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San Jose: Much awaited PM Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley saw his meet with America’s top tech leaders including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Apple’s Tim Cook before heading for a digital economy dinner with 350 business leaders.

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Modi also met Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs, Cisco’s John Chambers and The Indus entrepreneurs president Venkatesh Shukla.

“We have a unique tie with India. Our founder Steve Jobs went to India for inspiration,” Cook told Modi.

Modi also visited the Tesla Motors plant in Palo Alto, California to see the path-breaking inventions on renewable energy made by the makers of trend-setting electric cars.

He was given a tour by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “Prime Minister Modi and I talked about electricity generation and how there are ways to skip ahead with it as with cellphones,” Musk, also the company’s principal engineer, inventor and investor, said later.

With many an Indian at the forefront of innovation in the Silicon Valley, Modi will be looking at how to maximise opportunities at the digital economy dinner.

Modi began his tour of Silicon Valley with an interaction with the Indian-American community at the Imperial Ballroom of Hotel Fairmont here.

Singer Kailash Kher met Modi and a woman tied a rakhi to him during the interaction. Members of the Sikh and Gujarati community also met him later.

Earlier on arrival at the Norman Y. Minte San Jose International Airport, he was given a red carpet welcome with San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo and his wife receiving him.

An enthusiastic crowd of supporters was on hand to welcome him amid chants of “Modi Modi” as he alighted from the Air India One aircraft greeting them with a Namaste.

Amid tight security and barricading, fans reached out to the prime minister for handshakes and autographs.

Many wearing tricolour scarves and waving paper Indian flags held aloft signs that said “We Support Digital India.” There were also banners that said “USA loves India”.

(IANS)

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Apple to Donate 20mn Face Masks to Governments: CEO Tim Cook

Apple to donate 20 million face masks, will design face shields

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Apple has sourced 20 million face masks which it will donate to the governments at all levels starting this week, CEO Tim Cook said. Pixabay

Apple has sourced 20 million face masks which it will donate to the governments at all levels starting this week, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday, adding that the company is also working on designing and producing face shields for use by front-line medical workers.

In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this is a truly global effort and Apple is working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to ensure these are donated to places of the greatest need.

“Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain,” Cook said.

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“Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers,” he added.

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In a video posted on Twitter, Cook said this is a truly global effort and Apple is working continuously and closely with governments at all levels, to ensure these are donated to places of the greatest need. IANS

Apple has already delivered its first shipment of the face shields to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara Valley.

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker has already received “positive” feedback from doctors.

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“These pack flat. 100 per box. Each shield is assembled in less than two minutes and is fully adjustable. We’re sourcing materials and manufacturing in the US and China,” informed Cook.

Apple aims to ship over a million of the face shields by the end of this week.

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“For Apple, this is a labour of love and gratitude, and we’ll share more of our efforts over time. In the meantime, each of us can stop the spread of the virus by following expert advice to stay home, and practice social distancing,” Cook emphasised.

Apple has also launched a COVID-19 website and app with a screening tool and other information about the new coronavirus pandemic. (IANS)