Samsung introduces Quick Reader, Scene Describer, and Color Detector for Bixby Vision

Focused on using the smartphone’s camera to give people more contextual information, Samsung’s Bixby Vision software provides many accessibility functions. To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Samsung is adding three new features to Bixby Vision, namely Quick Reader, Scene Describer, and Color Detector.

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Samsung introduces ‘The Terrace’ outdoor 4K QLED TV and accompanying soundbar

Samsung has added an interesting new TV to its Lifestyle Home Entertainment portfolio called the The Terrace. It is an outdoor focused 4K QLED TV, with many features like water resistance, high brightness, anti-reflection coating, etc. and is also accompanied by a soundbar.

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Facebook Workplace adds Workplace Rooms, Live Q&A, Live Producer and more new features

In light of the global pandemic, Facebook has announced new video features for their enterprise-focused Workplace. These include Workplace Rooms, Live Producer, Live Q&A, Live Captions, Translations & Caption Editing and Portal specific features.

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Xiaomi Mi Browser and Mint Browser updated to turn off incognito mode aggregated data collection [Update: New changes]

Update — May 22, 2020: Xiaomi has updated their browsers again. Enhanced Incognito mode has been replaced with “Help use improve Mi Browser” which now clearly mentions that if you turn it on, it will share aggregated data stats in Incognito mode. This should clear the confusion among users whether to keep it on or turn it off. This is now reflected in Mint Browser and Mi Browser Pro downloaded from the Play Store. Preloaded Mi Browser on the phones should also receive the update soon.

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Google introduces Action Blocks, new accessibility features for Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier and Maps

May 21st, 2020 was Global Accessibility Awareness Day and in recognition, Google has released few useful apps and features that are aimed at helping individuals who have cognitive disabilities, people who are deaf or have difficulty hearing and for people who are wheelchair users.

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Samsung India partners with Facebook to bring local offline retail stores online

Samsung India has launched yet another initiative that is aimed at creating an online presence for their offline Samsung retail stores. They have partnered with Facebook this time, to train Samsung’s offline partners to become part of an online ecosystem. With this initiative, Samsung aims to have customers purchase Samsung smartphones online via Facebook’s many services like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Amazon Food delivery service starts rolling out in India starting from Bangalore

Amazon has been working on rolling out their own food delivery in India for many months now to compete against Zomato and Swiggy. It is called “Amazon Food” and has finally started service in a few locations with Bangalore, India.

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Google testing sleep tracking feature, night notes and more for Digital Wellbeing

Google has been steadily adding new functionalities to Digital Wellbeing ever since it was launched back in 2018. In the latest beta v1.0.312292882 update, Google is testing a few new features like sleep tracking, Daily Device Usage toggle, night notes and more.

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Twitter testing conversation setting to limit replies to a tweet

Twitter already offers a few ways to control the conversation surrounding a user’s tweet, like for example, the ability to hide replies to a tweet. Now Twitter has begun testing a new setting where the user will be able to control who can reply to their tweet.

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Nokia achieves peak speeds 4.7 Gbps with commercial 5G software and hardware

Using their over-the-air network in Dallas, Texas, Nokia has claimed the record of the fastest 5G connection in the world during a test, reaching speeds of 4.7 Gbps. The test was powered by their AirScale Radio Access end-to-end 5G solution and used a technique called carrier aggregation and Dual Connectivity over 5G and LTE networks.

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Facebook launches “Shops” to help bring businesses to an online store

While Facebook Marketplace was a great place to sell and buy items sold by individuals, users could never shop for products from big brands or local stores. Today, with the launch of “Shops”, Facebook is creating a platform for any business, from a small business to a global international brand, to sell products directly with users.

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Google Chrome update brings better privacy and security controls

Google Chrome has rolled out an update that is focused on better, clearer privacy and security controls in the browser settings. These include easy controls over cookies, Site settings, shortcut to clear browsing data, option to block/allow third-party cookies in incognito mode, two major security upgrades and more.

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Microsoft Surface Hub 2S launched in India for Rs. 11,89,999

Microsoft introduced the Surface Hub 2 back in 2018 and then later announced an updated Surface Hub 2S was coming in 2019, as an all-in-one digital whiteboard device for business environments. Now, they finally launched the Surface Hub 2S in India, along with its complementary Steelcase Roam mobile stand.

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Instagram introduces Guides to help find positive recommendations, tips and well-being content

Instagram has introduced a new feature for its apps that will help users discover inspirational content, recommendations and tips from creators public figures, organizations and publishers. It will include posts and videos curated by the creator along with helpful tips and advice.

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