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Technology news from the Middle East. All the important stories, plus authoritative opinion and analysis.

Adult, Male, Man

Billions being spent to foil rising cyber attacks

Cyber attacks in the Mena region are set to grow by 70 percent this year, according to an industry expert. Digital criminals are adopting increasingly sophisticated methods to target their victims, meaning e-commerce operators in the region are spending billions more on security to assure customers their transactions are safe. Jason Lane-Sellers, regional director of […]

US UAE trade aircraft

US electric aircraft developer lands in Abu Dhabi

A hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft developer from California is planning to set up a regional HQ in Abu Dhabi as trade deals between the Emirates and the US focus on advanced technologies. Odys Aviation has joined the UAE Ministry of Economy’s NextGen foreign direct investment programme, which aims to attract digitally enabled businesses […]

Nvidia to build Israel’s most powerful AI supercomputer

Nvidia Corp is building Israel’s most powerful artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer to meet soaring customer demand for AI applications. Nvidia, the world’s most valuable listed chip company, said the cloud-based system would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and be partly operational by the end of 2023. Gilad Shainer, a senior vice president at Nvidia, […]

A Golden Fields site. It has farms and processing facilities across the Baltic region

Abu Dhabi agribusiness links up with Estonian forage firm

An Abu Dhabi agribusiness has signed a supply agreement that will drive construction of forage processing facilities in the Baltic. Al Dahra Group has made the deal with Golden Fields, an Estonian animal feed company. Under the partnership, Al Dahra has an exclusive offtake agreement for forage – such as corn silage, grasses, alfalfa and […]

US firm says India’s Go First has no rights over engines

Pratt & Whitney has no engines currently available for India’s Go First airline, which also has no rights over them, the counsel for the US firm told a Delaware court as the two companies engaged in a dispute over the supplies. The Indian airline has approached the Delaware court to enforce an arbitration order it […]

Edge Mars Robotics

UAE’s Edge buys majority stake in Jordan robotics firm

UAE’s technology and defence firm Edge Group has acquired an 80 percent stake in Mars Robotics, an autonomous robotics services provider in Jordan. Mars Robotics will work with Edge’s advanced concepts, focusing on design, development, and deployment of advanced and innovative technologies.  Mansour Al Mulla, managing director and CEO of Edge, said: “As we rapidly […]

Cybersecurity firms to gain from growing threat of hacks

Top US cybersecurity companies are expected to report another quarter of strong growth as high-profile hacks and a shift in client preference for bigger players with better integrated offerings help support their businesses in a turbulent economy. Palo Alto Networks, the largest player in the space by market share and valuation, will kick off sector […]

People, Person, Adult

Amsterdam game maker to open regional HQ in UAE

Dutch mobile, PC and console games developer MY.GAMES will establish its regional headquarters in Abu Dhabi in partnership with UAE-based AD Gaming. The Amsterdam-headquartered company will hire and develop local game developers, Abu Dhabi Media Office said in a statement. The company’s Abu Dhabi-based team will work on more than 70 games across AD Gaming’s […]

G7 leaders seeks global technical standards for AI

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations on Saturday called for the development and adoption of technical standards to keep artificial intelligence (AI) “trustworthy,” saying governance of the technology has not kept pace with its growth. While the G7 leaders, meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, recognised that the approaches to achieving “the common vision and […]

Saudi PIF US firms

Saudi fund buys into US gaming and e-payments firms

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has bought shares in gaming, electronic payment and alternative energy companies, increasing the value of its US holdings by 14 percent in the first three months of this year. The total value of holdings held by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in US listed companies was $35.52 billion as of […]

Bahrain digital

Bahrain’s Beyon puts $250m into digital infrastructure 

Tech company Beyon Group is investing more than $250 million in new infrastructure to support Bahrain’s digital transformation. The parent company of telecoms operator Batelco said it has joined the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE 6) consortium, which is building a 21,700km-long undersea telecommunications cable from Marseille in France to Singapore. The cable will […]

Vodafone Group CEO Margherita Della Valle

Vodafone cuts 11,000 jobs after securing deal with e&

Vodafone Group announced it will cut thousands of jobs just days after it agreed plans for closer commercial ties with UAE-based e&. Margherita Della Valle, Vodafone’s new group chief executive, admitted the company’s performance “has not been good enough” after reporting a small rise in full year sales to nearly $50 billion and a fall […]

Israel tech firms to continue job layoffs in 2023

Israeli high-tech firms have largely halted job hiring and many are expected to continue layoffs this year, a report on the country’s tech sector showed on Tuesday. One-quarter of companies have stopped recruiting new employees and another quarter plan more layoffs – many of those planning to let go five percent of their workforce, according […]

Amazon in deal for ‘Lord of the Rings’ video game and Swedish game developer Embracer Group have agreed to develop and publish a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on fantasy series The Lord of The Rings, the companies said. The game, which is in the early stages of development, will be set in Middle-earth, featuring stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of […]

Person, Human, Face

Musk says Twitter to allow calls and encrypted messages

Twitter Inc CEO Elon Musk has revealed details about new features including adding calls and encrypted messaging coming to the platform. Last year, Musk flagged plans for ‘Twitter 2.0 The Everything App’, which he said would have features such as encrypted direct messages (DMs), longform tweets and payments. “Coming soon will be voice and video chat from […]

Autotalk's technology will be incorporated into Qualcomm's Snapdragon Digital Chassis

Qualcomm to acquire Israeli auto-chip maker

Qualcomm is to acquire Israel’s Autotalks, a maker of chips used in crash-prevention technology, as the US firm looks to expand its automotive business. The company did not disclose the terms of the deal but said the Autotalks technology would be incorporated into its assisted and autonomous driving product, Snapdragon Digital Chassis. Qualcomm said last […]

The Microsoft-owned business is also eliminating the slimmed-down jobs app it offers in China

LinkedIn cuts over 700 jobs as demand wavers

LinkedIn, the professional networking platform owned by Microsoft, has revealed plans to cut 716 jobs as demand wavers, while also shutting down its China-focused jobs app. LinkedIn, which has 20,000 employees, has grown revenue each quarter during the last year, but it joins other major technology companies including its parent in laying off workers as […]

Battle for China’s electric SUV market heats up  

China is ground zero for the price war in electric vehicles (EVs) and the battleground is shifting to SUV-styled EVs, the largest segment of the market, dominated by Tesla Inc and BYD . The market, crowded with more than 90 models, is about to get even tighter with at least 20 new models of both […]

Zain Sudan

Zain Sudan faces revenue hit amid worsening civil unrest  

Zain Sudan, the country’s leading mobile operator, has suffered a hit to its revenue as a result of the spiralling conflict in Africa’s third-largest country, a spokesman told AGBI on Thursday. Internecine fighting between two factions of Sudan’s military began in mid-April. More than 500 people have been killed and nearly 440,000 people displaced, the […]

UAE air taxis

UAE air taxis and drones set for take-off with China deal

A Chinese company has signed a deal to build and operate electric powered air taxis and cargo drones in the UAE as the Gulf country seeks early adopter advantage in the vertical take-off and landing transport market. Monarch Holding in Abu Dhabi is partnering with EHang Holdings, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) company, to establish […]