On Monday, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams free version for freelancers and small enterprises. The offer is only for a group of workers, doesn’t have subscriptions of Microsoft 365. Microsoft Teams is an app by Microsoft which is used to collaborate, chat meetings over video calls. Microsoft also rebranded Office 365 to New Microsoft 365.
You can collaborate, chat and search for up to 300 people. The app offers built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups and meetings with team. Microsoft Teams is cloud based so offer integrated and sync with Office Online Apps like Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint. You will also get 10GB of team files storage with personal storage for 2GB per person.
If you have already have a subscription of Microsoft 365, then upon sign up you will be redirected to your existing tenant. And if you have don’t have subscription of Office 365 then you will have access to Free version of Microsoft Teams.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the new Microsoft 365 with family and personal subscriptions. In an official blog Microsoft rebranded Office 365 to Microsoft 365 which is powered by new Artificial Intelligence.
This year Microsoft also launched the new integrated Office App for the Android and Windows platform. Office App has all the office app within it as Powerpoint, Excel, Word and other. The app is available for download on the play store. The change will come in effect after 21st April on all Platforms Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices.
Microsoft also launched a dedicated website for Microsoft 365 with all detailed features. Additionally, Microsoft also announces the Microsoft safety app, it helps you to connect and collaborate with your family digitally. The New Microsoft 365 is “Subscriptions for your life” also “help you make the most of your time, connect, and protect the ones you love, and to develop and grow”; described by Microsoft.
New Microsoft 365 is powered by new Artificial Intelligence and packed with rich content, templates, and features. Microsoft claims it helps the user to become a better designer, writer, and presenter by innovated tools. In blog company also share the statistics about users; they expect to hit 38 million subscribers of Office 365 in the next few months.
April Fool’s day is near the most annoying infamous digital tradition. Every year Google also be a part of it by numerous pranks, but this year Google skips legendary April Fool’s Prank. Google is skipping because of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
Business Insider obtained an e-mail that clearly states the reason. “Under normal circumstances, April Fool’s is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company. This year, we’re going to take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one”. Wrote by Lorraine Twohill Google’s Head of Marketing.
She also added, “We’ve already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about. Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally”.
Google meants this April Fool’s Prank will be indeed appluadbale, so the joke is save for the next year. The tech Gaint takes number os steps to reduce the impact of Global pandemic. Google also launched a dedicated Coronavirus Website to deal with pandemic last week.
The Coronavirus global outbreak causes the cancels of many big tech events. Events cancel due to COVID-19 Pandemic also includes Google I/O 2020 offline and online event. Now, in the next year, we will see Google April Fool’s Prank.
Its Quarantine due to COVID-19, Company like Vivo, Realme and Xiaomi postponing their mobile launch date. However, Samsung launched Galaxy M11 with a Triple Camera and a huge battery in the UAE. The Phone was officially uploaded to the UAE website of Samsung without releasing any detail to the media.
Specs and Features
Samsung Galaxy M11 has 6.4″ High Definition Plus Infinity-O Display with a left-aligned punch hole for the selfie camera. The phone has a fingerprint sensor in the rear, the triple camera setup also has flash at the right side of it. Galaxy M11 comes with a screen resolution of 1560x720p with a 20:9 aspect ratio.
Samsung Galaxy M11 comes with an octa-core chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. Company has not confirmed the specs but expected to have 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage expanded up to 512GB. The phone will have an MicroSD card to expand storage.
Galaxy M11 has a triple camera setup, offers you 13MP(f1.8) main camera, 2MP(f2.4) depth camera and 5MP(f2.2) Ultra-wide lens. The ultra-wide lens with a depth sensor lets you take better portrait shots. Punch hole selfie camera comes an 8MP with a focusing aperture f/2.0 with focus.
Samsung Galaxy M11 powered with 5,000mAh battery and 15W fast charging. It has USB Type-C support and also 3.5mm headphone jack. Phone has two sim card slots with one slot for microSD.
Galaxy M11 Price and Availability
The price is not mentioned on the UAE website yet. Samsung Galaxy M11 is said to be launched in three color variants like Black, Metallic Blue, and Violet in UAE. It will be available for purchase at a bunch of online brick and mortar stores in UAE. the exact date of launch and price is still to be revealed, so stay tuned we will update you.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro launched this month with amazing specs and features. Both the smartphone from the Realme 6 series featured with 64MP AI Quad camera setup. In an On The Air (OTA) Update, Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro now support Netflix HD streaming.
The Realme CEO, Madhav Seth about the update coming. The update is rolled out for all the Realme 6 users if you have not got yet. Go to system settings and check for updates.
The OTA update requires 320MB in size for the firmare update. Due to pandemic coronavirus, Netflix streaming is doen to SD from HD. After the lockdown of 21 days, this update will give you HD streaming of Netflix.
Realme 6 launched at a starting price of Rs. 12,999 in India. The Realme 6 Series smartphone comes with a 30W fast charger, takes less than 15 minutes to charge the phone. Realme 6 smartphones are the first smartphone to featured 720G Qualcomm-Snapdragon processor chipset.
Realme 6 and Realme 6 Pro have not got any update regarding the HD streaming of Amazon Prime Video. The support twitter handle of Realme responds to the user on Twitter that they are working on the same. Realme X2 has already Netflix HD streaming Support.
Corona Kavach App is bought by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Government of India. The App is available to download from Google Play Store. The App is firstly launched in the beta version, now its available in the stable version.
Corona Kavach App
Corona Kavach App is App launched by the Indian Government Agency to keep people updated about all the cases related to COVID-19. It also alerts the user when the user goes near to other COVID-19 infected. Download App
Countries affected by Coronavirus like Singapore and China are already using this type of app. Google also launched a dedicated website for Coronavirus, this website give you information about global COVID-19 cases. There is also a WhatsApp chatbot that communicates by users and provides related Faqs to COVID-19.
The App will keep updated all the cases in India’s concern to COVID-19. The app will let you know the location in which COVID-19 affected people are more. The Government ensures your location data safety, data will only be shared for potential use.
How Corona Kavach App Works?
Corona Kavach App uses the location data of the Phone detects where the user is moving. It alerts via a notification when you get near any other COVID-19 infected. On the home screen, the App show data of Active cases, Cured Cases, Death Cases, and Passenger Screened at Airport. There are different colors in Corona Kavach with their meaning as Green(All Good), Mustard(See a Doctor), Yellow(Quarantine) and Red(Infected). You will see this color when you install and register to App.
The App has also two options thatmonitor your health status as ” Start Breathing Exercise” and “Questionnaire”.
In the Questionnaire, you have to respond to different questions and click on submit then Corona Kavach Icon. On submit, Corona Kavach App analyzes your answer and gives you a report. The App is only available on Google Play Store for download.
There are many streaming services and OTT Platforms in India. We have selected some of the most popular streaming services in India with Plans and Pricing Comparison. During these Quarantine these platforms are for your Binge, So let you make decisions which one you should go for.
Popular Streaming Services (OTT Platforms) in India
Netflix is the most popular streaming service in India with most of the users from India globally. Its Plans range varied from Rs. 249 to Rs. 799 monthly. Netflix plans are comparatively expensive from all other streaming services. However, it also offers a free trial to new users. It has some of the most popular and trending shows, movies, and Netflix originals.
Netflix has one cheapest plan that starts at Rs. 199 for the phone on a single screen. The picture quality offered is SD. In quarantine, all plans are streaming content in SD quality. The Rs 799 plan offers 4 screens with Ultra HD quality streaming.
Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service by Amazon to Prime users. The subscription to this service also includes free and fast delivery of products from Amazon and music streaming. Plans offered by Amazon Prime Video are in two variants. Offers Rs 129 monthly and Rs 999 yearly, it also offers a 30-day free trial.
Youtube premium is premium service offers under youtube. It also offers some of Youtube Original shows as the seeker and many more. Premium membership of YouTube lets you play youtube videos and songs without ads. It also includes background music play on Youtube Music.
You can enjoy 1 month free trial of Youtube Premium by sign up as new users and adding a payment method. Youtube subscription plan Rs 129 per month and Rs 349 for three months, also offers a family plan Rs 189/month up to 5 members. Students can opt to premium at Rs 79 per month.
Hotstar is mostly subscribed and popular streamimg service in India. It offers Hotstar orignals, Movies and TV Shows. Disney plus is soon to be launched in india as report the Disney+ content will be the part of the Hotstar. It also offers Hotstar VIP ahead from Hotstar premium.
Hotstar subscription plans are currently priced at Rs 299 per month and Rs 999 per year. The plans and pricing of Hotstar are expected to be raised after Disney+.
Alt Balaji is a popular streaming service in india, subsidiary of Balaji Films. They offers a bunch of ALT Balaji orignals. Last year ALT Balaji announce to make 60 plus orignals with Zee5 orignals. The subscription price starts at Rs 100 monthly and Rs 300 yearly. This also offers rental services for movies within a validity.
Zee5 is the popular streaming services in India subsidiary of Zee Entertainment. This offers all content from the Zee network includes movies, Tv Shows and originals. It also has a live Tv option, where you can watch the online streaming of Zee Network channels also news and regional channels.
The subscription has variety based on regional languages as Tamil Pack, Telgu Pack also all access pack. Plans price starts at Rs 49 per month to Rs 999 annually.
Voot is the Viacom OTT platform by Viacom 18’s hosts all the content from Viacom 18 aired channels. The channels include Colors that broadcast Big Boss and MTV Roadies show, Splitsvilla and many more. Voot also has originals shows and movies. Some of the Tv Shows episodes released one day before aired on TV. It doesn’t offer any free trial, it has some ad-supported content. The subscription costs Rs 99 per month to Rs 999 per year.
Sony Liv is OTT Platform by Sony entertainment, it offers all content aired on the Sony channels. It has some of the Popular shows as the Kapil sharma show which makes it Popular streaming services in India. It also offers movies, Sony Channels live and Sports.
Sports include live streaming of football tournaments like the UEFA Champions and the European League. The subscription is also not so costly Rs 99(1 month), Rs 143(3 months), Rs 499(6 months). It also not offers any free trial.
9. MX Player
From last year MX Player has expanded its content and now lives across 4 countries. It’s still a video player but also offers videos from MX Originals and Voot Originals. You can watch Youtube videos directly from MX Player. It also offers a music streaming service. There is not any subscription-based service for MX Player only you have to subscribe to channels. Mx Player offers content based on ad-supported.
From the list of popular streaming services in India, only Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Youtube Premium offer a 1-month free trial. Online Platform like MX player, Hotstar, Voot and Sony Liv offers many content users without a subscription. This free content is ad-based while enjoying the videos or music you can have many ads that interrupt you.
Netflix is an Online streaming service platform with most users worldwide. It offers Web series from Netflix Originals, Movies and TV Shows from all genres. Due to Coronavirus outbreak globally, users are forced to indoors. If you don’t have used before you can sign up for the free Netflix trial. India has one of the biggest streaming market, Netflix enters with a One-month trial offer. Now, this free Netflix trial costs Rs 5 for sign up.
Netflix Subscription Plans
Netflix plans have varied globally, In India, Netflix offers a low-cost subscription. You can subscribe to Rs 199 monthly subscription for a single-screen phone or a tablet user. Subscribing to a free Netflix trial will not cost you any. It only requires a transaction of Rs 5 as payment method verification to Bank. In trial, you can choose any plan from Rs. 199 to Rs 799 monthly subscription.
Sign Up for Free Netflix Trial
Netflix free trial sign up requires a Master Card, Visa Card or Express. In India, the banks are now mostly provides only Rupay debit cards so how we are gonna sign up. If you are an Airtel user, then register to Airtel Payments Bank. In Airtel Thanks App you will get Master Card and used it for sign up.
Also, if you are not an Airtel User, you can use IRCTC iMudra App. Download the App from Play store, register it by mobile number. Add money to the wallet and use Visa Card from App to Sign Up for free Netflix Trial.
Netflix Free Trial is valid for 30 days, after 30 days the payment as per plan will be deducted. Deduction of amount will be not done automatically, the amount will be charge as per subscribed plans. You will get the remainder before two or three left in your subscription ends.
There are a lot of options and apps to stream movies and TV Shows online. Google Play Movies App offers movies on Rent and Buy, you can buy and rent movies for a month or more. In an Apk teardown by XDA Developers, it hints about adding of ad-based free streaming in Play Movies App.
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<string name="athome_free_with_ads">Free with ads</string>
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The code strings clearly show ‘Introducing’ and ‘Watch free with ads’ means Google Play Movies App will offer Hundreds of Movies with ads. This feature also adds the feature of monetization in-app. It will great to see when the feature rolls out.
There are many OTTs to watch your movies and TV Shows at home on Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and more. In this area, Google can compete with another streaming service in India. After the addition of this feature, Play Movies can compete with these streaming platforms. Most of the OTTs will offer monthly subscription-based service where it offers Ad based free movies.
This feature is not currently live and may arrive in a future update. In future release may be some of the features revealed in Apk teardown were not in the update. It will be great if Google Play Movies will bring ad-based free streaming.
After the Coronavirus outbreak worldwide, many global events get canceled. Google has also canceled its annual event Google I/O 2020 due to Coronavirus. Google I/O is an annual event of Google in which the company launches its new products and research. Starting of the month Google has tweeted about the cancelation of Google I/0 2020.
Google I/O 2020 is scheduled online after the cancellation of the offline event. Google writes on I/O 2020 event page“Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and local communities — and in line with recent ‘shelter in place’ orders by the local Bay Area counties — we sadly will not be holding I/O in any capacity this year.“
“Right now, the most important thing all of us can do is focus our attention on helping people with the new challenges we all face. Please know that we remain committed to finding other ways to share platform updates with you through our developer blogs and community forums.“, Google states.
After cancellation of the Google I/O 2020 due to Coronavirus, Company has initiated the refunds of the tickets fare. Visitors will get directly eligible to purchase tickets for Google I/O 2021 who have book tickets for Google I/O 2020.
The Cloud event, Google Cloud Next 2020 gets online from 6th April to 8th April. Coronavirus outbreak not only led to cancelation of many events as Facebook F8 developer conference, MWC and more. Google has also made a Coronavirus Website live for enhanced information.
Coronavirus disease COVID-19 is now an outbreak situation and affecting globally. In India only there are 271 cases, the Indian Government is taking actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One Week ago US President Donald Trump in a press conference claimed that Google is working on the Coronavirus website, which would direct people to test symptoms. Google denies the statement by the president and says it offers to few people.
For Coronavirus, the Google has done a lot of SERP changes to show the focused results to users. The search results for query “Coronavirus” shows the enhanced search results with cards snippets. Search results shows the number of cases, the symptoms and do’s dont’s.
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The Coronavirus website Google.com/COVID-19 have some useful resources as Health Information, Safety & Precautions tips, Data and Insights, Resources to help, and Support and relief. The website also has cards that show the enhanced results of Symptoms, prevention, and treatments. Currently, the website is only available for the US region.
You can also find some videos which give you tips about “How to manage COVID-19 at home”, “What older adults need to Know” and more. The website also has chips from top searches from country and trends. Educators can also access some of the links to have free resources from Google. The Google Coronavirus website also has the section to support global relief efforts, you can be the part of COVID-19 Solidarity Response fund.
Facebook officially rolled out dark mode for the desktop with redesigned User Interface. The new UI is clean and fast to interact. Most of the new users can now have dark mode and access to new Facebook UI.
The new UI of facebook has centralized tabs of home, Marketplace, Groups and Gaming with bold fonts. When you login to facebook on desktop you will see a banner which asks you to “switch to new facebook”. You can also revert back to Old UI by clicking switch to classic facebook from advanced options in dashboard.
The dark mode is also available on other apps from Facebook as Instagram and WhatsApp. You are gonna like facebook redesign UI and Dark mode.
Microsoft hits 1 Billion users worldwide, on the Windows platform. On the celebration of Windows 1 Billion users, Microsoft posted a video teasing new UI for Windows 10. The new user interface teased by Windows shows the new icons, animations and design changes.
The Microsoft Cheif Product Officer Panos Panay shared a video on Instagram and wrote “The team made this video to celebrate making it to 1 billion MAD on Windows 10 and I wanted to share it with all of you. Now at a time when so much of our work and communication is taking place through our devices, it’s especially humbling to know that Windows can help empower a billion people to stay connected to the things and people they care about”.
The video shows the changes in the Windows OS start button evolution from Windows 98 to Windows 10. Video also detailed the start button User Interface, File Explorer, Calculator, Photos App, and customize options for Cursor.
New UI also has WhiteBoard and Fullscreensnip. You can now change cursor Pointer size and color with more customized options. It will be great to see when the new Microsoft Windows 10 UI will live. Let me know in the comments What your thoughts on new Windows 10 UI.