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The Tech Weekender: Qualcomm's new flagship chip, RTX 3000 GPU for everyone, hackers targeting COVID-19 vaccine, and more

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

December 06, 2020 / 07:14 AM IST
Qualcomm launched its next-gen flagship chipset this week. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is the latest and greatest in the Snapdragon 800 series. The SD888 SoC features a Prime Cortex-X1 core running at 2.84 GHz. The chip also has three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Additionally, the new Adreno 660 targets 35 percent faster rendering performance and aim to be 20 percent more power efficient. The 888 is also the first Snapdragon chip with a triple ISP, which can handle three 4K HDR video streams simultaneously. Additionally, the new Snapdragon 888 also comes with a new Hexagon 780 AI engine and a new Snapdragon X60 5G modem. It can also support QuickCharge 5, which is meant to handle charging speeds upwards of 100W. The Snapdragon 888 SoC will hit Android flagships in 2021, with Xiaomi, Motorola, Realme, Oppo, and several other brands already confirming phones with the new chip.
Qualcomm launched its next-gen flagship chipset this week. The Snapdragon 888 SoC is the latest and greatest in the Snapdragon 800 series. The SD888 SoC features a Prime Cortex-X1 core running at 2.84 GHz. The chip also has three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Additionally, the new Adreno 660 targets 35 percent faster rendering performance and aim to be 20 percent more power efficient. The 888 is also the first Snapdragon chip with a triple ISP, which can handle three 4K HDR video streams simultaneously. Additionally, the new Snapdragon 888 also comes with a new Hexagon 780 AI engine and a new Snapdragon X60 5G modem. It can also support QuickCharge 5, which is meant to handle charging speeds upwards of 100W. The Snapdragon 888 SoC will hit Android flagships in 2021, with Xiaomi, Motorola, Realme, Oppo, and several other brands already confirming phones with the new chip.
IBM and officials in the US warned that hackers were targeting companies critical to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. According to IBM researchers, a global phishing campaign has been targeting organisations associated with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines since September. IBM researchers said that the phishing campaign spans six regions: Germany, Italy, South Korea, Czech Republic, greater Europe, and Taiwan.
IBM and officials in the US warned that hackers were targeting companies critical to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. According to IBM researchers, a global phishing campaign has been targeting organisations associated with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines since September. IBM researchers said that the phishing campaign spans six regions: Germany, Italy, South Korea, Czech Republic, greater Europe, and Taiwan.
This week, Google announced its picks for the best apps and games on the Google Play Store for 2020 in India. Google declared Sleep stories for calm sleep - Meditate with Wysa as the best app of 2020 in India. Meanwhile, Legends of Runeterra by Riot Games was declared the 'best game of 2020' in the country. InnerHour Self-Care Therapy - Anxiety & Depression was rated as the 'Best App for Good' in India. Additionally, the 2020 Users' Choice winners for games and apps are World Cricket Championship 3 – WCC3 and Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More.
This week, Google announced its picks for the best apps and games on the Google Play Store for 2020 in India. Google declared Sleep stories for calm sleep - Meditate with Wysa as the best app of 2020 in India. Meanwhile, Legends of Runeterra by Riot Games was declared the 'best game of 2020' in the country. InnerHour Self-Care Therapy - Anxiety & Depression was rated as the 'Best App for Good' in India. Additionally, the 2020 Users' Choice winners for games and apps are World Cricket Championship 3 – WCC3 and Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More.
This week, Nvidia officially took the lid of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti GPU, the most affordable card in the RTX 3000 series. The Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti's price in India is set at Rs 35,900 for the Founders Edition of the card. The RTX 3060 Ti will arrive in India on December 2 along with cards from Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Zotac, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, and PNY. Nvidia aims for GeForce RTX 3060 Ti towards 1080p and 1440p resolution in gaming. The new RTX 3000 series card supports Nvidia DLSS that is powered by dedicated Tensor Cores. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition is expected to deliver faster performance than last year's RTX 2080 Super, making it an ideal successor to the RTX 2060 Super.
This week, Nvidia officially took the lid of the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti GPU, the most affordable card in the RTX 3000 series. The Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti's price in India is set at Rs 35,900 for the Founders Edition of the card. The RTX 3060 Ti will arrive in India on December 2 along with cards from Asus, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Zotac, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, and PNY. Nvidia aims for GeForce RTX 3060 Ti towards 1080p and 1440p resolution in gaming. The new RTX 3000 series card supports Nvidia DLSS that is powered by dedicated Tensor Cores. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition is expected to deliver faster performance than last year's RTX 2080 Super, making it an ideal successor to the RTX 2060 Super.
India saw a surge in the number of budget and mid-range phones hitting the market this week. First up was the Moto G 5G, which debuted at Rs 20,999 in the country, making it the most affordable 5G phone in India. Then came yet another 5G mid-ranger in the form of the Vivo V20 Pro. The Infinix Zero 8i was also unveiled in the country's competitive sub-15K market. In the 4G budget segment, we saw the launch of the Tecno Pova.
India saw a surge in the number of budget and mid-range phones hitting the market this week. First up was the Moto G 5G, which debuted at Rs 20,999 in the country, making it the most affordable 5G phone in India. Then came yet another 5G mid-ranger in the form of the Vivo V20 Pro. The Infinix Zero 8i was also unveiled in the country's competitive sub-15K market. In the 4G budget segment, we saw the launch of the Tecno Pova.
YouTube is introducing a new feature to combat offensive comments posted on videos by asking users whether or they think it is a good idea to post something that might be considered offensive. The aim is to give users the option to reflect on a possibly offensive comment before posting it. The Prompt won't stop people from posting comments and will only appear on comments that YouTube deems offensive. YouTube is also rolling out a feature for creators, which will provide a better content filtering system in YouTube Studio.
YouTube is introducing a new feature to combat offensive comments posted on videos by asking users whether or they think it is a good idea to post something that might be considered offensive. The aim is to give users the option to reflect on a possibly offensive comment before posting it. The Prompt won't stop people from posting comments and will only appear on comments that YouTube deems offensive. YouTube is also rolling out a feature for creators, which will provide a better content filtering system in YouTube Studio.
Some sources have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, could be the last in the Note lineup. Sources with knowledge of the matter said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd might discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year. The move to discontinue the Note series could reflect the sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic. While five Samsung devices made it to the list of top 10 best-selling phones in Q3, 2020, none of the company's flagship devices made the cut.
Some sources have suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series, could be the last in the Note lineup. Sources with knowledge of the matter said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd might discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year. The move to discontinue the Note series could reflect the sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic. While five Samsung devices made it to the list of top 10 best-selling phones in Q3, 2020, none of the company's flagship devices made the cut.
Carlsen Martin

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