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IT security specialist Help AG gives visibility to enterprise customers with Riverbed Network Performance Management solution

August 17, 2011

Help AG, the IT security specialists, has signed a reseller agreement with Riverbed Technology, the IT performance company. As a reseller in the Riverbed® Partner Network (RPN), Help AG will be able to resell the entire Riverbed product portfolio and plans to focus heavily on delivering the Riverbed Cascade® network performance management (NPM) solution to enterprise customers. With Riverbed Cascade, Help AG has a new offering to help enterprises better understand their network traffic that also compliments its core consultancy services of security tests and systems health checks.

Riverbed Cascade provides customers with enterprise-wide application performance analysis, discovery and dependency mapping as well as proactive alerts on network and application performance bottlenecks. Cascade collects network traffic data and provides an application-level view of all network resources and locations, giving network administrators the business context they need to monitor critical IT services and provide executive-level reporting. With Cascade, enterprises are able to easily troubleshoot performance issues, dramatically reducing downtime for business-critical applications.



With Ultra-Thin Depth and Sophisticated Metallic Design, LG’s Newest Monitor
Takes Leadership of the Premium LED Monitor Market

Beirut, August16, 2011 – LG Electronics’ (LG) new E90 monitor is the company’s slimmest LED monitor to date at just 7.2 mm in depth.

With more and more consumers watching movies and videos on their desktop PCs, the quality of the monitor is more important than ever before. The E90 is easily the best choice for watching action movies or sporting matches because with a response time of just 2 milliseconds, the monitor’s display remains clear and bright even during fast-moving action sequences. And LG’s Image Booster software, blurry streaming content from video sites such as YouTube are significantly enhanced so they look terrific on the E90’s vivid display.

“The E90 is the result of advanced technology and beautiful design coming together in perfect alignment,” saidMr. K.W. Kim, President, LG Electronics, Middle East & Africa Region. “With its revolutionary features in terms of design and picture quality, the E90 is the leading example of the company’s “SUPER LED” monitor line that is setting new benchmarks for style and performance.”

In keeping with its ultra slim design, the LG E90 places the power supply and the socket connecting the monitor with the PC on the back of the stand, an innovation called EZ cabling. In addition to the reduced footprint offered by its light weight and slim size, the E90 manages to reduce both energy consumption – as much as 40 percent less than conventional CCFL backlit LCD monitors – and use of hazardous materials such as halogen and mercury in its manufacturing.

LG’s newest monitor was on display at the 2011 CES Innovations Awards, where it was recognized as an “Honoree” product in the computer peripherals category.The E90 is available at retailers across Lebanon.


Samsung launches budget and eco-friendly

ML-4510/501X series mono laser printers in Oman

New high performance workgroup printer range lets businesses do more with less
MUSCAT, Oman — August, 15, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the ML-4510/501X printer series in Oman. The ML-4510/5010ND/5015ND is the latest addition to Samsung’s business to business (B2B) printing range.

Designed for small-to-medium businesses, the ML-4510/5010ND/5015ND series provides a productive, high quality and trouble free mono laser printing solution that’s also budget and environmentally friendly. The range’s effective job processing means the ML-4510ND prints 43 A4 pages per minute, while the ML-5010ND/5015ND models print 48 A4 pages per minute. In addition, jobs start within just 7.5 seconds when the printer is ready, and in 16 seconds from sleep mode.


New ASUS N Series Notebooks Take Sound to the Next Level

Co-developed with renowned designer David Lewis and featuring enhanced SonicMaster Technology using audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®

Dubai, UAE (August 14, 2011) ― to meet the ever-growing multimedia needs of users, ASUS has continuously pushed notebook audio to new milestones, as shown by the redesigned N Series. Featuring a simple and elegant design by David Lewis and an enhanced version of SonicMaster Technology co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, N Series notebooks also ship with a bundled subwoofer. Instant On two-second notebook resume and 15-day standby power, USB Charger+ device charging even with the notebook turned off, the latest 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, and superfast USB 3.0 help new N Series notebooks provide users with a more incredible multimedia experience than ever before.

Designed with David Lewis
ASUS has established a close relationship with master designer David Lewis, whose studio has been responsible for accounts such as Bang & Olufsen for several decades. Previous collaboration included work on the NX90 notebook, and ASUS and Lewis got together again to develop the new N Series. Its streamlined and modern concept combines simplicity and elegance for a unique look. Some of the main points include polished metal frames around edges, glossy piano-like surfaces, and a sound wave-inspired speaker mesh. The keyboard offers seamless integration with the rest of the notebook as well as reinforced fast action keys for improved typing, while palm rests give consumers the benefit of a soft-touch feel.


Samsung SMART TV – The Brand of Choice in the Gulf Region Samsung dominates Gulf region with 45 percent SMART TV market share

In 2010, Samsung was the first to launch a full range of SMART TVs in the region. In 2011, Samsung introduced a new era of home entertainment with the new D series of SMART TVs, the ultimate entertainment technology. Despite stiff competition in this segment, where outstanding and superbly-designed products make a huge impact on consumers’ purchasing decisions, Samsung was able to firmly establish its leadership. According to industry reports, Samsung secured a whopping 45 percent market share by the end of Q2 making Samsung the brand of choice for the Gulf.
"Samsung’s SMART TV range delivers the most enhanced smart experience. Offering both product convenience and enriched content is the secret behind the success of our SMART TV," said Mr. Justin Shaw, Head of AV division at Samsung Gulf Electronics. "We expect that along with D7000 and D8000, our further expanded models will drive up our SMART TV market share in the Gulf region even higher during the second half of the year," he added.


Jacky’s Electronics Supports “Dubai CaresGirls’ Education Campaign 2011” Electronics Retailer introduces latest philanthropic initiative ‘Jacky’s Eco-Care’

Release Date: 13thAugust 2011

Jacky’s Electronics, the UAE’s leading multi-brand consumer electronics retailer, has partnered with UAE-based philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares,to help raise funds for its Girls’ Education Campaign 2011.The campaign aims to increase awareness of the importance of girls’ education as well as raise funds to support Dubai Cares programs,which address the gender imbalance in primary education and empower girls within their communities in developing countries across the world.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, and Ashish Panjabi, Chief Operating Officer of Jacky’s Electronics, is effective between August and November 2011. Through Dubai Cares’ Point of Sale (POS) Promotion, customers are given the opportunity to donate AED5 by choosing to add the amount to purchases madeat Jacky’s.


Astaro Security Gateway Version 8.2 Establishes a New Generation of UTM

New features increase visibility, performance and control of networks

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - August 11, 2011 – Astaro, a Sophos company and leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) provider, today announced the availability of version 8.2 of the Astaro Security Gateway (ASG). Chief amongst the over 60 new features or enhancements in version 8.2 are Application Control (Next Generation Firewall), Interactive Web Reporting and a new authentication agent. These new features and enhancements dramatically improve network performance while providing increased visibility and control over the network.

The new features and enhancements in version 8.2 provide organizations with the resources they need to meet the ever-changing challenges of securing a business network.  The increased control and visibility will allow organizations to make better decisions based on the company’s unique needs and network usage trends. 

“As technology changes, so too must the tools organizations use to control their networks,” said Jan Hichert, senior vice president, network security, Sophos. “With version 8.2 we once again ensure our customers can face current and future network and security challenges by offering the next generation of firewall technology - Application Control.”

Some of the new features include:

•    Astaro’s Application Control improves network visibility, blocks unwanted applications and empowers IT administrators to prioritize bandwidth usage.  This information can then be used to make educated decisions that will have the most impact on the business; molding their security policy to precisely fit how their company uses the Internet.

•    The enhanced Interactive Web Reporting tool provides administrators with a superior user experience tailored to showcase information in a way they expect to see it. Administrators will be able to save customer filters and subscribe to periodical mail reports.

•    The Authentication Agent allows administrators to authenticate users by name instead of IP address. This provides increased control over access in profiles and makes reports easier to read.

The Astaro Security Gateway version 8.2 includes over 60 other enhancements or new features. These include, support for 3G/UMTS USB modems, Form Hardening for Web Application Security, Web Filtering Safe Search Enforcement, enhanced virtualization support, SNMP v3, weighted balancing for WAN Uplink and server load balancing, group0in-group support for network groups, SSID to Access Point assignment, rebootless reconfiguration of Access points and more. Additional information about features and enhancements can be found here:

In addition to the new features available in version 8.2 of the ASG, the newest edition of the flagship Unified Threat Management solution now includes a technical preview of Astaro’s upcoming Log Management product that is integrated into the Astaro Security Gateway and available for all users to try for free.

About Astaro
With over 56,000 installations worldwide, Astaro protects business, school, healthcare and government networks against IT security threats. Astaro combines the latest technologies in all-in-one solutions that are easy to deploy and manage. Distributed by a global network of certified partners, Astaro provides complete protection for headquarters, branch offices and data centers. Founded in 2000, Astaro, now a Sophos company, continues to be a leading vendor in the fast-growing market for Unified-Threat-Management. More information can be found at

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, mobile 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. More information is available at

‘Cloud Based Life’: Benefits and Considerations For Middle East Companies

Networking expert Ali Ahmar from Brocade explains the importance of cloud in our working lives and what businesses need to do to ensure a successful cloud strategy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 11 August, 2011: It is incredible how ‘connected’ people’s  lives are today.  Increasingly sophisticated wireless devices are becoming common every day tools with people being ‘connected’ wherever they are. 

Forrester estimates1 that 66  per cent of workers in the U.S. and Western Europe now work remotely. The mobile workforce in the Middle East is also growing significantly. It is clear that being able to work ‘remotely’, and increasingly via mobile platforms, is something that has direct commercial value and gives a competitive edge for businesses. 

Employees need to be able to work online where ever they are in the world.  They NEED that access - to email, to the sales system, to the database, to the corporate intranet - to do their job, to book their flights home, to not miss that sale, to secure the best price.  And this can happen because today the applications and data used to do their job resides in that undefined ‘cloud’. 


Samsung Launches First 3D LED HDTV Monitor in the Region New 950 Series Monitors Offer Ultimate 3D LED Experience

MUSCAT, Oman – August 10, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today introduced the first 3D LED HDTV monitors, the 950 Series in the region. The new monitor line-up incorporates Samsung’s proprietary 3D technology, sophisticated styling with a unique asymmetrical design and TV tuner capability and is set to redefine the world of entertainment and gaming.

The Samsung 950 Series can be used as a computer monitor, a social media hub and as a TV as well thus, allowing users to integrate all their entertainment, work, gaming and computing activities in one place. Using Samsung’s patented 3D Hyper Real Engine technology that converts 2D content to 3D, the new monitor line-up delivers an immersive 3D experience by optimizing color, contrast and motion. With the Mega DCR and LED BLU technologies, the 950 Series monitors provide the best high definition picture quality with superior contrast, richer colors, deeper blacks and sharper images.


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