here.

The three new prepaid plans from BSNL offer up to 2GB of additional data. These plans will come to help when the existing prepaid plan's daily data limit is exhausted. These are data vouchers priced at Rs. 13, Rs. 16, and Rs. 19. Notably, these plans offer up to 2GB of data and a validity of 1 day. As emergency vouchers, these will offer only 3G internet speeds in all circles.

The BSNL Rs. 13 prepaid plan bundles 2GB of data for browsing the net, streaming videos and more and offer a validity of 1 day besides the additional data benefit. The Rs. 16 prepaid plan offers 2GB of data and one day of validity but is available only in select circles. The last prepaid voucher is priced at Rs. 19 and offers 2GB of high-speed 3G data and has a 1 day. None of these plans offer voice and SMS benefits.

Given that mobile data is highly used these days and internet connectivity is significant, it can get quite frustrating to run out of data. So, if you have exhausted the data benefit of your existing plan, then you can recharge to any of these data vouchers priced under Rs. 20 to use it on top of your existing plan when you run out of data. If you are low on data or have run out of daily data limit on your existing plan, then you can check for these mini data recharge plans to get 2GB of extra data for a day.

Making it more attractive to users opting for BSNL, the telco is also offering free data benefits to those who make the switch. Last month, BSNL announced additional offers for subscribers who use their annual prepaid plan of Rs. 2,399. Those who subscribe to this plan will get an additional validity of 90 days.

Notably, this offer was slated to end on January 15 but the telco seems to have continued this offer. Going by this offer, the Rs. 2,399 prepaid plan that usually offers 365 days of validity will come with an extended validity of 90 days, which totals 455 days of validity without spending any additional amount. So, you can continue to get this additional data benefit until the telco puts an end to it.

Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/bsnl-launches-three-prepaid-plans-under-rs-20-2gb-data-078738.html
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Samsung Galaxy M33 5G Likely Enters Production In India: Here's What To Expect

Samsung is highly anticipated to unveil the next-generation flagship smartphones in the Galaxy S22 series. Besides these, the company is also prepping to launch a few other devices in the Galaxy M and Galaxy A series as well. One of the upcoming smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G. Now, the device is tipped to arrive in the Indian market sometime soon.



As per a report by 91mobiles, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G has entered into production at the company's facility in Greater Noida. As mass production has debuted, the smartphone's launch could be slated for the near future. Additionally, the report has also leaked some live shots of the smartphone revealing what we can expect from it in terms of design and internals.

For now, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G specifications are not known but a recent listing on the Geekbench benchmarking database has revealed what we can expect from the device. Especially, it has shed light on the possible hardware aspects of the Samsung smartphone.

Going by the same, the upcoming smartphone is believed to be launched with Android 12 OS out-of-the-box. It is also hinted to get the power from the Exynos 1200 SoC, which might change as the processor is yet to be announced. This processor could be teamed up with 6GB of RAM while we can expect other variants. The device has scored 726 points in the single-core test and 1,830 points in the multi-core test.

While the Geekbench listing does not reveal any further aspects of the smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G was spotted on a Safety Korea certification, which has also confirmed a few details. Going by the same, the device is believed to arrive with a massive 6000mAh battery.

Apart from this, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is believed to be launched with an AMOLED display featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor. There could be a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera sensor. The other aspects to expect from the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G include up to 256GB of storage space and support for up to 25W fast charging support. We need to wait for further reports to know other details.


Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/samsung-galaxy-m33-5g-likey-enters-production-india-078739.html
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Microsoft Adds Five New Features To Teams; Big Help For Frontline Workers

Microsoft Teams is getting five new features aimed at helping frontline employees cope with stress. Walkie Talkie app, organizing virtual appointments, Microsoft Viva, Reflexis Shifts Connector, and audio notice for the misplaced device are among the new features.



For the Walkie Talkie app in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft has collaborated with Zebra mobile devices, but it will also be accessible for other cellphones. It could be easy for the company's entire team to stay up to speed on necessary and recommended training as per the Microsoft Viva learning app.

Microsoft said in a blog post that Microsoft Teams will now include five new features to help frontline workers cope with stress. According to the latest Work Trend Index from the American IT giant, 88 percent of frontline workers are "excited about job chances created by technology."

The Walkie Talkie app is the most important of the five new technologies introduced. Zebra's new app will be available on a variety of mobile devices. The push-to-talk (PTT) button on Zebra mobile devices uses Microsoft Teams' digital Walkie Talkie capabilities to empower frontline employees with clear, quick, and secure communication. On the other hand, the Walkie Talkie app will be available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Zebra mobile devices.

The second feature offered by Microsoft is the ability to manage virtual appointments. Workers will be able to "manage and request approvals in their business using Power Apps component framework (PCF) controls" with this capability. Frontline workers will be able to see a holistic view of virtual appointments as well as real-time data on wait times, queueing, missed appointments, and staffing delays due to this functionality.

The third upgrade is to the Microsoft Viva app, which allows employees to find, access, share, and track learning content from Microsoft Teams. The Viva learning app has unveiled major collaborations with EdCast and OpenSesame, which will give employees access to a wealth of information to help them upskill and train.

The fourth new feature for Microsoft Teams is Reflexis Shift Connector, which connects to Reflexis Workforce Scheduler (RWS) to create a "seamless, real-time sync for viewing, allocating, and monitoring shift requests." RWS is stated to help with worker autonomy, optimize scheduling, and provide frontline workers with access to their schedules when used in conjunction with Microsoft Teams.

Furthermore, Microsoft Teams will now send out a notification when a device is misplaced. The IT department will be able to send out an audio alert that will assist frontline staff in quickly locating the missing device. Moreover, frontline employees will be able to sign out all relevant apps with a single tap on Android smartphones to make the devices ready for the next worker.

Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/microsoft-adds-five-new-features-to-teams-big-help-for-frontline-workers-078748.html
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Samsung Exynos 2200 Announced: Coming To Galaxy S22 Series Of Smartphones

After multiple delays, Samsung has finally launched its most powerful mobile processor -- the Exynos 2200. This is the first smartphone SoC to feature a custom AMD RDNA2 architecture-based GPU known as Xclipse GPU and here are the details on the all-new Exynos 2200, powering the upcoming Galaxy S22 series of smartphones in select markets.



The Exynos 2200 is fabbed using cutting-edge 4nm fabrication, similar to the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 and the Dimensity 2000 SoC. This makes this processor energy-efficient in comparison to the Exynos 1200, the predecessor of the Exynos 2200.

Samsung has put a lot of emphasis on the GPU of the Exynos 2200, which is custom designed in collaboration with AMD. The word Xclipse brings the "X" which stands for Exynos and eclipse, indicating the start of a new chapter in the mobile gaming era. The Xclipse 920 GPU offers features like hardware-accelerated ray tracing (RT) and variable rate shading (VRS), which were limited to PCs and consoles.

To improve the overall performance and energy efficiency, the Exynos 2200 also includes technologies like multi-IP governor (AMIGO). As the Exynos 2200 is an SoC, it is not just a GPU, and it does have an octa-core CPU setup along with a custom 5G modem, custom ISP, and more. There is also a custom AI engine with Dual-core NPU and DSP.

Coming to the CPU aspect of the Exynos 2200, the processor has eight CPU cores with a single primary high-performance core based on the ARM Cortex-X2 microarchitecture. Then there are three performance cores based on ARM Cortex-A710 microarchitecture, and four efficient cores based on ARM Cortex-A510 microarchitecture. This CPU design is similar to what we have seen on the Dimensity 2000 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen1.

The custom IPS on the Exynos 2200 is now capable of capturing and processing up to 200MP images in the single-camera mode. Similarly, it also supports 108MP image capture or a dual-camera setup with a 64MP primary camera and a 32MP secondary camera. As per the videos, the Exynos 2200 can encode and decode 4K HDR videos and 8K videos with up to 60fps.

Coming to the display support, the Exynos 2200 can power a 4K display with up to 120Hz refresh rate or a 2K display with up to 144Hz refresh rate. It also supports LPDDR5 type RAM and UFS 3.1 type storage for faster memory access. Samsung has confirmed that the Exynos 2200 is already in the production line. We believe that the Samsung Galaxy S22 series of smartphones will be the first to feature Exynos 2200.

In terms of features and specifications, the Exynos 2200 is on par with the competition. The GPU seems to be the highlighting factor of this SoC. However, we should get a clear idea of the capabilities of the Exynos 2200 once we start getting phones with this processor. Like every year, India will definitely receive the Exynos 2200 powered Galaxy S22, while the markets like the US will get Snapdragon 8 Gen1 powered Galaxy S22.

Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/samsung-exynos-2200-announced-coming-to-galaxy-s22-series-of-smartphones-078740.html
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Tecno Pop 5 Pro India Launch Officially Teased; 6000mAh Battery, Notch Display Confirmed

Tecno launched the Tecno Pop 5 LTE last week in India. Now, the brand has confirmed to announce another device under the Pop series named the Tecno Pop 5 Pro. As the name suggests, the upcoming Tecno Pop 5 Pro is expected to be an upgraded version of the current Tecno Pop 5 LTE.



The battery and front panel design of the smartphone have been teased by the company. Separately, a leak has also brought a few key specs of the upcoming Tecno Pop 5 Pro to light.

The brand took to its official Twitter handle to tease the arrival of the Tecno Pop 5 Pro in India. The official teaser confirms that the device will be powered by a huge 6,000 mAh battery unit and the phone will feature a water-drop notch to house the front-facing camera sensor. The brand has not revealed the launch date yet. Rumors suggested the Tecno Pop 5 Pro will arrive before February 2022 in India.

Apart from the battery, the brand has not shared any other key features of the device. However, PassionateGeekz has revealed few details of the Tecno Pop 5 Pro. The device will ship with a 6.52-inch HD+ display which could be an IPS or a TFT panel.

Under the hood, the Tecno Pop 5 Pro will get its power from the MediaTek Helio A22 chip paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is believed to support a microSD slot for additional storage expansion. Other details like charging support and camera features are still under wraps. We expect to get more info in the coming days.

As of now, there is no hint regarding the pricing, we expect the device will cost a bit expensive compared to the Tecno Pop 5 which was announced at Rs. 6,299. This means the upcoming Pro variant will come at least under Rs. 10,000 segment.   Besides, Tecno is all set to launch the Pova Neo smartphone on January 20 in India. It will also come with a 6,000 mAh battery. Other features could include a 120Hz display, Helio G25 chipset, and so on.

Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/tecno-pop-5-pro-india-launch-officially-teased-6000mah-battery-notch-display-confirmed-078741.html
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Vivo T1 5G Indian Variants Tipped; Launch Timeline Also Revealed

Vivo was supposed to replace its Y series phones with the T series back in December. Now, 91 Mobiles (via tipster Mukul Sharma) has acquired some additional information on the Vivo T-series.   The Vivo T1 will be the first phone in the 'T' family to be released in India, and it will be available in March. As we get closer to the launch, the company will soon publish the actual date. The report also says that it will feature 5G network connectivity.



Moreover, Mukul Sharma suggested the Vivo T1 will also be available in two variants8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. However, there may be a 12GB variant as well, although this cannot be confirmed at this time. Unfortunately, that's pretty much all we know about the phone right now, but we already know its characteristics because the Vivo T1 debuted in China in October 2021. The Indian variant's specifications are likely to be identical.

Vivo T1 and the Vivo T1x were released in China in October. The Indian version is expected to be identical to the Chinese one in terms of specifications. If this is correct, the Vivo smartphone will come pre-installed with Android 11 and Origin OS 1.0. The phone will include a 6.67-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, and a touch sampling rate of up to 240Hz.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC will power the Vivo T1, which will be paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The Vivo T1 comes with a triple back camera system that includes a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. It has a 16MP selfie camera on the front.

The Vivo T1 has 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.2, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone port for connectivity. A side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor are among the onboard sensors. The Vivo T1 has a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 44W rapid charging. It weighs 192 grams and measures 164.70x76.68x8.49mm.


Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/vivo-t1-5g-indian-variants-tipped-launch-timeline-also-revealed-078745.html
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Realme 9i With Snapdragon 680, 33W Dart Charge Launched At Rs. 13,999; India Sale Date

As promised, Realme has today announced the Realme 9i in India which is the successor of the Realme 8i. The latest one comes with several upgrades in terms of design and features as well. The Realme 9i increases 33% charging speed compared to the Realme 8i and other features include a Snapdragon chip, triple cameras, and so on. However, the phone has been launched at the same price and storage variants as the Realme 8i.



The Realme 9i has a 6.6-inch full-HD+ (1080 x 2412 pixels) display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 180Hz touch sampling rate, and the Dragon Trail Pro glass protection. The octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC handles the processing which is paired with Adreno 610 GPU and up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage that can also be expanded up to 1TB. The phone also supports Realme's powerful Dynamic RAM Expansion (DRE) technology allows the 6GB of memory to be expanded by up to 5GB. On the software front, the Realme 9i runs Android 11 OS with Realme UI 2.0. Moreover, the device is backed by a 5,000 mAh battery with 33W charging support.



The camera department is handled by a 50MP triple rear camera system and a 16MP selfie camera sensor which is placed into a punch-hole cutout. The main 50MP lens of the Realme 9i is assisted by a pair of 2MP sensors. For connectivity, the device supports 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging. Lastly, the Realme 9i has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security and measures 164.4X75.7X8.4mm, and weighs 190 grams.

The Realme 9i price in India starts at Rs. 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, while the high-end 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model comes with a price tag of Rs. 15,999.

The phone will be available for purchase in Prism Black and Prism Blue color options starting January 25. It can be purchased via an early sale (on January 22) via Flipkart and Realme.com. There will be a discount for ICICI Bank card holders.

The successor Realme 9i comes with similar 50MP triple cameras; however, the design of the camera module gives the Realme 9i a premium look. Besides, you'll get the latest Snapdragon 680 chip, while the Realme 8i runs the MediaTek G96. Further, the Realme 9i also supports extended RAM technology.

However, if you are already using the Realme 8i, then considering the Realme 9i won't be worth it. As it also skips 5G connectivity, you can easily get a 5G-enabled device along with a better display in this range.

Also, the recently launched Vivo V21e with the same Snapdragon 680 can be purchased at Rs. 12,990. It also comes with Eye Protection Mode to filter out the blue light and give a comfortable viewing experience. However, the Vivo smartphone does not support a higher refresh rate.


Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/realme-9i-with-snapdragon-680-33w-dart-charge-launched-at-rs-13-999-india-sale-date-078746.html
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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Might Not Support Fast-Charging; 3C Certification Website Reveals

We already know that Samsung is working on the successor of the Galaxy A52 dubbed the Galaxy A53. However, rumors suggested Samsung won't launch the 4G variant for the Galaxy A53. Last month, a report revealed that the Samsung Galaxy A53 production in India has begun at the Samsung's Greater Noida factory.



The possible design and features were also leaked online. Besides, the device was recently spotted on the BIS listing. Now, the Galaxy A53 5G has been spotted on the 3C certification website.

The smartphone has been spotted (via MySmartPrice) on the 3C certification website with model number SM-A5360. The 3C certification listing reveals that the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G will come with a 15W charging adapter which will carry the model number EP-TA200.

In terms of design, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is said to share a similar design as the Galaxy A52. The back panel will have a flat design and a rectangular module that will house a quad-camera setup along with an LED flash. Upfront, the Galaxy A53 5G will sport a punch-hole cutout to house the front-facing camera sensor. The USB Type-C port and the speaker grille will be placed on the bottom edge.

It is also said to skip a 3.5mm headphone jack. Coming to the features, the device is tipped to feature an AMOLED panel that will support a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, it could use the Snapdragon 778G processor or in-house Exynos 1200 processor paired with 6GB RAM. On the software front, it will ship with Android 12 OS. Other features are expected to include an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 5,000 mAh battery unit, and so on.

As of now, there is no info regarding the launch timeline. Looking at the other features, we can say it will be a mid-range device. So, we have expected it might feature a fast-charging tech. If it will indeed come with a 15W charging adapter, then it could be a drawback in this range. Although, Samsung has not revealed any key specs as of now. So, it's better to take as speculations.

Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/samsung-galaxy-a53-5g-might-not-support-fast-charging-3c-certification-website-reveals-078752.html
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Redmi Note 11 Series Global Launch Set For January 26

Finally, the Redmi Note 11 series of smartphones is all set to go official in the global markets. The company just announced that these smartphones will be launched outside China on January 26. Notably, the series comprising three models - the Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 Pro+ went official in China last year.



Talking about the global launch event, Redmi has confirmed to host an event on January 26 at 5:30 PM IST. At this event, the company is all set to bring three new smartphones to the global market. It looks like we can expect these phones to have some changes as compared to the Chinese variants.

The company has taken to its official Twitter handle to share the launch date of these smartphones. The teaser image shows the flat edges of the Redmi Note 11 smartphone and it reads "Rise To The Challenge". There is a microsite for the launch event. Some aspects that the Redmi Note 11 series global variants might feature include an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 108MP primary camera sensor at the rear, and support for 67W/120W fast charging.

The standard Redmi Note 11 bestows a 6.6-inch LCD display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a FHD+ resolution. Under its hood, the smartphone uses an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC with 5G support. There are multiple variants such as 4GB RAM + 128GB storage space, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage space, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage space and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage space.

For imaging, the Redmi smartphone makes use of a 50MP primary camera sensor with an 8MP depth sensor. At the front, it houses a 16MP selfie camera sensor within the punch-hole cutout. A 5000mAh battery powers the smartphone from within alongside 33W fast charging support. Other aspects include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, IP53 water resistance and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Talking about the Redmi Note 11 Pro, the smartphone features a relatively bigger 6.67-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It uses a MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor alongside 6GB RAM + 128GB storage space, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage space and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage space. Running Android 11 topped with MIUI 12.5, the smartphone comes with a 108MP primary camera sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP macro sensor. The selfie camera is the same as on the standard variant. Powering it from within is a 5160mAh battery with 67W fast charging.

The Redmi Note 11 Pro+ retains the same aspects as the Redmi Note 11 Pro except for the difference in the battery charging capacity. Notably, this most advanced variant comes with 120W fast charging and a 4500mAh battery. This is the fastest charging support on a mainstream phone and it can charge it from 0 to 100% in just 15 minutes. Apart from this, the storage, display, camera, processor and other aspects remain the same.


Source: https://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/redmi-note-11-series-global-launch-set-for-january-26-078756.html
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