Android Auto expands to dozens of countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia

Android Auto, the Google-powered software system for cars, is expanding to dozens of new markets around the world, the company announced. In the coming months, Android Auto will be available in 36 additional countries, including much of Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and a handful of countries in Africa.



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Here’s the list of countries that will soon be getting Android Auto:

  • Europe: Albania, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine
  • Asia: Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia
  • Africa: Angola, Botswana

Google is effectively doubling the number of countries in the world where customers can access Android Auto. It’s a sign that the company is feeling bullish about the future of its vehicle interface. Google recently announced

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Microsoft acquires video-game tournament tool Smash.GG as MSN expands esports footprint

Microsoft has acquired the esports organization tool Smash.GG, according to an announcement by MSN’s new esports hub. Smash.GG confirmed the acquisition with a small blurb on its front page.

Smash.GG bills itself as a self-service esports platform, offered as a free service to the owners and organizers behind gaming tournaments worldwide. It offers an easy way for fans and players to find, enter, and follow gaming competitions, along with software that automatically generates competitive brackets.

While it’s most strongly associated with head-to-head tournament fighters like Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros., as its name would suggest, Smash.GG also provides services for games in other genres, such as Rocket League, Fortnite, Valorant, and the mobile card battler Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links. It’s been used for everything from local get-togethers to major international competitions, and currently claims to support over 6,000 active events.

Founded in 2015, Smash.GG bills itself as the

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YouTube Giving expands to let more channels fundraise for their favorite charities

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After a debut last year, Google on Tuesday is rolling out the YouTube Giving program widely to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Google announced the change on its blog. As of now, all channels that are a part of YouTube’s Partner Program and have more than 10,000 subscribers can participate. You also have to be based in the US, Canada or the UK to be eligible.

YouTube Giving is a built-in tool to help you raise money for an eligible charity. Nonprofits that meet the other criteria can also use the program to fundraise directly. Sign up, and you can add a donate button to your videos or livestreams so viewers can give money directly to your favorite cause. 

Channels designated as made for kids aren’t eligible

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Huawei expands optical networking portfolio

Huawei announced it will further upgrade its Optical Networking 2.0 platform first introduced in 2019. At the company’s Optical Network Innovation Forum, it announced plans to support 800G, ‘smart’ O&M and additional premium services for operators. 

To date, Huawei has helped global operators build over 120 200G commercial networks. Huawei’s 800G optical module supports an adjustable line rate ranging from 200 to 800 Gbps and 20 percent longer transmission distance using a unique Channel Matched Shaping (CMS) algorithm. The Super C-Band system provides up to 120 channels and supports evolution to Super C+L. 

The platform also simplifies sites to help reduce TCO. On the electrical layer, Huawei’s Liquid OTN reduces per-site latency by 70 percent and supports 100-fold more connections by breaking bandwidth into 2M hard slices. On the optical layer, Huawei’s new compact OXC product OSN 9800 P32C is flexible enough to fit various scenarios. It also slashes the

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Pure Expands Its As-A-Service Playbook

The push by established datacenter tech vendors to get into the as-a-service game has accelerated in recent months, fueled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need by organizations to more quickly embrace cloud services to help them adapt to the suddenly shifted business model that features a more widely distributed workforce, which brings a truckload of security and management issues.

There also has been the ongoing migration into the cloud by organizations even before the public health crisis hit and growing understanding that for most businesses, the future will be rich with hybrid clouds, with a share of on-premises and private clouds as well as multiple public clouds, all of which will demand simpler and streamlined management.

The as-a-service drive is a way for these vendors to have a foot in both the traditional core datacenters and in cloud environments, similar to how the big public cloud providers

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Google Expands Pay App With Bank Accounts and Debit Card

Alphabet’s Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report said it expanded its Google Pay app to enable users to open back accounts, pay friends and manage budgets.

 The updated application debuted Wednesday. 

Alphabet partnered with Citi  (C) – Get Report and Stanford Federal Credit Union to launch the mobile bank accounts with plans to add 11 new partner institutions in 2021. 

“Along with our bank partners, we were looking to make banking more relevant for the mobile-first generation,” Caesar Sengupta, general manager of payments at Google, told CNBC Wednesday. 

“It will help our partners make banking more approachable to that generation, and not only make it more relevant, but make it more fun.”

Google will have so-called Plex checking and savings accounts, which have no monthly fees, overdraft charges or minimum-balance requirements. 

People who sign up for Google bank accounts can request a physical debit card, which will

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Amazon expands its in-garage delivery to 4,000 cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York

Amazon is making its in-garage delivery an option for more people. The company announced today that it’s expanding its Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery service to more than 4,000 cities in the US to reach millions of Prime members. The service is coming to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix and Washington, DC, as well as thousands of surrounding areas. You can check to see if your zip code is eligible here.



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Along with this announcement, Amazon says it’s also making in-garage grocery delivery available for deliveries coming from Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods. For now, this is only available in certain areas of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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To use these services, you’ll need to have a myQ-compatible garage door opener from Chamberlain or LiftMaster and a smart home camera from Ring or LiftMaster to view your

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CV Strategies Expands Web Development Team to Accommodate Client Demand

PALM DESERT, Calif., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CV Strategies, a full-service communications and community engagement firm, announced today the expansion of its web development team in response to increased client need for websites that are responsive, impactful and user-friendly.

CV Strategies has extensive web service experience, ranging from ongoing content management services to conducting complete site overhauls. The company has managed, developed, and designed myriad websites, each of them distinctive in their ability to convey a vision, maximize public engagement and establish a client’s position as a leading community resource for information.

The firm has added a number of staff to its in-house creative team to accommodate clients in a variety of sectors, which includes public agencies, renewable energy, healthcare, non-profit and retail.

“We are excited by the opportunity this expansion presents for the firm and for our clients,” said Erin Gilhuly, founder and president of CV

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Global X ETFs Further Expands Thematic Offering with Launch of Emerging Markets Internet & E-commerce ETF (EWEB)

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global X ETFs, the New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), today announced the launch of the Global X Emerging Markets Internet & E-commerce ETF (EWEB). The fund is a furtherance of Global X’s funds offering targeted access to powerful disruptive trends around the world.

In 2018, 74% of global growth was attributable to emerging market economies, driven in large part by a rapidly growing middle class of internet-connected consumers.1 These rising digital consumers are forming new consumption patterns, driving the growth of emerging market e-commerce platforms. In 2019, for example, Amazon celebrated that over $7 billion worth of goods were sold through its platform on Prime Day, a testament to consumer’s adoption of e-commerce in developed markets.2 But in China, this number was dwarfed by Alibaba’s 2019 estimated sales totaling $38.4 billion recorded on the nation’s Single’s Day.3

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T-Mobile expands 4G LTE home internet service to 130 more cities and towns

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T-Mobile is expanding its 4G LTE-based home internet service, the carrier announced on Monday, bringing the offering to over “130 additional cities and towns across nine states.” 

The $50-per-month offering, which is already available in parts of 450 cities and towns around the country, includes taxes and fees in its price, as well as unlimited data with “no data caps.” T-Mobile says there are no annual contracts for its service or hardware rental costs for a modem, with the equipment also designed to be self-installed. 

Among the states seeing an expansion of the service are Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin. A list of areas can be found in T-Mobile’s press

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