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January 22, 2018

Seasonality and Increased Commercial Investment Keep the EMEA PC Market Positive, Especially Driven by CEE and MEA, Says IDC

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) recorded slight growth in the fourth quarter of 2017, with the market going positive (+1.2%) and totaling 20.9 million units, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The commercial space grew 3.9% due to enterprise renewals and a strategic focus on mobility and security, while holiday season promotions and gaming increased volume in the consumer segment. Notebooks performed positively across EMEA (+2.1%) with very strong growth in MEA (+12.1%), continued growth in CEE (+1.8%), and stabilizing to flat in Western Europe. Once again, desktops have strengthened in EMEA and [...]

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January 20, 2018

Gartner Says Artificial Intelligence Is a Game Changer for Personal Devices

AI Will Drive the Most Compelling User Experiences at Home and in the Workplace

Emotion artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming so sophisticated that Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2022, personal devices will know more about an individual’s emotional state than his or her own family. AI is generating multiple disruptive forces that are reshaping the way we interact with personal technologies.

“Emotion AI systems and affective computing are allowing everyday objects to detect, analyze, process and respond to people’s emotional states and moods to provide better context and a more [...]

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January 17, 2018

Top 5 Game Changers for 2018

By David Meads, Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Cisco

I am fortunate in my role to have the opportunity of speaking with some of the best Chief Information, Technology, Security and Digital Officers in our region – many of whom are trailblazers leading the charge to redefine their businesses and industries during a time of unprecedented change.

Many of the conversations I have revolve around how they can use technology to do amazing things that we could barely imagine only a few years ago. As the new year kicks off, I am particularly excited to see how quickly things will start to come together as 2018 is already shaping up to be a year in which [...]

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January 17, 2018

Cisco Appoints Hani Raad as General Manager for the Middle East’s West Region

Cisco announced the appointment of Hani Raad as General Manager for its West Region in the Middle East. In his new role, Hani Raad will focus on leading Cisco’s digital transformation initiatives in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the Levant and Iraq, and will work closely with its partner ecosystem to support government and private sector customers on their digitization journeys, while helping them drive desired business outcomes.

“As part of the transition towards knowledge-driven, service-led economies, countries across the region have made digitization an urgent imperative with the aim of translating the digital opportunity into tangible socioeconomic benefits,” said David [...]

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January 14, 2018

UNLOCK Blockchain Forum attracts more than 500 participants 60 Blockchain startups, from 39 countries

The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum which commenced today at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC and which will continue until January 15th 2018 has proven once again that Dubai is a vanguard when it comes to attracting innovative experts, blockchain start-ups, and forward looking attendees.

Al-Iktissad-Wal-Aamal, the organizers of UNLOCK Blockchain forum were not surprised to receive more than 60 blockchain start-ups from more than 39 countries, as well as more than 40 prominent expert speakers, and more than 500 participants.

HE Dr. Aisha Bint Buti Bin Bisher, Director General of Smart Dubai, the office driving Dubai’s city-wide transformation delivered her keynote speech at the [...]

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January 13, 2018

With Digital Emerging as Prevailing Banking Channel, Customers Still Prefer Personal Touch, J.D. Power Finds

Despite the high penetration of digital banking in Australia, when customers have a problem, they still prefer the personal touch, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Australia Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM.

In the past 12 months, 89% of banking customers have used a digital channel to interact with their primary bank. However, customers still prefer to visit the branch or call a bank representative when they have a problem (86%) or question (73%). This is also the case for digitally savvy Millennials, with 85% preferring to speak to a person when they have a problem and 66% when they have a question.

“With most customers choosing to raise a problem or question with [...]

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January 12, 2018

Global Passenger Traffic – Demand Growth Strengthens in November 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showing continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.0% compared to November 2016, the fastest growth rate in five months and up from a 7.3% year-over-year rise in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.

“The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018. November’s strong demand gives the industry momentum. The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of [...]

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January 11, 2018

Entertainment and Navigation Features Increasingly Drive Overall Vehicle Appeal, J.D. Power Finds

Across all vehicle segments, car buyers in India are increasingly considering interior and exterior styling and vehicle performance when purchasing their new vehicle, according to the J.D. Power 2017 India Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM.

“Although fuel economy continues to be a key driver of overall appeal in India, new-vehicle buyers are increasingly opting for added features that enhance convenience and safety,” said Shantanu Nandi Majumdar, Director at J.D. Power. “While fuel economy is likely to remain a key reason for purchase, with increasing disposable income, some consumers may be willing to trade-off fuel economy for added performance, [...]

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January 10, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo wraps up 2017 on a positive note

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, completed a year of strong growth in 2017. The air cargo carrier’s robust performance, set against the backdrop of a resurgent global air cargo market, was underlined by the introduction of specialised customer focused air transportation solutions across a number of industry verticals and by continued investment in infrastructure.

Between January and December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s hubs at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) saw a combined cargo throughput of over 2.5 million tonnes.

Specialised, Innovative products and solutions

In response to increasing demand from its [...]

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January 9, 2018

Sharp growth in Saudi non-oil private sector signalled at end of 2017

December data signalled a strong end to the year for the Saudi Arabian non-oil private sector, with a sharp improvement in business conditions. Despite the rate of expansion softening fractionally in the latest survey, the pace of growth remained above the average registered throughout the year. Strong increases in both output and new orders contributed to the upturn. On the price front, input cost inflation accelerated to a 16-month high.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the Saudi private sector.

Commenting on the Saudi Arabia PMI® survey, Khatija Haque, [...]

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January 8, 2018

Why “Have a Safe Trip” is Taking on Greater Meaning

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

Have a safe trip! Typically, when we wish someone well before they leave on a journey we are referring to their physical safety while in transit. But, increasingly, there’s another consideration – their online security.

Over the past year, compromises of payment card data from Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, network intrusions against third-party suppliers, and cyber espionage campaigns against visitors using hotel Wi-Fi networks have plagued the travel and hospitality industries. In the spirit of “forewarned is forearmed,” let’s take a closer look at some of the most notable examples of each of these types of [...]

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January 6, 2018

UAE’s non-oil private sector growth hits 34-month high

December data signalled a strong end to the year for the UAE’s non-oil private sector, with business conditions improving at the sharpest pace in 34 months. Steep expansions in output, new orders alongside solid export demand growth underpinned the most recent upturn. In terms of inflation, input cost pressures softened during December, whilst selling prices fell for the fourth month running.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business conditions in the UAE non-oil private sector.

Commenting on the UAE PMI® survey, Khatija Haque, Head of MENA Research at Emirates NBD, [...]

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January 5, 2018

Egypt PMI falls in December, but posts highest quarterly average in over two years

The Egyptian non-oil private sector ended 2017 with a deterioration in business conditions, though the decline over the fourth quarter as a whole was the weakest in over two years. Signs of economic stability and increased capital investment plans underpinned strong business confidence during December. In terms of inflation, rates of increase in input and output prices eased and registered comfortably below their respective long-run averages. Declines in output, new orders and new foreign business contributed to the latest deterioration, however.

The survey, sponsored by Emirates NBD and produced by IHS Markit, contains original data collected from a monthly survey of business [...]

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