United Arab Emirates

Etisalat honours ‘SMB Awards’ 2018 winners

Emirates News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 3:14 PM
  • Etisalat announced the winners of its inaugural ‘SMB Awards 2018’ in Grand Gala event to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Small and Bedium Businesses (SMBs) and start-ups in the UAE.
  • Black Tulip Flowers was named SMB of the Year, while The Digital Transformation Award was presented to Jackys Business Solution and Farmchip General Trading picked up the Start-up of the Year .
  • The SMB Awards received an overwhelming response with great submissions from Entrepreneurs and SMBs across all industries.

China

Pinterest files with U.S. securities regulators for IPO

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 2:03 PM
  • U.S. social media and image search site Pinterest Inc. Friday filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for initial public offering (IPO).
  • Internet traffic from Google or Facebook, which boasts more than 2.3 billion monthly active users globally, remains significant to Pinterest’s revenue and financial results.
  • Pinterest was established in 2010 as a social media company that offers an online venue for personal photos, ideas, oddities, places to visit, recipes and other items.

United States

9 great reads from CNET this week

CNET | Mar 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM
  • Yes, we’re all waiting to see just what Apple has up its sleeve for Monday.
  • Disney finalized its takeover of Fox, creating a Hollywood monster to go after Netflix.
  • And politicos wrestled with technology, as Cali’s governor spoke of a “techlash” and Republicans and Dems both talked up proposed net neutrality legislation.

China

International cooperation platforms on neuroscience established in Shenzhen

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 11:49 AM
  • The other platform is jointly established by SIAT and the University of British Columbia in Canada.
  • It is dedicated to frontier research and making technological breakthroughs in brain science, especially those in neurological and mental disorders.
  • As China’s tech hub, Shenzhen aims to build itself into an international center for brain science research and has mapped out specific development plans.

United States

CX Trends to Watch in 2019

Entrepreneur | Mar 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM
  • The start of a new year offers a chance to take stock of where we stand and which path to follow in the months ahead.
  • Companies have also started to adopt omnichannel strategies to provide seamless support across multiple channels.
  • Every brand recognises this, and with a captive 250 million active social media users (Hootsuite), any omnichannel experience must include social media.

United States

A new study shows what it might take to make AI useful in health care

MIT Technology Review | Mar 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM
  • Hospital intensive care units can be frightening places for patients.
  • The study is the result of a six-year collaboration between AI researchers and medical professionals at Stanford University and Intermountain LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • In contrast, the Stanford team worked with medical professionals from the very beginning to understand what they needed and reframe those needs as machine-vision problems.

India

Can Science Fiction save your company, and help it survive and succeed?

Factor Daily | Mar 23, 2019 at 10:54 AM
  • In late 2017 one of the world’s largest management consulting companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) published an article, ‘Using science fiction to explore business innovation’, recommending the genre as one effective way in which organisations can start conversations and spark ideas for their own innovation using science fiction-inspired narrative fiction.
  • Microsoft has its own anthology of science fiction short stories written by authors such as David Brin, Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire and Greg Bear called ‘Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft’ whose fiction explores the future of quantum computing, real-time translation, machine learning, and more.
  • In the words of writer, technologist and futurist, Brian David Johnson, “Science fiction gives us the language so that we can have a conversation about the future”.

United States

Galaxy Fold, Mate X prices make the iPhone XS’ cost seem reasonable

CNET | Mar 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • If you think your Android phone or iPhone is expensive now.
  • Even greater burgeoning costs apply to foldable phone designs, which include the Galaxy Fold, Mate X and a rumored foldable Motorola Razr for $1,500.
  • With today’s Galaxy S10, iPhone XS and Huawei Mate 20 Pro nudging prices skyward, other players have reason to follow suit.