Google Opinion Rewards had a rocky ending to 2019, with many users' credits expiring without warning or explanation. That was soon rectified by placing an expiration date beneath your balance, though the explanation for the whole debacle was too little, too late. Moving past the controversy, Google's forging ahead in the new decade by making Opinion Rewards available in Chile, Poland, and the United Arab Emirates. Read More
Google Play gift cards have been gradually spreading to more countries for some time, and the latest addition to the list is the United Arab Emirates. They're available in five denominations from 13 retailers. Read More
For years, governments around the world have tried to block various web services. This has often proved tricky in recent times, as the recent Telegram bans in Iran and Russia revealed. For example, Russia broke countless other sites while attempting to block Telegram, because they shared the same infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud Messaging, etc). Read More
The leaks for BlackBerry's next fullscreen smartphone have been going for a few months. What was first known as the BlackBerry Krypton then referred to as the Motion is now official under the latter name. The phone is still manufactured by TCL, but unlike its predecessor, the KEYone, it doesn't sport a full QWERTY keyboard but goes with the more predominant full touchscreen form factor.
As leaked earlier, the Motion has a 5.5" 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, what seems to be 32GB of storage, Dual SIM support, an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Read More
Samsung has been slowly but steadily adding new markets to Samsung Pay, which is now supported in more than a dozen countries. That includes a few new ones today. Residents of Sweden (previously in beta) and the UAE can start making payments today. There's also early access (i.e. a beta) for Samsung Pay in Hong Kong and Switzerland. Read More
The news has been abuzz for a couple of days in the Middle Eastern region, but it has now been made official, press release and all: Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com.
For those of you who don't live in the Middle East and haven't heard of SOUQ (which means "market" in Arabic), you can think of it as India's Flipkart maybe or well, Amazon, but serving a few local countries in the region: UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and also shipping to Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. It has made a name for itself as one of the leading online retailers for shopping for clothes, electronics, beauty products, home items, sports equipment, baby products, and more. Read More
Samsung is definitely on a roll with the Galaxy S III updates - not a day goes by without a massive rollout of Jelly Bean to devices all over Europe, and now the Middle East as well. The company began sending Android 4.1.1 OTAs to the following territories:
- Austria (T-Mobile)
- Germany (O2, T-Mobile)
- Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, UAE
- Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan
- Nordic countries (NEE): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland
Thanks to Eivind for the screenshot
Here's the history of the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III so far: