Mobile World Congress 2024 will take place from February 26 to February 29 in Barcelona, Spain this year. News 

Anticipated Phone Launches at MWC 2024: Xiaomi, Tecno, and Other Brands to Unveil New Devices

Mobile World Congress 2024 (MWC 2024) is almost here and once again the event will be held offline in Barcelona, Spain just like before. The biggest mobile show will run from February 26 to February 29, 2024 and will host a wide range of brands that are sure to have many products to showcase and some new phones to launch in front of the world. Brands such as Nothing, Xiaomi, Tecno and OnePlus have confirmed their presence at the event, where new products are announced or at least teased in…

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Microsoft is reportedly offering users the option to experience multi-platform titles, previously exclusive for Xbox consoles and PCs. News 

Complete List of Four Exclusive Xbox Games Coming to PS5

Earlier this month, there was widespread speculation about a possible change in Microsoft’s gaming strategy. Some reports hinted that Xbox might break with tradition by launching exclusive games for rival consoles like the Sony PS5 and Nintendo Switch. Today, Microsoft has officially put those rumors to rest by announcing four Xbox-exclusive games set to debut on rival consoles. The list of games available exclusively on PC and Xbox, now extending to Sony PlayStation systems and Nintendo Switch, includes: – Pentiment: Scheduled for release on PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch on…

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WhatsApp users already have a few formatting shortcuts but these new ones make the messaging app even more helpful. News 

Here’s How WhatsApp’s New Text Formatting Shortcuts Work on Web and Mobile

WhatsApp is focused on bringing new privacy features to its users, but this week the messaging app has added something more important, namely new text formatting options. WhatsApp has announced four new text formatting shortcuts that add to the existing list of options that let you text people in bold, italic style, add strikethroughs or even white space. But with the new hotkeys, WhatsApp users can add new elements like bulleted list, block quote, embed code and more. WhatsApp is essentially a messaging app, but the company understands that people…

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Intel expects to beat its 2025 deadline to overtake its biggest rival in advanced chip manufacturing with Taiwan's TSMC into 2026 and beyond. News 

Intel anticipates surpassing TSMC in producing the fastest chips in 2021.

(Reuters) – Intel said on Wednesday it would miss a 2025 deadline to overtake its biggest rival in advanced chipmaking, giving new details of plans to maintain that lead against Taiwan’s TSMC through 2026 and beyond. Intel was scheduled to make the announcement in San Jose, Calif., at the first technology conference for Intel Foundry, the contract manufacturing operation it has set up to compete with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Intel says it plans to take back TSMC’s production of the world’s fastest chips later this year with Intel 18A…

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YouTuber Marques Brownlee called it "frightening" and "threatening" to see an AI doing his job. (@sama) News 

YouTubers divided over OpenAI’s video tool Sora: ‘It’s scary’

Last week, OpenAI, a US company, introduced a new tool capable of creating lifelike video clips from minimal text inputs, sparking concerns among content creators that their jobs may soon be taken over by artificial intelligence. Reactions to the tool called Sora have varied from overwhelming enthusiasm to alarm about the future direction of the industry. YouTuber Marques Brownlee called AI doing its job “scary” and “threatening.” On the other hand, Caleb Ward, one half of the AI duo Curious Refuge, told his YouTube followers that he couldn’t wait to…

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New features include a more modern layout, improved action buttons, and the ability to play a mix of video content. News 

These Users Can Now Access New Channel Pages on YouTube TV App

YouTube has released a new look for content producers’ channels in its TV application. The goal is to improve the user experience and make the content more accessible on the big screen. New features include a more modern look, improved function buttons and the ability to play video content. In its video about the changes made to content providers’ pages, YouTube said that the update focuses on providing a more immersive look and easier access to Subscription. The new design comes after the company revealed new data showing that the…

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WhatsApp realises the need to prevent fake news from spreading widely in the country and it wants to help people from getting deepfake content. News 

WhatsApp Introduces New Service to Combat Deepfake Threat in India with Fake News Helpline

WhatsApp continues its efforts to curb fake news and misinformation on the platform in India, and now it has launched a helpline to cater to those needs. The helpline will be offered in the form of a WhatsApp chatbot to users in the country starting in March. Meta is partnering with the Misinformation Combat Alliance (MCA) to roll out this service in the country. The helpline informs and warns users about possible deepfake threats and content floating on the messaging platform from other sources. Without sharing specifics about the chatbot/helpline,…

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Apple continues to focus on the battery health of iPhone and making big changes will keep these users happy. News 

Apple Announces Improved Battery Life for iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Users

Apple says that people who bought iPhone 15 and 15 Pro models in 2023 can expect their models to last longer than originally reported. That’s right, the company has now surprisingly extended the battery life of these models, meaning the iPhones can handle more charge cycles without compromising quality and performance. The changes are thanks to the new iOS 17.4 version, as the new features in the Battery settings seem to allow Apple to extend the battery life of the iPhone, and in this case, people who bought the iPhone…

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The first-ever Neuralink patient has recovered fully, Elon Musk said. (REUTERS) News 

Elon Musk announces successful recovery of first Neuralink patient who can control PC cursor with thoughts

Billionaire Elon Musk’s Neuralink has started experimenting on humans after conducting extensive testing on animals. The neurotechnology company recently received approval from the FDA and successfully implanted a chip in a patient’s skull during its first clinical trial. Despite the high risks involved, Musk claims that the recipient has fully recovered from the procedure. Neuralink’s first human subject is recovering Speaking about Spaces on X, Elon Musk shed some light on the current condition of the first Neuralink patient. Musk said, “Progress is good. [The patient] appears to have made…

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When signing up for Signal, you can now create a unique username so that your phone number isn't revealed. News 

Signal Introduces Usernames to Enhance Privacy of Phone Numbers

Encrypted messaging platform Signal publishes usernames in chats to keep your phone number private. As a new default, the phone number is no longer visible to everyone in Signal. “People who have your number saved in their phone contacts will still see your phone number because they already know it,” the company said in a statement. You can now create a unique username to use instead (you still need a phone number to sign up for Signal). “A username is not a profile name that appears in chats, is not…

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Lava has teased a new device, expected to be called the 'Blaze Curve.' Here's what we know so far. News 

Lava’s Upcoming Phone Possibly Named ‘Blaze Curve’; Anticipated Release in March

India’s domestic smartphone maker Lava might be gearing up to launch a brand new smartphone in the Indian market. It is still unclear what the name of the smartphone will be, but according to a recent report, it could be named Blaze Curve and retail around Rs 20,000. Lava itself has also shared a teaser on its official X account that hints at a new phone. It is likely that the teaser depicts the Blaze Curve. Curve will lead the way!Coming Soon#LavaMobiles #ProudlyIndian— Lava Mobiles (@LavaMobile) February 20, 2024…

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With the launch of GTA 6 looming next year and hardware sales slowing down, Sony could be preparing to launch a PS5 Pro variant this year. News 

Report: Sony may release PS5 Pro before GTA 6 launch in 2025.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been available for more than three years now, and as we approach the middle age of this console generation, speculation is mounting as to whether Sony is going to repeat what it did with the PS4 generation – that is, launch a mid-term update in the form of the PS5 Pro, which resembles the PS4 Pro, which followed the PS4 in 2016. Now, CNBC is reporting that it has received information from analysts that suggests that an “upgraded” version of the PS5 console will indeed be…

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Despite growth in some categories, India's PC market experienced an overall decline in sales in 2023. News 

IDC Reports 6.6% Decline in India’s PC Market in 2023, HP and Lenovo Dominate Market Share

India’s traditional PC market (including desktops, laptops and workstations) shipped 13.9 million units in 2023, down 6.6 percent from a year earlier, with HP as the market leader, a new report released on Tuesday showed. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the desktop category grew by 6.7 percent (year-over-year), laptops and workstations fell by 11.1 percent (year-over-year) and 14 percent (year-over-year). year), respectively. “Low market sentiment post-pandemic led to lower consumer demand, leading to a sharp correction in shipments in the second half of 2022 and the first half…

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The latest celebrity deepfake targets Indian cricketer Virat Kohli, in a bid to promote a betting app. Here's what you need to know. News 

Warning! Viral Video of Virat Kohli in Betting App Advertisement is a Deepfake

We’re all aware of the capabilities of generative AI, from scripting movies to producing lifelike videos using tools like OpenAI’s Sora. However, a byproduct of this scourge of the Internet is the rise of deep fakes and the spread of misinformation. Recently, numerous deepfake videos featuring various celebrities have gone viral and have been accepted at face value by many unsuspecting individuals. The latest target is none other than Indian cricketer Virat Kohli. Fraudsters are said to be using Kohli’s deepfake to support fake advertising, especially betting apps where Kohli…

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Microsoft faced complaints from Edge users who noticed their Chrome data copied without taking their permission. Here's the reason that happened. News 

Microsoft has put an end to Edge browser’s unauthorized copying of Chrome tabs.

Microsoft recently made a big mess when the Edge browser picked up tabs from Chrome without users’ consent. The company blamed the problem on a bug that accidentally copied data from the Chrome browser. But now Microsoft has finally confirmed that the issue has been fixed, which means that the Edge browser will only pick up data from Chrome if you give it permission to do so. It all started when reports claimed Edge was duplicating some users’ Chrome tabs after they upgraded to the latest version of Windows and…

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The first human patient implanted with a brain chip from Neuralink appears to have fully recovered and is able to control a computer mouse, informed Musk. News 

Musk Announces Neuralink Success: First Human Patient Controls Mouse Using Mind

(Reuters) – The first human patient implanted with Neuralink’s brain chip appears to have fully recovered and is able to control a computer mouse with his thoughts, the startup’s founder Elon Musk said late on Monday. “Progress is good and the patient appears to have fully recovered with no adverse effects that we are aware of. The patient is able to move the mouse on the screen just by thinking,” Musk said at the Spaces event on social media. platform X Musk said Neuralink is now trying to get as…

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Realistic AI-generated images and voice recordings may pose a threat to democracy. (Pexels) News 

If You Allow It, Political Deepfakes Could Manipulate Your Mind

The latest danger to democracy could be realistic AI-generated images and voice recordings, which are just one type of deception that has been around for a long time. Instead of relying on AI to debunk rumors or teaching people to identify fake images, a more effective approach would be to promote critical thinking techniques such as redirecting our focus, evaluating our sources, and self-reflection. Some of these critical thinking tools fall into the category of “system 2” or slow thinking, as described in the book Thinking, Fast and Slow. AI…

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Lockbit ransomware gang arrested in an in an unprecedented police operation. (unsplash) News 

Lockbit cybercrime gang targeted in global crackdown resulting in indictments and arrests

Members of the Lockbit ransomware gang have been arrested and indicted in a groundbreaking police operation led by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the FBI, targeting one of the most infamous cybercrime groups globally. The United States has indicted two Russian nationals for using Lockbit ransomware against companies and groups around the world. Polish and Ukrainian police arrested two. The NCA, the US Department of Justice, the FBI and Europol came together in London to announce the break-up of a gang that targeted more than 2,000 victims worldwide, received more…

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Yulia Navalnaya accused Putin of killing her husband on X before her account was briefly suspended. (REUTERS) News 

Elon Musk’s X Temporarily Blocks Account of Alexey Navalny’s Widow from Platform

Yulia Navalnaya’s access to Elon Musk’s X social-media platform was temporarily restricted following her public accusations against Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the death of her husband, opposition leader Alexey Navalny. In a video posted on her X account, Navalnaya accused Putin of being responsible for Navalny’s death in a Russian prison colony. She also declared her intention to assume the role of opposition leader following her husband’s passing. On Tuesday, his profile page displayed an “account suspended” message and an explanation that the service freezes accounts that violate the…

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Sony Float Run earbuds don't get noise cancellation, no support for advanced sound features either. So what do these earbuds offer for the price tag? News 

Sony’s Float Run Earbuds Offer a Unique Take on Your Listening Experience

Wireless headphones have become a fairly common product on the market in recent years. We’ve seen them go on-ear, over-ear, and now off-the-ear is the latest venture from brands. Sony is a big name in audio with the WH and WF-1000 series headphones and earbuds, which are market leaders. Now, the Japanese giant is all set to play with different shapes, which is why we are launching the new Float Run earbuds at Rs 10,990. Premium headphones have to offer quality sound, comfort and durability to last a few days.…

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