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The Cloud Secures $12M For GCC And European Expansion

The startup is affiliated with Abu Dhabi’s Hub71, and has ambitious plans to evolve the global food tech sector.

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The Cloud, a startup in the food technology sector affiliated with Abu Dhabi’s Hub71, has revealed the successful initial closure of its Series B funding round, securing $12 million out of its total target of $30 million with the help of Aluna Partners and a fresh investment from MENA Moonshots.

The Cloud has also initiated a strategic takeover of KBOX, a leading food tech startup based in the UK. The move gives The Cloud access to an additional 200 UK establishments, and the firm also has ambitious plans to reshape the virtual dining domain across the UAE, the broader GCC region, and Europe.

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Georges Karam, CEO of The Cloud, was enthusiastic about the funding round, stating: “Our Series B funding and the KBOX acquisition reinforce our position as innovators in the global food tech landscape. Having raised a total of $22 million, we are now focused on enhancing our market presence in the UAE and beyond”.

Meanwhile, Stefano Sciacca, Managing Director at Aluna Partners, added, “The online food delivery market is a megatrend that is here to stay. We believe that The Cloud will gain significant market share in the UK market through the acquisition of KBOX. Having looked at many food tech business models, we believe The Cloud is emerging as a global market leader and are excited to support such a fast-growing venture”.

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The additional capital secured from the Series B financing will play a pivotal role in expediting growth for The Cloud, which already boasts a strong presence in seven countries and 91 cities, coupled with aspirations to extend to 8,000 locations by the close of 2027.

The Cloud is now on course for a dual listing in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, heralding a new phase of expansion for the virtual chain in the EMEA region. As the company progresses along this growth trajectory, it remains committed to revolutionizing the global dining landscape, empowering restaurateurs, and setting new standards for excellence and innovation in the food sector.

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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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