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April 13, 2014

Old school: The first Sony stereo cassette player on display in a Tokyo museum (File/AFP)
11:00 GMT

Smartphones and MP3 devices face new competition as Sony unveils its latest Walkman with a playback time of 20 hours.

Israel collects taxes on behalf of the Palestinians, and transfers about $100m per month, accounting for two-thirds of the authority’s budget
03:55 GMT

Israel’s audacity to torpedo international legal instruments, mount blatant attacks on hapless Palestinians and encroach on their territories is nothing but fascism at work.

Last week, Samsung had offered a brief preview of its plans, including an effort to downplay Apple's copycat claims by focusing on features it offered that Apple hadn't.
03:55 GMT

Apple has reportedly accused Samsung as 'copycat' once again claiming billions of dollars in damag

April 11, 2014

Christie was head of Apple's Human interface team whose aim was to make elegant and user-friendly softwares.
17:24 GMT

His team created the iPhone's famous 'slide to unlock; function and the ability to place calls from a contact list, CNET reported.

Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its VAIO laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it’s possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.
17:06 GMT

The company says it’s in the process of creating a program to repair or replace the computers, or will refund their purchase price.

Israel collects about $100 million a month in taxes for the Palestinians. It isn’t clear how much would be withheld or for long it would go on.
16:55 GMT

Erekat spoke a day after an Israeli official said Israel would stop the tax money transfers in retaliation for the Palestinians pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties.

In 2013, the company said, the smartphones market imported nearly 1 billion units achieving this great number with Samsung Electronics being number one in the Saudi market.
03:55 GMT

Global sales of the Galaxy S series totaled 200,000,000 units since its introduction.

Ezdan said the Qatar’s fiscal budget for the year 2014 – 2015 gave a “strong impetus” to the real estate sector in particular
03:26 GMT

The report indicates a “recovery” in the Qatar’s real estate market in view of the current construction boom in the country.

April 10, 2014

In 2013, Dubai trade hit Dh1.392 trillion and was the major contributors to Dubai’s GDP
10:55 GMT

Dubai’s foreign trade is expected to touch Dh4 trillion by hosting Expo 2020, Mahmoud Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade, said on day two of the Annual Investment Meeting 2014 in Dubai.

Around 300,000 direct jobs will be created in the UAE by 2020
09:55 GMT

Universities in Dubai are looking to expand their campuses and programmes to equip students with the skills needed for Expo 2020.

Dubai is already one of the world’s biggest hubs for commercial aviation, and it will soon become the biggest
08:55 GMT

Two Swiss adventurers plan to start and end their historic round-the-world flight in a solar aircraft from the UAE.

“People will go for the alternative once they know about it. After developing these three vaccines, we will continue to produce others,” he added.
03:55 GMT

The vaccines that are the focus of local and international scientists and Shariah experts, are meant to treat meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal.

The first three months saw a 10 per cent spike in residential rental rates in prime locations, while off-island homes shot up by 14 per cent.
03:55 GMT

Abu Dhabi’s decision to remove the 5 per cent rental cap was the factor fuelling the increases, much to tenants’ dismay

Among the other problems are a driver's seat defect, steering column problems and an engine starter glitch that posed a fire risk
02:48 GMT

Last month, it reached a deal to pay $1.2 billion to settle US criminal charges that it covered up a sticky pedal blamed for dozens of deaths.

April 9, 2014

EK171 will no longer operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the return flight (EK172), which departs at 0230 the next day, will be cancelled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
17:55 GMT

The Dubai carrier started daily services to Kiev on A340-500 aircraft in January.