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Qualcomm To Supply Chips For BMW’s Self-Driving, ADAS on BMW Neue Klasse Cars

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Chip giant Qualcomm is taking its eye off the smartphone market for a wee moment to take a stab at self-driving and advanced automobiles. The company, which is amongst the largest chip suppliers for mobile phone makers, announced a partnership with German automaker BMW yesterday. Qualcomm’s chips will be used to power advanced driving technologies to be fitted on BMW’s upcoming vehicles, including powering driver-assistance and self-driving features in these cars. The company will be supplying a variety of chips for BMW’s vehicles, which are meant to go into production from 2025.

“Our announcement with BMW today is the onset of a new era in automotive where two technology leaders have come together to design and develop a key element of Snapdragon Digital Chassis for the next generation automobile,” said Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm. According to BMW, the company will use Qualcomm’s chips for the Neue Klasse vehicles, which it had announced in March this year.

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The Nueue Klasse is a name BMW first used for its legendary line of vehicles built from 1962 and into the 1970s. Under its new strategy, BMW had said that it will built electric versions of its vehicles, including a BMW 3 Series version, which will run on electricity and goes into production in 2025.

“The Neue Klasse will be characterised by three key aspects: a completely redefined IT and software architecture, a new generation of high-performance electric drivetrains and batteries and a radically new approach to sustainability across the entire vehicle life cycle,” BMW said in March.

“BMW has chosen Qualcomm Technologies as our technology partner and systems solutions provider based on the company’s breadth and depth of portfolio, as well as proven expertise in compute, connectivity, computer vision, advanced semiconductors and driver assistance technologies,” said Nicolai Martin, senior vice president (SVP) of Driving Experience at BMW Group, said at the Qualcomm Investor’s Day Conference yesterday.

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Qualcomm will supply its Snapdragon Ride vision SoC, which will be used to analyse data from cameras fitted on BMW’s vehicles, the automated driver assistance systems (ADAS) features and more. A central computing chip will also be used to help the cars talk to cloud computing data centres.

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Moto G51 India Launch Officially Set for December 10

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Motorola recently launched the Moto G31 handset in India. The brand is now gearing up to launch a new G-series handset in the country. Motorola recently took it to social media channels to tease the Moto G51 5G India launch. Now, the company has confirmed that the handset will make its debut in India on December 10th. The announcement post further reveals that the upcoming Moto G51 5G will be exclusive to Flipkart, similar to all other Moto handsets. Take a look at the official teaser,

Motorola, via the teaser, has confirmed that the upcoming Moto G51 5G will come with 12 5G bands. The launch teaser also confirms that the handset will feature a display with a punch-hole notch. Apart from this, the company hasn’t revealed anything about the smartphone. However, the handset has already been unveiled in China.

Moto G51: Specifications and Features

The Moto G51 5G packs a 6.8 inch FHD+ LCD display with 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The display panel on the handset houses the front camera inside the punch-hole notch.

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The Moto G51 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ mobile processor that is fabbed on an 8nm process. The graphics duties on the device are handled by an integrated Adreno 619 GPU. The handset boots Android 11.

The Moto G51 5G comes with a 50MP triple rear camera setup and a LED flash. The primary 50MP sensor on the handset gets coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor. It also has a 2MP macro sensor and a 13MP selfie shooter.

The Moto G51 5G draws power from a 5,000mAh battery, and supports 10W charging. The handset has a USB Type-C charging port, a 3.5mm audio jack, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a micro-SD card slot, a dedicated Google Assistant button, and an IP52 rating. The handset comes in Aqua Blue, Bright Silver, and Indigo Blue color variants. We can expect the handset to be priced under Rs. 20,000 in the country. What’s your guess on Moto G51 5G India pricing? Do let us know in the comments below.

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YouTube dislike counts are still disabled, but here’s how to view them via a browser extension

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Last month, Google announced that it would stop showing dislike counts on videos on YouTube. The move has been disheartening for many users, but it’s actually something that other social media platforms have also been working on for a while now. Instagram had stopped showing likes on the platform a while back, and though creators can still get the numbers on the backend, it doesn’t show on the front end for others. YouTube’s plan is to do the same, but if you still want to see the dislike counts on videos, there is a workaround that you can use.

How to See Disike Counts on YouTube

It all starts with a browser extension called “Return YouTube Dislike”, which works on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge browsers. It will work on Apple devices too, and will allow users to return the dislike button to users if used. It has already received hundreds and thousands of downloads, and many positive reviews.

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The extension just needs to be installed once, and then turned on. Once on, it will automatically recognise when you’re on YouTube and change the website to show the dislike button. Not just that, the extension will also show you the exact number of dislikes, unlike the original version of YouTube, which showed the closest rounded off number. So instead of seeing 1K dislikes, you will see 1023 or something of the sort.

How to download Return YouTube Dislike

For PCs, you will need to open the Chrome Web Store, or the equivalent for Firefox or Edge. Once there, you simply have to search for ‘Return to Dislike’ and download the extension. The browser you’re using will automatically add the extension to your current collection, and you just have to ensure that it’s active.

It’s worth remembering though, that this extension is essentially bypassing YouTube’s rules, which means that it may remain operational for a short time. Google usually picks up such extensions, and could decide to kick it off the Chrome Web Store. YouTube could also work ways to block the extension itself, but at least you will get to see dislikes until either of those things happen.

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