Category Archives: Technology

Why has India’s ‘first digital village’ project shut down?

Despite the ever-growing chorus for Digital India, the country’s “first minority cyber village project” has died a quiet death. Interestingly, this has happened barely 150km from the national capital of New Delhi. According to a news report, with the shutdown

US tech giants lead legal brief against Trump travel ban

More than 100 companies, including most of high-tech’s biggest names, joined a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it would give companies strong incentives to move jobs outside the United States. The companies – including

Made-in-China large passenger plane targets 2017 debut

China’s first homegrown big passenger plane will make its maiden voyage in the first half of this year, state media said Monday, as the country seeks to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing. The C919 narrow-body jet is expected to

Start-up fever grips young tech-savvy Indians

In the basement of a Bangalore building, hundreds of young Indians sit in neat rows of desks typing furiously, all dreaming of becoming the new Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. A quarter of a century after liberalization kick-started India’s economic

Channeling Steve Jobs, Apple seeks design perfection at new “spaceship” campus

Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products. His last work — Apple Inc’s sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, California —

Apple keeps lead in slumping global tablet market

Apple remains the leader in a global tablet computer market that has been in an extended slump for the past two years, according to surveys released Thursday. Tablet sales in the fourth quarter fell 20 percent from a year earlier

Apple to start building iPhones from Bangalore in India

Tim Cook

Apple is to start making iPhones in India this year, a local government official said on Friday, as the company seeks to tap into a booming middle class while sales in China slow. Karnataka’s IT minister said Apple had agreed

Oracle denies claims linking recent layoffs to Trump

“As the global market for Oracle’s Solaris [operating system] shrinks, the company is now refocusing on cloud services to better adapt to changes,” Li Yingyan, the public relations manager at Oracle’s Beijing office, told the Global Times on Wednesday. Li’s

Meet the Saudi teen behind the hijab… emoji!

Rayouf Alhumedhi

A dedicated “hijabi emoji” is set to appear on smartphones for the first time — and a 15-year-old Saudi teen is behind it. Rayouf Alhumedhi, who was born in Riyadh and now lives in Germany, proposed the new emoji sign,

Driverless cars in Dubai by 2030

Dubai, already home to the world’s tallest building, is looking to get ahead by getting out of the driver’s seat. Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced plans Monday to have 25 percent of all car trips in

New tech will see ultra-fast internet from Dubai’s streetlamps

Humble low-tech streetlamps lighting up Dubai are about to receive a 21st century upgrade. A new technology, called Li-Fi, relies on optical technology to transmit lightning-fast internet at speeds of up to 224 gigabits a second. By the end of

Self-driving cars not ready for US roads, experts warn

Self-driving cars are more likely to be a threat than a benefit to public safety because of unresolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the US government Friday, countering a push by innovators for expedited government approval. Even a

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets Bill Gates

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense met on Sunday with co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates. During the meeting, they discussed coordination in charitable efforts so as

Metal 3D printing firm to start up in UAE

A 3D printing firm that renders objects in metal opened up earlier this month in the UAE, the first such provider of its kind in the region. Sinterex has established a presence in Ras al-Khaimah, about 90 minutes’ drive away

Review: The iPhone SE isn’t right for everyone

Unless you take a lot of selfies or need a bigger phone, Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone SE is a good choice at a good price. You get the same 12-megapixel rear camera that’s in the much larger iPhone 6S, but

Apple goes small for new iPhone, iPad

Apple has gone small – cutting prices as well as screen size – unveiling a new iPhone and iPad aimed at first-time buyers and customers in emerging markets. A new iPhone SE will debut at $399 for US customers without

Iran ‘plans to spend $36 mln on Internet smart filtering’

The Iranian government is spending $36 million to develop what has been called “smart filtering” in order to strengthen its Internet censorship capabilities, a report carried by International Campaign for Human Rights has revealed. The project is to be completed

Apple CEO commits to annual dividend boost

Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Inc. is committed to raising its dividend annually, a move designed to please investors but also a sign the world’s most famous technology company may no longer be a growth stock. As concerns mount

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