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By Aditi Roy
Many couples have had to reconsider their upcoming nuptials due to travel restrictions, health and wellbeing concerns and lockdowns due to the pandemic.
Since wedding celebrations are an intrinsic part of the Indian culture, with a little creativity, you can still get married amidst the pandemic and also in a post-pandemic world. In the coming months some of these trends will transform the wedding industry and the way people plan destination weddings this year.
Divya Chadha, Founder and Director of A Klass Apart, curator of bespoke weddings and events, lists 5 ways in which the destination wedding space may evolve in the post-coronavirus era:
There is a shift of attitude towards as people are becoming more aware of their daily actions and thinking responsibly when planning events.
As a sustainability advocate, one should push for green weddings – whether it be something as simple as switching from a printed wedding card to a digital e-card (saves paper, money on postage, and it stays in your inbox until deleted vs a printed card which typically gets thrown away).
Replace real Flowers
No wedding is complete without flowers – however, one can reduce the use of real flowers by using an appropriate mix of real and artificial florals.
The Experience Factor Rekindled
As an ethos – every wedding is an ‘experience’ so rather than focusing on over the top decor and excessive use of florals – couples can focus on providing their guests with unique experiences through each event.
Another personal touch is showing your natural talent – like surprising the entire wedding party by playing on a grand piano at the reception dinner – the guests will just swoon!
Live-streaming Of Events
Airfare might become expensive due to airlines looking to cut losses as soon as possible due to the lockdown and air travel suspension. International travel could also become more complicated as many restrictions might come into play; countries will look to safeguard their borders against disease.
In such a situation, there could be a rise in requests for live-streaming of events for friends and family who wouldn’t be able to fly out for weddings but would still like to be a part of the ceremony.
Travel Restricted To Destinations Within The Country
Domestic travel would become more popular as apprehensions around international airfare and visa requirements continue. People will prefer to have their destination weddings within the country so that their friends and family can easily attend the festivities and be a part of the celebrations. Destinations like Goa, Udaipur, Jaipur, Mussoorie will become popular wedding hotspots as they are car-friendly and people can travel in their own vehicles from major cities in India. Car-friendly distances will guarantee more safety amongst a post-pandemic India where people might not immediately want to travel in public transportation and maintain social distance.
Scaled Down Weddings With A Focus On Guest Experience
While practicing social distancing in the post-pandemic era, weddings will scale down in size making it more meaningful. Couples can actually plan the affair for their closed ones and family making it more about the experience. The big fat Indian wedding of 500+ guests will reduce to 150-250 guests. Not everyone will travel or want to attend large public gatherings – and as a result – this would allow the couple and family to focus on the guest experience of the wedding. (IANS)
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)