Saturday, 26 September 2020

Business

UK’s post-lockdown recovery loses steam as household demand weakens

LONDON: Britain’s recovery from the coronavirus lockdown lost some momentum this month, a business survey showed, as consumer-facing sectors suffered from the end of a government subsidy to support restaurants and more general COVID-related worries. The IHS Markit/CIPS flash composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to a three-month low of ...

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Airbus Proposes Planes Fueled by Liquid Hydrogen

LONDON: Airbus is showing three concepts for “the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035.” They all run on hydrogen, which Airbus calls a clean aviation fuel. According to the press release: “’These concepts will help us explore and mature the design and layout of the world’s ...

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UK planning to ban sale of fossil fuel vehicles from 2030

LONDON: The UK Government is expected to bring forward its ban on new fossil fuel vehicles by ten years in order to accelerate the rollout of electric cars in the UK. MPs last week urged the Prime Minister to move the sales ban to 2030 in order to help the ...

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US court halts ban on WeChat

NEW YORK: A US judge on Sunday blocked the government’s ban on WeChat downloads, hours before it was due to take effect in an ongoing technology and espionage battle between Washington and Beijing. The Trump administration had ordered a ban on downloads of the messaging platform WeChat as well as ...

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Banksy loses trademark case over the ‘Flower Thrower’

LONDON: British street artist Banksy has lost a two-year trademark battle with a greetings card company over his ‘Flower Thrower’ graffiti work after EU officials said his anonymity meant he couldn’t be identified as the owner. The ruling by the EU’s intellectual property office (EUIPO), which is based in Spain, ...

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Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a “critical preventative step” ahead of the US presidential election. Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to ...

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Brain-computer interface technology helps paralyzed patient say ‘Hello’

BEIJING: A paralyzed man who could only communicate by blinking his eyes, used a brain implant to say “Hello” through a computer, reportedly the first in the world, which touched medical staff at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The brain-computer interface (BCI) technology ...

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Facebook lets friends watch shows together while apart

LONDON: Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a sharp increase in virtual watch parties as a way to get together with friends, and Facebook is getting in on the action. The world’s largest social network launched Watch Together, a free feature it is rolling out globally on its Messenger communication platform. ...

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Facebook Launches Climate Change Information Center

LONDON: Facebook launched a climate science information center to elevate credible sources on climate change, as critics question its role in the spread of misinformation on the issue. Facebook said the project is modelled on its COVID-19 Information Center and launched a similar feature last month on voting in preparation ...

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UK secures first post-Brexit free trade agreement with Japan

LONDON: Earlier this week, Reuters reported citing anonymous officials in Tokyo that Japan intends to speed up trade talks with the United Kingdom and reach a broad consensus on an agreement this week. The UK’s Department for International Trade said in a statement on Friday that it had secured a ...

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