The business of ‘blocking’
Welcome to my Blog, in which I will be posting my articles on Information Technology & Media which are published in local (Jordanian) and regional newspapers & magazines. Plus some other important reports I come across! Enjoy.... and please feel free to comment on the material posted and let me know if I can be of any service to you!
It’s back. Jordan’s premier information technology event, has been announced and will be held on 10 October, 2010. It has been re-named the MENA ICT Forum.
It’s the main technology story in the news: Apple refuses to open up its iPhone/iPad platform to Adobe Flash and related technologies.
Nowadays, attend any conference or event, and you will note that several people have their laptops open in front of them, as if it were acceptable to stare into a screen, while a speaker presents on stage.
The Global Information Technology Report for 2009/2010 by the World Economic Forum is now available. It is based on a Networked Readiness Index (NRI), and it’s worth reading to see how prepared countries around the world are to use ICT effectively.
Hysteria is the only suitable word to describe the iPad launch, on Saturday 3 April, preceded by heightened speculation since it’s ‘unveiling’ by Steve Jobs on January 27, which in turn came after years of speculation and teasing by Apple.
Apple’s new iPad became available in all 221 US Apple retail stores and most Best Buy stores on Saturday, April 3. Starting at just $499, iPad lets users browse the web, read and send email, share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.
Attending any regional conference provides insights into Middle Eastern trends, but one of the most striking facts at ArabNet in Beirut last week was that Jordanians made up 40 percent of attendees - it actually looked like more than that- and made up the majority of start-up entries in the event competitions.
Attending Arab Net 2010 (arabnet.me) was quite an experience, as over 600 delegates came to Beirut from 25 to 26 March to discuss Arab web business ventures and the opportunities in this emerging industry.
For many years now, telecommunications operators have been losing revenue to free voice over IP (VoIP) services, like Skype, and local regulatory authorities have stepped up their battle against such services, deeming them as illegal.
On 15 March 1985, the first company to add dotcom to its name was a computer maker named Symbolics.