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Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 29-07-2021: Check out today's top news.
Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 29-07-2021: Check out today's top news.
Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 29-07-2021: Check out today's top news. (Pixabay)

Mobile Phones, TV, Wearables, Gadgets and Tech News LIVE Updates 29-07-2021: Microsoft Windows 11, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Google are in the news today.

Tech News LIVE: It has already been an action packed day, with EU watchdog ordering that WhatsApp privacy case be decided quickly, Microsoft saying Windows 11 will not be available to certain people, Twitter shutting down reopened offices, Google and Facebook wanting their returning-to-office employees to first get vaccinated, Google paid a huge amount to bug bounty hunters and much more. Check it all out below:

Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India Lite APK? Don't download BGMI Lite APK files

Battlegrounds Mobile India, the successor of the popular PUBG Mobile that was banned in the country last year, was launched on July 2, after being in early access since June. Owners of older and low specification Android phones are also waiting to see if developer Krafton launches a successor to the PUBG Mobile Lite game that was also banned last year. Meanwhile, malicious users are reportedly taking advantage of this situation to spread fake Battlegrounds Mobile India Lite versions of the game online.

Airtel, Vi and Reliance Jio postpaid recharge plans that offer free Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar subscription

Gone are the days when people used their phones only for texting and calling their contacts. These days, users have a wide variety of OTT content platforms to pick from when using their smartphones. In order to provide additional benefits to their customers, telecom companies like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (or Vi) are now offering their subscribers postpaid plans that provide subscriptions to these services for free. 

Nokia raises 2021 guidance after ‘strong’ start to 2021

Nokia Oyj raised its 2021 guidance and reported second-quarter net sales that beat analyst estimates as the Finnish maker of 5G equipment tries to get ahead in the race to supply next-generation networks, reports Bloomberg.

India's Geo-imaging satellite EOS-03 scheduled for launch in third quarter of 2021

Geo-imaging satellite for earth observation EOS-03, which would enable near real-time monitoring of natural disasters like floods and cyclones, is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2021, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.

Lucasfilm hires YouTube artist behind 'Star Wars' deepfake

A YouTuber, famous for making "deepfakes" of scenes from iconic film and television shows including "Star Wars", has landed a job at Lucasfilm after wowing bosses at the Disney-owned company. The digital artist known only as "Shamook" is famous online for using cutting-edge technology to seamlessly map the faces of famous stars onto other actors' bodies, AFP reports.

Decide WhatsApp privacy case in a month, says EU watchdog amid objections by peers

The EU EU privacy watchdog EDPB has given the Irish data protection agency a month to decide an important case involving Facebook's WhatsApp, after the agency's European peers complained that it was taking too long. The Irish agency is investigating WhatsApp to check for compliance with the GDPR rules which are applicable to all residents in the EU region. 

No Microsoft Windows 11 update for these users; cheating won't help either

It looks like Windows users won't be able to run force Microsoft Windows 11 to install on their computers after all, according to the software manufacturer. The company has made it very clear that non-eligible computers will not receive the upgrade. This is to make sure that supported computers with the OS installed receive reliable and safe software updates, according to the company. 

Twitter shuts down after reopening offices over Delta Covid-19 fears; Google, Facebook too take action

Microblogging service Twitter has announced it is shutting its offices shortly after reopening them in the United States, after the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, which emerged in India but has quickly spread and now makes up over 80 percent of US cases. Meanwhile, on-campus employees of other big tech companies will have to be mandatorily vaccinated.

Joy for bug bounty hunters! Google has paid over $29 million in bounties so far to 2022 researchers

Google on Tuesday disclosed that it had paid out over $29 million in bug bounties to 2022 researchers as part of its vulnerability reward program (VRP) over a period of 11 years. The company also announced that it was revamping the program which is now called Bug Hunters. Google has paid $29,357,516 for 11,055 bugs that have been successfully identified on its apps and services.