Google In Talks To Fund Social Commerce Startup Meesho

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Google is in the talks to invest approximately $50-$75 million in social platform, Meesho. 

Meesho raised $570 million from US-based Asset manager Fidelity and Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital in September. If Google invests, the amount will reach upto $600 million. Meesho is in talks to close a new funding round which would onboard Fidelity and B Capital.

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Google Reduces Commission For In-App Subscriptions To 15% From January 1

Google has reduced the commission for in-app subscriptions to 15% effective from January 1 due to rising pressure from Indian developers, its largest market in terms of user base. They have asked the company to allow different kinds of payment mechanisms to facilitate the purchases made by customers.

Sameer Samat, the vice president of Product Management for Google Play, wrote in one of his blog posts, “Digital Subscriptions have become one of the fastest growing models for developers but we know that subscription businesses face specific challenges in customer acquisition and retention. We’ve worked with our partners in dating, fitness, education and other sectors to understand the nuances of their business.”

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Rarely Found Apple VideoPad Prototype Scrapped By Steve Jobs Up For Auction

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The Apple VideoPad 2 prototype which had been lost long ago, is all set to go for an auction in November as a part of History of Science and Technology auction by Bonhams which is an international auction house situated in Los Angeles. The rare VideoPad will be set to auction among the other Apple prototypes and Steve Jobs memorabilia. The VideoPad is estimated to sell between $8,000 and $12,000. 

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Apple Launches New MacBook Pro

Apple has launched a new MacBook Pro. It is very powerful with the new powerful Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. It provides great performance thanks to its new sustainable design. With the all-new design, they are very thin in size with aluminium enclosure. Full sized keyboard now part of the MacBook Pro.

Finally, the MagSafe design is coming back to the MacBook Pro. You can also connect up-to 2 Pro Display XDRs. The displays are like the iPhone removing the bezel and adding the camera at the top making the displays larger at 16.2 inch display and the other one at 14.2 inch active area.

New 1080p cameras on the new MacBook Pro along with great mics for great sound recording. 6 speaker sound system on the 16 inch model as well as the 14 inch model.

New AirPods Launched – Spatial Audio, Water Resistant

Apple has announced the third generation of its most popular AirPods – AirPods with Spatial Audio. New design inside and out with four sensors for more control. New AirPods are sweat and water resistant. For different ear sizes, Apple will now offer new design that delivers sound directly to ears and via Adaptive EQ that is already available in current generation AirPods Pro, but now will be available for all AirPods.

6 hours of battery life in new AirPods. 5 minutes charge will also give 1 hour of use. Total 30 hours of listening time via the case. $179 – order today – available next week. AirPods Pro still at $249. With these, AirPods Pro makes no sense as the same thing you can buy at $179.

Apple Launches New Plan At $4.99 To Control Apple Music With Siri

Apple has launched a new plan to control Apple Music with just Siri. This makes no sense for customers who are already subscribed to Apple Music who will now have to pay $4.99/month just to control Apple Music via Siri. Apple should have made sure everyone who are already Apple Music customers and also use an iPhone get this feature.

Apple also introduced new features for the HomePod Mini. HomePod Mini Is now available in three different new colors. Again, Siri can be used with HomePods Mini. Family users can also use Intercom to communicate with each other in different rooms. HomePods Mini available in November at $99.

The Camera Module Of Google Pixel 6 Pro Might Not Be User Replaceable

There have been a lot of reports about the Pixel 6 Pro and it might look like we know almost everything that is to know about the upcoming phone. We have come across renders, spec sheets, even teardowns, camera samples, and pricing for some markets. However, some new reports have surfaced that claim that it might be very difficult to get the Pixel 6 Pro fixed if it shows a problem especially the camera module.

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Google Improves Its App To Give iPhone Users A ‘Better Experience’

Google has never mistreated or given inferior treatment to iPhone users for its apps and services. In fact, apps and services are given first to iPhone users and then to Android users. Now Google is working to make the experience on iPhone even better. According to reports of 9to5Mac, the staff engineering lead for Google Design on Apple platforms, Jeff Verkoeyen, spoke about this in a long Twitter thread. He said, “as we continued on the pursuit of cross-platform pixel parity, our iOS components were slowly drifting further and further from Apple platform fundamentals because those fundaments were also evolving year over year.”

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