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Apple will reportedly offer different USB-C ports on its iPhones for next year, making the Pro model, a bit more of an attractive purchase.

While we don’t really know what next year’s iPhone will look like, we do know for a fact that it will arrive with a USB-C port. Now, we’re getting news that Apple could offer two different kinds of USB-C ports on its iPhones, one that will come with the standard iPhone and iPhone Plus model, and another that will be used in Pro variants.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will most certainly be getting rid of the Lightning connector on its iPhone 15, finally shifting over to USB-C. What’s interesting is that Kuo reports that Apple will use two different USB-C ports on its iPhones for next year. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will reportedly have a standard USB-C port, with wired transfer speeds that will be on par with the current Lightning connector. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will have substantially better transfer speeds, with Kuo stating the phones “will support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.”

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This is quite a bit of news, considering that users have been complaining for quite some time with regard to the transfer speeds found on the iPhone. Apple’s Lightning connector originally made its debut in 2012, replacing the 30-pin dock connector that was made popular by Apple’s iPod products. The Lightning connector was compact and best of all, it could be inserted into the charging port in either direction. This was quite a big deal at the time, considering that other phones were using microUSB, and USB-C wouldn’t begin showing up in phones until 2015.

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A decade after the launch of the Lightning connector, while most products had moved onto using USB-C, Apple still managed to stick with the Lightning connector, despite its shortcomings. Whether it was forced to adopt USB-C or it has done so on its own accord, we know the iPhone 15 with USB-C will be a big deal, and it will be coming in 2023.

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Teeters on the Edge After Another 1,200 Leave

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Mr. Musk sent emails on Friday asking to learn about Twitter’s underlying technology as key infrastructure teams have been decimated.

Elon Musk sent a flurry of emails to Twitter employees on Friday morning with a plea.

“Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2 p.m. today,” he wrote in a two-paragraph message, which was viewed by The New York Times. “Thanks, Elon.”

About 30 minutes later, Mr. Musk sent another email saying he wanted to learn about Twitter’s “tech stack,” a term used to describe a company’s software and related systems. Then in another email, he asked some people to fly to Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco to meet in person.

Twitter is teetering on the edge as Mr. Musk remakes the company after buying it for $44 billion last month. The billionaire has pushed relentlessly to put his imprint on the social media service, slashing 50 percent of its workforce, firing dissenters, pursuing new subscription products, and delivering a harsh message that the company needs to shape up or it will face bankruptcy.

Now the question is whether Mr. Musk, 51, has gone too far. On Thursday, hundreds of Twitter employees resigned after Mr. Musk gave them a deadline to decide whether to leave or stay. So many workers chose to depart that Twitter users began questioning whether the site would survive, tweeting farewell messages to the service and turning hashtags like #TwitterMigration and #TwitterTakeover into trending topics.

Some internal estimates showed that at least 1,200 full-time employees resigned on Thursday, three people close to the company said. Twitter had 7,500 full-time employees at the end of October, which dropped to about 3,700 after mass layoffs this month.

The employee numbers are likely to remain fluid as the dust settles on the exits, with confusion abounding over who is keeping a tally of workers and running other workplace systems. Some employees who quit said they were separating themselves from the company by disconnecting from email and logging out of the internal messaging system Slack because human resources representatives were not available.

Mr. Musk and his representatives on Twitter did not respond to requests for comment.

Elon Musk pushed relentlessly to put his imprint on the social media service, slashing 50 percent of its work force.
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But the billionaire tweeted on Friday what he said would be changed to Twitter’s content policy. Hateful tweets will no longer be promoted algorithmically in users’ feeds, he said, but they will not be taken down. He also reinstated several previously banned accounts, including those of the comedian Kathy Griffin and the author Jordan Peterson, and posted a poll asking users to vote on whether Twitter should reinstate former President Donald J. Trump’s account.

Perhaps the most crucial question now is how Twitter can keep running after the giant reduction in its workforce in such a short time. The effects of the cuts and resignations have played out across the company’s technology teams, people with knowledge of the matter said.

One team known as Twitter Command Center, a 20-person organization crucial to preventing outages and technology failures during high-traffic events, had multiple people from around the world resign, two former employees said. The “core services” team, which handles computing architecture, was cut to four people from more than 100. Other teams that deal with how media appears in tweets or how profiles show follower counts were down to zero people.

“Wednesday offered a clean exit and 80 percent of the remaining were gone,” Peter Clowes, a senior software engineer, tweeted on Thursday about the departures on his team. “3/75 engineers stayed.” He said on Twitter that he quit on Thursday.

Mr. Musk is also considering shuttering one of Twitter’s three main U.S. data centers, a location known as SMF1 in Sacramento, which is used to store information needed to run the social media site, four people with knowledge of the effort said. If the data center in Sacramento is taken offline, it will leave the company with data centers in Atlanta and Portland, Ore., with potentially less backup computing capacity in case something fails.

Twitter is still operating, but it may become harder for the company to fix serious issues when they come up, former employees said. One former Twitter engineer likened the service’s current state to Wile E. Coyote, the Looney Tunes cartoon character, as he runs off the edge of a cliff. Though he may still be running in midair for some time, once he looks down, he drops like a stone.

“The larger and more prominent a platform is, the more care and feeding is needed to keep it running and maintain the expectations of the users,” said Richard Forno, the assistant director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “It’s a huge challenge.”

Mr. Musk sent a flurry of emails to Twitter employees on Friday morning with a plea: “Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2 p.m. today.”
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The employee reductions are coinciding with Twitter’s entering one of its busiest periods in terms of visitors to the site. The World Cup, which begins on Sunday, is expected to bring a deluge of traffic to Twitter, which is the world’s fourth most visited website, according to Similarweb, a digital intelligence platform that tracks web traffic. Twitter gets 6.9 billion visits each month, slightly more than Instagram’s 6.4 billion, though far fewer than Google, YouTube or Facebook, according to Similarweb estimates.

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On Twitter late Thursday, Mr. Musk professed confidence that the service would be fine.

“The best people are staying, so I’m not super worried,” he tweeted.

Fortune reported earlier that 1,000 to 1,200 Twitter employees had resigned. The Information earlier reported on some of Twitter’s infrastructure issues. The Verge earlier reported on departures from the Twitter Command Center.

Keeping a site like Twitter online is typically a task for senior engineers, who must constantly guard against cyberattacks and monitor web traffic to ensure servers are not overloaded, Dr. Forno said. If too many veteran employees depart, leaving Twitter without the expertise or manpower to monitor or quickly fix issues, problems could start, he said.

Many tech issues can be fixed remotely, but some may require workers at Twitter’s data centers around the country, Dr. Forno added. If issues fall through the cracks, Twitter users are not likely to see the site disappear all at once, at least at first. But timelines could start refreshing more slowly, the site might struggle to load and users would find Twitter to be full of glitches.

“It’s like putting a car on the road, hitting the accelerator and then the driver jumps out,” he said. “How far is it going to go before it crashes?”

Inside Twitter on Friday, remaining employees said they were bewildered by Mr. Musk’s changing directives. The company had said on Thursday afternoon that it was closing “our office buildings” and disabling employee badge access until Monday. But in his emails on Friday, Mr. Musk appeared to want to talk to people in person at the company’s San Francisco offices.

Employees were also having difficulties figuring out who was still on staff, and what areas of infrastructure needed more support to keep things up and running.

One worker who wanted to resign said she had spent two days looking for her manager, whose identity she no longer knew because so many people had quit in the days beforehand. After finally finding her direct supervisor, she tendered her resignation. The next day, her supervisor also quit.

Others were spending hours trying to track down which teams they were on. Some said they were asked to oversee duties they had never handled before.

The changes were occurring in a near-total information vacuum internally, employees said. Twitter’s internal communications staff has been laid off or left, and workers said they were looking outward for information from media articles. Mr. Musk has increasingly downplayed the role of traditional media over the past few months, citing Twitter as one of the best platforms for the rise in “citizen journalism,” as he put it.

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Twitter Inc.’s mass exodus of employees leaves the platform vulnerable to a broad range of malfunctions. The social network will succumb to a major glitch at some point, technologists predict. It’s just a matter of when.

The social network’s staff has shrunk to a fraction of its size since Elon Musk took over at the end of October, through layoffs and resignations. Musk this week asked employees to sign on to a more “hardcore” version of their jobs or leave; astonishing numbers opted out.

 

 

There are other concerns beyond keeping the site available, according to Hope. With fewer employees, Twitter may have a harder time grappling with thorny issues like content-takedown requests from foreign governments, the physical security of its data centers, or major events that lead to spikes in traffic and further tax its systems.

 

Then there’s the issue of user harm. If there aren’t enough adults in the room to constrain the poor behavior of some users, as Muffett put it, it could lead to a surge in upsetting trending content and abuse, further alienating visitors and advertisers.

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Much of the company’s trust and safety team declined to continue their employment at Twitter past Musk’s deadline for employees Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter. About half of the company’s information operations and threat disruptions teams also resigned, according to a person familiar — leaving just four US-based employees left to stamp out foreign disinformation campaigns on the platform.

This leaves entire swaths of Twitter’s global audience without content moderation, including the entire Asia-Pacific region, the person said, except for one contractor who had been hired to help with spam in the Korean market.

On Thursday evening, just after hundreds of Twitter employees resigned from the company, the website Downdetector.com, which gathers reports of websites not working, showed a spike in outages at Twitter. The issues continued into Friday, according to data on Downdetector’s website.

Meanwhile, Musk posted late on Thursday evening that the site had “just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol.”

Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, and media analyst said that while more people have likely been on Twitter in recent days, it was not necessarily a sign of any sustainable growth.

“The analogy people use is rubbernecking like with a car accident or a trainwreck, and we’ve seen similar activity on platforms like Twitter when crises occurred,” he said, adding there was no evidence for “quality” or “sustainability” of growth on the platform, no matter what Musk had said.

And for Hope, the former Facebook engineer, Twitter’s path forward without a catastrophe is looking “narrow, and growing more narrow by the day.”

“Twitter is the public square, for better or worse,” he said. “There’s nothing like it, and I don’t think anyone wins by us losing it.”

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Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard has unexpectedly returned to the App Store. The company officially discontinued support for the keyboard and removed it from the App Store in October, but now it’s available for iOS users once again.

“Based on customer feedback, SwiftKey iOS has been relisted on the Apple App Store,” Microsoft’s Caitlin Roulston said in a statement to The Verge. “Please visit Support.SwiftKey.com for more information.”

Despite the return, SwiftKey’s latest update is still from August 11th, 2021. It’s unclear if or when it will be updated — users had complained about issues ahead of the discontinuation — but it seems like there will be some changes to look forward to. Vishnu Nath, Microsoft’s VP and GM of OneNote and the Office product group, encouraged fans to “stay tuned to what the team has in store.” Pedram Rezaei, Microsoft’s CTO of its maps and local services division, said that the company will be “investing heavily in the keyboard.”

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SwiftKey originally became popular on Android and eventually launched on iOS in 2014 with the release of iOS 8, which enabled users to install third-party keyboards. Microsoft then acquired SwiftKey in 2016. The app has remained available on Android.

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China will export technology for a 160 km/h high-speed railway train to Pakistan, state broadcaster CCTV said on Wednesday.

The first batch of 46 train carriages has been loaded and will be shipped on Nov. 3. Parts for another 184 carriages will be delivered to Pakistan to assemble, the report said, adding this is the first time China has exported the technology.

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China and Pakistan should move forward more effectively with the construction of their economic corridor, as well as accelerate the construction of infrastructure for the Gwadar Sea Port, the state media reported.

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It is true that developing a webpage can be a hassle if you lack any knowledge of the coding language for designing. Although most websites require a certain amount of coding languages such as HTML or CSS, there are many pages that do not require less or no coding at all.

Similarly, there are many jobs that require webpage developers and are trained if they have no experience at all. Furthermore, there are different sectors of webpage designing. While some organizations prefer front end wordpress developer but others require back-end WordPress developers. Some places take both types of WordPress developers, as many people are learning WordPress due to its flexibility.

However, let us look at some of the positions that require coding and positions that do not code at all:

Positions that require coding:

  • Software application developers need to have maximum knowledge of coding languages so that they can develop new software. Furthermore, they also need to have knowledge of mathematical terms so that they can calculate the amount of data or the space that an application may take on a particular device when installed.
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  • A computer systems engineer has the responsibility of fixing any kinds of issues that happen in the administration or the network. They need to have knowledge regarding coding languages like python or java to work with different stakeholders to come up with appropriate solutions for bug fixing.

 

  • Database administrator looks after securing, organizing, and troubleshooting of the storage space for larger organizations by using python, java and oracle software. Analyzing and recovering any lost information requires an adequate amount of knowledge of coding.

Positions that require no coding:

  • Software testers do not require much knowledge regarding coding as their work is to identify any sorts of bugs or glitches that are found on any software. They need to have a good set of communication skill as they need to inform the technical issues with proper explanations and suggest some recommendations on how to fix them.

 

  • A technical recruiter is someone who looks after the recruiting process of the employees and interviews them based on their technical skills. They need to increase the popularity of their organization by increasing the network base that does not include any coding. They should also have the knowledge of attracting a diverse workforce.
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  • Product owners are in charge of the product development process and keep the customer’s needs and want in mind. Then, they build the software according to them and also know how to present their product ideas to the executive leadership.

So as you can see there are huge differences between knowing a coding language and not knowing them. Although knowing how to code gives you a higher amount of salary than not knowing them, you will still have a good opportunity to succeed in places that do not need coding.

In conclusion, coding does play an important role in the world of computers but having a little knowledge about them can lead you to a successful career.

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In a mutual fund, money from several investors is pooled together to invest in a wide range of financial products such as stocks and bonds, money market instruments, and more. Mutual funds are managed by experts who use the fund’s assets to create financial gains or income for the fund’s shareholders. Mutual fund portfolios are constructed and managed to meet the stated investment objectives given in the prospectus.

Small and individual investors may access professionally managed portfolios of stocks, bonds, and other assets via mutual funds, which are investment vehicles for pooling their money. As a result, each investor gets a piece of the fund’s profits or losses. Mutual funds invest in a wide range of assets, and their performance is often measured by the change in the fund’s total market value, which is calculated by aggregating the performance of the underlying investments.

The Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund (Growth) is a dynamic, varied, open-ended equity mutual fund strategy. Parag Parikh Mutual Fund invests in Indian and overseas firms’ large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap shares. The fund typically invests 65 percent of its assets in equities of publicly-traded Indian firms. Such an investment is advantageous in terms of strategy. Under Direct Taxes, capital gains taxes are beneficial. Because the fund firmly believes in compounding, it only offers the Growth option. People who wish to invest for at least five years should consider this fund. Long-term capital growth is the fund’s goal.

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How do best-performing mutual funds work?

A mutual fund is both a company and an investment vehicle. Even though this dual nature may appear strange, it is similar to how an Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock reflects the company. In other words, when someone buys Apple stock, they get a piece of the company and its resources. Furthermore, a mutual fund investor acquires an equity stake in the mutual fund company and its assets. The difference between Apple and mutual funds is that the former develops groundbreaking items like iPads, whereas the latter invests in them.

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There are three primary methods through which a mutual fund distributes funds to its investors:

 

  • The fund’s portfolio generates income via dividends and interest on bonds. When a fund pays out practically all of its money to fund owners over a year, this is referred to as a distribution. Funds often provide investors the option of receiving a dividend check or reinvesting earnings to get new shares.
  • A capital gain is earned when the fund sells assets that have increased value. Most funds also distribute profits to investors.
  • If the fund’s assets improve in value but the fund’s management does not sell them, the value of the fund’s shares increases. You may then sell your mutual fund shares in the market for a profit.

 

If a mutual fund is seen as a virtual corporation, the fund manager, often known as the investment advisor, is the CEO. A board of directors hires the fund manager, who is legally mandated to work in the best interests of mutual fund shareholders. The vast majority of fund managers also own funds. A mutual fund firm employs a modest number of additional people. Financial advisers or fund managers may hire analysts to assist with investment selection or market research.

Investment Objective of Parag Parikh Mutual Fund [Source]

 

The Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund (Growth) seeks capital appreciation and growth over the long term. The fund invests in a diverse variety of industries, sectors, and/or market sizes to accomplish its investment goal. It makes no investment selections based on market capitalisation, industry, or geography. The portfolio of equities and equity-related assets, as well as debt and money market instruments, is actively managed by the fund manager. Debt and other equivalent instruments account for 35% of the fund’s assets.

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The Parag Parikh Flexi Cap Fund is 60% invested in Indian companies and 30% invested in overseas stocks. The fund ranks third and second in average one-year rolling returns (26.85 per cent) and average three-year rolling returns (26.85 per cent), respectively. Returns over the previous four years were computed using one-year and three-year rolling monthly returns. Trailing returns have a recency bias, whereas point-to-point returns are particular to the period in question. On the other hand, rolling returns objectively examine the fund’s absolute and relative performance throughout all periods. The fund leads the category in terms of quarterly outperformance. The fund beat the category average in 13 of the 16 quarters.

Conclusion

Investors should also remember that corporations are not required to pay dividends on their shares; therefore, dividends are not guaranteed. Dividend-paying mutual funds may be better for investors looking for dividend income than individual shares since the latter pool possible dividend payments from several firms. Because the money invested is distributed over hundreds of firms, a mutual fund helps mitigate the risk of falling stock prices. You may also use the Kuvera app to safely invest your hard-earned money in a Mutual Fund.

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Paytm share price surges on fourth straight day. Stock rises 24% in two weeks

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Paytm share price been rising continuously after dipping to its new low of 510.05 apiece levels in May 2022. Paytm shares opened higher for the fourth successive session in Tuesday’s deals and went on to make its intraday high of 723.60 per share levels on NSE, recording around 2 per cent rise in intraday session.

The One97 Communications share price had closed at 582.25 on 13th June 2022 on NSE, with the fintech stock logging more than 24 per cent rise in last two weeks.

According to stock market experts, Paytm share price has given ‘triangular pattern’ breakout above 650 on closing basis and hence it is giving upside bounce for last two weeks. They went on to add that the fintech stock is on cusp of giving ‘cup and holder’ breakout at 720 on closing basis.

Analysts added that if the stock closes above 720 today then it may go up to 940 apiece levels in short to medium term. However, they maintained that it is just a technical bounce back and its fundamentals are still unchanged.

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Speaking on Paytm share price rally, Ravi Singhal, Vice Chairman at GCL Securities said, “Paytm share price has been rising for last two weeks after giving triangular pattern breakout at 650 levels. The stock is on cusp of giving cup and holder breakout at 720 apiece levels. If Paytm shares today closes above 720 today, then we can expect this stock to first hit 800 and then 940 per share levels. However, one should buy the stock only when it is available in 680 to 700 range. Those who have this stock in their portfolio are advised to hold the counter maintaining stop loss at 650 apiece levels.” Ravi Singhal of GCL Securities maintained that 940 target can be achieved only when the stock sustains above 800 levels.

Paytm IPO was launched in November 2021 at a price band of 2080 to 2150 per equity share. It was listed at discounted price and has been nosediving since listing on BSE and NSE on 18th November 2021. Paytm share price today is around 716, which is still near 67 per cent below its upper price band of 2150 per equity share.

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On Paytm shares’ fundamentals, Avinash Gorakshkar, Head of Research at Profitmart Securities said, “This is nothing but a technical bounce back. Fundamentals of the stock are still unchanged except some morale boosting news of share buyback by Paytm promoters. Paytm numbers in upcoming quarters are expected to remain on same line as we witnessed recently. So, this bounce back in Paytm shares has nothing to do with its fundamentals.”

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Tencent stock falls as Prosus/Naspers to sell shares to fund buybacks

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Technology investor Prosus NV will tap its huge stake in China’s Tencent to fund a stock buyback in itself and parent Naspers, the Dutch firm said on Monday, knocking shares in the Chinese tech giant.

The move is aimed at closing a gap between the market value of Prosus/Naspers and that of the 28.9% stake in Tencent they own, which is currently worth about $136 billion.

Prosus itself is currently worth less than that stake at some 109.8 billion euros ($116.2 billion).

“This will efficiently unlock immediate value for shareholders because we’re selling (Tencent) shares at full value and we’re buying back our stock at a considerable discount,” CFO Basil Sgourdos said.

Prosus shares, which are down 27% in the year to date, jumped 10% on the news to 58.36 euros in Amsterdam as of 0750 GMT.

Shares in Naspers in Johannesburg were up 13% while shares in Tencent were down 1.5% in Hong Kong.

“We will continue to do this as long as the discount is at elevated levels,” Prosus/Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk said of the buyback plan, underlining that the process will be gradual but there was no specific timeframe or size limit on the sales.

As a rough indication, the company pointed to a maximum sale of 3-5% of the daily trade volume in Tencent shares.

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“It’s a big bazooka idea to address a market inefficiency but that also retains our exposure to (Tencent) one of the best companies on the globe,” Van Dijk said.

Van Dijk, the highest paid executive in the Netherlands with a pay package worth $15.8 million for the past year, did not receive one part of his bonus that had been dependent on reducing the valuation discrepancy.

The share sale plan came as a surprise as Prosus had agreed not to sell further Tencent shares after selling a 2% stake worth $15 billion in 2021.

Asked about it, Sgourdos said he did not think violating the lock-up pledge was a problem.

“It’s something we had to consider in arriving at this decision. (But) we think that this is the right thing for our shareholders. And, you know, we have Tencent support in this decision.”

Tencent said it supports the move and expects the impact of the share sale to be “limited”.

Separately, Prosus said it had sold a $3.67 billion stake in JD.com.

Prosus and Naspers shares have fallen sharply over the past year amid a tech sector sell-off and a Chinese government crackdown on tech companies.

“The sale does not have any impact on Tencent’s operations or fundamentals,” said Union Bancaire Privée senior analyst Vey-Sern Ling.

“It is unlikely that China’s regulatory environment, which is improving, is a major consideration.”

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Sgourdos said the company remained committed to China.

“We still have a very strong belief in Tencent and the Chinese economy and its ability to grow,” he said.

Investors say the complicated cross-holding structure between Prosus and Naspers has also hurt their share price.

In addition to Tencent, Prosus houses all of Naspers’ overseas investments in online classifieds, food delivery, fintech and education software — though the impact of Tencent dwarfs the performance of the rest.

Both companies reported a fall in trading profit from non-Tencent businesses for the full year ending March 31, as they grew sales but increased losses.

“Results were better than we expected on revenue but lower on profitability,” said ING Bank analyst Marc Hesselink in a note.

The current discount of Prosus to the value of assets it owns is 54% and at Naspers 65%, according to company-provided figures.

Prosus is in talks to sell its stake in Russia’s Avito, which had been valued at $6 billion before the Ukraine war.

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By combining evolving cameras with faster and smarter automatic object recognition capabilities, computer vision has become one of the most promising applications of AI in the future.

At the Transform 2020 digital summit, Intel Vice President Brian McCarson Matt Marshall (Matt Marshall) of VentureBeat is the CEO of the rapidly growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The role of vision in the marketplace was presented.

In this conversation, we’ll focus on the new use case we have to help with: significantly improved product defect detection, which is expected to improve the reliability of everything from computer screens to automobiles. I put it in

McCarson said that historically, manufacturers working to eliminate product defects did not lack staff or defect detection experts. In other words, the limitation of the human eye is a hindrance.

Defects in today’s consumer products can be microscopic, such as screen pixel defects and surface defects in aluminum components in automobile gearboxes.

Humans are good at detecting changes in movement and style, but we can’t always find those nuances. Therefore, with the development of computer vision, Intel sees an opportunity.

Intel has developed a computer vision solution in cooperation with cloud service provider Alibaba. This solution increased the positive defect detection rate of vehicle metal workers from approximately 20% to over 99%. In short, the difference is that 4 out of 5 defects and 1 out of 100 defects are missed.

At least for the computer vision sensing components, this is a noticeable change, greatly improving the reliability of the car.

McCarson noted that the solution is reasonably priced and “scalable.” This is because manufacturers can add this solution to a million dollar production line for just a few thousand dollars without making other manufacturing changes.

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He said, “So after several days of real return on investment (ROI) measurement, manufacturers can implement one of the most prestigious defect quality control measures in the world.

” Intel is currently working with hundreds of companies with similar Factory Cooperation for quality control. Factories that implement this quality control can improve production yields, reduce yields, and increase operating margins, while reducing negative manufacturing and environment-related yields.

McCarson explained that another great advantage of IIoT is the use of open source software. Open source software can help companies without extensive AI experience develop high-performance machine vision solutions.

For example, Intel’s free convolutional neural network toolkit, OpenVINO, comes with a ready-to-use visual inference model that has been applied to various use cases and is 80-90% performing out of the box.

We have effective machine vision solutions that can help you achieve this. By tuning this solution, the company can achieve 96% to 97% performance.

McCarson suggested that open source has become part of the industry trend, moving from garden devices with proprietary walls (like BlackBerry) to platforms with a foundation for future innovation.

Given the nature of Intel’s artificial intelligence solutions (more flexible than specific uses), the company considers providing customers with a guarantee for the future, rather than simply buying enough products for today’s applications. , I want to buy flexibility to adapt to future AI needs.

When Marshall asked about the market opportunities for computer vision, McCarson said it was “very surprising.” In the consumer goods manufacturing industry, the annual global turnover for industrial automation alone amounts to US $ 500 billion, in order to effectively solve manufacturing problems that were almost impossible to solve a few years ago.

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We already know that we are ready to embrace AI and computer vision. Over the next two to five years, edge-based computer vision and data analytics will grow simultaneously to improve defect detection, inventory tracking, and machine uptime, including data analytics. of traditional time series and modern computer vision. He predicts that there will be a “big change” in usage.

At the summit question and answer session, McCarson was asked about the future trend of AI hardware. He replied that one of the main issues is to provide hardware that can adapt to future changes.

The company now wants to use software to update its hardware seamlessly, rather than relying on the old approach of having to submit tracks for updates.

He also pointed out that the current stage of AI is limited by the availability of the model when performing certain tasks, rather than hardware performance limitations. He also recommends that software developers be responsible for creating models that take full advantage of available technology.

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