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Facebook Messenger Challenge now open

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Facebook has launched a challenge for developers spread across the Middle East and Africa to create innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. This aligns with Facebook’s commitment to promote innovation in the Middle East and Africa by providing developers and start-ups with the tools they need to build, grow, monetize, and measure products and services.

Facebook grew out of a hacker culture and thrives by promoting innovation on new platforms. That’s why Facebook is launching the Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.

Developers, in teams of up to three people, are invited to create bots in three categories: gaming and entertainment; productivity and utility; and social good.

The 60 finalist teams (10 per category in each region) will win a Gear VR and mobile phone, one hour of Facebook mentorship and tools and services from FbStart, a Facebook program designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their bots.

All student teams who make it to the finals will win an additional $2,000 (students will be verified against their registration via their government accredited school email accounts).

For each region, three runner-up teams (one from each category) will win $10,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

For each region, three winning teams (one from each category) will win $20,000 and three months of Facebook mentorship.

The submissions for the challenge opens on the morning of 15 February 2017 and the last date to submit entries is 28 April 2017.

The finalists of 30 teams each from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East/North Africa will be announced on 19 May 2017 and the deadline for entries from finalists will be 2 June 2017. And, the winners be announced on 19 June 2017.

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HONOR Pad 8 is Now Available in the UAE

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HONOR has announced the official availability of the all-new HONOR Pad 8 in the UAE market following record-breaking preorders. The all-new HONOR Pad 8 delivers unrivalled entertainment experience in a sleek and compact design. Boasting an impressive 12-inch 2K HONOR FullView display, 8 Speakers with DTS: X ULTRA, and Multi-Screen Collaboration, the HONOR Pad 8 pushes industry benchmarks to help users stay entertained to the maximum.

“HONOR innovates and provides state-of-the-art products based on an in-depth understanding of local customer needs and consumer behavior, ensuring that each market receives the best-fit model,” said Zac Li, GCC Country Manager of HONOR Device Co, Ltd “We’re thrilled that HONOR Pad 8 has been getting lots of attention in the last few days and the preorder sales hit a new record in the UAE market. We will continue to bring more exciting products to the UAE market to ensure users benefit from industry-leading devices that deliver a premium experience.”

HONOR products are positioned differently to suit different customers. HONOR Pad 8 is designed to deliver a truly immersive entertainment experience with a big display, alongside powerful speakers, perfect for those who need to fulfill their entertainment needs. Additionally, the HONOR Pad 8 comes with the latest HONOR Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12, offering a range of enhanced, customized features to provide a smart experience to users like Multi-Screen Collaboration, HONOR Share, APP Extender and Multi-Window Viewing.

Inspired by the sky at dawn, the HONOR Pad 8 is available now in classic Blue Hour in UAE markets via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at an affordable price of AED 1199 with free gifts worth AED 248 including HONOR Flip Cover and HONOR CHOICE X2.

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Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region

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Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming HeadsetG715 Wireless Gaming KeyboardG713 Gaming KeyboardG705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a  playful design and curated experience.

The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.

The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.

The Aurora Collection consists of:

  • G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice.  Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
  • G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
  • G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
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Meta Connect 2022 Date Announced

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of Meta announced on his Facebook account the official October 11 event date for Meta Connect 2022. In the same post, the CEO also added a new image of Project: Cambria, the long-awaited follow-up to the Meta Quest.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise.

Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise. Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

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