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Dubai and IBM working on Blockchain

blockchainThe government of Dubai and Biggish Blue are launching a scheme using blockchain computing technology to process financial transactions and keep track of goods being shipped.

The initiative will provide real-time information about the state of goods and the status of their shipment to Dubai’s customs and trade agencies and companies involved in the trade process, IBM said.

Dubai registered $176 billion of non-oil trade in the first half of 2016, has cemented itself as one of the largest re-export centres for goods flowing between Asia and the Middle East and Africa.

IBM said it was also working with companies including du, a United Arab Emirates-based telecommunications firm, Dubai’s largest bank Emirates NBD, Spanish lender Banco Santander, Dubai-based logistics firm Aramex and an unidentified airline on the scheme.

Blockchain works as an electronic transaction processing and record keeping system that allows all parties to track information through a secure network, with no need for third-party verification.

Proponents think it could make transactions faster and safer, and have a wide range of applications.

The Dubai deal follows a plan announced in February 2016 by the government there to become a f blockchain centre.

IBM said the two banks taking part in the project would use blockchain for trade finance transactions involved in the scheme.

LinkedIn announces prostitute pogrom

Professional social network LinkedIn recently announced a series of privacy policy changes, most of which are simplifications of existing policies, but one change isn’t.

It appears that LinkedIn doesn’t want sex workers on its clean professional network. One policy clearly states that it is prohibited to “create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution,” even if it is legal where you live.

LinkedIn’s search suggestions seem to prove that many users are looking for, ahem, companionship.  Searching the site for “escorts” yields the following suggestions: female escorts, independent escorts, call girls, adult entertainment, hot girls and of course Dubai escorts, reports Business Insider.

It is all a bit funny, since the whole point of LinkedIn is to track professional relations between members. It’s not very likely that an exec in his fifties would endorse a prostitute for everyone to see, although we do know some who would. 

In other words, the ban is about as pointless as a Facebook Like button on a porn site. 

Tablet company decides to patronise women

Eurostar – yeah really but not the train company – has decided that there are huge amounts of money to be made by patronising women.

The tablet outfit has consulted its best clichés about “what women want” and what appears to be its marketing text book “men are from Mars and women are from venus” and come up with “the first tablet specifically for ladies.”

The ePad Femme is eight-inches because everyone knows a man thinks four inches is seven, and the machine is pre-loaded with apps concerning yoga, grocery shopping, and cooking. Apparently that is the sort of thing that women of today are interested in. Sod leading in business, being a superwoman, becoming the head of ICI, women are only interested in groceries and cooking.

The tablet has received a marketing push in February as “the perfect Valentine’s Day gift,” noted one site. Of course if this is a sign of your undying love we would have thought that your romance was one way and doomed. Still there is bound to be some woman who wants to replicate the life of their grandparents and shack up with a misogynistic pig who sees them as a baby machine and cooking appliance, just like their mums.

The tablet uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a light pink screen saver, because black and blue is for boys along with snails and puppy dog’s tails.

So far the only statement about the atrocity has come from associate vice president of marketing Mani Nair who spoke to the Jerusalem Post.

Without actually understanding that he is taking western society back to the dark ages he said that his tablet “makes a perfect gadget for a woman who might find difficulties in terms of downloading these applications and it is a quick reference”.

There are also suggestions about how to cope with the vapours or how to stoically handle the fact your husband is bonking the maid.

The tablet has a 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, and an SD card slot, although since a woman is not grown up enough to choose her own screen saver we doubt that anyone will know what any of this means.

It is just as well that it has a clothing size converter app because she will not have to ask her husband to find that on the clothing store.

Nair insists that the intent of the ePad Femme tablet was not sexist. After all you have gaming tablets which are geared to a specific interest don’t you? Last we checked gaming tablets were focused on a particular area of interest and not a male stereotype of an “ideal woman” taken from a 1950s home-maker magazine.

The ePad Femme costs only $190, far less than the iPad and about the same as a Nexus 7 and so far has sold about 7,000 units which does not make it a great seller. We can’t say we are surprised. 

Intel channel partners get stuck in Dubai

Delegates who attended Intel’s annual Intel Solutions Summit (ISS) in Dubai are struggling to get back home after vast areas of Europe became no-fly zones. The conference brings together channel players from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

Intel was pushing “cloud computing” for all it was worth at ISS, but delegates wished they really were in the clouds as they all attempted the long trek back to Blighty.

One partner, who described himself as a member of the Intel-sponsored Dubai-London Endurance Race, described his journey back from Dubai to TechEye, today.

He said: “I am four days into the Intel sponsored Dubai-London Endurance Race.  Having made it from Dubai to Istanbul, we then managed to get a flight to Barcelona.

“Friends drove us to Perpignan in France, where we got the TGV to Paris.

“En route, some b***** nicked my phone. After fine Parisian dining on kebabs and almond biscuits – it seems Paris shut early these days, we retired to a ‘Best Western’.

“Once we fight our way onto a train for Le Havre today, we’ll be just a ferry ride to Portsmouth, train ride to London and London Transport back to home.

“Dubai to London is around six hours by air. If it takes four days, then the ‘Return from Intel’ will have taken 16X the normal time. Off to fight for the train. Bye!”

Any other members of the ISS Dubai-London Endurance Race care to tell us their tales? If so, drop us a line at news@techeye.net

UK government gets hot and bothered about passport breach

The British government has called in the Israeli ambassador to have a word about why Mossad agents – if they were Mossad agents –  used fake UK passports to bump off a Hamas commander in Dubai.

Blighty is jolly proud of its super secure biometric passports which it bought in to keep the Americans happy. They cost an arm and a leg to make too.

Now it seems that Mossad has been using an old trick, of using someone else’s identity, to obtain a blighty passport.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown (pictured)  has also ordered an inquiry into the passports, which bear the names of six British-Israelis who did not have the right picture.

Dubai coppers believe 11 “agents with European passports” killed Palestinian militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh who was on a holiday where he was buying some nice shiny new weapons.

Israel is not being helpful. Not only is it refusing to say how its agents picked up British passports, it is not even saying its agents were involved in the killing. Of course it is not denying it either.

srael’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, told Israeli Army Radio: “There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief.”

Dubai police have confirmed that photographs and signatures on the passports used in Dubai do not match those on passports issued by the UK. Which is jolly annoying because the biometric passports were supposed to mean the end of this sort of thing.