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Home developers must leverage technology to woo buyers: report

India’s residential realty sector, which was struggling even prior to the pandemic, will have to significantly leverage technology to differentiate their offerings in order to attract customers in the post-covid-19 era, Bain & Co. said in a report.

“The pandemic will breed a new host of customer key performance indicators (KPIs), namely around building safety and security. Developers that demonstrate thoughtfully redesigned infrastructure upgrades, such as touch-less surfaces, digitally-enabled entry and exit, resident and guest management systems, smart homes and smart club houses, will attract buyer attention and provide differentiated value,” it added.

Besides, as customers defer their visits and traditional lead conversion techniques of walk-ins and in-person show-flat tours lose traction, developers adopting digital sales channels such as virtual tours and online bookings will find themselves better placed to attract customers, Bain said.

Developers will also have to adopt various innovative technology solutions, both within homes and

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Where to find the chronically out-of-stock Oculus Quest


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The Oculus Quest, the runaway hit VR headset that’s been largely unavailable from any retailer since the holidays, is finally coming back in stock. That’s great news for VR fans. The Quest earned an Editors’ Choice Award here at CNET last year, and unlike most gadgets, it has gotten significantly better with age. Oculus last year rolled out a hand-tracking update that makes it possible for developers to create games that don’t require controllers, and the Oculus Link software and cable enables the Quest to be tethered to a PC and play games written for the HTC Vive. Which brings us to the latest reason for shortages: Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR title from Valve that’s designed to be run on pricey tethered headsets, but can be played just fine on a relatively inexpensive Quest using the Oculus Link. 

The headset has been out of stock due

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Xiaomi may have ditched the Android One program

When Xiaomi and Google announced that they will work together to offer a smartphone running on near vanilla Android One and Xiaomi’s hardware specifications and affordable pricing, it was equally exciting for purists and geeks alike.

The Chinese smartphone maker did announce not one but three iterations under the Mi A line up i.e. Mi A1, A2 and the A3. However, reports suggest that Xiaomi has cancelled the A-series and there won’t be any Mi A4.

To recall the Mi A3 was launched approximately a year back in August 2019 and is already due for an update. Xiaomi has not officially announced the discontinuation nor has it confirmed the launch date of the Mi A4.

With Android One, Google wanted to ensure that manufacturers offer the latest Android updates, however, Xiaomi’s track record with these updates have been really bad. The last update for Mi A3 that came out recently

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