• Apple, Aetna team up on health tracking app

      Apple, Aetna team up on health tracking app

      Apple and insurance giant Aetna announced they are launching together an "one-of-a-kind" iPhone and Apple Watch health-tracking app that provides users with personalised activity goals and suggests healthy behaviors, such as sleeping or eating better. The app, dubbed Attain, can also nudge you to get your flu shot or take medication. In return, those who complete Attain's suggested health actions and goals can earn rewards.

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    • Egypt opens new international airport in Giza

      Egypt opens new international airport in Giza

      Egypt opened a new international airport on the outskirts of the capital for an initial trial period, in a bid to ease pressure from Cairo’s main airport and help boost tourism. The Sphinx International Airport, located near the Giza Pyramids and the new Grand Egyptian Museum, is expected to operate 30 flights by early February during its trial run.

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    • Siemens, Alstom seek to save merger by offering new concessions

      Siemens, Alstom seek to save merger by offering new concessions

      Germany's Siemens and France's Alstom have made new concessions in an effort to convince the European Commission to approve their tie-up that would create a rail manufacturing giant, news wires reported. Alstom announced in a statement on Monday that the two companies had "decided to further modify the remedies so as to answer the concerns raised" by the European Commission over the deal's impact on competition.

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    • Audi in drive to cut costs by $17bn

      Audi in drive to cut costs by $17bn

      Volkswagen's premium brand Audi wants to cut costs by $17bn by 2022, a German business magazine reported on Thursday, citing Audi executives. According to the information, the cost cuts are aimed at help helping finance projects such as a shift to electromobility at Audi, but they will as well result in a 3 percent decrease in Audi's staff per year, or around 14,000 jobs by 2024.

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    • EESC backs ambitious WTO reform

      EESC backs ambitious WTO reform

      In its opinion adopted on 24 January, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is calling for an ambitious reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in order to overcome the current crisis. In the last few years, WTO's role has been compromised by increasing protectionism and major changes in the structure of international trade. 

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    • iPhone XI to power a laptop

      iPhone XI to power a laptop

      Apple has already begun work on its next high-end smartphone that will offer us a number of changes in design and hardware and one of the most interesting features, which developers are reportedly experimenting with is reportedly the ability of the iPhone XI to power larger devices such as laptops.

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    • EU's Sefcovic says Russia-Ukraine gas deal possible by end of 2019

      EU's Sefcovic says Russia-Ukraine gas deal possible by end of 2019

       

      Ukraine and Russia should be able to reach an agreement by the end of 2019 on the transportation of natural gas to the European Union, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic said in Brussels on 21 January after chairing a meeting with Russian and Ukrainian officials.The talks were attended by Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and executives from Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz and Russian gas giant Gazprom.

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    • France fines Google €50m for GDPR violations

      France fines Google €50m for GDPR violations

      France’s data protection regulator, CNIL, has issued Google a €50m fine for its inability to comply with its GDPR obligations, The Verge reports. This is the biggest GDPR fine yet to be issued by a European regulator and the first time one of the tech giants has been found to fall foul of the tough new EU regulations that came into force in May last year.

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    • Toyota, Panasonic team up to make EV batteries

      Toyota, Panasonic team up to make EV batteries

      Panasonic, Tesla’s battery cell partner, has reportedly agreed to set up a joint-venture company with Toyota to manufacture electric car-batteries and eventually solid-state batteries, too. According to a report from Japan’s Nikkei, In the EV battery cell venture Toyota would hold a controlling 51 percent stake, while Panasonic would transition five of its car battery production plants in China and Japan to the new spinoff company. More details deal are expected to be unveiled "as soon as this week" by the Japanese manufacturers.

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    • Finnish Nightingale Health receives €20m EIB loan

      Finnish Nightingale Health receives €20m EIB loan

      The Investment Plan for Europe, or Juncker Plan, is reportedly backing a €20m European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to Finnish company Nightingale Health. The company will use the financing to further develop its blood analysis technology, which facilitates the detection and prevention of chronic diseases.

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