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 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.


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GlobalFoundries partners with Samsung to produce next-generation chips for smartphones

April 18, 2014

The production process utilises a three-dimensional design and results in chips that are 20 per cent faster, 35 per cent more efficient and 15 per cent smaller than those produced with the current industry standard.

Moto G’s high quality and low price make it iPhone rival

April 14, 2014

While budget smartphones have their drawbacks, the Moto G has few niggles. Rather, it can do everything any other Android phone can – it’s just a lot cheaper.

Samsung sweetens Galaxy S5 debut deal to stay in top position

April 12, 2014

Customers will be offered PayPal vouchers, a LinkedIn premium account and at least four fitness-related apps as the new smartphone is released around the world.

Samsung posts second straight profit drop as smartphone demand stalls

April 8, 2014

Sales of high-end products are slowing because of market saturation and the debuts of new Apple iPhones, curbing earnings at the world’s biggest smartphone maker.

Apple bitten by cheap smartphones

April 4, 2014

The branding may be more modest, but it's all about delivery on performance – and of course the price.

Apple and Samsung return to US federal court in latest patent battle

April 1, 2014

Apple and Samsung have been litigating around the world for nearly three years.

Acer effort at tablet/laptop hybrid falls a little short with Aspire P3

March 31, 2014

Acer Aspire P3 tries to be both a tablet and laptop - but sadly it does not live up to the expectations of either.

Advantage of new technology such as 4K TV is easy to see

March 26, 2014

Ultra-high definition monitors are the next step in PC, TV and mobile display, but consumers may avoid them because of their high costs and lack of content.

Nokia X smartphone launches in the UAE, selling for less than Dh500

March 23, 2014

Nokia is pinning its hopes on the highly competitive mid-range smartphone segment, expected to grow 20 per cent this year, as it launches its first Android phone.

Apple replaces iPad 2 with iPad 4 and launches cheapest iPhone ever

March 19, 2014

The new 8GB iPhone 5C priced lower than the 16GB version, while iPad 4 is lowered to the price of the iPad 2.

Sony launches Xperia Z2 as it hopes to climb smartphone leaderboard

March 13, 2014

The struggling Japanese technology manufacturer recently sold off its Vaio laptop business to focus more on the mobile market. It is now launching a new flagship phone every six months to keep up with new technologies.

Android OS leads the field in UAE tablet shipments

March 13, 2014

Tablet shipments in the Middle East and Africa more than doubled in the last quarter of 2013, as consumers increasingly turn away from PCs, according to IDC data.

In pictures: Sony launches Xperia Z2 in Dubai

March 13, 2014

Sony on Wednesday night, March 12, launched its new flagship phone that it hopes will enable it to become the top three smartphone retailer in the region. The Sony Xperia Z2 is priced at Dh2,649 and will be available in April.

Gadgets: Jawbone Mini Jambox looks the part and just about delivers on sound

March 10, 2014

If music wanted to look pretty, it would play through a Jambox speaker.