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Avatar robot goes to school for German boy with severe

BERLIN, Jan 14 – Joshua Martinangeli, 7, is too ill to go to school. But the German student can still interact with his teacher and classmates through an avatar robot that sits in class in his place and sends a blinking signal when he has something to say. “The children talk to him, laugh with […]Read More

Nasdaq falls for fourth straight day as Netflix plunges 22%

Wall Street’s main indexes fell on Friday, with the Nasdaq set for its fourth straight day of declines after a weak forecast from Netflix sent its shares along with other streaming companies spiraling lower. Netflix plunged 21.6% after missing market forecast for new subscribers at the end of last year and a downbeat outlook for early 2022. Other technology […]Read More

Wells Fargo profits soar thanks to increase in loans, cost-cutting

Wells Fargo on Friday beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter profit as a rebound in US economic growth encouraged more customers to take loans and the bank kept a tight lid on costs. Profit jumped 86% to $5.8 billion, or $1.38 per share, flattered by a $943 million gain from the sale of the bank’s corporate trust […]Read More

Cathay Pacific to suspend transit travellers from high-risk areas

Cathay Pacific to suspend transit travellers from high-risk areas published : 13 Jan 2022 at 18:30 A woman walks past empty counters of Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong International Airport, following infections of Covid-19 in Hong Kong on Tuesday (Photo: Reuters) HONG KONG: Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Thursday that transfer and transit services […]Read More

Mexican teen develops app to help deaf sister communicate

Estrella Salazar, a 17-year-old science whiz from a working-class town near Mexico City, was inspired by her sister to develop an app to help deaf and hard-of-hearing Mexicans communicate more easily. Salazar’s older sister, Perla, was born with a rare disorder that affects mobility and hearing, called MERRF syndrome. The 25-year-old has undergone close to […]Read More

Walmart, FedEx to buy thousands of GM electric vans

General Motors’ electric commercial vehicle business, BrightDrop, said on Wednesday it has signed a new deal to supply EVs to retail giant Walmart and expanded its supply agreement with delivery firm FedEx. Financial terms of the deals, announced in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, were not disclosed. The commercial EV business […]Read More

GM, Google latest firms to nix in-person attendance at CES

General Motors, Alphabet Inc.’s Google and its self-driving auto-technology company Waymo on Thursday joined the companies no longer attending the Consumer Electronics Show in person early next month due to rising COVID-19 infections. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra had been scheduled to give a keynote speech at the annual conference on Jan. 5, during which […]Read More

Apple is delaying return to office indefinitely: report

Apple is delaying its return to office plans indefinitely, Bloomberg News reported, while the company said it has temporarily closed three stores in the US and Canada after a rise in COVID-19 cases and exposures among the stores’ employees. The company’s employees were previously set to return to offices on February 1, according to the report, […]Read More

Researchers in Japan use ostrich cells to make glowing COVID-19

TOKYO, Dec 10 – Japanese researchers have developed masks that use ostrich antibodies to detect COVID-19 by glowing under ultraviolet light. The discovery by Yasuhiro Tsukamoto and his team at Kyoto Prefectural University in western Japan could provide for low-cost testing of the virus at home, they said in a press release. The scientists started […]Read More

Google delays return-to-office plans over Omicron concerns

Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it is indefinitely pushing back its January return-to-office plan globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance to company-mandated vaccinations. Google in August had said it would expect workers to come in about three days a week from Jan. 10 at the earliest, ending its voluntary work-from-home policy. […]Read More