OneWeb picks up $1.4B more from SoftBank and Hughes to help fund its first satellite fleet – TechCrunch

After a troubled year that saw broadband satellite operator OneWeb file for bankruptcy, get rescue finance from the UK government and Bharti, and then emerge out of that with a launch of part of its fleet last month, the London-based company today announced a another $1.4 billion in funding — money that it says will be enough to (finally) get the rest of its first-generation fleet of 648 satellites off the ground.

The 36 new satellites OneWeb launched in December brought the total number in orbit to 110 satellites, so there are still more than 500 left to launch.

SoftBank Group Corp. and Hughes Network Systems are providing the financing, the company said. The news comes about a month after OneWeb launched 36 satellites, its third launch to put more of its fleet into orbit. At the time, its executive chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said that it was

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Introducing Hub350, the latest addition to Canada’s largest tech park

The new facility in Ottawa is a “brand new ecosystem for industry, academic and finance partners” to co-exist and collaborate–and fuel its already welcoming job market.

The Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) provided this image as “inspirational” for the just-announced Hub350.

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Residents of Ottawa have something to look forward to this summer, the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) will open the doors to a new global tech center, Hub350 at the Kanata North Technology Park (KNTP). 

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Hub350 is designed to help secure a “better post COVID-19 future, and serve as a foundation for the special economic district development project 350 Legget.” It will also be the “gateway for member companies to industry, academia, and finance communities in Canada’s largest technology park,” promotional material noted. 

Located 20 minutes from downtown

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Tresl’s Segments Analytics gives small online stores the same data analytics as large sellers – TechCrunch

Tresl’s flagship product, e-commerce intelligence platform Segment Analytics, is designed to give small brands on Shopify access to the same kind of analytics larger online retailers have. Founded by former LinkedIn data scientists, Tresl is currently exhibiting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena.

Segments Analytics analyzes a Shopify store’s data and then automatically sorts visitors into more 30 pre-built customer segments based on their browsing habits, spending and how likely they are to make repeat purchases.

This means that brands can identify specific groups of shoppers and use Segments Analytics’ suggestions for targeted campaigns without spending too much on data analytics, marketing or user acquisition. For example, one of the segments the platform identifies are people who have made one purchase already, but are unlikely to buy again unless they are see an ad or promotion soon. Segments Analytics can be used for advertising across multiple channels, including email,

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ASUS rolls out new and updated laptops, a monitor, and a projector at CES 2021

The latest from ASUS includes updates of the company’s ZenBook, as well as devices for gamers, business people, students, artists, and more.

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Some exhibitors arrived at CES 2021 with a single product, with all attention focused on that one innovation. Others, like ASUS, came heavily armed with a cornucopia of new tech, something for just about everyone. Their standard ZenBook has been updated.There’s a new laptop designed for graphic-heavy work, a portable monitor, gamer-centric laptops, one designed for e-learners and one for artists.  There’s even something for the whole family: A projector for movies, TV, and sports. After all, when influencers are designing converted rooms into entertainment hubs centered around one of the new projectors, it’s bound to rise in popularity.

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ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582)


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The ASUS ZenBook Pro

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CES 2021: ASUS adds a Wi-Fi 6 router to its array of new products

ASUS reports easy installation, faster Wi-Fi and better security against cybersecurity hackers with the new proprietary Instant Guard security app.

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At CES 2021, ASUS just announced an expansion in its router product line by introducing the RT-AX68U, a Wi-Fi 6 router, which supports the company’s new Instant Guard security app, also included with the purchase of RT-AX68U.

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Designed for the home, RT-AX68U is a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router that features a 3×3 MIMO antenna configuration for wireless speeds of up to 2,700Mbps. It’s designed to offer Wi-Fi coverage and stable connections for several devices. The Instant Guard app comes with the router and allows users to secure a public Wi-Fi connection with a click.

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ASUS said it discovered that more members in a household have multiple devices so it designed

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