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Technology infuses ancient hajj rites tailored for pandemic – Lifestyle – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The vast, white-marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, would normally be packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world the day before the hajj.

On Tuesday, however, only a few officials and workers putting last-minute preparations in place were seen at the Grand Mosque housing the Kaaba.

In place of the 2.5 million pilgrims who performed the hajj last year, only a very limited number of faithful — anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 — are being allowed to take part in what is largely a symbolic pilgrimage amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The select few approved for this year’s hajj have been tested for the virus and are self-isolating in hotel rooms in Mecca, where they will experience an ancient pilgrimage — albeit tailored this year for a modern-day pandemic.

Amr Al-Maddah, the chief planning officer at

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Shareholders Of Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) Must Be Happy With Their 162% Total Return

When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For instance, the price of Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) stock is up an impressive 137% over the last five years. On top of that, the share price is up 25% in about a quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 18% in 90 days).

Check out our latest analysis for Microchip Technology

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.


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Interview: TruKKer, the Uber of trucking world has big plans in Saudi Arabia

He told how the idea for TruKKer — which recently completed one of the biggest early rounds of capital raising in the region with a $23 million funding from some of its biggest investors — first came to him.

“I was having dinner with a friend who works in fertilizer manufacture. He was very agitated because he was let down by a haulage firm for a delivery the following day. It ruined dinner, but we saw an opportunity,” he related.

Like Uber or Careem, TruKKer users can order their vehicle via an app under the slogan “any truck, any time, anywhere.”

Since it launched in 2016 as the region’s first technology-enabled truck aggregator, it has gained 12,000 drivers and trucks to keep the Middle East’s commercial lifelines moving, even in the trying circumstances of pandemic lockdowns and transport restrictions.

Biswas said he was “inspired” by similar tech-based haulage businesses in

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Dallas sports technology duo created a robotic quarterback. The NFL is catching on

Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company.

While developing the world’s first robotic quarterback, Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti never anticipated their invention would be sidelined by a pandemic, virtually shutting down practice time.

They are finding that NFL players are using their technology as a way to practice at home while socially distancing.

Karlicic and Maganti are the co-founders of Monarc, a Dallas-based sports technology company. After years of development, Monarc released “The Seeker,” a robotic training device with the capabilities of a quarterback.

The Seeker uses a tracking device to “throw” the football, creating realistic drills for wide receivers, Karlicic said.

Click here for a gallery of more photos of the device in action. 

“We say (robotic) quarterback because it allows people to train alone for the first time ever,” Karlicic said.

Current NFL players such as tight ends George

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Building The World’s Top AI Industry Community

When it comes to artificial intelligence, and technology in general, we as a society are often guilty of thinking of it as separate from humanity. However, AI and humanity are of course intricately entwined, as AI is built by humans. Just as the saying goes, “no man is an island,” the same can be said of what we build.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has now permeated all sectors of business – and for good reason. 

Across multiple industries, difficult or expensive tasks can be automated by AI/ML and, as a result, catapult even failing businesses into success. AI boasts a seemingly infinite list of applications – from improving customer experience to curing sleep disorders. 

However, as the use of artificial intelligence rises, so does the need for cross-industry communication on the topic. 

Ai4 is unique in that it creates a bridge between industries, leaders, and technologists. The company provides a common

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Micron Technology Is Still Undervalued (NASDAQ:MU)

Lately, Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) has been in the headlines quite a lot and for very good reason. The company’s third-quarter results surpassed consensus estimates across the board by a solid margin. And now, chances of stellar performance in the fourth quarter remain strong, all thanks to increasing demand from data centers and gaming consoles, improving smartphone demand, favorable product mix, a well-diversified customer base, and a healthy balance sheet.

Despite a solid financial performance and broad product portfolio, I believe that the stock is significantly undervalued. Although the company has managed to rise 60.91% from its low of $31.13 in March 2020, it nevertheless remains down by 6.30% YTD. The market seems to not have adequately priced several secular tailwinds that can benefit the company in the next few years.

The current tech-enabled world requires a ton of memory and storage solutions

According to industry association, SEMI, there will be

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What’s Next For Technology-Driven Ventures In Turbulent Times

Back in 1995, I had the opportunity to sit in on the first internet-based video telecast, put on by IBM between its New York and San Diego offices. The images were herky-jerky and the sound quality was so-so, but from that moment on, the world began to change in interesting ways, and thousands of new business ideas were sprung. Nowadays, the entire world is being run via video teleconferencing.

The experiences we are collectively having via videoconferencing may be paving the way for the next generation of business models as well. Tomorrow’s ventures may be built upon the “zoomification” of work, education and training, as explained by Lars Sudmann, former CFO of Procter & Gamble Belgium and now innovation leadership and board advisor to organizations such as The Conference Board. Expect to see, for example, “a ‘Zoom’ for university degrees, corporate training and next-level

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Shares retreat globally on U.S.-China tensions, gold soars

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Shares worldwide skidded further on Friday as a pickup in U.S. and European business activity did little to ease jitters about rising U.S.-China tensions, while gold broke above $1,900 an ounce on its march toward a record high.

FILE PHOTO: Traders wearing masks work, on the first day of in person trading since the closure during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

In a tit-for-tat move, Beijing ordered Washington to close the U.S. consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for China being told earlier this week to shut its consulate in Houston.

Data showing business activity in the euro zone returned to growth failed to cheer investors. German manufacturing avoided contraction for the first time in 19 months in July with a notable upturn in sales

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How Warrior Nun blends religion & tech

Barry said of the decision to mash up technology and religion, “We were doing a show that had a mythology that was thousands of years old, and we wanted to honor the connection to that. But at the same time, it takes place in 2020, and it’s about a group of young people.” He continued, “We wanted to at least open the universe up to both realities and [avoid making] it exclusive to one or the other.”

While some people see religion and science as mutually exclusive, Barry is far more interested in exploring how they go together. He explained, “The idea that science and religion were two sides of the same coin was fascinating to us because we were dealing with mystery and supernatural elements already in our show, which are things like the halo and the mythology of the halo.” The showrunner clarified, “It seems like a natural

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What is Google Pay, and how do you use it?

Like everything else, the way you pay for anything, from a movie theater ticket to a new car, is changing. Google Pay completely takes your finances and makes them high-tech by allowing you to combine all your accounts in one secure place.

The best part is it turns your phone into your personal banking system, letting you make payments or transfer money in the blink of an eye. Learn all the steps you need to follow to get up and running with this service right now.

Google Pay for smartphones

In iOS or Android, you can use Google Pay within Gmail to send money to any email address — even a non-Google one.  While services vary according to country, you can also request or accept money using Gmail. Whether you’re paying or accepting payment, your information is encrypted and you can easily revoke access to your Google account on

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