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  • World's first police robot unveiled in Dubai

    The world's first operational police robot has been unveiled in Dubai.

    Visitors to the three-day long Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference had the opportunity to meet the 'world's first operational Robocop' when the machine made its debut at the event on Sunday.

    The robot - named Robocop after the popular movie franchise of the same name - is 5ft 5in tall and weighs 100kg, and can speak six languages as well as being able to read facial expressions.

    It includes a built in tablet device so people are able to pay fines and report crimes straight from the robot itself, and it can also send and receive messages from police headquarters.

    Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services with the Dubai Police said in a statement: 'The launch of the world's first operational Robocop is a significant milestone for the Emirate and a step towards realising Dubai's vision to be a global leader in smart cities technology adoption.

    ith an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.


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  • The First Engine Factory Opens in Meqelle

     

    The first engine manufacturing plant in the country is set to be operational in Meqelle, Tigray Regional State, with a 350 million Birr investment from the local military base corporation.


    Named as Mekelle Engine Production Factory, the company is established by one of the 15 subsidiary companies under the Metal & Engineering Corporation (MetEC), the Ethiopian Power Engineering Industry (EPEI).


    Mekelle Engine Production Factory has a production capacity of manufacturing 20,000 engines annually. It produces three types of engines; small, medium and heavy engines used for different purposes including for vehicles, water pumps and power generators. The small engines are for Bajaj, pumps, power generators and walking tractors; medium engines are for buses and trucks, and heavy engines are for construction machinery such as loaders, excavators and graders.


    The construction of the company started in 2015 and was completed last year, and currently, it is piloting production.
    The company was initiated after various questions were raised during the Ethio-Metal and Engineering International Exhibition that was held in 2012, according to Mossa Yimame (Maj.) deputy general manager and marketing and sales head of EPEI.


    During the exhibition, it was commented that importing engines and spare parts is the biggest challenge of companies that are engaged in the metal and engineering industries,” Mossa told Fortune. “This inspired us to establish the factory.”

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  • Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Press Release |  Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |  May 20, 2017

    Gebeya has been grooming its trainees for the past 6 months since the launch of  its IT training academy in Addis Ababa last September. The academy accepted  seventy candidates after a thorough and competitive round of interviews and  applications. On May 20th 2017, after months of intensive hands-on training,  Gebeya celebrated the graduation of its first batch of highly skilled software
    developers.

    After the professional training, Gebeya places its graduate professionals onto its  developer platform. This online marketplace for African IT talent matches  certified and multilingual developers with clients to develop and implement  innovative and cost-effective technology solutions. Gebeya also incubates tech  entrepreneurs; supporting them as they develop their own ideas or solutions.

    Furthermore, Gebeya acts as a gateway to clients and high-quality practical  training to be used in accord with current technologies and platforms that  currently dominate the global software industry. Mikias Amdu, a full stack  developer and one of the top talents at Gebeya, was able to work for an  international client from France, before even graduating. In his particular case,  he happened to already have exceptional experience in the specific technology  framework that the client needed. For Abnet Shimeles, another top talent,
    Gebeya was the level-up she needed to boost her software-developing company.

    The experience provided her with the platforms she needed to scale her  business. Gebeya’s youngest talent, 15-year-old Ismael Kedir, was able to build a  website for a local Ethiopian restaurant www.opiumaddis.com in just one week.

    Dawit Abraham a mobile game developer and another top talent, founded  “Kukulu,” a 3D mobile gaming APP that Gebeya is currently incubating and is set  to launch in August 2017.

    Gebeya believes that every qualified individual deserves a chance at a better  education and so works hard to make financial aid available to those that need it.  In order to encourage more women enrollment, Gebeya offers them partial and  full scholarships upon acceptance. Gebeya’s founders, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy  Amanuel, who met in Silicon Valley, launched the venture with the aim of  shaping a robust African IT industry on the continent.

    The long-term objective  being, to develop affordable and efficient software solutions that will contribute  to world markets. Concurrently, Gebeya and its growing capacity are enabling  Africa to participate in the global digital economy by providing competitive  solutions within the sector.

    Gebeya Inc. is building a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires, and incubates the best of African talent. These three cornerstones of Gebeya fuel one another. While Gebeya’s HQ is in Ethiopia, it has recently launched a new training center in Kenya with future plans to expand into other African countries. The overall training objective regardless of curriculum is to produce a client-facing IT workforce.

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  • Apple denies blame for exploding headphones, report says

    After a woman's headphones explode on a flight, Apple reportedly refuses to pay compensation because the batteries weren't Apple-approved.

    Phones can explode. So can headphones.

    An Australian woman discovered this on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne in February. As she slept, her battery-powered headphones blew up and her face was severely burned, as were her hands and hair.

    The Australian Associated Press reported Friday that Apple will not pay the woman compensation, even though the headphones were made by Apple.

    Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. However, the Australian news service reported that a statement from the woman's lawyers included Apple's response: "Our investigation indicated the issue was caused by a third-party battery."

    It's unclear which brand of batteries she used and why they would not have been Apple-approved. The woman told the Australian news service that she'd owned the headphones since 2014 and that she'd bought the AAA batteries in Australia. She has asked to remain anonymous.

    "The headphones don't work without batteries, yet nowhere on the headphones -- or their packaging -- did it specify which brand of batteries should be used," the woman said, according to the Australian news service.

    When it reported this incident in March, the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau issued a warning that read, in part: "Batteries should be kept in an approved stowage, unless in use."

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  • BREAKING: Beseka Solar project shortlisted by ACCESS POWER for the 2017 competition

    DUBAI, UAE, and PARIS, FRANCE – 22 May, 2017: Access Power, a developer, owner and operator of power projects in emerging markets in partnership with EREN Renewable Energy a global independent power producer are pleased to announce the five shortlisted candidates of the 2017 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition, the third edition of the innovative US$7 million funding and support platform for renewable energy projects in Africa.

    This year's projects were selected from a pool of 82 qualifying projects from across the continent, representing a full spectrum of renewable energy technologies. The successfully shortlisted projects will progress to the final stage of the evaluation process where they will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of industry experts, comprised of senior representatives from Power Africa, InfraCo Africa, Proparco, the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Access Power at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen on June 7, 2017. A maximum of three projects will be selected to win a share of the US$7 million prize. The winners will be invited to sign a Joint Development Agreement with Access Power who will together with EREN Renewable Energy, take a majority equity stake and help fund third-party development costs, including feasibility and grid studies, environmental and social impact assessments, as well as due diligence fees.

    The five shortlisted projects are as follows:

    • Zimbabwe: 75MW Kadoma Solar PV project
    • Tanzania: 30MW Kondoa Solar PV project
    • Rwanda: 9.7MW Rukarara Hydro project
    • Ethiopia: 75MW Beseka Solar project
    • Ghana: 48MW Winneba Wind project

    With the topic of rural electrification in the spotlight during the recent World Economic Forum Africa Summit as one of the key catalysts for economic growth, the ACF is creating a route to market for sustainable energy projects that can combat energy poverty and provide long-term economic growth throughout the continent. From the 23 countries represented in this year's edition, 18 have rural electrification rates below 30%, further highlighting the challenges faced by many African nations in providing power to those communities.

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  • Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Press Release |  Gebeya Graduates First Batch of Developers

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |  May 20, 2017

    Gebeya has been grooming its trainees for the past 6 months since the launch of  its IT training academy in Addis Ababa last September. The academy accepted  seventy candidates after a thorough and competitive round of interviews and  applications. On May 20th 2017, after months of intensive hands-on training,  Gebeya celebrated the graduation of its first batch of highly skilled software 
    developers.

    After the professional training, Gebeya places its graduate professionals onto its  developer platform. This online marketplace for African IT talent matches  certified and multilingual developers with clients to develop and implement  innovative and cost-effective technology solutions. Gebeya also incubates tech  entrepreneurs; supporting them as they develop their own ideas or solutions.

    Furthermore, Gebeya acts as a gateway to clients and high-quality practical  training to be used in accord with current technologies and platforms that  currently dominate the global software industry. Mikias Amdu, a full stack  developer and one of the top talents at Gebeya, was able to work for an  international client from France, before even graduating. In his particular case,  he happened to already have exceptional experience in the specific technology  framework that the client needed. For Abnet Shimeles, another top talent, 
    Gebeya was the level-up she needed to boost her software-developing company.

    The experience provided her with the platforms she needed to scale her  business. Gebeya’s youngest talent, 15-year-old Ismael Kedir, was able to build a  website for a local Ethiopian restaurant www.opiumaddis.com in just one week.

    Dawit Abraham a mobile game developer and another top talent, founded  “Kukulu,” a 3D mobile gaming APP that Gebeya is currently incubating and is set  to launch in August 2017.

    Gebeya believes that every qualified individual deserves a chance at a better  education and so works hard to make financial aid available to those that need it.  In order to encourage more women enrollment, Gebeya offers them partial and  full scholarships upon acceptance. Gebeya’s founders, Amadou Daffe and Hiruy  Amanuel, who met in Silicon Valley, launched the venture with the aim of  shaping a robust African IT industry on the continent.

    The long-term objective  being, to develop affordable and efficient software solutions that will contribute  to world markets. Concurrently, Gebeya and its growing capacity are enabling  Africa to participate in the global digital economy by providing competitive  solutions within the sector.

    Gebeya Inc. is building a self-sustainable ecosystem that trains, hires, and incubates the best of African talent. These three cornerstones of Gebeya fuel one another. While Gebeya’s HQ is in Ethiopia, it has recently launched a new training center in Kenya with future plans to expand into other African countries. The overall training objective regardless of curriculum is to produce a client-facing IT workforce.

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