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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Launched, WhatsApp Payments Rollout, Jio Recharge Offer, and More News This Week

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Launched, WhatsApp Payments Rollout, Jio Recharge Offer, and More News This Week

HIGHLIGHTSXiaomi Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and Mi TV 4 launched in IndiaWhatsApp UPI payments beta rollout went wider this weekA leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S9+ will have dual camerasWelcome back to our roundup of all the tech happenings of the week. It was a busy week for Xiaomi, as the Chinese device maker announced new products in India, starting with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (review). It was launched on Wednesday with a starting price of Rs. 9,999, and goes on sale from February 22. The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, and it has a solid 4000mAh battery.We reviewed the 4GB variant of the phone, priced at Rs. 11,999, and came away impressed but the build quality, the battery life, and most of all, the camera quality. The Redmi Note 5 took good shots both during the day and in low light, and macros turned out better than expected. However, selfies are a …

Will Modi government kill Bitcoin for Lakshmi, its own cryptocurrency?

Will Modi government kill Bitcoin for Lakshmi, its own cryptocurrency?

The tax department is considering a move to ban the currency, according to a report on ET Now. This will render all transactions and holdings in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies illegal.Even though Bitcoin — the king of cryptocurrencies— has evoked mixed reactions from governments and the central bankers across the world, the government seems to have made up its mind: it may be planning to kill it with a law.The tax department is considering a move to ban the currency, according to a report on ET Now. This will render all transactions and holdings in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies illegal. The government thinks cryptocurrencies aid tax evasion and round tripping. The government could soon bring a law to ban cryptocurrencies, the report said, citing sources.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had clarified in his Budget speech that crypto currencies were not legal tender and that the government would not recognise th…