Week in Tech: Jio data speed increases, Apple buys Shazam and more (December 11-17, 2017)

Here’s a quick recap of everything important that happened in the tech world this week.

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Last week, there were many updates in the tech world worth paying attention to. An OpenSignal report made some headlines, revealing some interesting facts like Jio data speed up by 50% since the company stopped offering data for free. In other news, Cupertino giant Apple acquired music recognition app Shazam for a whopping $400,000,000. Last but not least, Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram now allows users to follow hashtags in the newsfeed. Here’s the list of important tech updates from last week.

1) Reliance Jio speed up by 50%, says OpenSignal

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An OpenSignal research suggests Reliance Jio data speed increased by 50% once the company stopped offering free data. According to the research, this puts an end to network congestion to some extent, which further resulted in the data speed to go up. However, some other factors like users spending data more consciously as they are paying for the services may have also played an important role. Continue reading…

2) Apple buys Shazam for $400 million

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Apple acquired music detection app Shazam for $400 million. We all know how much important music is to Apple, and this acquisition is expected to improve the experience of Apple Music and video streaming service. Notably, Shazam’s music and sound recognition is already integrated with Siri and is expected to gain ‘deeper integration’ with iOS. And that may just be the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading…

3) Instagram lets users follow hashtags

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Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram added a new feature that lets users follow hashtags in the newsfeed. This way, users can keep themselves updated about certain hashtags they want to keep track of. It can be done by simply following trending hashtags just like you follow normal Instagram accounts. Continue reading…

4) Google Assistant comes to Android 5.0 Lollipop

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In what could be a good news for all those waiting for exciting Android features to be available on older devices, search giant Google decided to roll out Assistant to older Android tablets and smartphones. Google announced Assistant is coming to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and tablets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. Continue reading…

5) Will Reliance JioPhone be made in India soon?

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There were multiple reports that Reliance may have begun manufacturing JioPhone in Chennai. We spoke to someone higher up at Jio to confirm the same. Though the person did not confirm or deny the reports, on conditions of anonymity, the person told us that it had to happen sometime soon anyway. Continue reading…