Category Archives: Technology

Uber suspends use of self-driving cars after crash

Uber has grounded its fleet of self-driving cars pending an investigation into the crash of an Uber autonomous vehicle in Arizona, a spokesperson for the car-hailing service said on Sunday. No one was seriously injured in the accident which occurred

Emaar Malls is latest bidder for regional e-commerce giant

The buzz around, the Dubai-based e-commerce platform, got more exciting with Al Arabiya reporting that Emaar Malls has made an offer worth $800 million to buy the site. Emaar Malls is headed by chairman Mohamed Alabbar, who is also

Amazon to buy online retailer Inc. has agreed in principle to buy Dubai-based Internet retailer, one of the best-known names in the Middle East’s online shopping market, sources familiar with the deal said on Wednesday., which sells consumer electronics, fashion, household items

Verizon, AT&T suspend ads from Google over offensive videos

US wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said on Wednesday they have suspended digital advertising on Google’s YouTube and other advertising platforms not related to search over concerns that their ads may have run next to extremist videos.

Red iPhone? The symbolic meaning behind Apple’s newest color

Apple announced Tuesday it is introducing red iPhones and cutting prices on two iPad models. The newly-revealed red color iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is the sixth color in the range, after jet black, black, silver, gold and rose

Needy expat workers get new phones as Singapore moves to scrap 2G

A Singapore migrant welfare group has started distributing 3G-enabled mobile phones to cash-strapped foreign workers days before the city-state shuts down its 2G network. Telecom operators in the highly wired island will end second-generation services on April 1, forcing thousands

Shares in Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, TAV fall on US, British restrictions

Shares in Turkish Airlines, budget airline Pegasus and airports operator TAV fell on Wednesday after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on flights from destinations including Turkey. Turkish Airlines was down 2.26 percent at 0714

Germany’s Merkel calls for standardized European rules on using data

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for Europe to set about standardizing rules on using data in Europe, ahead of a visit to the CeBIT technology fair in Hanover where digitalization is expected to be in focus. “We want

Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for more global trade with China

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed support for globalisation and said China should continue to open its economy to foreign firms, while speaking at a forum in Beijing on Saturday. “I think it’s important that China continues to open itself

E-commerce transactions in Saudi Arabia touch $600m mark

The volume of e-commerce transactions in the Saudi market amounted to around SR2.25 billion ($600 million) in 2016, according to Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani, secretary-general of the Consumer Protection Society (CPS). Al-Qahtani said it is necessary to protect consumers who engage in

Pakistan wants Facebook, Twitter to help it combat blasphemy

Pakistan said Thursday it has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition. Under Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the

California gives green light to self-driving car tests

The US state of California is easing its rules for autonomous car testing, by allowing testing of vehicles in which there is no human driver. The new rules have yet to be submitted for public consultation, with a final version

Volkswagen pleads guilty in US diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a brazen scheme to get around US pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles by using software to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests. The German automaker has

Thai transport authorities crack down on Uber, Grab drivers, seek ban

Thailand’s transport authorities have begun a crackdown on drivers for ride-hailing services Uber and Grab and want the military government to ban them, a transport official said on Tuesday. US-based Uber has faced regulatory hurdles around the world and when

Apple, Samsung vow to fix flaws, after CIA hacking report

Apple and Samsung vowed Wednesday to quickly fix any vulnerabilities in their products following WikiLeaks’ disclosure of an alleged CIA hacking arsenal capable of breaking into iPhones and other devices. The archive released on Tuesday claims to show the CIA

UAE company unveils world’s most secure phone that Trump may want

DarkMatter, an Emirati company specialized in cyber security solutions, has launched a secure smart phone named KATIM, which the company described as the most secure communications suite in the world. KATIM is the first phone produced by the UAE but

Huawei lays out vision for a 5G future

Eric Xu

Global technology giant Huawei has stressed the importance of embracing cross-industry innovation as key to accelerating innovation in super-fast 5G mobile data technology. Huawei shared its vision for a collaborative ecosystem that could stimulate innovation and bring 5G technologies to

Uber deploys secret weapon against undercover regulators worldwide

Uber has been wielding a secret weapon to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its ride-hailing service in cities around the world. The program included a feature nicknamed “Greyball” internally that identified regulators who were

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