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Featured – Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to be held digital-only this year too owing to coronavirus pandemic

Apple today officially announced its Worldwide developer’s conference 2021. The Cupertino-based company confirmed that this year too it is going to host the WWDC21 online-only commencing from June 7. Like last year the company has decided to hold the event online owing to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Apple’s Worldwide developer’s conference for the year 2021 will be hosted from June 7 till June 11 in an all-online format. The conference will be available to all developers for free via the Apple Developer app and Apple Developer website.  Apple has not yet revealed its upcoming lineup of new software but the conference will offer unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. 

“Building on the record-breaking participation and learnings from last year’s online conference, WWDC21 is an opportunity for developers to learn about the new technologies, tools, and frameworks they rely on to build innovative and platform-differentiating apps and games,” Apple commented.

In addition to this like last year, Apple also announced that this year’s Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for young developers to demonstrate their coding skills by creating a Swift playground, is now accepting submissions. For those who are unaware  Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. Now through April 18, students can submit their Swift playground to the Swift Student Challenge. Winners will receive exclusive WWDC21 outerwear and a customised pin set. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website.

“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing. “We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”

The company says that this year’s conference will include announcements from the keynote and State of the Union stages, online sessions, 1:1 labs offering technical guidance, and new ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers to learn about the latest frameworks and technologies.

Additionally, to support the local economy Apple part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple is also committing $1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the City of San José. SJ Aspires offers a performance-based scholarship program that educates students about their college and career choices, and provides individual mentorship and advising as well as online tools to help reduce the barriers Black and Brown students face in accessing academic opportunities. More information will be shared on this program through the Apple Developer app, on the Apple Developer website, and via email.

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News – LinkedIn is working on a ClubHouse-like platform: Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify are contenders

LinkedIn, an American business and employment-oriented online service, recently announced that it will feature an audio-only set up on its platform. This revelation has brought LinkedIn into the race among other social platforms for developing social audio media platforms.

Why social media companies competing against Clubhouse?  

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to the trend of online meetings. Applications like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoon Video Communications have kept people connected even during lockdowns when conventional meetings can’t be conducted.

Social interaction through online conversation was popularised by Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is an invitation-only OS application that promotes communication in a group of individuals via audio chats. Initially, the Clubhouse had a limited number of users as well as features. Earlier, people could join a group by either accepting an invitation or by getting endorsed by other users.

The COVID-19 pandemic led people to use Clubhouse as a means of social interaction. This prompted other social media platforms to produce their versions application featuring audio-chats.

Why social media companies competing against Clubhouse?  
Why social media companies competing against Clubhouse?

How does LinkedIn’s audio-only feature help professionals?

Linked is different from other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. It is dedicated to promoting connections among professionals. Owing to the increasing popularity of the Clubhouse application, LinkedIn wants to bring an audio-only set up on its platform soon.

The audio-only set up of LinkedIn would consolidate the communication among professionals by the use of social audio media elements. The company recently added new features to the platform for a better experience such as Stories and live broadcast feature. The new audio-only setup would further help people to interact with each other and probably in their preferred languages.

Which companies have started competing with Clubhouse?

The chain reaction of featuring an audio-only setup has already started. This is evident because major social media and streaming platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify are replicating the live-audio feature that was popularised by Clubhouse.

The Spaces from Twitter has gained much popularity since its release on the Android platform. But now, the iOS version enables the users to join, speak, and listen in an audio conversation. Twitter permits up to 11 people to speak in a Space at any given time. The host can decide who will speak from the following three categories:

  • Everyone
  • People you follow
  • Only people you invite to speak
Which companies have started competing with Clubhouse?
Which companies have started competing with Clubhouse?

Spotify, a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider, is planning to release live audio recordings. The platform is already renowned as a music and podcast streaming service. Spotify recently revealed to acquire Betty Labs, the developer of the well-known sports audio application ‘Locker Room’.

Other major companies that have announced their audio conversations set up are Facebook, Telegram, Spotify, and Discord. Their versions of audio-only set up are in the development phase and may arrive in the coming months.

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Gaming – PUBG Mobile India launch: The government reportedly permits to launch the game in India

The Indian government has reported permitted the PUBG Mobile parent company, Krafton, to release its video game in India with the name PUBG Mobile India. The rumour has quickly gained currency in recent times owing to the stern stand of the Indian government to ban application owned by Chinese companies.

What are the arguments in support of the rumour?

The Indian government has not released any official statement regarding the returning of the video game. However, a few sources suggest that the rumour may turn into a reality in the coming months. Some famous Indian YouTubers have even posted stories offering good news to PUBG fans in India.

The positive updates from Krafton, PUBG Mobile developer, have the maximum credibility. In the past months, the company has been in a negotiating mode. It even said that they respect the decision of the Indian government and shall patiently try to resolve the issues. The fact that the company is constantly in touch with the Indian government is seen as a silver lining.

How soon will PUBG Mobile India arrive?

Despite ongoing rumours regarding the comeback of PUBG Mobile to India, the release date is yet not known. Almost all the reports and sources confirm that game shall be released in the coming months. However, none of them carries material information regarding the launch date. Considering the heat of the rumours, we can expect significant outcomes regarding the video game in the next two months.

According to Sean Hyunil Sohn, Head of Corporate Development at Krafton, “I cannot tell the timing or anything because we don’t know yet. But what I can tell you is, we care about the Indian market greatly, and also, that’s how I get to know you and get to know friends in the Indian gaming industry now. So definitely, we will work hard to make it happen”.

How soon will PUBG Mobile India arrive?
How soon will PUBG Mobile India arrive?

What is the significance of the rumour?

The news of the returning of the PUBG Mobile video game is surely a matter of celebration for PUBG gamers in India. This time Krafton wants to launch the video not merely with a business mindset. Instead, the company wants to release a video game that offers an Indian essence to gamers.

Recent positive negotiations on the Indo-China border is also seen as an influencing factor regarding the PUBG Mobile. Although the official statement from the Indian government is awaiting, the enthusiasm on the game developer’s end to conform to the national sentiments of the Indians shows that the rumour of the returning of the video game might turn into a reality.

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