Tag: Amazon

Challenging Big Tech

Many believe the Internet is and will continue to be an open and democratic space. But the reality is that it’s increasingly dominated by a handful of companies that control our digital autonomy. By Zeid Nasser Each month, Facebook is…

Amazon buys Whole Foods

Venture Explains: Why did Amazon buy Whole Foods?

What’s happened? Internet retail giant Amazon has just agreed to buy high-end grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. What’s the motivation behind the deal? Even though it built its name in e-commerce, Amazon has recently been experimenting with brick-and-mortar stores,…

Books are Back

After being written off as just another victim of the digital media revolution, it is both surprising and heartening to see physical books sales thriving again. By Zeid Nasser After all these years of digital proliferation, which saw a big…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Amazon Scoops up Souq.com

Internet giant Amazon has decided to enter the Middle East’s nascent e-commerce market by striking a deal to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. The announcement of the deal, which was reportedly worth around $650 million, ended months of speculation about…

AI: Speaking Up

All the big names in tech are betting big on AI voice assistants. But who will come out on top? By Zeid Nasser Thanks to the early success of household devices like Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo, and the higher than expected…

Banging on Apple’s Backdoor

Apple’s tussle with the FBI over its refusal to create a ‘backdoor’ into a terror suspect’s encrypted iPhone has ramifications for us all. By Zeid Nasser It’s been described as a historic tussle that will determine the future of data…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Souq.com: Riding High on the E-Commerce Wave

Over the past decade, Souq.com has quickly risen to become the region’s largest online retailer. The company’s CEO and Founder Ronaldo Mouchawar is confident of even greater success as enthusiasm for e-commerce amongst consumers picks up pace. By Dina al-Wakeel…

Tablet Decline

In the fast-moving consumer tech world, the tablet computer market is already showing signs of fatigue. By Raed Malhas Tablet computers have been around for a lot longer than many think. They were first depicted in some of my favorite…

Cutting the Cord

Cheap and versatile media streamers are slowly but surely replacing satellite TV receivers and DVD players as stand-alone living room entertainment hubs. Here are four of the best. By Laith Abou-Ragheb   Apple TV Apple’s hockey puck-style streaming box gives…

Venture Explains: Drones

What are they? Also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones are aircraft without a human pilot on board. They can either fly autonomously or be operated by remote control. What are they used for? Militaries around the world have…