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.
This is what Microsoft announced on September 1, 2014. The dual 3G SIM Windows Phone, considered to be a budget model, boasts a 4-inch LCD display, a 1.2 GHz processing unit, a 5MP rear camera and a 4 GB memory, which is possible to extend with up to 128 GB SD cards. Its 1430 mAh battery can last for as long as 22 hour. This smartphone comes with apps, such as Microsoft Office, XBOX games, Skype, and other native Lumia apps. Besides, it offers OneDrive cloud services, enabling users to access up to 15 GB free storage. The colors of the range include bright orange, bright green, dark grey, and white.
According to Seagate’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott Horn, our increasingly mobile world is now in desperate need for a cost-efficient innovative medium to store large amounts of accumulated personal and cloud-based data, so Seagate’s break-through invention could be a proper solution to this problem. The company’s newly launched 8TB hard drive boasts both high capacity and high efficiency, including in terms of operating costs and power consumption, perhaps, even highest in the industry.
Though Seagate has already started supplying the product, the new solution is expected to be available on a wider scale by next quarter.
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.
\"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.
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.
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Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.
It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.
According to Sean West, an American, this time is enough to charge his newly invented battery, which is based on lithium-ion capacitors. And it is not only the charging speed that makes the battery stand out but also its safety and diversity of possible applications. The battery, while being the same size as a regular AA battery, lasts just as long as any conventional battery of the same type.
However to be able to use the battery users also need a special charging device as no regular ones are suitable for the purpose. Anyways, the set of a battery and a charging device is expected to cost not more than 25 USD.
The inventor intends to present his first products this October already, the range including both standard AA batteries, AAA batteries and batteries of other typical sizes.
The answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.
A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.
The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.