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14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Flipkart Banking On Fintech To Boost The Big Billion Days Sale

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Flipkart has announced partnerships with several banking, insurance and financial service entities, ahead of The Big Billion Days, to make shopping on the platform more affordable than before.

Through these partnerships, the company is offering affordable credit options through seventeen leading banks, NBFCs (non-banking financial companies) and fintech players on the platform, which will drive credit accessibility for over 70 million customers.

Flipkart has partnered with State Bank of India (SBI) and SBI Card to provide a 10 per cent discount to their debit and credit cards holders.

“At Flipkart, customer-centricity is at the heart of all our endeavors, as we create increased shared value for all our stakeholders and partners in the ecosystem. By facilitating credit and insurance access, and simplifying payments for over 250 million customers across the country, we are reinforcing our commitment to helping fulfill their aspirations without the burden of financial constraints. Through these partnerships and their expansion, we hope to take the promise of The Big Billion Days to more customers to enable meaningful growth,” said Flipkart head of fintech and payments group Ranjith Boyanapalli, in a promising tone.

With the launch of Kotak Mahindra Bank and Federal Bank Debit Card EMI payment option, customers can now avail pre-approved credit from seven leading banking and fintech giants.

“We are delighted to associate with Flipkart as an exclusive credit card partner for the flagship The Big Billion Days shopping festival. We have had a long association with Flipkart and this is another collaboration which will bring our customers the best from both partners. SBI Card customers can

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

Facebook has just leased enough new office space in Manhattan to nearly triple its current local work force, including at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 107-year-old former main post office complex near Pennsylvania Station.

Apple, which set up its first office in New York a decade ago, is expanding to another building in Manhattan. And Google and Amazon are stitching together corporate campuses in the city more quickly than anywhere else in the world. Amazon paid roughly $1 billion in March for the iconic Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

Despite a pandemic that has ravaged New York, hollowed out many of its office buildings and raised fundamental questions about its future, the four companies collectively known as Big Tech are all significantly expanding their footprint in the city, giving it a badly needed vote of confidence.

With fears that the virus could spike again in the colder months, many companies are grappling with how, when and even if office workers will come back to buildings in Manhattan. And the tech giants have not brought their workers back yet, either.

Even so, the giants have not only moved forward with previous growth plans, but have also increased their pace of hiring and office acquisition during the pandemic.

The industry’s embrace of New York City comes despite the tumultuous reception that Amazon received last year when it proposed building a sprawling headquarters in Queens. Amazon abandoned the plans in the face of political and community opposition, but now has acquired more than 2 million square feet of office space for corporate workers, as well as warehouses from Staten Island to Queens to the Bronx.

After Amazon bought the Lord & Taylor building, it announced in August that 2,000 employees would eventually work there, increasing by half its

13
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

The tiny BBC micro:bit mini-computer just got a big upgrade

A new version of the pocket-sized BBC micro:bit computer is coming to schools worldwide, packed with new features designed to keep young students up-to-date with the latest hot trends in technology. 

New hardware will help young coders make experiments with artificial intelligence, and build applications running machine-learning systems. The micro:bit 2.0 also includes, for the first time, a built-in speaker and microphone, so that sound-based projects no longer have to be connected to exterior audio systems – while also letting the device respond and react to sounds like clapping. 

And in a nod to big tech and the industry’s privacy headaches, an LED will flash to make it clear when the microphone is on and sensing sound, to encourage young users to reflect on the pervasiveness of listening devices.

SEE: Technology in education: The latest products and trends (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“We want to support teachers teaching or taking their first steps with digital creativity and coding,” Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the micro:bit educational foundation, told ZDNet. 

“So, listening to what teachers would find useful was really important, and making and creating with sounds always came out at the top. That’s why we worked on playful sounds and personality for the micro:bit, not just monotone beeps and buzzes.”

Available from mid-November 2020, the micro:bit’s new features are coming four years after the first iteration of the device was released as part of an effort to help children get to grips with basic programming skills. 

A 4×5-centimetre computer complete with two programmable buttons, LEDs, and I/O rings to connect to other objects, the first micro:bit launched in 2016 with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology. The goal was to enable children with no prior knowledge of computing to easily code the computer with something simple in seconds, using a

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Big Money, Day Traders Both Love Japan Tech Darling Mercari

(Bloomberg) — Mercari Inc., the online flea-market operator that has become one of Japan’s most closely watched tech ventures, is closing in on new highs as the stock has drawn both big and small money.

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The company has already grown to command the largest weighting on Japan’s startup-focused Mothers index as individual investors buy in — of some 230 of the largest Japanese companies with market value of over $5 billion, Mercari has the third-highest percentage of individual shareholders. Then on Oct. 7, Los Angeles-based money manager Capital Group declared it had taken a 5% stake in Mercari.

That’s helping propel the stock to near the 6,000 yen mark it hit just once, on the day it listed to great fanfare in 2018. After a rapid decline, the stock has worked its way back up this year, fueled by its first quarterly operating profit. That’s been helped by the coronavirus pandemic, which has boosted usage of its online marketplace where users buy and sell items.



graphical user interface, chart, histogram: Mercari shares are nearly back to the post-IPO pop


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Mercari shares are nearly back to the post-IPO pop

Mercari fell 0.2% in Tokyo on Tuesday. A gain of just 3.3% in the next trading session would see it match the 6,000 yen high.

Mercari is something of a rarity in Japan, which has few tech startups that have swelled to the size of the $8.6 billion company, according to Ikuo Mitsui, a fund manager at Aizawa Securities Co., who is still bullish on the firm after the share surge.

“In Japan there are very few companies like this, light on assets and not requiring large-scale capex,” he said. That’s why many are piling onto the stock, he added.

It’s even more unusual for being a Japanese startup that is starting to see success on its app outside of its home

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Save big on Note 20, S20, wearables, earbuds and more

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Amazon Prime Day is finally here, with savings available on everything from phones to fashion. Samsung is obviously one of the go-to manufacturers for all your favorite electronics, and there’s a whole slew of Samsung deals from Amazon over the next 48 hours. We’ve picked out the best of them early so that you can hopefully beat the rush.

It’s worth noting that not everything is going on sale at the same time — some Samsung deals may only launching on day two of Prime Day. We’ll keep this page updated, so check back regularly to ensure you know what’s on offer.


Samsung Smartphone deals

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Some of the best Samsung deals for Prime Day are on the phones we know and love and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a good example. While the Galaxy S20 and the S20 Plus have seen significant discounts at times since the release of the range, the Ultra has tended to buck the trend and held at or around it’s eye-watering $1,400 price tag. However, it’s now on offer for $1,050 ($350 off).

Hit the button below to check out the deal.

The recently released Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are also seeing price drops. The Note 20 is available for $763.00, and the Note 20 Ultra 5G is down to $1,049.99 (25% off).

More Samsung smartphone deals

These two offers are just the tip of the iceberg this Prime Day. Check out more Samsung smartphone deals below:

See also: The best phone deals for Prime Day


Audio and wearable deals

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There are plenty of savings to be had on Samsung accessories, including smartwatches and earbuds. The standout offer is on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3. The fantastic display and rotating bezel of this smartwatch is a sight to behold, and the