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Careem Intros a Donations Tile on the Super App in the UAE

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Careem has launched a Donations tile on the app home screen to allow customers in the UAE to give back to important causes in the region. People across the UAE can now use the Careem app to donate to some of the most impactful non-profit organisations in the region focused on Careem’s three pillars of Education, Economic Empowerment, and Emergency Relief.

Careem has partnered with UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), and Dubai Cares to connect the app to some of the region’s most important causes. WFP provides refugee children with meals to help them focus during the school day, while UNHCR supports refugees in need of economic assistance, ensuring that they can support themselves with income-generating opportunities and grants for essential goods. Dubai Cares and UNICEF fall under the Education category, providing millions of children with access to teachers, school supplies, and digital learning for children in Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.

Adeeb Warsi, Managing Director of Platform at Careem, said: “Everything that we have added to the Careem app has been built with a focus on our purpose to simplify and improve people’s lives. Our Super App platform now offers over a dozen services to customers in the UAE to make life easier than ever. With our new donation tile we are giving people an opportunity to donate to some of the region’s most important causes. We are excited to increase our impact on lives in the region by making it easier than ever to give back.”

Fairuz Taqi-Eddin, UNICEF Gulf Area Office Chief of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization said: “UNICEF welcomes this new partnership with Careem. This powerful use of technology will directly engage the Careem community in our mission to address the global learning crisis and ensure that every child has a fair chance to go to school, learn and develop the skills they need to thrive.”

Abdulla Ahmed Alshehhi, Chief Operating Officer at Dubai Cares, said: “Today, lack of access to education has become one of the biggest dividers that is preventing underprivileged children and youth around the world from leading dignified lives. However, when we come together, we can leverage the power of community to empower them through the right learning opportunities that will go a long way in securing their future. We thank Careem for extending a meaningful platform to the people of the UAE to support these children and young individuals and providing them with a chance to better their lives through education.”

Mageed Yahia, World Food Programme Representative in the Gulf, said: “As the exacerbated implications of Covid-19, climate, and conflicts are pushing millions of people deeper into poverty every day, with more than 48.9 million in 43 countries one step away from famine, it is crucial that the private sector and communities at large step up to help avert a global crisis. We command Careem on this important initiative which shows true commitment, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to provide families and children in the region with the much-needed support and hope for a thriving future”.

Vimbai Midzi, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Careem, said: “Careem is committed to driving progress in our region, and we can only do that by contributing meaningfully to solving the challenges that hold people back from realising their full potential. Everyone deserves a chance to start life off on a level playing field, to be safe, to have access to meals, and to support themselves financially. If we can do our part to make that a reality for more people, we’re fulfilling our purpose as a company. We are thrilled to partner with some of the region’s most impactful not-for-profit organisations to achieve this.”

The new Donations tile is currently available to customers in the UAE, with plans to extend the offering to other markets later this year.

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Safari to Get Smarter? Leaked Code Hints at AI Assistant

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Eagle-eyed developer Nicolás Álvarez has spotted clues in Apple’s backend code suggesting a major upgrade for Safari in iOS 18: a browsing assistant powered by artificial intelligence. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris confirmed the existence of the code, but details remain scarce.

The assistant might leverage Apple’s privacy-focused iCloud Private Relay to transmit relevant data for analysis, potentially requiring an iCloud+ subscription. This aligns with the rumoured focus on generative AI in iOS 18, aiming to streamline iPhone experiences.

Several browsers already boast AI tools like Microsoft Edge’s GPT-4-powered Copilot and Arc Search’s webpage summarization. Apple’s assistant could offer similar functionality or even go beyond.

Another intriguing discovery by Álvarez was “Encrypted Visual Search” within the code. While details are sparse, it could be related to last year’s leak of a “Visual Search” feature for Apple’s unreleased Vision Pro headset. This feature allowed copying and pasting real-world text into apps. Perhaps Apple is refining the technology for a secure iPhone debut, or it might be an extension of the existing Visual Look Up feature for identifying objects in photos.

With Apple’s WWDC keynote scheduled for June 10th, we can expect official details on these potential features in just a few months. So, get ready for a potentially smarter Safari experience in iOS 18!

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Android Gets Supercharged Find My Device Network: Locate Lost Devices Even When Offline

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Android users rejoice! Google has finally launched its highly anticipated Find My Device network, offering a significant upgrade to lost device recovery. This new feature goes beyond the limitations of the previous Find My Device setting, which only worked for powered-on and connected devices.

The key lies in Bluetooth. This new network leverages Bluetooth signals to locate missing phones, smartwatches, earbuds, and even trackers, even if they’re disconnected from Wi-Fi or cellular data. It’s like a digital bloodhound, sniffing out your lost tech.

Here’s what the network offers:

  • Offline Tracking: Lost your phone with a dead battery? No problem. The Find My Device network can locate Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro phones even when powered off.
  • Expanded Range: The network finds any compatible Android phone or tablet, regardless of online status.
  • Bluetooth Tracker Integration: Starting in May, use the Find My Device app to locate items like keys or luggage attached to Chipolo and Pebblebee Bluetooth tracker tags. These tags are designed specifically for the network and offer additional security features, like unknown tracker alerts across Android and iOS devices.
  • “Find Nearby” Feature: (Also coming in May) Can’t find your phone under a pile of laundry? Use Bluetooth tags to pinpoint its location, even if it’s hidden nearby.
  • Nest Integration: The Find My Device app will show you the location of a missing phone or item relative to your home Nest devices, giving you a helpful reference point.
  • Sharing Device Tracking: Permit trusted individuals to track your device with you.

This launch comes after a delay announced in September 2023. Google prioritized user privacy and addressed concerns about the potential for misuse of Bluetooth trackers. Reportedly, the upcoming iOS 17.5 beta includes security measures that address these concerns, paving the way for Google’s network launch.

While only Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro benefit from powered-off tracking, the network itself works with any Android phone running Android 9 or later.

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Google’s Vids: Aiming to Be the Next Big Productivity App

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For years, the office grind has been dominated by the trinity: documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. But Google is throwing a wrench in the mix with Vids, a new app designed to make creating collaborative, shareable videos easier than ever. Forget fancy editing software – Vids is all about practicality. It’s built for the everyday tasks we juggle at work: pitching ideas, updating teams, or explaining complex concepts. Think of it as Google Slides transformed for video.

“Anyone who can make a slide deck can make a video with Vids,” says Kristina Behr, Google’s VP of product management. “No video production experience needed.” The process is refreshingly simple. Drag and drop assets from Drive or other sources, arrange them in a timeline, and add your voiceover or on-camera segments. The result? Think recorded presentations, video calls, or those ubiquitous training videos with a talking head and supporting graphics. Vids might not win Oscars, but they can churn out a variety of useful content.

But Vids is more than just a creation tool. Share your creations with colleagues, and they can comment, leave notes, or even jump in and edit themselves. It’s all about seamless collaboration, much like Google’s other productivity apps. “Imagine a spreadsheet, but in video form,” says Behr. Sharing a Vid isn’t just handing over a file – it’s opening a conversation.

Vids isn’t the first player in this space. Tools like Loom and Descript offer similar video-focused functionality. Even project management platforms and Vimeo are getting in on the act. Google might be late to the party, but their bet is clear: the future of work is video-centric. With remote work on the rise and video communication booming, Google believes employees will spend less time hunched over emails and more time crafting impactful videos. Their secret weapon? Tight integration with the existing suite of Google tools, with even more to come, including mobile support.

One surprising omission? YouTube, Google’s video giant. While there’s some shared technology under the hood, Behr emphasizes the distinct purposes: “The audience and use cases are completely different. Vids is for work, by workers. We’re laser-focused on that specific need.” Vids is slated for a public beta launch this summer. Early testers within Workspace are already seeing trends emerge – short, focused videos under three minutes, perfect for pitches, training, team updates, or celebrating achievements. Behr herself has ditched her email recaps in favour of Vids, finding that viewers appreciate the added layer of personality.

Vids could have easily been bolted onto Slides or Docs. But by giving it its own space, Google sends a clear message: this isn’t just another presentation tool, it’s a paradigm shift in information sharing. While Google’s app graveyard is vast, the Docs-Sheets-Slides trio remains a tech titan. Vids aspires to join those ranks, permanently altering how we communicate in the digital age.

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