172@29@17@142!~!172@29@0@53!~!|news|photos|technology|the-tech-weekender-tiktok-ban-in-us-chingari-wins-atmanirbhar-bharat-app-challenge-new-whatsapp-features-galaxy-note-20-launched-and-more-5663041.html!~!news|moneycontrol|com!~!|controller|infinite_scroll_article.php!~!is_mobile=false
Moneycontrol
Subscribe to PRO at just Rs.33 per month. Use code SUPERPRO
Last Updated : Aug 08, 2020 06:07 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

The Tech Weekender: TikTok ban in US, Chingari wins AtmaNirbhar Bharat App challenge, new WhatsApp features, Galaxy Note 20 launched and more

In case you missed them, here are the biggest developments from the world of tech from the week ending August 7

TikTok has accused the US of not following 'due process' before issuing executive order to ban its app. It also claims that the executive order relies on unnamed reports with no citations, fears that the app may be used for misinformation campaigns. The ByteDance-owned company further stated that it has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request. To ensure accountability, TikTok has made it moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available in its Transparency Center, and also expressed the willingness to pursue a full sale of its US business to Microsoft.  More details here .

TikTok has accused the US of not following 'due process' before issuing executive order to ban its app. It also claims that the executive order relies on unnamed reports with no citations, fears that the app may be used for misinformation campaigns. The ByteDance-owned company further stated that it has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request. To ensure accountability, TikTok has made it moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available in its Transparency Center, and also expressed the willingness to pursue a full sale of its US business to Microsoft. More details here.

Homegrown TikTok-alternative app Chingari has clinched the 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' in the ‘Social’ category. The short video-sharing app rose to fame in the past couple of months as the TikTok users in the country began looking for alternatives when the Chinese app was banned in India. The winners of the challenge will receive certificates and prize money.  More details here .

Homegrown TikTok-alternative app Chingari has clinched the 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge' in the ‘Social’ category. The short video-sharing app rose to fame in the past couple of months as the TikTok users in the country began looking for alternatives when the Chinese app was banned in India. The winners of the challenge will receive certificates and prize money. More details here.

WhatsApp has introduced a new “Search the Web” feature to fight misinformation on its platform. The feature will allow users to check if the forwarded message they have received is authentic. When users receive a forwarded message, they will see a magnifying glass next to it. Search the Web can be used by tapping on the magnifying glass icon to find news results or other sources of information about the content users have received. The feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself.  More details here .

WhatsApp has introduced a new “Search the Web” feature to fight misinformation on its platform. The feature will allow users to check if the forwarded message they have received is authentic. When users receive a forwarded message, they will see a magnifying glass next to it. Search the Web can be used by tapping on the magnifying glass icon to find news results or other sources of information about the content users have received. The feature works by allowing users to upload the message via their browser without WhatsApp ever seeing the message itself. More details here.

Sony recently unveiled the WH-1000XM4, the company’s flagship over-the-head headphones with real-time noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM4 features the same QN1 noise-cancelling chipset and dual microphones but adds a new SoC that samples music and ambient noise 700 times a second. The new headphones feature 1.57-inch dynamic drivers and an aluminium-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragm. The headphone’s Adaptive Sound Control feature learns frequently visited locations and applies custom sound modes for each location.  More details here .

Sony recently unveiled the WH-1000XM4, the company’s flagship over-the-head headphones with real-time noise cancellation. The WH-1000XM4 features the same QN1 noise-cancelling chipset and dual microphones but adds a new SoC that samples music and ambient noise 700 times a second. The new headphones feature 1.57-inch dynamic drivers and an aluminium-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragm. The headphone’s Adaptive Sound Control feature learns frequently visited locations and applies custom sound modes for each location. More details here.

Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi's India MD recently took to twitter to reassure millions of Mi and Redmi phone users that their data was secure. Jain assured the Mi community that none of the banned Chinese apps will feature on Xiaomi phones in India going forward. Additionally, Jain also took the opportunity to reaffirm Xiaomi’s commitment and promise that every bit of Indian users’ data from Xiaomi and Redmi phones stays in India and does not get sent to Chinese servers. We can expect to see a lot of these changes arriving in the next version of MIUI.  More details here .

Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi's India MD recently took to twitter to reassure millions of Mi and Redmi phone users that their data was secure. Jain assured the Mi community that none of the banned Chinese apps will feature on Xiaomi phones in India going forward. Additionally, Jain also took the opportunity to reaffirm Xiaomi’s commitment and promise that every bit of Indian users’ data from Xiaomi and Redmi phones stays in India and does not get sent to Chinese servers. We can expect to see a lot of these changes arriving in the next version of MIUI. More details here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will start in India from Rs 77,999. The South Korean tech giant unveiled two of its flagship smartphones at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 alongside a bunch of other devices. Customers pre-booking the Galaxy Note 20 will be eligible for benefits worth Rs 7,000, while you can avail benefits worth Rs 10,000 when pre-booking the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. Customers can avail these pre-booking benefits on other Galaxy accessories, including the Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watches, and Galaxy Tabs, among others.  Click here to check Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra specifications .

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series will start in India from Rs 77,999. The South Korean tech giant unveiled two of its flagship smartphones at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 alongside a bunch of other devices. Customers pre-booking the Galaxy Note 20 will be eligible for benefits worth Rs 7,000, while you can avail benefits worth Rs 10,000 when pre-booking the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G. Customers can avail these pre-booking benefits on other Galaxy accessories, including the Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watches, and Galaxy Tabs, among others. Click here to check Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra specifications.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020. The Z Fold 2 is a follow up to the first-generation Galaxy Fold and comes with massive improvements. The original Fold was surrounded by controversies for its not-so-dust-resistant hinge design. Samsung claims to have worked on the issue and launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with a ‘hideaway hinge’ that features sweeper fibres to provide better durability and dust resistance. The cover screen is also bigger with a 6.2-inch AMOLED display.  Check Galaxy Z Fold 2 specifications here .

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 2 at the Galaxy Unpacked 2020. The Z Fold 2 is a follow up to the first-generation Galaxy Fold and comes with massive improvements. The original Fold was surrounded by controversies for its not-so-dust-resistant hinge design. Samsung claims to have worked on the issue and launched the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with a ‘hideaway hinge’ that features sweeper fibres to provide better durability and dust resistance. The cover screen is also bigger with a 6.2-inch AMOLED display. Check Galaxy Z Fold 2 specifications here.

Google Pixel 4a is confirmed to come to India in October. Pixel 4a is priced at USD 349 (Roughly Rs 26,300) and is available in a single 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration. It features a 5.81-inch FHD+ OLED display, Snapdragon 730G SoC, a 12 MP camera sensor with an f/1.7 aperture with optical image stabilisation, an 8 MP selfie shooter, and a 3,140 mAh battery with 18W fast charging.  Click here for more details .

Google Pixel 4a is confirmed to come to India in October. Pixel 4a is priced at USD 349 (Roughly Rs 26,300) and is available in a single 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration. It features a 5.81-inch FHD+ OLED display, Snapdragon 730G SoC, a 12 MP camera sensor with an f/1.7 aperture with optical image stabilisation, an 8 MP selfie shooter, and a 3,140 mAh battery with 18W fast charging. Click here for more details.

Popular video-conferencing app Zoom has said it will halt the sale of its products in China except through locally-based partners. The move could be a fallout of the scrutiny over concerns of it sending user data to Beijing. Sale of all its products will be conducted through authorised partners in China. “Our go-to-market model in mainland China has included direct sales, online subscription, and sales through partners. We are now shifting to a partner-only model with Zoom technology embedded in partner offerings, which will provide better local support to users,” Zoom said.  More details here .

Popular video-conferencing app Zoom has said it will halt the sale of its products in China except through locally-based partners. The move could be a fallout of the scrutiny over concerns of it sending user data to Beijing. Sale of all its products will be conducted through authorised partners in China. “Our go-to-market model in mainland China has included direct sales, online subscription, and sales through partners. We are now shifting to a partner-only model with Zoom technology embedded in partner offerings, which will provide better local support to users,” Zoom said. More details here.

Among the list of 47 Chinese apps that were banned in July are Xiaomi’s Mi Browser and TikTok’s parent company ByteDance’s video-editing app CapCut. The remaining were ‘lite’ or ‘pro’ versions of the apps that the government banned earlier in June, including TikTok and Helo. The companies have submitted their response to the government questionnaire and are now waiting for due process to be followed.  More details here .

Among the list of 47 Chinese apps that were banned in July are Xiaomi’s Mi Browser and TikTok’s parent company ByteDance’s video-editing app CapCut. The remaining were ‘lite’ or ‘pro’ versions of the apps that the government banned earlier in June, including TikTok and Helo. The companies have submitted their response to the government questionnaire and are now waiting for due process to be followed. More details here.

Apple has said that game streaming services like Project xCloud violate its App Store policies. Apple said, “The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers. Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers.” xCloud’s beta test on iOS ended early, before the launch of the service on September 15. This is due to Apple App Store policies. Even Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are not available on the iPhone and iPad because of these policies.  More details here .

Apple has said that game streaming services like Project xCloud violate its App Store policies. Apple said, “The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers. Before they go on our store, all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines that are intended to protect customers and provide a fair and level playing field to developers.” xCloud’s beta test on iOS ended early, before the launch of the service on September 15. This is due to Apple App Store policies. Even Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are not available on the iPhone and iPad because of these policies. More details here.

First Published on Aug 8, 2020 01:10 pm
Sections