India FinTech Forum Selects 27 Fintech Startups for IFTA 2020


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Non-profit fintech advocacy group India FinTech Forum announced on Tuesday the list of 27 fintech startups shortlisted for the 5th edition of India Fintech Awards (IFTA).

The startups will be giving live demos to the jury from 30 November till 2 December 2020 to compete for the Fintech Startup of the Year at the award ceremony. Furthermore, six innovative fintech companies will compete for the Fintech Scaleup of the Year award.

The fintech startups with high potential were chosen from a pool of over 600 applications received from across the globe such as the US, the UK, the UAE, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, India, Hungary, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil, and Algeria.

The non-profit initiative platform has

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On-premises data warehouses are dead

Global Market Insights estimates that cloud providers will host the majority of data warehousing loads by 2025. But don’t take their word for it. Gartner estimates that 30 percent of data warehousing workloads now run in the cloud and that this will grow to two-thirds by 2024. Just a few years ago in 2016 the figure was less than 7 percent, also according to Gartner.   

None of this should be a surprise. Even the core data warehouse technology providers have seen this trend and are spending the majority of their R&D budgets to build solutions for public cloud providers. Moreover, the public cloud providers themselves have “company killing” products, such as AWS’s RedShift, a columnar database designed to compete with the larger enterprise data warehouse players. 

Past impediments to building data warehouses and data marts on public clouds included a perception that security was still an issue on public clouds.

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More efforts needed for forest protection: expert

Vietnam has abundant forest resources, but there are many ongoing problems relating to forest protection. Trieu Van Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Forest Science Technology Association, talks to Viettimes about the issue.

Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant got hit by a landslide on October 12. VNA/VNS Photo

Given the flooding in the central region recently, it could be said that one of the reasons is the development of hydroelectricity as hydropower seems to be the cause of the decreasing forest area. What do you think?

Hydropower development is an environmental trade-off for economic development. For many years, we have often heard leaders talking about not exchanging the environment for economic development, but in fact, there is a trade-off because otherwise economic development cannot be performed. However, we cannot make any trade-offs at any cost. A trade-off with a too high price is not advisable because when it comes to the

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Moto E7 announced with an incredibly low price and big camera promises

Following a recent leak, the Moto E7 has now been announced, and it costs just £99 (roughly $130 / AU$180). That makes it one of the cheapest smartphones there is, yet in the announcement Motorola has promised big things from the camera.

It’s a dual-lens one, with a 48MP f/1.7 primary lens and a 2MP f/2.4 macro one, and Motorola claims you can expect “incredible image quality for its low price point”, along with a Night Vision mode that apparently offers bright and sharp images in the dark. That’s in part thanks to Quad Pixel technology, which allows the camera to take 12MP shots with 4x the light sensitivity.

The Moto E7 also has a 5MP selfie camera in a notch, a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio, a 4,000mAh battery which apparently offers 36 hours of life, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a dedicated Google

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Trust The Science, But Celebrate The Business Of Covid-19 Vaccines

Written with Mahka Moeen

When it comes to fighting a pandemic like Covid-19, most people trust the science. They have less confidence in business to do the right thing. Industry leaders score high in competence on the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, but low on ethics.

Companies racing to deliver vaccines might have to confront that perception in the coming weeks. Even if they solve all the associated challenges in record time, public appreciation for their work might not climb.

Many people simply won’t notice. They read news reports of research teams developing vaccines at Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, and they applaud the power of science. Then they wait for supplies to show up at their local clinics. 

Nobody doubts this will happen. The worst-case scenario would be rationing during the initial months, which might cause jostling for position at the front of the line. Yet no one imagines

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TOP 6 Beauty Trends of 2020 — Revel in the most celebrated trends and product innovations unveiled in CosmoTrends

HONG KONG, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In this time of great upheaval, it is critical to keep thinking forward. Cosmoprof Asia is pleased to present the latest CosmoTrends report curated by renowned global beauty trend forecasting agency BEAUTYSTREAMS. Products that made it to this online report are selected from exhibitors of Cosmoprof Asia Digital Week 2020 due to their unique innovations and features that are able to meet people’s skincare and beauty needs.

During the pandemic when travel is limited, the CosmoTrends report provides a vital perspective on the beauty market and is truly a must-have for all in the industry. For the full CosmoTrends report featuring 21 shortlisted products, please visit: https://digital-week.cosmoprof-asia.com/en-us/Events/CosmoTrends

This year, six major trends take centre stage. They are: SELF-CARE TECH, LOCAL TREASURES, HYPER-HYGIENIC, SEAL OF SCIENCE, NATURE’S POTIONS and MASK FRIENDLY BEAUTY.

SELF-CARE TECH

This section is all about devices that contribute

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Don’t Wait for Black Friday to Shop

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The traditional Black Friday as we know it is dying.

The chaotic shopping day after Thanksgiving traditionally known for door-buster deals is steadily being replaced by more convenient online shopping events. Think Amazon Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and the like. 

“I wouldn’t say Black Friday is dead yet. You do still have some people who still want to get up at 5 a.m. to go bargain hunting,” says Jerry Sheldon, a retail analyst at IHL Group, a Franklin, Tenn.-based advisory firm for the retail and hospitality industries. “But you’re going to see a pretty big dip this year. I think that dip is going to continue,

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How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Finding the tomb of an ancient king full of golden artifacts, weapons and elaborate clothing seems like any archaeologist’s fantasy. But searching for them, Gino Caspari can tell you, is incredibly tedious.

Dr. Caspari, a research archaeologist with the Swiss National Science Foundation, studies the ancient Scythians, a nomadic culture whose horse-riding warriors terrorized the plains of Asia 3,000 years ago. The tombs of Scythian royalty contained much of the fabulous wealth they had looted from their neighbors. From the moment the bodies were interred, these tombs were popular targets for robbers; Dr. Caspari estimates that more than 90 percent of them have been destroyed.

He suspects that thousands of tombs are spread across the Eurasian steppes, which extend for millions of square miles. He had spent hours mapping burials using Google Earth images of territory in what is now Russia, Mongolia and Western China’s Xinjiang province. “It’s essentially a

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UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

British telecom companies face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed to Parliament on Tuesday

LONDON — Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China’s Huawei.

The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security requirements for new high speed 5G wireless and fiber optic networks, with the threat of fines of up to either 10% of sales or 100,000 pounds ($134,000) a day for companies that don’t follow the rules.

The draft law paves the way for the U.K. government to formalize Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision in July prohibiting Huawei from building Britain’s

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Black Friday Gaming PC Deals 2020: iBUYPOWER, CyberpowerPC, MSI & More Gaming Computer Savings Compiled by Deal Stripe

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