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Key Middle East trends: Experts pick out the big shifts in the region's tech

ZDNet

In the past 12 months, ZDNet has explored important developments from across the Middle East and North Africa region, diving into ecommerce, smart cities, and cybersecurity, as well as emerging trends such as Dubai's ambitions for blockchain, the expansion of Middle East and North Africa ride-hailing service Careem, and many others. To kick off 2018, we have revisited some of our most popular pieces from the past 12 months, asking specific organizations and interviewees to update their story and give ZDNet readers a sense of what to expect in the year ahead. In 2017, we saw the protection of data coming under more intense scrutiny. With incidents of cybercrime increasing in the Middle East, 2018 will see more businesses and governments placing cybersecurity and privacy at the top of their priority lists. Our research shows where organizations are spending their IT budgets in 2018 and what their top priorities are.



Amazon's delivery drones could parachute packages to avoid landing

The Independent - Tech

Amazon is toying with the idea of equipping its autonomous delivery drones with parachutes. The idea is that they would enable the flying contraptions to float packages down to the ground in situations where landing could prove tricky. The potential plans are outlined in a new US Patent and Trademark office patent spotted by CNN. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


PayPal sneakily hikes prices and legally prevents sellers from criticising its service

The Independent - Tech

PayPal has updated its list of User Agreements to include an unusual "non-discouragement clause for sellers" designed to prevent sellers from criticising the service. It has announced a number of price hikes too, which are detailed further down the page. "In representations to your customers or in public communications, you agree not to mischaracterize PayPal as a payment method," reads the non-discouragement clause. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.


WebMining for Profit: E-Business Optimization: Jesus Mena: 9781555582654: Amazon.com: Books

@machinelearnbot

This book should be required reading for every executive, marketing, or sales manager remotely connected with e-business, e-commerce, or making the e-channel work. In fact, industry analysts, investment and equity researchers, and consultants - anybody interested in companies engaged in making the e-channel "work" - should all be reading this book to get a simple, clear, and definitive picture of the vast array of efforts going on in the e-business optimization industry. This is not a technical book -learning how to optimize e-business takes a lot of knowledge and can't possibly be contained in one book, however: this is a book that offers a concise guide to and classification of the many, varied e-business optimization solution approaches out there. Weaved in and thoughout are subtle, simple, and helpful recomendations, insights, and sometimes just plain descriptions of "how things work". As mentioned, an indispensable guide - but with a bonus.