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Google integrates lightweight HTML5 games into Chrome browser on Android

25 Feb 2021

Google integrates lightweight HTML5 games into Chrome browser on Android

Google has integrated lightweight HTML5 games into its Chrome browser for Android. These games can be played online on mid-range and budget smartphones. The project is aimed at developing countries such as India and Indonesia.

Sony announces next-generation PSVR headset for the PlayStation 5

25 Feb 2021

Sony announces next-generation PSVR headset for the PlayStation 5

Sony is working on a virtual reality headset for its PlayStation 5 console. The new PlayStation VR (PSVR) will include an expanded field of view, higher resolution, and a single cord to improve ergonomics.

Huawei releases EMUI 11 stable update for Mate 20 series

25 Feb 2021

Huawei releases EMUI 11 stable update for Mate 20 series

Huawei has started releasing its EMUI 11 stable update for the global variants of the Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X models. The firmware is being rolled out in batches.

Redmi announces K40, K40 Pro, and K40 Pro+ handsets

25 Feb 2021

Redmi announces K40, K40 Pro, and K40 Pro+ handsets

Redmi has taken the wraps off its much-awaited K40 series of flagship 5G smartphones, which includes the K40, K40 Pro, and K40 Pro+ models. The line-up carries a starting price-tag of CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 22,500).

iQOO Neo 5 to be launched on March 16

25 Feb 2021

iQOO Neo 5 to be launched on March 16

Vivo's sub-brand iQOO will launch its Neo 5 smartphone in China on March 16, the company has announced via a post on Weibo. The post also reveals that the phone will have a center-aligned punch-hole cut-out.

YouTube launches supervised accounts with parental controls tailored for teenagers

25 Feb 2021

YouTube launches supervised accounts with parental controls tailored for teenagers

YouTube has rolled out Supervised accounts to help parents control the content their children can access on the platform. The feature is targeted at teenagers and fills the gap between YouTube Kids and unrestricted access.

Realme 8 series teased in India; 108MP quad camera expected

25 Feb 2021

Realme 8 series teased in India; 108MP quad camera expected

Realme CEO Madhav Sheth has officially teased the Realme 8 series in India. The line-up may include two variants: 8 and 8 Pro. As per the teaser, at least one of the models will sport a 108MP quad rear camera.

OPPO Reno5 K 5G, with Snapdragon 750G chipset, launched

25 Feb 2021

OPPO Reno5 K 5G, with Snapdragon 750G chipset, launched

OPPO has launched the Reno5 K 5G model in China as the latest addition to its Reno5 series of smartphones.

Realme GT 5G to be priced at around Rs. 33,000

25 Feb 2021

Realme GT 5G to be priced at around Rs. 33,000

Realme is all prepared to launch its latest flagship offering, the GT 5G, on March 4 in China.

OnePlus 9E/9 Lite will be launched as OnePlus 9R

25 Feb 2021

OnePlus 9E/9 Lite will be launched as OnePlus 9R

OnePlus is expected to announce three new models as part of its upcoming 9 series of smartphones. The line-up will include two premium handsets, namely OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, and another affordable variant.

Red Magic 6 will feature a 165Hz screen refresh rate

25 Feb 2021

Red Magic 6 will feature a 165Hz screen refresh rate

Nubia is gearing up to introduce its latest gaming smartphone, the Red Magic 6, on March 4.

Ahead of launch, OPPO Find X3 series' prices leaked

25 Feb 2021

Ahead of launch, OPPO Find X3 series' prices leaked

OPPO is gearing up to launch its Find X3 series of smartphones on March 11. The line-up includes Find X3 Pro, X3 Neo, and X3 Lite models.

Vivo X60 spotted on Indonesia Telecom certification site, launch imminent

25 Feb 2021

Vivo X60 spotted on Indonesia Telecom certification site, launch imminent

Vivo is preparing for the global launch of the X60 series in the coming weeks. Just days after the X60 Pro was spotted on various certification sites, the vanilla X60 model has now received certification from Indonesia Telecom.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple M1 Macs are dying slowly, and more

25 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple M1 Macs are dying slowly, and more

If you thought Macs are expensive, wait until you learn how long the new M1 Macs are going to last. Well, not very long as their SSDs are decaying alarmingly quickly.

Mi 11 Lite appears in live images, features detailed

25 Feb 2021

Mi 11 Lite appears in live images, features detailed

Xiaomi is working to launch the Mi 11 Lite handset in the coming weeks. In the latest development, live images of the phone are doing the rounds online, thereby confirming its key features.

Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

24 Feb 2021

Netizens decode message hidden in NASA's Perseverance rover's parachute

The parachute unfurled during the final descent of NASA's Perseverance rover had random pattern of red and white bands, on the face of it. NASA officials later said it contained an encoded message.

Apple rumored to replace iPad mini with foldable iPhone

24 Feb 2021

Apple rumored to replace iPad mini with foldable iPhone

Latest report from MyDrivers suggests that Apple might replace the iPad mini with a foldable version of the iPhone. If that didn't sound bizarre enough, this foldable iPhone will also support stylus input.

Apple M1 Mac users report abnormally high SSD usage

24 Feb 2021

Apple M1 Mac users report abnormally high SSD usage

Over the past week, numerous Apple users have tweeted about abnormally high SSD usage on their few-month-old M1 Macs.

Red Magic 6's screen refresh rate to exceed 144Hz

24 Feb 2021

Red Magic 6's screen refresh rate to exceed 144Hz

Nubia's upcoming Red Magic 6 gaming smartphone might set a new benchmark as far as smartphone screen refresh rate is concerned.

New coronavirus variants in India: All you need to know

24 Feb 2021

New coronavirus variants in India: All you need to know

At least two new variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 have been detected in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Telangana, the Union Health Ministry had said on Tuesday.

Samsung A32 5G's support page goes live, India launch imminent

24 Feb 2021

Samsung A32 5G's support page goes live, India launch imminent

Samsung is gearing up to introduce the Galaxy A32 model in India in the coming weeks. In the latest development, the A32 5G's support page has gone live on the company's website, hinting at its imminent launch.

Vivo V20 SE becomes cheaper in India: Details here

24 Feb 2021

Vivo V20 SE becomes cheaper in India: Details here

Vivo has reduced the prices of its V20 SE model in India by Rs. 1,000. The price-reduction is permanent in nature and is applicable to both the online as well as offline sales channels.

HP's latest Pavilion laptops are made of recycled plastic

24 Feb 2021

HP's latest Pavilion laptops are made of recycled plastic

As the latest addition to its Pavilion series of laptops, HP has introduced three new models in India, called the Pavilion 13, Pavilion 14, and Pavilion 15.

Redmi K40 series will come with exclusive gaming accessories

24 Feb 2021

Redmi K40 series will come with exclusive gaming accessories

Redmi is all set to introduce its flagship K40 and K40 Pro smartphones in China on February 25. Ahead of the launch, the company has confirmed that the handsets will come with some exclusive gaming accessories like shoulder buttons and an 'e-sports ice cooling clip' (translated from Chinese).

OPPO Reno5 K 5G to be launched on February 25

24 Feb 2021

OPPO Reno5 K 5G to be launched on February 25

OPPO is all set to launch a new Reno5 K 5G model in China tomorrow, i.e. February 25. The handset is tipped to arrive as a rebadged version of the Reno5 5G model but with a Snapdragon 750G processor instead of Snapdragon 765G.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, Narzo 30A launched in India

24 Feb 2021

Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G, Narzo 30A launched in India

Realme has launched the Narzo 30 Pro 5G and Narzo 30A smartphones in India, along with the Buds Air 2 earphones.

Samsung S20 series' eSIM functionality enabled in India via update

24 Feb 2021

Samsung S20 series' eSIM functionality enabled in India via update

Samsung has started releasing One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy S20 series in India.

Samsung Galaxy M62 to go official as rebranded Galaxy F62

24 Feb 2021

Samsung Galaxy M62 to go official as rebranded Galaxy F62

Samsung will launch a new Galaxy M62 handset in Malaysia on March 3, as confirmed by the company. The official post reveals that the phone will arrive as a rebranded Galaxy F62, which was announced in India last week.

Vivo releases Android 11 update for V20 SE in India

24 Feb 2021

Vivo releases Android 11 update for V20 SE in India

Vivo has started releasing the Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11 update for its V20 SE handset in India.

Spotify takes on Tidal with new 'HiFi' lossless audio plan

23 Feb 2021

Spotify takes on Tidal with new 'HiFi' lossless audio plan

Popular music streaming service Spotify has announced plans to introduce HiFi audio streaming. It will allow Premium subscribers to listen to CD-quality lossless audio.

Netflix mobile will automatically download recommended content for offline viewing

23 Feb 2021

Netflix mobile will automatically download recommended content for offline viewing

On Monday, Netflix announced a new Downloads For You feature for its Android and iOS applications. The streaming giant will automatically download recommended TV shows and movies based on your taste.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

23 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

After successfully getting Google to capitulate and pay for news, Australia learned the hard way that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is made of sterner stuff. Facebook's Aussie news ban also wiped out critical resources involving suicide helplines and COVID-19 information channels.

Vivo X60 Pro spotted on certification platforms, global launch imminent

23 Feb 2021

Vivo X60 Pro spotted on certification platforms, global launch imminent

Vivo is expected to launch the X60 Pro handset in the global market soon. In the latest development, the phone has been spotted on various certification sites, including EEC, BIS, and Indonesia Telecom.

ASUS ROG Phone 5's India launch set for March 10

23 Feb 2021

ASUS ROG Phone 5's India launch set for March 10

ASUS is all set to unveil its latest gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 5 in India on March 10 at 4:15 pm, a Flipkart microsite has confirmed. The dedicated webpage also mentions that the handset will be available exclusively via Flipkart.

Samsung Galaxy F62 receives camera improvements via first software update

23 Feb 2021

Samsung Galaxy F62 receives camera improvements via first software update

Samsung has released the first software update for its Galaxy F62, a day after the handset went on sale in India.

LG Gram 360 laptop, with Intel Tiger Lake chipset, launched

23 Feb 2021

LG Gram 360 laptop, with Intel Tiger Lake chipset, launched

LG has announced the Gram 360 model in South Korea at a starting price-tag of KRW 2.09 million (roughly Rs. 1.36 lakh).

Microsoft takes on Fiverr, Upwork with LinkedIn Marketplaces

23 Feb 2021

Microsoft takes on Fiverr, Upwork with LinkedIn Marketplaces

Professional social networking platform LinkedIn will soon give the likes of Fiverr and Upwork a run for their money. The Microsoft-owned company will enter the gig economy with a new service called Marketplaces.

Realme GT 5G's leather variant revealed in official teaser

23 Feb 2021

Realme GT 5G's leather variant revealed in official teaser

Realme is gearing to introduce the GT 5G model on March 4. Ahead of the launch, Realme VP Xu Qi Chase has shared a new poster, confirming that the handset will also be offered in a leather back version.

Moto G10, G30 to arrive in India in early-March

23 Feb 2021

Moto G10, G30 to arrive in India in early-March

Motorola's latest budget-friendly smartphones, the Moto G10 and Moto G30, will go official in India in the first week of March "if things go as planned," according to tipster Mukul Sharma.

Black Shark 4, 4 Pro will support 120W fast-charging

23 Feb 2021

Black Shark 4, 4 Pro will support 120W fast-charging

Black Shark is gearing to launch its Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro gaming phones with model numbers KSR-A0 and PSR-A0, respectively.

OPPO Find X3 series to debut on March 11

23 Feb 2021

OPPO Find X3 series to debut on March 11

OPPO is working to introduce its Find X3 line-up, which is said to include X3 Pro, X3 Neo, and X3 Lite handsets. In the latest development, Jon Prosser has revealed that the X3 series will be announced on March 11.

NASA's Perseverance rover relays first audio, video clips from Mars

23 Feb 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover relays first audio, video clips from Mars

Yesterday, NASA's 2020 Perseverance rover relayed video and audio feeds from Mars. The rover had landed successfully on Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18. It has now sent footage of the landing and a brief audio recording of the sounds from the red planet.

This is how Google Pixel 5a will look like

23 Feb 2021

This is how Google Pixel 5a will look like

Google is likely to expand its Pixel range of smartphones with a new Pixel 5a model. In the latest development, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has shared renders of the handset, revealing its design features.

Huawei Mate X2 launched at a whopping Rs. 2 lakh

23 Feb 2021

Huawei Mate X2 launched at a whopping Rs. 2 lakh

Huawei is back with its latest flagship foldable smartphone, the Mate X2. The device has an inward folding design and a new hinge system that is said to offer a seamless fold with no gaps.

Leaked concept videos showcase Samsung's first AR smart glasses

23 Feb 2021

Leaked concept videos showcase Samsung's first AR smart glasses

Samsung's latest foray into augmented reality-capable eyewear dubbed Samsung Glasses Lite appears to be the culmination of development efforts dating back to 2019.

Over 2.5 lakh units of POCO M3 sold in India

23 Feb 2021

Over 2.5 lakh units of POCO M3 sold in India

POCO has sold over 2.5 lakh units of its M3 model in India in under two weeks since it went on sale. To recall, the handset was launched on February 2 and attracted over 1.5 lakh customers in the first sale on February 9.

Samsung's Tab S7 series gets new Mystic Navy color variant

23 Feb 2021

Samsung's Tab S7 series gets new Mystic Navy color variant

Samsung has introduced a new Mystic Navy color option for its premium Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7+ tablets in India. It joins the existing shades of Mystic Black, Mystic Silver and Mystic Bronze.

NewsBytes Briefing: Myanmar joins Trump in naughty corner, and more

22 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Myanmar joins Trump in naughty corner, and more

After getting rid of former US President Donald Trump, Facebook has turned its ban hammer on foreign governments. Its latest victim is the Myanmar military establishment, which has joined Trump in Facebook jail.

LG rollable phone might never materialize following company's restructuring

22 Feb 2021

LG rollable phone might never materialize following company's restructuring

LG's exciting rollable phone project may have been put on ice according to the latest reports coming out of Korea.

OnePlus 9 Pro, 9E's specifications leaked: Details here

22 Feb 2021

OnePlus 9 Pro, 9E's specifications leaked: Details here

OnePlus is expected to launch the OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, and 9E (aka 9 Lite) models sometime in March.

Redmi Note 10 Pro's leaked retail box confirms punch-hole design

22 Feb 2021

Redmi Note 10 Pro's leaked retail box confirms punch-hole design

Redmi will launch the all-new Note 10 series, which is said to include Redmi Note 10, Note 10 Pro and Note 10 Pro Max models, on March 4.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, Hub 2S launched in India

22 Feb 2021

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, Hub 2S launched in India

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ laptop-cum-tablet, which was announced in January this year, is now up for grabs in India. It carries a starting price-tag of Rs. 83,999 and is available only for educational institutions and enterprises.

India-specific iQOO Neo 5 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 870

22 Feb 2021

India-specific iQOO Neo 5 spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 870

Vivo's sub-brand iQOO is expected to launch its iQOO Neo 5 handset in March this year. In the latest development, the phone's alleged India-specific variant has been spotted on Geekbench (via Abhishek Yadav).

Leaked AirPods 3 images reveal in-ear design and shorter stem

22 Feb 2021

Leaked AirPods 3 images reveal in-ear design and shorter stem

Late last month, we reported that Apple's next-generation true wireless earphones (AirPods 3) could be launched by mid-2021. On Saturday, Chinese website 52audio leaked an image and some CAD renders showing off the earphones and the charging case.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro's prices to start at Rs. 16,000

22 Feb 2021

Realme Narzo 30 Pro's prices to start at Rs. 16,000

Realme is all set to launch the Narzo 30 Pro 5G and Narzo 30A models in India on February 24. In the latest development, YouTuber Sistech Banna has leaked an image of Narzo 30 Pro 5G's retail box, revealing its list price of Rs. 16,999.

LG W41 series launched; prices start at Rs. 13,500

22 Feb 2021

LG W41 series launched; prices start at Rs. 13,500

LG has launched its latest W41 series of smartphone in India at a starting price of Rs. 13,490. The line-up includes W41, W41+ and W41 Pro models.

Ahead of launch, Realme GT 5G's 64MP main camera confirmed

22 Feb 2021

Ahead of launch, Realme GT 5G's 64MP main camera confirmed

Realme is working to introduce the GT 5G handset on March 4. In the run-up to the launch event, the company has shared a couple of teasers, confirming the key features and specifications of the handset.

Redmi K40's official teaser reveals rear panel design

22 Feb 2021

Redmi K40's official teaser reveals rear panel design

Redmi's flagship K40 line-up is all set to be launched on February 25. In the latest development, an official poster of the K40 handset is doing rounds online, giving us a glimpse of the back panel.

Vivo S9 5G to debut on March 3: Details here

22 Feb 2021

Vivo S9 5G to debut on March 3: Details here

Vivo is all set to launch its latest S9 5G model in China on March 3. The company has announced the release date via a teaser video posted on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

Samsung Galaxy F62 to go on sale in India today

22 Feb 2021

Samsung Galaxy F62 to go on sale in India today

Samsung Galaxy F62, which was launched in India last week, will go on sale today at 12 pm via Flipkart, Samsung India's online store, Reliance Digital, and My Jio stores.

All you should know about new social media platform Clubhouse

21 Feb 2021

All you should know about new social media platform Clubhouse

Clubhouse is an audio-based social networking app that allows people to participate in discussions on diverse topics of interest. They can also listen in on conversations between eminent individuals in real time by joining chat rooms.

POCO M2 Pro receives February 2021 security patch in India

21 Feb 2021

POCO M2 Pro receives February 2021 security patch in India

After releasing an MIUI 12 overhaul package back in December last year, Xiaomi is rolling out the February 2021 Android security patch for its POCO M2 Pro smartphone in India.

Researchers successfully establish two-way communication with sleeping lucid dreamers

21 Feb 2021

Researchers successfully establish two-way communication with sleeping lucid dreamers

A group of international researchers published a technical paper on Thursday explaining that they were able to communicate in real-time with lucid dreamers.

One-handed mode spotted in Android 12's Developer Preview

21 Feb 2021

One-handed mode spotted in Android 12's Developer Preview

Google unveiled the first Developer Preview build of Android 12 on February 18. As speculated, one of the highlights of the new OS is its one-handed mode.

LastPass will paywall cross-platform support from March 16

21 Feb 2021

LastPass will paywall cross-platform support from March 16

Popular password manager service LastPass will discontinue cross-platform support for free users of the service from March 16.

Vivo S9e to feature Dimensity 820 processor, AMOLED screen

21 Feb 2021

Vivo S9e to feature Dimensity 820 processor, AMOLED screen

Vivo is expected to announce a new S9e model alongside the S9 on March 6 in China. In the latest development, a new leak has claimed that the S9e will come with a Dimensity 820 chipset, an AMOLED display, 33W fast-charging support, and a total of five cameras including two on the front.

Redmi 9 Power's 6GB RAM variant arriving soon, prices revealed

21 Feb 2021

Redmi 9 Power's 6GB RAM variant arriving soon, prices revealed

Redmi will launch a new 6GB RAM variant of its entry-level Redmi 9 Power smartphone in India soon, according to 91mobiles. It will come with 128GB of storage and join the existing 4GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB models.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

20 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

Google's former pride and joy, its Ethical AI research team, is turning out to be a PR campaign gone awry. The search giant had hired scientists promising them freedom, but the honeymoon period ended when they began publishing papers critical of Google's own products.

Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

20 Feb 2021

Sandes messaging app is the government's alternative to WhatsApp

The Indian government's National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed an instant messaging app called Sandes, which translates into "message" in Hindi. The application was intended for use by government officials but it allows individuals to sign up as well.

Realme GT to feature a Snapdragon 888 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM

20 Feb 2021

Realme GT to feature a Snapdragon 888 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM

Realme is all set to announce its GT 5G flagship model in China on March 4. In the latest development, a poster shared by tipster Mukul Sharma has revealed that the handset will come with a Snapdragon 888 chipset, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage.

This is how Samsung Galaxy A32 4G will look like

20 Feb 2021

This is how Samsung Galaxy A32 4G will look like

Samsung is gearing up to launch Galaxy A32's 4G variant in the coming weeks. In the latest development, tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore has shared the renders of the phone, revealing its design details.

Three month gap between Oxford vaccine jabs provides better efficacy

20 Feb 2021

Three month gap between Oxford vaccine jabs provides better efficacy

A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine results in higher vaccine efficacy compared to a six-week gap, according to a new study which says the first dose can offer up to 76 percent protection in the months between the two jabs.

This photo of Mars rover's descent has NASA awestruck

20 Feb 2021

This photo of Mars rover's descent has NASA awestruck

The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface.