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Samsung to launch new foldable phones with lower price tags. Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil its latest foldable smartphones next month with lower price tags compared with its predecessors, industry sources said on Saturday.

Samsung to launch new foldable phones with lower price tags

The South Korean tech giant is expected to start sales of the Galaxy Z Fold3 at around 1.99 million won ($1,744), which is 17 percent lower than the 2.39 million won set for the previous model, according to the sources. The price of the Galaxy Z Flip3 is also expected to be around 22 percent lower than the predecessor at 1.28 million won, reports Yonhap news agency. Google Cloud boosts India presence, launches 2nd Cloud region in Delhi NCR. Google Cloud India announced the launch of its new cloud region in Delhi NCR to further serve customers and the public sector in India and across Asia-Pacific.

Google Cloud boosts India presence, launches 2nd Cloud region in Delhi NCR

Designed to enable both Indian and global companies alike to build highly accessible applications for their customers, the Delhi NCR region is the second Google Cloud region in India and 10th in the Asia Pacific. “Our commitment to India is for India, by India,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “Because of this, we are not only seeing success in America, Europe but also Asia-pacific and we are seeing growth in the number of leading companies around the world,” he said. With this new region, Google Cloud customers operating in India will benefit from low latency and high performance of their cloud-based workloads and data. Designed for high availability, the region opens with three availability zones to protect against service disruptions, and offers a portfolio of key products.

Microsoft Windows 365 to let users run Windows on smartphones, tablets, PCs. In a bid to help businesses of all sizes boost productivity in the hybrid work scenario, Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new Cloud service called Windows 365 that will run in Microsoft Cloud and allow customers to set up a Cloud PC with ease.

Microsoft Windows 365 to let users run Windows on smartphones, tablets, PCs

Windows 365 is not a new operating system but a new way to experience either Windows 10 or Windows 11 in a virtual environment, that streams the full Windows experience to any device. Essentially, Windows 365 allows customers to fuse together the best of the cloud and the device itself. Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said that with Windows 365, the company is creating a new category: the Cloud PC. "Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organisations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location," Nadella said during the 'Microsoft Inspire 2021' event.

Single dose of Sputnik V vaccine triggers strong antibody response: Study. A single dose of the Sputnik V vaccine may be enough to elicit strong antibody response against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in already infected people, according to a study.

Single dose of Sputnik V vaccine triggers strong antibody response: Study

Previous studies have found that two doses of Sputnik V, a vector vaccine produced using a combination of two adenoviruses, results in 92 per cent efficacy against COVID-19 infection. Adenoviruses are common viruses that cause a range of illness with cold-like symptoms such as fever and sore throat. The new study, published on Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, examined whether a single dose would achieve greater public health benefit than two doses by allowing protection of a larger population more quickly. "The peer-reviewed data we present provide information for guiding public health decisions in light of the current global health emergency," Gamarnik said. The researchers noted that evidence from other vaccines offers support for the one-shot approach.

ENG vs PAK: England sweeps Pakistan with Vince's century in 3rd ODI. England completed a 3-0 sweep of Pakistan in their one-day international series after James Vince's century led the hosts to a three-wicket victory on Tuesday.

ENG vs PAK: England sweeps Pakistan with Vince's century in 3rd ODI

Vince's first international hundred led England as they chased down 332 at Edgbaston and overcame a 158 by Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Vince's 102 from 95 balls led a makeshift side after England's entire first-choice ODI squad had to isolate after a COVID-19 outbreak just over a week ago following the Sri Lanka series. "I hadn't given up on this moment, but this time last week I didn't expect it at all," Vince said. Elon Musk buys a $250K ticket to ride on Richard Branson's space flight. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who claims to be living in a modest $50,000, 37-square-metre prefab guest house in Boca Chica, Texas, has bought a $250,000 ticket to space from fellow billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.

Elon Musk buys a $250K ticket to ride on Richard Branson's space flight

The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk had bought a ticket for his space ride before Branson touched the edge of space on Sunday. "It is unclear how far up the waiting list Musk is for a seat. Virgin Galactic said its tickets have sold for $250,000 each, and the company has collected $80 million in sales and deposits," the report said on Monday.

Samsung considering launching budget model Galaxy S21 FE in US, Europe only. Samsung Electronics is considering launching the upcoming budget model of the Galaxy S21 smartphone in the US and Europe only, industry sources said on Friday, due to global semiconductor shortages.

Samsung considering launching budget model Galaxy S21 FE in US, Europe only

Samsung is reviewing a plan to release the Galaxy S21 Fan Edition (FE) in the US and Europe after skipping the domestic market and other countries following the tight supply of mobile application processors, according to the sources. The Galaxy S21 FE will be reportedly powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor from Qualcomm Inc. But due to supply issues, the South Korean tech giant may also use in-house Exynos chips, the sources said, according to Yonhap news agency. Industry insiders also predicted that Samsung may push back the launch of the Galaxy S21 FE from its planned schedule.

Microsoft announces gift: All employees to get $1,500 as pandemic bonus. Microsoft is giving all its employees a $1,500 (over Rs 1.12 lakh) pandemic bonus, in recognition of a challenging fiscal year that the tech giant just completed.

Microsoft announces gift: All employees to get $1,500 as pandemic bonus

According to The Verge which has seen an internal memo, Microsoft is gifting the bonus to all staff below corporate vice president level that started on or before March 31, 2021. It will also include part-time workers and those on hourly rates. "Microsoft's chief people officer, Kathleen Hogan, announced the gift to employees today, and it will apply to all eligible employees in both the US and internationally," the report said on Thursday. Blaupunkt launches range of smart LED TVs in partnership with India's SPPL.

German audio tech company Blaupunkt on Thursday launched in India its range of smart LED TVs in partnership with the home-grown contract manufacturer Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd (SPPL).

Blaupunkt launches range of smart LED TVs in partnership with India's SPPL

The Blaupunkt smart televisions will be available in 32-inch, 42-inch, 43-inch and 55-inch screen variants, exclusively on Flipkart. The TVs will go on sale starting July 10. “We are extremely delighted to onboard a well-loved and well-recognized Germany based consumer electronics giant Blaupunkt. With Blaupunkt’s footprint and launch of the Android TV models in India, we would continue being committed to embracing our ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ or Self-reliant India momentum. Our existing partnership with Flipkart will play a key role in taking the new generation of smart TVs to millions of its customers across the country.

Samsung to launch Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 smartphone on August 11: Report. South Korean tech giant is all set to launch its upcoming smartphone --Galaxy Z Fold3 and Galaxy Z Flip3 -- on August 11, media report says.

Samsung to launch Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 smartphone on August 11: Report

The new report claims that at the next Samsung Unpacked event the company will unveil the new smartphones along with a watch. The event will start at 10 a.m. BoAt launches XTEND smartwatch with Alexa, 7-day battery for Rs 2,999. Homegrown earwear and wearables brand boAt on Wednesday launched an affordable smartwatch called Xtend that offers seven-day battery life, over 50 Watch faces, heart rate, SPO2 and sleep monitoring. The boAt Xtend is available at an introductory price of Rs 2,999 with a one-year warranty on Amazon and boAt website, the company said in a statement. The smartwatch comes with built-in Alexa voice assistant. "We are thrilled to introduce a smartwatch with built-in Alexa which adds a whole new dimension and capabilities to the smartwatch category as whole," said Aman Gupta, Co-Founder, boAt.

The audio brand in January raised approximately $100 million (over Rs 731 crore) from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity fund, towards ramping up manufacturing and go global. OPPO Reno6 smartphone series will be a game changer, says top executive. As smartphone maker OPPO gears up to launch its most anticipated Reno6 smartphone series in the country on July 14, a top executive on Monday said that the upcoming series will prove to be another milestone and a game changer in the premium segment.

According to Tasleem Arif, Vice President and Head, R&D OPPO India, with Reno6 series devices, the company aims at attaining leadership in the premium device category. WhatsApp will soon let users choose video quality before sharing. WhatsApp has started testing a new feature that lets users share videos in high quality. The name of the feature is 'Video Upload Quality' and it's currently under development, hence it's not available for the public. According to The Verge, the feature will be available for users in a future update. This new feature has been currently released as part of WhatsApp Android Beta version

In a future update, users will be able to choose the video upload quality by picking one of 3 options, namely, Auto (recommended), Best Quality, and data saver. In the case of auto, WhatsApp will detect the best compression algorithm for that specific video. OnePlus Nord CE review: Meaningful increments but weak on core competency. In the first half of this year, smartphone makers have launched more midrange smartphones than premium and budget ones put together.

So, it will not be wrong to say the midrange segment is the new battlefield for smartphone brands in India’s price-conscious mobile phone market. Fresh in the segment is the Nord CE (Core Edition) by OnePlus. In retrospect, this Chinese smartphone brand brought the midrange smartphones back in trend in 2020 with the launch of the OnePlus Nord (review). The brand enjoyed the first-mover advantage and the Nord received a healthy reception despite its shortcomings. That was the background. The OnePlus Nord CE is positioned not as a successor but the core edition based on the original Nord. Design. Nasa's self-driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'takes the wheel' on crater. NASA's newest six-wheeled robot on Mars, the Perseverance rover, is beginning an epic journey across a crater floor seeking signs of ancient life, the US space agency announced on Thursday.

A NASA release said the rover team is deeply engaged with planning navigation routes, drafting instructions to be beamed up, even donning special 3D glasses to help map their course. But increasingly, the rover will take charge of the drive-by itself, using a powerful auto-navigation system. Called AutoNav, this enhanced system makes 3D maps of the terrain ahead, identifies hazards, and plans a route around any obstacles without additional direction from controllers back on Earth. "We have a capability called 'thinking while driving,'" said Vandi Verma, a senior engineer, rover planner, and driver at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "The rover is thinking about the autonomous drive while its wheels are turning. " Elon Musk's SpaceX launches 88 satellites as part of 'ride-share' mission.

Tech billionaire Elon Musk's space company Spacex has launched 88 satellites, as part of the firm's second in-house "ride-share" mission from Florida, bringing the total number of orbital objects this year to nearly 900, the media reported. The company launched the satellites on Wednesday on a reused Falcon 9 rocket for the "Transporter-2" mission, including the first five for a new Pentagon agency and dozens more for various companies, countries, and schools, the Verge reported. Realme's Dizo debuts in India with GoPods D earbuds and neckband earphones. Windows 11 to require laptops to have high-quality webcams: Report.

As part of the rush of news surrounding its new operating system, Microsoft has declared that starting January 1, 2023, all new laptops running on Windows 11 will need to have a front-facing camera. Samsung Galaxy M32 goes on sale: Know price, introductory offers, and more. Samsung Galaxy M32 goes on sale for the first time in India on June 28 at e-commerce platform Amazon, Samsung online store and select retail stores.

The budget smartphone boasts super AMOLED fullHD screen of 90Hz refresh rate. Carl Pei's Nothing partners with Flipkart for Ear 1's launch in India. Microsoft announces Windows 11 operating system after weeks of hype. After weeks of leaks and hype, tech giant Microsoft has officially announced the next version of its desktop operating system (OS) -- Windows 11. Tesla to hold AI Day in 'about a month' for hiring, says Elon Musk. Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk is considering holding an AI Day in about a month, where the Silicon Valley billionaire will showcase the progress in AI software and hardware with an aim to recruit.

Facebook, WhatsApp urge Delhi HC to stay CCI notice in privacy matter. Facebook and WhatsApp on Monday urged the Delhi High Court (HC) to stay the Competition Commission of India (CCI) notice asking them to furnish certain information in relation to a probe ordered by it into the instant messaging app’s new privacy policy. A vacation bench of Justices Anup Jairam Bhambhani and Jasmeet Singh said it will pass an order on the application. iQOO Z3 5G review: Solid gaming smartphone in a tricky midrange segment. Samsung Galaxy M32 with sAMOLED fullHD screen of 90Hz refresh rate launched. South Korean electronics maker Samsung on Monday launched in India the Galaxy M32 smartphone. The budget smartphone boasts super AMOLED fullHD screen of 90Hz refresh rate. Business Standard. Can integrated OnePlus-OPPO take on market leader Xiaomi in India? WTC final: India vs New Zealand live toss time, live telecast, streaming. 'Cyberpunk 2077' will return to PlayStation Store on June 21: Report.

Musk says Tesla will accept bitcoins when miners use more clean energy. InMobi subsidiary Glance to acquire ecommerce platform Shop101. Apple to launch Podcast in-app subscription pogramme on June 15 globally. All we are asking for is clarity on 5G technology, says actor Juhi Chawla. WhatsApp announces VoIP support for KaiOS devices. Mumbai unlocks: Restaurants, gyms, salons reopen after two months.

Looking closely at retaliation over ransomware attack: Prez Joe Biden. Microsoft to showcase next generation of Windows operating sys on June 24. At Rs 24.5 crore, ransomware data recovery cost triples in India. We need to stay positive until these bad times have passed: Salman Khan. SolarWinds hackers targeting 150 organisations with phishing: Microsoft. Coronavirus pandemic impact: Hosting of Oscars 2022 moved to March. OnePlus Watch review: Solid for starters, but not without software snags.

FB, Google working on complying with social media rules as deadline looms. Poco X3 Pro review: Good performance, modest cameras but unwieldy and heavy. Dyson launches new vacuum cleaners with dust-detecting laser technology. Microsoft brings Surface Laptop 4 to India starting at Rs 102,999. OnePlus 9 review: Competent but lacks fancy bells and whistles of Pro model. Indian boxing's first Dronacharya awardee coach O P Bhardwaj passes away. Mi 11 Ultra review: Xiaomi unsettles the smartphone segment led by Samsung.

Business Standard. Business Standard. Google I/O 2021: Android 12, Wear OS, Smart Canvas, AI and more announced. Scammers impersonating Elon Musk steal more than $2 mn in cryptocurrency. Apple Music subscribers to get lossless audio, Dolby Atmos for free in June. Hackers stealing money via 167 fake trading, crypto apps on Android, iOS. Realme to launch 'D' brand under TechLife vertical on May 25. Spotify's new update now allows users to share specific part of podcasts. Tips Music announces music licensing deal with YouTube Shorts: Details here. Instagram to let users add up to four pronouns on their profiles. Carl Pei's 'Nothing' debut product 'Ear 1' wireless earbuds coming in June.

Facebook rules are internally inconsistent, says oversight board leader. Clubhouse arrives on Android a year after launch on Apple's iOS platform. Facebook takes down 9 fake networks from 6 countries for violating policy. Vivo X60 Pro review: Not just a camera phone, it is an all-round smartphone. Coronavirus: Govt issues guidelines for vaccination of aviation staff. IPL 2021: RCB players, support staff leave for respective destinations. Covid-19: Italy to vaccinate its athletes for Tokyo Olympics 2020. Business Standard. IPL: CSK-RR clash to be rescheduled due to Balaji's Covid positive report. Asus Zenfone 8 likely to bring back 3.5mm audio jack, shed flip camera. KKR vs RCB match deferred after 2 of Kolkata team test positive for Covid. Facebook to roll out Covid vaccine finder tool on mobile app in India. Business Standard. Amazon to raise pay for more than 500,000 workers to attract more workers. Samsung Galaxy M42 5G with Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC launched in India.

IPL 2021 probably most vulnerable bio-bubble: Australia's Adam Zampa. IPL 2021: BCCI to let the players decide on Covid-19 vaccination. Twitter adds Covid-19 vaccine information prompt in users' timelines. Google, Microsoft's CEOs pledge support in India's fight against Covid-19. Intel PC chip sales rise, but profit forecast falls short: Details here. Knee injury rules Natarajan out of IPL 2021, spotlight once again on NCA. OnePlus Gaming Triggers for Android, iOS smartphone now available in India. Apple TV+ to premiere three planet-related documentaries on Earth Day. Chinese smartphone maker OPPO to launch its e-store in India on May 7. Microsoft building new app store for Windows 10 with new design, features. US Capitol violence: Apple signals return of social app Parler in App store. Facebook unveils upcoming audio products to take on Clubhouse: Details here. Short video app Chingari ties up with streaming platform Biigbang Amusement. Amazon building computer vision tech to check defects in fruits, vegetables.

Apple event 2021: 5G iPads with better screen, services upgrade likely. EU plans ban on AI tech for mass surveillance, social credit scores. Sony launches affordable Android powered 32-inch Bravia Smart TV in India. Amazon moves SC against HC stay order restraining Future-Reliance deal. ASUS unveils two ZenBook laptops in India: Duo 14, Pro Duo 15. Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Carbon review: A power-packed thin-and-light notebook. Samsung Galaxy M42 with 5G set to launch in India soon: Details here. Tom Holland to lead first season of Apple's new series 'The Crowded Room' Kremlin asks Russian IT to develop Zoom's domestic alternatives: Know more.

Realme C20, Realme C21, Realme C25 India launch today: Check details here.