UAE consumers worried about application failure during holiday season: Report

From staying connected with loved ones, to managing finances, consumers will heavily rely on diverse applications during their celebrations

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UAE consumers among the most demanding globally for seamless app experiences

Key findings from the research indicate a significant shift in consumer behavior and expectations

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Messenger Lite for Android to shutdown in September

The app has been removed from Google Play Store for new users and will no longer be available for existing users after September 18


New WhatsApp feature: Zuckerberg reveals update

The update will be available worldwide in the upcoming weeks


Zoom outlook: Profit, sales projections raised, shares surge

Revenue for the year ending in January 2024 will be as much as $4.5bn


Flynas, Tabby to offer 4-month installment plan for travel tickets

The partnership comes just in time for travellers, especially with the increasing demand for air travel around the world

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Threads by Instagram: Here’s how to use it

Threads provides a fresh platform for real-time updates and public discussions, catering to both creators and casual users

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Etisalat by e& launches ‘Apps 360’ to digitally empower businesses

The app-building solution is offered in partnership with Builder.ai, an AI-powered software development platform


TikTok is testing an AI chatbot named Tako

The Tako test is currently available to a small number of employees, according to Daniel Buchuk, an analyst at Watchful


Say goodbye to typos: WhatsApp launches edit message feature

The edit history will not be displayed, ensuring that the original content remains private


Twitter becomes X Corp as Musk advances ‘everything app’ hopes

It’s unclear what the change means for Twitter, which has seen a sweeping overhaul since Musk bought the company for $44bn last year

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Create Apps in Dubai launches, aims to triple number of app creators by 2025

The initiative aims to support 100 new national projects for developing apps that will be made available in digital app stores over the next 24 months


Netflix tests idea of expanding gaming service to televisions

Code hidden within Netflix’s app includes references to games played on TVs, signalling that such a plan is in motion

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Twitter offers new equity grants to employees

The company plans to offer a liquidity event in about a year when workers will be able to cash out some of their equity

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TikTok adds new features for teens and families

The new features build upon the existing safety settings


Meta to form AI product team to keep up with chatbot competition

The company is trying to use the technology with text-like chats in Meta’s messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger

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Twitter cuts more engineering, product jobs to curb costs

Some employees learned they were laid off via an email, and others tweeted that they learned they were terminated when they could no longer log into the internal system


Netflix lowers price of plans by up to 50% in over 100 countries

Netflix is lowering prices in countries that account for a small percentage of its subscriber base

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Snapchat is adding more users, topping 750 million a month

For the year through April 2022, the monthly count rose 20 per cent


Instagram adds new feature to deliver posts directly to followers

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the news on his Instagram account Thursday by creating a channel of his own


Pinterest joins tech giants in layoffs, slashes 150 jobs 

The company had about 4,000 employees as of the end of the third quarter


In pics: Talabat opens new regional HQ in Dubai 

With over 100,000 square feet in space, the headquarters houses almost 2,000 employees


Spotify seen cutting staff as soon as this week to cut costs

The music streaming giant has about 9,800 employees, according to its third-quarter earnings report


UAE’s Astra Tech acquires Botim in a bid to create an ‘ultra app’

Botim has 90 million registered users and 25 million active users


TikTok celebrates the most inspiring creators and popular communities

The #ForYouParty which included an immersive event was held at Sound Stage 2, Dubai Studio City


Twitter will restore more accounts weekly over next 30 days

Earlier this week, the social network suspended the accounts of several prominent journalists


Meta fined $277m for leak of half a billion users

The Irish Data Protection Commission levied the fine following a probe that found the social-media company had failed to apply strict safeguards


Careem clocks in one billion rides

Careem captains have driven over nine billion kilometres across more than 80 cities in ten years


Uber appoints new general manager to lead business across the UAE and Levant

Pia El Hachem will be leading Uber’s strategy, operations, policy and business development, while overseeing the company’s end-to-end business

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UAE’s buy-now-pay later platform Tabby expands to Egypt

Tabby works with multiple brands including Lacoste, L’azurde, Faces, In Your Shoe, Kai Collections, Ariika, Marcqa, Dresscode and Floward