Tag: Tech

EBRD: Firms Need Greater Government Help

Jordanian firms need more government support to overcome challenges holding back greater competitiveness and innovation, including lack of access to finance, corruption, skill shortages, and over-burdensome taxes, according to a major new report from the European Bank for Reconstruction and…

Crowdfunding Aids Gaza Accelerator

A crowdfunding campaign aiming to save Gaza’s only technology accelerator from closure looks set to end this month with its original funding target of $70,000 oversubscribed by 150 percent. The campaign was launched in November on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website…

ICT in 2014: A Year in Review

From falling telecom revenues to the roll out of fiber and 4G, 2014 has been a year of mixed blessings for Jordan’s technology sector. By Laith Abou-Ragheb Technology companies gathered at Amman’s King Hussein Business Park last month for the…

An Animated Discussion

Animation studios from across the region gathered for a special session at last month’s MENA ICT forum in Amman to discuss the challenges facing their industry, which include a paucity of investment, high operating costs, poor promotional channels, and a…

Bayt’s Ataya: Startups are Key Job Creators

The only way the region can overcome its pressing unemployment challenge is if the startup scene takes off. That was the message Bayt.com Founder and CEO Rabea Ataya had to give to a group of aspiring entrepreneurs at last month’s Startup…

Uber Eyes Amman

Taxi drivers beware. Uber, the fast growing ride sharing service laying waste to transport business models the world over, is setting its sights on coming to Amman. The San Francisco-based company recently posted an online advertisement looking for a community…

How to (Really) be Innovative

When someone labels a new product or service innovative, it probably isn’t. By Robert Carroll Innovation is easily one of the buzziest terms of our age. It pops up all over the Internet, your boss uses it constantly in meetings,…

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Where Tech Heads Next

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s worth taking a look at past and future predictions in device sales and usage.  By Zeid Nasser      Over recent years, technology market analysts like IDC and Gartner have been obsessed with making predictions…

What Lies Ahead

The economic forecast for 2015: volatile, with the chance of stormy competition. By Nader Museitif This year wasn’t a normal one on many levels, and there’s no reason to expect a normal 2015. But amidst all the assessment, soul searching,…

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: A Head-scratching Hybrid

Does the Galaxy K Zoom prove there’s still life in Samsung’s smartphone-camera niche? Not really. Samsung conducted an experiment last year with the Galaxy S4 Zoom, which merged its flagship smartphone with a point-and-shoot digital camera. The results were perplexing….