• 00:40 Dec 19, 2018

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Google Assistant will soon feature an AI-driven audio news feed

Google revealed that it has built a prototype that integrates the AI used in Google News and ports it to the Google Assistant. This means Google Assistant will soon offer users a playlist of audio news put together in a similar fashion as that of the Google News.

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Oppo completes world's first multiparty video call on a 5G network

A footage revealed by the Chinese company revealed that the video call was made on an enhanced version of the Oppo R15 Pro that supported 5G networks. The video call lasted for over 17 minutes on a 5G network with a bandwidth of 100 MHz where the inaugural message said "Hello OPPO, Hello 5G".

OnePlus opens up its first R&D facility in India at Hyderabad

In addition to the new R&D centre, OnePlus also plans to expand its offline presence through its own OnePlus Experience Store. The company already has its own Exclusive Service Centre in Hyderabad and is available offline in the city through exclusive partnerships with Croma and Reliance Digital.

MediaTek is teasing Helio P90 chip with groundbreaking AI

With the upcoming launch of the Helio P90, MediaTek seems to be skipping out on the P80, owing to a vast change in performance and features which will be accompanied with the launch of the new SoC. Upon its release, the P90 is expected to compete against the likes of Huawei’s Kirin 980 or the upcoming Snapdragon 8150.

Emotix unveils Miko 2 personal robot for children, priced at Rs 24,999

The Miko 2 is Emotix’s second effort towards a companion robot, the first of which was launched earlier last year. The robot can see, hear, sense, express, talk, recognise faces, remember names, identify moods, initiate a conversation and learn from its own environment to intuitively develop a bond with the child.

Sony India teams up with Xender to create Indian version of 'Netflix'

Xender has now successfully closed deals with PVR, EROS, Yash Raj Film, Shemaroo, Viacom18 and now Sony India to offer the latest movies at a relatively cheaper price. When made a reality, Xender movie will be focused on micropayments with high frequency and not-so-high subscription fees.

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YouTube will let you watch long videos if you watch two non-skippable ads at the start

The two ads which will be played consecutively will be non-skippable in nature watching which will result in less annoying pop-ups in the middle of your video playing experience. YouTube says that it expects to offer 40 percent lesser interruptions through this feature.

Paytm teams up with LIC to allow users to pay their premiums online

With this development, Paytm now has over 30 insurance companies on its online payments platform including LIC India, ICICI Prudential Life, Reliance Life, MAX Life, HDFC Life, SBI Life, Aditya Birla Sun Life, HDFC Ergo General, Canara HSBC OBC, Aegon Life and more.

Microsoft rolling out Skype video calling on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices

Skype calling on Alexa will allow users to connect to their friends and family handsfree with just a few commands by simply asking their smart display or speaker “Alexa, call Mom on Skype”. It's available on any Amazon Alexa-powered device including Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show or Echo Spot.

Online sale of smartphones have gone up by 100 percent during festive sales: Study

Smartphone sales have seen 100 percent growth during the online sale season in 2018 compared to the same period last year. This has been reported to have happened due to the fact that a large number of brands have entered various smartphone segments, thus making room for many first-time smartphone buyers.

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