Alcatel’s latest A5 LED smartphone was launched in Dubai with a special light performance at Lucky Voice.
Claimed to be the world’s first interactive LED-covered smartphone, A5 LED lights up with notifications from WhatsApp to Facebook. The LED cover patterns can be customised based on the colours and music.
Here’s what can be done with the lights:
Some other features include:
The Alcatel A5 LED is slim with rounded edges and will be available in the UAE from mid-August, from AED 899.
For more information on A5 LED, please go to http://www.alcatel-mobile.com/.
A plethora of toys are available for today’s kids including artificial intelligence and robots.
One such robot is Kidmate, which is an interactive and educational robot that’s best suited to develop kids’ early learning abilities.
My boys who are both under 8, were very excited to see what the robot can do.
I downloaded the app on my phone and then it was easy to play and have fun with the robot.
They loved interacting with Kidmate. I must say the robot has manners, which in turn was a good influence on the kids.
Mashreq Bank’s app has some unique features and abilities that are user friendly and convenient.
The new advanced safety features include its Card Control service, integrated to its mobile banking app – Mashreq Snapp.
‘Block by Country’ and ‘Block by Merchant Category’ are aimed at giving more power to the customer to safeguard the use of their debit and credit cards.
The service gives customers the power to lock, block, limit, manage daily purchases and set maximum transaction amount and count on all their cards.
Just when you think that mobile technology will remain the same for a few months, along comes a phone with even newer features. This time it’s augmented reality.
Lenovo has launched the PHAB2 Pro, the world’s first Tango-enabled mobile. The technology allows users to monitor depth perception, motion tracking, and guage area learning features.
The PHAB2 Pro has an display of 6.4 inches, with a pin-sharp QHD (2,560×1,440) resolution, capable of optimising image quality based on ambient lighting and content. It also features Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 with Dolby Atmos playback capabilities.
The phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. However, most of the gaming and augmented reality stuff is on the cloud. The phone’s battery lasts for 10 hours.
This technology senses and maps its surroundings. With motion tracking the PHAB2 Pro’s ‘eye’ sees its own location in 3-D. The phone can then visualise and understand its surrounding objects and environment via sensors that capture more than 250,000 measurements a second, making it easy to map indoor spaces.
The Tango store has a number of apps for gaming – be it shooting monsters, raising a pet to playing dominos. Another app can help users decide where to place furniture before buying, while another can create any space into a 3-D picture, which can be moved around.
The phone has four cameras including two 13MP rear cameras that have instant focus and fast F2.0. One of these is a depth camera to be used for 3-D and gaming, while the other one is a regular back camera. The third one is a fish-eye camera and the fourth is the selfie camera that is 8MP. Users can also create unique photos and videos by superimposing effects such as virtual backgrounds or cartoons that come with the phone.
Pricing and availability
The phone comes in two colours – champagne gold and gunmetal grey. The PHAB2 Pro costs Dhs1,999 and will be available from December 15.
Lenovo’s latest Yoga Book, claimed to be the world’s thinnest and lightest 2-in- 1 device is debuting across all major retailers from December 1.
It features a stunning Halo Keyboard, a full touch screen backlit keyboard that allows for a comfortable writing experience without the use of a physical
keyboard, a real-pen accessory for creative content creation.
The Yoga Book also comes with an impressive long-lasting battery life of 15 hours and a 360-degree watchband hinge comparable
to the mobility of a smartphone.
The device is available with Android and Windows 10 software and weighs 690 grams.
The Yoga Book boasts a 10.1-inch IPS FHD screen, high-quality sound enhanced with Dolby Atmos® and a 64GB memory.
Yoga Book’s standard real-pen accessory, is a dual-use stylus. Consumers are now able to write with the real-pen accessory that holds real ink tips onto a piece of paper or notepad covering the multi-use keyboard panel where everything is instantly digitized and saved onto the device.
Lenovo re-created the natural feel of drawing flat on a paper surface instead of directly onto a computer screen.
Using and managing several applications on the Yoga Book at the same time is now possible with the Book UI feature. This feature allows several apps to run at once through multiple windows that can be pinned, maximized or minimized.
The gadget is priced at AED2199.
Be it a palm swipe to pay for a coffee or a 3D-doodler that prints you or what your child draws, GITEX Technology Week offers a glimpse of the future for consumers and businesses alike.
All the latest gadgets and gizmos are on display for what is one of Dubai World Trade Centre’s largest events of the year.
If there’s one stand at Gitex Technology Week that encompasses the entire tech in the show, it is the Etisalat stand.
This one is a must visit, even if you are short on time, do not miss this stand.
The stand has a friendly robot Omar, a robocafe, smart classroom, VR tech fitness, Air hockey with a robotic arm to dancing screens.
Dubai property developers are using new ways to market and sell their properties.
Customers don’t have to be dependent on floor plans anymore when buying a new or off-plan property.
At Cityscape Global in Dubai, developers were seen using virtual reality and transparent screens with moving images of their projects.
Dubai Properties’ latest project Bellevue Towers in Burj Khalifa district is available on virtual reality.
A customer can see the apartment, the view and it feels like you are doing a tour in reality, as you can walk from one room to the other.
There are transparent LCD screens which can be used to flick, move and zoom project images.
BlackBerry has launched its new DTEK50 Android smartphone that delivers security, privacy and productivity.
DTEK50 is BlackBerry’s second smartphone powered by Android, following the PRIV.The device is equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0, and offers full Android experience in an all-touch design.
DTEK50 encrypts all users’ information, including business critical data and personal data such as pictures, videos and contacts. Malware protection is also built-in along with back-up, wipe and restore capabilities.
Security features include:
– Rapid Security Patching: BlackBerry has a record of being the quickest to deliver security patches, setting the bar in incident response and patch management to protect your device from malicious threats.
– DTEK™ by BlackBerry App: Enables users to automatically monitor their OS and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it. The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is: taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.
– Hardware Root of Trust: BlackBerry’s manufacturing process uses a proprietary technique that adds security from the start, allowing for the tracking, verification and provisioning of DTEK50.
– Secure Boot Process: Starting with the root of trust, each stage of DTEK50’s secure boot chain must first verify that the next component is fully intact before proceeding, ensuring your device has not been tampered with since the last restart.
– Android OS hardening: BlackBerry provides additional security patches, improved random number, address space generation and certificate pinning to make it more difficult for attackers to target a device by scrambling application/system memory.
– FIPS 140-2 Compliant Full Disk Encryption: Protects your private information, like pictures or bank information, from being stolen if you were to lose your phone.
Other features include:
– BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard: DTEK50 has a smart keyboard designed to learn from users and increase typing accuracy and speed. It provides word suggestions as you type and includes up to three languages, letting you flick them into place for faster conversations.
– BlackBerry Hub: This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place – whether it’s email, calendar, social or phone calls.
– Customisable BlackBerry Convenience Key: With the press of a button, the Convenience Key provides quick access to your most used applications and more.
– Expandable Memory: With support for micro SD cards up to two TB, DTEK50 provides the flexibility to add affordable and hot-swappable memory to download, install, capture and share as your needs evolve.
– Camera: DTEK50 is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos with an 8MP front facing camera and a 13MP auto-focus rear camera. Plus, features like Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately for blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.
DTEK50 is expected to be available in the UAE and KSA in the coming weeks from leading retail stores and will be available at a suggested retail price of Dhs1,199 and SAR 1199.
HTC Vive held a sneak peek of their four virtual reality experiences in Dubai.
I am no gamer and, frankly speaking, I don’t know how to work my way through the joysticks, but I was quite excited to see how virtual reality games work.
Using a set of VR goggles and two controllers, I experienced all four games:
This experience was great fun. It’s like being in an amusement park or rather a fair where you can do archery, knock off pins with various balls and bats, squirt paint into clowns’ mouths and plenty other games. This one is specially created with the new NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 graphic card. This experience will be a huge hit with children.
This virtual reality game has zombies and the controllers in your hands serve very nicely as guns. Sensors map out the space on the floor where you can safely walk. It’s a bit hard hitting for a non-gamer like me. However, experienced gamers will enjoy this experience very much.
Google Tilt Brush
This was my favourite experience. There are number of brushes to choose from to make your perfect masterpiece. There are also some present designs, such as a waterfall, on which you can draw and paint. The best part is when you walk within your artwork to fill in colour or add a stroke. This experience is beautiful for those who enjoy art and creativity.
Deep Blu Experience
You don’t need the controls in this experience. What you need is courage. It’s like you are on a boat experiencing marine life, and while I am enjoying the scenery, a huge whale comes close to me and surrounds my entire view. The whale is then staring at me with one eye. It’s a bit creepy and scary. The experience is very real and though I know it’s virtual reality and that the whale can’t do anything, I took off the VR glasses. HTC Vive has been launched globally, but a UAE date has not been confirmed yet. It retails in the US for $799 (Dhs2,900).
Lenovo unveiled their new X1 family, designed for forward thinkers in Dubai.
The series includes new additions such as ThinkPad X1 Tablet with its unique modular design.
The immersive ThinkPad X1 Yoga with world’s first OLED display.
The award-winning ThinkPad X1 Carbonis even thinner and lighter, strengthening its superiority in the ultrabook market.
For desktop users there’s the new ThinkCentre X1 all-in-one.