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Spotify vs. Apple: the latest updates - Dotemirates
17/03/2019

Spotify vs. Apple: the latest updates

On Wednesday, March 13th, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission over Apple’s business practices, saying that it used unfair tactics to suppress its competitors, something that it has alleged for several years. The fight between the two companies has become an escalating and highly-public war of words. Follow along for all of the latest updates as the fight plays out.


SpiceJet flight lands without issue after burst tyre

A SpiceJet flight has landed safely in Jaipur after a tyre burst during takeoff from Dubai.The Boeing 737 aircraft travelled from the UAE to Jaipur with 189 passengers and crew on board.“While aircraft was descending at Jaipur, pilots were informed by Jaipur ATC of suspected tyre burst at Dubai. The crew followed their procedures and landed safely at Jaipur,” read a statement from SpiceJet.“Passengers were deplaned normally. The flight was uneventful.”

Abu Dhabi new airport to roll out 5G network

The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), Abu Dhabi’s new international airport, will become the first airport terminal in the region with 5G connectivity when it opens, delivered by Etisalat.The deployment is based on C-Band, a 5G digital indoor technology delivering gigabit per second download speeds.Bryan Thompson, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We value our customers first and foremost, and access to fast cellular service is a crucial factor that makes a big difference for travellers from around the world. Technology is at the heart of our digital transformation strategy and providing our customers with enhanced connectively services at...

Etihad acquires valuables management subsidiary under its cargo and logistics portfolio

Etihad Airways has announced that it acquired the shares held by Armaguard Linfox Group Pty (Australia) in Abu Dhabi-based joint venture Armaguard Valuables Management LLC (AVM), becoming sole shareholder of the company and renaming it Etihad Secure Logistics Services LLC.In the six years since it began operations, AVM has successfully grown from a start-up to become a major player in the UAE secure logistics and valuables management market.With increasing opportunities in their respective markets, both Etihad and Armaguard have agreed now is the right time for the business to operate as a full subsidiary of Etihad Airways as part of...

Demand and weather are main barriers to Uber Air rollout in Middle East

Demand-related uncertainty and challenging weather conditions were the main reasons behind Uber’s decision not to include any Middle Eastern cities on its initial list of Uber Air candidates.Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco and Los Angeles will offer US testbeds for the aerial ridesharing service, while Melbourne saw off competition from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo to become the first overseas city to welcome Uber Air.The company describes the flying taxi service as ‘aerial ridesharing’ where up to four passengers can travel across a network of landing pads called ‘Skyports’ – all for the price of an...
13/06/2019

Researchers: bitcoin's carbon footprint equal to Las Vegas

Researchers calculate that the electricity required for the virtual currency bitcoin generates as much carbon dioxide as a city like Las Vegas. The Technical University of Munich said Thursday that researcher Christian Stoll and colleagues first calculated the power consumption of the entire bitcoin network. They then combined the results with the carbon emissions from electricity production in the countries where the computers were located, concluding that bitcoin's carbon footprint in late 2018 was 22-22.9 megatons of CO2 per year. Stoll, who also works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the findings should prompt policymakers to consider regulating bitcoin...
13/06/2019

Telegram blames China for ‘powerful DDoS attack’ during Hong Kong protests

Telegram founder Pavel Durov has suggested that the Chinese government may have been behind a recent DDoS attack on the encrypted messaging service. Writing on Twitter, the founder called it a “state actor-sized DDoS” which came mainly from IP addresses located in China. Durov noted that the attack coincided with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong where people are using encrypted messaging apps like Telegram to avoid detection while coordinating their protests. The attack raises questions about whether the Chinese government is attempting to disrupt the encrypted messaging service and limit its effectiveness as an organizing tool for the hundreds...