Now did I miss anything? Remember there are two models (3G & 4G) and there is 16GB and 32GB. The 3G should cost around KD190 (16GB) and the 4G (16 GB) around KD215. My advice is to wait a few weeks to allow the price to drop and users to give their feedback. I’m in love with the blue color, what about you?
Recall the colorful glassy building with water falls on its facade (AKA Safat) in Hawally just opposite to TSC? It was totally empty for a long time even though construction completed years ago. Last night, I was heading to TSC and I saw that EUREKA has just opened there.
Inside, I observed that the whole interior was occupied by EUREKA electronics with over three floors, I think this might be their largest branch in Kuwait. I saw TVs, Smartphones, Computers, Home appliances, speakers, players distributed over three floors with Zaatar W Zeit and Nestle Toll House on the side. Also, there was a family entertainment area on the 1st floor. I liked the place since reaching EUREKA at Salem Mubarak street can become Mission:Impossible sometimes.
According to an article I found on Forbes, President Obama is keen to getting rid of the American Penny. His argument is that there are over 6 billion people who have phones, so why not go on with making payments through their mobile phones? It won’t be much later till all physical evidence of both paper money and coins will be a thing of the past. Payments for virtually everything will be done through fingerprints or mobile phones.
There’s an NFC chip inside most mobile phone chips that can transmit banking and payment data when placed near certain card readers. According to forbes.com, “a debit card, a mobile phone can display interactive payment details. And, instead of the credit card application process of filling out paperwork and waiting for the mail, using a mobile phone to pay requires only the download of an app and linking to bank details. PayPal president, David Marcus, calls it Money 3.0.”
This notion has started in Kuwait through a company called Borolo. Basically, all you have to do is go to a Second Cup or a Coffee Republic and they’ll give you a sticker to place on the back of your phone and voila! This feature is only available for Viva users for now, but soon this notion will be widespread in all shops and telephones. Also, what’s amazing about this is that it doesn’t need to be a smart phone! Even if you’re using an ancient phone and have no cash on you, you can still have yummy coffee.
If you pay your phone bill at the end of every month, it just adds to the overall payment; and if you recharge your phone, it deducts from your credit. You don’t need to pay anything extra for a subscription. What do you guys think of mobile payments? Are you with or against it?
When it comes to food, we in Kuwait are pretty good at knowing what’s a good plate to have and when!
I found this cool new start up food app called feeditch (kinda sounds like feed your itch,lol) that pretty much covers what most food lovers have been doing on instagram. I found the app to be a little confusing at first but I got the hang of it and I am now having fun on it. Basically, Feeditch is a social food and beverage photo-sharing platform targeted for food enthusiasts and gurus in the Middle East. Feeditch offers the first of its kind recommendations that caters to user preferences ultimately facilitating and enriching the dining-out experience.
It’s available on itunes in both arabic and English. Good work to the young Kuwaitis who have started it and all the best!
Update: We must clarify that the founder of the app is Lebanese and the application is targeted for the entire Middle East and not only Kuwait.
I just came to know about this new iPhone & Android app named “Wasalny” or as they write it in Arabic “وصلني”. According to the app description, its fed up with traffic jams and peak hours to save drivers the hassle thus helping them beat annoying traffic. They say it uses GPS technology to measure speed and send users real-time road updates.
In more detail, it works by allowing users to share and report both automatically and manually traffic conditions such as accidents and road blockages and provide them alternatives and shortcuts for their destinations to save time and of course fuel. I noticed it was built in multi-country platform (mainly Kuwait and Egypt).
It’s about time to have such a helpful app. I just downloaded it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and am currently playing with the features and options to get a full impression. Though what I hated is that it needed registration in the beginning. The app can be downloaded for free on Google Play & AppStore under the name وصلني
It’s finally official, BlackBerry (previously RIM) has finally released BBM (AKA BlackBerry Messenger) on Android and iPhone iOS after a long wait. I’m now downloading it for my Samsung Galaxy, it looks identically similar to the BlackBerry version, but I’ve to try it to tell if there are any differences. I’m still trying to figure out how will BlackBerry benefit from this unprecedented move? It’s absolutely a free app to download unlike say WhatsApp. I wonder if this will this help BlackBerry regain some of it’s former popularity since it’s already dying in the eyes of many?
Remember DOS games, yes I’m talking about those old timer classic PC games that were released in the period 1990 to probably the year 1995 when Windows was not even released. I’m sure many of your recall those lovely games, what was your favorite one? Monkey Island? Cannon Fodder? Prince of Persia? Theme Park? Maybe Full Throttle or simply first time shooter like Doom 2 or Dark Forces?
Personally I used to enjoy click adventure games big time. I still remember spending countless hours playing Flight of the Amazon Queen, Beneath A Steel Sky, Simon The Sorcerer, Day of the Tentacles from Lucas Arts, Command & Conquer among many others. I was always trying to find a way to play those games, I even built a retro computer with outdated hardware so I could run MS DOS and Windows 3.1 to be able to run them.
Well, what if I tell you that you can play 90% of those games on your Android smartphone or iPhone? How does that sound? I was excited to know that DOSBox have released their app for both iOS & Android. If you haven’t heard about DOSBox before then let me explain in brief, it’s simply an application (emulator) that will allow you to run DOS and play classic games just like you did when you first bought your 386 or 486 PC that had 4 MB ram, 250 MB hard desk , Sound Blaster sound card and Double Speed CD-ROM, and of course the 1.44 floppy disk drive.
So let’s get to the point, shall we? Follow these steps and you can easily play almost any DOS game and revive your old times and lovely childhood memories:
1. Download & install the application “aDosBox” from Google Play.
2. Once installed, click on the application icon.
3. You are now in a virtual DOS, you can use commands like; dir, dir /p, cd, cd.. , del…etc.
4. Download MS DOS games from many websites that offer them for free. If you don’t know any ask me and I’ll gladly help.
5. After downloading your favorite games, connect yous smartphone to your laptop or computer via USB then drag & drop the game directory from your computer to your phone memory directory.
6. Access the game directory on your smartphone using DosBox app by typing: cd followed by game directory name.
7. Look for the execution file, ususally ends with exe, bat, or com extension.
Getting my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note III gave me chance to explore some of the new features and specs. It’s been exactly a year since I got my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which by the way is among the best smartphones I ever used, yeah I know it’s all bulky and giants for some of my pockets when compared to other smaller smartphones like say upcoming iPhone 5s or Galaxy S4. Though this bulkiness is what gives this phone the feature that I like most; large display screen that is. My one year impression about Samsung GN 2 was very positive, well the only clear downside was the lousy night photography, the camera sucked big time when it comes to dark conditions, also I suffered with battery life but other than that the phone was more than satisfactory. So does the new Samsung GN 3 bring anything new? Or in other words does it worth the moolah? Well that’s what we will find out in a sec.
Design: Overally, holding the Samsung GN3 in my hand felt lighter and thinner to some extent, though only the previous owners of Note 2 can tell the subtle difference. The new device dimensions are 151.1 x 79.2 x 8.3mm and weighs 166g, now that’s about 1.1 mm thinner and 17 grams lighter than the previous generation, so as I said nothing major with regards to dimensions. I still find some difficulty working with the phone with one hand due to the bulky dimensions (well unless of course you got The Hulk hands) but personally I don’t mind that since I almost always use both hands. The material was mainly plastic (as in other Samsung phones) and thin stainless steel frame. I noticed that on the backside they used some sort of a fake leather which looked kinda cool to the eyes but I guess it can catch dirt easily and can tear and wear with prolonged/heavy use. The phone currently comes in two colors, white and black.
I noted that they have changed the virtual keyboard layout, the virtual buttons are now relatively far apart from each other, this help resolves the annoying mistyping problem that I faced with GN2.
Specs: Under the hood, the new GN3 incorporates a fast 2.3GHz processor with 3GB of RAM. I could feel how fast the phone was responding when I play and jump between installed applications and perform multi-tasking. Though my concern was that this blue-streak CPU will even shorten battery life (Something I hated about GN2) but looks like they have slightly improved the battery (3,200 mAh). Furthermore, the built-in battery saving mode from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean can be pretty helpful, at least I hope.
Display & Camera: The great news is that the screen is now larger 5.70″ (compared to 5.5″ in GN2), it’s also super clear and I could see the difference with my naked eyes when I browse videos and images. No wonder since it features full 1080p HD super AMOLED and having 386 ppi (pixels per inch).
The camera is now 13 megapixel with backside illumination sensor (or BSI). In addition, the device also supports 4K resolution and 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps max (compared to 30 fps in GN2). This is neat but I have to test the camera at night to see if they have improved the quality in low light conditions.
Other Features: Two great features are multi-tasking and multi-window, the multi-tasking has been enhanced since it was introduced in GN2. Now with the larger screen you can enjoy more apps at the same time, selected apps can be called up to quickly float over your main app then be minimized to one side of the screen, waiting to be called on again. Now that’s what I call smart. The S-Pen functionality has also been improved; the new Air Command enables the user to click on apps and browse the screen without actually touching the screen physically. I liked how I can draw a box around something and then an options menu pops up. Though I wish the S Pen motion was even smoother. Finally, GN3 will fully support 4G LTE networks which is good to know because the GN2 came in two versions and I happened to have the 3G only version.
I’m also glad they have changed the design of the power socket to make it more durable and practical, many people had issues with the previous power socket in GN2.
Price: The GN3 price tag is currently in the KD220 – KD250 range and is now available in Kuwait at some electronics stores.
Verdict: So coming to the final conclusion, did the GN 3 impress me? I’d say initially yes but I have to use it for a while in order to get my full impression.