First Emirati Astronauts to travel in Space
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First Emirati Astronauts to travel in Space

United Arab Emirates is planning to expand its horizons and fly its first astronaut into space by the year 2021, when it completes 50 years of its foundation. By the end of 2018, Emirates will have its first astronaut titled, recruited and trained to make history. This is the first ever space programme to be launched by the UAE and a realization of UAE’s pledge to become a global leader in space exploration over the next 50 years. The recruitment process is rigorous and detailed. Citizens first fill out an online form, the required additional information and supporting documents to the UAE

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Uber Arrives in Uganda
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Uber Arrives in Uganda

The global online taxi firm, Uber has made its debut in Uganda by starting its services in the city of Kampala. After its immense success in other African cities, the online platform was launched in Uganda in the first week of June. Now, if one is heading to the airport, doing some shopping at Acacia Mall, watching a game at Mandela National Stadium or going out for some late night partying, the affordable ride is just one click away. Celebrating its launch in the capital city of Uganda, Uber provided free rides to the city people for four days. The city’s rapidly growing infrastructure in

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Nokia and Vodacom Launch 4G in Tanzania
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Nokia and Vodacom Launch 4G in Tanzania

Strengthening their Tanzanian partnership, Nokia and Vodacom introduced 4G in Dar es Salaam in May 2016. With this service, Vodacom has become the largest wireless telecommunications network of the country. The services were started in Dar es Salaam on 11 May 2016 and are expected to reach all major cities of Tanzania in the upcoming times. While Vodacom is looking forward to 200Mbps download speeds as an “eventual goal”, for the present time, it is believed that the network is capable of delivering downlink transmission speeds of up to 70Mbps. Prior to this launch, the company began tes

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Huawei P9 launch in South Africa
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Huawei P9 launch in South Africa

One of the leading Chinese mobile manufacturing companies Huawei unveiled its P9 series in South Africa in the first week of June 2016. Huawei P9 is the world’s first co-engineered Leica dual-camera smartphone. The launch also uncovered two other primary devices of the range - P9 Lite and P9 Plus. The phone’s USP is its dual camera which is co-engineered by the premium German camera manufacturer Leica. The first camera of the P9 is a standard 12 megapixel camera with an RGB sensor that can take photos in full color; the second camera contains a monochromatic sensor and takes black-and-whi

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Building Blocks of Life Found
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Building Blocks of Life Found

In a recent discovery, Rosetta Spacecraft has detected amino acid glycine, a key building block of life, in the Comet 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko directly for the first time. This discovery supports the various theories related to the relation between life’s ingredients and the cosmic bodies. An instrument known as the Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis (ROSINA) mass spectrometer was used to discover the element. Rosetta is a space probe built by the European Space Agency launched on 2 March 2004. It became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet on 6 August 2014 when i

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India’s First Space Observatory
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India’s First Space Observatory

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched ASTROSAT on September 28, 2015 its first dedicated multi-wavelength mini space observatory into space to understand the high energy processes in binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes. At a cost of Rs 1.8 billion and with a lifespan of five years, it will orbit 400 miles above Earth. With the same polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), India also launched from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh six foreign satellites for Canada, Indonesia and the United States (this was the first time ISRO launched satellites fo

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Huawei launches ‘Huawei Watch’ and ‘Mate S’ smartphone in Middle East
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Huawei launches ‘Huawei Watch’ and ‘Mate S’ smartphone in Middle East

Chinese tech giant Huawei has launched its most talked about smartphone ‘Mate S’ and ‘Huawei Watch’ for the Middle East region in Dubai. The Huawei Mate S’ touch screen control technology is a perfect amalgamation of chic design and master craftsmanship. Its touch feature goes in sync with Huawei Mate S finish and gives an excellent opportunity to preview and enlarge the screen by pressing it with one finger while viewing photos. The Huawei Watch has been crafted from stainless steel, with a sapphire 1.4-inch display and includes 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM capacity. The device u

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Sundar Pichai is Google CEO
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Sundar Pichai is Google CEO

Pichai Sundararajan is the new Chief Executive Officer of Google Inc., succeeding Larry Page. Google has already announced that it will be restructured and be renamed Alphabet, after the new parent company. Sundar Pichai would thus be the CEO of Alphabet. Born in 1972 in Chennai, India, and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Sundar earned his MS from Stanford and MBA from Wharton, and then joined Applied Materials and McKinsey & Company before moving on to Google in 2004. He is renowned as the man who made Google Chrome browser and Chrome OS popular worldwide. Earlier, he made strides up the Goo

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Apple Plays Music
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Apple Plays Music

Apple has a complete new offering for the music junkies, the Apple Music, an app that has the world’s widest collection of music, programmed by distinguished music experts. Apple Music is a one-stop music station with instinctive and streaming music service, and is going to be the world’s live 24-hour radio station. It would help the listeners tune in with their favourite artists and songs. It’s going to be a direct competition to Spotify, Tidal and several other music Apps. Apple Music is the largest and dandy medley of music designed by the experts for iPhones, iPads, iPod touch, Mac,

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Computex Taipei 2015
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Computex Taipei 2015

The Computex Taipei 2015, the CIT’s Mecca for IT firms proved to be a great hit this year. It is famed to be the biggest event in Asia where ideas turn into reality, and innovation is at its expressive best. Several IT players converged at the event to flaunt their latest designed gadgets and gizmos. The year 2015 was marked by wacky and pioneering exhibits of phone-controlled devices and wearable timepieces. These smart devices attend to the human need in various manners and cater to the requirements of fitness/health, young adults, enterprises, senior care and even help keeping track of ch

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