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Al Reem Creative, Grayling join hands to provide communications solutions

Muscat - Al Reem Creative, an Omani media company trading as Brand Infiniti, and Grayling, a leading global public relations firm, have formed a new strategic partnership to boost the offering of communications solutions and digital marketing services in the sultanate.

The partnership was launched at a ceremony held at Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat on Wednesday.

Oracle User Group conference returns to Dubai

The Middle East Oracle User Group (MEOUG) is set to hold its seventh annual conference in Dubai, on 24th-25th March.

MEOUG MAJLIS 2015, which takes place at Atlantis, the Palm Hotel, will bring together CIOs and top Oracle executives to discuss technology, innovation, best practice and how to get the most from Oracle solutions.

Over 300 IT professionals from ten countries are expected to attend, with 84% C-level speakers.

Apple Watch whets appetites of 40% of US adult iPhone owners: poll

Some 40% of adult US iPhone owners are thinking about buying an Apple Watch, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Earlier this week Reuters reported that 13% of Americans who did not own an iPhone were considering buying one so they could buy an Apple Watch, which works best with Cupertino's smartphones.

The earlier report revealed that 69% of US citizens would not buy an Apple Watch, but also said that half of those polled were not aware of the forthcoming wrist-wear.

Emirates launches Apple Watch app

Emirates is set to be the first airline in the Middle East to offer an app for the Apple Watch.

The UAE carrier has announced the launch of a Watch app that will work with Emirates’ existing iPhone app, to provide travellers with itinerary details, flight information and other information.

Telecom

ANALYSIS-Apple TV entices networks with promise of mobile viewers

AN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK, March 17 (Reuters) - Apple Inc's planned video streaming service may not be a tough sell for media companies who could be enticed by the company's ubiquitous iPhones and iPads, which represent a new stream of growth for an industry losing viewers.

UPDATE 2-Super Mario to go mobile as Nintendo ventures into smartphone games

* Nintendo, DeNA to jointly develop, operate phone apps

* To buy 22 bln yen of shares in each other

* Nintendo has lost users to apps, console rivals

* Nintendo developing new gaming platform NX

(Recasts; adds details from press conference)

By Teppei Kasai

 

UAE users facing more cyber attacks

Dubai: The UAE is second in the region and around 15th globally when it comes to online threats and attacks, new research suggests.

More than half of UAE users — 51 per cent — faced financial cyber attacks while 10 per cent reported they lost money in 2014.

Dubai to issue prepaid cards from unmanned kiosk machines in April

Dubai: Dubai will add another feather to its cap in April when it will become first in the world to launch a prepaid card which can be issued instantly from an unmanned machine in a kiosk.

Dubai-based National Pay, in collaboration with Tuxedo Money Solutions and Kiosk solutions provider Atam are the entities behind the card known as DubaiCard.

Media

قلم يرسم أشكالًا ثلاثية الأبعاد على الهواء

ابتكرت شركه ' ووبل ووركس' الأمريكية قلما ثلاثي الابعاد فريد من نوعه ، حيث انه يرسم اشكالا ثلاثية الابعاد في الهواء، واصبح القلم متاحا للبيع في الاسواق بسعر75 دولارا امريكيا .

 

 

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.

Gadgets

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Sony's CES 2015 press conference @ CES 2015

Sony had a lot to announce at this year's CES: some gorgeous TVs, lights that are secretly speakers, and a stylish (and expensive) new Walkman — just to name a few.

Want to catch up on it all? We've cut its entire press conference down to seven minutes to show you everything you need to know from Sony 

Insight

Targeted Attacks and Malware Set to be Biggest Cyber Threats of 2015

Article Author: Mohamed Djenane, Security Specialist, ESET Middle East

2014 was a big year for the cyber security industry with shocking revelations emerging of data breaches of immense scale conducted against some of the largest and most prestigious global organizations. At the start of the year, ESET, the global leader in proactive digital protection,

Countering the Cost of Compliance

Author: Emily Wojcik, Senior Product Marketing Manager - Information Management, CommVault

‘Watch’ out for the Latest Weapon of DDoS Attacks: Network Time Protocol Attacks

Author: Mahmoud Samy, Regional Director, Middle East, Russia and CIS at Arbor Networks

OpenFlow – Creating a Solid Foundation for Software-Defined Networking

Author: Samer Ismair, Network Consultant, MEMA at Brocade Communications

Traditional networks and data centers are being stretched to their limits. They were never designed for today's astronomical growth in bandwidth-intensive applications—and the ever-increasing demand for speed, scalability, and resilience.

People

Batelco appoints new group CEO

Batelco Group has announced that Batelco Group CEO, Alan Whelan is leaving the group and Ihab Hinnawi, who holds the role of CEO at Batelco’s sister company Umniah, will be appointed as the group’s acting chief executive officer.

eXtra names new CEO

Saudi-based retailer United Electronics Company eXtra, has announced the appointment of Abdulhameed Abdulaziz Al Ohali as the chief executive officer of the company with effect from 10th March 2015.

This followed the Board of Directors accepting the resignation of the previous CEO Karim Al Dahabi, who quit the post for personal reasons and has been appointed as a strategic advisor to the company.

Mobile network infrastructure across MEA

Chris Buist, director at Coleago Consulting, talks about how operators can share infrastructure in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa region to improve their revenues.

Network infrastructure sharing agreements are nothing new. They have been around for decades in one form or another and have experienced 200% global growth in the last five years. But, with the exception of passive sharing in certain South Asian markets, the trend has largely bypassed the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

Batelco appoints new group CEO

Batelco Group has announced that Batelco Group CEO, Alan Whelan is leaving the group and Ihab Hinnawi, who holds the role of CEO at Batelco’s sister company Umniah, will be appointed as the group’s acting chief executive officer.