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“Can I have an Android please?”

Mobile device operating systems have created a cult-like following amongst consumers. If you reveal the type of mobile device you have, you are more than likely to get into an endless battle over which is the best. Most operating systems available in the market today are efficient, aesthetically designed, pragmatic and loaded with features. However, there are certain areas where one platform has an edge over the other. The Android operating system’s unique specifications such as Flash compatibility, processing speed and its strategy with an open platform have resulted in many consumers and vendors choosingthe Android over any other platform.

According to data released in May 2011 by Nielsen research company, Android remains the most popular operating system on smartphones.Last year, Android had only 9% of the market, but in the same period this year, it has 36%.The increase of interest in Android based devices stems from several unique factors:

Manufacturer fan base
An increasingnumber of manufacturers opt for Android as their operating system. Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google said  that half a million Android devices arebeing activatedevery day.Google’s Androidstrategy to collaboratewith manufacturers such as Samsunghas increased the credibility of Android devices. The latest platform released, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbreadis the operating system on Samsung’snewest Smartphone, the Galaxy S II.  Recent sales figures show mainstream usersfavoring Android powered devices. This is evident by the fact that Samsungalone has sold 5 million units of the Galaxy SII within 85 days of its launch.


Nawras gives customers more choice and more value with new and improved mobile broadband plans

Muscat, 8 August 2011 – Nawras, Oman’s customer friendly communications provider, is delighted to be unveiling exciting new mobile broadband plans designed to give customers even more choice and greater value for money.   At the same time, improvements to existing plans will see customers receiving their data bundle at a lower price or getting more data for the same price.

Included in the latest additions to the wide range of value-packed broadband offers is a convenient prepaid 7-day bundle for Nawras Mousbak customers offering 3GB of free data for only 5 Omani Rials. Also new is the youth-focused Shababiah monthly bundle at just 10 Omani Rials for 1.5 GB of free data.

Aziz Al Harrasi, Head of Marketing Core Services, said, “We have listened carefully to our customers and after analysing their mobile internet usage patterns and price expectations we are now introducing value enhancing changes across the range of our current tariffs as well as launching two new prepaid options for Nawras Mousbak and Shababiah customers.


Epson launches new projector designed to easily deliver classroom presentations

Epson ELPCB01 offers easy-to-access functions with convenient Control and Connection Box

August 8, 2011
Epson, the global market leader in projectors, has announced the Middle East launch of the ELPCB01 Control and Connection Box, which has been developed in response to a growing demand for easy-to-use teaching equipment. This straightforward, wall-mounted box puts Epson projector controls within easy reach at the front of the classroom, while keeping cables tidy.

Using the ELPCB01, teachers can switch between signal sources, such as laptops or DVD players, at the touch of a button. This saves valuable teaching time by removing the need to fiddle with ceiling-mounted inputs or remote controls.


Samsung’s New ST93 Camera Combines Stylish Design and High Performance Features

ST93 balances sleek design with Dual IS and 5x Optical Zoom for a market-leading photography experience

Muscat, Oman – August 7, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today launched the compact, stylish and feature-packed ST93. The camera is the latest addition to Samsung’s ultra-slim, stylish ST range, with enhanced optical performance through Dual Image Stabilization, 16-megapixel picture quality, and 26mm wide angle and 5x optical zoom lenses. The camera also boasts a Smart Filter feature, for users to be creative with their snaps. The latest launch reinforces Samsung’s ambition to produce fashionable and portable cameras that maintain a premium and high-quality feature set to guarantee great images.

The ST93 features a market-leading Dual IS capability, combining Optical Image Stabilization with traditional Digital Image Stabilization technology. The Dual IS guarantees clear and sharp images in any environment and prevents blurring when taking those spur–of-the-moment shots. The camera’s innovative Dual IS technology allows customers to enjoy their camera experience to the full and enhance their individual creativity without the worry of blurry images.

Measuring just over 17.5mm, you can slip the sleekly designed ST93 into your pocket or handbag, and take it wherever you go. The ST93’s Smart Filter lens and color options ensure straightforward capturing for both still shots and movie recordings. Advanced options include miniaturized capturing, a Vignetting effect for striking compositional contrast, as well as innovative, newly-added effects including a Soft Focus function for atmospheric photos. The Smarter Filter’s Half-Tone Dot option creates fun-packed photos with a comic book feel, and the palette effect adds a variety of color options to your images. In addition, the camera’s innovative Panorama Shot feature ensures every wide-angled vista is captured for seamless and stunning images.



Gamers vying for daily, weekly and monthly prizes,
with the aim of being crowned LG Mega 3D Gaming Champion in January 2012

Oman, Aug. 7, 2011 – UAE gamers are currently battling it out in the UAE’s first-ever 3D gaming championship, powered by LG Electronics, at the Living Rooms video games café in Dubai Festival City.

Over the next six months competitors will go head to head testing their skills to the max using LG’s groundbreaking CINEMA 3D SMART TV technology. Contestants will be whittled down through a series of knock-out stages, leaving the UAE’s top group of gamers competing in the final round on 6 January 2012. Four will be crowned UAE 3D gaming champions.

Each winner will get an LG 3D package including a 42" CINEMA 3D SMART TV, 3D laptop, Optimus 3D mobile phone, 3D monitor, a state-of-the-art gaming console and the cherry on top: a trophy and certificate.


BenQ Debuts E1465 Digital Camera to the Middle East

Dubai, UAE, 7th August, 2011 – Digital lifestyle provider BenQ has unveiled its new E1465 digital camera to the Middle East. The new 14-megapixel camera’s stand- out feature is its easy-to-use panorama mode which allows photo enthusiasts to capture spectacular horizon shots without missing the smallest of details.


The panorama mode was designed to capture the entire skyline in one single shot by stitching two to three images into one single and seamless large picture. The E1465 guides users frame by frame when capturing sweeping views of natural landscapes or bustling street scenes.


New ASUS U46/U56 Notebooks are Thin, Light and Powerful

Fully-fledged Intel® CPUs and extensive features in slim and portable designs give consumers a stylish and uncompromising mobile computing choice

Dubai, UAE (August 3, 2011) ― Redesigned U46/U56 notebooks are under an inch thick, brandishing highly attractive color schemes. Despite their ultra-slim build, they utilize the latest Intel® standard voltage CPUs up to 2nd generation Core™ i5. Powerful graphics join extended battery life, USB 3.0 and fast USB Charger+ device charging for complete computing that puts carefree usage and enjoyment first on both the 14” U46 and 15” U56. 

The latest models are scheduled to arrive in the region in the final quarter of the year, with the U46 retailing at 2999 AED, with the price for the U56 to be announced.

Eric Correa, Country Product Manager, ASUS Middle East, said: “ASUS is pleased to be able to offer another choice to customers, with the new models of the U46/U56 notebooks adding another slim and sleek product to the lineup. The latest technology and updates have been included, making the machines a great choice for consumers looking for a fully up to date notebook that looks the part and has the performance to match.”


Ramadan’s Finest Drama Series Land on Yahoo! Maktoob’s All-Free Video Service

Dubai, August 02, 2011: Yahoo! Maktoob, the premier digital media company, is bringing this year’s Ramadan blockbusters to its Video Service (Cinema and TV). Streaming a diverse range of more than 10 drama series throughout the Holy Month, including the highly anticipated Al Daboor, Maraya 2011 and Haddotat Baad Al Noum, users are able to enjoy watching the narratives unfold and catch up on what they’ve missed on TV at any time. The all- free service also provides users across the Middle East with over 1,200 hours of high quality video content from the region’s finest Arabic movies, plays and tv series.

Video Service (Cinema and TV)additionally debuts an enhanced interface and new features for a premier online experience. With a new hotlist structure, it is now easier to navigate a library of over 500 movie classics and recent cinema releases, the latest information and documentaries, with more content to be added in the coming weeks. This Ramadan, users can additionally personalize high definition video players as they enjoy quicker loading speeds.


First Skype iPad-Optimized App Launches Today

Enjoy video calls on a large screen with friends, family and colleagues, while on the go
LUXEMBOURG- Aug. 2, 2011 -(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- Skype today announced the release of its Skype for iPad app, bringing more than 25 million iPad1 users a Skype video calling experience optimized for their tablet device. Available to download from Apple’s iTunes App Store today, the new Skype for iPad app lets users make and/or receive free2 Skype-to-Skype video calls from their iPad to an array of Internet-connected devices over WiFi or 3G.

Skype’s first iPad-optimized app boasts a number of key features designed specifically for the iPad. Skype for iPad users can take advantage of the device’s large screen for video calls that deliver up to VGA quality video (640x480) at 15 frames per second. In addition, Skype for iPad lets users connect via video call on the iPad with even more Skype contacts, as it is compatible with a host of other Skype applications, including: Skype for iPhone, Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows PC, Skype for Android, Skype on HDTVs and many more.

Skype for iPad also takes advantage of the iPad’s larger screen with an updated Contacts view, which displays Skype contacts as large avatars in a grid layout. Users can also more easily find and resume recent conversations and calls through an updated history window.


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