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Ciena upgrades WaveLogic Photonics

Network specialist Ciena Corp today unveiled WaveLogic Photonics, new line intelligence capabilities said to “significantly improve visibility, control and programmability of packet optical networks”.

Malware contest uncovers 34 zero-days in popular software

Hacking competitions sponsored by Google and HP have identified 34 zero-day vulnerabilities in widely used applications, including six flaws in Microsoft code and a kernel issue in Apple's iOS, the Register reported.

Google's Pwnium contest and HP's Pwn2Own competition - held in Vancouver, Canada, during the annual CanSecWest conference - challenged contestants to find software vulnerabilities in software that have been missed during in-house quality-assurance testing.

Pressure for Asus to cancel dual-boot tablet

Computer vendor Asus may cancel its plans for dual Windows-Android devices due to operating systems makers' objections.

Asus introduced the Transformer Book Duet TD300 at International CES in January this year. The TD 300 was described as a convertible, dual-boot machine that could run both Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android operating systems. Information week reported that Asus envisioned the new tablet would be a work machine by day and a personal media device by night.

Xbox One to hit UAE and KSA in September

Microsoft's next generation console, the Xbox One, will be officially released in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in September this year.

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

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

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.

ZOTAC Supercharges the TITAN

Dubai, UAE, May 2, 2013 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards, mini-PCs and accessories, today supercharges the TITAN with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition, the world’s fastest single GPU graphics card.

 

Insight

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.

Middle East Telco Operators: OPEX is Dead, Long Live CAPEX!

Author: Glen Ogden, Regional Sales Director, Middle  East at A10 Networks

 

 

Since the 'global economic crisis’ in 2008, few economies to date have managed the slow climb towards tentative recoveries.  Commercially, the impact of any economic downturn hits some companies harder than others.  For example, niche players tend to struggle, smaller companies may either fold or merge; in general market consolidation dominates the economic landscape.

 

Middle East Organizations Need Better Data Management Practices to Support eDiscovery & Compliance Requirements in Big Data Era

Author: Henrik Pedersen, Regional Presales Manager MENA, Eastern & South Eastern

Europe, CommVault Systems

 

Big Data Management Challenges

A relentless explosion of Big Data continues to ignite pervasive and persistent problems as

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