BrainDriver - a mind controlled car

AutoNOMOS Labs have developed an iPad app that allows users to order their car to drive. After a few modifications, the technology can control the car through the brain of the driver.

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Aruba Networks and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to Host Mobility and Networking Event for Channel Partners in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, KSA – 31st March, 2014 - Aruba Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARUN), a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise are set to host their first joint event for channel partners on the 15th of April, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Help AG Wins 'System Integrator of the Year' at Network World Middle East Awards 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 27 March, 2014: Help AG, a leading information security services and solutions provider in the Middle East, has been named &

A10 Networks Thunder Series ADCs and DDoS Mitigation Solutions Achieve Certified Integration with SAP® Applications

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  – 27th March, 2014 – A10 Networks (NYSE: ATEN), a technology leader in application networking, announced today that its Thunder Series application delivery controllers (ADCs) running ACOS 2.x and including the distributed denial of service (DDoS) feature set have achieved certified integration with SAP® applications.

African Grey Insurance Selects Agilis Core General Insurance Solution To Bolster Growth

Lusaka, Zambia, March 26, 2014: Agile Financial Technologies, a leading software provider for insurance, banking and financial services sectors, announced that it has won the contract to deploy its general insurance solution for African Grey Insurance in Zambia. Agilis Core General Insurance, which was chosen after a strict evaluation process, will help African Grey Insurance’s growth plans and enhance its operational efficiencies and service capabilities.

 

Telecom

Omantel's private placement price fixed at OMR1.511

Muscat: The private placement of Oman Telecommunication Company 's (Omantel) 71.25 million shares were subscribed by 1.988 times with high networth and institutional investors bidding for the shares in the price range of OMR1.500-1.900 per share.

The cut-off price at which the private placement was fully subscribed stood at OMR1.511 per share. 

Omantel launches A'amali service for SMEs

MUSCAT -- Omantel has launched the new "A'amali" service catering to the needs small and medium enterprises (SMEs) aiming to enable them to enhance productivity and performance in their business by providing a range of services to serve the sector.

Aftel launches 3G services for Kabul, 10 provinces

Afghan Telecom (Aftel) is launching GSM and 3G services in Kabul and ten provinces in the country, to add to its existing CDMA wireless services.

Kuwait Parliament passes bill for telco regulator

Kuwait’s National Assembly has approved the first reading of a bill to establish the country’s first independent telecoms regulator.

Media

United Arab Emirates profile

The UAE is a regional and international centre for TV and media, alongside Egypt and Lebanon. Dubai Media City and twofour54, Abu Dhabi's media zone, were set up to attract key players.

Spiky sales patterns impact UAE retail channel

The UAE retail channel for ICT and consumer electronics (CE) products is witnessing increasingly spiky sales patterns, experiencing major peaks and troughs from one month to the next, as the impact of specific sales events exacerbates market volatility. The UAE retail channel has already experienced Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and Abu Dhabi Electronics Shopper in 2013, and the inaugural Gitex Shopper Spring – dubbed mini-Gitex by some vendors – is currently taking place in Dubai.

Jacky’s Electronics sees Gitex Shopper Spring Edition fuelling sales across all IT categories

Jacky’s Electronics, the UAE’s leading multi-brand consumer electronics retailer, is expecting a surge of product sales, from the usual off-peak period during the month of April, brought in by the four-day event of the first Gitex Shopper Spring Edition.

Gadgets

Sennheiser Launches ADN-Wireless Conference System in Middle East

DUBAI, UAE - 23 March, 2014: Following the overwhelmingly positive response to its recently launched TeamConnect HD audio conferencing system, the Sennheiser Group today expanded its portfolio of solutions for enterp

Sennheiser Launches Esfera 5.1 Surround Microphone System at CABSAT 2014

DUBAI, UAE - 11 March, 2014: The Sennheiser Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems, today unveiled its Esfera 5.1 surround microphone system at CABSAT, the Middle East and Africa's largest broadcast digital media and satellite expo.

Sony’s PS4 shatters 5m-unit target a month early

Sony Computer Entertainment today reported an estimated 5.3m units of its PlayStation 4 games console had been sold since its November 2013 launch.

Sennheiser Launches ‘Team-Connect’ - Fully Integrated HD Audio Conferencing Solution for Middle East Businesses

DUBAI, UAE - 17 February, 2014: Sennheiser Group today launched its cost effective and efficient audio conferencing solution TeamConnect to help Middle East businesses improve their productivity and streamline communications.

Insight

Mining Dark Data for Business Gold

Author: Allen Mitchell, Senior Technical Account Manager, MENA at CommVault Systems

It may not seem like much, but the “dark data” accumulated over the years you’ve been in business could be an untapped digital gold mine, which could give your company a competitive advantage if used in conjunction with the critical data you employ every day.

 

Middleware Technologies – Bringing Innovation to the Middle East Retail Industry

Author: Pierre Fricke, Director of Product Marketing, Integration and BPM, Red Hat

Fierce competition in today’s marketplace is pressuring retailers in Middle East to scrutinize their business operations for areas where they can improve the customer experience. Not only are retailers fighting for customers, but they also face the challenge of delighting and keeping those customers.

Windows XP End-of-Support to Leave Large User Base Extremely Vulnerable to Attack, Warns Expert

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 12 March, 2014: Preceding Microsoft's imminent discontinuation of support for its hugely popular XP operating system (OS) on 8 April 2014, Help

Five Tips For Securing Enterprise Data Centers Against Sophisticated DDoS Attacks

Author: Mahmoud Samy, Area Head, Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan at Arbor Networks

Since the dawn of the computing age, hackers and network security professionals have been in a constant tug of war between advancements and innovation, success and failure.

People

Zain KSA appoints Eng. Farhan Al Faisal as Chairman

Zain Saudi Arabia Board of Directors announced the appointment of Eng. Farhan Bin Naif Al Faisal Al Jarbaa as Chairman of the company, replacing Mr. Fahad Ibrahim Al Dughaither who resigned from the position for personal reasons, but will still hold a membership in the Board of Directors. This was announced following a meeting of the Board on Monday, 10 March, 2014.

Fayçal Saile Appointed General Manager for Red Hat in Middle East, Turkey & Africa

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 12th February, 2014 - Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the appointment of Fayçal Saile as general manager for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region. In this capacity, he will be responsible for the overall direction and management of sales, business development and support operations.

Airtel names new CEO for Africa

Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel has appointed Christian de Faria as CEO of Airtel Africa, effective 1 January, 2014.

De Faria will join Airtel Africa on September 16, 2013. He will be based in Nairobi and will report to Manoj Kohli, who currently heads up the African unit as part of his role as CEO of international operations.

Brocade Names Bill Lipsin New Global Channel Chief

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - 10th September, 2013 - Brocade today announced the appointment of Bill Lipsin to lead its global channel in