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High-Speed Freight Link Hyperloop One To Shut Down

The high-tech transportation system was planned to connect Europe and China.



high-speed freight link hyperloop one to shut down

Founded in 2014 with the goal of building a high-speed freight link between Europe and China, Hyperloop One is reportedly shutting down.

Following a paper in 2014 by Elon Musk about his vision for hyperloop transport systems, the project intended to carry cargo along the length of its route in just a single day. The company planned to carry cargo and people in pods traveling through sealed metal tubes at aircraft-like speeds.

From 2017 until 2022, the company was known as Virgin Hyperloop One due to an investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. However, Virgin pulled out last year when Hyperloop One decided to abandon plans to transport passengers. The company has now laid off over 100 staff members due to its change in priorities.

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According to news outlet Bloomberg, Hyperloop One never secured a contract to build a working hyperloop system, and all remaining employees will be gone by December 31.


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PowerSchool Launches Arab Version Of Its EdTech Platform

The cloud-based solution is now available to Middle Eastern users, helping schools with administrative, communication, and classroom workflows.



powerschool launches arab version of its edtech platform

PowerSchool, a leading cloud-based education software provider, today announced the launch of newly translated and localized solutions for the UAE and wider Gulf Coast and Middle East region.

Native-Arabic speaking educators will now be able to accomplish critical administrative, communication and classroom workflows using newly-updated Arabic translations, as well as access a right-to-left oriented interface, Hijri calendar overlay, and more.

PowerSchool’s platform is able to log student records and create reports in their native language, while teachers can now create enhanced, personalized lessons for their students and digital forms for parents.

powerschool edtech arabic interface

Finally, PowerSchool’s multi-language AI-powered assistant is also in development, and the company plans to launch the tool in the Middle East in the near future.

“With the UAE and other GCC countries prioritizing digital transformation in education, we are pleased to announce the availability of our educational and operational products in Arabic,” revealed Stewart Monk, Senior Vice President & General Manager, International at PowerSchool. “This also aligns with our commitment to provide mission-critical support to education leaders to provide personalized learning for students globally”.

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Along with the launch of a new Dubai office in 2023, PowerSchool seems highly invested in localized Arabic products. The latest announcement from the company strongly signals its commitment to the Middle East and GCC, and comes after the publication of its 2024 Education Focus Report, which takes a deep dive into the region’s education trends and developments.

“PowerSchool’s commitment to providing Arabic localization across its products reflects an understanding of their diverse user base and their commitment to inclusivity,” explained Mohammed Essam, PowerSchool Lead at ESOL Education. “This investment can lead to closer collaboration with educational institutions in the Middle East, fostering innovation and progress in the education sector. Overall, this is a promising direction that could benefit both PowerSchool and the educational community in the region”.

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