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Microsoft Announces New OneDrive Features: 100GB File Upload Limit, Dark Mode and More

The logo of Microsoft Inc is seen atop one of its major global offices. (Photo: Reuters)

The logo of Microsoft Inc is seen atop one of its major global offices. (Photo: Reuters)

Microsoft is also rolling out in public preview a new feature called ‘Add to OneDrive’ for business users that makes it easy to add shared folders directly to OneDrive.

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  • Last Updated: July 2, 2020, 12:24 PM IST

Microsoft has announced new OneDrive features across Microsoft 365 for a more connected and flexible files experience to business users, more control to admins, and a more personal touch to users at home. The tech giant has increased upload file size limit from 15GB to 100GB for all OneDrive and SharePoint users that will help business users with large file types like 3D, CAD and media files.

“Previously released differential sync will help expedite the upload process for large files by only syncing the parts that changed instead of the entire file,” Seth Patton, General Manager, Microsoft 365, said in a statement on Wednesday. OneDrive for Business users will also get better Teams sharing integration for remote work.

Microsoft is rolling out the same file sharing and access control experience in Teams that business users have access to in other Microsoft 365 apps, including OneDrive, Outlook or Office. Users, when going to share a file from within Teams, would have the option to create sharing links that provide access to anyone – people within an organization, people with existing access or specific people, including those in a private or group chat.

Later this month, the company is rolling out in public preview a new feature called ‘Add to OneDrive’ for business users that makes it easy to add shared folders directly to OneDrive. Shared folders include content that others shared with you through their OneDrive or content that is a part of your shared library in Microsoft Teams or SharePoint.

Microsoft said for consumers, it is introducing family and group sharing later this month. “This new consumer feature, available on OneDrive for the web, will let people predefine a group of people from your personal life and then easily share files, photos, videos, and albums with that group,” said Patton.

Family and group sharing is included in all free and paid OneDrive consumer plans and will begin rolling out soon on OneDrive for the web, with general availability expected by the end of July. It will become available on the mobile app, sync client, Mac, and directly from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by the end of this year. Following its releases for iOS and Android, Microsoft said it will soon bring Dark Mode to OneDrive for the web across commercial and personal accounts.


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Amazon Announces Special One-time Bonus of $500 Million For Its Covid-19 Frontline Workers

Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it would spend $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line employees and partners working through the coronavirus crisis. Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said (here) in a blog post.

The world’s largest online retailer, which delivers about 10 billion items a year, has been facing intense scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and unions over whether it is doing enough to protect staff from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier in the day, workers at six Amazon sites in Germany decided to go on strike in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said on Sunday.


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Acer Announces New 10th-Gen Intel Products Including Swift 5, ConceptD, Enduro and More

Acer unveiled a range of new products at its global launch event, Next@Acer 2020. The Taiwanese tech giant announced the launch of the Acer Enduro rugged laptops and tablets, new ConceptD 3 and ConceptD 3 Ezel Notebooks, Concept Monitors, Spin 713 and 311 Chromebooks, slim laptops in the form of Acer Swift 5 and more.

Acer Enduro Rugged Series of Laptops and Tablets

One of the key launches announced of this year is certainly the Acer Enduro Rugged series of laptops and a pair of tablets. The company said that the new products are specially engineered to withstand hard drops, water and dust exposure, and can also survive extreme temperatures as well. The laptops, namely, the Acer Enduro N7 and Acer Enduro N3, have MIL-810G and IP65 certifications, which means that the devices can withstand water and dust damage and both the devices promise long battery life on a single charge. Acer has also announced a pair of T1 and T5 tablets under the Enduro brand and the devices have MIL-STD 810G and IP65 and MIL-STD 810G and IP54 certifications respectively. Both the tablets feature swappable batteries and can be used while wearing gloves.

Acer ConceptD Series Notebooks, Laptops and Monitors

Another key launch from Acer that is aimed to serve professional creators is the ConceptD series of notebooks, laptops and monitors. Among the notebooks first is the Acer Concept D3 that features a 14 and 15.6-inch full-HD Pantone-validated display options and is powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core H-series processor. The Concept D3 Ezel, on the other hand, is a convertible notebook that has amber-backlit keys which are set against a pristine white all-metal chassis and a luxuriously large glass trackpad that supports multi-finger gestures. There is also a ConceptD 3 Ezel Pro model with an Nvidia Quadro T1000 GPU. The ConceptD 3 Ezel also comes with six usage models, including a stand mode for drawing content and a display mode for presenting the existing drawings.

Next up is the ConceptD 100 desktop which will be packed with a 9th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce or Quadro GPUs. The PC comes with up to 256 GB of ultrafast SSD storage, all-around connectivity and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM.

In terms of peripherals, Acer unveiled the Concept CP5, CP3, and CM3 monitors. The CP5271UV comes with a WQHD monitor with DisplayHDR 600, Adaptive-Sync and has a Delta E which is less than 1, thus, making it very colour accurate. The CP3 series has 98% DCI-P3 monitors with up to WQHD 3840×2160 resolution as well as VESA DisplayHDR 400. On the other hand, The CM3 series offers a 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 screen with a 4 ms (G to G) response time, 60 Hz refresh rate and a wide color gamut supporting 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 and 311

Acer also announced a convertible Chromebook called Spin 713 based on Project Athena. The Chromebook 713 will be powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processor and will feature a 13.5-inch VertiView display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The touchscreen and touchpad of Spin 713 Chromebook is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and adheres to MIL-STD 810G which means it would be capable of withstanding dents and corrosion.

The company also announced the Spin 311 which is an 11.6-inch convertible Chromebook powered by a Mediatek MT8183 processor. The Spin 311 also has a Corning Gorilla Glass HD touch IPS display.

Acer Swift 5 Notebook

Acer launched the Swift 5 Notebook that features a 14-inch FHD IPS[iv] touchscreen display, that supports multi-finger gestures and has 300 nits of brightness. The laptop will be powered by Intel’s Tiger Lake processor and include Intel Xe integrated graphics and an optional NVIDIA GeForce MX350 discrete GPU. The notebook also has 16GB of LPDDRAX RAM and 1TB of PCIe SSD, along with three distinct cooling modes, namely silent, normal, and performance.


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Qualcomm Announces Financial Aid of $1.5 Million to Help India Curb COVID-19 Spread

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(Image: Reuters)

The contributions will be made towards PM CARES Fund, and multiple relief and public healthcare infrastructure initiatives, Qualcomm said.

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  • Last Updated: May 21, 2020, 10:18 AM IST

Qualcomm India on Tuesday announced a financial aid of $1.5 million (approximately Rs 11.3 crore) to help India tackle the spread of COVID-19. The contributions will be made towards PM CARES Fund, and multiple relief and public healthcare infrastructure initiatives, the chip-making giant said.

The public healthcare infrastructure efforts include enabling broader availability of COVID-19 test kits, preventive health screening, helping front-line police forces and healthcare workers with sanitization and personal protective equipment as well as relief work supporting feeding the needy and at-risk in various regions across India.

“We are living in unprecedented times and the need of the hour is for all of us to come together and stand as a united force in fighting this pandemic,” Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd. and President, Qualcomm India and Saarc.

“As a community, we will need to continue to work together to create solutions that address future challenges with insight and compassion.” Qualcomm India has also committed to match employees’ personal donations towards COVID-19 relief funds, with a matching contribution to the PM CARES Fund through its “Charitable Match Programme”.




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Finance Minister Announces Tech Driven Education Programmes for Students in Times of COVID19

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The finance minister has announced important developments in the education sector by giving a further push to online learning and e-education.

  • Last Updated: May 17, 2020, 6:06 PM IST

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a special program to focus on education in the aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic. The pandemic has led to a huge impact on the education sector and to address that, the PM eVidya Program will make use of technology to aid learning. It is expected to harness the available technology and launch multi-mode access to various courses.

New DTH channels are expected to launch under the Swayam Prabha program. Three dedicated channels for school education were already in place, with 12 more to be added in the coming days. This should help students who do not have proper access to the internet. The government has tied up with DTH operators including Tata Sky and Airtel to air educational content. There is also a push for the extensive use of radio, community radio and podcasts to expand the scope of teaching students while maintaining social distancing.

The DIKSHA program that serves as National Digital Infrastructure for Teachers, was launched in March and has witnessed 6 crore hits. The portal was launched to enable, accelerate and amplify solutions in realm of teacher education. The aim is to help teachers to create training content, profile, in-class resources, assessment aids, news and announcement and connect with the teacher community. Further, 200 new e-textbooks will be added to e-Paathshala portal. Apart from these, the top 100 universities in the country have been given permission to begin online courses by May 30.

Last but not the least, special content for visually impaired and those who can’t hear is also under work. Manodarpan, an initiative for psychological support of students, teachers and families for mental health and emotional well being is also said to be launched immediately.




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Jio Announces Rs 2,399 New Annual Plan With 25% More Data Than Competition

Commuters are reflected on an advertisement of Reliance Industries' Jio telecoms unit, at a bus stop in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

Commuters are reflected on an advertisement of Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit, at a bus stop in Mumbai. (Photo: Reuters)

Beyond 2GB data per day for one year, Jio’s new add-on data plans also offer no daily cap data top-ups for high data users at competitive prices.

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  • Last Updated: May 8, 2020, 5:46 PM IST

Reliance Jio has announced a new, ‘work from home’ annual plan that offers 2GB of data per day, as well as unlimited voice calls and SMS messages for 365 days, at Rs 2,399. At the present price, Reliance Jio’s new plan offers users a comprehensive calling and data plan at just Rs 200 per month. Additionally, given the higher demand of data for users working from home due to the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, Reliance Jio has removed any daily data cap for users. To cater to high data volume users, Jio has also introduced three new data top-up plans that can be used at any point of time through the one year.

Priced at Rs 2,399, the new plan by Reliance Jio also offers significant more value than competitors in the Indian telecom space. Similarly priced plans by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea presently offer 1.5GB of data per day. As a result, while Jio’s plan offers 730GB of data through its validity period, other operators offer 547.5GB of data through the same period. This translates to 25 percent more data by Jio, than competitors. For users with slightly lesser data requirement, Reliance Jio has also introduced an annual plan with 1.5GB data allowance per day (also without data cap). This plan is priced at Rs 2,121, and will remain valid for 336 days.

If users require more data at any point of time, Jio has introduced three new data add-on plans. These offer 30GB data at Rs 151, 40GB at Rs 201 and 50GB at Rs 251, and can be purchased and applied as a top-up on these two new annual ‘work from home’ plans, at any given point in time. The three ‘work from home’ top-ups will exist alongside the five existing data top-up plans by Reliance Jio, which offer 0.8GB data at Rs 11, 1GB data at Rs 21, 2GB data at Rs 31, 6GB data at Rs 51 and 12GB data at Rs 101, respectively.

With this wide variety of plans at hand, Reliance Jio users have at hand a robust selection of prepaid tariffs, which can be purchased and matched to gain the best value proposition that would suit a vast range of users.

Disclaimer:News18.com is part of Network18 Media & Investment Limited which is owned by Reliance Industries Limited that also owns Reliance Jio.

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Samsung Announces Price Cut for Its Galaxy M21, A50 Models in India: See New Prices

Samsung has slashed the prices of two of its smartphones — the Galaxy M21 and Galaxy A50 in the Galaxy M and Galaxy A series respectively in India. The Galaxy M21 smartphone for the 64GB storage and 4GB RAM now starts at Rs 13,199 now after a price cut of Rs 1,023. The 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage variant of the Galaxy M21 is now priced at Rs 15,499 after Rs 1,000 cut.

The Galaxy A50 of the 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage, on the other hand, is now priced at Rs 18,599 following a discount of Rs 2,471 while the higher-end Galaxy A50 of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage is available at a price of Rs 20, 561 after a steep discount of Rs 6,339. The South Korean smartphone giant had earlier hiked the price of the device in India following a revision in the Goods & Service Tax (GST) rate on mobile phones from 12 percent to 18 percent.

Samsung Galaxy M21, A50s Features, Specifications

Starting with The Galaxy M21, the device comes with a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED HD+ display and has a 6000 mAh battery with a 15W fast charging. It is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9611 Octa-core processor. The smartphone sports a triple rear camera set up with a 48-megapixel main camera with F2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and 5MP depth camera as well. On the front, it has a 20-megapixel camera. The smartphone runs on Samsung One UI based on Android 10. Moreover, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a Face Unlock feature.

The Samsung Galaxy A50s, on the other hand, comes with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Infinity-U display and is powered bt Exynos 9610 processor. The smartphone has a 4,000mAh battery with a 15W fast charging and also runs Samsung one UI based on Android 10. As far as the camera is concerned, the phone has a triple-camera setup at the back: a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor camera. It also has a 32-megapixel camera on the front. While the new prices are listed on the Samsung India website, it is yet to be reflected either on Facebook or Amazon.in.

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Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3+ For Faster Charging on Affordable Smartphones

Global chipmaker Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 3+ which is the next generation of company’s widely used charging technology for affordable smartphones. Quick Charge 3+ will be available first on Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G, followed by other new Snapdragon platforms across tiers.

“With Quick Charge 3+’s faster charging and affordability, there’s now the opportunity to enrich lives around the world with the convenience of Quick Charge technology,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “Xiaomi’s Mi 10 Lite Zoom, powered by the Snapdragon 765G, is the first smartphone with both Quick Charge 4+ and Quick Charge 3+ charging technology,” it added.

The technology promises a 0-50 per cent charge in 15 minutes, promising to be 35 per cent faster and nine degrees Celsius cooler than its predecessors. Qualcomm said it supports any USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter that has scalable voltage with 20mV steps from Quick Charge 4. It also supports standard USB Type-A to USB Type-C cables as well as accessories that support scalable voltage with 20mV steps from Quick Charge 4.

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#StayHome: MTNL Announces Double Data Offer on All Broadband Plans in Delhi and Mumbai

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) recently announced its Work@Home broadband plan, and now Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) has reportedly introduced double data offer on all of its broadband plans in Delhi and Mumbai. The benefit includes both landline and mobile broadband plans to encourage people to work from home.

The company made the announcement on Twitter saying that it will offer double data on broadband plans for landline and mobile for a month. Soon after, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also tweeted the same update to encourage users to work from home during the epidemic. The benefits will be available for all existing customers and notably, the MTNL broadband double data offer will be available in the Delhi and Mumbai circles only for a month. There is also news that MTNL will wave off installation charges for new customers opting for copper-based connection. These new customers will, however, have to pay for the modem that will be required for the service.

Recently BSNL launched its new “Work@Home” promotional broadband plan offering Internet access to its landline customers without any charge. This special plan offers 10Mbps download speeds with a 5GB per day data cap for all BSNL landline subscribers. After finishing 5GB, users will get Internet speeds at 1Mbps. The plan also offers a free email ID account with 1GB storage space. This promotional plan is available for customers across all circles, including the Andaman and Nicobar. The new plan can be availed without any security deposit.