What will gadget-loving UAE residents be doing at 9pm on 9-9 (tonight)?
We’re bound to be glued to our screens to figure out what Apple has in store for them in its latest instalment of iPhones – the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.
With just hours to go for the covers to be taken off the new devices, rumours are flying thick and fast about what the new iPhones may or may not sport under their hoods.
UAE residents are indeed early adopters of technology, and that’s one of the reasons why smartphone manufacturers from BlackBerry to Samsung have Dubai in their global launch schedules.
Dubai Holding is currently re-working the master plan of the mega Mall of the World development and now aims to build it as 'future city' of Dubai.
The new components of the development include residential and office with the master plan being re-engineered to integrate public transport systems in the form of Metro, tram, buses, water transport, etc., to ease traffic within and outside the development
“The project has not been stalled… it is in redevelopment stage.
"What Dubai Holding wants to do given the strategic location of the land – which is as large as Downtown Dubai - is to have patience and search for what is going to be the very best result for the site?” said Morgan Parker, Chief Operating Officer of Sufouh Development, the new company set up to oversee the development of Mall of the World.
“We are trying to forecast what Dubai is going to be 50 years from now and so we are not building a project that is a statement on the world today,” he asserted.
The site in the Al Sufouh area is currently occupied by the Dubai Police Academy.
“The academy is not moving for next two years and so we have time to find the best solutions not just for development but also for the surrounding area.
"Our challenge is to create a tourism destination in a climate-controlled environment and not to create any congestion and traffic jams.”
The phase one of the development is likely to begin in the next 18 months with full construction planned only after the existing academy relocates to its new location in Dubai Academic City.
The project, announced at Cityscape 2014, is likely to cost Dh25 billion and will include a shopping mall with an area of eight million square feet, the world’s largest theme park, which will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months, a wellness dedicated zone, a cultural celebration district and a wide range of hospitality options comprising 20,000 hotel rooms.
“It is not just about creating the world’s largest mall, but seamlessly integrating the hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment lifestyle options into the bigger picture.”
In fact, the Mall of the World will not have one large mall, but three urban malls, almost two thirds of the size of Mall of the Emirates. There will be dozens of public plazas and entertainment zones, 23 parks, hotels, etc., that will be linked to each other through air-conditioned arcades and climate controlled spaces.
That sounds crazy but you can really pre-order that Pip Boy device along with the game to be on sale starting from November 10, 2015.
Get ready for nuclear apocalypses)))
An elementary biocomputer targeted to manipulate a behavior of bacteria is going to be raised by a group of international biologists. Afterwards the invention would become a breakthrough in the field of medicine. Being placed into bowels, the biocomputers would be able to have a positive impact on the health of a person: to activate a microflora or even to initiate a production of medicine.
A primitive logical scheme includes three types of bacteria. The scheme works in a following way: two strains of colibacillus are complemented by two opposite sets of genes. Thus, the scientists forced bacteria to synthesize signal molecules aimed to switch on or switch off a certain complex of genes in the third type of bacteria. The three components collected in one capacity contemporize the work of separate components, which represents a peculiar analog of electronic “pendulum”. The biological “pendulum” could be used to control the work of more sophisticated biocomputers in bowels.
North Dakota police will be free to use armed drones. However the drones should be equipped with nonlethal weapons. The weapons permitted are as follows: rubber bullets, pepper spray, police tasers, sound cannons and tear gas. Mitigation of the law limiting the usage of drones for law enforcement activities was pushed by commercial companies and policemen.
The first hearings on the law took place in March when it was supposed to completely ban the weaponizing of the drones. Later the companies producing unmanned aerial vehicles joined the debate. The law prohibiting the usage of armed drones was absolutely unbeneficial for them as they couldn’t receive favourable purchase orders for North Dakota police. As a result the legislators allowed to arm the drones with nonlethal weapons. However according to The Guardian at least 39 people have been killed by police tasers only in 2015 so far.
The American civil community is seriously concerned about depersonalization of actions of police officers. They would dare handle weapons indirectly, being unable to control and sum up a particular situation what could lead to new victims.
Several factors kept Q2 PC demand low in the UAE and across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, according to research and consulting firm International Data Corporation (IDC).
However, even as all major vendors saw double-digit sales slump, Apple’s secret sauce kept its growth cooking, and the Cupertino-based giant gained market share at others’ expense.
According to IDC data, the MEA PC market suffered a sharp year-on-year decline of 25.6 per cent in the second quarter of this 2015 – its steepest decline ever recorded in the region for a single quarter thanks to high inventory levels, currency fluctuations, and lesser tourism spending in the UAE.
“Two of the biggest declines were seen in Turkey and the ‘Rest of the Middle East’ region (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Palestine),” said Fouad Charakla, research manager for personal computing, systems, and infrastructure solutions at IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
“Both these territories carried over high inventory levels from the previous quarter as a result of a slowdown in demand. This factor was an inhibitor of PC shipments in other parts of the region as well, including the UAE,” added Charakla.
“Currency fluctuations also had a negative impact on supply and demand in several key markets across the region. In the UAE, a slowdown in tourism spending – primarily from Russia and Europe – continued to inhibit PC demand,” he noted.
Overall PC shipments in the region during the second quarter of this year fell to 3.3 million units, down more than 23 per cent quarter-on-quarter from 4.3m units in Q1 2015, and more than a quarter down from 4.5m units registered in Q2 2014.
So, we’re not buying as many desktops as we once used to, and it is evident in the sales data of the top PC vendors in the region.
Every one of the top 5 PC vendors saw a double-digit sales slump in the quarter.
Leader HP saw volumes fall 26 per cent while second-placed Lenovo suffered a 19 per cent decline. Third-placed Dell posted a downturn of 10.3 per cent, and fourth-placed Acer suffered the most among the Top 5, recording a decrease of 29.3 per cent. Finally, the fifth-placed Asus maintained its position at number five but experienced a decline of 26.7 per cent.
That the Big 5 would get bruised in a quarter that saw overall sales slump by more than a quarter was indeed expected.
But get this – In all that bloodbath, Apple escaped unscathed. And not just without a sales slump, it in fact continued to grow, and IDC confirmed to Emirates 24|7 that Apple gained market share in the MEA region in Q2 2015, compared to the same quarter of last year.
The research firm wouldn’t give out further details on what kind of market share we’re talking about since they limit the media information to Top 5 vendors, but it suffices to say that Apple fanboys continued to lap up more Macs while others decided to hold on.
Globally, however, Apple is among the top vendors for whom IDC has shared data, and the rest of the vendors’ global numbers are an extrapolation of their MEA statistics.
Lenovo is the leader, and lost 7.5 per cent year-on-year; second-placed HP lost 10.4 per cent while third-placed Dell shed 8.7 per cent.
Apple is fourth-placed and grew comparatively handsomely at 16.1 per cent year-on-year, being the only one that showed any kind of growth in numbers during the quarter.
Fifth-placed Acer suffered the most globally too, down by 26.9 per cent y-o-y while Asus dropped 7.7 per cent during the quarter. All others combined declined 19.7 per cent while the overall global PC market saw an 11.8 per cent decline in shipments.
IDC says local desktop assemblers suffered significantly in comparison to the previous year as demand for their devices continues to be cannibalised by the growing availability of refurbished PCs.
One of the major reasons for the PC market decline at the regional and the global levels was the strength of the US dollar, which made OCs expensive in the non-dollar and non-dollar-linked currency markets.
In addition, the Windows-based OC market slowed down in anticipation of the July 2015 Windows 10 launch, boosting Apple’s market share in comparison. Apple’s recent upgrade of 12” MacBook also boosted its fortunes, with the device selling quite well in major markets.
In the MEA region, Desktop shipments were down 21.2 per cent year on year to 1.4m units while the notebook segment declined 28.6 per cent to total 1.9m units.
In fact, 2015 as a whole is expected to be the region’s worst ever performance, with overall PC shipments for the year set to fall 15.7 per cent year-on-year to total 15.2 million units.
“Currency fluctuations both inside and outside the MEA region will remain largely responsible for the slower demand, particularly in key markets such as Turkey and Nigeria,” continues Charakla.
“Low oil prices are also impacting those countries whose budgets rely strongly on oil revenues, ratcheting up the pressure on governments to control their spending. At the same time, the cannibalisation of PC demand by tablets and smartphones continues to hamper the market’s performance.”
In the longer run, though, IDC sees the MEA PC market making a partial recovery in 2016, with shipments tipped to grow 10 per cent year-on-year next year. But it reckons that shipment growth will taper off and be flat in subsequent years.
“However, as previously reported, there will be a gradual shift in the weight of demand from consumers to the commercial segment as a growing proportion of home users switch from PCs to tablets and smartphones and commercial end-users maintain their loyalty to PCs. As a result, commercial demand for PCs in the region is expected to surpass that from home users by the year 2017,” the firm concludes.
The head of Samsung Research America (SRA) boosted the idea of developing a constellation of small satellites to engirdle the Earth and provide inhabitants of the planet with a low-cost broadband satellite Internet. According to Samsung’s calculations, such a constellation could estimate up to 4,6 thousand small satellites.
The most giant satellite companies in the world actively explore the idea of invention a constellation of small satellites for Internet services. So, already exists O3b twelve-satellite constellation. Moreover in the research activities are engaged SES, as well as the Richard Branson’s consortium and Elon Musk – billionaire and co-founder of PayPal.
According to the research paper published by Farook Khan, head of SRA, the constellation of satellites, which are already used by his South Korean company, could have huge benefits. Allegedly, the millimetre wave technology could be the base for development of 5G.
SRA is situated in the heart of Silicon Valley but Mr. Khan works in the laboratory of Dallas. He claims that using 5G technology based on a constellation of small satellites would simplify broadband satellite Internet access and reduce the costs on the constellation.
Samsung developers suppose there could be available about 100 GHz for millimetre wave spectrum what exceeds mobile networks spectrum we use today almost in 200 times. This would permit significantly increase data traffic. However there’s a serious problem: millimetre waves can’t penetrate solid walls and glass, what makes the use of technology almost impossible for indoor devices.
Samsung engineers propose to solve this problem by usage of various antennas in the form of the narrow directed beams thereby strengthening a signal without the need for use of additional capacities.
This solution works for radar-location and communication in space for quite a long time. Today such antennas are widely used in other branches. Khan and his team obtained their first patent on the technology fragment in 2010. SpaceWorks says there were launched 158 small satellites (among them 107 commercial) in 2014, what surpassed analysts’ assumptions showing 72% increase in 2013.
Taking into consideration the plans of a number of American companies, investing billions in projects on launches of small satellites, 2020 is expected to be a year of mass launching.
According to SpaceWorks, in 2014-2016 commerce satellites will make about 56 % of all the satellites’ launchings. About 9% will fall to share of communication satellites. The main growth is expected in a segment of nanosatellites from 1 till 10 kg in size. Nevertheless this rate could be significantly changed by 2020 when a leading role in satellites’ launching play commercial satellites.
J’son & Partners Consulting reported that the biggest investors into new satellites are O3b, Iridium Next, Inmarsat Global Xpress, OneWeb, Yaliny, LeoSat, SpaceX who’re planning to launch 5113 satellites.
Ambitious projects are also stated for the satellite Internet. So, Elon Musk, a founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is going to launch about 700 small telecommunications satellites, which will help to beam Internet to all corners of the world. A total amount of the investment makes about $ 1 billion.
SpaceX is far not the only interested company. Marc Zuckerberg claimed his interest in the technology, while Google invests into satellite Internet since at least 2008. That time Google invested into O3b, which was bought by SES. Now Google intends to invest into satellite Internet $ 1 billion more.