New Delhi, November 26
Air pollution levels in Delhi worsened Friday morning due to adverse meteorological conditions – low temperature and low wind speed – and the air quality index read 403 at 9:00 am, which falls into the severe category.
Low temperatures and slow surface winds allow pollutants to build up.
The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) read 400 on Thursday evening.
Air quality in the capital has remained very poor or severe on most days in November so far.
Delhi recorded the lowest air pollution levels – in terms of 24-hour average quality index – on November 1 (AQI 281) followed by November 23 (AQI 290).
Neighbors Faridabad (417), Ghaziabad (373), Greater Noida (378), Gurgaon (361) and Noida (383) also saw a dip in air quality on Friday morning.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature will probably be around 28 degrees Celsius.
According to the air quality monitor SAFAR of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, there will be no lighting until Monday.
Local emissions and weather are likely the dominant factors controlling air quality, it said.
The Delhi government on Thursday reinstated the ban on construction and demolition activities following a Supreme Court order.
The highest court on Wednesday re-imposed the ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR pending further injunctions.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the workers affected by the ban on construction activities in the national capital would receive a financial aid of Rs 5,000 each and that his government would also compensate them for the loss of minimum wages. PTIA
Facebook plans first smartwatch with two cameras next summer
Facebook is taking a new approach to its first smartwatch, which the company has not confirmed publicly, but is currently planning to debut next summer. The device will have a display with dual cameras that can be detached from the wrist to take photos and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram, The roadside has learned.
A camera on the front of the watch screen exists mainly for video calls, while a 1080p autofocus camera on the back can be used for capturing images when detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist. Facebook is tapping other companies to make accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people familiar with the project, who have both asked for anonymity to speak without Facebook’s permission.
The idea is to encourage owners of the watch to use it in a way that smartphones are now used. It’s part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices that bypass Apple and Google, the two dominant mobile phone platform makers that largely control Facebook’s ability to reach people.
The planned device is Facebook’s first attempt at releasing hardware specifically for the wrist, opening up another area of competition with Apple at a time when the two tech giants are already at odds on other fronts. Apple has aggressively positioned itself as a protector of privacy by limiting the kind of data apps like Facebook can collect, while Facebook has been beset by scandals over its handling of user data for years. Those dynamics could put Facebook in an uphill battle to convince people to buy its future Apple Watch competitor, especially as it plans to position the watch as a fitness device with a heart rate monitor as well.
Facebook has partnered with the top wireless carriers in the US to support LTE connectivity in the watch, meaning it doesn’t need to be paired with a phone to work and sell it in their stores, according to the folks in the know. with the case. The watch comes in white, black and gold, with Facebook hoping to sell volume in the low six numbers initially. That’s a tiny slice of the overall smartwatch market — Apple sold 34 million watches last year for comparison, according to Counterpoint Research.
In future versions of the watch, Facebook plans to have it serve as a major input device for its planned augmented reality glasses, which Zuckerberg believes will one day be as ubiquitous as cell phones. The company plans to use technology obtained from CTRL labs, a startup that has demonstrated bracelets that can control a computer through wrist movements.
Facebook aims to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and is already working on the second and third generations for years to come. Employees recently talked about the price of the device at around $400, but the price is subject to change. While it’s unlikely, Facebook could also scrap the watch altogether, as the device has yet to go into mass production or even get an official name.
Facebook’s track record for making hardware is spotty. The 2013 HTC phone was a spectacular flop, and it has yet to announce any sales for its Oculus VR headsets or Portal home video chat device. In recent interviews, executives have said that sales of the Oculus Quest 2 headset have surpassed all previous Oculus headsets combined.
Facebook’s interest in building a smartwatch dates back at least a few years. It looked at Fitbit’s 2019 acquisition before Google bought the wearable fitness maker. Since then, the social network has spent about $1 billion developing the first version of its watch and hundreds of people have worked on it, according to one of the people in the know.
A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on this story. The information previously reported that Facebook was building a smartwatch with health and messaging features, but details about the cameras and other details in this story are new.
Using a modified version of Google’s Android operating system, Facebook plans to draw on its suite of apps and third-party partnerships to create compelling experiences for the watch, including a companion app for phones. Even still, Facebook’s wearable wrist resonating with people is far from guaranteed. Smartwatches with cameras haven’t caught on so far, and Apple has already cornered the high-end of the market.
YouTube is going after TikTok with this new feature; here are the details
In an effort to give TikTok some stiff competition, YouTube is testing a new feature on its app that allows users to upload short video clips to the platform. So far, the feature is not available to everyone and is being tested with a few users, after which mass rollout of the feature is expected. Two months ago, there were similar media reports about YouTube planning the launch of a TikTok-like feature according to which the new feature could be called “YouTube Shorts”.
The new feature allows app users to record multiple short clips directly into the app and upload them as one video. If the video is less than 15 seconds in length, it can be uploaded directly to the app without going to the mobile gallery. However, if the user has a video longer than 15 seconds, it must be uploaded from the phone’s gallery.
Currently, the feature is limited for some select Android and iOS users. The users can check the availability by clicking the “create a video” option in the mobile upload stream. The company has not explained whether the app will also have filters, music and other attractive features.
Apart from the new initiative, YouTube is already allowing its users to upload the short videos in the form of YouTube stories on the platform also known as YouTube Reels. The feature was launched by the company in 2017. The untamed popularity of TikTok has forced other giant companies like Facebook to experiment with some short video uploading apps as well. The company released Collab, a new app for music lovers last month. The app allows users to merge songs with the short videos. Also in 2018, Facebook had come up with an app to compete with TikTok called Lasso, which has yet to reach Indian users.
Amazon expands network to speed up delivery, tackle holiday crisis
Amazon topped the country with more than 450 new facilities used to store, sort and ship items, according to logistics consultant MWPVL International, doubling a logistics empire that aims to deliver items in one day or less, and increasingly to do this without the help of outside shippers.
Many of the new buildings are concentrated near major cities, allowing for more items for sale on the website closer to major population centers. The facilities will also include more than two dozen smaller outposts that are primarily stocked with best-selling items, allowing the company to prepare for delivery disruptions while expanding its fast shipping capabilities, MWPVL said.
During the pandemic, Amazon kept its promise to deliver many items to customers in one day. Nevertheless, the company continued to build a network capable of doing so. The work prepared Amazon for an unusual shopping season for the holiday season, in which a national labor shortage and global supply chain challenges have limited the ability of many companies to source and deliver certain products as quickly as in the past.
Amazon has been encouraging customers to shop early this year due to supply chain problems, and business leaders have said they are “ready to deliver” and have been preparing for the holiday season since the start of the year. As of mid-November, there will be more, according to estimates by research firm ShipMatrix Inc. were estimated by research firm ShipMatrix Inc. and sporting goods showed delivery times of a few days, ShipMatrix said, emphasizing Amazon’s message to shop early.
Brian Olsavsky, Amazon’s chief financial officer, said the company’s inventory increased in preparation for the busy period. For the first time in a while, he said, the company has no capacity throttling.
“We’ve made larger-than-normal commitments,” he said in an October meeting with analysts. “Admittedly, in many cases it costs a fine.”
As of late 2019, Amazon has hired about 670,000 people, according to the company, with a global workforce of more than 1.4 million. At about the same time, Amazon said it nearly doubled the size of its fulfillment network. The company now has more than 930 locations across the country.
For years, Amazon has relied on a system where many packages are packed in one facility and then sorted and shipped at another. Recently, the company has begun opening more centers that double as fulfillment and delivery locations, said MWPVL president Marc Wulfraat, who collects and analyzes real estate data. Amazon has said it is expanding its service to ship items within five hours.
By the end of the year, Amazon will have opened about 30 of its fulfillment-and-delivery centers, which can store up to three million of the company’s best-selling items. The facilities will open near some of Amazon’s largest markets, including near Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC. Amazon is on track to open 150 of the centers in the coming years, Mr Wulfraat said.
Amazon’s investments allow Amazon to self-deliver more of its customers’ orders. While the company had switched to make most of its own deliveries before the pandemic, that trend has accelerated over the past 18 months. According to research by Nielsen Consumer LLC, Amazon delivered more than 56% of its own packages as of the first quarter of this year.
US companies large and small have faced supply chain disruptions in recent months, exacerbated by labor shortages. The labor shortage has forced Amazon to sometimes divert products, and in the third quarter Amazon spent $2 billion on additional wages and other costs associated with its supply chain.
Amazon said in October that it was using more ports and doubling its container handling capacity, while its aircraft fleet will soon total more than 85 aircraft. It has also opened more seasonal facilities stocked in preparation for rising demand, according to Mr. Wulfraat.
Brandon Fuhrmann, who sells kitchen products on Amazon, said the company recently allowed him to expand capacity in its US warehouses by about 25%. “That’s a positive sign” as the holidays approach, Mr Fuhrmann said.
Retailers across the country are moving to fulfill items in any way during the holidays. Some force shoppers to accept replacements for items that are out of stock or in limited quantities due to supply chain tightness. Foot Locker Inc. and Home Depot Inc. are among the companies that try to prevent shoppers from leaving their stores or websites with empty shopping carts.
At Amazon rival Walmart Inc. the company said this month that it had more products flowing through its supply chain this quarter than the same period last year, indicating it is well stocked for the holiday season. Walmart ramped up delivery during the pandemic using store inventory and gig drivers. Target Corp., which this month also said it was well stocked for Black Friday, has used its partnership with delivery company Shipt to deliver certain items quickly.
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