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Google is reportedly interested in purchasing US-based social video app Firework that lets users share short videos like Chinese player TikTok. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but "talks with Google are further along". Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. TikTok's parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued at around $75 billion. Firework is part of a suite of apps created by Loop Now Technologies, a startup that focuses on next-generation consumer mobile applications. Similar to TikTok that allows users to post 15-second short videos, Firework allows users to create 30-second videos and with "Reveal", its patent-pending technology, will allow creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device. The app is currently available on both Android and iOS smartphones with over a million registered users. Firework has appointed Sunil Nair as CEO and MD for its India operations. My vision for Firework in India is to become more relevant and give our users every opportunity to stay meaningful and seamlessly experience a new view from their lens," Nair said in a statement. In November last year, Facebook also quietly released a standalone app called Lasso to compete with TikTok. On Lasso, which is currently available in the US, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can do on TikTok. In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio...

Samsung has decided to cancel all pre-orders of Galaxy Fold in the US, just ahead of its relaunch for buyers who signed on to purchase the device earlier this year. As per Samsung's email, the pre-orders have been cancelled in order to "ensure that you have the best possible experience with this revolutionary new technology," As per report by The Verge on Thursday, Samsung notes that the company is rethinking the entire process, including purchasing, unboxing, and service for the Fold (although it doesn't offer details). The South Korean tech giant reportedly sent out emails to pre-order customers letting them know that their existing pre-orders, many of which were placed in April, have been cancelled. A Samsung representative reportedly highlighted the recently announced "Galaxy Fold Premier Service" that it will be offering for the Galaxy Fold - presumably part of the new sales process - and promised more details closer to launch, the report added. According to YouTuber M. Brandon Lee, who first made the email by Samsung public, the smartphone player is also throwing in a $250 (roughly Rs. 18,000) credit to be redeemed on any product sold directly through its online store. That includes the Galaxy Fold, so in the end, if you decide to re-pre-order it, you'll get a nice discount for what is definitely one of the most expensive smartphones ever, according to GSMArena. Samsung on Thursday announced that its foldable smartphone will be available in South Korea on September 6 in two colours - Cosmos Black and Space Silver. After its launch in South Korea, the foldable device would also be available in other countries including the...

Mi Charge Turbo Wireless Charging🔋 Tech To Launch On September 9📆 Xiaomi's has confirmed that it is looking to announce Mi Charge Turbo on September 9. The upgraded wireless charging technology is set to launch next week, and details are scarce at the moment. Currently, Xiaomi offers 27W fast charging support on its flagship Mi 9 that was launched in February 2019. The teaser poster suggests that the Mi Charge Turbo is meant for the 5G era, but details nothing about the technology. To recall, the company also introduced its 100W Super Charge Turbo Technology in March this year. The Chinese tech giant took to Weibo to confirm that the Mi Charge Turbo will be launched on September 9. The poster suggests that the company could be launching improved wireless charging with faster speeds. The teaser post says, “September 9, talk with your wireless future” suggesting that it may launch improved wireless charging. To recall, the Mi Mix 4 is tipped to sport reverse wireless charging technology, and this new Mi Charge technology could be integrated in the phone when it launches. Of course, this is pure speculation. ...