Huawei slips to third most popular smartphone brand in GCC

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Chinese technology firm Huawei dropped from the second to third most popular smartphone brand in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the first time since Q3 2018, according to data released by technology and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Huawei’s market percentage shrunk to 17 percent in Q3 2019, a 4 percent drop from its 21 percent share in Q2 2019. This places the Chinese brand below Apple’s 18 percent, and behind market leader Samsung’s 45.7 ...

UAE armed forces to buy two GlobalEye airborne early warning planes worth $1 bln

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The United Arab Emirates armed forces announced on Tuesday plans to buy two Globaleye for early warning and control planes from the Swedish company SAAB, worth about $1 billion. The deputy executive director of the military committee organizing Dubai Airshow 2019 confirmed during a news conference that the armed forces intends to purchase two Globaleye (G 6000-SRSS) early warning and control planes from the Swedish company SAAB, bringing the country’s total number of aircraft to five. ...

US grants Huawei new 90-day license extension

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Trump administration on Monday issued a new 90-day extension allowing US companies to continue doing business with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as US regulators continue crafting rules on telecommunications firms that pose national security risks. 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 90-day license extensions that it says aim ...

HP rejects $33.5 bln takeover offer from Xerox

Monday, 18 November 2019

HP Inc. says its board has rejected a roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer from Xerox. | The Palo Alto, California-based company said on Sunday that the cash and stock deal undervalues its business and its board cited concerns about “outsized” debt levels should the companies combine. HP, which makes computers and printers, said it recognizes the potential benefits of consolidation and remains open to exploring other options to combine with Xerox Holdings Corp. Both companies have ...

Italy to press ahead with web tax despite US warning: Deputy Minister

Friday, 15 November 2019

Italy intends to go ahead with its plan to introduce a new tax on digital companies, including US tech giants, despite threats of retaliation from Washington, Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani said on Friday.The levy, due to be introduced from next year, will oblige companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, to pay a 3 percent tax on internet transactions, according to a text of the draft budget.Washington has repeatedly said the levy unfairly targeted US firms. A senior US official ...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Thursday, 14 November 2019

China has invited international observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. Thursday’s test was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China plans to launch a lander and rover to Mars next year to explore parts of the planet in detail. China’s burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone earlier this year by landing a probe on ...

Huawei can supply its products without US components: Chairman

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Huawei can ensure the supply of its products, without relying on products from the US, the company’s Chairman Liang Hua told Al Arabiya, adding that its biggest priority is to build up Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) for its 500 million users. “We can now ensure the supply continuity of our products without relying on US chips or components,” Hua told Al Arabiya in an interview on Wednesday. The Chinese telecoms giant, which is at the center of a heated battle between Beijing and ...

Disney+ debut hit by glitches as users flood the new streaming service

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Walt Disney’s much-anticipated streaming service Disney+ didn’t get the debut that it expected on Monday, as it faced technical glitches due to overwhelming demand from users. “The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations. We are so pleased you’re excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues,” the company said in a tweet. Many subscribers who tried to access the service said they came across an image ...

Dubai mobile fueling app ENOC Link to provide fuel services to Jafza free zone

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

ENOC Link, which is 100 percent owned by Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), recently signed a deal with DP World and UAE Region – the United Arab Emirates’ trade enabler – that will allow it to offer mobile fueling services to companies and employees working and operating in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza). The service can be accessed through a mobile app, which provides fuel delivery tracking, and allows delivery even if the customer is not present so long as the ...

Boeing says 737 MAX expected to resume flying in January

Monday, 11 November 2019

Boeing on Monday said it expects the 737 MAX airplane, which was grounded after two crashes killed 346 people, to resume flying in January, delaying its return by one month. In a statement, the group said it still hopes to receive certification next month from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing it to resume MAX deliveries to airline customers before the end of the year. “In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must ...

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