Global Tech Roundup: Indian couple weds in the metaverse and other stories

Hello there. Another fantastic week is coming to an abrupt halt. This week was full of incredible stories from the tech world.

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Let’s not waste too much time and quickly review some stories that you may have missed this week.

Indian couple to wed in the’metaverse’, with bride’s father’s ghost in attendance

According to reports from Dailymail, an Indian couple plans a Harry Potter-themed marriage in virtual reality. The bride’s father, who is ‘ghost,’ will be there.

Dinesh SivakumarPadmavathi (24), and Janaganandhini Ramaswamy (23), will wed online on February 6. Hundreds are expected to attend this first-ever wedding in the country.

Friends, family, and well-wishers will be unable attend the ceremony due to restrictions in Tamil Nadu’s home state. This problem, like many others, is not impossible to solve.

Padmavathi shared the news to his Instagram and Twitter followers. 2,000 confirmed their attendance, while 5,000 suggested they might attend.

He told The Times that he knew of Zoom couples getting married, but he wanted to do more and host his celebration in the metaverse. I also wanted to introduce Indians into the metaverse.

Padmavathi is a project associate at Indian Institute of Technology Madras and has created a Metaverse tutorial for YouTube to help his family understand it.

The father of the bride, who passed away last year, will also be there. According to Padmavathi he made his avatar to greet all guests.

Twitter Communities Now Available for Android Users

Twitter, a social microblogging site, has announced that it will roll out its Communities feature to Android users around the globe. This competes with Reddit and Facebook Groups.

Twitter Groups were launched on September 9th, but only the iOS and web versions have been made available. This meant that Android users couldn’t join or engage in Twitter groups via the main Twitter app.

report states that Android users can now join, request to join and engage in Twitter communities to bring the service to a wider audience.

Twitter Communities work in the same way as a private group, or subreddit. Twitter communities allow users to send direct tweets to them. These tweets will not appear on their personal feeds or among their followers.

Individuals who want to create their own communities can use Twitter Communities, which is an invitation-only service. The group owners can decide whether individuals should be invited to join the community, or if it is open to all.

Twitter is also exploring a “request-to-join” option for communities to ensure that they can keep an eye on who is in and out.

Twitter will also test this feature. It plans to display top tweets from a particular community. Moderators can highlight information within the community. Members can do Q&As.

Facebook is reportedly going to allow users to mint and sell NFTs

report shows that Meta, the parent company of Facebook and social media conglomerate, is exploring ways to allow users to sell, promote, or mint NFTs via Facebook and Instagram.

This will help to establish the company’s place in the digital age.

The reports state that plans for an NFT market are still in the early stages and could be modified.

According to the report, Facebook and Instagram are also “preparing” a feature that allows users to use NFTs in their profile photos. They also plan to develop a prototype that allows users to create new NFTs.

Others Meta employees also talk about “launching an online marketplace for consumers to buy and trade NFTs.”

Although it’s difficult to know how advanced these ideas are at the moment, this is not the first time that Meta’s executives expressed an interest in NFTs.

In December 2018, Adam Mosseri, Instagram CEO, stated that the company is currently exploring NFTs and ways to make them more accessible to a wider audience. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg, Meta CEO, said in October that the metaverse should allow “ownership digital products or NFTs”.

Meta might gain more influence in the metaverse by accepting NFTs. This is a term Meta has created as a vague idea of interconnected virtual universes, similar to the promises made about VR universes in the 1990s.

Google will create a new division for blockchain

Google is said to be forming a dedicated blockchain section. This marks the first public display of interest by Google in cryptocurrency and the technology underpinning them.

A report published by Business Insider claims that a leaked email was sent from the company revealing that the new business would be focused on “blockchain” and other “next-gen distributed computing, and data storage technologies.”

Shivakumar Venkataraman is a Google veteran who worked almost two decades on the company’s core search advertising business. He has been appointed to head the new department.

After a string of failures in virtual and social networking, Google seems to be reluctant to enter cryptocurrency market. This may have been due to CEO Sundar Pichai’s conservative leadership style.

The corporation banned bitcoin startups advertising on its network, and did not accept cryptocurrency payments for goods or services.

Other major digital companies, such as Meta (formerly Facebook), have been aggressively pursuing “Web3”, which encompasses non-fungible tokens and blockchains. However, Google has generally stayed out of the fray. One reason could be regulatory action.

According to the report the new branch of blockchain would be located under Google’s new Labs division. This also houses the company’s virtual and augmented realities research. Venkataraman will be joining Labs as a “founding lead.”

Intel buys , the industry’s premier next-generation chipmaking gear.

Intel purchased the first generation of chipsmaking equipment from ASML, a Dutch specialist in chipmaking, as part of its efforts to regain processor manufacturing leadership by 2025.

According to a report, the company announced Wednesday that the Twinscan EXE 5200 device would be delivered in 2024 and operations will begin in 2025.

These machines, which average $340 million per piece, are essential to accelerate processor advancement. It is becoming more difficult to reduce semiconductors but it is vital for computer companies that rely upon advances in PCs, cellphones, and data centers.

Intel has been the dominant chip manufacturer market leader for decades. They have continually decreased the circuitry of their chips to make it easier for computers to do more work.

Despite the fact other companies, such as IBM and GlobalFonudries, chose to not stay on the cutting-edge, Intel’s production problems caused it to lose ground with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.. (TSMC), and Samsung.

Intel was late in implementing EUV lithography. But now, Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger (an engineer) is in charge, the company is focusing on speeding up.

He said that Intel would be the first company to order a more advanced EUV tool with a high numerical aperture (high NA), to inscribe finer details. ASML announced on Tuesday that it received its first order. Intel confirmed Wednesday that it was the buyer.

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