tbreak.ae http://tbreak.ae tech'ing the Middle East Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:31:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Arab Mobile App Challenge to return http://tbreak.ae/arab-mobile-app-challenge-return/ http://tbreak.ae/arab-mobile-app-challenge-return/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:31:55 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25045 Applied Innovation Institute, Ooredoo and Pearson have announced that the Arab Mobile App Challenge (AMAC) will take place again in 2014, following the success of last year’s pilot competition. The Challenge, which saw thousands of participants enter in 2013, will help foster innovation and entrepreneurship amongst young people in the Middle East and North Africa. […]

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Applied Innovation Institute, Ooredoo and Pearson have announced that the Arab Mobile App Challenge (AMAC) will take place again in 2014, following the success of last year’s pilot competition.

The Challenge, which saw thousands of participants enter in 2013, will help foster innovation and entrepreneurship amongst young people in the Middle East and North Africa. Entrants are tasked with designing a Mobile App for one of four sectors: healthcare, entertainment, education or ‘other’. In addition to acquiring new business, employability and technological skills, entrants also have the chance to win cash prizes of US$25,000, $15,000 and US$10,000 for first, second and third place, respectively. Due to a unique collaboration, winners are also given the opportunity to compete in the Global Mobile App Competition held at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. This will provide young entrepreneurs from this region a chance to connect with founders of other digital start-ups, and meet with potential business sponsors.

Many leading regional organisations are on board to support AMAC 2014 including Pearson, IE Business School, Mada, Oasis500, Supcom, Wamda, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Region, Potential, In5, Qatar Business Incubation Center, Bader Lebanon, Coworking+961, the Queen Rania Centre for Entrepreneurship, Touch Lebanon, Zain Kuwait, Zain Jordan and Int@j Jordan.

AMAC entrants will receive mentoring from experienced business representatives. Mentors will help participants develop their ideas from concept stage through to completion, with a view to creating viable business ventures for the MENA market. The Challenge has been designed to teach the region’s young people the skills needed for business start-up – with great results. More than 15 percent of participants from last year’s Challenge who made it to semi-final stage, now own start-up businesses.

Nassim Ershaed from Pearson says that by promoting entrepreneurship in this way, the Competition is directly contributing to job creation and economic growth in the region.

“With one of the world’s largest youth populations, it is critical that developing entrepreneurship skills in our young people is given the highest priority. A recent report by the World Economic Forum found that the region needs to create 75 million new jobs by 2020 – that’s a 40 percent increase on the number of jobs in existence in 2011. One of the most important things we can do to increase the number of jobs being generated is to nurture entrepreneurship. The Arab Mobile App Competition is a very credible and very practical way in which entrepreneurship is being raised in the consciousness of our young population, and in its small way, will help the region’s record-breaking youth population flourish in the years ahead”.

Pearson has been chosen to sponsor the education section of the Challenge. As the world’s largest learning organisation, supporting education initiatives such as this is a priority for the company. Ershaed says:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring AMAC once again this year. At Pearson we strongly believe that a successful education must prepare learners for life and work in the 21st century. We also believe that learning can be achieved in many ways – and that the best learning does not always take place in the classroom. AMAC is an excellent example of real world learning – setting up participants for future success in their careers, whether they plan on starting their own business or working for an employer.

“Pearson is thrilled by the success of many of last year’s finalists in their business ventures. As a company committed to efficacy in education, we readily welcome this kind of measureable success. We are delighted to see AMAC return this year and look forward to seeing the inspiring app solutions participants design in this challenge”.

Entry to AMAC 2014 is open to the entire region. Acceleration and webinar workshops for all selected teams will begin in September. To find out more and to register, visit www.arabmobilechallenge.com.

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uberX launching in Dubai http://tbreak.ae/uberx-launching-dubai/ http://tbreak.ae/uberx-launching-dubai/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:04:11 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25038 Uber, the popular private driver service, announced today that it will be introducing uberX to its services here in Dubai. The company previously only offered UberBLACK cars (such as those from Lexus) to customers in the city, but has now expanded to include the low-cost uberX as well. The newer cars will be those such […]

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Uber, the popular private driver service, announced today that it will be introducing uberX to its services here in Dubai. The company previously only offered UberBLACK cars (such as those from Lexus) to customers in the city, but has now expanded to include the low-cost uberX as well. The newer cars will be those such as the Toyota Previa and Venza for up to six people, and will be significantly cheaper to ride in.

To request an uberX car, simply book your ride in the Uber app and move the slider at the bottom of the app to ‘uberX’ to call for a much cheaper ride. The base fare for an uberX car starts from AED 8, compared to AED 10 for an UberBLACK car, excluding Salik charges.

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40% of Large Screen Samsung TVs sold in UAE are UHD http://tbreak.ae/40-large-screen-samsung-tvs-sold-uae-uhd/ http://tbreak.ae/40-large-screen-samsung-tvs-sold-uae-uhd/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:37:24 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25037 According to new sales figures from Samsung, UHD TVs make up 40 percent of its large screen sales, signaling a mass move towards larger resolutions on larger displays. Gfk has reported a 459 percent year-to-date growth in value and 978 percent year-to date growth in quantity for Samsung screens 65” and above. The 80” and […]

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According to new sales figures from Samsung, UHD TVs make up 40 percent of its large screen sales, signaling a mass move towards larger resolutions on larger displays. Gfk has reported a 459 percent year-to-date growth in value and 978 percent year-to date growth in quantity for Samsung screens 65” and above. The 80” and above category also took a big leap, growing four-fold between 2012 and 2013.

The rapid rise in UHD TVs is a mark of 2014, however, and comes with the launch of Samsung’s Curved UHD and UHD TVs in the Gulf region.

“When we introduced our new UHD TVs to the region, we hoped that our attention to picture quality and usability would catch the eyes of consumers in the UAE,” said Vinod Nair, General Manager of TVs at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “Shoppers in this country are always among the first to try on new releases, but we did not anticipate this level of growth. As Samsung continues to push the envelope on performance, we expect that even more consumers will see the attraction of ultra-high definition.”

In April, Samsung unveiled its Curved UHD and UHD TV lineups in the UAE, delivering an immersive, cinematic experience to homes across the country. Designed with Samsung’s patented Auto Depth Enhancer and Pur Color Technology, the Samsung UHD TV range displays images in striking color and remarkable detail. The 2014 lineup is also endowed with smart technology, allowing users to split screens and populate them with broadcast, web content, news and video without compromising quality or space.

Consumers can find the full lineup of Samsung’s UHD TVs across leading retail outlets in 50”, 55”, 65”, 78” and 85”.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Unboxing Video http://tbreak.ae/asus-zenfone-5-unboxing-video/ http://tbreak.ae/asus-zenfone-5-unboxing-video/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:18:58 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25030 ASUS is going to be launching the ZenFone 5 in the UAE next week and we’ve just received our review sample. Enjoy the short unboxing video while we evaluate the device for a full review. Interesting in winning the ASUS ZenFone 5? We’ve got one for giveaway.

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ASUS is going to be launching the ZenFone 5 in the UAE next week and we’ve just received our review sample. Enjoy the short unboxing video while we evaluate the device for a full review.

Interesting in winning the ASUS ZenFone 5? We’ve got one for giveaway.

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Jacky’s COO takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge http://tbreak.ae/jackys-coo-takes-ice-bucket-challenge/ http://tbreak.ae/jackys-coo-takes-ice-bucket-challenge/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:09:34 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25021 The Ice Bucket Challenge  has taken over the Internet by a storm, with many celebrities such as Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Tim Cook, Justin Bieber, et all, taking up and passing on the challenge to raise awareness for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease. The challenge requires a person to either donate $100 or more […]

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The Ice Bucket Challenge  has taken over the Internet by a storm, with many celebrities such as Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Tim Cook, Justin Bieber, et all, taking up and passing on the challenge to raise awareness for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease.

The challenge requires a person to either donate $100 or more towards the ALS Association or a dump a bucket of ice cold water over their heads. Many have simply chosen to do both. Within the UAE Jacky’s COO Ashish Panjabi has been brave enough to take the task when challenged by their PR agency, Action Global.

He has passed on the Ice Bucket Challenge to three other people, as per rule, to a twitter follower Don Joe Martin, Rachielle Araga from Toshiba Gulf, and the newly minted President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Vikram Shroff.

Guys, you have 24 hours to accept the challenge!

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LG announces L-Series phones ahead of IFA http://tbreak.ae/lg-announces-l-series-phones-ahead-ifa/ http://tbreak.ae/lg-announces-l-series-phones-ahead-ifa/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:04:24 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25009 LG has officially announced its budget friendly L- Series Android phones focused towards teenagers. Two new devices – L Fino and L Bello will be packing mid- ranged quad core processors, 1GB RAM and 8 megapixel cameras with UX features to snap pictures easily and both will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The L Fino will […]

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LG has officially announced its budget friendly L- Series Android phones focused towards teenagers. Two new devices – L Fino and L Bello will be packing mid- ranged quad core processors, 1GB RAM and 8 megapixel cameras with UX features to snap pictures easily and both will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The L Fino will have a 4.5 inch screen with battery capacity of 1900mAh, and the L Bello will have a 5 inch screen with a battery of 2540mAh. Additionally, both will come in black, white and gold colors. We will have to wait for official pricing and availability next month at the IFA trade show. Stay tuned folks!

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Skype notifications will now buzz only on the device you’re using http://tbreak.ae/skype-notifications-will-now-buzz-device-youre-using/ http://tbreak.ae/skype-notifications-will-now-buzz-device-youre-using/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:18 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25016 Ever come across times when you get the same Skype instant message notifications throughout all our devices signed in with your Skype? Annoying isn’t it? Microsoft has now come up with a smart solution called “Active Endpoint” in which all the message notifications will only go to the device you’re currently using. No notifications will be […]

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Ever come across times when you get the same Skype instant message notifications throughout all our devices signed in with your Skype? Annoying isn’t it? Microsoft has now come up with a smart solution called “Active Endpoint” in which all the message notifications will only go to the device you’re currently using. No notifications will be sent to the other devices whether be a phone, tablet or a computer. However, the chat history will be synced throughout all your devices. When you stop using the device you’re using currently, all devices become active and start receiving notifications to make sure you never miss a thing. The updates will roll out in the coming weeks’ time.

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Huawei teases new devices for IFA launch http://tbreak.ae/huawei-teases-new-devices-ifa-launch/ http://tbreak.ae/huawei-teases-new-devices-ifa-launch/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:51:44 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25013 We have been posting news about almost about most major phone manufacturers that will announce new products at the upcoming IFA event.  Lets add Huawei to that list. Their event is scheduled for September 3rd 2014 and Huawei has released a rather strange teaser image hinting at new devices with finger print authentication of some sort […]

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We have been posting news about almost about most major phone manufacturers that will announce new products at the upcoming IFA event.  Lets add Huawei to that list. Their event is scheduled for September 3rd 2014 and Huawei has released a rather strange teaser image hinting at new devices with finger print authentication of some sort as well as an icon which could mean a new device with automobile integration. Furthermore, there is calculator along with 6 cats. Don’t ask us what that is all for but all will be revealed in two weeks so stay tuned.

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Apple to open its largest store in the world in Dubai http://tbreak.ae/apple-store-dubai-to-open-in-mall-of-the-emirates/ http://tbreak.ae/apple-store-dubai-to-open-in-mall-of-the-emirates/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:15:22 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=25006 Recent job listings for a UAE Apple Store were revealed last week but not much was known about the location of such a venture. EdgarDaily is now reporting that Apple has chosen the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai to not only be their flagship store in the Middle East but their biggest store one […]

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Recent job listings for a UAE Apple Store were revealed last week but not much was known about the location of such a venture. EdgarDaily is now reporting that Apple has chosen the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai to not only be their flagship store in the Middle East but their biggest store one in the world. That’s how we do things in Dubai.

According to them, the area currently occupied by VOX Cinemas will be where the new store will be built. We have already heard reports on VOX moving to another part of the mall so this part makes sense. Apple is expected to have the store ready some time in 2015.

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ASUS hints at an Android Wear smartwatch http://tbreak.ae/asus-hints-android-wear-smartwatch/ http://tbreak.ae/asus-hints-android-wear-smartwatch/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:07:41 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=24976 Note the dates down folks as ASUS has officially announced their IFA event to be held on September 3rd, 2014 in Berlin- the same day Samsung will run their UNPACKED 2014 event. We expect a new range of Android and Windows tablets, phones and laptops. Earlier, ASUS posted a picture on their Twitter account hinting that […]

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Note the dates down folks as ASUS has officially announced their IFA event to be held on September 3rd, 2014 in Berlin- the same day Samsung will run their UNPACKED 2014 event. We expect a new range of Android and Windows tablets, phones and laptops.

Earlier, ASUS posted a picture on their Twitter account hinting that they will announce their Android Wear smartwatch and if reports are true, the watch will be priced between $99 to $150 and will pack hardware similar to the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Stay tuned for more.

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