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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.


Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Supports OS X Lion

Anti-Virus Software for Mac Delivers Complete Security and Support for Business and Home Users of Popular Mac Operating Systems

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 21, 2011:   With the release of Apple's biggest operating system upgrade in years, IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that its market-leading Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac and Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac: Home Edition will fully support Apple's Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Current users of Sophos Anti-Virus products for Mac will continue to be fully protected as soon as they upgrade to Mac OS X Lion, now available. New users will also have immediate compatibility after downloading the security product.

As Apple's operating system has increased in popularity in recent years, so have security threats for users. Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac provides automatic detection against existing and new threats for Mac OS X Operating Systems, including Lion. The solution detects both Mac and Windows malware, and is backed by SophosLabs, Sophos's global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts that protects businesses and users from known and emerging malware -- viruses, Trojans, spyware and rootkits.

"It's clear that Mac's market share has increased substantially and consequently Mac has become a viable marketplace for cybercriminals," said Chris Kraft, product management vice president at Sophos. "We are committed to providing complete protection for all our users. By supporting the latest updates in Mac OS we are better able to ensure our Mac users are constantly protected against the growing number of Mac threats."

SophosLabs has seen a recent rise in malware specifically targeting Mac OS X users including a series of recent fake anti-virus attacks including MacDefender and Mac Security. In a recent Sophos Facebook page poll, 89% of the 968 people who answered the poll said they would recommend friends and family install anti-virus software on their Macs. Due to the rise in Mac malware in 2011, many Mac users have realized the need to take security on their home computer seriously as well as recognized the advantages of running anti-virus software.

Since November 2010, approximately 700,000 users have downloaded the free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac: Home Edition. Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac is available for free downloads. In addition, Sophos has also established a dedicated Mac support forum to help users with Mac-related malware problems.

About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs -- a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards. Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK.

APC Integrates with HP Operations Manager – Shows Impact of Physical Layer Changes on IT Systems

•    Consolidated Edison Participates in Pilot Project

•    Integration Facilitates Enhanced Monitoring and Managing Multi-Vendor Data Center

Dubai-UAE: 20 July, 2011 — APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, today announced the completion of a tightly coupled software integration of APC InfraStruxureTM Central with HP Operations Manager, allowing IT managers to understand the impact of physical layer changes on IT systems and business applications.  

IT managers can now detect and monitor real-time changes in power, cooling and environment through HP Operations Manager to efficiently reduce risk, raise data center system availability and increase energy efficiency.  The Smart Plug-In (SPI) will integrate InfraStruxure Central’s device hierarchy, device status, and monitored data functionalities into the HP Operations Manager environment.


Xperia™ Neo by Sony Ericsson Hits Oman Market

First Greenheart Smartphone Offers Best of Communication Entertainment
Muscat-Sultanate of Oman: 20 July, 2011 - Sony Ericsson today announced the regional launch of Xperia™ neo, the first GreenHeart™ smartphone from the Xperia range featuring the best of Sony technology.

Taking into consideration green innovations that reduce the impact of phones without compromising on quality, Xperia™ neo is built on the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson is reputed for. The smartphone boasts a unique shape that not only looks good but is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand, especially when taking pictures.


Samsung Pushes Innovation Boundaries As It Launches the Revolutionary GALAXY S II Smartphone in Oman

Muscat, Oman, July 20, 2011–Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in mobile devices, today announced the launch of its revolutionary Smartphone, the GALAXY S II in Oman at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. The widely anticipated smartphone has the speed and power to provide an unrivalled mobile performance.

Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, the GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of its predecessor and allows users to design their own smart lives. It uses Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world’s fastest-growing mobile operating system.


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