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Apple HomePod smart speaker confirmed for India launch; price revealed

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Apple’s first ever smart speaker, Homepod, has been a subject to several delays and slow sales in the past. But now, months after making it available in select countries, Apple is all set to launch its Siri-based smart speaker in India. The indirect confirmation comes from the HomePod listing page on the Apple India website. Although it still says ‘Check back later for availability’, the price of the device has been revealed as Rs 19,900.

Considering the price tag of the speaker, it will be safe to assume that this Siri-enabled accessory will be going up against Bose Home Speaker 300, Amazon Echo Studio and even the Echo Plus (2nd-gen), all of which are in the same range.

HomePod saw the light of the day three years ago at WWDC 2017 and went on sale in Australia, the US and the UK in early 2018 at US$349 (roughly Rs 24,860). You can also buy the smart speaker from Germany, France, Canada and select other regions. Last year it went on sale in China, Japan and Taiwan.

Apple India mentions the price of HomePod.

Sporting six microphone arrays, Apple HomePod is said to recognise the physics of a room (or what Apple calls as Spatial Awareness) and play audio accordingly so the user gets the best experience. There’s also seven beamforming speakers, each with its own amplifier. Powering the speaker is Apple’s A8 chip. You can also setup a multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 connectivity. On the outside, you can see Apple HomePods in two colour variants – Black and White. There’s a mesh fabric coating on the outside with all the controls on the top.

What’s more is that if the user is in the middle of a phone call or listening to a song, you can easily hand it off to HomePod. All you need to do is to hold the iOS or iPadOS device next to the speaker.

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A Surgeon by Day & a Poet by Night, Here is All You Need to Know About Dr. Shadab Ahmed

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Our team had been in touch with Dr. Shadab Ahmed for some time. We had always seen him smiling and in a positive mode. His books are well admired and he has a great persona, for which we decided to cover his story. Today we present you with a true gem of a person, Dr. Shadab Ahmed.

Dr. Shadab Ahmed hails from Bihar, India. He has spent good segments of his life in North-East India, New Delhi, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu. True-Blood Bihari by thinking and living, his mantra is “Carpe Diem”, or to seize the day.

Dr. Shadab Ahmed was born and brought up in the resilient and magical North-East India, growing up between guns and roses. He moved pan-India at various ages, finishing his schooling in Manipur and Delhi. His voracious appetite for knowledge and wisdom led him into books, refining his perception and understanding of the good, bad, and wicked in life. He is a scholar of literature and poetry, and his interests are diverse in Norse, Hebrew, European, Mughal, Russian, Iberian, Latin-Modernism, Metaphysical, Alhambra, Mandarin, Turkish, Persian, Indian, Baltic, Celtic, and Castilian poetry and literature. He retains an inner child and has a very combustible imagination.

Dr. Shadab Ahmed is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon by profession, and he is also an Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Vinayaka Mission’s Sankarachariyar Dental College, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (VMRF-DU), Salem, Tamil Nadu. He completed his UG from Buddha Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Bihar, and his PG from Meenakshi Ammal Dental College & Hospital, Tamil Nadu. For pre-destiny, he altered his academic path and took the bold risk of jumping into college management and administration, and has never looked back since. He is distinctive in methodically drafting policies for NABH, NAAC, NIRF, and AISHE and implementing protocols of the Dental Council of India. He focuses on qualitative and quantitative institutional growth. He has previously served as Joint Coordinator and Administration Advisor to dental institutions and has worked as a dental surgeon with the North-East Frontier Railways, Assam. His interest in OMFS goes into Head and Neck Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders, and Maxillofacial Trauma.

Inspiration to write a book: Dr. Shadab Ahmed has always been fascinated by books and wanted to write since he was a child. But for his chosen and formidable academic path. He never managed to complete his books, which were left on the shelves and acquired dust over time. His inspiration to write books came from his father, who proudly declared one day that he would never be able to write a book. Today, Dr. Ahmed is the author of 3 published non-pedagogical books related to World Poetry, with several others in the press and under progress. He devotes his free time maniacally to reading, understanding, and translating various canonical poetry texts and their interpretations, along with their “Pre-Text” in history and “Con-Text” in contemporary times and ages. His extra-academic interest bridges across Bards, Rhymes, Hymns, Epics, Odes, Elegies, Zajals, Poesies, Ballads, Sonnets, Quatrains, Verses, Couplets, Qasidehs, Muwashshahs, Masnawis, Haikus, Limericks, and Runes. His distinctive interest lies in European Literature and Poetry (covering the Jacobean Era, Elizabethan Era, Edwardian Era, Georgian Era, Stuart and Caroline Eras, Renaissance and Post-Renaissance Eras) and Mandarin Poetry, encompassing the Ming, Yuan, Song, and Tang dynasties.

Dr. Shadab Ahmed has several books in progress and manages to write in what little time he gets after his professional duties. Two more of his books are in press and slated to be released in the coming months this year. He aspires to open a bookstore someday, thereby completing the trinity of visions he envisioned as a child (Doctor-Author-Businessman). He prays he gets the time and chance to see his pre-science conceptualizing in the coming months and years. He believes in taking decisive risks and lives for the day.

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Zepto, 10-minute grocery delivery app, raises $100 million

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Only five months subsequent to dispatching, 10-minute basic food item conveyance application Zepto on Tuesday reported it has raised $100 million driven by Y Combinator, taking its valuation to $570 million.

Other than the raise money, Zepto has been developing staggeringly rapidly and is significantly increasing its client base consistently.

In the course of recent months, Zepto has extended past Mumbai by dispatching in Bengaluru, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune (Kolkata to follow), the organization said in an assertion.

“Financial backers are reliably deciding to back Zepto due to our top tier execution. This is giving us extraordinary energy – we’re developing at an amazing rate, clients are adoring the item experience, our center unit financial matters are solid, and we have one of the most outstanding startup groups in India today,” said Aadit Palicha, Co-Founder and CEO.

The Series C raising money round saw support from new and existing financial backers, including Glade Brook, Nexus, Breyer Capital, Lachy Groom, Global Founders Capital, Contrary Capital, and that’s just the beginning.

The round came 45 days later the organization reported its $60 million raise money in November.

Conveying food in a short time is a game-changing encounter for clients in the nation, and a few players are presently joining the race.

“We are eager to twofold down and lead this round in Zepto. They initially dispatched with an alternate model, quickly turned to speedy trade in August 2021, and are presently adding 100,000 new clients consistently, 60% of the ladies,” said Anu Hariharan from Y Combinator.

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Framed for a murder in the past? Has now achieved the tag of being an author of 30+ buzzing books

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How do you start with a task all over again after you reach the end of the task and it’s destroyed for some unknown reasons. Life makes one witness enormous kinds of phases both in terms good and bad. This one’s about a person who can be referred to as the kind of person, who’s been through in and out section of the life’s stomach and has understood every aspect of life now.

Anuj Tikku, a renowned writer and actor in the bollywood industry, has been through different stages in life and he’s the same person who was once seen in the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi back then in 2008.

Anuj has been both the versatile form of human and a talented kind of professional worker who has released over 30+ books by now and all of them, have delivered their required motive.
He has recently came up with a book “Assassinating Modi”. The premise is both scandalous and rather bold. It takes a significant amount of courage to write about something like this. The author has combined political drama with action and adventure. The books enfolds mystery and conspiracy, creating intrigue in the mind of a reader.

Being an actor who was an alleged murder convict of his own father has come so ahead in life, becoming an author of 30+ published books, a renowned blogger and so renowned. He was a prime of suspect of his father’s murder and his life took a huge turn away from bollywood and put his mind to travelling in order to attain peace of mind and that’s the story of his blog TikkusTravelton. If one reads his blogs, he/ she will find out how beautifully he has written about his travel experiences, from his spiritual experiences at Kumb to the very calming Kailash Yatra. He has channelled the things he likes to do, his hobbies into his profession, his main revenue earning means.

After being detained in a false crime of his dad’s murder in April 2012, life’s been more than just a challenging game to Mr. Anuj as it took a while longer than expected for the real killer to be identified which did cost Anuj a fortune of loss in his goodwill and peace of mind but once a fighter is always a fighter and that’s how his journey of being unstoppable started.
Apart from his new books, he has dared to jot down his own life’s saddening and mysterious tales in form of books which are namely; Yes Sir, I killed my dad: A son’s grief, then there’s Unholy tales from Banaras which somehow created a buzz in the reader’s community. His book Yeh! Hai India was displayed on several blogs as a milestone read and such work of success was still somehow unnoticed by people. There’s also a reality based work of research from the author under the title “Chal Nangi Hoja”, where the author has performed a skilled and marvelous work of research on how a porn app is developed beneath the nose of the nation’s judicial system by a known personality and the work witnessed in the book is beyond explainable terms.

*His book, Nineteen* : A Pandemic’s Tale, has the Covid-19 pandemic in the background and is the story of the people of Mumbai and across and India are struggling in the pandemic with many lives at stakes. And he also talks about the importance to keep aside our differences and stand up together as one unit, keeping in mind the saying “We are in this together”.
In one of his interviews, Anuj mentioned his next new release, 27 Days In Taliban, shedding light on the Taliban issue that has put the whole world in shock. He uses motivation and inspiration to write, which makes him a distinguished author and a great personality.

There’s one thing common in his writings that he writes in a swift flow and makes use of simple expressions which can vividly understood by an average reader. His English is not too complex and his books lay focus on the narration rather than the language. In his journey as an author he has written on topics in a wide spectrum – real events, his travel diaries, memoirs, soft erotica and much more. He has an enlightening effect on people and bring to the fore, things that are talked about a lot but people don’t know them in bits and crucks.

 

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