Ex-Google engineer charged in Uber self-driving theft case

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

A former Google engineer was charged Tuesday with stealing self-driving car technology from the company shortly before he joined Uber’s efforts to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. The indictment filed by the US attorney’s office in San Jose, California, is an offshoot of a lawsuit filed in 2017 by Waymo, a self-driving car pioneer spun off from Google.  Uber agreed to pay Waymo $245 million to settle the case last year, but the federal judge ...

US, France reach deal on taxing online companies

Monday, 26 August 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France and the US have reached a “very good agreement” defusing tensions over a French tax on online giants like Google. The tax had prompted threats from US President Donald Trump of heavy tariffs on French wine. Speaking Monday alongside Trump, Macron said they made “considerable headway in the spirit of unity” at the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France. Macron said France would reimburse ...

Ransomware modifications double in Q2 2019 year-on-year: Report

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky announced that it had detected 16,017 new ransomware modifications and eight new malware families in Q2 2019, more than double the number of new samples detected in Q2 2018.A trojan-ransom is a cyberattack wherein the user’s files are encrypted and a ransom is demanded for their release. These attacks have been successful on both individuals and corporates.Kaspersky stated that the increase in malicious modifications and appearance of new families is a sign ...

New internet calling and messaging app with translation launches in UAE

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

On Wednesday a new messaging app, YZER, launched at an event held at the Jumeriah al-Naseem Hotel in Dubai, UAE. YZER is aimed at providing individual and business users with a full communication suite, including video and voice calling. Most notable is YZER’s build-in translator that will instantly translate user messages across 16 languages, including Arabic, French, and Chinese. YZER plans to expand this list to 25 languages by the end of 2020. The application has been launched in ...

Who’s tracking you? Facebook users to get more control over data

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was tweaking its policies to allow users to see and control the data that the social network gathers from their browsing habits on other websites and apps.             The company defines the data, for example, when a clothing website shares information with Facebook on the browsing activity of a user, as “Off-Facebook ...

US DoJ antitrust chief says working with states on tech investigation

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The US Department of Justice is working with state attorneys general to investigate the market power of technology companies, the department's antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, said on Tuesday. “I think that the laws that we have are quite flexible,” said Delrahim, and make possible “timely and aggressive enforcement of antitrust laws.” The department would be looking not only at price effects, but also innovation and quality, and the next steps ...

UAE’s Finablr posts 9.1 percent rise H1 2019 income

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

United Arab Emirates-based payment solutions business Finablr, which listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in May, on Tuesday posted a 9.1 percent rise in H1 2019 group income, saying earnings were at the upper end of its guidance. Finablr reported adjusted group income of $742 million for the period ended June 30, up from $680.5 million in the same period a year earlier. The company, whose brands include UAE Exchange, Travelex Holdings and Xpress Money, raised $400 million in an initial ...

Huawei founder details ‘battle mode’ reform plan to beat US crisis

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

China's Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a “live-or-die moment” in the wake of US export curbs, founder Ren Zhengfei said. His remarks come as the US said this week it will extend by 90 days a reprieve that permits Huawei Technologies to buy components from US companies to supply existing customers, but it also moved to add more than 40 of Huawei's units to ...

Successful trial of Hajj Smart ID means more pilgrims to receive cards next year

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A pilot of the newly introduced Hajj Smart ID during this year’s Muslim pilgrimage was praised by a select few who tested it, who said that the card acts as a form of identification, credit card, hotel room key, and guide aiming to ease the pilgrimage for millions of Muslims in Mecca.“The Hajj Smart ID will contain the pilgrim’s information and documentation instead of them having to carry official documents, like their passport,” said Faisal al-Abdulkareem, a Saudi media ...

Sony buying studio behind hit ‘Spider-Man’ video game

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Sony Interactive Entertainment on Monday announced a deal to buy Insomniac Games, the studio behind hot-selling “Spider-Man” and “Ratchet & Clank” video games. Sony did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition that will add Insomniac to its stable of studios making games exclusively for the Japanese consumer electronics giant’s PlayStation consoles. “Insomniac Games is one of the most highly-acclaimed development studios in the industry and their ...

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