Technology

Blockchain Revolution: Digitizing Economy

Blockchain Revolution: Digitizing Economy

Blockchain technology is fast emerging as a key enabler for innovation. But there is still a lot of ambiguity around it. Global consulting and technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton demystifies this generational-disruptive force and explains why it matters in the GCC New and emerging blockchain technologies are integral to supporting and realizing a digital […]

 
 

NASA-Inspired Technology Ignites Digital Product for Muslims

NASA-Inspired Technology Ignites Digital Product for Muslims

NASA-INSPIRED TECHNOLOGY IGNITES DIGITAL PRODUCT FOR MUSLIMS  TIMEZ5 launches Muslim Physiology course as a digital product after years of excessive demand to help reach millions globally. TIMEZ5 is offering the $49 course for free throughout the month of Ramadan and Eid 2016. TIMEZ5 Global Inc., the creator of the world’s […]

 
 

Facebook now has 114m monthly active users in MENA

Facebook now has 114m monthly active users in MENA

Latest numbers revealed by world’s biggest social networking company shows that more than 100 million people connect, discover and share on Facebook on mobile across the MENA region Regional mobile growth results in 114 million monthly active regional users Every day Facebook has 8 billion video views globally Facebook in […]

 
 

Etisalat launches High-speed public WiFi, Free for mobile data customers

Etisalat launches High-speed public WiFi, Free for mobile data customers

  Etisalat announced today the launch of ‘UAE WiFi by Etisalat’ – the telco’s high-speed public WiFi in the UAE. It lets UAE’s residents connect to the Internet using their mobile devices in more than 250 major public locations across the country at topmost speeds and the highest available quality […]

 
 

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Interview with Hania Hoss, where she talks about all things digital and social media Hania ElSolh Hoss is a social and digital media manager based out of Dubai. She has been associated with the world’s most sought after brands such as Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Crocs. During her free time, she develops mobile applications […]

 
 

YouTube goes premium!

YouTube goes premium!

From an amalgam of short clips on the web in 2005, Youtube has grown exponentially in the past decade since its founding. The video czar recently took its next big step with the announcement of YouTube Red – a premium service that will eliminate ads and provide exclusive original contents […]

 
 

Middle East towards digital transformation

Middle East towards digital transformation

  Simplifying operations through real-time analysis of data from different divisions is very important Middle East enterprises must recruit higher level strategists to drive digital transformations, global CIOs urged during GITEX Technology Week 2015’s conferences program. As the Internet of Things era advances in the Middle East, Frost & Sullivan […]

 
 

Meraas and AliCloud launch joint venture—Yvolv

Meraas and AliCloud launch joint venture—Yvolv

Yvolv will provide scalable and flexible customized solutions in cloud computing, digital consulting, and system integration in the MENA region. Dubai Ruler owned entity Meraas and the China-based Alibaba Group’s cloud computing subsidiary, AliCloud, plan to launch their joint venture Yvolv at GITEX Technology Week 2015. “In line with the […]

 
 

UAE readies for personalized gourmet food experience

UAE readies for personalized gourmet food experience

Foodiac – the new “Airbnb for chefs” challenges the dining market in UAE Foodiac, a Finland based start-up marketplace for high-end professional private chefs and allied services, expands its base in UAE. Supported by Turn8-accelarator, the start-up aims to bring together host of new, local, national and international chefs at […]

 
 

An online Arabic content revolution in the making?

An online Arabic content revolution in the making?

Middle East’s Top VC predicts Arabic content revolution in the making BECO sees great opportunities in Arabic digital content in the region Arabic: 4th most popular language globally 60% of Arabic speakers prefer browsing internet content in Arabic 97% in Saudi Arabia and Egypt BECO Capital, a regional venture capital firm […]

 
 

Region’s First Ever Tech Innovation Lounge Opens in Dubai Media City

Region’s First Ever Tech Innovation Lounge Opens in Dubai Media City

CREATIVE INDUSTRY FIRST: DUBAI TO GET A TASTE OF FLUX INNOVATION Engage Works and StartJG unite to launch Dubai’s first ever tech innovation lounge Interactive technology group Engage Works and strategic brand design agency StartJG bring the Flux Innovation Lounge to the Middle East Engage Works and StartJG have today […]

 
 

Infographic: Water Means Business in the Middle East

Infographic: Water Means Business in the Middle East

Efficient water management can drive long term business success Dow Water & Process Solutions, the global leader in sustainable water separation and purification technologies identifies water trends and warns businesses to invest in water management to save bottom line Water is one of the most precious elements on our planet, […]

 
 

MENA Venture Capital Market Gaining Momentum

MENA Venture Capital Market Gaining Momentum

BECO Capital, a regional venture capital firm focused on technology investments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, today said that the Venture Capital (VC) market has gained momentum in the last 12 months, boosted by successful fundraising by the “Big Four”, a much deeper startup ecosystem across the region, […]

 
 

Zomato gets funds from Temasek and Vy Capital

Zomato gets funds from Temasek and Vy Capital

Zomato has $60mn more on its plate Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery app, announced today that it has raised USD 60 million in a fresh round of funding that is being led by Singapore investment company, Temasek with participation from existing investor Vy Capital and will use the investment to further […]

 
 

Google renames itself Alphabet, do you know why?

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Google seeks to call itself ‘Alphabet’. Does it have a business arm for each of the 26 letters of the English Alphabet? Let us find out! While most of us were fast asleep, a new Alphabet was being written. The Bible of the Netizens, Google, is creating a new operating […]

 
 

UAE busts Nigerian cyber criminal gang

UAE busts Nigerian cyber criminal gang

UAE busts Nigerian cyber criminal gang operating from the Emirate of Ajman, targeting victims in the US. Tools of the crime recovered in raid include electronic devices; financial remittance documents; hacking software; bank accounts; and a list of more than 5 million electronic bank accounts targeted by the gang. The […]

 
 

Middle East prefers flexible work hours over salary hike!

Middle East prefers flexible work hours over salary hike!

Almost 50% of Survey Respondents Would Choose Flexible Hours Over Salary Increase; Aruba Networks Increased mobile technology usage at work is revolutionizing the Middle East workforce, creating a generation of more efficient ‘Desk-Independent’ employees, according to industry experts. Figures from the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) study on the growing […]

 
 

Want to pick up Merlin Digital’s new travel products?

Want to pick up Merlin Digital’s new travel products?

Merlin Digital’s introduces yet another range of smart innovative products Merlin Digital, a leading technology company dedicated to making a smarter world through innovative offerings, has unveiled its range of travel products. Pioneering in introducing groundbreaking gadgets each time has enabled Merlin to be UAE’s most preferred brand in consumer […]

 
 

Internet Usage Trends During Ramadan

Internet Usage Trends During Ramadan

Ramadan online trends reveal shifting Internet consumption Ramadan is unlike any other time of the year in the Muslim world. It affects almost every aspect of people’s lives – and online time spent is no exception. During Ramadan, the digital behaviours of many consumers change significantly, requiring businesses to change their […]

 
 

Google Translate vs Human Translation comparison [Infographic]

Google Translate vs Human Translation comparison [Infographic]

Infographic compares the strengths of Google Translate vs Human Translation, which is still superior, and tell you when you should use when. With the rapid development and evolution of real-time applications and information, the ability to obtain required data has become second nature. That has evolved into instant translation services […]

 
 

In Depth: Fetchr to fuel e-commerce in MENA

In Depth: Fetchr to fuel e-commerce in MENA

Dubai-based Fetchr raises $11 million in its aim to solve logistical issues of emerging markets. Now deliver packages even to places without ZIP Codes. The primary target industry for Fetchr is technology. The Fetchr story – all about how it started Idriss Al Rifai, while at an event in Silicon Valley California […]

 
 

Jawbone Launches UP2 in UAE

Jawbone Launches UP2 in UAE

Jawbone today announced the launch of the UP2 activity tracker in the United Arab Emirates. UP2 is the successor to the popular UP24 band with an all-new industrial design that’s 45% smaller than its predecessor. The UP2 wristband offers the same stylish, new design as the UP3 band, but with […]

 
 

Apple Music, is it ready to take on the world?

Apple Music, is it ready to take on the world?

The iconic electronics company, Apple, fails to touch the word “revolutionary”. So happy for Tim, Jimmy and everyone at @AppleMusic + Beats1. I’m excited to be a part of it. ❤️💋 pic.twitter.com/SGFhWLeVTF — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 9, 2015 This week of 2015 saw Apple unveil a subscription music service. […]

 
 

Fetchr to use GPS to deliver goods in the Middle East

Fetchr to use GPS to deliver goods in the Middle East

Peer to peer shipping becomes a snap with GPS enabled Fetchr app First Silicon Valley funded app in MENA does away with directions to provide intuitive shipping and logistics solution  UAE based Fetchr announced today the launch of their app that gives both the community and businesses the ability to […]

 
 

Video Streaming boom in Western Europe [Infographic]

Video Streaming boom in Western Europe [Infographic]

Video streaming is booming in Western Europe with Netflix subscribers to more than double in the region, reveals IHS Technology’s infographic. According to the statement released by the company on April 15th 2015, several major milestones were achieved in Q1: subscribers in the US surpassed 40 million; 20 million internationally; […]

 
 

IRENA sets high standards with new building

IRENA sets high standards with new building

IRENA’s new complex in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, is a fitting step forward to its energy mission The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reinforced UAE’s status as a global energy leader with its newly inaugurated headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City on June 3, 2015 (Wednesday). The new complex– the 32,000 m2 […]

 
 

Content Marketing gaining momentum in the Middle East

Content Marketing gaining momentum in the Middle East

Results from the Middle East’s Content Marketing survey announced  Research by Zeentee.com shows that 60% of marketers in the region plan to increase content marketing budgets over the next year. Zeentree.com has released findings from its first survey on the importance of content marketing in the Middle East.  The survey […]

 
 

Innovation, Investment and Smart Government to drive ArabNet 2015 Agenda

Innovation, Investment and Smart Government to drive ArabNet 2015 Agenda

Innovation, Investment and Smart Government to drive ArabNet 2015 Agenda 3RD Edition of ArabNet Digital Summit returns to the UAE with over 1,200 attendees expected The 3rd ArabNet Digital Summit opened today with three key themes set to drive the conference agenda, innovation, investment and smart government according to founder […]

 
 

Middle East IT spending hit by low oil prices & economic factors

Middle East IT spending hit by low oil prices & economic factors

Gartner Says Middle East and Africa IT Infrastructure Spending Will Reach $3.4 Billion in 2015 Analysts Will Examine Key Trends in Infrastructure and Operations at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 May 19-21, Dubai  IT infrastructure spending in the Middle East and Africa is forecast to reach $3.48 billion, a 0.9 percent increase […]

 
 

Dubai joins global Smart City App Hack challenge

Dubai joins global Smart City App Hack challenge

Dubai joins the global Smart City App Hack challenge Dubai, Barcelona, Helsinki and Ghent are the cities currently confirmed to participate in the Smart City App Hack, a new global app challenge that is just starting. The cities will join forces aiming to create a network of citizens that will […]

 
 

Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg (reproduced from his Facebook Profile) Over the past week in India, there has been a lot written about Internet.org and net neutrality. I’d like to share my position on these topics here for everyone to see. First, I’ll share a quick story. Last year I visited Chandauli, a small village […]

 
 

Is India ready for the mobile wallet boom?

Is India ready for the mobile wallet boom?

Using yourmobile phone as a handy tool for financial transactions, instead of cash or cards, has become a reality with mobile wallets (m-Wallets), and though a relatively new concept, it is fast gaining popularity across the world. With the human race’s increasing penchant for ‘all things technology’ to make life […]

 
 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the most expensive Galaxy S line smartphone yet built, reveals IHS teardown. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone with 64GB has a BOM of $284.85, while that of Apple iPhone 6 Plus is only $236.04 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Pricier to Build, Cheaper to Buy than Comparable Apple iPhone […]

 
 

MEFCC 2015: A Bigger, Better and Crazier Comicon

MEFCC 2015: A Bigger, Better and Crazier Comicon

The Middle East Film and Comic Con is the region’s largest popular culture festival showcasing Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Animation, Gaming, Manga, Comics, Collectibles and more. Fans can meet celebrities, buy exclusive merchandise, take part in creative workshops & competitions, compete in gaming tournaments or just relax with friends and family. […]

 
 

A Day Without Technology. Can You Imagine?

A Day Without Technology. Can You Imagine?

Over dependence on tech gadgets is something that is fast becoming a hallmark to define the present generation. The overpowering influence of  social media has found child engagement like never before. According to recent research, children below the age of 13 are increasingly visible on social media sites. 38% of […]

 
 

Step Conference returns to Dubai

Step Conference returns to Dubai

STEP Conference shifts gear to beyond technology If you have got anything to do with technology, you got to be here! The top three tech speakers of the world are marking their presence– Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch and Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies. What started […]

 
 

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

Today business is no longer about boring board room meetings or random cold calling. It is all about social selling, relationship building, conversations, and creating a buzz. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to engage in such meaningful conversations with prospects and tap hidden business and career opportunities. While LinkedIn is […]

 
 

Cyberattack is easier than Cyberdefence – Bruce Schneier

Cyberattack is easier than Cyberdefence – Bruce Schneier

“We’re living in a world where Cyberattack is easier than Cyberdefence” – Bruce Schneier Cybersecurity guru Bruce Schneier to reveal lessons learned from the Sony hack scandal at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) Cybercriminal attacks around the world will continue to rise as long as personal data […]

 
 

Impact of Social Media on Future of Journalism

Impact of Social Media on Future of Journalism

Social media breaks news but traditional media is more important today to filter the noise, says Reddit co-founder. Discussing the effect of social media on the future of journalism at the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit in Dubai, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit lauded social media for bringing breaking news […]

 
 

‘Social Media in the Arab World’ 2015 -report

‘Social Media in the Arab World’ 2015 -report

Facebook and WhatsApp are region’s most popular social networking sites: Social Media in the Arab World Report • ‘Knowing about the most influential tools will enable decision-makers to invest optimally to serving the community,’ says HE Mohammed Al Gergawi • 89% Facebook users in the Arab world access it daily […]