Midweeks are usually dull but the tech world is an exception. Dominating the news cycle today was Xiaomi which introduced more affordable versions of its Mi TV 4. On the other hand, Apple kicked off its Apple Fest on Amazon today, while BlackBerry slapped a lawsuit against Facebook over patent infringement.
Meanwhile, things in the outer space did not appear too well as scientists revealed that an out of control space station is set to crash into Earth. Before it does so, here’s an overview of the top news stories of the day.
Apple Fest on Amazon
After Flipkart, Apple Fest went live on Amazon India. As part of the week-long sale period that runs until March 12, there are a host of discounts and offers on a range of Apple products including the MacBook, Apple Watch, iPhone, and the iPad. For those interested in buying the newest iPhone X, Amazon is offering a stellar discount of Rs 8,000 on the purchase of the notch-design smartphone for the base model. It now costs Rs 81,000. Similar discounts are available on non-iPhone products. Do make sure you check for additional exchange discount before the purchase.
Uncontrolled Chinese space station to crash
In 2016, Chinese scientists revealed they had lost control of the Tiangong-1 space station and said that they would be unable to put it back into orbit. The space station is coming home now. This time, it may just finally crash into Earth. The out-of-control space station has been falling in Earth’s direction from months now and scientists estimate it will hit Earth in April. The actual reason to worry here is that scientists have not been able to figure where the 19,000-pound projectile will eventually land.
BlackBerry sues Facebook
BlackBerry is back in the smartphone game and in its latest efforts at making its presence felt, the company is claiming biggies Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram stole key features from its BlackBerry Messenger. In a patent infringement lawsuit against the social networking service, Blackberry claims that Facebook and its wholly owned services like Instagram and WhatsApp are “relative latecomers to the mobile messaging world.” What’s more; the company is also seeking injunctive relief and damages for lost profits.
YouTube using AI for video editing
Giving us another use case with AI, Google is reportedly looking at injecting its video platform YouTube with a tool that aims to eliminate the green-screen background. This technology, called mobile real-time video segmentation, combines AI and machine learning to allow users to replace the background on their video in real-time. Video editing is one of the complex processes in publishing and with the new feature, changing a video background will potentially be as simple as applying a filter to a still photo.
Lenovo S5 to launch on March 20
Lenovo shared a poster this week announcing a product launch event which will be held on March 20. According to reports, the post on Weibo was published using a Lenovo S5 smartphone, indicating the possible launch of the smartphone on the said date. Off lately, Lenovo VP, Change Cheng, has been publishing a lot of posts using the unannounced smartphone. And this might just be the final release date of the purported smartphone which is rumored to pack a massive 6,000mAh battery and dual-camera setup at the back.
Xiaomi Mi TV 4A India launch
As promised, Xiaomi introduced the Mi TV 4A today in India. Available in 32-inch and 43-inch panel sizes, the Mi TV 4A smart LED TV brings most of the elements of the Mi TV 4 which was recently launched onto a smaller frame at an affordable price. The 32-inch and 43-inch models are priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 22,999 respectively. The first batch of the new models goes on sale on March 13 across mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home.