Google Maps for iOS update brings new Apple Watch app, CarPlay media controls

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Google is introducing a few new updates to Maps for iOS, which include support for new controls when using Google Maps on CarPlay and a new app for Apple Watch users that supports step-by-step directions, displays estimated arrival times and more after the app got pulled 3 years back.

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Google announces timeline to kill Chrome apps in favour of Web apps [Update: New Timeline]

Update: August 10, 2020 — Google has announced a new timeline for killing Chrome apps based on feedback from customers and partners. Chrome Web Store already stopped accepting new public Chrome apps back in March.
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Reliance Digital India Sale: Offers on TVs, Mobiles, Laptops and more, 10% instant discount HDFC cards

Reliance Digital has brought back their “Digital India Sale” to their stores and online portal, lasting from 6th to 11th August. Offers will be available across a range of categories including televisions, home appliances, mobile phones, laptops and accessories.

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OnePlus Nord OxygenOS 10.5.4 update brings system and camera improvements

OnePlus’s newest budget phone, the OnePlus Nord, was released last month, and they have just announced a new OxygenOS OTA update, taking the version number to 10.5.4. It contains minor improvements to the System and Camera, along with fixes to issues like the background music pausing when launching front camera.

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Samsung AltZLife private mode for Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51 launched in India

Samsung has announced the launch of a new private mode feature for Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 users, called AltZLife, that will let users quickly switch between normal mode and private mode (via Secure Folder) on their smartphone. AltZLife is a solution created by Samsung’s “Make for India” initiative, and it contains two features  — Quick Switch and Content Suggestions.

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WhatsApp working on chat history sync with support for multiple simultaneous device support

One of the most sought after features of WhatsApp is the ability to sign in to a single user account across multiple devices simultaneously. This feature has been present for years in other messaging services like Telegram. Reports indicate that WhatsApp is working and testing the feature, which will let users sign in to 4 devices at the same time.

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HUAWEI may stop producing HiSilicon Kirin Chips due to US sanctions; Mate 40 could be last Kirin-powered phone

It has been more than a year since the U.S. government imposed sanctions on various services offered by HUAWEI and now, they may be running into real trouble as current U.S. sanctions will block HUAWEI from working with TSMC to produce their high performance HiSilicon Kirin chips. This will affect HUAWEI in the smartphone segment in both global and Chinese markets.

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Paytm All-in-One Portable Android POS device launched for Rs. 499/month

Paytm India has launched a new Android based POS system that can be used for contactless ordering & payments. The touchscreen enabled device is styled like a mobile phone with QR scanning and 4G capabilities, and it comes with many integrated services like Paytm’s “Scan to Order” and the “Paytm for Business” app.

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India smartphone market records 50.6% YoY decline in Q2 2020, predicted to recover in 2H 2020:IDC

In Q2 2020, the Indian smartphone market shipped 18.2 million units, recording a decline of 50.6% YoY, according to a report by IDC. The decline was primarily caused by the COVID-19 and the top 5 smartphone sellers for the quarter were Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, realme and OPPO.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service will not come to iOS: Here’s why

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There have been instances of developers complaining about Apple’s restrictive policies for its App Store, and now, Microsoft has announced that its game streaming service, xCloud, will not be coming to the iOS or iPadOS platform after the beta Testflight period ends.

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Microsoft reportedly interested in acquiring India and Europe operations of TikTok

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Just earlier this week, we reported that Microsoft was in talks with ByteDance to acquire TikTok’s operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Now, Microsoft is looking to expanding its acquisition to TikTok’s operations in India and Europe too, according to a new report.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling headphones announced for $349

Sony has released their fourth generation headphones of the highly popular 1000X series, called the WH-1000XM4. The headphones build upon the existing technologies of the WH-1000XM3, and adds a lot of new smart functionalities like on-ear detection, multiple device pairing, adaptive sound control, along with better noise cancellation and more.

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Acer Aspire 5 Magic Purple edition with 10th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, Intel Optane memory launched in India

Acer has announced the launch of their new Aspire 5 laptop in Magic Purple color version in India, this time featuring Intel’s 10th gen Core i3-1005G1 processor, a full-HD 14-inch screen, solid-state storage, Wi-Fi 6 support, Intel Optane and a long battery life of 11 hours

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OnePlus users get early access to 90fps PUBG Mobile gaming experience

OnePlus has announced a partnership with PUBG Mobile to bring exclusive early access support for 90fps in the game on supported OnePlus smartphones. Users worldwide (except Mainland China, Japan, and Korea) will be able to exclusively access the 90fps option from today, August 6th for a period of a month.

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Harman Kardon launches new range of headphones and speakers in India

Harman Kardon, a leading manufacturer of audio products, has announced the launch of multiple new headphones and speakers in India. The new FLY range of headphones include the FLY BT (Bluetooth), FLY TWS (true wireless) and FLY ANC (active noise cancelling), and the speakers launched include Aura Studio 3, Esquire Mini 2 and Onyx Studio 6 and the new compact Harman Kardon Neo.

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