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Is Apple adding satellite features to the iPhone?

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The iPhone’s satellite capabilities will be focused on emergency circumstances, according to Apple Inc. Users will be able to send messages to first responders and report crashes in regions where cellular service is not available. According to a source, the corporation is working on at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks.

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team investigating the subject at least since 2017. Apple’s strategy is initially more limited in scope, focusing on assisting consumers in crises. This week, speculation that the next iPhone will include satellite capabilities grew. The phone will most likely work with Globalstar Inc.’s spectrum.

According to the source, the features could alter or be scrapped before they’re deployed. A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment on the rumours.

When there is no cell reception, Apple’s Messages app will soon allow users to text emergency services using a satellite network. Apple’s texting-by-satellite tool, codenamed Stewie, will limit messages to a certain length. In one design, a user will be able to send the message by typing “Emergency SOS” in the place where they would normally type a contact name.

The phone will inquire as to the nature of the emergency, such as whether it includes a car, boat, plane, or fire. It will also inquire about the need for search and rescue services, as well as any suspicious conduct or weapons.

In the event of an emergency, it can also broadcast a user’s location, medical ID, and medical history to emergency personnel. The technology would be in direct competition with the Garmin inReach device, which allows users to send short messages or an SOS via satellite.

To enable this feature, Apple has devised a method that requires users to be outside and walk in a specific direction. In the coming years, the company will build its unique cellular modems, but for the time being, it will rely on Qualcomm Inc. modems.

Globalstar’s stock rose 64% after the satellite business announced it had reached an agreement to launch a new service with an undisclosed client. According to persons familiar with the situation, Apple is not collaborating with Iridium Communications Inc. on the project. Another satellite business, Omnispace LLC, hasn’t committed to developing equipment that may support such services, according to analyst Tim Farrar.

As the market opened in New York on Tuesday, Globalstar shares were down 13%, Iridium shares were down 6.2%, and Apple was down less than 1%. Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhones in the middle of next month. With an improved Face ID technology and a speedier CPU, the business hopes to feature a narrower display cutout.

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Facebook to rebrand the company ‘Metaverse’

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Facebook is the world’s largest, and arguably most influential, social media platform, with more than 2.8 billion monthly active users and a net worth as of now of $1 trillion.

It’s safe to say that the majority of our lives rely on Facebook. Recently, Facebook, the parent company of Instagram and WhatsApp, hit the headlines when it went dark for six hours, causing havoc all over the world.

According to a report by The Verge, Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name to focus on building the metaverse. Metaverse, as the term suggests, is a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

According to the report, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reveal the company’s new name on October 28 at the annual Connect conference, but it could be announced sooner.

Facebook, which aspires to be renowned for more than just social networking, revealed on Sunday that it will hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years to help construct the metaverse, which the corporation regards as critical to its long-term success.

In July, Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s future lies in the virtual metaverse, in which users will live, work and play inside.

Facebook already has more than 10,000 employees who build consumer hardware like AR glasses that Zuckerberg believes will be as ubiquitous as smartphones.

The company wants to be known as much more than a “social media” company, and is promising to change the way humanity interacts.

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One to lookout for: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala invests in a furniture startup!

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as India’s own Warren Buffett, is an ace investor with a track record of successful investing. Many treat him as a bellwether, and look to him for guidance and inspiration when it comes to navigating the vagaries of the investing landscape. And so, it would be of interest to investors to know that India’s Big Bull has out his money where his mouth is and invested in a furniture-based startup, Arrivae.

What is Aarivae?

Founded in 2017, Arrivae is a customized full home interior solution provider that enables customers to get the house customers want. From designing the finest homes by some of the finest architects and interior designers to material supplied by some of the most credible vendors. It specializes in providing practical solutions for various situations. Arrivae works in four simple steps; meeting the designer, designs made for customers, intelligent manufacturing and lastly concierge services.

Arrivae raised Rs 50 crore in its first round of external funding, backed by ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. Enam family, Siddharth Yog (Founder, Xander Group), Anand Jain (Chairman, Jai Corp), Harsh Jain (Founder, Dream 11), and Ramesh S. Damani (Chairman, DMart) all participated in the fundraising round.

“At Arrivae, we’re still in the early phases of our plan to build India’s most comprehensive home renovation ecosystem. Partnerships are important to us at Arrivae because they help us build brand confidence in the ecosystem, especially among customers.” said founder Yash Kela.

Kela rounded things off by saying, “All the veterans who have participated in this round will enable more faith in the Arrivae brand.”

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The right pricing will be crucial for the launch of Zydus Cadila’s vaccine.

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The destiny of Zydus Cadila’s Covid vaccine is in doubt, as the vaccine’s price appears to be delaying its introduction into the vaccination program. The business has received emergency use authorization from the FDA to inject its Covid vaccine, ZyCoV-D, to children aged 12 to 18.

Zydus Cadila, located in Ahmedabad, has imported the pharmaJet, a needle-free applicator for painless intradermal vaccine delivery. 

Each jet is responsible for delivering a specific amount of vaccination. 

As a result, a single dose is split into two shots, one for each arm. “It’s an expensive device and hence jacks up the overall price,” a government official said.

Around 20,000 dosages can be administered with the jet injector.

The government has been purchasing Covaxin at 225 per dosage and Covishield, another Covid vaccine developed in India, at 215 per dose.

The price of the Zydus Cadila vaccine, according to Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, will be significantly more than that of existing vaccines.

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