Technology

Amazon says it has started to test self-driving robots in Snohomish County, Washington. (AP)
Amazon says it has started to test self-driving robots in Snohomish County, Washington. (AP)

Amazon's delivery robots start rolling out

  • Electric-powered, wheeled delivery vehicles named "Scout" will guide themselves along sidewalks at a walking pace
  • Scout delivery robots will work only during daylight hours Mondays through Fridays but will be accompanied by Amazon employees

The Betterhalf app is displayed on a smartphone at the company's office in Bangaluru, India (Bloomberg)
The Betterhalf app is displayed on a smartphone at the company's office in Bangaluru, India (Bloomberg)

Millennials in India are turning to algorithms for love

  • Betterhalf has 15 employees — 13 are single, use the app and half-mockingly refer to their office as a marriage lab
  • After matching people, post-interaction user polls on Betterhalf help weed out the creeps

 (Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

Opinion | Tech has radically changed teens’ experiences today

All technologies have obvious benefits and potential harmful effects, but the key lies in moderation

Despite being the most popular electronics show, smartphones often take the back seat at the CES, as most handset phone makers tend to wait until the Mobile World Congress.
Despite being the most popular electronics show, smartphones often take the back seat at the CES, as most handset phone makers tend to wait until the Mobile World Congress.

Smartphone trends we can expect at MWC 2019  

  • Foldable displays will take the centre stage at the MWC 2019; Motorola is expected to revive the Razr brand
  • Expect more announcements around 5G-enabled smartphones

The newly formed Facebook India board will report directly to Menlo Park and will no longer be part of Facebook’s Asia Pacific operations. Photo: AP
The newly formed Facebook India board will report directly to Menlo Park and will no longer be part of Facebook’s Asia Pacific operations. Photo: AP

Facebook brings India on a par with Menlo Park

  • Facebook has carved out India as a separate region with a six-member board
  • A first outside the US, the India team will be treated on par with the one at its Menlo Park HQ

Install a ‘find my phone’ app on your phone so that you can track it if it gets lost or stolen. Photo: iStock
Install a ‘find my phone’ app on your phone so that you can track it if it gets lost or stolen. Photo: iStock

How to find that lost phone

  • "Find my phone" apps are designed to track a lost device and even wipe out a phone’s content to prevent sensitive information from falling in wrong hands
  • Find my Device by Google, Find my iPhone by Apple and Prey are some apps that can help you find your phone or delete and encrypt sensitive information remotely

Earlier, Cambridge Analytica gained access to information on about 70 million Facebook users in the US. Photo: Getty images
Earlier, Cambridge Analytica gained access to information on about 70 million Facebook users in the US. Photo: Getty images

Facebook faces potential record US fine on privacy violations: Report

  • The size of the Facebook fine couldn’t be learned
  • It’s also not clear whether the agency has settled on how much to seek from Facebook or it will also require changes to Facebook’s data collection and sharing practices

HTC Vive Pro Eye. Photo: AFP
HTC Vive Pro Eye. Photo: AFP

What we learnt from CES 2019

  • LG made the rollable TV concept official at CES 2019  
  • Samsung said its new line-up of smart TVs and those from 2018 will support Apple’s iTunes and Airplay 2

TikTok is a destination for short-form mobile videos that can be no longer than 15 seconds and are based on various themes such as music, cooking, travel, dance, fashion and so on. Photo: AFP
TikTok is a destination for short-form mobile videos that can be no longer than 15 seconds and are based on various themes such as music, cooking, travel, dance, fashion and so on. Photo: AFP

New mobile apps ride high on vernacular languages

  • TikTok was one of the most-downloaded mobile apps for Apple and Android devices in 2018
  • According to a Google-KPMG 2017 report, 75% of India’s internet user base will consist of Indian language internet users by 2021

The Nokia 8.1 has an excellent design — a glass body, chamfered metallic frame and a notch at the top. But, that’s about it.
The Nokia 8.1 has an excellent design — a glass body, chamfered metallic frame and a notch at the top. But, that’s about it.

Nokia 8.1 Review: Just enough for a mid-ranged phone

  • Key specifications: 6.09-inch HDR10 compliant LCD display, Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage
  • Camera: 12MP+13MP dual camera configuration with ZEISS lens

The audio signature of Xiaomi Mi Soundbar is V-shaped, meaning it will deliver stronger bass and highs than mid frequencies.
The audio signature of Xiaomi Mi Soundbar is V-shaped, meaning it will deliver stronger bass and highs than mid frequencies.

Xiaomi Mi Soundbar review: A no brainer

  • The Xiaomi Mi Soundbar is priced at 4,999 
  • The V-shaped audio signature of the soundbar allows it to deliver stronger bass and highs than mid frequencies

GoPro one of the leading action camera makers, has recently updated its product line-up with the new Hero 7 Black.
GoPro one of the leading action camera makers, has recently updated its product line-up with the new Hero 7 Black.

GoPro Hero 7 Black review: Brings smart features in action cameras

  • The Hero 7 Black comes with features like live streaming and improved microphone
  • HyperSmooth feature allows gimbal like stabilisation on 4K videos at 60fps

The OnePlus 7 might carry on a few features like the in-display fingerprint scanner from the OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 7 might carry on a few features like the in-display fingerprint scanner from the OnePlus 6T.

Here’s what you can expect from the OnePlus 7

  • The OnePlus 7 might come with a completely notch-less design and might host some sort of a mechanism to house the front facing camera  
  • The OnePlus 7 is likely to be powered by Snapdragon 855 processor

The feature was rolled out to iPhone users last month and has been around on WhatsApp Beta for a few months.
The feature was rolled out to iPhone users last month and has been around on WhatsApp Beta for a few months.

WhatsApp for Android’s new feature makes group video calling easier

  • A new button lets you add up to three participants from a group in a conference call
  • The process of placing a group video and audio conference call was fairly complicated

Boeing's Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype is shown during an inaugural test flight, in Manassas, Virginia.  (Reuters)
Boeing's Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype is shown during an inaugural test flight, in Manassas, Virginia. (Reuters)

Boeing's flying car lifts off in race to revolutionise urban travel

  • Boeing's 30-foot-long aircraft lifted a few feet off the ground and made a soft landing after less than a minute of being airborne 
  • Boeing's flying car's competitors range from Airbus Volocopter and UberAIR to AeroMobil

The app includes some free sound editing tools as well, including a free seven-day trial of Dolby's Essentials pack of EQ presets.
The app includes some free sound editing tools as well, including a free seven-day trial of Dolby's Essentials pack of EQ presets.

Dolby Labs secretly working on smartphone app that records studio quality audio

  • The app, codenamed "234" records and cleans up audio
  • It is targeted at creators who want to record quality sound right from their smartphones

In India, the Facebook-owned company had faced flak from the government after a series of mob-lynching incidents, triggered by rumours circulating on WhatsApp, claimed lives. ( Bloomberg)
In India, the Facebook-owned company had faced flak from the government after a series of mob-lynching incidents, triggered by rumours circulating on WhatsApp, claimed lives. ( Bloomberg)

After India, WhatsApp globally restricts message forwards to 5

  • The feature was first introduced in India last year to crack down on spread of rumours and fake news
  • WhatsApp also brought out advertisements to help users understand how to spot fake news

Ren Zhengfei (centre), founder and chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies Co.bloomberg
Ren Zhengfei (centre), founder and chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies Co.bloomberg

Cyberwarfare alert: The new wired battlefields

  • With Huawei remaining in the spotlight, here’s a recounting of three biggest instances of cyberwarfare by governments
  • Stuxnet, the first recorded act of cyberwarfare on real-world infrastructure by a government, targeted Iran’s nuclear facility

Buyers will receive  ₹1,500 instant discount on all OnePlus 6T purchases through HDFC Bank credit and debit cards on Amazon.in.
Buyers will receive 1,500 instant discount on all OnePlus 6T purchases through HDFC Bank credit and debit cards on Amazon.in.

OnePlus 6T: Republic Day offers

  • The program will offer a guaranteed buyback value up to 70% of the purchase price on an upgrade to a OnePlus flagship
  • Offer commences on 19 January 

Xiaomi’s scanner has the dimensions of 25mm x 50.2mm, which is reasonably bigger than most other thumbprint sized in-display sensors. Photo: Lin Bin/Weibo
Xiaomi’s scanner has the dimensions of 25mm x 50.2mm, which is reasonably bigger than most other thumbprint sized in-display sensors. Photo: Lin Bin/Weibo

Xiaomi hopes to put Oppo, Vivo behind with its in-display fingerprint tech

  • Xiaomi has been particularly slow in adopting this technology
  • Mi 8 is the only smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to sport the in-display scanner

Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro
Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro

Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro (55-inch): Worth buying but not an upgrade

  • The Mi TV 4X Pro has good contrast and brightness levels
  • The clouding issue on the screen present in previous Mi TVs is now gone

Photo: iStock
Photo: iStock

Post-CES ’19: Will gaming laptops finally interest pro-gamers?

  • Gaming laptops now use the same CPU and GPU that are used in gaming desktops, and are easier to upgrade
  • Mobile version CPUs for laptops are meant for comparably lower performance, to keep heating in check and provide more battery backup

Perhaps one of the cheapest home security cameras you can buy today, the Mi Home Security Camera has wide coverage and records in 1080p.
Perhaps one of the cheapest home security cameras you can buy today, the Mi Home Security Camera has wide coverage and records in 1080p.

Seven smart gadgets to make life easier, safer and better for senior citizens

Gadgets and new technologies can often be daunting for senior citizens. We have listed a few of these

The physical appearance of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will most likely remain the same as the Note 7.
The physical appearance of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will most likely remain the same as the Note 7.

Upcoming Redmi Note 7 Pro might sport Snapdragon 675, 48MP Sony sensor

  • The Note 7 Pro is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 SoC
  • It might cost a couple thousand rupees more than the Note 7

The OnePlus 6T, Redmi Y2 and Realme U1 are some smartphones that be on offer during the Amazon Great Indian Sale.
The OnePlus 6T, Redmi Y2 and Realme U1 are some smartphones that be on offer during the Amazon Great Indian Sale.

Flipkart Republic Days vs Amazon Great Indian Sale: Top deals on OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo smartphones

  • Amazon will offer a 10% instant discount on purchase with HDFC Bank debit and credit cards
  • Flipkart has tied up with SBI to offer a 10% instant discount to consumers shopping with SBI credit cards