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Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan Launches New Digital Cloud Project

Digital Dubai, Moro Hub, and Microsoft have signed agreements to carry out the digital transformation project.

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On Monday, July 10th, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, announced the launch of a new cloud technology project to boost the Emirate’s tech infrastructure and accelerate digital transformation.

Known as Dubai Digital Cloud, the project is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at establishing a “world-leading, efficient, agile and reliable digital infrastructure” in the Emirate, according to a press release from the government’s Media Office.

Last month, the Crown Prince also launched Dubai’s Digital Strategy, which aims to usher in a new era of digital transformation. The move comes after last year’s announcement of a Higher Committee for Government Digital Transformation, showing a continued commitment by Dubai’s government towards creating a tech-centric, future-facing economy.

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As for the Dubai Digital Cloud, the project will combine various digital entities to provide high levels of operational efficiency while offering the best solutions from private to public clouds, the Dubai Media office statement explained.

“The Dubai Digital Cloud is a practical application of our leadership’s vision to promote connectivity, integration, and a comprehensive digital government that ensures agility, speed, security, and competitiveness, allowing government entities to provide integrated, proactive, round-the-clock services”, said Hamad Al Mansoori, director general of Digital Dubai.

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The adoption of cloud-based technology in the UAE and other Gulf countries is growing due to the rise of a young, technology-focused population and a dramatic increase in tech businesses relocating to the region.

Microsoft expects its cloud services to add around $40 billion and up to 100,000 jobs to the UAE’s economy before 2030, with around 17% of those figures coming from cloud data centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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