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Tech Wrap: Technology News for Women 04 Jan

Let’s catch up with some of the new updates that the tech world saw this week.

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Women have taken up the chance to create vast opportunities for themselves and others. To keep the readers up to date with this important aspect, we’ve curated this weekly tech wrap. Without further delay, let’s get to the technology News for Women wrap dated 4 January 2022.

Devices & Gadgets

1. The India launch date for the OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 TWS Earphones has been set for January 14th, 2022

The India launch date for the OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds has been announced on January 14. The announcement comes only hours after OnePlus hinted at the release of both devices in two different tweets. In China, the OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 have already been released. ColorOS will be used on the phone, which will include a 50-megapixel main camera. The OnePus Buds Z2 is said to have a battery life of up to 38 hours and active noise cancelling (ANC). On January 14 at 5 p.m. IST, the OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus Buds Z2 will be unveiled during a virtual Winter Edition launch event.

2. The Portronics Kronos Y1 Smartwatch with Bluetooth Calling and a 7-Day Battery Life was released in India

On Monday, the Portronics Kronos Y1 smartwatch was released in India. The smartwatch has a 1.75-inch HD display and Bluetooth calling capabilities. Portronics Kronos Y1 is a smartwatch with a variety of health monitoring capabilities, including blood pressure monitoring, heart rate tracking, blood oxygen saturation monitoring, and several sports modes. The Portronics Kronos Y1 smartwatch is dust and water-resistant to IP67 standards. The wristwatch also boasts over 200 watch faces and can last up to 7 days on a single charge. The Kronos Y1 smartwatch from Portronics has been released in India at a special introductory price of Rs. 3,399.

3. Samsung Reveals Its 2022 Smart TV Lineup Ahead of CES 2022, Including Gaming Hub

Samsung introduced its 2022 smart TV portfolio ahead of CES, including Micro LED, New QLED, and Lifestyle series, as well as a new soundbar lineup. Dolby Atmos is supported by the latest smart TVs and soundbars. The business also unveiled a new Smart Hub for its 2022 smart TVs, which “enables smart content curation, cloud gaming, video chats, on-screen multitasking, NFTs administration, and more,” according to the company. The Gaming Hub is one of the Smart Hub’s key features, allowing gamers to stream games from a variety of cloud gaming providers. Samsung also unveiled the 2022 Eco Remote, which charges itself using radio waves from the network.

4. ProBass ZCharge Wireless Neckband Earphones with a 40-Hour Battery Life have been released

In India, the Boult ProBass ZCharge wireless neckband type earbuds were released. The earphones include 14.2mm drivers and a battery life of up to 40 hours. The Boult ProBass ZCharge has a Bluetooth v5.2 connection and IPX5 water and sweat-resistant rating. After a 10-minute charge, the new Boult ProBass ZCharge earbuds accept charging through USB Type-C and provide 15 hours of music. According to the business, users will be able to use gestures to control playback and call both Google Assistant and Siri and the pricing of the Boult ProBass ZCharge in India is Rs. 1,299. The wireless neckband earbuds will be available on Amazon in three colours: black, blue, and red.

5. Jabra Elite 4 Active TWS Earbuds are now available in India, with a battery life of up to 28 hours


In India, Jabra Elite 4 Active true wireless stereo (TWS) fitness earphones have been released. Spotify Tap Playback, active noise cancellation (ANC) with HearThrough technology, and Google Fast Pair are all included in the IP57-rated earbuds. The earbuds, according to Jabra, have a total battery life of up to 28 hours. They also have Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. The announcement comes only a few days after the Danish brand’s earphones were seen on shelves in Australia and the United Kingdom. According to the company’s website, the Jabra Elite 4 Active TWS headphones cost Rs. 10,999 in India, and are available in Black, Mint, and Navy colour choices on Amazon and Flipkart.

6 . The Tecno Spark 8 Pro with triple rear cameras and the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC were released

On Wednesday, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro was released in India. The new phone is a step up from the Tecno Spark 8. It has three back cameras and a MediaTek Helio G85 processor. A hole-punch display is also included on the Tecno Spark 8 Pro. The smartphone also comes with 33W rapid charging, which claims to power the phone from 0 to 85 per cent in as little as 60 minutes. The single 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option of the Tecno Spark 8 Pro is priced at Rs. 10,599 in India. The phone is available in four colours: Interstellar Black, Komodo Island, Turquoise Cyan, and Winsor Violet.

Apps & Services

1. Ongoing PlayStation January 2022 Sale offers big discounts on Last of Us Remastered, Disco Elysium, Psychonauts 2, and More Games

The PlayStation Store’s January Sale is currently underway, with discounts on a number of popular titles. The Last of Us Remastered, Bloodborne, Resident Evil, God of War, Persona 5 Ultimate Edition, Frostpunk: Complete Collection, Haven, Psychonauts 2, Injustice 2: Standard Edition, Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is among the games discounted on the platform. Until January 19, these games are on sale. Beginning January 5, Sony has announced that additional games will be available for purchase.

2. Beginning January 4, BlackBerry OS phones will stop working properly

Starting next week, the Canadian company’s devices will no longer be able to offer older services through cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. Notably, the upgrade does not apply to BlackBerry phones that run on the Android operating system. BlackBerry 7.1 OS and previous devices, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1, and earlier versions will no longer be able to “reliably work” as of January 4, according to an updated statement on the company’s website. This implies that BlackBerry phones with cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity will have no assurance of being able to access data, make phone calls, send text messages, or even dial 911 in an emergency.

3. Vi Rs. 601 Prepaid Recharge Plan Reintroduced With Reduced Validity of 28 Days

The Rs. 601 prepaid recharge plan from Vi (Vodafone Idea) has been reinstated with 28-day validity. Previously, the plan was good for a total of 56 days. The Rs. 601 Vi prepaid plan’s included benefits have not been altered. The daily 4G data allowance, unlimited phone calls, and SMS messages per day are all included in the recharge package. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Disney+ Hotstar Mobile, which allows you to watch exclusive TV series, live sports, and Hollywood movies online. The plan includes 3GB of data per day, unlimited phone calls, and 100 SMS messages per day for the duration of the validity period.


1. Eminem joins the Bored Ape Yacht Club with a $452,000 NFT dressed like him

Eminem, one of the most successful musicians of all time and the first rapper to win both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, has joined the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) with his first ape buy of 123.45 Ether (approximately Rs. 3.36 crore). The rapper has made the Ethereum-based ape his Twitter profile photo and is said to have amassed at least 15 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on OpenSea, the most prominent NFT marketplace. The “EminApe” design depicts Eminem’s iconic Bored Ape figure with a khaki army helmet and a gold chain necklace, both of which he frequently wears in real life. GeeGazza, a BAYC member, sold the digital artwork.

2. Bitcoin and Ether are on the rise in 2022, while altcoins have had a volatile day in the crypto market

Although Bitcoin‘s first day of trading in 2022 was a success, things haven’t improved since then. Bitcoin hasn’t been able to stay up with the festive high just after Christmas, when its prices rose beyond $52,000, after one of the worst months since the May 2021 meltdown (roughly Rs. 38.6 lakh) Unlike Bitcoin, Ether received a much-needed lift at the start of the year. After a good couple of days of trading over the weekend, the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency is up approximately 2% in the last 24 hours. Meme coins had a rough week, but 2022 has started off a little better, despite waning investor interest. Dogecoin is now worth $0.18, up 0.5 per cent in 24 hours (roughly Rs. 13.78). Shiba Inu, on the other hand, is up 0.7 per cent to $0.000036. (roughly Rs. 0.002705).

3 . Maricoin, the world’s first LGBT+ cryptocurrency, is betting on ‘Changing the World’

It may sound like a marketing ploy, but the creators of the first LGBT+ cryptocurrency claimed they intend to “change the world” by harnessing the community’s economic strength. The maricoin, which is a play on words from a homophobic slur in Spanish, was introduced on Friday in a week-long trial test with 10 establishments in Chueca, Madrid’s LGBT+ neighbourhood. Maricoin’s backers hope to start trading the virtual currency early next year, clearing the way for it to be accepted as a form of payment at LGBT-friendly companies and events throughout the world. The currency will also have its LGBT-related lingo: “trans” refers to transactions between maricoin users.


1. The Noise ColorFit Caliber Smartwatch, which has a 15-day battery life and can monitor your body temperature, makes its debut

The Noise ColorFit Caliber has made its debut in the nation, with a colour display and a 15-day battery life. The Noise ColorFit Caliber is also said to be able to measure body temperature, in addition to several other health-related features including blood oxygen saturation level (SpO2) and a heart rate monitor. In addition, the wristwatch comes preloaded with 60 sports modes and over 150 configurable and cloud watch faces to select from. In India, the Noise ColorFit Caliber is priced at Rs. 3,999, with an initial price of Rs. 1,999, according to a listing on the Flipkart mobile app. Noise ColorFit Caliber will be available for purchase on January 6 at 12 p.m. & is available in the colours Black, Blue, Green, Red, and White.

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Written by Marya

Loves reading, critiquing and writing. Philosophical and poetic with a charm of sarcasm adds to my approach. Dance, cinema and music make to my list of hobbies. Explore and express are the key elements of my life.

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