Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought

Dubai made a rare foray into public bond markets, revealing along the way that its debt burden is now a lot smaller than estimated by analysts only months ago. A prospectus that accompanied Dubai’s planned offering of bonds and Islamic securities on Monday showed the government’s outstanding direct debt stood at 123.5 billion dirhams ($33.6Continue reading “Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought”

Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE

Here’s something: ZTE’s Axon 20 5G smartphone will be the first in the world with an under-display camera, launching Sept 1. Finally, we get one in a consumer device! And yet again it’s China: China-made devices tend to be first to bring new tech features and innovations to market.  It’s not necessarily because they’re farContinue reading “Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE”

Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would”

Yep, in brief; Instagram tweeted this Hellooooo, Reels 🙌 Introducing a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram. Reels is rolling out today to more than 50 countries around the world. 🤳🤩🎥✨😂👀💯https://t.co/RfXDhYawSF pic.twitter.com/FjSGSpSGpn — Instagram (@instagram) August 5, 2020 So, TikTok – replied with this: brilliant. show stopping. totally unique. completelyContinue reading “Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would””

Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict

The biggest announcements from yesterday’s Samsung Unpacked 2020 event were not exactly under wraps if you’ve been following the leaks, news and my previous post. But Samsung came to the party with the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet series, Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Buds Live, alsoContinue reading “Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict”

Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5

It’s official: Samsung has announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 5, at 6pm UAE time, a fully virtual and streamed event, of course, which will see a different approach to Samsung’s usual stadium-like events held in Brooklyn, New York City, and Berlin before that. What to expect: The big one will be the SamsungContinue reading “Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5”

Instagram, you are not testing your features; you are testing our patience

So, Instagram are known for testing their features, but honestly the lack of care and acknowledgement of a reason that spends tons of money in advertising in a market that has the lowest organic engagement levels pisses me off, and many others. Features that are STILL activated not in the Middle East: Instagram Music: LaunchedContinue reading “Instagram, you are not testing your features; you are testing our patience”

Samsung’s 6G research shows, brace for 2028

According to Samsung, 6G is coming by 2028. You can move on. Samsung has delivered some of the first widely published detail into 6G, in a white paper [PDF] available now. Yes, yes we’re still waiting for 5G in mid-2020, but 6G isn’t just about the next barrier of speeds: “While 5G commercialization is still in itsContinue reading “Samsung’s 6G research shows, brace for 2028”

Why the US is ‘very seriously’ looking at banning TikTok

TikTok is in the firing line, along with other Chinese social media apps, according to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. In a TV cable news interview, Pompeo responded to remarks questioning if the US would ban TikTok, following TikTok being banned in India, and fresh discourse in Australian politics about similarly banning theContinue reading “Why the US is ‘very seriously’ looking at banning TikTok”

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