Friday Five: Leaders agree global plan to boost green tech

1. Leaders agree global plan to boost green tech

More than 40 world leaders say they will work together to turbo-charge the uptake of clean technologies by imposing worldwide standards and policies. The announcement will be made at the climate summit COP26 in Glasgow on Tuesday. Five high-carbon sectors will be targeted at first, including agriculture and electricity.

2. Tesco’s checkout-free edge over Amazon

In March, Amazon opened its first London-based checkout-free supermarket, but Amazon Go stores haven’t proven hugely popular with shoppers. Despite this, Tesco decided to open its own checkout-free store at the end of October — and it’s showing early signs of success. So what can Tesco teach Amazon?

3. Teams adds 3D avatars in push to metaverse

Microsoft says it is adding 3D virtual avatars and environments to Teams as part of its push towards the metaverse. It says its Mesh platform will let people meet in the virtual space, with or without a VR headset. Microsoft says the new features, which it is calling “immersive meetings”, will be available in the first half of 2022.

4. Netflix Games starts global rollout on Android

Ever since the announcement Netflix was pursuing gaming content for its billion-dollar entertainment mega streaming platform, it was a matter of time before you could actually play games from the Netflix app. And now Netflix Games has started a global rollout, initially on Android, with iOS on the way soon.

5. Microsoft brings back Clippy from the dead

Earlier we talked about Teams embracing the metaverse, but we’re back on more familiar Microsoft ground here with the news that Clippy is being resurrected(again). A sticker pack will be available in Microsoft Teams soon that includes lots of different versions of the helpful(ish) anthropomorphic paperclip.

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