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Snapdragon Unveils Qualcomm 888 With Cortex X1. Qualcomm has released its first 5nm based 5G chipset in its two-day tech summit hosted online.

Snapdragon Unveils Qualcomm 888 With Cortex X1

The name of the newly launched Snapdragon 888 came as a surprise as it was expected that Qualcomm would stick to its conventional naming scheme and name it Snapdragon 875. The naming also signifies a significant leap in all three segments denoted by namely CPU, GPU, and AI. The Snapdragon 888 is the first chip to go official with the ARM’s Cortex-X1 core. It is meant to give significant computational benefit at the cost of high power consumption when needed.

Compared to the A78, the X1 can execute 33% more instructions per clock. The Adreno 660 is 35% faster than the previous generation and 20% more power efficient in rendering performance. Google is updating Maps with New Features. Google has brought several new features to the Maps app to facilitate easier communication between businesses and customers.Businesses will also get a verified profile on the Maps.

Google is updating Maps with New Features

Once verified, customers can directly interact with them on chat directly from the Google Maps app. The messages appear in a separate "Business Messages"in the update tab. Apple may launch MacBook Pro with M2 Chip in 2021. Apple has created a new buzz in the market with the launch of its own Apple Silicon powered Mac Mini and MacBook Air.

Apple may launch MacBook Pro with M2 Chip in 2021

The M1 Chip has shown a great performance increase over Intel-based MacBooks as well as other desktop-grade computers.As Apple had announced,it would slowly phase out Intel Chipset from their Mac lineup and transition into Apple Silicon-based Mac Lineup in a proposed timeline of two years. As per the reports, Apple is on track as promised and is expected to launch its MacBook Pro next year with an even more powerful 5nm based M2 Chip. The new Chip is supposed to power 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook with Apple’s upcoming mini-led display. For now, there is not much information about the M2 Chip, but it is sure that it will be based on a 5nm process.

For reference, M1 Chip was based on a 7nm process, while the Intel latest Chipsets still use 10nm and 14nm process. Salesforce to Acquire Acumen Solutions. Salesforce has made some noise in the business world with its $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.

Salesforce to Acquire Acumen Solutions

The company has now signed a definitive agreement to acquire Acumen Solutions, a leading professional services firm. Acumen Solutions has deep expertise with Salesforce services and works with various industries, including the public sector, manufacturing, financial services, and more. Virginia-based Acumen Solutions leverages Salesforce to provide businesses, government agencies, and organizations with powerful solutions that help them deliver connected experiences in this digital world. Post-acquisition, Acumen Solutions will become part of Salesforce Professional Services. Salesforce believes that with Vlocity and Acumen Solutions onboard, it can deliver products and solutions to customers to meet their specific needs. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by either company involved. Microsoft is bringing down the shutter of all its retail stores. Following the precedent set by several highly valuable companies like Apple and Nike, Microsoft too has now announced that it will be closing all its retail outlets in a response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Microsoft is bringing down the shutter of all its retail stores

Microsoft in a statement said, “We are closing Microsoft Store locations to help protect the health and safety of our customers and employees. During this unprecedented time, the best way we can serve you is to do everything we can to help minimize the risk of the virus spreading.” Earlier this week, Apple had announced that it will be closing all its retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27. Google Cloud Next conference postponed indefinitely. Traditionally, the tech giant, Google, observes its largest conference of the year around the month of April.

Google Cloud Next conference postponed indefinitely

The conference is an in-person event. But this year’s conference was announced to be held as a digital version, taking into account the critical situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which the entire world is grappling with. SoftBank unlikely to buy $3 Billion worth WeWork Shares. Softbank has warned that it would not invest $3 billion in a bid to rescue WeWork.

SoftBank unlikely to buy $3 Billion worth WeWork Shares

The famous Japanese investor had earlier rescued We Work after it suffered unexpected losses. WeWork offers shared workplaces for rent to the technology firms and other enterprises. GitHub’s new mobile app now available on iOS and Android. GitHub, a company that provides hosting for software development, had no mobile app of its own till date.

GitHub’s new mobile app now available on iOS and Android

This posed as a drawback when a developer has some feedback to offer on a project. But it won’t be a problem from now on as Microsoft-owned GitHub has finally released its official mobile app for iOS and Android. The app enables developers to perform a variety of activities like managing projects while away from their PC, letting them organize tasks, giving feedback on issues, responding to comments, and reviewing and merging pull requests. The app notifications appear in an inbox that looks more like an email inbox. Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft’s board, to remain an advisor. Bill Gates has decided to step down from the Board of Directors of Microsoft in order to focus on his philanthropic efforts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft’s board, to remain an advisor

He is a renowned philanthropist and has been very active since 2008 in philanthropy, ever since he left his daily role at Microsoft. Later in February 2014, he decided to step down as the company’s chairman. The good news is that he will still be active at Microsoft, acting as a technology advisor for Microsoft.

Apple clamping down on COVID-19 related apps. People all over the world today rely on apps to stay updated with the latest news.

Apple clamping down on COVID-19 related apps

But not all apps act as credible sources of information. Samsung’s shareholders urged to use electronic voting for AGM. The smartphone giant, Samsung Electronics has adopted electronic voting for this year’s annual general meeting, keeping in view the present scenario caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Also, the company has urged its shareholders to use the electronic voting system to help curb the spread of coronavirus. As stated by the company’s website, Samsung’s AGM is taking place at a convention center in Suwon with a capacity of about 3,000 people. WhatsApp to introduce self-destructive messages soon. After releasing its much-awaited dark mode, WhatsApp is again in the news. This time it has a big update – self-destructing messages. As we saw earlier, WhatsApp had rolled out a feature in which you could manually delete a message after sending, within the limited time of an hour. If the time limit is over, you cannot delete the message for the recipient.

This had been a limiting factor for many users. Anti-terror tech to tackle coronavirus in Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said in a statement that the country will be using cyber monitoring to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. He said that cyber tech monitoring will be deployed to find people who have come in contact with someone carrying the virus. Making the revelation at a news conference in Jerusalem he said the technology has been thus far been not used on civilians but he had no choice in the matter in the light of the recent events. The deployment of the technology is subject to cabinet approval. Redmi can now mass-produce LCD in-display fingerprint sensors. In-display fingerprint readers have been around for a while now, but it only could be fitted under OLED display panels until now. The OLED panels are costly to produce which raises the overall cost of the phone. China shuts down makeshift hospitals as COVID-19 cases drops.

The recent coronavirus outbreak has infected many across the globe, impacted the businesses to a great extent and claimed many lives as well. To treat the infected people, many hospitals dedicated a separate segment to those infected with the COVID-19. The situation now seems to be under control and getting back to normal as China has recently closed most of the makeshift hospitals that were exclusively opened for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, as the number of fresh cases reported has plunged. As said by the provincial government, Wuhan has witnessed nearly 31,000 patients who have recovered and discharged from the hospital. As reported by Xinhua news agency, eleven of the sixteen makeshift hospitals in Wuhan that were converted from public facilities, including stadiums and schools were suspended just a few days back. The two of the most recent makeshift hospitals to be closed has discharged a final batch of 61 patients.

Walmart says Flipkart may launch an IPO in the long-term. Indian eCommerce giant Flipkart, now acquired by Walmart may soon be on the verge of filing an IPO(Initial Public Offering). Facebook bans ads for medical face masks. Considering the growing concerns over the coronavirus related exploitation, the social media giant, Facebook has temporarily banned all ads and commerce listings related to medical face masks. In scenarios like these, where there is a health crisis like situation prevailing all across the world, it is very important to ensure the circulation of credible and authentic information.

Upcoming Apple Watch can detect blood-oxygen levels. The Apple Watch “Series” 6 can detect blood-oxygen levels. Google Pixel 4a leaked image appears online. Although Google cancelled its physical I/O event yesterday, the event is going to take place online. The Google Pixel 4a which was scheduled to be launched at the event might launch online as well. Apple’s apps can now send ads as push notifications. Realme 6 and 6 Pro Officially launched in India. Zomato bought Uber Eats India for $206 million. Google AI tool can now block malicious Gmail attachments. Facebook can now turn any 2D photo into 3D image.

Windows 10 updates will take away Cortana’s consumer skills. Microsoft is bringing some major changes to its personal assistant ‘Cortana’, the latest Windows 10 update will enhance security and bring new capabilities to the assistant, but unfortunately the same update will also take away its consumer skills. The software giant is slowly making Cortana productivity-oriented by removing its consumer skills. Microsoft apps on iOS receives a minor makeover. OnePlus phones get Google Assistant Ambient mode. Opera 56 for Android now has Reader mode and action button. Realme X50 PRO 5G with Snapdragon 865 launching on Feb 24. Windows 10 Start menu previews ‘ads’ in the form of suggestions. Xiaomi unveils Mi 10 phone design and announces its launch date.

OPPO F15 ticks all the checkboxes. Instagram lets IGTV creators monetize with advertisements. Google is testing Play music’s features on YouTube music. Google Chrome will soon stop downloading all insecure file types. Facebook’s Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked by ‘OurMine’ Androidify Avatar maker app removed from PlayStore. Google improves search results with BERT. HCAP Partners invest in Lone Star Analysis. iOS 10.3.4 update necessary for iPhone 5 to work. Mastercard launches new suite of products focused on Healthcare.

New York Attorney General sues Dunkin’ Donuts. Microsoft and Cisco Talos have found a new malware strain. Google Faces Anti-Trust Scrutiny For DNS-over-HTTPS Protocol. Chrome OS 77 Is Out With a Number of Features. Facebook Experiments with Hiding Likes. DoorDash hit by a data breach, 4.9 million people affected. Tesla releases a major software update for its cars. Free Mobile VPN Launched by Cloudflare. Not Up-to The Mark: GooglePixel 4’s Leaks Disappointing. MIT’s RiskCardio can estimate the risk of cardiovascular death. iPhone 11 Launches With A Built-in UWB. German authority asks Audi to remove illegal software: Report. Funds maybe lost due to vulnerabilities in Bitcoin. Amazon might rollout a hand recognition payment system to Whole Foods. Deutsche Telekom 5G goes live in 5 German cities.

Facebook users’ data exposed, 419 million affected. Tech giants meet US intelligence agencies for election security. Palo Alto Networks looking to acquire Zingbox. Nike associates with Siri to untie the new shoes. Google’s Project Zero found a Major Vulnerability in iOS. Telegram To Release Code For Its TON Blockchain on Sep 1st. Facebook to remove like count from your post very soon. Avast and C3N score a rare win over malware infections. Boston Dynamics’ Robots to enter market soon. Verizon releases its first $650 5G hotspot. Hackers breach Bulgarian Tax Agency. Lyft to add NYC subway and bus directions to its app. Google Pixel 4’s leaked images show large forehead bezel. YouTube Fined Over children’s Data Privacy Breach. Business Funding Options for a Tech Startup. Tech Innovations Which Paved the Way. Equifax to pay $700 million for its 2017 data breach.

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