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New report reveals threat actors’ top social engineering tactics and campaigns

The 2022 Social Engineering Report analyses the key trends and techniques of socially engineered cyberthreats observed over the past year

Innovation in government

Innovation in government is key to developing thriving digital economies of the future

The continued digitalisation of governments will be a crucial steppingstone when it comes to driving change in the medium and long-term

Instagram

Instagram to test artificial intelligence on faces to verify users are over 18

Starting in the US, Instagram will be accepting video selfies, which Meta will submit to the identity verification company Yoti

Aveva

Here’s how Aveva is unlocking the value of industrial data

Aveva PI World Amsterdam 2022 explored how leaders in the industry are leveraging data to spark innovation

Vamstar

Vamstar closes $9.5m funding to expand AI-enabled healthcare supply chain platform

Platform to simplify sourcing and procurement for hospital administrators and healthcare suppliers in the UAE

Honor Magic4 Pro

Honor announces the open sale of Magic4 Pro in the UAE

From June 24 onwards, customers can buy the Magic4 Pro priced at Dhs3,999

Digital twin

How digital twins are helping build the foundation of industrial metaverse

Integration of digital twins into the metaverse is accelerating the digital recreation of real-world objects including the industrial and associated ecosystems

GCC smartphone

GCC smartphone market suffers decline as demand continues to weaken

The GCC smartphone market was worth $2.09bn in Q4 2021, a decrease of 4.5 per cent quarter on quarter

Oppo Find X5

OPPO launches Find X5 series in the UAE

Powered by MariSilicon X, the Find X5 series feature the iconic Hasselblad natural colour calibration

DP WORLD expands presence in India

UAE’s DP World opens new tech centres in India

DP World’s presence in the Indian technology market has grown rapidly, with its employee numbers rising from 50 in 2021, to more than 450 now

Oman Oracle

Oman government implements Oracle Cloud to underpin digital transformation

The implementation led by Oman Information and Communications Technology Group, helps the government run its entire IT estate on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Can facial recognition technology detect you with a mask?

Algorithms can recognise facial features during authentication, based on their programmed understanding of how a mask fits on the face

Huspy

UAE’s proptech Huspy receives $37m in Series A funding

Funds will accelerate Huspy’s expansion across EMEA and transform the future of home buying

Elon Musk

Musk says ‘a few unresolved matters’ on Twitter deal

Musk has said he wanted to put the takeover “on hold” while he investigated how many of Twitter’s users are real people

Oppo Find X5

OPPO expands its premium offering with upcoming Find X5 series launch

The series is set to launch in the region on June 22 and will be available in stores June 23 onwards

Saudi Aramco, Cognite launch JV

Saudi Aramco, Cognite partner to form tech joint venture

Powered by advanced cloud solutions and industrial software, the joint venture will support industrial digitalisation on a nationwide scale and across the MENA region

Ajman finance department

Ajman’s finance department selects Oracle Cloud to bolster emirate’s economy

It will enable the department to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve controls and optimise its supply chain management

Andreas Beck

Kyndryl names Andreas Beck as managing director for Middle East and Africa

Beck was based at the Kyndryl’s New York headquarters and was in charge of strategic initiatives related to the company’s development

Bitcoin

Bitcoin hovers around the $20,000 level after a volatile weekend

Bitcoin is down about 57 per cent since the start of the year

Diversity cybersecurity

Why diversity is vital for a strong cybersecurity team

Cybersecurity is portrayed as a high-stress environment with cutthroat competition, says Deepa Kuppuswamy, information security architect at ManageEngine

science

Revealed: 91% of UAE residents trust science and technology

This was revealed in the fifth edition of 3M’s 2022 State of Science Index (SOSI)

CISOs

Attention CISOs: Getting buy-in requires a solid business case

When positioning cybersecurity in the hybrid-work era, CISOs should characterise it as an enabler, no different than cloud computing itself

Coinmena

Digital asset exchange Coinmena receives provisional licence from Dubai’s VARA

This will allow it to continue operating in Dubai while it completes the in-depth process of applying for a licence, as required by VARA

UAEREP launches new rain enhancement project

UAEREP’s rain enhancement AI-driven project kicks off

Driven by the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, the project will assist operational rainfall enhancement programmes around the world by using AI algorithms

Mastercard NymCard tie-up

Mastercard certifies NymCard as a principal issuer

Fintechs, startups and financial institutions can now plug and play into NymCard’s modern BaaS infrastructure to issue their own Mastercard cards

Quigley

Outsystems appoints Mark Quigley as chief people officer

Quigley has held leadership positions at EMC, Nuance, Acoustic, and PTC

Microsoft Eaton

Microsoft collaborates with Eaton to improve sustainability

The expansion is part of a new strategic framework agreement between both the organisations designed to address major industry developments including digital transformation

DIFC FIntech week 2022

DIFC to host the region’s most comprehensive fintech event in June

More than 1,000 attendees, including fintech startups, investment firms, banks and service providers, are expected to attend DIFC FinTech Week on June 28 and 29

tracking tool

Fintech firm Modifi unveils free shipment tracking tool for cross-border commerce

The open-for-all shipment tracking tool helps businesses to track and manage shipments in one glance, on one platform

coinbase

Coinbase to lay off 18% of workers as crypto market worsens

The company plans to lay off roughly 1200 employees, ending the current quarter with about 5,000 employees