India’s Reliance Jio has launched its Zoom rival, JioMeet. The telecom company silently launched its video conferencing app on Thursday night in India. The JioMeet app is already available on Google Play and Apple App Store. The Zoom knock-off features an almost lookalike home screen with an added ‘Help” button at the bottom.
The JioMeet app supports direct calls (1:1 calling) as well as hosting meetings. You can add up to 100 participants in a single meeting. The company says that its app offers enterprise-grade host controls. The new videoconferencing app is free to use and one can create unlimited meetings per day.
To signup, you need to have a phone number or email ID. The meetings support HD quality and these can be password protected as well. There’s a Zoom-like waiting room in the app too. The app supports multi-device login on up to five devices. Moreover, you can seamlessly switch between devices while on a call.
It’s almost been half a year and most of us are sorely missing the experience of watching a movie in theaters. But Walmart has partnered with Tribeca Enterprises and come up with a solution. The retail giant is turning 160 of its store parking lots into contact-free drive-in movie theaters for the summer season.
There will be a combined 320 showings starting next month, and these drive-in theaters will be up and running until October. Ahead of each screening, moviegoers will be able to purchase picnic essentials by ordering it online for curbside pickup. Walmart said it will also offer car-side snack and beverage facility.
The partnership is an extension of Tribeca Enterprise’s Tribeca Drive-In festival initiative that aims to screen modern classics and family favorites throughout the summer season. Walmart notes in its press release that there will be a mix of ticketed and free events honoring frontline workers. You can find scheduling and location details here for your next drive-in movie experience here.
We have been getting more rumors and predictions about Apple working on launching future iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models with mini-Led technology. Now, the latest report from DigiTimes claims that Cupertino is already adding more companies to its supply chain to make flexible printed circuit boards for its future mini-LED devices.
“Both firms are expected to start small-volume shipments of mini LED-backlit modules in the fourth quarter of 2020 to support the launch of new iPad Pro in the first quarter of 2021, the sources said. As such modules are likely to become standard specs for diverse new iPads and MacBooks, Zhen Ding and Flexium can secure a new profitable outlet for their flexible boards, the sources noted.”
We get new reports from DigiTimes claiming that, according to industry sources, Apple has added Taiwan’s Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect to its supply chain to make parts for its future mini-LED iPad Pro and MacBook Pros. They would be competing with Young Poong Electronics to get a larger part of the required, flexible boards. DigiTimes also claims that we could see these new devices next year, as a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED technology and 5G could arrive sometime in Q1 2021. We are also expecting to get new MacBook Pros with mini-LED panels, a 16-inch refresh and a new 14.1-inch version next year.
After being spotted a few days ago, Amazon Prime Video finally has its own desktop app for Windows 10. It is free and is now available to download from the Microsoft Store. However, it appears that the video resolution has been capped at HD (720p) for the moment, even though some titles can even go up to 4K quality.
While having a dedicated desktop app is convenient, the biggest advantage it brings to the table is that you can now download content for offline viewing on your PC when you don’t have internet connectivity. So far, this has been limited to the mobile app, and there was no option to download content if you were using a web browser.
However, you can’t control in what folder the content is downloaded for offline viewing. The app’s layout is almost identical to that of the mobile app, from the content library to the video player UI itself. As for video quality, you can choose between the same three tiers that you see on the mobile app – Good, Better, and Best.
The Google Pixel 4a has just received Taiwan’s NCC and TUV Rheinland certifications. This last one reveals that the phone will include a 3,140mAh battery and an 18W charger. The charger should come with the TC G1001-US and G1000-US model numbers, and its G025J-B battery should have a 3,080mAh capacity. This device is also expected to include a 5.81-inch FHD+ OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB storage options.
Apple has launched a website (card.apple.com) for Apple Card users that acts as a dashboard for them to manage their account activity. The new Apple Card web portal allows users to check their account details and pay their monthly installment bills online.
The dashboard lets Apple Card users check their account balance and also see how much credit they still have left, aside from paying their bills. There are separate tabs for Payments, Installments, and Statements in the left pane of the dashboard. Earlier, the only way to do all this was through Apple’s Wallet app for iPhones.
Users can sign in to the new Apple Card web dashboard with their Apple ID. Finally having a website will prove to be quite convenient for users if they lose access to the Wallet app due to reasons such as the phone running out of juice, malfunctioning device, or simply having misplaced it.
The name says it all. Virtual-Hand-Sanitizer. And yes, it is infuriatingly opportunistic to make an app in times when we are losing our mind staying at home and spending more money on sanitizers (for good reason) than an unhealthy Happy Meal at McDonald’s. Developed by LongCatIcedTea, the app does nothing, literally nothing, but it is weirdly entertaining too.
All you have is a hand sanitizer bottle, and you tap on it anywhere to eject blue virtual hand sanitizer out of the nozzle. And yes, it makes a satisfying sound every time the liquid plops out. Sadly, there is no haptic feedback, something I sorely miss being an ‘app vibration feedback connoisseur’. Plus, there is a perpetual Facebook ad at the bottom that takes away some of the app’s aesthetic appeal.
Should you download the app? Go ahead, it’s your phone and internet connection. What’s the purpose of making it in the first place? Only God knows (and also the developer). But it is definitely amusing to see that Google Play has cleared an app that serves almost no purpose to justify its existence.
Facebook launched its own TikTok rival called Lasso late in 2018 and heavily promoted it in the subsequent months, but it ultimately failed to catch on. As expected, the company has planned to sunset the Lasso app later this month, giving it the same treatment as the one doled out to its Pinterest-wannabe, Hobbi.
Lasso users have been alerted via an in-app notification that the Lasso app will be shut down on July 10, the same day on which the Hobbi app also goes to the failed app graveyard. Thankfully, Lasso users will be able to save their videos before the short video sharing platform goes dark.
Lasso was only available in a handful of markets and never managed to get the same level of popularity and viral fame as its target – TikTok. It appears that the company plans to focus on the Reels feature in Instagram, which is reportedly at the brink of a wider release and offers a similar premise that works well with creating Stories.
Issues with technological privacy violations and security breaches have become increasingly problematic as our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology. It’s super easy for companies to hide malicious back doors in software and hardware these days and no one will notice. Manipulating people through tech has become commonplace as well. What’s an ethical citizen of the internet to do?
Today, Purism announces the new Librem 14 laptop. This is their 5th generation laptop which fits into the same form factor as the Librem 13, but due to the thinner bezels fits a 14″ 1080HD IPS matte screen instead of the 13″.
There are also some nice upgrades to the internals:
Intel Core i7-10710U CPU with 6 cores, 12 threads
Gigabit ethernet card with built-in RJ45 connector is back by popular demand
Support for two external monitors via HDMI and USB-C
USB-C power delivery in addition to the standard barrel connector
Of course the Librem 14 includes other privacy/security/freedom friendly features such as hardware kill switches for the camera/microphone, and wireless wifi/bluetooth radios. All of the hardware is still spec’d from trustworthy sources as much as possible, and it is pre-installed with Pure OS (based on Debian Linux) which is endorsed by the Free Software Foundation. Most hardware drivers are open-source as well so that their functionality and trust can be verified publicly. It even has coreboot+Heads to protect against boot up tampering.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s latest foldable phone that was launched in India back in February. The handset was selling for Rs 1,15,999 (~$1,550) up till today. Within five months of launch, the company has now announced a Rs 7,000 (~93.5) price cut, which brings down the price of its foldable phone to Rs 1,08,999 (~1546.5).
Samsung has also announced a bunch of offers for customers that can be availed via the Samsung India site. Customers can avail no-cost EMI options up to 18 months through leading banks. Further, consumers can also avail an upgrade bonus of Rs 8,000 if they upgrade to Galaxy Z Flip from select smartphones. Notably, the offers are only valid on the Samsung India site.
Moreover, HSBC cardholders can enjoy a 5 percent discount on Amazon India site. The Galaxy Z Flip is available to purchase on Amazon India, Samsung India site, and other offline channels in Mirror Black, Mirror Gold, and Mirror Purple color options.
In May, the next Motorola Razr’s details were revealed in a podcast interview. It is tipped to be launched in September. Now, ahead of the launch, key specifications of the device have leaked online. The latest development comes from popular tipster Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to leak some of the specs of the upcoming Motorola foldable phone.
The Motorola Razr successor could be called Motorola Razr 5G. According to Blass, it will feature a 6.2-inch display and a dual rear camera setup. It could sport 48MP + 20MP dual rear cameras. Further, it is said to come with dual SIM slots of Nano-SIM and eSIM. It could include 256GB of onboard storage. It will run Android 10.