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Memelord-in-chief: Why Elon Musk could usher in major changes for Twitter

It's been a big week for the world's richest man, Elon Musk. Not only has he inaugurated Tesla's new "gigafactory" in Texas, but he's also officially become Twitter's biggest shareholder. But did he do it for the memes, or does he intend to truly transform Twitter and the social media landscape as a whole? FRANCE 24's Tech Editor Peter O'Brien gives us his take.

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How a lugworm could help organ transplants

A French biotech firm is hoping that the unique properties of lugworms, which can survive for hours without breathing, could be used to help improve the success rate of organ transplants in humans.

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Hit the road: Citroën CEO on electric car market, supply challenges

Semiconductor shortages will "still be a hurdle" for the car industry throughout the rest of 2022, Citroën CEO Vincent Cobée tells FRANCE 24. But he thinks 2023 could be a turning point. In the last 18 months, the EU has seen a "substantial acceleration" towards electric vehicles – Cobée says the adoption is "quicker than we expected some years ago". Nevertheless, he admits the 2035 target for phasing out petrol and diesel cars is "a very ambitious bet that requires a very substantial amount of investment", including in the charging infrastructure across the bloc.

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Apps UP Makes a Comeback with Over US$1 Million Prize Money

     New categories, including ‘Best Arabic App’, added for the Middle East and Africa region

Huawei invites developers worldwide to put their skills to the test with the launch of the Huawei Global App Innovation Contest (Apps UP) 2022, with registrations now opened globally. With this year’s theme, #TogetherWeInnovate, Apps UP has set aside a significant cash prize pool of over US$1 million to encourage submissions that bring global users a seamless, digital, and innovative experience.

Globally, the contest received nearly 10,000 submissions from approximately 10,000 developers and has provided a platform for developers to realise their dreams on a worldwide stage.

In the 2022 edition of the competition, special awards have been introduced for competition regions, including the Best Arabic App in the Middle East & Africa region. With over 300 million Arab speakers worldwide, there is an untapped opportunity for developers to build app solutions customised to the region’s demographic.

Along with the Best App, Best Game, Best Social Impact App, All-Scenario Coverage Award, and Tech Women’s Award, the MEA competition region also includes the Best Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) Innovation Award. This particular award encourages developers to create apps that integrate new HMS capabilities and services. In parallel, the Student Innovation Award recognises outstanding student developers that showcase innovative works

“We are thrilled to launch the third edition of Apps UP. With the continuously changing consumer demands, Huawei invites app developers to bring their best ideas to life to create seamless digital experiences on AppGallery,” said Lu Geng, Vice President of the Middle East and Africa, Huawei Global Partnerships & Eco-Development, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The Apps UP contest is in line with regional and national agendas that centre on developing national capabilities, upskilling, reskilling and building a collaborative workforce of the future. The contest has launched in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, and China simultaneously and is divided into the following stages: Registration & Submission, Preliminary, Public Review, and Regional Finals.

The category for the Best Arabic App is one of the top three Huawei Arabic-language CSR projects in the Middle East. After the ICT Academy, an initiative where Huawei collaborates with local universities, Apps UP 2022 transforms learning into practice and provides a more conducive environment to build, develop and nurture local talent.

This year’s contestants can also get their hands on various exciting incentives, including vouchers from AppGallery Connect.

In line with its Seamless AI life strategy, Huawei has released a suite of HMS capabilities that support an array of devices and continually provide a better AI life experience for users across scenarios.

The HMS ecosystem aims to continue empowering developers at all stages. Apps UP, one of the many available channels to join the HMS ecosystem, will inspire developers to create more innovative apps and services in several fields for a worldwide audience.

To learn more and register, please visit the following link:

https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/activity/detail/301655950437190791?ha_source=epr&ha_sourceId=89000107

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