United Arab Emirates

BICSI MEA to spotlight latest ICT innovations in Dubai

Tahawul Tech | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:24 PM
  • A Connected Future!’ at Sheikh Maktoum Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre.
  • The conference will feature keynotes, a panel discussion, and technical presentations by international experts sharing the latest advancements in the world of ICT/ELV including how artificial intelligence (AI) will be used in data centres and other ICT/ELV facilities in the near future.
  • Taylor will also be delivering a presentation on the morning of 17 April titled “Digital Infrastructure in a Connected Future”.

United Arab Emirates

Expo 2020 Dubai to contribute AED122.6 billion to UAE economy, says report

Emirates News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:17 PM
  • Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits and participants from 190 countries from October 2020 to April 2021.
  • During this period, the World Expo is expected to contribute approximately 1.5 percent of the UAE’s annual forecast gross domestic product, GDP.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, are also estimated to receive AED 4.7 billion in investment during the pre-Expo phase, supporting approximately 12,600 job-years, while also supporting Expo 2020’s aim to foster innovation and support small businesses.


China Focus: Vast elderly, rural population power China’s dialect-related industries

Xinhua News Agency | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:12 PM
  • As writer Han sits in a sport utility vehicle in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, he speaks to the car in a strong Chongqing dialect to control its functions.
  • The situation has given smart equipment able to recognize Chinese dialects an edge to compete in the market.
  • The bank currently has 1,775 branches all over Chongqing’s urban and rural areas.

United States

New USPTO Guidance may clear path for more technology patents

TechCrunch | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:04 PM
  • On January 4, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released new Patent Examiner Guidance (“the Guidance”) for subject matter eligibility.
  • This Guidance represents the current methodology for analysis of patent claims under 35 U.S.C.
  • § 101 in view of Mayo v. Prometheus, Alice v. CLS Bank Intl., and subsequent cases, and is intended to provide a more concrete framework for analyzing whether patent claims, as a whole, are merely “directed to” an abstract idea.


SES satellite service provider increased the number of households it reaches to 355 million in 2018 worldwide

Business Review | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:01 PM
  • SES strengthens its leadership in satellite video distribution by increasing the number of households it serves by more than 4 million, to over 355 million by the end of 2018.
  • SES provides a broad spectrum of customers with global video distribution and data connection services through two business divisions: SES Video and SES Networks.
  • The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, the world’s leading provider of innovative digital and digital distribution services, and the ASTRA satellite system.

United States

How does that index fund address social issues? SEC official seeks transparency

CNBC | Apr 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM
  • The era of low-cost index funds from asset management giants such as Vanguard Group and BlackRock has simplified the fund-buying process — and that has been a good thing — but there is more work to be done.
  • That information remains hidden from most investors — who wouldn’t be able to understand the disclosure even if they knew how to find it.
  • Smith noted that one of Jackson’s co-commissioners, Hester Peirce, is a “severe critic of shareholders resolutions” who supports updating proxy rules to make it more difficult for shareholders to file resolutions.

United States

An algorithm has predicted who’s most likely to die in Game of Thrones’ final season

The Verge | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:59 PM
  • Death in Game of Thrones has always been gloriously unpredictable.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Bronn is deemed most likely to die, followed by Gregor Clegane (80.3 percent), Sansa Stark (73.3 percent), and Bran Stark (57.8 percent).
  • For a full list of predictions, you should check out the dedicated site where you can look up the survival rates of individual characters.

Korea, Republic of

N.Korea Makes Headway on Ballistic Missile Sub

Chosun Ilbo | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:59 PM
  • North Korea is still building a submarine at a shipyard in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, the website 38 North at Johns Hopkins University said Friday based on commercial satellite imagery taken between March 23 and April 11.
  • During this period, a vertical test stand for ejection testing of submarine-launched missiles was separated from its support structure and then reunited with it.

United States

Best Buy names new CEO as Hubert Joly steps down

Fox News | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:57 PM
  • The executive credited with reviving a struggling Best Buy is stepping aside.
  • It’s also means expanding services.
  • Best Buy now offers same-day delivery on thousands of items in 40 metropolitan areas and next-day delivery in 60 metropolitan areas.

United States

Why Bad Data Could Cost Entrepreneurs Millions

Entrepreneur | Apr 15, 2019 at 12:51 PM
  • The nature of being an entrepreneur entails taking risks, and that includes financial risks.
  • Research firm Gartner has found that the average cost of poor data quality on businesses amounts to anywhere between $9.7 million and $14.2 million annually.
  • Without the ability to properly map and organize this data, entrepreneurs will find it hard to build innovative solutions and alternative business models.