Home / Tag Archives: middle

Tag Archives: middle

Amazon finally made its e-commerce service usable for international customers

Amazon is making a push to globalize its e-commerce service after it added a new international shipping feature  to reach more than 100 countries. The core Amazon service itself is still limited to a handful of countries — primarily the U.S., Western Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Singapore — but the new feature at least makes its mobile apps usable for those who live in other countries and want to buy items. Now, by switching to this new international shipping mode , customers in markets where Amazon doesn’t have a local presence, can see products that can be shipped to their location. The app will also calculate additions such as shipping and handling costs and import fees. Unfortunately, since this isn’t a full international launch, the actual selection of products and those additional charges — in particular the dread ‘import tax’ segment — hasn’t changed. Amazon is just made things clearer for international audiences, who previously had to scroll through products using a different Amazon country website (e.g. the U.S.) to find items that ship overseas. That was very tedious and hardly worth the effort. Now, the service will show products that Amazon can deliver to a user’s location. A small details perhaps, but it is a major step because the entire service suddenly becomes usable in over 100 countries, although the product range is limited and prices are subject to those aforementioned additional costs. For me, based in Thailand, those fees added some 75 percent to the price of some products, which, coupled with a wait for delivery, makes Amazon less attractive. But that’s offset by free delivery on large orders, although the total spend that qualifies for that appears to differ based on location. Amazon explains how to access its international shipping mode In true Amazon fashion , it isn’t saying exactly how many markets this international service reaches — other than “over a hundred countries” — but it did claim it has 45 million products that ship globally from U.S.-based sellers. The international service itself supports five languages — English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, German and Brazilian Portuguese — with payment possible in 25 different currencies

Read More »

Sophisticated APT surveillance malware comes to Google Play

Enlarge (credit: portal gda ) Hackers pushing nation-state-style surveillance malware recently scored a major coup by getting three advanced malicious applications hosted in Google's official Play marketplace , researchers said. Google removed the apps after receiving notification of their presence. The mAPTs, short for mobile advanced persistent threats, likely came from two separate groups that both target people in the Middle East, Michael Flossman, head of threat intelligence at mobile security company Lookout, told Ars. The three apps combined received about 650 to 1,250 downloads, according to Google Play figures. All three of them gave attackers considerable control over infected phones. The apps—two from a family known as ViperRat and the third from the Desert Scorpion family—represent one of the few known times mAPTs have been found in the official Google market. The attackers' success is largely the result of a modular design where malicious functionality isn’t part of the initial version first downloaded from the Play Store. Rather, the surveillance capabilities come in a second stage that's downloaded later. Previously, both hacker groups relied largely on social engineering that tricked targets into downloading apps from third-party markets. The ability to get the apps hosted in Play is considered a win because it gives targets much more assurance that the apps are legitimate. Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Read More »

How Facebook plans to colonize gaming

Facebook is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, caused by reports that research firm Cambridge Analytica used its site to harvest data from 50 million user profiles. But, that's not stopping the company from talking up the potential of its...

Read More »

Microsoft announces its first cloud regions in the Middle East

Microsoft today announced  its plans for a major expansion of the Microsoft Cloud with the launch of its first cloud regions in the Middle East. These new regions, which are scheduled to go online in 2019, will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and will host the company’s usual Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 services. “Microsoft has been present in the Middle East for more than two decades and is deeply invested in the region in many ways,” said Sayed Hashish, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf, in today’s announcement . “Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local data centers were the logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents. In areas like digital transformation, and the development of new intelligent services, our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development.” The region of the Middle East is relatively late in adopting cloud computing, but that also means that it has a lot of room left to grow . Microsoft is clearly trying to get ahead of this trend. It’s worth noting that Amazon, too, has already announced its plans for a region in Bahrain which will open in about a year , while Google has not announced any plans to enter this market yet. In addition to the new Middle East regions, Microsoft also today announced its first region in Switzerland (with data centers around Geneva and Zurich), which is scheduled to go online in 2019. In Germany, the company is launching an additional cloud region and in France, the Microsoft Cloud is now generally available. In total, Microsoft now offers 50 regions around the globe, with plans for 12 new regions in the works already.

Read More »

The Morning After: Wednesday, December 13th 2017

Good morning! It's the middle of the week and some of us are mortgaging our homes to get into Bitcoin. Meanwhile, SpaceX's recycled spacecrafts get together, Apple's new iMac is coming and we open nominations for the Best of CES 2018. Yep, the Consum...

Read More »