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Tech Wrap: Technology News for Women 26 Oct

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

Tech Wrap Technology News for Women
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With the rapid technological advancements in the world, one has to be up to date with all the updates and news for living a quality life and making ideal decisions. With everything being digital nowadays, it has been a boon for women all around the world.

From earning, education to investing, women have entered the world of technology with full velocity and continue to make their mark. Let’s catch up with some of the new updates that the tech world saw this week. 

Devices & Gadgets

1. Apple macOS Monterey is now available

The latest version of macOS, macOS Monterey, was released by Apple on Monday. The update, which introduces new capabilities to Apple’s Mac laptops and desktops every autumn, is a fall tradition. During a virtual event at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, last week, the tech giant said that the free software upgrade will be available starting October 25. macOS Monterey will be compatible with a wide range of Apple devices, including ones that were released years ago. Universal Control, Shortcuts, AirPlay compatibility, and new Safari capabilities will all be included in macOS Monterey.

2. Huawei FreeBuds 4i TWS Earphones With Active Noise Cancellation, 10mm Drivers Launched in India

On Monday, Huawei released the FreeBuds 4i true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds in India. The TWS earbuds can play music for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The Huawei FreeBuds 4i earbuds have a PEEK+PU polymer diaphragm and 10mm dynamic drivers. Deep active noise reduction technologies and an Awareness mode have also been added by the Chinese tech giant. The FreeBuds 4i TWS earbuds, according to Huawei, include innovative low latency algorithms that eliminate the lag between audio and visuals when gaming. The Huawei FreeBuds 4i TWS earbuds will be available exclusively on Amazon starting October 27 for Rs. 7,990. Carbon Black, Ceramic White, Red, and Silver Frost are the four-colour possibilities for the Huawei headphones.

3. iQoo 8 and iQoo 8 Legend Tipped to Launch in India Soon

In India, the iQoo 8 and iQoo 8 Legend smartphones are expected to be released shortly. According to reports, the iQoo 8 Pro would be released in India as the iQoo 8 Legend. Both the iQoo 8 and the iQoo 8 Pro, also known as the iQoo 8 Legend, have triple back cameras and were presented in BMW M Motorsport colour schemes. They also have 10-bit colour screens with a fast refresh rate. The price of the iQoo 8 and iQoo 8 Legend in India is unknown, although the devices are expected to be in the same range as in China. To remember, the iQoo 8 was priced at CNY 3,799 (approximately Rs. 43,600) in China, while the iQoo 8 Pro was priced at CNY 4,999. (roughly Rs. 57,300).

4. JioPhone Next to feature custom Android skin called PragatiOS

The JioPhone Next was announced a while ago and is scheduled to be released before Diwali 2021. PragatiOS, which looks to be Jio’s skin based on the Android platform, has just been discovered. PragatiOS is an “operating system that was designed exclusively for India and is at the core of the JioPhone Next,” according to Jio. A MicroUSB connector can be found on the bottom of the phone, as well as a 13MP single back camera with an LED flash and large bezels on the top and bottom. It will contain Google Assistant, and users will be encouraged to use capabilities such as text-to-speech and real-time translation.

5. Oppo’s first foldable phone tipped to launch next month

Oppo might be the next smartphone manufacturer to release a foldable phone. According to a recent rumour from China, Oppo’s first foldable phone might be released in November. Oppo has yet to announce a launch date. According to the rumours, the Oppo foldable phone, which has yet to be given a name, would sport an 8-inch folding internal display. It will feature a 120Hz refresh rate and will employ an LTPO AMOLED display. Samsung’s unique display technology implies the screens will be provided by Samsung Display, the South Korean company’s display division. The Oppo foldable will feature the same shape as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset.

6. Redmi Note 11 launch on October 28

The series will premiere on October 28 in China at 19:00 local time (4:30 IST), and the event will be live-streamed on the company’s China website. The Redmi Note 11 will be available in three different versions: Redmi Note 11, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 Pro+. Both the Redmi Note 10 and Note 11 have similar designs and will use X-axis linear motors as standard.

Redmi Note 11

The Redmi Note 11 is expected to cost RMB 1,199. (approx. Rs. 14,000). The Redmi Note 11 will have display borders that are only 1.75mm thick on the edges, with a 2.96mm notch to house the front camera, according to a teaser. It comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate, as well as a DCI P3 broad colour gamut. 

Redmi Note 11 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro is expected to cost RMB 1,599. (approx. 18,700). It will also include a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 2.5D curved glass protection on the back. It will also have a more competent MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor, as well as up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of internal storage through UFS 3.1.

Apps & Services

1. Hoote Voice-Based Social Platform Unveiled by Superstar Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth has launched Hoote, a new voice-based social networking platform. At the moment, Hoote is stated to support eight native Indian languages and three overseas languages. Users may express themselves through voice notes, add background music to their hoote postings, and upload photographs to further express themselves on the site. The Hoote app is free to download from the Google Play store. The software begins by asking you to select your favourite Indian or foreign language, after which it jumps right into the registration procedure. It provides you with the option of following celebrities. Users may only record a voice note for up to 60 seconds on Hoote, and they can also add a description, background music, and a picture to their Hoote post.

2. Apple Music Voice Plan introduced

During the second autumn event of the year, the tech giant also launched a lower-cost version of Apple Music called “Voice Plan.” Even though it costs half as much as an individual Apple Music membership, it nevertheless gives you access to the music service’s complete 90 million-song collection. If you use Siri, Apple’s voice-based assistant, to play music on your HomePod, AirPods, or iPads, the proposal makes a lot of sense. Subscribers may request playlists, songs, and radio stations through Siri. When you sign up for the new Apple Music Voice Plan, you’ll have access to a special section of the app called “Just Ask Siri,” where you can learn how to interact with Apple Music using your voice commands. It has a 7-day free trial period.

3. PhonePe starts charging transaction fees on mobile recharge above Rs. 50

PhonePe, a Walmart-owned digital payments startup, has begun charging transaction fees on cell phone recharges over Rs. 50, including UPI payments. The startup is the first digital payment app to charge for UPI-based cellphone recharge transactions. Competing businesses provide this service for free. For cellphone expenses over Rs. 50, the digital payment app has begun charging processing fees ranging from Rs. 1 to Rs. 2 for each transaction. For recharges between Rs. 50 and Rs. 100, PhonePe customers would be charged Rs. 1, and for recharges beyond Rs. 100, they will be charged Rs. 2.

4. WhatsApp to stop supporting older Android, iOS phones from November 1

Beginning November 1, WhatsApp will no longer support Android phones that are older than Android 4.1. WhatsApp will only work on Apple devices running iOS 10 and subsequent versions of the operating system. After November 1, WhatsApp will only support KaiOS 2.5.0. The decision to drop support for earlier devices was most likely made as a precaution to strengthen the platform’s overall security by requiring it to support more recent operating system versions, which will provide consumers more control over privacy and security.


1. Russian Crypto Scammers Targeting YouTube, Google Researchers Warn

Researchers from Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) have revealed that YouTube, a video-sharing service owned by Google, is rife with phishing and crypto frauds. According to the experts, cyber criminals are hijacking YouTube channels to push phishing and frauds using cookie theft software. The operations were related to a group that was active on Russian forums, according to Google. Hackers may gain access to people’s passwords and even YouTube channel credentials using the software.

Cyber thieves contact YouTube viewers in a variety of ways, including through online games, anti-virus software, and photo editing. A big number of hijacked channels were renamed for live-streaming bitcoin scams. To imitate huge tech or cryptocurrency trading organizations, the channel name, profile image, and content were all updated with cryptocurrency branding. The attacker broadcasted live streams promising bitcoin prizes in exchange for a little fee.


1. Apple Watch Series 7 teardown reveals bigger battery, new display tech

The Apple Watch Series 7 is predicted to feature a greater battery capacity than the previous model, which had the same “all-day” battery life but a larger display. In India, the Apple Watch Series 7 starts at Rs 41,900 and is available in a variety of colours and sizes. The battery in the Apple Watch Series 7 41mm variation is 6.8% bigger, while the battery in the Apple Watch Series 7 45mm model is 1.6 per cent larger. The Apple Watch Series 7 also comes with a new display that, despite its greater size, is said to be easier to use thanks to the company’s new OLED display with an integrated touch panel.

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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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