Author Archives: Laith Abu-Ragheb

Summer Tech

Best Summer Tech

From smiley domestic robots, to digital assistants that obey your every command, it seems the shops are heaving with amazing bits of tech this summer. Here are four of the best. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Amazon Echo www.amazon.com Amazon seems…

Loay Malahmeh, Founder of 3Dmena which oversees Fab Labs

Building Tomorrow

Jordan is about to get its first set of Fab Labs, community makerspaces which offer everyone the chance to use hi-tech manufacturing tools to create pretty much anything. By Laith Abou-Ragheb What if anyone with a great idea for a…

Audio Systems

Multi-room Music

Want to stream music seamlessly throughout your home? Here are four of the best app-controlled, multi-room audio systems on the market. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Sonos www.sonos.com Sonos has long been the go-to brand for multi-room audio streaming, mainly because…

Venture Explains: Universal Basic Income

What is it? The idea that everyone in society receives a basic income, regardless if they’re working or not. The unorthodox concept has been bandied about on the left and right for years as a way of ensuring that people’s…

Internet Phone calls

No Charges for Internet Phone Calls – TRC

Jordanians won’t be charged for making phone calls via apps like Skype and WhatsApp, the Kingdom’s telecoms watchdog said. The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said the decision not to impose a levy on Internet calls came after TRC officials met…

Uber app

Uber Trials Cash Payments in Amman

Uber said it recently began trialing cash payments for rides in Amman in an effort to expand in a market where credit card usage still stands at mere 1.5 percent. “Given the credit card penetration in Amman, launching cash really…

We are VR

  By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Oculus Rift Mark Zuckerberg clearly sees great potential in VR; Oculus was just a humble startup when it was snapped up by Facebook for a cool $2 billion back in 2014. Very much representing the…

Umniah CEO Ziad Shatara

Umniah on the Up

Now that the uncertainty surrounding its possible sale has been put to rest, Umniah is keen to show that it remains one of the big hitters in Jordan’s competitive telecoms market by releasing a package of new services with 4G…

The Mobile World Congress (MWC)

MWC Special

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona is easily one of the biggest events on the consumer tech calendar. This year’s edition featured some impressive pieces of kit. Here are four that really stood out. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   LG…

The World Bank

Jordan GDP to Hit 3 Percent in 2016 – World Bank

The World Bank said Jordan’s GDP should reach 3 percent in 2016, up from 2.4 percent in 2015, which was the slowest pace of growth in four years. In its latest MENA Economic Report, the bank said the rise in…