Samsung Galaxy F13 teased by Flipkart with triple rear cameras
The Samsung Galaxy F13 spotted on Geekbench a few months ago will be unveiled soon. This revelation comes from Indian online retailer Flipkart, which teased the Galaxy F13 on its mobile app and website under the “Mobile Phones End of Season Sale” section.
The banner put up by Flipkart doesn’t reveal the Galaxy F13’s launch date and simply says it’s “Coming Soon.” However, it does give us a glimpse of the F13, which is built around a notched display and sports a triple camera setup on the rear.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Tab Active 4 Pro to launch on July 13
Samsung has been working on a couple of rugged products that it’s going to launch next month. The company has confirmed in an email to its partners an online event for the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and the Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro.
This online event is going to take place on July 13. Samsung will finally be launching these new rugged products that we’ve been hearing rumors about for weeks.
Entry-level Poco C40 makes global debut
The Poco C40 was scheduled for a global unveiling today, but the brand’s division in Vietnam jumped the gun and had its own local launch last week. Today it is officially official with its chipset from a maker you probably haven’t heard before.
Google Pixel 6a’s full set of renders leak
Over the weekend, we saw a full unboxing and hands-on video of the unreleased Google Pixel 6a including a side-by-side comparison with the Pixel 6 Pro. Now, prolific leaker @EvLeaks has posted perhaps the full set of press renders of the Google Pixel 6a to Twitter. It’s worth noting that these renders don’t exactly show anything new, but the leaker did reveal a useful spec sheet.
Future WhatsApp update to give group admins more control over who joins
Meta is improving the group functionality in WhatsApp. The latest beta version of the messaging app brings a new group management tool that gives admins more control over who they allow in their groups. The new beta update also features a handful of new emojis.
As of now, WhatsApp groups can be joined freely by anyone with an invite link. This latest WhatsApp beta update changes this by adding a new group management tool called “group membership approval.” With this option enabled, people can no longer join the group at will. Instead, group admins have to review and accept or deny each group membership application.
Samsung reportedly cuts component orders amid global inflation woes
The worsening global economy appears to be having a knock-on effect on Samsung’s suppliers. A new report from Nikkei Asia says the tech giant has slashed or delayed its procurement orders from suppliers.
According to the report, Samsung has informed suppliers across multiple product lines that it will be suspending orders for specific components and parts for several weeks while it evaluates its inventory levels of parts and final products.
Samsung also told other suppliers that it would reduce component orders as it struggles with “swelling inventories and global inflation concerns,” the report states.
This is in line with an earlier report from South Korea’s business newspaper Maeil Business News, which claimed that Samsung had reduced its smartphone production target for 2022. The tech behemoth has reportedly notified its suppliers that it would trim its order volume halfway through 2022. This means Samsung plans to ship only 280 million units this year versus its initial target of 310 million.
Nikkei reports that Samsung is cutting back on component orders for TVs, home appliances, and smartphones. Meanwhile, the delays will affect components across processors, electronics parts, and final product packages, according to the report.
From Android Central
GeForce Now expands 120fps cloud gaming to all Android smartphones
Nvidia has just announced that GeForce Now is picking up support for 120fps gameplay on all Android smartphones, after previously limiting the functionality to only a few select models.
GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service that allows players to stream PC games from marketplaces such as Steam and the Epic Games Store, among others, to virtually any device. It’s a great way to expand the gaming experience on your PC over to a mobile phone or your TV, or just to play games that your PC isn’t powerful enough to run on its own. The service is free, but you can pay to get longer sessions and better quality.
Last year, the service picked up its RTX 3080 tier, which offers the power of the still-hard-to-find graphics card, but through the cloud. While it’s a pricey option, it was quickly found to be the gold standard of cloud gaming thanks to minimal input latency, higher resolution, and faster refresh rate.
Microsoft Defender launches on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android
Microsoft is launching a new Defender cybersecurity app across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android today. While the software giant has used the Defender moniker for its antivirus protection for years, this new cross-platform Microsoft Defender app is designed for individuals as more of a simplified dashboard that taps into existing antivirus software or offers additional device protections.
Microsoft Defender will be available for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers today, and the features will vary by platform. On iOS and iPadOS, for example, there’s no antivirus protection, and the app offers some web phishing protections instead alongside a dashboard that includes alerts for other devices.
Over on Android, Microsoft Defender includes antivirus protection and the ability to scan for malicious apps. The app will also scan links to offer web phishing protection. Microsoft Defender on Windows acts more like a dashboard rather than attempting to replace the built-in Windows Security app. You can view your existing antivirus protection from Norton, McAfee, or other vendors and manage and view security protections across devices.
From The Verge
India lifts ban on Mastercard
India has lifted restrictions on Mastercard after the cards giant demonstrated “satisfactory compliance” with the South Asian market’s local data storage rules, the central bank said on Thursday.
In a series of moves last year, the Reserve Bank of India indefinitely barred Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club from issuing new debit, credit or prepaid cards to customers over noncompliance with local data storage rules (PDF). The business restrictions on American Express and Diners Club remain in place in the country, though they are permitted to continue to serve their existing customer base.
“In view of the satisfactory compliance demonstrated by Mastercard Asia / Pacific Pte. Ltd. with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular dated April 6, 2018 on Storage of Payment System Data, the restrictions imposed, vide order dated July 14, 2021, on on-boarding of new domestic customers have been lifted with immediate effect,” the RBI said in a statement on Thursday.