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Soylent meal replacement gets UK launch

Soylent meal replacement gets UK launch

Technology
Meal replacement drink Soylent will launch in the UK on Thursday with a different formula to its US equivalent.The firm has replaced seven ingredients and adjusted the mineral and vitamin content to comply with British regulations.Soylent was withdrawn from Canada in 2017 after reports that some people felt sick after drinking it.The firm said it was working with Canadian authorities to reinstate it.The Silicon Valley start-up became the largest crowd-funded food project when it launched in the US in 2013.It was marketed at busy professionals and the company originally suggested the product could replace meals regularly. It is named after a fictional artificial food called soylent that was featured in the 1966 sci-fi novel "Make Room! Make Room!".In the 1...
PM to launch India Post Payments Bank on Sept 1

PM to launch India Post Payments Bank on Sept 1

Finance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow launch the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) that seeks to leverage the expansive network of the postal department to ensure financial inclusion for the masses. The event is scheduled to be held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi, along with simultaneous launch events at 650 branches and 3,250 access points that will go live tomorrow, an official statement said. "IPPB has been envisioned as an accessible, affordable and trusted bank for the common man, to help speedily achieve the financial inclusion objectives of the Union Government," it added. The payments bank, where the Indian government holds 100 per cent equity, will leverage the vast network of the Department of Posts (DoP) that has more than three lakh postmen and Grameen Dak Sewaks. All the...
Facebook takes on YouTube and Netflix with launch of Watch

Facebook takes on YouTube and Netflix with launch of Watch

Technology
Facebook has rolled out its on-demand video service worldwide following a trial run in the US. Facebook Watch is set to challenge YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime by offering a range of shows that viewers can choose from.Facebook has said it expects to spend up to $ 2bn (£1.55bn) to produce content for Facebook Watch.In comparison, Netflix expects to spend $ 8bn (£6.21bn) on producing original content in 2018, while Amazon Prime spent $ 4.5bn (£3.49bn) in 2017. The roll-out of Watch comes as Facebook is developing a talent show feature for its app, which would allow users to pick a pop song and submit a recording for review.Although the company has not commented on whether the services will be integrated, a music competition based on Facebook could be among ...
VW to launch all-electric car sharing in Berlin

VW to launch all-electric car sharing in Berlin

Technology
Volkswagen says it's launching an all-electric car sharing service in Berlin using its battery powered Golf and Up! models as it seeks to build a business serving people in big cities who don't own cars. The company said Thursday that it planned to expand its We Share project to big cities in Europe and North America by 2020. Volkswagen said it would deploy 2,000 of the compact cars in the first months of next year to build visibility and ensure that there are enough cars available that customers could always find one near them. It said Berlin was ideal because it was big and densely populated. Volkswagen and other global automakers are investing in new business models that offer cars as something to be used when needed rather than owned.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to make second launch attempt Sunday

Watch live: Parker Solar Probe to make second launch attempt Sunday

Science
Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Parker Solar Probe's first launch attempt was called off after a pair of technical glitches delayed launch proceedings. NASA's mission to touch the sun will make a second launch attempt on Sunday. "The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold," NASA said. "There was not enough time remaining in the window to recycle." The second launch window will open at 3:31 a.m. ET Sunday morning. NASA TV will provide live streaming coverage of the takeoff and initial flight through Earth's atmosphere. The rocket and probe will are ready and waiting on the Space Launch Complex-37 platform at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, part of the Cape Canavera...