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Mastercard rolls out tokenisation technology in the GCC to protect online shoppers

Currently, Mastercard has partnered with Checkout.com and FOO in the UAE to roll out the technology

Dubai’s RTA, DANS sign MoU for autonomous air vehicle project

The MoU will also enable added cooperation relating to studying laws relating to autonomous air vehicles

Fitbit unveils new Sense smartwatch, revamps Versa and Inspire devices

Fitbit says Sense smartwatch has sensor that can measure stress

UAE residents ditch fries for salads in the wake of Covid-19: report

Average order value of food bought online decrease 4% post-lockdown

Update: Zoom working again after widespread outage

Zoom calls in the UAE had not been affected

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Microsoft sides with Epic Games in legal fight against Apple

The App Store forces applications and games on it to use its exclusive in-app payment system

Dubai’s DEWA picks Huawei to build NOC for InfraX subsidiary

InfraX operates an independent fibre optics network for digital services

Digital logistics firm FarEye raises $13m in new funding

FarEye counts Emirates Post and Landmark Group as customers

DIFC Courts records 96% increase in main court cases during H1 2020

The total value of enforcement claims filed amounted to Dhs192.4m for the first half of 2020

TikTok to challenge Trump’s executive order in court: reports

US government claims TikTok users data could be accessed by Chinese government

GCC IT spend to reach $20bn by 2024: Roland Berger research

Covid-19 pushes IP traffic up more than 30 per cent as services move online

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Google services slowly recover after global outage

Users reported that Gmail, Google Docs and Drive were not working

Apple makes Wall Street history by breaking $2 trillion barrier

The company has been buoyed by the broad adoption of mobile internet-connected devices, apps and other cloud services

G42 Healthcare, NanoScent to collaborate on solution to detect Covid-19 within one minute

The Scent Check solution is capable of detecting suspected cases of Covid-19 from a sample of exhaled nasal air

Saudi Arabia led GCC in number of phishing attacks in Q2: Kaspersky report

There were 973,061 phishing attacks in KSA, with UAE following with 617,347 in the quarter

Middle East businesses turn to cloud to ease Covid-19 blues

More than 66 per cent of regional businesses increased tech spending during lockdown

Cash flow key challenge in recovery of UAE-based small and medium businesses – survey

Facebook announces grant of USD 544,609 to support Dubai small businesses in their economic recovery following the pandemic

Oracle joins bid to acquire TikTok as US ban looms

Oracle joins early front runners Microsoft and Twitter in bid to buy video-sharing site

Fintech industry growing by 18% annually in Saudi Arabia: report

Fintech transactions in the kingdom amounted to over $20bn by the end of 2019

Technogym to offer live and on-demand training videos through its equipment consoles

Technogym Live will aggregate proprietary content as well as sessions created by fitness clubs and coaches

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DIFC launches new license starting at $1,500 for startups and entrepreneurs in Dubai

Businesses can secure up to four visas when renting a desk space within the freezone

UAE Hope Probe completes first course correction to reach Mars’ orbit

The Hope probe took off from the Tanegashima Space Centre on July 20 on a 493 million km journey to Mars

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Sheikh Mohammed says digital economy is next priority for UAE

The digital economy’s contribution to the UAE’s local GDP in 2019 reached 4.3 per cent

Dubai-based InsureTech startup Sehteq secures $20m to venture into reinsurance

Sehteq will have an additional investment of $3m to support its technology arm

King Abdullah Medical City picks Avaya Spaces to coordinate Covid-19 response

King Abdullah Medical City used Avaya Spaces to establish a workflow-based steering committee

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Fortnite-developer Epic Games sues Apple

Epic Games wants to use its own payment system to facilitate in-app purchases rather than relying on Apple

Dharma ransomware imperils SMBs utilising remote work due to Covid-19

Dharma is one of the most profitable ransomware families around, due to its mass-market, service-based business model

Etihad ESCO joins Moro Hub to boost Smart City capabilities

Etihad ESCO will now benefit from Moro Hub’s digital, cloud and secured services

Kuwait’s NOX Management launches region’s first large-scale indoor vertical farm

The facility has a daily output capacity of up to 550 kg of salad, herbs, and cresses

Regional startups on a ‘growth’ trajectory amid Covid-19 crisis

While the pandemic may have rattled industries, the regional startup ecosystem remains resilient