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Early Bird: Beyoncé is helping families. Vaccination in the US is going slowly. KFC has a game console

Lukáš Bilinec
24.Dec 2020
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At this magical Christmas time, the singer Beyoncé decided to help those who aren't as lucky in life as she is. Luck, on the other hand, smiled at Czech e-shops, whose sales increased due to the pandemic. And what about you, got everything ready? We wish you to enjoy the most beautiful day of the year to the fullest!

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Vaccination against COVID-19 goes slower than expected in the United States

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Vědecký zdravotník v laboratoři
Vědecký zdravotník v laboratořiSource: Unsplash.com/younis67

Millions of COVID-19 vaccines are currently sitting unused in the United States. As of yesterday, only about one million of them had been applied. The vaccination progresses at a much slower pace than expected, even though the data may be delayed, making the real number higher. The target of 20 million vaccines administered by the end of 2020 seems unattainable in the US at this time. Especially the first days of vaccination were very slow. A minimum of 100 million vaccines are scheduled to be administered by March 1. For the time being, Pfizer and Modena vaccines will be used; vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Plc are expected to arrive at the end of February.

After several days of administering the vaccines, experts report that giving the COVID-19 vaccine takes about two to three times as long as a flu shot. The process is being slowed down due to the procedures needed because the vaccine is stored in a deep freeze stored vaccine and because patients need to socially distance before and after receiving the vaccine and be monitored for allergic reactions.

Czechs spent a lot of money on the Internet before Christmas

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Nakupování oblečení na chytrém telefonuSource: Pixabay.com/HutchRock

The coronavirus pandemic inspired crowds of people to shop (not only) for Christmas gifts online. During the pre-Christmas shopping period, the Czechs have spent almost 70 billion crowns in domestic online stores. The strongest day was December 9, when customers spent more than CZK 1.5 billion. The Czechs got used to online shopping and e-shop purchases didn't drop even after the reopening of stone shops. In addition, the tightening of anti-epidemic measures will play into their cards in the coming weeks.

"In e-shops that fall under our platform, sales turnover will reach approximately 9.2 billion crowns in November and December. When analyzing data for the entire e-commerce in the Czech Republic, the total volume of sales in the main season is approximately 68 billion. People have been shopping for Christmas presents earlier this year. Even the peak of pre-Christmas shopping came a day earlier than last year. The reason were concerns that the gifts may not arrive under the Christmas tree on time, due to congested transport services,"

said the head of Shoptet, Miroslav Uďan.

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Zoom may launch an email service and calendar app

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Aplikace ZoomSource: Zoom.us

The company, which has experienced a blockbuster year, would like to compete with Google and Microsoft, and is working on an e-mail service and a calendar application. The videoconferencing platform Zoom had been launched in April 2011, but it was the coronavirus pandemic that turned it into one of the strongest players in the technology field, bringing year-on-year stock growth of more than 500 percent. This year, the company crossed the threshold of 2,500 employees and it's constantly striving to improve the services provided. Now it seems Zoom has very ambitious plans for the coming months.

In 2021, Zoom would like to introduce their own e-mail service, which they are already working hard on. Should the email client be successful, the calendar app will follow. Zoom realizes that with the return of employees to their offices after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, they will have to have offer wider services than at present. Zoom would like to create a complete set of business applications.

Beyoncé's BeyGOOD Foundation will distribute 10 million crowns

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The help will be aimed at families at risk of losing their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be possible to submit applications for subsidies from 7 January and the money will be distributed by the end of the month. This is not the first help provide by the singer this year. Already in July, she launched the Black Small Impact Fund, which provided $ 10,000 (approximately 215,000 crowns) in aid to twenty black businesses across the United States.

"Many families are impacted, due to the pandemic that resulted in job loss, sickness and overall economy downturn. he housing moratorium is set to end on December 26th, resulting in mortgage foreclosures and rental evictions,"

the foundation said in a statement on Beyoncé's website. The financial support of $ 5,000 (more than 100,000 czk) should go to 100 families.

KFC has its own game console

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Herní konzole KFCONSOLE
Herní konzole KFCONSOLESource: KFC

It may have seemed like a joke, but it turned out to be true. What do we mean? In June 2020, KFC was quick to respond to news of the new PlayStation 5. The company announced that it would launch its own game console with a built-in chicken heater. And as an early Christmas present for its fans, KFC showed the world what the game console would look like. It boasts excellent technical parameters, 4K and 240 FPS. KFC has teamed up with Cooler Master and will also offer the Intel Nuc 9 Extreme Compute Element, ensuring extreme gaming performance. Data storage with two 1TB SSDs will increase the efficiency and reliability of the console. And now the main thing - it seems that the space for heating chicken meat will be really functional. It will make full use of the natural heat generated by using the console. And it should be able to handle all the latest games.

That's all from us this lovely Christmas morning. We wish you a peaceful, beautiful Christmas day spent with your loved ones.

American author and political activist Helen Keller once said:

"Blind man is 'he who has not Christmas in his heart."

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