Archive for November, 2008


Screenshot   So far, the Arab tech startups and innovation seen has been hard to spot, despite some events like GITEX, it is hard for the most promising Arab startups and for emerging technologies to be spotted in the Arab world, whether they are consumer or business applications. GITEX is turning into an Enterprise IT exhibit, while other tech events ...
Screenshot Citizen journalism takes more uptime on hot news, remember London bombings? The first images were shot by mobile camera, and today the first reports of Mumbai bombing came from citizen journalism via twitter and images on flickr. So Aljazeera launching of Sharek (an Arabic word which means participate) is smart way to get breaking news an...
Screenshot       It is official iPhone 3G is now available in Egypt via Vodafone and mobinil, making Egypt the first Arab country to have a  iPhone 3G officially. Vodafone Egypt's website announced the availability of iPhone 3G,  so does mobinil's website . I also saw an ad for Vodafone announcing the availability on MBC TV.  I do ...
Screenshot   Mashbale 2nd Annual Open Web Awards ( ArabCrunch is the only Arab orginated blog Partner) is a unique opportunity for the most accomplished websites and services to receive international recognition for their achievements. During the nominations round, Mashable, received over 43,000 verified nominations. They narrowed down this huge po...
Screenshot We are witnessing more efforts in the Arab world to help entrepreneurs, with different business plan competitions and incubation programmers. We have ASTF, QRNEC,  and now we have the MIT Arab Business Plan Competition 08. (Look at 12 ways to help you kick start your startup.) Though we need at least dozens more to help flourish entrepreneur...
Screenshot A new study from Juniper Research has found that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will need to fundamentally change their mobile content business models by emphasizing ‘shared value creation’ in order to avoid becoming ‘dumb pipes’ in the future. Only if they can transform their businesses into ‘smart pipe’ service providers, can they si...
Screenshot From now on ArabCrunch will host a weekly poll to get the feeling from our tech savvy readers about issues related to tech startups, and the web and mobile in industry in the region. This week poll is about online advertising in the Arab world, will it increase or decrease? In light of the current global economic meltdown that has affected the r...
Screenshot The Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation,  today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Syrian Computer Society's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Incubator. Established to build the information society in Syria and nurture entrepreneurial ideas, the ICT Incubator currently provides a variety o...
Screenshot Last week, search engine Onkosh distributed prizes to the winners of the Soduko competition held during Ramadan on www.onkosh.com. Sudoko Winners: Soduko relies on logical mathematical analysis and has recently gained popularity amongst young and old. Ten thousand three hundred and fifty-one players (10,351) from 90 countries, 20 of which were ...
Screenshot Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) announced the launch of its SalikRecharge Facility  via the bank's Al Islami onlinebanking service. Launched in  cooperation with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) this new service allows DIB customers to make bill payments, enquire about their Salikaccount balance and recharge their Salik account. This service, ...
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