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Samsung is ordering millions of OLED tv screens from LG:

Samsung is reportedly negotiating a large order of OLED TV panels from one of its biggest display-making rivals, LG. According to a report from Korean media, Samsung is closing a deal where LG will supply the Korean phone maker with millions of OLED panels for TVs. This shows Samsung’s attempt to shift away from LCD panels in its QLED TVs, which use a combination of LCD backlighting and quantum dot filters.

Tecno Spark 7 available with huge battery and dual cameras:

In September last year, Tecno launched the Spark 6 with an Helio G70 SoC, a 6.8-inch display, and a quad-camera setup for PKR 20,599 in Pakistan. Now, the company is has launched its successor, the Tecno Spark 7 with a slightly smaller display, tall aspect ratio, a large battery, and Android 11. However, overall the phone seems like a slight degradation over its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor that had cameras with a circular camera bump, the Tecno Spark 7 houses its dual-sensor camera on a metallic-looking rectangular aisle. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the back.

An industry first, Jazz to get its employees vaccinated:

The media has learned, and confirmed with a company official, that in order to ensure the safety and the well-being of its employees, Jazz is making arrangements to get its employees vaccinated. The development makes Jazz the first telecom company in Pakistan to announce a COVID-19 inoculation drive for its workers. Keeping in mind the limited availability of vaccines in the country, Jazz says that it will be administrating the vaccination in phases, starting first with the frontline commercial and technical employees, as well as the members of their franchise network.

Xiaomi and Oppo are making their own 5g chips:

Chinese phone makers Oppo and Xiaomi are working on their own 5G chipsets which will be ready by the end of this year, according to the published report. Shanghai-based chip maker Unisoc is also working on an SoC with support for the next-generation network technology, but it is unclear when this chip will be ready.

Google pixel 5a 5g coming later this year:

Google has officially confirmed the Pixel 5a 5G is coming later this year, debunking the rumors claiming that the device had been canceled. The affordable Pixel 5a 5G will become available in the USA and Japan around the same time as the Pixel 4a last year, which was around August. The rumors were started by a YouTuber who claimed the device had been canceled due to chip shortages. This was later backed by Android Central and two other sources.

Samsung itest app makes your iPhone an Android device:

Developers at Samsung have launched the iTest web app that allows iPhone users to experience the ‘Samsung Galaxy vibe’. When installed, the app offers a mock imitation of the One UI which is typically seen on Samsung’s range of Galaxy phones. As expected, the app is free and has gone live, after Apple Inc. chief Tim Cook sympathized with the new iPhone users who had recently migrated from Android.

OnePlus Nord LE — the phone you can get but cannot buy:

Last year, OnePlus re-entered the mid-range smartphone segment by launching the OnePlus Nord with Snapdragon 765G SoC, a 90Hz AMOLED screen, a 48MP quad-camera, and a 4,115 mAh battery. Now, almost a year later, the company has launched another variant of the mid-ranger, the OnePlus Nord LE, that has identical specifications. The only difference is in the design and construction of the device. Surprisingly, the device is not up for sale. Rather, it has been designed for a worldwide giveaway.

Lenovo legion phone duel 2 has two of everything for gaming fans:

At a press event on April 8, 2021, Lenovo launched the Legion Phone Duel 2, a successor to the original Legion Duel launched last year. The company has gone all-in with the device and has added all the key features in pairs. The phone is equipped with dual charging ports, dual cooling fans, two linear motors for haptics, and two pairs of ultrasonic shoulder triggers. The new Lenovo gaming-centric phone comes with a glass island at the back that breaks the black casing into two parts. This little division houses the dual-sensor rear camera setup, cooling fans, and the RGB Legion logo.

Nokia launches 4 affordable G and C series phones:

Along with its sustainable 5G X-series handsets, Nokia also launched a couple of entry-level phones including two G-series handsets and two C-series phones with Android 11 Go Edition. The G-series phones, i.e., Nokia G20 and G10, will receive OS updates for two years. The Nokia G10 and G20 look a lot like the Nokia X-series smartphones launched earlier except for the waterdrop notch on the display. The handsets are built around a 6.52-inch LCD with 720p+ resolution and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen refresh rate is standard 60 Hz.

Huawei unveils v-series smart screen tvs with selfie cameras:

Although Huawei’s smartphone sales have not been the best due to the ongoing fiasco with the US government, the company is advancing in other aspects of consumer electronics. The Chinese company unveiled three new smart TV models, last week including the new V-series TVs that come with leading technology, cinema-level audio, and video output, and several other features. The new V-series TVs are available in 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch models and retain the design we saw in last year’s smart TVs. All the models have a front pop-up camera and narrow bezels on three sides.

Facebook is intentionally hiding data leak:

Facebook has responded to the massive data breach that leaked the personal information of half a billion users online. The social network giant has no plans on notifying users whether their data was exposed online, as revealed by a Facebook spokesperson earlier this week. The leaked dataset of 533 million Facebook users exposed a lot of personal information that you wouldn’t want floating around on the internet. This dataset included people’s full names, locations, birthdays, email addresses, phone numbers, and more. It is disappointing to see that Facebook has no plans on notifying users that were affected by this breach.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups:

The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology. On Thursday (April 8), three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist. This bars American companies from exporting technology to the groups without proper approval.

Elon Musk’s neuralink ‘shows monkey playing pong with mind’:

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s computer to brain interface firm, has released a video it claims shows a monkey playing the video game Pong with its mind. Its brain signals were sent wirelessly via an implanted device. The hope is that the interface could eventually allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers remotely. One expert said the fact no wires were used represented “significant progress”, but more data was needed.

Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort:

Amazon has defeated activists hoping to establish the company’s first unionised warehouse in the US. Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse voted 1,798 to 738 against the effort, labour officials said. That represented a majority of votes cast in the contest, which was seen as a key test for Amazon after global criticism of its treatment of workers during the pandemic.

Software flaw led to ‘serious incident’ on tui flight:

A ‘simple flaw’ caused by a language difference led to a ‘serious incident’ for a flight from Birmingham last year. All female passengers whose title was “Miss” were classified as children – not adults – on the Tui flight after a software upgrade, a report said. That meant that their average weight used for take-off calculations was lower than it should have been. The difference could have had an impact on take-off thrust, but the report said flight operation was not compromised.

Tech tent: the end of ad tracking?:

Have you ever hovered over a pair of shoes in an online store, but moved on without buying — and then found those shoes advertised everywhere you go on the internet? Now, the technology that makes that possible is being shackled by two tech giants, meaning a major upheaval in online advertising. On this week’s Tech Tent, we examine the implications of this revolution for an industry which is the lifeblood of many businesses — big and small — but which stands accused of invading our privacy.

Clubhouse: is the audio app really worth $4bn?:

Live-audio app Clubhouse is creating plenty of chatter — about itself. Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West, Demi Lovato and Mark Zuckerberg are among the celebrities to have popped up on the service. And you can find chats about everything from Bitcoin and Buddhism to relationships and R&B music on it. Even so, the idea that this one-year-old app could be worth $4bn (£2.9bn) is startling. It stems from a Bloomberg report saying the San Francisco-based start-up is seeking fresh funds at this level.

Climate change: electric trucks ‘can compete with diesel ones’:

The view that battery-powered heavy goods lorries can’t compete with diesel is being challenged by new research. It had been felt that the extra batteries needed for freight would make electric vehicles too expensive. But a new study says that if fast charging networks are built for trucks, then they can beat diesel in terms of cost. With fast charging, the bigger the vehicle, the greater the advantage for electric, say researchers.

Italian man ‘offered €10,000 in Bitcoin’ to maim ex-partner:

Investigators in Rome have placed under house arrest a man who they say paid an attacker over the dark web to maim his ex-girlfriend. The suspect is accused of offering €10,000 (£8,700; $12,000) in Bitcoin in return for the attack, which would have paralysed the woman, police said. He was traced by Italian authorities and the EU’s crime agency and the woman was unharmed. The would-be attacker has not been identified.

Redcar cyber-attack: UK govt to help cover costs:

A council left without online services for weeks following a cyber-attack is to receive £3.68m from the government to help towards the cost of rebuilding its systems. The attack was estimated to have cost Redcar and Cleveland Council £10m, with the authority having to foot the remainder of the bill itself. It said no ransom was paid to the hackers. Critics said the government should be covering more of the cost.

Swansea city announce social media boycott to tackle abuse:

Swansea City have announced a week-long social media boycott on all platforms to combat abuse and discrimination. Players, including first team, academy sides and women’s team, staff and the club’s official accounts will stop posting from 17:00 BST on 8 April. Swansea’s Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda have been racially abused on social media in the past two months. “We hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone,” said Swansea City captain Matt Grimes. As a close and diverse group of players, this is something we all feel extremely passionate about.

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