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Tech Wrap: Technology News for Women 9 Nov

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

Technology News for Women
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Digitization has taken over the world and one has to be well versed in technology to survive and ace it to make sustainable and smart choices. With almost everything being available on smartphones, women can do a lot of things such as learning, investing, and earning through the technological boon. And just like any other field, women are rising and creating an impact in this sector as well. Hence, to stay updated with technology news all around the world, let’s read through.

Devices & Gadgets

1. Xiaomi 12 to come with 100W fast charging, improved camera, and Qualcomm’s new flagship chip

Xiaomi might be the first smartphone manufacturer to use Qualcomm’s new flagship chip once again. Xiaomi 12 is expected to hit the market before the end of the year and will include a better camera than the Xiaomi 11 as well as Qualcomm’s next CPU. According to the report, the phone would allow 100W rapid charging with a huge battery. an enhanced primary camera, which will now include a 50-megapixel sensor.

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Tipped to Launch January 4, Galaxy S22 May Be Unveiled on February 8

Due to international chip shortages and supply concerns, the Galaxy S21 FE is expected to be delayed. The latter, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S series, will very certainly have many variants, as it does every year. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra appears to have a hole-punch display with curved edges, according to leaked images. According to the photos, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra may include a dedicated place for an S Pen.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra appears to include a quad-camera configuration on the back, as well as an LED flash module. The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is expected to follow the same design pattern as the Galaxy S21 series. A 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate might be included in the device. It’s said to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor. A 4,500mAh battery and 25W fast charging may also be included in the Galaxy S21 FE.

3. Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G With Triple Rear Cameras, 5,000mAh Battery Launched

The Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G comes with a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel main sensor. There is a 5,000mAh battery onboard and is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC. The Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G includes a 6.6-inch TFT LCD and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is available in three colours: mint, grey, and white. It is available in two different configurations: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage. The price and availability of the new Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G have not been disclosed, however, it has been released in Russia. The device is a rebadged version of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, which was released in India in July. The Samsung Galaxy A22s 5G includes a 6.6-inch full-HD (1,080×2,408 pixels) TFT LCD with a water drop-style notch and a 90Hz refresh rate, and it runs on Android-based One UI.

4. Motorola E30 launched

motorola moto e30
Source: Motorola

The Motorola E30 is the latest smartphone in the E-series. This, like the other Motorola E series smartphones, is a low-cost option. The Motorola E30 has a textured back panel and a capacitive fingerprint scanner. A punch-hole display is located on the front. A 6.5-inch HD+ display, an octa-core Unisoc T700 SoC, and a 5000mAh battery are included on the smartphone. The only 2GB RAM and 32GB storage model is priced at COP 529,900. (Rs 10,200 roughly). A 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens make up the triple back camera configuration of the Motorola E30. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel camera. Android 11 Go Edition is installed on the Motola E30. 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, GPS, WiFi, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone port are all included in the smartphone. The Motorola E30 comes in two colour schemes: blue and urban grey.

5. OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition launched in India at Rs 37,999

Oneplus Nord 2x Pac Man edition

OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition. At Rs 37,999, the all-new limited edition smartphone is available in a single 12GB RAM and 256GB storage option. The new OnePlus Nord 2 x Pac-Man Edition has a fresh colour, material, and finish, according to the manufacturer. The back panel has been changed to include a glow-in-the-dark maze inspired by the renowned video game. The new OnePlus Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition, according to Zhang, is the first phone with a “gamified UI.” In terms of software changes, the Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition will have new OxygenOS icons inspired by the popular video game. The gadget will also have live wallpapers, animations, and, most crucially, a pre-installed version of the Pac-Man 256 game. Zhang also reveals that the Nord 2 Pac-Man Edition would have a customized camera filter.

6. Poco F3 set to launch

The Poco F3 will be returning on the day of the next Poco launch, according to a poster graphic in the tweet. The updated Poco F3 is rumoured to include minor improvements to its processing power, camera, and potentially battery or charging pace. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. A 120Hz AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2400×1080 pixels) is included. Dolby Atmos compatibility, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a fingerprint sensor, as well as face unlock, are all possibilities. The Poco F3’s capability for 33W fast charging might receive an upgrade. The triple-lens camera arrangement, which includes a 48-megapixel main lens, might potentially be useful.

7. Poco M4 Pro 5G launch

On November 9, the Poco M4 Pro 5G will be released worldwide. The smartphone is expected to be a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 11 that was just released. It’s expected to be available in grey and the company’s signature yellow. Poco branding appears to be prominent on the rear camera module, while the front panel may include a centrally-aligned hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. The phone will also enable 33W fast charging, according to Poco. The smartphone might be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, as well as up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone is expected to come preloaded with the MIUI 12.5 custom skin, which is based on Android 11. The Redmi Note 11 comes with a 5000 mAh battery, which is also found in the Poco M4 Pro 5G. A 50-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 16-megapixel selfie snapper are all expected.

8. Oppo A16K With MediaTek Helio G35 Chipset, 4,230mAh Battery Launched

Oppo A16K is a tamer version of the Oppo A16. The Mediatek Helio G35 CPU powers the Oppo A16K, which has a water drop-style notch display. A 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera are included in the smartphone. A 4,230mAh battery is also included. The only 3GB RAM and 32GB storage option of the new Oppo A16K cost PHP 6,999 (approximately Rs. 10,300). The smartphone is available in two colours: black and blue. The Oppo A16K is a dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone that runs ColorOS 11.1 Lite on Android 11. A 6.52-inch HD+ (1,600×720 pixels) IPS LCD with a 60Hz refresh rate and a pixel density of 269 pixels per inch is featured on the device (PPI).

Apps & Services

1. Netflix Games will likely be available on your iPhone via App Store

Netflix now allows you to play games within the app, however, this functionality is now only available to Android users. Netflix said last week that the global release of at least five games for Android phones and tablets had begun, but that an iOS version would follow later. Netflix Games for iOS will be available through the App Store, according to a recent report, which implies the native Netflix app for iOS will not have games like its Android equivalent. According to Gurman, Netflix Games would be accessible as downloaded applications for iPhone.

2. WhatsApp Said to Be Working on New Community Feature, Will Allow to ‘Group Other Groups Easily’

According to reports, WhatsApp is working on a new Communities feature. WhatsApp Communities, according to the features tracker, is likely to be a new place where group admins will have more control over their groups on WhatsApp, allowing them to easily group other groups. This feature is not available to beta users since it is currently under development, and it may take some time before it is made available for testing. WABetaInfo has revealed screenshots of how the new WhatsApp Community will appear. Given the moniker, it is likely to attract a big number of like-minded individuals or those who have similar interests. The official WBI Discord server is used as an example, where the Discord server may be regarded as a community and its channels represent community groups.

3. Paytm Kicks Off India’s Biggest-Ever IPO

In what has already been a record year for stock listings, India’s largest-ever initial public offering began Monday, with digital payments provider Paytm hoping to earn over $2.5 billion (approximately Rs. 18,527 crores). According to the prospectus, Paytm was issuing new shares for Rs. 8,300 crores, while existing owners were selling shares worth $1.34 billion (approximately Rs. 9,929 crores). With an IPO valuation of $20 billion (roughly Rs. 1,48,220 crore), Paytm is expected to become India’s most valuable tech company, up 25% from two years ago. Paytm will beat Coal India’s $2 billion (approximately Rs. 14,821 crores) IPO in 2010 as India’s largest IPO, with a goal of $2.46 billion (about Rs. 18,229 crores). Paytm collected Rs 82.35 billion from 74 anchor investors last week, including BlackRock and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, ahead of the IPO. The offering, which is set to close on Wednesday, will see Paytm issue shares in a price range of Rs. 2,080-2,150.

4. Microsoft announce Education event on November 9, Surface Laptop SE likely to launch

A new Surface Laptop is rumoured to be in the works, with characteristics that imply Microsoft is seeking to develop the laptop specifically for students. Tenjin is Microsoft’s codename for the device, which sports an 11.6-inch display. The resolution of the tiny display screen is believed to be 1366 x 768 pixels. The smartphone, codenamed Tenjin, would allegedly come preloaded with Windows 11 SE. Tenjin should be priced under $400 (about Rs. 30,000) because it will be cheaper than the Surface Laptop Go.

5. Facebook will stop using facial recognition feature but Meta will use it for metaverse products

Face recognition will be a part of Meta’s metaverse goods, according to the company, which has removed the function from Facebook and its Portal gadgets. Biometrics are being considered for integration into the parent company’s metaverse business. While consumers may not notice the function’s negative impacts, cybersecurity experts have long expressed concerns about how the feature may be abused by the government.

Crypto & Digital Token

1. Crypto Scams via ATMs, QR Codes Multiplying in the US, FBI Issues Public Warning

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States has issued a warning about the growing number of crypto scams in the country. Scammers are forcing innocent people to use physical cryptocurrency ATMs and digital QR codes to complete malicious transactions, according to a recent FBI Public Service Announcement (PSA). The federal agency has cautioned individuals not to accept crypto-payment demands from unknown callers, as well as not to give out any personal information over the phone. Schemes involving online impersonations of government officials, romance cons, and lottery scams have all been used by nefarious crypto-scammers to target non-suspects. Scammers, according to the FBI, aim to maintain all contact online to hide their true identities while leading their victims step by step through their fraud. People should not wire money to strangers, even if they claim to be government officials or lawmakers, according to the federal investigative agency. Because cryptocurrencies are decentralized, it is difficult to reclaim the funds that have been locked up in them.

2. Bitcoin Shoots Above $65,000 as Ether, Dogecoin, Polkadot, Other Crypto Coins Begin Week in Green

Bitcoin is presently selling at $70,474 (approximately Rs. 52.3 lakh) on the Indian market CoinSwitch Kuber, and at $65,240 (about Rs. 48.4 lakh) on global exchanges like Coinbase and Binance. The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalization has gained 4.75 per cent in the last 24 hours and is trading around its all-time high of $67,000 (approximately Rs. 49.7 lakh) set on October 20. A new surge might be on the way, pushing BTC values beyond $70,000. (roughly Rs. 51.9 lakh). Although Bitcoin’s price is rising, its dominance in the entire crypto market is decreasing, which analysts feel is a good indication for altcoins. Earlier this year, Amitabh Bachchan became one of the first prominent Indian celebrities to unveil his series of non-fungible tokens (NFT). Excited admirers of the Bollywood star spent a total of $966,000 for digital collectables from his NFT series (approximately Rs. 7.18 crore).

3. Patreon Evaluating Ways to Reward Content Creators With Digital Tokens, NFTs

Patreon is currently looking into using cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens to reward content creators (NFTs). Patreon has now allowed creators on its platform to provide tokens or creator cash as a membership benefit for patrons, and the company is considering launching a digital token. The firm is exploring allowing creators to issue their own coins, each with a predetermined value that can be purchased by their fans. Other firms such as BitClout, Roll, and Rally are developing “creator currencies” to allow fans to pay support to content producers. The creator coins may also benefit the followers, particularly if the artist whose coin they acquired becomes an overnight sensation, increasing the value of those coins.


1. Ducati Unveils Pro-III, Its ‘Most Advanced’ E-Scooter Yet

Ducati has revealed the Pro-III electric scooter, claiming it as the company’s “most technically sophisticated” micro-mobility option. It comes with a token that can be used to start the car by merely moving it close to the display. This guarantees that only the individual who possesses the chip may operate the car. The Pro-III is powered by a 350W engine and a 468Wh battery pack that can travel up to 50 kilometres on a single charge. In around nine hours, the battery may be fully charged. The automobile will set you back EUR 799. (roughly Rs. 68,400).

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Written by Marya

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