Weekly Tech RoundUp! #2 (26 May to 1 June)

Hey there! Welcome back! We’re here again with some interesting tech news from around the globe and this time on time. Yeah, I know I was late last time and that was because the review of the article and then publishing it took time. But from now on we have sorted that problem out to give your Weekly Tech RoundUp! On time. So, lets a have a glance at what happened in the previous week. And I have thought of adding some extra content as Bonus each week starting from next week.

Weekly Tech RoundUp! #2 (26 May to 1 June)

T-series becomes the first channel ever to have 100M subscribers!

Starting off with some positive news, the famous Indian music label T-series now has 100 million subscribers on YouTube. It’s main competitor PewDiePie aka Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (around 96M subs) tried hard to get on the throne first but failed. His followers did many kinds of criminal offences to get him to the 100M mark first. This incident also proves what the Managing Director of T-series, Mr Bhushan Kumar, says no amount of spamming will be able to hold back the power of good music. T-series’ was founded by Mr Gulshan Kumar on 11 July 1983.  You can read more about the rivalry here.

T-series' Logo
T-series’ Logo

The Redmi K20 and K20 Pro blew everybody’s mind!

Xiaomi recently pulled off the cover from its recent flagship smartphone the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro with a price tag of a budget phone. The device is currently launched only in China, but Xiaomi India has plans to bring it to India soon as said by Xiaomi India head, Manu Kumar Jain. This is the phone which Xiaomi is calling its flagship killer 2.0. OnePlus recently launched its flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 7 Pro which has the same processor as the K20 Pro but there’s a huge difference in price. When the Chinese prices are converted into INR, it can be clearly seen that this power-packed device has a jaw-dropping price. The K20 starts from around 20k INR and the K20 Pro starts from 26k INR. For fully detailed specs, tap here.

Redmi K20 and K20 Pro
Redmi K20 and K20 Pro

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Do You Want A TikTok Smartphone?

TikTok – the wildly popular app

The owner of the widely popular TikTok app, ByteDance, is reportedly planning to launch its own smartphones. The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, had long dreamt of launching a phone. The smartphone will have all ByteDance apps pre-installed including TikTok, Vigo Video, BuzzVideo, and some others. Byte Dance is also even working with T-series to launch their own music streaming app.

Another Death From Playing PUBG

Furqan Qureshi
Furqan Qureshi

Recently in Bhopal, a class XII student died from continuously playing the wildly popular online Battle Royale game, PUBG for 6hrs. This happened on the 26th of May when Furqan Qureshi, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, was playing PUBG.

After playing the game for 6hrs, he was complaining of an acute headache and then he slumped on his bed. His family members took him to a cardiologist, Dr Ashok Jain but he declared that Furqan was dead.

According to the cardiologist, the reason for the death was possibly a severe cardiac arrest triggered by a sudden but deep shock. He added that it is like what happens when a die-hard fan is watching a nail-biting soccer match that causes him a deep shock leading to cardiac arrest.

Is It Huawei’s Android Replacement? (+Screenshots)

This May wasn’t good for the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei. After the US govt. effectively banned Huawei from buying technologies from US-based companies, many companies started cutting their ties from Huawei starting from Google which canceled Huawei’s Android license. Due to the 90-day-exemption, they got three month’s time to bring out their own new OS named ArkOS. For some registration purpose, Huawei has shared some screenshots of the ArkOS which are leaked. (Find them below)

Huawei’s Android Replacement ArkOS screenshot 1
ArkOS screenshot 1

Huawei’s Android Replacement ArkOS screenshot 2
ArkOS screenshot 2

WWDC: Three days to go!

WWDC 2019

Apple’s annual event the WWDC which stands for World Wide Developer Conference is going to be held on 3rd of June at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA. Well, I’m really excited about the release of MacOS 10.15 which is rumored to be named Runtime. The latest versions of iOS (iOS 13), tvOS and watchOS will also be released. You can enjoy the live stream at 10:30 PM IST (10 AM PDT) at Apple’s US website. (Apple.com)

Oppo Reno And It’s 10x Zoom Variant Launched!

Further Your Vision with Oppo Reno 10x zoom

Oppo launched it’s Reno and Reno 10x Zoom variant in India recently. The Oppo Reno 10x zoom’s main attraction is the new and innovative shark fin pop-up front camera and up to 10x optical zoom which is lossless zoom which means the 10x zoom will not decrease the image quality.  The device features a 6.6” AMOLED display, triple rear camera set-up (48+8+13MP), single front camera (16MP) and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with up to 8GB RAM. The price of the device starts at 40k. Learn More about it here. You can pre-order it here.

Amazon Unveiled Its Echo Show 5 @₹9000

The e-commerce giant Amazon showed its Echo Show 5

Amazon recently showed its new Alexa powered smart speaker named Echo Show 5. The device features a 5.5” screen which you can use to watch videos from Amazon Prime videos, do video calls check and even connect a camera to see what’s happening in another room. You will be able to listen to songs from a lump of apps that are supported including Amazon Prime music (obviously), Hungama, JioSaavn, Ghana and some others. You can also connect your Phillips Hue smart bulbs to control them but the device. The device also has a 1MP camera (720p HD video recording) which can be manually closed for privacy with a slider. Powered by a MediaTek processor, the price of the device is ₹9000 INR.

Google adds Huawei View 20 back to its list of phones getting Android Q

Android Q
Android Q

As the US govt. gave Huawei a 90-day exemption from the ban, Google has added back the View 20 to the list phones getting the Android Q. The main reason for the 90-day exemption is to continue their uncompleted business with US companies. Huawei is also preparing for the launch of its OS named ArkOS, which will be their android replacement after the 90-day exemption.

Goodbye, iTunes!

Apple is reportedly removing its iTunes app. Reports suggest that the iTunes app will not be included in the newer versions of Apple’s OS including iOS 13 and macOS 10.15. The website will also be removed. Apple is removing iTunes as they will now launch separate apps for music (Apple Music), Podcasts (Apple podcasts), and TV (Apple TV). Apple has started removing iTune links which were iTunes.apple.com/… to music.apple.com/

iTunes logo
iTunes logo

Short But Interesting!

Since I was not able to cover every news in detail, here are some interesting headlines if you wanna read more.

  1. Redbook 14 launched in India
  2. Xiaomi’s gaming phone, Black Shark 2 launched in India
  3. Apple updated iPod Touch with A10 chipset
  4. Pune dwellers will soon be able to file complaints against autorickshaw drivers to Pune RTO through WhatsApp
  5. Uber will partner with Indian Oil to provide oil to its drivers at cheap rates
  6. Play Store’s new guidelines include those apps with loot boxes (which means apps where people buy something like a box which may yield anything) to disclose odds of each thing
  7. Samsung Galaxy M40 will have a punch-hole display (which Samsung calls Infinity O display) and a processor from the Snapdragon 6 series (Confirmed by Samsung)

Meet You Next Week With Even More Amazing Content!

Kunal Mishra
An all-time tech geek, a part-time tech writer, a casual tech influencer and a permanent tech admirer

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