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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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Mobiles – Xiaomi unveiled its first-ever foldable handset Mi MIX Fold powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC

In a bid to take on Samsung, Motorola and Huawei, the Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi has launched its very first foldable smartphone in the market. After launching Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11i and Mi 11 Lite the company introduced Mi MIX Fold featuring a liquid lens camera. Yes, the company has launched its first-ever foldable handset exactly after two years since it was first teased.

Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold price and availability

The Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold is relatively cheaper than the popular Samsung Galaxy Fold. The tech firm has priced it at 9,999 yuan (approx Rs 1,11,820) for the 12GB RAM with 256GB variant, while the 12GB RAM with 512GB variant will be available with a price tag of 10,999 yuan (approx Rs 1,23,000) and the 16GB with 512GB variant at 12,999 yuan (approx Rs 1,45,366). As of now, the device will be limited to China only.

Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold

Mi MIX Fold specifications

Xiaomi has officially forayed into the flexible phone market with the debut of Mi MIX Fold. The market is largely dominated by three companies Samsung, Motorola and Huawei. 

Xiaomi’s Mi MIX Fold adorns a similar form factor as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, which folds inwards. The display inside features an 8.01-inches OLED screen with 2,480 x 1,860 OLED. However, the display supports a 60Hz refresh rate panel in contrast to Z Fold 2 and the Mate X2.

Mi MIX Fold

The outer display offers a 6.5-inch OLED display with 2,520 x 840 pixels of resolution and a 27:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the primary one, this supports a 90Hz refresh rate panel.

Under the hood, there is the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage options

The Xiaomi’s foldable phone carries four speakers fine-tuned by Harman Kardon and is further backed by a 5,020 mAh battery having 67W fast charging support. The Mi MIX Fold also features a desktop mode to give it a feel of a traditional desktop UI, therefore, turning it into a mini laptop.

Here Xiaomi has given a large camera module similar to the Mi 11 Ultra having a small secondary panel. On the front, there are three camera sensors including a 108-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and an 8-megapixel ‘liquid lens’. The latter one works as a macro lens and doubles up as a telephoto lens offering a 3x optical zoom. According to the company the 8-megapixel ‘liquid lens’ is powered by its own Surge C1 ISP that helps in quick focusing as well as optimised White Balance with a higher dynamic range.

The company did not talk about the hinges, but Mi MIX Fold is claimed to withstand up to 1 million bends.

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Mobiles – Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G launched in India, now available at an introductory price of Rs 47,999 

Samsung has today officially launch its 5G variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. To recall, the device was launched in the US last year in September, in both 4G and 5G variants but only the 4G variant of the phone could make it to the Indian market in the month of October 2020. Now that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G has been introduced in the country. Read on how the 5G variant is different from the 4G version in addition to its pricing and availability details.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G price and availability details

The all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 FE can now be purchased in India in a single 8GB RAM with 128GB storage variant. The smartphone is retailed at Rs 55,999, which is a bit on the higher side as it the 5G variant and comes with a Qualcomm processor instead of the Exynos 990 SoC (that drives on 4G). However, Samsung (as an introductory offer) is now giving it at Rs 47,999 starting today via Samsung.com, Amazon.in, Samsung Exclusive Stores and leading retail outlets. This mobile phone will be offered in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint, and Cloud Navy colour options.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with a 6.5-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display offering 2,400×1,080 pixels of resolution with an aspect ratio of 84.8 percent and a pixel density of 407ppi. At its heart, there is an octa-core Snapdragon 865 SoCpaired with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB using a microSD card. The software front of the device runs on Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.0 on top. 

The Galaxy S20 FE 5G features a triple rear camera set up that includes a primary 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with 123-degree field of view (FoV) and f/2.2 aperture and lastly an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.0 aperture. The rear cameras support 3x Optical Zoom, up to 30x Super-Resolution Zoom, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and Tracking AF. While on the front, there will be a 32-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture along with autofocus support.

The device is backed by a 4,500mAh battery along with wireless fast charging 2.0 and supports 25W Super-Fast charging. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G ensures end-to-end hardware and software security with enhanced Knox Security. It is IP68 certified which makes it dust and water-resistant. In terms of connectivity there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port, but lacks a 3.5mm audio jack. The sensors onboard include an accelerometer, compass, fingerprint sensor, gyro sensor, hall sensor, light sensor, and a proximity sensor.

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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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Laptops – Mi Laptop Pro 14 and Mi Laptop Pro 15 with 11th-Gen Intel Core processor and GeForce MX450 graphics card launched

On the second day of the Xiaomi Mega Launch event, the Chinese tech firm made two major announcements. The company first introduced its first foldable smartphone Mi MIX

Fold to the world then it launched its most premium laptops, Mi Laptop Pro 2021. There will be two variants, a 14-inch and a 15-inch model, which look identical to Apple MacBook Pro. Check out its pricing, specs and availability details below.

Starting with the specifications and design, Mi Laptop Pro 14 and Mi Laptop Pro 15 come with a metal unibody design built of 600 series aviation-grade aluminium alloy. The former one is slimmer while the latter one is thicker in size.

Mi Laptop Pro 14
Mi Laptop Pro 14

As the name suggests the Mi Laptop Pro 14 features a 14-inch display with a resolution of 2.5K. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate panel with TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification and an aspect ratio of 16:10. On the other hand the Mi Laptop Pro 15 sports a 15-inch OLED display with 3.5K resolution protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, TUV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification with SGS Eye Care display and DC dimming. It offers 100 percent DCI-P3 colour gamut, 600 nits peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 93% screen-to-body ratio.

Both the laptops are powered by an 11th Generation Intel Core processor, paired with a GeForce MX450 for graphics. It packs 16GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD. In this, you will get two versions an i5 variant with and without NVIDIA GeForce MX450 GPU and the other one is the i7 variant. 

Besides this, there is a backlit keyboard and a large touchpad in addition to a fingerprint sensor. The Mi laptop runs Microsoft Windows 10 operating system assisted by MIUI+, Xiaomi voice assistant and an HD webcam. The Mi Laptop Pro 14 is backed by a 56WHr battery with 100W fast charging support. While the Mi Laptop Pro 15 houses a 66Whr battery with 100W fast charging support. 

Mi Laptop Pro 15
Mi Laptop Pro 15

For connectivity, there are four Thunderbolt ports, WIFI 6 wireless LANan  Driver and a dual USB Type-C port.

Mi Laptop Pro 14 and Mi Laptop Pro 15 Price and availability

The Mi Laptop Pro 14 price starts at CYN 5,299 that translates to Rs 59,216. Whereas the  Mi Laptop Pro 15 will be available with a starting price of CNY 6,499 that translates to Rs 72,626. Both the device will be available in China in two colour options of black and silver.

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CDC Now Working On A Vaccine That Prevents Conservatism

The CDC has announced that they are developing a new vaccine that cures conservatism. Senate democrats issued a national emergency that gives them power to direct the CDC to their will.

Democrats have claimed that conservatism is spreading at an alarming and dangerous rate. Scientists that are backing this claim are saying that social distancing and wearing a mask is not enough to prevent conservatism.

The official website of the CDC claims the symptoms of conservatism are: believing fake news, thinking Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, not wearing masks during a pandemic, and having a parlor account.

The CDC is estimating about 6 months before the vaccine is fully developed. Once the vaccine is ready for nation wide rollout, it will be injected in Taco Bell food to ensure all Americans get their proper dose.

 

Mechanics Suddenly Charging $1400 For All Car Repairs

In an unexplainable move, mechanics are now charging $1400 for all car repairs. Auto repair shops all around the country are claiming the new price hike has nothing to do with the stimulus checks coming in.

A local mechanic said the following: “I’m aware of our new price hiking matching the amount of the latest stimulus checks. I can assure you that our change has nothing to do with the Biden Bucks coming in.”

The mechanic continued: “The only reason we raised our rate is because most auto repair shops are in need of pool tables, 4k televisions, and toaster ovens. We are a struggling industry, and these upgrades would improve quality all around the industry.”

Is the new $1400 price hike justifiable by mechanics? Let us now in the comments.