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(MENAFN - AFP) Apple Thursday acknowledged a bug in its iPhone software update that caused users to lose cellular service, offering a temporary fix and a full update "in the next few days."

A statement on Apple's website was the first to acknowledge the problem, which came after numerous users complained on social media and online forums that the iOS 8.0.1 update left their ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Standard & Poor's said Thursday that it had affirmed its long-term sovereign credit ratings on Japan at 'AA-' but the outlook remained negative, despite efforts to boost the nation's growth, dubbed Abenomics.

S&P also affirmed its short-term unsolicited sovereign credit ratings on the world's third largest economy at 'A-1+'.

"Our ratings on Japan ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets mostly rose Thursday, building on the previous day's recovery, but London dipped as heavyweight miners faced renewed pressure after the dollar hit two-year highs against the euro.

London's FTSE 100 benchmark index eased 0.04 percent to stand at 6,703.63 points around midday in the British capital, with miner Anglo American among the biggest ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Airbus on Thursday sent its new A320neo -- an updated, more fuel-efficient version of its hugely popular medium-haul A320 passenger plane -- into the skies on its first of several test flights before deliveries next year to waiting customers.

The narrow-body, two-engined aircraft took off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwest France where Airbus is headquartered ...

(MENAFN - AFP) American investment firm Cain Hoy announced on Thursday that it is no longer interested in purchasing Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

The company had declared an interest in acquiring Tottenham earlier this month, but in a statement to the London Stock Exchange, it said that it had decided against making a bid.

"On September 12 2014, having previously ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Striking Air France pilots refused to budge Thursday after management announced it had buried plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary, as their stoppage became the longest ever at Europe's second-largest flag carrier.

The pilots brushed off calls to return to the skies, leaving half the airline's fleet grounded for an 11th day running, as they sought to push ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US software giant Adobe will shut its research arm in Beijing by the end of the year, laying off 350 people, according to a statement, as foreign technology firms face a worsening business climate in China.

US tech firms, including Microsoft and Qualcomm, have come under investigation over business practices, the latest in a series of industries to face tougher ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French construction materials giant Lafarge said Thursday it has shut its cement plant in northern Syria as a security measure.

Lafarge decided last week to suspend work at the factory located some 150 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of the city of Aleppo "as security could not be guaranteed in the area," a company spokeswoman said.

"The factory's employees ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged Thursday to slash red tape and harness the benefits of a huge young population as he launched a campaign to attract global business to manufacture in India.

India's business-friendly new leader wants to revive his country's flagging economic fortunes by kick-starting a manufacturing sector long eclipsed by that of neighbouring ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Irish low-fare airline Ryanair said Thursday that annual net profits will be at the top end of expectations, citing improved customer services and a new offering for business travellers.

Profits after taxation for the current financial year to March 2015 are expected to be "towards the upper end" of its previously-announced forecast range of between 620 million ...

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