Deepfake video shows Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, in ‘Star Trek’ alien showdown

Sunday, 23 February 2020

A deepfake video of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and rival billionaire Elon Musk as “Star Trek” characters has surfaced online, highlighting how easily technology can manipulate images and prompting humor and criticism on Twitter. The video, created by the deepfake account TheFakening, shows Bezos’ face transposed onto a large-headed alien known as a Talosian, while Musk is portrayed as the human Captain Pike. The two discuss the fate of the human race against a backdrop of eerie ...

Saudi Arabia ranks third globally in deployment of 5G technology: Ministry

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Saudi Arabia ranks third globally and first in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa region in the deployment of 5G networks as the Kingdom installed more than 5,797 towers across 30 cities, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information first launched the commercial service of 5G technology during the second half of last year. Speaking on the sidelines of GITEX Dubai last year, the head ...

Kuwait Airways suspends all flights to Iran due to coronavirus fears

Friday, 21 February 2020

Kuwait Airways said it has decided to suspend all flights to Iran on Thursday until another notice amid fears from a coronavirus outbreak, according to statements published on the company’s Twitter account. “Kuwaiti Airways announces that upon instructions from the Ministry of Health and the General Administration of Civil Aviation, it has been decided to suspend the operation of all its flights to the Islamic Republic of Iran from this date until another notice due to the discovery ...

Saudi Arabia embracing digital transformation: Ministry of Justice

Monday, 17 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice is modernizing by digitizing its services with recordings of court hearings and details available online, said the ministry. More than 71 percent of the ministry’s services are now digitized, it said, streamlining procedures, reducing the amount of paper used, and increasing investor engagement. “Digital transformation is a vital catalyst when pursuing sweeping and positive societal change,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. ...

Trump threatens to cut off intelligence sharing over Huawei: US ambassador

Monday, 17 February 2020

The United States’ ambassador to Germany said Sunday that President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with countries that dealt with Chinese tech firm Huawei.Washington has been pressing allies to ban Huawei, one of the world’s largest tech firms, from next-generation 5G mobile data networks, saying it is a security risk.Ambassador Richard Grenell said Trump “instructed me to make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will ...

US’s Esper warns of Huawei ‘threat’ to NATO

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Top US officials fired a fresh broadside at Huawei on Saturday, warning the Chinese tech giant posed a threat to NATO if allies allowed it to build new 5G communications networks.Washington has been pressing European allies hard to ban Huawei, one of the world’s largest tech firms, from next-generation mobile data networks, saying it is a security risk.A day after Huawei was hit with fresh criminal charges in the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Munich Security Conference the ...

US accuses Chinese tech giant Huawei of stealing trade secrets, assisting Iran

Friday, 14 February 2020

US prosecutors on Thursday accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters in the latest indictment against the Chinese company, escalating the US battle with the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker. In the indictment, which supersedes one unsealed last year in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Huawei Technologies Co was charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from six US technology companies and to violate a racketeering law typically ...

Washington gives Huawei another 45 days to buy from US suppliers

Friday, 14 February 2020

The Trump administration on Monday issued a 45-day extension allowing US companies to continue doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.After adding Huawei to an economic blacklist in May citing national security concerns, the US Commerce Department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a series of extensions that it says are aimed at minimizing disruptions for customers, many of which operate networks in rural America.The decision comes as the administration ...

World’s top mobile trade fair in Spain called off over coronavirus fears

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Organizers of the World Mobile Congress said Wednesday that the world’s top mobile trade fair would be canceled following an exodus of industry heavyweights over coronavirus fears.The GSMA, which organizes the annual show which had been due to run in Spain from February 24-27, said in a statement it “has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the ...

Facebook-owned WhatsApp reaches 2 billion users

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its stand on the need for strong encryption to protect privacy. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, has grown into one of the most-used services in the Facebook “family” of apps, touted its “strong encryption” that enables users to connect privately even amid calls by law enforcement in the US and elsewhere to provide more access. ...

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