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Rashi Bisaria | June 8, 2021

Centre likely to raise COVID-19 vaccine spending to $6 billion this fiscal

India may raise spending on COVID-19 shots by over a quarter this fiscal year to up to 450 billion rupees ($6.18 billion) from its budgeted amount, two government sources told Reuters after the prime minister offered free doses to all adults. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation on Monday that the federal government would bear the cost of vaccinating all adults from June 21.

50% smartphones expected to be sold globally to support 5G by 2022-end

One out of every two smartphones sold globally is expected to support 5G by the end of 2022. Factors like increasing affordability, unique design and performance fuel adoption of the new technology, according to a whitepaper by Counterpoint Research and Realme.

Apple brings FaceTime to Android, Windows via web browser

Apple is opening its end-to-end encrypted video conferencing solution FaceTime beyond the Apple ecosystem. Available on iOS, iPad OS and Mac OS, Android and Windows users will be able to join FaceTime calls via the web browser. The new feature will be launched with iOS 15 later this year.

Blue Origin flight booked! Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to fly to space on July 20

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will fly to space on July 20 on his space exploration company Blue Origin's first human space flight. In a post on Instagram, Bezos said he, his brother Mark Bezos, and the winner of an ongoing auction, will be aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft during its scheduled launch on July 20.

Higher interest rates, new schemes for bank customers with at least one vaccine dose

In a bid to encourage more COVID-19 vaccination, some state-owned lenders have announced higher interest rates on deposits, but for a limited period. City-based UCO Bank said it is offering 30 basis points or 0.30 per cent higher rate on fixed deposits of 999 days for applicants who have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

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