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Amazon makes a grand announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices

A smart home has to have these

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Amazon continues to make a mark in the smart home market with their announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices. The company released a slew of devices, but let’s know more about the key Echo products that have new upgrades.

Amazon Echo Dot

The new Echo Dot gets redesigned to look stylish and more modern. The plasticky design of the previous model is a thing of the past; the new model now has a fabric design that comes in three colors. The new model also claims to sound louder and better, but it’s still priced at US$ 50.

Amazon Echo Plus

The new Echo Plus has similar upgrades with its new fabric design. It comes with an upgraded 3-inch speaker for stronger bass and clearer mids and highs. Like the Dot, the new model is still priced like its predecessor which is at US$ 150.

Amazon Echo Show

The gigantic Echo Show has been redesigned, as well. It features a new body with a large 10-inch HD display. Of course, the new display comes with a better sound system composed of two 2-inch drivers with a passive radiator and Dolby audio processing.

It also comes with a new 5-megapixel front-facing camera for HD video calls. Alexa will soon support Skype audio and video calls, so you will be able to use Skype straight from your Echo Show. Additionally, it now has a built-in web browser. Pricing remains at US$ 230 like with the previous model.

Amazon Echo Auto

The Echo Auto is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s a US$ 25 accessory (the cheapest Echo, yet) designed to let you access Alexa even while in your car. It powers itself from your car’s power outlet or a USB port and connects to the Internet via Bluetooth through your phone.

Using the Alexa app on your phone, it can play music or give you turn-by-turn navigation. You can also ask it pretty much anything you’d ask with other Echo devices.

The new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show are already up for pre-order and will go on sale starting October 11. The Echo Auto is also up for pre-order, but by request only.

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Xiaomi confirms the Mi 11 will launch with Snapdragon 888

Expected to launch in January

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Qualcomm announced its latest offering, and it comes with a different nomenclature now. Called the Snapdragon 888, it’ll be the chip that powers most Android flagships in 2021. And, Xiaomi says its Mi 11 will be among the first to launch a phone with the new chip installed.

“I’m very happy to tell you that the next-generation Xiaomi premium 5G smartphone powered by Snapdragon 888 will be launched very soon. This is a cutting-edge product full of numerous top-notch features,” Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun said.

Mi 11 specifications are yet to be revealed officially. However, the rumor mill has suggested that the new smartphone would come with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and at least 6GB of RAM. The phone is expected to launch in January alongside the Mi 11 Pro.

Xiaomi isn’t the only brand that’s trying to be among the first, though. OPPO and realme have also announced they’re working on a phone with Snapdragon 888, and they’re expected to materialize in January.

Usually, phone makers prefer to show-off their phones in February at MWC Barcelona. However, timelines have radically changed due to high demand amid the Coronavirus outbreak. Adding to this, 5G is becoming a lucrative feature since commercial rollout has started in many countries.

Keep in mind, the Snapdragon 888 succeeds last year’s Snapdragon 865 and comes with a Snapdragon X60 5G modem. The chipset was informally called the Snapdragon 875 before the launch.

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realme Race will be one of the first phones to have Snapdragon 888

Race is just a codename at the moment

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Qualcomm unveiled its flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset at the Snapdragon Summit, and phone makers were quick to announce their plans. realme says it’ll be launching a flagship-class phone dubbed Race, and it’ll be among the first to sport the latest processor.

Race is just a codename at the moment, and the actual name of the phone might differ. Leaks in the past have suggested it could be called either realme Ace or realme X60 Pro 5G. The brand has built a solid portfolio in the entry-level and budget segment and is now looking to grab the top-end.

realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth said that the company’s next flagship phone would be a milestone for both realme and its users. The brand has previously launched a high-end phone, but the realme X50 Pro 5G came with a very competitive price tag to take on OnePlus and Samsung.

“We are proud to be among the first smartphone manufacturers to come equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. With this milestone, we reaffirm our commitment to bring more 5G devices to India in 2021,” said Sheth said.

realme’s focus since inception has been on India, and it has managed to grab a significant market in a concise period of time. It’s worth noting that 5G connectivity isn’t available commercially in the country, and we don’t expect a roll-out until the end of 2021.

Qualcomm is yet to disclose the intrinsic details about the Snapdragon 888, and it’ll be done on the second day of the Snapdragon Summit, which is on December 02, 2020.

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Enterprise giant Salesforce acquires Slack for $27.7 billion

Salesforce’s biggest purchase in the 21st century

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Business software pioneer Salesforce is buying work-chatting service Slack for US$ 27.7 billion. The acquisition of Slack is being hailed as Salesforce’s biggest purchase in the 21st century.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has said that together the two companies will shape the future of enterprise software. Salesforce has a robust unified platform for businesses to connect with their employees, customers, and partners, making it a perfect match for Slack.

The deal comes as the communication platform struggles to fully capitalize on the Coronavirus pandemic. With remote working becoming the new norm, the demand for enterprise communication apps has skyrocketed.

It faces a lot of competition from Microsoft Teams, which is deeply connected with Office and Outlook. Even Facebook and Google joined the race. However, their solutions lacked deep integration with other enterprise modules.

Slack was founded as a gaming company in 2009 in Canada but it soon emerged as the widely used workplace messaging app. It focused on real-time communication, giving teams the option to rely on an instant messaging app over email.

Details of the sale

According to the acquisition terms, Slack shareholders will receive US$ 26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share or US$ 45.5 per share based on Salesforce’s closing price on Tuesday.

Salesforce was the first company in the world to widely adopt the SaaS (Software as a Service) model, and it has worked wonders. The company was also among the first to leverage the cloud computing trend. It designed its entire systems around a decentralized hub that can be accessed remotely from any device, anywhere.

If the deal goes through as planned, Salesforce hopes to control Slack sometime from May to July 2021.

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