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Tariq Al Barwani visited GUtech

MUSCAT To learn more about different IT activities at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and the whole Bachelor of Science programme in Applied IT, Tariq Al Barwani, Head of Corporate Affairs at Nawras and the founder and President of the popular community IT website, has visited the GUtech Airport Campus in Al Athaiba last week.

“I am impressed that students at GUtech are doing Ipad and different other mobile phone applications taught in Germany as well as GIS system applications, which are becoming important in various industries in the whole Gulf region,” said Tariq who was welcomed by Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Finance and Administration, and Professor Dr. Nahla Barakat, Head of the Department of Applied IT at GUtech.


Sony Launches VAIO E Series in Oman

Notebooks Feature Colour Variation and Exquisite Truss Pattern Texture Bringing Exceptional Design for Everyday Use

Muscat-Sultanate of Oman: 31 July, 2011 – Sony, the leading consumer electronics brand, today announced the Middle East launch of the new VAIO E Series, a range of notebooks that blend exceptional design with optimal performance for everyday use.  

The all-new VAIO E Series is equipped with second generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor and AMD Dual-Core Processor. The enhanced processing ability of the Intel Core processor and power efficiency of the AMD Dual-Core processor enable sharp and clear videos, realistic and responsive games, and allow the notebooks to run longer between battery charges.
Sony also takes cutting-edge styling to new extremes through the VAIO E Series. The surface of the notebooks features a truss pattern where several small triangles construct one large hexagon. The texture covers the exterior as well as the palm rest. Ergonomically designed for ease of use, fingerprints and smudges are less noticeable due to the three-dimensional pattern. The screen size of the VAIO E Series ranges from 14-inch to 15.5-inch.

The VAIO E series features the graphics provided by NVIDIA® GeForce® 410M GPU, AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 Graphics or Intel® HD Graphics 3000.  
Delivering a richer communication experience, the VAIO E Series is preinstalled with several applications and utilities, many of which are launched through a one touch button including the ‘WEB’ button for quick web access and the ‘VAIO’ button that launches the media gallery. The dedicated ‘ASSIST’ button gives one-touch access to VAIO Care, which simplifies basic maintenance and troubleshooting tasks. In addition, VAIO E Series is equipped with the PMB VAIO Edition software that helps organize, create and share photos and videos.

Isolation keyboard and the handy numeric keypad is another user-friendly feature that allows comfortable typing. Moreover, the touch pad with multi-gesture control supports Flick, Tap and Scroll to facilitate easy navigation around web pages and application screens. This function can be easily enabled or disabled by Fn + F1 key.

Designed for users with a taste for superior quality, the VAIO E Series is available in four different colours. The 14-inch and 15.5-inch models are available in black, white, and pink. Glossy finished white and pink surfaces give a shiny and airy feel, while matte black offers a more sophisticated and stately tone.

The new VAIO E Series is currently available across leading electronics stores in Oman.
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NETGEAR solves WiFi dead spot dilemma with release of easy to install Universal WiFi Range Extender

The new WN3000RP boosts reach of home networks to provide seamless multimedia streaming for tablets, smartphones and internet TVs

July 28, 2011

NETGEAR, a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking and storage products, has announced the Middle East release of the WN3000RP, an easy and affordable Universal WiFi Range Extender. The WN3000RP eliminates wireless dead spots and boosts the reach of home networks thereby providing uninterrupted multimedia streaming for the home user and SOHO segment.


Global Anti-Money Laundering software market expected to reach USD 690 million by 2015

Leading financial research and consulting firm ranks SAS as global leader in Anti-Money Laundering software segment

July 25, 2011

The emergence of Anti Money Laundering (AML) technologies has helped drive in a fresh wave of demand across the global market, thereby prompting a CAGR of nine per cent over the next few years and reaching over USD 690 million in 2015, according to a recent industry report released by the Aite group, a leading financial research and consulting firm for retail banking, payments, regulatory issues, wholesale banking, securities & investments. The report shows that the increased demand for AML software is being fuelled by the convergence of increasing regulation, high profile regulatory enforcement and next-gen solutions that can address both AML and fraud management needs among today’s businesses. Also, the Aite Group has ranked SAS, the leading provider of business analytics software and services for the global market, as the top AML software provider. The SAS integrated suite of AML solutions, SAS Anti-Money Laundering,  was cited for its chief aim of helping businesses decrease regulatory risks and also key in a reduction in false positives and increase efficiencies.


Sophos Anti-Virus Now Protects BlockMaster SafeConsoleReady Managed Secure USB Drives

25 July 2011, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global IT security and data protection firm Sophos and BlockMaster, the leading provider of managed secure USB drives, have signed a new OEM agreement to integrate Sophos’s leading anti-virus technology into SafeConsoleReady secure USB flash drives.

Some of today’s most prevalent forms of malware use USB drives as a key distribution mechanism, since conventional USB flash drives and other removable storage devices allow viruses, worms and other malicious code to penetrate systems. BlockMaster provides active security such as hardware encryption, strong password authentication and active measures against zero day attacks.  Through this new agreement, Sophos’s anti-virus technology complements and enhances the existing levels of security inherent in SafeConsoleReady Devices, such as BlockMaster’s SafeStick and Kingston’s DTVP-M and DT4000-M, by  preventing the spread of malware. The product is completely transparent to users and is extremely easy to maintain because of the tight integration of the Sophos anti-virus technology with the central management system SafeConsole.



Campaign to Run Across Oman in Partnership with Dar Al Atta and Ministry of Social Development
More Than 4800 Families Across the Sultanate To Benefit From The Campaign

Muscat, 24th July, 2011: Omantel has announced details of its third annual Ramadan charity campaign called “Give, Share and Care” that will help to deliver Ramadhan food boxes and supplies to more than 1800 needy families across the Sultanate during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The campaign is being run by Oman’s leading telecommunications company in partnership with Dar Al Atta and the Ministry of Social Development and will commence from Monday 25th July when the distribution of food boxes will commence to families across the country.
Omantel staff members will work with Dar Al Atta staff to distribute the boxes to families who have been identified as having the greatest need by the Ministry of Social Development.


TOSHIBA TEC Begins Providing, a Cloud Printing and Mobile Printing Services Using e-STUDIO, TOSHIBA Multifunction Peripherals

Connecting Paper Documents with Electronic Data to Improve Operational Efficiency
TOKYO- July 20, 2011 -(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- TOSHIBA TEC CORPORATION (TOKYO:6588) has begun providing two new services linking cloud computing with mobile handsets globally in order to provide simple solutions for computerized databases, electronic data output and shared electronic data.

First new service is the Cloud Printing service with TOSHIBA MFP, “e-STUDIO” that makes smooth and easy collaboration of data possible with cloud computing function for Google Docs, Evernote, and Dropbox. By using cloud computing, data can be saved directly from multi function peripherals (MFP) without having to use computers or servers, and can be output via the cloud.


Hamptons MENA donates computers and accessories to Dubai Municipality PC Refurbishment Centre

•    Marks the CSR commitment of the company underlined by series of initiatives including blood donation camps

Dubai, UAE; July 21, 2011: Hamptons MENA, the premier property services company with a strong geographic presence in the Middle East and North Africa region, has highlighted its commitment to corporate social responsibility by donating computers and IT accessories to the Dubai Municipality PC Refurbishment Centre.

The Hamptons MENA team contributed desktop computers, monitors and printers, which will go into the stock of the PC Refurbishment Centre for refurbishing and donating to organisations in need.


Emergence of data centres and telco facilities to position Middle East region as next IT global hub

Tripp Lite to play key role in upward trend with launch of new Solutions Integration Service
July 21, 2011

The continuing infusion of investments directed towards the development of more data centre and telecommunication facilities has played a key role in the move to position the Middle East region as the next IT global hub. In line with this, Tripp Lite, a world leading manufacturer of power protection equipment, has revealed its confidence in playing a key role in this growing upward trend with the launch of its new Solutions Integration Service. The new offering is a complimentary consultation source that has been designed to help customers maximize the full potential of their data infrastructure while also helping meet their uptime goals affordably. The launch complements Tripp Lite's commitment to roll out products and solutions that have been designed to answer the challenges of the region’s move towards improved power connectivity and protection while also providing expert technical advice and guidance on IT infrastructure expansion. 

According to Tripp Lite, one of the growing trends in today's businesses include the growing dependence on mission-critical systems, increases in server density and the adoption of Internet-based telecommunications. These new trends have made the development of data infrastructure projects more challenging but are also presented with more risks to deal with. To help address this issue, Tripp Lite is introducing the Solution Integration Service as a key guide to help Middle East businesses navigate the complexities and potential pitfalls of complex projects. Utilizing the newly launched service will allow Tripp Lite's expert team of project engineers, power specialists and data centre designers to come up with a specially customized solution that would best fit a customer's requirements with no additional cost. The customized solution is a result of a thorough assessment and recommendation made to produce key results like availability, manageability, efficiency and affordability.

"Tripp Lite’s Solution Integration Service is an ideal means by which IT managers can maximize system availability, simplify management, optimize system efficiency and lower the cost of ownership,” said Vipin Sharma, Vice President, Middle East, Africa and CIS Sales, Tripp Lite. "We provide clear alternatives that allow our customers to strike a balance between technical and budgetary considerations.”

The Tripp Lite Solution Integration Service can help define the objectives and technical requirements needed in improving the company’s data infrastructure. During the initial phase, the Tripp Lite technical team will conduct an initial evaluation of the existing systems, infrastructure and power capacity requirements. The team will then provide a detailed recommendation and report that aims to integrate components with existing systems that will also help in preparation of the system’s expansion and growth. The report will also include detailed project requirements, BOMs, specifications, installation considerations and ongoing support options.

“The Middle East region is fast becoming a global hub for IT and telecommunications, ably reflected with the continuing infusion of investments directed towards the development of more data centre and telecommunication facilities. Tripp Lite remains committed to providing leading businesses and enterprises with the much needed products, solutions and services that can help them move forward and allow for more growth and development in the region,” concluded Sharma.


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