Youdao Launches Latest Dictionary Pen with Cutting-Edge New Features

BEIJING, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Youdao, Inc. (“Youdao” or the “Company”) (NYSE: DAO), a leading intelligent learning company in China, announces the launch of the latest generation of its dictionary pen series – Youdao Dictionary Pen 3.

The 3rd generation Youdao Dictionary Pen was unveiled at a product launch event on December 1, 2020 in Beijing, China. This new intelligent translator uses the Company’s most innovative technologies to bring two groundbreaking experiences to customers – the “Tap and Check” function and the “Interactive Reading” function.

The “Tap and Check” function, developed through Youdao’s homegrown super-sensing optical system, allows users to search for a translation instantly with just one tap. The feature significantly enhances user experience, boosting speed and efficiency for customers searching for words and translations.

The “Interactive Reading” function brings a brand-new three-dimensional feel to users and was developed keeping Youdao’s younger customers in

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Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

Apple’s products have a wide variety of accessibility features, which can help people with disabilities personalize these products to better suit their needs. 

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Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

On Thursday – December 3, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the company launched a redesigned Accessibility hub, detailing some of these features in products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad. The site is divided in four sections: Vision, Mobility, Hearing, and Cognitive, each with several examples of features that may be useful to people with disabilities. 

Each feature page lists all the devices where that feature is available, and provides direct links to set it up on different devices. Links with more detailed or specific explanations are also provided. 

Coinciding with the redesign, Apple also launched a collection of videos which explain how to use some

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Dynabook launches new notebooks

Dynabook launches new notebooks

Ninelu Tu, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES

Dynabook Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sharp, has launched notebooks covering different market segments during the IT Month trade show in Taiwan.

With Sharp having acquired Toshiba’s PC business, Dynabook is now a subsidiary of Sharp.

Dynabook Taiwan general manager Chin-Shin Chen pointed out that the company has been cooperating with Sharp’s ICT team to provide customers high added-value solutions that integrate hardware, software and services.

Chen pointed out that the company is mainly enhancing its notebooks based on users’ experiences and is looking to provide better user experience to differentiate from its competitors.

Dynabook Taiwan currently has local teams handling marketing and product design, while some models are also being produced domestically in orders to deepen its root in Taiwan.

Dynabook’s production line in Taiwan only has a capacity of around 2,000-3,000 units a month

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FDA launches pilot program to help reduce and replace animal testing in drug development

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched Innovative Science and Technology Approaches for New Drugs (ISTAND), a pilot program that will help reduce and replace animal testing as part of drug development. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has worked toward this goal for several years by meeting with the FDA and Congress and providing expert input, hosting Congressional briefings, and leading drug development stakeholders in advocating for a pathway for the approval of nonanimal, human-biology based drug testing methods.

The FDA launched ISTAND to expand its ability to qualify drug development tools that are outside the scope of the FDA’s existing Drug Development Tools Qualification Program (DDT). The DDT program excluded the vast majority of nonanimal in vitro and computational approaches. Before ISTAND, if a drug developer wanted to use a human biology-based approach, it would only be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis. The

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WSU launches health science incubator to build, grow startups in Spokane

Washington State University has launched a new incubator to grow early-stage health care and life science startup companies.

Spinout Space in Spokane – also known as sp3nw – will offer startups assistance with grant preparation; operational and intellectual property support; and legal and marketing services in the Ignite Northwest building at 120 N. Pine St., according to a news release.

It also will provide startups with a offices, lab space and an opportunity to interact with WSU faculty, a mentor network of established entrepreneurs and nearly three dozen consultants, investor groups and service providers. 

The network of consultants and mentors will aid in the process of commercializing health care products, while driving economic and job growth in the region, according to the news release.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded sp3nw with a $250,000 grant that will go toward attracting and retaining biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies,

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ZoomInfo Launches Privacy Clusters to Future-Proof Intent Data


ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI), a global leader in go-to-market intelligence solutions, today announced that it has launched Privacy Clusters as a part of its premium Streaming Intent offering. Privacy Clusters enable the cookieless production of business intent signals and preserve the anonymity of individuals while offering the company-specific behavioral signals needed to identify early-stage opportunities.

With the future of third-party cookies uncertain, Privacy Clusters allow ZoomInfo to respect consumer privacy while still delivering the business-to-business insights companies need to identify and reach prospective buyers at the right time. ZoomInfo’s Privacy Clusters are compliant with all current and expected privacy legislation, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and are unencumbered by opt-in, opt-out, or informed consent requirements.

Privacy Clusters deliver 100-percent cookieless tracking of company-level purchasing intent signals. Using its proprietary technology, ZoomInfo crafts persistent groupings of devices

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Animal Planet, HGTV enter streaming arena as Discovery launches new service

Discovery Communications, the cable TV home of Shark Week, the Oprah Winfrey Network and reality hits “90 Day Fiancé,” “Property Brothers” and “Dr. Pimple Popper,” is launching a direct-to-consumer streaming service that will make its programming available to consumers without a pay TV subscription.

Beau Henderson, Jonathan Silver Scott standing in a kitchen: A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV's "Property Brothers." (Caitlin Cronenberg)

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A couple see their new kitchen for the first time as Drew and Jonathan Scott give them a tour on HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” (Caitlin Cronenberg)

The service, called Discovery+, will launch Jan. 4, the New York-based company announced Wednesday. It will carry programming from Discovery’s wide range of channels, which include TLC, OWN, Investigative Discovery, Animal Planet and Food Network.

Through a partnership deal with A&E Television Networks, Discovery+ also will offer nonfiction shows from Lifetime, History Channel and A&E.

Discovery is entering a crowded field as media conglomerates such as the Walt Disney Co., WarnerMedia and Comcast have made their programs and

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Workplace 2030 Launches World’s First Epidemiologically-Guided “Office of the Future” Prototype to Help Businesses Safely Reopen

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Workplace 2030 – a not-for-profit initiative to reimagine the office, has now opened to the public the world’s first epidemiologically-guided “office of the future” prototype in San Francisco, CA. The prototype office is an interactive learning center where workplace leaders can experience first-hand the latest workplace designs, technologies and collaborations for workplace health, security, confidence and comfort in one real-world space. The “office of the future” prototype is live in San Francisco through March 2021; New York and Chicago locales are planned.

Over 50 of Bay Area’s largest employers have toured the prototype workplace in the last 2 months to experience the innovative concepts and technology, and now the space is available to any company for complimentary in-person (when permissible by local health guidelines) and virtual tours.

Under the leadership of Founder, Executive Director Brandon Cook and oversight of leading

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Blueprint Studios Founder Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Event Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Illumeet, a cloud-based technology company, is launching its proprietary platform for virtual events that enables brands to deliver content, connect with consumers, and create memorable virtual experiences. Illumeet is a comprehensive web-based ecosystem that offers innovative digital solutions that exceed the functionalities of online meetings or webinars.

Companies now have the ability to build interactive online experiences that go beyond traditional virtual events. Through its immersive interactive event platform solutions, Illumeet is packed with rich features that mimic in-person events through engaging content, interactive applications, and live networking opportunities. Illumeet’s platforms transform event experiences by creating novel digital environments fit with engaging media and content while allowing attendees to come together and have meaningful interactions online. 

Illumeet offers a wide range of proprietary applications and out-of-the-box tools that integrate seamlessly within the platform while also standing on their own. These

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Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Milken Institute Launches “Early Warning” Initiative for Emerging Pandemic Threats as COVID-19 Cases Increase

FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute devoted to accelerating biomedical innovation, today launched an initiative to build a global “early warning system” that detects and responds to emerging pathogens with pandemic potential. This effort aims to develop and implement a framework to monitor, identify, and track threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains.

“COVID-19 caught the world by surprise, and it shouldn’t have,” said Esther Krofah, Executive Director of FasterCures. “Our hope is that by collaborating with leaders around the world, we can leverage emerging technologies and scientific advances to better address the various risks factors that could signal the next pandemic.”

The current global infrastructure for pandemic preparedness suffers from deep fragmentation, lack of coordination, little global collaboration, and virtually no sustained governmental and organizational commitment.

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