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Soundcore Life Q30, Life Q35 Headphones launched with ANC support, More


Soundcore Life Q30 and Life Q35 headphones have been launched in India, touting features such as hybrid active noise cancellation (ANC), fast charging, and support for up to 60 hours of battery life. The headphones sport 40mm drivers and are Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified, according to the company. Both Soundcore Life Q30 and Life Q35 headphones are available via Flipkart. They come with NFC connectivity and can detect when the earphones are removed, to pause and resume media on a connected device.

Soundcore Life Q30, Soundcore Life Q35 price in India, availability

Soundcore Life Q30 earphones are priced at Rs 7,999 and Soundcore Life Q35 are priced at Rs 9,999. Both headphones are available for purchase via Flipkart. Soundcore Life Q30 headphones are available in a single Black colour option, while Soundcore Life Q35 headphones are available in a Pink colour variant. The headphones will also ship with a travel case, according to the company.

Soundcore Life Q3, Soundcore Life Q35 specifications, features

Both Soundcore Life Q30 and Soundcore Life Q35 headphones come with 40mm silk diaphragm drivers for improved bass and treble performance while cutting out distortion. Both headphones come with hybrid ANC support using four microphones to filter out ambient sounds, with three different modes – Transport, Indoor, and Outdoor. The headphones also come with a transparency mode which lets in ambient sounds, allowing easier conversations with the headphones on.

Soundcore Life Q30 and Life Q35 headphones feature a lightweight frame with memory foam ear cups and headbands. Soundcore states that both headphones are Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless certified, while the Soundcore Life Q35 headphones support Sony’s proprietary LDAC codec. The codec offers up to three times the speed of the standard Bluetooth codec (SBC) and offers up to 21bit/96kHz at a 990kbps bitrate. Users will also be able to change equaliser settings using the Soundcore app, which comes with 22 presets. Both Soundcore Life Q30 and Life Q35 headphones come with 40-hour playback with ANC enabled, and 60-hour playback with the feature disabled. They also support fast charging, offering four hours of playback with a five-minute charge, according to the company.

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Sotheby’s Metaverse To Help Healthcare Workers with ‘Biggest’ NFT Auction


Sotheby’s has put up a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for auction, with plans to donate the proceeds to frontline healthcare workers. The auction house’s virtual platform Sotheby’s Metaverse has partnered with healthcare-focussed non-profit Sostento as part of its initiative. A series of NFTs have been put up for auction on the Sotheby’s Metaverse website under the title “Gifted: The 140 Collection.” The price range of these NFTs lies between $1,000 (roughly Rs. 74,000) and $2,200 (roughly Rs. 1.6 lakh), as listed on the website.

NFTs are valuable virtual collectibles, inspired by real-life elements like sketches, artworks, and more. Collectors can purchase these NFTs with fiat money or cryptocurrencies.

The NFTs being auctioned in this project were actually gifted to 140 random Twitter followers in June. These winners were called the Besties, out of which, seven have come forward to sell their holdings and help the frontline workers.

“The NFTs illustrated the many facets of Twitter, from the first iterations of its logo to its 140-character limit. Now, seven of those lucky strangers have united to sell a full set of seven NFTs with proceeds going towards Sostento, an organisation that gives vital support to frontline public health workers,” Sotheby’s Metaverse has written in a post, describing the collection.

Images and videos of many of the actionable NFTs have emerged on Twitter under the hashtag, #Gifted140.

“It is inspiring to work not only alongside an organisation like Sostento, but also with the group of Besties who recognise the significance of their NFTs and are harnessing that power for a good cause,” CoinTelegraph quoted Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s Global Head of Science and Popular Culture as saying.

The biddings are open till December 1.

NFT sales volume surged to $10.7 billion (roughly Rs. 79,820 crore) in the third quarter of 2021, up more than eightfold from the previous quarter, according to data from market tracker DappRadar.

Surging sales and hefty prices on NFTs — items which do not physically exist — have baffled many but the multi-fold growth shows little or no depreciation whatsoever.

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Hawkeye Review: Is Marvel’s Breezy Christmas Series Too Light-Weight?


Hawkeye/ Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) has always been the quietest of the Avengers, along with his best friend Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame so Clint could live. While Natasha’s family was made up of the Avengers themselves, Clint had a family of his own: wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and three kids; Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel (Ava Russo, Ben Sakamoto, and Cade Woodward, respectively). But after he lost all of them in the Snap — that’s what Thanos did in Avengers: Infinity War — for five years he took “his pain and rage and sadness out on every bad guy on the planet,” as Renner said in a production diary for the series. It’s barely addressed in Endgame, as the three-hour film had a lot on its mind, but this is now fertile ground for Hawkeye’s own TV series.

After all, most superheroes including Hawkeye operate with self-imposed rules. Not everyone is as extreme as Batman about it, but they generally try to prevent loss of life unless it’s the only route left to save themselves or someone else. But when Clint transformed into the sword-wielding death-dealing Ronin for five years, he went far beyond that. “Clint went full-on vigilante. Justified or not, it’s a giant weight on him because he knew he was going outside the moral code of what he is,” Renner added.

However, there isn’t much of Hawkeye confronting the ugly legacy of Ronin in the first two episodes of Hawkeye. It’s a lot more light-hearted, fitting its holiday (Christmas-y) spirit. The six-episode Marvel series — created by Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Bridgerton) — begins Wednesday, November 24 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. Disney provided critics access to one-third of the series, or what amounts to the first act of a movie, as with the Tom Hiddleston-led Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. This review cannot speak to the remaining four episodes, and how they handle the Ronin trauma side of things.

But Hawkeye isn’t Hawkeye at all in the first two episodes — though I imagine that will change sooner or later, given what we have seen in Hawkeye trailers and photos. He’s not an Avenger anymore, if “Avengers” are still a thing these days. After all, not only is Nat gone, but so are Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans). That’s half the OG gang. He’s like a detective at times, who’s really just exhausted and all he wants is to spend time with his family. So when a rich white girl exhumes the corpse of his Ronin past, Hawkeye just wants to put an end to it as soon as possible, so he can get back to the one thing he truly cares about: family. (I’m saying “family” a lot, I know.)

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In that sense, Hawkeye the series is like Renner in real life. The 50-year-old California native has never hidden his disinterest in going up the Hollywood ladder. Renner has always prioritised his (real) family over work — his on-screen persona could probably learn a thing or two — even going so far to tell Marvel that they could recast his role if his schedule didn’t work for them.

There are morsels of family time stuffed in the first two Hawkeye episodes that find Clint and his three kids in pre-Christmas New York City, seeing a Broadway play titled Rogers: The Musical. In case you missed the Hawkeye trailer, yes, that’s a stage musical celebrating the late Steve Rogers. Hawkeye shows us a musical recreation of how the Avengers came to the rescue during the 2012 Chitauri invasion of New York City. It’s goofy and funny — which is the kind of spirit that Hawkeye seems to aim for, juxtaposing the all-serious-and-mean-business Clint Barton with the hilarious situations he finds himself in. Elsewhere, Hawkeye takes us into New York’s LARP scene (that’s live-action role-play), and a villain is offended after their real-estate choices are criticised.

But Clint’s family time is cut short after that aforementioned rich white girl Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld, from Apple TV+’s Dickinson) gets in over her head. Kate is a 22-year-old expert archer who took up the bow and arrow because Hawkeye was her hero and inspiration*. So far, so good. But as daughter to Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga, from The Conjuring) who owns a prestige security firm and spends her time attending charity galas, Kate comes from an extreme place of privilege. She’s young, she’s rich, and she loves inviting trouble. Soon after getting a slap on the wrist for showing off her archery skills at university, Kate arrives back home in New York, where she comes into possession of the Ronin costume. Clint made a lot of enemies as Ronin, so naturally they’re coming for Kate now.

* Marvel is making a trend of this as its on-screen mythology deepens. Next year, we have the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, which is also about a huge Marvel fan. In that case, it’s Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

This put Clint and Kate on a collision path — and the two couldn’t feel more different about it. As a huge fan, Kate looks up to Hawkeye, can be very pushy, and is eager to learn. But Clint has no inclination to teach. All he wants is to return to his family. There’s six days left to Christmas, after all, and Clint isn’t going to miss any more Christmases with his loved ones. This results in some quietly hilarious moments. Minutes after he saves her the first time, Kate asks Clint to sign her bow. Told to stay away, Kate does the opposite, crashing a solo plan that Clint had devised.

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Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne in Hawkeye
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But these moments are few and far between. There’s a lot of exposition involved in setting up Kate, her family, and the extended circle — and none of it is very interesting. Kate is witty and that helps Hawkeye. But it’s not easy to connect to a privileged kid who seems to have little to lose. There isn’t much struggle in her life, and all she seems to do is create trouble for herself and others. Steinfeld is a really good actress, Hawkeye ought to be making more of her. The same could be said of virtually everyone else on her side. Farmiga is stuck playing a rich-society mother who wants to protect her daughter and wants the best for her, though she comes across as off-handed at times. Tony Dalton, excellent in Better Call Saul, brings a slightly toned-down deviousness to Jack Duquesne (Eleanor’s beau who has a contentious relationship with Kate), but it’s not enough for him.

The big problem with Hawkeye seems to be that there just isn’t enough going on. It’s not very exciting in the first two episodes — and it borders on humdrum at times. You would expect this to get naturally solved as the story picks up and we push deeper into the series, but it’s not a promising start at all. Saturday Night Live alum and Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas doesn’t bring anything special — one could argue he doesn’t have something wacky or bizarre to work with, as Matt Shakman (WandaVision) or Kate Herron (Loki) did — but I’m waiting to see what Bert & Bertie (Troop Zero) do with Hawkeye. (The first two episodes are both Thomas.) Usually how it works with TV shows is that the pilot director sets the tone for everyone else. Still, I’m cautiously hopeful.

The new Marvel series is clever and fitting in some ways. Hawkeye’s presence in the Avengers has been mocked at times. “We have a god, a super soldier, a billionaire flying in an exo-suit, and a scientist who can transform into a beast. And then we have a guy with a bow and arrow? LOL what?!” So it’s appropriate that Hawkeye is a small-scale street-level series. (Though you have to admit, Hawkeye has handled bigger fish, from Loki and the Chitauri, to helping take down Ultron. He chose family — there’s that word again — over fighting Thanos.) Hawkeye also pushes Clint into uncomfortable territory, which makes for good TV. He’s saved the day a hundred times, but mentoring the next (privileged) generation seems like the last thing that he would opt for.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye
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But Hawkeye is definitely more The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, than say Loki or WandaVision. It struggles to justify why it exists — beyond the fact that it’s really about passing the baton from Clint to Kate. It’s really just a (Marvel Cinematic Universe) business transaction, and in trying to be a wholesome family series for the holidays, Hawkeye ends up playing it very safe.

Deep into Hawkeye episode 2, Kate notes that Hawkeye lacks branding. Clint protests that he is not trying to sell anything. “That’s your problem,” Kate says, “you’re too low-key. People want sincerity.” Clint tries to dodge the inquisition by jumping back on his go-to answer (“I’m not trying to sell anything”) but Kate doesn’t let go. “But you are, you’re selling inspiration,” Kate tells him.

And like the title character, Hawkeye has the same issue: it lacks branding. Sure, Disney might know how to sell it, but the TV series doesn’t know what it’s about. At least not yet.

Hawkeye premieres Wednesday, November 24 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar with two episodes. One new episode will air every Wednesday around 1:30pm IST/ 12am PT until December 22.


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Redmi Note 11T 5G Teased to Come With 33W Fast Charging Support


Redmi Note 11T 5G is set to launch in India on November 30. Ahead of the launch, Xiaomi has teased the fast charging capabilities of the Redmi Note 11T 5G. In addition, Xiaomi’ India’s Managing Director and Global Vice-President, Manu Kumar Jain recently teased the possibility of a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor integrated into the phone. The Redmi Note 11T 5G is largely expected to be a rebranded model of the Redmi Note 11 5G that was launched in China earlier.

The company posted on the Redmi India Twitter account to tease that the Redmi Note 11T 5G will support 33W Pro fast charging. While the peak charging capabilities have been revealed, Xiaomi is yet to confirm the amount of time the battery takes to completely charge. If the Redmi Note 11T is indeed the same as the Chinese Redmi Note 11 5G variant, then it is likely to pack a 5,000mAh battery.

Redmi Note 11T 5G has been teased via pages on website and Amazon India as well. Past teasers suggest that the Redmi Note 11T 5G will feature a 90Hz adaptive refresh rate and will be powered by a MediaTek processor based on the 6nm architecture. Given by past leaks, the Redmi Note 11T 5G is likely to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC.

The Redmi Note 11T 5G will come as the successor to the Redmi Note 10T 5G that was launched in July. As mentioned, the new phone is also speculated to be the rebadged Redmi Note 11 5G that Xiaomi brand Redmi initially launched in China. It was also rebranded as the Poco M4 Pro 5G in global markets.

Earlier leaks suggest that the Redmi Note 11T 5G may be made available in India in the base 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant — alongside its 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB options. Furthermore, the phone is speculated to have three distinct colour options, namely Aquamarine Blue, Matte Black, and Stardust White.

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Samsung Narrows Gap With Apple in Global Smartwatch Shipments: Counterpoint


Apple Watch has maintained its leadership in terms of global smartwatch shipments in the third quarter of 2021, as per the latest report by market research firm Counterpoint. Still, the Cupertino company saw its smartwatch market lead shrinking a bit as Samsung got a boost from the Galaxy Watch 4. The global smartwatch shipments in the same period surged 16 percent compared to the same period last year, states the report. While Apple got the lion’s share of the worldwide smartwatch shipments, Samsung secured the second spot followed by Amazfit, Imoo, and Huawei in the top five positions. Indian brands like Noise and Boat also posted remarkable growth in their quarterly smartwatch shipments, Counterpoint noted.

Counterpoint Research in its Global Smartwatch Model Tracker report said that the global smartwatch shipments in the third quarter of 2021 continued their double-digit growth following the previous quarter. Apple maintained its lead in terms of shipments but its market share has declined to 21.8 percent from 28 percent reported in the same quarter last year. The key reason behind the decline is said to be the delay in Apple Watch Series 7 launch.

Samsung, with the popularity of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, is the biggest mover in quarter three shows Counterpoint data. The South Korean brand has taken back the second position from Huawei. Samsung’s new Galaxy 4 Series runs Wear OS instead of Tizen OS, as a result of a new partnership between Google and Samsung. This partnership has helped Samsung regain the second spot from 9.9 percent in Q3 2020 to 14.4 percent in Q3 2021.

“Samsung performed better than expected in the third quarter. Although the Galaxy Watch 4 series shipments were much higher than expected, more than 60 percent of the total shipments were sold in North America and Europe, where the share of mid-to-high price range models is high”, said Counterpoint Research senior analyst Sujeong Lim about Samsung’s growth in the space.

Amazfit secured the third spot with its increasing popularity in Europe. It managed to grow its market share to 5.8 percent in Q3 2021, from 5.4 percent in Q3 2020.

As mentioned, Noise and Boat are ranked first and second, respectively, in the Indian smartwatch market, shipping more than double the volume from the previous quarter.

Huawei saw a further decline in market share as it went from 13.6 percent in Q3 2020 to 5 percent in Q3 2021. Imoo, owned by BBK Electronics, also saw a small decline from 6.6 percent to 5.8 percent YoY market share in Q3 2021.

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OnePlus RT Said to Appear on Amazon India Ad, Hints at Imminent Launch


OnePlus RT India launch could happen very soon. Ahead of the official announcement, Amazon’s OnePlus RT advertisement has surfaced on Google search results, as per a tipster. Recently, the upcoming OnePlus phone has been spotted on both the Google Supported Devices List and Google Play Listing website hinting at an imminent launch. OnePlus 9RT, which went live in China in October is expected to arrive in India with the OnePlus RT moniker. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and features a triple camera setup, headlined by a 50-megapixel main sensor.

Amazon’s advertisement of OnePlus RT in the Google search results was first spotted by known tipster Mukul Sharma (@stufflistings). However, OnePlus RT is not listed on the e-commerce website. Based on this, it’s safe to speculate that the company is likely to introduce the OnePlus 9RT as OnePlus RT in the Indian market. However, the brand hasn’t confirmed anything regarding OnePlus RT’s India launch.

To recall, OnePlus 9RT was launched in China in October with a price tag of CNY 3,299 (roughly Rs. 38,600) for the base 8GB + 128GB storage variant and CNY 3,499 (roughly Rs. 40,900) for the 8GB + 256GB model.

Specifications of OnePlus 9RT include a 6.62-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) Samsung E4 AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio and up to 120Hz refresh rate. OnePlus 9RT is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, coupled with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The handset features a triple rear camera setup which includes a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor, a 16-megapixel secondary sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter. OnePlus 9RT has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 selfie shooter as well. The phone offers up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The handset packs a 4,500mAh dual-cell battery which supports Warp Charge 65T fast charging.

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NFT Music Platform Royal Secures $55-Million Funding From A16Z, Artists


Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) have seen a massive adoption spike across the realms of art and video games. On-chain music platform Royal has now announced that the company has managed to raise $55 million (roughly Rs. 409.7 crore) in Series A funding led by venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, also known as a16z. The startup collaborates with musicians and allows users to purchase NFTs, which represent a collective ownership in works by these artists. The Chainsmokers, Nas, Logic, and Kygo are among the musicians who chose to back the project along with a16z crypto.

The project is led by Justin Blau, an EDM artist performing under the stage name 3LAU, and JD Ross, a co-founder of home-buying startup Opendoor. Royal had managed to bring in $16 million (roughly Rs. 119.18 crore) during its seed round in August led by Founders Fund and Paradigm.

Over the past couple of months, Blau ran a test project during which he distributed 333 NFTs to fans through the platform which owned 50 percent of the streaming rights to a new single titled “Worst Case.” The startup claims there have already been nearly $600,000 (roughly Rs. 4.46 crore) in secondary sales for these tokens, giving “Worst Case” an implied valuation of $6 million (roughly Rs. 44.69 crore). Crypto-forward musicians like Blau have already cashed in millions of crypto holders looking to diversify their holdings through NFTs while supporting projects that expand blockchain market opportunities.

“We believe blockchain technology has the ability to transform music ownership the same way the internet has transformed the way music is listened to,” added electronic duo The Chainsmokers in a joint statement.

While Royal’s premise of letting fans fund their favourite artist and receive a portion of the royalties in return is promising. It needs to be seen if the company’s ability to scale its initial success. Music copyright is complicated and has been the subject of costly lawsuits in the past, that have gone on for decades. Royal’s model of cutting out middlemen and using blockchain technology to raise money directly from fans could make the royalty process less problematic, but there are pertinent questions that remain.

The biggest one is: how does Royal dictate the percentage of control owners will retain over their songs? This may prove a little difficult especially with third-party use and advertising while staying on the right side of the law.

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Over 50 Percent of Active Android Devices Running Android 10 or Later


More than half of all smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system are now running on Android 11 and Android 10, according to the latest statistics made available by the company. Google no longer provides regular updates on the adoption of Android updates on its developer website, instead revealing platform numbers on a semi-regular basis in Android Studio. Platform numbers for Android 12, which was released in October are not part of Google’s latest distribution numbers. However, the previous three versions of Android currently make up nearly 70 percent of existing devices.

The latest platform distribution numbers were spotted by 9to5Google in Android Studio, where Google occasionally provides updates for Android update adoption. Google used to provide updated numbers every month, but stopped the practice back in 2018 forcing developers to rely on Android Studio to get a general idea of how many users were running recent or older versions of Android. This data can be useful for developers to decide which versions of Android to support, and which versions can be dropped in the future.

During this year’s Google I/O, the company revealed that over 3 billion devices were running on Android. According to the latest distribution numbers in Android Studio, 24.2 and 26.5 percent of devices are running on Android 11 and Android 10, respectively. Android 9 is in third place with 18.2 percent of Android devices, followed by Android 8 with 13.7 percent. Notably, the share older versions of Android are now in single digits, with Android 7 (and 7.1) at 6.3 percent, Android 6 (Marshmallow) at 5.1 percent, Android 5 (Lollipop) at 3.9 percent, Android 4.4 (KitKat) at 1.4 percent and Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) at 0.6 percent of all Android devices.

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The latest Android distribution numbers shared by Google on Android Studio
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According to the report, before this, Google had not updated its statistics since April 2020, and developers might not see another update to the distribution numbers this year. Android 12 statistics are not currently available on Android Studio, but the operating system was released just a month ago, so numbers are unlikely to be high. Developers who are interested in checking these numbers for themselves can download the latest version of Android Studio from Google’s website and use the wizard to create a new project to check how many users are running various versions of Android.

In contrast, Apple lists the distribution of devices running recent versions of its iOS operating system on its developer website. While numbers for iOS 15, which was released in September, are not available, Apple’s latest numbers show that 85 percent of all active iPhone devices are running iOS 14, while 8 percent of devices are running iOS 13, leaving only 7 percent of all iPhone handsets running older versions of iOS. Meanwhile, 79 percent of all active iPad tablets are running iPadOS 14, 9 percent are running iPadOS 13, with 12 percent of iPad devices running older versions of the operating system. The next update from Apple is expected to feature updated numbers of devices that have updated to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

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Crypto Mining in Texas May Demand 5 Times More Electricity by 2023


With Bitcoin mining picking up steam in Texas, US, its grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has foreseen a five-fold increment in energy loads. In the next two years, by 2023, ERCOT predicts that it would have to produce at least up to 5,000MW more electricity to support crypto mining and data centres. The crypto industry is already consuming up to 1,000MW of electricity in Texas, ERCOT officials have revealed to the media during a recent interaction.

Texas emerged as a Bitcoin mining hub after the Chinese government criminalised all crypto-related activities earlier this year. Excessive power consumption in crypto mining was one of the important reasons why China took the drastic measure.

The state offers a 10-year tax abatement, sales tax credits, and state-sponsored workforce training to crypto miners, attracting more of them, a report by Data Center Dynamics said.

At present, two of the world’s largest cryptocurrency mines are under construction in Texas.

A number of residents from the state have linked this energy consuming process of Bitcoin mining to the electricity outages they have to put up with.

In February 2021, the electricity board of Texas found itself on the receiving end of criticism for mismanaging power supply, leading to blackouts and no heat for days to sustain the winter. Hundreds of people lost their lives during this time due to lack of heat and shortage of food. Even industries were shut down.

At the time, ERCOT had blamed the on extreme weather conditions, which are expected to grow as an issue owing to the anthropogenic climate change.

Residents of Texas are currently concerned about adding more stress to the already loaded power-grid systems.

As per a research report, cryptocurrency mining hardware is constantly running, hence consuming energy.

Between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018, the mining operations for four major cryptocurrencies released up to an estimated 13 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

In recent times however, several pro-crypto regions are trying to power crypto mining with clean energy resources to decarbonize the process.

For instance, El Salvador is also powering its Bitcoin mining facility using geothermal volcanic energy.

Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, has also proposed setting up a Bitcoin-mining facility near a nuclear power plant in Florida. As per a report by Latest News Today, nuclear energy is on the brink of being recognised as a true environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) solution in terms of energy.

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Vivo V23e 5G With 44W Flash Charge, MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC Launched


Vivo V23e 5G was unveiled in Thailand on Tuesday. The smartphone comes just hours after the launch of the Vivo Y76 5G in the Malaysian market. The V-series phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC and packs 8GB of RAM (4GB of extended RAM as well). It comes with 44W Flash Charge support and runs on Android 11-based FunTouch OS 12. Vivo V23e 5G has launched in two colour options and will go on sale from December 1.

Vivo V23e 5G price, sale

The new Vivo V23e 5G is priced in Thailand at THB 12,999 (roughly Rs. 29,200) for the lone 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. It comes in two colour options – Sunshine Coast and Moonlight Shadow. Pre-orders will begin today and sales are said to begin on December 1.

Vivo V23e 5G specifications

On the specifications front, the Vivo V23e 5G runs on FunTouch OS 12. It features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 810 SoC paired with 8GB RAM. Internal storage is listed to be at 128GB with the option to expand further using a microSD card (up to 1TB).

As for optics, the Vivo V23e 5G has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 50-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel with f/2.4 aperture. Up front, the Vivo V23e 5G features a 44-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.

Vivo V23e 5G will pack a 4,050mAh battery with 44W fast charging support. Connectivity options include USB Type-C port, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, dual-SIM slots (Nano), and dual Wi-Fi support. It has an on-screen fingerprint sensor. The phone weighs 172 grams.

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