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US inflation hits 40-year high of 8.5%

Consumer prices in the US surged by 8.5% in March, the fastest pace since 1981. The inflation spike was fuelled by a 32% jump in energy costs, linked to Russia's war in Ukraine. Many American consumers are struggling to keep up with the price rises. Also in the show – Emmanuel Macron appears to waver on his pledge to raise France's retirement age to 65, and Sri Lanka enters default as its economic crisis deepens.

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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:

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realme 9 Series – affordable tech for the young drives UAE sales

The technology decentralization initiative along with the convergence of fashion and design contributed to the successful sales of the recently launched 9 Series in highly competitive UAE market, realme said.

As a brand born with the mission to bring leap-forward smartphone performance and design, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, realme, earlier announced bringing the first flagship camera found in the price segment with realme 9 Pro+, and the first 5G Qualcomm processor under AED 1,000 with the realme 9 Pro, to the UAE consumers.

Gram worthy pictures

For those avid curators of treasured personal moments, the pro-grade cameras of 9 Pro+ .5G are an empowering tool that matches every bit of the inspiration of creators. Turning everyday stuff from mundane to cinematic magic, the realme 9 Pro+ 5G comes with a 16MP front camera and uses the Clear Fusion algorithm to ensure that your selfies are flawless and well-lit, even in low-light conditions or indoor settings. A dual-stabilization or Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), complements the experience of the main camera: it is the first smartphone in its segment to feature the powerful Sony IMX766 Sensor.

Color-changing design and high fashion

With the 9 Pro series, a new fashion language for smartphones is unveiled by realme, and this trendsetting led to a debut at the Paris Fashion Week 2022, showcasing a trendy chest bag for 9 Pro+ created in collaboration with Copenhagen-based HELIOT EMIL.

The 9 Pro series also come with a new light shift design with a color change effect – adding up to the elegance of the devices, developed by the realme Design Studio. In sunlight or under ultraviolet rays, the blue version of the smartphone changes its color toward red.

A testament to performance and technology

When the boundaries of work and play are separated by only thin interplaying and blurred borders, it is efficiency that counts. To that end, realme 9 Pro+ 5G is power-packed with an array of features.

It is one of the world’s first smartphones to be powered by MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor. And for audiophiles, dual stereo speakers by Dolby Atmos® give an outstanding experience. Added to this is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth version of 5.2 which is the latest version for better signals and speeds.

9 Pro is the only Qualcomm 5G smartphone within the affordable range below AED 1,000 and has the fastest 5G processor in the segment, which is the Snapdragon 695 5G that offers high-bandwidth, low-latency connections for anywhere seamlessness in productivity and entertainment. Meanwhile, 9i runs on Snapdragon 680 processor, which is a stable and proven solution in the market offering good productivity for its price segment.

Important for UAE climate, realme 9 Pro series 5G uses an Industry-leading Vapor Chamber Cooling System, a five-layer cooling system that provides up to 10 C temperature reduction in the core area – a 3-layered graphite sheets effectively insulate the heat conduction.

Immersive displays

The realme 9 Pro+ and 9 Pro use a 6.4in and 6.6in, display respectively. realme 9 Pro+ features an outstanding 90Hz Super AMOLED display on a 6.4-inch screen that has a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. The device also has an in-display fingerprint with a heart-rate sensor.  While realme 9 Pro advantages include – Full HD+ supporting 120 Hz refresh rate. As for 9i – it is equipped with a good quality 6.6-inch 90 Hz LCD display making it a solid competitor in its price segment.

Battery life for active everyday scenarios

realme 9 Pro+ 5G features a massive 4500mAh battery which can be swiftly charged up to 50% in just 15 minutes and up to 100% in just 44 minutes, thanks to the 60W SuperDart charge support.

Both realme 9 Pro and 9i come with a 5000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. These specs are enough to fully charge your phone in a little over an hour and use it for 1.5 – 2 days without thinking about battery life.

Storage and memory

realme 9 Pro+ runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G processor that clocks at 2.5GHz with the assistance of 6GB/8GB RAM and has 128GB of internal storage that can be extended using a microSD.

While realme 9 Pro runs on a Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G processor. Qualcomm used a 6nm manufacturing process for the 695, facilitating fitting more transistors into a smaller space, leading to faster performance compared to the previous 7nm and 8nm processes. The 9 Pro employs 6GB of RAM as standard. It also offers 128GB of UFS 2.2 internal storage, and the device has a microSD card slot in the SIM card cavity, enabling users to save more files and apps.

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