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e& To Become A Major Stakeholder In The Careem Super App

e& will invest $400 million into the Careem Super App, in line with plans to transform the brand into a global technology and investments group.

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e& has announced a new $400 million deal with Uber, and its local subsidiary Careem. The technology and investment group will acquire a majority stake in the Careem Super App, though the ride-hailing service will remain in Uber’s ownership and continue to offer its existing food delivery, micro-mobility, and fintech services to customers across the MENA region.

“We are excited to bring e& into the family. Their passion for uplifting the region and the synergies across their portfolio is extremely valuable. With two strong partners in e& and Uber, I have no doubt that we will build the preeminent technology platform of the region,” says Mudassir Sheikha, Careem CEO, and co-founder.

Careem will use the investment to expand core services and the Careem Plus subscription program, with the aim of becoming North Africa and the Middle East’s “everything app”.

Careem expects significant benefits from the e& partnership, including access to a customer base of 163 million subscribers across 16 countries. The investment will also unlock e&’s extensive experience in scaling complex tech ventures into new regions.

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“The shared vision between e& and Careem is exciting, and we believe that together we’ll be able to enhance our impact across different markets in the region while pushing the boundaries of customer experience,” says e& Group CEO Hatem Dowidar.

Since being acquired by Uber in 2020, Careem has evolved into a multi-service app offering more than 12 individual services. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, UAE food delivery subsidiary Quik has grown 46X, with orders increasing by 86%. Meanwhile, micro-mobility service Careem Bike saw gains of 61%, while the company also brought new third-party services under its umbrella, including rental cars, spas, and laundry services.

Completion of the latest deal with e& will see even more comprehensive services offered, though the investment is still subject to regulatory approval and other administrative procedures.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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