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OPPO Reno 4 Series Is Coming Soon To India

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The fourth instalment in the Reno series has been announced in China and the OPPO Reno 4 series has been confirmed to soon make its way to India. The OPPO Reno 4 series consists of the OPPO Reno 4 and the OPPO Reno 4 Pro and are both powered by the 5G-integrated Snapdragon 765 SoC and might happen to be the first phones in India with this “upper mid-range” processor from Qualcomm.

The OPPO Reno 4 Pro and the Reno 4 are quite similar phones with a few differences. To start with, the Reno 4 Pro has a curved 90Hz 6.5-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate while the Reno 4 gets a 6.4-inch FullHD+ AMOLED display with a dual punch-hole setup (the Pro has a single punch-hole).

The curved AMOLED display on the OPPO Reno 4 Pro.

While both phones make use of triple-camera setups at the back, the sensors differ. The OPPO Reno 4 Pro’s setup consists of a 48MP primary camera (with OIS), a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 13MP telephoto camera while the Reno 4’s setup consists of a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP monochromatic sensor. The cameras have support for ‘Ultra Night Video”, “Ultra Steady Video 3.0”, “Front Steady Video”, and “Hyperlapse”, amongst other camera-centric features.

The Pro has a single 32MP selfie camera whereas the regular Reno 4 has a dual-camera setup for selfies that consists of a 32MP primary camera and an additional 2MP sensor.

The OPPO Reno4 series has support for 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 that can charge the phone in a mere 36 minutes.

Being a part of the Reno series, the Reno4 also bring in some eye-catching changes in terms design. The new design that OPPO calls the ‘Reno Glow’ design that has a frosted finish. The Reno 4 Pro will be available in Galactic Blue, Sparkling Red, Space Black, Space White, and Green Glitter colourways.

The OPPO Reno 4 Pro comes with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and starts at CNY 3,799 (~INR 40,500). The OPPO Reno 4, on the other hand, comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and is priced at CNY 3,299 (~INR 35,200). Both phones come with Android 10 out of the box with ColorOS 7 on top.

The Indian variant of the OPPO Reno 4 series is said to have exclusive features tailored just for the Indian market. At the moment there’s no official word on when these phones will come to India.

Alongside the Reno 4 Pro series, OPPO also announced the OPPO Enco W51 Truly Wireless Earphones, the OPPO Band, and a smart connection hub, dubbed, the OPPO 5G CPE T1.

Google’s New ‘Bedtime Tools’ To Help Tackle Messed-Up Sleep Schedules

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Let’s face it. Our sleep schedules have been messed up of late and cordoned within the four walls of our house has made it easier than ever to lose track of time. Google knows this too. According to them, sleep-related searches like “insomnia” and “can’t sleep” have reached all-time highs in March and April. To help address some of these issues, Google is rolling out new bedtime tools that will help you manage your sleep better.

Bedtime Mode

Formerly known as Wind Down, Bedtime Mode reminds you when its time to sleep by making use of grayscale and putting the phone on DND automatically. The new update makes it easier to customize how and when you turn it on. You can either set it to switch on automatically according to your bedtime schedule or choose to turn it on when your phones put to charge.

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Users can now also add a dedicated tile in the quick settings panel to instantly turn on bedtime mode instead of having to dig into settings and turning it on.

Bedtime Mode is available on all devices with Digital Wellbeing and parental controls settings.

Updated Clock Application

The Clock application also gets a few new tricks up its sleeves. The Clock app now gets a new Bedtime tab that lets you set daily sleep and wake times. Not only that, but the app also integrates your Google Calendar and gives you a preview of tomorrow in case you need to tweak your bedtime in accordance.

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Once you approach your bedtime, the clock application will send a reminder and give you an option to play calming sounds from Spotify, Calm, YouTube Music and more. If you have digital wellbeing installed on your device, the application can be paired with Bedtime mode to limit interruptions.

Lastly, there is a new ‘Sunrise Alarm’ that, apart from giving visual cues 15 minutes prior to your alarm, will also allow you to select the audio you’d like to wake up with.

The new Clock app is currently only available for Pixel devices but will soon roll out to Android devices later this summer.

Family Link

If you’re keen on keeping a tab on the bedtime schedule of your kids, Family Link will help you do so. Family Link is a standalone application (also available on iOS) that can let you control what your children do on their Android smartphones. You can manage their screen time activity, application downloads, in-app purchases and even set bedtime schedules.

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The bedtime schedules can be customized to be different for weekdays and weekends. And even though your children’s device will be locked when its time for bed, they’ll still be able to call out in case they need to get in touch with you.

Lastly, Google is also rolling out bedtime reminders within the YouTube application that will remind you when it’s time for bed. The reminder can be set to pop up either at the time of bedtime or when the video you’re watching ends.

New Bounty Raid Event Gives PUBG Mobile’s Players A Chance To Win Rewards For 1 UC

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With the latest 0.18.0 update, PUBG Mobile added the reworked Miramar, Royale Pass Season 13, new weapons and mechanics to the game. It recently added a new Adventure mode with which players have a chance to play through the Classic mode selection screen, Mysterious Jungle.

Now, PUBG Mobile has introduced a new event called, 1-UC Bounty Raid which is a temporary reward system that gives players a chance to win rewards at the cost of its namesake, 1UC. Unknown Cash is an in-game currency that can be bought with money or earned by completing bonus challenges.

Join the bounty! 🎯

Enter the 1-UC Bounty Raid here 👉 https://pubgmobile.live/BountyRaid 

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Unlike Lootboxes where players can get a reward from a catalogue of in-game items, this reward system is like a lottery. During the 1-UC Bounty Raid event, players have the option to buy a Bounty Voucher for any reward that is available in the event.

If a voucher is bought for any reward available in 1-UC Bounty Raid, the player now has a chance at winning that particular reward. Players can buy multiple vouchers to increase their chances of winning the reward. Each reward has a requirement of participants, which when met with a player, will be drawn at random who will receive the reward.

Players can also see the number of participants in the draw and chances of winning the draw. While each drawing will feature a single winner, all the players that have participated by purchasing a bounty voucher will receive 10 BP or 2 AG per voucher.

The 1-UC Bounty Raid event will end on June 19. Until then, the vouchers for each individual reward will be reset and a new draw will start after the winner is announced. Winners of the rewards can access them through the in the ‘Events’ section or in the ‘Mail’ section after the event ends. The items won will remain in player’s inventory permanently.

Address that isn’t easy to locate,Google’s Plus Codes will solve this problem

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Google Maps Plus Codes Will Help Users Share Locations Even Without An Address

Google is now making it easier to share addresses via Google Maps with Plus Codes. Instead of having to share addresses that include a building name, a street name, amongst various other could-be-misspelt parts, users will now be able to share addresses with a simple alphanumeric code.

According to Google, more than 2 billion people either don’t have an address or have an address that isn’t easy to locate. Google’s Plus Codes aims to solve this problem with a 6-digit alphanumeric code that will be able to “uniquely identify” any location on the map.

Plus Codes are derived from latitude and longitude coordinates and can hence pinpoint an exact location when searched on Google Maps. If you’re thinking about how this could be useful, let me give you an instance. My building doesn’t show up when searched for, despite having tried to ‘add a missing place’ to Google Maps. With Plus Codes, I could simply share the alphanumeric code instead of having to share the location of a nearby landmark and then guide the person on how they can find my building from that point.

This is just one instance but there are multiple situations where Plus Codes would be handy. For instance, Google notes how Plus Codes could be immensely useful in emergency and crisis situations where sharing one’s exact location is not as smooth as we’d like to be. With codes, Google aims at making sharing addresses as simple as sharing phone numbers.

How to find and share Plus Codes?

Google Plus Codes are now available for all addresses that you search for on Google Maps. You can find them right above the actual address when you open a listing on Maps.

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If you’re looking to find a Plus Code of a location you’re at, you can simply tap the blue dot on the map and find it sitting at the top of the menu. Plus Codes can be searched for on Google Maps and Google Search which makes them very easy to use.

Facebook to verify the identities of some user profiles behind viral posts

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Lost in the news of the George Floyd protests against police brutality and racism in the U.S., Facebook last week quietly noted it will now require Facebook profile pages with large followings in the U.S. to verify their identity. The company said that profiles with sizable audiences that also have a pattern of inauthentic behavior and whose posts rapidly go viral will be asked to verify their identity or the distribution of their posts will be impacted.

If the profile’s owner chooses not to verify their identity or the ID provided does not match the linked Facebook account, the distribution of the profile’s viral post will continue to be reduced so fewer people will see it, the company explains.

In addition, if the profile that’s posting is also a Facebook Page admin, they’ll need to complete the Page Publishing Authorization and won’t be able to post from their Page until the account is verified through Facebook’s systems.

The company said the move to verify profiles is about transparency.

“We want people to feel confident that they understand who’s behind the content they’re seeing on Facebook and this is particularly important when it comes to content that’s reaching a lot of people,” Facebook said in a Thursday announcement.

Identify verification is not new to Facebook, but the company’s use of the process has increased in recent months, following the revelation that Russia-backed content reached as many as 126 million Americans on Facebook’s platform during and after the 2016 presidential election.

To address the issue, Facebook in August 2018 rolled out a new process that involved having Facebook Page managers secure their accounts and verify their locations. In December 2018, the resulting “People Who Manage This Page” section had rolled out to all Facebook Pages with a large audience. Also in 2018, Facebook began demanding ID verification for political “issue” ad buyers on debated topics of national legislative importance.

Similar authentication and verification tools also rolled out to Instagram in 2018. And this April, both Facebook and Instagram began to display the location of the Facebook Page or Instagram account with a large audience on every post it shares. The company believes this transparency will allow users to better determine the reliability and authenticity of the accounts.

The timing of Facebook’s announcement about profile verification is worth noting. It arrived on the same day that Trump signed an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies, which targeted the legal structure they rely on to shield themselves from legal liability for their user-created content. It was also the same day that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Fox News to explain why it didn’t take the same action as Twitter did when it fact-checked Trump.

In a way, the change is an attempt for Facebook to showcase that it does in fact moderate its platform, by reducing the spread of viral posts from unverified sources. And that’s something the company can later point to when questioned by regulators as to how it’s addressing problems with bots and others who try to conceal their identity as they manipulate Facebook to spread their viral content.

Sony announced that they’ll be hosting a live-streamed event on June 4th

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Sony  has been dishing out details on the PlayStation 5 piece-by-piece, rather than dropping all of the details at one big mega event. First came word of the Holiday 2020 release window. Then came an overview of the specs — like that it’ll have a super-fast solid-state drive by default. Most recently, they showed off the controller. (The divvied up approach makes sense, really; with the ongoing pandemic preventing events like E3 and GDC from happening… why wouldn’tSony work on their own schedule and make every aspect its own mini-spectacle?)

The next glimpse they give, it seems, will be of the first games coming to the console.

This morning Sony announced that they’ll be hosting a live-streamed event on June 4th at 1pm Pacific. In a blog post about the event, Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan clarifies the focus:

We’ve shared technical specifications and shown you the new DualSense wireless controller. But what is a launch without games?

That’s why I’m excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday.

Ryan also notes that the event should last roughly an hour, but doesn’t suggest how many different games that’ll cover.

In a video that managed to pull in millions of views, Epic Games recently gave a first look at its upcoming Unreal Engine 5 running on pre-release PS5 hardware. Given that video’s success, I’d imagine that Sony is pretty dang eager to keep the early looks coming.

Will we finally see the console hardware itself? That’s still unclear. Seeing as they’ve pieced just about everything else out, though, I’d bet they’re saving that one for an event a bit closer to launch.

India’s contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu tops 100 million users in 41 days

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As most countries across the globe scramble to build an app to trace the spread of coronavirus, India’s solution is growing at an unprecedented scale — despite being dogged by privacy concerns.

New Delhi’s contact-tracing app, called Aarogya Setu, has reached 100 million users in 41 days since its release. A representative at think-tank NITI Aayog told TechCrunch that this 100 million figure represents unique users — and not just those who had merely downloaded the app.

The app, available on Android  and iOS, allows people to self-assess whether they have caught the infectious disease by answering a set of questions. It then uses this information to alert users if they have come in contact with someone who might be infected. (It’s also available for feature-phone users through an USSD system.)

Aarogya Setu, which means healthcare bridge in Hindi, also delivers updates on India’s testing efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and tips to stay safe.

But the app has also raised concerns from privacy advocates and security researchers. The app stores location data of users when they sign up and logs details of those who have reported facing symptoms of the disease. New Delhi has dubbed this as a feature — even as this centralization approach is in stark contrast with how smartphone vendors Apple and Google are tackling this.

Aarogya Setu is also not open source, which means that independent researchers can’t audit the code and find any flaws in it.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology, said in an interview with Indian daily Business Standard that the government has not made the source code of Aarogya Setu public because it feared many will point to flaws in it and overburden the staff overseeing the app’s development.

“If I open up my source code, and say, some 50,000 people start criticizing it, raising issues every day, we will have to spend too much time reacting to those. We might do that for all in due course, but right now we are planning to open it up to some of the top cybersecurity experts in the country,” he said.

There are some other concerns, too. Singapore is relying on its contact-tracing app, called TraceTogether, for disease control but not using it to enforce lockdowns. Aarogya Setu, in contrast, retains the flexibility to do just that, or to ensure compliance of legal orders and so on, according to New Delhi-based digital rights advocacy group Internet Freedom Foundation.

Additionally, Aarogya Setu, which was launched as a voluntary app, is now mandatory for those who wish to travel with Indian railways. In Noida, at the outskirts of New Delhi, those found without the app installed on their phone could be fined or sent to jail, the local authority said earlier this month.

“Aarogya Setu is an important step in our fight against COVID-19. By leveraging technology, it provides important information. As more and more people use it, its effectiveness will increase. I urge all to download it,” a quote attributed to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears on the homepage of the app.

The confirmed coronavirus caseload in India, which ordered one of the world’s most stringent lockdowns in late March, has risen steadily in recent weeks. More than 71,600 confirmed infections have been reported to date, with about 2,320 confirmed dead.

In a televised address on Tuesday, Modi unveiled a $266 billion stimulus package to help the nation’s stalled economy recover.

Realme Unveils New Narzo Series With Realme Narzo 10 and the Realme Narzo 10A

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Third time’s definitely the charm for Realme when it comes to their newly-unveiled Narzo series. After the launch of the Narzo series was postponed twice, the brand has finally lifted the veils of the Realme Narzo 10 and the Realme Narzo 10A.

Narzo is a new sub-brand under the Realme umbrella that caters to gamers and the use of the gaming-oriented MediaTek Helio G series of processors is a proof of just that. If you’re confused about where exactly the new Narzo series sits, let me remind you of how Realme recently rejigged their smartphone lineup.

The Realme number series – the latest models of which are the Realme 6 and the Realme 6 Pro – have now been moved upward in the pricing segment and the INR 13,999 starting price of Realme 6 leaves room for the Narzo series to sit in. Meanwhile, the Realme C series and older Realme phones will occupy the sub-10k segment.

Realme Narzo 10A: Specifications, Price & Availability

The cheaper of the two, the Realme Narzo 10A is powered by the 12nm MediaTekHelio G70 SoC that comes with MediaTek Gaming Technology to optimize network latency and reduce in-game lag. The phone is also said to be the only one in the price segment to have support for PUBG HD graphics out of the box by default. The SoC is accompanied by 3GB DDR4 RAM and 32GB ROM (expandable via triple-card slot). Unfortunately, there’s only one variant here.

The smartphone designs proudly display the Realme branding across tha back.

The phone has a 6.5-inch HD+ 20:9 screen with a waterdrop notch that houses a 5MP front camera. Speaking of cameras, the primary camera setup involves three imaging sensors: a 12MP primary sensor, a 2MP portrait sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The front-facing camera has support for facial recognition that compliments the fingerprint scanner that’s present at the back of the phone.

The phone runs on Android 10 with Realme UI on top. It has a 5,000mAh battery and has support for reverse wired charging via its USB Type-C port. Unfortunately, there’s no support for fast charging here – something we’ve seen in competing phones like the Redmi 8.

The Realme Narzo 10A is priced at INR 8,499 and is available in two colours of So White and

So Blue. The phone will go on sale from 22nd May at 12PM.

Realme Narzo 10: Specifications, Price & Availability

The Realme Narzo 10 sits higher on the pricing scale and is powered by an octa-core Helio G80 processor that is coupled with a Mali G52 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of in-built memory. Notably, the Narzo 10 is also the first smartphone in India to be powered by the Helio G80 processor.

 
The design is inspired from the special edition Realme X that were designed by Naoto Fukasawa.

The phone has a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD display that might be a disappointment for some considering the price of the phone. The display has a waterdrop notch that houses a 16MP camera. The back of the phone houses a quad-camera setup that is headlined by a 48MP sensor. An 8MP ultrawide angle lens, a 2MP portrait sensor, and a 2MP macro lens make up for the rest of the quad-camera setup.

Like the 10A, the Narzo 10 also has a 5,000mAh battery that supports reverse wired charging via its Type-C port. But the Narzo 10 has support for 18W fast wired charging and is also comes with an 18W charging brick in the box. The phone also has a fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone. It runs on Android 10 with Realme UI out of the box.

The phone’s design is reminiscent of the iconic Realme X design and comes in two colours of That White and That Green. The phone is priced at INR 11,999 for the sole 4GB+128GB variant and will go on sale in India starting 18 May, 12PM.

Social Media Giant Facebook Launches Dark Mode For Desktop Users

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Social media giant Facebook has launched the much-awaited dark mode for its desktop users. The all-new Facebook feature will be rolled out to the users across the world in the coming weeks.

At last year’s F8 developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had mentioned that his team will be reintroducing Facebook in a more optimized design.

With the help of dark mode, users would be exposed less to the screen glares, enhancing eye health.

How to use it?

Users can now switch between Classic mode and Dark mode for desktop. To activate the dark mode, the Facebook desktop user had to go to the Settings option and select Activate Dark Mode from the drop-down option.

Other upgrades done on new version of the Facebook

Users can easily create events, pages, groups and ads on Facebook. One can preview a new group that is being planned and see what it looks like before opting for the real thing.

Credit to optimized design, the homepage will now open faster and transition between different pages will be smoother.

Facebook had also added tabs similar to its mobile version and had reworked the shortcuts bar. It has also added a Preview option wherein users can see what a group or a page would look like before actually creating it.

Finally Xiaomi launches the Mi 30W Wireless Charger with built-in cooling fan in India

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The much-awaited launch event by Xiaomi in India was finally held today. The Chinese tech giant took the wraps off the Mi 10 5G, Mi True Wireless Earphones 2, Mi Box 4K and a new Mi 30W Wireless Charger. 

The Mi 30W wireless charger adopts a new air duct design, which directly removes heat without passing through the coil. According to Xiaomi, this design ensures that the heat dissipation efficiency is higher and safer.

The wireless charger utilises an ergonomic tilt design which resembles a kickstand that is meant to hold the phone. Sure, that is an extra function which the wireless charger can perform when not in use. As the name suggests, the wireless fast charger has a maximum power rating of 30W. The charger uses the Qi charging standard and is compatible with most phones that support wireless charging. It also packs an ultra-quiet built-in fan which actively and efficiently cools the charger when compared to other vertical wireless chargers in the market. The heat dissipation is equally more efficient.

The Mi 30W Wireless charger will go on pre-order for a special price of Rs. 1,999 ($26) price tag. After the pre-order period, the charger will sell for Rs 2,299 ($39).

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