Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik featured on Google Doodle

The Google Doodle also featured iconic characters from Tawfik’s books, including Refaat Ismael. (Google)
Updated 10 June 2019

Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik featured on Google Doodle

  • Born in Tanta, Egypt in 1962, Tawfik was one of the most influential writers in the Arab world
  • He wrote more than 500 books, on top of his other duties as a doctor and a professor

A renowned Egyptian novelist, known for his contributions to Arab horror, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, is the focus of Monday’s Google Doodle, for what would’ve been his 57th birthday.

Born in Tanta, Egypt in 1962, Tawfik was one of the most influential writers in the Arab world, particularly in the horror and science fiction genres.

He wrote more than 500 books, on top of his other duties as a doctor and a professor. He attended medical school and later earned a PhD in tropical diseases and became a professor at Tanta University.

But being a writer seemed to be instinctive for Tawfik, who grew up in a house full of books, and had access to quality literature by Somerset Maugham, Mark Twain, and Tolstoy, whom he drew influences from. He started writing his own adventure stories at the age of 10.

The Google Doodle also featured iconic characters from Tawfik’s books, including Refaat Ismael, the main chacter of “Ma Waraa Al Tabiaa,” a horror/thriller series of 81 novels that is slated to be a Netflix TV show.

Tawfik died of cardiac arrest at the El Demerdash Hospital in Cairo on April 2, 2018.


Apple’s Cook meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app

Updated 18 October 2019

Apple’s Cook meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app

  • Apple last week removed from its app store an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements
  • A Chinese state newspaper has sharply criticized Apple for allowing the software

BEIJING: Apple CEO Tim Cook met the chief of China’s market regulator in Beijing on Thursday, the Chinese agency said, a week after the US firm was thrust into the midst of political tensions between the mainland and protesters in Hong Kong.
Apple last week removed from its app store an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements after a Chinese state newspaper sharply criticized it for allowing the software. The company said the app, HKmap.live, was used to target the police.
Cook had defended the removal in the face of criticism for appeasing mainland China, telling Apple workers that “this decision best protects our users.”
China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website that its chief, Xiao Yaqing, and Cook discussed topics including Apple expanding investment in China, consumer rights protection and fulfilling corporate social responsibility. It did not give more details.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
China is a key market for Apple. Apple’s smartphone market share fell to 5.8 percent in the June quarter from 6.4 percent in the same period a year ago, according to research firm Canalys, as China’s homegrown Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. became the dominant smartphone seller.
The meeting also comes days before China holds the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. The event in the past has attracted overseas company executives, foreign diplomats and Chinese government officials.
It was not immediately clear if Cook will be a participant at the conference this year. He last attended the event in 2017.