Innovative FinTech Startup Powers Mobile Engagement for Emerging Markets with 8×8

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT), a leading integrated cloud communications platform provider, today announced that OKO, a provider of index insurance and other farming-related services to smallholder farmers in emerging countries, has selected 8×8 to transform communications with farmers across Africa, dramatically improving service delivery and providing enhanced customer experiences via the 8×8 Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) Chat Apps API.

OKO provides effective, affordable crop insurance to farmers in emerging markets by using new technologies in satellite imagery and weather forecasting to simplify and automate the claim management process, making crop insurance accessible to thousands of smallholder farms. Serving the agricultural community across Africa, OKO was using SMS to communicate and engage with farmers for purchasing crop insurance and sharing valuable information, such as weather updates, to minimise crop damage. However, SMS communication was often limited and ineffective due to the low literacy rate of farmers.

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Emerging markets could break to all-time highs if the dollar breaches this level, Miller Tabak strategist says

Emerging markets have rallied this year, even keeping pace with the S&P 500 since the March low.

Why this investor advises portfolios should be exposed to China



From that March 23 bottom, the EEM emerging markets ETF and S&P 500 have rebounded more than 63%.


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The group’s next move depends on the U.S. dollar, according to Matt Maley, chief market strategist at Miller Tabak.

“The DXY Dollar Index, even though it was selling off for quite a while, it actually stabilized a little bit the last four months, and it’s bounced off the $92 level four or five different times,” Maley told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Monday. “If you see a breakdown in the dollar below that $92 level, that’s going to help the small outperformance the emerging markets we’ve seen over the last six, eight months become much bigger.”

A weaker dollar

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Invest in These 3 Technology Funds for Splendid Returns

Risk lovers seeking healthy returns over a fairly long investment horizon may opt for technology mutual funds. It is believed that the technology sector is poised for a brighter earnings performance than others owing to greater demand for technology and innovation. Improving industry fundamentals and emerging technologies — such as wearables, VR headsets, drones, virtual reality devices and AI — are the key catalysts for the sector.

Meanwhile, most mutual funds investing in securities from these sectors prefer a growth-oriented approach that includes focusing on companies with strong fundamentals and a relatively higher investment prospect. Moreover, technology now has a broader coverage than just hardware and software companies. Social media and Internet companies are also part of the technology landscape today.

Below we share with you three top-ranked technology mutual funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform peers in the

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Tech Startups Drive 100% Jump in IPOs on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

(Bloomberg) — Israeli startups are taking the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by storm this year, pushing initial public offerings to a three-year high and marking a shift away from homegrown technology companies opting to list abroad.


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Through October, 14 companies had conducted IPOs worth $650 million in Tel Aviv this year, with eight of those tech or innovation-focused startups, according to data from the exchange. That’s already double the total number of listings in 2019 and the most since 2017, with more tech offerings in the pipeline.

“We’re considered all over the world as a startup nation, but essentially the Israeli exchange didn’t participate in the new economy and high tech, and 2020 is the year of the breakthrough,” said Hani Shitrit Bach, the TASE’s head of listings.

Israel’s main trading venue has struggled since a 2010 decision by index compiler MSCI Inc. to upgrade the country from

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Global Prefabricated Bathroom Pods Market 2020 Emerging Technologies, Opportunity Assessment, Projections and Future Opportunities by 2026

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Nov 23, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Prefabricated Bathroom Pods Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 announced by provides an expert and in-depth analysis of key business trends and future market development prospects, key drivers and restraints, profiles of major market players, segmentation, and forecasting. The analytical review on the market presented in the report is a highly dependable ready-to-refer synopsis to produce novel perspectives about various concurrent and past events prevalent in the market. The report study shows the information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and the changing investment structure of the global Prefabricated Bathroom Pods market. It examines both historical as well as current market conditions eying for forecast accuracy. Both new entrants as well as established market players willing to establish a strong

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At 18.9% CAGR, Emerging Display Technology Market Size is Expected to Exhibit US$ 36690 million by 2025

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Nov 23, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware, Growth forecast report ” Emerging Display Technology Market size by Product Type (OLED, Digital Holography, VRD and True 3D), By Application (Mobile Devices, TVs and PCs), By Region Outlook (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America & Middle East and Africa), Top Manufacturer, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast 2020-2025 added by Market Study Report LLC.

The global Emerging Display Technology market size is expected to gain market growth in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025, with a CAGR of 18.9% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025 and will expected to reach USD 36690 million by 2025, from USD 18360 million in 2019.

The Emerging Display Technology market report provides a detailed analysis of global market size, regional and country-level market size, segmentation

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Smart Inhalers Market Outlook to 2030: Emerging Trends and Will Generate New Growth Opportunities Status

Smart inhalers market accounted forever US $137.6millionin 2019. The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2020 to 2030.

The market growth of smart inhalers can be attributed to factors such as the growing geriatric population globally and the rising number of patients suffering from respiratory diseases. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, more than 25 million in the U.S. are suffering from asthma and 14.8 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD. Also, according to the WHO, smoking is considered to be a primary cause for COPD and more than 1 billion people inhale polluted air exposed to tobacco outdoors. These are among the primary factors that will lead to market growth.

Major Key Players of the Smart Inhalers Market are:
Astra Zeneca plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Novartis AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., AptarGroup, Inc., Vectura Group plc,

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Ghosts of dotcom boom in tech valuations

“The maths tells us in aggregate there will be considerable disappointment. But also, like 1999, the more interesting thing is the opportunity in companies that are not part of the mania. In 1999, the sectors being shunned were labelled the old economy. Today the shunned sectors include emerging markets and cyclical stocks,” Isles says.

There are of course differences in today’s technology stocks, according to Nathan Bell, head of research at InvestSMART, who says: “The dominant tech companies are perhaps the best businesses that we’ve ever seen and are extremely profitable.”

Buy now, pay later stocks like Afterpay have raised lots of capital based on their concept.  Louie Douvis

Hugh Dive, portfolio manager at Atlas Funds Management, says “Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are actually generating revenues and growing profits”. He adds: “What we haven’t seen in 2020 is the plethora of concept companies raising large amounts of capital solely

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Avaya to ride China’s edge in emerging tech

Lily Fu, managing director of Avaya China. [Photo provided to]

China is playing a vital role in the global economy and technological innovation, and has become the most active market for the latest technologies across the globe, said Lily Fu, managing director of Avaya China, a leading provider of business communications, collaboration systems and related services.

“At present, the rapid growth of China’s economy and the diversified demands of Chinese customers have bolstered the boom in various types of local enterprises that are engaged in emerging technologies,” Fu said.

She reiterated Avaya’s strong commitment and confidence to make investments in the world’s second-largest economy.

“The Chinese market is of great significance to Avaya in terms of sales revenue, and presents huge business growth opportunities for us,” Fu said.

“We have seen the Chinese government’s strong support for emerging technologies and innovative enterprises.”

Fu said China is at the forefront

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Trump’s FCC nominee sought to enlist Fox’s Laura Ingraham in anti-tech fight

Simington, who works for the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, wrote the email months before Trump nominated him for a five-year term on the FCC.

Trump has spent the final months of his reelection campaign and presidency feuding with the dominant social media platforms after they started fact-checking his posts on topics such as the pandemic and alleged election fraud. In a May executive order, Trump asked the FCC to reexamine a congressionally created liability shield that protects online companies from suits over how they handle user-posted content.

Ingraham, whom Trump frequently has cited favorably, has echoed the GOP’s attacks on the tech industry and years earlier had eyed joining the administration. Fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson publicly backed Simington’s FCC nomination in an October segment where he pressured Senate Republicans to speed up.

Simington, the NTIA and a Fox News spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to requests

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