A lot has happened this week in tech, and we don’t want you to miss any of it — so in case you were busy throughout the week, we’ve got you covered — we bring you the most interesting news pegs, launches and tips and tricks that the world witnessed in our weekly wrap.
There were a lot of amazing things happening this week, and we’ll ensure you get served the best of it in a jiffy.
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Major News this Week
Sundar Pichai in India: Plans for SMBs and IIT Kharagpur Lecture
In an event in New Delhi on Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the launch of Google’s My Business as part of their ‘Digital Unlocked‘ initiative, which will enable more small and medium enterprises to go online and further the cause of Digital India.
The event highlighted that small and medium-sized businesses are an integral part of the Indian economy and to empower them digitally, Google has launched the Digital Unlocked initiative.
Pichai also visited his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur to have a chat with the currently enrolled students there. You can view his visit here.
Facebook Tracks You Even When You’re Offline; Creepy Much?
Facebook makes no secret of the fact that it tracks your activities while you’re logged in and surfing on the social networking site to boost up its ad units.
But the social networking giant has also been collecting information about you from various commercial data brokers.
This Wearable Will Tell if You’re Drunk Enough to Stop
BACtrack, have now entered into the world of wearables as they’ve launched a wrist strap as well as a strap for Apple Watches that will give you real-time data on your blood alcohol level.
This device is useful for those who want to keep track of their drinking habits, while also ensuring law enforcement don’t have anything on them when getting pulled over.
It can also be used to detect alcohol’s effect on one’s body and blood — helping determine how fast you can get drunk and back to sobriety too. Read the entire story here.
Facebook Faces Backlash for Censorship, Again!
Facebook has come under public criticism again due to their community censorship policy which has now also prohibited a Renaissance-era sculpture — such as the statue of Neptune, an iconic figure in the heart of Bologna, Italy.
A local writer from the city, Elisa Barbari, chose to put up an image of the iconic statue as the cover of her Facebook page but when she tried to promote it, Facebook denied her permission.
Adam Harvey of the HyperFace Project has come up with designs with patterns that would appear as faces to the visual software — confusing the algorithm with an overload of faces so that it isn’t able to tell which one is real.
The device is currently only being made available in Russia, with global expansion to follow soon.
All the three devices are also equipped with a reversible USB Type-C port and also features an Always on Display which shows the time and calendar, helping users to see those without waking up the device and saving battery life too.
Dell isn’t staying behind in the gamer’s race is all set to give tough competition to Lenovo’s Legion gaming laptops which sport the same graphic card.
The 14-inch laptop gets the GTX 1050 chip while its bigger 15-inch variant gets the GTX 1050 Ti chip. Both the laptops essentially look the same as their 2016 variants but get considerable spec upgrades.
Both the variants are available with an option of either the 7th-gen Core i5 7300HQ processor or the Core i7 7700HQ quad-core processor.