Tech News for the Week

Reliance Jio unveils JioDive VR headset for immersive Indian Premier League viewing

Reliance Jio has launched JioDive VR headset exclusively for its customers to enhance the Indian Premier League 2023 viewing experience. Users can watch matches in a 360-degree perspective on a 100-inch virtual screen using the JioCinema app. The headset is equipped with several features such as adjustable lenses and a three-way headband strap for a comfortable fit. It is available for purchase on JioMart for Rs 1,299, and users can receive a cashback of up to Rs. 500 using Paytm Wallet. The headset is compatible with Android versions 9 and up and iOS versions 15 and above.

Nothing Phone 1 to Get Early Access to Android 14 Beta 1: A First for Non-Google Handsets

One of the first non-Google devices to get early access to Android 14 Beta is the Nothing Phone 1. The phone is presently using the Nothing OS 1.5.3 update, but soon it will switch to Android 14. In February, Nothing announced the Nothing OS 1.5 update, which is based on Android 13. On Twitter, the company’s CEO, Carl Pei, verified the information and stated that Google had been a brand backer from the beginning. In the meanwhile, Nothing is also planning to introduce the Nothing Phone 2, which was just approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

Twitter to Roll Out Pay-Per-Article Feature, Confirms Elon Musk

Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the platform has undergone many changes, including an upcoming feature that will allow media publishers to charge users on a per-article basis. With this feature, non-subscribers of a publication will be able to pay for an article they are interested in reading. Elon Musk confirmed the rollout of this feature in a tweet, stating that it will be a major win-win for both media organizations and the public. Twitter’s subscriptions feature, which allows users to charge a monthly fee to followers, was recently launched. Elon Musk, who has around 24,700 subscribers, charges approximately $4 per user per month, earning almost $98,800 (around Rs 80.9 lakh) every month. Musk shared a screenshot on Twitter to explain how content creators could enable subscriptions on the platform.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 Chipset: A Game-Changer in Performance with 3.7GHz Prime Core

Qualcomm is set to launch its next-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which will feature a prime Cortex-X4 CPU core clocked at 3.7GHz. This will be paired with 5 performance and 2 efficiency cores, making for a new 1+5+2 CPU architecture. The new chip will also offer improved graphical performance with the Adreno 750 GPU. It is expected to score around 1.5 million points in the AnTuTu benchmark, a significant improvement over its predecessor. TSMC is reportedly manufacturing the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 on the N4P node, which offers a 6% performance improvement compared to N4. Brands such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, and Motorola are highly expected to release their offerings soon after the chipset becomes official. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will directly compete with MediaTek’s upcoming Dimensity 9200+ chipset.

WhatsApp Updates Polls and Captions Features to Boost Engagement and Clarity in Group Chats

WhatsApp is introducing new features to improve engagement and context in its chats. The platform has rolled out single-vote polls, allowing poll creators to restrict the amount of responses that each chat participant can provide to a poll question. Users will also be able to search for polls within a chat by filtering messages by polls. Additionally, users can now share images with captions and choose to keep, delete, or re-write a caption when sharing. The new sharing options also include the ability to add captions to photos, videos, and documents when forwarding them, which provides more context and clarity in group chats. These new features are being rolled out to users globally from today.


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