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Dubai launches human genome project to prevent genetic, chronic diseases

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched the human genome project on Saturday which perfects gene scanning to help decrease chronic and genetic diseases, Khaleej Times reported. The project comes as part of the Dubai 10X initiative, launched at the World Government Summit by Dubai’s Crown Prince Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum, which aims to put Dubai 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in several sectors including health and tourism. “The authority is looking to target all ...

Forget RoboCop: Dubai Police unveils the ‘Smart Dog’

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Dubai Police have introduced a ‘Smart Dog’ which aims to keep UAE homes secure. The current model of the robotic K9 was unveiled to public eyes during the Innovation month exhibition in Dubai. Weighing around 35 Kg, the dog-like machine features a 360-degree Wi-Fi camera for all-round surveillance. Through this, the dog can transmit clips directly to the owner or the police. Living up to its pup name, the dog, which alerts its owner when necessary, also has speech recognition ...

UAE’s RTA unveils prototype of Hyperloop design

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has announced that the RTA would unveil the initial design of the Hyperloop. The design will be exhibited for the first time in the world, in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One, as part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Month. RTA will also exhibit several initiatives such as Autonomous Pods, High-Frequency Express Buses, and the Urban Mobility Innovation ...

Bitcoin nearly doubles in value from year’s low hit in early February

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Bitcoin hit a three-week high on Tuesday and has surged nearly 100 percent from its lowest level this year, as its recovery continued after South Korea’s financial regulator eased its stance on cryptocurrencies, weeks after it considered shutting down digital currency exchanges. Analysts cited South Korean news agency Yonhap, which reported Choe Heung-sik, governor of the Financial Supervisory Service, as saying that the government will support cryptocurrency trading if “normal ...

Police on the hunt for bitcoin users in Bangladesh

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Officials of the central bank have warned all other commercial banks in the country to be wary of bitcoin users.The trading of the popular virtual cryptocurrency is illegal in Bangladesh, but the trading and usage of this currency is still rampant – a fact that has riled Bangladesh Bank.Officials of the central bank have warned all other commercial banks in the country to be wary of bitcoin users. The Foreign Exchange Police Department and some other departments are being considered to be ...

Swiss regulatory unveils new rules for crypto-currencies

Friday, 16 February 2018

Switzerland’s market watchdog released new guidelines Friday to govern crypto-currencies, as the high-tech Alpine nation emerges as the main global hub for the flourishing industry.Watchdog FINMA noted that Switzerland has seen a “sharp increase” in the number of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) applying to base their operations in Switzerland.While some countries have shied away from the unpredictable crypto-currency sector, Switzerland appears to be embracing the ...

Some Apple iPhones crash on Indian language script bug - report

Friday, 16 February 2018

A bug in some versions of Apple Inc’s operating systems is causing iPhones to crash when a single character in Telugu, an Indian language, is sent to the device or even typed in text editor, the Verge reported on Thursday. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Devices running iOS 11 are affected and crash when any application receives the character, according to the report. Apps become unresponsive, including Apple’s iMessage and third-party applications like ...

UAE telco du Q4 net profit rises 14.9 pct

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Du, the United Arab Emirates’ No.2 telecom operator, reported a 14.9 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit on Thursday, boosted by a rise in revenue, improvement in gross margin and cost savings. The company, which ended rival Etisalat’s domestic monopoly in 2007, made a net profit after royalty of 425 million dirhams ($115.7 million) in the three months to Dec. 31, up from 370 million dirhams in the year-earlier period. SICO Bahrain forecast du would make a quarterly profit of ...

Uber CEO aims to pare losses and get ‘the love back’

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is focused on cutting the company’s massive losses and “getting the love back” after a year of damaging revelations about the ride-hailing service’s sometimes heartless treatment of its employees, drivers, regulators and rivals.“We strive to be and should be a brand that is as beloved as Amazon and Google,” Khosrowshahi said late Wednesday during an appearance at a Goldman Sachs technology conference. “We have a long way to go, ...

World’s first ‘autonomous pods’ unveiled in Dubai – but what are they?

Monday, 12 February 2018

The UAE’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) showcased the world’s first driverless pods at the World Government Summit on Sunday. The autonomous vehicles are meant to travel short to medium distances, and will have a capacity to accommodate 10 passengers (six seated and four standing), according to Gulf news. The pods can travel attached, or separately depending on the riders’ destination. Each pod is fitted with a battery that can last up to three hours, and can be recharged ...

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