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Samsung Intros Galaxy Watch6 Astro Edition and Galaxy Z Flip5 Bundle by Artist Nourie Flayhan

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Samsung Gulf Electronics has officially launched the astronomy-inspired new Galaxy Watch6 Classic Astro Edition in the GCC at the Galaxy Open Market pop-up store at Dubai Mall. At the event, Samsung also introduced an exclusive Galaxy Z Flip5 bundle featuring art by Lebanese UAE-based artist Nourie Flayhan. The launch ceremony was headlined by Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics.

The Galaxy Watch6 Classic Astro Edition celebrates the region’s pioneering astronomy and timekeeping legacy. With its timeless design accented by a rotating 47mm Black Astro bezel, the Astro Edition is the first in a series of limited-edition collections of watches honouring Middle East pioneers while inspiring today’s innovators. “Thanks to advanced health sensors, the Galaxy Watch6 series helps users build healthy habits with unique, in-depth sleep monitoring technology. The Watch6 caters to current trends where users are prioritizing physical and mental well-being,” the company said.

Samsung has thus collaborated with renowned UAE-based specialist Dr. Nas Al Jafari, the medical director at DNA Health Clinic, to create awareness of how the new Galaxy Watch6 Astro can inspire Everyday Wellness. At the event, Dr. Jafari educated the audience on how to leverage the Galaxy Watch6 Classic Astro Edition to track three critical aspects of modern-day health – monitoring heart rate, blood pressure and ECG reading.  

The event also saw the launch of the Galaxy Z Flip5 bundle curated by Nourie Flayhan, whose creations explore themes of representation, mysticism, nature, and the emotional draw between natural objects and the human spirit, inspired by UAE’s nature and culture. The ‘Whimsical Midsummer Collection’ Galaxy Z Flip5 bundle includes a customized Flip5 cover, Abaya and a tote bag. Users can also download an animated wallpaper that compliments the cover design. Included in the box is a poem and a QR Code to download animated wallpaper that compliments the cover design.

Nourie Flayhan’s designs incorporate traditional elements but are interpreted for the modern age. This fusion of the past and future reflects how Samsung has reinvited the classic flip feature phone into the cutting-edge Z Flip5, whose advanced design and technology are redefining the smartphone form factor.

Fadi Abu Shamat, Head of the Mobile eXperience Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics said: “The launch of the Galaxy Watch6 Astro edition and the new art-inspired Galaxy Z Flip5 bundle is the culmination of a highly successful Open Market pop-up experience at the Dubai Mall. Throughout the month, we have demonstrated how we combine technology, design and art to inspire and delight our Gulf customers. We thank our partners and fans for being part of the Samsung story.”

The Galaxy Watch6 Classic Astro Edition is now available on Samsung.com and retailers. An exclusive launch offer includes complimentary Galaxy Buds2, an additional fabric strap, and a 1-year Samsung Care+. Users can also trade in their old smartwatch for up to AED 1,100. Meanwhile, the special edition Nourie Z Flip5 bundle is available on Samsung.com.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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