Latest Technology News – McDonald's to buy AI startup Apprente to automate drive-thrus

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— Apple unveils iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max starting from $699 —
Apple has unveiled A13 Bionic processor-powered iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max starting from $699, $999 and $1,099, respectively. iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display and 12MP ultra-wide dual-camera setup while 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5-inch 11 Pro Max have 12MP triple rear cameras. iPhone 11’s battery lasts one hour longer than iPhone XR, Apple claimed.
— McDonald’s to buy AI startup Apprente to automate drive-thrus —
American fast-food giant McDonald’s has announced that it is acquiring a California-based AI voicetech startup Apprente to automate its drive-thru menu. Founded in 2017, Apprente specialises in building voice-based AI agents that can take orders in multiple languages and accents. McDonald’s plans to implement self-service kiosks across nearly all US and Australia restaurant locations before 2020.
— Prosus, which holds Naspers’ Swiggy stake, valued at $138bn on listing —
Prosus, which comprises South African group Naspers’ global internet assets, surged as much as 32% on its first day of listing in Amsterdam to value the business at about $138 billion. The Naspers spin-off owns a $131 billion stake in Tencent, as well as investments in India’s Swiggy, Byju’s and Meesho. Naspers is retaining a controlling 75% stake in Prosus.
— Apple flashes encrypted ‘We love you’ text in iPhone 11 launch recap —
Apple flashed a message encrypted in binary in a video recap of its September 10 product launch event. In the flash, Apple said, “It might be nice to have some sort of easter egg message in here for hardcore Apple fans that’ll stop the video.” The translated message read, “So you took the time to translate this? We love you.”

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