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Tech Wrap: Technology News for Women 16 Nov

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

Technology News for Woman Smartphone
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With ever-advancing technology, women have been conquering and pacing through life with a little bit more ease. Since one needs to be updated with all the major tech information to be perfectly on their toes in their career and other things, we’ve brought this weekly tech wrap series for you. So, without further delay, let’s read through and learn about the latest tech news.

Devices & Gadgets

1. Samsung Rolls Out Android 12-Based One UI 4 for Galaxy S21 Phones, New Update for Galaxy Watch

Samsung One UI4
Source: Samsung

The One UI 4 update is now available for the Galaxy S21 55,849, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra 105,999 smartphones, according to Samsung. In September, Samsung announced a public beta of the One UI 4 upgrade for Android 12, which included new themes, colour palettes, and privacy features. The stable version now includes a new set of Color Palettes that allow users to customize the appearance and feel of the home screen icons, menu, button, and backdrop. On the keyboard, it gets new widgets as well as a larger selection of emojis, GIFs, and stickers. The update for the Galaxy Watch series will be available starting Nov 15 for Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active 23,999, Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Galaxy Watch 3.

2. iQoo Z5 Cyber Grid Colour Variant Launched in India

In India, the iQoo Z5 will have a new finish named ‘Cyber Grid.’ It was previously available in India in two shades: Mystic Space and Arctic Dawn. In India, the third Dream Space colour version is currently known as Cyber Grid. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G CPU, 120Hz frame rate, a triple back camera configuration, and a 5,000mAh battery with 44W fast charge capability are among the features of the iQoo Z5. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage iQoo Z5 Cyber Grid colour variation costs Rs. 23,990, while the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage model costs Rs. 26,990.

3. Infinix Note 11i Launched

Infinix Note 11i
Source: Infinix

The Infinix Note 11i smartphone is the company’s newest model in the Note series. A triple back camera array with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and 18W fast charging capabilities are among the top features of the new Infinix phone. The MediaTek Helio G85 SoC is combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage in Infinix’s latest affordable handset. The Infinix Note 11i comes with a 5,000mAh battery with a hole-punch display notch for the front camera. The handset also contains a fingerprint sensor on the side for authentication. Infinix Note 11i comes in three colour options: Black, Blue, and Green, with a single 4GB RAM and 64GB storage capacity set at roughly Rs. 11,900.

4. Samsung Galaxy A32 8GB RAM Variant Launched in India

The new variant has 128GB of internal storage. It sits beside the Galaxy A32’s current 6GB RAM model. The new RAM model is available in three colours: Awesome Black, Awesome Blue, and Awesome Violet, and comes preinstalled with a RAM Plus function that is said to improve multitasking by utilizing built-in storage. The Samsung Galaxy A32 has a 90Hz Super AMOLED display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio octa-core processor. Fast charging is also supported by the smartphone. The new 8GB RAM + 128GB storage edition of the Samsung Galaxy A32 is priced at Rs. 23,499 in India.

5. Realme Set to Enter High-End Smartphone Market, Plans to Launch Phones Over $800

With new phones priced over $800, Realme is aiming to enter the high-end smartphone market (roughly Rs. 59,500). Sky Li, the company’s founder, and CEO made the news on Twitter, putting Realme in direct competition with Apple and Samsung, which dominate the luxury smartphone market. According to a source from China earlier this month, the business will launch its new flagship phone early next year for around CNY 5,000 (roughly Rs. 58,200). Realme has shipped more than 100 million devices since its launch in the smartphone market. According to analysis firm Counterpoint, it surged 135 per cent year over year in the second quarter of 2021.

6. Redmi Note 11T 5G India Launch Date Set for November 30

On Monday, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi announced that the Redmi Note 11T 5G will be released in India on November 30. The new Redmi Note phone could be a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11 that was released in China earlier this month. The Redmi Note 11T 5G will succeed the Redmi Note 10T 5G, which was introduced in July. The Snapdragon SoCs of the Redmi Note 11 Series may be available in global markets. The Redmi Note 11T 5G will be available in three colour variants: Aquamarine Blue, Matte Black, and Stardust White, according to a source. It will also be available in the base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, as well as the 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB options.

7. Tecno Pop 5C Entry-Level Smartphone With 2,400mAh Battery, 5-Megapixel Rear Camera Goes Official

Tecno Pop 5C has made its debut. The entry-level phone features a classic look with big bezels on the front and runs Android 10 (Go edition). The phone sports a single 5-megapixel rear camera that is housed in a rectangular module on the back. It’s followed by a flash. The Tecno Pop 5C is equipped with a 2,400mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage. The new smartphone will compete with the Tecno Pop 5P, which was released in August. Lake Blue and Dark Blue are the two colour options available.

8. Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch Teased, Will Come With Wireless Subwoofer, 430W Output

The Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch is now available in the global market. The latest audio device from the Chinese smartphone behemoth will offer one-touch NFC pairing and deliver a maximum output of 430W. The Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch will support Dolby Atmos and come with a wireless subwoofer. The photographs released by the corporation also provide a look at the design. Black is the colour of the Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch. On the front, the Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch has a smart LED display; on the top, the gadget has a power button, volume buttons, and connection toggles.

Apps & Services

1. ACT Fibernet Offering Additional Speed Benefits Up to 500Mbps to Existing Customers Until November 30

The Bengaluru-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) is offering free speed upgrades of up to 500Mbps to its broadband customers as part of the new offer. Customers can get the speed boost immediately through the ACT Fibernet app until November 30. If a customer’s plan speed is less than 100Mbps, they are eligible for a speed upgrade to 100Mbps under the offer. If a customer’s speed is greater than 100Mbps but less than 300Mbps, it will be raised to 300Mbps. Users with plan speeds of greater than 300Mbps but less than 500Mbps will be upgraded to 500Mbps.

2. The First Korean Series Is Available on Apple TV+ Dr. Brain, Following the success of Netflix’s Squid Game

Apple has released its first Korean-language original series this month to coincide with the launch of its Apple TV+ streaming service in South Korea, following Netflix’s blockbuster South Korean hit Squid Game.

Dr. Brain is a six-episode sci-fi thriller based on a Korean Webcomic of the same name about a cold-hearted neurologist named Koh Sewon who uses brain studies to try to figure out what caused a tragic family disaster.

3. According to reports, Instagram is testing the addition of a moderator to live videos, and Stories may soon have a Like button

Instagram is working on a new feature that will allow users to add a moderator to their live videos. Only the user who launched the life on the social network can manage it at the moment. The functionality is now being tested, according to sources. Instagram is also rumoured to be rolling out the ability to like Stories. According to reports, Instagram began testing this functionality in August of this year. Both features are expected to take some time to reach a larger audience.

4. The bug in Ghost Calling on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro has been fixed with the latest Google app

On the new Pixel phones, the bug was prompting Google Assistant to make random phone calls. By updating the preloaded Google app on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google has fixed the error. The new update comes just days after Google released the Google Fit app, which adds heart-rate tracking to the Pixel 6 series. The phantom calling glitch has been fixed, according to a Pixel Community Manager. It was released as part of the latest Google app (version 12.43.18 and later), which can be downloaded from Google Play.

5. Google Photos brings new features to iOS users with Google One subscription

Subscribers to Google One on iOS who also use Google Photos will soon have access to additional editing capabilities such as Portrait Light, Blur, and Smart Suggestions. If you use Google Photos and pay for a Google One subscription, you’ll get the feature if you have an iPhone with iOS 14 or later. In a recent update to Google Photos on the Pixel 6, Google disabled the famous Magic Eraser feature.


1. IBM Says Its Quantum Computing Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in 2 Years

The “Eagle” computing device, according to IBM, features 127 “qubits,” which can represent information in the quantum form. Qubits can be both a 1 and a 0 at the same time, unlike traditional computers, which use “bits” that must be either a 1 or a 0. This could make quantum computers far quicker than their classical equivalents in the future, but qubits are extremely difficult to create and require massive cryogenic refrigerators to function properly. The new IBM Eagle semiconductor, according to IBM, is the first to have more than 100 qubits. When combined with other developments in the quantum computer’s cooling and control systems, IBM claims that new approaches learned while manufacturing the device, which is built at its facilities in New York state, would eventually create additional qubits. In 2022, the business expects to release an “Osprey” chip with 433 qubits and a “Condor” chip with 1,121 qubits, according to the company.


1. Healthcare Experts Give Nod to DIY Artificial Pancreas System for Managing Type 1 Diabetes

For the first time, more than 40 healthcare specialists and legal experts have offered advice on how to manage their disease utilizing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology-driven methods. The DIY solution, which uses an open-source Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) system, adjusts insulin dosing automatically using community-generated algorithms to make the difficult procedure of getting blood samples easier. What this means is that the DIY artificial pancreas systems can calculate and inject the amount automatically using standard insulin pumps.


1. Renders and specifications for the Moto Watch 100 have surfaced online; it is said to include inbuilt GPS

Motorola’s rumoured smartwatch, the Moto Watch 100, has surfaced in fresh official-looking renders, albeit no definite launch date has been announced. In the images, the Moto Watch 100 is seen with a circular display and is rumoured to come with a striped silicone band. Heart rate monitoring and step tracking are believed to be included in the wearable. It is also said to have GPS capabilities. The rumoured Moto Watch 100 is also waterproof, according to reports. According to the renders, the Moto Watch 100 may be waterproof to some extent. It is said to have a 1.3-inch circular LCD with a resolution of 360×360 pixels. The Moto Watch 100 is believed to be equipped with a 355mAh battery and Bluetooth v5 connectivity. In addition, the wearable is said to have GPS integrated into it.

Crypto & NFT

1. Discord Pauses NFT Plans After CEO Jason Citron Faces Severe Backlash From Users


Discord has scrapped plans to integrate Ethereum-based wallets for non-fungible tokens (NFT) after a social media reaction from a large number of its users. Thousands of comments criticized Citron, demanding that Discord drop the scheme. Nitro — a subscription membership that includes global access to personalized emojis from all the servers you’re a part of, Nitro stickers, a custom Discord number tag, animated avatars, server upgrades, and more — has been threatened by some users. Crypto opponents argue that NFT is a Ponzi scheme that is harmful to the environment due to the amount of energy required to mine the money.

2. Bitcoin just got a major upgrade called Taproot

Taproot is the most significant upgrade to Bitcoin’s network since the July 2017 Segregated Witness (SegWit) upgrade, which addressed scaling difficulties. Schnorr signatures will be introduced as part of this upgrade, which will make Bitcoin transactions more private, efficient, and cost-effective. Taproot promises to improve a variety of network aspects, including privacy and smart contract functionality. These changes will result in improved wallet functioning as well as lower transaction costs for complex transactions.

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Written by Marya

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