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A front-row seat at the ‘selfie of the year’

Jessica Hill   |  February 10, 2014

The CNN presenter Richard Quest was mediating at the Government Summit in Dubai on Monday, and in a break from proceedings, found time to talk to The National about life as a news presenter. When asked which prominent public figures he has not yet had the opportunity to engage with in an in-depth interview, he mentioned Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Apple's chips and the CEO's visit

Triska Hamid   |  February 4, 2014

Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook was in the UAE this week, meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, while also taking in some of the country's sites. The exact... Read more

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How necessary is Wi-Fi?

Triska Hamid   |  January 27, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, my bathroom and bedroom were flooded. I was ankle-deep in water because of a burst water pipe. Thankfully, I'm not one to leave things lying around, so there wasn't much damage. But my weighing scales and Wi-Fi router didn't make it. I have a laptop, a tablet and two smartphones. One of these ... Read more

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Telcos are losing out, but who cares?

Triska Hamid   |  January 23, 2014

Dubai Police claim that the country's telcos are losing out on as much as Dh14,400 an hour on international voice calls that are being rerouted to a kind of illegal server called a SimBox. The technology allows consumers to circumvent Etisalat and du's international networks by dialling a local number that is... Read more

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Your boss on wheels

Triska Hamid   |  January 12, 2014

This is what the US National Security Agency (NSA) will be using soon, not as tool to spy on citizens, but internally as a communications tool. The Beam is a communications robot on wheels that can be remotely controlled by a user. It moves seamlessly around a room and with a 17inch monitor and speakers, the user... Read more

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Michael Bay just didn't want to play the game

Triska Hamid   |  January 7, 2014

The internet is abuzz with Transformer producer Michael Bay's abrupt walk off stage during Samsung's presentation at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He had been invited by the South Korean company to have a conversation with an executive from the firm about the importance of Ultra High... Read more

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Fall of BlackBerry set to come to region where it was once a leader

Triska Hamid   |  January 1, 2014

As most people are coming up with resolutions they will never keep, I have decided on one that I will most probably see through. Not out of self-will, but out of necessity. I am giving up my BlackBerry Z10 phone. It has developed a terrible habit of dying every time it is knocked with force. It did have the... Read more

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Dressing up to work

Triska Hamid   |  December 25, 2013

There is something particularly paramount and seminal about a job that requires a uniform. I'm not referring to the shift dresses and stilettos of the city lawyer or the dapper suit and pocket-square of a banker.  I am referring to jobs in which donning a specially-made outfit is a must to ensure a job well done.... Read more

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Monetising tweets

Triska Hamid   |  November 20, 2013

Twitter's focus is now on making money. That is the message of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal who owns a US$300 million stake in the micro-blogging website in an interview with Bloomberg Television. The loss-making digital company launched a successful initial public offering (IPO) a few weeks ago in... Read more

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Getting ready for Gitex

Triska Hamid   |  October 19, 2013

The 33rd Gitex Technology Week begins Sunday 20 October. More than 130,000 delegates are set to descend on Dubai to check out the latest technologies and services on offer in the region. Representatives from 150 countries will be pitching up their banners and wares in a bid to create new partnerships and lure in... Read more

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