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Instagram is soon expected to add video note feature to Threads app

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Instagram is soon expected to add a new feature to its Threads app. The company is testing a new video note feature for its standalone messaging app called Threads. This app is from Instagram and is basically for those who just want to share photos, videos, stories, and statuses with close friends. The new feature was first spotted by mobile developer and leaker Alessandro Paluzzi.

The cited source says that the feature automatically turns audio in videos to live captions. “Instagram is working on a new feature for the Threads app: video note. This feature will turn the audio of the video into live captions that will be shown in time with the recording,” Paluzzi tweeted. This feature will especially help users with hearing disabilities.

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The video note feature would also help Threads app users understand what their friends actually meant to say, and respond clearly. Facebook in October last year launched the Snap-clone app for Instagram users. Threads lets you share photos, videos, messages, Stories, and more with Instagram close friends list.

“You are in control of who can reach you on Threads, and you can customize the experience around the people who matter most,” said Robby Stein, Director of Product, Instagram. You can use Threads to meThreadsssage close friends on Instagram and you’ll have a dedicated inbox and notifications just for them. Threads app opens directly to the camera and allows you to add shortcuts, so you can share what you are doing in just two taps.

Besides, Instagram recently received an update that integrated the new group video chat feature Messenger Rooms. Users can invite up to 50 people for a video chat session. Instagram then creates a room and shows a link to it. It will also give an option to Join Room or Send Link and if a user taps on Join Room, Instagram will ask to open the room in the Messenger app.

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Zoom releases statement after JioMeet trolled for similarities

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With the growing popularity of Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, Reliance Jio came up with its very own JioMeet. This new made in India video conferencing app from Jio for all purposes is a replacement for Zoom. But what caught the eyes of the users is the uncanny similarity with the Zoom app. JioMeet looks identical to the Zoom app when compared side by side.

This subjected JioMeet to a lot of trolling on social media. And now Zoom has responded to the situation with its own statement. And in the statement the company welcomes the competition from JioMeet. It wrote, “Zoom has experienced intense competition since it was established in 2011, and yet we have become the platform of choice for millions of participants around the world. We know what it takes to become the unified communications platform we are today, including the immense amount of work and focus required to create our frictionless user experience, sophisticated security, and scalable architecture.”

As for JioMeet it went live on July 2, the company notes that JioMeet offers support for HD video conferencing. Like Zoom, it also supports up to 100 participants at once. The service does need a Meeting ID or invite link for others to join the call. On Play Store, the app seems to have been downloaded over 100 thousand times already.

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To join from the desktop version users can click on the JioMeet Invite link. They even have the option to join from the browser. There is no need to download the application. Other features of the application include the option to schedule meetings and sharing screens with each other. The interface itself seems to be a direct copy of Zoom, including the blue accent. For now, the service is free of cost and there does not seem to be a paid tier.

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TikTok chief says China never asks for data of Indian users

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TikTok was made unavailable to Indian mobile users few days back. And the ByteDance-owned company has been accused of sharing data of Indian users with China. But TikTok has reportedly tried to distance itself from being a Chinese brand, and positions as a global company. It has also mentioned that even if China asks for data, they would never hand it over.

In its letter to the Indian government, Kevin Mayer Chief Executive Officer, TikTok also highlighted that China has never asked for user data. He pointed out that data of Indian users is stored on servers in Singapore. “I can confirm that the Chinese government has never made a request to us for the TikTok data of Indian users. “If we do ever receive such a request in the future, we would not comply,” Mayer added.

And it seems TikTok is raising strong voice highlighting its efforts to develop organically in India. The company has also talked about employing people in the country, and localising its platform to cater to wide range of consumers. “The privacy of our users, and the security and sovereignty of India, are of utmost importance to us,” Mayer wrote. “We have already announced our plans to build a data centre in India.”

TikTok and 58 Chinese apps banned in India

The Indian government has banned around 59 apps originating from China. The list of the 59 apps includes some rather popular ones. And TikTok is one of the biggest names added to the list. Other popular ones include UC Browser, WeChat, Shein, WeChat, Shareit, Cam Scanner, and Mobile Legends. Intelligence sources quoted in multiple reports says the apps were violating the terms of usage, user privacy and being used a spyware.

Since then, we have seen demand for India-based social media apps grow exponentially. You have brands like Chingari, Roposo which claim to be TikTok-alternative.

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Sony launches Reon Pocket, a wearable Air Conditioner; Here is everything we know

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Sony has just launched a new product in the market that will likely be quite useful in the Indian subcontinent. The product that we are talking about is the new Sony Reon Pocket, a wearable Air Conditioner (AC). As per the information available, the device is currently available on sale in the market. The interesting thing to note about this device is that it launched as a crowdfunding project back in August 2019. Now, almost a year after the initial reveal, the device is available for sale along with design, pricing, and more. Let’s check out all the details regarding the Sony Reon Pocket AC here.

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As per the report, Sony has priced the Reon Pocket AC at 13,000 Yen or about Rs 9,000. The company also revealed that users have to keep this portable AC in a pouch in a special t-shirt. Inspecting the technology, this AC does not purify and cool the air as a traditional AC. Instead, it uses what is called the “Peltier effect” to function. As part of the effect, a material absorbs or emits heat when an electrical current is passed across a junction. The product listing page indicates that Reon Pocket AC can push the temperature down by -13 degrees Celsius.

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Users can also use it to increase the temperature by 8.3 degrees Celsius in cold weather. These claims note that the user was at rest for five minutes at room temperature. However, the decrease or increase will vary slightly depending on the person. In addition, the company also noted that the product can be controlled with a smartphone app. The app offers four different levels of cooling or heating along with an auto mode.

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Sony noted that the battery can last up to two hours on a single charge. However, the device also comes with a USB Type-C port to charge the device back up. In addition, the company is also selling a special inner-wear t-ship “RNPS-C1VA” in three sizes, S, M, and L. This innerwear comes with a pocket at the back where users can place the Reon Pocket AC. It is worth noting that the device is only available in the Japanese market at the time of writing.

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