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Tech Wrap: Technology News for Women 23 Nov

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

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Technology makes life easier and has proven to be a boon. Women have utilized the tool well to earn, learn and create new opportunities for themselves. Read on to know more about the tech news roundup of this week. 

Devices & Gadgets

1.OnePlus 10 Pro Tipped to Retain Zoom Features From OnePlus 9 Pro

According to a source, the OnePlus 10 Pro may keep the same zoom capabilities as its predecessor, the OnePlus 9 Pro. The phone has previously been shown in two sets of renderings this month, indicating that it would include a big triple camera arrangement that blends into the side of the phone. The unreleased Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC is expected to power the OnePlus 10 Pro, which is expected to ship in China early next year, according to rumours. The OnePlus 10 series is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2022.

2. Oppo Enco Free2i TWS Earbuds Teased to Launch Alongside Reno 7 Series on November 25

Oppo Enco Free2i TWS Earbuds
Source: Oppo

On November 25, the Oppo Reno 7 series will be released. Oppo has revealed the launch of another product ahead of the worldwide debut of smartphones. It is preparing to release the Oppo Enco Free2i, a new set of true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. The earphones have been teased on the company’s official website. The new earbuds are anticipated to be the newest version of the Oppo Enco Free 2 TWS earbuds, which debuted alongside the Oppo Reno 6 series in May of this year. On the technical side, the earbuds are said to include Bluetooth v5 pairing and a 10m range of communication. The earphones are touted to have a 20–20,000Hz frequency response range.

3. Google Pixel 6a Renders Leak Online; Shows Hole-Punch Display, No Headphone Jack, Dual Rear Cameras

The leaked renderings reveal a hole-punch design and a 6.2-inch display, which is identical to the basic Google Pixel 6. The phone is also said to include twin back cameras. The Google Pixel 6a is expected to supplant the Google Pixel 5a 5G as a mid-range smartphone in India. In partnership with 91Mobiles, well-known tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) provided Google Pixel 6a renderings. The device has a dual-tone colour finish, a glass back, and a hole-punch display in the centre, according to the leaked renderings. The Google Pixel 6a renderings show antenna cuts on all sides. The volume rocker and power button are located on the phone’s right spine, while the SIM tray is located on the phone’s left spine. A microphone, a speaker grille, and a USB Type-C connector are also visible at the bottom.

4. Vivo Y74s With MediaTek Dimensity 810, Dual Rear Cameras Launched


The smartphone includes a waterdrop-style display notch and two back cameras. The MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC is also used in the Vivo Y74s. Furthermore, the phone is available in two separate colour variants. The Vivo Y74s debuts only days before the Vivo Y65 5G, which is set to arrive in Malaysia on November 23. The forthcoming Vivo phone is expected to sport a look similar to the Vivo Y76s, but with additional features such as a triple back, cameras to set it apart. The Vivo Y74s is priced at CNY 2,299 (approximately Rs. 26,800) for the single 8GB + 256GB internal storage model, which is available in Galaxy Blue and Starry Night Black.

5. Tecno Spark 8 Pro Powered by MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, Triple Rear Cameras Launched

Tecno Spark 8 Pro

The new Tecno phone comes in two colour variants and is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC. It has three rear cameras, the most important of which is a 48-megapixel main sensor. A 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging capabilities is among the other features of the new smartphone. In terms of characteristics, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro is an update over the original Tecno Spark 8 model, which was released in September of this year. In Bangladesh, the Tecno Spark 8 Pro is priced at BDT 16,990 (approximately Rs. 14,700) for the single 6GB + 64GB storage option. The phone is available for purchase on the company’s website. It’s available in two colours: Interstellar Black and Komodo Island.

6. Microsoft launches Surface Go 3 laptops launched in India

Microsoft Surface Go 3
Source: Microsoft

In India, Microsoft has unveiled its newest laptop. The Surface Go 3 laptop will be offered in a variety of Intel-based CPU combinations for both consumer and corporate users. The Surface Go 3 costs Rs 57,999 as a starting price. The Surface Go 3 for Business is priced from Rs 42,999 to Rs 62,999. On November 23, the gadget will be available on Amazon. Users who are interested in pre-ordering the smartphone can do so starting today. Pre-orders for the Surface Pen, which costs Rs 9,699, are also eligible for a limited-time discount from Amazon.

Apps & Services

1. Swiggy One Membership With Free Unlimited Deliveries, Up to 30 Percent Off on Food Orders Launched

Swiggy has introduced Swiggy One, an improved membership package. Members of the membership plan receive free deliveries, discounts, and other perks across the whole online delivery platform’s offerings, which include food, groceries, and more. Swiggy said it would expand more discounts and perks to its other services, such as its pickup and drop service Swiggy Genie and Meat shops, in the coming months. Swiggy One now provides members unlimited free delivery and discounts at affiliated eateries.

Swiggy One is a new subscription that costs Rs. 299 for the first three months and Rs. 899 for the entire year. This means that for the yearlong plan, a member will only pay Rs. 75 every month. Lucknow, Pune, Trivandrum, and Vijayawada are among the four places where the show is now airing. In the following two weeks, it is expected to extend to over 500 cities.

2.WhatsApp Introduces Flash Calls, Message Level Reporting Safety Features in India

In India, WhatsApp has added two new security features: flash calls and message-level reporting. Users can report accounts by highlighting a specific message in the latter. The flash call function is in addition to the SMS verification option that is required during the WhatsApp registration procedure. These two features, according to WhatsApp, have been added to guarantee that the user experience stays safe. Apart from end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp has a number of security features, including contact banning, control over what you communicate with whom, messages that vanish, and the ability to lock the app using Touch ID or Face ID. When setting up WhatsApp on a new phone or reinstalling it on an existing phone, the new flash call function allows users to verify their phone number by an automated call rather than an SMS message.

3. With DogPhone, Your Canine Friends Can Call You Any Time for a Chat

A technology developed by a University of Glasgow researcher will allow pet dogs to interact with their owners across vast distances. Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, an expert in animal-computer interaction at the university’s School of Computing Science, has been creating gadgets for her 10-year-old Labrador for quite some time. Her main interest is in creating gadgets that “offer dogs alternatives or choices to perform things for enrichment purposes.” Hirskyj-Douglas created DogPhone in partnership with Aalto University in Finland. A dog may use the gadget to video contact their owner. The dogs are trained with the technology. DogPhone resembles a ball with an accelerometer built-in. The accelerometer detects movement and launches a video connection on a laptop set up in the house when a dog takes it up and shakes it. This enables the dog to see and engage with its owner at any time. The owner may also use the gadget to make a phone call, which the dog can either answer or ignore.

4. DuckDuckGo Introduces App Tracking Protection to Stop Apps From Tracking Android Users

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused browser, has released a new solution to prevent applications from monitoring Android users. According to The Verge, DuckDuckGo’s tool hasn’t been handed out to all Android phones as part of an update, and it’s also not accessible as a standalone download. It’s part of DuckDuckGo’s privacy-focused browser software, but it may be used on any device. The program will prevent “trackers it discovers in other apps from third-party firms,” according to a post on the company’s site. When you enable App Tracking Protection, it will run in the background while you are using your phone. When an app is preparing to submit data to a third-party tracker, the program detects this and prevents the app from doing so.

5. Airtel Prepaid Pack Price Increase by Up to Rs. 501 From November 26

In India, Airtel has announced a full overhaul of its prepaid mobile prices. The new tariffs will take effect on November 26th. Prepaid plans will see a minimum price rise of Rs. 20, with certain bundles seeing a price increase of up to Rs. 501. According to Airtel, the price increase was implemented to provide for a sufficient return on capital and a financially sound business strategy. The most expensive Airtel combination prepaid package, which was previously priced at Rs. 2,498 will now be priced at Rs. 2,999. It has a 365-day validity period and includes 2GB of data each day, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited calling. Similarly, Airtel’s Rs. 1,498 prepaid package would now cost Rs. 1,799. With the exception of a total of 24GB of data during the duration, it provides the same benefits. The Airtel prepaid plan, which was previously priced at Rs. 698, will now be priced at Rs. 839. It contains the same features as the Rs. 2,999 plan, but has an 84-day validity period.

6. CoWin Now Showing Fully/ Partially Vaccinated Badges, Platform Made Available Globally as Open-Source Software

CoWin has begun putting badges on user profiles on the site that show whether they are completely vaccinated or partly vaccinated. In addition, the Indian government is expanding the CoWIN platform by making the COVID-19 tracking portal open-source software. In July, the platform was demonstrated at the CoWIN Global Conclave, and 142 nations were said to be interested in purchasing it. The technology not only keeps track of immunizations in real-time, but it also keeps track of vaccine waste.


1. Russian Government Increases Scrutiny of Crypto Market to Trace, Prevent Tax Evasion

In Russia, the crypto market is being closely scrutinized by the government, which is attempting to prevent people from dodging taxes by utilizing untraceable cryptocurrency. Danniil Egorov, the head of the Russian Federal Taxation Service (FNS), highlighted worries in an interview about the harmful impact that cryptocurrencies may have on the national budget if they are not adequately managed. These decentralized crypto coins, according to Egorov, have the potential to cause “substantial erosion” of Russia’s tax base. The FNS is currently looking at measures to combat crypto tax evasion as well.

2. Avalanche Overtakes Dogecoin, Shiba Inu in Market Value After Deloitte Deal

Ethereum’s competitor and widely used Layer-1 blockchain platform Avalanche has been causing a stir in the cryptocurrency market, having surpassed the likes of Dogecoin and Shiba Inu to enter the top ten cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. A variety of factors have contributed to Avalanche’s recent climb, but the news of cooperation with Deloitte, one of the “big four” professional services firms, is the most important. According to the release, Avalanche will collaborate with Deloitte to develop a more effective disaster-relief infrastructure based on the Avalanche blockchain. On Sunday, November 21, Avalanche’s native token AVAX hit an all-time high of $146 (approximately Rs. 10,867), gaining over 20% in value in only 24 hours. AVAX has risen about 47 per cent in seven days, 83 per cent in two weeks, and more than 133 per cent in the previous three months, according to CoinGecko statistics.

3. Jack Dorsey’s Crypto Exchange Project ‘tbDEX’ Whitepaper Details Plans to Bridge Gap Between Fiat, Crypto

Square, the online payments business founded by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has formally issued a whitepaper outlining the workings of its new decentralized exchange platform, dubbed “tbDEX.” According to the information provided, the protocol would enable users to deal in real time between the worlds of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies (national currencies such as Rupees and Dollars), bridging the gap between physical and digital money. To do so, the tbDEX team is concentrating on developing “social trust” in the crypto world, so that more people may participate in and profit from cryptocurrencies’ autonomous financial system. In this situation, tbDEX will allow fiat currency to be converted to Bitcoin and vice versa.


1. Noise X-Fit 1 With SpO2 Monitoring and up to 10 days battery life Launched in India

In India, the Noise X-Fit 1 smartwatch was revealed. The smartwatch is available for pre-order on Amazon India and will be available for purchase on November 26. A rectangular dial, a single button on the side, and a silicone strap characterize the Noise X-Fit 1. The smartwatch is incredibly light, coming in at only 30 grams. It includes a metal finish and an integrated SpO2 meter for monitoring blood oxygen levels. The Noise X-Fit 1 is also said to have 10-day battery life. In India, the new Noise X-Fit 1 costs Rs. 2,999. The Noise X-Fit 1 smartwatch comes with a white or black silicone band and a silver or black metal frame.


1. NASA to Launch New Laser Communications Systems to Speed Up Data Transmission From Space to Earth

NASA plans to put laser technology to the test in orbit. The goal of this mission is to improve space communications. After a two-year delay, the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will be launched on December 4th. The technology will be deployed into orbit by the Department of Defense on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as part of the Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) mission. The mission is slated to take out from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The use of lasers in space communication was discussed in depth by NASA. When compared to radio frequencies, the technique permits 10–100 times more data to be delivered back to Earth, according to the report.

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Written by Marya

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