Mint and Rocket Mortgage Reveal New Technology to Foster the Next Generation of Financial Empowerment

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SAN DIEGO and DETROIT, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, financial empowerment app Mint by Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), and Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), announced a first-of-its kind partnership in which Rocket Mortgage – the first fully digital mortgage experience – is now integrated into the Mint app via API to create a fast, simplified refinance experience for homeowners.

As part of this integration, Mint users are able to pre-fill information such as current mortgage information that they’ve added to their Mint profile. They are then able to seamlessly search for, apply and lock-in mortgage refinance rates with Rocket Mortgage in as few as eight minutes, instead of days or weeks – all powered by the Rocket Mortgage API. This is the first time the Rocket Mortgage experience has been directly integrated into a personal finance platform.

“Across the country, Americans are struggling with their finances as many face difficult economic times. As interest rates are near an all-time low, now is an ideal time for many to consider refinancing their mortgages and save thousands,” said Varun Krishna, SVP & Head of Consumer Finance at Intuit. “For too long, the refinance process has been an annoyingly tedious and overwhelming experience for all of us to find the right lender and loan for our situation. We’re excited to help simplify the process for Mint users with this integration of Rocket Mortgage and give our customers some peace of mind during this already stressful time.”

With the integration of Rocket Mortgage’s digital refinance application, Mint users can now seamlessly find the best options for lowering their rate through the easy-to-navigate Mint interface combined with the powerful Rocket Mortgage API. This new feature allows users to pre-fill data from Mint, skipping through additional account creation and data entry, greatly reducing the time it

mPower Technology’s DragonSCALES Solar Cells to Launch on Sparkwing In-Orbit Demonstrator with Momentus’ Vigoride Transfer Vehicle

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Innovative solar technology company, mPower Technology, today announced that its DragonSCALES™ solar cell prototype has completed integration and testing on a Sparkwing in-orbit solar array technology demonstrator in preparation for inclusion on Momentus’ Vigoride transfer vehicle launch taking place in the fourth quarter of 2020.

DragonSCALES was developed to provide a low-cost, voltage-adjustable, high packing factor and lightweight solar power module that streamlines panel assembly and is designed for the needs of commercial LEO (low earth orbit) satellite constellations.

The Sparkwing team has introduced a groundbreaking new approach towards low cost, fast-delivery solar arrays for smallsats by offering a catalogue approach for standardized solar array models, similar to the automotive industry. The team is interested in mPower’s solar cell technology because of its potential to offer a unique combination of cost and performance benefits for next-gen solar arrays.

DragonSCALES enable disruptive, new approaches to solar applications by leveraging small, advanced silicon cells integrated on a flexible substrate in a patented, highly interconnected architecture. They provide unprecedented improvements in system cost, weight, flexibility, resilience, and ease of installation and system integration.

For emerging satellite missions, primes are continuously searching for alternative photovoltaic assembly (PVA) solutions that bring more power at lower price points and shorter delivery schedules. Silicon-based DragonSCALES solutions provide a viable, tested alternative for space power applications with advanced architecture, unparalleled performance, streamlined production and lower cost per watt.

“mPower is disrupting the space power market with its alternative approach to solar power,” said Kevin Hell, president and CEO of mPower Technology. “The Sparkwing team needs a resilient, flexible, cost-effective solar solution for their innovative smallsat solar array product, and DragonSCALES is the perfect fit given its ease of integration and unique ability to meet customized mission requirements.”

“We are very

Opening of Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference 2020: Exploring the Services and Missions of Technology

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GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Guangzhou Municipal People’s Government, Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference 2020 – The Global Mobile Developers Conference and AI Summit Forum, hosted by IDG Asia and co-organized by Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau, was again in Guangzhou from Oct. 13 to 14, 2020.

The theme of this Conference is “Intelligence Everywhere · Imagine Endless”, showing people’s higher reliance and expectations for science and technology. Because technology brings an unprecedented sense of security and sense of gain during the pandemic period, people are all the more convinced that technology may create better well-being and a better life in the future.

Therefore, this Conference is a brainstorming of ideas to explore the services and missions of science and technology. Over 200 guests from governments, international organizations, enterprises, technology communities and non-governmental organizations will engage in exchanges across fields about the topics such as 5G, industrial Internet, AI, rail transit, hard and core technology, star network, public health, venture capital, new consumption, and industrial design. The ultimate goal of the exchange is to seek opportunities for the common development and win-win cooperation, and facilitate international cooperation across fields and disciplines.

It is foreseeable that the Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference will promote the realization of scenario-based applications of technology and bring world-class projects and professionals to Guangzhou and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Seek the practical path of “technology for social good”

As an upgraded version of the Android World Global Developers Conference, Canton Tower Science & Technology Conference aims to become a window for matchmaking and networking for the technology industries, showcasing world-leading technologies, scientific research ideas and development models, and analyzing the development trend

ETFs to Gain on Apple’s New 5G iPhones, Analysts Optimism

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At its “Hi, Speed” event, Apple Inc. AAPL has launched the much-anticipated set of new iPhones — iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 mini —  that come with 5G technology for the first time for faster connectivity.

These models will run on Apple’s custom chip that company calls the fastest yet for a smartphone. These range in size from the mini’s 5.4-inch screen to the Pro Max, which has the largest iPhone screen ever at 6.7 inches. All the devices sport an all-screen Super Retina XDR display, the A14 Bionic chip, a Ceramic Shield front cover, LiDAR Scanner, and of course, the iPhone line’s best camera system (read: ETFs Popping on Apple and Amazon Events).

The gadget maker continues to focus on a lower pricing strategy initiated last year in order to lure customers. Out of the four, iPhone 12 mini seems to be the most affordable with a starting price tag of $699. The iPhone 12 will start at $799, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max could begin at $899 and $1,099, respectively. The iPhone 12 and Pro will be available on Oct 23, while the mini and Pro Max will arrive on Nov 13. The first two models are available for pre-order on Oct 16, while the second pair will go on pre-sale on Nov 6.

Apart from the new iPhone models, Apple introduced its HomePod Mini smart speaker, which includes a touch panel on its top for play/pause and volume options, along with a light-up display to indicate the use of the Siri assistant.

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The new iPhone models were welcomed by Wall Street analysts, including Wedbush Securities, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley and Needham.

Apple has seen rising earnings estimate revisions of 17 cents for

Accenture CEO Julie Sweet Says New Brand Campaign Is About Embracing Change

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Accenture is launching what it’s calling the company’s biggest brand change in a decade, aided by a $90 million annual media budget that’s triple the normal spend.

The campaign, titled “Let There Be Change,” was developed by creative agency Droga5, which Accenture acquired last year. The campaign was developed alongside a new strategy, as well as a new purpose “to deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity.”

“As you think about what’s happening with speed, just in January we thought transforming the enterprises would take a decade,” says Accenture CEO Julie Sweet. “Now we believe it’ll take five years. So we have this huge opportunity as everyone is re-imagining everything—you’re rebuilding industries, you’re rebuilding economies—to do it with a responsible business by design.”

According to Sweet, who became CEO in 2019, the company started working on the campaign a year ago when it began updating its strategy from 2014 that sought to pivot the business to become 70% focused on digital, cloud and security by 2020. (The company hit that target a few weeks ago.)

The campaign strategy is also a way of stress-testing the new five-year plan during the pandemic. Sweet recalled putting a new growth model in place on March 1, along with a 40-person leadership team that’s twice the size of the previous one. The change has led to more inclusive and less hierarchical leadership that, she says, “was a theory 12 months ago” but has helped the company move faster than before.

“I’m talking to a lot of CEOs right now who are saying we want to act with the speed we acted with in the crisis,” she says. “And I always ask a simple question: ‘What have you