The Tech Weekender: OnePlus Watch and OnePlus 9 series launch, Poco X3 Pro specs, no Galaxy Note this year, and more

In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments in the world of technology from the week ending March 20.

March 22, 2021 / 07:20 AM IST
OnePlus 9 series India launch is slated for March 23. The company has also confirmed the OnePlus Watch launch in India alongside its flagship smartphone series. A few days before the launch, OnePlus has officially revealed the OnePlus Watch’s design and its features.  More details here .
OnePlus 9 series India launch is slated for March 23. The company has also confirmed the OnePlus Watch launch in India alongside its flagship smartphone series. A few days before the launch, OnePlus has officially revealed the OnePlus Watch’s design and its features. More details here.
Twitter’s much-talked-about subscription service will have another long-awaited feature – or at least something close to it. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong on March 19 tweeted an image that showed that the microblogging site’s teased “Undo” feature will be a part of the platform’s paid services. Wong was also the first to bring to notice that Twitter was testing the “undo” feature – something that comes after long drawn calls for the site to enable an “edit” function for tweets.  More details here .
Twitter’s much-talked-about subscription service will have another long-awaited feature – or at least something close to it. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong on March 19 tweeted an image that showed that the microblogging site’s teased “Undo” feature will be a part of the platform’s paid services. Wong was also the first to bring to notice that Twitter was testing the “undo” feature – something that comes after long drawn calls for the site to enable an “edit” function for tweets. More details here.
Poco X3 Pro price and specifications have leaked. The upcoming smartphone is confirmed to launch in India on March 30. Poco X3 Pro launch for the global market is scheduled for March 22. Ahead of the launch, the smartphone has been spotted on Xiaomi’s Shopee Vietnam website.  More details here .
Poco X3 Pro price and specifications have leaked. The upcoming smartphone is confirmed to launch in India on March 30. Poco X3 Pro launch for the global market is scheduled for March 22. Ahead of the launch, the smartphone has been spotted on Xiaomi’s Shopee Vietnam website. More details here.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was until recently opposed to Apple’s iOS 14 privacy feature because it limits advertisement tracking, is now saying that it could benefit his company. The Facebook head said in a Clubhouse room on March 18 that: “It is possible that we may even be in a stronger position if Apple’s changes encourage more businesses to conduct more commerce on our platforms by making it harder for them to use their data in order to find the customers that would want to use their products outside of our platforms.”  More details here .
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was until recently opposed to Apple’s iOS 14 privacy feature because it limits advertisement tracking, is now saying that it could benefit his company. The Facebook head said in a Clubhouse room on March 18 that: “It is possible that we may even be in a stronger position if Apple’s changes encourage more businesses to conduct more commerce on our platforms by making it harder for them to use their data in order to find the customers that would want to use their products outside of our platforms.” More details here.
Vivo is gearing up for the launch of the Vivo X60 series in India. The company will launch the Vivo X60, Vivo X60 Pro, and Vivo X60 Pro+. Ahead of the launch, Moneycontrol has got some exclusive details about the upcoming flagship smartphones. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is Vivo’s most premium offering coming for the Indian market on March 25. The X60 series will also come with a feature called Virtual RAM.  More details here .
Vivo is gearing up for the launch of the Vivo X60 series in India. The company will launch the Vivo X60, Vivo X60 Pro, and Vivo X60 Pro+. Ahead of the launch, Moneycontrol has got some exclusive details about the upcoming flagship smartphones. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is Vivo’s most premium offering coming for the Indian market on March 25. The X60 series will also come with a feature called Virtual RAM. More details here.
Apple might be gearing up to launch new iPad tablets in April. The new iPad Pro models are expected to come with an upgraded M1 chip, better cameras, an improved display, and a Thunderbolt port. They are set to debut in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.  More details here .
Apple might be gearing up to launch new iPad tablets in April. The new iPad Pro models are expected to come with an upgraded M1 chip, better cameras, an improved display, and a Thunderbolt port. They are set to debut in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. More details here.
Last year, several rumours about the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note series began to surface. And while Samsung did put those rumours to rest at the start of 2021, the global semiconductor shortage might have forced its hand. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung might skip the Galaxy Note phone in 2021 or the Galaxy Note 21 series. The report suggests that Samsung expressed difficulty in launching two flagship phones in one year at its annual shareholders' meeting.  More details here .
Last year, several rumours about the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note series began to surface. And while Samsung did put those rumours to rest at the start of 2021, the global semiconductor shortage might have forced its hand. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung might skip the Galaxy Note phone in 2021 or the Galaxy Note 21 series. The report suggests that Samsung expressed difficulty in launching two flagship phones in one year at its annual shareholders' meeting. More details here.
AMD recently announced new Ryzen Pro 5000 series mobile processors to challenge Intel’s vPro platform. The new processors are based on Zen 3 architecture and will provide “uncompromised performance and battery life” for the next generation of thin-and-light business notebooks. The Ryzen Pro 5000 lineup will consist of several new CPUs, with the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U packing eight cores and 16 threads. The CPU has a 20MB cache and a base frequency of 1.9 GHz. The Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U will bring us the first eight-core thin and light laptops.  More details here.
AMD recently announced new Ryzen Pro 5000 series mobile processors to challenge Intel’s vPro platform. The new processors are based on Zen 3 architecture and will provide “uncompromised performance and battery life” for the next generation of thin-and-light business notebooks. The Ryzen Pro 5000 lineup will consist of several new CPUs, with the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U packing eight cores and 16 threads. The CPU has a 20MB cache and a base frequency of 1.9 GHz. The Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U will bring us the first eight-core thin and light laptops. More details here.
Google introduced its Android alternative to Apple's Airdrop in mid-2020. Called Nearby Share, the feature allowed Android users to share files between devices faster. The feature works on any Android device running version 6 and up. To use it, you will have to first turn it on the settings and then choose a nearby device to send the file to. It needs access to your location, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for it to work. So make sure to turn those all on before trying it. An easier way to access it would be to just add a shortcut to your notification shade.  More details here .
Google introduced its Android alternative to Apple's Airdrop in mid-2020. Called Nearby Share, the feature allowed Android users to share files between devices faster. The feature works on any Android device running version 6 and up. To use it, you will have to first turn it on the settings and then choose a nearby device to send the file to. It needs access to your location, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for it to work. So make sure to turn those all on before trying it. An easier way to access it would be to just add a shortcut to your notification shade. More details here.
Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. Unfortunately, it's also got a stalker problem. The company has tried to combat this in various ways, even going so far as to remove the
Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms in the world. Unfortunately, it's also got a stalker problem. The company has tried to combat this in various ways, even going so far as to remove the "Following" tabs from its user interface. Now it wants the service to be even safer for teens. It is introducing some new features aimed to clamp down on adults who send multiple DMs and requests to people under the age of 18. Starting now, adults will not be able to message teens who do not follow them. More details here.
PUBG Mobile recently confirmed that it had permanently deleted over 1 million accounts for cheating in the game. The developer’s introduced an anti-cheat system to tackle issues of cheating and maintain the integrity of the game. In a tweet on its official handle, PUBG Mobile revealed it banned 1,110,842 accounts permanently from accessing the game.  More details here .
PUBG Mobile recently confirmed that it had permanently deleted over 1 million accounts for cheating in the game. The developer’s introduced an anti-cheat system to tackle issues of cheating and maintain the integrity of the game. In a tweet on its official handle, PUBG Mobile revealed it banned 1,110,842 accounts permanently from accessing the game. More details here.
Google updated the privacy labels on the Apple App Store recently after months of delay. The privacy labels reveal the type of user data used by Google apps. Following the update, Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuck Go called out Google for “spying” on users.  More details here .
Google updated the privacy labels on the Apple App Store recently after months of delay. The privacy labels reveal the type of user data used by Google apps. Following the update, Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuck Go called out Google for “spying” on users. More details here.
Pranav Hegde
first published: Mar 21, 2021 02:59 pm

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