This week saw launches across the smartphone, tablets and smartwatch categories. Acer, HP and Inifinix launched their new laptops while Daiwa launched new TVs. Realme became the number 2 smartphone brand in India. Also, the CEO of Better.com fired 900 employees over a Zoom call. All this and more in our top tech news of the week.
Apple begins iPhone 13 production in India
Apple has started trial production of its flagship iPhone 13 in the Foxconn plant near Chennai as the US tech giant prepares to make almost all its top selling smartphone models in the country, two industry executives said. The company expects to start commercial production of iPhone 13 in India for both the domestic market and exports by February, they said. Apple has secured supply of semiconductor chips which are in short supply across the world – that has helped it plan expansion of production into India. Click here for the full story.
DuckDuckGo is taking on Google again: Here’s what this means
DuckDuckGo is one of the popular and privacy-oriented alternatives to the Google search engine. It is known for its ‘robust privacy protection’. The browsing app is currently available for mobile devices only and may come soon for desktops as well. In a blog post recently, the company announced that it is developing the DuckDuckGo app for desktop. Click here for the full story.
After Google, another IT giant has warning for unvaccinated employees in the US
Chip-maker Intel has reportedly notified employees that those who are unvaccinated will have to get the jab or submit an exemption by January 4, else they will be put on unpaid leaves. The tech giant told workers that those who don’t receive an exemption for religious or medical reasons will be on unpaid leaves, beginning in April. Click here for the full story.
Amazon, Facebook and Twitter among key tech firms to drop CES plans on COVID-19 concern
Amazon Inc, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc, Twitter Inc and Pinterest Inc will not send teams to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as concerns grow about Omicron, the firms said on Tuesday. CES which serves as an annual showcase of new trends and gadgets in the technology industry has attracted more than 180,000 people from around the world to a sprawling array of casinos and convention spaces in the past. Click here for the full story.
HP starts manufacturing laptops, desktops in India
Tech giant HP on Wednesday said it has started manufacturing multiple PC products, including laptops, in India. Powering the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India, HP has started manufacturing multiple models of laptops, desktop towers and mini desktops at the Flex facility in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, according to a statement. Click here for the full story.
Mobile app launched for live telecast of parliamentary proceedings
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla announced the launch of a mobile application that will show the live telecast of parliamentary proceedings on Tuesday. This app will allow users to watch the live telecast of the House proceedings and view various other parliamentary documents, including a written question-answer and reports of various committees. Click here for the full story.
Samsung takes over Intel as top chipmaker by revenue: Report
Samsung Electronics took over the top spot in the global semiconductor market by revenue in the third quarter on the back of strong memory chip sales, a new report revealed on Tuesday. Industry tracker Omdia said Intel, which had been the top chipmaker for 11 straight quarters, slipped to number two behind Samsung ‘as the memory segment, where Samsung is the number one DRAM and NAND supplier was the largest growth area for semiconductors’ in the three-months ending in September. Click here for the full story.
Tecno Camon 18 with 48MP camera, 5000mAh battery launched: Price, specs and everything you need to know
Tecno has launched the Tecno Camon 18 affordable smartphone in India today. The device is the successor to the Tecno Camon 17 smartphone that was launched in the country in July this year. The new Camon 18 is the second smartphone launched by the company this month. The brand has already launched the Tecno Spark 8T with MediaTek chipset and dual-rear camera setup this month in India. Click here for the full story.
Infinix Note 11 with 50MP camera, 5000mAh battery goes on first sale in India
Infinix launchd the Infinix Note 11 and Infinix Note 11s smartphones in India earlier this month. The smartphones were already launched by the company in other markets. The Infinix Note 11s variant with 6GB of RAM and 8GB RAM went on sale in India earlier this week at introductory price of Rs 12,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively. The smartphone can be purchased through Flipkart. Now, The Infinix Note 11s is going on sale at an introductory price of Rs 11,999. Click here for the full story.
Noise ColorFit Ultra 2 smartwatch launched in India: Price and features
Noise has launched its latest smartwatch Colorfit Ultra 2 in the country. This smartwatch comes with an AMOLED display and IP68 rating. The new and affordable wearable from Noise comes with NOise Health Suite designed for fitness enthusiasts. The device is also capable of keeping track of the female health and menstrual cycle. Click here for the full story.
Philips launches 3-in-1 multifunctional air purifier with 3-layer HEPA filtration at Rs 32,995 in India
Philips India has introduced a new 3-in-1 multifunctional air purifier that comes with modes including — purify, heat and fan. It is equipped with a 3-layer HEPA filtration system which claims to remove 99.95 % of particles as small as 0.003 µm and purifies the air of viruses, allergens, pollutants, and the 350° rotating fan distributes the clean air across the room. Click here for the full story.
Google has retired this 4-year-old gadget
Google debuted the Home Mini smart speaker in 2017. Four years after the launch, the company has finally announced to retire ther smart speaker. Starting today, Google will no longer sell the Home Mini through its official site. Click here for the full story.
Panasonic Toughbook S1 rugged tablet launched in India: Price, specs and features
Panasonic has launched its rugged tablet Panasonic Toughbook S1 in India. The tablet was launched in the US in May 2021 at $2499. In India, the price of the tablet starts at Rs 98,000. The table has been designed for people who work in the field of transportation, logistics and other such sectors. The device runs Android 10 with Android Enterprise. Click here for the full story.