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Malaysia to further boost halal industry credentials

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia, which is already playing a leading role in the global halal industry, will explore new initiatives to further boost the Islamic economy.

Porsche's passport to performance

Following similar moves by Cadillac and Volvo, German sportscar maker Porsche is launching a subscription service which will enable users to reserve the Porsche they need, when they need it in return for a monthly fee.

Porsche wants to offer clients the advantages of every model in its current core lineup, such as the Cayenne (pic), yet with none of the drawbacks of owning any individual car with a new service called Porsche Accelerate. — AFP

Amazon sets up parental controls for teen shoppers

Amazon is taking aim at one of the unintended consequences of the Internet age: purchases racked up by a youth with a credit card.

Amazon will allow teenagers to steup up Amazon accounts linked to a parent. — Amazon/TNS

Uber says UK National Insurance contributions would cost tens of millions of pounds

Uber said on Tuesday that paying National Insurance contributions for its British drivers would add tens of millions of pounds to the taxi app's costs were they to be deemed employees.

Uber currently classifies its around 50,000 drivers in Britain as self-employed, affording them only basic entitlements. — Reuters

China's bike-sharing scheme leader Ofo plans Paris debut

China's bike-sharing scheme operator Ofo plans to launch its bicycles in Paris around year-end in a move to become a dominant player in Europe.

The 16 million bicycles provided by Ofo, Mobike and other Chinese operators have caused chaos on China's pavements, with thousands dumped in already crowded public spaces. — Reuters

Wal-Mart deploys shopping app to simplify returns for holidays

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is simplifying the return process through its smartphone app, aiming to ease a major hassle of shopping in time for the holiday season.

Hyundai launches an electric car sharing scheme

A new service will offer the inhabitants of Amsterdam free-floating access to a fleet of 100 plug-in electric Hyundai Ioniqs.

Residents and visitors to Amsterdam can use the Hyundai Ioniqs as they like and can park them in a number of places when finished. — Hyundai

Robots under Swedish forest breathe life into ancient mines

Hundreds of metres below the lush forests of rural Sweden, one of the world’s most ancient mines has been transformed into one of the most modern.

Peugeot drives back into the US market but not with cars

It's been 26 years since Peugeot last set foot on US soil. It shut down its north American operations on Aug 6 1991.

The company that can currently claim to be France's largest carmaker in terms of volume is returning to the States in general and to Seattle in particular to launch Free2Move. — AFP Relaxnews

Amazon to test delivery service

AMAZON.COM Inc is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to sources, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) and FedEx Corp.

Clearing stock: Employees at work at the Amazon factory in Boves, near Amiens, northern France. Amazon is experimenting with a new delivery service to relieve overcrowding in its warehouses. — AFP