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EMallAround two weeks ago, I got a special invitation tour with group of bloggers at eMall Kuwait. The eMall is first social department store in Kuwait owned by Eureka Group. Inside the mall their are different departments that targets all of population. In the group floor you can find Eureka Electronic Store, cafes and restaurants. Such as Zaatar Wa Zeeit, eClub, Chocolate Cuisine, Cafe Supreme, Nestle Cafe, Chiquita Fruit Bar and Koshari Bites.

GamePlayMoving on the first floor you can find a large eGame Play Centre were you can keep your kids playing while you are shopping around the mall. Additionally, the first floor hosts some of Eureka’s electronics departments.

eFashionTowards the second floor you can huge multi-brands such as A&F, Hollister, Lacoste, Tommy, Nike, Puma and more. According to the general manager of the mall “All brands are original and is supplied directly from the suppliers”. I went through some of the items and compared them to US. Actually their are almost similar and no extra dinars are added on.

In the last floor their will be health centre (gym) coming on early this year. We ended our tour by having some dinner at the eSocial Cafe that opened in couple of months ago, where all the tables are functioned with touch screen were could order, play games and draw. I will post more about eSocial Cafe soon.

Location: Hawalli opposite Sultan Center [map]

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TalabatOne of the most spot light news this week in Middle East was “Talabat.com was sold for EUR 150 million”.

Rocket Internet AG announced by signing of the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Talabat, one of the leading players in the attractive online food takeaway market in the Middle East, headquartered in Kuwait, for approximately EUR 150 million. The closing of the transaction is expected in the next few weeks.

Talabat operates in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), Bahrain, Oman and Qatar with particularly strong market positions in Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia. It currently cooperates with more than 1,300 partner restaurants including major brands like Burger King, KFC, JonnyRocket, Hardees, TGI Fridays, Pizza Hut, PizzaExpress, PapaJohn and Subway.

With this transaction, Rocket attains leading market positions in the top two markets in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates – countries characterized by the highest smartphone penetration in the world and large basket sizes offering a high potential for further growth. Furthermore, it gains access to new countries with highly attractive market fundamentals. Talabat.com will be part of the newly created Global Online Takeaway Group which Rocket announced last week in its business update.

Rocket’s mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform outside of China and the United States. Rocket identifies and builds proven Internet business models and transfers them to new, underserved or untapped markets where it seeks to scale them into market leading online companies. Rocket is focused on online business models that satisfy basic consumer needs across three sectors: e-Commerce, marketplaces and financial technology.

Rocket started in 2007 and now has more than 25,000 employees across its network of companies, which operate in more than 100 countries on five continents. Rocket Internet AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

My New iPhone 6 Case

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Khalil in Apple | Gadgets | Information | Personal | Technology | World Life - (0 Comments)

MeiPhoneAfter weeks of waiting for my shipment from the states. Today I saw a DHL box waiting for me at home. Around two weeks, I designed my own piece of art and shared it to @q8path Instagram account. I thought to print this art on an iPhone case.

I searched for different suppliers locally and most of the printing quality not that perfect. So the bulb came up and thought to look for a supplier online. Case-Custom company was my best choice to print my iPhone case. I chose to get two case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s. The printing quality and the way it’s packaged from Case-Custom is perfectly done.

Finally, the image above is how my iPhones look like right now.

InfoConnect2015InfoConnect 2015 the annual expo features all companies and industries in the technology industry is currently available from 25-31 January 2015 at Kuwait International Fair Hall 6. I’ve share my feedback posts of InfoConnect 2013 and 2014.

Through browsing InfoConnect this year I don’t see anything that inspire me regarding technology. Most of the large companies and suppliers are not available. Actually the expo is almost quite and what I see is the organisers are losing the expo identity and mission.

WhatsApp Now Online

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Khalil in Gadgets | Others | Reviews | Technology - (0 Comments)

whatsapponlineWhatsapp created online web features access were you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser.he web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device, this means all of your messages still live on your phone.

Just us access this link in your Google Chrome browser. A QR code will show, you only need to scan the code inside of WhatsApp and stay active online.

ZainGreatIdeaZain Great Idea 2015 is now ready to join.If you are passionate about technology, share your app, website, invention or any other tech idea you have for a chance to attend a local workshop facilitated by Harvard, IE Business School, Stanford, and MITEF.

To register or get more information visit Zain Great Idea website.

GoogletranslateGoogle added a new very innovative features to Google Translate applications last Wednesday. With Google’s Translate app you have the ability to translate any hard/soft copy text in real-time.

The new feature comes as part of a free update to the app for iOS and Android devices. Just point your camera to a sign or text and the Translate app will instantly translate the text, even without Internet/data connection. Translations are currently available in:

  • English ↔ French
  • English ↔ German
  • English ↔ Italian
  • English ↔ Portuguese
  • English ↔ Russian
  • English ↔ Spanish

Good job Google, I actually loved the feature. It will help me a lot during my travel to Europe or Asia.

InstagramSpamSince Instagram announced their will clean up all spam/fake accounts. This message was placed before a while. I did not believe that Instagram can not control the spam accounts, but today I discovered many celebrities in Kuwait and worldwide lost hundreds and thousands of followers in minutes.

instagramfollowerskuwaitKuwaitiful posted List of Celebrities That Lost Thousands of Followers on Instagram. This time Instagram done a great work on managing the followers.What’s funny, accounts had lost over 10,000 followers in onetime. Actually, we compare number of followers and clearly estimate who bought followers.

VerifiedInstagramMoreover, Instagram will move soon on verifying all accounts. This step will be announced soon by Instagram community to make sure their is no any spams/fake accounts in future. Instagram done a great job and I think it is a great strategy applied by end of the year.

New Update From Instagram!

December 19th, 2014 | Posted by Khalil in Gadgets | Information | News | Technology | World Life - (0 Comments)

Instagram placed a new update on the Apple app and Google play stores days ago. Five new filters added on the app filter tray such as Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua. Also now you can setup your filter tray be adding and removing the wanted filters. Perviously, slow-motion videos are not accepted. Now slow-motion videos are accepted directly from the phone library.

Apple&SamsungTons of smart-phones are available in market. iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are the most demanded phones in this period. Each of them got major specifications and features. But if you are looking for a device we the best high tech I prefer iPhone 6 Plus. I love iPhone 6 plus camera, touches, design and specs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera is the main feature I love from Galaxy Note 4. Since I hate Android OS I prefer to use iPhone 6 Plus as my mini smart-phone tablet.

The New Amazon Echo

November 28th, 2014 | Posted by Khalil in Gadgets | Media & Ads. | News | Technology | World Life - (0 Comments)
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Amazon Echo is one of the newest devices from Amazon. With Amazon Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo is controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience and is connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter.

Echo’s brain is in the cloud, running on Amazon Web Services so it continually learns and adds more functionality over time. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.

Soon Amazon will launch Echo officially with the price tag $199.  I’m welling to purchase one soon when it’s officially launch online.

GoogleXPillGoogle announced their new innovation project Google X Nano Pill. This pill identifies if this person got cancer or any other diseases. Still this is under experimental stage. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which travel through a patient’s bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor on a wearable device. What I think is Google is moving to a great path.