View photosMoreThe logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company IBM IBM is seen on a computer screen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 22, 2016.REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonABU DHABI Reuters - IBM on Tuesday said it signed a $300 million, ten-year technology services agreement with Dubai s Emirates Airline.IBM will provide information technology services, allowing the airline to improve efficiency on its passenger support systems and functions, a statement from IBM said.Under the managed services agreement, this will include assistance in encrypting the airline's data in near real-time and systems which allow different software components to communicate more effectively, the statement said.In October 2015, IBM signed a $700 million deal with Abu Dhabi s Etihad Airways for a range of IT services and infrastructure.Emirates, the world s fourth-largest carrier of international passengers reported a profit of $1.93 billion for the financial year to March 31, a jump of 56 percent over the year.
TBM allows you to measure the effectiveness of strategy appropriately, says Todd Tucker, CMO at Apptio and chair of the Technology Business Management Council see below .Robert John Webb is the Group Information and Technology Officer at Etihad Aviation Group.There are dozens of domains to go through that exact analysis to make those types of calculations.Sunny Gupta, CEO of Apptio, a Technology Building Management software supplier and the lead player behind the Technology Business Management Council which now has over 300 CIO members and is working on TBM standards, says, The technology has a role in this.And you can t afford the risk in this new world of making decisions blindly.
There are stock photo platforms that cater to just about every scenario, but a young London startup has been hard at work over these past few years as it vies for its piece of the lucrative photo-licensing pie.Picfair is the handiwork of Benji Lanyado, a former travel writer for the Guardian and the New York Times, who left the journalism business to teach himself how to code through General Assembly.After a year of study, in 2013 Lanyado launched Picfair in beta to take on the mighty Getty and Shutterstock.Picfair differentiates itself by letting anyone upload their snaps and decide how much they should sell for.It is effectively a subscription-free marketplace that matches media companies and publishers or any photo-hunter with photographers — from amateur Instagrammers to professionals.A little more than three years later, Picfair has just seen its three millionth image uploaded, a milestone that coincides with the platform s relaunch this week — with a fresh design and a focus on buyers.In its original guise, Picfair largely targeted photographers in terms of the interface layout, but now the company wants to make it easier for publishers to find the photos they re looking for.In its short lifespan, the company has been focusing on building its library and fine-tuning its algorithms, but Picfair has already picked up thousands of buyers, according to Lanyado, including Rough Guides, Esquire Magazine, Medium s in-house editorial team, Jack Daniel s, Etihad Airlines, and hundreds of other global brands.The company has grown from a one-man band into a lean nine-person Shoreditch startup, with a handful of notable backers on board, including Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.As part of his General Assembly course work, Lanyado designed and built Reddit Edit, a kind of souped-up version of Reddit that Ohanian got wind of and subsequently tweeted about.
Alipay s online cross-border transactions for international carriers such as Air France - KLM and Etihad is currently processed by IngenicoIngenico Group has partnered with Alipay, the Chinese online payment platform which is part of billionaire Jack Ma's Alibaba.com.The French company, whose business is to provide the technology involved in secure electronic transactions, announced the same on Thursday 18 August .Ingenico's press release said that the deal would "provide both online and in-store payment solutions to Europe-wide acquirers and merchants."The Paris-based company added that European acquirers would be able to implement the Chinese online payment app via the Ingenico payment gateway.It explained that this would enhance the customer experience for Chinese tourists visiting Europe as they would be able to use the Alipay app the same way as they use it back home.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration FAA has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning about Samsung's flaming phablet, the Galaxy Note 7.In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the statement opens, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.The FAA is not alone in that thinking: The Register is aware that three Australian airlines – QANTAS, Virgin Australia and Tiger Airways - have banned use of the device in-flight.Qantas operates subsidiaries based in Singapore and Japan, so it would not surprise if the ban quickly spreads.Virgin Australia numbers Virgin Group, Etihad Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand among its shareholders, so if those carriers need a word of advice it won't be hard to come buy.Airlines are of course extremely averse to anything capable of causing an in-flight fire.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Video supposedly shows Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after explosion StoryfulWe have noticed you are using an ad blockerTo continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.Aviation authorities in a number of countries have been prohibiting the use of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 inside flights.The latest announcement comes from India's ministry of civil aviation.
Funrocks founder and ceo David Wallinder, spelt Etihad Al Abtal and the company's marketing manager Magdy Shehata.Studio Funrock take in 20 million from, among others, the Priority of Capital.the Money will be used for the launch of the arab game and the Etihad Al Abtal, led by the company's marketing manager Magdy Shehata from Truecaller.Funrocks founder and ceo David Wallinder describes a culturally relevant games that are developed in Arabic.the Game has a positive message of cooperation and civilisationsbyggande , " he says.Funrocks marketing strategy is to initially focus entirely on the arab world, a market with many gaming enthusiasts but have their own games of importance.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mass recall after reports of device exploding while charging WochitWe have noticed you are using an ad blockerTo continue providing news and award winning journalism, we rely on advertising revenue.To continue reading, please turn off your ad blocker or whitelist us.Samsung has taken a massive $22bn hit to its market value after stock dropped by 11% in two days following further fallout from the battery explosions plaguing its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.Bloomberg reported shares for the electronics manufacturer plummeted by 11% from 9 September to 11 September — its lowest two-day decline since 2008.
Aim is to enhance fan engagement and entertainment.Manchester City Football Club is partnering with a consumer robotics company in order to improve fan engagement and entertainment.The partnership between the football club and UBTECH Robotics, a Chinese company that designs and manufacturers humanoid robots, will result in a suite of co-branded UBTECH products that will feature in behind the scenes content across Manchester City s digital channels.Little has been said of what technology will actually be used to enhance fan engagement and entertainment but given that UBTECH produces humanoid robots it can be assumed that there will be some kind of robotic presence.James Zhou, chairman and founder of UBTECH Robotics said: The unique partnership between UBTECH Robotics and Manchester City will bring cutting edge robotics technology and sports marketing together.UBTECH Robotics focuses on bringing intelligent consumer robots to every home in the world and creating a more intelligent, humanized lifestyle for all.
Emirates is taking aim at its competitors again in a new commercial that showcases the airline's most affordable seats.Jennifer Aniston, a spokeswoman for Emirates, takes the limelight as she discovers the appeal of economy class on an Emirates A380 and opts to trade her first-class seat for a seat in the economy cabin.The new ad is a follow-up to a commercial that Aniston starred in last year that took a jab at Emirates' American competitors.The 2015 commercial compared the amenities offered in the first-class cabin on an Emirates flight with those offered in first class on competing airlines.While the new ad does less comparing and more showing off, the message is still clear: Emirates wants consumers and its competitors to know it is confident in all of its products, not just its premium cabins.The ad is unlikely to sit well with US airlines that have struggled to keep up with the products offered by Emirates and other Middle Eastern airlines.In fact, a feud has been brewing between US airlines and their Middle Eastern competitors for a while.American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines accuse Emirates — as well as Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways — of gaining an unfair advantage by receiving tens of billions of dollars in government subsidies over the past 10 years.Emirates, along with the other Middle Eastern airlines, has denied receiving illegal subsidies, but ads like this are sure to be like salt in the wound for some US competitors.
Samsung last week officially discontinued the Galaxy Note 7 following reports that even replacement units were prone to catching fire and exploding.Compounding matters is the fact that Samsung still hasn t been able to pinpoint the root cause of the problem, an issue which naturally has the higher-ups at the Korean-based tech giant worried.Given that every Note 7 ever produced is presumably a potential fire hazard, the FAA last Friday banned all Note 7 devices from U.S. flights.The ban went into effect on Saturday afternoon and any passenger found to have a Note 7 in his or her possession will have the device confiscated.DON T MISS: Survey now says 40% of current users will never buy another Samsung phone We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release.
Manchester City is using technology on and off the pitch as it looks to build its fanbase and win trophiesEver since the club was taken over in 2008 by the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, Manchester City have transformed from one of England s most storied sleeping giants into a European powerhouse.The club was dwarfed by near neighbours Manchester United and aside from a period in the late 1960s, City never threatened to win honours.These achievements have been made possible with significant investments in players, staff and facilities.A new training campus has been built around the Etihad Stadium and significant resources have been allocated to youth and women s teams.Last year, CFG partnered with SAP to use the German firm s cloud and analytics technology across its backroom operations and on-field activities.
Researchers working for the cybersecurity consultancy group IOActive discovered some troubling vulnerabilities in Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment systems.The company s avionics subsidiary supplies hardware to 13 different airlines: Aerolineas Argentinas, Air France, American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Iberia, KLM, Qatar Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin America.I discovered I could access debug codes directly from a Panasonic in-flight display, IOActive s Ruben Santamarta said in a statement.A subsequent internet search allowed me to discover hundreds of publicly available firmware updates for multiple major airlines, which was quite alarming.Santamarta performed further analysis in an attempt to find out what hackers could accomplish by interfering with an avionics device.He found it was possible to manipulate what was being displayed on the screen, to send out fake announcements over the PA system, and to control cabin lights and the reclining seats in the first-class section of the plane.
Club aims to discover latest innovative technology that will keep it in touch with fans.Manchester City is to continue its tech drive in 2017 with a hackathon that will be held in collaboration with Google.The hackathon, which will be held at the Etihad Stadium in February, is the second to be run by the football club.The first was done in collaboration with digital agency Play and focused on extracting performance-enhancing insights from match data.The second hackathon will look at digital fan engagement as applicants are challenged to come up with innovative ways to reinforce a sense of community among the clubs fans across the world.Founded in 1894, the club is seeking to ensure that every member of its community can stay connected with the club through digital technology.
Reddit can feel like a cesspool of hate most days, but occasionally, it turns up some internet gems.Today, for example, a user posted a bonkers photo of a posse of large, intimidating-looking birds chilling on an airplane.My captain friend sent me this photo, user lensoo wrote in the post.The photo appears to be unedited, but it left us asking a bunch of questions.For example: What the hell are so many birds doing on a plane?One commenter in the Reddit thread helpfully pointed out that a similar post surfaced on the site a few years ago.
Sky News is reporting that the UK intends to follow the United States in instituting a ban on passengers flying from certain Middle Eastern nations from carrying any electronic devices larger than a cellphone into the cabin of the plane.That includes laptops, tablets, portable DVD players, games consoles and e-readers.If a passenger wishes to take any of those devices with them, they must check it into the hold.The UK ban affects all direct flights from the following countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.Unlike the US ban which targeted specific airlines, the UK one applies to any direct flight from those countries.To recap, the controversial US ban affects passengers flying on the following airlines – Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways – from any of the following countries – Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
The UK government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.The ban follows a similar move in the US, where officials say bombs could be hidden in a series of devices.Downing Street said it was "necessary, effective and proportionate".Simon Calder, travel editor of the Independent, told the BBC the ban would particularly affect passengers who booked cheaper, hand luggage-only tickets, but would now have to pay to check a bag in.While the US government cited unspecified "threats" in its announcement, the prime minister's official spokesman declined to discuss whether the new rules were prompted by specific intelligence.Nine airlines are affected - Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
Emirates Airlines, one of the several foreign carriers affected by the Trump administration's restriction on electronics on US-bound flights, has responded with a new service to help passengers affected by the ban.The Dubai-based airline company is offering a free "laptop and tablet handling service" for US flights that allows passengers to use their devices until just before boarding.Users must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets and banned devices to security staff at the gate before boarding the flight."Our aim is to ensure compliance with the new rules, while minimising disruption to passenger flow and impact on customer experience," Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark said in a statement."Our new complimentary service enables passengers, particularly those flying for business, to have the flexibility to use their devices until the last possible moment.Once on board they can still stay connected on their mobile phones."
Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways have responded to the recent in-flight ban on electronics by offering affected passengers free loaner laptops and iPads.As per the Trump administration order, all laptops, tablets, cameras, portable DVD players, gaming devices and kindles have to be checked into cargo luggage on all US-bound flights from Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Istanbul, Jeddah, Riyadh, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.On Thursday (30 March), Qatar Airways announced that it would offer its business class passengers complimentary loaner laptops on all of its US-bound flights starting next week.Passengers will be able to collect the laptops after boarding.The airlines did not specify the brand of the loaner devices or the software.It will also offer one hour of free Wi-Fi for all passengers as well as a special $5 package for users to stay connected throughout the flight.
City Football Group (CFG) could use the value it places on sponsored social media videos to broker future deals with brands in a bid to monetise what has become the biggest thing in sports marketing – shareable content.As the way people watch sports changes, so must the measurement of sponsorships as sponsors start to pivot their deals to strike exclusive digital tie-ups with top clubs and competitions.Business are “seeing the power” of sport to connect with people and often “marketing professionals are looking for things that work,” CFG’s commercial boss Tom Glick told The Drum.Instead, Glick and CFG’s long-term partner Etihad Airways both talk about creating ownable, measurable experiences that reflects how shares and likes – so-called vanity metrics – have become the new currency for fans.Rupert Pratt, director of Mongoose Sports & Entertainment says: "Clubs are continuously looking for new ways to commercialise their estate and carve up inventory – eg stadia naming rights, geographical and category fragmentation, training kit and ground sponsorships etc – and digital provides them with a new landscape to commercialise.However, while clubs have invested heavily in building substantial social media followings, at the moment they can only indirectly monetise it, as the likes of Facebook, Twitter etc are the ones directly commercialising their efforts by selling the advertising around it.