Technology is ever-changing and evolving. Women need to stay abreast with the latest Technology News and Trends to make informed decisions or pick the best device or service that aptly suits the purpose for her or family.
This week’s wrap-up of technology news across different segments is as follows:
Apps & Services :
1. Amazon Launches Featured Articles Feature in India
Amazon has launched a new feature on its app and web-based platform known as Featured Articles that is integrated into its Kindle Store section. Users can access a variety of articles such as Trending, Entertainment, Politics and Governance, Sports, Business and Finance, Health and Fitness, Society and Lifestyle, Books, Food, Fiction, Current Affairs, Travel and Auto. These articles will be available exclusively on Amazon India’s website.
2. Spotify India’s New Podcast – Ruk Jaana Nahi – to highlight Covid Stories
Spotify India has come up with a new series titled ‘Ruk Jaana Nahi’ that will be hosted by Rajkummar Rao and will be highlighting COVID-19 stories. The series will be featuring eight episodes talking about the different acts of kindness during COVID-19. This series has already got a podcast by the same name that is going on since May 21.
3. Facebook & Instagram Users Can Hide Their Like Counts
Facebook and Instagram users can now prevent others from seeing how many likes they receive on posts. Users will have the option to hide like counts on their posts, as well as hide like counts on posts they see from other people in their feed.
Facebook says hiding like counts allows users to focus on consuming and sharing content and not get preoccupied with the the amount of likes received.
Devices & Gadgets :
1. POCO F3 GT
POCO F3 GT is all set to launch in India in Q3 2021. The phone will be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. This phone will be an upgraded version of the POCO F3 that made its debut along with the POCO X3 Pro in March this year.
The Poco F3 GT might come with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz. Further, the display comes with support for HDR10+ for allowing an enhanced video streaming experience
1. SONY MOTION SONIC – sync sound with you
Sony has launched a new wearable named Motion Sonic, which will sense and control your music as you move. Currently, in the crowdfunding stage, the early bird perk pricing is around Rs 15,751 INR and the regular perk pricing is Rs 17,925.
At this moment, the company has designed MOTION SONIC for compliance with the US and Japanese regulations only. The product is described as Effects Gear to control sound in sync with your motion for playing music and the company will start shipping the product in March 2022.
2. IDC Report: Wearable Market in India Grew by 170% in Q1 of 2021
With fitness band and smartwatch playing a key role, wearable tech has become increasingly popular. According to an IDC report, India’s wearable market grew by around 170.3% on a year-over-year or YoY basis in Q1 of 2021, shipping around 11.4 million units.
As per the data, Noise maintained its position at the top of the watch sales chart in the last quarter, accounting for 25.7% of the Indian market, with another Indian brand BoAT accounting for 21.9% of the market share.
1. Sony PS5
Sony’s biggest PS5 franchises could come to iPhone, Android later this year. This means that major PS5 games will be yours to play on the smartphone. The games which will be available to users would be God of War and Ratchet & Clank.
The latest PS5 could get restocked sooner in India. The gaming console was up for pre-orders but got sold out within minutes. But, it is not a thing to worry about because Sony has plans for a third restock in June itself.
The second restock was available on websites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Vijay Sales, Croma etc. The restocks for the June 7 delivery sold out within minutes after starting at noon. It is also being said that Sony will give a tough competition to Microsoft Xbox Series S.
1. DoT Allocates Spectrum to Telcos for 5G Trials
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has allocated 5G Spectrum to the telecom operators. The DoT’s Wireless Planning & Coordination (WPC) wing has allocated spectrum in 700 MHz, 26 GHz, and 3.5 GHz bands to the telcos.
All the Indian operators including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vi can now go ahead with their chosen partners and start the trials. The trials will be conducted in locations such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Gujarat, Hyderabad, among others, according to industry sources.
2. Starlink Completes 13th Satellite Launch of the Year
SpaceX owned Starlink recently completed its 13th satellite launch of 2021. During the latest launch, the company used Falcon 9 first stage booster to send 60 new satellites into orbit. The 60 new satellites were launched from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
3. Bharti-backed OneWeb Launches 36 new LEO Satellites
OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, backed by the Bharti group confirmed on Saturday that it had successfully launched 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This launch brings the company a step closer to completing its ‘Five to 50’ ambition and starting commercial service by the end of the year.