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Microsoft unveiled new products at its hardware event, including new versions of its Surface Studio and Pro laptops.

Microsoft unveiled new products at its hardware event, including new versions of its Surface Studio and Pro laptops.


 The company also announced the Surface Duo 2 running Android 11, with the Xbox Game Pass App pre-installed. 

The new Duo phone with 5G support, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and has an NFC reader. 

The Duo 2 has an 8.3-inch screen, with a 16MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide camera lens, an f/17, OIS wide lens, and a 12MP, f/2.4 OIS telephoto lens. 

Microsoft also introduced the Surface Go 3, weighing 1.2 lbs, with 4GB for its base model and an 8GB option. 

 The announced version 8 of the Surface Pro laptop includes an HD camera with 4K support and a 13-inch display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. 

 The battery for the Pro 8 is able to charge 80% in approximately one hour and can last 16 hours when fully charged.

 The Pro 8 comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory options. 

The Pro 8 and the Pro X have LTE connectivity but the Surface Go 3 doesn't. 

FLYR Labs, a machine-learning software to forecast airline demand, has raised a $150M Series C. 

FLYR Labs, a machine-learning software to forecast airline demand, has raised a $150M Series C


The company plans to use the new funds to scale up and expand to other verticals. 

 The new round was led by West Cap, with participation from Peter Thiel, Silver Lake Waterman, JetBlue, and Streamlined Ventures, among others. 

FLYR's $22M Series B was raised in 2019 and its $8M Series A in 2017. Both rounds had participation from JetBlue and Thiel. 

The company has raised a total of $187.3M since 2014.

 FLYR expects to manage $100B in airline revenues by the end of 2023. 

The company onboards its customers by A/B testing its software on 20% to 40% of its airline network. 

FLYR earns payments from airliners based on the savings the algorithms provide.

 Earlier this month, FLYR acquired FareDirect and xCheck, companies that focused on revenue optimization and marketing software

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