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Etisalat to Sell Yale’s Smart Door Locking Solutions



Etisalat has announced its partnership with Yale Middle East to offer smart locks, accessories, and exclusive bundles, providing customers peace of mind and a keyless solution to the main door of their homes. Each offering is built around an easy payment plan, free installation, after-sales support, and a one-year warranty from Yale. Etisalat will manage customers’ experience to select the right offering to match their requirements. Yale offers installation services on locks and accessories for an extra charge but is free of cost for Etisalat customers.

Khaled Elkhouly, Chief Consumer Officer, Etisalat, said: “We, at Etisalat, are committed to developing a full ecosystem of Smart Living solutions in a bid to increase our customers’ IoT home connectivity and provide the ultimate experience, comfort, and control to manage their home. This collaboration with Yale Middle East not only boosts the wide range of Smart Living services that we currently offer but also provides our customers the peace of mind that they deserve through their smartphone from anywhere in the world.”

“As a brand trusted by millions of people around the world, we’re committed to expanding our reach through partnerships with trusted partners like Etisalat, to provide our consumers with the latest, convenient, smart, and secure experience they seek today!” said Ahmet Astal, Vice President, Yale Middle East.

Yale, part of ASSA ABLOY Group, is the global leader in home security. A brand built on trust, Yale’s long history dates back to 180 years of product innovation and has been a leader in the industry, securing people’s homes. The Linus Smart Lock, YDM4109A, and YDM3109A bundles are exclusively available to Etisalat customers who can choose from SmartPay options of 12, 18, and 24 months for prices above AED 500, while other UAE customers have the standalone option.

Best used for rented apartments, the Linus retrofit smart lock fits a wide range of doors and is easy to install over the existing Euro cylinder on the inside of a front door so customers can keep and use their original keys without the need for further door alterations. Customers can purchase this smart lock starting from AED 59 on a 24-month installment plan, inclusive of VAT and installation.

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Huawei Launches 2K HUAWEI MateBook 14 Laptops in the UAE



Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) announced today the launch of the new HUAWEI MateBook 14 in the UAE. The 2K all-rounded sleek laptop shares the MateBook series’ design and innovation DNA. It features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display, 11th Gen Intel Core Processor, Super Devices experience, large battery with 65W SuperCharge in addition to the new and improved HUAWEI Shark fin cooling system to deliver class-leading performance. The rich suite of Super Device features offers enhanced all-scenario multi-device experiences that will help users excel in any office scenario.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available with prices starting from 3,699AED. Huawei has a special early bird pre-order offer for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth AED 739 the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Launched alongside HUAWEI MateBook 14, there are also pre-orders for the new HUAWEI MateBook 13 with prices starting from AED 3499.

Featuring a 2K resolution 2160-by-1440 pixels, a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and support for 100 per cent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a peak brightness of 300 nits, the 14-inch FullView Display brings high-res images and Blu-ray films to life while providing great colour accuracy for colour sensitive tasks such as image and video editing. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 features the FullView display that supports DC Dimming to eliminate flicker and is certified by TÜV Rheinland for Low Blue Light emissions.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 offers the 11th Gen Intel Core to deliver powerful performance in a lightweight body. Built on the advanced 10nm SuperFin process, the new processor supports fast and stable performance for users to fully express their creativity, whether they are multitasking or handling computation-heavy tasks. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products Huawei recently launched.

This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors such as the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable. This provides users with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. In Mirror Mode, you can mirror your HUAWEI MateBook 14 screen to your tablet display.

This enables users to directly work on files and annotate documents, or draw/sketch on your laptop with the tablet’s stylus. Extend Mode transforms your tablet into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content. Making it great for online shopping or when you are browsing the Internet and there are so many items to explore. Meanwhile, the innovative Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing you to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.

Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control. Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the simple swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

In addition to the processor and graphics card upgrade, the HUAWEI MateBook 14 has 8GB of dual-channel RAM and 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD. This means users don’t need to worry about running out of storage. Reading, saving, and compressing files becomes more efficient, and multitasking is made easier and smoother.

The 56Wh high-capacity battery in HUAWEI MateBook14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life, so users can focus their attention on what truly matters. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. And when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

A new thermal design featuring HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans provides more effective cooling to enable the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to fully harness the 11th Gen Intel Core processors and deliver smooth, sustained performance. The powerful thermal system features two fans with densely packed S-shaped fan blades and two heat pipes to keep the laptop cool and quiet, even under high loads.

Customers expect their needs to be met, and they expect the brand to be customer-centric. HUAWEI Care is highly anticipated because it offers worry-free quality assurance and helps them extend the product service life, allowing you to keep their device for longer. HUAWEI Care is available in the United Arab Emirates.

Customers can purchase through authorized sales channels HUAWEI Care Extended Warranty with all HUAWEI MateBook series with an additional one year or two years upon the expiry of the standard warranty of the product. Services include Replacement / Repair with 100% genuine spare parts with guaranteed service quality through HUAWEI One-stop service, easy to claim & repair.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available in the UAE with prices starting from 3,699AED. Prices for the HUAWEI MateBook 13 start from AED 3499. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth of 739AED the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Huawei has also announced a special early bird pre-order promotion for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399.

Launched together with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 and 13, there is the HUAWEI D 14 series which is a more affordable iteration of the 14-inches laptop series. HUAWEI Matebook D 14 (10 Gen Intel i5, 8 GB, 512 GB) will be available at an early bird price for AED 2299 across Carrefour UAE stores from September 26th to October 6th. Starting October 7th, it will be available at Huawei Experience Stores, an online shop and across select retailers at a price of AED 2799 with free gifts worth AED 399 including a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and free door-to-door service.

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b8ta and Business France to Launch Hardware Startup Brands from France



From October 1st to December 31st, 2021, the b8ta lifestyle and tech concept store, will host eight French High-tech products in a dedicated corner in their Dubai Mall shop. This exclusive showcase will highlight disruptive French brands in the fields of mobility, entertainment, artificial intelligence, health, and education. It will be the opportunity for tech enthusiasts or newbies from all over the world to discover, test, and buy the most innovative and cutting-edge products in the b8ta Dubai Mall store or through their online platform.

Held for the first time in the Middle East, The French Tech Corner at b8ta is the result of a partnership between Business France (the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy) and the b8ta store, a software-powered retailer with stores in the Middle East, U.S., and Japan. “Business France is happy and proud to join forces with b8ta, a Retail pioneer, that has recently set up operations at Dubai Mall. b8ta brings up the most innovative products to local consumers, and it’s with a great pleasure that France will introduce highly diverse start-ups to showcase their latest Tech products. Selected French Tech companies will benefit from the “booster effect” of the Expo 2020 which will also open its doors on October 1st, with millions expected visits within 6 months,” stated Frederic Szabo, Managing Director Business France Middle East.

b8ta’s General Manager for Middle East and Africa, Ramit Harisinghani commented “b8ta is delighted to partner with Business France to launch 8 innovative brands to the region. b8ta’s analytics and feedback opportunities combined with Business France’s comprehensive ecosystem make it the ideal platform for French start-ups to launch a product in the Middle East. Brands can benefit from b8ta’s business model, called retail-as-a-service, that helps them market, manage and measure offline experiences.”

The UAE is by far the most dynamic country in terms of the tech ecosystem in the region and represents 35% of the 10,000 start-ups headquartered in the MENA region.

UAE citizens, residents, and travellers from all over the world are invited to visit the b8ta store in Dubai from October 1st to December 31st, 2021, to discover the French Tech corner and the most unexpected Tech products curated from France.

Meet French Tech brands at the b8ta store

EYELIGHTS: Offers a motorcycle helmet with integrated GPS, packed with electronics.

AUDIOZEN: Helps you fall asleep thanks to its offline Morphee mobile box placed near your bed.

PRET A POUSSER: Markets simple and autonomous indoor gardens with a wide range of seeds.

Y-BRUSH: Offers an electric toothbrush that brushes teeth in 10 seconds using sonic vibrations.

REENBOW: Blends augmented reality and teaching, offers a solution that lets you learn in an amusing and immersive way.

EARSQUARED: Sells wireless headsets that allow you to listen to music, radio, connect a GPS, and enables to answer phone calls while keeping the ear canals free.

FAMILY SELF CARE: has developed a connected device that makes daily beauty and wellness personalised, sustainable and enjoyable through herbal oils.

LIVING THINGS: is developing a 3D project on the Mona Lisa using AI.

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SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Service to Leave Beta in October 2021



SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the company’s Starlink satellite internet network would come out of its open beta phase next month. That’s two months later than the August date Musk gave at Mobile World Congress, when he also said he expected the service to have “possibly over 500,000 users within 12 months.”

The Starlink system calls for a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbits that will beam continuous broadband internet service. A terminal costs $499 and there’s a $99 monthly fee for service. It opened its public beta test in October 2020, and Musk said in August that SpaceX had shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals, which includes a satellite dish and a Wi-Fi router, to users in 14 countries.

As the beta ends and more countries are able to get access to Starlink, that 100,000 number is likely to grow, although it’s hard to tell when it might reach the half-million mark that Musk predicted. Starlink’s internet service is planned to be sold directly to consumers in rural areas around the world, among other customers, and it’s touting 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds.

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