How to create a collaborative playlist on Spotify

With features like Group Sessions, Spotify allows you to not only listen to your music by streaming it. But also make it an interactive experience with your friends.

With Spotify’s Collaborative Playlists function, you and your friends can create a playlist together.

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The new feature allows you to “team up” with your friends to build a playlist that you can edit, shuffle, and add or remove songs from individually. Users may also see who is contributing to the playlist, with the avatar of the individual who added it to the playlist displayed next to each song.

How to start a Spotify collaborative playlist
For Smartphone
  • On your smartphone, go to the Spotify Library
  • Tap on Playlists to start a Spotify collaborative playlist.
  • Create a new playlist or add an existing one here
  • Click the ‘Add User’ button.
  • Choose to collaborate on the playlist and share it with your friends.
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For Desktop
  • Open Spotify on your desktop
  • Right-click on a playlist in the left panel
  • Select the Collaborative Playlist option
  • Invite your friends to join.

It’s worth noting that only individuals who build a playlist can invite others to collaborate on it. Only the tracks in it will be able to interact with other people.

Use with Spotify’s Group Session

The feature will work nicely with Spotify’s Group Session feature. It allows you and your friends to listen to music together remotely from one device, with one device controlling playing on all users’ devices.

Spotify is a music streaming and media services provider based in Sweden. As of June 2021, it had over 365 million monthly active users, including 165 million paying subscribers. Hence, making it the world’s largest music streaming service provider.

TCL Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition With MicroLED Colour Display Announced

On Friday, October 15, TCL Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition was unveiled in China. The smart glasses have a MicroLED display and a waveguide that TCL developed in-house. Thunderbird Smart Glasses are transparent color screens that look like regular sunglasses.

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The TCL smart glasses have a built-in camera and other smart functions. The glasses can also display numerous screens at once. According to rumors, smart glasses are able to conduct phone calls, provide augmented reality (AR) navigation, and take images. The TCL smart glass is a good competition for the Xiaomi Smart Glasses, and Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories.

The company has launched the Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition. However, there is no announcement for the pricing or availability information. The wearable will most likely launch in China first, before expanding to other countries.

TCL has released a video that provides an overview of the Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition’s features. AThe smartphone comes with a MicroLED display with 4m (micrometer) pixels.

In the video, smart glasses are able to set alarms, access smartphone data, watch videos, schedule and manage calendars, view video messages, and manage smart home devices. The Pioneer Edition Thunderbird Smart Glasses may also be used to control the automobile door lock switch.

The smart glasses market

Last month, Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Smart Glasses, which include navigation and real-time text translation. It’s 51 grams in weight and uses MicroLED optical waveguide technology to show messages and notifications right in front of the user’s eyes.

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The Xiaomi Smart Glasses come with a built-in dual beamforming microphone and speaker that may be for phone conversations. The smart glasses also feature a 5-megapixel camera.

The Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses from Facebook will cost you $299. (roughly Rs. 21,970). The frames can take photographs and movies in response to voice requests, and they can connect wirelessly to Facebook’s platform via an app. Although the wearable contains cameras in front of the frames, it lacks augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

Earth receives first radio signals from a planet outside of Solar System

For the first time, Astronomers have discovered stars that are emitting radio signals, implying the presence of hidden planets surrounding them. The signals were picked up by the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR), the world’s most powerful radio antenna, which is located in the Netherlands.

earth receives first radio signals from planet outside solar system

The new method of detecting unseen planets could point to the existence of life in the system, which remains astronomy’s biggest mystery. Are we the only ones here? Dr. Benjamin Pope of the University of Queensland and his colleagues at the Dutch national observatory ASTRON noticed the signals. LOFAR has been used by astronomers to look for planets.

The astronomers discovered signals from 19 distant red dwarfs, four of which contain planets orbiting them. The astronomers said in a statement. “We’ve long known that planets in our own solar system release powerful radio waves as their magnetic fields interact with the solar wind. But radio signals from planets outside our solar system had yet to be picked up.”

radio signals had yet to receive from outside solar system

Earlier, astronomers could only detect the nearest stars in stable radio emission, with the rest of the radio sky consisting of interstellar gas or black holes. Because the scientists focused on red dwarf stars, which are much smaller than the Sun and known to have a high magnetic activity that produces stellar flares and radio emission. Radio astronomers can now observe ordinary stars when they perform observations.

According to a study published in Nature Astronomy, the team believes these signals are originating from the magnetic connection between stars and unseen orbiting planets. This is similar to the interaction between Jupiter and its moon.

Io. Dr. Joseph Callingham of Leiden University, ASTRON, and lead author of the research said, Our Earth also contains auroras; generally known here as the northern and southern lights, that also release powerful radio waves. This is due to the interaction of the planet’s magnetic field with the solar wind

Tesla won’t “make cars in India, sell in India, and export from India” anytime soon

Nitin Gadkari, India’s transport minister, during a climate action forum on Oct. 8 said, that he had requested Tesla not to sell China-made electric vehicles in the country. He instead wants the now-Texas-based automaker to “produce cars in India, sell in India, and export from India.”

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However, the path to these goals is paved with speed bumps. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, has frequently turned to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with India’s local sourcing regulations and hefty import tariffs. The company hasn’t been able to sell a Tesla in India for nearly five years, much alone manufacture. This is primarily because the government hasn’t provided the concessions that would tempt it to do so.

The Indian market is not very attractive right now for Tesla, which produced nearly two-thirds of the 568,000 electric cars sold in the United States between 2017 and 2020. Despite a few ardent early adopters who have been waiting in line for quite some time, India’s electric vehicle sector is still in its infancy. Indians purchased fewer than 5,000 electric four-wheelers in 2019-20. The costs are high, and there is a lack of charging infrastructure.

Why the deal between India and Tesla is still not sound?

In 2019, Musk tweeted, “I’ve heard that import duties on electric automobiles are extraordinarily high (up to 100 percent).  This would make our cars unaffordable.” He is correct. Customs charge on fully manufactured imported automobiles costing more than $40,000—as Tesla does—is a whopping 100%.

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These high barriers are meant to protect domestic manufacturers, but they may be too high for the price-sensitive market. Given the present price tag and taxes, even the least priced Tesla will likely set buyers back 55-60 lakh rupees (between $72,000 and $80,000), compared to the Rs 35 lakh ($) Gadkari estimates it will cost.

India recognizes the importance of electric vehicles in reducing air pollution and reducing its reliance on crude oil. Local production is the only option to make these cars inexpensive without import incentives. The 1.3 billion-strong nation has been attempting to entice Tesla with reduced production prices, hoping to capitalize on the world’s aversion to relying on China. A half-dozen Indian states have thrown out the red carpet for Tesla to build a factory.

However, the government appears to want to see precise manufacturing plans before giving the company any tax benefits.

India Has Highest Number of Cryptocurrency Owners in the World at Over 10 Crore: Report

According to an annual proliferation index compiled by broker discovery and comparison tool BrokerChoose. India has the world’s largest number of cryptocurrency owners in terms of individual holders. The United States and Russia were placed second and third, respectively, at a considerable distance.

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India has the fifth-highest crypto ownership rate in terms of population, although its sheer population dwarfs that of other countries. All this despite, the unclear legal status of cryptocurrency in India.

On the basis of the percentage share of a country’s population who are crypto owners. The rankings are led by Ukraine (12.73 percent), Russia (11.91 percent), Kenya (8.52 percent), and the US (8.31 percent), while India stood fifth with 7.3 percent.

However, due to the large population of India in comparison to the likes of Ukraine and Russia. The two countries aren’t even remotely close to India in terms of total bitcoin ownership.

According to the report, India has 10.07 crore cryptocurrency owners, while 2.74 crores in the US, and 1.74 crores in Russia.

cryptocurrency owners

The survey also looked at cryptocurrency searches across nations. The United States had the most crypto-related searches, followed by India, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Chainalysis has released its 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index, ranking India second out of 154 countries.

The Chainalysis analysis also emphasized the importance of large institutional investors in India in boosting volume. The survey also indicated that India’s crypto-economy grew by 641 percent, with 59 percent of activity taking place on DeFi platforms.

However, India is still far from reaching its potential as a cryptocurrency superpower. It still lacks a legislative framework and regulatory mechanism for cryptocurrencies. Although, it won’t be wrong to state that Indians have started to acknowledge the potential of Cryptocurrency as an asset class.

iPhone 13 Production Likely to Be Cut by as Many as 10 Million Units Due to Chip Crunch: Report

According to Bloomberg News, Apple is likely to cut manufacturing of its iPhone 13 by up to 10 million devices due to a global chip shortage. They are certain reasons discussed in the article ahead. In its report, Bloomberg made revelations while citing sources familiar with the situation

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Apple aimed to build 90 million copies of the new iPhone models by the end of the year. According to sources, Apple informed its suppliers that the manufacturing of the number of devices would be reduced. Resulting from a shortage of components from chip suppliers such as Broadcom and Texas Instruments.

In the after-hours trade, Apple’s stock sank 1.2 percent, while Texas Instruments and Broadcom both declined roughly 1%.

Apple has remained silent about the matter. Reuters reached out to Broadcom and Texas Instruments for comment, but neither company responded right away.

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In July, Apple predicted that sales growth would slow. A chip shortage, which had already hampered the company’s capacity to produce Macbooks and iPad models, would also hamper iPhone production. In the same month, Texas Instruments issued a dovish revenue forecast. Thus, implying that chip supply issues would persist for the rest of the year.

The chip shortage has put enormous strain on businesses ranging from automobiles to electronics; prompting many automakers to halt production temporarily. Chip dependency is basic in the electronics industry. The basic model of any device is made on the chip only.

Apple has weathered the supply crunch better than many other companies. Thanks to the company’s massive purchasing power and long-term supply agreements with chip vendors. This influences some analysts to predict that the iPhone 13 models released in September would have a strong sales year as consumers looked to upgrade devices for 5G networks.

Instagram Testing Feature to Notify Users of Outage or Issue Inside App

Days after two disruptions interrupted Facebook’s services, Instagram announced on Monday that it is testing a feature that will alert users of outages or technical concerns directly on the photo-sharing app.

instagram testing feature

Instagram announced in a blog post that the test will take place in the United States and will last a few months.

On October 4, the company’s 3.5 billion users were unable to access its social media and messaging services. This includes WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, due to a six-hour outage. Rumors suggest that a technical failure in facebook’s core infrastructure led to a halt in all these social media platforms.

Not long after the outage on 4th October, another Instagram saw another glitch. According to user reports from Web monitoring firm Downdetector, many users had issues with Instagram earlier on Monday.

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The business also plans to launch a feature that would make it easier for users to see if their account is at risk of being disabled.

Following the disruptions, the social media giant has been the subject of memes and jokes on Twitter. It’s also dealing with former employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen’s allegations. As per the allegations against Facebook, the firm prioritized profit over cracking down on hate speech and disinformation.

Haugen has agreed to meet with Facebook’s oversight board in the coming weeks. Reports suggest that she will update the board on what she learned while working at the firm. She gave the papers that underpin a Wall Street Journal investigation. Moreover, it also led to a Senate hearing on Instagram’s harm to underage girls.

WhatsApp to Add Ability to Pause Recording Voice Messages, Fix for Chat Backup Issue Found: Reports

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a future upgrade that will allow users to pause voice recordings while recording them. Users would be able to pause and resume recording their voice message precisely where they left off.

whatsapp voice recording feature upgrade

In addition, the instant messaging service is working to resolve a problem with chat backups. A Reddit user has come up with the procedures to resolve the issue. Several people reported Google Drive conversation backups were stuck at 100% while being restored.

Users may soon be able to pause and resume recording their audio messages, according to WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp feature tracker. The new feature of the Facebook-owned chat app will soon be available to beta users on Android and iOS. The website also stated that because this feature is still in development, it may take some time for it to make it to the app’s beta versions.

According to the official reports, following the completion of a voice message, WhatsApp users will see an additional record button that will allow them to continue recording their message.

Furthermore, a Reddit user (u/torojet) gave a procedure on, “how to fix the issue where users’ chat backup restoration was stalled at 100%”. WABetaInfo stumbled into this procedure. If a user’s chat backup restore halts at 100%, they may not be able to back up their chats during this time. During this time interval, they may miss crucial messages.

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How to fix WhatsApp’s chat backup from Google Drive issue
  1. Disconnect your Google Drive account from your WhatsApp account.
  2. Uninstall WhatsApp from your phone.
  3. Without modifying the.crypt extension, rename the most recent database to mgstore.db. You can use a file manager to locate this database.
  4. Using the same phone number, download WhatsApp.
  5. Your WhatsApp and Google Drive are no longer linked. the chat app will restore conversations from its local database.
  6. Users can link WhatsApp and Google Drive once the app restoration is complete. Do this by going to the backup settings in the app.

Amazon Prime Rs. 129 Monthly Subscription Makes a Comeback: All Details

In India, Amazon has reintroduced its popular monthly Prime subscription. It was taken down earlier this year after the Reserve Bank of India issued new guidelines requiring the use of an additional factor of authentication (AFA) for recurring online transactions.

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Up until now, Amazon only offered three-month and yearly Prime subscriptions. But the monthly Rs. 129 Prime subscription plan is now available on the company’s website. Of course, there are some restrictions to the monthly membership, and it is not available through all electronic channels.

According to the e-commerce giant, Amazon Prime membership now comes with three subscription choices. The yearlong plan costs Rs. 999, whereas the three-month plan costs Rs. 329 instead of Rs. 387. These two plans are available for purchase on Amazon via any electronic means. Amazon has reintroduced the Rs. 129 per month Prime subscription option, however, users can only apply it using credit or debit cards.

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The Rs. 129 monthly Prime membership may only be acquired through banks that have followed the RBI’s e-mandate standards. Banks that have not complied with the guidelines may be unable to process any automated payment requests. The new law requires the deployment of an additional factor of authentication (AFA) for processing recurring online transactions, for those who are ignorant.

For recurrent transactions costing up to Rs. 5,000, the new RBI regulation requires banks to use a one-time AFA. Any transaction that exceeds that threshold will require AFA for each payment. The new rules originally came in 2019 to prevent cardholders from making unnecessary recurring payments. After repeated delays, finally, the official implementation of this framework came on October 1st.

Amazon Announces Prime Fridays Great Indian Festival Offers for Prime Members Every Friday

Today, Amazon launched Prime Fridays. This would include special bargains for Amazon Prime members every Friday throughout the Great Indian Festival sale. This year’s Amazon yearly sale began on October 2 and is scheduled to last through Diwali — on November 4 this year.

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Prime Fridays will begin on October 8, with exclusive offers and promotions once a week. During the month-long festive sale, Amazon announced that Prime members would receive exclusive offers. These offers include savings and enhanced benefits across categories, as well as new Prime Video and Prime Music releases.

Special offers on smartphones, consumer electronics, TVs, appliances, Amazon devices, fashion and beauty products, home and kitchen appliances, furniture, and more will be available. This will include vouchers for an extra Rs. 1,000 off on the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G smartphone, and an extra Rs. 2,500 off on the iQOO Z3 5G with HDFC bank cards. Another fantastic offer is Rs. 3,000 off on the Redmi Note 10S, with six months of free screen replacement.

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Amazon will also have unique offers, such as television coupons, laptop savings, and smartwatch reductions. Moreover, it is offering an additional discount on Microsoft Xbox consoles. However, the biggest deals are on Amazon’s devices, both the Echo and Fire TV lines may have the best offers., This includes the lowest-ever price on the Echo Dot and an additional discount on the Echo Dot with Fire TV Stick combo.

Users will also have access to new releases and trailers on Prime Video, including the second season of the stand-up comedy series “One Mic Stand“. As well as some other noteworthy shows like Emraan Hashmi’s “Dybbuk,” Kannada film “Rathnan Prapancha,” and many more.