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Report cites pilot error in 2016 Flydubai plane crash in Russia

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Pilot error and possible crew disorientation during bad weather at night led to the fatal 2016 crash of a Flydubai passenger jet in Russia, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee said in a report issued on Tuesday.The Boeing 737-800 from Dubai, operated by the Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, came down in the early hours of March 19, 2016 at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia after aborting a second landing attempt in high winds.All 62 people on board died.“The fatal air ...

Uber stripped of London license after safety failures

Monday, 25 November 2019

Uber was stripped of its London operating license on Monday for the second time in just over two years after the city’s regulator said a “pattern of failures” on safety and security meant the taxi app was not fit and proper. A change to Uber’s systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other driver accounts, meaning they could pick up passengers as if they were the booked driver, which happened in at least 14,000 trips, Transport for London (TfL) said ...

Bank ABC launches digital bank in Bahrain

Monday, 25 November 2019

Bank ABC launched on Sunday “ila,” a new Bahraini digital, mobile-only banking entity. The ila app offers an entirely digital onboarding service, an instant virtual card for online transactions, and multi-currency and standard current accounts, alongside a physical debit card. In September, Bank ABC launched Fatema, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered digital employee with an avatar. Fatema will provide customer service to ila users and answer questions through the ...

Critics troll Elon Musk after he posts the Cybertruck’s pre-launch video

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to critics on Saturday by posting a pre-launch video that shows the front window of the Cybertruck remaining intact after a steel ball impact. The video, featuring the electric carmaker’s head of design Franz von Holzhausen, shows him throwing a metal ball at the Batman-y truck’s front window. But, this time the ball bounces back versus when it actually shattered after a demonstration at the launch of the event on Friday. Tesla’s shares slid 6 ...

Canada’s use of Huawei 5G would hamper its access to US intelligence: US official

Sunday, 24 November 2019

The US national security adviser urged Canada on Saturday not to use Huawei 5G technology, saying that doing so would put in jeopardy intelligence sharing with the United States and expose Canadians to being profiled by the Chinese government. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau postponed a decision on whether to use Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 5G network equipment until after the October federal election. He has not commented on the issue since winning the Oct. 21 vote. ...

Amazon files suit contesting Pentagon’s $10 bln cloud contract to Microsoft

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Amazon.com Inc on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US Court of Federal Claims contesting the Pentagon’s award of an up to $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft Corp. An Amazon spokesman said that the company filed a complaint and supplemental motion for discovery. The filing was under seal. Last week, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper rejected any suggestion of bias in the Pentagon’s decision to award Microsoft the contract after Amazon announced plans to challenge it. ...

Formula E Championship launches in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah

Friday, 22 November 2019

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 season launched on Friday in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah, with British driver Simon Bird winning the first points of the tournament. Bird, who was representing the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team, topped the timings in qualifying. André Lotterer came second for Porsche.   The day began with two practice sessions, followed by a qualifying race before the main E-Prix. The teams had previously come to Saudi Arabia for a test race. ...

Bitcoin plummets to a six-month low on China crackdown

Friday, 22 November 2019

Bitcoin slumped to a six-month low on Friday after China’s central bank launched a fresh crackdown on cryptocurrencies, warning of the risks entailed in issuing or trading them. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, fell 9 percent to $6,929, its lowest since May, and was last down 7 percent at $7,107. The People’s Bank of China’s Shanghai headquarters said it would tackle growing cases of illegality involving virtual currencies. It also cautioned investors not to ...

German robotics set to shrink for first time in decade

Friday, 22 November 2019

Germany’s prized industrial robotics and automation sector is expecting a drop in sales this year for the first time since the global financial crisis, an industry body said on Friday. The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) is expecting sales to fall by five percent to 14.3 billion euros ($15.8 billion) this year. This would be the first drop since the 32-percent plunge seen in 2009 in the wake of the crisis. The slowdown is expected to be even bigger in 2020 when sales are ...

Microsoft granted license to export ‘mass market’ software to Huawei

Friday, 22 November 2019

Microsoft Corp on Thursday said it has been granted a license to export software to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. “On November 20, the US Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the Department’s action in response to our request,” a Microsoft spokesman told Reuters via email. The Trump administration on Wednesday gave Huawei its second reprieve this week, allowing some ...

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