Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launch, iOS 11.3 Beta 2 update, BHIM update and more: Daily news wrap

Here are the top news stories of the day.

  • Published: February 7, 2018 9:16 PM IST

The top news story for the day was the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. This was followed by iOS 11.3 Beta 2 update for Apple users. After launching the exciting feature on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google finally launched AR stickers on Android phones via the Motion Stills app. Here’s are rest of the news stories of the day.

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched today in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is certainly a breakthrough for Elon Musks’s space venture. Standing as tall as a 20-story building, the Falcon Heavy is the largest rocket in the world. Flying atop the Falcon Heavy is SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s cherry-red Tesla Roadster. SpaceX revealed last week that a mannequin wearing the company’s new spacesuit would ride in the driver’s seat of the electric sports car.

iOS 11.3 Beta 2 released

iOS 11.3 beta 2 is rolling out to developers. The update brings Animoji, Messages on iCloud, and Apple Music Videos, among other features. Another feature that this update brings is that if your iPhone’s battery has degraded, which is leading to throttling issues, the “Battery Health” section will let you know about it. In addition, it will provide an option to turn off performance management to put a stop to any throttling instance.

BHIM app update

NPCI has also added new banks to its list, making a total 67. The BHIM app now comes with performance improvements, bug fixes, and enhanced QR code scanning features. The Android and iOS update also allows you to add Airtel and Paytm Payments Bank as a default bank account. This means, if you have a payments bank account with Airtel or Paytm, you can link those accounts with your BHIM app to send and receive money.

Google AR stickers on Android phones

Google’s Research Blog announced today that it would be adding support for augmented reality stickers in the Motion Stills app. The feature was first introduced exclusively on the Google Pixel 2 late last year. The Motion Stills app is available across a range of Android phones running Android 5.1 and above.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 India launch

We know that Xiaomi has sent invites for February 14 event. While it was previously speculated that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus new reports have hinted at the launch of Redmi Note 5, the successor to last year’s Redmi Note 4.

On the other hand, Xiaomi is also expected to launch another budget smartphone alongside the Redmi Note 5 in India. However, details about the device is not known at the moment.

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  • Published Date: February 7, 2018 9:16 PM IST