Amazon job cuts, ‘chaos’ at Twitter, Qualcomm’s next processor for premium Android phones, and more

Over the past few weeks, the tech industry around the world has seen several job cuts and job freezes. After Elon Musk-owned Twitter and social media giant Meta, e-tailer giant Amazon has reportedly started laying off staff and is reportedly planning to cut 10,000 jobs. Microsoft’s latest range of Surface laptops is now available for pre-order in India while Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation flagship mobile platform at the Snapdragon Summit held this week. Also, the American space agency NASA has launched its first lunar mission after five decades. Meanwhile, India managed to send the first privately built rocket into space. All this and more in Gadgets Now’s weekly tech wrap…

Indian users can now pre-order the latest range of Microsoft Surface Laptop models.

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Indian users can now pre-order Microsoft’s latest range of Surface Laptop models.

The Redmond dev refreshed its entry-level range of laptops with new devices last month. Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Pro 9 are now available for pre-order in India. The prices of these two laptops start at Rs 1,07,999 and Rs 1,05,999 respectively. Read more details here

These divisions have reportedly been hit the hardest as Amazon has begun massive job cuts.

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These divisions have reportedly been hit the hardest as Amazon has begun massive job cuts.

The e-commerce company is reportedly planning to lay off 10,000 staff and has already started a massive firing process. The job cuts are expected to affect employees working in retail, equipment and human resources. Click here to read the full story.

Indian smartphone market takes 10 hits in Q3

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The Indian smartphone market grew by 10 percent in the third quarter.

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The latest report from IDC claims that the Indian smartphone market will decline by 10% in Q3, 2022 compared to last year. Xiaomi is second in the Indian market with Samsung. Read the full story here

Qualcomms latest flagship mobile platform is now official.

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship mobile platform is now official.

The US-based chip maker has unveiled its next-generation flagship chipset for premium Android phones at the Snapdragon Summit held this week. This new processor will power smartphones from various brands including — Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo and more and the first device with this SoC is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Click here for the full story.

Xiaomi Air Purifiers are now available at Blanket in Delhi NCR.

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Xiaomi Air Purifiers are now available at Blinkit in Delhi NCR.

Given the pollution and poor AQI situation, this move could be helpful for the residents of the national capital and its surrounding areas. If customers buy Mi Air Purifier 3 on Blinkit, they will have to pay Rs 500 extra on its original price. Read all the details here

OnePlus 10 Pro is now available at a discount of Rs.5000.

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OnePlus 10 Pro is now available at a discount of Rs 5,000.

OnePlus’ flagship smartphone was launched back in March and its base model is now available for Rs 61,999. The OnePlus 10 Pro is available in two color options and the new price is available on the company’s official OnePlus website. Click here to learn more.

Nothing iPhone 1 gets a price cut on Flipkart.

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Nothing on Flipkart reduces the price of the phone (1).

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The base model of Carl Pei-led Nothing’s first smartphone is now available on Flipkart for Rs 27,499. Customers can also get a further discount of up to Rs 17,500 on exchanging their old phone and buy a new Nothing phone (1) for just Rs 9,999. Read the full story here

Qubo adds a new product to the auto tech segment.

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Qubo adds a new product to the auto tech segment.

Hero-owned Qubo’s new car cam, the Dashcam Pro 4K, can record videos from your vehicle’s dashboard in Ultra HD resolution. The base model of the device has a front-facing camera and is available on the company’s official website for Rs 9,990. Click here to learn more.

This Google Pixel security flaw can bypass the lock screen.

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This Google Pixel security flaw can bypass the lock screen.

A recently discovered Android security flaw was capable of bypassing the lock screen of Google’s Pixel phones, allowing cyber attackers to gain access to the phone without knowing the user’s password. The tech giant has privately offered a $70,000 reward to the person who reported the “accidental” bug. Read all the details here

PC market in India falls to 117 in Q3 2022

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The PC market in India has declined by 11.7% in Q3 2022.

The traditional PC market, which is made up of notebooks, desktops and workstations, saw a decline after eight consecutive quarters of growth. HP has maintained its lead over Lenovo, Dell and Acer to dominate the Indian PC market. Click here for the full article.

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Vikram-S successfully launched India's first private sector rocket mission.

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Vikram S Launch: India’s first private sector rocket mission successful

Skyroot Aerospace, along with ISRO and IN-SPACe, became the first Indian startup to send a privately developed rocket into space. The 500 kg, six meter long vehicle was sent into space on a sub-orbital mission. Read the full story here

NASA's Artemis I mission to the Moon has successfully tested a flight mission after two failed attempts.

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NASA’s Moon Mission: Artemis I successfully test flight mission after two failed attempts.

US space agency NASA is on track to complete the first phase of its lunar mission by December 11. If all goes according to plan, NASA will be able to land astronauts on the moon by 2025, five decades after the space agency’s last lunar mission. In 1972 Click here to learn more.

Google Plays UPI AutoPay payment option is now available for Indian users.

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Google Play’s UPI AutoPay payment option is now available for Indian users.

This payment option will help users make recurring payments using any UPI app that supports the feature. UPI AutoPay was launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in July 2020. Read the full article here

India removes ban on VLC media player website

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India Removes Ban From VLC Media Player Website

The government has lifted the ban on VLC media player from its official website. The France-based open-source portable streaming player’s site was banned in India without explanation. Click here to learn more.

MrBeast is now the most subscribed YouTuber in the world.

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MrBeast is now the most subscribed YouTuber in the world.

YouTube channel MrBeast has surpassed PewDiePie to become the most subscribed YouTuber in the world for an individual channel. This YouTube channel is run by Jimmy Donaldson and is based in California. Read the full story here

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