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Virtual Reality #6: Maleela Hong’s Senior Story – East Greenwich News

virtual reality #6: maleela hong’s senior story – east greenwich news

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By Jessica Caterson
Entering her first day of high school, freshman Maleela Hong was experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. “I was slightly terrified. High school was completely different from anything I had ever done before,” she said with a laugh. Bubbly and bright eyed, Maleela had no idea what to expect from the high school. She had spent most of her educational career in private schools, and had only recently switched over to EG schools in eighth grade. Because of the team system at the middle school, Maleela didn’t know a large number of people in her grade. “I made it my goal freshman year to make new friends and connections with as many people as possible,” she recalled. “It was one of the reasons I chose public school actually. I felt like it gave me more of an opportunity to interact with different kinds of people.” 
Despite her shy demeanor, Maleela has always been a vibrant, talented, and inspiring individual. She’s never been swayed by the want to be popular and has always stayed true to who she is. “I’ve never characterized myself into any so-called stereotype,” she explained. “I just wanted to be myself and …

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SEBI Allows Startups To Test Fintech Innovations On Live Market Investors – Inc42 Media

sebi allows startups to test fintech innovations on live market investors – inc42 media

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Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), on Friday (June 5), rolled out a circular to pave way for financial innovations in stock exchanges through regulatory sandboxes.In the notification, the markets regulator laid the norms for fintech startups on how they can test, without hassles of registering in a controlled environment, on actual customers for promoting innovations.SEBI believes that encouraging adoption and usage of technologies can act as an instrument to develop and maintain an efficient, fair and transparent securities market ecosystem.For this, SEBI is looking to grant certain facilities and flexibilities to fintech platforms to test technologies in a live environment on a limited set of real customers for a limited time frame. “These features will be fortified with necessary safeguards for investor protection and risk mitigation,” SEBI said.The framework of the sandbox is based on a discussion paper issued by SEBI on May 29, 2019. Under this, SEBI laid out certain criteria for shortlisting the companies. At that time, however, SEBI only allowed startups to test their solutions in an offline environment.For instance, SEBI allowed all entities registered with SEBI under Section 12 of the SEBI Act 1992, shall be eligible for testing within the regulatory sandbox. An …

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Detroit tech startups offer free, reduced-cost services to small businesses

detroit tech startups offer free, reduced-cost services to small businesses

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Detroit — Tech startups are expanding their outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free or reduced-cost services to entrepreneurs and small companies pressed to do more things online.Internet marketing company Waymark is giving away customizable website video templates. Autobooks is waiving fees through the end of the year on its recently created payment and accounting platform. And Sift is offering its employee directory software free for six months.Through partnerships with Spectrum Reach and FordDirect, Detroit-based Waymark has given away $950,000 worth of the video templates for businesses. The offer includes a one-month free subscription and two free videos.“It’s needed so much because people are adjusting, changing their business practices on the fly,” said Nathan Labenz, the CEO of Waymark. “They’re moving to new ways of doing things… All these changes are just challenges not only for people to operationalize, but they also have to communicate that to their customers.” A woman types on a keyboard in New York. (Photo: Jenny Kane, AP)The videos will help businesses communicate changes to their customers, such as a restaurant offering takeout only. Even with no experience, he added, a person can customize a good-looking video.“Typically, our content is …

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60 San Diego startups named Cool Companies, twice as many as last year

60 san diego startups named cool companies, twice as many as last year

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Innovega has developed patented contact lenses that, when combined with specialized face glasses, bring digital augmented reality to a user’s field of view without a bulky headset.Vivid Genomics uses machine learning and genetic based profiling to produce tests aimed at improving drug development for Alzheimer’s disease.Educational Vision Technologies has developed an automated video platform that enables colleges to deliver virtual lectures — complete with searchable notes and slides — to students taking classes online without extra work for professors.These three San Diego start-ups are among the 60 firms selected at as this year’s Cool Companies by Connect/San Diego Venture Group.
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“The breadth and depth of the companies applying is what really excites us,” said Mike Krenn, chief executive of Connect. “And the companies were just so darn good, we chose twice as many as last year.”Cool Companies is designed to spotlight promising San Diego technology and life sciences startups that are ready to move beyond seed funding and into raising their first round of venture capital funding. More than 200 companies apply each year.Connect/San Diego Venture Group, which merged last year, typically hosts a live event where Cool Companies can show off to …

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Today In Payments: PayFort To Boost Startups | PYMNTS.com

today in payments: payfort to boost startups | pymnts.com

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In today’s top news, Amazon is looking at buying a stake in India’s Bharti Airtel, and the Trump administration expects the next round of stimulus funding to hit $1 trillion. Plus, Grab expands its shopping and delivery app to eight countries in Southeast Asia.Amazon Eyes Deal For $2B Stake In Indian Telecom Bharti AirtelAmazon may become the latest American tech giant to buy its way into India’s fast-growing telecom market as it eyes a deal to take a $2 billion stake in Bharti Airtel, India’s third-largest telecom operator. The potential move could reshuffle India’s mobile market by infusing cash into the up-and-coming telecom as it challenges the market’s dominant player, Jio, which has recently received major investments by U.S.-based tech companies.Next Economic Stimulus Package Could Hit $1TThe Trump administration anticipates a $1 trillion figure could be in the cards for the next round of stimulus funding, with an eye toward possibly including back-to-work incentives, liability protections and more. Talks on the matter that had been scheduled for this week have been delayed, however, and McConnell said no action on additional stimulus measures will be taken before the two-week recess that begins July 3.Grab …

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Virtual reality could change schooling in ‘way we’ve not seen before’

virtual reality could change schooling in ‘way we’ve not seen before’

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Rob Theriault, Georgian College’s immersive technology lead, is exploring the application of virtual reality technology to education. (Supplied)

Virtual-reality learning is in its infancy and Georgian College has begun looking at its applications across all faculties, Georgian’s Rob Theriault said Friday.Paramedics at Georgian started using the immersive technology in 2019, which Theriault introduced to the program which he’s taught for 25 years.Now he’s the college’s “immersive technology lead,” responsible for seeing what other applications there may be for the technology, he said by phone Friday. He said his position is unique in Ontario and maybe Canada.Virtual reality participants wear a head-mounted display while holding hand controllers, giving the sensation of being in the middle of and interacting amid a realistic video game-like environment.Theriault said the ongoing pandemic has added urgency to improve distance-learning experiences because colleges and universities must figure out how to offer hands-on labs and respect social distancing to limit the respiratory virus’s spread.“My hope with virtual reality will be a shortening of the learning curve, there’ll be an ability to learn skills and procedures in a way that can’t be replicated in a Zoom call.”Theriault said …

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France Aims To Rescue Startups From Takeovers | PYMNTS.com

france aims to rescue startups from takeovers | pymnts.com

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Looking for a way to protect technology companies from becoming prey to foreign buyers, France has created a fund to bail out startups.Bloomberg News reported that the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance allocated 150 million euro ($170 million) through its government-backed lender, Bpifrance Financement SA, to invest in French companies if they are targeted by an unsolicited foreign investor.In a statement on Friday (June 5), the government said it may increase the fund to 500 million euros ($567 million) next year. Its mission will be to protect the country’s businesses by taking minority stakes in strategic companies, the news service reported.The infusion of cash is part of the nation’s stimulus package for the technology industry as France tries to keep investors at bay.In April, the French government passed a 300-euro ($339 billion) stimulus package that guarantees up to 90 percent of eligible loans to companies registered in France. The loans, a collaboration between the Finance Ministry, Bpifrance and the French Banking Federation, provide a 12-month payment deferral and an option for the borrower to repay the loan over five years, Proskauer reported.In addition, France is adding a 100 million-euro ($113 million) program for companies that are still in the research …

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Build Your Own Virtual Reality Goggles (Virtual Presentation)

build your own virtual reality goggles (virtual presentation)

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Virtual reality headsets are all the rage, but they can be quite expensive! During this virtual program hosted by the Plainfield Public Library District on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 to 8 p.m., you will learn how to build your own Google Cardboard and use your smartphone to create a virtual reality headset. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program.This program is intended for adults. To register, please visit the Library’s online calendar at www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org. This is a virtual program. Once registered, you will receive instructions to join the event.

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Lenovo Mirage VR S3 virtual reality headset aims to elevate businesses

lenovo mirage vr s3 virtual reality headset aims to elevate businesses

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The Lenovo Mirage VR S3 is the company’s newest virtual reality solution for the workplace. The company took the wraps the all-in-one VR headset at the VR/AR Global Summit online conference. Lenovo tapped the help of global VR tech developer, Pico Interactive to engineer the Mirage VR S3. It’s specifically tailored for use in simulated job training and fields like architecture, construction, content creation and more. The Mirage VR S3 also plays a role in educational institutions with Lenovo VR Classroom 2 for middle and high school students.“VR helps achieve better, faster training at lower cost,” commercial AR/VR lead, Nathan Pettyjohn said in a keynote Monday. “Our enterprise customers are looking for solutions to build and enable more skilled and efficient global workforces.”The Android based Lenovo Mirage VR S3 packs 4K optics to the tune of 1920×2160 (per eye) and a 110 degree FOV. This allows for crisp, lifelike visuals in virtual reality simulations.The VR headset features Qualcomm 835 CPU, 64GB of expandable storage. It also has wipeable hygienic face pads for shared use and supports hands-free operation. At the heart of the Mirage VR S3 is Lenovo’s own ThinkReality software. It gives managers access to powerful management …

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