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Ultra HD TV Hitting Top

By end-year 2014, Ultra HD TVs are expected to gain a bigger market share against Innolux predictions. Indeed, popularity of the technology is skyrocketing.

According to earlier forecasts, the UHD segment was supposed to make up 6% of the total sales volume by end-year 2014. However, the share has proved to be substantially more significant, reaching 10%, with total quantities to be sold estimated at 20 million units.

Market demand for the technology is growing at a break-neck pace. In January, the technology’s total market share was as big as 1%, while, by April, it reached 6,8%. So, with consumers increasingly interested in the technology, UHD-devices are likely to gain a 10% market share by the end of the year.

This is mainly due to Korean giants, such as LG and Samsung, replacing their conventional OLED technology with Ultra HD, the reason for it being OLED inefficiency resulting in high reject rates. Now that the competition between these two major players is really severe 4K LED TV sets are becoming sales hits.

Both Samsung and LG boast sustainable shares of European, American and Asian markets (except for China and Japan where they have to really fight for consumers with local manufacturers).

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The unified payment system of "Mobile wallets" will soon start working in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates intend to run a single payment system Mobile wallet, the local media report. According to Chairman of the Federation of banks Abdul Aziz al Ghurair, they will be the first country in which the banking sector will be to support the implementation of electronic payments via mobile phones.

With the help of Mobile wallet every citizen will be able to make money transfers, including domestic and foreign transactions, and manage Bank accounts, buy tickets and various goods without leaving home or office.

The project of a unified mobile payment system was introduced in February 2013. In its development was attended by representatives of nine banks headed by Tirado al Mahmoud, General Director of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank. The main advantage of the system is easy to use and accessible to all layers of population of the UAE, even for those users who do not have Bank accounts.

According to research company IDC, in 2014 will be sold more than 5 million mobile phones, of which approximately 3.5 million. will be smartphones. Already now the number of subscribers of mobile operators in the United Arab Emirates is about 17 million, while the level of mobile penetration is 200% and is the highest in the world.

If you compare the number of subscribers to the real population of a state, which is over 8 million people, it can be concluded that each inhabitant of the country has an average of two mobile phones.

It is expected that with the development of the project the system of mobile payments will be available for tourists.

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ASUS gathers with Trend Micro to develop new utility for Wi-Fi routers

Trend Micro, - a company specializing in security software, teams up with hardware producer Asus to develop new Smart Home Network utility for Wi-Fi routers.

The Smart Home Network Solution will allow manage such Internet features on Asus Home routers as security, parental control and quality of service. In order to improve security services, the utility includes 3-step protection process (prevention-protection-mitigation) that will help to avoid Internet-risks for Wi-Fi router and other devices. 

Quality of service feature helps to control Internet traffic due to the identification of more than 800 Internet apps and around 1,000 devices including mobile phones, gaming consoles and TV sets. According to the producer the feature will essentially improve speed and quality of connection thus live-stream HD videos, online games and P2P downloading will no longer be something wait-half-a-day-to-download.

In its turn, parental control feature helps to restrict access for undesirable web-sites and applications.

As Asus officials say, cooperation of two companies is extremely important step in development of high-quality product for every-day use. Smart Home Network Solution will help to optimize daily use of Internet according to users’ preferences by combining function of control and security.   Taking in consideration compatibility of the new product with great variety of internet-connected devices, the utility is expected to be on demand among users. 

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United Arab Emirates - record for the number of mobile phones per capita

\"The number of subscribers of mobile operators in the United Arab Emirates today reaches 17 million\", - informs the national Telecommunications regulator. According to the latest data, the degree of coverage of mobile operators reaches 200%, which is the highest indicator in the world.

Today the population of the UAE is over 8 million people, suggesting that, on average, every citizen enjoys the two cell numbers.

Emirates is located on the second locally in economic development among the Arab countries, second only to Saudi Arabia and are the second state in terms of GDP, being the richest country after Qatar.

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Dubai to Get Own Rainforest

Dubai developers, known for their mind-boggling projects, are set to build a tropical rainforest on the desert outskirts of the Dubai City. The rainforest will be “planted” under a climate-controlled dome as part of Damac Properties’ luxury housing estate.

The new sight is to open before the 2020 World Expo. It will comprise zip lines and walkways, a climbing wall and a spa with rock pools and steam baths. Ziad El Chaar, managing director of Damac Properties, is sure the rainforest will become a big tourist attraction and a place where one can obtain educational and cultural experience.

Nevertheless, the rainforest project has opponents, too. Environmentalists point out that it might have an adverse effect on the UAE government’s efforts to curb the increasing water and energy consumption of the Dubai City. Some believe that the expected high water consumption to keep the artificial forest alive is unsustainable in a desert climate.

Taken all of the above, to settle the argument, it seems crucial for the developers to provide for a thorough assessment of the project’s environmental impact in case they haven’t done it yet.