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The Wait Is Over – Xbox Next Generation Launch

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Launch Nov. 10, Pre-Orders Begin Sept. 22

Get Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X plus Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, including EA Play, from just $24.99/month with Xbox All Access

Microsoft unveiled Xbox Series S, an all-digital next-generation console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in its smallest Xbox ever. Joining Xbox Series X, the fastest, most powerful console ever, the next generation of Xbox consoles elevate the way all games look, play and feel.

Fans looking to upgrade their current hardware or those new to Xbox can upgrade or begin their journey with Xbox with two great options this holiday. Xbox Series S ($299 USD/$379 CAD/$8,499 MXP/£249 GBP) and Xbox Series X ($499 USD/$599 CAD/$13,999 MXP/£449 GBP) will launch Nov. 10, pre-orders begin Sept. 22.

Xbox also announced it is teaming up with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members an EA Play membership at no additional cost. In addition to the 100+ high-quality games available with Xbox Game Pass already, Game Pass members will also be able to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like “FIFA 20,” “Titanfall 2” and “Need for Speed Heat,” as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and Sims. Xbox Game Pass gets even better for the over 10 million members from 41 countries worldwide.

With Xbox All Access you can get everything you need to jump into the next-generation of gaming — an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, with no upfront cost. Xbox Series S will be available starting from $24.99 USD a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 USD a month for 24 months.

Xbox All Access will be available in the following countries this holiday: Australia at Telstra; Canada at EB Games; Denmark at Elgiganten; Finland at Gigantti; France at FNAC; New Zealand at Spark; Norway at Elkjøp; Poland at Media Expert; South Korea at SK Telecom; Sweden at Elgiganten; UK at GAME and Smyths Toys; United States at Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Microsoft Store, and Walmart.

Check local market retailers for price and pre-order availability.

 

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IFA 2020 Special Edition

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the most inspiring global innovations tech event!

Berlin, 3rd – 5th of September 2020

For the first time since the start of the Corona crisis, a leading global trade fair for consumer electronics will be opening its doors

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the first major global fair for consumer and home electronics that will physically take place since the pandemic.  From September 3rd to September 5th, outstanding brands and up-and-coming start-ups will showcase their novelties, trends and highlights at the Berlin exhibition grounds.

“After all those event cancellations, our industry urgently needs this platform in order to present its innovations.  Virtual events are certainly helpful, but they lack the emotional connection” says Director Jens Heithecker.

This year, the main question is:  Which innovations will prove successful in the new normal of the post COVID 19 situation?

Due to the new importance of our homes and the boom of household appliances, the focus is primarily on smart home applications and products that have a positive influence on the living climate.  Besides, the focus is on cutting-edge technologies, such as IoT, 5G, Mixed Reality, AI and robotics which will redesign the world in the era of digital working and learning, telemedicine and digital health.

The number of participants is limited, because health and safety are top priority.  Nevertheless, there will be non-virtual live events that will focus on B2B core functions of IFA.

Cross-industry innovations will be presented at SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT.  For the first time, the platforms for both, technologies that will change our mobility (SHIFT) and future-oriented products, concepts and solutions from high-tech companies, startups and research institutes (IFA NEXT) will be combined and will serve as an expert network.

These event components aim at trade visitors.  Media representatives can experience the latest products, press briefings and IFA keynotes live at the IFA Global Press Conferences.

World Defense Show To Be Hosted By Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries announces a fully integrated defense show starting March 2022
  • Every two years, ‘World Defense Show’ will feature latest innovations in interoperability across air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems
  • Fully integrated defense show will see air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems brought together for the first time in Saudi Arabia
  • The latest integrated technology developments will be demonstrated to showcase every defense domain on a major scale 
  • Biggest players in the world of defense will join together to discuss the challenges that face us all and the global defense industry of the future
  • Show set in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom looks to bring 50% of its defense expenditure ‘in house’ as the 3rd biggest spender on defense globally
  • Biennial show to begin from 6th – 9th March 2022

Today, a fully integrated defense show that will bring together air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems has been announced to take place in Saudi Arabia starting 2022.

With global defense spending hitting $1.9 trillion in 2019, marking a 3.6% increase over the previous year’s figures*, the World Defense Show is set to bring together the biggest defense players in the industry to discuss the challenges facing defense industry decision makers.

The topic of discussion will be focused on finding interoperable solutions across air, land, sea, security and satellite defense systems, with the event being the first time that all five defense areas have been brought together under one roof in Saudi Arabia. The event will also bring together the latest technology innovations which will be demonstrated both live and virtually as the event takes center stage on the global defense show circuit.

With technology accelerating at pace, the World Defense Show is being held at a time when the industry is evolving, and defense considerations are becoming increasingly complex. It marks an important move for the defense community to convene and come together in the presence of Saudi Arabia’s key leadership.

The World Defense Show is set to take place in Saudi Arabia, a country that spends $70bn per year on defense, making it the 3rd biggest spender on defense globally and the single largest importer of arms in the world.

The event takes place against the backdrop of news of the country’s ambitious targets to localize 50% of its military expenditure by 2030 as it seeks to strengthen its ties with defense industry partners from around the world, whilst encouraging investment opportunities and a new generation to aspire to work in the defense industry.

The responsibility for reaching these targets lies with the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) the regulator, enabler and licensor for Saudi Arabia’s defense and security industry and founder of the World Defense Show.

Included in the show will be both live and virtual demonstrations of the possibilities that integrations can provide across all five defense domains: Air, Land, Sea, Security and Satellite. The show’s venue, estimated to accommodate 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and virtual technological capabilities to showcase every defense domain on an unprecedented scale.

Joining us now to talk about this is His Excellency Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor, General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) and Shaun Ormrod, the former CEO of Farnborough Airshow who is CEO of the World Defense Show.

*Source: according to the annual report by the Stockholm International Peace Rerch Institute

About World Defense Show

World Defense Show is display and demonstration of integrated and innovation-driven defense solutions, set to serve as the global stage for defense interoperability. The inaugural World Defense Show will take place biannually starting March 2022, in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, to showcase the latest in interoperable defense solutions. The event will be held in the presence of Saudi Arabia’s key leadership, international delegations and prominent industry decision makers from around the world.

About General Authority for Military Industries

The founder of World Defense Show, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries is the regulator, enabler and licensor for the kingdom’s military industry. GAMI is responsible for domestic defense sector development in line with the national commitment to localize 50% of military manufacturing by 2030.

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How YOUR Social Media Affects Your Mortgage And Loan

Almost a third (32%) of 25-34 year olds have experienced issues getting a mortgage or loan as a result of their activity on social media and what’s more 18% of people globally have experienced issues accessing financial services because of an assessment of their social media information. That’s according to a major new study released […] Read more

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Babylon and Mount Sinai Launch AI-powered App To Fight COVID-19

Babylon Joins the Mount Sinai Health Partners Provider Network to Expand 24/7 Access to Digital Healthcare Services for Millions of New Yorkers

  • Babylon brings its AI-powered app to deliver new healthcare services to New Yorkers, including video consultations with board-certified family medicine physicians, and a full suite of digital tools designed to help keep patients informed during a time of crisis.
  • Babylon’s COVID-19 Care Assistant delivers up-to-date information and virtual care for each individual, allowing doctors to allocate time to the patients who need it most.

As New Yorkers remain sheltered in place and hospitals battle overwhelming COVID-19 patient numbers, Babylon announces a comprehensive care solution aimed to quickly put 24/7 digital healthcare services into the hands of millions of New Yorkers, right where they are.

Starting today, every eligible New Yorker can access digital healthcare services through the Babylon app, such as telemedicine, covered normally by their insurance policy. Serving patients straight from their phones, key tools through the Babylon app include a new COVID-19 Care Assistant that provides up-to-date information about COVID-19, with the hopes of easing patient anxiety and helping individuals make informed next steps toward wellness. The Babylon app can be accessed 24/7 and combines updated health information, a symptom checker, live chat with real Babylon team members, symptom logging, and virtual doctor consultations with New York Telemedicine Associates.

With an option to speak to clinicians by video, the service will take pressure off of New York emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and other medical services at a time when so many in the state are at capacity.

As demands on medical professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities grow day by day across the United States, there has never been a greater need to protect and reduce the overall strain on our healthcare professionals. By utilizing AI-powered technology to keep patients informed, and a virtual care model to support the most vulnerable, Babylon can continue to drive forward its mission of increasing access to quality healthcare around the world.

Dr Ali Parsa, CEO & Founder, Babylon, said:

“Babylon joining the Mount Sinai Health Partners provider network is aimed to put a doctor in the pocket of eligible New Yorkers, 24/7, covered as normal by their insurance policy. At a time that one of the greatest cities in the world is going through one of its worst public health crises, our relationship brings the brilliant services of Mount Sinai Health Partners together with the unique global expertise of Babylon, to  give eligible insurance plan members in the city access for their primary healthcare needs, wherever they are and whenever they need it. Together, we will revolutionize healthcare for all in New York City, while freeing up space and time for health workers inside health systems to do their life saving work.”

Robert W.  Fields, MD, MHA, Chief Medical Officer, Mount Sinai Health Partners said:

“Babylon, a leader in convenient and accessible digital health care services, is a valuable addition to our high-performing primary care network. New York is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than ever the need to engage with our patients in their homes has become an essential part of healthcare. Having Babylon in our network also strengthens our capacity in this area to serve our patients at the highest level.”

The Babylon app provides access to a digital-first healthcare solution that makes available a variety of healthcare services, with aims of fully integrating into secondary healthcare. The relationship between Babylon and Mount Sinai Health Partners illustrates a quality, digital-first care model – underlined by a focus on prevention – that Babylon aims to replicate with other impactful healthcare organizations across the U.S. and worldwide.

As part of Babylon’s move into the United States, it has already been providing access to services through the Babylon app to members of certain health plans in Missouri, New York and California, building toward a 50 state network.

This news marks a major announcement for Babylon in the US, after the company announced its $550M funding round last year and looked to quick U.S. expansion in an effort to continue fulfilling its global mission of putting accessible and affordable healthcare into the hands of everyone, everywhere. 

About Babylon

Babylon is a globally-leading technology company with the ambitious mission to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on Earth.

We combine technology and medical expertise to bring doctors and people closer together, with digital healthcare tools designed to empower people with knowledge about their health. Through a range of digital health services – such as AI-backed digital health tools and video doctor appointments – we give people round-the-clock access to affordable, holistic healthcare services. We work with governments, health providers and insurers across the globe, and support healthcare facilities from small local practices to large hospitals.

With a $2B valuation, Babylon has over 4 million registered patients and has completed nearly 2 million consultations globally. We have teamed up with 170 impactful worldwide partners — including the NHS, Telus Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Rwanda —  to fulfill our vision of accessible and affordable healthcare, for all. For more information, visit https://www.babylonhealth.com/us.

About Mount Sinai Health Partners

Mount Sinai Health Partners is a clinically integrated network, comprised of Mount Sinai’s full-time faculty physicians, associated community physicians, and eight hospitals spanning Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Our doctors work closely together and hold each other accountable to deliver high-quality health care to people that is rooted in the best practices of current evidence-based medicine.

Mount Sinai Health Partners builds relationships – with community organizations, health plans and employers — to give our patients a more effective and seamlessly connected health care experience. We embrace population health management and new payment models that reward accountability for cost and quality, participating in managed care agreements with health insurers that foster ongoing health improvement across various patient populations.

Microsoft Announces Plan To Go Carbon Negative By Year 2030

On January 16, 2020, Microsoft announced its commitment to be carbon negative by 2030 and that it will remove all the carbon it has emitted either directly or via electricity consumption since it was founded in 1975 by 2050. Additionally, it will create a $1 billion climate innovation fund to accelerate the development of carbon reduction and removal technologies. As a part of this goal, Microsoft will reduce its emissions by more than half by 2030 , extending across its entire business and supply chain

Microsoft also announced that it will:

– Work with customers and partners to help them track and reduce their own carbon footprints

– Use its voice to advocate for public policies that support a gloabal, low-carbon economy.

Microsoft’s AI for Earth Initiative

This announcemnet represents Microsoft’s expanded emphasis on and commitment to environmental sustainability.

It’s existing AI for Earth represents one piece of Microsoft’s overall sustainability efforts. The initiative encompasses a five-year, $50-million program that brings the full advantage of Microsoft technology to those working to solve global environmental challenges in the key focus areas of climate, agriculture, water and biodiversity conservation.

Microsoft Sustainability Calculator

Microsoft is empowering its customers and partners with new product features to track and reduce carbon. One of these new product features is the now-available Microsoft Sustainability Calculator. This tool is a new Power BI dashboard that shows emissions performance from cloud and Azure services. This enables customers to understand the carbon impacts of their cloud workloads, discover the potential benefits from fully migrating to Azure, and assists them in reporting their carbon footprint for IT services in the often hard-to-track Scope 3 category of emissions.

In this video you will see a demonstration of how the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator works to track carbon emissions for Microsoft customers. 

Microsoft Datacenters

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to achieve net-zero carbon in its business operations, the company is shifting to 100 percent renewable energy in its datacenters by 2025. 

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