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Watch Out for These Super Deals at GITEX Shopper 2018

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GITEX Shopper 2018 is back with the UAE’s leading retailers and major international technology brands offering exclusive limited offers and bumper flash sales on 35,000 products. The opening day of the show saw the brand-new Honor 8X phone completely sell out, with the smartphone brand bringing additional stock to the show. The device was simultaneously launched in China and the UAE on Tuesday, meaning GITEX Shopper was the UAE’s main outlet for purchase – and, in true GITEX Shopper fashion, the product was bundled up as a special deal.

In a show full of bargains, head-turning deals at major retailers are a dime a dozen – so here’s six super retailers to watch out for and a flavour of just some of their available deals during the show. “GITEX Shopper presents the very best deals and bundles offers throughout the show, with rolling promotions and flash deals that have to be seen to be believed,” said Avinash Shanbhogue, Portfolio Director of GITEX Shopper. “There are some great offers available through all of our exhibitors and we are expecting even greater deals to be announced throughout the show.”

  • With devices galore at GITEX Shopper 2018, HUAWEI, as Official Technology Partner, ups the game by launching, for the first time in the UAE, its powerful yet lightweight MateBook X Pro and ergonomic MediaPad M5 Series, that promises Huawei’s breakthrough technological advancements. Huawei Matebook X Pro, the world’s first ultra slim, ultralight FullView display laptop, is available at a show special price of AED 6,999. The Huawei nova 3i 4G LTE mobile phone with four cameras, Dual SIM, 128 Gb memory and 4GB RAM – originally priced at AED 1,299 – is priced at AED 1,099 for GITEX Shopper 2018. Or grab a Huawei nova 3 for AED 1,599 and receive a free bag and selfie stick. The Huawei P20 Pro is also on offer with AED600 discount and free ear buds, for just AED 2,399.
  • SharafDG is offering an incredible deal where GITEX Shopper visitors can get a 2018 BMW 318i and a 65” 4K Ultra HD TV for AED89,999 – probably the biggest bargain at the event – with a saving of AED55,000. SharafDG is also offering up to AED1,350 in deals and offers with every purchase. Visitors get up to 10 per cent of their purchase price back if they use an ADCB credit card. The AED1,350 deal comprises an AED700 voucher for Sharaf Travel, which gives customers the option to visit any three of 20 great attractions in the UAE including: IMG World, WB World, Dubai Frame, At The Top and more; an AED600 voucher for ClearTrip and AED50 Careem credit to help transport bargains home.
  • Trade in old tech with EMAX and get double the suggested market value. Make a purchase with EMAX at the event and receive an AED500-2,000 Tajawal travel voucher, a free ‘Entertainer’ discount app on every purchase and up to 10 per cent back on purchases made with an Emirates NBD credit or debit card. GITEX Shopper visitors who spend more than AED 5,000 can spin the wheel on the EMAX stand for a chance to win an iPhone XS Max.
  • Bag an HONOR 8X Full View phone and get a state-of-the-art Honor Smart Scale, as well as the cost of event entry back, while stocks last. Spend AED999 on the brand-new Android, 6.5” Full View phone, with 128Gb memory and a 20MP AI dual camera, and receive the Smart Scales – which sync up with phones to provide up to 10 users with all their vital health statistics – worth AED199, for nothing. The free Smart Scale will be constantly updated with other Honor products offering great deals throughout the weekend.
  • Avid gamers should head to MSI, the Taiwanese company that has been pioneering true gaming rigs since 1986, where all the prices on the company’s range of hi-end ‘thin bezel’ gaming laptops are heavily discounted. Check out the company’s numerous models with massive memory and off-the-scale processing power bundled with a host of free gifts. Visitors to the stand can also register to get a chance to win a Gaming NB.
  • JUMBO has brought some exclusive bundle deals – which change throughout the day – to GITEX Shopper, including the Samsung Note 9 128GB + 32-inch LED TV for AED 3,899; and a Huawei P20 Pro, branded Bluetooth earpiece, powerbank, selfie stick and a branded backpack at AED 2,399. There’s also a Sony 55-inch X85F 4K TV with a slim design for only AED3,799 with a Dhs100 gift voucher.

GITEX Shopper 2018 is open daily from 11am – 11pm. Tickets are priced at AED 20, a reduction on last year. Students enter for AED 10. Entry is free for children under five. Creating more convenience for visitors, GITEX Shopper 2018 is offering six hours of free parking at DWTC to those who spend more than AED 300 at the show.

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‘Black Panther’ and its Science Role Models Inspire More Than Just Movie Awards

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Written by Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

It has been said many times that the Marvel movie “Black Panther” is an important landmark. I’m not referring to its deserved critical and box office success worldwide, the many awards it has won, or the fact that it is the first film in the superhero genre to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Instead, I’m focusing on a key aspect of its cultural impact that is less frequently discussed. Finally a feature film starring a black superhero character became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a successful run of intertwined movies that began with “Iron Man” in 2008. While there have been other superhero movies with a black lead character – “Hancock” (2008), “Blade” (1998), “Spawn” (1997) or even “The Meteor Man” (1993) – this film is significant because of the recent remarkable rise of the superhero film from the nerdish fringe to part of mainstream culture.

Huge audiences saw a black lead character – not a sidekick or part of a team – in a superhero movie by a major studio, with a black director (Ryan Coogler), black writers and a majority black cast. This is a significant step toward diversifying our culture by improving the lackluster representation of minorities in our major media. It’s also a filmmaking landmark because black creators have been given access to the resources and platforms needed to bring different storytelling perspectives into our mainstream culture.

2017’s “Wonder Woman” forged a similar path. In that case, a major studio finally decided to commit resources to a superhero film headlined by a female character and directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Female directors are a minority in the movie industry. Jenkins brought a new perspective to this kind of action movie, and there was a huge positive response from audiences in theaters worldwide.

And beyond all this, “Black Panther” also broke additional ground in a way most people may not realize: In the comics, the character is actually a scientist and engineer. Moreover, in the inevitable (and somewhat ridiculous) ranking of scientific prowess that happens in the comic book world, he’s been portrayed as at least the equal of the two most famous “top scientists” in the Marvel universe: Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). A black headlining superhero character written and directed by black artists is rare enough from a major studio. But making him – and his sister Shuri – successful scientists and engineers as well is another level of rarity.

Scientists On Screen

I’m a scientist who cares about increased engagement with science by the general public. I’ve worked as a science adviser on many film and TV projects (though not “Black Panther”). When the opportunity arises, I’ve helped broaden the diversity of scientist characters portrayed onscreen.

Jason Wilkes is a black scientist on ‘Agent Carter,’ whose character emerged from the author’s talks with the show’s writers.
Panels from ‘The Dialogues,’ including a black female scientist. ‘The Dialogues,’ by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017).

I’ve also recently published a nonfiction graphic book for general audiences called “The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe.” Its characters include male and female black scientists, discussing aspects of my own field of theoretical physics – where black scientists are unfortunately very rare. So the opportunity that the “Black Panther” movie presents to inform and inspire vast audiences is of great interest to me.

The history and evolution of the Black Panther character and his scientific back story is a fascinating example of turning a problematic past into a positive opportunity. Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he’s the first black superhero character in mainstream comics, originally appearing as a guest in a “Fantastic Four” Marvel comic. As a black character created and initially written by nonblack authors, guest-starring in the pages of a book headlined by white characters, he had many of the classic attributes of what is now sometimes controversially known as the “magical negro” in American cultural criticism: He ranked extremely highly in every sphere that mattered, to the point of being almost too unreal even for the comics of the time.

Black Panther is T’Challa, king of the fictional African country Wakanda, which is fathomlessly wealthy and remarkably advanced, scientifically and technologically. Even Marvel’s legendary master scientist – Reed Richards of the superhero team Fantastic Four – is befuddled by and full of admiration for Wakanda’s scientific capabilities. T’Challa himself is portrayed as an extraordinary “genius” in physics and other scientific fields, a peerless tactician, a remarkable athlete and a master of numerous forms of martial arts. And he is noble to a fault. Of course, he grows to become a powerful ally of the Fantastic Four and other Marvel superheroes over many adventures.

While likening Black Panther to a ‘refugee from a Tarzan movie,’ the Fantastic Four marveled at his technological innovations in ‘Introducing the Sensational Black Panther.’

The key point here is that the superlative scientific ability of our hero, and that of his country, has its origins in the well-meaning, but problematic, practice of inventing near or beyond perfect black characters to support stories starring primarily white protagonists. But this is a lemons-to-lemonade story.

The Fantastic Four were amazed by the scientific ingenuity of Wakanda in ‘Whosoever Finds The Evil Eye.’

Black Panther eventually got to star in his own series of comics. He was turned into a nuanced and complex character, moving well away from the tropes of his beginnings. Writer Don McGregor’s work started this development as early as 1973, but Black Panther’s journey to the multilayered character you see on screen was greatly advanced by the efforts of several writers with diverse perspectives. Perhaps most notably, in the context of the film, these include Christopher Priest (late 1990s) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (starting in 2016), along with Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, writing in “World of Wakanda” (2016). Coates and Gay, already best-selling literary writers before coming to the character, helped bring him to wider attention beyond normal comic book fandom, partly paving the way for the movie.

Through all of the improved writing of T’Challa and his world, his spectacular scientific ability has remained prominent. Wakanda continues to be a successful African nation with astonishing science and technology. Furthermore, and very importantly, T’Challa is not portrayed as an anomaly among his people in this regard. There are many great scientists and engineers in the Wakanda of the comics, including his sister Shuri. In some accounts, she (in the continued scientist-ranking business of comics) is an even greater intellect than he is. In the movie, T’Challa’s science and engineering abilities are referred to, but it is his sister Shuri who takes center stage in this role, having taken over to design the new tools and weapons he uses in the field. She also uses Wakandan science to heal wounds that would have been fatal elsewhere in the world.

Black Panther isn’t an isolated genius – his half-sister Shuri is a technological wiz herself.

If They Can Do It, Then Why Not Me?

As a scientist who cares about inspiring more people – including underrepresented minorities and women – to engage with science, I think that showing a little of this scientific landscape in “Black Panther” potentially amplifies the movie’s cultural impact.

Vast audiences see black heroes – both men and women – using their scientific ability to solve problems and make their way in the world, at an unrivaled level. Research has shown that such representation can have a positive effect on the interests, outlook and career trajectories of viewers.

Improving science education for all is a core endeavor in a nation’s competitiveness and overall health, but outcomes are limited if people aren’t inspired to take an interest in science in the first place. There simply are not enough images of black scientists – male or female – in our media and entertainment to help inspire. Many people from underrepresented groups end up genuinely believing that scientific investigation is not a career path open to them.

Moreover, many people still see the dedication and study needed to excel in science as “nerdy.” A cultural injection of Black Panther heroics helps continue to erode the crumbling tropes that science is only for white men or reserved for people with a special “science gene.”

The huge widespread success of the “Black Panther” movie, showcasing T’Challa, Shuri and other Wakandans as highly accomplished scientists, remains one of the most significant boosts for science engagement in recent times.

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TP-Link to Showcase Neffos X20 and X20 Pro at MWC 2019

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Neffos, TP-Link’s sub-brand for smartphones, will be exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, on February 25. The theme for the year’s biggest technology convention for mobile products and innovations is intelligent connectivity, which is in line with TP-Link’s slogan of “Faster Wi-Fi, Better Signal Phone, Smarter Home.”

At the MWC 2019 tech show, Neffos will display Neffos P1 as well with a built-in projector feature for beaming HD content onto a large wall. Neffos P1, which adds a laser projector that can throw a picture as large as 200 inches wide onto a wall or any flat surface in high resolution.

For the first time, the company will also showcase its new Neffos X20 and X20 Pro flagship phones. The two models are expected to hit the market sometime in June, along with Neffos’ own NFUI 9.0 software based on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. As NFUI 9.0 hasn’t launched yet, the X20 and X20 Pro will be the first devices to run the latest user interface out of the box.

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OPPO’s VOOC Charging System Gets TÜV Rheinland’s Certification

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OPPO has received a new safety certification for its proprietary flash charging technology known as VOOC, which can charge a flat smartphone batter up to 40% in just 10 minutes. “The company recognizes that fast charging is now one of the most important demands from smartphone users globally who want a device that can fully charge in minutes, not hours,” said the company in a statement.

OPPO’s VOOC flash charging uses a special adapter and cables to charge devices safely at 25W without overheating—far above the industry standard. The company also offers a Super VOOC system that boosts the charging power to a massive 50W, capable of charging a flat battery to a full charge in just 35 minutes. Most high-end smartphones today take around 2 hours to fully charge.

The latest certification from renowned international safety authority TÜV Rheinland acknowledges that OPPO’s VOOC charging system has undergone rigorous testing across multiple sessions and test cycles to ensure its safety for daily usage. The VOOC system also allows users to safely use their smartphone during charging without it overheating.

OPPO’s VOOC flash charge technology is already used in more than 100 million smartphones worldwide including several models available in the Middle East today. The system is featured in OPPO’s flagship premium handset, the OPPO Find X, as well as its mid to high-end OPPO R17 and R17 Pro devices.

“Such innovations will continue as OPPO plans to raise its global R&D investments to around $1.43 billion in 2019, a 150% year-on-year increase,” said the company.

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