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pepsi-energy-011620.jpg PepsiCo said its plans to meet the entire electricity demand for its U.S. direct operations through renewable energy this year. The move is part of the company's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its global value chain by 20 percent by 2030. The company will use electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

googlechrome-jan16.jpg Google said it will end support for Chrome Apps across all operating systems, including on Chrome OS, in a phased manner over a two-year period. On Wednesday, Google provided an updated timeline for ending support for Chrome Apps on all platforms. The company will continue to support and invest in Chrome Extensions on all existing platforms. The tech giant had unveiled Chrome Apps in 2013.

chogroup-blockchain-011520.jpg Tunisian olive oil producer CHO Group teamed up with IBM Blockchain to apply blockchain technology to provide consumers traceability for its 'Terra Delyssa extra virgin olive oil' from the olive orchards to the consumers. Terra Delyssa extra virgin olive oil will be tracked using the blockchain-based Cloud network IBM Food Trust solution, which is based on Blockchain Hyperledger technology.

bundesligaaws-jan14.jpg Amazon said Germany's premier national football league Bundesliga selected Amazon Web Services or AWS as its official technology provider, enriching the overall football experience for its global fan base. Bundesliga plans to utilize AWS machine learning and analytics to deliver new game and player statistics during the 2019-20 season and beyond.

samsung-jan13.jpg Samsung introduced the Galaxy XCover Pro, an enterprise-ready smartphone intended for use by workers across a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, healthcare and logistics. The device also features partner-enabled mobility solutions for use in different business scenarios, including the ability to integrate the new walkie talkie feature in Microsoft Teams.

weeklyroundupcrypto-jan10.jpg The past week has been generally good for Bitcoin. In the last seven days the most popular cryptocurrency improved its value by more than $500, or 7 percent. As of this writing, the Bitcoin is trading at $7864. The virtual currency showed signs of resurgence in the New Year after a relatively dull December. After dipping below $7000 on January 2, the currency managed to rise from its slumber.

mobilepaymentsystem-jan10.jpg Samsung SDS America, the IT arm of South Korean conglomerate Samsung, and U.S.-based Syniverse are combining their mobile and blockchain technologies to develop a common payment platform that makes the users' mobile phone the easiest payment means. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed at the 2020 International CES.

hohem-jan09.jpg China-based Hohem Technology Co. unveiled the world's lightest smartphone gimbal, the iSteady X, at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES currently underway in Las Vegas. The iSteady X, a hand-held smartphone gimbal, has a foldable design and a 15-second video sharing button. The gimbal will be officially launched in February 2020.

binance-australia-010920.jpg Binance Charity Foundation, the philanthropic arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, initiated a fundraising project to support Australia bushfire relief. The foundation has also committed to donate $1 million in Binance's native cryptocurrency BNB to the Australia Bushfire Donations project as a lead and initial boost.

uber-jan09.jpg Uber Technologies Inc. made certain changes to its app in California, mainly in fares, as the state has embraced a new law, known as Assembly Bill 5, or AB5, targeting gig economy companies. The law, which came in to effect on January 1, is designed to regulate companies hiring large number of contract workers, requiring them to treat workers as employees.

nasa-jan09.jpg Boeing said it has delivered the core stage of NASA's first Space Launch System or SLS rocket, which is designed to carry people and cargo into deep space. The core stage was moved earlier this week out of the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and loaded onto the agency's Pegasus barge. The SLS Core Stage 1 is the largest single rocket stage ever built by NASA.

mastercard-jan09.jpg Mastercard launched a new augmented reality or AR app that enable cardholders to explore the the benefits that come with their card. At the Consumer Electronics Show or CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Mastercard said the industry-first app allows cardholders to see and access their card benefits by transporting them to a 360-degree virtual environment.

ces1-010820.jpg The Consumer Technology Association or CTA Foundation is hosting a business pitch contest for the second year in a row at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES in Las Vegas. The contest is scheduled for Thursday, January 9. This year's event features eight startups developing sports and fitness technologies to help people stay active as they age and help them recover from pain, illness or injury.

facebook-jan07.jpg Facebook updated its Privacy Checkup tool with four new features to strengthen users' account security and help them control how their information is used. The revamp of the privacy checkup tool by Facebook comes as the social media giant strives to regain user trust following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Privacy Checkup tool has been live since 2014.

uber-jan07.jpg Ride-hailing giant Uber and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. have formed a partnership to develop electric air taxis for a future aerial ride share network that is intended to ease urban congestion. The two companies unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES in Las Vegas.

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