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Emma Gannon Talks About Responsibly Using Social Media

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“Social media is only there to enhance your real life. That’s what I use it for. My blog enabled me to go travelling, have real life adventures, and get a book deal. My twitter feed helps me to meet people in real life. For me, knowing what you are using social media for is very important. Life is short, and I don’t know if I want to spend my whole life on the phone,” Emma Gannon elucidated.

Emma Gannon spent her morning at the 37th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF18) discussing the internet and social media with young school boys in a session titled, “Growing up online – the impact of digital revolution on young people.” She is a Sunday Times bestselling business author, podcaster, and broadcaster based in London. She is also the author of two non-fiction books: Ctrl Alt Delete and The Multi-Hyphen Method.

In the beginning of the session, the young boys were asked if they all had mobile phones. Eager hands shot up in the air, but when they were asked if they ever shut their phones, only three hands were raised amidst a crowd of over fifty students. “The thing with phones is that, it’s always in your pocket. It’s never-ending. With my book, I want to give people the tools to know that they can switch off their devices. I feel very lucky that I grew up in a time where I didn’t have my phone. I can see it for what it is, because I know what it’s like without it. I think you need to be very careful with what you are using your phone for, if your eyes are glazing over and you are just scrolling – you are not really doing anything,” she explained.

Stressing on the importance of awareness, she elaborated that she doesn’t want you to feel bad about it but instead acknowledge it as a sign that you aren’t getting much from it. Her book ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’, is based on the fact that in 1989, the world wide web was created, which isn’t really that long ago.

Even though we are immersed in technology and social media, we feel like it has always been there. “I was born in 1989, I think it’s interesting that someone of my age is the same age as the internet. What does that mean for my generation? We had a childhood that was drip feeding us technology, we didn’t get thrown into this world. I am so fascinated by generations and how you are affected by your environment and how generations interact with each other,” she elaborated.

“I think there is a barrier and we don’t understand, why young people are the way they are. I wanted to write about that,” she added. Emma’s next venture will be in the category of non-fiction where she will explore the theme of motherhood. The Sharjah International Book Fair will be open until Saturday, 10th November.

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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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Pop Culture Show Popcon Middle East Comes to Dubai in November 2022

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Dubai will be hosting its first edition of PopCon Middle East (PopConME) from the 10th  – 13th  November 2022. Promising the ultimate weekend, PopConME will showcase the best in Movies, TV, comics, graphic novels, anime, cosplay, and much more. In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), Speedy Comics, and Alanza Trading, PopConME will take place at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo City Dubai, featuring exclusive workshops, movie screenings, Cosplay gaming competitions, and much more.

PopConME will be running as part of Dubai Esports Festival (DEF 2022) taking place from the 9th – 20th November 2022, the most exciting esports and gaming event in the Middle East, and a trend-setter for the region’s gaming industry which is set to cement Dubai’s position as a year-round global hub for esports and gaming.

“We are excited to introduce PopConME to Dubai. I have been a fan of comic books since I was a child and have been entrenched in the community from an early age. This is a dream come true for a true geek like me. I want this convention to have everything and more my geek heart desires.” said Amer Rashed Al Farooq, Deputy CEO, Speedy Comics Group, the region’s number one destination for vintage comics and pop culture collectibles.

This festival will give fans the opportunity to celebrate their favourite celebrities, meet like-minded people, and indulge in the world of fantasy all under one roof. Comic book geeks will get the opportunity to meet and greet their favourite talents up close, attend exclusive workshops and buy one-of-a-kind merchandise at the Artist Alley. Packed with interactive zones and activations PopConME will host its own People’s Choice Cosplay, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Competitions.

Featuring a line-up of some of the biggest international talents, PopConME has already confirmed the attendance of Nightmare on Elm Street actress Katie Cassidy, who is also known for her portrayal of the demon Ruby in the fantasy horror series, Supernatural and Black Canary in Arrow. Also confirmed to attend are CW Supernatural Kevin Tran and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency actor, Osric Chau, and voice actor Ray Porter best known for his portrayal of DC Comics Villain, Darkseid in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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360VUZ Partners with Gamers8

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360 VUZ, the immersive video mobile app, has partnered with Gamers8, the biggest gaming and esports festival in the world, bringing an 8 weeks-long festival to the app. This will offer its users a one-of-a-kind experience mixing esports tournaments with live music. In collaboration with Gamers8 and MdlBeast, 360VUZ will immerse its users every single Thursday right from the stadium of Boulevard Riyadh City to attend outstanding musical concerts.

The concerts will include performances by top A-list stars such as Nancy Ajram and Marhmello, Russ and Alan Walker, and Black Eyed Peas and DJ Snake. Khaled Zaatarah, 360 VUZ Founder and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are excited to offer our users in the world and especially in Saudi Arabia the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new 360º immersive experience and attend key Gamers8 events from anywhere around the world.”

In addition, big-name international artists, each of whom is guaranteed to captivate music lovers, are appearing at Gamers8 concerts alongside numerous local and regional talents each weekend throughout the event. Over 1,000 activities and attractions, such as comedy, cosplay, magic shows, and much more, are also on the Gamers8 entertainment agenda, which runs until September 8. 

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