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Rishad Premji is the chairman of Wipro, Abidali Neemuchwala to be MD

Rishad Premji will be taking over his father Azim Premji’s position as the chairman of Wipro from July 31, an announcement said on Thursday.

Azim Premji will be the non-executive director of the Bengaluru-based conglomerate for a period of five years with effect from July 31. He has also been conferred with title of founder chairman of Wipro.

Abidali Z Neemuchwala will take over as the managing director of the company from the same date and will also continue as the chief executive officer of Wipro.

iPadOS announced for iPad: Top 5 features you need to know

On Monday, Apple kicked off what is easily one of the most exciting WWDC keynotes in a long time. The company announced new versions of iOS, tvOS watchOS and macOS for the iPhone, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Mac, respectively. In case you’re wondering why we left out the iPad when talking about iOS, it is because the iPad will no longer get future iOS updates. Instead, Apple announced a brand new iPadOS solely for the iPad, which was definitely music to our ears.

iPadOS is a forked version of iOS. While it shares a similar DNA, the new operating system allows Apple to offer features that are particularly useful for the iPad, especially as the iPad gets more powerful every year and inches closer and closer to replacing your laptop. In fact, with iPadOS, Apple has given another compelling reason to trade in your laptop for an iPad. Here are some of the top features of iPadOS for the iPad.

New Home Screen

iPadOS brings a redesigned home screen with a new layout that allows room for more apps on the screen. It also lets you add widgets from the Today View on the home screen so you can easily glance at useful information such as headlines, weather, calendar and event without having to swipe to the dedicated Today View space.

New ways to multitask

Multitasking is easily one of the most important aspects and prerequisites of an iPad and with iPadOS, Apple announced a bunch of new ways to do that. iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app with Split View. For example, you can compose and email while viewing another email in splitscreen view. You can also quickly switch between multiple apps like Messages or Calendar in Slide Over.

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$13.6B record-breaking solar park rises from Dubai desert

Under the Arabian sun, a monumental construction effort is making headway. Located deep within Dubai’s desert interior, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park — named after the emirate’s ruler and the UAE’s vice president and prime minister — continues to grow and has just passed another milestone.
In its eighth year of development, satellite images give a sense of scale already: miles of photovoltaics arranged along neat east-west lines, their uniformity at odds with the creases and crinkles of the sands surrounding the energy plant. Once finished, Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA) told CNN the 50 billion-dirham ($13.6 billion) investment could power as many as 1.3 million homes, reducing carbon emissions by 6.5 million tonnes annually.
First announced in 2012 and with a scheduled completion date of 2030, the 5,000-megawatt solar park will take three times as long to finish as the Burj Khalifa. Phases one and two, which are already complete, comprised 2.3 million photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 213 megawatts. Phase three, deep in construction, adds over 3 million photovoltaics and another 800 megawatts, and will be completed in 2020, say DEWA.
But after years of spreading out across the desert floor, the solar project is now rising upward with phase four — perhaps the most ambitious development yet.
After breaking ground in March 2018, the base is now complete for what DEWA claims will be the tallest concentrated solar power (CSP) tower in the world.
It will use mirrors called heliostats to focus sunlight at the top of the tower, in order to heat up a flow of molten salts. The heat is used to power steam turbines, generating electricity.

First look at Samsung Galaxy Note 10

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is expected to launch in August and the leaks are spilling in at a rapid rate. The last we heard about this handset was that the lower-end version will have a paltry 3400mAh battery; thereby making it a less than ideal upgrade. The latest leak comes via the reputed Ben Geskin and this information was backed by well-known Samsung leakster @IceUniverse.

The new leak shows us an accurate render of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and with it, we get a first look at what the highly-awaited handset ahead of its official unveiling. However, this is merely a render mocked up by a designer and the final design of the handset may vary at the time of the official launch.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is expected to look significantly different from last year’s model as it will feature a redesigned camera layout. Last year’s handset came with a horizontal camera layout, but this year’s device will feature a vertically stacked camera layout that’s similar to rival brands such as Huawei. Apart from the redesigned rear, the handset will also come with a punch-hole selfie camera up front. These are the biggest cosmetic changes that will feature in the Galaxy Note 10.

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Apple iPhone 11 could be great for couples as it can increase ‘us’ time

The Apple iPhone 11 is just around the corner and leaks of the device are seeping in at a steady pace. After rumours about a triple rear camera setup on the iPhone 11 and 11 Max, the latest bit of information will appease not just potential buyers, but their significant others as well. As per a report by Macotakara, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 could let users send music to two Bluetooth devices at the same time.

The report states that Apple could be adding dual Bluetooth audio support in the next iPhone which could enable two people to listen to music from the same phone by connecting two sets of Apple AirPods simultaneously. As of now, the iPhone just supports connecting to one audio profile device at a time. With current iPhones, you can pair multiple headphones, but the sound can come out of just one device.

The current generation iPhones currently supports multiple connections of various devices at the same time. Meaning, it is possible to be synced to headphones and an Apple Watch at the same time.

9to5Mac statesDual Bluetooth Audio has already made its way on to some Android devices and coming to Apple’s iPhone is long overdue. Macotakara opines that the iPhone can be connected to a car and wireless earphones at the exact time which allows you to receive speech utterances through the car speakers and also music through the AirPods.

As of now, Dual Bluetooth Audio is still a work in progress as devices with this feature are known to provide some syncing issues. However, what may be great is that a friend and you could listen to the same music by pairing two sets of AirPods.

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YouTube Music widely rolls out local file playback

As YouTube Music seeks to replace Google Play Music, it is being integrated with more features to please the listeners. The app is reportedly supporting local file playback on Android devices.

As spotted by 9to5 Google, YouTube Music local playback is now more widely rolling out to users. The app asks users for permissions to local files, once enabled, users are able to see device files and play them through YouTube Music.

However, the device files can’t be queued up or played with YouTube Music playlists. They can be played only on their own and can’t be cast to another device either.

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Finally, Google’s Pixel 3a, 3a XL will cater to the budget seekers

Google’s I/O is all set to go on stage in San Francisco and there will be a very busy schedule on May 7 for all developers, the media and the tech giant. Apart from announcing the next Android operating system and feeding the power hungry developers, Google is also set to launch two new smartphones on the same day.

According to reports from Softpedia, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL are confirmed.

The initial Nexus devices from Google were pretty cheaper and very developer friendly. Slowly, the Google flagships starting getting expensive and developers were not as anxious to upgrade to the next version because the older one was good enough for another year ahead. While most other smartphone companies are launching their flagships with a mid-range variation for the budget seekers, Google was not in the same game.

Until now, Google has planned to finally cater to the budget-seeking crowd. Not exactly a budget smartphone, the mid-rangers are touted to start at $399 for the base variant. There will be two smartphones that would steal the highlight of the show on May 7 — the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL.

As for what we know so far, both the Google Pixel 3a and Google Pixel 3a XL will run off the Snapdragon 670 chipset and sport the same 12MP sensor on the rear. The only difference between the two variants will be the display size and battery capacity. While the 3a is said to receive a 5.6-inch display and a 3000mAh battery, the larger sibling will see a 6-inch display and a 3700mah battery. It is not yet confirmed whether Google will push an OLED display here or will place an LCD display to cut costs.