Although this week in Tech was not as happening as one before that, thanks to Reliance AGM and the most-waited JioPhone, a lot of important things managed to hit the headlines, i.e., rumours of Microsoft planning to kill MS Paint, Xiaomi’s response to an alleged Redmi Note 4 CCTV video, and more. So, in case you were wondering, here is our weekly roundup of all the important news stories that we reported between July 24 – July 30, 2017.
Software giant Microsoft clarified classic MS Paint would stay amid rumour the company will kill the program. Soon after Microsoft announced its plans to “deprecate” MS Paint in upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, news organisations around the world reported Microsoft is on the verge to kill the program. Microsoft immediately released a statement MS Paint will make its way into the Windows Store where it will be available for free.
Apple has purchased Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) machines from a Korean display maker Sunic System. Although Apple is yet to comment on the move, possibility suggests the company will stop relying on Samsung to manufacture OLED panels for future iPhone and iPad. Apple’s foray into OLED space is expected to give competition to Canon Kokki, a Japanese company which holds a dominant position in CVD machinery market.
A video shot from an in-store CCTV camera hit the headlines earlier this week, showing a smartphone, allegedly Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, bursting into flames. Xiaomi responded it’s a fake video amid news reports citing unconfirmed claims and sources about the whole incident. It was not clear in the video what phone was catching fire, though. However, Xiaomi acknowledged the Redmi Note 4 was indeed exploded in a separate incident in Bengaluru.
Xiaomi announced the ninth iteration of its MIUI custom Android ROM along with Mi 5X smartphone and AI speaker. The new MIUI skin adds some smart features like image search, smart assistant, and smart app launcher in addition to shortcuts on lockscreen, split screen feature, new dynamic icons for apps, home screen editor and more. Xiaomi claims 2.8 billion users from 142 countries are using MIUI in general.
A report suggests Microsoft transferred around 500 design patents to HMD Global, a Finnish company responsible for bringing Nokia brand band to life. One of the design patents includes the Lumia Camera UI. It was created originally for Nokia branded Windows phone. Now HMD Global seems to bring the old school back to its upcoming and most likely the existing Nokia-branded Android handsets.
That’s it for this week. See you next week with our daily dose of Tech. Till then, stay tuned!