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Motorola Announces the ‘Transform the Smartphone’ Challenge in EMEA

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Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, is giving start-ups, developers, and creators the opportunity to break the limitations of smartphones and present their ideas at Viva Technology 2017. Billed as the world’s ‘rendezvous’ for game-changers, Viva Technology, also known as VivaTech, is an international innovation showcase taking place in Paris on June 15-17, 2017.

Bringing together thousands of the brightest entrepreneurs and most imaginative start-ups, alongside top investors, developers and opinion leaders, VivaTech provides a platform for participants from over 200 countries to find inspiration, generate new contacts and accelerate their business growth. Attendance at this year’s event is expected to surpass last year’s 50,000 visitors.

As part of VivaTech 2017, Motorola has extended its ‘Transform the Smartphone’ challenge, to encourage developers, startups, and other creators to break the limitations of what a smartphone can be. The challenge provides an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their creative skills, while adding their expertise and vision to the Moto Mod universe.

Participants will also get the opportunity to present their Moto Mod campaign on the IndieGogo Crowdfunding platform. This gives Moto Z customers the chance to fund participants’ projects, while also providing early access to new Moto Mods when they become available.

Moto Mods snap easily onto any Moto Z phone. They fit perfectly and securely to transform your smartphone and provide users with unlimited possibilities! The concept of the Moto Mods is simple: They can be just about anything you can dream up.  Whether it’s a film projector, a top-of-the-line speaker or even a blood pressure monitor – the possibilities are endless.

The ‘Transform the Smartphone’ challenge gives developers, creators, and startups the chance to contribute to the creation of the next generation of Moto Mods. Motorola wants to harness their creativity to imagine smartphone features that have never been possible, and add these to the ever-growing list of Moto Mods.

To participate in the Transform the Smartphone Challenge, submissions must be completed online by May 25, 2017. Pitch candidates will be selected by June 5, and a jury at VivaTech will choose the top five pitches. Each of the five top teams will receive the Moto Z and Moto Mods Development Kit, to create their prototype and mount a crowdfunding campaign with IndieGogo.

The final winner will be invited to present their Moto Mod to a group of executives and developer teams at Motorola Mobility’s Chicago headquarters, and they will be considered for the worldwide accelerator program. All information about the challenge and the registration can be found here on the VivaTech page.

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Jeep Announces All-Electric 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S

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The 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S, the brand’s first global battery-electric vehicle (BEV), which will launch initially in the U.S. and Canada, delivers 4xe capability, impressive performance credentials, a sleek aerodynamic design and state-of-the-art technology; Jeep Wagoneer S delivers exhilarating performance with 600 horsepower, more than 800 Nm of immediate torque for lightning-quick 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds and range of more than 300 miles. Jeep brand-exclusive Selec-Terrain traction management system features five distinct drive modes: Auto, Sport, Eco, Snow, and Sand, for all weather and road conditions.

Debuting first, the Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition features elegant black cues, a reimagined seven-slot illuminated grille, 20-inch wheels and standard dual-pane panoramic sunroof (Launch Edition to be US only); Tech-integrated interior with 45 inches of usable screen space – best-in-class among EVs – with segment-exclusive interactive front passenger screen, premium heated and ventilated front and rear seats and segment-exclusive 19-speaker, 1,160-watt McIntosh audio system; Available in Jeep brand dealerships in US starting in the second half of 2024, the Wagoneer S will later be available in markets around the world.

The Jeep brand is charging into the electrified SUV segment with the reveal of its first global battery-electric vehicle (BEV) – the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition (US only). The all-new, all-electric 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S will launch first in the U.S. and Canada in the second half of 2024 and later be available in markets around the world.

The Jeep Wagoneer S is offered exclusively as a BEV with a range of more than 300 miles on a single charge, delivering 600 horsepower, lightning-quick 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds and more than 800 Nm of instant torque. With impressive performance credentials paired with the Jeep brand-exclusive Selec-Terrain traction management system, the Jeep Wagoneer S instils driving confidence and traction for all weather and road conditions.

“The launch of the all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S marks a new chapter in the storied history of the Jeep brand,” said Antonio Filosa, Jeep brand CEO. “Building upon nearly a century of innovation and design, this first global EV will introduce a whole new generation of owners to an experience that is distinctly Jeep and 100% electric in every way. With new energy in the Jeep vehicle lineup, ranging from EV to V-8, customers have never had more freedom to choose their own adventure.”

To make charging of this first global Jeep brand BEV quick and easy for customers, the Jeep Wagoneer S carries an efficient 400-volt, 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack that allows owners to charge the vehicle from 20% to 80% in 23 minutes (with a DC fast charger). Every Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition includes a 48-amp Level 2 home charger or public charging credits of equal value through Free2move Charge, Stellantis’ 360-degree charging ecosystem, making it easy for customers to always be charged by delivering seamless charging and energy management. Wagoneer S customers can access the Free2move Charge app to conveniently search for charging stations, activate the charging session and keep track of their charging history (US only).

The foundation for the segment-leading characteristics of the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S is the highly flexible, BEV-native STLA Large platform. Jeep brand designers and engineers flexed the STLA Large platform to adjust the length, width, suspension and powertrain configurations to tailor it specifically for the Jeep Wagoneer S to deliver instant torque and lightning-quick acceleration. The standard, all-electric, four-wheel drive delivers composed driving dynamics both on-road and in a variety of road conditions. Stellantis-designed electric drive modules (EDMs) independently power the front and rear wheels for instant torque response, while the Jeep brand-exclusive Selec-Terrain traction management system features five distinct driving modes: Auto, Sport, Eco, Snow, and Sand.

The Jeep Wagoneer S’s 3-in-1 EDMs combine the electric motor, gearing and power electronics into a single, compact unit that is both powerful and efficient. The front EDM is equipped with wheel disconnects to reduce energy draw when cruising and to help optimize range. The use of new technologies and techniques played a crucial role in the overall development of the Jeep Wagoneer S. To improve the driving experience and reduce the overall noise and vibration levels to create a quiet interior cabin and a smooth ride, the Jeep engineering team improved body torsion stiffness by 35% over previous midsize-segment Jeep brand SUVs for a superior ride, handling and effective response to driver input.

A vehicle forged from premium heritage, innovation and refinement, the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S is set to blaze its own path with its elevated style, sleek sophistication and unwavering confidence. The SUV’s exterior design is an intelligent combination of harmonious proportions, modern 4xe capability and aerodynamic efficiency that reimagines the Jeep brand’s functional side for today’s electrification era. The front fascia is artfully punctuated by a reimagined, seven-slot grille, transforming the functionality of breathing into seeing. No longer needed to allow airflow and cooling, the enclosed grille now illuminates the line of sight when approaching the vehicle. New striking ambient cast lighting is inspired by modern architecture and delivers a distinguishable appearance even miles down the road.

Aerodynamic surfacing is pronounced through the precise slope and curvature of the hood and windshield, both angled for optimal performance and efficiency at high speeds. A sloping roofline cascades beneath a cantilevered rear spoiler, bridging function and aesthetics with its signature Wagoneer silhouette. Debuting first for the 2024 model year, the Jeep Wagoneer S Launch Edition will be exclusively outfitted with elegant dark accent cues. Delivering style and customization straight from the factory, the Launch Edition features 20-inch Gloss Black wheels, as well as Gloss Black and dark neutral grey exterior elements throughout. Noticeably absent is the use of chrome, as the design team looked to incorporate more environmentally friendly processes and materials. Satin-painted accent trim and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof for an open-air experience round out the exterior appearance details.

When it comes to an all-electric vehicle, aerodynamics is a crucial component of the overall design equation. Jeep brand designers and engineers set aggressive goals to reach optimal aerodynamic performance for maximum efficiency, range and performance while maintaining its sleek, premium appearance. By utilizing state-of-the-art tools and a rigorous testing and development process, including state-of-the-art wind tunnels, the team achieved a coefficient of drag (CD) of 0.29, which is the lowest CD ever for a Jeep vehicle and approximately 15% better than the average SUV.

Structurally, the roof and rear liftgate spoiler are angled to minimize wake size. The vehicle’s flush pocket door handles, rear wing and integrated fins help guide airflow around the vehicle and control the separation point at the rear. Additionally, an integrated system of underbody shields, three-dimensional shaped front tyre spats and a unique side-sill design all direct airflow smoothly around the tyres and to the rear of the vehicle for minimum drag. All of these contribute to the Wagoneer S being the most aerodynamic Jeep brand SUV ever.

As the pioneers and creators of the industry’s first modern luxury SUV, the iconic 1963 Jeep Wagoneer was a cut above the competition, breaking new ground and ushering in the widespread adoption of utility vehicles. Six decades later, the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S continues to push boundaries and evolve the iconic Jeep brand with a new embrace of technology, luxury and innovation.

The 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S builds upon the Jeep brand’s legacy of world-class interiors that exemplify the art of travel. Its tech-integrated interior is equally impressive as its performance numbers, with a best-in-class usable screen space of more than 45 inches, segment-exclusive interactive front passenger screen, artisan details and elegant appointments.

Building upon current-generation Jeep Grand Wagoneer design cues, the sleek, linear cockpit is fully digital with modern controls and interfaces. The focal point of the front cabin is a cross-car wing sculpture with a visually continuous display that spans the entire width of the front instrument panel with wine-red accent stitching and chiselled metal decorative trim. The architecturally impactful, integrated 12.3-inch centre display is framed by a rich mix of materials, including a refined cross-metal deco trim applique with a glazed laced pattern.

There are several new details throughout the interior, including a performance-inspired, wine-red-stitched steering wheel with a flat-bottom design and twin-spoke. The steering wheel introduces a new Cabo vinyl anti-microbial surface coating, making it easier to keep the vehicle clean. The electronic door releases, which are new for the Jeep brand, can be activated with ease by the light touch of a thumb. A newly relocated start button is surrounded by a die-cast zinc metal marked with a fine, navigational haptic textured pattern.

The Launch Edition comes standard with a full suite of customizable LED lighting with daytime/nighttime settings, plus active, direct ambient lighting with up to 64 selectable colours. The spacious, five-passenger Jeep Wagoneer S is the only BEV in its segment to have standard heated and exclusive standard ventilated rear seats.

Audiophiles looking for a premium, immersive sound system need look no further than the new Jeep Wagoneer S. Thanks to a segment-exclusive partnership with McIntosh, signature audio performance is delivered through a custom-tuned, 19-speaker system. Powered by a 1,160-watt amplifier and 12-inch subwoofer for outstanding bass quality, the high-performance system delivers an immersive experience, making all vehicle occupants feel like they’re in the recording studio with their favourite artists.

The front cockpit of the Jeep Wagoneer S is adorned with several new details, including a new black ceramic-coated aluminium with haptic applique that appears on many of the vehicle’s touch points. Featured prominently on the driver control centre, the exclusive navigational tactile pattern is cool to the touch and has a porcelain-like feel. Soft-wrapped doors are accentuated with decorative trim, including chiselled cross-metal accents to match the front instrument panel.

The use of recycled resources and materials was consciously integrated into the Jeep Wagoneer S. The seating, console, doors and instrument panel surfaces feature a non-leather synthetic material. Additional appointments include a premium microfiber suede headliner and premium carpets comprised of recycled pre- and post-consumer materials.

Leading the way in its class among all EVs, the all-new 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S features more than 45 inches of high-definition sculpted screen space, including a segment-exclusive 10.25-inch front interactive passenger display that talks directly to the Uconnect 5 system, allowing the front passenger to provide the driver with directions with a quick touch of the screen.

The Jeep Wagoneer S driver will experience elevated driving and seamless connectivity through an all-new standard 12.3-inch driver cluster designed to be intuitive and visually impactful based on customer feedback. Working with the standard integrated navigation system, new dynamic road views better assist the driver and augment the vehicle’s standard autonomous driving system. It also features a refined set of menus, including BEV-specific elements, such as charge level, battery health and available power. When parked and plugged in, the Jeep Wagoneer S cluster will display the current charging status, which is activated when the remote key is sensed.

The standard 12.3-inch centre display houses the award-winning Uconnect 5 system, offering new levels of clarity. The screen is more responsive and provides better visibility than previous generations, specifically related to the readability of maps, cameras and widgets. An expansive range of saturated colours and backlighting also allows better projection of system apps.

The Jeep Wagoneer S also includes Jeep Connect services as part of the Jeep app, which helps owners understand and access details, such as the vehicle’s available remaining charge. For instance, with the Dynamic Range Mapping feature, once a destination is entered into the navigation, software algorithms calculate and visually display the range that can be travelled based on the vehicle’s state of charge.

The 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S delivers a combination of more than 170 standard safety and security features that help make instrumentation easier to see and aid in collision avoidance with advanced driver-assist technology. Features on the Launch Edition include Active Driving Assist, Intersection Collision Assist, Drowsy Driver Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition and Surround View camera.

With a flexible architecture and open software-defined platform, the Jeep Wagoneer S can receive innovative features and services, including additional automated driving, performance and other technologies via over-the-air (OTA) updates. With OTA updates, the vehicle will continue to evolve.

Jeep Wagoner S customers are automatically enrolled in Jeep Wave, a premium loyalty program filled with benefits and perks, including dedicated 24/7 support. Availability of features and trim levels specified above vary in various regions.

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Huawei Opens New Service Center in Dubai

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Huawei has officially inaugurated its latest Exclusive Service Center in Dubai, marking a significant milestone in enhancing customer service and support. The opening event, held on June 7th, was a resounding success, drawing Huawei fans and distinguished guests for an evening of celebration, prizes, and exclusive services.

The highlight of the evening was the ribbon-cutting ceremony, officiated by Peak Yin, Country Manager Huawei Consumer Business Group UAE, alongside VIP guests H.E. Maryam bin Theneya Second Deputy Speaker Federal National Council and Sheikha Dr. Alia Humaid Al Qassimi. Peak Yin shared his insights on the new opening, stating: “At Huawei, we always prioritize consumer engagement. The relationship we have built with our UAE customers goes beyond transactions. We have a deeper bond with our customers. We hope that our new Exclusive Service Center will become a place for consumers and technology enthusiasts to come together and experience Huawei’s latest advancements in consumer technology.”

Following the opening ceremony, guests were invited to participate in the “Share and Win Big” activity segment. Attendees had the chance to capture memorable moments, share them on social media using the hashtags #HUAWEIService and #HUAWEICare+, and write reviews about their experiences at the new service centre. These activities offered participants the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, including the HUAWEI Pura 70 and HUAWEI WATCH Fit 3, during the Mega Lucky Draw.

Throughout the event, the visitors enjoyed free screen protectors and backfilm installations, with services available from the new service centre. The celebration provided an ideal platform for Huawei enthusiasts to meet, receive hands-on support, and explore the latest Huawei products and services. The new service centre is situated in the heart of Al Karama – Al Fattan Park View Tower, on the Ground floor, Shop No 4, opposite the iconic Dubai Frame. In addition to customer and repair services, a team of Huawei Experience Consultants is available to advise consumers about products.

These staff members come from diverse backgrounds and bring unique strengths and experiences, sharing their interests and hobbies with customers while providing suggestions and technical support. The centre is open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM. The opening of the Huawei Exclusive Service Center in Al Karama underscores Huawei’s dedication to customer satisfaction and its continuous efforts to provide accessible and high-quality service solutions.

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Xiaomi Intros Redmi 13 Smartphone

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Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 13, setting a new standard for entry-level smartphones. Crafted for users seeking style and substance, it boasts a sleek design, a powerful 108MP main camera, and a large AdaptiveSync display with up to 90Hz refresh rate. With a stylish glass back and 33W fast charging, the Redmi 13 exemplifies Xiaomi’s commitment to value and innovation. Redmi 13 introduces the first-ever 108MP main camera in the Redmi series, featuring 3x in-sensor zoom for exceptional detail. With the advanced Samsung ISOCELL HM6 sensor and 9-in-1 pixel binning technology, it captures clear night shots and vibrant HDR images effortlessly, empowering users to capture stunning moments with ease.

In addition to its exceptional main camera, Redmi 13 appeals to selfie lovers with its upgraded 13MP front camera and soft-light ring for natural lighting. In addition, users can enhance their photography with vintage filters and frame designs, allowing for creative expression while documenting travels or sharing experiences. Redmi 13 presents a refined glass back design, elevating the Redmi series with its elegance. Available in Midnight Black, Sandy Gold, Pearl Pink, and the captivating Ocean Blue, it caters to users seeking sophistication. At just 8.3mm slim, Redmi 13 offers a lightweight yet quality feel, along with IP53 certification for protection against wet conditions. The device seamlessly blends style, performance, and reliability, complementing users’ lifestyles effortlessly.

Featuring a spacious 6.79-inch FHD+ display with AdaptiveSync, Redmi 13 dynamically tunes its refresh rate up to 90Hz according to usage, delivering smooth performance while conserving battery. Boasting excellent colour depth and a peak brightness of 550 nits, the screen ensures vivid, clear visuals, even in sunlight.
Designed with user convenience and durability in mind, Redmi 13 comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass display for resilience against bumps and knocks of daily life, and optimization for enhanced touch recognition and control, effectively preventing accidental triggers from water droplets. Users can enjoy a comfortable viewing experience with Redmi 13, which holds triple TÜV Rheinland certifications for Low Blue Light, Flicker Free, and Circadian Friendly attributes. With DC dimming, it minimizes eye strain in low-light settings, ensuring added peace of mind.

Redmi 13’s 5030mAh battery provides all-day performance, with 23 hours of calling or 28 hours of music after just 60 minutes of charging. A five-minute charge offers two hours of calling. With 33W fast charging, it reaches full capacity in 62 minutes. Powered by Xiaomi HyperOS, Redmi 13 offers an enhanced interface with improved home screen options and notification management. Its MediaTek Helio G91-Ultra platform ensures smooth gaming and multitasking, with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Adding convenience, the Redmi 13 features a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and Flash notifications via a rear LED light.

The Redmi 13 was launched in the UAE on June 8th and is available through all official Xiaomi sales outlets. It comes in Midnight Black, Sandy Gold, Pearl Pink, and Ocean Blue colour options. The storage variants are 6GB+128GB priced at AED 537, 8GB+128GB priced at AED 579, and 8GB+256GB priced at AED 619.

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