Tech updates for 2nd week of April 2022

Tech updates for 2nd week of April 2022

Latest trending news about Flipkart, Uber, Twitter, Google Maps, Tata Neu App.

Flipkart now delivers medicines at the doorstep, launching the Health+ app.

Flipkart announced the launch of a digital healthcare marketplace platform called Flipkart Health+, which is a separate app and not included in the main Flipkart app. The company claims that the new Flipkart Health+ service "enables access to genuine medicine and healthcare products and services for millions of customers across the country."

The company has partnered with the Sastasundar.com healthcare network across the country. The service is available across 20,000 pin codes in India, including remote locations "that have traditionally remained underserved". The app is currently available on the Google Play Store but will soon be made available on iOS.

Uber will soon let users book plane tickets, trains, and buses 

Uber is rolling out a pilot in the UK that will give users the option of booking train tickets, plane tickets, and buses. The company did not reveal the ticketing partners it would team up with, but it is expected to collaborate with major aggregators, including Booking.com and Expedia. 

Later this year, they also plan to incorporate flights and, in the future, hotels by integrating leading partners into the Uber app to create a seamless door-to-door travel experience. A year later, Uber ventured into drones and helicopters, freight shipping services, driverless cars, and more.

Twitter rolls out ALT badges, exposing image descriptions for everybody.

Twitter has rolled out ALT badges and exposed image descriptions globally. Alt badges let users know if a particular image has alternate text, which is an accessibility feature for users who use screen readers and speech-to-text. The change was rolled out to three percent of Android, iOS, and web users as a test feature last month.

These alt text elements are user-generated and will need to be manually input for every individual image. To check the alt text, all users need to do is hover over an image to learn more about it.

Google Maps will now show estimated toll prices on selected routes.

Google announced a slew of new features for Google Maps, including the roll-out of toll prices, where users will be able to find the estimated toll price to their destination even before the trip starts.

Google Maps will estimate the total toll price based on factors like the cost of using a toll pass or other payment method, the day of the week, and how much the toll is expected to cost at a specific time. The new feature will be rolled out on Android and iOS devices in April for nearly 2,000 toll roads in India, the US, Japan, and Indonesia. Other updates include a new pinned trip widget, direct navigation from the Apple Watch, and Google Maps integration into Siri and the shortcuts app.

Tata Neu app: What does it offer?

The Tata Neu app is now open for all users in India, both on Android and iOS. The super app clubs all of Tata's major brands into one platform, offering rewards and discounts to consumers.

The aim is to make the lives of Indian consumers simpler and easier. The app will let users order products from across Tata’s wide range of brands in one place. The app also supports paying bills for other services. So if you are one of those who make a big purchase at, say, TataCliq Luxury via the app, then you will be rewarded with several NeuCoins, which could be used to purchase other items.

 

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