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Realme Band Gets New ‘Enhanced’ Version, Now on Sale via Amazon, Flipkart in India

Realme on Friday announced that it has started selling a new version of its Realme Band with some software and display tweaks in the Indian market. The new version is available via Flipkart and Amazon. The company originally launched the fitness tracker in March, and its sales went live in the country in the same month. The updated Realme Band comes with a brighter display and a “revamped” UI for better user experience, according to the company. The new Realme Band also comes with an upgraded heart rate sensor for more accuracy.

Realme Band price in India

The ‘enhanced’ Realme Band is now available to purchase in India via Amazon.in and Flipkart. Customers residing in areas marked as Red, Orange, and Green zones will be able to order the smart band, however, the device will not be shipped to containment areas due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the country. Realme Band carries a price tag of Rs. 1,499

Realme Band features, specifications

At the moment, it is unclear whether the updated Realme Band includes any new hardware tweaks. We have reached out to the company for more details. The original Realme Band features a 0.96-inch (2.4cm) colour TFT LCD panel that has 80×160 pixels resolution. The display also features a touch button. Realme says the display on the new version will be much brighter than the original. The Realme Band UI has been updated to work perfectly under the sun, the company claims. Additionally, the fitness trackers will come with the firmware version 6.0.

Similarly, the Weather app on the Realme Band has a new page with daily weather information. The weather app can give real-time data by taking the location information of the user via the Realme Link app. Realme added that the heart sensor has been upgraded to provide more accurate data.

“Users can access updates on high and low heart rate alerts – a feature that will come in highly useful for the health-conscious and fitness enthusiasts,” Realme said in a statement.

The latest version of Realme Band is also expected to support features available on the original Realme Band. These include Sleep Quality Monitor, Idle Alert, Cricket Mode, and nine sport modes. Similarly, the original Realme Band has an IP68 rating that is touted to protect against dirt, dust, sand, and “occasional dips” in the water.

The smart band comes with smart notifications and supports apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube among others. Lastly, the original Realme Band supports Bluetooth v4.2. All these features are likely to present in the new Realme Band as well.

The consumers who purchased the older version of the Realme Band will get most, if not all, of the new features via a software update.

300% increase in Google search for food delivery service

Millions of people have been trapped in their homes during the lockdown due to the global epidemic 19, which has led to an increase in the use of the Internet and social media hundreds of times over.

In addition, the use of online games, online shopping and online video streaming sites during lockdown has also increased rapidly.

Recently, according to the internal data of the well-known search engine Google, there has been a 300% increase in the number of searches for ‘food delivery service’ on the internet during the COVID19.

Compared to last year, this year has seen a 31% increase in the number of Americans eating and drinking videos.

According to Google’s data, there has been a 100% increase in online pharmacy searches around the world, with more videos on stress and stress being watched by consumers than ever before.

PUBG PC Gets Bots, Ranked Mode, and More With Update 7.2: All You Need to Know

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) PC has received the latest 7.2 update, which will bring bots to online PC servers, along with a much-awaited Ranked Mode. This is being considered as a big update for the famous battle royale game, as the Ranked Mode has been a much awaited feature, after other similar games like Fortnite and Apex Legends had got it a while back. Bots, on the other hand, have been a controversial topic among PUBG gamers, since veteran player have opposed the addition of bots. There are several other changes that have made it to Update 7.2., most notably Weapons & Armor Balance.

PUBG PC Bots

The developers have said that the addition of bots will help close the widening skill gap, which creates a more and more challenging environment for some players. In a blog post last week, PUBG developers had said that while veterans continue to hone their skills and improve, many newer players are being eliminated early with no kills – and often with no damage dealt.

Bots were initially released for PUBG test servers only. However, after today’s update, they will show up for everyone. However the Update 7.2 patch notes clarify bots will only appear in normal games, and will crop up less often as a person’s skill increases. The developers had earlier clarified that bots will not appear in the new Ranked mode. More details about how bots will function can be found in the above mentioned patch notes.

Since veteran PUBG gamers have opposed the addition of bots in the game, a report by Engadget, also shows dozens of commentators on a streamer’s live feed calling the update a “joke”, and that the move represents “the saddest day for PUBG.” However, given the game’s vast user base, adding bots to get newer players hooked looks to be the right move for PUBG. Apart from that, the game’s mobile version has had bots since early 2018.

PUBG PC Ranked Mode

Coming to the new Ranked Mode, the much-awaited feature allows up to 64 players to battle it out in squad-based combat to try and increase their rank using a new competitive rule set that focuses on loot and pacing. The mode also randomly rotates games between the three maps – Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok maps. PUBG for the console will get the Ranked Mode on May 26, the company also revealed.

Other Ranked mode features for Season 7 include an overall increase in item loot spawns, no Crossbow spawns, Red zone removal, Motor glider removal, and more. More details are available in the above-mentioned patch notes.

Other PUBG PC Update 7.2 changes

As mentioned, PUBG PC Update 7.2 brings numerous other changes apart from just bots and Ranked Mode. The biggest of which is new Weapon & Armor Balance. Changes here include retuned Assault Rifle and Shotgun weapon types. In terms of Armor, Vests once destroyed will not disappear, and nor will their inventory space. Vests will also continue to provide a small amount of protection even once destroyed.

Notably, a planned Gas Can update has been postponed thanks to an issue found with the features. There are also several UI and UX changes, Sound changes, the unlocking of the 2nd track of Survivor Pass season missions, as well as numerous Skin and Items changes. Finally, there are scores of bug fixes across gameplay, world, and other sections.

Coronavirus: Robot Dog on Park Patrol in Singapore

A yellow robot dog called Spot which found fame online for dancing to hit song “Uptown Funk” has been deployed to patrol a Singapore park and ensure people observe social distancing.

The hi-tech hound is remote-controlled and can clamber easily over all types of terrain, which its creators say means it can go where wheeled robots cannot.

As it trots through the park, Spot — who has the same name as the popular fictional puppy — uses cameras to estimate the number of visitors.

And the robot blasts out a message to ensure joggers and walkers keep their distance to limit the spread of the coronavirus: “For your own safety and for those around you, please stand at least one metre apart. Thank you.”

Spot, which is being trialled over a three-kilometre (1.8 mile) stretch of the park, also has sensors to ensure it does not bump into people.

Developed by US company Boston Dynamics, Spot is best known for a video where the robot showed off its moves by bopping to Mark Ronson hit “Uptown Funk” — and which has been viewed over 6.8 million times on YouTube.

On a recent outing, curious onlookers stopped to watch Spot as the four-legged invention passed by and snap pictures on their phones.

Gu Feng Min, a visitor from China out for a walk, said the robot was “cute” and useful as a way to “determine how crowded the place is”.

Others had misgivings, however.

“I think it’s really going to be chilling in a way — something is looking around and I’m not sure how it’s going to react to me when I go near it,” local resident Simon Neo told AFP.

Singapore authorities have played down privacy concerns, saying Spot’s cameras cannot track or recognise specific individuals and no personal data will be collected.

The city-state has reported over 29,000 virus cases, mostly among migrant workers living in dormitories, and 22 deaths.

Apple Gingerly Sets More Stores to Reopen

Apple on Sunday said it has reopened nearly 100 of its retail outlets around the world.

The company will be opening an additional 25 stores in the United States and 12 more in Canada this week, according to a Bloomberg report.

Apple previously had closed all its retail stores due to the spread of COVID-19.

“Our commitment is to only move forward with a reopening once we’re confident we can safely return to serving customers from our stores,” Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Deirdre O’Brien wrote in an open letter to company’s customers.

“We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials,” she continued. “These are not decisions we rush into — and a store opening in no way means that we won’t take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant.”

Apple Stores set to reopen in the United States are in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Washington state, Bloomberg noted.

Taking Precautions

Apple has instituted measures to make their stores safe for employees and customers, O’Brien noted, including the following:

  • Limiting occupancy to enable social distancing;
  • Requiring employees and customers to wear masks. Apple will provide a mask to any customer who doesn’t have one;
  • Taking the temperature of customers before they enter a store and asking them whether they have symptoms of COVID-19 or recently were exposed to someone infected with the virus; and
  • Performing enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.

“The response to COVID-19 is still ongoing, and we recognize that the road back will have its twists and turns. But whatever challenges lie ahead, COVID-19 has only reinforced our faith in people — in our teams, in our customers, in our communities,” O’Brien wrote.

“Down the road, when we reflect on COVID-19,” she continued, “we should always remember how so many people around the world put the well-being of others at the center of their daily lives.”

Kudos for Plan

Apple’s approach to reopening its stores received praise from some quarters.

“Apple’s reopening plan appears to follow local rules and restrictions that are designed to lower or minimize risk,” said Charles King, principal analyst at
Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California.

“It’s hard to find any fault with the plan,” he told TechNewsWorld.

However, the pace of Apple’s reopening is surprising, observed Sucharita Kodali, analyst at Forrester Research, a market research company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“Frankly, I’m surprised they didn’t open when all their malls reopened,” she told TechNewsWorld.

“They were one of the first to close, if you recall, even though malls have ‘continuous operating clauses’ for their tenants. This was even before local ordinances forced stay-at-home orders,” Kodali pointed out.

“Other brands, like Louis Vuitton and Saks, have reopened very safely, and I expect Apple will do the same,” she added.

Risky Doing Business

Apple’s pace of store reopenings is right if its precautions prevent people from transmitting infections, said Greg Sterling, vice president of market insights at Uberall, maker of location marketing solutions based in Berlin, Germany.

“Since testing remains inadequate and there’s no vaccine until at least 2021 — if then — they’re taking a very careful, thoughtful approach,” he told TechNewsWorld.

While Apple is being careful, it’s in the same boat as any retailer opening up for business during the COVID-19 crisis, noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, an advisory services firm in Bend, Oregon.

“With a pandemic, where you don’t know who is infected and who isn’t, any resumption of business comes with risk,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Playing It Safe

Those risks should be reduced by the safety measures the company has adopted, noted Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, a technology advisory firm in
Campbell, California.

“The guidelines are very proactive and should do the job of keeping Apple’s staff and customers safe,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“By proactively checking shoppers’ temperatures before they enter and requiring both workers and customers to be masked at all times, Apple should be able to minimize risk to both consumers and employees,” King added.

Given the uncertainty about how COVID-19 is transmitted, Apple is being diligent, Sterling said.

“They’re doing all the things that one would expect — limiting capacity, requiring face masks — and giving consumers multiple options, including curbside pickup,” he observed.

Those measures should make consumers comfortable returning to Apple’s stores, Kodali added.

“They seem to be doing the same things as grocers and other essential retailers, and people seem perfectly fine going to those locations,” she said.

Influential Brand

Because of its powerful brand, Apple’s approach to reopening its stores could influence other retailers.

“Apple has always been one of the companies that others look to for best practices and, as in the past, will set an example for other companies to follow,” Bajarin said.

“Apple is a retail leader and will be a model for others to varying degrees,” Sterling noted. “Best Buy is doing similar things.”

Apple is a bellwether that’s watched by other retailers, Enderle remarked. It’s also averse to litigation, which may be another reason some retailers will be watching the company closely.

“A lot of retailers don’t understand the litigation risk should someone come into their store and catch the virus,” he pointed out. “Apple will make every effort to make sure it isn’t one of those retailers. That implies that Apple will be safer than most other retailers.”

Rebel Without a Mask

While Apple may feel its safety measures are needed to keep its customers and employees safe, not everyone may agree.

“This is like bringing up politics at the family’s Thanksgiving dinner,” observed Michael Arrigo, a HIPAA expert witness with
No World Borders.

“There are very polarized opinions about this,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Sometimes there’s violence when people are told to wear masks.”

Forcing people to wear masks could irritate some folks, Kovali acknowledged, but added, “people who would not comply probably don’t index as strongly with being Apple customers, anyway.”

The situation is made worse for retailers by the signals people are getting from the nation’s capital, Enderle suggested.

“With the mixed guidance from the administration, it makes things unusually dangerous for retailers,” he said, “because as they try to enforce the rules, it sounds like they’re speaking out against the president.”

Canada Fines Facebook Over Misleading Privacy Claims

Facebook has agreed to pay a CAD 9 million (roughly Rs. 48.89 crores) fine for making false or misleading claims about its privacy settings, Canada’s competition watchdog announced Tuesday.

An investigation of the social media network’s practices from 2012 to 2018 found that the company gave Canadians the impression that users could control who saw their personal information on Facebook and Messenger.

But it allowed their data to be shared with third-party developers, the Competition Bureau said in a statement.

“Canadians expect and deserve truth from businesses in the digital economy, and claims about privacy are no exception,” said competition commissioner Matthew Boswell.

He noted that Facebook had vowed publicly to stop the practice in 2015 but continued to allow third-party access to its users messages and posts until 2018.

As part of the settlement, Facebook has agreed not to make false or misleading representations about the disclosure of personal information, and pay the Competition Bureau’s CAD 500,000 (roughly Rs. 2.71 crores) investigation costs.

The company has about 24 million users in Canada.

In February, Canada’s privacy commissioner took Facebook to court for violating privacy laws. The company has called it to overreach and has asked a judge to quash the case.

The world’s first 3D anchor has arrived

Beijing: Another masterpiece of modern science has come to light, the world’s first 3D anchor has been introduced in China.

According to a report by a foreign news agency, China’s state-run news agency has introduced the first 3DA-powered news anchor using the latest technology.

This 3D anchor is the first of its kind to easily rotate and display complex facial expressions.

The spokesperson said that she can change her dress and hairstyle according to different scenarios. The footage shows the female anchor blinking her head loudly and also blinking her eyelids.

According to the report, he can be heard saying that I can appear while sitting, standing or walking, I can also change the flexible expression of my face, movement and hairstyle.
“More news scenarios will be presented in the future,” the report said. The Virtual Women Reporter added that my impressions and movements will be improved and updated.

An anchor named Xin Xiaoi, a Chinese search company that specializes in web search. Xiao Wanwei, a reporter covering the news agency’s current affairs, also modelled after that.

How to add Facebook friends to WhatsApp group calling?

SAN FRANCISCO: WhatsApp, the world’s largest mobile messaging app, is set to launch a powerful feature against Zoom, Google Mate and Skype.

According to a report by WhatsApp watchdog WA Beta Info, WhatsApp’s new feature will be related to video conferencing, but it will be much more unique than others.

According to the report, this feature is being offered in comparison to popular video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Mate, Skype and others.

Earlier, WhatsApp introduced the group calling feature to increase the number of callers to 50, which was much liked by the users.

Now the company has started developing a new feature under which the user will be able to add their Facebook friends in group calling.

Earlier, Facebook introduced a similar feature, but now the company has announced that this feature will soon be available to WhatsApp users and they will be able to call their teams directly on Facebook to contact them.

How to use the feature

According to WA Beta Infor, this feature of Messenger Rooms is available to specific users of WhatsApp as the company is currently testing it. Users using iOS and Android beta versions can also currently take advantage of this feature.

To use this feature, users need to open a chat and click on the Room option, which will be in the Attachment Tools options below. Clicking on it will open the Facebook Messenger Rooms window, after which users will be able to make video calls by adding friends.

According to the report, the feature will be rolled out to all users soon after the test experience is successful.

Covid19 Lock down, Facebook has solved a big problem for shops

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, has introduced a great feature for small businesses affected by the Corona Lockdown.

A day earlier, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in a blog post that small businesses would now be allowed to open stores on Facebook to promote e-commerce.

The feature introduced by Facebook is called ‘Shops’ which can be used by Facebook and Instagram users.

The blog post says the new feature will further improve Facebook’s ad-based business and compete with other companies, including online commerce companies such as Amazon and eBay.

“Expanding e-commerce is essential to offset the economic damage caused by the Corona epidemic and lockdown and to rebuild society,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

“Even if you can’t open a shop or a restaurant, you can still deliver goods to people by taking online orders. We’ve seen many small businesses become part of the online business for the first time during this epidemic,” he said. Decided to introduce a regular feature after ‘.

Under the feature, businesses will be able to purchase ads for their stores and will be charged when people use the Facebook checkpoint option.

How can a Facebook message be read without Seen?

SAN FRANCISCO: Most users of Facebook’s platform, the world’s largest Internet company, want to read a friend’s message and not know it.

By the way, Facebook has introduced the feature in Messenger that when a user sends a message to another friend and the person in front reads it, it is written Sen Seen, which means that the message has been viewed. ۔

When a Facebook user sends a message from a desktop or mobile messenger, two clicks appear as soon as the person in front receives it.

But many users want to read the message and the person in front of them may not even know it.

According to a report by Mail Online, this is a very easy way to read messages, which will require users to install unknown plugins.

According to the report, the name of this plugin is ‘Unseen For Facebook’, which is downloaded and installed in Google Chrome, then users who use Facebook in Chrome will silently send messages to their friends. Can read

The user can also turn the plugin on or off at will.

How to use

When a user logs in to Facebook in Google Chrome, they have to enable the plugin, as soon as it is enabled, you can silently read the sent messages.