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“FRiENDi Mobile” appoints “Memac Ogilvy Advize” to direct its Advertising and Communications in Jordan

(Amman, 13th June 2011): FRiENDi Mobile, one of FRiENDi Group’s members, the leading group in communications and the mobile virtual network operator in South Asia, Middle East and Africa, has recently appointed “Memac Ogilvy Advize”, the world-class global communication agency in Jordan, to direct and manage its advertising and communication operations in the Kingdom.

FRiENDi Mobile has selected Memac Ogilvy Advize to direct its operations after its decision to intensify its activities and operations across different functions and aspects of its work in preparation for re-launching operations in the Jordanian market. Memac Ogilvy Advize was selected from a wide range of communication agencies operating in Jordan for its regional network, global expertise in addition to unparalleled local insight.

On this occasion, the CEO for FRiENDi Mobile in Jordan, Mr. Rafat Nawawi said: ““With its extensive expertise, regional network within MENA and its high creativity level, Memac Ogilvy Advize will enrich our advertising and communications activities. We have chosen them with confidence to be our partners in the coming phase to work together towards success”.


MeriTalk $50,000 Prize for Best Idea to Fix Government

New Merit Awards Ask, “How Can Uncle Sam Use IT to Fix Government?”

ALEXANDRIA, Va.- June 13, 2011 -(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- MeriTalk (, the government information technology (IT) network, today launched the Merit Awards, a new innovation contest that challenges Americans and people throughout the world to bring forward ideas on how to use IT to improve the U.S. government. Focused on incenting people to get involved in government, the program offers a $50,000 prize for smart, new thinking.

“Innovative IT is changing business efficiency from Warsaw to Wollongong – so why is Washington, D.C., an innovation wasteland?” said Steve O’Keeffe, Founder, MeriTalk. “Let’s sic the power of good ol’ American ingenuity on Uncle Sam. And, let’s go further. Innovation knows no borders – nor does it need a green card. We invite Chinese, Indian, any nomination from the four corners of the globe.”


HP Technology Helps DreamWorks Animation High-kick “Kung Fu Panda 2” onto the Big Screen

DUBAI, UAE, 13 June 2011 – HP and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.
(Nasdaq: DWA) have united once again to create the studio‘s actionpacked
3-D film ―Kung Fu Panda 2,‖ which is now playing in cinemas
across the UAE.

For ultimate performance, production artists at DreamWorks Animation
relied on powerful HP Z800 Workstations to achieve industry firsts while
designing everything from whirling water and lush green lands to battle
scenes filled with thousands of kung fu characters.

For more than a decade, HP and DreamWorks Animation have worked
side by side to create revolutionary technology that has helped craft
eye-popping, heart-racing and awe-inspiring animation features like the
―Shrek― series, ―How to Train Your Dragon,‖ ―Megamind,‖ ―Kung Fu
Panda‖ and now ―Kung Fu Panda 2.‖


Txtmore 4Less &Ctch d txtnfvrrr!!! New Special Prices from Oman Mobile for Hayyak Customers

Muscat, 12 June, 2011: Oman Mobile has launched exciting new packages that will enable Hayyak customers to send more SMS messages than ever before to stay in touch with friends and families.


As so many people travel over the summer months the special new Hayyak packages are ideal to stay in touch as friends and loved ones are further apart.


The use of SMS text messaging to stay in touch has exploded in the Sultanate in recent years and the new initiative from Oman Mobile shows the company once again responding to the needs and requirements of their growing customer base.


On offer from Oman Mobile are two separate packages. For just 750 Baisas, customers can send up to 100 SMSmessages and the second package provides250 SMS messages for the price of just RO 1.750.


Subscriptions are valid for 30 days and to subscribe all the individual needs to do is dial *200*100# for 100 SMS messages or dial *200*250# for the 250 SMS messages.


Oman Mobile has been promoting the new offer aggressively through a high profile media campaign featuring newspaper wraparounds with the message inviting customers to “Ctch d txtnfvrrr!!!”.


Hayyak is the Sultanate’s most popular mobile service and offers a wide range of services that allow customers to access the largest 3.5G broadband network, benefit from Hayyak Liberty’s fixed price per call of 89 Baisas, and connect with friends on BlackBerry®.


Omantel has been bringing individuals, families and businesses together for four decades, and has successfully connected all parts of the Omani community to each other and with the rest of the world.


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Sony’s Double Full HD 3D Camcorder Enables Users to Shoot 3D Content

Dubai-UAE: 09June, 2011 – Sony Gulf, the leading consumer electronics brand today announced the Middle East launch of the world’s first ‘Double Full HD’ 3D Handycam HDR-TD10, and the only 3D-enabled consumer camcorder.

Unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas earlier this year, the 3D Handycam® is a feature-packed Full High Definition (HD) revolutionary innovation. The camcorder employs an integrated dual lens system, which includes two of each key component - double Sony G Lenses, double ‘Exmor R’ CMOS image sensors, and double BIONZ® image processors.

The dual recording system allows 3D content to be recorded in 1920x1080 Full HD resolution and viewed with 3D active glasses on 3D-capable HDTVs or in Full HD 2D on non-3D displays. The 3D footage can also be played back without glasses on the camcorder’s 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ 3D touch screen. In addition to other innovative features, 10x optical zoom incorporating Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation with Active Mode and iAUTO are offered even in 3D mode. It is further enhanced with a 64GB flash memory.

In line with Sony’s camcorder family, the HDR-TD10 boasts sleek designs and best-in-class features such as high-speed BIONZ® imaging processor that offers unparalleled performance. This model uses the “frame packing” 3D signalling method to send data over HDMI by switching between two Full HD videos signals, one for the left and one for the right, to achieve very high3D image quality.


Samsung’s New SH100 Brings Your World Closer

New Wi-Fi-enabled camera delivers ultimate connectivity on the move

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the launch of the new SH100, a compact Wi-Fi enabled camera that delivers great shots that you can share over the internet and social networks with your friends and family, from wherever you are in the world. The SH100 is set to be Samsung’s leading fully connected camera in 2011, building on the success of the company’s wirelessly connected cameras to date and allowing Samsung to take a dominant position within this growing market.

The SH100’s built in Wi-Fi means you can automatically back up your shots on your PC by pushing just two buttons, or use DLNA to hook up to your HDTV and see your photos and videos straight away. Wi-Fi also enables you to upload your pictures instantly to your social networking sites such as Facebook, or to email them straight from the camera, meaning the people you care about can enjoy your experience with you, from wherever they are. You can also record HD videos and share your favorite moments on sites such as YouTube. To make the upload process of these large files quicker and easier, the SH100 includes an account with mobile hotspot provider Boingo, giving you access to over 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.


Riverbed Expands Cloud Storage Gateway Product Family with New Appliance Models

New Whitewater Solutions Bring Public Cloud Data Protection Benefits to More Organizations, Including SMBs

June 9, 2011 – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced the introduction of three new Riverbed® Whitewater™ cloud storage gateway models designed to optimize data protection. Whitewater will now allow a wider range of organizations, including small and medium businesses (SMBs), to take advantage of the benefits of cloud data protection. The new Whitewater models 510 and 710 are purpose-built for SMBs, while the Whitewater model 2010 is designed for the mid-sized enterprise and targeted use cases in the large enterprise. With the release of the new models, Whitewater cloud storage gateways can now better meet the data protection needs of organizations across a wider range of sizes and industries, to reduce operational burdens, costs and complexity when using public cloud storage for data protection. In addition to hardware-based cloud storage gateway appliances, Riverbed also offers a virtual version of its cloud storage gateway for data protection.

“As many organizations are grappling with the explosion in data growth in their IT environments, cloud storage has emerged as an attractive data protection option. SMBs can quickly and easily add offsite protection capabilities, but only pay for storage as needed and without investing in or managing a secondary data center,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “As enterprises increase their use of server virtualization and implement other strategic IT initiatives, the growth and the sheer volume of data present a greater challenge for data protection strategies. With these new Whitewater models, Riverbed provides a data protection solution that helps organizations accelerate recovery times, drive down the cost of backup and improve disaster recovery (DR).”


Facebook changes privacy settings for millions of users with facial recognition, Sophos reports

Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2011: IT security firm Sophos is encouraging Facebook users to review their privacy settings, after reports that the site has enabled facial recognition for photo tags for many users.

Facebook revealed last year it was introducing facial recognition technology to encourage users to tag each other in photographs, but the functionality was initially only available in North America and was disabled elsewhere.

In the last few days, Facebook users around the world have reported that the option has been enabled without any notice by the website.

To the annoyance of many Facebook users, the site provides no way for users to pre-approve photos they are tagged in.  Instead users must untag themselves manually after they have been tagged.


HP Extends Cloud Leadership with New Hybrid Delivery Solutions

New market opportunities for enterprise clients, service providers change dynamics of cloud industry

Dubai, UAE, June 9 2011 – HP today extended its Hybrid Delivery solutions portfolio so enterprises can improve their agility and quickly respond to changing customer and citizen needs.

Hybrid delivery environments, which combine traditional IT infrastructures with private and public clouds, enable enterprise agility by using flexible delivery models to best meet changing market demands.

Recent research conducted on behalf of HP reveals that 95 percent of business and government executives believe agility is important to the success of their organizations. Investments in technology were viewed as a key factor to increasing agility in the next five years.(1)
Building hybrid environments to enhance enterprise agility

HP CloudSystem – the most complete, integrated and open platform for building and managing services across private, public and hybrid cloud environments – now includes the industry’s first “dual bursting” capability to help clients manage uneven demands. This innovation allows clients to provision and dynamically scale resources up and down either via a public cloud provider or through an onsite pay-as-you-go cloud model.

In addition, to enable service providers to take advantage of the rapidly growing cloud market, HP announced HP CloudAgile, a comprehensive program that spans the full HP enterprise portfolio including CloudSystem. To speed time to revenue and improve financial flexibility for a broad range of service providers, the program provides participants with direct access to HP’s global sales force and its worldwide network of channel partners, as well as opportunities to deliver new cloud services.


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