New Website Platform BeKiwi Launched


students who have found themselves spending an unplanned
summer in New Zealand now have a new tool to help them
experience more of Aotearoa.

Launched today (December
2), BeKiwi is a web platform that offers a curated selection
of the best experiences from around Northland and Auckland,
specifically designed to help international students better
connect with New Zealand people and culture.

site’s developers are looking to expand the site to become
nationwide by next June.

The idea for BeKiwi emerged
in response to concerns that some international students
were struggling to find opportunities to easily connect with
local people, places, and experiences.

The original
concept for BeKiwi was developed by Whangārei strategy and
marketing company Level, and with support from Northland
Inc, the company was successful in attracting funding from
the Ministry of Education International Student Wellbeing

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BlackBerry And Amazon Team Up On Vehicle Data And Software Platform

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BlackBerry And Amazon Team Up On Vehicle Data And Software Platform

Canadian technology specialist BlackBerry and e-commerce titan Amazon have developed a cloud-based software platform designed to help automakers and suppliers standardize vehicle data and speed deployment of new revenue-generating features and services, the companies said on Tuesday. BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services (AWS) said the new intelligent vehicle data platform, called IVY, will compress the time to build, deploy and monetize in-vehicle applications and connected services across multiple brands and models, making it easier for automakers to collaborate with a wider pool of developers to accelerate development of apps and services. Carmakers have been reluctant so far to share with outside technology providers much of the data generated by their vehicles. IVY is designed to complement and run simultaneously with new digital vehicle architectures developed by Volkswagen, General Motors and others. The platform is built

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Elektrobit unveils industry-first software platform for next-gen vehicle electronics architectures

ERLANGEN, Germany, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Elektrobit (EB), a visionary global supplier of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, today announced EB xelor, an industry-first software platform designed to streamline the development of next-generation automotive electronics architectures based on high-performance computing (HPC). EB xelor provides car makers and Tier 1 suppliers with a secure, stable and easily upgradable software foundation for connected and intelligent vehicles, allowing them to focus less on automotive infrastructure and more on innovation and profitability: developing differentiating features and functions for their vehicles.

EB xelor brings together production-proven software from EB, open-source and third-party software, plus tools and services that are absolutely critical for HPC environments but won’t necessarily differentiate one vehicle from another. By choosing EB xelor, car makers and Tier 1s can save the time, resources, and staff required to source and integrate these elements on their own. Based

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Automotive Grade Linux Releases UCB 10 Software Platform with Yocto Long Term Support

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), an open source project developing a shared software platform for in-vehicle technology, today announced the latest code release of the AGL platform, UCB 10, also known under the codename “Jumping Jellyfish.”

Developed through a joint effort by dozens of member companies, the AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) is an open source software platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications.

“The AGL platform is Yocto-based, and for Jumping Jellyfish, we updated to Yocto’s first Long Term Support (LTS) release named Dunfell,” said Dan Cauchy, Executive Director of Automotive Grade Linux at the Linux Foundation. “This is significant as it means the Yocto Project will provide patches, fixes, and updates for an extended period of time, something that is essential for automotive systems, which have a longer life cycle than many

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NexTech AR Acquires Self-Service Event Software Platform: Map Dynamics

The acquisition of Map Dynamics brings self-service event solutions to NexTech’s rapidly growing portfolio of event offerings and strategically positions the company for the shift to hybrid events post COVID

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NexTech AR Solutions (NexTech) (OTCQB: NEXCF) (CSE: NTAR) (FSE: N29), a leading provider of virtual and augmented reality (AR) experience technologies and services for virtual and hybrid eCommerce, education, conferences and events today announced that it has acquired event management platform, Map Dynamics. The company’s self-serve virtual events platform supports live video, chat, networking, and analytics, reporting for associations, conferences, trade shows, webinars, summits, forums, workshops, and hybrid events. It helps organizers create, host, and manage live events for 100,000+ attendees both online and in its branded native event app.

Based in Athens, Georgia, Map Dynamics offers a consolidated set of self-service event management

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Microsoft .NET 5.0 developer platform arrives with new C# 9 programming language

.NET 5.0 is the next version of Microsoft’s .NET Core platform and an attempt to unify its developer ecosystem.


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Microsoft has released .NET 5.0, the latest major release in its .NET development platform which, amongst other updates, introduces the new C# 9 programming language.

.NET 5.0 is the first update to the platform since Microsoft announced that it would unify its developer toolset across platforms and operating systems. This means that, with .NET 5.0, developers have access to a single set of APIs, languages, and tools that can be used regardless of whether they are building desktop, mobile, cloud or Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

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Similarly, .NET 5.0 allows

to cherry-pick the parts of the .NET platform that they need. For example, if users want to target mobile and not WebAssembly, they don’t need to download WebAssembly tools. The same applies with

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Poster presentation with the Alzstatin platform now available on AlzeCure’s website

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — AlzeCure Pharma AB (publ) (FN STO: ALZCUR) (“AlzeCure”), a pharmaceutical company that develops a broad portfolio of drug candidates for diseases affecting the central nervous system, with projects in both Alzheimer’s disease and pain, today announced that the company’s poster presentation and abstract about the Alzstatin platform, which was presented at the annual Alzheimer’s conference CTAD, Clinical Trials in Alzheimer’s Disease, on November 4-7, 2020, are now available in full on the company’s website.

The poster presentation, given by Johan Sandin, CSO at AlzeCure, presents how the mechanisms in the research platform Alzstatin work and shows that the target mechanism within the platform is suitable as a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, data show that the class of drug substances being developed within AlzeCure’s platform, so-called gamma-secretory modulators, selectively affect the production of toxic Abeta-amyloid, without affecting the cleavage of

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Tim Berners-Lee attracts NHS, BBC, NatWest to Inrupt’s Solid platform

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LONDON — Tim Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist best known as the inventor of the world wide web, has revealed that his latest start-up has launched a privacy platform for enterprises. The U.K.’s National Health Service, the BBC, NatWest Bank and the Flanders Government are among its early adopters.

Inrupt, founded by Berners-Lee and CEO John Bruce in 2018, is aiming to develop technology that gives people control of their data, allowing them to choose where their data is stored and who has access to it.

The start-up announced Monday that it had launched an enterprise version of its Solid platform. Built with scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solid allows users to create Personal Online Data Stores, or Pods, that they can then share with third party-apps if they wish.

Bruce wrote in a blog that the NHS, for example,

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Singapore-based sales productivity platform Nektar raises $2.15 million seed round

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Nektar co-founders Abhijeet Vijayvergiya and Aravind Ravi Sulekha

Nektar co-founders Abhijeet Vijayvergiya and Aravind Ravi Sulekha

Singapore-based, a productivity platform for sales teams, has raised $2.15 million in seed funding. Founded earlier this year, Nektar has been working in stealth mode with five companies, and has plans for an early adopter release before a public launch by the end of 2021. Its seed round was led by Nexus Venture Partners, with participation from Insignia Venture Partners, Arka Venture Labs, Better Capital and Vietnam Investments Group.


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Individual investors also contributed to the funding, including Five9 executive vice president Anand Chandrasekaran; Airtel chief executive of enterprise business Ganesh Lakshminarayanan; Vinod Muthukrishnan, the chief growth officer of Cisco’s Contact Center Business Unit; Venkat Tadanki, who sold his former startup Daksh to IBM in 2004; and Capillary Technologies co-founder and CEO Aneesh Reddy.

Founded by CEO Abhijeet

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Congenica Completes $50m Series C Funding Round to Advance Clinical Genomic Analysis Software and Data Platform

Congenica Completes $50m Series C Funding Round to Advance Clinical Genomic Analysis Software and Data Platform

New Funds to Drive Further Commercialisation of Rare and Inherited Cancer Applications and Expansion into Oncology, Wellness and Pharma Collaborations

Cambridge, United Kingdom – 9 November 2020Congenica, the digital health company enabling rapid and accurate analysis of complex genomic data to transform people’s lives, is pleased to announce the completion of its Series C funding round, raising US$50m/£39m.

The round was co-led by Tencent and Legal & General and included other new investors Xeraya, Puhua Capital and IDO Investments. Existing investors Parkwalk, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Downing also participated. The global nature of this important financing round brings new strategic and geographic capabilities that will further advance Congenica’s existing global footprint.

A pioneer in genomic analysis, Congenica has established a diverse, global customer-base of hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, academic medical centres and

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