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ITA signs two agreements

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) signed two agreements today during a meeting held in the Boardroom of the head offices of ITA. One agreement relates to the expansion of the Government IT Training & Certification (GITTC) project and the second agreement relates to increasing the trust of citizens and businesses when utilizing the e-services. HE Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Chairman of the ITA Board of Directors, signed the agreements on behalf of ITA in the presence of Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, ITA’s Chief Executive Officer; Talal Sulaiman Al Rahbi, Deputy CEO of Operations at ITA; ITA employees, and other distinguished guests.

On the occasion of the signing, HE Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy said, “Adding another operator to the GITTC project, will further help government entities to enhance the IT skills and abilities of government employees. Doing so will benefit the employees so they can better provide e-services to the community.


Research In Motion and Oman Mobile launch the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone in the Sultanate

Muscat 24th August 2011, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Oman Mobile announced the launch of the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone in the Sultanate which was made available in Omantel and Oman Mobile stores from Thursday 25th August 2011.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet at only 10.5mm, and the first to offer the perfect union of a high performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. The new BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to include built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair with NFC-enabled accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.


Sony Ericsson boosts 2011 Xperia™ family with new experiences and new software

•    2011 Xperia™ range to be upgraded to Android Gingerbread platform version 2.3.4

•    Enhanced Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality

•    Introducing  Xperia™ neo V  Android smartphone with the best of entertainment technologies from Sony and Google

Dubai-UAE: 25 August, 2011 – Sony Ericsson today announced new functionality and features to its 2011 Xperia™ smartphone range with a comprehensive software upgrade from October 2011. Consumers with 2011 Xperia™ smartphones will benefit from improvements to Sony Ericsson’s unique Facebook inside Xperia™ offering and 3D camera functionality from Sony. The upgrade also allows consumers to enjoy the full benefits of the Android Gingerbread platform including Google Talk with Video Chat .

Sony Ericsson’s unique social experience provided by Facebook inside Xperia™ has been super-charged enabling Xperia users to like, share and discover on Facebook in a faster, easier and more intuitive way. The new functionality aims to make entertainment more social by giving users the ability to share and discover apps and games with friends through Facebook.

The latest camera enhancements from Sony introduce 3D sweep panorama technology so that images can be captured and then viewed in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

“With this software upgrade, we are bringing a wealth of new and really entertaining experiences to all our 2011 Xperia™  smartphones, including those already in consumer’s hands today”, said Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson. “Our users will get to enjoy new features from Google, an even richer Facebook integration, and enhanced camera functionality from Sony.”

Xperia™ neo V is one of the first new products to launch with the new software and will include all the features like Google Talk with Video Chat, 3D sweep panorama and enhanced Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality. Building on the success of the original Xperia™ neo launched earlier this year, Xperia™ neo V takes the latest Android software for smartphones and the best of Sony entertainment experiences, including Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, to even more markets. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo V will be available globally in select markets from Q4 2011.

The software upgrade will be available in selected markets through a phased roll out starting from October 2011. Xperia™ owners will receive a notification instructing them to instantaneously download the software over the air via 3G or WiFi. Alternatively, they will have the option to connect to a computer and download it via PC companion.

Upgrade at a glance:

•    Xperia™ smartphones  to be upgraded to the 2.3.4 version of the Gingerbread platform with new features including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
•    Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
•    Xperia™ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony.
•    The software upgrade enables consumers to turn their Xperia smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
•    Swipe text input -  text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
•    Screen capture - allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone  

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ZOTAC® Debuts GeForce® GTS 450 with Enhanced Energy-Efficiency

New ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition delivers up to 33-percent reduction in energy consumption

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – August 24, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today debuts the new GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition with enhanced energy-efficiency. The new ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition delivers best-in-class energy efficiency with a 33-perecent reduction in energy consumption.

“ZOTAC® understands the importance of energy-efficient graphics performance for users that demand the latest 3D features with a performance kick,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “With the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition, we were able to improve energy-efficiency and eliminate the external power connector without sacrificing any GPU features.”

The ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition is the perfect graphics card for home theatre aficionados with superior home theatre-friendly features including hardware video decode acceleration for high-definition Blu-ray and Adobe® Flash® HD content, audio bitstreaming of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio. NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ readiness enables the ZOTAC® GeForce® GTS 450 ECO Edition to output Blu-ray 3D content via HDMI 1.4a for stunning 3D video playback.


Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 hits Oman Market

World’s thinnest and lightest mobile tablet released

MUSCAT, Oman – August 23, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the retail availability of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 in Oman. Measuring just 8.6 millimeters and weighing 565 grams, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the world’s thinnest and lightest mobile tablet currently available.

Powered with Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb operating system and 1 GHz dual core processor, the GALAXY Tab 10.1 offers faster and smoother transitions between different applications, more intuitive navigation between home screens and broader support of USB accessories. The tablet provides super-fast 4G download speed with HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity for reduced data transfer time. Additionally, the Tab 10.1 comes with a built-in full Adobe Flash Support (10.2) for enhanced user experience.


HP Extends Converged Storage Leadership with New Storage Federation Technology

New HP 3PAR Storage Systems deliver breakthroughs in agility, efficiency and performance

Dubai, UAE, Aug. 23, 2011 – HP today expanded its Converged Storage portfolio with HP Peer Motion, new federated storage software which enables clients to transparently move application workloads between disk systems in virtualized and cloud computing environments.

HP also introduced new HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems with powerful features for the delivery of enterprise IT within public and private clouds, called IT-as-a-Service. These features include multitenancy for workload consolidation, expanded thin technologies for efficient capacity utilization and autonomic load rebalancing to drive enterprise agility.

IDC estimates that by 2012, 85 percent of new applications will be specifically designed to be accessed in the cloud.(1) Agile delivery of these virtualized and cloud based applications  requires linking multiple storage systems together to act as a single entity. Called storage federation, this capability can eliminate the extra layer of virtualization appliances and, as a result, decrease cost, administration overhead and service level risk within the data center architecture.


New Internet Platform is set to Revolutionise E-commerce, online Advertising, Social Networking

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 21, 2011:- (ME NewsWire) A new electronic platform is set to revolutionise E-commerce, online advertising and social networking.

The new platform, under development for the past two years by research and management firm ByLaw Consultants, is the result of extensive inter-related scientific studies on marketing strategies, economy, finance, management, engineering and information technology. The research had achieved exclusive results, including new tools establish unique interactive environment on the Internet.

The project will be implemented in 62 countries, and will be managed by more than 1,300 people working out of 12 offices around the world. Therefore, ByLaw Consultants in conjunction with KPMG, made an investment structure for the project which has returns of more than 267 per cent by issuing limited number of shares for a private joint stock company to be offered through global investment houses to increase the capital to AED 257 million (US$70 million).


BlackBerry Releases Enhanced Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App

August 22, 2011, Dubai UAE – Research In Motion (RIM) is excited to announce the release of an enhanced version of the Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App for BlackBerry available from the 24th of August. Rugby fans can keep up to date with Rugby World Cup 2011 action in New Zealand as it happens with information pushed to their BlackBerry® smartphone and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ in real time.

The app will feature live match text commentary and score updates, half time and full time video highlights, tournament news, statistics and much more with support for English, French and Spanish languages.


Emaar Retail offers innovative platforms for Samsung’s brand building initiatives

Dubai, UAE; August 21, 2011: Emaar Retail LLC, the premier leisure and entertainment provider in the region, is offering a range of innovative brand building platforms for Samsung Electronics, a global leader in consumer electronics.

Mr Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Retail LLC, and Mr Young Soo Kim, President of Samsung Gulf Electronics, signed the agreement whereby Samsung will be an official sponsor of Dubai Ice Rink and Reel Cinemas managed by Emaar Retail.

Bringing a new dimension to outdoor advertising, the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink features a giant LED display of Samsung branding, which has the potential to instantly capture customer attention through its strategic location, in addition to other avenues for brand display.


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