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New App ‘Hundred’ Brings Personalised Offers to the UAE

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New mobile app, ‘Hundred’ has launched its platform allowing users to discover and access personalised offers based on their preferences. Consolidating the current market and offering easier access to offers for end consumers. “With the pandemic’s impact on the spending power and attitude of consumers, it’s now more important than ever to find discounts and offers across all industries. Yet, with thousands of offers scattered across platforms, and brands, it’s easy for consumers to miss out on the best deals, and difficult for merchants to reach their customers,” explained the company.

“Hundred, the new free-to-use mobile app, solves this dilemma allowing users to view and access different discounts and offers, personalised based on their bank cards and preferences. Providing a single platform for banks and merchants alike to market their products and services, but with the ease of use for consumers to find them,” the company said.

The user-friendly interface has a simple two-step sign up, and allows users to search by industry, by location, as well as in a personalised view tailored to preferences relevant to them. The app can display seasonal offers, cashback deals and advertise high discounts, or time-sensitive offers knowing that it will reach the desired consumer. This allows banks and merchants to increase reach and potential spend from new customers, whilst users of the app get excellent deals at their fingertips in one centralised place.

“The app’s launch comes at a perfect time when consumer income has been hit by the economic downturn. It helps users to optimise spending to take advantage of tactical offers they otherwise might not have been aware of. For example, by just adding your specific bank cards without any card numbers in the personalisation set up of the app, users can check offers they are eligible for, which, otherwise they might have missed. They can also see local discounts and offers based on distance and location. In addition to helping customers, this platform will help stimulate and boost local economies, as well as drive loyalty to local stores,” the company said.

Speaking about the launch, Parag Gathani, Founder & CEO at Hundred said, “The last year has been challenging for everyone. More than the anxiety caused by the pandemic, managing our finances has been bigger stress and challenge for most of us. With so much uncertainty around us, saving money can help us feel a little less anxious in times like these. We launched Hundred with the objective to help users save money by maximizing the use of offers available to them through their digital devices, wherever they are, as every penny counts, and by improving awareness and access to these offers at users’ fingertips, we are increasing their spending power. We forecast that the average user can save anything from AED 1,000 to AED 50,000 a year, or even more, depending on their purchasing power, by availing of these offers smartly. We are excited at the overall impact we will have on users’ spending and saving habits by informing them of these offers which are relevant to them, at the time they need them, and everyone will benefit from this solution.”

Currently, some of the top bank cards that offer good cashback on online purchases are Standard Chartered Platinum X Credit Card and Dubai First Cashback Credit Card Cards. For best value on Restaurants, customers should consider, ADIB Edge Credit Card, Mashreq Cashback Credit Card, and Emirates NBD U by Emaar Credit Card. FAB and CBD provide some of the best Credit Cards for cashback on supermarkets. Customers can see and compare detailed features and merchant offers on these cards on Hundred Platform and also apply from there.

Some of the other attractive offers that customers can compare on the app include 20% discount on F&B at Subway; 20% off at Rixos premium Saadiyat Island; 30% discount on selected services at Hollywood Smile Medical Center; 50% discount on F&B at Chapters, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel; and Up to 50% discount on selected services at VLCC and much more.

The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play Store and simply requires you to verify your mobile number and personal details to get started. Currently with around 20,000 offers from over 12,000 outlets covering over 200 bank cards, since launching this year, Hundred is already increasing user’s spending power with easy access to the offers they need.

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UAE Entrepreneurs Launch Private Messaging App

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UAE-based entrepreneurs have launched a private messaging app, which enables users to send voice and written messages that disappear as soon as they are sent, read, and played. “The application called Oh!Message, brings users back to the classical period of simple communications tools, but by using the best privacy-enhancing features, to be the first chat application with this high privacy developed in the ME region by Arab expertise,” said Mohammed Othman and Haian Nayouf, the makers of the app.

With this free app, the sent message will disappear from the sender’s account after 10 seconds if it is read by the recipient or not, and it will also disappear from the recipient’s account after 10 seconds of opening or playing it. The message will be destroyed completely within the application and will not be stored on the app servers. Each written message is limited to 100 characters while the audio message is 10 seconds.

“Oh!Message is end-to-end encrypted but it has also other features that make it the most private app among messaging apps,” said Engineer Mohammed Othman, Co-Founder and Chief of Technology at Oh!Message. “In this app, which is available in Apple and Android stores, the user doesn’t appear online while using it, and his/her location is not tracked.”

“The first period of the app launch is in the UAE, the Gulf region, and Arab countries,” said Haian Nayouf, Co-Founder and Chief of Communications at Oh!Message. “The UAE is the capital for talent, companies, and investments in the areas of digital and technical excellence globally, and this has greatly motivated us to work on this project in UAE, and the app is the first of its kind in the Arab world with these strong privacy features.”

The app is now available for both iOS and Android devices.

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Taiwan’s First International Streaming Platform Called Taiwan+ is Now Live

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Taiwan Plus (Taiwan+), the first English-language international streaming platform of Taiwan, was unveiled by Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Culture Minister Lee Yung-te, Central News Agency (CNA) Chairman Liu Ka-shiang, Taiwan+ CEO Joanne Tsai, and H.E. Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins of Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis at the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei on Aug. 30.

Targeting an English-speaking audience, Taiwan+ consists of media professionals from the U.S., the U.K, Canada, France, and Australia, as well as local industry professionals, who work collaboratively to deliver the latest news about Taiwan, international affairs, and covers a wide range of topics. The platform also sources stories from Taiwan’s public and private media organizations.

Golden Melody-award-winning singer Sanpuy Katatepan Mavaliyw opened the event with a music performance. Held with COVID-19 prevention measures in place, the event was joined by representatives including Izumi Hiroyasu from Japan, Jordan Reeves from Canada, Andrew Wylegala and Don Shapiro from the U.S., and Henry Chang and Giuseppe Izzo from Europe.

H.E. Ambassador Jasmine E. Huggins of the Embassy of Saint Christopher and Nevis in Taiwan said the international video platform is expected to connect Taiwan with the world. President Tsai Ing-wen expressed her pleasure to join the launch of Taiwan+ with a video message, saying “Taiwan+ is an exciting new initiative to tell Taiwan’s story. Generations of Taiwanese fought to transform this country into a vibrant democracy that protects freedom of speech and expression.”

Premier Su Tseng-chang wished the platform success. He stressed that Taiwan is a democratic and free country guided by the rule of law, and cares about universal values of human rights, freedom of speech, and diversity, noting that this is why many countries are willing to make friends and do business with Taiwan. Vice President Lai said, “I hope that the platform can be the starting point from which the world learns about what Taiwanese people think and want, what Taiwan is doing, and what we can contribute to the world.”

Legislative Speaker, You noted that, with China’s intimidation and political oppression against Taiwan, the establishment of Taiwan+ allows Taiwan to tell its stories to the world through its voices. Taiwan+, a project commissioned by the Ministry of Culture to the CNA, marks an important milestone in the country’s history of mass media, Minister Lee said. He expressed his gratitude to legislators and professionals for making this happen.

“I hope to make this platform a form of expansion, connection, and infinite possibilities, just like how Taiwan incorporates ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity, and introduce Taiwan to the world through dynamic storytelling and news,” said Tsai, a senior media professional with over 25 years of experience in international media outlets, such as NBC/CNBC, National Geographic, and Fox International Channels.

The content of Taiwan+ can be played on the Taiwan Plus app or viewed on its website and social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

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“Selfdrive” Launches Smart Mobility App

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Selfdrive, an entity of Pinewoods Tech Serve, has launched an all-in-one Smart Mobility App. The app is serving as a game-changer for the car rental space offering its users a seamless, reliable, and convenient mechanism to rent a car on demand. The cutting-edge mobile app provides direct access to dealership fleet to its users, allowing them to rent a car by the day, subscribe by the month, or lease a car up to 3 years, offering complete flexibility in booking duration.

The company to date has served over 50k customers and witnessed a 30% MoM growth in customer base in the past six months. The app is built on a proprietary tech foundation concept, Search – Select – Pay, that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to match customers’ profiles with the cars that they would like to drive, making the selection process and renting a car absolutely seamless experience.

This app is available to download on Android and iOS, which offers users the option to select from 65 different car models across 15 different car brands from 45 different locations in the UAE within three hours. Some of the key brands available to rent are Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Renault, Mazda, Infinity, Volkswagen (VW), BMW, and many more.

Speaking about the launch of its app, Soham Shah, CEO, and Co-Founder of Selfdrive said, “As one of the largest car rental service providers in the UAE, we strive to offer exceptional service to our customers every step of the way. We bring together exclusive offers on the app starting from AED 49 per day and AED 999 per month. That’s not all, with the launch of ‘Lease Pro’ in this app, users can now rent a brand new ‘Zero Km’ car under its 12 – 24 – 36 months subscription that would be exclusively registered on demand by the car dealer.”

“The smart mobility platform is a testament of our commitment to curate best deals on cars direct from the dealership, whilst making it possible for anyone to rent a car on demand and get it delivered too. This alleviates the hassle of going through multiple car rental agencies to find the best car models and rates on offer,” added Shah.

The Car rental market accounted for $86 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $131 billion by 2026, projecting a CAGR of about 7% during the forecast period. Selfdrive launched in 2017 is the UAE’s largest car rental tech platform that has crossed 2000 cars on road.

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