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Facebook Q4 revenue growth slows, spending soars

Facebook beat analysts' expectations as it saw fourth-quarter revenue growth of 49%, stemming largely from mobile advertising, Reuters reported.

But, while the social media company surpassed Wall Street's projections for both profit and sales, spending rose faster (87%) than revenue and despite the enviable growth figures, the revenue increase was the lowest since the start of 2013.

Shares were down 2.6% in after-hours trading.

Cisco Connect returns to UAE

Cisco announced today that its flagship technology summit Cisco Connect 2015 UAE will be held from 18-19 February at Atlantis the Palm Hotel, in Dubai.

Themed, "Connecting the Unconnected", the event is intended as an opportunity for delegates to "network, share knowledge, and drive the technology agenda for the region's public and private sectors", Cisco said in a statement.

ADSIC and Oracle team up to train Emirati graduates

Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC) is set to launch a program with Oracle, which will train Emirati graduates in IT skills.

The Workforce Development Programme will focus on delivering industry-relevant IT skills training in business applications, database and Java development, with the aim of supporting the UAE Government's nationalisation policies, and to provide more diverse opportunities for Emiratis in the workplace.

TechAccess, Extreme Networks tie-up

TechAccess, a regional value-added IT distributor has signed an agreement with Extreme Networks for the Middle East.

Under the accord, TechAccess will offer its channel partners in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Jordan the vendor's entire networking products and solutions.

Telecom

Paladion joins with HP on cyber-sec managed services summit

Information risk management specialist Paladion Networks today announced it will be holding a summit on ICT security managed services, in collaboration with HP Enterprise Security at InterContinental Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 9 February.

The SOC Conference will cover approaches to the changing threat landscape, including emerging technologies such as big data analytics.

The conference is aimed at chief information security officers (CISOs), technology risk and compliance professionals, and IT security managers, Paladion said.

TechAccess granted rights for Unify in KSA

Specialist regional VAD TechAccess has signed a new partnership deal with Unify, which will allow the distributor to offer channel partners the vendor's solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Symantec brings Veritas back to life

Symantec has announced that it will resurrect the Veritas name for its spun off information management company.

The security specialist announced that it would split into two businesses, a security company and a data management company, in October last year. The data management operation has now announced that it will be called Veritas Technologies Corporation.

The Veritas name was last used in 2005, by Veritas Software Corporation, which was acquired by Symantec. The company has also created a new logo for Veritas.

LINK Development and Microsoft showcase CityNext Initiative

Technology solution provider LINK Development and Microsoft Gulf have jointly held the ‘CityNext Initiative' to showcase the latest solutions for government in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

The showcase was held to demonstrate technologies and solutions that can help government to improve operations and move to smart government. The event was attended by Eng. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Director of Fujairah e-Government.

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

SONY CES 2015 Summary

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies.

Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

10 Best Innovations at CES 2015!

some of the favorite tech from every category at CES 2015.

Top Tech Revealed at CES 2015

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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

Nokia Networks appoints new head of MEA business

Nokia Networks has announced the appointment of Bernard Najm as vice president and head of its business in Middle East and Africa. Najm, who will be based in Dubai, was leading the business in the sub-region called “SKIL” - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Levant that includes Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

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.