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Rocket Internet Buys Kuwait Food Delivery Service Talabat For $170m

Talabat operates in ME countries including Kuwait, Saudi and the UAE, cooperating with restaurants such as Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut.

UAE Launches ‘Robots For Good’ Award With Prize Money Of $1m

The awards will be held on an international and national basis, and the winners will be announced next year.

Govts Should Prepare People For Technology Shift –WEF Founder

Schwab advised governments to focus on developing skill sets and creating more public/private partnerships.

Chinese Firm OPPO Launches ‘World’s Thinnest Smartphone’ In UAE

The OPPO R5, priced at Dhs1,899, measures 4.85mm and comes with a 13MP camera.

Swiss IT Firm Nexthink Gets $14.5m Funding From Qatar’s Al Mannai

The company is looking to expand its presence in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Apple iPhone Sales Trample Expectations As Profit Sets Global Record

The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 27.

Sony To Cut 1,000 Jobs In Smartphone Business – Nikkei

The cuts are in addition to the 1,000 jobs Sony said it would eliminate in its mobile unit in October, Japan’s Nikkei reported.

Malaysia Airlines Website Targeted By Hacker Group “Cyber Caliphate”

In a statement, MAS said the website was not hacked, but that users were redirected to a hacker website.

Samsung Launches Galaxy A5, A3 In UAE, Targets Young Buyers

Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, the A5 and A3 are priced at Dhs1499 and Dhs1099 respectively.

What Will The Samsung Galaxy S6 Look Like?

The next generation smartphone from Samsung is expected to be launched during the upcoming Mobile World Congress.

Facebook Report Says It Adds More Than $200bn To Global Economy

The social networking site said that it generates a lot of real economic activity through its pages, which are used by businesses to advertise themselves and through games.

Twitter Buys Indian Mobile Marketing Start-Up ZipDial

Bengaluru-based ZipDial gives clients phone numbers for use in marketing campaigns.

Samsung Talks To BlackBerry About $7.5bn Buyout – Source

The Korean firm is looking to gain access to BlackBerry’s valuable patent portfolio.

The Game Changers For Channel Partners In 2015

Dan Smith, head of Integrated Marketing for MEA, Xerox, shares his thoughts on the IT industry in 2014 and takes a look at the year ahead.

Twitter Says Timeline Delivery Issue Resolved

Users of Twitter were facing a delay of 25 minutes to 45 minute, the company said.

Are Security Concerns Restraining Cloud Computing’s Growth In The Middle East?

While cloud computing is expected to grow in the Middle East and Africa, concerns about security are pushing against that trend.

Almost 84% Of UAE Consumers Watch Streamed Content Over TV

The study also showed an increase in the time spent viewing content on smartphones and tablets.

UAE Firms Lose $2.8bn Due To Data Loss And Downtime

The UAE ranks low in terms of companies’ maturity and approach towards data protection with just 34 per cent of firms considering data protection as relevant for their success.

BlackBerry To Launch New Classic In UAE Before Year-End

The phone, priced at Dhs1799, is modeled around BlackBerry’s popular Bold 9900.

Is E-Commerce The Best Bet For Middle East Start-Ups?

Although opportunities are abound, many entrepreneurs underestimate the challenges of starting up online.

UAE Online Shoppers Seeking Global Deals- PayPal

About 60 per cent of online consumers in the UAE have made purchases from overseas stores in the last 12 months, a new survey says.

Dual-screen YotaPhone 2 Smartphone Launches In Middle East

The twin AMOLED and e-ink display device claims to offer superior power efficiency at a Dhs,2999 price.

MasterCard Launches New Digital Payment System, MasterPass In UAE

RAK Bank, Mashreq and Emirates NBD will offer digital wallets using the MasterPass system in the UAE.

Building A Luxury Brand Image In A Digital World

Luxury managers often see digital media as a threat, but digital channels offer powerful connections with customers, say David Dubois, INSEAD assistant professor of marketing and Debbie Teo, INSEAD MBA ‘12.

Dubai-Based App Travall To Launch Video Reviews Of Hotels, F&B Outlets

The smart app aims to create a comprehensive Dubai video guide for travellers, relocating executives and residents.

Apple To Offer Beats Music Service In iPhone, iPad

Apple bought music streaming and audio equipment company Beats in May for $3 billion.

Infinix Sets Ambitious Middle East Sales Target For XOLO Like Smartphone

Infinix aims to sell 3,000 smartphones an hour during the opening sales weekend of the remarkably familiar ZERO smartphone.

UAE Government Launches Official Instagram Account

The account, @UAEGOV, includes a library of exclusive photos of officials and behind-the-scenes work in government entities.

Souq.com Plots MENA Black Friday Sales Weekend

MENA Online retailer looks to follow the success of behemoth Alibaba, which generated $9 billion worth of e-commerce sales during China’s recent Singles Day.

Emirates Launches iPhone App

Dubai airline launches mobile app on iOS first while work is underway on an Android version