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Uber introduces enhanced Covid-19 safety precautions in the UAE

The new measures will be in place until the end of June after which it will be reviewed

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Amazon suspends use of facial recognition technology by US law enforcement for a year

Amazon said that the reason was to give the US Congress time to develop stronger regulations to govern the use of the technology

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UN recognises Dubai tech startup for efforts to spur tourism industry

Hotel Data Cloud also disseminates information regarding hotels’ ongoing precautionary measures to protect against the Covid-19 virus

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Cyber-attack forces Honda to halt production at a few of its factories

Investigators believe that the virus was a type of ransomware called Snake

Saudi to use smart helmets to monitor people’s body temperatures

The helmets can detect body temperatures when a person is up to five metres away and they can examine up to 200 people per minute

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Emirati develops web tool to analyse Covid-19 data on Twitter in the UAE

The predominant topic of the tweets ranged from the origin of the disease, its spread, government responses and treatments

IBM to no longer develop facial recognition technology

“We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies”

Over 80% of UAE firms faced a cyber-attack in 2019: Are you protected?

With remote working, there is an added impetus on organisations to find and fix the weakest links when it comes to cyber security

Google says China, Iran targeted American presidential campaigns

Google has alerted the respective campaigns and law enforcement agencies

Elon Musk rallies for ‘break up’ of Bezos’ Amazon

The call came after Amazon decided to ban a book about the effects of coronavirus from the platform

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Zoom to add end-to-end encryption feature, unavailable to free users

The company says that it has done so to offer security officials the option to intercept calls if the service is being used for illegal purposes

Google faces $5bn lawsuit on tracking Chrome users in ‘incognito mode’

The class action lawsuit demands damages of at least $5,000 for each person affected by Google Chrome’s privacy policy

Video: How can regional companies ensure smooth workflows during remote working?

To optimise efficiencies when implementing remote working, organisations must adopt new technology solutions, says Mark Ackerman, senior director – Middle East and Africa at ServiceNow

Global smartphone sales down 20% y-on-y in Q1 2020

Nearly all the major phone manufacturers, except Xiaomi, recorded declining sales

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Aston Martin appoints SentinelOne as official cybersecurity partner

The cybersecurity firm’s endpoint protection platform will help secure the carmaker’s manufacturing, headquarters, supply chain, and field offices

EMPG and OLX Group merge MENA and South Asia operations to form $1bn Dubai-based tech company

With this merger, OLX has become EMPG’s largest single shareholder with 39 per cent of shares

How can UAE wealth managers stay relevant in the current economic situation?

Wealth managers need to adopt sophisticated tools such as robo-advisors to stay relevant and offer the best service to their clients, says IT firm Comarch

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Sheikh Mohammed enacts new data protection law for Dubai International Financial Centre

The law will come into effect from July 1, 2020

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Google to launch six free games on its Stadia platform in June

The cloud gaming service is attempting to attract a wider subscriber base by way of these free games

Why IT plays a big role in employee care in the time of Covid-19

In the Covid-19 era, automation application can support employees, track potential company-wide health issues and bolster business continuity

Listen in: OPPO Enco W31 launches in the Middle East

The company’s first-ever wireless headphones is now available in the region

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Samsung Money debit card readies for summer launch

Reward points can be exchanged for cash which will be deposited into the customer’s Samsung Money by SoFi account

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Covid-19: How businesses must handle the new normal

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced organisations to rethink their digital and business strategies and re-invent the way they operate

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Saudi’s Gamers Without Borders championship becomes world’s largest charity esports event

The ongoing esports fundraiser has already donated $6.5m to various global charities fighting the Covid-19 pandemic

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Honor to begin using MediaTek processors in upcoming devices

Honor phones earlier relied on Huawei Kirin processors

DEWA and Huawei discuss collaboration on future projects for Dubai

The partnership includes a number of planned future projects around big data management and cybersecurity

Chinese tech giants may soon be expelled from the US stock market

A proposed new law will require companies listed on American stock exchanges to demonstrate that they are not owned or controlled by a foreign government

Millennials prefer robot bankers to humans – Nordic data

Banks are trying to find ways to accommodate growing investment demands from cash-rich clients

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Twitter tests new user interaction feature

The feature is currently being tested among a small group of Twitter users worldwide

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Facebook, Instagram unveil ‘Shops’ platform to facilitate e-commerce

The new product will be introduced this summer in the US, and will be subsequently rolled out in other markets worldwide