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Twitter Reportedly Wanted Clubhouse For $4 Million

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Twitter allegedly discussed plans to acquire the social audio app, Clubhouse for a fee of around $4 million, reports have claimed.

This is coming after the bird app had already built its own audio feature, Spaces to serve as a competition.

However, reports are also saying that the discussions are no longer ongoing as they stalled; it is unclear the reason for this though.

Questions like who took the first approach for the acquisition are some of the controversies ongoing.

There has been no statement from any of the parties involved to answer the questions.

However, there had been a report that Clubhouse was allegedly looking to raise funds at about $4 million round valuation from investors.

At the period the report came in, there were uncertainties on who the investors were and how much the company really wants to raise.

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Logically, it might be that Clubhouse made the first approach, as the sum tallies with its prospective round funding.

However, it’s just speculation as there is no official statement from any of the parties.

The audio app’s popularity has grown recently
Clubhouse has been in existence since April 2020; it wasn’t so popular as when it came.

However, later on, it started to attract world influencers, tech gurus, celebrities, CEO and normal people.

They began to tune in on its platform and hold discussions on several subjects.

Interestingly, the idea of the app had triggered many other platforms to build something similar; Twitter’s Spaces, Facebook’s Room and LinkedIn, Microsoft.Inc, Spotify, Discord and Slacks have said they are planning on building a similar platform in their system.

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This has created many competitions for the social platform as these other platforms already have an in-built number of users on their platform.

Also, they had a fully equipped website and apps, that are available to Android, iOS and desktop users.

Despite this, the audio app has been doing well with over 10 million users; it is an invite-only audio app for iOS users, which makes it limited compared to others.

Still, Clubhouse has been trying to innovate its platform.

It is planning on building the Android version of its platform for Android users.

Also, to increase the value the app gives to a creator, it plans on creating a tipping system.

Whereby, users can tip a creator they like on the platform.

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Clubhouse said it would not be getting any revenue from that.

What could happen if the acquisition is verified?
If the acquisition is said to be true by both parties, it would mean Twitter would emerge as a force in the ongoing competition of audio platforms.

Also, it would mean one competition less for Twitter.

Twitter would be able to get a user base from Clubhouse to its platform.

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Samsung Introduces New ‘The Frame’ TVs in India; Starts at Rs 61,990

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Samsung has launched the new “The Frame” TV series in India. The high-end The Frame TVs come with a Matte display, customizable bezels, the Art Mode, and loads more. Have a look at the price, features, and specs.

Samsung ‘The Frame’ TVs: Specs and Features

The new Samsung The Frame TV comes with the Modern Frame Design, which gives the look of a slim photo frame on the wall. There’s the option to customize the bezels based on the looks of the room. These will be magnetic, easy-to-attach bezels.

The TV comes in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch screen sizes. All options come with a 4K QLED display panel with Quantum Dot Technology for brighter colors and enhanced contrasts. The display gets HDR10+, Supreme UHD Dimming, and more. It also supports the EyeComfort mode. The Matte display restricts reflection, especially when you want to appreciate the artwork on your TV.

Samsung The Frame TVs

Speaking of which, there’s the Art Mode, which displays art on the display. The TV comes with a built-in Art Store to choose from around 1,600 famous art pieces. Plus, you can display your photos by uploading them to the My Collections tab and even edit them by adding Mat Canvas as a background to the pictures.

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The Frame TV comes with the Quantum Processor 4K and supports 4K Upscaling. It has features like SpaceFit Sound to adjust the audio based on the surroundings, the Motion Sensor to automatically show the artwork, and the Brightness Sensor to adjust the brightest of the display based on the ambient light.

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Additionally, The Frame comes with an auto-rotating stand and wall mount, Samsung’s Smart Hub for content curation, mobile mirroring, ALLM, Game Motion Plus, Google Assistant, access to Google Duo, and more.

It provides a sound output of 20W and supports Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound, Surround Sound, and Q-Symphony. The Frame runs Tizen OS. Connectivity options include 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, a Type-C port, Ethernet, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth version 5.2, and more.

Price and Availability

The new Samsung The Frame TV is priced at Rs 61,990 (43-inch), Rs 73,990 (50-inch), Rs 92,990 (55-inch), Rs 1,29,990 (65-inch), and Rs 2,99,990 (75-inch). It is now available via Samsung.com, Amazon, Flipkart, and across leading retail stores.

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Interested buyers can get up to 20% cashback on leading banks, a free bezel worth Rs 7,690, and a chance to get the Samsung Galaxy A32 (with the 75-inch model) and the Samsung Galaxy A03 (with the 65-inch model) for free.

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OnePlus 11R Full Spec Sheet Leaked; To Launch Soon

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We recently got information on the upcoming OnePlus 11 Pro, OnePlus’ next flagship. And now, there’s information on another member of the OnePlus 11 lineup, possibly called the OnePlus 11R. This will succeed the recently unveiled OnePlus 10R. Here’s what to expect.

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OnePlus 11R Specs Leaked

OnLeaks, in collaboration with MySmartPrice, has revealed the full spec sheet of the OnePlus 11R. It is suggested that the OnePlus 11R will be powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which will differentiate the phone from the 11 Pro said to come with the unannounced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. To recall, the OnePlus 10R comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, so, this could be a move back to the Snapdragon ones. The phone is expected to come with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

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For the photography bit, expect a 50MP main snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro camera, along with a 16MP selfie shooter. This is pretty much akin to the camera configuration on the OnePlus 10R, except there could be a few tweaks.

The OnePlus 11R is also said to feature a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, again, similar to its predecessor. A 5,000mAh battery is also expected but this time, with support for 100W SuperVOOC fast charging. The OnePlus 10R went up to 150W so this feels more like a downgrade. Although, this would still be faster! The OnePlus 11 Pro is also rumored to support 100W fast charging.

Other details regarding its design, launch timeline, and more remain unknown. It could launch by the end of this year or maybe alongside the OnePlus 11 Pro in early 2023. But, we need some official details for a better idea. So, it’s best to wait for some. We will update you about this, hence, stay tuned to this space.

Featured Image: Representation of OnePlus 10R

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Google Stadia Is Officially Shutting down and This Isn’t Surprising!

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It would be safe to say that Google Stadia, which is a fairly new gaming streaming service, couldn’t gain as much popularity as the likes of Xbox Cloud Gaming. This had erupted a few rumors that Google will end up shutting the service down and this has now become true, as per a recent announcement.

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Google Stadia’s Life Is Coming to an End!

Google Stadia’s Vice President, Phil Harrison has announced that Stadia will cease to exist in January 2023 and users will have until January 18 to use the service. It will also provide refunds for the Stadia hardware (Stadia Controller, Founders Edition, Premiere Edition, and Play and Watch with Google TV packages) bought via the Google Store.

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Plus, game and add-on content purchased via the Stadia Store will also be refunded. The whole process is expected to be completed by mid-January. However, Stadia Pro subscriptions and purchases made via third-party sellers won’t be eligible for a refund.

This doesn’t come as a surprise as Stadia wasn’t really the go-to game streaming service for gamers. And this was acknowledged by Google. In an announcement post, Harrison, states, “And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.

Although, it was just recently when Google shunned rumors regarding it killing Stadia and now three months later, the course has changed! Last year, the tech giant shut down its Stadia Game Development Studio.

Google has also closed the Stadia Store and won’t allow people to buy new games. Future pre-orders will also be canceled. While Stadia users will have a few months to still play the games, Google expects gameplay issues for some titles. Shifting the game progress to another platform is also possible for most games.

However, this doesn’t mean that Google will move away from gaming. It will continue to use Stadia’s technology for YouTube, Google Play Store, and even its AR venture. Plus, will still provide the same to third parties like AT&T via the Immersive Stream for Games announced recently.

We look forward to seeing what Google plans to do in the gaming sector next. We will keep you posted on the updates. Until then, do let you know how you feel about Google Stadia shutting down in the comments below.

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