China’s Xi promises changes to promote tech center Shenzhen

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping promised Wednesday new steps to back development of China’s biggest tech center, Shenzhen, amid a feud with Washington that has disrupted access to U.S. technology and is fueling ambitions to create Chinese providers.

Xi made the remarks in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the former fishing village adjacent to Hong Kong being declared the first area for the ruling party to allow tightly controlled free enterprise.

He promised to ease regulations to encourage new industries. He also called for “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and “optimizing and upgrading production,” a reference to official ambitions to become a global competitor in fields from telecoms and bio-tech to electric cars and renewable energy.

Companies in Shenzhen including Huawei, a maker of smartphones and telecom network equipment, play a key role in party plans to transform China into a leader in telecoms, electric

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Smartphone reveals how spiritual texts can promote well-being : The Tribune India

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Smartphones not only reveal your screen time, chat history or gaming preferences but are a useful tool to find a link between individuals’ daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say, researchers.

While other studies have found such a connection between spirituality and positive emotions, the new study is significant because frequent texting over smartphones made it easier to capture respondents’ moment-to-moment spiritual experiences over 14 days rather than only one or two points in time.

Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University examined whether spirituality’s link with satisfaction is stable or momentary, “This study is unique because it examines daily spiritual experiences — such as feeling God’s presence, finding strength in religion or spirituality, and feeling inner peace and harmony — as both stable traits and as states that fluctuate,” said study co-author Matt Bradshaw, a research

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Twitter will add transcriptions for voice tweets to promote accessibility

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Twitter is working on adding transcriptions to voice tweets.


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Twitter said it’s working on adding transcriptions to voice tweets in order to make the feature, which it began testing in the summer, more accessible. This comes after many criticized the social media platform for not taking all users’ needs into consideration before the release.

“We’re rolling out voice Tweets to more of you on iOS so we can keep learning about how people use audio,” the company said in a tweet on Tuesday. “Since introducing the feature in June, we’ve taken your feedback seriously and are working to have transcription available to make voice Tweets more accessible.”

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ICO Investigating Complaints About “Unsolicited” Texts Sent To Promote NHS COVID-19 App

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating complaints about “unsolicited” text messages and emails sent to promote the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app, The Register reports.

The NHS Test and Trace app, which launched on 24 September and is based on the previously-rejected Exposure Notification framework from Apple and Google, has so-far been downloaded more than 14 million times.

In a bid to encourage more Brits to install the app, NHS Digital sent texts and emails to all UK residents over the age of 16 who had previously provided their contact details to a GP. As noted by The Register, those contacted had not specifically opted in to receive marketing communications regarding the NHS COVID-19 app.

“All

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Pompeo to Travel to Mediterranean Countries and Vatican to Bolster Ties, Promote Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel next week to Greece, Italy, the Holy See and Croatia in a bid to shore up bilateral ties and promote religious freedom.

In Greece, Mr. Pompeo will undertake measures to improve economic ties and security cooperation between the nations. The secretary and Greek officials will sign a memorandum of understanding on science and technology.

While the top U.S. diplomat’s visit to Greece last October was limited to Athens, Mr. Pompeo next week will visit both Thessaloniki, home to Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, and Crete, home to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. On Crete, Mr. Pompeo will visit U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay.

The trip will be the first by a U.S. secretary of state to Thessaloniki, which a senior department official described as a “gateway to the Balkans in terms of investment and trade.”

Mr. Pompeo also will host a gathering of leaders

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Govt committed to promote science and technology for progress in country: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government is committed to promote science and technology for progress in the country.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology in Haripur today (Thursday).

The institute will offer courses in artificial intelligence, engineering, food technology and various other disciplines.

The Prime Minister said we are moving in the right direction with a focus on education, science, technology and knowledge economy.

He expressed the confidence that the institute will prove to be a major step in promotion of science and technology in the country.

Imran Khan said the government is going to collaborate with five Chinese and three Austrian universities for technological advancement in Pakistan.

He said in the second phase of CPEC, special economic zones will be established and industry will be relocated in Pakistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied

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