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Umniah Launches Solution to Protect Children Online

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In cooperation with Kaspersky, Umniah has launched Kaspersky Safe Kids a product that promotes parental control to protect children on the internet. This makes Umniah the first telecommunications company in Jordan to offer this product on a monthly subscription basis.

The new product allows parents to manage their child’s screen time and application usage. The product also issues reports on the child’s public Facebook activity, including their posts and newly-added friends, in addition to sharing expert advice and suggestions from child psychologists on online topics, and allowing parents to block adult websites and content.

Furthermore, the Kaspersky Safe Kids helps track children and know their current location by using GPS trackers that let parents define a safe area for their child to stay in, and immediately alert them if they step beyond it. The app also sends an alert whenever the child’s phone is running low on battery so parents can warn them to plug-in.

During the press conference, Umniah’s Commercial Enterprise and Home Broadband Director, Mahmoud Abu Zanad, emphasized Umniah’s role in preparing children for the different life aspects related to the digital world, reaching advanced levels of digital literacy and activating digital citizenship by empowering children with the skills and traits they need in order to deal with the virtual world with all its technologies. 

Abu Zannad stressed the importance of Kaspersky Safe Kids, which is provided by Umniah for the first time in the Jordanian market on a monthly subscription basis, demonstrating how this service supports parents in monitoring their children’s internet usage.

Mohamed Hashem, Regional Manager at Kaspersky, agreed with Abu Zanad’s on the importance of this product saying, “In today’s digital age, children navigate their way through the internet better than most adults. They view new technology as an opportunity to grasp new trends and even dabble in inventing their own.”

Hashem added that new social networks, online games, music, and gadgets have become a large part of children’s daily lives. Although they might feel comfortable online, that does not mean that they understand the potential dangers. This is why, and in order to prevent children from falling prey to these dangers, parents must become aware of their children’s interests, know about their latest online trends, and know exactly what might pose a risk for them.

Abu Zanad said, “Kaspersky Safe Kids, through its Time Management feature, helps parents determine daily or weekly times for their children to use the internet and social media platforms, as well as maintain their personal security and identify their physical location and whereabouts on their smartphones through GPS trackers provided by this product.”

“Despite the fact that the internet and social media platforms dominate our daily lives and the lives of our children it is essential to educate parents about the importance of finding ways to protect their children from inappropriate browsing and exposure to abusive content that is not suited for their age,” Abu Zanad said. “Umniah, a leading provider of cybersecurity and information security services, is keen to provide such products to help its customers to protect their children from exposure to the dangers of the internet, identifying these dangers and resolving them before they become actual problems,” he added.

Umniah customers who wish to subscribe to this service can install Kaspersky Safe Kids from the Google Play or App Store or by calling Umniah’s customer service center or visiting any of the company’s showrooms located throughout Jordan’s governorates. Umniah allows its customers to add this service to their monthly bill. The subscription is JD1 per month, with the first month for free for a limited period of time.

Survey statistics by Kaspersky showed that children in the Middle East region spend 39% of their time watching video and audio content by visiting websites such as YouTube or listening to music online. Another common use of the internet among children is social networking, as children reportedly spend 25% of their time on websites such as Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok. Not surprisingly, children spend 15% of their time playing online games.

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Sony Launches FE 24-50mm F2.8 G, a Compact, Large Aperture F2.8 G Lens with High-Performance Optics

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Sony Middle East and Africa has announced the release of its new compact 35mm full-frame compatible α (Alpha) E-mount lens, FE 24-50mm F2.8 G (product name SEL2450G) standard zoom with F2.8 maximum aperture over the entire zoom range. Despite its small and lightweight body, it achieves the high-resolution performance and beautiful bokeh that can be expected from a large aperture G Lens with F2.8. It covers a focal length of 24 mm to 50 mm, allowing you to capture everything from still images such as everyday snapshots, and portraits to video shooting, all in high quality but with a design that will easily fit in the smallest of kit bags.

With the latest optical and mechanical design, the dimensions have been kept compact with a filter diameter of φ67 mm, maximum diameter of 74.8 mm, length of 92.3 mm, and weight of approximately 440 g. Sharp and detailed images at all focal lengths are achieved thanks to the arrangement of four aspherical lenses and two pieces of ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass, so that aberrations such as chromatic aberration, are reduced, achieving high-resolution performance from the centre to the corner. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G uses an 11-blade circular aperture which together with the optimisation of spherical aberration provides the beautiful, soft and smooth bokeh that is characteristic of the G Lens series. It has a minimum shooting distance of 0.19 m (AF) at the wide end and a maximum magnification of 0.30 x (AF) offering high-quality close-up shooting.

The quality is evident through the AF (auto focus) whereby, equipped with two linear motors, it achieves high speed, high precision, high tracking, and quiet focusing. It also supports high-speed continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking of up to 120 frames per second for the full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9 III. For those wanting a solid video performance, AF tracking is available for high frame rate 4K 120p or FHD 240p movie recording where critical focus control is required, plus it supports in-body Active Mode image stabilisation for steady shooting while walking. It is also compatible with the focus breathing compensation on camera bodies, allowing for high-quality video expression.

Intuitive manual focus is achieved thanks to the adoption of linear response MF which allows smooth and superior image expression. FE 24-50mm F2.8 G is equipped with user-friendly functions such as a customisable focus hold button, aperture ring, aperture click ON/OFF switch, and focus mode switch, offering high operability and comprehensive control. Plus, for further ease of use, they are designed to be dust and moisture-proof with a fluorine coating which prevents dirt from sticking to the front surface of the lens.

 The new FE 24-50mm F2.8 G will be available in the region from Q2 2024.

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CORSAIR Intros New 75% Keyboard for Enthusiast Gamers

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CORSAIR has launched a standout addition to its lineup of award-winning gaming keyboards: the K65 PLUS WIRELESS. Beautifully built, and loaded with the essentials needed to win, this 75%-layout keyboard maxes out both performance and personality. When you deploy the K65 PLUS WIRELESS, your gaming persona and your keyboard enthusiast side come out to play.

Powerful performance now resides in a cleverly compact 75% profile. The space-saving K65 PLUS WIRELESS optimizes the important desk space needed for your mouse, while including the essential arrow and utility keys that put game controls right where you want them. Pre-lubricated CORSAIR MLX Red linear switches are buttery smooth and register every input with crisp responsiveness. The switches are also hot-swappable, so you can customize the keyboard by subbing in your switches easily – how you play is completely up to you.

The K65 PLUS WIRELESS offers ultra-satisfying typing, with no modding required. Each keystroke is tempered by two layers of integrated sound dampening that hushes internal pings and clacks. The result is precisely tuned acoustics that you – and everyone nearby – will appreciate. The PBT dye-sublimated keycaps’ midnight grey and silver accents complement any desktop; you will want to make K65 PLUS WIRELESS your primary board for daily use.

Connect and play, more adeptly than ever. Make ultra-fast moves over a reliable, low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connection for gaming, or Bluetooth for tablets, mobile, and more, all with secure AES encryption and up to 266 hours on a single charge with RGB off. Toggle from PC to Mac layout by simply flipping a switch, and connect to multiple devices seamlessly with a single keystroke.

For RGB fanatics, the K65 PLUS WIRELESS comes alive with a shiny array of per-key RGB, endlessly customizable with CORSAIR iCUE software. Use the power of iCUE to record macros, remap keys, and sync your keyboard to the rest of your setup’s RGB and iCUE Murals profiles, for a lighting ambience that makes your space a haven for gaming and working.
Equip the infinitely intriguing K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard, and match your superior skill with stunning style.

To celebrate the launch of K65 PLUS WIRELESS, CORSAIR is excited to offer an exclusive deal on DROP Holy Panda X tactile switches. For a limited time, when you buy a K65 PLUS WIRELESS keyboard on the CORSAIR webstore, you can get a set of Holy Panda X switches for 50% off from DROP.com. When brought together, this keyboard and key switch combo makes tactile gaming and typing a delightful experience. (Offer only available in North America)

The CORSAIR K65 PLUS WIRELESS gaming keyboard is available immediately from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized online retailers and distributors. The K65 PLUS WIRELESS is backed by a two-year warranty, alongside the CORSAIR worldwide customer service and technical support network.

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HONOR Says its Eye-Tracking Features Can Move a Car

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HONOR has introduced an AI-powered eye-tracking feature that can move a car without a driver inside. This experiment, demonstrated by an automotive engineer, uses the eye-tracking feature of the HONOR Magic6 Pro to control a car based on the user’s eye movement.

A video by Autocar, available on YouTube, showcases this innovative technology. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with four commands that can be activated by eye gaze, allowing the car to start the engine, turn it off, and move forward or backwards. After focusing on a specific button for 2-3 seconds, the corresponding command is activated, and the car responds accordingly.

HONOR says that this demonstration is a testament to the company’s belief that AI can transform the way humans interact with devices in the future. HONOR has announced that its MWC Launch Event will be on February 25th. HONOR will also host an AI Panel with industry partners such as Qualcomm to unveil more discoveries about the future of AI. This event will take place on February 26th at 17:00 (CET) at MWC 2024. Find out more at this link: https://www.hihonor.com/ae-en/events/honor-mwc/

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