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Google’s new innovation: Android phones can now connect without internet or Bluetooth!

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The Internet giant Google has released a new software called WifiNanScan. Interestingly, it allows you to connect items without the use of the internet or Bluetooth. The Google Play Store is where you can get this software. Users would be able to accomplish everything from scheduling a table at a restaurant to reserving a movie ticket without needing an internet connection. This software, on the other hand, was built solely for developers to experiment with Wifi Aware.

What is the Wifi Aware app: 

This trailblazing app is a networking app for Neighbor Awareness. Without the use of external equipment, you can quickly link two smartphones. It requires Android 8.0 or higher to run. This lets two devices communicate without the need for a network connection. The WifiNanScan app, according to a report, can only be utilised on certain cell phones.

What are the benefits of this app:

  1. If you’re using this app, you can effortlessly transfer documents to someone who can print them securely. You will not need to log in to any network for this. 
  1. If you need to make a restaurant reservation and your phone does not have an internet connection, this app will come in handy. You may make reservations in any restaurant without using the internet using this app.
  1. If you are at the airport and have neglected to bring identification, you can check-in at Security, Customs, and Immigration without it. 
  1. You can book seats and movie tickets in any restaurant with this app even if you don’t have access to the internet. That too without a glitch.
  1. This software can work at distances ranging from 1 to 15 metres.

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Formula 1’s sustainable fuel could be a game-changer for the world

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"How F1 is aiming to create its ‘game-changer’ sustainable fuel

By 2025, Formula One intends to have a new generation of engines on the track. That engine needs to run on 100% renewable ‘drop-in fuel.’ This is to help Formula 1 achieve its goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. In 2022, the sport will switch to E10 gasoline, which is made up of 90% fossil fuel and 10% ethanol. 

This 100% renewable ‘drop-in fuel’ will be generated in the lab with components sourced from carbon capture, municipal garbage, or non-food biomass. It will save at least 65% on greenhouse gas emissions as compared to fossil-derived gasoline. It will also pack a serious punch, befitting the pinnacle of motorsport, and matching the energy density of existing Formula 1 fossil fuel gas lines.

Why does this matter?

The implications of this are massive. If history is anything to go by, manufacturers treat Formula 1 not just as a Motorsport series par excellence, but also a testing bed for next generation innovations that might make its way down to road going cars in the years to come. 

And as governments around the world start to ring the death knell of internal combustion engines, this fuel could yet offer a new, green hope for humankind. Governments might no longer have to mandate a switch to EVs, and manufacturers could continue to transition to cleaner fuels without spending on the infrastructure required to meet the demands of EVs. 

This could be a breakthrough solution for human mobility, and will be eager to see the mainstream application of this innovation. 

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Meet Zoho: India’s $5 billion SaaS behemoth

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Sridhar Vembu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zoho, a firm that helps businesses become digital by providing apps that handles everything from customer acquisition to sales and customer service. Zoho boasts 45 million customers in 180 countries, but chances are you’ve never heard of the software giant unless you use it in your business. 

Billionaire on his feet

Vembu’s worth is projected to be $US1.6 billion ($2.23 billion) and increasing, according to Forbes, with Zoho’s annual revenue at about $1 billion. Because its competitors, such as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google, spend “20 to 1” on marketing, Zoho stays under the radar. Despite having Qantas and BHP as customers in Australia, the software firm is only now establishing its presence.

Staying private and avoiding venture capital

Before realising he didn’t like what he was doing, Vembu was offered a job as a lecturer at the Australian National University. Vembu chose to “start at the bottom” as an engineer, where he was exposed to software and discovered he enjoyed it. 

Zoho’s Zoho One product alone contains over 40 apps, and he attributes the company’s diverse product range to allow his employees to run with their ideas. 

Entrepreneur with a ‘classic’ style

He is a “perfect example” of an entrepreneur, according to Christopher Lau, founder of ASX-listed company eCargo. Sramana Mitra, the founder of One Million, a virtual accelerator in Silicon Valley, says Vembu built Zoho via a series of creative tactics. 

“Zoho has applied the same model of copying successful products by Google, Microsoft, etc. to create a broad portfolio that caters to small businesses very effectively,” she says. Vembu says his ambition for Zoho is for it to be the software that runs all aspects of a company, from sales to finance, with affordable pricing starting at $1 per employee per day.

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Soaring while the chips are down: Tesla sales up even as rivals are left reeling

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Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturing giant, recently announced its third-quarter shipping and production figures where it claimed to have delivered 2,41,300 electric automobiles, indicating that it once again had set new benchmarks.

The previous high was 2,01,250 in the second quarter of 2020. “This is the craziest month of deliveries Tesla will ever have,” CEO Elon Musk warned staff earlier this month. 

Tesla’s service teams had to add parts to vehicles built earlier in the quarter due to production challenges caused by supply chain bottlenecks, according to the CEO.

The automaker’s business model typically results in more deliveries after each quarter, but this quarter’s production troubles exacerbated the problem, and seems to have bucked the shortage of chips that is leaving rival automakers hamstrung. 

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