Alphabet Inc’s Google is investing in its first ever Africa product development center in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, it said, as it positions itself to serve a growing base of Internet users on the continent.
By the end of this decade, the continent will host 800 million Internet users, the California-based firm said, and a third of the world’s youth population, making it an attractive investment destination.
Google is hiring engineers, product managers, user experience designers and researchers to staff the new center, said Suzanne Frey, vice president for products, and Nitin Gajria, the head of Google Africa, in a joint blog post on Tuesday.
The company is investing $1 billion in various projects on the continent over five years, its CEO Sundar Pichai said last October, to help economies accelerate their digital transformation.
It has already opened an artificial intelligence center in Accra, Ghana, focusing on innovations that can be applied to various challenges.
Microsoft has also been investing in technology development hubs in Kenya and Nigeria, investing $100 million and hiring hundreds of engineers in both countries.
Ferrari is heading into the era of fully electric cars
The Italian company “Ferrari” intends to expand its activity to produce fully electric cars for the first time in the history of the luxury car giant.
Reuters quoted reports that the company plans to expand the Ferrari Maranello plant in Italy, to include a third production line dedicated to electric cars, and a facility for research and development of batteries.
The reports added that Ferrari is expected to unveil its new strategy for the electric car industry next week on June 16 during Capital Markets Day.
It is noteworthy that the trend towards electric cars has nothing to do with sales, as sales of luxury Ferrari cars reached a record number of 11,155 cars in 2021.
Ferrari CEO Benedetto Vigna is working on the company’s plans for the next four years, as it has moved away from V12 engines towards electric, and the company is set to launch its first fully electric car by 2025, but it has a lot of work to do. them to accomplish this transformation.
Earlier, the Chinese market regulator said last April that the Italian luxury sports car manufacturer Ferrari would recall 2,222 cars in China due to a possible malfunction in the braking systems.
The State Administration for Market Regulation stated that the recall includes “458 Italia”, “458 Speciale”, “458 Speciale A”, “458 Spider”, “488 GTB” and “488 Spider”, in addition to cars imported from March. 2010 and March 2019, according to Reuters.
TikTok adds new screen control feature to reduce continuous scrolling
TikTok revealed on Thursday a new screen time control feature that allows users to set custom limits for how much time they want to spend on the app, encouraging users to take a break from continuous scrolling.
This new feature is similar to previous screen time controls, which timed out after a designated daily limit, including more than 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
The new setting, however, allows users to set up a reminder through the app to “take a break” if they have had it open for an extended period of time.
“These prompts will remind people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, which they can set as they choose,” said Jordan Furlong, TikTok’s product manager of digital well-being.
The company also said it will issue users between the ages of 13 and 17 “digital well-being prompts” when they have used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day.
Furlong said that the prompts will “remind them of our screen time limit tool the next time they open the app.”
The new features will also be accompanied by a screen time dashboard, which offers daily data on how much time users have spent on the app. Users can opt for weekly notifications to review their screen time dashboard.
These changes come after mounting pressure on social media platforms to regulate “addictive” social media use among teens.
On Thursday, a family sued Meta over their daughter’s eating disorder, self-harm and thoughts of suicide due to her addictive use of Instagram.
The lawsuit follows seven other similar lawsuits filed against Meta, saying that excessive exposure to social media platforms had led to attempted or actual suicide, eating disorders, sleeplessness and other issues.
“Apple” amaze everyone with a “coffin” car without windows
Media sources revealed what the car that everyone is waiting for, which is the promising “Apple” electric car, might look like.
The sources pointed out that the “Apple Car” obtained a new patent due to the placement of virtual screens inside instead of clear windows.
According to the report published in the “Daily Mail”, the technology giant has filed a patent for a virtual reality (VR) vehicle system that matches “virtual views” with the physical movement of the vehicle as it travels and moves.
The patent indicates that the chairs in the car will move to match the visual images, providing an experience similar to attending a “4DX” cinema.
This means that real landscapes that may be picturesque will be completely replaced by virtual graphics.
Initial images of the waiting car were circulated, in which it appeared somewhat similar to the company’s control mouse (mouse) in terms of aerodynamics, as some mocked it and compared it to a “coffin”.
The company has been developing “Apple Car” for a decade, but there is no word on when it will be officially revealed.
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