World Tourism Organization awards young Egyptian expert for e-marketing breakthrough

19 Jan 2017
The United Nations World Tourism Organization granted young Egyptian tourism expert Mohamed Youssef its most prestigious award for 2016 for his contributions to the development of the tourism industry, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram...

Here’s a life-like robot you can chat with

Isn't she lovely? Humanoid robot Jia Jia looks strikingly real. Photos: AFP
14 Jan 2017
“Jia Jia” can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expressions when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labour in China.   Billed as China’s first...

Apple in China removes 'New York Times app' after government request

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05 Jan 2017
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has removed the New York Times Co's (NYT.N) news apps from its app store in China following a request from the Chinese authorities, the companies said separately on Thursday. Apple removed the app from both the...

360-degree cameras for immersive video: What’s on shelves now

360-degree cameras for immersive video: What’s on shelves now 
31 Dec 2016
On Wednesday, December 28, Twitter launched live 360-degree video via its periscope live-streaming platform. While everyone can watch these immersive videos, for now only a select group of broadcasters can post live 360-degree video...

Facebook is still the biggest drain on your smartphone battery

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24 Dec 2016
The world's most popular social network is also the app that is still eating away most at your Android handset's performance.   According to Avast Software's latest study into app use and performance drain, Facebook still...

Nokia sues Apple for infringing patents, industry back on war footing

The headquarters of Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia, in Espoo, pictured on January 29, 2015
22 Dec 2016
Nokia Corp (NOKIA.HE) said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker's legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader...

Yahoo suffers world's biggest hack affecting 1 billion users

15 Dec 2016
Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company's own humiliating record for the biggest security breach in history.   The digital heist...

Uber in landmark court battle on Tuesday to escape strict rules

26 Nov 2016
Uber will seek to convince Europe's top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The...

Twitter boss briefly suspended from his own network

25 Nov 2016
The Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, the social network's CEO and co-founder, was briefly suspended Tuesday night because of what he called "an internal mistake". "Just setting up my twttr...again (account suspension was...

Facebook builds censorship tool to attain China re-entry: NYT

23 Nov 2016
Facebook Inc has quietly developed a censorship tool that could persuade China to allow the world's biggest social media network to re-enter the world's second largest economy after a seven-year ban, the New York Times (NYT)...