UnionPay International and Mashreq Bank have announced a collaboration to bring QuickPass – UnionPay’s secure and efficient proprietary contactless payment service – to the United Arab Emirates for the first time. QuickPass allows you to pay for goods and services by tapping their QuickPass card at a Near Field Communication (NFC) point-of-sale (POS) terminal.
The card uses technology to provide a secure method to make purchases via a credit or debit card without the need to enter a PIN number, vastly improving the speed of the transaction. Han Wang, General Manager at UnionPay international Middle East, said: “Our partnership with Mashreq Bank further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our operations in the Middle East. The UAE is a popular destination for Chinese visitors and as such, the demand for UnionPay products and services has increased.”
Mashreq Bank operates one of the largest NFC POS terminal network in the Middle East region and UnionPay NFC cards have been issued both in and outside mainland China. All new UnionPay cards in the UAE are being issued with NFC technology.
“The roll out of QuickPass in the UAE not only offers an innovative and convenient payment service for Chinese residents, tourists and traders, but will also attract new customers across the region as we look to increase the circulation of UnionPay cards locally. Mashreq QuickPass is a significant milestone for us, and will only serve to accelerate our growth across the Middle East,” Wang added.
Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments, at Mashreq Bank commented: “As one of the largest issuers and acquirers in the country, Mashreq has been a pioneer in building the contactless ecosystem in the U.A.E through thousands of NFC enabled terminals as well as the UAE’s 1st and only NFC-sticker solution – TAP n GO for customers. With NFC payments growing rapidly in the U.A.E, this first-in-the-region launch of QuickPass will add significant value to Mashreq’s merchants, Union Pay card holders in the U.A.E as well as cardholders who visit the UAE from across the globe. The launch of QuickPass is a re-affirmation of our strategic partnership with UnionPay and is the first of many innovative payment initiatives lined up for the rest of the year.”
Linksys Launches New Series of Affordable WiFi 6 Mesh Solutions
Linksys has announced two new WiFi 6 mesh systems designed to deliver peak wireless performance for all at-home needs including remote working, streaming content, multi-user gaming, and more. The Linksys Hydra 6 and Linksys Atlas 6 are Linksys’ newest entry-level dual-band products in the company’s family of WiFi 6 mesh systems and come at the most affordable prices to date for the brand.
“There is an increased need for wireless connectivity that can handle the influx of devices on home networks, and deliver reliable, secure, and private connections,” said Amanullah Khan, Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Linksys. “Our mission is to connect everyone securely and through the launch of these systems, we provide our customers with two new options for fast speed, coverage, and connectivity at an affordable price point.”
Linksys Atlas 6
The Linksys Atlas 6 is the newest whole-home mesh system in Linksys’ portfolio of products. Speed and performance at an affordable price, the Linksys Atlas 6 is ideal for hybrid work, online gaming, 4K UHD streaming, and more. The dual-band router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. Each node has three 1GbE Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices to wireless networks and provides access to 160MHz channels for superfast wireless connections.
The Linksys Atlas 6 is available in three configurations. The 1-pack supports up to 25 devices and covers over ~2,000 square feet, the 2-pack supports up to 50 devices and covers ~4,000 square feet, and the 3-pack supports up to 75 devices ~6,000 square feet.
Linksys Hydra 6
The Linksys Hydra 6 delivers high-speed wireless data for up to 25 devices over 2,000 square feet. The Linksys Hydra 6 WiFi 6 dual-band mesh router delivers dramatically faster, robust, and reliable wireless connections. Ideal for super smooth 4K UHD streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, and more. The router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. It provides 160 MHz channels for superfast wireless connections and has four 1 GbE Ethernet ports to connect wired devices such as gaming devices, television, DVR, and more to the wireless network.
Features of Linksys Atlas 6 and Hydra 6, include:
- Fast to set up. Easy to manage. – The Linksys App makes it simple to set up your WiFi network and you can control and monitor your WiFi from anywhere.
- Linksys Intelligent Mesh Technology – Dynamically optimize speeds and maximize the use of all bands to reduce congestion, latency, and buffering.
- Security and privacy you can trust – Protect your home with automatic software updates so your network is always secure and up to date. Parental controls and separate guest networks keep devices safe.
- Peace of mind – Linksys products pass 25 quality tests, are backed by a 3-year warranty, and have 24/7 tech support.
- Grow as needed – When your family, home, and needs grow, your WiFi should grow with you. Add more nodes to expand coverage for a stronger connection and to handle more devices as needed.
- Robust. Stable. Reliable. – Built with the Qualcomm Immersive Home 214 Platform users can expect great connectivity throughout the home.
The Linksys Hydra 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $179.99 on Linksys.com and in select retailers; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022. The Linksys Atlas 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $149.99 (1-pack), $279.99 (2-pack), and $349.99 (3-pack) on Linksys.com; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022.
T4W and NetEase Games to Publish Party Game Eggy Go in Multiple Regions
The 4 Winds Entertainment (T4W) has announced a publishing partnership with NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase, to launch the upcoming mobile party game Eggy Go (English name pending) in EMEA, Australasia, India, LATAM, and North America. Eggy Go is an imaginative super party game for mobile, supporting up to 32 players who compete per match, with strong social features that have attracted the attention of a large number of players during its closed beta stage across the globe. As NetEase’s most anticipated party mobile game this year, the Chinese launch of the game will be on May 26th, ready to start the party with an impressive number of pre-registrations.
“Since its start, The 4 Winds Entertainment has been on a mission to provide high-quality gaming entertainment from the best worldwide developers to Opportunity Markets and the rest of the globe,” stated Steven Huot, CEO of The 4 Winds Entertainment. “We found the right partner, one that shares our excitement and is more than up for the task. NetEase Games is an excellent choice, collaborating with us to create an outstanding game for iOS and Android.”
The global release timeline of Eggy Go will be announced soon, and to stay up to date on Eggy Go, please visit the Official Website https://www.eggygo.com/
MSI Announces the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series AIO PCs and Modern MD272 Series Monitor
MSI has announced the Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs. Featuring the exclusive software MSI Cloud Center, they can bring you a private cloud and help backup your files between the mobile devices (Android & iOS) and Modern AM242 & AM272 Series. Their eye care technologies, built-in Full HD webcam, and ergonomic design with an IPS panel bring a wide viewing angle and enhanced viewing experience. Both models are designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.
MSI Cloud Center: a Private Cloud with Cross-platform and Mobile Connection Backup
The exclusive Cloud Center allows users to backup and download photos, videos, and any other files between the Android or iOS devices and Modern AM242 & AM272 series All-in-One PC. Just one click and it will automatically backup all of your photos and videos to the specific storage you want within a private intranet environment which ensures a safer private cloud environment. You can make these files accessible to your family or team members, or you can also make files as private as you want and you’re the only one who can access them. The decision is in your hands.
The MSI Cloud Center helps you wirelessly and promptly upload files, projects, or travel plans on your Android or iOS devices to the Modern AM242 & AM272 Series if you don’t want to backup all of these files. You can upload, download, delete or even share the files with your family or team members who have been authorized & logged in with a QR code generated by the MSI Cloud Center, and they will also enjoy the benefit of this private cloud and upload the files to finalize the projects with you. Security, privacy, and efficiency can all be enjoyed at once.
If you have any concerns about having too many photos to backup in your storage, MSI Center’s Smart Image Finder helps categorize and browse through your precious memories with A.I.-generated smart tags so that you can search photos or materials with tags and increase your work efficiency.
Eye Care with Stylish Tone
Using the MSI Modern AM242 and AM272 series AIO PCs is the best way to style a desk, home, or even home office, as they are both aesthetically pleasing and completely functional for learning or working at home or in the office. The innovative Modern AM Series All-in-One PC is designed to stylishly increase visual comfort while performing computer tasks at home or in the office. Both models come with MSI’s Anti-Flicker technology, which eliminates flickering and effectively reduces eye fatigue caused by prolonged use time while enhancing your productivity. The Less Blue Light technology filters visual exposure to the blue light during daily use and brings you the most comfortable viewing experiences.
Enhanced Security & Productivity Design
The built-in Full HD webcam with privacy design and A.I. noise cancellation technology from MSI Center help connect you to the world and with the best video quality. Its built-in webcam supports the Windows Hello biometric authentication system providing you with a faster and safer way to log in. The Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs also support the privacy screen and peeker detection technology which we developed with Tobii Aware to ensure a safer environment for you. A removable webcam cover is also available if you need more privacy.
With the MSI Instant Display Technology, the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can be used as a monitor without booting up their system. When the devices are connected to their HDMI-in ports, the screen will be turned on immediately. Furthermore, they can support a second monitor through the HDMI output and support the standard VESA mount or MSI’s VESA Arm MT81. The MSI Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can help provide a better user experience for you, protect your eyes most ergonomically, and quietly protect our environment as well.
Modern MD272 Series Monitor – The Best Choice Award & Red Dot Design Award Winner
The Modern MD272 Series brings an eye care & ergonomic environment for all users. It provides Full HD & WQHD resolution for a wider field of view and greater detail. With the Less Blue Light PRO and Anti-flicker technology, this monitor protects your eyes while maintaining vibrant colors. With several user-friendly designs such as an adjustable base stand (adjustable tilt, swivel, height & pivot), tool-free design, Type C display & 65W power delivery, internal speakers, the exclusive Productivity Intelligence (P.I.) app that supports the KVM switch, proper display mode, and convenient tools, the Modern MD272 is awarded the 2022 Best Choice Award and the 2021 German Red Dot Design Award. This is the pinnacle of business monitor achievement which helps expand your vision to the world.
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