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New Delhi: Khan Academy, a US-based non-profit organisation and an e-learning website that revolutionized the way schoolchildren learn math and science in that country, have entered India by launching Khan Academy Hindi starting with lessons in various grades of NCERT recommended Maths curriculum.

Khan acdeamy, whose free video tutorials were used by many, including Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, is promoted by Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst in the US. According to reports, the platform will keep adding more videos, practice exercises and tutorials in Hindi for free.

The academy is currently in the process of translating the English lessons in Hindi.

“Math is something which easily translates—so we saw a good opportunity to leverage the English platform. Then, Hindi makes more sense as it caters to almost half a billion people. Khan Academy videos are used as a supplementary tool often, but it’s in a way the core as it offers complete education solutions,” Salman Khan told Live Mint.

Khan, who origionally hails from bengal, said the academy was also looking at translating its lessons to other Indian languages like Bangla, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Sinhala, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

“Bengali is close to my heart. Of course we are looking at other languages. We are going to focus on all major languages. What we are trying to do in India is about a whole different scale effort,” he said.

(Image courtesy: Khan Academy)

 

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Amazon Brings Plug-in Smart Speaker ‘Echo Flex’ in India

As a limited period offer, customers can avail a Wipro smart LED bulb (9W) worth Rs 2,099 for no additional cost on the purchase of every Echo Flex on Amazon.in

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Amazon on Wednesday introduced the Echo Flex, a plug-in smart speaker that saves on space by plugging directly into a standard electrical outlet, in India.

Available for Rs 2,999 in online pre-order mode, Echo Flex also has a built-in USB-A port so you can easily charge your phone or other devices, all while using only one outlet, the company said in a statement.

“We are happy to introduce Echo Flex for users in India to access Alexa even more conveniently now from any room in the house,” said Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices.

“With its compact form, Echo Flex can be plugged in directly into an electrical socket to provide all the functionalities of an Echo device,” he added.

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Alexa and Fire TV devices are constantly improving over time and now on Monday Amazon announced that a user can connect their Echo devices with their Fire TV. Pixabay

Echo Flex works with devices such as smart lights and plugs from brands including Philips, SYSKA LED, Oakter, TP-Link and more.

Just like other Echo devices, users can connect Echo Flex to preferred speakers using Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio cable for a higher audio output.

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Echo Flex is available for pre-order starting today and will ship next month.

As a limited period offer, customers can avail a Wipro smart LED bulb (9W) worth Rs 2,099 for no additional cost on the purchase of every Echo Flex on Amazon.in. (IANS)