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Sep 23, 2023

India’s PhonePe launches app store with zero fee in challenge to Google

Posted by in category: mobile phones

PhonePe launched the Indus AppStore Developer Platform on Saturday, promising zero platform fee and no commission on in-app purchases as the Walmart-backed fintech races to win Android developers in Google’s largest market.

The Bengaluru-headquartered startup, which has amassed over 450 million registered users on its eponymous payments app, said developers can start registering and uploading their apps on the ‘made-in-India’ app store starting today. The app store, for which PhonePe has also partnered with phonemakers for distribution, features scores of locally relevant features including support for third-party payment providers, 12 Indian languages and a login system that revolves around phone numbers.

PhonePe will not charge developers any listing fee for the first year but move to a “nominal” cost thereafter, it said. The startup will additionally not levy a commission on in-app purchases, compared to Google’s 15–30% takerate. PhonePe, which leads the UPI-based payments market in India, said it has put in place an India-based team to offer support to developers, addressing the concerns of local developers who have been dissatisfied with Google’s delayed responses and U.S. timezone operating hours.

Sep 23, 2023

MRI reveals long-term organ abnormalities after COVID-19

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

COVID-19 can affect various organs in the body, such as the brain, lungs, heart, and kidneys. But what happens to these organs after the infection is over? How long does it take for them to heal? A new study has tried to answer these questions by using MRI scans to look at multiple organs of people hospitalized with COVID-19.

The study, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is one of the most comprehensive post–COVID–19 MRI studies to date. It involved 259 patients who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.K. and 50 people who had never been… More.

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Sep 23, 2023

Canadian telecom uses AI cameras to fight wildfires

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, sustainability

The technology is part of a project by Rogers to detect wildfires early.

A Canadian telecom is installing artificial intelligence (AI) cameras to monitor and prevent wildfires caused by climate change. This is according to a report by City News Everywhere.

“Climate change is a global issue,” said Tony Staffieri, CEO of Rogers, the company behind the new initiative.

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Sep 23, 2023

Solar cars can reduce global charging needs by half

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, transportation

A new study modeled the behavior of solar vehicles in 100 locations around the world.

According to a new study, solar energy can provide a range of between 6 and 18 miles (11 and 29 kilometers) for electric vehicles each day, cutting down on the requirement for charging by half. The study took into account the capabilities of solar-powered vehicles in urban settings in 100 locations across the world, modeling the behavior of the cars in busy cities.

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Sep 23, 2023

Honda releases its first-ever series production V8 engine

Posted by in category: transportation

The BF350 VTEC motor makes an ideal choice for large pontoon boats to offshore vessels.

Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) engines are known for their performance, refinement, and durability. However, their production engine series lacked a V8 option in its lineup, except for a few versions developed for racing.

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Sep 23, 2023

How a student invented an affordable fire-fighting robot

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

FireBot is a high-temperature resistant and wirelessly controlled robot that can assist firefighters in search and rescue operations.

Firefighters have one of the most dangerous and heroic jobs in the world. They risk their lives every day to save people from burning buildings, often without knowing what they will face inside. But what if there was a way to make their job safer and easier?

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Sep 23, 2023

Candela C-8: world record in long-distance electric boating

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Candela’s C-8 electric boat sails 420 nautical miles in 24 hours, shattering previous record.

In a groundbreaking achievement, Candela sets an impressive new world record for the longest 24-hour electric boat distance.

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Sep 23, 2023

Saudi Arabia to resume building the world’s tallest tower

Posted by in categories: business, economics, space

Standing 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) tall, the Jeddah Tower will dwarf the Burj Khalifa by over 560 feet (172 m).

Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), the firm behind the ambitious Jeddah Tower Project in Saudi Arabia, has announced the resumption of work on the world’s tallest building, media reports have confirmed. The project that began in 2010 came to an abrupt halt in 2017.

Countries in the Middle East have been pouring money into ambitious projects to attract tourism and businesses and reduce their dependence on oil exports for income. The city of Dubai is replete with examples of structures meant to attract people from all over the world, whether one looks at the Palm Islands or the Moon-themed resort.

Sep 23, 2023

The Problem with Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, robotics/AI

The new biography of Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson just came out on September 12. How has Musk already accomplished so much? Why does his success bother so many people? And what the heck is his fascination with the letter X?

Love him or hate him, Elon Musk seems to be everywhere with a hand in everything. He’s the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of between $226 Billion and $249 Billion depending on who does the estimating. And between Twitter, now X, SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company, OpenAI, X.Ai., and PayPal, he’s probably been involved in something that currently touches your life or will in the near future, especially if he gets his way.

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Sep 23, 2023

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Posted by in categories: military, nanotechnology

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