Smart UAE Wallet, a new service introduced at Dubai International Airport, allows departing passengers to use their smartphones at the smart gates instead of their passports. The project was launched in cooperation with Emirates by Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and public security in Dubai and Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director-general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA). The purpose of the new service is to reduce the departure clearance…
Apple will release its new iOS 11 software update later this year and it will not be available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C. Features of the new operating system were showcased at Apple’s recent WWDC event in California, where it was confirmed that older iPhone models and iPads would not be supported by the iOS 11. The operating system will not work on iPhone 5 (released in 2012) or the iPhone 5C (2013), nor will it support fourth-generation…
Apple recently launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download from Apple’s iBooks Store. App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software…
Snap Inc., the parent company of image and video sharing app Snapchat, recently reported its quarterly financial earnings for the first time since going, and the results weren’t good. Snapchat’s user growth has stalled and the company’s revenue was below Wall Street expectations for the quarter. The company went public with an IPO in March, and spent almost $2 billion in stock-based compensation, which in large part contributed to its net loss. Snap Inc.’s revenue was reported at $150 million,…
Thousands of institutions around the world were subject to a series of “WannaCry” ransom attacks over the weekend (starting Friday, May 12), causing data to be encrypted with a claim for payment. The virus was a malicious program that affects smartphones and computers, encrypts and locks their data so that it cannot be accessed until payment is made. The virus swept across Europe and Asia, locking up critical systems like the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Spain’s Telefónica telecommunications company,…
Samsung Electronics recently increased its Samsung Pay application’s reach around the world by expanding in four markets over two days. Samsung Pay officially launches in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland. With these market expansions, Samsung Pay continues to both bring mobile payments to new regions of the world and expand to new markets in regions where the service is already available. Launches in the UAE and Sweden showcase Samsung…
Social networking giant Facebook has been ordered by an Austrian court that it must control the issue of ‘trolling’ on its platform following a case which was brought forward by a political party in the country. Austria’s Green party where outraged at the vitriol directed at its leader – and demanded that Facebook take responsibility for the platform being used to spread hate. However, the ruling is now set to have international ramifications as the ruling said that ‘hate postings’…

Outrage over Uber purchasing user data from Unroll.me

Written on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:11
Adding to a string of recent negative press for ride-hailing app Uber, a report by the New York Times recently revealed that the email de-cluttering service Unroll.me had been selling user data to Uber to help it gain insight on when its customers were switching between using Uber and its competitor, Lyft. The Times report said Unroll.me did this by collecting Lyft receipts from user's inboxes and sharing the information with Uber for an undisclosed fee. Responding to the outrage…

Apple set to launch App Accelerator in Bangalore, India

Written on Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:22
Californian tech giant Apple is set to launch an App Accelerator in Bangalore, India, to provide more support to Indian developers and assist them in transforming the design performance of their apps on Apple’s mobile operating system iOS. Bangalore is the center of India’s technology startup scene, and it’s been said that the App Accelerator will inspire the next generation of Indian developers to get involved with tech. Apple experts will lead briefings each week to provide one-on-one app reviews…
NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. will partner to bring unique Olympic Winter Games coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea, to Snapchatters in the United States next February, including NBC Olympic coverage via daily "Our Stories" and "Publisher Stories" available in Snapchat Discover. NBC Olympics will work with BuzzFeed to co-produce the Publisher Stories. Through this partnership, sales packages will include not only the Snap Ad slots that will run within Our Stories and Publisher Stories, but also opportunities to purchase national…
Social networking giants Facebook have revealed that they have engaged in scanning behavioral patterns of suspicious accounts in order to clamp down and weed out bogus accounts. The security measure is part of a broader effort from Facebook to rid the popular networking site of hoaxes, misinformation and fake news by authenticating users who are what they claim to be. In a blog post, Shabnam Shaik, who is part of Facebook’s protect and care team suggested that people represent themselves…

WhatsApp soon to launch digital payments in India

Written on Thursday, 06 April 2017 09:45
Facebook-owned WhatsApp will soon reportedly offer digital payment services in India which will be its first offering globally. WhatsApp founder, Brian Acton, first mentioned the idea to local media in February that the app was in the early stages of investigating digital payments in India. The company is looking a digital transactions lead in the country. Similar digital payment initiatives have been launched in China by the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat. WhatsApp recognizes India as its biggest market,…
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