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ai smartphones: Smartphone makers bet on AI to boost sales

Barcelona, Feb 26, 2024 -Smartphone makers are packing their latest devices with flashy new artificial intelligence tools such as real-time voice translation and advanced photo editing in efforts to reignite consumer demand.The trend was on display at the telecom industry's biggest annual show, the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) which got underway Monday in Barcelona, where handset makers focused on the unique AI-powered features of their new flagship devices.Elevate Your Tech Prowess with High-Value Skill…

Byju’s EGM in focus; Elevation’s long Paytm bet

Seeking to oust Byju's founder and his family from the edtech firm’s board, a group of investors will hold an extraordinary general meeting today. However, founder Byju Raveendran and his family said they will not attend the meeting. This and more in today’s ETtech Morning Dispatch.Also in this letter:■ RBI’s plans to revolutionise credit system■ Space industry cheers revised FDI rules■ Uber signs MoU with ONDC Face-off likely at EGM over plan to oust Byju’s CEO Dubbing the EGM scheduled by Byju’s investors today…

Antler’s founder on its vertical AI bet in Southeast Asia

A growing roster of vertical AI startups is emerging in Southeast Asia to serve sectors ranging from seafood to finance. Singapore-based venture capital firm Antler recently made a bet on 37 of them, investing $5.1 million in total for pre-seed deals. This included a strategic partnership with Khazanah, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested into seven startups. “If you look at the rest of the world, there’s lots of horizontal AI and it’s becoming insanely competitive,” Antler co-founder and managing…

The Feds Just Bet Even Bigger on American-Made Heat Pumps

While everyone’s been focused on accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to cut carbon emissions, a technological hero has been rapidly ascending under the radar: the heat pump. Instead of burning natural gas or coal to produce heat, this fully electric device extracts warmth from outdoor air—even when it’s freezing outside—and pumps it inside to warm a structure. After years of stealthy, steady growth, heat pumps are now outselling gas furnaces in the United States, whereas EVs accounted for just 8 percent of all…

ESPN Bet plans launch in New York, the largest U.S. betting market

ESPN Bet is coming to the Big Apple.Penn Entertainment, which operates the sports betting platform, will pay Wynn Resorts $25 million for market access, it said Tuesday. It's the same amount Wynn paid New York state to operate there.Wynn Interactive, a subsidiary of Wynn Resorts, was awarded a New York mobile sports betting license in 2021. Penn was not — and it has missed out on the action from the nation's largest sports betting market.In the two years since New York launched online sports betting, at least $35.7…

Why a B2B startup is placing a bet on a $7M Super Bowl ad

Some people watch the Super Bowl for the actual football game being played. Many watch the event for the halftime show or as an excuse to eat wings and other game day snacks. Some watch it to look for better software solutions for their company — maybe? Papaya Global hopes so. The late-stage global workforce payment startup is running a 30-second ad on Sunday. The ad is meant to highlight the company’s software, which helps other companies stay compliant running payroll for cross-border teams. The commercial takes…

Has The Ship Sailed For Floki Inu and Pepe Coin? Why Doge Uprising Is Your Best Bet

Meme coins have carved out a niche in the crypto world that combines humor, culture, and investment in a unique blend. Among these, Floki Inu, Pepe Coin, and Doge Uprising have garnered attention for their distinct narratives and investment potentials. This article sets out to explore these three coins, focusing on their foundations, community engagement, and future prospects, ultimately revealing why Doge Uprising emerges as the most promising investment. LIMITED TIME ONLY – Use bonus code NEWSTAGE to get…

The Disney+ app for Apple Vision Pro is a big bet on spatial computing

Last June, when Apple streamed the unveiling of its Apple Vision Pro “spatial computing headset” during its WWDC conference, a special guest was part of the festivities: Disney CEO Bob Iger. His appearance wasn’t exactly a shocker. After all, the two companies have had a famously friendly relationship for many years. Moreover, Disney prides itself on being an early adopter of new technologies—a trait dating to its earliest days, when Walt Disney himself was quick to embrace cinematic innovations such as sound and color.…

Cathie Wood’s $44M Bet on Ark’s Bitcoin ETF; InQubeta Expected to Follow an Upward Path

Ark Invest founder Cathie Wood recently purchased $44 million worth of BTC into its spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, while selling shares of the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF.  The move indicates Wood, like many in the cryptocurrency community, expects BTC’s prices to grow exponentially in 2024. BTC prices are currently trending upward after dropping as low as $39,000 in the past week.  While BTC price projections continue to dominate cryptocurrency conversations, InQubeta (QUBE) has earned its investors…

Microsoft’s big bet on AI seems to be paying off

Sabrina Ortiz/ZDNETSince its launch of Copilot (formerly Bing Chat) in February last year, Microsoft has gone full-on artificial intelligence (AI). The company has infused AI across all parts of the tech stack, including enterprise, security, cloud, hardware, and more -- it seems to be paying off. On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its second-quarter earnings. The revenue and earnings not only exceeded estimates but also significantly surpassed the numbers from the year before, with AI being a star of the growth. Also:…