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The Tech Weekender: How to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch; Realme X7 series, Poco M3 launched; Instagram copying a TikTok feature; and more

In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments from the world of tech from the week ended February 5.

February 06, 2021 / 02:56 PM IST
Google is adding more features to its Fit App, its take on a health suite that tracks activities like walking, cycling, and running among others will now also be able to measure your heart rate and respiratory rate using Pixel’s rear cameras. The heart rate monitor works by tracking the changes of colour in your skin when you press your finger up against the camera. Google also stressed that these systems work with a wide variety of skin tones and ages with the ability to adjust to various lighting conditions as well.  More details here .
Google is adding more features to its Fit App, its take on a health suite that tracks activities like walking, cycling, and running among others will now also be able to measure your heart rate and respiratory rate using Pixel’s rear cameras. The heart rate monitor works by tracking the changes of colour in your skin when you press your finger up against the camera. Google also stressed that these systems work with a wide variety of skin tones and ages with the ability to adjust to various lighting conditions as well. More details here.
Realme X7 Pro, Realme X7 price in India has been announced. The Realme X7 series launched in India comes with a 5G-supported processor, 64MP primary camera, and up to 65W fast charging. The Realme X7, Realme X7 Pro sale starts on February 12, and February 10 via Flipkart and Realme India website.  More details here .
Realme X7 Pro, Realme X7 price in India has been announced. The Realme X7 series launched in India comes with a 5G-supported processor, 64MP primary camera, and up to 65W fast charging. The Realme X7, Realme X7 Pro sale starts on February 12, and February 10 via Flipkart and Realme India website. More details here.
As more companies try to emulate the TikTok model for success, Instagram is taking a jab at a feature that may end up resembling TikTok’s Vertical Stories feed. Currently, users on the platform navigate through stories using taps and horizontal swipes, a feature that Instagram borrowed from another competitor – Snapchat.  More details here .
As more companies try to emulate the TikTok model for success, Instagram is taking a jab at a feature that may end up resembling TikTok’s Vertical Stories feed. Currently, users on the platform navigate through stories using taps and horizontal swipes, a feature that Instagram borrowed from another competitor – Snapchat. More details here.
Audio streaming platform Spotify added 25 million users in the December quarter with India being a significant contributor to growth, the company told shareholders. Spotify’s total monthly active users (MAUs) grew 27 percent year-on-year, from 271 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 345 million users in the fourth quarter of 2020. Its premium users grew 24 percent year-on-year from 124 to 155 million, while ad-supported usage grew from 153 to 199 million year-on-year.  More details here .
Audio streaming platform Spotify added 25 million users in the December quarter with India being a significant contributor to growth, the company told shareholders. Spotify’s total monthly active users (MAUs) grew 27 percent year-on-year, from 271 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 345 million users in the fourth quarter of 2020. Its premium users grew 24 percent year-on-year from 124 to 155 million, while ad-supported usage grew from 153 to 199 million year-on-year. More details here.
Poco M3 price in India and specifications have been announced. The company hosted the Poco M3 launch in India via an online event on February 2. Poco M3 India price starts at Rs 10,999. It will go on sale starting February 9 via Flipkart.  More details here .
Poco M3 price in India and specifications have been announced. The company hosted the Poco M3 launch in India via an online event on February 2. Poco M3 India price starts at Rs 10,999. It will go on sale starting February 9 via Flipkart. More details here.
Google has announced that it would stop the internal development of its cloud-based game streaming service Stadia. Launched in 2019, Stadia has had a rough road since its inception. The company said it is shutting the internal development team due to the high cost involved in developing games.  More details here .
Google has announced that it would stop the internal development of its cloud-based game streaming service Stadia. Launched in 2019, Stadia has had a rough road since its inception. The company said it is shutting the internal development team due to the high cost involved in developing games. More details here.
Apple iPhone 12 and other iPhone models with Face ID have not been as useful for the pandemic-struck world. The biometric authentication tool fails to recognise a face covered with a mask, leading users to unlock their device by typing the password. Apple is trying to solve this inconvenient problem in iOS 14.5 with the help of the Apple Watch. The company rolled out iOS 14.5 developer beta update for Apple iPhone. The update comes with a bunch of enhancements and features like App Tracking Transparency controls, Apple Fitness+, etc.  More details here .
Apple iPhone 12 and other iPhone models with Face ID have not been as useful for the pandemic-struck world. The biometric authentication tool fails to recognise a face covered with a mask, leading users to unlock their device by typing the password. Apple is trying to solve this inconvenient problem in iOS 14.5 with the help of the Apple Watch. The company rolled out iOS 14.5 developer beta update for Apple iPhone. The update comes with a bunch of enhancements and features like App Tracking Transparency controls, Apple Fitness+, etc. More details here.
Pranav Hegde
first published: Feb 6, 2021 02:56 pm

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