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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week

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How Flappy Bird made app developer $50,000 a day

April 15, 2014

The game propelled the unknown Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen to rock-star status.

Mobile apps development know-how to curb region’s youth unemployment

March 30, 2014

Developing the skills of young people in information and communications technology will prepare them for future careers, according to a United Nations study.

UAE hotels turn to Instagram, social media to carve a niche

March 30, 2014

Leading UAE hotel chains are turning to Instagram to market their properties visually.

Nokia X Android smartphones unveiled at Mobile World Congress

February 24, 2014

The Nokia X will retail for about  Dh450  and will be available in select markets immediately. The X+ and XL will retail for Dh500 and Dh550, respectively, and will be available early in the second quarter.

Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19bn, consolidates social media empire

February 20, 2014

The acquisition is the biggest technology tie-up in more than a decade since Time Warner merged with AOL in a $124 billion deal in 2001.

Flappy Bird creator clips wings of popular game

February 9, 2014

Nguyen Ha Dong, a Hanoi-based game developer, announced the grounding of the addictive game in a Tweet on Saturday in which he also apologised to Flappy Bird players.

What Google Glass can do

February 3, 2014

Despite only being trialled by a limited number of users and not due for more general release until Christmas, Google Glass is already attracting its own universe of apps.

Using a smartphone to make a call – that’s so yesterday

January 16, 2014

A research firm predicts the rise of data usage among smartphone users in the region , with revenues from voice calls and SMS set to decline.

Wanted from the Middle East: the next Apple or Microsoft

January 16, 2014

Some expect a new wave of tech ventures to arise from emerging markets such as the UAE and other countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Mobile technology agency FabriQate aims to engage with its apps

January 12, 2014

Mobile technology agency FabriQate aims to take banking apps in the UAE to 'the next level'.

‘Knight Rider-style’ smartphone app lets you start your car remotely

November 6, 2013

The Viper SmartStart application was unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show and works by connecting the car wirelessly to an application on your phone.

Discount dealers turn from hefty vouchers book to smartphone apps

November 5, 2013

Discount voucher dealers are increasingly taking advantage of location-based capabilities found on a smartphone to provide instant access to the closest bargain.

Sleep technology a growing market

October 30, 2013

A range of apps and devices are coming to market that are designed to monitor users' sleeping patterns and thus help them achieve a good night's rest. While still something of a niche sector, the market for such technology is growing.

BlackBerry’s once bountiful fortune at risk of shrivelling up

October 27, 2013

Analysts say the longer BlackBerry takes to close on a takeover offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings, the worse the smartphone’s outlook is.