Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Business

Japanese car-maker Toyota to invest £240m in UK

Toyota

LONDON: Japanese carmaker Toyota is to invest almost a quarter of a billion pounds in its UK operations. Toyota says it will invest £240m to upgrade the Burnaston plant near Derby to enable production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system. The carmaker says the investment will improve the ...

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Malicious uploads allowed hijacking of WhatsApp and Telegram accounts

HACKING

LONDON: A vulnerability patched in the web-based versions of encrypted communications services WhatsApp and Telegram would have allowed attackers to take over accounts by sending users malicious files masquerading as images or videos. The vulnerability was discovered last week by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies and was patched by ...

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Facebook and Instagram ban developers from using data for surveillance

FB Instagram

LONDON: Facebook and Instagram have banned developers from using their data for surveillance with a new privacy policy that civil rights activists have long sought to curb spying by law enforcement. Following revelations last year that police departments had gained special access to the social networks to track protesters, Facebook, ...

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Google & Levi’s to launch ‘smart jacket’

SMART JACKET

LONDON: Later this year, Google will partner up with Levi’s to launch connected jackets. The “Commuter Trucker Jacket” will be comfortable to touch, and touch-enabled as well. The jacket will feature a cuff to link with phone via Bluetooth. Once that happens, you have swipe your finger over the jacket ...

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Vodafone to Create 2,100 Customer Services Jobs Across the UK

VODA

LONDON: British telecom giant Vodafone is to bring 2,100 customer service jobs back to the UK over the next two years. The move is said to be part of its £2bn ($2.44bn) investment plan aimed at improving operations in its home market. The world’s second biggest mobile operator said it ...

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UK Exports and Factory Growth Rise

EXORT

LONDON: Output from Britain’s factories and chemical plants grew at the fastest rate since 2010 in the three months to the end of January, according to the Office for National Statistics. The rate of growth in manufacturing climbed to 2.1 per cent, compared with the previous three-month period. The quarterly ...

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Sajid Javid considers business rates discount plan

sajid-javid

LONDON: Plans to help nearly 100,000 small businesses due to be hit by changes to rates next month are being considered by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. Out of those, some 25,000 firms face a “cliff edge” under the new revaluation of business rates, according to ratings agency CVS. It presented ...

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Drone-car takes to the sky when stuck in traffic

AIRBUS

PARIS: It’s been a couple of months since we heard from Airbus regarding its incredibly ambitious plan to make flying taxis a reality by the end of 2017. Well, the company just came out with a new video showing what it thinks is the future of driverless taxi services, and ...

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New £1 coin on sale ahead of public release

POUND COIN

LONDON: Those who want to get their hands on the new £1 coin before it is released into general circulation can buy their own version from today. Prices range from £10 for the uncirculated coin to £1,995 for the gold proof two-coin set. David Pearce was just 15 when his ...

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