Technology – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sun, 24 Mar 2019 11:30:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 CIT discusses draft law to combat cybercrimes https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/17/cit-discusses-draft-law-to-combat-cybercrimes/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/17/cit-discusses-draft-law-to-combat-cybercrimes/#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 16:46:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=693142 The Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (CIT) held a session to discuss the executive draft law to combat cybercrimes. The session was held in the presence of members of the data and information security workgroup at the chamber, and a group of software and smart applications developers, in addition to members of the board …

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The Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (CIT) held a session to discuss the executive draft law to combat cybercrimes. The session was held in the presence of members of the data and information security workgroup at the chamber, and a group of software and smart applications developers, in addition to members of the board of directors of the chamber, and representatives of the Central Bank of Egypt, the ministry of electricity, and the Egyptian Computer Emergency Readiness Team (EG-CERT).

“The bylaw with all its details came as very encouraging to the sector of investment. It keeps up with the developments in technology in a way that ensures the rights of both companies and users are preserved,” said Mohamed Hegazy, head of the legislations and laws committee and the ministry of information technology and telecommunications during the presentation for the draft laws.

“We have felt the satisfaction of companies and government representatives with the draft law, which would achieve major guarantees for citizens and increase cyber security in the business sector and the various government bodies, all of which would help achieve the state’s strategic vision to create a safe digital country,” said Waleed Gad, the chairperson of the CIT. He added that the draft law includes regulations, legal provisions, and items which will create procedural controls contributing toward justice and encouraging investments in the IT sector.

Noteworthy, the bylaw has addressed many details, measures, and standards in line with the best known international practices. It also allows for dealing with and maintaining digital evidence to prove the involved party’s argument and protect citizens from cybercrimes.

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Samsung launches Galaxy S10, new additions to A Series in Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/15/samsung-launches-galaxy-s10-new-additions-to-a-series-in-egypt/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/15/samsung-launches-galaxy-s10-new-additions-to-a-series-in-egypt/#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:30:35 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692944 Samsung Electronics celebrated a decade of Galaxy S series innovations by presenting the latest premium smartphone: Galaxy S10, according to a press statement on Wednesday. Precisely engineered to deliver next generation experiences across display, camera and performance categories, the Galaxy S10 range is designed for consumers who seek a premium smartphone that takes the mobile experience …

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Samsung Electronics celebrated a decade of Galaxy S series innovations by presenting the latest premium smartphone: Galaxy S10, according to a press statement on Wednesday.

Precisely engineered to deliver next generation experiences across display, camera and performance categories, the Galaxy S10 range is designed for consumers who seek a premium smartphone that takes the mobile experience toward an all-new level.

Additionally, the launch ceremony witnessed the premier reveal of the new Galaxy A Series additions from the mid-tier portfolio, for the first time in Egypt, featuring the Galaxy A50 and A30 which offer an immersive viewing experience, longer lasting performance, and a camera which captures replica-to-reality photos.

 “With past iterations of the Galaxy S series, we have set new standards for mobile innovation. With the Galaxy S10, we have gone a step further, revolutionising the premium device category to meet the distinctive needs of today’s smartphone market,” said Jaehwan Lee, the managing director of Samsung Electronics Egypt. He added, “A decade committed to creating industry-defining Galaxy devices has led to the proliferation of the Galaxy S10, and we are certain this stunning device will give our customers exactly what they are looking for and the ability to get more out of life like never before.”

Hesham Abo Zeina, head of Hand Held Products at Samsung Electronics Egypt, stated, “The newly launched device raises the bar higher to take display, camera and performance specs to the next level which caters for the needs of the Egyptian consumers with a rising percentage of youth. With the Galaxy S10e, these premium features are packed into a more compact package to include everyone in the state-of-the-art Galaxy S10 innovation.”

Abo Zeina added that the Egyptian market is one of the main markets for Samsung with a great interest in keeping up with all what is new in the world of technology. He pointed out, “With the increasing needs of this market, we try harder to deliver the latest technologies to the market, tailored with care to reflect the diverse needs of different segments of customers. Delivering beyond expectations, the smart phone is developed by Samsung to become a facilitator of life and an indispensable tool, and not just an accessory.”

Moreover, Abu Zeina noted that the launch of the new A series devices, along with the flagship S10, reflect a balanced philosophy for Samsung in Egypt, aimed at diversifying the products it offers in the market to satisfy the largest number of customers.

He explained, “The A Series brings together the competitive price and high-end features that give users the ultimate experience of the best price, because our goal is to make the latest technology accessible to everyone.”

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Technology reshapes future of desalination industry in Egypt: Metito senior managers https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/06/technology-reshapes-future-of-desalination-industry-in-egypt-metito-senior-managers/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/06/technology-reshapes-future-of-desalination-industry-in-egypt-metito-senior-managers/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 15:51:29 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692110 Technology played key role in reducing costs, allowing us to grow fast, steady, says Karim Madwar

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Egypt has set out on a national plan for $20bn in projects through to 2037, in order to expand the supply of potable water to cope with the rapidly growing demand, which opened the gates for building more desalination plants around the country.

The Africa Managing Director of Metito, Karim Madwar, told Daily News Egypt that the company allocates 20% of its investments in Africa for Egypt.

Metito is an intelligent water management solutions provider. The Dubai-based company was founded by the Ghandour family in Beirut in 1958.

In Egypt, the company secured its first water build, own, operate (BOT) concession for a water desalination project in Sharm El-Sheikh in 1999, built a plant to treat the Nile’s water in the Sixth of October City, and an 80,000 cubic-metre-a-day (cm/d) desalination plant in Hurghada.

Metito recently commissioned the first 150,000 cm/d stream in Galila, and is building another desalination plant in Port Said. The desalination industry has changed in the past 10 years, thanks to technology solutions which reduced the costs and increased the quality of the water.

The company uses reverse osmosis technology to reduce salt concentration in sea water from 45,000 partially permeable membranes (ppm) to 500 ppm, which is a water purification technology that uses a partially permeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water.

The Africa Regional Operations Director at Metito, Mohamed Hemeida, thinks that technology has even more for the desalination industry, “In the past, we were using 11kW per 1 cubic metre of sea water, now driven by better technology solutions, we reduced the electricity usage to 3kW”.

Madwar agreed with him adding, “Technology is essential for our business with research and development which is happening now, it boosts desalination industry in Egypt and worldwide. Technology has played a key role in the reduction of costs, allowing us to grow fast and steady.”

According to him, Hurghada’s water supply was coming from the Nile. The cost of water transfer was very high considering the required infrastructure and power supplies to pump the water from the river to there.

“The developments of desalination technology provided a cheaper solution, so we collaborated with the government in building our plants there and other coastal cities to provide clean water at a reasonable price,” he added.

The company uses public-private partnership (PPP) agreements with many governments, in which it provides funding for the projects and then operates them for 20 or 30 years in order to get the investments back in a business model known as build-operation-transfer.

Most of Metito’s partnerships are with Orascom Investment Holdings in Egypt as PPP. Madwar is optimistic about the growth of the company in the Egyptian market, as the government seeks to build more desalination plants for new cities to ease pressure on the Nile’s water supply.

“We have a plan to inject more investments in PPP projects with the Egyptian government. We see that the Benban Solar Park is a good start for doing more PPP projects with the government in many sectors,” Madwar said.

Hemeida highlighted that the company also invests in research and development, and has partnerships with many technology firms that work on new technologies of autonomous systems to manage the plants and apply artificial intelligence in the industry.

“We believe in technology and what it can do for our business. We have decreased the costs of production and the environmental impact of desalinating sea water, yet there is more which technology can do in the future,” he finally added. 

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Signify to install Li-Fi technology in Egypt within upcoming 3 years https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/06/signify-to-install-li-fi-technology-in-egypt-within-upcoming-3-years/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/03/06/signify-to-install-li-fi-technology-in-egypt-within-upcoming-3-years/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:30:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=692011 Signify, previously Philips Lighting, considers Egypt as an important regional hub to increase its exports to North and East Africa in the company’s growth plans for 2019. The company won a deal to install its smart lighting systems at five stadiums in Egypt where the African Cup of Nations 2019 will be held. The company’s …

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Signify, previously Philips Lighting, considers Egypt as an important regional hub to increase its exports to North and East Africa in the company’s growth plans for 2019. The company won a deal to install its smart lighting systems at five stadiums in Egypt where the African Cup of Nations 2019 will be held.

The company’s revenues were EGP 700m during last year, and it targets to reach EGP 1bn in 2019.  Recently, Signify partnered with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities in order to illuminate Cairo’s Mohamed Ali Palace with more than 600 LED lamps, as well as 80 flood lights and up lights, as a part of a series of projects to install low-energy LED lighting systems in a number of cultural and heritage sites and public facilities in Egypt, including the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo, the Baron Palace, and the Cairo Opera House.

Mohamed Abo El-Azayem, the general manager of Egypt and East Africa at Signify, told Daily News Egypt that he expects the instalment of Li-Fi technology in the country to be carried out within the upcoming three years. The technology turns light bulbs into an internet transmitter as traditional Wi-Fi networks struggle to cope with demand.

According to Abo El-Azayem, there are some “normal” challenges which face installing the technology, such as the cost which is still high, in addition to the ongoing researches on Li-Fi in order to improve its features and properties. He believes that once the cost is reduced, the installing of it in a country such as Egypt will begin, some firms started to use Li-Fi in their internal network.

Moreover, Abo El-Azayem highlighted that there is a current growing demand for the products which save power and reduce the electricity bills for businesses or individuals, therefore the company is focusing on manufacturing its products to consume less energy.

“In smart homes, we have taken into consideration the internet of things, so that customers have an easier way to manage their usage of energy in houses. We also have some clients who request these services to be installed in the projects,” he added.

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Microsoft collaborates with Telecom Egypt to announce its first cloud network in Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/27/microsoft-collaborates-with-telecom-egypt-to-announce-its-first-cloud-network-in-egypt/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/27/microsoft-collaborates-with-telecom-egypt-to-announce-its-first-cloud-network-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 20:03:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=691384 Network collaboration will further enhance delivery of services to customers in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East

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Barcelona-Microsoft Corp and Telecom Egypt announced their collaboration on Wednesday, during MWC Barcelona 2019, to extend Microsoft’s cloud network to Egypt. Telecom Egypt will provide low-latency connectivity into and across Egypt to help enhance performance and increase reliability for customers of Microsoft services. The collaboration will increase Microsoft’s reach to the large Egyptian market in addition to improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East.

Microsoft’s global network is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. It connects Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure of more than 100 datacenters, 135 edge node locations, and more than 100,000 miles of fiber and undersea cable systems to deliver Microsoft services to customers. The new point of presence in Egypt will benefit from a direct connection to Microsoft’s global infrastructure to enhance the delivery of numerous services for customers. Microsoft’s network investment will increase capacity and use the latest in network optimization for the delivery of Microsoft services in Egypt.

Committing on the announcement, Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt said, “Our commitment to the industry comes in line with the country  Sustainable Development Plan 2030. Egypt is spearheading a promising digital transformation strategy that will transform the society and the economy. We value collaboration that aims to empower local enterprises and accelerate transformation for business advancement.” The Minister also, on the occasion of this new relationship, emphasized that “Egypt is capitalizing on its unique geographic location which makes it a hub for digital businesses and datacenter activity due to the strong presence of submarine cables passing through both the Red and Mediterranean seas.”

Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure Networking, Microsoft said, “Through our collaboration with Telecom Egypt, we are extending Microsoft’s global network in Egypt and improving connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East. We are continuously investing to increase the size, speed, reliability and intelligence of Microsoft’s global network to help enable the digital transformation of organizations and enterprises locally and abroad.”

Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in consortiums and private international submarine cable systems. Its reach and position as an international hub with tens of terabits per second lit capacity makes it the partner of choice for content providers. Egypt’s distinctive geographic location on the Red and Mediterranean seas has enabled Telecom Egypt to connect more than 11 cable systems from the east and 13 from the west linked with the Red-Med Corridor consisting of 7 diversified highly reliable routes across Egypt.

“We are pleased to partner with Microsoft as it represents one of the first steps toward our strategic digital transformation plan,” said Adel Hamed, chief operating officer, Telecom Egypt. “Telecom Egypt’s geographical position and its digital infrastructure will enable major cloud providers such as Microsoft to enhance their reach to consumers and enterprises in Egypt as well as reach other markets”

Khaled Abdel Kader, general manager, Microsoft Egypt said “Microsoft is committed to providing world-class cloud services to enable and accelerate the digital transformation of organizations, businesses and people in Egypt. Our collaboration with Telecom Egypt and Microsoft’s investment in the country will further empower Egypt to achieve more through Microsoft services.”

The new enhanced network presence in Egypt will connect via Microsoft’s global network to transatlantic and trans-Arabian paths, which will improve connectivity across North Africa and the Middle East, including enhancing connectivity to the new Microsoft cloud regions in development in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 revealed: triple cameras, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, 5G https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/21/samsung-galaxy-s10-revealed-triple-cameras-ultrasonic-fingerprint-sensors-5g/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/21/samsung-galaxy-s10-revealed-triple-cameras-ultrasonic-fingerprint-sensors-5g/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:27:09 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690638 Company also launched first foldable smartphone, Galaxy Fold

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Samsung, the tech giant, unveiled on Wednesday a new line of smartphones-the Galaxy S10.

The new smartphone comes with triple-cameras, ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors, and is the first mainstream phone to have one-terabyte (TB) of storage.

The inauguration of the Galaxy S10 is considered to be the tech firm’s most important event this year, as Samsung is fighting intense competition from China’s Huawei and the US’s Apple.

The S10 comes in versions initially priced at $749 for the entry level, the 5.8in S10e at $899 for the 6.1in Galaxy S10, and $999 for the 6.4in S10+. Meanwhile the 6.4in S10 5G’s price has yet to be announced.

The launch comes days before the Mobile World Congress-the world’s largest mobile industry exhibition set to take place in Barcelona-where Samsung’s rivals will disclose new handsets of their own.

The Galaxy S10’s new Infinity-O display-which will have a small hole directly in the screen-will attract buyers and prove that the company is able to build on its previous successes with new innovations and additions to the already successful Galaxy range.

Samsung is attracting customers through offering a device with top-of-the-line processors, in-display fingerprint scanners, and a new triple-camera system.

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ have a new 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera on the back – which is a similar combination used by Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro to a great extent.

Meanwhile, the smaller Galaxy S10 will have a 6.1in screen with a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The larger Galaxy S10+ has a 6.4in screen with an oval-shaped hole containing a dual-selfie camera for refined images.

Both versions will have at least 128GB of storage but the top-of-the-line S10+ also comes in a special version with a ceramic back, 12GB of RAM and 1TB in storage – a first for a mainstream phone.

In addition to this, Galaxy launched a smaller and cheaper version of its new flagship, Galaxy S10e, which has a 5.8in screen which is flat and a more traditional capacitive fingerprint scanner on the side.

Moreover, the smartphone will include a 5G version which will be available for purchase later on this year, to coincide with the launch of a new 5G networks in some countries.

Samsung also launched a foldable smartphone-the Galaxy Fold, which is the first smartphone to fold into a tablet. Samsung said the Galaxy Fold would open up to create a 7.3in (18.5cm) tablet-like display and would be able to run up to three apps at once.

A demo showed off the features by which the device transferred from one mode to another much more smoothly than had been the case with an earlier foldable phone-Royole’s FlexPai. The Galaxy Fold is set to launch on 26 April and will start at $1,980.

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Digital marketplace noon to expand into Egypt https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/digital-marketplace-noon-to-expand-into-egypt/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/digital-marketplace-noon-to-expand-into-egypt/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:40:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690606 The Middle East’s homegrown digital marketplace, noon, has announced its imminent expansion into Egypt.

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 The move will mark a significant step in noon’s growth journey since its successful launch in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates just over a year ago. As it prepares to enter its third regional market, noon promises to bring customers in Egypt more choice, affordability, and convenience across a wide range of products including electronics, fashion, beauty, infants, and homeware including kitchen appliances, as well as free and fast delivery and free returns. Customers in Egypt are welcome to try noon’s offering via desktop or app, shopping across a wide range of products at incredible prices, during this initial test period.

The noon Egypt is based in Smart Village, Cairo’s technology and innovation led business district, and the team on ground is currently in the testing phases prior to the official launch. The e-commerce platform also has a fully operational Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Greater Cairo’s Abu Rawash area, with plans to include five additional CFCs to ensure service to all cities and governorates is quick and efficient.

 

“E-commerce is still relatively new in Egypt, and noon has the opportunity to help shape a digital marketplace perfect for the country with this beta launch. We’re so excited to start building strong relationships with the local retail community and customers, supporting Egypt’s growth and entry into e-commerce,” said Mohamed Alabbar, founder of noon.

 

A vast amount of Egypt’s retailers have zero or limited online presence. By using noon as their online platform, retailers large and small will enjoy more visibility, access to a wider customer base, an opportunity for increased sales and a larger share of the e-commerce market. They will also have access to noon’s logistics services to reach their customers across the country more effectively.

 

noon will also be looking to recruit Egyptian talent to join the local team. Supporting and empowering the community, hiring and nurturing local talent is noon’s way of actively encouraging youth entrepreneurship which will contribute to the nation’s growing digital economy. noon will use its local roots in Egypt to deliver a service that is friendly, reliable, and personalised.

 

With a large percentage of the population under thirty, and the highest number of Internet users in the Arab world, Egypt’s youth has tremendous potential to build a vibrant tech-based economy.

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Huawei founder hits back… “There’s no way the US can crush us” https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/huawei-founder-hits-back-theres-no-way-the-us-can-crush-us/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/huawei-founder-hits-back-theres-no-way-the-us-can-crush-us/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:30:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690444 Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, insisted that the US cannot crush the tech firm, as he hit back against criminal indictments levelled at the firm and allegations that it poses a security threat. Zhengfei-whose daughter Meng Wanzhou is a fellow senior Huawei executive, is among those charged by US prosecutors-told the BBC that the …

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Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, insisted that the US cannot crush the tech firm, as he hit back against criminal indictments levelled at the firm and allegations that it poses a security threat.

Zhengfei-whose daughter Meng Wanzhou is a fellow senior Huawei executive, is among those charged by US prosecutors-told the BBC that the firm would survive the pressure.

“There’s no way the US can crush us. The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit,” Huawei’s founder said.

His daughter was arrested in Vancouver in December at the request of the US and charged with bank and wire fraud to violate American sanctions against Iran.

Zhengfei accused Washington of leading a politically motivated investigation into his firm. “Firstly, I object to what the US has done. This kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable. The US likes to sanction others; whenever there’s an issue, they’ll use such combative methods. We object to this. But now that we’ve gone down this path, we’ll let the courts settle it” he said.

Furthermore, he also conceded that any loss of custom as a result of the US action would be significant. But he insisted: “Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always downsize and become smaller.”

Last week, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, warned that US cooperation could be downgraded in nations that chose to maintain a strong Huawei presence, after Washington had reportedly been pressing London and other allies not to use the firm’s technology in critical infrastructure.

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AI creates new skills gap in cybersecurity: study https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/ai-creates-new-skills-gap-in-cybersecurity-study/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/ai-creates-new-skills-gap-in-cybersecurity-study/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:00:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690424 The cybersecurity skills shortage has long been a problem, according to recent report by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) which found that the gap in skills shortage is growing. The report found that IT groups have once again stated cybersecurity skills represent the biggest area they experience a problematic skills shortage in. The percentage of …

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The cybersecurity skills shortage has long been a problem, according to recent report by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) which found that the gap in skills shortage is growing.

The report found that IT groups have once again stated cybersecurity skills represent the biggest area they experience a problematic skills shortage in. The percentage of groups facing this security skills shortage has more than doubled in the last five years.

In 2014 and 2015, the percentage of respondents claiming a problematic cybersecurity skills shortage was 23% and 25%, which went up to 46% and 45% respectively in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the figure grows to a booming 51%, creating greater concerns in this space.

The ESG also  found that 18% of organisations believe their existing cybersecurity team cannot keep up with mounting threats; 22% believe their security team is not large enough to protect their organisation, and that over half of these organisations reported suffering a breach within the prior two years.

The breaches’ success was contributed to by their organisation’s skills shortage.  This volume of breaches caused by understaffed security teams is likely to only increase in coming years, as the cybersecurity skills gap continues to grow to two million unfilled jobs by the end of next year, with the cost of cybercrime projected to reach $6tn by 2021.

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TE will receive EGP 5.5bn of shares in Vodafone revenues https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/te-will-receive-egp-5-5bn-of-shares-in-vodafone-revenues/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/20/te-will-receive-egp-5-5bn-of-shares-in-vodafone-revenues/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:30:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690442 Two companies sign cooperation protocol witnessed by ICT minister

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The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, witnessed the signing ceremony of two cooperation agreements between Telecom Egypt (TE) and Vodafone Egypt, as the government looks to collaborate more with telecom firms to inject more investment in the sector.

The first protocol is related to distribution of Vodafone’ profits with TE, as the company owns a 45% stake in Vodafone. TE has only received EGP 8bn of its share of the Vodafone revenue since 2003.

Ahmed El Beheiry, the former CEO of TE-which an 80% of its stake is owned by the Egyptian ministry of communications and information technology-talked about this matter publicly last November, saying that Vodafone has been retaining the profits.

“The agreements give us confidence in the future of Vodafone Egypt and our partnership with TE. We believe that the distribution of profits with Telecom Egypt as a shareholder in Vodafone Egypt will assist building a strong infrastructure in Egypt.” Froment-Curtil said.

According to the new protocol, TE will receive EGP 5.5bn in two tranches: EGP 4.8bn in March and EGP 0.7bn in June 2020, which represent 82% of the retained profits.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that benefits both companies. The agreement is an important step for Telecom Egypt. We will use cash flows from distributions to repay our loans in Egyptian pounds to low financing cost and increase the profitability of the company” Hamed said.

Alexandre Froment-Curtil, CEO of Vodafone Egypt and Adel Hamed, CEO of TE singed the cooperation protocols.

Talaat pointed out that these agreements and similar agreements signed between companies operating in the ICT sector come as a part of compatibility and mutual benefit to increase investments in order to develop the sector.

The second protocol between the two firms is about the delivery of correspondence and infrastructure services. Under this agreement, Vodafone’s current and future needs in local correspondence will be covered by TE. It also will provide fibre optic capacity services for Vodafone Egypt’s network.

In another context, the ICT minster inaugurated on Monday the second regional conference of the International Telecommunications Society, which is hosted by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Aswan from 18 until 21 February.

Talaat stressed in his speech the importance of advancing all efforts to achieve complementarity and exchange experiences through research and discussions that bring together all concerned parties from all over the world, including academic researchers, the business sector and policy-makers, to meet the demands of the digital era.

He also highlighted that the Egyptian vision for the ICT sector is based on the need to build a scientific knowledge base in parallel to development and growth in the sector, so that perceptions and decisions for decision-makers are based on a rational and scientific view.

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GoodsMart, online grocery app, secures additional funding from Algebra Ventures https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/19/goodsmart-online-grocery-app-secures-additional-funding-from-algebra-ventures/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/19/goodsmart-online-grocery-app-secures-additional-funding-from-algebra-ventures/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:01:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690419 Start-up managed to grow its business three-fold in last 6 months, plans to use investment to further scale its business

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GoodsMart, the household shopping application, has announced that it has secured additional funding from Algebra Ventures, one Egypt’s leading venture capital funds, ahead of its upcoming Series B round. 

The app pioneers unattended delivery in the MENA region through offering clients an effortless and hassle-free shopping experience using the GoodsMart box, a sleek app, a wallet system for easy payment, and an efficient delivery model.

“Every single person in the team works to push client satisfaction to unprecedented levels. This is clearly reflected in our customer testimonials and organic engagement on social media, and in our cohort retention rates of over 70% a year in,” said GoodsMart’s Founder and CEO, Amr Fawzi.

Algebra Ventures invested $750,000 in GoodsMart’s Series A round in April 2017.

According to Algebra Ventures’ Managing Partner, Tarek Assaad, GoodsMart is a uniquely innovative company with tremendous upside potential, and the team managed to improve the start-up’s operational efficiency following the first round of investment.

“We are delighted to continue supporting GoodsMart beyond our initial investment,” he added.

This investment comes as GoodsMart prepares to raise its Series B investment round. The start-up managed to grow its business three-fold in the last six months, and it plans to use the acquired investment to further scale its business, upgrade its warehouse facilities, and bolster its operational capabilities.

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Siemens completes establishment of Toshka electrical substation’s extension https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/18/siemens-completes-establishment-of-toshka-electrical-substations-extension/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/18/siemens-completes-establishment-of-toshka-electrical-substations-extension/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:09:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690257 This paves way for Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project

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Siemens has completed building and connecting the extension of Toshka electrical substation, southern Egypt, after three months of work, Siemens revealed on Monday.

The new extension paves the way for the implementation of the Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project. The new 220 kv air-insulated substation (AIS) will dispatch around 400MW of electricity to secure reliable power transmission coupled with minimal losses of transferred power, added the statement.

The substation, which is located near the Egyptian-Sudanese boarder, about 1,300 km away from Cairo, will play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt-Sudan electric interconnection project, the statement noted, adding that the project links the national grids of both countries, from Toshka city in Egypt to Dongola in Sudan, via a 170-kilometre transmission line.

The substation’s extension is expected to connect 400MW, the statement mentioned, adding, “With a difference in peak demand times during the day for each country, the interconnection project will help foster energy exchange, therefore boosting electricity supply and economic growth in both Egypt and Sudan.”

“The new project comes in line with Egypt’s national plan to share power with neighbouring countries as well as drive more dynamic African cooperation in different areas, including energy,” said Sabah Meshaly, chairperson of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.

The extension of Toshka substation marks the first phase of this landmark project, which will expand access and lower the cost of electricity supply to homes and business in Sudan and promote sustainable development, she added.

Under the agreement, Siemens was responsible for project management, engineering, designing, manufacturing, and delivering of core components for the extension of the substation, along with providing site management, testing, and commissioning on a turnkey basis.

“Egypt-Sudan interconnection project is definitely a unique opportunity to unlock Africa’s vast energy potential,” said Farag El-Saadany, senior executive vice-president of Siemens in Egypt.

“For our team, this agreement not only represents our continued collaboration on outstanding projects like these but also our ongoing efforts to adapt to an evolving energy landscape and implement key regional infrastructure projects that support reliable, stable and efficient energy transmission.”

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Ericsson, Intel develop next-generation software defined infrastructure for 5G era https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/17/ericsson-intel-develop-next-generation-software-defined-infrastructure-for-5g-era/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/17/ericsson-intel-develop-next-generation-software-defined-infrastructure-for-5g-era/#respond Sun, 17 Feb 2019 21:35:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690161 Ericsson and Intel Corporation have begun a multi-year collaboration to align ongoing development efforts in software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and Intel Rack Scale Design. The resulting next-generation infrastructure management platform will deliver a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency, and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G. Many communications service providers have …

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Ericsson and Intel Corporation have begun a multi-year collaboration to align ongoing development efforts in software-defined infrastructure (SDI) and Intel Rack Scale Design.

The resulting next-generation infrastructure management platform will deliver a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency, and efficiency required for Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), distributed cloud, and 5G.

Many communications service providers have already started transitioning to standards-based servers to reduce infrastructure costs. However, others need additional management capabilities to streamline operations and fast-track delivery of new services, in order to realize the full potential of their infrastructure.

Ericsson and Intel are teaming up to deliver a next-generation hardware management platform that extends the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer. For service providers, the new infrastructure management solution will help speed time-to-market, maximise utilisation, and reduce total cost of ownership.

As part of the multi-faceted agreement, the companies will align development efforts of Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel Rack Scale Design (Intel RSD) and extend these solutions with advanced management capabilities. These unified development efforts will allow operators to leverage multi-vendor hardware options, Ericsson’s end-to-end software solutions, and Intel’s latest architectural innovations.

Lars Mårtensson, Head of Cloud & NFV infrastructure, Business Area Digital Services, Ericsson, said: “We have long history of successful collaboration with Intel. This new collaboration will focus on software in addition to hardware and we see it to be truly transformative for service providers’ ability to successfully deploy open cloud and NFV infrastructure, from centralized datacenters to the edge. Intel’s and Ericsson’s joint efforts significantly strengthen the competitiveness and roadmap of the Ericsson Software Defined Infrastructure offering.”

Sandra Rivera, senior vice president of Network Platform Group at Intel, said: “5G will be transformative, accelerating today’s applications, and triggering a wave of new usages and edge-based innovation. Our infrastructure manageability collaboration with Ericsson will help communications service providers remove deployment barriers, reduce costs, and deliver new 5G and edge services with cloudlike speed on a flexible, programmable, and intelligent network.”

As part of the collaboration, Ericsson and Intel will converge Ericsson SDI Manager software and Intel RSD reference software while maintaining full backward compatibility for current customers. Jointly-developed software and hardware innovations resulting from the collaboration will be offered in subsequent Ericsson hardware platforms and may also be offered with Intel’s server products which are sold through other partners and in other industry segments.

Ericsson SDI system is based on Intel RSD and provides a common managed hardware pool for all workloads that dynamically scales and enables fast service rollout, performance optimization, and efficient hardware utilisation. Intel RSD is an industry-wide architecture for disaggregated, composable infrastructure that fundamentally changes the way a data center is built, managed, and expanded over time.

The companies will show the Ericsson SDI Manager at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona on 25-28 February.

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Google, Apple criticised for Saudi app allowing men to track female relatives https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/16/google-apple-criticised-for-saudi-app-allowing-men-to-track-female-relatives/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/16/google-apple-criticised-for-saudi-app-allowing-men-to-track-female-relatives/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:20:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690053 Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in an interview with NPR that he was unaware of the Absher app, the Saudi-based government app which allows men to track the movement of female family members, but he will investigate. The app was first highlighted at the beginning of February in a report of Insider news. It is …

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Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said in an interview with NPR that he was unaware of the Absher app, the Saudi-based government app which allows men to track the movement of female family members, but he will investigate.

The app was first highlighted at the beginning of February in a report of Insider news. It is available in Apple and Google app stores in Saudi Arabia. The US tech giants are getting blowback from human rights activists and lawmakers for hosting the app.

The app offers Saudis a one-stop shop for tasks such as paying parking tickets and renewing driver’s licenses. But Saudi men also use Absher to register their dependents as part of the kingdom’s repressive system, in which women have to seek permission from male relatives before they conduct a number of matters, including traveling outside the country.

Both Apple and Google have faced previous controversy over apps in their stores. Both stores have policies banning inappropriate content such as the promotion of hate speech, graphic violence, bullying, and harassment. The companies have faced some backlash over these policies, particularly around how they might impact small businesses.

Apple and Google have different systems for flagging inappropriate apps. Apple pre-screens apps, and Google relies on its users to alert it about violations. However, each company needs to boost scrutiny of government-supported apps.

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NTRA licences Etisalat Misr to provide triple-play services in compounds https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/16/ntra-licences-etisalat-misr-to-provide-triple-play-services-in-compounds/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/16/ntra-licences-etisalat-misr-to-provide-triple-play-services-in-compounds/#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:13:28 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=690036 The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has granted the mobile network operator, Etisalat Misr, a triple-play telecom licence that allows the firm to provide mobile and landline services, high-speed broadband, and fiber-optic TV services. NTRA’s Acting Executive President, Mostafa Abdel Wahed, and CEO of Etisalat Misr, Hazem Metwally, has singed the license agreement. “We are …

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The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has granted the mobile network operator, Etisalat Misr, a triple-play telecom licence that allows the firm to provide mobile and landline services, high-speed broadband, and fiber-optic TV services.

NTRA’s Acting Executive President, Mostafa Abdel Wahed, and CEO of Etisalat Misr, Hazem Metwally, has singed the license agreement.

“We are pleased to receive the licence to establish and operate triple-play services in compounds. We will also announce more products for customers in compounds in the near future, as Etisalat Misr’s plan is to provide Value-Added Services (VAS) to enhance content and improve services quality,” Metwally said.

Egypt has started to offer triple-play telecom licences for the private sector since 2010. Teletech, a Vodafone-led consortium, and Link, an Orascom Telecom and Mobinil-led consortium, were the first to receive this licence in the country. The service is expected to attract $1bn of investments within the next five years.

According to the licence’s terms, Telecom Egypt, which later became a mobile service provider, was responsible of establishing necessary infrastructure for the triple-play services in compounds. Etisalat Misr will be the first telecom company to provide this service independently.

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ITU announces details of WSIS Forum https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/itu-announces-details-of-wsis-forum/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/itu-announces-details-of-wsis-forum/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:15:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689739 Event will cover cybersecurity, e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, gender equality, environment, infrastructure, enabling environments for tech, innovation

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The International Telecommunication Union has revealed

The details of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will focus on information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals.

The WSIS Forum will take place on 8-12 April in Geneva. It will feature sessions on cybersecurity, e-agriculture, e-health, e-education, gender equality, the environment, infrastructure, enabling environments for tech, and i

innovation.

As over half of the world’s population is now using the internet, the WSIS 2019 will showcase innovative examples of how countries, civil society, academia, and businesses are using ICTs to reach national and global development goals.

It will include WSIS prizes 2019, which a contest that recognises outstanding initiatives of individuals, governments, civil society,

local, regional, and international agencies, research institutions, and private sector companies that use tech to advance development.

During the event, the WSIS ICT Accessibility Day will be celebrated with a focus on innovating technologies to benefit people with disabilities or special needs.

The WSIS Forum 2019 is expected to have more than 3,000 participants, including 500 high-level policy-makers from over 150 countries, such as government ministers and experts, civil society leaders, academics, business leaders, and international organisations.

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OECD estimates over 130 million new jobs emerge between humans, machines by 2022 https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/oecd-estimates-over-130-million-new-jobs-emerge-between-humans-machines-by-2022/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/oecd-estimates-over-130-million-new-jobs-emerge-between-humans-machines-by-2022/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:11:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689736 It is vital countries use digital technologies as great equaliser: Secretary-General of OECD

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expects that 133 million new jobs may emerge in the shake-up between humans and machines by 2022, as the world starts to witness the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

The Secretary-General of OECD, Jose Angel Gurria, called on governments and institutions around the world to collaborate far more closely around the 4IR, to harness the opportunities of technological change to end poverty, curb inequalities, confront discrimination, and ensure vast numbers of people are not left behind.

“The digital transformation can change the world, but we have to create a level playing field. In OECD countries alone, we estimate up to half of all people will be displaced or affected by technology” he said.

The OECD’s projections suggest that one billion people worldwide lack the necessary digital literacy and skills to participate in the digital economy. This uneven broadband access means that less than half the world’s population uses the internet. Globally, 200 million fewer women are online than men.

Furthermore, Gurria stressed that it is vital countries use digital technologies as a great equaliser, and not create a situation where they have to look after people who are unable to participate in a new digitally-driven economy.

Gurria was a speaker in a plenary session titled ‘The Future of the Economy in the Age of 4IR’, at the seventh annual meeting of the World Government Summit, which is held on February 10-12 in Dubai, attended by more than 4,000 world leaders, policy makers and experts from over 150 countries.

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Indian doctors use technology to detect blindness in early stage https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/indian-doctors-use-technology-to-detect-blindness-in-early-stage/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/indian-doctors-use-technology-to-detect-blindness-in-early-stage/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:05:48 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689733 Machines can be trained to identify even earliest stages of diabetic retinopathy, grade it with as much accuracy as human doctor

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Ramasamy Kim, head of retina services at an eye hospital in southern India, and his team have examined about 15,000 images from across the country showing the interior surface of the eyeball, known as the fundus over the past five years.

By grading each image, marking abnormal spots, lesions and indications of bleeding, they have contributed to a database of retinal images from all over the world, compiled by Google and its health tech subsidiary, Verily.

The data has been assembled into an algorithm – a set of instructions built into a computer programme to identify eye complications arising from diabetes.

Over time severe diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels of the retina. It causes them to leak blood and cholesterol. In many cases, the patient does not even realise this is happening.

There are no symptoms until retinal tissue begins to swell, vision becomes cloudy and eyesight begins to fail. At this point, it is difficult to treat, and, in some cases, irreversible.

Google and Verily say they have addressed the issue in India by working with well-established eyecare centres to build the raw data that their algorithm needs.

“By partnering with well-known institutions, we can continue our research and pilot studies in implementing artificial intelligence(AI)-powered screening technology,” says Lily Peng, a Google product manager.

Machines now can be trained to identify even the earliest stages of the diabetic retinopathy and grade it with as much accuracy as a human doctor.

In developing countries, AI technology that employs data sets for machine learning is now expected to make rapid strides as an effective screening and diagnostic tool. In India, for example, it has the potential to save millions of lives.

AI algorithms in development have the potential to work with specialised attachments to ordinary smartphone cameras, making them cost-effective.

Big data and AI have yet come in for stinging criticism in recent years, over issues of privacy, fairness, accountability, and transparency.

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Palm oil users test new satellite technology to track deforestation https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/palm-oil-users-test-new-satellite-technology-to-track-deforestation/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/palm-oil-users-test-new-satellite-technology-to-track-deforestation/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689730 Monitoring system allow for targeting people felling trees in producing countries more efficiently than policing supply chains on ground

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Some of the world’s major palm oil users, including Nestle, Unilever, and Mondelez have been criticised for overusing palm oil, which threatens iconic species through deforestation in producing countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

Regarding the high demand, a larger number of products contain palm oil, from pizza, biscuits to beauty treatments such as lipstick.

These firms are now trying out new satellite technology to track deforestation. They say the monitoring systems allow them to target people felling trees in producing countries-where forests are shrinking-more efficiently than policing supply chains on the ground.

Palm oil buyers have toyed with satellite imagery for years, but have now ramped up their use as they rush to meet a pledge of zero net deforestation by 2020, set by the global umbrella body the Consumer Goods Forum.

Palm oil contributes less to deforestation than beef or soy. It has garnered attention because it thrives in biodiverse regions, threatening endangered species and exacerbating global warming.

Satellite imaging has been used to spot deforestation in areas of palm oil cultivation for years, but obtaining the images was expensive and they often took months to arrive to end users.

The new satellite technology will have faster results within five days, which allow companies to make decisions such as cutting ties with suppliers based on the data.

It also involves more detailed base mapping of concessions and forests with help from environmental groups, so companies can target areas where valuable forests are shrinking, rather than sending verifiers in at random.

In the past, problems with government data and reluctance by palm oil companies to specify plantation boundaries made it difficult to gauge when they encroached on protected forests.

The satellite imaging and mapping will be used to monitor forests and send alerts to users when it picks up changes via its web portal whenever it detects forest cover change greater than a football field, linking it to nearby mills.

The platform combines satellite images captured every 20 minutes by Airbus, NASA ,and the European Space Agency, overlaid with maps showing the legal boundaries of plantations, locations of suppliers, and the conservation value of nearby forests.

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Trump signs executive order to prioritise, promote AI https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/trump-signs-executive-order-to-prioritise-promote-ai/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/trump-signs-executive-order-to-prioritise-promote-ai/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:42:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689726 One big motivator of new AI drive, China

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US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to boost the development and regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, as many experts believe AI will define the future of everything from consumer products to health care to warfare.

The executive order includes the American AI Initiative, which aims to better educate workers in the field, improve access to cloud computing services and data needed to build AI systems, and promote cooperation with foreign powers.

The order also calls on agencies to protect civil liberties, privacy and American values in applying AI technologies, and to help workers gain relevant skills through fellowships, apprenticeships, training programmes and computer science education.

AI-based technologies such as facial recognition can be used to enhance government surveillance, while studies have found that computers are susceptible to the same racial and gender biases as the humans whose data they learn from.

Tech leaders from industry and academia have pushed the Trump administration to develop a national AI strategy. The White House in December hosted a listening session with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm to field ideas for securing American dominance in AI and other fields.

There is also one big motivator of the new AI drive, China. The US government worries about China’s ambitions in technology, and an ongoing push to rein in trade abuses is in part an attempt to ensure America doesn’t lose its competitive edge.

In November, the commerce department asked for public comment on a proposal to curb exports of certain technologies, including AI. Such rules would restrict US businesses from sending some products overseas.

In July 2017, the Chinese unveiled a plan to become the world leader in AI, aiming to create an industry worth $150bn to its economy by 2030, and two Chinese cities promised to invest $7bn in the effort. Other governments, too, began making large investments, including South Korea, Britain, France, and Canada.

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School of the big city: electronic learning system, diagnostics in VR https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/school-of-the-big-city-electronic-learning-system-diagnostics-in-vr/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/13/school-of-the-big-city-electronic-learning-system-diagnostics-in-vr/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:30:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689714 “School is an absolutely open system, open to parents, teachers, organisations from the outside. Schools initiate collaborations with businesses, scientific, and cultural institutions, urban projects. Moscow is a big city for education,” said Pavel Kuzmin, firector of the Moscow Center for Quality of Education and programme director of the “City for Education” forum. It is …

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“School is an absolutely open system, open to parents, teachers, organisations from the outside. Schools initiate collaborations with businesses, scientific, and cultural institutions, urban projects. Moscow is a big city for education,” said Pavel Kuzmin, firector of the Moscow Center for Quality of Education and programme director of the “City for Education” forum.

It is the time when the school and the teacher have to motivate the student to learn.

In the era of the digital economy, education around the world rushes online, classroom electronic boards compete with a phone screen.

How can advanced technologies be integrated into the education system?

In Moscow, schools have created an infrastructure for knowledge acquisition and assimilation: Moscow Electronic School, diagnostics in VR, online service for self-training “My achievements” as well as vocational classes.

In 2018, Moscow was the first one in the world to launch the knowledge diagnostics in virtual reality.

The student does not take it as a test, that is unique in this format, it’s more about additional motivation and interest to the school subject.

The project stimulates research skills, what is especially important in the natural sciences – chemistry, physics, and biology. The interactivity boosts an experimental spirit in school children.

The VR laboratory is absolutely mobile. It looks like fully equipped bus that requires WI-FI connection. Every school can send a request to pass the diagnostics in VR.

Moscow Electronic School is a unique and unified system for all parts of the educational process, a single electronic journal for teachers, students, and parents, a huge amount of content that teachers create by themselves: electronic lesson scenarios that any teacher can use absolutely for free.

The project was presented at several international exhibitions and forums: “City for Education” forum in Moscow and Bett Show 2018 in London and the UAE at the international exhibition AKDAR.

This is a real discovery for international colleagues. There is no such analogue on the international market, especially in such a scale. There are many resources for teachers abroad, but they are mostly paid. A unified system for all teachers, students, and parents created in Moscow is absolutely unique development.

Vocational classes in schools are equipped no worse than leading enterprises and universities. Very few institutions can boast of such a set of equipment that was confirmed by international colleagues from Europe, who were visiting Moscow schools.

International colleagues also express interest in the issue of school financing, and an open procedure for certification of directors.

Every each student or teacher has an opportunity to check his or her level of knowledge on any subject at any time for free, and also to undergo the diagnostics in international studies like PISA and PEARLS even from a telephone, these are possibilities that an online service of self-preparation and self-test My Achievements gives.

The service has more than 200,000 users, more than 750 testing options are available, as well as up-to-date final attestation tasks versions, which allows students to estimate their knowledges. 

The city as a space creates an ecosystem for people’s education, especially school kids and their parents. The project “Saturdays for schoolkids” suggests children to attend various lectures, master classes, and trainings at the city venues. Everything is open, free, and available for the whole family.

All the advanced technologies of the Moscow education system were represented at the international forum “City for Education”, that had been gathering the best speakers from all over the world for two years. In 2018, it became the most visited educational forum in the world. The event visited more than 133,000 people within four days.

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Google celebrates Monuib’s 114th birthday https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/11/google-celebrates-monuibs-114th-birthday/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/11/google-celebrates-monuibs-114th-birthday/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:37:58 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689559 Actress one of few female comedians who managed to capture people’s hearts

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With her famous smile which is carved on the silver screen of the golden era’s history, google celebrated the 114th birthday of the veteran actress, Mary Mounib.

Known as one of the silver screen’s funniest mother in laws, the artist was born in Beirut in 1905. Her family soon moved to Egypt, where she spent her whole life in Shubra. At the beginning of her life, the prominent actress had to work as a dancer at Road El Farag amusement park in order to help support her family.

Afterwards, she was shortly introduced to Al-Rihany troupe, which was the theatre’s most active performing group in the 1930’s. Her remarkable talent started to shine ever since, while performing several theatre plays

The distinguished star is one of the few comedians who topped the list of female artists who managed to capture people’s hearts, despite always playing the role of the evil mother in law who always tries to turn the life of her daughter in law into hell. 

Her most famous films are Hamaty Malak (My Mother in Law is an Angel), and Al-Hamawat Al-Fatenat (The Mesmerising Mothers in Law).

Mounib took part in over 200 films throughout her 35-year-acting journey. The alluring star left our world in 1969. 

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Talaat witnesses signing of partnerships in ICT sector during WGS 2019 https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/11/talaat-witnesses-signing-of-partnerships-in-ict-sector-during-wgs-2019/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/11/talaat-witnesses-signing-of-partnerships-in-ict-sector-during-wgs-2019/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:32:35 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689556 Programme aims to equip 100 trainees per year, to meet requirements of labour market, provide them with job opportunities in companies specialised in this field

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During his participating in World Government Summit(WGS),  the Minister of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)Amr Talaat , and Jamal bin Huwaireb, the CEO of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and MBRF to support cooperation and exchange of expertise and technical assistance between the two sides in the field of innovation and creation.

The agreement was signed by Maha Rashad, ITIDA acting CEO and Shamsa Al Balooshi, MBRF director of Partnerships. The three-year MoU comes as a part of knowledge sharing between both sides, establishing cooperation and exchanging knowledge during the Arab Innovation Summit.

The event, which is hosted in Dubai in February of each year, holds seminars, workshops, and symposiums. In addition to the Egyptian pavilion in the summit, Egypt’s MCIT exerts efforts for holding the Arab Innovation Summit in Cairo this year.

Talaat participates in the seventh annual meeting of the WGS, which is held from February 10-12 in Dubai, attended by over 4,000 world leaders, policy makers, and experts from more than 150 countries.

Furthermore, Talaat also witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent (LoI) between ITIDA and UiPath for Middle East and Africa-a software development company specialised in the development of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-to cooperate in qualifying Egyptian calibres and to polish their skills in the field of software provided by UiPath RPA through the company’s electronic platform.

The Information Communication and Technology minister and Karan Dixit, the vice president of UiPath discussed the firm’s future plans to open headquarters for the company in Egypt, and the transfer of experiences of UiPath to Egyptian companies working in the field of business process outsourcing to provide RPA services.

The collaboration also entails formulating a training programme that takes into account the industry’s requirements, determined by the company’s international and local partners in Egypt. The programme aims to equip 100 trainees per year, to meet the requirements of the labour market, and to provide them with job opportunities in the companies specialised in this field.

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Accept for Technology, Payments partners with valU for online instalments https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/07/accept-for-technology-payments-partners-with-valu-for-online-instalments/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/07/accept-for-technology-payments-partners-with-valu-for-online-instalments/#respond Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:53:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689164 The Accept for Technology and Payments announced a partnership agreement with valU, specialised in payment-on-instalment programmes, to avail the latter as an alternative payment method for online stores. The agreement offers online access to valU’s client base and selling proposition that allows consumers to pay on instalments over tenures between 3 and 24 months. “We …

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The Accept for Technology and Payments announced a partnership agreement with valU, specialised in payment-on-instalment programmes, to avail the latter as an alternative payment method for online stores. The agreement offers online access to valU’s client base and selling proposition that allows consumers to pay on instalments over tenures between 3 and 24 months.

“We believe that by offering this solution to merchants in the country we are enabling businesses to reach their maximum growth potential, while embedding an indispensable payment method into the behaviour of the average Egyptian consumer,” stated the Co-Founder and CEO of Accept Payments, Islam Shawky.

The company strongly believes in the power of innovation in payments and that adding as many payment methods as possible to conventional methods, such as cash collection, credit and debit cards, mobile wallets and e-payments, enables merchants with multiple growth channels by accommodating consumer needs and behaviour, Shawky added.

Walid Hassouna, CEO of EFG Finance Holding, pointed out that the partnership comes in line with valU’s strategy in developing a proposition that suits the needs of younger demographics as well as increasing their points of sales to increase the number of clients’ purchase options.

“Our first partnership was with Tradeline Stores as a pilot, followed by Hedeya, Denta Carts, and 2B. This digital expansion resonated well with our clients, which gave us the drive to extend our services to other key e-commerce players through Accept’s leading digital services,” Hassouna added.

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AFCON gives Egypt good opportunity to use digital payment: GSMA https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/06/afcon-gives-egypt-good-opportunity-to-use-digital-payment-gsma/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/06/afcon-gives-egypt-good-opportunity-to-use-digital-payment-gsma/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:02:35 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=689139 Mobile money could help government reach people who were previously financially excluded, says Swanepoel

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Through improving the telecommunications infrastructure, establishing smart cities, and enabling citizens to use digital services, Egypt is looking into how this could impact the country in the future. This week, Amr Talaat, the minister of communications and information technology, said that “technology, including artificial intelligence, is a key discipline and will continue to be in the coming decade.”

It came during a meeting held between Talaat and a team from Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global research and consultancy company.


Egypt is one of three countries, alongside China and Mexico, to receive technical assistance from the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative community in order to promote digital financial inclusion.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Ruan Swanepoel, the head of Mobile Money at the GSMA— the mobile communications industry body—highlighted the GSMA’s collaboration with the Egyptian government in its transformation to digital payment.

“The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) is very supportive to mobile payment. We had a fantastic workshop in the GSMA with the CBE, and with other banks, as well as the National Telecom Regulatory Authority,” adding, “We also had a meeting with mobile operators. There was a positive indication to a growing need for mobile money in Egypt, and finding use cases which suit young people and others who want to use the service.”

Swanepoel sees that naming Egypt as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is a good opportunity for the adoption of digital payment in the country. He explained, “Why not have services which enable digital payment? For instance, you can pay for tickets online using mobile money through a mobile wallet, instead of paying in cash and standing in long queues to buy them, which will save effort and time.”

Moreover, he believes that mobile money could help the government reach the people who were previously financially excluded, and to start granting them access to financial services. He noted, “Mobile money provides a huge opportunity here because a large majority of Egyptian people does not have bank accounts, yet at the same time, there is high mobile penetration with four mobile networks operating in the country, which allow people to use their mobile phones as means for payment or other business transactions.”

Swanepoel said that digital payment is effective, especially with young people who are always using applications extensively. In order for mobile money to work, an individual should own a smartphone and an application with a digital wallet, which can be issued by one of the banks or mobile operators.

Regarding the challenges which could hinder digital payment to flourish in the Egyptian market, he said that the government needs to focus on having specialised agencies everywhere in the country in order to allow people to use digital wallets. The implementation of digital payment should allow it to be more convenient than the traditional ways of transferring money, and to look at the needs of customers.


Furthermore, Swanepoel highlighted that the government should initially focus on electronically registering new merchants while maintaining minimum risks, such as creating wallets which have limited values and do not allow high-value transactions. This mechanism should be adopted in the beginning of the process, then increase the wallet’s limits afterwards, because higher limits are mainly used in big business deals.

“It is important to find use cases which address the needs of Egyptian people, then make sure that the government has the sufficient capabilities, through ensuring that the country has several specialised agencies and a good regulatory frame,” he concluded.

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World marks SID under ‘Together for better internet’ slogan https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/05/world-marks-sid-under-together-for-better-internet-slogan/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/05/world-marks-sid-under-together-for-better-internet-slogan/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 06:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688956 Google provides tips for enhanced safety during online surfing 

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Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become an important event in the online safety calendar. It started as an initiative of the EU’s Safe Borders project in 2004, and was taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005. The SID has grown to be recognised in 140 countries worldwide, and this year, the SID is celebrated on 5 February under the slogan “Together for a better internet”.

It comes at a time when corporate privacy scandals, global ransomware epidemics, nation-state attacks, and the regrettably fast-expanding cybercriminal world all threaten to tear the internet apart.

Google, the tech giant, recently conducted a survey on parents and teachers in the MENA region, and it found out that parents believe that children should learn about online safety and digital citizenship at the age of 10. The survey also showed that 43% of teachers say that parents need to do more in order to keep their children safe while surfing online. Additionally, 85% of teachers feel that they need more resources in order to teach online safety to students.

The US-based firm also published some tips for safer usage of internet coinciding with the SID, with the most important tip being the use of unique passwords for the accounts. Moreover, creating a unique password for each account eliminates the risk of being hacked in all online accounts at once. Each password should be hard to guess and better yet, at least eight characters long.

It is also important to go one step further in order to secure the accounts by setting up a two-step verification, which requires the user to go through a second step—such as entering a six-digit code which is generated by authenticator apps to allow signing into the account. This will significantly decrease the chances of someone gaining unauthorised access to the account.

Setting up a recovery phone number or email address, while keeping them updated, can be useful for a quicker access into the account in case the user cannot sign in. For many web services, a recovery phone number or email address can be used to notify the user if there is any suspicious activity in the account.

Moreover, parents need to talk to their children about online safety before handing them an electronic device. Children should know what is appropriate to be shared online and with whom, as well as how to spot online scams, in addition to recognising when to consult a trusted adult.

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VR technology revolutionises house design https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/03/vr-technology-revolutionises-house-design/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/03/vr-technology-revolutionises-house-design/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 20:18:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688824 Virtual Reality (VR) started to change gaming, music, and even the medical field, and it can now change architecture and the way architects create their designs. The VR was slowly adopted in many architectural fields, revolutionising the sector that used to be stable in the 21st century culture. For the uninitiated, the VR is a …

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Virtual Reality (VR) started to change gaming, music, and even the medical field, and it can now change architecture and the way architects create their designs.

The VR was slowly adopted in many architectural fields, revolutionising the sector that used to be stable in the 21st century culture.

For the uninitiated, the VR is a term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. Three companies currently dominate the VR technology: Sony, HTC, and Facebook.

Architecture relies on having actual data, logistics, and visualisation of a certain area to design any project, and the VR allows making this task easier and more accurate, as one of the most difficult tasks for architecture is visualising an area.

During the designing process, architects can step into a building and change designs of windows, doors, rooms, etc. The VR does not only make the design process more precise, it can also drastically accelerate the process.

Properly visualising an area does not only help bring ideas to life but helps architects tackle issues like construction logistics, the needed types of materials, and how would a design look like. It makes the VR a powerful design tool.

The VR makes dealing with clients easier, it gives clients a tour in the environment of the new design, interacting with products.

The VR allows clients to step into a place and check out its specific elements, environment, and construction needs. Many companies are working on creating a special VR tech for architecture.

The VR makes this process far easier, though the 3D modelling is still a powerful tool. It gives a vision about the project and reduces costs.

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GSMA members to discuss European ban on Huawei’s 5G equipment https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/02/gsma-members-to-discuss-european-ban-on-huaweis-5g-equipment/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/02/02/gsma-members-to-discuss-european-ban-on-huaweis-5g-equipment/#respond Sat, 02 Feb 2019 20:38:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688678 Meeting will be during Mobile World Congress

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The GSMA mobile communications industry body has proposed a meeting to discuss a plan to ban Huawei the 5G equipment in the European Union amid mounting industry concerns that the move could set operators back by years.

The GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd, had written to members proposing to put the debate around Huawei onto the agenda of its next board meeting, a spokesperson for the federation told Reuters.

The meeting will be held in late February on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s biggest annual gathering in Barcelona.

The European Commission is weighing a de-facto ban on Huawei’s 5G network equipment for next-generation mobile networks due to security concerns. Some Western countries, including the United States and Australia, have restricted Huawei from building next-generation mobile networks.

As many operators are relying on Huawei to build out 5G networks, a de-facto ban would be a considerable setback for Europe’s efforts to stay competitive in communications, with implications for connected factories, self-driving cars, and medical technology.

The Chinese state-owned firm denies the accusations of spying and sabotage, and the tech giant said in a statement that “Huawei is open and committed to working with European institutions to develop a cyber security standard for Europe.”

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Biologists use GPS-GSM technology to track Egyptian endangered vulture https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/01/30/biologists-use-gps-gsm-technology-to-track-egyptian-endangered-vulture/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/01/30/biologists-use-gps-gsm-technology-to-track-egyptian-endangered-vulture/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 17:23:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688542 As with many other raptors, death was linked to human activity

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A biology team from the University of Barcelona (UB) has marked a number of Egyptian vultures with GPS emitters in order to conduct tracking of their movements, their use of space, and the migration process. Egyptian vultures are usually found in Spain between March and September as they pass by the country in their transcontinental journey.

The Egyptian vulture is an endangered migratory species, yet there is not a lot of information on its transcontinental journeys, its mortality, the number of losses and their causes during these journeys.

“This is the first time that GPS-GSM emitters were used on this species, which is endangered worldwide, with the purpose of finding more about their transcontinental movements,” says lecturer Joan Real, head of the Conservation Biology team at the UB.

The team was able to track the six Egyptian vultures with GPS technology. Within few weeks, the vultures generated an enormous amount of data regarding the feeding areas, phenology, movements, and the causes of mortality. As with many other raptors, death was linked to human activity, which is a big problem for the preservation of the species.

The venom used to illegally hunt carnivorous animals is one of the main threats to these raptors. The data show that things such as electrocution from electric lines cause deaths, and are probably a threat to the viability of the Egyptian vulture populations.

The obtained data is important and is of great interest to address the challenges of the conservation of this endangered species. Furthermore, within the framework of the project which is active till 2020, the researchers intend to tag more Egyptian vultures with GPS emitters in order to continue studying how they live and obtain resources, and therefore accumulate more scientific data on their survival and movements.

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Planned cybersecurity centre will monitor any digital fraud in banks https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/01/30/planned-cybersecurity-centre-will-monitor-any-digital-fraud-in-banks/ https://dailynewssegypt.com/2019/01/30/planned-cybersecurity-centre-will-monitor-any-digital-fraud-in-banks/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=688425 The Head of Payment Systems at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Ehab Nasr, said the CBE works within a large team in the government regarding digital transformation under the umbrella of the National Council of Payments. “The bank works within a general framework to produce a national payment card ‘Meza card’. We aim to …

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The Head of Payment Systems at the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Ehab Nasr, said the CBE works within a large team in the government regarding digital transformation under the umbrella of the National Council of Payments.

“The bank works within a general framework to produce a national payment card ‘Meza card’. We aim to increase the number of this card’s users to about 20 million over the next two years, and provide 1m acceptance points within three years,” Nasr told Daily News Egypt.

He pointed out that the digital security is a big dimension that we are working on, we have been working on establishing cybersecurity risk incident centre. It will be the first defence line for banks in digital transformation. It will be responsible for monitoring any digital fraud incident in banks, so that they can to take precautions.

The National Payments Council has recently issued a set of decisions obliging government agencies to use digital payment systems, starting from 1 May. The government agencies will start providing points of acceptance at their headquarters starting from 1 June.

Last October, the National Payments Council has approved a law regulating the use of non-cash payments. This law will present incentives to encourage citizens to use these cards and mobile wallets, especially in government transactions. It will also make the government use digital payment system.

Nasr highlighted the CBE’s efforts in amending the Law No. 88 of 2003 which authorises the CBE to formulate and implement monetary policy. The bank added a new chapter on payments. It would place all payments providers under the regulatory umbrella of the CBE. In addition, there will be a set of laws to provide solutions for fintech and digital financial services.

For mobile money, Nasr said the CBE has a set rules that were passed in 2016, to make it easier for KYC litter (know your client), and faster to have a mobile wallet account in post office or mobile stores. We have currently 12m mobile wallets in the market, and we need just to work on how to attract more people to use it.

There is an additional step related to customer service to be launched this year. It is an application which people will use to create their mobile wallets without the need to go to any mobile store or post office.

“At the same time, we are working on a training programme in digital security. We have a cooperation deal with the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI) to train 200 employees in digital security during the next two years,” he added.

The CBE works with the Ministry of Finance on a large plan to establish a large network of points of acceptance in the government agencies, in parallel with a training plan for state employees so that they can use these points effectively.

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