Bits and Bytes – July 2021 Edition

Moe from Mondo / 07-07-2021 / Tech news

Size Matters on TikTok

TikTok will soon be expanding the length of its videos to three times its existing limit.

The video-sharing social network has upped the one-minute video limit and will now allow all users to create and publish videos up to three minutes long, to provide more flexibility for content creators.

The S21 Ultra 5G Is Galaxies Ahead

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, recently won the best smartphone award the at Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona.

The smartphone launched in January this year and came out on top despite facing some tough competition – including the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro and sister device, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

Real-Time Translation in Zoom’s Future?

Zoom wants to speak your language.

The video conferencing app plans on joining forces with Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions (Kites), the creators of a real-time translation and transcription software. The acquisition would change the face of video conferencing, opening the door to more communication possibilities between speakers of different languages.

LG Changing Track

LG is shifting its focus from mobile phones to high-powered trains.

The South Korean company has created a 55-inch transparent OLED panel with a 40 percent transparency rate which has been designed to replace standard train windows in the near future. These panels are able to serve as both a medium of content display and an additional safety measure thanks to its specialised tempered glass which absorbs vibrations better than typical materials.

Smile, You’re on Canon Camera

Canon China has taken an unusual route to ensure the happiness of its staff. Employees can now only enter the offices on one condition – they have to smile.

The AI system was created by the company and forces staff to show off their pearly whites in order to be admitted into the building. The initiative is aimed at creating happier, more productive Canon employees.

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