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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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Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones

Largest Global Launch of BlackBerry Smartphones Ever With More Than 225 Partners Around the World


Waterloo, On – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry® smartphones based on the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS).  RIM, in conjunction with carriers and distribution partners around the world, is rolling out two new BlackBerry® Bold™ models and three new BlackBerry® Torch™ models, all running the powerful new BlackBerry® 7 OS.


The launch of this family of handsets will be RIM’s largest global launch ever and more than 225 carriers and distribution partners have already commenced or completed over 500 certification programs for these 5 new handsets.


Featuring RIM’s next generation of hardware and software platforms, these five new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer users a variety of designs to choose from and deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.


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Research In Motion Introduces New BlackBerry 7 Smartphones

Largest Global Launch of BlackBerry Smartphones Ever With More Than 225 Partners Around the World


Waterloo, On – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to launch 5 new BlackBerry® smartphones based on the BlackBerry® 7 Operating System (OS).  RIM, in conjunction with carriers and distribution partners around the world, is rolling out two new BlackBerry® Bold™ models and three new BlackBerry® Torch™ models, all running the powerful new BlackBerry® 7 OS.


The launch of this family of handsets will be RIM’s largest global launch ever and more than 225 carriers and distribution partners have already commenced or completed over 500 certification programs for these 5 new handsets.


Featuring RIM’s next generation of hardware and software platforms, these five new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer users a variety of designs to choose from and deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.


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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 www.Knowledgeoman.com, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OMANTEL ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ITS 3RD ANNUAL “GIVE, SHARE AND CARE” RAMADAN CAMPAIGN

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.

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