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  • Tesla investors urge judge to order Musk repay $13 bln for SolarCity deal

    <p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">&nbsp;</span><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj1tcuDavmvXZOY8RMhLyiP-2VKNYEBkZjEHciLGkdeKBkw4filQaWUx_xaM4SVypgi1l65JTg4VdpHhcnWRKP6QSxXdH_i8uqUuhD85gAKtItemvLK49nCzg14w2_C9Wk7lfoqPNgmkNxx_GnoSxsF2qSki7vzeOJoUrGCt7umtIiuZIErhqSAe0It-A=s1200" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="1200" height="213" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj1tcuDavmvXZOY8RMhLyiP-2VKNYEBkZjEHciLGkdeKBkw4filQaWUx_xaM4SVypgi1l65JTg4VdpHhcnWRKP6QSxXdH_i8uqUuhD85gAKtItemvLK49nCzg14w2_C9Wk7lfoqPNgmkNxx_GnoSxsF2qSki7vzeOJoUrGCt7umtIiuZIErhqSAe0It-A=s320" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #4b6882; font-size: 16px; font-variant-ligatures: none; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge&nbsp; to find that Elon Musk forced the company's board of directors into a&nbsp; deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicle maker one of the largest judgments in history paid $13 billion.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"> "This case was always&nbsp; about whether the acquisition of SolarCity was a bailout from financial troubles, a bailout orchestrated by Elon Musk," said Randy Baron, a shareholders' attorney, at the Zoom hearing.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The closing arguments listed the key findings of a 10-day trial in July when Musk spent two days at the stand defending the deal.Lawsuit from union pension funds and wealth managers alleges&nbsp; Musk forced Tesla's board of directors to cut the deal to approve for cash -strapped SolarCity, in which Musk was the largest shareholder. </span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Musk has countered that the deal was part of a decade-old master plan to create a vertically integrated company that would transform energy generation and consumption with SolarCity's roof panels and Tesla's cars and batteries.<br /> Evan Chesler, one of Musk's attorneys, said at the hearing that the deal was not a bailout and that SolarCity is far from insolvent and that its finances are similar to those of many high-growth companies.</span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"They were building billions of dollars of long-term value," Chesler said of SolarCity.<br /></span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The all-stock deal was valued at $2.6 billion in 2016, but since that time Tesla's stock has soared.<br /></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Shareholder attorney Lee Rudy urged Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights of Delaware's Court of Chancery to order Musk return the Tesla stock he received, which would be worth around $13 billion at its current price.<br /></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Musk said in court papers such an award would be at least five times the largest award ever in a comparable shareholder lawsuit and called it a "windfall" for plaintiffs.<br /><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Rudy said Slights should consider Musk's contempt for the deposition and trial process, in which he repeatedly clashed with and insulted shareholder attorneys.<br /></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"It would be a windfall for Elon Musk if he got to keep shares he never should have gotten in the first place," Rudy said.<br /></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Chesler called the request to order Musk to return the stock from the deal "preposterous" and said it ignored five years of unprecedented success at Tesla.<br /><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=adee9769ea74eb59e82d4f0cb2e6f816" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Tesla's stock was down 1% at around $1,040in afternoon trade.<br /></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Tesla acquired SolarCity as the electric vehicle maker was approaching the launch of its Model 3, a mass-market sedan that was critical to its strategy. Shareholders allege the deal was a needless distraction and burdened Tesla with SolarCity's financial woes and debt.<br /></span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=05a47ba863f62ec113e14b51b976d14a" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Shareholders claim that despite owning only 22% of Tesla, Musk was a controlling shareholder due to his ties to board members and domineering style. If plaintiffs can prove this, it increases the likelihood that the court will conclude the deal was unfair to shareholders.<br /></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br />Musk's lawyers said the celebrity entrepreneur had no authority to fire directors or control their salaries and withdrew from price negotiations in the SolarCity deal.</span></p><script async="async" data-cfasync="false" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/1c53481d07a323f238c0533a896732bf/invoke.js"></script> <div id="container-1c53481d07a323f238c0533a896732bf"></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"Without Elon Musk, Tesla couldn't exist, let alone be worth $1 trillion," said Vanessa Lavely, Musk's attorney. "That doesn't make him a controller. This makes him a highly effective CEO. <br />Slights ended the hearing by saying he expects to rule in about three months. He said last week that he intends to retire in the next few months. And a request for related shareholders contesting Musk's record pay package was transferred from Slights to another judge.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Source: <a href="https://www.reuters.com/business/telsa-investors-urge-judge-order-musk-repay-13-bln-solarcity-deal-2022-01-18/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a></span></p></div>

    January 19th, 2022 07:20 AM

    Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjpcU7GJng6hPXPpyCvyp84ak1F7NFnJfDC-tqnNbkKOilVYVynKL9QVjmU6Belry8wgb0bCp9dov0HEkYjOp5NpzKtodElVlJkOX51i2_ZRQSp46Jr7tffZccJ_Rb-MVHko8tII5qK4p1o83udZza_-iwWan0fNGyUOBRMz360zcRVzsYboPBOjw01hA=s1000" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><img alt="Activision" border="0" data-original-height="484" data-original-width="1000" height="194" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjpcU7GJng6hPXPpyCvyp84ak1F7NFnJfDC-tqnNbkKOilVYVynKL9QVjmU6Belry8wgb0bCp9dov0HEkYjOp5NpzKtodElVlJkOX51i2_ZRQSp46Jr7tffZccJ_Rb-MVHko8tII5qK4p1o83udZza_-iwWan0fNGyUOBRMz360zcRVzsYboPBOjw01hA=w400-h194" title="Activision" width="400" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><h4 style="background-color: white; border: 0px; box-sizing: inherit; color: #666666; font-size: 0.85em; font-stretch: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-weight: 500; letter-spacing: -0.02em; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 4.22656px 0px 8.75781px; text-align: start; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">&nbsp;(Mike Blake, Reuters)<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></h4></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest-ever and set to be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, will bolster its firepower in the booming videogaming market where it takes on leaders Tencent (0700.HK) and Sony (6758.T).</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">It also represents the American multinational's bet on the "metaverse," virtual online worlds where people can work, play and socialize, as many of its biggest competitors are already doing.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms," Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella said.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Microsoft, one of the biggest companies in the world largely thanks to corporate software such as its Azure cloud computing platform and Outlook franchise, is offering $95 per share - a 45% premium to Activision's Friday close.<br /><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Activision's shares were last up 26% at $82.10, still a steep discount to the offer price, reflecting concerns the deal could get stuck in regulators' crosshairs.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Microsoft has so far avoided the type of scrutiny faced by Google and Facebook but this deal, which would make it the world's third largest gaming company, will put the Xbox maker on lawmakers' radars, said Andre Barlow of the law firm Doyle, Barlow &amp; Mazard PLLC.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"Microsoft is already big in gaming," he said.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">However, a source familiar with the matter said Microsoft would pay a $3 billion break-fee if the deal falls through, suggesting it is confident of winning antitrust approval.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The tech major's shares were last down 1.9%.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The deal comes at a time of weakness for Activision, maker of games such as "Overwatch" and "Candy Crush". Before the deal was announced, its shares had slumped more than 37% since reaching a record high last year, hit by allegations of sexual harassment of employees and misconduct by several top managers.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The company is still addressing those allegations and said on Monday it had fired or pushed out more than three dozen employees and disciplined another 40 since July.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">CEO Bobby Kotick, who said Microsoft approached him about a possible buyout, would continue as CEO of Activision following the deal, although he is expected to leave after it closes, a source familiar with the plans said.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">In a conference call with analysts, Microsoft boss Nadella did not directly refer to the scandal but talked about the importance of culture in the company.</span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"It's critical for Activision Blizzard to drive forward on its renewed cultural commitments," he said, adding "the success of this acquisition will depend on it."<br /></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">'METAVERSE ARMS RACE'</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Data analytics firm Newzoo estimates the global gaming market generated $180.3 billion of revenues in 2021, and expects that to grow to $218.8 billion by 2024.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Microsoft already has a significant beachhead in the sector as one of the big three console makers. It has been making investments including buying "Minecraft" maker Mojang Studios and Zenimax in multibillion-dollar deals in recent years.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">It has also launched a popular cloud gaming service, which has more than 25 million subscribers.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">According to Newzoo, Microsoft's gaming market share was 6.5% in 2020 and adding Activision would have taken it to 10.7%.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Executives talked up Activision's 400 million monthly active users as one major attraction to the deal and how vital these communities could play in Microsoft's various metaverse plays.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Activision's library of games could give Microsoft's Xbox gaming platform an edge over Sony's Playstation, which has for years enjoyed a more steady stream of exclusive games.</span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"The likes of Netflix have already said they'd like to foray into gaming themselves, but Microsoft has come out swinging with today’s rather generous offer," said Sophie Lund-Yates, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Microsoft's offer equates to 18 times Activision's 2021 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). That compares with the 16 times EBITDA valuation of "Grand Theft Auto" maker Take-Two Interactive's (TTWO.O) cash-and-shares deal for Zynga last week.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">According to Refinitiv data, the Microsoft-Activision deal would be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, trumping Bayer's $63.9 billion offer for Monsanto in 2016 and the $60.4 billion that InBev bid for Anheuser-Busch in 2008.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Tech companies from Microsoft to Nvidia have placed big bets on the so-called metaverse, with the buzz around it intensifying late last year after Facebook renamed itself as Meta Platforms to reflect its focus on its virtual reality business.</span></p></div><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=adee9769ea74eb59e82d4f0cb2e6f816" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"This is a significant deal for the consumer side of the business and more importantly, Microsoft acquiring Activision really starts the metaverse arms race," David Wagner, equity analyst and portfolio manager at Aptus Capital Advisors said.</span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"We believe the deal will get done," he said, but cautioned: "This will get a lot of looks from a regulatory standpoint."<br /></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">This article is copy paste from Reuters Check the original <a href="https://www.reuters.com/technology/microsoft-buy-activision-blizzard-deal-687-billion-2022-01-18/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article here</a></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Source: <a href="https://www.reuters.com/technology/microsoft-buy-activision-blizzard-deal-687-billion-2022-01-18/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reuters</a></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p></div><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><br /></p></div>

    January 19th, 2022 06:53 AM

    WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID, DESKTOP TO GET NEW FEATURES

    <p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhM15Xw231br_-a4ZQ9RaaPU2ilY-BuIjO6wBKiG8jIA66a8hquh6x41QERf8KvwAptbTlggfGWVVsQlSxSlGnW4fGeqbIdVChLQ_6xKGeC-no0yjU3EILu-dtWDcGNAJfNpn9S_6uPZth-7IP6RMbdDzhhVMCX53vMtGqWTEB_gUWLuOcmK2BtaqAJhw=s720" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><img alt="WhatsApp" border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="720" height="266" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhM15Xw231br_-a4ZQ9RaaPU2ilY-BuIjO6wBKiG8jIA66a8hquh6x41QERf8KvwAptbTlggfGWVVsQlSxSlGnW4fGeqbIdVChLQ_6xKGeC-no0yjU3EILu-dtWDcGNAJfNpn9S_6uPZth-7IP6RMbdDzhhVMCX53vMtGqWTEB_gUWLuOcmK2BtaqAJhw=w400-h266" title="WhatsApp" width="400" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /><span><a name='more'></a></span>The Android app will get new pencil and drawing&nbsp; tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app&nbsp; also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.</span><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The instant messaging app is also testing a new emoji message reaction info tab and new&nbsp; message reaction notification settings.</span></p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300"></iframe></span><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">&nbsp;WhatsApp feature tracker WABetaInfo said that WhatsApp is introducing new drawing tools to its Android app. You get two pens, including one thinner and one thicker than your existing pen. The app is also working on a blur&nbsp; tool that may be added&nbsp; in the future.&nbsp;</span></p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300"></iframe></span><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The new features appeared in the WhatsApp Beta for Android 2.22.5 update, but they are disabled by default. These features are still under development and may be made available to WhatsApp beta testers soon.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">The WABetaInfo report said the app is also introducing new colour to its Windows and macOS apps with WhatsApp beta for Desktop 2.2201.2.0 update. The new colour scheme will be visible in the dark theme and the chat bubbles seem to be greener compared to the existing colour.</span></p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="90" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728"></iframe></span><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Other elements of the app will also see colour changes with chat bar and background colour now reportedly have a blue tinge.</span></p><p><br /></p>

    January 19th, 2022 06:25 AM

    WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters

    <p></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj0pIobLED9xBROnGrOxUJXQKRgbuYOf_EH4KjUe7qZg7t38Cw3f9owSbdUx43LglMeyDXDuTY3WgTQ3FqBJLYy8ddjx3DdC0me-uV3GSISpjO6nUJgEdaYYIXM2IdYErGa5jIG0LPgTCJ5WFxdRGqueHq_4ohvH1RouvsjP-NH0ZXpmjxZB91F89Nmmg=s717" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><img border="0" data-original-height="403" data-original-width="717" height="180" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEj0pIobLED9xBROnGrOxUJXQKRgbuYOf_EH4KjUe7qZg7t38Cw3f9owSbdUx43LglMeyDXDuTY3WgTQ3FqBJLYy8ddjx3DdC0me-uV3GSISpjO6nUJgEdaYYIXM2IdYErGa5jIG0LPgTCJ5WFxdRGqueHq_4ohvH1RouvsjP-NH0ZXpmjxZB91F89Nmmg=s320" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini | Reuters<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">At present, there is no evidence&nbsp; that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,&nbsp; World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus, more research is needed to determine who needs a booster shot.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">"There is currently no evidence&nbsp; that healthy children or heavy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all," he said.&nbsp;</span></p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300"></iframe></span><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Israel began offering boosters to children as young as 12, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month authorized the use of a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 and 15.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Last week, Germany became the latest country to recommend that all children between the ages of 12 and 17 receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Hungary did it too.</span></p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300"></iframe></span><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">Swaminathan said the WHO’s top group of experts would meet later this week to consider the specific question of how countries should consider giving boosters to their populations.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">“The aim is to protect the most vulnerable, to protect those at highest risk of severe disease and dying. Those are our elderly populations, immuno-compromised people with underlying conditions, but also healthcare workers,” she said.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Gelasio;">&nbsp;</span></p>

    January 19th, 2022 06:16 AM

    Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls

    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh-n7lwgg9EpzDzwego2XamPRf3f-OyV2tcDObeB5Ro42vhT71e_5Y7qM8XyYSxAx55T4NhI-PAn5bZD1DjUqxTknMR4QF3NY8eiRDDrzo0XcAttsVZHDLe2_-0SJU2_zlaDIJUMRM1HA_x0zQNGUpJyB5C9R37aJGkVj5uHrPqjn0PRHRZR1go3iK_SA=s720" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: Tinos;"><img alt="iphone 13" border="0" data-original-height="540" data-original-width="720" height="480" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEh-n7lwgg9EpzDzwego2XamPRf3f-OyV2tcDObeB5Ro42vhT71e_5Y7qM8XyYSxAx55T4NhI-PAn5bZD1DjUqxTknMR4QF3NY8eiRDDrzo0XcAttsVZHDLe2_-0SJU2_zlaDIJUMRM1HA_x0zQNGUpJyB5C9R37aJGkVj5uHrPqjn0PRHRZR1go3iK_SA=w640-h480" title="iphone 13" width="640" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Tinos;">Photo credit: Gadgets Now<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-family: Tinos;">&nbsp;Apple has confirmed that&nbsp; iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise&nbsp; during phone calls, including&nbsp; iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earlier models to improve call quality in noise environment.&nbsp;</span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p><span style="font-family: Tinos;">No reason was given to remove this feature from the iPhone 13 series noise cancellation during phone calls. By reference, by&nbsp; iPhone 13 series, we mean&nbsp; iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and&nbsp; iPhone 13 Pro Max. On previous iPhones, the feature was available in Settings under&nbsp; Audio/Visual, which is found in Accessibility.</span><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family: Tinos;">According to Apple, the setting reduces ambient noise when making calls, but only when you hold the iPhone to your ear. By default, Apple has the feature enabled, although it's hidden in Accessibility.Theoretically, the feature made it easier for people to be heard when making calls from busy areas, such as in the&nbsp; near heavy traffic.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tinos;">Apple has now confirmed to<a href="https://9to5mac.com/2022/01/15/apple-support-says-iphone-13-models-dont-support-noise-cancellation-feature-available-in-previous-iphones/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> 9to5Mac</a><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> that the lack of noise cancellation on the iPhone 13 series is not a bug in iOS 15. Instead, Apple ruled out the feature but didn't explain why. However, older iPhone models still support "phone noise cancellation" in iOS 15. Currently, the only workaround is to enable the voice isolation feature in Control Center, although this doesn't work with all apps.</span></p>

    January 18th, 2022 09:27 AM

    Samsung unveils Exynos 2200 with Xclipse GPU, based on AMD RDNA2 architecture

    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEggPv4I16gLsO1OJ_hW6ptrrsNRsUEoUNX3Jw3I_QZt8jJusv7_KQvVx2-2Z1_EsqBC9gveXMy33uN0Q_57sYtdYHlHLtyb08uXs0K1d3HbaLnfKmvIxAQvqMHR-54mZIzHlswbc8o-1AXk-UWoOYCjbFML5nAVVnxyA3KQb3ovgwl26M8Qr4PHPsyFXw=s1200" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="exynos 2200" border="0" data-original-height="749" data-original-width="1200" height="400" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEggPv4I16gLsO1OJ_hW6ptrrsNRsUEoUNX3Jw3I_QZt8jJusv7_KQvVx2-2Z1_EsqBC9gveXMy33uN0Q_57sYtdYHlHLtyb08uXs0K1d3HbaLnfKmvIxAQvqMHR-54mZIzHlswbc8o-1AXk-UWoOYCjbFML5nAVVnxyA3KQb3ovgwl26M8Qr4PHPsyFXw=w640-h400" title="exynos 2200" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p><br /></p><p>Samsung&nbsp; today unveiled the Exynos 2200, its latest flagship chipset that will power&nbsp; Galaxy S22 smartphones in certain regions. The new platform is based on&nbsp; 4nm EUV process technology and comes with a custom GPU called Xclipse.</p><p>&nbsp;It is based on the AMD RDNA2 architecture and as such is a "single hybrid graphics processor" that offers advanced features such as ray tracing and variable rate shading on mobile devices, the first smartphone chip to do so. Ray tracing is a technology that simulates how light behaves in real life, calculating the motion and color of objects as light rays bounce off surfaces.</p><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300"></iframe><p>&nbsp;The hardware-accelerated feature offers realistic effects and immersive graphics, making playing games that support these features as great as it looks. Variable rate shading is another technology implemented in PC and console games. Developers apply lesser shading to areas where quality is not compromised, improving frame rate and smooth gameplay.</p><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300"></iframe><p>Exynos 2200 is also one of the first chips to integrate ARMv9 CPU cores. The octa-core processor features a single powerful CortexX2 core, three CortexA710 cores that balance performance and efficiency, and four small CortexA510&nbsp; cores for power efficiency.&nbsp;</p><p>Traditionally, Samsung does not disclose the frequency of its chips are cloaked at. The new GPU and upgraded CPU also have a more powerful NPU to keep them company. Compared to the Exynos 2100, the performance has been doubled and allows more calculations in parallel, improving the overall performance of the AI.&nbsp;</p><iframe frameborder="0" height="90" scrolling="no" src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728"></iframe><p>The chipset is powered by the latest LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The 5G modem works on both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies, while the global navigation system is compatible with all major standards and satellites. Samsung said the Exynos 2200 is "currently in mass production". We'll see the Galaxy S22 lineup with the chip, but rumors point to February 8th as a possible launch date.</p>

    January 18th, 2022 09:07 AM

    There Are So Many Details From Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ You Probably Missed

    <p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjTG4nuoHKhSPXr1S07yxLf99hwifBjYge37rbs8B3F4D3oEqIUlImXEuzreaO4eLVwz0j_7tLeQlCCs43-0tJhc_yWqWT98aDZ0-qWuA0F-59UKAW9qSzvBXcMrobPi_Cj2yxpYeqAaDBoszkXLKSCHzoBxsrsHpL8548Z628uG1YtEU4P54xtza5cdQ=s640" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;"><img alt="Eternals" border="0" data-original-height="319" data-original-width="640" height="200" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjTG4nuoHKhSPXr1S07yxLf99hwifBjYge37rbs8B3F4D3oEqIUlImXEuzreaO4eLVwz0j_7tLeQlCCs43-0tJhc_yWqWT98aDZ0-qWuA0F-59UKAW9qSzvBXcMrobPi_Cj2yxpYeqAaDBoszkXLKSCHzoBxsrsHpL8548Z628uG1YtEU4P54xtza5cdQ=w400-h200" title="Eternals" width="400" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #828c93; font-size: 13px; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">Photo credit: Marvel Studios<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">Marvel's Eternals is a very different beast to many other MCU movies; directed by autheor Chloe Zhao,&nbsp; is a slow-paced, meditative story that explores the emotional toll of immortality on a group of extraterrestrials who have lived on the fringes of human society for millennia. This departure from the familiar house style has led many fans to dislike Eternals, but there's one thing&nbsp; it does&nbsp; as well as other Marvel films: hide Easter eggs in plain sight. And now that the film is streaming on Disney+, a new video on the Heavy Spoilers channel just picked up all the niche references and clues.</span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">The first Easter egg appears&nbsp; seconds into the film: The "six singularities" mentioned in the opening text are a nod to the Infinity Stones, those brightly colored McGuffins who have directed the action for much of the past decade. Following the introductory exhibition montage, as we move to Sersi in present-day London, we see an announcement from the Global Repatriation Council, the organization set up to deal with the aftermath of the Avengers undoing the Snap featured in The Falcon and the Winter&nbsp; Soldier.</span></p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">A number of different versions of Captain America's shield also show up in the movie, first in Kingo's Bollywood number, and then later on his private plane, where the earliest design is on display. But it's not just Marvel properties that the movie is alluding to: Eternals includes a couple of nods to DC, with Phastos' son calling Ikaris "Superman," and Kingo's valet Karun being compared to Batman's butler Alfred.</span></p></div><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">The Celestial whose "emergence" functions as the movie's climactic crisis is named Tiamut, which is a reference to an apocalyptic figure from Babylonian mythology. This is especially apt given that ancient Babylon is one of the historical locations where we see the Eternals influencing humanity in the movie.<br /></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;">If You want To download Eternal For Free Then <a href="https://moviesflixhds.blogspot.com/2022/01/download-eternals-2021-hindi-51-dd-dual.html" rel="" target="_blank">Click Here</a></span></p></div><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-family: PT Serif;"><br /></span></p><p> <br /></p>

    January 18th, 2022 08:46 AM

    Pfizer CEO: Virus will be here for years but this may be last wave with restrictions

    <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgUefMIyfEcwpuSCNpU86bk5fTPur3_mU3uNNiZ2vhxIp1MeFV1evQxacQdJue9uBaqPlGInuhvR3is7Pza8vpXaGQ40suLvVxg4YXlSBLqBLlXNrwg1hXBNXMFBLjud5lA7ePKN1EhFJigxWqTEYuEIO71eQEiJS_Bp3C75anrIc5w6e93l9lgCIVnAA=s640" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img alt="Pfizer CEO" border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="640" height="250" src="https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgUefMIyfEcwpuSCNpU86bk5fTPur3_mU3uNNiZ2vhxIp1MeFV1evQxacQdJue9uBaqPlGInuhvR3is7Pza8vpXaGQ40suLvVxg4YXlSBLqBLlXNrwg1hXBNXMFBLjud5lA7ePKN1EhFJigxWqTEYuEIO71eQEiJS_Bp3C75anrIc5w6e93l9lgCIVnAA=w400-h250" title="Pfizer CEO" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #878787; font-family: Roboto, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: start;">Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla speaks during a ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)<span><a name='more'></a></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p dir="ltr">Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Monday that while the "most likely scenario" is that the coronavirus will circulate for many years, he believes the current wave of infections will be the last to require restrictions. </p><p dir="ltr">Bourla gave an interview to the French medium BFM. TV to commemorate the announcement of an investment package by the pharmaceutical company in France. Bourla also touted the vaccines' effectiveness and safety, saying&nbsp; he believed people would still need booster shots. "It's important that people get Pfizer's three-dose regimen. coronavirus vaccine and will likely&nbsp; require yearly booster shots, although the immunocompromised may need them every four months," Bourla said. </p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=302372165fcdeb117a0acc3571473224" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p dir="ltr">“Children need to be vaccinated&nbsp; to protect them. Its effectiveness in children is very, very, very good. Bourla also said&nbsp; the company's anti-COVID pill, Paxlovid, is "changing everything" as a new way to fight serious illnesses. Pfizer said in December that its Paxlovid pill had reduced hospitalizations and deaths by nearly 90 percent in vulnerable people.</p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=aeca13d083f5b3719e28123bb76b9ed4" width="300" height="250" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p dir="ltr">In the interview, Bourla said the company was working on a plan that would invest 520 million euros ($593.7 million)&nbsp; in France over the next five years, including a partnership with French company Novasep to develop an anti-inflammatory treatment -COVID pills.</p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=8161e3a0ec1cd717eec24cfba719cc24" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><p dir="ltr"> France, like many other countries, is facing a record number of infections caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant. France's parliament passed legislation on Sunday barring unvaccinated people from all restaurants, sports stadiums and other venues, the centerpiece of the government's effort to protect hospitals. in the middle of the wave.</p><iframe src="//assertedclosureseaman.com/watchnew?key=adee9769ea74eb59e82d4f0cb2e6f816" width="728" height="90" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><div align="left"><p dir="ltr">The government of French President Emmanuel Macron is hoping the step will be enough to limit the number of patients filling up strained hospitals nationwide without resorting to a new lockdown.<br /></p></div><p dir="ltr"><br /></p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr">More than 76% of French ICU beds are occupied by virus patients, most of them unvaccinated, and some 200 people with the virus are dying every day. Like many countries, France is in the grip of the Omicron variant, recording more than 2,800 positive cases per 100,000 people over the past week.<br /></p></div><p> </p><div align="left"><p dir="ltr"><br /></p></div>

    January 17th, 2022 07:33 AM
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