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Monday, June 21, 2021

Shruti Dhapola


Assistant Editor at and looks after the Indian Express Technology section. Covering smartphones, web culture and technology policy.

Two startups try to use AR to bridge the Covid-induced communication gap
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Augmented Reality could plug the communication gap which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here's how to startups are taking different approaches on the path to building AR experiences for the present and future.

Covid-19 pandemic: How Google is keeping up with India’s changing search queries
Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Search for hyperlocal news, queries around vaccines and some of the myths related to them, hunt for vaccination centres, and increasing queries for ‘black fungus’ or mucormycosis are just some of the trends that Google has seen with the Covid-19 pandemic

Explained: Why many Twitter handles keep losing followers
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

A lot of Twitter users have tweeted about losing followers, ranging from a few hundreds to thousands. Why is this happening, and what has Twitter said?

WWDC 2021: All the privacy focused features that Apple announced
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

Apple WWDC 2021: Apple will give users tighter control over how apps access their data and has introduced a new iCloud+ subscription service, which brings a more private browsing experience.

Explained: What Google’s new ‘ad-tracking’ policies mean for users, developers
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

According to Google’s support page, the change will come into place starting late 2021. The support page explains that this will roll out in phases and impact apps running on Android 12 devices starting late 2021.

‘Want to make sure creator in control, India response very exciting’: Clubhouse co-founders
Mon, Jun 07, 2021

Clubhouse launched on Android on May 21, and according to numbers from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, it has crossed 2.6 million downloads on the platform. Here's what is coming next, according to the co-founders.

Explained: Juhi Chawla’s lawsuit in Delhi HC against 5G, and debate around harmful effects of mobile phone radiation
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

Juhi Chawla has moved the Delhi High Court against 5G rollout in India. A look at what she said, the fears, and the science so far.

India’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy has a digital gap; here are those struggling to plug it
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

The Cowin portal, mandatory to register for vaccines, has become a stumbling block for many, especially with vaccine supply being affected across India. The divide between digital India and those who are not tech-savvy is greater than ever.

Noise ColorFit Pro 3 review: Feature packed budget option
Sun, May 30, 2021

The ColorFit Pro 3 offers continuous heart-rate monitoring, is swim-ready and water-resistant, and also does blood oxygen monitoring. But how does the watch perform? Here’s my review.

Explained: WhatsApp’s arguments to fight traceability clause in IT Rules 2021
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

India's new IT rules include a traceability clause that requires social media platforms to locate the "the first originator of the information” if required by authorities. Why is WhatsApp fighting this clause?

Snapchat announces tools for creators and businesses; says India users grew by 100 per cent
Fri, May 21, 2021

Snapchat now has 500 million monthly active users. It announced a suite of new AR-related features to boost businesses and creators on the platform.

Snapchat showcases AR Spectacles and a Connected Lenses future
Fri, May 21, 2021

Snap Inc, the parent company for Snapchat, has showcased its next-generation Spectacles, its first pair of glasses which bring Augmented Reality (AR) to life. It also showcased a new kind of Lense or filter on its platform called Connected Lenses.

Twitter reopens verifications with easier process, to introduce new ‘automated’ accounts
Thu, May 20, 2021

Twitter will re-open its verification process for users and add a separate application form for the same in the Account Settings tab.

Google’s new Wear strategy could end up helping Samsung more
Thu, May 20, 2021

While it’s hard to predict what this means for Google Wear, the alliance could really benefit Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch series.

Samsung Galaxy A72 review: Camera is the standout feature here
Fri, May 14, 2021

Samsung Galaxy A72 review: With the Galaxy A72, Samsung is promising excellent camera performance, big battery and stylish design, but does it deliver?

When my baby got sick with Covid-19
Sun, May 09, 2021

Fortunately, babies are a lot more resilient than what we give them credit for. And that’s what we really need to remember, especially when Covid-19 comes floating in.

Twitter ban on Kangana Ranaut: Experts see action on hate speech, but transparency is missing
Fri, May 07, 2021

Twitter’s permanent ban on Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut as a sign that the social media platform might finally be cracking down on hate speech in India. But more transparency was also needed around these issues, according to them.

Explained: When does Twitter ‘permanently suspend’ an account, like it did with Kangana Ranaut?
Tue, May 11, 2021

Twitter says when it decides to permanently suspend an account they will notify the user about the abuse violations. They also “explain which policy or policies they have violated and which content was in violation.”

Mi 11 Ultra review: Finally, a worthy flagship from Xiaomi
Wed, May 05, 2021

Mi 11 Ultra review: The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi’s most power packed phone with a camera, which is supposedly comparable to a DSLR. But how does it perform?

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11X, 11X Pro and Mi QLED TV 75-inch launched: All the details
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Xiaomi has introduced its most ambitious and expensive lineup of smartphones in the country with the new Mi 11 series. The Mi 11 Ultra is the most expensive phone in the list with a price starting at Rs 69,999.

Vivo X60 Pro+ Review: Stylish design, camera that impresses
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Vivo X60 Pro+ review: A vegan leather back, the latest Snapdragon 888 processor and a more powerful quad-camera setup are the key features here. But how does it perform? Here's our review

Samsung’s Smart Monitor aimed at making ‘Work from Home’ easier: Here’s what it can do
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

Samsung is adding a new product in its portfolio: a Smart Monitor aimed at those working from home. Samsung says it has seen demand for premium monitors rise in the pandemic and the new product will try and tap into this further.

‘Fingerprint techniques to locate originator of message not absolute, vulnerable to impersonation’
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

While WhatsApp and Signal do not keep a log of who users are messaging, the argument is also made for a digital signature or a unique hash ID to be added to each message. But this might not be a fool-proof method, argue experts.

57 per cent India companies suffered downtime in 2020 due to data loss, ransomware remains a big threat: Acronis survey
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The survey by Acronis also showed that investing in more solutions does not necessarily lead to better cyber protection. Further, ransomware continues to rise as a threat.

Bakstage takes on the Clubhouse model, but with more control for creators
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

The latest live audio app is Bakstage from New York-based Flyx, an entertainment driven social network. But it wants to focus on creators.