Events, Tech

RoboCop in Dubai?

Taken from: Dubai Media Office

Is it the future already? Could be…

Dubai security forces announced during GISEC (Gulf Information Security Expo), that ended just 2 days ago, UAE’s first police robot. According to an article published by Gulf News, not more than 2 weeks ago, robots will eventually make up 25 percent of the police force by 2030.

Just to be clear, the robot has an AI that helps it operate, and is not controlled from a distance. The new police robot is 170 cm tall and weighs about 100 kg (The MENA tech).

Suddenly I find myself remembering Will Smith’s film “I, Robot”…

The robot will be connected to a database that should provide the police officer with all information needed about any individual. The robot is also said to be capable of studying buildings and identifying points of entry/exits.

This is an interesting addition to Dubai’s security forces, should be really fun to see this robot in action.

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Events, Others, Tech

Google Assistant and Siri: An AI death match

During the first day of Google IO, Google announced that it’s launching the Google Assistant on iOS.

The assistant is available on iOS (USA only for now) as an application that will be able to perform certain tasks, as it does on Android, but with some exceptions to certain OS functions. That means you will be able to make calls, send messages, and play songs, but not set any alarms.

Users have to open the Google Assistant app to activate it, as the home button can not be remapped. Users can also add a widget to make the launching of the Google Assistant faster and easier.

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SmartPhones

HTC U11 – Much better this time

My overall impression of the HTC U Ultra wasn’t that great and seeing the device first hand didn’t really change my opinion. HTC has just launched the HTC U11, which is greatly making up for the damages the U Ultra has caused. Continue reading “HTC U11 – Much better this time”

Tech

What is Ransomware and how can you protect yourself?

This month has witnessed the largest cyber-attack in history. More than 200000 devices, running earlier versions Microsoft’s Windows, from around the world have been infected by Wannacry Ransomware. So, what is Ransomware?

Continue reading “What is Ransomware and how can you protect yourself?”

SmartPhones, Tech

Samsung removes UFS 2.1 from the Galaxy S8 spec sheet

Samsung has recently removed UFS 2.1 from the Galaxy S8 spec sheet. This has happened right after Huawei’s memory substitution scandal on the P10 and P10 Plus. To those that don’t know, Huawei installed different memory chips in the two variants, which resulted in users getting very different read speeds. Seems like Samsung has done the same thing.

Continue reading “Samsung removes UFS 2.1 from the Galaxy S8 spec sheet”

Laptops

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop

Microsoft announced today (2nd of May) their new Surface laptop, and no this one doesn’t detach. The new Surface laptop completely abandoned the 2-in-1 design of the Surface Book, for a more familiar clamshell laptop design. The new laptop runs Microsoft’s new Windows 10S, which is designed for students. This new version of Windows 10 is supposed to be more simplified, and only runs apps from the Windows Store.

Okay, so back to the laptop.

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Events, Laptops, Tablets

A tablet to replace your Laptop?

Back in 2013, Microsoft attempted to replace our laptops with tablets. This was done with the launch of the Surface Pro lineup, a device that is great for students, or even those who are continuously working on the go. They provided tablets with attachable keyboard covers, a stylus, and enough power to do the job. Soon many companies such as Lenovo, Huawei, Acer, Samsung, HP, Apple (iPad Pro), and many more followed down this path. Here is a list of some of those devices with the most interesting of all being the Eve V.

Continue reading “A tablet to replace your Laptop?”

SmartPhones

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus vs. S7 and S7 Edge – is it worth the upgrade?

Looking back at 2016, the S7 Edge was hands down one of the best smartphones, with one of the best designs, which it still is to this date. Things have greatly changed with the launch of the S8 and S8 Plus now. With the introduction of the two new devices, Samsung officially came back swinging after their Note 7 demise, with what might be the best design for 2017. So is this new phone good enough to have users upgrade from 2016’s S7 or S7Edge? Here, I will list some features that give the “edge” to the new devices, as well as other features and specifications that might keep away from ever considering upgrading to the new flagship.

Continue reading “Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus vs. S7 and S7 Edge – is it worth the upgrade?”

SmartPhones

S8 Pre-Order Deals In Lebanon – a letdown?

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pre-order deals in Lebanon have started and unfortunately, it is a letdown. Comparing this to the pre-order deals that started in the US right after the “Unbox your phone” event in New York, it does seem like a real letdown. The pre-order deal in Lebanon includes a 1-year subscription to beIN sports, 3 months subscription to Shahid Plus, and a 10 GB data bundle for 2 months (Touch and Alpha). The pre-order deal would cost you $799 for the S8 and $899 for the S8 Plus. It is worth mentioning that this pre-order deal is also offered by Samsung Levant.

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SmartPhones

Galaxy S8 Pre-Orders

The Galaxy S8 is already available for pre-order in the US less than one day after the unveiling of the device. The pre-order deal is kind of similar to that of the S7, where the customer would get a free Gear VR. The difference is that they have added the new Gear VR Controller for free. For an additional $99, the pre-order deal will also include premium wireless headphones from AKG and a 256 GB SD card. That’s a pretty sweet deal. One question is, will Samsung in the MENA region, and Lebanon specifically, still have pre-order deals? Especially after all the hassle that happened with the Note 7? Well, they should… To do so, would really reflect confidence and that is exactly what the company needs.

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