Amazon agrees to buy self-driving technology startup Zoox !!

Amazon has just taken its boldest step yet into self-driving vehicles, acquiring six-year-old start-up Zoox, the Comapany announced Friday. Amazon said the deal will help bring Zoox’s “vision of autonomous ride-hailing to reality.” Zoox will continue to operate as a standalone business within Amazon, with CEO Aicha Evans and Jesse Levinson, the company’s co-founder and CTO, continuing to lead the team, Amazon said.  Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but the Financial Times previously reported that Amazon would pay more than $1.2 billion to acquire Zoox. An Amazon spokesperson declined…

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New round values Byju’s at $10.5 bn !!

New Delhi/Bengaluru: Byju’s raised about $100 million from US technology investor Bond, propelling the education startup to a $10.5 billion valuation. The latest fundraise has made Byju’s the India’s second-most valued startup , overtaking hospitality unicorn Oyo, which was last valued at $10 billion. Paytm was valued at $16 billion late last year when it raised $1 billion in a round led by T Rowe Price and existing investors Ant Financial and SoftBank Vision Fund. Byju’s raised the capital from Bond, co-founded by Mary Meeker, at a valuation of $10.5 billion. Byju’s had in…

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Despite curbs, learning process is on !!

New Delhi: In spite of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the teaching fraternity in Delhi-NCR schools has ensured that the learning process of students remains uninterrupted and moves swiftly, using different online applications Year 2020, the year of the covid-19 pandemic, has pit all of humanity against the virus. It has changed lifestyles, quarantined and locked all home, and damaged health, wealth and well-being immensely. This has been no less than a war – except that in this one, we are all on the same side. Like in every…

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Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to begin phase II/III human trials !!

The phase I trial in healthy adult volunteers began in April. More than 1,000 immunisations have been completed and follow-up is currently ongoing. The next study will enroll up to 10,260 adults and children and will involve a number of partner institutions across all over the country. The phase II part of the study involves expanding the age range of people the vaccine is assessed in, to include a small number of older adults and children’s: Aged 56-69 Aged over 70 Aged between 5-12 years For these groups, researchers will be assessing…

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Rupee settles flat at 75.65 against US dollar !!

The rupee opened on a strong note at the interbank forex market at 75.51 against the US dollar, but pared the initial gains and settled at 75.65 against the US dollar, unchanged against its previous close. The rupee pared initial gains and settled on a flat note at 75.65 (provisional) against the US dollar on Friday as concerns about rising Covid-19 cases weighed on investor sentiment. Forex traders said risk appetite has waned amid spike in fresh coronavirus infections globally. The rupee opened on a strong note at the interbank forex…

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‘TikTok For Business’ launched for marketers !!

The Chinese short-video making platform has launched TikTok For Business, designed to give brands & marketers the tools to be creative storytellers and meaningfully engage with the audience on the short video-sharing platform. “We’re excited to introduce TikTok For Business, our global brand and platform that is home to all current and future marketing solutions for brands,” Katie Puris, Managing Director, Global Business Marketing, TikTok, said in an announcement on Thursday. “With TikTok For Business, our goal is to give marketers the tools to be discovered and connect with the broader communities around…

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Instagram expands TikTok rival Reels to more countries !!

San Francisco:   (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram has expanded its new video-music remix feature Reels, which takes inspiration from the Chinese short video making app TikTok, to France and Germany. Instagram Reels was first launched in Brazil last year as a pilot. According to a TechCrunch report, Instagram will now enable users to share Reels to their main Instagram feed, in addition to Stories. Instagram Reels allows users to record short, 15-second video clips set to music or other audio and share those on the platform. Just like TikTok, users can soundtrack…

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Smriti Irani shares funny meme on the struggle of fitting into old clothes !!

New Delhi: BJP minister Smriti Irani is thought for her eclectic Instagram account. From humorous memes and witty movies to relatable posts and photos together with her household, the minister at all times manages to entertain her followers. Not too long ago, the Union Minister took to her account to share a few hilarious memes on her tales. With the primary meme that she posted, Irani poked enjoyable on the wrestle of making an attempt to suit into previous garments. The submit learn, “Yesterday I wore one thing from 5…

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Google Photos redesign has map view, layout changes and a new icon !!

  Google Photos has got some major updates to enhance the user experience. The changes in terms of appearance and features are simple yet significant and will be rolled out for iOS and Android in  next week. The 5-year-old app has introduced a Map View so that users can explore the photos & videos that have been taken by location. Other updates Google Photos has brought in is the redesign to let users explore their photos more easily. The updated app icon and a new carousel of memories for users…

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WhatsApp restores old camera shortcut with latest Android beta update !!

New Delhi: WhatsApp has submitted the new version of 2.20.194.11 to the Google Play Beta Program. With the latest update, the messaging app has also brought along multiple changes in the WhatsApp beta for Android. The reports claim that the messaging app has restored the old camera shortcut in the chat share sheet and some major bugs that have also been reported. As per the latest report published by WaBetainfo, the Camera shortcut which went missing in the previous update is back in the latest Android beta update. With the…

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