Tech News #11 in brief of 27th August

Kanchan Ray
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US and France Agreement on Digital Taxes:

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the U.S. and France have reached an agreement to settle their differences over a French tax on big tech giant companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google.

US and France Agreement on Digital Taxes
Photo Credit: ludovic Marin/ AFP

Macron also said that France will eliminate its tax when a new international agreement on digital taxation is reached. In this deal, France will eliminate its 3% tax . The companies that pay France’s tax will be reimbursed when the international agreement is in place.

Facebook Working on New App to its competitor Snapchat, Called Threads:

The top social giants Facebook is now working on a new messaging app called “Threads” which will share your status, location and more with your closest friends. This step can be a fresh assault on Snapchat.

Facebook Working on New App to its competitor Snapchat, Called Thread

The Thread will invite users to automatically share their location, speed, and battery life with friends, along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram’s creative tools.

Chandrayaan-2: Fresh Photos of Moon Craters Released by ISRO

The ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on Monday released a fresh photographs of the moon’s surface and its craters, taken by the Terrain Mapping Camera-2 of the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft

Chandrayaan-2: Fresh Photos of Moon Craters Released by ISRO
ISRO released new image of Moon
Photo Credit: ISRO

ISRO said that the pictures were taken on 23rd of August at an altitude of about 4,375 kms showing impact craters like Jackson, Mitra, Mach, and Korolev.

Google Chromecast 1st Gen Will not Get Updates any more but Will Still Receive Bug and Security Fixes:

Google launched its product Chromecast in July 2013. According to a new report, if you’re still using the original Google Chromecast, you’ll not receive firmware updates any more. This device will still receive bug and security fixe updates.

Google Chromecast 1st Gen Won't Get Any More Updates, Will Still Receive Bug and Security Fixes
Google Chromecast launched in 2013

The 2013 version of chromecast is on 1.36.157768 firmware version, while the later versions are on 1.40.156414 firmware version. The preview program versions have an even wider version difference. This indicates that firmware updates have stopped for the six-year-old device.

Soyuz Spacecraft Carrying Russian Humanoid Robot Docks at ISS After Failed Attempt:

After a failed attempt, an spacecraft carrying Russia’s first humanoid robot to send into orbit successfully docked at the International Space Station on Tuesday.

Soyuz Spacecraft Carrying Russian Humanoid Robot Docks at ISS After Failed Attempt
Picture of The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft while it’s approaching
Photo Credit: NASA

It blasted off on Thursday in a Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft from a Russian spaceport in southern Kazakhstan.

Uber discloseed 24×7 Safety Helpline in India for Urgent and Non-Emergency Issues:

For improving rider experience in India, Uber on Tuesday announced a 24×7 safety helpline number for its user which will provide services like co-passenger’s misbehaviour, dispute with a driver or break-down while on a trip etc.

Uber discloseed 24x7 Safety Helpline in India for Urgent and Non-Emergency Issues

This additional feature is with the in-app SOS button already available in the safety toolkit which allows riders to connect to law enforcement authorities in case of any emergency.

Truecaller Crossed 1 Million Paying Subscribers Globally:

Swedish Truecaller app on Tuesday announced that it has gain one plus million paying subscribers globally and also added a series of new features to its paid subscription service called Truecaller Premium

Truecaller Crossed 1 Million Paying Subscribers Globally

Co-founder and CEO Alan Mamedi said that We are happy to see this growth and it makes us proud that users taking the advantage of our Premium features. And also announceed these new upgrades that would help us add even more value to our growing Premium users and help them make their communication more safe and efficient.

Samsung Sold 75 Million plus Smartphones in Q2, With Galaxy A-Series:

Gartner said on Tuesday that Samsung sold 75 million plus smartphones globally in the second quarter of 2019 and also grew its share by 1.1% points.

Samsung Sold Over 75 Million Smartphones in Q2, With Galaxy A-Series Helping Propel Growth: Gartner

Strong demand for Samsung new Galaxy A series smartphones and the revamp of its entire entry-level and mid-range smartphone range helped this positive performance.

Realme XT Detailed in China with Snapdragon 712 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 4,000mAh Battery:

Realme XT detailed in china ahead of its official announcement. According to report it is expected that company’s CEO Madhav Sheth will also launch Realme XT at the Realme 5 launch event.

Realme XT Detailed in China, Specifications to Include Snapdragon 712 SoC, Up to 8GB of RAM, 4,000mAh Battery

Realme XT is coming with octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There smartphone are coming with three storage variants 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB.

Samsung Galaxy A10s With Dual Rear Cameras, 4,000mAh Battery Launched in India:

Samsung Galaxy A10s With Dual Rear Cameras, 4,000mAh Battery Launched in India: Price, Specifications
Samsung Galaxy A10s

These smartphones are coming with 4,000mAh battery capacity, 2GB RAM/ 32GB with price tag of Rs. 9,499/- and 3GB RAM/ 32GB with price tag of Rs. 10,499/- inbuilt storage variant. It is available in Black, Blue, and Green colour variants.

Flipkart Grand Gadget Days Offers Laptops From Rs. 18,990, Tablets From Rs. 3,999 and many more:

Flipkart’s Grand Gadget Days alongside its Month-End Mobiles Festival sale began on 27th of August and will go on till Thursday, 29th of August.

Flipkart Grand Gadget Days Offers Laptops From Rs. 18,990, Tablets From Rs. 3,999, More
Flipkart sale starts from 27th to 29th of August

This sale offering up to 80% off on electronics and accessories. Portable thin and light laptops companies like Asus and Acer are priced at Rs. 33,990. Wearables are listed from Rs. 1,299, and 1.5TB Hard Disks start from Rs. 3,999. For more such kind of offers go on Flipkart.

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