Thursday 31 July 2014

Data, tech jobs shine as the Internet of Things take off

STEM-related online work takes off as start-ups embrace the Internet of Things, while all things 3D soar on the back of continual 3D printing advances and SMEs are trusting freelancers with their finances and corporate identity, a report said. From a record 751,115 good online jo


Twitter's surge revives valuation debate

The surge in Twitter's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook, its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter. That pales when comp


GCC projects underpin sustainable development

While GCC countries have grown strongly in recent years mainly due to high hydrocarbon prices and increased oil and gas output, sustainable development must be backed by large projects which diversify the economies, a report said. As a result, the contribution of the non-hydrocar


Service providers key to success in the digital era

As enterprises move to become digital businesses, service providers should adapt their organisational structure, capabilities, offerings and engagement and delivery models to thrive in the new digital environment, said an industry expert. “All signs suggest that organisatio


The biggest best sellers - a comparison

What have condoms got to do with Coke? Melinda Gates of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made a case a few years back that humanitarian agencies could use the Coca-Cola global logistics model to distribute medicines and sanitation (condoms included) to remote areas that need health care acce


Always misplacing keys, wallet? New apps may help

Finding misplaced keys, wallets and purses could get easier with new apps that take the guess work out of trying to remember where they might be. Tile, an app for iPhones, can track wallets, cars and even pets with small battery-powered plastic tags that show where the lost item


A nation in peril - Iraq's struggle to hold together

Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake. "Things are really tense and it could get worse," said


Time to be afraid - preparing for big solar storm

The probability of a solar storm striking Earth in the next decade with enough force to do serious damage to electricity networks could be as high as 12 per cent, according to solar scientists. One such storm erupted from the surface of the Sun two years ago, on July 23, 2012. If


Sisi's bold start on reforms buys Egypt some time

Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has made a head start on tackling the country's economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform without stirring popular unrest. Sisi's government, formed in June, announced this month it was raising pric


Saudi opens the door to major inflows to market

Saudi Arabia’s decision to open up its stock market to foreign financial institutions (FIIs) in the first half of next year is a long-awaited step towards its inclusion in the MSCI emerging markets (EM) index, which could mean active net inflows of $13.3 billion to $26.6 billion, says a B

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