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Amazon is introducing an AWS re/Start program, a full-time, classroom-based training and skills development session for learning cloud computing. 

To sign up for the course, candidates don't require to have a background in technology. Throughout the program, candidates will gain knowledge about technology related concepts along with other important skills such as resume writing, methods of appearing for interviews etc. The sharp focus of the program will be on relational database skills, Linux, Python, security and networking. Amazon claims that this course is to prepare the candidate for any entry-level cloud positions.

This professional session is available across 25 countries. By the end of the course, the individual will be connected with tentative employers so that they can get a suitable job in the field of cloud computing. There is no age limit or fee for this course.

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During Tesla’s AI event, CEO Elon Musk announced that they would be branching into Humanoid Robots.

Based on the same technology as the company’s semi-autonomous vehicles, the humanoid robot named ‘Tesla Bot’ will be able to perform basic repetitive tasks. The goal is to eliminate the need for people to handle dangerous or boring work. Musk stated in the conference that he believes robots will phase out physical labor for people and essentially in the future physical work will be a choice.

The bot will be around 5 feet 8 inches tall and have a screen where its face should be with useful information. It will have an autopilot system, eight cameras and run about 5 miles per hour and will also be capable of dead-lifting 150 pounds and carrying about 45 pounds.

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Samsung is all set to address concerns raised by customers and stop showing advertisements in its preloaded apps available on Galaxy phones.

During a meeting, Samsung's mobile chief TM Roh stated that the company had decided to remove ads from its native apps and the purpose of this decision is to improve user experience on Samsung Galaxy phones. The default apps which will no longer show ads as a result of an update include Samsung Weather, Samsung Pay, and Samsung Theme.

The update will be available through a new One UI release. However, it is not clear whether the change will come into place for all users including the ones who have affordable Galaxy phones.

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Google is developing a set of accessibility features for Android future versions which will let users to control their phones using facial expressions.

The new feature titled “Camera Switches” in the Android Accessibility Suite app will support setting gestures to specific controls. It will help users to interact with their Android device without using the touchscreen. For example, the app can detect when a user will open their mouth and map that to open the notifications panel, or users can raise their eyebrows to return to their home screen. Possible facial motions include smiling, opening the mouth, looking right, left or down.

This feature is currently in beta mode and is going to be more useful for users with disabilities. Also it will require the device’s camera to be switched on, and Android 12 enabled devices will show a status bar notifying the camera is being used.

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To make coding easier, Artificial Intelligence (AI) research company ‘OpenAI’ is introducing ‘OpenAI Codex’ which will translate natural English language into desired code.

While this Machine Learning (ML) tool will help programmers accelerate their work, it will also help laymen learn how to code. Users have to give instructions in English language and OpenAI Codex will interpret and execute it into code and show the output on the screen.

The company mentioned that it is making the software available in private beta via their API. Apparently the tool is more proficient in Python but also works fine with JavaScript, Go, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Swift, and Typescript. OpenAI Codex will be free initially.

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To make coding easier, Artificial Intelligence (AI) research company ‘OpenAI’ is introducing ‘OpenAI Codex’ which will translate natural English language into desired code.

While this Machine Learning (ML) tool will help programmers accelerate their work, it will also help laymen learn how to code. Users have to give instructions in English language and OpenAI Codex will interpret and execute it into code and show the output on the screen.

The company mentioned that it is making the software available in private beta via their API. Apparently the tool is more proficient in Python but also works fine with JavaScript, Go, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Swift, and Typescript. OpenAI Codex will be free initially.

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Zoom has rolled out a new feature named ‘Focus Mode’. The goal is to help people and primarily children reduce distractions during virtual meetings and classes.

“Focus Mode” allows the host to hide videos and screen shares so that nobody can view what the fellow participants are doing in an ongoing session. Although the hosts themselves will continue to be able to look at all the joiners and their screen shares. This mode will also come with the flexibility to let hosts decide when they want participants to be visible to others during meetings.

To enable the Focus Mode, user needs to have Zoom desktop client version 5.7.3 on a Windows or Mac system. User won't be able to switch on the feature while hosting a meeting through their mobile device.

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Reportedly Samsung Electronics has collaborated with the Bank of Korea (BOK) in order to take part in a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pilot program. Through these pilot tests, the company will try to ascertain if it is possible for mobile payments to be completed using the digital currency while there’s no internet available.

Samsung Electronics needs to look over the central financial institution digital forex and functionality of blockchain-based programs on its Galaxy smartphones. Moreover, they are venturing to find out whether or not will probably be potential to “ship CBDC remittances to different cellphones or to different linked financial institution accounts.” 

Samsung will be backed by affiliate Escor, and will possibly be joined by the Kakao consortium in this project.

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Amazon’s voice-based assistant ‘Alexa’ is getting a male counterpart for the first time since its launch in 2014.

Amazon Echo speakers will now offer a new masculine voice option called ‘Ziggy.’ Many are guessing that the name is chosen to fit Amazon’s “A to Z" branding style. There are two ways to change the voice of Alexa on Echo devices, one is through the device itself and another can be done via the Alexa mobile app. Users can activate the virtual assistant by a new ‘Ziggy’ wake-up command instead of existing ‘Alexa’, ‘Computer’, ‘Echo’, and ‘Amazon’.

The feature is currently available in selective regions. Though Amazon has not officially declared when the development will release globally. 

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Japan has set the World Record for the fastest internet speed by achieving a data transmission rate of 319 Terabits per second (Tbps).

Researchers at the National Institute of Information And Communications Technology successfully completed the first S, C and L bands transmission over 3,001 kilometres, through a four-core optical fibre in the standard diameter of 0.125mm. The research team mentioned that the new achievement was made possible by the use of erbium and thulium-doped fibre amplifiers along with Raman amplification.

Previously the record was held by researchers from the University College of London at 178 Tbps.