Apple AirPods Shipments Reportedly Double to 60 Million in 2019

There is no doubt that Apple’s AirPods have evolved to be a tech-lifestyle accessory rather than being just a pair of wireless earbuds. A recent report from Bloomberg suggests that the shipments of AirPods are expected to double up to 60 million in 2019.

As Bloomberg reports, this is happening because of a “much higher” than expected demand for the AirPods Pro that retails at a whopping $249 or Rs. 24,900 in India. Clearly, people gave a warm welcome to the Cupertino giant’s first noise-canceling earbuds.

However, achieving that target depends on the assemblers and production units of Apple. It remains to be seen how the company manages to pull-off this increasing demand. Right now, AirPods are manufactured by Taiwan-based Inventec Corp, China’s Luxshare Precision Industry,  and Goertek Inc. for Apple.

The demand for AirPods is not declining anytime soon. In fact, as per the survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, AirPods are the most desired tech product by teenagers this holiday season. It is indeed surprising to see such demand for a pair of wireless earbuds that can hardly be repaired in case something goes wrong.

This trend would certainly hurt the competitive offerings like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and Sony WF-1000XM3. However, it will be interesting to see how the AirPods Pro stacks up against Google’s upcoming Pixel Buds 2 and Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Buds.

If you are planning to buy AirPods this holiday season, do not forget to check out our in-depth comparison of the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro to get the right one that suits your needs. If you end up picking the AirPods Pro, you might as well carry them in style with one of these cases and skins.

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TikTok Campaign Helps to Raise Awareness Against Gender Violence in India

TikTok and UN Women have joined hands for a campaign called #KaunsiBadiBaatHai to raise awareness for violence against women in India. This collaboration is part of the global 16 days of activism against gender violence “Orange the World” that started earlier this week on November 25 which is observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

TikTok users willing to take part in the campaign are asked to submit a video by syncing lips to a rap soundtrack by Delhi-based 16-year old rapper Abbas Ali from Slam Out Loud.

“UN Women is committed to making spaces safe for women and young girls, for violence against women and young girls has real consequences and costs. Through our proud partnership with TikTok for this campaign, we hope to raise awareness and unite users to break the silence around violence.”, says Nishtha Satyam, deputy country representative, UN Women India.

At the time of writing this article, the hashtag has received over 752 million views and several video submissions. If you are interested to make your own submission, you may do so from here.

“At TikTok our mission is to inspire and enrich people’s lives and give them an outlet to express themselves in a way that adds value to the community. We are proud to collaborate with UN Women India for this campaign as their community partners and believe that the highly engaged community on TikTok has the potential to contribute towards a change in society and spread the message of a violence-free world.”, said Nitin Saluja, director, public policy, TikTok India.

The campaign is time-bound, and hence, if you are willing to take part in the campaign, make sure you do it before 10th of December, which is celebrated as the International Day of Human Rights.

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Netflix Reopens Paris Theatre in NYC for Its Originals and Events

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Netflix announced its plans to reopen New York City’s Paris Theatre to make it a “home for special Netflix events, screenings, and theatrical releases” earlier this week. The company said that it had signed a lease agreement to keep the theater open until an undisclosed timeline.

“After 71 years, the Paris Theatre has an enduring legacy, and remains the destination for a one-of-a kind movie-going experience. We are incredibly proud to preserve this historic New York institution so it can continue to be a cinematic home for film lovers.”, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer in a press release.

Notably, the theater was closed earlier this year and got opened for a limited time screening of Netflix Originals movie Marriage Story. For those unaware of the legacy of Paris Theatre, the theatre first opened in 1948 and showed French films. It screened some classic films including La Symphonie Pastorale, Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, Claude Lelouch’s A Man And A Woman, and Marcello Mastroianni’s Divorce Italian Style.

By this reopening, Paris Theatre will reclaim its position to be the last single-screen theater in New York City. Incredible, isn’t it?

However, this is not the first attempt by Netflix to acquire a movie theatre. According to a report from Deadline, the company was in talks to gain control over Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.

I know a lot of us won’t be able to visit this iconic theatre anytime soon. However, what you can do is stream the rich library of Netflix right from your home. While you’re at it, do not forget to check out our curated list of movies and TV series to help you set the mood for a chilled weekend.

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Amazon Translate Now Supports 22 New Languages

Amazon has added support for 22 new languages in Amazon Translate, the tech giant’s real-time translation service earlier this week. With this addition, Amazon Translate now supports a total of 54 languages & dialects, and 2804 language pairs.

The languages that newly gained support in Amazon Translate are as follows: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dari, Estonian, Canadian French, Georgian, Hausa, Latvian, Pashto, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, and Tamil.

In addition, Amazon also announced that Amazon Translate is expanding to six new AWS regions, making the number of Amazon Translate supported AWS regions to 17. The newly added regions where customers can use Translate are US West (N. California), Europe (London), Europe (Paris), Europe (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and Asia Pacific (Sydney).

“This expansion is great news for many customers who will now be able to translate data in the region where it’s stored, without having to invoke the service in another region. Again, this will make workflows simpler, faster, and even more cost-effective.”, wrote the company’s representative in a blog post.

If you want a new language to be supported by Amazon Translate, you may request the same on the AWS Forum here.

In other news, Amazon Web Services announced Custom Labels for Rekognition to allow customers to build ML models for detecting unique objects and scenes aimed at specific use-cases. This could eliminate the need for training a model which could be inefficient if there is a lack of labeled images. Also, users without any expertise in Machine Learning can benefit from this feature starting December 3rd.

So, are you excited to try out Amazon Translate in a newly supported language? Let us know in the comments.

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Gaming Creates Carbon Emissions Equivalent to 5 Million Cars: Study

According to a new study, it has been found that gamers in the US consume about 34 terawatt-hours of energy every year, which is equivalent to the carbon emissions from more than 5 million cars.

The study “Toward Greener Gaming: Estimating National Energy Use and Energy Efficient Potential” got published in The Computer Gamers Journal. The researchers note that the electricity consumed by gamers account for 2.4% of residential electricity. Take a look at the below image for a comparative analysis of annual electricity consumption in the US.

As per the findings, consoles were responsible for 66% of power consumption when it comes to gaming. PC desktops accounted for a much lower 31% while laptops consumed a mere 3%.

Even though PCs were responsible for comparatively lower power consumption, the researchers say that PCs tend to be less efficient than consoles on high-end gaming setups including overclocked CPUs and multiple 4K gaming monitors.

The study doles out various recommendations to make the overall efficiency of gaming setups better like using in-game diagnostics. It recommends avoiding the use of overclocked CPUs and 4K displays that consume a significant amount of power. Using V-Sync is also recommended as the researchers found it to reduce energy use up to 39%.

“Targeted hardware and software strategies can reduce the gaming energy use by approximately half, while maintaining or improving metrics of user experience. In addition to system designers, gamers and game developers can play a significant role in managing the energy required for gaming”, notes the researchers.

If you’re interested to read the entire study, check out the article here. So, what do you think of these findings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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This App Lets You Keep Track of the Time You Spend on Your PC


Have you ever wanted a way to keep track of how you’re spending time on your PC? ActivityWatch might just be the tool you’re looking for.

ActivityWatch is a time-tracking software that helps you keep an eye on all your activities on your machine. The developer claims it to be an attempt to replace existing apps like RescueTime, ManicTime, and WakaTime.

The app shows you a detailed summary of the time you spend on various applications on your PC. It has various categories like “Top Applications”, “Top Window Titles”, and even “Top Browser domains” so that you can get a better idea.

Credits: ActivityWatch

“Top Browser domains” lets you know the website on which you spend the most time on while “Top Window Titles” shows the tab name you use extensively. You also get an option to filter out the time you were away from the keyboard to get the exact time statistics by checking the “Filter away AFK time” checkbox.

In case you’re wondering, ActivityWatch is open-source and you can view the source code of the app here. Thanks to its cross-platform nature, ActivityWatch is available on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

You can simply run the executable file on Windows to install ActivityWatch on your Windows machine. For other platforms, unzip the archive and run “./aw-qt” in the installation directory. Refer to the official installation guide here in case you run into issues during the installation process. You can also follow this guide to install ActivityWatch from the source.

Check out ActivityWatch from the link below and let us know if you found this helpful in the comments.

Download ActivityWatch(Windows, Linux, macOS)

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eBay Now Lets Android Users Use Face/Fingerprint Recognition on its Mobile Website

Tired of entering passwords every time you log in to eBay on a mobile web browser? Worry not, the e-commerce giant has implemented a password-less login experience that will allow Android users to make use of biometric sensors to seamlessly login to eBay.

eBay has implemented this new authentication technique based on WebAuthn, a new standard of biometric-based authentication for web browsers. You will be prompted to enable fingerprint/face recognition the next time you visit the web version of eBay on Chrome as you can see below.

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Once you have enabled the feature, you can easily use your phone’s biometric authentication to log in to your eBay account, just like you unlock your smartphone. Alternatively, you can use the screen lock to login to the website.

Credits: eBay

The feature is compatible with version 75 and higher of the Chrome browser. In case this feature is not working on your device, make sure your Chrome browser is updated to the latest version available on the Google Play Store. While we are on the subject of Chrome, you should check out these cool Chrome Flags for mobile devices.

The blog post of eBay mentions that support for more platforms will be added in the future. With this implementation, eBay has set the lead among other e-commerce giants for a seamless login experience for its customers and sellers. I hope more companies adopt this standard on their mobile websites.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time we’re seeing biometric authentication on eBay. In fact, the company’s Android and iOS apps allow users to authenticate with biometric sensors for quite some time now.

So, would you prefer signing in to popular websites using facial recognition or fingerprint sensor rather than passwords? Tell us in the comments.

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