Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Wearable Technology 2.0

With the long awaited unveiling of the Apple Watch, we’re now finally witnessing the second coming of wearable tech. Tech Talk – Zeid Nasser As you would expect from such an exacting and detail-obsessed company, it was a long time before…

Scaling Up

How suited are the region’s companies to scalability, which has become a key way of assessing new ventures and gauging their potential? The Strategist – Nader Museitif Scalability addresses how a business can reach and serve a mass customer base…

MENA’s Online Payments Puzzle

A lot of consumers in our region would like to spend money online. So what’s holding them back? By Khaldoon Tabaza How to implement online payment systems that most people are willing and able to use remains a big hindrance…

Yahoo to Close Office in Jordan

In a move that will come as a major blow to Jordan’s ICT ambitions, Yahoo, the tech giant that bought Maktoob for millions, has announced it will be shuttering its Amman office by the end of the year. Yahoo said…

Cashing in on E-commerce

Local e-commerce startup CashBasha, which allows shoppers to make cash payments for products listed on Amazon.com, said it’s handled around 1,600 orders since it was established at the start of the year. ChashBasha Cofounder Fouad Jeryes said his company is…

Startup Captures Geopolitical Big Data

Investing in emerging economies, especially in the conflict-ridden Middle East, often comes with a degree of risk which can be tricky to weigh up if you don’t have access to the right information. EQLIM, a new Lebanon-based data and analytics…

Ever Cheaper Internet

Even though many of us enjoy nothing more than complaining about the ever increasing taxes and charges on our mobile bills, it’s hard not to begrudgingly admit that for most Jordanians accessing the Internet from smartphones, it has never been…

Tech Investing: Truths and Myths

The tech investment world is full of widely held, but wildly inaccurate beliefs. Avoid them and reap the benefits. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll There’s no doubt that people are winning big by making tech investments. For example, several investors got mega…

In Gold They Trust

A whirlwind of speculations and denials unleashed by an alleged gold discovery has again got us asking who’s really to blame for the low level of trust between Jordanians and their government? The Economist- Yusuf Mansur For yet another dispiriting…

RJ’s Dreamliner to the Rescue?

Royal Jordanian’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off on its inaugural flight from QAIA to London Heathrow Airport on September 1, with the loss-making airline no doubt hoping the addition of the next-generation airplane to its fleet will boost its…