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Samsung on Twitter announced that the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will launch tomorrow in India (Samsung)
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (Bloomberg)
Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (Bloomberg)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai calls for regulation of artificial intelligence

  • Sundar Pichai’s comments suggest the company may be hoping to head off a broad-based crackdown by the EU on the technology
  • In 2018, Google pledged not to use AI in applications related to weapons, surveillance that violates international norms

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels (Reuters)
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, speaks on artificial intelligence during a Bruegel think tank conference in Brussels (Reuters)

Artificial intelligence needs to be regulated: Alphabet CEO Pichai

  • Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on AI at Bruegel event in Brussels
  • EU is set to unveil plans for AI legislation in mid-February

Over the past few years, ByteDance has churned out several casual games that have grown popular with the help of its video platforms (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Over the past few years, ByteDance has churned out several casual games that have grown popular with the help of its video platforms (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

TikTok owner's next big plan: Gaming

  • Gaming in China has long been a Tencent fortress, with Netease Inc. a distant second
  • It could help the company diversify its sources of revenue at a time when the Chinese economy shows signs of slowing

The Android R developer preview is most likely an early designation to Android 11 OS (Reuters)
It is pertinent to note that that Opera is not doing well in the era of Google Chrome dominance (iStockphoto)
It is pertinent to note that that Opera is not doing well in the era of Google Chrome dominance (iStockphoto)

Opera is offering loans via these Android apps in India: Report

  • CashBean is an instant personal loan platform for Indian mobile users
  • According to the report, the company's losses in browser revenue have apparently led it to create multiple loan apps with short payment windows

Amazon Prime members will have early access to the sale, that is, from 12 noon of 18 January (Amazon)
Evidence on the actual impact of smartphones have been relatively sparse so far. (iStock)
Evidence on the actual impact of smartphones have been relatively sparse so far. (iStock)

Do smartphones hamper learning?

  • New evidence suggests that increased smartphone use among students can weaken their academic performance
  • The use of phones while attending class and during study hours is especially detrimental to learning outcomes

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As for the Google Play store, South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market (Bloomberg)
As for the Google Play store, South Korea was the fastest-growing WhatsApp market (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp hits 5 bn installs on Android, TikTok second-most downloaded app

  • Google for the first time in five years, unseated Facebook as the top publisher of mobile apps
  • Facebook owns four out of the top five most downloaded apps worldwide, including WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Messenger

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The logo of Samsung Electronics. (REUTERS)
The logo of Samsung Electronics. (REUTERS)

Samsung Galaxy S20 to come with 5X zoom: Report

  • As per report, as 5x zoom cameras have become more popular in future premium phones, the manufacturer predicts a growth in demand and revenue
  • South Korean company Optron-Tec, which previously supplied the prisms for the Oppo Reno 10x zoom is considered to supply 5x optical zoom to Samsung

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On 31 December, 2019, WhatsApp withdrew support for Windows Phones (Bloomberg)
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Follow the steps to backup and restore your WhatsApp chats (Photo: Bloomberg)
The Android 10 update comes with a number of exciting and fresh features (Android)
The move comes a few days after Xiaomi announced that it will be focusing on its premium Mi brand in India in 2020 (Photo: Bloomberg)
The move comes a few days after Xiaomi announced that it will be focusing on its premium Mi brand in India in 2020 (Photo: Bloomberg)

What’s happening with Xiaomi and Poco

  • Smartphone maker Xiaomi on Friday said it is spinning off POCO as a standalone brand
  • An analyst suggested that the restructuring could be because Xiaomi wants to position itself as an IoT company, while Poco has more of a smartphone-only play

Apple is expected to update the iPad Pro in early 2020, but a 5G model could debut later in the year (Reuters)