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Fancy pizza delivery by a robot? Knocking at your door, hopefully soon!

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After US and China, Japan has decided to onboard delivery robots(bots) technology to meetthe increasing demand for contactless delivery. In the next few months, these bots will be seen on public roads, sidewalks, and apartments of several cities in Japan.

In the US, Amazon and FedEx are already in the process of testing delivery robotsin several cities. FedEx’s delivery bot‘Roxo’looks much likea small refrigerator and is designed to deliver smaller shipments to customers. Fedex is collaborating with retailers like AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart for their delivery.Amazon’s delivery bot ‘Scout’would be delivering parcels toits exclusive Prime Members only.

In China, the autonomous delivery robot ‘S2’, has become extremely popularfor delivering food and parcels from underground restaurants and stores to customerseven to floors as high as 15 level. ‘Nero’ is an interesting entry on the robot scene and has inbuild space that can be used to carry fruit and vegetables, cooked meals, or freshly baked pizzas, with the adjustable temperature settings to suit whatever is inside.

As many companies have succeeded to capitalize on technology to enable robot delivery robots, these slice of science fiction are coming soon to a sidewalk near you!

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Clubhouse app: Have you got your invite yet?

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If you are an iPhone owner, feel the privilege. The audio-based social media app Clubhouse has been engaging the vociferous online audience. The app gives people the opportunity to talk, share stories, brainstorm, discuss interests, and indulge.

In the world of social media driven by visual communication, Clubhouse came with a daring approach of engaging people with digital audio. While the by-invite model promises exclusivity, the more promising hook is that it ascertains authenticity of the user. The app was well timed; launched early last year when the world was going into a lockdown and were missing the usual chit-chats, discussions, and avenues to network.

So how does it work? Once you are invited to join, you can start or listen to conversations in digital ‘rooms’, ranging from a major talk by a celebrity or a famous person or a chat within a small group. Great opportunity to engage and network in the pandemic-stricken world!

The Clubhouse charm is the opportunity to participate in unperturbed conversations with celebs. Tiffany Haddish, Elon Mask, Oprah Winfrey and Auston Kutcher have joined the house already and are cooking a storm. There’s no better indication that the first phase of Clubhouse was a bang, and the app may have a future. Only time will tell!

The app, as we’ve realized, comes with two big limitations. One, it is ‘by invite’, which means that you may or may be in it, and two, the users will have to join live, as the conversations are not saved. Also, Android users may be up for a long wait, pressuring them into FOMO!

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Will Elon’s investment give booster dose to Bitcoin?

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When Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, the bigger news that stormed social media was about Tesla planning to accept the cryptocurrency for payment purposes. ‘Use Bitcoin to buy a car’ sounds really cool!

While Elon’s investment will boost market confidence and institutional adoption of Bitcoin, the most ardent supporter of Bitcoin is Michael Saylor, CEO of US-based business intelligence and mobile software company MicroStrategy. Saylor refers to Bitcoin as ‘Digital Gold’ and his company is the largest investor in Bitcoins.

For those who are new to ‘Bitcoin’, we can define it as a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network. It relies on the blockchain technology, which is a shared database of transactions, with entries that must be confirmed and encrypted. Although Bitcoin has been the ‘talk of Internet’ since last year, most looked at it as an investment, rather than a form of payment.

Many mainstream brands have also allowed customers to make purchases with bitcoin through third-party processors. AT&T was the first major US company to provide cryptocurrency payment option to its customers. Microsoft recently started offering games and other apps for bitcoin. The virtual currency also made its way into the luxury market with bullion dealers and private jet plane sellers.

As economic uncertainty and market volatility has pushed Bitcoin as an alternate currency, if you haven’t cashed in on the crypto boom yet, you have another chance!

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The ‘Signal’ May Go Down?

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When Whatsapp decided to update its privacy policy, there was a mass exodus from the platform. In no time, the Signal and Telegram messaging apps saw a sweeping surge in new users.

 Signal was more in luck as Tesla CEO tweeted ‘Use Signal’ while telling everyone to switch to more encrypted apps than WhatsApp and Facebook. Signal also revealed that they will never sell data and will look at donations for monetization.

However, with the second incident of ‘downtime’ within the last one week, the load taking ability of Signal comes under question. The Independent described this as, ‘The messaging app Elon Musk told you to download has stopped working’.

‘I use Signal everyday’, reads a testimonial by Edward Snowden on Signal’s website. As Signal does not keep record of any calls, it came across as a lucrative option to users moving away from Whatsapp. The app It collects no personal data except phone number, while Telegram still collects contact information, phone number, and the User ID. It also allows users to send ‘self-destructing’ messages – messages send with a pre-assisted expiration date – which disappear automatically.

However, if Signal is more secure, Telegram is the more feature-rich of the two. On Telegram, one can add up to 200,000 members in a group, whereas the number is 1000 for Signal. It has a web version, which is missing for Signal. Also, the current outages may be concerning for users who have made a complete shift to Signal for messaging.

Signal or Telegram, the choice is ultimately yours. Take an informed call!

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