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Mobile World Congress 2015 Recap

We left a great show behind this year in Barcelona. Mobile World Congress once again proved that, it is the most important event about mobile where you find the latest products and the future trends about mobile space.

Of course, for most of the consumers, launch of Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge or HTC One M9 was the most important headlines from the show. But we believe that, there were more important products and services launched or showcased this year in the show.

For a quick summary:

  • Every year, we see less smart phones & Tablets in mwC. This year, samsung launched galaxy s6 and s6 edge, while htc announced HTC One m9 but the most interesting devices in this segment were Jolla tablet, black phone 2 and Lenovo Yoga tablet.
  • On the other hand, we see more wearables & Hearables, VR Head sets in the show this year. the important detail was, fashion brands were showcasing this year with their designs and partnerships with tech companies.
  • In payments area, Samsung Pay was the biggest announcement. Google announced their new platform Android Pay and Paypal announced the acquisition of paydiant. All send a clear message to Apple: “you are not alone in this space”
  • Smart cars, bicycles are announced as the connected smart solutions and underlined the importance of the connected ecosystem and internet of things.
  • Robots & emotional interfaces seems to be the new trend in product and service design.

We prepared a presentation for you as recap for Mobile World Congress 2015. Hope you enjoy it.

 

UberCARGO

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Uber is expanding its business from car service for individual transportation to cargo business.

One of the most successful startups of the previous year, US based company, Uber seems to have paid attention to the discussions on the company’s potential on global logistics business. They have recently introduced UberCARGO on the company’s blog. With this service, both individuals and business owners can manage their deliveries by just calling a delivery car and proving the address details of the recipient.

The service is first launched in Hong Kong for beta users. Today Uber’s car service operates in 200 cities and it would be no surprise if the new cargo business takes up the world very soon.

Book Your Calendar For ArabNet Beirut 2015

arabnet beirut 2015

ArabNet Beirut will take place from March 17th till 19th 2015 at Hilton Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon. This year, ArabNet Beirut focused on the “digital and creative industries,” and feature top speakers, executives, entrepreneurs, developers, designers and creative participants.

ArabNet Beirut 2015 will tackle discussions on digital’s opportunities across industries; such as fashion, banking, FMCG and luxury brands, and more.

Digital Media: How Journalists are Leveraging Social Media; Brands and Influencers; Governments  and NGOs leveraging Social Media; Online video production; FMCG, Fashion, and Luxury Brand Management and Online Marketing; Social Media Case Studies in Food & Beverage and Entertainment

eBusiness & Technology: Customer Service Online; Online Retailing and Commerce; Fashion and Luxury Commerce; Mobile Banking; and Regional Hardware Innovation

Design+Code: Usability and User Experience, APIs and Integration, Android, iOS and Windows Development, Visualization, Agile Software Development, Designing for Mobile, Lightning Talks and more

Competitions: ArabNet will run three competitions at the event highlighting rising talents in the region, who will pitch their startups, ideas and marketing talents during the Forum Days.

Book your calendar for Arabnet Beirut 2015 and register from here.

Can Facebook Workplace Version Be Useful In UAE?

Facebook At Work For UAE companies

Facebook recently announced that they have been piloting a version of its leading social network tailored for getting jobs done in workplaces instead of tuning into the lives of friends and the pilot is running in various countries now.

“Facebook at Work” smartphone applications appear in Apple’s online app store and the Google Play shop for Android-powered mobile devices, but can only be accessed by a few companies collaborating with the social network.

Facebook at Work has news feeds, chats, groups and other features that can be found on the widely-used social network, but sharing can only be done with people inside a particular company.

As Modirates.com, we believe that this can be an opportunity for the companies in UAE to replace and convert their intranet services into a more social friendly version to increase the  employee engagement. The service is also offering mobility, which is not available for most of the intranet services in the companies. There were several examples already in the market since the born of social media and several companies tried to adopt this in various countries before. The thing is, most of these integrations done very early, even, the companies were not able to define the real benefit of this services before launching them internally. However, most of the trends for the near future shows that, employee engagement is getting more important to increase the efficiency and quality of the outputs in various departments inside the organizations. The thing is, all of us are now more adapted to use social networks now and we want to use similar interactions in our work space, where we are spending most of our time. It is easier to communicate with people internally, to discuss about our own professional areas and share experience, especially in big organizations where thousands of people working. In UAE, where different people from various cultures are meeting in the same working environment, this will definitely help organizations to increase the engagement between employees and as a result will create efficiency while increasing the quality of the outputs. The only thing is, the scope needs to defined well and the organization needs to create specific customization based on the company profile, sector and culture. We need to remember, Facebook is currently an open platform where specific add ons and applets are being developed for the target audience so the same should apply for the Facebook At Work service for every company.

Saving, a Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolution

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We all want to save, don’t we? But most of us find this a hard decision to make.

Every month, we do various mental calculations; I have spent this much, I still have to pay this much of bills, then I have this trip, a bit of shopping, a few dinner reservations, a couple of other payments and yes, here is what I will be left with. And now, how do I save this? Where do I invest my money, which account is the best, will I access my savings the moment I need, will the bank charge me and many more similar thoughts may keep our head busy. Then we find this too complicated and decide to think about it next month. And the next month starts with a similar thought process.

Saving would be very easy if there was someone who would analyze all our current spending, calculate upcoming bills and other expected spending by analyzing the trend during the previous months, calculate our free to spend money and suggest us the portion that we can move to savings this month. In other words, we all need a financial coach that knows as very well, thus can think like we do, replicate our thought processes and recommend us how much to spend or automatically save each month.

Creating such an artificial intelligence should be the easiest for banks and yet only a few are doing this. Banks know about their customers’ spending and income patterns the best; they have all the data they need. They know each customer’s scheduled payments for the month, can analyze their average monthly spending from all accounts and cards, calculate the average incoming money and even guess the total spending by the yearend with seasonality effect. Banks can also suggest the best way of saving for their customer by observing the customer’s existing portfolio, average monthly free to spend amount and previous saving habit. It is all about building this intelligence that can analyze the past data and sense what will happen in the future.

Banks can even get smarter if they can run such algorithms real-time and recommend customers how to utilize their money instantly as they spend or earn. For instance, after a spending with card, bank can instantly send me a push notification displaying the new free to spend amount and if I have enough funds, can suggest me to save on-the-go with one click for a similar shopping need for next month. It always feels good to save after spending.

Recently, I have come across Digit, a San Francisco based start-up that helps users to save by analyzing their checking account, spending habits and income trend and calculate an amount to set aside periodically. If the user has more balance in their account compared to previous months and can survive the month after paying the upcoming payments, Digit automatically saves a certain portion for the user. They not only do the thinking for the user but also the saving part as well. It is all about building the correct algorithm that can do the right analysis. The downside of the service is that the users do not get any earnings for their savings. This is simply a smart digital piggybank and will surely get smarter as more user data flows into their system. Banks can definitely do more than just sending out e-mails with promotions on their saving accounts. They need to get smarter and deliver experiences that can naturally be a part of their customers’ lives.

 

 

 

Hotel My Phone: Share Mobile Devices Like Sharing Your Apartment On Airbnb

Hotel My Phone

If you are following Modirates.com, you know how we believe in crowd economy or sharing economy and all the services related to that model. Hotel My Phone is working on the same principle as many other sharing economy model. With Hotel my Phone, sharing mobile devices is now possible like sharing your apartment on Airbnb.

Hotel My Phone is an application, which is useful when your phone is not with you. Yes, there is nothing wrong with that sentence as it is exactly describing the benefit of the service. If you forget your phone at home or lost it or your phone is out of battery, you just ask your friends to barrow you their phones, which also have Hotel my Phone application. For the first time when you use the app, it is saving your information on its servers and once you log in the app from another device, you can use that device as your own mobile to make phone calls or send SMSs. But don’t forget, you need to pay to activate these services.

As we said in the beginning, crowd or sharing economy is creating great opportunities for everyone. We believe that we will see more initiatives in 2015 as we mentioned this as one of the biggest trends of the year.

12 Important Statistics That You Need To Know For Your Facebook Campaigns

Facebook announced 12 important statistics that you need to know for your Facebook Campaigns. The numbers are related to video and photo sharing. (Are you surprised about that? We hope you are not while Instagram is shining among all the other social media platforms)

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According to Cisco, mobile video traffic will increase 1,400% from 2013 to 2018 and will be 69% of all mobile data consumption all around the world. While the data connectivity quality and speed increasing, the prices are also going down and Telecom Operators are offering great deals by bundling the latest devices with data packages. As a result, we all posting, sharing and “Like”ing more videos on social platforms.

According to Facebook:

  • In the last 2 years, video watching increased by 532% on mobile devices through Facebook
  • Video sharing increased by 75% all around the World, while this number is 934% in US
  • Number of videos shared on news source (both by individuals and companies) increased 360% yearly.
  • Everyday, 300 million people is sharing 79 million photos&videos on Instagram
  • Everyday, 350 million photos are being uploaded on Facebook
  • 65% of Facebook videos are being watched through mobile devices world wide.
  • In the past 1 year, number of videos shared on the news feed on Facebook has been increased by 360%.
  • Since July,2014, everyday 1 billion videos have been watched on Facebook, daily. This means, everyday visitors to Facebook is watching at least 1 video everyday!
  • US Adults are spending 20% of their time on Mobile by visiting Facebook and Instagram
  • 76% of US Facebook users are claiming that they are tend discover new videos on Facebook.
  • 20% of Facebook users are sharing the videos they watch on Mobile
  • Woman watch more video than man on Facebook.

Great numbers, aren’t they? But what does it mean for your business? Facebook also make suggestions for you to take the attention of the audience.

  • Present a huge creativity through your videos
  • Try to create short videos, but if you believe that you have a good story, than go for a longer video as long videos with good stories make a greater impact.
  • Your videos should be followed both with sound turned on and while turned off. If needed, use subtitles.
  • Focus on your campaign target, try to reach all range of devices by using photo or video.

As Modirates.com, we want to underline that, there is a huge opportunity in the Gulf Region for agencies, who focus on Video technologies. These companies should take the opportunity to create great videos for companies, who want to increase their presence in social media. Currently, lack of creative agencies on video marketing in the Gulf region is resulting as high costs and long waiting times for companies, who wants to have more presence in social media.

Gulf International Bank Launched Region’s First Direct Banking Service “Meem”

Meem by GIB

Meem by GIB (‘meem’), a progressive retail banking service provided by Gulf International Bank (GIB), was officially launched at an event in Alkhobar. With this announcement, Gulf International Bank (GIB) became the Middle East’s first online-only consumer banking business, seeking to diversify after almost collapsing during the global financial crisis and to tap into a young, tech-savvy population.

Called “Meem” – the letter M in Arabic – the new retail banking platform will offer personal finance products and credit cards in Saudi Arabia, the region’s largest economy.

Around two-thirds of the population are under 30, and the kingdom is the biggest user of YouTube per capita in the world and among the top 10 nations for Twitter use.

The new business will give Bahrain-based GIB – 97 percent-owned by the Saudi government – a more stable funding base, GIB Chief Executive Yahya Alyahya said at a launch event.

“It will be a mitigant for the bank against any potential financial crisis in the future so we will not face the problems that we faced in 2008, which took us to the point where the bank could have defaulted,” he told reporters.

“Dealing with retail is also profitable in itself, so that is going to enhance our profitability.”

GIB aims to have around a 3 percent share of the Saudi consumer banking market by 2020.

“Our strategy is to be a pan-Gulf universal bank, so after Saudi and when the proposition proves successful, we will move it to other countries,” Alyahya said, adding it could launch into another unspecified Gulf country by next year.

‘Meem’ has opened stores in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran that enable customers to complete the account opening process and receive their debit cards immediately as well as withdraw and deposit cash, make transfers and do their own account maintenance.

It is also available on App Store with iPhone and iPad applications.

As Modirates.com, we believe that Meem is a good step for the region in terms of Digital Banking, as it will help to change the conventional banking experience towards to digital banking. We believe that young generation in the Gulf Region has different vision compared to their parents so the companies who is taking the first steps and continue investing on digital area will benefit more in the future.

Which Wearable Is Worth To Buy

which wearable to buy

The below article is originally published in venturebeat.com. It is one of the greatest articles related to wearables we have read so far so just wanted share it with you. But before the article, we also wanted to share our comments related to wearables in the market to help you decide on which wearable is worth to buy.

As Modirates.com, we have already used several devices including Samsung’s Gear, Fitbit, Jawbone Up 24, Nike Fuel Band, Pebble Smart Watch, CooKoo Smart watch, i’m Watch, Google Glass etc.. We used them not only for trying them but experienced them in real life for couple of months to see how they are adding value to our daily life. So far we believe that, although they are very fancy, wearables are not adding the expected value from them so much. There are several reasons behind it, like charging them, design issues, lack of applications, etc. If you want to buy a good wearable today, we suggest you Fitbit Charge or Jawbone Up 24 as the wristband and Pebble or Moto 360 as the smart watch. That’s all! Sorry for the others, but they are not worth to buy according to us.

Now, please read the article below, if you are thinking about buying a wearable or still waiting for Apple Watch.

Yesterday, I tried on 56 wearables. Fifty-six. And, unsurprisingly, most left me wanting more.

But, by subjecting myself to a torrent of trackers, Android wrist computers, and even a smart sweatband, I came to a few conclusions that you might find helpful — if you’re buying a wearable, or if you get a kick out of gadget-watching.

1. Only a few major players have it right

I haven’t tried on every single wearable ever made. But in total, I’ve worn over 60 to date. After trying on a few dozen, one thing became clear to me: There isn’t a lot of value in the wearables product category yet.

Translation: Wearables almost always suck.

Only a few companies seem to have taken the time to make strapping a “smart” gadget to your body feel somewhat natural. My top pick, the Fitbit Charge (believe it or not), features a piece of rubber, a simple display, and a few sensors. It’s simple, but it works, and I won’t be embarrassed when I see a picture of myself wearing it 5 years from now.

I can’t say the same about Samsung’s Gear S, which tries to do everything instead of doing one thing well. Android Wear still has time to advance and may dominate this category in a few years, but it is not there yet.

Other very solid wearables include the Pebble and the Withings Activité. Also, I will say, the steel Sony SmartWatch 3 feels quite nice on the wrist, even if it’s a bit heavy.

2. Smartwatches and other wearables usually do too much, or too little

Samsung, LG, Sony and the rest of the Android Wear crew all suffer from feature bloat. I don’t want my smartwatch to double as a phone, but that may be a personal preference.

On the other end of the spectrum, simpler gadgets are often limited by sub-par software. Even Fitbit suffers from this problem (I wish it would just integrate with Strava and Runkeeper), to some degree.

3. Not everyone is looking to Apple for direction

The race to launch the next big wearable doesn’t feel like a gold rush. It feels like the aftermath of a gold rush, where Samsung and others are hunched over a shallow stream sifting for flecks — as a fruit company looms.

A lot is riding on the Apple Watch, and many in the tech industry seem to believe that Apple already has a hit on its hands, but I’m not sold. It surely won’t flop, but something about a wrist computer feels inherently niche (for now). I say this having never personally used Apple’s.

I bet companies like Samsung are feverishly waiting to see how well the Apple Watch is received. But some companies are content in playing a specialized role. The SmartMonitor SmartWatch, which detects epileptic seizures, will never target the masses. Likewise, goofy, non-smartwatch experiments like the Narrative Clip, serve far too specific a purpose to branch out and mimic Apple.

The wearables category is still young, and there’s no shame in grasping at straws if there’s a chance someone will build something that makes life a little easier. It’s easy to be pessimistic, but there’s also plenty of potential. In any event, while we wait for this category to evolve, it’s entertaining to watch the puzzle pieces slowly come together.

Rater Is Your Platform To Find The Greatest Web Sites and Applications

Rater

It is not always easy to find what you are exactly looking for on Google, as there are many results being displayed based on your search criteria. But Rater is working for you to become your new platform to find the greatest web sites and applications based on your needs.

Rater, as it can be understood from its name, is rating the web sites based on their contents, categorizing them, letting the users to comment and rate the sites and let you to reach what you are looking for by filtering them. There is an algorithm about sorting the sites which is based on the social media influence of the web site. This means, web sites, which are mentioned on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are being sorted on the top of the list in your searches.

As Modirates.com, we believe that it is very important to find the right source of information quickly on the web. It is becoming more difficult everyday and we need some smart algorithms to understand our needs. Rater can be a good solution for us to close this gap so we started to try its beta version. If you are interested also, please click here to reach the beta version.

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