Week in Tech: Airtel beats Jio, Messenger for Kids, Snapdragon 845 and more (December 4-10, 2017)

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

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What I like about the technology world the most is its ability to amaze me with new definitions and updates forming up all the time. Who would have thought a few years ago that there would be a Facebook Messenger especially for kids someday? That’s not all. We also spotted Airtel actually beating Jio in the pricing game in a 3GB daily data plan, fueling the debate around which one of them offers better value for money. So without any further ado, here’s a quick recap of everything important that happened in the tech world this week.

Facebook launches Messenger for Kids


Starting off with the news that left many of us amused has to be Messenger for Kids. You heard it right. The social networking giant Facebook announced a standalone Messenger app for kids under age 13. No kidding! Strangely enough, parents may not have a problem with it due to so many parental controls available inside the app, but does that truly solve Facebook’s problem? Well, the world can’t seem to forget about the existence of COPAA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) so easily, right? Continue reading our full coverage.

Airtel finally beats Jio


The news of the week – how can Airtel beat Jio? Well, where there’s a will there’s a way, and Airtel seems to have a winner on their hands this time around. Here’s how the story goes: The key differentiating factor in this fierce competition between telecom operators is the amount of bundled data. Airtel has quietly upgraded some of its existing prepaid plans to compete with Jio. Airtel Rs 549 plan now offers 84GB 4G data (3GB per day) with a validity of 28 days in addition to unlimited calls and 100 SMS per day. A similar plan from Jio costs 45% higher at Rs 799. Read our complete coverage.

Asus launches a laptop that can last 22 hours

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Asus unveiled a new laptop called Asus NovaGo in association with Microsoft and Qualcomm. The key highlight of Asus NovaGo is that it claims “all-day” battery life and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC platform with X16 LTE. Asus says users can download a two-hour movie in ten seconds, thanks to X16 LTE modem that supports gigabit LTE speeds to accelerate internet downloads. Asus NovaGo supports up to 8GB RAM and starts at $599. Read our complete coverage.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 845


Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 845, successor to its top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 SoC. It’s based on the same 10nm process as its predecessor. However, Qualcomm has revived the architecture with new features, better performance and power efficiency. It bundles Adreno 630 GPU for graphics, and Qualcomm promises 30 percent improved graphics as well as video rendering compared to the previous generation. It’s expected to ship early 2018 with the upcoming flagship smartphones. Read our complete coverage.

WhatsApp Business app coming soon


Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears on the verge of announcing a new app – WhatsApp Business for Android and iOS users. In a recent FAQ published on official website, WhatsApp explains users can distinguish business accounts between verified and unverified profiles. WhatsApp is currently testing its Business app in a private group of beta testers. Afterwards, it’ll introduce it as a standalone app for both Android and iOS users. Read our complete story.