Month: January 2021

Asus Wants Gamers in India to Join ROG Academy Programme, Company Executive Shares Insight

Asus ROG Academy is a new virtual initiative by the Taiwanese PC, component, and peripherals maker, aimed at enabling gamers in India to showcase their skills and get a chance to become professional e-sports players. Asus, with help from AFK Gaming, will organise this programme and pick six contestants to be part of the ROG Academy. Here, they will be put under the tutelage of professionals who will mentor, train, and guide them towards the goal of representing Asus ROG locally, as well as globally. With the significant growth of gaming in India especially in the last year owing to the pandemic, people can now have a virtual platform to not only compete with others, but assess e-sports as a legitimate profession for themselves.

ROG Academy is a year-long programme divided into four quarterly sessions that focuses on one of the most prominent games in the e-sports scene, Counter-Strike: Global

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Netflix Starts Testing Timer Feature to Stop Streaming Content After a Certain Period

Netflix has started testing a new feature that will allow viewers to set a timer for their favourite show or movie. The latest addition, currently live for select Netflix subscribers on Android devices globally, is another move by the US streaming platform to enhance its viewing experience. Netflix is testing the timer feature for adult profiles, though it could be expanded to its Kids viewers over time — depending on the feedback it receives during the initial testing period.

A Netflix spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that the timer feature would be rolled out broadly after the initial testing, if the company found it improved the member experience.

“We’re always looking for new ways to improve the Netflix mobile experience,” the spokesperson said in a prepared statement emailed to Gadgets 360. “This test is the latest example – a new timer that gives members more control over their viewing experience by

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Razer Viper 8K Gaming Mouse With 8,000Hz Polling Rate Launched, Touted to Have ‘Lowest Latency Ever’

Razer Viper 8K gaming mouse has been released and it claims to have the “fastest speed and lowest latency ever achieved.” It comes with Razer’s improved optical switches and introduces Hyperpolling technology that brings true 8,000Hz polling rate. This allows the Razer Viper 8K mouse to send more data to your computer, reducing delay and making the mouse movements feel more responsive. The Viper 8K is also quite lightweight, though not the lightest mouse that Razer offers. It also has an ambidextrous design.

Razer Viper 8K price, availability

Razer Viper 8K is priced at $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,900) in the US and is available for purchase from the company website and Best Buy. There is a single black colour option and as of now, Razer has not shared any information on Indian availability for Razer Viper 8K.

Razer Viper 8K specifications, features

Razer Viper 8K has an ambidextrous design,

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Qualcomm Loses Fight Against EU Antitrust Regulators’ Data Demand

Qualcomm on Thursday lost its fight against a data demand from EU antitrust regulators after Europe’s top court reaffirmed the regulators’ right to see it, in a case that has already landed the company a EUR 242 million (roughly Rs. 2,140 crores) fine.

The ruling by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will strengthen the European Commission’s hand in other antitrust investigations.

Qualcomm’s run-ins with the Commission have seen it receive total fines of EUR 1.2 billion (roughly Rs. 10,610 crores) in two cases in the last three years for using its market power to thwart rivals including Intel.

Its grievances with the EU competition enforcer date from 2017 when it was told to provide more information in a case in which it was accused of predatory pricing between 2009 and 2011 to squash British phone software maker Icera, subsequently bought by Nvidia.


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TikTok, 58 More Apps Ban by India Violates World Trade Organization Rules: China

China said on Wednesday that the Indian government’s decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization’s fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms.

The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbours rose over their disputed border. This month the Indian government decided to keep the ban on TikTok and other apps.

“We urge the Indian side to immediately correct its discriminatory measures and avoid causing further damage to bilateral cooperation,” Chinese embassy spokesperson Ji Rong said in a statement.

As a result of the ban, TikTok parent ByteDance decided to reduce the size of its India team and is unsure when the company will make a comeback in India, as per an internal memo sent to its employees. “We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived… we find that has not been the case,”

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