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In major developments this week, none could replace the fact that the creator of modern email Roy Tomlinson, aged 74, passed away due to a sudden cardiac arrest. Tomlinson created the world’s first email way back in 1971 and also introduced the popular @ symbol without which today’s youngsters find it difficult to communicate even with their family members.
Let’s pray that Tomlinson’s soul rest in peace.
Moving-on, smartphone owners and loyalists had lots to cheer about this week as technology giant Google finally unwrapped the much-expected Android N, albeit in a developer preview version. The N in Android N is yet to get a name for now.
Android N developer preview is available as ROM images for popular Nexus devices such as the Nexus SX, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player and the pixel C tablet. The ROM images will be available directly via OTA, and Android N will provide split-screen window along with improved Doze and UI enhancements.
Other developments, such as Antutu benchmarks declaring that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Samsung’s Exynos 8890 and Apple’s A9 SoCs are the fastest in the smartphone world, captured eyeballs of enthusiasts.
There were also innovations specific to UAE such as the LG Gram laptop that weigh in at less than a kilogram. These are available to buy at your nearest Sharaf retail stores.
If you have an old du SIM-card, then you have lots to cheer about as the telecom provider DU has announced a new initiative under which old du customers can avail free talktime of nearly 600 minutes. You can dial *123# to avail the first 100 minutes of free talktime valid for a week. Post this, upon recharge of AED 20, you will receive another 100 minutes of free national talktime valid for one week. You can use up-to 600 minutes on subsequent recharges of AED 20.
Skype users also got lots to cheer about as the already-powerful Skype Translator tool now supports Arabic translation as well. This development should serve as a blessing in disguise for the UAE populace.
In the gaming world, the first PS4 Plus game that will be available free of cost in April was more or less confirmed to be Dead Star. For Xbox owners, there are the free Xbox Games with Gold for March 2016. Check these out here.